Unboxing: Your Lie in April – Part 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) [UK]
22/02/2017 1 Comment
Late last year Anime Limited released Animplex’s first-half of Your Lie in April as a Collectors Edition Blu-ray set and today we will be taking a closer look at the set in our latest unboxing article.
This Collector’s Edition release of Your Lie in April – Part 1 was originally released on the 14th November 2016, so this ‘unboxing’ comes rather late but it’s just in time for the release of Part 2 which is due later this year. As with most Collector’s Edition releases Anime Limited opted to release Your Lie in April in a chipboard box (with the blu-ray discs stored inside a digipack sleeve) and mimics the presentation as seen with Kill La Kill.
To give this ‘Collectors Edition’ some extra merit Part 1 of Your Lie in April comes with a larger chipboard artbox that can house both Part 1 and Part 2; thus offering the illusion of a complete series set – much like FUNimation releases in America.
Sadly that’s pretty much it; as while the Blu-ray Discs, of which contain eleven episodes in both English and Japanese, feature basic bonus material there are no physical extras such as an art book or art cards. Although this Collector’s Edition lacks physical content (especially compared to other Anime Limited releases) it does feature a variety of fabulous artwork; all of which is presented on the various different boxes and carded sleeves presented in this set.
Unfortunately that’s where the good news ends; as this set does suffer from some production issues. For starters the information sheet on the back of the box displays the FUNimation logo (which boggles the mind as FUNimation had no involvement with the series or its dubbing) and more importantling the packaging of the box that houses the digi-pack sleeve has been produced incorrectly.
Due to this box being smaller than intended it is incredibly difficult to remove the digi-pack sleeve without damaging it or the box; additionally the Your Lie in April logo on the top of this box has been printed incorrectly and as such effects the overall artwork. The final complaint would be the presentation of the overall collectors box. The artwork on the collectors box seems a bit blurred (which could be a design choice) and the top and bottom of the box sees the artwork overlap each other as if it wasn’t put together correctly (especially when compared to FUNimation artboxes which seem rather flush).
Anime Limited have acknowledged these faults and are working to issues a replacement scheme to those effected; but it’s worth noting that these issues do not effect all stock but only a small portion.
Your Lie in April – Part 1 is now available as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and for a limited time will include the collectors box, which can also hold Part 2.