Pumpkin Scissors Complete Collection DVD Review

Based off of the manga by Ryoutarou Iwanaga, which is getting a very slow release from Del Rey in North America, Pumpkin Scissors is a twenty-four episode series that is mostly episodic. It's the kind of show that details the lives of the people living in this post-war nation and the things that are dealt with, though it does bring in some overall plot elements along the way. That series has only reached about twelve volumes worth in Japan, six of which were published at the time of the anime series being made, so we get about half of the show done up in animation for which isn't that bad but it means we don't get anything serious in terms of a real conclusion, especially as the manga is still ongoing. Pumpkin Scissors starts off with some striking similarities to Fullmetal Alchemist through its designs and layout but there are few similarities beyond that.

The series revolves heavily around the military which means lots of uniforms, lots of soldiers grousing and plenty of civilians who are generally upset about things. The world that's presented in this series is one that's suffered from a long war which had finally ended three years ago. The ravages of that war are still afflicting everything however and the country has not recovered much at all. The poor are still poor, many towns are still disconnected from the central government and people simply don't trust the military. They have good reason for that since not only did the war go badly but a large number of soldiers turned into bandits when it was over and now roam the countryside.

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