Media | Anime Releases | November 6th, 2007: A big week with a lot of good stuff and a lot of crap. Prepared with the help of The Digital Bits and cover art courtesy of Amazon.

Roundup by Mightyblue | Posted November 5, 2007

Pick of the week

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya V.4
Yeah, I made Haruhi a weekly pick a while back, but blame it on the competition. While this week has some decent good content one, nothing much truly stands out. So why not enjoy the further adventures of Ms. Haruhi Suzumiya, whose melancholy tale makes her one of the more engaging anime heroines in recent memory. The fact that the world exists at her whim doesnít hurt either. Itís also one of the best anime comedies to come out of Japan in years, a fact largely helped along by the fact that the main character is a very normal straight man to Haruhi and her crewís craziness. The English dub doesn't quite have the same level of excellence as the original Japanese dub does though.

The Other Stuff

Witchblade Vol. 2
We should all be aware by now that most American comics solely exist to pander to adolescent boys (and men who wish they were still adolescent boys), but címon -- there must be better American comics to adapt into anime form than Witchblade. I mean, the American live action TV series was actually decent, but the anime is just... boring. How the producers have managed to achieve this with such action-packed source material while still cramming in the fanservicy and racy bits is a mystery for the ages. Skip it.

My-Zhime: My-Otome Vol. 3
Gah. GAH. The original My Hime show was a middlingly decent magical girl show that managed to blend enough action in with the Sailor Moon-esque adolescent drama to prevent it from being completely unwatchable. The follow-up series on the other hand manages to blend the maid craze that's been rutting against Japan's leg for the past few years into the mix, minus a coherent plot and cogent character development, resulting in a fanservice-riddled mess that ends up being almost entirely unwatchable. And yet people claim both shows were made for the guys, despite the bad shoujo manga vibes they each give off. Skip it.

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad IV
Beck is a music drama centered on a lazy high schooler with no goal in life. Said loser gets dragged into the world of rock music, discovers he has amazing musical talents and embarks on a quest to become the top band. Throw in a muted love triangle and youíve got the series, which is surprisingly good despite its fairly generic premise. Has some good rock music in as well, which is what you'd hopefully expect from a music show, despite the Engrish. Worth a rental.

Naruto Vol. 17
Ah, Naruto. Source of more yaoi fanfics and doujinshi (thatís man-on-man loviní, folks) than anything since Final Fantasy VII. Put aside the weird tendencies of fans on both sides of the Pacific for a moment and you have a show thatís ostensibly about the adventures of a ninja-in-training named Uzumaki Naruto, a spunky yet idiotic fellow with a powerful fox demon sealed within him. Iím pretty sure even blind and deaf people trapped in a cave in the middle of nowhere have heard of this series by now, so let me finish this by saying that this release is the TV version, which is edited somewhat. Skip it.

Anime Boxsets and Other Things of a Swaggy Nature

We have a few collections this week, three season collections, one double feature, and Haruhiís obscenely expensive limited edition with a small mountain Ďo swag. The collections cover Golden Boy, Gantz, and Mars Daybreak -- all complete series. The double feature includes mid-90s fanservice pulp Burn Up! and Plastic Little, and god is the tagline for Burn Up! stupid. And Haruhi Vol. 4ís swag edition is... yeah. If youíve ever wanted a throw pillow with the Haruhi girls on it, well... there you go? Also available is a limited swag edition for FLAG. Recommendations are: not a whole damn lot. At the very least Burn Up/Plastic Little and Mars Daybreak might possibly be worth a rental, but none of the collections this week are truly outstanding.

The Other "Other" Stuff

  • Viridian Collection: Desert Punk Vol. 3: Vixen of the Desert [reprint] (rental)
  • Viridian Collection: Desert Punk Vol. 4: Desert Dung [reprint] (rental)
  • Girlís High Vol. 3, Happy Ending (skip)
  • Gundam Seed Destiny Vol. 11 (skip)
  • Ah My Goddess!: Season Two, Flights of Fancy, Vol. 4 Ė Iím a Believer (rental)
  • Guyver Vol. 7 -- Armor of the Gods (watch)
  • Tide-Line Blue, Vol. 4 (borderline rental)
  • FLAG, Vol. 1 (rental)
  • Digi-Charat Nyo!, Vol. 4 (skip)

[Editor's note: the Girls High manga is pretty funny, so the anime might be worth watching with your lady friend, assuming the production crew managed to keep its reflexive fanservice compulsion in check.]

Itís a big release week, but it feels kinda lackluster after last week and Phoenix. Thereís pretty much something for every genre this week, so youíve only got yourselves to blame if you donít find something you want this week. Even if it is Digi-Charat. Discuss it on the Forums!