Ross founded the UK Anime Network back in 1995, and following Andy Hanley's retirement has returned to the post of Editor-in-Chief in 2017. What an old man!
Chrono Crusade Vol. 3
Distributor ADV Films
Chrono Crusade continues the charm offensive with 4 more episodes which take us through a rollercoaster of emotions. The nightmarish origins of Rosette's quest, her discovery of Chrono and the loss of her brother form the cornerstone of this disc, with an episode covering demon worship, and finally Holy Night, an utterly charming tale of Azmaria's first Christmas.
It's around the stage in the series that you might expect proceedings to hit a lull, perhaps providing a bunch of filler episodes to pad things out a touch, but happily CC manages to sidestep this oft-sprung trap by developing the characters and providing some truly memorable moments.
What impresses most about Chrono Crusade is it's ability to work on almost every level - horror, comedy, action and feelgood drama have all combined over the run of the series to produce a well rounded and ultimately involving yarn. I was left with the feeling that those behind the series genuinely loved the characters, and the attention to detail and beautifully crisp designs are never less than appealing.
The English voice acting on this disc won't convert anyone who prefers a Japanese original, but I found it competently carried out, with Rosette as bratty as ever and even Satella's German twang hitting the spot for me. Animation is up to Gonzo's usual high standards.
If anyone has yet to sample Chrono Crusade, I highly recommend you check it out. I know that the market is flooded with a wealth of excellent titles at the moment, but Chrono Crusade is up there with the best of them.
No sign of slowing down, and with a likeable cast, this is a series for everyone.