They’re the best Anime that 2003 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Triangle Heart: Sweet Songs Forever, Green Green Specials, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Ajisai Yumegatari, and more!
10: Triangle Heart: Sweet Songs Forever
Japanese: とらいあんぐるハート -Sweet Songs Forever-
MAL Score: 6.16
Fiasse is a world-renowned singer. She is now the headmistress of a special Singing School who does a Charity World Tour every year. Her mother left behind a inheritance for her after she died and some shady people are after Fiasse and the inheritance. Bring in Ellis, and two siblings who are master of the swords to protect Fiasse. The World Tour is coming up and Fiasse will continue the show. Ellis, Kyoya, Miyuki and company must protect their childhood friend at all costs.
The main problem with Triangle Heart is that it is a series that doesn’t know what it wants to be. Is it a shounen style action series? Is it romance? A musical drama? Because it tries to be too many things it fails at everything. Besides sharing the same names and a few personality quirks it has almost nothing to do with Nanoha. Pretty much all of that series characters appear in some for albeit most extremely briefly. The series is just too short to do more than one thing. There are action scenes with sword battles and gun fights but there is nothing particularly inspired about them. There isn’t enough action to keep action fans interested. They try to bring in some romantic elements but those don’t work either because the series is to short and the characters too wooden and 2-dimensional to generate any interest in them.
The plot, to put it bluntly, is stupid. We start the show in England at a music academy. The new headmistress Fiasse, is a famous singer and is about to go on a world tour to raise money for a charity she is involved with and promote her school. She is being attacked by an unknown enemy and has to be protected by Ellis a highly skilled bodyguard and her team. I found it all pretty unbelievable and ridiculous. At this point Kyouya and Miyuki Takamachi appear, who are childhood friends and apparently ninjas. The major difference with them is that while in Nanoha series they are the older brother and sister of Nanoha, in this series they are cousins though raised as siblings. All four of the leads grew up together so they all have a shared history and a shared tragedy. Kyouya’s father was killed protecting Fiasse’s father years before from the same mysterious enemy. There is friction between Ellis and the two as she is resentful that they have been brought in and think that them using swords will be a liability and will only get them killed. (Can’t say I wouldn’t agree with her there)
One thing that Triangle Heart shares with Nanoha is there are just too many characters. The plot (what little there is) is crushed under the weight of scores of meaningless supporting characters who bring nothing to the story. It tried to tell the story of four main characters but the series isn’t long enough to give any of them justice. Thus none of them are interesting nor do you care about what happens to them. I mentioned the cameos of many characters from Nanoha? Well the story would have been better off without them. The supreme example of this is the two girls from the cafe who are always fighting. Why? I couldn’t even tell you their names, just that one had green hair and the other blue. What exactly is your point?
The art and sound are very well done however. So from a visual standpoint there is a lot to like. Very adorable character designs and vibrant colors. The music is pretty good as well, the songs were performed by Kotoko, who is a favorite of mine. The voice acting is not as strong however.
I can’t recommend this series though. Even if you’re a big Nanoha fan this series is so different and pointless that you are just wasting your time with it. If you haven’t seen Nanoha go watch that instead, you can thank me later.
Triangle Heart is another one of those series that could have been better. It definitely had some potential, but it wasn’t executed well.
I gave it a chance – I really did, but for the first two episodes felt like a chore to me. The last two got a bit better, and I realized it got better because the plot was more defined by then. I guess that’s it – the plot development was really slow, and since it was a 4 episode OVA (with limited time) I thought they should have defined the plot sooner.
I really did like the last two episodes. It got more exciting, especially with the fight scenes. I also like the conflict between using guns and swords, and why the main characters chose their paths. It’s almost as if it’s an anime version of the Hollywood movie The Bodyguard.
Speaking of characters, I can’t say I liked them a lot. They all lacked charisma – none of them was appealing enough. Also, there was a lot of characters, specially the ones who work at Midoriya(?) café. Most of them were there for providing fan service. All I could remember was Nanoha – she had her own series after all.
I didn’t know most of the voice actors for this anime. Hikaru Midorikawa was a familiar name, he played Tamahome in Fushigi Yuugi, one of my favorite series. I guess he did a good job of portraying Kyoya. Tomokazu Seki is another familiar name – he is my favorite male voice actor after all, but I didn’t notice it was him right away. His role wasn’t a main character role.
Art style reminded me of the original Kanon series, because the characters looked somewhat stubby, and I thought they all looked dowdy. I did like the background design though – As stand-alones, the backgrounds would really make nice watercolor paintings. Color coordination needed some improvement.
Because it is a music-themed anime, it has to have good music – and it does. KOTOKO did a good job in singing the opening and ending songs. I also noticed that for a 4 episode OVA, it had a lot of insert songs which were all pop and cutesy.
To end my review, I have to say that the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha series made a really good spin-off of this OVA. You don’t have to watch this to understand the Nanoha series, but it’s fun to recognize the characters from the OVA. Finally, it’s not bad, but it’s not good either.
The story, or plotline, was quite slow for such a short anime. But unlike other < 6 episode animes that I have seen, this one did not throw all of the plot into the last two Episodes. It slowly leaks out the plot. From the beginning to the end, you learn much more about the Characters. However, the story, being such slowly done in such short time, has a downfall; it was very simple. Good guy versus Bad Guy. Bad Guy is a Bad Guy. Good Guy is a Good Guy. Simple stuff like that.
I noticed something very noticible, it is very similar to Nanoha (Magical Girl Nanoha), since this was an offspin of it. Even so, the art wasn’t completely horrible, nor was it amazingly great. But the slicing of people was drawn quite well. The main characters were drawn nicely, with the big affro-like hairstyle. There is a tint of randomness in the minor characters though. If this was meant to be, even the art conveyed dual messages.
The music wasn’t spectacular with drums and rock, but it was very nicely done. Also because that this anime is music based (note the title, Sweet Songs Forever) it would have to have at least half-way decent music, no? The music was horrible. The Background music where there was, blended in with the anime very well. Sometimes silence is also a great tool of sound.
Sound also includes the different dialects used in the anime. This anime used Chinese, more specifically both Cantonese and if I can hear correctly Mandarin. Although I might not be like superior in these languages, I know Cantonese when I hear it, and they’ve got pretty nice Cantonese. Also the English is quite correctly pronounced, although with a slight accent (more or less depending on who is speaking), it was bearable. It wasn’t like you couldn’t tell what they were saying.
The characters like nearly all other good vs evil animes, good has the upper hand in skill, and evil has the upperhand in numbers or weoponry. Like the normal power ranger thing… However, this anime displayed that to its max. That wasn’t too good. Even so, there was, even with minute numbers of episodes, character development. You understand the main characters’ actions and their reason for doing so. The Characters are all very tangible and had great cohesion with the story, even if some of the characters seemed to have supernatural powers.
For some reason, it captivated my short attention, span of 3 ooohh shiny. I guess since I didn’t read anything about it, I didn’t know what it would be like, which might actually be much better than reading everything you can then watching it. So if you are going to watch it, might as well just stop reading this right?
The reason why it scored so highly was that it took choir, something that is not very unisex, and gave it introduction to everyone. Even so, as you understand every inference they make, you understand more and more of the characters, to the point where you can relate to their unnatural experience.
Although this could have had an extended plot, like I said above, for its miniscule length, it was very well done.
It also like most of the stories of the olden days, had a moral, and a theme. It stuck with that theme throughout the 4 episodes. Also each tone that was given to the circumstances were all very distinct yet also very subtle.
All in all, it was a Great, if not excellent. I loved it, but that’s might just be me.
9: Green Green Specials
Japanese: グリーングリーン キャラクターDVD
MAL Score: 6.21
These are DVD specials, which include some extra footage and music videos;
Character DVD #1 – Midori & Reika
Character DVD #1 – Midori Music Video
Character DVD #1 – Reika Music Video
Character DVD #2 – Futaba & Chigusa
Character DVD #2 – Futaba Music Video
Character DVD #2 – Chigusa Music Video
Character DVD #3 – Sanae & Wakaba
Character DVD #3 – Sanae Music Video
Character DVD #3 – Wakaba Music Video
Now, you are probably thinking: why did this person give a high score for this anime? Are they perverted? NO, I am not. I am reviewing it based on what it’s doing: being an omake. This word can vary on what it delivers as extra content, but this one decided to go the path of softcore hentai.
For what this is delivering, it does it well. Obviously, it was aiming to be hentai and I give it a high rating cause it succeeded at doing so, to a certain degree, but I do not give it a very high rating because it kind of failed to give any of the scenes a proper climax. Don’t get me wrong, it probably gave its viewers a climax at some point ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
However, any instance of something sexual about to happen almost never does. But, before I get into that, I will share a little background regarding what part of Green Green that this omake is set in.
It appears that no boys are present here, so it must take place a little ways after the anime. Though, what doesn’t make sense is that Midori is reincarnated again here, or that she returned from the future. However, she is friends with Reika now, which signifies that this is definitely after the original ending, because Reika hated her guts until Yusuke found out the truth. So, this makes sense. Then again, Midori is talking about how much she loves Yusuke at one point, hinting that this is probably a little after Yusuke regained his memories. Which explains why Reika is not nearly as critical as she is of Midori.
With that being said, I will go about each one individually and basically explain the plot in written format in case you are not too into this stuff and are curious about what these specials are. Each of them are split into three segments; first being the obvious buildup, which always has some form of sexual joke in it; the second being the sexual climax, which usually disappoints; and the third being the sappy ending, which makes no sense to me. Though, I do know that almost all broadcasted anime is known for teasing the viewer with fan service in most cases, so I suppose it is fitting.
This will be the most sexual review I ever write on this website, but this is what the omakes are and I am only reviewing cause I wanted to be first and also cause I watched the original anime. So, this is some unrated content I am about to describe here and I am basically explaining the story of three softcore hentai scenes. Then again, this is probably why nobody reviewed them to begin with. Last chance to turn back. The end of the review is at the bottom, but I just wrote this cause I was bored and thought you wouldn’t want to see all the sexual visuals that these offer. So, I will try to elaborate the story as much as I can here.
(OMAKE STORY BEGIN)
Omake #1: Midori and Reika
This one has the usual fan service at its finest, nothing too different.
First Act – Buildup
The scene starts with it zooming in on Midori’s room, with her complaining that it won’t fit to Reika (strap-on (…) perhaps), only to find out it was just a yukata and her chest was too big for it. They have some casual conversation that ends with Midori groping Reika. They start to wrestle and Reika wins right away. Midori say she will give up, but then continues with a surprise attacka and it is an even match for a while alongside a montage of what the other girls are doing. They moan about the heat in the building from the humidity and Midori suggests an idea. Later, they go into the pool cause, combined with the humidity in the building, they also basically worked each other out a lot from wrestling. So, they change into swimsuits and then just take a relaxing soak; everything still seems a bit in place of the characters.
Second Act – Climax
Midori begins talking about how she is glad Reika decides her destiny, and about how she loves Yusuke. She also says that Reika was apart of her destiny and, out of nowhere, they share one of those “universal connection” things that is common in most anime, and some cartoons even, where the characters are suddenly in space, just the two of them; something that normally occurs when two lovers are in sync with each other or something. They were just floating around in the pool with bikinis, so now they are completely naked in this little imagination world; something that sometimes happens in these scenes, though I can not remember why. And, very out of character here cause she admitted how much she loved Yusuke before, or because she is feeling sexually deprived, she starts holding Reika’s hands in the imaginary space (Reika never bonded with any boys either, so maybe she is also feeling similar) they are in and they are about to, yup, get it on in the pool. In the real life scenario version, they are actually in the pool and were engaging in a casual conversation well holding hands and, presumably, about to kiss like in the space world.
Third Act – Sappy
They are then interrupted by their teacher. And eventually, to add to the plot, the other students come out and also take a dip into the pool because of the humidity in the building. It ends with them watching some fireworks and the soundtrack is fitting here. I strangely got goosebumps from it, but also cause when I saw Sanae up on the roof out of nowhere, she did it of her own will (she is normally very scared) and it was actually a pretty sweet moment. I do not know, I thought it was my favorite ending of the three in that regard.
Omake #2: Futaba and Chigusa
Now, HERE is one that caught me off guard. Yup, a student and teacher pairing, but this one makes more sense this time around in how it happens. Although, the third act I am a bit mixed about when calling it sappy, cause it still delivers more content worthy of the climax portion.
First Act: Buildup
The first scene starts with Futaba approaching Chigusa’s office, looking very sickly and collapsing. In yet another misleading scene, it looks like Chigusa is eating her out, only to reveal that the reason Futaba was freaking out and “could not be seen this way by the other boys” was because she was in pain and just acting like a casual girl would in the matter. She was just being bandaged, basically. She just kicked one of the boys really hard, which is how the injury happened; and further explains that the boys are still in the school and that this takes place in the way that I said it did earlier. It just ends with Chigusa telling her not to do it again, with Futaba going on about how annoying the boys are and that she feels she needs to.
Second Act: Climax
It begins at night with Chigusa drunk, oh boy. Futaba puts her in her room and relaxes from how long it took her to carry her there. She is about to leave to let her rest, as anyone would do when someone is drunk and tired; and Chigusa grabs her arm and tells her not to go. Futaba feels like she just needs to talk, but is then pulled in on the bed as well. Chigusa further gets more serious and tells her not to leave her alone, and Futaba still thinks she just needs to talk. And then, Chigusa wraps her hands around her face and, honestly, this is probably the closest you will EVER see of a Yuri scene actually happening here. But, anyway, Chigusa slowly pulls her in and Futaba is just believing this is a joke, but as she is about an inch away from contact, she grabs Chigusa and SWINGS her across the room as her face hits the door and breaks it. For one more moment, Chigusa is still drunk and calls to Futaba, only to immedaitely become sober and jump out of her arms in embarrassment. She then starts crying and grabs onto Futaba yet again, as her drunken state returns. She then talks about her relationship, which we are now finding out about for the first time in the entire anime, and says all the generic lines about it. She talks about it all night and it ends with Futaba saying that it was, in fact, a drunken frenzy.
Third Act: Sappy
Futaba and Chigusa are now in the hot spring, fully naked this time. It does the generic hentai thing here, being “my breasts are so small” and, you know, Futaba wanting to squeeze Chigusa’s. Okay, coming from someone that was not willing to engage with her, I think this is a bit more on the personal space level than the events of the other day. Though to be fair, Chigusa might have probably had sex with her otherwise if she went with that one kiss. Anyway, the last generic line, “how can my breasts be bigger” which ends with Chigusa telling her it happened naturally well she was doing push-ups. Futaba misinterprets this as the push-ups being what caused the increase and it ends with her doing them as Chigusa watches in enjoyment.
Omake #3: Sanae and Wakaba
And they just get more bizarre from here, but this one makes a bit more sense. They are pairing two characters that are both innocent in their own ways, so it kind of fits. It also has an unusually long Climax, too.
First Act: Buildup
They are just casually talking about the weather cause of how nice of a day it is, alongside the flowers and Sanae goes on about how one of her dreams was to see all the flowers look like the miniature spinning fans that only spin when you blow on them. It is actually kind of unusually heartwarming for one of these, but I did tell you my favorite part of the first one was when Sanae showed up. Anyway, Wakaba supports her dream and they are both feeling really happy from thinking about it. And, strangely, nothing sexual happened in this whole scene; kind of fitting of character, as I said earlier, these omakes were pretty faithful to them. Anyway, now they are watering the plants and there is a light montage on it; still pretty normal of your typical episode of Green Green so far. And after they go to grab some more water, here is where things turn back into hentai as Sanae gets hit with some water and now we can see through her outfit. She puts some water on Wakaba and the same thing happens. Then they have a water fight. The only sexual thing here is how the audience is reacting, but not how the characters are at all.
Second Act: Climax (Part 1)
Probably the only time anything sexual does happen in these, they go inside and talk about one of Sanae’s many fears. This time, of her never going to swim in the pool. Wakaba asks Sanae if she wants to wear the swimsuit and she says why not. But, before she changes, she turns Togemura around, cause apparently he is a boy cactus. Okay, that sounds a bit random, but you probably watched the anime before you got here so you must know what I am talking about here. Anyway, Wakaba, being entirely in character here, sees a mosquito bite on Sanae after she complains of an itch on her neck and checks it out; with her believing it to be poisonous. Sanae reacts a little and Wakaba, thinking she is in pain, asks if she is okay. She says yes and Wakaba informs her that she will help her out. Also, one thing to note here is how extremely innocent this scene is, unlike most where the character doing the act keeps going regardless, cause Wakaba actually lets up whenever Sanae expresses a moan or anything that Wakaba can consider serious enough to stop doing what she is doing. But, she then continues sucking on the bite and Sanae shivers; leaving Wakaba to suggest she has a cold. She sees Sanae’s tit and believes that it is another mosquito bite. Here, I question Wakaba’s intelligence, but I NEVER saw an episode surround her before, so I never really knew. Anyway, she believes that is why Sanae is shivering and sucks on it; showing the first onscreen sexual act out of any of these omakes that is not interrupted. She sucks on it and Sanae moans again, once again concerning Wakaba to stop and ask her if it still itches. Wakaba says she will suck harder and, this time, Sanae is moaning pleasurably; which leaves Wakaba to continue sucking. She stops to say it was good enough, but then notices Sanae is still scared and has her eyes closed. As she opens them up, Wakaba looks at the other tit and thinks it is another bug bite. As she is about to suck it, Sanae says she is okay and Wakaba stops right away. Sanae then says she will try the swimsuit on and takes off her panties. As Wakaba tells her to put her legs through the swimsuit, she notices yet another “bite” between her legs and says she must suck out the poison. She then does so as it pans up ending with Sanae feeling pleasure once more. If you watch the anime itself, you would understand the innocence of this entire scene. Regardless, it is still softcore hentai, but probably the most innocent you will ever see of it.
Third Act: Climax (Part 1)
Wakaba and Sanae, now in the hot spring, are talking. Apparently, Sanae passed out from the pleasure and Wakaba talks about this as a concern. Sanae revealed that it was possibly anemia which caused it, which is understandable since she does take medication in the original anime and who knows how long Wakaba sucked on her “bite” for. Sanae goes on about how she was feeling weaker as Wakaba was sucking on her, prompting Wakaba to once again suggest it was the poison. She suggested sucking harder and using her tongue next time and said that her chest got harder as she was sucking. Oh, the level of innocence is a bit too much here, or Wakaba has never seen a woman naked before; even herself. She then says she should suck harder next time, with Sanae saying her heart is beating really fast; suggesting she is beginning to enjoy what Wakaba was doing. Wakaba suggests that Sanae do the sucking next time, as to which she agrees without hesitation and a smile. Futaba, overhearing the entire thing, gets startled as she hears them getting up from the hot spring and turns around to see that Sanae and Wakaba approached her. It was revealed that she was borrowing Wakaba’s swimsuit and said she was in the hot spring to get a feel for the pool. Futaba acknowledges it. Lastly, we see Wakaba and Sanae washing each other, but getting unusually chummy about it. And then we see Wakaba’s swimsuit hanging, with it dripping on Togemura. Yup, even the cactus was involved in some way. Anyway, now Wakaba is full on groping Sanae with her body, going on about how slimy it is. Sanae acknowledges it and then Futaba rushes in immediately to separate them.
Fourth Act: Sappy
Sanae and Wakaba go on about how summer vacation is almost over and we get a brief cameo of Midori and Reika talking about wrestling moves as they walk by. Sanae and Wakaba talk about how much of a good time they had and hope they can return next year. Sanae then says she will go into the pool that year and Wakaba acknowledges it by saying they will swim together and they promise each other that they will come back and enjoy school life. It ends with them looking at a meteor shower in awe.
(OMAKE STORY END)
Ah, that was a handful. I do not know why I even wrote all of that, but I guess I was just bored and wanted to write about something and this came around. Also, had nothing better to do. But man, was that a mouthful. Anyway, watching these is up to you. It is basically fan service from start to finish. Do I recommend it? Sure, if you want something to get it off to real quick. I only watched it cause I admired how it kept the OST, voices and everything from the anime into them, right down to the art style as well. And, the endings were alright, especially since I wound up finding out more story in a few of these from the girls than I did in the entire anime.
8: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Ajisai Yumegatari
Japanese: 遙かなる時空の中で 紫陽花ゆめ語り
MAL Score: 6.24
Whisked away to the land of Kyou, Akane learns that she is the Ryuujin no Miko, and meets the Hachiyou, her protectors. They must defeat Akuram, a demon who wants to destroy Kyou using the power of Azusa, a woman who has the power to absorb human energy. If Akane and the Hachiyou cannot defeat Akuram and bring peace to Kyou, Azusa’a power will destroy the humans.
7: Memories Off 2nd
Japanese: Memories Off 2nd (メモリーズオフ 2nd)
MAL Score: 6.26
Shirakawa Hotaru, a girl who’s in love with Inami Ken, finally confesses her love. From there on, they were happy couples, until one summer. Ken met a new friend, Tobise Tomoe, who is Hotaru’s best friend. Tomoe seems to have her own charm. Ken, now have two paths to choose from; to be with Shirakawa Hotaru or Tobise Tomoe. Otherwise, he will lose them both.
6: Mizuiro (2003)
Japanese: みずいろ (2003)
MAL Score: 6.37
Brother and younger sister-in-law live in the house which parents are often away from. Yuki who is the younger sister is secretly yearning for Kenji who is the elder brother. However, one girl came to show up from the closet in Kenji’s room after a certain night. Moreover, her body is transparent, and she looks like the ghost. Her name is Hiyori. She is a friend in their childhood. They are pleased with reunion though Kenji and Yuki are perplexed with the way of Hiyori’s strange appearance. However, Yuki gets the mind shaken as Kenji and Hiyori become intimate, and the pain in her mind in the childhood is recalled.
At the childhood, Yuki was going to pass the light blue toy ring which Kenji had had to Hiyori in exchange for Hiyori’s yoyo. However, because Hiyori became sick, and had moved, the promise was not an accomplishment. Their events in the childhood seem to be related to Hiyori’s showing up in front of them.
A painful love story of Kenji and two girls progresses.
Next, Mizuiro makes it obvious where it came from… However, after the seemingly mandatory cameos the main story starts when Hiyori pops out of the closet….
The plot revolves around the love triangle with Kenji, Yuki, and Hiyori and their past. While the story is pretty standard it is nevertheless very touching and charming. However, it doesn’t have enough time to really flesh out the characters and its plot. For the time it was allotted the character development and characterization was remarkably well done. The plot itself didn’t suffer too much from the short length, since they decided to only tell a small part of their lives. Even after it ends you’re not screaming "what happens next!?!!?"… well at least I didn’t. I thought it ended nicely however they could have easily went on.
Mizuiro’s length is its one fatal weakness nevertheless, Mizuiro was very well done despite it’s short length. If it was given more time, Mizuiro would have easily ranked among my personal favorites. Nevertheless, Mizuiro gives me this warm and happy feel every time I watch it, recommend to those that want something short and sweet. Now if I can only find the ost…..
It gave me a sweet, fuzzy feeling when I watched it. The soundtrack is really great and fits the atmosphere of the OVA very well.
The OVA itself isn’t appealing and outstanding, but does a good job when it comes to entertainment and enjoyment.
Don’t expect something deep full of drama and development of story/characters. It’s short, simple and very enjoyable.
English: Wet Summer Days
Japanese: 水夏 ~SUIKA~
MAL Score: 6.45
Dramatic Tension leads to sexual release! Sayaka Shirakawa is the daughter of an art professor who specializes in death-themed paintings. She is dating one of his students, Souji Kamishiro. For some reason, Sayaka seems to be harboring hatred for her father. One day, Mie Wakabayashi, who has romantic feelings for Souji, tells him what she’s heard about the Professor: that he has been killing his models so that he can paint their corpses. Meanwhile, Mie happens to witness Shirakawa purchasing poison, and she runs to find Sayaka…
As it stands, Suika probably won’t garner the respect it deserves, since it is neither the most erotic of hentai, nor the anime with the greatest narrative elegance. It is, however, probably the HENTAI with the greatest narrative elegance, and I have to give credit where credit is due. Anyways, let’s break it down:
Suika consists of three short, melancholy stories with a touch of the supernatural. These tend to be varying amounts of low-key and dramatic, and are the main portion of each episode, i.e. Suika is NOT primarily about sex. It’s mainly about young lovers getting through harrowing situations, usually by getting together. In my opinion, episode 2 is the best, followed by episode 1, and then episode 3 (I like to call it the lolicon episode, and that doesn’t float my boat spectacularly well, if you know what I mean: sexual innuendo totally intended). Episode 3 also seemed very rushed, probably because building a romance from scratch is nigh-impossible to do in one episode. Anyways, if you pay decent attention, you can see how all three episodes tie together.
Suika is surprisingly gripping. Also, it can be surprisingly depressing. Or hopeful. Anyways, this diversity of emotion is a sign of good storytelling, I think.
The art is great, albeit rather generic in overall style (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, perhaps). While the animation itself is not as stunningly fluid as some recent productions, it gets by, and the sex itself is solidly animated, with a minimum of looping. Speaking of sex, it is very, very vanilla: no kinks, which can be good, bad, or neutral, depending on personal tastes. Vanilla is fine with me. The overall artwork is sharp; the colors are bright; and the background scenery is pretty detailed and colorful. Character designs are modest (which I personally like), and all the main players look good (both male and female). Also, there are no outrageous hair colors to be found (if you don’t count albino as outrageous), so if you don’t like living in a pink bishoujo ghetto, this is one of your best stops on the railroad to sexville.
The background music of Suika is generally very pleasant, light-classical pieces, mainly solo piano. This kind of BGM really successfully enhances the mood. I have little to say about the voice acting, other than that it’s the typical, solid, Japanese performance according to my native-English ears. The sound effects are typical but understated, like most of Suika. It fits well with the content, especially since the sex is rather (refreshingly?) vanilla. Oh, one thing, though: DEAR GOD THE CICADAS!
Suika, unlike many hentai, actually has these. There is no one you want to punch out, except those who get punched out (you’ll see what I mean, especially the literal interpretation in episode 2). The male protagonists have actual hints of personality and lives beyond being glorified sex toys, and the women are pretty lively, and in some cases surprisingly lovable. All the characters have pretty understandable motivations, which makes the story flow much more smoothly than is often the case in hentai, even flowing nicely into sex scenes for the most part (the exception pretty much being episode 3).
This is the closest I’ve seen to a masterpiece so far (I’ve seen about 70 hentai in all at this point), so I do say I enjoyed Suika rather much. Were it not for the fact that episode 3 fell a bit short (I find lolicon to be a bit on the creepy side when played this straight), I would call this a hentai masterpiece. I was pretty much hooked from beginning to end. The storytelling was fantastic and the sex was nice; what more can I ask for in a hentai? It does help, however, that I like this sort of innocent, softcore-ish fare as much as I like hardcore hentai titles, but for different reasons. If you’re looking primarily for awesome sex scenes, this is not the place to look. I’d go check out After Class Lesson, Body Transfer, Stringendo, or anything by PoRO (I recommend Lucky Draw Triangle, as it is the least RAGE-inducing of their works that I’ve seen).
seen via english dubbed
Like life you have your good and bad. As each separate story(episode) plays out you the main character’s progression life. Unbeknown to him a memory of importance was forgotten. Through each story built more and more onto the memory. Until the memory became visible.
Enough of my mini synopsis. if you are a fan or romance, a touch of comedy all wrapped with a mysterious bow you will love this. You will be thrown for a loop after a loop. By the time you grasp your mistake it is too late. A very good film for those mr and ms know it all.
Am I reviewing a hentai? Well, yes…yes I am…and I’m not sure why I feel a little embarrassed about that. Since I am a pretty big fan of Key’s animations and KyoAni projects, I decided to try something a little more hardcore. You know, something like Clannad except with a little more sex. Well, I can honestly say in all my years of watching anime and yes, even hentai, Suika is probably one of the closest I’ve found in the hentai genre that’s been able to follow the same mold as a Clannad, Kanon, or ef-a tale of memories/melodies.
While yes, this is technically a hentai, I will warn you right now that this isn’t a “typical” hentai. What I mean by that is its not porn for at least 12-15 minutes an episode with a million different relationships going on at once. For only being a three episode OVA, it does a nice job of capturing three compelling stories in a short period of time, and the sex scenes are fairly short and to the point. This OVA series, with the limited time it has, does a nice job of developing its characters and relationships.
If I had to use a statement as to what Suika is about, I’d say imagine ef-a tale of memories, except its relationships are episodic and has Kanon-esque supernatural elements. It’s much like ef-memories with how all of the relationships tie into the same universe (Tokiwa Village), even though they aren’t directly connected. It’s supernatural elements, especially in the second and third episodes are quite similar to Kanon and a little bit like Clannad: After Story.
The first episode revolves around Souji Kamishiro, a young aspiring painter that is under the tutelage of Ritsu Shirakawa and is good friends with his daughter, Sayaka. Souji and Sakaya’s relationship becomes stronger as the episode progresses and especially after Sakaya reveals the tragic past revolving around her mother’s death. The second episode revolves around a young man named Akira Kazama, who returns to Tokiwa Village to visit his grandmother after leaving the village six years prior. Upon returning, he runs into an old friend at the shrine named Itsuki Minase, who is working at the shrine as a shrine maiden. The two meet several times in the episode and discover they have feelings for each other, but a tragic past rears its head when the memories of Isuki’s twin sister Sayo come into the picture. The third episode revolves around Hiroshi Inaba, a young man who returns to Tokiwa Village to attend his father’s funeral and to visit his sisters, Chitose and Kako. Chitose is his younger sister and is suffering from an illness and Kako is his older sister and is rarely seen due to handling the family matters after the father’s passing. While visiting the shrine to pray, Hiroshi meets a young girl that goes by Ojo hiding underneath the shrine and runs away when Hiroshi addresses her. By coincidence, the two meet up again later on and Hiroshi and Ojo start to develop a relationship with each other. However, Hiroshi starts to become suspicious of Ojo when he realizes only certain people can see her and he gets the suspicion he has met her in the past.
Each episode is fairly unique in their own right and each character seems to face their share of tragic moments. I found the first episode to be the strongest of the three since it seemed the most clear cut and the most realistic (and I use that term loosely) of the three episodes. I also thought it had the most fundamentally sound relationship of the three couples introduced in this series.
As far as the positives, I can say that each story was fairly unique and the writing did a nice job of capturing each character’s motivations. It was also interesting seeing the little nuances of how the stories tied into one another through random cameos. The animation was pretty good if we’re going by “hentai” standards…in fact, it reminds me a lot of the ef series with its character designs, but also seems to have that “KyoAni” feel with its animation.
When it comes to the negatives of this series, I found some of the episodes had some loose ends that the writers didn’t do a very good job of explaining. While episode 1 seemed pretty decent with its writing, episodes 2 and 3 were somewhat confusing. Episode 2 was confusing in regards to Sayo and her “status” in the episode…as well as Itsuki’s wish which seemed just as confusing and the payoff was somewhat nonsensical. Episode 3 in particular didn’t make a whole lot of sense, especially in the explanation as to who or what Ojo and Chinatsu were. I’d say these two episodes and their vague explanations are a big reason why I didn’t love this series as much as a Clannad or Kanon. I just had a hard time buying into Itsuki and Ojo’s characters as well as their motivations. There is a “bonus” episode, but unless you’re looking for more gratuitous fanservice, I’d say avoid it. It’s a prequel to the series and essentially adds nothing to any of the plots. To be honest, I don’t even know why Kitty Media poured their budget into this 15 minute short when they could’ve added 5 minutes to each episode to make them a little bit better.
Overall, I really can’t complain much about Suika because if we’re going by typical hentai or OVA standards, it’s pretty damn good. I’d even go so far as to say it’s the best hentai I’ve ever seen or at least one of the best. This series could fair a little better if it had a few more episodes to work with. I’d say if they spent two episodes revolving around each story, they would have a very solid OVA series. However, it’s fairly rare for a hentai series to have more than three episodes. The only ones that do seem to be the higher budget series like Bible Black. It’s a shame Kitty Media didn’t put a little more effort toward this series because it did have some potential. Although, I will say it’s a shame more hentai aren’t done like Suika, because I think there would be a little more respect for the industry if there were more OVAs like this. It’s one of the few hentais I’d say captures more of a “romance” than “gratuitous sex.” I know I’ve made several references, but I think if you enjoyed a series like Clannad, Kanon, or ef, I do think you’ll at least get a little bit of enjoyment out of this OVA series. I honestly can’t put Suika on the same page as something like those, but if you’re looking for something in the hentai genre that at least comes close, than Suika is the closest you’ll find. Even if you’re not a fan of hentai but still like the aforementioned series, I don’t think you’ll be too bothered by it. In my experience, it never hurts to try something new. The sex scenes aren’t too gratuitous and don’t interfere a whole lot with the series as a whole. Sure, they could’ve spent that time developing a little more character and clearing up a few of the holes, but I still feel it would’ve taken at least another whole episode each to completely explore each story. If you’re like me and like some of the Key anime adaptations and are looking for something a little more hardcore with its romance, I’d say give this a shot.
4: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2: Shiroki Ryuu no Miko
MAL Score: 6.49
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 takes place 100 years after the original Harukanaru Toki no Naka de story. In the past that is, very little time has gone by in the future. Kyou, which resembles Kyoto in the Heian period, is in turmoil because of a power struggle going on between the emperor and the retired emperor, and the people of Kyou are falling into desperation, fearing the coming of the end of the world. Karin was walking with her friends when suddenly she is brought by the White Dragon to the land of Kyou. She was chosen as the new priestess of the White Dragon and she must fight against the evil with the help of her guardians while meantime, she keeps having visions of a mysterious man…
In my opinion, this is a better story than Hachiyou Shou, and I would have loved for them to continue this version into a fully fleshed out TV series instead of hachiyou shou. The plot is more believable, the characters are more in depth, and the art is better.
The original is pretty mediocre on pretty much all aspects and besides its movie i wouldn’t really recommend any of it. THIS on the other hand has a lot of potential, it establishes the world and conflict quite well, especially when it comes to the guardians. They have their own lives and their own conflicts outside of the Priestess, which is why initially most of them are reluctant to join Karin, or even downright reject her.
From the very beginning Karin isn’t babied because she’s the priestess, she’s instantly faced with the difficulty and responsibility of being the Priestess of the white dragon, also with all the political and social consequences that entails. The feeling of isolation and loneliness makes Karin very likable as a heroine from the get-go, as well her modern way of being (such as playing ball with the nobles, something unheard of for a lady to do at the time).
One thing I don’t understand though is why the change of character design and names when it’s obvious who is supposed to be who from the 2004 version. Like seriously, ThErE’S sO LiTtLe ReSeMbLaNcE IT’S AMAZING! *obviously sarcastic*
I can’t treat it as a sequel either despite the “2” in the title since it’s basically the same thing, just an alternate setting of events. I guess that’s exactly what it is and the designs were changed in order to maybe, either differentiate it from the original to make an entirely new experience, or maybe they thought it’d have been more marketable to introduce more bishies than keep the original cast…I wouldn’t know tho. xD
Still…very good. I wish it were an actual series
MAL Score: 6.62
One guy. Five girls. One roof. It’s a recycled idea, but it never gets old. Happy Lesson is a kinetic take on an old genre.
Chitose shares his house with five ladies. One might think the continued attention of this many girls would be a good thing, but too much attention can prove to be painful. Did I mention they’re also instructors at his school (hence the title)? Not only is he the subject of their abuse at home, but at school as well. Even when things finally calm down at night, all the rooms are taken so Chitose must sleep on the couch.
It has the tag of a harem, but honestly I didn’t see as many typical harem aspects in the show as I thought I would. The premise of having all your kawaii teachers [and a loli one too] come live with you sounds like the perfect setup for some intense ecchi scenes, but what I actually found was a little different. The only ecchi thing I can even really remember is probably that tomboy teacher always pushing the main character into her tits. Besides that it was more like a comedy and I think it was genuinely funny.
Besides one over dramatic and pretty much garbage episode with some random girl and I think the main character had to like appreciate his “mamas” or something, every other episode started with that amazing intro and was really funny. If your looking for a show that basically encapsulates that 2000s anime aesthetic and is really short, so short that you could watch it and probably finish it in two class periods, then maybe give this show a watch.
2: Onegai☆Teacher: Reminiscence Disc
Japanese: おねがい☆ティーチャー Reminiscenceディスク
MAL Score: 6.70
An hour long OVA summarizing the plot of the original Onegai Teacher series. Also bundled with the BD box release of Onegai Teacher.
There is no new content at all. Aside from the first minute (which takes scenes from a later episode), Reminiscence is nothing more than putting all the episodes back to back and then cutting it down to an hour. It appears to be an edit of the main series that was done fast and cheaply.
The scene changes are abrupt, and they do not flow particularly well. A lot of the character development and virtually all the comedy aspects are taken out, making the tone more serious, especially in the first half. If this had been expanded another half hour to be a standard recap movie, a lot of the problems probably would have gone away.
Reminiscence wasn’t terrible, but isn’t worth the time. It ultimately felt like a quick way to cash in on the series. It ignored a lot of the story and character development, and there were several instances where a scene is cut off immediately in order to cram everything into less than an hour.
Japanese: MUNTO [ムント]
MAL Score: 6.82
Above Earth, invisible to humans, float the Heavens—a collection of floating island kingdoms supported by the magic of their godlike inhabitants. The mysterious power source known as Akuto enables this magic to exist, but this is quickly running out. In response to this energy crisis, most of the kingdoms in the Heavens agree to use the minimum amount of Akuto required to sustain themselves, except for the Magical Kingdom. The leader of this kingdom, the Magical King Munto, believes that Akuto can be replenished if he travels to Earth and meets a mysterious girl shown to him by a seer. While Munto sets off on the dangerous journey, the other kingdoms attempt to destroy the Magical Kingdom and acquire the remaining Akuto for themselves.
On Earth, Yumemi Hidaka is dealing with her own problems. She can see floating islands in the sky that nobody else can. While her best friend Ichiko Ono believes her, Yumemi wonders if she is going insane. When Munto suddenly appears before her, Yumemi dismisses him as a mere delusion. She is more concerned about her 13-year-old friend Suzume Imamura, who is attempting to elope with her delinquent boyfriend. As the Magical Kingdom nears the point where it will fall from the sky, Munto’s quest to save both the Heavens and Earth grows increasingly desperate.
Character designs: Terrible. All the girls have fuckhuge bug eyes and Munto looks like a skinny 12 year old…remember this guy is supposed to be the king of the Magic Kingdom. Just look at that ridiculous hair.
Animation: Average. Nothing to complain about, but it wasn’t amazing either. The fight scenes were a letdown. Actually there is only one fight scene in the entire 54 minute OVA, Gas vs the chick with two swords. It was okay animation wise, I mean it’s double framed. But in terms of choreography it wasn’t that great. It was just Gas dodging the double swords. Was somewhat similar to the Darker than Black OVA where Hei was dodging the chinese contractor’s double swords. Gas grabs the sword and vaporizes it. If the sword doesn’t cut you then why bother dodging it? Seems kind of pointless really. Anyway that was it. The OVA’s only fight scene and was mediocre.
Overall piss poor story and underwhelming fight scenes, really disappointing.
I don’t really understand why there is a storyline within a story line. It seems like it confuses it. Fortunately, it makes up for it by the same feeling of Air and Clannad. This has the same feeling as them where if revolves around the world of a young girl who doesn’t know where her place is. She tries to find out, but turns out there are powers she has that can save the world. Kyoto has this way of having a rather dreamy and other worldly show. Now this show feels only like a beginning of a chapter, and it doesn’t seem to end really.
The artwork is not as good as the big three, it feels a bit hazy. I guess the hazy is supposed to make it dreamlike, but it just feels a little odd. The 3D animation actually look rather good with this show for however little is in this. Munto looks like Yugi with his spiky hair and lengthy body. Some of the bodies are really small waist.
The voices sound pretty good actually in the English, They did a rather good job. Unfortunately, the magical king Munto sounds like Yugi to in his dueling form. It doesn’t help because of his looks too.
The main character in this series sees islands in the sky but wishes she didn’t because everyone damns that as abnormal or weird. So, she carries around an umbrella so she can’t see them anymore.
One day, she is walking to school when a strange man with red hair comes out of nowhere and demands that she give her powers to him. She says no and thinks she dreaming and he vanishes.
Later on, he keeps popping out of nowhere and demands she helps him. She does later and the day is saved! Yay!
This show was a good growing up story and had great character development but there were a lot of characters that were not need at all in the story. They just pop out of nowhere and go with the flow being completely useless.
Another thing is that the ending was about friendship. That pissed me off.
All in all, this was a good series in the beginning but the ending sucked.
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2. Onegai☆Teacher: Reminiscence Disc
4. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2: Shiroki Ryuu no Miko
6. Mizuiro (2003)
7. Memories Off 2nd
8. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Ajisai Yumegatari
9. Green Green Specials
10. Triangle Heart: Sweet Songs Forever