Best 50 Drama OVA Anime You Should Watch

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor, Hakuouki OVA, Future GPX Cyber Formula Sin, and more!

50: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor

English: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor
Japanese: 新機動戦記ガンダムW オペレーション メテオ ODD&EVEN NUMBERS
MAL Score: 7.43
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

Two video releases recapping events from the Gundam Wing TV series. Each Operation Meteor video contains an ‘Odd’ episode and an ‘Even’ episode. The ‘Odd’ episodes feature Heero, Trowa and Wufei, while the ‘Even’ episodes feature Duo and Quatre. The episodes also featured brief new footages of the characters after the final episode of the TV series.

(Source: AniDB)

49: Hakuouki OVA

Japanese: 薄桜鬼
MAL Score: 7.43
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Two short OVA of Hakuouki distributed to those who purchased all six volumes of the DVD. A fandisc game “Hakuoki Zuisouroku” and an official parody “Hakuoki SSL (a high school parody)” were animated.

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48: Future GPX Cyber Formula Sin

Japanese: 新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラSIN
MAL Score: 7.45
Type: OVA
Episodes: 5

Synopsis

After Aoi Zip Formula was banned for one year from Cyber Formula racing due to cheating, Jotaro Kaga, alias Bleed Kaga, returns for the 17th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix. However his old car is no match for the returning champion Hayato Kazami, whose skill has improved tremendously, and his Nu-Asurada AKF-0. An old face, Kyoshiro Nagumo, appears suddenly to him and offers him the Ogre AN-21: a prototype to the Bio-Computer operated Al-Zard series created by the developers of the Asurada, and an ultimate racing machine that only a few can drive. Kaga must now master this car, confront his own inner demons and, most importantly, defeat his longtime rival Hayato in what is possibly Kaga’s last and greatest Cyber Formula season.

(Source: ANN)

47: Fuyu no Semi

English: Embracing Love: A Cicada in Winter
Japanese: 冬の蝉
MAL Score: 7.49
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

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.

(Source: AniDB)

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46: Kaleido Star: Aratanaru Tsubasa – Extra Stage

English: Kaleido Star: New Wings Extra Stage
Japanese: カレイドスター ~新たなる翼~ EXTRA STAGE
MAL Score: 7.51
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Sora Naegino has finally consolidated herself as Kaleido Stage’s greatest star ever, and a new star starts to shine as Rosetta Passel is selected to participate in the next attraction in a main role. But when things start to go wrong in the rehearsals, Rosetta starts to question her abillity to take the role, as her own capacity to remain in Kaleido Stage. Meanwhile, Fool also struggles with his demons from the past.

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45: Area 88

Japanese: エリア88
MAL Score: 7.52
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Shin Kazama, tricked and forced into flying for the remote country of Aslan, can only escape the hell of war by earning money for shooting down enemy planes or die trying. Through the course of the series, Shin must deal with the consequences of killing and friends dying around him as tries to keep his mind on freeing himself from this nightmare.

(Source: ANN)

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44: Asobi Asobase OVA

Japanese: あそびあそばせ (OAD)
MAL Score: 7.53
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Included with seventh volume of the Asobi Asobase manga.

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43: Initial D Battle Stage

Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D BATTLE STAGE
MAL Score: 7.56
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

There are many street races in the Initial D Series. This OVA has no plot other than to collect all the street races into one stage. The dialog during the original races is left in.

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42: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition

English: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム00 スペシャルエディション
MAL Score: 7.58
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Condensed version of both the first and second seasons of Gundam 00 featuring some new animated sequences and some partially re-recorded dialogue.

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41: Ranma : Yomigaeru Kioku

Japanese: らんま1/2 SPECIAL よみがえる記憶
MAL Score: 7.62
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

“Reawakening Memories” deals with Akane suddenly remembering a trip to Ryugenzawa when she was a small child. While there she was saved from a giant platypus by Shinnosuke. Akane travels back to Ryogenzawa and once again meets Shinnosuke, who falls in love with her. Akane blames herself for Shinnosuke`s life-threatening injuries, and decides to stay and help out. This irritates Ranma, who thinks that Akane has fallen in love with Shinnosuke, and will do what it takes to get her back.

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40: Hakuouki Sekkaroku

English: Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ A Memory of Snow Flowers
Japanese: 薄桜鬼 雪華録
MAL Score: 7.62
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

This OVA takes place in between episodes 8 and 9 of the first season of Hakuouki.

Yukimura Chizuru goes on a reconnaissance mission in Shimabara as a geiko for the Shinsengumi. Each episode unfolds the events of the days leading up to, during, and after the operation. It intermittently reveals each captain’s involvement as well as that of a few demons in the affair. Each individual episode primarily focuses from the third person perspectives of: Okita Souji, Saito Hajime, Harada Sanosuke, Toudou Heisuke, Hijikata Toshizo, and Kazama Chikage.

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39: Hybrid Child

Japanese: ハイブリッド チャイルド
MAL Score: 7.62
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

The skilled craftsman Kuroda created artificial humans called Hybrid Child—creatures who are neither machines nor dolls, but rather a reflection of the love shown to them. While they can feel human emotions and have their own consciousness, they are not real humans and require love to grow.

Kotarou Izumi is the young heir to the noble Izumi family, so it is frowned upon when he brings an abandoned Hybrid Child he found in the garbage into their household. His family even attempts to throw away Hazuki—Kotarou’s name for the Hybrid Child—multiple times when he is not paying attention. But through overcoming these obstacles, their love and the bond connecting them grow stronger. However, ten years pass before a horrifying realization dawns on them: a Hybrid Child might not have an endless life span.

Hybrid Child is a collection of three short love stories, depicting the relationship between the artificial humans and their owners.

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38: Initial D Battle Stage 2

Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D BATTLE STAGE 2
MAL Score: 7.64
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

This is simply the OAV summing up the major events and battles of “Initial D 4th Stage” much like the “Initial D Battle Stage” original summed up the first 3 seasons. Additionally, has 2 extra battles from the manga that were not incorporated into the original 4th Stage.

(Source: ANN)

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37: Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster

English: Gunbuster 2
Japanese: トップをねらえ2!DIEBUSTER
MAL Score: 7.65
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Generations have passed since the war with the Space Monsters started, and none remain who know how it began, with even records of those times being scarce. It is a lost cause, but humanity still fights against them, relying on the “Topless”: a group of elite space pilots with special powers that allow them to use the Buster Machines—the last hope against the Space Monsters.

Nono, a girl from a remote Martian town, has heard tales all her life of the legendary pilot “Nono-Riri,” and wants nothing more than to leave her humble life behind and follow in the footsteps of her idol. Though she has no idea of the dangers that lie ahead, nothing will stop her from achieving her dream. While Nono is down on her luck, she chances upon the lonesome Topless pilot Lal’C Melk Mark, and decides to stake her entire future on following Lal’C, no matter the cost.

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36: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi

English: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202
Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2202 愛の戦士たち
MAL Score: 7.67
Type: OVA
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Three years since the return of the legendary Space Battleship Yamato, Earth has begun rebuilding itself and has made peace with the Gamilans. However, this recovery comes at the cost of utilizing the forbidden Wave Motion technology.

Meanwhile, the notorious former crew members of the Yamato, who have each gone their separate ways, receive a psychic message from the mysterious Goddess Teresa. She urges them to return to their beloved ship and travel to the distant planet Terezart. They are promised a revolutionary power to combat the unprecedented threat of the relentless Gatlantis Empire, who are approaching Earth with all but innocent intentions.

Unable to resist her plea, the crew reassembles and sets sail on another perilous intergalactic voyage, one that will test their sheer courage and versatility in the face of an even greater foe.

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35: Tenshi no Tamago

English: Angel’s Egg
Japanese: 天使のたまご
MAL Score: 7.70
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The surrealist world of Tenshi no Tamago is desolate and devoid of the bustle of traditional everyday life. Instead, the world is filled with ominous phenomena, including floating orbs populated with statues of goddesses, gargantuan army tanks that seem to move unmanned, armies of fishermen who chase after the shadows of nonexistent fish, and caverns solely decorated with glass vessels of water.

In this run-down world, a young girl takes care of a large egg and scavenges for food and drink. She encounters a mysterious man with a cross over his shoulder, who soon becomes curious about who she is and what her egg contains. They decide to explore the lost and broken landscape together, questioning each other about the nature of faith, the purpose of the world, and the origins of their lives.

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34: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime: Nandemonai Takaramono, Kono Page

Japanese: 赤髪の白雪姫 ~なんでもない宝物、この頁~
MAL Score: 7.71
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Bundled with the limited edition 15th volume of the manga.

Chapters adapted
1. Volume 10, Chapter 41: Shirayuki to Zen, Hajimete no Joukamachi Date (白雪とゼン、はじめての城下町デート)
2. Volume 7, Special Chapter: Raji Ouji Youshou no Migiri (ラジ王子幼少のみぎり)
3. Volume 11, Special Chapter: Hajimari no Zen & Mitsuhide & Kiki (始まりのゼン&ミツヒデ&木々)

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33: Macross Plus

Japanese: マクロスプラス
MAL Score: 7.72
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

The year is 2040 and the galaxy is flourishing with several colonies and advanced technology. AI is near perfection and the current top idol is the near-completed Virturoid Idol Sharon Apple. All that is missing are her actual feelings, which instead are supplied by Myung Fang Lone. Sharon’s debut concert is on planet Eden, where at the same time, fighter pilots Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman battle over air superiority for the “Supernova Project.” Isamu, Guld and Myung were once childhood friends, but after an accident seven years ago, they went their own separate ways. With Myung back in the picture, the old disputes are once again awakened. And when an unstable and illegal AI technique is installed in Sharon, the situation is worsened.

(Source: ANN)

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32: Black Jack

English: Black Jack
Japanese: ブラック ジャック
MAL Score: 7.73
Type: OVA
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Kuroo Hazama, also known as “Black Jack,” is a legend in the medical world. Famous for being one of the best, as well as not having a license, Hazama and his assistant Pinoko save countless lives that other doctors cannot… for a price; an exorbitant price, in fact, which causes many to view the genius as greedy and heartless. Despite these claims, however, none can deny his skill and the lengths that he will go to treat his patients. This dark medical drama tells the story of the ominous and mysterious world of underground medicine as Black Jack risks his life to cure some of the most bizarre diseases imaginable, even if it means breaking every law in the process.

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31: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

English: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
Japanese: 新機動戦記ガンダムW エンドレス ワルツ
MAL Score: 7.75
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

In the year After Colony 196, one year after the conclusion of the intergalactic civil war, a state of stasis prevails over the Earth and its colonies. Seeing no further use for their Gundam mobile suits, war heroes Duo Maxwell, Heero Yuy, Trowa Barton, and Quatre Raberba Winner decide to destroy these weapons by launching them into the sun’s surface.

Before the Gundam reach their destination, the universal peace is shattered by the emergence of Mariemaia Khushrenada—the only child of the former tyrannical aristocrat Treize. Mariemaia abducts diplomat Relena Peacecraft and announces plans to launch “Operation Meteor,” with the intention of posthumously fulfilling Treize’s world domination plot.

With the help of former enemy Zechs Marquise and his mobile suit Tallgeese, the heroic pilots must reacquire their mobile suits to wage one final battle against the Khushrenada dynasty, including fighting against their former ally Wufei Chang, now aligning himself with Mariemaia’s ambitions.

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30: Master Keaton OVA

Japanese: マスターキートン
MAL Score: 7.75
Type: OVA
Episodes: 15

Synopsis

Taichi Keaton is a man of many talents: father, historian, frequent traveler, negotiator, archaeologist, former survival instructor, and all while working as an insurance investigator for Lloyd’s of London. While his methods may seem a bit unorthodox, he gets the job done when needed, but not without a little something to learn or teach in the process. Through all of his adventures, some people call him a quack. Those who know him well call him a master of life…

(Source: ANN)

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29: Junjou Romantica OVA

Japanese: 純情ロマンチカ
MAL Score: 7.75
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

OVAs that come with the limited premium edition of volumes 16 and 20 of the manga series.

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28: Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls

English: Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Japanese: 進撃の巨人 LOST GIRLS
MAL Score: 7.79
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Wall Sina, Goodbye
Annie Leonhart has a job to do—and a resulting absence that must stay off her record at all costs. With no one else to turn to, she asks her comrade Hitch Dreyse to cover for her. She agrees but puts forward a single condition: Annie must solve the fruitless missing person case Hitch was assigned. The case revolves around Carly Stratmann, a university graduate and the daughter of wealthy businessman Elliot Stratmann. With only a single day to solve the case and the underground of the Stohess District crawling with thugs, Annie must put her all into finding this girl. Yet, every answer she uncovers only leads to further questions—how has the illegal drug coderoin found its way to Stohess, what is Elliot hiding, and where has Carly disappeared to?

Lost in the Cruel World
With worry for Eren Yeager gripping her heart, Mikasa Ackerman begins to remember. She remembers her conversations with Armin Arlert, her concern for her friends, and most painfully, the time she had almost lost everything. As fear takes control, she begins to experience an alternate version of her past—some things can be changed, but are there events so inescapable that she can’t even prevent them in her dreams?

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27: Saiyuuki Reload: Burial

Japanese: 最遊記RELOAD -burial-
MAL Score: 7.81
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Taking place in the past it offers a view at the Saiyuuki quartet before their formation and their journey to the west. First OVA starts with Sanzo and his master, also with Ukoku (known as a later Ni Jianyi). Second OVA shows first meeting of Goku and Sanzo. Third OVA considers the events after Hakkai’s sins and his trial (that we know from first season of “Saiyuuki”) and his decision to live in Gojyo’s house.

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26: Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai

English: The Kubikiri Cycle
Japanese: クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い
MAL Score: 7.81
Type: OVA
Episodes: 8

Synopsis

Due to a mysterious disease, the genius Iria Akagami has been forced by her family to stay in a mansion on the isolated Wet Crow’s Feather Island with only a handful of maids. To keep herself entertained, Iria invites a variety of fellow geniuses to stay as guests in her home, including computer savant Tomo Kunagisa and her unnamed assistant, skilled fortune-teller Maki Himena, famous artist Kanami Ibuki, academic scholar Akane Sonoyama, and renowned cook Yayoi Sashirono.

These visits progress as normal until one of the guests is found gruesomely murdered in the night without a single clue as to the identity of the killer or a possible motive. Tensions rise between those on the island as the killer remains at large, and Tomo’s assistant takes it upon himself to uncover the culprit’s identity before the murderous events progress any further.

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25: Giant Robo the Animation: Chikyuu ga Seishi Suru Hi

English: Giant Robo the Animation: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Japanese: ジャイアントロボ THE ANIMATION 地球が静止する日
MAL Score: 7.82
Type: OVA
Episodes: 7

Synopsis

In a future to come humanity enjoys a new age of prosperity thanks to Dr. Shizuma’s invention of a revolutionary renewable energy source: the Shizuma Drive. But this peace is threatened by Big Fire, a cabal seeking world domination. Against Big Fire the International Police Organisation dispatches a collection of superpowered warriors and martial artists, together with Daisaku Kusama, inheritor and master of Earth’s most powerful robot, Giant Robo.

By capturing an abnormal Shizuma Drive which is essential to Big Fire’s plans the IPO ignites a desperate conflict between the two groups. The coming battle will test Daisaku’s resolve to the utmost, reveal the ghastly truth behind the creation of the Shizuma Drive, and bring human civilization to its knees!

Giant Robo is a character-driven adventure in a retro-futuristic setting, drawing on influences from opera, kung-fu cinema, wuxia stories and classic mecha anime. It incorporates characters from the works of the manga author Mitsuteru Yokoyama but it is designed to be a stand-alone story.

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24: Haikyuu!!: Riku vs. Kuu

Japanese: ハイキュー!! 陸VS空
MAL Score: 7.82
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

An intense battle rages on at the Tokyo Qualifiers for the three remaining spots in the national volleyball competition. Nekoma High School, Fukurodani High School, Nohebi Academy, and Itachiyama Academy all passionately strive to participate in the tournament. Despite various issues on the court, Nekoma especially wishes to prove they are worthy of moving on to the national level.

As the teams aim to secure their place by overcoming both their opponents and their own weaknesses, the Tokyo Qualifiers determine which teams will reign victorious and join the national competition.

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23: Maria-sama ga Miteru 3rd

English: Maria Watches Over Us 3rd
Japanese: マリア様がみてる 3rd
MAL Score: 7.83
Type: OVA
Episodes: 5

Synopsis

Summer has arrived, and the students of Lillian Girls’ Academy are on break! Yumi and Sachiko head out to the Ogasawara family’s summer home, but what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation takes a turn for the worse when some of Sachiko’s old acquaintances drop by for tea. These rich and snobby debutantes don’t think Yumi is worthy of Sachiko’s affection and they’re out to make this summer one she’ll regret.

(Source: RightStuf)

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22: Saiyuuki Gaiden

Japanese: 最遊記外伝
MAL Score: 7.83
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

An OVA adaptation of the climactic part of Saiyuuki Gaiden.

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21: Shingeki no Kyojin OVA

Japanese: 進撃の巨人OAD
MAL Score: 7.85
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Ilse no Techou: Aru Chousa Heidanin no Shuki
During the Survey Corps’ 49th recon mission, Hange Zo? is determined to capture a titan specimen. Despite not receiving clearance from Commander Erwin Smith, when a titan is spotted in nearby forestland, Hange rides out alone to meet it. Recklessly luring it out, she asks the titan numerous questions and puts her life on the line for the sake of her research. However, the behavior of this particular titan is far from normal. It quickly turns back and enters the wood once again, leading Hange to somewhere specific. What Hange finds is the legacy of former scout Ilse Langnar. In spite of her death, she provides a valuable piece of information that may serve to turn the tide for titan research—a diary documenting her last moments.

Totsuzen no Raihousha: Sainamareru Seishun no Noroi
Jean Kirstein would do anything to escape his boring home life and overbearing mother. After enlisting in the military, it became his ultimate goal to join the Military Police regiment and live out in peace and luxury. However, during his time with the 104th Training Corps, things never really go the way Jean wants them to. Eventually, the stolen glory and condescending banter of his comrades become too much—and Jean challenges fellow cadet Sasha Blouse to a battle, in order to determine which of them is strongest—but who will come out on top?

Konnan
The 104th Training Corps’ most recent mission is a trek on horseback into the forest. Although a test of their ability to stay alert even in non-threatening situations, the task is boring and can lead to in-fighting. This is especially true for one of the groups, lead by Marco Bott. Some want to stay true to the mission they have been tasked with, and the rest would rather slack off, occupying themselves with more exciting activities. But when trouble strikes, they are completely unprepared.

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20: Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix – Layla Hamilton Monogatari

English: Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix – The Layla Hamilton Story
Japanese: カレイドスター Legend of Phoenix ~レイラ ハミルトン物語~
MAL Score: 7.87
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Layla is going to perform Phoenix in Broadway. Playing this important role, she sets out on a journey by bicycle alone without leaving any message in order to find out what she’s missing inside.

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19: Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster

English: Gunbuster
Japanese: トップをねらえ! GunBuster
MAL Score: 7.88
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

In the near future, humanity has taken its first steps towards journeying into the far reaches of the galaxy. Upon doing so they discover a huge race of insectoid aliens known as “Space Monsters.” These aliens seem dedicated to the eradication of mankind as they near closer and closer to discovering Earth. In response, humanity develops giant fighting robots piloted by hand-picked youth from around the world.

Shortly after the discovery of the aliens, Noriko Takaya, the daughter of a famous deceased space captain, enters a training school despite her questionable talents as a pilot. There, she meets her polar opposite, the beautiful and talented Kazumi Amano, and is unexpectedly made to work together with her as they attempt to overcome the trauma of war as well as their own emotions.

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18: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi OVA

Japanese: 世界一初恋 OVA
MAL Score: 7.91
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Two OVA episodes featuring additional stories.

Episode 0: Ritsu and Takano used to date back in high school, but broke up due to a misunderstanding. This is that story.

Episode 12.5: Hatori and Chiaki go to visit the latter’s family. It’s really awkward in many, many ways.

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17: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

English: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム 0080 ポケットの中の戦争
MAL Score: 7.92
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Alfred Izuruha is a 10-year-old who lives in the neutral colony cluster of Side 6 and, like most boys his age, is obsessed with the war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. Unbeknownst to him, Al’s next-door neighbor, Christina, is the test pilot of a prototype Gundam being developed in secret by the Earth Federation in the colony. A Zeon Special Forces team is assembled and tasked with infiltrating the colony in order to either steal or destroy it.

When a skirmish breaks out between the Federation and infiltrating Zeon forces, the fascinated Alfred stumbles upon a Zaku mobile suit that has been shot down, piloted by Zeon rookie Bernard “Bernie” Wiseman. After this encounter, the two start a mutual friendship, so Alfred can learn more about the war that interests him so much, and Bernie can acquire inside information about the colony to aid his team’s mission.

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16: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Seisou-hen

English: Samurai X: Reflection
Japanese: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- 星霜編
MAL Score: 7.99
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Kaoru goes to the harbor every day to see if Kenshin has returned. After a while, she starts looking back at her life with Kenshin and all the things that have happened.

(Source: ANN)

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15: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

English: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊
MAL Score: 8.02
Type: OVA
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In year 0079 of the Universal Century, the Earth Federation initiates Operation Odessa—a full-scale assault to retake a major Ukrainian city from the Principality of Zeon. It is a success, and the remaining Zeon forces scatter across the globe. The Earth Federation gains the upper hand in the One Year War and deploys its ground troops around the planet to hunt down the stragglers.

As part of the deployments, Ensign Shiro Amada is transferred to Southeast Asia to take command of the 08th MS Team—a special squadron of RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Type pilots. In their first guerilla operation, Shiro’s team is tasked with distracting the Zeon forces while Federation ground troops locate a mysterious new Zeon weapon. Everything goes according to plan until Shiro runs into Aina Sahalin, an ace Zeon pilot he met in an earlier battle, during a skirmish. Their reunion weakens his resolve to continue fighting, and now the young commander Shiro must prove his loyalty to the Federation—or be branded a traitor.

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14: Wolf’s Rain OVA

English: Wolf’s Rain OVA
Japanese: ウルフズ レイン
MAL Score: 8.02
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

As the world accelerates toward its own destruction, Kiba and Cheza—with the help of Tsume, Hige, Toboe, and Blue—race to reach true paradise before the entire world is rendered uninhabitable. Now reunited, Cher and Hubb decide to accompany the wolves in hopes of seeing the journey through to its end, while a distraught and confused Quent wanders aimlessly into the wasteland with his mind fixated on revenge.

Meanwhile, Lord Darcia the Third has finally put his plot into motion and pursues Cheza, pitting him against the pack. As everything falls apart yet simultaneously falls into place, the wolves struggle to survive in an increasingly dangerous environment. Though the end draws near, paradise seems further away than ever before.

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13: xxxHOLiC Shunmuki

Japanese: xxxHOLiC 春夢記
MAL Score: 8.07
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

For the appropriate price, your dearest wish can be granted at the shop of the peculiar Yuuko. Kimihiro Watanuki wishes to be rid of his ability to see spirits, and so as payment, he works for Yuuko doing whatever she needs him to do, from cleaning to errands to even helping out Yuuko’s other clients. In xxxHOLiC Shunmuki, Watanuki and his friend and rival Shizuka Doumeki enjoy a meal with their friend Kohane Tsuyuri and her grandmother, reminiscing about how they have changed since meeting each other.

Later on, Watanuki has a dream in which he is visited by Doumeki’s grandfather Haruka, who needs him to find some things in the family temple storeroom. Accompanied by Doumeki, he finds that this task is more akin to a treasure hunt, with each item leading them to another, and another, guiding them to an unexpected yet inevitable ending.

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12: Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar Final

English: GaoGaiGar Final
Japanese: 勇者王ガオガイガーFINAL
MAL Score: 8.08
Type: OVA
Episodes: 8

Synopsis

Following Gutsy Galaxy Guard`s victory over the Zonder Empire and the 31 Primevals, a new threat makes their appearance on Earth. GGG – with Guy Shishio and the newly-constructed GaoFighGar – team up with their French counterpart Chasseur to battle the evil organization BioNet. Among Chasseur`s ranks is Renais Cardiff Shishioh – a former BioNet cyborg with the relentless pursuit of destroying those who took away her humanity. But as GGG and Chasseur fight the BioNet, GGG`s bases around the world are suddenly attacked, and the recently-discovered “Q-Parts” and the original Gao Machines are stolen by Mamoru Amami, who has been abducted and cloned by an even greater threat known as the “Eleven Kings of Sol.” Evicted from Earth by the United Nations, GGG must now travel to the far reaches of the galaxy to battle the Eleven Kings of Sol and save Mamoru before it`s too late.

(Source: ANN)

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11: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden (1999)

Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説外伝 螺旋迷宮
MAL Score: 8.08
Type: OVA
Episodes: 28

Synopsis

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden (1999) is the second of two OVA adaptations of side stories from the Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu novel series. This second adaptation follows the achievements of Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance before the fateful Battle of Astarte, and continues the tales of Reinhard von Müsel and Siegfried Kircheis of the Galactic Empire.

Spiral Labyrinth
Yang is propelled to the spotlight after his famous evacuation of civilians from El Facil. Following an unofficial double promotion and a flurry of media attention, he chronicles his research of the Year 730 Mafia—a close-knit group of Alliance military officers centered around the famed tactician Bruce Ashbey. He investigates a startling claim by Ashbey’s deceased widow that may have enormous political ramifications: that the great war hero was not killed in action but murdered.

The Mutineer
Reinhard and Kircheis are posted on the destroyer Hameln II, docked at Iserlohn Fortress. After gaining the respect of the crew, Reinhard’s leadership is tested when the captain is severely wounded and passes command authority to Reinhard, the next-highest ranking officer on deck.

The Duelist
While Reinhard and Kircheis are working in the Imperial capital Odin, Reinhard learns of a mining rights dispute involving Dorothea von Schaffhausen, a friend of his sister Annerose von Grünewald. Upon hearing that Count Herxheimer intends to settle the matter with a duel, Reinhard volunteers to represent the Schaffhausen family.

The Retriever
After falling out of favor with the nobility, Count Herxheimer is trying to escape to the Free Planets Alliance with a stolen Seffle particle generator prototype. Reinhard is tasked with retrieving both the prototype and the defector, but is only assigned the cruiser H?ssliche Entlein due to the confidential nature of the mission.

The Third Battle of Tiamat
To commemorate the 30th year of the reign of Kaiser Friedrich IV, the Empire announces a large-scale military campaign against the Free Planets Alliance. In the ensuing clash between the Imperial expeditionary force and three Alliance fleets, Reinhard’s timely intervention shapes the tides of war.

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10: Tsubasa: Shunraiki

English: Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Spring Thunder Chronicle
Japanese: ツバサ 春雷記
MAL Score: 8.12
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Tsubasa/xxxHOLiC Project

A 4 part OVA released with the limited editions of the Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC volumes.
There are two OVAs for each series, with plots linked together.

They cover the Nihon Country Arc and scarcely some of the Celes Country Arc.

(Source: Official Project Website)

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9: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

English: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダムUC(ユニコーン)
MAL Score: 8.13
Type: OVA
Episodes: 7

Synopsis

In the year Universal Century 0096, three years after Char Aznable’s failed attempt to force human migration into space, life continues in the colonies orbiting Earth. One such colony, at Side 4, is home to Banagher Links, a 16-year-old who lives a quiet life among his classmates.

Audrey Burne, the last descendant of a great tyrannical family, takes it upon herself to steal the key to a mysterious device known as “Laplace’s Box.” It is said that the Box has the power to shape the course of the universe, and Audrey travels to Side 4 in an attempt to take it from its current holder and keep it from the Sleeves, the surviving remnant of Char Aznable’s Neo-Zeon. In her search, she stumbles across Banagher and changes his life forever.

When Side 4 comes under the attack of the Sleeves and its prolific fighters Marida Cruz and Full Frontal, Banagher takes control of the newly built Gundam Unicorn to defend his friends and protect the fate of humankind.

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8: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden

Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説外伝/千億の星、千億の光
MAL Score: 8.15
Type: OVA
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden is the first of two OVA adaptations of side stories from the Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu novel series. This first adaptation follows the achievements of Reinhard von Müsel and Siegfried Kircheis of the Galactic Empire before the fateful Battle of Astarte.

The Silver-White Valley
Reinhard and Kircheis graduate from their military academy and are immediately sent to the frozen frontier planet Kapche-Lanka. Unbeknownst to them, their new superior schemes to kill Reinhard on behalf of a rival of Reinhard’s sister Annerose von Grünewald.

Dreams of the Morning, Songs of the Night
Reinhard and Kircheis are assigned to the Imperial Military Police, where they uncover the corrupt and oppressive practices of the Empire’s law enforcement. They are soon ordered to investigate the murder of a student at their alma mater.

Dishonor
As Reinhard awaits the bestowal of his new title of Count von Lohengramm, he sends Kircheis to the artificial resort satellite Kreuznach III for a vacation. Restless from the lack of work, Kircheis assists the local police with a drug trafficking case related to an attack on a disgraced former Vice Admiral.

A Hundred Billion Stars, a Hundred Billion Lights
While Reinhard is still a commodore in charge of only a single squadron, he laments the incompetence of his superiors during a battle against the Free Planets Alliance. Amassing military successes under the direct command of Vice Admiral Richard von Grimmelshausen, Reinhard repeatedly clashes with Hermann von Lüneburg, a commodore and former regimental commander of the Alliance’s infamous Rosen Ritter.

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7: Major: Message

Japanese: メジャー メッセージ
MAL Score: 8.18
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Thirteen years after achieving major success with the Indiana Hornets, Gorou Honda’s career as a pitcher ended abruptly after sustaining a horrible injury. Inspired by his father, who continued playing baseball despite major setbacks, Gorou plans to restart his baseball career and play in a new position. However, his strong dedication to train has puzzled his family, especially his young daughter Izumi, who is frustrated with the absence of her father from her lives. Faced by another tough obstacle, Gorou once again decides to prove his resolve through his beloved sport.

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6: Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations

English: Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Tokyo Revelations
Japanese: ツバサ TOKYO REVELATIONS
MAL Score: 8.30
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Continuing their journey from Record Country (the place that held the book of memories), Syaoran and company land into Tokyo Country, a blood-filled country under war from opposing factions for natural resources and survival. While reluctantly involved in the race to live, the group faces their own problems as certain revelations are made, changing their journey forever.

A shocking betrayal and a battle that risks all of their lives. After this revelation, they will never be the same again.

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5: Major: World Series

Japanese: メジャー ワールドシリーズ編
MAL Score: 8.32
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Gorou Shigeno’s journey with the Indiana Hornets continues as they seek to win the prestigious World Series. However, after an unexpected accident during the match with his fated rival, his quest in becoming the world’s best becomes more challenging. Undaunted, Gorou continues to put the weight of his dreams into every pitch he makes, and forges a path towards his desired future through high-speed pitching.

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4: Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni

Japanese: 夏目友人帳 新作OVA いつかゆきのひに
MAL Score: 8.34
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

During a winter walk, Natsume meets a snowman youkai who is searching for something she’s lost and can’t seem to recall and decides to help her despite not knowing what exactly she’s looking for.

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3: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199

English: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199
MAL Score: 8.35
Type: OVA
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

In the year 2199, Earth faces its greatest crisis. Due to unrelenting bombings by the alien race known as “Gamilas,” the planet can no longer sustain its inhabitants. In exactly one year, humanity is set to become extinct.

In desperation, the people of Earth establish the Earth Defense Force, their last defense against the power-hungry Gamilas Empire. However, humanity finds a glimmer of hope after receiving a message from the mysterious planet Iscandar, which offers them a device that would restore Earth to its former glory. With salvation in sight, the Earth Defense Force calls on the prolific Space Battleship Yamato and swiftly assembles a crew to make the 168,000 light-year trek to Iscandar and receive their aid.

Among the crew are young officers Susumu Kodai and Daisuke Shima, along with several other newly promoted leaders, all under the command of the distinguished Captain Juuzou Okita. Forced to learn how to handle the ship’s innovative technology while dealing with the onslaught of Gamilas fleets, the inexperienced cast of Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 must summon every inch of their resolve to survive the many hardships aboard the Yamato and complete their mission: to save humanity before it’s too late.

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2: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Tsuioku-hen

English: Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal
Japanese: るろうに剣心―明治剣客浪漫譚―追憶編
MAL Score: 8.72
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

When mankind’s savagery surpasses his fear of death, there is little hope for those who wish to live honest lives. Beneath a full moon, a young boy witnesses the murder of the bandits who had enslaved him, and is then christened with a new name by the man who rescued him. This boy is Shinta, now known as Kenshin Himura, and he is destined to become a swordsman. The softness of his heart does not befit the occupation, but his desire to protect the innocent is absolute.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Tsuioku-hen details the origins of the man who would bear the name of Hitokiri Battousai long before he swore his oath not to kill and before he earned his reputation as an assassin. The young man’s heart is divided between justice and corruption, while the fate of a nation rests on his actions.

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1: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

English: Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説
MAL Score: 9.05
Type: OVA
Episodes: 110

Synopsis

The 150-year-long stalemate between the two interstellar superpowers, the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance, comes to an end when a new generation of leaders arises: the idealistic military genius Reinhard von Lohengramm, and the FPA’s reserved historian, Yang Wenli.

While Reinhard climbs the ranks of the Empire with the aid of his childhood friend, Siegfried Kircheis, he must fight not only the war, but also the remnants of the crumbling Goldenbaum Dynasty in order to free his sister from the Kaiser and unify humanity under one genuine ruler. Meanwhile, on the other side of the galaxy, Yang—a strong supporter of democratic ideals—has to stand firm in his beliefs, despite the struggles of the FPA, and show his pupil, Julian Mintz, that autocracy is not the solution.

As ideologies clash amidst the war’s many casualties, the two strategic masterminds must ask themselves what the real reason behind their battle is.

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
2. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Tsuioku-hen
3. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
4. Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni
5. Major: World Series
6. Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations
7. Major: Message
8. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden
9. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
10. Tsubasa: Shunraiki
11. Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar Final
12. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden (1999)
13. xxxHOLiC Shunmuki
14. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
15. Wolf’s Rain OVA
16. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Seisou-hen
17. Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
18. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi OVA
19. Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
20. Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix – Layla Hamilton Monogatari
21. Shingeki no Kyojin OVA
22. Maria-sama ga Miteru 3rd
23. Saiyuuki Gaiden
24. Giant Robo the Animation: Chikyuu ga Seishi Suru Hi
25. Haikyuu!!: Riku vs. Kuu
26. Saiyuuki Reload: Burial
27. Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai
28. Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls
29. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
30. Master Keaton OVA
31. Junjou Romantica OVA
32. Black Jack
33. Macross Plus
34. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime: Nandemonai Takaramono, Kono Page
35. Tenshi no Tamago
36. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi
37. Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster
38. Initial D Battle Stage 2
39. Ranma : Yomigaeru Kioku
40. Hakuouki Sekkaroku
41. Hybrid Child
42. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition
43. Initial D Battle Stage
44. Asobi Asobase OVA
45. Area 88
46. Kaleido Star: Aratanaru Tsubasa – Extra Stage
47. Fuyu no Semi
48. Future GPX Cyber Formula Sin
49. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor
50. Hakuouki OVA

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