They’re the best Anime that 2011 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Fate/Prototype, Kono Danshi, Uchuujin to Tatakaemasu., Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku – Tadoritsuita Basho, and more!
MAL Score: 6.69
Fate/Prototype is a digest version of Kinoko Nasu’s original version of Fate/stay night.
First of all, the animation is absolutely fantastic, and the soundtrack isn’t bad either.
In this version of the Holy Grail War, the main character is instead a girl called Ayaka, whose family was involved in the previous war. She doesn’t want to get involved in the present war (apparently they take place every 8 years now). However, she gets attacked by Lancer, and ends up summoning Saber. Who is male.
The rest of the OVA is composed of really quick flashes of scenes and battles. It’s confusing to watch, and I had to go search online for more info about the characters and such in order to fully understand the OVA. There are many battle scenes in the OVA, and they all seem to be really epic. Special mention goes to Gilgamesh’s new powers.
The characters are similar to Fate/staynight, given that this was the prototype for Staynight. The Servants have been slightly redesigned, including making Saber male. The protagonist Ayaka seems to be the generic scared & shy girl type, but then again the OVA didn’t really give much time to develop anything. During the quick flashes, we get a glimpse at the villlains, all of which seem to be very interesting.
The character who stood out to me blonde girl at the very end who seems to be yandere for male!Saber. Later online searches tell me she is named Manaka, and she’s actually Ayaka’s sister and a main villan. She feels kind of like Illya to me.
Overall, I think this was a really cool concept. I really wish the OVA was longer, as a few searches online gave me some really interesting information that I didn’t catch during the quick flashes.
Art (10/10): There is nothing bad to say about the art. It is simply outstanding. The characters and their surrounding are drawn amazingly.
Sound (9/10): The sound is very exciting and goes with the whole OVA. The background magic is amazingly composed. The voice actors also do an amazing job.
Character (8/10): There are good characters, but once again the main character is sort of lacking in a real distinguished personality. Overwise, the characters are amazing.
Enjoyment (9/10): Very fast-paced and lovely combat. I’m not sure what was, but maybe I wanted this to be a whole series instead of an OVA.
Overall (9/10): Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this OVA and it makes me curious about the world of Fate/Prototype. It has amazing art, an amazingly executed story and great voice acting and background music.
9: Kono Danshi, Uchuujin to Tatakaemasu.
English: This Boy Can Fight Aliens
MAL Score: 6.82
All hope seems lost when the world is suddenly invaded by aliens. Earth’s only defense is a small three-person team known as the Special Counter-Aliens Task Force, consisting of an anonymous director, the tyrannical Shiro, and the easygoing Arikawa.
The luck of the Task Force improves when Arikawa finds a teenage boy lying alone on a hill. The boy, Kakashi, is humanity’s only hope—he has power previously unbeknownst capable of defeating the aliens! However, without any memories and with no knowledge on how to use his power, Kakashi is left clinging to Arikawa and Shiro as well as the only remnant of his previous life: his broken cellphone.
Kakashi is conflicted by the fears and emotions clouding his mind and he calls his own motivations into question. Can he overcome his doubts and internal struggles and save the world?
To me, the story is absolutely stunning (and I ended up crying a little while watching). It is some what light hearted but those who have watched anime like Bokurano will definitely be struck by the similarity between the underlying theme.
The main issue with this is the animation. However, I came to watch it with the full knowledge that it is a mixture of anime and comics animation so while it is a major drawback, I was not too much of an issue to me.
Dealing with the issues of abandonment and the overwhelming feeling of loneliness in a world that isn’t always kind. It’s touching and leaves u teary eyed.
The art is also quite different then your typical anime and the setting and characters are drawn in an unusual, but fresh way. The art it’s self compensates for areas where there is minimal animation.
This OVA would have made an even greater series if it was further developed.
Also the shonen ai bit, it’s nothing heavy or in-your-face it’s not even really shonen ai so if your worried about strange stuff…ect Uchuujin to Tatakaemasu is defiantly pure
If you are a person that likes everything explained and wrapped up nicely in a neat little box, you’re not going to like this. However, if you’re the type that can enjoy an endearing and heartwarming story, then I promise you won’t hate it.
A bit about the plot first – aliens invade the world and attack once a day. Only one boy has the power to fight the aliens but he’s lost his memories.
Anything regarding the aliens or why only Kakashi can fight them goes unanswered – and I suppose that’s mostly because the aliens are the not main point of this story. I interpreted the aliens to be a metaphor for Kakashi struggling against himself. I can’t tell you why without giving away the end.
This story asks a question: is the world a kind place?
Kakashi is happy with his new life but he is forced to wonder, does he have friends? Are there people who truly care about him? Why does he have to fight everyday? What happens if he chooses not to fight?
It’s a very touching although short story.
The anime is a mix of animation/comic style artwork. Personally, I found it to be rather refreshing with beautiful artwork. It was definitely stylistic and eye-catching, though there were some odd angles but to me it just made the art even more interesting.
And the music… ok, there was a scene where Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie started playing and it was like… just perfect. The scene mixed with the music created this heartwarming feeling.
This particular anime is not for everyone. I will say that. But if you’re open to something completely different from the norm, and want to see a story that’s both happy and sad, then this is the one for you. And I can honestly say, that I started this anime with a frown on my face but by the end, I had a smile.
8: Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku – Tadoritsuita Basho
Japanese: FORTUNE ARTERIAL 赤い約束 たどり着いた場所
MAL Score: 6.89
After the school festival, Kohei and friends head to a small cottage out of town and enjoy themselves after working hard.
What was I expecting.. It’s an OVA, at best you would get is a bunch fanservice in the form of carefully planned trip to I don’t know, somewhere that you would have to put less to no amount of clothes. So it would be either be a beach, a pool or a hotsprings. Since the first two had been done in the first season, your guesses are correct. HOTSPRINGS! So yeah, all you manly guys out there are ready with your guns but please, put that away, the amount of “fanservice time” given isn’t even barely enough for you to capture a mental image for your manly standards.
Art and music quality is remains the same. So did the opening and ending songs. Yes, you heard me correctly, the OP and ED songs are still the same! If you would just labeled this episode, episode 13 (which somehow feels that way) no one would even complain.
Is there development for characters for this particular episode? Nope, don’t expect to see the love between Erika and Kouhei to develop. He’s still running into her naked. But yeah he escapes with just a smack to the face. Lucky guy. Where I’m from, if I see a real life girl naked, my eyes would get gouged
out. Expect no development on Erika’s vampirsm nature as well.
“What? She’s a vampire??”
Yes for those who did not watch the first season, she is a vampire..
“That would explains why she glitters under the sun!”
Yes that would explain why she….. Wait.. What?
So what’s so enjoyable watching this OVA? If you manage to watch through the entire season, then a little bit more wouldn’t hurt you now would it? Especially somehow, in this episode, the haremic aura seems stronger than usual. Even the Ice Queen, Kuze, falls head over heels for Kouhei. Oh, but he didn’t get the little girl. Something about a new law Japan enact banning lolicon themes? However brother-sister love in still present which means, the law on incest must not be in power yet.
Overall, this was a HAPPY anime no matter how tragic they made it seem. I haven’t seen such a happy anime since Shukufu no Campanella. Attempt to break from the harsh of circle of harem, failed. Does this OVA signal the creation of the second season? Perhaps not. If you have time to kill and you are a fan of the visual novel, they why not waste your time on this OVA? I mean, you probably wasted 5 minutes reading this review, so why not another 25mins?
Going in to an OVA to conclude what has been a disappointment (imo) of a series in Fortune Arterial, I did not hold any real expectation for the OVA. In fact, if it did worse than the series, I would not have been surprised, but turns out, I was surprised in a much different manner.
In short, I gave this OVA a 9 across the boards, simply because it was so much greater than the series for lack of better words. The story that was so jumbled in the series took a more coherent turn for the better, as development of the story takes place. The great thing about this OVA is that the story of it does not focus on one thing, but it incorporated many activities that the group participate in, and we see how it drives the story forward.
Art and Sound were solid, so no complaints.
Character is where this OVA shines. Going a bit back to the story development, I believe it directly tied into character development as we see characters progress substantially from their series counterpart. Characters that were never really explored had a chance to come out and see them for their glory and greatness. I am trying to be as ambiguous as possible so I don’t spoil any part of the OVA, but you will understand by the ending scene how much we see these characters seemingly grow over the course of 20 mins.
For enjoyment, I rated it a 9, just because going in, this would be the last of Fortune Arterial. I was a bit bummed out that there will be no season 2, but I hope others can still enjoy the OVA as much as I did.
Overall, a score of 9 does this OVA justice, especially if we factor in how poorly the series did. As mentioned before, only 20 mins for this OVA. This is definitely worth checking out and worth the effort if you went ahead and already finished the series.
I watched a low-res version of this OVA so I can’t really judge the sharpness/detailing relative to the original. For the most part everything is consistent with the main series but plus the aforementioned ecchi scene.
You get the standard TV OP and ED, same BGM, and same VAs.
This OVA takes place after the events of the TV series where the council (and some others) are relaxing after a successful school festival. They take a trip to a beach house where various activities take place (tennis, onsen, etc.). There isn’t any serious plot behind any of the events and, most unfortunately, no further explanation of how Kouhei will resolve Erika’s little family problem.
There is absolutely no additional character development in this OVA. All you can expect is what results from taking the main cast and plopping them by a lakeside cabin; all characters seem to behave consistent with their personalities in the main series. Except that you’d think Erika and Kouhei would have made some progress by now…
This is your typical “for fans only” OVA. If you liked Fortune Arterial, then this may be a fun addition. Just don’t watch it expecting a more satisfying conclusion.
MAL Score: 7.16
Tobias, Mary, and Sakuya challenge the impregnable “The One Sin”, but they lose their way in the maze and unintentionally trap other guild members. A mysterious cat is watching their blunder. Is it another player character or NPC?
For more in depth analysis, continue reading below. To see an overview simply skip to the end.
The story begins with our three main characters (Asuma/Sakuya (female Kite), Iori/Tobias (female Balmung), and Eri/Mary (different Blackrose)) who are questing in a rather high level dungeon and, through Sakuya’s foolishness, cause the death of several guild members who were partaking in a boss fight. After that they retire for the night and we are treated to a bit of exposition where we learn that our three protagonists, and probably the whole of Japan if not the world, has a microchip implanted inside them (that can only lead to good things, right?). After that Sakuya logs in to meet a strange character named Hermit, who appears to be our token cat character for this installment, and through the bounty on her head the two are thrown into a series of events that leads them, as well as Tobias and Mary, into a strange area known as the Pariah Folder. It’s here that they can experience the same pain that their avatars do and when Eri is PKed by a random attacker she is sent into a coma in real life. It’s then that Sakuya and Tobias decide that they’ll do whatever it takes to get their friend back, and they might just have some help along the way.
With only 3 episodes, and with a decent amount of story to tell, there isn’t as much character development as in the two high points of the franchise (Sign and Roots), but there’s still several bright spots to be found when watching. Though I initially thought the main character Sakuya was rather annoying, after witnessing her friend getting PKed and put into a coma she truly grows up a bit more and becomes a more likeable character. Hermit is another bright spot in the show, introduced as the mysterious cat person he carries the most secrets of the show, rivaled only by one other character. Hermit’s mysterious yet playful and childish personality make him one of the most enjoyable characters in the show. It’s unfortunate that Tobias doesn’t get as much screentime as her foolish friend Sakuya, but as the more mature and reliable of the two we don’t get to see her as much, still she does make a decent appearance and is a nice presence in the finale episode. Mary, unfortunately, gets little screentime outside the first episode what with her being PKed at the end of it. There is one other character who I did not hear named, a mysterious character with a young girl for an avatar (the best character design in the show, by far), who is referred to as ‘Shamrock’ according to MAL (the leader of the guild Sakuya got killed). She possesses a skill longtime fans of the series will know right away and, it’s highly possible she is Pi’s avatar in this version of The World (especially since she’s done by the same voice actress)
Art & Sound:
It’s tempting to simply write ‘amazing’ and knock off early when talking about the art, but that is the best way to describe the art. As it is an OVA, and much shorter than most other .hack anime, there’s a lot of quality in the art; to the point where it is probably the best animated and best flowing of all the others. For only having 3 episodes there’s a surprising amount of action, kicking pretty much right from the get go, and it’s here that you can really tell that they’ve brought the A game. The sound is perhaps the weakest area of the anime (though that isn’t saying much), since there’s not much time to create memorable scores or background music. However it still manages to piece together a very suitable soundtrack, as well as including several sounds from other parts of the franchise for long time fans.
While initially skeptical going into the series, the 3 episode OVA has proven to be another strong addition to the .hack franchise. With all the Easter Eggs thrown in for longtime fans of the series, paired with the great artwork, it was hard not to like .hack//Quantum.
So overall was .hack//Quantum a worthy addition of such a good franchise? With only 3 episodes to tell it’s story it feels as if there are a few bits left out (especially if this is your first foray into the .hack series), but overall it stands on it’s own. Being set a few decades into the future gives it far more of a pass regarding the coma aspect than other installments to the series, and the technology used is actually something that might happen one day in our lifetimes. So to those wondering if this is the best place to jump into .hack, I would quickly tell you to check out both Sign and Roots before venturing here but it isn’t a horrible jumping on point, you will be confused regarding several things though (such as what Data Drain actually is). But to fans of the series who have not yet watched .hack//Quantum, or to those skeptical about it’s moe-esque appearance, don’t let that fool you. Underneath lies a well told story, some interesting characters and the best animation you’ve ever seen in a .hack anime. Fans of the series, do yourself a favour and watch this as soon as you can.
STORY: Once upon a time, there was a video game company that made a really popular online game called The World (Though in the real world, the game that is housed within the game has a very questionable popularity, as in does anyone really care for .hack anymore?), the game was an incredibly flawed game where hacking is the only way to do any cool shit, and strange phenomenons that cause people in real life fall unconscious into a coma like state, no law suits were filed.
Years later, The World R:X is released, where it continued the broken programming of it’s earlier version along with player vs player fights being the most prominent way to play, or just go around and kill other players which inspired others to become player killer killers… Go, just go…Just go with it. More queer phenomenons occur and more people end up in coma like states, still no law suits were filed and the The World continues to be extremely popular (In the franchise’s world mind you).
A few more years later, The World is still very popular and everything seems okay, not much hacking and people actually playing it like any other MMO like World of Warcraft, until a little kitty cat decides to fuck shit up, and the rest as they say is history, and you know what else they say? History repeats itself.
.Hack//Quantum is exactly that, the usual .hack story retold again but in a more compact space. If you had already played through one of the games, watched through one the anime series or read through one the manga adaptations, then chances are that the feeling dejavu is going to hit you like a brick, right smack in the face leaving a stinging feeling that is all too familiar.
But it’s time to look past the story rehashing and time to look at what they did with the characters this time around, which to be honest I rather like the central group of characters this time around, Asumi (Sakuya), Eri (Mary), and Iori (Tobias) who’s video game designs are, except for Eri her’s is more of remixed design, gender swapped versions of existing characters from earlier .hack series. Sakuya is a spunky go getter, something like a typical male shonen lead, Tobias is a knightly fancy looking warrior yet dresses like slob in real life and Mary is a proper like student, the kind that would only play a MMO if invited by a friend. They’re nothing exciting, especially alone, but they work well together as a believable group of friends.
And the main story they’re a part of, other than what I initially criticized it for, is a pretty enjoyable story centering a character named Hermit, who is a walking talking cat like Mia from the earlier .hack entries, who is involved with a dark area of the game that causes players to fall unconscious and the three players I spoke of have to find someway to save them.
There’s nothing bad or terrible in particular with this .hack or it’s story, and it should be treated as a bite sized offering of what .hack is about, but if you are going into this being familiar with the franchise, then there is truly nothing new offered, and I still can’t get over how the in-series game is still around given it’s history, I mean if the company regrouped into a different one with a name change, sure, it would have been believable (The perfect real life example for anime fans for this would be ADV’s transformation into Sentai Filmworks, it worked for them pretty well), but if they see that story not being broke, then I guess there’s no point of fixing it.
ANIMATION: I’m pretty sure that Bandai could have had enough money to pay for new writers, because the budget for the animation really shows. Very detailed and clean, this is the best the series has looked by far as animation is considered. Giant dragons, giant magical attacks, oh my! Even the fan service scenes with the hot springs are forgivable with the best snow rendering I’ve ever seen.
SOUND: Absolutely nothing stands out, that’s both good and bad. And either language, english or japanese, are just as good to listen to. Though I find it strange that Funimation is the one that pick this up for an english dub, usually Bandai picks them up… Oh right, nevermind.
+ Stellar animation.
+/- .Hack in a nutshell. / It’s the same story that every .Hack went with for years.
+/- The cast is likable. / They’re nothing special to write home about.
I do like the .Hack series as much as the next guy… Well more than the next guy because he’s among the people who stopped caring for the franchise but, there really needs to be innovation with the .Hack franchise or it’ll simply be forgotten by time. A video game reboot or something is in order, same old same old isn’t going to cut it forever.
Animation and art wise Quantum was certainly sporting production values lacking from some previous installments and to Kinema Citrus’ advantage they came in on a much later installment to be given a full budget and effort. Animation quality looks high and the character art, while reusing models from the previous installements, do give a new and great twist on some of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s early designs as now we have a female version of Kite and Balmung and a BlackRose with much longer hair and other changed accessories. I really do enjoy the new style and the new characters are a fun mix. Seeing some returns of GU-styled characters also made for a nice mix of World R1 and World R2 styles and features put into this brand new version of the World known as The World R:X.
The art direction is as good as ever as the scenic art always captures what a fantasy virtual world might look like overall this is an aesthetically pleasing show to look at.
Story wise the story is fun and adventurous but it’s also a balance of dramatic and light hearted at the same time. It doesn’t feel too out left field as “Legend of the Twilight” did when it first debuted. Unlike SIGN or Liminality which were far more dialog driven and continued to build on it’s mystery with mood and atmosphere this show mostly features action. A positive and a negative trait at the same time but it feels like the story was balanced enough to make it feel legit. The show offers diverse cast of characters that we get a full look at both within The World and back in the real World making this the first .hack anime to really do that. And I really enjoyed this new take seeing both the players in and out of their virtual avatars.
The plot is very welcoming to first time viewers and doesn’t really require viewing of past .hack to understand it. Most previous events are talked about briefly enough to not slow down the story and to still give a basic understanding of the universe and past events in it. The cast is entirely made up of new characters which makes it really easy to jump right in with no prior knowledge of the franchise.
One major drawback to the story is while this show is very kind to new viewers who have never seen any .hack before, it may come as a bit jarring to long time watchers as my self. The very idea that CC Corp is still allowed to be in business after two major network crises which caused people to become comatose and other very serious problems within the real world, seems a bit of a stretch by now. Between the events of World R:1 and World R:2 a fire broke out at CC Corp which destroyed much of the old world which makes it easy to justify how they escape the blame from The Network Crises then.
The anime does it’s best to justify this somewhat by saying comatose victims are in private hospitals controlled by CC Corp but it unfortunately doesn’t solve other problems with the continued repeat of the coma plot. I get it that to tell .hack you have to use this plot to raise the stakes and I honestly can’t think of any other way to do it but really the only explanation as to how The World is still a massively popular game as well as how CC Corp. must be that CC Corp has paid off the Japanese government or something.
Musically the show fails to capture anything interesting. Ko Otani unfortunately doesn’t deliver an interesting score and the soundtrack itself isn’t all that great on it’s own either. The franchise has sorely lacked without Yuki Kajiura’s direct involvement ever since Ali Project took on Roots and failed at it just as much. Yuuka Nanri does return to provide the theme song though this time she is without Kajiura. However the theme song is still a nice one and fits the general mood of .hack. The Sounds Effects and Japanese acting however are as great as ever.
Dubbing wise, this is the first .hack to ever be dubbed and released by FUNimation. it’s a very solid dub overall with plenty of great performances. I’ll admit for those who played GU it may be jarring to see Aina speak with a deeper voice as opposed to her more young girl voice from the games but it makes sense in context. It’s a great dub and release from FUNimation and I’m hoping with Bandai Entertainment’s demise they will handle future .hack anime if any even if newer games never get released over here. Although if any past characters ever return I would hope they would try and get the original English cast members back but that’s for future projects to worry about.
Quantum is just fun. It may not have the depth of Liminality or SIGN but it certainly was a lot more fun than Legend of the Twilight was. I’d put it above Roots in terms of enjoyment and it’s an overall fun project and one of the few that does not tie directly into a followup game which makes this a pretty solid watch if you are wanting to jump into .hack. If you are long time fan it still may be worth a look just remember you might have to likely check your brain at the door to get past some of the problems with the plot and if you are newcomer to this might be a very easy one for you to get into as SIGN and Liminality are known for their very slow methodical pacing and more talking than action.
6: Senjou no Valkyria 3: Tagatame no Juusou
Japanese: 戦場のヴァルキュリア3 誰がための銃瘡
MAL Score: 7.30
The Second Europa War is being fought between Gallia and the East Europan Imperial Alliance, and a penal military unit known as the Nameless is on the run from both superpowers. Deemed rebels by Gallia and also a priority target of the Empire, the Nameless struggle to find their place in the raging war. To make matters worse, the company’s tank driver, Gusurg, abandons them to fight for the Empire.
After liberating a small town from the Empire, the Nameless come across Isara Welkin, an injured tank driver from Gallia’s Squad 7. Isara explains to the Nameless’ leader, Kurt Irving, that her squad is retreating from a failed raid and pleads for the Nameless to save them. They now face a difficult decision: remain in hiding, or redeem themselves only to aid the nation that marked them as traitors.
I you are trying to cramp an entire game into a 2 30mins long OVA is not going to work, because for those who do not have the chance to play the game is somewhat hard to follow. The setting of the story is in the same time as the original anime, but at different place. The story pacing is very rushed, in the 1st OVA they did a fair job of introducing the ‘Nameless’ squad an overall look of all soldiers in the middle of a war. That’s is the end of it with some other talks. 2nd OVA skip straight into Riela valkriya’s power action, and the meeting up with ‘Squad 7’ members. Finally it the OVA ended. Terrible story pace, but is to be expected for 2 OVAs it would be much better for for it to be adapted into an anime, because you will not fully understand the story without playing the game.
The art looks good, good CG in the battles, but the game’s art is much better.
I am a fan of Valkyria Chronicle’s soundtrack, and so I would love the music in this one too. Tones of the war music is serious as the theme address. Great to listen to them again.
The only characters that you will get a good grasp on is Kurt the leader of Nameless squad a very smart strategist. Next is Imca one glace she is a tomboy. Riela can’t be more obvious. As for the other members very brief details, but you do get some ideas of what their personality is upon their way of speaking.
The game dominate the OVAs. If you don’t have the chance to play the game well you won’t like the OVA, but is not like you have a choice anyway becuase their is not english version of the game. So the OVA is really pointless compare it to the depth of the game’s story.
Here, I’m about to write a review about Valkyria Chronicles 3, set in the same time of the first game, and since this is my first review and I’m not a native English speaker, expect it to be somewhat meh.
When it comes to the same series with different setting type, Valkyria Chronicles is no exception to it for it having a Valkyria and a group or squad fighting the Empire and because of that, people may feel disappointed because of the repititiveness. In a way, I sometimes can’t help but to feel the same.
An OVA composed of only two episodes, I must say that Valkyria Chronicles 3 is rushed because you just can’t fit the whole game into an anime with two episodes but I can’t say that it’s that bad. Valkyria Chronicles 3 still gives you the goodness of the game and despite of it being rushed, the action scenes and how it’s done is pretty good imo.
As for the art, it’s the same as the first anime, neat and clean and fitting for the theme. Every uniform is well detailed and the color combination is appealing and the equipnments and tanks as well.
Valkyria Chronicles 3 isn’t far from the quality of the sound of its predecessors, it’s still as good as before. From the voice actors to the background music, the OP and ED, it doesn’t give you a tiny little bit of annoyance at all. Every voice actor’s voice suits the character they are playing pretty well. As for the music, I listened to it for like 20 times and unlike some of the new songs being used in new anime, the quality of the music is far better than today’s.
Because of the series being short, you may not quite get the personality of every character in the series. You may have known a little of their personality but for me it’s still not enough and therefore it shouldn’t have been an OVA but a 12-episode one or like Valkyria Chronicles, a 26-episode one and because of this, I’ll give the character rating a 6.
tl;dr Valkyria Chronicles is a short and rushed series and the overall goodness of it comes from the art, sound and on how the fight is done.
If you’re looking for a short OVA that has action, Valkyria Chronicles 3 isn’t the best but it can give you the action you’re looking for though Valkyria Chronicles is better and can satisfy you in all aspect or you can just play the game though VC3 is only in Japanese.
I should also point out this ova contains very massive spoilers for the game, so again not really something I would recommend if you haven’t played at least half way into Senjou no Valkyria 3.
The plot seems ‘fine’ for a side story of this sort. It’s very simple, clear cut, and straight forward. I rather appreciate that they used an original story for this ova, rather than adapting anything from the game. They also do a pretty decent job of illustrating one of the more desperate points of the overall story during the first half of this ova, even if that part of it was indeed a bit rushed.
For art I did notice there were some drops in art quality here and there, but for the most part the art retained a fair level of consistency. It wasn’t top notch and could have used some better detail, but it was serviceable.
For sound, I appreciated that they had all the same voice actors from the game and used the same soundtrack too. There was one point where I couldn’t help but notice they used the out of place sound of a tire screech for the tank coming to a quick stop on dirt, but aside from that I can’t complain about the sound one bit.
It’s a bit tricky to comment on the characters. I think they’re all great personally, but in this OVA alone they don’t really establish them much at all. From this ova alone you’ll probably not learn much of anything about them, and they’ll probably come across as lacking much depth or personality.
Overall: Great fan service if you enjoyed the game, but without having played the game you’re probably not going to get much out of this aside from some minor enjoyment of the action on a superficial level.
5: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sekai Tougou-hen
Japanese: テイルズ オブ シンフォニア THE ANIMATION 世界統合編
MAL Score: 7.46
The third and final OVA series concluding the story of Tales of Symphonia: The Animation.
The Short Version:
(+)A satisfying end to the series.
(+)The characters come full circle
(+)Sound is again back to form
(-)Yet more Houdini characters (They appear then disappear)
The Story (8/10): This is the point were the overarching story that begun in part one and was in the background for the entirety of part two, reaches it’s ultimate climax and my god is it good. Having more modified than change the original objective, the span of the story has increased while somehow feeling as focused as it was in part two. Surprisingly, there is a theme within the story, and it’s a problem that still exists in our actual world. Prejudice. This question makes think for a little bit in-between all the drama and such, and it’s refreshing for this series, that previously didn’t really have a question or meaning at all, tackling a concept that is so prevalent and obvious in today’s society. (Although I have a problem with one scene that has really out of place humor)
The Characters (8/10): With the entire cast already having plenty of previous screen time, each of them individually feel like proper characters (In my review for part one I said, “None of these characters can hold the show by themselves.” I take that back for this part.) As for what comes with the conclusion of any given anime, revelations between characters are made, every secret is revealed, and the villains motives are brought to light, which in the case of this anime are actually rather grounded compared to other extreme examples (I’d compare the final goal to Lelouch’s from Code Geass). The villain himself though believes in ‘the ends justify the means’ approach to things.
The Art and Sound (8/10 & 7/10): The art just keeps getting better as this series wears on, it is much more standard for ufotable if still a bit downgraded, but it is an improvement from the previous entry. (I’m pretty sure this is because the upped their game with their lighting and shadows).
The sound is also an improvement from the last entry, the OP has again to the level of part ones but it’s more akin to modern day OP’s with the momentary rapid score then slowly down to a more steady pace before picking back up as the episode name pops up, the ED is still on the same level as the previous two though, just with up-tempo vocals this time. Everything else when it comes to sound is good enough to be considered standard but nothing really jumped out at me and made me say, “That one part was great.”
What do I think of this anime?
This was a fitting ending to the series, it’s just a shame that you have to go through two lackluster entries to get here. I can not suggest buying this series, it would be preferable to stream the entire show.
Would I recommend this anime?
Yes, without a doubt. I still highly recommend that you go back to the start and work your way back up to this point, but yes. Please watch this show. Just remember, since this is a threequel, you’ll have to watch the first two parts of it in order to get here, and they’re not really the best material to watch.
Goodbye my brethren, see you in the next one.
So, the story of Tales of Symphony focuses on a young man and a girl, who have been friends since childhood. The girl, Colette, needs to perform sacred rituals, for her world to be saved from the destruction. Her closest friends embark on a journey with her to help her complete the ritual and, of course, there will be people that will do everything to kidnap, kill, or even to somehow influence the restoration of the world. And that is the whole story and it will probably sound boring, also it might also look boring for you, when watching the first episodes. However, as the story continues, it becomes much more interesting, there are so many things going on and the most important part about it is that it all makes sense and is quite catchy overall.
Animation wise, the animation was done by Ufotable and whatever they do is always amazing. Action scenes and attacks are splendidly animated and the way the animators paid attention to so many details does make the TV series that enjoyable. OST and music wise, it is amazing how many great tracks this series has. The whole OST fits the series’ tone well and helps you to appreciate the series even more. And not only that! The Japanese voice actors also did one hell of a job voicing their characters, helping the viewer appreciate the series even more, because thanks to their work, the characters they voiced all looked real and quite enjoyable to follow.
As for the characters, they all have intriguing pasts and quite a development. There are so many characters, they are all different, they all have a story to tell and this is amazing. I did not quite appreciate one of the main characters, he is caring, but annoying at the same time. He is the only exception to the stereotype list, but you might even understand him and find him not as annoying as I did. Other than that, all heroes constantly discuss something, make fun of each other and find themselves in awkward situations. The viewer sees not only comedy scenes, but also some well-made melodrama that is not forced and is very enjoyable.
Overall, too bad the TV series did not get enough episodes to show enough development. If you played the game, you should know what I am trying to say. If you, however, know nothing about the game and like great adventures, I am more than sure you will find the anime quite enjoyable. Do give it a try, it is not that long.
Also: I’ll be posting the same review for all three seasons, since I made a general review for the series, not the seasons in separate.
Ok, so if you guys don’t know, Tales of Symphonia is one of my FAVORITE animes, along with the rest of the Tales of Series. After i finished ToS, me and a friend had found other animes in the series as well, which we both love to death.
So my friend said she found an old Gamecube game that her father owned called “Tales of Symphonia.” It was an anime RPG about a girl, Colette, was chosen to be an angel, and the Chosen to regenerate the world. A few days later, I saw she was an anime on YouTube, and it was a good thing a stopped her there, because that was when things got really sad and intense, and she probably wouldn’t have looked that happy in first period that day. But anyways, we started watching the series from episode 1, and we finished the series in a few weeks time. For a short anime, Tales of Symphonia is a very good anime, that is really worth watching and re-watching over and over again. I’ve only watched the series 3 or 4 times, but my friend said she’s seen it around 30, maybe 40 times.
Anyways, let’s get started on the review! Hope you all like it!
WARNING! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Ok, so I’m sorry if I’m taking this not hard enough, but like I said before, I LOVED this series. It’s one of those short stories where you rewatch them over and over again. And only for 11 episodes, it surely brings out its potential.
Tales of Symphonia takes place in the kingdoms of Sylvarant and Tethe’alla. where three races of people lived; humans, elves, and half-elves. The half-elves believed that their race was treated unfairly, and formed a pact, called the Desians. The Desians were defeated long ago by the hero, Mithos, and the goddess Martel, but, over time, their power had weakened, and the Desians has risen once more. Meanwhile, Colette Brunel, a 16-year old high-school girl, has been chosen to become the Chosen Angel of Regeneration. Her friends, Lloyd Irving, Genis and Raine Sage, accompany on her journey of regeneration, only to find that out that her journey was more like a sacrifice, if you know what I mean. Now, the gang must try to get her back, while saving the world from hatred. Recruiting a new team of allys, Lloyd and his friends set off to save Colette. and the rest of the world.
Like I said before, this is a beautiful story. I’m not going to go much into detail, due to some really big and sad spoilers, but it’s a really good story to the anime, and I definitley give it a 10/10.
Again, I really feel like I’m being to easy on this anime, it’s just I love this anime a LOT. The art style is beautiful in this anime. The special effects, the battle scenes, the designs, EVERYTHING. And I gave it a 10 for art, because everything was beautiful. I’m sorry I’m giving everything on this a ten, I just really fell in love with this series as a whole, art, characters, everything.
Another thing I really like about the art is the character designs. My favorites are paticualry Sheena’s, Colette’s, and Presea’s. They’re very unique, compared to your typical combat skirt, or suit of armor. Like I said, maybe I’m being to easy on this anime, maybe I’m not. But anyways, another 10/10 for the art.
Ok, I really love the soundtrack to Tales of Symphonia. I have all three theme songs on my iPod and I listen to them ALL the time. It’s just you don’t want to listen to some of them too much, especially right after you finished the series. It kinda stirs up some of the sad scenes from the series (*cough cough* DEATHS *cough cough*) My friend says she hardly ever cries, but this was the first anime that was really hard to watch in public. Even so, there are some themes in the ToS soundtrack that make me smile, while others get me teary-eyed. Whether you see that as a good thing or not, I really enjoyed the soundtrack, even though it gets you in tears at times. So basically, I’m giving it a 9/10, not another 10 suprisingly.
Okay, so like I said before, I LOVED everything about this anime. The cast is AMAZING. Like, theyre the kind of cast that you grow attached to, no matter what kind of character they are. And by that, I mean your characters can range from the pervy and outgoing Zelos, to the quiet and strong Presea. And I’m going to admit, I love each and every one of them. It’s just one of those animes where I can’t choose just ONE favorite character. Like, this is one of those animes where you love ALL of the characters. So yeah, basically another 10 for Symphonia.
Yeah, I know, not really a big surprise here. I said this many a time before in this review, I LOVED this anime a lot, and there’s really no flaws that I saw in it, unlike the past couple of animes I had just given reviews on. And if you’re like me, and loved the series just as much as me, I’d reccomend trying the game if you can afford it, as well as others in the series, like Tales of the Abyss, Zestiria, and Vesperia. Yeah, what I’m trying to get at is that it’s a really good series, and I think at least everyone should at least try it before they bite it. It has a little of everything for everyone; drama, action, adventure, a little comedy and romance… Yeah. Anyways, yeah, a big One-O goes to this anime, its a great anime, and I highly reccomend it for anyone.
4: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Tethe’alla-hen
Japanese: テイルズ オブ シンフォニア THE ANIMATION テセアラ編
MAL Score: 7.48
The second arc of Tales of Symphonia that takes place in the flourishing world of Tethe’alla. This OVA takes place up to two-thirds of the game, prior to the Derris-Kharlan arc.
If you’ve played the game for this anime, you might be more familiar with the characters, plot, and overall universe, but as for me I had played it only briefly several years ago and didn’t remember much when I started watching this. So don’t think you need any background knowledge: I certainly didn’t need it.
Tethe’alla is an amazing world, bespeckled with grand castles, interesting people, highly advanced technology and something that made me rather excited to see: dragons. I loved the storyline in this world. Lloyd’s adventures to save Colette caused him to come across new enemies and allies, and everyone has their own unique story to tell. At some points the plot took real twists -I would blink in a surprised fashion as I stared at the screen and wonder why someone had done something, or how something had happened. In this way, it became so that I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next, and for me watching something with unexpected turns is a real treat.
Because Tethe’alla is a chapter only four episodes long, like the first chapter, things are going to be moving at a good speed to keep the plot rolling. There aren’t any unnecessarily long scenes of reflection, and flashbacks are kept concise. Background information on characters is given to us, but we are shown only what we need to know to understand character motivation, so if you like seeing scenes that show more about the character’s life I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. What I really liked was how there could be great action in one moment, and then, only a scene or two later, everything would slow down to give viewers some time to process what had happened while the characters recovered and figured out what to do next.
Lloyd is a fantastic main character. He’s charismatic, determined, strong-willed, and he keeps everyone focussed towards the goal of freeing Colette. I feel like the other characters fill in all the standard group holes: Genis, the cheerful companion who still seems a bit too innocent. Rain, the instructor and sister to Genis, ready to help out where she can. Sheena, the woman who is at first a bit of a mystery, and seems cold and distant, but later she shows that she’s got an amazing heart. All of these guys, and a few more, really come together and make the perfect team.
The music in this anime was definitely not what I was used to. It’s got depth, layers, and it fits the scenes brilliantly, raising tension and setting the tone. If you’re expecting to hear something catchy and memorable, no, it isn’t. To be honest I can’t remember one tune from the show. But that’s what’s different about it: it’s wind instruments, drums, and so on, building up on emotion and just creating a great feel for the story. It didn’t have to be catchy or memorable. The opening and ending themes were fantastic. They aren’t the usual norm, either. If you’re expecting classic J-Pop or J-Rock, no, you’re not going to receive it. The songs are just beautiful. Entrancing. Delicate. …And rather unprounceable. However, I enjoyed them, sincerely.
I don’t know what to tell you that won’t get into the finer details of what you’re considering you might watch. I won’t tell you about the twists, or the ending (although I will say that it ended on a note that left too many loose ends, I believe we’re in for a third OVA to tie everything up). However, I will tell you that in my honest opinion it’s definitely an anime to set aside time for. If it doesn’t captivate you by the opening sequence or by the end of the opening theme, then this probably is not the genre or anime you’re looking for, though I assume you watched through the first four episodes to get here, so why even consider whether you want to see the Tethe’alla chapter? If you enjoyed the first chapter, you’ll enjoy this one, and though it’s an often repeated line it’s completely true.
I have been a die hard fan of this game for a long time, and when i first saw the original series i felt rather, well disappointed, it skimmed through half the game in a an instant, then came along this second season and it put my skepticism to a rest, the Tethe’alla arc ended up not only meeting the quota of the game but it actually topped it by a longshot,
The 2 big changes that the anime did better in the anime appossed to the game for this were the big twist and actually making the romance between lloyd and collete a real romance, i wont spoil the twist but there is a big one concerning lloyd in the final epiosde, in the game it was pretty mindblowing at the time but it wasn’t really placed right and it didnt feel very climactic, the way they do it in the anime was holy shit worthy for anyone who hasn’t played the game, its climactic, makes sense, ad has a very badass fight because of it
and back to the romance thing, in the original game the romance was kinda just there and it had no conclusion it alowed you to pick another girl named sheena aswell but it wasn’t really that good and doesn’t make any sense whatsoever for him to do it, the game just felt like it hacked it on there just because but the anime kinda made it a huge driving force for lloyd and it made a few scenes very emotional, and heres the real kicker thta made me go 100% fangirl, they actually give a conclusion to the romance, keep in mind ive been supporting that ship or 9 years and i finally got something from it, im gonna fangirl like crazy, i honestly think when it happened my penis went back inside me and turned into a vagina, that’s how fan-girl i got when it happened,
but thats not the full reason why i mentioned this, im mentioning it cause it all makes the show overall better, the romance while not HUGE it does take up a bit and really built lloyd and collete as characters, and we also in the anime get to finally meet up with the entire cast fully and they handle them very well, specifically zelos was handled perfectly in the anime version, hes stuck up, jokes around, got kinda of a ego but hes also someone you dont want to fuck with and is hiding something that may screw everyone over, he reacts great with the entire cats though the most entertaining are the ones between him and lloyd and him and sheena, they just work kinda well off each other
One thing that’s just a nice little plus for this, these episodes include small little skits making fun of the anime with he characters themselves and they are very funny, they make fun of things like kratos not getting enough screen time, genis being useless, lloyd being a idiot ext. they are quite funny and a treat to TOS fans out there
if you have not played the game i do suggest watching the anime instead, though the final part is still to come out(will come out this fall)
the show has everything you might want
-and by god even Psychological at points
and do not be dissuaded by the length, even if these are only 10 episodes for both seasons keep in mind they are all longer than a normal show, the original season was 30 min per episode so it kinda ended up being a 10 episode length and this is only 4 episodes but it is the length of 2 normal shows episodes(20 min is normal length) of 40 min, so overall just these 2 season equal the length of a 18 episode series and with the finale on the way it may end up being a 24 episode length,
to summarize this if you’v played the game this will be a treat to watch and if you haven’t its something that anyone can enjoy cause its got borderline something for everyone
The Short Version:
(+)Returning characters feel much more fleshed out.
(+)When the new characters are introduced with more or less the same level as with the returning cast.
(-)Core character downgraded to a plot device.
(-)There’s more Houdini characters. (I.E. characters that appear then disappear)
The Story (8/10): With the carry on from part one, the story having layers stacked upon it now, the connections between the characters and the events surrounding them are becoming easier to tie lines between. The overall feel of the anime has improved as well, where as the first part felt like it was more about saving the world, this one is on a much more personal level, which is why I think that this story is better that part one; it’s a lot more focused. For instance, in part one the show put emphasis on focusing how important the journey is to restore the diminishing world. Part two on the other hand is focused solely on restoring Colette, making the entire show all the more effective when aiming for the feels and there’s a few of those moments spread throughout this part. The show does this while managing to keep the over-arching plot present, which is also another plus.
The Characters (7/10): With the majority of the cast returning from part one, they feel a lot more whole and more like proper characters, with the exception being Lloyd and Colette. I feel like he’s falling into what I call the ‘Classic angry protagonist’ abyss, where the character is trying to do their best with the given situation, but they can’t help but get angry every time they feeling like, “I can’t do anything and that makes me angry and sad. (like for example, Eren from Shingeki no Kyojin.) It was annoying in part one, and it’s still annoying now. Thankfully though, that does change after a while. On the side of Colette she has been demoted from Core Character that actually has a presence, to a plot device that is more of a background prop, bad move series. Bad move.
Aside from the returning cast we have several new characters, again I’m just going to stick with the main cast.
Sheena Fujibayashi: Enemy turned friend and is more vulnerable than she seems.
Zelos Wilder: The Child of Regeneration for Tethe’alla and the red head.
Presea Combatir: A failed by-product of the Exsphere experiments and female lumberjack.
Regal Bryant: The new character who gets the most development and a lolicon.
One thing they did well while developing the new characters is that, while they were developing one character, they were also detailing some of the other ones, going to the extent of even giving one of them an episode long backstory. Of the new characters it’s definitely Zelos that’s the most underdeveloped, all I know about his is that he’s the Child of Regeneration and that’s it, and he stands out like a sore thumb for that very reason.
The Art and Sound (7/10 & 6/10): The art hasn’t really changed between the two entries, although you can start to see more of the famous animation quality from ufotable starting to seep it’s way through, the 3D movement is again improved and the fight scenes feel like a much more basic version of the ones we saw in Unlimited Blade Works. Not exactly the kind of quality I expected from a company at the peak of their game.
The Sound on the other hand has taken a slight dip in my opinion. The OP and ED aren’t as enjoyable as part one’s and they put in what I call ‘Jump-scare queues’ When they suddenly just put in a very loud sound for dramatic effect. Then again, the show’s quiet when it needs to be for the emotional weight of certain situations, and the rest of the musical section is about as good as part one.
What do you think of this anime?
I think that this second part, as a whole, is a vast improvement from the first. The characters are more fleshed out, the art is finding it’s feet, and the story is getting better. I wouldn’t say I’d buy this anime though still after all of its obvious flaws.
Would I recommend this anime?
If you’ve seen part one? Yes definitely. If you’re just jumping in at part two for some reason? No, because you won’t have the same experience as someone who has seen part one. (Thus I highly recommend you go watch part one, then come back to this entry.)
Goodbye my brethren, see you in the next one.
3: Fairy Tail OVA
Japanese: フェアリーテイル OVA
MAL Score: 7.49
When the members of Fairy Tail aren’t destroying towns or defeating powerful foes, they’re attending school, travelling back in time, visiting water parks, and taking on odd jobs from strange clients. No matter where they go, a fun adventure always awaits, sometimes in the most unexpected form!
Fairy Tail: Youkoso Fairy Hills! is a series of special episodes 26th, 27th and 31st volumes of the manga. If you’re a faithful fan of FT, then you’re in the right place. The four episodes incorporated does not much have story by themselves but they do have one thing: entertainment. Hell, most people who’ve seen the original series would know that Fairy Tail is one of few series in the anime industry that has watchable fillers. And of course, these OVA episodes are watchable as well.
That’s right, Fairy Tail isn’t always about battles but sometimes is about fun, fun..and fun.
These five OVAs are standalone episodes that are nonlinear. In other words, there is no direct story or expansion from one episode to the next from this bundle. Don’t face palm yourself yet though because they all are all amusing to watch in a variety of reasons. In fact, comedy is one of Fairy Tail’s greatest aspects and it shines through in these episodes. (only in terms of comedy though…not else worth more adding)
The OVA themselves contains characters from the original series consisting of Team Natsu –
The outgoing Lucy
The over hyperactive Natsu
The naked Gray
The tough and boss Erza “Titania” Scarlet
All of them get their moments in these episodes ranging from being a bunny girl, wearing a cat/neko costume, the school uniforms, being a kid all over again, and beach fan-service. Speaking of which, the fan-service does shoot off the charts occasionally in these episodes. Unlike ecchi series though, they are for comedic purposes. Like I said before, Fairy Tail brings out laughter, fun, and entertainment rather than the typical “accidental shower walk-ins”.
The Fairy Tail atmosphere is still there though with some action scenes and the OST. Hiro Mashima likes to play with some of his typical battle shounen scenes often from the original series. In these short episodes, he brings out his skills of creating humor and that he did quite so-so from my perspective. It’s a welcoming aspect from the original series that has high levels of energy to induce entertainment rather than the more serious fighting scenes anime fans watches in so many long running shounen today. It’s not something serious to take into light.
The artwork of the series remains generally the same. Beyond the fan-service, the characters are drawn like from the original series with similar edges, proportions (including those boobs), and backgrounds. It’s sort of like the typical shounen artwork you see in many of today’s anime series. Fairy Tail doesn’t have the best art but it gets the point across.
The soundtrack of the OVAs remains generally the same although two different OP and ED songs are used. Aya Hirano and Tetsuya Kakihara does their roles and gives their songs a magical rhythm . It’s not too exciting but it gets to the point that reflects on the FT atmosphere.
All in all, these Fairy Tail OVAs are a fun watch. Don’t take it serious. Just don’t. If you do, you won’t enjoy this as much as some other fans. The original main characters return in this so it makes it worthwhile to watch them all have their fun, awkward, and entertaining moments.
If you’re having a bad day, watch this to brighten it up.
If you’re bored with your life, watch this to make your life more fun.
If you’re tired of waiting for the latest FT episode from the original series, watch this to pass some time.
If you’re frustrated about today’s other onsen/”beach” OVAs in other anime series, watch this to laugh at them
If you want to just enjoy some typical Fairy Tail entertainment, watch this to appreciate.
Ultimately though, these OVA episodes connected together are just of something amusing to watch but don’t expect much out of it, even if the above are how you felt before watching.
Basically, these are slightly longer filler episodes, with the second one an AU setting (they’re all in high school, without any magic) and the third one a nifty little time-traveling adventure, which also managed to squeeze in a little character development.
The art and sound weren’t anything memorable, but didn’t distract by being terrible either. Very middle ground in my opinion. The story, being filler episodes, was a way to throw in jokes they probably couldn’t fit into the main show.
TL;DR-If you like Fairy Tail, watch these. If you didn’t, don’t.
Short Story, After the Oracion Seis Arc which is episode 68 you must watch the first 3 Episodes of this OVA, then continue with the Daphne Arc until the start of Grand Magic Games Arc, watch episodes 151 and 152 after them it is perfect time for OVA 4 the Beach Training, after this episode continue with the Touranment Arc up to midpoint Episode 170 is the last, after it you must watch the Fifth and Last Episode of this OVA. after you completed this OVA continue watching the series till the End of Magic Tournament Arc episode 201 after it, start watching the Fairy Tail OVA (2016) episodes, about them in their review.
Now stories in thise OVA are good, the just go to the other side, and show you how our beloved characters could look like in completely other situations which are not typical for the series.
Like expected from Fairy Tail the Art, is really good.
This OVA are an amazing choice, to just watch and relax.
It’s a true must watch.
2: Hakuouki Sekkaroku
English: Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ A Memory of Snow Flowers
Japanese: 薄桜鬼 雪華録
MAL Score: 7.62
This OVA takes place in between episodes 8 and 9 of the first season of Hakuouki.
Yukimura Chizuru goes on a reconnaissance mission in Shimabara as a geiko for the Shinsengumi. Each episode unfolds the events of the days leading up to, during, and after the operation. It intermittently reveals each captain’s involvement as well as that of a few demons in the affair. Each individual episode primarily focuses from the third person perspectives of: Okita Souji, Saito Hajime, Harada Sanosuke, Toudou Heisuke, Hijikata Toshizo, and Kazama Chikage.
This is the 6 piece OVA of the franchise Hakuouki which is mainly comprised of tragedy. And this could be the only episodes which clings to the emotional side of the characters since in the main season focuses solely on battle and sadness.
Story:Well as you all might know Hijikata Toshizo the Oni Lieutenant and Okita Souji as simply saying the “Shinsengumi” it revolves around them, and a girl is thrown at the lions den to see how it would go. Well as much as i want to put it bluntly, these lions are very much dignified and refined men than well most of the “Lions” i have ever seen.
Art: Superb. No flaws.
Sound: Average Opening and Ending- since it’s an OVA it’s al right i guess.
The voice dubbing is admirable. Same soundtracks used in the anime is present here.
Characters: This is the highlight. Whilst the main season went like a pistol-very fast not giving many characters their screen time) This gave a lot of consideration to acknowledge their feelings to the “Otome” It also shows most of the sides we should have seen in characters- which they could have thrown in the first season- but who am i to question the budget of the directors for that?
Enjoyment: Thoroughly enjoyed- pasted a smile on my face- this was light hearted/deep and slow but there could be sadness whisked in their that you’d see if you dwell deep into the episode.
Overall: Remember it’s fan service – no questions asked. But for a fan it was extremely enjoyable to see their favourite characters once emotionally unleashed. I gave it an 8- because the creators did a sound job focusing on one scene of the anime and then creating various scenarios out of it.
If you haven’t watched Hakuouki & Hakuouki Hekketsuroku than it’s important to watch them first in order to understand the more intricate details about the overall story.
I love this because it shows us the boys a bit more and how their relationship with Chizuru is, and why she’s important to them (the game that the anime is based on is an otome one, afterall!) and it also gives us more light-hearteded enjoyment as well, since the main series is a bit heavy.
Plus, we get to see how these characters are not flat copies of one another, or just trope-y otome love interests, they are interesting, well rounded individuals that all have their own flaws and strengths. I think it’s a very good addition to the collection of already great works for this series.
1: Saiyuuki Gaiden
MAL Score: 7.83
An OVA adaptation of the climactic part of Saiyuuki Gaiden.
Kazuya Minekura’s Saiyuki is a fabulous manga, but due to publisher switches and long hiatuses, it has never quite made it to the world of animation without some major confusion.
The manga is composed of four series: Saiyuki, Saiyuki Reload (which continues from the end of Saiyuki), Saiyuki Reload Blast (which continues from the end of Saiyuki Reload), and a Prequel series called Saiyuki Gaiden which stars the previous incarnations of the series’ main characters.
Confused yet? We’re only getting started.
If you are coming to the Saiyuki anime for the first time, the place you’ll want to stay is Gensoumaden Saiyuki (or just Saiyuki), the original anime. It is based on Saiyuki (the manga) and includes roughly the first half of Saiyuki Gaiden.
The next anime series, chronologically, are Saiyuki Reload and then Saiyuki Reload Gunlock, which cover up to the middle of the Saiyuki Reload manga.
These OVAs you’re currently on are just the ending of Saiyuki Gaiden. (Likewise, the Saiyuki Bural OVAs are simply a manga arc that was not included in any of the anime series but was a fan favorite so I guess it got OVAs.)
Basically, tldr, if this is your first taste of Saiyuki in any form, you’re gonna be very, very confused. These OVAs are mostly for established fans of the manga.
That said, as an established fan of the manga, I’ve never been satisfied with the anime adaptations. For one thing, as you can see, they’re overly confusing and brimming with filler. I also have noticed that Minekura’s art seems difficult to adapt to anime–the animation is horrendous at worst, vaguely weird at best. Saiyuki Gaiden is some of the best animation Saiyuki has gotten, but it still looks kind of off, as if her anatomy isn’t quite made for moving. Not my favorite.
That said, I do recommend the manga whole-heartedly.
The anime however, is not as good as the manga but still a great watch. The Gaiden arc actually starts in Saiyuki episode 40 and 41. So you should watch those two episodes before watching these OVAs. Other than that it is not necessary to watch Saiyuki or any of the sequels before this, though I suggest you do because the whole series is great 🙂 Saiyuki Burial is next in chronological order.
Given that this was an OVA, the pacing is fast and can be somewhat chaotic if you’re not totally concentrated. Personally, I would recommend watching at least episodes 40 and 41 from the original series. Though if you really want to be a sobbing puddle on the floor, the whole series. Long story short, I need emotional help now.
Overall rating: 9
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Saiyuuki Gaiden
2. Hakuouki Sekkaroku
3. Fairy Tail OVA
4. Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Tethe’alla-hen
5. Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sekai Tougou-hen
6. Senjou no Valkyria 3: Tagatame no Juusou
8. Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku – Tadoritsuita Basho
9. Kono Danshi, Uchuujin to Tatakaemasu.