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.
Gundam Unicorn comes to a close with a feature-length finale, finally revealing what Laplace’s Box actually is, and giving us a big dramatic send off. Satisfying is the word that best describes it, even if some might find the big reveal to be a let down, but those probably don’t know much about Gundam’s history with mixing politics with action… Let’s take a look!
My journey through the frankly disappointing Dragon Ball Kai version of the Buu Arc comes to a close, and can be found HERE. Oh well, onwards to 2019! Where new Dragon Ball releases will include a canon Broly, apparently…
I had the rare pleasure of a secret stream review for Anime UK News, in this case it was a screening of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, the first film for the franchise that is debuting in UK cinemas this week. The review can be found HERE.
While MHA is very much a Japanese voice kind of series for me (mainly because that’s how I’ve always watched it via Crunchyroll) I didn’t mind that the stream was the dub version only, as it was surprisingly competent given it had so many teen characters in it…
Although they have some big moments between them, OVAs 5 and 6 of Gundam Unicorn is all about setting the stage for the big final battle in the final chapter, but it certainly doesn’t coast its way through. There are plenty of great moments, both character based and some action scenes, but it certainly achieves the goal of making you want to watch OVA 7 right away! Let’s take a look.
How’s that for a long headline title? Anyway, this was somehow a thing, and even weirder is it ended up getting a collected physical release that ended up being released here in the UK! My review of That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha is up on Anime UK News HERE. It’s both as weird, and as funny, as it sounds… unless you’re not into Dragon Ball, then it’ll be a confusing mess…
Much like the Origins OVAs I reviewed a few months ago for Anime UK News, I expect this to be covered in more detail on this blog far sooner than later, but as they asked if I’d cover, I was hardly going to say no! So, for now, Click Here to read my thoughts on Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt – December Sky!
On related news, the other half of the Gundam Unicorn OVA reviews on this blog should resume next week. It’s been an unusually busy few weeks for Anime UK News reviews!