Before I move on to alternate era Gundam shows, I really wanted to finish the UC timeline first (still-being-released stuff aside, obviously!) so I’ve finally brought a multi-region Blu-Ray player and ordered a bunch of UC OVAs, films and Victory Gundam from the US (my poor wallet…). The one I didn’t order is this one, 0080: War in the Pocket, as it isn’t released on Blu-Ray in the States yet! So I thought I’d pop on my old DVD of it and kick off the UC review finale. War in the Pocket is a surprisingly fun and quite emotional mini-series to kick off non-Tomino-written UC Gundam shows. Let’s take a closer look…
My review of the Sixth Dragon Ball Super physical media release is now up on Anime UK News and can be viewed HERE. Part 7 will begin to feature episodes I already covered via streaming reviews for the website (already linked in the Dragon Ball tab!), so this may be the last one I review… (for Anime UK News. One day I’ll reach Super in my normal reviews, but that’s a ways off yet, given I’ve only reviewed the very first arc of Dragon Ball so far…)
Hands up who wants to read me talking about another “box set” of mostly annoying filler? Those with your hands up, click HERE. The rest… well, you can read something else, I guess?
I really enjoyed the first two seasons of Bung Stray Dogs, so I don’t really know why it’s take me this long to sit down and watch the movie, especially as it’s streaming on Crunchyroll and therefore not even costing me anything extra. So, apart from having a title that any non-anime fan would just look blankly at, what does Bungo Stray Dogs – Dead Apple have to offer? Well…
An odd time to post a review (for me anyway) but I had the pleasure of seeing a screening of the new Dragon Ball Super movie for Anime UK News and review it for them, which can be found HERE.
To sum up though: it was great! The only downside was a re-writing of Bardock, but the writing in of Broly was really well done, and man… that end battle. Talk about high production values… Anyway, click the link for a more in-depth analysis, and see the film if you can!
In the second of two One Piece reviews for this… probably half of the year knowing the pace I manage to watch the show at, the Sabaody Archipelago arc is a hell of a lot better than what came before it. Full of fun and interesting new characters, some interesting concepts and a classic, proper “air punching” great moment. That being said, the arc’s true highlight is a rather sombre ending… Let’s take a closer look.
Now to say I’m “way behind” on One Piece would be a massive understatement. Even the UK released DVD collections I’m a good few collections behind, and those don’t even cover half the series… that’s still airing weekly! Still, I really enjoy the series when I get to sit down and watch it, though I’ll admit that this arc was a real slog, and because of that I haven’t been keeping up, it was only the realisation that the latest release here in the UK covers the big Luffy-Ace moment that I’ve, sadly, heard all about that’s spurred me on to finish this story and move on to the next. So let’s get the Thriller Bark Arc out of the way and move on to greener pastures… I hope!
The second half of The Heroic Legend of Arslan’s first season starts off with a long side-story about the Kingdom of Shidhura and a civil war brewing between the two children of its ruler. Arslan and his group of survivors end up taking one side in the war in exchange for their help with taking back their homeland, so it does make sense. It ends with a large-scale battle between Pars and Lusitania anyway, so you still a sense of pay-off for the finale. Let’s take a deeper look!
With nothing to review for Anime UK News in the pipeline and more and more TV shows vanishing for the Christmas period, I thought it would be a good time to raid that classic part of any anime collection: the boxsets brought on sale but you never got round to watching. Yes, at some point early in the year the two collectors boxes of Heroic Legend of Arslan went on sale for an incredibly small amount so I picked them up, and after the first half of the opening series I can say I’m glad I did! While it’s not ground breaking or stunning, it is a fun series firmly entrenched in medieval / historical battles genre, with a bit of fantasy thrown in (I refuse to use the “it’s like Game of Thrones!” tagline as that’s pretty much where the similarities end…) Let’s have a look!
This is a bit of an oddity, a collection of four short stories set in the GITS universe, but written and illustrated by Western writers and artists. Glad I ended up reviewing it HERE for Anime UK News though, as I quite enjoyed it overall! That’s the last AUKN review for this year, as well… an odd, but fun, note to end on.