Best 12 Josei OVA Anime You Have to Watch at Least Once in Your Life

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
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Based on the Milky Passion manga by Morizono Milk.

11: Kuro to Kin no Akanai Kagi.

Japanese: 黒と金の開かない鍵。
MAL Score: 5.55
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

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)

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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
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

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.

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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
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

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.

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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
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

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.

7: Karneval

Japanese: カーニヴァル
MAL Score: 7.03
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

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
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

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.

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5: Hakuouki Reimeiroku Tokuten Disc

Japanese: 薄桜鬼 黎明録 特典ディスク
MAL Score: 7.17
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

2 eps. Tokuten that were released in a Tokuten Disc for those who purchased all 6 volumes of Hakuouki Reimeiroku OVAs.

Including:
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
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

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.

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3: Nodame Cantabile: Finale OVA

Japanese: のだめカンタービレ OVA 2
MAL Score: 7.57
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

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.

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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
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

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.

(Source: MangaHelpers)

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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
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

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.

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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
6. Karneval
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

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