They’re the best Anime that 2012 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Accel World EX, Kimi no Iru Machi: Tasogare Kousaten, Sankarea OVA, and more!
10: Accel World EX
Japanese: アクセル ワールド EX
MAL Score: 7.12
OVA bundled with the Accel World simulation and action games. The Blu-ray OVA discs came with the PS3 limited edition versions and the DVD with the PSP limited edition versions.
The project was split into two PSP and PS3 titles, and one episode was released with each game:
#EX01: Reverberation;Zankyou (bundled with Stage:01 Ginyoku no Kakusei)
#EX02: Vacation;Onsen (bundled with Stage:02 Kasoku no Chouten)
Accel World EX (OVA) is actually based on a project split into two non linear sections that were released based off the video game for the PS3 platform. Those lucky enough who purchased the game will find these gratifying gifts from the producers that comes in the form of Blu-ray DVDs for fans of the original series/light novels. It is also based on its prequel predecessor Accel World. As such, expect many of the same themes, characters, setting, and backgrounds similar.
Because it is non linear, the OVA are standalone episodes that has little to no connection to one of of the other or vice-versa. It is divided into two separate states. The first stage known as Reverberation;Zankyou still takes place in a similar setting but with a newer concept shown AFTER the original anime series. What this means is that it can be a little spoilerish but more importantly, viewers should familiarize themselves with the original series. The episode does not reintroduce all the concepts from its prequel nor are there actual backgrounds of the story from it. It is a stand alone episode and gives more of a fillerish vibe.
The episode itself contains action, drama, and very small inklings of romance as compared to its prequel. In fact, I found some of the misunderstandings between the duo of Kuroyukihime and Haruyuki to be forced and weak. It is not well executed from my point of view especially with their relationship. Despite this though, the two still make a good team especially with their skills and the new concepts applied. With that concept spawns action which was surprisingly well presented. It does lack that feeling of seriousness especially when compared to the latter half of the prequel but it earn its entertainment points.
The designs of the avatars remains generally the same but with the newer concepts applied that brings forth some amusing moments. This is especially true for Kuroyukihime avatar that makes her character already stand out more than she should be. As for the second episode, it follows the typical trend with most OVA standpoints in today’s anime industry. That spells out a simple word: fan service. Of course, in series like this, Reki and his works makes no escape towards this trope. With many of the baring skin and lustful embrace postures, the second half of Accel World EX is a gratuitous presentation. A viewer shouldn’t be surprised though because as it has become a popular trend today.
Both the artwork and soundtrack remains generally the same with Hima doing the original designs and music composed by Kotoko. It focuses on the electronic rhythms and stereo-like vibrations. Along with the OP/ED songs, it brings out the cyber word that is Accel World once again.
All in all, these two OVA episodes are a gift for the fans – either fans of the anime, light novels, or the video games. It’s a bit of a shame that this time around, story isn’t part of the formula for these two episodes. Instead, it is substituted with generics and luring visuals. Still though, it could also be a ride of entertainment if you’re in for it. It’s hard to say if this is a reminder that the series is still popular in Japan but given the sales, a season 2 is possible on the horizon. However, Accel World EX is up for grabs if you’re in for some fun.
Consistent with the main series. Fairly good overall detail and colorization ruined by the blob of the South Park main character. A bit of concentrated fan service in particular scenes in the second episode.
Identical to the main series. This uses the second OP in the main series as well as the same BGM and VAs. Nothing particulary special here.
Pretty much explained the plot in the intro. Nothing is particularly drastic, though I found the first episode a bit far-fetched (sort of borrows the idea from SAO that being an ace in one game makes you really really good in another similar game, though I don’t think good enough to beat a master at the other game). The second episode is more character-driven with some more character background and a lot of Fuuko Kurasaki.
There isn’t any really huge development here. You find a bit of additional detail on fat blob’s past but that’s about it.
This was a fair watch but nothing spectacular. The first episode is more action based whereas the second is a relaxing break. For Accel World fans.
they don’t continue the story but they are 2 funny side stories, one expanding on the setting and another expanding on the characters, the quality is consistent with the main episodes
one of them is more of the typical swimsuits scenario, hotsprings, containing several revealing costumes for the girls, more on the fan service side but the character interactions are still relevant and develop them further
the other has some action in it, revealing outfits too, relevant character interactions, and the most surprising story bit for the overall setting in the entire anime
9: Kimi no Iru Machi: Tasogare Kousaten
Japanese: 君のいる町 黄昏交差点
MAL Score: 7.22
Eba Yuzuki has mysteriously decided to go to high school in the countryside. But despite Kirishima Haruto’s objections, she is living in his home. Now he has to put up with a freeloading city girl and even worse, make sure Kanzaki Nanami, the girl he likes, doesn’t get the wrong idea!
Based on the popular manga by Kōji Seo who bought you the sports/romantic comedy Suzuka comes a new story known as A Town Where You Live. The OVA starts off with a winter like setting and laters changes to Spring. Now, we learn about the two main characters of the OVA, Haruto Kirishima whom seems to have a reserved personality. On the other hand, Yuzuki Eba is quite the opposite and seems to be a sociable character. If we take notice of this, you would probably see that they are practically Ying and Yang on the opposite side of a coin. Can such a couple co-exist? Of course, there are not without obstacles and time is the least of such worries especially when there’s another girl by the name of Nanami Kanzaki that laters enters the picture. Although initially trying to get Haruto to play the actor, it definitely seems that she has real motives. What’s worse, that motive seems to be a obstacle in Haruto and Eba’s relationship. Wait hold on, let me correct that…I meant long-distance relationship because if they were in a relationship already, they would be sharing bentos, walking to school everyday, and having sex like normal couple would. So, long-distance relationships and another girl in the picture, I can see nothing but misunderstandings and drama going on there like a soap opera.
It starts out with almost no prior introduction of the main characters, story, or anything. It’s just a couple who enjoyed a scenery of the blooming season. While technically dating already and being boyfriend and girlfriend, they seem to be “distant” if not already. Yet when Eba moves away from town, Haruto realize that a long-distance love relationship is their most difficult challenge they’d ever face. Time will do its worst but somehow, someway, they are determined to get through.
The sound of the series flows well although not something extravagant. It fits within the tone of the seasons like Spring and the metaphoric Winter. It also has that sort of romantic melody that makes the OVA relaxing to follow through.
As for the art, for those who have seen Suzuka, you would see similarities. (Honoka/Eba, Yamato/Haruto, Suzuka/ Nanami Kanzaki). But overall, the art is decent as with most recent series. Regardless of OVA or anime series, it brings out the image and mood of this short series.
Now, my overall enjoyment of this OVA has mixed feelings. Like most romance themed series, there is drama and emotions running through. But yet, there are also sweet moments (and a little ecchi to go with that). However, this OVA lacks flavor. Although it’s an OVA, there is technically no background of the characters or story whatsoever. With a lackluster plot, this anime seems to be bring a distance away from viewers. It definitely has potential if the anime becomes a full time series but pulling off an OVA with a manga of such magnitude is a little bit much. Yet, there still may be hope in the future, if someday this OVA becomes an official series.
Good climax, decent characters, and nice story.. makes t worth watching.
It proves my theory..
“You can fall in love more than once”
I liked how the OVA ended on a very joyous moment, a somewhat alternate route in comparison with the manga where it continues with a roller coaster of emotions and twists in the plot. If the manga was reproduced into an anime instead of a short OVA, there would be no doubt that it would be a magnificent piece 😀
8: Sankarea OVA
MAL Score: 7.23
Two OVA episodes are bundled as DVDs with each of volumes 6 and 7 of the manga.
The first OVA is a prequel story written by the manga’s author. Before the beginning of the main story, Rea and Chihiro have already met at a certain place: an outdoor hot-spring bath.
The second OVA takes place after the series (effectively episode 14). The Furuya family finds a mysterious young girl hiding under the household temple.
In short: the first is about Chihiro and how he had found a book about resurrection; the second is about Aria and her strange dream (I can’t write what was this dream about because it will be a great spoiler for you; for same reason I’m not writing who is Chihiro&Aria).
First OVA is like a prequel for the TV series. If you didn’t watched “Sankarea” yet, I strongly recommend you to start with this OVA — you’ll free from several question and won’t say “WTF?!” after the first TV ep. 10/10.
Second is so strange and weakly connected to the main story. That is why I recommend you watch this after the TV series, but not the right after! 6/10.
Both OVA’s are well-animated and have cute scenes. Quint essence of the TV series…
Nevertheless, I can’t say that it’s a masterpiece.
Just like I said about art. Also 9/10.
Well, well. All characters, except Aria in her dream, are shown true. True, but not great.
7/10, also due to better first and worse second OVA.
8/10. Very, very good additional episodes of “Sankarea”. I like it.
Episode 00 is about 17 months earlier. Chihiro is telling a story, about memories, mostly in his perspective but also some is in Rea’s. You see some more about Rea’s odd relationship with her father and her mother. Chihiro goes on a holiday with his family and Ranko tags along. So you learn more about their history, too.
The second OVA, Episode 14, is best to watch after the series, as that’s it’s proper place. A weird girl appears under the temple and strange things start happening. Chihiro shows he’s smarter than he looks, and it all comes together in the end.
This isn’t a review exactly, but here’s one if you need:
The first episode is about both the main characters past, and how one of them came across a ‘thing’ which made this whole anime possible. It’s interesting to watch because the episode flows really good.
The second (episode 14) episode is a ‘not-so-necessary episode’ I’d say, but no harm in watching. It’s about a ‘side character’. But this episode accomplishes nothing in the end, you will be asking urself, ‘why does this episode even exists?’.
There, you have it, but I do strongly recommend you to follow my advice that I mentioned at the top.
7: Nazo no Kanojo X: Nazo no Natsu Matsuri
English: Mysterious Girlfriend X: A Mysterious Summer Festival
Japanese: 謎の彼女X 謎の夏祭り
MAL Score: 7.27
OVA released with the 9th volume of the manga.
The day when Tsubaki goes to the summer festival with Ueno, Oka, and Urabe.
Nazo no Kanojo X OVA (also known as Mysterious Girlfriend X) is an OVA released with the 9th volume of the manga in the hot summers of August. As the series already finished airing, some die hard fans sure has missed this mysterious series of freshness that lies within the characteristics of Urabe. She is one of the most strangest girls we’ve seen so far this year and I bet most of you watching the original series sure wants another glimpse of her.
Well, fear no more because summer is here and the festival of fun is waiting for you.
This OVA is actually very amusing to watch to say the least. As mentioned before, romance series nowadays typically consists of the package: the beach episode, the childhood memory/friend returns, and then here we are: the Summer Festival episode.
The content of this special OVA is once again amusing in the way that it’s been months since the main characters, Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe have been dating but yet nothing special has happened to between the duo. Luckily of course, there’s a summer festival and the red lines string of fate ties them together to once again try to take the next step in this mysterious relationship. Speaking of red lines string of fate, there’s plenty of that where it came from.
Then of course, there’s the mystery of this OVA episode. Where is it? Perhaps it’s those fox like masks another mysterious couple presents during the festival. With eyes silver as the white moon and mischief those of a fox, another couple plays an amusing prank against Urabe and Mikoto. Although not by any means extraordinary, it certainly was fun to watch it and relieve some of the nostalgia from the original series.
Ayako Yoshitani once again plays her role as the newcomer in this series in the shoes of our mysterious girlfriend, Urabe. She seems to be embarrassed in this episode and no surprise since underneath those yukata is….*puts on a grin*. At any rate, it seems that the couple (Urabe x Mikoto) are still at second base and not progressed forward. YET.
Then of course, there’s the other characters that wants to progress their own relationships to little avail. Yup, life is harsh folks and reality sucks.
The old school artwork remains intact in this episode as well and so does the music. Nothing special there but it does bring back again what I mentioned earlier, nostologia.
Overall, this special episode was amusing to watch to say the least. Yes, it definitely has its flaws in the storyline department as it lacks flavor and adds in nothing new, just the typical and cliched summer festival episode. The couples’ relationships seems to be going nowhere despite supposedly being tied by the “red string of fate”, or the love charm. Love is certainly in the air but nothing really comes out of it. Still though, I’d advice to give this special episode at least a try. Like Urabe says “next year, I hope it’s just the two of us”. Next year, I hoping this series will progress the relationship of the mysterious couple and bring forth another amusing series that is mysterious and droolicious courtesy of MGX.
But the fanservice actually wasn’t that bad! It wasn’t flagrant and all in your face like in, say, the Highschool of the Dead OVA, or any of the Code Geass picture specials. There were a few lingering shots of Urabe’s butt, an almost nude shot of Tsubaki’s sister, a scene where Urabe was tied up (it works for some) and the fact Urabe wasn’t wearing panties underneath her yukata, but that was about it. It was about the same level of ‘ecchi-ness’ as in the TV show, and there wasn’t any of that sleazy saxophone music playing in the background during any of these moments, as if to say “Yeah, fyi, this is supposed to be sexy!”, so you barely noticed it really, it certainly didn’t hamper upon my overall enjoyment of the OVA. As I always say, fanservice is OK, so long as it’s not excessive and distracts away from story.
As for the story… Well, it started off a little dull, but things really started to pick up about 10 minutes through when Urabe was held hostage by two, very strange, individuals who force Tsubaki to complete a test in order to save her. The test itself (which I originally perceived to be simply fanservice) was, in typical NNK style, a metaphor! Yay!! When he first attempts to save her Urabe wards Tsubaki off, telling him not to come to close to her, which, ironically, is exactly what Tsubaki must do if he’s to save her, come close to her, not physically, but emotionally. If he’s to pick the correct string to free her, he’s going to need to tap into that mystical ‘couple sense’ where you just know what to do to help the one you love. At this point I was almost frothing at the mouth in excitement- yes, that’s something they struggled with throughout the entire show: Urabe always kept Tsubaki at arm’s length, rarely sharing how she felt, something which I felt held them back, but this was something she needed to overcome to save herself! I was hoping Urabe’d say that it was OK for Tsubaki to come close to her, that she needed him, that he ought to climb up the structure and let her down, maybe then the structure would start to collapse and they’d fall together and he’d cushion the blow and it’d be all romantic, or something!! But then al that happened was more “Hey, remember our bond?” and mystical drool nonsense… I just couldn’t help but feel more dramatic, not to mention symbolic, possibilities could have been explored here- they resolved the situation the same way they resolved all situation in the show, by placing faith in their bond and in drool and it felt as though no progress in the relationship was made… Nevertheless, an interesting diversion from the usual summer fest antics.
The two individuals who forced the pair into completing the task where interesting also. I originally believed that Hell’s museum and its unusual curators was something the pair dreamt up- they’d shared dreams before, right? But Urabe felt pain from her short fall, not to mention we were shown a conversation that took place between the strange duo shortly afterwards, so they must not have been dreamt up. Perhaps they really were the mischievous spirits they claimed to be? Well, I wasn’t far off. Matsubuya and Togawa are actually the main characters in Riichi Ueshiba’s (the mangaka of NNK) other publication Discommunication- Spirit World, a story where several characters have the ability to control the content of dreams, which explain a lot. So whilst their inclusion, and specifically their inclusion, was merely fanservice for those familiar with the numerous works of Ueshiba, I still appreciated the message they left us with: that by unlocking the mysteries of the one you love, you can learn something about yourself in the process.
So whilst the OVA didn’t add to the show, as such, it was still vaguely interesting at points. Definitely worth a watch if you’re more than satisfied with more of the same or you’re a fan of Discommunication- Spirit World.
Art & Sound: Mediocre 5.
Ok, for the art, like I always say “I’m no art critic” so whether the illustrator goes retro or what I don’t give a thing about it as long as one can see the character. For the sound, I’d say that both the opening and ending themes are still there. but I do have something to say about Urabe’s seiyu, Ayako Yoshitani san, her voice really lacks that teenage girl kind of thing and if I were Ayumu Watanabe the director, I would have prefer Ayako Kawasumi san to be Urabe’s seiyu since she has the certain flexibility to play the part.
Character, Enjoyment and Overall: Good 7.
Well, most of the characters- I’m referring to Tsubaki X Urabe and Oka X Ueno are best suited to be love teams, but there is this addition of the 2 fox dieties in which I find them sweet, thought the tear licking still makes me puke. Thought I could have given it a higher score, the disgusting drool makes me limit it to just 7, overall I’ll describe this OVA and it’s parent anime as disgusting entertaining, the enjoyment is ok so long as you have a strong stomach for the gross or better yet have a barf bag available when watching this OVA and its parent anime.
Excuse me while I throw away my barf bag.
6: High School DxD OVA
Japanese: ハイスクールD×D OVA
MAL Score: 7.29
#1: Oppai, Minorimasu! (Episode 13)
A rumor is going about the school about how girls are disappearing and coming back ill and with their breast size decreased.
#2: Oppai, Motomemasu! (Episode 14)
While observing how the others do their jobs so they can do theirs better, Issei and Asia go with Rias to see if a coffin is cursed. During the investigation Issei is possessed by an Egyptian magician named Unas, It just so happens that Unas is just as perverted as Issei. Unas will only leave Issei’s body if they can release Unas from the curse placed on him by a devil that Unas tried to make his bride.
(The Devil’s Advertisement)
Are you a woman feeling dissatisfied with having a flat chest?
Are you unable to afford those expensive surgical breast implants?
Are you unable to charm the man of your dreams because of your insecurity?
If you answered, “yes” to any of those question, fear not! For we, at the Devil’s Factory, have a new affordable product! Introducing our newest breast enhancers, the ‘D-Plant’!
1) What is the ‘D-Plant’?
– The ‘D-Plant’ is a crossbreed between a dragon and an insectivorous plant, it’s 100% organic and contains no chemical preservatives. Unlike most plants, this plant grows a unique fruit shaped like a breast, this breast fruit, if eaten, enhances and increases the bust size of any woman, regardless of how small they were before.
2) Who discovered this plant?
– That is an excellent question. This plant was first created by a crazy devil scientist named Maverick. But, then he got arrested and let the creature go free. Then, a boob-loving man named Issei and his group of sexy demon woman (with another guy), encounter this ‘horrible’ plant. Issei sympathizes with the plant because it wants the world fulled with large-breast women and wants to save it, but the girl don’t really like perverted animals or objects and destroy it. But, we, at the devil’s factory, managed to recreate it. So, please enjoy this excellent plant.
3) What does it eat? And how do I feed it?
– This plant doesn’t require any water or sunlight. In fact, you don’t need to feed it. It feeds on you! Now, don’t be discouraged, it doesn’t eat you, but rather it sucks on one’s breast, draining the spiritual energy from your body. At first, you may feel tired, but after a few weeks, you will regain your strength and much more. Furthermore, you may ‘feel’ a tingly pleasure from having your breast stimulated. This is intended to put the owner in a euphoric state, while feeding the plant. Overall, it’s a win-win for both you and the plant.
4) Are there any risks to owning this plant?
– Risks include: dangerous vines when being provoked, white liquid that dissolves one’s clothes (no skin damage), feeling of tiredness, being in a hypnosis state, and increased heaviness around the chest area.
If you aren’t convinced, here are the words of some previous customers:
Customer A – “I used to be a size ‘AA’, but after eating the fruit, my bust size increased to a ‘D’!”
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Oh High School DxD, you crack me up. And I don’t say that about many ecchi shows, either. 😉
(Side note: If you didn’t watch the main show and/or didn’t like the series, then this is pretty much the same as the above and you’ll either be lost or won’t like it.)
Story (7/10): Really, nothing important goes on here, save for two antagonists that like to use the ‘tentacle vines/bandages’ technique and seeing what the other 3 members of the Occult Club do when summoned. But I still love all the jokes and we get the barest glimpse of 2 characters that will appear in the second season.
Art (9/10): Looks as good as the show, if not a little better. Granted, they need to chill out on the bounce to the ounce (boobs SERIOUSLY don’t work that way show. Cause that would hurt. >
Story 8/10 :
There’s no story in any of them, although they are labeled as episode 13 and 14 there’s no actual plot developtment or anything of the sort, it is, as you’d expect, pure fanservice. In episode 13 it’s just as the synopsis states, there’s girls with big breasts disapearing and that leads our protagonist to find more breasts which turns into a fight where we can see all the female leads’ breasts, pretty generic. Same thing goes on episode 14, Issei and Aria are checking how the other demons work and suddenly they come across a pervert who will of course cause the inevitable which is ripping all the clothes off our beloved female leads. There’s no adding to the original series storyline, these OVAs are really just to get you back into Highschool DxD for the upcoming 2nd season, they’ll have all the ecchi that you love that is for sure so you won’t regret that part, as far as anything else there’s not much to say, let’s be honest, this is just for the breasts.
Art 8/10 :
Same as in the previous series, nothing new to add to this
Same opening and ending theme so nothing to add to this as well
Characters 7/10 :
There’s no additional characters aside from the “perverted villian” but that one’s too generic to even judge so i’ll just consider the characters all the same because honestly none of them has chaned, yes not even Issei.
Enjoyment 10/10 :
Well when i first watched this series i was very into the fanservice so i must say i appreciated these OVAs but if you’re looking for something related to the original story, you won’t enjoy this as much.
Overall 8/10 :
You should watch these before getting into season 2 just so you get all fired up to see our dear protagonists’ breasts and panties. If you’re a true ecchi fan, this won’t let you down, if not then you should look somewhere else or wait for the 2nd season.
5: Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Finale
English: Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret: Finale
Japanese: 乃木坂春香の秘密 ふぃな～れ
MAL Score: 7.34
Yuuto and Haruka are looking forward to spending time together on a school trip. However, Shina finally works up the nerve to tell Yuuto she has feelings for him. This event drives a wedge between Haruka and Yuuto and forces them to confront how they feel.
To refresh some memories, the series details a beautiful young girl named Haruka “Nuit Étoilée, Lumière du Clavier” Nogizaka or simply known as Haruka who attends a school and is idolized by her peers. She is smart, beautiful, intelligent, popular, and pretty much everything that a girl strives to be.
At least, that’s what she’s like on the outside..
From the inside, she is an insecure girl who has a secret she wants noboy to know. *She is a
major otaku and loves anime and manga!* It’s hard to imagine but it’s true. To make matters worse, Haruka accidentally lets her secret gets exposed to Yuuto, the main male protagonist. From there, the two forms a strange bond that began from awkwardness, to respect, to friendship, and to couple.
Now that trip down memory lane is over, let’s take a look at these OVA episodes, shall we?
The title of the OVA is Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. That translates to Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret. And like I mentioned before, Haruka’s secret is still hidden from most of her peers and even her parents. She wants to keep her hobby because it’s what she enjoys. However, not everything goes smoothly especially when other third parties are involved. It’s a funny thing too since these OVA episodes were supposed to involve around Haruka and Yuuto mostly yet half the time involves other characters.
The first episode is literally fan-service in your face. From the nakedness, drools, and delusions, these OVA episodes are your typical cliched and generic topping on toppings like a pizza. However, there is some drama involved later on especially involving Haruka’s family, friends, and her hobby. It’s painful to watch though as every time “something” is about to them, the series trolls you and the duo gets interrupted especially from other characters and circumstances.
It is nice to see the duo’s relationship and development but it quickly gets old. For example, the typical compromising like settings and the brief love triangle in these episodes were rushed. It’s no surprise though considering the amount of time these episodes tries to cover up. Furthermore, it’s very predictable. Hell, even the OP song is cliched with the moe features and foreshadowing of the upcoming events.
Let’s not also forget some of those delusions and the classic “oops I accidentally tripped and it’s not like that!” scenes. It’s so commonly used in these type of OVAs now that it’s just a slap in the face once again. It’s not realistic and there’s nothing unique about it.
Interesting to say the least though, I did get a few laughters in and there were a few moments between the duo. There was hardly any development from the sequel but this finale here did wrap things up and gave the viewers one of those happily ever after endings. Still, it’s rushed and cliched. Sometimes, it should be more about than just development but these episodes didn’t do it right from my estimation. These OVA episodes are a classic on how series like this has become recently by employing the overused fan-service and moe sequences.
The artwork and soundtrack already reflect in this but these ova episodes were just meh in my estimation. It does spawn a few “lol’s’ and emotional moments but it’s nothing special at all. I’m glad this is the finale and it’s finally over. I’m also glad that Haruka and Yuuta made it all the way. Ultimately, it was a journey and not the most insightful one to say the least. Well, that’s just from my perspective.
Story: 5/10 – There was none really and if there was, predictable and cliched
Artwork: 5/10 – Generic to the T. Oh let’s not forget about those damn censors and white mists. (wait for the BDs)
Sound: 5/10 Hardly noticeable
Character: 7/10 – Nice to see the development going through all the way but still predictable
Enjoyment: 5/10 – Average. Don’t take this score the wrong way as this was an average set of episodes from my perspective. I almost forgot at one point that this was a romantic comedy
Overall: 5/10 – It could of been better but that’s just the way it decided to conclude these episodes.
As you would know, the basic premise of this story lies in the development of the relationship between the series two main protagonists, Nogizaka Haruka, and Ayase Yuuto.
Essentially, this story is best described by the evil “C” word – Cliche. You can roughly expect to know what comes next throughout this entire series, for both TV seasons, and this OVA. Twists and Turns are not to be expected, and if you enjoy that kind of story, this is certainly not for you. However, you can expect that the essential points of a series focused on a pure teenage love would be shown, and it eventually does end well (as seen in the OVA). One other big issue about the story is how when there is a case of conflict… it somehow gets resolved WAYYYYY too easily. It fails to demonstrate the problems and issues of a teenage couple being in a relationship of such nature, and often these issues are either not brought out, or are easily resolved. If you are hoping for some real good drama, this story may disappoint you (hence, lower your expectations).
The art improves with each season of the series. Not to say that I believed that Season 1 had bad art, but i certainly would’ve given it a 6. At least with the passing of time and improvement of technology, the art for this series has gotten better. Basic character designs stay the same throughout (a good thing, because they generally appealed to me, save for a few characters), but the backgrounds and color quality improve, and in a pretty obvious way by the time it reaches this OVA.
The OPs and EDs for the entire series do not always fit, particularly the OP for the 2nd season, but they don’t entirely disappoint (they do encourage me to unleash my ultimate skill of fastforward though). I’m mainly giving points here to the overall soundtrack. The inclusion of many classical themes (as fitting of a story involving a rich ojou-sama, yes?) suits the story of each episode, and the music fits well with the series in general.
The characters are generally not unexpected. As this is not a harem romcom, we get a decent individual for a main character, and a really shy ojou-sama as the other. However, sadly, while they are given lots of screen time, they do not come across as strong main characters. The best characters in this story are in fact the side/supporting characters. I’m not even speaking of “almost-main,” but definitely recurring characters that don’t always need to make an appearance (Nobunaga!) However, even with the issue of the main characters, it is not a complete failure, and the strength of the protagonists sometimes does show, normally more with Ayase Yuuto (i’ll attribute this to the story component).
Since the story is cliche, the most important thing that will make this series a success is the execution. However, the execution does some massive acrobatic yoyoing tricks at times. For example, the first two episodes of the 1st season were thoroughly enjoyed, but it slumped really badly for the next few, to rise again, and then fall, and then balance. However, it has it’s moments, as when it does do well, it really can match with the top animes in terms of enjoyment. Consistency is the greatest issue here. When I got to laugh, i really did, but when it fell, it really plunged a massive hole of disappointment in me. If there’s one thing this OVA does do that the rest of the series doesn’t (oh, producer, why you dragging on the story?), it gives closure to the series.
Overall, this series is not a waste of your time. It is certainly not a must-watch, and you must be prepared to not have high expectations for it. However, the important points of the story are covered, and throughout, it is best if you don’t compare it to better series in the genre of a pure romantic comedy. It is slightly unique in it’s own way with how it treats the problems of a rather… draggy relationship, but it will not spoil your day, and at it’s best, it may actually be quite a fun ride.
I did a whole 12 minute review on my YouTube channel!
4: Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
MAL Score: 7.38
Within everyone there exists a side preferably kept hidden, even from close friends. For the smart and popular Kyouko Hori, it’s the fact that she has to do all the housework and care for her little brother, Souta, because of her parents’ busy work schedules. For the gentle Izumi Miyamura, whom everybody sees as an otaku, it’s his nine hidden piercings and large body tattoo.
So what happens when they accidentally discover each other’s hidden sides? Sharing parts of themselves that they couldn’t with anyone else, strong bonds of friendship soon begin to form between Miyamura and Hori, as well as those around them. As their hidden personas start to dissipate, they slowly learn how to open up to others.
This is a very short Slice of life, but even if 3 episodes is too short to develop characters, it has a great story, it made me smile because it’s pleasant to watch, it’s the perfect combo with comedy + romance + friendship !
I don’t think there’s much to say about this anime, but if you want to take a break and chill in your couch, watch this !
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, an easygoing great anime.
This anime only has 3 episodes, but you will probably enjoy each and every one of them.
The little romance between the two main characters is great.
The story itself is very simple and easy to understand, great if you just want to relax a bit.
If you want a short little break, try this anime.
3: To LOVE-Ru Darkness OVA
Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス
MAL Score: 7.57
Bundled with the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 13th limited-edition volume of the manga.
And if there is anyone who dares to say that is the best anime they’ve ever watched, is because they probably mean it’s the best porn they’ve ever watched, ask them to justify why it is the pinnacle of anime, and you’ll see the awnser will be along the lines of “Can’t you see how brave this characters are? They dare to have a guy touch them when he is already semi-kind of engaged! Not in this world man”, “The art is soooo good! Have you seen the way those watermelons dance?”, “I came 3 times that day”, “My penis pretty much typed this review”. And why? Why is it that all the people making reviews are getting so crazy about it? Well, that’s because this is porn, what where they looking for when they watched this? Porn. The simple fact that they are looking at anime as a pure masturbation mean, makes them lose their criticism and can only say wonderfull things about it.
Now, I’m gonna stop being a dick to all those people who are controlled by their sexual lust and are not able to be critical about anime because of this reason.
Story (6): The story is not amazing, in Love-Ru we start of with the usual girl who falls in love with the main character and then they have a problem, and they have to fix it, they are given time, in that time more females are introduced, they all fall in love with the main character eventually, the problem comes back, and with enough -falling on their panties- moments, the problems comes back once again, and then it can either leave and come back later or end the problem and start something new. To Love-Ru is pretty much this, probably the only thing I’ve enjoyed in this new “lets create a Harem” deal, is the fact that Momo tries to get into Rito’s mind and make him into a perverted playboy, wich adds somekind of psychological control, wich is a nice touch and I can appreciate it. I’d also like to add that Darkness probably beats the other To Love-Ru arcs, just for the fact that this might actually go somewhere, the character development is minimum but there is some of it…I think.
Art (9): I don’t really care that much about art to be sincere, cause I believe a lot of people tend to ignore other animes just for the fact that the art style is strange or different to their usually anime, so I don’t think the art makes the anime, but it can obviously be appreciated mostly in a show where the way characters look is so important. Darkness has a pretty solid art style and has a nice look to it.
Sound (7): I’ve never really liked the music themes in the To Love-Ru franchise, but I guess there might be someone out there who enjoys them, but is nothing I would consider memorable or outstanding, the sound effects in the show are good in setting the atmosphere, maybe not the greatest, but good.
Character (6): Well, maybe the part where most of the people might disagree with me, a lot of people can only say that the cast of characters is great, that they are all deep and amazing, original and well thought…this is one of those harem shows where the show is trying to make you pick wich girl you like the most, there’s nothing new to them, you can find them on other harem shows, where they try to introduce as many female personalities as possible (wich I wouldn’t say is always bad -Kotegawa best girl) , the shy, the dumb, the responsible, the perverted, the athletic and then there’s the one that’s in love and the one that just wants some action under the sheets. Despite what must people may say, I think the characters don’t have that much to them, they don’t really seem to have motives in their lifes, they are always in the same mood until something happens to them, they don’t really seem to be troubled with their every day problems, their personality just blends into the situation.
Overall (6): But overall, I enjoy the show, not because of the plot, not because of the music, just because it has some ok comedy and is good at getting my dick hard, I can’t deny that. In the ecchi category I could even consider that it stands out from the others, but if I’m really critical about it and look at it as anime as a whole, is not that incredible, the plot is ok, sound and art are nothing life changing, but is enjoyable. An overall 6 in my eyes.
Character (8/10) – With the great character development in Darkness, the OVAs add a little more depth to some characters and their feelings.
Enjoyment (7/10) – The level of enjoyment felt in this series follows through, but some of the Ecchi scenes, were starting to become a bit much.
Overall (7/10) – These were nice little shorts to watch, now there’s nothing stopping me from watching the last installment of the To LOVE-Ru series: To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd!
Story-wise, well we got minimal dialogue and most of it is sexual and sometimes comedic. The OVAs don’t really advance the story and are mostly flashbacks or stories of some pretty hot things that happened, also some things that the anime hasn’t shown us. Overall interesting even excluding the ecchi content. 7/10
art…*several flashbacks of nearly sex scenes and a shit ton of boobs*, oh yes this is 100% a 10 lol. I will not go into detail but the ecchi in the OVAs is on another level, that’s some good stuff. Even if it wasn’t that intense, the visuals are amazing and vibrant.
The opening is pretty fine I guess, 7/10 and the voice acting is *more flashbacks* ok other than the ecchi scenes the voice acting is good, if we remember those scenes in which the voice acting was phenomenal then a 9 for it and 8 for the sound category.
The characters are overall pretty fine, they have gained some depth and complexity since the first season and now we got a nice diversified cast of cool and interesting girls and ofc our harem owner. 8/10
Enjoyment, oh this is another 10, easy too. Look time passes faster when you got a boner, change my mind. It is also more enjoyable and these kinds of scenes really take all your attention, I might concentrate a lot on the ecchi part but that was the best and majority of these 6 episodes.
In conclusion, The darkness OVAs were extremely hot and fun to watch, as always the sound, art and character categories are great being followed by the story which is fine. Is this something other than 6 overly sexual episodes to jack off to? Well, I will be neutral and real, yeah lol but doesn’t the same go for most of the anime? If you’re already watching To Love-Ru you don’t mind the plot and plan to have a “fun” time watching it both iron and unironically. If you were here for the *RICH* plot of the anime then just skip these, I don’t think many would seriously say that though. Overall a really hot, sexual, and fun series of OVAs, for sure worth watching. Sadly I can only give it an 8 (in reality 8.7 or something) since it is a series of Rito getting close to committing haram with some of the girls and getting found or saved by somebody, some tsundere or violent girl hitting him or insulting him and repeating that. Is it hot? yep, very much so officer.
2: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Tenri-hen
English: The World God Only Knows: Tenri Arc
Japanese: 神のみぞ知るセカイ 天理篇
MAL Score: 7.70
It is summer break and Keima intends to spend all his time on video games. An old acquaintance, the timid girl Tenri, comes back into the neighborhood—and apparently has a lost soul inside her. It is up to Keima and Elysia to unravel the secrets of her heart.
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Tenri-hen (also known as The World God Only Knows: Tenri Arc) are two OVAs bundled with the 19th and 20th volumes of the manga. For you diehard manga readers, it is based on Tenri Ayukawa (given the title), a girl with two sides of herself – one of them being shy and reserved, while the other is…well, the entirely opposite of that.
Though short, these two episodes captures a nice way of story telling in less than a span of 1 hour. The 2 OVA episodes connect with each other in a way similar to a mini arc focused on the start of the promotional poster, Tenri. Kaori Nazuka (Spice and Wolf, To Love Ru Darkness, True Tears) plays her voice acting quite well as she is known for portraying characters with a shy or reserved personality. On the other hand, there’s Keima, the boy who has a genius intellect with a paranormal addiction with video games. In fact, he was hoping to spent his entire summer owning it up on the digital world but circumstances now arises to prevent all that.
Oh but that’s not all because the trouble continues when a certain someone decides to take matters into her own hands and get some payback. The second half of it follows as similar suit but more insight on some childhood scenes between the duo. There’s problems to be solved and the problem solver Keima is here.
The supporting characters are rather blend in these two OVA episodes. They just seem to be part in the background, in particular of a main character from the original series. However, unlike many of the OVA episodes we see in today’s industry, TWGOK presents its romance aspects and drama right. In other words, there’s no pointless fan service splattering all across your screen in the duration of the hour. In fact, it’s more about a construction of friendship and how childhood days can bring people closer together in the future. TWGOK did this right and still retains its theme of dealing with spirits out on the loose. It’s Keima’s mission to help others in need but at the same time, he realizes that sometimes, it might be more than just about that. In these two OVA episodes, he reflected his words through with his actions especially in the second half.
Manglobe certainly does not disappoint this time around. In the artwork department, everything seems to still fit within the theme of the series. The lighthearted backgrounds mixed with the theme of gaming graphics occasionally (as a parody of Keima’s gaming habits) are there. Beyond that, there’s the chibi comedy scenes and some of the more serious drama reflected by its artwork. Tenri is not portrayed as some bishonen trying to impress the audience with her figure but rather as a girl who is reserved and creates a sort of balance between the confident Keima and herself.
The OST and soundtrack of the series is also performed well. While it’s nothing too special to note, it fit the theme of these OVA episodes in ways that reminds us TWGOK’s style of working its rhythms. While it lacked an opening theme, the two ED songs both performed by eyelis are well orchestrated and gets to the point especially related to our star Tenri in these two episodes.
Ultimately, I found these two OVA episodes quite enjoyable. Fitting two episodes from a highly anticipated series is never easy but this time around, Manglobe hits the bulls-eye just like how Keima scores his wins. It mixes in romance with supernatural themes along with comedy and drama all at once which gives the viewers a chance of examining these two episodes in a variety of ways. That way I saw these two episodes were sort of an experience on what’s to come later on. Season 3 is on the horizon and definitely something to think about it. But first, check out these two OVA episodes because it’s worth it.
Alright, first thing first, this will be quite a short review so don’t need to worry about anything being too long and boring to read, I usually keep it short and straight to the point without any spoilers, so read with ease! Also, I will be comparing it to the manga storyline, so for those of you who didn’t read or haven’t read, I would recommend you to do so if you love the anime series of TWGOK.
Story : 7
Not to say that the story itself is bad, but when compared to the manga series, most of the small little things was missing from the animated version of this arc. The approaches had 2 more scenes, and the chase scene had a few more ways to get to the conclusion. I know that it’s because they were only having 2 episodes to do the entire Tenri arc, so i can at least understand the necessity of cutting it short and making it like a summary. Still, Tenri remains one of my favourite girl in TWGOK, so for that reason, the scores went down a little bit.
Art : 8
Still the same, as what you would expected from the animation team of TWGOK. The way the scenes switched between some of the gags and funny moments and the actual plot were very amusing.
Sound : 7
Quite impressive, but not to the level of greatness, but I guess that’s what they were aiming for. Creating a relaxing environment to make you feels like Tenri were made for Keima in many ways.
Character : 6
It’s great to see that the interaction between Keima and Elsie still hasn’t changed too much, and for that, funny moments were ensured, and with Tenri and Diana getting into the situation as well, together with the newly introduced Nora and that bold Ryou ( Watched it and you’ll know what I mean lol ), it was boosted for sure! Though one small note here, I found out that Keima’s seiyuu seemed to be abit more forced when it comes to those exaggerating moments of how Keima acts towards his own “Summer Holidays” paradise, I just couldn’t buy into that much.
Enjoyment : 7
It was great! I’d enjoyed pretty much of the scenes from this OVA, it’s not really that much to be said here, but I guess that’s pretty decent already for 2-episodes OVA.
Overall : 7
If you liked the series, this is a must-watch as it prepares you for the upcoming season, Megami-hen!
What’s more interesting are the characters who’re suddenly introduced that may play a role in megami-hen. There are also lots of events that may pique interest. The new girl is also cute, mysterious, and fascinating. She plays her role well and she fits with the current setting as well.
Conclusion, This OVA is both worth a watch and can be a must watch since it may have a connection to the sequel megami-hen.
1: Junjou Romantica OVA
MAL Score: 7.75
OVAs that come with the limited premium edition of volumes 16 and 20 of the manga series.
I am not what you would call a yaoi fan. I have only seen about four or five yaois total, most of them in the past few months as I have become too depressed and tired in my real life to tolerate darker subject material in my shows. After exhausting my better shoujo options (which get quite stale after a while) someone suggested I try the turbulent world of yaoi.
Three seasons of Junjou Romantica, two eras of Ai no Kusabi, Fake OVA, Kaze to Ki no Uta Sanctus: Sei Naru Kana OVA, Koisuru Boukun, and the entire Ai no Kusabi light novel series later, here I am, watching the OVAs for Junjou Romantica. Despite my relative lack of yaoi experience other than the list detailed above, I think I can safely say that I would know what a good example of yaoi looks like– and this is it. It has the easily definable seme and uke, strange power dynamics and age differences, a little bit of misplaced homophobia from gay people towards gay people or themselves in a very unrealistic manner, and the fact that literally every single male character is gay.
That being said, I strangely enjoyed this franchise. However, that did not carry over to these OVAs. I honestly found myself bored throughout them. I would’ve preferred it to be all about one couple, in honesty. By switching through them, they really made a mess of things because of how little time there was to actually develop anything.
A lot of other things were lacking for me as well. The art seemed sloppy and somewhat dead at times, and the voice actors weren’t all that great this time around either (other than Misaki’s… that was fine). The characters didn’t really have any motivation other than to be hot gay guys getting it on, pretty much.
I didn’t really enjoy this, and despite watching it literally a few minutes ago, I can barely remember what the plot was.
I would recommend this if you: adore ‘classic’ yaoi, love heternormative gay stuff, like seme and uke dynamics, liked the first three seasons of this show (or even just one season is enough, tbh)
I would NOT recommend this if you: like character development, like real plot, like actual gay relationships instead of two people with dicks where one person acts like a total forceful alpha male while the other is a feminine submissive
Have a great day everyone!
If you loved those cute moments in the anime and manga, you’ll love this. If you’re a fan of the more dramatic moments, this might not be for you, but still worth watching.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Junjou Romantica OVA
2. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Tenri-hen
3. To LOVE-Ru Darkness OVA
4. Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
5. Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Finale
6. High School DxD OVA
7. Nazo no Kanojo X: Nazo no Natsu Matsuri
8. Sankarea OVA
9. Kimi no Iru Machi: Tasogare Kousaten
10. Accel World EX