DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews

After War: Gundam X – DVD Review

I got to review both volumes of After War: Gundam X for Shelf Life on ANN. Check out the full writeups below!

“I enjoyed my time spent with Gundam X, even if the show took its sweet time getting on my good side. It’s hardly without flaws, and it’s never quite as smart or compelling as it wants to be, but the series ends up doing a fine job in spite of itself. I can’t give it my fullest endorsement, since so much of this show’s quality is dependent on the viewer’s patience and tolerance for cheap-looking animation, not to mention a heaping helping of 90s flavored cheese.” Continue reading “After War: Gundam X – DVD Review”

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Blu-Ray Review: When They Cry KAI

A review for the When They Cry KAI  Blu-Ray release is up on ANN!

“When I reviewed the first season of When They Cry back in March, I was struck by how much I liked the show, given its rough first impressions. The animation and character designs were pretty ugly, and the story was presented in a rather unique way that nonetheless created some noticeable pacing and tonal issues. Continue reading “Blu-Ray Review: When They Cry KAI”

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DVD Review: Lupin III – Alcatraz Connection

A new review for Lupin III – Alcatraz Connection ‘s is up on ANN!

“Lupin the Third, both the character and the media franchise revolving around him, is a cornerstone of Japanese popular culture who hardly requires an introduction. Most anime fans have had some interaction with the snarky thief, be it through films like Miyazaki’s The Castle of Cagliostro, Adult Swim reruns of the second anime series, or more modern interpretations of the character like Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. I’ve always been fond of the adventures of this ragtag group, so I was excited to dig into this Lupin TV special, produced over a decade ago but available for the first time in English this month. Continue reading “DVD Review: Lupin III – Alcatraz Connection”

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Blu-Ray Review: Wake Up Girls! The Movie

A new review for Wake Up Girls! The Movie ‘s is up on ANN!

“On paper, I should love this show. It has everything I look for in these kinds of setups: The in-over-their-head band manager, the cast of wacky misfits who can barely get through four bars of music before collapsing into shenanigans, it’s all there. Continue reading “Blu-Ray Review: Wake Up Girls! The Movie”

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Blu-Ray Review: Eden of the East Collector’s Edition

My review for Eden of the East ‘s Collector’s Edition is up on ANN!

“I was just getting ready start college when Eden of the East was released back in 2009, and at the time it blew me away. The series’ initial 11-episode run was one of the most tightly paced and intriguing mystery/thrillers I’d seen in a long time, and when I got to the cliffhanger ending I was dying to know how everything played out. Starting a new life at university ended up being a little more challenging than I’d imagined, though (surprise surprise). Time, work, and a college student’s budget prevented me from catching up with Eden of the East’s two finale movies, King of Eden and Paradise Lost, at the time of their release. Now that Funimation has repackaged both the series and its films into a gorgeous, limited edition collector’s set, though, I finally had the chance to play catch-up. Was it worth the wait?” Continue reading “Blu-Ray Review: Eden of the East Collector’s Edition”

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DVD Review: Kingdom (Season 1)

My review for Kingdom Season 1 is up on ANN!

Studio Pierrot‘s Kingdom is an adaptation of Yasuhisa Hara‘s manga of the same name, which has been running in Shonen Jump for the last decade. Following the lives of key figures from China’s Warring States period, Kingdom incorporates the broad strokes of documented history and blends them into a canvas of familiar, if well executed shonen tropes. In this way it almost feels like the anime equivalent of 300. Continue reading “DVD Review: Kingdom (Season 1)”

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Blu-Ray Review: Terror in Resonance

My review for Terror in Resonance is up on ANN!

“Reviewing Terror in Resonance was a very exciting proposition for me because I knew almost absolutely nothing about it. Though the amount of shows I end up keeping up with on a regular basis every year is fairly concentrated, I spend enough time with my face buried in wikis and review sites that I almost always know the main details of most of the shows I’m not watching. Terror in Resonance did not have this problem to worry about. Outside of knowing it was the latest work from famed director Shinichiro Watanabe (of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame), the only background info I had about this anime going in was that it focused on the subject of terrorism in modern-day Japan. Somehow or another Terror in Resonance slipped underneath my all-too-curious radar back in 2014, and am I ever glad it did, because not knowing what to expect helped me enjoy this series even more than I otherwise would have.” Continue reading “Blu-Ray Review: Terror in Resonance”