Anthologies can be hit or miss but this is mostly hit.
What They Say:
In 1995, Katsuhiro Otomo’s anthology Memories showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world. Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts to a fresh generation of master creators with an all-new anthology of visionary films.
The audio presentation for this feature is pretty solid all around as we get the original Japanese in 5.1 as well as the new English language adaptation, both of which are encoded using the DTS-HD MA lossless codec. The short stories across this are pretty varied in what they do so that definitely factors into the sound design as each one works its own style. The encoding captures it well with what it does here since it works some quiet and spooky scenes with the right kind of ambience and sound effects to the bigger action pieces. The show definitely makes an impression across each of the stories that are told here and the sound design works to enhance the overall story being told, particularly for Gambo and for A Farewell to Weapons.
Originally in theaters in 2013, the transfer for this feature is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the AVC codec. With just over an hour of material here, the Sunrise animated work here has different styles going by each director and their vision which comes across beautifully here. With solid bit rates throughout, the feature comes across with some bright, vibrant and really eye-popping colors at times. The visual presentation has a very solid look to it with lots of detail and plenty of strong colors in the larger areas and backgrounds. There’s some great, fluid animation throughout this and the transfer brings it to life wonderfully, making it an engaging visual presentation when paired with the audio design of it.