Release Date: 22 June
1990 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi Cast: Yoshino Takamori, Noriko Hidaka, Akio Ohtsuka, Kumiko Takizawa, Motomu Kiyokawa, Kikuko Inoue
steampunk epic from 1990, getting its first British release, veers between brilliance and awfulness. It starts as a cosy- feeling comedyadventure. A bespectacled boy inventor, Jean, encounters a beautiful black girl, Nadia, on top of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. They’re hassled by comedy crooks, then by a far deadlier masked villain with world conquest in mind. Meanwhile, an operatically tragic Captain Nemo crashes into the story…
A ripping steampunk yarn from before the genre became fashionable, much of Nadia is supremely enjoyable. The technology ranges from the anachronistically believable ( Nemo’s super- modern Nautilus submarine) to the frankly loony ( a giant robot crab!). The kids are engagingly awkward, especially Nadia, who’s terrified by who she may really be. It’s fascinating to see the show evolve, from a Studio Ghibli- style family adventure into something far more adult, angsty and Freudian.
Yet the series never loses its love of madcap silliness… which unfortunately takes over completely for a lot of this 39- part series ( parts 23 to 34). These episodes get so poor that you can skip most of them ( only part 31 is important to the plot). Thankfully, the last five parts are a magnificent slambang finale, which takes the show to the stars in tribute to Space Battleship Yamato.
Clean credits and trailers. Captain Nemo is voiced in Japanese by Akio Otsuka, who also voiced Batou ( the huge male cyborg) in Ghost In The Shell.
The hunt goes on... and on...
Release Date: 8 June
2013- 2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD Showrunner: Jeremy Carver Cast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Erica Carroll, Tahmoh Penikett
This season of
Supernatural took so long to reach British TV screens that it must surely have shed viewers like a demon shedding vessels along the way. So was it worth the wait? As usual, yes.
Highs this year include just about any scene containing Crowley, with the King of Hell finding himself knocked down a peg or two by those pesky Winchesters, as well as an intriguing arc- plot focusing on Dean making a dodgy deal with a fallen angel. Oh, and Felicia Day’s delightful Charlie also gets to hang out with The Wizard Of Oz’s Dorothy in the barmy “Slumber Party”.
Lows include Castiel wandering about aimlessly for half a season amid a dull fallen angels storyline, an off- key return for Garth, and an utterly dreadful episode named “Bloodlines” which was mooted as the pilot for a spin- off series that thankfully never happened.
Supernatural isn’t quite as spunky as in the old days, true, but its wisecracks, gory deaths and endless brotherly angst are still compelling to watch, even if you feel as though you’ve seen most of this before.
Three commentaries ( with Mark Sheppard and Misha Collins lending their vocals for once), an amusing behind- thescenes mockumentary ( 18 minutes), several featurettes ( 54 minutes), the team’s Comic- Con 2013 panel ( 29 minutes), and a gag reel ( eight minutes). Jayne Nelson The CW are still keen on having a spin- off, and showrunner Jeremy Carver says it, “continues to percolate in discussions”.
The new IT team rocked.