They’re the best Anime that 2013 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Vanquished Queens, Hiiro no Kakera: Totsugeki! Tonari no Ikemenzu, Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san: Pangea Chou Tairiku no Muromi-san, and more!
10: Vanquished Queens
Japanese: ヴァンキッシュド クイーンズ
MAL Score: 6.05
Vanquished Queens OVAs depict what happened to various characters who were absent in Queen’s Blade: Rebellion and what happened to them after Queen’s Blade: Utsukushiki Toushitachi.
While ever so closely balancing the line between hentai or not, they don’t show anything overly explicit or any gore. Vanquished Queens takes some of the characters from the original series and subject them to abuse, torture, and rape. If you enjoy that sort of thing or would define them overcoming these difficulties as “character development” – this is the show for you. I understand there were similar situations in the original series but they were far and beyond “light” compared to Vanquished Queens serious manner.
As far as art/sound/characters – they very closely match the original series of Queen’s Blade and were done fairly well. I did notice a couple scenes with lower quality animation, but not enough to detract from my overall enjoyment. The only thing that kept my overall rating from being a 2.
One other positive note, if you are a fan of Airi – one of the Vanquished Queens specials will be enjoyable.
9: Hiiro no Kakera: Totsugeki! Tonari no Ikemenzu
Japanese: 緋色の欠片 突撃! 隣のイケメンズ
MAL Score: 6.72
Bundled with Hiiro no Kakera Taizen, a comprehensive illustration book on the six-year history of Idea Factory’s Hiiro no Kakera romance game franchise, the OVA reveals the private lives of the five main characters.
8: Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san: Pangea Chou Tairiku no Muromi-san
Japanese: 波打際のむろみさん パンゲア超大陸のむろみさん
MAL Score: 6.75
Bundled with the ninth limited-edition volume of the manga.
Japanese: Vassalord. (ヴァッサロード)
MAL Score: 6.82
Charley, a cyborg vampire who does the Vatican’s dirty work, is the thrall of the local vampire playboy Johnny Rayflo. As the two fight crime—and each other—hilarity, violence and sacrilege ensue! But can Charley resist his own desperate cravings for blood? Find out as the devilish duo go up against a childlike vampire princess, a mysterious branch of the Unitarian Church…and one another.
For a reader like me who had already read all the chapters it’s easy to know and understand EVERYTHING that happens, but I’m not sure if a person that haven’t read anything would understand certain things here.
Therefore as a reader it’s hard for me to know how a person without the background history would look at this great ova. I’d say it’s a great one filled with what i expected.. though a little too much blood for my taste is all.
To tell the truth, ova 1 only contains chapter 1 from volume 1 from the Vassalord manga which contains many more chapters and more than 4 volumes. So if you liked the ova, please do read the manga
Overall I give this ova a 8 because I love the story behind it, the art was great, and loved the voice actors too
-art is beautifully done
-art matches the plot
-plot is original
-conclusion was a very helpful segment that answered the main questions regarding the plot.
-plot/characters is borderline on making sense. Yes, the general aspects of the questions are answered but the more definitive parts like individual characters appeared to be brushed off. For example the sidekick if you will job is counter-intuitive. He acts but how can he give who he is? Also, his make up seems off putting. Like blending a tomato with a pineapple.
-introduction painted a confusing standpoint for what is supposed to be.
-art was not done well enough to convey a horror portrayal.
sound: did not convey proper suspense.
p.s. commercial/horror is interesting but is pretty hard to get a good blend. If you want a dark laugh then you might like this. If you want to stain your pants don’t bother with this.
6: Fairy Tail x Rave
MAL Score: 7.16
While on a mission to find and defeat a troublesome mage, several members of the Fairy Tail guild are split up in an unfamiliar town. At the same time, Haru, Elie, and the rest of their group are also separated. In a fortunate turn of events, Elie runs into Lucy and Happy, who are looking for Natsu. Meanwhile, Haru stumbles upon Natsu, who is struggling with motion sickness. Although she seems friendly, Elie matches the description of the troublemaker that the Fairy Tail members were assigned to locate. To make matters worse, Natsu learns of Haru’s relationship with her and suspects them to be accomplices.
In this crossover between two popular series, Fairy Tail x Rave follows the two groups as they discover their similarities with each other. As the miscommunications add up, they are pitted against one another in a heated clash of powers, but will have to work together against a common foe.
*Fairy Tail x Rave takes place sometime after the Oración Seis arc in Fairy Tail and the Blue Guardians arc in Rave Master.
*If you’ve watched the Fairy Tail x Rave trailer then this should be spoiler free.
Story- As this is a crossover don’t expect much story. The way the chain of events played out was decent but its not really the focus of this OVA anyway. Both Dark Bring and Magic are referenced throughout the show.
Art- No different than the usual Fairy Tail animation. There wasn’t enough time to cover lots of moves typical of both Fairy Tail & Rave but what was there was done well. I especially enjoyed the animation on Haru’s abilities.
Sound- The scores and VAs from both the Fairy Tail and Rave return and mix really well. There is an emphasis on FT’s soundtrack but scores from Rave still do appear and are paced very well. I’ve always thought FTs sound track was excellent and FTxRave is no exception.
Characters- Even though it’s not in a logical setting its an enjoyable experience to see some of my favorite characters mix together. With it being 25 minutes long there isn’t enough time to cover each character thoroughly but regardless what is there is enjoyable. Nastu/Haru, Gray/Musica and Lucy/Ellie to an extent share characteristics so naturally mix together well. For Let, Julia and Wendy they all share Dragon-like abilities and its nice to see the brief companionship between them.
Enjoyment- Being a fan of both Rave and Fairy Tail I really enjoyed this. I was more excited to see the Rave characters animated with modern animation than anything else and it doesn’t disappoint.
It might just be the feeling you get from watching crossovers, but seeing how your favorite characters interact with each-other, in an otherwise impossible situation is something thoroughly enjoyable. Natsu and Haru are very similar in characteristics and several other members of Fairy tail and Rave get along with their similar characteristics.
As this is only a single episode, I can’t really give much info. But I can safely say, that whether or not you’re a Rave or Fairy tail fan (or Both) you will definitely enjoy this episode.
Story: 7/10 For an OVA the story is quite good. Its an action packed experiece and at times funny too.
Art: 8/10 The art is especially attractive. Well Fairy Tail art was good to begin with. And good art is one thing that makes a shounen anime worth the watch.
Sound: 9/10 The battle music is charming. Also the voice actors and actresses are in perfect sync with the characters. All the all the sound quality is something you can praise the anime for.
Enjoyment: 8/10 well yeah. Enjoyment is a 100%. You don’t feel like leaving the screen even for a moment. Personally I am a great fan of Fairy Tail so I may be biased but I tried to be as much liberal as possible.
Overall: 8/10. For action and fanservice lovers a must watch 🙂
5: Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo : Onsen Manyuuki
Japanese: 問題児たちが異世界から来るそうですよ 温泉漫遊記
MAL Score: 7.24
Izayoi, Asuka, and You have been invited to participate in a Gift-Game at a hot spring village to help the small community there find a new water source.
OVA bundled with the eighth volume of the light novel.
I’m not asking you to revere this episode for its plot and character progression, but I’m asking you to just enjoy it for its comedic value and lightheartedness, especially in the moments where the OVA satirized some anime tropes.
Besides, this is an OVA released after the ending of the first season of Mondaiji. Meaning we aren’t going to get some epic fight that would pursue the plot of helping the No Name community regain its prosperity. The title even has “おんせん” (hot spring) in it so expect some light comedy and fan service.
The primary point of this episode is to show that life moves on (in the event that a second season wouldn’t be created) and it has successfully done so in my eyes.
Comparing the story and plot of this episode to the main series makes me cringe. While the main series had an objective and reasonable plot devices, this lacks it all.
The OVA is filled with absurdly perverted scenes that seem out of place and irrational, along with stock “bad guys” for the introduction. Those “bad guys” don’t even end up playing a significant part in the rest of the episode, and their only purpose seems to be to show off the ability of the main cast.
If you were to watch five minutes of the middle portion, it would be nearly impossible to guess what the main characters’ objectives are, considering that the episode was filled with almost nothing but fanservice.
Although the close-up looks of the characters seems to be the same quality as always, static images and re-used frames are easy to notice. The voices are not synced with the mouths as they were during the main series, and the stock villains during the beginning look absolutely terrible. The producers would have fared better if they used dark silhouettes. I’m not sure if this was due to budget problems, but it seems so.
Thankfully, the sound quality hasn’t changed from the main series, and You’s character song can be heard in the background during one portion. It may have been the first time I’ve heard it in a Mondaiji episode, but it really fit the mood and tone of the situation quite well.
The new characters in the OVA are forgettable, at best. The characterization of the others is done quite well, and the focus is shifted off of Izayoi for once. You’s mischievous nature is highlighted, as well as her insatiable appetite, and Ayesha can be seen to be more competitive, but in a less obnoxious way. The other characters don’t get too much characterization opportunities, but this is fine, considering the amount of attention they received during the main series.
Let me just say this now. I HATE fanservice. It detracts from the main story, and in this episode, the producers seemed to say, “Hey, you know what the main series didn’t have? Fanservice. Let’s try and fill an entire series’ worth of it in this episode then.”
Regardless of the fanservice in this episode, some parts were still quite enjoyable, like the characterization moments. It was a lot of fun finding out more things about their personalities, and also watching them clear the games with each other. It would be a lot more enjoyable without the fanservice, but hey, that’s just me.
The OVA doesn’t do justice to the main series. The only reason the OVA didn’t get a worse score is because of the things is could get from the main series, like the OP, ED, and most of the characters. Everything else, including the story and art, seems to be much lower quality.
Story: mediocre 5.
Since, the plot maybe a bit different, but it still follows the parent anime’s genre.
Art: fair 6.
Thought, the addition of the fanservice is good, it ain’t that intense, co’z there is no Kurousagi panty shot and the boob flash ain’t much.
Sound: mediocre 5.
Co’z it still uses the same VA’s and the same op and ed theme.
Character: mediocre 5.
Enjoyment: fair 6.
Like I said, the fanservce especially the school swimsuit part was good, it’s just wasn’t that intense, even with the girls fundoshi fanservice. Thought, it was nice to see Izayoi doing his thing.
Overall: mediocre 5.
Pretty much a misplaced filler episode, unless this OVA is an introduction for a season 2 of the parent anime,but, we have yet to know if there will be one.
4: Saiyuuki Gaiden: Kouga no Shou
Japanese: 最遊記外伝 特別編 香花の章
MAL Score: 7.27
Based on chapters 11-13 of the original manga with additional content written by the manga author. The story will be told from Tenpou’s point of view.
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: Shingeki no Kyojin OVA
MAL Score: 7.85
Ilse no Techou: Aru Chousa Heidanin no Shuki
During the Survey Corps’ 49th recon mission, Hange Zo? is determined to capture a titan specimen. Despite not receiving clearance from Commander Erwin Smith, when a titan is spotted in nearby forestland, Hange rides out alone to meet it. Recklessly luring it out, she asks the titan numerous questions and puts her life on the line for the sake of her research. However, the behavior of this particular titan is far from normal. It quickly turns back and enters the wood once again, leading Hange to somewhere specific. What Hange finds is the legacy of former scout Ilse Langnar. In spite of her death, she provides a valuable piece of information that may serve to turn the tide for titan research—a diary documenting her last moments.
Totsuzen no Raihousha: Sainamareru Seishun no Noroi
Jean Kirstein would do anything to escape his boring home life and overbearing mother. After enlisting in the military, it became his ultimate goal to join the Military Police regiment and live out in peace and luxury. However, during his time with the 104th Training Corps, things never really go the way Jean wants them to. Eventually, the stolen glory and condescending banter of his comrades become too much—and Jean challenges fellow cadet Sasha Blouse to a battle, in order to determine which of them is strongest—but who will come out on top?
The 104th Training Corps’ most recent mission is a trek on horseback into the forest. Although a test of their ability to stay alert even in non-threatening situations, the task is boring and can lead to in-fighting. This is especially true for one of the groups, lead by Marco Bott. Some want to stay true to the mission they have been tasked with, and the rest would rather slack off, occupying themselves with more exciting activities. But when trouble strikes, they are completely unprepared.
These are questions you might have in mind if you decide to give this OVA a shot. Shingeki no Kyojin: llse no Techou is an OVA based off popular manga, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) written by Hajime Isayama. The anime series that debuted in the Spring of 2013 have been an international hit and achieved numerous praise and attention. As a standalone OVA, this little of piece of work composed of a mere 23 minutes takes us back to a time where we visit another character and the journey that she went through. It’s a tough life though with blood spilled everywhere, bones mangled, and atmosphere shrouded with fear.
The OVA itself takes place in the same setting that revolves around the Titans, man-beasts and the primary antagonists of the franchise. In such a time, there are no moments of serendipity but humanity is bestowed with fear. One such character among humanity is named Ilse Langnar, a young woman from the 34th Expedition of the Scouting Legion. Being a member of the Scouting Legion means putting your life constantly at risk as they are on the front lines against the Titans. For Ilse however, she discovers more than just fear. From a startling event, Ilse discovers an astonishing factor that may have changed her life forever. There’s a clear certainty of confusion with what she found and in this OVA will reveal something you might have missed from its parent series.
However, discoveries aren’t just the only phenomenon that plays a role in this OVA.
For a certain character with the style of a scientist, she hopes to capture one alive and really dissect the knowledge from the Titans. Returning to this OVA is Hanji, a squad leader from the survey corps. Unlike most people who lives in fear of the Titans, she embraces its identity and wishes to discover more than what she can. Throughout the OVA, her ebullient personality and irrational behavior almost puts her own life as well as others at risk. Thankfully, we have others like Levi and his corps to save the day.
The OVA itself doesn’t focus much on characters but rather more on discoveries, or rather the mysteries relating to the Titans. There are so many questions that needs answers yet no one really knows the truth. Ilse’s journal details part of what she learned although it seemed to be obscured. In one sense, the OVA present itself to viewers as a way to open up our minds to what we may think relates to the Titans. Thoughts, theories, and ideas might be evoked as we try to pierce the puzzle together similar to what Hanji is doing. It also helps that the OVA recollects some of the events from the past with a short recap to refresh viewers what they remembered before. One thing, it’s definitely not pretty and Titans are detestable towards the human race.
Similar to its parent franchise, the OVA performs with action in the typical shounen style. There’s the quick movements from various squad members including the prominent clean freak, Levi. Hanji herself rides into danger although her combat phases are limited because of her ambition to capture titans rather than obliterating them. But realistically, the SnK franchise plays more on the dark fantasy genre. It focuses on portraying the desolation of humanity and presents it in a gruesome way with graphic violence. In a way, it works but sometimes lacks new features. And speaking of features, main characters from the original series such as Eren, Mikasa, and Armin are absent. The trio aren’t interested in discoveries especially with Eren being the hothead so the path of knowledge falls upon more to other characters.
Artistic wise, the OVA maintains its posture well in terms of presentation. The setting reflects on a sense of hopelessness for humanity. The Titans are designed in a way that consists of human features but possesses the brutality of an animal. Most of the characters in this OVA doesn’t go any significant change. Ilse on the other hand is designed to look frailer, as in a fragile woman struggling to stay alive. We don’t find out much about her combat abilities either so it’s unknown her true capabilities as a soldier.
The soundtrack deserves praise similar to its predecessor. Even as a standalone OVA, the soundtrack focuses on intense choreography coordinated to desired scenes. Whether these might be brutal, sarcastic, or calm, the music department once again does its job. Ilse’s voice shows her as a woman of concern but also frustration once she comes head to head with questions. The tone of her voice during one specific scene reveals the unsettling nature of how humanity is suffering mentally because of the Titans.
Overall, this OVA is definitely worth the try especially if you’re curious to see what goes on with other characters. Ilse might not be a prominent character from the main series but her discovery might be an important key to unlock the mystery of the Titans. As far as mysteries go though, the OVA doesn’t give much answers so you’ll have to dig answers elsewhere. The way the episode does handles itself though is to flourish out the grim reality of the SnK world. It’s living every day in fear in such a land realizing you’re not at the top of the food chain.
Episode 1: Hanji has become determined to capture a titan as the Survey Corps heads out on yet another difficult mission into titan territory. Being Hanji, she is obsessed with titans to the point where she blatantly disobeys the leader, Erwin, and goes off in search of some titans for her experimenting pleasures. She comes across a 6 meter titan and runs around asking it questions while it attempts to knock her off her high horse and swallow her whole. Eventually after some strange behavior from the titan, Hanji and Levi come across a diary written by a deceased member of the Survey Corps named Ilse Langnar. Her story details her encounter with the titan that chased Hanji and basically just adds even more mysteries about titans without really any startling discovers aside from some curious dialogue.
Episode 2: This episode is an overly-serious yet humorous joke about Jean and his teenage angst, and it even features a Jean-centered version of the first opening theme. Jean doesn’t get along with his overly-caring mother and just wants to go out into the world and get away from her, but even then she continues to embarrass him. This was my least favorite episode of the three as it just seemed stupid with it’s poor attempt at comedy for the most part.
Episode 3: This episode finally returns to the 104th division with a training exercise that helps unite them. What seems like a long and boring exercise turns into a mission to get back at thieves who stole the group’s 3DMG and Christa. The tactics and characters in this episode are very much like the real series (unlike episode 2).
The animation is just as good as it is in the regular anime and the soundtrack is also pretty similar (just without the songs that specifically go along with some of the main characters). The small amount of action looks great. While there is much less beautifully animated gore, there are still plenty of beautiful scenery shots. Some of the animation during the overly-serious comedic moments in episode 2 do not fit very well though considering most of this show is not comedic in the least.
As for the characters, Hanji is still the most adorable, psychotic 40 year old in anime and Levi has to take of everyone. Ilse’s voice actor does an excellent job of speaking in a rapid, panicked voice during the flashback and portrays her perfectly. Eren, Jean, Armin, Mikasa, and everyone else are back to how they were in the beginning with Eren and Jean bickering about everything, Armin trying to keep the peace, and Mikasa just being Mikasa.
I enjoyed these OVAs (aside from the second) about as much as I did any normal episode from the anime. Since they take place around episode 3 and 4 for the most part, I wouldn’t recommend this to people who have not watched the beginning of the anime yet, as it does have the usual recap at the beginning of the first OVA which would spoil the first few episodes. To anyone who has seen past episode 3, I recommend watching this. It’s just more of the same Attack on Titan stuff as before just with much, much less gore.
“Seid ihr das Essen? Ja, wir sind die Jägerschnitzel!”
What happens when you have a HUGELY popular series, but you can only make a new season every 3 years and people are all begging for more? Obviously, you HAVE to give them something, otherwise too many people will abandon ship. Especially since most fans of the anime don’t actually read the manga. To solve this dilemma, Attack on Titan created this OVA. However, they really didn’t want to create filler material that might accidentally contradict something later on in the manga. The only way to ASSURE that this contradiction doesn’t happen, is to make an OVA where absolutely NOTHING of any importance or substance happens.
I appreciate the massive handicap that the director of this OVA faced! However, there was a much better approach the OVA could have taken. The OVA should have focused on actual character building and interesting conversations between the characters to perhaps flesh out some of the minor characters or let us look deeper into the minds and motivations of our leads. What did we get instead? I’ll explain.
I can’t really “spoil” anything because nothing happens!
OVA 1: The OVA starts strong by making the correct marketing decision and choosing fan favorite Levi as the main character. He and his team must capture a Titan alive in order to study it. They discover the lost diary of a deceased scout. The diary gives us a name and basically just acts as a teaser for people who have already read the manga. If you haven’t read ahead in the manga, you don’t actually learn jack shit. Yeah, they capture a Titan, but we don’t learn ANYTHING new about the Titans! Where they came from, why they eat humans, etc. I DO know all of those answers as of 4/29/2015 because I’ve read the manga, but watching this OVA won’t get you any closer to that knowledge. Do we learn anything new about Levi? Nope. Do we get to see how his team dynamics work in a much clearer picture? nope. Did this episode have a freaking point besides saying “go read the manga?” Nope
Ova 2: We get a cooking contest between “Potato Girl” and Jean. Seriously. That’s what happens! We also get a sexy training montage of Mikasa practicing boxing for some reason in a white push-up bra. Is she trying to be Tifa Lockhart? Obvious fanservice is obvious
OVA 3: They travel to what looks like the “old West” AKA Southwest United States and end up fighting outlaws. Wait…didn’t this series take place in Germany? How the fuck did they get to the Southwest US? DAMN IT OVA, YOU HAD ONE JOB!!!
If you aren’t a huge fan of Attack on Titan, this OVA is a colossal, titanic waste of time! If you ARE a huge Attack on Titan fan…ditto. Basically, this OVA sucks. That’s it folks. I don’t have positive things to say here. Besides keeping the same high quality music and good animation, it freaking sucks!
1: Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA
MAL Score: 8.00
Two OVA episodes bundled with the 16th volume of the manga.
One of the included episodes is based on the story from the 15th volume, while the other contain an all-new original story.
In this bundle consisting of two OVAs we get to see our beloved characters Nanami, Tomoe, and of course the loveable baby Mizuki. Sadly, the OVAs can easily be dismissed as generic. We have the typical Nanami who over thinks things, and tries to impress a Tomoe who never needed to be impressed. She tries to assert her independence, and ultimately ends up making a fool of herself in the attempt. Still, it’s nice to see how the Tomoe x Nanami relationship has slightly changed into a closer one where Tomoe’s more open.
On an ending note, the music was blissful, from the beginning to the end. The little scenes where everything becomes quiet and all you hear is a beautiful tune will never get old. The ending of the OVA seemed to leave a little mystery though, perhaps hinting towards something more in the future. I’d suggest giving this a watch if you enjoyed the original anime, it won’t do any harm.
The story is as generic as an OVA for a shoujo anime can get, so the quality of it is not even close to the anime. It’s basically just some sweet moments from their daily life, and that’s about it. I mean, it’s an OVA so I guess it’s fair.
The sound was also a little bad, although maybe the fault was at the source I watched it on, who knows.
Overall, you won’t really regret not watching this, but if you’re looking for some boring romantic scenarios then go on, I guess.
(Story: 5/10, art: 6/10, sound: 5/10, character: 7/10, enjoyment: 5/10)
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA
2. Shingeki no Kyojin OVA
3. Fairy Tail OVA
4. Saiyuuki Gaiden: Kouga no Shou
5. Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo : Onsen Manyuuki
6. Fairy Tail x Rave
8. Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san: Pangea Chou Tairiku no Muromi-san
9. Hiiro no Kakera: Totsugeki! Tonari no Ikemenzu
10. Vanquished Queens