Anime Blu-ray Review: Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 Complete Collection

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 Complete Collection is a two-disc set with all 13 of the episodes. The release only has Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 Complete Collection
English Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: November 11, 2014

The main character of the series is a girl named Yura Yamato. She’s a freshman at Stella Women’s Academy and is a recent transfer student to the school. She’s a rather timid girl who has a hard time making friends, but she has a vivid imagination.

After being shown to her dorm room, which she shares with a third year who is currently away, Yura discovers her new roommate has guns and other military things stored in the room. It turns out her roommate is part of the C3-Bu, a club at the school that plays “survival games” with air guns.

Unfortunately, the club has been having problems recruiting new members, so the membership is dwindling and is putting the club’s future in jeopardy. When Rento, one of the club members, goes to Yura’s dorm room to get one the roommate’s guns for a survival game, she finds Yura watching a Rambo-like video, and pretending to shoot one of the guns in the room. Rento thinks that Yura is into survival games and takes her to the club room to meet the others. Yura is interested in the club at first because of a misunderstanding, but after the club is explained to her, she leaves.

Later, Rento sees Yura and pleads with her to try to participate in one of their survival games. Yura relents because Rento seems almost desperate. Yura participates in one of the games and ends up joining the club. In addition to Rento and Yura, the other members of the club are Sonora, Honoka, Karila, and Yachiyo.

After learning the ropes of how to play the survival games, she still is a little unsure of herself. When she ends up surrendering at the end of a major tournament, Sonora takes Yura on a training expedition at a temple. While at the temple, Yura’s imagination manifests itself, and she meets a man in a fox mask named Chojiro. After this encounter, Yura begins to gain a little more confidence in herself.

When Sonora is injured and is unable to participate in the upcoming 24-hour tournament, Yura takes it on herself to learn some strategies. She ends up leading the club for the tournament and works them hard on the strategies. Unfortunately, Yura goes way overboard and becomes more concerned about winning than in having fun.

The remainder of the series focuses on Yura and how her beliefs regarding the survival games change.

After watching the first episode of the series, I found myself enjoying what I saw and being engaged in what I was seeing. However, when things started changing with Yura around episode seven, I started getting a little worried. I admit that I started getting really frustrated with Yura by episode nine because I found her behavior to be rather annoying at that point, and I kept hoping to see her character get some kind of redemption. Fortunately, I was able to finally get that redemption with episode 12. While Yura’s changes as a character are the most evident in the series, it also becomes clear by the end of episode 11 that Sonora has undergone some changes as well.

When the series originally aired as a simulcast, I was a free user of Crunchyroll at that point in time… which meant that I was already have a one-week delay with the episodes. At that time, the final episode (Episode 13) had a two-week delay, and I was never able to get to it because I had become too engrossed with the Fall 2013 simulcast season. I remember reading comments at the time that Episode 13 felt more like an OVA. Now that I’ve finally seen Episode 13 on this set, I can say that I agree with that sentiment. In the end, it didn’t truly add anything, and felt more like it was tacked on after Episode 12 had given the series a good ending point. My husband described Episode 13 as “being the beach episode, but there’s no beach.” Yeah, I think that sounds about right. In the end, it seems I didn’t miss anything when I didn’t see Episode 13 back when Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 was being simulcast on Crunchyroll.

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

For whatever reason, Sentai Filmworks decided to put the first nine episodes and the bonus features on the first Blu-ray Disc, and only included the final four episodes on the second Blu-ray Disc. Sentai seems to do this a lot of with their Blu-ray releases, and it has never made any sense. When it comes to the bonus features, all that’s included here are a textless opening, a textless closing, and trailers for other Sentai Filmworks releases.

If you’re already familiar with Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 and want to add it to your anime home video library, then this release is worth picking up.

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