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Anime recently released on DVD (ie, no fansubs!)
Topic by: ahogue
Posted: July 16, 2006 - 9:17 AM PDT
Last Reply: July 17, 2006 - 7:07 AM PDT

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author topic: Anime recently released on DVD (ie, no fansubs!)
ahogue
post #1  on July 16, 2006 - 9:17 AM PDT  
Maybe this has been discussed recently, but I'm curious what people would recommend of the anime that's been recently released on DVD in the states? (As opposed to what's available fansubbed.)

Not that I really need more anime to watch right now. Let's see...I need to finish Samurai Champloo, Cromartie High, Excel Saga, Gantz, Genshiken. And I need to get back to the last few disks of Cowboy Bebop someday.

And then Doki Doki School Hours (terrible name) and X are currently on deck.

But what the hell, might as well add more to the queue.
hamano
post #2  on July 16, 2006 - 11:21 AM PDT  
From what's still being released right now, Gankutsuou and Princess Tutu, most definitely. I'd rate those better than the stuff on your list that you're working on except Samurai Champloo. Did you catch Elfen Lied? If not that would be one of my recommendations. Maybe add Loveless if you're into that kind of thing.
hamano
post #3  on July 16, 2006 - 12:01 PM PDT  
I'm sure a popular vote would put Fullmetal Alchemist on that list. I liked the show, especially at the beginning, but toward the end I thought it dragged a bit. But conceptually it was as interesting as Scrapped Princess, and the voice acting and the production were top notch. It's worth checking out... if you click with it, it will be rewarding.
Battie
post #4  on July 16, 2006 - 2:35 PM PDT  
Try Basilisk and Karas. Basilisk comes out in a few weeks. :P

Then look for Trinity Blood eventually. Not sure when it comes out, but probably before the end of the year.
jross3
post #5  on July 16, 2006 - 2:48 PM PDT  
> On July 16, 2006 - 12:01 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm sure a popular vote would put Fullmetal Alchemist on that list. I liked the show, especially at the beginning, but toward the end I thought it dragged a bit. But conceptually it was as interesting as Scrapped Princess, and the voice acting and the production were top notch. It's worth checking out... if you click with it, it will be rewarding.
> ---------------------------------

conversely, I thought the second season of FMA was better than the first. Both very good, though; and the English dub is pretty good, too.
Other current releases on my list:
Karas - totall superb in every way. Pretty much. Disc 2 (The Revelation) isn't sue out until September. You can pass the time until then re-watching disc 1.
Speed Grapher - ODDLY missing from the GC search engine, if not the whole catalog. I caught an ep or two when it was still on subs and I recommend checking it out, should GC decide to list it. Vol. 1 should be out already.
Eureka Seven has been showing on Adult Swim for a while, and I definately recommend it. In an odd kind of way, it reminds me of Overman King Gainer (which is also very good, if you missed it), and not juse because the "trapar" looks a bit like OKG's "photon mat"; it's something else, and I can't quite put my finger on it.
hamano
post #6  on July 16, 2006 - 3:17 PM PDT  
Hmm... I thought Karas was graphically dense in a good way, but after a few episodes I didn't feel the story was really taking me anywhere. Did it end well?

When the series started, I thought Eureka Seven had a nice almost-FLCL funkiness to it. But as the story progressed it failed to hold my interest and stopped watching it. I could only stay with skateboarding robots this long...

How about Samurai 7? It was a bit too reverent and serious for my taste but the design for an alternate history/world for the Seven Samurai story was nicely done. If you liked Last Exile you ight enjoy it.
jross3
post #7  on July 16, 2006 - 3:28 PM PDT  
> On July 16, 2006 - 3:17 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hmm... I thought Karas was graphically dense in a good way, but after a few episodes I didn't feel the story was really taking me anywhere. Did it end well?

I wish I knew!! Even when vol. 2 comes out, there's still a vol. 3 after that, I think.
But for me, I'll like it even if the story drops off from here on (I didn't totally grasp the story for the first two eps until I saw it a second time - the first time I was too busy watching the action to pay attention to the story much). The action is so solid and the animation is so well-designed and fantastically executed that I could enjoy it even without much sense to it (like Versus, except animated with super-cool effects and a guy that can transform into a jet plane...)
hamano
post #8  on July 16, 2006 - 3:30 PM PDT  
Speed Grapher I saw as a failure, mostly, although I downloaded and watched the entire show instead of giving up like Karas and Eureka Seven. Perhaps an interesting stab at mainstreaming EroGuro into an anime TV series, but maybe it didn't go far enough (maybe it went too far...) falling in between it felt passionless and half-hearted. I wished it had either gone for a stronger and more cohesive story, or just gone all out on the EroGuro visuals. One good thing I got out of it... I still like the weird folk-song ED theme from the first half of the show....
jross3
post #9  on July 16, 2006 - 3:47 PM PDT  
> On July 16, 2006 - 3:30 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Speed Grapher I saw as a failure, mostly, although I downloaded and watched the entire show instead of giving up like Karas and Eureka Seven. ....


Maybe I will rent it after all rather than just buying it...
Battie
post #10  on July 16, 2006 - 4:44 PM PDT  
> On July 16, 2006 - 3:17 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hmm... I thought Karas was graphically dense in a good way, but after a few episodes I didn't feel the story was really taking me anywhere. Did it end well?
>

For the first half of the story, I thought it was really good. Pretty basic story of good vs. evil (which meant more action and visuals than characterization - which was, truthfully, it's only major flaw). Very good English voice acting. I wrote a review on GC. :P

> How about Samurai 7? It was a bit too reverent and serious for my taste but the design for an alternate history/world for the Seven Samurai story was nicely done. If you liked Last Exile you ight enjoy it.
> ---------------------------------

Samurai 7 was okay, but it stretched itself over too many episodes. Ending up being more boring than the story deserved.
jross3
post #11  on July 16, 2006 - 5:20 PM PDT  
(after reading Battie's Karas review)
So the first DVD was three eps after all? I can barely even remember transitions between episodes, so I really don't know. So vol. 2 will definately be the end in that case?
hamano
post #12  on July 16, 2006 - 5:28 PM PDT  
I see they've started releasing Hikaru no Go on DVD here! Definitely something to watch, but only if you can stand to wait for the episodes to trickle out... I don't know how many they pack to a DVD, but this show is long and addictive.

The only problem here is that if they don't release the show fast enough to hook you, you might lose interest. I'd say a week or two is the MAXIMUM any sane person would want to wait between episodes that have a cliff hanger ending. If the American distributor is stingy about the release rate, the potential fanbase might be damaged... they'll either give up or go for the fansubs....
hamano
post #13  on July 16, 2006 - 7:10 PM PDT  
It's the middle of summer, so you might want to check out Ghost Stories or Gakko no Kaidan (School Horror Stories). It's a pretty juvenile show that has strong echoes of Spirited Away at first. But it has a good deal of scary/creepy scenes, perfect for those summer nights when you're alone at home with the lights out. The ghosts and monsters that appear are largely from Japanese folklore, so it's probably very interesting from that point of view if you've never run into the classic of that genre, Geh geh geh no Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki.
aacevedo
post #14  on July 16, 2006 - 7:44 PM PDT  
GC has Basilisk DVD #1 available 08/08/06 and DVD #2 available 09/26/06.

Karas is said to be a 3 DVD set, #1 was released, #2 releases 09/26/06 (no date on #3 yet).
Battie
post #15  on July 16, 2006 - 7:52 PM PDT  
> On July 16, 2006 - 5:20 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> (after reading Battie's Karas review)
> So the first DVD was three eps after all? I can barely even remember transitions between episodes, so I really don't know. So vol. 2 will definately be the end in that case?
> ---------------------------------

I think it was....I could be wrong, though. (I never watched the subs of two and three...well, a few minutes of two, but none of three.) US Manga has only announed two DVDs of Karas ever being released, which sounds like it'd include all six episodes...and AniDB has three eps grouped under "The Prophecy." And the dvd is 80 minutes long...

You tell me.

Supposedly the second DVD comes out September 26th in America. I find this odd...are they coordinating the American and Japanese releases?? I ask because usually a fansub group would've gotten hold of the last three eps of Karas by now...
Battie
post #16  on July 16, 2006 - 7:59 PM PDT  
NLee rented it...ask him how many eps are on the DVD. :P

I forgot to add that, at 80 minutes, Karas runs much too long to be two episodes of six, since each episode is a maximum of 30 minutes (or so says AniDB). That would leave three episodes...and I kinda doubt they'll release a 3-episode dvd, a 2-episode dvd, and then a 1-episode dvd. Plenty of people won't tolerate anything less than an hour (and many more less than a half hour) when buying for their collection.
Battie
post #17  on July 16, 2006 - 8:02 PM PDT  
The almighty Wiki.

Guess we'll see though. :P So...anyone know if the last three OVAs have actually been released in Japan or not?
hamano
post #18  on July 16, 2006 - 8:28 PM PDT  
> On July 16, 2006 - 8:02 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Guess we'll see though. :P So...anyone know if the last three OVAs have actually been released in Japan or not?

I guess that's for me... the official Japanese sites have the release dates for the first 3 episodes, all in 2005. There are blacked out links for episodes 4, 5 and 6, and no indication of when these will be released. Did they run out of money? Was the series less popular than they expected? No idea...
ahogue
post #19  on July 16, 2006 - 11:38 PM PDT  
> On July 16, 2006 - 11:21 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> From what's still being released right now, Gankutsuou and Princess Tutu, most definitely. I'd rate those better than the stuff on your list that you're working on except Samurai Champloo. Did you catch Elfen Lied? If not that would be one of my recommendations. Maybe add Loveless if you're into that kind of thing.
> ---------------------------------

I've liked most of what you've recommended in the past, Hamano, particularly Gunslinger Girl, so I've added all of these except Loveless. I'm not ready for yaoi, etc.

Actually, I think I saw part of some movie offshoot of Loveless. Or did I? Two men are police detectives and go on a vacation in the country...and there's some kind of crime going on...and they keep kissing or trying to kiss all the time...is this ringing any bells?

Well, if that's Loveless, or representative of the genre in general, it's not for me.

Princess Tutu looks really good, and so does Elfen Lied. I've wanted to see that one for a while but last I checked it was still being released and was mostly unavailable. I hate waiting months between discs. Fullmetal Alchemist I'll try as well. Too many people have recommended it.

>Try Basilisk and Karas. Basilisk comes out in a few weeks. :P

Yeah, but like I said I hate waiting forever for the next disc. They sound interesting but I'll hold off for now.


>Eureka Seven has been showing on Adult Swim for a while, and I definately recommend it.

Well, the first disc is at very low availability...


>How about Samurai 7? It was a bit too reverent and serious for my taste but the design for an alternate history/world for the Seven Samurai story was nicely done. If you liked Last Exile you ight enjoy it.

I did and I've actually seen the first few episodes. At first I didn't like it because I'm very familiar with the movie and didn't like some of the cartooniness, but I've warmed up to it a little. So far it actually reminds me a bit of Inuyasha, which is the sort of show I can take or leave.


>Speed Grapher - ODDLY missing from the GC search engine, if not the whole catalog. I caught an ep or two when it was still on subs and I recommend checking it out, should GC decide to list it. Vol. 1 should be out already.

I remember reading the reviews of this in fansub and it sounds intriguing. I'd like to give it a try, even if it's not ultimately something I'll stick with.
ahogue
post #20  on July 16, 2006 - 11:46 PM PDT  
Oh, and speaking of Last Exile, which was a major guilty pleasure of mine (and even though a guilty pleasure, it deserves a lot of credit for being one of the very few series I've seen which actually ends well -- in fact I can't think of another that had such tight plotting and consistent quality of story, character, etc. For these reasons, at least, and the quality of the animation, Last Exile really was an awfully good show)

Uh...let's see. Oh yes, speaking of Last Exile I recently saw Castle in the Sky and was surprised at how much Last Exile seems to have "borrowed" from that movie. I'm sure this is no big revelation to anyone here but I thought it was interesting in any case.
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