A tale of two unboxings

Natsume Book of Friends 4 BD 001

Mm, haven’t done one of these in a while – and certainly never a double feature – but the contrast between my two latest anime acquisitions was so striking as to swiftly overcome one’s usual lack of blogging energy.

Today, let’s do a quick two-in-one Blu-ray unboxing: the fourth season of Natsume Yūjin-chō (Natsume’s Book of Friends) and Shinkai Makoto’s Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words).

The Garden of Words BD 001

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A quick look at K-ON! The Movie

My copy of K-ON! The Movie arrived yesterday, but – surprise surprise – it took me a good 24 hours or so to finally scrape together just enough energy to pop the disc into my PS3.

I might put together a more comprehensive review (including the physical product) in the next few days (EDIT: make that a few weeks – sorry chaps but that’s what work-related stress does to you), but for the moment, here’s what I thought of the film.

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Unboxing Hoshi o Ou Kodomo (Blu-ray)

A week after leaving Italy with a lifetime’s worth of incredible memories in tow (more on those in future posts), Diego quietly slips back into his old otaku ways with a quick unboxing session.

Today the spotlight falls on the limited edition Blu-ray release of Shinkai Makoto’s 2011 film Hoshi o Ou Kodomo.

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Two months before the date and I’m already feeling poorer

I’ve wanted to add CLANNAD to my anime video collection almost from the day it first aired. Too bad the R1 release has, so far, been DVD-only.

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The first shots have been fired . . .

. . . and you’re called to serve on the front line.

Hop on over to Wolf Hurricane for Diego’s review of the U.S. Blu-ray release of Summer Wars.

Awesome. Just . . . awesome.

My copy of the US Blu-ray release of Summer Wars arrived yesterday. Freeing it from its box, I popped the disc into a waiting PS3 with the intention of doing a quick-skip through (to check for defects and what-not) before consigning it to my weekend watchlist. Enjoying an evening movie is something I haven’t had much time or energy for recently.

That was the plan, anyway.

In the end, I couldn’t stop watching.

It was easily the best anime film I’ve seen in . . . well, since I started watching anime (pace Nagato and Disappearance). After the credits, I wasn’t just picking my jaw up from the floor – I was crawling around trying to collect various fragments of jaw that had exploded everywhere through sheer delight and exhilaration.

Whether I’ll have time to write a review remains to be seen, but it will go on Wolf Hurricane if it does come out. For now, cheerio.

Unboxing The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi (Blu-ray)

Time to break my last anime Blu-ray acquisition of the year out of its box and into the harsh light of public scrutiny.

Today the spotlight falls on the Amazon-Japan-exclusive version of the limited edition of the Blu-ray release of (whew, so many qualifiers) of the 2010 animated film The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi.

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