Two weeks ago, on May 15, FUNimation rereleased Ouran High School Host Club on Blu-ray. I am writing this post to let you all know that the rerelease has the exact same content found in the old Blu-ray release. The only difference is that the rerelease is a budget release and doesn’t have that shiny pink box to go along with it. In other words, if you are interested in knowing more about this anime don’t hesitate to read our blu-ray review of Ouran High School Host Club.
Additionally, on June 12 Media Blasters will be rereleasing Simoun at a really awesome price. As in the case of the Ouran Blu-ray we were also able to confirm that the Simoun rerelease is a repackage of the old DVD version. As so the product you will be getting is identical to the one we already reviewed.
If you haven’t seen any of these great series yet now will be a good time to read the reviews and “adopt an anime”.
Right Stuf! has updated it’s listing of FUNimation’s new Anime Classic lineup and revealed more details on the Ai Yori Aoshi and Armitage III bundles. Continue reading
The Trigun: Badlands Rumble Blu-ray review Is now available in the reviews section and here.
It was nice watching Vahs and his friends one last time on TV. Truth be told, although there was nothing wrong with the old TV series Badlands Rumble gives me false hopes that someday some studio will do an HD reboot of Trigun and follow the manga closely. A fan can dream right?
The .hack//Quantum review is now available in the reviews section and here.
It took me a lot of time to write this review, and for good reasons. You see, I’m a huge .hack fan, to the point where I even read obscurities such as .hack//Zero. So I was pretty excited to watch Quantum. But when I did something strange happened: It didn’t make any sense to me!
So I decided to take up my PSP and finally finish my old save of .hack//Link – the game that chronologically came before this OVA. Only after playing the game a bit, and watching the OVA a second time, did I understand .hack//Quantum’s plot to the fullest. Well, except for the Sophia part. What the hell is Sophia?
I hope .hack fans will forgive me for not giving this title a better score, but it’s not hard to see why I scored it the way I did. I look forward to seeing the movie .hack//Beyond the World sometime in the near future in the hope that it will shed more light on the newest iteration of The World.
The Trigun DVD review is up in the reviews section and here. If you watched the Trigun anime and liked it you might want to check the Trigun manga. The manga starts similiar to the anime but after the first two volumes branches off into a different direction. If I’d have to point out the difference I’d say the manga is a little more sci-fi then the anime.
One thing that often stands out about old anime is the use of Engrish – badly written English that was probably never spell checked by anyone remotely familiar with the English language. Trigun has its fair share of Engrish too: The city of May is misspelled on a sign post that refers to her as Mai. One character is called Rem Saverem, but the production studio horribly misspelled her name and she appears in the population archives as Lem Sayblem. Funny how these things used to pass unnoticed. I’m sure that the animation studios are more aware of these problems today and fix them in time for the DVD/BD release.
As some of you may have already heard from the FUNimation Live Q&A, the Strike Witches 2 DVD/Blu-ray Combo has been postponed to a yet unknown date in the future. How far into the future? Well, it happens I pre-ordered Strike Witches 2 a couple of weeks ago from TSRI. Yesterday I received an email from them concerning my order, which includes the new estimated date for the Strike Witches 2 set (press the picture to see a larger version):
December 12, 2027? Wow, that’s a long time to wait! This is of course just a placeholder – a temporary fictitious release date – but it made me laugh so I decided to show it here. On a more serious note, this delay follows FUNimation’s earlier announcement that the Heaven’s Lost Property Forte DVD/Blu-ray set will also be delayed to a yet unclear date due to FUNimation’s inability to gain the Blu-ray rights at this time. The Strike Witches 2 release also contains a Blu-ray copy and its U.S. release was supposed to happen in less than a year of its Japanese counterpart. This poses a hard question: is FUNimation loosing its ability to negotiate Blu-ray licenses for new series? A lot of people dream of Japan and the U.S. getting simultaneous Blu-ray releases (or at least a release less than a year after Japan), but because Japan and the U.S. share the same Blu-ray region code and have different pricing strategies this dream remains elusive. No need to worry about the Strike Witches 2 Blu-ray though – the Japanese Blu-rays have English subtitles on them, so when the time comes it will take minimal effort from FUNimation to release the series in the U.S. Let’s hope this time comes before 2027…