They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Fantasista Stella, Lemon Angel YJ-ban, Megami Kouhosei Special Curriculum, and more!
30: Fantasista Stella
Japanese: ファンタジスタ ステラ
MAL Score: 5.98
Teppei and teammate Keisuke Honda aim for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Fantastisa Stella is a 3 episode sports anime featuring soccer (or football if you aren’t American) and it has all the basic elements to make a sports anime, but it didn’t have the time. There are only 3 episodes so ~60 minutes to get a whole tournament and if you know anything about anything about sports anime, it’s this: one tournament usually equals about 5-6 episodes. 3 minimum if they’re really trying to be fast. (laugh) So unfortunately, FS did not have this luxury and the competition is cut short to just the bare bone.
Despite this however, I really enjoyed watching it. I thought the music was great, the cast was likable, and there’s that element of un-realism that most sports anime possess that is somehow really enjoyable, and I would have liked to see these characters more because I thought there was a lot of potential. There was a good dynamic, all things aside, and it’s too bad despite its low score.
I dunno, man. I shit talk a lot, but I really have nothing against the show.
Story – 7 (Good)
Art – 7 (Good)
Sound – 8 (Very Good)
Character – 7 (Good)
Enjoyment – 8 (Very Good)
Overall – 7.5 (Good)
29: Lemon Angel YJ-ban
MAL Score: 6.05
Adaptation of the Lemon Angel manga serialized in Young Jump magazine.
28: Megami Kouhosei Special Curriculum
Japanese: 女神候補生 スペシャルカリキュラム
MAL Score: 6.28
A retelling of the TV series from the point of view of one of the Goddess Pilots.
A little note: Don’t go by my rateings for art and sound, I am not the best judge.
27: Blue Seed 2
English: Blue Seed Beyond
Japanese: ブルーシード 2
MAL Score: 6.45
A renegade scientist in San Francisco has found a way to create a new creature called a Neo-Aragami without the power of Susanoo. When these monsters start to terrorize California, the U.S. turns to the old members of the Terrestrial Administration Center (TAC) for help.
The animation is more shotty then Gonzo, which says a hell of a lot in my book. Character designs have been changed for the worse, what action there is (And that is not much) is speed lines, hold posses, and even just cut away’s where they cut to someone talking and then back to the now killed creature.*Face…. Palm*
Voices are ok, close to the original if not the same characters but I really couldn’t pay much attention to that as the whole thing was really making me feel sick for even watching this.
26: Gekiganger 3: The Movie
English: Gekiganger 3
Japanese: ゲキ ガンガー３ 熱血大決戦
MAL Score: 6.47
Ken, Joe, and Akira, three high school students, must combine their three mecha into Gekiganger III to defeat the evil Prince Akara and Emperor Hyperion. The OAV is a compilation of the scenes from Nadesico, a new “movie”, and is a parody of many mecha series from the 80s.
Those are all the basics. I liked it, and if you appreciate old-school Super Robot shows, or like to make fun of the formula and its quirks, this is a nice OVA which can be enjoyed without using up too much of your time.
The OVA is quite self-contained, so you don’t really need to know about Nadesico in order to understand it. A couple of Nadesico characters are going to see the Gekiganger 3 movie, but they don’t really interrupt the action once it begins, which is fair enough. Previous Nadesico knowledge will give you a little bit of extra background info, making it a plus but nothing essential.
Before the main feature, a short compilation of episodes from the fictional Gekiganger 3 TV series provides a quick overview of the story so far, what the characters are like and how their world works. Some viewers prefer the compilation to the movie, but I think both work here and, if anything, the movie is a fair representation of what similar projects were like in reality: an excuse to see robots and aliens beat the crap out of each other, without being too concerned about plot holes and continuity issues.
The Gekiganger 3 story itself isn’t going to win any awards for originality or complexity, but it’s not meant to: three passionate young men combine their powers to pilot a giant Super Robot in order to defend the Earth from alien invaders. A timeless formula, whether you take it seriously, like the characters in the show and countless others do, or just want to laugh at the ensuing over the top antics, silly melodrama and mindless hot blooded action. Having a little bit of both perspectives is fine too, of course.
Character and mecha designs are intentionally meant to look dated and aren’t very impressive (not to mention original) by modern standards, but they definitely give the OVA a nice classic feel. Production values are decent and the animation, while lacking, is relatively smooth at key moments. It has to be said that tolerating a generous use of stock footage is a must, obviously, especially during robot transformation and attack sequences.
The music, while somewhat repetitive, is quite good for the Super Robot genre, being mostly energetic but also melodramatic or sad when it needs to. The Gekiganger 3 theme song is actually pretty catchy as well, especially if you like older anime openings.
Since this is supposed to be a Super Robot parody/tribute, the characters are directly inspired by the heroes, villains and supporting cast members of genre classics like Mazinger Z and Getter Robo, among others. Many of them are fine archetypes of good and evil, their stories being simple and entirely predictable if you’ve seen any Super Robot shows before, but still fun to watch in action. Again, you shouldn’t expect to see, say, the cast of an ambitious space opera here, and the OVA is far too short to even remotely contemplate it.
The Gekiganger 3 OVA can be pretty enjoyable if you’re prepared to see something of this nature and don’t expect to see a completely different show. If that’s the case, then this is a fairly good parody/tribute to a classic genre.
If Super Robot shows seem like a bore and older animation is a pain to watch, then this probably isn’t going to change your mind.
25: Triage X: Recollection XOXO
English: Triage X: Recollection XOXO
Japanese: トリアージX 「RECOLLECTION XOXO」
MAL Score: 6.50
Unaired episode 11 of the Triage X series bundled with the 12th manga volume.
There isn’t an English Sub to it yet, and there is a oppai ( . )( . ) seen in the last minutes of the OVA.
The story of the OVA is about the emotional rehabilitation of Sayo (Hitsugi) after that she was been used as a guinea pig to laboratory experiment.
In the process, we can also see how Sayo (Hitsugi) and Yuuko (Sagiri) became so close to each other.
The art was great also the sound effect was just on the point, very good.
But for all the other it was just fine, a good story, and the same good big boobs characters.
Seen via japanese audio with english subtitles.
Generally found this animation to be fine but in terms of the ecchi perspective you are getting a fair amount of material on a couple of girls.
The story remained true. Although going from what proceeded the intro to what this episode came to be about was slightly confusing. Then you throw in that tiny speed bump for a conclusion. When you really think about it it makes sense but could have used more or an aid for explanation. Like recall that time or the use of dreaming sequence transitions.
24: Bakuretsu Hunters OVA
English: Sorcerer Hunters
Japanese: 元祖 爆れつハンター
MAL Score: 6.51
On the “Spooner Continent”, a valiant group of Sorcerer Hunters are the people’s last line of defense against the evil dark magiks unleashed periodically by those who can’t control it. Saving the world and looking sexy while doing it!
The character’s personalities are a lot shallower in this one then the TV, making me wonder just where they were getting the personalities from. It’s like I am watching two different series. The characters from the TV version are a different person then the ones that are here and it’s not that because of personal growth, its just they are shallow. In the TV, I actually was fine with Carrot being a pervert because he had a good heart. In this one though, he seems a little less with a good heart and more of a pervert. They also added two small perverts into the mix and Gateau’s sister who I really didn’t like at all. His sister was just their to pose with her brother to serve for the guys that liked macho girls I think while the two perverts ended up chasing around every girl along with Carrot. When they did have a cute and sweet story, it was to little to late for me as I was pretty much all done with the OVA.
They do sort of bring more of the mysterious nature into the show but never actually explain it beyond being mysterious.
The animation is really interesting, mostly jagged and more closely resembling that of the manga. That said, it also has a lot more naked boobs, skimpy outfits, and Gateau taking his clothing off to try and show how macho he is. I still am not sure how that makes him macho but whatever. So when I say Skimpy outfits, I’m talking about Chocolate’s suspenders over her nipples thing. How those suspenders stay there must be glue or something because they do not move even with her breasts jumping all over the place. There are a lot of things like that besides Chocolate but it shows off with her more and its not really sexy at all, just annoying. The colors are even darker then the TV version, almost like a black layer was over everything.
The opening is actually pretty good, surprisingly a soft song to the show for how crazy the show is. It’s a big change compared to the TV version which is a bit more popish. Where the TV pumped you up, the OVA seems to settle you down in the beginning. The dubbing though is really strange. They changed some of the voices and I am so not so into the dubbing of Gateau. He sounds more like a punk with a nazel problem in this one instead of a macho guy. Some of the other characters also got a slight voice change but I couldn’t figure out if it was just the voice actors doing a different type to the characters or if it really was new voice actors. I think it’s a lot more ‘gimmickie’ in the voices as though they were forcing more of the comedy. I seriously didn’t like the voice of Gateou’s sister’s voice.
I really didn’t like the OVA much. With all the laughter I did get from it, it just also had a lot of problems with the character personalities and the design choices. I read the first Manga volume so I understand partly what they were bringing in but I think they should have stayed with the TV version.
Each of the three episodes deals with something different. In the first, our protagonists find themselves at a hot spring where Carrot is determined to have a night visit with anyone except Tira or Chocolate. Meanwhile, a young boy we’ve never seen before but the characters know named Potee is also looking for a visit and Chocolate plans to sneak into Carrot’s room.
The second deals with them hunting a sorcerer who’s turned a town into zombies so he can have a really shit rom-com about a zombie protagonist. That’s right, he wants to make Kore wa Zombie desu ka. That evil bastard. Actually, he just wants the necronomicon to increase his powers. Which is why Big Momma is sending her hunters out to stop him.
The final episode deals with the group going back to their home town to visit a magic tree during a festival. Naturally, Carrot wants to use the romantic legend surrounding the tree to hit on any girl who isn’t Tira or Chocolate.
The first major problem with this is the focus on comedy. In the series proper there was more of a balance between the generic plot and the comedic scenes, which made them somewhat tolerable, but in this the comedy is pervasive and shite. It’s mostly based around Carrot being a crazy pervert who gets whipped by Tira and Chocolate as comeuppance. There are also “jokes” about Gateau and his sister, Eclair, doing macho poses in their undergarments. Because showing off your muscles is a proud Mocha family tradition going back generations. They may or may not be related to the Armstrongs. There’s also the predatory bisexual guy in the second episode who hits on everyone in the group. Why does bad media never have a bisexual character who just acts like a normal person? They’re always over-sexed. Then again, this is Bakuretsu Hunters where that can describe a whole slew of characters.
There’s also the love triangle to talk about. There’s this stupid thing in the franchise where both Tira and Chocolate have things for Carrot, in spite of him having no redeeming qualities, and he chases after every girl he meets except the two of them. That continues in the OVA and it’s still dumb. We also meet Daughter’s boyfriend and the series treats them as this overly mushy, romantic pairing while also having her say literally the least romantic thing possible to him. “Let’s make a child.” Just, yuck. You’d be less gross telling your significant other “I have severe constipation from that cheese pizza” or just reciting the lyrics to Ninja Sex Party’s Romance Novel.
About the best I can say is that it can be cathartic to see Carrot suffer. It falls short most of the time, but there are a few cases where it works.
It’s pretty similar to the main series. Carrot is trash. Gateau, Marron, Chocolate & Tira are boring. The OVA also adds Potee & Jii. They’re awful, like a child and old man Carrot. We also see Carrot’s dad, who is pretty much just like him in the minute and a half we have with him. They also add the predatory bisexual, Millefeuille, Potee’s mum, Salad & Gateau’s sister, Eclair. None of which are interesting in the slightest.
The biggest issue is still the fan-service and it’s even worse in the OVA. Tira and Chocolate don’t just strip into glorified swimwear in this. Tira goes into bondage gear while Chocolate goes into tiny string straps that only cover her nipples and even then it’s barely. Surely, the most protective outfits to wear when you’re going into battle. There’s also a lot of nudity in the hot springs episode. Aside from that,the backgrounds are fine and the action sequences are functional enough.
The acting is really strong. Xebec got a lot of people who were way too good for this script including Hayashibara Megumi, Madono Mitsuaki, & Mizutani Yuuko. The music is, by far, the best part of the OVA. The theme tunes for this are legitimately really good. Kawai Kenji deserves credit for the composition. Hayashibara Megumi & Mizutani Yuuko deserve a lot of credit for the performances.
There’s a bit. Unfortunately, it’s all gay jokes. In the night encounters episode, Chocolate accidentally glomps Salad in the dark and Salad seems okay with the situation. There are also some gay jokes about Potee and Jii. Of course, there’s also Millefeuille hitting on Carrot and saying he’s also interested in both Marron & Gateau. Which Gateau seems completely okay with.
Areas of Improvement:
Zany humour based off of strong comedic interactions. I think it could work if the characters had strong comedic quirks instead of being largely boring.
Characters who are properly dressed for the weather. Because the fan-servicey outfits are just crass.
Build up your characters. Characters need to have one of two things to work. Depth, or strong comedic quirks that play well off of each other. This franchise has neither. Given that the main series proper was a bit more story driven with attempts at comedic elements throughout, I’d be inclined to say it needs characters with depth who also have quirks that tie into their personalities.
This OVA is pretty bad. It takes everything wrong with the main series and leans heavily into it while ignoring the story elements that had any promise to them. So, I’m giving it a 3/10.
MAL Score: 6.51
Matsutaka Nanako is a normal university student, who happened to enroll in an Abnormal Physiology seminar. She tries to keep her mental state sound, but other abnormal classmates start to influence her personality…
Despite the disturbing content, the XEBEC’s production quality of this OAD was surprisingly good. Even though the OP and ED theme resemble much like SHAFT’s Pani Poni Dash’s OP, they have stylish look and makes a good use of pastel color. For some reason, the OP music sounds like a one from a magical girl anime as it reminded me of Puririn from Welcome to NHK. Oh, the ED even has a reference to the famous music video Baby Baby Baby! 🙂 Even though the characters look very simple and minimalistic, they have very dynamic facial expressions and their body movements are well-animated. It’s probably thanks to the fact that this show is a single-episode OVA, which means the production studio had plenty of time to work on it. You’ll be actually surprised that a show as dirty and perverted as this one has some artistic merit to be appreciated. Oh, if you wonder why this show has a SHAFT-like visual style, it’s because Hen Zemi is directed by Ryouki Kamitsubo, who has worked on SHAFT’s Ef – a tale of stories and Hidamari Sketch as a director under the guidance of Akiyuki Shinbo.
Conclusion: If you have an interest in Japanese pornography culture for some reason, you may want to check out this show. (Whether the purpose is education or entertainment is up to you). Also, avid fans of Kana Hanazawa may want to check this show, because you will hear some embarrassing lines that you wouldn’t normally expect to hear from her. Otherwise, you better stay away from this anime before it ruins your appetite for your dinner.
First episode is pretty funny, but the name is too long and difficult! 6.0
Second episode is very funny, pervy, great! That WAS awesome! 10.0
The third episode is really stupid. Why add another girl to the show?! 4.0
The story is fair.
This IS the worst part of the anime!!! I’ll explain why the art sucks:
1. If we look at the characters- they are decent, but the detail that do the art not decent, but pathetic is the face. The eyes are TOOOO giant. And they haven’t nose!!! They’re mutant or what?! What an excuse do the animator have to don’t draw noses?!
2. Look at the hands: they ARE HORRIBLE!!! Those hands are Shrek’s hands, no other! Stupid!!!!
So, the art – 1.0 – pathetic.
The sound is pretty fair, I don’t have to review it, it’s fine. 6.0
Now, the best anime’s stuff- the characters:
Matsutaka Nanako- the one of the normal peoples, but with pervy thoughts. Pretty great combination. 9.0
Meshiya Kenji- not so good, I’d said pretty decent. 5.0
Musashi Komugi- great! He’s sooo pervy. And he IS the funniest character in the anime. 10.0
Miwako- Oh she IS soooooooooooooo funny. I love her!!! 10.0
Anna- the problem of the anime, she doesn’t have to be in. 3.0
This anime is very enjoyable for a pervert. 9.0
The genres would be ecchi and comedy. The comedy is exclusively amusing situations arising from sexual discussions. If pervy humor is your thing you will enjoy it. The ecchi moments are where this show really shines. In the first episode there is a sex scene with full bodies shown, but with the crotches barely offscreen or just not visible due to the camera angle. Additionally, there are always nipples shown, unlike many ecchi animes that will use steam/hair. This was refreshing, since it feels much more natural and doesn’t bring the viewer out of the moment.
The art was high quality, especially for the ecchi scenes. My primary complaint about the art is the character’s faces. The art style in general is simple, which I can get on board with, but the faces are so blank that it just comes off as lazy. They don’t even have noses.
The opening song doesn’t really match the feeling of the show particularly well, but it is counteracted entirely by the closing song, which is PERFECT for this show. It is cute, has the characters voices in it, and really gets you excited for the next episode. They should have used it for the opening, in my opinion.
I watched subbed. The voice acting is good quality, but the main character is excellent. She is what really sells the show.
The characters don’t really have time to develop, but they fit their own boxes nicely. It’s mostly filled with pervert trope characters, but that is to be expected, given the plot of the show.
The plot is simple, but for a short show it works well. The story jumps around so much it almost gave the feeling that there were more than 2 episodes. I’m not really sure if it’s a good or bad thing, but it didn’t feel like it detracted from the show to move immediately from one school assignment to the next.
22: Upotte!!: Miatte Waratte
Japanese: うぽって!! みあって わらって
MAL Score: 6.51
OVA bundled with 4th volume of manga.
1. What is the standard assault issue rifle of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) of China?
a. S & T Daewoo K2 b. QBZ 95 c. Howa Type 89
2. What is the standard issue assault rifle of Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF)?
a. Howa Type 89 b. QBZ 85 c. S & T Daewoo K2
3. What is the standard issue assault rifle of the South Korean Army ?
a. QBZ 85 b. Howa Type 89 c. S & T Daewoo K2
Ok, so what we have here is an OVA of the parent ONA, so far there isn’t much here and in fact there is no story in it, just a setting where it is summer and the girls went camping somewhere in the forest of Japan. So for the story it is gonna be a “Pathetic” number 1.
Art, Sound, Character: Mediocre 5.
Art is still the same thought the only difference here is the intense fanservice, where we don’t only see some bikini fanservice but there are a lot of boob flashes, booty calling and a few panty shots from the girls and also from Ms. Fujiko…….or is that Thompson sensei?, The main character’s – the girls are still there and so as their attitude.
Enjoyment: Good 7.
TBH it only the fanservice that’s the enjoyable part of this OVA.
Overall: Pathetic 1.
I’d probably say that this OVA should have also been included along with its parent ONA, this nothing more that just them girls bonding out in the woods and a lot of blah, blah and blah. So if anyone of you guys out there just wants some fanservice and don’t mind all the short comings then enjoy.
Art: 10/10. Sunrise and the night sky are both outstanding. And, of course, we have the art style usual for this series, which I personally like.
Sound: 9/10. Classical music at fanservice swimming scene made me LOL several times.
Character: 9/10. OVA keeps traditions of ONA, so all girls-guns are fantastically cute. ^__^
Enjoyment: 10/10. On can argue about boobs fanservice in this OVA (at that scene characters looks much older than in ONA), but I personally enjoyed this show. It was very logical to do such a pleasure for Upotte fans with this episode: many of them wanted funny situations with schoolgirls, and here they are! The main thing is that it looks cute, but not vulgar.
Overall: 9/10. In my opinion, Upotte ONA is one of the best in slice-of-life genre, and this OVA is a brilliant end for this great show.
First thing to know about this OVA episode like most OVA’s from animes with a large girl cast, Expect the fanservice.
There is minimal to no story line in this, It is basically a fun beach side episode, only difference they are camping riverside.
The art is well done like its ONA counterpart, The sounds are up to standard, The character’s look a little older than they did from the main season,
If you are looking for a little fanservice after watching the main season here it is.
21: Soukyuu no Fafner: Arcadian Memory
English: Fafner of the Blue Sky: Arcadian Memory
Japanese: 蒼穹のファフナー Arcadian Memory
MAL Score: 6.52
Two OVA that summarize the series.
The entire series covered in 2 beautiful episodes wrapped in it’s gorgeous soundtrack. Definitely appreciate the OST more after watching this.
Too lazy to watch the entire series just so you could watch Dead Aggressor – Exodus? This is definitely the cheat sheet.
Although you’d have a better understanding and appreciation if you actually watched the entire series.
I see myself watching this in the years to come to have a little “Feels Trip” down memory lane.
If you were a fan of this series (which was aired more than a decade ago) and your heart longs for a little flashback, this ova will have you smile in tears of reminiscence :’)
20: Kanokon: Manatsu no Dai Shanikusai
Japanese: かのこん ～真夏の大謝肉祭～
MAL Score: 6.56
With the arrival of summer and the school break, Chizuru, Kota, and the rest of their friends are lazily enjoying the warm weather. Chizuru flirts with Kota, Kota gets embarrassed, and Nozomu gets in the way. Tayura pines after Akane, Akane rebuffs Tayura, and a sexy good time ensues. The status quo isn’t quite the same since the fox snared her prey, but the timeless boy-meets-girl tale lingers on.
(Source: Media Blasters)
The OVA retains the spirit of the original, as far as being a borderline hentai, however while the first series at least had a rudimentary storyline this has basically no plot at all. Most of the time specials and OVA’s that spinoff a full series revolve around fan service and place the characters in echii situations. Though with the original being so extreme it’s hard to see how they could have taken it any farther. Nothing of substance ever has in the story though. There are absolutely zero plot or character developments from the original. A number of side stories do go on around the main characters and the one revolving around Akane and Tayura is more interesting than anything that happens between the key cast.
Chizuru continues her molestation/rape of the shota target Kouta. The “story” unfolds too solely to remove Chizuru’s clothes or to have her rub Kouta’s face between her boobs. Kouta is typically shocked and dismayed every time she “makes” him look at her naked body. Honestly why at this point he is even bothered by seeing her naked is probably the most unbelievable aspect of the series.
The only character that really stands out is Chizuru. I did find her pretty amusing most of the time. Though I still can’t really find any reason why she is so attracted to Kouta, but it is pretty amusing the way she has to fend off all of her rivals. Kouta remains as one of my most hated characters. This is mainly because he looks and acts like such a wimp. While this is not a shocking development in these kind of stories, he is so unmanly and looks like a small boy that it makes all the echii situations and romantic elements seem outright indecent and illegal.
Fans of Nozomu are likely to be disappointed with this show as her role is extremely small and she rarely even speaks. Considering she was the primary rival from the first series I thought this was pretty odd. On the bright side though she is naked for practically every one of her scenes. Fans of loli boobs rejoice! The remaining supporting cast is mostly forgettable and uninteresting with the exception of the aforementioned Akane and Tayura. I did like their little burgeoning romance together and it was probably the only thing believable and interesting thing to come out of the story.
The artwork and animation is overall pretty good. I would normally go higher for a score for this but the character design for Kouta is that annoying and frustrating for me that I just can’t give it any higher than I did. Besides our childlike lead, the rest of the characters are pretty cute and well drawn. Chizuru’s measurements are a bit over the top and if you like big curvy girls then you’re probably going to enjoy Kanokon R’s visuals.
Kanokon R does feature a very good seiyuu cast. They do the best they can to make this as watchable as it can possibly be with what they had to work with. The music is also a bright spot overall for the series.
If you totally loved the original Kanokon then you likely will want to watch this. Though if you were hoping for more developments in the story and the characters or even more fox spirit action, then you’re going to get nothing out of this. Those of you who hated the original are still going to hate this too. My recommendation is that you not waste your time.
This review won’t encompass grades on the story, the art (which was much better than the actual series, in my opinion), the sound, or the characters. It will focus specifically on my enjoyment and the overall grade.
If you’ve ever chanced upon my profile, you’ll notice that I enjoy romanitc animes; most, if not all, have a follow-up, usually revolving around fanservice and the ever-apparent, girl/guy-wins-a-trip-to-a-luxurious-private-beach-for-her/his-friends-OVA. Not with this one, actually. Of course you’re going to have the same basic principle of that it IS a borderline hentai rom/com/ecchi that is not meant for any mental stimulation. No, no. So, if you want a review on the majority of the CONTENT, check out Kanokon’s panel, or this panel, each will tell you the same things about the content. Heck, even I did in my review.
I’m mainly writing this review to emphasize the fact that this truly feels, and is, a sequel. Chizuru and Kouta have gotten together and it seems like this was less than a month after they got together and end of the main series’ 12 episodes. It picks up at the beginning of summer vacation and you get a sense, and are explicitly told later, that they’re are dating.
It’s nice change of pace compared to most of the OVAs out there that just provide fanservice, this one actually has a nice, 2-episode-long sequel to the main series and, of course is nothing substantial, but it’s like finishing off a good sandwich with a swig of a cold drink. Refreshing indeed. 7/10.
19: Maken-Ki! OVA
Japanese: マケン姫っ！ OVA
MAL Score: 6.61
OVA episodes bundled with the 8th and 11th volumes of the manga.
Boobs, butts and panty shots are plenty. If you watch the uncensored, you won’t be disappointed.
If you had watched the first season and skipped the OVA’s, the amount of plot they’ve entered into these wouldn’t effect you at all. It’s really barely anything, and it’s only in the first one. The second doesn’t have any ‘main story’ involved in it at all.
You love nips and weird, yet hilarious scenarios? Then these OVA’s are for you.
Tentacles, girl on girl action and guys getting in trouble for being pervy.
Naked teachers? There’s some of those too.
What to expect in an ecchi OVA in general
-Bath scenes (its expected)
– Perverts getting caught and then beaten savagely by the tsundere character
– Teachers wearing the most indecent clothes
– Tentacles of course
– and more Boobs
This OVA continued on with the Maken-Ki series suggesting there might be a second. This OVA is your Mediocre story line of a pair of Boobs on a beach and a tentacle monster raping these boobs. I dont know what ecchi show hasnt shown a tentacle monster.
The storyline and characters are average and nothing different but the art and sound are the strongest points in this OVA. I enjoyed the show so I was sorta expecting a bit more from it.
Overall this would be a 6.5 for me but I decided to round it up to a 7
18: Majokko Tsukune-chan
MAL Score: 6.64
In this surreal comedy, the witch Tsukune-chan travels the countryside doling out just deserts, be they good or bad.
Simple enough to keep up with. Really it’s not the overall story that’s any good. It’s how the anime goes about the story that I found really enjoyable. Rather than helping people Tsukune manages to make things worse for most. She means well, but doesn’t seem to realize that her magic actually causes disaster for most people. This actually turns out to be very enjoyable, and kept me laughing from start to finish. Not to mention some of the things in this anime were pretty demented.
I really liked the art. I liked how cartoon-ish it looked. Though, if chibi-ness isn’t your thing stay away . . . far away. Sound was fine, nothing else I can think of to say about it.
The main character, Tsukune, is a delight from start to finish. She uses her magic in a very random way, that would make anyone laugh. Not to mention the things she says and does. To me she was just plain great. Not to mention her sister who would blow things up every time she sneezed. And, the childish mayor was also a delight.
This anime was very enjoyable. The story may not be the greatest, and the character may not be the best. However I found the anime to be a delight. It kept me smiling throughout the whole thing. The constant randomness was just plain great.
Like I said, I loved this show. It was not the greatest, but it was still enjoyable. If you have an hour to kill I would recommend it. Though, if you are looking for something more serious then stay far away.
The art style is highly reminiscent of 2×2 Shinobuden, except without the fanservice, so that’s a plus. Often, the art would switch into a purposely low-budget appearance to add to the surreality of it. Trading out Rie Kugimiya for Haruko Momoi is a wash. Both have the kind of voice that just makes me want to throttle something. I’ve never heard of any of the other seiyuu.
As for the comedy, well, I had to invent the “Crack is a hell of a drug” tag for this one (and promptly tagged six other shows with it). It’s nuts. Half of the jokes have nothing to do with anything, and the other half of the jokes are gallows humor. Women are stalked. People are implied to be pedophiles. People are killed by grenades, getting sniped, explosive sneezes, falling off buildings, drowning in oil, other massive explosions, and getting eaten by sharks and dinosaurs. All played for laughs. I appreciated it. The author had to be on crack cocaine when he/she was coming up with this thing.
The Christmas story was by far the most awesome part of the show. Words cannot express how preposterous it was.
All in all, I’m sure I would have found it funnier if I wasn’t in such a poor mood to begin with, but a grade just under a 7 will suffice. Can I recommend this to people? If you like absurdist humor (if you liked Bobobo for example) and can put up with the voice of Anise Tatlin, then sure. If you prefer shows like Kanon, then you should probably stay away.
Due to the fact that Majokko Tsukune-Chan is a comedy, fans of action and plot would call it boring, as besides comedy there isn’t much to offer. There is no story to speak of, and little continuity between the skits in each episodes. Stuff blows up, but then, a minute later, everything is fine! (expect Tsukune’s little mascot thing, which dies in the first skit and remains dead throughout the whole show) However, as a comedy, Tsukune-chan does what it wants to do and it does it well. Tsukune-chan constantly gets herself into absurd situations, like in one skit she becomes Santa’s reindeer. Then Devil Santa kills regular Santa, and a scientist makes Mecha Santa to deliver the presents. Okay, maybe that sounds really dumb on paper, but it works, trust me. The humor of this show is rather dark typically, and is very snarky. Our main character, Tsukune-chan, is typically always happy and optimistic and seems to be oblivious to the ways everything is messed up in this show, but she is snarky too when she wants to and is the best character of the show. There’s also several side-characters, like the goofy Mr. Mayor, the “rival” witch character, and several other members of the cast. The show manages to be goofy enough to be funny, but doesn’t fully rely on random comedy and rarely repeats jokes. It rarely gets boring, with perhaps one skit as an expectation.
Animation and sound… The show skimps a bit. The animation is very poor, with really simple character designs and not much movement. Backgrounds are typically very cartoonish. Now, Tsukune-chan is a comedy so it doesn’t need to have good animation, but still. What music there is is very relaxing, though it reuses tracks too often and has a full-length opening and ending theme despite its shorter episode length.
Majokko Tsukune-chan Final Consensus
Story: Entertaining comedy- 8.
Characters: Really good bunch of unique, wacky characters-8.
Art: Poor- 5.
Sound- Reuses tracks too much-7.
Overall I give Majokko Tsukune-chan a rating of 7, and a recommendation to watch it. It is only an hour and a half long, so why not give it a try, huh?
17: Mahou Sensei Negima!: Introduction Film
Japanese: 魔法先生ネギま! ～introduction Film～
MAL Score: 6.64
Before the beginning of the series, three OVAs were produced for the sole purpose of introducing the characters. The first two were released on DVD bundled with two drama CDs, with the third being sold separately. It is unknown if these will ever be released outside of Japan.
The first OVA is a re-enactment of the first chapter, where Negi first learns of his job as a teacher and is introduced to the students of Mahora Academy 2-A. It ends with profiles of the Baka Rangers (Asuna, Makie, Yue, Ku Fei and Kaede) as well as Ayaka. Asuna is the only girl in the class that doesn’t have romantic feelings for Negi.
The second OVA is a re-enactment of the “love potion” incident of chapter 2, with profiles at the end of Nodoka, Konoka, the cheerleaders (Misa, Madoka, Sakurako) as well as Kazumi.
The third OVA is a re-enactment of chapter 13: Negi’s Mahora tour with the Narutaki twins. The tour shows Negi to several of the students (Yuna, Akira, Chao, Satsuki, Satomi, Chizuru, Natsumi, Zazie) as well as others that he ends up missing (Sayo, Evangeline, Chachamaru, Chisame, Misora, Ako). After being chewed out by Haruna for completely skipping her, a final scene introduces Setsuna and Mana, keeping watch from something on campus.
It consists, mostly, of the replay of multiple situations that took place in Mahou Sensei Negima! (the real TV series). There is some extra footage and pictures that weren’t displayed neither on the OVAs nor on the series, some of them being very ecchi. Some background music is played and the sound effects and character voices are well employed. Art is basically the same as the series itself; just alright, lacking details and shadows. It does expand the viewer’s knowledge of each character, individually.
Again, i’m not sure whether this should be seen before or after the series. If you watch these introductory films before, you’ll know what will happen in some scenes of the anime, but you’ll have better and more expanded knowledge of the characters while watching it; if you watch these introductory films afterwards, it’ll serve as a wrap-up to the events that took place in the anime, and it will explain better the way of acting of each character.
One thing I’m certain of is that if you’re going to watch the TV series, these should be seen as well, either before or after; you’ll enjoy them.
Everything you need to know about this OVAS is right in the title: Introduction Film is a presentation for the 31 females in Mahou Sensei Negima, in preparation for the anime that was about to premiere at that time, back in 2005 (Mahou Sensei Negima, the first animated series).
Introduction Film has three episodes. Each presents a simple situation that serves as a plot, and then the girls are introduced. The presentation is just the names, occupied seat in class, blood type (serious business in Japan), and likes and dislikes. Throughout the montage will see several photos and fragments of the (in that time) future anime (or not… some footage is not used after all), plus some ecchi moments. As a brief summary:
In the first episode, Negi Springfield, a welsh 10 years old wizard, is assigned to teach english in the 2-A course of Mahora Academy (where all the students are girls). In this chapter are introduced Asuna, Makie, Yue, Kaede and Fu Fei, five girls better known as the Baka Ranger (cause they are terrible students). The class rep, Ayaka, is also introduced in this ep.
In the second episode, Negi makes a love potion and gives it to Asuna, so she can use it to attract the attention of Takahata, her former teacher. Konoka, Nodoka, Sakurako, Misa, Madoka and Asakura are introduced here.
The third and last ep is about Negi and the Narutaki sisters (the loli twins of the class) exploring the Mahora campus (which is insanely big). That’s a pretty good excuse to introduce the remaining 19 girls.
Visually, in an amusing (or sad) turn of events, this OVAS are better than the TV series (which is kind of weird, since the former promotes the later). The difference is not that much, since neither of the production are brilliant (actually, the animation and the drawings are pretty average), but here, the character designs is more faithful to the original source (the manga).
The sound is not bad, no opening, nor ending, but the background music is ok, and the seiyus did a nice job.
So, that’s it. If you have heard about Mahou Sensei Negima, and don’t know if you want to spend your time on it, try this OVAS. If the characters or the premise of this videos interest you, then, rather than the anime, I recommend the manga. The anime is not necessarily bad, but the manga is longer, cooler, and smarter.
Todo lo que se necesite saber sobre estos OVAS esta en el titulo: Introduction Film es, justamente, una introducción para las 31 chicas de Mahou Sensei Negima, a modo de preparación para el anime que estaba a punto de estrenarse por ese entonces (Mahou Sensei Negima, la primera serie animada).
Introducción cuenta con tres capítulos. Cada uno plantea una situación simple que sirve a modo de “trama”, y a lo largo se presenta a las chicas. La presentación es, simplemente, nombre, asiento ocupado en clase, tipo de sangre (cosa muy seria en Japón) y lo que les gusta y no les gusta. A lo largo del montaje se van viendo varias fotos, y fragmentos del futuro anime (O no… porque hay partes que después no aparecen), además de una cantidad de ecchi que por momentos es criminal. A modo de breve resumen:
En el primero, Negi Springfield, de 10 años (o 9 años… el autor no fue muy claro al respecto) es asignado para dar clases en el curso 2-A de la academia Mahora (donde son todas chicas). En este capítulo, se presenta a Asuna, Makie, Ku Fei, Kaede y a Yue, mejor conocidas como las “Baka Rangers” (por que en la escuela no pegan una). También se introduce a Ayaka, la representante de la clase.
En el segundo capítulo Negi hace una poción de amor y se la da a Asuna, para que pueda atraer la atención de Takahata, su profesor anterior. Se introduce a Konoka, Nodoka, Sakurako, Misa, Madoka y a Asakura.
En el tercer capítulo vemos a Negi recorriendo las instalaciones de Mahora (que es monstruosamente grande), acompañado por las gemelas Narutaki. Es la excusa excelente para presentar a las 19 chicas restantes.
La animación es, de forma insólita, mejor que la serie que promociona. La diferencia no es mucha, dado que en ninguna de las dos producciones es brillante a nivel visual (la verdad, es bastante mediocre), pero en Introduccion el diseño de personajes es más fiel al original.
El sonido no está mal, no hay opening, ni ending, ni música en general, pero las seiyus hacen bien su trabajo.
Bueno, eso es básicamente todo. Así que, si alguna vez escucharon hablar de Mahou Sensei Negima, y no saben si largarse a verlo o no, pueden probar con esto. Si los personajes o la premisa de estos videos les llama la atención, entonces, más que el anime que promociona, recomiendo que lean el manga. El anime no es malo necesariamente, pero el manga abarca mucho más, muestra mucho más, y pasan muchas más cosas.
16: Black Clover: Jump Festa 2016 Special
MAL Score: 6.75
An OVA episode bundled with the 11th manga volume.
Story (8): Not much changed here from the original manga, not wholly originally but entertaining none the less.
Art (4): I’m embarrassed to say the character designs were copied over in a very sloppy way and the animation was so stilted and awkward it look like a low budget game running in 30fps, it was garbage.
Sound (5): The music wasn’t awful but none of the tracks really stood out to me, the voices just didn’t fit and it really hurt my enjoyment of the OVA
Conclusion: For fans of Black Clover it’s worth a watch while we wait for the official Pierrot adaptation but for anyone else, don’t let this be your first exposure to Black Clover, it will hurt your enjoyement of it in the long run and leave a bad first impression you, the manga has much more to offer.
Story: 8/10. The story is really simple, a magic world with powerful forces such the Magic Emperor and the Magic Knights, and the MC and his rivall aim to become the Magic Emperor. If you like Fairy Tail and Naruto, give it a chance.
Art: 5/10. The weakest point so far, the really is fair creepy compared to the manga art, the characters were a bit uncharacteristic compared to the manga counterpart, especially Mars.
Sound: 7/10. Decent soundtrack, looks like medieval songs, consistent with the story setting. Someone voice actors are good, especially Yuno voice actor. The MC voice actor is good, but does not match the character. The ending theme is really good.
Character: 6/10. Decent characters, but the lack of development is notable, but it’s only 27 minutes.
Enjoyment: 8/10. As a reader of the manga, I really enjoyed myself, and I was excited to see one of my favorite manga animated, but I was a bit disappointed.
Overall: 7/10. It was good, but not so much. Recommended only to manga reader.
I was really hopeful to see something new or at least a little bit more story than what’s shown in the original anime, however I was extremely disappointed.
I’d say 3/10 at best. The overall quality looks like a 360p 3D animation and the voices don’t match the characters(might be be cause I’m used to the main series after almost 200 eps).
Just 3/10 across the board.
Only watch it if you want to tick it off your list, but otherwise don’t waste your time.
15: Rinne no Lagrange: Kamogawa Days
English: Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne – Kamogawa Days
Japanese: 輪廻のラグランジェ 鴨川デイズ
MAL Score: 6.79
As Yoko has her assistant scour the seabed in search of something, Madoka, unable to pilot Midori properly again, returns to Kamogawa to see the New Year in. Upon returning home, Madoka receives New Year’s letters from Lan and Muginami, updating her about what’s going on in their lives, to which Madoka makes a prompt reply. As the months pass by and Madoka moves up a year in school, Lan and Muginami visit an intergalactic replica of Kamogawa on the tourist planet Polyhedron.
Takes place between seasons 1 and 2.
14: Kyou no 5 no 2 (TV): Takarabako
MAL Score: 7.07
An OVA bundled with the limited edition of the tankobon of the Kyou no Go no Ni manga. The staff and the cast of the OVA are the same as those of the Kyou no Go no Ni TV anime.
13: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W OVA
Japanese: 這いよれ！ニャル子さん W OVA
MAL Score: 7.07
Hot Spring-themed OVA of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W.
Obviously, this is a sorta sequel to the first two seasons of Nyaruko San and watching it without watching the first two seasons would be pointless and just good for a completion which isn’t worth it (your better off watching Shitcom if you really want a completion). The episode continued off the humor the first two seasons produced with a fabulous Hot Springs episode that offered ecchi and mini Kuukos! If you weren’t a fan of the humor Nyaruko San offered nor really were a fan in the first place, watching this Ova will most likely not changed your mind at all about the series and probably will still leave you disliking it completely.
Though, if you were a fan. What isn’t there to love?
I suggest watching this if you’ve seen both seasons and enjoyed it to at least a Six out of Ten. Thanks for reading!
This OVA is roughly fifteen minutes long and brings the crew of Haiyore! Nyaruko-San W (2nd season) back for an encore and delivers with the usual comedic goodness that Nyaruko-San offers. I must warn people who truly hate ecchi that there are butt shots, and a few of them at that. I personally enjoyed it, but it is completely understandable that some will not. I really suggest watching both seasons of Nyaruko-San before watching this because it was animated after the two seasons and takes place after them. I’ll admit, there is no real story to this OVA and was likely created for the fanservice, but fans of Nyaruko-San will most likely enjoy this episode.
I’m pretty confident most-all of the important characters are shown at least once, so if you like a certain character you’ll be really glad seeing them again.
Overall, I am fan of the anime so I award this a 7/10. I enjoyed it completely and believe some others will as well.
Story (6.45/10): For plot, the story of the OVA is really nothing special. More or less it’s your average hot springs OVA where the characters go to a hot springs and the only thing that makes it different than other OVA of the same category is with the show’s unique charm and comical gags. Safe to say, this OVA more or less fulfilled what it wanted to achieve.
The OVA like its parent story do what it planned on doing from the get go, become a very entertaining time killer. Safe to say, the OVA fully completed said goal and overall became a nice recap of the style of the series by making everything (literally everything) as comical as it possibly can, which for this OVA, worked towards its benefit.
+ Original flair to the show kept
– Rather bland base plot idea
Characters (7.01/10): If you’ve seen either one of this show’s two seasons, than you should at least be somewhat familiar with its characters. (To some extent I hope.)
Practically everyone from the original series shows up again. Our main protagonist Mahiro, the show’s mascot and my personal favorite of the show, Nyaruko, Kuko, Hastua, and a host of other side characters that more or less pop in and out of importance.
What I think the OVA did well was keeping the original personalities of these characters correct, thus making them as memorable as they were before, and therefore as enjoyable as they were before. Though, mind you, these characters have no deep drama or character development within them, so more or less they’re one-sided people that just have outrageous and quite hilarious character to them.
+ Original character personalities kept
+ Character gags persisted
+ Memorable people
– Rather one-sided overall
– Less than extraordinary supporting cast.
Art and Sound (7.57/10 and 6.46/10): For art the series has kept its original flair with its artstyle. All of the characters look just as good as they did when they were first introduced, and there was really no jarring animation at all to look at.
There was still the quite comical side to the show with overly exaggerated whatever and chibis, which was still quite well done I feel. Note though, there is fanservice in this OVA as it’s a hot springs episode; but, if you’ve seen the series before, fanservice should not come as a surprise at all due to the fact that many times in the series, Nyaruko well, pulls things out of her lady parts because, reasons. (Plus she tries to seduce Mahiro, I don’t know.)
In terms of music, the show retains its original tracks from the second season of the show. In my opnion, the music sounds rather cheerful and as pointless and exaggerated as the series it plays for, but it’s not memorable. While the beginning part is actually scarringly catchy, everything else is sort of meh.
+ Pretty well detailed art
– Somewhat forgettable music. (I can’t get that beginning part out of my head!)
Personal Enjoyment (7.35/10): Haiyore! Nyaruko-san has always been a rather favorable series of mine. It has this wacky atmosphere that it doesn’t even need to try in because everything about it feels so natural. Even in a generic feeling OVA, the absurdity of the series still came true and persisted throughout the 23 minutes I watched this.
The show’s personal flair existed throughout the whole thing, and it was nice to get a good laugh out of a series that meant to be extremely pointless. All in all, this OVA managed to recapture the flair of the original series and was quite enjoyable to watch. The series is not a masterpiece mind you, but it’s a good time killer if you really wish to watch one.
Overall Score: (6.98/10)
12: Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san OVA
MAL Score: 7.09
Bundled with the 11th, 12th, 13th and 24th volumes of the Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san manga. The first episode will adapt the manga’s 12th chapter.
The last OVA will adapt the 99th chapter of the manga, “Noroware no Kogarashi,” and the 141st chapter, “Giri Giri!? Onsen Happening.”
Story-wise its what you’d expect from this kind of OVA, meaning, a light add-on to the original material that won’t focus on any bigger arc but simply the day-to-day comedy bit you can have with the ensemble cast. That said, it does a good job at that, while similar OVAs stick to even shorter bits, here we have some proper “episodes” (2 per OVA) where the characters personalities, gimmicks and interactions are explored to their best and used in new ways, yet fitting to the humor style of the original.
While the main series was also praised for its battle arcs and moments, these would need a bigger new season anyway, so I’m satisfied with the bits of extra content that are given to us in their daily, almost slice-of-lifey activities. You still get more insight in the characters, like with the cat festival in the third episode.
Art, Sound, Animation in general where all very good, dont let MAL puritan troll “reviewers” tell you otherwise, Yuuna-San may be one of the very best “ecchi” like series from Shonen Jump’s last 2 decades (its good sales and decent lifetime will tell the same story) and the Studio did a good job in adapting all of their fun and wackiness to animated form.
Story-Pathetic 1: Like Studio Xebecs’ To Love Ru, it in involves the guy as usual with his harem problems, but you already knew that from the parent anime , assuming that you’ve watched it already, cu’z just like any OVA with an ecchi it can vary, it can be a guy who get’s into stupid circumstances with his harem , to any harem member’s moment of chit chat with any of the other harem members either in their underwear or in their birthday suits.
Art-Very Good 7: That’s for them horn dogs to howl for,,,,,if you know what I mean.
Sound- Mediocre 5: Need not tell you why.
Character- Pathetic 1: Cu’z it was still the same shitty guy who doesn’t know what to do with his harem and in this case the guy prefers the ghost over a human, as usual.
Enjoyment- Pathetic 1: It all about the eye candy and the other sweet treat that a guy would desire.
Overall- Pathetic 1: If this is as good as original creator, Miura Tadahiro can do then he’d be better off making something hentai.
As stated, this is just the OVA, so we don’t really get to much context when it comes to the actual anime as a whole. This series seems to be more along the lines of the type of ecchi you’d see in High School DxD. Mostly just lewd humour so far.
The art for the girls is quite nice, cute, and especially detailed when it comes to an ecchi shot. As for the “less important” talking scenes, far shots, or scenes of the main male character, you can see it’s not as smooth.
This is your typical harem anime, which could be good or bad, we don’t know what they have to offer yet. This review is based soley off of what I’ve gotten from the only episode available. The actual anime will most likely be better, and have a higher rating, as it usually does.
If you’re not a fan of just ecchi humour, this isn’t for you, but if you are a harem fan, give it a try.
11: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san: Yasashii Teki no Shitome-kata
Japanese: 這いよれ！ニャル子さん やさしい敵の仕留め方
MAL Score: 7.13
Adaptation of the short story written by Manta Aisora for the first issue of GA Bunko magazine.
10: To LOVE-Ru: Multiplication – Mae kara Ushiro kara
Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる- Multiplication ~前から後ろから~
MAL Score: 7.16
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Story – 7
Story for this ova is simple, multiplication. This is the result of Lala’s invention, its effect on Riko, and how they try to fix the situation.
Art – 6
The look of this episodes matches the look of To Love Ru Darkness and its ova’s so nothing out of the ordinary.
Sound – 6
The VA’s for this episode did a alright job for this and with multiple voices of Riko at the same time it still sounds fine.
Character – 7
No characters were introduced in this episode, but it showed plenty of them that have been shown in the series. Each character act’s like they should and it brings out plenty of hilarity.
Enjoyment – 9
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode as there was plenty of hilarious moments. There are plenty of ecchi and fanservice moments throughout the entire episode.
Overall – 7
If you were a fan of the to love ru series than you should enjoy this ova.
Pathetic 1, Story:
The plot maybe the usual and still connected with the To Love Ru Franchise, however, this was more pathetic than usual, I mean this is were the part where Rito……or should I say Ritos ( since they’ve multiplied rapidly after some rather very stupid accident where he slips and bumps into Lala’s invention called “Copy-kun”) starts to go all out in a pathetic manner and all hell breaks loose, as evey girl in this To Love Ru thing gets molested and sexually violated by the stupid reluctant horde of Ritos, from there it’s a quasi hentai all the way………and yes, you can forget the plot , cu’z the plot is all fucked up. In fact you’ll be more focus on what those horde of Ritos doing to them girls than anything else……
Very Good 8, Art:
Yes I’m GUILTY as charge , when one sees all the fanservices of every female character in this OVA, and as to how they were violated. also who get’s tired of seeing those white panties? Ans, no one. cu’z there isn’t enough white panties to go around.
Mediocre 5, Sound:
Well , everything were the usual, the same seiyuu’s who did the character’s voices, the same moaning and no opening and closing theme, then again who needs those anyways……And as always them seiyuu’s were a little too mature to even be playing teeny boopers, like Tomatsu Haruka, who is pretty obvious that she’s struggling to maintain the same voice tone of Lala that she did during the airing the first season “To Love Ru “. It’s the same thing with everyone else , like Watanabe Akino who played Rito and Itou Kanade who played Nana, they just don’t have that younger tone anymore and studio Xebec should now end the whole To Love Ru anime franchise.
Dreadful 2, Character:
It may have the usual character, but in the case of the main guy Rito, he just went from obnoxiously stupid, too very obnoxiously stupid, Lala on the other and has just went from annoying to I WANNA KILL HER annoying, Momo has just went from being this conniving “harem plan” bitch to just a I GIVE UP kind of a bitch.
Poor 3, Enjoyment:
With all the fanservices and sexual stupidity, all you need to do is just watch it and enjoy all the naked glory and perversion, that one can only dream of.
Pathetic 1. Overall:
Why do I have this feeling that studio Xebec isn’t done with this???????
Short explain story:
Rito clumsy moves get himself again in trouble. Because of Lala helpfull moment and not finished her robot to help others. Rito can multiply himself. And ofcourse some fan service moments. But story was funny enough to follow. (And guys/girls it only takes 12 minutes)
Positve: Artwork (always good enough). Characters (Love them all, even the principal). And story. (easy to follow)
Negative: To short.
You like it or dislike it. But for me it was good enough to watch this episode. And did enjoy it alot. Because my rating isn’t high enough. Its still a great serie to follow.
9: Love Hina Final Selection
English: Love Hina Final Selection
Japanese: ラブひなFINAL SELECTION ～アニメ総集編&LOVE HINA LIVE in 東京BAY N.K.～
MAL Score: 7.18
Love Hina Final Selection, tells the story of Love Hina.
Then gives Keitaro’s final selection of girl, for those unfamiliar with Love Hina, Keitaro is the main character, surrounded by girls in an all girl dorm, he is 20 unlucky and eventually becomes a cool, respected hero to the girls, they all end up having a crush on him and he must choose, this OVA features his decision.
Story: This is nothing more than a re-cap of all 24 episodes mostly concentrating on the fact that Keitaro finds his "girl of the promise" and "winding up with the one". Seriously. It doesn’t even give you the great ending that we get in the manga so it’s a bit of a time waster to just watch this to review what you have already seen.
Art: Is as lovely as the rest of the series.
Sound: Is pretty much the same as the series and specials.
Characters: We dive a little bit into the background info of all the main characters of who they are and what they did in the original anime storyline.
Enjoyment: Wow. This was seriously a downer. I was expecting to see a wedding or a big expedition kinda like the one we see after Seta "kidnaps" Naru and Keitaro to do at the end of Hina Again.
But, take your chances. It may be a way for you to see what it was you may have watched years ago but don’t go into it expecting a sound answer as to who he truly winds up with and has a happy ending with in the end.
More suitable name: Love Hina: Final Recapitulation(recap)
Sorry to disappoint all fanboys like me who were expecting something epic, something awesomely grand and romantic like that in Love Hina Again. I must admit that Love Hina Again was really great.
This thing is basically a recap- for the better part of the wpisode(about 25 minutes) the characters were being introduced and the story was being summarized.As if ANYBODY would watch the final episode without watching the prequels.
It is safe to say that most people already knew who he ended up with (in Love Hina Again) this just reinforces it…
So pretty much no story.
Art good as always- no need to comment.
Being a recap, the characters weren’t given much screen time so it is really hard to rate them based on this alone.
I was totally let-down. Like I didn’t come here to hear what I already know be repeated. But still,the final selection IS there although there is still room for a final selection 2 (if you get what I am saying.)
Judging this episode alone, it would receive a decent-which according to MAL is a four.
The whole series would get a 9.98 but saying that here is pointless.
Should you watch? Yes….
-but skip to minute 25 for the -well- decent- content.
8: Irregular Hunter X: The Day of Sigma
English: Megaman X – The Day of Sigma
MAL Score: 7.19
The year is 21XX. Reploids are commonplace now, after Dr. Cain rediscovered Dr. Light’s old lab and based several designs off of Dr.Light’s original, called “Megaman X.” X, meanwhile, has joined the Maverick Hunters, and works with unit leader Zero under the command of General Sigma. It is their job to terminate rogue reploids, those who have become violent.
The story is pretty simple. It’s about how Sigma went from being a maverick hunter, to the head maverick. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the games, reploids are robots with the power of self determination. Occasionally some of them go “maverick” and try to harm others or just go berserk. If you’re a fan of the X franchise it’s an interesting look at the way things were before Sigma’s treachery, even if you already know how things are going to end.
The Day of Sigma does do a decent job of fleshing out some of the characters a bit more than what you see of them in the games, especially Sigma and Vile. It avoids throwing in a bunch of characters from the games in order to keep things fairly clean and focused. Which does work to its benefit.
The art is deliberately reminiscent of the games. The characters look good and the battle scenes, though short, are nice and intense. Unfortunately, the backgrounds are kind of dull.
The voice acting is pretty well done. Sakurai Takahiro, Okiayu Ryotaro and Mugihito especially give strong performances. X is Cloud Strife, I just had to point that out. The music is pretty weak and forgettable. It could have benefited from doing more with the background music.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. There’s only one female character and she has a small role.
My final rating for Maverick Hunter X: The Day of Sigma is an 8/10. If you’re a fan of the Megaman X franchise you should definitely see it. If you aren’t you should probably skip it since there’s really nothing to appeal to non-fans.
With that being said my only disappointment is the lack of a sequel and further coverage of the Megaman X timeline. There are dozens of un-answered about the crossover between the original Megaman and Megaman X. And even the Megaman Zero and Megaman.exe worlds.
I had hoped that this would be the point of starting to fill those holes in and I feel like this did an ok job of explaining the world leading into the first Megaman X game and covered the state of the world very well.
If you are a megaman fan and love the franchise then watch this movie.
7: Love Hina Again
English: Love Hina Again
Japanese: ラブ ひな Again
MAL Score: 7.23
Keitaro has finally passed the entrance exams, and is officially a Toudai student. But after breaking his leg in an accident in the entrance ceremony, he thought and re-evaluated himself. Having new goals, Keitaro follows Seta on an overseas archeology trip. During his absence, however, all was not well in Hinata Lodge. Urashima Kanako, Keitaro’s sister, arrives on the scene. She claims to be the new manager of Hinata Lodge starts to go against all the tenants. Things become even more complicated when they recieve a letter from Keitaro. The tenants and Kanako made a big mess trying to get the letter, but Seta’s car crashes in before anyone could read the letter…
Let’s get to the details of anime now =)
Story 8/10 = Well, it’s just 3 episodes after all so the story ain’t long and that detailed, but it’s well considered a sequel and hey, it finaly has what we were waiting for in the Love Hina! That specific thing really shined up my opinion about the ending in overall.
Art 8/10, Sound 8/10 = The art remains the same and it’s a quite good one for sure. As about sound, it’s pretty alright.
Character 8/10 = Well, there’s finaly a bit of change in the two main protagonists ( Naru and Keitaro ) , Keitaro’s pretty much more useful now and Naru finaly gets herself to do what’s needed to do.
Enjoyment 8/10 = It’s not one of the brilliant animes you’ve got to watch, but it’s definitely worth watching after you finished Love Hina! . This anime still made me laugh a lot with all the tricks put in, like samurai with chi, a girl constructing killing toys ( where the hell she got the materials? 😀 ) and a new kind of dilemma between the two main protagonists. If you’re the person that likes cheerful shining endings that make you smile and laugh ( well, there just happens something quite funny before the complete ending ) , don’t hesitate and give this a try! It’s worth it =)
I get that comedy is a subjective art form and there are many different ways to make people laugh, from the most high-brow comedy to the lowest of the low (and people tend to see/watch that the most; don’t believe it? Two and a Half Men lasted this long. There’s your proof) but it all depends on what you thought as funny because many people have different tastes and all that. I know that can tolerate Love Hina and all its….*ahem* glory and I question them why and wonder what people see in this show.
Keitaro needs some time to evaluate himself and his goals, so he goes onto a trip with Seta to attempt the life of an archaeologist. However, not all is safe at the Hinata Inn while he is gone. A woman claiming to be Keitaros sister comes and claims right to be the manager of the inn. Life gets complicated when Keitaro returns, and attempts to deal with his sister of yesteryear.
I’ve read some reviews saying that this is here the franchise has fallen from grace and how this might be one of the worst entries of the Love Hina franchise. But then again, if you really thought Love Hina was good or poignant or touching in the first place, then you really needed to re-think your thoughts on the show. Yeah, they’re right on this OVA being absolute shit because it is. Most of the time, they have these ridiculous plotline of Keitaro’s younger sister Kanako staying in the Hinata Inn in order to be closer…..*vomits a little*…..to her brother. Yep, it’s another one of those stories and of course, it drives a wedge between the “ever so progressing” relationship between Keitaro and Naru because it’s not like it wasn’t much boring or annoying than before. Oh wait…….
Yeah, there is a bunch of fan service thrown in there, but in the wrong and mostly turned-off way as possible but then again, it wasn’t the fan service that annoyed me (even though it was one of the factors), they just have a clumsy way of doing comedy along with transitioning to the serious and “touching” moments this show has. I’m sorry but if you expect me to feel some sympathy for those characters especially after a scene of bullshit fan service, the ever popular Naru beating up Keitaro for something that was a honest mistake, more torture shit and Kanako trying to bone her brother, then you’ve failed to be given a shit about.
Speaking of Kanako, oh God, she was one of the most annoying characters in the show, granted she is not as bad as Naru or any of the girls (nix for Shinobu and Haruka) but her constant efforts of making Keitaro fall in love with her is just super creepy to me and like I said, I could not give less of a shit about this character.
As for the animation and sound, they are about as equal to the series and the last OVA, The Christmas Special, and they isn’t really nothing new to add on the animation front. It was daring and new at the time it come around but it’s just mostly the standard as of……well, a few years ago. Music is just the same cutesy yet annoying tone but it gets worse during the Spring Special and worse of all, The English dub is just so horrible…….my god, this is a bad one. All the voices sound too high-pitched and girly even when it’s the voice actresses giving it their all and while I may like some of these actresses, I think their talents were abused during this OVA.
-We got a loli, highschool girl, samurai, jew and a tsundere in the harem but Love Hina Again provides us with the last addition of the harem, one that is very important in any Harem anime: Imouto.
-That fan-service. These OVAs especially the first episode is pretty heavy on the fan-service than the rest of the anime. My dick couldn’t take much more of this.
-Naru’s confession at the end of the OVA’s is the moment fans have been waiting for. It’s a pretty precious moment in the harem anime history. Satisfying.
-Keitaro has a surprisingly good singing voice in the ED. His VA should’ve picked a better career for his voice.
6: To LOVE-Ru OVA
Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる-
MAL Score: 7.29
Episode 01: Rito becomes a Woman
Lala invents a gizmo to make her bust bigger. However, this invention of hers accidentally turns Rito into a woman.
Episode 02: Rito and Mikan
Feeling lonely because Rito is always spending time with Lala, Mikan storms out of the house. While Rito and Lala are out looking for her a few flashbacks from the past, showing Rito and Mikan as kids, are shown.
Episode 03: Welcome to the Southern Resort!!
Haruna wins an island resort trip for ten females. Rito gets turned into a dog by one of Lala’s inventions and somehow ends up on the island as well.
Episode 04: Trouble Quest
Rito and the girls become trapped inside an RPG game where the objective is to save Lala and defeat the evil witch Kyouko.
Episode 05: Nana and Momo
Lala’s sisters cause mischief for Rito and his harem at a cherry blossom viewing.
Episode 06: Draft, Metamorphose, Hand & Tail
Yami and Yui confront with a senior, causing Yui to lose her panties.
Mikan finds Peke taking snapshots of new clothing while shopping. Suddenly, a stranger steals her bag.
As Rito tries to explore Lala’s cleaned-up bedroom, he accidentally activates one of Lala’s invention, fusing his hand to Lala’s tail.
First of all, there are many good insider jokes, since it is supposed, that you already know the characters and the main plot lines. Such humor wasn’t quite yet awailable until the very latest of the TV episodes, as the characters were still pretty much unknown to the audience. So, even when the plot still contains random outcomes (always leading to ecchi scenes, though) for various random reasons, the scenario gained many new and fun details.
Secondly, the characters themselves have improven, gaining new experience. Rito grows temporary breasts and sees the world through the eyes of a dog, his younger sister gets a new face when she reveales the first signs of puberty (although she already acts more mature than the rest), Lala’s cute, caring side is shown more closely through her change of personality and her sister twins were a great addition to the Devilukian saga. So now, after their debute, I can’t wait for the next season season to come. And it is coming – Motto To Love-Ru!
The third point is, there is no needless censure, at least in the version I saw. The TV-series contained a great deal of “fog” and other unfitting things, like sunshine, used for that. This no kid’s show anyway, whether it’s censured or not, I’m pretty sure you agree to my point of view (only if you’re not a kid yourself 😉 ). And there were no more ugly aliens, which spoiled my fun before, only the cute ones were there, like Justin and Lala’s dad (he’s an awesome character, third place on my list after Lala and Yami, which is REALLY high ranked). These are the reasons why my enjoyment rose significantly.
So, if you’ve watched the first season of To Love-Ru, but haven’t seen the OVAs yet, watch them at once! You will not be disappointed.
“Magical Kyouko-kun! Solves any problem by burning it…”
Episode 1: This is where Rito turns into a girl, chapter 100. A good place to start. I didn’t have a problem with the episode, it was a pretty good adaptation of the chapters.
Episode 2: Mikan feels a bit neglected because Rito spends a lot of time with Lala. I liked the way this episode was handled and thought it was a good pick. Just one of those awwwww kind of episodes. Well, if you ignore the ecchi that is.
Episode 3: This was the downfall of this Ova. This is the Revenge of the Fallen, the Endless Eight. I mean, the filler from the last series was bad but not this bad. So everyone gets to go to Saki’s beach house and Rito swaps places with Haruna’s dog, Maron. Most of the episode is just ecchi stills. Does Rito change back? What’s Maron been doing in Rito’s body? Who is Eric Cartman’s father? None of these questions are addressed. I know To-Love-Ru is part of the ecchi genre but this is just bad. This episode was a big waste of time and a terrible pick for part of what might be the last adaptation of To-Love-Ru. I should also point out that this was supposed to be the last Ova episode until 3 more were announced so originally this was the final episode. Yuck…
Episode 4: Everyone gets stuck in an Rpg game. A great choice because I thought it was pretty well done and it’s a memorable story from the Manga. For whatever reason, I had to laugh at Rito’s first use of his watering can. This bit was nothing amazing humor-wise but it was just funny to me at the time. Good episode.
Episode 5: It basically gives you an introduction of Lala’s sisters. I didn’t like it as much as 2 or 4 but I’m sure many fans wanted to see an episode based on Momo and Nana and they got it.
Episode 6: Okay, if you read my review of the previous series, I said that instead of stretching out one story using filler to fill 20 minutes or just making original filler episodes not based on the Manga, the studio should’ve went with a Full Metal Panic Fumoffu approach where they do multiple stories/chapters in one episode since some of To-Love-Ru’s stories are one chapter long. Here it is, we got 3 different chapters in one episode. None of it felt rushed to me and I thought this format definitely worked. Why didn’t they do this for the last series? It certainly would’ve been much better because no one likes bad filler especially for a series of mostly filler anyway. I believe the studio had more than enough material at the time to not resort to original filler. One-chapter stories use this format and should a story need 20+ minutes, do that. Anyway, I’m going to say it’s a good episode. I remember these chapters and they were well adapted.
Art: They went for a lot more ecchi. They revealed a lot more which kind of reminds me of the Love Hina Again episodes and how different they were from the original series in terms of ecchi-ness. I honestly don’t care for ecchi but because it’s To-Love-Ru, it’s got to be there. Beyond that I thought the episodes looked great compared to the last series. Sometimes it would look a bit… not good but I thought they went a level higher on the animation for some of these episodes.
Sound: I liked the opening song, didn’t care much for the ending. I believe the background tracks were the same for the last series but don’t quote me on that. I didn’t keep track of the background music for this series since I didn’t like too many of the songs. No problem with the voice actors as usual. Thought they did a great job and I liked Momo and Nana’s voices.
Character: Just good enough. Episode 2 brought in a side of Mikan we didn’t really see before. It wasn’t out of nowhere and I can see why she would feel this way. Go character development. Last part of episode 6 was another one of those aww kind of moments brought on by Lala and it was really the only part of these 6 episodes that focused on her. If they needed a chapter that focused on Lala, this was a good one. Also Celine makes an appearance which was nice to see. Lala’s sisters aren’t my favorite characters but I certainly don’t dislike them and understand why they do what they do so no complaints on their arrival. There weren’t many changes to the other characters so I’ll leave it at that.
Enjoyment: One point higher than the first series sounds good. Other than 3, I liked the episodes well enough. When compared to the first series, this one was far better in quality. I really liked seeing episode 6 use multiple chapters and if there is a second actual season, I’d like to see more episodes like this and less bad filler. Can’t use lack of material as an excuse this time.
Overall: If this was generally speaking, 8 is very generous. This definitely does not rival some of the other series that I rated at 8. I gave it an 8 for what it is. To-Love-Ru is nothing amazing as it is a mostly ecchi Anime and that’s not really my thing despite how many I’ve watched but if they focused on the character interactions more and the relationship-driven chapters I think it would work out as a decent ecchi-comedy barring the Manga ending. That was terrible but most could see it coming. Would I recommend this series? Just to people who go for the ecchi stuff. I wouldn’t recommend this to people who like comedy as it isn’t that funny. It’s also not a general series I’d tell others to watch either sadly but I liked the Manga well enough. If there was an actual second season, I’d watch it.
Thank you for reading my review. Feedback would be greatly appreciated. Hope this helped.
To LOVE-Ru OVA:
I watched this after the TV Series To LOVE-Ru. The first thing I noticed was the increase in ecchi scenes. If you enjoy ecchi, than you will be quite happy with this OVA. Also the source I watched included a lot less censorship which again should be a positive for anyone who loves ecchi.
The characters are similar to the series and continue to be entertaining. The characters in my opinion are one of the best features of the show, I really enjoy their antics and the situations they end up in.
The art and sound are on par with the TV series. I didn’t care as much for the Opening in the OVA but the Ending theme was great. The voice actors were the same, and they fit the roles pretty well in my opinion. Sound effects and the art style were fulfilling to the overall experience but didn’t stand out as anything spectacular.
But let me get to the reason why I scored the OVA so low.
First off, all I know about the To LOVE-Ru universe is what I’ve seen in the series. The OVA makes the assumption that individuals have read parts of the manga. There are a couple additions and changes to characters that isn’t explained. I felt instead of making that assumption it would of been easy to explain changes using a very short 1 or 2 min comedic flashback to for the uninformed audience.
The third episode is Awful. I don’t mind ecchi (otherwise I wouldn’t be watching this) BUT about 12 minutes of the 3rd episode is a series of pictures in the style of a slideshow with music playing in the background. Something I could do in 5 minutes using any photo manager. What’s worse is they try to have a story they don’t really do anything with it. Considering there are only 6 episodes total, that’s a big knock against the OVA.
Finally: I scored the OVA so low because the 6th episode is wonderful. Confused? Let me explain. The 6th episode is split into 3 mini stories. Each story takes about 5 to 8 minutes and there was just the right mix of story, comedy, ecchi, and enjoyment. It was great. The problem is because the 6th episode was done so well, it shows how inferior the other 5 episodes are. It shows the true potential of To LOVE-Ru. I felt robbed of an enjoyable OVA and had to put up with 5 mediocre/crappy episodes and one outstanding episode.
A score of 5 might be a little harsh but for how good the 6th episode is the 3rd episode cancels it out with how bad it is. That leaves the 4 remaining mediocre episodes. Hence the mediocre score.
This OVA had a lot of potential and falls short. But If you were a fan of the TV Series I would still recommend watching this show. The characters continue to be amusing and if you are a fan of Ecchi, this OVA should be enjoyable for you. But if you are expecting anything meaningful here, you should probably just pass this up and look for something different.
*Edit 9/15/2011* just saw that in my Anime List I gave it a 6 not a 5. Changed the overall score here. Guess I was trying to be too harsh haha.
5: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F
MAL Score: 7.48
A new OVA of the light novel Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, titled Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F, has been green-lit.
(Source: MAL News)
Expecting you’ve watched the other season (Haiyore! Nyaruko-san and W) you can expect the same hilarious parodies and the wacky awkward situations Mahiro is put through by the alien Trio + Mom and Shantak-kun.
In this episode Mahiro and his household are offered tickets by Tamao and Yoichi to tag along to a popular amusement park that just recently opened. The theme is “A realistic escape game” where participants do various games throughout the park to find the end, unexpectedly a new character arrives to tries to interfere with the groups daily lives.
The art style is the same as the previous seasons. Pretty standard quality of animation consisting of bright vivid colors, detailed character art, fluent animation, and well drawn backgrounds. All the art and animation fit very well with each other it will come down to personal opinion whether you enjoy it or not.
The sound is good there is nothing really to complain about, but at the same time nothing to really too out of the ordinary. The voice actors fit their characters roles and personality perfectly. The sound quality was good, the dialogue between characters was fluent and clear, and the action scenes sound effects where on point nothing seemed to be missed. As for the OP and ED I found them both really enjoyable to listen to they were catchy and entertaining.
After the long ride of 2 seasons and couple of OVAs thrown in Mahiro and Nyaruko FINALLY start getting a good development with their relationship. The whole 1 sided open relationship x tsundere male was ongoing for too long. In this episode we finally see character development and a change of direction. There was a huge gain of satisfaction I had while watching this episode. I’ll let you judge on if you think it was satisfying or unsatisfying.
I love the Haiyore! Nyaruko-san series I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in comedy and parody. There wasn’t a single moment that I didn’t find enticing or enjoyable. It was one of those anime that will always remember and have a special place for.
Overall this 1 episode really filled my expectations I was left satisfied and happy. The story, art, sound, and character development were all good and enjoyable. I really hope that Haiyore! Nyaruko-san episodes continue to come out, but it is looking grim since the light novel ended sadly. The only 1 down side I have for Nyaruko-san F was the fact that they made it only 1 episode I would of loved to get an entire season 3.
Story (7.89/10): The story for this OVA is very simple. Nyaruko, Mahiro, and co. are given tickets to a new attraction in town thanks to Tamao being suddenly given enough tickets for the entire cast. (How convenient) Upon entering this attraction, Mahiro and Nyaruko are thrown into a dangerous situation that requires them to get out, and there, we have our story.
Since this is an OVA, the story of it doesn’t really go all out, however unlike most OVA, this one actually has a more story-like aspect rather than just a random fun episode filled with fanservice or what have you. Rather, this OVA showcases our main two characters being thrown into a situation which in turn, has our signature male tsundere Mahiro, to think about the relationship he has with the strange cthulu girl that has invaded his life for about 2 seasons + 2 OVA’s already.
The OVA itself ends with a bit of a cliffhanger ending, making me think that we might have something of a third season of the show (even though it’s considered a sequel to W.) because at the end, it introduces us to a new character and progression with the relationship between our main two characters, but only one can hope. Still though, overall, this was a nice OVA. Nothing to really get scared over because this is Nyaruko after all, and issues in this show always seem to resolves themselves.
+ Nice, new story
+ Character relationship progression (and it’s between Nyaruko and Mahiro. That’s even more surprising.)
Characters (7.77/10): Like the rest of the series before “F” here, there really isn’t any change in cast. We still have Nyaruko with her lovesick/thirsty behavior towards Mahiro, we still have Kuuko and Hasuta being their normal same sex lovey selves (not that there’s anything wrong with that), and the others.
The only real big change with this OVA in terms of characters is, as I’ve stated before, the relationship between Mahiro and Nyaruko. There is actually some progress with specifically, how Mahiro actually sees the crazy Cthulu girl, and makes some decent headway towards what we’re all probably (hopefully) thinking, which is the pairing of the two. (At least, I hope I’m not the only one praying for that to happen.)
+ Cast is the same memorable selves as they are
+ Character development
Art and Sound (7.88/10 and 7.11/10): The art for Nyaruko-san F is style-wise, relatively unchanged. There really isn’t much difference in the actual style of the show, but quality-wise, since there’s been a gap between the last OVA and this one, it looks significantly better, a whole lot brighter, clearer, and better quality. I like it.
In terms of sound, it’s a bit of an interesting call this one. For this OVA, it’s actually given rather than the original tracks from the previous season, a new set of OP and ED tracks that are completely different in terms of OP and ED visuals, and the actual track itself. What bothers me is that for some reason, they’re not really as addicting or soul-crushingly annoying as the first two were (especially the first season one…), so that was a bit of a letdown.
+ Much better art quality
+ New OP and ED tracks
– New tracks weren’t all that memorable sadly
Personal Enjoyment (8.10/10): The Nyaruko series has always been a very enjoyable series to me personally. It has a lot of parodies within it, it’s a wacky series that really doesn’t require much thought when watching it (cause lord knows you’ll be even more confused if you try and make some sense out of it), and the odd relationship between Mahiro and Nyaruko always interested me.
Did I like this OVA?
Yes, I did. It’s always fun to watch a series you enjoy again with new material, so there wasn’t really any reason for me to not enjoy this to some extent.
What didn’t I like about this OVA?
Nothing really, except that it wasn’t longer.
Would I recommend this OVA?
Yeah, if you’re a fan of Nyaruko. Likewise to the rest of the series, this OVA plays out relatively the same, if not a little bit more deeper into the relationship between the characters. Personally, I hope that this isn’t the end to the Nyaruko anime because tbh, with the way this ended, they’re either trolling us, or hinting at it, and I hope it’s the latter, because this show is really fun to watch.
Overall Score: 7.66/10
4: To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd OVA
Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス2nd
MAL Score: 7.55
A scan of Jump SQ’s September issue, to be released on August 4, revealed that the fifteenth volume of To LOVE-Ru Darkness will bundle a new OVA, which will be released on January 4. Consisting of two episodes, the OVA will run for a total of 25 minutes. One episode, titled Ghost Story Kowai no wa Ikaga (How about something scary?), will adapt a side-story from volume nine. The second episode, titled Clinic Sunao ni Narenakute (Without becoming obedient), will adapt chapter 38.
(Source: MAL News)
I’m not sure what’s allowed and what isn’t but this review is intended to be read by those who already saw the 3 Ovas and why not the entire content of the franchise/series called To Love Ru, so i’ll warn u this review may contain big SPOILERS, so if u haven’t watched what i’ve already mentioned i recommend not to continue reading and go watch them and come back once u have done it to avoid unnecessary/unwanted SPOILERS.
WARNING THIS CONTENT MAY HAVE A LOT OF SPOILER READ AT UR OWN RISK!!
Let start saying that to me this season along with ovas did have some sort of progress, maybe not the one we expected but still something. I won’t speak about Darkness 2nd since this isn’t the place for that one, but i do gonna say that yami evolution was incredible and at the end she’s now closer to Rito than before so that’s a progress at least for me.
Now lets talk about this ovas, we finally meet Lala’s mom, the queen of Deviluke and we found out she is from a specie called Charmian that has some sort of ability that make beasts anybody who see them because of how beautiful they are, and we learn that Gid Lucion Lala’s dad (King of Deviluke) was unaffected by this ability but most important because of this when the queen meets Yuuki Rito she soon realize that he is a peson why a strong determination just like Gid meaning he doesn’t get affected by that ability either, so Rito is kinda same as the actual King of Deviluke therefore this is telling us how strong he is after all.
In the other ova we see Haruna and Rito get their first kiss (AT LAST) even when it was by accident a kiss is a kiss so great job Rito! Haruna! gambate! too bad in the last ova they were not able to confess their feelings to each other (AGAIN -.-), but we now this isn’t over and we gonna have a sequel soon so… it’s ok!
Now i’m gonna rate this ovas
Story : This are ovas so even when they are part of the original material not just filler stuff, there is pretty much no story in them, only those 2 moments already detailed above (we meet Lala’s mother and the first kiss between Haruna and Rito). To me was more then enough for just 3 ovas so is a 9.5 (only because they didn’t confess their feelings again).
Art: As usual Xebec deleite us with his beautiful art, this ovas looks amazing, i didn’t saw any visual problem at all, and ofc a lot of oppai, lingerie and ecchiness all over the places. If u don’t like this u probably should not be watching it in the first place. So for me art is a perfect 10!
Sound: The op is not that great as predecessors but still a great song, Ed the same. I’m not really that much into sounds but i did enjoy it so i’ll give it an 8.5
Character: This is the richest thing of To Love Ru series, the incredible and extend amount of amazing characters, Rito, Lala, Haruna, Nana, Momo, Run, Kotegawa, Tear, Yami, Mea, etc, etc… each and everyone has some time on screen, maybe not as much as i would like but enough to show us even a small progress on how they get inlove with Rito and sometimes even we get to know them a bit more. For instance now Kujou Rin is show a lot more interested in Rito and is a great addition to the Harem. So character for me was a 12 😛
Enjoyment : If u have read everything above is obvious that i really enjoyed every second of this ovas (serie in general), so is a 10.
Overall : It was pretty much perfect since they were ovas and still we got some progress, and not the always beach ovas, something i can thank for once. Design was impressive, sound were enjoyable, and we learn a lot more. So ofc is a 10!
Hope u liked my 1st review 🙂
Storywise, well, it’s a mediocre 5, since the OVA’s plot was still connected to the franchise and it was still the same harem, romance , comedy, sci-fi, thing, where Rito is still this very annoying guy who just has to let himself be carried away by his own indecisiveness with his harem.
Art,,,,,,,,,It was a great 9……the boobs, panties, assses, camel toe , the whole she bang that is.
Sound, well given that that it was still the same seiyuus who did the voices of the character’s, it was basically mediocre 5. But, some of the seiyuus already have that matured tone to even voice their characters like, Itou Kanade who is too old to do Nana, Rito’s seiyuu Watanabe Akeno was already showing signs of being a MILF than a 16 year old boy and Lala’s seiyuu Tomasu Haruka, no long has that youthful tone.
Character, aside from the fact that the characters here were still the usual and little or nothing has change about them, we still have Rito who is still this stupid guy , that really pisses me off, I mean, WTF is taking that guy from banging any of the girls in this series, there is also Momo, whose so called “Harem Plan” for Rito is still yet to make any progress….if there will be one, and Lala, whom at the last episode of this OVA is already pushing for a Rito X Haruna relationship ( but ended in a train-wreak), well, too bad that Lala’s role was push even deeper as a mere support and it just stays there while Momo’s role got bigger, so really this category was just a pathetic 1 all the way.
Enjoyment, let’s face it , To Love ru was simpy an anime that relies on the sexual innuendo and fanservice, beside, don’t they said that ‘Sex Sells” , I just happen to be one of the buyers, so this category is a Great 9.
But alas, the overall of this anime can be describe as a ‘Train Wreck”, based on the last episode of this anime, when Hrauna just had to blow her confession to Rito. So , such development got hanged just like that. Pathetic (1).
The art is great, maybe a bit slow at 1x but well more frames about boobs right? there are no openings or endings and the voice acting is decent, the characters are fun but bland, and overall this was pretty fun to watch. Oh crap To Love-Ru ecchi scenes but even more sexual, nothing too hard to believe but really hot. 8.5/10 (8)
The art is a 9, story an 8 since it is generic (the base) but these stories in the OVAs were pretty creative. The voice acting is fine so the sound is a 7. Characters are an 8, enjoyment 10 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) and overall pretty worth watching, not the kind of thing you would watch in your living room along with your parents but well it is fun and best enjoyed at 3 am. 8/10
3: To LOVE-Ru Darkness OVA
Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス
MAL Score: 7.57
Bundled with the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 13th limited-edition volume of the manga.
And if there is anyone who dares to say that is the best anime they’ve ever watched, is because they probably mean it’s the best porn they’ve ever watched, ask them to justify why it is the pinnacle of anime, and you’ll see the awnser will be along the lines of “Can’t you see how brave this characters are? They dare to have a guy touch them when he is already semi-kind of engaged! Not in this world man”, “The art is soooo good! Have you seen the way those watermelons dance?”, “I came 3 times that day”, “My penis pretty much typed this review”. And why? Why is it that all the people making reviews are getting so crazy about it? Well, that’s because this is porn, what where they looking for when they watched this? Porn. The simple fact that they are looking at anime as a pure masturbation mean, makes them lose their criticism and can only say wonderfull things about it.
Now, I’m gonna stop being a dick to all those people who are controlled by their sexual lust and are not able to be critical about anime because of this reason.
Story (6): The story is not amazing, in Love-Ru we start of with the usual girl who falls in love with the main character and then they have a problem, and they have to fix it, they are given time, in that time more females are introduced, they all fall in love with the main character eventually, the problem comes back, and with enough -falling on their panties- moments, the problems comes back once again, and then it can either leave and come back later or end the problem and start something new. To Love-Ru is pretty much this, probably the only thing I’ve enjoyed in this new “lets create a Harem” deal, is the fact that Momo tries to get into Rito’s mind and make him into a perverted playboy, wich adds somekind of psychological control, wich is a nice touch and I can appreciate it. I’d also like to add that Darkness probably beats the other To Love-Ru arcs, just for the fact that this might actually go somewhere, the character development is minimum but there is some of it…I think.
Art (9): I don’t really care that much about art to be sincere, cause I believe a lot of people tend to ignore other animes just for the fact that the art style is strange or different to their usually anime, so I don’t think the art makes the anime, but it can obviously be appreciated mostly in a show where the way characters look is so important. Darkness has a pretty solid art style and has a nice look to it.
Sound (7): I’ve never really liked the music themes in the To Love-Ru franchise, but I guess there might be someone out there who enjoys them, but is nothing I would consider memorable or outstanding, the sound effects in the show are good in setting the atmosphere, maybe not the greatest, but good.
Character (6): Well, maybe the part where most of the people might disagree with me, a lot of people can only say that the cast of characters is great, that they are all deep and amazing, original and well thought…this is one of those harem shows where the show is trying to make you pick wich girl you like the most, there’s nothing new to them, you can find them on other harem shows, where they try to introduce as many female personalities as possible (wich I wouldn’t say is always bad -Kotegawa best girl) , the shy, the dumb, the responsible, the perverted, the athletic and then there’s the one that’s in love and the one that just wants some action under the sheets. Despite what must people may say, I think the characters don’t have that much to them, they don’t really seem to have motives in their lifes, they are always in the same mood until something happens to them, they don’t really seem to be troubled with their every day problems, their personality just blends into the situation.
Overall (6): But overall, I enjoy the show, not because of the plot, not because of the music, just because it has some ok comedy and is good at getting my dick hard, I can’t deny that. In the ecchi category I could even consider that it stands out from the others, but if I’m really critical about it and look at it as anime as a whole, is not that incredible, the plot is ok, sound and art are nothing life changing, but is enjoyable. An overall 6 in my eyes.
Character (8/10) – With the great character development in Darkness, the OVAs add a little more depth to some characters and their feelings.
Enjoyment (7/10) – The level of enjoyment felt in this series follows through, but some of the Ecchi scenes, were starting to become a bit much.
Overall (7/10) – These were nice little shorts to watch, now there’s nothing stopping me from watching the last installment of the To LOVE-Ru series: To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd!
Story-wise, well we got minimal dialogue and most of it is sexual and sometimes comedic. The OVAs don’t really advance the story and are mostly flashbacks or stories of some pretty hot things that happened, also some things that the anime hasn’t shown us. Overall interesting even excluding the ecchi content. 7/10
art…*several flashbacks of nearly sex scenes and a shit ton of boobs*, oh yes this is 100% a 10 lol. I will not go into detail but the ecchi in the OVAs is on another level, that’s some good stuff. Even if it wasn’t that intense, the visuals are amazing and vibrant.
The opening is pretty fine I guess, 7/10 and the voice acting is *more flashbacks* ok other than the ecchi scenes the voice acting is good, if we remember those scenes in which the voice acting was phenomenal then a 9 for it and 8 for the sound category.
The characters are overall pretty fine, they have gained some depth and complexity since the first season and now we got a nice diversified cast of cool and interesting girls and ofc our harem owner. 8/10
Enjoyment, oh this is another 10, easy too. Look time passes faster when you got a boner, change my mind. It is also more enjoyable and these kinds of scenes really take all your attention, I might concentrate a lot on the ecchi part but that was the best and majority of these 6 episodes.
In conclusion, The darkness OVAs were extremely hot and fun to watch, as always the sound, art and character categories are great being followed by the story which is fine. Is this something other than 6 overly sexual episodes to jack off to? Well, I will be neutral and real, yeah lol but doesn’t the same go for most of the anime? If you’re already watching To Love-Ru you don’t mind the plot and plan to have a “fun” time watching it both iron and unironically. If you were here for the *RICH* plot of the anime then just skip these, I don’t think many would seriously say that though. Overall a really hot, sexual, and fun series of OVAs, for sure worth watching. Sadly I can only give it an 8 (in reality 8.7 or something) since it is a series of Rito getting close to committing haram with some of the girls and getting found or saved by somebody, some tsundere or violent girl hitting him or insulting him and repeating that. Is it hot? yep, very much so officer.
2: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi
English: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202
Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2202 愛の戦士たち
MAL Score: 7.67
Three years since the return of the legendary Space Battleship Yamato, Earth has begun rebuilding itself and has made peace with the Gamilans. However, this recovery comes at the cost of utilizing the forbidden Wave Motion technology.
Meanwhile, the notorious former crew members of the Yamato, who have each gone their separate ways, receive a psychic message from the mysterious Goddess Teresa. She urges them to return to their beloved ship and travel to the distant planet Terezart. They are promised a revolutionary power to combat the unprecedented threat of the relentless Gatlantis Empire, who are approaching Earth with all but innocent intentions.
Unable to resist her plea, the crew reassembles and sets sail on another perilous intergalactic voyage, one that will test their sheer courage and versatility in the face of an even greater foe.
And then this series happened. Featuring a different director than 2199, and new character designs, Yamato 2202 failed spectacularly to capture any of the enjoyment and adoration I have for the rest of the franchise. The story is mostly made up of philosophical musings from the leader of the White Comet Empire revolving around the notion of love and humanity that never really develops into anything except a plot device to copy the ending of Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato and give it a new twist. Every time Zordar spoke, I found myself rolling my eyes at how shallow and silly the writing was. I am supportive of attempting to change the formula. After all, this is a re-imagining and not a full fledged remake of the original season 2. The execution, however, is conducted with all the skill and grace of a 12 year old writing a fan-fiction in their head during school as they day dream. The writing thinks it is far smarter and deeper than it actually is. Nothing ever quite comes together smoothly. Characters just die for the sake of dying while newly introduced characters are woefully underused despite being incredibly interesting and full of potential. Characters do not really develop much at all, save the space marines really. One character in particular is able to just magically figure things out and explain them to the audience because the show simply is unable to convey what is going on visually or through actual storytelling. In 2199, we would have been treated to scenes of characters researching and trying to understand things, allowing for explanations to the audience as they shared theories with one another and debated for an answer. In 2202, they just know things and that’s that.
Visually, 2202 is a mixed bag. The space battles are wonderfully animated surpassing 2199 in the scale and quality and a magical plot device is able to keep Earth in the fight far longer than it had any right to be giving the viewer plenty of eye candy to watch during battles. Unfortunately, the character designs and direction during battles at times is jarring. Characters now look much less crisp than they did in 2199 instead with sketch lines and awkward looking faces due to oddly drawn mouths and noses. As for visual direction, there clearly was some sort of eye fetish going on. Many times in battles or even normal dialogue, the only thing we see is a characters eye/s as they stare in horror at something or just look at something in general. During one egregious part in the first episode, a large battle is taking place. As ships are destroyed, the camera keeps cutting back to Kodai over and over again as he makes the exact same determined, grit teeth, face for about 30 seconds. This sort of weird visual direction takes place multiple times during the show, with awkward, jarring cuts during dialogue and battle. At least the music is solid.
If you go into Yamato 2202 expecting nothing on the story or character development front, you are likely to find an enjoyable space action show. Otherwise, steer clear of this mangled mess of a re-imagining. As for me, I am just going to pretend that this was never made and rewatch the original season 2 and Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato film instead. That simple and basic writing of 1978 is somehow superior to the poor attempts of the 2202 team to re-imagine its namesake.
Yamato 2199 was great, but not perfect: though the pacing could be better, some plotlines led to nowhere, and Desler was way worse than his counterparts in all versions and remakes of the original anime (except his counterpart in the 2010 live-action), the character development and animation, alongside the spectacular soundtrack remade by Akira Miyagawa, the son of Hiroshi Miyagawa, the original composer of the OSTs, plot and dialog, made 2199 a great space opera and remake of the original.
As a result, 2202 was expected to be even greater, bigger, and better than 2199, given how great its precursor was and how amazing the original material is. However, it would be no easy task, 2202 had to remake two different – yet complementary materials, Farewell to Yamato and the TV series Yamato 2.
While Yamato 2 had to stretch the 2-hour long story of Farewell to Yamato into a 26 episode series (and make a new ending), it succeeded in many aspects and failed in others: the overall plot of the series was better and alongside the new OST and mecha, allowed Yamato 2 to feature many new facets unexplored that the original TV series and Farewell, such as villains subplots, good battle strategies, and the Yamato being unable to do anything in some situations. However, Yamato 2 failed to impact audiences with the same drama that Farewell had and some subplots were boring, e.g. Shima and Teresa’s love story.
With that in mind, 2202 could easily take the strong points of the originals and 2199 to craft a good sequel and remake. However, 2202 fails at it; “Soldiers of Love”, except for the battle at planet 11, the presence of the space fireflies, and some other minor points, almost fully ignores the majority of the strong points of Yamato 2. No villain subplots, no iconic mecha from the series (eg. Earth’s aircraft carriers), none of the battle strategies, and none of the memorable character moments.
The new director Nobuyosh Haraba and scriptwriter Harutoshi Fukui chose something different: they would take the original plot of Farewell to Yamato and add their new elements to the mix. However, the idea backfired: Yamato 2202 turned out to be a mess.
Firstly, the insertion of the new philosophical element into the series isn’t done in a smart matter. Indeed, some might argue that it represents Nishizaki’s vision of love (vision of which bothered Leiji Matsumoto so much to the point where he reportedly refused to work on the final scenes of Farewell Yamato due to his own feelings on the subject), but what one truly observes is that it, practically speaking, only serves as a way to explain plot devices and to allow Zordar to make some nonsensical and monotonous dialogs. The blaring and unstoppable talking about “love” more alienates viewers than highlights the themes of the series.
When one talks about characters, the core aspect of the originals and 2199, the results are sad: almost none of them develop that much, characters that were much stronger and charismatic, such as Kodai and Kato, are incoherent to their previous counterparts of the remakes, Yuki and Akira now don’t have half of their personalities, and Desler, which surprisingly gets a retcon of his version from 2199 and whose return is not explained at all, is boring.
New characters also don’t get any better, Zordar is a philosopher with a terrible motivation, Sabera, and all Gatlantis officers are only plot devices, Teresa, Saito, Hijikata, Yamanami, as well as the whole Andromeda fleet (which were supposed to be a big thing in this season) are underused, and the Ginga shouldn’t even exist in the first place. The only character that gets some decent development here is Kiman, who is unfortunately affected by the occasionally clucky dialog of the series.
As for the action, the use of CGI in the show is good, but not perfect: ships sometimes feel weightless and the Yamato doesn’t get the same level of detail on its big scratches after every battle as it did in 2199. 2D animation, fortunately, is in the same standard as it was in the first season.
The mecha designs are a mixed bag: while some are good and detailed, adding a lot to the series, others have a debatable quality, such as the Earth’s new aircraft carriers, the Ginga with its glass dome, and the Comet Empire’s new “true form”, which completely obliterated the original design (the same here applies to Zordar dreadnought, although this one might have happened due to budget reasons).
The direction of the action scenes is good, despite the overuse of the Wave Motion Gun (which caused a loss to its dramatic effect) the action here is one of the best things in 2202, however, given how there’s little emotional attachment to being found between the viewer and the characters, especially new ones, some scenes are often very bland.
As for the drama, it is even more diluted than the one in Yamato 2. Characters here die for the sake of dying, Saito’s, Kiman’s and Higashikata’s deaths don’t have a fraction of their original deaths. And Kato had a death so mediocre it was comical.
The soundtrack is absolutely the best thing of the series, although Akira Miyagawa’s style is somewhat different than the one from his father, being more bombastic and colorful, his additions are often amazing (cf. Tsubasa).
Overall, Yamato 2202 is a disappointment for a show that had everything to be great but turned out to be mediocre as a show and as a remake. If you want modern action scenes, go for it, but if you want a better sequel to the first season, I think both Farewell to Yamato and Yamato 2 are more worth your time and investment.
Earth again faces a new crisis and our old crew from Yamato must once again embark on a journey in the distant universe to assure a future for Earth. Each encounter and fight holds a meaning and this season gives a lesson to its viewers about the mistakes that our characters did and shows us their path to clear them and make the right choices for their future.
The characters are what makes Yamato 2202 the best work of Matsumoto Leij. Each character has its own spotlight and each of them manages to stir up different emotions for its viewers. Sometimes you will hate them sometimes you will love them and sometimes you will encourage them. Another amazing thing is how well this season presents us the reasons of the enemy that Yamato faces with some strong and solid base behind their actions and choices.
One thing to mention is Desler’s development from season 1 thourgh season 2. As you may know in the first season he was pictured as a cold-blooded dictator who sent most of his people to death to achieve victory. In season 2 they go inside his mind they present his reasons and choices, everything that made him do that and gives him a second chance, makes him a likeable character even more than the ones from the Yamato crew.
Desler isn’t the only one who contributes to this season, each character manages to portray the main themes of this show . Their speeches, their monologue, their own story and past mistakes, all of them provide a warning and also a lesson for us viewers. Leji Matsumoto was a man who 40 years when he created the Yamato series he looked way ahead in the future and predicted how our society will become in the near future. And damn he nailed it ! Our modern society is almost identical as the one from the Yamato series.
The most amazing stuff from this show is how well the raw human nature is presented and explored, and how well the human mind is studied during a crisis situation and the decisions made by them. Our own greed for war, our capability for destruction but also our good side our creative mind , our undying will and that we cling in desperate times, our heart to hate but also love! Our possibilities and choices to create a Future for ourselves!
This is Yamato Space Battleship 2202 a study about humanity about their choices their love their capability to destroy or create a FUTURE! This is Leji’s Matsumoto masterpiece from almost half a century ago! Just don’t miss this…you will not regret it trust me!
1: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
English: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199
MAL Score: 8.35
In the year 2199, Earth faces its greatest crisis. Due to unrelenting bombings by the alien race known as “Gamilas,” the planet can no longer sustain its inhabitants. In exactly one year, humanity is set to become extinct.
In desperation, the people of Earth establish the Earth Defense Force, their last defense against the power-hungry Gamilas Empire. However, humanity finds a glimmer of hope after receiving a message from the mysterious planet Iscandar, which offers them a device that would restore Earth to its former glory. With salvation in sight, the Earth Defense Force calls on the prolific Space Battleship Yamato and swiftly assembles a crew to make the 168,000 light-year trek to Iscandar and receive their aid.
Among the crew are young officers Susumu Kodai and Daisuke Shima, along with several other newly promoted leaders, all under the command of the distinguished Captain Juuzou Okita. Forced to learn how to handle the ship’s innovative technology while dealing with the onslaught of Gamilas fleets, the inexperienced cast of Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 must summon every inch of their resolve to survive the many hardships aboard the Yamato and complete their mission: to save humanity before it’s too late.
In recent times, one becomes wary when they hear the word ‘remake’ or ‘reboot’. Audiences have reluctantly witnessed so many beloved series, stories and characters get butchered in misguided and unnecessary attempts to be recreated.
Thankfully, I am happy to say that Yamato’s 21st century rebirth is done faithfully, respectfully, and masterfully.
First, there is the story (9/10). Yamato’s story is timeless – the people of Earth are fighting back against an alien threat to bring their planet to slavery or extinction. Humanity’s last hope lies in the battleship Yamato, its crew, and a mysterious technology brought to mankind from a distant alien race of people called Iscandarians. Their destination – lightyears away, on the planet of Iscandar. In their path lie many obstacles, and every one a piece of the story and the puzzle. In this respect, Yamato’s story is not difficult to understand, and is something you can appreciate at any age in any time. There are many developments and nuances that shape the story beyond its simple premise as the show develops, however. For the most part, it faithfully follows the original plot, and while I can’t comment on specifics, I know enough to say that with confidence. It is not overly complex – there are also many things that are left to the imagination for the sake of not boring the audience. If you accept them for what they are and don’t convolute them, it is, for the most part, flawless. This is, after all, a fictional universe.
Now for the art (10/10). There has been some fuss over the stylistic changes from the original Leiji style of Yamato to the remake. However, I find them to be a perfect blend of the retro style and modern style – which still brings an incredibly refreshing artistic flair to Yamato that isn’t seen anywhere today. Even if one were to miss the original style, I think it would be impossible to truly recreate it exactly unless you had all the original animation staff, and that is too much to ask for a 40-year old series. Nobuteru did an excellent job of revisiting the style of Leiji and bringing it to a modern audience.
The animation is absolutely stunning. It’s quite obvious there was a high budget for the series, and they use it in all the right places. Let’s be honest – in the 70’s, many of the technical challenges that came with animating epic, large-scale space battles were difficult to tackle with the technology of the time. While many are impressive, it’s easy to see where they struggled to achieve their true vision. In 2199, the ships are 3D models, and CGI comes heavily into play during battle scenes. There was a time that this spelled bad news for mixing with 2D animation, when CGI suffered from a “video game cutscene” syndrome. But with today’s technology, 2199’s CGI is absolutely stunning, and blends beautifully with the show and the backgrounds. Every ship is masterfully crafted and detailed, and every nuance of the ships and the weaponry is nothing short of perfection. The excitement of every battle scene leaves you speechless. Fans of spaceships, fighter jets and miscellaneous mechanical things will be filled with nothing but glee.
The character and 2D animation is equally as important, and is treated that way. There’s a lot of expressiveness in every character, and it shows. There’s a bit of fanservice and moe here and there, but nothing overdone. Yamato takes itself seriously when it has to, but it also has a bit of fun when it’s appropriate.
The music and sfx (10/10) adds another layer of immersion to the world of Yamato. The soundtrack is a lot of re-recordings of original Yamato tracks, with that 1970’s sci-fi trumpets and backing vocals that many may remember fondly. If not, it’s something that you hear very rarely these days, and is absolutely perfect for this series. It’s enough that the opening is one of those songs you just can’t skip – the rest of the soundtrack is equally inspiring.
The sound effects, voices and ambiance is also well done. My favorite bits are definitely the sounds of the ships and the weapons during battle. There’s nothing quite like hearing a flurry of lasers, rockets and explosions – and of course, the awe-inspiring Wave Motion Gun.
The characters (9/10) of Yamato are stunning examples of common archetypes. There are brave heroes, loyal comrades, tragic villains, and everything in between. There is a very large cast of Yamato, so I won’t dive into every character, but while many characters may seem stereotypical at first glance, Yamato never attempts to clearly define the difference between good and evil – at times, you will sympathize with the enemy, and you will question the motives of the heroes. It’s one of those important aspects that helps separate the wheat from the chaff in this aspect. Still, there is a very classical story at hand, and with it come classic characters. But they are not as hollow and predictable as one more cynical may come to believe.
Overall, there is not much more to say. I gave enjoyment a 10/10 because I always found myself looking forward to the next episode of Yamato – and when they came (the waits were quite long for those following the series release), they were over so soon because I enjoyed every moment.
It is quite clear that the creators of Yamato 2199 had great respect for the source material and made every effort to craft a remake worthy of the name Uchuu Senkan Yamato. And in every aspect I would say they succeeded, and brought a story that deserves to be retold to a new era, taking advantage of the tools they have today that its original creators did not to remake Yamato in its full glory. And although the eye-candy visuals of space warfare are a spectacle in their own right, Yamato 2199 never loses sight of the story it is trying to tell and the cast that we want to root for, which is where many remakes of this era falter.
This is a very rare and important piece of animation history – one that I believe deserves to be viewed and appreciated by everyone. I would recommend this series to absolutely anyone, even if they are not fans of sci-fi. If you want an example of a remake done right – this is it.
Overall this show was an enjoyable watch, and one can sense that a lot of love and care was put into it. For those reasons, this is a very painful and disappointing review to write, but I feel it might be necessary to “warn” potential viewers about some elements of this series that are problematic. Specifically, the plot.
I understand that this is an extremely popular and influential franchise, especially in Japan, and I also do agree that this is a very well-done remake.
However – there are SEVERE issues with the plot of this series, issues that I feel are glossed over because of its “sacred cow” status in anime circles.
SPOILERS BEGIN HERE – do not continue reading unless you’re fine with that.
– We are expected to believe, and major elements of the plot revolve around, the fact that Yuki, a human born on earth, looks virtually identical to the royal princesses of Iscandar, a planet more than 100,000 light years away, to the point of being mistaken IN PERSON by those familiar with the princesses, to be one of them; that she coincidentally was involved in an accident one year ago that wiped her memory, and coincidentally makes it appear that she may be an alien that appeared one year ago on Earth; and that there is no proof that she is an Earthling because both her parents are dead and there are apparently no individuals who knew her on Earth well enough, except her parents, to confirm that she was in fact living on Earth for more than a year. This entire subplot, which groan-inducingly becomes a MAJOR plot device later in the show, is one of the most suspension of disbelief shattering things I’ve ever seen. I am at a complete loss as to how anybody can swallow this and call this particular subplot anything more than contrived.
– At one point, certain crew members stage a coup/mutiny in order to enact a plan to move humanity to a habitable planet that the Yamato finds. Not only is this illogical in the long-term – what prevents the Garmillans from simply subjugating that planet as well? – but they stage this insurrection before the planet is even scouted. Perhaps these crew members, one of whom is considered one of the more intelligent individuals on the ship, should’ve waited for more detailed reports on the feasibility of human habitation before initiating a violent mutiny. Bonus points: this plot point could’ve been interesting if the planet was indeed fit for habitation. It is not – it is apparently currently home to massive killer insects.
– Once the Yamato reaches Garmillas, the main antagonist, Desler, executes his secret plan: he flees the capital of Garmilas and then drops part of a colony on it. The problem with this plan is that there is no conceivable reason to do this. What POSSIBLE benefit does he gain from performing a colony drop and destroying the Garmillas capital? One could say “to destroy the Yamato” – is his plan then predicated on the Yamato deciding to dock at the Garmillas capital? In fact – *why* did the Yamato ram into the capital palace in the first place? Why not use the Wave Motion Gun to destroy Desler’s Wave Motion Gun instead? Is Okita’s plan to storm the center of a galactic empire with a strike team of, at most, a few dozen men led by Kodai, and somehow emerge victorious?
– Desler is killed when the Wave Motion Gun backfires and his space fortress is destroyed. However, he later turns up to ambush the Yamato in his flagship that is powered by another Wave Motion Gun. How did he survive the WMG’s explosion? Where did his new flagship come from? Why did nobody notice it? How did it reach the Gate before the Yamato? None of this is ever explained. Bonus Points: Yuki, who was ejected from an airlock and is mere METERS away from the exploding fortress, survives – though the blast not only clearly destroys the fortress, but completely incinerates a nearby battleship that is presumably more than a few meters away. Never explained. Forget about these little details when Kodai and Yuki get a great, emotional, romantic reunion scene in space.
– The Yamato reaches Iscandar and discovers Mamoru had made it there after a ship carrying him back to Garmillas crash landed there instead. Again, there are too many plot contrivances to even discuss them all. Why Mamoru specifically? Why not a human presumably captured in the MANY skirmishes the Garmillans have already had with humans? In a journey of more than 150,000 light years, the ship happens to crash literally one planet over from Garmillas? Why did the Garmillans need human samples? Having transported those samples over such a vast distance, only to have them crash land one planet away, did they then respond by saying “Well, that’s a bummer. No need to investigate and see if there were any survivors.”
– The timeline for Mamoru, the core of the Cosmo Reverser, arriving at Iscandar is at most later than the Yamato setting sail. Meaning that Starsha was challenging the Yamato to make an unprecedented journey across galaxies for something that doesn’t actually exist yet.
– Iscandar apparently has a population of three (one after the other two sisters leave for Earth). Why this advanced civilization of superior beings would expend 66% of their population on the off-chance that the planet Earth, which at that point was no different from the countless other planets subjugated by the Garmillans, could potentially reach them, is never explained. Having invested 66% of their population (No, I’m not going to get over that), Starsha is then unsure if she wants to give them the Cosmo Reverser. She then gives it to them though, despite the fact that those in power back on Earth are shown to be corrupt politicians who initiated conflict with the Garmillans, and will presumably abuse the godlike power they now possess because humanity as a whole has not improved in any significant way to warrant giving them this power. Oops.
– The infighting between the Garmillans is drummed up to eventually become a major plot element. Too bad we never hear anything about it again or get any kind of meaningful resolution.
There are more (unfortunately, *many* more) plot points/devices that could be discussed, but I think the overarching point is clear: this may be a remake of an anime legend, great animation, great soundtrack, but there are major issues with the plot that simply cannot be ignored or dismissed.
Is it a fun watch, and an interesting talking point for discussing the history of anime? Yes. But the illogical, contrived, and occasionally frustrating plot prevents it from being a great watching experience in its own right. Viewer beware.
Space Operas are very rare now a days in the anime industry. Just as the quality of mecha anime and it’s audience has been downgrading and declining in favor of slice-of-life, ecchi and harem genres, space operas were always being overlooked at. After almost at least 40 years, one of the space opera classic during the 70’s was given a chance to have a remake in order to introduce the series and gain a wider audience in today’s anime community. But does the show itself succeed? Let’s check it out:
Just as the title implies, the show is set during year 2199 and the once blue, green and thriving with life planet earth has been reduced to a radioactive wasteland because of the Garmillas aliens which forced the remaining population to hide underground. However, a friendly alien race from the planet Iscandar contacts the human race and gives them blue prints to build a powerful space battleship capable of retrieving a device to clean planet earth before humanity disappears. As they resurrect the long sunken ship yamato, they then applies the alien technology that they got from a messenger that came from Iscandar, transforming it into one of the most epic and greatest ship that will venture through the sea of stars to save their home planet. Enter Space Battle Ship Yamato.
Now i know most of you will think that the premise is pretty similar to Macross but the latter was aired during the 80’s specifically after the success of an another behemoth called Gundam while the original Yamato was aired during the 70’s. So therefore Yamato was the one who influence Macross. As i already said from the synopsis, this is a light years journey to Iscandar from planet earth and it will take a year in order to get through Iscandar and they also must retrieve the device in immediately before planet earth is forever doomed. As such we will encounter many kinds of phenomenon and typical issues from this long journeys such as trust issues, food shortage and of course battling their enemies, the Garmillans as they opposed the ship to reach Iscandar. Tactics to fend off enemies were heavily used and while the tactics many not be that good as LoGH, it still managed to give the feeling of unpredictability of the battles, plausibility of the tactics that were used and you will always be in the edge of your seat with the epic space batles that were occurring in your screen and backing it by great animation and intense old school soundtrack. The series also dealt with mature themes such as racism, genocide and politics. There is also fanservice in this series. Oh, i didn’t mention that? But don’t worry the fanservice in this series is not like in your ecchi show where it’s distracting. The fanservice actually have some subtility. For the most part.
The characters were no slouch either. They were interesting and likable for the most part and the character interactions were well-written and probably the main forte of the characterization of the show. The way the Yamato crew interact is just fun to watch. Oh sure there are some characters like our main protagonist, Susumu Kodai who sometimes acts like an angsty teen and some characters do too but they don’t exaggerate to the point that it become annoying. They still act accordingly to the situation and maturely to many situations. Many of the stuff that happens throughout their journey have challenged the Yamato’s crew beliefs about the war and this anime is also not entirely black and white where humans are automatically good, and the garmillians are automatically bad. There are both good and bad people from each side and some good and bad decisions and deeds that both the Humans and Garmillians have made. Okay, maybe i’m saying the obvious but it’s still worth pointing that out. The female cast are also strong individuals for the most part so don’t worry about some very useless ass female characters that you mostly see.
Overall, the story is great and the characters were interesting, likable and fun to watch to. If there are criticisms that i would give is that there are some more potential that the series overlooked. With a good world building that the show created, that show could have last in more than just 26 episodes and that is why some scenes in the series felt rushed, some characters are really lacking for being fleshed out and development, and there are some very questionable decisions during the end BUT it didn’t really detract for my own personal enjoyment. The original Yamato is also only 26 episodes and most people would rage quit to a series which is over 30+ episodes anyway so 26 episodes is still fine as it’s still be able to tell a great story in a series which the scale and world building is pretty big.
The studios that brought to us the animation are studio Xebec and AIC. The animation, the crisp of the characters and design, heck even the CGI are just fucking stunning and beautiful. Although some might say differ about the CGI but i didn’t really find any problem with it as it really works perfectly to the scenery of the series and the CGI only made the battles more epic and engaging. The director is Yutaka Izubuchi who is known for directing and creating RahXephon. He was also responsible for the character designs of Gundam Wing. Hideaki Anno worked on the story board. If you didn’t know who he is then you’re probably living in a cave. Akihiro Enomoto whom have worked as the key animator in Char’s counterattack also worked on this anime. Anybody here whom have watched Char’s counterattack knows that the battles there were simply one of the best mecha battle and the animation was just absolutely gorgeous. Akihiro also brought his forte into this series as the key animator in most episodes so therefore the battle scenes, as i mentioned before, were engaging, terrific and epic like Char’s counterattack. It feels like real space ships are really battling it out. As most of the budget were used in the CGI and the battles, the character movements felt really poor in many episodes but you know what? Most of the episodes they spend were sitting in the ship anyway. Just trying to point that out.
Catchy and old school. Seriously, the opening song and the first ending song were retro songs during anime of 70’s but it really fits perfectly well during the series(There are several different versions of the opening. The first opening is the classic version while the other version is still the same only much more modernized). I really appreciate how they decided to bring a retro song as an opening to a modern remake now it’s stuck to my head and i can’t stop humming it whenever i’m taking a shit or taking a shower. The OSTs that was used were also very catchy and old school but still felt intense during the battle scenes. The voice acting is also very well done. Ono Daisuke as the voice of Susumu Kodai who also voiced Sebastian from Black Butler, Kuwashima Houko as the main heroine, Mori Yuki who also voiced Tomoyo Sakagami(Clannad) and Clare(Claymore), Yamadera Kouchi as the main antagonist, Lord Desler who also voiced Spike Spiegel from Cowboy bebop, Otsuka Houchuu as Shiro Sanda who also voiced Jiraiya from Naruto and other famous VA’s. Aside from the the opening songs, the OST’s while catchy doesn’t really warrant to be listen on it’s own which kinda of a shame.
After watching LoGH and this, i am now craving for more space operas. This anime has many things that i could hope for. Engaging story, fun and interesting characters, beautiful ladies, epic and compelling space battles with great animation and a satisfying ending. It’s really a shame that despite being a remake of a classic with great animation, anime like these is still being overlooked at the anime community today. Hopefully in the future, more anime fans would be able to watch this series and this is one of the primary reasons why i’m doing this review right now. Whether you think this anime is great or not is still up to you of course but if you find this review helpful(which i doubt) and decided to watch the anime and think the anime is good, then please do recommend this to your friends. Then maybe there is hope for more space operas in the anime industry and for this sub-genre to completely not die in the anime realm. Well, it really won’t because of LoGH(Although there is also only a handful of people who have watched this) but you get my point anyway.
Story: 9/10 – Epic and engaging journey to save planet earth.
Characters: 8/10 – A great cast and fun characters to watch to. Character development is there but lacking a bit due to the length of the show but characterization is solid.
Animation: 9/10 – It’s Fluid in the battles and the CGI is good.
Sound: 8/10 – Nostalgic old school music and soundtrack.
Enjoyment: 10/10 – Never failed to entertain me and didn’t make me bored while marathoning the whole thing.
Final Verdict: 9/10 – Amazing anime and a great space opera.
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4. To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd OVA
5. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F
6. To LOVE-Ru OVA
7. Love Hina Again
8. Irregular Hunter X: The Day of Sigma
9. Love Hina Final Selection
10. To LOVE-Ru: Multiplication – Mae kara Ushiro kara
11. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san: Yasashii Teki no Shitome-kata
12. Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san OVA
13. Kyou no 5 no 2 (TV): Takarabako
14. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W OVA
15. Rinne no Lagrange: Kamogawa Days
16. Black Clover: Jump Festa 2016 Special
17. Majokko Tsukune-chan
18. Mahou Sensei Negima!: Introduction Film
19. Maken-Ki! OVA
20. Kanokon: Manatsu no Dai Shanikusai
21. Soukyuu no Fafner: Arcadian Memory
22. Bakuretsu Hunters OVA
24. Upotte!!: Miatte Waratte
25. Triage X: Recollection XOXO
26. Gekiganger 3: The Movie
27. Blue Seed 2
28. Megami Kouhosei Special Curriculum
29. Lemon Angel YJ-ban
30. Fantasista Stella