Hey everyone, I’m back once again with a round up of the current crop of anime releases doing the rounds – hopefully as a handy guide for those of you look to see what’s out there and what’s worth watching or buying! As always, if there’s anything you feel I’ve missed – add your recommendations to the comments below!
So to kick off the proceedings – let’s take a look at this month’s anime to buy!
Anime Nation released their new DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack release of Satoshi Kon’s classic thriller film Perfect Blue. Following the mental trauma of a Japanese Idol Mimarin, who transitions to becoming an actress and the sordid things she does added with a stalker who doesn’t like her new style.
After a few weeks delay, still did not release on October 28th, but has now been given the provisional date of November 18th. This follows the showing at Stratford Picturehouse Anime all-nighter, showing and at the Scotland loves Anime festival recently.
Manga Entertainment has released K-ON! The Movie on both DVD and Blu-Ray -this title actually sold out of its Blu-Ray copies at London Comic Con a couple of weeks back. K-ON! The Movie is a direct follow on from K-ON! And K-ON!! After two series of high school years at Light Music Club and their tea-drinking shenanigans, the girls had finally realised that they would be going their separate ways to university. So they decide to go on vacation together to…London, expect lots of familiar hotspots in this delightful slice of life movie.
Another DVD from MVM Entertainment their release of Heaven’s Memo Pad complete collection, packed with 325 running minutes, which arrived yesterday on DVD. You follow protagonist, Narumi Fujishima, who is an average high school student who prefers to keep to himself. He is persuaded to join the Gardening club by the only other member Ayaka Shinozaki. He meets the mysterious Alice, a child-like genius detective who lives above the ramen shop where Ayaka works. In time, Narumi begins helping Alice investigate a strange illegal drug.
Lastly a there’s a new Kazé release in the form of the ever lasting Bleach Series 12 Part 1 on DVD which includes our favourite characters battling non stop. Also, you may like to check out the following releases:
[C]: Control – Complete series collection,
Cowboy Bebop Collector’s Edition Part 2 (Blu-ray),
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Complete Collection Part 2 (Blu-ray),
Linebarrels of Iron – Complete series collection
Dragonball Z – Series 9,
FLCL Collection (Blu-ray), Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere – Complete Series 2 Collection (Blu-ray & DVD),
Penguindrum Part 2
And now for the anime’s to watch!
Manga adaptation. This “life-and-death sibling” story follows Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa, a boy and his little sister who find themselves all alone. One day, Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly and her body undergoes a strange metamorphosis—into a creature that eats humans. Utsutsu struggles to find a way to restore his sister.
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic – 6th October
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Based on a manga series, the story is set in an alternate recreation of the ancient Old World. In this world, all living beings possess an essence known as Rukh and when they die, this essence return to the huge flow (also known as “guidance”) of Rukh that gives life to all subsequent beings in an eternal cycle of rebirth called “Fate”. Magicians can use the Rukh with Magoi to increase capabilities in fighting. We follow popular characters like Alladin in this series.
Pokemon Origins – 2nd October
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen, Game related
We follow the original characters from the Red and Blue games. We have the same characters from the original series but with different personalities. The battles are a lot more violent, no air beatings. Also the series gets to the point and we go through a few days in the first episode.
Nagi no Asukara – 3rd October
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Slice of life, Sci fi
Hikari Sakishima and Manaka Mukaido are Sea Dwellers and childhood friends. When their school in the sea is closed they are forced to attend one on the surface, but due to a special encounter, their lives gain a new twist. The animation is beautiful and it shows the prejudices between both worlds.
Log Horizon – 5th October
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Shounen
What was once a sword-and-sorcery world is now the real world. The main character Shiroe attempts to survive with his old friend Naotsugu and the beautiful assassin Akatsuki. You discover at the end of the first episode that 30,000 Japanese gamers are trapped in the fantasy online game world Elder Tale. An amusing anime to keep Sword Art Online fans happy.
Kill La Kill – 4th October
Genre: Adventure, Action, School
R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
The story is set in a high school that the student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin rules by force. Wielding a giant Basami scissors sword, transfer student Ryuuko Matoi brings about upheaval on the campus. Ryuuko searches for the mysterious figure who caused her father’s death. With the use of magic uniforms she proceeds to challenge the student council. A violent and beautifully drawn anime.
BlazBlue: Alter Memory – 9th October
Genre: Adventure,Action, Fantasy
The story is set in December of 2199, when the streets are full of anticipation for the end of the year and the start of the new one. Amid the celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge. Following the characters of the games we are given a fast paced series of fighting and great comedy at the expense of Ragna.
This months stinker is: Bleach as this current series (12 part one) is filler and has no real bearing on the story – stop dragging it on give us some meaty story!