Anime Review Roundup
Food Wars Season 1 is another 24 episodes of anime in one batch. It also caught me by surprise, as having watched the Ben-To series, I had the mistaken impression that Food Wars would be another take on the fighting over pack-lunches premise. Ben-To was fun, but it’s a one joke show, and there’s only so much mileage you can get out of taking that sole joke to visual extremes. Food Wars turned out to be completely different. It’s not about the getting of food, it’s about the making of food, and if you’ve seen shows like Masterchef or the Great British Bake-Off, you’ll know just how invested audiences get in seeing a cook pull off a culinary masterstroke. Food Wars is all that, and anime too. Click on the review to salivate like Pavlov’s dog.
Tokyo Ghoul Jack & Pinto OVA collection, two spin-off episodes that serve as stand-alone prequel stories to that series. It’s a disc that is a UK-Australian co-author, and we’re getting in first, before the USA for whom it is yet to be licensed. Naturally that means we don’t have a dub.
Tamako Market, a slice-of-life series from the creators of K-On! In fact it was touted as the ‘next K-On!’ when it was initially broadcast, with a cast of cute and eccentric characters, during cute and silly things. It centres on a girl who lives above the family sweet-shop in a shopping arcade, her love of the sweets called mochi, and her zany circle of friends. And into this world flaps in a talking bird who’s looking for a princess for the prince of his tropical island home. Tamako Market is actually better than that description sounds, but click on the review to see if it’s actually as good as K-On!
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM released Twin Signal in the UK in 2006, and it is deleted, so second hand would be your best bet at this point. It’s also equally deleted in the US if you’re thinking of importing.
Animatsu released Food Wars Season 1 on Blu-ray and on DVD on August 28th. That’s when All the Anime released Tokyo Ghoul: Jack and Pinto OVAs on DVD and on Blu-ray, while their shop exclusive Collector’s Edition is up for pre-order at this time for release later on this month. Australia’s Hanabee Entertainment released Tamako Market on Blu-ray and DVD in 2016.