They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Lodoss-tou Senki, Sweat Punch, Trinity Seven: Nanatsu no Taizai to Nana Madoushi, and more!
50: Lodoss-tou Senki
English: Record of Lodoss War
MAL Score: 7.38
Created from the aftermath of the last great battle of the gods, Lodoss and its kingdoms have been plagued by war for thousands of years. As a quiet peace and unity finally become foreseeable over the land, an unknown evil begins to stir. An ancient witch has awakened, bent on preserving the island of Lodoss by creating political unbalance throughout the many kingdoms and keeping any one from maintaining central control. Only a mixed-race party of six young champions, led by the young warrior Parn, stand between this new threat and Lodoss’ descent back into the darkness of war and destruction.
This is a direct-to-video animation series produced back in 1990, which unfolds over thirteen half-hour episodes. Adapted from the fantasy novels of the same name by Japanese author Ryo Mizuno, Lodoss is a classic good-vs-evil story, exploring the chronicles of six adventurers: these include Parn, a young, inexperienced warrior eager to (literally) jump at any chance to clear his father’s tarnished name; Deedlit, a spunky, mystical high elf who tries (with varying degrees of success) to prove her love to Parn; Etoh, a loyal, good-natured cleric; Slayn, a gentle wise mage; Ghim, a gruff and tough dwarf; and Woodchuck, a wanted criminal who nonetheless provides loyalty (and occasional chagrin) to his pals.
The story is hardly original, and the plot tends to "jumps around" from one event to the next (for instance, the first episode starts off in the "middle" of the heroes’ quest; chronologically, it’d be best to see eps 2-5, 1, and then 6-13)–yet the overall show is so engrossing that this fault (in addition to a few others I’ll come to in a moment) becomes irrelevant.
It’s the characters which make Record Of Lodoss War so much fun, and much of the best scenes belong to Parn and Deedlit; especially in a royal banquet episode where she forces Parn to dance with her (one of my favorite sequences from the show). As is typical of a elf-dwarf rivalry, Ghim and Deed bicker about each other’s differences yet maintain a somewhat begrudging level of self-respect. It’s Parn, however, whose plight stays with you long after the show approaches its climax. Eager to discover whether his father died in disgrace or not, he finds a father figure in Kashue. (This gets on Deedlit’s nerves; she continually competes with the king for Parn’s attention–a running gag that plays out unfortunately for only a couple of episodes.) In the latter episodes, we meet two new characters who don’t get much screen time but are no less fully realized. Shiris, the hotheaded young mercenary who vies with Deedlit for Parn’s affections is strongly depicted, as is her partner (and secret love), Orson, the moody Berserker, who becomes an angry, uncontrollable monster at the sight of Shiris in trouble.
Even the bad guys are richly developed. Ashram, as mentioned, isn’t driven so much by malice as he is by what he believes is right; in fact, he becomes the most three-dimensional of the villains for that reason alone. For support, he has a Dark Elf accomplice named Pirotess (the opposite of Deedlit) who’ll do anything to prove her loyalty to him… including sacrificing herself. Karla, incidentally, is no ordinary villainess. Her primary goal is to bring to Lodoss the balance she feels has been so greatly disturbed… yet her psychologically unbalanced persona leads her to cause far worse chaos with deadly consequences. She is shifty, cunning, manipulative — an almost deadly combination. Wagnard, on the other hand, is just plain evil — every bit the equivalent of Kefka from Final Fantasy III who cackles fiendishly as he puts his dark plans into action. When we first meet him, he appears to be a nondescript character, but when he becomes possessed by Kardis, he becomes frighteningly villainous. (Every scene he’s in sends shivers down my spines.)
Its the strength of the characters and their chemistry as well as the compelling (if jumpy) plot that make Lodoss as a whole that one can overlook its occasional shortcomings, notably the animation, which, although gorgeously drawn, uses a low cel count resulting with some stiff movements. Taking into account that this is an older show, however, this doesn’t really detract all that much (although there are some later episodes where some of the same footage is reused, for cost cutting purposes).
No fantasy adventure would be complete without a stirring soundtrack, and Record of Lodoss War delivers this in style. The musical score by Mitsuo Hagita is mostly symphonic, although it is (obviously) generated by electronics. Yet the compositions were so rich and lovely that they eventually grew on me over the course of the show. Equally lovely are the opening and ending theme songs, "Adesso e Fortuna -Now & Fortune-" and "Fantasia of the Wind", both of which are excellently sung in Japanese by Sherry. As a nice bonus, these songs were even translated for the English version; the woman who sings the dubbed songs, Lisa DeSimone, sings with an equally splendid voice.
One aspect of Lodoss often criticized is the English dub, produced by New York-based Central Park Media in 1996, a time when most dubs had a low reputation. I’ve read all kinds of mixed opinions about this English track; some say its fake and/or mediocre while other claims its unbearable, but here’s a better review from one of its several (albeit outspoken on the net at least) enthusiastic fans (that’s me). No, it’s not perfect, and some lines do come off as a bit awkward, but a lot of the voice-overs are really good. In particular, Billy Regan (Parn), Lisa Ortiz (Deedlit), Al Muscari (Slayn), Jacques Le Can (Woodchuck), Simone Grant (Karla & Leylia), John Knox (Ashram), Jayce Reeves (Wagnard), and Alexander J. Rose (Wort and the Narrator), are among my favorites. Plus, the dialog is close to the subtitled script and packed with some memorable one-liners (Parn: "Quick, Deed, what’s this dragon’s weak spot?" Deedlit: "I’m not a dragon expert! How should I know?!") and great chemistry between the actors. I especially loved the interactions between Parn and Deedlit, the banter between Ghim and Deed, and a lot of other things. Which is why it saddens me that some would find all of this "inferior" to the Japanese language track. I listened to parts of the Japanese language track, too, and while I did find it to be of top-quality, I find that the dub still holds its own position decently. Of course, it may be in danger of being overshadowed by some of the better dub productions of today, but for a dub made in 1996, its a rather decent, if unspectacular listen. I’m still fond of it, as a matter of fact, even after hearing some better ones.
Record of Lodoss War has received its share of detractors over recent years, probably due to its cheap production values and/or inconsistent plotting. However, it is important to remember that these "shortcomings" is mainly because it’s an older Anime series. While Lodoss may show its age in places, its infectious appeal and complexity rings true even after other shows of its ilk, and like most classics, it can stand against the test of time.
Record of the Lodoss War was a HUGE hit when it came out in 1990 Japan. It also gained strong popularity among the tiny US anime fandom of the early 90s. Unfortunately, this anime has not aged gracefully. Normally I hate using the phrase “aged poorly”. It’s something that young punks use too often to just shit on anything over 10 years old. In this one instance though, I’m afraid it’s kind of unavoidable.
Record of the Lodoss War was a 1990 OVA based on a Japanese short novel… based an a Japanese tabletop RPG…which was a ripoff of Dungeons and Dragons. Take the most cliche Western high fantasy tropes and they are ALL here in Lodoss War, distilled down to their most basic. The characters go well beyond archetypes and into the realm of laughably generic. The plot was already just a standard D&D campaign in the novel, but the 10 episode OVA had to cut out a LOT of the novel. If Wheel of Time is like bare bones high fantasy, this OVA is like sucking the marrow from those bones.
As I mentioned previously, this OVA was a smash hit and spawned a ton of video games, radio dramas, manga, and a 27 episode sequel! So HOW did it get so popular?! To understand this, we have to go back to the year 1990 and look at it from that perspective. Ring the bell sucka! School’s in session!
Just as it used to take a few years for a Japanese fad to spread to America, it took a little bit for American trends to spread to Japan. In the early 90s, Japan was heavily influenced by American culture of the 1980s. High fantasy was HUGE in the 1980s. The utterly mediocre Wheel of Time books were dominating the best seller lists in America. WOT gained such popularity in the Southern US that Atlanta created Dragon Con as a WOT convention. To this day it is the largest geek convention in the Southeast US! Dungeons and Dragons was an absolute cultural phenomenon. He-Man was the most popular toy in the US. You couldn’t go anywhere without running into Tolkien inspired high fantasy with elves, dwarves, orcs, and all the rest. There were plenty of high fantasy based video games in Japan by 1990, but not really any high fantasy anime or manga at the time to meet this demand. Record of the Lodoss War was created to fill a hole that NEEDED filling back in that time. Today, there really isn’t the same thirst for Tolkien style high fantasy and there are already 100 fantasy anime better than Lodoss War. Keep in mind that Japanese gamers LOVED Hydlide when it hit home PCs back in 1984. Today…there isn’t much of a Hydlide fandom. Lodoss isn’t THAT bad, but at times it feels close.
There is one other reason that Lodoss sold like hotcakes back in its day. Deedlit the Elf chick and her sex appeal. Deedlit was in many ways the first true “waifu” in anime. Before this you really didn’t see lonely virgins collecting TONS of figurines and body pillows of their favorite anime girls. You’ve probably heard lots of people online waxing nostalgic for the anime heroes of the 80s. They all had chiseled muscles, hard jaws, broad shoulders, and looked MANLY! When have you heard people talk about how they want female designs from 80s anime back? That’s right. You haven’t. Look at the top 300 waifus on MAL. You’ll see Yoko Littner, Senjougahara, Rei and Asuka, Lucy Heartfilia, Nami, Erza, Hinata, etc. NONE of these were around in 1990. Even Android 18 and Major Kusanagi weren’t around yet. The only rivals Deedlit had were Lunch from Dragonball and Cutie Honey from the 1970s!
A young swordsman with no parents must team up with an elvish archer, an axe wielding dwarf named Gim, a Wizard, and a thief to go on a long journey and thwart an evil God. Did I mention this series has little imagination of its own? The only creative thing to come out of this series was an evil sword called “Soul Crusher” that took possession of its owner and had a giant eye in hilt. The game Soul Calibur BLATANTLY stole this from Lodoss War. I mentioned this before, but the novel had to be very abridged. In one episode, our heroes decide they need to go meet an old wizard and learn the weakness of an evil sorceress named Karla the Grey. In the next episode, it just announces that they have returned from seeing the wizard and learned all about her. Lodoss has a firm policy of “Tell, don’t show.”
The characters once again are SO generic that I can’t really say much about them. Instead I’ll focus on Deedlit, who is the only character ANYONE remembers from this series. She was drawn with long blonde hair, massive bouncy breasts, and very soft facial features. Deedlit was being drawn by a young Satoshi Urushihara, the KING of breasts! That’s all I need to say. She IMMEDIATELY falls in love with the young swordsman right after meeting him and plays his sexy sidekick. She doesn’t really have any chemistry with our leading hero Parn, but her looks still win her “best girl of 1990”. Fuck Bulma! She was still being a total bitch on Namek at this point.
The art by Studio Madhouse is decent for the most part, but this wasn’t Madhouse’s top performance here. In the 80s and early 90s, Madhouse was at its best with feature films like Wicked City or Ninja Scroll. It could also do 3 episode OVAs like Cyber City “God Damn Vampire” Oedo, which looks WAY better than Lodoss. With a 10 episode OVA, the budget got so strained that we end up with a still image of a dragon getting dragged across the screen in a moment of unintentional hilarity.
The soundtrack is pretty damn limited and plays the same tracks over and over. The closing theme is awesome though and contains the line “please fall asleep on my breasts.”
Lodoss is not an anime that’s going to knock the socks off new anime viewers in 2018. Still, if you are interested in anime history and want to see a neat time capsule of the year 1990, it is worth checking out. Just go into it knowing what to expect and put on your archaeologist hat.
My biggest complaint about Lodoss is that it wasn’t given the proper amount of episodes to expand its story properly. It has such an engrossing atmosphere and massive worldbuilding potential that is squandered terribly due to a lack of time investment. What we’re left with is a marginalized “good vs. evil” approach, thinning the cast of characters to generic protagonists and antagonists. A series with this much imagination needs the proper nurturing to ensure success, and 26 episodes would’ve given it more of a fighting chance. On top of that, they decided to drop the viewers into the middle of what is chronologically after the 5th episode… only leading to the confusion. I don’t know if different mediums of media were trying this reverse storytelling at the time, but it was entirely unnecessary and only confused the hell out of me, and I’m assuming a lot of other people.
You follow Parn (yep, sounds like porn) and his stereotypical group of fellow travelers (a cleric, wizard, elf, dwarf and thief) as they seek to prevent the destruction of the planet by baddies that want to control the universe. Sound intriguing? Well, I can assure you that this is the Dynasty Warriors button masher of plots. Considering the source material is actually written to emulate a D&D experience, the dungeon master must’ve been rather disappointing. The main character transforms from useless fodder to going toe for toe with the most powerful foe on Lodoss (which has definitely never happened in an anime before), all in the course of like 5 episodes. There’s a loose backstory referencing his father and restoring his family’s honor, but it’s unconvincing at best. Generic quotes like “I’ll get you!” and “you’re no match for me!” resonate from his vocabulary on occasion, and you sense there isn’t much there are on his intellectual level. Parn’s childhood friend Etoh, the with perhaps the worst English voice actor of all time, accompanies him as a sworn companion.
Deedlit, a high elf and Parn’s hinted love interest, is a princess that randomly decides to join the adventure. Given the fact that she’s actually of royalty, she naturally drops everything to answer the underlying question of what is happening to her people. And honestly, the rest of the main pack is irrelevant. A gaggle of genericized fantasy tropes, which doesn’t create the best selling point. The most interesting character in the entire series is Ashram, a knight who seeks the highest power, but has some serious self-identification and reflecting to do in the process. He’s initially perceived as a villain, but can actually draw some empathy and understanding as the series elapses.
In addition to being a relatively generic series, Lodoss is littered with bits of randomness along the way. Although the “potential” romantic relationship between Parn and Deedlit never actually develops, there are plenty of awkward exchanges or long stares that force the viewer into thinking there’s something there. I’m just not buying it, there’s almost no chemistry between the two. Not to mention the interest fellow traveler Shiris (the girl with the berserker friend) has in Parn…. something that’s awkwardly left by the wayside. There’s also the evil witch Carla, with perhaps the most unassuming name in anime villainy existence, and another dark elf that sporadically falls for Ashram along the way. The more I get frustrated with the lack of finesse in writing, the more I realize what the anime was modeled after: a D&D quest. Speaking from experience, the element of randomness doesn’t even scratch the surface of the ridiculous stuff me and my friends used to come up with when we played. So…. I guess there’s that.
Sometimes I don’t consider it fair to criticize animation from the 90’s or earlier, because it’s merely a sign of the times. In Lodoss’ case, the art style isn’t necessarily my cup of tea but it’s consistent with the art out at the time in terms of quality. From what I remember reading, the studio actually utilized a sizable budget in order to get exactly what they were looking for in terms of emulating various fantasy elements and characters. Some of the fight scenes are actually quite fluid as well, something that earlier anime had issues with. No choppiness or quality drop during the heavier action sequences, something I can really appreciate. Especially when you consider the issues modern day anime have with frame drops and inconsistent animation, likely without any legitimate excuse.
Did I mention how bad the voice acting is? Central Park Media, a NYC based company took the reigns dubbing Lodoss. It was clear they had no idea what they were doing. Some acting is decent, but others are absolutely atrocious. It’s almost as though when the producers signed off on it they were doing more of a “screw it”, knowing they’d be out of a job anyway. If you’re a fan of dubs due to convenience, I strongly suggest you watch the Japanese version or avoid it altogether. It’s THAT bad. Performances like this employs hopefulness for my future seiyuu career… I digress.
The rest of the music is slightly unfitting, but about what I expect from an early 90’s series. Anime was largely in a learning period, starkly evident by the slow female ballads present in their OPs. For a show so focused on action and fantasy elements, the OP just…doesn’t work. As a standalone track it’s quite present, reminiscent of “Fly Me to the Moon” from NGE, but not an anime fit. The background tracks depict the genre much better. They’re full of orchestral life, and build crescendos left and right.
As much as I disliked certain aspects of Lodoss, I enjoyed it overall. However, one must understand that most of my enjoyment comes from a mix of nostalgia and relatability. I was a HUGE nerd in my high school days, so Lodoss speaks to me in some ways other anime cannot. On the other hand, it’s leaps and bounds from being “good” by any normal definition. Perhaps I would’ve enjoyed it more if I had watched the Japanese dub vice the English, but a generic plot, short run time and forced romance all work to cripple Lodoss, dooming it from the start. I would recommend this series to fans of other fantasy anime or earlier shows, or those just looking for something different. As always, thanks for reading!
49: Sweat Punch
English: Sweat Punch
MAL Score: 7.38
Sweat Punch is a series of five Studio 4°C shorts collected as a direct-to-DVD package film entitled Deep Imagination.
I suppose… it is a mixed bag with a little bit of something for almost everyone. If you’re not necessarily into comedy, it’s still at least worth looking into and a way to pay respects to the work that went into them.
It draws you into its illusion the first second you start to watch it and it keeps your attention until it finally ends. This was a very amazing series to me I have never seen anything like it and so long when it comes to animes. I would have to say I do recommend this to everyone who is interested into it.
It will be worth your while to watch it and its very astonishing how things go in it to where you will be surprised and you will be taken into a new way of thinking about things. Its a mystery of how things go but very brilliant in its own way.
48: Trinity Seven: Nanatsu no Taizai to Nana Madoushi
Japanese: トリニティセブン 七つの大罪と七魔道士
MAL Score: 7.38
Arata is set to be expelled! The only way to save himself is to be taught more about the magic archives from the Trinity Seven themselves.
Arata needs to write a report on all the Trinity Seven in order to not get expelled from the school. The report aside, the OVA shows Arata at his perverted peak with all the Trinity Seven.
And a little romance at the end as well as a hint of a progressing story completes this OVA.
I wonder if it will get a sequel, since some new characters are shown in the ending scenes of the OVA.
The sole reason I enjoyed this OVA heaps more than the actual show is because it just felt “right”. As odd as that may sound, please hear me out~! The show was fine and not anything bad and is better than various other harems, but it felt lackluster in both comedy and this was a case I wanted less story and more ecchi and comedy routines, just as this OVA did really well. The comedy hit home and the characters interested me more for that very reasons. Though, if you aren’t a fan of ecchi/harems and feel anime boobies ruin anime then skip the series and this. We all have our opinions and you deserve yours!
If you’re a Trinity Seven fan: Watch this.
If you’re an ecchi fan: Watch 1st season and then this.
If you hate harems: Skip Trinity Seven
Trinity Seven was a series that brought something new to the table in the genre of harem. While sticking with the theme of fantasy with the classic Harem/ecchi combo, it also managed to give off an air of comedy and plot that worked very well due to the characters that this show presented. So. What surprises will the OVA give us?
Story (7.49/10): In terms of story, the Trinity Seven OVA doesn’t really have much to offer in terms of actual plot. Our harem king/lucky pervert/main protagonist, Arata, is essentially told by the administration at the school that he is failing his classes. In order to prevent his expulsion, he must learn in-depth the seven archives of magic through help from the Trinity Seven. And if you’ve seen this series before, you can probably guess what will happen.
In terms of story, this OVA doesn’t really offer much beyond the synopsis above. But of course, since this is Trinity Seven, that’s not really what we’re looking forward to here. To make up for its lack of story, this OVA pulls out what Trinity Seven is known for, its own brand of comedy known as Ecchi comedy. You know those generic ecchi scenes you see in generic harem shows? Well, take those moments, but add a main protagonist who doesn’t shy away from the feminine body, rather, acting like any normal guy would with a couple funny lines amplifying his pervertedness. This is pretty much the entire runtime of this OVA. Since this is an OVA, story really doesn’t take a big foothold on the runtime, so Arata being…well, Arata is pretty much all you’re going to get. Trust me, it may not seem like much, but it’s ALL you need for this.
+/- Rather simplistic story (This doesn’t impact much cause OVA’s only have a 30 min. runtime.)
+ Comedic/Perverted antics throughout
Character (8.88/10): Cast-wise, the OVA doesn’t change much. We still have our harem king, Arata who spends time with the 7-8 girls he’s associated with, we still have the buzzkill Lilith, Yui, my personal favorite who becomes a lot more thirsty than I thought she would be, and the rest of the Trinity Seven.
Likewise to the original series and the manga source material, the characters retain their characteristics and don’t differ very much. (Except maybe Yui, cause I don’t remember her being that thirsty…) As such, any girl that you may or may not have called as your “best girl” or “waifu” has retained their likable traits.
+ Great cast still has their original and enjoyable character traits.
+ Arata (honestly, this guy is great. His existence is a positive to this series.)
Art and Sound (8.00/10 and 7.44/10): Art for Trinity Seven has always been very consistent with its darker color scheme and ominous feel. As such, the OVA reflects this and nothing really differs apart from that. However, there are moments within this OVA that do come off as…odd.
For one thing, the art quality did waver in a select few scenes. The standard animation for some of the characters seemed to dip in quality slightly. Not a huge difference, but still somewhat prominent. In addition, the OVA uses some odd artstyles, having a really weird chibi scene that while funny, really didn’t make sense cause it did clash quite harshly.
And since this is an ecchi show, here’s the obligatory ecchi warning paragraph. (Yay for continuity…) Ecchi has been a staple for Trinity Seven since basically minute one where Arata grabs a girl’s breast upon waking up. (Just a normal day for the harem king, mind you.) As such, this OVA follows suit in its first season predecessor by making similar scenes. However, unlike its original runtime, this OVA feels a bit…racy, at points. Essentially, this OVA makes an attempt at being somewhat more ecchi than what we were shown in the original 12 episodes. Since Arata is associating with all seven members of the Trinity seven this time, well, you can probably guess if you’ve seen this show before. While not spoiling what actually happens, I can at the very least tell you that the frequency and possibly intensity of the scenes you witness, will be more so than the first season of this show.
Soundtrack is still the same, using the “Seven doors” opening and the first ending of the series as its choice tracks for this OVA.
+ Decently consistent artwork
+ Good soundtrack
+/- Art quality has differed through its runtime
+/- Ecchi. (This is really a positive or negative depending on your view of ecchi, cause this show while uses a lot of it, uses it in a more comedic sense alongside the standard perverted sense.)
Personal Enjoyment (9.00/10): As a curator of the harem genre, I have searched far and wide for a show or manga that would be able to give me what I search for, something new and exciting that would break the reins that the harem genre has been tied down to. And with Trinity Seven, I believe I have found it.
Did I like this OVA?
Yes. Watching it was a bucketload of fun. This OVA really made use of what Trinity Seven is known for, making into the focal point of the special, which in turn, made this a very enjoyable viewing experience. Because I’m some fond of this series, it’s really hard for me to not like what it’s trying to do because the comedy works just so well. It’s the kind of ecchi that kind of don’t want to turn away from because it for some reason just feels very natural when you watch it. It’s weird.
What didn’t I like about the OVA?
Really, the only complaint I have is the art. Only select scenes really bothered me, so apart from that, there’s nothing I really didn’t like.
Would I recommend this OVA?
If you liked Trinity Seven, and/or fine with ecchi, cause it will show that to you, then I would recommend watching this OVA. Be warned though, you might want to watch this alone or with a friend who’s a fan of this series. Cause even though the ecchi is used for quite well written comedic reasons, it’s still decently hardcore ecchi nonetheless. Until then, Magic King candidate Xadon, out!
47: Kekkai Sensen: Ousama no Restaurant no Ousama
Japanese: 血界戦線 王様のレストランの王様
MAL Score: 7.39
For a rare occasion, the members of Libra have come out of the shadows to dine with an important guest: a royal next in line for the crown of his country. To show their visitor the finest that Hellsalem’s Lot has to offer, the group decides to dine at Molzzogazza, the cream of the crop as far as restaurants go in the city.
As the success of this dinner may prove to be beneficial to Libra, Steven A. Starphase mounts the pressure on the team to be on its best behavior and avoid screw-ups. However, Steven has made one oversight. Molzzogazza, famous for its cuisine’s indescribable and transcendent flavors, serves food so good that most people lose their minds eating it. Though the ragtag team may do their best to be cordial, the food is sure to unwind their composure, threatening the success of the dinner and leaving them unaware of an oncoming threat to the restaurant.
this is NOT the case here. this special was priceless
Steven and Klaus are trying to impress a foreign middle east Sultan to that they can create a partnership that would end up earning them 3 million dollar a year. to impress the Sultan, Klaus and Steve take Leonardo, KK, Zed, Chain, and Zapp to help represent their team and entertain the Sultan at a very fancy high end restaurant. it is imperative that the team not screw up and be rude in front of the Sultan because that could jeopardize everything. the wackiness comes from the fact that the team is going absolutely nuts over the quality of food. meanwhile, Femt appears to reck havoc but timelines become tangled when the restaurant also changes dimensions to one where Femt doesnt recognize Leonardo (who got lost on the way to the bathroom) and Leonardo and Femt team up to find their way through the restaurant.
story (8/10): it was hysterical and captivating. during the dinner Zapp and the Sultan get drunk and start messing around while all of the rest continue to absolutely flip out over the food to the point of hallucinating (apparently the food was so good it puts people into trances) the dinner portion was genuinely funny and it was so ridiculous i couldnt look away. the dinner scenes then lead into Leonardo needing to go to the bathroom but got lost in another dimension and ends up meeting Femt. this part was so interesting, even though this part was like only 10 minutes of the whole episode. Femt and Leonardo end up searching through the mansion looking for the dining hall again and come across a large room with monsters eating humans(?) and this one off antagonist from the very beginning. it was just so weird but it flowed so well. the best word to describe it is fascinating
art (7/10): as far as characters and scenery go, it was all pretty standard. i do give it some brownie points off the top because usually specials dont look nearly as good as the anime and they seemed to not let standards slip. what was really amazing was the food!!! how they drew and plated the food was so pretty, it all looked so delicious
sound (9/10): the voice acting is top notch per usual. i LOVE Akira Ishida and Daisuke Sakaguchi so much, they have such talent and make anything they are in just that much better. but what i really am gushing over it the soundtrack. they really went the extra mile to take every staple classical piece out there and fit it in so well. everything from “Pictures of an Exhibition” to a piece from the Romeo and Juliet ballet (the name is escaping me at the moment) were so beautiful and appropriately placed within the scenes. the sound category is so important because it can really make or break a scene, or a whole series for that matter
characters (7/10): they were all standard. the weird antagonist in the beginning was really there so that there could be monsters in the mansion later down the line, he really was a non-factor. all of the other characters from the series were standard. the Sultan was pretty funny but they didnt really do anything more with him than have him eat during the dinner scene
overall (8/10): Kekkai Sensen is such a good series that i expected the special to be around the sample quality, however i was still pleasantly surprised at how much effort was put in (especially since i have just recently seen some other specials for other animes and they were pretty trash). it was really enjoyable and its a good thing to watch if you wanna break up the longer animes you might be marathoning at the moment
Japanese: 鴉 -KARAS-
MAL Score: 7.40
The world of the humans and the world of the demons (youkai) have overlapped one another, leaving humans to walk the streets of life as they normally would, while demons walk, hidden from the naked eye, down the very same streets. A seemingly young woman named Yurine and her servant, the Karas (from the Japanese word for “Crow”), have long maintained order and balance between the overlapped worlds, ultimately keeping the demons from interrupting the lives of humans. However, humans have come to forget and jest at the existence of demons, and no longer understand the privilege it is to live without fear. Disgusted by this arrogance, an old Karas turns his back on the laws he had once upheld, and in his human form, named Eko, he creates an army of Mikura, or mechanized demons, to ready an attack on the human race.
A young man named Otoha inherits the powers of the Karas and takes his place at the side of Yurine, who claims that his soul called out for her while he lived the life of a human. They live in the world of the demons. It is now up to Otoha to prove himself as a Karas, and restore the balance that Eko threatens to upset.
Meanwhile, a superstitious police officer named Sagisaka and his rational new recruit, Kure, follow the trail of the murders dealt by Eko’s Mikura, as well as the trail of a rogue Mikura named Nue. The prophecy unfolds from here into a grave revelation for all in the city.
ART: Karas is a visual powerhouse with few peers to call its equal. All of the major battle and dramatic sequences are perfectly epic. If you enjoy watching superhuman battles with swords, explosions, lasers, robotics(both big and small), etc., then this is the best that anime has to offer. This OVA is one of the most gorgeous films for its genre, and few shows can live up to this caliber of animation quality. Although animation and art design can’t carry an entire show, Karas’s visual appeal carries a great deal and redeems most of the show’s flaws.
SOUND: Fortunately for the visual production of Karas, the sound develops the already epic, visual appeal into unreal proportions. The voice acting is fantastic for each character. The music gives each scene the appropriate response to each emotion. This is the kind of music that inspires roaring during battle scenes, quiet trepidation during conflicts, and cries of "That was beastmode!" during victory celebrations. The audio portion of the show is no pushover in relation to the visual aspect, but there are a few scenes in the show that need audio editing. Besides these few qualms, the sound is fantastic.
CHARACTER: The character development of this show suffers like the story. There are too many characters, and they all have deep histories. However, the show doesn’t have the time to delve into all but one or two of these characters, and those select few receive the slightest bit of detail. Ultimately, I just didn’t care about anybody other than the protagonist, one of the fortunate characters to receive miniscule detail. It is unfortunate because, like the story, there is so much potential behind the plethora of characters presented. Yet this potential is barely tapped.
ENJOYMENT: Karas is highly enjoyable with varied rewatchability. The battles and epic drive of this series make the experience invigorating, and several post-initial viewings are required to realize the sheer force this epic extravaganza possesses. However, there is very little depth beyond the flash-bang-awesome, and this effect does wear off over time. The initial and second viewings will be the best, and they will be highly memorable. However, there is little to take away from Karas other than, "That was unbelievably cool."
OVERALL: Karas’s production team sacrificed plot, depth, and series longevity for visual, audio, and sensual awe. These balances have noticeable and predictable pros and cons.
Also, Karas displays graphic violence overbearingly at times. To some, this graphic effect may not be a problem. However, the gore in Karas is extreme and may be too excessive for others.
I hope this review has proven beneficial, and I appreciate any feedback, critiques, or thoughts through messages. Happy anime watching!
In my opinion, I thought the story plot was the weakest part of Karas. It took me until two episodes or so to understand what even went on, although once you get the hang of the characters and such, the plot does come together. Perhaps one of the reasons why the plot is so difficult to understand is that the series has been condensed to a mere six episodes. If it were spread out like other anime (13 or 26 episodes), if anything, I think the plot would have been amazing. If you really do pull all the story lines that weaved Karas, they’re very intense, with the idea of what’s good and evil, and the obvious supernatural.
For those that hate complex story plots, but still have the curiosity of watching Karas, I really do recommend that you do, because the art is beautiful. The combination of 2D and 3D animation really makes Karas more than a series, but a beautiful piece of work. The way they fused many Asian cultures together (I swear, I had moments where I thought I was looking at Korean signs instead of a Japanese city, ahaha) for the setting, and the characters are beautifully created. The details are just unbelievable. If you REALLY don’t like the plot, then really… just turn the sound off, turn some intense music on, and just watch it. It’s just that good.
The music for Karas was beautiful, and fit very well together. I found the ending song for the first half fitting so well, sung by RURUTIA, who puts on a very mysterious and ambient air in her song “Selenite”. The background music for the series also was well produced, as it really helped add to the intensity.
The seiyuus were also very well chosen. They really helped bring out some of the personality of the characters that they voiced.
The characters suffered as well as the plot. Due to the whole six episodes only situation, it was hard to really see what they were like, especially since they all have an extremely complex personality and background. It took me forever to understand the situation of Nue and Otoha, two main characters of Karas, and it could just be me, but I found that it was really difficult to follow the characters, and at the same time, follow a very complex plot. It just added to the confusion. But the seiyuus did, like I mentioned before, help bring out some of their personality, but if anything, it was difficult to understand the characters until the very end.
I kind of see Karas as one of those anime where you either enjoy it, or you don’t. Personally, I loved it. It was probably due to the fact that the art really captured my attention, as well as the sound. But if anything, it’s going to be the graphics that will capture you. The fusion of 2D and 3D is something you don’t see, and as someone who has a deep interest for art, it truly was a wonder to see this. The plot on the other hand, I struggled immensely with, due to the confusion, and that took away some of the enjoyment of Karas.
So, I guess you could say that I advise you to watch this, knowing that the plot IS confusing. I don’t care how brilliant you are, it will throw you off a bit, because it’s one of those “in media res” moments.
I advise those that really don’t care much for the graphics, but really the plot and characters to NOT watch this… unless you have some odd love for abnormally complex stories, then in that case, go for it.
But if you’re someone who really appreciates computer graphics and art, as well as sound, then I do recommend watching it, but caution the fact that the plot is hard to follow.
Those who don’t really like blood and gore may want to be a bit cautious to starting this anime, as umm… they definitely took Karas above and beyond with the blood and gore, ahaha, and it may cause some distress for others who aren’t very good at handling graphic violence.
[Just so you know: This is my first review on MAL, so any critique, feedback, suggestions, etc. are greatly appreciated and accepted. Feel free to message me, or leave a comment on my profile. I will be more than happy to hear what you have to say!]
45: Majimoji Rurumo: Kanketsu-hen
Japanese: まじもじるるも 完結編
MAL Score: 7.41
Bundled with the with the ninth limited edition volume of the Majimoji Rurumo: Houkago no Mahou Chuugakusei manga.
A pretty classic ecchi show, with a perverted MC and some cute moments… I’ve never seen anyone talk about this show. Pretty standard animation with few complains and some distinctive art that may appeal or turn off some people.
I actually enjoyed this OVA, that actually delivers a closed ending to a type of show that usually never gets it. Besides being enjoyable by itself, this OVA improved my enjoyment of the show and it makes it actually an enjoyable, full, satisfactory and casual experience.
So, if you want an ecchi romcom that is actually satisfactory, and you want to have an easy and simple enjoyment you might want to check it. If you enjoy these kind of shows, this should be your cup of tea.
Boi, this kind of OVAs should be a more common thing, I’m actually glad to see stuff like this.
Rurumo was never the anime that I watched for the dirty nor harem stuff, Rurumo for me is a much more complex anime, it has genuine good characters and very nice plot and I really liked it for that. It having very low ecchi made me love it even more because it showed that you can make a great story without relying on fan service.
The story of this movie is good and while it does feel a little rushed at the start, it gets better and better with a good conclusion.
It was nice to see the characters I really liked and the mother aka best girl in action again, it was wholesome and we got more character development for the Rurumo.
If you want more in depth review I made one like 4 years ago you can read that one but just know this is an anime you should watch and it is actually good and interesting.
Overall I would give the movie/ovas a 9/10.
I would recommend the series to anyone tbh.
Story- Good 7: Since this is were the franchise ends, but the part as to what kind of excuse that Kota gave that he back from the death was just tooooooo lame .
Art-Fair 6: It was suppose to have some ecchi in it, but not here.
Sound- Very Good 8: that for the ending theme “Futari no Chronostasis” by Phoebe Chan.
Character- Good 7: Here, it was mostly Rurumo and Kota where their relationship progresses as they become lovers. Warura and his familiar were there and were able to provide the good support .
Enjoyment- Very Good 8: what can I say studio JC Staff did save the best for last.
Overall- Very Good: I was worth watching as we say good bye to the franchise, but we have to be very honest that this was not the original creator, Watanabe, Wataru’s best work.
44: Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season OVA
Japanese: 鬼灯の冷徹 第2期 OAD
MAL Score: 7.43
Bundled with the limited editions of 29th, 30th, and 31st volumes of the Hoozuki no Reitetsu manga.
OVA 3 will be streamed in advance on September 1, 2020. OVA 3 will officially be released with volume 31 of the manga on September 23 2020.
43: Kyou kara Maou! R
MAL Score: 7.45
Life has returned to some form of normalcy after the end of the series, and so His Majesty Yuuri Shibuya travels to oversee how things are going. While doing so, he runs into the king of Small Shimeron–Sararegi. But it seems there may be something more to him than the friendly king he presents himself as. Yuuri go back to Shimaron to relax and meet some friends, when the “king” of Little Shimaron suddenly joins the group and wants the Maou to come to his country. The Original king sends a message to Yuuri’s brother and his friend that Yuuri is in trouble.
I, personally, expected more from this series of ovas but since the anime is mainly a Comedy (shounen-ai notwithstanding) the plot (or its absence) was in every ova rather plain and full of cuteness. BUT don’t let my review stop you from viewing this ovas! For you will without a doubt laugh or at least giggle some.
these little extra side story things are pretty good. each episode has its own kind of sub plot, like aside from the main one from kyou kara maou! if you like the first season im sure you would like the ova’s.
the art in this was just as good in the first season.
also just as good
i like all the characters just as before but i wish there were sertain characters we could have seen more of.
they were really good 🙂
really liked it
42: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sekai Tougou-hen
Japanese: テイルズ オブ シンフォニア THE ANIMATION 世界統合編
MAL Score: 7.46
The third and final OVA series concluding the story of Tales of Symphonia: The Animation.
The Short Version:
(+)A satisfying end to the series.
(+)The characters come full circle
(+)Sound is again back to form
(-)Yet more Houdini characters (They appear then disappear)
The Story (8/10): This is the point were the overarching story that begun in part one and was in the background for the entirety of part two, reaches it’s ultimate climax and my god is it good. Having more modified than change the original objective, the span of the story has increased while somehow feeling as focused as it was in part two. Surprisingly, there is a theme within the story, and it’s a problem that still exists in our actual world. Prejudice. This question makes think for a little bit in-between all the drama and such, and it’s refreshing for this series, that previously didn’t really have a question or meaning at all, tackling a concept that is so prevalent and obvious in today’s society. (Although I have a problem with one scene that has really out of place humor)
The Characters (8/10): With the entire cast already having plenty of previous screen time, each of them individually feel like proper characters (In my review for part one I said, “None of these characters can hold the show by themselves.” I take that back for this part.) As for what comes with the conclusion of any given anime, revelations between characters are made, every secret is revealed, and the villains motives are brought to light, which in the case of this anime are actually rather grounded compared to other extreme examples (I’d compare the final goal to Lelouch’s from Code Geass). The villain himself though believes in ‘the ends justify the means’ approach to things.
The Art and Sound (8/10 & 7/10): The art just keeps getting better as this series wears on, it is much more standard for ufotable if still a bit downgraded, but it is an improvement from the previous entry. (I’m pretty sure this is because the upped their game with their lighting and shadows).
The sound is also an improvement from the last entry, the OP has again to the level of part ones but it’s more akin to modern day OP’s with the momentary rapid score then slowly down to a more steady pace before picking back up as the episode name pops up, the ED is still on the same level as the previous two though, just with up-tempo vocals this time. Everything else when it comes to sound is good enough to be considered standard but nothing really jumped out at me and made me say, “That one part was great.”
What do I think of this anime?
This was a fitting ending to the series, it’s just a shame that you have to go through two lackluster entries to get here. I can not suggest buying this series, it would be preferable to stream the entire show.
Would I recommend this anime?
Yes, without a doubt. I still highly recommend that you go back to the start and work your way back up to this point, but yes. Please watch this show. Just remember, since this is a threequel, you’ll have to watch the first two parts of it in order to get here, and they’re not really the best material to watch.
Goodbye my brethren, see you in the next one.
So, the story of Tales of Symphony focuses on a young man and a girl, who have been friends since childhood. The girl, Colette, needs to perform sacred rituals, for her world to be saved from the destruction. Her closest friends embark on a journey with her to help her complete the ritual and, of course, there will be people that will do everything to kidnap, kill, or even to somehow influence the restoration of the world. And that is the whole story and it will probably sound boring, also it might also look boring for you, when watching the first episodes. However, as the story continues, it becomes much more interesting, there are so many things going on and the most important part about it is that it all makes sense and is quite catchy overall.
Animation wise, the animation was done by Ufotable and whatever they do is always amazing. Action scenes and attacks are splendidly animated and the way the animators paid attention to so many details does make the TV series that enjoyable. OST and music wise, it is amazing how many great tracks this series has. The whole OST fits the series’ tone well and helps you to appreciate the series even more. And not only that! The Japanese voice actors also did one hell of a job voicing their characters, helping the viewer appreciate the series even more, because thanks to their work, the characters they voiced all looked real and quite enjoyable to follow.
As for the characters, they all have intriguing pasts and quite a development. There are so many characters, they are all different, they all have a story to tell and this is amazing. I did not quite appreciate one of the main characters, he is caring, but annoying at the same time. He is the only exception to the stereotype list, but you might even understand him and find him not as annoying as I did. Other than that, all heroes constantly discuss something, make fun of each other and find themselves in awkward situations. The viewer sees not only comedy scenes, but also some well-made melodrama that is not forced and is very enjoyable.
Overall, too bad the TV series did not get enough episodes to show enough development. If you played the game, you should know what I am trying to say. If you, however, know nothing about the game and like great adventures, I am more than sure you will find the anime quite enjoyable. Do give it a try, it is not that long.
Also: I’ll be posting the same review for all three seasons, since I made a general review for the series, not the seasons in separate.
Ok, so if you guys don’t know, Tales of Symphonia is one of my FAVORITE animes, along with the rest of the Tales of Series. After i finished ToS, me and a friend had found other animes in the series as well, which we both love to death.
So my friend said she found an old Gamecube game that her father owned called “Tales of Symphonia.” It was an anime RPG about a girl, Colette, was chosen to be an angel, and the Chosen to regenerate the world. A few days later, I saw she was an anime on YouTube, and it was a good thing a stopped her there, because that was when things got really sad and intense, and she probably wouldn’t have looked that happy in first period that day. But anyways, we started watching the series from episode 1, and we finished the series in a few weeks time. For a short anime, Tales of Symphonia is a very good anime, that is really worth watching and re-watching over and over again. I’ve only watched the series 3 or 4 times, but my friend said she’s seen it around 30, maybe 40 times.
Anyways, let’s get started on the review! Hope you all like it!
WARNING! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Ok, so I’m sorry if I’m taking this not hard enough, but like I said before, I LOVED this series. It’s one of those short stories where you rewatch them over and over again. And only for 11 episodes, it surely brings out its potential.
Tales of Symphonia takes place in the kingdoms of Sylvarant and Tethe’alla. where three races of people lived; humans, elves, and half-elves. The half-elves believed that their race was treated unfairly, and formed a pact, called the Desians. The Desians were defeated long ago by the hero, Mithos, and the goddess Martel, but, over time, their power had weakened, and the Desians has risen once more. Meanwhile, Colette Brunel, a 16-year old high-school girl, has been chosen to become the Chosen Angel of Regeneration. Her friends, Lloyd Irving, Genis and Raine Sage, accompany on her journey of regeneration, only to find that out that her journey was more like a sacrifice, if you know what I mean. Now, the gang must try to get her back, while saving the world from hatred. Recruiting a new team of allys, Lloyd and his friends set off to save Colette. and the rest of the world.
Like I said before, this is a beautiful story. I’m not going to go much into detail, due to some really big and sad spoilers, but it’s a really good story to the anime, and I definitley give it a 10/10.
Again, I really feel like I’m being to easy on this anime, it’s just I love this anime a LOT. The art style is beautiful in this anime. The special effects, the battle scenes, the designs, EVERYTHING. And I gave it a 10 for art, because everything was beautiful. I’m sorry I’m giving everything on this a ten, I just really fell in love with this series as a whole, art, characters, everything.
Another thing I really like about the art is the character designs. My favorites are paticualry Sheena’s, Colette’s, and Presea’s. They’re very unique, compared to your typical combat skirt, or suit of armor. Like I said, maybe I’m being to easy on this anime, maybe I’m not. But anyways, another 10/10 for the art.
Ok, I really love the soundtrack to Tales of Symphonia. I have all three theme songs on my iPod and I listen to them ALL the time. It’s just you don’t want to listen to some of them too much, especially right after you finished the series. It kinda stirs up some of the sad scenes from the series (*cough cough* DEATHS *cough cough*) My friend says she hardly ever cries, but this was the first anime that was really hard to watch in public. Even so, there are some themes in the ToS soundtrack that make me smile, while others get me teary-eyed. Whether you see that as a good thing or not, I really enjoyed the soundtrack, even though it gets you in tears at times. So basically, I’m giving it a 9/10, not another 10 suprisingly.
Okay, so like I said before, I LOVED everything about this anime. The cast is AMAZING. Like, theyre the kind of cast that you grow attached to, no matter what kind of character they are. And by that, I mean your characters can range from the pervy and outgoing Zelos, to the quiet and strong Presea. And I’m going to admit, I love each and every one of them. It’s just one of those animes where I can’t choose just ONE favorite character. Like, this is one of those animes where you love ALL of the characters. So yeah, basically another 10 for Symphonia.
Yeah, I know, not really a big surprise here. I said this many a time before in this review, I LOVED this anime a lot, and there’s really no flaws that I saw in it, unlike the past couple of animes I had just given reviews on. And if you’re like me, and loved the series just as much as me, I’d reccomend trying the game if you can afford it, as well as others in the series, like Tales of the Abyss, Zestiria, and Vesperia. Yeah, what I’m trying to get at is that it’s a really good series, and I think at least everyone should at least try it before they bite it. It has a little of everything for everyone; drama, action, adventure, a little comedy and romance… Yeah. Anyways, yeah, a big One-O goes to this anime, its a great anime, and I highly reccomend it for anyone.
41: Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen OVA
Japanese: 本好きの下剋上 ～司書になるためには手段を選んでいられません～ OVA
MAL Score: 7.47
Eustachius no Shitamachi Sennyuu Dai Sakusen (Eustachius’ Incognito Operation Downtown)
To get more information about Myne and her strange background, Head Priest Ferdinand sends two nobles, Eustachius and Eckhard, to investigate everything regarding her life within her hometown. However, things do not go the way they expected.
Corinna-sama no Otaku Houmon (Visiting Missus Corinna)
Otto’s wife, Corinna, takes an interest in the outfit that Myne wore at her baptism. Corinna summons her alongside her mother, Eva, and sister, Turi, wishing to know the procedure in making such sophisticated attire and accessories. Naturally, for Myne, she sees an excellent opportunity for profit.
A side story continuation of the show since it takes directly from being up to date in the continuity of the anime.
Two 12 minute parts which are separated by the crude hand-drawn segment at the end of each part.
First one revolving around an investigation of sorts and the second a visit and negotiation.
The art style is exactly as before. This is a really nice quality.
The sound is exactly as before. This is great too.
Characters show a bit of development with supporting characters seeing more of Myne that they had not before which was nice. Seeing one of the new characters in part 1 made for an interesting development of personality. Turi was pretty cute as usual and seeing the mum act out of the normal was nice too.
The OVA set was really nice to watch and enjoy. Sets up nicely for going forward to the next season of the show.
This OVA is composed by two stories, supposedly from two chapters taken from the manga. Not much happens here, it could be avoided, but if you’re a fan and already love the story of the Bookworm girl you can leisurely add this to your watching list.
The first one is more interesting than the second and introduces new characters that are intrigued by the girl Main and as to the second one I’ll just say it’s about a joyous ocassion for some of the secondary characters.
Consider this as a anecdotical appetizer before continuing onto the second season.
There’s nothing much to say about it, it’s fun, it’s enjoyable, it’s like a 15 episode. The quality is as good as in the anime, be it story, characters or art. We get to see the little bussiness man in Myne again, as she negotiates with Benno. Otto’s wife, Corinna, appears more in here so I’m quite happy about it because we didn’t see her very much in the anime.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable episode.
40: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Tethe’alla-hen
Japanese: テイルズ オブ シンフォニア THE ANIMATION テセアラ編
MAL Score: 7.48
The second arc of Tales of Symphonia that takes place in the flourishing world of Tethe’alla. This OVA takes place up to two-thirds of the game, prior to the Derris-Kharlan arc.
If you’ve played the game for this anime, you might be more familiar with the characters, plot, and overall universe, but as for me I had played it only briefly several years ago and didn’t remember much when I started watching this. So don’t think you need any background knowledge: I certainly didn’t need it.
Tethe’alla is an amazing world, bespeckled with grand castles, interesting people, highly advanced technology and something that made me rather excited to see: dragons. I loved the storyline in this world. Lloyd’s adventures to save Colette caused him to come across new enemies and allies, and everyone has their own unique story to tell. At some points the plot took real twists -I would blink in a surprised fashion as I stared at the screen and wonder why someone had done something, or how something had happened. In this way, it became so that I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next, and for me watching something with unexpected turns is a real treat.
Because Tethe’alla is a chapter only four episodes long, like the first chapter, things are going to be moving at a good speed to keep the plot rolling. There aren’t any unnecessarily long scenes of reflection, and flashbacks are kept concise. Background information on characters is given to us, but we are shown only what we need to know to understand character motivation, so if you like seeing scenes that show more about the character’s life I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. What I really liked was how there could be great action in one moment, and then, only a scene or two later, everything would slow down to give viewers some time to process what had happened while the characters recovered and figured out what to do next.
Lloyd is a fantastic main character. He’s charismatic, determined, strong-willed, and he keeps everyone focussed towards the goal of freeing Colette. I feel like the other characters fill in all the standard group holes: Genis, the cheerful companion who still seems a bit too innocent. Rain, the instructor and sister to Genis, ready to help out where she can. Sheena, the woman who is at first a bit of a mystery, and seems cold and distant, but later she shows that she’s got an amazing heart. All of these guys, and a few more, really come together and make the perfect team.
The music in this anime was definitely not what I was used to. It’s got depth, layers, and it fits the scenes brilliantly, raising tension and setting the tone. If you’re expecting to hear something catchy and memorable, no, it isn’t. To be honest I can’t remember one tune from the show. But that’s what’s different about it: it’s wind instruments, drums, and so on, building up on emotion and just creating a great feel for the story. It didn’t have to be catchy or memorable. The opening and ending themes were fantastic. They aren’t the usual norm, either. If you’re expecting classic J-Pop or J-Rock, no, you’re not going to receive it. The songs are just beautiful. Entrancing. Delicate. …And rather unprounceable. However, I enjoyed them, sincerely.
I don’t know what to tell you that won’t get into the finer details of what you’re considering you might watch. I won’t tell you about the twists, or the ending (although I will say that it ended on a note that left too many loose ends, I believe we’re in for a third OVA to tie everything up). However, I will tell you that in my honest opinion it’s definitely an anime to set aside time for. If it doesn’t captivate you by the opening sequence or by the end of the opening theme, then this probably is not the genre or anime you’re looking for, though I assume you watched through the first four episodes to get here, so why even consider whether you want to see the Tethe’alla chapter? If you enjoyed the first chapter, you’ll enjoy this one, and though it’s an often repeated line it’s completely true.
I have been a die hard fan of this game for a long time, and when i first saw the original series i felt rather, well disappointed, it skimmed through half the game in a an instant, then came along this second season and it put my skepticism to a rest, the Tethe’alla arc ended up not only meeting the quota of the game but it actually topped it by a longshot,
The 2 big changes that the anime did better in the anime appossed to the game for this were the big twist and actually making the romance between lloyd and collete a real romance, i wont spoil the twist but there is a big one concerning lloyd in the final epiosde, in the game it was pretty mindblowing at the time but it wasn’t really placed right and it didnt feel very climactic, the way they do it in the anime was holy shit worthy for anyone who hasn’t played the game, its climactic, makes sense, ad has a very badass fight because of it
and back to the romance thing, in the original game the romance was kinda just there and it had no conclusion it alowed you to pick another girl named sheena aswell but it wasn’t really that good and doesn’t make any sense whatsoever for him to do it, the game just felt like it hacked it on there just because but the anime kinda made it a huge driving force for lloyd and it made a few scenes very emotional, and heres the real kicker thta made me go 100% fangirl, they actually give a conclusion to the romance, keep in mind ive been supporting that ship or 9 years and i finally got something from it, im gonna fangirl like crazy, i honestly think when it happened my penis went back inside me and turned into a vagina, that’s how fan-girl i got when it happened,
but thats not the full reason why i mentioned this, im mentioning it cause it all makes the show overall better, the romance while not HUGE it does take up a bit and really built lloyd and collete as characters, and we also in the anime get to finally meet up with the entire cast fully and they handle them very well, specifically zelos was handled perfectly in the anime version, hes stuck up, jokes around, got kinda of a ego but hes also someone you dont want to fuck with and is hiding something that may screw everyone over, he reacts great with the entire cats though the most entertaining are the ones between him and lloyd and him and sheena, they just work kinda well off each other
One thing that’s just a nice little plus for this, these episodes include small little skits making fun of the anime with he characters themselves and they are very funny, they make fun of things like kratos not getting enough screen time, genis being useless, lloyd being a idiot ext. they are quite funny and a treat to TOS fans out there
if you have not played the game i do suggest watching the anime instead, though the final part is still to come out(will come out this fall)
the show has everything you might want
-and by god even Psychological at points
and do not be dissuaded by the length, even if these are only 10 episodes for both seasons keep in mind they are all longer than a normal show, the original season was 30 min per episode so it kinda ended up being a 10 episode length and this is only 4 episodes but it is the length of 2 normal shows episodes(20 min is normal length) of 40 min, so overall just these 2 season equal the length of a 18 episode series and with the finale on the way it may end up being a 24 episode length,
to summarize this if you’v played the game this will be a treat to watch and if you haven’t its something that anyone can enjoy cause its got borderline something for everyone
The Short Version:
(+)Returning characters feel much more fleshed out.
(+)When the new characters are introduced with more or less the same level as with the returning cast.
(-)Core character downgraded to a plot device.
(-)There’s more Houdini characters. (I.E. characters that appear then disappear)
The Story (8/10): With the carry on from part one, the story having layers stacked upon it now, the connections between the characters and the events surrounding them are becoming easier to tie lines between. The overall feel of the anime has improved as well, where as the first part felt like it was more about saving the world, this one is on a much more personal level, which is why I think that this story is better that part one; it’s a lot more focused. For instance, in part one the show put emphasis on focusing how important the journey is to restore the diminishing world. Part two on the other hand is focused solely on restoring Colette, making the entire show all the more effective when aiming for the feels and there’s a few of those moments spread throughout this part. The show does this while managing to keep the over-arching plot present, which is also another plus.
The Characters (7/10): With the majority of the cast returning from part one, they feel a lot more whole and more like proper characters, with the exception being Lloyd and Colette. I feel like he’s falling into what I call the ‘Classic angry protagonist’ abyss, where the character is trying to do their best with the given situation, but they can’t help but get angry every time they feeling like, “I can’t do anything and that makes me angry and sad. (like for example, Eren from Shingeki no Kyojin.) It was annoying in part one, and it’s still annoying now. Thankfully though, that does change after a while. On the side of Colette she has been demoted from Core Character that actually has a presence, to a plot device that is more of a background prop, bad move series. Bad move.
Aside from the returning cast we have several new characters, again I’m just going to stick with the main cast.
Sheena Fujibayashi: Enemy turned friend and is more vulnerable than she seems.
Zelos Wilder: The Child of Regeneration for Tethe’alla and the red head.
Presea Combatir: A failed by-product of the Exsphere experiments and female lumberjack.
Regal Bryant: The new character who gets the most development and a lolicon.
One thing they did well while developing the new characters is that, while they were developing one character, they were also detailing some of the other ones, going to the extent of even giving one of them an episode long backstory. Of the new characters it’s definitely Zelos that’s the most underdeveloped, all I know about his is that he’s the Child of Regeneration and that’s it, and he stands out like a sore thumb for that very reason.
The Art and Sound (7/10 & 6/10): The art hasn’t really changed between the two entries, although you can start to see more of the famous animation quality from ufotable starting to seep it’s way through, the 3D movement is again improved and the fight scenes feel like a much more basic version of the ones we saw in Unlimited Blade Works. Not exactly the kind of quality I expected from a company at the peak of their game.
The Sound on the other hand has taken a slight dip in my opinion. The OP and ED aren’t as enjoyable as part one’s and they put in what I call ‘Jump-scare queues’ When they suddenly just put in a very loud sound for dramatic effect. Then again, the show’s quiet when it needs to be for the emotional weight of certain situations, and the rest of the musical section is about as good as part one.
What do you think of this anime?
I think that this second part, as a whole, is a vast improvement from the first. The characters are more fleshed out, the art is finding it’s feet, and the story is getting better. I wouldn’t say I’d buy this anime though still after all of its obvious flaws.
Would I recommend this anime?
If you’ve seen part one? Yes definitely. If you’re just jumping in at part two for some reason? No, because you won’t have the same experience as someone who has seen part one. (Thus I highly recommend you go watch part one, then come back to this entry.)
Goodbye my brethren, see you in the next one.
39: Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken OVA
English: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime OAD
Japanese: 転生したらスライムだった件 OVA
MAL Score: 7.48
The episode bundled with the 13th volume is about the Sumo competition that held at Tempest for the first time, suggested by Rimuru.
The three-part OVA bundled with the 14th, 15th, and 16th manga volumes is an original trilogy written by Fuse.
Rimuru has been teaching Shizue’s students at Ingracia Kingdom’s Freedom Academy. The time has come for the school’s annual outdoor training event, where the students will test their combat skills in the field. Rimuru is determined to win the competition and take home the prize money, but he is challenged by Jeff, an honorary teacher who sees Rimuru as a rival. The competition is underway when suddenly an unexpected enemy appears!
(Source: MAL News & ANN)
the second episode was the first one to air, and then a pause that spanned almost 4 months was issued until the second episode finally aired. That’s when I was able to move along with my life, and start anticipating the wrap up of a sadly, average screening.
Taking away everything that made the parent series so popular and lovable, the massive world-building, the built-up confrontation and the breathing surrounding the world, these two episodes enticed their gaze and provided manufactory fan service that fed the ominous thirst some of the characters give off. I’m looking at you, Shuna.¨
Two whole episodes of mindless guilty pleasure, what really sales most of the shows from this genre. I would argue that the second episode was the better one, screening the awaited “beach episode”, while the first one had an erotic display of sumo wrestling, going as far as involving with butt-sumo-wrestling which couldn’t stop me from thinking about Keijo!!!!!!!!. Trash only leads to trash. Either way; you can’t really be harsh on an OVA, it was still fun and enjoyable. A lot of humor and “cultured” sightings. There is a huge audience for that.
Albeit it has taken a pretty long time to get all these OVA’s it is a great marketing tactic before the next season to keep the show fresh in mind.
The 5 OVA’s are all very enjoyable and meet the expectations as you want without interfering directly with the main story so that season 2 can start where it wants to start. In theory season 2 could time skip and it would still work.
The art is a great level that is wonderful on the eyes to see. Although edges of faces and such can be a bit crude at times it is generally visually spectacular. Especially the user of magic which looks great on screen.
The sound continues on with the spectacular SFX used. ‘Dragon Buster’ by Milim for me as part of the series as a whole remains an example of the effort put into the show. Generally, other sounds have improved slightly too.
The characters all continue development as expected from before. It is nice to see more of the ways of the world and progresses that can be made whilst seeing some joyful and hilarious moments from the cast. Milim remains my favourite character for her over the top attitude although most others contribute too.
As it is what it is I would recommend watching this if you wanted to see the second season and if you are new watch it after season 1 but all before season 2.
This anime really represents all I wanted for in an anime,a perfect (for me) combination of Isekai and SoL (maybe for the 1st season) where you can enjoy every seconds watching it, a story where you unites different kind of creatures spesifically monsters (of course I wanted them to be goodlooking:). I really like the anime’s concept (game system + isekai), there’s so many skill and there isn’t any level for the skill’s power, which I find simple and enjoyable. Also, I think the rich in diversity of the creatures is the main reason I liked this anime. I liked how they work together to create a world where different kinds of creature can live happily together. And for this OVA, I think it doesn’t move the story so far, it just tell Rimuru’s daily life which they skipped it at the 1st season.
After all, it’s just my personal opinion, thank you for reading:)
38: Fairy Tail OVA
Japanese: フェアリーテイル OVA
MAL Score: 7.49
When the members of Fairy Tail aren’t destroying towns or defeating powerful foes, they’re attending school, travelling back in time, visiting water parks, and taking on odd jobs from strange clients. No matter where they go, a fun adventure always awaits, sometimes in the most unexpected form!
Fairy Tail: Youkoso Fairy Hills! is a series of special episodes 26th, 27th and 31st volumes of the manga. If you’re a faithful fan of FT, then you’re in the right place. The four episodes incorporated does not much have story by themselves but they do have one thing: entertainment. Hell, most people who’ve seen the original series would know that Fairy Tail is one of few series in the anime industry that has watchable fillers. And of course, these OVA episodes are watchable as well.
That’s right, Fairy Tail isn’t always about battles but sometimes is about fun, fun..and fun.
These five OVAs are standalone episodes that are nonlinear. In other words, there is no direct story or expansion from one episode to the next from this bundle. Don’t face palm yourself yet though because they all are all amusing to watch in a variety of reasons. In fact, comedy is one of Fairy Tail’s greatest aspects and it shines through in these episodes. (only in terms of comedy though…not else worth more adding)
The OVA themselves contains characters from the original series consisting of Team Natsu –
The outgoing Lucy
The over hyperactive Natsu
The naked Gray
The tough and boss Erza “Titania” Scarlet
All of them get their moments in these episodes ranging from being a bunny girl, wearing a cat/neko costume, the school uniforms, being a kid all over again, and beach fan-service. Speaking of which, the fan-service does shoot off the charts occasionally in these episodes. Unlike ecchi series though, they are for comedic purposes. Like I said before, Fairy Tail brings out laughter, fun, and entertainment rather than the typical “accidental shower walk-ins”.
The Fairy Tail atmosphere is still there though with some action scenes and the OST. Hiro Mashima likes to play with some of his typical battle shounen scenes often from the original series. In these short episodes, he brings out his skills of creating humor and that he did quite so-so from my perspective. It’s a welcoming aspect from the original series that has high levels of energy to induce entertainment rather than the more serious fighting scenes anime fans watches in so many long running shounen today. It’s not something serious to take into light.
The artwork of the series remains generally the same. Beyond the fan-service, the characters are drawn like from the original series with similar edges, proportions (including those boobs), and backgrounds. It’s sort of like the typical shounen artwork you see in many of today’s anime series. Fairy Tail doesn’t have the best art but it gets the point across.
The soundtrack of the OVAs remains generally the same although two different OP and ED songs are used. Aya Hirano and Tetsuya Kakihara does their roles and gives their songs a magical rhythm . It’s not too exciting but it gets to the point that reflects on the FT atmosphere.
All in all, these Fairy Tail OVAs are a fun watch. Don’t take it serious. Just don’t. If you do, you won’t enjoy this as much as some other fans. The original main characters return in this so it makes it worthwhile to watch them all have their fun, awkward, and entertaining moments.
If you’re having a bad day, watch this to brighten it up.
If you’re bored with your life, watch this to make your life more fun.
If you’re tired of waiting for the latest FT episode from the original series, watch this to pass some time.
If you’re frustrated about today’s other onsen/”beach” OVAs in other anime series, watch this to laugh at them
If you want to just enjoy some typical Fairy Tail entertainment, watch this to appreciate.
Ultimately though, these OVA episodes connected together are just of something amusing to watch but don’t expect much out of it, even if the above are how you felt before watching.
Basically, these are slightly longer filler episodes, with the second one an AU setting (they’re all in high school, without any magic) and the third one a nifty little time-traveling adventure, which also managed to squeeze in a little character development.
The art and sound weren’t anything memorable, but didn’t distract by being terrible either. Very middle ground in my opinion. The story, being filler episodes, was a way to throw in jokes they probably couldn’t fit into the main show.
TL;DR-If you like Fairy Tail, watch these. If you didn’t, don’t.
Short Story, After the Oracion Seis Arc which is episode 68 you must watch the first 3 Episodes of this OVA, then continue with the Daphne Arc until the start of Grand Magic Games Arc, watch episodes 151 and 152 after them it is perfect time for OVA 4 the Beach Training, after this episode continue with the Touranment Arc up to midpoint Episode 170 is the last, after it you must watch the Fifth and Last Episode of this OVA. after you completed this OVA continue watching the series till the End of Magic Tournament Arc episode 201 after it, start watching the Fairy Tail OVA (2016) episodes, about them in their review.
Now stories in thise OVA are good, the just go to the other side, and show you how our beloved characters could look like in completely other situations which are not typical for the series.
Like expected from Fairy Tail the Art, is really good.
This OVA are an amazing choice, to just watch and relax.
It’s a true must watch.
37: Isekai Harem Monogatari
MAL Score: 7.50
A 16-year-old named Naoki Oikawa is addicted to masturbating. One day, while pleasuring himself as usual, his erotic magazine begins to glow and Naoki suddenly finds himself in a fantastic world. He appears among three female adventurers who later present themselves as the swordswoman Filia Shiora, the priestess Tiane Rutheim, and the elf Llusse. They explain to Naoki that the world is in danger of destruction due to the resurrection of the Demon King, and the only way to save it is for him to use his special power—feeding his semen to the three girls so as to increase their strength exponentially. Of course, the young hero agrees to join the party, and his erotic quest begins.
The story is so simple and low effort, that it is comical how bad it is. The characters are also as no-dimensional copy-paste personality as it gets. So where is the charm in this hentai if not in the story’s premise? Obviously, it’s the sex.
There is so much sex in this show that it is brimming with sex scenes. Yet I would not even say this hentai takes a “Quantity over Quality” approach to their scenes. Rather they take the “Quantity IS Quality” approach.
You can clearly see the shift in priority in sex scenes in this hentai with how low quality the art and scenarios of mundane story scenes are. Yet when it shifts over to the sex, it is brought back up to about the level of Mankitsu Happening grade art and animation.
When you see it’s a harem, you obviously think “group sex.” Yet when you watch it, you quickly see that’s only one of the many different elements of the sex scenes. Even the group sex tag could be broken down greatly. To list some elements:
– Breast press
– Four-some blowjob
– Anal fingering (even on the male MC)
– Creampie Pussy fingering
– Bathing Breast washing
– Triple Paizuri
– Group Prone Bone
– Group Mating Press
– Stacked Totem Prone Bone
– Kissing threesome
All of that isn’t even mentioning the solo sex scenes in here. What is worth mentioning though is that there isn’t ugly bastard, flat-chest, nor BDSM elements in here. Due the premise of this show, NTR isn’t anywhere in sight either. It stays strictly vanilla so if you were expecting these elements, you’d best look elsewhere.
All-in-all this hentai is so condensed with good sex scenes that I can’t complain. I respect their obvious priority toward the sex since that’s pretty much the identity of a hentai and it is quite impressive that they managed to throw so many scenes in while maintaining quality. Isekai Harem Monogatari truly shows that quantity is quality.
I think there is a lot of missed opportunity about that there were no monsters attacking or capturing the girls, we didn’t get to see the Queen and we didn’t get to see the Demon lord. It would have been nice if the Demon lord would have done the girls too or something different than just the mc going through them.
My favourite episode is episode 3, I loved the girl with the ears and tail.
Story : 4
The story starts out rather comically and accepts the ridiculous situation of our MC, who is a self-proclaimed jerk-off addict spending upwards of 10 hours a day fapping. Straight off the bat it’s pretty funny with it’s self-awareness. In the middle of his daily session, he is summoned by adventurers in another world to aid them – with his semen. Apparently our hero’s semen has the ability to amplify the physical strength and magical aptitude of those that take the mystical bodily fluids inside themselves with the convenient caveat that it wears off after a few hours. After defeating some monsters, the cast of four take up residence in an inn where our MC bones all three to sleep then proceeds to bang the innkeeper the next morning because of course he can. He then goes to see each girl of the party and bangs them individually as they prepare for their excursion to the capital. Then the hot spring baths open up in the inn because of course they do and they bang some more. To spice things up they add a dog-girl to the party as they head out and she gets so incredibly horny listening to him bang all three girls to sleep that he also ends up banging her. On their way to the capital, they are met with a horde of monsters so, you guessed it, they bang again to power up and beat the horde (which is barely shown) then they proceed to the capital and that’s it.
This hentai had so many opportunities to be interesting, to world build, to be funny or even just to shake things up in a fantasy setting with either the fucking or the fighting. Instead they just give us a bunch of lackluster boink exhibitions and end it. I guess it’s a promo for the visual novel but as Kohakuiro no Hunter has shown us that level of intrigue can be achieved in fewer episodes while this hentai is just plain and boring and even if the VN was interesting I wouldn’t know it based on this introduction. This is just bland, boring and uninspired so while it has great potential, I barely saw that come into fruition at all besides the first minute or so of dialogue
Art and Animation : 7
Just because it was poorly written doesn’t mean it can’t look good. This is definitely a good looking hentai with great character design and good animation for all the scenes where there was any movement at all. Every character is visually appealing with my personal favorite character being the innkeeper, Natalia. Other than that, there isn’t much else to say as I can’t complain about something if isn’t there given the apparent lack of scenes that don’t involve sex.
Characters : 4
Besides our MC, the other characters just kinda meld together and while each girl has the own identity it just never stuck out much. They all basically gave in to our MC-kun besides a few quippy lines here and there it was pretty basic. The only character that stood out to me was the absolute gigachad that is our MC. His early line about shooting out a lifetime of semen as he died definitely made me laugh out loud and in general he is without a doubt the hero of prophecy. He is able to bang three trained warriors to sleep every night, proceeds to bang the innkeeper the very next morning and it seems like he has a bottomless supply of semen at his disposal given that he jacks off ten hours a day. He is just built differently from us mortal men so he has the chops to save the world from the demon king.
Enjoyment : 4
It’s not so much that this hentai is bad or anything, I even think the majority of people who watch it will absolutely enjoy it as its 7.51 MyAnimeList score suggests. It’s just the most boring and basic shit I’ve ever seen and the only reason I could fathom gave it such a high score is that it is risk-averse and vanilla with almost no wild fetishes being involved making it a universally likeable hentai. Personally, I just thought it was painfully boring as if you read my story summary, which is basically verbatim how the story progressed over 4 EPISODES then you understand my frustration as a 4 episode hentai, which by today’s standards is fairly lengthy, has a plotline written conceived by someone with the mental capacity of a child. But if you want the safest fap you can get, something far away from rape, NTR, ugly bastard, torture, domination than this might be your safe space but I could recommend a bunch of much better vanilla hentai
36: Nanatsu no Taizai OVA
MAL Score: 7.54
OVA bundled with the 15th and 16th volume of the manga.
15th volume DVD will feature the sin of greed as the central character.
16th volume DVD will feature side stories of the main characters in omnibus format.
(Source: MAL News)
Those folks are WRONG.
WATCH these 2 OVA episodes no matter if you have or haven’t read the manga. I have not read the manga; I only watched the anime. And I loved these side stories! They did a great job filling in any questions you may have had after just watching season 1.
Man, I really hope that the announced new release for next year is a season 2, and not a remake.
It’s nothing spectacular, especially if you’ve already seen the main series, but it is entertaining in its own right. It’s something that fans of the series should check out.
35: Youkoso! Sukebe Elf no Mori e
MAL Score: 7.54
Alfheim, a world of elves where women only exist. The world Shrine, the source of all the elves’ magical power, has started to fade and the race was in danger of extinction. Then there is a prophecy that a man from another world is destined to be the savior of the elven race. And it was not too long the hero is now brought to the world of Elves…
The elves ruled they must survive by child-making with the hero. But many of the other elves refused this vulgar decision and so the elves divided into groups: Those who disdain child-making with a man and those who choose to accept the fact. But those who accepted have discovered something: It turns out if they have sex with the hero and acquire semen into their bodies, their magic powers increases. So they proceed to milk him dry…
This one was a treasure that i found on one of my travels through this magnificent world of hentai.
About a man who has a ”simple” task, make all of the elfs in the forest pregnant to save the race…
it’s simple, but i think thats a pretty solid one for a hentai, and a good excuse for all the sex scenes to happen.
Probably the most beautiful hentai i’ve seen, the animation is great and the movements are smooth.
The voice acting is on it’s best, the voices fit well in all characters, at least based on their visuals, but like in 99% off all hentais, the MC voice acting just sounds meh, since the girls are the priority.
Now that’s the charm of this hentai, the characters are well design and a there’s a variety of them, although they’re all elfs, theres a huge difference in design from one to other, especially dark elfs.
A must watch for all fans of hentai and elfs, even if you’re not, im 100% sure you will like it.
“Youkoso!” jumps right into the action, and not even 2 minutes in, after introducing everything that you need to know for this hentai, our main hero is going to pound town with a hot elf babe, and by the end of the first episode, he’s already made his way through a variety of women, including the previously mentioned busty blonde elf, as well as a loli elf, a threeway with two elves, as well as a dark skinned elf. And all in about 15 minutes of screen time. I will give “Youkoso!” props for getting right into the action.
But on the flip side, strangely, I never thought that I would have this complaint about a porn, but every sex scene happens way to quickly. I’m guessing it was made this short as a way to promote the visual novel that this was based on, and making it a proper length would take too much away from all of the sex scenes from the visual novel. Both episodes together run for a total of just over 30 minutes. There really isn’t much to talk about what I’ve already stated, it’s so short.
Would I recommend “Youkoso! Sukebe Elf no Mori e”? While it’s not as good as something like “Kuroinu: Kedakaki Seijo wa Hakudaku ni Somaru”, the animation and art style are actually alright, there is barely any down time between sex scenes despite their short length, and there is some variety to each of the sex scenes. But it’s still a lukewarm recommend from me at best because of it’s short length.
I haven’t played the visual novel, but looking through images and video of it, you probably should play that over watching this. From what I can gather, the visual novel is 30+ hours, so you’re bound to get a lot more out of playing that. Even just watching the sex scenes from the visual novel on PornHub would probably last longer than this hentai, as all of the positives I’ve mentioned for this would be there without any of the negatives.
34: Drifters (OVA)
MAL Score: 7.55
Despite the Ends’ attack on Verlina being successfully repelled, the war has not yet ended. With the monster armies regrouping, the Black King tightens his grasp on the already conquered territory. New conflicts erupt all across Orte, as its remaining forces struggle to retain control over long-oppressed demi-human races.
While Ends grow more potent each day, Toyohisa Shimazu remains unconscious after heavy injuries suffered during the Battle of Verlina. Facing enemies on every side, humanity’s fate is still on a knife’s edge.
Did you like the series Drifters?
Would you like to watch some more Drifters?
If you answered yes, then you probably should watch this OVA/Specials/Extra Episodes/whatever. It’s largely more of the same, continuing the story and revealing more things about certain characters, particularly the main villain. The story still doesn’t reach a conclusion and just kind of abruptly ends. But if you just want more Drifters, here it is.
And if you didn’t like Drifters…
Then don’t watch this. You probably won’t enjoy this either. Or give it a try anyway, you crazy lunatics.
Also, another great factor was that we were able to see Toyohisa for only a little bit.
33: Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Elysion-hen
English: Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter – Elysion
Japanese: 聖闘士星矢 冥王ハーデス エリシオン編
MAL Score: 7.58
After the 12 Gold Saints sacrifice their lives to destroy the Wailing Wall, The Bronze Saints enter the deepest realm of the Underworld, Elysion, where they face off against Hades’s two most powerful servants: The Twin Gods, Hypnos and Thanatos, before they can reach Hades for the final battle.
Even though it’s six episodes, the pacing is very even and all the characters are present and united. And during the final battle, there are some cool things that do happen that you have to see to for yourself like with what also happens in the previous oavs. And the ending is also pretty amazing and it’s very rare that Shounen uses the ending that it uses, but it is kind of ambiguous, but yet respectfully satisfying. But I feel if you have some familiarity with some of the prior works to Kurumada Masami, specifically Ring ni Kakero, I thought the ending was very fitting to how he does things.
The anime demonstrates excellent themes on what it means to be a God and what it truly means to be human thus emphasizing on the value of life. Granted this can be done in just about anything, but I like how it includes the use of Gods of all beings in conveying this, and that even Gods are capable of making errors and falling to the same mistakes of human nature. And overall, most of the Hades oavs have a theme of what defines human nature in relation to sin, and judging people based on them whether man or God.
What I also like is how Athena is used in the end. This isn’t really a spoiler considering that most of the time, the saints are trying to give her her cloth, meaning her armor. And of course she needs that for combative purposes, and it’s nice to see that she has this role for once and has a different kind of use in comparison to how she was mostly used throughout the duration of the franchise. I feel her brief moment really outshines all of that. And I think throughout most of the franchise, her usage was also very faithful to the original mythology of Athena.
Thanatos and Hypnos, though their presences iare brief, they did have quite an impact as well by what they had to offer as villains. Even though Thanatos is the weaker and more brash of the twin minions, he does some things that none other villain of Saint Seiya has done which you also have to see to find out.
Art and Animation
Well, the quality of the animation still retains from the last oav, the explosiveness of the action is still fresh with the new two new villains and their moves are really cool. The designs of the villains are very intimidating with their pale skin tone, dark clothes, and non pupil eyes. The designs of the cloths are well detailed, very shiny, and still appropriately compliments the body frames of the characters and the execution of the action. The design of Hades’ armor is excellently detailed with the joints, compliments his figure and gives room for his wild hair, and looks appropriately mobile. Try to combine the rough features of Guts’ berserk armor and Griffin’s dignified and shininess with his current armor in the Berserk series, but of course black and with some bigger wings, and that’s the best way I can describe Hades’ get up. And Athena’s armor is also excellently animated and brightly colored, and the design accurately reflects the gimmick of the goddess she is inspired by.
Another quality that I kept on pointing out is the lighting. In this series, it takes place in a more Heavenly utopia like environment, so the place is filled with flowers and clear skies. The flowers stick out and the lighting in contrast to this just really sticks out to me considering that the villains are the lords of darkness, so I found a very nice ironic twist to that along with what was mostly presented in the previous oavs. So for this nice twist along with another unpredictable twist I appreciated which you also have to see to find out.
Music and Voice Acting
The new voice cast from the previous oav is also back. And I feel even though this series is shorter, I felt the newer voice actors for Shun, Hyoga and Athena were present enough to have me form my opinion on them. Hyouga’s new voice actor is Miura Hiroaki. He actually does a good job of capturing the original performance of Hashimoto Kouichi, though I think his voice is deeper. I think the character lacked any significant dialog or soloquies that really defined the character to really make you evaluate him 100%, but I think he does a good job with what he has to offer. The only voice change that I could ever find justified is of course that of Shiryu since Suzuoki Hirotaka has passed on. His newer voice actor is Sakurai Takahiro, the voice of Cloud from Final Fantasy VII and Suzaku Kururugi from Code Geass. Suzuoki just has this really distinct voice that always brought a unique charisma and authority to his character. Sakurai really tries hard to emulate that performance but it will never compare to how Suzuoki did it. I think the new voice actors are good in their own ways, but they will never compare to the original performances whether they’re 16 or 60.
As for the music, the background music is still the same from the oavs and TV series so nothing left to comment on that, other than it’s still a nice touch in still trying to maintain the overall spirit and identity of the franchise. Megami no Senshi is still the opening theme and I already talked about the awesome qualities that song has in my review of Inferno. But the ending theme, Kami no En, is very impressive. It is one of the few songs that captures the Greek mythology inspiration, as well as the Utopia environment and atmosphere it takes place in, and also does what the Saint Seiya soundtrack does best, talking about the themes of love, hope, and unity.
Well, all I can say is you’re going to watch one helluva an ending, though it is kind of open ended. But not many authors today are too ballsy in my opinion and the way it ends, it’s just awesome. Granted there are some loose ends, but it ends to a point where you know the characters have all developed. I know there is a new installment of Saint Seiya called Next Dimension which is Kurumada’s official work. I can’t comment much about it yet but I would love to see where Saint Seiya can go from how it ends. I heard Kurumada wanted to make one more story arc, but disputes with publishers and declining sales had to make him end it at this point which is why I think it felt a little open ended, but despite that, it’s well concluded since they fought one of the baddest Gods of all time.
After having Inferno deviate away from the typical formula of the series, the final segment with the battles against Thanatos/Hypnos and Hades is the typical tale of Seiya getting a miraculous power up and the main cast overcoming their foe with the power of friendship, not to mention said climax being rushed and bland. It also doesn’t help that it features other cheap plot contrivances such as Pandora’s sudden change of heart or Seika suddenly getting over amnesia. One minor thing that disappointed me as well was the lack of the Athena Exclamation. It’s introduction in the first act of the arc seemed like it would be foreshadowing for a later use, plus Thanatos being unaffected by it would really push forward the idea of how strong he was. Instead, we get an anime-exclusive scene of the Gold Saints just using their signature attacks.
That’s not to say I dislike everything about the arc. The arc does a far better job at presenting the power of a God and the sense of tension as well as race against time are far better than in the Poseidon Arc. It was also good to see Athena be more than a damsel in distress and Seiya’s fate at the end provided a pretty solid sense of repercussion to the climax (at least until both Next Dimension and Omega ruin this aspect).
As for characters, art/animation and sound, there’s not much to say. The latter two remain unchanged from Inferno, whilst the characters don’t really offer much personal engagement beyond a few highlights such as the reveal of Seika pushing forth Seiya’s character arc or the supporting cast such as Marin and Shaina having their moment to shine. The three main villains of Elysion are overall bland in personality and only memorable in design.
As a whole, the Hades Arc started off good, but was ultimately disappointing by not being able to avoid some of the series pitfalls. It was definitely better than the Poseidon Arc due to a genuine sense of loss, establishing the power of a God far better and not sticking quite as heavily to the Sanctuary Arc structure, but was still nowhere near the peak of the series and remains average overall. The highlights and it’s ending still allow it to be a better final arc than most Battle Shonen can hope to achieve, though that’s really not saying much.
Overall ranking for both Elysion and the Hades Arc as a whole – 5/10
After the sacrifice of the golden knights and the destruction of the wall, the protagonists set off (for the umpteenth time) to rescue Athena, in the Elysium. The clashes with the last specters quickly end, and there is a good flashback with Pandora (perhaps the only good thing about this final piece).
The battle is in the Elysium, against the gods, Hades and two of his followers, Hypnos and Thanathos, obviously much stronger than the protagonists. Here we have gods, very powerful beings, who can’t kill 5 kids (because the protagonists can’t die at any cost), and not even marginal characters left on Earth, ridiculous. We then have Poseidon who, after having sworn revenge before being sealed, suddenly becomes good and helps the protagonists, sending the golden armors. Gold armors that will be destroyed in 2 seconds by Thanathos, yeah. Then Seiya, and following his friends, make yet another senseless miracle, divine armors, and defeat the twin gods easily. Clash with Hades, the final boss, fast, fight dominated by him, until “the power of love” arrives. THE END.
Besides being totally devoid of logic and disappointing as a final, it leaves the impression of a hasty closure.
Without mentioning, Seiya’s sister. It was one of the main themes for the protagonists, ended up on the third floor, although during the series many clues were launched towards Marin, the Pegasus teacher. But no, Seiya’s sister is found at random, and they don’t even meet. A “mystery” solved at random.
The only nice thing about the Elysium would be that Seiya dies, but unfortunately this fact was changed by the author about 15 years after the end of the manga (first with the movie Tenkai-Hen, and later with Next Dimension).
32: Rance 01: Hikari wo Motomete The Animation
Japanese: ランス01 光をもとめて THE ANIMATION
MAL Score: 7.60
The barbaric warrior Rance loves nothing more than the company of beautiful women. Traveling around the continent with his faithful slave Sill Plain, Rance takes on odd jobs for a chance to appease his insatiable libido. Although his perverted instincts often land him in hot water, people from far and wide nevertheless laud his heroic feats.
While undertaking a request to locate a missing noble girl, Rance and Sill arrive in the majestic Kingdom of Leazas. As they split up to investigate several leads, Rance finds himself aiding the townsfolk with various problems, from rescuing a kidnapped barmaid to purging an undead outbreak. Amassing both fortune and females, the warrior eventually uncovers a dark secret within the kingdom that only he can stand against.
It really outshines every other show on the market right now. My enjoyment with the show was mainly due to the 𝐂𝐋𝐈𝐌𝐀𝐗 which was perfectly portrayed and shot with a nice 𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐃 and creative camera angle. Overall, I think Rance 01: Hikari wo Motomete The Animation is just a true example of how anime is not dead and this is the resurrection as visual media as a whole.
It has become my favourite hentai & I will recommend it to anybody who is a man of culture.
It has the one of the best animation for a hentai that I’ve watched so far. There were some flaws but it is still pretty amazing.
It is one of the few hentai I’ve watched that has a great plot. The story was so great & I enjoyed it so much that I wanted it to continue for two or three more OVA series with our favourite MC Rance going for more quests and banging many many girls along the way.
The voice acting is also great, those moans & screams really got buried in my mind.
The characters were my favourite because of their development throughout the story. For example how Rance’s character changed from a “perverted rapist” to a “rapist of justice” & how he managed to build peace & harmony in the city by f*cking the evil-loli queen senseless. He really is a great MC for a hentai.
I enjoyed this hentai more than anything I’ve watched so far. Sometimes I laughed so hard that tears came out of my eyes, sometimes I was rooting for the MC to win & sometimes got a boner that just wouldn’t go away.
Really worth my time.
-Story : this one is one of few hentai i’ve watched with some stories bound into it. The story revolves around our MC, Rance, in his quest to find Hikari. Pretty mediocore if i may say, but Rance 01 executed the story really well, really better than i expected. From ep 1 to the end they kept me interested and entertained no matter how stupid it may sound. But yeah, who watch hentai for stories ?
– Art : the colors and animation are awesomely drawn. I guess there are some flaws when the “scene” occurs, like badly-shaped character. But they’re kinda minor so it’s still good.
– Sound : i really love the sound department, because the voice-act is in place, and the Queen’s and Sill’s sound, cute!
– Character : the characters, even tho are kinda dull, but given that this is a hentai, they’re good. Rance, for example, is your usual-MC-lust-driven-but-somehow-is-really-good-at-fighting. But how rance talk and act is kinda funny. And there are scenes when Rance hit Sill’s head (lightly) which are fun to watch, kept me entertained the whole time.
– Enjoyment : no matter what i said in previous departments, Rance 01 is still a hentai afterall. The enjoyments depends on the “scenes”. There are 1-3 “scenes” per episode, and kinda short (There are some BDSM stuff too, just a little). Fair enough.
Verdict : if you’re bored with those hentai that just full of “scenes”, go give Rance 01 a chance!
31: 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
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.
This is the 6 piece OVA of the franchise Hakuouki which is mainly comprised of tragedy. And this could be the only episodes which clings to the emotional side of the characters since in the main season focuses solely on battle and sadness.
Story:Well as you all might know Hijikata Toshizo the Oni Lieutenant and Okita Souji as simply saying the “Shinsengumi” it revolves around them, and a girl is thrown at the lions den to see how it would go. Well as much as i want to put it bluntly, these lions are very much dignified and refined men than well most of the “Lions” i have ever seen.
Art: Superb. No flaws.
Sound: Average Opening and Ending- since it’s an OVA it’s al right i guess.
The voice dubbing is admirable. Same soundtracks used in the anime is present here.
Characters: This is the highlight. Whilst the main season went like a pistol-very fast not giving many characters their screen time) This gave a lot of consideration to acknowledge their feelings to the “Otome” It also shows most of the sides we should have seen in characters- which they could have thrown in the first season- but who am i to question the budget of the directors for that?
Enjoyment: Thoroughly enjoyed- pasted a smile on my face- this was light hearted/deep and slow but there could be sadness whisked in their that you’d see if you dwell deep into the episode.
Overall: Remember it’s fan service – no questions asked. But for a fan it was extremely enjoyable to see their favourite characters once emotionally unleashed. I gave it an 8- because the creators did a sound job focusing on one scene of the anime and then creating various scenarios out of it.
If you haven’t watched Hakuouki & Hakuouki Hekketsuroku than it’s important to watch them first in order to understand the more intricate details about the overall story.
I love this because it shows us the boys a bit more and how their relationship with Chizuru is, and why she’s important to them (the game that the anime is based on is an otome one, afterall!) and it also gives us more light-hearteded enjoyment as well, since the main series is a bit heavy.
Plus, we get to see how these characters are not flat copies of one another, or just trope-y otome love interests, they are interesting, well rounded individuals that all have their own flaws and strengths. I think it’s a very good addition to the collection of already great works for this series.
30: Drifters: Special Edition
Japanese: DRIFTERS Special edition
MAL Score: 7.68
Bundled with the fifth manga volume.
29: Tenshi no Tamago
English: Angel’s Egg
MAL Score: 7.70
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.
As cliche as it is, I’ll say it regardless: this movie is not for everyone. By the end you’ll most likely be calling your mother, asking her to hold you. Begging her to tell you everything’s going to be all right. Angel’s Egg is a 70 minute joyride through the enigmatic mind of Mamoru Oshii that has more Christian symbolism and allegories than one might care to see in their lifetime. On top of that, the movie is incredibly slow paced (not really a joyride is it…) and has the bare minimum amount of dialogue to keep the story progressing. Which might I add, calling it a story is either the greatest insult or greatest compliment to the film and is something each individual must answer themselves.
As mentioned above, each viewer will decide for themselves however deep or shallow the story and its message is. As such, I’m not going to analyze the story and its many symbols because while it may mean X to me, it most likely means A-Z for the next 25 people and this is where Oshii’s words speak volumes. It’s an interpretive story. However much (or however little) you want to search for the films meaning, you aren’t necessarily wrong. There is no conclusive answer. I consider it to be a surreal and highly thought provoking piece of interpretive art. But one man’s interpretive art is another man’s garbage. It’s understandable why people don’t like the movie and why it failed when it was initially released. It is highly Christianic themed and is often considered as an interpretation of Oshii’s early life when he was studying to become a priest. With this in mind, the film may come off as pretentious and overbearing, but perhaps it is just a roundabout autobiography of Oshii’s early life. The true intentions of this piece will most likely never be known.
The story is meticulous, slow and every scene deliberate and full of detail. While on the surface it may not mean much, it may mean a great deal underneath in its ever so mystifying allegories. As such, the film requires a great deal of attention and open mindedness. The elongated scenes, to me are some of the most vivid cinematic experiences I’ve witnessed in any film. This technique will most likely make you remember these scenes, even long after the movie is over. Regardless of if you liked the scenes or not they contain a lot of meaning and detail. At the same time I can understand how they may deter viewers, adding to the list of why this movie isn’t for everyone. Aside from these deliberate and almost painfully slow scenes, the film progresses slowly and the world and its characters are spectacularly developed as the movie progresses.
The characters are fantastic. Both the boy and the girl have a mysterious air to them and many questions are left unanswered about both them and their pasts. They don’t really understand who they are or why they’re here. The lack of answers doesn’t detract from the film, in fact quite the opposite, their recondite nature draws the viewer in. The greatest strength of the characters is that their interactions are genuine and realistic. The girl is innocent and timid. She emanates warmth and even acts childish around the boy at some points adding a rather heartwarming feel to an overly bleak atmosphere.Their subtle gestures and actions are used masterfully in the stead of dialogue, creating a very unique experience.
The orchestral score serves to further encapsulate the dark atmosphere of the film and is often foreboding at times, creating a sense of suspense for the viewer. It is serene, emphasizing the beauty and fragility of this poor innocent girl whilst it is equally melancholic highlighting the dark undertones of the dystopian world. The score wholeheartedly compliments and dramatizes the film.
The art is nothing short of amazing. The attention to every minute detail in each individual frame and background is truly something to behold. Not only is the art visually rewarding to look at because of this, but the combination of its dark color palette and entrancing cityscapes, skeletons, machinery and everything in between goes above and beyond in staging such an eerie and mystifying atmosphere that consumes this dystopian world. The characters are equally well designed and given as much detail and attention as the scenery. Amano Yoshitaka’s art truly makes Angel’s Egg what it is.
Angel’s Egg presents its viewers with an obscure message, enveloped in equally obscure symbolism and allegories. It indubitably blurs the line between the understandable and the incomprehensible. And as such, what each individual takes from this movie is subjective and is no more right or wrong than the next person’s interpretation. As Oshii said, the answer lies inside every viewer. On that reason alone, this movie will certainly fall short for some, and it’s absolutely understandable. But perhaps solace should be taken in the coalescence of the film’s breathtaking art and its mesmerizing music score. Perhaps, above all else, Angel’s Egg is a paragon of visual art.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Wow, what a surreal, vivid, creepy, terrifying, amazing, astounding, memorable work of art.
The story here is quite simple, and is presented very slowly. The main character does not hesitate to observe and admire her surroundings. The pacing has been complained about before, and I halfway agree with these complaints. On one hand, the extra-slow paced lingering shots may bore you, and on the other hand, they will create a lasting impression on you once you finish the film. It’s kind of a catch-22, which is rather unfortunate. The slow pacing is both good and bad.
The artwork and animation are almost indescribable. I was completely astonished at how lifelike and detailed the characters were animated. For its time, the animation must have been groundbreaking, and it looks great even today. I feel that it transcends the "anime" style. The style and the background artwork I also enjoyed. I haven’t seen many animes with a feel quite like this one. It’s an extremely moody, creepy and somewhat realistic style. The backgrounds are very imaginative, memorable and often ambiguously symbolic. It’s creepy and absolutely mesmerizing.
The music was orchestrated and consisted mainly of vocals and choirs. Nothing really to complain about here. The music fit the scenes, enhanced the scenes and didn’t detract from or overpower them. It was sometimes downright dreary, yet it was oftentimes whimsical and fantastic. I loved it.
There were only two characters, and they were portrayed in a very simple way. Their actions developed them the most, and although they lacked much dialog, it wasn’t really needed. Their actions and looks spoke volumes. I wished that they could have been developed a little more, so that we could come to know them. That, unfortunately didn’t happen, but seemed to meld perfectly with one of the themes of the movie. I felt that the director, Mamoru Oshii, preferred developing the world over the characters, because there is more time dedicated to showing the nice scenery.
Are you going to enjoy this movie? Well, that, my friend, depends on whether you are able to sit tight and enjoy a very slow movie. Are you watching anime for the art and message, or for the entertainment? Angel’s Egg requires the viewer to be on the same mental wave-length, so to speak. And if you are, you will enjoy this film immensely. It reminded me in some was of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and if you enjoyed that movie, you will most likely be intrigued and engaged.
Angel’s Egg is a memorable, slow-paced, mesmerizing and beautiful film, and although somewhat ambiguous and confusing in its message, it will still stick with you and affect you. Whatever the message is. I felt that this film was expressed very sincerely, from the bottom of Mr. Oshii’s heart. He himself said he didn’t know what it meant. I got some allegorical and Biblical what-if’s out of it, as well as symbols of hope, future and loss of innocence. You may find something else. It is incredibly deep, and it’s not laid out for you.
Also: Spoiler Warning…….
Mandatory ratings of “story” and “character” seem constricting, implying that anime must be a narrative art.. Animation especially seems to have the potential to release visuals from these constructs and to become a poetic association of images or a musical rhapsody of color and movement, which engage us on a subconscious aesthetic level.. Not to imply that Angel’s Egg is a non-narrative work of art— it isn’t— or that it has no characters— it does, and effectively uses them as emotional vehicles. However, the existence of these implies that in art we are looking for an engaging story and psychologically relatable, entertaining, or in some way likable characters. For most, Angel’s Egg is not going to present those things, but I do not consider that to its detriment.
Angel’s Egg presents a few images suggestive of something beyond themselves that in their significance beg to be taken as symbols— inevitably leading viewers to puzzle over them, to ask, “What does it mean?” To ask that question may in some say imply an answer, which there is not. There’s no reason to think that an idea of clear authorial intent is behind every ambiguous work of art, that every image and symbol can be reduced to some concept, idea or word, and that the viewer should let this concept stand in for the image in his experience of the work. In other words, there’s no reason to interpret Angel’s Egg allegorically.
To sum up my view on images, I’ll quote the poet Basho: “There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.” I think he is suggesting that all of our perceptions, thoughts, and words are images. We perceive images all around us and it is only through these images that we communicate. Abstract ideas have no existence outside of our ability to IMAGine them; we conceive of our feelings in terms of images; we conceive of ourselves in terms of images. Eventually these images become abstracted from present material experience and enter deep into the realms of our desires and subconscious, and as they are ingrained in our culture’s collective web of meaning, they become archetypes.
I include this tangent because I think that Angel’s Egg works directly with archetypes, casts them like a spell, and we as viewers want to make sense of what we experienced by assigning a meaning to them. I don’t want to suggest that no meaning is present. However, I do want to inverse the usual understanding that some meaning in the artist’s mind is the starting point, and the symbol is subservient to that. In fact, a pure image is the primary thing-in-itself, and this image may be suggestive of a whole shade of meanings, and like a word these suggestions can have ranges of connotations for different people. It’s like in music, when notes and melodies and atmospheres can for a listener evoke specific memories or messages— but no one would say that such a message is the primary purpose of the music— which is nothing but notes. Rarely does one talk about what music “means.” Such would I say are the images in Angel’s Egg.
So for me, what is the sum total of these images? I could shorten this whole review into a single sentence by saying that when I watch Angel’s Egg, I feel like I’m viewing the dreams I saw when I was sleeping inside my mother’s womb. The atmosphere is so dark, so delicate, that to compress it into some ideas and themes would be to collapse its subconscious delirious atmosphere. I feel like this story is something being played out in my mind, below and between my conscious understanding. The egg, the cross, the mechanical God, reflections, water… all of these and more are symbols in Angel’s Egg. Yet rather than asking, “What does it mean?” I’d rather ask, “How does it make me feel?” And these images arrest me: feelings of lost innocence, holding on to a bit of faith, deeply buried memories, the unreality of experience, existential confusion, the fear of abandoning and being abandoned by God… all of these are contained in my viewing of Angel’s Egg. Both characters start to embody aspects of myself which, for being on a screen, start to feel more real.
“You have to break something to find out what’s inside.”
The same could be said about this movie itself.
When I’m watching, the images become indicative to me of something larger, but I can’t necessarily pinpoint this significance down into an allegorical understanding. I feel like I too am clutching this egg with so much passion. What it is could be a number of completely personal things to me or it could be something else personal to another. But that desire of clinging onto that fragility associated with maidenhood, and the converse questioning cynicism that seeks to break it, feel real, regardless of whether or not I can articulate whatever Oshii was “trying to say.”
The Christian symbols don’t become instruments to make some “point” about Christianity; they’re just presented, and they can either start to mean something to you personally, or not. This movie isn’t going to try to make you enjoy it. Its content in being itself and it’s up to you whether it moves you or not.
Amano’s artwork, with its exquisite delicacy and detail is perfect for the atmosphere of the film, and along with the score and pacing, /is/ the atmosphere of this film. There’s not really anything else to add on the matter other than that I find the artwork gorgeous and evocative. The colors create a distinct world– one of shadows and reflections, mirrors, and windows through which darkness is distorted and parallel worlds open up. In fact, more than almost any I’ve seen, Angel’s Egg’s “world” becomes almost self-consciously so– one enclosed existence among many– truly dream-like and expressionistic, as if these egg’s dreams are projected onto a screen and a moment’s sensation becomes a visual palette, and in this palette other realities converge– and this world belongs only to the girl, and this strange nameless soldier is passing through from one world he can’t remember, collapses this world, and under the malignant transcendent reality of the mechanical god who devours individuals, passes on to another.. The final shot reinforces this impression.
The interactions between the two characters take on a strange poignancy; in this desolate, unreal, left-over place, a persistent desire for contact and a deeply human curiosity become the forces that destroy the egg. Despite the work’s expressionistic, unusual, or inaccessible nature, there’s something deeply immediate about the sad look on the soldier’s face at the end of the movie, as he stands alone…
In the end, this movie leaves me with the impression of a world abandoned by God, where, left with empty meanings, only suggestions of happiness and reality are contained elsewhere, a world haunted by promises and vague suggestions of fulfilment, yet left in the dark and alone. The score embodies this impression, alternating between beautiful melodies, waltz-like rhythms, and dissonant dissolutions; it feels like a transient dream always on the edge of being real and graspable, yet ultimately transient and unattainable in its distant beauty.
Rather than talk about how I choose to interpret every image in the film, I think it’s best to leave it at that, as every viewer will have a different reaction and interpretation. Obviously this film moved me deeply. Maybe it won’t move you at all. That doesn’t make one of us right and the other wrong. This movie’s images tapped into the subconscious reservoir of my fears and desires, maybe the images will mean nothing to another. It’s an expressionistic work, that however exquisitely crafted, will fall flat for some people. What it means for others, however, has nothing to do with what it means for me.
28: 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
Bundled with the limited edition 15th volume of the manga.
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)
Obviously, the OVA only really makes sense if you’ve seen the show proper. You needn’t have seen the whole show, though, and even if you hadn’t seen the show I could still imagine piecing together the characters and such from context. However, without the show as context, it would be a shallow, if sweet, OVA.
For this OVA and the show in general, the art isn’t outstanding or anything. If I had to describe it, it was as if someone took generic fantasy design and mixed them with anime, then added like 10% original artistic flair. Just enough to be easily distinguished from its visual ilk, but not enough to stand out in general. Likewise, the sound design was fine, but nothing really stands out about it at all. Just very competent.
The OVA gets by on the strength of its characters. They are all generally good natured people with amiable relationships that just feel good and real. The characters all have faults, but the OVA and show never linger on them. This OVA does a good job of pointing that out–the prince character, for instance, has his weaknesses and faults shown lightheartedly in a flashback and at the end of the episode.
Generally speaking, if you liked the show, you will like this. It feels a little rushed compared to the series proper, maybe because it is trying to highlight *everything* that makes the show enjoyable in a single OVA where the show proper kinda takes its time establishing its lovable cast and lively premise. I liked the series more, naturally, but this was a lovely throwback to one of my favorite shows. *The* fantasy romance anime, undisputed.
This ova adapted 3 volumes that hadn’t been animated and to be honest while it’s great, I had to give it a 7/10 jut because of the length. It is pretty much flawless and worth watching if you want the complete akagami no shirayuki-hime experience. In reality, I would have given this a 7.7 or something like that, because of the length and the already unoriginal story I decided to give it a 7.
Just like the 2 seasons of the anime, it features a really wholesome love story of a herbalist and the king, in this title they just go on a date and talk a bit. Not much more but I found it cute and pretty well done.
27: Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho
Japanese: おジャ魔女どれみ ナ イ ショ
MAL Score: 7.73
Na-i-sho is a 13 episode OAV series detailing the summer between the ~motto~ and the Dokkaan season. It is a bit more mature than the TV seasons, and looks to develop each of the five witches romantically. Hana is back to a baby, and the mahou shop is a bakery.
Ojamajo Doremi deals with five girl “witch novice” protagonists. While the parent story mainly focuses on these girls, here they actually play more of a supporting role. The spotlight in each episode is reserved on some side characters. Some of them being comepletely new, some other are also featured as (more or less minor) side characters from the parent story. In each episode the character’s problem is featured, with a part of the main charaters stumbling over the the character and more or lesss secretly goes on helping the character or is observing his or her character development.
While magic is still an element of the series, it has not really that much weight in the series. These shown problems are usually not dealt or tried to be solved with it, but by the characters themselves.
In addition some quite serious and, considering the audience of this franchise, surprisingly mature problems are dealt with in this series.
The series is surpsingly realistic in showing and dealing with these problems and I really like how magic is not a direct part of solving these troubles. The series is at its core very mature, but still presents the topics in a manner, very suitable for children. There is quite some educational value inside of it.
Despite its age it doesn’t really look dated. Due to its parent series, it’s still quite trimmend on “cute” and very colourful, although, it appears to me, not quite as much as in the parent story.
In my opinion, this is the best season of Ojamajo Doremi since it serves very well as a complement to the others, the ova format made the themes can be developed much more freely since this time there were no age restrictions.This can be noted for example in chapter 4 (Where Onpu is developed and the idol industry is criticized in a very subtle way) or in chapter 12 (One of the most tragic chapters of the entire franchise).
All the chapters are worthwhile and develop themes and characters that had not been touched in the other seasons. Even the worst episodes are decent and entertaining (Like episode 9).
Art and sound (7/10):
The ova format made the anime had animation and music 10 times better than the other seasons. I like the opening and ending.
Nothing more to say about it.
In this season, the characters who did not have the opportunity to have a chapter in other seasons were given time, new characters were also introduced and the protagonists were further developed.
This season shows how one can become fond of a character in a single chapter if the execution is good.
In my opinion all the chapters were very entertaining.
Nothing more to say about it.
Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho manages to be a very good complement to the franchise, his themes develop better than in other seasons and with slightly more mature themes touched with subtlety.
26: Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Meikai-hen
English: Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter – Inferno
Japanese: 聖闘士星矢 冥王ハーデス冥界編
MAL Score: 7.75
Seiya and the rest of the Bronze and Gold Saints who have survived the Sanctuary battle have entered the world of the Dead. They are fighting to get to Hades and defeat him.
It of course picks up exactly where the Sanctuary oavs leave off. This time as opposed to the Gold Saints being the central focus, the main featured characters in this series are Seiya and Shun as well as one certain Gold Saint I can’t mention due to spoiler reasons in relation to the original TV series, though Hyoga and Shiryu aren’t exaclty useless, they are still busy fighting their battles respective battles. And Ikki is still rarely present, but whatever presence he has will be overly significant to what happens in this story. The newer main villains that were introduced in the last oav such as Rhadmantys, are now part of the battlefield as well as a handful of other new characters. And who are some of these new characters? I feel that you have to see it to find out who some of them are, but I can tell you that some of these characters are bad ass.
What also makes this story very great is that it expands the darker tone and atmosphere and still uses intriguing plot twists as it did in the Sanctuary Arc, but I thought what this installment offers I never saw coming many cosmos away. And the ending I thought was a very fitting and suited the themes of bravery, sacrafice, friendship, and brotherhood very well in the tradition of Saint Seiya.
Art and Animation
Well, the qualities that made the animation and coloring in the first oav is still present here. The lighting is still appropriate and I can’t say much. The only negative thing I can say about the animation are the dead bodies serving as slaves to Hades. They look super cheap as hell, but in the end, they really don’t matter.
The new characters featured are really breathtaking to watch. Granted the diversity of the design for some of the main villains is getting weak, they all have their own unique traits and techniques. The features of the armors are appropriate with the underworld-hell theme. And of course there will be some interesting gimmick characters, though these charcters were kind of done before, they were featured in fillers of the original series, but this time, the characters with this kind of gimmick are a Kurumada-sensei original and he adds his own unique detail and feature to it.
The quality of the action is still pretty awesome and the moves that will be demonstrated by the newer characters are very cool and the namings sound kind of weird, but this is one of those instances where such bizarre Engrish phrases can be sweet.
Music and Voice Acting
The most controversial thing about this anime is the changing of the seiyuus from the Bronze Saints and Athena. Apparently, Kurumada-sensei wanted to change everyone except Furuya Tooru because he thought they were too old for their roles, but the only exception is Suzuoki Hirotaka who passed away between the releases of the Sanctuary and Inferno oavs. I heard he especially wanted to change Shun’s original voice actor Horikawa Ryo. Furuya Tooru wanted everyone to stay aboard, and he decided to quit. The fans were very angry about this and tried to petition to Kurumada-sensei to not go with this change, and it got severe to the point where Kurumada-sensei got his legal team to speak on behalf of him to accept the changes.
As for the “too old excuse,” I think it’s flatout bullshit. Furuya Tooru still plays 15 year old Amuro in the new Gundam games and so on. Horikawa Ryo I thought still did an excellent job in playing Shun in the Sanctuary Chapter. I always loved the tone and the articulation he brought to the character. And I can’t speak much for Shiryu’s and Hyoga’s new seiyuus since they weren’t featured enough or gave a certain kind of performance in which I felt they could capture what I think is the essence of their characters. So who was replaced you might ask? Seiya is now played by Morita Masakazu, who might know as the voice of Kurosawa Ichigo from Bleach. But he was casted as Seiya because Kurumada-sensei had him casted as Takane Ryuuji, the main character in the anime adaptation of his first manga, Ring ni kakero. I can agree that Morita does sound appropriately youthful and brings a distinctive kind of energy to the role of Seiya in which it does suit his character, but I think he really lacks this dignified-heroic quality in his voice that Furuya Tooru has and I don’t think he comes across as leaderlike.
But the new voice actor who really won me over was Shun’s, Kazuya Yuuta. The performance that had me convinced was in the second episode about when he “testifies” to the judge about what sins he’s committed and how sin is natural in human nature for such and such reason. He really showed the emotion and compassion necessary that defines the Shun character and I was able to embrace him with that. The only problem I have with the voice is his pitch. It’s soft, but yet still high, while with the original performance by Horikawa, it had the low voice where you could tell that he was a man despite his very feminine appearence. Another performance I liked was Konishi Katsuyuki as Ikki. I thought he captured the character well in his own way by being the lone wolf who sticks out and being the “I do things my own way” kind of guy.
The new opening theme featured is Megami no Senshi by Marina Del Ray, who also sings Asu He No Toushi, the opening theme to Ring ni Kakero. The brief church organs that play is very dark and gets you hooked and then all of a sudden the guitars play and you see the saints running at the screen along with the title in the background and you got something that lives up to the original theme song, Pegasus Fantasy. In comaprison to that song, it’s still pretty sweet hard rock, but it has a certain kind of diversity with the intensity that it has with being gloomy, but yet there is still hope. The imagery, the panning, and the sound effects that go with the panning just add so much to it and I must say that the quality sometimes makes me argue with myself of which is the better theme song between the old and new one. So the opening theme itself is an instant winner.
The background music is actually still the same so I can’t say much about it that I haven’t already have said in my previous reviews.
This OAV will have you pumped up for the next oav and the true ending to the original manga of Saint Seiya. If you want plot twists, then you got what I think is one of the best plot twists in anime history
Whilst quickly going through many of the battles and several Celestial Star Spectres quickly being disposed of allows it to stand out and be less repetitive when it comes to combat with its side villains than the Poseidon Arc was, it also makes them a major disappointment when Terrestrial Star Spectres such as Myu proved a genuine threat to the Gold Saints. Instead of being a true step up in power, only the Judges, Pharaoh and Rhadamanthys’ underlings prove much of a genuine threat. The reveal of Shun’s secret was an interesting twist that explained how he survived his fatal battle with Aphrodite, but it came without foreshadowing from previous arcs and Ikki’s lack of knowledge on it was from as poor a plot device as amnesia. Beyond that, the plot was as typical of Saint Seiya Arcs.
It did have some interest in the setting with it being a mix of both the Greek Underworld and Hell as described in Dante’s Divine Comedy, which led to some nice creative liberties in locations and the theme of life being finite and thus precious was a decent way of making the idea of holding onto hope less generic than usual. However, the regular lives of the Spectres weren’t explored enough for the setting to be more than pretty backgrounds and the theme of hope and finite life weren’t explored too deep, just being a reiteration of Shaka’s words in the first act of this arc.
The characters at least make up for this somewhat. While most of the villains within the arc were bland loyal henchmen, Pharaoh at least had some goals beyond serving Hades that allowed him to at least be more engaging than most of the Marina from the previous arc. Hades also carried himself well in displaying the power of a God far better than Poseidon did in the previous arc where he was defeated twice by Gold Saints. As for the heroes, allowing Kanon and Orphe to have their moments to shine was a breath of fresh air after having two arcs of the Bronze Saints hogging all the glory and prevents it from becoming repetitive. Kanon VS Rhadamanthys also had some pretty good build up in the formation of a rivalry between them. Speaking of the Gold Saints such as Kanon, the ending of this 2nd act carries far more consequence and emotion than any of the previous arcs combined. That said, the character appeal is enough to even out the disappointing elements of the plot and make the writing for this arc average overall.
As for the more superficial elements, even these strong points for the series went a step below its predecessor. While the still pieces of art remain as good as prior, the animation became far more limited with many shots being reused constantly and character movement becoming far less fluid. Even the sound was a step down from before as while the soundtrack remains unchanged and as great as ever, the changes in several seiyuu such as all of the Bronze Saints was something that would be offputting for returning fans who had grown so accustomed to the iconic deliveries of Toru Furuya or Ryo Horikawa, especially when many of the seiyuu had yet to fully become accustomed to their roles.
That said, Inferno is a step down from Sanctuary, though still has it’s moments to warrant continuing the series to it’s climax.
I missed the second of the three installments under the “Hades” arc.
This time it was also entertaining, but I feel that its prequel is still a step higher than “Chapter – Inferno”, since although we have had good moments of drama as the final outcome with the sacrifice of the golden knights, and even history Orpheo. The battles themselves were not too memorable, I feel that the antagonists in this case the “ghosts” left much to be desired and did not give a great sense of danger or depth of characters, with the exception of Radamanthys who was one step above the others. judges of hell.
As for the staging, the art had good moments at the beginning, but already for the last chapters the quality declines enough to the point of having a certain deformity in the characters. On the contrary, the soundtrack continues to have the same charm as always and representative of this title, although its Opening left me to be desired for this occasion.
In short we are in the final stretch of history I hope the best for the closing of this series.
VERSION EN ESPAÑOL:
General: (7,55 / 10)
Se me fue la segunda de las tres entregas bajo el arco de “Hades”.
En esta ocasión también fue entretenida, pero siento que su precuela sigue estando un escalón mayor que “Chapter – Inferno”, ya que si bien hemos tenido buenos momentos de drama como el desenlace final con el sacrificio de los caballeros dorados, e inclusive la historia de Orpheo. Las batallas en si no fueron demasiado memorables, siento que los antagonistas en este caso los “espectros” dejaron bastante que desear y no dieron gran sensación de peligro o profundidad de personajes, exceptuando un poco a Radamanthys que estuvo un escalón por encima de los demás jueces del infierno.
En cuanto a puesta en escena, el arte tuvo unos buenos momentos al comienzo, pero ya para los últimos capítulos decae bastante la calidad al punto de tener cierta deformidad en los personajes. Por el contrario la banda sonora sigue teniendo el mismo encanto de siempre y representativo de este titulo, aunque su Opening me dejo que desear para esta ocasión.
En fin estamos en la recta final de la historia espero lo mejor para el cierre de esta serie.
25: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue – Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma
Japanese: カードキャプターさくら クリアカード編 プロローグ さくらとふたつのくま
MAL Score: 7.78
After the conclusion of the Sakura Card Arc, life is going back to normal. There are no more mysteries, no more disturbances of evil, no more tests of strength. Everyone is moving on with their lives and Sakura feels a sadness in her heart. Even through the goodbyes, Sakura perseveres to keep everyone and a special someone, dear to her heart.
For those who haven’t read the manga, the anime (and second movie) had a different ending, so this is how Cardcaptor Sakura manga ended.
I’m really glad that they made an OVA for this: the art, the eyecatch, the soundtrack, the VAs are all the same as in the old series, it really took me back in time.
If you enjoyed Cardcaptor Sakura you have to watch this OVA, forget episodes 69-70 and watch this. It wraps up everything nicely and it’s the perfect prologue for Clear Card arc.
I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait for 2018 to watch the next arc! (even though I’m reading the manga)
Firstly, I could not understand what was up with the art, the animation and the character designs. The blank chibi characters, the overuse of cut-away flowery overlays/backgrounds and random inserts like faces and text were so jarring. I think this is one of the cases where they were trying to be WAY too accurate with the adaptation for it to flow well in animated format because the pacing felt off for me as well. I don’t remember any of these techniques being used in the anime version at all (at least not to this extent). It was more cognizant of the medium it was in and adjusted its storytelling to fit. What with the greater emphasis on melancholy, silence and overall uneasiness while ending on an uplifting note with Sakura realizing and accepting her feelings, symbolized by the creation of her first original Sakura Card. But I digress. Essentially, I felt that the entire OVA lacked subtlety. It felt like they needed to make crystal clear what the emotions of all the characters were with in-your-face visual metaphors.
Also, I really did not see a point to this OVA. Like, at all. If you are a fan of the manga, I guess it’ll be a really great experience? I guess they were they trying to get anime-only fans acquainted with the manga canon? For me, it was just a rehash with less emotional weight. Does this mean that the Clear Card Arc will invalidate everything about the second movie? The one where everything concluded perfectly with Sakura confessing her love to Li? I really don’t know how to feel about that.
This goes beyond a simple unnecessary continuation of an old franchise. What does this mean for the Clear Card Arc anime? If they’re going to disregard the anime canon and the second movie and continue with the manga canon, I don’t think I’ll be able to get invested in it at all. Only 19 Cards? No Meiling? Oh dear… In fact, they might as well have gone the whole Sailor Moon Crystal route and completely rebooted it as this is pretty much tantamount to that. Maybe worse, as anime-only fans like myself will feel this disconnect as elements don’t add up. If you ask me, if they had wanted to make it a continuation, they should have adapted it to fit with the anime canon. As-is, it’s like they didn’t even attempt to make it similar in feel to the original anime.
Honestly, as a fan of the anime, I feel betrayed. They took part of what I loved and said… NOPE. It didn’t happen. But I guess this must how manga fans must have felt when the original anime came out. What comes around goes around, huh? (^.^’) At least I can just renounce this like I did with Digimon tri. and save all that cash on merchandise. (Or maybe I’ll fall in love with it regardless. We’ll see.)
Firstly, who is it intended for? I assume those solely who read the manga because anyone coming off of the anime if going to have one jarring experience. Even if you put the change in art style the direction and pacing aside, this is nothing like the original series and it doesn’t even try to fashion some kind of coherency between the series and the OVA leaving a good chunk of audience lost along the way.
Secondly the art design, I was worried when I saw the promotional material before the OVA and it seems my worries came true because every poster they released made Sakura and Tomoyo look like card board cut outs everything felt so stiff and sure enough I got the exact same feeling from the OVA, now I know that the original series spent most of its time on still frames (Most anime does in all fairness) but just about everything felt stiff, it’s like in a plea to be just like the manga they had to have everything as picture perfect as possible, I mean there are people posting screenshots of the OVA and the manga side by side for comparison and it’s practically identical, but that isn’t the point of animation the point is to adapt the manga not become the manga itself.
And to top it all off everyone had this weird fucking shine on them 24/7 like I was half expecting when the perspective panned out away from Sakura it was going to expose a person standing there with a lightbulb inches away from her face and they just followed her around the entire thing over saturating the fuck out of everything and everyone. The effect worked when there were darker scenes like when it’s evening or when we have that really cool representation of Sakura’s card possession, but that was because they effect had enough contrast in those scenes to make it pop.
I Just….I feel like this was rushed HEAVILY, and I prey to god that the series isn’t going to have this annoying stilted and over saturation problem when it officially releases.
24: Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls
English: Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Japanese: 進撃の巨人 LOST GIRLS
MAL Score: 7.79
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?
And with no stretching up, both characters have their ups and downs. Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls made a huge contribution to this debate while it focuses on Mikasa and Annie on a deeper scale, presenting more information on their past and rendering them as human beings with their own dreams, motivations, and fears.
– Story (7.5/10):
Spanning 3 episodes, Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls dedicates the first two for Annie, a character that we haven’t seen much of, especially on the last seasons (2 and 3 as of now), which was a total let down. The one shot takes place the day before her exposal for the titan she is, peaking on her daily routine, and it just happens to be an interesting case where she has to look for some rich man’s missing daughter. They did a great job not only showing the soft and actual human part of Annie but also gave us a glimpse of the thug life on the lawless streets of Wall Maria. It seems the world inside is even more corrupt and rotten than the other side of the walls, and having a fragile girl (as she referred to herself while fighting Eren on some training flashback) take over a case that would normally exceed the qualities of a rookie such as herself puts her at a real-world challenge, both morally and faithfully. The two first episodes flow nicely and fast until you realize you already made it to the third and last episode, which is centered about Mikasa as she pictures what it would have been like if her mother and father weren’t assassinated, would she still have met Eren? would they still be that close of friends? It was a bit messy and complicated if you don’t pay enough attention as they timeline conflicts can really confuse you, I didn’t sign up for Steins;Gate class complicated shows, but I was shocked nevertheless.
– Art (7/10):
The animation in Attack on Titan was always a core key, and a great one might I add. Everybody would go praising how fluid and fantastic the visuals are, but honestly, not so much with this one. And I can excuse that for there were minimal action scenes to focus on. The art style was normal, but well maintained and consistent throughout the OVA, never lazy or blunt. I would argue that the “No Regrets” OVA had better flexing on the animation, but that’s another talk for another day. But don’t give up, the two or three satisfying punches do take a thing or two from that glorious cake of an animation.
– Sound (7.5/10):
I really appreciate their choice of ending theme songs, the first two, there was an original ending song with both visuals and sound, focusing of course on Annie and her outsider friends. But what really added nostalgia to the mix was the return of the fantastic ending theme song of Mikasa from the first season of the parent series. The voice acting was great, again, Attack On Titan’s cast was always great on this one. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any opening theme song to start off the hype, but it isn’t always necessary.
– Character (8.0/10):
This is what kept the OVA going, Annie had some great focus, the spotlight brought out the best out of her and gave us some deep insight into her life, and some sneaky peaks on her backstory. Before this, I really didn’t give Annie many credits and wasn’t even one of my top favorite characters in the series, but this was a rank-changer for her to me. Unfortunately, Mikasa’s episode wasn’t as deep as Annies, it didn’t add anything special, to be honest, we already knew plenty about her, she only seemed to display even more affection to Eren.
– Enjoyment (7.0/10):
Most definitely, my second favorite OVA of the series after “No Regrets”, I enjoyed the heck out of what Annie had to offer, but not much with Mikasa’s. There are in fact few intriguing moments with Mikasa, making her as sort of having some mysterious supernatural powers, they did it before and here they are back with it strong.
– Overall (7.4/10):
If you’re either of both characters fan (which you should be), you should give this a try, especially for you Annie lovers, it’s for her, more than a just irrelevant episode because they manage to tell more about her than the entire series did so far.
I enjoyed Annie’s story much more than Mikasa’s (even if Mikasa is my favorite character.) Annie’s story felt closer to something Isayama would write. I think the author successfully fit in a short story between major canon events and kept Annie’s character true to her nature. The two episodes given to her surely helped. Obviously, with the same artwork, voice actors, and music, it by all means feels like an Attack on Titan episode. The “Call Your Name” girl version ending was well done and a delightful tribute.
It is Mikasa’s story that I am a bit more disappointed with. Her story is reduced to one episode, and it shows, as the pacing is more rushed. That being said, I don’t enjoy Mikasa’s story much to begin with. It is not a story placed in between canon events like Annie’s, but rather an alternative universe headcanon that only exists to show again and again Mikasa’s undying loyalty toward Eren. It is unfortunate to see that, considering she is my favorite Attack on Titan character. I would’ve enjoyed a story similar to Annie’s for her, or better yet, at least see her also given two episodes for a proper adaption of her story.
Lost Girls, while including two well-known female characters from the franchise, is obviously not on par with actual Attack on Titan episodes. That being said, it was still enjoyable seeing these characters in action in something different from canon, and with the continuity of the artwork, voice actresses, and soundtrack, it still manages to be a pretty enjoyable OVA for the franchise.
The first two episodes of the OVA follow everyone’s second favourite Titan shifter, Annie, as she tries to solve a case about a missing rich girl so that her roommate will give her an opening to capture Eren. So, this is just before episode 17 of the anime. We get some glimpses into her past, her relationship with her father and how she trained.
The third episode focuses on Mikasa during the battle of Trost when she believed Eren was dead. So, really early in the anime. It basically goes into her head and her private fantasy of a world where she might be able to be with her adoptive brother. Sweet Home Alabama intensifies.
The two episode Annie story is really well done. It’s compelling. Her investigation is interesting. It gives you a strong sense of her life in the Capital and her motivations.
The Mikasa episode, in contrast, is mediocre at best. It’s basically her getting into her own head and finding nothing of value. It could have been an opportunity to explore her relationship with her parents and regrets over losing them so young, but them being alive in her little fantasy is solely incidental and you barely see her interact with them. It’s not interesting and it doesn’t add anything because it’s basically nothing in terms of the larger narrative and all it does is repeat what we already know about her character, or lack thereof.
Annie really benefits from her story in this. We get to see facets of her personality that are normally hidden beneath her cold, collected exterior. We get a stronger sense of her motivations and how her upbringing helped turn her into the woman we see in the series proper.
Mikasa’s episode just highlights what a bland trope of a character she is. Which is unfortunate because this was an opportunity for her to be more than a generic action girl with a fixation on the hero who happens to be her adopted brother that makes her emotionally vulnerable. But that’s literally all her episode focuses on. This is why Mikasa is rubbish.
You have to give Wit credit. They make this franchise in general look fantastic. The varied character designs look really good. The action flows well. Annie actually looks adorable when she eats a doughnut for the first time. And yes, it is an actual doughnut and not a misidentified rice ball. 4Kids doesn’t even exist any more.
Shimamura Yuu and Kitanishi Junko both give strong performances. Even Ishikawa Yui does well voicing Blanda. Certainly better than you would expect given the lack of character. The music is strongly composed.
There really isn’t any. Christa and Ymir aren’t in this with their adorable interactions. Neither are Levi and Erwin with their weird way of flirting that makes it clear they’ll never admit they’re flirting.
Areas of Improvement:
1. This OVA would be better without the Mikasa episode.
2. If you must have an episode about Mikasa, at least give it some narrative or character significance. A story from her childhood that somewhat elevates her as a character so she’s less boring. Or an aside about her activities during, before or after a battle that we didn’t see before.
3. Stop pushing the idea of Mikasa and Eren as romantic interests. I get that Mikasa was adopted into Eren’s family when she was nine and not born into it but that’s still enough to make it creepy.
Honestly, I would give the Annie episodes a solid 8/10 by themselves. The problem is that I also have to factor in the Mikasa episode, which is a 5/10, if I’m feeling generous. So, averaging it out, the OVA gets a 7/10. If you’re thinking about watching it, I do recommend the first two episodes if you’ve seen the first series of the anime or more. But I’d skip the Mikasa episode completely because it’s literally nothing.
23: Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari
English: Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar
MAL Score: 7.80
Kenshi Masaki has been kidnapped and brought to the world of Geminar by a mysterious group. To get back home, he agrees to help them assassinate the newly crowned empress of the Shtrayu Empire, Lashara Aasu XXVIII, using a giant robot called a Sacred Mechanoid.
As her army fights them off, Lashara takes note of Kenshi’s abilities and demands that her attacker be captured alive, only to find out that the pilot is male which is extremely rare on Geminar. Believing it to be a waste to kill him, she makes Kenshi her attendant.
As the empress’ new servant, Kenshi is required to accompany Lashara to the Holy Land, an academy where Sacred Mechanoid pilots hone their skills. His arrival attracts attention, but Kenshi is unaware that something sinister is brewing within the academy and it could plunge the entire world into war.
The overall story line of this anime starts a bit stereotypical, but the development is excellent.
Not to mention that the main character is an overall bad ass with a kind, although a little too innocent, heart.
Although sometimes a little cliche, this anime is found very enjoyable and one is left with other regret there is not more of it!
As a personal bit: WAHANLY IS THE BEST! 😛
Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari was my first time watching an OVA series that comes out every month rather than every week. As such, I was not prepared for the gnawing impatience I felt at the end of every episode.
At first I wasn’t really absorbed with this series and just started watching it while waiting for one of my downloads to finish. However as the1st episode progressed, I slowly found myself getting drawn into the story. The basic storyline wasn’t anything new. It had the same premises as some other fantasy series with the main character getting thrown into an unknown world in order to fight the villain. However the other elements of the series helped bring the story to life.
I thought that the art was very well done and really brought out the attractive aspects of nature and the wild. While watching Kenshi out in the open, I found myself wishing to be in his shoes in order to feel the wind in my face and the grass beneath my feet.
The op and ed for this series wasn’t anything too special. Both pieces of music fit the series and was enjoyable to listen to. However they weren’t anything people would go nuts about. The voice acting for this series was well done. All the voice actors brought their characters to life and carried the characters’ feeling across to the viewer.
Being of the harem genre, the female characters were very diverse in terms of personality and looks. However unlike other harem series, I actually found myself liking all of the main female cast. Many series have at least one female lead who I just can’t stand, whether it’s because they’re all whiny because they can’t get their feelings across or because they’re insecure about themselves. In this series I found myself laughing at all the comedic situations between the female characters and Kenshi and didn’t find myself displeased one bit.
Kenshi was also another reason why I enjoyed this series. (Maybe it’s because I recently started watching School Days and quickly got tired of Makoto’s unappealing character.) Anyhow I really enjoyed Kenshi’s confident and bright personality. He started out in the story as a strong protagonist and ended the story as a strong protagonist. He didn’t really have to grow in character because he was already a likable character from the beginning.
With many harem series, I usually find myself cursing at the last episode if it ends in an open ending. However with this series I thought that the ending actually fit and didn’t resent the producers for not choosing a concrete female lead for Kenshi to end up with. This is probably because romance was not the main point of the series. You could tell that many of the female cast had feelings for Kenshi but the way the story unfolded, you never really expected for Kenshi to become lovey doey. This series was mainly focused on the comedic situations between Kenshi and the other characters with the mecha fighting thrown in as a bonus.
This series was very enjoyable for me to watch and I never felt like skipping ahead in any of the episodes. Rather, I felt that the episodes were too short as I wanted to see more of Kenshi. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari was a great series for me and I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to watch it
This does contain some spoilers, but it will not impact the series in any way. Anyone who has not watched this should not have a problem with the spoilers as it does not reveal any plot twists, etc(except episode 1, but what the hell, it’s episode one haha).
The graphics and battles were top notch. However, the entire series was literally a land fill of fillers all the way until at least episode 9. Episodes 2-9 were just Kenshi meeting girls and getting into harem themed situations. Granted the situations were funny at times, it got repetitive, dragged out and ultimately ruined the entire series for me.
All the plot holes also tested my patience with this anime. I never drop animes but this one seriously had me contemplating on it. An example would be why? Why is the Holy Island getting attacked? Because of your ‘ideologies’? Would you at least take some time to tell us instead of bombarding us with panties and breasts? Also, as would be expected, no one dies in this anime. They just keep on coming back and back and back and back.
Another one would be that the timing on the music is horrible. Though the music (BG music) itself is not bad, the timing is horrible. Did I just say that twice? Well let me say it again. The timing is absolutely horrible in this. I could tell when they tried to make a ‘situation’ seem serious or dire only to be ruined by the music. An example of this would be on episode 13 when the students of the Holy Island are trying to take back the land. There’s some fluffly music playing that could easily be used during one of Kenshi’s Harem situations. Everyone is laughing and having a good time even though it’s the last episode. Instead of laughing and smilling, at least try and keep a serious face.
I can say after finishing this OVA series that there was literally no character development. The only ‘development’ I saw throughout were characters becoming tsundere and just becoming an outright harem.
For me, the only time this anime for me gave off a sense of seriousness was when Kenshi’s seikijin went black and white and went berserk. That and in the beginning of episode 1 when Kenshi was on the swan trying to kill that princess. Not even the climax could be taken seriously. Kenshi wasn’t even breathing hard during the final battle even though Gaia was many times stronger then him and he wasn’t even trying his hardest until Chiaia threatens to take away his gems??? What the hell? He had a harder time compressing his sword then fighting Gaia. Mediocre until the very end.
After the Holy island is taken over, for some reason NO ONE cares that all their material possessions, everything they’ve owned is being pillaged by the thieves and all they care about is catching Kenshi’s attention and being infatuated with him. Completely ridiculous. I know this is an anime, but can you at least make an attempt in trying to make the situations they’re in at least seem realistic, having some type of impact on the characters?
This anime, barely being able to keep my attention I may have skipped on some points but I’m pretty sure I nailed the major flaws in this anime. Giving this anime even a 5 would be too much. I rated this a 2, which seems just about right when the plot is a complete mess, riddled with plot holes and too many fillers. I seriously can not recommend this to anyone. However, if you’re into harems and don’t give a damn about plots or character development, then go ahead and watch this train wreck of an anime.
22: Saiyuuki Reload: Burial
Japanese: 最遊記RELOAD -burial-
MAL Score: 7.81
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.
And if you’ve seen the other three seasons, then don’t go into Burial expecting the light-heartedness and filler that the other seasons were. Burial is very dark, and the light moments are very scarce.
Also, SHOUNEN AI hints. Nothing too bad, but it’s definitely noticeable.
Story: The regular story of Saiyuki is based on Xi You Ji — or, Journey to the West, as known in English. It is an ancient Chinese folktale about a monk, a Kappa [water sprite], a pig demon, and the monkey king going on a journey to India to stop the evil Gyumao.
Saiyuki Burial is the prequel to Gensoumaden Saiyuki, and focuses on how all of the characters met each other, and their relationships.The first OVA focuses on Genjyo Sanzo, the priest in question, as a child. His adoptive father meets a young priest named Ken’yuu that is trying to become a Sanzo Priest (As Sanzo is the title of the highest ranking priest).
The second OVA focuses on a grown-up version of Sanzo, and how he is hearing a mysterious “voice” calling him. He follows the voice to a mysterious mountain far, far away that all of the villagers say that there is, supposedly, a monster sealed up there.
The third, and final OVA, deals with Hakkai and Gojyo. Hakkai is known as a “sinner” for reasons I won’t explain, and Gojyo is a half-breed; half demon, and half human. He has crimson hair and eyes, as all halfbreeds do. He finds an injured Hakkai on the road and takes him in. Then, a year later, an old room mate named Banri appeares….
Art: Compared to Gensoumaden, Reload, and Gunlock, the art was beautiful. I really enjoyed it, especially the shading. It took me by complete surprise.
Sound: I enjoyed the opening song; it fit the theme of the show very well. It was very eerie and it really set my hopes high for the show. The music was eerie when it needed to be, and it helped set the theme of the show.
Enjoyment: I’ve loved these characters for a long time, and although I read OVA2 and OVA3 in the manga, I enjoyed it very much. I always thought it was such a shame that the art was awful in Gesoumaden (Due to its age; it’s rather old), and it really didn’t do the characters justice. I enjoyed learning about Ken’yuu and how he knew Koumyou (As it was hinted throughout the previous seasons), and little Goku tagging along after Sanzo like a lost puppy was just too adorable NOT to love. Hakkai being jealous over Banri was adorable, too.
Overall: Overall, I enjoyed these OVAs and I’m hoping that they will redo Gensoumaden in this art style. I enjoyed re-connecting with the characters and I DEFINITELY recommend this to any Saiyuki fan. After all, kid!Goku is FAR too cute to pass up. :]
Main Characters: Genjo Sanzo, Son Goku, Cho Hakkai, Sha Gojyo
Story: 8/10 – since this will basically be an “introduction” before the Journey to the West, i believe that they did a pretty good job… i must admit i got confused at first since the Sanzos kinda looked the same and the names are pretty difficult to remember (with all those Sha-Cho-Kyo)… i would’ve liked it better if it was extended to at least 5 episodes… the Genjo Chapter was very detailed… it really focused on our blonde priest and his backgound… I was still moved by the Son Goku Chapter and i actually pitied the poor ‘lil monkey… the Hakkai and Gojyo Chapter was rushed, unfortunately…
Art: 7/10 – this was too sharp for my taste since i did not particularly like the long faces… the most weird part for me is that Gojyo’s eyes can be seen behind his red/purple hair… also, characters kinda looked the same… where’s the originality?
Sound: 6/10 – i’ll give this a 6… i did not like the OP/ED songs… BG music is just okay, if there was one…
Characters: 8/10 – loved the character development for Genjo and Goku… i wished they could have done the same with Hakkai and Gojyo… though, if my memory serves me right, Hakkai’s story will be in JttW so i guess that would make it redundant… i like the Genjo-Goku “father and son” relationship… i’ve always wanted to see Hakkai fight w/o his limiters but i was disappointed again… Gojyo for me is still the weakest of them all and he is my least favorite…
Enjoyment/Overall: 8/10 – after i was done wrapping my head around the priests’ names, the faces, and all, i actually enjoyed watching Saiyuki again…
Not really sure if I would be recommending this to people who haven’t heard of JttW… I guess for the Saiyuki fans, yes… maybe for those interested in seeing a gun-totting priest and his 3 youkai friends, then by all means, pick this up since it will give a new light to the JttW TV series… 🙂
21: Magi: Sinbad no Bouken
Japanese: マギ シンドバッドの冒険
MAL Score: 7.82
Not so long ago, mysterious structures called Dungeons began appearing all over the world. No one knows what they are or how they came to be, but adventurers and armies around the world instantly took interest in them. Thousands set out to explore the Dungeons, but so far, not a single person has returned.
In a Parthevian port, a young boy is about to make a name for himself. Sinbad is good-natured, strong, and craving adventure. A kind deed leads to his meeting with Yunan, an enigmatic traveler who is far more powerful than his frivolous personality lets on. Yunan instructs Sinbad to attain the “power of the king” and change the world—by conquering a Dungeon. The eager boy readily accepts, setting out on the grand adventure he so craved.
Taking place 15 years before the events of the original series, Magi: Sinbad no Bouken chronicles Sinbad’s youth as a Dungeon conqueror. Along the way, the budding adventurer and merchant will have to face many obstacles, but anything is possible with the power of a king.
Like anything to do with Sinbad, the oh great and glorious conqueror of the Seven Seas, it’s mostly the same but they add some depth into the way he goes about his life and how he got to where he is.
With the third OVA released I couldn’t wait to watch it and I did straight away, even being in area with little to no internet, I loaded the episode and watched it when it was done and man did I enjoy it! It was everything I wanted (well except the cliffhanger :/).
It’s all about SINBAD! when it comes to these OVA’s, hence the name. It goes through early life troubles of himself, his family, his village and his comrade Drakon. The story works well and they show everything needed and it’s very easy to understand which is good if you’re looking for a easy and relaxing OVA to watch.
The story for the new OVA is about one of Sinbad’s eight generals in his early life and he must prove himself as a man in front of his sister by slaying a sea monster, while on the verge of death, Sinbad comes outta no where and slays the beast and saves them. He gets invited to their isolated icy village and hears about a new dungeon and he warns the village not to go and that he must do it so no one else would get killed. With Hinahoho getting false credit for slaying the beast, he wants to prove himself and goes to the dungeon.
It’s the complete same as the normal anime so their won’t be any surprises when you watch this, there’s detail on characters that don’t need a lot of detail for them so that’s a good touch.
The art always amazes me and with the third OVA it still did, to me it just added the icing to the cake after the long wait for this.
Just like the normal anime so if you enjoyed the sound in that, you’ll enjoy it in this :).
They don’t go into very much detail with any character, a little with Sinbad but other than that, no. Sinbad was born with great power, oh cool, and cliché. With the rest of the characters, they’re just military people and want power, not much of a big surprise. On the other hand Yunan is a mysterious character with little known about him.
In the third OVA they introduce Hinahoho and his little icy village, along with a few more characters such a his sister, father, etc. With all the new characters added, I thought they did well with giving us enough information about them all and made it a very good watch.
I thought that this was a great watch, mainly because I get to watch more Magi.
I have enjoyed all of the OVA’s that have been released so far and with the 4th one being announced, I just can’t help myself to get excited. I can’t wait.
I hope this review was helpful.
(With this being newly updated for the third OVA, I will be updating it again for the earlier episodes and adding more to the review).
The first OVA begins on a dark, stormy evening with the screech of a woman in the midst of an excruciating labor which just happens to be occurring during a magical, mystical, wondrous night full of shooting stars, glowing genie lamps, and the classic array of oddities that only happen “once every thousand of years”. If this were any other anime, this would be an irritating (and frightful) way to start off the episode but because it’s Magi and it blends together legends with just the right amount of originality, I gave it some leeway. After all, the intro music was fantastic, and if you’re a Magi fan already, at this point you’re cracking your knuckles cause Sin’s finally in town! There’s no way this can go-
..wrong…And before you know it, the producers have dragged you into one of the most cliche, overdone story lines known to fairy tales. Sinbad’s portrayed as the classic hero, complete with a tragic background story, the help of a supernaturally gifted stranger, and everything else that serves as the pedestal upon which this adolescent’s destiny sits- awaiting his overbearing greatness. While the main character’s traits are clearly established alongside the antagonists’ and a clear goal is conveyed, the origin- the story behind the very essence of Sinbad’s character is unfortunately, not the work of just his own hands, but of the imperious power of ‘destiny’ that he was assigned from birth.
The second episode of the OVA consists of Sinbad and Commander Drakon’s meeting, and together, they face the creatures of the dungeon. While this episode is action-packed and amusing, it fails to retain any hold on reality when Sinbad flips the bird to every law in physics. Another irk is that Yunan can be officially branded as the deus ex machina magi when he appears out of nowhere to do nothing but act like Sinbad’s personal magician. The final moments of the episode are drenched in a vat of cliche tropes.
The third OVA, however, redeems this series more than I hoped. It finally introduces a brand new character and hurries along the plot to a possible dungeon fight that may occur. This episode brings back the classic excitement that often accompanies the tales of Sinbad. If the series is ever continued or revived separately, any episodes from here on out will surely lead to a better telling of Sinbad’s adventure and it may finally give his character the depth it deserves.
The art is just as amazing as it was in the series- perhaps even more so. Details are not shirked and even minor characters are given diverse facial features that go beyond the usual haphazard sketches. The quality of the other two episodes is similar, yet not quite on par with the extraordinary display of the first. Nevertheless, the animation itself is enjoyable overall.
As is the soundtrack- the only two notable bits of music being at the beginning and ending of the first OVA, the ending rock instrumental that rolled with the credits at the end of the second OVA, and everything else flows on the waves of equilibrium.
Here’s where they stopped hammering the nail in halfway through the script.
With a dead father, a sick mother who feels guilty for worrying her son, a village jam packed with kids and adults alike who absolutely adore Sinbad because he’s just so NICE, so speshul, so won-der-ful!~
He’s everyone’s favorite guy!
Everyone’s awed and inspired by him,
And it’s not hard to see why,
Cause no one’s slick as Sinbad,
No one’s as quick as Sinbad,
No one’s hair is incredibly long and luxurious as Sinbad’s!
For there is no other teen in town half as heroic,
Perfect, a classic archetype!
You can ask any Natsu, Lelouch, or Levi,
And they’ll tell you whose team they prefer to be on!
There’s only just one guy in town who’s got it going on,
And his name is SINBAAAADDD!
Unfortunately, Sinbad’s characterization falls flat. They might as well have inserted the song montage in the background to accompany the numerous occasions that validated the glorious, inherent valor of Sinbad who- around the age of four, ‘somehow’ supernaturally directed his father which way to row their boat to get out from under the raging storm. He all but rowed the damn thing himself- which, of course, would have been far too absurd to show. It’s understandable that the directors want to stick to the conventional tale but Magi’s been about deviating from the given plot line and spicing it up. I honestly looked forward to the twisting of Sinbad’s tale into something thrilling-perhaps about a boy who wasn’t meant for greatness, but instead I was met with the same old generic set-up for a child’s play of heroism.
As for less familiar characters such as the traveling magi: Yunan, or the ruthless military commander leading the next dungeon raid: Prince Dragul, and his childhood family friend: Princess Serendine- they all attempt to squeeze their personas into trope coffins as if the entire point of their existence is to offset our main character as the ‘good guy’ who always knows the right thing to do. By the time we reach the second OVA, the characters still lack depth. The third OVA, on the other hand, redeems itself by introducing new ones that gain depth through the hurried narration of events- which fits the pace at which Sinbad leads his adventures. Although the episode ends as a cliff-hanger, it holds much more potential than the first two stints.
All in all, the three-pack episodes of Sinbad’s adventures are mildly amusing. The art is superior to that of the series itself and the soundtrack appears new- making it a worthy watch if only for the sake of aesthetics. However, the plot line itself is lackluster in comparison to the series due to the standards (of the original series) that it’s held against. At the very least, the OVAs can be viewed as the classically cliche retelling of the animated version of Sinbad the Sailor with the conjunction of Magi’s take on magic- making the shortened tale an entertaining ride till the very end.
20: Saiyuuki Gaiden
MAL Score: 7.83
An OVA adaptation of the climactic part of Saiyuuki Gaiden.
Kazuya Minekura’s Saiyuki is a fabulous manga, but due to publisher switches and long hiatuses, it has never quite made it to the world of animation without some major confusion.
The manga is composed of four series: Saiyuki, Saiyuki Reload (which continues from the end of Saiyuki), Saiyuki Reload Blast (which continues from the end of Saiyuki Reload), and a Prequel series called Saiyuki Gaiden which stars the previous incarnations of the series’ main characters.
Confused yet? We’re only getting started.
If you are coming to the Saiyuki anime for the first time, the place you’ll want to stay is Gensoumaden Saiyuki (or just Saiyuki), the original anime. It is based on Saiyuki (the manga) and includes roughly the first half of Saiyuki Gaiden.
The next anime series, chronologically, are Saiyuki Reload and then Saiyuki Reload Gunlock, which cover up to the middle of the Saiyuki Reload manga.
These OVAs you’re currently on are just the ending of Saiyuki Gaiden. (Likewise, the Saiyuki Bural OVAs are simply a manga arc that was not included in any of the anime series but was a fan favorite so I guess it got OVAs.)
Basically, tldr, if this is your first taste of Saiyuki in any form, you’re gonna be very, very confused. These OVAs are mostly for established fans of the manga.
That said, as an established fan of the manga, I’ve never been satisfied with the anime adaptations. For one thing, as you can see, they’re overly confusing and brimming with filler. I also have noticed that Minekura’s art seems difficult to adapt to anime–the animation is horrendous at worst, vaguely weird at best. Saiyuki Gaiden is some of the best animation Saiyuki has gotten, but it still looks kind of off, as if her anatomy isn’t quite made for moving. Not my favorite.
That said, I do recommend the manga whole-heartedly.
The anime however, is not as good as the manga but still a great watch. The Gaiden arc actually starts in Saiyuki episode 40 and 41. So you should watch those two episodes before watching these OVAs. Other than that it is not necessary to watch Saiyuki or any of the sequels before this, though I suggest you do because the whole series is great 🙂 Saiyuki Burial is next in chronological order.
Given that this was an OVA, the pacing is fast and can be somewhat chaotic if you’re not totally concentrated. Personally, I would recommend watching at least episodes 40 and 41 from the original series. Though if you really want to be a sobbing puddle on the floor, the whole series. Long story short, I need emotional help now.
Overall rating: 9
19: Shingeki no Kyojin OVA
MAL Score: 7.85
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?
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.
These are questions you might have in mind if you decide to give this OVA a shot. Shingeki no Kyojin: llse no Techou is an OVA based off popular manga, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) written by Hajime Isayama. The anime series that debuted in the Spring of 2013 have been an international hit and achieved numerous praise and attention. As a standalone OVA, this little of piece of work composed of a mere 23 minutes takes us back to a time where we visit another character and the journey that she went through. It’s a tough life though with blood spilled everywhere, bones mangled, and atmosphere shrouded with fear.
The OVA itself takes place in the same setting that revolves around the Titans, man-beasts and the primary antagonists of the franchise. In such a time, there are no moments of serendipity but humanity is bestowed with fear. One such character among humanity is named Ilse Langnar, a young woman from the 34th Expedition of the Scouting Legion. Being a member of the Scouting Legion means putting your life constantly at risk as they are on the front lines against the Titans. For Ilse however, she discovers more than just fear. From a startling event, Ilse discovers an astonishing factor that may have changed her life forever. There’s a clear certainty of confusion with what she found and in this OVA will reveal something you might have missed from its parent series.
However, discoveries aren’t just the only phenomenon that plays a role in this OVA.
For a certain character with the style of a scientist, she hopes to capture one alive and really dissect the knowledge from the Titans. Returning to this OVA is Hanji, a squad leader from the survey corps. Unlike most people who lives in fear of the Titans, she embraces its identity and wishes to discover more than what she can. Throughout the OVA, her ebullient personality and irrational behavior almost puts her own life as well as others at risk. Thankfully, we have others like Levi and his corps to save the day.
The OVA itself doesn’t focus much on characters but rather more on discoveries, or rather the mysteries relating to the Titans. There are so many questions that needs answers yet no one really knows the truth. Ilse’s journal details part of what she learned although it seemed to be obscured. In one sense, the OVA present itself to viewers as a way to open up our minds to what we may think relates to the Titans. Thoughts, theories, and ideas might be evoked as we try to pierce the puzzle together similar to what Hanji is doing. It also helps that the OVA recollects some of the events from the past with a short recap to refresh viewers what they remembered before. One thing, it’s definitely not pretty and Titans are detestable towards the human race.
Similar to its parent franchise, the OVA performs with action in the typical shounen style. There’s the quick movements from various squad members including the prominent clean freak, Levi. Hanji herself rides into danger although her combat phases are limited because of her ambition to capture titans rather than obliterating them. But realistically, the SnK franchise plays more on the dark fantasy genre. It focuses on portraying the desolation of humanity and presents it in a gruesome way with graphic violence. In a way, it works but sometimes lacks new features. And speaking of features, main characters from the original series such as Eren, Mikasa, and Armin are absent. The trio aren’t interested in discoveries especially with Eren being the hothead so the path of knowledge falls upon more to other characters.
Artistic wise, the OVA maintains its posture well in terms of presentation. The setting reflects on a sense of hopelessness for humanity. The Titans are designed in a way that consists of human features but possesses the brutality of an animal. Most of the characters in this OVA doesn’t go any significant change. Ilse on the other hand is designed to look frailer, as in a fragile woman struggling to stay alive. We don’t find out much about her combat abilities either so it’s unknown her true capabilities as a soldier.
The soundtrack deserves praise similar to its predecessor. Even as a standalone OVA, the soundtrack focuses on intense choreography coordinated to desired scenes. Whether these might be brutal, sarcastic, or calm, the music department once again does its job. Ilse’s voice shows her as a woman of concern but also frustration once she comes head to head with questions. The tone of her voice during one specific scene reveals the unsettling nature of how humanity is suffering mentally because of the Titans.
Overall, this OVA is definitely worth the try especially if you’re curious to see what goes on with other characters. Ilse might not be a prominent character from the main series but her discovery might be an important key to unlock the mystery of the Titans. As far as mysteries go though, the OVA doesn’t give much answers so you’ll have to dig answers elsewhere. The way the episode does handles itself though is to flourish out the grim reality of the SnK world. It’s living every day in fear in such a land realizing you’re not at the top of the food chain.
Episode 1: Hanji has become determined to capture a titan as the Survey Corps heads out on yet another difficult mission into titan territory. Being Hanji, she is obsessed with titans to the point where she blatantly disobeys the leader, Erwin, and goes off in search of some titans for her experimenting pleasures. She comes across a 6 meter titan and runs around asking it questions while it attempts to knock her off her high horse and swallow her whole. Eventually after some strange behavior from the titan, Hanji and Levi come across a diary written by a deceased member of the Survey Corps named Ilse Langnar. Her story details her encounter with the titan that chased Hanji and basically just adds even more mysteries about titans without really any startling discovers aside from some curious dialogue.
Episode 2: This episode is an overly-serious yet humorous joke about Jean and his teenage angst, and it even features a Jean-centered version of the first opening theme. Jean doesn’t get along with his overly-caring mother and just wants to go out into the world and get away from her, but even then she continues to embarrass him. This was my least favorite episode of the three as it just seemed stupid with it’s poor attempt at comedy for the most part.
Episode 3: This episode finally returns to the 104th division with a training exercise that helps unite them. What seems like a long and boring exercise turns into a mission to get back at thieves who stole the group’s 3DMG and Christa. The tactics and characters in this episode are very much like the real series (unlike episode 2).
The animation is just as good as it is in the regular anime and the soundtrack is also pretty similar (just without the songs that specifically go along with some of the main characters). The small amount of action looks great. While there is much less beautifully animated gore, there are still plenty of beautiful scenery shots. Some of the animation during the overly-serious comedic moments in episode 2 do not fit very well though considering most of this show is not comedic in the least.
As for the characters, Hanji is still the most adorable, psychotic 40 year old in anime and Levi has to take of everyone. Ilse’s voice actor does an excellent job of speaking in a rapid, panicked voice during the flashback and portrays her perfectly. Eren, Jean, Armin, Mikasa, and everyone else are back to how they were in the beginning with Eren and Jean bickering about everything, Armin trying to keep the peace, and Mikasa just being Mikasa.
I enjoyed these OVAs (aside from the second) about as much as I did any normal episode from the anime. Since they take place around episode 3 and 4 for the most part, I wouldn’t recommend this to people who have not watched the beginning of the anime yet, as it does have the usual recap at the beginning of the first OVA which would spoil the first few episodes. To anyone who has seen past episode 3, I recommend watching this. It’s just more of the same Attack on Titan stuff as before just with much, much less gore.
“Seid ihr das Essen? Ja, wir sind die Jägerschnitzel!”
What happens when you have a HUGELY popular series, but you can only make a new season every 3 years and people are all begging for more? Obviously, you HAVE to give them something, otherwise too many people will abandon ship. Especially since most fans of the anime don’t actually read the manga. To solve this dilemma, Attack on Titan created this OVA. However, they really didn’t want to create filler material that might accidentally contradict something later on in the manga. The only way to ASSURE that this contradiction doesn’t happen, is to make an OVA where absolutely NOTHING of any importance or substance happens.
I appreciate the massive handicap that the director of this OVA faced! However, there was a much better approach the OVA could have taken. The OVA should have focused on actual character building and interesting conversations between the characters to perhaps flesh out some of the minor characters or let us look deeper into the minds and motivations of our leads. What did we get instead? I’ll explain.
I can’t really “spoil” anything because nothing happens!
OVA 1: The OVA starts strong by making the correct marketing decision and choosing fan favorite Levi as the main character. He and his team must capture a Titan alive in order to study it. They discover the lost diary of a deceased scout. The diary gives us a name and basically just acts as a teaser for people who have already read the manga. If you haven’t read ahead in the manga, you don’t actually learn jack shit. Yeah, they capture a Titan, but we don’t learn ANYTHING new about the Titans! Where they came from, why they eat humans, etc. I DO know all of those answers as of 4/29/2015 because I’ve read the manga, but watching this OVA won’t get you any closer to that knowledge. Do we learn anything new about Levi? Nope. Do we get to see how his team dynamics work in a much clearer picture? nope. Did this episode have a freaking point besides saying “go read the manga?” Nope
Ova 2: We get a cooking contest between “Potato Girl” and Jean. Seriously. That’s what happens! We also get a sexy training montage of Mikasa practicing boxing for some reason in a white push-up bra. Is she trying to be Tifa Lockhart? Obvious fanservice is obvious
OVA 3: They travel to what looks like the “old West” AKA Southwest United States and end up fighting outlaws. Wait…didn’t this series take place in Germany? How the fuck did they get to the Southwest US? DAMN IT OVA, YOU HAD ONE JOB!!!
If you aren’t a huge fan of Attack on Titan, this OVA is a colossal, titanic waste of time! If you ARE a huge Attack on Titan fan…ditto. Basically, this OVA sucks. That’s it folks. I don’t have positive things to say here. Besides keeping the same high quality music and good animation, it freaking sucks!
18: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!: Kono Subarashii Choker ni Shukufuku wo!
Japanese: この素晴らしい世界に祝福を！ 第11話 この素晴らしいチヨーカーに祝福を！
MAL Score: 7.86
While exploring Wiz’s magic shop with his party, Kazuma Satou finds a magical wish-granting choker and decides to try it on. Only then does Wiz tell him that the choker strangles its wearer to death in four days unless their desires are fulfilled. This wouldn’t be a problem if Kazuma knew what his wish was. Fearing for Kazuma’s life, Aqua, Megumin, and Lalatina “Darkness” Dustiness Ford all agree to do his bidding in order to satisfy his desires and hopefully grant his wish, no matter what he asks for…
Apart from a few funny lines and visual gags, this OVA, like most, was just filler garbage. Nothing really too special or worth-while about it apart from some tiny character developments for Megumin.
Lots of fanservice that detracts from the overall ideas behind the show. Not much creativity put into the premise and the story falls flat more than once. This is backed up by a messy structure that jolts from premise to premise.
If there’s one positive thing to say is that the physical humor here was better than a lot of the main shows. As stated before, Megumin received minor development with a small look into her past group endeavors but that doesn’t provide enough to save a horribly meandering story.
– minor spoilers henceforth –
You can consider this episode more of a stand-alone episode – in terms of plot, it is not connected to any part of KonoSuba’s first season. To summarize quickly, our four favorite wanderers – Megumin, Aqua, Darkness, and Kazuma – enter Wiz’s shop one day, where we meet Yunyun, Megumin’s self-proclaimed rival. As they bicker among each other, Kazuma puts on a magical device that can grant any wish. If the wish isn’t granted within a four day period, the user dies. Since Kazuma doesn’t wish for anything (or so he thinks), he uses the next four days to make Megumin, Aqua, Darkness, Yunyun, and Wiz to do whatever he wishes. Hilarity ensues.
– end spoilers –
Simply put, this was a nice and fun OVA to watch. It’s difficult to critically analyze OVAs since they tend to be short (only 20 minutes long) and don’t follow the main story, so I’ve spared you the trouble. But in terms of the script itself, the writing is highly consistent with the execution of that of the first season. The humor hits you just at the right moment, and the writers of this OVA have delivered a surplus of it, that’s for sure.
So, should you watch this? Well, for one, if you’re expecting something really deep or meaningful, you have come to the wrong place. Or perhaps you think the characters will be more tolerable despite the fact that you found them bland and irritable during the first season – well, unfortunately, they’re exactly the same, so I would not recommend watching this OVA if you hold that opinion. On the other hand, if you liked how KonoSuba’s comedy played out during the first season, you’ll probably like this too. And, finally, it should be noted that there is some combination of fan service, crude humor, and lewd humor present – and, at times it was on the level of what we witnessed in the infamous Season 1 Episode 9 (“God’s Blessing on this Wonderful Shop!”). So if you found yourself cringing throughout Episode 9, maybe this also isn’t for you.
All in all, this was a humorous time-killer. Fortunately, in case you haven’t heard, there is a second season in the works right now. But for now, this will have to do until it’s released.
(Side note: As with all other reviews that I write for OVAs, overall rating reflects enjoyment only.)
Anyways, back to the OVA. I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything big with plot, but at least something interesting involving the original ideas for the show. I mean, perhaps they ran out of ideas towards the end of the first season, which is kind of silly considering it’s only 10 episodes, but I hoped they didn’t fall into a pit of despair where they gave up on the idea and just threw a bunch of nude girls to the audience and hope they got good ratings.
I guess I was wrong.
This OVA was pure fanservice. I already saw the direction it was going when a half nude girl was introduced to the show. The plot appeared to be written by a horny 12 year old who just wanted a way to justify naked girls on television. The characters were basically made fun of because they showed no resistance, and the MC turned into a terrible human being who was definitely different than the show. The original plot basically ceased to exist, so they might as well be anywhere because it apparently isn’t important anymore. This, unfortunately, confirmed my belief that the second season will probably be similar to the end of the first season and this OVA.
I understand that fanservice is sometimes good and that ecchi elements can produce humor, and that this show in the first season used some of that to their advantage. I do agree. However, this is definitely not the same show I watched the first season. It was all just for fanservice, and that makes a show absolutely terrible. The art and sound were both great, but know for sure this isn’t the same show anymore.
There’s not much else to write, except that I’m ashamed the producers allowed the show to stoop to the level of a typical ecchi harem series. Watch it for the ecchi, however, don’t watch it for the plot. It’s a completely joke.
17: Hoozuki no Reitetsu OVA
Japanese: 鬼灯の冷徹 OAD
MAL Score: 7.87
Bundled with the limited editions of 17th, 18th, 19th, and 24th volumes of the Hoozuki no Reitetsu manga.
What I love the most about this anime is it art..Absolutely fantastic…It was really clever incorporating ancient Japanese art.
The anime was also educational (Like seriously, now I like know a lot about hell)
Hoozuki is one bad-assed character and everything about him is amazing; His weird hobbies to his dedication in his works, it also has a lot of historical characters…many not heard of and it was really nice to know so many legends….I suggest you start from the main series..+..That opening song and the gold fishes will never leave your mind.The comedy was spot on and so were the parody references…
16: Ookami to Koushinryou II: Ookami to Kohakuiro no Yuuutsu
Japanese: 狼と香辛料II 狼と琥珀色の憂鬱
MAL Score: 7.89
Traveling merchant Kraft Lawrence and wolf deity Holo sit down to have dinner with Norah Arendt, a young shepherdess who helped them smuggle gold. Holo’s dislike of Norah—due to both the latter’s profession and her closeness with Lawrence—prevents her from enjoying her meal.
When Holo falls ill from fatigue, she is cared for by Lawrence, who frets over the health of his dear companion. As she regains her strength, Holo reminisces about the adventures they had together.
Wow, talk about a foreshadowing episode for the upcoming new season of Spice and Wolf. For a “re-introduction” OVA, this short ~22 minute clip is very well made. Not only did it manage to include a fairly detailed introduction to the main characters of the series, but it also let us experience once again the life as a merchant through the usual exchange of dialogues between the characters.
One of the first thing most of us who have seen the first season will be concerned about is the animation. If you still don’t know, this OVA and the upcoming season of Spice and Wolf is produced by Brains Base as oppose to IMAGIN which did the first season. For the most part, one can safely say Brains Base did a great job in taking over the series. While there are obviously some dissimilarities, especially with regards to Horo, overall you should not have trouble getting use to it.
Another concern you may have is with the plot. Will it jump to a random timeline and ignore all the major events that took place in the first season or will it continue precisely from where season one left off? Thankfully it is the latter case … but with a twist. Although it is certain that the unusual merchant adventures will continue for our stars, this OVA (aka chapter 0) gives us plenty of clues that inter-character relations will play a much more significant role in the future. Given how much the pair of protagonists has gone through in the first season already, it should not be strange for the story to steer toward that direction for a change.
Character-wise, as stated earlier, viewers have a brief but valuable first glimpse at our protagonists in this short OVA. Unlike the first season where everything is carried through dialogues, this time we see more “inner” character development (I call it “self realization”) via dreams or flashbacks. This new approach to reintroduce the characters is great in many ways. First off, it will not scare away new viewers with all the wordy exchange of dialogues. Secondly, it is also much more effective in reminding old viewers what type of characters they are and what their current mindset is like, thus preparing us for the upcoming new season. If there is one thing worth complaining about, it is probably with the sudden outburst of the “hidden” feelings between our protagonists. In particular, Horo’s reaction toward Lawrence became extremely evident and her jealousy is also highly entertaining.
Other than the three major factors mentioned above, everything else remain largely the same as the previous season, that includes the music, seiyu roles, et cetera. Fans who wish to see more Horo x Lawrence romance relations will certainly be happy with the OVA. Overall, this is a wonderfully made OVA that serves its purpose well to lead us to the new (and hopefully better) second season.
Story for this OVA is pretty simple. Shortly: we got to see Lawrence nursing Horo who got ill of fatigue caused by harsh events from previous season. Of course everything with addition of their usual quarrels, teasing each other, humor and curtness of our Wolf Sage. But this is not all. In fever Horo is dreaming about her past, her homeland and also about Lawrence and traveling with him. Seeing her dreams gives a short but meaningful glimpse at her feelings.
As easily to predict considering studio change animation and also character design is slightly different from the first season. At first glance looks like Brains Base tried to keep this OVA similar to the previous season but of course it’s not possible. Differences like “camera work” or characters appearance might not be very significant but still easy to notice. Personally I prefer work done by studio IMAGIN.
But there is also a good information. Music remained the same as in first season which helps to maintain its unique climate.
As for characters their semblance isn’t the only thing which changed. Watching this OVA I’ve been feeling that sometimes they act out of character. Lawrence wasn’t his usual self and Horo was oversensitive.
Producing sequel to a successful series with a different studio and staff is a bad idea. It usually results in either inferior series or a total failure with Minami-ke as example. Luckily Ookami to Koshinryou II OVA is only just inferior but still acceptable and enjoyable. As a huge fan of Wolf and Spice I can’t help but feel a little bit disappointed with those unnecessary changes but on the other hand relived that it’s not as bad as it could be.
Overall: Feast for fellow Horotics. I’m sure that even if somebody is highly displeased with different animation and character design it’s nothing compared to love for this show and Horo the Wise ;]
Animation quality was almost unchanged from the TV series considering that this is an OVA. It’s still Spice and Wolf.
It was an enjoyable watch so I gave it a good rating.
15: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete
Japanese: ファイナルファンタジーVII アドベントチルドレンコンプリート
MAL Score: 7.94
Two years after saving the world from a cataclysmic event, the members of the activist organization Avalanche have gone their separate ways. Tifa Lockhart opens a new bar, and her childhood friend Cloud Strife starts up a motorcycle-based courier service. Although most of their former allies have fallen out of touch, Cloud and Tifa live in fragile peace with their two young wards Marlene and Denzel.
Their life together begins to crumble as a contagious plague and overwhelming grief pull Cloud away from his newfound family. While distancing himself through his work, Cloud is attacked by three silver-haired figures in black uniforms who bear a passing resemblance to his bitter rival, Sephiroth. As the antagonistic trio stalks Cloud and brings harm to his loved ones, the former mercenary struggles against his own demons while fighting to protect his family and prevent the will of Sephiroth from returning to the planet.
Final Fantasy Advent Children Complete (FFACC) is like its title says: “Complete”. This movie is what the original should have been.
Well the story is pretty much the same as the original. However is it by far superior as most major holes have finally been filled. Instead of characters just appearing somewhere, the movie actually shows them getting there (or planning to). Vague events that were hard to understand are given more detail and are better explained. Instead of random characters appearing out of the blue and becoming main characters, we get to see their background. Denzel’s background for example is now explained and he’s not just some random kid who lives with Tifa for no reason.
There are now enough explanations in the movie for a person who has never played Final Fantasy 7 to actually understand what is going on. Although having played the game would still be highly recommended.
Only major flaw that remains in plot now is that Cid, Barret, Yuffie and the rest of the gang were once again very abruptly introduced. (Also a minus on characters)
Not only was all of FFACC animation remastered to look spectacular in HD, but with the addition of many new scenes which were made with current-day technology, the movie is once again the top of the top in the animation industry. Anyone who doesn’t watch this movie in HD has no idea what they are missing out on.
The music score is done by Nobuo Uematsu who also does the music for the games. Perfect as always.
The sounds of swords clashing, guns firing and explosions during intense action scenes were very satisfying.
Denzel is no longer some random kid who teleported into the world of Final Fantasy. All the characters have more screentime now. Zack now plays a larger role which should satisfy Crisis Core fans.
Major flaw in characters is that the three “baddies” seemed to have had a very vaguely explained entry into the movie. Still was an improvement over the original movie however.
Being the big Final Fantasy fan that I am, I very much enjoyed this movie. Especially with all the epic action and fight scenes that barrage the viewer nonstop after a certain point. Anyone who isn’t particularly interested in Final Fantasy would likely find this movie enjoyable for the action alone.
This movie was what the original movie should have been. Most flaws have been erased and there is plenty of new material to satisfy anyone who has already seen the original movie. Highly recommended to all Final Fantasy fans.
-FFACC has roughly 30 minutes of additional content compared to the original movie. The location of the new content is not all bunched up but rather spread throughout the entire movie.
-All scenes have been remastered to look great in HD. However, the newly added scenes seem look sharper than the remastered scenes from the old movie.
-Denzel actually helps out now and isn’t a waste of pixels.
If you’ve seen the first one, you know it has alot of fan service by having all their favorite characters in the movie. It still has that and more, it fills all the plot holes and unanswered questions and other things that made you think “wtf?” All in all the story is well told.
CGI graphics have never looked better than they do in Advent Children Complete. Let me just say that Blue-Ray DOES make a difference.
Is situational, I have a surround sound system that made it seem life like, but as I said before it’s all situational.
In Advent Children Complete, the characters are more developed then they were in the original. Take Denzel for example, in the first one he is a completely new character with no background. In Complete they bridge that gap by explaining how and why he’s living with Cloud and Tifa.
The fight scenes are amazing! They’re extended a little more than in the original. The story is easier to follow and the graphics will keep you in awe the entire movie.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children by and large is nothing but fan service. If you’ve never even played through the PS1 game (let alone looked up the plot details on the Final Fantasy wikia if you can’t be fucked to play through a 3-disc game from 1997), you’re not gonna understand a lick of what’s going on and chances are you’ll probably hate it. What I fail to understand is how the blokes at Square Enix thought it would be a good idea to make a FILM sequel to a VIDEO GAME. Did Final Fantasy VII become the .hack// franchise overnight or am I missing something here? Why couldn’t we get a video game sequel in the first place? Oh well, what’s done is done and there’s no changing that now is there?
My biggest gripe with Advent Children is that it feels like Square Enix just hastily slapped this together and threw it out to the fans because they knew that Final Fantasy VII fanboys and fangirls will buy it and eat it up without a second thought. Say what you will about the PS1 game but there was a lot of thought and effort put into making it and for the time, it was revolutionary. You’d think that such a game would get a fitting sequel, right? Well no, it’s just a sequel for the sake of being sequel. The story feels like fan fiction to such a large degree that it’s not even funny. Sephiroth has a fanclub consisting of three “brothers” who want to revive him with the remains of JENOVA, they travel on motorbikes, and get into a swordfight with Cloud because why the fuck not? It looks cool, right? That’s just one example, by the way.
Honestly, I could forgive this were it not for the fact that Square Enix in their infinite wisdom decided to omit around ~30 minutes worth of footage from the original DVD release of the movie and only decided to include it in the “complete” release on Blu-ray. Way to screw fans out of their money, guys. What’s next? Are you guys gonna slap together a clip show made entirely out of clips from the original video game in a vain hope to get people who didn’t play it to understand the story? Wait… they actually DID do that. Come on! Why couldn’t you guys just make a 30 minute summary of the game with updated animation that matches the rest of the film’s?! That’s just a gigantic middle finger to anyone who actually bought the movie, especially given how Square Enix went all out with the rest of the movie’s budget.
If there’s one redeeming quality that Advent Children has, it’s the production values. Seriously, this movie came out 10 years ago and it’s still unmatched in terms of production values. Not even the third Berserk movie can come anywhere close. The English dub of the movie’s also quite lovely to say the least, but it does have one nasty little problem: a REALLY bad case of lip-lock. Remember how Akira had the voices pre-recorded before Katsuhiro Otomo et al began animating the film? Well, Square Enix in their infinite wisdom decided to do that. Whilst the ADR crew did their best to make the performances feel natural, you can kinda tell that they slipped up every now and then. Aside from the fact that some lines don’t quite match up with the mouth movements, there’s also a few rather odd translations thrown into the mix. If you want to know what I’m talking about, the Japanese onomatopoeia for a zipper is translated to “dilly-dally, shilly-shally” (which never ceases to make me cringe when I hear it). I don’t think I need to go any further than that, really.
Now where does this leave Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children? Honestly, it’s mediocre entertainment for the sake of being mediocre entertainment. If you’re in the mood for a senseless action movie with great production values, this certainly fits the bill but then again, movies like Akira, all three films in the Berserk: The Golden Age Arc trilogy, and Ninja Scroll already fit the bill there and then some. Plus, you don’t have to play through a ridiculously long PS1 game to properly understand what goes on in those movies either. Fans of Final Fantasy VII have been voicing their thoughts on this movie for years. The bulk of them enjoy it, but there are people like me who don’t particularly care much for it anymore. Whether or not you’ll enjoy it is a matter for you and you alone to decide. Anyway, that’s all for now. Feedback is always welcome, and with that I’m out. Peace 🙂
14: One Piece Film: Strong World Episode 0
Japanese: ワンピース フィルム ストロングワールド エピソードゼロ
MAL Score: 7.98
Set over 20 years prior to the main One Piece story, this limited release OVA chronicles the confrontation between Gold Lion Shiki and Gold Roger as well as other events around the world around the time of the Pirate King’s execution.
What it covers are confrontations between Roger and Shiki. Shiki’s capture and escape. Glimpses of nearly most of the characters big or small whether it be one of luffy’s crew or a side character and ended with the start of the movie that follows.
This episode to me felt like it showed the starting point of what is to be and what has become. I fell like I may have said too much so i’ll leave it at that.
Enjoy the episode.
other than that we get a quick great recap of who Shiki is and what he really is. we see a lot of characters as young that is quite cool as well.
Overall great OVA with a rather great ending that opens up your curiosity.
13: Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA
MAL Score: 8.00
Two OVA episodes bundled with the 16th volume of the manga.
One of the included episodes is based on the story from the 15th volume, while the other contain an all-new original story.
In this bundle consisting of two OVAs we get to see our beloved characters Nanami, Tomoe, and of course the loveable baby Mizuki. Sadly, the OVAs can easily be dismissed as generic. We have the typical Nanami who over thinks things, and tries to impress a Tomoe who never needed to be impressed. She tries to assert her independence, and ultimately ends up making a fool of herself in the attempt. Still, it’s nice to see how the Tomoe x Nanami relationship has slightly changed into a closer one where Tomoe’s more open.
On an ending note, the music was blissful, from the beginning to the end. The little scenes where everything becomes quiet and all you hear is a beautiful tune will never get old. The ending of the OVA seemed to leave a little mystery though, perhaps hinting towards something more in the future. I’d suggest giving this a watch if you enjoyed the original anime, it won’t do any harm.
The story is as generic as an OVA for a shoujo anime can get, so the quality of it is not even close to the anime. It’s basically just some sweet moments from their daily life, and that’s about it. I mean, it’s an OVA so I guess it’s fair.
The sound was also a little bad, although maybe the fault was at the source I watched it on, who knows.
Overall, you won’t really regret not watching this, but if you’re looking for some boring romantic scenarios then go on, I guess.
(Story: 5/10, art: 6/10, sound: 5/10, character: 7/10, enjoyment: 5/10)
12: Aria the OVA: Arietta
English: Aria the OVA: Arietta
Japanese: ARIA The OVA ~ARIETTA~ (アリア ジ オーブイエー ~アリエッタ~)
MAL Score: 8.02
Akari Mizunashi dreams of life after attaining her goal of becoming a Prima Undine, but upon waking realizes that she might not actually have the confidence to run Aria Company on her own. Wary of the future, she seeks advice from her mentor Alicia Florence—one of the three great “Water Fairies” of Neo-Venezia.
Much to Akari’s surprise, Alicia reveals her own struggles of the past, but also shares the steps she took in overcoming her self-doubt of running the company and taking on an apprentice. Finding solace in her teacher’s words, Akari prepares to embrace whatever trials she must overcome on her path toward achieving her dreams.
The main reason for this is because episodic shows like Aria have an advantage over other series with continuous plots in that OVAs never seem out of place. However, whilst this may help additional special episodes be accepted as part of the greater story, it does not automatically mean that the OVA will actually be any good. Once more though, Aria delivers in it’s own pleasantly inimicable manner.
Arietta is essentially a story about Alicia, rather than Akari, and shows how she came to terms with being left alone with Aria Company after Grandmother Akino retired. Now, the story may seem at first to be an attempt at fleshing out Alicia’s character, however it also serves a deeper purpose by reminding the viewer that this situation is also something that Akari will eventually have to face as well.
The artwork, design and animation is exactly what one would expect from Aria, and it’s pleasing to see that the studio took the same care and effort with the OVA as they did with the main series.
Sound is also excellent, and whilst the OVA may not be as “busy” as the main series, it still possesses that clean quality that is representative of Aria, and the music is just as soothing as ever.
Character-wise, there isn’t really much to go into. The OVA does show that Akari and Alicia may be more alike than Akari first believes, and it also serves to strip away some of the “idol worship” view that Akari has of Alicia. As a stand alone episode it’s okay in terms of development, but when included as part of the main series it really shows how different it was from either of the first two series, and gives a hint as to what one can expect from Origination.
I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the show, and I would advise any fan of the series to watch this (if they haven’t already) – you’re missing out otherwise.
1. Outstanding Animation with scenes that take your breath away.
2. Memorable and quotable characters that you can’t help but root for and can easily relate to.
3. A story that both entertains and satisfies the viewer without leaving a “what the heck” aftertaste in my mouth.
“Arietta” meets all these expectations and then some.
1. The animation as a whole was both familiar and shocking to me. The viewer is still treated to the outstanding visuals that have remained consistent throughout the whole series, with rich textures and attention to detail, but Arietta turned it up to 11, showing much MORE detail than even “Origination”. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention two particular scenes that took my breath away. The first was the opening sequence over the song “Nanairo no Sora o”. The rich colors, the use of light and shadow, and the view of the buildings leading up to Aria Company was something that I can safely say I’ve NEVER seen in any anime of this genre. The second scene is during the practice session between Akari, Alice and Aika (A scene I will discuss later when I talk about the characters). While the previous three seasons did an outstanding job showing the rustic beauty of this city, the OVA once again outdid itself and made Neo-Venezia shine even brighter. Every single detail from the cracks in the building to the downright gorgeous reflections in the canal water make this particular scene one of my favorites. The attention to details with regard to shadows and shading also deserves special mention. Character designs remained pretty consistent and true to the earlier seasons, with subtle changes to Akari and Alicia.
2. While it’s true that the story of “Arietta” mostly revolves around the relationship between Akari and Alicia, “Arietta” does an outstanding job of integrating the other characters that we’ve come to know and love. All the characters, even those that don’t have a lot of screen time, shine as brightly as they did during the series and pickup right where they left off. I have to admit, after watching the conclusion of “Aria: The Origination”, it was really heartwarming to see our three gondoliers-in-training practicing on the waters of Neo-Venezia again in that black gondola; Aika forbidding any and all sappy comments, Alice offering her cool commentary on the topic at hand, and President Aria…well…doing what he does best; laying around letting others cuddle him. It’s this, plus the earlier mentioned animation that makes this one of my favorite scenes in this episode with the Campanile scene at the end a very close second. Additionally, the flashback sequence, where we see Alicia, Akira and Athena as new young Primas was a very surprising and well done scene. Overall, it was as though the last couple episodes of “Origination” never happened, and this is just another heart-warming episode.
3. If there’s one thing “Aria” is good at, it’s weaving a good story that leaves the viewer satisfied; “Arietta” is no exception. The story is basically one of self-doubt, knowing when to hold on, when to let go, and finding the strength to carry on. It compliments the ending of “Origination” perfectly. I especially love how every character is integrated into the story, without taking away from the principal characters. Just like the planet Aqua, everyone is connected in some way, shape or form.
In conclusion, “Aria The OVA: Arietta” is the perfect companion to the “Aria” series, combining great visuals, the same interesting and intriguing characters, and a story that leaves you feeling satisfied.
I am so thankful for this OVA. While the last episode of Origination was utterly fantastic and had me on the brink of tears, this truly helped give me closure from the depression I felt immediately after finishing this incredible series – an extreme feeling of loss. I think one of the only problems I had with Aria as a series (and trust me when I say, it’s a very small problem) it’s that Alicia seemed TOO perfect, to the point where she was almost detached from everyone else.
In every episode, she never showed fear or anxiety, anger or pain. And near the end of the series, when she dropped the bomb she was getting married, it seemed almost illogical, because if she was so close to Akari, why didn’t she ever tell her she was seeing someone? It’s funny, because I often wondered how it was possible guys never seemed to approach her. Then all of a sudden near the end, she’s not only been seeing someone, but she was ready to marry him! Why wasn’t he even mentioned? He should have played some part or at least been mentioned in my mind.
That’s the only qualm I’ve ever had with this series: that Alicia didn’t seem to have full humanity – she was basically a goddess. But this OVA, I think, was meant to address this issue. She was sad when Grandma left and she was apprehensive about taking a student but she fell in love with Akari – truly in love as a sister – rather than as a watchful protector. And when you see this episode, you really feel a lot more strength when you think of the last episode of Origination, when Alicia visits Akari after retiring. Before, it felt like that visit would be one of just a handful and Alicia was gone pretty much for good, much like Grandma’s first student, who also married and moved away. But, with this episode, it was more and it really gave a finishing touch to Aria. You know that Alicia won’t be at Aria Company anymore, but she will always be nearby and Alicia and Akari will forever be the best of sisters and friends.
This was fantastic and I would even go so far as to say it is impossible to appreciate the full breadth of this anime series without this last episode.
11: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2: Kono Subarashii Geijutsu ni Shukufuku wo!
English: KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2: God’s blessing on this wonderful Art!
Japanese: この素晴らしい世界に祝福を！2 この素晴らしい芸術に祝福を！
MAL Score: 8.05
Kazuma meets a novice adventurer called Ran who claims to be Kazuma’s fan. A quest is proposed to Kazuma and his party in front of Ran, so he accepts the quest to look good in front of his fan; after some convincing, they all go to fight the metal golem.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 OVA is an isolated episode about well Kazuma showboating to a newbie adventurer by the name of Ran and the dysfunctional main party goes adventuring due to this with their unusual quirks and hijinks.
By all means this OVA has the typical hilarity and comedic edge as the 2nd season of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, that hasn’t changed in this OVA neither is Kazuma’s karmic luck and how even by LA even stating LA’s first statement to this review that something is up. But even by the structure of this OVA with each quest the main party takes on having more to an increasingly weirder “threat” as well as information pertaining to these quests being linked in some way. Besides that, this OVA does give us something in terms of plot that ONLY refers back to a certain incident in the first season but LA won’t obviously spoil on that on.
In terms of animation, the animation done once again by Studio DEEN is done by the typical KonoSuba’s enforced low quality animation but the animation shines in terms of focus on detail in some animation to it’s fluidity in some scenes. Nonetheless Studio DEEN’s specialized take on their animation on KonoSuba is expected quality as per usual.
In terms of voice acting, well it’s top notch once again especially from Jun Fukushima’s adlibbing-esque and reactionary talents that makes this OVA bearable, heck Aqua is also bearable due to her being a catalyst to Jun and two words for Sora Amamiya made this OVA *ahem* “GOD requiem…” Overall, the voice acting is great and to be expected from these voice actors playing their roles for 2 seasons.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 OVA is a nice isolated OVA with a nice reference back to the first season and just typical hijinks antics from the dysfunctional party to a nice karmic payoff as the ending.
Its like hanging out with your friends without a worry in the world, thats how I describe this show, and thats why I love this show.
And the OVA of Konosuba season 2, has ended, so what???????
Mediocre 5, story:
Ok, so the usual plot, the usual scenario, the usual bad luck were Kazuma’s party were still experiencing it , frankly this OVA can qualify as episode 11, in fact Studio Deen should have included it with the regular airing of Konosuba season 2.
Mediocre 5, Art:
Let me see, the same character illustrations, the same situation where we don’t see any good fanservice except for Aqua’s commando butt and frankly Rem’s butt doesn’t count as well, , it goes to show that original creator, Natsume Akatsuki is an assman.
Mediocre 5, Sound:
Well, you guys are smart, so go figure it out as to why I give it such score.
Poor 3, Character:
The thing is, in this OVA Kazuma went from funny to boring as well as the rest of his harem, Rem and that Big Boob Luna didn’t do much except make Kazuma’s character worse, also their jokes and gags were pretty much worn-out, to the point that I find Aqua, Darkness and Megumi as irritating than funny.
Decent 4, Enjoyment:
Frankly the only part I enjoy here is Rem, who was seemly trying to punked Kazuma, were she did, but end up being found out together with Luna by the stupid latter and got to have their panties stolen………..yeah, he did used the “Steal” spell, but, I would have wish that the two would have gave Kazuma a good beating, it may have add some laughs, too bad Studio Deen didn’t thought about it.
Poor 3, Overall:
Everything were already worn-out, and frankly the OVA was rather boring, it’s like eating curry for the 4th time in a row.
10: Akatsuki no Yona OVA
MAL Score: 8.09
At a remote hot springs lodge, Yona and the team rest. The boys are taking a bath with the exception of Ki-ja, who looks troubled. Jae-ha takes this chance to tease him, unwittingly finding a mark linked to the previous White Dragon—whom coincidentally is also Ki-ja’s father—prompting Ki-ja to recall their complicated relationship.
In another time and place, Son Hak and the dragons banter as they hold a drinking contest. As they start to doze off one-by-one, Zeno dreams of his past, where his abilities and experiences, both as a person and as the Yellow Dragon, are revealed.
OVA’s are normally an excuse to add fun useless filler to a story. This is not one of those cases. The first episode may seem like that, but the second and third are NOT.
The last 2 eps are fairly critical to understanding a specific characters backstory and existence. It is not to be looked over if you are invested in the story. They could/SHOULD have started the second season with those 2 eps.
::SPOILERS BELOW:: (nothing big is given away, just story bullet points)
The first episode is classic OVA – the hot spring episode. Its cute and fun, but we learn a little into the familial background of the White Dragon. So I would watch it. Other than that its pretty light.
The second and third eps. It beings fairly light and playful and dives into the history of the Yellow Dragon. In the series we get 2 full episodes with him in it. This OVA ep is crucial to understanding more about the original dragons, their relationship with each other and the king, the yellow dragon, and the beginnings of the current political system. They should have used this as the introduction to the second season it would have been brilliant.
The first episode is an animation for a bonus chapter. And if we’ve ever read/watched a bonus chapter it’s only natural to expect there to be fancervice.
Isn’t that what a ‘bonus’ chapter is about anyway? So I don’t think it’s really fair to rate episode 1 badly solely for this reason. Actually, there isn’t as much fanservice as people claim there to be in the first case. Most of the episode actually focusses on more on Ki-ja’s past.
And even if you don’t like the first episode, the next two have much more of the seriousness from the original. Somebody else claims that the art isn’t as good but I don’t pay attention to that as much so I can’t tell. But I can GUARANTEE you that the second and third are much better than the first and definitely worth watching! You might aswell consider them to be 2 episodes from the original :p
Despite being fully aware that the first episode is a bonus without any significant meaning to the original series, it disappointed me and lowered my expectation for the other two episodes.
I’m glad I didn’t drop it.
The original 24 episode TV series did not fully appeal to me as it lacked to follow the dramatic scenario set in the first couple of episodes during the rest of the anime. What made me continue watching the anime was not the story, but the character development. The 2nd episode extends that appeal by providing a backstory of the origins of the four dragons.
The weakest point in the original TV series was the abrupt ending it imposed after meeting the yellow dragon. Unlike the other dragons, the yellow dragon seemingly came out of nowhere, with the anime ending without any sort of development in his character.
The 3rd episode of the OVA appeased my disappointment, providing a level of story and character development greater than the entirety of the 24 episode series within the span of only one.
9: Fate/Grand Carnival
English: Fate/Grand Carnival
Japanese: Fate/Grand Carnival 第一特異宴 英霊限界大祭オリンピア
MAL Score: 8.11
The first episode of “season” one was pre-aired on the Fate Project New Year’s Eve TV Special 2020 program.
Storywise, it’s a jumble of mess, but who really cares about that? You get your funny shorts, your favorite servants — and most importantly — you get a whole season’s worth of memes to take out of context.
The art isn’t ufotable, but it stylistically works with the content given.
SUPER AFFECTION WITH THE GRAND ORDER SEIYUUS, WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR????
The show doesn’t need to give you character development. You’ve gotten that by playing FGO anyways.
I’m enjoying this OVA so far. I can definitely see there being more scenes that can be taken out of context for the general public to use and milk for another decade. I’m excited to see if it’ll be all the lancers that need to avoid death, or if it is just our boy Cu.
F/GO, with each character designed and often written by a different writer, horribly fails at this premise and that’s projected to Fate/Grand Carnival too.
Comedy here peaks at killing off all Cú Chulainn servant variants or Orion assaulting Mashu and it’s pathetic. Most of the content of the episode 1 is just fanservice for gacha addicts who want to see their favourite servants animated, but it doesn’t provide much else besides that.
Although they used Super Affection as ending, they didn’t even manage to animate it at all, which could’ve been the one redeeming quality of this shitshow.
EDIT: Super Affection OP has been released. It’s also basically just more fanservice for the F/GO fans, but doesn’t really bring anything new if you want more than that.
As anyone who watched it knows, CP is a peak example of parody, taking the characters from series stories such as Fate/stay night and Tsukihime and pitting them into a world that runs on rule of funny and where being Lancer equals dying. Almost exactly the same can be said about Grand Carnival, with the difference being that there’s already been FGO parodies before (Learning with Manga being the most notable), so this series had the adventage of knowing where to take these group of characters into the memeland.
Ritsuka is female here, just like in LwM, to contrast her with her male version who appears on serious adaptations such as the Babylonia anime. Unlike LwM, Ritsuka isn’t a complete sociopath whose meaner aspects are played for comedy, but while being more caring of her Servants (such as protecting Red Hare from all rules that would kill him), this Ritsuka has abolutely no issue with killing off all Servants who are 3* or below, not even forgiving the 5* Cú Alter simply because Lancer = die. Mash does play the “only sane man” role she already played in LwM, so not much to say in her front.
Since FGO has more characters than basically the rest of the Nasuverse combined, the series wastes no time in stablishing their jokes, with Bradamante appearing for 1 second for the sake of giving us the ass shot she’s become famous for in the game. Artoria and Cú carry their jokes from Carnival Phantasm, while others like Gawain and Nero are giving a running gag that anyone who’ve seen their characters will crack about on laughter. Of course, Red Hare is there, too.
Plot isn’t a priority, and it doesn’t need to be. Just like in Carnival Phantasm, watching these characters who have gone throught all kinds of harships and painful experiences serving as the basis for a gag series is in itself a gag, and everything I’ve said here definitely isn’t even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this (looking at you, battle royale filled with freeze frame bonus gags). So overall, if you’re a fan of the Nasuverse and loved Carnival Phantasm, you’ll love this anime.
8: Tsubasa: Shunraiki
English: Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Spring Thunder Chronicle
Japanese: ツバサ 春雷記
MAL Score: 8.12
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)
+ Very close adaptation of the original material
+ The actual plot is very interesting and complex
+ Plot twists are sure to surprise some viewers
+ Finally we get xxxHOLiC/Tsubasa connections
– If you’ve only watched the anime versions of Tsubasa (including Tokyo Revelations) you WILL NOT understand the plot fully.
– Manga knowledge is absolutely necessary to understand what is happening.
– Celes and Infinity arcs were never animated (the ones who continue after Tokyo), further emphasizing my previous point.
+ CLAMP style art (if you like it)
+ Production I.G delivers fantastic and fluid animation even during fight scenes
– CLAMP style art (if you hate it)
+ Kajiura Yuki delivers once again
+ a blend of new and old songs makes this very pleasing to listen
+ Great job to all the seiyuus specially Irino Miyo for his Syaoran
– I can’t think of anything (sorry)
+ Great level of character development
+ All the characters are very likeable
– Fai and Kurogane fans might be let down by the lack of involvement of the two during this OVA as they spend most of their time as observers.
Enjoyment: I can say this easily, this 2 episode OVA was absolutely fantastic and I really hoped this would last longer. This was one of my favourite parts of the manga and im glad at how well production I.G has handled it once again. This OVA makes my current top 5 for now. How I wish we could just get a third anime season by I.G ;_;
Overall Tsubasa Shunraiki can be fantastic or annoying depending on how you look at it. As a stand alone OVA adaptation of the manga, it is absolutely perfect. If you try to look at it as a continuation of the series, then unfortunately it is almost a prerequisite to have read the manga to enjoy this fully. If you are a fan of the manga then I guarantee you will not be let down by this, if you have only experience Tsubasa as an anime then I would STRONGLY suggest you read it before trying to watch this, it would greatly decrease the enjoyment factor.
:::The artwork is precise and even if there are only two episodes, you can see the difference in it between the two seasons of Tsubasa Chronicle and the OVAs.
:::The soundtrack is awesome as always and the op and the ending are very nice.
:::The characters are the same for all of you who have watched Tsubasa, but /especially if you are reading the manga/ you can see them more serious and everyone of them with his personal story in the shadows.
:::So I think that this OVAs are one of the best CLAMPs works and you will enjoy them even if you aren’t reading the manga and can’t understand the plot very well [=
With the announcement of Spring Thunder it was no surprise the various CLAMP fanatics began jumping for joy and same with some of the fans such as me. Now after watching both episodes, I have to say, this was a real let down.
Tsubasa Spring Thunder is the bad example of what happens when the original creator of the source material comes to write in the adaption. Nanase Ohkawa (aka Ageha Ohkawa) the principal writer of CLAMP, whom I’ve found to have exceptional screenwriting talent handled this script for this as well as “Tokyo”, having taken over from the TV series writer Hiroyuki Kawasaki. Ohkawa crafted Tokyo so well, I would have handed her the Academy Award for Best Screenwriting of the year. In the case of Spring Thunder I would easily hand her a Razzie award for the Worst.
Ohkawa proves that she and her fellow CLAMP mates are too married to their story that all they can do is tell an animated version of their manga, basically wasting everyone elses time. Spring Thunder proves to be nothing more than a carrot for the loyal fans who have kept reading through the years while basically saying “piss off” to those who have only followed the anime installments. Having only partially read the manga I was beyond confused. As Spring Thunder doesn’t immediately pick up where Tokyo left off.
Production I.G’s motto is, ” to make anime that stands on its own ground without being an extension of manga.” And to me I.G completely threw that motto out the window. The film is cluttered with to many flashbacks to events we haven’t seen and likely never will, and it only leaves the viewer with a real sense of emptiness and endless plotholes that they won’t be able to fill unless they claw their way through god knows how many books there are now. At the very least Ohkawa was still able to make a somewhat-coherent screen story that I could follow at the very least. Still most of the time I was hopelessly lost with no hope of ever returning. It seems the plot of Tsubasa has dissolved to a very epic and thoroughly thought out quest to just mind-bending improv from CLAMP.
Equally disappointing was Shunsuke Tada’s direction. Tada used way to many cuts and hardly got creative, except with the action scenes. Too often than not we are cut into long and pointless exposition scenes that some of us really just don’t care about. I found my self fast forwarding through this more than on the edge of my seat with anticipation of what the next scene holds. And of course Tada follow the old animation creed of “animation first, music second.” Yuki Kajiura’s score is ridiculously forced into the background to the point you even wonder if there is any. Rather than use music to heighten the scene and emotion, Tada makes it feel like it’s just playing on a radio, as basic white noise. I said this in my review for Tokyo, that the use of music is the thing I find much more appealing about Koichi Mashimo at Bee Train compared to anyone else, and this only proves my point. On the one plus side was he finally decided to use more variety of pieces from the Tsubasa OST archives than he did in Tokyo and we were able to get a few new pieces from Yuki, who is understandably busy with a variety of projects.
Yoko Kikuchi character designs while not dreadful aren’t exactly appealing. That being said I do prefer Bee Train’s designer Minako Shiba. The art style is a slab of strangely clashing color pallets dull pastel colors mixed in with dark blacks. It’s almost as though Tada can’t settle on any style. Tomoyo is equally unappealing in her design as she looks like she’s wearing football gear under her robes. There is no continuity to the visual style of this. It’s bright and flowery yet strangely dark, almost filmed like a dark comedy.
The opening animation is just beyond obscure and doesn’t set the mood appropriately for this short OAD series. While Maaya Sakamoto is probably one of the best singers from Japan I’ve ever heard, her themes never seem to ever to match appropriately to anything Tsubasa. Kajiura however has always mastered the theme songs as her ending has fitted a lot more. It’s great to hear FictionJunction YUUKA perform yet again.
The overall animation quality is still very well done for this short production and I didn’t notice any real problems with the animation. The fight scenes were well crafted and well animated which made for some great footage.
If anything else saved this from being the worst video production I’ve seen of all time it was the animation as well as the all star acting from the cast. Miyu Irino has come a long way as an actor, and gives the performance of a life-time for this. The other cast-members also have given it an all star performance and continue to improve as actors.
Spring Thunder isn’t bad or terrible. It’s simply average, boiler plate, run of the mill. It was CLAMP’s little present to their die-hard fans, and leaves anime fans in the dark. It’s now very clear as to why this little production is only being sold with the manga instead of a wide release on DVD as opposed to CLAMP’s other productions.
It makes me think they should give it back to Mashimo and just make another season, or at least maybe go to the movie director Itsuro Kawasaki.
7: Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kamisama, Shiawase ni Naru
MAL Score: 8.12
Nanami Momozono, current land god of Mikage Shrine, and her fox familiar Tomoe have faced many obstacles during their time together, but none so challenging as the one posed by the wealth god Ookununishi—if Tomoe’s wish to be human is granted, he must learn to live as one, and Nanami will have to return to being a human.
As the couple look to the future and reflect on their former adventures, Nanami tries to figure out their new living situation as her high school graduation approaches. But no matter the path they choose to walk, Tomoe and Nanami’s love will endure.
The art and music was as great as ever and together with so many characters this OVA felt truly nostalgic. It was great to see the people who helped them along their journey to join them in the end one more time. The OVA was able to let me relive all the joy from the entire series in as little as 13 minutes! A job well done!
If you’ve been following the Kamisama Hajimemashita series from the beginning, be certain to watch this final piece for it will give you the fullfilment you desired all along!
Kamisama Hajimemashita was one of my favorite anime and manga. Both had their charms. I loved music, characters, atmosphere… And I was waiting so much for season 3 (well probably 4 to be exact). And this OVA was like a slap in a face. It was dreadful.
I had a feeling that authors just wanted to get rid of this anime.
It is sad and disappointing.
I really do not recommend this OVA. If you want to keep feeling of original anime charm, and continue loving Kamisama Hajimemashita, please oh please avoid this OVA at any costs!
6: Mahoutsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito
English: The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star
Japanese: 魔法使いの嫁 星待つひと
MAL Score: 8.13
After many hardships in her life, Chise Hatori ended up at an auction, where she was purchased and then freed by the renowned Thorn Sorcerer, Elias Ainsworth, only to stay and become his apprentice. Though her life is wonderful now, the arrival of a picture book, “The Lonely Little Star,” brings back memories of those trying times and the loneliness she endured.
As a child, Chise experienced a great tragedy: her mother’s death. Shunned and unwanted by peers and relatives alike, she has lived a detached and pitiful life. However, the unexpected discovery of a mysterious library in the forest provides her with a temporary place of solace. Through reading countless books and spending time with the kindhearted librarian, Chise slowly begins to feel less alone in the world. But could this peculiar library have a darker side?
The main appeal of the ova is essentially seeing how everything is presented rather than the actual narrative elements themselves. The anime doesn’t try and get you interested in Chise by telling you she’s an orphan hated by everyone for being weird, it wants you to get invested in her through scenes like her not being able to go to bed because there is literally a monster inside her futon or her talking about how happy she feels when she finishes a book. The story never asks you to doubt that it’s all going to work out fine, it knows its viewer has either already read the source material or totally understands she’s in a better place because of the first part of episode 1, it uses that knowledge to frame a vignette used to contrast her younger self: who always used to sit in a corner, walk with her back slightly bent afraid to connect to people, to her current self: upright, smiling and scared into eating her food instead of avoiding it. The catharsis doesn’t come from what’s framed. But rather the feeling that is evoked when looking at it. Chise didn’t grow much as a person when she gave the book and moved away, she lost more hope than she started out with, but the moment it goes back to her reading the book on Ains’ lap, surrounded by people who care for her, there’s this very understated feeling of relief and ease. The fact that it goes from her not believing that it will all turn out alright to her having turned out fine in a few seconds doesn’t take away from the unease and anxiety that filled her childhood because it was a retrospective to begin with and only furthers the message it’s trying to convey. In the same way Chise treasures the book after having had her life changed, the viewer is supposed to treasure her change in lifestyle using the dark past as a basis and not as the main aspect to the OVA. What’s important isn’t what’s in the past, it’s what’s about to come.
Another big appeal is definitely the sound and visuals. The way it dulls down the colors whenever it’s a scene in the apartment compared to how lush the greenery looks during the library scenes or the comfy and warm colors used when she’s living at Ains’ house convey a lot about how she feels like she is happier when at those places. It sparingly uses music, like for parts where the colors are enough to convey whatever needs to be conveyed, but for parts like some scenes where the librarian talks to her, the piano keys perfectly match whatever’s going on onscreen. Seeing Chise’s bright red hair contrast with the foliage is very pleasing to the eyes and makes the scenes where her hair color’s muddled with the background to help convey her anxiety much more meaningful. The biggest highlight is definitely the scene where the librarian reads her the story: weaving together the book’s moral with the star imagery and what she was going through with what she will one day find, supported by one of the few times the music uses multiple instruments rather than just a piano to elevate the scene into something memorable, it’s just such a powerful scene, lives up to being the reason why she’s telling this story in the present day about why the book means so much to her.
Ultimately, it’s pretty much just a sneak peek for the upcoming tv anime, but it’s very reassuring to know that the adaptation will try its best to portray the wonders of magic of its world and the relationship between the two mains and the baggage they each carry.
So The Ancient Magus’ Bride is a show I’m eagerly waiting for when Fall 2017 finally decides to arrive. I have not touched the manga so I knew little about it, but the synopsis and the magical elements piqued my interest enough to check out this prequel OVA that took a year to finish airing 3 eps. After finishing it, I’m not exactly sure why this was necessary.
The plot is simply a back story to the main girl Chise Hatori, seeing what her life was like as a child way before she found the world of magic. The drama shown during these episodes are pretty standard, we’ve all seen the same type of scenario before. You have the struggles of a strange and lonely orphan trying to find a place to call home, (The Ugly Duckling) and the forsaken love of a mysterious librarian. (similar to The Little Mermaid, and no not the happy Disney version) To be honest, this didn’t do much to get me invested into the main series, as it felt kinda pointless to see the past of these characters that I have never met before I’ve actually gotten to know more about them. There is not given much reason to actually care about Chise, you’re just suddenly given a character that you’re supposed to like and feel sorry for. This may have been enough for some people to care about her, say they have read the source and/or are able to relate to her as a character, but I personally feel that I needed to see more from Chise before I could actually see her as someone I should harbour feelings towards. Maybe if I had read the manga I would have enjoyed it more, but as someone that’s never watched or read anything else from the series, I’m just left with a lacklustre taste in my mouth.
I’d recommend watching this after the main series is finished airing or at least reading a decent amount of the manga, it might have been more impactful if I had actually gotten to know who these people are before delving into their previous lives. As something to start off an anime adaptation, I enjoyed the experience but I’m not too impressed with this OVA.
Send feedback if you have any, thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts on this!
The story was beautiful. If you haven’t read the manga, you’ll be kinda confused at first but not that much. As far as I see, the OVA mainly focus on Chise’s backstory. And I have to say, it was very good. From the first episode, it might seem like it’s very slow paced but the main story kicks in starting from the second episode. And the pacing and the story matches very well. And at the of the 3rd episode, it might make some people teary.
There’s nothing really I can say about it except it was amazing. The characters look good and sceneries are breath taking. But I can’t help but feel that they could have done a little better considering this was made by the same studio which took part in production of Attack on Titan anime.
The sound tracks did’t stood out that much but I have to say, it matches the story and setting very well. And he sound track did make the anime more beautiful.
The characters are pretty awesome. You won’t see any of the character archetypes that you often see in other animes. But each characters were charming in their own way.
What can I really say apart from that it was really awesome. I waited for 1 and a half years for these 3 episodes and I’d say it was worth the wait. It was everything I hoped it to be and even more.
Overall, this is a kind of anime that you won’t really find that often. And it’s still just an OVA and there’ll be a full length anime series coming October. It might take the anime fandom by a storm or it might become a hidden Ruby among the anime fandom. These 3 episodes were conducted really well and makes me hyped for the upcoming series.
5: Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island
Japanese: HUNTER×HUNTER Greed Island
MAL Score: 8.19
After the battle with the Spiders, the search for Ging continues as Gon and Killua decided to once again attempt to purchase the rare game “Greed Island”. However, Gon came up with a better plan, which was to volunteer to complete the game for the billionaire who owned it. But some training must be done, as Gon and Killua’s abilities are still at a developing stage and “Greed Island” is no simple game for anyone to play with. It is the infamous game that could easily lead to one’s death. Based on the manga by Togashi Yoshihiro.
Similar to the first OVA and the Hunter x Hunter series, the animation is what we\’re used to – good but not fantastic. The sound is great even though by now it\’s really predictable. Opening and ending themes are interesting though.
The story is fantastic. Greed Island is a special NMORG (Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) for Nen-users, and if a player\’s nen isn\’t good enough they will \"game over\" (DIE!). The premise seems simple but it\’s actually really exciting to play. Everyone competes to be the first to \"clear\" the game by collecting 100 cards. Cards can be acquired in a number of ways – questing, helping others, trading or … well, player robbing/killing. Not only is the world dangerous, but so are the opposition players!
Well, the start of this is very exciting. After watching this you\’ll want to go out and buy a Greed Island game also. As a gamer I was hooked. Much to my NON-surprise, it seems some company capitalized on the success of the anime and made a Greed Island game.
The story and development are great. This OVA is when Gon and Killua finally develop their signature Ultimate Techniques. The Greed Island OVA also introduces a very interesting new character, Biske (Biscuit?), who looks like a young girl but is much more than meets the eye.
* Can Gon and Killua qualify to play the game?
* Will they be taken advantage of as newbies?
* Are they going to be able to cope with cute, threatening or plain weird monsters?
* How will they deal with other players with different motivations? Will they have a strategy to they survive player killers?
* Can they win?
Don\’t miss another exciting installment of Hunter x Hunter, Greed Island OVA 2!
6th Arc: Greed Island Arc (Episodes 71-78):
This OVA by itself is fighting an uphill battle. It only covers the very beginning of the Greed Island Arc, right before the actual plot gets going. It also suffers the problem that 1999’ slow pacing comes back with a vengeance. This OVA is egregiously slow paced, with it feeling more like four episodes that were forcefully dragged out into eight. It legitimately takes until episode 4 for the actual game of Greed Island to begin.
On the plus side, once the actual game begins, the plot actually begins and ends up being pretty decent. The rules are very well explained, and overall, everything is done rather well with what little they have. Yeah, the pacing is still bullcrap, but hey, you have to take the good with the bad in things like this.
In turn, this Arc is also responsible for introducing one of my favorite characters so far: Bisky! I love her so much. Not only is she a legal Loli (And when I mean legal, I mean it! She’s legitimately 57) and she serves as an effective mentor to Gon and Killua, being similar enough to Wing to realize the relationship between the two, but different enough so as to give her an identity of her own.
There’s also a subplot about the Phantom Troupe trying to find any clues for what could help Chrollo, but sadly, due to the OVA cutting off when it does, it’s never quite allowed to resolve said subplot. That’s really this OVA’s main issue: Nothing is given a proper resolution. I get why they had to do this (This was around the time Togashi started going into his infamous hiatuses) but the point still stands.
Wow! Talk about a downgrade! After the gorgeous Yorkshin Arc, this Arc just comes across as dull. See, due to the way early digital Animation worked, people were forced to work with far brighter colors than before. Now some of the best shows of this era like FMA 2003 made excellent use of this limitation and stood the test of time. Hunter X Hunter did not. It’s especially notable that even with the brighter color scheme; they still do everything and anything in their power to have said colors be as dull as possible.
Overall, while the soundtrack is still good, none of the tracks are used quite that well. The only exception to this is the Opening theme “Pray”, which is probably my favorite Opening so far. By contrast, I really didn’t care for the Ending Theme “Popcorn”.
This would end up being Gouda Hozumi’s last shot as Leorio. Overall, while I didn’t care much for his Leorio, I do wish he could’ve gone on a higher note than this. Beside him, for some reason Machi’s VA changed. Before, she was voiced by Namiki Noriko, but now she’s voiced by Umeura Takaro. Needless to say, I much prefer Namiki. That said, I did quite like Higuchi Chieko as Bisky.
Don’t get me wrong, this OVA isn’t bad. However if I could describe it in one word, it would be soulless. It’s like if the Studio didn’t really care for this Arc, so they just put a much lower effort to this as usual. We’ll see if the final OVA series is able to make up for this, but as far as this is concerned, I didn’t care much for it, but I did ultimately enjoy myself.
Final Score: 7/10
The story is the same as the manga and the new adaptation. For new viewers, it’s just a lot of MMORPG fun. The classic ‘sucked into the game’ ritual. It’s Sword Art Online, but a million times better and with an actual plot. Honestly, this is probably my favorite HxH arc besides York New. It’s got a good balance of everything. Especially concerning the plot, it has humor and serious moments that really push the story forwards. On top of that, the logistics of the game itself are very well thought out and make it an interesting ‘world’ for our main characters to play in.
For the time, the art is actually quite amazing. There are times where the characters are drawn a little strangely and seem a little disproportionate, but the animation is scarily smooth and fluid, and so much effort went into every single aspect of it. Believe me, you will forget that it’s even an old anime at some point.
I usually don’t like the opening and closing themes of old anime. Honestly, I didn’t like the openings and closings of some of the other OVAs in the old adaptation. But the ones in this OVA specifically were actually really good. They called to mind some sort of nostalgia that reminded me of Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, almost. They are reminiscent of struggle, hard work, and growth somehow. It’s a strange way to describe an anime opening, but it’s really what it felt like to me.
The characters overall are the highlight of this show, besides the world-building. Both aspects shine in this OVA, but the characters undergo the most development. Gon and Killua are shown to not be invincible, but they are definitely on their way there. Watching their childish foolishness is quite heartwarming and realistic, as is their honest conviction towards the game. HxH has a great talent for portraying every character, whether they be a saint or a mass murderer, as likable and somehow relatable. Truly amazing writing.
Overall, this was so much fun to watch. I can never get enough of this show!
I would recommend this if you: have read the manga, have watched any of the old adaptation, have watched the new adaptation, like ‘superpower’ anime, like anime about naive children becoming super strong, like traditional shounen, like immersive MMORPG anime
I would NOT recommend this if you: did not enjoy other HxH material, don’t like ‘video game’ anime
In all honesty, if you are a Hunter x Hunter fan, you definitely will not be disappointed by this. There absolutely no way.
So I hope you watch and enjoy this. Have a great day everyone!
4: Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island Final
Japanese: HUNTER×HUNTER G I Final
MAL Score: 8.27
Continuing with their adventure at Greed Island, Gon and Killua train furiously under the guidance of Biscuit for better preparation at attempting the game. With their abilities vastly improving and the threat of player killers menacing Greed Island, Gon and company continue the game despite the dangers that they will face with the game activities and encounters with other players. Based on the manga by Togashi Yoshihiro.
I might as well get it out of the way and say that the art and sound are exactly like what you\’d expect from the previous OVAs and the 62 episode Hunter x Hunter episodes. Serviceable, great action scenes, and everything the watcher is already used to. Killua does get cuter in this OVA but maybe that\’s just me getting attached to his character.
The ending theme of this OVA is really good, which bumps the sound score up a notch. It is titled \"Moshimo Kono Sekai de Kimi to Boku ga Deaenakatta Nara (If You and I Never Met in This World)\". I am still not 100% sure who the song is referring to. Is it Gon thinking about his father? Killua thinking about Gon? Or some other characters (Leorio?).
The character development in this OVA is, dare I say it, even better than I expected (and I had high expectations!). For a while, our 2 heros train under Biske (Biscuit?), who may look young but is an even better trainer than their previous nen teacher, Wing. That is to be expected because, well, she outranks him (watch and find out).
The training episodes are a lot of fun, and will serve their purpose later on. Killua leaves the game midway to take care of some \"unfinished business\". What transpires(with him) during his short absence (*GAH! I must not spoil the OVA*) made him my absolute favorite character in Hunter x Hunter. You\’ll understand after watching the second episode of the OVA.
I was worried that Gon and Killua were spending too much time on training and may have forgotten their goal of finishing the game but my fears were soon allayed. When they start collecting the cards, they really went all out. To be honest, a small part of me was very proud of them for doing all the card collection the \"HARD\" way (i.e. with no spoilers or information from other players).
There are 3 key .. mini arcs that make this OVA great. They\’re not just great from a storyline perspective, but showcase subtle character development. It\’s so seamlessly done that the viewer won\’t feel that character development is being shoved down his/her throat.
The first is the attempt(s) to get Tsubo of the Coast. All I can say is besides being totally hilarious, Razor rocks!
The second is a FANTASTIC fight between Gon, Killua and Biske against the Bomber and his 2 buddies. I can\’t pick a favorite, all 3 were awesome!
The third and last is the final card. It just goes to show that after all the action, it\’s the brains of a character that count the most.
The ending made this OVA perfect. I have never read the manga but I did catch a glimpse of the hair color of the man in the last frame. Very … interesting. This is a definate must watch if you\’ve seen any Hunter x Hunter.
Although Greed Island Final ties up the loose ends of OVA 3, there is still a lot that can be done. So far there have been 62 episodes of TV series, 8 episodes OVA1, 8 episodes OVA2 and 14 episodes of OVA3. That\’s 92 episodes. Is it enough? NOOO! We must have more!
I for one will be waiting for the day when the manga writer comes back and finishes this series, so they can make more Hunter x Hunter anime for fans like us. Even though I\’m impatient for new stories to emerge, I will give 100% credit to the mangaka for writing this amazing series filled with action, comedy and friendship. Please finish the rest of the manga!
The story wasn’t as good as the other parts of the Hunter x Hunter franchise because it was somewhat rushed to the conclusion, and there wasn’t much development, more like just an appearance of powers with not too much effot.
The art maintained from the series and other OVAs, not impressive, but good enough.
The sound, personally didn’t impress me, i didn’t think Hunter x Hunter had a good soundtrack, not that it was bad, but it didn’t make me want to listen to it again.
Here is where the OVA truly fell short compared to the others. Gon and Killua were my favorite characters, but all of a sudden, Killua is kicked to the back burner, and becomes, i think, a little part of the story. and Gon, he started out as a naive boy that would never give up, until he couldn’t go on, that’s perseverance. But there’s a thin line between that and stubborness, and he crossed it indefinitely. he started to bug me so bad, i actually wished he would lose a fight or something, knock sense into him, a character never annoyed me so badly, when at first they were one of my favorites. if you’ve watched the other Hunter x Hunter stuff, you’ll notice the difference.
enjoyment, i didn’t enjoy it oo much, but enough to finish it, since i wanted some sort of closure.
Overall i gave it a middle grade, because you should watch this OVA after all the others, you don’t want to leave it undone, but be warned, this might change your opinion of the rest of the franchise as well
3: Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations
English: Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Tokyo Revelations
Japanese: ツバサ TOKYO REVELATIONS
MAL Score: 8.30
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.
I really enjoyed the story. Albeit too rushed: I had trouble understanding at times, though everything’s clear now. I think it could’ve been twice the length it was without really being any worse. Anyway, it was really great, from the original Syaoran’s and the Clone’s awakening to the revelation of Fei Wong’s plans and how much he has actually affected the group’s journey so far.
The animation style of this was… wow. At first, I was surprised to see a completely new animation style, but I soon got accustomed to it, and soon after I fell in love with it. It was a quantum leap in quality, which was most likely due to the fact that it was an OVA. If only the entire series had been like this… Oh, well. At any rate, you’ll most likely enjoy the improved animation.
The music in this series is – and will always be – legendary, at least in my heart. Nay but astounding pieces of music; themes and songs which I could listen to over and over again without growing bored of them (and so have I done). This is how an anime soundtrack should be, and I can almost certainly guarantee that you’ll enjoy the music in this series.
In this OVA, the characters experienced a change for the better; growing much more deeper. The characters were somewhat the same as the original series, but I felt that there were changes to them – both at the start of and during the series. Die-hard fans of the original series might get turned off by the fact that the characters changed a bit, but I felt that they were much more enjoyable, and I’m sure you will too, even though you might require some time to get used to it.
All in all, I really, really enjoyed the OVA; there were many changes for the better, but it also kept the best from the earlier seasons, making this much better. There are some changes you might have to get used to, and the story was definitely a bit rushed, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy this OVA at least as much as you enjoyed the original series.
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Wonder no more.
Tsubasa Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations is quite literally a godsend, not only for the poor souls that suffered through the uninspired Bee Train adaptation, but also those (myself included) who felt the artwork and pacing for the manga chapters the OVA covers were way off-balance. For the revelations at hand, no one delivers the goods better.
First thing fans are going to recognize is the art style, which is much more defined and fluid than the TV series. The fight scenes are seamless and perfect in nearly every way, and backgrounds are fleshed out wonderfully. Moreso, the series’ shining point, the OST, is abundant here. Unlike the TV series, however, the OVA uses Yuki Kajiura’s compositions minimally and saves the big pieces for dramatic effect. For me, the OST just got better. Also, I adore the melancholy OP.
Of course, Tsubasa has a story and, in this case, one Bee Train decided to ignore completely due to the dark nature of the titular revelations. Production I.G. did not sway. Though some minor plot points are rearranged, everything flows and follows the manga as if you were watching a full-color, audio-enhanced slideshow of the chapter panels. Though these chapters suffer themselves from pacing, the OVA makes things clearer and much less muddled than the manga. Still, too much happens at once and the OVA faults in not giving each revelation enough due reaction with all that’s going on.
Naturally, characters also take some turns as this is the manga’s turning point. And wow, what changes they are! Really, going any further would risk massive spoiler territory, but the OVA crams a series’ worth of character development into these 3 episodes. Phenomenal is an understatement, and the way the seiyuu handle these changes is nothing short of vocal mastery. It is easily the high point of this already excellent OVA.
When everything comes together, it’s definitely something worth appreciating, and one can only hope that more Tsubasa anime will follow from Production I.G. It is very much enjoyable, but it won’t leave a serious impact on you. The only thing I really took from this was "this is Tsubasa done right", but for me that is enough to warrant a high enjoyment rating.
Overall, Tsubasa Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations gets a 9. Best anime adaption of the series to date, and excels beyond the manga in delivering the goods in a way that isn’t horribly confusing.
Tsubasa Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations
This OAV is astounding. The characters have more development then they did throughout the first two seasons. The art style was more defined, more "Mature" in the scope that Tsubasa truely is. Syaoran simply looked taller, more defined and slender, like a cross between Kurogane and Fai, the way a main characters body should look.
Following the manga pretty much to a T, the "Revelations" that are discovered and exposed in the dreary acid rain filled town that once was Tokyo, were mind blowing to me. Each character went through something big in just 3 episodes, and the best part is it didn’t feel rushed.
My enjoyment with these OAV’s was through the roof. Seeing the characters for who they really are. It is indeed a must see if you love anything about Tsubasa.
2: Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kako-hen
MAL Score: 8.37
While playing in the snow one day at her shrine, the land god Nanami Momozono witnesses her familiar—the fox youkai Tomoe—collapse, with dark markings appearing on his body. Tomoe’s former master, Lord Mikage, appears after his long absence and places Tomoe into a magical pocket mirror in order to stave off his ailment.
Mikage explains that long ago, before he and Tomoe had met, the fox youkai was in love with a human woman. Seeking to live as a human with his beloved, he made a deal with a fallen god, but he only ended up cursed and dying. When Mikage discovered Tomoe, the god made the youkai forget his human love as a quick solution. However, something has changed recently to reactivate the curse; Tomoe has fallen in love with his new human master, Nanami. Since there is no way to stop the curse, Nanami wants to stop Tomoe from getting cursed in the first place by traveling back through time, even if it means they may never meet. As Nanami travels back hundreds of years to save her precious familiar, she discovers that she is far more closely bonded to Tomoe than she previously thought.
The OVA is very well done, just like the regular anime; good art, good cast, good rythm, good everything. The love between the main characters is reinforced and some secrets are revealed. BUT! (And this is a huge “But”) The feels one gets in the manga are 300% more intense than in the OVA, so as an adaptation, it’s just mediocre.
I’ll try to explain briefly what we are missing in the OVA without giving any explicit spoiler:
First of all, the time-travel logic is far better depicted in the manga, and Nanami goes through way more hardship to accomplish her mission. Besides, with regard to the whole story, it is in this Past Arc where we are supposed to discover most of the important information about the nature of Tomoe and Nanami’s relationship, as well as Tomoe and Yukiji’s, which is not explaind in the OVA at all, when it really shoud have been because it is by far the most interesting part of the story and it really changes everything. (It is there where you finally say “Hey! This is clearly not Inuyasha!” ) But not trace of it in the OVA.
Last but not least, within this arc of the manga, Nanami gets to know quite well Akura-ou, who becomes a major character in the following arcs, and the absence of the Akura-ou part in the OVA, added to the fact of condensing everyone’s favorite part of the manga (4 volumes of it actually) in barely 4 episodes, only makes me fear that there might not be next anime season in the future.
The past arc of Kamisama Hajimemashita has been one of the most pasionate stories I’ve read in a manga, and one of the most coherent time-travel stories I’ve ever come across. So it saddens me considerably to see it cheapened like this.
However, as I said at the begining of the review, if you haven’t read the manga, go ahead, the story is undoubtably enjoyable and sweet.
The problem with time-travelling is that sometimes it almost looks like the creators are trying to seem smart. They try to build a web but that web ends up full of plot holes. This time-travelling little story on the contrary was simple and concise. And when I say simple it is in a good way.
There were some little things that weren’t exactlly 100% explained but if we start thinking we can easily feel the gaps (and there are kind people everywhere to fill you up on information about the manga)
There was just one thing that I didn’t understand. Maybe a plot hole? Maybe I’m just dumb? Nanami is still a God when she goes to the past so why Tomoe can’t see the mark on her forehead? First I thought it was because he was not a famillier but I think in the first season there were Yokais that could detect the mark on her. She was basically a lighthouse for all kind of greedy beings. So how in the past she could easily pass for a human? Did I miss something?
Anyway, I really liked the pace of Kako-hen, as well as the overall reactions of the characters and the dialogues.
I think this is something that anyone who likes Kamisama Hajimashita can’t miss. It’s not your regular dispensable OVA, this is honestly very important, a big part of the story. It’s not like the majority of the OVAS on series that are there to give you a good time but that don’t really add to the plot.
End of story.
I really don’t want to spoil anything but this really is the sole reason I was willing to continue with the story and read the manga. The TV show arcs are a little too “slice of life” for me. I’m the type of person who likes watching love stories that have A LOT of life or death drama and those in which the girl kinda “changes” the evil male protagonists.
Hence I’m kinda a fan of the Hunger games XD. ALSO, AI TO MAKOTO, a manga from the 70s is soooooooo good. It deserves so much more attention. I didn’t cry for that but I just love the female lead so much… then again, I often prefer male leads cuz the girls are often quite weak.
1: Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku
Japanese: 進撃の巨人 悔いなき選択
MAL Score: 8.41
Many years before becoming the famed captain of the Survey Corps, a young Levi struggles to survive in the capital’s garbage dump, the Underground. As the boss of his own criminal operation, Levi attempts to get by with meager earnings while aided by fellow criminals, Isabel Magnolia and Farlan Church. With little hope for the future, Levi accepts a deal from the anti-expedition faction leader Nicholas Lobov, who promises the trio citizenship aboveground if they are able to successfully assassinate Erwin Smith, a squad leader of the Survey Corps.
As Levi and Erwin cross paths, Erwin acknowledges Levi’s agility and skill and gives him the option to either become part of the expedition team, or be turned over to the Military Police, to atone for his crimes. Now closer to the man they are tasked to kill, the group plans to complete their mission and save themselves from a grim demise in the dim recesses of their past home. However, they are about to learn that the surface world is not as liberating as they had thought and that sometimes, freedom can come at a heavy price.
Based on the popular spin-off manga of the same name, Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku illustrates the encounter between two of Shingeki no Kyojin’s pivotal characters, as well as the events of the 23rd expedition beyond the walls.
The story focuses on Levi’s past, as the title tells us.
The first episode is about Levi, Isabel and Farlan living in the underground capital and “earning” money as thugs, in order to get the chance to live on the surface someday. Because of being captured by Erwin Smith, the three of them decide to join the Survey Corps. But unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Councilman Lovof wants them to retrieve a secret document from Erwin.
Coming to the second episode, the focus lies on their first days in the Survey Corps, as well as on the plan on how to get the document that Lovof needs. And their first expedition takes them outside the walls, where Levi, Isabel and Farlan have an encounter with their first titans. However, some unexpected things happen…
Isabel and Farlan are two new main characters, who are companions of Levi. Farlan is cool-headed and calm, while Isabel is energetic and vivacious. We get to see more of Levi’s character as well, which I find really interesting.
Beside new characters, we also see new sides of Levi and Erwin and get back-story of Keith Shadis, current Commander of the Survey Corps.
Great, as expected from Shingeki no Kyojin. Levi’s face expressions look really intense, and the scenes, where the 3D maneuver gear is used are breathtaking. I especially liked the chase after Levi, Farlan and Isabel, as well as the fight between Levi and the titan, where we get to see a lot of action and emotions.
Basically the same music as in Shingeki no Kyojin, and they use some of the soundtracks pretty well for emphazising the atmosphere of the OVA.
I really enjoyed every second of Kuinaki Sentaku. We get to see some new faces and the chance to gain an insight into Levi’s past, before he joined the Survey Corps.
Overall, I’m highly satisfied with Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku, although I think that two episodes aren’t enough for such a strong character like Levi. Nevertheless, they did a really good job. Definitely a must watch.
This new installment of the Attack on Titan universe tells us a bit more about Levis’ past and how he joined the survey corps. All the while being introduced to two new characters, Farlan and Isabel.
Farlan and Isabel are two new interesting characters.
Isabel seems to have a more childish attitude (A little like Zoë Hange), whilst Farlan is more responsible (taking care of his sick friend)
Levi hasn’t changed at all. Still the same guy as always. Still cleaning.
Holy shit is the 3D maneuver gear awesome! We are given an intense and thrilling chase scene with LOTS of 3D maneuver gear usage. Animation is really fluid and the underground environment is a breath of fresh air.
The voice acting is as always great and we are given a new soundtrack to fit with the chase scene. Lots of new 3D maneuver gear sounds is also heard.
I just fucking loved it! Everything from the throwback with Levi cleaning, to the soundtrack and action scenes.
If you liked the original Attack on Titan show and want to know more about the world and Levi, then this is a must watch!
The story leads to Levi, Isabel and Farlan living in an underground city in which serves as the Capital’s dump. Levi and his friends are criminals who steals food, money, etc. using a 3D Maneuver gear. Not much I can say ’bout the story since it’s already written in the synopsis. For my score for the story, I gave it a 9, it’s not really perfect but it’s really interesting. And which leads later in a situation in which we would be really tense and shock. The thrills sent to me lead it to a 9 score to the story.
The art is still the same, Levi’s face, nothing really much has changed (even though years had passed), and Erwin still looks like himself. Nothing really much changed.
Sound? Opening and ending was the 2nd one from the anime. But the background music, OST, was great! As expected from a wonderful anime.
The character development, this was the one that gave impact on us. Levi is Levi, Erwin is Erwin. But the bond between Levi, Isabel, and Farlan was something you find heartwarming. The development between them is great.
So far, I enjoyed this OVA, even though this is a spin-off, I still gave it a high score. Because of how well-made this is. And how much impact it gave to me.
Overall, I loved this spin-off. It already became one of my faves, of course, not because Levi is the protagonist, it’s because of somehow it gave me an impulse of excitement. I never really found a spin-off this exciting and tense. And If you think spin-offs aren’t worth watching, try watching this one. And yes, that means I recommend this.
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1. Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku
2. Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kako-hen
3. Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations
4. Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island Final
5. Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island
6. Mahoutsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito
7. Tsubasa: Shunraiki
8. Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kamisama, Shiawase ni Naru
9. Fate/Grand Carnival
10. Akatsuki no Yona OVA
11. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2: Kono Subarashii Geijutsu ni Shukufuku wo!
12. Aria the OVA: Arietta
13. Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA
14. One Piece Film: Strong World Episode 0
15. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete
16. Ookami to Koushinryou II: Ookami to Kohakuiro no Yuuutsu
17. Hoozuki no Reitetsu OVA
18. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!: Kono Subarashii Choker ni Shukufuku wo!
19. Shingeki no Kyojin OVA
20. Saiyuuki Gaiden
21. Magi: Sinbad no Bouken
22. Saiyuuki Reload: Burial
23. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari
24. Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls
25. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue – Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma
26. Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Meikai-hen
27. Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho
28. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime: Nandemonai Takaramono, Kono Page
29. Tenshi no Tamago
30. Drifters: Special Edition
31. Hakuouki Sekkaroku
32. Rance 01: Hikari wo Motomete The Animation
33. Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Elysion-hen
34. Drifters (OVA)
35. Nanatsu no Taizai OVA
36. Youkoso! Sukebe Elf no Mori e
37. Isekai Harem Monogatari
38. Fairy Tail OVA
39. Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Tethe’alla-hen
40. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken OVA
41. Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen OVA
42. Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sekai Tougou-hen
43. Kyou kara Maou! R
44. Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season OVA
45. Majimoji Rurumo: Kanketsu-hen
47. Kekkai Sensen: Ousama no Restaurant no Ousama
48. Lodoss-tou Senki
49. Sweat Punch
50. Trinity Seven: Nanatsu no Taizai to Nana Madoushi