They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Eightman After, Soreyuke! Uchuu Senkan Yamamoto Youko II, Neko Hiki no Oruorane, and more!
50: Eightman After
English: 8 Man After
Japanese: エイトマン AFTER
MAL Score: 6.17
Private detective Hazama Itsuru is hired by Professor Tani to investigate a cyborg parts theft which eventually leads him to meet Sachiko Yokogawa, the original 8 Man’s love interest. Living her new life working for the Biotecho Corp., Sachiko finds herself involved with a new 8 Man, who appears after Hazama is fatally wounded by an unknow cyborg. Amidst a violent urban background with cyber-junkies creating chaos around the city, this other 8 Man will fight criminals in a more agressive way.
the anime is great and so is the music it feels so unbelievably 80s that i love it japanese and english its pretty good.If your into cops,cyborgs,and crime animes you should definatly check this out !
The anime does do a decent job at first sucking you into its cyberpunk-like world with a corrupt megacorporation and an enthusiastic freelance detective fishing around for clues suspecting that the executive of said corporation has connections to the city’s crime world. But when the character of 8 Man makes his presence felt towards the middle of the series, things do become formulaic pretty quickly with the series making a poor mix out of the typical “anti-hero hooked on revenge” cliche and 8 Man’s character becoming conflicted with the blurring of both his human and robot sides. While the latter usually has its potential in cyberpunk titles to explore a robotic character conflicted with their humanity, the series does suffer some major logical lapses with how 8 Man came about with his origins as some details on his past are brought up from a man who provides maintenance and his missions for him and the series conveniently ignores this issue as later developments in the main plot progress thus killing any kind of feeling one is suppose to have for 8 Man’s personal conflicts.
The plot with the megacorporation is your typical Hollywood-style plot in terms of its development and having its fair share of over-the-top moments compliments of the violent activity of the thugs and the issues faced from the megacorporation’s actions. The only prominent aspect of the plot that stuck out decently was its exploration on how the megacorporation’s actions effected a washed-up football player who winded up having his limbs converted into a cyborg during the later part of the series.
The visuals to 8 Man After are mostly standard for the time period with decent details given to scenery shots and character designs, though 8 Man’s design looks a bit rough compared to other characters. The animation leaves quite a bit to be desired as animation shortcuts are quite apparent in action sequences, especially with reused animation frames done when 8 Man is showing off his ridiculous speed. The music does do its part to complement the title’s various scenes, though nothing memorable sticks out with it.
Unless you are a fan of the original 8 Man anime and/or manga series, I wouldn’t recommend watching 8 Man After as many of its prominent elements are quite cliched and poorly developed making it a weak watch if you are a fan of cyberpunk titles.
The story continues from the 8 man story – Azuma, the original 8 man disappears and that is the last time Sachiko – the leading female in the story – saw 8 man. A tragedy similar to the one before occurs in which a new detective, Hazama gets caught in a fight, and is on the brink of life and death. His memory is transferred to the body of the original 8 man and thus the legend of 8 man revives.
This 8 man has issues of the past that manage to override his control over his body whenever he is faced with protecting someone/thing that means something to him. The anime ends as is expected with a showdown against a similar cyborg.
Now there is an abundance of Cyborg animes or at least futuristic ones. 8 man after stands out from the rest quite easily.
The story of 8 man has been briefly discussed above. It revolves around Sachiko, a companion of the previous 8 man, Hazama, the new 8 man, Tony Gleck, the man who was the reason of serious emotional scars for Hazama. Each character manages to get reasonable screen time, the development of the story is natural. It takes some time to understand it properly but that counts as a positive trait – it is not an anime in which they first define the key terms and the main plot line. They let the story explain things on the way even for someone who hasn’t seen the original 8 man.
The only thing that I would count as a negative is that there were few moments of major plot twists or turn of events that are characteristic of such animes.
The art, considering how old the anime is, is well done. The colors are surely dull but the environment, the blasts, the shattering mirrors and especially the way they have depicted violence is well done. Not amazing – well done. The characters are more or less well made – other than few instances where a few chars seem too wide.
The sound was fine, the main theme is good, it emphasizes on the action scenes but other than that there is nothing amazing about the sound effects. The explosions and firing has been well handled, as well as giving the 8 man his own crisp sound effects.
The characters, personalities, tones, moods were implemented quite well. That said, the personalities were realistic and could be related to with the occupation/role each character has. An example would be the discussion between Hazama and O’ Conner when discussing his memorable touch down in the stadium. Another would involve the chief and how he converses with Hazama.
This show is for those who mainly understand the story, get the gist of the characters situations and then enjoy how the story proceeds. The professional aspect of either Hazama, the police officers or Sachiko is beilevable and their personalities make the anime fun to watch. It does not have as much fast paced action as many would expect but that for me makes it stand out from cliche animes. Still, the lack of action CAN be easily considered a set back considering the setup of the anime. Most people would be looking for an amazing showdown in the end, fantastic gymnastics and crazy maneuvers that bring the show to an end but it does not go that way.
Over all, I think it is a really good anime keeping in mind the era it came out in. It isn’t the typical excessively action packed anime but is worth watching.
Any feedback on the review is welcome!
49: Soreyuke! Uchuu Senkan Yamamoto Youko II
English: Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko II
Japanese: それゆけ!宇宙戦艦ヤマモト ヨーコⅡ
MAL Score: 6.25
There is an ancient legend on a distant planet which states (among other things) that four goddesses will one day descend from the skies and all will be right with the world.
Of course meanwhile, Yohko and the rest of the Terra team (with one straggler) have crashed on a backwater world, and they have to figure out a way off before their new charge… gets hungry again!
Every so often, a celebration takes place in one of the most beautiful places in the Universe… a cosmic Sakura fest! Since the Terra Team has been doing so well, one of them is invited to join the high command as they meet their opposite numbers from NESS. It’s a time of celebration and a time of peace… but it seems that someone didn’t get the message.
48: Neko Hiki no Oruorane
MAL Score: 6.26
During the holiday season, a young man encounters a drunken cat belonging to an old man in an alley. The old man has trained his three cats to sing.
I felt this required a review as some might give this anime a pass based off its low watch rate and score. However you should definitely give this a chance if you are looking for a mid 90’s feel good Christmas music comedy!
That’s the PLOT, but the actual purpose of this story is to give a short and sweet slice of life in the chilly winter of a small city. Nobody’s that well off, the weather isn’t great, and the protagonist never really improves his situation from being poor and jobless. Generally, though, the mood is happy, and the story focuses on the quiet, pretty moments that punctuate the hardships of a young adult life.
It’s a bit too short to make an impact that will last a lifetime for me, but it’s real pretty and real cute.
47: Suna no Bara: Yuki no Mokushiroku
Japanese: 砂の薔薇[デザート ローズ] 雪の黙示録
MAL Score: 6.27
Mariko Rosebank leads a team of all-female anti-terrorist mercenaries, named C.A.T. This all-woman team is sent to guard a meeting of world leaders against a terrorist attack.
Its a shame not that many people appreciate this show to give it a higher score, but more importantly, that many people haven’t even heard of it to begin with considering how rare the more grounded subject matter it deals with is both more poignant in today’s political climate, and absent in anime’s obsesdion with action schlock geared towards the fantastical.
Because Desert Rose is action schlock, and honestly has no real greater message other than, terrorists are bad. But its execution is admirable and the creator clearly is well researched enough to immerse his audience within the story that he spins with great detail.
Desert Rose is about an all female group of counter terrorists led by a female victim of terrorism. The OVA came out in the 90s and for some reason was never picked up for a full series. Which is a shame because the manga it was based off of gave me the same kind of enjoyment as gunslinger girls.
The OVA in question is more than competent as well. The enjoyment comes from the details I mentioned earlier. I get that this is an anime and obviously takes some liberties with its realism but what was there brought a huge smile on my face. Soldiers that talk like soldiers, who clear rooms and relay reports to one another with brevity. There’s a scene where a Swiss commando tests these ladies in their competencies by drawing a gun on them and while most of it was over the top, there was a bit in there where two of the counter terrorists immediatwly snap to covering the window in anticipation of other opposition forces. The implication being that they are always cognizant of their surroundings and are as a result, always alert.
This last part was what I got out of the OVA the most and what I expect is what warranted such a low MAL score. I expect most people wanted a Die Hard or Black Lagoon kind of show where everyone is a Peckinpah, Woo, or Tarantino creation and was bored by the pre planning, waiting, and brief bits of action that actually occured. To those people I ask, don’t we have way too many of those shows already? Again, this is just an anime so girls with guns in maid outfits are a plenty, but they have a mission pertinent reason for putting them on to begin with. Not to mention the female combatants are given way more agency than just, girls who like to shoot things.
The ending was abrupt and if this was supposed to be a pilot for a potential series, I wonder why they didn’t jist adapt the first chapter which was a more palatable opening for what the series can offer.
All in all, I think this is a great OVA, the character designs were cool and much attention was given to the firearms to not look goofy. The large cast works as a strength as they serve more as a way to highlight tue main character’s competencies as a leader and how they admire her l, with the exceptions of her direct subordinates, each of whom have a moment, however brief to shine.
The soundtrack, outside of the Ending was kind of forgetable but the baclground art was consistently enjoyable.
I’d give this a 7.5/10 with a strong reccomendation to check out the manga after the OVA but more than likely the OVA will have sold you on that option already as I was wanting more and binge read as much as I could.
Desert rose is another product of 90’s one-time OVA’s complimentary to their manga. A very simple plot and quick story, maybe a little too out there for 40 mins, but we get a swimsuit shot at the end so who cares right?
Following the story of C.A.T. , a small unit of women trained in anti-terrorism and led by captain Rosebank. Partially named after the scar she has on her chest from a quite horrific bombing at an airport. Her and her motley crew of young women embark to the pseudo Geneva conference- this time in the mountains to protect world leaders from the inevitable assassination attempts.
There is not much to say about Suna no Bara, other than the character design is a nice change of pace from conventional anime. Honestly the character interactions before and after the main plot hold more interest than the actual storyline. Nothing to write home about in any department. And quite forgettable. But, if you have 40 minutes to spare why not.
46: Kyokujitsu no Kantai
English: The Fleet of the Rising Sun
MAL Score: 6.37
In Kyokujitsu no Kantai, Japan builds up on its success in the earlier series by expanding its blue-water capabilities to reach the Atlantic Ocean, challenging the Kriegsmarine in the process. Nazi Germany also launches a surgical strike on the White House and the Japanese fleet repels a German invasion of Britain.
45: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II OVA
Japanese: ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか 2期 OVA
MAL Score: 6.38
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You know sometime when you’re watching/reading something, what’s under your eyes is so unexplainable that you feel the sudden urge to say “What kind of drug were they taking ?!”
Here, more than a lot of things I watched, that is definitively what’s coming to my mind.
It’s not some kind of psychological bullshit with deep meaning behind, it is just a total wreck of a story…
We already got a “bath OVA”, and now it was time for the “beach OVA”, but as the previous one could easily being put at some point of the timeline, and without being great, was kinda enjoyable, this one is just a succession of dubious clichés… With in the end no actual link to the plot or whatsoever.
It feels like watching a very bad parody, althougth it is not.
Yeah, there is 2-3 funny jokes in the whole 26 min of content, but most of the time you’ll just cringe and repeatedly say “WTF !!” whenever something new happens.
I understand that sometimes the cast and production just want to have fun, but it’s normally under the form of a drama CD or some kind of “chibi low quality” bonus, not a fully animated 26 min long bullshit…
In the end, it doesn’t respect the original style/vibe of the series, which can have “fan service” (at this point I don’t know what kind of “fan” it is serving) moments without going so far, nor add something to the whole series’ story (considering the total unclear ending…), so it just feels like a waste of time and budget from the studio and production comity…
At least we didn’t have to pay for this for us watching it on a legal streaming platform…
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II OVA starts off pretty usual for Danmachi OVA’s where instead of a hot springs, Bell and crew are in “Paradise Island” where rare herbs are bountiful for the picking, however things don’t seem right…
For the first half of this OVA at least it’s your fanservice in a beach episode, mainly from Hestia, Liliruca and Haruhime with Mikoto getting in on the action and it’s your typical swimsuit fanservice and with all the harem hijinks that entails with it what with Hestia vs. Liliruca to Haruhime’s closeted pervertedness coming in. The fanservice was mildly servicable with the fanservice ranging mostly on the swimsuits to just some ummm “odd choices”.
It’s not until Ais comes in is when it REALLY starts to going in a crazy fever dream direction and like a fever dream, things goes insane and like insanity….insanity is something you do over and over again and expect and different result and ohh boy with that ending and to Bell’s as well as the rest of cast’s fate is unknown. If anything this reminds LA heavily of Highschool of the Dead’s OVA…lighter but with a sinisterly “bad ending” vibe to it.
The animation done by JC Staff was pretty much consistent from it’s second season so not much to point out there and the fanservice wasn’t risque per say, just ehhh to decent swimsuit fanservice.
As for the voice cast, LA thought there was something odd with the voice direction with this OVA and man does it show as the OVA kept going, almost self awareness from the VA’s especially Saori Hayami as Ryu. The standout VA’s to this OVA was probably Saori Hayami and Inori Minase though the majority of the VA’s in this OVA seemed to and sounded like they had fun with this OVA.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II OVA is much like the first season’s OVA, but where the first season’s OVA was a pure hot springs fanservice with harem hijinks, this OVA on the other hand was an off-kilter beach fanservice with harem hijinks that goes off it’s rocker the further you watch it and that ending…………..makes this OVA…weird.
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Check it out, a sea cucumber, GROSS!
If the second season was already a very mediocre and boring season, I do not understand the goal of getting an ova, for more full of fanservice. Horrible I have another word for this garbage, they damaged how little good the anime had left, that yes, it is an ova and has no relation to the story as such, but even so it already gives you an idea of what could come in the third season.
Nor will I talk about the ova itself that is not worth it, it’s just the typical fanservice ova, but done in the most horrifying way possible. The 23 worst wasted minutes of my life.
44: Yume de Aetara
English: If I See You in My Dreams
MAL Score: 6.42
Yume de Aetara is a story about one guy Fuguno Masuo (a complete loser when it comes to relationship with women) and two girls: Shiozaki Nagisa and Hamaoka Miho. Since the story is pretty simple (and hilariously funny), further explanation will spoil everything (take the hint: watch it yourself!)
After watching it, I’m going to certainly agree with the reviews I found online.. it honestly seemed as though it may have been written as a student project of an exercise in actively using clichés, which were introduced in nothing but the most boring and drab way possible.. sometimes, feeling as though the story itself was trying way too hard to simply pander to the viewer.
I think I found myself barely crack a smile maybe twice.. and while the OVA almost teetered on the verge of mild entertainment, it was otherwise devoid of any moving, memorable or emotionally charged moments.
The characters were transparent, forgettable and without any substance.. almost as though they were built around the scenes in lieu of their own backgrounds. Scenes of situations that sometimes seemed almost too sudden, as if written in the middle of the animating process in order to make sense of a storyline contradiction, that maybe wasn’t caught in proofreading.
The Art was fairly typical although some colors seemed to stand out for me a bit now and then, catching my eye. The sound was really neither here nor there as well; neither opening nor ending themes were anything to write home about.
Overall, I gave it a 4 out of 10.. and will state – if you’re looking for a nice memorable romantic comedy.. Look Elsewhere… but if you, like me are duped into owning it before really knowing of its not-so-greatness, then it will give you something to mildly keep your interest for an hour and a half.. but believe me, I’ll by no means be shelling out any more money for the re-release complete with entire mini-episode tv-series, as it could no way be worth even the measly $11 US 😉
The story itself follows the male lead, Fuguno Masuo, as he struggles to find a suitable partner. This is where the two main female characters come in, Shiozaki Nagisa and Hamaoka Miho. As with nearly all romance themed series there is going to be a lot of conflict between the male lead, the girls in the cast and predictably, secondary male characters too. I don’t want to spoil this series for anyone reading this so I will only say that as far as romance goes, Yume de Aetara did a very good job of conveying the story in such a short time span.
However, what really surprised me in Yume de Aetara is that the characters are very realistic. Believe it or not, the women in this anime actually resemble their real life counterparts. No blue, green [enter the spectral colour name here] haired characters, no exaggerated reactions, no slapstick humor, no superhuman strength, no mallets, no exploding heads… I think you get the idea. This anime is realistic and I can always appreciate a realistic anime.
The major problem here lies with its rather poor animation quality and sub-par sound department but that is to be expected. I had no problem with the style itself though as it is old-school (we’re talking 90s anime here) and reminiscent of perhaps titles like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon. Older anime watchers will definitely feel the nostalgia contained within this 3 OVA piece.
As far as enjoyment goes, I must admit that I have been caught off guard. I picked this up on a whim and didn’t expect anything great and granted this isn’t exactly a masterpiece. The story might seem cliched, the quality isn’t that good either BUT it is still a good anime. The characters are staggeringly realistic in comparison with some of the petrifying creatures that one might encounter in modern anime. And as I said before, considering the length of this series the pacing is near damn flawless. As for the content itself, it is a heartwarming tale of two people who fall in love and have to go through trials to prove that love. Definitely an enjoyable experience.
If you want to see a short realistic romance story and are prepared to disregard its quality issues, look no further. This is what you’ll want to watch.
7 points overall.
43: Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu
English: Today We Start Our Love
MAL Score: 6.47
Hibino Tsubaki is a shy, kind, and slightly old-fashioned girl who has always been the top student in her class. She always did everything her parents wanted her to do. She loved to do other girls’ hair in trendy and cute styles, despite always wearing plain braids herself.
On her first day of high school at the opening ceremony, she is astonished to see that the top student giving the opening speech is not only somebody else, but also the rudest boy she has ever seen. This delinquent turns out to be her new classmate, Kyouta Tsubaki. Kyouta teases Hibino, drawing attention to their similar last names. The two are both top of their class, but are different in every other way. Even though it seems that they cannot stand each other, fate has something else in store for them…
Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu is a difficult OVA to recommend. For newcomers who have never read the manga will find the first episode (and probably the rest of the OVA) to be confusing. Why, you ask? Because the first episode starts at the first major climax of the manga. Which I believe in the manga starts at chapter 15, so all anime viewers would be missing 14 chapters of background content of the first episode. If you do want to watch the OVA be prepared to be completely mind blanked at some scenes.
But this is the true nature of the OVA of Kyou, Koi. The OVA is suppose to cater to the manga readers and draw the anime watchers to read the manga. Which effectively worked for me again. (Since I dropped the manga and plan on reading it again for the second episode of the OVA.) How do I know this? Because the OVA was bundled with the ninth volume of the manga in Japan. So it was not set to sell to the mainstream audience, but only to the manga followers who continue to read and support the manga.
J.C. Staff is at the helm of animating Kyou, Koi. (J.C. Staff is also animating another shoujo alongside Kyou, Koi called Kaichou wa Maid-sama. But Kaichou wa Maid-sama gets a whole TV series to go through the manga.) The art is decent and stays true to the manga, which was a good thing. Obviously, J.C. Staff did not plan on having a big budget to animate this OVA, because it was just going to be an extra bundle to a manga volume. But I was surprised at the background art, which were drawn very well considering the small budget they had to use.
Soundtrack and voice acting wise, I thought were pretty good. Lots of piano/orchestra music fitting the shoujo setting of the anime. And Itou Kanae voices the main female lead in the OVA. Who is also know for doing Himamori Amu in Shugo Chara. Coming right from another shoujo is Namikawa Daisuke, who is fresh off the shoujo scene from voicing Kazehaya from Kimi ni Todoke. He voices the main male lead, but instead of playing a cheerful character like in Kimi ni Todoke, voices a rough serious character instead in Kyou, Koi.
Overall, I did enjoy this OVA, since it was literally a copy and paste of the manga. Except with added color, voice acting, animations, and background music. But again what makes this OVA so hard to recommend is because it was specifically made for the manga readers and will be a total loss for the anime only watchers. So here’s to me hoping that J.C. Staff will do a full adaptation of the manga if they find out the OVA did well. But I’m not keeping my fingers crossed, since it seems to be such a small chance.
*Second episode of the OVA comes out bundled with the tenth volume of the manga, so expect that to not follow the time line of the first episode of the OVA.
The main highlights of these OVA are the still animation scenes which are rather breathtaking, artistic and beautifully rendered but this are quite few. The same thing cannot be said on the animation with movements though as it lacks fluidity, the environment is somewhat bland and poor in details. The character designs are passable and likeable as it features narrow faces, pointy chins and hair lines that are too many which clearly indicates that this is a shoujo anime. In general, the production values are quite low.
The OVA is kind enough to provide an Ending theme song which is quite good to listen and a couple of well orchestrated soundtracks which fits fairly well for overall mood of the story.
In the character side of things, nothing much is revealed other than the fact that main characters are of good standing being honor students. Voice acting is fairly well done as it features well known voice actors such as Itou Kanae as the female lead Hibino Tsubaki, and Namikawa Daisuke as the male lead Tsubaki Kyouta.
Overall, my impression of this short OVA is quite positive since I have a natural inclination on romance stories that are fun to watch and not overly dramatic. “Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu” is quite difficult to recommend to other viewers because after a quick look around the origin of this OVA, I found out that this is actually just a bonus item for a shoujo manga bearing the same title so its target audience are the manga readers who have a good understanding of the overall story. So if the viewer is a manga reader then this is a highly recommended OVA, but for other viewers like me who haven’t read the manga or have no intention of reading the manga, it is still watchable, just don’t expect great things.
42: Vatican Kiseki Chousakan: Majo no Soup
Japanese: バチカン奇跡調査官 魔女のスープ
MAL Score: 6.47
The flyer from this year’s AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed that Vatican Kiseki Chousakan will receive an OVA episode.
41: Konpeki no Kantai
MAL Score: 6.51
Konpeki no Kantai is a Japanese alternate-history original video animation series produced by JC Staff. Based on a 1992 novel by Yoshio Aramaki, the series focuses on a technologically advanced Imperial Japanese Navy and a radically different Pacific War that was brought about by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s revival in the past due to unexplained circumstances. The series also features real-life 1940s figures whose first names were changed, such as Winston Churchill to Kingston Churchill and Adolf Hitler to Heinrich von Hitler.
This anime makes me see one color: RED! Just like the Nintendo Virtua Boy. There are worse made anime on a technical level, but this is for me the most rage inducing anime in existence. It pushes ALL of my buttons at once and does it again and again with infuriating glee! It is a historical fiction featuring: terrible understanding of history, military strategy, logistics, and anything that makes historical fiction interesting. It also is the most insanely nationalistic, militaristic, and virulently racist series to possibly ever exist. This is like a horribly written cartoon version of the Turner Diaries! Japan takes over the world and enslaves or kills all non-Japanese, which we the audience are supposed to cheer and possibly jerk off to! What I am about to describe is in my opinion the single worst anime of all time!
In 1943, Isoroku Yamamoto is shot down and with no explanation ends up in the early 1900s just after the Russo-Japanese war concludes with the battle of Tsushima. Yamamoto despite being educated entirely in military strategy and having no knowledge of engineering is able to describe exactly how to built nuclear submarines, jet fighters, and other bits of advanced technology to 1910 Japan! By the time 1941 comes, Japan invades and beats the shit out of the United States. However, they don’t actually invade the US. After destroying the US naval fleet and bombing Los Alamos, the president Hank Roosevelt (names are slightly changed for no reason) has a stroke and the US surrenders to Japanese domination of the US mainland. The overwhelming logistical superiority of the US and the fact America could crank out 15 ships and 20 planes for every ship and plane Japan could produce is simply ignored. The US was simply THAT dependent on the Manhattan Project to win the war. In reality, the US didn’t need the Manhattan Project at all. It saved the lives of 100,000 more US soldiers, but it was in no way needed for victory. The primary reason we even used nukes was the threaten the Soviets and assert our global dominance. After beating the US, Japan conquers most of the world and eventually beats the shit out of Nazi Germany, who by 1943 had conquered the Eurasian continent! Japan allows Nazi Germany to keep all of Europe and Russia though, apart from a small chunk of Siberia where Japan “nobly” allows the last remaining Jews and Russians to live in a frozen internment camp! How did Japan beat Germany? By taking over Nazi controlled England of course! Let me fucking repeat that. GERMANY surrenders because Japan retook England! The anime ends in a celebratory manner with Japan ruling the vast majority of the globe and preaching about the superiority of the Yamato race.
I can’t even begin to describe all that is wrong with this anime. Consider that despite the nuclear submarines and improved aircraft carriers, Japan crushes Germany in a land war despite showing no drastic improvements in Japanese land war technology. For anyone who as glanced at WW2 history, Japan SUCKED at land war when they weren’t fighting 3rd world countries like 1930s-1940s China and Korea. The US ran up a 10:1 kill ratio EVERY TIME we fought the Japanese on land. Japan “won” the battle of Wake Island by suffering a roughly 27:1 ratio loss. The Soviets ran up a 9:1 kill ratio during 1945 in August Storm. The Soviets were NOT known for caring about kill ratio. If they run up a 9:1 against you then you SUCK! The Germans and Germany’s allies like the Finns would have had a nearly 50:1 kill ratio against Japan. They would literally have to create a new word because slaughter wouldn’t begin to describe the savage beating the Japanese army would take! It would be exactly like the Nazi vampires vs. London civilians in fucking Hellsing! This is a story where logic, logistics, and things of that nature simply die. It is all about “rule of cool” and wunderweapons. That is totally what wins wars!
I gave this series a 1 because I couldn’t give it zero. If you don’t want to be angered to the point of foaming at the mouth and contemplating murder against the production staff do NOT watch this abominable piece of shit! I simply can’t stress this enough!
For those who are unfamiliar with KNK I’ll just say it’s an epic 32 episodes (each one 45 min on average) OVA that run from 1993 to 2003. So yes, it took JC Staff (the studio) 10 years to make it. That can give you an idea of the quality level and the effort that was put into creating this.
The story is set in an alternate WW2 where a Japanese admiral is trying to change Japan’s role in the war. It plays out pretty much as a political thriller with a ton of absolutely gorgeous action scenes, all of which are fully handrawn and joy to watch to any (realistic) 2D animation fan (Think Legend of the Galactic Heroes meets Zipang with the quality level of Patlabor 2 or Jin Roh in the action scenes). I guess the fact that I’ve watched the series several times Raw with my broken japanese should give you an indication of just how good the action scenes are.
I’m not even a history or military buff but I sure as hell am a hardcore handrawn animation fan who loves a good, gripping story and interesting characters. And, really, it doesn’t get much better than this
They just don’t make them like they used to and it’s painfully obvious that we won’t be able to get any military-political thriller of this caliber any time soon (if ever).
The anime is gold in a gold mine, if you like WW2 and specifically the Pacific war like me, this anime is gold. Although some of the things that happened in this anime like 9- 10 ratio win rate of the Imperial Japanese Navy in almost every encounter against the US Navy, which is pretty much absurd, but that’s okay since it is centered on Imperial Japanese Navy toppling over US in technology.
I overall enjoyed the show since it shows us the famous figures in Word War 2, I don’t think we will be getting another anime like this in these days, since majority of anime fans prefer the exact opposite of Konpeki no Kantai. I don’t have much to say, but if you want to watch this anime and you are interested in World War 2, you will be having the time of your life
TENNO HEIKA BANZAI !!!
MAL Score: 6.52
Dee Laytner and Randy “Ryo” Maclane are two New York cops taking a needed vacation in England. Dee has very strong feelings for Ryo and wants to take this chance to advance their relationship (and if he’s lucky, maybe seduce Ryo). Ryo doesn’t understand his own feelings for Dee, and doesn’t know if he wants to (or should) acknowledge them. Their vacation and relationship is suddenly disturbed when murders and missing person reports keep surfacing around their hotel. The only common tie the cases have is that all of the victims were Japanese or Japanese descent. Dee and Ryo have to solve the case before Ryo, who is half Japanese, becomes the next victim.
As great fan of the manga I held up my expectations for this OVA. This anime adaptation of "Fake" focus on the Act 5 of the Manga, published on the second volum which, by itself, reduces very much the potential of the story. The flashback trick of the manga is explored here, but it was still disappointing not to see more.
The manga story holds many detailed complexities, that were basically left out in the anime. However, it’s still a great action and mystery tale.
The characters were prefectly characterized: many hints and a lovely flashback are presented for us to know what is going on between them. However, for those that have not read the manga, a mistery remains: who the hell are Bikky and Chal and what are they doing there?
Special kudos for the voice actors, a great cast that worked their job perfectly. Only Dee’s voice seemed "not quite right", but after some minutes I got used to it and now I can’t imagine him differently.
This is very enjoyable, much more for the adventure and mystery than for the BL (which, being near to none and not explicit at all, is well done and realistic).
a) Story! – Fair
“Fake” doesn’t adapt the entirety of the original manga; only the 5th chapter in Volume 2 out of the published 7. So, of course, there’s a lot of missing context and the narrative feels isolated from the larger work. I was never confused about character dynamics however and always felt sufficiently informed about Dee and Ryo’s history thanks to various quick flashbacks and context clues! It’s just important to remember that you aren’t going to get everything from this one OVA; this is a Free Sample at CostCo that you can taste before buying the whole box of crackers (i.e. reading the manga)
This OVA does tell a complete narrative though! It’s most enjoyable aspects are it’s character interactions and it’s development of Dee and Ryo’s romance. The two of them are in an awkward transitionary period where they know each others feelings, but Ryo especially isn’t confident in persuing them – he learns to be more open and expressive with Dee via the help of some really well written secondary characters!
The mystery aspect is kind of subpar unfortunately. There are some surprising revelations and even a supernatural element that becomes apparent early on! But the overall murders are woefully predictable with no room for the viewer to make deductions on their own.
b) Art! – Fair
I’m honestly not a huge fan of the art style! It’s an excellent 90s anime throwback especially character design wise, but the way resting facial features are drawn doesn’t sit super well with me. The characters seem melty? Or droopy? It doesn’t quite fit with the overall aesthetic.
The classic 90s facial expressions are SICK though!! The visual comedy is really well executed and will definitely do you right if you’re looking for some of that nostlagia.
Background art is relatively unremarkable but well executed! The lighting is rendered very tenderly, especially at sunset and night time.
c) Sound! – Good
Kind of unremarkable! The music isn’t exactly memorable?
The voice acting is really well suited to the characters! Dee’s lines hit all the right notes of loud, exuberant, and comedic without becoming obnoxious. Dee’s VA also balances the comedic and serious heart to heart scenes really well – it’s incredibly organic and a huge part of why the character performance was so enthralling.
d) Character! – Great
The characters are the highlight of this OVA! Despite being only 55 minutes, you get a really good feel for Dee and Ryo early on that quickly endears them to you. Dee seems initially like the jocky, No-Homo stereotype that could potentially spend the whole OVA in an “AM I GAY??” panic scenario – but no! Dee is the character who’s most confident in his feelings for Ryo and Ryo himself also avoids this annoying trope. His calm, collected presence juxtoposes well with Dee’s energy and their banter and overall dynamic is a joy.
The secondary characters are less developed, but still interact well with the protagonists and are memorable! Berkley Rose specifically is a great addition, since most of the side characters are comedic relief and Berkley functions more so as a serious narrative foil to Dee.
e) Enjoyment! – Great
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Fake!! It’s not a masterpiece by any means, but I mean. I had fun! I watched it with a friend, which maybe heightened the enjoyment factor since we were talking and theorizing and joking – but even if I’d seen it alone, I think I still would have enjoyed it because the concept and the character dynamics are just exactly up my alley!
yknow how police procedurals and buddy cop movies are kinda gay and people joke about it? “Fake” is a gay police procedural that plays that completely straight. to reference twitter account We Rate Dogs:
“it’s a good ova Brent”
39: Puni Puni☆Poemii
English: Puni Puni Poemy
MAL Score: 6.55
Poemi Watanabe (a.k.a. Kobayashi) is a 10-year-old girl with aspirations of being a famous voice actress. Unfortunately, her school grades are bad and her voice acting is even worse. But when a mysterious alien kills her parents and wreaks havoc all over Tokyo, Poemi grabs a talking fish, skins it into a wand and becomes the magical girl Puni Puni Poemi to save the day.
This OVA binds together a truelly atrocious story, shallow characters with no character development, random fan service and an overdose of humour.
And guess what, it balances out. PPP proves that you really don’t need a best-selling story with deep characters and all that to bring across some great comedy. In fact, most of that stuff can stands in the way of comedy, and Watanabe carefully steers around all of the depth that you can put into an anime, clearly avoids any sort of explanation to anything and refuses to put any form of character development into this anime. And you really won’t miss any of it.
The maniacal comedy, the hyperactive main character, the clearly shallow and senseless supporting characters, all of that works for the comedy factor in this anime and is there for nothing else but the comedy.
Alright, let’s run through the scores.
Well, the story is horrible, just to be honest. It’s a magical girl story with the objective to make as little sense as possible. The entire set-up of how Poemi becomes a magical girl is about as ridiculous as you can find, and the why’s, how’s and what’s aren’t touched in any way.
However the comedy that the stupidity of the story creates is a different matter all together. The idiotic situations that Poemi blunders into, one after the other, create some great comedy.
The art is fairly decent and works really great with the story. The characters are well presented and the sudden shifts in styles are also very good and well placed.
Really… nothing to say about the sound here. The use of Poemi wanting to be a voice-actor is well expressed and the general feel of the sound in the anime is good.
The character design is really bad to say the least. It lacks practically all forms of depth, character development is non-existent and the supporting characters can sometimes be replaced by cardboard cut-outs (and they might even show more depth then the actual characters).
However just like with the story, those characters are there to serve the comedy factor, and they work perfectly as they are.
They just shouldn’t be used for anything other then comedy.
The anime just works fantastically. The humour is great, the atrocious story and lack of character design just don’t matter when those are the things that make the comedy work here.
The only downsides to the anime are that Poemi’s hyper activeness can really get on your nerves, the senseless fan service can sometimes work against the story since it’s so blatant at times and the fact that it leaves you with a good couple of questions at the end about what happened in the anime doesn’t help either. Atleast if it didn’t numb down your brain.
This anime just proves that good comedy doesn’t need to involve a ground breaking story, well written characters or even decent dialogue.
It’s a comedy from start to finish and everything that is in it just is there to provide the comedy. There is really nothing more to say about it…
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Basically, they parody the magical girl genre, the voice acting/anime business, and fanservice. They regurarly break the fourth wall, which is made of LOVE. It’s a bit more crude than Excel Saga was, but as it’s an OAV, they can get away with it (they even joke about it).
Like Excel Saga, it has it’s moments, but it’s not made of brilliance. Still, good for a laugh if you’re bored.
The show starts out with a bit of an epic concept about someone wanting to take over the world and make it a place of beauty and sweetness. This wouldn’t be so bad except that right after the opening song, we get… stupidity. A Hyper, overactive girl screaming at the camera for the whole show is not my idea of a good show. This is just made for people to feel uncomfortable, isn’t it? Because the aliens having large balls knocking around from where their genitals would be, little kids showing off their ass, all the sexual images and jokes, and the very hyper girl messes with me. What else can I say about this show? I really have no idea… From the baby that predicted danger by pooping, to the S&M Dominatrix, there is so many jokes that just seem to fly over my head. I blame Japanese jokes that are culturally sensitive and toilet humor being there for no reason.
The artwork is all over the place. The opening is part anime, part live action with a young Japanese girl looking like she is running around on a beach. What makes it even more unsettling is that they put so many nudity shots in the beginning over this running girl that I just get thrown off faster then you can say Parody. Then when we get into the show finally, we get noodle legs and arms all over the place. Nothing keeps its proportion and things just seem to have a really high cartoon physics that gets on my nerves at times. Sure it works pretty well in Loony Tunes, but then they are not trying to milk it for all its worth. In shows like Loony Tunes, there is a time and place to use those physics and they don’t distract from the overall story. In this case, it really does. Whenever she moves, I feel like any OCD that I have is going to go overboard because I get distracted by her movements and can’t understand the story… if there really is any story to begin with. Still I do have to give them props for the amazing amount of color in this show. And… That might be all that I can give it. Character designs when they are still are pretty bland, little children sexualized way too much (of course, that happens in many more Anime, not just here), and the backgrounds are generic.
The music isn’t all bad. The opening song is kind of fun and playful, much like most songs from Excel Saga (another show I really am not a fan of but has decent music). The English voice acting is really terrible, and that mostly is with Poemi. Her voice is either two high, to energetic, or to out of control that I can barely understand her. Nothing she says seems to be of any importance because they never give you a chance to hear it. The third person speaking that she does also gets on my nerves very fast. I understand, she is trying to get into a rule of a girl named Poemi, I understand that the original voice actor, Yumiko Kobayashi, was trying to portray that she is playing a character playing another character. But does that really mean she has to keep saying her own name? Just saying Poemi did this or Poemi did that would be enough. Flipping through the different names made me miss her real name for a long time, making me think that the magical girl was just named Poemi instead. I give props to Cynthia Martinez who probably never got a chance to breathe trying to read the lines for Poemi though. Its one thing when it’s animated for your original language, it’s completely different when trying to dub a show where the artwork has already been done.
This is not the show for me. Looking at it compared to others like this, this is pretty much the bottom of the barrel. From the artwork, the jokes that really do not work outside Japan, and the voice acting adds up to a big mess to me.
38: Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS: Missing Link
Japanese: Lostorage conflated WIXOSS -missing link-
MAL Score: 6.55
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Personally I wasn’t a big fan of the writing because I binged Incited and went right into this episode hoping for a change of pace but it was like only a few days had gone by since the finale of Incited. The ending had me excited because I loved the first two seasons of WIXOSS and I’m excited for the characters to make a return! Over all a solid episode, nothing really stuck out but I can’t really majorly complain about anything.
37: Sensei no Ojikan: Doki Doki School Hours OVA
Japanese: せんせいのお時間: Doki Doki School Hours
MAL Score: 6.59
The series is centered on 27-year-old homeroom teacher Mika Suzuki (who only looks about half her age) and the eccentric and colorful students of her class.
36: Sky Girls OVA
MAL Score: 6.63
In the near future, Earth is at war with aliens called Worms. The war leaves the population of Earth decimated, with young men the main casualties. The Worms were beaten back but their re-emergence heralds the creation of a mecha unit called the Sonic Divers, piloted by 3 young girls to counter this threat.
It begins with our heroes taking it easy on the ocean, when all of a sudden the worms (primary alien villains) show up to reek havoc on earth. Yeah its pretty strait forward since its only a one episode OVA. While the girls are getting into their battle gear they strike conversations and briefing from the other cast members, it actually does a good job of giving the supporting cast some air time. And the little light love scenes that occurs every so often from Otoha and Ryohei is kinda nice, though definitely lacks the flare you would find in other love couples. It does well to stay with its military style theme and keeps the story going at a decent rate. My only problem was the final battle at the end, since its pretty much the only action scene you get, it seemed to come way too late in the episode and only lasted a few minutes, and therefore came off as a bite of a rush job. Some of the scenes have the supporting cast members talking about the girls and their potential during the action scenes themselves, sometimes it almost felt like they were trying to create filler times for them, which was kinda annoying. Other than that the story was fine. The mechas they drive are also kinda cool, though a bit weird, they actually are kinda wearing them as outfits, yet they are still driving them like regular robots. (Its difficult to explain, just see it and you’ll know what I mean) I was actually surprised to find some echhi scenarios in this title, because the Sky Girls series itself didn’t really contain anything like that. I have heard rumors though that the creators did this intentionally, trying to appeal to a more "echhi" fan base. Guess it was their attempt to draw in a different kind of audience with this.
So yeah as far as offensive material goes, there are some lite suggestive themes, usually nothing more than the girls wearing bikinis and the camera kinda zooming in close to their female parts. None of them are very well endowed though.
Its good for its short time, it doesn’t contain the most elaborate action and story scenes around, but it does entertain.
This was probably the lowest point in the OVA, the opening and closing themes were fun and lively for what the anime wanted you to feel, but the background soundtrack (generic military style beats) was just so uninspiring and flat, that it just came out as down right boring most of the time. The sound effects and voice cast were cool though, all voices matched well with the characters and the gun blasts were well timed and entertaining!
I honesty really dug the art to this, especially on the girls themselves. They gave off this unique look of both a grown up yet petite (loli style) look about them. The color schemes and mecha robot designs were all pretty well detailed. As far as the supporting cast goes they came off as a bit generic looking in terms of style though. This may be due to the fact that all the effort went into the main cast themselves.
All the characters were charming and likable, and all had their distinct personalities. At the same time they also give off a bit of a stereotypical kinda feel (the mature one, the nice girl, the gun-ho leader) to them. It wasn’t really bad or anything, I just wish they would have put a bit more creativity into their personalities. But what they got there did work.
Bottom Line: 7/10
Sky Girls OVA is a nice little action adventure title! If you have already seen the series then I wouldn’t really bothering watching this one, as it is nothing more than a summary of what went on in the series. But if you are new to this anime, then you may want to check this out to see if it fits your style or not. I recommend it to new fans of the series, or to people who don’t feel like watching the whole 26 episode anime, and just want a brief taste at what went on in it. Not the best action title out there, but a fun watch none the less!
Just keep in mind that the series itself obviously contains much more back story on the characters and plots.
35: Alien 9
MAL Score: 6.69
Soon after entering middle school, Yuri Otani is coerced into joining the “Alien Party,” a single-minded group with one goal: capture any alien attempting to enter school grounds. Terrified of aliens her entire life, Otani is anything but thrilled, and to make matters worse, her kit includes a “Borg”—an alien-like creature tasked with ensuring her safety. Despite this, she finds solace in her two partners: the independent and reliable Kumi Kawamura, and the smart and energetic Kasumi Tomine.
As the Alien Party works to fend off extraterrestrial threats, will their roller blades and lacrosse sticks be enough to overcome the dire challenges ahead, or will they succumb to fear and suffer the grim consequences of defeat?
The basic look and premise of the show do not appear to be special from the first glance, yet mere minutes are enough to see that you are into something much more than just another high-school, moe, action anime. There are a few things that make Alien 9 very distinct and give a bizarre and unique feel to the show. First of all the directing. It is slow and methodical with each and every shot meaning something or adding to the underlying themes and overall surreal feel of the show. The smart directing is accompanied by an offbeat soundtrack that helps build the atmosphere. The moe style that the show uses makes the disturbing parts provide even more impact. The tactic that some future shows also used, like Madoka Magica.
The anime itself (at least in my understanding) is a scary allegory of growing up, blooming and being afraid to be left behind. What sets apart this coming of age story from many others is that it is made from the girl’s point of view.
The characters I found to be very relatable and well written. The voice actors also did a terrific job.
A downside to otherwise amazing series is that it only adapts the half of the story from manga. The ending does not answer all questions and the story is ultimately left unfinished. While there were attempts to revive the show, it is still stuck in the developmental limbo and has been so for close to 15 years. It is unlikely that we will ever get the rest. Even without the ending. I do advise reading the manga as it is only 3 volumes long and the anime adapts the first 1.5 volumes.
As it stands the show is still very much a fantastic, emotional and thought provoking ride through and through. Sadly this anime is very much underrated and mostly unappreciated. I urge people to give it a try, especially if you are into psychological, thought provoking and disturbing anime.
I should have known something was up when I kept getting bad feelings for no reason. Things happened in the anime that made zero sense, and yet I felt completely horrible while and after watching it. When I finished the series (4 30-minute episodes), I couldn’t watch anime for the rest of the week. I felt dirty, like I had done something very wrong. Although the anime was violent and disturbing, it didn’t seem enough to affect me for days. Then, I discovered that Alien 9 is riddled with symbolism – and some of it not so hidden. To call it dark would be an understatement. There are blatant sexual instances represented, expressions of deep and black pain, and perverted thought processes. I would never recommend this to anyone. I have a feeling that someone who has experienced firsthand some of the horrible things the symbolism depicts would pick up on the innuendoes instantly.
Last, but not least, there is some very light yuri (girl’s love) tone in the anime – and it’s more obvious in the manga.
All in all, Alien 9 is, in short, to be avoided like the plague.
The visuals of Alien Nine are spectacular, and almost at a level of quality I would consider to be worthy of a feature-film status. There’s a great amount of attention to character proportions as the style this anime set out for is rarely ever carried out a notch below the ideal level. There’s some inclusion of cgi elements as well, yet I would consider these additions as some of the best cgi inclusions I’ve ever seen in any anime. Quite surprising when taking into account that this OVA series was released in 2001. An odd amount of high budget went into this peculiar piece of work, as the cgi fits perfectly along with the spectacular two-dimensional art. The direction is also fantastic with interesting angles and visual styles.
While I doubt many would argue that the animation of Alien Nine is not too notable, the art style is another thing to consider. The art style is generally normal, with the characters being drawn with very curvy heads similar to more child-oriented shows, yet the ears of the characters are drawn with far more detail and scaled to a larger size. It’s understandable that many people would be instantly turned off by this art style, but the more anime one sees along with many different art styles, the more one might become accepting to peculiar styles. This series would certainly require some acceptance of variety, some tolerance, and some will to see odd things since the story itself would also require such traits to be at all enjoyable.
The setting of Alien Nine is questionable as to what it’s comparing itself to, if anything at all. As Evangelion is easily comparable to mecha series and Madoka Magica is easily comparable to magical girl series, Alien Nine seems to sit in its own element. There wasn’t any key element I noticed that directly made me feel that Alien Nine was deconstructing a certain genre or series type, but the opposing styles of it along with its developing, unorthodoxed weirdness made it still feel as though it was. The story would be more similar in presentation to Madoka Magica, as young girls are place in positions where they practically gain superpowers to fight off danger. However, soon the elements of Alien Nine morph into the extreme that would correlate better with that of Neon Genesis Evangelion. There are even some paralleling moments in both Alien Nine and Evangelion that those who seek out to view both will likely notice.
Alien Nine begins as a school, superpower anime about school girls protecting their campus with gifted, super abilities. The main character is extremely shy and fragile, but is placed in a position where she will have to go into danger to fight off aliens from her school’s campus. That’s the introduction for the beginning, closely relating to the OVA’s opening which likely intentionally gives the series a more innocent atmosphere to start out with. Even during these more conventional moments in the anime, the music and some visual cues foreshadow a coming change.
The music in Alien Nine is unique and, although it may sound dry or lacking in budget at times, an intentional style slowly emerges that makes the whole audio experience memorable. The music will play in a way that is almost fitting to the starting presentation of what the anime is, yet there will always be an odd pitch and tone to it, almost like a record in a record player slowly shaking off-center. Alien Nine did extraordinarily well in its audio aspects for the style it carried out.
Alien Nine is more of an experience than a story, and it should be noted that the experience is incomplete. This OVA series also serves more as an advertisement to the mangas by its chosen end-point as it’s completely unsatisfying and in many ways not even able to be considered an ending at all. However, from the quality and intrigue found in Alien Nine, the series is one of the top that needs to either be remade or have a sequel made. For those who like mangas, they will likely deliver some of the experience, but the audio and the quality will be sorely missed when moving on. The characters and art style are claimed as annoying in many places I’ve visited, but if one remembers this is an experience, things may start to feel more fitting in due time. The characters are shallow for the most part, but stylistically so. The whole criticism to that would fall very close with those of the character Shinji in Evangelion. Depending on how people felt towards that character and story, those people will likely feel the same to what Alien Nine has to offer. Overall, Alien Nine is a memorable and entertaining OVA series even in its incomplete state.
34: Choujikuu Seiki Orguss 02
MAL Score: 6.69
Years of political tension and mistrust between the two rival nations of Zafran and Revillia escalate to the point of war. Each nations solution: to gain possession of Decimators, the same ancient robots of war that nearly ended all life on the planet 200 years before. As the war ensues and the leaders of both nations become reluctant to surrender, only the desperate plan of Lean, a young cadet, and Nataruma, a psychically gifted young woman, to alter the timeline of events 200 years before stands the chance between humanity’s survival or absolute destruction.
Orguss 2 is (at least superficially) Mecha. The central conceit of a pre-modern world excavating readymade mecha to use them as weapons without really understanding them seemed really fresh to me back then, and in fact, while it’s perhaps not as original as it once was, it’s still a pretty unusual and striking idea. I say superficially because, well, it also seemed a pretty mature way of storytelling, to rustle up this grand concept but use it pretty sparingly for much of the time, not really focusing on the mecha at all, but on people. I suppose both of those things aren’t really that amazing, but they definitely work pretty well. I have to see this in terms of my first impressions, though, and back then I was really surprised that a cartoon would do any of this stuff.
Orguss 2 is sci-fi, and like the best sci-fi, it’s as much about ideas and allegory and making you think as it is about entertaining you with cool stuff. So the fact it’s got this interesting carte blanche for ideas with all the time-bending, mecha-excavating, future-crashing setup that’s gone on makes it a bit aggravating when you realise there’s not enough time to really play with the ideas properly in only six episodes. It does develop, but not a great deal. Then again, maybe it’s best that it doesn’t overstay its welcome by pushing the idea too far; shows like Allison and Lillia are proof of how that can go wrong.
Orguss 2 is also big. The sense of scale here is very important to the plot, and the fact that it’s done almost deceptively well is very impressive. Of course, it wasn’t to my teenage self; I just didn’t get anime at first, and I remember thinking ‘wow, if this was live action it would be amazing!’. What a noob I was. Big mecha, big world, big events, big setpieces. It would be unbelievably expensive to do in live action, and it wouldn’t work as well anyway, at least not with the current state of the art in terms of technology or creative artistry.
Orguss 2 is nicely visualised. The animation is good – as you might expect from relatively early-period JC Staff – clearly better than contemporary TV standards, and the design work in particular is very well executed, giving distinct looks to each distinct aspect/era/system of technology; it’s always clear where things are, who people are, what things belong to which place or time. The look is particularly notable as, just for once, nothing is a clear pastiche of any single world culture. Elements from everywhere are pulled together for the rival cultures, but visual themes like architecture and machinery are consistent, creating a pretty convincing and original atmosphere. Character design is pretty good too; the Revilian royals in particular are appropriately opulent, decadent and memorable, with the real stand-out being the queen, whose revealing robes of state immediately prompted me to think of her as Princess Breasts.
Orguss 2 is relatively blessed by good characterisation, though. The main male protagonists are relatively unremarkable to look at, but well-rounded and developed in terms of personality. Lean is something of an archetype, a young hero making good after he is thrust into someone else’s fight, but is pleasingly bright and resourceful. Manning is a great character, a charismatic, womanising, profiteering and rather ruthless officer who manages to constantly be genuinely unpredictable without seeming nonsensical or even particularly contradictory. I changed how I felt about him rather a lot across the series, which to me is the mark of genuine and well-realised character development. Nataruma, the female protagonist, is also a finely crafted character, a strong female character who is genuinely strong and independent, as opposed to the more common type who is ostensibly independent but frequently needs a man to rescue her. Nataruma and Lean, who spend a lot of the series together, complement each other well. Behind these three, a number of less prominent characters are also well crafted. Voice acting is good across the board, with special mention going to Sakakibara Yoshiko as the aforementioned Princess Breasts (actually called Miran, but never mind), who gives the role a superbly dangerous stillness.
Orguss 2 is surprisingly nasty. Not in a gory way, although some of it is rather gruesome, but in terms of the rules of the world. Oddly, having rewatched it recently I was struck by how similar it is, in a limited sense, to Game of Thrones. Sure, it’s not got such a huge ensemble of characters, and in place of the unremitting medievalness there are mecha with axes and lasers, but the brutality of the characters and their general level of malice and malevolence, plus the internecine plotting, the epicly dysfunctional and depraved families, the sharply observed gaps between noble opulence, military severity and common desperation – it’s all in there. Only two opposing sides here, but plenty of factions within them, easily enough to keep things relatively surprising. Perhaps a big difference is that while Game of Thrones tends to make human suffering rather incidental, not a lot more than a yardstick of what its characters want and how far they go to get it, it’s really foregrounded here. The suffering of people in general because of war, and due in particular to the unworldly attitudes of those in authority, is kind of the main point. Come for the mecha fights and sexy blue-haired cover girl, stay for the realistically portrayed firestorms, intra-community betrayal, battlefield triage, nukes and chemical weapons.
Orguss 2 is something else, which rather gets overlooked: it’s 2. The fact it’s a sequel to something that so far as I know has never been available outside Japan in its intact form should, you would think, mean it’s largely incomprehensible, but it’s not. It is actually a side-story, occurring 200 years after the original series, rather than a direct sequel, and I suspect it’s rather different in tone and focus; the fact that the title refers to a Mech which takes three episodes to appear and is only really important once rather supports this. No, as a stand alone work it makes perfect sense, everything is pretty much self-contained, and while I’ve no idea if any of the characters or indeed any other aspects of the series are carried over from the original, it transpires that the characters and the story all work fine without the influence of the original.
It’s worth mentioning in passing that the music is largely dreadful, but probably Orguss 2’s greatest problem is the structure. It establishes a consistent style and direction but starts to fall apart a little at the end (like this review, in fact); I suspect the makers intended to make another episode or two but had to end early, resulting in plot compression in the final stages – not an uncommon problem with multi-part OVAs. Too many things happen in too short a time, certain twists are made predictable and the somewhat thoughtful tone and pace of the earlier episodes evaporates in over-frenetic boss fights. Still, what exists is decent, and even with the guessable twists, it’s certainly not without significant surprises. Perhaps most importantly, the series was in fact finished and the story resolved, avoiding the worst fate of any narrative, failing to end.
There’s no way I can pretend to be even remotely objective about this OVA. One of the things I love most about it is how surprising that first watch was, on a number of levels. If I were to see it now, with all the knowledge of anime tropes I now possess, I very much doubt that much of it would still have that power. I know it’s not as special as it seems to me, but as my first knowing encounter with anime it’s specifically special to me, and despite its flaws I will defend it as a thoroughly enjoyable piece of work.
33: Osu!! Karate-bu
English: Go!! Karate Club
MAL Score: 6.74
Tadashi Matsushita has recently entered the Kansai Fifth Technical High School and joined its notorious karate club. There he meets his captain, Yoshiyuki Takagi, an incredibly strong individual. Feared and respected throughout Osaka, Takagi is deep down an honorable and compassionate guy despite his violent endeavors.
But with Karate Bu, it was a different story.
I gave it a shot at first since I’m a huge fan of old school anime, and boy I’m thrilled I did that.
This show is full of manliness, and even if you didn’t like martial arts you have to give it a shot.
The theme is about a high school karate club ruled by the great head of Osaka, Takagi.
He is different from your normal main characters, I think he’s more like Takamura from Hajime no ippo.
The story is mostly narrated by one member of the karate club named Matsushita, but I think Takagi is the main hero of the story.
These series of OVA tells the story of the Osaka’s pride of its renowned karate club, which lead to numerous challenges by other schools and gangs from different prefectures.
The story is very compact, and the characters all are original and very interseting
I really enjoyed this until the end, and it’s really a rare thing to say about an OVA.
A major issue I had with this was how the show does a terrible job transitioning between these smaller stories. Like at one point you have a story about Takagi dealing with some kinda serial killer who shoves shogi pieces in the mouths of his victims before punching them to death, and then 20 minutes later, Takagi is now dealing fighting the Yakuza. You’re left wondering if anything that happens in the episode is remotely connected to each other, or if it even matters. (It doesn’t.)
The second issue is that the supporting cast is quite weak. The only characters that really felt fleshed out were Takagi and Momo. Had this been like a full series perhaps the other character could have gotten more to do.
Once you get past these issues though, the first three episodes are insanely entertaining. The stuff that happens is super absurd, and it’s even better because all the characters are taking it so seriously. It has a “So bad it’s good vibe” to it.
Episode 4 on the other hand, is genuinely fantastic and is a great finale to this short series. It has some great high stakes action, including some really sick full-on gang warfare, and has a much better pacing and flow to it compared to the previous episodes.
Again, this definitely had the potential to be really great, had it been a full series, the manga is really long so there it could have been one. As it stands, it’s still quite a fun watch, would recommend viewing with friends.
32: Arcana Famiglia: Capriccio – stile Arcana Famiglia
Japanese: アルカナ ファミリア Capriccio – stile Arcana Famiglia 奇想曲～アルカナ ファミリア風
MAL Score: 6.78
After toiling away in his lab, the alchemist Jolly has finally succeeded in making a personality-swapping potion that is guaranteed to bring him entertainment.
The boys of the Arcana Famiglia are tricked into taking the potion and find themselves in bodies that are not their own. With this successful experiment, Jolly has paved the way for a plethora of uncomfortable scenarios. However, despite the boys’ desperate struggle to switch themselves back, there is something to be learned from spending the day in someone else’s shoes.
– Story: 6
With no introduction at all, the OVA directly starts with the main male characters (Felicità barely appears) receiving a written invitation to gather in a room where some chocolats await. When they eat such chocolats they find out they were one of Jolly’s experiments (the “man of Science” here) and their effect makes their bodies switch. This will lead to a series of comical events that will conform the rest of the OVA.
– Art: 8
General animation is average (most of the episode happens indoors and few or none action scenes appear, so there’s not much to be seen) but character design is attractive to sight (very much like in the series). Bright and clear, pretty smooth and expressive.
– Sound: 7
There is barely any soundtrack noticeable, the opening and ending are the same from the TV series. Catchy at the beginning, then they fall more into average but still nice enough (especially the ending with its unsual starting tune). I didn’t find Voice Actors remarkable, but you can have a good time noticing how they change voices as characters adapt to the new person in each body.
– Character: 6
In the whole series there is barely any character development, so what could you expect from a short OVA? Each character’s peculiarities are highlighted as they try to act like somebody else, but that’s all there is to it.
– Enjoyment: 7
As random as the episode is, a couple of scenes are uninteresting and almost boring, but the body exchange creates lots of jokes and amusing moments that you can find quite funny if you are in a good mood.
– Overall: 6.8
In contrast to the series, this OVA is not pretentious at all: that’s clear from the beginning and it doesn’t promise you more than you will have. Do not expect a new and definite ending to the series, a serious plot development or anything meaningful at all. If there was something in Arcana Famiglia that you liked, or you just feel like having a nice time watching something silly then this might be a good choice for you. If not, there are better things for you to see.
The thing that surprised me the most about this OVA episode, is that in the end the characters did learn something about the other´s person life, like how Nova discovered that children admire Liberta and how everybody is always smiling around him. And Liberta learned that people respect and care for Nova because he is like the hero of the town, always defending the citizens and fighting the “bad guys”.
So in overall, I think if you watched the anime and didn’t like it that much you should watch this OVA episode because it will take away that bitter taste of the anime. And if you did like Arcana Famiglia you are in luck because it will make you laugh so hard you´ll literally cry.
31: Witch Craft Works: Takamiya-kun to Imouto no Warudakumi
Japanese: ウィッチクラフトワークス 多華宮君と妹の悪巧み
MAL Score: 6.80
DVD OVA of Witch Craft Works bundled with the eighth manga volume.
Turns out the OVA of Witch Craft Works itself, in my opinion, generate more excitement for me than the actual series itself. It is very light-hearted and to be frank, the comedy is very refreshing.
Bringing the bro-con topic of the main character’s sister and WWE-ish featuring bear and penguin, the OVA is just an extension to the main series.
The art and the sound are very much the same with the usual series. The character however, stole the spotlight in this OVA.
I have to say that the OVA is much more enjoyable and comedic compared to the main series.
For overall resultt, this is one OVA that is good, if not, better than the main series in term of enjoyment.
Story: no real story too the OVA it just picks up the anime ends you really see more of the side characters than the main characters
Art: art was very good nothing bad about it
Sound: same as art everything about it was good
Character: like i said in the story part you mostly get the side characters with this one like Honoka’s sister and some of his enemy’s
Enjoyment: i did get good laughs out of this but i did get WAY more of that from the anime and the action with the OVA is pretty good
Overall: giving this a 7 the comedy was good but not good enough for and the action as well too give this a 8 but almost hit that point but ill gladly give this a 7 as i did enjoy this anime
It is a ova so theres not much to it except fun!
Art seemed a little worse than the rest of the show but its a ova so its to be somewhat expected.
I would recommend this, and if you havent watched the main show its not much special but I would recommend it for a enjoyable anime.
Im mainly writing this because i usually check the reviews for OVAs before watching them so I dont get dissapointed and there were only three so yup.
and this part is to make the review long enough to be submitted because there isnt much to say.
30: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun: Entenka no Satsuei Model mo Raku Ja Arimasen wa ne.
Japanese: とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン) 13’話『炎天下の撮影モデルも楽じゃありませんわね。』
MAL Score: 6.81
Special beach episode bundled with the official visual book.
There isn’t really a story in this OVA. But what else would you expect from a 4 min. OVA? Kuroko is trying to get Misaka’s love attention again, witch is not something new if you’ve seen the original anime. Only this time she’s trying to do it with something that reminded me of a beach OVA of another anime…
(see my recommendations for this OVA)
I liked the art, just like in the original anime.
Nothing much to say about this, it’s just well-done.
The characters are acting the same way as in the original anime, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun.
Aside from some less fan service in the end, it was quite enjoyable.
Girls in swimsuits who are behaving strange for some reason, together with Kuroko’s ”normal” behavior… It was short, but very funny.
This omake is just a short extension to the (fake) beach episode in the original series. Kuroko is up to one of her schemes again trying to er… “get closer” to her Onee-sama (Mikoto) when her plan accidentally got foiled by Saten, making Uiharu a victim. Hilarity ensues.
The omake doesn’t contribute at all to the To-Aru storyline or universe, but at least it’s new scenes of your favourite characters. Even though it’s intended as a comedy/fanservice project it isn’t really funny or ecchi, but I liked seeing Misaka again after a while the main series has ended. So while it’s kinda worth watching for me, I can’t say the same for everyone else.
29: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S: Daiji na Koto wa Zenbu Sentou ni Osowatta
English: A Certain Scientific Railgun S: All the Important Things I Learned in a Bathhouse
Japanese: とある科学の超電磁砲S 大事なことはぜんぶ銭湯に教わった
MAL Score: 6.81
Bundled with the official visual book.
But then you read the english title,
A Certain Scientific Railgun S: All the Important Things I Learned in a Bathhouse
And you be like “OH MY FUCKING GOD, TEACH ME!1!!”11
I have said this before in my review for the original Railgun: This is truly and educational anime series, and even the specials deliver. This piece a study, not only towards anime, but towards life and everything. I recommend.
The art voice acting are also amazing, really favoring the shojo ai fans as well. As a person who appreciates all the cute lesbian stuff and also doesn’t mind incest, I can say there is nothing the special did wrong.
28: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka III OVA
Japanese: ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうかⅢ OVA
MAL Score: 6.82
There’s a new natural hot spring in Orario thanks to the Dian Cecht Familia, but Naaza of the Miach Familia suspects an elaborate con and needs help to prove it. What does that mean for Bell since he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time? It means getting caught in the middle of an ongoing rivalry between two Familias. Again.
The most hilarious episode of the series i had a blast laughing my ass of . If you want a 30 min laugh just watch its awesome.
So it needs to be longer for some reason so i writing this know until i can post it.
So even bigger ok let me try again .
That star wars scene was freaking hilarious .
How long does a review need to be for a ova of a series most people don’t even care
( i personally like it tho ) .
Ok i am at 441 characters lets see if i hit 500 maybe then i can post it.
“Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka” or “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” is a special case of wow this looks good on paper but when I started watching the actual thing it all went wrong. The first season was alright, the second one was fine, I couldn’t bear to watch the third season, but I never thought that this show could pull an Endgame on us. This whole time, everything was leading up to this one amazing episode of a show, better than any of the seasons I have laid my eyes on. I never even wrote a review before but due to how surprised I was when I found myself actually enjoying this masterpiece of an OVA, my mind went blank and my hands started typing on their own and here we are. If you just want to shut down your brain and enjoy some good ol “plot” you won’t regret watching this.
Ok now stop reading random reviews and go watch it. I rest my case.
Bell and the lads go to a hot spring, but oh no its a stolen idea and some people are angry and abduct bell to tell him, they stop evil etc and some ecchi, woooo! not the peak content I was looking for, despite that I somehow pulled through and finished this OVA
but if you want ecchi there are better shows like masou gakuen hxh, hundred, maken-ki or something else, there was some comedy elements, but they werent funny to me at all, I give this a fair 4/10, could have been worse, could have been better.
I personally rate OVAs low usually so please try to not get offended but if you give this a 5 or above then your taste in anime is heavily poor 🙂
27: New Dominion Tank Police
MAL Score: 6.94
In the follow up to Shirow’s classic anime, Al, Leona and their trusty steed, Bonaparte, continue to fight crime in New Port City, alongside the rest of the Tank Police. But a new threat appears in the form of a series of terrorist attacks, using the latest weapons technology. The Tank Police are out-numbered and out-gunned, but Al and Leona set out to discover who or what is behind these attacks. With massive explosions and high-speed chases, Leona often causes more damage than the criminals she pursues.
Since this was around the mid 90s, the animation is nothing to complain about. If you haven’t seen the other Tank Police OVAs or possibly the manga, and thinking about just jumping into this one, you might wanna reconsider. For one thing I’d say the original run had a bit more deeper enemies than this one, at times NDTP heavily relies on its comedy to maintain the viewers enjoyment. When it can’t do that and mix in the action it presents, the continuing story becomes flat and uninteresting at times. In some OVAs here, this problem is evident. But you still get kick ass explosions, cyborgs, swearing, and hilarity in about every act. There’s tons of twist, some are apparently foreseeable, but that doesn’t interact with the anime too much and should keep you glued.
Overall, I think this is pretty much fan based. Fans of the series should enjoy NDTP, others will probably will still but they’ll have a much harder time grasping character relations and the like.
Story – 8
A huge step up from the chaotic plot of the first Tank Police, NDTP has an overarching plot revolving around the attempts of a megacorporation specialising in armaments to undermine the tank police and assassinate the Mayor, who is trying to impose an embargo on weapons to the city. Most episodes are linked by the ominous background puppetering of the megacorporation and really gives you a sense of happening and high stakes. Plenty of great action sequences too from trying to stop an apartment sized truck to duelling with a relentless spider tank. Beneath all this action is the commentary on totalitarian martial rule through the irony that is the Tank Police. The Tank Police can be every bit as corrupt and arguably, even more destructive than the very criminals they fight against. If the anime took itself more seriously, we’d be seeing ALOT of civillian collateral. Overall, while more sophisticated than your average OVA plot, it is still 80/90s action anime to the core.
Art – 8
There are better looking OVAs than this one, even from the 90s. But what these sort of OVAs lack in animation detail and smoothness, it always more than makes up for in art direction and designs. Being based off a Shirow manga, there is no way the character designs and especially the mechanical designs couldn’t be anything short of awesome. The setting is your typical cyberpunk megacity but unique that, it is depicted with; a bright blue sky and an abundance of greenery! All the pollution a city like this would create mean that the two shouldn’t ever go together; but so is giving the police battle tanks I guess. Utopian in look, a police state underneath, very interesting.
Sound – 9
The sound effects are not too great; as far as an anime with police tanks go (so its still cool XD), the English dubs are great and bring the emotions across and draws the characters to life. What really sets this anime apart in the sound department are the amazing opening and ending themes. The opening is a poundingly intense pop metal song (No those two usually don’t go together), one of the best in its genre I’ve heard, beating out scores of western pop metal songs I’ve heard. The ending theme is a rather hauntingly beautiful ballard, attributable to the great vocalist. It playing through the final airport sequence is a perfect culmination for all the emotions, hardships and motivations of the entire series.
Character – 9
The characters are so loveable, each and every one of them; they are depicted well and perfectly compliment each other. Prior acquaintance with them however is preferable. Leona starts out as a fully fleshed out character, a hardened, made of steel veteran of the tank police force who’s passion for her work is only surpassed by her love (and I mean love) for her tank. Her character is the driving force for the whole anime, filled to the brim with fiery passion and serious guts. Its good that they give her plenty of motivation too; revenge for her old partner’s death. Is she too tough to like? No way! She’s got plenty of vulnerabilities as well whether from her recklessness or the fear of losing her tank.
The supporting characters are also great but I’ve hit a word limit!
Enjoyment – 10
Police men with tanks; that very premise makes for some seriously entertaining stuff but add that with themes on excessive government control and megacorporations and great characters make this anime a must watch for cyberpunk, Shirow, police anime and retro action OVA fans alike.
PG for mild violence and coarse language
26: Kill Me Baby: Butsuzou Kegatte Nise Halloween
Japanese: キルミーベイベー ぶつぞうけがってにせはろうぃーん
MAL Score: 6.98
Bundled with the franchise’s Kill Me Baby Super Best Album CD (キルミーベイベー?スーパー). OAD adapted eight previously unanimated story episodes from Kazuho’s original manga.
While the previous Kill Me Baby was pretty much not quite appealing to audiences because of its unfitting slow-paced-old-gags travesty of comedy; this OVA, in a way, made the most of it. Although the rest of the elements of this OVA is just the same as the previous 12-episodes series (OST, characters, plotless background story), the faster pace, the various witticism with its more aggressive (often violent, like “Tom&Jerry violent”) approach and the stronger-ly unique characterization, somehow made me laugh more than I expected to compared to when I was watching the first series. Because it was aired after the first Kill Me Baby TV series, however, this particular hidden gem would make you feel like you’re watching J.C.Staff’s product of redemption, or aplology, or mockery, or carelessness out of sympathy over the series. Name it whatever you want.
It doesn’t matter, nevertheless, how bad something in the past could be. If you’d like to see what potentially would be the best comedy anime out there (if you don’t mind with ‘chibi’ characters and random happenings), this OVA would help you.
Kill Me Baby is a pure comedy OVA. It never wanted to be something else and it never claimed anything else. It was advertised as such. Just like any other comedy show gets advertised as such and not as a deep Psycological-Horror-Thriller with a Sci-Fi-Twist.
There is no continious story going on, cause why the hell should it be. You don’t criticize shows like the Simpsons for that neither do you?
Every episode and every OVA is seperated in 2-3 different adventures that the main characters have. The humour is a mix of crazy dialouges and situations combined with a lot of slap stick. But what really puts this COMEDY anime over the top are the three main characters or better yet the three voice actors. The voice actors are doing an amazing job to make these characters sound as whacky as possible and going the extra retarded mile and I mean that in the most positive way. No “kawai desu”, these characters are flat out savage in their manners, even tho those manners differ from character to character. Also some of the background sounds and noises are made by the three voice actors themselves which adds perfectly to the whackyness of the overall premise of the show.
All in all this OVA is the perfect anime if you just want to relax and forget about your everyday life. Or just if you want to have some fun and laugh in general.
25: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka OVA
English: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon : Is It Wrong to Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon
Japanese: ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか OVA「ダンジョンに温泉を求めるのは 間違っているだろうか」
MAL Score: 7.06
On their way back from the 18th floor, Hestia, Bell, and the others accidentally uncover a hidden, mystical hot spring, and they decide to stop by to refresh themselves until creatures lurking in the dark appear to attack them.
What should i say, the typical onzen ova, some fanservice, super predictable plot, swimsuits that disappear and the cliche monster.
Story: Garbage, if you liked that much the show, you probably will feel disappointed to see AGAIN the onzen+Swimsuit plot, that you have already seen several times in every “mcdonalds” anime, the lack of creativity…
Art: Same as main anime, same studio of course, some fanservice, curiously not explicit.
Character: Not development of any character, it’s an Ova it’s okay.
Enjoyment: Since this is my personal taste i will be very subjective; boring or just to chill.
Overall: 4/10 Thank you, but no thank you.
This episode for sure won’t be for everyone, but may my fellow perverts rejoice for the greatness that is, Hot Springs.
Outstanding boobs, Couldn’t ask for more.
Outstanding fanservice, Couldn’t ask for more
Outstanding Hestia, couldn’t ask for more
Now I only put story as 10 cuz why not, but in reality, maybe a N/A score. Just because there really wasn’t any story. But we can assume this took place after episode 13th, the conclusion of the epic battle. Bell and friends decide to head back until accidentally Hestia the Goddess finds a beautiful “Hotspring.” thus the boobs begin. Most of the episode revolves around everyone and the Hotsprings and the swimsuits and the monsters at the end. ONLY to find out that the hot springs were a trap and when Bell and Hestia I guess “activated” it, the water turned red which then dissolves all the swimsuits of the remaining people in the water.
Overall 10/10 For Boobs
To sum it up in one word: Boobs (Oops, did I say that already?)
Happy fap…I mean watching! 🙂
I’m one of the big fans . I was Hoped that Ova will continue the story line , But it Wont.
For You Guys want to Watch :
Story : it was not good enough , But you will enjoy it. Story :7.5/10
Art : It Was good , there wasn’t something different or special but it was OK.
Sound and Character Was Good , Just Like art 8.5/10
(actually this time i really enjoy characters dialogue)
Enjoyment : this part actually was the best . at the start you will find out this ova is most about Fun and Enjoyment. Actually I laughed too much in some parts.
Well Overall : 8/10
Well…. it wasn’t neither perfect nor normal .it was between them.
just watch it.Its Worth.have Fun. : )
24: Kud Wafter
MAL Score: 7.07
This anime adapts Key’s visual novel Kud Wafter, which follows the romantic relationship between Riki Naoe and Kudryavka Noumi from the game Little Busters!
As a fan of Little Buster (VN), I couldn’t help but enjoy the characters, being reminded of the everyday life with friends just playing around. And the music that just reminds me of the VN moments.
Addition, non-anime related but necessary to understand my score:
Due to the low score of the Anime (not even 7 when I wrote), I can tell that most people have not read the Visual Novel (get it on st*em as its outstanding, it has everything except +18 stuff that were so bad they didn’t bother bringing back even after so many remakes were done). Highly suggest seeing this after doing her route for the best experience of this episodee
In the beginning they make a melodrama for Wafu (I don’t care what her name is, go with Wafu anyway) only for her to say that she wanted to spend more time with Riki. What is the point of this? It had no narrative function that it is really necessary to use drama. This part was right after the beginning, when the boys have to stay in empty rooms in the girls’ dorm because their room was flooded with water.
There is one part that was so stupid, I started laughing. Wafu takes it and starts to take off his T-shirt together with Riki to both draw an emblem on each other with what looked like chocolate. Seriously… WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT? And seriously, when Riki starts drawing on her, she starts moaning “wafu”… What the fuck! Seriously, why this? Why so fucking cool about a bad fucking romance? It makes a fucking drama just for them to kiss and in the next scene they appear naked on the bed? They were outside the dorm at night, I guess they went to the dorm to have sex after this bad drama. Hahahahahaha After that, Wafu starts singing a lullaby while putting her hand on Riki’s head just as he is sleeping. SHE STARTED SINGING A LULLABY AFTER HAVING SEX WITH THE KID? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT? That was one of the stupidest (and even funniest) things I have ever seen in an anime.
(This was all in 30 minutes of torture watching this OVA)
After all this stupid stuff, Wafu goes to make breakfast for Riki, since the whole school is closed and everyone has gone home. Wafu making breakfast, they keep focusing on her skirt while she is humming and swaying. All right, you want to show me that this loli is hot? Show me her naked at once.
Oooooooooh! at the end it shows that Wafu was in a coma. So all this stuff that was so bad to watch only happened in her dreams. Hahahahahahahahaha
It’s hard for me to complain about original dubbing, in this case Japanese dubbing. But in this anime, the voices of basically all the characters don’t match with them, no matter how much I got used to it as the episode went on.
Seriously, this is the first time I have complained about the voice not matching in an anime with the original dub. I am not going to list the reason why each character does not have a voice that matches themselves.
Within 10 minutes of this OVA, I was already wanting to watch this on mute. The characters have such discordant voices and are so annoying that I really wanted to mute it. Seriously, the characters are as annoying as the entire cast of the Trashgatari Series, an anime that I can’t stand to see or hear the characters (just thinking about Trashgatari stresses me out).
Character design doesn’t bother me as much.
Well, at least it doesn’t come close to being garbage like Sword Art Online’s design.
The characters themselves, I didn’t like any of them. I won’t go into detail as to why I didn’t like any of them.
I can say that Wafu is one of the worst characters. For example: Hoshino from Planetarian, or Ayu from Kanon, they are cute in a natural way, and are not forced like in this OVA (don’t forget that these two characters and works I mentioned, are also from Key).
No, her talking “wafu” doesn’t make her cute.
The production is pretty consistent, so there’s nothing to complain about. And I don’t even want to talk about it.
Anyway, I only saw this OVA for the simple fact that I am watching one OVA each year, starting with the first one in 1983 (so far, Kud Wafter was the worst), and in 2020 I had no choice but this.
That OVA made it a point for me to never come close to Little Busters.
I give up on Key’s works. I like Planetarian and Kanon, but I refuse to watch any of their other works again.
The Kud Wafter movie appears to take place in the dreams of Kud after the Bus crash in Little busters refrain, where much like the other characters in the anime, Kud reflects on herself and her life thinking shes weak and shit with riki being the romantic interest to get her out of this mindstate and wake up from the dream, its pretty clear she’s in the dream from early in the film, but thats here or there, if you’ve come from either the VN or anime its no biggie, what I wanted to see from this film was all that was good in little busters, Pretty art, quality characters voiced well, some bangin music, and a good warm hearted story about friendship, youth, loving yourself, all that shit; We have those things i guess, its a strange kind of movie though.
To talk about the animation quick, its great, if you like the bright colours, linework and general design layout of the little busters anime, its the exact same thing, it would of been nice to see something new done considering this is meant to be a special kind of spin off and the first piece of little busters content we’ve seen in a while, but it’s still good eye candy
It would of been nice to see more characters that weren’t Kud or Riki, especially considering riki’s character is having no character, and its been so long since little busters came out i imagine a good few of you like me hardly even remember kuds story apart from her being naked a few times on a hill. We got to see a little bit of the classic main characters, that nowhere near enough time was spent on, it would of driven the plot of the story that she needed her friends better if we saw her friends for more than 5 minutes, and the rest of the watch time wasn’t just swooning over riki. And the new characters they introduced, i must imagine they had to be a hell of a lot more interesting in the VA, because here they don’t do anything, the younger one whos name I forgot is just there, makes a water bottle rocket and thats it, and the older one has her past told to us, says a few things about space and then also doesn’t appear much, It just be nice to be shown characters a lot more so we feel Kud’s connection to them instead of just being told about them.
Music was a bit lacklustre compared to what we’ve seen before, nothing really memorable, and no real throw backs to anything from the anime, I’ve been told the Kud VA at least had an opening that was good, but its just stuff that’s Un-insulting here
And finally the story, which from my perspective felt like a fever dream more than a story, i feel like this is a story that easily could of been told by changing a few bits and slapping Rin on the cover instead. Probably annoying to hear for Kud stands, whoever you are, but it followed a lot of the structure Little busters refrain did, which i guess might just be what the structure of the VA was to get you to your ending, depending on which girl you considered best, so is this just fanservice for the Kud fans after 0 Little buster content in the past 7 years? Pretty much, but when i think of little busters, romance hardly comes to mind, Little busters is a story about enjoying friendship and coming together, loving what you have while you have it, and how the hardships of life can be beaten with your friends, THATS the story of little busters we want to here, and its just hidden within a strange romance esc story where everyone wants to bone you, or in the animes case riki. So making a 50 minute film for a slight adjustment of a story we’ve already seen in a sense seems kinda pointless. If you like Kud that much and wanted riki to end up with her, well go read the VN, or just close your eyes, and picture REALLY hard that Rin was Kud at the end of refrain. Because in 50 minutes you can’t really tell the story of kud anyway, and thats excluding the fact that portions of this film are just a bit strange, like randomly panting on each other on a hill, the useless inclusion of Aziruzki Shinna, some strange and offputting sex scenes between a young loli and a character who might as well be a plank of wood, It just doesn’t play out well in this format, they either needed to do a longer piece dedicating more time to setting things up and how they wanted to demonstrate things, scrap the OVA, and just make Kud wafter into a small spin off anime season like Little Busters EX, or just scrap the whole idea all together, and as much as I’ve just dogpilled on the story, if you liked little busters you will probably at least fine some light enjoyment out of this, getting to see what little chemistry between the characters as you do, and if you really liked Kud in the VA, then getting this little bit of fan service i guess is a nice little cherry on top to the Little Busters Anime. For 50 minutes, its not insulting, but considering how long this took to make, and how long its been since we got any animated little busters content, it just would of been nice to see something that was more than an extended Kud episode from another reality. Hope you enjoy it Kud stans… whoever you are
23: Kodomo no Omocha
Japanese: こどものおもちゃ OVA
MAL Score: 7.13
The Kodomo No Omocha OVA is a thirty-minute animation video that was made before the TV series. It covers the first volume of the manga, so it’s equivalent to TV episodes 1-6. It relates Sana’s troubles with Hayama at school as a result of the “oyakodon baka” situation and culminates when Hayama’s dad and sister realize their mistakes thanks to Sana’s efforts.
22: Shakugan no Shana: Koi to Onsen no Kougai Gakushuu!
Japanese: 灼眼のシャナSP 恋と温泉の校外学習！
MAL Score: 7.18
Yuji and Shana’s class go on a trip to see various temples and shrines, followed by a trip to a hot springs resort. During the trip, Matake Ogata tries to tell Eita Tanaka her feelings for him, but various complications and hijinks occur that prevent her from doing so.
It focused almost entirely on Ogata and Tamaka’s relationship, while dealing with all of the typical anime hot spring moments we love. Really this was purely comedic and exaggerated a lot of the characters roles in a hilarious way. Even Marjory makes an appearance (drinking of course).
If you are looking for an ova that has an indepth storyline, this isn’t it. However it is something good, if you are looking for a field trip, fan-service, fun episode. 😀
It’s very good, but it doesn’t seem to be as good as the animation in the TV series. A bit of a disappointment. As for the fanservice/ecchi that this was supposed to be about, is kinda disappointing as well. It wasn’t up to the standard that it should have been at.
Both the OP and ED are the same as in the series, so can’t complain about anything here since they were both very good songs. Background music was average, and seiyuu’s did a good job on this OVA.
Is there even a story to this? Not really. It doesn’t even revolve around Shana, but about some new girl that I’ve never seen before called “Oga” and her classmates. This is a disappointment, but you can’t expect too much from an OVA aimed at fanservice-lovers. I guess it’s the comedy that counts a bit. However it wasn’t anything spectacular, but it made me laugh a few times.
Some characters appear in this OVA that I’ve never seen before in the series and the specials. They are just Shana’s classmates from school. The only characters that I recognised from the series were Shana, Yuuji, Kazumi. All three of them got a fairly decent airing time considering the fact that the plot wasn’t even about them. Margery, Alastor and Wilhelmina got very little airing time. A few seconds, maybe with the exception of Margery who got like a whole minute (lol). And some had absolutely nothing to do there, like Wilhelmina.
Overall this is a disappointment. To tell you the truth I wasn’t expecting anything special, but this was just below what I was expecting. If at least the fanservice/ecchi and comedy was any good, but neither one of those factors was good enough to improve my overall impression on this. I guess it’s the “Shana” trademark that doesn’t allow me to give this an even lower rating…
21: UQ Holder!: Mahou Sensei Negima! 2 (OVA)
Japanese: UQ HOLDER! ~魔法先生ネギま! 2~ (2017)
MAL Score: 7.21
Bundled with the 14th, 16th, and 17th volumes of the UQ Holder! manga.
—Akamatsu, Ken ”
You can just imagine the author saying this when he started Negima/UQ Holder. Truthfully if this wasn’t his intention by design it certainly has been his result with Mahou Sensei Negima and UQ Holder.
Keep the above in mind, and keep in mind the fact that you need to be disciplined in how you watch these OVAs. You should watch either one, of the first two, both of the first two or just the third as the ending to the series. Watching just one of the first two is by the far the best way to watch these.
Ok what are these OVAs and why am I saying the above ? Each one of these OVA are a resolution to the romantic plotlines of the main series. If you watch the main series and any one of the first two of these you actually have an anime where the romantic story is resolved. If you watch the third you get a reset button.
The first two stories I would actually rate 8s definitely very good. They have a ring of truth and a quality to the story telling not found in the rest of the series. The first one was absolutely incredible right up to the point where it was deliberately sabotaged. As it stands it should just have the last few minutes removed and leave things as they were. The second is also very good but has been done before. If you are also a fan of western comedy animation you have most certainly seen it done on a very big series long before this was made. The third one it’s actually about a 7 which is far better than most of UQholder rates. It’s a non ending, but it’s at least self consistent, and not insanely insulting like the rest of the anime.
Minor But Useful Spoilers
The first episode is about Evangeline’s past. It’s by far the right ending for the series which is probably why they felt the need to screw it up at the end, in exactly the same way they did with the last episode of the series. They also once again take full advantage of that tired trope of
“In anime when someone is trying to say something important either A) no one will listen or B) something will interrupt them or C) They will get cold feet for no particular reason”
The second episode is Kirie’s episode. It’s not as touching as the first but it stands completely on it’s own. Matter of fact you could watch and enjoy it all on it’s own.
The third episode well lets say I am surprised he didn’t confess his love to a ham sandwich or a jar of Vaseline.
English: Cat Soup
MAL Score: 7.32
The main character, a cat named Nyatto, embarks upon a journey to save his sister’s soul, which was ripped in two when Nyatto tried to save her from Death. She trails after him, brain-dead. They encounter many brilliant, mind-bending situations, beginning with a disturbing magic show.
Through the film, we follow the cat Nyatto on his quest to reclaim his sister’s lost soul. They embark on a strange journey filled with mystery, darkness and disturbing obstacles. There isn’t much more to say, really.
Nyatto and his sister – and also a few other characters – were all in Nekojiru Gekijou, the series this film spawned from. Although this story takes place in the same world as the original series, this is not similar to it at all. All the black humor that Nekojiru Gekijou was built upon have been replaced with a dark and disturbing tale.
When people watch a movie such as this that blends surrealism and symbolism into a lovely mix, they usually react differently. The writer might not have had any ideas behind all of it, and there’s a possibility that there are no real answers to the mysteries. In other words, you’re free to interpret it as you like. That’s what made David Lynch’s "Eraserhead" so popular amongst some, while being hated by others.
The only thing I don’t like with Cat Soup is that it’s a tad too short. There’s potential for so much more. One can only hope for some kind of sequel in the future.
Moving on to the technicalities, they do their job well, but they aren’t enough to entirely save this work. The characters and the visuals look appealing and distinctive enough to differentiate them from other works, as is the case with all Yuasa works, but that really doesn’t excuse it’s redundant and unimaginative cat design. The soundtrack is fine as it is, and a short experimental movie of this type needed a minimalistic soundtrack to work and achieve some of it’s cryptic undertones, even when no track particularly stood out.
If this Anime had an end goal in sight, or knew what it was going for and what it wanted to accomplish from the very beginning, then it would have been excused and given a good rating. Unfortunately, interesting visuals and ideas cannot save a meandering work. In fact, the more the ideas the more it’s chances of failing succeed due to becoming more and more pointless throughout, as a quote once said “Too many cooks spoil the broth.”
Good: Simple and deep
The story is basically about two cat siblings with Nyako, the brother, searching for some way to resurrect, Nyatta, his dead sister. The opening minutes of the short film are about as direct it’ll get. Beyond that point, it becomes a journey into the abstract. Filled with a visit to the circus involving seeing a magic act of a woman getting completely chopped into pieces, discovering an elephant made out of water in a desert, and the ocean becoming completely frozen to name few odd things you’ll see. As odd some of these descriptions are, they do get across simple ideas. For example, when the cat siblings visit the circus Nyako firmly believes he can fully resurrect his dead sister after seeing a circus act performing a seemingly impossible act. It is a simple moment that is straight to the point.
Virtually non-existent dialogue, the story is told in a way that the few lines of dialogue aren’t needed to understand the story. It’s a risky decision, but pays off to give off the vibe of being in a strange dream. Nothing is given a direct explanation when going from one event to the next. Instead of stopping in one area to explain the significance of a scene, it goes straight to the next odd scene. Its story is quite simple to get behind, but whether or not it has any meaning is never confirmed within the work itself.
Good: Once again, simple and easy to get behind
It’s a single OVA meaning the protagonist motivation is kept at a basic level. Being more than enough to follow Nyako on his journey. His simplicity makes him appealing and immediately thoughtful. Simply seeing his parents’ negligence towards him and his sister in the household says allot about the bond he has with his family. With that said the story is essentially what you see is all you get. Allowing the viewer to form their own interpretation on everything that unfolded.
The supporting cast is filled mostly with anthropomorphic animals with some humans. Whenever a human character is on screen, it usually leads to trouble. They’re only given one purpose which is entirely fine since it’s going for more showing than actually telling. The only true negative to the characters is there is not much to analyze or sink into. All the characters are straightforward without ever diverting from their set path.
Good: Even the technical side of it is odd
On the animation side J.C. Staff succeeds in creating a dreamlike feeling. Anathanpromorbic animals are given simple design that makes them look cute to greatly contrast against the cruel action. Humans are drawn like humans, though they don’t appear much in the OVA and often use a blank expression. It has a muted color palette that seems off visually making it seem as if life has been taken out of it. Emphasizing the whole surreal nature of the world where all the oddities belong can belong together. By design, it at times looks hand drawn and at one point even begins to look like a kid’s coloring book. Whatever J.C. Staff used to color their images in this OVA it looks as natural as coloring by hands instead of a computer.
There’s virtually no voice acting in the OVA. When there is dialogue it’s presented through a speech bubble that adds more to the dreamlike feeling than adding to the story. In the sound department stuff like footsteps, water flowing, ticking clocks, squeaky toys, and a dozen other effects make up the sound department. The music is split between sounding light hearted and welcoming which soon become interrupted by eerie static like noises. It fits the OVA perfectly giving an eerie, unsettling atmosphere in the darker scenes. It can also be sweet when in use during scenes where nothing out of the ordinary happens to simply show the cat siblings taking care of one another. The closing credits uses the most editing with a music box to close the OVA. Combining both childlike wonder and an eerie presence by looping the music box in at random moment.
On the DVD there’s an audio commentary track that is not exactly helpful to say the least. Director Tatsuo Sato explains that many of the scenes do not have an underlying meaning or if there was one, he forgot what it was. Admitting he had no intention in mind when putting the film together. So pretty much you make of what you see.
Personal Enjoyment: I liked it, even if it’s possibly meaningless
It was an oddity about half an hour long so even if I did dislike it the short length would be a saving grace. I like seeing strange stuff no matter how weird it gets. I’m just in shocked J.C. Staff actually made something I would call smart. In general, J.C. Staff doesn’t come across as a studio to take risks or stray off from their comfort zone with anime that are heavy on the slice of life elements or attempting to duplicate their previous success with a Shakugan no Shana clone. This short film doesn’t change my views on the studio as anything other than being average, but it has earned them more of my respect by creating something out of their comfort zone.
Technical (Animation, Music, Sound Effect, ect.): 3/3
Personal Enjoyment: 1/1
Cat Soup/Nekojiru-sou is like a collection of episodic shorts splice together into a 32 minute OVA with any true meaning to it left with no answer from what the material provides. It’s a short film with virtually non-existing dialogue that’s reliant on visuals alone by combining cute, simple designed characters in bizarrely dark situations to tell its story. This OVA is very much a visual experience that’s intriguing for the creativity it display in a short length. Watch it for the visuals and creativity, leave with your own meaning.
That concludes the review portion of this review. The remainder is simply a paragraph on my interpretation of the OVA. After that, it’s five paragraphs of what I learned about Chiyomi Hashiguchi, the mangaka of Nekojiru-sou. MAL has their own biography on the mangaka, but it was rather short so I wrote what I gather. With that written, continue if you like.
Bonus Passage: My Interpretation on the film (SPOILERS, SPOILERS HERE)
Based on my opinion and what I gathered. Nyako is sister is dead. Living alone with his drunkard father and mother who did not care. Nyatta was the only one who he had and he chased a miracle to rescue her. Catching god of death himself, Nyako took half of her soul, returning it back. However, she was not whole. He tried to find the other part half, and there is where the deeper part starts. The main idea of this anime is nobody can decide the lives of the others which can be seen in every person they have met. Old hag who made people from spare parts, being patched up herself. Guy who killed others, getting his again. Merciless, selfish circus which destroyed the whole world in the end and in the end Nyako never saw that his desires were actually selfish and that he opposed the God, who showed him how easily he can manipulate time and that only something like God can bring life back. When Nyako in the end saved his sister, because he was mortal it brought a total disorder to the Universe, literally canceling everything, making it vanish. This anime also brings up a topics like natural order, and that we all are part of the circle which is life and death. And that it’s nobody’s fault, that’s just how it is. In the end, God is just laid back dude who eats watermelons and sometimes turns back the time when he drops it down. Or in plain English, it’s likely represent the mangaka husband trying everything he can to save his wife by projecting his feelings onto the characters he and his wife created.
Condense Information I gather about the mangaka:
Chiyomi Hashiguchi, or Nekojiru by her pseudonymous pen name, was the author of a manga called “Nekojiru Udon” published in Garo magazine. “Nekojiru Udon” were based around her own bizarre dream experiences. In Hashiguchi diary (going by reproduced scrawls) reveals a very a fascination with communication breakdown and bodily malfunction, objectively noting every unpleasantry from vomiting dogs to accident victims.
With only the book, “Jusatsu Sarecgatta Boku” (some direct passages from the book), by Yoshiaki Yoshinaga to go on for information my knowledge on Chiyomi Hashiguchi is dense. According to those who knew Chiyomi Hashiguchi personally found her to be somewhat plain and misunderstood, but also unpredictable, mysterious and seemingly fragile if not for shadowy side of her internal personality which she expressed so vividly in her manga. According to the book Chiyomi was diagnosed with manic depressions as well in several occasions being heard saying “I’m not afraid of death”.
At the peak of her popularity in 1997-98, her once relaxed working atmosphere was no more as she had to produce large quantities of work which was out of character. Further reading reveals Chiyomi and her husband, Hajime Yamano (the artist of the manga) didn’t turn down a single offer for work meeting deadline after deadline. At this point in the book, it says many of the scenes depicted in “Nekojiru” were a blend of Chiyomi dreams and what she saw in real life. It’s rather unclear on the details of how to separate what were part of her dream and what she actually saw since she couldn’t separate it herself.
Overworked, she began to drink heavily from being overworked. It stopped being fun for Chiyomi to do her work and now was only a matter of making the deadline. Eventually Chiyomi had run out of ideas, but she had deadlines to meet, and did the best she could manage. She had a strong sense of responsibility, and always found a way of come through in the end. More than once, she found herself cornered by several deadlines and had to push herself to the brink of collapse to finish everything. Having was trying to commit suicide in the past, Nekojiru had written wills on a number of occasions. Her last extant will dated from several years prior. She committed suicide on May 10, in 1998 with the cause of her suicide unknown. The accounts of how it affected her friends were also in the book.
After some research on Chiyomi Hashiguchi doing a simple review wasn’t satisfactory for me. As depressing as it might have been reading the book knowing her tragic end I couldn’t find bring it in me to leave out what I learned about her. The book goes into detail about how she was as a person from accounts from those who her whereas I simply condensed the information I read. In turn, after learning all of this it has made me look at the short OVA in a different way. It’s depressing reading about Chiyomi Hashiguchi and what happened to her, but this OVA is proof she has not been forgotten which in a way makes me happy about its creation no matter what feeling the viewer will have after watching it.
19: Slayers Excellent
English: Slayers Excellent
MAL Score: 7.32
In these earlier adventures of Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent, learn how the two rivals first met. In their first adventure, the two rivals meet and run into a vampire during a rescue mission. Next, Lina is hired to be the bodyguard of a rich man’s daughter, Sirene. Lina is at first very enthusiastic about it at first, as she is being paid very well, but Sirene keeps spending all of Lina’s first half of pay. (She gets the other half later) She puts together a fake kidnapping to teach Sirene a lesson, but when she really gets kidnapped, she must team up with Naga to save her. In the final episode, Lina and Naga find themselves on seperate sides in a fashion war.
No but getting to the point The Slayers Excellent wasn’t too bad, it had the smae feel as the series being mostly comical and all that but as usual it still had it’s fight scenes and moments of seriousness (be it as rare as they can be for this series).
This little side step is a nice introduction to the infamous Lina Inverse’ past and her rivalry/friendship whatever you wanna call it with Naga the aWhite Serpent. Even though it’s only 3 episodes.
The artwork for the series is basically about the same as it is for the first or second season of this series bt all in all it’s not too bad and I personally like the artwork of some of the older animes.
The story for the Ovas kinda jumps around a little but hey thats the Slayers for ya.
The enjoyment for the OVA’s is pretty high especially if your a Slayers fan.
So all in all I personally gave this Slayers OVA an 8 out of 10.
The artwork is the same, a very old style of cell drawing with a bit of a haze to it that old shows have. The grain makes it feel very old compared to newer cleaner shows. Characters feel pretty proportional and of course Naga’s breasts bounce unnaturally whenever she moves. On the other hand, Lina’s waist is a bit too small but in the end, she is way more proportional then Naga.
I still cannot stand Naga’s voice. Her laugh sounds like an alarm or something. If I put her laugh as my alarm to get up in the morning, I would probably jump and scream out as I broke it! It’s that bad. She does it way to much; almost all of her dialog has her laughing or being stupid. The same went for Sirene as she had the same voice style. All others are alright, the script is kind of stupid but that goes to show the time frame it was dubbed.
18: Hayate no Gotoku!!: Atsu ga Natsuize – Mizugi-hen!
Japanese: ハヤテのごとく!! アツがナツいぜ 水着編!
MAL Score: 7.33
To encourage Nagi to swim and enjoy summer, Maria invites various friends to their Sanzenin family’s private beach. While everyone is having fun, Nagi hesitates to wear swimsuits and come out because of her small breasts, and refuses to join…
This OVA is considered to be episode 0 for the second season of Hayate no Gotoku!
Story: Being an OVA and preview of the second season you could expect nothing deep would happen. This was mostly a fanservice episode however it did manage to have some great funny moments and get a little serious for its climax. It wasnt spectacular but by all means it wasn’t bad.
Art: This is were most people are talking. Now that JC Staff is in charge of the show the animation has suffered a slight alteration from its first season. Some of the more loyal fans might find this change a little hard to get used to but I however thought the animation was not bad a all and was able to get used to it almost instantly. I dont doubt JC Staff’s animation department since I know they can do great animation.
Sound: Unchanged from season 1 so you know what to expect.
Character: The characters were always the best point in the anime, and there is no difference here either. All the characters that we know and love retain all their distinctive personalities makes this an enjoyable episode to watch.
Enjoyment: I repeat myself here….I liked it XD
Overall: Fanservice episode with good comedy. What else could a Hayate fan ask for? 😛 There is no reason you shouldn’t watch this if you liked the first season
Hayate no Gotoku OVA is a fanservice OVA (o rly?) for the Comedy/Romance anime Hayate no Gotoku, which is best known for its impossible-to-understand-all references and the beautiful and epic voices of Kugimiya Rie and Wakamoto Norio respectively. While seeming to be the obligatory beach episode, the viewers are sure to realize that this show is just mocking those generic episodes. The story doesn’t even try to be unique at all, and how that whole beach and the island can be owned by Sanzenin family is anybody’s guess. Going into a girl’s room while she’s changing, check. Getting stranded on an island, check. Team Rocket, …erm, SPs blasting off again, check. Isumi getting lost, check. The important thing is that the producers know how many clichés they have in this OVA, and uses those for their advantage in a rather successful attempt to make viewers laugh. The story overall, because it wasn’t all that different, got a 7 from me, which is what I would’ve give to the first season if I had reviewed it.
One thing you are sure to notice is the difference between the character designs between the first season and this OVA. Although you probably know it already, this is because it’s J.C. Staff animating this OVA (and the second season that’ll be following in April.) While it may take a few episodes for us to adapt to this drawing style, it surely won’t get in the way of those great parodies to come. Anyway, the drawing didn’t particularly bother me and will continue to be in the standards of a 2009 anime. Maria and Hinagiku-san are as lovely as ever, and have surely didn’t even lose a speck of their beauty. The animation seems even more light-hearted now, with the new choice of sharper coloring. Not trying to be awesome or the best in the world, the art is certain to be befitting and cute. 8/10.
When you talk of sound, you talk about two things, the BGM and the voice actors. Talking broadly, you wouldn’t even notice all the small background noises in a normal slice of life anime (slice of life meaning no action or supernatural thingies involved,) while you are sure to miss it if you ever decide to watch an anime silently. Hayate no Gotoku OVA, while bringing no new and unexpected additions to the BGM, it certainly does not allow you to miss the natural and the usual sound of a slice of life anime. Besides, anything too catchy or exciting would just kill the mood.
When we come to voice actors, that’s where Hayate no Gotoku excels. Two of my all time favourite seiyuu Wakamoto Norio and Kugimiya Rie filling in with their awesome voices, I was sure to like the voice acting, and I surely did. Tanaka Rie, with the voice acting of Maria-san, is always a nice addition to any anime. I am sure that there are other good talents in the show, but none of them seem to be as rememberable as those three. What I want would be a little more of Wakamoto Norio, but any more of the epicness that is his voice would be incomprehensible by any human being and could cause major disorders in the brain. 8/10
There was NO character development in the OVA, which is fine, considering it is just a reminder that HnG2 is coming at full speed in april. The characters, however, were already well developed from the past season. Other than introducing a new Sister-san, whom we anime watchers can not know anything about her at this point, nothing interesting about the characters happens. Then again, we get the re-introduction of all the characters from the original series, just in case of a memory disorder due to unknown reasons. You couldn’t have just forgotten Hayate no Gotoku, right? Right?!? *insert yandere pic here* Yeah, Nice Beach. 8/10
The main aspect, the selling point of this anime is, as 99% of you will agree, the comedy. Due to many references and Nagi-ojou-sama’s cute tsundere’ness, it is impossible to NOT enjoy this pillar of fabulous jokes. I, for one, am a sucker for heavy comedy anime, because my enjoyment from an anime usually comes from how much I laugh. If Wakamoto Norio’s opening sequence wasn’t enough to make you laugh out loud, I don’t know what will. Female viewers (or those who find it excessive) might be turned down from the fanservicey content of this OVA, but using that fact to generate more comedy is pure genius. As a healthy male who does not mind such services and jokes derived from it, the OVA really got me in enjoyment. 10/10
Summing things up, this OVA is an excellent re-introduction of the characters that you’ve surely not forgotten (!) with the usage of fanservice and parody. Serving as a bridge with the first and the second seasons, it is pretty normal for it to contain no character and story development and just better than average soundtrack. It is, however, an OVA that will bring a smile to your face when seeing the superman-esque Hayate, lovely Maria-san and cute Sanzenin Nagi ojou-sama again, accompanied by the famous voice actings (yeah, I worship them) of Wakamoto Norio and Kugimiya Rie. Satisfaction? Guaranteed! 8/10
17: Shakugan no Shana S
English: Shakugan no Shana S: OVA Series
MAL Score: 7.35
Find out what happens when Yuji accidentally triggers a found Treasure Tool while it’s pointed at Shana! Then, Yuji teams up with Wilhelmina to stalk their fiery friend—whose secrecy has become unsettling. Finally, in a two-part special, Shana tracks a Denizen’s trail by sorting through a Torch’s memories for clues. Her sleuth skills reveal a teenage girl’s heartwarming last days and a predator with a serious identity crisis!
This was made to give us Shana fans a nibble before we get thirds not to piss us off. It gives us alot of the humor that this story mold of body-swapping use (Yuji reaching towards his chest when he is in shana’s body was an inevitable moment the second they swapped bodies) and I think the “shana” feel behind it adds new life to the cliche plot.
Overall it was a great OVA in part 1 and am highly looking forward to the next 3 followed by the long awaited Shakugan no Shana III
Shakugan no Shana (Burning-Eyed Shana) also known simply as Shana are a Japanese light novel series written by Yashichiro Takahashi with illustrations by Noizi Ito. ASCII Media Works published 26 novels from November 2002 too November 2012 under there Dengeki Bunko imprint.
In fall of 2005 Shakguan No Shana received an anime adaptation and it spawning 3 seasons that aired in different years, 1 movie and a OVA called Shakugan no Shana S. It was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Takashi Watanabe whom are also directed one of my favourite series called Slayers.
Now what do I think about Shakugan no Shana?
Well I first I hated the series but after a short while I decided too re-watch S1 as well as watching S2 and S3 for the first time and well.
Shakguan No Shana went from being one of most overrated anime series too one of my favourite series in a blink of a eye because it contains great action, a good love triangle a story that gets better as the series progresses, wonderful art/animation and the main theme that Shana presents.
So why are Shakugan No Shana so good you may ask? Well we are going too find out in the course of this review.
Hello Everyone Shawn/TheCodeTrigger and today I will be reviewing all three seasons of Shakugan no Shana and with out of the way lets us begin.
The story begins with Yuji whom are youre average boy whom just graduated into high school. One day as he was going home he comes across a scarlet sealed area where everyone except him are frozen in time and on top of that theyre’s monsters named Tomogara. On top of that the Tomogara are stealing souls from human body and now they are after Yuji soul. Hope are almost lost until a female flame haze comes in and save Yuji as well as defeating the Toomgara. After that the flame haze tells Yuki that he now a torch. A leftover of someone whom has already been eaten by the Tomogara. Usually that you will only have a few days too live at most before disappearing completely but inside Yuki he has a mysterious and unique item that are called Reiji Maigo which every day at midnight he gets his existence replenished. So together with the flame haze which Yuji named Shana they set off too fight Tomogara together too protect the city.
The first 2 seasons of Shakugan no Shana features a lot action, slice of life and a bit of romance which manages too blend well for the most part. I liked too romance and slice bits of the show because they are well in my opinion and they give character development too most characters in like before Shana was just cold hearted tsundere but thanks too slice of life elements she becomes more humane character instead of being that rough main character. The action was just wonderful of J.C staff because theyre were well directed and the fights can get really intents at times.
Now I have too admit the first half of S2 are easily the weakest of the trilogy. It’s not bad by any means but compare too everything else in the trilogy it stick out like a sour thumb of being meh. Unlike most people I actually like the first half because I got too see the great character interactions with each other while they do bunch of slice of life stuff. Then again we have the love triangle hat shouldn’t really happen at all and the one whom brought this love triangle are the character that I hate the most. We get too her later.
The second half of S2 in my opinion are the best of the trilogy because J.C staff managed too show the potenal of series perfectly by giving us great villains, Yuji finally becomes a great male lead and he finally got real character development.
The only problems that I had with the first two seasons are the second villains of S1 which had some messed up insets with each other and the one girl which I will mention in the character section.
Shana S are just more Shana fun for the most part.
The first 2 episode are filler but highly enjoyable filler because of the character interactions were spot on.
The last two episodes are heavily character driven because they explore Shana as a character before she met Yuji. Plus those 2 episodes don’t have any action.
Finally we have Shana final.
This was the season where Shana fans were heavily divided.
I seen people whom Shana final was the shit or people whom thought Shana Final was the worst thing that J.C staff has ever done.
Where do I stand on this? I liked but at the same time I thought it was kinda rushed.
I can see why people hate this because that made that set character into a villain ruining the character development that they had with that set character but for me I found set character becoming a villain was a good move because in my opinion its adds more too the show.
Compare too Shana S1 and S2 Shana final are more action pack and very emotional too the eyes.
The ending of Shana final was good in my opinion because it closes the series in a great way.
The only real complaints that I had with Shana final are not Yuji becoming a different person but are almost all of the new characters that appear in Shana final hardly get any character development whatsoever and it’s really a shame because I liked some of this new characters but they hardly get any back-story or mutations’ of why they taking part of the war.
Besides that I liked Shana Final.
One more that I like too mention are the theme of Shana. You see Shakguan No Shana deals with the theme evolution and the show manages too portray that theme properly because throughout the series you will see characters constantly evolving too become better people.
Overall I really like the story of all seasons of Shakugan no Shana.
The characters of Shakgan no Shana start off generic but as the series progresses they all evolve too great characters.
I first hated Yuji because he stared off a generic protagonist but over the course the series I found him too a well written male lead because he well developed and actually has a personally unlike most generic male leads.
One more thing I will mention Yuji becomes a different person on Shana III and the things he does in Shana are just mind blowing.
Overall Yuji was a good character in my eyes.
Shana are a really good character in my opinion.
Sure she starts off as a rough tsundere but as the series progresses she becomes more of a humane character that can fit with her peers really well. Also by the time you get too Shana final her signs of her Tsunderism are completely gone and she finally evolve too become a light hearted badass whom loves Yuji.
This are how you write a tsundere guys.
Overall I adore Shana.
The rest of the characters are also good for the most part for example I really like the other characters ranging from the badass and mother figure too Shana Wilhelmina, the comic relief and also badass Margery, the rough but chilled Keisaku too the emotionless villain Hecate. In almost any show that I liked theyre are always that one or two character that I don’t like. In Shana case that character are Yoshida. She are a definition of a bad character because not only she’s annoying but she messes up the relationship of Shana and Yuji by adding a unnecessarily love triangle in the first half of S2. I don’t fully hate her as much as other people do but I she was that character that I heavily dislike.
Also I like too mention that some of the villains in S1 were not great they are .Not offensively bad like Yoshida but compare too the villains in the second season and final they are rather forgettable.
Overall besides from Yoshida this character cast was great.
Like with the characters the art/animation continuously evolves as the series progress.
The art style of the first half of S1 feels kinda generic and outdated in a lot of areas but the second half of S1 the art/animation general improves for the better. Shana Final has some of the best art/animation I seen from a J.C Staff because you can clearly tell that they really effort on the characters designs too the backgrounds of the locations.
Not too mention Shana hair on S3 are beautifully animated.
Overall the art/animation are really good.
The OST of Shana are just wonderful listen because it has both the action and romance music that are very memorable plus the show knows too use appropriate songs on each scene.
By the time of this review the Shakugan no Shana OST are one of my favourite OSTs in anime.
All of the openings were good but noting can top Shana III Final opening 1 Light My Fire” by KOTOKO because it’s sounds legendary and it’s more hype for the show. Not too mention it’s one of my favourite anime openings of all time.
The endings are good but nowhere near as good as the openings in my opinion. The only endings themes that I adore are Shana 2 Ending 2 Sociometry” by KOTOKO and Shana 3 Final Ending 1 I’ll believe” by ALTIMA.
Now I only have seen Shakugan no Shana dubbed and I thought it was great dub.
Unlike Familiar of Zero you can tell they put effort of the dub because the voice acting for almost all of the characters were great. Unlike Slayers where two voice actors have too be changed as that series progresses everyone character a new voice actor in by the beginning of Shana Second. I personally enjoyed the new voice actors because I think they did a good job with the roles.
Overall the OST was just masterpiece. The openings, endings and the dub was great.
I really enjoyed the story from the action pack S1, the clam slice of life first half of S2, the more interesting second half of S2 too the wonderful war setting that are Shana 3 final because each season are very different from each other’s and its works really well in my opinion.
I personally enjoyed all of the seasons because of the character cast evolving every season too become better like for example I use too wrote off Yuji are a generic MC but after seeing Final he became a better and more interesting character.
Same goes with Shana because I was worried that Shana will became a another Lousie from The Familiar of Zero but in the end not only she’s a well written tsundere with amazing character development she’s one of the best female leads I have ever seen in a long while.
Shakguan no Shana has been a wonderful ride for me.
It’s a great story that gets better written as the series progresses, the charterers are great and fun too watch, the art/animation just wonderful especially in S3 the ost are amazing and easily one of my favourite anime OST and the dub are great.
Shakugan no Shana has currently maintain a spot in my top 20 favorite anime series.
It’s a much watch anyone whom are looking for a fast pace action anime with some good slice of life bits.
I give Shakugan No Shana this presenting scores for each season below.
Shana S 9/10
My overall score a 9/10 (This series has been one hell of a fun and romantic ride)
My Anime Recommendations
Slayers (for more Takashi Watanabe greatness)
Kaze no Stigma
Anyway this was TheCodeTrigger and I will see you guys next time.
Summary: The 1st and 2nd episodes of the OVA are mildly interesting filler that you could skip without missing much. The 3rd and 4th episodes, on the other hand, are VERY powerful. They give some back story to Shana right before she meets Yuuji and serves as a great and emotional reminder about what it means to become a torch and disappear. These 2 episodes are mostly emotional and character driven and have little to no action. I highly suggest watching it!
I found these to be quite enjoyable and a bit more than filler because they taught Shana a valuable lesson about the relationship between mother and daughter, about family in general, and especially about adolescent romance. I really like how the first episode starts with Shana killing the torch (typical to a standard episode) and then going back through her past and figuring out what happened to her. This approach allowed for a build up of emotion as she got to know the torch and ended with the touching scene between Shana and the torches mother. I also liked how the second episode went into the details of the torches’ relationship with her new boyfriend. The approach of slowly building up her final few days after she is already dead again proves to be very effective (for example finding out the bracelet she likes so much was a gift from her new boyfriend and that the reason she fought with her mother is she caught them kissing in the park.)
One thing that isn’t completely clear until the end of the second episode is that this is a flashback and that Shana is basically just about to approach the town where Yuuji lives. It is ironic how Alastor wonders if she will one day find a human who can interact with her and she replies that it would be troublesome… if only she knew, haha. This episode (similar to the 1st few episodes in season 1) deals with the loss of human life, becoming a torch and disappearing. It is interesting how the show basically drops this concept, instead worrying about the relationships between the main characters. It is refreshing to get a reminder than all of the people who are devoured cease to exist and their loved ones and families will forget them… it really brings home what everyone is fighting for.
16: Shokugeki no Souma OVA
MAL Score: 7.35
New OVAs bundled with the 18th and 19th volumes of the Shokugeki no Souma manga.
The first episode is just some of the characters going on a site seeing trip and trying some traditional Japanese food since most of them are not Japanese native. This leads to a decent food challenge towards the second half. The second episode has Alice and Erina going to a public pool on a hot day and the Polar star crew plus Mito hanging out near a lake, eating shaved ice, barbecuing, and such. The second episode was worth the watch just to see Erina and Alice in their swimsuits.
The art is pretty consistent with what you expect the series have. The same goes for the sound.
Like most ovas, it doesn’t really add anything new to the character portion of the show, but it shouldn’t make you learn to hate anyone either.
I enjoyed watching these even though nothing important really happens. I wish Mito was in a swimsuit too, but oh well. Fans of Food Wars should enjoy this, but you might not if you didn’t enjoy the show all that much.
This OVA is non-essential to the plot, so unless you just want more Shokugeki you can just skip to the second season.
Nonetheless, I highly recommend it, it’s good fun and it does have a tiny bit of character development for some side characters like the Aldini brothers.
Otherwise, the quality is the same as the first season in all other aspects, it’s just that the story itself isn’t in any way significant to the plot.
It’s a very interesting watch if you’re interested in seeing more of the side characters of the show, since Souma himself barely appears in these two episodes (in the first one he only appears for a minute at the end).
I think the studio do not need do OVA for the first season because it do not
show the spoiler for this anime. Altought, the first show a fighting cook between
Aldini brother and Oyaji in the shop. It still, didnt take my interest more because
it did’nt have fight cooking more.
For the second episode, it show a background of Nakiri Alice . She and Nakiri
Alice go to public pool in the summer. While, Souma and his friends go to some
place and have shaved ice and BBQ. It show, tsundere part of Nikumi,
altough she did’nt want to go with them, but she did it at the end.
15: Slayers Special
English: Slayers: The Book of Spells
MAL Score: 7.36
In these three self-contained half-hour stories, Lina Inverse and her partner, Naga The Serpent, take on a variety of jobs for quick cash, food, and/or their own skins. The first episode, “The Scary Chimera Plan,” pits them against a lunatic magician who intends to use Lina to create a fearsome, spell-slinging monster. Then, in “Jeffry’s Knighthood,” they’re hired by an overprotective mother to see that her son – a young man barely capable of holding a sword – becomes a respected knight, by “helping” him fight off the marauding soldiers terrorizing the area. Finally, “Mirror, Mirror” puts the two in a race to hunt down and capture (for bounty, of course) a rogue sorceror who’s found an ancient artifact that can create loyal duplicates of anything or anyone, including his enemies.
The first episode starts off with Lina discussing a rather pressing matter with a sorcerer named Diol – specifically, turning Lina into a chimera. For unknown reasons, it seems that Lina breached the subject in the first place, but now that she’s seen what the man plans to do, she wants out. Naga enters the picture, and things grow a bit more complicated. Will Diol succeed in turning Lina into a chimera? Well, obviously not, but it’s still amusing to see the events leading up to Lina being rescued by Naga, even if she did manage to completely misunderstand the situation.
The second OVA concerns Lina and Naga taking on the task of assisting Jeffrey Mailstar with “becoming a man”. No, not in the way you might think, thanks to Naga’s rather questionable choice of dress, but to help him become a full-fledged knight. This naturally entails defeating heinous enemies. The catch is that Jeffrey makes a very ineffectual knight; indeed, he’s the sort that you probably shouldn’t trust to carry a plate, given how clumsy and absentminded he is. How on earth will our favourite sorceresses succeed in completing this task? It may very well be as daunting as saving the world.
The third and final episode introduces us to the legend of Shazal Rugandy, a magic user who supposedly created a mirror called the Shadow Reflector. Capable of making exact copies of anyone reflected in it, with the exception that they will have the opposite personality of the person replicated, Shazal sealed the mirror away, never to be found. Until recently, when clue of its whereabouts was discovered. A thief has stolen the information, however, and it is up to Lina and Naga to stop him from taking over the world with shadow copies – and they’ll get a reward in the process.
Lina and Naga are, once again, the protagonists. Lina is much the same Lina we’ve come to know and love: feisty, cunning, and exasperated by her rival’s antics. Despite first appearances, we actually do get some more depth from Naga, mostly due to increased screen time. I managed to grow attached to her over the course of watching the specials and I would definitely not be averse to learning more about her. As Naga herself puts it, she holds “a supreme sense of superiority and extreme self-confidence”, and those aspects make her rather endearing.
Any side characters that dwell within the OVAs are memorable if only for their absurdity and hilarity. Most are defined by single, shallow character traits and used for laughs, whether they’re getting their derrières proverbially handed to them by Lina or Naga or wreaking havoc all on their own.
Like the movie, the Slayers OVAs are animated by J.C. Staff. Unlike the movie, though, the OVAs use brighter and more pleasant palettes. The animation also seems to be just a bit more fluid and graceful.
As per usual, the ending theme is sung by Hayashibara Megumi, and it is called Kagirinai Yokubou no Naka Ni. It’s a good tune that I wound up listening to all the way through for all three episodes. The third special has not only one, but two insert songs. The first one is called Run All The Way! and the second one is called Touch Yourself. Both are performed by Hayashibara Megumi, and once again, they are both great songs.
I’m not exaggerating when I say I don’t really remember the rest of the soundtrack – I don’t. Truly, the only saving grace Slayers’ music has is Megumi herself. Again, she does a great job of voicing Lina. I really loved Kawamura Maria’s role as Naga – she’s oddly endearing and hysterical all at once. Her laugh is nothing to sneeze at and I can certainly see why she would have trouble breathing after recording certain parts of the first OVA.
If you stumble upon Slayers with the hopes of getting some mind blowing revelations about human nature or something of the like, I’m sorry to say that you’ll be quite disappointed. The Slayers franchise is primarily comedic, and that’s exactly what you will get. The first and second episodes are especially reliant on repeating gags, although they never get boring or seem out of place. As a final note, while the stories in these OVAs are self-contained and bear no connection to one another, it is still advisable you watch Slayers Perfect/Slayers: The Motion Picture beforehand. Overall, the Slayers Special OVAs are a welcome addition to the franchise and well worth the time of fans or newcomers to Slayers.
The OVA is episodic in nature with three different stories. The first is about a magician who wants to create a powerful chimera with Lina as a component. Naturally, she is not happy with the idea and this results in shenanigans. In the second episode, a helicopter parent of a mother hires Lina & Naga to help her rather pathetic son gain status and knighthood. The final episode gives us a mage who’s looking for a long forgotten magic mirror that can supposedly create copies of people that have all their skills and experience but opposite personalities.
The biggest issue is that the second episode doesn’t give Lina and Naga that much to do. They kind of take a back seat to the family and their craziness. And, honestly, the family isn’t nearly as interesting or funny as Lina & Naga are. A lot of the humour from them comes down to the mum’s over-protectiveness and the son’s over-inflated view of himself. Which is funny but does get a bit repetitive.
The OVA does have the benefit of the classic Slayers humour. Every episode has plenty of strong jokes. They’re also well paced and move very smoothly with enough time to set up the jokes and develop what there is for a plot in the episode. The plot lines are very well constructed to offer a lot of comedic potential.
Lina and Naga are both very funny characters with a good amount of complexity. Which leads to some really funny moments when they meet their mirror opposites. The two also have a strong dynamic for comedic interactions. The characters they encounter may not have the same degree of complexity, but they have more than enough character for them to have strong comedic moments. Which has always been one of The Slayers’ strengths. Having memorable minor characters who have some really funny moments.
About the worst I can say for it is that the family that takes the focus in the second episode doesn’t actually interact much with on another. The mother follows the son around and hits people for him, but they don’t actually have any kind of conversation.
The OVA looks pretty good. The animation is smooth. The artwork is well done. There are some really strong visual gags. About the worst I can say for it is that there are a couple sequences with muted colouring that makes it a little difficult to see the action well.
Hayashibara Megumi & Kawamura Maria are both fantastic in this. We also get some strong performances from the people voicing minor characters including Ishida Akira as Jeffrey. Which is interesting since he’s also in the series proper as Xellos. The music is fantastic. Hayashibara Megumi sings the vocal songs including Within Unlimited Desires & Run All the Way. She really has an immaculate singing voice.
As is common with these anime, Lina and Naga have a dynamic that you could see becoming romantic with a small push but that pretty definitively is not there yet.
Areas of Improvement:
Brighter, more vibrant colours.
Let Lina and Naga have a more active role in the second episode.
If you’re going to give the family such a prominent role in the second episode, at least have them interact. Let the son be there when his mum hires Lina & Naga and then have her pull them aside to give them the full situation. It would do wonders to actually see them exchange more than a couple lines when he doesn’t even know it’s her.
This OVA is really solid. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’re pretty much guaranteed to enjoy it. If you don’t like the franchise, this isn’t going to change your mind. Even if you don’t like the Slayers, I’d still highly recommend looking up the music. For me, this is a franchise I like quite a lot. I pretty thoroughly enjoyed the gags and story ideas in the OVA. I’m going to give it an 8/10.
Naga is pretty much a fan service character, not really adding anything except someone who wants to fight Lina every single time and make her life almost hell. Her skimpy outfit reminds me of a hooker and I don’t think anyone can wear her outfit out on the streets without being called over by the police. I understand fan service and being bi, I can actually say I like a little of it but this does tend to gross me out. I am happy that they do not always pay much attention to her outfit, and they do say out ridicules it really is so I let them slide on that.
Lina on the other hand seems to be a bit more down to earth then the episodes before and I’m not sure why that is. She doesn’t feel like ‘our Lina’ but someone playing as her. This tends to throw me off slightly as I fell in love with her character from the TV shows.
The Animation is actually nice cell shaded, good for the time at least. It does show its age but again, it fits slightly with the others. It’s only a little bit more blured then the others, as seen in most OVA’s like that. They also end up getting off the character designs at times. You would think for an OVA, they wouldn’t do that.
There isn’t much background music except for the slap stick comedy sounds we will normally hear but these never overpower and sometimes are even non-existent throughout the show. When we do get epic music, sometimes its cut off to leave sort of a comical end. Lina sounds much younger then the other shows and so I guess it shows the time frame. I can’t stand Naga’s voice at all, especially her laugh!
14: Little Busters!: Sekai no Saitou wa Ore ga Mamoru!
MAL Score: 7.36
A special unaired episode of Little Busters! sent to those who bought all 9 BD/DVD volumes of the anime. This episode includes the story about “Mask the Saitou.”
You will see the never seen fanservicing(by this I mean that there is, in general no fan servicing in little busters) in this OVA and to top it up the pranks that Kurugaya pulls on the others members of little busters are damn awesome. Even if they don’t make you laugh loudly like I did they will surely bring a smile to your face.
The cutest aspect of this OVA(according to me) were Noumi’s scenes. They left my eyes sparkling.
I know this is a short review and doesn’t give you much to decide whether to watch the OVA or not, but if you ask me you should watch it. The OVA was kinda refreshing and has shown a different aspect of little busters anime 🙂
Hi there, amateur reviewer here. This time its an OVA of Little Busters. This is more like a breather episode where you can relax for a while from the emotional feels you are getting from the entire Little Busters series. Watch this before watching Little Busters EX and after watching Refrain.
This OVA is about the daily lives of our lovable characters with a twist… well not much. Remember the battle and ranking/title system they always play, with weapons and stuff and if you lose you’ll get an embarrassing nickname – this OVA elaborates and focuses on that. Oh that and the wise “advises” Kurugaya-san gives to her friends. Ohohohoho.
Banzai for fanservices~ *ehem*
Well, the art is amazing as you would expect and… pfffft— don’t skip the ending theme. Just don’t.
No complaints here. Next~!!
Our lovable characters are more wackier than the usual. Cuter, too. Like I said, expect more fanservices than the usual from them.
Gosh, Riki sure is lucky, ahahaha.
“He who has been crowned”
This is definitely a must watch for all Little Busters fan. It would definitely laugh yourself out after watching both the first season and Refrain! so you could proceed watching Little Busters EX with a happy heart and feel again~
13: Amanchu!: Yakusoku no Natsu to Atarashii Omoide no Koto
MAL Score: 7.38
An unaired episode bundled with the seventh Blu-ray volume of the Amanchu! anime series.
Amanchu! is one of the uncommon Iyashikei / healing / relaxing / feel-good slice of life anime. These shows are light on comedy and drama compared to other episodic shows but still find a way to create situations that provide character development and events that make the main characters happy which in turn makes the viewers feel warm inside.
If you haven’t watched the original Amanchu! anime, it’s a show about a shy girl named Futaba who’s moved to a new city and has trouble making friends. An energetic girl named Hikari (nicknamed Pikari) gives her a nickname Teko and introduces her to the diving club which causes Futaba’s life to slowly change.
As for the OVA itself, it is a worthy sequel and feels just like every previous episode. Without giving away too much of the plot it relates to how Futaba/Teko’s childhood friends from her original hometown visit her since they’re worried about how she’s been adjusting to her new life. It’s a really nice story about the importance of old and new friends.
For those who have watched ARIA series (Aria the Animation, Natural and Origination) you may or may not be aware that the original author, Kozue Amano, wrote both the original manga for ARIA and Amanchu. Futaba/Teko’s childhood friends are based on Akari and Aika from ARIA and have similar personality traits, character designs and even the exact same voice actresses! The characters are different enough where you can differentiate from them the originals and they have their own interesting personalities that relate to Amanchu’s story.
As someone who considers both ARIA and Amanchu two of his favorite series ever, having a cameo like this was a really nice treat! Hearing the original voice actresses was nostalgic. The characters/story was different enough that this episode would still be very enjoyable even if there was no reference to the original ARIA characters here. It helped to make this one of my favorite references/cameos in anime/manga I can think of.
The art style is nice and bright, fitting for the relaxing/healing nature of the show. Anytime the characters go diving the animators show how nice it would be to dive that deep underwater, showing all the cool surroundings and how everything looks really nice.
The OP and ED are the same as the original anime, really chill and fitting for the series. The BGM within the series is also really good and fitting for the series. Lots of light instrumentals that fit a relaxing show about a diving club.
If you liked the original Amanchu! (and possibly ARIA series) be sure to check out this OVA as it’s one of my favorite episodes in the whole Amanchu series to date.
It covers only two days in the life of Teko, Pikari and the two middle school friends of Teko, Chizuru and Akane, who came over to visit her during the summer vacation. This short period of time, however, was enough to well develop the two new characters we are introduced to. I fell in love with both of them, mostly Chizuru.
The story also focused more on the characters feelings and the time they spend together other than diving (although it was also part of it), which I liked a lot, since the girls are all really cute as a group. The way they share their feelings and talk things out made my heart really warm.
All in all, it was one of the best OVAs I’ve ever seen. It was pretty good both as a complement to the previous anime series as it was as a story of its own. Definitely recommend it.
12: Joshiraku OVA
MAL Score: 7.41
OVA episode bundled with fifth volume of manga.
11: Prison School: Mad Wax
Japanese: 監獄学園[プリズンスクール] マッドワックス
MAL Score: 7.41
The OVA featured the previously unanimated “Mad Wax” arc from the manga.
Bundled with a limited edition of the manga’s 20th volume.
STORY: 9 (great)~ The end is not predictable and this OVA helps developing an almost forgotten character in the TV series. Really balanced and well put together.
ART: 9 (great)~ This is an example of an anime that you can watch on mute and still understand what’s going on. That’s how expressive the art is, simply great work and attention to detail!
SOUND: 7 (good)~ The sound compliments the art very well, and they work together outstandingly good to deliver the message with emotion. Would have appreciated the effort to change the OP or ED, but I can’t really complain given the fact that it’s just an ova.
CHARACTERS: 7 (good)~ Clearly exaggerated for comedic purposes, but that’s what makes them good! And as the say goes, in every lie there is a kernel of truth!
OVERALL: good to very good~ From my point of view, this ova is a great “plus” to the original story and really makes you relived after the emotional roller-coaster they have been through in the prison.
As always, ENJOYMENT: 9~ is the last thing to be written, being the most subjective part of them all. This is the kind of anime that has both plot and PLOT( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Haha, all jokes aside, great anime.
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Hope you enjoyed! ♡ ♡ ♡
Story: Prison school comes into those anime that never fails to amuse and same goes for this OVA. 8/10
Art: What most surprises me is it’s art, I feel like art is the main reason which makes this anime so awesome. 420/10
Sound: There isn’t much to talk about sound except that it seems fine. I didn’t notice anything special about it probably because the focus was more into art and comedy. 8/10
Characters: OMG the characters, they are always pervy and funny. Definitely a big point in this anime and OVA. 10/10
Enjoyment: It was amazingly funny from starting to end. Couldn’t ask for more that’s how enjoying it was. 10/10
Overall rating: Dank 9/10
Taking this into account. This OVA is mostly everything you could ask for at this point. It perfectly concludes the first season, and all I can say is that it is even funnier than the other episodes.
-Story: As I said before, it continues the story that was left in the last episode from the anime. I gave it just a 9/10, since i think there are some features missing to introduce the new season, or at least the next part of the manga. However, it keeps on where the last episode left the story, and thats all I could ask for.
-Art: Personally, I find Prison School’s art awesome. It fits perfectly for this genre, and it lets the characters perfectly show every emotion. You can even watch the series without subtitles or sound, and you could just laugh for many of the reactions, so i gave it a 10/10.
-Sound: I’m not really sure of what to write in here. I love the opening theme, and the effects included are good enough. The voices, as the art did, expressed the feelings perfectly, I am a fan of voice acting, and I can say I enjoyed it ^^ 9/10
-Character: Same stereotyped characters as in the anime. However, this show makes this stereotypes into something great. In other animes, u can see those repeated and overused personalities, with a shy guy as the main character, and some innocent and tsundere girls. I think this is the fact that makes this show so awesome. They exaggerated everything so hard, that it turns into a funny quality of the characters. 9/10
-Enjoyment: Definitelly one of the best comedy manga/animes ever created. At least from my point of view. I enjoyed every chapter, and this OVA is not an exception. 10/10
-Overall: I love Prison School, and I hope it gets a second season soon. Hope you agree with my honest and personal review :3
10: Majimoji Rurumo: Kanketsu-hen
Japanese: まじもじるるも 完結編
MAL Score: 7.41
Bundled with the with the ninth limited edition volume of the Majimoji Rurumo: Houkago no Mahou Chuugakusei manga.
A pretty classic ecchi show, with a perverted MC and some cute moments… I’ve never seen anyone talk about this show. Pretty standard animation with few complains and some distinctive art that may appeal or turn off some people.
I actually enjoyed this OVA, that actually delivers a closed ending to a type of show that usually never gets it. Besides being enjoyable by itself, this OVA improved my enjoyment of the show and it makes it actually an enjoyable, full, satisfactory and casual experience.
So, if you want an ecchi romcom that is actually satisfactory, and you want to have an easy and simple enjoyment you might want to check it. If you enjoy these kind of shows, this should be your cup of tea.
Boi, this kind of OVAs should be a more common thing, I’m actually glad to see stuff like this.
Rurumo was never the anime that I watched for the dirty nor harem stuff, Rurumo for me is a much more complex anime, it has genuine good characters and very nice plot and I really liked it for that. It having very low ecchi made me love it even more because it showed that you can make a great story without relying on fan service.
The story of this movie is good and while it does feel a little rushed at the start, it gets better and better with a good conclusion.
It was nice to see the characters I really liked and the mother aka best girl in action again, it was wholesome and we got more character development for the Rurumo.
If you want more in depth review I made one like 4 years ago you can read that one but just know this is an anime you should watch and it is actually good and interesting.
Overall I would give the movie/ovas a 9/10.
I would recommend the series to anyone tbh.
Story- Good 7: Since this is were the franchise ends, but the part as to what kind of excuse that Kota gave that he back from the death was just tooooooo lame .
Art-Fair 6: It was suppose to have some ecchi in it, but not here.
Sound- Very Good 8: that for the ending theme “Futari no Chronostasis” by Phoebe Chan.
Character- Good 7: Here, it was mostly Rurumo and Kota where their relationship progresses as they become lovers. Warura and his familiar were there and were able to provide the good support .
Enjoyment- Very Good 8: what can I say studio JC Staff did save the best for last.
Overall- Very Good: I was worth watching as we say good bye to the franchise, but we have to be very honest that this was not the original creator, Watanabe, Wataru’s best work.
9: Love Stage!!: Chotto ja Nakutte
Japanese: LOVE STAGE!! チョットジャナクッテ
MAL Score: 7.44
Bundled with volume four of the manga series Love Stage!! written by Eiki Eiki.
This OVA takes place right after the final episode of Love Stage!! the anime series, which is based on the manga volumes 1-3.
If you haven’t read the manga which this series was based of, the OVA covers chapter 16 of volume 4. It starts with Ryouma finishing recording a movie special, and being anxious to go back home and see Izumi again, after they had their first time together nights ago. But back home, for some reason, Izumi doesn’t seem to be ready to see his boyfriend again — won’t spoil what follows.
It’s a typical episode of the saga, funny, adorable with a bit of sexyness. Maybe i would have preferred if they had decided to adapt another chapter of the manga, instead of this one that doesn’t really have much of a story to tell… but if you are a fan of this anime, it’s awesome to be able to see this characters animated again, so don’t miss the chance and go watch it!
IMO too much time was wasted on Ryouma’s filming — generally I find that OVAs that follow a single manga chapter or two are wasting too much time on irrelevant things that make sense in the progression of the manga, but make the adaptation have less impact than it could.
The twist is excellent, and really got my hopes up for a moment — I complained about stereotypical roles in my review of the anime — but then the creators went right back to stereotype, so this was rather meh for me. Maybe it’s heartwarming if you love these characters, but I never invested that much into them.
8: Shonan Junai Gumi!
MAL Score: 7.46
Eikichi Onizuka and Ryuji Danma are members of infamous biker duo, the Oni Baku. When not out riding around, they can be found in school, trying to pick up young women. This is the story of the young Onizuka, who would later become the greatest teacher in Japan, and his partner Ryuji in their quest to lose their virginity and reach maturity.
They are widely feared bosozoku, and are known for their tenacity and viciousness in a fight. However, this lifestyle does not exactly endear them to the opposite gender, so they decide to change their ways. However, this is easier said than done.
Story – 6 – The story starts out somewhat promising. Two former delinquents try to turn their lives around and give up their old ways … in order to get laid. Ok well, maybe it wasn’t that promising, but I thought seeing two former gang members try to shed that image, regardless of the reason, could be pretty interesting. Unfortunately, this story line lasts about 15 minutes and then the show devolves into a “bad guy of the week” style action show. This plot, while simple, does seem to work out pretty well as long as they stick to the action and comedy. However, SJG occasionally takes a shot at injecting some drama into the plot, but it usually wasn’t very believable. The pacing throughout this show is pretty strange. At times it feels like they accidentally left something out, which causes the show to get a bit confusing at times.
Animation – 7 – SJG is about 14 years old now, which is why I will try not judge it too harshly. Comparing it to the anime we watch now it looks terrible, but I assume at the time it was actually pretty good. For the most part the character designs are pretty nice, but some characters look very similar and are hard to tell apart. Also a few characters look drastically different from the first episode to later ones, which is a little strange. There are a lot of exaggerated facial expressions that sometimes add to the humor, but by the end kind of got annoying. As to be expected from an old anime the fluidity of motion is pretty poor. This is kind of annoying since this is an action show, and a lot of the fights were littered with stills and looped animation.
Sound – 6 – This was a pretty disappointing showing for most of the sound aspects. One of the biggest problems was that there was no opening song. A good opening can really get you pumped up for the episode, so to not ever see one felt very strange. I don’t care too much about ending themes, but for the people that do, this one was pretty bad. The background music was also pretty weak and most of it sounded like it had been taken right out of an NES game. The voice actors actually did a pretty good job, but did not live up to their counterparts from GTO. Unfortunately there is no dub of this show, so those hoping to see more of Steve Blum’s great portrayal of Onizuka will be disappointed.
Character – 7 – SJG revolves around two characters, Eikichi Onizuka and Ryuji Danma. Both of these characters are very similar. Like most shounen action characters, they value friendship and helping out those in need. They love to fight and are great at it. The only thing they are more interested in than fighting, is sex. Throughout most of this series they are always looking for opportunities to score. For those of you that have seen the sequel, you might be a little disappointed in Onizuka’s younger self. He isn’t as funny, and the depth he showed in GTO when dealing with his students, just isn’t there in SJG. He does make up for this a bit though, because he is even more of a badass in this show. Since we got very little development of Onizuka’s character in GTO, I figured we would get to see it here in the prequel. Once again though, there is very little change in Onizuka from beginning to end. Ryuji, on the other hand, actually takes a step in the right direction and starts to get some development. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last too long though, and by the end of the show he is right back where he started.
Entertainment – 8 – Since I watched and loved GTO before I saw this, I came into it with very high expectations. While it did not live up to the standards set in GTO, it was still an entertaining show to watch. The humor was not quite as good as I was expecting, but the action and fights were very good. It was a lot of fun seeing Onizuka and Danma together kicking some ass. These five episodes went by very quickly, and I’m certainly glad that I gave this show a try.
Overall – 7 – This show is certainly lacking in some technical aspects, but it does make up for it with entertainment. Any big GTO fan should definitely check this out as it delivers more of the over the top action and humor that make Onizuka so great. If you aren’t familiar with this series, but enjoy a good action show, then I would suggest you give this a try.
as for story goes, its not the best nor it makes “real” sense, but it was sure enjoyable, partly cuz i am a GTO fan.
When i picked up Shonan Junai Gumi i was not sure what to expect considering the structure of GTO i had wondered if it would follow a similar pattern or would it be totally original in itself. It turned out to follow a similar yet different structure. Following Onizuka on his various journeys riding motorcycles and beaten up punks.
The humor keeps in the same sense as the parent series with lots of innuendo and erotic themes. I actually say this series has more of a risky atmosphere and adult themes. It also has slightly more violence debatably but watching a couple guys beat down 4 dozen gangsters is pretty rough.The humor tho crude as it may be is just so Onizuka in essence i don’t think anyone would be dissapointed.
The show focuses only on Onizuka and Ryuugi the rest of the cast is all secondary and supporting cast and none of them really continue into GTO. The most part the characters are nearly the exact same except Ryuugi is actually a hands on and important character. After watching this i always wondered why he wasn’t a more important character in the sequel. With a few unqiue cast members to support the small plot involved in this short OVA you dont really gain much attachment till the very last episode when you meet a memorable character.
Honestly i always wanted more GTO and this gave me a bit more. Even though this anime tends to act like a immature version of GTO thats exactly what its supposed to be. Its Exciting,humerous and entertaining and though its not its succesor it will always be noteworthy in the franchise so i suggest watching it.
7: Nodame Cantabile OVA
Japanese: のだめカンタービレ OVA
MAL Score: 7.46
Yukihisa Matsuda, principal conductor of the Rising Star Orchestra, arrives in Paris to perform Wagner’s Tannh?user Overture as a guest conductor for the Recyl Symphony Orchestra. When Matsuda overhears the orchestra members praising Shinichi Chiaki, the budding Japanese conductor of the Roux-Marlet Orchestra, he can barely contain his contempt at there being another “Black-Haired Noble” in the same city. Freshly dumped by his mistress following the performance, Matsuda catches Chiaki and takes him out to drink under the pretense of discussing career. But much to Chiaki’s chagrin, the subject soon turns to Chiaki’s own special someone.
The upside is that this is an entertaining side story, retaining a lot of the quirky humour and much of the feel of the series. The downside is that the main focus Matsuda who, in addition to not having appeared in the franchise previously and making me wonder “who the heck is he?!”, is a character that simply can’t match the charm exhibited by the majority of the regular cast of the series. Rather than a side story about Matsuda, I’d rather have seen a side story about Nodame or Chiaki, or Mine, or Kuroki, or just about any other more established members of the cast. As it is, there’s a certain emotional detachment about watching this feeble Matsuda guy for the measely 25 minutes he’s in for the entirety of the franchise.
Still, at the end of the day, it’s an enjoyable if not spectacular standalone episode of the franchise, and it’s certainly a lot better than that 10 min DVD special for the first season. But I doubt I’ll be revisiting this when I’m rewatching the franchise…
6: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun: Misaka-san wa Ima Chuumoku no Mato Desu kara
Japanese: とある科学の超電磁砲 御坂さんはいま注目の的ですから
MAL Score: 7.46
Continuing after the Level Upper incident, another phenomenon torments Misaka. A phenomenon called “Someone’s Watching,” its effect feels like the electricity in one’s body flow backwards. With the help of her friends, Misaka fights against the unknown enemy.
As you can see from the description, this OVA can be considered as the continuation from Level Upper Arc. In short in here we’ll see some of after effect from Level Upper Arc in Biri Biri’s life. Now if you are wandering whether the story will be interesting enough given the length of this anime only 34 minutes long, you don’t have to worry about that. For a 34 minutes long OVA, the story is well directed and the pace is just right. It will keep your interest until the end.
Railgun without some comedy elements wouldn’t feel right, right? Well, we will still see it in here. Kuroko teasing Misaka, Biri Biri blushing and angry, and some other comedy aspects from the TV series. Fans that wanted to see a lot of actions might be disappointed, cause we don’t have much action in here. The focus of the story here is about solving the mystery.
As for the art and animation, J.C staff have done a really good job. The animation is smooth. The character designs and backgrounds are certainly drawn well and the coloring of the animation is at the same level from the TV series.
We have two new songs from this OVA and both of them is pretty good. The background music for this OVA is also fit enough with the story. The voice actor also have done a really good job. In here we’ll hear the same level of voice acting like in the TV series.
We still have the same main characters, and we will see their similar personalities like in the TV series. Some side characters from the TV series also made some appeareances in here.
Overall, this OVA is enjoyable to be watched. The story is interesting enough and as the story progress, you might want to guess the enemy. If you want to watch a good OVA, you should watch this one.
The story itself has the elements you would expect in a typical Railgun story arc, only just one episode long. Again, Misaka and her friends are faced with a mystery and it is up to them to solve it. That being said, even though it feels like a typical Railgun story, it feels somewhat refreshingly new. There were a few instances that I had to go back and re-watch a scene, just because it was too funny. If you liked the Railgun series, you’ll certainly be pleased with the story of this OVA as well.
As with all J.C. Staff productions, the quality of the animation is top notch. Smooth, free-flowing movement and well-detailed character designs along with a great background. Nothing feels out of place, or rushed and I couldn’t find a single thing that would probably make my eyes hurt. You would have to watch this with in HD to really appreciate it.
The OVA has a new OP (this one by fripSide who sang the OP in Railgun, “My Only Railgun”) and a new ED (courtesy of ELISA who also sang ep 2-3’s ED, I think it was “Dear My Friend”). These songs nice to listen to and it feels like it really belongs in this episode (I hope that made sense). Other than that there’s nothing new to report, which isn’t always a bad thing. All Voice Actors return for their roles, and as expected the voices are top notch. Kuroko’s voice may finally be growing on me…
The story focuses on the main cast, so expect that there will be few side characters appearing. Though I have to admit, seeing a being of such misfortune was a welcome treat. I’ve said too much…
Fans of the series and fans of Misaka Mikoto (which are separate groups) will definitely enjoy this latest helping of biribiri. Nothing felt old or reused and there will be moments that you will laugh, hard.
So the score is an astounding: 9/10.
edit 11/29/2010: Changed the part about who sang the OP and ED. Seems I got them mixed up.
5: Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Kyokuseiryou no Erina
Japanese: 食戟のソーマ 餐ノ皿 極星寮のえりな
MAL Score: 7.46
Bundled with the 29th volume of the Shokugeki no Souma manga. It tells the story of what happened to Erina after she ran away from her father.
The episode can be split in two. First half centers around Erina, and keeps creating comedic situations where she struggles to use devices which are self-explatory to common folks. These include stuff like washing machines and vacuum cleaners. The comedy is rather impressive. I found myself laughing at it most of the time. I also nearly died when Soma started pressing dem buttons. The second half is about girls going to bath house and slowly undressing themselves. There really isn’t much food present but who could complain when Erina herself looks so tasty, le lenny face.
The worst part is the fact that this is an OAD release. Meaning the native resolution is only 480p which really does not serve modern anime. If this was in HD, it would obviously be 2good2breal. I shouldn’t have to explain what type of masterpiece this would be if it was uncencored, so I won’t. As a whole this is pretty much the funniest special I can think of.
(Housework, Bathhouse, and Swimsuits)
This OVA details the events of what happened to Erina during her time at the Polar Star Dormitory. This OVA is broken up into two events:
First Event: Erina had ran away from home with the aide of her assistant and cousin, and taken into care by all members of the Polar Star Dormitory. Upon, entering the Dormitory, she realizes how little she knows about using everyday appliances, in this case doing laundry and using the washing machine, and using the vacuum cleaner.
Second Event: After, Shouji Satou and Daigo Aoki accidentally destroyed the Polar Star’s bathroom, everyone decides to head to the public bathhouse. Then, Rindou Kobayashi comes in, and promises to not tell Erina’s father where she is, if Erina can defeat her in seeing who can stay longer in the ‘Famous Inferno Pool’.
After Credits: Erina Nakiri, Megumi Tadokoro, and Hisako Arato are all shown in swimsuits for a mere 15 seconds, and it’s lovely. However, Gin Doujima shows them that the powers of muscles and manliness are even more sexy and awesome.
How manly. How lovely indeed!
Overall, if we ignore the same opening and ending song used in the first cour Shokugeki no Souma season 3, the same voice actors and actresses reprising their roles, and the same decent art and animations, then this OVA is basically a fanservice episode that lacks any cooking scenes, and focuses more on the comedy aspect (i.e. Erina acting clueless and less of a princess, random wild animals, a silly competition, etc) with a special narrator.
In short, this OVA was fine, and contained lots of fanservice in the form of Erina acting different from usual, several bathhouse scenes, and images of the main girls in swimsuits. But, of course, Gin Doujima is best because of those lovely muscles.
4: Toradora! Recap
Japanese: とらドラ ポータブル!
MAL Score: 7.47
Recap OVA of the Toradora series included as a bonus with limited edition of Choudokyuu Premium Box release of PSP game Toradora! Portable.
I’ve only watched this without subs, and it seemed like a good recap episode even though I couldn’t understand it. It was mostly clips from previous episodes and the ending was Kawashima’s impressions from when she stayed at Taiga’s house during the stalker arc.
The unsubbed version is pretty hard to find since it only comes with the Toradora portable visual novel, and no fansub groups are planning on subbing this, so I doubt a subbed version will come out soon.
Having not seen the parent show in a long time, this was definitely a refresher to the series although it didn’t cover up the very last portion of the show and stopped somewhere at the Chrismas.
The only issue with this is the lack of English subs if there are any at all.
3: Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara OVA
Japanese: 食戟のソーマ 弍ノ皿
MAL Score: 7.50
Having completed their Stagiaire assignments, the residents of Polar Star Dormitory and their friends visit a hot springs inn. Though they planned on relaxing, these young chefs step up to the plate when the inn’s entire kitchen staff suffer accidents. Unbeknownst to them, they will not be cooking for any ordinary patrons.
Sometime after this trip, Souma Yukihira’s desire for worthy opponents is stoked when he, Megumi Tadokoro, and the other Autumn Election quarter-finalists are invited to the annual Autumn Leaves Viewing event. The eight Tootsuki freshmen have a special opportunity to enjoy tea with the Elite Ten Council—including the Tenth Seat Erina Nakiri, who participates alongside her first-year classmates. Though it is framed as a friendly introduction between nine promising underclassmen and nine prestigious upperclassmen, Director Senzaemon Nakiri sees this meeting for what it is: a first encounter between the current reigning elite and their eventual usurpers.
The first ova is your typical hot springs trip, where a lot of misunderstandings happen. Beside the top notch fanservice our characters also have a little cooking contest where Erina fulfills her duty as the God Tongue . The comedy is also good i found myself laughing at the end of it so it’s worth a watch.
The second ova is really a must watch because it’s the premise before season 3 and it will help you understand what happened if you haven’t read the manga. It focuses on the introduction of the Elite Ten and the start of the Moon Festival. Despite creating a little tensioned atmosphere between the characters it also doesn’t forget its light-hearted comedy to entertain its audience and depict the characters personality traits and quirks.It explains also a lot of stuff about Elite Ten and their influence in Totsuki Academy so it’s damn interesting and you don’t wanna miss that.
Tiny spoilers ahead.
Compared to the first OVA which was more or less two side stories that aren’t that important these two episodes are in my opinion a must-watch before starting season 3. Not only do they have a lot of character development and foreshadowing (especially the first episode), the second one introduces the Elite Ten in a much more well-paced way. The first episode takes a few scenes from the OVA and doesn’t linger too much on it, this OVA goes in much more depth.
Story-wise, as I said, it’s an essential watch in order to fully grasp some characters and motivations (especially Momo-senpai who sadly had 0 character development in the first cour of the third season while in the OVA there are a few scenes where she is more fleshed out).
In the other aspects like art, animation, sound, etc. it’s consistent with the second season.
Also, in the second episode the best character in the whole series appears for the first time: Kobayashi Rindou, so that’s a 10/10 by itself in my book.
I had a lot of fun watching these episodes. One of them was the classic hot springs episode you often get with this type of genre, and that’ll always be something I’m happy to watch. Food Wars! has an amazing cast of characters written into it. Each one of them comes off as so unique and colorful, so getting to see an episode where everyone could just hang out, relax, compete with each other, and have an all around good time was refreshing. I don’t have too much to say about the second episode besides the fact that it’s a great precursor to the third season. It’s got some interesting moments that make it worth a watch.
As usual, the art and sound within Food Wars! is awesome, so there’s no inconsistency there. I don’t know if you could say there was a story to these episodes as one was for fun and the other was a bit of a sneak preview of what’s to come, but regardless, it’ll get you pumped for the following season for sure.
2: Nodame Cantabile: Finale OVA
Japanese: のだめカンタービレ OVA 2
MAL Score: 7.57
An anime-original story written by Ninomiya Tomoko, this is an extra episode that falls between the end of Nodame Cantabile (Finale) and Nodame Cantabile Opera-hen. It’s spring. Nodame is getting very close to graduating from the Conservatoire and Chiaki is keeping himself busy professionally.
Over the top lines like this are what we have come to accept from a romcom like Nodame Cantabile.
Huge Nodame Cantabile Fan here to write a review about the 2nd OVA!
Although only 11 minutes long, I felt that this OVA accomplished exactly what it needed to do without leaving much left to be desired. A funny spin off on the Nodame Cantabile series taking place after the 11th finale episode, the story follows a hilarious interchange of pace and a new light on Chiaki and Nodame’s continuing relationship. Art is relatively the same and sound again is on point (Love the OST and ending!). Character development is so-so but I’m definitely glad to see Yuiko again. Definitely a very short addition to the end of a superb series, but a lighthearted way to just show a little more on how our favorite main characters are doing.
1: High Score Girl: Extra Stage
Japanese: ハイスコアガール EXTRA STAGE
MAL Score: 8.01
Four years after they first met, Haruo Yaguchi , Akira Oono, and Koharu Hidaka remain the best of friends. Tensions start to build up as Akira’s teacher, Gouda Moemi, becomes stricter than ever before, and Hidaka develops feelings for Haruo. Though he may not be the most composed and thoughtful person around, he has within him the one thing that started it all: his unconditional love for video games.
We get new interesting characters introduced, development for the existing characters and the story continues at a steady pace that makes you want more.
Like the series, the art, music, opening and closing are the same. Though I do feel Oono has gotten even more expressive.
If you loved the series, you will love the extra episodes too, they are just as great.
What more is there to say, except here’s hoping we get more High Score Girl in the future.
The story in itself isn’t anything too special in these three episodes. It wraps up the loose ends that were left behind by the initial 12 episodes. This includes Yaguchi’s final duel with Hidaka and the ever increasing strictness in Ono’s home life. It can get pretty cheesy at times but there’s some charm to it that will keep you interested.
One of the first things people probably see about this show is the strange art style. It uses CGI bodies with hand drawn heads and faces. It’s a strange combo but I didn’t find that it hurt the show. It actually started to grow on me if anything. I think the biggest positive I can give to the art is Ono’s expressions all throughout. She doesn’t have any dialog outside of non-verbal noises so her body language is all you have to go on. The studio has done a fantastic job at getting her emotions across as she’s very expressive.
The intro and outro are superb. As for the the score during the show itself, they do a solid job at helping to build the atmosphere or mood of a specific scene. I never really felt like it chewed the scenery which is a good thing.
One of the biggest strengths of this show has always been the characters and that fact holds true here. Everyone in the show is lovable and memorable so I enjoy watching them interact with each other. I even enjoyed a couple of the new characters introduced within this OVA such as Ono’s sister.
What can I say? I’m a total sucker for all these video game references. The best part is that it never really comes across as if it’s forced or cringy, it does it’s own thing and I really enjoy it for that.
“High Score Girl: Extra Stage” is an enjoyable affair that you’re sure to enjoy if you like slice of life. I especially recommend it if you have an affinity for retro video games as I do.
The episodes continue with the same structure from the main series. As a significant development, we can appreciate Yaguchi and Hidaka’s fight and their perseverance towards their feelings. Furthermore, the relationships are not dull or repulsive even if some persons think they are a cliché. The series continues following the main idea from the main series, the manga, and that is a plus for the spectators.
The extra episode’s denouement is right. Even if some persons consider it as a waste of time, the plot only seeks to set up the events that are going to happen in the second season. The pacing is right, and the art is the same.
As a positive aspect now I am eager for more and I want to be ready for the second season.
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1. High Score Girl: Extra Stage
2. Nodame Cantabile: Finale OVA
3. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara OVA
4. Toradora! Recap
5. Shonan Junai Gumi!
6. Nodame Cantabile OVA
7. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun: Misaka-san wa Ima Chuumoku no Mato Desu kara
8. Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Kyokuseiryou no Erina
9. Love Stage!!: Chotto ja Nakutte
10. Joshiraku OVA
11. Prison School: Mad Wax
12. Majimoji Rurumo: Kanketsu-hen
13. Amanchu!: Yakusoku no Natsu to Atarashii Omoide no Koto
14. Slayers Special
15. Little Busters!: Sekai no Saitou wa Ore ga Mamoru!
16. Shakugan no Shana S
17. Shokugeki no Souma OVA
18. Hayate no Gotoku!!: Atsu ga Natsuize – Mizugi-hen!
20. Slayers Excellent
21. UQ Holder!: Mahou Sensei Negima! 2 (OVA)
22. Shakugan no Shana: Koi to Onsen no Kougai Gakushuu!
23. Kodomo no Omocha
24. Kud Wafter
25. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka OVA
26. Kill Me Baby: Butsuzou Kegatte Nise Halloween
27. New Dominion Tank Police
28. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka III OVA
29. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun: Entenka no Satsuei Model mo Raku Ja Arimasen wa ne.
30. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S: Daiji na Koto wa Zenbu Sentou ni Osowatta
31. Witch Craft Works: Takamiya-kun to Imouto no Warudakumi
32. Arcana Famiglia: Capriccio – stile Arcana Famiglia
33. Osu!! Karate-bu
34. Alien 9
35. Choujikuu Seiki Orguss 02
36. Sky Girls OVA
37. Sensei no Ojikan: Doki Doki School Hours OVA
38. Puni Puni☆Poemii
39. Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS: Missing Link
41. Konpeki no Kantai
42. Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu
43. Vatican Kiseki Chousakan: Majo no Soup
44. Yume de Aetara
45. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II OVA
46. Kyokujitsu no Kantai
47. Suna no Bara: Yuki no Mokushiroku
48. Neko Hiki no Oruorane
49. Soreyuke! Uchuu Senkan Yamamoto Youko II
50. Eightman After