After the exciting storylines covered by the previous two sets the first few episodes in this fourth DVD collection feel like a step backwards; although we get a few glimpses of the evil Black Phantom in action nothing of importance seems to happen.
This changes towards the end of the first disc when Minamoto comes face to face with an important person from his past, the pretty Caroline 'Carry' McGee. Before long, he's forced to make some difficult decisions regarding Carry and The Children. Then, in a different story, Minamoto finds himself torn between his duties as the girls' guardian and his regrets about his own difficult childhood. Seeing the usually-stoic Minamoto struggling with his emotions adds a new dimension to his character.
|Is it cheating to use a picture of Minamoto when it's |
actually Hyoubu in disguise?
|Are you trying to be Death Note's Light, L or 'H'?|
Indeed, the final episode of the Zettai Karen Children anime shows a timeskip to the girls' graduation followed by an abrupt end to the show. The unresolved story surrounding the ominous Phantom Daughter who has been lingering in the shadows left me desperately wishing that there was another season to look forward to.
|Momotarou and Hyoubu|
|Scenes from the past|
|It's not what it looks like, even if Hyoubu/Tsubomi is cute|
This leaves the 2010 'Aitazousei! Ubawareta Mirai' OAV missing in the US, so I've ordered the Japanese disc (BD LE, BD standard edition, DVD LE, DVD standard edition) before the first pressing disappears for good. Since I wanted the CD anyway this discovery isn't quite as awful as it might have been, though I hope that Sentai will consider releasing the lost episode later if the series becomes more popular. Overall, I'm happy with their discs; besides the missing special, the only thing that would have made it better would have been a Blu-ray transfer. There are some minor typos in the subtitles as with any US anime release these days.
|Do I use too many Hyoubu pictures? I'm not apologising.|
|The answer to this is clear...|