I have been dreading reviewing this release ever since I started to watch it. Over time, I grew to see the charm in season 1 of ‘Strike Witches’, despite the creepy voyeuristic nature of a show featuring teenage girls who Continue reading Strike Witches 2 Collection (Sutoraiku uicchîzu)
I wasn’t exactly craving a love triangle, but it’s a pity that her character wasn’t more fully developed. Kujo and Victorique’s relationship grows exponentially, on the other hand, though never gets tiresome.
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Gosick isn’t an action-based show by any means, but on the occasions when there are flurries of violence, the animation captures the action beautifully. The score and voice acting is perfect also.
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As with a lot of anime, as we get towards the end of the story the narrative gets increasingly confusing and off-the-wall, to the extent that I could only really explain the conclusion of the series in the most general of terms.
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The Blu-ray presentation is beautiful. Freedom features some of the best matte paintings I’ve ever seen. The futuristic architecture and barren landscapes are wonderfully detailed, sometimes resembling the work of the French artist Moebius.
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Dance of the Vampire Bund has a plethora of good ideas wrapped up in a high quality presentation. If you’re up for a narrative challenge and think you can survive the sexualisation of a pre-pubescent vampire, then it’s worth a look.
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Frustratingly, this first series leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Once we get to the final five episodes, which are really quite gripping, the plot goes into (comparative) overdrive, leading to an awe-inspiring epic final battle. The mixture of CG elements and 2D animation is superbly handled.
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The Sacred Blacksmith actually surprises you when the sincerity kicks in. The usual themes of love, loss and retribution are all here, but when it gets towards the end of the series, you’re well and truly psyched for a massive final battle that has a truly emotive kick to it.
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