Posted by Chris Homer
January eight, 2019 at 12:00 PM
A real hidden gem…a bit like shogi itself….
What They Say:
Together with his life as a teenage shogi participant creating quickly, Rei Kiriyama finds himself dealing with a entire host of latest challenges – not simply on the shogi board itself, but in addition in his personal private life. As his fractured and troublesome household life come into focus, so too do the basis causes of most of the anxieties that plague Kiriyama. He isn’t alone in his struggles nevertheless, as a main event reveals that much more skilled gamers have their very own deep-seated issues to face in the identify of success.
With new friendships cast and necessary life classes discovered, for the primary time Kiriyama may simply be outfitted with the information he must proceed down the trail to a profitable life and profession…”
The audio has 2.zero launch in English and Japanese, regardless of being a pretty current collection so stunned solely 2.zero choices with each languages. Regardless of that the English dub wasn’t a problem and didn’t even require adjusting so a a lot greater than anticipated and the Japanese model additionally didn’t require it so there have been no different points relating to sound high quality, echoing, synching with subtitles, and so forth – the standard is excessive general, simply want it had a 5.1 as while the present could be very delicate with its audio, the environment is there with the delicate modifications in music so would have been good to have the complete impact.
There was no packing for this check launch nevertheless with the collector’s version you get the collectors packaging.
The menu is fairly normal – we see clips of the present intertwined with a peaceable track in the background as under the scenes we get the choices of Play, Episodes, Settings and Extras. Simply selectable and like most Blu-Rays provides you the choice to decide on by way of a pop-up menu while in present some else (bar extras). Quick, fast, environment friendly and good wanting.
Disc 1 has some generic extras in the textless opening and ending, in addition to the credit, with disc three having a second season announcement trailer and an English trailer as nicely, however the bulk of the extras (unfold round discs 2 and three) are the continuation of the Shifting Meow Shogi collection, the first one in the earlier assortment, this one has all the remaining from #2 to #10.
Set in CGI and in the fictional Shogi Land, we’ve got Nikaido (nonetheless known as Bodoro by Momo) educating Momo and Hinata how one can play shogi by turning all of the characters into cats, and demonstrating what they do and the way they can be utilized in shogi in a three transfer solution to checkmate somebody. So we principally get what’s in essence a good newbie’s information to shogi achieved merely like novices would really like a la Hinata/Momo, which can also be good for the viewers. We get all of the items (pawn, lance, knight, silver common, gold common, bishop, rook and king) together with some common details about shogi together with information which will shock you (it’s unique origin in India for instance was very fascinating). It all the time ends with Rei on the finish wanting dissatisfied he wasn’t a part of it, however it’s a very fast, but enjoyable demonstration of how the items work in shogi achieved in a enjoyable cute type, thus very welcome.
March Comes In Like A Lion was a nice shock, capable of speak about a topic that many westerners wouldn’t be conversant in (shogi), use it as a base for a plot and focus then on the character improvement of the lead as he goes from just about a shut-in to turning into extra out-going, discovering associates, studying extra about himself and deciding what to do together with his life. The 2nd half continues on this story with fairly a few surprises because it doesn’t conform to what you’d anticipate the present would do as you’ll see…
We see Rei about to enter a event the place media protection and prize cash are on the agenda and he’s clearly making an attempt to not considering of a specific participant named Gotou. Primarily as a result of Kyoko apparently has a factor for him regardless of him being in his early 40s and married. It’s clear there’s historical past between the 2 from this and this rage appears to encourage that the 2 might face in the finals of the event…with Rei profitable his first recreation; the contract of that state in comparison with him visiting the Kawamoto sisters represents the struggle between the heat of the household vs. his private life…
The semi finals have Rei’s good friend Smith face Gotou however he does lose (albeit a enjoyable scene the place he finds a stray cat and adopts it – it’s lovable). Certainly, it’s all arrange as Rei faces an opponent named Shimada who’s in A Rank in comparison with Rei’s C rank, however he has been learning him and Gotou nicely and it units up the ultimate…
…apart from the shock twist. REI LOSES.
I’ll confess this stunned me as I might have forgiven the collection for the widespread cliché of preventing the rival as I anticipated that to occur and thought Rei would lose there, however nope, he loses towards Shimada as it’s clear Rei was considering too far forward and forgot how expert an A rank could be. This entire arc then turns into one half Rei, one half Shimada arc as he turns into a focus character (helps that he’s the mentor and instructor of fan favorite Nikaido as properly) – it humbles Rei and after a little bit of sulking, he realises he must concentrate on his life, so he needs to graduate from faculty and in addition after some prodding from Nikaido joins Shimada’s workshop. Shimada in flip, defeats Gotou in the ultimate (after some surprisingly humorous bickering) to face off towards the grandmaster/meijin, the mysterious Soya – who like Rei, turned a professional throughout center faculty…
Because of his likeable instructor Hayashida he begins to concentrate on faculty and goes up a yr, while additionally we see how his adoptive father Kouda learns about Kyoko’s way of life (which inevitable results in them butting heads, a good second sees Hinata of the sisters assist him out) while Shimada begins to endure a couple of defeats to Soya, in a greatest of seven, he must win 2 in order that the sixth match would have been at his hometown…
Once more, the story doesn’t go the completely satisfied ending or predictable route as sadly, Shimada loses four in a row to Soya, who could be very mysterious and quiet, however not cocky, simply extremely robust. We study Shimada’s sickness, his previous, his goals, the shortage of remorse but questioning if his household and associates would berate him as he returns house with Rei and Nikaido in tow for a recreation of human shogi, while Rei has to deal with a new faculty yr. And with him being older as a consequence of lacking courses and repeating one yr because of shogi, Hayashida needs to seek out a method for him to make pals earlier than he leaves with remorse, and his concept? Make a shogi membership….hmmm….
It units up the subsequent stage of Rei’s arc as he’s slowly branching out into the surface world, and seeing if a membership could make him extra sociable. As unusual because the present is in reminding himself he appears to be alone, this arc reminds us he does have pals – the sisters, Nikaido and pleasant rivals like Smith, Shimada, plus having to cope with his points together with his household – we solely get glimpse of Gotou’s historical past with him and Kyoko (calling her a stalker means that she is the one being aggressive however he’s a little bit of a shady character) however the Kyoko/Rei relationship strikes me as probably the most fascinating as it’s clear she resents him for taking her father’s consideration (there’s a second the place she thinks he’s the one who’s stopping his help of her – hypocritical contemplating she accuses him of mooching off the sisters and off her father but he’s the one who’s incomes cash and renting regardless of his younger age) – it looks like they hate one another but want one another in occasions of loneliness…which brings the sisters again into play as Akari is the motherly determine for Rei, while Hinata is the youthful sister/girlfriend sort (she will get a little jealous of Kyoko so…) with Momo clearly being the child sister. It undoubtedly is verging onto a household vs. historical past story which is why it’s so intriguing.
Helped by a lot of likeable characters that help him outdoors of the sisters – Nikaido continues to be a enjoyable rival however the actual star of the present is Shimada. Solely a character talked about in passing and seemingly ignored by everybody (Rei in specific being responsible of this), he’s a man in his 30s and a excessive rank of shogi however it units up like Rei will face Gotou as the great vs. evil arc, but his play type is tough to work out and Rei utterly overlooks him and suffers a dangerous defeat. Nevertheless the person is mild by nature, with a trace of childishness and the nerves of somebody enjoying shogi inflicting abdomen pains – mixed with taking care of Rei after his defeat to the purpose that Rei joins his seminars, with a good natured previous regardless of some household issues, he’s the star of this story surprisingly which in flip catches you off guard however it opens up Rei’s choices as a individual as properly, making this extraordinarily nicely written. Add to that he’s additionally the mentor to Nikaido and we get some enjoyable moments between everybody concerned.
It nonetheless is a sluggish burn, and naturally it isn’t heavy on motion or certainly an arching plot outdoors of Rei needing to graduate and see how his does each in his shogi life, and his social life. Nevertheless this appears to place him in the correct path, and the very fact the present TWICE doesn’t go down the apparent route (Rei loses to Shimada, and Shimada is destroyed by Soya) signifies that this feels extra reasonable than your common shounen protagonist present. It isn’t going to be for everybody, however for me, it’s a good sit down and luxuriate in present and undoubtedly one I didn’t anticipate to love this a lot.
MCILAL continues it’s method on Rei’s journey, however the enjoyable factor is we aren’t positive what the journey is. To beat Soya? To have a pleased household life with the sisters? To stay alone? How he’s going to cope with Kyoko? Can he graduate? The present throws a few twists so that you don’t know what the reply goes to be and it makes you want characters which are launched simply then in addition to marvel about different characters (Shimada and Gotou respectively) – it gained’t be for everybody because the present pacing and typically miserable backstory can put individuals off, however beneath that’s a nicely thought out and fairly charming collection that undoubtedly must be seen previous the chess items.
Clear Opening/Ending, Credit, Shifting Meow Shogi Collection (episodes 2-10), Second Season Announcement Trailer, English Model Trailer
Content material Grade: A-
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A
Packaging Grade: N/A
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B+
Launched By: Anime Restricted
Launch Date: November 26th, 2018
Operating Time: 275 minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Facet Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Ps four, Sony Bravia 32 Inc EX4 Tv, Aiwa 2 Method Twin Duct Bass Reflex Speaker System.
Posted on January eight, 2019 by Chris Homer and saved underneath All Information, All Critiques, Anime / Manga, Anime Blu-ray Evaluations, Anime/Manga Critiques and tagged with anime, anime restricted, march comes in like a lion