They’re the best Anime that 1998 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Kashou no Tsuki: Aki Kyougen, Pia Carrot e Youkoso!!, Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 2, and more!
10: Kashou no Tsuki: Aki Kyougen
Japanese: 火宵の月 ~秋狂言~
MAL Score: 5.98
When he was young, Arimasa Tsuchimikado rescued an injured cat and wished for it to become human. The cat, Kagetsu, is actually a member of the shape-shifting Kouga tribe and comes to live with Arimasa.
Years later, Arimasa is an uneasy presence in his village. The villagers despise him for being half-fox, but he is also the only one able to protect the village against supernatural invasion. Meanwhile, Kagetsu is going through a difficult period where he must choose which sex he will live the rest of his life as, a process he can only complete through sexual intercourse.
As pressure from other members of the Kouga clan opposes the wishes in Kagetsu’s heart, Arimasa’s village is struck by a large-scale supernatural attack. With his peaceful life threatened, Arimasa will be forced to make undesirable decisions.
Let me say this first: I’m not disappointed because there was not even a kiss between the alleged couple. The reason why I gave this one such a low score, was the entire enjoyment I could get out of this, and it was close to none.
Story was decent enough to keep me engaged for the two episodes this had to offer. However, for an adaptation, this anime was quite a rushed one (original manga had 14 volumes.. freaking FOURTEEN and all we got was an hour of poor animation). After this I kinda want to read the original though, just so see, if it’s any better.
As I may have mentioned above, the art was truly pathetic. They tried to merge edited real life footage of nature with the animated characters, but the keyword here is “tried”; Every shot with this kind of footage was poorly executed and the characters just look out of place. It just seems like that they didn’t have the budget to pay for more background paintings. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (or The Tatami Galaxy, if you will) did the merging with real life footage much better, even if it was made over 10 years later. However, being released in 1998, or just being old, doesn’t give this one a pass. The animation (or what animation there is at least) is dated to core and fighting scenes are underwhelming. The only thing that looked good, was the opening scene; Everything from there just goes downhill. Seriously: watch something else. For example, Fushigi Yuugi was released 2.5 years earlier (shoujo though) and it looks way more convincing than this; Almost anything does, really.
Sound design was mediocre and didn’t really appeal to me, but at least it wasn’t as painful as the visuals.
There’s also way too many characters introduced, when there’s only two episodes to fill. However, the main characters are interesting enough with good voice actors.
Overall, if you’re not willing to torture yourself, stay away from this!
At first I was surprised by how good the graphics were (pretty good for 1998). Especially I liked how eyes were drawn. To think of it, I might have never seen such wide ones, there was always only that big “cute” eyes. And I also liked those modified images of real wood mingling with the drown ones.
To the story, at first it seemed a bit strange. Later it was confusing. Even later I was wondering what the heck I am watching.
The story itself wasn’t bad or anything, but it would be better if there were more episodes and some things explained. Or maybe I just should read the manga.
Come to the main characters: a half-fox man who endures his inner pain and tries his very best to become part of the society, which does not accept him is parted with young boy unsure which sex he should be. Those two were slightly different and still so much alike. On the other side, the “villain” was almost nowhere to be seen; he got so little space to introduce so that you couldn’t come to like him. I like villains – not this time.
The reason why I’m giving this anime a higher score than I actually planned to give is that there wasn’t any sexual desire within Arimasa, which I find odd but interesting. Just why didn’t he want to embrace the boy who was obviously in love and willing to do anything?
Nah, I’m going to watch it one more time to get into it a bit more.
The story is set in distant past and follows the half-fox shaman accompanied by his apprentice. The two travel and try to get along with the society, each other – and themselves. The latter is the hardest, I guess.
The plot is somewhat incomplete/rushed and leaves a bunch of gaps indeed. I wish there was more time to uncover the nesessary details, the two-episode OVA is obviously not enough. However, the gaps are not that huge as one may think. Much is told through details and visuals. And (the thing I highly appreciate in every anime or movie) there’s some space left for the viewer’s fantasy – along with quite serious philosophical matters raised. Who am I? Where is my place? What am I born for? Kashou no Tsuki gives its own point of view concerning these eternal questions.
So the mood is mostly philosophical and the flow is mostly slow-paced, leaving out some action in between. But action is not the strongest point here, I assume. Still, it is enough to make the climax decent.
Only two characters are somewhat developed – and they are the main ones. While Kagetsu (the apprentice) is more or less evident, his sensei is quite mysterious and much is left for the viewer to think of – and to invent and complement sometimes to kinda put the puzzle together.
Kohryu acted as a typical punk and delinquent, and his inners remain unclear.
The villains were a big disappointment. No decent part, no clear motifs, no any kind of plan – just rushed separate actions all of a sudden. The ending made something clear – but not everything, alas. So…
I consider art to be the strongest point here. The mix of different styles and visual effects (real life pics, negatives, wide outlining at cases, etc.) made the picture look kinda odd and psychodelic and matched the philosophical mood. The design of characters was typical for late 90s, and I liked it. For some reason I appreciate old anime artstyle more than modern one despite the fact I got acquainted with Japanese animation 7 or 8 yrs ago (wasn’t a fan when I was a child, I mean). I noticed the lack of budget too, but the art (being almost 20 yrs old) still remained peculiar and outstanding in its own way.
Can’t judge it as I’ve watched it dubbed.
-Enjoyment and Overall-
Well, Kashou no Tsuki cannot be called a masterpiece, but still I enjoyed it. Despite all cons it stayed pleasant and peculiar and gave me another view on eternal matters. I’m not gonna rewatch it, I guess, however I’ve seen much worse. Real animation shame is, drawing a popular character represented by several sticks and a round head, filling it with stupid jokes and calling the result ‘an anime special done in a unique artstyle’.
The attitude towards Kashou no Tsuki is the matter of treatment and expectations. If you wish action or adventures or boys’ love (hey man, where’s sex?), it’s not a proper watch then. But if you’re into historical shows bound with philosophical and somewhat mystic/dark fantasy, you may give it a try then.
9: Pia Carrot e Youkoso!!
English: Welcome to Pia Carrot
MAL Score: 6.00
Yusuke Kinoshita is forced by his father to work at his restaurant Pia Carrot all summer due to his bad grades in school. What first seems to be a boring job becomes a memorable experience due to his interactions with his co-workers and his boss.
8: Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 2
English: Welcome To Pia Carrot 2
Japanese: Piaキャロットへようこそ!! 2
MAL Score: 6.13
Yusuke (from the first Pia Carrot series) returns as the manager with a whole new cast. So the new male lead is Maeda Koji. Despite being late after an “accident,” Koji manages to get the job as the Carrot’s waiter because he’s very persistent. Included within the set are Azusa (the female lead who hates Koji for his perversion), Ryoko (the manager who’s sweet on Koji by working him very hard), Aoi (the token alcoholic), Jun (the secret-hiding waitor), and Mina (Azusa’s cute little sister). Pia Carrot 2 is served up as a romantic comedy, with a side of hentai.
7: Elf-ban Kakyuusei: Anata dake wo Mitsumete…
Japanese: エルフ版 下級生 あなただけを見つめて…
MAL Score: 6.21
High school students Mizuho Yuuki and Miko Kamiyama are best friends. Miko likes fellow classmate Tohru Nagase. Mizuho is determined not to get in the way of their budding relationship. But underclassmate Ai Minamizato also likes Tohru. Tohru must decide which girl he likes the most.
Anyhow, on the the actual review. This is the first, of many, attempts by Pink Pineapple to adapt the adult video game franchise Kakyuusei into a non-hentai format, and the second attempt over all, the first being a hentai film from a couple years beforehand. Pink Pineapple is primarily a hentai anime producer, so I believe their motivation was probably that they thought the story of this franchise would fit well into the love triangle/herem anime sub-genre that was gaining popularity at the time and they wanted a piece of that pie.
This anime it’s self makes the idea that this is just a quick cash in all the more solid in my mind. The story is bland, uninteresting, and pulls out every trope of the sub-genre. If this was the anime’s biggest problem then I probably would have thought more of it, but no, the animation it’s self is a complete and utter train wreck.
First lets talk about… well.. the first episode. The first clue that something is off is early on in the episode when we get to a scene were the male lead has hijacked the school intercom system to tell the entire school that he isn’t dating the female lead. In the scene it cuts from the class room the female lead is in, and then the intercom room, and then back to the class room. Though when it cuts back we are greeted with a still shot of nothing but the female class members mid-undressing and looking surprised as if some one has just walked in on them. It lingers on this for many seconds before it abruptly cuts away. My thought is that this HAS to be an animation error that was left in due to no one actually checking the animation before it went out, possibly from a direction they decided not to take the anime in. Anyhow, there it is, staring you right in the face, and confusing you, and forcing you to wonder why on earth it’s there. From that point on the episode continues to be a complete and utter train wreck. The art style flutters all over the place, almost as if the episode is composed of bits and pieces of abandoned projects, one scene will be in one style, another in another. The rest to the series is more consistent, and nothing, other than a poorly done sequence in the third episode that uses silent film era flash cards in place of scenes I suspect they forgot to animate, gets quite as bad as the first episode. Though it is still litered with animation errors here and there and the animators seem to never get a handle on how to convey emotion or draw consistent faces.
The story, as I said before, is extremely on the generic side, to the point where it gets very frustrating. Though there is one part of the story that bugs me in the third episode where the male lead declares that he would need the get to know the female lead better. How does he do this you might ask? Well he takes to her to a love hotel and forced the her to strip for her with the intent of having sex. She breaks down into a mental break down crumpled on the floor. He tries to console her in a generic fashion that ignores the fact that this is essentially mental rape. She ask if he hates her, he never answers, scene ends… This scene is from then on pretty much treated as if it never happened and later in the episode he rescues her from a guy that tries to rape her. There is really nothing more that I can say to this than WTF, seriously, WTF. The final episode is much more well done than any of the rest of the anime and dare say I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, I just wish the rest of this anime could be that well done.
All in all I would say avoid this unless you are a rabid fan of this franchise or this genre.
6: Bannou Bunka Neko-Musume DASH!
English: All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash!
MAL Score: 6.35
It’s in the not too distant future. One day Nuku-Nuku dropped in and began to live with the Natsume family. Having lost her memory, Nuku-Nuku assumed the identity of a beautiful girl named Atsuko Higuchi. She was so beautiful and gentle, and besides, she was such a great cook that Ryunosuke, 14, was all smiles. However, after her arrival in town, a series of mysterious incidents started to happen in Maneki City – Experimental machines running haywire, roaring fighter aircraft flying low, mass destruction in the city. In every case, a mysterious girl was spotted at the scene of the incident.
DASH! still keeps one thing in common with its predecessors: comedy. Several moments made me chuckle (many of them focusing around Ryunosuke’s pining over Nuku Nuku), but overall, the comedy that Nuku Nuku fans know and love just isn’t there. This is mainly because Nuku Nuku isn’t her normal, bubbly self. In DASH!, she’s much more soft spoken (not to mention sporting a totally different hair color) and with the exception of one episode, shows none of the cat-like traits that made her so funny before. Even Megumi Hayashibara’s performance as Nuku Nuku is lacking. Most of the comedy from before is replaced with attempts at drama in DASH!, which fall well short of their intended targets. Fan service levels are also alarmingly high by Nuku Nuku standards, especially after watching the TV series. After the first five episodes alone, I almost decided not to finish the series due to the barrage of breasts that did nothing for an already shallow plot.
The action here gets boost in terms of frequency. However, it quickly falls under the “Villain of the Week” routine as each episode becomes very predictable: Someone tries to capture Nuku Nuku, the city gets threatened, Nuku Nuku transforms and attacks, the end. A good deal of these action sequences, as well as Nuku Nuku’s transformation sequence, are made of reused animation cycles that reminded me of such anime as Sailor Moon. There were several occastions that the plot could’ve been developed further after one of these fights, but nothing came of them, leaving me rather disappointed. The overall poor animation for this OVA does nothing to help out at all; even at its best, it pails in comparison to its older 1992 sibling.
In spite of all of this, the second part of this series, starting at episode 8, begins to show some promise. A main villain appears with real motives other than capturing Nuku Nuku, and some answers finally make themselves known in Nuku Nuku’s past. Though the plot devices are rather clichéd, it is still a welcome change to the former. Everything begins to gain steam, seemingly headed for a monumental final clash between Nuku Nuku and the evil forces of Mishima Industries only to turn into one of the biggest cop-outs I’ve ever seen.
Fans of the first OVA and the TV series should steer clear away from this, as virtually nothing is the same outside of character names. For anyone else, this series might be good for a weekend rental at best. Perhaps I set my hopes too high. Perhaps I expected too much from this anime. Regardless, DASH! is still a disappointment and an ill-fitting final installment of the Nuku Nuku franchise.
One day Ryuunosuke, fourteen years old, arrives at home to find his parents fighting in another room while an attractive young lady waits awkwardly. She introduces herself as Higuchi Atsuko, but prefers to be called Nuku Nuku. Due to family circumstances, she’ll be staying with his family for a while. At roughly the same time, Ryuunosuke’s mother, Akiko, is sent by Mishima Industries to find and recover an escaped weapon. Unbeknownst to her, that escaped weapon has just moved into her home. It’s a good thing that cameras don’t exist in this universe, otherwise Mishima might have a picture to show her and this would end in five minutes. But this is supposedly a comedy, right? So, we can excuse the narrative being a transparent excuse plot, right?
Well, that’s the biggest problem with this series. It wants to be a comedy, but it also wants to tell a more serious story that deals with death and loss and has tragic moments. As such, the comedy is frequently downplayed in favour of story. Except that the story is a complete and utter mess. It’s full of plot points that make no sense and the attempts at more serious scenes fall apart based on how ridiculous the underlying premise of a cat-brained android is. The premise works fine for the OVA and Nuku Nuku TV because they’re over the top, zany comedies. It doesn’t work when you try to be semi-serious with it. So, those moments fail, what about the comedy? I’m sorry to say it, but the comedy in this is really weak. A lot of the characters have one or two rather generic gags that they’re used for. Not only that, but the comedic moments themselves frequently lack any kind of actual pay off. Take Ryuunosuke’s big joke, he’s an awkward teenager who has a crush and doesn’t know how to handle it. He’ll get into situations where he’ll do something embarrassing that could potentially lead to a funny reaction, someone will catch him and then they just won’t react, thereby killing any chance at an actual joke. The attempts at romance in this are just wretched. It’s like they took elements from the world’s blandest romantic comedy, beat them with the proverbial idiot stick, used them to fill in gaps with no care for structure or context and called it good. At best it’s slightly cringe-worthy. At worst it’s downright painful.
To the series’ credit, there are some comedic scenes that do partially work. The stuff with the Red Riding Hood inspired character is actually pretty entertaining for the most part. I also have to give them credit for trying to do something different, even if they didn’t do it remotely well.
The characters in this are pretty bad. Ryuunosuke is an annoyance. Nuku Nuku’s gone from a vivacious, high-energy and always entertaining character to an insipid one. Akiko and Kyusaku spend most of their time bickering, and not in a funny way. In a more uncomfortable and awkward way. The other parts of the franchise may not have had strong developed characters but at least they were entertaining and played off of each other well for comedic purposes. This series doesn’t even have that.
The art in this one, like the other two, is really dated but, generally fine. It’s a bit odd that they give Nuku Nuku green hair in this instead of her usual red, but there’s nothing wrong with that change. The biggest problems are the gratuitous fan-service and the action sequences. In the other two instalments, the action sequences are lively, eye-catching and have a strong level of controlled chaos. They’re pretty well done. In this series, the action sequences are slow and boring. They involve a lot of standing still and talking. Because that’s what makes for a dynamic action sequence.
To Dash’s credit, they did get a strong vocal cast. Hayashibara Megumi, Kamiya Akira, Ikura Kazue and the other actors all do fine. You won’t hear their best performances in this, given the material, but they’re fine. The music is the strongest part of the series. The themes in particular are really good, musically.
There’s a little bit. There’s a scene where Nuku Nuku treats one of Akiko’s wounds and the “joke” is that it looks like a yuri scene. The way the Red Riding Hood character talks about chasing her target, Nuku Nuku, sounds like she’s referring to a romantic interest. Of course, neither scene ultimately goes anywhere.
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash is a disappointment. The comedy is weak, rarely getting so much as a chuckle. The attempts at being more serious really hurt it and the romance elements are terrible. The characters are boring. The art is weak and the voice acting is just passable. So, if you want to watch a series about a cat-brained android, watch one of the others. My final rating for this one is a 3/10. It’s just bad. Next week, to tie into the year I had yuri anime month in January, I’ll look at Yuru Yuri San Hai.
SHORT REVIEW. if you got time to kill and like the idea of a robotic catgirl like thing, go for it, you could do worse, but dont go out of your way to see it.
now on to the long one
first their is the story. and may be spoilers here, so stop here if you dont like them.
the story goes, girl shows up, weirdness happens that you wont understand for a while, than when you do you are wondering wtf? really? how? when? why? and again HOW? their are some unanswered questions, and stupid points but even for back than these were things that should have been smoothen out.
back than the animation was above what was on tv, but below the best of it time, so it got 7.
im not a good judge of sound but if there was more than 1 meow type from the kittens it would have gotten a 10
characters are interesting, and i usually disregard the end arc what happens to the characters, because they are usually handled so badly its hard to watch, generally interesting characters, but little done with them, i put that on the story fault, so characters alone get a 9
but enjoyment is slightly above baseline for what i expected, and over all was slightly better than expected.
5: Yume de Aetara
English: If I See You in My Dreams
MAL Score: 6.42
Yume de Aetara is a story about one guy Fuguno Masuo (a complete loser when it comes to relationship with women) and two girls: Shiozaki Nagisa and Hamaoka Miho. Since the story is pretty simple (and hilariously funny), further explanation will spoil everything (take the hint: watch it yourself!)
After watching it, I’m going to certainly agree with the reviews I found online.. it honestly seemed as though it may have been written as a student project of an exercise in actively using clichés, which were introduced in nothing but the most boring and drab way possible.. sometimes, feeling as though the story itself was trying way too hard to simply pander to the viewer.
I think I found myself barely crack a smile maybe twice.. and while the OVA almost teetered on the verge of mild entertainment, it was otherwise devoid of any moving, memorable or emotionally charged moments.
The characters were transparent, forgettable and without any substance.. almost as though they were built around the scenes in lieu of their own backgrounds. Scenes of situations that sometimes seemed almost too sudden, as if written in the middle of the animating process in order to make sense of a storyline contradiction, that maybe wasn’t caught in proofreading.
The Art was fairly typical although some colors seemed to stand out for me a bit now and then, catching my eye. The sound was really neither here nor there as well; neither opening nor ending themes were anything to write home about.
Overall, I gave it a 4 out of 10.. and will state – if you’re looking for a nice memorable romantic comedy.. Look Elsewhere… but if you, like me are duped into owning it before really knowing of its not-so-greatness, then it will give you something to mildly keep your interest for an hour and a half.. but believe me, I’ll by no means be shelling out any more money for the re-release complete with entire mini-episode tv-series, as it could no way be worth even the measly $11 US 😉
The story itself follows the male lead, Fuguno Masuo, as he struggles to find a suitable partner. This is where the two main female characters come in, Shiozaki Nagisa and Hamaoka Miho. As with nearly all romance themed series there is going to be a lot of conflict between the male lead, the girls in the cast and predictably, secondary male characters too. I don’t want to spoil this series for anyone reading this so I will only say that as far as romance goes, Yume de Aetara did a very good job of conveying the story in such a short time span.
However, what really surprised me in Yume de Aetara is that the characters are very realistic. Believe it or not, the women in this anime actually resemble their real life counterparts. No blue, green [enter the spectral colour name here] haired characters, no exaggerated reactions, no slapstick humor, no superhuman strength, no mallets, no exploding heads… I think you get the idea. This anime is realistic and I can always appreciate a realistic anime.
The major problem here lies with its rather poor animation quality and sub-par sound department but that is to be expected. I had no problem with the style itself though as it is old-school (we’re talking 90s anime here) and reminiscent of perhaps titles like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon. Older anime watchers will definitely feel the nostalgia contained within this 3 OVA piece.
As far as enjoyment goes, I must admit that I have been caught off guard. I picked this up on a whim and didn’t expect anything great and granted this isn’t exactly a masterpiece. The story might seem cliched, the quality isn’t that good either BUT it is still a good anime. The characters are staggeringly realistic in comparison with some of the petrifying creatures that one might encounter in modern anime. And as I said before, considering the length of this series the pacing is near damn flawless. As for the content itself, it is a heartwarming tale of two people who fall in love and have to go through trials to prove that love. Definitely an enjoyable experience.
If you want to see a short realistic romance story and are prepared to disregard its quality issues, look no further. This is what you’ll want to watch.
7 points overall.
MAL Score: 6.52
Dee Laytner and Randy “Ryo” Maclane are two New York cops taking a needed vacation in England. Dee has very strong feelings for Ryo and wants to take this chance to advance their relationship (and if he’s lucky, maybe seduce Ryo). Ryo doesn’t understand his own feelings for Dee, and doesn’t know if he wants to (or should) acknowledge them. Their vacation and relationship is suddenly disturbed when murders and missing person reports keep surfacing around their hotel. The only common tie the cases have is that all of the victims were Japanese or Japanese descent. Dee and Ryo have to solve the case before Ryo, who is half Japanese, becomes the next victim.
As great fan of the manga I held up my expectations for this OVA. This anime adaptation of "Fake" focus on the Act 5 of the Manga, published on the second volum which, by itself, reduces very much the potential of the story. The flashback trick of the manga is explored here, but it was still disappointing not to see more.
The manga story holds many detailed complexities, that were basically left out in the anime. However, it’s still a great action and mystery tale.
The characters were prefectly characterized: many hints and a lovely flashback are presented for us to know what is going on between them. However, for those that have not read the manga, a mistery remains: who the hell are Bikky and Chal and what are they doing there?
Special kudos for the voice actors, a great cast that worked their job perfectly. Only Dee’s voice seemed "not quite right", but after some minutes I got used to it and now I can’t imagine him differently.
This is very enjoyable, much more for the adventure and mystery than for the BL (which, being near to none and not explicit at all, is well done and realistic).
a) Story! – Fair
“Fake” doesn’t adapt the entirety of the original manga; only the 5th chapter in Volume 2 out of the published 7. So, of course, there’s a lot of missing context and the narrative feels isolated from the larger work. I was never confused about character dynamics however and always felt sufficiently informed about Dee and Ryo’s history thanks to various quick flashbacks and context clues! It’s just important to remember that you aren’t going to get everything from this one OVA; this is a Free Sample at CostCo that you can taste before buying the whole box of crackers (i.e. reading the manga)
This OVA does tell a complete narrative though! It’s most enjoyable aspects are it’s character interactions and it’s development of Dee and Ryo’s romance. The two of them are in an awkward transitionary period where they know each others feelings, but Ryo especially isn’t confident in persuing them – he learns to be more open and expressive with Dee via the help of some really well written secondary characters!
The mystery aspect is kind of subpar unfortunately. There are some surprising revelations and even a supernatural element that becomes apparent early on! But the overall murders are woefully predictable with no room for the viewer to make deductions on their own.
b) Art! – Fair
I’m honestly not a huge fan of the art style! It’s an excellent 90s anime throwback especially character design wise, but the way resting facial features are drawn doesn’t sit super well with me. The characters seem melty? Or droopy? It doesn’t quite fit with the overall aesthetic.
The classic 90s facial expressions are SICK though!! The visual comedy is really well executed and will definitely do you right if you’re looking for some of that nostlagia.
Background art is relatively unremarkable but well executed! The lighting is rendered very tenderly, especially at sunset and night time.
c) Sound! – Good
Kind of unremarkable! The music isn’t exactly memorable?
The voice acting is really well suited to the characters! Dee’s lines hit all the right notes of loud, exuberant, and comedic without becoming obnoxious. Dee’s VA also balances the comedic and serious heart to heart scenes really well – it’s incredibly organic and a huge part of why the character performance was so enthralling.
d) Character! – Great
The characters are the highlight of this OVA! Despite being only 55 minutes, you get a really good feel for Dee and Ryo early on that quickly endears them to you. Dee seems initially like the jocky, No-Homo stereotype that could potentially spend the whole OVA in an “AM I GAY??” panic scenario – but no! Dee is the character who’s most confident in his feelings for Ryo and Ryo himself also avoids this annoying trope. His calm, collected presence juxtoposes well with Dee’s energy and their banter and overall dynamic is a joy.
The secondary characters are less developed, but still interact well with the protagonists and are memorable! Berkley Rose specifically is a great addition, since most of the side characters are comedic relief and Berkley functions more so as a serious narrative foil to Dee.
e) Enjoyment! – Great
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Fake!! It’s not a masterpiece by any means, but I mean. I had fun! I watched it with a friend, which maybe heightened the enjoyment factor since we were talking and theorizing and joking – but even if I’d seen it alone, I think I still would have enjoyed it because the concept and the character dynamics are just exactly up my alley!
yknow how police procedurals and buddy cop movies are kinda gay and people joke about it? “Fake” is a gay police procedural that plays that completely straight. to reference twitter account We Rate Dogs:
“it’s a good ova Brent”
3: Shamanic Princess
MAL Score: 6.63
From the Guardian World, home of mages, Tiara has been sent on a mission: recover the stolen Throne of Yord, the most powerful magic artifact of all. But Tiara finds herself in a dilemma—the Throne has been taken by her former lover, and there is more to the situation than meets the eye…
The story is admittedly confusing, but not to the point that it becomes a distraction. You’ll most likely have to watch it again just to make sense of it all. Basically, an artifact of great power was stolen from the Guardian World, a magical realm. This artifact, known as the Throne of Yord (even though it’s a painting) has captured the sister of its thief. A Guardian named Tiara has been charged with the Throne’s retrieval, only to find out that another Guardian is already on the job.
The art…good lord, the art. I have never seen a better looking anime. Ever. I’ll say it again for emphasis: this is the best looking anime i have ever seen in my life. The town is a quaint European village that had me searching on google to see if a place like that actually exists so I can move there immediately. The architecture is amazing. Everything about it feels refreshing. I never thought that I could feel refreshed from watching an anime, but I swear the air feels cleaner while watching it. You can almost smell the flowers. The character design is equally amazing.
I really liked the opening and ending themes. Both are quite catchy.
Character development is surprisingly deep for a 6 episode anime. The last two episodes are prequels that make up the bulk of the development by letting us know how it all started. The lead, Tiara, can be quite catty, but never crosses the line into annoyingness. She’s also quite badass. There are exactly zero useless or annoying characters which is very rare for an anime of this genre.
It’s a 6 episode anime that i can watch again and again. The art quality is legendary. I loved the story even if it was confusing at first. The characters are all very interesting and you want to know more about them.
Shamanic Princess gets a solid 10 from me. The best part about it is that I got the entire series on a single DVD for a mere 10 bucks! A rare find indeed, but that makes it even more worth it. Of course most people who read this will be downloading it, but in the name of all that is good in the world, download away! It will make your favorites list.
While there, Tiara meets a former friend named Lena who is also assigned to the case and is good friends with Sarah and Kagetsu too. The two battle it off and try to find the missing piece while also putting aside their feelings towards each other also.
It’s a good ova series that will really have you wanting for more and I recommend anyone to buy the series online or download it. Also watch the series too, because i guarantee you, you will love it.
May I add that the artwork is great and the music is simply wonderful, especially the theme song to this lovely anime, which is so far my favorite out of all the animes I’ve watched!
if you get a chance, please watch it, because this is simply a great ova series that should not be ignored! A true classic from the 90’s!
This 6 episode OVA follows Tiara, a special agent from the Guardian World, the home of mages, who has been sent to earth disguised as an ordinary high school student to recover the stolen Throne of Yord, a powerful mystical object which is the source of magic energy in the Guardian World. During her hunt for the Throne of Yord, she discovers that it has a terrible secret when some of her friends and colleagues from the Guardian World fight to keep her from retrieving it.
This series has a lot going for it. It has good animation and art, a decent premise, a great soundtrack by Yoshikazu Suo that is appropriately moody and fits the series well, and has an darker atmosphere and themes that could drag you in if it’s something that especially appeals to you. But as I mentioned earlier, it does have a few problems that just prevent it from being a great series instead of just being an OK one.
For some reason, the first four episodes of this series seem to really rush through it’s plot. As if either the series didn’t have the budget or time to properly flesh it out. One scene goes to another without any real transition and doesn’t really give any breathing room, making the pacing of the show just feel off. By the time you’ve realized what’s going on, you’re already half way through the scene. There is even a plot point early on where out main character goes to a human high school to fit in as to not arouse suspicion that goes nowhere. It’s probably why those first four episodes are so confusing and hard to keep track of at first, it’s too busy rushing through it’s own story. Maybe the series could have done with at least one other episode just to give the series a better pace.
My biggest problem with this series are the last two episodes. Those last two episodes contain all of the character development and establishing plot points that lead up to the first four episodes of the series. Which begs the question, why are these last two episodes not the first two episodes? These two episodes feel like they were moved around just so the series could have some sort of twist at the end. If the people behind this series wanted to tell something out of order, they could have had these two episodes be flashbacks placed at certain points throughout the series. At least that way, it would have given the rest of the series a better pace, and it still could have lead up to some sort of “twist” if that’s what the creators wanted.
Shamanic Princess isn’t a bad series by any stretch, but the idea to have the last two episodes be where they are really drags down the series as a whole, making it more confusing than it needs to be, and the series as a whole would have been much better if they were located somewhere else. I’d recommend Shamanic Princess to anyone who like their series with some darker themes and more atmospheric presentation.
2: Saber Marionette J Again
MAL Score: 7.22
Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry, female-like androids called marionettes, have returned to Otaru`s side. The somewhat reformed marionettes of Faust (Tiger, Luchs, and Panther) are sent to stay with Otaru and friends to learn more about being human. Enter a seventh marionette named Marine, who has a mysterious power — and they all possess the special maiden circuit that allows a marionette to feel emotions!
A lot of things has happened in this OVA, but the main story was about a sudden awakening of a Marionette with a serial number NSMX-1, with no memories of who made her and from what country she came from. She met Lime in the forest and thus begun her daily life in the Otaru household together with Faust saber dolls named Tiger, Luchs and Panther. No one knows the impending danger that awaits them and how valuable the role of Marine will be.
Otaru Mamiya matured enough since the 1st season, same for his 3 marionette.Marine former name MSMX-1, is a marionette with a normal attitude except that she hate men. She always follow Lime around thinking that she is her master. Tiger she’s broken in this ova because of the battle in the first season, she’s the first marionette of Faust and love Faust more than anyone else. Luchs, who love to cook like Cherry, except that she’s bad at it. Panther like Bloodberry, is a hot headed one, and have a personality and build like Bloodberry thats why they get along with each other.
Ive seen some improvement in the art since the first season, seems like Otaru’s marionette become more cuter and brighter specially Bloodberry. I’ve change my opinion on her, didnt know she was that pretty, like in the Op song and ED song of J again. They did a great coloring in the character this time.
i really enjoy this one, specially the fight scenes with the “Terminator” like creatures. Its refreshing to see a new marionette and some bad turned good marionettes.
1: Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu
English: Mysterious Play OVA 2
Japanese: ふしぎ遊戯 第二部
MAL Score: 7.27
Miaka and Taka (Tamahome’s reborn out-of-the-book self) return to the Universe of the Four Gods to try and restore Tamahome’s memories to Taka. This is not as easy as it sounds, however, when the evil Tenkou shows up to rain on their parade. He manages to thwart most of their attempts at getting Taka’s memories back, and uses his newfound power to summon the Gods outside the book.
The animation is just as good as the TV series, and this OVA give a lot of the background of the Suzaku 7 that isn’t really shown in the TV series. You also finally get to see the white tiger Byakko (one of the 4 gods). If you enjoyed the TV series, I guarantee you will like this OVA.
It kinda continues where it left off in OVA 1. Once again, the story and everything happening was pretty rushed. It had a bit better pacing than OVA 1, but I still felt like it prolonged the emotional scenes and didn’t provide enough for the actual events.
The cool thing about this OVA was that we get to look in detail about some of the Suzaku Seven members’ past like Chichiri and Nuriko!
The thing I didn’t like was that some of them were out-of-character. May be done on purpose to cover for the story, but it was strange and kinda made me start disliking the characters :/
imagine liking a character for a whole 52 episodes just to see their likable personality thrown down the drain. Even if and when they recovered from being out-of-character, they just seemed awkward for the rest of the OVA..
Overall, an ‘okay’ OVA.
But in another hand I really like that, because I have more episodes to watch!!
And this time the art and design it’s better that the previous seasons!
I can get sick of saying this! Every time I watch something related to this anime, I can see the true power of love, the really love story of the main characters and we can get enough of the others characters of the anime.
Of course we love Taka/Tamahome and Miaka.. But how would be story without Noriko, Hotohori, Tasuki and the others??!
I think in this OVA they pay more attention to the others characters and it was a really good choice!
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu
2. Saber Marionette J Again
3. Shamanic Princess
5. Yume de Aetara
6. Bannou Bunka Neko-Musume DASH!
7. Elf-ban Kakyuusei: Anata dake wo Mitsumete…
8. Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 2
9. Pia Carrot e Youkoso!!
10. Kashou no Tsuki: Aki Kyougen