Anime Blu-ray Review: The World is Still Beautiful Complete Collection

The World is Still Beautiful Complete Collection has one Blu-ray disc that includes all 12 episodes of the series and the bonus features. The set only has the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The World is Still Beautiful Complete Collection
English Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: October 6, 2015

The main character of the series is Nike, and she’s the fourth sovereign daughter of the Rain Dukedom. She also has the power to call forth the rain. The Sun King, the ruler of the Sun Kingdom, sends a message to Nike’s father saying that he won’t invade their land if he offers the hand of one of his daughters in marriage. Nike ends up being the one chosen to become the Sun King’s bride because she loses a game of rock-paper-scissors.

When Nike arrives in the harbor town of Lepion, she sends her retinue home so she can explore on her own and get to know the people of the Sun Kingdom. At first, she has a string of bad luck, which culminates with a couple of con men stealing her luggage. Nike collapses out of hunger, and she is taken in by an innkeeper and his two daughters, Mina and Liza. After they learn who Nike is, they tell her how to get to the capital, how long to get there, and that she’ll basically need a caravan in order to get there.

When Nike arrives at the capital and meets the Sun King for the first time, they’re not impressed with each other. Livius insists that Nike make it rain, because he’s grown weary of the sun. Nike becomes upset and raises a hand against the king. She is taken away by the guards and put in the dungeon. Livius tells Nike she can either starve to death there or become his plaything.

Later, after Livius has finished his business with Neil, his advisor, he is faced with Nike, who has escaped from the dungeon. When Livius insists she summon the rain again, she tells him that rain summoning isn’t a parlor trick, and that the feelings of the person seeking the rain must be in concert with those of the person making it. She also tells him that he needs to show her the beauty of this world. He doesn’t truly understand what she means and does things that only infuriate Nike more.

Later, Livius is targeted by a poisoned arrow, but Nike pushes him out of the way and the arrow hits her in the arm. Nike is OK but runs a fever. After she recovers, Livius orders Neil to take Nike back to the Principality of Rain.

After this incident, Nike ends up staying in the Sun Kingdom. Over the course of the series, the two start to get to know each other better and they develop feelings for each other. However, there are obstacles that get in the way that almost destroy their relationship.

After watching the first episode of the series when it was streaming as a simulcast in 2014, I thought that it showed a lot of promise. Not only did the story grab my interest, but so did the look of the animation. The series also managed to find and keep the right combination of drama and humor to tell its story. It became a series I looked forward to watching week after week.

Overall, The World is Still Beautiful is a sweet series, and I enjoyed watching it from week to week. There was one spot where the series wasn’t sweet, and that was when Livius became upset when he saw Nike and Bard together and made assumptions. Livius’ temper was definitely out of control, and that was definitely not one of the sweeter moments of the series. I really enjoyed Nike as a character, and Livius’ evolution as a character was pretty decent. All in all, I thought The World is Still Beautiful was an enjoyable viewing experience.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition / 16×9, and the audio includes Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. I had no complaints about either the audio or the video quality of this release.

There are only three bonus features included on this release, which is par for the course for Sentai Filmworks releases. The bonus features include all the versions of the clean opening animation, all the versions of the closing animation, and trailers for other Sentai Filmworks releases.

If you’ve watched The World is Still Beautiful on streaming services and enjoyed the series, this Blu-ray release of the series is worth adding to your anime home video library.

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One comment

  1. David Boone (moonhawk81) · April 6, 2020

    I greatly enjoyed this series, despite its rough start.

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