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Hina Logic: From Luck & Logic Complete Collection Blu-ray Anime Review

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An off-shoot of the Luck and Logic series!

An off-shoot of the Luck and Logic series!

What They Say:
Princess Liones Yelistratova is trading in her crown for a school uniform at ALCA’s Logicalist training school! Moving from a small country to Hokkaido one spring day, she prepares herself for a brand-new life amongst the students in Class 1-S. Here, she’ll learn what it takes to be a Logicalist alongside unique classmates, including the talented Nina Alexandrovna!

The Review:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this series brings us the original Japanese language track in stereo while the English mix gets a bump up to 5.1 status. Encoded using the Dolby TrueHD lossless codec, the series is one that works well overall with its balance of action and dialogue. The action scenes have some good impact to them both with bass from time to time but more so with placement and overall movement. There are some very good sequences of action throughout with a lot of variety to it and it’s well handled here with both mixes, coming across clean and with impact as needed. The dialogue itself is done up right when it comes to the various levels it runs with and there’s some solid placement from time to time throughout it. Both tracks come across in a very clean and clear form where we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally airing in 2017, the transfer for this TV series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the AVC codec. The twelve episodes are spread across two discs with nine on the first and three on the second. Animated by Doga Kobo, the property really looks fantastic here with beautiful character designs combined with some visually striking color choices. It has a level of pop and vibrancy to it that would be off-putting in a real-world show but works well here, both in the costume design of the characters but also in the creatures and others they have to deal with. These colors naturally stand out but there’s a lot of great detail throughout the show that’s solid and problem free as well as more standard color choices that are free of noise. It’s a great looking show whose encoding brings it to life in a way that really lets it stand out and define it.

Packaging:
The packaging for this release comes in a slightly thicker than standard Blu-ray case with the four discs of the two formats on hinges. The release also comes with an o-card for the first pressing that replicates the cover artwork itself, though the cardstock gives it a bit more color vibrancy. The design is a familiar key visual piece with the main cast spread out while the logo is kept to the upper right where it doesn’t play up the Luck & Logic aspect all that much. It does show off the designs nicely, particularly for costumes and color, so you have an idea of what you’re getting into. The back cover keeps it simpler with pink and white as the defining colors and that gives it a more cohesive and distinctive feeling. The character artwork to the left is solid and the small shots from the show are largely forgettable along the bottom. The bulk of what we get here is a decent breakdown of the premise in the middle while the technical grid along the bottom is well-handled with the color design to make it so that it can be read easily as well as being accurate. While there are no show related inserts included with this release, we do get a really nice piece of artwork on the reverse side with the right side using the front cover again while the left has the breakdown of episodes by title and extras..

Menu:
The menu design for this release keeps things simple as we get the static menu design where half of the screen is made up of key visual material, which looks great here with the pop of color and vibrancy, while the right side features the navigation. That stands out well with the white background combined with the green used for the logo and the block where the navigation itself is along the lower right. The navigation is very simple with little here overall but it’s easy to read and works smoothly both as a pop-up menu and as the main menu. Selections load quickly and everything is problem free.

Extras:
The only extras included with this release are the clean versions of the opening and two ending sequences.

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Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the Luck and Logic series coming out in the winter of 2016, it got an unexpected follow-up the next year during the summer with Hina Logic, a “from Luck and Logic” series. The show worked the same studio but brought in different producers and creative to get it done with Hiroaki Akagi directing it from the scripts by Yuki Sugawara. Doga Kobo largely carried over the same look and tone as the other series so there’s a connective tissue there between the two. Which is good and bad. If you liked the other series then you’re like to enjoy this one as well. I really struggled with Luck and Logic and this one felt like it was basically just applying some of the aesthetic and familiar elements from that into a standard school setting. Everything simply felt forgettable a minute after it happened.

The initial setup for everything is that after the events of the other series, this world has settled down and connected well with everything else. While Logicalists aren’t as necessary anymore they do still appear and that means they have to be dealt with. And that means giving them proper training, hence the academy still being open even though there’s not much for them to actually do. While this season is your standard ensemble of personality types it focuses primarily on Liones as she’s “traded in her crown” in order to figure out how to do all of this. Ending up in Hokkaido is something of a downgrade from where she was before, even if it was a small country, but she’s intent on handling her time well in class 1-S and to be a proper Logicalist even if there’s not a lot to do.

Naturally, there are a few others that she ends up befriending that are fairly standard character templates. You’ve got the rich girl in Yayoi and the two servant girls she comes with (Karen and Karin, who have some adorable moments). You get the inventor type with Mahiro where things never go write and you get Nina, someone who served as a Logicalist before but skipped past a lot of the things people do as kids and has been sent back here to experience growing up properly. There are no threats to be faced here when you get down to it and most of what we get in terms of transformations and what they do in that form is fairly limited, even if it is fun to see the costume designs and the vivid aspects of it that delight. It’s an appealing looking aspect of the show that thankfully isn’t overused overall, making for the moments to actually be fun.

So, what does the show actually do? Every. Standard. School. Storyline. You get hot spring stuff, you get school day events, you get the drama, you get the comedy. Everything that’s just utterly familiar and almost always wrapped up in the same episode. There is no “story” to be had here. It’s just an episodic adventure showing that the world from Luck and Logic has fallen into normality. And not a real normality but a bland normality where there are no real issues. Nobody is facing anything significant. There’s nothing threatening anyone’s way of life or place at the academy or in the world. It’s just one-off adventures that sometimes go a little bigger but not too much so. It does handle it well in that the animation is great, the acting is spot on, and it looks good with some very pleasing animation. It’s complete and then some in those terms when you get down to it. You can’t fault it there. But it has no heart, it has nothing to say, and it just wants to play. Which is fine for a couple of episodes but for a whole season that can be incredibly hard to sustain unless you’re a flat out comedy series from scene one.

In Summary:
Everything about this production is competent from start to finish. Perhaps it’ll appeal more to those that enjoyed the Luck and Logic series but I struggled with that and this one is like a twelve-episode fluffy epilogue of how the world has changed with different characters. It has its cute moments that exist in that moment but it doesn’t have anything meaningful to say. Which is fine but it just didn’t click well with this series for me. I love the look of the animation and the cast for both languages has a lot of fun with it. But I kept finding this to be a moment-to-moment series where nothing lasts beyond that and it proved to be very frustrating coming as part of a larger multimedia work. Funimation’s release is clean and problem free and for fans who enjoyed it is an easy pickup to add to your collection.

Features:
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 Language, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Textless Opening & Closing Songs

Content Grade: C-
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B-

Released By: Funimation
Release Date: February 26th, 2019
MSRP: $64.98
Running Time: 300 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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