They’re the best Anime that 2010 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Koi☆Sento, Megane na Kanojo, D.C. I&II P.S.P. Re-Animated, and more!
MAL Score: 6.38
It’s a quick time jump to the 26th century where a school trip to a rebuilt 21st century city turns into a wild adventure for teenaged Shinichi. While chasing a talking deer that steals his bag, he runs into a strange girl trying to elude even stranger pursuers, and then things get really wild. It’s a mad dash through a city of the past as two young people discover a chance at a new future.
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The art was not realy my type, too much 3D like and the faces were kinda weird.
The sound was not special. The songs were kinda lame.
They didnt say anything about the Characters. This was one of the things that made it really bad. Since it only was an ova, they couldnt have talked about the characters anyway.
But still, i did actually enjoy it. (a bit)
What you’d expect from a 25 minute story. There’s barely any time to create a setting.
You see a boy on a school trip, and that’s your lead male. You see a girl of questionable origins and that’s your lead female. And of course, a way (no matter how randomly made) for them to meet.
It’s probably the most unusual thing about this show. Every single thing (except for some backgrounds and details) is animated with 3D models. Every character (which is kind of cheating the animation process IMO).
This results in some strange facial expressions (mouth especially). And a few weird movements, but only for those with seriously honed observation skills.
The sound was perfectly fit. As for soundtrack. It’s just there.
Nothing special. It’s a boy meets girl while girl meets world thing. Frequent anime viewers won’t see anything new.
It felt better than when described by my words above. If you like romance and don’t need much of a reason to see one happen, you won’t feel these 25 mins were for naught.
I rate it 7 for the quick fix of romance I occasionally need. Now I can get back to the serious stuff.
I probably enjoyed this more than most would as I’ve long been interested in science fiction looks at religion. So this light sci-fi OAV short with a reincarnated temple priestess and giant Buddha (daibutsu) robots scratched a rare itch for me.
There’s nothing particularly deep here, it’s just an innocent and pleasant romance with pretty cool art and animation. It’s really the depiction of future Buddhism (which looks a lot like current Buddhism, which makes sense given that it has been around for a long time) that makes me love it. If that seems neat to you, you probably enjoy, otherwise there’s other stuff that might be better worth your time.
9: Megane na Kanojo
MAL Score: 6.66
For most people, wearing glasses is a necessity for clear sight, but for four young girls, their spectacles mean so much more. From a teenage girl wearing her glasses with pride and a top idol who uses hers to disguise herself as a regular person, to a couple whose bent frames bring them closer together, a good pair of glasses can not only open your eyes, but also open your heart.
first, this anime only have 4 episode where each episode tell diffrent girl story. i was hoping it will get another episode but i think it will not happen
this yet is the best romance in my opinion, because every episode give heart-warming romance story.
with good art in making glasses cute girl looks even cuter, nice background, for sound, i like the OP, every character have nice story why they are using glasses, and every character have their own story. for enjoyment i thing i will give score 9, because i never watch this kind of romance anime before.
thanks for reading my review. sorry for my bad english. happy watching 😀
Story (8 / 10)
The story points almost all the girls who wears “Glasses” in japanese its “Megane”. All the arcs are soft-plained romance, its like a teaser on how they will fall in-love with each other and how the mutual understanding progress. All the arcs we’re analyze very well so it won’t be so boring even if its just a soft romance one shot episode series.
Art (8 / 10)
The art plainly great! I feel like watching Honey and Clover. All the glasses heroines are cute so their an exception. The blushes makes it way more cuter but I hope they didn’t made an exaggeration on the glasses coz its looks way big. Its not fantastic like the other series but the soft romantic feeling make it look great already. It doesn’t need more graphic and exaggeration. Its good as it use to be 🙂 but having a clearer and sharpen animation would be a little better I guess 😀
Sound (8 / 10)
It matches the genre of the anime. The opening and ending song was good but not a top notched to buy a single album of it. The romantic background sound and some other setting background music does suit the series. It suit it at least.
Character (7 / 10)
The character was just good but having the girl to make the move made me little disappointing. They also made the protagonist to look like an idiot but overall the actions and personality each of them are on terms at least.
Enjoyment (6 / 10)
I fairly enjoyed the series because of the weird glasses plot in it but most its disappointing because its way too short. They should’ve made it at least 27 – 30 minutes. Each episodes are kinda cliffhanging and that’s the worst of it but at least I understand the producers about what they did so its just good as fair.
Overall (7 / 10)
Its fairly good at least, it made me feel light seeing youth being in love. It was just a teasing romantic anime but its still twitterpating in some sort of reason. The glasses made it more enticing if you have huge fetishes on Girls who wears Glasses. You will totally scream like “MOE~~~!” then add some kyun~! in the end hehe.
8: D.C. I&II P.S.P. Re-Animated
Japanese: D.C.I&II P.S.P. RE-ANIMATED
MAL Score: 6.67
An OVA bundled with a PSP game Da Capo: D.C. I & II P.S.P. It features animated confession scenes for the four main heroines of the two games, Nemu, Kotori, Yume, and Otome.
7: To Heart 2 Adnext
Japanese: ToHeart2 adnext
MAL Score: 6.76
The first and the second volume will feature Komaki Manaka and Kusakabe Yuuki, respectively.
6: Fate/stay night TV Reproduction
Japanese: Fate/stay night
MAL Score: 6.85
An edited and condensed version of the TV series.
Story : Not good. While it does somewhat convey the overall storyline, it still leaves many things unanswered. So many plot points have been removed that it just doesn’t feel like the story was really engaging at any point. Scenes will just jump around and you will be left wondering how this or that happened. For example, Shirou and Saber are recovering from a battle and then in the next scene, they’re fully healed and already in a completely different location fighting another battle. What happened in between? How did they get there? Why are they suddenly healed so quickly? These are questions viewers who has not seen FSN yet would ask.
All the fight scenes have been shortened as well. Fights that were suppose to be at least half an episode’s length has been reduced to nothing but a few short minutes. This is truly an extremely condensed version of the story.
Art : The animation is pretty much remastered footage from the anime. It’s still crisp and clear and it conveys the what is supposed to be colorful characters in the anime. The various noble phantasms are still excellent quality but unfortunately, cut short so many times.
Sound : The OP to this work features a new version of the original anime’s “disillusion” by Tainaka Sachi. The music from the VN and the anime are still here. A nice blend of mellow tunes that kind of fits into the shortened disjointed scenes but lacks to really draw us back in to the world of Fate/Stay Night.
Character : This is where this two part summary really falls. So much of the dialogue between the characters and their developments were removed for the sake of time. Barely any characters had any development whatsoever. The only characters to even get a sliver of development were Shirou and Saber but even that was just nearly non-existant. The dialogue between all of the characters was what made them great but alas, without it, we don’t really care much about them at all.
Enjoyment/Overall [7/6]: While I enjoyed immersing myself into the world of FSN once again, the disjointed and heavily cut direction really distracted me from keeping up with the story. The scenes were just jumping around so fast that they don’t let you absorb what had actually transpired then. This is a poorly made summary recap of the original FSN. While it will remind you of most of the important things that happen, it doesn’t really pull you back in the world of FSN. If they really wanted to do a summary, DEEN should’ve at least made an effort to reedit the script and change the animation enough to have it flow better instead of just cutting and pasting a bunch of the same footage together. This is definitely not made to be a standalone work. You’ll need prior knowledge of FSN to really understand what actually transpired in the recap.
And where the fuck was my “People die when they are killed” line? Terrible. Just terrible.
If you haven’t read Fate/stay night or seen DEEN’s first anime adaptation, don’t bother watching this; it will make absolutely no sense to you. Read the novel instead. It’s significantly better than either of these anime.
If you have seen the Fate/stay night anime, don’t bother watching this, either; the only new material is the OP+ED, and although I’m a fan of Tainaka Sachi, this new remix of disillusion wasn’t great.
I watched this because I spotted [Doki]’s fansubs and thought it might be worth a re-watch. I guess I was hoping in vain that these OVAs would be an improvement on the original anime. They’re not. If I weren’t nerdy enough to remember the plot of F/sn in its entirety two years after reading it, I’m sure I would not have been able to follow the story of TV Reproduction. Many scenes are skipped entirely. Others appear as minute-long clips with one or two lines, thrown in with absolutely no transitions or explanations or anything. DEEN didn’t do such a bad job the first time around when it came to keeping crucial plot points (aside from Bondage Sakura and some other tidbits), but in TV Reproduction they’re waved aside under the assumption that the viewer already knows what’s going on and doesn’t really care.
TV Reproduction follows the same story as the anime it’s based on. There are no new scenes. There are, however, so many cuts that if you didn’t know the story to begin with, there’s no chance you’d figure out what was going on.
Fate/stay night does have an excellent story, though. Go read it.
Better quality than the original anime’s, but far from beautiful. I watched in 720p. 1080p upscales aren’t really my cup of tea.
A lot of the animation seems to be very lazy. Standard DEEN fare, I suppose. Fate/stay night is something you read/watch for the story, so this isn’t that important.
The highlights of TV Reproduction are the all-new OP and ED themes sung by Tainaka Sachi. The soundtrack has otherwise been copied directly from the original anime, which sounds great in theory but ends up being quite disappointing in practice. You’ll hear a momentary snatch of a track from the TV series’ OST at a dramatic point, but it will play for a minute and fade away as the next character’s theme turns on due to the extremely rushed nature of the OVAs.
There is little to no characterization in TV Reproduction. Given the amount of material that DEEN had to cram into two hours, this makes a lot of sense: we never have time to look into the characters’ heads or watch them chat with one another. It’s still disappointing, though.
Overall, I scored this 6 out of 10, which is probably more than it deserves. The Nasu fan in me won’t let me do otherwise.
Would not recommend.
From my point of view, Fate/Stay Night TV Reproduction was meant to be only a brief nostalgia material to millions of Fate/Stay Night fans out there. The whole 24 episodes worth of a story compacted into only a pair of 1 hour episodes? Of course it seems like a forced attempt on a series re-animation to make money.
The truth is, there was so many scene deletions in this reproduction that the storyline itself lost its charm and plot development. Sometimes, the scene loops far away out of the blue, leaving us in a state of confusion on what happened a moment before. For a moment the setting takes place in a house, but after a few seconds everything changed into the end of a supposed-to-be-good fight with another powerful servant. These kinds of loops really wasn’t a pleasant experience, even to fans.
Putting the plot aside, the animation has improved so much than before (of course), and the musics are as good as ever. The characters suffered from lack of development (probably because of the loops), but they’re still amazing and fun to watch. At least for me, it was very nostalgic to see those characters in action, although within a whole different kind of animation and angles.
In short, Fate/Stay Night TV reproduction could be a relieve for those who missed to re-watch the original series, but didn’t have the time to. But really, this one is not suitable for those who never watch the original one. Too much details missing.
5: Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku
English: Hey, Class President!
MAL Score: 6.98
Even as he tries to keep the student council president out of trouble, Vice President Chiga-kun finds himself being drawn to the president’s strength and power. Chiga-kun wonders how he, being such an intelligent individual, can be so unwillingly taken with a boy who is so country and simple…
well, i don’t know how to start. haha. there are so many things i want to say, let alone the spoilers i want to place but that’d be unfair :p
please be aware that this is YAOI we are talking about, so if you don’t like yaoi then please head on to your next selection 🙂
plot: the story is quite typical actually. school setting. what makes it special is, let’s see.. there’s a.. *beep* that *beep* his *beep* haha. okay. so technically, there’s no surprise to anything (oh is there? *smirks*) i just like to overrate okay? no harm in doing that.
art: ooh~ art is good! if you watched kirepapa, then that’d give you a concrete idea since the anime was produced by the same company. yeah. i like men long and slender. i watched a censored version of this one so i don’t know much about those *cough* scenes 🙂 (can you believe i watched it CENSORED and there was actually such version?) haha. but better watch it uncensored if you want full satisfaction! (what the hell am i saying?!)
sound: *cough, cough* SOUND?! =__= this is the least i would want to talk about. haha. close your eyes and you’ll definitely imagine what they’re doing. haha! no. i was kind of irritated because one of the characters was saying things syllable per syllable.. and you can actually hear the seiyuu’s breathing. i don’t know, maybe that was intended? yeah. everyone sounded seductive :p
character: nothing special actually. just your usual student council pres and v pres. i like how they look so.. don’t mind my rating 🙂
enjoyment: GAH! who wouldn’t enjoy this? the humor’s light so i think it’s good. haha.
this is the longest review i’ve done so far so does that mean it’s good? well see for yourself! 🙂
That Chiga-guy really hesitate to deny his feeling to Kokusai-kaichou coz Kokusai is to look plain for him hihihihi. But on the contrary, he often feels doki-doki and hug Kokusai without even realize. I really like those scenes, especially when he yelled on his mind “AH HELP ME!”
I guess it also because Sugita Tomokazu whose seiyuu as Chiga. I really like his voice. Really nice-pairing with the cute expression-voice of Toriumi Kousuke as Kokusai. GOOD JOB, GUYS! SUGOOOI !!
The story centres on the student council vice-present, Chiga, who is in love with the president, Kokusai. Kokusai is an airhead and doesn’t really notice a lot of things going on around him (such as people taking advantage of his body). He also doesn’t realize Chiga’s feelings, and not even that he DOES actually reciprocates them.
Ok, so now to the bad points:
-The animation could be better;
-Ok I’m a bit biased because I’m familiar with the manga, but this OVAS doesn’t really have a story. They kind of just stuck with the introductory part of the manga. As someone who wouldn’t mind seeing their entire story told in anime I can’t avoid but to feel like two OVAS are not enough. They came short on story development department;
– Let’s get real here…if you are not going to give us the manga whole story but only two short OVAS, so then give us more smut and fan service as some kind of compensation. I mean, I would understand if there was little sex and a lot of plot…but no, I feel as a viewer we don’t get much of either.
What do I say here besides it was fine, at most?
-It did stick to the first volume of the manga;
– I like the characters. I think both the male leads are charismatic characters, especially Kokusai…I think he is kind of funny;
-I liked the voice actors, I think they did ok;
-It is entertaining if you want just an uncomplicated yaoi anime;
-There are a couple of sexy scenes there. Not the best, but still good.
To summarize Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku is not really bad, but is not really good either. It’s an ok Yaoi anime that will help you pass the time at most. But it probably won’t be making a lot of people’s top yaoi anime lists.
4: Koisuru Boukun
MAL Score: 7.02
Tetsuhiro Morinaga is in love with his upperclassman Souichi Tatsumi. He even manages to confess his love. Too bad it turns out that Tatsumi is an aggressive, self-centered, and outspoken homophobe.
Yet somehow Tetsuhiro managed to fall in love with Tatsumi, the “walking personality disorder,” who is the kind of man who declares that all gay men should be wiped off the face of the planet.
An unfortunate accident with an aphrodisiac drug brings the two men physically together against Souichi’s will. The experience has a life-changing effect on both men. But will it ultimately bring them closer, or drive them apart?
If you haven’t seen Koi Suru Boukun yet, GO DO IT NOW. I assure you that you won’t regret it.
NB: If you’re against malexmale or any ‘forced’ sex then please refrain. Although, the ‘forcing’ isn’t really extreme.
(Those who have already watched please continue, those who haven’t please turn back now)
**SPOILER AHEAD! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED**
-I really enjoyed the plot. The pace is just right, and it slowly shows how Souichi is accepting Mori into his life. Not too much sex, since that would be a buzzkill. Just the right amount of it so the watchers won’t get bored, and just the right amount of character development and storyline to keep it moving and interesting.
-The drawing style is great. Met my expectations 100%.
-Oh MAMA! You gotta admit that Souichi’s ‘voicing’ is ultra hot&smexy. I hate yaois when they make the uke sound like a total girl and it gets REALLY boring after a while. However, Midorikawa manages to give it spice and get the viewers intrigued, eh heh heh.
-What I really liked was how the characters were strong but somehow very delicate in a sense. Like Souichi for example. Although he has a tough and shrewd exterior, he also displays a soft fragility from time to time which is very amusing to watch.
-The best I’ve ever seen. Outstanding.
-Some of you may be thinking this is too high of a rating but really, I think they deserve it. Everything was perfect.
Now, uh… I didn’t quite know what I was in for but what I ended up seeing was a bit surprising for me. The reason this didn’t get a 2 or a 1 was because I enjoyed the voice acting from the two main characters; even if the lines were bad, they spoke with vigor that kept me interested.
The story is pretty flat: homo likes a homophobe; we all know that 99.9% of those people are actually homos themselves. That’s uh… basically it. It centers around two characters with other seemingly useless characters peppered in for no real reason. Also, spoilers, they include a fucking bottle of wine that, if consumed, makes the drinker stupid horny. SIGH.
Art? Not bad. Typical 2010 style, nothing extraordinary.
The soundtrack was nothing worth mentioning; very average.
OKAY. The characters were… uh. Annoying? There’s basically only two you have to discuss and that’s the homo and the “homophobe”. “Homophobe” is just a mega tsundere with an attitude, and homo? Uh. Kind-of an optimistic guy whose like, drive and character seem to be fixed on the fact that he LOVES the “homophobe”.
I will discuss my major gripe with this right now. It contains spoilers so if you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now. Right, so, I was majorly bothered by the lack of consent used by the homosexual character in this show. There were many, many, MANY instances during their initial sex scene that the homophobic character insisted that nothing more happen, etc. At NO point did the ever verbally agree to the number of things the homosexual character did. On top of that, the homosexual character just didn’t quite… understand that concept.
In either event, their relationship was just off-putting and unsavory. Consent is sexy, that’s all I will say.
3: “Bungaku Shoujo” Memoire
MAL Score: 7.31
Episodes which depict the background stories of “Bungaku Shoujo” Movie’s main heroines.
A few months back I saw a OVA prequel of a light novel called Bungaku shoujo, at the time I wasn’t quite sure of what was I getting into, but I was pleasantly surprised by it, I decided to watch it because I was looking for a more dark perspective on the romance genre and that’s what I got for most part, I even watched the movie who pales comparing it to the prequels but that’s a topic for another day, keep in mind these OVA´s have completely different purposes and stories, Now without further a do Ill start my review:
The story centers around a boy named Inoue Konoha a boy who likes to write, and its shown that he has talent for it.. Has a kid konoha met a girl called Miu Asakura a girl with a cold attitude that doesn’t get along with other kids, everyone “hates” her and she can be called a loner. She can be also considered a pathological liar, she lies for the most trivial things but for me I can interpret it has a method she has to try to affirm and get the attention of others, she does not care about what others say but deep down she shows sorrow because what she really wanted was someone to rely on and interact with, it’s a common thing among children and human in general, they strive for emotional connections and seek romance in this world. Consequently it also shows our greed and obcessiveness over something we hold dear, and sometimes it gets the best of us.
It’s a bitter sweet story with a decent direction and presentation and has great atmosphere. It stays focused troughout and doesn’t try to diverge from it, being a single OVA is very limiting yet they made something worth watching, this however is much more well explored in the LNs.. , this OVA has all had great ideas, great direction and presentation, the setting while being quite generic also fit (another fucking highschool setting), I give it a 6 because it doesnt have a ending (its continued in the movie) and because it was indeed rushed.
The art was solid for most part, sometimes some re used footage but very rare, other than that the character designs were generic, and the characters look like robots sometimes (Production IG) The backgrounds were pretty simple and it didnt had anything to the overall atmosphere and tone settled by the show wich wasnt a good thing, especially when I am a sucker for atmosphere.
The sound was pretty forgettable but fitting, the opening was suave and melancholic (fitting the show´s themes). On this case the soundtrack actually contributed to the atmosphere, (even being forgettable) like I said above it fitted the show.
The VAs did a pretty good job, especially Aya hirano wich was amazing while voicing Miu.
I have a lot of mixed feelings regarding this, the problem is that despite Miu Asakura being a great character the rest of the cast is just bland and uninteresting, most of them just being mere plot devices, one of the main things I absolutely love about this OVA is the fact that it has Miu has the MC and it shows you Miu perspective of the world, it was a great move by the writer.
Even if Miu is a great character I still stand for my point that a single character cant carry a show no matter how good it is. Its meaningless when the same character doesnt have anyone to interact with and influence others with the ideals and motivations they couldve introduced in the others.
Inoue is a bland ass MC for a show, he is absolutely annoying and bland, he almost comes off has a self insert if it werent for his reactions and motivations towards MIU, he is just forgetable
Miu´s parents was just there to provoke victimization that isnt necessarly bad in this case since it was needed to introduce us to Miu´s situation, the same goes for Miu´s classmates wich they show understandable reactions to her gimmicks, it all plays to Miu, they all rely on Miu but in the end they build their own grave because like I said ” a single character cant carry a show no matter how good it is” .. and well Ill keep saying that because the side characters are just moved by reactions nothing else, bland like a sheet.
I clearly enjoyed the show, because Miu was the MC, that alone gives me the confidence to give this single OVA a 6 out of 10. I just hope for a remake just featuring Miu and her perspective on the world, without the bland ass characters.
Bungaku Shōjo Memoire, a three part OVA series produced by Production I.G., is the prequel for the recently released Bungaku Shoujo Movie. Although it is a three part OVA series, each OVA by itself is a standalone OVA with little direct connection with each other. The first episode of this OVA series, titled Yume Miru Shoujo no Prelude, focuses on the story of Touko Amano (天野遠子), the main heroine in the subsequent movie.
Also, a little note here: I have NOT read the original light novel source material, so you could say that I’m starting with a clean state regarding the Bungaku Shoujo franchise.
The story itself is somewhat peculiar, focusing on Amano’s love of books (and literal eating of them), and her subsequent run in with both tragedy and love, although love not quite in the way that you would expect. The tragic moments took up a rather brief minute or two in this OVA, with the death of Touko’s parents while she was a child. They didn’t linger or overdramatize the tragedy, and simply moved on. The lasting impact of Amano’s father words of wisdom, however, are clearly seen through his daughter’s personality. There some wonderful series that have an intense focus on the theme of how loved ones are never truly gone as long as they are remembered, shows such as Cross Game and Touch.
However, due to the brevity of this particular OVA, such themes could never be fully fleshed out. The plot explores other aspects of the main character in more detail, such as the budding love of a young girl for books of all flavors, the social anxiety that comes with being a part of a niche fandom isolated from others, and an innocent fascination to explore the boundaries of your own interests.
The true strength of this OVA is the dynamic, always-enthusiastic-and-filled-with-energy main heroine, Touko. Her sheer level of pure, unadulterated love of books really shines through in her actions, ranging from jumping through imaginary fields of raining candy and talking cats after reading a wonderfully imaginative story, to being all giddy and smiley while explaining the wonders of today’s literary class lesson to her classmates who fell asleep in class. She is truly a wonder to watch, with absolutely no restraint in showing her love and appreciation of literature. Her love for books is so extreme that it’s almost fascinating; you can’t help but wonder what it’s like to be so carefree and passionate about your interests.
She is truly a joy to watch, but not everything is all good and happy for her. In the scenes where she is hanging out with other girls, you could tell that she has trouble fitting in with others, precisely because of her overflowing love of books; she simply cannot properly socially interact with her peers unless they also love and appreciate books, which unfortunately they do not. There isn’t an explicit focus on this, per say, but it is touched upon towards the beginning of the OVA, and is more darker in tone in contrast to Touko’s light hearted antics.
And here is where the major flaw to this OVA presents itself; it touches upon some very interesting themes and ideas, but it never fully immerses in properly fleshing out any of them. Because this OVA is only 22 or so minutes long, there simply isn’t enough time to properly develop and explore some of the ideas presented in this OVA. How I see it, this OVA was overtly ambitious about what it wanted to accomplish, but the end result is that it developed each idea moderately well, rather than polishing a single idea to perfection. An episode or two more to this arc could have done wonders for this particular story.
However, just because the OVA was all over the place doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. This OVA still has it’s charms and is by no means a bad OVA. It’s truly a wonderful watch that tells the story of a young, enthusiastic girl and her books; I almost guarantee that this will bring a smile to your face.
Overall: 8.5/10 (rounded up to a 9 on myanimelist)
Production Quality: 8.5/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
this is a copy of my original review (^.^), which could be found here at https://blogs.emory.edu/animec/2010/07/17/bungaku-shojo-memoir-i-yume-miru-shoujo-no-prelude-ova/
The classic music in the background matched well very well with the overall atmosphere of the show, which was light-hearted and calming in the most part yet dramatic and serious in some crucial moments. Also, the lightening effect was employed with precision for similar purpose as above, as the shadow caused by the sunset fills the most of the screen when Amano finds about the retirement of Miu Inoue and it is again filled with bright light when she discovers and meets with Konoha Inoue at the school.While there’s really nothing particular to note about the side characters’ voice acting, I really liked the decision to use Hanazawa Kana for Amano’s role as her youthful and energetic voice fits well with the literature girl image. (Just to note, Hanazawa does also very good job of acting quiet girls like Fujiwara Sora in Sketchbook and Sengoku Nadeko in Bakemonogatari) To be frank, I also really look forward Hirano Aya and Mizuki Nana’s voice acting in the future episodes of Memoire OVA.
Even though Bungaku Shōjo did not seem to be a high-budget production, I should give credit to the director, Shunsuke Tada, for keeping the OVA consistent with the novel while making efficient use of the available resources. Overall, the OVA should be appreciated by the fans of Bungaku Shōjo, while remaining enjoyable for those who have faced the series for the first time.
2: Shakugan no Shana S
English: Shakugan no Shana S: OVA Series
MAL Score: 7.35
Find out what happens when Yuji accidentally triggers a found Treasure Tool while it’s pointed at Shana! Then, Yuji teams up with Wilhelmina to stalk their fiery friend—whose secrecy has become unsettling. Finally, in a two-part special, Shana tracks a Denizen’s trail by sorting through a Torch’s memories for clues. Her sleuth skills reveal a teenage girl’s heartwarming last days and a predator with a serious identity crisis!
This was made to give us Shana fans a nibble before we get thirds not to piss us off. It gives us alot of the humor that this story mold of body-swapping use (Yuji reaching towards his chest when he is in shana’s body was an inevitable moment the second they swapped bodies) and I think the “shana” feel behind it adds new life to the cliche plot.
Overall it was a great OVA in part 1 and am highly looking forward to the next 3 followed by the long awaited Shakugan no Shana III
Shakugan no Shana (Burning-Eyed Shana) also known simply as Shana are a Japanese light novel series written by Yashichiro Takahashi with illustrations by Noizi Ito. ASCII Media Works published 26 novels from November 2002 too November 2012 under there Dengeki Bunko imprint.
In fall of 2005 Shakguan No Shana received an anime adaptation and it spawning 3 seasons that aired in different years, 1 movie and a OVA called Shakugan no Shana S. It was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Takashi Watanabe whom are also directed one of my favourite series called Slayers.
Now what do I think about Shakugan no Shana?
Well I first I hated the series but after a short while I decided too re-watch S1 as well as watching S2 and S3 for the first time and well.
Shakguan No Shana went from being one of most overrated anime series too one of my favourite series in a blink of a eye because it contains great action, a good love triangle a story that gets better as the series progresses, wonderful art/animation and the main theme that Shana presents.
So why are Shakugan No Shana so good you may ask? Well we are going too find out in the course of this review.
Hello Everyone Shawn/TheCodeTrigger and today I will be reviewing all three seasons of Shakugan no Shana and with out of the way lets us begin.
The story begins with Yuji whom are youre average boy whom just graduated into high school. One day as he was going home he comes across a scarlet sealed area where everyone except him are frozen in time and on top of that theyre’s monsters named Tomogara. On top of that the Tomogara are stealing souls from human body and now they are after Yuji soul. Hope are almost lost until a female flame haze comes in and save Yuji as well as defeating the Toomgara. After that the flame haze tells Yuki that he now a torch. A leftover of someone whom has already been eaten by the Tomogara. Usually that you will only have a few days too live at most before disappearing completely but inside Yuki he has a mysterious and unique item that are called Reiji Maigo which every day at midnight he gets his existence replenished. So together with the flame haze which Yuji named Shana they set off too fight Tomogara together too protect the city.
The first 2 seasons of Shakugan no Shana features a lot action, slice of life and a bit of romance which manages too blend well for the most part. I liked too romance and slice bits of the show because they are well in my opinion and they give character development too most characters in like before Shana was just cold hearted tsundere but thanks too slice of life elements she becomes more humane character instead of being that rough main character. The action was just wonderful of J.C staff because theyre were well directed and the fights can get really intents at times.
Now I have too admit the first half of S2 are easily the weakest of the trilogy. It’s not bad by any means but compare too everything else in the trilogy it stick out like a sour thumb of being meh. Unlike most people I actually like the first half because I got too see the great character interactions with each other while they do bunch of slice of life stuff. Then again we have the love triangle hat shouldn’t really happen at all and the one whom brought this love triangle are the character that I hate the most. We get too her later.
The second half of S2 in my opinion are the best of the trilogy because J.C staff managed too show the potenal of series perfectly by giving us great villains, Yuji finally becomes a great male lead and he finally got real character development.
The only problems that I had with the first two seasons are the second villains of S1 which had some messed up insets with each other and the one girl which I will mention in the character section.
Shana S are just more Shana fun for the most part.
The first 2 episode are filler but highly enjoyable filler because of the character interactions were spot on.
The last two episodes are heavily character driven because they explore Shana as a character before she met Yuji. Plus those 2 episodes don’t have any action.
Finally we have Shana final.
This was the season where Shana fans were heavily divided.
I seen people whom Shana final was the shit or people whom thought Shana Final was the worst thing that J.C staff has ever done.
Where do I stand on this? I liked but at the same time I thought it was kinda rushed.
I can see why people hate this because that made that set character into a villain ruining the character development that they had with that set character but for me I found set character becoming a villain was a good move because in my opinion its adds more too the show.
Compare too Shana S1 and S2 Shana final are more action pack and very emotional too the eyes.
The ending of Shana final was good in my opinion because it closes the series in a great way.
The only real complaints that I had with Shana final are not Yuji becoming a different person but are almost all of the new characters that appear in Shana final hardly get any character development whatsoever and it’s really a shame because I liked some of this new characters but they hardly get any back-story or mutations’ of why they taking part of the war.
Besides that I liked Shana Final.
One more that I like too mention are the theme of Shana. You see Shakguan No Shana deals with the theme evolution and the show manages too portray that theme properly because throughout the series you will see characters constantly evolving too become better people.
Overall I really like the story of all seasons of Shakugan no Shana.
The characters of Shakgan no Shana start off generic but as the series progresses they all evolve too great characters.
I first hated Yuji because he stared off a generic protagonist but over the course the series I found him too a well written male lead because he well developed and actually has a personally unlike most generic male leads.
One more thing I will mention Yuji becomes a different person on Shana III and the things he does in Shana are just mind blowing.
Overall Yuji was a good character in my eyes.
Shana are a really good character in my opinion.
Sure she starts off as a rough tsundere but as the series progresses she becomes more of a humane character that can fit with her peers really well. Also by the time you get too Shana final her signs of her Tsunderism are completely gone and she finally evolve too become a light hearted badass whom loves Yuji.
This are how you write a tsundere guys.
Overall I adore Shana.
The rest of the characters are also good for the most part for example I really like the other characters ranging from the badass and mother figure too Shana Wilhelmina, the comic relief and also badass Margery, the rough but chilled Keisaku too the emotionless villain Hecate. In almost any show that I liked theyre are always that one or two character that I don’t like. In Shana case that character are Yoshida. She are a definition of a bad character because not only she’s annoying but she messes up the relationship of Shana and Yuji by adding a unnecessarily love triangle in the first half of S2. I don’t fully hate her as much as other people do but I she was that character that I heavily dislike.
Also I like too mention that some of the villains in S1 were not great they are .Not offensively bad like Yoshida but compare too the villains in the second season and final they are rather forgettable.
Overall besides from Yoshida this character cast was great.
Like with the characters the art/animation continuously evolves as the series progress.
The art style of the first half of S1 feels kinda generic and outdated in a lot of areas but the second half of S1 the art/animation general improves for the better. Shana Final has some of the best art/animation I seen from a J.C Staff because you can clearly tell that they really effort on the characters designs too the backgrounds of the locations.
Not too mention Shana hair on S3 are beautifully animated.
Overall the art/animation are really good.
The OST of Shana are just wonderful listen because it has both the action and romance music that are very memorable plus the show knows too use appropriate songs on each scene.
By the time of this review the Shakugan no Shana OST are one of my favourite OSTs in anime.
All of the openings were good but noting can top Shana III Final opening 1 Light My Fire” by KOTOKO because it’s sounds legendary and it’s more hype for the show. Not too mention it’s one of my favourite anime openings of all time.
The endings are good but nowhere near as good as the openings in my opinion. The only endings themes that I adore are Shana 2 Ending 2 Sociometry” by KOTOKO and Shana 3 Final Ending 1 I’ll believe” by ALTIMA.
Now I only have seen Shakugan no Shana dubbed and I thought it was great dub.
Unlike Familiar of Zero you can tell they put effort of the dub because the voice acting for almost all of the characters were great. Unlike Slayers where two voice actors have too be changed as that series progresses everyone character a new voice actor in by the beginning of Shana Second. I personally enjoyed the new voice actors because I think they did a good job with the roles.
Overall the OST was just masterpiece. The openings, endings and the dub was great.
I really enjoyed the story from the action pack S1, the clam slice of life first half of S2, the more interesting second half of S2 too the wonderful war setting that are Shana 3 final because each season are very different from each other’s and its works really well in my opinion.
I personally enjoyed all of the seasons because of the character cast evolving every season too become better like for example I use too wrote off Yuji are a generic MC but after seeing Final he became a better and more interesting character.
Same goes with Shana because I was worried that Shana will became a another Lousie from The Familiar of Zero but in the end not only she’s a well written tsundere with amazing character development she’s one of the best female leads I have ever seen in a long while.
Shakguan no Shana has been a wonderful ride for me.
It’s a great story that gets better written as the series progresses, the charterers are great and fun too watch, the art/animation just wonderful especially in S3 the ost are amazing and easily one of my favourite anime OST and the dub are great.
Shakugan no Shana has currently maintain a spot in my top 20 favorite anime series.
It’s a much watch anyone whom are looking for a fast pace action anime with some good slice of life bits.
I give Shakugan No Shana this presenting scores for each season below.
Shana S 9/10
My overall score a 9/10 (This series has been one hell of a fun and romantic ride)
My Anime Recommendations
Slayers (for more Takashi Watanabe greatness)
Kaze no Stigma
Anyway this was TheCodeTrigger and I will see you guys next time.
Summary: The 1st and 2nd episodes of the OVA are mildly interesting filler that you could skip without missing much. The 3rd and 4th episodes, on the other hand, are VERY powerful. They give some back story to Shana right before she meets Yuuji and serves as a great and emotional reminder about what it means to become a torch and disappear. These 2 episodes are mostly emotional and character driven and have little to no action. I highly suggest watching it!
I found these to be quite enjoyable and a bit more than filler because they taught Shana a valuable lesson about the relationship between mother and daughter, about family in general, and especially about adolescent romance. I really like how the first episode starts with Shana killing the torch (typical to a standard episode) and then going back through her past and figuring out what happened to her. This approach allowed for a build up of emotion as she got to know the torch and ended with the touching scene between Shana and the torches mother. I also liked how the second episode went into the details of the torches’ relationship with her new boyfriend. The approach of slowly building up her final few days after she is already dead again proves to be very effective (for example finding out the bracelet she likes so much was a gift from her new boyfriend and that the reason she fought with her mother is she caught them kissing in the park.)
One thing that isn’t completely clear until the end of the second episode is that this is a flashback and that Shana is basically just about to approach the town where Yuuji lives. It is ironic how Alastor wonders if she will one day find a human who can interact with her and she replies that it would be troublesome… if only she knew, haha. This episode (similar to the 1st few episodes in season 1) deals with the loss of human life, becoming a torch and disappearing. It is interesting how the show basically drops this concept, instead worrying about the relationships between the main characters. It is refreshing to get a reminder than all of the people who are devoured cease to exist and their loved ones and families will forget them… it really brings home what everyone is fighting for.
1: Nodame Cantabile: Finale OVA
Japanese: のだめカンタービレ OVA 2
MAL Score: 7.57
An anime-original story written by Ninomiya Tomoko, this is an extra episode that falls between the end of Nodame Cantabile (Finale) and Nodame Cantabile Opera-hen. It’s spring. Nodame is getting very close to graduating from the Conservatoire and Chiaki is keeping himself busy professionally.
Over the top lines like this are what we have come to accept from a romcom like Nodame Cantabile.
Huge Nodame Cantabile Fan here to write a review about the 2nd OVA!
Although only 11 minutes long, I felt that this OVA accomplished exactly what it needed to do without leaving much left to be desired. A funny spin off on the Nodame Cantabile series taking place after the 11th finale episode, the story follows a hilarious interchange of pace and a new light on Chiaki and Nodame’s continuing relationship. Art is relatively the same and sound again is on point (Love the OST and ending!). Character development is so-so but I’m definitely glad to see Yuiko again. Definitely a very short addition to the end of a superb series, but a lighthearted way to just show a little more on how our favorite main characters are doing.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Nodame Cantabile: Finale OVA
2. Shakugan no Shana S
3. “Bungaku Shoujo” Memoire
4. Koisuru Boukun
5. Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku
6. Fate/stay night TV Reproduction
7. To Heart 2 Adnext
8. D.C. I&II P.S.P. Re-Animated
9. Megane na Kanojo