They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Ijime: Ikenie no Kyoushitsu, Nijiiro☆Prism Girl, Chocolat no Mahou, and more!
10: Ijime: Ikenie no Kyoushitsu
Japanese: いじめ いけにえの教室
MAL Score: 5.20
The March issue of Shogakukan’s Ciao shoujo magazine bundled a DVD with a special anime of Igarashi Kaoru’s Ijime manga.
So basically this OVA is about bullying. Normally I like stories about bullying, as I’ve been through some of it myself, but never to the ridiculous extent it’s portrayed here. Seriously, some live action shows I’ve seen portray bullying better than this! Normally if a popular girl hates someone, it’s either because she hates the way someone dresses, or maybe someone crossed her in some way like catching a boy’s attention or getting better grades, etc., and people can relate to that! I don’t mind stories like these if they’re done well. But here? The whole thing is played for extreme melodrama, and not very well! All of the events that happen in here are so stupid and so petty that it makes me cringe! So, there’s this rich girl named Sera who is the queen of the school, and she and her classmates pick on another girl named Fumika over stupid things. Why you ask? Because Fumika bumped into her and crumpled her shirt sleeve! Okay…what?! That is the most unbelievable and stupid reason ever! Couldn’t they just forget about it, because those are NO reason to pick on someone, especially if they go as far as dump trash on her, cut her hair, and kick her around EVEN AS THE TEACHERS ARE WATCHING!!! Good lord, these girls are more melodramatic than the plastics from Mean Girls, and Mean Girls was a heck of a lot better than this piece of garbage!
I’m not gonna lie, the animation and character designs are awful. Even the manga’s art is creepy! Those eyes! They’re too big! The character designs are completely bland and uninspired, the animation is stiff, there’s no life or expression to them, their eyes are so big they completely consume their faces, far more so than normal anime eyes, and it relies too much on typical cartoon tropes to get its point across, like chibified characters or random jump cuts. Everybody has the exact same face. If you change their hair and eye colors, they’d all look like clones of each other. The music…I don’t remember much. It was uninspired and not the very least bit memorable.
The characters are obviously the worst part of this anime, because they pretty much have absolutely no character at all! They’re just one-note caricatures who are just there to either punish someone or be victimized for absolutely no reason than cheap, pointless melodrama that could easily be avoided, and none of them even behave in rational ways. Sera’s the annoying alpha female cranked up to eleven who victimizes someone just for…bumping into her and crumpling her sleeve, and then the show turns up the angst and expects us to sympathize with her in the end, which doesn’t work because we had no reason to care about her, and we still don’t! And because none of the other characters have any personality and do nothing but hurt people, they’re basically nothing but mouthpieces who are used to move the story and shove the moral down our throats, and people claim MY characters are nothing but mouthpieces! Seriously, I can write a better bullying piece than this, with better characters! Also, no real person behaves the way these characters do, and the characters change their behavior every other scene, and that’s not how you write a character or a story. The amateurish, melodramatic voice acting also doesn’t help either.
It’s short length also doesn’t do it any favors either. It’s one episode of fifteen minutes, and had it been expanded, it could have been a lot better. Sorry. This is just awful. Bad animation, bad characters, bad storytelling, it’s basically a really bad, overly preachy after school special, only much worse. Seriously, if I had to chose between this and Lady Lovely Locks, I’d pick LLL, because this is just terrible on every single level. Nothing can salvage it.
This is indisputably the worst anime I have ever seen.
Luckily, sera’s father’s company goes bankrupt and everybody bullies her upon hearing the news. Glad to see her getting a taste of her own medicine. I have a soft spot for bully stories but could of been handled so much better. Sera should of had a more realistic reason for bullying the mc and the bullying shouldn’t have been so extreme
9: Nijiiro☆Prism Girl
MAL Score: 6.15
The beautiful and tall Kohinata Nijika, a 6th grade kid who doesn’t look her age and daughter of an office chief of a TV station, avoids the entertainment world since her mom, a legendary actress, died from a sickness. Hiding the truth about her family, Nijika keeps another secret. The fact that she’s living with the prince-like actor, Ichinose Touya, may create a ruckus if it is discovered.
Running for another errand, Nijika, together with her pet Kapitama-kun, coincidentally run into a drama set that’s lacking an actress due to food poisoning. She volunteers for the role and…
At first glance the story doesn’t stand out so much and you might say it’s about the typical girl that is struggling so hard while she is inspired by her dead mother, but the story turns in unexpected events so you are: What will happen!!! and you feel all stressed so you cover your face!! OMG!
The pretty cool characters and their amazing improvisation and actions makes it so thrilling.
Regarding the art is a bit simple so I thought it was ten years old serie O: until I searched about it
However, Nijiiro Prism Girl entertaining me as a comedy, failed to do so. Nijiiro Prism Girl’s comedy is based on the main character’s ability to improv in an unexpected situation. There were a few scenes that made me a smirk, but overall, it couldn’t bring me to enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Another flaw that Nijiiro Prism Girl has is its generic art style. Characters that are presented don’t have distinctive looks that make them stand out. Of course, you’d expect an anime to have an opening and ending theme song. In Nijiiro Prism Girl, there’s only an ending theme song which isn’t very remarkable at the slightest bit.
Unfortunately, this show suffers from being just another anime due to its generic art style, forgettable two-dimensional characters, and uninspiring score. I won’t say that I didn’t enjoy this, which I did, but if you have time to kill and want to see a few suspenseful romantic interactions between characters, feel free to watch this. Other than that, I don’t think I’ll be watching this again.
I think that the anime goes wayyy too fast. I read the only chapter of this anime’s manga that i could find, and it turns out that they cut off some parts in the first episode that was in the first chapter. As a result, the anime itself has only four episodes!!! They cut off sooo much. If they could add some more episodes and include all the stuff that happens in the manga, then this could become one of my favorite anime’s. However, the plot, overall, is awesome!
8: Chocolat no Mahou
English: The Magic of Chocolate
MAL Score: 6.23
Chocolatier Chocolat Aikawa and her enigmatic acquaintance Cacao Theobroma run a shop named Chocolat Noir, which is famous for its specially crafted chocolates, known to miraculously grant wishes. A variety of troubled individuals find themselves in front of the shop, seeking its merchandise, but these chocolates are expensive—each customer must pay with their most precious belonging.
Although Chocolat seems to be a lady who would have no problems of her own, due to her ability to grant wishes, beneath her mysterious facade is a distressed young girl who has not settled a score from her past…
The story in general is very interesting in my opinion. It looks cute, but can get pretty dark. Every little story (1-2 episodes) features new characters who come to visit Chocolat Aikawa. It’s the same formular, but I think the stories are all interesting and they also change the formular up several times. We also get Chocolat’s backstory here, which I think is cool.
I really like the mysterious atmosphere in this and I wish we got more episodes.
Each episode – or sometimes two – focus on a different set of characters. Each time, a person in need finds themselves wishing upon magic sweets, provided by the aptly named witch Chocolat Noir. But for every wish, there is a price, and sometimes the price paid is far worse than the consequences of not wishing at all. Often, the series throws in a touch of humanity or humour. Unfortunately, the bitter tends to outweigh the sweet more often than not.
Some episodes are truly intriguing, filled with a surprising amount of unexpected twists, that for the most part, pay off. Unfortunately, other episodes are just depressing. In fact, the first episode was, frankly, horrible. It ends feeling concluded, yet is filled from start to finish with nothing but bullies, bad decisions, and rejection. It was incredibly tempting to drop the show then and there, because there isn’t anything endearing about watching people suffer for 22 minutes. Luckily, the second episode picks the story back up, providing the series with some redemption, as well as introducing what will become the overarching arcs of the series.
That said, calling anything in this show a ‘main arc’ is misleading. This is perhaps the most episodic, monster-of-the-week styled anime I’ve seen in a while. Although there is, eventually, an underlying story and drama, it just isn’t soon enough or expanded enough to be as engaging as the episodic plots.
Given the episodic nature, the ‘main characters’ stand largely in the background, watching over various humans and their blunders. Ultimately, no character is likeable, or even unlikeable – they’re just sort of there.
Art & Sound: 5
Art wise, it’s pure average. Cosplayers and Lolitas alike will be pleased by the number of kooky, frilly, and creative dresses shown throughout the series. Occasionally, the camera shifts to create a very art-house vibe, but for the most part there’s nothing spectacular – good or bad – to write about. The cat transition sequences are appropriate, if a bit distracting at times.
Sound wise, I honestly can’t remember anything awful, or spectacular. Which is to say it was utterly forgettable.
Welcome to Chocolat Noir, a shop that’s run by Chocolat Aikawa, a Witch that can grant your wish, but her wish granting chocolate doesn’t come cheap and each customer must pay, not with money but something more personal. Each time it’s always something different that she takes from her customers and it can be important to them or not but make no mistake, what’s taken is always personal but most say they don’t mind if something is taken from them even if they dunno what it’ll be and will gobble down the magical chocolate that can grant them their wish…
The first two episodes are a two parter, after that it’s only single episode stories but they work wonderfully despite being about 12-14 minutes long each. A few episodes could’ve used a bit more run time though. (Like 1 or 2 episodes) The ending songs are nice, nothing amazing imo but still nice. The art is imo really nice and detailed and I enjoyed seeing the various outfits and clothing we get to see including for some episodes for Chocolat herself. Even though most episodes are single story episodes, there is still a plot involving Chocolat Aikawa but you’ll have to watch the anime to learn more about her.
At the end of the day, many of the episodes are for me at least, not good or could’ve been better. I found myself mad that Chocolat Aikawa was handling wishes and payments the way she was in some episodes. Like I get she isn’t perfect but, some of these people whom she purposely gave a bad outcome too, didn’t deserve the fate she dealt them. (particularly one at least, almost two) and I also didn’t like some of the episodes where the outcome should’ve been better or I thought “Huh, why didn’t you handle it this way instead if your magic can do so much it should’ve been possible to do it this way instead…” Also, make no mistake, Chocolat Aikawa doesn’t just hand out bad wishes and outcomes, she hands out good ones too.
But on the bad side of it, if the anime had handled wishes and payments better then it’s likely my rating for the anime would’ve been higher. It’s also possible that some of these episodes I had a problem with were the anime only episodes I read is a thing in another review which would explain a lot if so. And on the good side of it, it does it nicely and make no mistake, though I mentioned some flaws, the anime is still good and worth seeing. Each story in each episode has its own moral of the story so there is value in each story and in every character too. I’d encourage you to give the anime a chance and you may not find much or any flaws with the anime in the places I found flaws with.
I give Chocolat no Mahou aka The Magic of Chocolate, a 7.0 out of 10.0.
“Welcome… to the chocolate shop that fulfills wishes, Chocolat Noir. I’m the Chocolatiere, Aikawa Chocolat. Do you have a wish? However… To fulfill a wish, I need something in return. My chocolate is an expensive treat.”
English: Age 12
MAL Score: 6.26
The story begins with Hanabi, a sixth-grade girl who is neither an adult nor a child. She deals with issues such as accidentally witnessing her homeroom teacher kissing, and worrying about experiencing physiological changes before her friends. The manga depicts a 12-year-old girl’s innocent worries and first love.
Boy meets girl, other boys are asses. Her classmate also likes said boy and is trying to manipulate the two of them apart when they were assigned a lesson together. Cliched as hell. The merit this story had was lost on the fact that these are 12 year olds doing stupid shit in front of their teacher, and the teacher not once intervenes. Even when the whole class is up in the middle of a presentation and blaming each other for messing up on purpose as part of some conspiracy against the boys for being jerks. It literally just portrays her as not even being in the room its ridiculous and there is nothing here for anyone outside of kids falling in love over something meaningless.
HOLY SHIT WHAT ARE, oh those are your eyes I thought those were some flesh eating parasites clinging to your face, my bad.
Shoujo art at its worst, I mean seriously I understand they are kids, but there is a freaking limit on how big eyes can get before its just stupid. Oh and don’t forget that this is a 14 minute OVA with fucking stills. Yeah mind as well have went with manga 2.5 or some shite because that was just appalling.
Not much to say barely any music, voices are OK, and that’s about it, you won’t get much from here.
They are plain. It’s 14 minutes not much to play off of here so I can forgive them for this a bit, but still they are just what you’d expect. And their teacher is a complete dumb ass that just doesn’t give a flying fuck what her students do in the middle of class, really responsible…
This isn’t the worst thing I’ve seen, but it could’ve been. It was short so sitting through it wasn’t so bad, but five minutes in and I felt like it had been a half an hour already. This was a very bad attempt at making something that was short and told a legitimate story. Not much here for anyone and would never recommend unless I hated you, seriously don’t waste your time. If it wanted to be good or in the very least mediocre they would have been better of going with 3 min episodes instead and have better fucking animation. THIS WAS 2014 PEOPLE SERIOUSLY.
That is one of the charms of this particular short – it manages to capture the complicated feelings of a tween as they start the transition from being a child to being an adult. The work also covers other subjects that result from that including many of the peer issues this age group does in fact have to deal with, and it manages to do so in such a short period of time. I felt more drawn to that, then I did the actual romance aspect. The ending for the piece wrapped everything up nicely as well.
The art work on the other hand isn’t much to write home about. I think one of the things that stood out to me was the fact I’ve seen this style used in so many shows that I didn’t feel it stood out. The only time it did was when the artists depicted the characters feeling bummed out, and I personally feel there is a better way to portray that feeling then the way they did. On the flip side it’s not ugly art except for that point either.
The sound for the music fit the piece as well and was pleasant to listen to. Again though it didn’t stand out. The voice acting though had a nice blend, and worked for the characters.
I felt the characterization was spot on – this is how kids in their tween-years act. In some ways it is sad as some of the behaviors are bothersome, but it also reflects the fact they are growing up. I think that this is a major pointer for the piece. There is also the fact they don’t over exaggerate the stereotypes used. Hamana Kokoa for example could easily have ended up being like Koshiro Miya from the Yumeiro Patissiere series.
Ultimately I enjoyed picking up the piece despite the fact I expected it to be a typical fluff piece. The reason for this is because the characterization was accurate for the age group, nor was I forced to suspend my disbelief for this piece. There is also something heart warming about the piece as well.
6: 12-sai. 2nd Season
MAL Score: 6.26
Second season of 12-sai.
5: Ore-sama Kingdom
MAL Score: 6.30
The story centers on Nonoha Nonohara, a young manga artist who just enrolled in a new school. She finds herself surrounded by a group of three “super-cute” guys.
Story 10/10 – it’s about a girl who likes this guy, i imagine they were friends, anyway her friend prepares a trip for all of them on valentines day and she was going to confess. (ep 1) she is a mangaka and she caught a cold from the trip all of them come to visit her and end up helping her. she faints and kurusawa (the guy she likes) lifts her to bed (ep 2)
Art 10/10 – the art was very good. They were all cute characters and it had very good graphics.
Character 10/10 – she is very cute while her personality is personality, clumsy, nice, and very hardworking 😀 A perfect mixture
the guy is also very good looking and also very cool. couldn’t determine much of his personality since the episodes were short. but he was also nice, both of them were shy ^^
Enjoyment 10/10 – you’ll have fun seeing this, it’s a classic romantic comedy. it’s very cute and at times there were some breath taking moments 😀
I highly recommend this anime especially to romantic comedy lovers. ^_^
Have fun watching 😀
4: Zettai Karen Children: Gentei Kaikin!! OVA Chou Sakidori Special!!
Japanese: 絶対可憐チルドレン 限定解禁!! OVA超先取りスペシャル!!
MAL Score: 6.78
Summary of the Zettai Karen Children TV series bundled with the limited edition 21st tankobon volume.
3: Zettai Karen Children OVA: Aitazousei! Ubawareta Mirai
Japanese: 絶対可憐チルドレン OVA 愛多憎生! 奪われた未来
MAL Score: 7.20
An OVA that takes place during the manga’s middle school storyline.
The OVA takes place a few years after the Children last appearance in anime so they are more well developed. If you read the manga then you are happy to notice that even the PANDRA children has joined the Children at their school which mean, Yuri/Feather/Phantom Daughter is around too.
The story line for this OVA might be meh but the production team went to great length to make it clear in this OVA of the canon pairing of Kaoru and Minamoto so I’m a happy camper about that. I’ve been rooting for them even when Kaoru acted like an old man and sneaked around to see the girls pantsu. I approved.
The art and animation haven’t differed much from the first season. They still wear unusual villain clothes and shit like that. I found it rather funny actually since the series looks like it was targeted for the younger children/teen but the manga has that “mature” tag to it. The irony.
Aya Hirano is still the seiyuu for Kaoru so obviously she does a good job at it. For the first time I though Yuuichi Nakamura sounds mighty sexy. I guess the plot kinda acquired Minamoto to have a sexy voice. I’m definitely going to remember him now, along with Tomokazu Sugita and Jun Fukuyama. The OP and ED still have that quality to it that will only remind you of the series without even have to second guess. I like the BGM during Minamoto and Hyoubu encounter before the real fight unfortunately I have no idea who sang it or what is the title of that song. It was pretty cool.
You can probably deduced of the character that I like the most (Kaoru) to my least favorite character (Yuri/Feather/Phantom Daughter) so I am not going to repeat myself here.
All and all, I like this OVA. It wasn’t spectacular but it is something that will probably lead to second season of this series. I’ll look forward to that. Let’s make it official that I am now is gay for Kaoru as well
2: Major: Message
Japanese: メジャー メッセージ
MAL Score: 8.18
Thirteen years after achieving major success with the Indiana Hornets, Gorou Honda’s career as a pitcher ended abruptly after sustaining a horrible injury. Inspired by his father, who continued playing baseball despite major setbacks, Gorou plans to restart his baseball career and play in a new position. However, his strong dedication to train has puzzled his family, especially his young daughter Izumi, who is frustrated with the absence of her father from her lives. Faced by another tough obstacle, Gorou once again decides to prove his resolve through his beloved sport.
Major is all about struggles. But Message is a different one, a family struggle. Unlike those generic sports anime, Major portrays real life responsibilities. Responsibilities between two things: work and family. In Major: Message, Goro’s responsibilities are his kids and Shimizu and baseball. Those two are the main conflicts in the story that generate drama. And I found this actually compelling for a special. Its fleshes out characters, it develops Goro from a stubborn boy into a adult. Eh, Major cannot be more amazing than this though.
Story – 8
Art – 9
Sound – 10
Character – 10
Enjoyment – 10
Overall – 10 (I considered this 10 as its function as a special, so it means being 10 does not put it as one of the best but just a compelling special.)
Throughout all seasons of Major, we’ve seen Gorou grow from a talented reckless kid, to a championship-winning professional in Major League Baseball in USA, while retaining his recklessness. But the biggest influence he’s had is arguably from his dad. So now that Gorou has become the father, he sought to be the role model to his kids, the way his father became his. And the only way he could do that after his injury, being the reckless that he is, is to show his kids, Izumi and Daigo, the result of his hard works; to show them that an obstacle is just another challenge to help them grow.
I know there won’t be another season of Major, but if there ever is, this time it’ll be the story of Izumi, the way that Major was the story about Gorou.
1: Major: World Series
Japanese: メジャー ワールドシリーズ編
MAL Score: 8.32
Gorou Shigeno’s journey with the Indiana Hornets continues as they seek to win the prestigious World Series. However, after an unexpected accident during the match with his fated rival, his quest in becoming the world’s best becomes more challenging. Undaunted, Gorou continues to put the weight of his dreams into every pitch he makes, and forges a path towards his desired future through high-speed pitching.
With that out of the way, welcome to another part of “Is this actually that good or is it rated that high just because it’s part of popular franchise?”.
I imagine that to long-time fans that have some emotional attachment to the characters, this might have been enjoyable bonus. It’s basically two extra episodes. It does not stand on its own and it was not meant to be. It’s kinda a “grand finale” to the Goro’s whole journey (let’s ignore Message for a moment). The actual content? Not that great. Summarized, Goro’s at important match while his wife’s pregnant. As the plot wills it, the labour comes at the same time as the match. Also as the plot wills, Goro is currently after injury, but insists on taking part in the match nonetheless. After a bit of shouting, he gets his way. Labour and match gets done and as an epilogue we get some sprinkle of drama from protagonist’s background, in case the match alone wasn’t enough for you. Well, the match was quite boring (like baseball matches tend to be), with the drama being so-so. Overall, it’s a very basic plot of sports anime and it doesn’t stand out in any way. To give credit, it also doesn’t have any outstandingly bad part. A perfectly average anime.
As hinted above, if you’re a Major fan, you’ll likely enjoy this. If you aren’t, you likely won’t be watching this at all.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Major: World Series
2. Major: Message
3. Zettai Karen Children OVA: Aitazousei! Ubawareta Mirai
4. Zettai Karen Children: Gentei Kaikin!! OVA Chou Sakidori Special!!
5. Ore-sama Kingdom
7. 12-sai. 2nd Season
8. Chocolat no Mahou
9. Nijiiro☆Prism Girl
10. Ijime: Ikenie no Kyoushitsu