They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Angel’s Feather, Guardian Hearts, Fuyu no Semi Special, and more!
4: Angel’s Feather
English: Angel’s Feather
Japanese: エンジェルズフェザー Angel’s Feather
MAL Score: 5.46
In the Binfield Kingdom Chronicle, it is said that there was once a small, peaceful country called the Kingdom of Winfield, whose king and royal family possessed great white wings.
Hamura Shou is newly enrolled at Yuusei Academy. After hearing about a student named Misonou Kai from the headmaster, Shou comes to believe that Kai is his younger twin brother, who he was separated from when he was younger. However, after a mysterious earthquake, Shou is suddenly carried into another world with two other students. It is in this new world that, after being attacked by a monster, Shou suddenly unleashes great, white wings.
I give it a 5. It just was not worth my time. Definitely not my thing. If you like the style of the game and really cliche shounen-ai stuff, you could possibly enjoy this somewhat.
Admittedly I only tried to watch this because one of the characters looks like Sephiroth with Vincent’s eyes (Final Fantasy VII), but this anime is nothing like the game.
In it’s favor I can say it has some beautiful art, though it is very short and that doesn’t give it a lot of time for the plot to develop. It does have a plot though and the main issue will be somewhat resolved, but then a bigger one will be placed before the main cast, ending in a cliff hanger.
The characters have potential but two episodes are no where near enough to develop that many character. Overall what this really needs is a sequel.
3: Guardian Hearts
MAL Score: 5.86
Maya, Kurusu, and Chelsea hit it off really well when trying to get revenge on Guardian Hearts for making them suffer. Maya and company thought that Guardian Hearts usually appears when Kazuya is getting along with a girl. Not knowing that Guardian Hearts is actually Hina, they leave her alone with Kazuya in an attempt to lure Guardian Hearts.
The story is incredibly confusing and nonsensical. The first five minutes are likely to have you staring at the screen trying to keep up while scratching your head saying “Huh?”. I haven’t read any of the manga so I don’t have any point of reference beyond what is presented in the anime. But basically they try to cram in all the back story and character introductions that might normally take a couple episodes in the space of a couple minutes. Thus you are left wondering what is really going on. Eventually you start to catch up and things begin to make at least a little sense, sometimes. The plot is standard harem echii fare, a guy suddenly finds himself living a bunch of really cute girls with various magical powers and who are all madly in love with him, and constantly fighting each other over him. The humor is completely random and silly and quite funny at times and really not at others. This is mostly due to the state of confusion you are in during most of the show. The anime also tends to try to do too many things as well. Its parody, romance, action, slice of life kind of all rolled up into one. The romance is really shallow but there are a few touching moments.
Characters are about as stereotypical as you will find. This is not to say a lot of them don’t have some charm still but none of them are particularly deep or memorable and I can’t say you haven’t already seen these characters in other anime before. The biggest problem with Guardian Hearts is there are just way too many of them. The episodes are about 12 minutes in length and while they all basically just run together as one larger story, the total series is not long enough to be fair with the dozen or so characters it has.
The animation and art is pretty much a mixed bag. Mostly it is just really inconsistent. The characters are all cute clothed, but when we start talking about all the echii shots, boobs, and other nudity they look silly. Apparently nobody wears bras that supports anything but boobs don’t move like that. They also don’t look like that either, trust me guys I have them and even if I strip naked and jump up and down on a trampoline they won’t move like that. I’ve got no problem with nudity but at least try to make it realistically possible. The action and magical battles on the other hand are nicely drawn though. The voice acting and music is solid though not spectacular.
In the end I can’t really say I enjoyed Guardian Hearts that much. While it did make me laugh a number of times and it had a few romantic touches it was overall a below average anime. If you simply must watch every echii comedy out there or you’re a fan of the manga then there is likely to be something for you to enjoy here.
Story- Okay let’s just suffice to say generic harem scheme comes to mind here and to call it anything else is a lie beyond all reason. It lacks major aspects to make it funny and it lacks major aspects to make it a serious romance so yeah watching it for those aspects is setting yourself up for disappointment.
Art- This is not a well drawn or even well animated series in my opinion and that’s sad considering this is what I consider to be one of the better aspects of the series itself.
Sound- Voice acting and sound effects fair and background music poor.
Character- This series fails majorly at this part where the only thing you really know about a character is what is said there is no real work put into character description, truth be told in one episode the characters themselves sum up what they are and what they’re purpose is which says a lot about how much the creators actually cared about their characters and character development.
Enjoyment- Well let’s just say I won’t be watching this again unless I’m tied down and gagged or something similar to that situation.
Overall- I’m sure there is somebody who will enjoy watching this series out there that person just is not me. I believe this series had some potential at the beginning but in the end just could not make up its mind and therefore failed to deliver anything that could suffice as entertainment in the end.
2: Fuyu no Semi Special
Japanese: 冬の蝉 ~特別編集版~
MAL Score: 6.93
Summary of the Fuyu no Semi OVA with revised animation and some extra scenes.
1: Fuyu no Semi
English: Embracing Love: A Cicada in Winter
MAL Score: 7.49
If time did not allow ordinary things to be ordinary. How would you have lived?
It is the Bakumatsu and early Meiji Period. Akizuki Keiichirou and Kusaka Touma stand of opposite sides of the political scale of the time but still, something as fragile as the shell of a cicada binds these two men together in a tragic and cruel fate. A story of friendship, love and seperation as well as reunion and sacrifice.
Fuyu no Semi is somehow like Romeo and Juliet in Japan, just before and at the beginning of Meiji period. It is a love story that succeeded to make me cry, no matter the time, no matter the people, no matter the sex.
Forget yaoi. Fuyu no Semi talks about male feelings, honor, convictions, modernity… and love.
Moreover, Fuyu no Semi is very interesting for his historical aspects. But history courses never succeeded in making me cry…
All in all, Fuyu no Semi was an absolutely Beautiful show that is a must watch for all yaoi fans.
The music and production quality are reasonable. Although there was nothing standing out, the director knew how to use the available resources well which led to a quite enjoyable experience. We could easily follow the struggles of the characters and while some of their decisions were questionable, it makes them quite human and can led us reflect on their fate and what it means to love. Especially the title-giving comparison with the cicada let us think of the what-ifs, giving the story a melancholic feeling and one can even see a twisted irony in its tale. Would they have been able to be happy when they were patient and waited one more year? Would they have been happy if they just made different decisions? Or was the tragic fate sealed alone by the fact of living at that time and place?
In the end these OVAs presented us with a classic drama with its own unique spin and a lot of interesting themes that can be interpreted into them. Definitely a worthwhile watch for people who can live with Yaoi and like a tragic love story in a historic setting.
Disclaimer: Sorry for this mediocre review, I – I- I’m not doing this because I want to, you know >.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Fuyu no Semi
2. Fuyu no Semi Special
3. Guardian Hearts
4. Angel’s Feather