Weekly Digital Disc Picks – February 17, 2009

There are a couple of nice releases this week, picking up around Valentine’s day. We’ll see a bit of a dip once again before they start picking up again in late March.

First, AceCaseOR’s picks:

  • Case Closed: Season 4: Season four of the anime adaptation of the manga Detective Conan – I haven’t seen the anime, but I have read the manga… and the manga does cheat a little, not quite Agatha Christie level, but it does cheat.
  • Maazel’s 1984: This is an opera adaptation of George Orwell’s novel 1984. This probably makes for one of the few operas that are Genre not because they’re fantasy, but because they’re SF.
  • Mahromatic: Collection 2: I described the premise on a previous update – robot maid, power cell slowly failing, semi-fanservice series with a side of memento mori.
  • Nerima Daikon Brothers: From Nabeshin, the director of Excel Saga (which is one of the more bizarre anime I’ve seen) comes this series. I don’t know how to best describe the premise… it’s like Field of Dreams except instead of farming corn it’s daikon radishes and instead of a baseball stadium it’s a venue for putting on rock concerts (of the enormous dome variety), and substitute the parts relating to Shoeless Joe Jackson and Kevin Costner’s character’s father with insanely wacky hijinks.
  • Nighthead Genesis Vol. 3
  • Ragnarock: Complete Box Set: Basically, this is the anime series based off of the semi-free (sort of-but-not-quite) Korean MMORPG Ragnarock Online. Being that World of Warcraft has Board Games, Comic Books, Paper & Pencil RPGs, etc, I’m wondering why they haven’t licensed an anime yet – but I digress.
  • Real Adventures of Johnny Quest: Season 1, Volume 1: I watched this show when it first came on the air, and I kind of liked it, it did some things that I was surprised they got away with on an animated series aimed for kids. I haven’t seen it in a while so I don’t know how well it’s aged.
  • Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis: This is the live-action adaptation of the four-episode OVA Doomed Megalopolis.
  • Tweeny Witches: The Adventure: Don’t know what this is about, but it’s the companion OVA to the Tweeny Witches TV series

Now, the DVD releases:

Now, the Blu-Ray releases:

Finally, the pick of the week. AceCaseOR says “For my pick of the week… the only thing that made me go “Ooh, I need to see that” is Maazel’s 1984 – but then again, I like Opera.” Fiziko says the “Dead Like Me” collection is well worth the price. It’s a very unique and entertaining series.

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