Posted by Chris Beveridge
November eight, 2018 at 12:00 PM
A brand new spherical of treats have arrived!
What They Say:
The snack pack is again, and this time they’re bringing the toys…toys and video games, that’s! Proper as issues are raring to go, Hotaru all of a sudden leaves. With the queen gone, the snack kingdom crumbles, and Shikada Dagashi goes from store to shack. Now it’s as much as Kokonotsu to deliver it again to life!
The audio presentation for this launch brings us the unique Japanese language monitor in stereo whereas the English combine will get a 5.1 bump to it, each of that are encoded utilizing the Dolby TrueHD lossless codec. Although there are a couple of greater moments once in a while with a number of the challenges and actions that the youngsters get into that is principally a dialogue pushed present. That has its personal enjoyable areas with a few of the sound results, similar to once they’re within the field, but in addition simply in making it really feel like a extra absolutely realized world with the background sounds and even the crinkle of sure wrappers. Dialogue itself is pretty simple and performs nicely to the ahead soundstage with a clear and nicely positioned piece that hits some good moments and delivers on what the intent of all of it is. Dialogue is clear and clear all through and we didn’t have any issues with dropouts or distortions throughout common playback.
Initially airing in 2018, 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 stored to at least one disc as they’re about twelve minutes every, which is half of what the earlier season was. Animated by Tezuka Productions as an alternative of studio Really feel, the collection has a very nice look to it with a number of element and fluidity within the character designs in how they transfer about whereas additionally paying robust consideration to element within the snacks and all their packages. It’s one thing that it undoubtedly must do and the payoff is there for followers of that component because it exhibits an actual love of what they’re specializing in. The character animation is robust all through with Kotoyama’s unique designs making an amazing transition to animated right here and mixing that with some strong background items and a lived-in setting for the characters and it’s extremely interesting. That comes throughout strongly by means of the encoding the place colours are wealthy and vibrant all through and there are not any issues available with blocking or noise nor something with cross coloration available.
The packaging for this launch is a normal sized Blu-ray case with each codecs for the discharge hald towards the inside partitions. The discharge is one which comes with an o-card to it that has the identical paintings from the case itself, simply with higher cardstock that provides the colour a bit extra richness. The o-card has a great shot of Hotaru and Kokonotsu along with the correct expressions and cuteness together with some welcome element. The again cowl for each is identical because it carries via the background with no further paintings, however we do get a small strip of photographs from the present alongside the underside. The premise is nicely coated as are the extras whereas the technical grid breaks each codecs down in a clear and correct method. The case does have paintings on the reverse aspect the place the correct panel has a special pairing of characters whereas the left replicates the again cowl. No further inserts are included.
The menu design for the discharge is like the duvet in that it’s quite simple in its format and strategy, one thing that sometimes works nicely however feels even blander right here because of the colour palette. The primary disc replicates the duvet paintings with out the character paintings itself. The brand takes up a superb chunk of actual property alongside the center which is respectable however too uninteresting in shade. And people colours carry via to the navigation strip the place we get a pinkish learn that’s additionally very mushy in tone and stands out all of the extra due to it when there’s a lot and such small navigation textual content available. Every part is practical and straightforward to navigate each as a prime degree menu and a pop-up menu, nevertheless it’s such a bland expertise going into it in comparison with what the present itself appears like that I actually want that they had gone with clips or the opening sequence as an alternative.
The extras for this launch brings us a number of acquainted items which might be undoubtedly welcome, such because the clear opening and shutting sequences and one of many unique promos for it. We do get an audio commentary for it as nicely with the ninth episode getting an English dub forged gathering to speak concerning the present.
Content material: (please word that content material parts of a assessment might include spoilers)
The primary season of Dagashi Kashi landed within the winter 2016 season and it generated a variety of consideration at house and overseas with its love of the small tasty treats and all of the issues many hadn’t seen earlier than or hadn’t seen for a while. The second season took a few years to reach and it did so with some modifications. The primary is that studio Really feel departed it and Tezuka Productions took over whereas maintaining to largely the identical look and design aesthetic. The opposite is that we went from the usual episode size to half that at twelve episodes. And truthfully, that’s for one of the best as every episode feels tighter and extra partaking with its viewers and characters. It’s nonetheless a little bit of a light-weight collection general however it felt a bit extra grounded general and with out as a lot fluff.
The premise for this season is a enjoyable sufficient one the place there are a number of modifications put into place over the course of it that a third season might have rather a lot to discover. With the manga having ended I’ve little hope for that, nevertheless. Right here, Kokonotsu’s father Yo is all set to get into clean-up mode with the store after all of the troubles lately that has left the place wanting fairly run down. In fact, he screws up and injures himself so badly that he results in the hospital for the entire season. This places Kokonotsu answerable for the place and that leaves him annoyed as a result of as a lot as he loves dagashi he’s not wanting this life, with faculty, potential romance, and manga calling to him from different instructions. The primary few episodes performs nicely with the group collectively and a few easy adventures however it additionally shifts gears by the fourth episode as Hotaru leaves and heads again house and doesn’t reappear till the top of the collection, no less than outdoors of dream sequences and wistful ideas by Kokonotsu.
So, the place does that place the collection? It places it in a type of bizarre spot of getting to attempt to discover itself. For Kokonotsu, this actually has him motivated to do issues proper by his dad with the place and he comes up with some enlargement concepts that may make them extra essential locally since there are few outlets there. Sadly, simply as this thought hits, he discovers a comfort retailer has instantly opened up throughout the road. It’s completely pleasant in seeing the gang going via the place and discovering simply how wonderful it’s with all of its choices as there’s a way of marvel that’s infectious in its grins. Amusingly, this all has Kokonotsu realizing that the store is much more hassle however he nonetheless can’t assist however to supply recommendations to the proprietor that may profit the locals, notably when it comes to pricing.
This season does supply some enjoyable with Saya as there are moments the place it looks like she and Kokonotsu are getting nearer collectively, notably with Hotaru gone, however the season additionally feels prefer it slows down a welcome notch due to the shortage of Hotaru. The actual enjoyable comes within the type of Hajime, a younger lady who was working on the comfort retailer however ended up being fired as a result of she has some quirks to her. She’s determined for a job to pay her lease and tries her luck with Kokonotsu. That it finally ends up together with her being live-in assist – lease free – simply provides to the silliness of all of it. However the two find yourself turning into such weirdly good buddies that it’s an actual delight, from the online design to the encouragement she provides him relating to his goals to make manga. The manga subplot is one which’s irritating as a result of it doesn’t actually get used till close to the top and it gives some actual criticism given to him by an editor that I needed to see some critical follow-up on. However the distractions of every part else overshadows that, which isn’t a shock. It’s the one actual frustration I had with the season as a result of it felt prefer it had an opportunity to actually step up.
Dagashi Kashi was a present in its first season that I loved however simply felt like a bit of bit an excessive amount of materials. Right here, the season feels prefer it’s shifting via story factors properly with good character progress and exploration. And it did it in half the episodes when it comes to time as they’re solely twelve minutes lengthy. It felt tighter, sharper, and much more pleasurable from begin to end. It seems to be good, has some enjoyable dub performances, and a few welcome extras. It’s undoubtedly a enjoyable launch that gave me much more than I anticipated and left me feeling fairly proud of it.
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.zero Language, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Episode 9 Commentary, Promo Video, Textless Opening & Closing Songs, and Trailers.
Content material Grade: B
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B
Launched By: Funimation
Launch Date: October 30th, 2018
Operating Time: 144 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Facet Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
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.
Posted on November eight, 2018 by Chris Beveridge and saved underneath All Information, All Critiques, Anime / Manga, Anime Blu-ray Evaluations, Anime/Manga Evaluations and tagged with anime, dagashi kashi, funimation, jamie marchi, jeremy inman, justin pate, kyle phillips, sara ragsdale, tabitha ray, todd haberkorn