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Blue Comet SPT Layzner - Episodes 30 - 38 [Final] (Blu-ray)

I know series that get cancelled rarely have satisfactory conclusions due to the forced truncation of the final episodes but Layzner's really is the worst of the bunch, there is a massive unexplained skip to episode 38 and then it doesn't really end the show either.

Blue Comet SPT Layzner - OVA III (Blu-ray)

There's no need to watch the first two OVAs if you've seen the TV series as they are very condensed recaps of the first and second half of the TV series that ignores episode 38. The third OVA does at least provide a reasonable satisfactory ending to the story if not exactly the way Takahashi wanted it.

Circuit Angel

Bari Bari Densetsu

First watches of these OVAs ahead of reviews on the podcast.

Professor Irony

Yu Yu Hakusho ep17-18 (English dub)

Shirobako ep8-9

Patlabor TV ep1

Been thinking about going back to Patlabor for quite a while now, and I'm glad I did - it's still a really fun show. I've seen a few episodes of this iteration before, but remembered very little about it, beyond the fact that it's lighter in tone than other versions, being almost more like a sitcom.

The main thing of note in this first episode though is that it follows a different timeline to the OVAs, with Noa being introduced as a prospective recruit, before proving her mettle by chasing down a labor thief. It might just be my imagination, but there could be a slight nod to Alice in Wonderland going on here with Noa's constant complaints about being late, amid the distorted sense of scale from things like Alphonse's comically oversized revolver.

Perhaps unsurprisingly with the shift to television, it's not quite as nice looking as the OVAs, but they've achieved a lot in spite the lower budget, with particularly good attention to mechanical detail in the action scenes, and the music is, as always, utterly great.

I also sampled the dub briefly to see what it was like. It's quite acceptable, with most of the cast apparently trying to match the cadence of their Japanese counterparts, but it does seem like they're perhaps trying to hard to match the mouth flaps, as there are some weird pauses in the dialogue and Michael Schwartz lacks Ryunosuke Ohbayashi's air of laconic authority as Goto.
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State Alchemist
So I fired up HiDive (and a VPN, since pretty much all I seem to be allowed to watch in France is VOTOMS) and actually did some anime watching.

Hakumei & Mikochi: Episodes 1-4 rewatch(?)
I can't remember where I got up to with this before, so I started again. What a lovely little series this is. The kind of relaxing slice-of-life I can really appreciate, reminding people how joyful and comforting the simple pleasures of life and nature can be. Which is not so much the case when it comes to...

The Life of Budori Gusuko or Blue Cat Stares into the Middle Distance for Two Hours II
I'm not exactly sure what the message of this was supposed to be, presumably that humanity can leave nature alone and remain at its uncaring mercy, or we can try and prevent it from killing us but wreck the natural balance in the process so we're screwed either way. In the early stages I thought it was a commentary on industrialisation and thinking we know better than nature despite its cruelty, but given that Budori found his place in the world with people who unnaturally meddle in natural processes and his final choice was to willfully cause global warming, thereby pretty much assuring he will not only perpetuate but probably even worsen the extreme weather cycles he is trying to prevent, the "happy ending" rings pretty hollow. Also what was with the melodrama of them having no firewood? The famine I understand, but they lived right on the edge of a forest. The town's major industry appeared to be s*dding timber and his father was a lumberjack, how the hell did they not have any wood? Could they quite literally not see the forest for the trees?

Plot aside, it did have some very nice visuals, at least as long as they remained 2D. The continued terrible implementaion into 2D anime of poorly integrated 3D models (that look like they've just had standard materials applied instead of, y'know, trying to actually make them fit into the art style at all) makes me want to go to Japan and produce CGI for the anime industry, because I'm fairly confident I could actually do a better job. And I was always glad to see the death/god cat because he actually had an expressive face, unlike Budori's vacant stare.

I've seen a few episodes of this iteration before, but remembered very little about it, beyond the fact that it's lighter in tone than other versions, being almost more like a sitcom.
Much as I do appreciate the obviously higher budgets and better animation quality of the OVAs and movies, for me Patlabor on TV is what really made me fall in love with the characters. They have so much more time over its longer course to interact and give you a better sense of their personalities and relationships (plus the music, as you've already pointed out, is awesome). I couldn't handle the dub. No Ohbayashi? No Toshio Furukawa? But especially no Yoshiko Sakakibara? No deal.
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Professor Irony

I hear that in France, they call it Les Votomes.

But yeah. If I was really digging into it, Shinobu sounds too young and Ohta sounds too... normal. I know the old Manga UK dub for the films is well regarded, but it's been so long since I've seen it, I really can't remember what that was like now.


Adachi and Shimamura ep 2
Questioning yourself.

Higurashi - NEW ep 3
New information.

Akudama Drive ep 2
Phase 2 explained. The action in this show is excellent.


CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Adachi and Shimamura episode 2 Cutting time.

Akudama Drive episode 2 Broken glass and pretty lights.

Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW episode 3 Interrogation.

31 Days of Halloween! Day XV: The Fly (Film)

Modern Magic Made Simple
episodes 7-12 (Complete. This had its moments but was let down a bit by some unneeded fanservice and uninteresting antagonists- especially the one that appears later on.) 2.5/5
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Death Scythe
Tsuritama episodes 10-12 (End)
A well balanced sci-fi/SoL series from Gatchaman Crowds director Kenji Nakamura. Great art direction and fun characters. Will have to check out Nakamura's C - Control sometime.

Texhnolyze episodes 1-4

Laid-Back Camp [Rewatch] episode 2

BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!☆PICO~OHMORI~episode 24
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CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Assault Lily: BOUQUET episode 3 Confronting the past via the present.

Fire Force Season 2 episode 40 Trapped.

Haikyu!!: To the Top 2nd Season episode 16 Simple devotion.

I'm Standing on a Million Lives episode 3 A suspect escort mission.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III episode 3 To protect.

Jujutsu Kaisen (TV) episode 3 Newcomer.

MajoTabi, The Journey of Elaina episode 3 Happiness contained?

TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You episode 3 Misunderstandings.

31 Days of Halloween! Day XVI: Universal Dracula Sequels (Films)

episodes 1-26 (Complete. A romance-comedy series consisting of 12 minute episodes that explores a relationship with some obsessive tendencies but plays them in a more cute and sometimes endearing fashion - being self-aware in the process through some of the character interactions.) 3/5


Death Scythe
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club episodes 1-2
Already my favourite Love Live series in terms of production. Great character designs, compositing and animation so far. One of my gripes with Sunshine was how it relied too much on μ's and followed the same formula as their series. Thankfully this series looks like it'll avoid those problems with the biggest change being Yu Takasaki's role as a supportive member of the group.

Golden Kamuy Season 3 episodes 1-2
As expected of Immortal Sugimoto


OK, better, but more to do with the new characters than the 2 MCs. Stay of execution.

Rail Romanesque ep 3

1m Lives ep 3
An odd recruitment process.

Jujutsu Kaisen ep 3
New in town.

Fire Force s2 e16
Legendary imagination.

Iwakakeru ep 3
We can rebuild her.


CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM episode 2 Phantom thieves and spooky shenanigans.

Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls episode 3 Rebuild.

Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai episode 3 Good to see they covered this arc early on - was handled pretty well and I’m enjoying this so far.

Sugiruri, Warlords of Sigrdrifa episode 3 The consequences shown.

The Day I Became a God episode 2 Movie references galore.

The Gymnast Samurai episode 2 Needles and Pins.

31 Days of Halloween! Day XVII: Universal Monster Crossovers (Films)

Also continued my rewatch of Miami Vice Season 1.


Death Scythe
Tamako Market episodes 1-2
The Naoko Yamada and Yukiko Horiguchi combination is powerful

Dorohedoro OVA
A compilation of shorts presented with limited animation. A fun little extra to the series.

Dragon Slayer

October 16th & 17th.

A Certain Scientific Railgun T (English Dub) Episode 23

The Misfit at Demon King Academy (English Dub) Episode 7

Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Episode 6

Adachi and Shimamura Episode 2 Outside interference.

Assault Lily: Bouquet Episode 3 Past and present.

Fire Force Season 2 Episode 40 Ensnared.

I'm Standing on a Million Lives Episode 3 A new member.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III Episode 3 Xenos.

Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM Episode 2 Thievery and Spooky antics.

Iwakakeru! -Sport Climbing Girls- Episode 3 Rebuild training.

King's Raid: Successors of the Will Episode 3 A century old truth.

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Episode 3

Rail Romanesque Episode 3 Brainstorming.

Seitokai Yakuindomo* OVA Episode 10 (Complete)

The Day I Became a God Episode 2 Film References.

TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You Episode 3 Bathhouse misunderstandings.

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 3 Cruel kindness.

Warlords of Sigrdrifa Episode 3 Resulting consequence.

Deleted member 8521

The Irregular At Magic High School: Visitor Arc episode 3
Talentless Nana episode 3
Moriarty The Patriot episode 2


Death Scythe
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club episode 3
Yu speedrunning her harem I see. Found out Laid-Back Camp scriptwriter Jin Tanaka is also handling this series.

Jujutsu Kaisen episodes 1-3
Pretty great action so far as expected from director Sunghoo Park. Shingo Yamashita's team also did a fantastic job on the opening.

22/7 episodes 1-3
Well it's certainly an intriguing concept so far but the lack of Yukiko Horiguchi's designs is pretty disappointing.

Dragon Slayer

Monster Girl Doctor (English Dub) Episode 10

By the Grace of the Gods Episode 3 Baptism and Guild test.

Maesetsu! -Opening Act- Episode 2 First live show.

Talentless Nana Episode 3 Suspicion.


CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 170 Helping hands.

By the Grace of the Gods episode 3 Joining a guild.

Maesetsu! Opening Act episode 2 Quite the pair.

Moriarty the Patriot episode 2 The important part.

Talentless Nana episode 3 Playing detective.

31 Days of Halloween! Day XVIII: The Count Yorga Collection (Films)

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun (Rewatch)
episodes 1-6