After accidentally forming the legendary mecha “Aquarion,” Amata finds himself at a pilot-training academy where the flirty girls love to get a rise out of him, and the boys seem more interested in exploring mysterious holes and big bangs than harnessing their Elemental superpowers. It’s all awkward dates, hijinks, and threesomes until otherworldly beings start abducting powerful female students. As a mysterious megalomaniac plots interplanetary disaster, the fate of the galaxy depends on whether or not the hormone-fueled academy coeds can come together to fight evil. Set 12,000 years after the events of Aquarion, this series from the studio behind Fairy Tail and Macross builds on the mythos of the original while introducing a new group of lovers and fighters all heading toward one epic climax.
Now, romance and mecha have been done plenty of times before, but this show really takes it up a serious notch or two then you are used too. The result is a completely bizarre mecha-epic that is chock full of sexual context. It’s a good median for a mature anime watcher such as myself. There’s one episode where the pilots discover that they can “feel” missiles better if they have more skin exposed. I really love little wacky details like that! I got a bit concerned around the half-way point when things got gloomy, but where other shows get all soppy and unbearable frequently when changes in tone occur, AE managed to maintain a levity to the proceedings, I suppose in part because although a few characters died, there was a consistent sense of hope.
Perhaps the show’s greatest contribution to the entire genre is the robot Aquarion itself. Sure the concept of three ultra-capable jet fighters combining to form a massive butt-whipping mecha is nothing new, the idea that the end result is completely dictated by the personalities of the three pilots involved certainly is. Known here as Elements, the individuals charged with the task of saving all of humanity one wild mechanized fistfight at a time play a far deeper role than simply glorified fighter pilots. Indeed this series makes interesting use of the concept of a person’s aura as, depending on the combination of the three Elements involved in the conjunction, the Aquarion itself can basically take on limitless forms. Sorry Voltron, a single character isn’t delegated the role of “forming the head” here but rather the position is up for grabs among the three Elements chosen to go out and do battle. Depending on which one snags the responsibility, Aquarion unites into a unique mode with special abilities including everything from archery, to the leg dexterity of a pro soccer player, to a punch with near endless reach.
This review only covers a portion of the series and what saves “Aquarion” from the junk heap of derivative Anime is the beautifully rendered backgrounds and character designs. By the second disc of this series, Aquarion perks up and Animae fans may find just enough meat to keep them interested in gobbling up this series. Characters are well defined, even if their back story isn’t all that it possibly could be. Through the series and part one in particular we learn more about the past lives of the characters and their current incarnation. There is a very clear foreshadowing of what is to come in Aquarion. So for those who want to reminisce on many anime at once and even more to experience all the little things that made multiple series great presented in one go this is a must purchase. It was the kind of show that left me smiling a big, dopey sile when all was said and done. Part two coming soon! Recommended.
Shougo is the heir apparent to a large business conglomerate and only child to the president. However on the day of the funeral, a lady’s voice comes through the window telling him that she is his little sister and wishes to marry him. One year later he transfers to his new school with the understanding that he need to find a nice girl and marry her before he graduates (good thing he is a second year). And he is surrounded by a lot of lovely ladies, until a mysterious caller calls and lets him know that his little sister is at the exact same school. Now he must not only be careful on who he falls in love with, but also narrow down his search and find the sister he never knew he had. You have a slew of potential suitors/sisters from the cute girl next door, to the rich blonde, to the mysterious store owner – each one with their own unique personalities and character story that just draws you in as you watch Shougo go through to find true love, but hopefully not with the sister he also wishes to be united with. You will enjoy this series if you enjoy a good story with a mystery and the chance for happiness for all involved.
The problem is, Shougo is rumored to have a secret half-sister who is also reportedly attending the same school. He doesn’t know what she looks like so he has to be very careful in his romances with any girl attending the school. After finishing it though, I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. What kept me coming back was the mystery. After every episode I was always looking forward to finding out who the sister really was. The characters for me was also one of the strongest points of the show. If you can get past some of the typical harem qualities the characters have and the run of the mill protagonist, the motives, back story, personalities, interactions and relationships each of the girls have are actually pretty fun, interesting and enjoyable at least for me. So if you’re a fan of romance and harems you will definitely enjoy this, but if not I think the mystery and characters will be enough to get you to finish it.
The anime was a fairly accurate adaptation until a certain point, where they decided to change the identity of the titular sister, although the change was ultimately inconsequential. This show has the basic characteristic of most harem anime: a gaggle of girls swarming around a male lead. Said lead usually falls anywhere within the intellectual spectrum between “complete idiot” and “hapless sane man”. Interestingly, this particular one seems a bit more competent than your average harem protagonist, demonstrating an ability to think through problems and solve them logically with only minimal assistance from others. The series does a good job at keeping you guessing, throwing red herrings, half-truths, misunderstandings and other tricks to make it so you have a good idea of who the sister is, but just can’t put your finger on it.
Going into much more detail would ruin the series for anyone who intends to watch. Those of you looking for a heart-pounding, edge of your seat, story should look somewhere else. Those of you looking to bask in yet another love locked harem tale, indulge, and add this one to your queue. The animation was good and the music is what you would expect from anime like this, all in all, a very good and complete anime worthy of a second or even third viewing. It’s hilarious, well put-together and the story has me more interested than most other harems I have seen to this day.
Maken-Ki is a show that filled the ‘fanservice’ slot for series this season, much like shows such as Seikon no Qwazer and Manyuu Hikenchou, although not quite as bad as either. It is also a show that actually got quite boring for me as it went on, and I felt that overall it was trying too hard to please. A school with 2/3 of the population having large boobs, 1/3 having decent sized boobs and Himegami is turned into a co-ed school. This lucky bastard/nice guy Takeru goes there and meets up with his childhood friend, big breasted VP. He soon meets up with another big breasted girl who made some sort of childhood promise-of course it’s marrage, all of them are in harems. No spoiler’s here.
Oh, and there’s these Maken things, Takeru doesn’t really have one to start with but he gets one later on, obviously. And a legend of some nine-tailed fox snake dragon but that isn’t really important. There’s simply no redeeming factor about this show as the fights are flashy to look at but have boring fighting animations that skip any real action in place of simply drowning the screen in colours and noise. And the characters are all melonheads, every time someone starts speaking I got this itchy feeling of telling them to shut up. The dialogue is a grating experience that consists either of someone telling the obvious or simply someone being stupid. And the humour is naturally just this line-up of jokes thinking it’s funny to be perverted scum. Who the hell deemed it funny to let every boy be a sort of lecherous existence of shamefulness? The jokes get so low as to just let you see panties far too often. How the hell am I supposed to react to that? It’s not funny, I simply don’t care about such crap. Fanservice is fine and all as long as it has a purpose. This is just a stupid tune set to repeat endlessly.
We have the childhood friends Haruko Amaya and Inaho Kushiya. Haruko is the strongest in the school and apparently trained at Takuro’s dojo before something terrible happened that made Takuro stop practicing karate (this is explained later in the series). Inaho on the other hand is a curious character that one assumes is a childhood friend of sorts since she claims to be Takuro’s fiancé, and is apparently indebted to Takuro for some unspecified reason from their past. Add to this a number of other girls who make up the Maken-Ki/student council, including Kodama Himegami, another girl who possibly has a significant connection to Takeru and we have a classic harem anime. This is further enhanced when the school principle happily allows Takeru, Haruko, Inoha and Himegami to live in the same room. So not only do we have three girls fighting over and with Takeru, but they are all now staying in the same apartment. This of course means more fanservice with Takeru waking in on all the girls while in the shower or changing, with hilarious consequences.
Well it’s been a while since this series came out but it has yet to stopped to amaze me. No I am not an extreme ecchi fan; I just believe that in this manga it is kept down to moderate and relaxing terms, unlike many of the boob-bashing, mad-cow diseased hip’d, pointy cheeked anime’s out there that just incorporate full blown chaos of non-sense. I’m just gonna say, I don’t enjoy too many series with fanservice, and this one has a lot.
There is only one thing wrong with this otherwise flawless series. I found out that there is a second part to this story, and you can only conclude it by reading the manga. If that sits well with you then picking up this fantastic NIS release is a no-brainer. A super cranky ninja named Saizo finds himself unwillingly saving a priestess named Isanami. Isanami’s home, the Izumo temple, had been brutally burned and she is the only survivor. She manages to bribe Saizo with food into escorting her to Shinshuu to enlist the aid of laidback, playboy lord, Sanada Yukimura. While Yukimura allows Isanami (and Saizo) to stay, he has his own agenda. He is in the process of gathering his brave ten warriors who will help him take over the world.
The fighting is totally kick-ass and there’s a ton of great eye-candy as can be expected in a series like this. It is a nice change of pace from the usual slice-of-life anime that NIS releases. It has the same feel as Naruto/Bleach but it still has a uniqueness to it. One of the best parts of the show is that you learn just enough about each character that it leaves you wanting more. While the anime can stand on its own as only 1 season, there is so much potential for additional story line and the opportunity to really flesh everyone charters out. The ending song was pretty entrancing. All characters personality was well put, I just thought it was a bit quick on how each character was introduced in the story. I also had a friend (who watched the series with me) point out that you have to be willing to suspend a lot of disbelief too. Wounds heal incredibly quickly. One person has a sword run all the way through his right hand, but the next day he’s sent off on a mission and uses his sword like he was never hurt.
This set contains the 12-episode series on two Blu-ray discs, each in its own keepcase case and housed in a sturdy slipcase. I’ve said this in ever NIS review but they are my #1 favorite publishers. They seem to take a lot of care into their packages. The 1.78:1 anamorphic image looks very good. The colors are strong and solid and they’re accurately reproduced and come through clearly. The level of detail is very good and the lines are tight. The best extra isn’t found on the discs however. That award goes to the very nice hardcover book that is included with the set. This attractive full-color book includes large images along with a synopsis from each episode, character design sheets, interviews with the creators, and more.
If you don’t like whiny female characters, this might be an anime to skip over as well. A girl being pursued by assassins runs into a ronin samurai. He saves her and subsequently can’t get rid of her, as she begs for him to escort her to a nearby castle. Once there the lord is initially reluctant to help her but turns out not to be so helpless after all, additionally the lord seems to have a plan of his own, the formation of a group of 10 warriors. She just happens to make the cut! However, don’t get it confused, as Brave 10 as a whole is something that honestly sounded interesting when I read up the description. It started off decent enough—albeit generic—but I found myself not being able to put the remote down. I loved every second, admist the small criticisms.
The art of the anime series, definitely portrays, the high speed action of the ninja attacks, and assaults. Even when action isn’t the main focus of the story, the scenes, of them talking or gathering information from Yukimura, or Isanami giving Saizo a rude awakening in the morning, it’s quite crisp. It has an extremely simple and straight-forward storytelling method which doesn’t tend to be over-complicated or try to be something it is not. If this were an adaptation, it would have made a good transition. It’s easy to absorb, and while it has no deeper meaning to speak of, it won’t leave you with any plot holes. I hope this is the start of more action/adventure anime from NIS. Recommended!
Some people suddenly find religion, but for 16-year-old Kusanagi Godou, it’s that REALLY old time religion that’s found him! As the result of defeating the God of War in mortal combat, Godou’s stuck with the unwanted position of Campione!, or God Slayer, whose duty is to fight heretical Gods whenever they try to muscle in on the local turf. Not only is this likely to make Godou roadkill on the Highway to Heaven, it’s also a job that comes with a lot of other problems. Like how to deal with the fact that his “enhanced status” is attracting a bevy of overly eager female followers. After all, they’re just there to aid him in his demigod duties, right? So why is it that the demonically manipulative sword-mistress Erica Blandelli, seems to have such a devilish interest in encouraging some VERY unorthodox activities? The anime is only 13 episodes long and I don’t want to spoil anymore than I already have. So, let us just leave those question at hypotheticals, shall we?
Campione! was in itself physically gratifying to any male audience for it’s sensuality. It was also funny and had its moments for comedic relief. However, in terms of plot, I thought the story was weak and was merely fan-based. The show is harem in a way but it isn’t at the same time unlike in some other Harems you see, plus the personalities of the girls involved are kick ass knights, what more do you want? Godou’s tale of adventure and early debauchery set the bar high for what a modern day harem’s expectations are. From quick paced action scenes with beautiful scenery and adrenaline pumping background music to hysterical gimmicks, antics, jokes and situations to heavy romantic moments between the main characters; this show offers entertainment for lovers of various genres and styles. From those seeking a little more dialogue and action, to those who love a little history lesson from a subject adored throughout the ages, enjoy Godou’s conquest of not just the impossible to beat Gods of old, but the hearts of the maidens around him.
What starts off as an incident isolated within a single pantheon quickly expands to cover a wide variety of different gods and myths, from Greece to Persia. Our male lead, Godou, is blessed/cursed with various abilities that he can only use once per day, which makes it absolutely essential that he use them at the perfect moment. These abilities are a rainbow of destruction and visuals that keeps the action intense without all that “pause every twenty seconds to talk about our moves” nonsense that the larger anime are known for. In a good anime, every character gets a shot at the spotlight (preferably more than once) and this one delivers excellently. The powers and abilities of each character are rather diverse and have their own visuals to accompany them. The characters themselves are very likable and we see that each female’s feelings for Godou seem genuine and aren’t forced like they are in other harem anime. Campione! clearly didn’t have the budget an action show would demand, but it does a decent job of sidestepping this problem rather than trying to ignore it and suffering decreased visual quality. Naturally, being only thirteen episodes helps in this regard as well.
After that first episode, I swear I could feel the excitement of the fight that Godoh had felt during his fight with the Persian God of Victory, Verethragna. And after that first episode, I waited and watched each new episode and fell in love with the characters. Sure I am not its target audience, and I thought the plot needed work, however, despite myself, I liked Campione!. It was fun, competently put together, and occasionally intelligent. This is a good watch for not only some intense action but for other intense things as well. *WINK*.
We start of with three protagonists Narita, Shūsuke and Haneda. They story tales the thee into their own love lives. A life of a handyman, a waiter and a school boy with opposite personalities of each other. These men soon cross paths and what reveals a jaw dropping scenes about their history together. For each protagonist having their separate;parallel stories , near the end of the anime is what reveals a false truth among them. We can say that Narita Shusuke and Haneda has their separate story arcs. Going into detail; I was really confused at the first few episodes as I didnt really know what the hell was going on. To tell you the truth as a critic, i was not expecting anything interesting untill the late episodes where they finally reveal everything so you can understand the shitstorm the producers created. What seems to be a pile of coal turns out to be polished gold.
The characters are very original and truly make a great connection. Not a single character was made with a cookie cutter. The music was fairly good and had some interesting musical bits, I wont say anymore in order not to spoil. The storyline was amazing, though granted a little hard to understand at first. This is one of those anime that you have to think about the whole time in order to understand and truly get the most out of. Every aspect of this anime was very original. 12 episodes did a beautiful job of taking the plot line and utilizing it to the best of its abilities, bringing it completely full circle. There is so much hidden meaning and inner perspective. Like many anime series of its type, you are started in the middle of the mess, as it helps not only make it so that you are drawn in, but so that you feel a bit of the screwiness of the world also. Some anime are not meant to be understood until the end, and if this is fine by you, or is even something you prefer, I highly recommend this anime.
The only thing that kept me watching until that time was the comedy. Indeed, if it weren’t for the comedy, the shows storyline would have put me off in the begining. Now for more detailed infoormation. As stated above, the storyline isn’t presented very well. I can’t say much without spoiling anything, but I will say one thing: “good attempt at a hard to do story focus“. The focus they chose tends to be a bit confusing to viewers. It can work out very well for thrillers and such, but comedys aren’t a really good choice for it. You’ll understand it when you see it. However having a good amount of humor, as well as romance and a great plot I am unable to say this is a bad anime like some other reviews, but to say this is a MUST WATCH seeing as it is different from most other anime and leaves me wanting more.
Generally, I think the fact that I cared was a pretty good indicator that the creators did a good job. There were some good funny bits thrown in with the confusion – probably saving my mind and motivating me to keep with it. There was also a LOT of girl shots. Everything was creatively blocked by censorship tape, or steam, but it was definitely adult in nature. Typically a harem anime, everything you would expect from that overrated genre are here: beautiful, big busted young girls and women; one dimensional male characters; full on fan service etc. But, hell, I enjoyed it so much!
Meet Chihiro Furuya, a high school student who has an unusually bizarre interest in zombies. Yes, zombies. And it’s no casual interest in zombies. We’re talking collecting zombie films, videogames, books, and even to the point of desiring a ‘zombie girlfriend’. From my point of view, after the midway point of the show, it almost seemed like the show was making a joke out of itself. It was like a slice-of-life without any of the seriousness. Most anime usually aim for a certain direction with their storytelling but Sankarea boldly falls in several categories including ecchi, romance, comedy, horror, gothic, sci-fi and slice of life. With this strangely obscure direction; Sankarea should have no problem in delighting its audience, especially fans who favor a range of genres. The plot is simple enough and really quite unique too. For the first four episodes I was genuinely enjoying Sankarea. There were some minor flaws, but overall it was well executed. Thanks to the fantastic pacing of events and a charming, overwrought atmosphere, Rea’s death was exceptionally well built up and was by far the best scene of the whole series.
The story tried to develop the secondary cast by aimlessly dedicating whole episodes of absolutely pointless back stories to one insignificant secondary character which the writers never utilize later on. The most infuriating secondary character was hands down, the cousin. She had no point other than terribly executed fan service and adding an utterly meaningless love triangle which again, the writers never utilize by the end of the story. If I sound repetitive, good, cause this is a point that really needs to get across. There are a few other points that kept Sankarea from being great, like the clumsy comic relief coming in at all the wrong times; especially near the end, taking a lot of tension away. But mainly it’s really just how poorly handled the secondary cast was that just sapped out a lot of the enjoyment I had with the series early on.
For an indie series, it has done a remarkable job in attracting and luring viewers with its zombie material. But Sankarea has its own quirky twist going on with its comedic elements. It has guts to satirize the genre whilst mocking geeks in a light-hearted manner and this is majorly evident through Chihiro’s obsession with zombies. However, as soon as the audience has settled themselves into the pace of the show, viewers will be surprised to discover that first impressions of Sankarea can be quite deceiving. Many would say that the anime gives off an air of romantic-comedy than a horror anime but we slowly come to realize that the horror undertone has always lurking in the shadows.
Thankfully, with all the bizarre happenings – the ending makes more sense and eventually sets up a prompt for a second season in a mysterious way. There is no word or news of it and a hard prospect to buy into, but an interesting one to entertain after the whirlwind of a story that has been told. Who knows, it might happen after with the OVA’s that add bit into the core story like how Chihiro learn how to revive the dead and about his mother. So, it is not too unlikely, but seems that way. With a little more refinement, and giving one-sided characters, well…more than one side, Sankarea could’ve been a top notch show with a little bit of everything. I guess we’ll have to wait for the second season to finish this story. To round everything up, is Sankarea a show worth watching? Yes it is, with a bit of patience however.
If you recall from our Set 1 review, The last episode had the paranormal hunting crew heading to a mountain retreat to have some fun and naturally they ended up on a mountain with a whole lot of yokai presence on it. Seeing Rikuo’s dedication and power as the new Lord of Pandemonium is strongly presented and shown in this final set. As the war between the two night parades draws closer, Rikuo’s courage and resolve as the new leader is tested more than ever. If you thought his speech and resolve after the Gyuuki arc was strong and pretty impressive, than you’re in for a special treat with this set. Rikuo’s yokai form takes awesome to a whole new place within every episode. – His night form is actually what encouraged me to get into this series at all, actually. I’m a huge InuYasha lover and this series had it’s special moments in it for me. Rikuo did not disappoint in this set one bit. Instead of doing what most shows do at this point by giving us a halfway marker of something interesting and big happening that sets the stage for the second half, we get up to that point and then ask the viewer to journey with us to the past twelve episodes by looking at the story to date and reminding us why we like it so much.
I have to say that this is another great from Viz Media, but I could not expect any less. On the level of other Viz Media such as Naruto, Bleach and InuYasha, Nura is another great! As Nura gathers his Night Parade of a Hundred Demons as the new Lord of Pandemonium, those who pledge their loyalty to him continues to grow and the battle’s continue. With the mild exploration of Inugami’s past, we do see some of how he was manipulated by Tamazuki, but it’s quickly apparent that it was all willing on Inugami’s part simply because he was looking for a place to belong. It’s hard to turn Inugami from this position based on how his life has gone and it’s completely understandable, but everything with him is just prelude for what’s to come from Tamazuki.With the mild exploration of Inugami’s past, we do see some of how he was manipulated by Tamazuki, but it’s quickly apparent that it was all willing on Inugami’s part simply because he was looking for a place to belong. It’s hard to turn Inugami from this position based on how his life has gone and it’s completely understandable, but everything with him is just prelude for what’s to come from Tamazuki.
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan has been a bloody chore to get through, with a few episodes where I was practically begging myself to drop it. Yet they then throw something like this into it where it completely surprises me, thrills me and provides excitement throughout. While it’s in the middle of a rather drawn out and uninteresting story overall that hasn’t been executed well, it’s like the A team of some other series stepped in to show the regular team how it’s done. I am SO glad I had the opportunity to digest the series as a whole. Some tease, some spell out every plot point. Some phone it in like this one where it basically says, ‘expect some action, folks. It’s gonna get messy.’ And admittedly, that’s something that’s really needed at this point after so much setup and missed opportunities, Nura has needed something big. All in all, this set comes recommended.
Piloting a giant robot isn’t just a job, it’s an obsession. At least it is if you’re Noa Izumi, the dedicated young pilot of the SV2 Team 1’s Ingram, which she prefers to refer to as “Alphonse.” Unfortunately, Noa’s not the only driven female in SV2’s lineup, and when fate puts Kanuka Clancy in charge of Noa, not only do fireworks ensue, but Captain Goto decides to throw a little alcohol on the fire. But that’s far from the most dangerous situation facing the thin steel line, and between escorting visiting royalty and pop singers at one extreme, and facing off with mysterious phantom robots on the other, there’s no rest for the weary, overworked squad. And when someone starts sending threatening messages to Goto and potentially deadly “accidents” start occurring, it’s up to the whole force to band together and find the culprit before someone on the Ingram team has their plug pulled permanently. Many of the episodes focus on humorous personal stories, such as an arraigned marriage or a team trip to go drink sake, that are sometimes more entertaining than the mech battles themselves.
The other characters include an overzealous, gun-happy yet somewhat incompetent career policeman; a placid but overly tall policeman who grows tomatoes; a mild, hen-pecked husband who occasionally reveals an explosive temper; an incredibly serious, hard-driven policewoman; and a laid-back yet cunning and mysterious captain. I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this anime. I’ve been trying to open myself up to watching anime that haven’t been created recently and Patlabor was one of the older series I decided to watch. I did not expect the animation to be as solid and appealing as it turned out to be. I think it was the opening sequence that really sold me on the character designs. None of the designs are over the top, so you get a sense of a down to earth type of storyline. The opening and closing songs are catchy enough and actually quite enjoyable once you get used to them. If you are expecting flashy looking mecha designs and some kind of deep meaningful storyline you’re going to be disappointed. Patlabor’s main focus is on the character development and how the different personalities bounce off each other. Patlabor is what Dai-Guard tried to be but failed miserably. If you don’t need philosophical ramblings, elaborate mecha battles and colorful character designs to feel entertained you will enjoy this show.
The last collection garnered a high score from us and this set is no different. Their assignments range from rescuing a government minister and saving an ancient tree to thwarting terrorists and guarding a winter carnival. Captain Goto observes dryly that the robots “have been called everything from jokes to money pits to piles of useless waste.” But when a military experiment runs amok or a mutant monster gets loose in a forest, Division 2 is there to save the day–even if others get the credit for their work. The 18 episodes in this collection offer the combination of mecha adventure and ensemble comedy that have made Patlabor such a popular franchise. The show itself is quite surprising, I thought it may have a a serious tone, coming from Mamoru Oshii of Ghost in the Shell fame, but the OVA is quite lighthearted. Not to mention, there is a considerable lack of mecha action from what looks to be primarily a mecha anime. It is focused on the the formation of the police unit that utilize the Patlabors to curb Labor (robot) crime. Quite a different spin on the genre. This show strays away from that and puts you right into the cockpit.
This method of story development makes the characters less relatable since the violence creates a seemingly overly dramatic, typical action cartoon. But keep watching, the series builds a lot of intensity in this collection 2 of episodes. So if your hoping for an unoriginal robots-fighting-and-blowing-things-up show (not that there is anything wrong with those), this is not Patlabor. Collection 2 pushes the envelope even deeper. If you want something feel-good with a good story and funny characters but ends with a bang, Patlabor is the show for you. If you enjoy the OVA, watch the movies and thanks to Maidan Japan, you can now collect the series on beautiful blu-ray. The best Patlabor has to offer is here.