I stumbled across this without even being aware there was an OVA/OAV version of Natsume Yuujinchou (English title: Natsume's Book of Friends) in production. Indeed, I, undoubtedly along with what must be many others, had ever since season four of the TV anime finished airing been looking forward to any announcement about plans being put in place to make a season five. To my knowledge, this is still to materialise - though I must confess it might just be that I've fallen behind with following the news these past several months and may have missed them announcing plans for it (*Click into my review for an update,I'll see what I can find out and write it in Neolog if anybody is likewise interested if they've made any announcement). What we have been given however, is a 40-odd minute special OVA episode which was released on the 5th of February 2014 and this is what you will find here in this set. Just to give you a quick overview of my order for this from CDJapan: - I am from the UK. I do not understand Japanese bar the common words one often picks up from watching anime and listening to Japanese music. I found this however did not lessen my enjoyment of this release. - I used SAL shipping and it arrived within two weeks to the UK. - It's UNIVERSAL meaning it can be played on any region player, wherever you are in the world. - It comes as a box featuring the artwork seen above,which acts as a slipcase for the 3 discs each in their own respective cases with their own unique artwork. - Disc 1: Is the OVA animation. - Disc 2: Contains music from the Natsume series. I believe the performance lasts two hours in total, but I've yet to watch this but who doesn't love the music from Natsume? - Disc 3: Contains I was excited to find a CD-ROM containing quite a few special extras to spice up your pc, I believe icons, wallpapers and probably some interactive things too. Which is pretty cool, don't you think? - Also, the set came with a mouse mat, which was really handy as I've been missing one for a while and it's a sweet little extra! Do I recommend you get this? If you're a fan of Natsume, totally: YES. I never buy or import Japanese DVDs and in fact this was my first ever BD I've gotten, never mind imported! I haven't finished watching or enjoying many of the stuff included on the discs, but even though I have very limited Japanese I didn't find it too hard to follow what I've seen of the story, which seems the usual Natsume type of fare, except it's extended to the length of a couple of episodes. It looked really really good on my 40 inch Sony HDTV, using my PS3 I'd recently brought cheaply for like forty something pounds (about 70 US dollars, if you haven't yet got a Blu ray player I can recommend either doing what I did and finding yourself a bargain which can be done if you're patient, or I've also seen you can now get yourself an external USB BD reader you can plug into your computer for like ￡20 ($35) - certainly you have options anyway if you require a cheap way to play BD discs or imports from other regions, which is possible using PC software you can download from the internet. This is not necessary with Natsume - it'll play on any player, US, UK or elsewhere, so no worries there!). Grab yourself a copy today while the Limited Edition is still available - you won't be disappointed, I certainly wasn't :) At least with 3 discs you're getting more value for your money as normally you'd be expected to pay the same price even if it contained only one disc, so it's a pretty nice deal really! I can try and post some photos if anybody would like to see them? Thanks for reading :)
|Number of Discs||2|
|Label/Distributor||Sony Music Distribution|
|Original Release Year||2013|
Description in Japanese
夏目友人帳 いつかゆきのひに [CD-ROM付完全生産限定版] / アニメ
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