They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Sukeban Deka, Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Hachiyou Shou OVA, and more!
50: Sukeban Deka
English: Delinquent Detective
MAL Score: 6.45
Having spent time at a juvenile corrections facility, teenage delinquent Saki Asamiya is given a chance to redeem herself and delay her mother’s possible death sentence by working as an undercover cop. Armed with nothing but a special yo-yo, Saki’s assignment is to return to her high school and investigate on the corruption and mysterious deaths among the students. But in order to find the answers to the condition of her school, she must confront the wealthy and powerful Mizuchi sisters, who moved in and have taken control after her previous expulsion.
Sukeban Deka started out as a manga in 1975 and would have been considered a classic by the time this OVA came out. It was inspired by the rise of Sukeban, gangs of violent highschool girls that tried to defy gender expectations and were by some viewed with loathing and disgust and by others admired. Just like the Gyaru from the early 2000’s, cultural interest in in the Sukeban was longer lived than the Sukeban themselves and so the media started romanticizing them.
By 1991 Sukeban Deka was already a major multi media franchise, so it´s odd that the anime adaptation is rather cheaply made. If you know enough about the history of anime, however, you’d know that the anime industry was in a rough state in the early 90’s and as a result all the OVA’s that came out looked like garbage in comparison to the ones that came out just a few years earlier.
Luckily that leads us to the first strong point of this OVA: the directing by Hitoshi Nanba. Nanba seems to have a strong visual style, even if not a very personal one. His directing seems to take a lot of influence from that of Osamu Dezaki, with whom he worked as a story border and episode director on Ace wo Nerae! 2, just a few years earlier. This is good, because Dezaki’s directing has a lot of style and has a tendency of looking really good despite a low budget. Rarely does a shot in this OVA look flat or uninteresting, even if few of them look super cinematic. The fight scenes look cool and fun, even if the animation rarely impresses you, and they never outstay their welcome.
I’d say the strongest aspect of this OVA is the story, which revolves around delinquent girl Saki Asamiya, who’s been blackmailed by the police to help them fight three rich, criminal sisters, who’ve come to rule Saki’s school in her absence. She befriends an impoverished girl who aspires to be a painter and a lovable idiot named Sanpei. Oh, btw, did I mention her fighting style involves her beating up her enemies with her trusty yoyo! If that’s not enough to make you watch this anime, then I don’t know what is.
Other than that, I’d say the characters are pretty okay. None of them are super stand out or well developed, but all the good guys are really endearing and all the bad guys are really menacing and crazy. Whenever the good guys and bad guys interact there is an appropriate amount of tension and some characters even have a little more going on with them than first meets the eye.
Overall I’d say Sukeban deka is a fun, exciting and sometimes dramatic action OVA, that you should definitely watch if you’re into over the top action. Other than that you should check out Kill la Kill if you haven’t already, as it takes a lot of influence from this story and also has a lot of Dezaki-esque directing.
Sukeban Deka throughout the years has been considered a cult classic and has developed quite a rabid fan base. Besides this OVA, there have been numerous live action movies and a TV series. Based upon this evidence it must have done something right, but I never found out what that was.
Sukeban Deka is your average good vs. evil story, which features the super strong girl Saki putting the beats on everyone with her weapon of choice being an unbreakable yo-yo. Saki fights like a demon with this thing and although it can be kind of fun to watch at times, it never ceases from being too corny for me and just not in a good way either. In all honesty, this weak premise is clearly what has kept me away from the live action movies.
The OVA is an action series at heart with a revenge theme that attempts a bit of drama. I cannot stress the word “attempt” enough. The couple of dramatic scenes that are present contains most of the clichés you can think of. You can actually predict the sudden rainfall that must always appear when a character whom is suppose to be a somewhat tragic figure or so gets dusted off. The little scenes with the pep talks on reminding the main character who she is and her mission… It rains during those moments too (symbolism… without it life itself would be impossible).
This series delivers a great deal of fast paced action. There are numerous fight scenes, but I found most of them very boring especially by early 90’s standards. At least they become slightly better later on. The violence and brutality really does escalate and there’s a good dose of blood. The characters to me were uninteresting for the most part. This also includes Saki despite her character development; and if there is one thing I can’t stand, is a comic relief whom doesn’t get the job done, that bald dick-head is not funny. However, the Mizuchi sisters for me are no doubt the show stealers. They have a very wicked charm that plays on humanity’s greedy and self preserving nature. Each sister has her own single goal and will take any measures necessary to achieve it. I feel they were well used overall but the metaphor is forever beat on, and it gives away the inevitable outcome involving them. The snake motif is not cleverly used at all, and I feel it’s too in your face.
The animation is ok at best and that’s pushing it. The fight scenes are energetic, however they do contain a bit of reused cels and stills at times; but I just can’t get over the lack of choreography here. The action scenes didn’t do too much for me. At least the OVA has a solid soundtrack that never really gets old and is fun to listen to.
Sukeban Deka is a less than average watch overall. This is something even action fans should come into only if they’re very curious, because there are tons of better action-filled anime to choose from.
Highs: Interesting villains, somewhat decent fight scenes
Lows: Metaphor is overkill, annoying comedy relief, unintentionally funny during dramatic moments
49: Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu
English: Today We Start Our Love
MAL Score: 6.47
Hibino Tsubaki is a shy, kind, and slightly old-fashioned girl who has always been the top student in her class. She always did everything her parents wanted her to do. She loved to do other girls’ hair in trendy and cute styles, despite always wearing plain braids herself.
On her first day of high school at the opening ceremony, she is astonished to see that the top student giving the opening speech is not only somebody else, but also the rudest boy she has ever seen. This delinquent turns out to be her new classmate, Kyouta Tsubaki. Kyouta teases Hibino, drawing attention to their similar last names. The two are both top of their class, but are different in every other way. Even though it seems that they cannot stand each other, fate has something else in store for them…
Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu is a difficult OVA to recommend. For newcomers who have never read the manga will find the first episode (and probably the rest of the OVA) to be confusing. Why, you ask? Because the first episode starts at the first major climax of the manga. Which I believe in the manga starts at chapter 15, so all anime viewers would be missing 14 chapters of background content of the first episode. If you do want to watch the OVA be prepared to be completely mind blanked at some scenes.
But this is the true nature of the OVA of Kyou, Koi. The OVA is suppose to cater to the manga readers and draw the anime watchers to read the manga. Which effectively worked for me again. (Since I dropped the manga and plan on reading it again for the second episode of the OVA.) How do I know this? Because the OVA was bundled with the ninth volume of the manga in Japan. So it was not set to sell to the mainstream audience, but only to the manga followers who continue to read and support the manga.
J.C. Staff is at the helm of animating Kyou, Koi. (J.C. Staff is also animating another shoujo alongside Kyou, Koi called Kaichou wa Maid-sama. But Kaichou wa Maid-sama gets a whole TV series to go through the manga.) The art is decent and stays true to the manga, which was a good thing. Obviously, J.C. Staff did not plan on having a big budget to animate this OVA, because it was just going to be an extra bundle to a manga volume. But I was surprised at the background art, which were drawn very well considering the small budget they had to use.
Soundtrack and voice acting wise, I thought were pretty good. Lots of piano/orchestra music fitting the shoujo setting of the anime. And Itou Kanae voices the main female lead in the OVA. Who is also know for doing Himamori Amu in Shugo Chara. Coming right from another shoujo is Namikawa Daisuke, who is fresh off the shoujo scene from voicing Kazehaya from Kimi ni Todoke. He voices the main male lead, but instead of playing a cheerful character like in Kimi ni Todoke, voices a rough serious character instead in Kyou, Koi.
Overall, I did enjoy this OVA, since it was literally a copy and paste of the manga. Except with added color, voice acting, animations, and background music. But again what makes this OVA so hard to recommend is because it was specifically made for the manga readers and will be a total loss for the anime only watchers. So here’s to me hoping that J.C. Staff will do a full adaptation of the manga if they find out the OVA did well. But I’m not keeping my fingers crossed, since it seems to be such a small chance.
*Second episode of the OVA comes out bundled with the tenth volume of the manga, so expect that to not follow the time line of the first episode of the OVA.
The main highlights of these OVA are the still animation scenes which are rather breathtaking, artistic and beautifully rendered but this are quite few. The same thing cannot be said on the animation with movements though as it lacks fluidity, the environment is somewhat bland and poor in details. The character designs are passable and likeable as it features narrow faces, pointy chins and hair lines that are too many which clearly indicates that this is a shoujo anime. In general, the production values are quite low.
The OVA is kind enough to provide an Ending theme song which is quite good to listen and a couple of well orchestrated soundtracks which fits fairly well for overall mood of the story.
In the character side of things, nothing much is revealed other than the fact that main characters are of good standing being honor students. Voice acting is fairly well done as it features well known voice actors such as Itou Kanae as the female lead Hibino Tsubaki, and Namikawa Daisuke as the male lead Tsubaki Kyouta.
Overall, my impression of this short OVA is quite positive since I have a natural inclination on romance stories that are fun to watch and not overly dramatic. “Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu” is quite difficult to recommend to other viewers because after a quick look around the origin of this OVA, I found out that this is actually just a bonus item for a shoujo manga bearing the same title so its target audience are the manga readers who have a good understanding of the overall story. So if the viewer is a manga reader then this is a highly recommended OVA, but for other viewers like me who haven’t read the manga or have no intention of reading the manga, it is still watchable, just don’t expect great things.
48: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Hachiyou Shou OVA
Japanese: 遙かなる時空の中で 八葉抄
MAL Score: 6.48
A funny side side story of the series.
This is a short side story featuring the four Hachiyou of Heaven: Yorihisa, Takamichi, Eisen and Inori.
There is not much plot going on, it’s more character driven. They paired up Yorihisa & Takamichi, Eisen & Inori. Without giving away too much, a minor incident happens and the ‘pairs’ suspect each other for committing the ‘crime’. Since they’re all friends it’s hilarious to watch them squirm in discomfort when confronting the other, particularly Yorihisa & Takamichi because both of them are sooo polite!
The shoujo element is really strong here, borderline shounen-ai in my opinion. Slow-motion sparkly moments for each character, a few blushes here and there, the male characters bonding…(especially Yorihisa & Takamichi) XD
I enjoyed this side story very much. Though it has nothing to do with the main story line it’s quite entertaining. If you liked the main series you are going to enjoy this as well.
47: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2: Shiroki Ryuu no Miko
MAL Score: 6.49
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 takes place 100 years after the original Harukanaru Toki no Naka de story. In the past that is, very little time has gone by in the future. Kyou, which resembles Kyoto in the Heian period, is in turmoil because of a power struggle going on between the emperor and the retired emperor, and the people of Kyou are falling into desperation, fearing the coming of the end of the world. Karin was walking with her friends when suddenly she is brought by the White Dragon to the land of Kyou. She was chosen as the new priestess of the White Dragon and she must fight against the evil with the help of her guardians while meantime, she keeps having visions of a mysterious man…
In my opinion, this is a better story than Hachiyou Shou, and I would have loved for them to continue this version into a fully fleshed out TV series instead of hachiyou shou. The plot is more believable, the characters are more in depth, and the art is better.
The original is pretty mediocre on pretty much all aspects and besides its movie i wouldn’t really recommend any of it. THIS on the other hand has a lot of potential, it establishes the world and conflict quite well, especially when it comes to the guardians. They have their own lives and their own conflicts outside of the Priestess, which is why initially most of them are reluctant to join Karin, or even downright reject her.
From the very beginning Karin isn’t babied because she’s the priestess, she’s instantly faced with the difficulty and responsibility of being the Priestess of the white dragon, also with all the political and social consequences that entails. The feeling of isolation and loneliness makes Karin very likable as a heroine from the get-go, as well her modern way of being (such as playing ball with the nobles, something unheard of for a lady to do at the time).
One thing I don’t understand though is why the change of character design and names when it’s obvious who is supposed to be who from the 2004 version. Like seriously, ThErE’S sO LiTtLe ReSeMbLaNcE IT’S AMAZING! *obviously sarcastic*
I can’t treat it as a sequel either despite the “2” in the title since it’s basically the same thing, just an alternate setting of events. I guess that’s exactly what it is and the designs were changed in order to maybe, either differentiate it from the original to make an entirely new experience, or maybe they thought it’d have been more marketable to introduce more bishies than keep the original cast…I wouldn’t know tho. xD
Still…very good. I wish it were an actual series
46: Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Yume no Naka no Rondo
English: Magical Princess Minky Momo: La Ronde in my Dream
Japanese: 魔法のプリンセス ミンキーモモ夢の中の輪舞
MAL Score: 6.54
Minky Momo travels to an island where she finds a land of children and gets tangled up in an absurd, no-holds-barred standoff against the world’s nations. Has “Dr. Strangelove” references.
If you’re looking for a new magical girl series or other shōjo related material then Gigi and the Fountain of Youth will be right up your alley. It’s cute enough that younger kids will like it, but the pace, story line and humor will probably keep adult viewers happy also. And while the plot won’t carry the depth of say, Sailor Moon, it does have a nice, albeit simple story line with a nice message and no more romantic aspects than say Peter Pan would.
I would highly recommend it for those who enough anime such as Little Snow Fairy Sugar, Tokyo Mew Mew, Nurse Angel Ririka or Sailor Moon. I personally gave it an 8 because of my ability to re-watch it so frequently, but for an overall grade I would probably give it a 7.
For those of you who aren’t used to it please keep in mind that this is definitely an 80’s anime (the hair alone will clue you in), so the art style might be a little dated for you. Personally I love older animation styles, so this was no problem for me but I realize that in this day and age many of the viewers just don’t have the patience for anime that isn’t flawless somehow.
The music in this movie was a little campy at times, but overall I felt it was exactly appropriate for the style and mood of the anime. I am particularly happy with the ominous fighting sequences and the cute song from Gigi’s dream.
When you get down to it Gigi is a fantastic example of what makes a wonderful shōjo anime, particularly the dubbed version. Usually I find that English voice actors, or seiyuu, don’t put a great deal of thought or imagination behind their characters which often makes for a flat or completely misguided character. However I didn’t find that to be the case here, in fact even many of the side characters became favourites of mine because of their voice actors ability to give them a soul. I love the character of Fuzzy!
Overall I found this to be a lovely, enjoyable show that I could watch as many times as I was asked to, which isn’t often the case with anime of this genre. So, whether you’re watching the sub or dubbed version of this anime it makes for a wildly entertaining show.
This review contains spoilers for Mahō Princess Minky Momo: Yume no Naka no Rondo (1985)! You have been warned!
The story begins with Momo’s parents suddenly winning tickets to visit the South Pole, so they leave Momo to to watch the house, that doubles as a veterinary clinic, while they go on vacation. Momo realizes that she’s useless at menial labor, finds out that her parents’ airplane has gone missing, and then decides to get into her magical girl helicopter to go find her mother and father. She finds out that they have been spirited away from their passenger flight, near a mysterious island that seems to be uninhibited.
When she arrives at the island she runs into some conspicuous figures, including: Arsène Lupin and his son, members of the Italian mafia, and a spoof of James Bond. Soon after, everyone discovers that an aboriginal-run vacation resort is on the uninhibited island, where the natives charge a ridiculous amount of money for foreign spies to explore their land.
NOTE: There are some funny visual gags, like a group of polar bears doing radio calisthenics on an iceberg.
This is where things get really weird: it is revealed that the Bermuda Triangle is actually *Neverland and Peter Pan uses talking dragons to spray the island explorers with a manufactured, chemical gas that turns adults *into children forever, and then abducts them, so that they can always be innocent. An additional reveal is that the Pied Piper of Hamelin from folklore is actually none other than another incarnation of Peter Pan!
*In this film, Neverland is a giant, magical orb in the sky. There’s actually an Arsène Lupin tale, La Demoiselle aux yeux verts, where Lupin discovers The Fountain of Youth.
In the search for her parents, it turns out that Peter Pan is intentionally letting Momo’s mother and father remain adults, so that they can be the parents to the children of Neverland. Peter Pan offers Momo to stay as well, but she feels apprehensive about never being able to grow up—despite being a child herself.
NOTE: In the scene on the balcony, when Peter Pan explains the futility of growing up—there was some excellent body language. Momo looks at him melancholically and he responds with an impetuous smirk, like he doesn’t understand her distress and then she just looks at him blankly. The end of this scene really establishes the lack of understanding between their two ideals.
Even though all of the spies have lost all of their inhibition as small children, they are bugged with microscopic cameras, revealing the truth about Neverland to foreign embassies and so, the greedy embassies send armies out to steal the secrets of immortality from Neverland, so that they can make deathless soldiers.
Neverland gets nuked by fighter jets and Momo concocts the idea to use the gas to turn the enemy soldiers into children, so they lose their will to fight. So, the residents of Neverland and Momo’s parents spread the gas around and they eventually beat their attackers. In the end, Peter Pan decides to leave the island since his secret location has been discovered and flies with his dragons through space.
From that description, you can probably gather that it was a pretty weird movie. I personally thought the accolades for Yume no Naka no Rondo is more deserving on behalf of the visual presentation, rather than the story. The story felt as though the writers cobbled way too many ideas together to fit in a feature film. I don’t know their role in the television series but the king and queen of Fenarinarsa were useless, despite having magical powers. Apparently, their magic is not even strong enough to fix a broken television set.
The dinosaur girl, Lei, was really awesome… her army of Tyrannosauruses flipping over military tanks and the pterodactyls taking down fighter jets were among the best scenes of the film! I haven’t seen the TV show yet, so I don’t know, but the movie acted as if Lei was a reoccurring character—based on her and Momo’s familiarity.
NOTE: Momo also hijacks a jet and destroys the island’s resort… I have questions about how an elementary schooler knows how to pilot a fighter jet. Also, there are some pretty solid references to Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove in this film!
The weakest part of Yume no Naka no Rondo are the moments when the pacing seems to drag, like in the scenes with Momo exploring Neverland and her conversations with Peter Pan. I’m sure that their dialogues were only boring to me because I am VERY familiar with the character of Peter Pan—I’m sure that the long explanation of his existence was meant for small children.
The visuals in this film were very reminiscent of Ghibli’s work in Porco Rosso (1992)—it makes me wonder if Hayao Miyazaki took inspiration from this movie. Many of the character designs have a Akira Toriyama ‘cartoon realism’ type of visual aesthetic. The main director on this series was Hiroshi Watanabe, notably the director of Majutsushi Orphen, Ō Dorobō Jing, and Yume de Aetera. All of his other series have similar pacing issues but are beautiful to look at. The other director was the chief director of the Minky Momo TV series, Kunihiko Yuyama; he is most famous for his work on *Pokémon, Genmu Senki Leda, and Windaria.
*Kunihiko Yuyuma has directed nearly every Pokémon series and movie to date.
The only seiyū credited on the film is Momo’s actress: Mami Koyama. Her other roles include:
• Balalaika—Black Lagoon
• Vermouth—Detective Conan
• Arale Norimaki—Dr. Slump
• Lunch—Dragon Ball
• Jessica Edwards—Ginga Eiyū Densetsu
• Kycilia Zabi—Mobile Suit Gundam
• Fukiko Ichinomiya—Oniisama e…
• Shaina Ophiuchus—Saint Seiya
• Chiyoko Fujiwara—Millennium Actress
• Ryōko Mendō—Urusei Yatsura
NOTE: It’s kind of weird that she once voiced one of the most serendipitous little girls in anime but, other than that, she is mainly type-cast as evil women.
Overall, while the film did have its points of contention, it did make me want to watch the television series to find out more about Momo and and her entourage. I mean, how many girls, in the existing mahō shōjo series, actually own a magical helicopter? I would recommend this film to those who are fans of other classic magical girl series, like Cutey Honey (1973), and rate this film a 6/10 for its sense of childish wonder!
45: Slow Step
English: Slow Step
MAL Score: 6.55
Based on the Adachi manga of the same name. The story revolves around a romantic triangle formed by the girl Minatsu Nakazato, a young student and softball player; Shu Akiba, a schoolmate; and Naoto Kadomatsu, an up-and-coming boxer. In reality the three-way relationship is more like three-and-a-half, considering that Naoto is in love with Maria… actually Minatsu herself, who’d once disguised herself to escape some evildoers.
Slow Step is yet another Sports, Drama from the legendary mangaka Mitsuru Adachi. A man known for creating the classic sports manga Touch, which spawn a hefty number of anime adaptations. This time round the sport of choice is softball, where Nakasato Minatsu is the ace of her High School’s softball team. I would go into how it follows the classic sports drama formula (the underdog team) but in Slow Step the real story lies in the Romantic, Comedy side of things. In the beginning it’s already established that Nakasato is sort of seeing her childhood friend however by some weird circumstances she ends up in a love triangle. Well I say weird because the root of this love triangle dilemma is none other than one of the most widely used clichés (mistaken identity) and from there this series, which initially showed so much promise, gradually diminishes into something far less enjoyable. Not only that but when things sort of become a love pentagon, hexagon, whatever… chances are you’ll stop caring about the outcome.
I wouldn’t really blame anyone for not caring about the romantic outcome, since the characters range from a bunch of immature selfish kids to some really old-fashioned adults. I understand that this was based in the 80’s but when the only appealing character is a typical delinquent student, then that’s saying something.
The art style also reflects the time period it was based on, with stubby appearances and bean shaped heads. At times it does show off some great animation, especially during the games, but these moments are few and far in between. Same can be said about the soundtrack, there were a few good tunes here and there but they’re just a few of them and the same old ones were constantly repeated.
Overall just like the titles says, Slow Step is slow in advancing its romantic plot and any real advancement is due to the sports side of things, where it all comes down to a simple bet. The sports element was interesting, especially when it also went into boxing but don’t expect anything on the level of Hajime no Ippo. With that said, this turned out to be an unsatisfactory anime. Even with five 45min episodes, absolutely nothing was resolved but keep in mind that I didn’t find it a completely wasteful experience.
44: Aru Hi Inu no Kuni kara Tegami ga Kite
Japanese: ある日 犬の国から手紙が来て
MAL Score: 6.56
The original novel and manga adaptation focus on letters sent from deceased dogs to their former owners. The anime adaptation stars P-chan, a dog whose owner abandoned him.
“One Day a Letter Arrives from the Dog Kingdom” is a short, but sweet tale. Generally, shorts like this are known to lack of depth in fleshing out characters, setting, and thorough story progression. This one is no exception. That said, viewers will be happy to know that in this particular case, being short and simple is hardly a problem here. Though lacking any crazy depth and extravagant themes, the message of the story gets across and we are rewarded with a 11minutes of bliss.
So what’s this all about? Well, it’s a story of man’s best friend, and the unbreakable bond between the two. Altogether, it’s enjoyable given its short time-frame. I think “charming” and even “touching” Really sums up everything the OVA has to offer.
I found the the 11 minutes to be adorable and hope you find it as enjoyable as I did.
43: Brothers Conflict OVA
Japanese: BROTHERS CONFLICT OVA
MAL Score: 6.58
Two Brothers Conflict OVAs about Christmas and Valentine’s Day. New OP and ED songs by the same singers were presented in these two OVAs.
(Source: MAL News, edited)
42: Nagareboshi Lens
MAL Score: 6.62
The story follows Risa, a girl with zero experience in romance. Meanwhile, a boy named Yuugure is the most popular student in Risa’s school year. Even though the two have had no contact with each other in the past, they find themselves at school at the same time one night.
The main characters are the who girl and the popular boy who have never talked before, but one day they do and start becoming friends.
It’s one big cliché, but I think that cliché animes and mangas can be good if well produced. Is this the case here? Absolutely not.
It’s just a rushed anime because some team decided to turn, I don’t know, maybe 30 chapters of the manga into a less than 20 minutes anime. Everything happens way too fast that you can’t connect to the characters, their friendship, the romance… basically to anything. It could have potential if it was a 1-cour series, we don’t know.
Furthermore, the art is not fantastic enough to make the OVA enjoyable. And it’s way too sparkly, so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Sound has absolutely nothing memorable.
Anyway, as a shoujo fan, it”s nothing painful to watch, but if you’re not a fan of the genre (or not used to it) and/or is expecting quality, go watch something else.
I find this anime VERY cute and it reminds me SO MUCH of kimi ni todoke which i love. The characters are interesting but sometimes it’s pretty cliche and predictable.
Story line is getting there it’s pretty good.
Art, it’s really different big eyes and modern clothing.
Music, i like it, it has that kind of slow but nice sound to it.
Enjoyment, it reminds me so much of kimi ni todoke so i find it enjoyable.
Overall if you’re looking for an anime that’s cute interesting and dramatic i think Nagareboshi Lens is what you’re looking for.
Story : 7
Well, the story itself is very beautiful and warming about the development of two middle schoolers which fell in love for the 1st time (in manga).
Judging by the fact the OVA is only 18 minutes, you barely get a thing of what’s going on there.
Art : 4
Quality 0.The artwork is, in my own opinion, somewhere between so-so and terrible,I don’t like it at all!!! I mean, it’s as if you’re playing a dating sim on a video game console . Compared with mangaka’s impeccable artwork, this OVA is a dissapointment. I firstly thought it is a fan work because it didn’t seem professional at all (for example, the characters’s hair color : the ‘light’ it is spread in all directions which it makes it look unnatural).
The character’s moves are stiff (that’s maybe because the scenes are TOOO short -> for example : he helps her tying her hair up and 2 seconds later he hugs her tightly and after another 2 seconds he’s gone. I was like “wtf?”I mean, it should have been doki-doki and warm.Instead, it feels like I watched a magic trick…you see a scene, you clap, another scene. If I wouldn’t have read the manga, I swear I’d be dumbfounded the whole episode)
Character : 5
As I said, the artwork is kind of disappointing and , in my opinion, that’s a minus for a character development in those 18 minutes of this OVA.
The characters doesn’t trasmit anything, especially their eyes.They seemed empty…completely opposite of manga.
Enjoyment : 2
The company which worked for this episode should have reconsidered making an 13 episode anime instead of an OVA.It’s a waste of time to watch this, really…
Overall : 4
I expected more of this series but well,that’s it. Please,instead, read the manga!It’s very beautiful!
41: Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach DX
English: Wedding Peach DX
Japanese: 愛天使伝説ウェディング ピーチDX
MAL Score: 6.66
The 1996–1997 anime OVAs of Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach, also known as Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach DX (Deluxe). These four OVAs were uniquely designed and scripted, and the art style had been changed slightly from the original series as well. Each of these OVAs feature one of the Ai Tenshi along with a season: Wedding Peach—Summer, Angel Salvia—Autumn, Angel Daisy—Winter, Angel Lily—Spring. They are, however, in no way related to each other, except for some indication of previous OVAs by Hinagiku and Yuri. These are the adventures of the four Ai Tenshi, two years after their battle with Reine Devila.
Who is this for? Certainly not for anyone who enjoyed the spirit of the original. The staff must’ve been ridiculously horny or something, it’s actually ridiculous and wholly to the detriment of the show. Like, what even is this?
It feels like 4 random side episodes with strangers who share the faces of the original cast but act nothing like them. I don’t think it’s worth watching at all, it’s not enjoyable.
40: Hiiro no Kakera: Totsugeki! Tonari no Ikemenzu
Japanese: 緋色の欠片 突撃! 隣のイケメンズ
MAL Score: 6.72
Bundled with Hiiro no Kakera Taizen, a comprehensive illustration book on the six-year history of Idea Factory’s Hiiro no Kakera romance game franchise, the OVA reveals the private lives of the five main characters.
39: Nijiiro Days OVA
English: Rainbow Days OVA
Japanese: 虹色デイズ OVA
MAL Score: 6.77
Bundled with the 13th limited-edition volume of the manga.
i mean this ova doesnt include continuation story from TV series.
its just randomly, slice of lice, funny moment , happy moment, something like that
that just means theres no ending involved
but for this kind of ova its quite fun tho.
if you’re already watching the tv series then you should watch this ova too , but dont expect about its ending , thats what i thought.
oh and also that, *forget mentioning* , this ova is easy to understand, theres no hard line or words , that means we can having fun watching this ova with some funny spice
38: Arcana Famiglia: Capriccio – stile Arcana Famiglia
Japanese: アルカナ ファミリア Capriccio – stile Arcana Famiglia 奇想曲～アルカナ ファミリア風
MAL Score: 6.78
After toiling away in his lab, the alchemist Jolly has finally succeeded in making a personality-swapping potion that is guaranteed to bring him entertainment.
The boys of the Arcana Famiglia are tricked into taking the potion and find themselves in bodies that are not their own. With this successful experiment, Jolly has paved the way for a plethora of uncomfortable scenarios. However, despite the boys’ desperate struggle to switch themselves back, there is something to be learned from spending the day in someone else’s shoes.
– Story: 6
With no introduction at all, the OVA directly starts with the main male characters (Felicità barely appears) receiving a written invitation to gather in a room where some chocolats await. When they eat such chocolats they find out they were one of Jolly’s experiments (the “man of Science” here) and their effect makes their bodies switch. This will lead to a series of comical events that will conform the rest of the OVA.
– Art: 8
General animation is average (most of the episode happens indoors and few or none action scenes appear, so there’s not much to be seen) but character design is attractive to sight (very much like in the series). Bright and clear, pretty smooth and expressive.
– Sound: 7
There is barely any soundtrack noticeable, the opening and ending are the same from the TV series. Catchy at the beginning, then they fall more into average but still nice enough (especially the ending with its unsual starting tune). I didn’t find Voice Actors remarkable, but you can have a good time noticing how they change voices as characters adapt to the new person in each body.
– Character: 6
In the whole series there is barely any character development, so what could you expect from a short OVA? Each character’s peculiarities are highlighted as they try to act like somebody else, but that’s all there is to it.
– Enjoyment: 7
As random as the episode is, a couple of scenes are uninteresting and almost boring, but the body exchange creates lots of jokes and amusing moments that you can find quite funny if you are in a good mood.
– Overall: 6.8
In contrast to the series, this OVA is not pretentious at all: that’s clear from the beginning and it doesn’t promise you more than you will have. Do not expect a new and definite ending to the series, a serious plot development or anything meaningful at all. If there was something in Arcana Famiglia that you liked, or you just feel like having a nice time watching something silly then this might be a good choice for you. If not, there are better things for you to see.
The thing that surprised me the most about this OVA episode, is that in the end the characters did learn something about the other´s person life, like how Nova discovered that children admire Liberta and how everybody is always smiling around him. And Liberta learned that people respect and care for Nova because he is like the hero of the town, always defending the citizens and fighting the “bad guys”.
So in overall, I think if you watched the anime and didn’t like it that much you should watch this OVA episode because it will take away that bitter taste of the anime. And if you did like Arcana Famiglia you are in luck because it will make you laugh so hard you´ll literally cry.
37: Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Fukurokouji to Ano Ko to Ore to
Japanese: 真夜中のオカルト公務員 袋小路とあの子と俺と
MAL Score: 6.78
Bundled with the limited edition 12th manga volume.
Miyako Arata is newly assigned to the Shinjuku Ward Nocturnal Community Relations Division. Each of Tokyo’s 23 wards has one such department, established to mitigate paranormal and occult-related events. Arata’s special skill is the understanding of non-human speech, and the story begins with him encountering a youkai at Shinjuku Imperial Gardens who refers to him as the legendary Heian-era exorcist, Abe no Seimei.
(Source: Mayonaka No Occult Wikia)
Since is a side story, I will keep this short, I have reviewed extensively on this show under its main story already. The Art and Sound are more or less the same quality as the main series, meaning the Art is impressive to my taste, and there’s nothing majorly bad about the Sound either. Characters designs are the same as Season 1.
Story-wise, is pretty much a flashback. a backstory on an event that both Reiji and Theo shared. Is not a story that brings out any excitement and/or tension, nor does it seem like it will ever play a part in the main story either. The story is just to portray a little of a “slice of life” feel in the main casts’ life. Like a get to know your characters outside of their work life. So don’t go in expecting interesting lore or legends or actions. Is a pretty calm and relaxing story, with some laughs here and there. Since I am basically a fan of the characters, my rating might be a little on the high side, as I enjoy knowing more about them.
36: Koko wa Green Wood
English: Here is Greenwood
Japanese: ここはグリーン ウッド
MAL Score: 6.82
Hasukawa Kazuya is in a terrible bind. His brother’s new wife is also the woman that Kazuya secretly loves. Determined to avoid them both, Kazuya leaves home to live in the student dorm called Greenwood. There, he hopes to find peace of mind. Unfortunately for Kazuya, stability and peace are the last things one might find at Greenwood – home of the weirdest characters on campus.
I fell in love with this show when I was a teenager. It holds a dear place in my heart. So my review is incredibly biased but then again aren’t all reviews?
The best thing about Greenwood to me with how fun it was to watch. Even though there are only six episodes I felt they did a great job with theme selection per episode. Each episode minus 5 and 6 have their own unique story. Because the characters are likable, they work very well regardless of theme or story. I know my review is a bit vague but I don’t believe delving into the details matter. This is a comedic, light hearted, slice of life Anime. It’s not for everyone but if that’s your thing then I would suggest giving it a go.
The episodes feel really rushed, making things confusing. It’s like we are reading Kazuya’s journal and he’s not too good at writing it. A lot of the time, they seem to be saying ‘go read the manga’ which of course is something I hate about these animes. I really don’t get the episode that they have a ghost in it. It just seems like a bit of a stretch to do that.
Other then the episodes and the odd characters, one thing it has is pretty much a lot of is understanding of feelings. All the characters have problems with something in their lives. The way they show off these issues helps make them understandable. Sadly, we don’t get the whole story as again, this is only 6 episodes and they skip so much that’s in the manga.
The animation is pretty much on the low side, I think partly because of being vintage and partly because of the low budget. It’s pretty boring animation and nothing really stands out.
The English voices are really off for the women and the men feel a little un-emotional most of the time. I can’t stand Sumire’s voice. It’s really high pitched and annoying. I also don’t understand why she keeps saying Ya as well. Is she supposed to be Chinese or something? There really was no music that stood out to me at all. Normally its way to quiet to get any music or it’s just so standard that there was no change in it.
The show is basically just bland and doesn’t stand out but it is still worth a watch.
I found the characters really nice in general, and there were some great lines in here. Nagisa was super funny at times, although I’m sure some viewers would find her annoying, and Shinobu’s bluntness also made for some great comedic moments. The main character is pretty bland in contrast to the characters around him, which is probably half due to him being the straight man of the series, and half due to MC Syndrome. All in all, the characters are pretty good!
The art in the show looks great to me – classic 90s style – and I especially enjoyed the character design. Side characters actually had relatively elaborate design, at least compared to the faceless blurs that are often seen in anime. Overall, I think the show looks great!
However, since the show was released in the early 90s, there are some parts that don’t age too well, which may catch some off-guard to begin with, but there’s nothing glaringly problematic, so, at least to me, it remains a good watch even now.
35: Fushigi Yuugi: Eikouden
English: Mysterious Play: Eikoden
Japanese: ふしぎ遊戯 -永光伝
MAL Score: 6.85
Taka (technically Tamahome) and Miaka are now happily married and only six months before their new family would be born, but an obsessed girl named Mayo would do anything to make Taka hers. She enters the world of the Four Gods, determined to win Taka’s heart and be the new priestess.
This is not an example of the latter.
"Eikoden" was originally somebody’s fanfiction that became an officially-published novel, and then somebody else decided that making this catasterfuck into an OVA would be a good idea. I’ll openly admit that the original "Fushigi Yuugi" had (more than its) fair share of gratuitous shoujo angst and Mary Sue reverse-harem elements. "Eikoden" is worse. It’s just… bad. Like eye-rollingly, make-you-wince bad.
The crux of the whole story is Tamahome’s True Love(R) for Miaka and this psycho bitch in his gym class who finds the "Four Gods Sky and Earth" and uses it to get herself pregnant with the baby Miaka is pregnant with, go into Konan, and then threaten suicide (and the baby’s resulting death) if Tamahome does not start loving her instead of Miaka. Sure. This is going to work. So Tamahome goes back to Konan to meet with New Friends and Old (R) while Miaka stays barefoot in the kitchen, or something. In the few scenes she has, she’s even more of an obnoxious Mary Sue than in the original anime, eternally forgiving and oozing the Power of Love and Faith(R). In the end we all learn that you can’t force somebody to love you and that true love conquers all. Or something.
If you’re an absolute die-hard Fushigi Yuugi fanatic, especially a Miaka/Tamahome shipper, you may enjoy this more. Chichiri was the only redeeming quality for me. I love the man. Otherwise, don’t bother.
1) An unlikeable heroine
2) An unoriginal story
3) Was originally a fanfiction
Trust me, there are good fanfictions out there that would be good enough to be a pretty decent spin off of some kind. However, FY Eikoden is a terrible fanfiction.
Mayo Sakaki is very unlikeable. Now girls would be able to relate to her more if she wasn’t so god damned psycho while having this crush on Tamahome. Yui was more believable, but Mayo is downright psycho. Threatening to commit suicide because some boy doesn’t like you? Geeze, and I thought Yui was jerk. Yui was believeable in the sense that she was:
1) Extremely heart broken
2) Wanted revenge for being left behind by who she thought was her best friend
3) Admitted that she was wrong when she found out that Nakago was only lying to her.
I really felt that I could relate to Yui more then Mayo. I don’t know who said that Mayo was believable but trust me, you’re wrong.
The story could’ve been way better. At first, it would seem interesting. Espeically when you’re all "oh, a new girl gets into the book? I’d like to see how this turns out." But then you’re set up for disappointment.
The story would’ve been interesting to read as a fanfiction by itself. Espeically if the writing itself if good. But as an anime, it’s just unenjoyable.
And moving onto the fact that it was originally a fanfiction. I have read better fanfiction then this crap. Way better. There are so many fanfictions that deserve to be published and turned into an anime; which is rather depressing.
FYE has all the traits of not only a bad fanfiction but also a bad anime. I loved the first Fushigi Yuugi indeed, but this is just a mockery.
Terrible. The emphasis of the whole “return” is focused on a new character, Mayo, who is pretty much the summation of every entitled, sob story, hateful, whiny, clingy, vengeful and annoying fangirl who has ever watched the series and lusted after Taka/Tamahome while wishing they could push Miaka out and place themselves into the book. That pretty much sums up the whole plot of this OVA, I kid you not. Mayo – the embodiment of this – goes into the book as the new miko and even becomes the pregnant container of Tamahome and Miaka’s love child. Evil is present, some non-canon plotlines are introduced and completed and Suzaku is summoned for like the fourth time. The end.
The animation itself is pretty good. The CGI is TERRIBLE and takes away from the good that was the animation.
Fushigi Yuugi always has had good music.
Mayo is a prick. All the Suzaku Seishi lose their coolness (by a lot) when they forgive Mayo for being a prick.
Because we laughed AT the OVA, the enjoyment is rated very highly. I mean, come on. How can you not laugh at the CORNINESS that is Chibi!Mitsukake speaking with a man’s deep voice, Baby!Chiriko talking as if he was a child (it is frightening to behold) and the inconsistencies like Hotohori’s spirit arising from a sword during a fight despite the fact that he had already been reincarnated. Horohori’s man pose, and the “fight” scene with his “brother” were also legen, wait for it, dary.
Seriously, take this thing with the mentality of making fun of it and OMG, will you have a field day.
34: Honoo no Mirage: Minagiwa no Hangyakusha
English: Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River Edge
MAL Score: 6.85
Takaya was sent to Kyoto to investigate the re-awakening of Ikko sect and Araki Murashige, a member of the Ikko sect who deserted the clan.With the help of his vassal Haruie, Takaya is finally successful in tracing Araki who hunts down a 400-years-old mandala (Buddhist artifact for meditating) that was made of the hair of the deceased Araki clansmen. Unfortunately, by the time they meet, Haruie recognizes Araki as Shintarou, her lover in her past-life. Takaya orders her to eliminate Araki, who is a threat, but will she be able to do it. Furthermore Takaya finally meets Naoe…
33: Kaze to Ki no Uta Sanctus: Sei Naru Kana
English: The Poem of Wind and Trees
Japanese: 風と木の詩 ＳＡＮＣＴＵＳ－聖なるかな－
MAL Score: 6.87
1887, at a remote, elite boarding school in France: Serge Battour returns after his graduation, and remembers the days of his youth…
1880, at the same school: Son of a viscount and a Roma prostitute (both deceased), Serge is intelligent, sweet, talented, and alienated by his family due to his heritage. Upon being sent to his new school, he rooms with Gilbert Cocteau, a gorgeous loner of a boy who sells his body for reasons unknown. Serge’s attempts to reach out to Gilbert fail spectacularly, and yet there is something in both of them that attracts them to each other.
Kaze to Ki no Uta is an epic boys’ love tragedy oftentimes labeled as the first boy’s love manga — this is untrue, although KazeKi’s mangaka also wrote the real first BL manga, a oneshot called “In the Sunroom”. It was, however, the first to contain explicit sexual content, including rape, pedophilia, and incest (oftentimes all at once), although all of this is treated with care in the manga and doesn’t come up all that much in the manga. But historical significance aside, this is the story of one Serge Battour, the kind and talented son of a French viscount and a gypsy prostitute, and one Gilbert Cocteau, a gorgeous boy selling his body for reasons unknown. The anime covers several volume of the manga, starting when Serge and Gilbert become roommates at the elite boarding school Lacombrade Academy and following them as they initially clash and slowly begin to understand each other. Their problems are many — Serge, due to his mixed-race heritage, is bullied by his classmates; Gilbert’s promiscuity often gets him into dangerous situations; while Serge intends to make friends with Gilbert, Gilbert refuses… it’s a story with all the beginnings of an amazing romantic tragedy, and while the anime doesn’t come close to finishing the story, it’s a great overview of the full tale.
But the biggest draw of Kaze to Ki no Uta is not its significance or plot, but its characters. There’s a delicious variety of personalities, including not only the leads but the supporting cast. Serge and Gilbert have an amazing dynamic all throughout the story; Serge is absolutely adorable and easy to cheer for from beginning to end, and Gilbert’s remarkable combination of frigid and manipulative is a powerful contrast. While side characters don’t have time to get their chances to shine, even their minimally-developed personalities are great fun — the religious rule-bearer Karl, the playfully rebellious Pascal, the strong-willed and elegant Rosemarine… KazeKi has a very likable supporting cast.
While the style of this OVA doesn’t come close to the beauty of the manga’s art and atmosphere, it’s quite a good representation. The music is more or less unobtrusive, but beautiful when one takes the time to listen to it. It’s a very classic style, full of piano, violin, and the like; elegant and pretty and very much appropriate to the content of the anime. While mangaka Keiko Takemiya’s soft and elegant art style has been greatly simplified (very much for the worse) in order to be animated, character designs are as a whole faithful to the original. Effeminate boys run rampant and every character, from main to background, is always on-model. The background art is similarly detailed and attractive, using the historic setting to further create a distinct atmosphere.
The Kaze to Ki no Uta OVA is a fantastic introduction to an even more fantastic manga; everybody I know that has watched it has gone on to read the manga and become a fan. Even this small bit of the story is intriguing, emotional, and beautiful and downright lovely to watch. While this title may not often catch the eye of anyone except boy’s love fans looking through the history of the genre, the fact is that not only is Kaze to Ki no Uta — manga and anime — one of the greatest boy’s love titles out there but one of the greatest shoujo titles and tragic manga. Those who can’t stand their anime to be slow, character-driven, and dramatic should look elsewhere, but for fans of gorgeously painful romances, deep shoujo, and unique and significant anime, Kaze to Ki no Uta is the perfect series. Honestly, the only shortcoming of the anime is it’s length.
Basically, this anime uses a prestigious French school as its setting where our protagonist, the virtuous and talented Serge, meets his new room-mate and polar opposite in the manipulative Gilbert who uses his body to gain various favors from other men. Unlike some other anime of the same genre I know of, the story takes place in a world with enough regard for realism to avoid an ideal depiction of same-sex relationships and instead aims to depict some of the obvious cons; the most prominent one being the lack of consent the ones involved might face in their environments. Make no mistake though, plenty of scenes are reserved for the sometimes unnerving worship of the male body and intense homoerotic events that I fear might ruin a lot of the appeal for viewers not looking for such things.
Furthermore, the characterization stands fairly well for an OVA of merely an hour with reasonable amounts of development and a good foundation for occasional melodrama. Unfortunately, the anime is based on a manga of 17 volumes and lacks the time to include proper explanations for some bizarre plot points revealed later on which causes some confusion. This is not the major issue though as the narrative as a whole eventually ends up in a pit of glorified masochism only to wrap things up in a beautiful, intense and somehow redeeming scene with enough sense to rely on sensuality rather than sexuality.
In the end this is a fairly decent watch, with fairly standardized technical merits. The soundtrack is the most impressive part of the OVA, but the animation remains somewhat mediocre despite certain moments of beauty and great character designs. It suffers from the same problems shared by a lot of shounen-ai (it would seem) such as glorifying certain themes like masochism which are made all the more disturbing by the youth of the characters but is undoubtedly very palatable in its depiction. Despite the mediocre score, I was somewhat impressed by this title and will consider giving more titles within the same genre a chance; romanticized adolescent melodrama has its perks as long as it doesn’t drag I guess.
32: Glass no Kamen: Sen no Kamen wo Motsu Shoujo
English: Glass Mask: The Girl of a Thousand Masks
MAL Score: 6.91
An OVA depicting the early events of the Glass no Kamen series.
Kitajima Maya is a young girl from a poor background with no talents of use to school or her widowed mother. However, she is obsessed with movies, theatrical plays and TV dramas-to the point of remembering every line from a movie she’s seen once, and dramatically acting out the stories, including every character, for anyone who will listen. One day, she encounters an old woman with a scarred face who claims that Maya is the girl she’s been looking for-for the old woman has spent years protecting the rights to a ‘legendary’ play.
This series of Glass Mask is good for two instances. One: A taste to see if this is a series you would like to watch in full or to have someone else watch to get them hooked. Or if you’re already hooked on Glass Mask and simply want more and a different perspective on the beginning.
The Girl of a Thousand Masks follows closer to the original manga in story as well as character design. I find it a treat to watch merely because it captures the original character designs with quality animation (unlike the old and flat looking first anime series). As much as I enjoy the 2005 anime, it’s nice to see this.
You can read a more thorough review on Glass Mask, 2005 version.
As the synopsis already states the OVA covers the earlier events of the series but I’ll assure you it completely excels at it in most aspects. The very first minutes of the first episode greet you with the heartbreaking past of Tsukikage-sensei only to cheer you up again and pull you right into the story with one of the loveliest openings in any anime I’ve seen. The song itself starts with a shoegaze-esque intro and complements the gorgeous sceneries and shots of Maya Kitajima as she rides her bike or shots of individual objects like some pair of Chucks lying in an empty practice hall. Each shot is beautifully composed that I couldn’t help but take screencaps at every opportunity. Storywise there isn’t anything to write home about as it only covers the very start of the manga but visually it’s very clear Tsuneo Kobayashi, a name which I also only discovered after watching this, went overboard with his creativity.
Now, Glass Mask is a Shoujo series that is relatively rich in drama, which as a sidenote happens to be a common thing among Shoujo series in the 70s. Evoking and creating tension as well as maintaining it throughout in certain scenes is not only crucial but not the easiest thing to do either. Tsuneo Kobayashi however, makes full use of his Cinematography knowledge and achieves crafting said scenes exceptionally well. For instance, when Maya first encounters Tsukikage she first reacts sceptically and finally runs away crying after seeing her scarred face. As suggested before Kobayashi makes heavy use of efficient Cinematography so you’ll see particularly well-utilized dutch angles and close-up shots very very often, which are of course present in this scene and thankfully in other scenes like this one. The animation quality typical for an OVA only adds to the visual eye candy. This way the tension never fades away and keeps you engaged with the anime throughout its entire runtime. It also results in this adaptation being perhaps the most dramatic one among the series. And it’s rather unfortunate to see this not even going beyond the first few stage plays of Maya. However, the amount of adapted material or the character development “lacking” compared to the TV shows shouldn’t be a dealbreaker since all of the characters are unique and fleshed out from the get-go. Ayumi is the polar opposite of Maya yet complements her in a way – both ambitioussly strive to become the flawless actress, Masumi takes a liking to Maya quite early on but has to restrict himself to not act stupidly or out of character, Sakurakouji sides with Maya whenever she is being treated unfairly, etc etc and all of that is very well conveyed in this OVA despite its short length.
The VAs also quite deliver and voice their characters pretty well. However, the most exciting part is probably hearing Megumi Ogata as the little and fragile but fierce Chibi-chan I mean Maya Kitajima. Her woMANLY voice doesn’t shine through one bit. On the contrary, it fits Maya surprisingly well – be it scenes of Maya raising her voice out of anger, sobbing like a child or simply leisurely conversing with her classmate.
TL;DR unexpectedly well storyboarding and directing nails almost every scene and reinforces the characters’ unique traits and personalities which makes this OVA the most worthwile experience for (the beginning of) the series. VAs fit their roles and don’t disappoint either.
I like that this one has more small details in plot and they make more realistic and intense atmosphere in comparison with “childish” original TV. Although on the other side there are many missed scenes that I like in 80’s.
Sometimes I felt like watching moving manga frames and it doesn’t mean well (some scences look good only on paper, you know).
One of the worst thing here is The-Purple-Roses-Man line. I don’t like how many times Masumi acts like in horrible romance drama. No, I like this line in orginal anime because it was not in the forefront. But there seems like Mary Sue :/
However, lovely OP/ED, great seiyuus (very interesting to listen to Ogata Megumi as Maya! And Toda Keiko who was Rei in TV version became Chigusa in OVA!) and also fine characters design (Ayumi is so different here) together with animation form another version of the all-time golden classic that I absolutely recommend not only for GnK fans, but for all anime lovers.
31: Ace wo Nerae! 2
MAL Score: 6.92
Three years has passed since the events of the first series. Hiromi continued training with her coach and became Japan’s junior champion. Their common profits have also contributed to the coach being chosen as the first trainer of the Japanese Selection of Tennis and is arranged to head a trip with the youngest members of the team to USA. The relation between Hiromi and its trainer is narrower at personal level but it exceeds the teacher-student bond with great difficulty.
Until she doesn’t.
For fans of the previous installments, the style shift and VA changes might be quite jarring. As we turn away from the softer palette and character designs (a bit more similar to black jacks ‘93 OVA), Fortunately this does not distract too much from the beloved tennis and personal drama. We also step away from unorthodox framing and shots to a more direct scene by scene. Sound quality is for sure a step up from the rest of the series as well. Aim for the Ace! 2 offers a look into the more personal trials and tribulations of our favorite characters as they go through loss, grief, and struggle. A more serious take on a sports anime, but absolutely worth it.
I enjoyed the first season (1973), even more the movie (1979), which I think it’s better directed and you can note a great animation improvement. But Ace wo Nerae! 2 has everything I could asked for. And not just because I love tennis with all my heart.
We see our main character in her transition of a beginner in tennis to a one of the biggest promises of Japan. Oka Hiromi has been working for three years with Munakata Coach. First episode takes place in the final of the National Tournament in her third year, while Madame Butterfly and Ranko are now college girls. We can see her new abilities and skills and it seems there is no rival for her in high school. This is just a preparation for what is to come in her career.
Without making major spoilers, this season has a lot of drama, more than in the previous installments, and also more mature themes. It’s not just that but it’s better constructed than in the previous season. In the 1979 movie (which I highly recommend before watching this season), we see a certain problem with Munakata in the final scenes. The OVA takes place around those days, and this is where the real drama begins.
Ace wo Nerae! 2 gives us a great representation of overcoming serious and personal difficulties while you are trying to improve and be the best in what you do. I really love all the characters’ development, especially our main heroine Oka Hiromi, who suffers the transition of being a simple child to an adult who have to face the reality of the world where she wanna live, where it depends on her to stand up and to continue trying her best.
Regarding the style, you will note the typical designs of 80s-90s animes (I prefer these than the 73′ and 79′) and a better direction, mainly scene by scene which I really liked because it gave a better dynamism to the tennis matches, something important to keep you glued to the screen and make you think you are watching a real match.
I know that the main direction was made by Noboru Furuse and Osamu Dezaki was the chief supervisor, but this clearly has the stamp of a Dezaki work: splendid pastel freeze frames, screen split in two and more.
This is absolutely worth it if you enjoyed the first season or the movie, and even if you weren’t really convinced by the previous installments and wanted to see more of this wonderful story of overcoming serious obstacles in life and trying to live in the sports world. I will be eternally grateful to have found this amazing anime and one of the spokon I have enjoyed the most.
30: Gravitation: Lyrics of Love
MAL Score: 6.93
Bad Luck’s lead singer and lyricist, Shindou Shuichi, is a total wreck. With deadlines for the band’s next album looming, the pressure is on, but the normally energetic Shuichi has become listless and fallen into a writing slump. It’s all because Yuki – the great love of his life – has suddenly become cold and distant. Depressed and anxious, Shuichi doesn’t want to think about lyrics – he just wants to know how to get Yuki to talk to him!
Now, thanks to Shuichi’s big mouth bragging to the press about how talented he is, the band can’t even hire someone else to write the lyrics for them. If they don’t manage to break Shuichi out of his slump soon, it could mean the end of Bad Luck for good!
Being from the original manga, the story was okay for what it was trying to do and where it came from. Some moments made me laugh, some put a smile on my face, and others were downright silly.
Considering this was aired in 1999, the animation isn’t all too bad. The only thing I noticed was some laziness by the animators in that there is repeated footage and they copped out to using illustrations from the manga artist for the ending credits. There were also some parts where the animation was a bit off anatomically(AKA QUALITY), but overall it was okay.
One of its main focuses is music, and like the anime(from what I have seen) it doesn’t really fail to deliver. The music itself is slightly reminiscent of boy bands from the nineties, but they have a strong rhythm borrowed from techno music. I personally liked the songs, as silly as some of the Engrish in them is(spicy marmalade, anyone?).
The sound quality(aside from the music) is fairly good, although you may have to turn up the volume a little at times for speech if you’re listening to the Japanese voice-over.
If anything, it succeeds in characterising the two main loverboys, Shuichi Shindou and Eiri Yuki. Shuichi is quite a character indeed, and Eiri Yuki is a good foil to his childish, boisterous nature. However, they seemed to skimp a little on character regarding the rest of the cast, but it wasn’t too big of a deal since that was covered in the anime(I presume) and the focus was on the couple.
I quite enjoyed it. It put a smile on my face at the end. Albeit it wasn’t the greatest OVA I’ve seen, but it succeeded it what it was trying to achieve.
Overall, it was fun. I suggest watching it for extra story if you’ve seen the anime only, but for manga readers, you’re not missing out on much except the actual music made for this.
Story (8): Okay, just saying now. If you’ve seen the anime, I suggest it. If you’ve only read the manga, not so much. It won’t make as much sense. But I really enjoyed the story behind this. I liked the first episode more than the second episode, though, because it made me cry. (I love angst…) It doesn’t really have anything to do with the actual anime, but it’s still an enjoyable little thing for Gravitation fans.
Art (7): Eh… it’s a lot different from Gravitations art style. It’s not as good or clean or bright. It’s definitly not as bright. Even Shuichi’s hair is a darker pink, which kinda disappointed me. Although I gotta say that it matches the art in the manga better. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t as good as the original art.
Sound (9): This would have gotten a lower score for reasons I will explain later. I feel like they changed Shuichi’s voice. But maybe that’s just me. It sounded different and more high pitched, especially when he’s doing the looong screaming scenes. It hurt my ears a little. But, of course, the music redeems it up to a nine. I had bought the CD before watching this, so I could sing along to every song. Spicy Marmalade and Shining Collection are my songs, so I was really excited to hear them. Especially the duet with Shining Collection with Ryuichi and Shuichi in the end. I watched it six times…
Character (10): Well, they’re all the original characters. There aren’t any new ones, as far as I can remember. Although… K’s character changed a little from his badass self. He seemed less badass. But, I can ignore that as long as he’s still shooting people in the face.
Enjoyment (9): This is probably more along a nine and a half… it was brought down for the many long high pitched screaming scenes I mentioned earlier. But I can overlook them for the greater good of the anime.
Overall (8): I really did enjoy this. I’m going to watch it a couple more times before I send it back to Netflix, so that’s always a good sign. So, hardcore fans like me, if you love Gravitation, go pick this up. ^_^
This is an OVA tied to a 13-episode series, so there’s not much to be expected in the plot department. Shuuichi is upset at Yuki for being so cold, and most of the first episode involves him being in a slump and trying, unsuccessfully, to make him open up. The second ones takes place mainly in the Tokyo Bay Music Fest, where Shuuichi’s favourite band, Nittle Grasper, is playing, and has him become able to write songs again. It’s nothing really ground-breaking, thought-provoking, or especially original, but it’s fun and enjoyable nonetheless.
The animation is a bit choppy. Scenes that would normally be very cool looking, like their performances, were mediocre. Smaller details like mouth, eye or hair movement were lacking. Though less prevalent than what I mentioned previously, there were also some still scenes and looped scenes (the latter were mostly found in the op). Granted, this was both an OVA and somewhat old (from 1999). Also, note that the animation was often rather over-the-top and “comical.” Expressions were exaggerated, people were physically crushed by words, there was full-face blushing and turning into rockets. This all could be good or bad depending on whether you enjoy that type of thing or not. I felt it was fitting considering the comedic nature of the show itself.
I’ll use this section to talk about music and voice work, starting with the former.
Besides the opening and ending, there were also many insert songs, as expected from an anime revolving around singers. All of the above were very catchy and well-done, with good singing and instrumentals. There’s a mix between the more enthusiastic and straight-out catchy songs, like the opening and “Spicy Marmalade,” and the more melancholy, like “In the Moonlight.”
As for the rest of the OST, it didn’t really stand out quite as much. Decent, sometimes more enjoyable, and fitting for the scenes, but nothing really special. Nothing really bad though, mind you.
On to the voice work. I’ve only watched the Japanese version, so I can’t comment on the dub. The voice acting was pretty good. Most characters had fitting voices, from the stoic and deep Yuki Eiri, to the excitable and energetic Shuuichi Shindou. I only had a few gripes with this section. One was that there were a few adult males who were still voiced by women. It just sounded a little off, and made their genders confusing too. The other was that Shuuichi’s voice could get annoying at times. Sure, it fit his personality, but it could get a bit whiny and screechy, especially when he yelled (which was often). The cries of “YUKI!” still ring in my head, and remind me a bit of a certain yandere from a completely different show.
Also, I couldn’t recognize many of voices, as I don’t typically watch shows from this period, but one that I did recognize and found a bit funny was that that Ryuuichi Sakuma was voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi. The sweet and childish idol Ryuuichi Sakuma, voiced by the same guy who voiced L from Death Note. And it fit so well.
This show has a variety of characters. Childish, easy-going, Shuuichi, accompanied by the taller and larger, quiet and emotionally-detached Yuki. The somewhat mysterious but caring Seguchi. The hot-headed K-san. The even more childish, but also kind, Ryuuichi Sakuma. However, there’s not that much character development. As I mentioned before, it is only an OVA for a series, so that’s to be expected. Yuki’s coldness didn’t really get that much of an explanation, and he only showed his fondness for Shuuichi about twice. Shuuichi is just about the same throughout the whole thing. Their relationship did not improve or change that much from this ordeal. Despite the lack of development, the characters were still entertaining and fun to watch, albeit a bit stereotypical.
Enjoyment/Overall: 8 and 7/10
I’m a fan of light-hearted, comedy series, so this appealed to me. It was just a fun, quick watch. I recommend it to others who like the same sort of thing. To those who don’t enjoy that sort of thing, and who may like darker, action-filled, or more psychological stuff, it may not be the best choice. And I know there are some of you out there who might not want to watch it because you don’t like yaoi. I was in the same boat as you people. It’s definitely filled with pretty boys, but it’s not teeming with fanservice. The only suggestive scenes are one heavily implied sex scene which brought out a whip before being revealed as a dream, and the last scene where it was somewhat implied that they were about to have sex. As it’s only two scenes, you can try to overlook them if they bother you. The comedic factors are still redeeming.
In short, not full of much substance, but short and funny and recommended even for those who don’t normally watch shounen-ai.
29: Precure All Stars DX the Dance Live : Miracle Dance Stage e Youkoso
Japanese: プリキュアオールスターズDX the DANCE LIVE ～ミラクルダンスステージへようこそ～
MAL Score: 6.96
Precure All-Stars DX the Dance Live: Miracle Dance Stage e Youkoso is an all-in-3D dance production featuring the Pretty Cures from seasons Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart through to Suite Pretty Cure? (sans Cure Muse).
The production lasts for 10 minutes, and is done entirely in stereoscopic 3D, featuring a medley of songs from the different DX movies, as well as some brand new songs. The dance production itself was released in movie theatres on 5 August 2011, accompanied by the release of a brand new single, Pretty Cure All Stars 3D Theatre Theme Song Single. The movie starts when a pink shooting star falls down from the night sky and soughts out a toy store, striking one of the Cure Dolls of Melody on display. The Melody Doll comes alive, freeing herself from her box. Jumping to the floor, she explores the toy store when she hears the noise of a crowd coming from outside. Running out of the store, she discovers a huge TV screen which reflects a “real-life” image of herself. Playing around with it, she is soon joined by a Cure Doll of Rhythm. The two spot Hummy, waiting several floors down on the dance floor, who waved at them and sends up two rainbow keyboards to the Cure Dolls. Nodding to each other, the two slide down the keyboard onto the dance floor, and the concert began. The concert ends with a shot of the huge TV screen shown during the introduction. The 3 Suite? Cures are seen smiling and waving at the audience, and as the shot zoomed out, the 3 Cure Dolls are shown at the bottom of the screen.
(Source: Pretty Cure Wiki)
28: Kyuuketsuhime Miyu
English: Vampire Princess Miyu
MAL Score: 6.99
A quiet gothic horror story about a vampire girl, Miyu, whose destiny it is to hunt down murderous demons known as Shinma and return them to their land of origin, the Dark. Miyu is pursued by the Spiritualist Himiko, determined to find out who Miyu is and to stop her from sucking the life blood from helpless humans. Each of the four episodes chronicle one of Miyu’s encounters with a Shinma and the humans that it is affecting, from the perspective of Himiko’s pursuit of Miyu.
The OVA’s strength is that the stories are much more interesting than most of the ones in the TV series. There are only 4 episodes and each is unique. The weakness is it tends to be like X-Files, here is the mystery of the week and the shinma/monster of the week. It gets predictably boring after a while, but luckily the short 4 episode length managed to keep it from being too boring or predictable. If there were more background or an overarching plot it would have scored higher.
Yet, like with all late 80’s shows, I just love the “rough” look of everything. The animation is nothing short of very well down. The mysterious demons and environments are incredibly detailed and add a very great atmosphere. The action sequences, while very few, definetly keep you enthralled. As for the characters themselves, there was a good number of development going on. It delved into all of the main character’s back stories without feeling incredibly forced and overdone. It gave a very good insight on each of the three involved. Despite all of this, the very short length, awful voice acting, and very formulaic episodes are what makes it just satisfactory, rather than anything noteworthy. However, the fact that this short little OVA will never see the light of day for most people, it is really worth your time to check out, as it won’t take anymore than 2 hours. A very unique and awesome approach to vampire storylines and great use of visuals and atmosphere.
27: Minky Momo in Yume ni Kakeru Hashi
English: Minky Momo in the Bridge Over Dreams
Japanese: ＭＩＮＫＹ ＭＯＭＯ ｉｎ 夢にかける橋
MAL Score: 7.07
A bridge’s legend tells that when two people meet on it, they will surely meet again. Momo meets a boy who doesn’t believe the legend, and promises that she will meet him again to prove it. As the year passes, she comes every day to wait for him, and becomes a small part of many people’s lives.
Have you ever heard of “Minky Momo” before? I wasn’t even familiar with the name until I came across this highly obscure gem by pure chance. As it turns out, “Minky Momo” was a really popular and influential magical girl anime that came out in the early ’80s, and it’s noteworthy for being the first magical girl anime not produced by Toei, who had previously ‘owned’ the genre since the late ’60s. The series is also quite controversial — at least in Japan — for several spoilerific reasons (and scenes). There was an odd sense of ‘maturity’ to this series that hadn’t been seen in any previous magical girl anime, and it was this ‘maturity’ that culminated in one of the most controversial scenes in magical girl history. Some might even say that particular parts of the franchise planted the seeds for Madoka Magica and following shows. Either way, I find it extremely odd that so many people in the West just don’t know anything about this anime despite its popularity in Japan, because I strongly feel that it is unique and well-written, starting with this OVA.
Bridge Over Dreams is the second-last part of the Minky Momo franchise to be released, and while this might take place after the first series, it isn’t in any way necessary to know anything about the franchise to be emotionally in tune with this OVA. For sure, there are clear benefits with being familiar with Momo’s personality and knowing what an impact losing her magic had on her beforehand – the drama gains a lot more context and weight, but I didn’t learn any of this until after I had already finished it, and I can tell you that I felt the weight of Bridge Over Dreams’ drama quite strongly. One thing that first-time viewers won’t be able to appreciate is the distinct tone of the OVA in comparison to the original series. Aside from that, this OVA is effectively standalone.
Bridge Over Dreams manages to craft a very distinctive atmosphere that really draws you in, early into the episode. Its prevailing sense of atmosphere meshes well with the themes it develops gradually throughout the episode. This OVA is rich in characterisation – not only Momo herself, but the other characters have plenty of personality. What I find particularly endearing about Bridge Over Dreams, however, is how it develops all of these characters primarily through its audiovisuals and implications rather than direct dialogue. These layers of subtlety add another dimension of depth to the OVA’s more straightforward storytelling, which serves well to amplify the character’s emotions and the overall authenticity and power of the atmosphere.
Minky Momo’s audiovisuals do a lot to help build a complex and engaging atmosphere. The soundwork, in particular, is particularly noteworthy. Not just the OST – though it is distinctive and engaging – but the OVA’s focus on sound in general, be it a gust of wind, the crashing of waves, or merely someone biting into an apple, this work is lined with a wide range of sound effects. It’s not something I’ve ever really paid attention to in other shows, but in this very quiet OVA, you can’t help but notice them. It helps to craft an incredibly engrossing atmosphere. It also helps that the voice actors (with particular regard to the eponymous Momo) bring a lot of emotion and energy to their roles, adding yet another layer of authenticity to the work’s overall composition.
The character designs in Bridge Over Dreams are easily the weakest aspect of the OVA; the childish aesthetic seems to be a holdover from the kids-oriented TV series, though it is at least visually appealing and easy to adjust to within the first few minutes. On the flip side, I found the detailed backgrounds to be the most impressive facet of production Bridge Over Dreams has to offer, though the animation is also very smooth, with one of the best examples of its painstakingly hand-drawn animation showcased in the first two minutes. While its production values aren’t so mesmersing two decades later, they hold up quite gracefully.
All of this comes together to form one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever been drawn right into throughout all of the anime I have experienced. The way the episode builds all of these characters up and how the passage of time is portrayed is a direct extension of the power of its atmosphere. Bridge Over Dreams thrives on its atmosphere and characters right up until the climax, where its themes take center stage. Everything culminates in a scene that will remain in my memories, most likely, for as long as I live.
Put aside 40 minutes of your time and be one of the few people to have seen this little gem. Perhaps you won’t love it nearly as much as I do, or perhaps you’ll feel that this slightly weird OVA simply wasn’t for you, but I urge you to at least give it a shot. These 40 minutes are something I will remember fondly for a very long time, and I hope that you may feel even a semblance as strongly about Bridge Over Dreams as I do.
A short beautifully narrated OVA. Recommended to watch.
*Explains the title change from ‘Mahō no Princess’ to ‘MINKY MOMO IN,’ because Momo is starring in these side stories as a main character but she no longer is the spectacle.
This review of MINKY MOMO IN Yume ni Kakeru Hashi (1993) contains spoilers! You have been warned!
The story begins when Momo meets a boy on a bridge. The boy is waiting for someone but talks to Momo to pass time; she then walks over to a food vendor and buys them a couple of crêpes. After that, the vendor asks if her and the boy are friends or lovers, Momo fervently denies their relationship—explaining to him that they had just met. The vendor tells her that everyone who meets on the bridge, are destined to meet again.
After Momo chats with the boy for a little bit, he promises to come see her the next day. But when the day comes, he never shows up. The rest of the story consists of Momo people-watching while she waits on the bridge, hoping to see the little boy again. There’s a large array of colorful characters—(1) the first is a hat model who gets fed up with her employers disregard for her well being and quits to go on a date with a miscellaneous man, who tries to catch her hat from flying away in the wind, (2) the second is a flower vendor who turns down a marriage proposal from a military pilot that is getting deployed the next day, she loudly exclaims to him that she refuses to be a widow, (3) a buxom beauty is seen on the bridge *with several different men, (4) there is an elderly man and woman who walk their dogs every day, but never seem to notice each other, (5) there’s a triathlon runner, (6) a blonde-haired girl, (7) the vendor, and (8) an elderly woman, resembling a Native American indian, who is always there.
*There are light implications that the woman in question is a sex worker. There is an infamous scene, during a Tōrō nagashi (lantern floating) festival, where she is in a suggestive position against a statue and asks him to wait until the fireworks show is over. This could either mean one of two things—she either really wanted to watch the fireworks or she didn’t want to be seen doing something illicitly vulgar.
Days and months pass, and Momo has yet to reunite with the boy that she’s smitten with. During those days and months, the model and her boyfriend break up and his glasses roughed up again—a call-back to their first meeting, when he accidentally crushes his own glasses when trying to catch her hat! With a critical mindset, the glasses could be emblematic of him losing sight of what he originally wanted. There’s an implication that he might have had an affair with the sex worker because during a segment, while it’s raining, she walks by him and he ogles the her in front of his girlfriend. The last scene that it shows of him, is the man dropping an engagement ring on the bridge, ultimately deciding to leave it on the ground, and walking home dejectedly. Momo picks up the ring and decides to hold onto it, so she can return it when he comes back.
The flower vendor begins to yearn for the military officer once he’s gone and stands on top of the bridge—when he signifies his return, as the fighter jet flies over them. After these events have transpired, winter comes and Momo is still waiting for the boy, in the freezing cold. The buxom beauty then approaches her and advises Momo not to wait for the boy to return. She goes onto to explain that she has never reunited with her past lovers, because there are better left as memories and seeing them again would be too painful. The old woman on the bridge then interjects, stating, ‘If you don’t wait through the harsh winter, you realize when spring has come.’ After that, the sex worker gives Momo an *apple—telling her that the fruit can provide more warmth than another person.
*Her visual motif is always carrying around an apple. My interpretation of the sinful woman carrying around fruit harkens back to the Garden of Eden in the Bible. She is trying to tempt Momo to stray away from her promise of meeting the boy again, in exchange for worldly wisdom.
In the OVA’s finale, Momo discovers that the bridge is going to be torn down. That evening, the old woman stands up and reveals to Momo that she’s the human embodiment of the bridge and tells her that she can use magic to reunite everyone… one last time. The reoccurring characters get their swan song—(1) the man with the glasses *has contacts now and when Momo returns the ring, the model reveals that he had bought her another ring and proudly displays it on her finger, (2) the flower vendor and the military pilot are having their wedding ceremony, (3) the buxom beauty is surrounded by a crowd of her past lovers and she responds by taking a bite out of the apple, (4) the elderly dog-walkers gets tangled up in the leashes—similar to Disney’s ‘Hundred and One Dalmatians’—and they blush, while staring amorously at each other, (5) the triathlon runner bursts through the goal as people cheer around him, and (6) the blonde-haired girl is reunited with the boy.
*Implying that he won’t ‘lose sight’ again! The apple, yet again, is a signifier of worldly desire.
When Momo and the boy exchange glances again, a nurse is pushing him around in wheelchair. ‘That’s her,’ he says, while pointing in Momo’s direction. Momo soon realizes that he was pointing to the blonde-haired girl behind her and Momo’s enthusiasm is deflated. The boy then adds that he got hit by a truck on his way to come meet her the next day, smiles at Momo, and verbally recognizes that they had met before, too.
Momo has the sudden epiphany that she’s surrounded by a lot of strangers that she had met on the bridge, that are also happy to see her again. The buxom beauty winks at her, gesturing a ‘I told you so!’ And Momo realizes that the point of her encounters on the bridge weren’t meant for one person, but for the many friends she made along the way. The journey is more important than the conquest after all. So, the bridge is torn down and a new one is built with a railroad track dividing the parallel sides. Momo concludes the story by reminding herself that even if a bridge is divided, people will somehow be able to find each other again.
Before this OVA, I was unaware that such a harrowing tale could be told in thirty-eight minutes! The beats of the story are reminiscent of a Charles Dickens novel, in structure. This kind of moral catharsis is echoed through centuries of classic literature. A story that cannot be done justice with words alone.
The stylization of Yume ni Kakeru Hashi is similar to Ghibli’s productions during their *golden era. The scenery is draped beautifully around the meticulously designed characters. It is obvious that this OVA was created out of pure love for the Minky Momo franchise, or simply for the sake of art itself.
*Every brilliant artist, or studio, typically has a ten-year period where they make their most prolific pieces and, after that bracket of time, an artist usually runs out of creative fuel. In Ghibli’s case, their golden era spanned from 1986–2001. A fifteen-year culmination of memorable stories is exceptional! Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata deserve all the praise they get!
It’s strange because, other than Minky Momo’s *chief director, the main director credited to this project is Yoshitaka Fujimoto and, aside from Cyber Team in Akihabara, he has mostly directed smut. I can’t say whether his pornographic productions have been any good or not, because I don’t watch hentai, but they must be if Fujimoto can create such a heartrending Minky Momo OVA.
*Kunihiko Yuyama has had a hand in directing every series, movie, and OVA—that is part of Minky Momo’s franchise. Other than that he has directed nearly every Pokémon TV series and movie to date, as well as other notable productions: Wedding Peach, Genmu Senki Leda, and Windaria.
Other notable figures in the production of MINKY MOMO IN The Bridge of Dreams are animation director, Keiichi Satō: Tiger and Bunny, Gantz:0, Inuyashiki, Karas, Shingeki no Bahamut, and Asura; the character designer, Hiroshi Watanabe, also did designs for Yume de Aetera—a staple series in ‘90s otaku culture.
There are a few famous seiyū in this OVA—first of all, in the ‘90s, Momo’s original seiyū (Mami Koyama) was succeeded by, none other than, Megumi Hayashibara: Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop), Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Musashi (Pokémon), Ranma Saotome (Ranma ½), Lina Inverse (Slayers), Ai Haibara (Detective Conan), and many other popular roles!
Mika Doi was cast as The Beauty, this seiyū is known for her roles as Queen Serenity from Sailor Moon and Misa Hayase from Macross.
Yūko Mizutani was cast as The Flower Girl, this seiyū is known for her roles as Pinoko from Black Jack, Sora Takenōchi from Digimon Adventure, Sara Zabiarov from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Minnie Mouse in Kingdom Hearts, and Mihoshi Kuramitsu from Tenchi Muyō! Unfortunately, Yūko Mizutani died from breast cancer on May 17th, 2016.
Conclusively, MINKY MOMO IN The Bridge Over Dreams is a must-watch OVA! You don’t have watch the rest of the Minky Momo series to be able to enjoy this one! I rate MINKY MOMO IN Yume ni Kakeru Hashi a 8/10 and a hard recommendation to anyone willing to put aside thirty-eight minutes to see it!
26: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun: Tonari no Gokudou-kun
MAL Score: 7.12
The characters of Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun return for an anime original story in a parallel universe.
In addition to the characters being ‘off’, the plot is weak, and resolved multiple times by what I assume are blatant and intentional Deus ex Machina resolutions. You my find the nonsensical/quirky outcomes humorous (I think that was the intent), but in comparison to the original series, this episode is a bit of a let-down to say the least.
I don’t know why they made this. It’s not horrible, but it’s not very good either. It was probably created as ‘light-hearted’, intentional nonsense- but doesn’t quite pull it off.
Watch it if you want, just know it presents as a ‘proper (but bland) story’ for about 2/3rds before spiraling into insanity/obscurity. There is a reason the main series is ranked around 500 (good), and this one ranks in around 1700 (nowhere near as good). The reason is they are two completely different anime.
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This OVA was overall just fun to watch; the whole time switch thing was iffy but opened room for randomness which had me laughing out loud a few times. Up until the half way point I was loving this, the way they were doing things was really working; I was thinking 10/10, but then things really went down hill and made you look back and think “was this really the whole plot?” and you look at it completely differently. The very end was quite strange and you wont see it coming from a mile away, it redeemed itself somewhat from the last minutes leading up to it but overall was not an ending I was hoping for, though the ending would have been superb if the conclusive ending was so stupid.
Overall 8/10, it was great starting out, ruined by a terrible plot, then partially redeemed with the final scene that should have been the plot the whole time.
The characters are stereotyped with their most memorable characteristics, and this is actually a really funny fact about the OVA, the comedy part you know?
The story starts great, but the end is absolutely bad. It’s really pushy to be funny, and because of that, the story is ruined and it was, at least for me, not funny.
I absolutely love the art and sound from Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, nothing to complain about it, it is really good, but not the best I’ve seen, but it’s still a really good point in it
It is a pretty OK OVA, not bad, not good, but at least we have an end, differently from the anime LOL
25: Kodomo no Omocha
Japanese: こどものおもちゃ OVA
MAL Score: 7.13
The Kodomo No Omocha OVA is a thirty-minute animation video that was made before the TV series. It covers the first volume of the manga, so it’s equivalent to TV episodes 1-6. It relates Sana’s troubles with Hayama at school as a result of the “oyakodon baka” situation and culminates when Hayama’s dad and sister realize their mistakes thanks to Sana’s efforts.
24: Shounen Maid: Onna wa Dokyou, Otoko wa Aikyou
Japanese: 少年メイド 第8.5話 女は度胸、男は愛嬌？
MAL Score: 7.13
An unaired episode 8.5 included with the third BD/DVD release.
23: Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Hitoribocchi no Kyuuketsuki
MAL Score: 7.13
2 Unaired Episodes of Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin.
The subject this time around is vampires, after a corpse turns up in Shinjuku drained of all its blood with a neck wound only those with the sight can see without help. Theo as it turns out is a vampire expert specifically, so the detectives assigned to the case from “Unit Zero“, the ones who get the cases that don’t make sense to muggles turn to him for help.
Theo has already planned to drag Arata with him to Senda’s place for New Year’s because of an Another he’s been observing there for 15 years that he’s been dying to communicate with and it turns out that Another is Japan’s last surviving vampire.
That vampire is the perp as it turns out but not by choice. Someone from Theo’s past named Saejima is using him as a means to strike out at Theo, who he apparently loathes for reasons that at first are not entirely clear.
As we’ve seen before in Mayonaka, when too many parties get involved things tend to get much messier between the humans and Anothers. And in this case that means not just Unit Zero but a sort of Another hitman named Tamao, whose job it is to take out Anothers who are targeting humans.
There’s a lot of interesting background in this story stuff like the special tattoo Saejima uses to prevent Anothers from seeing him. As it happens he’s more or less a psychopath with a special grudge against Theo, And the unfortunate vampire, whose name is Sakura as it turns out, is just a pawn in Saejima’s revenge scheme.
All in all this would rank as one of Mayonaka’s better serials, I’d say. The second episode especially is superb, full of the pathos that characterizes this sort of material at its best
I guess my only complaint would be though, that there isn’t enough Kohaku, at all. Sorry, I needed to see my pretty boy.
I also loved that the OVA was centered around vampires, a much appreciated surprise after finishing the main show. Although, I’d like to complain and ask why this OVA isn’t tagged with the ‘vampires’ genre? It literally has vampire in the name…
Anyway, watch the main show! It’s only twelve episodes long and is a pretty chill and well paced anime to watch! You’ll have to get passed the clearly budgeted art style, but it’s really a good show otherwise!
TL;DR: Is nice to know more about Theo, and the new Supernatual being introduced. The story is executed well to portray the characters and their association clearly (and charmingly).
Since this is an OVA sequel, I will keep my review to the main points. I have already reviewed extensively under Season 1. Basically, Art and Sound are more or less the same as Season 1, there were no major differences or improvements, just lesser scenes for minor issues to stand out. So all is satisfactory with the Art and Sound.
Story is good for this OVA, considering it focuses on my favourite character, Theo (Seo). The story is not confusing, and executed rather well. As the story introduces new characters and try to give the audience more insight into Theo, doing it in merely 2 episodes and have it not feel rushed is pretty noteworthy. From this OVA, there were several side characters being introduced mainly to expand more on Theo’s background. The troupe here is pretty basic with a nonsensical antagonist with reasonable motives and an endearing sacrifice that the story surround itself with but yet doesn’t rely on. There will probably be side characters that will never appear in the series anymore, and their actions in this OVA may not connect to any future plots either. But they definitely do play their part well in this story. After completing an anime that introduced new characters but yet not have them blend into the story, I can say that I am more than satisfy about the way this story uses its characters. No characters were wasted, and all their actions and storylines come together really well (albeit is just 2 OVAs, but I am especially keen on such details).
As how a person is defined by their personality, actions, and past. The new characters that were introduced here have some basic persona, but their backgrounds and their actions are interesting. The backgrounds, especially, are a little more than interesting, they are also kind of fun or amusing (Can’t really describe this). There were characters that are shrouded in mystery as nothing more was shown about them other than some interesting scenes. But you can tell, it is laying the groundwork for them to make their appearance again in the future story (This is just a sneak preview of those characters, hahhaha~). And the story does complement the characters well that leaves the audience a little bit more curious about the new characters but not cutting off with a “cliffhanger” and induce some sort of hunger for more. The existing main cast does’t have much to show, except for Theo, and as mentioned above, the story aims to expand more on him, so of course we got more understanding of Theo, and probably a minor development of his views on the supernaturals.
22: Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte
English: Please Save My Earth
MAL Score: 7.15
Alice Sakaguchi once dreamt that she is another person living on the moon. The dream is so strange and so real that Alice can’t stop thinking about it. She finds out that some of her classmates are having the same kind of dream. They soon discover that they had been seeing flashes of their past lives as a team of scientists on the moon. Alice and her friends then decide to find the other members and piece together what took place back then. Complications arise when they realize that everything that happened in their previous existence continue to haunt and affect their present lives.
Throughout the series there is an environmental sub-theme. I find myself wishing that the anime creators had included more of this element, as there was lots of content to support a more Arjuna-esc tale. However, the romantic revelations in PSME are enough to carry the series through to Excellence.
The music by Hajime Mizoguchi and Yoko Kanno is outstanding, though it may not appeal to all viewers. I think it was a perfect mix of sci-fi and primitive sounds. Akino Arai’s Prologue: Time of Gold Flowing is a beautiful track and has a very tragic tone to it.
Please Save My Earth has the most hateable and lovable characters. If you cannot get wrapped up in this teenage romantic fantasy then perhaps a closer evaluation of your previous lives is necessary. This touching journey makes my top 10 anime without a doubt as the series took me on a journey of classical and unrivaled romantic fantasy.
Story: The basic premise of PSME is the tragedy of seven reincarnated researchers. Originally members of a scientifically advanced civilization, they were tasked to observe the earth from a base on the moon. The specific focus of the plot is how the characters interact once the tragic events which lead to their deaths come to light. A very compelling plot follows, combining elements of classical tragedy and science fiction. I would note, however, the OVA doesn’t end with a climax so much as with a somewhat vague outro. This is generally one of two things: a hasty way to wrap thing up, and a contribution to the atmosphere of the show. Personally, I don’t see the story marred much by the lack of a "proper" ending.
Art: Detailed, but nothing really special, given the age it was drawn in. The only notable feature is that the visuals manage to be dark without being intense. Even when the scene is tragic, it has a mellow yet urgent feel to it.
Sound: The ending to this show, "Toki no Kioku", is, quite literally, my #1 song in all of anime. (Beating out Forever Young, Yuuzora no Kamihouki, and Love a Riddle) It’s about 3 minutes long, and it could be a lullaby, dirge, or ballad, depending on your mood. It really encapsulates both the tragic and mellow components of the show. THe soundtrack itself is the same way, a mix of easy listening and orchestral which really puts the plot away.
Character: The seven scientists are well developed, and, the more you see, the deeper the bonds between them draw you in. Each character has complex emotions which play a clear role in their motives, and their visual designs fit their moods so well it’s almost scary.
Enjoyment: This show made me cry, and it’s one of two anime that has ever actually done that. It’s sad enough to be believable, but not so sad that I can’t relate. I watched it for the full three hours without even taking a bathroom break.
Overall: The presentation was artful, the sound fantastical, and it’s short enough to fit into an afternoon. I’d recommend this to almost any anime fan.
• The story is about a group of alien scientists observing Earth from a moon-base before being able to visit the planet. Tragically, a deadly disease kills all of them on the space station before any of them are able to fulfill their dreams of venturing to Earth, but because their desire was so strong, all of them are reincarnated into earthlings.
• The characters all have reoccurring dreams of being their past selves, and form an online meet-up to discuss the dreams and speculate. Eventually, things get messy as the group begins to get their current and past lives mixed up. Some characters who were women in their past lives are now homosexual men, others harbor unrequited feelings for certain members that carry on into their current lives, and the cycle repeats itself.
• A web of existential drama is woven. I won’t say anything to spoil who’s who (the first few episodes of the OVA have a Detective Conan style revelation on a couple of charactersーwho hide who they are, from their past life), but Rin Kobayashi (this is a spoiler-free review, so I wouldn’t reveal his ACTUAL identity) is the most powerful character in the OVA. The last episode is actually a heart-wrenching retelling of his childhood in his previous life.
• The ending song, Toki no Kioku, is absolutely stunning, and the visuals are beautifully brought to life by Production I.G. though you can obviously tell that this show was conceived 1993. I’m a passionate fan of the animeーbut, I haven’t finished the manga and stopped after a few volumes, because I didn’t care for the art style in the comic version. Because the animated version of the story was condensed into a short OVA, the anime leaves off on an unsatisfying cliffhanger. I hope thatーin the future, there will be a remake of that conveys the feeling of guilt and moral catharsis to create a similar opus of fragmented characters and forlorn love as was represented in the style of the OVA.
• If you’re looking for a series that is a lethargic adventure revolving around identity and reincarnation, I think Please Save My Earth would be something worth looking into. I give it a 8/10 and firm recommendation.
21: Fushigi Yuugi OVA
English: Mysterious Play OVA
MAL Score: 7.16
A year after the events of Fushigi Yuugi, Tamahome is pulled back into the book and is sent on a complicated ride through illusion, confusion, and betrayal. Meanwhile, Yui is acting oddly and Miaka is heartbroken over the loss of Tamahome, while Keisuke and Tetsuya try to discover what is going on with the book.
What confused me the most is the time frame – I am not aware of how much time has passed since the last episode of the TV series. Furthermore, how can Hotohori’s great grandchild exist when it’s obvious that Chichiri and Tasuki has not aged at all? Well at least that’s what I understood from Wikipedia. If it is what it is, then it doesn’t make much sense. Yui’s hair length is something to think about as well. From what I understand, it hasn’t been too long from the events of the series. Miaka and Yui had just entered high school, so what’s with the long hair, Yui?
The music is still the same – not exactly the same. It sounds the same, mid 90s style, that kind of music. I only like the opening song. The background music is definitely in the background. I think that’s all I can say about the music.
I still do think that it is worth watching. I am a Fushigi Yuugi fan after all, and I just have to watch every thing related to the series. Besides, there are 3 extras by the end of each episode. It’s about the gang (Along with Keisuke and Tetsuya) going to hot springs, and it turns out only women are allowed so the all the guys dress up like women (Yes people, even Nakago and Mitsukake). I do think that this was the high part of the OAV, and for this reason, it should really be watched.
hopefully they will continue this line in the next one… seems like so much dragging out tho…
Storyline: Basically Tamahome is thrust back into the "Universe of the Four Gods." And while he’s in there he’s mistaken as Nakago which leads to his eventual mental breakdown. Like I said, at first the storyline is a bit confusing and at parts you don’t entirely know what’s going on. However as the story progressed I eventually understood what was happening.
The story really had a very realistic feel with Tamahome wondering, "Am I Nakago or am I Tamahome?" Or was his mind playing tricks on him? Was he going crazy? It also had an extremely emotional feel to it. With Tamahome’s breakdown, with Miaka’s doubt at losing the memories she cherished in the book, with Yui forced to see her friend succumbed to such a state, and Tetsuya and Keisuke who, without their relation to the book, must stand back and read whatever is going on. Truth to say, I’d give the storyline an 8. Mainly because it confused the hell out of me and it took some time for me to get it straightened out. And the fact that, rather than in the manga, everything seemed to be rushed to a resolution.
Art: Beautiful. Although there was a lude scene in there that didn’t exactly need to be placed. Aside from that the drawings were well done and the raw emotion depicted on the characters was breathtaking. All in all, a 10.
Character: We all know the characters if we’ve watched the series. Everyone has their certain strengths and weaknesses that are depicted in the OVA. Each person was in character, however, at a certain point I often wondered how that person resolved something so quickly. But I suppose within the time limit the creators had for the OVA they had to do something. I rate the characters a 9.5.
Overall: Truthfully I loved the series and knowing that there was also an OVA, I was flipping thrilled. But compared to the manga, everything in this felt rushed and nothing really noteworthy happened. Same thing: Bad guy comes to book, priestesses come to book, celestial warriors fight, bad guy beaten, everything somewhat goes to normal. Despite the cliche, the confusing storyline, and the rushed resolution the OVA was all right. In my opinion it’s certainly good to watch if you are an avid Fushigi Yugi watcher. So for my overall impression I give this OVA a 9 out of 10.
20: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars – Hero Club
Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーン セーラースターズ ヒーロークラブ
MAL Score: 7.26
Compilation of Sailor Stars with added narration.
19: Sukitte Ii na yo.: Dareka ga
MAL Score: 7.26
Mei, Aiko, Asami, and Nagi are making cookies at Mei’s house. Knowing that the process could take a while, Nagi chases Yamato out of the house. He receives a text from Kai, who asks him if he wants to meet up at the park. When Yamato arrives, it is revealed that the rundown park was where the two of them first talked and bonded for the first time. After bantering a bit, Kai asks Yamato why he, who had always seemed to be having fun with a large crowd around him, was always the first one at the park after school. Yamato admits that he used to feel like he was a chameleon; someone who didn’t have his own personality and just changed himself to please others. Kai tells Yamato that he used to hate the town, but thanks to Yamato, he now finds it to be beautiful. Kai reassures him that he is his own person, and Yamato confesses that after he met Mei, he realized just how lonely he was. Kai later runs into Megumi at the bus stop. They start talking, and Kai tells her that he thinks she’s cool for staying true to herself while modelling. Megumi snaps back at him, and Kai, offended, leaves. When Momo comes, Megumi regrets lashing out on Kai and later becomes embarrassed when Momo suggests that Megumi likes him. At Mei’s house, the cookies are done and turn out to be delicious. Mei’s mom shoos Mei and Yamato out of the house. Yamato hugs Mei and tells her he’s glad she’s with him. They watch the sunset together before continuing their walk, holding hands.
Story: it starts when Aiko,Asami and Nagisa helping Mei makeing cookies for Yamato and then we see Yamato talking with Kai and talk about the past and opened for each other and we got to Kai and Megum talking to each other about her life >> I know that not a story per say but regardless it was a good episode none the less
Art: it was superb none the less
Sound: it was good suit it for the episode and for the moments
Character: you have to watch the series because this an extend of it .. but there Kai and Megum develop feelings for each others (Ps: i wanna see spin off for those two make it now )
Enjoyment: i am really enjoy it and i hope a second Ova or third … after i finish it i felt i need to watch the series again
Overall: It’s good Ova for an awesome series i recommend everyone to watch the series and the Ova
18: Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji: Gishinanki – Happening Kiss
Japanese: オオカミ少女と黒王子「疑心暗鬼 -Happening kiss-」
MAL Score: 7.26
OVA bundled with 12th manga volume.
The OVA includes a popular chapter that was not adapted in the TV series.
(Source: MAL News, edited)
Anyways, so pretty much this OVA takes place after the main story of the anime ends, and focusses on how Erika and and Kyoya are doing with their relationship. I’m not going to spoil the story too much, but it was pretty good by this show’s standards.
The biggest problem I had was that the characters kinda looked not as sharp as usual. Same goes with the backgrounds, but seeing as this is an OVA meant to be bundled with the manga, I’m not going to be too harsh. I mean, I was just happy getting to see Kyoya’s evil face again after I finished the show like 3 months ago.
So, the OVA is literally like another episode and you don’t really lose anything by watching it.
17: Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu
English: Mysterious Play OVA 2
Japanese: ふしぎ遊戯 第二部
MAL Score: 7.27
Miaka and Taka (Tamahome’s reborn out-of-the-book self) return to the Universe of the Four Gods to try and restore Tamahome’s memories to Taka. This is not as easy as it sounds, however, when the evil Tenkou shows up to rain on their parade. He manages to thwart most of their attempts at getting Taka’s memories back, and uses his newfound power to summon the Gods outside the book.
The animation is just as good as the TV series, and this OVA give a lot of the background of the Suzaku 7 that isn’t really shown in the TV series. You also finally get to see the white tiger Byakko (one of the 4 gods). If you enjoyed the TV series, I guarantee you will like this OVA.
It kinda continues where it left off in OVA 1. Once again, the story and everything happening was pretty rushed. It had a bit better pacing than OVA 1, but I still felt like it prolonged the emotional scenes and didn’t provide enough for the actual events.
The cool thing about this OVA was that we get to look in detail about some of the Suzaku Seven members’ past like Chichiri and Nuriko!
The thing I didn’t like was that some of them were out-of-character. May be done on purpose to cover for the story, but it was strange and kinda made me start disliking the characters :/
imagine liking a character for a whole 52 episodes just to see their likable personality thrown down the drain. Even if and when they recovered from being out-of-character, they just seemed awkward for the rest of the OVA..
Overall, an ‘okay’ OVA.
But in another hand I really like that, because I have more episodes to watch!!
And this time the art and design it’s better that the previous seasons!
I can get sick of saying this! Every time I watch something related to this anime, I can see the true power of love, the really love story of the main characters and we can get enough of the others characters of the anime.
Of course we love Taka/Tamahome and Miaka.. But how would be story without Noriko, Hotohori, Tasuki and the others??!
I think in this OVA they pay more attention to the others characters and it was a really good choice!
16: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Memorial
English: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Memorial
Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーン メモリアル
MAL Score: 7.35
A summary of each season of the Sailor Moon franchise, narrated by various Sailor Moon characters.
15: Kyou kara Maou! R
MAL Score: 7.45
Life has returned to some form of normalcy after the end of the series, and so His Majesty Yuuri Shibuya travels to oversee how things are going. While doing so, he runs into the king of Small Shimeron–Sararegi. But it seems there may be something more to him than the friendly king he presents himself as. Yuuri go back to Shimaron to relax and meet some friends, when the “king” of Little Shimaron suddenly joins the group and wants the Maou to come to his country. The Original king sends a message to Yuuri’s brother and his friend that Yuuri is in trouble.
I, personally, expected more from this series of ovas but since the anime is mainly a Comedy (shounen-ai notwithstanding) the plot (or its absence) was in every ova rather plain and full of cuteness. BUT don’t let my review stop you from viewing this ovas! For you will without a doubt laugh or at least giggle some.
these little extra side story things are pretty good. each episode has its own kind of sub plot, like aside from the main one from kyou kara maou! if you like the first season im sure you would like the ova’s.
the art in this was just as good in the first season.
also just as good
i like all the characters just as before but i wish there were sertain characters we could have seen more of.
they were really good 🙂
really liked it
14: Kaleido Star: Aratanaru Tsubasa – Extra Stage
English: Kaleido Star: New Wings Extra Stage
Japanese: カレイドスター ～新たなる翼～ EXTRA STAGE
MAL Score: 7.51
Sora Naegino has finally consolidated herself as Kaleido Stage’s greatest star ever, and a new star starts to shine as Rosetta Passel is selected to participate in the next attraction in a main role. But when things start to go wrong in the rehearsals, Rosetta starts to question her abillity to take the role, as her own capacity to remain in Kaleido Stage. Meanwhile, Fool also struggles with his demons from the past.
That said, the Kaleido Star OVA has an inferiority complex.
The original series integrated explosive, illuminating, all-consuming fervency with sophisticated, soul-searing psychological drama. It explored an array of ideologies and thematic elements while maintaining an aura of carefree innocence. It interweaved a melange of literary references, some blatantly obvious and others deceptively subtle, into the individual arcs of its characters, enhancing the cast as a whole. It presented each episode as something essential to the overall story and it always ensured that each episode would be notable in its own fashion. It was marvelously entertaining, structurally outstanding, and near-perfect in every facet. It was so for virtually all of its 51 episode run. In short, Kaleido Star showcased some impossibly high standards for the OVA to achieve.
Whether or not the OVA reached the original series’ expectations depends entirely on how you feel about Rosetta (voiced by Serena Varghese). In the original series, Rosetta was an aspiring circus performer with prodigious talents that viewed Sora Naegino (Kaleido Star’s lead) as both a role model and a friend. Good-natured and charitable yet incredibly stubborn at times (almost as much as Sora), Rosetta came across as a likable character, if more than a bit generic. Sure, she possessed a few highlights (namely her staged showdown with Sora in her first appearance) and she performed fairly well as the centerpiece of a few episodes but at no point did you think that Rosetta could be the star of the show. After all, there have been plenty of occasions where someone else outshined her as a character,
You can’t condemn me for being surprised at Rosetta headlining an OVA all by her lonesome.
“Does Rosetta do well in this OVA?” you might ask. Well, I have to say that while ther are new layers to her personality that are introduced, it’s ultimately not enough to justify Rosetta being the OVA’s protagonist. The other characters fare no better. While the original series provided nuance, purpose, and development to its cast, the characters here are given barely visible slivers of screen time, tossed aside like a ragdoll in humiliating fashion. Leon Oswald, a tortured man of mystery, the infamous “God of Death”, Kaleido Star’s ultimate Byronic Hero, is briefly seen twisting his body in an unnatural position and uttering indecipherable noises while iconic characters like Layla Hamilton, Kalos, and Yuri Killian are resigned to a few meager lines. Outside of Rosetta, the only cast members that (sort of) matter are May (her sole contribution is criticizing Rosetta), the Fool (I’ll get to him later), and Sora. Excluding Rosetta, she contributes more than anyone else but ultimately Sora’s impact is hardly worth remembering.
In the technical areas, the Kaleido Star OVA is a reasonable resemblance of the original. Its color palette is as dynamic as ever and the backgrounds are unsurprisingly stellar. Musically speaking, it’s a joy to listen to (The opening “Blanc et Noir” is particularly soothing). However, it’s not enough to compensate for the OVA’s shoulder shrug of a storyline. The plot is centered on Rosetta’s emergence as Kaleido Stage’s leading lady as well as the Fool’s backstory. While the OVA presents a few glimpses into the fan favorite’s past, it’s ultimately not enough to be compact. From what I’ve gathered, the Fool was a court jester in the Middle Ages that was driven to erase the sadness of his lover (a Rosetta look-a-like princess). For some reason, the Fool was forcibly separated from the princess and wasn’t able to fulfill his mission. What could’ve been a fantastic plot element is marred by a lack of developing anything beyond that point as well as an inability to create a resolution.
“Cop-out” is the perfect word to describe the Kaleido Star OVA. It doesn’t care about characterization. It doesn’t care about a storyline. It doesn’t care about endings (The spiderweb scene (a classic deus ex machina moment) and the jarring conclusion is proof of this). It doesn’t care, period. To claim that this OVA falls short of the original series’ brilliance would be a glorious understatement. “The Amazing Princess Without a Smile” is deprived of so many positive qualities that a smile is the last thing it needs to worry about.
13: Ao Haru Ride OVA
Japanese: アオハライド OAD
MAL Score: 7.59
“Unwritten” – An episode about Futaba and Kou in middle school. Based on the chapter called “Unwritten.” also known as chapter 0 or Prologue.
“Page.13” – An episode that continues the story after the television series’s 12th and final episode.
The story is basic but great, i love the pacing too. All of this happens so fast, just 12 episodes! but when you read the comments, all of them are like “i want s2” and you will be in the same boat as them when you`re done.
But anyway, this is great, the anime is great, and now I´m to read the manga. Peace. And btw, the anime is chapter 1-13, so if you dont want to read what you just watched, then here you go!
Sorry for bad english btw…. xD
Not too much to add in this section, feels just like the main show. I’d forgotten that Futaba’s hair has so much volume! Expressions and emotions are great in this show overall, middle school Futaba’s innocence is really well represented.
There aren’t any OP/EDs in this OVA, there are end credits but it’s just played over BGM. The background music is identical to the parent show, some of the tunes are instantly recognizable; it was utilized to outstanding effect to end the prequel episode. The VAs are identical to the main show, expect a strong performance throughout. Maaya Uchida sure can go through her hiragana tables quickly…
Unlike a lot of run of the mill OVAs, this is not a filler between seasons; it actually adds substance to the show as a whole. The first episode recounts how Futaba slowly and innocently falls in love with Kou. The second episode adds on to the ending of the parent show. Remember how Yuuri said she was going to get serious in the summer? Well, this episode takes place in summer. In addition, there are some really nice atmosphere scenes in this episode, some of which are ironically funny for the viewer. If you’re looking for more of the pure, innocent hatsukoi story that is Ao Haru Ride, you’ve found it.
We know a lot about our characters by this point, yet this still manages to add on quite a bit more. Even though I knew exactly what was coming in the first episode, the last scene with Futaba still caught me off guard, a brilliant way to round out the episode. The second episode was equally impressive as the dynamic character relations continue to evolve. Expect some rather bold advances and surprisingly a lot of screen time for Touma (the guy that Futaba “molested”).
This is an absolute must watch for those who enjoyed the main show. It adds valuable content and further cements this show as one of the outstanding examples in the genre.
While this is a nice touch on the anime, showing and reminding us of some of the most essential moments of it, I did find this to be a bit boring at times. If the pacing was a bit better this could have been a 7 or 8 at best but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the anime.
Still a pretty cute back view on previous events and it reminded us of some stuff that had happened. I would say that if you’re watching ao haru ride, you should totally watch this.
12: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime: Nandemonai Takaramono, Kono Page
Japanese: 赤髪の白雪姫 ～なんでもない宝物、この頁～
MAL Score: 7.71
Bundled with the limited edition 15th volume of the manga.
1. Volume 10, Chapter 41: Shirayuki to Zen, Hajimete no Joukamachi Date (白雪とゼン、はじめての城下町デート)
2. Volume 7, Special Chapter: Raji Ouji Youshou no Migiri (ラジ王子幼少のみぎり)
3. Volume 11, Special Chapter: Hajimari no Zen & Mitsuhide & Kiki (始まりのゼン＆ミツヒデ＆木々)
Obviously, the OVA only really makes sense if you’ve seen the show proper. You needn’t have seen the whole show, though, and even if you hadn’t seen the show I could still imagine piecing together the characters and such from context. However, without the show as context, it would be a shallow, if sweet, OVA.
For this OVA and the show in general, the art isn’t outstanding or anything. If I had to describe it, it was as if someone took generic fantasy design and mixed them with anime, then added like 10% original artistic flair. Just enough to be easily distinguished from its visual ilk, but not enough to stand out in general. Likewise, the sound design was fine, but nothing really stands out about it at all. Just very competent.
The OVA gets by on the strength of its characters. They are all generally good natured people with amiable relationships that just feel good and real. The characters all have faults, but the OVA and show never linger on them. This OVA does a good job of pointing that out–the prince character, for instance, has his weaknesses and faults shown lightheartedly in a flashback and at the end of the episode.
Generally speaking, if you liked the show, you will like this. It feels a little rushed compared to the series proper, maybe because it is trying to highlight *everything* that makes the show enjoyable in a single OVA where the show proper kinda takes its time establishing its lovable cast and lively premise. I liked the series more, naturally, but this was a lovely throwback to one of my favorite shows. *The* fantasy romance anime, undisputed.
This ova adapted 3 volumes that hadn’t been animated and to be honest while it’s great, I had to give it a 7/10 jut because of the length. It is pretty much flawless and worth watching if you want the complete akagami no shirayuki-hime experience. In reality, I would have given this a 7.7 or something like that, because of the length and the already unoriginal story I decided to give it a 7.
Just like the 2 seasons of the anime, it features a really wholesome love story of a herbalist and the king, in this title they just go on a date and talk a bit. Not much more but I found it cute and pretty well done.
11: Asagao to Kase-san.
English: Kase-san and Morning Glories
MAL Score: 7.72
Yui Yamada, a high school girl with a fondness for plants and gardening, starts dating Tomoka Kase, the ace of her school’s track team. Yui is shy, girly, and has never been in a relationship. On the other hand, Tomoka is vivacious, tomboyish, and popular among her friends. Despite being different in so many ways, they try to understand and support each other while experiencing the rush of exhilaration that accompanies the magic of first love.
Asagao to Kase-san is a heartwarming tale of two girls dealing with their ever-increasing feelings for each other along with other concerns that plague the hearts of maidens in love.
Although I love this movie, there is little story until towards the end, which is why I gave it a lower rating. The art and music is absolutely amazing. I fell in love with both the main characters, Yamada and Kase. Every moment of them interacting with each other just gave me such a great feeling.
Overall, Kase-san had me laughing, crying, and very happy. I really related to this movie, especially since I am in a long distance relationship. It had me wanting to hug her so bad! This movie is a must watch for all yuri fans.
The agonizing wait for a good vanilla yuri anime has ended. Asagao to Kase-san brilliantly delivers a finely crafted lesbian love story, with romance and drama blended in perfect proportion.
Vanilla yuri fans have had a rough time when it comes to original anime or adaptations. Although there have been tons of series with undertones of lesbian relationships, outright and/or serious lesbian romance hasn’t really graced anime since Sasameki Koto and Aoi Hana (2009) or Sakura Trick (2014). With the recent advent of adaptations of derivative yuri series Netsuzou Trap and Citrus, I had hoped that this would herald a revival in good old vanilla yuri romance.
And it did with this fantastic OVA. Let’s talk about it.
The story in itself isn’t anything special or new. Two girls fall in love with each other – one is more experienced, the other incredibly naive – and they go through the highs and the lows of their relationship. The first couple of scenes establish their relationship very quickly (thank goodness), so the rest of the anime focuses on the nuances of an already established romance. It is wonderfully paced, giving the viewer balanced proportions of sweet fluff and substantial drama and conflict in turns. The conflicts come up very organically and feel very natural in the course of the characters’ relationship, and they’re interspersed with sweet scenes that paint the relationship with further detail. The climax of the story is nothing new, but it was built up and executed well. As a result, the anime is a very tidy hour-long package, smoothly summarizing multiple volumes of the manga in a well-paced and well-executed manner.
The OVA is finely crafted, with excellent art style, music, and voice acting. The characters look and sound incredible, and animation is excellent – you can feel the emotions displayed by the characters from the screen. Music comes up appropriately and with impact, further tempering the mood being expressed in the scenes. Such great execution was very critical to enjoying the story being presented in this OVA.
I actually do not share the complaints of this OVA being too short or not covering enough material. It covered very pertinent strains of the manga and stands alone very well as a fantastic summary of the series. In fact, I had not read the manga before watching this and had a very effortless viewing experience despite my lack of prior knowledge.
If Asagao to Kase-san is any indication of what the future holds for vanilla yuri romance, I am incredibly excited. What the OVA lacks in novelty it more than makes up with solid execution of a high-quality vanilla yuri plot, making for a highly enjoyable romantic anime.
A quick list of some of the very obvious problems with this anime:
– SHALLOW characters: Yamada is literally just the insecure, innocent, shy girl. That’s everything about her character. She loves Kase, because she is nice? She gardens because why not give her a random hobby. The friend, while being my favorite character, is still basically just the stereotypical spunky friend, with glasses because why not. Kase doesn’t even have a personality, she just runs fast, is popular, and loves Yamada because why not. The only personality traits she exhibits is that she is “nice” and she is dense as a brick when it comes to their relationship (although that is obviously just plot reasons).
– SHALLOW, STUPID, PREDICTABLE story: Shy girl loves the popular girl. Jealous of the attention she gets. Acts shy. Other girl has a misunderstanding, think she doesn’t love her. Makeup. Rinse and repeat. Then towards graduation end it with “I’ll follow you to Tokyo”. Literally the whole story.
– REDUNDANT, OBVIOUS Exposition: She repeats herself multiple times in monologue saying when she started dating Kase & that she loves her. Why? Just show the damn story.
– CONTRIVED Plot & Conflict: Misunderstandings only absolute idiots would have just to further the conflict. Also, they come to the point of tears before communicating at all. Just ask her if something is wrong, stupid. Also, dumb random things. You could clearly see the view of the clouds out of any of the windows, but she was like “You have to see this.” Dumb af. Apparently texting somebody in the middle of the night, and them not responding, should be enough to cause drama. Also, the way they make the ending sound was so stupidly predictable.
– LOOSE ENDS & NO CHAR DEV: The little bit of drama, conflict, and character development that might have been dealt with was just left hanging. Yamada never really faced her briefly explored issues of jealousy and trust (proving the relationship was shallow at best). She basically went to Tokyo because she thought Kase would move on, not because she actually was just going to miss her. It was clearly a selfish motivation (or else she would have said something along the lines of “I don’t want Kase to feel lonely” which she didn’t). She also never addressed her naivety and innocence (Made painfully clear when she didn’t know what “do it” meant). They just never brought it up again and she stayed the same sheltered child. Kase never got to truly explore a deeper relationship with Yamada even.
-ENDED RIGHT WHEN THE STORY GOT INTERESTING: The normally innocent shy girl made the rash decision of following her love to Tokyo, and has to deal with acclimating and actually getting into a college there. Kase, who spent the whole OVA trying to deepen their relationship, finally got the step forward she wanted, and their relationship could finally step beyond the shallow bits of high school puppy love. That should have been the rising action, the real start of the story, not the conclusion.
So yeah, it was trash everywhere except the art and VA.
EDIT: I responded to a comment about this review and it made me think of a good point. My review of Asagao to Kase-san may be a bit heavy-handed, but part of that has been because of how well received it was. If I am watching fan service nonsense, I am expecting a shallow experience with no substance. Kase-san’s reviews betray it, making the experience similar to diving head first in a shallow pool. It makes it shallowness that much more unbearable and revolting.
10: Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho
Japanese: おジャ魔女どれみ ナ イ ショ
MAL Score: 7.73
Na-i-sho is a 13 episode OAV series detailing the summer between the ~motto~ and the Dokkaan season. It is a bit more mature than the TV seasons, and looks to develop each of the five witches romantically. Hana is back to a baby, and the mahou shop is a bakery.
Ojamajo Doremi deals with five girl “witch novice” protagonists. While the parent story mainly focuses on these girls, here they actually play more of a supporting role. The spotlight in each episode is reserved on some side characters. Some of them being comepletely new, some other are also featured as (more or less minor) side characters from the parent story. In each episode the character’s problem is featured, with a part of the main charaters stumbling over the the character and more or lesss secretly goes on helping the character or is observing his or her character development.
While magic is still an element of the series, it has not really that much weight in the series. These shown problems are usually not dealt or tried to be solved with it, but by the characters themselves.
In addition some quite serious and, considering the audience of this franchise, surprisingly mature problems are dealt with in this series.
The series is surpsingly realistic in showing and dealing with these problems and I really like how magic is not a direct part of solving these troubles. The series is at its core very mature, but still presents the topics in a manner, very suitable for children. There is quite some educational value inside of it.
Despite its age it doesn’t really look dated. Due to its parent series, it’s still quite trimmend on “cute” and very colourful, although, it appears to me, not quite as much as in the parent story.
In my opinion, this is the best season of Ojamajo Doremi since it serves very well as a complement to the others, the ova format made the themes can be developed much more freely since this time there were no age restrictions.This can be noted for example in chapter 4 (Where Onpu is developed and the idol industry is criticized in a very subtle way) or in chapter 12 (One of the most tragic chapters of the entire franchise).
All the chapters are worthwhile and develop themes and characters that had not been touched in the other seasons. Even the worst episodes are decent and entertaining (Like episode 9).
Art and sound (7/10):
The ova format made the anime had animation and music 10 times better than the other seasons. I like the opening and ending.
Nothing more to say about it.
In this season, the characters who did not have the opportunity to have a chapter in other seasons were given time, new characters were also introduced and the protagonists were further developed.
This season shows how one can become fond of a character in a single chapter if the execution is good.
In my opinion all the chapters were very entertaining.
Nothing more to say about it.
Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho manages to be a very good complement to the franchise, his themes develop better than in other seasons and with slightly more mature themes touched with subtlety.
9: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue – Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma
Japanese: カードキャプターさくら クリアカード編 プロローグ さくらとふたつのくま
MAL Score: 7.78
After the conclusion of the Sakura Card Arc, life is going back to normal. There are no more mysteries, no more disturbances of evil, no more tests of strength. Everyone is moving on with their lives and Sakura feels a sadness in her heart. Even through the goodbyes, Sakura perseveres to keep everyone and a special someone, dear to her heart.
For those who haven’t read the manga, the anime (and second movie) had a different ending, so this is how Cardcaptor Sakura manga ended.
I’m really glad that they made an OVA for this: the art, the eyecatch, the soundtrack, the VAs are all the same as in the old series, it really took me back in time.
If you enjoyed Cardcaptor Sakura you have to watch this OVA, forget episodes 69-70 and watch this. It wraps up everything nicely and it’s the perfect prologue for Clear Card arc.
I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait for 2018 to watch the next arc! (even though I’m reading the manga)
Firstly, I could not understand what was up with the art, the animation and the character designs. The blank chibi characters, the overuse of cut-away flowery overlays/backgrounds and random inserts like faces and text were so jarring. I think this is one of the cases where they were trying to be WAY too accurate with the adaptation for it to flow well in animated format because the pacing felt off for me as well. I don’t remember any of these techniques being used in the anime version at all (at least not to this extent). It was more cognizant of the medium it was in and adjusted its storytelling to fit. What with the greater emphasis on melancholy, silence and overall uneasiness while ending on an uplifting note with Sakura realizing and accepting her feelings, symbolized by the creation of her first original Sakura Card. But I digress. Essentially, I felt that the entire OVA lacked subtlety. It felt like they needed to make crystal clear what the emotions of all the characters were with in-your-face visual metaphors.
Also, I really did not see a point to this OVA. Like, at all. If you are a fan of the manga, I guess it’ll be a really great experience? I guess they were they trying to get anime-only fans acquainted with the manga canon? For me, it was just a rehash with less emotional weight. Does this mean that the Clear Card Arc will invalidate everything about the second movie? The one where everything concluded perfectly with Sakura confessing her love to Li? I really don’t know how to feel about that.
This goes beyond a simple unnecessary continuation of an old franchise. What does this mean for the Clear Card Arc anime? If they’re going to disregard the anime canon and the second movie and continue with the manga canon, I don’t think I’ll be able to get invested in it at all. Only 19 Cards? No Meiling? Oh dear… In fact, they might as well have gone the whole Sailor Moon Crystal route and completely rebooted it as this is pretty much tantamount to that. Maybe worse, as anime-only fans like myself will feel this disconnect as elements don’t add up. If you ask me, if they had wanted to make it a continuation, they should have adapted it to fit with the anime canon. As-is, it’s like they didn’t even attempt to make it similar in feel to the original anime.
Honestly, as a fan of the anime, I feel betrayed. They took part of what I loved and said… NOPE. It didn’t happen. But I guess this must how manga fans must have felt when the original anime came out. What comes around goes around, huh? (^.^’) At least I can just renounce this like I did with Digimon tri. and save all that cash on merchandise. (Or maybe I’ll fall in love with it regardless. We’ll see.)
Firstly, who is it intended for? I assume those solely who read the manga because anyone coming off of the anime if going to have one jarring experience. Even if you put the change in art style the direction and pacing aside, this is nothing like the original series and it doesn’t even try to fashion some kind of coherency between the series and the OVA leaving a good chunk of audience lost along the way.
Secondly the art design, I was worried when I saw the promotional material before the OVA and it seems my worries came true because every poster they released made Sakura and Tomoyo look like card board cut outs everything felt so stiff and sure enough I got the exact same feeling from the OVA, now I know that the original series spent most of its time on still frames (Most anime does in all fairness) but just about everything felt stiff, it’s like in a plea to be just like the manga they had to have everything as picture perfect as possible, I mean there are people posting screenshots of the OVA and the manga side by side for comparison and it’s practically identical, but that isn’t the point of animation the point is to adapt the manga not become the manga itself.
And to top it all off everyone had this weird fucking shine on them 24/7 like I was half expecting when the perspective panned out away from Sakura it was going to expose a person standing there with a lightbulb inches away from her face and they just followed her around the entire thing over saturating the fuck out of everything and everyone. The effect worked when there were darker scenes like when it’s evening or when we have that really cool representation of Sakura’s card possession, but that was because they effect had enough contrast in those scenes to make it pop.
I Just….I feel like this was rushed HEAVILY, and I prey to god that the series isn’t going to have this annoying stilted and over saturation problem when it officially releases.
8: Saiyuuki Reload: Burial
Japanese: 最遊記RELOAD -burial-
MAL Score: 7.81
Taking place in the past it offers a view at the Saiyuuki quartet before their formation and their journey to the west. First OVA starts with Sanzo and his master, also with Ukoku (known as a later Ni Jianyi). Second OVA shows first meeting of Goku and Sanzo. Third OVA considers the events after Hakkai’s sins and his trial (that we know from first season of “Saiyuuki”) and his decision to live in Gojyo’s house.
And if you’ve seen the other three seasons, then don’t go into Burial expecting the light-heartedness and filler that the other seasons were. Burial is very dark, and the light moments are very scarce.
Also, SHOUNEN AI hints. Nothing too bad, but it’s definitely noticeable.
Story: The regular story of Saiyuki is based on Xi You Ji — or, Journey to the West, as known in English. It is an ancient Chinese folktale about a monk, a Kappa [water sprite], a pig demon, and the monkey king going on a journey to India to stop the evil Gyumao.
Saiyuki Burial is the prequel to Gensoumaden Saiyuki, and focuses on how all of the characters met each other, and their relationships.The first OVA focuses on Genjyo Sanzo, the priest in question, as a child. His adoptive father meets a young priest named Ken’yuu that is trying to become a Sanzo Priest (As Sanzo is the title of the highest ranking priest).
The second OVA focuses on a grown-up version of Sanzo, and how he is hearing a mysterious “voice” calling him. He follows the voice to a mysterious mountain far, far away that all of the villagers say that there is, supposedly, a monster sealed up there.
The third, and final OVA, deals with Hakkai and Gojyo. Hakkai is known as a “sinner” for reasons I won’t explain, and Gojyo is a half-breed; half demon, and half human. He has crimson hair and eyes, as all halfbreeds do. He finds an injured Hakkai on the road and takes him in. Then, a year later, an old room mate named Banri appeares….
Art: Compared to Gensoumaden, Reload, and Gunlock, the art was beautiful. I really enjoyed it, especially the shading. It took me by complete surprise.
Sound: I enjoyed the opening song; it fit the theme of the show very well. It was very eerie and it really set my hopes high for the show. The music was eerie when it needed to be, and it helped set the theme of the show.
Enjoyment: I’ve loved these characters for a long time, and although I read OVA2 and OVA3 in the manga, I enjoyed it very much. I always thought it was such a shame that the art was awful in Gesoumaden (Due to its age; it’s rather old), and it really didn’t do the characters justice. I enjoyed learning about Ken’yuu and how he knew Koumyou (As it was hinted throughout the previous seasons), and little Goku tagging along after Sanzo like a lost puppy was just too adorable NOT to love. Hakkai being jealous over Banri was adorable, too.
Overall: Overall, I enjoyed these OVAs and I’m hoping that they will redo Gensoumaden in this art style. I enjoyed re-connecting with the characters and I DEFINITELY recommend this to any Saiyuki fan. After all, kid!Goku is FAR too cute to pass up. :]
Main Characters: Genjo Sanzo, Son Goku, Cho Hakkai, Sha Gojyo
Story: 8/10 – since this will basically be an “introduction” before the Journey to the West, i believe that they did a pretty good job… i must admit i got confused at first since the Sanzos kinda looked the same and the names are pretty difficult to remember (with all those Sha-Cho-Kyo)… i would’ve liked it better if it was extended to at least 5 episodes… the Genjo Chapter was very detailed… it really focused on our blonde priest and his backgound… I was still moved by the Son Goku Chapter and i actually pitied the poor ‘lil monkey… the Hakkai and Gojyo Chapter was rushed, unfortunately…
Art: 7/10 – this was too sharp for my taste since i did not particularly like the long faces… the most weird part for me is that Gojyo’s eyes can be seen behind his red/purple hair… also, characters kinda looked the same… where’s the originality?
Sound: 6/10 – i’ll give this a 6… i did not like the OP/ED songs… BG music is just okay, if there was one…
Characters: 8/10 – loved the character development for Genjo and Goku… i wished they could have done the same with Hakkai and Gojyo… though, if my memory serves me right, Hakkai’s story will be in JttW so i guess that would make it redundant… i like the Genjo-Goku “father and son” relationship… i’ve always wanted to see Hakkai fight w/o his limiters but i was disappointed again… Gojyo for me is still the weakest of them all and he is my least favorite…
Enjoyment/Overall: 8/10 – after i was done wrapping my head around the priests’ names, the faces, and all, i actually enjoyed watching Saiyuki again…
Not really sure if I would be recommending this to people who haven’t heard of JttW… I guess for the Saiyuki fans, yes… maybe for those interested in seeing a gun-totting priest and his 3 youkai friends, then by all means, pick this up since it will give a new light to the JttW TV series… 🙂
7: Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix – Layla Hamilton Monogatari
English: Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix – The Layla Hamilton Story
Japanese: カレイドスター Legend of Phoenix ～レイラ ハミルトン物語～
MAL Score: 7.87
Layla is going to perform Phoenix in Broadway. Playing this important role, she sets out on a journey by bicycle alone without leaving any message in order to find out what she’s missing inside.
What should be surprising (if you’ve watched the actual series) is how out of character the above statement sounds. Because in Kaleido Star, Layla is one of the strongest, most professional, confident, and assured women you can find. In fact, her "character type" is rather archetypical. But in the later episodes of Kaleido Star, you see just how human Layla is and how strong she is for holding up the way she does, but Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix manages to take even that to the next level.
The OVA knows how pretentious "finding yourself" plots can be, and pokes fun at itself for the way Layla goes about actually doing it. It’s very grounded and real, and although the dialogue– and I will be the first to admit this– isn’t something I understand 100% of the time, the characters’ resolve, their emotions, are all clearly felt. Layla and Sora share a very complex relationship, and I was terribly moved to see their relationship continue evolving as it had in the series. Sora had always admired Layla, and I think in this OVA, she connects with Layla on an even more personal emotional level.
After I finished the OVA, I felt soothed, comforted, and it had induced a generally uplifting feeling. Perhaps this experience can be best described as catharsis, one which I felt along with Layla. There is a special scene in this OVA where you feel like all is right in the world. It is, above all things, very innocent and poignant in its simplicity.
The art is much, much better than the series (as one would expect of an OVA) and the colour palette is soft, which fits the tone of Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix very well. The seiyuu from the series reprise their respective roles in the OVA, and Oohara Sayaka (Layla’s seiyuu) even sings two songs for us. (They’re listed as the "OP" and the "ED", but there isn’t an OP or ED sequence; the songs play as the story begins and ends, so you’re in for a solid fifty minutes.)
I highly, highly suggest that you watch Kaleido Star before even considering the idea of attempting this OVA, because there’s just so much you’ll miss on. It’s still very beautiful on its own, but various details and the humour sprinkled throughout will mean less, as will the depth of the two female leads’ relationship. I recommended this to those who love beautiful, poignant tales of self-discovery, though I sincerely hope whoever watches this will at least attempt Kaleido Star prior to it. It is a serious commitment, especially for those who do not necessarily like shoujo, because the series lasts for over fifty episodes. I will also warn you here that Kaleido Star, although a good series, has a less realistic take compared to the OVA– "if you persevere, you can overcome anything". With that in mind, I hope you’ll greatly enjoy this beautiful little OVA.
There are several interesting side charactes in KS, who probably no one can hate. Layla is one of them and I was overjoyed when I found out there was an OVA focused on her. “YAY, no more annoying Sora meddling with everyone’s business!” I thought. On top, the MAL summary sounds like this is solely focused on Layla and possibly could be about her first steps to become a star. Oh, boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong, could I? Warning, this contains MINOR spoilers (but by finishing KS you can probably figure them out on your own).
Forget what you see on MAL. This is shoujo with annoying lead. It’s about Sora regardless of what’s in the title or summary. Seriously, this could be pretty much titled: How Sora found her purpose through Layla’s bike trip. Basically, Sora gets a difficult role, and since we’re in KS universe and circus is a serious business, the thing that can help her to learn the role, isn’t hard work and training but a philosophical self-discovery journey… to nowhere… by bike… done by Layla (Sora was actually stalking her by a car… driven by Ken). Makes even less sense in context. Both Layla and Sora get the same role, suffer the same issues and Layla tries to solve them by running away. Sora finds it out and gets her buddy-buddy friends to get her back. Why she can’t learn the role she sucks at and instead meddles with someone else’s business is beyond me. I couldn’t see why it was necessary for her to go and find her when she obviously needed to be alone. Anyway, in short, Layla remembers her completely irrelevant childhood moments, tells her biggest secrets to complete strangers, scraps all of her character development, figures out she should be a 10-year-old and cuts her hair. (Makes even less sense in context.) Oh, it’s FULL of yuri (under)tones. That’s it. I still don’t get how the hell they managed to tell this in more than 10 minutes.
In the first half everyone comments how horrible it is that Layla has emotions and the other half Layla comments how horrible it is that she has emotions (and that she should over-show them and how cool Sora is; makes even less in context).
Layla and May were enough for me to overlook Sora and enjoy it. The only issue (besides Sora) was that Layla’s character ‘development’ (this OVA gave it a brand new meaning) completely sucked. Aside from finding out she can’t handle bike trips and that Sora is for some reason cool and she should take her as an example (completely overlooking the fact that she has much more experience and uses common sense), nothing really happened.
I still didn’t like that characters design but other than that no problems. Nothing memorable, though.
Nice ‘opening’, ‘ending’ and bgm but once again, nothing memorable.
I believe I mentioned multiple times what I didn’t like. But it was still watchable even though it didn’t make sense at all. And I loved the on stage scenes
Seriously, if you expect Layla/only OVA or don’t like Sora or, heaven forbid, you dare to prefer any other character (if you like Rossetta go watch her OVA, there’s still more Sora though) DO NOT watch this. This will be a huge disappointment, like it was for me. However, if you like shoujo-like ‘plot-twists’ (aka saw it coming only from a mile away) and Sora (liking Layla isn’t necessary, there’s way more Sora) or, basically, Kaleido Star style story telling then you should watch this, trust me, you will love this.
6: Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA
MAL Score: 8.00
Two OVA episodes bundled with the 16th volume of the manga.
One of the included episodes is based on the story from the 15th volume, while the other contain an all-new original story.
In this bundle consisting of two OVAs we get to see our beloved characters Nanami, Tomoe, and of course the loveable baby Mizuki. Sadly, the OVAs can easily be dismissed as generic. We have the typical Nanami who over thinks things, and tries to impress a Tomoe who never needed to be impressed. She tries to assert her independence, and ultimately ends up making a fool of herself in the attempt. Still, it’s nice to see how the Tomoe x Nanami relationship has slightly changed into a closer one where Tomoe’s more open.
On an ending note, the music was blissful, from the beginning to the end. The little scenes where everything becomes quiet and all you hear is a beautiful tune will never get old. The ending of the OVA seemed to leave a little mystery though, perhaps hinting towards something more in the future. I’d suggest giving this a watch if you enjoyed the original anime, it won’t do any harm.
The story is as generic as an OVA for a shoujo anime can get, so the quality of it is not even close to the anime. It’s basically just some sweet moments from their daily life, and that’s about it. I mean, it’s an OVA so I guess it’s fair.
The sound was also a little bad, although maybe the fault was at the source I watched it on, who knows.
Overall, you won’t really regret not watching this, but if you’re looking for some boring romantic scenarios then go on, I guess.
(Story: 5/10, art: 6/10, sound: 5/10, character: 7/10, enjoyment: 5/10)
5: Akatsuki no Yona OVA
MAL Score: 8.09
At a remote hot springs lodge, Yona and the team rest. The boys are taking a bath with the exception of Ki-ja, who looks troubled. Jae-ha takes this chance to tease him, unwittingly finding a mark linked to the previous White Dragon—whom coincidentally is also Ki-ja’s father—prompting Ki-ja to recall their complicated relationship.
In another time and place, Son Hak and the dragons banter as they hold a drinking contest. As they start to doze off one-by-one, Zeno dreams of his past, where his abilities and experiences, both as a person and as the Yellow Dragon, are revealed.
OVA’s are normally an excuse to add fun useless filler to a story. This is not one of those cases. The first episode may seem like that, but the second and third are NOT.
The last 2 eps are fairly critical to understanding a specific characters backstory and existence. It is not to be looked over if you are invested in the story. They could/SHOULD have started the second season with those 2 eps.
::SPOILERS BELOW:: (nothing big is given away, just story bullet points)
The first episode is classic OVA – the hot spring episode. Its cute and fun, but we learn a little into the familial background of the White Dragon. So I would watch it. Other than that its pretty light.
The second and third eps. It beings fairly light and playful and dives into the history of the Yellow Dragon. In the series we get 2 full episodes with him in it. This OVA ep is crucial to understanding more about the original dragons, their relationship with each other and the king, the yellow dragon, and the beginnings of the current political system. They should have used this as the introduction to the second season it would have been brilliant.
The first episode is an animation for a bonus chapter. And if we’ve ever read/watched a bonus chapter it’s only natural to expect there to be fancervice.
Isn’t that what a ‘bonus’ chapter is about anyway? So I don’t think it’s really fair to rate episode 1 badly solely for this reason. Actually, there isn’t as much fanservice as people claim there to be in the first case. Most of the episode actually focusses on more on Ki-ja’s past.
And even if you don’t like the first episode, the next two have much more of the seriousness from the original. Somebody else claims that the art isn’t as good but I don’t pay attention to that as much so I can’t tell. But I can GUARANTEE you that the second and third are much better than the first and definitely worth watching! You might aswell consider them to be 2 episodes from the original :p
Despite being fully aware that the first episode is a bonus without any significant meaning to the original series, it disappointed me and lowered my expectation for the other two episodes.
I’m glad I didn’t drop it.
The original 24 episode TV series did not fully appeal to me as it lacked to follow the dramatic scenario set in the first couple of episodes during the rest of the anime. What made me continue watching the anime was not the story, but the character development. The 2nd episode extends that appeal by providing a backstory of the origins of the four dragons.
The weakest point in the original TV series was the abrupt ending it imposed after meeting the yellow dragon. Unlike the other dragons, the yellow dragon seemingly came out of nowhere, with the anime ending without any sort of development in his character.
The 3rd episode of the OVA appeased my disappointment, providing a level of story and character development greater than the entirety of the 24 episode series within the span of only one.
4: Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kamisama, Shiawase ni Naru
MAL Score: 8.12
Nanami Momozono, current land god of Mikage Shrine, and her fox familiar Tomoe have faced many obstacles during their time together, but none so challenging as the one posed by the wealth god Ookununishi—if Tomoe’s wish to be human is granted, he must learn to live as one, and Nanami will have to return to being a human.
As the couple look to the future and reflect on their former adventures, Nanami tries to figure out their new living situation as her high school graduation approaches. But no matter the path they choose to walk, Tomoe and Nanami’s love will endure.
The art and music was as great as ever and together with so many characters this OVA felt truly nostalgic. It was great to see the people who helped them along their journey to join them in the end one more time. The OVA was able to let me relive all the joy from the entire series in as little as 13 minutes! A job well done!
If you’ve been following the Kamisama Hajimemashita series from the beginning, be certain to watch this final piece for it will give you the fullfilment you desired all along!
Kamisama Hajimemashita was one of my favorite anime and manga. Both had their charms. I loved music, characters, atmosphere… And I was waiting so much for season 3 (well probably 4 to be exact). And this OVA was like a slap in a face. It was dreadful.
I had a feeling that authors just wanted to get rid of this anime.
It is sad and disappointing.
I really do not recommend this OVA. If you want to keep feeling of original anime charm, and continue loving Kamisama Hajimemashita, please oh please avoid this OVA at any costs!
3: Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni
Japanese: 夏目友人帳 新作OVA いつかゆきのひに
MAL Score: 8.34
During a winter walk, Natsume meets a snowman youkai who is searching for something she’s lost and can’t seem to recall and decides to help her despite not knowing what exactly she’s looking for.
Winter has approached with its harsh, unpleasant cold. While on a short walk to view the falling snow, Natsume encounters a snowball looking Youkai who is in search of a forgotten, lost possession. Natsume being the kind hearted child he is can’t help but get involved. The OVA, surprisingly, could easily be an episode of the anime. The tone, mood, and plot are strikingly similar to many other episodes.
The bond between Nyanko Sensei and Natsume remains strong, with Nyanko Sensei staying beside Natsume even through his impulsive actions. Nyanko Sensei is hilarious, with his facial expressions accompanied with snarky comments I can’t help but burst out in laughter. Although the two don’t admit their strong bond; they really do get along quite well.
Natsume seems to have opened up more to Shigeru and Touko. The lovely couple, as expected, are still represented as kind loving parents. Shigeru seems to have no interest in questioning Natsume’s odd unexplained—at least to those who don’t know about youkai—actions. This lack of interest probably could be attributed to Shigeru understanding Natsume has secrets he’d like to keep to himself. Both Touko and Shigeru try to make Natsume feel welcomed by subtle actions. The OVA just further emphasized that the household is already a family, and they are always continuing to grow.
Sadly, there was no beautiful OP to begin the story. There was a decent piano ED, but I would’ve much preferred listening to any of the amazing ED’s from any of the other seasons. The art is still shows consistent quality, and the sound effects are used wisely.
If you enjoyed all four seasons of Natsume Yuujinchou, then there’s no reason to not watch this OVA. Don’t miss out on another chance to see your beloved characters again!
This episode isn’t anything all that special, I will say, however, it does leave a nice feeling in your heart afterwards. Natsume’s Book of Friends is brilliant at storytelling through these youkai and through Natsume, both outcasts in a sense. This specific story is a nice metaphor for humanity’s ever-long search for something without knowing what it is they’re searching for.
Through this little episode, you get to see the creative way that very thing is talked about, and that’s what makes this anime so great. It takes the most mundane things and adds a fantastical element to them to make it awe-inspiring to watch. Obviously, as this is an OVA, there isn’t much by way of character development, but it’s calming to just sit back and enjoy these characters in the wonderful environment that’s been built for them. If you like the anime, this OVA is a good one to watch.
2: Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kako-hen
MAL Score: 8.37
While playing in the snow one day at her shrine, the land god Nanami Momozono witnesses her familiar—the fox youkai Tomoe—collapse, with dark markings appearing on his body. Tomoe’s former master, Lord Mikage, appears after his long absence and places Tomoe into a magical pocket mirror in order to stave off his ailment.
Mikage explains that long ago, before he and Tomoe had met, the fox youkai was in love with a human woman. Seeking to live as a human with his beloved, he made a deal with a fallen god, but he only ended up cursed and dying. When Mikage discovered Tomoe, the god made the youkai forget his human love as a quick solution. However, something has changed recently to reactivate the curse; Tomoe has fallen in love with his new human master, Nanami. Since there is no way to stop the curse, Nanami wants to stop Tomoe from getting cursed in the first place by traveling back through time, even if it means they may never meet. As Nanami travels back hundreds of years to save her precious familiar, she discovers that she is far more closely bonded to Tomoe than she previously thought.
The OVA is very well done, just like the regular anime; good art, good cast, good rythm, good everything. The love between the main characters is reinforced and some secrets are revealed. BUT! (And this is a huge “But”) The feels one gets in the manga are 300% more intense than in the OVA, so as an adaptation, it’s just mediocre.
I’ll try to explain briefly what we are missing in the OVA without giving any explicit spoiler:
First of all, the time-travel logic is far better depicted in the manga, and Nanami goes through way more hardship to accomplish her mission. Besides, with regard to the whole story, it is in this Past Arc where we are supposed to discover most of the important information about the nature of Tomoe and Nanami’s relationship, as well as Tomoe and Yukiji’s, which is not explaind in the OVA at all, when it really shoud have been because it is by far the most interesting part of the story and it really changes everything. (It is there where you finally say “Hey! This is clearly not Inuyasha!” ) But not trace of it in the OVA.
Last but not least, within this arc of the manga, Nanami gets to know quite well Akura-ou, who becomes a major character in the following arcs, and the absence of the Akura-ou part in the OVA, added to the fact of condensing everyone’s favorite part of the manga (4 volumes of it actually) in barely 4 episodes, only makes me fear that there might not be next anime season in the future.
The past arc of Kamisama Hajimemashita has been one of the most pasionate stories I’ve read in a manga, and one of the most coherent time-travel stories I’ve ever come across. So it saddens me considerably to see it cheapened like this.
However, as I said at the begining of the review, if you haven’t read the manga, go ahead, the story is undoubtably enjoyable and sweet.
The problem with time-travelling is that sometimes it almost looks like the creators are trying to seem smart. They try to build a web but that web ends up full of plot holes. This time-travelling little story on the contrary was simple and concise. And when I say simple it is in a good way.
There were some little things that weren’t exactlly 100% explained but if we start thinking we can easily feel the gaps (and there are kind people everywhere to fill you up on information about the manga)
There was just one thing that I didn’t understand. Maybe a plot hole? Maybe I’m just dumb? Nanami is still a God when she goes to the past so why Tomoe can’t see the mark on her forehead? First I thought it was because he was not a famillier but I think in the first season there were Yokais that could detect the mark on her. She was basically a lighthouse for all kind of greedy beings. So how in the past she could easily pass for a human? Did I miss something?
Anyway, I really liked the pace of Kako-hen, as well as the overall reactions of the characters and the dialogues.
I think this is something that anyone who likes Kamisama Hajimashita can’t miss. It’s not your regular dispensable OVA, this is honestly very important, a big part of the story. It’s not like the majority of the OVAS on series that are there to give you a good time but that don’t really add to the plot.
End of story.
I really don’t want to spoil anything but this really is the sole reason I was willing to continue with the story and read the manga. The TV show arcs are a little too “slice of life” for me. I’m the type of person who likes watching love stories that have A LOT of life or death drama and those in which the girl kinda “changes” the evil male protagonists.
Hence I’m kinda a fan of the Hunger games XD. ALSO, AI TO MAKOTO, a manga from the 70s is soooooooo good. It deserves so much more attention. I didn’t cry for that but I just love the female lead so much… then again, I often prefer male leads cuz the girls are often quite weak.
1: Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku
Japanese: 進撃の巨人 悔いなき選択
MAL Score: 8.41
Many years before becoming the famed captain of the Survey Corps, a young Levi struggles to survive in the capital’s garbage dump, the Underground. As the boss of his own criminal operation, Levi attempts to get by with meager earnings while aided by fellow criminals, Isabel Magnolia and Farlan Church. With little hope for the future, Levi accepts a deal from the anti-expedition faction leader Nicholas Lobov, who promises the trio citizenship aboveground if they are able to successfully assassinate Erwin Smith, a squad leader of the Survey Corps.
As Levi and Erwin cross paths, Erwin acknowledges Levi’s agility and skill and gives him the option to either become part of the expedition team, or be turned over to the Military Police, to atone for his crimes. Now closer to the man they are tasked to kill, the group plans to complete their mission and save themselves from a grim demise in the dim recesses of their past home. However, they are about to learn that the surface world is not as liberating as they had thought and that sometimes, freedom can come at a heavy price.
Based on the popular spin-off manga of the same name, Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku illustrates the encounter between two of Shingeki no Kyojin’s pivotal characters, as well as the events of the 23rd expedition beyond the walls.
The story focuses on Levi’s past, as the title tells us.
The first episode is about Levi, Isabel and Farlan living in the underground capital and “earning” money as thugs, in order to get the chance to live on the surface someday. Because of being captured by Erwin Smith, the three of them decide to join the Survey Corps. But unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Councilman Lovof wants them to retrieve a secret document from Erwin.
Coming to the second episode, the focus lies on their first days in the Survey Corps, as well as on the plan on how to get the document that Lovof needs. And their first expedition takes them outside the walls, where Levi, Isabel and Farlan have an encounter with their first titans. However, some unexpected things happen…
Isabel and Farlan are two new main characters, who are companions of Levi. Farlan is cool-headed and calm, while Isabel is energetic and vivacious. We get to see more of Levi’s character as well, which I find really interesting.
Beside new characters, we also see new sides of Levi and Erwin and get back-story of Keith Shadis, current Commander of the Survey Corps.
Great, as expected from Shingeki no Kyojin. Levi’s face expressions look really intense, and the scenes, where the 3D maneuver gear is used are breathtaking. I especially liked the chase after Levi, Farlan and Isabel, as well as the fight between Levi and the titan, where we get to see a lot of action and emotions.
Basically the same music as in Shingeki no Kyojin, and they use some of the soundtracks pretty well for emphazising the atmosphere of the OVA.
I really enjoyed every second of Kuinaki Sentaku. We get to see some new faces and the chance to gain an insight into Levi’s past, before he joined the Survey Corps.
Overall, I’m highly satisfied with Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku, although I think that two episodes aren’t enough for such a strong character like Levi. Nevertheless, they did a really good job. Definitely a must watch.
This new installment of the Attack on Titan universe tells us a bit more about Levis’ past and how he joined the survey corps. All the while being introduced to two new characters, Farlan and Isabel.
Farlan and Isabel are two new interesting characters.
Isabel seems to have a more childish attitude (A little like Zoë Hange), whilst Farlan is more responsible (taking care of his sick friend)
Levi hasn’t changed at all. Still the same guy as always. Still cleaning.
Holy shit is the 3D maneuver gear awesome! We are given an intense and thrilling chase scene with LOTS of 3D maneuver gear usage. Animation is really fluid and the underground environment is a breath of fresh air.
The voice acting is as always great and we are given a new soundtrack to fit with the chase scene. Lots of new 3D maneuver gear sounds is also heard.
I just fucking loved it! Everything from the throwback with Levi cleaning, to the soundtrack and action scenes.
If you liked the original Attack on Titan show and want to know more about the world and Levi, then this is a must watch!
The story leads to Levi, Isabel and Farlan living in an underground city in which serves as the Capital’s dump. Levi and his friends are criminals who steals food, money, etc. using a 3D Maneuver gear. Not much I can say ’bout the story since it’s already written in the synopsis. For my score for the story, I gave it a 9, it’s not really perfect but it’s really interesting. And which leads later in a situation in which we would be really tense and shock. The thrills sent to me lead it to a 9 score to the story.
The art is still the same, Levi’s face, nothing really much has changed (even though years had passed), and Erwin still looks like himself. Nothing really much changed.
Sound? Opening and ending was the 2nd one from the anime. But the background music, OST, was great! As expected from a wonderful anime.
The character development, this was the one that gave impact on us. Levi is Levi, Erwin is Erwin. But the bond between Levi, Isabel, and Farlan was something you find heartwarming. The development between them is great.
So far, I enjoyed this OVA, even though this is a spin-off, I still gave it a high score. Because of how well-made this is. And how much impact it gave to me.
Overall, I loved this spin-off. It already became one of my faves, of course, not because Levi is the protagonist, it’s because of somehow it gave me an impulse of excitement. I never really found a spin-off this exciting and tense. And If you think spin-offs aren’t worth watching, try watching this one. And yes, that means I recommend this.
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1. Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku
2. Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kako-hen
3. Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni
4. Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kamisama, Shiawase ni Naru
5. Akatsuki no Yona OVA
6. Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA
7. Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix – Layla Hamilton Monogatari
8. Saiyuuki Reload: Burial
9. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue – Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma
10. Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho
11. Asagao to Kase-san.
12. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime: Nandemonai Takaramono, Kono Page
13. Ao Haru Ride OVA
14. Kaleido Star: Aratanaru Tsubasa – Extra Stage
15. Kyou kara Maou! R
16. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Memorial
17. Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu
18. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars – Hero Club
19. Sukitte Ii na yo.: Dareka ga
20. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji: Gishinanki – Happening Kiss
21. Fushigi Yuugi OVA
22. Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte
23. Kodomo no Omocha
24. Shounen Maid: Onna wa Dokyou, Otoko wa Aikyou
25. Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Hitoribocchi no Kyuuketsuki
26. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun: Tonari no Gokudou-kun
27. Minky Momo in Yume ni Kakeru Hashi
28. Kyuuketsuhime Miyu
29. Precure All Stars DX the Dance Live : Miracle Dance Stage e Youkoso
30. Gravitation: Lyrics of Love
31. Ace wo Nerae! 2
32. Glass no Kamen: Sen no Kamen wo Motsu Shoujo
33. Kaze to Ki no Uta Sanctus: Sei Naru Kana
34. Fushigi Yuugi: Eikouden
35. Honoo no Mirage: Minagiwa no Hangyakusha
36. Koko wa Green Wood
37. Arcana Famiglia: Capriccio – stile Arcana Famiglia
38. Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Fukurokouji to Ano Ko to Ore to
39. Nijiiro Days OVA
40. Hiiro no Kakera: Totsugeki! Tonari no Ikemenzu
41. Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach DX
42. Nagareboshi Lens
43. Brothers Conflict OVA
44. Aru Hi Inu no Kuni kara Tegami ga Kite
45. Slow Step
46. Mahou no Princess Minky Momo: Yume no Naka no Rondo
47. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2: Shiroki Ryuu no Miko
48. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Hachiyou Shou OVA
49. Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu
50. Sukeban Deka