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Aoharu X Machine Gun: Complete Collection (2015/Sentai Blu-ray Set)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Episodes: B+

Hotaru Tachibana is a tomboyish girl finds herself joining an airsoft team when she went to avenge her friend's honor from host club. Masamune Matsuoka mistakes Hotaru for a boy and decides he wants Hotaru on his airsoft team, Toy GunGun. At first, Hotaru is reluctant to play with Matsouka, but then learns she is a natural and that she has a passion for the game, but will she be able to keep 'her' secret from the boys?

In Aoharu X Machine Gun: Complete Collection (2015), Hotaru believes she is a champion of justice and ends up challenging her neighbor who also happens to be a popular host in a host club, Masamune Matsuoka. After losing the challenge, Matsuoka introduces Hotaru to the world of airsoft guns and survival tournaments. Soon, she learns there is more to the game than shooting guns, Matsuoka learns Hotaru is a fiend with gun and together they learn about friendships and teamwork.

This was another 'game' themed anime, in particular playing with airsoft guns with BB pellets. While it isn't about guns or encouraging kids to play with guns (even if they are fake or toy guns) the series is about the spirit of rivalry, friends, teamwork and competition. As usual, all the characters are all either crazy or eccentrics, including a bit of genderbending with tomboy girl who looks more like a pretty boy.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on all episodes look really good throughout with only minor limits, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless sound with Pro Logic-like surrounds are available in Japanese and English mixes, the Japanese is superior. Extras include clean opening and closing animations and trailer.

Episodes are...

Let's Get This Deathless Death Match Started - Hotaru meets Matsuoka and gets tricked into playing an air soft game with him.

I Said We Didn't Need Teammates, Didn't I? - Hotaru meets Matsuoka's other teammate, Yukimura the Sniper (and so happens to be an adult manga artist).

Because It's Gonna Be Your Best Partner - Hotaru goes shopping for her own personal gun.

This Kid Isn't Cut Out for That Tournament - The airsoft gun store manager tests Hotaru's skills to see if 'he' is worthy of his guns.

I Don't Wanna Leave This Team! - Hotaru learns of Team Toy GunGun's past and why Matsuoka doesn't allow girls on the team any more.

A Storm is Coming - Team Toy GunGun enters the survival tournament, and right off bat they are pair with their rivals from last year.

I Have to Crush That Hope Quickly - Hotaru faces off with Fujimon the Minigun, Yukimura faces Ichi the Eagle Eye, and Matsuoka faces Midori.

What Controls Your Heart Now - Midori faces off with Midori after he sadistically defeats both Matsuoka and Yukimura.

That's Why I'm Cool! - Even after losing the tournament, Hotaru is encouraged by her best friend Kanae to not give up.

I Want to Fight With These People - Matsuoka kicks Hotaru off the team (to prevent her from hating airsoft games and the taste of defeat) and Hotaru challenges Midori to avenge their lost.

Let's Do Something Fun - Midori give Hotaru target practice advice but secretly he enjoys psychological torturing her.

I Won't Give Up This Spot - Hotaru returns to Toy GunGun and she challenges Matsuoka to a dual to help him over come his own insecurities and fears.

This is a Battlefield for Beasts! - Matsuoka, Hotaru and Yukimura enter a 'cosplay' survival tournament.

- Ricky Chiang


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