They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Asako Get You!!, Kira Kira 5th Anniversary Live Anime: Kick Start Generation, Masamune-kun no Revenge OVA, and more!
20: Asako Get You!!
MAL Score: 5.73
Unaired anime bundled with the limited edition of the 9th volume of the manga.
As the title says this is “Asako Get You!”, and this includes a different set of characters in this OVA.
The story is really a load of crap. It’s so random and I can’t tell what they want to accomplish.
The art is simply okay as the normal animation is.
The characters have no time for development as there are only 2 episodes with almost less time than “Chitose Get You!”.
I wasn’t able to enjoy this because of the fact I wanted to see Chitose and her aftermath. It’s rather lame, and I wish I never watched it.
Whether or not, you’ve watched “Chitose Get You!” if you need something quick and plot-less like “Pan de Peace!” (but less quality) then this is for you.
19: Kira Kira 5th Anniversary Live Anime: Kick Start Generation
Japanese: キラ☆キラ 5th Anniversary Live Anime KICK START GENERATION
MAL Score: 6.44
Based on the visual novel by Overdrive.
The what-if story reunites the Second Literature Club Band members Kirari, Chie, Shikanosuke, and Sarina, several months after the concert in the d2b vs Deardrops ~Cross the Future~ fan disk.
Now that this is out of the way. If you have read the VNs you will probably enjoy this as this are basically concerts by your favourite anime bands.
The art isn’t great and looks slightly different from the VN but it is still fairly ok. There isn’t a lot of animation and it is rather repetitive.
There are no new songs but and all of them can be found in the games. The sound is good and you will like it if you liked the songs in the game.
In conclusion it was a perfect background music for writing this review. Recommend to anyone who want to see their favourite characters again but otherwise leave it alone.
18: Masamune-kun no Revenge OVA
English: Masamune-kun’s Revenge OVA
Japanese: 政宗くんのリベンジ OVA
MAL Score: 6.53
Bundled with the limited edition 10th volume of the Masamune-kun no Revenge manga.
The first part revolves around Masamune’s family and introduces his cousin and his cousin’s daughter. The main plot point is that these two can look exactly like Masamune’s mother which causes for Masamune confusion and for the viewers, or at least it should cause fun.
The second part revolves around our girls + trap cast going to a sea vacation together.
Sea? Yeah, that’s right, your girls will be in swimsuits, enjoy.
The third part revolves around Yoshino. Yoshino’s older sister makes an appearance as she dresses Yoshino in her clothes, which cause little fanservice scenes. The third part has Yoshino’s character developing a little when she reminded of past’s memories.
The first part is a totally comedic episode.
The second has fanservice and romance.
The third has a focus on one character.
The character designs are the same, aren’t made for animation but for pretty art.
Don’t expect good storyboard or character acting.
The soundtrack is barely noticeable, the opening and the ending recite on this episode which was a bit nostalgic.
I recommend it only for the fans of the series. If you weren’t a fan of the 12 episodes tv series then you should stay away from this side stories, they don’t have a change from the original series.
Thanks for reading, hope it helps you.
– I rate the story 8, the plot and the setting was very interesting to me.
– Art would be rated 9. I was not disappointed, beautiful as always.
– Sound, I gave it my average rating for I do not give much attention to the sound unless it is about voice acting or music.
– I rate the Character 9 for the development was far more in-depth.
Over all, I would rate this 7 or 8, for it lacks backstory and would make people who didnt read manga just confused.
Masamune-kun no Revenge OVA, as obvious as it sounds is an OVA for the parent series with the same name minus the last 3 (or 4 including the space character) characters is yet another peek at the daily lives of the portrayed cast. This is not a sequel or a prequel but rather just extra content that you may insert at some point from watching the series, so the order doesn’t really matter that much, at least watch this after the beach episodes. Masamune-kun no Revenge was a series that hasn’t aged well in my memory aside from its plot idea of revenge, I couldn’t recall any character names or chronological order to keep up along, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this short.
– Story (6.0/10):
The OVA follows three different stories with different contexts resolving around friends and family.
The first was looking at Masamune meeting his Aunt that looks exactly like his loli mother, and that has a daughter that’s just as prominent as her. The trio goes as far as annoying the heck out of the protagonist giving him a hard time telling them apart.
Then came the second snapshot that focused on his female classmates going on a beach vacation without him, having fun at the beach, trying swimsuits (there is always room for fanservice) and doing some girly stuff.
The third and the last was, in my opinion, the most deserving out of the bunch, it follows Yoshino probably for the first time dressing and having a princess makeup, she goes through a monologue for the most part on why she feels so empty and lonely most of the time.
Those where some pretty basic side stories to get to know the characters more, probably setting up for a near sequel.
– Art (8.3/10):
I’ve never had problems with the art in this franchise, the girls look cute, the anatomy isn’t dragged on and the movements feel normal.
I like the details the put on the characters’ eyes, they give way more personality to them and even back up the statement “The eyes are mirrors of the soul” pretty well. The use of vibrant colors is never disappointing if used right.
– Sound (7.0/10):
I never lose it when talking about sound acting in shows like this, the more pitches a loli voice gets the more transparent it becomes to me to take seriously. The only thing I really feel nostalgic about is the opening theme song, I don’t know why the ending one never clicked to me though.
– Character (7.0/10):
It was nice to see a buildup for characters, especially Yushino, they all feel like they went through a massive change from what I can remember, it’s stories like these that level up characters, giving us their motives really helps. But then again, the cast is not a small one, and not everybody is having the same treatment, I’d say at most it’s always Masamune, Aki, and Yoshino.
– Enjoyment (6.0/10):
The ride was all… Meh. I didn’t expect more to be honest, but it was enough to stop me from sighing from boredom. I don’t consider myself as a hardcore fan of the series, or even the genre, but I still had a catch from watching this, and I only expect people that like this sort of stuff to love this, but still it’s not mandatory to see. The shorts do not contribute to the main plot so it all feels like a select of fillers disguised under a 23 minutes OVA.
– Overall (6.9/10):
I don’t see this aging any better than the main franchise, I feel like the trend has toned down quite a bit so this might not be as prominent as it may have been a year ago. I nonetheless had my share of swimsuit sighting for the day, so I beg your pardon.
17: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Undoukai de Dance!
English: Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya: Dance at the Sports Festival!
Japanese: Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ 運動会 DE ダンス！
MAL Score: 6.70
Tatsuko of class 5-1 is really excited about the upcoming school sports festival, her proposal for a new “Eel Scooping” event is less than enthusiastically received though, especially by Suzuka. Illya mentions the main event dance to Miyu, and as teacher Taiga Fujimura points out, it entails a huge reward, but will require quite a bit of practice.
And so the close friends: sarcastic Nanaki, level-headed Suzuka, excitable Tatsuko, energetic Illya, shy Mimi, and reserved but athletic Miyu are off to win the dance event for the honour of their class and for Fujimura, who seems to have some saucy bet going on that she most definitely needs to win, or so the girls misunderstand.
The story doesn’t really matter so much as the end result of the episode. Art and Sound were great as always, plus we got a nice but small amount of character development for Miyu.
I highly enjoyed it because its more loli goodness without the drama mixed in. I mean, how can you possibly say you didn’t enjoy it when it gave birth to this amazing thing?
http://loli.dance/ (It’s SFW if bloomers are fine)
◐ This OVA appears to be part of this spin-off series’ fan service. The story centers around an elementary school sports festival whose group-dance competition is its most prestigious event. Unfortunately, the OVA spends some of its runtime on meaningless chatter among the prepubescent students along the school’s halls and classrooms, while spending most of its runtime on the protagonistic group’s training sequences.
◐ Even though most of the OVA’s fan service is based on the loli portrayal (i.e.tummy length T-shirts & training panties) of the protagonistic group’s individual members dancing around in the springtime, it is not as entertaining as it should have been. Given the fact that Silver Link did a pretty decent job producing those entertaining 6min. special episodes, it’s surprising how unengaging this work is.
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16: Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism: Doki! “Goken-darake” no Ian Ryokou
Japanese: 武装少女マキャヴェリズム ドキッ！「五剣だらけ」の慰安旅行
MAL Score: 6.81
Original 13th episode bundled with the limited edition 7th volume of the Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism manga.
Most series will usually feature an OVA in the form of lighthearted entertainment or fanservice. Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism is no different, as this OVA, came bundled with the original manga, is your standard “school trip to the Onsen episode”. In other words, a fanservice episode. And if it wasn’t obvious enough, then looking at the thumbnail should provide some additional insight.
This OVA is a direct sequel to the main series.
As far as fanservice episodes goes, this one was boring and not very entertaining. The first half of this episode featured boring dialogue and a study event where Fudou Nomura must pass his exams in order to go on the Onsen trip, but, as usually, he passes the exam. And, then the second half involved a “typical” legend about the Onsen, i.e., the first person to enter the Onsen gets their wish granted, and brief fight scene over which girl will enter the Onsen first. Overall, a boring fanservice episode.
The art, background settings, and character designs were all pretty mediocre. There was a short fight scene, but it wasn’t very impressive compared to the main series’ fight scenes.
There was nothing impressive or noteworthy that stood out to me. We have the same voice actors and actress reprising their roles. And, we have the same opening and ending song from the main series.
Don’t expect any character development or additional backstory. If you have seen the main series, then you will know who these characters are, their personalities, and how they will behave. Furthermore, you can expect the same cheesy dialogue and bad jokes.
It was boring and not very entertaining. Generic fanservice for an overall generic show.
15: Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu]: Knots of Memories
Japanese: ナカノヒトゲノム【実況中】KNOTS OF MEMORIES
MAL Score: 6.81
An original story included with volume 10 of the Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] manga.
14: Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Futari no Elder The Animation
Japanese: 乙女はお姉さまに恋してる ～2人のエルダー～ THE ANIMATION
MAL Score: 6.84
Two years after Mizuho’s graduation… Mikado Chihaya was truant at his school because of harassment in the school and of a distrust in men. His mother cannot bear to watch him be in trouble, so she makes him transfer to Seiou Girls’ School, her old school. He dresses as a girl and introduces himself as Kisakinomiya Chihaya. Chihaya meets Nanahara Kaoruko, who once rescued him from a playboy, and he begins to live in the dormitory building. He becomes the focus of public attention due to his attractive face and figure, and due to high grades at studies.
the one major factor that was the same in both was the lack of Romance. the title “maidens are falling in love with me” can give viewers the presumption that they are going to be watching a good romance series, but that only appears to be the case in the final episodes of both series.
focusing now on Futari no elder, the overall feeling i got after was finishing the last episode was border lined with “That was cute” or ” . . . and they lived happily ever after”. Not that i was unsatisfied with the show, but i was left feeling that there could have been sooooo much more. especially with the relationships of the characters. along side the relationships, many of the characters personalities could have been portrayed a little more, instead of leaving the viewer with one a two impressions. Now stepping away from the plot, if i were too give this anime a score based solely on animation, sound, and art i would give it an 11. the artwork was fantastic, and the music worked perfectly with the soft romantic feel.
Within the 3 episodes you meet the 2 main characters who obviously are the titular elders. Chihaya and Koruko are extremely likable characters, and in some ways complete opposites of each other, for one Chihaya is a male. Now the story does revolve around the actions that involve these two, but the other characters are what act as the foundation for their building friendship, and eventually Romantic feelings as seen in the final episode which was beautifully made, a little too coincidental, but nonetheless beautiful.
My only regret about the anime is that some of the problems,relationships, and pasts of the characters could have been fleshed out more to give the viewer a better understanding of the situation the main character Chihaya was in.
That’s the end of my Review and i hope you to watch the anime as well!
I’d like to think I’m overly fair with my ratings, a 5-10 scale just equates to a 1-5. Generally short series have the short end of the stick, they rake in nothing but dismal ratings and are average at best. Maidens are Falling for Me 2 has the same pitfalls being only 3 episodes long.
A lot of what I disliked in its prequel or parent story are essentially the same, lack of this and not enough of that.
The story didn’t have enough build up time only being 3 episodes long and anything that short gets royally shagged in the ass and has to totter off stage right. As before the plot revolves around a boy posing as a girl who transfers into an all girls school only to become idolized by the general population. The interaction between characters was the only selling point because 3 episodes just don’t rustle your jimmies enough. The drama build up in the last episode redeemed it enough but the reality is the show as a whole is abysmal after episode 1.
I’ve always been a trap fan, some others won’t share that love due to some incident involving lotion and expectations of a vagina. The main character is cute and the rest of the cast is cute, or moe as the common weaboo calls it. The interaction between character is average, nothing amazing or poor just average. The characters are essentially copycats from the prequel so nothing is new at all. The girl’s love element really isn’t present enough for this to be labeled as such since the main cast knows the situation.
As before, the trap isn’t exposed to the whole student body and that pretty much pissed me off. I wasn’t expecting a lot from 3 measly episodes but it’s just no fun if you can’t expose the main event as a fraud. It’s like “Rock, Paper, Scissors” It doesn’t make sense why they would make paper cover rock, it does nothing to tarnish or benefit the rock. And when you think about it, all it does is leave you with a feeling of boredom after its all said and done.
Most of the animation is pretty stifling, I sense in Japan that school uniforms are generally uncomfortable if dress code is really that bad. Character designs and backgrounds are what you might except from a show about Catholic nuns but shoujo animators tried to bring on the goth loli appeal. I’m no fan of the backgrounds or scenery, combined with the music scores they’re almost designed to put you to sleep. I’d rate everything average or below average.
The voice actors and theme songs aren’t anything special, performed well but the voice acting was boring. A romance needs more feel, and all these feels were not there. The theme songs won’t be going on my favorites anytime soon but they were fair.
Regardless the ending scenes gave this some shining light. After the main characters came to terms with their feelings and own wants you come out with the final end scene kiss and dual election of elder sisters. A change in pace from before but I was still craving that trap exposure. I think we all have a want to live our own lives at one point, by stepping out of your parents shoes you get that opportunity. As for the main character being forced to live the life of his twin sister he ultimately ends up in this situation. They did a good job of focusing on one relationship rather than several and I felt the storyboard writers could have given Chihaya and Kaoruko another episode.
Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Futari no Elder had its moments but 3 episodes really weren’t enough.
I have no idea why I was convinced this was shoujo-ai. Because its not. It follows the main idea of the original series, which is basically a guy, cross-dressing like a girl and attending an all-girls school. Why did I think this was going to be different? I don’t know. Just because I am a girl x girl love enthusiastic, I wanted to believe that it would be, well…girl x girl. But let’s focus on the story and not my confused little mind. It has a simple story, as I said. At times it got more deep and at others it was just evolving around basic school things. Was the story bad?…Emm…I wouldn’t say it was good. It was alright. Although at the beginning I found it quite nice and interesting, later on I found most of the story boring. The only interesting part was for me, the reason why he was crossdressing. That was the part when it actually got my attention. But it was mainly focusing on simple school everyday life. It had romance, which was not really my cup of tea, because I wanted to watch shoujo-ai. And that is not exactly what you describe as shoujo-ai. So, I guess my overall opinion was negatively affected just by that fact. And I tried to let that aside while watching the ovas, but I just couldn’t. It was a major turn off for me. Lastly, I found the ending, disappointing and pointless. I felt like it was missing something.
I really liked the art style. Bright colors, nice animation. It was good.
The opening and ending didn’t do such a big impression on me. They were ok, but nothing memorable. As for the soundtrack, it was nice. The voice actors did a great job. I really liked Chihaya’s feminine voice. I felt like it fitted her as a character, set aside the fact that he was actually a boy…How do you even do such a feminine voice when your a boy?…
I don’t know what to say about the characters. For a 3 episode ova series, I feel like the development they got was fair. There was of course more development to the main character, Chihaya, which was satisfying. Kaoruko, a very important character as well, also got nice development. From all the characters, I liked her the most.
So, being completely honest, I’ll say that I did not enjoy this anime. The main reason behind this is that I didn’t get what I expected. While I was expecting shoujo-ai, I got boy x girl, set aside the fact he was in a girl’s form. And maybe if it was truly a shoujo-ai anime, I would have enjoyed it much more, but sadly, right now this is my honest opinion about it.
“Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Futari no Elder” is not a great anime. It is rather a mediocre anime. I did not enjoy it but that does not mean you will not either. Maybe it will be a turn off for girl x girl fans, just like it was for me, and maybe it won’t. Its all up to your taste. I would not really recommend this anime, but then again, if you are interested in its unique nature, maybe you should check it out. After all, since it is only 3 episodes long, you will only spend an hour with this ova series. Now, if this hour will be worth it…I wonder…
Story – 5/10
Art – 7/10
Sound – 6/10
Character – 6/10
Enjoymen – 3/10
Overall – 5/10
13: Kime Koi!
MAL Score: 6.88
Hero Hajime is going to school with Misa and Megumi. He loves Megumi, and asks Misa if there is a way to win Megumi over. Misa produces a pill that is supposed to make the taker reveal their exact feelings for someone. It turns out Megumi has been wanting Hajime, but so has Misa.
12: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!: Motenaishi, Nazomeite Miru
Japanese: 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! 未放送第13話
MAL Score: 7.00
The 13th episode of the TV anime bundled with the special limited first edition of the 7th manga volume.
Before I’ll review this OVA, I’d tell you a little about Watamote’s first rise to success, and I’ll cover about Kuroki Tomoko’s character as I wished to do it for a long time now, and then of course, I’ll review the contents of this 13th Anime Original episode OVA.
Watamote (Shortest way to call it, so I’d just use that) started out as an unknown little manga that featured a very unique female protagonist, a Mojo, meaning a very gloomy unsociable girl. When I first lay my eyes upon a random 4chan thread back in 2011 featuring Tomoko , I immediately knew this manga is going to be something special.
As one who enjoys unique portrayal of protagonists, and even better, something closer to home, a more realistic one, someone you could relate to easily, I knew I had to try it out.
So I read the first chapter that got scanlated by an Anon, and I was immediately intrigued.
How did Watamote managed to rise to success so easily?
It was with the help of those 4channers themselves, which stands out as a very nice story. 4channers promoted the manga in many threads, and even helped the mangaka financially so she could write more chapters by buying as many copies as they could. So instead of Japan, we got the West to support Watamote’s first rise to success.
4chan is a controversial home to various people who enjoy social interaction through image boards, troll each other, and generally spread the Internet phenomena of Memes. Through the years it had its ups, downs, and as one who used to follow threads daily for years, 4chan indeed earned its name on the Internet.
So those 4channers who many of them themselves suffered from social alienation, enjoyed Watamote the best. And after the manga became enough popular, a 2013 anime adaptation adapted the manga story, shone Tomoko in different light, making her come to life with great visuals, sound, and endless attempts for Tomoko to become a popular sociable girl, which always resulted in utter failures.
From what I read in reviews on MAL, Kuroki Tomoko is a character you could easily relate to if suffer from similar societal anxieties, or you could just throw her existence as a loser who can’t learn from her ways, and have a clear lack of empathy for her, even clearly feel pain from what she goes through, to the point you feel awkward when you watch the show.
Her life portrayal in a dark comedic show is something that can be very unfunny to some, while some would laugh and then feel guilty about it.
When I watch Kuroki Tomoko in action, I don’t see a loser girl that clearly. Tomoko is someone that tries her best, and fails. Then tries again, then fails. A loop that will occur in the whole show.
Why does that happen to her? Why is she so different from other people surrounding her? Is this her fate? Is this how she supposed to live her whole life?
My own answer is, her state of mind, which over the years, strayed afar from a healthy one, into one ridden with such social anxieties.
Tomoko in Middle School was more sociable than in her teenage years, that’s when the social anxiety attacks harder. While some who suffer from SA can live with it, some clearly, can’t.
As one who knows what it’s like to feel such heavy anxiety, despite not suffering from clear SA but something different, I’d tell you, even on one sunny day, things begin to change.
Sometimes you won’t feel it right away, won’t understand why it’s happening, that you’re in this mess, but after a few years, you won’t remember how it even happened.
You’ll be so delusional you’ll think your whole life was this way, that you amount to the lowest human being.
And when one thinks he will fail, he’s prone to failures much more than others. When one is in unhealthy delusional state of mind caused by anxieties, traumas or a mental illness, he will see the world differently, sometimes live his daily life through his hobbies, will fail to see the world as it itself works in reality like others without such anxieties, see them as clear as the sun.
Then it can be a life long suffering.
The worst thing is, that many or even most people around you will see you as a lower human being than their standing. And when many, or even every person acts hostile towards you, you’ll make generalizations about this world, and build up years of hatred towards many of your peers, despite the problem lying deep in yourself.
It can be an lifelong cycle of hatred, that can bring you to make drastic measures. Shut yourself in? Lose friends one after another or never have a close friend at all? Succumb to the state of mind until it becomes a lifelong illness? Much is possible.
Can one go out of it? With kind help from others, a change in environment or even with years with good Rehab, and the right medications, one can slowly come back into a healthy state of mind: A healthy soul in a healthy body.
But such thing may never happen to many people, and they will succumb to it, lose themselves in it until it breaks them, and simply tears them apart from the inside.
They can easily lose their sanity, or meet an early demise.
This is not a matter someone can brightly joke about.
Kuroki Tomoko however, is in a dark comedy anime. The show name can be used in two ways: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Unpopular!/ It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular! which clearly expresses the delusion Tomoko is living in. Can Tomoko break out of it?
I didn’t follow the manga to recent chapters yet, but I heard that recently she shows more of her social side, so there is some change. But clear change can take years of serialization, or…
May never happen at all.
It’s time for me to review the OVA itself.
This OVA feels, looks, and is an original story. The story also feel much more lighthearted compared to the main show.
It starts with a prologue that hints about a possible second season. The prologue is about Tomoko wanting to change the series completely for the second season, then snaps out of it by Kii, her cousin, with the flashy entrance of the OP, which I really grown to love.
It manages to portray a more sociable Tomoko, in 2 halves:
One is through the eyes of a regular Chuunibyou middle school kid Aomatsu, which sees her as a cool girl who can change his boring daily life, just like in the anime he enjoys.
This part doesn’t really feel like the regular Watamote, but more of a homage to many anime that cater to Chuunis. We see a cool Tomoko, with a cool voice, appearance and demeanor, spouting some chuuni remarks which the guy finds oddly intriguing.
The second part is from Tomoko viewpoint, which actually shows what happened in reality, and not through the help of Chuunibyou vision.
So it’s basically half an episode covered in 2 viewpoints.
What I liked about it, that Tomoko feels different while she was in middle school, even if the Original Story setting required her to act different.
She was even unbeknown to me and to the other viewers, taller in her middle school years than her high school years, which clearly ignited the guy’s Chuuni Mentality.
They both met a few times on the school rooftop, a setting to many Chuuni-inspired stories.
Tomoko just wanted to create a cool setting for them to meet frequently, but sadly, it didn’t go anywhere in the end.
After 3 years, he couldn’t even recognize her anymore despite bumping her once. Tomoko managed to change so much just in 3 years, with her additional social anxiety silent behavior.
So in the end, this was a refreshing Watamote story, through if I look at it overall, it was nothing that special.
I did enjoy it more compared to Yahari’s original story OVA (a similar protagonist show) which I felt was more lacking, and not as refreshing.
-Art & Animation: 8-
The art is the same as the main series, which is perfectly understandable. Silver Link made the simple manga’s art into something that looks way more grim and flashy at the same time. No complains here.
The OP and ED are the same as the main series, and the sound is just as great.
While some hate the combination of J-Pop and Screamo Metal in the OP song, I really found it to be the killer combination, perfectly fits the show theme of regress.
I missed the ED as well, and hearing it again in the episode after such a long time sure feels nice.
Kitta Izumi is back and great as ever. She carries the show without any flaw with her portrayal of Tomoko, a voice that she never uses in other shows, which it makes her most special role.
Tomoko, Tomoki and Yuu-chan return, with the addition of 2 new characters, Aomatsu and Komiyama Kotomi, a friend of Tomoko is her middle school years. They don’t play a big role as a whole, but for a show with so little characters, every addition is welcome.
I enjoyed the main series and this OVA in the same way. They both have the same Watamote feel, despite the OVA being an original story, which shows the director’s ability to produce good Watamote episodes even if they are not adapted straightly from the manga.
I also enjoy Watamote’s anime more than the manga, because of great directing, and of course the addition of voice acting, music, animation, better art, and it’s just better as a whole for me.
Despite this review was more about Watamote as a whole and not only this Stand Alone OVA, I said pretty much everything I wanted which was pent up about the show, since there was not much to review on this episode as standalone. So it’s basically a Two-in-One review.
I recommend Watamote and this OVA to every person who enjoys dark comedy, different protagonists to the norm, and those can relate to Tomoko more easily because of their circumstances.
This is not a show about beating Social Anxiety so far, but one that just portrays it. Something that is avoided a lot in more of an Escapist (But not only) Mediums such as Anime and Manga. Please keep that in mind.
Enjoy Watching, and I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I enjoyed writing it. (:
The episode can seen from two perspectives: Aomatsu’s and Tomoki’s. These play out with the exact same scenario.
A big thing to note about this is that we are finally able to see how Tomoki actually looks and sounds like to other people. Generic MC-kun’s version of Tomoki is tall, mysterious, and has a voice you can totally have the hots for. This isn’t groundbreaking, but I definitely like this interesting take on our usual chibi-fied and raspy-sounding MC we’ve kept track of for 12 episodes.
Even if it wasn’t noticeable, a new character is also introduced, which is Kotomi Komiyama, a friend both to Yuu and Tomoki back in middle school. She eventually becomes a character who’d constantly “hang out” with Tomoki in the current manga, so seeing her in this OVA made me happy.
There aren’t a lot of cringe moments in this one, but this will definitely make you laugh and facepalm one way or another. The artwork is still the same, but there are some quirks in the animations that reminded me of Shaft (which isn’t a bad thing). The OP and ED were amazing as always.
Overall, I think it’s a good OVA and it just makes me crave for another season of this show.
11: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei!: Mahou Shoujo in Onsen Ryokou
Japanese: Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ ツヴァイ! 魔法少女in温泉旅行
MAL Score: 7.02
Based on the manga by the same name by Hiroyama Hiroshi, itself a spin-off of the Fate/stay night erotic visual novel by Type-Moon.
Note: Bundled with the limited edition of the sixth Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! magical girl manga volume.
Art Note: Art is great and the water blew my freaking mind.
Yuri Note: Kuro’s mana replenishing gets a bit more… intense.
The art is astounding, and I would say it is the best that I have ever seen. Everything from the characters to the backgrounds have really made an impact . The characters look sharper while the backgrounds look like masterpieces of art. A definite 10/10 and a must watch for any Fate/Kaleid fan.
As for the fanservice, well… disappointment and any synonyms cannot be applied to this episode.
And last of all let me just say… DAT WATER
We get to enjoy everyone’s butts and we also get to see some beautiful beams of light to conceal nipples.
IMPORTANT: if yuri near-hentai scenes bother you, don’t watch it.
I didn’t expect to like this OVA as much as I did. It gets an 8/10 from me.
Seeing as this OVA is less than 30 minutes long and it’s mainly ecchi stuff, I don’t know what else MAL wants me to say in order to get this review accepted.
Another paragraph of random pointless text because MAL really insists on long reviews even if there’s nothing else to add to it.
10: Strike the Blood II
English: Strike the Blood Second
Japanese: ストライク ザ ブラッドⅡ
MAL Score: 7.02
The second season of Strike the Blood which adapts three arcs from the 9th, 11th, and 12th light novel volumes.
There are many cute, beautiful, and hot girls there.
Ok, I can tell this is one of the best harem anime. but.
– Added 2 heroine per arc –
I thought it was too much. Although STB always did this.
I like the OST, but I can’t tell the video was good. It just an ordinary video with some cut scene from the TV series.
I prefer TV series OP video probably. Because it’s really good before (especially OP1).
THE STRONGEST POINT!!! (Spoiler Alert!!)
1. If you want to know about latest Kaleid Blood (Avrora) you can watch this one.
but as expected, Avrora also a cute high school girls (><) 2. Akatsuki Family have a father? Yes, get ready pals!! I just can tell, like father like son. 3. When Asagi know if Kojou is a 4th primogenitor? Yeah, who knows. But it really really happen here!!! Actually I'm waiting for this one from a long time ago. 4. Sorry for all of the lolicons in this world. Natsuki-sensei real body was so hot! Different with her daily looks. Thanks for reading this unusual review, actually this review maybe not good. but I try to not made a fatal spoiler for readers. [/collapse] [collapse title=“Reviews3:”]Strike the Blood as a series is one of LA's favourite battle harems in quite a while along with Campione!. The anime series gave off a To aru Majutsu no Index vibe under differing circumstances, you know like how Taboo Tattoo tried to do it and failed at it. Ramblings aside, did Strike the Blood II succeed from it's first season?...or did it go in the ways of Taboo Tattoo?... Strike the Blood II follows the same arc system as the first season, this time consisting of 8 episodes spanning 3 arcs covering Swords-Shaman of Shadow (3 episodes), The 4th Progenitor on the run (2 episodes) and the Knight of Sinful God arc (3 episodes). Swords-Shaman of Shadow arc consisted of a new harem member that Kojou meets during a beach episode by the name of Yume Eguchi voiced by Nao Touyama whom Kojou tries to protect and the titular Swords-Shaman of Shadow Kiriha Kisaki voiced by Yukiyo Fujii comes in as a opposite to Yukina Himeragi and comes to obtain Yume. Yume as a character isn't that bad a character though she meets another of the harem's lolicon status but after her arc she becomes like your typical clingy harem member which was a shame as they kinda wasted Nao Touyama here. On the other hand Kiriha is quite the interesting character being within the rival organization to Yukina and thus an enemy to Kojou and Yukina's goal to save Yume. The fanservice in this arc gets focused on Sayaka Kirisaka which was a bonus for LA and considering this arc starts at the beach...yeaaaaahhhhhhh...their servicing the fans for this OVA series. Overall Swords-Shaman of Shadow arc was the introduction of some interesting characters and saving the world (typical stuff from Strike the Blood) but had some faults with some of its new characters and arc plot points. The 4th Progenitor on the run is nothing but building up the climax to the next arc, nonetheless it still has some pretty good moments. For one, Kojou's dad appears and like father like son, LA can definitely tell where Kojou got his perverted right timing scthick comes from, second is that Nagisa Akatsuki, Kojou's little sister gets focus in this arc being something of catalyst as to the events in the next arc. The BEST thing about this arc is Kojou vs. Natsuki of all things and ohh boy it's a glorious fight and LA loved it. Knight of the Sinful God arc is the climax of this OVA series and betrayal is a foot and at first confused LA as to why the Akatsuki family wants to release Avrora Florestina the last Progenitor through Nagisa which backfires spectacularly. New allies and villains comes into play, but allies comes in form of Grenda voiced by Misaki Watada (who the true villains of this arc are after), Yuiri Haba voiced by Sayaka Senbongi and Shio Hikawa voiced by Kaede Hondo who are both Sword Shamans with Yuiri getting bit more screentime due to Grenda. The most interesting character would go to Shirona Kuraki a shaman who works for the Lion King Organization and LA thinking she was a villain at the start. Knight of the Sinful God arc is a good climax all things considered as even the villains have their beliefs of wanting their world to return to "normal" before all the demons came into play however their actions don't suit such a noble gesture making this arc's world building and character beliefs all the more better albeit with a small white and black morality to it. The animation was pretty great from Silver Link and CONNECT, from the same character designs from the first season with some "exotic" character designs for the newer characters. LA overall for the new characters, LA really like Kiriha's design and character overall and being the Nega-Yukina in a ways. The battle scenes were pretty decent too what the Persona-esque monsters and beam spams along with some military grade battles mixed in with the supernatural, the battle animation was overall decent and enjoyed most of the battles especially the Natsuki vs. Kojou battle. Since this is an OVA series...YES, if your wondering the nudity is there in full force with no censors whatsoever and LA didn't mind it AT ALL. Yes sometimes the nudity was forced at times, but in others they felt slightly justified (eg. beach episode, clothing tearing or damaged in battle or just some of the harem in *ahem* fanservicey outfits etc.) The voice acting was on par with the first season and LA overall enjoyed it. LA will keep this section short, but there were TWO great as well as surprising voice actors from this and that was Yukiyo Fujii as Kiriha as the great voice actor for this anime as she plays a cold-hearted yet with a heart of gold character and just overall Yukiyo's mysterious and teasing dark haired girl vocals about her was an obvious playing against the type role for her. The other voice actor? Satomi Sato as Shirona Kuraki why?...because LA hasn't seen Satomi take on such vocals since her role as Nana from Golden Time, only this time she's a powerful shaman and she ACTS like one too...just DAMN was LA surprised it was her. Strike the Blood II is a good continuation of the first season by adding in arcs that affects the majority of the main characters, new and old as well as previous plot points from the first season being brought up and put into focus in this second season. Strike the Blood II fulfills what any fan of this series wants what with it's "To aru Majutsu no Index"-like plot progression, awesome supernatural fights to save the world, world building, new harem members and *cough* uncensored fanservice *cough* and sure coincidences happen all these arcs and it does happen at times to move the plot forward but nonetheless LA still enjoyed this second season all things considered. Strike the Blood II had it's problems like it's first season but it also had the same to almost a better flair from the first season with higher stakes and utilizing it's new characters quite well in some respects even with its 8 episode screentime. *cough* Sayaka Kirisaka best girl *cough*... [/collapse]
MAL Score: 7.07
Former members of the idol group IKB31, Ayaka Takano, Maki Kamii and Maina Ooizumi, form a new group called Platinum Kiss. One of the biggest reasons for their success onstage would be their manager, Ayaka’s older brother, despite his perverted nature.
On the day before their next concert, he informs the girls that he might not be able to attend, causing them to feel very anxious. In the girls’ desperate effort to find him, he turns out to be peeping at their every action. With one hour left before their performance, he helps them in “calming their nerves”.
one of my biggest fetishes is having sex with an idol, not just any idol, my little sister who is an idol, and not just 1 but 3. Too bad that can’t happen yet, as she is only 12 so ill have to wait a few years. If you are like me then I have the perfect show for you. Hello all you sexy perverts, I am the Hentai Oujisama and today we will be taking a look at Katekano; Idol Sister. Lets get started.
This is a 1 episode show so there really isn’t much to talk about. We have our main male character who is the manager for the idol group and the 3 cute stars. Blue, brown and blond hair girls are there to be super cute and do cute things. They injure the big brother and to apologize to him they have sex with him, and that’s it. The show has about 8 minutes of dialog and then they get right into the sex until the very end so expect to see about 19 minutes of non stop sex scenes with all the girls. Very simple story to get into good tame sex.
The characters are all good, the male character does his job by not being a dick and I love all the girls. There seems to be 2 deredere girls and 1 tsundere girl. The blond hair tsundere girl reminded me of Kirino from OreImo but the other girls seem like generic deredere girls which is fine. For a 1 episode show they make a good hentai. Have 3 cute girls and don’t make them cunts.
The sex scenes are very tame. There are blowjob, titty fucking, creampie, gang bang, harem, fingering, incest and yuri. Nothing extreme so if you want safe stuff, then this is good for you. The sex scenes were all sexy and lovable. This hentai sex scenes made me feel good cause there was no rape or anything close to being considered fucked up. Unless if you have a problem with incest… I guess there is that.
The art styles are of the norm, it looks good and pleasant. The animation looks bad during the non sex scenes and even during some of the sex scenes there were some wonky animations. Their boobs look weird for a bit, the cum is yellow, frozen animation and camera pan. But it is 100% watchable and it is still very enjoyable. There are some j-pop idol music but it sounds very meh. I didn’t really care for it but it was nice to see the girls “dance” to the music.
I personally loved it. After hours of hardcore fucked up hentai, it felt good to watch some softcore stuff and I really enjoyed it. All the girls looked nice, nothing hardcore, decent animation. Good shit.
This was a fun good show. If you love everything you heard, softcore hentai, then you should watch this show. If you want to watch something similar I recommend you check out Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro for nice safe tame hentai. Or you can always check out Imouto Paradise for lovely incest which is all tame and good stuff. That’s it for Idol Sister and as always I am the Hentai Oujisama and I’ll see you all next time.
If you dont like incest, 4somes and lolicon hentai, then stay away from this.
A good thing, relatively speaking, is that it does not have NTR or rape, which are quite prevalent in hentai.
A plain summary of this anime is this:3 idols, who are also sisters, fuck their big brother, who is also their manager.There is only 1 episode, which is of the standard length, i.e, ~20 minutes.
Idol sister contains two main fetishes: Having sex with your idol and incest.
This one has incest. Yep. If you do not like that you may want to turn away, but since this is a hentai you wont even remember.
The animation is very boing-y most of the time but I did see a couple complete still frames and they were very noticeable. For the art style: Looked pretty average for this era of anime. Nothing too eye-candy like.
A big problem I had was that they would just keep talking. Non stop. It felt like they were saying the same stuff over and over again. But at times they would say some pretty screenshot-and-send-it to-your-kik-chat funny stuff.
My overall enjoyment level was average hentai ( meh) But this one stands out with the random hilarious things they would say. ” squirt your impregnating milk on my face”‘ which gave it the extra point making this hentai a 6/10
first review lmao-
8: Strike the Blood: Valkyria no Oukoku-hen
English: Strike the Blood: Kingdom of the Valkyria
Japanese: ストライク ザ ブラッド ヴァルキュリアの王国篇
MAL Score: 7.27
It was officially announced at the Dengeki Game Festival 2015 event that Strike the Blood will be getting a two-episode OVA series to be released at the end of 2015. The OVA will be an original story written by Gakuto Mikumo.
(Source: MAL News)
If you really liked StB and really want more then by all means dig in, though be warned that it isn’t anywhere near the best that StB has to offer.
The animation quality is pretty similar to the parent show, in other words pretty good. Expect all the main heroines to make appearances, even if they don’t contribute meaningfully to the plot. There is a fair amount of action similar in nature to what we’ve already seen. The fights here aren’t particularly long and involve the spamming of lots of shiny particles. There isn’t actually any blood spilled in the OVA, instead they decided to focus on ecchi. Expect Kojou to lose his reservations towards ecchi acts and, for instance, show up buck naked to a bath with our other heroines who are of course topless. I still have a hard time believing that Yukina is supposedly 14…
The OVA opens with a fast-paced but melodically weak OP and closes with a nice and calming song reminiscent of the parent show’s ED- the singer’s vibrato is pretty unique. The BGM borrows from the parent show and performs its role adequately.
The VAs all return from the parent show though I feel like Yoshimasa Hosoya had an off performance; he came across as a lot weaker than during the main show. Otherwise, you can expect solid work from Saori Oonishi, Risa Taneda, and Asami Seto. There are some new VAs in the form of La Folie’s parents (including Mamiko Noto!) and new antagonists.
The story is a simple linear plot with good rising action and a decent overall progression. Given the length of the OVA, it’s hard to say much in concrete terms without spoiling the fun. I will note that the climax is the kind of cliche that I’ve grown quite tired of and ended in an all too predictable way. Regardless, it was still a pretty entertaining watch; and given the early rising action, you’ll probably want to finish the entire OVA in one sitting.
Despite the average-at-best plot, the character interactions are still fun; you still get Yukina desperately trying to hide her affections for our protagonist for one. In addition, you now get La Folia’s family weighing in on her attachment to Kojou.
There are some blemishes here as well though. As is typical for these short pieces, there isn’t much character growth. Likewise, you can expect pitiful, undeveloped antagonists. And of course, what I alluded to before, Kojou’s character goes downhill here; let’s just say he’s not himself.
Overall, it isn’t a bad OVA, I just happened to set my expectations way too high for it. It adds a mild arc that doesn’t add to the parent story but is decently entertaining if a tad outlandish (in terms of climax and ecchi). The OVA is a fair, but nonetheless disappointing, addition to the StB franchise.
7: Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai: Nagisa ni Usemono Arite Senjin wa Enzen to [X] Suru
MAL Score: 7.29
Bundled with the limited edition volume 14.
The episode adapts chapters 48 and 49, which follow Yuiga and Asami going on a fake date, and Yuiga encountering his teacher Mafuyu Kirisu after she accidentally loses her swimsuit top.
(Source: MAL News)
For a show that went unnoticed by many, the portion of people that gave ti a chance is still loyal and in a state of asking for me. This OVA was released at a questionable state, with 6 months of time between the two episodes.
The OVA discards whatever the series had of “plot”, leaving you only with a couple of wholesome episodes that provide more of the fan-service and comedy level. It steers the current on the fandom ships quite hard, leaving none disappointed.
It is the type of OVA that leaves you wanting though. A season 3 might not be enough by this point, heck, have it serialize on a weekly basis, and no one is complaining.
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai OVA centers on offbeat episodes from the second season, well you know the basic plot by the synopsis up top so with this…
The first half of the first OVA centers around Nariyuki and Asumi faking a date on the beach which leads into Nariyuki stumbling upon finding Kirisu losing her bikini top. For the most part the first episode gives us a bit of screentime towards Asumi and Kirisu which LA didn’t mind either way and even better it being a beach episode!. Asumi gets to open herself up with Nariyuki “surprising her” as it were while “fake” being her boyfriend, the “becoming the mask” for her as it were. As for Kirisu, her situation gives us the classic Kirisu being tsundere ditzy and her realizing how many times Nariyuki helped her and especially with this situation again like Asumi’s opening up to Nariyuki. Both these situations with Asumi and Kirisu was great as non sequiturs isolated episodes it is ESPECIALLY if your in the Asumi and/or Kirisu camp.
The second and last OVA is a “wedding” OVA, the majority of this episode centers on each of the girls fantasizing or getting *ahem* cozy with Nariyuki under certain situations with Nariyuki before the rehearsal wedding ceremony. All of this concocted due to Nariyuki’s mother’s boss wanted teenagers to help with a wedding photoshoot. The first OVA was beach fanservice with Asumi and Kirisu. THIS episode was pretty much giving us the harem in some tame yet spicy situations with Nariyuki with a HUGE wedding fanservice at the end. Of course thanks to this being Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai, coincidentally Kirisu finds a way to also get involved and yes she like the rest of the harem gets afflicted to the wedding fanservice and BOY if you like wedding costume fanservice, then yea…satisfied to say the least.
The production value and the voice cast really doesn’t need to said, same animation studio, same voice cast from the anime series but if you need details then LA’s second season review would cover this the same way.
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai OVA was expected for an OVA, from the slightly spicy fanservice with the entire harem one way or another as well as the expected teasing of each of the girls with Nariyuki. If you wanted a bit more *ahem* “supplementary material” from the Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai anime, then this is for you…
Kirisu still best girl…
Another great addition to the series as from before. This following firstly with the beach episode which was very funny and comical. I liked how they got other characters there by not just chance but from being there in the first place already.
The second one was slightly unexpected in the wedding scenario. I did enjoy how they played it out to make it all the less serious. It was great to see the respective girls in the outfits and the funny scenarios they had to undertake. I really liked the sister’s reactions at the end.
The art was consistent like before in the show.
Sound still has a great soundtrack with the OP and ED being enjoyable.
Characters appear to develop but then they don’t. It is more about solidifying the already known things about characters in better context. These are not meant to be deep and meaningful I don’t think.
It was very enjoyable and if you liked the main show this will be very much up your alley. It is nice to watch after season 2, especially if you were not 100% on the series outcome thus far.
6: Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow
Japanese: ストライクウィッチーズ Operation Victory Arrow
MAL Score: 7.35
Operation Victory Arrow is set in the period between the end of Operation Mars in the second television series and the 2012 Strike Witches movie. The three 30-minute short stories depict the lives of the members who returned to their respective homes.
Humor me while I play Captain Obvious: following the events of Operation Mars at the end of Strike Witches 2, Operation Victory Arrow follows the events of all eleven members of the Strike Witches as they returned home, or traveled to different countries in an effort to further resist the Neuroi. I’ll be breaking down each episode, but if you want, you’re more than welcome to skip towards the bottom paragraph for my conclusion.
Volume I – “St. Trond’s Thunder”
Stationed at the St. Trond Base in Belgica, Erica Hartmann, Gertrud Barkhorn, Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke, and Heidemarie W. Schnaufer get a visit from Erica’s twin sister, Ursula Hartmann. Being the genius girl that she is, Ursula delivers some pretty funky gadgets – but the most impressive hardware is a 50mm cannon with a jet striker unit. Reluctant to accept jet strikers as a potential replacement in the future, Erica’s stubborn behavior causes an accident during a test-flight with her sister. An argument ensues, and Erica is left out of battle during a Neuroi attack.
This episode was probably the most average. The sisters getting into a fight and making up is pretty standard for the “friendship and camaraderie” themes we see in Strike Witches. On the other hand, the action scenes were kicked up a notch as the aces of Karlsland were given all they could handle by a “splitting-type” Neuroi. The inherent danger for Minna was real enough, and something rare found in the anime (things get slightly more intense in the manga and novels). As far as references go, Erica’s attitude towards the jet striker unit mirrors Erich Hartmann’s similar feelings towards jets in the real world. On the fanservice front, the most you’ll get out of this episode is seeing both Trudy and Heidi in maid outfits.
Volume II – “Goddess of the Aegean Sea”
Francesca Lucchini and Charlotte E. “Shirley” Yeager learn that the island of Delos is being inhabited by a massive snake-like Neuroi that dug itself deep inside a huge cave, making it impervious to conventional attacks. They are both subsequently called to action by Edytha Neumann, and are joined by Hanna-Justina Marseille and her wingman, Raisa Pöttgen. Captain Neumann appears to be reporting directly to Ernst “Erwin” Rommel himself, as he joins the Witches in the briefing room. His plan is to bombard Delos with warships, while receiving support from the Witches. This doesn’t go down to well with Francesca, as Delos is near and dear to her heart. As Raisa tries to reason with Hanna, Shirley must come up with a plan to destroy the Neuroi while saving the island.
This episode took a step away from the traditional dog-fighting action scenes that we’re used to, and focused on ingenuity to get the job done. The addition of Rommel was also a pleasant surprise, as his appearance and support near the end reinforces the idea that Strike Witches isn’t quite the moé-blob series that some might make it out to be. Male characters doing anything at all in a moé series is a risky move, but Strike Witches makes it work, and is part of the reason it stands out so well. The one criticism I would have is Erwin landing a plane on so little runway, but then again, he’s freaking Rommel, so if he’s going to help save the day then bending the laws of physics is no big deal. Meanwhile, you’re going to see the most fanservice out of the three episodes here: Raisa and Hanna have their bath scene conversation, with their tits on full display. It’s pretty subtle though, and about as much as Strike Witches will show you.
Volume III – “Arnhem Bridge”
The adventures of Perrine-H. Clostermann, Lynette Bishop, and Amelie Planchard involve a boy named Julius and his younger sister, Rose. The two orphans are taken in by the girls, and are quickly treated for their respective conditions. Julius quickly takes a disliking to Perrine and further expresses his utter disdain towards all Witches after revealing that his father was lost at the battle at Arnhem Bridge four years prior, despite being promised that Witch reinforcements would arrive. Amelie tries to convince Julius that Perrine is a good person, but ends up using her powers to save him from an accident. Unaware that land-based Neuroi are still lurking near his destroyed home, Julius takes it upon himself to sneak away into a truck and fulfill his sister’s wish of retrieving precious belongings.
This episode is my favorite of the three. I suppose part of that comes from Humikane Shimada’s quote: “Not all Witches are Aces.” Normally, we’d see the Witches blast Neuroi out of the sky. As cool as that is to watch, we don’t often see the non-Aces have their time in the sun. In this instance, Perrine does everything she can for Julius’ well-being, despite several pranks that he pulled on her during the middle of the episode. If there was a moment that set up Perrine to be so awesome in the movie, this is it. She’s such an endearing character, and I think a lot of people don’t realize that right away. Lynette and Amelie play supporting roles, but I would have liked to see Amelie get a little more involvement. I suppose my biggest criticism would be Perrine suddenly leaping over large Neuroi and gunning them down from above, which may or may not have been an excuse to show off some obligatory fanservice.
Strike Witches is definitely showing off its strengths in recent years. It can get away with moments of fanservice while still being an enjoyable, character-driven series. Creating a steady transition from the Witches’ slice-of-life adventures to the drama of battle is an important balance to keep, and Operation Victory Arrow maintains that winning formula.
I do like the play on words if that is the reason for the use of Operation Victory Arrow or OVA.
It was nice to see a good set of 3 episodes that really actually brought something to the table.
All 3 of the episodes hold merit in seeing many characters that we may not see all that often which was nice. It was especially great that it links directly after season 2 and before the movie.
The last episode was especially nice with the crossing into the film and also the story that reached a nice conclusion with the kids that was great to see. The letter at the end also making the crossover. It was really good to see Perrine gets more recognition on her humanitarian efforts since it was mentioned often but not touched all the time. Also the inclusion of the Brave Witches and finally my favourite Sanya was perfect.
I could have happily had an entire episode on Sanya, to be honest, but that would make a few already then.
The art was the same as always and was really nicely done.
The sound was great as always. The engine noise that you get is superb for the striker units. The mellow music you get in relaxing times and after a battle is really soothing.
Characters like said do develop a fair amount for OVA episodes which was great to see.
Overall, it is a great addition and should definitely be watched directly after season 2 and before the movie.
It sure has been a long time since I saw this franchise but the look and feel of the OVA is still consistent with what I remember. The show is drawn in a saturated palette with vibrant scenery and some really nice sky scenes. The background is a bit inconsistent though as not all scenes get the same treatment. There is also noticeable CGI usage, though it doesn’t distract too heavily. The main characters are as they used to be though there are a few new additional supporting members.
As in the parent show, you can expect a fair amount of time in the air with the witches, and likewise a fair amount of long range weapon exchange. Effects are fair overall but nothing particularly memorable. There are also the expected levels of ecchi associated with the impractical nature of having propeller engines on your feet. There are some bath scenes with topless nudity, in case the skirt-less upskirt wasn’t enough for you.
The show has a new OP, which is fair but nothing particularly special. Each of the episodes has their own ED with the featured characters singing. The BGM is orchestral and fitting with both the setting and previous seasons. Some tunes in the BGM are still familiarly borrowed from previous seasons.
The VA cast is as strong as ever with plenty of talented veterans. Chiwa Saitou still gives Francesca a particularly unique voice and Miyuki Sawashiro still excels as the proud Perrine. You even get Shizuka Itou voicing the Star of Africa too.
I give the show props for coming up with interesting scenarios in each episode, with allusions to WWII no less. The first episode features the Germans testing out jet engines with the Witches, fittingly named the ME-262; and fittingly with the ace in the room (Erica) strongly opposing its adoption. The second episode centers on a Neuroi that has captured an island around Tunis, which happens to be particularly important to Francesca. The last episode features a bratty orphan caught in something vaguely like Operation Market Garden.
Each episode was well executed and had occasional comedy, especially the last episode. It was surprisingly good overall compared to my experience with the main shows.
Though there isn’t much to be developed here, you do get a bit more on each featured witch’s personality. Most memorable were Perrine’s leadership, which is something that wasn’t featured in any of the main shows. The interactions are fairly good though, again, a large portion of the witches get cameo appearances at most.
This is much more bang for your hour than any other Strike Witches work out there so far (not the movie yet). If you have a fair amount of the franchise under your belt, this is a no-brainer. It’s a fun but short escape back to a show I had almost forgotten.
5: Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai!: Chapel no Kane wa [X] wo Shukufuku Suru
MAL Score: 7.36
Bundled with the limited edition volume 16.
The episode features an original premise where Fumino, Mafuyu, Uruka, Rizu, and Asumi are taking part in a wedding ceremony.
(Source: MAL News)
Basically here, the characters are invited by mc’s mom’s friend, as she opens up a new business and that is providing marriage facilities, well basically she opened up a place where people can get married.
So all of them try on the outfits including the mc and they all have a photo shoot,
It’s a really good episode and even if you ship one girl with the mc, it’s still fun to watch as all of them get embarassed and their cute reactions were something.
I liked it, it was fun for me to watch
Do I recommend? Yeah, sure
Nothing really too special in this. Convenient storytelling leads the girls to a wedding hall (fanservice station) to try on dresses while the MC complements each one and each girl blushes etc.
Not related to the main story but if you had a particular ship in mind (Yuiga x Rizu all the way) then this is a good way to live that out. If you enjoyed the main show, then you’re gonna like this. If you didn’t like the main story, why are you here.
Wasn’t the best thing I’ve seen. But it also wasn’t the worst.
For a show that went unnoticed by many, the portion of people that gave ti a chance is still loyal and in a state of asking for me. This OVA was released at a questionable state, with 6 months of time between the two episodes.
The OVA discards whatever the series had of “plot”, leaving you only with a couple of wholesome episodes that provide more of the fan-service and comedy level. It steers the current on the fandom ships quite hard, leaving none disappointed.
It is the type of OVA that leaves you wanting though. A season 3 might not be enough by this point, heck, have it serialize on a weekly basis, and no one is complaining.
4: Imawa no Kuni no Alice (OVA)
MAL Score: 7.40
Ryouhei Arisu is a high school student with no ambitions and just wants to escape from what he feels is a meaningless reality. One night when he is with his two friends Daikichi Karube and Chouta Segawa, they see an abnormally large firework shoot into the sky, an event which signals a permanent change in their lives.
Blinded by the incredibly bright explosion, the three find themselves transported to what is known as the Borderland. The only inhabitants of this world are participants of a deadly game where specific tasks must be accomplished if they wish to survive. As the three begin playing to determine how they can get back home, Ryouhei finds himself feeling alive for the very first time in his life.
I started watching this cuz I heard the netflix versions was really good so i chose to watch the anime first. the plot is really good its an amazing idea id like to see more off (so ill probs watch the netflix version).
The art is standart nothing special
The emotional songs are really good in this anime
I loved all the characters mainly Chouta.
This anime really has you on the edge of your seat the entire time, mainly episode 3.
I’d recommend this anime a lot, if it had more episodes it would probs have become one of my fav.
Actually Alice in Borderlands is one or my favorite manga, I enjoy reading each chapter, it has been a while since I read the manga, so I wanted to see these 3 ovas to see how good they are, after all for my Alice in Bordelands it was a great and I knew that, despite being 3 ovas, it could be a good thing from there (well, I was wrong).
The story does not change much, Arisu Ryohei, tired of his life and with an inferiority complex by his brother, appears in another world with his 2 friends after seeing some fireworks, in the “new world” (which is equal to the Earth, but without many people) there are some survival games in which Arisu will have to participate to survive, the plot is simple, but it can unleash many possibilities, but the pacing is terrible, the plot rushes so much that we can not get to Psychologically understand the characters or their actions, the ovas only take advantage that they are a game of death to play great and develop them well (that is a good point that the ova have at least) and then forget everything else, it shows due to the emphasis to make each game fit a game and making their preparations, which does not work because the grace that the games had was to see how the protagonists faced the games in a psychological way and in a way Inamica, while here they only focused on making the game great, leaving a kind of “style over substance”, since the reflections and deductions of the characters completely dislodge due to the inconsistency that the ovas had to prioritize and retract the games ( it takes very little time to explain correctly and dynamically).
The last game was the one I gave the most hope, but the flask forward (as opposed to flask back) that were recurrent in the chapter made the majority of the chapter’s dialogue meaningless and explicitly let you understand that something wrong It was going to happen (which is a simple way to put tension although with everything, this game was the one that best treated the tension), without the need to resort to psychological immersion, which generates, although all the games are raised in a way correct, the latter in particular could have developed in a great way, but the little immersion with the characters and the fact that we could not get into their mentality makes their deaths do not feel like something emotional or that has weight (although the soundtrack did a good job in general), so, despite the good approach, the development was mediocre.
The characters are where the ovas weakest, in the manga the characters are undoubtedly their best element (especially Arisu), due to the duration of the ovas the characters are very poor, you can not get to emphasize with any due to the emphasis that is only given to the games and in the ingenious way to solve them, it is not at the end of the third game where you can get to understand the feelings of the characters, but that only serves to generate an emotional scene where friends of Arisu die, if not for that reason the characters never managed to express themselves correctly, the exposition of deep themes is very superficial and pretentious (we never really get to know much about Arisu’s past or why Chouta feels a loading, they are only vague themes presented in a superficial way), so the exposition of themes is superficial and does not complement the characters due to their poor presentation in the chapters (although I always I talk about character designs in other reviews, here I have nothing to say, it is normal), the characters besides being poor do not get to express their personality well nor can we see great relationships with each other (which is a contradiction taking in mind that they are best friends), so outside the protagonist the other characters become very boring due to their little time on screen (it provides very badly the exhibition of characters, something that did not happen in the manga).
The animation is normal, although the scenarios are very muted and low in color that they use to express more the dark tone of the ovas themselves, outside of that the transitions are mediocre and the facial gestures too, the animation does not help to focus the viewer on certain aspects, at least the animation is not as bad as you might think at the beginning, it just does not meet decent standards.
The end of the ovas only leaves the viewer anxious, forcing him to read the manga, which makes it a concise ending, but with clear intentions, I really find that these ovas were totally wasted, the manga being a work that gives much emphasis to psychological aspects and the ingenuity of the games, the anime only gave emphasis to the “ingenuity” of the games (since the few that appear are not the big deal), well, a short review, if I don’t talk about other aspects of the ovas it is because it is irrelevant, I really would not recommend these ovas to anyone, or to someone who would like an anime about people in a survival game because in the end and seeing it in retrospect it is likely that there are not many things either good to get out of this animation
The Story has elements of suspense and drama, but ultimately is a coming of age type of story. Missing an ending.
Protagonist is definitely one of the most fleshed out characters I have ever seen. His internal conflict is one that many face, and the anime does a great job of detailing his character in such a concise amount of episodes. The supporting characters are memorable, but for the most part cliched.
Art and Sound are good Quality, with the art being outstanding in terms of direction and audience engagement.
3: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
English: Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts OVA
Japanese: バカとテストと召喚獣 ～祭～
MAL Score: 7.60
OVA of Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu which was announced to be released before the start of the second series.
At the end of this lesson, you will be able to;
-Learn how to Cross-dress
-Blackmail people into submission
-Back-stab your best friend
-Find other uses for women undergarments (For example a head accessory for all you skin head types.
-Score between 6-8 marks on “Classics” subject
-Hack a state of the art machine
-Join the KKK, erm.. I mean the FFF
-Confess to another girl using your friends voice
-Blow up your school
Period 1: Story
For every educational institute there will always be a class which even though is not a very well publicize fact, “The Last Class” and Fumizuki Academy made no exception. The academy’s harsh policy of bullying the “stupid” in order to encourage them to succeed in education (using their own standards of measurements) doesn’t mean the academy does not provide alternative solution for the “Idiots” to escape their ill fate.
Who would imagine Fumizuki Academy, a well known academy for developing the “Summoned” Beast Battle system would have a school festival like all those other normal schools. The OVA provides the same plot device like in the original series. F class trying their best to get better facilities for themselves, Akhisa working hard for Himeji’s sake, Yuuji running away from his inevitable marriage with Shouko, Muttsurini taking more pervertic shots and yet not having to deal with the wrath of his female peers (lucky bastard) and so on and so on… Expect more nonsensical story courtesy of the “Idiots”
Period 2: Art and Music
Improvement in the “Summon” battle animation but to not such a major extent. BGM are recycled from the original series however new opening and ending songs are introduced. (Though by the same artist)
Now, a little not known fact, the ending theme for this OVA, “Getsuyou wa Kirai” or english translation “I Hate Monday” was responsible for inspiring Rebecca Black’s “Friday” In both song they constantly repeated the day name in the lyrics. Only difference is Rebecca Black loves Friday and the Baka cast hates Monday. Alright, you know I’m just kidding right…
And who doesn’t get bored of Akhisa’s insufferable screams of misery? Yes, the seiyuus have not lost their passion and emotions from the first season.
Period 3: Philosophy
A wise old man once said, “The bigger the size of your harem, the higher the number of cockblocking you’re bound to get”
Ok, maybe it wasn’t a wise man but a horny old man. What’s the difference anyways?
However this concept does not apply to Baka To Test. Even though Akhisa
has only the minimum requirement to have his own “Harem” he is constantly harass by his fellow FFF members.
Period 4: Overall
In a nutshell, the 2 OVAs are practically just the sum of all the stupidity and humor brought upon us in the first season. If you have watch the 1st season over a hundred times (like me… sigh why did I have to do that….) you might not find the jokes as humorous as it used to be. Nevertheless the OVA was sticking according to the manga and thus was the preparation for what’s in store for us in season 2. If you’re a fan of the first season and not don’t get bored easily by recycled jokes, then you might as well attend this full hour class of Idiocracy.
Great minds think alike. Fools seldom differs. Idiots will always be idiots…
The first episode covers the classroom event, of which class F fails yet again to decide on time. However, due to a need to prove themselves worthy of himeji, exactly why to be excluded, they set off to make as much sales to graduate from cardboard boxes. A Voyeur shining episode, with some cross dressing to add on. Alas this isn’t a summary, but a review. All in all, the first episode felt to me like an average episode for this show.
However, the second episode understands the importance to the summoned battles and provides us with a whole tournament! Yes, we get to see plenty of battles, and of course the underhanded tactics our F class friends must employ to stand up to the rest of the teams. I am usually jaded when it comes to jokes, which one might find odd or not seeing how I still love these types of shows, but this episode was seriously hilarious.
The OVA wisely implements the unique characteristics of almost every single character in the show at least one point. With the advent of a new season, at least at the time of the review, it allowed me to get excited for what is just around the corner!
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri is the OVA extension that was released before the premiere of the second season. It continues on from (around) the end of the first season and follows the main characters at a festival held at their school.
Although occasionally witty and interesting, this OVA series loses its charm quickly. Nothing in this OVA series is new – it recycles the same kind of plot format as the first season. Some may argue that this is fine, but in this case it does not do much justice to the series as a whole.
The characters are the same as the first season – all with their own unique individual personalities. But also as with the first season, there’s not much development at all. As you’ll clearly see, none of the characters advance in their relationships with other.
Art and sound is still on point, as with the first season. You can see the detail that the studio put into its art and audio.
All in all, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri is not bad – it just doesn’t do anything new.
– There is a clearly depicted plotline
– The design of the plot is nothing different from the first season
– Little character development
– Jokes/actions are recycled from the first season
2: Non Non Biyori: Okinawa e Ikukoto ni Natta
Japanese: のんのんびより 沖縄へ行くことになった
MAL Score: 7.62
While spending a summer day at the department store, Suguru Koshigaya wins the lottery’s grand prize—four tickets to Okinawa! Filled with awe and excitement, the girls of Asahigaoka do various things to prepare for the trip. From practicing how to ride on an airplane to buying travel essentials at the convenience store, they do everything beforehand so they can enjoy their time in Okinawa to the fullest extent.
A departure from the familiar scenery of Asahigaoka is a new experience for Renge Miyauchi, but that does not stop her from pondering how her perspective of the world may change. As the day of the trip draws near, a promise is made.
The Non Non Biyori OVA is essentially episode 13 of the show. They didn’t really deviate from the usual setting and characters. I won’t bother summarizing since the provided synopsis pretty much tells you everything you need to know.
I was pretty hyped to see more of this show and was not disappointed. More of our favorite characters. More countryside eye candy. Great soundtrack. Beautiful wildlife sounds. Well timed comedy. Everything that made the series great.
If you need more relaxation in your life or are anxiously awaiting season two, then this OVA will not disappoint.
That’s about all I can say about this. Thank you for reading this review and if you haven’t, do yourself a favor and watch this show.
This was made 4 years before the NNB movie. At the time, they didn’t know whether S2 (NNB Repeat) would be made, let alone the movie or S3 (NNB Nonstop). Early on in this episode, the cast wins a trip to Okinawa. They then spend the rest of the episode preparing for the trip, and it ends when they’re on the plane, before they land.
The movie re-animates much of this episode with a higher budget, and by the 14th minute of the movie, the cast has landed in Okinawa. Now that the movie exists, just watch it after S1 or S2, but before S3. This now only serves as a relic for the morbidly curious, who want to compare scenes from this episode against the movie.
There was a scene where Renge started thinking about how her outlook on life would change when she travels to that place and started worrying about that but then she was convinced by her sister’s words that she won’t change and went happily saying goodbye to the places she loves in her village which was very heart warming and shows you that even the youngest child can act a little mature for her own age.
That’s pretty much it, not really worth watching other than the reason i stated above.
1: Non Non Biyori Repeat: Hotaru ga Tanoshinda
Japanese: のんのんびより りぴーと 蛍が楽しんだ
MAL Score: 7.84
Life in rural Asahigaoka moves at its own pace. Devoid of the pleasures and worries of a bustling metropolis, this small village might seem painfully dull at first glance. However, despite living this far from her hometown of Tokyo, Hotaru Ichijou manages to find a group of friends whom she can spend quality time with. No matter whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, they make full use of everything the nature around them has to offer.
So, this is my very very short review :
– I’m glad for the art still remain same after all
– Story was simple as well we know about them before (watch it, it’s worth your time). This OVA especially give more time about Hotaru.
– OP and ED same as series (Non Non Biyori Repeat)
– The character was cute as we known
– Enjoyment ? Kaede smile and Ren-chon antics never dissapoint
Overall, This OVA was great, remind us all love we have about this series
Overall : 9/10.
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1. Non Non Biyori Repeat: Hotaru ga Tanoshinda
2. Non Non Biyori: Okinawa e Ikukoto ni Natta
3. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
4. Imawa no Kuni no Alice (OVA)
5. Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai!: Chapel no Kane wa [X] wo Shukufuku Suru
6. Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow
7. Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai: Nagisa ni Usemono Arite Senjin wa Enzen to [X] Suru
8. Strike the Blood: Valkyria no Oukoku-hen
10. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei!: Mahou Shoujo in Onsen Ryokou
11. Strike the Blood II
12. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!: Motenaishi, Nazomeite Miru
13. Kime Koi!
14. Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Futari no Elder The Animation
15. Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism: Doki! “Goken-darake” no Ian Ryokou
16. Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu]: Knots of Memories
17. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Undoukai de Dance!
18. Masamune-kun no Revenge OVA
19. Kira Kira 5th Anniversary Live Anime: Kick Start Generation
20. Asako Get You!!