Season 2 (2012)/Girlish
Number: Complete Collection
(2016)/The Life of Budori
D: Legend 2 - Racer (2015
w/DVD)/(all Sentai Filmworks Blu-ray releases)
B+/B/A/C+ & C Sound: B+/B+/B/B & C+ Extras: C*/C/C/D
Main Program: B+/B+/C+/C+
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new semester begins, Chihaya and Taichi vow to improve Karuta skill
and enter the High School Karuta Tournament, but first, they must
recruit new members in order to keep their club room. As they form a
new team, Chihaya, Taichi and Arata continue to improve their game on
the master's level so they might play with each other once more.
is a Japanese card game involving memorization and reflexes, a half a
poem is recited and it becomes a race/competition to see which player
can find it's matching card. Chihaya is a beauty, but she has
totally become a Karuta lover and strives to be the best female
player, the Karuta Queen. Along with improving her own skills, she
teaches her new team members how to play Karuta, but their new
member, Sumire has joined for another reason ...to seduce Taichi.
Chihaya and her teammates continues to play in school team matches
while Arata competes in single matches.
is a drama of friends growing up and playing Karuta together. This
series is about the love and passion of the game and teaches about
teamwork, friendship and sportsmanship. It is filled with eccentric
characters which makes the series more interesting as well as the
drama between all the characters. Extras include clean opening and
closing animations and trailers, but a loaded, fancier, Premium Box
Set edition with far more extras is also available.
wilt, they fade
- Sumire joins the Karuta club, not to play at first, but to seduce
Taichi after being dumped by her boyfriend.
rumor has spread
- Only two new members remain, Sumire accidentally reveals her true
intentions to everyone, but realizes if she wants to seduce Taichi
she'll have to learn Karuta.
- Arata continues to compete for the master's qualifier. Chihaya and
the team competes in the Tokyo regional team games.
you go, o fishing boat. Will you tell them of my fate?
- Team Mizusawa competes with Team Homei who uses psychological
attacks to get inside their opponents head. After remaining calm,
Taichi and the team manages to win.
the forgotten splendor of the age of Emperors
- Nishida discovers his sister is rooting for the opposite team.
Chihaya tries to improve her accuracy over speed.
Tatsuta River becomes the finest brocade
- Chihaya and the team's game comes to a finish, losing to the other
team on a slight technicality, but Chihaya remains positive on it was
a learning experience for the rookies.
friends, strangers, come and walk across the gates of meeting hall
- Chihaya remains depressed about losing the tournament, but
Chihaya's mother buys a kimono/hakama to cheer her up.
moon that rose on Mt Mikasa and shone on the Kasuya
- Chihaya and the team plays against a group of hafu (half Japanese,
with bi-racial parents) and totally crushes them.
- Arata seems to have some romantic relationship with Shinobu, the
current Karuta Queen. Arata secretly substitutes for another team
when they are short a member but gets caught.
- The tournament officials talk on how they are to punish Arata for
breaking the rules, considering banishing him, but Shinobu threatens
them that she will withdraw if Arata isn't allowed to play.
mugwort blazes, a pyre laps at my poor heart
- Komano continues to spy and gather information about other teams.
Arata's punishment is a letter of apology and he is banned from
cheering on his friends.
the Shinto rituals still bear the signs of summer
- Chihaya plays against Megumu, the former runner up/rival of the
in dreams you don't dare, do you fear what they will say? - Megumu
who doesn't really care about become the Karuta Queen realizes
Chihaya is after the throne.
keeps wondering, "Is he thinking about love?"
- Shinobu challenges Arata to a game, but he refuses. Chihaya loses
- Kana injures her finger. Chihaya and the team enters the final
rounds as Arata continues to watch them.
the trees for the Emperor's parade
- A recap of all the episodes so far.
- Chihaya injures her own finger, but continues to play on.
- Chihaya teammates continue to lose. Shinobu still feels that team
tournaments are for weaklings and that truly strong Karuta players
shouldn't play in teams.
the Yura River on a boat without rudder
- Taichi and Chihaya games comes to an end and Chihaya wins. Chihaya
tells Arata that she believes she has become a better player for
playing on teams and that he should never say he is not interested in
being on a team.
the rice paddy
- Arata tells that he is only willing to play on a team with Chihaya
and Taichi. Chihaya goes see a doctor about her injured finger and is
told to take time off from playing Kaurta to let it heal. Chihaya
tries to play with her left hand.
echos through history and these rocks resound once more
- Chihaya has a chance to play Shinobu, so she decides to take off
her splint and play with her right hand.
thought I saw you
- Shinobu realizes she is playing an injured Chihaya, but Chihaya say
they should continue to play their best. Chihaya still loses, but
Shinobu feels cheapened of her victory and says they will play again
in the future.
trees blossom on far-away mountains
- Arata plays against Shinobu. Chihaya watches over Taichi as he
clueless you are
- Chihaya and Taichi watches as Arata plays against Shinobu. Arata
Fuji and its lofty peaks, still white from never-ending snow
- Chihaya realized she must get surgery on her injured finger and is
hospitalized. Kana realizes Arata and Taichi are rivals in love for
Number: Complete Collection
is a aspiring novice voice actor, wants to be famous, rich and seen
and treated as an idol to the rest of the world, but while she looks
adorable and sounds cute, she is the complete opposite, she is
shallow, selfish and lazy. Thanks to her big brother who is also her
manager, she finally gets a chance to play lead role of a female
protagonist in a new series, but then, it is only afterwards she
learns that being a voice actor actually requires work. And on top
of that, they have an incompetent producer/director who selected them
based on looks. Now with a group of other female voice actors they
are forced to do anything to improve the shows ratings, including
swimsuit photos and live stage shows. Can Chitose and the girls over
come their trials become stars?
her life, Chitose had only got bit parts and one liners, but now she
finally has the chance to make it big when they select her for
playing a new lead role in a new anime series. But she soon
discovers she is not the alone, but she is working with 4 other girls
in a harem series. And on top of that, they weren't selected for
their voice talent, but their looks. As the show's ratings begin to
circle the drain, the girls learn there is more to voice acting than
just a pretty face. Can Chitose truly learn what it takes to become
a professional voice actor?
was another anime about making anime, in particular it was about the
voice acting business. It seems like series about making anime is
always about how hard it is to make anime, to draw, create and find a
cast to work together. It isn't easy and the trouble seems to stem
from the fact that there are a lot useless people in the business who
rely on the few that DO work hard or have talent. In the case of
female voice actors, they are treated like rock stars, pop stars and
celebrities, but then they are expected to model, dance and sing, to
become ideal girls to be a 'perfect girl friend'. Extras include
inside show preview, clean opening and closing animation, and
Chitose and a Rotten Industry
- Chitose dreams of landing it big in the voice acting business and
finally is given a chance to voice a lead role.
Chitose and an Unvoiced Scream
- Chitose finds out she is not the only lead girl voice actor, but 1
of 5 in a harem anime series.
Chitose and an Expanding Royal Road
- Chitose learns that of all the girls she is the least talented and
she needs to practice on her voice acting.
Chitose and Her Delightful Friends
- The girls are expected to perform a live stage show when the series
falls behind schedule.
Chitose and Hollow Worth
- The first anime episode debuts, Chitose thinks it's a hit, but
really there ratings are down.
Chitose and the No-Go Budget
- Chitose and the girls go to the beach to film 'extras' for series.
Chitose and the Parents Day
- Kazuha's mother comes to visit and Kazuka reveals she has
'issues' with her parents.
Chitose and a Feisty Travel Mood
- Kazuha and Momoka visit Kazuha's parents and learned that she was
thrown out of her home for choosing become a voice actor.
Chitose and the Fresh-Faced Rookie
- As they begin recording Season 2, a new rookie voice actor join
Chitose and Despairing Kuzu
- Chitose starts thinking what does it mean to be a professional and
does she have what it takes to keep going.
Uncertain Chitose and a Determined Gojo
- Chitose realizes if she doesn't grow or improve, that she'll never
become a great voice actor, but really all she wants and needs is her
brother to admire and cheer her on.
- Chitose realizes her fears, faults and her childish ways. And she
sees how others have to work hard and she must also strive to do her
best if she wants to remain a voice actor.
Life of Budori Gusuko
was an ordinary cat living happily with his father, mother and sister
in the big woods, but when cold snap covers the land for years and
famine is everywhere, one day Budori's father and mother disappears
and they never comes home. Then, Budori little sister is taken away
by a mysterious stranger. Budori is then forced to leave home and
find another place to live. As Budori grow older he learns about the
world and of the land... and what he must do with the rest of his
once was a happy boy living in a happy village with his family, but
due to famine and tragedy he soon finds himself alone, but Budori
never once gives up and ends up moving from place to place, farming,
silk farming, to working in the big city. Each place teaches him
something and about the land and how the people depend on each year's
harvest. In the city, he ends up learning geology and becomes a
geologist, learns the effects of the land and why it is suffering so
long with cold weather and poor crops year after year. With his
knowledge and experience, Budori decides to try and wake a volcano
and change the climate.
movie at first felt like it was going to be a tale of tragedy, like a
mix of the movie "Grave of the Fireflies" with "Little
House in the Big Woods". But the main character remains
optimistic and selfless continues throughout the story to try and
help make life better for all, each person he encounters helps him
grow and become a better person regardless of constant failures. The
only weird character in the story is the mysterious cat that seems to
be magical or demon cat/grim reaper, that only comes in desperate
times and makes a 'trade' with the characters. Extras include
Japanese promos and trailers.
D: Legend 2 - Racer
winning the race against the RedSuns, Takumi Fujiwara's fame spreads
like wild fire. Soon, new and faster racers come challenging him,
the Myogi Nightkids. But now that people know there's a new
speedster, there are those who are not above cheating. Meanwhile as
his former rival, Keisuke is not completely out of the race, he and
his brother uses Takumi's races to collect data and challenge him to
Fujiwara is your ordinary high school boy and tofu delivery boy, but
underneath his innocent face he is the son of a legendary racer and
has blood of a pro-racer. Even among his friends, his father has
secretly passed along his driving skills. After winning the race,
Takumi soon finds himself with a new passion, wanting to test his
skills he accepts his new challengers, as well as protect the pride
of this home town and reputation of his friends.
was a racing anime about fast cars and even faster drivers. The
series was remade into a movie and brought back to inspire late night
improtu illegal racing and car fanatics. The movie is mostly
narrated through the split seconds as the characters list the stats
on the cars and how to take advantage of the race track, but however,
like any good driver knows, it's not the car but in the end it is
about the driver and his skills. Extras include trailers.
for technical performance. All four Blu-ray releases offer 1080p
1.78:1 X 1 digital High Definition that impresses as usual for
Sentai, though Initial
comes up short and its anamorphically enhanced DVD version is weak.
All four Blu-rays also offer lossless Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio
2.0 Stereo mixes with some surrounds that all sound good, plus all
also offer English DTS-MA dub versions that are not as good and the
DVD of Initial
lesser, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mixes in both languages that
are not that good. Stick with the blu-ray.