Demi Human - Part 2
Season Two (2015 -
2016/both Sentai Blu-rays)/Suicide
Squad: Hell To Pay
(2018/DC Comics Animated/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B+/A-/B Sound: C+/B+/B+
Extras: C*/C/B Main Programs: B-/A-/C+
all animation is for children anymore and now, that is not just
restricted to Japan. We'll see how in these sequel/follow-up
releases to titles we've covered before...
- immortal human beings. Nagai Kei finds himself in a war between
human governments and the Ajins in Ajin:
Demi Human - Part 2
(2017). Ajins are consider non-humans and have no rights and are
hunted down for inhuman experiments. Sato-san, a mad Ajin and his
followers have started a war against the humans and will not stop
until he destroys the government. Kei finds himself allying with a
group of humans believing the possibility of co-existence. Along
with small group of Ajins they are all that stand in the way between
Sato-san and mass destruction.
was a normal high school student until he discover he was one of the
few immortal Ajins around the world. An Ajin cannot die, but
resurrects and heals completely after each death, also they can
summon powerful invisible IBM (Invisible Black Matter) 'black
shadows' to fight and overcome impossible odds. He learns that
governments around the world are conducting inhuman experiments and
research to weaponize the Ajins for their own purposes. After saving
some Ajins from a secret government experiment, Sato and his group of
Ajin have declared war against the government (as well as
blackmailing them) to their demands. Reluctantly Kei teams up with
the humans who once hunted him. Together, they work to stop Sato and
his plans for mass murder and weapons of mass destruction to turn
Japan into a Ajin only country.
begin to heat up in the second part of this series, there is action,
government conspiracies and non-stop twists. Extras include movies,
clean opening and closing animations, though a mitre expansive
edition is also available with more goodies.
this time include...
getting sick of this
- Sato declares war on the humans and announces he will assassinate
15 high profile government employees who have known about the Ajin.
Kei and Ko surprises Tosaki and joins his team to stop Sato.
surrounded by idiots
- Kei and Ko trains with Tosaki and his men. Meanwhile, Sato, true
to his word begins assassinating his targets.
I am always scared
- Kei wonders why his IBM always does the opposite of what he says
and learns that his mental condition is related to his IBM's
make me sick
- Kai, even in jail continues to stand up for Ajins. Unknown that
his cellmate is an Ajin, Kai befriends him. Meanwhile, U.S. agents
begin to investigate Japanese government and it's Ajins.
- Sato continues his murder spree. The US agents abduct Tosaki to
find out his secrets.
be tough being a lap dog
- U.S. agents torture Tosaki. Shimomura, Kei and Ko attempt to
rescue Tosaki but the agents escape in a car with Tosaki.
just once more, please!
- Shimomura, Kei and Ko manage to rescues Tosaki before the agents
reached the American Embassy. Tosaki is angered when he finds out
they missed the chance to catch Sato. Sato plans to kill the final
person on his list. The government announces they have created an
anti-Ajin force to fight Sato.
country is going to get a little unsettled
- Even against highly train soldiers Sato continues to out wit and
overpower the anti-Ajin forces. Kei and his team manage to lay a
trap for Sato.
the one messing up my life
- Kei and his teammates are unable to stop Sato. Sato kills off most
of Kei human teammates and escapes with secret chemical weapons from
the government. Kei, Shimomura and Ko get arrested, but Tosaki frees
them and they become fugitives.
won't do it
- Sato takes over an army base and announces that he will use the
government own WMDs against them. Kei is depressed after their
failure to catch Sato and the death of his teammate and leaves...
this rate...it really will be war!" -
The US government gets involved and sends in troops. Humans afraid
of Ajin threaten to kill anyone related to Ajins, including Kei's
sister Eriko. Kei tries to save her, but then they are both saved by
Kai. Kei realizes unless he stops Sato, he will never find peace and
returns to Tosaki's group.
that makes it interesting, so whatever
- The US Military plans to nerve gas the entire region to stop Sato.
Kei, Tosaki, Izumi and Ko enter an underground maze and tries to bury
Sato alive, but Sato continues to remain one step ahead of everyone
and collapses the entire tunnel system.
make you a promise too, Mr. Sato
- Kei and Sato have a showdown just minutes before the US plans to
release the gas. Kei manages to stop Sato, and he and his friends
about to arrested until Tosaki reminds them the deal was for Sato and
Tanaka only, the other Ajins are pardoned and under Japanese
protection. Later Japan now announces Ajin are considered humans
again and have rights. Sato escapes from his transport and Tosaki
asks Kei to help hunt him once more.
cover more of the technical playback performance after all the
reviews, but you can read more about the previous season debut season
at this link...
High was once a powerhouse volley ball team, but with Hinata and
Kageyama they have a chance to rise to glory again. Hinata is really
short, but he is known as the Little Giant for his super fast
reactions and quick spikes that surprises his opponents. Kageyama is
known as the King of the Court, knowing exactly how the set the ball
for the perfect spike and to break through defenses. Together, can
Hinata and Kageyama help lead Karasuno High to the nationals once
last season's lost in the inter-high preliminaries, Haikyuu!!:
(2015 - 2016) has Karasuno High has summer training camp to learn and
prepare for the spring games. As the team begins their summer camp
they are joined with a new manager Yachi. It's a new season of
sweat, tears and blood as Karasuno finds new techniques to become a
stronger team. With each game the team grows and new rivalries
appear between opponents and teammates alike ...that Karasuno is not
a team to be taken lightly.
is a great sports anime, a story of a bunch of underdogs dreaming to
become champions. The series teaches not only about talent, hard wok,
practice and skills, but also teamwork and sportsmanship. A single
game can sometimes be covered a single episode, or it can be over
multiple episodes with inner monologues and narration explaining the
game/story. Extras include clean opening and closing animations and
this time include...
Go to Tokyo
- Karasuno has been invited to summer train camp in Tokyo to play
some of their toughest rivals.
- Before their summer training camp, Hinata, Kageyama, Nishinoya and
Tanaka have to get passing marks in their classes before being
allowed to join in the summer camp.
Kiyoko recruits a cute new manager joins Karasuno, Yachi, but can
Yachi stand being surrounded by hot, sweaty guys?
Hinata and Kageyama arrive fashionably late to camp, but can they
turn around the game for a chance to win?
- Both Hinata and Kageyama realize they both need to up their game
and skills, but until they perfect their new techniques they are
unable to work together.
- Kageyama learns from Oikawa on how to be a better setter. Hinata
learns from Karasuno's former volleyball coach on how to get new
techniques for his quick attacks.
- Karasuno plays against Fukuro High and they begin to try out new
techniques and skills to improve their game.
- Tsukishima recalls his past and his own limits and is afraid of
failure and disappointment like his brother.
- Karasuno plays against Nekoma and Hinata plays with his rivals to
learn how to play against future opponents.
- Karasuno continues to lose their matches during practice, but the
other teams realize each player are growing at incredible speeds and
they will become a stronger team.
- Training camp comes to an end and the teams have a barbecue
- Karasuno head off to the preliminaries and the other teams wonder
on how Karasuno has improved over their summer training.
- Karasuno faces off with a team that has a super tall player. Can
skill defeat natural advantage?
- Tsukishima wonders can an average team player like himself without
any special skills be any help to his teammates.
- Karasuno begins the qualifiers for the semifinals and plays against
Johzenji, a team known for it's wild and unpredictable plays.
- Karasuno wins against Johzenji and plays against WakuNan next who
has a defensive play style.
Fight of the Spineless
- Daichi is injured and is forced to leave the game, Ennoshita subs
in as sub captain and Yamaguchi subs in as a pinch server.
- Even without their captain, Karasuno manages to keep up the
pressure and win against WakuNan.
Iron Wall Can Be Constructed Any Number of Times
- Seijho plays against Date Tech, whomever wins will play Karasuno
- Karasuno faces off with Seijho and manages to keep up with them
this time, but Seijho has a new player/secret weapon.
- Seijho new player is Kyotani, a.k.a. the Mad Dog, along with
Oikawa's powerful serves they turn the tide in their favor.
Flight of the Previously Spineless
- Yamaguchi is subbed in as a pinch server and manages to even up the
score when Seijho pulls ahead.
- Both teams have won a set and now playing the 3rd set, both teams
are tired and beginning to show they are reaching their limits.
For the Utmost Limit
- The score continues to remain close to the last round, but Hinata
and Kageyama manage to turn the game around and win with their new
quick spike attack.
- Karasuno manages to make it to the finals and get ready for the
game tomorrow. Oikawa bumps into Ushijima and gives him a warning
...that even an eagle can be taken down by a murder of crows.
again, we'll cover more of the technical playback performance after
all the reviews, but you can read more about the earlier Collection
sets at these links...
that bring us to the U.S. side of more mature animation, Suicide
Squad: Hell To Pay
(2018), the new R-rated DC Comics Animated film that serves as a
sequel of sorts to the 2016 live-action hit that had a very mixed
critical and fan response. Like that releases, this one is jammed
full of violence and sexual innuendos that may be a bit much for the
younger crowd. Featuring the same high grade animation from
DC/Warner, the film is pretty fun and edgy and on par with previous
new releases from the studio but nothing too incredibly fresh.
Hopefully, the live action Suicide
films will be this fun in the future as the franchise still holds
promise, despite the so-so original.
Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Frost, Copperhead, Captain Boomerang, and
Bronze Tiger make up the Suicide Squad in this installment. After
Amanda Waller ends up with a secret terminal sentence, she ends up
ordering the Squad (aka X-Force)
to obtain a powerful mystical object that is of particular worth to
her. Of course, they have to kick a lot of butt in order to obtain
this object, with many familiar (and new) foes in their path.
voice cast includes Christian Slater, Tara Strong, Vanessa Williams,
Billy Brown, Liam McIntyre, and Kristin Bauer van Straten.
animated film is presented here in both a 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10;
Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on the 4K UHD
format and the standard 1080p Blu-ray. The film has a widescreen
aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless
mix, both of which are of high quality and have no distractingly bad
qualities. The difference in image between the 4K UHD and the
Blu-ray isn't quite as significant as it is in high budgeted live
action films, but still maintains a smooth and clean image that is a
slightly better looking upgrade. The score sounds a direct rip off
of Robert Rodriguez's theme to Sin
but fits the tone of the film.
digital UV copy is also included.
Sneak Peak at DC Universe's Next Animated Feature, The
Death of Superman
Shot, Floyd! The Greatest Marksman in the DCU
Power of Plot Devices: MacGuffins and Red Herrings
Sneak Peak at DCU Batman:
Assault on Arkham
Sneak Peak at Superman/Batman:
the DC Comics Vault: Beware
- Episode 11 from Season One.
the DC Comics Vault: Young
animated film is still pretty enjoyable even if it's not the freshest
fruit in the basket, you can read more about that first film and in
4K at this link...
anime releases, like their predecessors, are made for TV and are in
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers, looking about
as well as their predecessors, also sounding about as well in their
Japanese and lesser English DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) lossless presentations. However, Ajin
offers a 5.1 lossless mixes that are not as clear or strong as they
could be. Haikyuu
has DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo mixes, but they somehow come
across as well or better sat times.
Ricky Chiang & James