They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Milky Passion: Dougenzaka – Ai no Shiro, Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi., Juuza Engi: Engetsu Sangokuden – Gaiden Youzhou Genya, and more!
12: Milky Passion: Dougenzaka – Ai no Shiro
Japanese: ミルキィパッション 道玄坂 愛の城
MAL Score: 5.26
Based on the Milky Passion manga by Morizono Milk.
11: Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi.
MAL Score: 5.55
Katagiri Kanade is a hikikomori who spent her days lazing off in her room. Her specialty is her broad imagination which often leads to various wild delusions. One night a weird cowboy guy appeared in her dream, saying that he’s her heart’s hero. Due to his encouragement, Kanade decided to try and go have a haircut the next day. It was then when she met a mysterious guy who cut her hair in the park, giving her courage to resume her school days.
Right after her haircut, a guy approaches Kanade who turns out to be her former classmate, Sudou Yukio. Kanade used to like him back then, and he was happy to meet her again. Kanade lives with her non blood-related brother, Sonomura Ikuto. Despite Ikuto’s warning, Kanade went looking for the mysterious guy who cut her hair the next day. She found him in the park, where he introduced himself as Hasui Tomoomi. He’s a professional hairdresser and owns a salon named Azalea nearby. Since Kanade was absent from school for so long, her homeroom teacher, Konno Chihiro, offered to help her with her studies.
Having these guys around her, what will happen to Kanade’s life from now on?
(Source: Love-Coloured Sky)
Oh well I guess I’ll be the first. I’m predominantly writing this review just to get the word out there about this OVA.
Are you a female? frustrated about how ecchi in anime almost always favors the male audience (like 95% of the time!)? over-sized boobs and annoying random female characters (That don’t even act like an actual female!) everywhere? not to mention the random yuri that pops up from time to time =.=’
Well fear not!! hope is not all lost in the ecchi category that it is directed towards the female population!! because let’s be honest, every girl wants some hot material on the side when watching a romance :’3
It’s like reading a smutty shoujo manga, except that it is anime! and the art is actually pretty good! the characters are also attractive! although the action doesn’t start till the second episode, but it is well built, worth while and I personally recommend it.
I thought the day would never come where I’d find a female-friendly ecchi anime :’3 but oh well ! I am NOT disappointed!
I hope you girls will enjoy it as much as I did :3
I’d like to add that the anime is much shorter than the game (yes the anime is an adaptation of a game) It doesn’t explore all the other characters it just takes one route and sticks to it.
I love, absolutely love, reverse harems. Beside the fact that this can hardly be considered a reverse harem for any other reason than she met a couple of other guys, this is… the.. most dreadfully awkward anime/hentai/anything I’ve seen in a while.
You go in expecting a love story with adult themes, obviously, the first episode made it pretty clear it wasn’t going to be for children. By the second episode though, I felt completely brain violated. The female is so passive and literally lets somebody do whatever he wants to her body. By the end of it, her molester is her one true love? What in the world.
It’s not even really worth it for the smut. It had some great potential, if it wasn’t so molesty in the worst way possible, but the ball was dropped and it’s just flat out creepy.
I hope that they will be making more of this type of hentai. Vanilla hentai isn’t the same before and I think this is a much better.
10: Juuza Engi: Engetsu Sangokuden – Gaiden Youzhou Genya
Japanese: 十三支演義～偃月三国伝～ 外伝 幽州幻夜
MAL Score: 5.73
The Juuza. That is the name given to those of the 13th Zodiac: the cat people. Seen as a vulgar and contemptuous race, they live a life of seclusion away from human eyes. However, as the end of the Han Dynasty draws near, the rise of the Yellow Scarves has thrown the land of the Three Kingdoms into turmoil. As armies converge, a young Juuza woman named Kan’u and her village are forced out of their peaceful lives as Sousou and his punitive force press their way into the village.
This appears to be promotional material for some game, it’s connected to Idea Factory (yes that Idea Factory — Skelter Heaven, Mars of Destruction, and many more beloved trash heap OVAs), and it’s not particularly interesting. It’s basically just a flimsy excuse to showcase the main character Self Insert Catgirl Demon (SICD for short) and her expansive reverse harem. It bounces around showing a bunch of different trope characters (a bunch of hot guys and most of them are catboys) with very brief explanations of SICD’s connections to them. A bit of world lore and history is also provided, though the story doesn’t really do anything with it
The way it was written makes me feel like it wasn’t meant to be partaken as a standalone; it feels like it expects viewers to be familiar with the characters and their backstories (rather that satisfactorily introducing any of them). Instead, it just jumps straight into them and their interactions with SICD with flimsy-at-best depictions of how they know her.
There’s no real meat to the relationships either — most of them don’t even have any reason shown to be interested in SICD, and if they do it’s just some trope-y relationship like ‘big stepsister’ or ‘saved my life once’. Nothing even really happens to progress them — it just advertises all of her potential romance paths in the source (or at least I assume), and once it quickly does that it moves onto the next attractive slice of cardboard.
The character designs are alright, and the music is surprisingly good for how slapdash of a production this feels. Unfortunately, the animation itself is somewhat lousy; it’s not anywhere near the worst I’ve seen but it’s still noticeably lazy. The character concepts — while nothing original — could be explored more and become interesting. The world-building is also a little intriguing — the politics surrounding these cat demon people and the warring factions they get caught up in do have potential.
If you’re a fan of whatever this OVA’s source material is maybe you’d get more enjoyment out of this, but as is I wouldn’t recommend watching this to anyone else. It’s far more superfluous than actually bad — for the most part it just doesn’t do anything beyond basic shoujo baiting — but there’s certainly many better ways to spend your viewing time. (For instance, if you’re looking for something with similar character dynamics, setting, and reverse harem aspects I would instead suggest watching Yona of the Dawn.)
9: Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku: Kinetograph
Japanese: 華ヤカ哉, 我ガ一族 キネトグラフ
MAL Score: 6.40
During the Taishou period of early 20th-century Japan, Haru Asagi is sent to work as a maid to support her struggling family. The Miyanomori family, which she serves, is highly influential across Japan and consists of one of the nation’s top magnates and his six sons—but power and money have brought out the cruelest in these brothers.
When the head of the family announces his retirement, the six Miyanomori brothers are left to vie for his position. With 18 years of experience separating the oldest and youngest brothers, frustration and competition are rife. As a result, Haru is left to deal with each of the vastly different siblings and explore the depths of their true selves. All the while, a greater conflict lies in wait with the potential to destroy everything their father has built for them.
My patience was immensely tested throughout the span of these two episodes; I kept watching hope against hope that there would be a spark of brilliance of plot twist or character development. But all I seemingly did was watch a young girl fall, break things, cry, and apologize repeatedly for two hours, and the men around her acting without the decorum that suits their high status. The first few minutes of the first episode tricked me into thinking this will be a glamorous, multi-tiered family drama. Boy, had I been disappointed.
I feel sympathetic towards the artists and designers who had to deal with this.
I love the idea of this anime. I hope they make another to fill up a BUNCH of cliff-hangers and plot holes. This is a great anime to watch when you’re bored and want to watch some sort of romantic anime.
Story – 4 (mostly for its potential, and not actual story)
The potential was there in buckets. Set in a historic period, there could’ve been more elements weaved into the plot. The anime starts with the announcement of the head of the Miyanomori family looking to retire in 10 months time. He wants his six sons (each with a different mother) to compete for the title of the next head of the clan. Not unique, but interesting story, right? … Except, nothing more happens from it! Randomly, there’s an assassination, and two suspicious characters are introduced in the second episode, but none of them are addressed by the end of the second episode.
Art & Character – 5
I’m a sucker for ikemen so I had to give a passing grade. Every brother looks like a character out of another anime, but I’m okay with that. They were fine to look at, so no complaints. They also tried to make each a different trope, and were semi-successful with that. Because each brother lacked airtime, we never get to really know any of them, and thus, never fall in love with any of them. The main character is marginally acceptable. Her clumsiness (which really makes her career choice a bad one) is a bit overdone, but she does kind of stand up for herself when it matters. For this cookie-cutter of a story/anime, you can’t really expect a stellar female lead. You can have the cake, or you can eat the cake. Alas, I will continue in my quest for a good reverse harem with both the ikemen and a strong, independent MC.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this anime even if you super dig ikemen. There are tons more with good looking fellas that offer much more than this anime did. I’m sorry. I wish I had better things to write about it. (On another note, should this game be offered in English, I’m all for it. =D)
8: Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi – Set a Thief to Catch a Thief
English: Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ OVA, Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ Chapter 13: Set a thief to catch a thief
Japanese: Code:Realize ~創世の姫君~
MAL Score: 6.74
It has been a month since London was struck with tragedy, and a ceremony symbolizing peace and restoration will soon be held. In light of these events, Arsène Lupin plans to throw a party for Cardia Beckford to honor the fulfillment of her wish. Lupin sets out on a search for the perfect gift to offer her; however, he finds himself caught up in the theft of a valuable jewel, and he is framed and believed to be the culprit. With Lupin locked behind bars, his friends work along with Cardia and an unexpected ally to clear Lupin’s name and find the real perpetrators behind the heist.
MAL Score: 7.03
DVD bundled with the limited edition of the 10th volume of the manga, previewing the upcoming TV anime and including footage that will not be used in the series.
6: Chihayafuru 2: Waga Miyo ni Furu Nagame Shima ni
Japanese: ちはやふる２ わがみよにふるながめせしまに
MAL Score: 7.03
The cultural festival is one of the most important events on the academic calendar. Just like all other clubs, Mizusawa’s Karuta Club is preparing to participate as well. Due to previous circumstances, Team Captain Chihaya Ayase is temporarily absent during the team planning. First year student Sumire Hanano is intent on taking advantage of this occasion to fulfill her dream and finally make her teammate, Taichi Mashima, fall in love with her. A play based on Genji Monogatari might be just the thing she needs to enact her plan.
The good parts of the OVA were that it had a good touch of comedy and the art was beautiful. The ending was kinda hilarious too.
Lastly I would like to say that if you are watching the OVA for seeing chihaya in action don’t. The OVA is a comedy and a bit of romance.
NOTE: Well I like Chihaya and Arata as a couple better. 🙂
Basically, as the club discusses what to present in the culture festival, Hanano pushes for performing a stage play, hoping to act in a romantic scene with Mashima, but things don’t go exactly how she wants.
There you go, the entire plot in a single sentence.
The OVA adds nothing to the actual plot so if you’re not the type of person who enjoys these fillers, you might as well just skip to the third season.
Sound and art are good but note that as far as I know the episode was only released on DVD, so no HD version is available.
Obviously, as an OVA, the quality isn’t as high-caliber since this is just meant to be a side-story. However, I do think the little character developments for Taichi regarding Chihaya and Hanano were nice. It was a nice highlight for that small love triangle that sort of exists between those three. It wasn’t something huge, but it was there, and I liked that.
Other than that, the humor in this episode is very Chihayafuru, so if you enjoyed the main series’ comedic bits, then you’ll enjoy this episode. Like I said, it was fun to hang out with this characters in a completely comedic way rather than the drama that we get in the anime. We don’t come to OVA episodes for quality, we come to have fun, and you certainly will with this episode.
5: Hakuouki Reimeiroku Tokuten Disc
Japanese: 薄桜鬼 黎明録 特典ディスク
MAL Score: 7.17
2 eps. Tokuten that were released in a Tokuten Disc for those who purchased all 6 volumes of Hakuouki Reimeiroku OVAs.
1. Natsu no Wazurai (夏のわずらい)
2. Shinpachi Nagakura Saikyou Densetsu (永倉新八最強伝説)
4: Nodame Cantabile OVA
Japanese: のだめカンタービレ OVA
MAL Score: 7.46
Yukihisa Matsuda, principal conductor of the Rising Star Orchestra, arrives in Paris to perform Wagner’s Tannh?user Overture as a guest conductor for the Recyl Symphony Orchestra. When Matsuda overhears the orchestra members praising Shinichi Chiaki, the budding Japanese conductor of the Roux-Marlet Orchestra, he can barely contain his contempt at there being another “Black-Haired Noble” in the same city. Freshly dumped by his mistress following the performance, Matsuda catches Chiaki and takes him out to drink under the pretense of discussing career. But much to Chiaki’s chagrin, the subject soon turns to Chiaki’s own special someone.
The upside is that this is an entertaining side story, retaining a lot of the quirky humour and much of the feel of the series. The downside is that the main focus Matsuda who, in addition to not having appeared in the franchise previously and making me wonder “who the heck is he?!”, is a character that simply can’t match the charm exhibited by the majority of the regular cast of the series. Rather than a side story about Matsuda, I’d rather have seen a side story about Nodame or Chiaki, or Mine, or Kuroki, or just about any other more established members of the cast. As it is, there’s a certain emotional detachment about watching this feeble Matsuda guy for the measely 25 minutes he’s in for the entirety of the franchise.
Still, at the end of the day, it’s an enjoyable if not spectacular standalone episode of the franchise, and it’s certainly a lot better than that 10 min DVD special for the first season. But I doubt I’ll be revisiting this when I’m rewatching the franchise…
3: 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.
2: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Yotarou Hourou-hen
Japanese: 昭和元禄落語心中 与太郎放浪篇
MAL Score: 7.59
Bundled with the special editions of the manga’s 7th and 8th volumes.
When a certain man is released from prison, he knows exactly where he’s heading first. After falling in love with a traditional comic storyteller’s rendition of the story called “Shinigami,” he is determined to become his apprentice. The performer, Yakumo, has never taken an apprentice before, but to everyone’s surprise, he accepts the eager ex-prisoner, nicknaming him “Yotaro.”
As Yotaro happily begins his new life, he meets others in Yakumo’s life, including Yakumo’s ward Konatsu. Konatsu was the daughter of a famous storyteller, and Yakumo took her in after her father’s tragic death. Konatsu loved her father’s storytelling, and would love to become a performer in her own right—but that path is not available for women.
This ova is just the first 2 [and a bit] episodes. And can happily be skipped, If you’re seen the show. As it’s just an [extended] pilot episode.
There is one difference between the two though, the [hard to find] released DVD version [or, rips of] is only 576p. Compared to the 2016 series which is readily available in 1080p. So this is a worse version of those starting episodes of the series.
And, imo, this first starting arc is the weakest part of the entire 2016 series. And misrepresentation of the entire show. Another reason to look down upon this.
I was defiantly disappoint when I open up this file. I thought it was a completely different attempt at adaptation of the source material, or something similar. I can’t rate the show badly based on my own expectations. But I can rate it badly based on how I hate the first 2 episodes of 2016, which I then go on to give a masterpiece rating based on the 13 episodes as a whole.
tl;dr: it’s a less polished version, in a lower bit-rate of first 2 eps of the 2016 show.
I hope this was helpful to someone, and saved them the journey looking for a digital copy.
hmmm… l’d see this a little bit, poster looked great; Hm? sound’s real great sets the mood, looks it’ll get funny; WoW such art and expressions on characters (main look a bit annoin’); Hey I don’t know what Rakugo is lets Google it… hm looks interesting lets continue!! HAHAHAHA what was that last 15 mins_ it was sloppy performance, but laughed quite badly :DDD WTF ghost???
AAAAA I want to see this animated more, perform moreee!!!!
story: very promising! as I see it OVA is only prelude to main story so it’s more like introduction of characters, Rakugo and how those people met first of all. Everything is explained and put nicely together. Unfortunately You can’t hear the professional storytelling, hope to see it further in the series which are to be released after second OVA. (look forward to it!
Music and art: I just couldn’t put them separately as for real they are totally in sync. Beautiful, gougers, striking, funny and very expressive. Probably one of the best which I’ve seen since 2015 year started. And it’ll most likely become this series “trademark”.
Characters: At first we are introduced to “Yotarou”(nickname)typical happy go lucky character, who does everything on whim and halfheartedly. At least thats what it seems at first, there are some complicated past stories though. This airhead is influenced with Rakugo performance of Yakumo known as “shinigami” and totally falls in love (no BL subplot don’t be mistaken!!!!!)… Again with his character he goes meeting Yakumo and and asks to take him and teach performing. Though Yakumo has a policy of not taking students he for some reason agrees(still unknown.) This sensei totally scary I must say, he really lives up to Shinigami. He really seems like deep character.Konatsu who was the daughter of a famous deceased storyteller also is interesting and quite fond of Youtaro, she is the one who gave him this nicknam. She and sensei has some common old ties and background story.
Enjoyment: yeah, just watch it no need for words. Enjoy
1: Hakuouki Sekkaroku
English: Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ A Memory of Snow Flowers
Japanese: 薄桜鬼 雪華録
MAL Score: 7.62
This OVA takes place in between episodes 8 and 9 of the first season of Hakuouki.
Yukimura Chizuru goes on a reconnaissance mission in Shimabara as a geiko for the Shinsengumi. Each episode unfolds the events of the days leading up to, during, and after the operation. It intermittently reveals each captain’s involvement as well as that of a few demons in the affair. Each individual episode primarily focuses from the third person perspectives of: Okita Souji, Saito Hajime, Harada Sanosuke, Toudou Heisuke, Hijikata Toshizo, and Kazama Chikage.
This is the 6 piece OVA of the franchise Hakuouki which is mainly comprised of tragedy. And this could be the only episodes which clings to the emotional side of the characters since in the main season focuses solely on battle and sadness.
Story:Well as you all might know Hijikata Toshizo the Oni Lieutenant and Okita Souji as simply saying the “Shinsengumi” it revolves around them, and a girl is thrown at the lions den to see how it would go. Well as much as i want to put it bluntly, these lions are very much dignified and refined men than well most of the “Lions” i have ever seen.
Art: Superb. No flaws.
Sound: Average Opening and Ending- since it’s an OVA it’s al right i guess.
The voice dubbing is admirable. Same soundtracks used in the anime is present here.
Characters: This is the highlight. Whilst the main season went like a pistol-very fast not giving many characters their screen time) This gave a lot of consideration to acknowledge their feelings to the “Otome” It also shows most of the sides we should have seen in characters- which they could have thrown in the first season- but who am i to question the budget of the directors for that?
Enjoyment: Thoroughly enjoyed- pasted a smile on my face- this was light hearted/deep and slow but there could be sadness whisked in their that you’d see if you dwell deep into the episode.
Overall: Remember it’s fan service – no questions asked. But for a fan it was extremely enjoyable to see their favourite characters once emotionally unleashed. I gave it an 8- because the creators did a sound job focusing on one scene of the anime and then creating various scenarios out of it.
If you haven’t watched Hakuouki & Hakuouki Hekketsuroku than it’s important to watch them first in order to understand the more intricate details about the overall story.
I love this because it shows us the boys a bit more and how their relationship with Chizuru is, and why she’s important to them (the game that the anime is based on is an otome one, afterall!) and it also gives us more light-hearteded enjoyment as well, since the main series is a bit heavy.
Plus, we get to see how these characters are not flat copies of one another, or just trope-y otome love interests, they are interesting, well rounded individuals that all have their own flaws and strengths. I think it’s a very good addition to the collection of already great works for this series.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Hakuouki Sekkaroku
2. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Yotarou Hourou-hen
3. Nodame Cantabile: Finale OVA
4. Nodame Cantabile OVA
5. Hakuouki Reimeiroku Tokuten Disc
7. Chihayafuru 2: Waga Miyo ni Furu Nagame Shima ni
8. Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi – Set a Thief to Catch a Thief
9. Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku: Kinetograph
10. Juuza Engi: Engetsu Sangokuden – Gaiden Youzhou Genya
11. Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi.
12. Milky Passion: Dougenzaka – Ai no Shiro