A Quick Look at a Couple of Recent Japanese Disks…

Posted by DiGiKerot in R2(J) DVDs at February 8, 2013 on 7:27 pm


Mostly because I’ve yet to reach my two-post-a-week quotient, but also because I’m always kind of curious as to how Japanese disks with English subtitles turn out, particularly when there’s no stream or western disk for them to pull subtitles off, as is the case with the recently released first volumes of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Code Geass:Akito the Exiled.
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AKB Extenderized!

Posted by DiGiKerot in R2(J) DVDs at July 25, 2012 on 7:31 pm


The first home-release volume of Kawamoris latest sci-fi classic, AKB0048, was unleashed upon Japan… well, it was last month at this point. I literally just got my shipping notice for volume 2 today, but my volume 1 was waiting upon the latest Precure movie and K-On! before shipping, meaning I only got ahold of it yesterday. Let me tell you, as sweet as K-On! is as a show, more than any other disk media release I own the LE would make a pretty great blunt weapon. It’s got some serious heft behind it, and you could do someone some serious damage with properly (or improperly) wielded.

Anyway, to steer back towards point, the first episode of AKB is presented on BD in it’s directors cut form!
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Quick Thoughts on Macross F: The False Diva

Posted by DiGiKerot in One shots, R2(J) DVDs at November 8, 2010 on 8:38 pm

So, it’s more than a well established fact at this point that Macross: Do You Remember Love is considered by the Macross staff as an in-universe dramatisation of the “real” events – that is, to get around to inconsistencies between the original Macross TV show and it’s movie remake, they’ve classified it as something made based on historical documentation about of the actual events, complete with all the embellishments that tend to go along with real-world historical epics. Not that it was originally made that way, of course – it was just a convenient thing for Shoji Kawamori et al to do (alongside banishing Macross II to the abyss) when they decided to make Macross Plus and Macross 7, allowing them to forge a definitive timeline for them to stem-off from.

The relevance of this for the first Macross Frontier movie, The False Diva (or Songstress, as some translate it), is that it’s rendered really rather more interesting when viewed through the microscope of being an “in-universe dramatisation”.


For starters, there’s a lot of product placement in the movie. Not real product placement, mind you – these are all fake, Macross universe products that they are trying to pimp. The opening few scenes of the movie are saturated with logos for the Nyan-Nyan restaurant even beyond what you’d expect just from the fact that Ranka works there. I mean, look at the way that the characters hold the bowls in such a fashion that the logo is prominent. That’s not an accident in the animation. Aside from that, the pre-eminence of Segway-like vehicles as a preferred method of transport, the various ways which Sheryls Taiyaki-phone appears and Sheryls credit-card have a similar feeling to them.
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Katanagatari 6 has a pretty box, too

Posted by DiGiKerot in Katanagatari, R2(J) DVDs at September 19, 2010 on 7:00 pm


Although the presence of Hakuhei Sabi and the absence of Nanami upon the box which houses the shows four instalment amuses me somewhat.

Six episodes in (still three episodes behind the rest of the universe) and I’m still enjoying Katanagatari immensely. The three-episode intervals between artboxes for the show seems to be a good enough period between episodes for there to be something to be worth saying about it. Although when I say “it”, my mind can’t really help but linger on the last phrase of the sixth episode.

I mean, it’s not like many anime shows make the habit of non-nonchalantly stating that the shows hero would be killing his sister in the next episode before the ending credits had even rolled. I mean, it’s been patently obvious that the show has been headed in something approaching that direction ever since the forth episode happened, but the obviousness of a plot-twist has never particularly stopped anime from stretching out the reveal long past it’s become transparent to even the most dense of viewers. Perhaps it’s just that it’s originating from a novel written by someone who knows what he’s doing, but it’s showing a level of confidence in the attention span and intelligence of the audience which is all too rare.

More than that, though, it’s displaying a level of confidence in it’s own writing that is perhaps even rarer. It harkens back to what they did with the shows fourth episode, where they eschewed the action-packed battle they’d both built up and had been advertising in the episode previews in favour of a rather slower paced affair featuring Nanami. As much as the initial revelation of what they were doing would have annoyed the viewer, they obviously had the confidence that what they had thrown together would still hold the audiences attention enough for them to continue.

What they did here in the sixth episode was, arguably, even more interesting. It had none of the smoke and mirrors that’d be displayed in, say, My-HiMEs next episode previews, rather it played it’s hand face up for everyone to see. It’s almost as if The Sixth Sense had been proceeded by an announcement proclaiming that Bruce Willis was wearing a bald-cap for the whole movie (that was the twist, wasn’t it?). The framing running up to the episode sixes conclusion by no means made it assured that Nanami would actually be dying in episode seven – indeed, they laboured over the point that Shichika had managed to fell his last two opponents without having killed them, meaning that it was still somewhat feasible that she’d have made it out of the other side in something resembling one piece. By throwing that possibility immediately out of the window, it’s as if they’re making a statement that they don’t need to rely on cheap theatrics or shock developments to make the episode worthwhile.

And that’s kind of neat, though I’ve yet to watch the episode in question in order to see if it proves true.

Also, I still find the continuing Cheerio jokes funny, enough though they should have overstayed their welcome long, long ago…


Katanagatari 3 has a pretty box.

Posted by DiGiKerot in Katanagatari, R2(J) DVDs at August 19, 2010 on 9:03 pm


Yes it does – it’s a good piece of art, and the card with which it has been assembled has a nice texture to it. Makes a change from all those shiny chipboard boxes. Of course, it helps that I like the art from the show, though it’s tough for me to put my finger on an exact reason why. I think it’s mostly down to the animation staffs attempts to mimic the style of Takes character designs for the series – they’re deceptively complicated whilst looking tremendously clean. They animate well, though things like the absence of whites in some characters eyes does have the side effect of making it look at little lazy.

And, yes, I realise I’m running about five months behind the rest of the internet here, but I’m behind on pretty much anything which isn’t Occult Academy. Truthfully, I wasn’t really sure how I’d like the show between mixed reactions to the early episodes and less-than-great reports about (admittedly the later volumes of) the novels, but I’ve taken pretty well to it now that I’ve broken down and started. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that I simply like meta-humour way more than most – my favourite episode of Macross Frontier would have to have been the one that essentially consisted of a barrage of series in-jokes and trolls. So, basically, when many are complaining about Katanagatari being far too talky, I’m perfectly happy to sit through half an episode of Togame complaining about the undeniably true fact that Shichika is far too dull to stand out against the flamboyant villains they find themselves up against. I kind of thought the setting may have prevented Nisioisin from being able to veer too far in that direction, but I’m happy to be proven wrong.
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