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Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower Blu-ray Anime Review

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower Blu-ray Anime Review

Posted by Chris Beveridge

January 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM

The conflict might finish however the preventing continues.

What They Say:
In Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt – Bandit Flower: Earth, eight months after the top of the One Yr Warfare. Captain Monica launches a secret mission, Operation Thunderbolt, and selects Io to pilot the Atlas Gundam. She leads the assault touchdown ship Spartan into part of the ocean successfully managed by the South Seas Alliance. Their goal is to safe or destroy the info of the Psycho Zaku, which the Alliance now possesses.

Daryl, who took the higher hand in his battle with Io, has descended to Earth as a part of the remnant forces of the Principality of Zeon. He has additionally been given the mission of acquiring info on the Psycho Zaku.

Preventing alongside his new comrades, Io encounters Commander Peer, the South Seas Alliance’s border garrison commander. Within the sea, on the ice area, and among the many thick jungle, the cellular fits of Zeon, the Federation, and the South Seas Alliance battle one another.

The conflict shouldn’t be over but.

The Review:
The audio presentation for this launch brings us the unique Japanese language monitor in stereo in addition to the English language dub that was produced for it. Each tracks are in uncompressed format which suggests the rating, which is a large a part of the draw right here, comes throughout very nicely. The motion results are nice with some actual richness and depth, however for people who have a love of music getting some uncompressed jazz like this can be a actual deal with. There’s an ideal smoothness and richness to it that delivers splendidly and actually does make that a standout element for lots of followers. Past that it’s a robust combine elsewhere because the motion is tight and expressive whereas the dialogue has some nice placement and depth the place wanted that retains the motion shifting. It’s a robust combine general that simply left me wishing for a full 5.1 design to actually take it up a notch.

Initially in theaters within the fall of 2017, the switch for this movie is introduced in its unique facet ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec. Animated by Dawn, the present initially began as a four-part ONA collection that was designed to be theatrical with high-quality animation. The movie has some further materials inserted into it to clean out the items as a single viewing and that helps to sand down the tough edges of it. What we get here’s a strikingly lovely movie that has me wishing we had much more prefer it, particularly the shorter operating time. The mecha designs are implausible, the mechanical animation robust, and the colour depth and high quality is superb all through with such wealthy blacks and vibrant colours. The encoding brings all of this with its very excessive movement motion sequences to life in a clear and drawback free presentation that delivers on what a Gundam fan needs. That is only a lovely wanting launch by means of and thru, particularly on a bigger display.

The packaging design for this launch brings us an ordinary sized Blu-ray case with the acquainted key visible that has the cellular go well with within the foreground with a pleasant enlargement to it whereas the cult parts are looming behind it, which dominates the duvet. The shortage of accessible character visuals right here does weaken it to a point however there are sufficient fascinating parts to attract the attention to it. The again cowl has some small photographs from the present that aren’t actually discernible whereas it does present for a very good abstract of the premise that breaks all of it down cleanly and clearly. The technical grid alongside the underside covers a minimal however necessary quantity of data and we get the standard spherical of manufacturing credit and a breakdown of what extras are included. Whereas we don’t get any present associated inserts included we do get a pleasant two-panel unfold of the primary characters and their cellular fits in motion that may attraction to followers.

The menu for this launch makes use of the identical paintings because the entrance cowl to the suitable aspect and it appears a bit higher right here than on the duvet with out the brand on prime of it and higher shade high quality as properly, which permits the element to shine by means of much more. The navigation is stored to the left with a pleasant little bit of thematic parts to it the place we get the essential setup that’s straightforward to entry and navigate. With the brand alongside the highest it units the temper proper for the present whereas being straightforward to entry and transfer round in with no issues.

The one extras included are a number of minutes value of promos and commercials in addition to the theatrical trailers.

Content material: (please observe that content material parts of a evaluate might include spoilers)
Based mostly on the manga collection by Yasuo Ohtagaki that’s operating in Massive Comedian Superior, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is an expanded theatrical model of the ONA that was launched beginning in spring 2017. The unique manga has been going since 2012 and is licensed and launched in North America by Viz Media the place the unique run is as much as twelve volumes up to now and extra anime is coming. Using the collection as an ONA the place episodes clocked in round eighteen minutes every just like the primary collection. The result’s a present that when taken collectively on this type, the place there’s some further footage and smoothing out of issues, works in a really tight and interesting method, making for a enjoyable and exhilarating expertise with out a number of fluff or sidetracking to sluggish issues down.

I had actually loved the primary collection however I loved it in movie type extra, so I didn’t become involved in making an attempt to observe the Bandit Flower story when it first surfaced because it was apparent they have been going to place all of it collectively on this format once more. The primary collection had so much going for it in introducing us to a brand new space amid the One Yr Warfare and exploring one thing intense and harmful with the Thunderbolt Sector and all of its craziness. This one takes us some months after the top of the struggle, however that’s only a formality. A conflict might finish however there are such a lot of different issues that need to be handled that it could take years earlier than it really looks like the whole lot has been wrapped up and ahead motion feels viable once more. With this being one thing like seven or eight months, properly, the whole lot could be very recent and when the battlefield is the complete photo voltaic system there are some vital variations.

There are a selection of plot threads happening right here and carryover from the primary movie to make certain, however the common huge image component at work is that there’s a brand new cult often known as the South Seas Alliance on Earth. This radical group has gotten itself some fairly excessive know-how with the PSycho Zaku and want to simply go all out with it. There are some neat bits that come into all of this towards the top with regard to who’s operating the cult and their origin, however the primary focus is on these which are coping with the precise problem at hand in making an attempt to cease it from getting on the market extra. Utilizing the Spartan group to deal with it and a few of the remnants/survivors of the Thunderbolt Sector being on board works properly as we get to comply with Io right here as he pilots the brand new Atlas Gundam towards it whereas working with Cornelius as soon as once more.

The story for this movie is fairly primary and there doesn’t’ really feel like there’s a number of meat to it, which is ok as a result of I’ll admit that’s not what I’m actually in search of right here. The movie retains to its jazzy aspect properly with Spartan member Bianca getting some strong time in with it, enjoying with io, and she or he’s only a rattling treasure to start with. She’s acquired a robust document having survived the One Yr Struggle basically however her virtually cavalier angle is enjoyable when mixed with simply how a lot she’s making an attempt to overlook, as evidenced by her copious tattoos of groups she’s labored with. The Spartan additionally introduces us to Monica, a Federation captain who’s touring on the ship whereas coping with the entire South Seas bit. Giving us an older lady and her specific type undoubtedly works right here as a result of it’s not simply one other commonplace hardline hardass character.

And the movie does some actually fascinating stuff with Daryl, who having survived the occasions earlier than however went and had his hand amputated in an effort to deal with the Psycho Zaku, is develop into much more machine than man in some methods. However he’s nonetheless obtained this type of bizarre innocence about him that’s virtually scary as a result of it feels prefer it’s a disconnect from humanity whilst completely satisfied as he comes throughout. I actually just like the visuals for him and mixing that type of character work together with Io that delivers some implausible battle scenes. That’s actually the driving drive right here, whether or not it’s extra time at A Baoia Qu, elsewhere in area, or coping with a loopy type of entry into Earth environment earlier than shifting to all of the planetary aspect battles.

In Abstract:
I really like the Common Century timeline and I really like that it will get some good consideration up to now few years via tasks like this and others. There are one million tales to discover all whereas tying into cellular go well with motion with the power to promote toys. Thunderbolt continues to broaden to fascinating areas and using the jazz parts to do a few of that may be a massive plus for me. There’s a lot extra than simply Amuro’s story from this era with a lot within the realm of politics and social that I do hold wishing for some critical works to hit that don’t depend on the cellular go well with aspect. However till then, this movie does a very strong job even when it doesn’t really feel fairly as robust as the primary – which makes me marvel if one ought to watch them again to again to get the larger feeling with it. It’s properly put along with an amazing encode that delivers an attractive challenge from begin to end.

Japanese PCM Language, English PCM Language, English Subtitles, Promos, Commercials, Trailers

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

Launched By: Dawn
Launch Date: February fifth, 2019
MSRP: $34.99
Operating Time: 80 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.

Chris has been writing about anime, manga, films and comics for nicely on twenty years now. He started again in 1998 and has coated almost each anime launch that’s come out within the US ever since.

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Posted on January 9, 2019 by Chris Beveridge and saved underneath All Information, All Evaluations, Anime / Manga, Anime Blu-ray Evaluations, Anime/Manga Critiques and tagged with anime, cellular go well with gundam thunderbolt, nozomi leisure, dawn