They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Kyou no 5 no 2 (TV): Takarabako, GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class: Aozora ga Kakitai, Nasu: Suitcase no Wataridori, and more!
50: Kyou no 5 no 2 (TV): Takarabako
MAL Score: 7.07
An OVA bundled with the limited edition of the tankobon of the Kyou no Go no Ni manga. The staff and the cast of the OVA are the same as those of the Kyou no Go no Ni TV anime.
49: GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class: Aozora ga Kakitai
Japanese: GA 芸術科アートデザインクラス 青空が描きたい
MAL Score: 7.08
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class OVA. “I Want to Draw the Blue Sky”
48: Nasu: Suitcase no Wataridori
English: Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase
Japanese: 茄子 スーツケースの渡り鳥
MAL Score: 7.11
Team Pao Pao Beer travel east to participate in the Japan Cup in what is very likely to be their final season together. Pepe Benengeli and teammate Jean Luigi Ciocci face an uncertain future and are also yet to come to terms with the suicide of one their heroes, Marco Rondanini. What follows is an introspective into the important things in life from the perspective of the professional cyclist.
While it does have a smattering of comedy, in certain reactions to situations, I think it has more drama than anything. It touches on some heavy topics too, throughout… something which in Andalusia they didn’t do, but it is counteracted by some comedy, particularly in the race itself, which is a welcome addition to the minimum requirement for such a genre, something its predecessor suffered from. Both, though, are under an hour long, and as such there isn’t quite much time to get acquainted with the characters and their situations.
I did, though, appreciate how they animated not just beautiful views of the cities and green open spaces, but characters’ interactions so fluidly that, in some instances, it reminded me of how Ghibli does its art. The ‘trembling’ due to someone’s ‘aura’ e.g. is similar to how Chihiro reacts at one point in Spirited Away; not saying this has the same calibre of animation, narrative, or variety as in that film, just that some instances are reminiscent, despite being a Madhouse production.
I liked, mostly, how the narrative ended up about existentialism in multiple places, as opposed to its predecessor which had much more sport in the ratio, this one added some interesting drama at certain points. Not at all as much as, say, SE Lain had, but if ‘shounen’ wasn’t its genre I’d say it had about the same level of ‘culture’ and introspection as the Chimera Ant Arc from HxH… if shounen battles were replaced with cycling races, of course… and kept much more realistic.
That is, in fact, another factor about both of these… sometimes, perhaps, a bit too realistic, but often that is a positive… with regards to the animation itself, the characters and background landscapes are as realistic as possible, and also feature the appropriate culture in context of the place it’s set in… except, in this one mostly, I didn’t notice much in terms of Japanese music, since that is where it’s set, and still reminded me of Spain, its previous location. It did, though, have shrines and Kannon to reflect the Buddhist aspect… from this angle it reminded me of Inuyasha, particularly as there was also an old man cleaning his shrine (who looked like the bar owner from the previous movie, but it wasn’t made clear if he relocated or something).
Ultimately, though, despite all these factors, some of which make it a definite improvement over the one in Andalusia, there isn’t any single one which ‘shines’ through… kind of like Kuroko’s comedy wasn’t as ‘powerful’ as Slam Dunk’s, and the ratio perhaps not as well adjusted… in Nasu: Suitcase No Wataridori I was satisfied with how this ratio was settled on. The first part, especially, resonated quite well… it was, by itself, powerful… but the second part, apart from some comedic bits (which by themselves weren’t as ‘strong’, in my opinion, the drama is also lessened somewhat), wasn’t anything extraordinary. Still, an enjoyable ‘ride’ nonetheless.
Japanese: Aチャンネル+smile（プラス スマイル）
MAL Score: 7.11
Following the everyday lives of four high school girls: the flighty Run, the reckless Tooru, the timid Yuuko, and the level-headed Nagi.
Mountain of Pancakes
Kitou-sensei injures her hand during class and has to deal with it while Tooru brings cat Tansan to school with her to meet Yutaka and Miho. Later, the girls decide to get pancakes at a café where Miho happens to be working, facing trouble when Yutaka shows up out of the blue.
A Picture of a Wish
Yuuko catches a cold so the others pay her a visit and help look after her. Later, the girls get together for the New Year’s shrine visit.
46: Kikoushi Enma
English: Demon Prince Enma
Japanese: 鬼公子 炎魔
MAL Score: 7.12
Enma is a character created by the genius manga artist Go Nagai. Now, the popular character makes his appearance in an alluring Japanese horror anime for adults. It’s a hair-raising erotic suspense in which Enma takes on complicated and gruesome incidents caused by demons who lurk in the darkness. But humans have lit up the darkness of the night with neon lights and turned their world into one that never sleeps, so demons now lurk in the “darkness of the human heart.” Unfulfilled hearts, suppressed hearts, despair,…such darkness of the heart is the place they lurk.
Enma is the Demon Prince of the Underworld, a demon “Born of Fire.” His mission is to take back or destroy demons that have escaped to the human world from the Underworld. Along with his partner, Princess Yukihime, “Born of Ice,” and the monster, Kapaeru, Enma sets up “Enma’s Detective Agency.” Tonight, like any other night, they will roam the sleepless city. Horrific incidents that could not possibly be human acts occur one after another. The stench of evil lingers at the scene… Enma’s fire rips through the darkness!
(Source: Bandai Entertainment)
It begins like this: A woman, covered in blood, is walking through a dark maze of alleyways. She’s pursued by a little boy in a dark cloak, and a ghostly young girl in a white kimono. As the boy and girl corner the injured woman, they’re momentarily obscured by a patch of shadows, and when they step out into the light on the other side, they’ve somehow become older; the little boy is now a tall, intimidating man, and the young girl is now a striking silver-haired teen. None of this is particularly new for the horror genre, but it’s executed well enough, and watching it, I was having the comfortable sort of fun which arises from seeing something that’s generic but strongly presented.
That was quickly ruined when a demon fetus covered in blood crawled out of the injured woman’s nether regions and attacked the silver-haired girl, latching onto her chest. The man in the black cloak used a magical staff to blast it with fire, burning it to death and searing off the front of his companion’s kimono in the process. The scene then changed, but not before zooming in for a sexploitive close-up of the female lead’s bare breasts. Real classy. I imagine all of this might be somebody’s cup of tea, but for me, the fun had ended.
What is this “interesting” creation that I’ve described? Well, it’s Kikoushi Enma, a four-part OVA that tries like hell to successfully weave together elements of psychological horror, fantasy, and sexual humor into something worth watching. And if it had a decent story, or characters worth mentioning, it might have even succeeded. Unfortunately neither of those elements are present, and while there’s a good artistic effort from Brains Base, and an acceptable musical score, ultimately this OVA’s writing drags the entire thing down.
The first episode doesn’t waste any time laying the groundwork, and we quickly learn that the man in the black cloak and the woman in the white kimono are Enma and Yukihime, respectively. They’ve been placed on Earth to destroy demons who possess people. Together with their magical hat friend Chapeauji and their toad-duck-monster friend Kapaeru, they pose as a “supernatural detective agency” to draw themselves closer to possible demon-related events.
Two episodes of the OVA are self-contained; one is about a vampire prostitute, and the other is about a doll who kills people. Clearly points for originality are not to be awarded here. I’d also consider it a mistake to place these two episodes back-to-back; they’re so incredibly similar, so formulaic, that it feels like the same story being told with a slightly different supporting cast. Discoveries are made at the same rate, the same conversations occur, and plot twists and violent confrontations happen at exactly the same points in each episode.
The third and fourth episodes are paired together, telling the story of a group of people trapped in a house which seems to taunt them with reminders of their checkered pasts, picking them off one by one and turning them against each other as it does so. Again, we’re treading pretty familiar ground for horror, and the execution here isn’t strong enough to make up for the lack of anything truly new; it’s predictable, without suspense, and altogether pretty darn boring to watch. In addition, the shift from violent, gory fare to a sudden unforeseen attempt at less in-your-face psychological horror is totally without tact or subtlety, and it gives the OVA even more of an identity crisis than it already had. These two episodes also make an effort to create tie-ins with the first two by bringing in several recurring characters and attempting to stitch them into the plot. The overall impression is of something crude and clumsy that desperately tries to create continuity when in fact there is none to be found.
The biggest problem with the story as a whole is the lack of not just an overarching plot, but even a basic explanation of what happened to lead us to this point in time. Several “minor” details, such as where the demons are coming from, and why it is the job of the dynamic duo Enma and Yukihime to destroy them, are left out. It’s tough to care about what is happening, or be intrigued by the actions of the cast, when we’re not given any context to work with. In the rare cases where the writers see fit to give us a clue about the nature of the situation, it’s normally an outright cliché. For example, we learn that the demons “feed on the darkness in the human heart” and that “all humans have darkness within them.” There are also massive plot holes. I won’t spoil it, of course, but suffice to say that at least one major plot point revealed at the end of the fourth episode (which is clearly supposed to be some sort of mind-blowing twist) makes absolutely no sense whatsoever in the scheme of the OVA as a whole. This is an adaptation, and whether flaws this serious are present in the source material or not is beyond me, but they’re definitely present here.
The characters are a perfect match for the story; they’re also paper-thin and without any background. By the final roll of the credits, we still don’t know who Enma, Yukihime, or any of their supernatural companions are, much less how they know each other or why they’re doing what they’re doing. They’re clearly supernatural themselves, so it would be interesting to know what their motivations are for killing other supernatural beings, and how they feel about it. Unfortunately the OVA never answers these questions. None of the cast members have a single identifiable character trait, so it goes without saying that none of them really develop or have any meaningful interactions with one another. There is some weird unrequited romance between Enma and Yukihime, but it’s tough to give them a thought as a couple when they don’t even have a leg to stand on as individuals. Helping the main cast’s problems along is the fact that they’re barely even present in the third and fourth episodes, essentially turning them into a minor sideshow act in their own circus.
The supporting cast isn’t much better. The series has a weird habit of throwing random characters into the mix with no introduction or previous knowledge of their existence. For example, in the third and fourth episodes, five characters are trapped in the haunted house. Two of them—a cop who investigates the doings of Enma and company, and a reporter who does the same—were present in the first couple episodes. However, the remaining three, a creepy perverted teacher and two young girls (go figure) are just suddenly tossed in for what seems to be no reason other than “we needed more characters.” The most interesting character in the entire span of the show is the aforementioned reporter, and several scenes involving her are the closest this OVA ever gets to being genuinely engrossing or suspenseful.
Brains Base as a studio has a good artistic track record, and while this isn’t the best I’ve seen from them, it’s more than suitable for the purposes of the OVA. The character designs for the main roles are generally strong and distinctive-looking. The supporting cast members are a little more generic, but certainly not offensive. Where the art really works is in creating a setting and atmosphere; the use of lighting, combined with the backgrounds, is effective in giving the impression of a dark and slummy city district that’s the perfect home for modern-day demons to take up residence. The lighting does sometimes cross the thin line between “atmospherically dark” and “too damn dark to see anything,” as is a common problem with this type of setting in general, but the damage is mostly kept to a minimum.
Music is generally used to a good effect in this OVA. It typically consists of ominous orchestral tunes, spearheaded by traditional Japanese stringed instruments and booming drums. The use of an older style of music in a modern setting works surprisingly well, given the sense that the conflict of Enma-and-company vs. demons is an ancient one. Sometimes the soundtrack hurts for variety, as most of the songs sound pretty similar to one another. However, the music is used sparsely enough that this doesn’t hurt my impression of it overall. In the grand scheme, it’s not a great soundtrack by any stretch, but it’s a much better one than the story really warrants, and along with the art, it’s definitely one of the stronger aspects of the OVA.
In terms of the spirit of the whole production, the best thing I can compare this OVA to is not other anime, but live-action films in the vein of the “Friday the 13th” franchise. There’s lots of bad jokes, mindless gore and violence, and a pointless emphasis on sex that might entertain the more animal part of the human brain. If that sounds good to you, then pick this one up, because it won’t disappoint you in those regards. But anyone seeking a strong story or memorable characters would be better served looking elsewhere.
I guess you could say the story is pretty typical. A group of people exterminating demons to keep the town at peace [or because it’s their job], but it has a more, how should I say this, natural feel to it. Most of the time an anime with this kind of story tends to be a little too supernatural. Sometimes even making totally impossible things seem possible.
The animation was beautiful the whole way through. It was really detailed, yet sometimes so detailed it was disgusting. I just wanted to skip over some of those deformed faces. There is also a problem with some scenes being too dark. I know this is supposed to be horror, but it made it hard to see what was going on.
I didn’t pay too much attention to this, but the reason may be that there was barely any BGM. It sounded as natural as possible when in the city or a bar. The only time there was some music was during an action scene to make it more exciting.
The main characters made this fun to watch, but there wasn’t much to them. You were never told why Enma has to destroy these demons, how he met Yukihime or how long they have know each other, and what Kapaeru’s true form is. All of the character development was spent on the minor characters. Which in this case is important to better understand the situation they face.
The comedic scenes created by Enma and his group were always entertaining. There were some nice fights as well, but they never lasted any longer than maybe 3 minutes. Some scenes, on the other hand, felt like they were longer than they should be. I’m sure each episode could have been 30 minutes or a little less if they wanted to make this more enjoyable.
In the end this OVA receives an 8. There isn’t really anything else I can say except if you have time and this interests you then give it a shot. I enjoyed it and maybe you will too.
A great little story to watch, It may seem like the classic: Demons appear and all of a sudden a team shows up to combat them, and i guess in a sense that’s true, but there is more to it than that. It has a down to earth feel to it. Although you may think pssh superpowers and demons…. how can that be down to earth? Well Although there are superpowers involved, nothing is overly dramatic and over the top. there is also the human element of the regular individuals who get dragged into the horrors that surround them. All in all, everything is wrapped up pretty nicely and closes off with a somewhat dramatic finale.
Probably the best part of this entire OVA was the artwork. it builds so much of an atmosphere that pulls the viewer into the environment, experience the emotions of the characters, and the thrill of watching what is unfolding on screen. One thing that was lacking a bit was the artwork of the characters. Don’t get me wrong, the characters were decent looking but they weren’t anything special. It seems to stand out a bit more when you compare minorly detailed characters with the highly detailed backgrounds.
Sound: My first impression on this OVA is that probably where this OVA is lacking the most in is sound. I meant that quite literally, there didn’t feel like there was that much sounds going on. Actually looking back on it, and re-listening to a couple segments from the episodes i noticed how wrong i was. There is sounds throughout most of the way, but it feels like it has been incorporated so well into the scenery and what is happening that I didn’t actually notice. I was drawn so deeply into actual going ons of the scene. The dramatic ominous music, was used throughout, but never overused, and was always changing. the other sounds generally consisted of things like characters breathing loudly, screams, and the scenery. I thought that this just added to the dark and ominous atmosphere that was created throughout. Although you could argue well…. there is not too much background music, and there isn’t even an opening. I would agree with most of that. There isn’t much background music, but it is well placed. However the lack of an opening, and the kinda lousy ending song were a bit of a disappointment. Ranking this OVA purely based on sound, its kind of low, in that it although it builds up the atmosphere very well, stand alone the sounds are quite generic.
One thing about this OVA that i was not overly fond of. The main three characters seemed somewhat one dimensional, and we barely learned nearly anything about them. Little to no character development. Motivation- nada, backstories- nada, how they got their powers- nada. Those characters were a bit of a disappointment. On the other hand however the “mortal” characters whom the stories revolved around,we had a little bit more information about them. The characters were a bit better introduced and we learn more about them, but even then, we still only scratch the surface. Overall the largest flaw of the OVA
I found this OVA to be very enjoyable. I found myself constantly leaning forward towards my computer screen just being engrossed into the story. I honestly didn’t notice the 40 min time of each episode until i finished it. Well worth the watch
I do recommend this to most people. Although there is a slight bit of nudity, and ecchi scenes, nothing is over the top and it really doesn’t take anything away from what the storyline does so well to build up. If you can find the time (and i am sure you can) i suggest you to check it out.
45: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe
Japanese: ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 Quiet Country Cafe
MAL Score: 7.14
In the near-future Japan, global warming has brought the large city Yokohama underwater, and only the hills remain above the ocean surface. What used to be one of the largest cities in Japan now feels like a small town. Basically, the existence of the island country itself has been threatened. However, there is no feeling of desperation, devastation, nor hopelessness. People are enjoying laid-back lives, and they seem to appreciate each other’s company, enjoying the quiet and peaceful time together.
This is especially so with Alpha, a carefree young woman who runs a cafe, named Cafe Alpha. She enjoys her life immersing herself in the beautiful nature all around her. There is nothing more precious to her than spending quality time with her kind friends. Oh, the fulfillment and the joy she finds in life… it all indicates her to be a compassionate human being, but she is not quite a human. She is actually a type A7M2 robot.
One day, upon hearing a radio forecast warning an approaching typhoon, her old friend who lives close by invites her to the gas station he runs, worried that her old cafe may not withstand the typhoon. Indeed, the passing of typhoon leaves Alpha with her cafe severely damaged. That’s when she decides to go on a journey to raise money to rebuild her cafe, and also to see the outside world away from her friends and the comfort of a peaceful life.
The second set of YKK OVAs is significantly not as good as the first. Main reason: the dystopian elements of the world were absent. Here’s this beautiful, water-covered world, and they mostly only show parts that may as well be current-day Japan. The art is just bog-standard and sub-par. There’s nothing you haven’t seen 100 times before and drawn better elsewhere.
Also, there’s the lingering ass shots. They even introduce Misago in the second half of the second of two OVAs, just so the show can have some boobs. She has no lines, interacts with no-one, and the only acknowledgement of her existence is a random line from other characters. I don’t know whose idea it was to frame so many shots as potential fanservice, but they fundamentally didn’t understand what YKK was about.
Story: 9 (Great)
The story doesn’t necessarily pick up from the previous OVA, and can stand alone on its own without having watched the other OVA before hand.
Alpha Hatusueno is a very human-like robot in the form of a young woman, who has befriended Kokone, another female robot much like her. Alpha runs a cafe on the outskirts of a Yokohama devastated by rising water levels as she waits for the return of her never-see owner; however, a strong typhoon approaches, and threatens to wipe the cafe off the map. Her human friend Ojisan comes to "rescue" her and wish her away to his gas station which can weather the storm better, but Alpha is still left to worry about the future of the cafe and of herself.
After the typhoon, Alpha decides that it’s time to leave Yokohama and explore what the world beyond has to offer. In her absence, some of her friends will move on and explore the world in their own ways, while others will not be so willing to let go and explore Alpha’s world in her absence.
The first episode corresponds to Chapter 62 Typhoon and Chapter 63 My Place in the manga, while the second episode is a massive condensation of what some fans like to refer to as the Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (or Yokohama Shopping Log) arc, comprising the next 15 chapters, with more focus being given on some chapters than other (some chapters are compressed to just a few seconds). The second OVA also adds details not present in the manga – for example, focus is added to Kokone’s relationship with Alpha, arguably changing the nature of that relationship in the process. The OVA also seems to suppose that the Misago is an Alpha-type robot, a notion Ayase shot down in the manga, plays up some of the dynamics between Takahiro and Makki (a welcome change) and other subtle changes YKK fans might be able to catch.
The remaining things the OVA changes from the manga in regards to story are generally done very well. Through the dynamic subtleties and nuances added through animation, the characters and story flow are able to expand and show additional depth. Though the story does suffer from the massive compression, like the OVA before it brings to life the story of Alpha’s journey.
Speaking of which, Alpha’s journey is given subtle yet significant changes as well. The manga presented it mostly as an exploration of Alpha’s world through her eyes, but the OVA’s presentation is set up more for exploring Alpha herself with her world as a backdrop (perhaps to compensate for the compressed time in which to characterize her). Personally, I actually like the OVA’s presentation better in this regard, since Alpha herself is one of the reasons why I was drawn to the manga in the first place and why I find it so endearing.
Also, +1, yay, overtly lesbian Kokone 😉 Also, boo, -1 for seeing Alpha using the restroom :p
Fun fact: Persimmons never grow to be that size, which, at best, are only able to grow to about the size of a grapefruit and are normally the size of tomatoes. YKK fans who have read chapters taking place after this would probably consider it an interesting clue as to some of the events responsible for Yokohama’s devastation in the unseen past.
Art: 9 (Great)
In my opinion, the art doesn’t quite match up with the manga and is even a slight retrograde from the previous OVA (despite being done four years later and by the predecessor of Aniplex, who would later be attached to such groundbreaking projects and personal favorites as FullMetal Alchemist and my favorite anime of all, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The character designs are especially noticeable; don’t get me wrong, they’re still great, but somehow they strike me as being more "generic" compared to the manga. Not to mention, once again, for some reason, the colors still seemed washed out.
The scenery and backgrounds do get some improvement and benefit from the digital art technology that was becoming more in-vogue and mainstream in 2002. It really is something to see these locales come to life, to the delight of any YKK fan.
Sound: 10 (Outstanding)
The sound is pretty much unchanged from the first OVA, including the soothing, calm gekkin music. We’re also treated to a new ED song, Furawura, Furawura (Wandering, Wandering which is just an amazing musical piece, and definitely worth sticking around for (not to mention the story continues after the ED, and even incorporates the ED into the storytelling). It is a rather saccharine scene to watch Alpha review her memories as the song plays.
Character: 9 (Great)
The characterization is overall great, and overall benefits from the transition to animation as with the previous OVA, but at the same time this OVA takes liberties to change perhaps the one key relationship in the entire manga. Particularly, the OVA goes out of its way to change the nature of Kokone and her relationship with Alpha; in the manga, for example, the relationship is presented in a rather neutral manner, allowing the readers to make up their minds on their own and fill in the details. There’s an in-joke within the YKK fanbase that Kokone is a raging lesbian who has a hard-on obsession stalking Alpha, but for the most part their relationship is just presented as being on some level above a regular friendship. This OVA, on the other hand, takes the "raging lesbian" in-joke perhaps a little too seriously for some YKK fans to swallow – Kokone goes so far as to fondle sleeping Alpha’s breasts in the opening of the first episode, and in the second episode appears to be having a little too much fun and anxiety (and perhaps even obsession) being in Alpha’s room.
Alpha, on the other hand, is treated with more respect, and we gain a true sense of intimacy with the character (the good kind, for us, not the kind Kokone apparently wants). The viewers really do begin to feel what kind of person Alpha is, what brings excitement to her life, what her hopes and anxieties are, and some of the loneliness and nostalgia she begins to feel as she decides its finally time to head home. Once again, the animation, for the most part, uses the new medium to its advantage to add and intensify the characters through movement and voice.
Enjoyment: 10 (Outstanding)
Quiet Country Cafe isn’t perfect; it isn’t a perfect transition to animation and it’s not even quite as good as its predecessor, but we’re still treated to more of what many YKK fans have been wanting since the end of the manga: more of Alpha and getting to know her rich character in greater depth. Whether or not you’ll enjoy the somewhat re-imagined characterization of Kokone or the attempt to compress 15 chapters into 30 minutes, you’ll still come away with a great feeling of warmth and satisfaction from what this OVA has to deliver.
Final score for Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe:
Just like the prequel, this is just the right anime to watch when you want to relax and get the pulse down. Accompanied with a hot cup of coffée you are definitely on the right track!
44: Mikakunin de Shinkoukei: Kamoniku tte Midori-ppoi Aji ga Suru no ne.
Japanese: 未確認で進行形 「鴨肉って緑っぽい味がするのね。」
MAL Score: 7.14
OVA included with special edition of volume 5 of the Mikakunin de Shinkoukei manga.
Mashiro and Kobeni share with each other a story from their pasts. Kobeni retells an episode of her childhood with Benio and Nadeshiko while Mashiro describes one of her days back on her home in the mountains.
43: Blood Lad: Wagahai wa Neko de wa Nai
English: Blood Lad OVA
Japanese: ブラッドラッド 我輩は猫ではない
MAL Score: 7.15
Bundled with the tenth limited-edition volume of Blood Lad manga.
Story: As everyone well knows, the series left off with Staz rescuing Fuyumi and a cliffhanger of his brother, Braz, saying “Welcome Back, Father.”
The OVA picks up where Staz and Fuyumi leave for the demon world. They start to head to Demon Acropolis, where Braz is, but encounter a group of Vampire Hunters.
The battle was pretty epic, where Staz was almost driven to death. That’s as far as I will go into the battles as it is better to not be talked about.
Art: The art is the same as the series; colorful and fun to watch.
Characters: The only characters from the show were Staz and Fuyumi. New characters had been shown, each with their own power and characteristic. Each character was funny at how silly they were.
The ending still was pretty vague, as nothing was concluded.
However, it was still pretty fun to watch.
Overall, this deserves a 9/10.
With this OVA we now have new outing with Staz and Fuyumi. Nothing really special in terms of a riveting story, but non the less another fun adventure. A new episode a new set of bad guys for Staz to destroy (because he is kind of broken now). Nothing more to really say except I had fun. It was brief, but for a show that already had a very short run time I really appreciated this.
The original show was never a fantastic looking one, but for me at least it had a charm. A bright, colorful animation style really worked for the original shows benefit, and that doesn’t change here. If anything I would say the animation is better here. Specially the fights that occur. Seeing Staz unleash more of his awakened Vampire power from the show was a fun site indeed.
Nothing really special in this department. Hearing the original voice cast another time was fun, and hearing the opening role again was a treat. Sadly nothing really substantial in terms of OST. It is only one episode tho so it isn’t to big of a problem.
Seeing Staz again is fantastic as always, and Fuyumi was nice. The new cast members were alright. Nothing really special, but they were mindlessly entertaining. This score primarily comes from seeing Staz again. I have always found him incredibly fun and entertaining. He isn’t the greatest character in the world, but I do love him.
As you can tell I’m a fan, and having more is never a bad thing.
If you are a fan of the Manga or of the original series then I recommend giving this a watch. I appreciate having more Blood Lad in my life, and this was what the doctor ordered. It isn’t completing the show, but merely just providing more. Which for someone like me that is all I could ask for given the conditions that this adaption went through.
OVA would had been fine by itself but it was a pathetic excuse as the series end.
Art and sound were like the season. Story and characters were pathetic. Overall it was a poor sum up of the anime, this anime deserves a real ending that has something to do with what occured during the season.
42: Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou OVA
English: Everyday Life with Monster Girls OVA
Japanese: モンスター娘のいる日常 OVA
MAL Score: 7.15
During a physical exam, Miia, Centorea, and Mero discover that they have gained too much weight due to Kimihito Kurusu’s delicious cooking. To remedy this, Polt offers them first use of her new pool and gym facility before its grand opening. However, it’s not all fun and games, as the three girls’ competitive spirits start to flare up!
Meanwhile, when Rachnera Arachnera receives a letter from her previous host family, she finds out that they would like to meet with her and apologize for the events that caused her transfer. But, as it turns out, not only do they want to apologize, they want her back as well! When the family’s daughter, Ren Kunanzuki, shows up at the front door, the gang must convince her to let Rachnera stay at Kimihito’s house.
The story is still the same simple plot from the series with the monster girls living with people due to a new law to see if they can live together on harmony in humans. This part of it isn’t mentioned, but the cohabitation is still going on. The first episode focuses on watching the girls exercise at a new inter-species gym since 3 of them have gained a little too much weight recently. The second episode focuses on the girl from the family that sold Rachnera coming around to try and convince the other monster girls and Kurusu to allow her family to take her back. Both episodes are just simple funny stories that give the series a reason to show more of its fan service at appropriate times. I may love ecchi altogether, but I do have to admit that Monster Musume doesn’t really have any of the out of place type of fan service, and that along with its cast of characters do make an impression. The ecchi moments and some other stuff is not as funny as it is in the series though. 6/10
The art is still really good just like it is in the series. 8/10.
The sound is the same too. 7/10.
The character also remain unchanged, but the first episode adds Polt into the mix a little, as the owner/ manager or whatever of the inter-species gym. She is quit energetic and over the top with her expressions and is just so fun to watch as she expresses her lively personality. 7/10
I enjoyed these a little less than the series, but I like still like them. Another 7/10.
I’d say go ahead and watch these if you like the original show. You’ll get some quick good laughs of the experience.
You get a little heartfelt awwwe at the way the relationship with the gang develops, you get some more of the MON squad, and and you get some nice short pieces.
The voice acting, art and music are all up to the same high standards as the rest of the series. The voice acting is still a gem and really does help to carry the comedy.
It’s perfect stuff if you are on a train or plane and want to kill some time, or laugh a bit on a boring afternoon.
Story: OVA 1: i personally don’t really remember much of the first OVA but if i remember correctly it was basically a gym and swimming episode pretty much nothing really 2 say about it that is what you get out of also 2 compete for darling-kun’s love in a swimming contest.
OVA 2: this one does have a kinda good story too it so basically the person who had Rachnera is coming back 2 take her away and wants her back no matter what this one ill say was easily better than the first one well maybe not the easily better one but yeah it was good for sure but i personally dont wanna spoil anything but that
Art: art was the same pretty much nothing wrong with it
Sound: easily OP and ED are my fav like probably in all of anime like no kidding otherwise sound was good
Character: this might be a laundry list because of me not making a review of when the anime was done. Miia is Lamia and the first person 2 ever meet darling-kun from the series she is pretty much the main until the others come along but she is a pretty bright and cheerful one. papi is a harpy and the second one he meets so is honestly a dopey and usually forgets stuff so there you go. Centorea is a centaur and well she values her self and well her heritage and what not pretty cool but also pretty cool chick. Meroune is a mermaid and is the person who want a tragic love story to happen to her and darling-kun she pretty up and front about it aswell. Polt is actually never in this anime series but shes is apparently a “Main Character” cause of her being in the first OVA honestly but whatever she is a wolf person (dont know on how 2 honestly define her) but nice and cool person (i dont remember the OVA when i first saw it so sorry lol). Suu is a slime girl and is pretty well lewd mostly or starts it she is a kinda person (honestly that’s all i can say) Lala is Dullahan and is a kinda cold and pretty out there person she the oddest (to me) of them all. Rachnera is a spider girl (too put it bluntly) and is the maybe more lewder she is pretty brash on (honestly only real thing i can think of her like no kidding) Kimihito Kurusu also known as darling-kun is the main male and the person who runs the house (per say) he is easily the kindest and also the most heart warming guy in the anime and kiss ass aswell.
Enjoyment: i easily enjoyed both OVA’s but i preferred the second maybe just a litte bit more but i thought the first was just as good otherwise well there ecchi so you will get your tits and ass out of these episodes all the comedy is pretty good aswell easily loved this series hopefully it gets a season 2 down the line.
Overall: will give both OVA’s a 8 they were both easily good definitely worth the watch nothing else i can say here my enjoyment basically covered it well i guess ill say the ecchi and comedy were good so yeah
41: ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka – Regards
Japanese: ACCA13区監察課 Regards
MAL Score: 7.16
Set in the capital city of Badon one year after the events of the TV anime, Jean and the rest of the ACCA department are preparing for the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the new order. For the characters — caught between rumors of unrest, unchanging days, new crossroads, gazes remembered in memories, and days of new beginnings — time once again begins to move forward.
As usual, like the series, everything in ACCA – Regards, is smooth, and I’m not even joking: no stiff animation, nice and gentle OST, authentic and crisp atmospehere showing in practically any located background, adjectively level-headed characters introductions and interactions, o hell even the plot is smooth. In fact, remarkably, the only thing that kept me from writing this is because my big empty head couldn’t keep up with thinking about using any word that can replace “smooth” or “gently”, but damn I’m gonna keep trying my best, and worst at the same time. Let me tell you why these are all as what I told you.
Right off the bat, we can see Madhouse just mad flexin’ as usual. Good flex is when you know what you’re doing is relatable to the target audience. Even if this is the same studio which helped the production of God-must-be-crazy anime such as Vampire Hunter and One Punch Man, they know exactly what ACCA is supposed to be. Not everything have to be mega-bombastic and ACCA is one of the anime which shows that. So to start off, we begin our pre-title sequence with a simplistic jazzy piano playing joyfully behind a crowd of fully-handed government civil workers preparing for the anniversary of ACCA, after a dramatic attempt of coup d’etat against Kingdom of Dowa viewed in front of the whole world. Quite a simple plot.
Basically, this OVA could pretty much be the only continuation following after events in previous season’s episodes. All I can say is, even if I’ll be told this wouldn’t get a second season, I’m glad that they’re making it not to be too looking like a try-hard effort, simply just showing what ACCA is in the first place in its essence: a simple drama anime, essentially.
All the key characters are still showing up, revealing what they have in mind even after the conflictious event in previous season. Obviously being the afterward of coup d’etat, suspicions arise here and there, and a slight hint of unsafeness could be seen in the form of whispering winds. The involved characters like Jean Otus might be very cool-headed, but for something grand to be revealed, even the higher-ups like The Five Chiefs would be very careful.
The ambitious youth would be the worst case, for they often fret over the future anxiously and might as well try to find out about any unseen zephyr. Who should worry and who shouldn’t, no one can guarantee the sure answer. Yet again, for those who are just living a life like Jean Otus, a slight breeze could still be enjoyed simply as nature at work. The peaceful daily lives of people still go on. Not just in Dowa, that applies for all, even The Five, Head of ACCA Director Mauve, and surprisingly the coup’s malefactor. Suspicion is merely an unrenewed piece of mind. Worry is a misuse of imagination. Quietly living life amongst the unnoticable is not an exaggeration. It’s just life as it is.
We can still talk about the animation. Some look like still images, others are fluidly well-done, but none of them seem remotely close to being stiff, because that’s just exactly what Madhouse is. As I said before, being ACCA, this is the only anime in which I can absoutely appreciate the very vibe I’ve always been digging in: a slow-but-surely, serene and soothing vibe at a steady pace that brings my relaxed self wonders. They gave good choice of soundtracks with good timing and nothing is off, because that’s just exactly what Madhouse is.
I’ve always wanted to come back to the series and write my review, but I really don’t know how to word out the anime as a whole. It’s a special guilty pleasure, but also memorable. It’s probably why I haven’t make a review about it yet. However, this isn’t something you should just pass. How boring it sound, give it a chance. Take a break from any anime mayhem that you’re not interested at the moment and spend just 48 minutes of them to watch this light entertainment. I guarantee you a nice experience from it.
It’s basically regarding Lotta and Parrot’s new beginning into the working world and the anxieties and uncertainty that comes with it, for both the younger person and the older mentor. Lotta gets advice from her principal that used to teach Nino, who both he and Jean are concerned about her and what they should do. That’s on Jean’s domestic side, and on his work side he’s with a rookie named Parrot who works hard and is dedicated to the job, is a product of the coup attempt and is rightly paranoid about the ex-Chief Officers and Furawau’s own plans. And in the end despite, some very good editing and film techniques to make it seem sinister, nothing bad comes from it because in this world intelligence agencies and governments are more calm and rational.
I’m giving this an eight like the main series because I’m not so head over heels about it, but I think this OVA did a much better job taking everything that worked well in the main series and put it all together here. It’s honestly not bad just by itself but if you liked the main anime at all I would really recommend watching this.
40: Ajin OVA
MAL Score: 7.21
New episodes bundled with the limited edition eighth and ninth manga volumes.
Episode 1 – Another tragic story about being an Ajin.. Nakamura Shinya has something in common with Nagai Kei, still being interesting.. even if it were something we saw already
Episode 2 – A funny episode with our characters, something simple at first.. but impressive at the end
Episode 3 – Satou’s past, huh?.. Some of the things we saw in the manga already.. like the first episode.. it was exaggerated, very.. some people are disappointed of this.. but I liked it, hey guys, COME ON.. It’s Satou-San!!!!.. everything about my bae will be great, doesn’t matter if it follows the manga or not.
[Story – 7]
3 stories are covered in each OVA: an incident set before the show, a series of comedic vignettes from multiple POV’s, and (parts of) Sato’s backstory.
I particularly enjoyed the first one, as it had the ‘horror’ vibe I was told that this show had in spades, yet did not quite deliver on. It felt genuinely more intense and tragic than what happened in the show thanks to the more typical ‘whiny teen’ protagonist, which was fine for this one-off.
The second one was really goofy, but honestly? I LOVED it! It’s nice to finally see all these (mostly) super-serious characters in comedic scenarios. Izumi and Tosaki’s in particular was my favourite, as these are probably the two that are the most ‘grounded’.
The third one was my favourite, though. If you somehow read my reviews of the 2 seasons, you’ll have seen me complain about how Sato, despite how awesome he can be, lacks backstory. Well, here we finally get some! It’s an interesting bit, as we see how his psychology transforms after participating in the capture of the ‘first’ Ajin, and even some traces of the Sato in the original show. I wish there was a bit more monologuing from him, but I’ll take what I can get.
[Art – 4]
Artwork is the same quality as the first season (arguably looks even worse at certain moments). I really have nothing else to add here.
[Sound – 6]
Soundwork was the same as always – the music is lacking in identity but works well, the OP/ED music is stellar, and the SFX + voice-acting is fairly competent. I particularly love the voice-acting in the first one, as the desperation + justified angst of the protagonist truly comes through.
[Character – 7]
Characterization is considerably tighter here, thanks again to the reduced run-time. In the first OVA, it’s all believably written and conveyed – there’s no ‘true’ character arc, but you /do/ get invested in these characters for the 20-or-so minutes you watch them.
The second OVA is comedic, so it’s just taking what was established in the show and applying it to skits. Nothing really different or new here.
The third OVA was pretty cool though – there are only really /2/ characters we focus on (Sato and a military buddy of his), but they receive enough fleshing out to warrant interest. Even though I LOVED how Sato’s evolution was portrayed here, his buddy Kemper was written well and I would actually like to see/read more about him in future installments of the animanga just to see how he would react.
[Enjoyment/Overall – 6]
I don’t really have any closing comments to add, as I think the introduction covered it just fine. Same recommendation as for the two seasons: watch if you don’t really care about artwork, and just want good plot and characters.
So i seen there is no review about this OVA so i thinked why not since i enjoyed the series and this OVA series is pretty good.
Ajin….Demi-Humans who are immortals , can die many times and wake up…pretty good concept ?
This time in this OVA you’ll see different characters , a different main who gets to know that he is an Ajin , pretty interesting to me.
Let’s start…the protagonist has a pretty how to say…mediocre life ? study’s and stuff ? party’s sometimes ? Well all’s gonna change when he chosse to go to a party instead to study with his friend.
I’ll let you see for yourselves to not spoil much. I give it 8.
The art is pretty nice i mean it’s the same as the series , and at first i didn’t like it but now it catched me , i give it 8.
The sound is very good , that opening rocks. And the situations etc , i give it 8.
About the characters there isn’t much since it’s only an OVA with 2 episodes , but it’s okay for an OVA series,i give it 6.
I enjoyed this very much to see a different main struggling to survive instead of Kei , it was kinda interesting , i give it a 9
Ajin fans will sure enjoy this OVA.
39: Golden Kamuy OVA
Japanese: ゴールデンカムイ OAD
MAL Score: 7.21
The 7th Division’s Private Hyakunosuke Ogata and former Shinsengumi Vice Commander Toshizou Hijikata find themselves on opposite sides of a gang war in Barato after hearing rumors of the Hidoro gang possessing an escaped prisoner’s tattooed skin. With a lead to the hidden Ainu gold close at hand, the two gladly take up arms but a betrayal will force both sides to think twice before carelessly jumping the gun.
Now that I got that out of the way I must say this OVA was pretty good, it was jam packed full of gunfights and was entertaining the whole way through. Frankly with that information and the fact that it is mandatory to watch I don’t see any reason to skip this.
38: Kyou no 5 no 2
English: Today in Class 5-2
MAL Score: 7.22
Kyou no Go no Ni revolves around Sato Ryota, a 5th grader in an elementary school. He is a bright and active boy but always manages to get in to a bit of ecchi trouble with his female classmates.
The storyline i didnt care much about, but the joke execution i found to be really funny. I dont know but it has to be something about adolecant kids telling adult jokes is slightly funny to me, it kind of reminds me of me and my grade school years i guess. But when you hear it from the cute lil voice actors of this show, it just makes it that much funnier. The voice actors are your typical "cute kid voices" with all the moe points covered but i did like Maria Yamamoto simply because i remembered her from Elfen Lied as Kohta’s sister. Their voices do get run through the test tho displaying a wide variatey of emotions, which enhances the jokes even further….Mmmmm, Collarbones.
But as i said about the characters having so much range, the other side characters and crowd noises are done fairly well. You’ll get the feeling of a classroom enviroment with all the ruckus. They even have some "looney tunes" -esque sound effects. All display the great audio effects associated with a "kids style anime." I did like the opening credits song AND the closing credit song. The op was just surpisingly good in my opinion, i liked the rock and roll style they tried to pull off… I would listen to the op in my car ^_^ but the ED was just a cute dreamy song not my thing but it was good (not as good as the OP).
At first pass most of you will notice how well the detail in the artwork and animation was well done. I definitely didnt think the art was going to be this good. I was ready for a lucky star or an azumanga style of artwork since its a school comedy. But it looks like they actually took the time to put detail in the classroom and tiny things like the background and cups of noodles. On second thought when you usually think of ecchi anime, you’ll immediately think of how good the artstyle is. Putting ecchi into effect you’ll really notice how much detail they put in the show. The detail in the collarbones, stitching in their jeans, and even the flaps of their backpacks will really show that they were doing their best in making a visually appealing show. And thats where i think the show shines the most and you can tell…
Overall the show is a mixed bag. I’m sure you’ll be shocked at what the creators have made for the first episode. But im sure most of you can relate to most of the situations/jokes the kids are in… sans the drama story. Personally i can. I liked the jokes and the and artwork but the drama kinda brings down the points for me. Even the music i found to be very well executed even the drama theme in the show was heart rippingly sad. But with all that they ARE still 5th graders and the artists put them in alot of ecchi situations, which really isnt my bag. Also, its only 5 episodes long, it would have been better if it was a full season, maybe.
7 / 10
For an anime so distinctly rooted in wrongness, I was surprised how subtle these attributes came across in Kyou no Go no Ni. Indeed, much of the humor carries many sexual undertones, but none of it came across in an offensive or intrusive manner; it was all played on the innocence and naïveté of the characters. Thus, when deciding whether or not to watch Kyou no Go no Ni, it’s important to note that it’s not really ecchi or overly perverted – it merely plays on embarrassing childhood situations and runs with the gags for a bit.
For an OVA involving exclusively children, these are some of the most unrealistic fifth graders I’ve come across; while they have childlike reactions to most events, their personalities tend to be much more mature than their age would suggest. Hell, back when I was that age boys and girls were just starting to mingle with one another and get beyond the "cootie" phase. Still, regardless of this, it’s entertaining just to watch all eight kids interact with one another. Like Azumanga Daioh, the OVA is chopped up into twenty-four five minute clips and manages to pass surprisingly quick because of this – by the time I got through an hour I had thought fifteen minutes or so had passed. Every single clip has an astoundingly simple premise – such as the boys fighting over whose bouncy ball will fly higher – and there’s really no drag whatsoever.
Ultimately, though, I think the overall innocent and harmless atmosphere of the story is what makes it so endearing. While, as an adult, I found many of scenes disturbingly hilarious, the characters themselves never act out in such a fashion to make any of the situations (such as the sexual ones) seem either awkward or uncomfortable; were the case I don’t think I could have stomached it. While it might seem like I’m overkilling this point, prior to watching it myself I was under the impression its content was raunchy and likely offensive; for me, at least, this turned out to not be the case.
7 / 10
For those familiar with the more well known Minami-ke, Kyou no Go no Ni is easily recognizable as its predecessor if for nothing more than the similarities in animation. Though neither particularly flashy or detailed, the simplicity works positively, as it provides for a nice backdrop for the slice-of-life comedy. Though there are occasional ecchi shots (much moreso in the first two episodes) I found myself putting a hand on my forehead, shaking my head, and laughing instead of being put off by them. Keep in mind that in general I make a point never to touch any fanservice oriented shows (and especially OVAs since that’s all they tend to have period), so when I downplay the panty shots as being vastly abundant or even important to the OVA on any serious level, take it to heart.
7 / 10
Now, given my vast experience with the audible murder most children voice actors flaunt, let me say up front that every single kid in Kyou no Go no Ni is voiced splendidly; there’s no whining, grating, or anything else that reminisces the grinding of nails on a chalkboard. The music also fits the OVA nicely, as the tracks were constantly being mixed up shifted due to the non-stop change of story content. As with just about every slice-of-life comedy, there’s really nothing else remarkable to say – the musical score is effective at what it does and nothing more.
8 / 10
First and foremost, I hate kids. Period. Absolutamente. No questions asked.
Thus, when I say I liked Kyou no Go no Ni’s characters it should not be taken lightly. Though I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly charmed me so much about them, come the end of the fourth episode I was a little disappointed to see them go. Perhaps it was the fact that the OVA merely snapshots brief scenes that take place throughout their everyday lives, but all of the children are instantly likeable. As with real life, each of the kids has his or her own little quirks that define the classroom, and this prevents the need for the characters to be stereotypical and bland; from a girl hitting puberty before the others to the boys competing in a three-legged race to prove their masculinity, their antics are all surprisingly nostalgic.
Again, too, despite there being a fair amount of sexual humor the kids all happen to be completely oblivious even to the prospect of sex. They’re all almost uncannily innocent in their approach to the world; perhaps that’s what ultimately made them so appealing.
8 / 10
For fans of random, simple humor or slice-of-life series, Kyou no Go no Ni is worth consideration. Though not for everyone, I think its "questionable" subject material can be easily overlooked if approached in the proper context. Overall it actually exceeded my expectations; I think all the negative feedback I acquainted myself with prior to watching had lowered my quality bar substantially. In fact, had I not got so annoyed by this title somehow popping up every time I tried to use the AniRec, I likely never would have given it a chance.
And in my opinion it is a bit too ecchi, the characters are only 11years old…
But it is an anime you can have lot fun with, so if you need just a bit humor and funny situations, Kyou no Go no Gi will perfectly fit that.
37: Himouto! Umaru-chan OVA
Japanese: 干物妹！うまるちゃん OVA
MAL Score: 7.25
Episodes included in the manga’s seventh and tenth volumes.
They decided to continue where they left off from episode 12, where they are back to their usual activities on the final days of summer vacations before the school terms begin. Well, since this was released in October, they decided to add some festive themes such as Halloween. Usual references are there especially the vocaloids merchandise, which is mainly used in the TV series back in summer. But to sum it up, the story is understandable and not to cliche and glad they continued from where they left off but as an OVA.
The art and animations remain the same as the first season, nothing much changed, so the scores remain the same.
The sound is pretty much the same as the first season, had no complaints about it unless the company screw the ova up.
I enjoy watching Ebina in this ova especially when she talks about the food, reminds me of the anime that i watched back in Winter 2015. xD Overall, the characters are pretty much the same as season one.
For a 23 min OVA, it’s not really a waste of time to watch rather it fuels up your boringness on what anime you should watch or your having a very boring, dull, depressed day or whatsoever. I laughed so hard, had a great day but surely i’m gonna miss this series, unless it makes a second season, i would be proud for that.
So who to recommend? Viewers that had already watch the first season, but if you are a new viewer, i would recommend you to watch the TV series first but if you want to do the other way, you are always welcome to do it, since i’m not the one who is controlling here.
With that, i conclude with the same scoreline as the TV series, hope you enjoy reading this review, hopefully this is helpful, and yeah have a happy umaru day!~
The only problem I have is that most of the second episode is very similar to episode 12. Despite this, it is an short, easy to watch anime which I can just relax to and not have to think about a complex plot.
Story – 6/10
Art – 8/10
Sound – 5/10
Character – 6/20
Enjoyment – 7/10
Overall – 7/10
36: Nazo no Kanojo X: Nazo no Natsu Matsuri
English: Mysterious Girlfriend X: A Mysterious Summer Festival
Japanese: 謎の彼女X 謎の夏祭り
MAL Score: 7.27
OVA released with the 9th volume of the manga.
The day when Tsubaki goes to the summer festival with Ueno, Oka, and Urabe.
Nazo no Kanojo X OVA (also known as Mysterious Girlfriend X) is an OVA released with the 9th volume of the manga in the hot summers of August. As the series already finished airing, some die hard fans sure has missed this mysterious series of freshness that lies within the characteristics of Urabe. She is one of the most strangest girls we’ve seen so far this year and I bet most of you watching the original series sure wants another glimpse of her.
Well, fear no more because summer is here and the festival of fun is waiting for you.
This OVA is actually very amusing to watch to say the least. As mentioned before, romance series nowadays typically consists of the package: the beach episode, the childhood memory/friend returns, and then here we are: the Summer Festival episode.
The content of this special OVA is once again amusing in the way that it’s been months since the main characters, Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe have been dating but yet nothing special has happened to between the duo. Luckily of course, there’s a summer festival and the red lines string of fate ties them together to once again try to take the next step in this mysterious relationship. Speaking of red lines string of fate, there’s plenty of that where it came from.
Then of course, there’s the mystery of this OVA episode. Where is it? Perhaps it’s those fox like masks another mysterious couple presents during the festival. With eyes silver as the white moon and mischief those of a fox, another couple plays an amusing prank against Urabe and Mikoto. Although not by any means extraordinary, it certainly was fun to watch it and relieve some of the nostalgia from the original series.
Ayako Yoshitani once again plays her role as the newcomer in this series in the shoes of our mysterious girlfriend, Urabe. She seems to be embarrassed in this episode and no surprise since underneath those yukata is….*puts on a grin*. At any rate, it seems that the couple (Urabe x Mikoto) are still at second base and not progressed forward. YET.
Then of course, there’s the other characters that wants to progress their own relationships to little avail. Yup, life is harsh folks and reality sucks.
The old school artwork remains intact in this episode as well and so does the music. Nothing special there but it does bring back again what I mentioned earlier, nostologia.
Overall, this special episode was amusing to watch to say the least. Yes, it definitely has its flaws in the storyline department as it lacks flavor and adds in nothing new, just the typical and cliched summer festival episode. The couples’ relationships seems to be going nowhere despite supposedly being tied by the “red string of fate”, or the love charm. Love is certainly in the air but nothing really comes out of it. Still though, I’d advice to give this special episode at least a try. Like Urabe says “next year, I hope it’s just the two of us”. Next year, I hoping this series will progress the relationship of the mysterious couple and bring forth another amusing series that is mysterious and droolicious courtesy of MGX.
But the fanservice actually wasn’t that bad! It wasn’t flagrant and all in your face like in, say, the Highschool of the Dead OVA, or any of the Code Geass picture specials. There were a few lingering shots of Urabe’s butt, an almost nude shot of Tsubaki’s sister, a scene where Urabe was tied up (it works for some) and the fact Urabe wasn’t wearing panties underneath her yukata, but that was about it. It was about the same level of ‘ecchi-ness’ as in the TV show, and there wasn’t any of that sleazy saxophone music playing in the background during any of these moments, as if to say “Yeah, fyi, this is supposed to be sexy!”, so you barely noticed it really, it certainly didn’t hamper upon my overall enjoyment of the OVA. As I always say, fanservice is OK, so long as it’s not excessive and distracts away from story.
As for the story… Well, it started off a little dull, but things really started to pick up about 10 minutes through when Urabe was held hostage by two, very strange, individuals who force Tsubaki to complete a test in order to save her. The test itself (which I originally perceived to be simply fanservice) was, in typical NNK style, a metaphor! Yay!! When he first attempts to save her Urabe wards Tsubaki off, telling him not to come to close to her, which, ironically, is exactly what Tsubaki must do if he’s to save her, come close to her, not physically, but emotionally. If he’s to pick the correct string to free her, he’s going to need to tap into that mystical ‘couple sense’ where you just know what to do to help the one you love. At this point I was almost frothing at the mouth in excitement- yes, that’s something they struggled with throughout the entire show: Urabe always kept Tsubaki at arm’s length, rarely sharing how she felt, something which I felt held them back, but this was something she needed to overcome to save herself! I was hoping Urabe’d say that it was OK for Tsubaki to come close to her, that she needed him, that he ought to climb up the structure and let her down, maybe then the structure would start to collapse and they’d fall together and he’d cushion the blow and it’d be all romantic, or something!! But then al that happened was more “Hey, remember our bond?” and mystical drool nonsense… I just couldn’t help but feel more dramatic, not to mention symbolic, possibilities could have been explored here- they resolved the situation the same way they resolved all situation in the show, by placing faith in their bond and in drool and it felt as though no progress in the relationship was made… Nevertheless, an interesting diversion from the usual summer fest antics.
The two individuals who forced the pair into completing the task where interesting also. I originally believed that Hell’s museum and its unusual curators was something the pair dreamt up- they’d shared dreams before, right? But Urabe felt pain from her short fall, not to mention we were shown a conversation that took place between the strange duo shortly afterwards, so they must not have been dreamt up. Perhaps they really were the mischievous spirits they claimed to be? Well, I wasn’t far off. Matsubuya and Togawa are actually the main characters in Riichi Ueshiba’s (the mangaka of NNK) other publication Discommunication- Spirit World, a story where several characters have the ability to control the content of dreams, which explain a lot. So whilst their inclusion, and specifically their inclusion, was merely fanservice for those familiar with the numerous works of Ueshiba, I still appreciated the message they left us with: that by unlocking the mysteries of the one you love, you can learn something about yourself in the process.
So whilst the OVA didn’t add to the show, as such, it was still vaguely interesting at points. Definitely worth a watch if you’re more than satisfied with more of the same or you’re a fan of Discommunication- Spirit World.
Art & Sound: Mediocre 5.
Ok, for the art, like I always say “I’m no art critic” so whether the illustrator goes retro or what I don’t give a thing about it as long as one can see the character. For the sound, I’d say that both the opening and ending themes are still there. but I do have something to say about Urabe’s seiyu, Ayako Yoshitani san, her voice really lacks that teenage girl kind of thing and if I were Ayumu Watanabe the director, I would have prefer Ayako Kawasumi san to be Urabe’s seiyu since she has the certain flexibility to play the part.
Character, Enjoyment and Overall: Good 7.
Well, most of the characters- I’m referring to Tsubaki X Urabe and Oka X Ueno are best suited to be love teams, but there is this addition of the 2 fox dieties in which I find them sweet, thought the tear licking still makes me puke. Thought I could have given it a higher score, the disgusting drool makes me limit it to just 7, overall I’ll describe this OVA and it’s parent anime as disgusting entertaining, the enjoyment is ok so long as you have a strong stomach for the gross or better yet have a barf bag available when watching this OVA and its parent anime.
Excuse me while I throw away my barf bag.
35: Gunsmith Cats
English: Gunsmith Cats
Japanese: ガンスミス キャッツ
MAL Score: 7.29
In the dangerous suburbs of Chicago, skilled bounty hunters Irene “Rally” Vincent and “Minnie” May Hopkins run Gunsmith Cats, a firearms store of questionable legality. One day, Bill Collins, an agent for the Chicago branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, blackmails Rally and May into working with him on a case. The stakes are high, but Rally’s gunmanship and May’s knowledge of explosives are unmatched. As Rally and May unravel the secrets of the case, the two will need to use guns and grenades while being faster, stronger, and better than everyone else in order to stay alive.
What it has is Rally Vincent and Minnie-May causing havoc in Chicago in their Mustang GT500 via their trusty guns and bombs.
Watching this OVA after reading the manga is preferable as if you dig the manga then watching it animated after 9 volumes of guncrazy magic, is nice. Another reason is that 9 volumes doesn’t translate into 3 episodes, so you’re only getting a small percentage of the glorious fun that is Gunsmith Cats.
The OVA feels like its set either during or after the manga and doesn’t bother following anything in the source material or setting up character relationships. It just jumps right into the lives of Rally and Minnie-May, so casual viewers will either fall on board or check out swiftly, and manga readers will begin enjoying it immediately, just to keep Gunsmith Cats alive for a bit longer.
Unfortunately there is a noticeable lack of certain characters in the manga, such as Roy the friendly cop who is relegated to a cameo, Misty the thief who is absent, and there’s a gaping black hole where Bean Bandit should be. Becky’s way too nice and Minnie-May appears much younger here also, like a ten year old which makes her hijinks with bounty hunter Rally even more ludicrous, and with absolutely no hint of sexual deviancy that was so rampant in the manga.
So yeah, this is filler but like the manga it has an attention to detail with the city of Chicago as a backdrop and other miscellaneous aspects that at least keep the anime somewhat in reality, when every scene with Minnie-May threatens to blow it into fantasy. The OVA is also full of call-backs to the manga that uber fans will recognise and grin at (prosthetic guns anyone?) so the OVA is going to be an acquired taste.
The animation is pretty average but the design is good, cars, guns, gorgeous Rally herself, it’s all watchable so don’t let the year of release put you off. The music is nothing to shout about unfortunately, as is the direction, editing, writing, ok so other than the brand name this is just standard entertainment.
But then the OVA at least does something that the manga did excellently. That is to say: have an awesome car chase! A definite highlight of the OVA and one of the best in anime, with kinetic visuals, edge-of-your-seat thrills and all based in reality, with no physics-breaking stunts.
And finally the story. Oh yeah, story? Bunch of generic bad guys shooting and blowing crap up, what else? If you’re going to watch this, watch it because you’re a completist, and watch it for that car chase. They say cats have nine lives, well the gunsmith cats just lost one with this OVA; time to reload.
Time to review a nostalgic classic! Be warned that this anime is VERY cheesy, but it is also quite fun! This is what you might call a “guilty pleasure” anime. Gunsmith Cats almost entirely revolves around 3 fetishes: guns, the 1967 Mustang GT, and tits. I have never seen an anime that seemed to try SO hard to pander to American rednecks. This is basically the anime Dukes of Hazzard! Too bad Rally’s car isn’t as cool as the General Lee. Firstly, the 69 Dodge Charger is cooler than the 67 Mustang. Secondly, Rally’s car isn’t painted an absolutely garish orange featuring the Confederate flag. Lastly, no Dixie horn. sad face.
Plot and characters: 3/10
Our heroes are 2 chicks that illegally sell guns in “gun free” Chicago in order to combat oppressive gun control laws. They are also bounty hunters, because hired guns are better than a police force. Small government FTW! The Cats must protect a crooked DC politician (aren’t they all) from an evil Russkie Commie named Natasha Radinov. You may be wondering why she would incorrectly have a male last name and not the feminine form Radinova, but this actually isn’t a mistake. She is also a “bull dyke” stereotype in addition to being a dirty commie! Did I mention this was a redneck anime? What happens next are plenty of ridiculous car chases and shootouts. The Gunsmith Cats jump off many ramps, but unfortunately it never cuts to commercial break mid jump ala Dukes of Hazzard. Speaking of crazy driving scenes…why was this set in Chicago where it is physically impossible to drive fast without hitting another car? Dukes was set in rural Appalachia BECAUSE it is a region with virtually no speed cops and you actually can drive really fast! This is actually still true in 2015, which I know because I live next to Hazzard country Kentucky, where Dukes took place until the county sued the TV studio for defamation and the studio changed the setting to a fictional Hazzard county in northern Georgia. Gunsmith Cats: the only anime EVER that will make you say, “this is pretty good, but I think I might rather watch Dukes of Hazzard re-runs.
Art and Sound: 5/10
The art is pretty good for an early 1990s OVA, but will obviously look a tad dated by today’s standards. Be grateful that all the porn from the original manga was cut out! You won’t have to watch the loli character suck a single dick in this anime…unlike the fucking manga! The soundtrack is almost entirely Jazz music, which creates mood whiplash and was honestly a terrible decision.
Dropkick your brain out the window and enjoy this ludicrous bullshit! Don’t question anything. Just be amazed that this fucking idiotic show somehow exists for your endless amusement!
Why would I rate a show like this so high? Because it’s hilarious! Gunsmith Cats is a great little hidden gem and highly enjoyable for people that like old school anime from the 80s and early 90s.
This anime, a good vision of Kenich Sonoda’s manga, is unique because of the production team’s eye for detail, making many trips from Japan to get accurate locale scenes – even going as far a visiting the Illinois Police Academy and an actual gunshop, a rarety in gun-controled Japan.
The only sad thing about this that it’s not a FAITHFUL version of the manga – no Misty Brown or Goldie Muso. But hopefully, with the release of the manga series ‘Gunsmith Cats BURST’, that might change.
34: Aa! Megami-sama!
English: Oh! My Goddess
MAL Score: 7.31
When college student Keiichi Morisato dials the wrong number while ordering for some food at his dormitory, he accidentally gets connected to the Goddess Hotline and a beautiful goddess named Belldandy appears out of a mirror in front of him. After getting kicked out of the dorm, Keiichi and Belldandy move to an old shrine and soon afterwards, Belldandy’s sisters Urd and Skuld move in.
If you’ve seen even a few romance titles you have most likely already seen a similar plot before. Though in its time this may have been pretty original. A college student Keiichi dials a wrong number trying to order food from his dorm and is accidently connected to a Goddess helpline in which a mysterious girl Belldandy appears in his room promising to grant him any wish he wants. The girlfriendless guy asks for someone like her to be by his side forever and thus the story begins.
Usually in these kinds of stories there is a lot of echiiness but there is none of that here. So if that sort of thing bothers you and just want to see a haremesque romance without the boobs and panty face plants then you will likely find this series appealing. The relationship between Belldandy and Keiichi is the focal point of the series. It’s for the most part sweet and satisfying despite the lack of any real intimacy. This is always a peeve of mine in anime and I think it has something to do with the Japanese mindset. The story does a great job of building chemistry and romance between the pair but they don’t act like a couple that is in love as much as we are lead to believe. Not that I ever seem to expect it anymore but how can you be in love this much and get embarrassed still about holding hands and cuddling together, let alone kissing, after living in the same house for nine months? It detracts overall from my score despite me liking this series a lot more than my score may reflect.
The story’s pacing also fluctuates and skips around quite a bit. Many months will pass with really no way of even knowing this is happening without the dialogue telling us or from just visually seeing the seasons pass by. But you would never know it from how little progress the leads make in terms of their romance. The shortness of the series doesn’t make having a really intricate plot feasible but it doesn’t really feel like its going anywhere until the last episode. I don’t know how closely it follows the manga since I haven’t read it but overall the story and the ending are satisfyingly concluded.
Keiichi is your standard male anime lead. By standard I mean he’s not all that special. Like almost all romance series the male love interest is usually uninteresting, weak, and not very manly. Despite Keiichi being in college he looks like he should be starting the 8th grade. Now this is played up in the story as to why he doesn’t have a girlfriend but still if you’re going to make a show around college aged people then make them look that age at least. However despite not finding him very satisfactory as a leading man he does tend to man up at the key times and grow during the course of the story.
Belldandy is basically your perfect Japanese girlfriend/wife. She’s moe for starters though not to the degree that we see in today’s anime. She’s beautiful, a perfect cook and homemaker, and great at school. Though the revelation of her attending school with Keiichi was a bit confusing since they just suddenly dropped that on the audience without any real explanation. That’s another issue I have with Belldandy. Of course I loved her, who wouldn’t? But she lives for Keiichi and everything she thinks of and does is only for him. There seems to be no will or drive of her own. I know this anime is intended for guys, but well I think guys need to see things that are more realistic as well. We don’t live to serve you; a relationship should be a partnership.
The rest of the cast is pretty small and of the supporting cast there are some memorable characters. Frankly Urd and Skuld steal the show and are much more interesting characters than either of the leads. I thought they complimented each other nicely, with each being very different personalities. Additionally I was pleasantly surprised that as they grew into the harem of pretty girls surrounding Keiichi they didn’t try to become love interests. Keiichi’s sister Megumi had some early promise but she faded from the story pretty quickly. Most of the rest of the characters are forgettable and don’t get much screen time.
The artwork and animation quality is very good. You would honestly never know that it was made in the early 90s without being told so. The characters are very detailed and realistic looking. My only issue with the characters would be the much to youthful look for Keiichi. This is a minor annoyance though. The magic and special effects are well done as well whenever one of the Goddesses uses her powers.
The voice performances are the weakest link of the OVA. Keiichi’s weakness is brought home by his un-masculine voice. Also Belldandy’s voice is a bit irritating on the nerves too. While I have enjoyed Kikuko Inoue’s roles before there is just something I don’t like about the way she voiced this character. Again Urd and Skuld steal the spotlight in the category as well. The OP/EN music were good however and fitting.
I was pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment of Ah! My Goddess. If you’re looking for a little light romance that is high on sweetness with a dash of comedy and very little perversion then I would recommend this series to you.
So lets get down to it. You got Keiichi, Belldandy, and the rest of the gang. In fact, all the main characters show up with the exception of Marller. You got the ‘sittin-at-home-waitin-for-a-phone-call-and-oh-shi-its-a-babe-in-the-window’ inciting incident. After a little fast forwarding they get their temple house set up and then everyone begins to make their entrances.
This is where the aforementioned discrepancies begin. Sayoko and Belldandy meet on a beach five months later instead of at the university. In the same episode they pull the love potion Keiichi, Sayoko, and Belldandy story while switching out Marller for Urd as the antagonist of that situation. If that weren’t strange enough, the third episode has them drag racing against Toshimas club for a bet that apparently be one-sided here.
But its in the fourth episode where the story really breaks down. There is some kinda crazy that keeps Belldandy and Keeichi from being near one another. Whats worse is that Belldandy has to go back to the Heavens in three days time and probably won’t be coming back any time soon. The source of all their problems? Some goofing looking tree that has a connection to both Keiichi and Belldandys childhoods. Hmmmm, I’m sure I don’t remember any of this in the rest of the franchise.
But thats not all. They even took a couple chances on changing characters. Take Keiichi for example. He is usually very shy, gentle, and understanding. Here he is more courageous and confrontational. Belldandy is pretty much the same, though I would say her “strong” moments fell short, and Tamiya and Ootaki seemed to be dialed way down.
As you can see, the OVA starts out as a missable re-tell, goes into a chopped up fast forward presentation, and finally evolves into a brand new story all its own. The names and setting remained the same, but the events and even the characters changed at least a bit.
So if you’ve skipped this in the past, re-think it. If you’re looking for a different twist to the AMG series, check it out. The only thing you have to lose is about 2 and a half hours.
Compared to the new adaptations.
+ Belldandy doesn’t behave like the perfect Mary Sue or is naive.
+ The romance is much more intense.
+ Belldandy really looks more attractive in some scenes than the new design.
+ Opening (sung by the voice actors!!!)
– There are large gaps between OVAs. If you don’t know the manga or haven’t looked at the newer adaptations, you can quickly lose the orientation.
– In general, the image quality is worse (with a few exceptions as mentioned above.
– There are no humor or jokes like in the new adaptions.
33: Initial D Extra Stage
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D EXTRA STAGE
MAL Score: 7.31
The Lancer EVO-driving group “Emperor” have defeated every racing team they’ve met in the Gunma region. Now they’re out to challenge the duo of Mako and Sayuki and their SilEighty – the Impact Blue of Usui Mountain.
First i noticed some differences between the first two stages and this one. The Dialogue, more specifically in the flashbacks, isn’t the same. Also some events happened differently also. For example: When Zak faced Lan-Evo and crashed his car into the wall, his headlight broke. Whereas in this it just sparked but did not turn off. This may not be that big of a deal, but when added with the other inconsistencies it is hard not to be bothered by it, at least for me.
So i want to put it out there that the first stage i watched with my friend, while the second stage my little five year old brother watched with me. The first two stages were mildly family oriented… at least there was nothing that would upset the family type person or a parent. However, when I got to this Extra Stage I noticed some major changes in the group of people it was oriented towards. Instead of it being oriented around everyone they cut of the family type. They threw in some adult oriented parts. A couple examples: there was a whole scene where Zak was staring a girls boobs while she talked. (focusing more on him staring that her talking). Also, a little further into the OVA there is partial nudity (a topless girl in the shower). Luckily i had sent the child to bed before I watched this OVA. Don’t get me wrong, i personally don’t think anything is wrong with it. alltho a little heads up or a not so drastic change would have been nice ;D
I don’t mind nudity as long as it is tasteful. Also, on top of tasteful it also has to have a good plot, which this one sadly lacked. Yes, I understand it was about Maya’s relationships and the Lan-Evo challenging the rest of Gunma. To be quite honest it was pretty dang boring. I got no enjoyment out of watching this OVA. It was a total waste of my time.
I am going to watch Extra Stage 2, and see if Extra Stage one is really necessary. If you want to see if I think you can skip it, go ahead and look at my next Initial D review. It will be the first thing in the review. Not to mention i don’t include spoilers. So reading it will be safe anyways. (otherwise, i may just edit this one later).
Rewatch Value: NONE
I found the story very good, although it was quite different from Initial D has offered so far. What’s more, it was a very pleseant feeling to see one of the minor characters play the lead guitar.
The first episode of the Extra Stage was especially pleasing since it was another race I have become used to throughout the series. It was also very interesting to see the members of the Night Kids in a better light.
The second episode was more of an emotional story. On one hand, it’s not what one might expected from Initial D. On the other, due to its Christmas theme such a plot did the job perfectly. It was also very pleasing to see one of the characters picture the dilemma each racer faces at the climax of his ‘career’.
Concluding, story-wise the OVA does a great job since it answers problems which have not been addressed in the series.
When it comes to art, we see the same animation as in the First and Second Stages. Some characters are still having a bad hair day and the girls are still darn ugly. But Initial D is not about the animation of people but more about the animation of cars and races and in that aspect it fullfills the expectation. As a whole the OVA looks very good, though those of you who don’t like Initial D’s style of animation will feel dissapointed.
In the sound department we gat the same thing as in the series, which is a combination of very good, almost top notch voice acting with that cool eurobeat we have been savouring throughout the series.
As I have said it’s nice to see minor characters in the leading roles. They fit the story perfectly and are interesting due to the difficulties that they have to face due to their line of ‘profession’. However, without Takumi, who is the protagonist of the series, and Itsuki, who is hilarious in his role of the leading racing dumbo.
As an OVA Extra Stage was a joy to watch, however I’m hoping that the emotional direction adapted in it won’t be used too much in the series itself. If this would be a separate anime I would rate it even higher, since the ‘Initial D=Takumi and his Hachi-Roku’ factor would be put aside.
In overall, the Extra Stage is quite different in terms of plot from the series it is still fun to watch and a must for every fan of the Akina Hachi-Roku.
This is a…….alright edition to the story. I don’t know how it will affect the later editions but it is good to focus the series on another main character with their backstory and the Impact Blue girls does seem interesting to focus on to, although some problems I have with the OVA is the challenger (or antagonist of the first half) they faced with. I’m not sure of his name but he is mostly a generic, sexist with the “girls can’t do what we do” attitude and the arrogance of him just reeks of annoyance and blandness. WE GET IT!!! It’s just so f***ing annoying. The second half deals with the relationship and while it is emotional and shows how Mako will eventually have to settle this soon, I just lost interest half-way through the OVA.
FINAL VERDICT: It is very passable but it won’t hold my attention all the way.
32: Dogs: Bullets & Carnage
MAL Score: 7.33
It is sometime in the future, where a certain European city extends far underground, even secret, dark levels that have the key to the past. Ex-assassin Mihai has returned and is living with Kiri, who now runs a restaurant. Sword-wielding Naoto, Haine (white hair), a mysterious product of genetic engineering and his sometime partner Badou (eyepatch).
STORY – The story for the first volume of DOGS has always been a little loose and haphazard; each of the four sections focuses on a different character, and the lot of them are strung together almost forcibly as their individual stories don’t necessarily mesh meaningfully with the others around them. The manga’s presentation did manage to find some kind of connecting thread between the four though, and each story also worked well enough as a standalone chapter. Unfortunately, while the OAV preserves the presentation order of the characters, each episode felt incredibly disjointed from the rest — actually, they felt disjointed in and of themselves as well, though I’m not exactly sure why that is.
Strangely enough, even at fifteen minutes a piece, the pacing in each episode isn’t noticeably rushed. It feels pretty scene-for-scene for the most part, but in the end, you really feel like you’re missing something. Was the story really so short and inconsequential? So… uninteresting? There is a lot of action — gunfights, swordfights, wild chases — and the action is highly entertaining and fun to watch, but the story beyond the action is sorely lacking.
Mihai is a retired assassin called back to his past, but the episode skips along too quickly for you to endear yourself to the character and the events that unfold are less emotional as a result. Badou collects information to sell and finds himself tangled up in a mob boss’s unfortunate business. As his section was always the most comedic of the bunch because of its sheer absurdity, the OAV counterpart didn’t suffer as much, but the humor did seem cheaper somehow in animated form. Naoto was raised with only hatred and revenge on her mind, but her narration in the anime flattened the story and I found it more difficult to sympathize. Lastly, Heine saves a genetically modified girl and confronts the haunting fringes of his own past in the process. Though his section is the one that explains the least, it’s also the one that’s most relevant to the on-going series. But Heine’s episode was surely the choppiest, and instead of exciting the viewer towards a continuing story, it seems to end on a note re-emphasizing its own precariousness.
Sure, DOGS’s strength never really lay in its amazingly thoughtful or unique story; indeed, the prelude does little more than introduce some characters’ pasts and other characters’ current lives, laying the groundwork for something bigger. But as I’m not left excited about the potential or possibility of more in this anime, DOGS has thus been reduced to a mindless hour of action with no beginning or end.
CHARACTER – Like the story, given the near-exactness of the presentation, I’m not quite sure why none of the characters have the charm they do in the manga, and I can’t say for sure whether my distaste is just because I was disappointed overall with this production. Perhaps the shortness of each episode has something to do with it after all — even if the sequence of events is the same, you watch through the episode faster than you would read through the chapters and you thus don’t have as much time to really care about the characters; you are less inclined to pause and rewatch the seconds of intriguing footage than you are to pause and reread a few interesting panels or pages. Mihai is an older man with a sad past. So what? Badou is a good-for-nothing with an amusing tobacco addiction. So what? Naoto is a young woman with a sad past. So what? Heine is a mysterious freak. So what?
Sure, all of these characters still have the potential to be interesting, just like their manga selves, but that potential is less obvious this time around, and I was easily bored.
ARTSTYLE & ANIMATION – Shirow Miwa’s art is gorgeous — his energetic character designs, incredible action sequences, and highly detailed environments are together the greatest strength of the manga; I can forgive the somewhat plain story and slowly-developing characters just because I can look at that art. As such, I spent many months worried about how all that style and detail would translate into animation. I wanted to be optimistic, but it seems that optimism was ill-placed after all. (Figures, right?)
It’s a given that much of Miwa’s careful detail will have to be sacrificed in animation, but DOGS was a much lower budget production that I would have imagined. For almost all long to mid-range shots, characters are drawn in a lazy, oddly elongated manner; their facial expressions are a joke. Most action scenes move along too quickly for this to be noticeable, but as soon as it slows down, it gets embarrassing. Close-ups are crisper, but really don’t fare that much better, especially for Heine and Badou, who appear strangely generic and without any of the attitude found in their manga counterparts. For them, animators really don’t seem to have bothered too much in capturing Miwa’s style and only replicated the most basic aspects of his character designs. Mihai and Naoto are less of a dramatic departure, but that may be because both designs are less unique to begin with.
Thankfully, many of the backgrounds are actually pretty all right. The cityscapes are still vast and grungy, and many shots are still taken from all sorts of interesting angles. Still, they’re not amazing by any stretch.
MUSIC – The little opening theme, if you can call it that, is endearing at first — a little reminiscent of the jazz tunes of Cowboy Bebop or Baccano!, which would be appropriate enough with all the action in DOGS. But considering the rather serious and depressing themes of three out of four stories, the upbeat and cheerful melody quickly feels inappropriate. The rest of the soundtrack for the series is incredibly negligible. Many scenes are simply silent with most of the music accumulating in the action sequences, but there’s nothing really memorable.
VOICE ACTING – The OAV uses the same cast as the drama CDs, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A few fans have criticized the use of “brand name” voice actors like Akira Ishida and Takahiro Sakurai but I think both do a fantastic job as Badou and Heine respectively. They give some much needed emotion to the characters when the animation fails utterly, and both depart significantly from their previous voices so even though I’ve heard Ishida and Sakurai’s voices many times before, hearing them here doesn’t invoke thoughts of their other roles. I also really like Akio Ohtsuka as Mihai; though the actual acting isn’t nearly as impressive as the former two, the voice suits the character very well. Naoto I find to be the least impressive, but that could be a mixture of my indifference towards the character and the generic narration she gave for most of her episode. Also, I think it’s worth noting Toshihiko Seki as Bishop, the blind priest, who has some hilariously delivered one-liners.
OVERALL – The DOGS OAV has been a huge disappointment for me, though in retrospect, I’m not sure why I had such high expectations. Still, aside from the poor technical aspects (mostly terrible animation and lackluster music), most of this anime’s drawbacks are uniquely difficult to pinpoint. The story and characters are almost exactly as they were in the manga, so why do they feel so different? For the first time, I theorize that DOGS might just work better as a comic and the anime only serves to overemphasize the weaknesses that were already present in the source. Though the same events are covered, the anime does feel strangely rushed, the most important consequence of which is that you don’t feel very attached to the characters. It isn’t as intimate, and without that connection to the characters, much of the interest and potential is lost — unfortunate, as the potential is what I found most appealing about the DOGS manga… along with the art. That Miwa’s art was bastardized as much as it was undoubtedly adds a bit of bitterness on my part.
So if you’re a fan of the manga, you’ll likely be disappointed. If you’re not, you’ll likely be indifferent — enjoy the action scenes for what they’re worth and then forget about it because it wasn’t actually that interesting.
First of all, let me point out I am a huge fan of the Dogs manga, originally I never intended to watch the OVA’s because I had heard that they were a very disappointing adaptation of the manga. I decided to give them a watch because of the more recent chapters of Dogs: Bullets and Carnage that I had been reading and wondered how it would be if it was actually animated, so it was with some trepidation that I watched the OVA’s.
Secondly, this is not an adaptation of Bullets and Carnage, so anyone coming here expecting to see that will just have to do with watching the original manga play out being animated.
Thirdly, it’s very disappointing.
Dogs doesn’t seem to work as an anime, I can’t describe why it doesn’t work, it just doesn’t. If you want to understand what I’m getting at go and read the manga then watch the OVA’s, you’ll soon realise what I mean.
Now I’ll be honest, Dogs story was never one of its biggest strengths, however in the manga it was enjoyable, it was entertaining, and at times it was downright funny. But the manga’s storyline doesn’t translate well onto the screen and it becomes all too obvious what the weaknesses with the storyline were. If there’s one thing that’s frustrating about Bullets and Carnage, it’s that it tries to present the storylines for each character as separate entities, without really taking notice of the character interactions, as such the story feels more disjointed and broken up than the sort of one shot chapters that actually spawned it.
Another issue is that some of the humour is lost, this is more prevalent in Badou’s chapter than anyone else’s, his most memorable scenes in the manga are again, a victim of not translating well and his episode in the anime (in my opinion anyway) suffers more than anyone else’s in the story.
The art in Dogs was always the selling point of the manga, it looked gorgeous, and the action scenes were very intense, in the anime though, the quality has dropped considerably. The character models by Kumi Ishii do at least resemble the characters in the manga but most of the time they look awkward, especially Heine and Nill who both seem to have undergone a massive change from the manga, and it doesn’t suit them, in fact, most of the character designs in the anime don’t suit the characters. I will cede though that at least they look good in colour.
The biggest disappointment about the art though is the action. I wondered how David production would be able to pull off the amazing action scenes in the manga, and to be quite honest, they can’t, maybe that’s a sign of their inexperience (they’ve only done 5 anime after all) but I digress; the action doesn’t look good in the anime, and I mean that it doesn’t look good, the manga had a way of making the action look good thanks to its outstanding panelling, the anime naturally doesn’t resort to this and it suffers tremendously because of it, the gunfights are boring, the chase scenes are boring, the standoffs are boring, in fact when it’s not busy being boring it’s looking bad thanks to the character models. Don’t go into this anime expecting to see the amazing art in the manga, you won’t get it.
Before I cover the voice acting I should address the music, and really, there’s nothing worth addressing, the score is instantly forgettable being some sort of weird jazz/techno hybrid which tries to create a noir feeling similar to something seen in Darker than BLACK but fails. The music won’t be getting any awards anytime soon so here’s the next question.
How about the voice acting?
Well, my instant reactions to the voice acting where mixed, especially Heine’s voice, Takahiro Sakurai makes Heine sound older than he actually is in the manga, his voice is too deep for me to believe him as a convincing Heine and made the character less of the cool cat that he is in the manga. Shizuka Itou and Akio Ootsuka manage to make passable performances as Naoto and Mihai, but the honour of best voice actor in this little disappointment of an anime goes to Akira Ishida.
Yes Katsura fans, Ishida manages to be extremely impressive as Badou, you can literally feel that Ishida is putting his heart and soul into this performance as he embraces Badou’s (very unique) personality wonderfully. Ishida needs to play crazy roles like this more often, rather than go with the weird (and annoying) bishonen that is Break Xerxes, and the creepy emo that is Gaara, I mean it when I say that Ishida is the best thing about the voice cast, his acting managed to save the sound aspect from a much lower score.
The characters are nowhere near as impressive as they were in the manga, Mihai and Naoto were never going to win any awards to begin with, it was always Badou and Heine that stole the show for me but they suffer in the anime, it’s hard to describe, again it’s something that you have to read the manga to understand what I’m getting at but they’re nowhere near as cool as they were in the manga.
Now, I’ll be honest, I made a lot of comparisons between the manga and the anime here, I admit that the anime should be judged on its own merits but it’s very hard to do a review of the Dogs anime without doing comparisons to the manga in a lot of places, it’s not a terrible anime by any stretch of the imagination but it is very, very disappointing. It’s also worth mentioning that the anime can’t pull a stand alone move either, as there are so many indications of the producers wanting to do a Bullets and Carnage anime as well.
Maybe Dogs was never meant to work as an anime.
What do you know, I think I solved my own problem there.
Though a short one, each of the 4 OVAs presents each of the main characters fully enough. Stories twist with each other, so that even in the episode about Mihai we meet Badou, who in his personal episode calls Haine, and then, for a few second, Naoto appears before we can learn her story.
As for the plot. You spend just an hour (and it never goes to waste) to watch all OVAs, but yet it may seem to you that there is much, much more. Of course, the story continues in manga, and the fourth episode, Haine’s story, has an open end. Yet each of the stories is finished in it’s own way, and though consequences come, they become the beginnings of new stories – just the way the life flows and takes us from one episode to another.
Of course, disadvantages are inevitable. One of the main is the art. Compared to manga, OVA loses in the way it is drawn. And the sound sometimes goes strange, noises may become louder than character’s voice in the time when it is not needed.
But all that doesn’t matter, when you learn the stories of each one you see, when you laugh at Badou’s failures or compassiate to Mihai’s past mistakes, so the stories take you in, and the outstanding characters of this anime make you forget about everything around you…until it ends, after just an hour, leaving you to starve for more.
31: Drifters: The Outlandish Knight
Japanese: DRIFTERS OVA
MAL Score: 7.33
Episode 15 of Drifters shipped with the special version of the manga’s sixth volume.
Story: Not much really happened in this episode. They were preparing for the war against the dark king and the demons army. This episode focused more on comedic moments rather than the actual story. Also, it seemed to be all rushed out.
Art: Oh the art, it’s very bad. To understand what I mean, this episode is filled with firm images rather than good animations. I’ll leave it at that.
No comment on sound and characters
Enjoyment: meh… whatever*_*
Overall: I was expecting more as a fan of the series but I guess they just wanted to make a few extra bucks. At the end of the episode, they said there going to be episode 16, but they didn’t say when. At this point, they should just release a second season to wrap up the story; otherwise, I’m not watching any new ovas coming from them.
30: Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Outside Legend – The Endless Odyssey
Japanese: SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HERLOCK OUTSIDE LEGEND ~The Endless Odyssey~
MAL Score: 7.34
On an archaelogical mission to the end of the known universe, Professor Daiba unwitting unleashes an ancient horror from its confines. Five years later the malevolent alien force sets in motion a plan which reunites the various crewmembers of the Arcadia to sail the stars once more as well as bring Tadashi Daiba to meet Harlock for the first time (again).
The characters of Harlock are beautifully designed with a semi-sloppy art style that flows well into the atmosphere of the show. It’s a show about a universe where nothing new happens. All of the space pirates are gone. No new planets are being discovered. However, it’s still a manly man’s world with plenty out there, but everyone is in an eternal rut, until a scene of some old men in a bar decide to go pirating again in a scene beautifully directed in that the lights in the bar are stage lights that go on suddenly, and go out smoothly for whichever character is talking. It cut to Daiba, our main character, beating the crap out of two guys. Then his dad dies. Harlock appears out of nowhere with an ultimatum off manly destiny. He tells Daiba that real men hang out on space ships and explore doing what they want. Then, EARTH IS STOLEN!
In the end, this is the best Harlock rendition yet. It’s great. Watch it, whether you’re a Harlock fan or not.
Here’s how I think the pitch meeting went down. In 2002 Madhouse presumably thought that anime fans wouldn’t be interested in going back to watch a series that was over 20 years old at the time, if such a thing was even available to find at the time that is. I’d say that was a correct assumption. Especially considering the negative attitude most current anime fans has against pre-2000’s shows. Instead this series is squarely aimed at people who had seen the original 1978 Captain Harlock series. Not a bad idea I suppose. Make a bit of money of some nostalgia. I’m sure Leiji Matsumoto wouldn’t mind some licencing money so he could buy a ship in a bottle or some hair extensions for his wife. So what could go wrong?
I can only presume that whoever wrote this had never actually seen the original series. But instead had a drunken friend describe the show for him. Everything is explained to him in a series of half remembered plot points, vague explanations of the majority of the cast, a need to stress that manliness is one of the core aspects of the show and an extremely enthusiastic need to emphasize that Captain Harlock is a pretty cool guy. When the writer presses him for more information about Harlock and what makes him such a cool guy he had already passed out.
Endless Odyssey would claim to be a sequel to the original show. The Mazone invasion and the ending is referenced. Despite this Tadashi is not a former crew member. His father Professor Daiba is still alive somehow too. So it’s kind of a continuity snarl I guess. But that’s not exactly a deal breaker. On the surface everything looks like it checks out. A darker take on the original to reflect the fact that whoever caught the show when it originally aired was around their mid to late 20’s when this came out. A pinch of horror atmosphere to go with that nostalgia. It’s just a shame the plot is really dumb. The Earth is stolen(?!) by Cthulhu-esque horrors. None of that can faze Captain Harlock of course. He can just stare them down or whatever since he’s such a cool guy. You’re kind of pushing it here guys. The supernatural twist isn’t really working.
But hey. What would a captain be without his crew? Well. Unfortunately they get the short end of the stick. Because all of the lovably crew of the Arcadia are criminally mishandled and underused. They’re used for cheap nostalgia moments or callbacks. When they show up for the first time you’re supposed to go “yaaaay!” ( Ok maybe I did get a bit excited when Miime first showed up. ) and then? They do pretty much nothing. None of them have any impact on the plot at all. A great supporting cast just squandered. And before you ask. No, Captain Harlock isn’t bringing his A-game to carry the show. At best he’s on auto-pilot. At the very worst he’s grossly mischaracterized perhaps to make him seem more “cool”. You’re not expected to follow orders? Yeah it’s not like he’s the captain of the ship or anything. Fuck off. Yeah he let the crew do what they want when they were off-duty in the original. But they were all expected to follow his orders when it was go-time. Get this personality-free body snatcher off my screen and bring back the real captain. Even the voice actor for him is totally wrong. Sorry. Makio Inoue is the definitive Harlock. Anyone else just sounds like a pale imitation.
I will give Madhouse some credit though. The art is just wonderful. It is very faithful to the original work and lovingly rendered although with that modern shininess of course. The cast has never looked better though! Quirks of the original show such as the tall, slender women with long hair and the cartoonishly deformed small people are all accounted for. The Arcadia also looks great which is obviously of huge importance. I have no doubt that whoever drew this was a big fan. So I can only hope he never actually watched this. To match the “darker” tone and horror posturing the art is suitably dark. But good art can only get you so far. And for being an OVA the animation is nothing special. Pretty much just TV quality. Still I would call this show a visual treat. So it has something going for it.
I will also give it credit for a kind of interesting ending. And a relatively understated sense of masculinity. A breath of fresh air in an era where manliness is relegated to a post-ironic and over the top sideshow in anime. Don’t think I need to name any examples there. You know what I’m talking about.
If you want to get into Harlock I’d suggest starting with the lavishly produced Arcadia Of My Youth movie and go from there. Endless Odyssey is for completionists only.
29: Aa! Megami-sama! (2011)
MAL Score: 7.34
OVAs bundled with volumes 42, 43 & 46 of the Aa! Megami-sama! manga.
Story, Art, Character: I gave all of it a mediocre 5.
Reason, nothing has change it still follows the same genre, it still about the romance between Belldandy and Keiichi with Urd and Skuld on the side the only consolation here was in the 2 and last episode was the introduction twin newbie goddess bitches Eir and Saga. Whom at first wants to challenge Belldandy, even mocking her but in the end the two were proven to be useless even at the last episode of the OVA. The art, so far was still the same, the only difference here is Urd who doesn’t sport a sexy look on the last episode.
Sound: Fair 6.
Though most of the seiyuu’s in this OVA are still the usual, but them seiyuus simply don’t have that younger appeal anymore, I kinda like the seiyuu’s who did Eir and Saga voices and so is the opening theme, the closing…not much.
Enjoyment and Overall: Decent 4.
The enjoyment for this OVA is decent enough to be enjoyed, but overall this OVA is not bad, but not good enough at all. It would have been better if studio AIC should have made a season 3, and replace the seiyuu’s with new ones since like I’ve said the usual seiyuu’s don’t have that younger tone anymore. If AIC wants to maintain the usual seiyuu’s for such season, then it would be advisable to level up the character’s, like Kiichiy graduated, Keiichi and Belldandy got married, Urd got promoted, Skuld grows up and get into a relationship, things like that could reinvent the series as a whole. Then gain who am I kidding, like that gonna happen.
It Did! (Well, kinda)
The first episode gets a 7. Im not really sure what they were trying to do with it and it was confusing and a disgrace to AMG.
The second one however… It was great! Exactly what i expected a AMG vid to be.
(Easter egg: The winner’s screen is written in Russian)
However, i am rating this a 9 because of the first one.
Should you watch it? Yes. (But watch the two seasons first, as there isn’t much explaining done.)
28: Tokyo Ghoul: “Jack”
Japanese: 東京喰種 トーキョーグール【JACK】
MAL Score: 7.34
Former baseball player turned delinquent Taishi Fura accidentally witnesses the man-eating “ghoul” known as Lantern injuring his old friend and murdering another. Before the situation gets any worse, Fura’s classmate Kishou Arima arrives―as he is actually an undercover investigator for the Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG)―and forces the ghoul to flee.
Seeking revenge for his friends, Fura joins forces with Arima to hunt down ghouls in the 13th Ward—ultimately aiming to bring down Lantern.
Tokyo Ghoul: “Jack” unveils snippets of life in the past for the CCG’s fearsome “Reaper,” Arima, giving insight into how he spent his high school days.
This short OVA tells the back story of Arima who appears in the second season of Tokyo Ghoul, and was honestly a fascinating clip of the Tokyo Ghoul world. Although it is recommended that you watch both seasons of TG (Tokyo Ghoul) before touching this, I thought that it stood firmly as its own interesting piece, with a defined character.
To begin, I’ll discuss the artwork, sound, and story as a whole. I would argue that the artwork has indeed changed slightly from the televised versions of TG, and it gave it a very different “atmosphere.” For the majority of this OVA, it really felt like a slice-of-life anime, partially because of the art, and also because of the relationship between the characters. In the past, TG characters, although close, seldom shared “memorable” moments with each other, and I was glad to see that element added to this OVA. The characters really came to life, and it got me to not only feel closer to them, but want to support them. This was the most drastic change between TG and “Jack,” and it increased my overall enjoyment of this piece.
My overall rating for this is a 9/10, due to its solid artwork, character development, and story. The only reason I won’t give this one a perfect score is because it didn’t meet my expectations in terms of action scenes and, if it’s a word, Ghoulishness.
Tokyo Ghoul : Jack, an ova I have been anticipating since it was confirmed. And now that I finally watched, I want more, a lot more.
Story (9) : The story follows Fura, who belongs in a gang but then left it. One unfortunate day, he witnesses the murder of his friend by a ghoul of the name “Lantern”. Wanting revenge, he and Arima start to go around killing ghouls hoping to find Lantern with the help of, Minami. There isn’t much to the story, but it was quite interesting to know a little more about Arima’s backstory. Unlike Tokyo Ghoul, this ova focuses on making the ghouls seem bad. But in the end, you will feel the feels when you understand that most ghouls just want to be human and live normally with the rest of us.
Art (8) : The colors are quite vivid and fit this ova quite well. The gore animation wasn’t too over the top like some anime could be. As expected, the fight scenes in this ova is quite good. I also really liked that character animation.
Sound (8.5) : There isn’t an op or ed to judge, but I must say, the OST was quite good. It fitted the anime very well and didn’t seem out of place at all.
Character (9) : For characters, we have the overpowered Arima and the guy who wants revenge, Fura. We also have Minami, who seems like a cute and innocent girl. There is a little character development for Fura, from a rebellious teenager to an outstanding ghoul investigator. It was quite interesting to watch the main characters interact with each other.
Enjoyment (10) : The original Tokyo Ghoul series (Not Root A), is one of my favorite anime of all time. So of course, I would have enjoyed this ova and I enjoyed every single bit of it. Unlike root A, which I disappointed me a lot.
Overall (9) : I really liked this ova and can’t wait for Pinto which is coming next season. I would recommend this ova to anyone who enjoyed Tokyo Ghoul. It would give you feels, when you watch the ending. I also recommend you to check out the manga series if you enjoyed it.
Tokyo Ghoul: Jack’s story, art, and characters are all beautifully adapted from the manga for our viewing pleasure. The OST is also completely brand new and fitting! You will not, I repeat, you will NOT be disappointed in by the Tokyo Ghoul: Jack OVA adaptation.
The only possible downfall is that it’s only 30 minutes long! Overall enjoyment is 10/10.
P.S. No Arima dorito-chin.
Japanese: ディーふらぐ! ウォーター!!
MAL Score: 7.35
After Sakura Mizukami shows up at the Kazama household to ask for a favor, Kenji Kazama and his sister Noe end up unwillingly participating in a footrace at the local shrine. Intent on winning the prize—spring water that only appears once per year—Sakura recruited the Kazama siblings to guarantee her victory. But when Sakura’s clubmates, Chitose Karasuyama and Roka Shibasaki, enter the race as well, the girls’ competitive energy is unleashed and the contest immediately develops into an all out battle where no victor is certain. What’s more, Noe, fed up with Sakura’s constant teasing, has no interest in helping her win, and the battle rages not only on the field, but between the divided team members.
Story and art: Mediocre 5.
Because it was still the usual plot where there is no plot and everything rides on the male character, Kazama, so therefore there is nothing more to say on something when it was pretty obvious that it was the usual, same thing with the art since the one who did the illustration of both the manga and parent anime is the same one who did it anyways.
Sound: Poor 3.
Now I may like the opening theme, but Kazama’z seiyuu, Konishi, Katsuyuki was really too old to do the voice of a 17 year old, in fact one can really tell that Kazama’s voice is really done by a 40 year old man, Studio FUNimations should have taken the effort to choose a younger individual to do Kazama’s voice. Also, Sakura’s voice should have been done by Toyosaki, Aki, co’z, the character’s seiyuu Takahashi, Mikako doesn’t have that playful tone that would fit the characters personality. Roka’s voice is ok, but Chitose’s voice isn’t , her voice should’ve have been done by Ueda, Kana, and not by Saito Chiwa.
Character, Enjoyment and Overall: Good 7.
Unlike the parent anime where it involves the guy and the girls’ antics, this time the focus was about the guy’s sister, Noe and the water girl Sakura, of course the main character Kazama was still there, the threesome has given this OVA a whole new lease at least just for this OVA, which is good, since the threesomes’ did provide a much change of enjoyment for this anime, especially when the competition for the guy’s affection was with Nao vs Sakura, so overall it was good that we get to see Nao having her shine in this OVA.
So should this OVA be followed up by a season 2, maybe, but, why not?
I know that some argue that D-frag lacks a clear direction from episode to episode, however I can think of one or two shows where the stories are self contained within each episode. I found this OVA to be a lot of fun and if your a fan of the series, then definitely watch it.
The only criticism I do have is regarding the voices, sometimes the voice actors sounded a little too mature for the characters they were voicing. But as I’m reading the subtitles and not paying much attention to the voices, it really didn’t detract from the episode.
Noe is an enjoyable sister character, though she also appeared very rarely in the anime. She was mentioned plenty, but also has the tropes of respecting her brother a lot and being bashful about it.
The most surprising thing about this OVA was the fast food employee being Takao’s mother, though I should have pieced that together earlier and felt kind of silly for not doing so before.
This OVA shines a bit of light on certain characters and makes you realize Sakura is perfectly fitting of being in the club since she’s whack in her own way. Of course, they shoehorned in the rest of the club before the OVA began, but the attention was definitely on Sakura and Noe.
Oh, if only Tama appeared in this one. Though despite her absence, I still ranked this higher than the series, so it does a lot more right to me than the original. Maybe cause they visited a different location too, which gave it a sense of freshness.
26: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
MAL Score: 7.36
After a disaster leaves the world in a state of decline, the remaining human population lives out their lives peacefully and quietly in the twilight of the human age. Alpha Hatsuseno is an android who works at a cafe bordering Yokohama that rarely gets visitors, and is waiting for her owner to return.
One day, another android, the courier Kokone Takatsu, brings Alpha a package from her master. Inside is a camera, given to Alpha so she can take pictures to reminisce about.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a slow and contemplative anime that follows an android girl as she takes beautiful pictures and experiences touching moments, all amidst a calming sense of peace.
After watching, I prefer the manga. This is probably due to the fact that it\’s in colour and to me, they\’re ill suited. Also the art in the OVA looks dated by now, yet the manga manages to avoid that.
It\’s not easy to rate, never mind describe the story, to give it justice. And perhaps that was the idea, to make you feel things rather than tell you a story? It is not unlike sitting and looking at a sunset or watching a field of grass swaying in the wind. The slow pace, simple story line and gentle music help reinforce a feeling of relaxation and watching the world go by. If you\’re a person who can\’t appreciate things like that, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou may not be for you.
Story: 9 (Great)
The story concerns Alpha Hatsusueno, an android (or gynoid, to be gender-specific) who lives on the outskirts of what’s left of Yokohama, Japan after rising sea levels destroyed most of the city. She spends her days running a cafe and waiting for the return of her owner, who has left for reasons and parts unknown. One day, she receives a visitor – a young woman named Kokone, who is here to drop off a special package for her along with a message. When Alpha asks for the contents of the message, she discovers something special about Kokone – she, too, is a robot!
Alpha and Kokone quickly become friends, and the two begin to explore the world around them, aided by the gift sent by Alpha’s owner – a camera that can directly interface with robots. Kokone returns to her delivery service, leaving Alpha feeling lonely again. She then decides to head out on her own to discover for herself what the world offers for her to photograph and preserve.
After going out to pick up a new rake, the skies above Alpha’s little scooter start to darken; before long, a heavy rain sets in. Suddenly, a lightning strike out of nowhere! Alpha will now have to cope with trying to survive and the changes she’ll face after her recovery.
Alpha decides to try out her new camera and becomes greatly dissatisfied with some of the shots she takes. She searches for the perfect shot, but is suddenly overtaken by a faint memory she barely remembers, one that goes back to the very day she was first activated.
The corresponding manga chapters covered by the OVA’s two episodes are, in order,Chapter 7 Afternoon February 2, Chapter 8 1 by 1, Chapter 9 300 Image Capacity,Chapter 4 Rain and After, Chapter 12 Navi and Chapter 22 Yokosuka Cruise – note that Chapters 8 and 9 and Chapters 12 and 22 have been combined into a single half-episode each.
The story faithfully reproduces the ones told in the original manga chapters, but adds special touches as well. We see the dynamics of the wonderous splendor of Alpha’s world, as well as the dynamics of her special relationship with Kokone (special in more ways than one :). Many of the subtleties of Alpha’s character that can only be told through movement are revealed to us as well. We also see a little more backstory and a few changes here and there between the OVA and the manga – Alpha remembers or at least admits a little bit about what it was like being around before robots were common. Overall, the execution is great and it’s clear that the animators and producers were careful to preserve and enhance the environment and characters of the manga, though I wish we could’ve seen the world through the perspective of Alpha’s camera more often.
Art: 9 (Great)
The art is terrific and faithfully reproduces or even enhances the art style of the manga, but sadly the colors come off as a little washed-out, especially in regards to Alpha and Kokone.With that said, the animation takes us one step closer towards experiencing this futuristic world of Yokohama for ourselves, and brings Alpha and Kokone one step closer to our world.
Sound: 10 (Outstanding)
The music sets a benchmark for anime of this genre and is performed by Choro Club who also gave us the soundtrack for ARIA; much of it is performed with a gekkin, the same type of stringed musical instrument Alpha plays in the manga and seen in the OVA. Background an incidental music factor in heavily, much more so than other works. The music very much correlates to the imagery on-screen and tells us through audio the type of laid-back world Alpha sees, despite the many hardships she and her friends have to put up with.
Character: 10 (Outstanding)
In many ways the characterization of Alpha, Kokone, and the others exceeds that of the manga, since we’re treated to many nuances the manga is simply not able to show. We see in Alpha a certain kind of endearing naivety as she begins to see things for the first time from differing perspectives, yet at the same time, we see a strong-willed young woman who is not only capable of taking care of herself but highly values the bonds she has with what has become her human family. The animation does much to bring these characters alive through these nuances and interactions with others and their environment, bringing these characters one step closer to reality.
Enjoyment: 9 (Great)
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is almost as much of a masterpiece as its source material but is not without its flaws that detracts from its enjoyment. The washed-out colors are distracting, especially when I was expecting the vibrant green and purple of Alpha’s and Kokone’s hair to be carried over from the manga. Despite that, the OVA still does a magnificent job of breathing life into Hitoshi Ashinano’s still images and ephemeral snapshots, and for this alone it is a highly recommended and regarded piece.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is given a final score of:
It may well be the single most boring thing I have ever seen in my life. The main character spent a good fifteen minutes trying to take a photo but being unable to get the right shot. That’s it. Later on, she looks at some lights under a lake. It’s a pretty sight, no doubt, and there’s nothing wrong with a scene of atmospheric tranquility, but it goes like this: lingering shot of lights, lingering shot of face, lingering shot of lights, lingering shot of face, lingering shot of lights, lingering shot of face, lingering shot of lights, lingering shot of face….in silence for at least five minutes. I can’t see any way in which that’s anything less than incredibly dull.
And the animation! I’ve seen reviews praising the way the animation brings the main character’s personality out vividly – but it’s a lie! The art isn’t bad, but the animation is downright poor. Alpha (the main character) has two expressions: ‘slack-jawed gawp’, and ‘suprise’ – and it soon becomes obvious that ‘surprise’ is the same slack-jawed gawp but with pink cheeks. The only other recurring character is the old man down the road, and he has only one expression! His facial features never move more than a fraction of an inch!
The worst example of animation in this, though, was the scooter-sideways incident. There was a sustained shot of Alpha riding her scooter, ‘filmed’ from behind. This was fine on the straight stretch of road, but then she came to some kind of curve or bend – but it took me a moment to realise that’s what it was meant to be, because what actually happens is she leans slightly and moves directly sideways. It’s HIDEOUS.
I’m completely nonplussed by the seemingly universal love of this anime. It makes watching paint dry seem eventful; at least paint progresses from wet to dry. The technical ineptitude only serves to make the experience painful as well as boring, leaving me with a weird feeling of being sedated and then beaten with wads of damp tissue paper.
25: Initial D Extra Stage 2
English: Initial D Extra Stage 2
Japanese: 頭文字D Extra Stage 2
MAL Score: 7.41
Iketani missed an opportunity to see Mako-chan and hates himself for never calling to say he was sorry. By chance he runs into her 6 months later, and the situation is awkward. Iketani does not have time to talk at that moment, but both want to talk, so they arrange a second meeting. Iketani goes to the meeting place early, but an old man was left behind from an tourist bus, and asks Iketani to catch the bus for him. Iketani being a nice guy, so he can’t say no.
Extra Stage 2 takes place sometime between the 1st & 2nd races of the Project D timeline. Remember those cool races during Project D, well you can forget them because this OVA focuses on Iketani Kouichirou, who’s still thinking about Mako (Impact Blue racer) from the time he couldn’t meet her 6 months ago (Extra Stage 1). Then by a stroke of luck, he gets another chance to meet her and from then on it’s a 40 min snore fest to the finish. Initial D has always been known for developing its characters through some awesome & exciting races but sadly this OVA is on the same level of a Naruto Filler. So naturally character development is basically absent here, since there was only 1 race and even that was lackluster compared to all the previous ones.
Thankfully I won’t be coming down hard on the animation and music, as they both were pretty good for this OVA. The animation is the same as always, poorly animated characters but nicely rendered cars, however it seems they followed the animation from the previous Extra Stage and not Project D, which drops a point in my book. At least the same old catchy soundtrack is back but with barely any opportunities, it just feels wasted.
Overall Initial D: Extra Stage 2 can be described simply as a stab at some romance in a racing anime but they should have known better from the first try that giving such unimportant characters the spotlight just spells disaster. It’s a shame that Takumi gets less screen time than Kenji (bet no one remembers him). In other words this is only worth watching if you have nothing better to do and I mean absolutely nothing.
Extra Stage 2 revolve around Iketani and Mako having a second chance at love. The story is fairly simple but is actually very well written and helps clear up the empty feeling after the missed connection between them earlier in the series. Everything is well paced and moves logically. You will not find anything deep in relation to the main Initial D story. Togue racing is limited in this series.
Both CGI and drawn art are well done in this short side story. Drawn art is treated to an overhaul of rich colors and generally looks much better than First and Second Stage.
Sound quality is good, acting is well done and comprehensible. OST music is better than in previous seasons as is the sound of the cars.
Iketani and Mako are the main focus of ES2 and undergo decent development as both grow.
You’re not going to find anything profound in Extra Stage 2, but it is a welcome conclusion to the Iketani and Mako subplot, so if you wanted more of that, you’ll really enjoy Extra Stage 2.
24: Tonari no Seki-kun OVA
Japanese: となりの関くん DVD
MAL Score: 7.41
OVA of Tonari no Seki-kun bundled with the fifth manga volume.
Tonari no Seki-kun is a light hearted comedy anime about the ways Seki wastes time in class, and how his classmate Yokoi reacts. The OVA is twice as long as a normal episode, and contains two 7 minute shorts.
The OVA does a good job of establishing the basic formula which is used throughout the series: Seki starts playing around in class, Yokoi notices, and then reacts. This formula works very well throughout the series, with Seki’s antics growing more unpredictable and hilarious. However, a lot of my enjoyment for the series came from Yokoi’s over the top reactions as well. These two elements are both present in the OVA, which can be viewed either as a test to see if you’ll like the series- or as just another episode.
Tonari no Seki-kun is a great anime to watch for a laugh, as it doesn’t get repetitive and keeps the viewer laughing with all of Seki’s ridiculous games.
So with the set of OVA we have essentially 2 episodes.
The first one is funny because you see that Yokoi has not actually changed since being a child. The second part we have cats and that makes it probably one of the best episodes.
I made the mistake here I should have checked since this actually came out before the main show. Although that is fine since the story is practically non-existant and leads fine towards the show regardless.
Yokoi is a reactionary character to Seki and his actions.
The art is really good for 2014.
Sounds is pretty good throughout.
There is no real development outside of Yokoi just reacting to Seki. You get to see she loves cats and thinks they are cute which is just great.
I would say try to watch this before the main show perhaps since the specials seem to happen directly after.
23: 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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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
22: Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season OVA
Japanese: 鬼灯の冷徹 第2期 OAD
MAL Score: 7.43
Bundled with the limited editions of 29th, 30th, and 31st volumes of the Hoozuki no Reitetsu manga.
OVA 3 will be streamed in advance on September 1, 2020. OVA 3 will officially be released with volume 31 of the manga on September 23 2020.
21: Taiho Shichau zo
English: You’re Under Arrest
MAL Score: 7.46
Running late on her first day as a patrol woman for the Bokuto Police Department, spunky moped rider Natsumi Tsujimoto decides to take several shortcuts, only to be chased down and cited by mechanical genius and expert police driver Miyuki Kobayakawa. Upon arrival at the precinct, Natsumi finds out that her new partner is the same woman who ticketed her earlier. At first, she doesn’t trust Miyuki, but in a short period of time, they develop an unbreakable friendship that overcomes traffic accidents, reckless drivers and even the strongest typhoons to hit Tokyo.
– ANIMATION –
As expected from an OVA the animation quality is superb; with great detail taken in facial expression and general movement fluidity. The backgrounds are also of high detail and do not have that colour tone difference otherwise common to most televised series. Fujishima Kousuke being an avid motorsports enthusiast, made sure that You’re Under Arrest featured excellent animated footage of cars, motorbikes and other mechanicals. It was an obvious match for his love of cars and anime that brought us this series.
– SOUND –
The soundtrack is mellow most of the time, but with a gripping ‘suspense/action’ theme used during the chase sequences, you soon find your own heart beating with expectation! In terms of effects, this is mostly focused on traffic/vehical related sounds (drifts, revs, gear changes etc.). Do not expect to see/hear any firearms – disappointing, seeing as this is a police anime. The dub version is well directed despite some dialogue adaptation.
– CHARACTERS –
The story revolves around a partner relationship so you should expect a lot of time dedicated to the two leads. Although only 4 episodes, you get a flare for the cast’s own personalities, which are very distinct to the point of perhaps being stereotypical. Eitherway, the designs show a unique style characteristic of this mangaka, but tend to inevitably resemble characters from his other titles (Ah My Goddess!).
– VALUE & ENJOYMENT –
As mentioned, You’re Under Arrest tries to showcase the human drama of police officers and their daily relationships. With this in mind, it does not boast of much action apart from car chasing so hardcore police-drama viewers might be disappointed. The storyline although split into 4 episodes, should be viewed as 2 plots each coming to a conclusion by the end of the OVA.
Personally, I consider this an ‘all-rounder’ because it manages to fit various elements (romance, comedy, drama, action) into a light-hearted, realistic storyline. Because of that, I would not be surprised if you would still enjoy a rewatch of this come a few years time… I know I did.
Finally, the excellent animation alone makes for a worthwhile watch, so its short duration becomes a bonus.
1994 was a pretty good year for anime titles. There was the Studio Ghibi film Pom Poko, a story centered around environmental issues. The Street Fighter movie, based on a wildly popular videogame series, briefly fumbled its way into the spotlight. 1994 also introduced the anime world to Marmalade Boy, a well-known school-oriented series. Finally, `94 was the year in which television networks came across a mini-series, a hidden gem if you will, titled You’re Under Arrest (YUA). When people think of police shows, they conjure mental images of good-cop/bad-cop roles, of homicides and kidnappings, and of undercover officers raiding a criminal hideout. You’re Under Arrest doesn’t conjure these images in viewers because it’s the complete opposite of the typical cop series; this is a show where comedy is at the forefront instead of action, where the only serious crime that people commit is reckless speeding, and where the officers are more concerned with maintaining friendships than anything else (and please don’t mention anything to do with romance to these people. They’re really serious about that). With these factors inserted into the plot, this anime explores the adventures of police officers Natsumi and Miyuki for four enjoyable episodes.
While You’re Under Arrest is certainly an enjoyable OVA, it is not without its flaws. The acting in the series isn’t the best, the supporting characters are relegated to a couple of unimportant lines, and (if you want to be really critical) the animation looks a little dated to me, even for an anime from the early `90s. However, I can brush past those flaws thanks to the five main characters. Miyuki is a gentle officer/driver with good looks and a hobby as a mechanic (Basically, she’s Winry Rockbell before Winry Rockbell). Yoriko, a goofy gossiper who proves to be the series’ best voice actress, is that one bespectacled female that you seemingly must have in order for an anime to be called an anime. Ken is my favorite character, a sunglasses-wearing tough-guy/motorcyclist who really loves Miyuki and is affectionately nicknamed “Kenny” by the other officers. Chief Kachou doesn’t really do much besides giving out orders and pondering over situations (I just act like the guy’s not there). By far the most interesting character of the bunch has to be Natsumi, the protagonist. She’s a hotheaded slacker with purple eyes, impulsive tendencies, an infamous reputation for oversleeping, a habit for getting drunk, and impeccable skills as a motorcyclist. The other main characters are appealing, besides the Chief, but Natsumi is simply beyond that.
I don’t know exactly where I would place You’re Under Arrest on my anime list (pun intended). I don’t speak of this series with the mystified reverence that I do for Monster not with the unbridled hatred that I have for Inuyasha. You’re Under Arrest instead settles in a special category for me, one without severe criticism or deep analysis. Here’s the best way I can explain my appreciation for YUA. For me, this anime induces a wave of nostalgia, even though it’s my first time finishing this. Maybe it’s the beautiful theme song which really grew on me or the show’s lively soundtrack with a hint of jazz that does it for me. Maybe it’s You’re Under Arrest’s lighthearted atmosphere sprinkled by some truly touching moments that hypnotizes me. Maybe it’s the excellent episode 4 (titled “On the Road… again”) or the amazing sequence that occurred in the episode, where Ken rides his motorcycle out from the raging flames that causes me to write so passionately about this. Maybe it’s the fact that YUA is completely appropriate for children (believe it or not, this doesn’t occur often in anime), besides the cursing that pops up once-in-a-blue-moon that makes me love it so much. Regardless, You’re Under Arrest is the perfect title for this OVA. It captures you, alternately thrilling you and pulling your heartstrings along the way.
Written by SMGJohn
“Every review is subjective, art is subjective your opinion may differ, never trust reviews to make the opinion for you, use them as a guide and make your own journey.”
Taihou Shichauzo is one of those amazingly underrated gems of the 90s that you stumble upon by pure luck, and shamelessly I came to stumble upon it too late but better late than never as they ironically say.
The 4 OVA episode series is the beginning of a franchise that is not much known to the English viewers of anime and restrains more popularity with the Spanish and Japanese communities, however to my surprise Taihou Shichauzo is an amazing short series that proves the super-giant in the industry Studio Deen’s unlimited talent pool once more.
With amazingly funny cast of characters and well written adaptation of the original manga, Taihou Shichauzo proves to be a comically funny anime with silly features but also serious parts mixed together with a production quality typically very average but masterfully well executed thanks to the talented pool of people at Deen who worked with what they had.
While the main characters in Taihou Shichauzo finds themselves in all kinds of silly situations from stupidly over escalated car chases to helping out kids the OVA’s actually do a good job of presenting a lovable cast of characters to the audience and also builds the foundation of an anime franchise that would see three TV series, one movie and multiple short OVA’s. The main characters very large contrast in personality also helps its comical value but with the seriousness also presented reinforces how real the people in Taihou Shichauzo feels like.
Production wise, Taihou Shichauzo is in another league while the animation fluidity can be comparable average for the era it is masterfully handled by talented art directors and planners, it is truly a long time since I have had the pleasure to witness such a masterfully done production as this short OVA series. No shot goes unused, everything makes sense, it has an astonishingly smooth flow to it and scenes that require good animation have good animation while more static scenes have less because they need less but there times when static scenes are made very lively by adding exaggerated movement to the characters themselves often seen in comedies.
The background art of Taihou Shichauzo strike me the most, we are presented a contemporary early 90s Japan, with thanks to the outstanding sound work of Deen gives an absurdly satisfying atmosphere.
With the help of the extremely 90s sounding soundtrack we are reminded every minute of it that we truly are in the 90s now, the flow, the music and the art pulls you in like a magnet and before you know it you almost feel like you are there.
With sound work like this I can claim I have only witnessed in not just few anime but even few movies and TV series by big giants such as America, China or even Britain. This general fluidity really helps these silly story telling feel amazing, with what could easily be explained as a mediocre story becomes a very well mastered anime thanks to its well executed production quality and variation in showcase that does not make it feel too similar to one another episodes.
For summary, Taihou Shichauzo is something that must be experienced to be understood, it is by no means a bad anime, but it is not a masterpiece, it is best explained as a timeless work of art that tries to tell an otherwise dull drama story but masterfully crafts it into an entertaining contemporary showcase of nostalgic nuclear explosion, mixed with action, drama, comedy, romantic elements and much much more.
With the amazing art, the amazing sound of Japan in the 90s, the people, the cars, all the noises the characters make such as just walking or writing on paper makes it all feel alive, real and as if you are there.
The outrageously beautiful artwork helps to reinforce the series as a whole and it makes you miss a city that you never even visited in the first place, and truly only the most talented people can make you feel like that, and this time around they worked at Studio Deen.
20: Be-Bop Highschool
Japanese: ビー バップ ハイスクール
MAL Score: 7.48
For the invincible and basically happy punk lads Hiroshi and Toru, what they care about every day is to get a lot of attention from girls and to win the fights against the lads from other schools. Whenever provoked, they just go out fighting and settle the situation no matter what it costs.
Indeed. Very often, you hear people telling that comedy is difficult to apprehend objectively. It is not something you can break into a basic formula working all the time. However, centering sense of humor around a keen observation of the surroundings often leads to conclusive outcome. So does B-BH fully succeeds in that regard? Assuredly. Its firm stance is to paint its characters with unembellished colors, making their everyday adventures all the more natural looking. Toru Nakama is a mischief maker who seems innocent but love to bamboozle his people, as for Kato Hiroshi he is seemingly an impulsive guy prone to terrible fits of anger, which never turn into grudge. Their chemistry at screen is remarkable as they play each others out, through squabbles and moments of complicity. They’re larger than life, and yet their approach of the world isn’t dumbed down in a stereotypical fashion. While they appreciate to be dignified as strong brawlers, on the surface they’re mostly unruly clowns chasing for fun and skirts… Like almost any bully idiot you have probably seen in your school years. The characters, while rowdy and cocky, are all far from the caricature of the seedy sadist we often see in the medium. The only thug matching this description is Kameman, and is consistently portrayed so while others are played out differently. Whereas the characterization absolutely does not allow for depth (it would be beside the point, anyway), it features a diverse and properly fleshed out cast… The crazy weasel so afraid of Toru he can turn into a beast if pushed in a corner, The capable right hand man who cannot help but stay under his leader, The tough dull witted guy with a funny moniker, the sukeban who enjoys to tease Kato, the biker highly protective of his girlfriend, the temperamental gang leader who gets riled up every time his shameful nickname is brought up, the boisterous tailor with a knack for brawls even though it is past his prime, you name them and they brandish their enthusiast fists before your eyes. Also, all of them are not bunched together in one town. It is Nobuo, at the beginning of the series, who suggests to grope around the JR lines to see what really lurks in the area. Once Toru and Kato meet all of them, they appear as recurrent parts which, as stated above, get them to be more explored along the way.
So, character writing and world building are sturdily laid out. However, in a Yankee anime, there are still three easy temptations. Does B-BH avoid them all? Firstly, turning the main characters into invincible steam rollers for the rule of the cool. They are not. In the second episodes, the duo ends in a place so packed with delinquents they have to flee and kick their way out in extremis. Or in the one where Kato faces the biker as he is sorely humiliated, left tied with his brief showing… What also makes a difference, is how items as knife or knuckle-dusters are presented dramatically. The anime does not joke around with their dangerous nature when they are brought up. As a result, the odds never are completely rigged in favor of our good Joes. Secondly, over reliance on fight scenes. Here again, B-BH shows how interested it is in being an opened window in the daily routine of its cast: they do nanpa with differing degrees of success, they go to the Pachinko parlor to try their luck, they head into another city to buy discounted tuxedo pants or they fool a naive brute into going to a perilous location only for amusement. In fact, past the initial introduction of the strongest students of the sector, the direction even completely changes focus as scenes of fisticuffs are barely shown. Thirdly? Overstaying its welcome. In the case of this 7 episodes long OAV of 50 minutes each, you get too little to ever get bored from it. If anything, the abrupt conclusion of the last one makes you wish for three more. It is difficult to reproach it as it is as if the spectator barged into the protagonists’ daily lives to begin with, though.
Now that it is out of the way, let us talk briefly about Art and Sound; chara-design is solid and functional. The mood is perfectly conveyed in their expressions during the intense or lighter moments. There is appropriate diversity in translating the beauty of the feminine cast, as well. With her pulpy lips, among other assets, the biker’s girlfriend is a different type of cute than the low-key girl Kato falls for, for example. The action sequences animated by Toei, giving their age away, sometimes in a slightly stilted manner but not to an unforgiving extremity. Art direction is competent. Nothing to write home for its dazzling creativity but fair enough. The soundtrack is your typical Yankee anime fare. Its Rockabilly coloration burst with the energy necessary to bolster the narrative. These departments don’t exactly struggle for uniqueness but tonal consistency and it works just fine.
All in all, there is little negative to hold B-BH accountable for. A true genre classic brimming with infectious effusiveness, which in return makes you more receptive to its sense of humor. Whereas high profile action staging is definitely not its primary focus, the colorful storytelling is self sufficient enough. Seasoned anime watcher or beginner, it strives to be a straightforward experience, so even somebody not completely familiar with the socio-cultural backdrop presented is not left clueless as about what is going on. As such, it is then warmly recommended as a gateway into the sub-genre. Unlike what the others preliminary reviews suggest, “Be-Bop Highschool” was finalized as a project in January 2019, so you may now watch it in entirety, courtesy of Saizen-Fansubs and Hokuto no Gun. These lines are dedicated to the fruit of their investment…
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This section is dedicated to content indication in order to inform audience in a practical way. On the next paragraph, the buzzwords offer hints about the title’s strong suits and drawbacks.
Ketchup meter: Nothing too objectionable, the violence in this anime is present but never displayed under a shocking or a mean-spirited light. It is more as if you witness a bunch of unruly brats battling for the last remaining pork dumpling. There is a little blood, indeed, but if it makes you turn the eye, just grow a spine…
xXx meter: It is not a graphic anime but it is certainly not shy when it comes to tackle certain topics in a salacious way, such as when Chappie is affected with a venereal disease and Kato proceeds to shame him in front of everyone.
Fishing scene(s): More like fishing for trouble!
+ A fairly realistic and yet entertaining take on the delinquent student fringe
+ The main cast’s chemistry
+ The sheer variety in episode direction
+ Organic world building
+ The effort put into avoiding reliance on power scale
– Not as keen to depict exciting action scenes past the third episode
– A little too short in regards of the sheer potential
Unlike other delinquent anime, this one focuses more on conflicts and fighting, yet there are still elements of comedy and goofiness, which lighten the mood. But do not expect Cromartie High School tier of comedy. It is episodic, which means that each 1-hour episode is a self-contained story, however, it’s chronological so the outcomes of one episode carry to the next.
Episode 5 is probably the funniest one. Overall, a very good delinquent series recommended to all fans of the delinquent genre.
The delinquent/yankii subculture was very popular in Japan during the 1970s-1990s, which in turn became reflected in its pop culture during this time. The delinquent manga was a very popular sub-genre during the 1980s-1990s being reflective of its era, with its pompadour worn protagonists and side characters exploring the lives of their youth as they get into fights with rival gangs, experience romance, form stronger comradery with their friends, among many other exciting adventures. This subgenre created many popular series that stand as some of the most iconic and best-selling manga to this day such as Rokudenashi Blues, Crows, Bad Boys, and the title I’m reviewing right now, Be-Bop High School. Despite being hugely popular, almost all of the manga in this sub-genre never got TV anime series (The only examples of tv delinquent anime are Otoko Ippiki Gaki-Daishō from the late 60s, Hareluya Boy from the late 90s, and just recently Tokyo Revengers which will be getting a TV anime next year) only ever getting live-action (Film series and TV series) adaptations. This is due to a variety of reasons like underage smoking being banned on TV which is a common trope in these series, delinquency being a big social problem in Japan during this time, the success of the live-action market, among many other reasons. With the success of the OVA market starting in the later part of the 80s, a lot of popular delinquent manga managed to get adapted as OVAs (In this case there was a lot more creative freedom, and they wouldn’t have to deal with strict guidelines/censorship adapting these series as OVAs in comparison to attempting to do the same as a TV series). Now, this brings us to Be-Bop High School, which was adapted by Toei Animation (Who also did other delinquent OVAs) as 7 50 minute OVAs (Except the last one which was 40 mins) between 1990 to 1998.
Compared to the other delinquent OVAs I have watched this is one of the better adaptations that is decently well made and treats its source material with care. This is a pretty great delinquent OVA series that encapsulates a lot of the qualities that I love so much about the genre. It has great humour/funny gags, a good cast of characters with their own interesting chemistry/behaviour, natural world-building, and just some very fun hijinks/adventures we get to enjoy. I also feel like it understands the appeal and charm of its genre very well, managing to avoid a lot of the cliches/pitfalls and annoying writing you might come upon in some delinquent manga (Ex: Protagonist being a superhuman who never loses, lack of focus on the characterization or the lives of the characters with gang fights occurring all the time, style over substance).
I say this as on the surface it may appear repetitive and lose its charm very quickly with this duo of characters (Hiroshi and Tooru) trying to get girls while running into hijinks with rival gangs. But as mentioned before it understands the appeal/popularity of genre very well, adding a lot of variety to these adventures. Instead, focusing time to explore the daily lives of these cast of characters, which also organically help build into larger world-building (Our protagonists occasionally travel to other prefectures/cities going about their lives/to pick up girls and running into minor characters or antagonists who soon become a major part of the cast and become more fleshed out, as well as the setting they come from), characterization, as well as the larger conflict with gangs/romance and its use of humour. Episode 5 is my favourite episode in this series and very clearly highlights what I’m talking about, as with some other delinquent series it would have resulted in some generic gang fight but goes in very interesting/funny directions I didn’t expect.
The character design for this series is great, a very effective art style that manages to capture the various moods and expressions of these wacky characters. The art direction and direction of these episodes are fine, they’re nothing special but certainly not bad (There are some standout moments though like the beginning of episode 6 or the use darkness/light in some episodes to highlight the tense mood/danger of a particular scene like the dart gamble scene from episode 2 or the train shot during the night in episode 6 reflecting the protagonists piercing eyes in the shadows during a fight). The fights themselves were fine, some were very great, particularly those from the earlier episodes. However a good chunk of them in the later episodes definitely could have been improved as after a while, some of them looked less unique (Particularly due to the direction and perhaps a tight budget in some areas with the use of close/limited shots). Overall, this is a great delinquent anime, and I highly recommend it to fans of this genre and people who have some interest in it. It sucks that it ended kind of abruptly but I’ll take what I can get (Especially since the manga is still being translated to this day and probably won’t be finished for well over a decade lol).
Episode ranking: 5>6>4>3>2>1>7
English: Saint☆Young Men
MAL Score: 7.49
Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha, the founders of Christianity and Buddhism, are living together as roommates in a Tokyo apartment while taking a vacation on Earth. The comedy often involves jokes about Christianity, Buddhism, and all things related, as well as the main characters’ attempts to hide their identities and understand modern society in Japan.
Yes, you’ve heard right. That Jesus. And that Buddha.
Kinda sounds like a scene coming from the song One of Us by Joan Osborne if I say so myself. And upon seeing this OVA (2 episodes, one episode for now), it made me laugh so hard and said to myself, those religious zealots screaming blasphemy will be having a field day upon seeing these, and that could be annoying. Well, sorry for them, but this anime preaches nothing but pure fun and hilarity.
In fact, this anime basically answers: What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us, Just a stranger on the bus, Trying to make His way ho – er, damn, I just sang that song. Funny thing is, they are roommates in an apartment managed by Matsuda-san the strict landlady. Even more funnier is the fact that two of the most revered religious figures in history are scared shitless of her! The scenes usually shift from Matsuda-san’s perspective to the two ‘foreign men’, but usually most of the screentime is allocated to Matsuda-san, who in all honesty, suspects the two as anything but ordinary foreigners renting and sharing a room. Its understandable, because since they boarded there, strange things have happened. Like Jesus’ unintentional miracles (levitating much?) and Buddha’s godly charisma (it literally glows!). Hilarity ensues when she scolds them afterwards!
That said, this light-hearted anime should not be taken seriously and in all honesty, parodying the daily lives of religious figures is quite novel in itself, if not daring. So enjoy this nice addition to this season’s to be watched anime, and at the end of the day, you’ll be wondering if Joan Osbourne’s song influenced the author into writing this funny piece of a series.
Welp, looks like I just made my first ever review, lol. Thanks for reading!
The reason I gave it a 6 (and nothing lower) is because even though I didn’t like the anime, I didn’t dislike it either – it was pretty average. The setting is quite unique, of course, and more power to animators who can go through concepts on anime without involving high school children, nudity or violence. It’s a nice and sweet comedy, suitable even for children, although if I’m being honest, a lot of jokes went over my head. I mean, I’m someone who has a fair amount of knowledge about Christianity, and unlike most other people, I know quite a lot about Buddhism (seeing how Gautam Buddh was born in my country) so I was surprised at how many references I didn’t understand. And if I didn’t get them, then how is it those people who gave this anime such a high rating, get them? Did they study Buddhism in college or something?
Speaking of, Buddhism was all about peace and ahinsa, so the concept of wearing silk shirts (leave alone decorating them) would have been out of the question for Buddh, so the animators fuked up there. Same for the negative stereotype “the water is dirty” comment for India – it wasn’t really funny, it was outright offensive, something that would *never* be uttered by Buddh for his motherland. And before you tell me to “laugh it off”, let me know how you’d feel if, for example, you’re a religious American who sees Jesus calling all Americans fat, ugly and stupid?
The art, animation and sounds – everything is average. Anyway, give it a watch. Who knows? You might enjoy it more than I did!
PS. Just for kicks, just *imagine* the uproar that this anime would have been created if it where Mohammed in place of Buddh!
Only extreme fanatical believers will be offended by this show as its is not judgmental on any religion in any way, nor does it poke fun at it.
With that out of the way, i felt that the show was too short for it to be memorable for a viewer.It would been ideal if it had got 12 episodes.2 OVA’s are too short to get into the show.There is a movie and i have’nt watched it yet, so i cant say whether it is good or not.There are just 3 characters in the show-Jesus, Buddha and their landlady-and i felt the show could probably use a few more characters.
18: Golden Kamuy 2nd Season OVA
Japanese: ゴールデンカムイ OAD
MAL Score: 7.50
OVAs bundled with the 17th, 19th, and 23rd tankoubon volumes of the Golden Kamuy manga.
The first episode is the story of how Shiraishi escaped from multiple prisons in the search of the love of his life.
The second episode tells a story of our main characters “Monster hunting”
And the last episode includes great amounts of bestiality (sexual intercourse between human and animal) which you may find disturbing, just as a heads-up.
17: Asobi Asobase OVA
Japanese: あそびあそばせ (OAD)
MAL Score: 7.53
Included with seventh volume of the Asobi Asobase manga.
The OVA is split into two parts, and in total clocks in at around 13 minutes, which is a bit less than usual, but the content there is pretty quality. It isn’t as crazy as some of the insane things from the vanilla series, but there is enough here to leave you satisfied. Be sure to watch this after finishing the series though, since a lot of characters will be returning here. Particularly, there’s a section with the Sensei which was just fantastic.
Overall, a “REFERENCES GALORE” out of 10
OVA for the show essentially a half episode. The first part is for the school festival and the second part is of a time jump scenario which was very interesting.
This with the specials would make up another full episode of content.
The art is the same in its full hilarity that is wonderful.
The sound is excellent and the tracks are still mind-bogglingly amazing.
Characters develop as much as they did previously.
The first part has a great Evangelion reference and the second part is pretty cool with the inclusion of the teachers and such events, which was very much an ohhhh moment.
Overall this is another equally enjoyable moments from the show.
+ Short comedy sketches for plenty variety and laughter, slice of life, middle school, very accessible comedy subjects so everyone will snort/giggle/spit out no matter their background or culture.
– No real story progression, sketches weren’t as funny as the original series either unfortunately, but still fun enough, just not gut-wrenchingly hilarious.
+ If the artwork itself doesn’t convince you, it also uses nice textures and unique rough style for extra comedy relief. The drawing style changes at the perfect timing and is carefully selected and developed for the anime format, truly clever work and excellently worked out.
– Bit more slacked off in comparison to the original series.
+ the voice acting is truly super, such a wide variety of sounds which usually would never make it into an anime which make for a, nice contrast in opening and ending theme song even though both aren’t really my style it’s a smart move and fits the series to a T.
– Hanako’s voice actress: please take care of your voice, you’re brilliant so I wouldn’t want you to suffer any consequences, even though I bow to your brilliant talent.
+ A somehow loveable and hilarious trio of oddballs, new characters don’t just vanish after the subplot has been concluded and show up again during segments in other short stories
– No real deep dive or character development, whereas I did become a bit too curious for Aozora’s development, though I will definitely check out the manga for that.
+ This anime had me laughing. out. loud. in public the first time I watched it and even after the third rewatch I’m still snorting, crying and spitting out loud in amusement. A true masterpiece on all fronts.
– Even though rewatching is still plenty enjoyable, I wish I could have the experience of watching this series for the first time again.
Overall of 9.6 and I don’t know what else to say but to just watch this series as it’s way too hilarious and good to pass up on. Everything (yes all weird aspects of it) work perfectly together which just shows how carefully it’s been put together. Please make more of these types of series, it’s even better than (dare I say it?) Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou or Lucky Star!
16: Drifters (OVA)
MAL Score: 7.55
Despite the Ends’ attack on Verlina being successfully repelled, the war has not yet ended. With the monster armies regrouping, the Black King tightens his grasp on the already conquered territory. New conflicts erupt all across Orte, as its remaining forces struggle to retain control over long-oppressed demi-human races.
While Ends grow more potent each day, Toyohisa Shimazu remains unconscious after heavy injuries suffered during the Battle of Verlina. Facing enemies on every side, humanity’s fate is still on a knife’s edge.
Did you like the series Drifters?
Would you like to watch some more Drifters?
If you answered yes, then you probably should watch this OVA/Specials/Extra Episodes/whatever. It’s largely more of the same, continuing the story and revealing more things about certain characters, particularly the main villain. The story still doesn’t reach a conclusion and just kind of abruptly ends. But if you just want more Drifters, here it is.
And if you didn’t like Drifters…
Then don’t watch this. You probably won’t enjoy this either. Or give it a try anyway, you crazy lunatics.
Also, another great factor was that we were able to see Toyohisa for only a little bit.
15: Initial D Battle Stage
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D BATTLE STAGE
MAL Score: 7.56
There are many street races in the Initial D Series. This OVA has no plot other than to collect all the street races into one stage. The dialog during the original races is left in.
The earlier races in the season have benefitted from advances made in CGI and have been rerendered and look better then ever.
Theres also a nice (albeit short) race that was not featured in the anime but was in the manga, Keisuke vs Seiji.
Theres no story to speak off, basically it announces the 2 drivers and then shows the battle, then onto the next battle and so on.
Basically there is no story. The whole 40 minutes is a simple copy and paste of all the races from the first three stages. Some of them seem to be out of order however which is kinda bothersome to say the least.
When it comes to art. The races have been remastered a bit to look better, but still the character animation, especially that of the first season looks pretty bad. I was acutally hoping that they would make the effort to remaster it to the Third Stage level, but unfortunately that did not happen.
The sound has been directly taken out from the earlier episode. So there nothing to it. Personally, the only new thing about the sound, which would be the annoucer, sounds below average, and the OVA would do equally good without him.
Since it is only a recap of the races there is not too much to enjoy, but still if you want to refresh your memory about Initial D, this is the first thing I’d watch if I were you.
14: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen OVA
Japanese: かぐや様は告らせたい ～天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦～ OVA
MAL Score: 7.56
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It was actually disgusting when they compared the girls in the porn comic book to their female friends. Their FRIENDS. And it’s not just them being compared, the girls are intentionally drawn to resemble them. Unfortunately this was also done in the manga chapters that this scene was adapted from, but you know what wasn’t done in the manga chapters? The entire 7 minute hentai scene (yes, it’s practically hentai at this point) that dragged on forever.
I knew there was going to be fanservice but what the fuck? Am I the only person who’s appalled at how shameless, inappropriate and just straight up stupid that was? It had nothing going for it other than the constant appeasement of contemporary male sexuality AKA porn/hentai addict fantasies. The manga never went anywhere near that far.
For the record I am a huge fan and I loved both seasons very much. I just feel like the OVAs didn’t do the Kaguya I knew and loved justice. The entire wholesome, fun energy it had going was thrown out the window in favor of excessive sexualization and objectification.
What a shame.
From the beginning, the context : Ishigami explains to Shirogane that in most romantic comedies from seinen magazines, we often find swimsuit, beach chapters and all kinds of situations to show the naked body of female characters.
By the way, I don’t know if you’ve ever flipped through a seinen magazine, and in particular the Young Jump where Kaguya-sama is published. On the cover, you can find very often pictures of real girls (sometimes looking minor) in underwear, bikini etc. Then in the content itself, it is true that Kaguya-sama can appear as an exception in its lack of fan service – this chapter aside – while romantic comedies like Kimi wa Midara na Boku no Joou or Boku Girl (from the same magazine) present largely very perverse situations. You can find all kinds of harem/ecchi where the censorship is not as strong as in their shounen versions.
All this to explain that this episode aimed to parody these romantic comedies from seinen magazines. It’s not about Shirogane and Ishigami who, without explanation, become some kind of perverts dreaming about the body of student council girls. This episode breaks the fourth wall to make fun of this false censorship while the magazine invites the readers to look at naked girls. It’s still a bit silly but as Ishigami mentions, I guess people don’t need those magazines anymore since the Internet is enough for them.
This episode is to be put aside and is obviously not really part of the main plot. Kaguya, Chika, Iino and the other characters will not be affected by this episode for their further development. If you didn’t like this episode (and I can understand it), you can simply forget it. If you think that this episode harms the image of the characters, I think that there will always be people who will undress Kaguya or Chika in some way or another in their personal fantasies. Hentai doujins and others have existed since the beginning of the manga.
Everything else is very enjoyable. Episode 3 parodies the fierce competitions of shounen cooking manga. On the technical side, the animation staff seems to be as competent as the two seasons. Always as brilliant to show the absurd humor of Kaguya-sama.
Anyway, it was a good snack before the future third season.
Wherever Kaguya-sama: Love is War goes, hilarity and havoc ensure. Life is mostly mundane and humdrum; it lies within us to make the most of what we have. Love is War is not an anime about dying (in most cases by Truck-kun) and being reincarnated in a fantasy world of your dreams, or gaining some OP power to whoop that ass of the evil dude. It takes into account the very prosaic lives we live in and turns it into something truly entertaining. Love is War tries to convey something along the lines “You thought normal life was boring? O KAWAII KOTO”. This OVA, just like the main series, encapsulates that thought and presents it before you in the form of three episodes.
This OVA lunges fan-service, bundled with hysterics right onto you, creating the perfect recipe for uproarious humour. Boisterous events and riotous remarks are sprinkled throughout the episodes, leading to a smooth flow of story progression and comedy. The way each scene transitions into the next is well connected.
The jocular narrator with a serious voice, like always, is perfectly embroidered into the story, similar to how silk is sewn into the spine of the book, and guides us along with the characters of the story in this OVA.
It poses a real challenge to get people interested in ordinary characters, but A-1 Pictures does a brilliant job of bringing out the extraordinary in an otherwise customary school set-up and daily lives. The characters maintain their individual charm in the OVA, Shirogane-his cocky yet amusing behaviour, Kaguya-her inner devilish scheming behind that kawaii face, Chika- her unwitting and innocent view on everything, and Ishigami-his hilarious mood swings from nonchalant to hyper in a few seconds.
I’ve seen a few people say they went overboard with the fanservice and all, and even though that’s kinda true (I felt a bit that way too), that’s the whole point to an OVA. It’s a place to let free what the producers intended us to see without any restrictions or main plot. It’s there as not a part of the main series, but as a few chill (but extremely hilarious) episodes for us to enjoy. If you haven’t watched it yet, my personal recommendation is; if you took a shine to Love is War S1 and S2, you’ll get a bang out of the OVA too. Provided you liked the narrating style of the series, and don’t have a major problem with fanservice, I’d say go for it and watch this OVA, you won’t be disappointed.
V4Watcher out. (∗ ・‿・)ﾉ゛
Now watch as people who just post swear words and hate comments take all the top spots while those who actually try to write decent reviews for everyone in an unbiased way go to the bottom. Even if the fanservice was over the top and you hated it, reviews have to be as unbiased as possible. In the end, decent reviews that actually try to be a review with as little spoilers as possibe so that everyone can get a chance to read it just lose to a bunch of haters.
13: Non Non Biyori: Okinawa e Ikukoto ni Natta
Japanese: のんのんびより 沖縄へ行くことになった
MAL Score: 7.62
While spending a summer day at the department store, Suguru Koshigaya wins the lottery’s grand prize—four tickets to Okinawa! Filled with awe and excitement, the girls of Asahigaoka do various things to prepare for the trip. From practicing how to ride on an airplane to buying travel essentials at the convenience store, they do everything beforehand so they can enjoy their time in Okinawa to the fullest extent.
A departure from the familiar scenery of Asahigaoka is a new experience for Renge Miyauchi, but that does not stop her from pondering how her perspective of the world may change. As the day of the trip draws near, a promise is made.
The Non Non Biyori OVA is essentially episode 13 of the show. They didn’t really deviate from the usual setting and characters. I won’t bother summarizing since the provided synopsis pretty much tells you everything you need to know.
I was pretty hyped to see more of this show and was not disappointed. More of our favorite characters. More countryside eye candy. Great soundtrack. Beautiful wildlife sounds. Well timed comedy. Everything that made the series great.
If you need more relaxation in your life or are anxiously awaiting season two, then this OVA will not disappoint.
That’s about all I can say about this. Thank you for reading this review and if you haven’t, do yourself a favor and watch this show.
This was made 4 years before the NNB movie. At the time, they didn’t know whether S2 (NNB Repeat) would be made, let alone the movie or S3 (NNB Nonstop). Early on in this episode, the cast wins a trip to Okinawa. They then spend the rest of the episode preparing for the trip, and it ends when they’re on the plane, before they land.
The movie re-animates much of this episode with a higher budget, and by the 14th minute of the movie, the cast has landed in Okinawa. Now that the movie exists, just watch it after S1 or S2, but before S3. This now only serves as a relic for the morbidly curious, who want to compare scenes from this episode against the movie.
There was a scene where Renge started thinking about how her outlook on life would change when she travels to that place and started worrying about that but then she was convinced by her sister’s words that she won’t change and went happily saying goodbye to the places she loves in her village which was very heart warming and shows you that even the youngest child can act a little mature for her own age.
That’s pretty much it, not really worth watching other than the reason i stated above.
12: Initial D Battle Stage 2
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D BATTLE STAGE 2
MAL Score: 7.64
This is simply the OAV summing up the major events and battles of “Initial D 4th Stage” much like the “Initial D Battle Stage” original summed up the first 3 seasons. Additionally, has 2 extra battles from the manga that were not incorporated into the original 4th Stage.
I would recommend watching this just because of the two extra battles that weren’t shown in the TV series (Keisuke’s FD versus Smiley Sakai’s DC2 Integra, and Keisuke’s FD versus Atsuro Kawai’s ER34) and of course to anyone who wants to re-live the exciting battle races.
Also , the best time to watch it , should be right after Fourth stage , before entering fifth stage.
“Technique can’t be learned like tying your shoes or changing a flat tire. It’s something you gotta figure out for yourself.” – Bunta Fujiwara
Better visuals, and new eurobeat tracks on each race too!
It’s a packing of all the races from the fourth stage but it also adds some races that were exclusive to the manga, which is really nice and interesting.
You can see a lot of what Keisuke went through and how his character evolved before fifth stage as the newly animated races are focused on him.
Makes it actually worth watching even if you’ve seen the entire fourth stage.
Overall a nice experience to rewatch old races and to remember the good moments too.
11: Hellsing: Digest for Freaks
Japanese: HELLSING I OVA DIGEST FOR FREAKS
MAL Score: 7.65
This OVA is a summary of the first three episodes of Hellsing, with the animation style of Hellsing Ultimate and following the events of the Hellsing manga.
Hellsing I: Digest for Freaks Might just be a recap for those three episodes, but it’s also just another short of reused animation for the first episode of Hellsing Ultimate, nothing more, nothing less. Everything about this was just another re-phrasal of Hellsing Ultimate, os to avoid making this a Hellsing Ultimate review I’m sparing it for now.
10: Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu
English: Bungo Stray Dogs 2 Episode 25 – Walking Alone
Japanese: 文豪ストレイドッグス 第25話 『独り歩む』
MAL Score: 7.66
Armed Detective Agency members discuss the most suitable candidate for the second-in-command. Doppo Kunikida is carrying out official errands as planned in his diary as usual. Unexpectedly, a bomb-related incident occurs, challenging the ideals he has always upheld. When weighing one life over hundreds, how will he proceed?
As for how it went? It was solid, like how the rest of the anime has been so far. I’d highly recommend giving this a watch! It almost feels like any other episode than a OVA. Really fits into the show completely. I hope you continue enjoying Stray Dogs!
and a withered desert I still fulfill my ideal”
Back in the days where Kunikida can’t comprehend the last thing he can’t complex about in the manga which is connected to the light novel about Dazai’s first exam by hunting the true identity of Azure king, Neither everything He writes on that book itself are nothing but delusional ideals.
The OVA much more focuses in the latest chapter 40 when Kunikida fulfill his worth duty to become the next to Fukuzawa as the New director of The Armed Detective Agency. Once the disaster remained in the middle street there was girl named Aya will be introduced and be leading in this chapter only. Due to characterization about his “Ideals” he tells to Aya, He desires that it was born when he supposed to realized a world where people died by livin in front of him was not actually his ideal world. Apart by meeting his own friend before was also known as a bomber, when he gets caught by the culprit, After Kunikida get hijacked about Aya’s be one that holds a bomb He has the sign to contains his true motives by becoming a role model that can handle affairs calmy, is unwavering, and who understand his own weakness. It his own path to who can instill their beliefs on others.
A special episode dedicated to a “Leading member of the Armed Detective Agency” as he values human lives, as he strives to save all innocent people during dangerous events in Yokohama. He sticks to this belief after seeing incidents of youth injured or killed in front of him. Due to his dedicated compassion to try to protect the city and its people.
9: Drifters: Special Edition
Japanese: DRIFTERS Special edition
MAL Score: 7.68
Bundled with the fifth manga volume.
8: Master Keaton OVA
MAL Score: 7.75
Taichi Keaton is a man of many talents: father, historian, frequent traveler, negotiator, archaeologist, former survival instructor, and all while working as an insurance investigator for Lloyd’s of London. While his methods may seem a bit unorthodox, he gets the job done when needed, but not without a little something to learn or teach in the process. Through all of his adventures, some people call him a quack. Those who know him well call him a master of life…
Master Keaton, the now almost 18 year old predecessor to Urasawa’s Anime classic “Monster”, is a massively overlooked show.
Just like the original season, this OVA shares a lot of the creative staff with its younger brother, Naoki Urasawa having illustrated the original Master Keaton Manga and even supposedly written a large proportion of it
(which is hard to say for certain, given co-writer Hokusei Katsushika sadly passed away in 2004).
The premise of this show is a simple one, telling short adventure stories from all around the world of the 1990s, usually in some connection to historical and/or criminal themes. I will not say much more than that.
The setting is very western and in that way, I might add, very well researched.
It is a bit different from the usual anime, but if you know “Monster” you will realise what you are getting yourself into.
Due to the episodic nature of the show a lot of the focus is on the characters.
Most of the One-shot characters are given just enough depth to provide the chapter with a satisfying conclusion, but naturally the spotlight would be on the main cast:
Anyone who has seen the first season will be very familiar with the main character Taichi, our japanese, part McGuyver, part Indiana Jones, part Sherlock Holmes, ex-SAS, professor of Archeology, globetrotting investigator and master of life, in short “Master Keaton”.
He is in fact so amazing, that there never is any time in the story for suspense to build up, because we all know “our Taichi” will probably find the optimal solution to any problem by the end of the episode.
He however does have some flaws, and those especially come to light in his personal life. His father, the zoologist and bona fide ladykiller Taihei, shares Taichi’s fate of being divorced,
and his teen daughter Yuriko never fails to remind him of what his reckless lifestyle is costing him. However the whole family does share that same childish passion for adventure, making episodes focused around Mr. Keaton’s family still fun to watch, albeit slightly more light-hearted.
Then there is Taichi’s partner, the very easy going and maybe careless insurance investigator Daniel. He is also nicely explored, taking the spotlight in a couple episodes and he makes a fun duo together with Keaton.
Production values and Directing:
It is easy to assume that this show was meant to be a direct sequel to the first season of “Master Keaton” (it being a 15 episode OVA), and that production was cut short for lack of funds.
Do not expect a series that will blow you away visually, expect a series that sometimes looks good, but never offensively bad.
The direction seems to be taking a quite practical approach, showing everything that needs to be seen. You will have difficulty finding many memorable shots, but looking for flaws would be futile.
The soundtrack is lovely, high quality, mostly consisting of acoustic instrumentals, some being inspired by traditional scottish music (most notably the blasting bagpipes from the opening of course), some being more orchestral.
The sound directing never appears too assertive (like in other episodic shows e.g. Bebop), together with the western style of the music just adding to the character of the show.
I personally highly recommend the English Dub, since Japanese audio would only take away from the atmosphere. It is an internationally set series after all.
All the different languages and accents are certainly a bit “funky”, however not in a non-entertaining way, so I have to give a massive plus for effort in that regard.
It bugs me, that this series is so overlooked. Sure, there is nothing extravagant and the explored concepts are never that grand, or especially remarkable,
but there seems to be a bit of meaning to every story, which makes it very, very satisfying.
In comparison to the first season of Keaton, I even think that the OVA is somewhat more consistent in creating interesting episodes.
Especially in a time of so many mediocre new releases, “Master Keaton” has such an old-school, reassuring quality to it, making it recommendable to pretty much anyone.
I would not consider this a must-watch like Urasawa’s marginally younger work “Monster”.
Nevertheless, considering just how easy to watch this OVA is, you really have no excuse not to consider it next time you want to sit back with an episode of anime.
One episode of “Master Keaton” is 25 min of your day well spent.
Yes, I would place this in the same realm as other episodic shows like:
And even absolute classics like:
Finally, in consideration of the fact that “Master Keaton OVA”:
-certainly does not stick out in terms of animation, cinematography, soundtrack and characters,
-still is of such a consistently high quality, that I would do it injustice calling it anything but flawless,
my final score for it is a very good 84/100.
Originally a manga drawn by the famous Naomi Urasawa, the mastermind behind Monster and 20th Century Boy, there is a certain level of expectation for me going to this anime and gladly it didn’t disappoint. As the title suggested, this anime follows the life of Taichi Keaton-Hiraga, a man at first glance is anything but extraordinary. But what lies inside him might surprise you deeply…
Due to its episodic nature, each episode is a different story and because of that, they covers various of topics: wars, love, hate, betrays, revenge … And as expected of someone who wrote Monster, we’re treated with a lots stories from WW2, what a cruel time it is. But stories that I especially love are those of everyday life, very peaceful and heart-warming. And no matter the stories, they are handled with carefulness and love, that’s what make the experiences watching this anime unique, as unique as its main character, master Keaton.
Not only a skillful soldier, Keaton is also a scholarly historical academic, a passionate archaeologist, a surviving specialist, a successful insurance investigator and above all, a loving father. He remarkably reminds me of Sherlock Holmes, a true gentleman of a long lost time. Who’s always giving a hand for the weak and bring justice to life. And man, I do love Sherlock to death, so no wonder, I like Keaton very much. He carried the anime on his back, makes even the most normal thing become somewhat interesting. He’s one character that I never got tired of seeing and that’s something very rare for me.
So if my review in a way persuades anyone to watch this hidden gem, I would be very happy. Master Keaton needs more love.
7: Non Non Biyori Repeat: Hotaru ga Tanoshinda
Japanese: のんのんびより りぴーと 蛍が楽しんだ
MAL Score: 7.84
Life in rural Asahigaoka moves at its own pace. Devoid of the pleasures and worries of a bustling metropolis, this small village might seem painfully dull at first glance. However, despite living this far from her hometown of Tokyo, Hotaru Ichijou manages to find a group of friends whom she can spend quality time with. No matter whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, they make full use of everything the nature around them has to offer.
So, this is my very very short review :
– I’m glad for the art still remain same after all
– Story was simple as well we know about them before (watch it, it’s worth your time). This OVA especially give more time about Hotaru.
– OP and ED same as series (Non Non Biyori Repeat)
– The character was cute as we known
– Enjoyment ? Kaede smile and Ren-chon antics never dissapoint
Overall, This OVA was great, remind us all love we have about this series
Overall : 9/10.
6: Hoozuki no Reitetsu OVA
Japanese: 鬼灯の冷徹 OAD
MAL Score: 7.87
Bundled with the limited editions of 17th, 18th, 19th, and 24th volumes of the Hoozuki no Reitetsu manga.
What I love the most about this anime is it art..Absolutely fantastic…It was really clever incorporating ancient Japanese art.
The anime was also educational (Like seriously, now I like know a lot about hell)
Hoozuki is one bad-assed character and everything about him is amazing; His weird hobbies to his dedication in his works, it also has a lot of historical characters…many not heard of and it was really nice to know so many legends….I suggest you start from the main series..+..That opening song and the gold fishes will never leave your mind.The comedy was spot on and so were the parody references…
5: 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.
4: Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail
English: Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail
Japanese: BLACK LAGOON Roberta’s Blood Trail
MAL Score: 8.03
Roberta, the terrorist-turned-maid that made her appearence in the first season of Black Lagoon, returns in this five-episode OVA series—and this time, all bets are off!
Roberta’s benefactor, the patriarch of the Lovelace clan, is murdered during a political rally. The assassin’s trail soon leads back to Roanapur—so now she has returned on a mission of vengeance! However, close behind her is the new patriarch, Garcia, as well as Roberta’s apprentice (and maid), Fabiola Iglesias. As the body count of Roberta’s bloody rampage mounts, forces from within the corrupt island (which includes the Lagoon Company), as well as overseas converge on what threatens to escalate into all-out war!
Our tale starts with a public bombing orchestrated by a contracted group of US Marines killing the head of the Lovelace family in Venezuela, leaving the family heir Garcia orphaned and under the care of his maids. At this point, we also learn of Roberta’s career prior to her joining the Lovelace family as a maid, where she was a revolutionary in a group that ruthlessly killed anyone that got in their way.
After the marines kill the head of the family, Roberta goes to Roanapur for revenge in what is easily the most entertaining OAV series to come out in recent memory.
Roberta’s Blood Trail follows the titular supersoldier maid on her quest for vengeance, involving everyone in Roanapur and several outside forces in a drug fueled battle that could escalate in an all out war to end all that Roanapur is. It’s not a complex story that’ll shake the very foundation of storytelling, but it has its fair share of intrigue, particularly with Rock participating and running the course of actions from the sidelines. Revy and co take a back seat to Roberta as far as plot focus go, and it ends up all the better for doing so.
If this OAV does have a weakness, and it has plenty of noticeable ones, it’s the constant shifts in perspective between the groups going after Roberta and Roberta herself. For two episodes, this creates a narrative that’s spread extremely thin, developing nobody and raising more questions than are answered. You have Roberta on her own, the marines and drug trafficking forces hounding her, Revy and the group of psychopathic mercenaries that she contracts to help her, Garcia and Fabiola on a mission to bring her back with them, Rock scheming while occasionally contacting Mr. Chang and berating him with passive aggressive language, Balalaika and her cohorts…
If you think that’s a long list, that’s because it is, and it gets hard to follow in some parts. Everything gets resolved, but many of the factions seemingly drop off before being brought into the game again just to be eviscerated by either Roberta or Revy and her group.
Even with Roberta as the main character, there’s effort made to characterize some of the bit players a bit more, which in the end does more harm than good. Roberta’s given plenty of time to develop, and that time is relished completely due to the utter insanity of Roberta (Even almost killing her master in a hallucinogen induced hysteria) being an utter treat to watch. However, it’s when they begin to delve into Fabiola’s hypocritical stance against unnecessary violence and Rock’s slow transition from victim to influential figurehead for Roanapur that the cracks start to form and widen.
In a story with such a large number of groups, you’d expect a lot of memorable faces to make appearances. And fortunately, you’re entirely correct. The only three noteworthy survivors of the manhunt for Jane are along for the ride (Za Uizaado, Shenhua, and Sawyer), Balalaika and her crack team join in on the hunt for Roberta, and Garcia is back from Season One to bring Roberta back. Even Eda the corrupt nun is along for the ride, reporting to her higher up as events unfold.
It’s a colorful cast that’s a delight to watch as they shoot, impale, slice, and run their way through Roanapur’s back alleys and slums to find the berserker maid. Even if none are characterized exceptionally well, they lay their parts well as far as entertainment and badassery go.
Black Lagoon has never been one to make a point, but has never been afraid to give the otherwise gleefully murderous cast the occasional moment of somber introspection. It’s these slow moments that really let the gravity of the situation sink in, from Revy’s monologuing about her past on the sunken sub in the first season to Fabiola arguing with her over her corrupt ways.
Even Roberta occasionally takes a break from her rampage to reflect on the ramifications of what she’s doing, or just how her past has caught up with her.
Despite how much they add to the series, I don’t think that these moments are always implemented properly. Very often they’ll follow an intense, engaging fight where the characters won’t even have a moment to clean off the blood that has sullied their outfits. It’s not much of a gamebreaker by any means, but in a show that’s almost fetishistic with the level of action that it uses, it can seem a bit out of place most times.
The only ones that ever really feel appropriate are when Fabiola and Revy butt heads over each others’ personalities. The two have a volatile chemistry that makes their anger fueled arguments a marvel to behold. What’s even better is these escalate each time as they learn that the other isn’t going to budge in their stance.
On the animation front, Black Lagoon’s always been a step above average. The environments always look lush yet sinister, helped by fantastic lighting and keeping things from remaining completely static. The characters are rarely off model and are animated very fluidly. It helps that the violence is done very smoothly, making the bloodbaths that give the fights life even more enjoyable than they would be if done even just a little more poorly.
Being an OAV and thus having a larger budget, things are done to even better effect. With the lack of censorship helping things out even more, the team finds itself able to do stunts with viscera of multiple varieties that would make even the most avid horror fan give pause.
The music is a hard bumping, hard thumping soundtrack of electronica and hard rock, each episode opening with a remix of the delightfully Engrish Red Fraction by MELL and each episode ending with an orchestra version of Johnny Comes Marching Home, pumping you up for the next episode of blood and butchery. The seiyuu cast is appropriate, well rounded, and excellent in almost every case, special mention going to Roberta and Lotton “Za Uizaado”.
The best, or least fortunate part depending on your tolerance for it, is the distinct lack of groan-worthy Engrish. It was amusing in Second Barrage, but ultimately came across as too clumsy to take seriously. By eliminating that entirely, Roberta’s Blood Trail lent itself an air of somberness that Second Barrage ultimately failed to attain in the last arc.
Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail is a competent, compelling, and superbly well coordinated OAV that does much to impress. It has plenty of flaws, particularly in the middle with all the different groups after Roberta and the violence never catching a break, but it ends on a very satisfying, open ended note that leaves enough room for more seedy goodness in a possible sequel.
If you like action series or have watched and enjoyed Black Lagoon before, Roberta’s Blood trail will be right up your alley. If not, as long as you have no objection to sexualization and violence in overwhelming amounts, Roberta’s Blood Trail will be well worth your time.
Of course some prior knowledge through the anime or manga will be beneficial to enjoying it, but I think the idea of a Terminator-esque maid making mincemeat of an entire town of criminals is an interesting enough premise on its own.
It’s a fun, occasionally nauseating watch with more than a little wit helming it, and I for one enjoyed nearly every second of it. And if you’re anything like me, you will too.
Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail
The third part of Black Lagoon eps. 25 to 29 after three years 5 OVA, 1 eps. every 2 months and a half, i can’t imagine how the people watching at that time felt waiting so long for this, and for this big of a story, it should have been longer and better developed for the time they had.
Just a little better than the previous parts, focused on one single story rather than in three, a story with flaws but entertaining in some way, bloody and dark, sad and disgusting at times, this time focused more in Rock and his little change to orchestrate a plan, a plan that i undestood completely in ep. 28 and i knew he wasn’t transforming in the likes of Chang or Balalaika, it was a great plan that upsetted the ones involved, but it was the only way and i knew Revy admired and was attracted to Rock, when she gets an explanation from Rock himself about the plan, she got mad because she wants him to save her, just like Fabiola said, she knows he’s not like them but he’s starting to adapt to Roanapour and she doesn’t want that to happen, but like Fabiola said, she’s afraid to get closer to Rock because she doesn’t want to lose her hope for him; (Eda asks again if they banged earlier in the anime, and she as before changes the subject because she is atrracted to him but part of her reaction is because of what happened in her past) The thing is that he saved people with that plan, something that Fabiola didn’t understood or Revy, he planned the outcome of Roberta’s outburst to a crazy full of drugs in her system Robot like, immortal (?) Roberta; Rock saved the day and he wanted to clean Roanapour too, happy ending for everyone, but it ended like a normal ep. just like previous parts for a path to a new season/part 4, very good story and Eda’s identity and half of her goal is revealed, something that i claimed an answer in Second Barrage. This was a very good story.
Art & Animation
3 years has passed, but little changes been made, almost the same very good animation, but they could made something a little better, but i didn’t care that much, more bloody and gorier than before.
Just like with the animation, still it’s very good, great VA, great sound effects, the same OP song with a remix, it sounds amazing with a different video clip, great like before but i was expecting to pause at sec. 36 like in the previous ”seasons” i couldn’t see my cute Revy… oh and a different ED song, just normal, the sound in general is great.
Just like in every ”season” some characters are missused but still, the ones that are there are interesting, like the comback of the kid Garcia and her new maid Fabiola is interesting and a smartass towards Revy and almost skillful as Roberta but obviosly not like her.
-Roberta comes back, the story is about chasing her to stop the revenge that Garcia never wanted, while we get her perspective too, my mind was changing towards her, because i liked her a lot in the first ”season” and i wanted them to save her, but then i changed my mind, it was her own fault looking for a revenge that Garcia never wanted and what she was doing was too much, so i didn’t care if she was killed later on, but because of Rock i still had hope for her to recover.
-Rock has a bigger role this time, he had to come with a plan that prevented a war requested by Mr. Chang because they don’t want U.S. to find out about how things are in Roanapour, but that wasn’t his only plan and because of that Rock had to use a different plan, he wanted the opposite of what Chang wanted, it worked but didn’t have an effect at the end (that part of the plan at least).
-Revy has a minor role than before, but is there to be with Rock and help him, we even see one of her bewbs while she showers while Rock convinces her to help him, and Fabiola confronts her about stopping Rock’s crazy ideas and starts sayig things that Revy doesn’t deny but that makes her mad because it’s true and then we get to see something that really made me a little mad, it was her flashback that appeared in ”season” 1 and 2 about her like a kid, this time was complete, i felt more empathy with her and disgusted to see that scene, i was mad, poor Revy, she didn’t do anything wrong or bad, that’s why she always change subject ot gets mad at Eda when she asks if she and Rock banged (maybe not a big part of the reason) but i didn’t wanted to know tho, since the beginning i knew it was a bad childhood, but this one, i wish i didn’t saw that part, in other animes it bugs me not to know characters past, but i knew i didn’t wanted to know Revy’s past, now i hope not to associate that image with Revy.
-Eda is like a double agent, it was a little complicated to know where side she was more related with, but she is a great character now.
There are characters that comes back like that Lotton guy, who is in the wrong bussiness and lives together with the sexy Shenhua and the emotional Sawyer after saving them, they appear again to find Roberta, Mr. Chang is a bastard whose ideals were like Rock’s ideals but now he’s a bastard and we get to see why Balalaika is in debt with Black Lagoon, the thing is that they don’t appear much, because there are little eps. to develop them more but for the ones that are there it was very good.
I enjoyed a little less this one but still i got a very good enjoyment from it, and this time more because of the story, i just wish it wasn’t Madhouse the one distributing the anime, they tend to release only one season in a lot of cases and milk them releasing specials or OVA while people request second seasons, just like the animes that i have seen from them with endings without conclusion and screaming for second season, like Shigurui as a big example, for me that didn’t have an ending just like with every ”season” of Black Lagoon but that’s a discussion for other forums.
The only thing i am gonna give this show a credit for is art
other than that it was all a waste
I am actually quite glad that my previous reviews of black lagoon part 1 and 2 were of similar proposal
and all in all the show in itself sucked, the characters sucked, the director failed to deliver a sense of realism to it(sure everyone can die in the unforgiving hell of Roanapra but not one fucking main character dies how convenient), the tragedy implemented was a joke
and to top it off (U.S) army major actually cares about some stray kid with a grudge due to a past operation (what a load of bullshit)
Revy is useless, i honestly don’t see why such a character even existed
Rock is so boring he makes you wanna kill yourself while watching
Roberta is just pathetic, (after she kills off nearly all the american soldiers, they let her go because the drama says it is ok)
AND YET she cannot kill neither Revy nor the Chinese (yes it is) woman when she is mad or whatever
totally unreliable story-telling, totally un-interesting scenario, and a major fail for all the action scenes that started with a splash of blood, only to end up in a happy (no worries the heroes are ok) ending
absolutely hated it, I’d rather watch Inazuma Eleven
3: Hidamari Sketch: Sae Hiro Sotsugyou-hen
Japanese: ひだまりスケッチ 沙英ヒロ 卒業編
MAL Score: 8.08
The anime centers on the graduation of Sae and Hiro.
A masterpiece, this series will cure your depression and teach you that life is worth living. The first few seasons are slow paced and calm, allowing you to warm up to the characters and the way the episodes work. Then the pace picks up and the days get more excited and there is literally sunshine everywhere.
If you haven’t watched this series yet, there’s no good reason why not.
Not that often do you see a freaking comedy last over fifty-two episodes. Hidamari Sketch is notable in that, not only do you just feel for the characters throughout the whole thing, but it is one of the very few comedy anime out there that retains the same production crew throughout its entire run.
Its visuals become astoundingly better as it progresses, specifically on the way they draw the characters, but the progression feels much better knowing it is not a new team at any given point working on it. I know that another certain anime did this for EVERY season and that was a major turnoff, but I digress.
I am not writing an entire review for this anime right here, as that is for the season three review. As I said in my first one that was written for the first season, each review counts both seasons. So, the first counted 1-2 and, once I get to it, the third one will count 3-4 as a whole; mainly cause they are pretty similar. However, I could not wait and, after finishing it right now, had to write a review on these OVA specials first. So, this sis more of a summary of my opinion on the entire series, well the next one will be centered on the prior two seasons. Prepare to cry if you, too, watched all of it and are reading this.
Heartwarming is not the only word I have to use for this, not at all. From Miya comforting Yuno during the graduation when she was collapsed over the thought of not seeing Sae and Hiro for a long time, to the opening featuring every single character that ever had a major appearance in the anime. It was all just so painful to watch, but in a good way. It reminded me that the buildup was fast approaching and that, after this, the anime would be no more. It is a comedy, but it gives me feels unlike no other comedy before it that I have seen.
And, not gonna lie, due to her already minor appearances, I was thinking this would be solely centered on the main girls and that it would not have any major roles for minor characters. But, Natsume got me more than anyone else in these OVA specials. I wish it lasted longer, but what they did for her still made me tear up more than any other sad moment in these specials. So much so that the entirety of Natsume’s character unfolded in front of my memories as I was watching it and I could not hold it in anymore. And, though I was not exactly streaming down the face, my eyes were filled to the brim.
For the first time, I saw a tsundere character break entirely out of their mold; their comfort zone, to be precise, which is normally what they have whenever they are not around other people. Natsume broke down, and I mean hard, in front of Sae. Her tear ducts were welting and she was breaking down to Sae how she would find a way to meet her again; basically saying that she did see her as a friend the entire series.
This was finally realized by Sae during the finale of the fourth season, as Natsume confessed to reading Sae’s books; albeit on accident, her synopsis on the story was exactly what Sae wanted to hear from one of her readers and she promptly booted out after mentioning it.
Sae approached her as she blabbed on about what they were going to do, grabbed her shoulders and said she did see her as a friend, too. And, entirely out of character, Natsume instead embraced Sae, rather than running away, as she knew this would be the last time she would see her.
The scene could have been longer, but it makes sense that it was short due to how minor she was in the anime. But, her progression in that one scene where she actually confessed her feelings and did not do the generic tsundere thing where she brings up a good point or two really hit me hard.
Given how used I am to it and how much knowledge I have of the stereotype to make a healthy assumption that the sad scene would have fallen short, it was surprisingly adequate and Natsume embraced Sae until she calmed down, rather than doing it for a little bit and running or, well, dashing away at all after any of the lines she said.
She normally avoids contact with Sae for long periods of time, but she wanted this time to be the longest she ever spent with her; and that moment alone can give anyone whom appreciated her character a hard smack in the heart and have you at least watering a little bit in the eyes. Perhaps, cause Natsume did not hesitate once when she was saying her goodbyes.
It really is enough to make you appreciate her character development; especially when you go all the way back to season one, where she literally appeared one time and was originally a comedy character that was meant to provoke Sae during the festival. Then, she became a recurring character in the next season, where she had significant development among any other character in their school and, despite being minor again in the final two seasons, her development was at its peak during these seasons and the last of these two specials just released her everything.
If there is somehow a brief OVA spin-off series where we see Sae and Hiro beyond college, if not in it, then I hope Natsume has some significant development during them. She deserves it after the ending of these specials.
My apologies for delving into Natsume a lot, but I just appreciated her involvement here; little as it was. And, I did not capitalize on much else cause most of the other characters had pretty minor goodbyes and it followed a few generic cliché bits with the singing during the ceremony, the goodbyes to the minor characters we never saw at all in the entire series and so forth.
If I had to pick one more goodbye that struck me, that was even shorter than Natsume’s own, it was with the landlady. When she brought up the “Sunshine at Hidamari Apartments” or whatever that flyer said on it as she put her arm around Sae and Hiro, it was the zoom before the next scene that hit me hard; showing them all crying, as the landlady had been with them throughout their entire high school years.
This was truly a beautiful conclusion and this anime had a worthy amount of episodes. I hope one day I do get that spin-off OVA series.
A perfect end to an amazing anime series. (I hope it’s not really the end) =(
It was so great to see Hiro and Sae graduate. The composition of frames set up during the entire second episode for the OVA was so well done. SHAFT did an excellent job showcasing how much Yuno-chi was being affected by Hiro and Sae graduating and eventually having to move out. Yuno was moved, as were as all the other girls and as such, I too was moved . . . to tears.
To recap from all the other reviews I have done about Hidamari Sketch. A story about 4 girls (then 6), Yuno-chi (Main Focus), Miya-chan, Hiro, Sae, Nori and Nazuna who live out their lives in an apartment right across from Yamabuki High. We have characters of many spectrums: shy/reserved, timid, nervous, eccentric, simple minded, caring, loving, motherly; honestly so many terms could be used to describe the girls.
It’s a slow rolling adventure about essentially nothing: eating foods with your friends, going to school, going to the bath houses, just celebrating life and all that occurs within it. All the girls except for Miya-chan have some sort of problems that they face, whether it’s Hiro’s weight problem, Yuno-chi’s lack of direction, Sae’s confidence etc. etc., they all feel real and are handled very well through all 4 seasons. Yoshinoya-sensei continues to be cute all the way throughout and Natsume will forever remain the girl with a crush so great, she can’t do anything about it. I’m really glad that Natsume had more screen time in x Honeycomb and her scene in the OVA too; really shows how much she cares for Sae. The only thing I wish we could have seen more of was Chika-chan, Sae’s younger sister. She is incredibly cute, with an attitude and personality that is quite different from Sae herself. I honestly thought that she was going to join her sister and live in the Hidamari Apartment when she became a high school student.
The art style that SHAFT uses is so adorable and cute, polka dots and great art, blending in real life items with their style, pastel colors and vibrant ones too. Never once did I feel the colors or art style were too aggressive or boring, I love it. I love all the outfits that the girls used when not in their school uniforms, I love how the outfits always had this layer drawn on-top that, when the outfits moved, more of that “on-top” layer would be shown. I have no idea how to call that technique, but it’s so mesmerizing. The entire series showcases how the art style of a company matures and becomes greater than ever before, I think.
The music used throughout the entire series is quite amazing. Background music is played when it makes sense, always lending more emotions to the scene at hand. The openings and endings used are all fantastic, with the openings always being peppy, cheerful, quick to bring excitement to you, where as the endings are always slower in pace, use a more relaxing melody and have beautiful singers for your ears to experience. Music from Hidamari Sketch alone is quite amazing to listen to and when combined with the art style, the show goes past the stratosphere becoming an amazing series of music and art.
Hidamari Sketch…. as a whole entity, is without a doubt a fantastic and great slice of life. The girls, the slice of life story, the relationships, the entire thing…. just so good ~.The way the episodes are played out, throwing the viewer into relationships already built and confusing us, works so well in the end. Reason why Hidamari Sketch is out of order!. By the end of this series, I felt so connected to the characters and story that was occurring, it was incredible.
10/10. I love this anime. So glad I was able to experience it.
2: Detroit Metal City
English: Detroit Metal City: The Animated Series
Japanese: デトロイト メタル シティ
MAL Score: 8.13
Dominating the world of indie music, Detroit Metal City (DMC) is a popular death metal band known for its captivatingly dark and crude style. Its extravagant lead singer, Johannes Krauser II, is especially infamous as a demonic being who has risen from the fiery pits of hell itself in order to bring the world to its knees and lord over all mortals—or at least that’s what he’s publicized to be.
Unbeknownst to his many worshippers, Krauser II is just the alter ego of an average college graduate named Souichi Negishi. Although he is soft-spoken, peace-loving, and would rather listen to Swedish pop all day, he must participate in DMC’s garish concerts in order to make ends meet. Detroit Metal City chronicles Negishi’s hilarious misadventures as he attempts to juggle his hectic band life, a seemingly budding romance, and dealing with his incredibly obsessive and dedicated fans.
It’s tear-inducingly hilarious.
DMC’s humour is similar to Cromartie High School in its lunacy, albeit more traditional in narrative-stakes, and it’s also more unrelenting and risqué with its filthy potty mouth and explicit scenarios usually involving public humiliation involving a young man dressed like an 80’s prog-rock-gone-wrong band member furiously thrusting his groin against a piece of government property in order to placate his maniacal fans.
DMC’s cast of deranged characters, animated by the ever-brilliant Studio 4c, liven up every scene they’re in, thanks to each episode’s short length. There are no typical anime-style long pans or random shots of furniture or scenery wasting our time. Instead we get scenes crammed with Negishi getting mistreated, usually by DMC’s violently blunt dominatrix manager, although if we’re extra lucky we’ll also get a scene where DMC drummer Nishida opens his mouth, or the DMC S&M mascot Pig of Capitalism frolics on stage.
One of the masterstrokes of this show, perhaps the main stroke of genius and source of such mirth, is the voice acting. Particularly the pacing. The dialogue is sublime in its breezy and hushed volume; actors regularly speak in normal conversational tones, and cut each other off with off-the-cuff remarks about nonsensical things and then scenes cut away immediately without giving anyone time to breath. The ultimate affect is hilarity, as you might see in Brit comedy skit shows and such.
Detroit Metal City’s secret weapon are the maniacal fans mentioned earlier. Their commentary on the main band’s hijinks are comedy gold, their crazy antics all in the name of their beloved musical heroes creates most of the show’s best scenes, although having said that we shouldn’t ignore the main frontman of DMC himself, whether its Negishi or Krauser we’re watching, his two identities continually spiral further and further into increasingly awkward and humiliating situations, that usually involve simulated rape and assault.
If any criticism could be thrown at DMC, it would be that the show doesn’t seriously explore the concept of losing your sense of identity when you’re fronting such a ridiculous band, but then any focus on such an admittedly good topic as that would have robbed the show of precious laughs and scenes of humiliating sexual harrasment so in the end comedy wins over gravitas.
Detroit Metal City is a brief comedic anime that is known for its vulgarity. The language is foul and the jokes are wildly offensive. And that’s the show’s shtick. If jokes about raping and murdering your own mother offend you — *cough* if you’re any kind of sensible person they probably should offend you *cough* — then maybe DMC isn’t for you. But if you’re willing to travel to the dark side of humor, then welcome to Detroit Metal City, motherfucker.
DMC follows Negishi Souichi, a calm and quiet person who aspires to be a famous musician. His hobbies include sipping tea, listening to smooth pop, and reading magazines about fashion and music. He takes the first steps to achieving his dream when he decides to move to Tokyo. He gets his shot at the big time, but not how he could have ever imagined. He becomes the lead singer/guitarist and frontman of the metal band Detroit Metal City. They are crazy. They are over the top. They are a band that Negishi does not want to be a part of. We never really learn how he was recruited to be the face of this metal band, but that’s not all that important. We’re here for laughs, not plot. And the laughs are plentiful. Once you learn to step out of your humor’s comfort zone you can really start appreciating how funny DMC is.
The story is simple. It explores loss of identity through peer pressure. But beyond that, it’s just about DMC’s rise to fame and Negishi trying to cover up the fact that he plays the role of a serial killing and raping terrorist from hell all while still saving time to give street performances of his beloved pop.
Perhaps the funniest part of the series is DMC’s rabid fans. No matter what Negishi does in his Krauser persona, they perceive it as a godly act from their evil hero. He tries his best to win over the girl of his dreams, but somehow his life as a member of the most offensive band around prevents him from doing so. All we can do is laugh and feel a little sorry for Negishi as he desperately tries to keep everyone around him from knowing who he truly is.
Detroit Metal City is a short series that packs as much hilarity in as possible. From the moment Negishi boards the train to Tokyo and waves goodbye to his beloved mother, his life quickly spirals out of control. Watching him attempt to balance his personal life and his life as a serial rapist/murderer is truly one of the most humorous plots I have ever seen.
I’d like to apologize in advance for how long this will be…
Let me say first off that if you think you will be offended by off – color humor and swearing, run away in panic now, as this show is not for you. It is filled with swearing, rape jokes, drug references and other implied naughtiness. It is not serious, of course – it is comedy and there is no nudity and little violence to be found here.
The story follows Souichi Negishi, a boy who, having recently graduated music college with the intent on forming a fashionable pop band, somehow finds himself as Johannes Krauser II, the demonic lead guitarist and vocalist for death metal group Detroit Metal City. The show is episodic in nature, so much so that they will often fit two short stories about the titular band into a single 15 minute episode. Don’t expect too much in the way of an over – arching plot; it’s almost a slice of life show in that respect. Despite being a comedy, the creators actually bring some interesting themes to light, such as conflicting split personalities, although they don’t really develop them.
The characters are all good, though nothing to write home about. They seem to be almost charicateurs, in that they are fairly normal people, but exaggerated to the point of comedy. The only character who recieves any development even remotely is Negishi, as he does grow somewhat, his two personalities almost mixing together during the course of the show. Of course, it’s to be expected when you can watch the entire series in about two and a half hours. That is my main problem with the series – it could have been much longer, as it does feel a little short. On the other hand, Negishi is actually fairly complex from the beginning, as he has some definite elements of schizophrenia, which provide some hilarious scenes as his two personalities show themselves in the wrong places.
The art is…interesting. The characters are somewhat flat and cartoonish most of the time, though there is the occasional scene where the animation is nothing short of stunning. The frame tends to change in size from shot to shot, presumably to create some kind of effect. You may find it irritating at first, but you’ll quickly stop noticing it as you get caught up in the humor and the music.
This, of course is the series’ main strength. How could it not be, as this is a show about music. There is a fairly high range of music, including pop, punk, freestyle rap and death metal. The songs are all original, unless I am much mistaken. Please don’t expect too much in terms of song lyrics, though, as this is a comedy and all of the styles are exaggerated – the metal songs are filled with so many gruesome and offensive themes that it just becomes ridiculous and funny rather than brutal (as was the intention), while the pop songs are cheerful and cute to offset this.
I am a fan of death metal, and can safely say that this is not actually death metal. It’s actually pretty good, but the creators likely wanted to appeal to a broader audience, so there is no growling or shrieking to be heard in the metal songs. DMC’s music, I would say sounds more like evil KISS, which is suitable given that the name of the band is taken from a song by KISS (Detroit Rock City).
It would have been nice to see a few more references to other musicians. They do mention Sid Vicious, but no one else gets a nod. I also found it strange that they didn’t mention Sweden or Norway, the respective homes of death and black metal. They also mention ‘the violent American death metal scene’. Aside from Florida, there really isn’t a death metal scene in the US at all. Ah well.
Actually, this show reminds me of an American cartoon, Metalocalypse. It’s similar, as it’s about a super – popular death metal band with rabidly idiotic fans, though of course the band members are all idiots. I’d suggest you give it a look if you enjoyed DMC (or the other way around). Just be warned that it is very, very bloody.
My only real grievance with this show is how short it is – it is only 12 episodes, each of which are only 15 minutes long, The series does feel far to short, and you’ll probably wish there were more.
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1: Hellsing Ultimate
English: Hellsing Ultimate
Japanese: HELLSING OVA
MAL Score: 8.38
There exist creatures of darkness and evil that plague the night, devouring any human unfortunate enough to be caught in their grasp. On the other side is Hellsing, an organization dedicated to destroying these supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. At its head is Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military and spends her life fighting the undead.
Integra’s vast army, however, pales in comparison with her ultimate weapon: the vampire Alucard, who works against his own kind as an exterminator for Hellsing. With his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria, at his side, Alucard must battle not only monsters, but all those who stand to oppose Hellsing, be they in the guise of good or evil.
In a battle for mankind’s survival, Hellsing Ultimate proves that appearances are not all they may seem, and sometimes the greatest weapon can come in the form of one’s worst nightmare.
It has all the flash and gimmicks to trick you into thinking it’s good. It has vampires, action, blood, swearing, violence, gore, sexuality, darkness—everything that’s just “cooool” and “matuuure.”
Let’s not forget its “badass” hero Alucard—whose name is “Dracula” spelled backward, by the way. Goddamn that is so fucking cool I’m hurting. He’s so powerful no one can beat him. Except… that is the problem. Because none of his enemies can even touch him all his fights are boring filler. You’re actually left rooting for the villains.
The main characters are supposed to be the one putting up a struggle, not the other way around. The only time I was excited about a fight was when the villains felt like they could pose a challenge. But then Alucard whips out a power up, and I’m left saying “Oh.”
For a show with gorgeous animation and fantastic action it’s dull and forgettable. It’s like an attractive person without a personality. There are pacing issues where it slows down to be melodramatic and rambles about nonsense philosophy. I get that you need to let us know character motivations, but giving 10 minute speeches isn’t exactly keeping me awake. It also tries to be funny with some lighthearted, cutely animated moments, but it only ruins the mood.
I still actually recommend watching this but only if you’re slightly interested. It’s helpful to watch good and bad shows. It’ll give you an instinct on why something is good or bad. I enjoyed this my first time, but I certainly wouldn’t watch it again.
It has often been said that I like Hellsing Ultimate. My friends, I like Hellsing Ultimate…NO. Friends, I LOVE!! HELLSING ULTIMATE! I love the dark animation, I love the gore, I love the action, I love the charismatic characters, the accents, I love the bombastic plot and dialogue! I love any like-minded quality anime that can exist upon this Earth!
I love watching ghouls, vampires and mercenaries clashing in an all-out VAR within the Victorian hallways of the Hellsing estate. My heart leaps with joy whenever a soldier’s limps are blown off followed by screams of agonizing pain. And there is nothing like a British vampire chick dual wielding artillery canons to rain hell upon the mightiest engines of war, UND the feeling that comes when a vampire runs away screaming from Alucard only to be slaughtered in the most gruesome way imaginable… is such… an exquisite feeling. Like when ranks of mercenaries sign up to hunt vampires and ghouls using silver bullets. It moves me deep within my heart to see an entire squadron of innocent SWAT forces butchered mercilessly by none other than the MC in their final moments of shock and despair. The sight of haters being made fun of on the forums for their ridicule subjective criticism is an irresistible pleasure. And there is nothing more arousing then the major’s awe-inspiring war-speech which is still resonating with grandeur in your heads at this very moment. When a band of pitiful resistance fighters make their final stand with nothing but small arms only to have their city destroyed and their guts disemboweled by a thousand paratrooper vampire Nazis, I’m in ecstasy. I love it when my favorite factions are ravaged by enemy Nazi bastards. It’s so sad to see characters I had held onto dearly meet their tragic fates, their friends and comrades ripped in half gasping for their last breaths. I love to be squashed under the heel of the Nazi and Vatican war dogs, the humiliation as my men crawl around like vermin, hiding and taking cheap shots from walled corners.
Gentlemen, all I ask for is more Hellsing Ultimate. An anime so grand as to make hell itself tremble. Gentlemen…I ask you as fellow brothers in arms what is it that you really want? Do you wish for further anime like this as I do? Do you wish for a merciless bloody anime? Anime whose fury is built with iron and lightning and fire? DO YOU ASK FOR ANIME TO SWEEP IN LIKE A TEMPEST, LEAVING NOT EVEN CRITICS TO SCAVENGE FROM THIS EARTH!!!
To start off with the characters, our hero Alucard feels like the epitome of what it means to be a mary sue. Does he have character traits which define him? Of course not, since he is nothing but an underdeveloped, unbeatable, one dimensional mary sue who does what he wants and what he pleases because the plot said so. Is he able to be beaten? Yes, but only when the plot needs him to stray away for a while, then after that he comes back because he is supposed to be an immortal vampire who never dies because of plot, even when the other characters beat him fair and square through a smart strategy they had developed early on. Speaking of the other characters, they exist just for the sole purpose of moving the plot forward all the while being one dimensional archetypes themselves. You’ve got the central villain, Major, whose only character trait is to be evil and speak in a funny German accent just to get some cheap laughs from the viewers. You’ve got a woman who owns Alucard and is supposed to be his master, and her character is never developed other than her being his master, and to drink wine and speak in a posh accent I guess. She was so forgettable, to the point where I forgot her name. The other characters are the same, they either exist for the sole purpose of telling an unfunny joke, or to progress the plot forward without gaining any real characterization in the process. Reading some of the reviews here, they rave about the greatness of the characters, yet they never go into specifics as to why said characters are so great. I wonder why…
As for the unfunny jokes, this Anime is filled to the very brim with them. Were you hoping for a serious and grim Anime about vampires and soldiers fighting each other to the death? Jokes on you, we’ll give you the silliest, most addlebrained “comedy” Anime that ever tried to take itself seriously. Even when it should be funny and invoke laughter out of the audience, it doesn’t do anything of significance nor does it succeed in getting said laughs. Moreover, the juxtaposition between comedy and seriousness completely breaks the audience’s immersion in the plot, as one cannot be invested in a serious scene because the Anime breaks the viewer’s immersion and the serious tone that it was going for with unfunny jokes that come out of nowhere. Seriously, the comedy displayed here is worse than that of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, and that is genuinely saying something. To put it in simpler words, the Anime does not know what it wants to be, because if it’s goal was to be a hysterical parody of vampires, then it has certainly failed in it’s goal, since it neither is funny nor does it not break that rule by trying to take itself seriously half of the time.
Moving on to one more problem that this unfunny sack of underwhelming doodoo suffers from, it is that the episode length is long. There is a reason one watches Anime, and that is because while it not being the best medium out there, it at least makes up for it by not torturing the viewer for more than twenty minutes at a time. What does Hellsing Ultimate do? It lengthens it’s twenty minute run per episode into forty slow and lengthy minutes, which boggles the mind since ten minutes of this catastrophe were unwatchable, much less forty. Even when sped up, it doesn’t help either since you are constantly seeing characters you dislike being shoved right into your face all the time. You can’t escape this terrible catastrophe no matter how hard you tried, as it is inherently bad by itself.
Overall, there isn’t much else to say about Hellsing Ultimate. It is boring, trite, unfunny and at the end of the day it is meandering. Why is it meandering you ask? Because the main character is an unbeatable mary sue who barely shows any emotions and the outcomes therefore become predictable.
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1. Hellsing Ultimate
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3. Hidamari Sketch: Sae Hiro Sotsugyou-hen
4. Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail
5. High Score Girl: Extra Stage
6. Hoozuki no Reitetsu OVA
7. Non Non Biyori Repeat: Hotaru ga Tanoshinda
8. Master Keaton OVA
9. Drifters: Special Edition
10. Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu
11. Hellsing: Digest for Freaks
12. Initial D Battle Stage 2
13. Non Non Biyori: Okinawa e Ikukoto ni Natta
14. Initial D Battle Stage
15. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen OVA
16. Drifters (OVA)
17. Asobi Asobase OVA
18. Golden Kamuy 2nd Season OVA
20. Be-Bop Highschool
21. Taiho Shichau zo
22. Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season OVA
23. Initial D Extra Stage 2
24. Tonari no Seki-kun OVA
25. Prison School: Mad Wax
26. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
28. Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Outside Legend – The Endless Odyssey
29. Aa! Megami-sama! (2011)
30. Tokyo Ghoul: “Jack”
31. Dogs: Bullets & Carnage
32. Drifters: The Outlandish Knight
33. Aa! Megami-sama!
34. Initial D Extra Stage
35. Gunsmith Cats
36. Nazo no Kanojo X: Nazo no Natsu Matsuri
37. Himouto! Umaru-chan OVA
38. Kyou no 5 no 2
39. Ajin OVA
40. Golden Kamuy OVA
41. ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka – Regards
42. Blood Lad: Wagahai wa Neko de wa Nai
43. Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou OVA
44. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Quiet Country Cafe
45. Mikakunin de Shinkoukei: Kamoniku tte Midori-ppoi Aji ga Suru no ne.
46. Kikoushi Enma
47. Nasu: Suitcase no Wataridori
49. GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class: Aozora ga Kakitai
50. Kyou no 5 no 2 (TV): Takarabako