In news that should surprise no one, Gurren Lagann has become the latest Anime Limited release to be plagued with technical snafus. The hat-trick of complaints includes loose disc trays, frozen video during some episodes and delivery delays caused by Amazon not receiving sufficient stock.
Waiting a bit longer for your pre-order delivery to arrive is inconvenient, but not a big deal. Likewise a loose disc tray is embarrassing, as the Ultimate Edition was promoted heavily on its lush packaging, but no biggie as Anime Limited claim that they will replace the defective cases.
Harder to forgive is that three of the show’s episodes are affected with video glitches that cause the picture to freeze (for up to thirteen seconds) whilst the audio continues to run. Anime Limited has stated that these bugs were spotted during quality control, but they are unable to fix the issue. Nice of them not to reveal that titbit of information, when people were pre-ordering the set. In case you are wondering… no they won’t be replacing the faulty discs.
This latest hiccup follows on from subpar releases of Cowboy Bebop and Durarara, which both suffered from irritating anomalies. Anime Limited is presently replacing the Bebop discs in question although the Durarara replacements announced in January have yet to be honoured. It’s sad that such an unreliable distributor has premier titles like Kill La Kill on their catalogue. Mysteriously mainstream UK anime journalists continue to give Anime Limited products glowing reviews.