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AOKANA Four Rhythm Across The Blue Complete Collection Blu-ray Anime Review

AOKANA Four Rhythm Across The Blue Complete Collection Blu-ray Anime Review

Posted by Chris Beveridge

October 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM

A switch scholar will uncover she’s obtained what it takes to fly!

What They Say:
The invention of anti-gravity footwear has opened an revolutionary world of sports activities for college kids throughout the globe. Dreaming of flight since childhood, Asuka can’t resist the action-packed competitions of Flying Circus. However together with her head within the clouds and a careless disposition, she’s acquired so much to study earlier than she will go toe to toe with the hardest challengers at different faculties.

The Review:
The audio presentation for this launch brings us the unique Japanese language monitor in stereo whereas the English language dub will get a 5.1 combine, each of that are encoded utilizing the Dolby TrueHD lossless codec. The collection is one which does lean extra into dialogue general nevertheless it has a very good variety of flying sequences and racing materials that gives for the motion element of the present. Each tracks deal with this rather well as there’s lots of motion throughout the ahead soundstage as they zip about whereas there’s additionally some good impression with how the races and numerous fight parts of it unfold. The dialogue for the present is pretty simple as compared with it principally primary dialog when not concerned within the motion aspect. Each tracks are fairly strong with a clear and clear design to it and we didn’t have any issues with dropouts or distortion throughout a daily playback.

Initially airing in 2016, the switch for this TV collection is introduced in its unique facet ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec. The twelve episodes are unfold throughout two discs in a 9/three commonplace format for a collection like this. Animated by Gonzo, the present has a shiny and colourful look to it with plenty of it happening within the open sky or above the water, so the standard of each of these helps it to face out properly. The character designs are shiny and colourful as properly and the spotlight of each with the motion sequences of flying simply pushes all of it ahead in a very great way. There’s numerous vibrant parts to this past the brilliant colours themselves, such s the contrails of flying, and the motion scenes exhibit numerous the general high quality. Colours are strong all through with no seen macroblocking or breakup available. It’s an interesting encoding with what it presents via the present itself does reduce a number of corners right here and there as a variety of the backgrounds are a bit extra normal general. It’s a very good wanting present and a great encode.

The packaging design for this launch is available in a normal sized Blu-ray case the place each discs are held towards the inside partitions with no hinges. It’s a uncommon launch with no DVD included and a uncommon one the place there’s no o-card as properly, making this a title that feels prefer it’s being pushed out shortly. The entrance cowl paintings is good because it showcases the primary group of women collectively up int he sky of their artificial outfits that has a pleasant wispy fashion with the colour tone and the clouds. There’s plenty of good element to the clothes and hair as properly that helps to promote it. The again cowl goes with a white background and re-uses the picture of Asuka from the entrance cowl to the appropriate, which makes you marvel how little materials was out there for the packaging. The abstract covers issues nicely and we get a superb itemizing of the extras and the digital copy factor. The technical breaks down the Blu-ray info properly and it simply feels bizarre to have solely that right here after so many twin format releases. Whereas there are not any present associated inserts right here we do get a pleasant two-panel unfold that showcases the situation of the collection with its interesting colours throughout it whereas the appropriate aspect options three of the primary characters.

The menu design for this launch is a pleasant one general as we get a static picture that goes for the brilliant and vibrant aspect of issues. With the blue sky with clouds background giving it some good colour richness, the appropriate aspect options the character paintings that has some good vibrancy to it such because the pinks and oranges of the primary disc. The emblem is stored to the let of them and under it we get the triangle navigation factor that has the fundamentals and is straightforward to navigate each as a important menu and as a pop-up menu throughout playback.

The solely extras included on this launch are the clear variations of the opening and shutting sequences.

Content material: (please notice that content material parts of a evaluation might include spoilers)
With a recreation that got here out initially in 2014 after which expanded previous the PC platform to others starting in 2016, AOKANA is a twelve episode collection that aired as a part of the winter 2016 season. The property introduced out a companion manga simply earlier than it that didn’t generate a lot and it’s had a couple of different video games within the years since. It’s a type of shocking venture in that it all the time felt prefer it was a bit left behind in lots of methods however it lastly obtained this bilingual combo launch by way of the Crunchyroll and Funimation partnership. Animated by Gonzo, the present excels with its core intent of displaying off some enjoyable sports activities parts with a recreation involving anti-grav footwear and that has a whole lot of attraction, particularly with the best way Gonzo places collectively the scenes for that.

Past that, nevertheless? AOKANA is a little bit of a tough work. Happening in a gift day alternate timeline, we’re launched to new switch scholar Asuka Kurashina, a second-year scholar who has come to the varsity on this island chain. It’s right here that she lastly will get the prospect to put on the anti-grav footwear that permit individuals to fly, one thing that she’s by no means had a chance earlier than. The island is properly setup in that it has some legal guidelines on the way it all works with particular launching platforms all through the town that makes it so that folks don’t simply flit all about and inflicting accidents or issues, comparable to peeping and so forth. It’s a pleasant little thought out piece that I like since having them flying always would take away a few of the attraction. For Asuka, she falls in simply with a couple of different individuals her age and in her faculty who assist her out with the footwear.

Her main assist comes within the type of Masaya Hinata, a younger man who was concerned within the sport associated to the anti-grav footwear referred to as FC, aka Flying Circus. The faculty doesn’t have a lot of a staff because it’s principally in a bus close to the again of the island as a result of Masaya has had little curiosity within the sport after a very dangerous defeat. Now, in most exhibits you possibly can see the trail for this beautiful simply and I definitely anticipated that right here. However AOKANA subverts expectations properly as Masaya reluctantly turns into her coach to show her however he doesn’t put the footwear on himself or compete. There are a couple of different women that find yourself turning into membership members and dealing with Asuka similar to Misaki and Mashiro so we get their tales together with group encouragement and basic progress.

However the perfect half for me? Masaya doesn’t grow to be a love curiosity right here. Whereas that could be a component within the recreation for all I do know, what we get right here is one thing the place he’s a quietly encouraging coach, not one which’s overly harsh or indignant, but in addition not crushing on her and making an attempt to show the entire teaching gig right into a relationship. Actually, the collection is totally free from relationships on this regard because it’s extra targeted on friendships or staff companionship, a few of which matches again to the previous with a few different rivals and a instructor that has a little bit of a historical past with the sport. A few of this works properly, a few of it simply turns the entire recreation into one thing the place it makes you cringe as a result of Asuka one way or the other, with no expertise in any respect, turns into one of many prime gamers that modifications the sport. It’s a component that’s only a bit an excessive amount of for me.

Truthfully, the game because it performs out right here doesn’t do a lot for me as we get a one-on-one strategy for many of it the place they flit over the water with all types of techniques to attain factors. There’s so much to love when it comes to the visuals for it as a result of it’s all concerning the flying and anime does that higher than anything on the market. It doesn’t go for excessive fanservice costumes and it executes the motion nicely with some slick sequences, however it’s principally simply your primary sports activities story. The deeper drawback is that the characters don’t have a lot character to them past the baseline and it turns into exhausting to actually root for them since a lot time is concentrated on the coaching or the matches themselves. All of it simply felt type of superficial and bland, with that layer of predictability. Once more, it was good that it wasn’t targeted on romances or something however it additionally largely retains us with none adults, minimal faculty materials, and minimal residence life materials. There are some primary explorations of sibling dynamics and a bit extra however it simply doesn’t resonate.

In Abstract:
Whereas AOKANA options some enjoyable design parts and a few actually properly accomplished motion items with regards to the anti-grav features of the present, the character aspect is fairly superficial and what we get for the general story is your primary sports activities story. However one with out loads of the robust character drama to actually propel it ahead. I do like that it largely performs to a smaller design and scope however the characters lack something to actually make them resonate in an attractive means mixed with the entire switch scholar that’s by no means worn them turning into a radical game-changing participant inside the first season of getting the varsity membership operating once more. There are some actually good constructive parts to it with the motion and the shortage of romance however it’s a stability that doesn’t even out. Followers of the present will certainly take pleasure in with the ability to personal this in a very good high quality launch that features a strong dub as properly.

Japanese Dolby TrueHD Language, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Textless opening and shutting songs

Content material Grade: C+
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B-

Launched By: Funimation
Launch Date: September 11th, 2018
MSRP: $64.98
Operating Time: 300 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Facet Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

Review Gear:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray participant by way of HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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Posted on October 22, 2018 by Chris Beveridge and saved underneath All Information, All Evaluations, Anime / Manga, Anime Blu-ray Evaluations, Anime/Manga Evaluations and tagged with anime, ao no kanata no 4 rhythm, funimation