They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Lupin III: Green vs. Red, Kabukichou Sherlock OVA, Tokyo Babylon, and more!
50: Lupin III: Green vs. Red
MAL Score: 6.62
Yasuo works at a ramen restaurant and is dating the pretty news reporter Yukiko. However, things aren’t going well for him financially and after a customer leaves a green jacket behind, Yasuo starts adding to his income by walking the crowded streets of the Tokyo metroplex and stealing people’s wallets. With this, he’s able to buy his girlfriend a nice ring even though she says he didn’t need to buy this for her.
Over time, Yasuo becomes obsessed with becoming Lupin to the point that he reads and watches everything regarding him, he even works with Jigen for a time.
However, when Yasuo learns of the Ice Cube diamond, he knows that if he can steal this, he will be the real Lupin.
(Source: Lupin Wiki, edited)
Plot. Like I mentioned before, it seemed like someone had a good idea for Lupin, but the execution was pathetic. The story told to the viewer was, at best, half a story and relied on the viewer assuming many important elements and key twists. To simplify, its as though the director was challenging everyone to guess what was going on by showing us scenes A and F without showing us scenes B,C,D, and/or E. The end result mucks into a conglomerate of second rate action and 3rd rate Lupin. Oh yeah, and they threw in a giant mech, just for the hell of it. Real great creative crutch guys.
The ending and events leading up were confusing, misleading, and simply put, stupid. I believe we have a new Lupin, but it was never really fleshed out, nor explained.
Characters. As usual, Zenigata for the mere reason that hes Zenigata. Gone are the days that he actually has an impact on the story. Fujiko is tossed in, almost as if they forgot her to begin with, and is as quickly disposed of and forgotten. Goemon is portrayed as a total scrub thats easily tricked and captured. As for the newer characters, well, I have no idea because they were barely introduced. They just kinda appeared and said "Hey! We’re sorta important."
The worse of them all had to have been the clones in the beginning. Where did they come from? Who were they really? Did they really think they were Lupin? What was their significance anyways? The guy at the end had nothing to do with those clones in the first place, at least I don’t think.
This is what happens, again, when the director relies on the viewer far too much. From what I gathered, I believe the clones were hired men from some private citizen military. I could be totally wrong though. Who the hell knows?
What more can I say? The art was Lupin-ish, the soundtrack was far superior to anything else to be found in this dreck, and the impact this will have on the Lupin legacy will be that it was absolutely, entirely, and without a single doubt one of the worst Lupin films ever produced.
Am I being too hard on it? I’m hard pressed to find a single moment that I actually enjoyed. I spent the majority of my time scratching my head, attempting to comprehend the runaway train wreck they called a plot, so maybe I did miss something good. If you feel like you need a chance to decide for yourself, go for it. Just know that you have been warned.
This OVA celebrates the 40th anniversary of Lupin, and it includes a bunch of nods to previous Lupin anime. Pretty much every criminal on the planet has taken to disguising themselves as Lupin, and we end up seeing pretty much every Lupin character design used, even the pink jacket.
A new main character for this is a guy named Yasuo, named after Lupin’s original voice actor, who looks just like Lupin and wears a green jacket.
Meanwhile, the real Lupin in the red jacket and his partner Jigen are doing their thing as always. They’re on the run, all sorts of random wackiness happens to them, and there’s a constant mob of fake Lupins causing them trouble.
Pretty much, a lot of this is somewhat somber slice-of-life stuff focusing on the Yasuo guy. This is decent stuff, though of course it’s kind of odd for a Lupin story.
As for the story, well, its pretty much just Yasuo competing with Lupin to try and become the “real” Lupin.
Fujiko is only in this briefly, although there are some interesting scenes where Yasuo sees her and it’s animated like a psychedelic trip. Goemon pretty much has a cameo role, and Zenigata is great as always.
This is a pastiche, sort of an abstract, arty anime that pays some tribute to that laid back Lupin feel of old. The actual story however is pretty esoteric, and not entirely satisfying.
All in all, this is an interesting anime that is somewhat thought provoking and beautifully animated. While it’s not a proper entry in the Lupin series, it’s still well put together and worth a watch.
49: Kabukichou Sherlock OVA
MAL Score: 6.69
A fun collection of six short side stories depicting the past and present of Sherlock, Watson, Moriarty, and the rest of the Row House as they go about their everyday lives in their home of Kabukicho.
This OVA brings back all the reasons I loved this anime. The characters. A good story can only be made from a sound cast, and this anime has it! Yeah maybe they’re a bit eccentric and maybe their world/atmosphere is a bit crazy…but god is it a fun watch.
I was really REALLY happy to see that Sherlock was getting an OVA, if only just to relive the experience just one more time. And it didn’t disappoint. Fun shorts with characters except without the heartache the original had.
This serious seems to be set before the atmosphere change in the original anime, so its a lot more funhearted…which brings me back to why I loved this season!
If you’ve finished the original series and crave more, this does not disappoint! <3 [/collapse]
48: Tokyo Babylon
MAL Score: 6.71
Subaru Sumeragi is the 13th head of the Sumeragi Clan and a most powerful onmyouji. Subaru is hired to exorcise a construction site, but his employer mysteriously died. The only suspect is a man who repeatedly walks away from situations in which he should have died. Then Subaru meets a young woman intent upon cursing the man, saying that he killed her brother. Subaru must figure out how his employer died and fight the evil spirits that are protecting the man with the help of his friend and twin sister, Seishirou Sakurazuka and Hokuto Sumeragi.
[collapse title=“Reviews1:”]The two OVAs don’t relate to the amazing manga so the storyline isn’t really there to what Tokyo Babylon is really about which is what the manga is about. Overall I give it a 7/10 because it was still quite fun to watch, but I highly recommend the manga, it’s brilliant!
If you are a huge Tokyo Babylon fan, see this episode. If not, just read the manga and you’ll be happier. Or watch some episodes of Tsubasa and X if you want to see Subaru and Seishirou come to live in anime style.
Years later, I finally remembered this anime and after finding out that it was made by one of my favorite manga artists (Clamp), I immediately set out to rewatch an anime that allowed me to keep a solid foothold in the world of anime.
The story is of a boy named Subaru Sumeragi, who is the head of a clan called Onmyoji(?) (Spirit Mediums as the English dubbed called it) and his sister, Hokuto, who designs all the cool and sleek outfits that she and Subaru wear throughout the anime. And let’s not forget their friend, Seishiro who is a veterinarian with some supernatural powers of his own. Anyway, this two-episode ova series is about Subaru solving some Supernatural mysteries and phenomenon around Tokyo, but that’s pretty much it.
I’ve never really read the manga so I can’t really compare it to its manga counterpart in terms of how close or accurate it is but I can tell you that what I used to think of a “wow” factor as a kid didn’t quite age well. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved the story and I like the idea behind it but it didn’t really hold my interest very well. Just from the first ova episode alone, the plot seemed to be all over the place and while it did manage to tie up all the frayed plot points tossed into this first “case,” I found the very little screen time Subaru shares with his sister and Seishiro to be a little distracting or maybe there wasn’t enough? I mean, Hokuto and Seishiro’s personalities didn’t get to shine through and it was hard for me to figure out what was going on. But it wasn’t too bad if everything was resolved nicely.
If it’s anything to go by, the art is Tokyo Babylon’s biggest draw. I’ve always been a big fan of Clamp’s works and art style so watching Subaru in action as he chased after or ran from the bad guy was very enthralling. And Hokuto definitely seemed very expressive in the very few scenes I saw of her. The scenery of Tokyo is something to look at but sadly, old 90’s animes don’t seem to age that well sometimes. But I still enjoyed seeing the art in this ova.
Considering i watched an English Dub, I have to say that the song that played somewhere towards the middle (or a bit closer to the end) was a bit distracting but then again, 90’s English dubs were always (in)famous for taking out the original Japanese songs (Which were often superior!) and putting in their own weird out of place songs. But other than the odd out of place English song, everything was beautiful and clear and the sounds set the emotions during the more serious scenes.
Like I said before in the story, I didn’t think there was much to the characters. Given that I didn’t read the manga (which I should go read it soon), the characters didn’t seem to have enough time to develop properly. I mean the interactions between the Sumeragi siblings and Seishiro felt a bit… awkward? and maybe a bit forced. If you don’t mind very little character development (besides the side characters because the side characters like the main villain and the victims got the best development) then you might enjoy this.
I still got some enjoyment from watching Tokyo Babylon, I mean I didn’t feel the magic and awe factor I felt when I was a kid, but I still enjoyed the show overall and it’s prompting me to check out the manga.
I give this series a 6/10 because it’s still one of Clamp’s earlier works and it does work as an introduction to the manga so that’s all! A decent series that hasn’t aged that well, but I still recommend it if you want to take a peek at what Clamp has to offer in one of their darker animes and mangas.
47: Ningyo no Mori
MAL Score: 6.77
It is said that consuming the flesh of a mermaid confers immortality. This certainly proved to be the case for the 500-year-old Yuta and his friend Mana. However, most people who try to become immortal either die or transform into monsters.
Fifty-five years ago, Towa Kannagi was given mermaid blood by her sister, Sawa, in order to cure a fatal illness. Now, Towa maintains her youthful appearance, save her white hair and beastly arm. For years she has dreamed of restoring her body, resorting to blood transfusions from youthful corpses aided by the local doctor, Shiina.
Mana, mistaken for dead by Shiina, is brought in to have her blood used by Towa. When she discovers that Mana is alive, what lengths will Towa go to in order to restore herself? Will Yuta be able to save Mana in time?
The animation looked pleased for its time, tight handdrawn technique without too much pencil overshadowing and a more mature look to the charachters.
In 1991 there where still lloads of animation studio’s that used cheaper recording/sound tapes and still drew anime like it was 1987, though sometimes VHS also could downplay the production but that was normal the time, still this looked like and uncut , raw amethyst in its respect and good transfer of the pale colours used in the first 10 min or so , to the good indeep colourfull animation.
I din’t really had put my attention to the music, though it had some good musictones at action packed or violent scene’s , no its not like I LOOOOOOVE 1991 HOUSEMUSIC this is a horroranime for godsake ( not like there was any dancemusic in the anime or something) but if youre ol enough you can maybe recognise some old horror elements
Some of the Charachters where interesting , and that story goes back 80 years before 1991, in 1936, it all began as the ova describe’s and basiclly most of the charachters involve themself in the legend of eating mermaid flesh in an attempt to be immortal , even unwanted persona got heavenly tempted by it , thoughout the ova u see the struggles of the familly and the unfaitfull but strongminded Mana and Yuta, to see it all to a bitter end, or at least hoping for the least negative outcome, and others just where not strong enough to eat the mermaids flesh and dies right the next second you choose ur pick.
for me i mostly enjoyed the plot wich u think can go into a general scripted direction, but takes u by suprise and the way how some of the charachters respond to it, and its not the best horror anime i’ve seen but certainly entertaning enough to keep u going, just something different instead of a lot one way directed digitalized anime these days, i choose my oldskool ova,s any fucking day! enjoy !!!
Except this is one of her more flawed efforts – it has its good points, and yet there I have some issues. First of all, the artwork and animation are pretty par for the course – every Takahashi character looks the same, and the animation is decent enough. Where this story succeeds the most is in evoking a mood or feeling, she seems to have a good handle on what makes Japanese horror interesting.
However, it feels like you are dropped into the middle of a much broader story, and in fact that’s the case as Yuta has already been around for a few hundred years by the time it gets going (and there is also a flashback to much earlier to help explain things, too). But I never seemed to get a good “feel” for the character, or his motivations (or lack thereof) – it seems like he was just going through the motions. Which, I guess, would make sense for a reluctant immortal – but even so, it’s not exactly enjoyable to watch. And I could never understand Mana; the two sisters were not relatable in any way, it seems the only sympathetic character was the long-suffering doctor.
I read the Mermaid stories in manga format a couple decades past, and I recall them making a more coherent story in that format. But this anime feels like just a snippet of a larger tapestry, and there’s not enough here to fully grasp the overarching story.
46: Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Fukurokouji to Ano Ko to Ore to
Japanese: 真夜中のオカルト公務員 袋小路とあの子と俺と
MAL Score: 6.78
Bundled with the limited edition 12th manga volume.
Miyako Arata is newly assigned to the Shinjuku Ward Nocturnal Community Relations Division. Each of Tokyo’s 23 wards has one such department, established to mitigate paranormal and occult-related events. Arata’s special skill is the understanding of non-human speech, and the story begins with him encountering a youkai at Shinjuku Imperial Gardens who refers to him as the legendary Heian-era exorcist, Abe no Seimei.
(Source: Mayonaka No Occult Wikia)
Since is a side story, I will keep this short, I have reviewed extensively on this show under its main story already. The Art and Sound are more or less the same quality as the main series, meaning the Art is impressive to my taste, and there’s nothing majorly bad about the Sound either. Characters designs are the same as Season 1.
Story-wise, is pretty much a flashback. a backstory on an event that both Reiji and Theo shared. Is not a story that brings out any excitement and/or tension, nor does it seem like it will ever play a part in the main story either. The story is just to portray a little of a “slice of life” feel in the main casts’ life. Like a get to know your characters outside of their work life. So don’t go in expecting interesting lore or legends or actions. Is a pretty calm and relaxing story, with some laughs here and there. Since I am basically a fan of the characters, my rating might be a little on the high side, as I enjoy knowing more about them.
45: Megazone 23
English: Megazone 23
MAL Score: 6.79
Shougo Yahagi is a young motorcycle enthusiast living in a world of hot bikes, hard rock, and J-pop idols. The general populace go about their lives in peace, under the watchful eyes of a computer program in the guise of pop idol sensation Eve, unbeknownst to them. Shougo himself is mostly concerned with riding his motorcycle and picking up beautiful women like Yui Takanaka, who aspires to be a dancer.
Shougo’s life suddenly changes when his friend, Shinji Nakagawa, shows him a top-secret project: the “Garland,” an advanced motorcycle that can transform into a robot. Ambushed by the military, Shougo hijacks the Garland and escapes into the city. Evading the military with the help of Yui and her friends, he gradually discovers that their idyllic society is only an illusion.
The first part is outstanding. As to be expected from Noboru Ishiguro. The story has some incredible twists, the art is top notch and there’s plenty of great 80s j-pop. I’d give this part a 9/10 and was really looking forward to what happened in the next episode.
So you can imagine the disappointment when in the second part, everything was entirely different. The characters do not even look remotely similar to how they do in part one and the conclusion feels rather lackluster in comparison to the introduction. The storytelling and art is by no means bad, but is clearly not to the same standard.
Part three has even fewer similarities; there is an entirely new cast and setting, and only has passing reference to the first two parts. This is more of a sequel than part of the same story. By this point it’s really no different from any of the other sci-fi OVAs out there.
The one thing that’s consistently great is the music. 80s and 90s J-pop, yes please.
In short, watch part one, but prepare to have the quality drop considerably by the time you reach the end (if you even get that far).
When i originally saw the trailer for Megazone 23 on a random anime dvd, i couldnt help but to be fascinated by the fast pace and 80’s soundtrack that i was watching, and i knew i had to get this anime.
As a major fan of old school anime, i ordered the Megazone 23 collection with all the aspirations of old school anime glory, and i must admit, it took me for a ride that ill never forget. With this review i hope to give my own opinions and insight on what has currently become one of my favorite anime titles – Megazone 23.
As for story , Megazone 23 is quite original. I have a large anime collection, and in all my years of watching anime have i never watched anything with a story like this one. its an original piece of work that has managed to become nostalgic and stay fresh at the same time, and it also manages to merge quite a few genres together, such as – mecha, romance,action,sci-fi, and even post apocalyptica. Megazone 23 has something for everyone thats for sure.
When it comes to the Art Department, Each part of the Megazone 23 collection has its own style. Part 1 offers a strictly old school style which could only be described as “80’s animation”. Part 2 is also animated in a late 1980’s animation style, but it is slightly different and more detailed than Part 1. Parts 3 & 4 are animated in the mid 1990’s animation style, with cleaner animation with a more modern look. Though each Part is animated in their own different style, i didnt find it taking anything away from my viewing pleasure, Each Part had its story to tell and i greatly enjoyed the series despite the animation changes.
The sound is basically one of the things that got me hooked on Megazone 23. i really enjoyed the 80’s style and music that Parts 1 & 2 were infused with. The look and sound of everything fit together really well and made it a great experience altogether, whether it was 80’s rock, or pop, or sythesizers. As for sound effects, i felt they were done quite well too, especially with the vehicles (motorcycles). I bought the ADV dvd collection, so thats the only version ive watched, and i must say that the dubbing was done really good in my own opinion.
As i watched Megazone 23, i really found myself liking some of the characters, especially Eve and Shogo. The music they used with the character Eve basically made her an instant legend when it comes to anime Idols, right up there with Macross and everything, and it is certainly for good reason. Shogo was a pretty cool character too. in Part 1 he was stubborn and hot headed, but as Part 2 rolls around you can tell he has matured a bit. Yui changes a bit fom Part 1 to Part 2 as well, and Part 2 introduces alot more minor characters that are pretty cool too. all in all, the characters of Megazxone 23 in a whole are pretty memorable 🙂
As a whole, I really found myself enjoying each and every Part of the Megazone OVA. I liked the originality of its story, the old school 80’s style presentation of music and animation, and the characters were interesting and kept the series fun to watch. Although i didnt mind the animation changes, i know everyone may not care too much for them, but if you can look past those changes and focus onthe story, then im sure youll enjoy Megazone 23 just as much as i did. If you are looking for an anime that is original and one of a kind, then Megazone 23 has everything you could possibly ask for 🙂
Megazone 23 is a very original anime with a setting that will enthrall the viewer into the story, characters, and even the representation of the era it was made in. Yes, this is incredibly 80’s. Part 1 by Noboru Ishiguro is absolutely outstanding. There are so many similarities to the art design and music of the Macross series, and the plot development is top notch. Not surprising that this show eventually became a movie, “Robotech: The Untold Story.” Part 1 focuses on a biker name Shogo and his run-in with a top-secret government weapon called Bahamut. He learns more and more about what the government is, what they want, and how it affects not only him but everybody in the city in which he lives in. Not to mention the interaction with the cities pop sensation named “Eve” and his eventual love interest Yui. Art, music, plot; this first part to the OVA series is top notch.
Now, due to the times and certain decisions being made, a change in essentially everything to series happened going forward in parts 2,3, and 4. A change in staff, lower quality, even the way the characters are drawn all changed. For example, Yui changed from Macross style and green hair to Sue with short brown hair and a generic character design. Basically, the entire OVA series goes downhill incredibly fast. It is a complete dumpster dive after how great part 1 was. Part 3 and 4 goes even further with it being a completely different setting and time period. The same lowered quality and generic character designs are shown again. This time, even the music, which was Megazone’s last saving grace, is pretty much gone.
Sadly, the series falls way short on a setting and plot with so much potential that takes the viewer into the universe of Megazone. If only the concurrent parts after the way the series began were anything remotely similar to Part 1; Megazone 23 could have been something on the scale of a Gundam or a Macross. Unfortunately, the series as a whole is executed horribly. Watch Part 1 and pretend it was the only part made.
44: Mermaid’s Scar
English: Mermaid’s Scar
MAL Score: 6.80
Legend has it that when you eat the flesh of a mermaid, you would live forever. Yuta and Mana are living proof of this… Together, they journey to various places trying to find meaning for their existence, or perhaps even a “cure” for their situation. One day, Yuta and Mana meet Masato, a little boy who seems terrified of his mother Misa. It seems to Yuta and Mana that mother and son have a very unusual relationship. What happens when Yuta and Mana decide to discover the dark secret Masato and Misa are hiding? And what about those monster-like creatures that have been appearing?
Mermaid’s Scar has a fairly simple plot. Mermaids exist and eating their flesh either makes humans immortal or, far more likely, turns them into amphibious monsters. The story begins with two seemingly young people named Yuta and Mana heading to a new town on the same bus as a small child. At this town they hear rumours about the child’s mother coming back from the dead and begin to suspect that she’s eaten mermaid’s flesh. But there are things going on that they can’t predict. Things that could have dire consequences for both of them. The story is pretty well constructed and it feels complete, even though it’s the middle of the series. The only real issues are that some of the twists don’t make a lot of sense and the action isn’t set up very well.
The characters are pretty flat. The majority of them have only a few personality traits, leaving them very flat. The only character who actually gets pretty fleshed out is the antagonist.
The art is dated and, unlike 3×3 eyes, it hasn’t aged too well. The backgrounds are bland and the characters have very forgettable looks. It’s not terrible, but it certainly doesn’t have a distinctive or interesting look.
The voice work is okay. Yamadera Kouichi and Takaya Minami both do good jobs overall. The only problem is that they get overly melodramatic at times.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. This is another series where the female characters barely even interact with each other.
My final rating for Mermaid’s Scar is a 5/10. The writing is good, but the flat characters, bland art and mediocre voice work all make for an average series. Honestly, if the concept sounds intriguing to you, I would check out the Manga instead. Is the full length anime any better? I haven’t seen it so I can’t judge. What I can say is that the Mermaid’s Scar OVA is just average.
Japanese: Vassalord. (ヴァッサロード)
MAL Score: 6.82
Charley, a cyborg vampire who does the Vatican’s dirty work, is the thrall of the local vampire playboy Johnny Rayflo. As the two fight crime—and each other—hilarity, violence and sacrilege ensue! But can Charley resist his own desperate cravings for blood? Find out as the devilish duo go up against a childlike vampire princess, a mysterious branch of the Unitarian Church…and one another.
For a reader like me who had already read all the chapters it’s easy to know and understand EVERYTHING that happens, but I’m not sure if a person that haven’t read anything would understand certain things here.
Therefore as a reader it’s hard for me to know how a person without the background history would look at this great ova. I’d say it’s a great one filled with what i expected.. though a little too much blood for my taste is all.
To tell the truth, ova 1 only contains chapter 1 from volume 1 from the Vassalord manga which contains many more chapters and more than 4 volumes. So if you liked the ova, please do read the manga
Overall I give this ova a 8 because I love the story behind it, the art was great, and loved the voice actors too
-art is beautifully done
-art matches the plot
-plot is original
-conclusion was a very helpful segment that answered the main questions regarding the plot.
-plot/characters is borderline on making sense. Yes, the general aspects of the questions are answered but the more definitive parts like individual characters appeared to be brushed off. For example the sidekick if you will job is counter-intuitive. He acts but how can he give who he is? Also, his make up seems off putting. Like blending a tomato with a pineapple.
-introduction painted a confusing standpoint for what is supposed to be.
-art was not done well enough to convey a horror portrayal.
sound: did not convey proper suspense.
p.s. commercial/horror is interesting but is pretty hard to get a good blend. If you want a dark laugh then you might like this. If you want to stain your pants don’t bother with this.
42: X OVA
English: X: An Omen
Japanese: X -エックス-第零話 予兆
MAL Score: 6.83
In this prequel to the “X” TV series, a beautiful, young, bedridden dreamgazer named Kakyou remembers the life and death of a remarkable young woman whom he met in dreams. He also recounts his dreams of a tragic future in which the fate of the Earth will be decided.
41: Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover
Japanese: キングダム ハーツ キー バックカバー
MAL Score: 6.90
Long ago, in the “age of fairy tales,” the world’s light is protected by seven individuals who reside in Daybreak Town and wield unique weapons called “Keyblades”: the Master of Masters and his six apprentices. A devastating conflict has been foreseen, and the world’s end is imminent. In order to heal it, the Master of Masters gives his disciples unique roles and instructs them to form Unions comprised of other Keyblade wielders. Soon afterwards, the Master vanishes.
(Source: KH Wikia)
But well lets dive in.
You won’t probably like this if you’re not a Kingdom Hearts fan. Even if you’re just a casual Kingdom Hearts fan, you probably won’t find this as interesting until more installments come out for the series. It just doesn’t hold a large amount of substance to it.
Story wise, this story takes place before the keyblade war, and leading up to the keyblade war which is important in the main Kingdom Hearts universe, and is ever growing more important after kingdom hearts 3. The way it’s told through this movie is well. . . it’s not boring, but even as a strong kingdom hearts fan, I think the mobile game is doing a better job with the Back Cover story elements.
But this does introduce you to forces, and will help explain basic elements of the mobile game if you don’t want to do your research.
Each characters getting their separate arc as it leads up to a reveal at the end.
Art, is like a cutscene from Kingdom Hearts 3, maybe a little less on quality. 3D, and like a video game.
Sound involves the KH soundtrack, with tones fans should be familiar with. Nothing really new.
Now character wise I do think the movie stands out, as it introduces you to key players of the Union Cross universe, the lore, and also the characters as well. Most of the main cast is a bit generic, but their are some key stand outs with Ava, Luxu and the Master of Masters especially.
The story of how they try and devise who the traitor is, is in fact actually quite interesting as you piece together your own thoughts. But again, I think this is only interesting if you have a backing in the Kingdom Hearts universe already.
Overall I enjoyed it though as a mobile game player! It doesn’t really give you the major plot heavy details of the mobile game, but it does introduce you to the foretellers, and the Master of Master– all who will play key roles in the series moving forward.
If you’re looking for an anime movie though, this isn’t it.
So if anyone played KHUx on your mobile phone this is one of the half of the game, it didn’t feature nor mention who is the traidor until you play the whole game until you play the wole game. I watched it plenty of times and its so cool the dubbing in english is so perfectly fit and I didn’t know that Ray Chase done the VA of MoM which is shocks me since I only know him in voicing Noctis. So yeah its really good overall although there are still missing that are yet to discover untilyou play the game.
MAL Score: 6.92
Two newbies at the Narcotic Control Department in Japan, Haru and Kai, struggle against: drug dealers, gangs, murderers, psychopaths, mysterious organizations, and mad people in general. The gentle and caring one of the group, Kai, who has problems of his own, has the tendency of turning into a lethal killing machine in certain scenarios. The way he acts changes like that of a “switch”. As the two do their job, answers of what is behind Kai’s strange behavior and who exactly he is, is revealed.
Unfortunately for this anime, it’s just too hard to pack a strong plot line into two episodes, however, this OVA did a surprisingly good job at conveying a captivating but not excessively complicated plot in only 1 hour. In terms of mystery/detective stories, I can’t say that the plot is very unique – undercover agents trying to expose a malevolent drug-dealing organization – but it is executed nicely with a clean few plot twists that are not too contrived or predictable. I can actually say that the execution of the plot is quite perfect, it’s simple enough to be conveyed in one hour, yet complex enough to keep you interested and captivated. The producers made the (right) decision to end the show with a little bit of mystery rather than trying to explain everything in the last few minutes, which, while it does leave me a little unfulfilled, it also leaves me satisfied with the developments the story has taken.
While I was expecting it to be a rip-off of Death Note, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the plot did a pretty good job at staying independent. There are certainly similarities (to be expected of the shared genre) and there are some attempts to mimic the dark, tragic, and mind-game aspects of Death Note, but Switch manages to hold it’s own fairly well in this regard. My only complaint is that is seemed to make a subtle hint at the supernatural in the end, but I may have been mistaken. If it ends up being true (in the manga) I’ll probably be disappointed (Death Note only got away with the supernatural aspect because of how well it was explained and incorporated into the series) The ending is slightly unsatisfactory in that it leaves many loose ends, but I prefer that to them being hastily and messily tied together like too many other short (and long) shows do. I rather like the feeling of mystery it leaves us at the end, and it’s actually making me want to read the manga.
The art/colors/animation/composition is definitely reminiscent to that of Death Note, without a doubt. However, despite my cringing at the clear similarities (and my fear that one of my favored series might be tainted by a crude copycat) I grew to really appreciate the quality of the art and the attention to detail. They may have imitated the art style, but they did it well, and if I had never watched Death Note I know I would definitely say that the art and animation is excellent, so I’ve given it a 10.
The OP is pretty good, I’m rather picky when it comes to music, but I can say that I did like it within reason. The ED (which you only hear once) is also pretty nice. As a 2 episode OVA I can’t say that they really matter much, as you only hear them twice at most. My biggest beef is with the OST. Another noticeable similarity to Death Note is the heavily orchestrated soundtrack. I have to say that Switch did not to such a great job at incorporating this type of music into the show. While the music was good, there were times when it stood out too much and it was clear that they were trying to capture the same classical dramaticims that Death Note was so flawlessly able to do. Unfortunately, operatic an Orchestral music is very refined and possessed great potential, likewise, it is must be used carefully and be specifically tailored to the situation. There were certainly good parts, but I would have been more satisfied if the producers tried a little harder to find something that would work better for them. I like the idea of using orchestral music in a modern-drama-mystery-suspense, (especially compared to some other types of music) but the execution could have been better, though it was by no means bad, and in some parts quite enjoyable.
The Seiyuus on the other hand were very good, I really don’t have any complaints in that regard. The Seiyuu lineup is actually pretty impressive.
It’s pretty hard to develop a character in just 1 hour, but there is a shade of character development, if you’re careful enough to catch it. In one hour we still have much to learn about the characters, much less give them room to develop, but we do have some clever plot-twists that shed new light on our main characters at different points in the show. I thought the characters were very well made, they all seem quite realistic, and even the “bad guy” is pretty likable (I can’t stand it when the “bad guy” is pinned as evil and given an unrealistically horrible personality) None of the characters are too contrived, though they aren’t particularly unique as far as anime characters go – but that is also part of their success. Nothing is over-the-top, the characters are relatable, intelligent, and well-designed (you can actually tell the characters apart!) and they all act like real human beings (which is sometimes rare in anime)
Overall, I really did enjoy this show, and it’s short enough that I’d probably watch it again. It’s by no means perfect, but I’m very impressed by the work put into it. I don’t view it as so much of a series in and of itself (it’s not) but as more of an introduction to the characters, story, and ideas that I will probably follow up on by reading the Manga. When I look at it that way, it’s an excellent piece.
Perhaps my rating of 9 is a little generous, but in terms of enjoyment (or perhaps it was just surprise) I give it a 9, and I definitely suggest you give it a try. Make it past the (slightly cliche’d) intro and OP, and try not to get too cynical about the similarities it has with Death Note. Just keep an open mind and enjoy the show 🙂
Here’s the deal: I am in a love and hate relationship with the series.
The story was intriguing enough to grab my attention and continue watching till the end however there are just too many unanswered questions left by the time it ends.
For me, as for someone who has not read the manga beforehand there were just too many unanswered questions left there. So many that I am heading to read the manga right away.
I understand this is not a proper review. Heck it’s not a review at all. But I really wanted to share my thoughts.
In the end I got hooked and yet was left really frustrated.
Story Rating: 5
The story is just your basic police story. Just a bunch of cops trying to stop some kind of drug and weapon possession. Basically, they did something bad. You can have no clue on what these guys did to get in trouble with authorities and you’ll follow it easily. Basically, the story is just kind of bland but probably the only thing that tried to hold this anime together.
Art Rating: 4
Being an ‘old’ anime, I didn’t expect much for the animation portion. The colors are extremely muted and the art style is pretty generic. Nothing stands out to make it look like anything new or spectacular. It’s just like animation backwash. Then again, I didn’t expect much.
Sound Rating: 1
TIME FOR WHAT I F*CKING HATE ABOUT THIS SHOW!
For the voice actors, a lot of these people actually went on to do more note worthy roles so, i’m glad they got a job after this. However, none of them had any situation to give it their all. I guess they did their best with what was handed to them. Maybe except one actor who had to have their voice so high they sound like Alvin in the goddamn chipmunks. Yeah, you’re suppose to take this anime seriously.
Now, the music….THE F*CKING MUSIC! I hated it so much! It’s what made the show practically unwatchable. It was placed at parts that were so unneeded and played in scenes that were so boring yet, they make it sound like a dramatic war movie or something. Again, you’re suppose to take this anime seriously. How the all sweet lords of hell am I suppose to take it seriously when you play someone banging on piano keys over two people talking about FLOWERS!
Character Rating: 3
I probably would have liked the characters a lot more if they one; made more episodes of the series or two; actually gave these characters some time together to actually work off each other. That’s what makes a character, a character, to see their personalities work off or with other personalities. There’s a few scenes with our main characters but they go by so fast you can miss them. How am I suppose to get invested in these characters if you don’t show them having any personality. Kai, I guess would be the only exception. I actually kind of cared about him through out the episodes. Everyone else, EEEEHHH Fuck ’em!
Enjoyment Rating: 1
This anime was…so….BORING, and stupid, and bland. Just a forgettable, waste of time. It’s so disappointing. You expect something good like with something ‘Psycho Pass’ did or maybe like ‘Death Note’. But, it doesn’t even try to be anything new or inventive. It’s just something to pass the time with, in a very lame way.
Overall Rating: 3
Overall, this anime is not worth your time to watch. I didn’t hate it and I might read the manga since I hears it’s much better (andIdonthavetolistentoanyfuckingoverthetopmusic), I just got disappointed much like in the way ‘Mirai Nikki’ did.
Unless you want to be the kind of Otaku who has seen every. single. anime. ever! I say this one you can definitely skip. It may be short but, going through an hour of this just isn’t worth anything.
39: Detective Conan OVA 12: The Miracle of Excalibur
Japanese: 名探偵コナン えくすかりばあの奇跡
MAL Score: 7.02
The Miracle of Excalibur is the twelfth OVA of the anime and manga franchise Detective Conan. The plot is based on Gosho Aoyama’s short story “Excalibur.”
(Source: Detective Conan World)
Anyway, it’s not the best OVA. It’s a pretty rudimentary sports story about kids, so there’s a silly plotline that intersects with some folklore, a team dynamic that coalesces around a shared goal, and a hint of romance. It’s not bad. It’s just boring and unmemorable.
Intercut with that is a Detective Conan plot, which is also fine, but not too clever. The Excalibur hook is basically a buried baseball bat that serves as a lesson in motivation for one of the baseball kids and as an excuse for cameos from the regular Detective Conan cast. I was more focused on Haibara’s constant sabotage of everyone around her, which was perfect and adorable as she is perfect and adorable.
A must-watch for Haibara fans. Non-essential for everyone else.
38: Ajin 2nd Season OVA
Japanese: 亜人 (佐藤 ZERO)
MAL Score: 7.06
Bundled with the limited edition tenth manga volume. It focuses on the backstory of when Satou captured the first ever Ajin in Africa and discovered that he himself is an Ajin.
37: Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Hitoribocchi no Kyuuketsuki
MAL Score: 7.13
2 Unaired Episodes of Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin.
The subject this time around is vampires, after a corpse turns up in Shinjuku drained of all its blood with a neck wound only those with the sight can see without help. Theo as it turns out is a vampire expert specifically, so the detectives assigned to the case from “Unit Zero“, the ones who get the cases that don’t make sense to muggles turn to him for help.
Theo has already planned to drag Arata with him to Senda’s place for New Year’s because of an Another he’s been observing there for 15 years that he’s been dying to communicate with and it turns out that Another is Japan’s last surviving vampire.
That vampire is the perp as it turns out but not by choice. Someone from Theo’s past named Saejima is using him as a means to strike out at Theo, who he apparently loathes for reasons that at first are not entirely clear.
As we’ve seen before in Mayonaka, when too many parties get involved things tend to get much messier between the humans and Anothers. And in this case that means not just Unit Zero but a sort of Another hitman named Tamao, whose job it is to take out Anothers who are targeting humans.
There’s a lot of interesting background in this story stuff like the special tattoo Saejima uses to prevent Anothers from seeing him. As it happens he’s more or less a psychopath with a special grudge against Theo, And the unfortunate vampire, whose name is Sakura as it turns out, is just a pawn in Saejima’s revenge scheme.
All in all this would rank as one of Mayonaka’s better serials, I’d say. The second episode especially is superb, full of the pathos that characterizes this sort of material at its best
I guess my only complaint would be though, that there isn’t enough Kohaku, at all. Sorry, I needed to see my pretty boy.
I also loved that the OVA was centered around vampires, a much appreciated surprise after finishing the main show. Although, I’d like to complain and ask why this OVA isn’t tagged with the ‘vampires’ genre? It literally has vampire in the name…
Anyway, watch the main show! It’s only twelve episodes long and is a pretty chill and well paced anime to watch! You’ll have to get passed the clearly budgeted art style, but it’s really a good show otherwise!
TL;DR: Is nice to know more about Theo, and the new Supernatual being introduced. The story is executed well to portray the characters and their association clearly (and charmingly).
Since this is an OVA sequel, I will keep my review to the main points. I have already reviewed extensively under Season 1. Basically, Art and Sound are more or less the same as Season 1, there were no major differences or improvements, just lesser scenes for minor issues to stand out. So all is satisfactory with the Art and Sound.
Story is good for this OVA, considering it focuses on my favourite character, Theo (Seo). The story is not confusing, and executed rather well. As the story introduces new characters and try to give the audience more insight into Theo, doing it in merely 2 episodes and have it not feel rushed is pretty noteworthy. From this OVA, there were several side characters being introduced mainly to expand more on Theo’s background. The troupe here is pretty basic with a nonsensical antagonist with reasonable motives and an endearing sacrifice that the story surround itself with but yet doesn’t rely on. There will probably be side characters that will never appear in the series anymore, and their actions in this OVA may not connect to any future plots either. But they definitely do play their part well in this story. After completing an anime that introduced new characters but yet not have them blend into the story, I can say that I am more than satisfy about the way this story uses its characters. No characters were wasted, and all their actions and storylines come together really well (albeit is just 2 OVAs, but I am especially keen on such details).
As how a person is defined by their personality, actions, and past. The new characters that were introduced here have some basic persona, but their backgrounds and their actions are interesting. The backgrounds, especially, are a little more than interesting, they are also kind of fun or amusing (Can’t really describe this). There were characters that are shrouded in mystery as nothing more was shown about them other than some interesting scenes. But you can tell, it is laying the groundwork for them to make their appearance again in the future story (This is just a sneak preview of those characters, hahhaha~). And the story does complement the characters well that leaves the audience a little bit more curious about the new characters but not cutting off with a “cliffhanger” and induce some sort of hunger for more. The existing main cast does’t have much to show, except for Theo, and as mentioned above, the story aims to expand more on him, so of course we got more understanding of Theo, and probably a minor development of his views on the supernaturals.
36: ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka – Regards
Japanese: ACCA13区監察課 Regards
MAL Score: 7.16
Set in the capital city of Badon one year after the events of the TV anime, Jean and the rest of the ACCA department are preparing for the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the new order. For the characters — caught between rumors of unrest, unchanging days, new crossroads, gazes remembered in memories, and days of new beginnings — time once again begins to move forward.
As usual, like the series, everything in ACCA – Regards, is smooth, and I’m not even joking: no stiff animation, nice and gentle OST, authentic and crisp atmospehere showing in practically any located background, adjectively level-headed characters introductions and interactions, o hell even the plot is smooth. In fact, remarkably, the only thing that kept me from writing this is because my big empty head couldn’t keep up with thinking about using any word that can replace “smooth” or “gently”, but damn I’m gonna keep trying my best, and worst at the same time. Let me tell you why these are all as what I told you.
Right off the bat, we can see Madhouse just mad flexin’ as usual. Good flex is when you know what you’re doing is relatable to the target audience. Even if this is the same studio which helped the production of God-must-be-crazy anime such as Vampire Hunter and One Punch Man, they know exactly what ACCA is supposed to be. Not everything have to be mega-bombastic and ACCA is one of the anime which shows that. So to start off, we begin our pre-title sequence with a simplistic jazzy piano playing joyfully behind a crowd of fully-handed government civil workers preparing for the anniversary of ACCA, after a dramatic attempt of coup d’etat against Kingdom of Dowa viewed in front of the whole world. Quite a simple plot.
Basically, this OVA could pretty much be the only continuation following after events in previous season’s episodes. All I can say is, even if I’ll be told this wouldn’t get a second season, I’m glad that they’re making it not to be too looking like a try-hard effort, simply just showing what ACCA is in the first place in its essence: a simple drama anime, essentially.
All the key characters are still showing up, revealing what they have in mind even after the conflictious event in previous season. Obviously being the afterward of coup d’etat, suspicions arise here and there, and a slight hint of unsafeness could be seen in the form of whispering winds. The involved characters like Jean Otus might be very cool-headed, but for something grand to be revealed, even the higher-ups like The Five Chiefs would be very careful.
The ambitious youth would be the worst case, for they often fret over the future anxiously and might as well try to find out about any unseen zephyr. Who should worry and who shouldn’t, no one can guarantee the sure answer. Yet again, for those who are just living a life like Jean Otus, a slight breeze could still be enjoyed simply as nature at work. The peaceful daily lives of people still go on. Not just in Dowa, that applies for all, even The Five, Head of ACCA Director Mauve, and surprisingly the coup’s malefactor. Suspicion is merely an unrenewed piece of mind. Worry is a misuse of imagination. Quietly living life amongst the unnoticable is not an exaggeration. It’s just life as it is.
We can still talk about the animation. Some look like still images, others are fluidly well-done, but none of them seem remotely close to being stiff, because that’s just exactly what Madhouse is. As I said before, being ACCA, this is the only anime in which I can absoutely appreciate the very vibe I’ve always been digging in: a slow-but-surely, serene and soothing vibe at a steady pace that brings my relaxed self wonders. They gave good choice of soundtracks with good timing and nothing is off, because that’s just exactly what Madhouse is.
I’ve always wanted to come back to the series and write my review, but I really don’t know how to word out the anime as a whole. It’s a special guilty pleasure, but also memorable. It’s probably why I haven’t make a review about it yet. However, this isn’t something you should just pass. How boring it sound, give it a chance. Take a break from any anime mayhem that you’re not interested at the moment and spend just 48 minutes of them to watch this light entertainment. I guarantee you a nice experience from it.
It’s basically regarding Lotta and Parrot’s new beginning into the working world and the anxieties and uncertainty that comes with it, for both the younger person and the older mentor. Lotta gets advice from her principal that used to teach Nino, who both he and Jean are concerned about her and what they should do. That’s on Jean’s domestic side, and on his work side he’s with a rookie named Parrot who works hard and is dedicated to the job, is a product of the coup attempt and is rightly paranoid about the ex-Chief Officers and Furawau’s own plans. And in the end despite, some very good editing and film techniques to make it seem sinister, nothing bad comes from it because in this world intelligence agencies and governments are more calm and rational.
I’m giving this an eight like the main series because I’m not so head over heels about it, but I think this OVA did a much better job taking everything that worked well in the main series and put it all together here. It’s honestly not bad just by itself but if you liked the main anime at all I would really recommend watching this.
35: Dantalian no Shoka: Ibarahime
English: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian: Ibarahime
Japanese: ダンタリアンの書架 荊姫
MAL Score: 7.17
A DVD containing an all new, original anime episode bundled with the fifth volume of Chako Abeno’s Dantalian no Shoka manga adaptation.
Dantalian no Shoka: Ibarahime (also known as The Mystic Archives of Dantalian: Ibarahime) is a special all new original episode contained within the fifth volume of Chako Abeno’s Dantalian no Shoka manga adaptation. For any die hard fans of the original series, this special episode should be a special moment.
Though it has been long, Dalian returns as her usual self. From the very beginning, she begins complaining just about…everything. And of course, her stomach speaks for herself just like from the original series. Just give her a candy and she’ll shut up. Then, there’s also Huey who returns in his usual role and maintains a calm composure despite Dalian’s 24/7 complaining.
Being known as part of the supernatural mystery genre, this episode brings forth some mystery. Surprised? You might be. That’s because most OVA or special episodes these days are often one of those beach, onsen, summer festival cliches. Yet, Dantalian sticks with its style of mystery and doesn’t fall into the cliches. That’s just one of the little gadgets that makes this special episode unique in its way.
However, let’s remember that the original series wasn’t exactly a hit smash, or at least in my opinion. It lacked smoothness and tries to characterize its characters too much. Needless to say, the characters’ personalities does not balance although they sure bring out entertainment by just watching Dalian and Huey battle it out and about verbally using non magical words. But drop the arguments in this episode because a new character brings forth some trouble for the duo. Working together, the duo once again delivers just deserts.
As for the animation, it’s just alright. Gainax once again is in charge here but nothing much has changed. The episode retains its 1950s feeling of the old English Ages that brings out some realism. The Victorian like dress that Dalian wears retains its original design while Huey still wears his signature hat (see the promo poster if you don’t believe me).
The music/soundtrack doesn’t change much either in this episode. It still has the usual choir music tone and the English style soundtrack. It retains its classical style and I do have to admit, it brings back some nostologia of the old school music. It is definitely well choreographed with the ED song being once again a smash hit in the strangeness department.
Overall, Dantalian no Shoka: Ibarahime is one of those episodes that gives the fans a heads up that the original series is still something to treasure like words in a book, the words written from our memories, or the words delivered by our feelings. However, it once again lacks story or characterization just like the original series. The art is also nothing special to take notice of despite its subjective realism. On the other hand, the soundtrack is quite pleasing to the ears that is appealing and gives off the audio tone which reflects the classical style of the English Ages. It’s difficult to say if this is enjoyable for me or not as it lacks originality (aka the Gosick clone theory). However, it brings back some nostologia and I’ll leave it at that. Whether you’ll like the episode or not is up to you to decide. Maybe, you can write your thoughts and record them in a book, come back later, and then think about it.
34: Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono
Japanese: スーパーダンガンロンパ2.5 狛枝凪斗と世界の破壊者
MAL Score: 7.17
At Hope’s Peak Academy, a school full of extraordinarily talented individuals, Nagito Komaeda is an ordinary boy with no special traits or interesting skills to speak of—except for his incredible unluckiness. Just walking to school in the morning leads to a number of unfortunate accidents, which only escalate as the day goes on. Despite this, Komaeda leads a relatively normal life and is satisfied with his modest slice of happiness.
But everything changes when a mysterious boy who declares himself the “Destroyer of the World” arrives to shatter this hopeless paradise.
A lot of Danganronpa fans will be pissed, I can tell you this much already.
This short OVA presents one of the events that took place after Super Danganronpa 2, most likely during the events of Danganronpa 3- Mirai-hen. More specifically it showcases exactly how did the rest of the 77th class got out of the Neo World Program. Without spoiling anything, it’s a pretty reasonable explanation of both what happened with the people eliminated from the game and how did they get out, but it does have its own share of plot holes, which was unavoidable. I’m glad that they did this, rather than leave the fans creating theories forever, but, from what we’ve seen in Danganronpa 3, we already know they don’t care all that much about believability.
The art style is the same as in the anime that it’s a part of (Danganronpa 3), and the music consists of tracks from the second game, such as “DIVE DRIVE” and “CROSS SWORD”, that weren’t used in the previous anime installments. It’s nice to hear them being brought here, even if they’re just pretty short, fan service cameos.
With all that being said, any Danganronpa fan should watch this, just for the sake of it. If you want to know how did the author explain himself from the massive plothole, this is it. It’s always good to have more Danganronpa, especially when Nagito is the main character. Be sure to give it a shot.
As a big Danganronpa fan, I was highly interested in the events that happened after Hinata Hajime and the others woke up from the Neo World Program and what happened to the others that were still asleep. I’ve read with all honestly, many fanfictions that had the ‘What happened when they were still sleeping and what did the others do to help them wake up’- topic. And I swear, all of them were overall better written and more logical than this OVA, that we even have to accept as cannon.
But with no further adue, I will get to the category ratings that MAL wants me to do.
I wouldn’t even call this a story. It shouldn’t even be called a script. It is just a half-done script made into an anime. This shouldn’t even be called an anime. It is just moving art. With voices.
It is just a premise that was executed. Poorly to that.
Danganronpa 3 didn’t have bad art. It actually had decent art, and animated it actually looked pretty cool. I am also used to better work from Lerche. The art doesn’t look bad on its own, but at some points, I was just baffled at how different a character suddenly looked from a time difference of mere seconds. The Danganronpa characters already looked very different from their ingame ego, but here they look especially different. In a bad way.
Danganronpa, especially Danganronpa 2 is very well liked for its OST. While listening to this OVA I identified many of the well-known and also well liked OST of the games. But it is distracting. At some point I even thought the background sound was too loud and overplayed the by the way terrible voice acting. If that was on purpose may or may be not the case.
For the voice acting they at least managed to get all the voice actors of the characters of the game. Too bad that the lip sync isn’t in sync with the voice acting most of the time. The voice acting felt also very soulless. It just felt the actors wanted to get done with it. Megumi Ogata can do better, I know this.
This is not a category MAL wants to be rated but I have to talk about it. Directing is the choice where to put the camera and how it moves. In this OVA we get the typical mediocre Directing. Characters faces are seen up close 90% of the time, while the camera just swipes to left and right. Sometimes there are still shots. This is all in favor of keeping the budget/work as low as possible. And it feels like it.
Too bad the art looks bad so when there is a still shot it all just looks ‘meh’.
The characters featured in this OVA are Komaeda, Sonia, Souda, Kuzuryuu and a little bit of Pekoyama. We also get a little comedy act at the beginning of the OVA for OOC Naegi and Maizono. To this OVAs luck, Sonia and Kuzuryuu are my favourite characters from the game, and at least their Komaedas dream persona is not too OOC and actually acceptable. The only characters who act OOC are Komaeda – which is in favor of the ‘plot’ – and Naegi and Maizono. We get to see other characters from the Danganronpa game Another Episode and the Novel Danganronpa Zero too. But these are just very few seconds of screen time, without them doing anything significant. In a still shot.
Enjoyment and Overall Opinion
This OVA is as significant as Danganronpa 3 Despair Arcs Kamukura Izuru. He existed. He did something. But it was overall worthless, boring, terribly executed and nothing we couldn’t have written a better fanfiction of. It is just a little fanservice for the fans. Is this something bad? Not really, but it is baffling to the fans who actually wanted something out of the little bit of story left, that wasn’t ruined by the letdown that was Danganronpa 3 – The anime, yet.
Overall my Enjoyment was a 4/10.
But on a critical level this OVA is worthless and skip able – therefore a 2/10.
Hope is a concept that can’t be defined in a few words, or articles, or even books, it’s something than changes depending on the person who posess it. Nothing can match hope when it comes to the feelings that can influence someone’s life and change the person’s perspective on it , but did you ever imagine what hope would look like if it was a person ? Probably not, because neither did I , But if you ever felt like it , well watch Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono, because Nagito is the person whom you’re looking for.
-Story : 7/10
The plot set of Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono doesn’t matter that much, unless you played danganronpa 1 & 2 , or you love hope , you can’t understand what’s going on . But if that’s the case , you should know that hope is more of a lifestyle than a state of mind because it contorls your actions , your likes and your dislikes . Altough I bet you didn’t ever read the title of the anime because it’s very long , oh wait ; you don’t understand japanese ; neither do I .
-Art : 7/10
Pretty much like the story , the art is not the strongest thing in Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono , so if you only watch anime because you consider it as work of art , you should rather go and watch ghibli movies or something .
-Sound : 10/10
The soundtrack of the danganronpa series , composed by Masafumi Takada is lit , and they used some of it here , so it’s good obviously.
Or should I say character , Nagito is objectively the best character in the danganronpa universe full of great characters , let alone an anime where he’s the only character (I’m talking of course about Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono)
Like I said earlier , If you like Hope and Nagito , you will like Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono , Because hope is a purpose of life whether you like it or not , and there’s hajime too .
Hope can also be considered a double edged sword , so if you obsess over it , you might become like Nagito , and I’m not talking about his homeless hair, but your beliefs and thoughts will all be related to hope , not only yours but also the hope of the people around you . Roses are red , violets are blue , hope is amazing , and this anime is too .
33: Detective Conan OVA 03: Conan and Heiji and the Vanished Boy
Japanese: 名探偵コナン: コナンと平次と消えた少年
MAL Score: 7.19
Conan and Ran are visiting Heiji and Kazuha in Osaka when the four come across a trio of kids while touring the city. These children, who look eerily similar to the Detective Boys but with different personalities, are looking for their friend who has gone missing—and the two young detectives agree to help find the vanished boy.
But overall it was pretty good. I think it was short though and there should be more to the storyline that just a simple 24 mins so it seem they cut the storyline down. However it was still pretty interesting
The art was just like any other Detective Conan show.
The music and sound were right on.
The characters I had problems with. Personally I do not care for characters that copy other characters. Since the three children were basically knock offs of Ayumi, Mitsuhiko, and Genta I did like them at all. Their personalities were slightly different but it was clear they were suppose to be knock offs.
The OVA was cute for a one time watch but that is all it will get out of me.
32: Detective Conan OVA 08: High School Girl Detective Sonoko Suzuki’s Case Files
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 女子高生探偵 鈴木園子の事件簿
MAL Score: 7.21
Sonoko is writing a script for a play. In her script, there’s a murder case, and high-school detective Suzuki Sonoko is there to help solve it. Haibara finds flaws in the deduction section of the plot, and Ran decides to call Shinichi for help with the script.
(Source: Wikipedia, edited)
The characters taking part in normal school activity without an actual case was something to see. And the story used was hilarious to me. And the way the case was done was just down right clever.
I think anyone who watches this will atleast get a relaxed form of enjoyment out of it if nothing else.
Part of why nothing important happens is because instead of an actual case, the story revolves around Sonoko’s murder mystery that she’s writing for a school play. We get some interesting interpretations of how the case is solved from each of the main characters, and most of their deductions are pretty funny. However, with the lack of a real case to solve, the story ends up feeling a bit empty. Still, the story wraps up in the end, and the whole thing feels complete.
The art and sound design are both passable, and are on the same level as the TV show at the time this was released.
Also, the characters are still well-written, and come off as interesting.
However, the story is the main focus here, and it comes off as generally tepid and uninteresting, leaving us with a competent, somewhat fun, but ultimately flawed episode. I’d recommend it for anybody who is a fan of the show already, but for anybody else, it’s not interesting enough to warrant viewing it on it’s own.
But that’s OK, though, because this OVA is basically a metanarrative about how they write anime-original Conan material, and that rules. There’s a great scene in the middle where Haibara breaks down how ridiculous the concept and execution of cases like this are, and the fact that the case is so utterly simple and staged only adds to that. Until, suddenly, it takes a left turn and it isn’t. There’s just some great material here that would never, ever be in the main series.
Also, it’s definitely not perfect. The introduction is too drawn out, for one. The endgame for the mystery is a bit eye-roll inducing if you came here to see Sonoko shine, and the consolation prize for that also sidelines Sonoko. Because of the nature of the thing, it’s also a little bit repetitive.
I totally recommend this for people who like Detective Conan and want a bit more on the side. Not just for completiionists!
31: Ajin OVA
MAL Score: 7.21
New episodes bundled with the limited edition eighth and ninth manga volumes.
Episode 1 – Another tragic story about being an Ajin.. Nakamura Shinya has something in common with Nagai Kei, still being interesting.. even if it were something we saw already
Episode 2 – A funny episode with our characters, something simple at first.. but impressive at the end
Episode 3 – Satou’s past, huh?.. Some of the things we saw in the manga already.. like the first episode.. it was exaggerated, very.. some people are disappointed of this.. but I liked it, hey guys, COME ON.. It’s Satou-San!!!!.. everything about my bae will be great, doesn’t matter if it follows the manga or not.
[Story – 7]
3 stories are covered in each OVA: an incident set before the show, a series of comedic vignettes from multiple POV’s, and (parts of) Sato’s backstory.
I particularly enjoyed the first one, as it had the ‘horror’ vibe I was told that this show had in spades, yet did not quite deliver on. It felt genuinely more intense and tragic than what happened in the show thanks to the more typical ‘whiny teen’ protagonist, which was fine for this one-off.
The second one was really goofy, but honestly? I LOVED it! It’s nice to finally see all these (mostly) super-serious characters in comedic scenarios. Izumi and Tosaki’s in particular was my favourite, as these are probably the two that are the most ‘grounded’.
The third one was my favourite, though. If you somehow read my reviews of the 2 seasons, you’ll have seen me complain about how Sato, despite how awesome he can be, lacks backstory. Well, here we finally get some! It’s an interesting bit, as we see how his psychology transforms after participating in the capture of the ‘first’ Ajin, and even some traces of the Sato in the original show. I wish there was a bit more monologuing from him, but I’ll take what I can get.
[Art – 4]
Artwork is the same quality as the first season (arguably looks even worse at certain moments). I really have nothing else to add here.
[Sound – 6]
Soundwork was the same as always – the music is lacking in identity but works well, the OP/ED music is stellar, and the SFX + voice-acting is fairly competent. I particularly love the voice-acting in the first one, as the desperation + justified angst of the protagonist truly comes through.
[Character – 7]
Characterization is considerably tighter here, thanks again to the reduced run-time. In the first OVA, it’s all believably written and conveyed – there’s no ‘true’ character arc, but you /do/ get invested in these characters for the 20-or-so minutes you watch them.
The second OVA is comedic, so it’s just taking what was established in the show and applying it to skits. Nothing really different or new here.
The third OVA was pretty cool though – there are only really /2/ characters we focus on (Sato and a military buddy of his), but they receive enough fleshing out to warrant interest. Even though I LOVED how Sato’s evolution was portrayed here, his buddy Kemper was written well and I would actually like to see/read more about him in future installments of the animanga just to see how he would react.
[Enjoyment/Overall – 6]
I don’t really have any closing comments to add, as I think the introduction covered it just fine. Same recommendation as for the two seasons: watch if you don’t really care about artwork, and just want good plot and characters.
So i seen there is no review about this OVA so i thinked why not since i enjoyed the series and this OVA series is pretty good.
Ajin….Demi-Humans who are immortals , can die many times and wake up…pretty good concept ?
This time in this OVA you’ll see different characters , a different main who gets to know that he is an Ajin , pretty interesting to me.
Let’s start…the protagonist has a pretty how to say…mediocre life ? study’s and stuff ? party’s sometimes ? Well all’s gonna change when he chosse to go to a party instead to study with his friend.
I’ll let you see for yourselves to not spoil much. I give it 8.
The art is pretty nice i mean it’s the same as the series , and at first i didn’t like it but now it catched me , i give it 8.
The sound is very good , that opening rocks. And the situations etc , i give it 8.
About the characters there isn’t much since it’s only an OVA with 2 episodes , but it’s okay for an OVA series,i give it 6.
I enjoyed this very much to see a different main struggling to survive instead of Kei , it was kinda interesting , i give it a 9
Ajin fans will sure enjoy this OVA.
30: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に拡 アウトブレイク
MAL Score: 7.22
It is 1983, and Hinamizawa is under quarantine. A mysterious and deadly virus has been discovered within the small village, and its residents—such as teenager Keiichi Maebara and his friends Mion Sonozaki and Rena Ryuuguu—are left confused and frightened by the situation.
As the villagers begin to search for a way to stop the affliction from spreading, some make drastic plans, which leaves Keiichi and his friends looking for a way to escape the village. But when tensions reach an all-time high, some of his group may not make it out unscathed as they fight for their lives against enemies both seen and unseen.
Basically you can think of it as another world where things went bad but this time you will see how everything continued until the end I guess. Who knows how will it end. We can meditate about it.
The style is similar to the previous Higurashi series but different from OVAs that were more like parodies. Kaku is very serious and you can see again everyone (yeah especially Rena and her insane face) covered in blood. You will meet all the already known characters and see the good old Hinamizawa again. Hmm yea, not good at all but you know what I mean… 😀
The OVA is about 50 minutes long so it’s like two anime episodes in one. I actually didn’t believe in the end that it is already over. It really got me so I forgot about time etc. Don’t wanna say that it’s the best anime OVA ever, some scenes and moments in the plot are a bit childish and naive I would say and could have been done better. (don’t wanna spoil much) However, I got caught by this OVA and I am sure that every fan of Higurashi will feel the same way. The plot is very fast (of course, just 50 mins for all the stuff in there) thus it’s not boring and it ends in the best. In other words there is no time for boring scenes.
This OVA also helped me a bit to understand more about the whole mysterious plot. Especially Hanyuu and Rika’s short dialogue is very interesting. To tell the truth, we never saw any of the paralel world coming that far as this one.
Btw, you know the song called “Dear You” from the Higurashi game? I remember tons of comments on the Internet that this song should be used also in the anime. Well, some dreams that may seem impossible sometimes come true. Thanks Oyashiro-sama.
The result? If you liked previous Higurashi series (and felt that you need more of Hinamizawa), definitely watch this OVA. No more to say. Even if you ignored the rest of the OVAs that were just weird parodies made for fun, this one is different.
Considering how disappointed I was with a large proportion of Kira, I was trying my best not to get my hopes up for this OVA but upon seeing the trailer, I found it difficult not to. It looked serious, it looked exciting; Rena had her cleaver and Keiichi is armed with the bat. What’s not to instantly get excited about?
In general, it was an interesting episode and longer than your typical episodes so that it is about the length of a double episode. It did however have a few flaws that with some careful thought about the plot could have been easily smoothed out.
This may be an obvious point but you should have watch series 1 and 2 before watching this.
Story: In general, the story is interesting. It deals with the ‘Outbreak’ (unsurprisingly) of the “virus”. I will avoid going into too many details but it deals with the action from external groups and more importantly the reaction of the villagers themselves. The plot-line is very reminiscent of the original Higurashi episodes. It is dark, there is plenty of violence and you can see the connection between the club members.
Character: With a couple of exceptions, I felt this is where the episode really fell down. It was without… ‘love’. Both Rena and Keiichi in particular seemed to do things that had very little emotion attached to them – unlike in the previous series, their violence seemed a little… like a spree rather than for any particular reason.
Actually Rika, despite her small part in the episode as a whole, gets me applause. Everything from her expressions and her ‘Bern-esque’ voice got me. I’m pretty sure there may have been some gentle underlying suggestions about the links to Umineko.
Overall: Overall I enjoyed it despite the little character flaws, it made a nice change from Kira and the ‘happy-happy-love-love’ Higurashi to something just that little bit darker. There seems to be doubt as to whether this is the last episode or whether there will be more. It seemed to me that the episode lent itself to a little more storytelling.
– Director: Alright staff! Lets recup: What did the audiences like in the Higurashi series?
-Staff 1: I know, I know! The mystery and never really knowing what’s going on.
-Staff 2: How human and full of flows the characters were. Even the killers had times when they were afraid, confused and in complete disarray about their emotions.
-Staff 3: How the community was a quiet, eerie place on the surface, full of dark secrets and people who moved in the shadows in the background. Also how cut it was from the outside world!
-Staff 4: How the characters are slowly slipping into insanity, starting to doubt if what they’re seeing is real?
– Director: Excellant! Excellant! You pointed out everything that we will NOT do in the movie!
– Staff1: But wouldn’t that just piss off all our viewers and send our ratings skydiving without a parachute? I mean we already fucked up with the OVAs…
– Director: Exactly! Now on to create a zombie apocalypse movie!
Yes, yes, it’s not EXACTLY a zombie apocalypse but, come on! The similarities are waaaay too obvious. The madness that covers the whole village takes the form of a plague that the world goverment is afraid of, there are killers walking around the streets missing a lot of brain cells and our protagonists go all Rambo on said killers. Oh and I do mean “all Rambo”
Supposedly EVERYONE in the world already had parasites living inside them which were the cause people became divided in religions, countries etc, depending on the parasite type. (Really movie? We’re going there?) And suddenly these become actively hostile towards the different variations of parasites meaning people go into a mindless manslaughter against people with different parasites. Well, that’s towards the middle part of the movie and the end. The movie actually begins with the world goverment putting the whole village our protagonists live in under quarantine. Yes, with tanks, soldiers, etc etc. Don’t you remember how you just loved seeing the world outside the village interract with the people in the village blowing away all the eerie atmosphere?
Anyway the people of the village consider Satoko the source of the evil curse that has befallen them and prepare to sacrifice her to the local deity. So the club members decide to rescue her! Aka Mion gets K.O.ed in an instant and is effortlessly moved around as a package by the protagonist’s family, while Keiichi and Rena singehandedly rescue Satoko. And oh, my God! There are over 100 people wondering around with guns and other weapons looking to kill them! How will the Keiichi and Rena manage to sneak past them? (Since… You know, they’re humans. With no super powers whatsoever. And they’re not Batman.)…Sneak past them? Man up you cowards! As Keiichi brilliantly puts it before grabbing his baseball bat : “A hundrend? Only a hundrend?”
Yes, I’m dead serious. Keiichi and Rena easily slaughter 100 people on their own while being cocky as f$”% about it. Are you starting to see the problems of the movie? It’s NOT HIGURASHI. Hell, even the OVAs were closer to the original Higurashi than this. It’s like making Sadako from Ringu a news reporter. The fact that she has something to do with TV doesn’t mean she fits there!. Same goes with the Higurashi cast. The fact that zombie apocalypse is a type of horror and Higurashi also belongs in the horror genre doesn’t mean that the Higurashi cast fits in a zombie apocalypse!
In the end they manage to rescue Satoko, escape the city through one of Mion’s family secret passages and Rika decides to stay behind and wait for civilization to begin again… Directors, if you can’t axe-off a cast member DON’T invent some stupid reason to get them seperated from the rest. I mean, there are writers who can pull that off, but clearly you’re not among them. If you can’t kill them let them stay. Anyway… Our protagonist go outside the village, into a world destroyed by the sudden mania the parasites have caused (boy we sure skipped fast through that one).
To sum up: It’s not Higurashi! Not even a fun spin-off. Stupid, uninspired, terribly written and doesn’t have anything that made you like the original series.
29: Tokyo Ghoul: “Pinto”
Japanese: 東京喰種 トーキョーグール【PINTO】
MAL Score: 7.23
Shuu Tsukiyama is a “ghoul”: a creature who eats human flesh, and he likes to enjoy his meals to the fullest. One night, while relishing in the premeditated murder of his dinner, Shuu’s much anticipated first bite is disturbed by a sudden flash of light.
The flash turns out to be from the camera of high schooler Chie Hori, who presents Shuu with the perfect picture capturing his true nature; the extremely clear shot of a bloody corpse and an overly excited Shuu threatens to expose his ghoul identity, thus Shuu needs to sort out this situation quickly.
After Shuu discovers that Chie attends the same high school as him and is even in the same class, the reason behind his feelings of obsession changes from self-preservation to morbid curiosity. As he grows closer to the absent-minded and extremely odd photographer, he challenges them both to learn more about each other’s conflicting worlds; Shuu promises that Chie will come out of this experience with a photograph superior to the one she already has.
So here we have an interesting little side story from Shuu Tsukiyama’s high school days when he met photographer, Chie Hori.
There isn’t much to this story but it was interesting to say the least – it revolves around Tsukiyama meeting this “oddball”, Chie Hori, who randomly takes a picture of him feasting on a meal one night; Tsukiyama’s immediate response to discovering her was to devour her however he is distracted by her camera flashes as she takes some pictures, then all of a sudden Tsukiyama develops some lima syndrome and decides to “befriend” her instead which was an interesting choice.
As expected, with Tsukiyama’s brilliant personality, he is extremely popular with the ladies in high school which brings some jealousy among the men however this idea isn’t remotely touched upon as Hori immediately cuts into the scene. This story is mainly about Tsukiyama trying to find the reason why he didn’t feast upon Hori that night.
Not the best, but definitely not the worst. It is acceptable to the point where it just flows and you don’t immediately notice any flaws.
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant – Tsukiyama’s excellent choice of vocabulary, exhilarating french accent and orgasmic screams alone make up entirely for the enjoyment of the show.
We have a good contrast between Tsukiyama’s extremely vivid design and Hori’s bland/modest yet still interesting “oddball” – the sighs Tsukiyama makes towards Hori conveys so much of a lighthearted feeling in them.
Personally I enjoyed this short OVA quite a bit, not much as much as Tokyo Ghoul: JACK, but still on quite a high level. The voice acting of Tsukiyama is just superb in all ways.
If you’re a Tokyo Ghoul fan, you definitely need to watch this.
This show isn’t as terrible as the first ones.
It’s about Shuu Tsukiyama, the weird guy from the original meeting a little girl, Chie Hori, who took his picture while he was eating one of his victims. This girl is an oddball. The only thing that interests her is photography. She’s not at all shocked about the fact that Shuu is a ghoul and this surprised him. So they become “friends”. He then takes her to a hospital, tells her to sneak in some old man’s room at night and take pictures of what she sees inside. Long story short there’s an abusive nurse, Shuu comes in and eats a bit of the old man, then threatens to throw Chie out the window, then actually throws her, but finally catches her at the end.
The story isn’t anything special really. Same old Tokyo Ghouls, so 3/10
Not much to be said here really. the art is ok. Nothing special but still looks good. 6/10
The music was pretty ok too. I liked the orchestra music when Shuu was eating the old man. 5/10
Shuu is the same old weird guy and Chie is somewhat of a dandere. I found their interactions kinda boring and the characters uninteresting however not annoying and irritating as some of the characters from the original (eg: Kaneki). I did enjoy the sheer insanity and random mood swings of Shuu though. And the nurse was fun as well. 4/10
I like this one more than the original so far. The story’s the same and the characters aren’t great but as I already said they’re not as terrible as the original ones. 5/10
Not the worst so far. I’ll continue watching it.
28: Detective Conan OVA 05: The Target is Kogoro! The Detective Boys’ Secret Investigation
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 標的は小五郎!!少年探偵団マル秘調査
MAL Score: 7.24
Conan Edogawa and his classmates are assigned to do a class report about a small business of their choice. After discarding other possible topics, the Detective Boys concludes that it’s a perfect opportunity to find out more about Detective Kogorou Mouri’s job.
Conan’s friends refuse to settle for a simple interview though, as they want to experience first-hand all the details of his work. Thus, they, along with a reluctant Conan and Ai Haibara, decide to tail the renowned detective for a day. However, the kids soon get involved in a grim situation when Kogorou’s current case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.
This one has a slightly larger role for Haibara than a lot of anime-original content from this time, so I was happy about that. I continue to love her.
27: Detective Conan OVA 01: Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba
Japanese: 名探偵コナン: Conan VS KID VS YAIBA
MAL Score: 7.25
Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya lends Conan Edogawa a massive amount of manga, which Conan starts reading, despite the overwhelming quantity. Elsewhere, Kogorou Mouri is asked by the Mine family to protect the treasured sword in their dojo, as Kaitou Kid has sent a note of his intent to steal it. Upon arriving at the dojo, Conan and the others meet Yaiba Kurogane. Together, they aim to thwart the phantom thief’s plans. However, Conan begins to notice something strange about the case…
The art and music were nice and typical of and Detective Conan episode.
The characters were well done and thought out. I did like the humor of them. From the tiny grandmother to Yaiba but I am not sure I would want to see them in another OVA.
While I love Detective Conan I was not overly thrilled with this OVA. The story just seemed too weak for me.
Overall it was nice for a one time watch.
26: Detective Conan OVA 07: A Challenge from Agasa! Agasa vs. Conan and the Detective Boys
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 阿笠からの挑戦状! 阿笠vsコナン&少年探偵団
MAL Score: 7.27
Professor Agasa is kidnapped and the Detective Boys must use clues found at his house and in various parts of the city in order to find him.
This is for completionists only. I will have forgotten it within a few hours, though it was minimally diverting.
25: Nazo no Kanojo X: Nazo no Natsu Matsuri
English: Mysterious Girlfriend X: A Mysterious Summer Festival
Japanese: 謎の彼女X 謎の夏祭り
MAL Score: 7.27
OVA released with the 9th volume of the manga.
The day when Tsubaki goes to the summer festival with Ueno, Oka, and Urabe.
Nazo no Kanojo X OVA (also known as Mysterious Girlfriend X) is an OVA released with the 9th volume of the manga in the hot summers of August. As the series already finished airing, some die hard fans sure has missed this mysterious series of freshness that lies within the characteristics of Urabe. She is one of the most strangest girls we’ve seen so far this year and I bet most of you watching the original series sure wants another glimpse of her.
Well, fear no more because summer is here and the festival of fun is waiting for you.
This OVA is actually very amusing to watch to say the least. As mentioned before, romance series nowadays typically consists of the package: the beach episode, the childhood memory/friend returns, and then here we are: the Summer Festival episode.
The content of this special OVA is once again amusing in the way that it’s been months since the main characters, Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe have been dating but yet nothing special has happened to between the duo. Luckily of course, there’s a summer festival and the red lines string of fate ties them together to once again try to take the next step in this mysterious relationship. Speaking of red lines string of fate, there’s plenty of that where it came from.
Then of course, there’s the mystery of this OVA episode. Where is it? Perhaps it’s those fox like masks another mysterious couple presents during the festival. With eyes silver as the white moon and mischief those of a fox, another couple plays an amusing prank against Urabe and Mikoto. Although not by any means extraordinary, it certainly was fun to watch it and relieve some of the nostalgia from the original series.
Ayako Yoshitani once again plays her role as the newcomer in this series in the shoes of our mysterious girlfriend, Urabe. She seems to be embarrassed in this episode and no surprise since underneath those yukata is….*puts on a grin*. At any rate, it seems that the couple (Urabe x Mikoto) are still at second base and not progressed forward. YET.
Then of course, there’s the other characters that wants to progress their own relationships to little avail. Yup, life is harsh folks and reality sucks.
The old school artwork remains intact in this episode as well and so does the music. Nothing special there but it does bring back again what I mentioned earlier, nostologia.
Overall, this special episode was amusing to watch to say the least. Yes, it definitely has its flaws in the storyline department as it lacks flavor and adds in nothing new, just the typical and cliched summer festival episode. The couples’ relationships seems to be going nowhere despite supposedly being tied by the “red string of fate”, or the love charm. Love is certainly in the air but nothing really comes out of it. Still though, I’d advice to give this special episode at least a try. Like Urabe says “next year, I hope it’s just the two of us”. Next year, I hoping this series will progress the relationship of the mysterious couple and bring forth another amusing series that is mysterious and droolicious courtesy of MGX.
But the fanservice actually wasn’t that bad! It wasn’t flagrant and all in your face like in, say, the Highschool of the Dead OVA, or any of the Code Geass picture specials. There were a few lingering shots of Urabe’s butt, an almost nude shot of Tsubaki’s sister, a scene where Urabe was tied up (it works for some) and the fact Urabe wasn’t wearing panties underneath her yukata, but that was about it. It was about the same level of ‘ecchi-ness’ as in the TV show, and there wasn’t any of that sleazy saxophone music playing in the background during any of these moments, as if to say “Yeah, fyi, this is supposed to be sexy!”, so you barely noticed it really, it certainly didn’t hamper upon my overall enjoyment of the OVA. As I always say, fanservice is OK, so long as it’s not excessive and distracts away from story.
As for the story… Well, it started off a little dull, but things really started to pick up about 10 minutes through when Urabe was held hostage by two, very strange, individuals who force Tsubaki to complete a test in order to save her. The test itself (which I originally perceived to be simply fanservice) was, in typical NNK style, a metaphor! Yay!! When he first attempts to save her Urabe wards Tsubaki off, telling him not to come to close to her, which, ironically, is exactly what Tsubaki must do if he’s to save her, come close to her, not physically, but emotionally. If he’s to pick the correct string to free her, he’s going to need to tap into that mystical ‘couple sense’ where you just know what to do to help the one you love. At this point I was almost frothing at the mouth in excitement- yes, that’s something they struggled with throughout the entire show: Urabe always kept Tsubaki at arm’s length, rarely sharing how she felt, something which I felt held them back, but this was something she needed to overcome to save herself! I was hoping Urabe’d say that it was OK for Tsubaki to come close to her, that she needed him, that he ought to climb up the structure and let her down, maybe then the structure would start to collapse and they’d fall together and he’d cushion the blow and it’d be all romantic, or something!! But then al that happened was more “Hey, remember our bond?” and mystical drool nonsense… I just couldn’t help but feel more dramatic, not to mention symbolic, possibilities could have been explored here- they resolved the situation the same way they resolved all situation in the show, by placing faith in their bond and in drool and it felt as though no progress in the relationship was made… Nevertheless, an interesting diversion from the usual summer fest antics.
The two individuals who forced the pair into completing the task where interesting also. I originally believed that Hell’s museum and its unusual curators was something the pair dreamt up- they’d shared dreams before, right? But Urabe felt pain from her short fall, not to mention we were shown a conversation that took place between the strange duo shortly afterwards, so they must not have been dreamt up. Perhaps they really were the mischievous spirits they claimed to be? Well, I wasn’t far off. Matsubuya and Togawa are actually the main characters in Riichi Ueshiba’s (the mangaka of NNK) other publication Discommunication- Spirit World, a story where several characters have the ability to control the content of dreams, which explain a lot. So whilst their inclusion, and specifically their inclusion, was merely fanservice for those familiar with the numerous works of Ueshiba, I still appreciated the message they left us with: that by unlocking the mysteries of the one you love, you can learn something about yourself in the process.
So whilst the OVA didn’t add to the show, as such, it was still vaguely interesting at points. Definitely worth a watch if you’re more than satisfied with more of the same or you’re a fan of Discommunication- Spirit World.
Art & Sound: Mediocre 5.
Ok, for the art, like I always say “I’m no art critic” so whether the illustrator goes retro or what I don’t give a thing about it as long as one can see the character. For the sound, I’d say that both the opening and ending themes are still there. but I do have something to say about Urabe’s seiyu, Ayako Yoshitani san, her voice really lacks that teenage girl kind of thing and if I were Ayumu Watanabe the director, I would have prefer Ayako Kawasumi san to be Urabe’s seiyu since she has the certain flexibility to play the part.
Character, Enjoyment and Overall: Good 7.
Well, most of the characters- I’m referring to Tsubaki X Urabe and Oka X Ueno are best suited to be love teams, but there is this addition of the 2 fox dieties in which I find them sweet, thought the tear licking still makes me puke. Thought I could have given it a higher score, the disgusting drool makes me limit it to just 7, overall I’ll describe this OVA and it’s parent anime as disgusting entertaining, the enjoyment is ok so long as you have a strong stomach for the gross or better yet have a barf bag available when watching this OVA and its parent anime.
Excuse me while I throw away my barf bag.
24: Another: The Other – Inga
English: Another: The Other
Japanese: アナザー The Other -因果-
MAL Score: 7.29
Shortly before the start of a new semester, Misaki Fujioka visits her twin sister Mei Misaki in Yomiyama City. The girls make full use of the last days of summer, roaming around a heat-weary town and visiting various places including a shopping center and shooting stall. When they prowl around her basement, Mei expresses uneasiness about her new class, which is said to be cursed.
Craving more entertainment, the twins decide to pay a visit to the local amusement park. But the leisure of a sleepy summer day could soon turn woeful as Mei sees the color of death on her sister—an unmistakable omen that a tragedy is bound to strike.
Now, you’re probably expecting a lot of bloodshed and mind twists right? That would be most of the cases for us die-hard fans into the mystery, thriller, and horror theme that the original series bought us.
However, in this OVA, we see a more brighter side of Mei Misaki and her “other half”. Talk about a splitting image.
We also get to see a bit more about her past as well as her “other half”. But you’re still probably asking yourself “should I watch this even if I’ve seen the original series?” Let me answer that with a 7-letter word:
Why? Because this is a mini-prequel. In other words, this is not what happens after the series or an anime that will throw bloodshed at your screen every 5 minutes. (well, there was one thrown in).
The OP song remains the same and as for the music, it’s a bit calm but still retains that darkening mood. The art remains beautiful just like the original series with some added bonus fan-service like a cherry on top. ~desu
As for the characters, there are only two. Yes, it’s the ones you see in the promo poster. What did you expect? I told you this is a prequel OVA, not the entire series. It is however quite interesting to see the relationship of Mei and her other half bond as well as her more energetic, cute, outer self.
This is perhaps the trailer for what some fans may expect before the calm of the storm if you decide to watch it first rather than the original series. And that calm will soon turn into calamity as disaster strikes into the heart of Yomiyama.
So, all in all, this OVA is entertaining but not something I’ll remember by for a long time; at least not like the death of you-know-who in the original series or that Nice Boat episode when the class went to the beach. But, is this OVA worth your time watching?
Well, that’s for me to know and you to find out.
This is a very heartfelt special addition to Another, and contrasting greatly with the original series, it progresses fairly slow. This really helped to enhance the feelings of intimacy conveyed throughout, and to allow us to connect more on a personal level, to Mei.
I have no doubt about it that by watching this prequel, you’ll come to understand Mei’s back story much more vividly. It seems as though this was the reason behind releasing an episode 0, and especially due to the inclusion of real scenes from episode 1 (of the main) – the story comes together beautifully.
I really found it nice to see Mei so happy for a change, during this episode. The show reflects some Slice Of Life-like elements, and it works well in bringing out the thoughts, feelings and emotions of Mei and her Sister, that were originally going to remain untold. However, contrary to this supposedly “dramatically less dramatic” feature, i can say however that the show retained its sense of uneasiness. Contrasting with what i’ve said about it being a chilled out piece, it still manages to incorporate some of the show’s signature fear inducing, edge of the seat presentation tactics.
This is an essential piece for fans of the show to watch!
Note that while there are no major plot expositions to be found here, i would personally judge this prequel to be spoilerific enough that people who haven’t yet watched the main series may want to watch that first.
The events of this anime move somewhat slowly from the beginning, we are shown the relationship between the 2 Misakis, heavily interspersed with Fanservice(significantly more than the main series ever demonstrated and much less subtly). From the midpoint it picks up a little in pace, however ultimatly the most you will likely get out of this OVA is some small fanservice and a few tidbits of information that weren’t properly explained in the original series
The art remains as good as it does in the main series, there isn’t anything special to really set it apart from it’s parent
The sound is good, though the errie and oppresive ambient sounds and creepy music of it’s parent are toned back here, especially early on in which the music is largely peaceful or missing altogether, it’s towards the end that the creepiness of the music slowly starts to work it’s way in nicely giving the effect of a change from a peaceful beginning transitioning in to the events of the main series
There is some character development for both Misakis which fans will appreciate, however little more
As someone who enjoyed much of the original series greatly the best term I can give to describe this OVA would be “Sufficient”. There was just enough little tidbits of information, fanservice and even a cheeky tease that I didn’t find it unenjoyable.
Overall – 7
It’s fair to say most fans millages with this will vary greaty, some will find it an abysmal waste of their time, or be greatly dissapointed with it’s choice of content. Others may think it a fine add on to the main series. Ultimately on it’s own this OVA fails to be satisfying however as with the background lore of a video game or the notes of an author that were never published if you’re willing to set aside a little time to peruse it you’ll find some small bits of information that might interest you.
23: Detective Conan OVA 02: 16 Suspects
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 16人の容疑者!
MAL Score: 7.33
Conan Edogawa and the rest of the gang are invited to Inspector Ninzaburou Shiratori’s villa for a small gathering. The party’s highlight is Shiratori’s prized wine collection—including his most expensive vintage—and a bottle from it will be served for the evening. However, just as this wine is to be brought out, Shiratori finds the bottle smashed on the floor—and the culprit can only be among the 16 people present in the gathering.
The art and music are typical of Detective Conan. Nothing super flashy happened but all in all both were solid.
Due to this having so many characters in it was hard to see any development. More of the characters just have fun and being in an environment that is not overly stressful.
I liked this story overall. I thought the twists were fun and just enjoyed seeing a more normal day in the life of Conan.
22: Detective Conan Magic File 5: Niigata – Tokyo Omiyage Capriccio
Japanese: 名探偵コナン MAGIC FILE 2011 ～新潟～東京 おみやげ狂騒曲（カプリチオ）～
MAL Score: 7.35
Another Detective Conan Magic File.
21: Hyouka: Motsubeki Mono wa
Japanese: 氷菓 持つべきものは
MAL Score: 7.36
It’s another regular day, with Houtarou Oreki sitting at home as usual; that is until his sister Tomoe ropes him into working as a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. Upon reaching the pool, Oreki coincidentally meets the other members of the Classics Club. Eru Chitanda notices that a white object that was on a woman’s ear a while ago suddenly disappeared, which leaves her curious about the mystery behind it.
Hyouka: Motsubeki Mono wa features Oreki and the rest of the Classics Club as they have fun at the pool and solve the mystery that has piqued Chitanda’s curiosity.
Hyouka: Motsubeki Mono wa which literally translates to Hyouka: You can’t escape is a special episode bundled with the third volume of the manga.
Unlike the original series however, there’s some major differences. Take for example, the beginning of the scene. Less than 1 minute into the OVA and there’s already a semi-fan service scenes that may some of us curious, in the way that isn’t defined as “mystery”.
Oreki still remains with his stoic ways and unenthusiastic style while his friends are hogging all the fun. Yup, the fun in the sun at the swimming pool. With the curious Eru Chitanda and the others in their bathing suits, it’s no surprise that Oreki still remains his usual style as he is described as the guy who doesn’t particularly like to do anything that involves effort and if required, tries to end it as quickly as possible. Just as Mayaka states:
“Swimming trunks and Oreki doesn’t mix”.
And amen to that because it would be like mixing oil and water together. What do you get? A very unorthodox Oreki.
Eru on the other hand being the curious girl that she is remains her usual self. She and Oreki’s interactions in this OVA balances out their awkward moments and can be see as strangely entertaining.
Luckily, this OVA isn’t completely about fan-service, curiosity, and Oreki’s stoic expressions. There is a bit of mystery in it. And who else better than to sum it up than our very own Sherlock Holmes, oops *Hōtarō Oreki.
Like most of the previous mysteries of the series, the usage of word play becomes part of the mystery to illustrate its style in the eyes of Oreki. While usually fun and intriguing to watch, a little bonus like the ice cream/I Scream style is added in the form of fan-service curtsey of Eru Chitanda.
Overall, this OVA was a fun watch and entertaining. While not a blockbuster hit, it’s fun to observe the interactions between club members Eru Chitanda and Oreki-san. Both of them sparks some special bonding in this episode and in more than one ways than one ;). A mystery OVA mixed in with fan-service, fun, and excitement in the form of Hyouka is something to take an eye on. It shows that while Honobu Yonezawa (the author of the series) likes to play with the viewers’ heads with his mystery genre, he can also spawn fun. The Classic Literature Club is of course all about mysteries but this OVA brings forth just relaxing animation. We all need it sometimes especially for the summer days and what better yet in the form of Hyouka.
Anyways, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show from this latest bundle of the Hyouka chronicles.
There’s no reason to watch this: if you want fanservice, there are better places to get it, and if you like Hyouka, it is unlikely that this will add anything to it.
OVA’s are judged based on their parent anime because customarily they lack the screen time to create a new story or experience, characters don’t undergo any vast changes, and there are no fulcrum point events that a series rests upon.
In the Hyouka OVA, the audience is given insight into what happens between episodes 11 and 12 of the parent anime. Although there is nothing ground breaking to be found in this OVA, if you enjoyed any aspect of Hyouka, you will assuredly enjoy this OVA.
The OVA fits in perfectly with the rest of the series. Its animation is top notch, the sound is superb, the characters interact as they should, and it is definitely enjoyable. If there was to be a question brought up regarding this OVA, it would be, “Why wasn’t this OVA just included in the parent anime?”.
For those that enjoyed Hyouka, I highly recommend this OVA to you with an 8/10 rating. You might just find yourself to be “curious”.
20: Detective Conan Bonus File: Fantasista Flower
Japanese: 名探偵コナン BONUS FILE ファンタジスタの花
MAL Score: 7.37
“Fantasista Flower” is a side-story OVA related to The Eleventh Striker.
(Source: Detective Conan World)
It’s set in the time when Shinichi and Ran were in middle school. Like the movie, the overall theme is football (a.k.a. soccer if you’re not European). It starts with Shinichi loosing his football championship in a very close match. Shortly after the game the football team discovers that someone broke in their club house and wrote a critique about every player on the blackboard. Shinichi starts investigating the case.
As usual with the side stories, it adds more depth to the characters and their relationship to each other. This one highlights Shinichi’s gentlemanly personality traits and his feelings for Ran.
I found this magic file very sweet and fun to watch. The pacing is good, you won’t get bored although there isn’t a proper case with someone being murdered or kidnapped or whatever (haha!). It blends in with the original manga style. It feels like that it could be a one shot done by Aoyama-sensei.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves the characters of DC and likes to know more about their past.
19: Detective Conan OVA 11: A Secret Order from London
Japanese: 名探偵コナン ～ロンドンからの秘指令 (ロンドンからのマル秘指令)
MAL Score: 7.39
Diana invites Kogorou and Ran to London, but since Conan cannot travel with his invented name, Ai gives him a temporary antidote, letting him travel as Kudou Shin’ichi. Together with Professor Agasa they are on a plane to London.
Back in Japan, Ai now lives with Ayumi. Near their apartment, a suspicious man clothed in black named Kurokawa Youji has been trying to track down and now has found Ai. Shortly after Mitsuhiko notices a picture in a magazine of a foreign actress named Grace Aihara, who looks exactly like Ai, Conan calls, ominously instructing Mitsuhiko to keep Ai away from the Professor’s house. And so, Mitsuhiko and Genta go about trying to protect Ai…
18: Detective Conan OVA 06: Follow the Vanished Diamond! Conan & Heiji vs. Kid!
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 消えたダイヤを追え! コナン 平次vsキッド!
MAL Score: 7.40
One day Mori Kogoro’s private detective agency receives a blackmail call. It turns out that the caller has dialed the wrong number. Conan is able to identify the voice on the phone, it’s similar to that of his old friend Heiji, who’s also a high school detective but in Osaka. They join once again forces to solve the case and find the jewel which was stolen.
But they are not the only ones who are after the jewel. The notorious master thief Kaitou Kid has taken an interest in this piece, which is worth 100,000,000 Yen, as well and now it’s up to Heiji and Conan to be the first to find the culprit and acquire the jewel.
The characters are still just as interesting as they are in the show normally, the art is passable, as is the soundtrack. Everything besides the story is passable, but overall, this is a really weak, tepid episode, which doesn’t offer up anything significant to the overarching Detective Conan storyline, and also fails to be an interesting stand-alone story. If you’re a fan of the show and have a need to watch every episode, feel free to watch it, but for everybody else, I’d say that this one is definitely skippable.
The beginning is intriguing and has a lot of nice touches to it that could make a fan smile. There’s Kogoro’s crush on Yoko Okino. There’s a flashback to when Ran and Shinichi were kids. There’s Ran just being a nice person in her community. But then the mystery intrudes and it’s so terribly thin. To call it a mystery is an overstatement. It’s just something mysterious that unceremoniously resolves itself when Conan and Heiji get involved. The way that they address the situation requires them to forget about one of Conan’s most-frequently used gadgets until the very end, and there’s no clever sleuthing involved at all.
Everything else about it is standard for a forgettable episode of the show, so it’s not terrible. But it was a bait-and-switch and not a good one.
17: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
English: When They Cry: Rei
MAL Score: 7.42
The infamous series of unexplainable murders in Hinamizawa have been solved and the chains of fate have broken due to the efforts of Rika Furude and her friends. Rika believes she has finally obtained the normal and peaceful life she desired with her friends; however, she is proven wrong when the wheels of fate begin turning once again after an unfortunate accident.
Rika suddenly finds herself in a “perfect” world, the constant cycle of brutal killings having never taken place, where all of her friends are content and satisfied. Not wanting to abandon the world that she fought so hard for, she learns she must destroy an essential “key” to get back. But can Rika abandon the faultless world she is given the chance to live in, after all of her battles have brought her this far?
This OVA is broken into two basic sections: Silly episodes (the first and last) and plot episodes (the middle episodes).
You will likely not enjoy the silly episodes if you did not enjoy the silly/cute side of Higurashi. If, on the other hand you liked the antics throughout Higurashi, the silly episodes will probably just make your day. (They were the highlight of the OVA for me, though that’s just personal taste).
The plot episodes have more of a traditional Higurashi feel to them – suspense and mystery are essential elements, though it’s a different sort than we’re used to, I would say it’s much more ‘subtle’ than the main series. I can’t say I enjoyed these episodes quite as much as the main series, but I felt that they were still entirely worth watching, and were very well-done considering the options open to the storyteller at this point in the story.
In short – If you watched Higurashi, you should enjoy this. (If you didn’t like the silly stuff, just skip the first and last episode).
Even if you haven’t watched Higurashi, the first and last episodes are still entertaining.
Be advised: The first and last OVA are nothing like the rest of this short series. They serve as comedic buffers to the main storyline in which humor makes virtually no appearances at all. In light of this, some viewers may see these episodes as out of place and understandably so. If you are a fan of the brand of humor Higurashi had at the beginning of its arcs, then you’ll be right at home here. Both episodes are full of pretty good laughs, and that’s saying something for a series that is more known for shocking its viewers. If it’s not your cup of tea, then feel free to skip them. The remaining episodes make little to no reference of either one, so critical information won’t be lost.
With that out of the way, the focal point of this OVA can shine. The Dice Killing Arc, which consists of the middle three episodes, is everything that Kai could have and should have been. The storytelling displayed here is done exceptionally well, as everything moves at a decent clip. There isn’t an opportunity to slow down due to the short length of this arc, so each event cuts to the chase and moves on without having to resort to pointless dialogue or reiterated ideas to fill the gap. Despite the increased pacing, Rei never loses track of itself or advances too quickly to the point where information is lost. A note also has to be made for the vastly improved art and animation. Rei takes full advantage of an OVA’s increased budget and sports some very vibrant colors and smooth frame rates throughout its run. It’s nice to finally see a chapter of this franchise rendered with more attention to artistic detailing.
Suspense can be a tricky storytelling element to use; if it is used too much, then the story can drag for unnecessarily long periods of time and become tedious to watch. Thankfully, Rei handles this aspect wonderfully. No time is wasted between each reveal, which keeps things fresh on the plotline. As each pro or con of the new world is revealed, the situation becomes more engrossing, and the viewer is pulled even further into Rika’s shoes. The ultimatum that she faces is one that anyone would have trouble answering. This new Hinamizawa is Rika’s equivalency of the Garden of Eden; it is the world without sin or tragedy that she has desired for her entire existence without the sacrifices that had to be made to get it. Watching her agonize over which world is the correct one to choose left me hanging on the edge of my seat and made me wonder what I would do in her situation. That kind of connection with a character is a strong device to use, and it is used perfectly.
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Rei takes the pacing of the first season, the suspense of the second season, and combines them both in a neat, little package that doesn’t fail to deliver a solid story. With or without the first and last episodes, this series still brings some redemption to the franchise and vaults itself high on my list of recent OVA releases at the same time.
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Rei [Rei] is the third installment of the Higurashi series based on the games created by 07th Expansion. Like the game, Rei covers the events after Furude Rika had finally escaped the meandering halls of fate, breaking the cycle of repetition.
Rei serves as more of a side story, giving small view into life after reiterating summer. The first and last episodes of the set OVA’s are for purely comedic purposes. Nothing really happens and the only insight we get into any of the characters is that Rena finds Keichii’s ‘sea-bear’ cute. Yes folks Higurashi went there… they implied our brunette buxom wanted Maebara’s little friend.
The episodes in-between, 2 through 5 or the Dice Killing Chapter, serve as a more serious side story. Rika one day wakes up in yet another world where everything is seemingly perfect. Everyone she sees is spared of their sin’s from previous realities, their souls not torn into shards waiting to be duck taped back together.
It’s an interesting setup, but it fails in it’s execution. The three short episodes lack any sort of engaging drama, and the story is squeezed down your throat in slabs of monologue. I commend the tale for trying to shade in some background on Hanyuu, Rika’s goddess companion, but I didn’t find myself caring.
Rei is more of the same. The art hasn’t improved much from 2006 when the original Higurashi premiered. The animation was cleaned up a bit, and the colors a bit more vivid. It’s somewhat disappointing considering this is an OVA.
The sound work is still the same. The seiyuu remain untouched and the music is largely forgettable. The OP didn’t really set an ominous tone like the first two shows did. No special effort seems to have been made in the production of Rei.
Watchability and Enjoyment
The two comedic episodes are hilarious. Funny has always been a part of the Higurashi formula, and it was refreshing to watch an episode focusing on Humor.
Rika’s side story on the other-hand is about as engaging as wading through a swamp filled to the brim with molasses compared to the first season. Though it made the fifth episode all the more entertaining. After the dull chapter, the comic finale let me leave the realm of Higurashi with a sweet taste on my lips.
The Dice Killing chapter, through all it’s faults, posed an interesting dilemma: Which world would you pick, one you toiled endlessly to create yourself or a perfect one handed to you on a silver platter. The reality you molded from fate is imperfect but yours, you own it. Which do you keep?
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Rei is a mixed bag. If you enjoy Higurashi’s brand of comedy then check out Episodes 1 and 5. I couldn’t recommend The Dice Killing Chapter except to the most rabid fans who care to know even the palest of brushstrokes on Hinamizawa’s canvas. But if your that crazy your better off getting the sound novels.
16: Detective Conan OVA 04: Conan and Kid and Crystal Mother
Japanese: 名探偵コナン: コナンとキッドとクリスタルマザー
MAL Score: 7.50
Once again, Kaitou Kid has a target in mind: the Crystal Mother, Europe’s largest topaz owned by Queen Selizabeth of the Principality of Ingram. He intends to steal this jewel while the Queen is stuck on a train from Tokyo to Osaka. However, Kid’s abilities are put to the test, as the Queen has already concealed the gem somewhere aboard the train.
Conan Edogawa, who is among train’s passengers, suspects an attack from the phantom thief and begins investigating on his own, while Inspector Ginzou Nakamori is ready for a new confrontation against the elusive jewelry robber.
The art is very typical Detective Conan and like a normal episode of the tv series.
Like the art the music is also typical of Detective Conan and it fits the story well.
If you are a Conan fan then you will most likely be disappointed since he is not center stage for this OVA. Instead Kaitou Kid along with Aoko, Inspector Nakamori, a queen, and young prince are the main characters fort he OVA. The story did a good job explaining the background of the queen and young prince in the short amount of time and also showed believable growth for both the queen and her son.
I loved Kaitou Kid so I enjoyed this OVA immensely. I would love to see the young prince return in a future OVA since he was adorable.
The art is about on-par with the early Detective Conan TV series. It’s good, I enjoy the character designs, and everything moves well enough… but there isn’t any overly impressive or flashy sequences. Above average and gets the job done, but it’s nothing special overall.
Audio is about the same, but it’s boosted a little bit higher because of the great soundtrack and solid voice cast.
The returning cast are just as fun as they are in the main series, but the new characters that were introduced for this OVA are also fairly well done, which was surprising. All of the new characters don’t really have the time to get too well developed over the course of 25 minutes, but the OVA still tries to give them a little bit of depth. By the end of it, I still managed to enjoy the moments the new characters had on screen… and I’d definitely like to see some of them return in future episodes.
Overall, I really enjoyed this OVA. Parts of it definitely seemed somewhat average, but it really shined in other parts. Out of the Detective Conan OVAs I’ve seen (That is, the first four), It’s definitely my favorite so far.
I give this OVA a 7/10
The caper isn’t complicated, the character motivations are basic, there’s no interactions between Conan and Kid. If you want an extra 30 minutes with Kid and a few scenes with between Aoko and him, this delivers on that.
Oh, also, the thing about the cat’s eyes was a reference to a Lupin III Part I episode I watched recently. I got a kick out of that.
15: Detective Conan Magic File 4: Osaka Okonomiyaki Odyssey
Japanese: 名探偵コナンMAGIC FILE 4 ～大阪お好み焼きオデッセイ～
MAL Score: 7.51
Another special to accompany the release of the 14th feature film, The Lost Ship in the Sky. Along with a number of previous episodes, the original episode contained within will take place after the events of the film.
The second major story is about a lost baby. It’s related to the Tale of Genji and a misunderstanding. Not interesting, although it lead to a good moment between Kazuha and Heiji that was the highlight of the episode.
There’s a piano melody montage in the middle with a pleasant song. Not something I would seek out, but it was nice.
This Magic File is not something you should seek out unless you are a completionist, and it was just boring.
14: Detective Conan Magic File 2: Kudou Shinichi – The Case of the Mysterious Wall and the Black Lab
Japanese: 名探偵コナンMagic File 2 ～工藤新一 謎の壁と黒ラブ事件～
MAL Score: 7.52
Magic File 2 was sold at select retailers (7-11 branded equivalents) in Japan, along with PPV episodes of the show (episodes released long before, such as the NY case). The first disc housed the Movie 12 Side-Story OVA, which features Kudou Shinichi and details a bit of the backstory from the upcoming movie. The second disc was the one with the PPV episodes.
(Source: DCTP Forum)
The story centers around Shinichi in his Middle-school and a case he is solving by himself. Whilst investigating, he gets into a fight with Ran because of her superstitions and they stop talking to each other for a week.
Of course, Shinichi ends up solving the case. His parents are also featured which I enjoyed very much. I simply love the Kudo family, they are so funny and do not appear enough in my opinion. Though I know this isn’t canon material I still enjoy seeing what Shinichi was like before his transformation to Conan.
The art is somewhat strange to look at but overall a nice magic file for the fans of DC.
13: Denpa-teki na Kanojo
MAL Score: 7.55
Delinquent Juu Juuzawa is a lone wolf who does not see much use in befriending people. So when a girl named Ame Ochibana claims they are linked together from their previous lives, he is highly skeptical and doesn’t want anything to do with her. Even stranger is that her fondest wish is to be his servant. Thinking that Ame must be delusional, he tries to distance himself from her. But when a classmate is murdered, Juu instead decides to keep her close, believing the strange girl to be the culprit. However, her intelligence and skill begin to prove invaluable as the two begin working together to solve the murder.
Denpa-teki na Kanojo weaves together a story of love, loss, and devotion, showing that allies can be found in the most unlikely of places.
In my eyes their are several reasons why i will watch an anime through and through -A. Well written story with no plot holes, B. Great Cast of characters that you really like and C. Great Director and Staff who have proven themselves before. This anime has all 3, but the biggest reason I believe this anime succeeds is the characters.
Juuzawa made this anime for me, I loved his character (then again i like delinquents and/or characters that don’t give a crap) FINALLY! I MEAN FINALLY! a character in a school setting anime that isn’t a pushover that does anything the girls tell him to do. Ochibana complemented Juuzawa perfectly, The reasoning for her attachment to him is a bit quaint but truth be told that doesn’t matter.
Im not gonna mention parts of the story because this is a 2 episode OVA, any mentioning of the story for an OVA this short feels like a spoiler. Director Kanbe, Mamoru did a great job with this one, the voice actors match all the characters spot on, and the dark yet upbeat feel of this anime makes for a great watch.
It’s a shame that an anime as good as this couldn’t get a full season considering the crap that Japan spews out. I would’ve given it a perfect 10 but considering how short the OVA is I can only give it a 9
Story – 7
As the title suggests, the story is about crazy girls. The protagonist, Juuzawa Juu, is a high school delinquent who gets involved in the strange happenings around him after being approached by a bizarre girl named Ochibana Ame. According to Ame, Juu was a king in his previous life and Ame, being his knight, swears her loyalty to him. Together, they attempt to find out the serial killer behind a spate of murders, which also claimed their friend’s life.
Overall, the story is pretty well-paced. There weren’t any moments which I found boring or rushed. I wouldn’t say the premise is very novel or creative, but the execution is good. A few twists in-between makes it more than a linear story. While it is not a really shocking development (in my opinion), it’s still a decent attempt nonetheless. Ame’s ability to correctly deduce the “criteria” of the killer did raise my eyebrow.
The second episode left a bigger impression on me than the first. After the murder case has been solved, the pair discovers a string of pranks that were happening around them. Ame, the super detective, again realizes that these pranks are more than meets the eye. The main topic in this episode is the way to obtain happiness. Does one obtain happiness by taking it away from others? This is not really a philosophical inquest but the events that follow leave you something to think about.
I like the fact that most loose ends are tied, though they never quite explain the reason behind Ame’s telepathic thoughts towards Juu. Is it really just a delusion or is it really their bonds from their previous lives as she claims? If they ever release more episodes, I hope more light can be shed on this.
Character – 8
I often grumble about the lack of meaningful development in the characters, especially for OVAs and movies due to their length. In Denpa, they did a reasonably good job in fleshing out the characters.
Juu is just your average punk who dyes his hair blond, gets into fights regularly, and acts like a bastard. He lives on his own and is bound by loneliness, as surmised by Ame. He seems to close himself off from other people, which is why he treats others rather badly and rejects the intrusion by Ame into his life violently. He does show a little sense of justice as he sets out to find the killer and slowly begin to accept Ame. A bit more emotional depth would have made him a better character though.
Ame is probably the most fascinating (and quirky) character here. She looks quite creepy most of the time with bangs covering her eyes completely. Her unwavering loyalty despite being rejected and suspected by Juu is truly remarkable. However, her dedication to her master makes her go beyond common sense. She’s like a bullet that charges straight towards her target without reservation, such as stalking Juu. To go to such great lengths based on a delusion makes her a “Denpa” girl without a doubt. Ame usually adopts a subservient attitude to Juu, but that’s not all to her. There are times where she sheds her bizarre self and behave like a normal girl. Whether she has a split personality remains a mystery to me. An unpredictable yet strangely interesting character.
I won’t comment too much about the supporting characters so as not to give out major spoilers. From girls who are sexually abused to people with twisted logic, there is no shortage of “Denpa” characters here. The character development is well-paced and the circumstances of the supporting characters are also properly explained. The characters are also realistic enough for you to empathize with them. Thumbs up for that.
Animation – 7
The animation is decent but I can’t say that I’m impressed. The backgrounds are generally well done and the subtle style provides a suitably gloomy and depressing atmosphere. The poster showing Ame holding an umbrella in the rain should give you a rough idea on what to expect. However, the designs of some characters (especially Juu) look a bit weird to me. Their motion and expressions lack a little fluidity to my liking. In some instances, the voices sound more agitated than the looks of the characters. I blame that on the art since the voice acting is pretty solid.
Sound – 8
First of all, I think the voice actors did a good job here as they are able to bring out the personalities of the characters really well. The background music is great as it complements the atmosphere perfectly. However, the instrumental pieces can get a little boring and are not really memorable.
Enjoyment – 9
Denpa is not a really ambitious attempt. Despite it being a thriller, I don’t find it intense or shocking enough. Perhaps my overexposure to this genre made my expectations a little too high. However, this doesn’t work against it as it doesn’t try to do too much. It doesn’t rely on the usual bloody, gory, or disturbing images. The characters are fairly realistic and not overblown maniacs. Denpa simply delivers what it sets out to do. Kudos to the overall direction.
Overall – 9
As you may have noticed, the scores I gave for each individual category are pretty modest even though I gave it an overall 9. While none of the story, characters, animation or art is particularly outstanding, they somehow seem to fit extremely well together in a neat package. This is probably a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. I think this would be a good introductory piece for those who are fairly new to this genre. Denpa teki na Kanojo is definitely worth checking out.
I was right but so wrong and we had some of the best laughs yet.
Character motivations are ambiguous at best with our two protagonists putting themselves on the line in unrealistic and unreasonable circumstances. We get to know next to nothing about out generic yandere clingy female and ambitiousless male lead. We get to feel nothing for the charecters who are lost in the hopless edgyness of this anime.
Now, there is no problem with edginess. Elfen Lied, Higurashi or Shingeki do it well, but this is because they set up a convincing scenario where the gore is justifiable to the message. Denpa Teki makes it just seem so crass and immature. This is in part due to how one dimensional all the charecters are, but also due to how weak the stories are and convoluted the stories are.
Seriously, how can anyone not laugh at the end of OVA 1. it’s as if the writter came along and said “we aren’t quite being crazy enough so let’s just do a complete as pull in the name of gore”. Or how about the shear stupidity of the end of OVA 2. What about the constant spoon feeding?
I could honestly put these charecters and story on a Mars of Destruction Tier.
The only saving grace is the art which is well done, but overemphasizing on things which have no value to the plot such as the reacuring statue in OVA 1.
You guys wonder why it wasn’t a full anime… well it’s obvious to if you look hard enough.
12: Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai
MAL Score: 7.61
Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai adapts a handful of one-shots based on the manga series JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken, and follows the bizarre adventures that Rohan Kishibe goes through as he searches for inspiration for his manga.
Rohan accompanies manga editor Kyouka Izumi to a secretive village where she plans on buying a house. Izumi informs Rohan that inhabitants of the village suddenly become rich at the age of 25 after purchasing their homes. Being 25 years old herself, Izumi has high hopes for moving into the village and invites Rohan to gather ideas for his manga. As they enter one of the houses for an interview with the seller, they are greeted by a servant named Ikkyuu, who puts them through a test of etiquette with deadly consequences.
Rohan meets with his editor, Minoru Kagamari, to discuss both his manga and the six mountains that the manga author recently bought. He explains that he purchased the mountains in order to search for a legendary spirit known as the Mutsukabezaka. To give his search context, he tells the tale of Naoko Osato, a wealthy heiress who murdered her boyfriend and became cursed by the spirit.
Rohan decides to vacation in Venice after putting his manga on hiatus. While there, he explores the interior of a church and examines the structure of its confessional. After stepping into the priest’s compartment, Rohan hears a man enter the confessional and begin to confess his sins. The man recounts his confrontation with a starving beggar and the haunting events that followed.
Youma Hashimoto is a young male model who has quickly risen to success. As his popularity grows, so does his obsession with his appearance and body. One day, he meets Rohan at the gym, and the two quickly form a rivalry which pushes Youma to intensify his training. Soon. Youma’s fixation on his physique takes a dark turn as his training takes precedence over his life, and he challenges Rohan to a fatal competition on the treadmills.
We follow the daily life and mishaps of Rohan Kishibe, one of the main characters from Part 4 of JoJo who works as a manga artist and is a fellow stand user who can peer into people and edit information about them as if they were a book. DP decided to adapt four out of the nine currently-released chapters, or “episodes” as they are called, from the manga, but not in release order. The episodes adapted are ‘Millionaire Village’, ‘Mutsu-Kabe Hill’, ‘The Run’, and ‘At a Confessional’. Each episode is based on a story that Rohan has either heard from other people, or has experienced himself. They all involve some sort of mystery involving youkai, ghosts or other stands and users, which Rohan has to try and solve the puzzle as to what is happening and what he can do to come out on top.
Being able to spend a long time with the production of each episode, added with the bonus of improvement of technology, the artwork and animation is at a very high standard. Comparing this to the main series, I would say that it’s either on par or even better. The art is clean and very polished, whilst retaining that JoJo-esk art style, and the animation is also smooth. Though there have been a couple of instances where the artwork was a bit funky, mainly Kouichi’s face in the confessional episode, DP did a great job.
Knowing David Productions, they obviously would pick out some great songs for the show. The opening is very fitting for the OVA, as the theme of this show is based on mystery; it makes me feel as if I’m watching X-files (which funnily enough, after doing a little research, it appears they focused the soundtrack based on X-files and Twin Peaks (the original series)). The ED from Coda is also very nice and mellow.
Each episode is very enjoyable, and if you’re a fan of Rohan or just the JoJo franchise in general, then you’ll get a kick out of these four episodes. My pick as my favorite episode would have to be ‘The Run’. Depending on the DVD sales, this might be the last time we’ll see these characters and Part 4 as a whole. Overall, this Rohan-oriented OVA is very good.
I’ll start with the best thing about the episode which is suprisingly the animation and music. Everything looks great, the animation itself is smooth and the overall style fits the tone of the story, especially the moments with the darker colour pattern look very nice. The Music… well it’s David Productions so there’s not much to talk about, it’s really good, especially the opening and the ending
After getting that out of the way let’s talk about the story which is told using only three characters (not counting the final scene which is more like a cameo of the main cast of DiU). There’s also not much to talk about here, the setup is pretty good, there is no deeper message in here, it’s simple but also pretty interesting, if you’re looking for action you won’t find it here, the story focuses more on the mystery surrounding the “Millionaire Villiage”. The previously mentioned characters are also nothing special (well maybe except Rohan, I think that guy’s great but that’s only my personal opinion).
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is nothing special, but it’s a short really enjoyable episode, I recommed you’ll give it a watch
The two OVAs starts out in the town of Morioh where eagle eyed viewers will notice that this is actually a parallel universe to the Morioh from part 8 of JoJo. Other things eagle eyed viewers will notice are Rohan’s headband and the appearance of Koichi’s dad.
The story of these OVAs is secondary to the genius character of Rohan which successfully scared many people away from talking to Araki.
music returns from part 4 and I eat up part 4 like I overeat after having a bad day.
Art is slightly different from part 4 but still has the obvious JoJo style so anyone who complains is objectively wrong. I really enjoyed these OVAs, they’re a fuck ton of fuck fun.
8/10 in the part 4 ed i thought that pink dark boy was gyro, eat shit and fall off your horse rohan.
11: R.O.D: Read or Die
English: R.O.D – Read or Die
Japanese: R.O.D リード オア ダイ
MAL Score: 7.65
Yomiko Readman is a lovable, near-sighted bibliomaniac working as a substitute teacher at a Japanese high school. Her real identity, however, is that of a secret agent for the British Library Special Operations Division. Her codename: “The Paper.” The moniker denotes her supernatural ability to freely manipulate paper into any object she can imagine, including tools and weapons in her fight against the powerful and self-serving IJIN (Great Historical Figure) Army! Along with her partner, the enigmatic “Ms. Deep,” Yomiko travels across the world in attempt to solve the mystery behind the reincarnation of historical figures and their attempt to control the world.
The story itself is very farfetched and out of this world, but its a story that everyone should experience at leat once. Reality may be limited as paper can stop bullets or take down giant insects, but the cute and clumsy Yomiko and her friends will keep you watching with great intent. Being a three episode ova, there is little back story to all what is happening and it leaves the backstory up to its viewers imagination. Which is fine because all that leaves room for is high quality action only an anime can portray.
When I mean high quality action I mean high framerate action sequences coupled with great coreagraphy and amazing attention to detail. Things like paper sticking to a hand or scouring an old bookstore littered with books and dust really show how much hatd work and effort it took the artists to make such amazing detail come to life. Nothing impresses me more than attention to detail esepecially in rooms/buildings. On top of the OVA quality artwork, this show just oozes cool from the James Bond-esque themesong and sexy girl credits to the crazy steampunk gadgets and flashy magic spells, its a pure sensory overload for me.
Speaking of sensory overload, the female supporting cast were quite an eyeful. All of them were either beautiful or cute, very easy on the eyes. And for the girls, the guys are all quite burly military men in stature and can give up quite a good fight. The enemies, on the other hand, are pretty outrageous incarnations of storytime characters (Genjo anyone?) Crazy badguys do lend themselves quite easy to some fun and crazy battles. Not much can be salvaged in terms of backstory information for most of the characters, but the chemistry between all the support characters and Yomiko are quite believeable in an anime sort of way.
Not much can be said in terms of negative aspects other than sloppy animations and some silly situations, but the overall experience is just too fun if you’re really into the fantasy action genre. Don’t get me wrong, its not the greatest OVA of all time but it is well worth your time (read: Good). If you’re a sucker for a glasses-moe like I am (think Yuki Nagato or Miyuki Takara), you’ll love this show. And if you love this show, I’m sure you’ll love the R.O.D. TV series.
I cannot recommend this show highly enough. It is well-worth your hour and a half.
I found it amusing how much the US president looks like Dubbya, and how much of an absolute trigger-happy pussy he is. He wets his pants at least three times when things get tough, and at one point he flips out and instead of proceeding calmly through a tight spot, tries to pound the ‘nuke them all’ button. Political commentary much? You must recall this vintage 2001, a very familiar year in his political history.
Nerdy Yomiko Readman is obsessed with books. As “Agent Paper,” she works for a secret branch of the British Library, where her power to telekinetically control paper helps her on missions to retrieve rare manuscripts and protect the world from evil. But all Yomiko really wants to do is read her new book. Unfortunately it has been stolen by the I-gin, clones of historical figures who believe Yomiko’s book holds the key to unlocking Beethoven’s lost “Death Symphony.” Anyone who hears the tune is compelled to commit suicide, and the I-gin intends to broadcast it all over the world. Only Yomiko, along with fellow super agents Drake and Miss Deep, has a chance at stopping them.
OK, I’m just going to say this……I had fun with this anime and as much as the plot doesn’t go that deep, but then again, it is a three episode OVA clocking in at 96 minutes. The plot may seem silly and nonsensical to most people, but it isn’t too distant from reality, it’s not like “GAINAX!! OMG!! CRAZY SHIT!!” type of nonsensical; it’s much like a good action film, whose purpose is to entertain us with how unreal it is without being bored and easily distracting itself from its plot. I will say that using paper as weapons more powerful than they appear are a plus in my book, because after seeing that, I imagine somebody challenging someone to a gunfight and someone made a drawing of a gun and then it came in paper form and it did the job of a regular one, but more deadlier.
Characters in here are a delight to watch as I really love the main character of Yukiko Readman or “The Paper”, as she is called here to be equally adorable as a nerdy bookworm character and capable of her being in a fight, especially that part, and considering not many of those exist in much anime….at least the ones I watch. There’s also Nancy Mukahari (or Miss Deep, which does sound a porno name…..and yes, even in the OVA, they reference that.), the token bad-ass female character with a shady past and Drake Anderson, the lone male member of the team. The dynamic budding relationship between Yomiko and Nancy is actually the only thing I see in character development and progression. Some of the other characters like Joker (not the one you’re thinking), Drake, and the other super villains don’t really stay in our heads and some are just unimaginative characters like Joker is stereotypically posh and English and Drake is the no-nonsense American soldier. They are fine characters just nobody I would give a shit about.
Studio DEEN’s print is on the animation here and knowing their reputation of shows, the animation is solid for most parts here, as I often see a few hiccups even during the paper manipulating scenes. I wouldn’t count it as vintage, maybe even for it being 11-12 years old since its release in 2001 or ’02. I did like the opening theme and sequence of the show, as I’ve said; it brought out this James Bond / superspy tone that fits perfectly into the OVA.
The dub by Manga Entertainment is a fine dub with some good performances with Kimberly Yates, a relatively unknown voice actress, did capture the kindness and bookworm’s attitude of Yukiko. Amanda Winn-Lee, who also directed the dub, was good as Nancy, delivering in the deadpan humor within the character and of course, Crispin Freeman playing the not-so-subtle Joker and you can tell he was hamming it up and having fun in his role.
FINAL VERDICT: You can check it this OVA. It may not go deep within the plot that much but as you watch it, you start to not care that much, that is if you’re enjoying it but if you didn’t, then I shouldn’t recommend it to you. For those you have liked it, the series is available to get, although you might have to pay some high prices and something else to go with it…….but we’ll get to that later.’
10: Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu
English: Bungo Stray Dogs 2 Episode 25 – Walking Alone
Japanese: 文豪ストレイドッグス 第25話 『独り歩む』
MAL Score: 7.66
Armed Detective Agency members discuss the most suitable candidate for the second-in-command. Doppo Kunikida is carrying out official errands as planned in his diary as usual. Unexpectedly, a bomb-related incident occurs, challenging the ideals he has always upheld. When weighing one life over hundreds, how will he proceed?
As for how it went? It was solid, like how the rest of the anime has been so far. I’d highly recommend giving this a watch! It almost feels like any other episode than a OVA. Really fits into the show completely. I hope you continue enjoying Stray Dogs!
and a withered desert I still fulfill my ideal”
Back in the days where Kunikida can’t comprehend the last thing he can’t complex about in the manga which is connected to the light novel about Dazai’s first exam by hunting the true identity of Azure king, Neither everything He writes on that book itself are nothing but delusional ideals.
The OVA much more focuses in the latest chapter 40 when Kunikida fulfill his worth duty to become the next to Fukuzawa as the New director of The Armed Detective Agency. Once the disaster remained in the middle street there was girl named Aya will be introduced and be leading in this chapter only. Due to characterization about his “Ideals” he tells to Aya, He desires that it was born when he supposed to realized a world where people died by livin in front of him was not actually his ideal world. Apart by meeting his own friend before was also known as a bomber, when he gets caught by the culprit, After Kunikida get hijacked about Aya’s be one that holds a bomb He has the sign to contains his true motives by becoming a role model that can handle affairs calmy, is unwavering, and who understand his own weakness. It his own path to who can instill their beliefs on others.
A special episode dedicated to a “Leading member of the Armed Detective Agency” as he values human lives, as he strives to save all innocent people during dangerous events in Yokohama. He sticks to this belief after seeing incidents of youth injured or killed in front of him. Due to his dedicated compassion to try to protect the city and its people.
9: Black Jack
English: Black Jack
Japanese: ブラック ジャック
MAL Score: 7.73
Kuroo Hazama, also known as “Black Jack,” is a legend in the medical world. Famous for being one of the best, as well as not having a license, Hazama and his assistant Pinoko save countless lives that other doctors cannot… for a price; an exorbitant price, in fact, which causes many to view the genius as greedy and heartless. Despite these claims, however, none can deny his skill and the lengths that he will go to treat his patients. This dark medical drama tells the story of the ominous and mysterious world of underground medicine as Black Jack risks his life to cure some of the most bizarre diseases imaginable, even if it means breaking every law in the process.
Black Jack is known as the surgeon with the hands of god as he can accomplish difficult feats in medical science. The appeal of this doctor is his lack of a license therefore asking for huge sums of money & often dealing with shady customers such as mafia & the like. While his motivations can be unclear at first, it all comes full circle once the operation proceeds. This character best represents Tezuka’s own beliefs & background as he did study for medical practice. Each episode is own tale ranging from medical epidemics, environmental issues, the consequences of war & the study of human emotions. Most tales are quite tragic questioning whether things were meant to be or could we learn from our past mistakes.
While the original manga was more humorous & kid friendly such as Black Jack Tv, this OVA places emphasis on a seinen tone where nothing is sugar coated to hide the dark truths of society. Tezuka has always believed that life & peace are sacred, & Black Jack is the closest to a representation of those beliefs. While the world can be gray, there’s always a shred of humanity that endures the struggle to eventually find solace on this Earth.
Episodes can be hit or miss (definitely ep 6 & 3 was a bit out of place for me) but pull through & you’ll see Tezuka’s skills as a writer. Also Black Jack Final(eps 11 &12) are 2 recently made episodes from 2011 being the lastly made Black Jack material thus far. If you enjoyed this series then I highly recommend the following:
Black Jack The Movie (1996)
Black Jack The Two Doctors of Darkness
Black Jack TV
Black Jack 21
The story follows Black Jack tackling many cases. Each episode follows a different case.
So, unlike the Black Jack TV show that came out in the 2000s, this “Black Jack” series is much darker. It is not family friendly.
For a 90s anime, the art is outstanding. It’s got that neo-noir kind of feel. They had a lot of OVAs that came out in the 90s, then they stopped for a bit, I believe. And they resumed in 2011, and they pretty much kept the same art style. I’m amazed that after all those years, they managed to keep the same art style and modernize it! So, the art is amazing and I really respect them for being able to keep the same art style while also modernizing it!
The series has four openings and four endings: Just Before Sunrise by Rhodes, Kioku no Kimi eby Another Moon, Moon Shadow by The Orange Vox, Rebirth by Kudo Eiko (openings); I’ll Be Back Again — Moonlight by Rhodes, Kono omoi tsutaerareru (I Thought I Could Convey This Feeling…) by Another Moon, Black Jack by The Orange Vox, HOPE — Not to be defeated, not to cry, and not to be daunted by Kudo Eiko (endings).
I really like how they changed up the openings and endings depending on the episode. The reason I gave it a 9 out of 10 is because I thought ending 1 wasn’t the greatest ending because it’s pretty much a rock song and all their openings are pretty much rock songs, and at the end of each case, it’s sad so I thought the best ending would be a mellow song and ending 1 wasn’t a mellow song. But overall, the soundtrack is just great.
So, if some people recall my review of the Black Jack TV show in the 2000s, I said that a bit of an issue was that the TV show didn’t really go in-depth on their patients. Well, in the OVA, this issue is fixed. Not only do they go in-depth on how Black Jack views his patients, but they also go in-depth on the patient’s past. We also see Black Jack interact more with his patients and grow a bit closer to them even. Also, Pinoco does not follow Black Jack in the OVA series, but in the appearances she made, they are good. I honestly prefer Black Jack alone rather than with Pinoco (Pinoco always follows Black Jack in the TV series).
I honestly couldn’t really find flaws with the OVA series. Everything is just good and the show keeps me intrigued and I feel some sense of sadness out of each case. I mean, this is a dark OVA, so it’s suppose to make you a bit sad at times. But, I overall really enjoyed this OVA series.
To me, this series is just perfect in so many ways. I really can’t find a flaw. So now people may ask, which one should I watch: The OVA series or the TV show? Honestly, watch both! They’re both really good, they just have a different tones. If you’re looking for something really dark and edgy, then watch the OVA series. If you’re looking for something fun, watch the TV series. But, honestly, I recommend both. To me, the OVA series was a bit better, but it honestly comes close ’cause I also really like the TV series. But, I really recommend both.
Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts on this review and any feedback you may have for me. Until next time!
8: Master Keaton OVA
MAL Score: 7.75
Taichi Keaton is a man of many talents: father, historian, frequent traveler, negotiator, archaeologist, former survival instructor, and all while working as an insurance investigator for Lloyd’s of London. While his methods may seem a bit unorthodox, he gets the job done when needed, but not without a little something to learn or teach in the process. Through all of his adventures, some people call him a quack. Those who know him well call him a master of life…
Master Keaton, the now almost 18 year old predecessor to Urasawa’s Anime classic “Monster”, is a massively overlooked show.
Just like the original season, this OVA shares a lot of the creative staff with its younger brother, Naoki Urasawa having illustrated the original Master Keaton Manga and even supposedly written a large proportion of it
(which is hard to say for certain, given co-writer Hokusei Katsushika sadly passed away in 2004).
The premise of this show is a simple one, telling short adventure stories from all around the world of the 1990s, usually in some connection to historical and/or criminal themes. I will not say much more than that.
The setting is very western and in that way, I might add, very well researched.
It is a bit different from the usual anime, but if you know “Monster” you will realise what you are getting yourself into.
Due to the episodic nature of the show a lot of the focus is on the characters.
Most of the One-shot characters are given just enough depth to provide the chapter with a satisfying conclusion, but naturally the spotlight would be on the main cast:
Anyone who has seen the first season will be very familiar with the main character Taichi, our japanese, part McGuyver, part Indiana Jones, part Sherlock Holmes, ex-SAS, professor of Archeology, globetrotting investigator and master of life, in short “Master Keaton”.
He is in fact so amazing, that there never is any time in the story for suspense to build up, because we all know “our Taichi” will probably find the optimal solution to any problem by the end of the episode.
He however does have some flaws, and those especially come to light in his personal life. His father, the zoologist and bona fide ladykiller Taihei, shares Taichi’s fate of being divorced,
and his teen daughter Yuriko never fails to remind him of what his reckless lifestyle is costing him. However the whole family does share that same childish passion for adventure, making episodes focused around Mr. Keaton’s family still fun to watch, albeit slightly more light-hearted.
Then there is Taichi’s partner, the very easy going and maybe careless insurance investigator Daniel. He is also nicely explored, taking the spotlight in a couple episodes and he makes a fun duo together with Keaton.
Production values and Directing:
It is easy to assume that this show was meant to be a direct sequel to the first season of “Master Keaton” (it being a 15 episode OVA), and that production was cut short for lack of funds.
Do not expect a series that will blow you away visually, expect a series that sometimes looks good, but never offensively bad.
The direction seems to be taking a quite practical approach, showing everything that needs to be seen. You will have difficulty finding many memorable shots, but looking for flaws would be futile.
The soundtrack is lovely, high quality, mostly consisting of acoustic instrumentals, some being inspired by traditional scottish music (most notably the blasting bagpipes from the opening of course), some being more orchestral.
The sound directing never appears too assertive (like in other episodic shows e.g. Bebop), together with the western style of the music just adding to the character of the show.
I personally highly recommend the English Dub, since Japanese audio would only take away from the atmosphere. It is an internationally set series after all.
All the different languages and accents are certainly a bit “funky”, however not in a non-entertaining way, so I have to give a massive plus for effort in that regard.
It bugs me, that this series is so overlooked. Sure, there is nothing extravagant and the explored concepts are never that grand, or especially remarkable,
but there seems to be a bit of meaning to every story, which makes it very, very satisfying.
In comparison to the first season of Keaton, I even think that the OVA is somewhat more consistent in creating interesting episodes.
Especially in a time of so many mediocre new releases, “Master Keaton” has such an old-school, reassuring quality to it, making it recommendable to pretty much anyone.
I would not consider this a must-watch like Urasawa’s marginally younger work “Monster”.
Nevertheless, considering just how easy to watch this OVA is, you really have no excuse not to consider it next time you want to sit back with an episode of anime.
One episode of “Master Keaton” is 25 min of your day well spent.
Yes, I would place this in the same realm as other episodic shows like:
And even absolute classics like:
Finally, in consideration of the fact that “Master Keaton OVA”:
-certainly does not stick out in terms of animation, cinematography, soundtrack and characters,
-still is of such a consistently high quality, that I would do it injustice calling it anything but flawless,
my final score for it is a very good 84/100.
Originally a manga drawn by the famous Naomi Urasawa, the mastermind behind Monster and 20th Century Boy, there is a certain level of expectation for me going to this anime and gladly it didn’t disappoint. As the title suggested, this anime follows the life of Taichi Keaton-Hiraga, a man at first glance is anything but extraordinary. But what lies inside him might surprise you deeply…
Due to its episodic nature, each episode is a different story and because of that, they covers various of topics: wars, love, hate, betrays, revenge … And as expected of someone who wrote Monster, we’re treated with a lots stories from WW2, what a cruel time it is. But stories that I especially love are those of everyday life, very peaceful and heart-warming. And no matter the stories, they are handled with carefulness and love, that’s what make the experiences watching this anime unique, as unique as its main character, master Keaton.
Not only a skillful soldier, Keaton is also a scholarly historical academic, a passionate archaeologist, a surviving specialist, a successful insurance investigator and above all, a loving father. He remarkably reminds me of Sherlock Holmes, a true gentleman of a long lost time. Who’s always giving a hand for the weak and bring justice to life. And man, I do love Sherlock to death, so no wonder, I like Keaton very much. He carried the anime on his back, makes even the most normal thing become somewhat interesting. He’s one character that I never got tired of seeing and that’s something very rare for me.
So if my review in a way persuades anyone to watch this hidden gem, I would be very happy. Master Keaton needs more love.
7: Detective Conan OVA 10: Kid in Trap Island
Japanese: 名探偵コナン ～KID in TRAP ISLAND～
MAL Score: 7.77
In this entirely new story produced specifically for the DVD, Conan leads a group of young detectives against the phantom thief Kaitou Kid, who has his eyes set on a jewel at a hotel on an isolated island.
There’s not really a mystery or a heist so much as there’s a framing device for the mistaken identity, and there’s no explanation at all as to why the Detective Boys are where they are. So they just end up in a dangerous situation with Kid for very little reason, and it is resolved with very little fanfare.
6: Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai
English: The Kubikiri Cycle
Japanese: クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い
MAL Score: 7.81
Due to a mysterious disease, the genius Iria Akagami has been forced by her family to stay in a mansion on the isolated Wet Crow’s Feather Island with only a handful of maids. To keep herself entertained, Iria invites a variety of fellow geniuses to stay as guests in her home, including computer savant Tomo Kunagisa and her unnamed assistant, skilled fortune-teller Maki Himena, famous artist Kanami Ibuki, academic scholar Akane Sonoyama, and renowned cook Yayoi Sashirono.
These visits progress as normal until one of the guests is found gruesomely murdered in the night without a single clue as to the identity of the killer or a possible motive. Tensions rise between those on the island as the killer remains at large, and Tomo’s assistant takes it upon himself to uncover the culprit’s identity before the murderous events progress any further.
Little of significance happens during this time: character introductions interspersed with surreal ‘SHAFT-ness’ (this should be coined as a word if it hasn’t already) and philosophical discussions about the meaning of life and why the protagonist is apparently such a big fat loser. Cool, so everyone is a weirdo, and the setting makes no sense, but why are we supposed to care, again? I expect most people who are not already fans of Nisio Isin or SHAFT anime will lose interest somewhere during this time and potentially drop the series altogether.
Which would be a mistake, because the third to eighth episodes are an absolute joy to watch, and constitute some of the best content SHAFT has produced in years.
Zaregoto (Kubikiri Cycle) is, rather, a murder-mystery anime, which those familiar with the Danganronpa series will find quite similar. The unnamed protagonist, trapped on a solitary island with a dozen others, must wrack his brain to solve a bizarre string of seemingly impossible murders. The natural response would be to call the authorities and let the professionals do their job, but circumstances prevent the police from being called to the island. And so begins a traditional battle of logic: the construction of alibis, theories to be argued out, and proof to be sought— and sought desperately.
Those well-versed in the mystery genre will find it relatively easy to work out the culprit’s identity via the clues left behind, but the actual process through which the murders are committed, and especially the culprit’s motives, are a bit harder to predict, if largely because they contain elements that would be implausible in an actual real-life incident. So, if being surprised by absurd events is more entertaining to you than an ordinary, realistic murder case, you will be in for a fun little ride. And conversely, those seeking something plausible will be a bit more exasperated. But I am not sure you would be coming to a SHAFT anime in the first place if you were expecting realism. I mean, hell, in the final episode, with 200 cars exploding into an atomic-bomb sized ball of fire, directly behind the characters during their peaceful car drive, with them not so much as even acknowledging it (what?), it became clear to me that this show ain’t based in our universe. The SHAFT universe is indeed a strange one.
If surreal artwork and mystery was all Zaregoto had going on, perhaps it would merely be an average, albeit fun series. The debates between the characters at the round-table aren’t particularly compelling, with the protagonist and his opponents simply going through the motions of a mystery story: a theory and an inevitable rebuttal. Compared to the Danganronpa games, which made things much more complex and interesting by means of characters speaking in red herrings and complete untruths (even when they are innocent and have nothing to be gained from lying), in Zaregoto’s case, there just isn’t a whole lot to applaud.
So it’s a good thing there is more to Zaregoto than mystery. The frequent philosophical discussions between the protagonist and his opponents, characteristic of Nisio Isin’s catalogue, make even the moments where the story is at a standstill a pleasure to watch and listen to. There are a couple scenes that veer towards preachy or even arrogant territory (“this is my, Nisio Isin’s, way of thinking, and other perspectives on life do not and cannot exist”), and a scene involving one of the maids uttering the most disparaging comments that could possibly be uttered to another human being (ending in them, literally, no joke, telling the protagonist he should kill himself), when said maid has only known the protagonist for a grand total of three effin’ days, was quite… nay, extremely uncomfortable to watch. But by and large, the philosophical discussions in Zaregoto add an extra bit of flair, a more cerebral quality that many anime lack, even if the themes of these discussions aren’t necessarily new or profound.
With a dozen characters and only eight episodes (and constituting only the beginning of a much larger light novel series), naturally, the characters are developed to wildly varying extents, with some being relegated to the sidelines and existing as little more than one or two-note tropes. The cook, Yayoi, is particularly guilty of this, being some incredible genius in the kitchen and capable of differentiating hundreds of thousands of tastes (how the heck do you even count that in the first place?), yet we see nothing of her cooking or her character besides her blowing her gasket at one point before withdrawing to the shadows again. Maki, defined largely by her love for wine and her verbal abusing the protagonist, is perhaps the most mature and intriguing member of the cast, which makes it a shame how little was seen of her. Instead, we get to see Tomo a million times… cute she is— especially in her twintail incarnation— but ‘cute shut-in savant girl’ is a trope I’ve seen seen more times in anime than I want to. The unnamed protagonist— or Ii-chan, I guess we could call him as Tomo does— is unsurprisingly the one with the most depth, a sort of darkness, a depressive nature hidden inside him that is teased but little revealed throughout the series. Mature and logical, he stands his ground in arguments, keeping his emotions tucked away inside himself. Though I wouldn’t go as far as to claim him ‘fun’ or ‘likeable’, he’s completely inoffensive and is one of the more compelling protagonists anime’s mystery genre has birthed.
Yes, Zaregoto looks, sounds, and feels like a typical SHAFT anime, a visual cross between Madoka and the Monogatari series. Surreal artwork, embracing style over realism, is ever-present, particularly in the final episode which is SHAFT cranked up to eleven and completely and entirely visually incomprehensible. The surreal artwork coheres with the story, considering the ridiculous supernatural skills most of the characters possess, but at times the artistic and sound design becomes overbearing. No, the characters do not need to do the trademark SHAFT head-tilt, and no, we don’t need the protagonist’s inner monologues sounding like he is talking in the bathroom of some abandoned house. It’s as if SHAFT is incapable of letting go, of letting the story take the lead and the artwork being complimentary, as it should in Zaregoto’s case. There’s an almost arrogant nature here, and, honestly, after over a decade of the same thing, it’s about time the studio experiments with a new artistic style. But, yes, look and sound pretty Zaregoto does, especially with its background music and tight transitioning between opening sequence and story.
Zaregoto is a thoroughly enjoyable, if unfortunately brief experience. It is also obscure: obscure in the sense that mainstream audiences— those who are not active fans of Nisio Isin or SHAFT— will not be aware of its existence. It is, after all, an OVA series. It didn’t air on TV. It is an adaptation of a series already fifteen years old. It went straight to disc, the only choice being to buy it or not. In Japan, where streaming services and illegal downloading aren’t half as much a thing as they are in the west, this has made Zaregoto completely and utterly impenetrable to newcomers.
And that’s unfortunate, because Zaregoto deserves to be watched.
Zaregoto is a Nisioisin show. Who ever told you it was a mystery probably told you PMMM is a kids show, and Shokugeki No Soma is a cooking manga. Bottom line, if you like that Nisioisin flavor you’re gonna like this OVA, if you don’t, well, at least ep. 7 has a beautifully animated scene directed by Akiyuki Shinbo that’s worth the 8 ep. price of admission.
Without reading any of the other reviews I can tell you what they’re gonna say. Zaregoto is a slow build. The main character is an edgelord. It’s a little bit too much of a stale whodunnit? without a sense that something tangible is at stake. Yeah, forget that noise. Like Monogatari, the big flashy genre set-pieces are sideshows, the character drama is the main event. All the mansions and murders and mauve color palettes only really matter to the extent that they give us greater insight into the characters themselves, the demons they’re wrestling with, and whether or not they can actually overcome them. Deep breath. So yeah, the story starts with a lot of talking heads and not a lot of lopping heads. That’s the point. When the characters and the hidden forces that drive them are the meat of the story its natural to spend 2-3 episodes listening to them subtly unveil the workings of their inner psyche. Of course, this is what makes Boku (MC-kun) seem like a member of the edge nobility. You already know him, he’s the world-weary hoodie-donning teenager who abuses his privilege as narrator to preach his profound-as-a-puddle philosophy of not caring. Thankfully the show knows better. Half the fun of Zaregoto is watching the people around him pick away at his shell. He’s a moaner, but he’s not trash. You genuinely hope he’ll evolve into a better person by the end of the series.
What are you waiting for? I gave you the bottom line in the first paragraph. Stop reading reviews and just go watch the thing!
While I don’t like how pretentious saying this sounds, I still have to say it:
This isn’t some ‘Whodunnit’-rhomp you can watch after work or school while being half asleep. To truly get most out of it, I recommend really focusing on it as much as possible.
That, or get drunk and enjoy the pretty pictures and lovely sound.
I’ve been guilty of that too occassionally.
Now on to what you can actually expect.
Zaregoto is a character study donning the guise of a murder mystery, with some good indulgent waifu material, as is Nisioisin’s law.
Now, one could say that this sounds a lot like the Monogatari series, which is also a character study pretending to be a ‘Girl-of-the-week’ harem, but there’s differences beyond the genre.
While The Kubikiri Cycle certainly has a good cast of characters, the main developmental focus is actually cast on our protagonist, Boku (or refferred to as Ii-Chan, by his friend Tomo), which alludes to the entire story being told in his perspective, as it was in the novel. Not once does anyone actually say his name.
Throughout the story, the anime touches on themes such as one’s place in the world as well as society, the blessings and curses that come with being a genius/savant, one’s calling in life, the dependancy upon other people and lots of other tough to swallow subjects you’d probably rather hear about in school than anime.
I’d say, though, that it’s precisely what’s so interesting about this OVA. You can easily read into it as much as you want, you can just enjoy this as a surface level murder-mistery (even if it falls a bit flat on that level) or you could even get an epiphany and become the next Buddha.
We’re not quite sure yet if Nisioisin is that smart or if he’s just good at pretending to be smart.
Anyway, if that managed to catch your interest, I’ll now cut to the dry part of my review and talk about the subcategories specifically. Ready? Cause I aint.
As alluded to before, the actualy murder mystery is quite solid. Nothing amazingly new, but it utilizes the classic ‘Locked Room’ mystery quite well.
It also doesn’t fall into the more modern trap of not actually giving the audience the hints they need to figure stuff out themselves.
You’ll know as much as the protagonist, guaranteed.
One thing to be critiqued especially, is that the entire cast sometimes just doesn’t think about something every person who’s familiar with mysteries would think about. People lying about alibis? The murderer didn’t act alone? The persone we think is suspicious doesn’t actually have a decent motive?
Yeah, it’ll take a while, if at all, for the cast to even consider these questions at times.
Still, solid like I said, and it’s more of a vehicle to make our characters encounter new experiences and question themselves, so it’s not key to the enjoyment.
This is highly subjective, but I’m a sucker for Shaft’s Monogatari-style directing, which they heavily used for this title. Head-tilts, eye close-ups, supremely intricate and beautiful backgrounds, colour-shifts, it’s all here.
Even without the directing though, I think it’s needless to say that the art is just extremely nice.
I’ve heard people say that the characters look a bit too ‘plastic-y’ at times thanks to the lighting, which I think is a fair point, but I can’t say that I dislike it.
The sounds was for me, especially in the first few episodes, phenomenal in complimenting the atmosphere. It constantly creates an atmosphere of unease even before the murder(s) and keeps you on your toes.
As the episodes went on, however, I noticed the soundtrack less and less. Not that it ever got bad, just not as obviously good as before.
I’ll have to note though, that this might be because I binged the series, so maybe I just lost focus as time went on.
Shoutout to both OP and ED, as they’re really good songs.
Usually, on any other Nisioisin production, this is where I’d praise him for cleverly subverting character stereotypes, but with Zaregoto I really need to commend him on writing characters that complement his main goal, which is to explore Boku (and to a lesser extent Tomo) as characters.
Every character pretty much stays true to what you’d think they’d be like. But only in this circle of very defined and rigid characters can an undefined character like our protagonist truly shine.
In that sense, I can see how giving this section a 10 could be controversial, as I’m praising the choice and usage of characters, and not the characters themselves.
If it’s any comfort, can I say that I really liked all of the characters, both personality and design? Especially my girl; sleazy, drunkard fortune teller, Maki Himena.
I really shouldn’t have written all the stuff before my ratings, as it’d fit better in here, now that I think about.
Trying to find any closing words, I’d have to go with the following:
If you enjoy the idea of analyzing something again and again, and want to see just how far anime as a medium can be pushed, then you’ll really like the Monogatari Series.
And if that’s too much time investment or a bit too big of a plunge (or I guess you already consumed everything Monogatari, but want more), then watch this OVA, cause it’s a great start to Nisio’s writing and Shaft’s directing while not outstaying its welcome.
5: Detective Conan OVA 09: The Stranger in 10 Years…
MAL Score: 7.93
This OVA takes place ten years in the future and chronicles the possible events if Conan Edogawa and Ai Haibara do not take the antidote to APTX 4869 and grow up alongside their friends Genta, Mitsuhiko, and Ayumi, while still maintaining their detective endeavors.
now i been watching alot of Detective Conan waiting to see what might happen to him and the black organization, while think of the Case episodes more like fillers but i still enjoy watch most of them of it and waiting for an episode like this.
even though it just a what-if-episode i still love it
and any Detective Conan fan should see it.
So I started watching it, expecting an adult version of Conan (along with his friends) getting caught up in another case like we are used to from the manga or anime. After all this serie isn’t called ” ‘Detective’ Conan” for nothing, right?
Wrong! Instead we get a 7 min explanation of why we are going to seeing all the characters 10 years older with Conan, Ran and the others still being their normal age.
These 7 min could have been better spend, especially considering that the ova is only 23-25 minutes long.
Okay, after these boring first minutes we get to see the adult Conan followed by an appearance of nearly every other closely involved character with around 1-3 min screen-time. Doesn’t sound like much, but believe me when I say that this is more than enough, seeing as the only thing that was changed were their age.
Usually you would expect at least a little change in personality over 10(!) years but all of them are the same and only look older. It’s okay by those like Kogoro but why the hell are Ayumi, Genta and Mitsuhiko still acting like when they were 8 years olds?
Maybe I’m the only one who thinks so or it was just that we only saw them for a short time, but that was how I saw it.
Taking this into account and the whole set up of this so-called “What-If”(because for me a what-if is when you show how a character progressed in an alternate way than originally planned) I have to say that this OVA has absolutely no point.
Despite the lacking story or any kind of development the Art and Design of all the adult (or older) versions were actually rather believable.
So, all in all if you have the urge to see what Ayumi or Genta or any other characters would look like 10 years later go google a picture, takes less time and brings the same results.
Despite the lack of any mystery in the story, I still thought this was a pretty interesting one in terms of the characters, and seeing how this what-if scenario plays out is a pretty intriguing concept to begin with, however, there’s not really much depth to the actual story.
The main focus really are the characters, which end up feeling similar to their younger selves, but also feel just different enough that you feel like ten years actually have passed. The changes are subtle, but they are there, and it was enough to keep me intrigued throughout.
The art and sound design is about what you’d expect, and is on par with the quality of the TV series in 2009. No surprises here.
Overall, this was an interesting, yet somewhat flawed OVA that had a lot of wasted potential, due to the inconsequential and uneventful nature of the story, but still ultimately ended up being somewhat interesting, especially if you are very interested in these characters.
4: xxxHOLiC Shunmuki
Japanese: xxxHOLiC 春夢記
MAL Score: 8.07
For the appropriate price, your dearest wish can be granted at the shop of the peculiar Yuuko. Kimihiro Watanuki wishes to be rid of his ability to see spirits, and so as payment, he works for Yuuko doing whatever she needs him to do, from cleaning to errands to even helping out Yuuko’s other clients. In xxxHOLiC Shunmuki, Watanuki and his friend and rival Shizuka Doumeki enjoy a meal with their friend Kohane Tsuyuri and her grandmother, reminiscing about how they have changed since meeting each other.
Later on, Watanuki has a dream in which he is visited by Doumeki’s grandfather Haruka, who needs him to find some things in the family temple storeroom. Accompanied by Doumeki, he finds that this task is more akin to a treasure hunt, with each item leading them to another, and another, guiding them to an unexpected yet inevitable ending.
Story: Watanuki and Dōmeki enjoy meal and drinks with the fortune teller, where Kohane is staying. There, it’s explained that everyone changes with every meeting they experience with others, and that all four there, and even Yūko, have changed from meeting Watanuki. Later on, Haruka and Watanuki meet in a dream, in which Haruka asks Watanuki to look for something in the temple’s storeroom. However, as they look around, they might step into the realm within the books by accident… Also, Watanuki acts like he appreciates Dōmeki for once. In the 2nd part Watanuki and Dōmeki continue to search for the four items that Haruka requested. Watanuki unlocks a fifth item that leads to an encounter with someone close to him. Later, Watanuki vows to grant Yūko her wish
Art: Everything you could expect from the xxxHolic series is here and thank goodness there was still lots of WatanukixDomekixHimawari.
Sound: The Score is very important for a filim in the super natural realm and captures the reflective mood of the protagonists amicably.
Character: Yuko was the central character and with Watanuki his “rival” Domeki and his love interest Himawari the movie represents a glimpse at their life.
Enjoyment: The OVA although short at only 2 eps leads us to the dream of sorts but is the weakest part of xxxHolic to be honest, but that’s mostly because the others were simply that good. Mostly building up for future OVAs.
All in all it is still an awesome mystery-drama that even though it has nothing to do with the continuity, stands out with really imaginative visuals and very naturally evolves and lets the viewer guess what the heck is going on.
3: Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder
English: Black Butler: Book of Murder
Japanese: 黒執事 Book of Murder
MAL Score: 8.08
At the behest of the Queen, Earl Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish dinner party attended by several of the finest members of polite society—as well as struggling author, Arthur. But as the party reaches its high, a terrible murder takes place and none other than the Earl himself is suspected of the crime.
As a violent storm rages on outside, the death count continues to climb. The Phantomhive household and their eminent guests find they must cooperate in order to solve this mystery before they too fall prey to the mysterious murderer. However, it seems that not even the perfect butler, Sebastian Michaelis, is safe from this horror.
Bringing the old tradition of the classical detective story theme, Book of Murder covers right after Book of Circus arc. The story starts in Phantomhive manor, the queen order Ciel Phantomhive to held a banquet in his manor. The banquet was poisoned by a homicide that quickly turned the banquet into a death zone. Ciel must unravel the truth within the homicide.
This OVA actually did their job well. Although there is no “mystery” in the genres, Book of Murder offers the genres. The mystery have both predictable & unpredictable things, but despite of that, the anime still managed to allure the audience with its excitement. The characters do their roles pretty well, there is a historical character that can be found here (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The animation and the sound settings still the same with previous seasons, it’s well matched & nice.
Overall, it’s just another Kuroshitsuji OVA that does their job well in bringing the intense excitement to the story ranks.
Book of Murder places a stronger focus than is Black Butler’s norm on the details of the storyline, so I am happy to say that story-wise this is one of the strongest entries to the series yet. Chronologically, Murder sits right after the Book of Circus arc, so you’ll definitely want to watch that first. For people who have watched Circus, Book of Murder nicely references events of the Circus storyline, while tying up a few loose ends to the Circus arc.
The story of Murder is unabashedly well trodden, as a cast of characters are invited to a Phantomhive banquet, but find themselves being murdered one by one. The events that unfold though are anything but clichéd however, maintaining suspense and introducing some very nice twists. Unlike previous arcs, Murder’s not action-packed, so whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you though. Don’t mistake this lack of action for being boring though, as Murder’s tense and exciting mystery provide more than enough excitement by way of compensation. It’s a classic Sherlock Holmes-esque scenario, so the cute Sherlock references here and there were more than welcome, and the story definitely takes a very Sherlock-style logical approach to solving its own mystery (although I do think there were a few lapses in logic here and there).
A strong logical progression is not really why I came to watch Murder though. I came to see the more of Black Butler fantastical setting and Sebastian’s awesome powers put to full effect. Book of Murder certainly delivers here, in an intensely satisfying way. Sebastian is still ridiculously powerful, of course, but as the mystery unravels I found myself thinking not ‘Oh that was how Seb did it, that’s cheating!’ but ‘Ah, so that’s how it was done! Well that was neat’. They’re fine lines, but I’m glad to say Book of Murder stays on the proper side. With regards to pacing, Murder wraps its murder mystery up a bit quickly in my opinion, but there’s more to this story than meets the eye! Keep watching Murder, and you’ll find yourself surprised I’m sure at its unexpected ending!
I’ve talked about Sebastian already since he is no doubt the main focus of your attention (he was mine!). You may be surprised to learn that Sebastian is this arc’s main focus though. No, that honour goes to our narrator Arthur. Arthur’s a struggling doctor and writer, unexpectedly receiving an invitation to the banquet because Ciel is fond of his stories. He’s smart and able to keep a cool head, so naturally becomes heavily involved in identifying the murderer, helping Ciel with some well executed displays of deduction.
Arthur’s not just a super sleuth, he’s also a wonderful father figure. Arthur’s paternal instincts bring out a newer side of Ciel that I promise you’ve never seen before. With all Ciel’s confidence and meticulous planning, I sometimes forget how he is, at heart, still a 12 year old boy. Murder’s story is a mystery first and foremost, but if mystery isn’t normally your thing, you might be interested in seeing Ciel’s more vulnerable side exposed during his brief relationship with Arthur. In and of itself, this was a huge leap for Ciel’s character, so Arthur is pretty much a godsend!
Apart from Arthur, there’s a mix of old and new faces at Murder’s deadly banquet. Familiar favourite like the Phantomhive staff, Lao and Ran Mao are joined by newer faces, like Grey Charles, the queen’s personal bodyguard – watch this guy, he’s an interesting one. Apart from him though, the newer additions are pretty weak in general if I’m honest. I guess when there’s a murder mystery, someone has to be the victim right? (I’m sorry, that was morbid I know…). Overall though, the focal point of this story is definitely Ciel, Arthur and Sebastian, which is good because in Book of Murder they’re all fantastic.
Regarding the animation and sound, there’s not much to say about Murder other than it’s business as usual. It’s not anywhere near as action-packed as other arcs have been, so the animation isn’t quite as extravagant, but I didn’t mind at all. In addition, there’s no OP and EP to talk about, which I haven’t experienced in a while, but it drives the point home that Black Butler isn’t taking any prisoners here: it’s out to show you what it can do when it’s at its most serious and best. So to wrap up, Murder is in a way more of the same, with a familiar cast for the most part and the Ciel and Sebastian still occupying much of the attention. On the other hand Murder offers a new, more mature, sort of Black Butler. Ciel and Sebastian are still kicking underworld ass, and I for one really enjoyed the Black Butler’s take on England’s greatest detective stories. Book of Murder is a definite recommendation to fans of the franchise.
Great mystery story
Black Butler + Sherlock-Holmes = Win!
More Sebastian! But perhaps not in a way you were expecting…
Uneven pacing with quite a slow start
Not very interesting cast of new side characters
Not much action (could be a plus though)
I like to predict plots and event in anime before they happen and see of things will go how I planned it or they will be innovative. This OVA went perfectly as I planned, nothing too mysterious nor threatening, I predicted the whole thing since I saw the picture on MAL and it happened what did happen. Too many clichés but it was still Kuroshitsuji-style. There was quite some fanservice for both genders but don’t worry, it’s not abused like in *hum* FT *hum*
Otherwise everything else was good, don’t expect anything too fancy from this than from a normal Kuroshitsuji episode. In the end it didn’t leave me a bad taste in my mind, but I gotta say this OVA does do its job of “concluding” the Book of Circus Arc in a way.
Ladies and Gentlemen, go and see it now if you haven’t.
-From an 18 y/o detective
2: 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.
1: xxxHOLiC Rou
Japanese: ×××HOLiC 籠
MAL Score: 8.22
10 years after the events of xxxHOLiC Shunmuki, a melancholic Kimihiro Watanuki has taken over the shop formerly run by the mysterious Yuuko due to a promise he made to her. His companions Maru, Moro, and Mokona live together with him in relative contentment, and some familiar faces arrive every now and then: former rival turned-steadfast friend Shizuka Doumeki, and the former psychic prodigy Kohane Tsuyuri. While Kohane studies folklore under Doumeki at university, they encounter a case that is perfect for the master of the shop.
Eventually, Watanuki receives a visit from Doumeki’s grandfather, Haruka. He requests that Watanuki investigates his grandson’s dreams. While inside the dream world, he discovers how their past adventures played out from Doumeki’s perspective of view, leading Watanuki to discover truths from 10 years ago and secrets about the ties that bind their friendship.
The story begins with Ghibli-evil-assimilation-like disappearance of Yuuko, whether a dream or reminiscence, we are not certain. Watanuki makes a promise that he will wait for her return, and that he believes dream will come true as long as he believes in it. Watanuki was the new master at the ‘shop’ when he opens his eyes. No longer a jumpy and clumsy high school kid, Watanuki has an air of authority and confidence. However, there’s the same care-free atmosphere in the ‘shop’ with Maru, Moro, and Mokona running around the house, and his role as the cook has not changed. Doumeki is now an assistant professor at nearby university, but runs errands and goes on missions on behalf of the ‘shop’ (like Watanuki in his high school days), but still shows Watanuki no respect. From what I’ve read in Japanese blogs, the setting is similar to manga, except more time has passed. The story in “xxxHOLiC Rou” is about a request for a mission brought by Doumeki to find a hidden relic in an old mansion.
Animation has not improved much from the previous OVA, but character proportions are much more realistic compared to “Kei”, and much easier on my eyes. Music was very nice, and effectively used to create the eerie and suspenseful mood in certain scenes. Voice acting, once again, is very well done. Although the technical aspects of this OVA definitely lacked the wow-factor, it was incredibly well-directed. The pace and the setting was clearly established in about 10 minutes, and the plot flowed wonderfully to the very end. A number of poignant moments between Watanuki and Doumeki are abruptly interrupted by Mokona or Maru/Moko, which carries the thought to the ending, which was an ‘interpret-by-yourself’ conclusion. The OVA had a true Japanese cinema feel with excellent use of silence and pauses, as well as effective utilization of camera footage taken by Doumeki and viewing by Watanuki to advance the story.
I have not been following the manga series, but the setting of “xxxHOLiC Rou” was very easy to follow (although it raises a lot of questions to Yuuko’s disappearance and what happened in the last 10 years). The mission this time is an unremarkable one, but it’s themed around Yuuko’s return, and a showcase of ‘how the ship is ran’ by Watanuki’s as the ‘shop’ master. Once again, there is a lot of Japanese mythical references that were very interesting if you’re into that stuff. The characters weren’t given much space for development in the actual show, but it is rather a display of how the characters had developed in the 10 years without Yuuko. Character depiction was done exceptionally well as a half-feature-length-OVA.
Unlike the previous disappointing OVA “Shunmuki”, “xxxHOLiC Rou” is nearly a flawless episode that uses the 40-minute run time very efficiently and a story well told. It doesn’t necessarily bring a closure to the “xxxHOLiC” series or the “Rou” story arc, but I personally think it would serve as an excellent precursor and intro for another season of “xxxHOLiC” series since it really stirred my curiosity to events transpired in 10 years, and made me crave for more.
The second OVA episode is titled ‘Adayume’ (Empty Dream). This time, the mission is brought in Watanuki’s dream by Doumeki’s grandfather Haruka, who appeared in ‘xxxHOLiC Shunmuki’ OVA. The premise is still the same as the previous episode, most of the play duration takes place in the dream that Haruka wants Watanuki to change, and follows a series of past events from Doumeki’s perspective. Once again, it’s pretty heavy on folklore with references to Baku, the dream eater, and Houjou Masako, who is said to have purchased her sister’s dream to become the shogun’s wife (her sister could not interpret the dream).
The second episode felt a bit lacking, both in length and depth to the story, but it has some nostalgia value in revisiting past events. There is also an upcoming conflict foreshadowed by Yuuko, so perhaps there will be more episodes. ‘Adayume’ have only added more questions what happened in 10 years’ time. It’ll be interesting to see how everything will be summed up.
and…..I might include spoilers without me knowing it so…..As a precaution, I’ll apologise now.
So the story takes place 10 years after yuko’s ‘death’ or ‘disappearance’ and it show how much the characters have changed. Hiwamari is married, doumeki is a professor and kohane is a student in the same university.This setting is the same as the manga yet the story is well, a side story since there isn’t anything like this in the manga.
So a brief summary of the plot would be doumeki and another professor going to a mansion-like house to check out some artifacs and charms.etc. And when doumeki was there, he meets a girl, who is unnamed, an rather mysterious too.
And then the next time they went, they were going through a crate and inside that crate was a bell. and once the bell was rung, the bashes open a door and starts acting all berserk and bites the professor and causes havoc.
doumeki and watanaki investigate further to find shes some izura tamer or something like that.
The storyline confused me. So a girls gets possesed, and then destroys everything and then a pipe fox comes to the rescue, and they find a box and then she turns into a fox?! It was just too much to keep up with.
And I’m the person, whho judges alot of anime and manga by endings. A bad and incomplete or rushed ending ruins the anime no matter how good the storyline was.
xxxHolic rou’s ending was confusing as well. What happened to an equal payment? How could a few words be enough for a girl to turn into a fox? What happened to yuko?
The ending wasn’t rushed, I was just incomplete. I felt like it needed more episodes.
The storyline was the only thing that ruined it for me. And it was such a shame because this could’ve turned out really good.
But thats just me. Maybe your not as absent minded as me and you might understand the storyline.
The art was the usual xxxholic style art, the simple eyes, and matte colours.
Kohane grew taller and looks a lot more mature, yet doumeki hasn’t changed, nor has watanuki since those ten years. Apart from that, the art was brilliant.
The music, was outstanding. It created the right atmosphere and setting. If your were to watch this anime on mute, you might not even realise that this anime is horror.
The character development was probably the things that stand out the most. Kohane is a (half) carefree girl and she is no longer the insecure child she was before. Although doumeki……hasn’t changed at all. He’s still the demanding, emotionless type of guy. But on the other hand, watanaki has changed dramatically. He’s become alot like the serious yuko. (and when I said serious yuko I mean when she’s around her customers and has that eerie demeanour not the playful sake ridden one) He no longer spazzes and no longer does those overly dramatic reactions that I love. Instead, he smokes a pipe and takes in a very serene tone and formal yet demanding manner.
This anime or ova was different, from all the other xxxholic ovas out there because it has a different setting to it.
I enjoyed it,even though i didn’t get it, and that’s pretty impressive.
I’m gonna end this awfully long review with this oh-so spoilerish line.
“Welcome back, Yuko.”
Story (9/10): Okay so the story is pretty much rushed BUT it’s awesome. The story took place 10 years later and I actually want to know what happened and I hope it show in the manga because I’ll be reading it soon. I was really confused to as what happened to Yuuko when she says something about her already being dead and her disappearance. After her being gone, Watanuki became the owner which is cool. Watanuki in this timeline is even better than he was in the first and second season of the anime no doubt but his relationship between Doumeki hasn’t changed. Now the bad and most horrible part in this OVA is that Himawari is married to a different man which is very surprising and sad because despite what Watanuki did to her she decided to go for a different man and want to make me realize how the crap did the man did to Himawari to fall for him. One thing came to mind is his looks and I think that’s pretty much the reason but I can’t be sure. Okay next is Doumeki, you won’t believe this but he’s actually getting marry too. Oh yeah he is in two months and that person is Tsuyuri. Holy sh**!! I’m shocked!!! Why them and can’t be Watanuki???!! Well I just hope maybe Watanuki gets to meet Yuuko and be together in the manga.
Art (10/10): Nothing else to talk about this good art work
Sound (10/10): Nothing else to talk about this either
Character (10/10): Great characters. They’re grown and has changed since 10 years went by.
Enjoymant (9/10): Of course this wouldn’t happened if I knew exactly how and when did Himawari got married and met him and Doumeki relationship with Tsuyuri.
Overall (9/10): It’s a magnificent OVA. I truly enjoyed it at last. If you did watch the first and second season of this, then I suggest you watch this awesome piece of work.
My favorite quote from Yuuko: “I’m back, Watanuki.” *crying little by little just hearing this* (Even though she did say it, I didn’t see her being actually back so i hope i get to see in it the manga hopefully)
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1. xxxHOLiC Rou
2. Tsubasa: Shunraiki
3. Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder
4. xxxHOLiC Shunmuki
5. Detective Conan OVA 09: The Stranger in 10 Years…
6. Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai
7. Detective Conan OVA 10: Kid in Trap Island
8. Master Keaton OVA
9. Black Jack
10. Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu
11. R.O.D: Read or Die
12. Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai
13. Denpa-teki na Kanojo
14. Detective Conan Magic File 2: Kudou Shinichi – The Case of the Mysterious Wall and the Black Lab
15. Detective Conan Magic File 4: Osaka Okonomiyaki Odyssey
16. Detective Conan OVA 04: Conan and Kid and Crystal Mother
17. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
18. Detective Conan OVA 06: Follow the Vanished Diamond! Conan & Heiji vs. Kid!
19. Detective Conan OVA 11: A Secret Order from London
20. Detective Conan Bonus File: Fantasista Flower
21. Hyouka: Motsubeki Mono wa
22. Detective Conan Magic File 5: Niigata – Tokyo Omiyage Capriccio
23. Detective Conan OVA 02: 16 Suspects
24. Another: The Other – Inga
25. Detective Conan OVA 07: A Challenge from Agasa! Agasa vs. Conan and the Detective Boys
26. Nazo no Kanojo X: Nazo no Natsu Matsuri
27. Detective Conan OVA 01: Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba
28. Detective Conan OVA 05: The Target is Kogoro! The Detective Boys’ Secret Investigation
29. Tokyo Ghoul: “Pinto”
30. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak
31. Detective Conan OVA 08: High School Girl Detective Sonoko Suzuki’s Case Files
32. Ajin OVA
33. Detective Conan OVA 03: Conan and Heiji and the Vanished Boy
34. Dantalian no Shoka: Ibarahime
35. Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono
36. ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka – Regards
37. Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Hitoribocchi no Kyuuketsuki
38. Ajin 2nd Season OVA
39. Detective Conan OVA 12: The Miracle of Excalibur
41. Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover
42. X OVA
44. Mermaid’s Scar
45. Megazone 23
46. Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Fukurokouji to Ano Ko to Ore to
47. Ningyo no Mori
48. Tokyo Babylon
49. Kabukichou Sherlock OVA
50. Lupin III: Green vs. Red