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Hitorijime My Hero (2017)/Made In Abyss (2017/both Sentai Complete Collection Blu-rays)



Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C/A* Main Programs: B+/A-



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All his life, Masahiro Setagawa has been bullied and forced to be a gopher and expected to be other people's personal piggy bank. That was until he was 'rescued' by the 'Bear Killer'. Now as he enter high school, the 'Bear Killer' turns out to be his homeroom teacher (as well as his best friend's older brother), Kousuke Ooshiba. Kousuke continues to protect his students, but could Masahiro feelings run deeper than just teacher and student?


In Hitorijime My Hero: Complete Collection (2017), Masahiro Setagawa a weak person, easily pushed around and bullied and is taken advantage by a local gang. He used to believe in heroes until he discover his homeroom teacher is the one who beat up his gang and freed him. Kousuke Ooshiba seems to be handsome/respectable teacher by day, but at night he turns into the avenging 'Bear Killer' who beats up those who take advantage of others. Masahiro best friend is Kensuke who is a bit dense, but he discovers Asaya Hasekura the most popular boy in school is in love with him. Kensuke and Asaya become a couple, but at times Asaya is very possessive of Kensuke and gets jealous when other Kensuke get close to others.


This is what some people would call a yaoi or boys love. The series is totally about the romance between to male characters. In this series or case they go a step further in a romance between a teacher and student. While it is your typical anime dramas, I would recommend this series to those who are open minded. Extras include clean opening and closing animations and trailers.


Episodes include...


In the Beginning, He Wouldn't Tell Me Anything - Masahiro and Kensuke enter high school and discover the 'Bear Killer'/Kensuke's older brother is their new homeroom teacher.


The Days Go On, But There's More - Kensuke is reunited with his childhood friend Asaya. But it turns out he isn't interested in any girls; Asaya confesses his feeling to him.


Like a Teeny, Tiny Ray of Light - Kensuke has to decide what his relationship with Asaya is. It is obvious everyone knows how Kensuke feels about Asaya, only Kensuke doesn't know.


A Hunch, Hidden by Fragrant Smoke - Now Kensuke and Asaya are a couple, Masahiro begins to question his own feelings toward Kousuke, but Kousuke is giving mixed messages to Masahiro.


A Person Worthy of Love - Kousuke get jealous when he see a girl gets close to Masahiro, and then he forced a kiss on Masahiro at school. Both of them begin begin to wonder...


My Savior, Be Free - Masahiro's old gang reappears, Masahiro distances himself from his friends not wanting them to get involved ...but especially Kousuke.


The High School Boy Howl - Kousuke discovers Masahiro is being bullied by his old gang and rescues him again. Masahiro's friends is glad he is back.


Inextinguishable Emotions Push Me Forward - Masahiro considers him to be Kousuke's lover ...but Kousuke considers Masahiro as his secret 'wife'.


Where My Feelings are Headed - Masahiro and Kousuke makes out at school ...and their friends catch them in the act and find out their relationship ...but can they accept it?


Why Is It So Hard To Be Happy? - Kousuke continues to show PDA (public displays of affection). Masahiro continues worry what would happen if more people saw and found out about them.


That's Why I Just Want You to Smile - Kousuke becomes a full time teacher. Masahiro decides to break up with Kousuke is better than them losing everything.


The Kindest Place In the World - Kousuke searches the town for Masahiro. Can Kousuke 'save' Masahiro one more time?



The Abyss, a mysterious gigantic bottomless hole in the earth which holds countless priceless relics, treasures and lost technologies. It has lured countless treasure hunters and seekers to discover it's mysteries and secrets. The deeper you go the greater the treasure... but so is the danger. Riko is a young 12-year-old girl with a mysterious past, until one day she meets the robotic boy Reg, together they descend into the Abyss as their adventure begins in Made In Abyss: Complete Collection (2017).


Riko is a young seeker who is determined to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a Legendary Seeker, but when she receives a mysterious letter from the Abyss she decides to descend into the Abyss to find her mother. Riko discovers Reg, a mysterious robot boy who has no memory and he decides to join Riko to discover where he came from. As they dive deeper into the Abyss, the various levels changes ecosystems and becomes less habitable for humans. Humans who descend further down have been known never to return, even rumors of losing their sanity and even their bodies.


At first it seems to be a 'cute' anime at first but as it progress it gets more serious and has a mature themes, including death and sacrifice. The series beautifully drawn and creates an imaginary world full of wonder and dangers. Extras include clean opening and closing animations, interview with Kevin Penkin, Jouei Event, Making of the Abyss, Music of the Abyss and trailers, butt a Premium Box Set has been issued with many more extras and is pictured above with this review.


Episodes include...


The City of the Great Pit - Riko discovers the robotic boy 'Reg'.


Resurrection Festival - Riko and her friends help Reg to join the orphanage where they live.


Departure - Riko and Reg plan to sneak into the Abyss, they prepare their supplies, but the hardest part is to saying goodbye to their friends.


The Edge of the Abyss - Riko and Reg descend into the first layer of the Abyss, but someone seems to be chasing after them.


Incinerator - Riko and Reg reach the 2nd layer and Riko gets captured by monster, they discover one of Reg's powers, a powerful weapon called the 'Incinerator'.


Seeker Camp - Riko and Reg meet Ozen the Unmoveable and learn more about the Abyss.


The Unmoveable Sovereign - Riko and Reg learn of what happened to her mother and how she was 'born' ...and they are 'tested'.


Survival Training - Ozen trains Riko and Reg and warns them of the dangers even further bellow.


The Great Fault - Riko and Reg descend further down the 3rd layer, the Great Shaft ...but here nothing is what it seems, and just when they think they are safe ...they are not.


Poison and the Curse - Riko and Reg reaches the 4th layer, but they encounters a very dangerous creature and Riko gets mortally wounded.


Nanachi - A mysterious cute creature appears, Nanachi and saves Riko. Reg is sent to find the ingredients to make the antidote for the poison.


The True Nature of the Curse - Reg learns of what the curse truly is and why no one returns from the 6 layer.


The Challengers - Nanachi explains her past to Reg and asks a special favor from Reg. As Riko recovers, Nanachi decides to join Riko and Reg's adventure.



Both series are presented in 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers that are among the best, if not absolute best from Sentai to date, still would be interesting in 4K presentations. Both offer DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless sound with some Pro Logic surrounds that are warm, rich and sound like the new recordings they are and as expected to be good.



- Ricky Chiang



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