They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Spotlight, Milk House Dreaming: Ai no Shiki, Okubyou na Venus, and more!
MAL Score: 5.49
What would you do for fame?
Saori is cute, perky, and dreams of being a star! Along with the beautiful Yuna and the striking Erica, Saori is part of a new female pop group named Twinkle ? and this hot little group is ready for their big debut!
But this tantalizing trio is about to discover that the music industry is ruthless and demanding of its female artists! First, band manager Masaki decides to give Yuna and Erica a special session in pleasure and pain… Then, as lead singer, it’s up to Saori to get the band past Kijima, the shady don of the entertainment business. Using his position to fulfill his wildest desires with all of the hot
new pop idols, he’ll never even consider giving anyone a chance at a big break until after his carnal desires have been satisfied. Saori’s mother knows this all too well; to get Twinkle noticed, she’s already given in to his erotic demands.
Meanwhile, a rival pop group, the Lovely Ladies, is determined to win Kijima’s favor first! They’re three buxom starlets, training hard in all of the don’s favorite sensual techniques ? and they’ll do anything and anyone to win! It’s become a race of lust…will Saori give up her body for one chance in the spotlight?
33: Milk House Dreaming: Ai no Shiki
Japanese: ミルクハウス ドリーミング 愛の四季
MAL Score: 5.49
An image video, setting watercolors from Yumiko Kawahara’s 1983 manga to a series of 11 pop songs.
Let’s not forget about amazing pictures
In my opinion, it is good to let go while learning by the music that makes this session pleasant for us during the whole session
In general, there is nothing to write here, the only thing that is subject to evaluation are pictures and soundtrack
I recommend listening to it at least once.
An interesting experience.
In general it was my first time writing reviews so …
Muda Muda Muda Muda Muda
Ora Ora Ora Ora Ora
Dora Dora Dora Dora
Ho ho ho ho ho
Why are you still reading this since I told you a long time ago that I have nothing more to add XD
32: Okubyou na Venus
MAL Score: 5.54
Story about a singer/dancer. There is music and singing throughout almost the entire OVA.
This jawn is only a twenty minute AMV about the life of some random singer. I know none of the background for this work, like whos the singer is, who made this film, who was this made for, and frankly, I don’t really care. It is honestly not important. This AMV is just a fun little watch to kill twenty minutes. It depicts the mundane life of this singer girl and all the silly stuff that ensues. The OVA is broken into four songs–four acts– each with a different atmosphere: first song (best song) is upbeat and playful, second song is similar to the first except with inane and surreal imagery, the third song is really sad and melancholy for some reason, and the last song is triumphant because it’s the last song I guess–corny I know. But if I was to hate on any of these, the third song was quit out of place. It felt super lame to have a sad song right before the ending; it was as if the writers where like “we can’t just have an upbeat film,” even though that is the films biggest selling point. I hate to sound like Digibro, but this film would’ve been so much better if it was a happy film all the way through–just a happy, upbeat little video to start a boring day with.
The visuals for this were a little more limited than I would like, but the film made it work. The character’s movement is kinda jank, and the backgrounds also leave something to be desired. On the contrary, the cuts between scenes were amazing. For example, in one scene during the first act, the main girl is shown waving at something the viewer doesn’t see. Then the film cuts to a picture of a seemingly random horse. Then it cuts to a far away shot of the girl waving to a man riding a horse. It would’ve been boring if we were just show her waving at a hours. Showing the scene with these harsh cuts made it suspenseful, because we don’t know where this horse came from. And this lack of knowledge would lead us to want to find solace in an answer, which is given us seconds later. Act one had a tone of these interesting cuts, all accompanied by a peppy beat that sometimes match up with the cuts.
Act two was more of the same, except the surreal imagery was cranked up to a nine. This act had vampires, gangsters, and, since it is an 80s OVA, it also had to have space in it too. I do think the song in act one was more catchy, which is just taste. But the surreal imagery was loads of fun. Like the vampire guy rocks a white tux and pulls the main girl out of a bath of clouds, then proceed to sing and dance together (best ship), so how can you not like that?
The third and final act were less than par to say the least. I already said what I had to say about act three: tonally incongruent and gratuitous. The final act was just the main girl singing at some big concert, and it was kinda underwhelming to say the least. Out of all the acts, it had the least scene diversity since it took place in only a concert hall. And because the animation isn’t that good, taking away all the cool cuts and silly imagery strips this AMV of its strongest elements while showcasing its worst. To make matters more grim, the final song was set up to be a concluding song that could rival even In The Court of the Crimson King, but it honestly fell flat; the song felt like just another 80s pop song. And yes I get that the third act and the conclusion is supposed to show that the singer has struggles in life, yada yada. You can show that without being so melodramatic. It’s not hard. And the argument does not take away my criticisms of the song or visuals.
With all that being said, I’d love to be the most pretentious man in the room and say this random AMV no one has heard of is better than Daicon IV, but I can’t justify that statement. This AMV overstays its welcome and loses focus. However, the first two acts were fun and upbeat enough for me to recommend this at all. Not to mention this takes place in America, and who doesn’t like America? All jokes aside, this AMV pretty good–earning a solid six out of ten for effort. If you like what I got to say, check out my other reviews on actually relevant stuff or hit me up on discord. I’m always down to talk <3. Tavvauvusi. [/collapse]
31: Idol Project
MAL Score: 5.68
Mimu Emilton is a cute fourteen-year-old who has come to the annual Starland Festival to become an idol, just like her role model, Yuri. It is the most celebrated event on a united Earth, and Yuri, now the President of Earth, has encouraged people to join the ranks of Excellent Idols. Unfortunately for Mimu, she can never seem to make it to her audition on time, as misadventure after misadventure lands her in situations (usually involving undergarment exposure, I might add) that she escapes with the help of the current Excellent Idols, whom she befriends. Just as she makes her place on the stage and begins her audition, though, an unknown group of aliens kidnaps her and the Excellent Idols. It is only the beginning of a wild interdimensional goose-chase that places Mimu in the position to save the world, if only she can believe in herself.
Review[collapse title=“Reviews1:”]Today we’ll be looking at an OVA from the mid-90s. Idol Project was a work by Studio Ox. If you haven’t heard of them, it’s not surprising. They’ve mostly done production assistance and design work on anime spear-headed by other studios. I can’t say I’ve ever seen an anime where they were the driving force before. So, this’ll be a first. It was written by Amano Hiromitsu & Arakawa Naruhisa. Arakwa may sound familiar since he wrote the anime adaptations for Spice and Wolf, Upotte & Terra Formars Revenge. Which isn’t exactly a record to boast about since the best of those was Spice and Wolf and the other two were quite bad and sub-par respectively. Then again, those were adaptations and this is an original work. So, we’ll see how he does with that.
We open with our protagonist, fourteen year old Mimu, going to the Starland festival for her idol audition. On her way there, she gets caught up in all kinds of random events involving the six excellent idols. She barely makes her audition and is about to sing when she and the excellent idols are kidnapped by aliens. From there, more randomness ensues.
Therein lies the big issue with the OVA. The “humour” is based on random events happening. In the first episode, it’s the random things while she’s trying to audition. In the second, it’s random events that happen during a highly haphazard competition. In the third episodes she’s caught up in a bunch of inane nonsense while trying to make a delivery and randomness does not, in and of itself, equate to humour. Randomness can be funny when you have some kind of deliberate set up that ends in an unexpected non sequitur, and if you’re going to have a lot of it you need a good pay off or a clever logic to it that works when you think about it. It doesn’t work when everything that happens is just random nonsense. Consequently, the comedy largely just leaves you scratching your head or rolling your eyes rather than laughing.
The best thing I can say for the OVA is that the comedy is largely inoffensive. It’s stupid and it barely registers as comedy but it isn’t actively annoying, for the most part.
There’s really nothing to the characters in this. They’re only one step above your average harem characters. They’re all very basic archetypes. You’ve got the dumb martial artist, the child, the obvious lesbian, the bad girl, the elegant young lady, the tranquil Buddhist & the ordinary protagonist who manages to have big dreams in lieu of a real personality. At least they didn’t do the Baka to Test thing and make fun of the obvious lesbian because… someone being gay is inherently funny?
Here’s the thing about under-written characters in a comedy. They can work if you can give them dynamics that offer a lot of comedic possibilities and you take advantage of those. In this series, we don’t get that. The comedy is based less on the character interactions and almost entirely on the random events. So, having under-written archetypes for characters doesn’t work in this context.
The artwork and animation in this are frequently lazy. The parts where they seem to put the most effort are the ones designed to be fan-servicey. Because when you have a fourteen year old protagonist it’s vital to see her panties because… class is something for other works.
I’ve seen so many trashy, fan-service heavy portrayals of way too young characters in anime at this point that I’m probably on some government watch list. And people wonder why anime fans have a bad reputation. It’s this sort of thing.
The performances in this are kind of weak. They got some good actresses. Hisakawa Aya, Kanai Mika & Inoue Kikuko are all in this. Their performances in this are just lacklustre. The music is decent but really could have used more effort considering that this is an OVA about idols.
There’s a little bit with Corvette and her clear interest in our heroine but there’s never any sign that it’s reciprocated.
That’s Idol Project, a stupid, unfunny OVA from the mid 90s. Ultimately, the series is one that just falls short in every regard. The characters are weak, the comedy is weak, the acting is weak, the art is generally weak, at times delving into outright trashy territory. It’s a dumb little OVA that I can’t really recommend digging up. My final rating is a “solid” 3/10. Next week I’ll look at something a bit longer with Kill Me Baby (That’s the name of the anime, put the blunt objects down.)
30: Tonari no 801-chan R
MAL Score: 5.75
A 90 second anime adaptation of the original Tonari no 801-chan manga about a 28 year-old salaryman otaku who has a 22 year-old co-worker girlfriend who is a fujoshi, or female otaku obsessed with yaoi.
Yamamoto made it very credible: I even started looking for a regular adaptation, then found out it was canceled… so this short animation will exist forever as an independent work of art and will be interpreted as such. 5/10.
MAL Score: 5.84
A collection of short animations, from the revelations Tomoyoshi Joko and Hiroco Ichinose.
By Tomoyoshi Joko
AFRO – 2006 (1:30)
Mr. Cloud and Mr. Rain – 2007 (6:35)
Buildings – 2008 (5:44)
Lizard Planet – 2009 (5:00)
Kanagawa Dog – 2009 (00:20)
By Hiroco Ichinose
annihilation – 2005 (00:12)
The last breakfast – 2006 (2:28)
Ushi Nichi (Cow’s Day) – 2007 (9:29)
ha-P – 2008 (4:14)
COSMIC! (pilot film) – 2009 (3:20)
YOKOHA-MAMAN -2009 (00:20)
morning (pilot film) – 2009 (1:30)
Buil-Bun – 2006 (1:30)
28: Parade Parade
English: Parade Parade
MAL Score: 5.94
Meet Kaori Shiina. She’s beautiful. She’s talented. She’s a pop idol. However, she has a secret, one which would destroy her career if it were ever revealed…
Parade Parade is the story of an upcoming pop idol as she tries to advance in the music industry. It examines artists who use sex to sell records and some very real scandals where artists were forced to do sexual favors if they wanted to land a record deal
Beyond its interesting plot because it concerns the music industry it has some of the best music in an hentai I have seen. The theme “Ai Iro Otome” roughly translates into “Indigo Girl” is quite catchy and is very reminiscent of the J-Pop of the time.
Art is dated but passable. Pink Pinapple really had some excellent staff. The director/character designer would later work on such series as Cayote Ragtime Show, Kure-nai, & Spice and Wolf.
A classic hentai that I would recommend to anyone not afraid of a little futanari and wants a hentai that is a bit more than sex,
27: Cello Hiki no Gauche (OVA)
MAL Score: 5.94
Gauche is having trouble perfecting his piece for his performance in 10 days when he hears a knock on his door…
General thoughts on the plot: It’s a nice, warming story. Not perfect but more like a child movie so it may be boring for you.
Art: In this version it’s more decent but in general OK. It’s an old movie and alright for its time.
Sound: It’s a musical anime and classical music is used. Really liked that.
Character: It was such a mehhh… Expected a better personality actually.
Enjoyment: It’s not the most entertaining thing I’ve ever seen but also surely not the least.
26: Yuki Terai
MAL Score: 5.96
Yuki Terai is a vivacious 17-year-old who lives just outside Tokyo. In most ways she is every bit the typical teen—except she doesn’t exist.
The invention of acclaimed computer animator Kenichi Kutsugi, Yuki Terai is Japan’s No.1 Virtual Star. Capable of unprecedented life-like expressions and movement, she inhabits many worlds: real-life, science fiction and music. And now she can inhabit yours.
In Secrets, the multi-faceted Yuki is showcased in six irresistible short stories. In Fly Away Alone, she plays a sensuous songbird; Dos/Chin, which also happens to be the name of her mischievous robotic dog, finds Yuki exploring her artistic side; A Life is a meditative piece where Yuki reflects on happier times; in fully-fledged Matrix mode, Comet The Thief stars our idol as a mischievous martial-arts bandit; The Mirror explores the darker side of Yuki as she is mysteriously followed by images of herself that seem to emerge from mirrors; and in Lazy Gui, our scantily-clad heroine embarks on a race against time as her Space Freighter is set for self-destruct.
Includes two awesome bonuses: the music video of Yuki’s smash hit, My Dearest You, and the incredible World War II air attack recreation, Project BB-11. Additional extras include The Making Of…, which explains the techniques and tricks used to create the state-of-the-art animation that gives life to this virtual megastar.
Welcome to the worlds of Yuki Terai. Enter.. and your world will never be the same.
25: Bakumatsu Rock: Mystery! Onsen Kaijiken ze yo!!
Japanese: 幕末Rock 湯煙推理劇[ミステリー]! 温泉怪事件ぜよ!!
MAL Score: 6.02
An incident has led to someone’s death at Teradaya, which the gang went to for a day trip. A “69” on the victim’s leg will be the key to solving the mystery.
(Source: MAL News)
24: Machikado no M rchen
Japanese: Radio City Fantasy 街角のメルヘン
MAL Score: 6.10
A boy with a drawing book meets a mysterious girl in the streets of Tokyo. They become friends and enjoy each other’s fantasies.
The story is about a boy who bumps into a cute girl under a bridge and she drops some of her stuff. He helps her pick it up and they start going out. This is about all there is to the story and I’d say that’s fine. They both have very beautiful character designs and they’re animated quite well. The backgrounds are good looking, but not so much that you’d want more time to stare at them. Where it gets interesting is when the music starts playing and the animators let their imagination loose.
Sadly, with this being the main appeal of the anime, it’s also it’s biggest drawback, as not all the visuals are equally interesting. For every shot that I thought looked great, there were one to two shots that weren’t interesting enough to keep me from spacing out. Those great looking shots usually came in groups; usually most of the shots during an entire song were good or all the shots were boring. Usually the more boring shots focussed around the couple hanging out and not doing anything interesting. The more abstract visuals can be about anything. There is one about the couple flying around the city in a bi-plane, there is one that is comprised entirely of creative abstract animation and there is one about a bunch of guys in suits who do a weird dance(which I think definitely must have been inspired by the plague scene in Belladonna of sadness. Where else could it be from?)
So the value in this OVA lies mostly in these abstractly animated sequences, but these scenes do little to enforce the emotions of the rest of the show. There is a point in the OVA where it gets a little sad and the music get a little slower to match. But the visuals only get weirder and barely do anything to strengthen the emotions of the scene. And so this anime has individual moments that are interesting, but it doesn’t have an emotional trough-line, the way Belladonna of sadness does, or a strong narrative like ‘A girl’. It’s just kind of a boring mess with some high points that make it worth watching.
Ultimately I only recommend this OVA if you really like music video’s with interesting visuals. Anime that are similar but better include Belladonna of Sadness, A girl and interstella5555. And I’m sure there are tons of normal music videos out there that are great as well. But if you’ve watched those and you want more like it, or if you are on a mission to watch all 80s OVA’s like a madman, then Machiko no Märchen isn’t a bad watch. Who knows, maybe when you finish it you’ll click away the tab and say to yourself: “Man, that sure was an anime…” And isn’t that what we all watch anime for?
23: Fukuyama Gekijou: Natsu no Himitsu
Japanese: ふくやま劇場 なつのひみつ
MAL Score: 6.10
Several short animated mini-stories based on the short stories and four-panel manga of Keiko Fukuyama, including My Father the Mouse, The Rabbit Brothers, Summer Secret, The Mysterious Fairy, How Very Strange, and Kuro.
(Source: Anime Encyclopedia)
MAL Score: 6.18
Two weeks before a concert at Yaon Hibiya auditorium (1987.8.26), while playing at the club Shinjuku Loft, lead vocalist To-Y (pron: to-o-i) of the band GASP is jumped by a rival, Aikawa Yoji. GASP is a upcoming band known for its violence, struggling to be noticed against the popularity of hotshot Aikawa, who’s #1 on the charts and beloved by his fans. The Yaon Hibiya concert represents GASP’s mainstream debut to break out of the small-time club scene, which is threatened by the schemes of Aikawa’s manager, Ms. Kato of Koyama Productions. Kato wants To-Y to leave that “bunch of hoodlums,” and sing independently for a major label.
Adding to the confusion is an unexplained character who manifests feline traits, named Niya. Niya presents herself as “To-Y’s aijin” (“Niya, To-Y no aijin da yo!”) to the consternation of Koishikawa Hiderou, who has interest in To-Y. Koishikawa, also known as “Sonoko-chan,” is typed as a “okama” by Niya. A running motif is GASP, it’s fans, and associates regarded as unusual by the mainstream public, as exemplified by their musical taste, dress, and Classic Coke-drinking, which only contributes to more difficulty in their struggle to be accepted.
The story’s a simple one, the lead singer in an up-and-coming punk band being courted to become a pop idol, and the band fighting back against corporate culture. But more than that it’s a zig-zagging slice of life in the summer of late 80s Tokyo, and this movie thrives off its aesthetic value and musical sense. Tons of great tunes, tons of lovely visuals.
The movie is honestly really weirdly directed, the plot unfolding in an odd roundabout way that’s hard to describe, and a whole lot of dialogueless scenes where the visuals tell the plot– a very welcome development, of course. Near the end of the movie the mix of odd visuals and odd storytelling get downright experimental and the finale is just plain cool.
Check TO-Y out if you have a chance; it’s on Youtube and probably will stay that way for good considering how little-known the movie is.
This whole thing just screams EIGHTIES from beginning to end, as you have some internecine struggles between bands, little petty jealousies, a few pounds of eyeliner, pretty boys singing on stage, a snake-like manager ripped from a Nagel painting, and long musical video montages. And, surprisingly, it actually comes together (unlike, say, the much less coherent Cipher). The artwork is decent, the music is also decent, and you really do get a sense of the band scene of the time.
Probably the most ineffable element to all this is the girl-toy character, that clings to To-y and mews and purrs…no really, she’s basically acting just like a cat. For contemporary anime fans, they might get a better idea of the character type as Ed from Cowboy Bebop (to the point that I strongly suspect this unforgettable catlike character could have been a strong inspiration for Ed). Incorrigibly free-spirited, perpetually hyper, childlike and naive. It’s a strange character to have in the mix, and you can’t forget her after the OVA is done.
“To-Y is a product of it’s time, or should I say, a time where animators did whatever they felt like doing to an OVA in the Japanese economy boom of 1987. I saw To-Y as a visually fun looking 55 minute music video that told a story of a band and the people around it. Where as Jonn saw it as a giant waste of time 5 minutes into our AIM conversation.”
How many words do I need in this review, all im trying to do is put up a podcast link that already has our review on it since its way easier to just listen than type werdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdzwerdz to get the point across. It’s there in the link, go and listen.
21: Bronze: Kouji Nanjo Cathexis
Japanese: BRONZE KoJI NANJo cathexis
MAL Score: 6.20
A 30-minute OVA composed of five Koji Nanjo music videos, featuring never-seen scenes between Takuto and him, with an original art gallery by Minami Ozaki at the end.
Being just five (5) music videos, each one of them tell us a different tale based on koji and takuto. If we know just a bit about what is zetsuai or the characters itself are, we can see a passionate way of each one of them, mostly over koji nanjo.
The video clips are totally Surrealist, harsh, a very personal way of presenting the persecution of koji over takuto, we can see strong selfish feelings of love.
I guess the most particular of this is how we can differenciate both character as an entity, they are so unique with that powerful personality, is sadist watch how they fight against each other, with a kind of invasive personality, they can wrap us with the most sad and painful expression as anger and passion.
The five music videos are represented by different phantasies; The Rock
Idol star tale. The religious-angel tale. The studio tale, centred on koji nanjo recording a theme and watching the artist life view. The vampire hunter tale. The last music video is i guess the most strange of them, the most personal and sad over the characters, as lovers, the crash point of view.
This is very familiar to those 70’s – 80’s old music video clips, surrealism of lover and different meanings, abstracts stuffs. some scenes are a bit shocking and rude, contains romantics scenes as agressive scenes.
The music videos themselves are quite dark, surreal, and artsy looking, with good enough animation, nothing too special.
The majority of my enjoyment came from the songs themselves, which I actually thought were pretty (and surprisingly) good. This is what made my rating higher. I’ve only *watched* this anime about once, but I’ve listened to it about 3 times. The songs can best be described as interesting, weird, and catchy. They won’t be everyone’s style, but I enjoy them and see myself going back to them every so often.
20: The iDOLM@STER Live For You!
English: THE IDOLM@STER Live For You!
Japanese: アイドルマスター ライブフォーユー!
MAL Score: 6.20
On the day before the 765 Productions Fan Appreciation Event, each of the idols prepare to head home. However, Chihaya Kisaragi, uneasy about tomorrow’s events, decides to have a last minute personal rehearsal. One thing leads to another as Chihaya, Miki and Haruka are dragged from one exciting situation to the next. What is the truck driver’s true destination? What is the secret behind the old house? Will the girls make it in time for the event? Watch as Miki, Haruka, Chihaya and the other idols join together for their biggest adventure yet!
19: Wake Up, Girls! Deai no Kiroku: A Brief Recording
Japanese: Wake Up, Girls! 出逢いの記録 ～A Brief Recording～
MAL Score: 6.24
Special animation disc sold to advance ticket buyers of a Wake Up, Girls! preview event at Akihabara UDX. It contains audition footage of the main characters of the series that is not included in the movie.
18: Miss Monochrome The Animation: Manager
Japanese: ミス モノクローム-The Animation- MANAGER
MAL Score: 6.25
Limited edition OVA episode of Miss Monochrome.
Considering the lack of reviews and good synopsis, I will write something on this.
Story follows as Miss Monochrome receiving a request from Mana to be Kikuko manager for the day, from there follows a simple fun time of observing Kikuko’s extremely busy life. No real distinction to this compared to other episodes, it is the same common style used, though I don’t think that means bad.
Audiovisuals are the same as usual. The same can be said with the enjoyment factor. You can get a little laugh from the ending though, so that’s a plus.
Would recommend it if you love the series and are looking for a little more. This isn’t bad by itself.
17: Neko Hiki no Oruorane
MAL Score: 6.26
During the holiday season, a young man encounters a drunken cat belonging to an old man in an alley. The old man has trained his three cats to sing.
I felt this required a review as some might give this anime a pass based off its low watch rate and score. However you should definitely give this a chance if you are looking for a mid 90’s feel good Christmas music comedy!
That’s the PLOT, but the actual purpose of this story is to give a short and sweet slice of life in the chilly winter of a small city. Nobody’s that well off, the weather isn’t great, and the protagonist never really improves his situation from being poor and jobless. Generally, though, the mood is happy, and the story focuses on the quiet, pretty moments that punctuate the hardships of a young adult life.
It’s a bit too short to make an impact that will last a lifetime for me, but it’s real pretty and real cute.
16: Zetsuai 1989
MAL Score: 6.38
Koji Nanjo, a young rock star, falls in love with soccer player Takuto Izumi. Koji eventually learns that Izumi’s mother killed his father out of severe and intense love. Izumi took all the guilt for his father’s murder and refuses to go pro because of fear that his past will be discovered by the media. Izumi detests Koji’s company and encouragement and severely dislikes the attention from the press, but Koji cannot stay away for he soon realizes that his love for Izumi is very similar to the love that Izumi’s mother felt for his father.
The story starts out with a flashback of our hunky lead reminiscing about a football hunk from his childhood. Excuse me will I clean my keyboard after spilling my tea laughing at that statement. I lied; there is nothing hunky about our girly man leads. Back on point, the lead Koji Nanjo is a super famous and popular musician who insists he isn’t gay, despite having these thoughts about this footballer. Coincidently the now grown footballer, Takuto Izumi picks up the passed out and drunken Koji from a rainy alley and nurses him back to health. I’m sure this kind of thing happens all the time. Straight man picks up a drunkard from an alley and takes him home then sleeps lovingly with him on the same bed. What a nice man.
Actually this illness, and let’s call it what it is; IT’S A COLD! It’s not life threatening! For the most part healthy young men do not drop dead after getting wet and developing a small fever and the sniffles. However this is a recurring theme in this anime. I would guess that at least 60% of the story takes place in a hospital or in someone’s sickbed. I know, I know, I am sure this is supposed to drive home some kind of splendid drama or titillate me with the promise of healing buttsecks.
All this being said there is some decent drama beneath all the sickness and gay-angst. Sorta. Kinda. Koji moves from a man who claims he isn’t gay to a flaming symbol of gay pride in the span of 10 minutes. Most puzzling we are supposed to believe that it was the look in Izumi’s eyes that so captivated him when he was younger. Towards the end though the drama is fairly interesting as Koji tries to get his feelings across to the emotionally damaged Izumi. The story doesn’t really end satisfactorily but it isn’t horrible. It doesn’t change the fact though that Koji is an obsessive psycho and there is nothing to make you think either one of them have any real feelings for each other besides what they say. Additionally the sports action and portrayal of the music industry is unrealistic to say the least. Yaoi fans looking for a lot of guy x guy action are also not likely to be satisfied either. There is very little intimacy between the “lovers” and absolutely zero chemistry and nothing that is even close to being called romance.
The cast for Zetsuai is small and pretty much keeps to its two leads. They are both underwhelming as characters. Izumi attempts to be played as this macho and manly athlete. But he comes across as a heartless brooding asshat. Yes, he’s had it rough. He is haunted by the murder of his father by his mother and her attempted murder of him. Because of the societal rejection of him as the son of a murderer he is understandably scarred emotionally and distant from people. He is moderately sympathetic as a character because most of what happens to him or has happened in his life is really through no fault of his own. I suppose the most inspirational thing about his is as a warning to people on why you shouldn’t pick up strangers in the street and take them home with you.
Koji on the other hand is equally passionless. Though what exactly he is messed up about is anyone’s guess. I find it quite laughable that someone with so little interest in anything could ever become a successful musical artist. The only time he shows any real passion about anything is in playing the pining man-wife type, while he tries to force himself on Izumi. He is a complete psycho and his antics get more and more over the top the more desperate he becomes.
What can I say about the art? Well it is without a doubt one of the most horrible things I have ever subjected my eyeballs too. This kind of thing is precisely why I don’t watch this genre. If you want to see two women together why not just watch a yuri anime? It seems 99% of yaoi artwork is a rip-off of CLAMP designs. The guys are way too feminine, with long girlish nails and fingers, long silky hair, and thin faces with knife like pointed chins. Either the artist really loves Jay Leno or this is supposed to be attractive. Additionally the characters are supposed to be 16. Despite the silliness of that when it comes to the story, these guys don’t looks like they are 16. No way in hell. It’s not just the character designs that are hideous, the backgrounds and settings are just as bland and uninspired. I suppose I should give it a bit of a pass being that it is from almost 20 years ago but I can’t see this looked good ever. Even a cave artist would have thought this looked like shit.
Perhaps the only thing worse than the art is the music. Wow. I can’t believe we used to listen to this trash. If you want to reminisce to the good old days of hair bands and trite lyrics and corny keyboard sounds then maybe you will get a smidgeon of value. As hair bands go Mötley Crüe rocked, this is more like listening to Nelson. The acting performances are equally uninteresting and unmoving.
Overall Zetsuai 1989 is an anime that should be avoided by all but the most undiscriminating viewer or yaoi fangirl. I would say you could watch it for the lulz but you should love yourself more than that. The only thing it really has going for it is that it’s a million times better than its epically shitty sequel.
seen via english sub.
To be honest the cover art and yaoi genre through me for a loop. Both i did not expect to be what i ended up seeing. The emotions and drama that went into this movie caused my emotions to stir. The passion, the strength of will really could connect to the viewer. Sure at first the story portrays a kind of screw you (hate you) kind of moment. However, had it not have been would the same ending have been reached? The cover art is there to show the stone cold emotion/emotionless feeling. The genre is there because both main characters are both strong roles. I am not saying a woman can not be as strong. Women can even be stronger but they are known for there emotions not there muscles. Hard truth but it is the truth.
Along time ago i heard from an unknown source fight fire with fire. How can you do that if your love has been involved in a murder? making matters worse your parents are both the murder and victim. How can one recover from that? This writer found a way that i thought there would be none. The murder weapon needed to be in the hands of the innocent but how? How was the question.
The music from this OVA is wonderful, I still listen to the extra soundtrack to this day. I guess because I am nostalgic for an era that I’ve never witnessed. If you like cheesy 80’s music like me then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too. I was in the closet when I watched this as a teenager and this anime helped me cope with being closeted. Especially when Nanjo who was mostly a player with the ladies suddenly realizes the girl he’s been searching for all along is a boy his age. The boy, however, resents Nanjo and rightfully so because he’s not sure why Nanjo looks at him that way and why he won’t leave his life.
It’s a cliche storyline. Rocker pretty boy falls in love with an athletic pretty boy, but athletic pretty boy doesn’t reciprocate those feelings back until one day their life turns around and everything changes. You know that sort of cheesy thing. As a young cold-hearted homosexual, this anime definitely pulled several heartstrings. Therefore this anime will always have a special place in my heart and was one of the reasons why I decided to come out.
15: Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989
Japanese: BRONZE zetsuai since 1989
MAL Score: 6.40
Famous rockstar Kouji Nanjou has fallen in love with Izumi Takuto, a soccer player with dreams of seeing “real” soccer in Italy. In angsty boy-love fashion, the story consists of Kouji stopping at nothing to have Izumi stay with him, Izumi dealing with his feelings until the time comes where he has no choice but to decide, and all the other things the two must face and the problems from Kouji’s family.
The prequel to Bronze was not good, however compared to this it looks like Gone with the Wind. Though it isn’t really necessary to see the prequel either as other than using the same characters nothing that important is carried over to this episode. The story picks up a year later, with our two lovers Koji and Izumi living together and continuing their passionless and uninteresting relationship in secret. Izumi, thanks to the events from the first story is now a nationally known youth footballer and has been offered the chance to play in Italy. He takes off for Italy to view some football matches without telling Koji personally, just leaving a note. He does this because Koji is a needy psychotic tool and if I had been in his position I would have done the same thing. How long is he going to be gone you ask? For a week. He’s not leaving forever. He’s coming back, in a week. Seven days. 168 hours. 10080 minutes. 604800 seconds. But Koji’s needy ass apparently can’t live without Izumi for even 1 second and races off to the airport to stop him. Guess what!? Yep he has an accident and ends up in a coma! Zetsuai’s tradition of hospital visits remains intact!
There is absolutely nothing riveting or interesting about how the story is presented. It’s full of clichés and uninspired drama that mostly feels like a poorly written cheap soap opera. The plot plays out so predictably and with additionally unnecessary situations and drama that bring nothing to it. While the original seemed to be told more through Koji’s perspective, Bronze is told mainly through Izumi’s eyes. I am not sure if it’s possible to make a man, even one as unmanly as Koji, moe but Bronze gives it a try. Koji’s family which was completely unmentioned in the first story emerges as cockblocks to their love in this one. Apparently we are to believe that Koji is a Budo prodigy and on his father’s death he is, according to his will, supposed to take over as head of the family to pass on their Budo-style. What this means or why it’s important is never explained, nor did I care to know. I find it hilarious that this weepy sissy who hasn’t practiced since he was 10 is still able to display awe inspiring feats with his sword.
As characters Izumi and Koji remain as the primary focus on the story. Izumi remains as a cold and unfeeling jerk and when the story attempts to show his passionate side towards Koji the only thing I felt was the pain in my stomach from uncontrolled laughter. We see him slowly move towards admitting his gayness. Koji remains the weepy girly man from the first story. The way he acts is both cringe worthy and laugh out loud hilarious. (not in an intentionally funny way either) He is still a complete whack job and despite the stories desperate attempts to make you feel something for either one of the leads, it fails in every aspect.
The addition of Koji’s family brings nothing to the story of substance. His brothers seem to have had almost no contact or influence on Koji’s life any time recently and it is puzzling why they would suddenly take so much interest in him now. The other supporting characters bring nothing other than to push the asshole Izumi into discovering his true feelings and homosexuality.
Bronze continues the series tradition of eye bleeding shitastic visuals. All of my complaints of the original still remain. I found it confusing how inconsistent it was in terms of the character designs. While Koji and Izumi look pretty much as they did in the first story, the returning supporting cast such as Koji’s manager and Izumi’s sister look so completely different that they were unrecognizable. Thankfully (I suppose?) there is very little music in this episode but the piss poor voice acting remains to subject your ears too.
Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989 is the worst show I have seen in my life. The very fact this show is collectively rated a 7.08 makes me wonder about the taste and intelligence of people. This is one of the higher rated yaoi titles on MAL too. I feel sorry for true yaoi fans if this is an example of a good series. Stay very far away from this turd.
God this is a bad OVA. I have not read the original manga, but I watched this out of some twisted sense of curiosity. By the end of the anime I could care less about the cardboard-cutout stereotype waffy-uke and emotionally-stunted seme and just wanted to smack them both.
Here’s a general rundown of what happens: they get together, then break up for no reason. Angst ensues. This happens OVER 9000 times in a forty-five minute period, and at some point, Izumi is so angst-ridden he COUGHS UP BLOOD. I think there is some Magical Soul-Healing Buttsecks (R) in there somewhere.
If you are desperate for your yaoi fix, read a naughty bedtime story or a doujin. This sort of anime right here is one of the reasons the genre is so hated even by gay men themselves.
14: Kira Kira 5th Anniversary Live Anime: Kick Start Generation
Japanese: キラ☆キラ 5th Anniversary Live Anime KICK START GENERATION
MAL Score: 6.44
Based on the visual novel by Overdrive.
The what-if story reunites the Second Literature Club Band members Kirari, Chie, Shikanosuke, and Sarina, several months after the concert in the d2b vs Deardrops ~Cross the Future~ fan disk.
Now that this is out of the way. If you have read the VNs you will probably enjoy this as this are basically concerts by your favourite anime bands.
The art isn’t great and looks slightly different from the VN but it is still fairly ok. There isn’t a lot of animation and it is rather repetitive.
There are no new songs but and all of them can be found in the games. The sound is good and you will like it if you liked the songs in the game.
In conclusion it was a perfect background music for writing this review. Recommend to anyone who want to see their favourite characters again but otherwise leave it alone.
13: Puchimas!: Petit iDOLM@STER Episode 0
MAL Score: 6.55
Episode 0 of the anime adaptation of Puchimas! -Petit iDOLM@STER- manga, bundled with the December 2012 issue of Dengeki Maou magazine.
12: Shin Koihime Musou: Live Revolution
Japanese: 真恋姫 無双 LIVE Revolution
MAL Score: 6.57
Shin Koihime?Musou characters sing theme songs on stage at a live event.
11: Puchimas!!: Petit Petit iDOLM@STER – Fuyu→Kotatsu←Haru
Japanese: ぷちます！！プチプチ アイドルマスター ふゆ→こたつ←はる
MAL Score: 6.62
Extra episode bundled with the limited edition of the 6th manga volume.
10: Pyuu to Fuku! Jaguar
English: Blow the Flute Jaguar!
MAL Score: 6.66
Based on the gag manga written and illustrated by Usuta Kyousuke that ran in Shuukan Shounen Jump from 2000 to 2010.
9: Magical☆Star Kanon 100%
English: Magical Star Kanon 100%!
Japanese: マジカル☆スター かのん100％
MAL Score: 6.78
Kanon spin-off OVA bundled with vol. 22 of the Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai manga.
(Source: Weekly Shonen Sunday)
Some fans are undoubtedly going to disagree (and I will call them crazy for doing so), but in my case, Keima nearly ruined the entire third season by the sheer force of his twattery. Even before that, he was only marginally more tolerable. TWGOK has always been a series whose primary appeal has been the cuteness of its female characters, and Keima by his very nature obstructs this by coldly manipulating all the girls, treating them like disposable objects, a means to an end, an outlet for his sadism. The OVA is a nice (albeit temporary) step forward for the series as it focuses solely on the moe appeal and removes the plague that is Keima.
The only real issue is that Kanon herself is a dull heroine. Oh, she’s cute – there’s no doubt about that – but there really isn’t much else to say about her beyond that. And ‘cute’ is a trait that can be easily found in thousands of other anime heroines. The OVA likely focused solely on her moe power because, well… there isn’t anything else that can be done with her.
Kanon’s moe power is merely intensified by her transforming into a loli for the majority of the OVA. That’s always nice for viewers who are fans of little girls, but personally it is not my sort of thing. I prefer my girls at an age that won’t land me in prison. Maybe I’m just the weird one.
The story of the OVA is largely boring and inconsequential, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise given that it is not a part of the main series. While it is not bad any means, it does take away time that could be better spent on what every single person watching it wants: Kanon doing cute things. And looking cute. And saying cute words. See, I don’t even know what the hell else to say about her.
Also, why she is even a loli in the first place or how she (inevitably) returned to normal remains a bit of a mystery. Even more baffling is why the dozens of people around her who witnessed MAGIC and other forms of craziness do not seem to care afterwards. Then again, TWGOK is not a series that ever attempted to carry any sense of realism, so I suppose all this is moot point.
The art and music are fine, but anyone expecting more of a movie treatment are going to find themselves incredibly disappointed. Considering Kanon’s idol career, it would have been nice to see her concerts in more detail, but there is nothing of the sort unless 30 seconds of stills qualifies as ‘performance’. If nothing else, at least it’s visually consistent with the main TV series.
“Magical☆Star Kanon 100%” is a nice little treat for TWGOK and Kanon (no, not the show) fans, but if you didn’t care much for the series then I can’t imagine there’s anything that will change your mind here. It’s one of those things that simply exists, neither impressing nor offending anyone. It is the epitome of average, a rock on a hill.
At least there’s no Keima. And more Elsie is always appreciated in my book.
Overall I thought it was enjoyable but it could have been more effective with more episodes much like the manga hoever it was still quite good for a spin-off OVA
8: Precure All Stars DX the Dance Live : Miracle Dance Stage e Youkoso
Japanese: プリキュアオールスターズDX the DANCE LIVE ～ミラクルダンスステージへようこそ～
MAL Score: 6.96
Precure All-Stars DX the Dance Live: Miracle Dance Stage e Youkoso is an all-in-3D dance production featuring the Pretty Cures from seasons Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart through to Suite Pretty Cure? (sans Cure Muse).
The production lasts for 10 minutes, and is done entirely in stereoscopic 3D, featuring a medley of songs from the different DX movies, as well as some brand new songs. The dance production itself was released in movie theatres on 5 August 2011, accompanied by the release of a brand new single, Pretty Cure All Stars 3D Theatre Theme Song Single. The movie starts when a pink shooting star falls down from the night sky and soughts out a toy store, striking one of the Cure Dolls of Melody on display. The Melody Doll comes alive, freeing herself from her box. Jumping to the floor, she explores the toy store when she hears the noise of a crowd coming from outside. Running out of the store, she discovers a huge TV screen which reflects a “real-life” image of herself. Playing around with it, she is soon joined by a Cure Doll of Rhythm. The two spot Hummy, waiting several floors down on the dance floor, who waved at them and sends up two rainbow keyboards to the Cure Dolls. Nodding to each other, the two slide down the keyboard onto the dance floor, and the concert began. The concert ends with a shot of the huge TV screen shown during the introduction. The 3 Suite? Cures are seen smiling and waving at the audience, and as the shot zoomed out, the 3 Cure Dolls are shown at the bottom of the screen.
(Source: Pretty Cure Wiki)
7: Ranma : Nettou Uta Gassen
English: Ranma 1/2: Hot Song Contest
Japanese: らんま１／２ 熱闘歌合戦
MAL Score: 7.17
A two-part music OVA series never released outside of Japan featuring the main Ranma 1/2 characters. They appear to be having a music contest at a local TV station. As everybody knows, these characters can’t get along for more than three minutes and hilarity and hijinks ensue.
1. Heart Nibun no Naisho (Live Version) – Secrets of the Heart Split in Two – Akane Song
2. Little★Date (TV Service Version) Ranma, Akane, Shampoo cover of OP2
3. Musabetsu Kakutou Itchokusen ~Panda Wa Uta Wo Utaenai – The Direct Path of Anything Goes Martial Arts ~Pandas Can’t Sing – Genma Song
4. Wo De Ai Ren – My Lover – Shampoo Song
5. Niji to RINKU no BARAADO ~Itoshi no FURORENSU – Rainbow and Rink Ballad ~Darling Florence – Azusa and Mikado Song (very nice treat, not usually available for Azusa/Mikado fans)
6. Kawaiku nee, Iroke ga nee – You Ain’t Cute, You’ve Got No Appeal – Ranma Song
7. Mori e Ikimashou – Let’s Go to the Forest – Kodachi’s rendition of Polish Folk Song
8. CHAINA Kara no Tegami – Letter from China – Ranma & Ranma-chan (girl-type Ranma) Song
9. Yume no Balloon – Dream Balloons – Ranma-chan (girl-type Ranma) Song
10. Akane no Komoriuta – Akane’s Lullaby – Akane Song
I find myself particularly drawn to this anime for nostalgia purposes of a time where it was popular among anime to showcase your cast in a singing competition – my other favourite example being “Magical Girl Gigi.”
This is an OVA for those who enjoy a good talent show.
6: The iDOLM@STER Shiny Festa
English: THE IDOLM@STER SHINY FESTA
Japanese: アイドルマスター シャイニーフェスタ
MAL Score: 7.20
New anime episodes released with each of the three iDOLM@STER Shiny Festa PSP games (Honey Sound, Funky Note, and Groovy Tune).
It goes without saying that if you aren’t a fan of The Idolm@ster, then you probably shouldn’t watch this. But as a huge fan of the series, watching this was like a no-brainer! When it comes down to the art style and sound, there really isn’t any noticeable difference from the anime and the characters are still their bubbly selves with all of the voice actors reprising their roles which is probably important for many.
When it came down to the episodes, there wasn’t anything new introduced to the series and they weren’t all too special. Each episode starts off EXACTLY the same with the Producer entering the office and announcing that 765 Pro was invited to the International Music Festival where they’d perform. However the episodes differed after that because depending on the episode you were watching the girls chosen and the story after that would be different. Here is a description of each episode (if you prefer not knowing who’s chosen for each episode then I’d stop here):
1. “Honey Sound – Music in the World” – Haruka, Azusa, Chihaya, and Ritsuko are chosen to go to the IMF. There they have a run in with Jupiter who’s also competing and after seeing how prepared they are with their performance, the girls start to worry that they won’t be able to top Jupiter’s performance. Watch to see who wins!
2. “Funky Note – Music is a Friend ” – Mami, Ami, Hibiki, Iori, and Yayoi arrive in IMF and immediately want to play. After getting a reluctant “yes” from the Producer, the girls spend the day enjoying themselves. However the next day, Iori wakes up to find that her precious bunny, Charles, went missing during their day of relaxation.
3. “Groovy Tune – Music of Love” – Miki, Yakiho, Makoto, and Takane have decided that they must understand “love” better (mainly due to Miki). So to understand, they chose the Producer to be each of their dates for the day for ~2 hours. However, when Miki see’s how nicely the other girls get along with him she starts to get jealous and their nice vacation starts to fall apart.
5: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: 4-nin to Idol
English: The World God Only Knows: Four Girls and an Idol
Japanese: 神のみぞ知るセカイ ４人とアイドル
MAL Score: 7.31
Eli, Chihiro, and Miyako try to form a band but end up looking to Katsuragi for help. In the process they meet Kanon and become friends/ rivals.
The story is pretty much a spoof of K-ON! which I liked since I’m also a fan of it. The girls also struggle in forming a light music club. Keima only had a short appearance in this OVA. Because I never really able to read the manga version of this, at first I thought Keima wouldn’t appear at all. Don’t get me wrong, Keima still has a big role in this OVA. There’s this moment where Keima believes that the girls he already had conquered still have some remnants of their memories with him in the past.
The art is for me is just pretty just like the TV anime. The chibi art is still really fun to see especially Elsie’s chibi version.
I really like the Kanon’s Opening theme of this one. The pinkish theme really makes it obvious that it’s a Kanon theme. It features Kanon in her swimsuit and her concert. Great art and effects which Kanon fans will really love to see. The Ending theme on the other hand features Elsie’s band playing, which is really good way of ending the OVA.
It is really great to see all the past characters again in one episode. You get to see how they have progressed after Keima captured their loose soul. Fans of even one of these characters will really love it. I guess loosing their memories is really the best way to make them appear again on an episode without any trouble if ever they meet or see Keima again.
All in all I really enjoyed this OVA since I’ve been really waiting for this. It’s really worth waiting it. I still wish that there will be a season 3 soon! 🙂
This is my very first review, so apologies for some grammatical errors and if I give a little bit of spoilers.
but it explains alot when season 3 might and probably will come out.
Keima himself has a not much of an appearance in this OVA but its an important appearance still non the less as the fact that it relates to the story line.
the base of it is the band getting together and trying to rival KANON, and becoming a good band Keima teaching them so they can get a club ETC.
no capturing,and if you don’t want to see a spoiler don’t watch the ending credits.
that’s all the time i have for now
excuse me for such a bad review its only my second review
The concept was quite excellent. And at the end credits, I actually wished that they would continue this OVA as a mini series in the anime. There were so many things that they could’ve done with the characters.
Thanks for taking the time for reading this first-time reviewer’s review and have a good day!
4: Kowarekake no Orgel
MAL Score: 7.33
In 2039, helper androids are widespread as general purpose electronics.
Keiichiro lost his family in a traffic accident and retired from his band. One day, he finds an android of an old model in a garbage dump. He takes her home, but after taking her to a repair shop he was told that she couldn’t be repaired, so he plans to throw her away. The next day, Keiichiro finds her making breakfast for him. Thus begin the summer days of an android with no memories and a dreamless boy.
Though many compare the storyline to Chobits, I dare say it has little to nothing to do with it aside from an artificial person. Firstly, this is not a love nor ecchi story ( nor is it shitty ). It is romantic in terms of the setting and story progress more than the relationship. Sometimes cliched but pulls it off nicely. Bittersweet ending that might have some of us in tears and shit.
I was honestly surprised by how much of an eye-candy it was, with beautiful scenery and living, vivid animation. The character design is also awesome, although Flower may look a bit too much “moe” for some tastes.
Simple but well fleshed out characters, considering the story length.
Though far from a perfect watch, this show knows what it wants and for the most part figured out how to present it to its audience. Bearing that in mind, you might find yourself enjoying it much more that you thought. It is an eye-pleasant watch with sweet characters, calm ambient and wonderful music. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, as it often comes out as too cliche, or moe but then again, which anime of this sort doesn’t?
Well not to spoil this OVA (yes it is a OVA, even though some viewers don’t like to watch OVA of anime because sometimes they aren’t good enough) but there isn’t much to write about.
The storyline I thoroughly enjoyed because it was lighthearted and easygoing. Yet I wish there was more and this did have (notice: did have) potential to be a good anime.
I went into this thinking that the art was going to be bad, because I have seen some OVA where the producers don’t even care about this and just threw stuff together. This surprised me it was very good, and even though this is my first time reviewing I’ve watched many anime already and I always have an opinion. Good job producers on this short work.
OK this department sort of failed for me. The characters do develop but, not just enough for me. Of course I will let the viewer decide.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The ED was great and man if anybody have the song PM me or something. Yes this OVA has surprised me in more ways than one so Good Job. Not only that but this did make me write my first review so awesome.
Yes very good for a OVA. If you are looking for a sort of lighthearted, easygoing, yet has potential for a series, or just watching on a whim then try this. I highly recommend this for it was just a small company that made this so give them credit they did good.
There isnt any strong linear plot on this anime. but basically, Kowarekake no Orgel is focussing on how Keiichiro Kawada spending time with Flower (his android) on the summer days. So what’s the fun?
The synopsis may sounds boring, but dont be arrogant. Honestly this anime is great at presenting the story especially the drama within in the story. While many 1 episode anime is rushing the story, but not in Kowareka no Orgel. The story is quite slow and very alluring,furthermore the way how the present every scenes its pretty enchanting and . The way how they bring the audience feelings (in this case, me) is pretty smooth. There isnt any exaggerate moments, Kowarekake made it naturally like the water flow in the river even in the ending, i dont realize if my tears had fallen.
The art in this anime is pretty nice. The background is so bright and pretty details too. Furthermore, its really suitable with the animation itself. The background itself improving the atmosphere that happen in the series, like colorful and bright background makes us (the viewers) realize that this is on happy and cheerful moments and we cant help to feel the happy too. But beside of all that, the quality in this art is pretty common for the other anime.
The character design is pretty much adorable too. Especially flower, she is pretty cute and really likeable character.
As for the “music” genre, i didnt really notice any songs in this anime. But beside of that, the BGM in this anime is really touchy and improving the emotion feels. With some piano sound, its really hyped up the mood. Especially in the ending, the BGM that using music boxes is pretty calming and touching. At that time, i cant help to shed my tears. and for The voice actor, they did a good job, every seiyuu in this anime really liven up the characters.
The characters in this anime is really likeable. Like i said before, Flower is maybe can turn you into a lolicon. The cheerful and clumsy personality that she has really makes the show became more attractive and beside Flower, we have Keiichiro as the main character. Keiichiro is more taciturn and quiet, but thats what makes this pairing become more interesting since they’re filling each of their shortage. and within 28 minutes of the show, we will see a great development character especially on Keiichiro.
Kowarekake no Orgel is an amazing one episode anime. With just 28 minutes, we like having a complex package of emotional things. You will feel happy at the moment but after a while you will feel sad or maybe ended up crying. What i really love is the way how this anime ended up, The ending is really satisfying and the most important thing is logic. So, basically if you want to have a heartwarming stories with some deeply emotion on it, This anime is the one i can recommend to you.
*I really appreciate any feedbacks, comments, or even critize*
3: Nodame Cantabile OVA
Japanese: のだめカンタービレ OVA
MAL Score: 7.46
Yukihisa Matsuda, principal conductor of the Rising Star Orchestra, arrives in Paris to perform Wagner’s Tannh?user Overture as a guest conductor for the Recyl Symphony Orchestra. When Matsuda overhears the orchestra members praising Shinichi Chiaki, the budding Japanese conductor of the Roux-Marlet Orchestra, he can barely contain his contempt at there being another “Black-Haired Noble” in the same city. Freshly dumped by his mistress following the performance, Matsuda catches Chiaki and takes him out to drink under the pretense of discussing career. But much to Chiaki’s chagrin, the subject soon turns to Chiaki’s own special someone.
The upside is that this is an entertaining side story, retaining a lot of the quirky humour and much of the feel of the series. The downside is that the main focus Matsuda who, in addition to not having appeared in the franchise previously and making me wonder “who the heck is he?!”, is a character that simply can’t match the charm exhibited by the majority of the regular cast of the series. Rather than a side story about Matsuda, I’d rather have seen a side story about Nodame or Chiaki, or Mine, or Kuroki, or just about any other more established members of the cast. As it is, there’s a certain emotional detachment about watching this feeble Matsuda guy for the measely 25 minutes he’s in for the entirety of the franchise.
Still, at the end of the day, it’s an enjoyable if not spectacular standalone episode of the franchise, and it’s certainly a lot better than that 10 min DVD special for the first season. But I doubt I’ll be revisiting this when I’m rewatching the franchise…
2: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Moments
Japanese: 四月は君の嘘 MOMENTS
MAL Score: 7.69
OVA bundled with the 11th Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso manga volume.
The OVA will focus on Kousei, Emi, and Takeshi when they were younger, showing their troubles during their competitions and the beginning of their rivalry.
(Source: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Wikia)
Animation – 5/10
In the show, the animation (besides the atrocious CGI hands) was beautiful in places. However in the OVA, most of the scenes are reused, and when a scene ISN’T reused, it’s probably a still frame. There were still an overabundance of chibis, and some very awkwardly animated scenes. Some examples are when Takeshi Aiza was riding on his bike, and there was a very oddly place perception shot. The animation while he was riding was also just a loop, which would be fine, if the animation was so awkward and didn’t repeat for as long as it did.
The art was ok. Just about the same as the show but with an issue that I need to bring up. These characters are approximately 12 years-old in the OVA, and at this point of the story. Yet, they all look as if they are 3rd graders. It’s a really big pet peeve of mine, that I feel was undermined for the sole purpose of making the characters “easy to connect to” or “kaaaawaaaa—eeeeeee”.
Sound – 6/10
Voice acting was exactly the same. Nothing stood out in the OST other than the remix of one of the songs in the show. I had a big issue when Aiza was listening to Kousei play the piano at his house…yet I couldn’t hear the piano…at all. Would have been nice to experience what Aiza was listening to.
Story – 3/10
An absolutely incoherent mess. The story is supposed to give background information on the relationship of Aiza, Emi, and Kousei, yet we see no interaction from Kousei. He’s simply…not apart of the relationship. It felt as if the OVA was just screaming “NOTICE ME SENPAI! NOTICE ME!”, and Kousei never noticed.
Aside from Kousei’s involvement, the story just jumps around too much to really understand what’s going on. One moment they’re at a concert, next moment, Aiza is sitting outside Kousei’s house. The pacing is atrocious as events go by waaaaay too fast to comprehend what’s actually going on. This all just felt as if it was supposed to be an arc IN THE SHOW, similar to how Kuroko no Basket has arcs dedicated to flashbacks to develop the characters.
Characters – 3/10
Emi and Takeshi both have the same, typical cliche’d “I’M GONNA BE THE BEST!” mentality, that isn’t even somewhat heartwarming due to the pacing of the OVA and the lack of amount of time to establish a connection. Even if you are to watch this after marathoning the show, you won’t feel anything, as these motivations were established in the show.
As stated earlier, Kousei is very bland and has no involvement in what was SUPPOSED to be a 3-way development triangle of sorts. Due to him being the most interesting character in the show, by far, it makes no sense to have him act completely bland, other than to be an excuse to have the “NOTICE ME SENPAI!” mentality with Takeshi and Emi.
Aiza and Emi are generic. Nothing happens with these two as neither of them really grow…well Aiza does to an extent, but in the end, he has the same mentality as he did at the beginning of the OVA. There’s no development here, and the characters are very generic.
Enjoyment – 1/10
I’d give it lower but I physically can’t.
Value – 1/10
There’s no rewatchability here, that’s for sure. This was also built off of many typical shounen cliche’s, and the OVA brings nothing new to the show.
Final Verdict – 3.17/10
The OVA/OAD is very hard to watch. The amount of reused clips is disappointing, but it’s an OVA, so I guess that can be excused to an extent. The sound is average, and the characters are just…there. Nothing is done with them, and they don’t develop. Even if you like the show, there is no point in watching this OVA, other than for the sake of watching something short.
Don’t watch this, it’s a waste of time.
Story (7.98/10): For the most part, OVA’s of anime usually give us, the viewer, a little side story or comedic bit of a series that we have already watch before, acting as a little bit more of a series that we either enjoy, or hold dear to our hearts. However, Shigatsu’s OVA takes a different route than most OVA’s.
In this OVA, Shigatsu takes a step back in time, going all the way back to the time of Arima’s first concert. Acting as a precursor for the original anime’s time, this OVA tells the story of the two piano rivals that Kousei has, Takeshi and Emi, and how they became the the rivals to Kousei with the ever growing musical bloodlust they have for going forward and beating Kousei in a music competition, as noted by the original 22 episode run of Shigatsu. (Also, it throws in a little bit of Kaori in there as well.) Personally, I find this to be a good use of an OVA for the anime, as it takes a step back and shows the viewer in greater detail, what happened before the original run of the series, and why some things and character relations are the way they are.
In addition, the OVA shows a couple little small details, showing little tidbits of places, actions, and people from before the time the original series, which I personally thought was a nice touch, as it shows just how much things can change as time goes on. Overall though, I thought the story of this OVA was a very fitting one in order to give the viewer more detail as to what happened before the “present day” time in Shigatsu. While there were some imbalances, like Emi’s story and motivation not being as prominent as Takeshi’s (reminds me of what happened in the original series. Yeesh.) it was overall, a good story that ties in well with the overall series.
+ Flashback OVA that tells the events that lead up to the story
+ Deepens some characters a little more
– Character stories still had imbalance in screentime and attention.
– Kinda bounces back and forth perspective
Characters: (8.00/10): The characters in this OVA are very different in terms of importance, than in the original series. As I had mentioned before, the piano rivals Takeshi and Emi are put forth in center stage as the viewer gets to understand and learn why and how Kousei is what he is to them. You get to see them grow up and go through the years leading up to the fated 2 years ago moment that centers around Kousei’s character, thus giving a bit more detail to their characters and allow a bit more understanding to their motivations.
In contrast though, the main four characters Kousei, Tsubaki, Watari, and Kaori, are pushed to the back, only having momentary appearances throughout the 30 minute runtime of this OVA. (This is to be expected from having character importance shifted.) Overall though, I appreciated the development that we got from this OVA, on account of the fact that the characters who got it were characters we as the viewer knew somewhat little about. (Watari still gets jack. Poor Watari, always forgotten.)
+ Other characters gained development and importance
Art and Sound (8.75/10 and 8.80/10): The visuals for Shigatsu seemed to have dipped slightly in quality (though this is to be expected in an OVA.) Similar to its full length predecessor, all manners of its artstyle are utilized, ranging from its symbolism backgrounds when Kousei is playing, to the over exaggerated facial expressions when someone is having a “comedy moment.” But compared to the original series, they didn’t seem as grand as they could’ve been, so there’s that to take into account.
On the sound department, this OVA takes form the beautiful stylings from the first half of the show, using “Hikaru Nara” and “Kirameki”, the first OP and ED as the beginning and ending song for this OVA. Both are wonderfully beautiful pieces, and my personal favorite duo of the two OP and ED combos, using a very cheerful and bright sound and tone that for me, warms my heart.
+ Art is rather consistent
+ Uses the beautiful tracks from the original series (my personal favorite tracks)
– Art quality has dipped from the standard of the original series
Personal Enjoyment (8.00/10): While many people argue that Shigatsu is a series that doesn’t deserve the credit that it gets, I personally believe it is a beautiful piece of work and deserves at least the majority of the praise that it gets. As for this OVA, well, it doesn’t stack up to the original in my opinion, (I was actually hoping for a timeskip OVA where Kousei would be like 21 and in college, coming back to visit Kaori’s grave or something like that.) I still believe that this OVA was a good experience.
What did I like about this OVA?
I liked more or less the fact that it was a development OVA. It wasn’t a generic OVA where comedy or a ridiculous plotline was used to fill up the time, but rather one that had to do with the story that was being told, and contributed, even slightly, to the grand scheme of the anime that it was tied into. It gave the viewer greater detail on the events that took place before the period of time when the anime started, and gave a bit more backstory to some characters whose pre-existing backstories were lacking quite a bit of detail.
What didn’t I like about this OVA?
The character importance really irked me quite a bit. Similar to the original series, Emi doesn’t get as much screentime as she does, losing out to her male rival counterpart, Takeshi, in detail, screentime, and overall importance. In addition, the art quality drop wasn’t something I took as kindly to since the show didn’t look AS stunning as it was before.
Would I recommend this OVA?
If you watched Shigatu wa Kimi no Uso, and liked it, you might like this OVA. If you didn’t, I wouldn’t recommend this. Like all OVA’s, this one is tailored to fans of the show, giving more of a series to viewers that liked the original show. While this OVA isn’t perfect as there are quite a few flaws with its execution, it should provide a decently enjoyable experience to those who have a more positive reception of this series.
Overall Score: 7.99/10
Makes no sense with the one presented in the show. This would have been a great way to start off the show but then Shigatsu would have had to actually have had a budget since it relied heavily on reused flashback scenes.
As stated they reuse more footage than even the show does and its truly disgusting to see how lazy A-1 was being with this OVA. The OP does look much better than it originally did and so does the ending song but I think they were cleaned up for the Blurays. The newly animated scenes mostly looked really cheap and the one or two that didn’t probably were reused from the show that I didn’t pick up.
Nothing new here. Same old show. They did remix one track from the OST. There was one scene of note that had an insert song blaring over an important scene with Aiza eavesdropping on Kousei practicing his piano. That scene was extremely frustrating as we wouldn’t have even known that Kousei was playing if it was told to the audience.
It was like getting stabbed with a rusty knife.
This could have been an interesting episode or arc in the show if it was handled in the show but it wasn’t. I think that if they were more accurate to how the show presented his past, the OVA would have been much easier to watch. I would have actually been more interested to see his past in a much more grimdark manner. One thing I forgot to mention is how happy the OVA is.
Tl;Dr Shigatsu shot itself in the foot. A bad show now with a worse backstory.
Thank you, A-1 Pictures.
1: Detroit Metal City
English: Detroit Metal City: The Animated Series
Japanese: デトロイト メタル シティ
MAL Score: 8.13
Dominating the world of indie music, Detroit Metal City (DMC) is a popular death metal band known for its captivatingly dark and crude style. Its extravagant lead singer, Johannes Krauser II, is especially infamous as a demonic being who has risen from the fiery pits of hell itself in order to bring the world to its knees and lord over all mortals—or at least that’s what he’s publicized to be.
Unbeknownst to his many worshippers, Krauser II is just the alter ego of an average college graduate named Souichi Negishi. Although he is soft-spoken, peace-loving, and would rather listen to Swedish pop all day, he must participate in DMC’s garish concerts in order to make ends meet. Detroit Metal City chronicles Negishi’s hilarious misadventures as he attempts to juggle his hectic band life, a seemingly budding romance, and dealing with his incredibly obsessive and dedicated fans.
It’s tear-inducingly hilarious.
DMC’s humour is similar to Cromartie High School in its lunacy, albeit more traditional in narrative-stakes, and it’s also more unrelenting and risqué with its filthy potty mouth and explicit scenarios usually involving public humiliation involving a young man dressed like an 80’s prog-rock-gone-wrong band member furiously thrusting his groin against a piece of government property in order to placate his maniacal fans.
DMC’s cast of deranged characters, animated by the ever-brilliant Studio 4c, liven up every scene they’re in, thanks to each episode’s short length. There are no typical anime-style long pans or random shots of furniture or scenery wasting our time. Instead we get scenes crammed with Negishi getting mistreated, usually by DMC’s violently blunt dominatrix manager, although if we’re extra lucky we’ll also get a scene where DMC drummer Nishida opens his mouth, or the DMC S&M mascot Pig of Capitalism frolics on stage.
One of the masterstrokes of this show, perhaps the main stroke of genius and source of such mirth, is the voice acting. Particularly the pacing. The dialogue is sublime in its breezy and hushed volume; actors regularly speak in normal conversational tones, and cut each other off with off-the-cuff remarks about nonsensical things and then scenes cut away immediately without giving anyone time to breath. The ultimate affect is hilarity, as you might see in Brit comedy skit shows and such.
Detroit Metal City’s secret weapon are the maniacal fans mentioned earlier. Their commentary on the main band’s hijinks are comedy gold, their crazy antics all in the name of their beloved musical heroes creates most of the show’s best scenes, although having said that we shouldn’t ignore the main frontman of DMC himself, whether its Negishi or Krauser we’re watching, his two identities continually spiral further and further into increasingly awkward and humiliating situations, that usually involve simulated rape and assault.
If any criticism could be thrown at DMC, it would be that the show doesn’t seriously explore the concept of losing your sense of identity when you’re fronting such a ridiculous band, but then any focus on such an admittedly good topic as that would have robbed the show of precious laughs and scenes of humiliating sexual harrasment so in the end comedy wins over gravitas.
Detroit Metal City is a brief comedic anime that is known for its vulgarity. The language is foul and the jokes are wildly offensive. And that’s the show’s shtick. If jokes about raping and murdering your own mother offend you — *cough* if you’re any kind of sensible person they probably should offend you *cough* — then maybe DMC isn’t for you. But if you’re willing to travel to the dark side of humor, then welcome to Detroit Metal City, motherfucker.
DMC follows Negishi Souichi, a calm and quiet person who aspires to be a famous musician. His hobbies include sipping tea, listening to smooth pop, and reading magazines about fashion and music. He takes the first steps to achieving his dream when he decides to move to Tokyo. He gets his shot at the big time, but not how he could have ever imagined. He becomes the lead singer/guitarist and frontman of the metal band Detroit Metal City. They are crazy. They are over the top. They are a band that Negishi does not want to be a part of. We never really learn how he was recruited to be the face of this metal band, but that’s not all that important. We’re here for laughs, not plot. And the laughs are plentiful. Once you learn to step out of your humor’s comfort zone you can really start appreciating how funny DMC is.
The story is simple. It explores loss of identity through peer pressure. But beyond that, it’s just about DMC’s rise to fame and Negishi trying to cover up the fact that he plays the role of a serial killing and raping terrorist from hell all while still saving time to give street performances of his beloved pop.
Perhaps the funniest part of the series is DMC’s rabid fans. No matter what Negishi does in his Krauser persona, they perceive it as a godly act from their evil hero. He tries his best to win over the girl of his dreams, but somehow his life as a member of the most offensive band around prevents him from doing so. All we can do is laugh and feel a little sorry for Negishi as he desperately tries to keep everyone around him from knowing who he truly is.
Detroit Metal City is a short series that packs as much hilarity in as possible. From the moment Negishi boards the train to Tokyo and waves goodbye to his beloved mother, his life quickly spirals out of control. Watching him attempt to balance his personal life and his life as a serial rapist/murderer is truly one of the most humorous plots I have ever seen.
I’d like to apologize in advance for how long this will be…
Let me say first off that if you think you will be offended by off – color humor and swearing, run away in panic now, as this show is not for you. It is filled with swearing, rape jokes, drug references and other implied naughtiness. It is not serious, of course – it is comedy and there is no nudity and little violence to be found here.
The story follows Souichi Negishi, a boy who, having recently graduated music college with the intent on forming a fashionable pop band, somehow finds himself as Johannes Krauser II, the demonic lead guitarist and vocalist for death metal group Detroit Metal City. The show is episodic in nature, so much so that they will often fit two short stories about the titular band into a single 15 minute episode. Don’t expect too much in the way of an over – arching plot; it’s almost a slice of life show in that respect. Despite being a comedy, the creators actually bring some interesting themes to light, such as conflicting split personalities, although they don’t really develop them.
The characters are all good, though nothing to write home about. They seem to be almost charicateurs, in that they are fairly normal people, but exaggerated to the point of comedy. The only character who recieves any development even remotely is Negishi, as he does grow somewhat, his two personalities almost mixing together during the course of the show. Of course, it’s to be expected when you can watch the entire series in about two and a half hours. That is my main problem with the series – it could have been much longer, as it does feel a little short. On the other hand, Negishi is actually fairly complex from the beginning, as he has some definite elements of schizophrenia, which provide some hilarious scenes as his two personalities show themselves in the wrong places.
The art is…interesting. The characters are somewhat flat and cartoonish most of the time, though there is the occasional scene where the animation is nothing short of stunning. The frame tends to change in size from shot to shot, presumably to create some kind of effect. You may find it irritating at first, but you’ll quickly stop noticing it as you get caught up in the humor and the music.
This, of course is the series’ main strength. How could it not be, as this is a show about music. There is a fairly high range of music, including pop, punk, freestyle rap and death metal. The songs are all original, unless I am much mistaken. Please don’t expect too much in terms of song lyrics, though, as this is a comedy and all of the styles are exaggerated – the metal songs are filled with so many gruesome and offensive themes that it just becomes ridiculous and funny rather than brutal (as was the intention), while the pop songs are cheerful and cute to offset this.
I am a fan of death metal, and can safely say that this is not actually death metal. It’s actually pretty good, but the creators likely wanted to appeal to a broader audience, so there is no growling or shrieking to be heard in the metal songs. DMC’s music, I would say sounds more like evil KISS, which is suitable given that the name of the band is taken from a song by KISS (Detroit Rock City).
It would have been nice to see a few more references to other musicians. They do mention Sid Vicious, but no one else gets a nod. I also found it strange that they didn’t mention Sweden or Norway, the respective homes of death and black metal. They also mention ‘the violent American death metal scene’. Aside from Florida, there really isn’t a death metal scene in the US at all. Ah well.
Actually, this show reminds me of an American cartoon, Metalocalypse. It’s similar, as it’s about a super – popular death metal band with rabidly idiotic fans, though of course the band members are all idiots. I’d suggest you give it a look if you enjoyed DMC (or the other way around). Just be warned that it is very, very bloody.
My only real grievance with this show is how short it is – it is only 12 episodes, each of which are only 15 minutes long, The series does feel far to short, and you’ll probably wish there were more.
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