They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of _Summer, Ayane-chan High Kick!, Memories Off 3.5, and more!
Japanese: _summer [アンダーバーサマー]
MAL Score: 5.64
“Is there any girl you love?”
By this word his friend asked during the school excursion, the protagonist, Kaizu Takumi, begins to aware of his interest in opposite sex. Of course, there are girls around him, for example, his childhood friend, Hatano Konami, his classmate, Ebizuka Shino, a school idol, Shimazu Kakana, etc. However, he himself hasn’t noticed his feelings until he is asked by his friend. He becomes anxious seeing his friend try to find his girl friend, and he resolves his mind to find a girl friend during the last summer of his high school life.
Aside from that, everything else was fine. Characters designs were satisfactory, albeit a little stale. Animation was a little bad for an OVA, but whatever. Music wasn’t particularly remarkable but it certainly didn’t detract from the experience (although I have listened to musical works with a little bit more depth).
If the story had a definite ending with a little spark of drama (to say the least), it certainly would’ve been an enjoyable experience. However, due its lack of a clear conclusion, I recommend watching something else.
If you’re into Ecchi, then it’s watchable. If you’re not, there’s not really much else to gather from here. As others have already told, it ends too soon; it’s a good setup for a harem kind of anime, and had it drawn on for some ten episodes more, I’m positive it would’ve gotten much more enjoyable, not to mention acquired much more recognition. But…
"Storyline"? Hahahaha. It’s a setup for a storyline, and not much more. The rest is up for us to guess, I suppose.
No complaints here, though. Although I’m weak for these kinds of things – very few new shows have such art that I’d call "horrible" or even "bad". The animation is as neat as expected from Anime shows.
My only quirk is with the lead blond girl sounding just a tad whiny. Otherwise, the voices are fine, the music is fine. The opening theme is pretty; the opening theme carries a lot of weight, since it’s supposed to introduce the series in a fair way, and I think it did a good job.
You have most of the stereotypes here. Quiet, pretty girl; energetic tomboy; silent, emotionless girl; perky little sister. And of course, the annoying sidekick guy who knows twenty times more about picking up girls than the lead character, but still never gets hooked up. Ever. So hey…
There are some half-naked sceneries, including the classical "outdoors bath" where the guys peek at the girls and the girls throw things at the guys. There are also hints at relationships, but they are oh so subtle and never progressed in the actual show. That’s the enjoyment I got from it.
So as said…if you can’t find anything else to kill time with, then by all means, I’m not one to stop you. It’s only two episodes after all, and then you have another "completed watching" series that you can brag about. ;P Sure, I’ve seen better shows, but granted, I’ve seen worse ones as well.
_Summer starts of in a perverted way! (Ridiculous). Takumi was forcibly dragged by his friend to peek at the girls while taking a bath. (They got caught of course, hahahaha)……
The cast consist of wide variety of personalities. From the main guy who is clueless and slow. The bestfriend who acts cool, who is insearch for a girlfriend. The childhood friend that cooks for him every morning that’s quiet. The sister that’s outgoing and cheerful. The childhood girl’s bestfriend who is agreesive,bossy,loud and shows no interest on guys (tomboy-ish) but deep down ya know. The school girl idol who only talks to Takumi. Of course the most funniest of all, the weird/mysterious/robotic sounding girl, Chiwa (by the way she’s my fave!). This might sound very typical but it works, great cast huh!?!
While the premise is about Takumi trying to find the girl he likes, but the show isn’t about that, it’s about the importance of friendship. (I think this is why people was put-off and mentioned this is stupid and pointless.)
I don’t know why but I do LOVE this (for how many times now? LoL), it’s very relaxing, cool, simple and great. I wish that there were more episodes but seriously I love this series!!!!! The story isn’t original nor great but I love the atmosphere of it. The characters were fun especially Chiwa. It has 2 awesome episodes, even in it’s shortness this anime has definitely earned a spot for my top ten list. Enjoyable episodes. Seriously I’m addicted to this! They need to do more episodes.
If your looking for a simple short series that is worth watching you’ll find it in _summer. For me there is something special about this anime, that got me hooked hard into it.
I can’t guarantee that everyone will like this same as me but hey give it a try.
4: Ayane-chan High Kick!
English: Ayane’s High Kick
MAL Score: 5.82
Ayane is a high school student focused on one thing, becoming a pro wrestler. A trainer tricks her into becoming a Kick Boxer, the sport she hates. She keeps with it though once she finds out.
And the rest of the cast is really generic. Like I’m assuming the Tange name is paying homage to Tange Danpei from Ashita no Joe, another anime I have reviewed in the past. They do develop some sort of relationship, but not really a father daughter relationship that could have worked like you see between Kamogawa and Ippo in Hajime no Ippo since you really don’t see Ayane’s father in this. It maybe would be cliché, but it works and feels natural. Sometimes clichés are a good thing in some animes. And then you got Miyagawa, she’s practically Ivan Drago and Floyd Mayweather packed in one. She’s like Ivan Drago with her training methods minus the steroids and how she’s a machine, and she’s like Mayweather flashing her wealth and how she publicly trash talks. So it’s your typical sports fight story but with a female perspective.
The design first of all is just typical of what you saw in most animes in the mid-1990s. It had the brighter resolution, and sharper faces and bigger eyes then you’re use to seeing. Pretty much what you see in other animes like Slayers, Tenchi, and Sabre Marionett J is what you see in this anime. So in comparison to most mid-90s anime out there, the art design isn’t really anything distinctive, but in no means what I consider un-tolerable.
The fights themselves, though only 2 are descent, just wish the anime could have taken the time and give the viewers an educational insight on kickboxing like how Hajime no Ippo does for boxing. Plus, the rounds are like 30 seconds each. It’s just the first round, Ayane is getting beat, 2nd round, she has her rhythm going on, and 3rd round, it’s even and Ayane gets lucky and wins. It’s too basic and one-dimensional and you don’t get different kinds of fights as you’d see in the other anime I’ve been somewhat comparing this too. It’s not about comparing boxing and kickboxing, but overall executing the concept of the central sport in relation to this anime. But I like how Kourakuen Hall is accurately represented from inside and out. I’ve been there three times and have fought there as an amateur once, so I feel like I can relate to it in that aspect.
For the dub, it’s actually not that bad. It’s nothing special, but nothing to a point where they’re intolerable or you don’t feel they have no representation to the personalities or the traits of the characters. I’m not familiar with too many dub actors with the exemption of like ocean studios so this is as far as I can comment on. So you can watch this anime whether you prefer Japanese or English and you’ll still get the same fulfillment.
But on the Japanese side, you got big names like Miyamura Yuko, the voice of Asuka from Evangelion playing Ayane; Ohtsuka Akio the voice of Snake from Metal Gear playing Tange, the trainer; and Yamaguchi Kappei the voice of Ranma and Inuyasha playing Ayane’s fight fan friend, Kappei. So seiyuu buffs such as myself should give this a shot. The music itself is very energetic. The theme songs give a fighting spirit feel to it, but also have a feminine touch. You also got the theme songs remixed into guitar for it to go with the training montages so nothing much to say.
By the time we get to this point of my review, you already get the idea that overall to the anime community. This is nothing too special. Which I’ll admit, but it’s still nothing really downright awful either. But I say if you like Hajime no Ippo and Ashita no Joe, Tough, or any martial arts action anime that doesn’t excessively defy the laws of physics, then this anime is for you. Despite the main character being female, it’s still appealing to both genders because of the action appeal though I wouldn’t really call the quality of the action high octane. People will probably love it or hate it for all the right reasons, or think it’s ok, also for the right reasons. It’s definitely worth a rental.
The answer is because CENTRAL PARK MEDIA! This infamous dub studio plagued American Otaku during the 1990s and is now fortunately bankrupt. Central Park’s leader was a guy named John O’Donnell, who was a Texas multi millionaire. He founded an anime publisher and dub studio basically for the sole purpose of trolling. He either brought over and adapted the worst titles known to man, or titles that only had a few episodes and left you wanting more… which of course you were never going to get. Sometimes he used his own money to create sequels to obscure anime, but only titles that NO ONE asked for! If people actually wanted to see a sequel, he refused to fund it. Most leaders are driven by rational self interest and make decisions that will benefit them personally. However, you occasionally get that one guy that frequently does stuff that doesn’t actually benefit him, but he does it anyways JUST to piss people off and give the whole world the middle finger!
Plot and characters: 5/10
The plot is that there is a girl obsessed with pro-wrestling, who is reluctantly drawn into the world of kick boxing instead after a gruff old boxing manager notices her strong legs and perfect figure for kick boxing. It is sort of combination of Rocky meets Happy Gilmore. In the style of Gilmore, it is a zany comedy about someone who really wants to be good in one sport, but they suck at it and are absolutely amazing at a sport they initially dislike. Like Rocky, it features a naturally talented, but low ranked boxer going through a ridiculous amount of training montages with a coach that is basically an anime clone of Mickey from the first 3 Rocky movies. “Chase the chicken!” “YOU’RE GONNA EAT LIGHTNING AND YOU’RE GONNA CRAP THUNDER!!!” This series is cheesy, amusing, and I am kind of sad that it didn’t get any love from anime fans at the time. The only thing this series needed was a Survivor soundtrack, Mr. T being a badass, and wildly inaccurate geography featuring 14,000 ft snow capped mountains just outside of Moscow!
Art and sound: 5/10
The art is pretty good for an old anime with close to zero budget. The soundtrack is forgettable, so just mute it during the training montages and play the Rocky theme! FUCK YEAH!
This was an amusing little 2 episode pilot that could have been a hit series if it was marketed better and found the right audience. Obviously it is WAY too late to start a kickstarter and demand that the animation studio make this series, but when I was done watching it I almost felt the temptation to try. If Seikon no Qwasar could get 2 separate 26 episode seasons and Ikki Tousen and Kodomo no Jikan could each somehow get 3 fucking seasons, why did this only get 2 episodes? This is an underrated series that deserved a LOT more than it got.
Story: 6/10 (Fine)
Meet Ayane Mitsui, a redhead high school girl that wants to be a pro wrestler, but got tricked into the world of kickboxing. That’s the story. I know the two sports don’t really match each other, but I think I can understand the message they were trying to tell here with this story. It’s all about the journey how you want to achieve your goals. To bad we’ll never know if Ayane would have succeeded her goal.
Art: 6/10 (Fine)
Ayane High Kick’s animation looks if you compair it with modern anime a bit dated, but hey, it’s from 1997. It’s about the same age when Pokémon (1997) came out in Japan as an anime, so I wouldn’t make a fuss that much for it’s animation. It’s pretty OK. I’ve seen much worse animation, so no real complaints on the animation part aswell. Sure, I’ve spotted here and there some animation errors, but hey, I won’t bitch and moan about that.
Sound: 6/10 (Fine)
Ayane is voiced by Yuko Miyamura, the person that also voiced the quite famous 14 year old Asuka Langley Souryuu from the Evangelion series. That combined with pretty alright background music that really kind of gives the vibes of the 90’s together with decent voice acting from the other and sound effect typical for the ’90’s, I really can’t complain sound-wise. Maybe I could make make a comment that the assigned intro song for this anime should have been “Fight For Yourself” by The Street Beats, which is a Jpop song that I actually don’t really like, but hey, music taste does vary aswell.
Charather: 5/10 (Average)
It’s kind of a sad thing thing I really can’t judge with only two episodes that ever made for this series if I want to talk about it’s charathers. You really need more episodes to see the charathers more fleshed out to be honest, even for an anime that was intented to be aired on television. That’s why I go the average route if I want to rate the charathers.
Enjoyement: 7/10 (Good)
I actually felt bummed out the two episodes were over already. I honesty wanted more. I sort of want to know if Ayane would have succeeded her dream to become a pro wrestler even after she went the kickboxing route. Let’s assume she did. Still I low key want to see all the shenanigans she has gone trough to acchieve her goal. As I already said before; someone please build a time machine and go back to 1997 to sponser this project.
Overal: 6/10 (Fine)
I honesty would recommend this short anime. It’s only two episodes long that could get completed within the hour. I think this short cancelled anime is a good example that the lack of funding and/or intrest totally can destroy a potentional good series forever.
3: Memories Off 3.5
Japanese: Memories Off 3.5 [メモリーズオフ3.5]
MAL Score: 6.24
This series is made up of two seperate stories with a few overlapping characters. The first story, Omoide no Kanata e, is about Shogo and his current girlfriend Neo. Kanata, a former girlfriend of Shogo’s shows up one day and causes Shogo and Neo to think about their current situations. The second story, Inori no Todoku Koro, is about girl called Inori and her boyfriend Isshu. They had made a promise to always go to the fireworks festival together, since that was the place that they orginally became a couple. This year, Isshu says he cannot attend because of his work so Inori goes alone and recalls the previous two years.
2: Memories Off 2nd
Japanese: Memories Off 2nd (メモリーズオフ 2nd)
MAL Score: 6.26
Shirakawa Hotaru, a girl who’s in love with Inami Ken, finally confesses her love. From there on, they were happy couples, until one summer. Ken met a new friend, Tobise Tomoe, who is Hotaru’s best friend. Tomoe seems to have her own charm. Ken, now have two paths to choose from; to be with Shirakawa Hotaru or Tobise Tomoe. Otherwise, he will lose them both.
1: Natsu-iro no Sunadokei
English: Sandglass of Summer Colors
MAL Score: 6.51
Makimura Koutarou has made up his mind: during the summer vacation, he is going to confess his love to the seemingly unapproachable Serizawa Kaho. Yet, on the night before, he has a run-in with a strange girl – an encounter which propels him into the future. There, he learns that not only has Kaho-chan become his girlfriend, but she has also died in a tragic accident. Returning to his own time, Koutarou sets out to change the future and save his love.
I am so happy I was bored enough to find this gem.
Natsuiro no Sunadokei, in my opinion, is what a romance anime should be. I really hate romance anime where the guy is a perverted idiot and the girls are stereotypes who throw their fanservice-prone-selves on him either willingly or unwillingly. Thankfully, Kou has a brain and a heart, and it’s not a harem, although there are some light complications in the love web. Obviously, they couldn’t make a huge mess with only 2 episodes and an overarching plot about time travel, so I’m glad they didn’t try to overdo that part.
The time travel thing is very well done–it shows itself and then doesn’t overstay its welcome, letting time flow for most of the part where you would like it to. This is the kind of anime you watch if you want to feel connected to a guy or a girl in love, since it’s quite easy to do both here.
The sound…well…the OP and ED songs are forgettable but the bgm is pleasant. Voices are pretty good. I must say though, this doesn’t really bring down my score of it much.
The thing that I thought was great is that, like the other guy who reviewed this, it didn’t feel like “just another OVA”. I really felt like I didn’t waste my time with this at all. In fact, I don’t even wish this were longer–in a good way, of course. It didn’t just leave off with a rushed ending or anything; it actually had a fulfilling end, and I won’t say what happens because it rides on that, but…you’ll be satisfied. I thought for a bit in the first ep that there would be some sort of plot hole problem, but I don’t think so. Simply, you just have to enjoy this nice little love story.
Also, Ligene’s faces are amusing. Just another reason to watch it.
I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I will not go into what the story is about because it’s in the summary up at the top, but it’s very different from all those other 2-3 episode long OVAs out there. It is beautiful and different and is very well presented, even though there was only 2 episodes to work with. If it were to become a proper TV series then I’m sure it would be popular :3
Not particularly outstanding. Like most other short OVAs it had rather beautiful art, but it wasn’t that amazing. Some of the characters could have done with a bit more detail here and there to make them pretty much perfect.
The opening song is by Nana Mizuki, and I know this is slightly biased but that automatically made me give the sound a 8/10. My score was then pushed up to a 9/10 because the OP and ED are beautiful, and I know I say this in every review, but they fit so well with the series. They really did.
Not enough character development for some of the characters. However, the main couple and Ai were filled out nicely and weren’t boring standard 2D characters. They had a personality and were different from the other usual OVA characters. Nicely done development for those two, but not really for anyone else unfortunately. If there had been more episodes then I’m sure all the characters’ personalities would have filled out more.
I always skim-watch through short OVAs like these because I just know they’re going to be a repeat of all the others and will be boring. This one, however, is a stand-alone decent OVA. It kept me interested the entire time and I didn’t keep looking at how long it had left, thinking "just hurry up and end". I was really sad when it finished and I wanted more! Absolutely loved it ♥
The OVA Follows as best it can the Kaho Path – It changes a few things here a few things there, and it does change the ending a bit to.
But if you take the OVA for what it is .. 2 episodes – it is well done for that. The characters are surprisingly well done for 2 episodes – as is the general plot explained surprisingly well for such a short ova. (When it was a far longer Visual novel) And the sound track for the OVA wasn’t bad either – Nothing I would go run out and buy, but nothing to scorn either , it fit the mood well , and helped the story along.
All and all I would say this OVA is worth the watch , whether or not you have gone through the visual novel- It can stand on its own and be quite enjoyable (though I recommend you go through both of course)
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Natsu-iro no Sunadokei
2. Memories Off 2nd
3. Memories Off 3.5
4. Ayane-chan High Kick!