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Video: “Chasseur” (Christopher Soren Kelly)


Bhitov Journal: 07/19/2017

Even here in Pengonia, penguins know of Devil.  Not mean every day devil-eater like whale-barbarian or bear-invader.  No, even Pengonian know of Devil who glide across snow-desert and walk along ice-shore.  Devil that look like dead family-friend and offer to help penguin.  Devil that…

No, Bhitov speak too much.  Better not talk of Devil.  Bhitov suggest you no talk about Devil either…


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  • Title: “Chasseur”
  • Director: Chris Kelly
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Review: “Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms For Tomorrow ~” Volume 1 (TV Series)

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  • Title: “Hanasaku Iroha Blossoms For Tomorrow ”  Volume 1
  • Series: “Hanasaku Iroha
  • Creator: P.A. Works
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice-of-Life
  • Format: Premium Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Set
  • Description:
      • “When Ohana’s mother flees with her boyfriend to avoid paying his debts, Ohana is sent off to live with her grandmother, who owns the hot spring inn, Kissuiso. Upon arriving, Ohana is put to work at the inn. Thrust into a life where the customers always come first, she struggles to find her place at the inn and fit in with her fellow coworkers.” – Amazon
  • Contents:
      • 2 DVD, 2 Blu-ray  disc set (Episodes 1 – 13)
      • Full Color, Hardcover Artbook (Approx. 11″ x 7″)
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Purchase: “Hanasaku Iroha  Blossoms For Tomorrow ~” Volume 1 – Premium Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo (Amazon)
  • Rating: 4 star
  • Review:
      • The first half of this entertaining slice-of-life series has plenty to offer fans of lighthearted coming-of-age dramas.  “Hanasaku Iroha’s” tale of a young girl finding both happiness and self-worth through hard work and friendship is quite enjoyable despite the show’s heavy reliance on common anime tropes.  Whether it’s the tsundere kitchen assistant, a mother with lackadaisical parenting skills or the erotica-writing pervert, practically every anime character stereotype is represented within the walls of Kissuiso.  Thankfully, despite “Hanasaku Iroha’s” lack of creativity in the character department, the story itself makes for an interesting way to pass the time due its humorous situations and heartwarming moments.

The Premium Edition release of volume of the “Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms For Tomorrow ~” series is a Blu-ray/DVD combo set that comes in an illustrated album-size slipcase along with a thirty-six page hardback art book.  The included artbook not only contains a large assortment of character designs and set pieces, but each art piece is accompanied by comments from the artists who worked on the series.  In addition to the various the plethora of design comments, the book also includes several pages worth of interviews that expand on the show and the hard work that went into its creation.

With its pleasant mix of light drama and humor, with just a touch of romance, “Hanasaku Iroha” is a good series filled with small moments of laughter and charm.

 

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Video: “A Lost Treasure” (Sebastian Zegers)

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Review: “Natsume’s Book Of Friends – Season 3” (TV Series)

Natsume's Book of Friends - Season 3 -  Review - NIS America

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  • Title: ”Natsume’s Book of Friends – Season 3″
  • Series: “Natsume’s Book of Friends” (Natsume Yūjin-chō)
  • Creator: Yuki Midorikawa
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Supernatural
  • Format: Premium Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Set
  • Description:
      • “Takashi Natsume has always been shunned by those around him because of his mysterious ability to see yokai. Eventually, he came into possession of his grandmother Reiko’s “Book of Friends,” and together with his bodyguard Nyanko-sensei he set out to return the names of the yokai contained within it. Since then, he’s found a home with the Fujiwaras and surrounded himself with friends at school. Little does he know he’s about to be dragged unwittingly into further trouble…” – NIS America
  • Contents:
      • 2 DVD, 2 Blu-ray  disc set (Episodes 1 – 13)
      • Full Color, Hardcover Artbook (Approx. 11″ x 7″)
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Purchase: “Natsume’s Book of Friends – Season 3″ Premium Edition DVD Boxset (Amazon)
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review:
      • This third season of “Natsume’s Book of Friends” doesn’t change up the show’s basic formula much in this latest set of supernaturally themed slice-of-life stories released by NIS America.  The stories continue to range in tone from laugh-out-loud silly to slightly dark action-adventure, but all of them shine brightly thanks to the moments of quiet warmth and bittersweet poignancy that are laced throughout each episode.  Thankfully, although the basic formula hasn’t changed much, the series is far from being stagnant as Natsume finally begins to move forward with his life as he sheds the last of his disdain for the yokai and instead chooses to serve as mediator between them and the rest of humanity.  While this transformation arises partly out of necessity, it is the show’s consistent, emotive writing that makes this change a believable one.

The “Premium Edition” release of “Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol. 3“is a Blu-ray/DVD combo set that comes in an illustrated album-size slipcase along with a thirty-two page hardback art book/episode guide.  Aside from the usual array of character bios and episode synopses, the guidebook also includes a nice assortment of character designs and full page art pieces.

Bottom line, if you enjoyed the first two seasons, you will find plenty to love in the third season.

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Review: “The Fades – Season One” (TV Series)

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  • Title: “The Fades – Season One”
  • Series: “The Fades”
  • Creator: Jack Thorne
  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
  • Format: Streaming Video (Amazon Prime)
  • Description:
      • “Paul is a young man who is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist nor his best friend, Mac can provide answers for. Worse still, Paul has started seeing the Fades – the spirits of the dead – all around him. They’re everywhere, but normally can’t be seen, heard or touched – until now. An embittered and vengeful Fade has found a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living and Paul, Mac and their loved ones find themselves in the middle of it all. The worst is only yet to come as the fate of humanity rests in the hands of the two friends who already have enough trouble getting through a day in one piece, let alone saving the world.” – Amazon
  • Publisher: BBC Home Entertainment
  • MSRP: $39.98
  • Purchase:  “The Fades – Season One” Set (Amazon)
  • Watch Free: Amazon Prime (with existing membership)
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review:
      • “The Fades” is one of those great series that that’s able to take a variety of genres and blend them together into something amazing.  It’s a compelling, action-packed series populated with relatable characters that resonate with viewers despite a weird plot that just continues to grow ever more outlandish as the series progresses.  It’s primarily a tale about the end of the world, but it’s also a story about growing up different, taking responsibility for your actions and understanding that even the best intentions can lead to the most horrific of outcomes.  Sadly, despite winning several awards and being an all around fantastic series, the one thing the “The Fades” has yet to deliver on is the promise of a second season due BBC 3 budget cuts.  T_T
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Video: “John Henry and The Railroad” (Whitestone Motion Pictures)

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Trailer: “Wrong” (Quentin Dupieux)

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Review: “Ground Control To Psychoelectric Girl” Complete Series (TV Series)

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  • Title: “Ground Control To Psychoelectric Girl” Complete Series
  • Series: “Ground Control To Psychoelectric Girl” (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko)
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  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Slice-of-Life
  • Format: Premium Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
  • Description:
      • “Makoto Niwa meets his first cousin Erio Tōwa at the house of his aunt Meme Tōwa. He is confused to see Erio when he first moves in because he thought his aunt lived alone; Erio, who claims she is an extraterrestrial lifeform, is no longer enrolled in school and wears a futon. Surprised by his cousin’s eccentricity, he needs time to adapt to the tumultuous new life that has been sprung onto him..” – Wikipedia
  • Contents:
      • 2 DVD, 2 Blu-ray disc set (Episodes 1-11)
      • Full Color, Hardcover Artbook (Approx. 11″ x 7″)
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Purchase: “Ground Control To Psychoelectric Girl” Premium Edition Boxset (Amazon)
  • Rating: 4 out 5 stars
  • Review:
      • Perhaps the most interesting thing about “Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl” is how much of it is just a façade for a much deeper and nuanced tale of fractured lives, misplaced hopes and, ultimately, rediscovered dreams.  While the over-the-top eccentricities of the show’s characters and their equally absurd antics provide plenty of entertainment throughout, what truly makes the series truly shine is those all too brief moments in between all the hilarity when the characters drop their masks and let their true hearts show.  Whether it’s Meme’s concerns over whether she’s done the right thing in supporting her daughter’s retreat from the world or Makoto’s reflections on his history of giving up on things that are important to him due to his fear of failure, “Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl” is a great example of a comedic series that grows more emotionally complex as it goes along.

The “Premium Edition” release of “Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl” is a Blu-ray/DVD combo set that comes in an illustrated album-size slipcase along with a thirty-six page hardback art book/episode guide.  Aside from the usual array of character bios and episode synopses, the guidebook also boasts an extensive number of interviews with the production staff and voice actors.

Often silly, occasionally incomprehensible, but far deeper than it’s shallow exterior initially lets on, “Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl” in another excellent release from NIS America.

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Trailer: “The Host” (Andrew Niccol)

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Review: “Bunny Drop” Complete Series (TV Series)

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  • Title: “Bunny Drop” Complete Series
  • Series: “Bunny Drop
  • Creator: Yumi Unita
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice-of-Life
  • Format: Premium Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
  • Description:
      • “Daikichi, a 30-year-old bachelor, is surprised to meet a 6-year-old, Rin, at his grandfather Souichi’s funeral. He and his family are even more surprised to learn that Rin is Souichi’s daughter. When the topic of who will care for her comes up, the family shirks all responsibility of raising this “shameful” child. In an emotional outburst, Daikichi declares his intention to take Rin into his home. This is the story of two very different individuals coming together under one roof and learning what it means to be a family, an experience that teaches Daikichi what it means to be a parent.” – The Right Stuf
  • Contents:
      • 2 DVD, 2 Blu-ray disc set (Episodes 1-11)
      • Full Color, Hardcover Artbook (Approx. 11″ x 7″)
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Purchase: “Bunny Drop” Premium Edition Boxset (RightStuf)
  • Rating: 5 out 5 stars
  • Review:
      • Utterly charming and heartwarming from start to finish, “Bunny Drop” is one of the best animated slice-of-life shows to come out Japan in years. Thanks in large part to its realistic setting and plausible storylines, Daikichi’s transformation from corporate salary man to single parent quickly becomes an engrossing journey filled with quiet humor and poignant moments of self-discovery. Far from being a chore or a burden, Rin quickly becomes a wondrous opportunity for Daikichi to become a part of a world where unexpected moments of joy and laughter await him at every turn

The “Premium Edition” release of “Bunny Drop”” is a Blu-ray/DVD combo set that comes in an illustrated album-size slipcase along with a twenty-eight page hardback art book/episode guide. Aside from the usual array of character bios and episode synopses, the guidebook also boasts a large assortment of character designs, set pieces and interviews with the production staff.

While some may find “Bunny Drop’s” sugar-coated version of parenting a bit frustrating at times, that’s not the point of the series. “Bunny Drop” intentionally downplays its drama so viewers can see that, for many parents, raising a child is a ticket to a life filled with secret treasures and beautiful memories that only those blessed with children ever see. If you haven’t had the chance to experience this wonderful series yet, then this premium edition release from NIS America is definitely the way to go.

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