Media | Anime Releases | November 13th, 2007: Like last time, a ginormous week. Prepared with the help of The Digital Bits and cover art courtesy of Amazon.

Roundup by Mightyblue | Posted November 12, 2007

Pick of the week

Viridian Collection: Full Metal Alchemist, Vol. 4: The Fall of Ishbal
Whew, is that ever a mouthful. There’s not a whole lot of new content this week that I haven’t written about in single DVD format before, and what is new isn’t exactly stellar material -- more rental material, basically. So, let's talk about Full Metal Alchemist some more. Choke back that excitement, kids. Seriously, though, FMA is simply the number-one shounen (that is, boys-oriented action) show to come out of Japan in the last decade or so, and it hews pretty closely to the source manga. Well, up to the point where the producers ran out of source material. They did a pretty good job of ending things, though, so no complaints there. Given that this is a show geared to young men, it has more than a little bit of action and explosions, but the real heart of the series is ultimately the interaction between main character Ed and his brother Al and their personal growth throughout the series. It doesn’t hurt that it also sports the best English dub in about forever, either.

The Other Stuff

Blade of the Phantom Master: Shin Angyo Onshi
Hey, it’s an anime popcorn movie! Think of this as the equivalent of any American summer action flick, chock full of babes, booms, and blood... only with a distinctly Japanese mix of swords and mysticism on the side. I’m not sure why ADV bothered to bring this over, besides the fact it’s supposed to be quite pretty, but if you’re looking to get away from the cold and eat some popcorn under a blanket, there are worse rentals.

Simoun – Vol. 1 – Choir of Pairs
Simoun is one of those shows that I feel slightly uncomfortable about passing judgment on. For one, I’m a guy, and I feel slightly biased anytime there’s a significant amount of lesbianism in a show. Testosterone, y’know. The other problem is that it starts very slowly and takes some time to build up the story and characters. It takes place in a world where everyone is born female and has to choose a gender once they reach a certain age; meanwhile, one country has possession of some semi-mystical technology left over from an ancient civilization, making it a prime target for everyone else. The story centers around a group of fighter pilots (closest equivalent, I guess) who haven’t chosen their gender yet, and you get to follow them through the war. A (slightly uncomfortable) rental.

Venus Versus Virus, Vol. 1: Outbreak
This was supposed to be one of the big new shows a while back in the fansubbing community, since it involved girls with super powers slaying strange monsters. Bear in mind that the two Mai series were also big deals in the subbing community you start to get an idea of the average age and maturity level of your average fansub watcher. Surprisingly, though, this show isn’t half-bad. If the magical girl genre hasn’t worn out its welcome for you already, this is one of the better examples you'll find. Rental.

Anime in High-Def

Dragon Ball Z: Broly High-Definition
Excited to see more anime in high def? Don't be: this is only one of the half-million or so DragonBall Z movies out there. I've no clue why they even bothered to release this (of all possible choices) in high-def, even if they are nice enough to give you two movies in a single package.

Anime Boxsets and Other Things of a Swaggy Nature

Some more series collections this week, accompanied by Eureka Seven Vol. 10’s swag edition. On the collection front we’ve got the Dragon Ball GT: The Lost Episodes collection, a Trinity Blood boxset and also boxes of Shura no Toki and Shadow Skill. Shura’s the only solid “buy,” as it’s a period drama following three generations of warriors using a particular fighting style in the Heian period. If you like action, both Trinity Blood' and Shadow Skill'' could likely fill your popcorn quota and Netflix queue. We’ll... just ignore GT. Yeah.

The Other "Other" Stuff

  • Viridian Collection: Full Metal Alchemist Vol. 3: Equivalent Exchange [reprint] (hit)
  • Karin Vol. 4: Human or Vampire (skip)
  • Kyo Kara Maoh Season 2, Vol. 7 (rental)
  • Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage Vol. 1 (hit)
  • Eureka Seven Vol. 10 (rental)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Season Five - Dawn of the Duel, Vol. 2 (skip)
  • Burst Angel OVA: Infinity (rental)
  • Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow Deluxe Edition (skip)
  • School Rumble Vol. 3 (hit)
  • Xenosaga Vol. 2: Voices from the Past (skip)
  • Shonen Omyouji Vol. 3 (hit)
  • Peach Girl Vol. 6 (skip)
  • Samurai 7: Empire in Flux Vol. 5 - Viridian Collection [reprint] (rental)

Oh yeah, this week’s a gigantic one all right as you can see, with plenty of good stuff, and some not so good stuff. This is why Netflix is such a godsend for regular anime watchers. Discuss it on the Forums!