They’re the best Anime that 1991 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Hoshikuzu Paradise, Asatte Dance, Gekkou no Pierce: Yumemi to Gin no Bara no Kishidan, and more!
10: Hoshikuzu Paradise
MAL Score: 5.46
After his mother passed away, high school student Hiroshi Houshou’s long lost father suddenly reappears, along with two new family members: a new mother who is also a famous actress, and her daughter, the popular and beautiful idol singer Rina Yuuki.
9: Asatte Dance
English: Dance Till Tomorrow
MAL Score: 5.53
Suekichi goes to university and has, as any Japanese university student, time for hobbies. Things change when he attends his great grandfather’s funeral and wakes the next morning in his room with a very sexy girl besides him. His great grandfather has left him a *little* inheritance but there are some conditions. Meanwhile, sexy Aya keeps hanging around and refuses to go away. The beginning of a strange relationship which revolves around suspicions and desire.
8: Gekkou no Pierce: Yumemi to Gin no Bara no Kishidan
English: Moonlight Pierce
MAL Score: 5.85
Because of a mysterious earring, Yumemi a young japanese student, becomes involved in a mysterious story. She must go to Germany, where she learns that the spirit of an evil prince is haunting her earring…
7: Otohime Connection
English: Princess Connection
MAL Score: 6.18
Special based on the manga by Ooya Kazumi, published in Betsukomi Flower Comics.
An all-male pop group doubles as a detective agency. The cute girl member of the agency is kidnapped when one of the men’s past returns to trouble them all in the present.
Well, the story begins with a group of detectives trying to catch a cat, and as the OVA goes on, Michio’s story develops.
After we learn about his story, the revenge plot begins for the brother of a drug dealer who was supposedly killed by Michio. After having all the revelations about the events, comes the biggest problem of this anime: THE END.
Well, simply, at the end, they let all the bad guys go free, right after they kidnapped a little girl and tried to kill everyone involved there. Seriously, that was stupid! Why did the detectives let the criminals just walk away as if nothing happened?
I wasn’t even expecting much from this OVA anyway. The ending just made everything even more bad.
6: Slow Step
English: Slow Step
MAL Score: 6.55
Based on the Adachi manga of the same name. The story revolves around a romantic triangle formed by the girl Minatsu Nakazato, a young student and softball player; Shu Akiba, a schoolmate; and Naoto Kadomatsu, an up-and-coming boxer. In reality the three-way relationship is more like three-and-a-half, considering that Naoto is in love with Maria… actually Minatsu herself, who’d once disguised herself to escape some evildoers.
Slow Step is yet another Sports, Drama from the legendary mangaka Mitsuru Adachi. A man known for creating the classic sports manga Touch, which spawn a hefty number of anime adaptations. This time round the sport of choice is softball, where Nakasato Minatsu is the ace of her High School’s softball team. I would go into how it follows the classic sports drama formula (the underdog team) but in Slow Step the real story lies in the Romantic, Comedy side of things. In the beginning it’s already established that Nakasato is sort of seeing her childhood friend however by some weird circumstances she ends up in a love triangle. Well I say weird because the root of this love triangle dilemma is none other than one of the most widely used clichés (mistaken identity) and from there this series, which initially showed so much promise, gradually diminishes into something far less enjoyable. Not only that but when things sort of become a love pentagon, hexagon, whatever… chances are you’ll stop caring about the outcome.
I wouldn’t really blame anyone for not caring about the romantic outcome, since the characters range from a bunch of immature selfish kids to some really old-fashioned adults. I understand that this was based in the 80’s but when the only appealing character is a typical delinquent student, then that’s saying something.
The art style also reflects the time period it was based on, with stubby appearances and bean shaped heads. At times it does show off some great animation, especially during the games, but these moments are few and far in between. Same can be said about the soundtrack, there were a few good tunes here and there but they’re just a few of them and the same old ones were constantly repeated.
Overall just like the titles says, Slow Step is slow in advancing its romantic plot and any real advancement is due to the sports side of things, where it all comes down to a simple bet. The sports element was interesting, especially when it also went into boxing but don’t expect anything on the level of Hajime no Ippo. With that said, this turned out to be an unsatisfactory anime. Even with five 45min episodes, absolutely nothing was resolved but keep in mind that I didn’t find it a completely wasteful experience.
5: 3×3 Eyes
English: 3×3 Eyes
MAL Score: 6.75
3X3 Eyes is the story of a young man named Yakumo Fuuji, who through a strange series of events becomes the immortal slave of the last of a race of 3 Eyed demons. The demon absorbs his soul to save his life, making him immortal in the process. Now, he begins a journey with the female demon in an attempt to find a way of becoming human. Of course, there are many complications along the way, not the least of which being that the demon is a female with a split personality, one achingly cute and the other being no-nonsense destructive power, and the romances that develop between.
3×3 Eyes is a series most older anime fans have heard of, but relatively few have actually seen. The manga is a 40 volume epic that ran from 1987 to 2002. In the United States, Dark Horse adapted the first few volumes of the manga thanks to some generous financing by rock musician Rob Zombie. Thanks Rob! Unfortunately, nobody bought it and Dark Horse soon cancelled. Basically, this was never a very popular franchise in America despite the best efforts of a certain Hellbilly. On the other hand, 3×3 Eyes was a huge hit in Japan and I guarantee you’ve all seen tropes that this series started.
I mentioned the manga was 40 volumes, but guess how long the anime is? Just 7 episodes! The first OVA is 4 episodes and the second is 3 episodes! Both OVA series were made long before the manga finished, so the anime just kind of ends with no real conclusion. It also has a VERY rushed feeling. It doesn’t have any time to really build up its characters or explain the little details. In the first episode, the demon girl Pai runs into a drag bar and meets our main character. He claims he’s not a transvestite and only does this for money, but nothing further is explained. How the HELL did he stumble upon this job of all things? Why is he so desperate for money? The manga has time to explain stuff like this, but the anime just wants to cover as much plot as it possibly can. You’ll have a million questions and the answer is always “Go read the manga”.
Plot and characters
Deep in the mountains of Tibet, there was once a powerful race of demons. These demons were immortal and immortality tends to lead to eventual insanity and endless suffering. So, the demons created a magical statue that turned them human and gave them the gift of mortality. Unfortunately, one of the demons wasn’t present for the ceremony and has spent 100 years searching for the statue and trying to become human. This last member of the 3 eyed, Tibetan demons is a girl named Pai. A Japanese archeologist discovers Pai and promises to help her, but soon contracts a fatal illness. On his death bed, he sends Pai to find his son Yakumo in Tokyo, so that Yakumo can carry out the promise in his stead. Too bad for Pai, other species of demons desire her powers and pursue her relentlessly. One of these demons quickly kills Yakumo, but Pai absorbs his soul and saves his life by making him an immortal undead. Now he’s bound to Pai as her immortal servant and together they need to search for the statue, which could potentially turn both Pai and Yakumo back into mortals.
While only 9,000 people on MAL have seen 3×3, around 250,000 have seen “Is This a Zombie”. That series was basically created as a spoof of this one. A magical girl turns a hapless guy into her immortal undead servant. Remember Highschool DxD? That was ALSO created as a complete ripoff/spoof of 3×3. Familiar of Zero? Also wouldn’t exist without 3×3.
However, 3×3 wasn’t just a huge influence on a sub-genre of echii. Pai’s immortality caused her to lose her sanity and develop an extra personality she talks to. Whenever Pai is in danger, she switches between her sweet and innocent persona to her bad bitch persona. Both Chobits and Elfen Lied were originally created as tributes to 3×3 Eyes. While almost nobody outside Japan has seen this series, almost ALL anime fans have seen something it directly inspired.
The art is actually some solid work by Toei, which is something I rarely get to say. This was a 1991 OVA and Japan still had plenty of money for generous animation budgets back then. 3×3 effectively uses a dark color palette to create a moody and gothic atmosphere. The character designs are pretty neat, although it’s kind of weird to watch an anime where everyone has teeth. Every time somebody opens their mouths, they have teeth and prominent incisors. It’s shocking for me to not just see an upside down red triangle that flaps open and shut.
It’s a Kaoru Wada soundtrack. Have you seen Inuyasha? Have you seen Ninja Scroll? You’ve basically heard this soundtrack.
While far from a perfect adaptation, 3×3 is a pretty decent OVA and is fascinating for fans of anime history. Before watching this series, I had no idea how incredibly influential it was on other anime! Since this is only 7 episodes, I highly recommend giving it a try!
3×3 eyes is about Yakumo, a sixteen year old student, who is working in a gay bar, as a cross-dresser in order to make ends meet. He meets Pai, an immortal, who has been sent by his estranged and now dead father from Tibet to help her become human. To really make sure he follows through with this, Yakumo is turned immortal himself and the only way to turn back is by helping Pai. This is the first episode and the basic premises of the plot has been set, you are already pulled into the supernatural world of monsters, immortals and magic with Yakumo. Usually something like this would come off a bit unnatural due to the fast pace of the story and all the elements being introduced so quickly, but somehow it works, especially when you watch all the OVA. The four episodes gives you a good idea of what type of story of 3×3 eyes is and also leaves you on a bit of a cliffhanger at the end just to leave those who haven’t read the series to want more.
I thought what was quite well done is after their little adventure in the first episode was how Yakumo still found the whole thing quite unsettling, since he couldn’t just get up and leave his whole way life like that. It is realistic for anyone in his position, as it isn’t the easiest thing to go off and leave your friends and your whole way of life to go off on an adventure with someone to become human. Most series of this kind have the protagonists suffer this kind of dilemma, but they related it very well to a major point of the series: what’s so great about being mortal, or better said what’s so great about being human? They tie this in quite nicely.
The art is quite nice and has certainly stood against time and each character is realistic looking, Yakumo actually looks like a Japanese boy. How many times do you get a Japanese boy actually looking like, well, a Japanese boy in anime? Yakumo’s eyes is a good example of this, they are mostly closed since they are supposed to be slit eyes, you know the eyes Japanese actually do have. The animators uses the art also to show the split personalities Pai has, by making her have more gentle features to represent her cheerful and child-like personality. The second personality is not only distinguished by the opening of her 3rd eye, but also alter her whole face expression to represent her arrogant and cold personality.
I’ll give a special mention to the background of Hong Kong, I loved it! The grittiness of the markets in the final episode is tastefully done.
There is very little to say about the sound, nothing too out of order. A bit dated, but typical of its time, 90s background music with synths thrown in for good measure. It suits the mood of the anime, as it’s quite dark, especially the main theme.
Our two protagonists are both interesting characters, who don’t fall into the trap of cliché anime characters. Yakumo is a good-hearted sixteen-year-old, who means well. It was nice to find an anime character, who I thought I could actually be friends with. He is just very likable. (Seriously people, most of characters in anime do you think you could actually handle them for more than 10 minutes in real life?) Pretty much by the end of the series, most of his body has been broken in some kind of way, good thing he’s immortal, isn’t it? So you’d want to like him.
Now, Pai really is up there with one of the most original characters in anime, a schizophrenic girl: one personality is sweet and innocent, the other is stoic and ruthless. Both have their merits and neither of them irritate you, even the colder persona grows on you, unlike another schizophrenic in another series I could mention! Her multi-personality is also reference to the Hindu deity of Parvati, since firstly that’s the name of her second personality, who was known to have several personalities. This was another favourable aspect of the series since they used some culture background to help create characters and certain plot devices, but neither wholly relied on it that you suddenly needed to start picking up textbooks or wikipedia -(ing) on the Hindu religion.
The other characters each proved their worth and were all likable. I had a little soft spot for Lee Ling Ling, deputy editor for an occult magazine, but doesn’t believe in the occult and just uses it as a vice to make money. And she can really kick ass!
So why did I give it 8 instead of something higher, well, the problem was 3×3 eyes isn’t my cup of tea. So why all these positives you may ask? It did everything well and everything I’ve stated here is the truth, but you see it still does not make me want to go off and read the manga. 3X3 eyes is quite a classic and is something every enthusiast of anime and manga should read or watch at some point, as it’s the first to use this storyline and do it better than most. I did want to know some more at the end of the series, since the audience is left on a cliffhanger and I’ll definitely go and watch the second set of OVA, but I’ll spare myself the manga. This is simply something to do with my taste of anime and manga rather than with the series. I would recommend a watch (it’s only 4 episodes long) and see how you fair this!
The 3×3 eyes OVA gives us a good idea about what to expect from the manga and the producers use the 4 episodes to introduce the series quite well without trying to outdo itself. It does what it set out to do and you couldn’t ask for anymore than that!
The contents of “3×3 Eyes” reminds me slightly of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, as it involves a couple of people going around killing weird monsters, but it’s more bloody than Buffy. The action scenes are pretty awesome, but the storyline’s pretty thin: they slay monsters in order to obtain this statue of humanity thing. And then in the next episode, the statue gets lost again so they end up having to do it all over. Yeah… not exactly the most intricate of plots. Just to top it up, it had a pretty crappy ending too. I didn’t really like the humour contained in the anime either. The anime’s saving grace lies in its central pair of characters – they were very likeable and it was interesting watching their relationship grow.
That pretty much sums it up I think – there’s really not much more that can be said about an action heavy OVA that only has 4 episodes. 😛
4: Koko wa Green Wood
English: Here is Greenwood
Japanese: ここはグリーン ウッド
MAL Score: 6.82
Hasukawa Kazuya is in a terrible bind. His brother’s new wife is also the woman that Kazuya secretly loves. Determined to avoid them both, Kazuya leaves home to live in the student dorm called Greenwood. There, he hopes to find peace of mind. Unfortunately for Kazuya, stability and peace are the last things one might find at Greenwood – home of the weirdest characters on campus.
I fell in love with this show when I was a teenager. It holds a dear place in my heart. So my review is incredibly biased but then again aren’t all reviews?
The best thing about Greenwood to me with how fun it was to watch. Even though there are only six episodes I felt they did a great job with theme selection per episode. Each episode minus 5 and 6 have their own unique story. Because the characters are likable, they work very well regardless of theme or story. I know my review is a bit vague but I don’t believe delving into the details matter. This is a comedic, light hearted, slice of life Anime. It’s not for everyone but if that’s your thing then I would suggest giving it a go.
The episodes feel really rushed, making things confusing. It’s like we are reading Kazuya’s journal and he’s not too good at writing it. A lot of the time, they seem to be saying ‘go read the manga’ which of course is something I hate about these animes. I really don’t get the episode that they have a ghost in it. It just seems like a bit of a stretch to do that.
Other then the episodes and the odd characters, one thing it has is pretty much a lot of is understanding of feelings. All the characters have problems with something in their lives. The way they show off these issues helps make them understandable. Sadly, we don’t get the whole story as again, this is only 6 episodes and they skip so much that’s in the manga.
The animation is pretty much on the low side, I think partly because of being vintage and partly because of the low budget. It’s pretty boring animation and nothing really stands out.
The English voices are really off for the women and the men feel a little un-emotional most of the time. I can’t stand Sumire’s voice. It’s really high pitched and annoying. I also don’t understand why she keeps saying Ya as well. Is she supposed to be Chinese or something? There really was no music that stood out to me at all. Normally its way to quiet to get any music or it’s just so standard that there was no change in it.
The show is basically just bland and doesn’t stand out but it is still worth a watch.
I found the characters really nice in general, and there were some great lines in here. Nagisa was super funny at times, although I’m sure some viewers would find her annoying, and Shinobu’s bluntness also made for some great comedic moments. The main character is pretty bland in contrast to the characters around him, which is probably half due to him being the straight man of the series, and half due to MC Syndrome. All in all, the characters are pretty good!
The art in the show looks great to me – classic 90s style – and I especially enjoyed the character design. Side characters actually had relatively elaborate design, at least compared to the faceless blurs that are often seen in anime. Overall, I think the show looks great!
However, since the show was released in the early 90s, there are some parts that don’t age too well, which may catch some off-guard to begin with, but there’s nothing glaringly problematic, so, at least to me, it remains a good watch even now.
3: Maison Ikkoku: Bangai-hen – Ikkokujima Nanpa Shimatsuki
Japanese: めぞん一刻番外編 一刻島ナンパ始末記
MAL Score: 6.91
Yotsuya and Ichinose are enjoying a hot afternoon when they recall the time that the tenants of Ikkoku-kan and Mitaka go off on a cruise to party hard aboard Mitaka’s new boat; however, the boat falls apart, and everyone is shipwrecked on a deserted island. With everyone up to their usual antics and shenanigans, what can happen in such a desolate place?
The Ova focuses on the side story of the manga, called “Yusaku’s Island” (only the ova is called Deserted Island), and it’s about Godai, Kyoko, and the gang having a good time on Mitaka’s boat until something happens (thanks to the crazy tenants who just can’t live without causing trouble or drinking booze all day). Anyways, the gang ends up stranded on an island and thinks of ways to survive and get help from traveling boats and stuff.
the animation was really good and the sound was great too. Really love the artwork and glad to hear the same voiceactors again. It was a really good Ova so far and if you happen to love the manga series or the anime series or both of Maison Ikkoku or love Rumiko Takahashi in general and have completed watching the series as well, watch this ova when you get a chance. It’s worth watching and you’ll enjoy it as much as i do!
The story is about what you’ll read in the synopsis. It’s bonkers. This takes place in the very early first quarter of MI (Mitaka is still afraid of Soichiro). But it actually feels more like a Urusei Yatsura episode except with Maison Ikkoku characters! You’ll know what I mean if you watched both… Can’t believe I almost got duped by the last 5 minutes thinking this actually takes place after the last episode of the series.
The animation kinda feels off even by 1991 standards… But at least the abominable artstyle from Kanketsu-hen aka Final Chapter isn’t used here. They try to replicate the style of the series more even though it’s not 100% accurate.
This is actually a fun watch but it will make you hurting for more Maison Ikkoku episodes if you watch this after completing the 96-episode series…
Anyway, Akemi in swimsuit looks hot <3 😀 Might be worth watching for that alone 😛 Oh yeah, Kyoko looks good too! [/collapse]
2: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
English: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム0083 STARDUST MEMORY
MAL Score: 7.28
It is the year 0083 of the Universal Century. The rebellious Principality of Zeon has been defeated in the One Year War by the Earth Federation. However, a faction of Zeon remnants led by Aguille Delaz fled from the final battle, hiding themselves away. After three long years, they attempt to rise up once more, sending Delaz’s ace pilot, Anavel Gato, to infiltrate a Federation research base to steal one of two secretly developed prototype Gundams along with its deadly nuclear warhead.
Threatened by the rogue Gundam suit and seeking to retain peace, the Earth Federation mobilizes the newly developed Albion carrier to recover the stolen unit. Manned by the remaining test pilots, with rookie pilot Kou Uraki piloting the remaining prototype Gundam, the Albion and her crew are determined to stop Gato, retake the stolen Gundam, and prevent the Zeon remnants from starting another war.
[collapse title=“Reviews1:”]Set three years after the events of the One Year War, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is a mixed bag. While it boasts strong visuals and action, its mediocre plot and the lackluster characters ultimately prevents 0083 from the full extent of its potential.
The premise 0083’s story is very promising at first glance. The valiant and desperate attempt of the Zeon remnants to pave a road for the future of its beliefs and its people makes them commendable antagonists, and the thus viewers are able to sympathize with both sides in the struggle between Federation and Zeon. However, upon closer inspection, one finds the story riddled with the juvenile rivalry between Uraki and Monsha, as well as the thoroughly uninteresting romance between Uraki and Nina, which derails the focus from the promising overarching conflict to rather petty squabbles. When the story of 0083 is in high gear, it is quite rewarding, rife with exciting battles and unexpected twists. The problem is, like an aged car, 0083 often finds itself stuck on its low gears in terms of storytelling.
Much of the faults concerning the plot of 0083 can be blamed on the main characters themselves. Uraki is a painfully generic mecha protagonist without much, if any, redeemable qualities. Angsty and lacking confidence, the story does not provide much room in which the view can sympathize with him, even considering the challenges Uraki faces over the course of the story. Nina’s role as Uraki’s love interest only manages to evoke either terrible boredom or the gag reflex; it is bland and devoid of any trance of genuine emotion. Gato, though certainly better than the aforementioned pair, also gets somewhat tedious from his own over-zealousness — he is a character who seems to gobble up the very propaganda he spews, which in turn makes it more difficult to hold respect for the character.
Fortunately, 0083 excels in the animation department. Each and every fight is smoothly animated with hand-drawn frames, be it a small training skirmish or a grand space battle. This OVA series features detailed and technical background art and some of the most exciting action scenes from the gundam franchise to date, especially those of the last battle, which can only described as epic in proportion. 0083 also features superb mecha designs not only in the form of the gundams themselves, but also the various grunt suits used by both factions. Even after seventeen years, the visuals of 0083 are still more than enough to lure the gaze of any mecha fan.
The sounds of 0083 are standard fare. Typical gundam sound effects are to be expected here, which is just fine, as they serve their purpose well. The catchy opening theme "Men of Destiny" is full of that nostalgic 90’s feel — it gets the viewer in the mood for some giant robot action.
In the end, the flaws of 0083’s plot and characters limit the enjoyment of the OVA series exclusively to fans of the mecha genre. However, mecha fans will be able to find plenty of what they love: superb sci-fi action, and mobile suit battles they’ll remember for a long time to come, provided they can manage to endure through the other aspects of 0083, which may feel agonizingly long and difficult.
Kou and Anavel do have good chemistry as rivals, but isn’t really that epic in comparison to that of Char and Amuro. Not saying it’s a bad thing, but you really can’t top that. The cast does ok in standing out, but I just don’t feel they have the kind of impact that an Amuro, Captain Bright, or another cast member from the original Gundam can have. But both Kou and Gato are likeable characters in their own right and you can see things in their points of view. Kou just has something to prove to himself and to his peers, while Gato is doing it for duty and patriotism to his nation.
The only thing that bothered me was the Nina and Kou story arc. I felt it was thrown in there too much for convenience and I felt for the sake of giving it an all around story by adding in that element, which I felt was unnecessary. Yes, I will admit that Nina and Kou do have a good chemistry as well, but I just felt it was really useless and doesn’t really advance anything and felt the twist to that relationship was anti-climatic. But anyway, the development is basic and the pace is moderate.
I think the art design is really excellent for its time. It represents a certain transition era of how anime is done today to how it was done back then. Like if you’re familiar with my other reviews, I always talk about how in the 1980s, anime was more circular and in the 1990s and now, it’s more angular. Well, this anime was done in the early 1990s and you get a balanced mixed of those styles and they mesh excellently. I say Kou’s circular design really represents he’s still a kid, and Gato’s more angular look shows more dignity and maturity and higher status to him. So I really like that use of those art styles to contrast those two in my personal opinion.
The mobile suit designs I think are my 2nd favorite of all time. After all, the great Shoji Kawamori himself does the mechanical designs; you can’t deny his presence and credit. I like how detailed and articulate they are. Though the mobile suits tend to look more packed and bulky, the skills of the pilots that are portrayed justify their agile mobility and fast speeds. The action is explosive, fast paced, and electrifying. Plus, the GP02A like some other Gundams sort of breaks the tradition with the head design of being more rectangular and not having the grilled mouth, which I thought was cool and looked intimidating. I really loved the features all the mobile suits have and you get overall variety.
OK, I will state that I have no familiarity with the dub with this anime so I can only comment and score on the Japanese. Forgive me for not mentioning the dub since I have never seen it. I was shocked to learn that Horikawa Ryo, the voice of Vejita from Dragon Ball Z, happens to voice Kou Uraki! In comparison to Vejita with this role, he’s more humble, childish, and developing. I thought he did excellent in portraying such a character. And I also enjoyed Ohtsuka Akio’s performance as Gato. He also voices in Solid Snake in the Japanese Metal Gear Solid and is also famous for playing Batou in the Ghost in the Shell installments. He brings a unique kind of appropriate charisma to the character where you can also feel the passion he his motivations.
The majority of the music is also highly energetic and suits the high-octane atmosphere of this series. The opening theme, The Winner is highly addictive and goes along with how I just described the soundtrack and atmosphere in an overall sense. And the first ending theme, Magic, is a unique George Michaels esque love song that is sung in perfect English. It’s about wanting that moment with that girl now and forever and want to always make it special. Gundam 0083 does have some romance, so I felt it was an interesting touch.
I say 0083 is more for the dedicated and hardcore Gundam fan. Those not familiar with the Gundam franchise will probably not understand some of the basic concepts such as who Giren and Kycilia are who are briefly mentioned in the intro to the first episode, and about why Sydney is under water. But if you want to watch it for the action, then you’ve come to the right series. Also, if you want to watch cool looking robots, then you still came to the right series. The plot isn’t necessarily the best, but I don’t think it’s flawed enough to be considered bad or below average. Granted some things about it do get annoying, but in the end everything works out. Once again, I still say those who are familiar with the original Gundam, and especially Zeta Gundam are going to understand the story best considering the purpose of this anime.
Gundam 0083 gets started with a bang in the very first episode and the momentum carries through all the way to its dramatic end. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked and waiting for what’s to come. Both drama and action are given equal screen time and presented with equal intensity.
For an OVA from 1991, the animation quality in this series is simply amazing. In fact, Gundam 0083 still shines by today’s standards. The design of the artwork itself is also a highlight with great detail being put into backgrounds and things such as uniforms.
There is quite a bit of the typical background music you’d expect to hear in a war story. However, also included are some well-composed atmospheric pieces that set the mood for certain dramatic scenes. The opening themes are upbeat and catchy, with the second in particular being a highlight with it’s brilliant guitarwork. Both endings are slower ballad type numbers. The contrast works well here as it fits with the anime’s ability to balance dynamics. In terms of voice acting, the main vocal cast cast does a great job conveying the emotions of their characters. The English dub is also surprisingly well done and on par with the original.
We are the shown the perspective of both the Zeon and Earth Federation with the main focus being on Anavel Gato and Kou Uraki, respectively. The characters of Gundam 0083 are all adult which makes this series stand out from most other Gundam stories. Don’t take that mean there ins’t as much room for character development though, as plenty of growth occurs during the course of the OVA.
As the series progressed, I was drawn in more and more by the characters and found myself torn between the two warring sides. Every episode left me in anticipation of the next.
As someone who isn’t extremely fond of mecha series in general, Gundam 0083 was able to keep me entertained and make me wish there were more shows like it.
9.5 out of 10
1: Kimagure Orange☆Road OVA
MAL Score: 7.42
Kimagure Orange Road OVA is basically the extension from the TV series. The time frame is probably in the middle of the TV series.
Order to view with the TV series.
White Lovers – among the episodes 35 and 45
Hawai Suspence – among the episodes 17 and 25
I was a cat, I was a fish – among the episodes 17 and 30
Hurricane Akane, the shape-shifting girl – among the episodes 20 and 25
Spring is for Idols – among the episodes 23 and 30
Birth of a Star – Right after “Spring is for Idols”
Unexpected Situation – after the OAV of Akane
Message in Rouge – after the episode 48
If you want a prelude before watching the spin-off movies or just miss the trio after finishing the TV series, you’ll probably like this.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Kimagure Orange☆Road OVA
2. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
3. Maison Ikkoku: Bangai-hen – Ikkokujima Nanpa Shimatsuki
4. Koko wa Green Wood
5. 3×3 Eyes
6. Slow Step
7. Otohime Connection
8. Gekkou no Pierce: Yumemi to Gin no Bara no Kishidan
9. Asatte Dance
10. Hoshikuzu Paradise