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Hyperdimension Neptunia

FUNimation // Unrated // June 9, 2015
List Price: $69.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted July 26, 2015 | E-mail the Author


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Hyperdimension Neptunia Blu-ray Review


Hyperdimension Neptunia is an animated
series
spin-off creation based upon the massively popular video-game franchise
by the
same name. The series is by animation studio David Production (JoJo's
Bizarre Adventure
& Soul Eater) and it is directed by
Masahiro
Mukai (Puella Magi Madoka Magica).


The series is like a video-game because it is
based on a
video-game. The series franchise takes place inside a mythical
video-game land
known as the Gamindustri World. Within this video-game environment, the
characters of Neptune (the leader of the goddesses) and others must
undergo
transformers to more powerful versions of themselves with different
appearances,
battling it out against bad monsters, powerful opponents, and other
video-game
bosses like godesses and an evil CPU that tries to destroy Gamindustri
World.


The goddesses rule over each land and the four
kingdoms are Lastation,
Leanbox, Lowee, and Planeptune. Each of the goddesses is supposed to be
like a
video-game console as a character (with nods to actual video-game
consoles like
Playstation and X-Box). The result is a convoluted sci-fi anime which
is
basically an action series with poor attempts at comedy. It blends
together bad
video-game humor with sub-par action and storytelling.


Directed by Masahiro Mukai (Puella Magi Madoka
Magica
),
the series is basically just the characters being thrown into absurd
video-game
situations, transforming, and battling with various CG video-game
enemies. The
style is ridiculously over-the-top. Written by Shogo Yasukawa (JoJo's
Bizarre Adventure
) and Hiroaki Tsutumi, Hyperdimension Neptunia
is a
production that seems more concerned with style (and poor humor) than
any
attempt at real substance or character-based storytelling.


Though the animation is by studio David Production
(who
has animated the immensely popular JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and
Soul
Eater
), the style isn't exactly great, either. The art is directed
by Masanobu Nomura (Oblivion Island: Haruka
and the Magic Mirror
) and it seems rather
uninspired. The artwork seems to have a high-production budget but the
quality
of the production is lacking because the series seems to replicate the
style of
so many other anime creations.


Character designs
are by Hitomi Takechi, based off the work done for
Hyperdimension
Neptunia
video-games. The established fans of the games should be
happy character designs were done in a style
intended to be faithful to the original designs from the games.


The music score is composed by Kenji Kaneko and
Masaru
Yokoyama (composer of the upcoming Mobile
Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
). style=""> The score has a high-energy electronica style
to it. The score seems to be fitting given the video-game anime style.


Hyperdimension Neptunia is a massively
successful video-game
franchise but this is not a massively successful anime series. Having
never
played the video games before, the series cannot be compared well to
the games.
How fans respond to the series might be different to responses from
those unfamiliar
with the game frachise.


Even so, the Hyperdimension Neptunia anime
series seems
so poorly done with a terrible sense of humor that is often offensive,
bad
characterization, badly done action, and sub-par style that it's hard
to
imagine how the video-games could become so popular if it's like what
was
created for this bad anime. This is an easy pass for anime fans. Hyperdimension
Neptunia
might be fun as a video-game but as an anime it flounders.


The Blu-ray:


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Video:


Hyperdimension Neptunia
is presented on
Blu-ray from Funimation Entertainment with a quality 1080p MPEG-4 AVC
encoded
transfer in the original television broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1
widescreen.  The image is sharp, clean,
and with good color reproduction. This is a strong PQ presentation by
Funimation.


Audio:style="">


The audio on this release is available in English
5.1 Dolby
TrueHD surround sound lossless and Japanese 2.0 Dolby TrueHD stereo
lossless. Either
option should be satisfactory but the English dub track will provide
slightly
more robust bass reproduction and is slightly more enveloping in
surround
activity.  


For some reason, the audio on this release seemed
quieter
than usual and the sound needed to be turned up more than usual for
reasonable
sound output. This also means the release seemed a bit less bass-heavy.
 Just turn up the volume a few more notches
than usual for a Funimation release and it should sound normal.


English subtitles are provided.


Extras:


This is a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack
release.


On disc supplements include:


The Unaired 13th OVA episode: style="">The
Eternity [True Ending] Promised, which runs the same length as the
other
episodes and acts as the series finale.


Transform Collection - a collection
of character transformations, Blu-ray/DVD
Commercials, TV Commercials, Promotional Videos, Textless
Opening/Closing
Credits, the U.S. trailer for Hyperdimension
Neptunia
, and trailers promoting other Funimation Entertainment
releases.


Final Thoughts:


Hyperdimension Neptunia is an anime
adaptation based
on the bestselling video-game series. The anime series has convoluted
writing, is
all over the place, and is badly done. The series comedy is also
unfunny and
often offensive. This is a poorly done series which anime fans should
consider
skipping.


Skip It.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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