They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Ganbare! Kickers: Bokutachi no Densetsu, Azusa, Otetsudai Shimasu!, Madonna, and more!
50: Ganbare! Kickers: Bokutachi no Densetsu
English: Fight! Kickers
Japanese: がんばれ!キッカーズ ぼくたちの伝説
MAL Score: 6.14
A recap episode of Ganbare! Kickers.
49: Azusa, Otetsudai Shimasu!
English: Azusa Will Help!
MAL Score: 6.16
The Karugamo High School Baseball Team has not been doing well. After losing badly to the Eagles, many of the players leave, and the team now has only eight players, one too few to play a game.
Going against his principles, the main character Harumaki Shunpei decides to buy a baseball robot. However, since he does not have enough money, he ends up buying the maid robot named Azusa. Even though Azusa has a warm heart and strong determination, it doesn’t appear that she stands a chance against her adversaries who were top-of-the-line baseball robots. The team’s only hope seems to lie in a secret buried within Azusa’s clouded past.
Everything I know about baseball can be summed up in what little I understood of the rules from this anime and the parts of the Houston Astros game I attended once that I did not sleep through. So you can say I am not a huge fan, but this anime had Mamiko Noto! Of course I am going to watch!
The premise of Azusa revolves around a high school baseball club who loses a member reducing the clubs total to only eight, and since you need nine to play baseball this puts the club in a pinch. The story is set about a hundred years in the future and robots; particularly in sports are fairly common. To keep their club alive they set out to by a sports robot to fill in their final roster spot. However all they can afford is an outdated but very moe maid robot. (Really you expected less than total moe-ness from a Mamiko character and a maid!?) Of course she is horrible at baseball and with an impending tournament the club leaves for a training camp in with all of them, including Azusa find hidden talents within them all.
It’s not terribly original and the story and its conclusion are predictable and formulaic. But it was a lot of fun to watch, even for me a non-baseball fan. Nothing in the show will amaze anyone but it has a number of laughs and heartwarming conclusion despite its short length. I can’t comment much on the actual baseball action, since my knowledge is limited but it seemed to be fairly realistic and not overly corny. Despite the themes of the show, one might expect the potential for a lot of fan service but there is very little of that and is safe for all viewers.
None of the characters have all that much substance. They pretty much all live up to the standard stereotypes expected of them. Regardless of their lack of depth, I found them to be a solid group. Azusa, as expected shines the most due to Mamiko Noto’s performance. You really have a dried up husk for a heart if you can’t like her just a little bit. It’s a bit of a shame that this series wasn’t longer because I thought her past and abilities could have been a lot more interesting had this been a few episodes longer.
As I mentioned, the only reason I even started this was because of the presence of Noto in the cast. I am her biggest fan and she plays her roll to perfection. She even gets a chance to break out of her meek maid stereotype once which I found especially amusing. The art and animation is pretty ordinary and typical of what you expect nowadays. Solid but unspectacular overall.
Azusa, Otetsudai Shimasu will appeal to sports anime fans and baseball lovers. Though I think it was entertaining enough to attract others who don’t necessarily watch them too. If you love your robotic maids with a wicked fastball moe on the side, then you won’t be disappointed with this.
I seem to seperate myself from most of the anime-watching crowd in that I actually prefer shorter animes. In a TV series, the object is generally to pad the length as much as possible in order to cut costs but maintain viewership. In short OVAs, however, little time is available, and so every minute usually will contribute to the overall experience (as opposed to bloated series like Naruto or Hikaru no Go).
Another large perk of short animes is well illustrated by Azusa Will Help!: if the anime sucks, it doesnt waste too much of your time. The OVA is decidedly below average, with a weak storyline, generic characters, and only a handful of laughs, but its 40 minute runtime prevented me from hating it passionately.
Still, even if the show is a relatively small waste of time, its still a waste of time. The one or two good jokes in the entire OVA are largely cancelled out by the tedious and trite maid shit that dominates the running length. An attempt is made to dilute the cliche by combining the maid parts with elements from sports anime, but mixing together two hackneyed story devices seldom produces something original, and this is no exception.
The story doesnt really make a whole lot of sense from a logical perspective, either. In the anime, we are told that anatomically correct androids are no longer being made due to the apparent sexual consequences that inevitably result. This leads to the question of how the protagonist manages to purchase one of the older, fully fleshed out robots for so cheap. If sexdroids were in fact banned from production, there is no doubt in my mind that rabid, undersexed otaku would soon make the remaining ones nearly priceless. Also, the very idea that androids would be used to play baseball at all is preposterous. The whole point of athletic sports is to engage in fun, competitive excercise, and having a robot do that for you is just stupid. I think the concept is somewhat similar to getting a robot to jog for you every morning.
Decidedly below average, especially considering the shows age and length. Very little money went into making this anime, and it shows with jerky animation, generic character designs and lame action scenes.
Voice acting is definitely on the stale side (although Ill grant that there isnt much ANYONE could do in these godawful roles), and music is weak and unmemorable.
An odd note is that Noto Mamiko is in this one, presumably before her career took off and she earned the luxury of not having to participate in this kind of degrading material. She does what she can with her role, but even Mamikos succulent, oh-so-good-to-hear-it voice isnt enough to save a cardboard character with some absolutely idiotic dialogue.
Unlikeable and dull – pretty much characteristic of what I would expect from a 40 minute maid show. I could write more, but then Id be spending more time talking about the characters than the studio spent actually creating and developing them.
Basically, Azuza does just about what every maid show before it has done: weak-ass comedy. The lackluster plot and characters combine with the decidedly mediocre animation and sound, and one is left with an unusually disappointing overall package. Im just happy the anime cant waste any more of my time than it already has.
If youre one of the thousands of people who actually enjoy maid shows on a consistent basis, then by all means knock yourself out; theres enough tribute to the tired genre to please most of the diehards. However, if youre not a dedicated fan of the genre, then know that this brings nothing new to the table.
MAL Score: 6.20
Mako, a sexy young teacher, comes to Gyunabe high school to enlighten young minds. What she wasn’t counting on was a class full of misfits lead by the delinquent Obayashi. If their never ending quest to see her underwear and embarrass her in front of the whole school doesn’t force her to quit, then her principal’s brilliant idea of making her the new rugby coach will.
A few jokes were executed well, but the overall humor leaves much to be desired. The sexualization of the protagonist is ridiculous even for anime standards; rape theme was unnecessary and distasteful. Music and seiyuu don’t stand out; artwork is awkward and reminded me of Akira. The actions of the characters are confusing and illogical, though they never stray far from the obvious storyline.
Over-simplified characters, generic story and unfunny jokes make this crazy 80s mashup a nightmare to be avoided.
MAL Score: 6.26
Two boys, Tachibana and Hiiragi were once brutal rivals in the game of basketball. Hiiragi soon transfers into Tachibana’s school and basketball team. They begin as team-mates, but with Hiiragi’s family pushing him to play on a better team. Tachibana and Hiiragi must now play against each other.
This OVA is pretty underground having passed by largely unnoticed and will appeal mostly to those who have read the excellent manga by Hiroyuki Asada.
One has to say that this is more drama oriented than sport, but the competitive atmosphere and the dilemma of the characters is something all sport fans have felt.
– ANIMATION –
The animation is fluid and the scenes transpire at a pace fast enough to keep up with. Both episodes build up to the final match, mixing in flashbacks of the characters’ past encounters with the present time. As the anime revolves around a basketball court, the background and surrounding imagery is pretty basic; yet the definition of detail is kept at a good standard. Although there is not much playing action during the anime, the few moments that do, show the typical problem in trying to animate sports play. The speed of the ball dribbling or other player movements are sometimes either too slow or fast for portraying how accurate the realism should be; so you find a lot of slow-motion frames or only upper body shots burdened with dialogue. However, the style of the characters is thankfully kept to that of the manga.
– SOUND –
As far as voices are concerned the japanese dialogue fits well with the characters. One regrets that the background music is not that noticeable, apart from the very addictive closing theme song. The sFX are very good and are what you would expect to hear when playing a basketball match inside a sports hall – a lot of sneaker and friction sounds
– STORY & CHARACTER –
Regretably the storyline is very much restricted as it is only a 2 episode OVA, so in addition the viewer fails to really see the inner conflicts of the main characters and see their paths develop. The character designs seem to focus too much on the stereotypical. Most of the boys are portrayed as attractive and fit individuals capable of stealing the cheers from supportive girls, while the comic relief character seems to be more ‘unathletic’ and ‘nerdy’ of the team.
Apart from the two main characters one really does not learn much about the supporting secondary characters of the series and so the sense of the ‘team’ is lost.
– VALUE & ENJOYMENT –
I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with this OVA since I am a big fan of the manga. The manga title is a long story arc with a lot more attention given to the problems of all the team members and how they come to terms with them. There is also a lot of fast pace basketball scenes in the manga which one would have hoped the OVA would focused more on. Sadly the anime lacks the much desired gameplay sequences. One feels a lot was missed out from the series in its translation from manga to OVA, but these two episodes do a heartworthy attempt in presenting a somewhat more mature and introspective side of two athletes trying to realize their potential.
46: Nozomi Witches
Japanese: のぞみ ウィッチィズ
MAL Score: 6.28
Ryoutaro Shiba and his family have just moved into a new housing neighborhood. He soon discovers he is lucky enough to be living next to a beautiful and bewitching girl named Nozomi Egawa. Nozomi is athletic, an actress, and surprisingly more than anything else, she wants Ryoutaro to become a boxer so that he can fulfil her dream. Ryoutaro isn’t exactly sure what Nozomi’s dream is, but he definitely does not want to become a boxer. Unfortunately for Ryoutaro, he finds himself being dragged to the high school boxing club because Nozomi has written a resume for him claiming that he is a boxing genius! It actually seems that Ryoutaro has a special gift for boxing that he has never known about before. Ryoutaro soon finds himself in the winners’ circle. But for how long can he last, and can he really live up to Nozomi’s expectations?
45: Zetsuai 1989
MAL Score: 6.38
Koji Nanjo, a young rock star, falls in love with soccer player Takuto Izumi. Koji eventually learns that Izumi’s mother killed his father out of severe and intense love. Izumi took all the guilt for his father’s murder and refuses to go pro because of fear that his past will be discovered by the media. Izumi detests Koji’s company and encouragement and severely dislikes the attention from the press, but Koji cannot stay away for he soon realizes that his love for Izumi is very similar to the love that Izumi’s mother felt for his father.
The story starts out with a flashback of our hunky lead reminiscing about a football hunk from his childhood. Excuse me will I clean my keyboard after spilling my tea laughing at that statement. I lied; there is nothing hunky about our girly man leads. Back on point, the lead Koji Nanjo is a super famous and popular musician who insists he isn’t gay, despite having these thoughts about this footballer. Coincidently the now grown footballer, Takuto Izumi picks up the passed out and drunken Koji from a rainy alley and nurses him back to health. I’m sure this kind of thing happens all the time. Straight man picks up a drunkard from an alley and takes him home then sleeps lovingly with him on the same bed. What a nice man.
Actually this illness, and let’s call it what it is; IT’S A COLD! It’s not life threatening! For the most part healthy young men do not drop dead after getting wet and developing a small fever and the sniffles. However this is a recurring theme in this anime. I would guess that at least 60% of the story takes place in a hospital or in someone’s sickbed. I know, I know, I am sure this is supposed to drive home some kind of splendid drama or titillate me with the promise of healing buttsecks.
All this being said there is some decent drama beneath all the sickness and gay-angst. Sorta. Kinda. Koji moves from a man who claims he isn’t gay to a flaming symbol of gay pride in the span of 10 minutes. Most puzzling we are supposed to believe that it was the look in Izumi’s eyes that so captivated him when he was younger. Towards the end though the drama is fairly interesting as Koji tries to get his feelings across to the emotionally damaged Izumi. The story doesn’t really end satisfactorily but it isn’t horrible. It doesn’t change the fact though that Koji is an obsessive psycho and there is nothing to make you think either one of them have any real feelings for each other besides what they say. Additionally the sports action and portrayal of the music industry is unrealistic to say the least. Yaoi fans looking for a lot of guy x guy action are also not likely to be satisfied either. There is very little intimacy between the “lovers” and absolutely zero chemistry and nothing that is even close to being called romance.
The cast for Zetsuai is small and pretty much keeps to its two leads. They are both underwhelming as characters. Izumi attempts to be played as this macho and manly athlete. But he comes across as a heartless brooding asshat. Yes, he’s had it rough. He is haunted by the murder of his father by his mother and her attempted murder of him. Because of the societal rejection of him as the son of a murderer he is understandably scarred emotionally and distant from people. He is moderately sympathetic as a character because most of what happens to him or has happened in his life is really through no fault of his own. I suppose the most inspirational thing about his is as a warning to people on why you shouldn’t pick up strangers in the street and take them home with you.
Koji on the other hand is equally passionless. Though what exactly he is messed up about is anyone’s guess. I find it quite laughable that someone with so little interest in anything could ever become a successful musical artist. The only time he shows any real passion about anything is in playing the pining man-wife type, while he tries to force himself on Izumi. He is a complete psycho and his antics get more and more over the top the more desperate he becomes.
What can I say about the art? Well it is without a doubt one of the most horrible things I have ever subjected my eyeballs too. This kind of thing is precisely why I don’t watch this genre. If you want to see two women together why not just watch a yuri anime? It seems 99% of yaoi artwork is a rip-off of CLAMP designs. The guys are way too feminine, with long girlish nails and fingers, long silky hair, and thin faces with knife like pointed chins. Either the artist really loves Jay Leno or this is supposed to be attractive. Additionally the characters are supposed to be 16. Despite the silliness of that when it comes to the story, these guys don’t looks like they are 16. No way in hell. It’s not just the character designs that are hideous, the backgrounds and settings are just as bland and uninspired. I suppose I should give it a bit of a pass being that it is from almost 20 years ago but I can’t see this looked good ever. Even a cave artist would have thought this looked like shit.
Perhaps the only thing worse than the art is the music. Wow. I can’t believe we used to listen to this trash. If you want to reminisce to the good old days of hair bands and trite lyrics and corny keyboard sounds then maybe you will get a smidgeon of value. As hair bands go Mötley Crüe rocked, this is more like listening to Nelson. The acting performances are equally uninteresting and unmoving.
Overall Zetsuai 1989 is an anime that should be avoided by all but the most undiscriminating viewer or yaoi fangirl. I would say you could watch it for the lulz but you should love yourself more than that. The only thing it really has going for it is that it’s a million times better than its epically shitty sequel.
seen via english sub.
To be honest the cover art and yaoi genre through me for a loop. Both i did not expect to be what i ended up seeing. The emotions and drama that went into this movie caused my emotions to stir. The passion, the strength of will really could connect to the viewer. Sure at first the story portrays a kind of screw you (hate you) kind of moment. However, had it not have been would the same ending have been reached? The cover art is there to show the stone cold emotion/emotionless feeling. The genre is there because both main characters are both strong roles. I am not saying a woman can not be as strong. Women can even be stronger but they are known for there emotions not there muscles. Hard truth but it is the truth.
Along time ago i heard from an unknown source fight fire with fire. How can you do that if your love has been involved in a murder? making matters worse your parents are both the murder and victim. How can one recover from that? This writer found a way that i thought there would be none. The murder weapon needed to be in the hands of the innocent but how? How was the question.
The music from this OVA is wonderful, I still listen to the extra soundtrack to this day. I guess because I am nostalgic for an era that I’ve never witnessed. If you like cheesy 80’s music like me then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too. I was in the closet when I watched this as a teenager and this anime helped me cope with being closeted. Especially when Nanjo who was mostly a player with the ladies suddenly realizes the girl he’s been searching for all along is a boy his age. The boy, however, resents Nanjo and rightfully so because he’s not sure why Nanjo looks at him that way and why he won’t leave his life.
It’s a cliche storyline. Rocker pretty boy falls in love with an athletic pretty boy, but athletic pretty boy doesn’t reciprocate those feelings back until one day their life turns around and everything changes. You know that sort of cheesy thing. As a young cold-hearted homosexual, this anime definitely pulled several heartstrings. Therefore this anime will always have a special place in my heart and was one of the reasons why I decided to come out.
44: Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989
Japanese: BRONZE zetsuai since 1989
MAL Score: 6.40
Famous rockstar Kouji Nanjou has fallen in love with Izumi Takuto, a soccer player with dreams of seeing “real” soccer in Italy. In angsty boy-love fashion, the story consists of Kouji stopping at nothing to have Izumi stay with him, Izumi dealing with his feelings until the time comes where he has no choice but to decide, and all the other things the two must face and the problems from Kouji’s family.
The prequel to Bronze was not good, however compared to this it looks like Gone with the Wind. Though it isn’t really necessary to see the prequel either as other than using the same characters nothing that important is carried over to this episode. The story picks up a year later, with our two lovers Koji and Izumi living together and continuing their passionless and uninteresting relationship in secret. Izumi, thanks to the events from the first story is now a nationally known youth footballer and has been offered the chance to play in Italy. He takes off for Italy to view some football matches without telling Koji personally, just leaving a note. He does this because Koji is a needy psychotic tool and if I had been in his position I would have done the same thing. How long is he going to be gone you ask? For a week. He’s not leaving forever. He’s coming back, in a week. Seven days. 168 hours. 10080 minutes. 604800 seconds. But Koji’s needy ass apparently can’t live without Izumi for even 1 second and races off to the airport to stop him. Guess what!? Yep he has an accident and ends up in a coma! Zetsuai’s tradition of hospital visits remains intact!
There is absolutely nothing riveting or interesting about how the story is presented. It’s full of clichés and uninspired drama that mostly feels like a poorly written cheap soap opera. The plot plays out so predictably and with additionally unnecessary situations and drama that bring nothing to it. While the original seemed to be told more through Koji’s perspective, Bronze is told mainly through Izumi’s eyes. I am not sure if it’s possible to make a man, even one as unmanly as Koji, moe but Bronze gives it a try. Koji’s family which was completely unmentioned in the first story emerges as cockblocks to their love in this one. Apparently we are to believe that Koji is a Budo prodigy and on his father’s death he is, according to his will, supposed to take over as head of the family to pass on their Budo-style. What this means or why it’s important is never explained, nor did I care to know. I find it hilarious that this weepy sissy who hasn’t practiced since he was 10 is still able to display awe inspiring feats with his sword.
As characters Izumi and Koji remain as the primary focus on the story. Izumi remains as a cold and unfeeling jerk and when the story attempts to show his passionate side towards Koji the only thing I felt was the pain in my stomach from uncontrolled laughter. We see him slowly move towards admitting his gayness. Koji remains the weepy girly man from the first story. The way he acts is both cringe worthy and laugh out loud hilarious. (not in an intentionally funny way either) He is still a complete whack job and despite the stories desperate attempts to make you feel something for either one of the leads, it fails in every aspect.
The addition of Koji’s family brings nothing to the story of substance. His brothers seem to have had almost no contact or influence on Koji’s life any time recently and it is puzzling why they would suddenly take so much interest in him now. The other supporting characters bring nothing other than to push the asshole Izumi into discovering his true feelings and homosexuality.
Bronze continues the series tradition of eye bleeding shitastic visuals. All of my complaints of the original still remain. I found it confusing how inconsistent it was in terms of the character designs. While Koji and Izumi look pretty much as they did in the first story, the returning supporting cast such as Koji’s manager and Izumi’s sister look so completely different that they were unrecognizable. Thankfully (I suppose?) there is very little music in this episode but the piss poor voice acting remains to subject your ears too.
Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989 is the worst show I have seen in my life. The very fact this show is collectively rated a 7.08 makes me wonder about the taste and intelligence of people. This is one of the higher rated yaoi titles on MAL too. I feel sorry for true yaoi fans if this is an example of a good series. Stay very far away from this turd.
God this is a bad OVA. I have not read the original manga, but I watched this out of some twisted sense of curiosity. By the end of the anime I could care less about the cardboard-cutout stereotype waffy-uke and emotionally-stunted seme and just wanted to smack them both.
Here’s a general rundown of what happens: they get together, then break up for no reason. Angst ensues. This happens OVER 9000 times in a forty-five minute period, and at some point, Izumi is so angst-ridden he COUGHS UP BLOOD. I think there is some Magical Soul-Healing Buttsecks (R) in there somewhere.
If you are desperate for your yaoi fix, read a naughty bedtime story or a doujin. This sort of anime right here is one of the reasons the genre is so hated even by gay men themselves.
43: Bari Bari Densetsu
MAL Score: 6.40
The main character, Gun, rides a customized Honda CB750F cafe racer and eventually evolves into a pro road racer.
But if anything is going to stick out to you, it’s definitely going to be the ending. I can’t describe it, you’re going to have to see it for yourself because it totally affected me and took me by surprise. Even though there is limited material, it does a descent job of making you care for the characters and the foundation is good enough to understand their characters and to produce development.
Well, the art style does somewhat resemble some of the character designs in Initial D, but during the publication of this manga, Morikawa Jyoji, the creator of one of my favorite mangas, Hajime no Ippo, was a staff membe,r and I really see more of his style in this anime than really the Initial D style except for Gun’s character design with the way Shigeno draws diamond eyes to make them slanted in an Asian style and he tends to draw faces at a slanted angle as well. But there are some 1980s characteristics of Gun such as the semi-big hair.
The rest of the designs are really just generic and that’s it. I mean, the way Shigeno draws his lips sometimes is not yet prevalent and I guess he hadn’t established his style like that yet. But the way Morikawa draws the eyes and how he draws rectangular faces at times seem to be more present so I’m guessing the way Shigeno did things during this time was a major influence in Morikawa’s style. For the races, there’s really no novelty environmental factors that really make any impact on the race such as gutter gripping, but what makes up for it is that risk factor I talked about in Wangan Midnight. The races are portrayed accurately with the designs of the motorcycles, the postures, the steering and everything. When you see the races in a more 3rd or 1st person perspective, you can see the road and the rest of the foreground and track zooming in on you as if you were driving yourself. Granted it’s 1980s, I think it bring a genuine sensuality to the races.
As for Suzuka, you might be able to recognize the name from the Gran Turismo games. What’s cool is that it times it does give an aerial view of the course, and you’ll be able to recognize it from the course maps.
But back to the risk factor, there will be some wicked crashes, so if you want to see some crashes, check this out.
Despite this being an unknown anime, the featured seiyuus are pretty big names. Starting with Hideyoshi’s seiyuu, Nakao Ryuusei, the voice of Freeza from Dragon Ball Z. He does speak in Osaka dialect, but he doesn’t have the authenticity to the aggression and accent as the voice actor of Sendo does in Hajime no Ippo. But I think the voice does contemplate his small size at some capacity like how it did with Freeza. And Gun is played by Tanaka Hideyuki, the voice of Enrico Maxwell in Hellsing and Rayearth in Magic Knight Rayearth, I thought he had a good deep voice, but I thought his performance based on how he was written was of course more one dimensional and I thought he sounded too old. Next Miyuki, our pink haired cutsey fan service racer played by Toda Keiko, who is probably most famous to Gundam fans as the voice of Matilda-san from the original Gundam series. She does an excellent job as playing a more cutsey and innocent girl, but with an adrenaline edge at times.
The last seiyuu I want to get into is Ai, played by Jpop sensation Oginome Yoko, who also sings the theme songs. The theme songs are very upbeat in an 1980s manner, and the singing is a little feminine but energetic. Though the music isn’t really Eurobeat nor is it really close to the nature of the soundtrack of Initial D, the music ranges from all kinds of beats and styles whether light hearted sounds or intense guitars to set the atmosphere of a funny scene or a last mile race.
Well, I found this anime interesting enough to hope that one day I can get my hands on the manga. I would like to know what parts of the manga I was reading as well so I know where I am to understand some of the foundations that are going on. Also, I would like to see one day hopefully a remake of this series because I personally like realistic anime nowadays. I enjoy the careful use of risk factors, and the interactions and relationship developments. But I personally recommend this more for people already familiar with Initial D mostly because it’s by the same creator, so you get some understanding of what he does and why. I also recommend this to Hajime no Ippo fans mostly because of the character designs. I mean, doesn’t Gun resemble Miyata? And to conclude, if you know where you an get the manga, hook me up.
42: Bakuon!! OVA
MAL Score: 6.40
Bundled with the 7th and 9th volumes of the Bakuon!! manga.
OVA2: the second OVA is pretty much just about Hijiri and how she got her bike licensee that really all about it and also the her butler turns into a girl for a good bit of the show (sorry i guess for a spoiler there)
Art: art is as good the anime background look good and also the characters and the bikes as well wasn’t bad at all.
Sound: There was no Op for both of the OVA’s but there was for the Ed (kinda odd) but the Ed were good also all the Va’s come back so they all did pretty good here.
Character: Hane is the main character of this anime and she is well a really bright light and just overall fun and nice person she is also really energetic all the time also i liked her in the anime she was well done. Ramiu is another main character and i mean personally i can’t describe here than she just doesn’t talk at all like that the only real thing about her. Hijiri is another main character and she is a person who is actually wealthy and has her own butler drive her around and such sense she can’t but she does have a pretty good attitude and not a snobby one again just a cheerful and nice character. Onsa is another main character and she actually has a bike shop unlike the others (granted her father runs it but hopefully you get my point) so she like everyone her is actually a cheerful and kind person in the anime. Rin is the last main character here and she is really passionate about Suzuki bikes to the point of arguing over it with Onsa (they get into alot cause she loves them but Onsa personally hates them so there you go) she can kinda have a snobby attitude but she is a nice and good character here (also i usually don’t add support characters here but will but just one). Chisame is a supporting character and she goes to the bike club later she was a minibike rider but doesn’t ride them on the rode cause she think they shouldn’t be on the rode (uh ok that makes no sense but roll with it) but she is a good character i personally didn’t care for her cause i don’t know she just seems gloomy and stuff ALL the time but she again is a decent character i should say. (copied it from my own review sense they act the same here).
Enjoyment: What i liked: both OVA’s did there job pretty good the comedy i wouldn’t say is there at both but i did make me smile a good couple of times also the enjoyment of it is there also again all the same VA’s who did a good job with the anime and the OVA’s as well here. What i didn’t like: i think the only thing i could say i didn’t like was that Hijiri getting in a sense her own episode (granted the other girls are there but i feels like just her episode) i didn’t mind her but some people who didn’t like her should probably say no to this OVA but it was pretty good i never minded Hijiri.
Overall: id give both a 6 the OVA’s overall were pretty enjoyable comedy isn’t really there but it kinda is the Va’s again being here and they did the job pretty good here as for the OVA’s in general they were pretty good you really wouldn’t be missing anything by skipping the OVA’s but i’d give them a shot if your a fan of the anime.
On my opinion if you just stick to the main series and don’t watch the OVA, you won’t miss anything special and maybe save up some time.
Is it worth to watch ? Not really, but if you like Bakuon!! Then yes.
Raimu Senpai saves the day like always.
41: Shiritsu Araiso Koutougakkou Seitokai Shikkoubu
English: Araiso Private High School Student Council Executive Committee
MAL Score: 6.41
Kubota Makoto and Tokitoh Minoru (characters from Kazuya Minekura’s manga Wild Adaptor—though no reference is made to the darker storyline of WA in this light-hearted anime)—are the muscle of their high school’s all-powerful student council. They defend the student body from disorder—generated by both humans and demons—while avoiding their classes.
Araiso follows the story of Tokitou and Kobota whom are originally from the manga Wild Adapter. Araiso is an OVA adaptation of the manga of the same name that follows the more carefree side of there school live while Wild Adapter focuses on there private affairs.
The stories are light hearted with alot of sexual innuendo’s between the two. They often tease each other like a jealous couple with misleading scenes and sexual phrases. The two have fun with it though, while at the same time showing there true affection.
Each episode is a stand alone story of them at school. One following a day of athletics in which both of them are begged to join teams because of there unholy athletic talents. The other episode follows a more supernatural note slightly more reminiscent of Wild Adapter in which spirits are released in the school and they have to go and exorcise them.
Overall the episodes are fun, the characters are easy to get to know and the supporting characters are just as fun and interesting.
I highly recommend this OVA to fans of Kazuya Minekura, fans of shonen ai, or anyone who is just looking for a fun slice of life with supernatural overtones.
40: One Pound Gospel
English: One Pound Gospel
MAL Score: 6.45
Hatanaka Kosaku, a hopeful boxer, has a mean KO punch. Unfortunately, his dietary willpower is weak, and he eats even greasy hamburgers right before a bout. As a result, he has to compete in higher weight classes, and as soon as he takes an abdominal punch, he vomits, which causes him to lose the match in shame. As he tries to grapple with his weak will, he meets Sister Angela, a novitiate at a local convent. While Sister Angela strives to help Hatanaka in his endeavor, he seems to make her training to be a nun more difficult.
Anyway, in comparison to the drama and manga, it is more boxing centric than romance and comedy centric which I find is good for those who like Hajime no Ippo and Ashita no Joe which transitions to what I want to say next about the fights.
If you have watched Ashita no Joe, then I guarantee you’re going to enjoy the fights. A majority of the angles and a fraction of the execution pays major homage to it. Kousaku like Joe is a hard punching brawler but in his fight with Jiro, he shows he does have basic technique against an Olympic gold medallist with his dodging and footwork. And the way he loses sometimes is similar to Joe’s losing streak except under different circumstances of why they’d puke in a middle of a fight. Joe not feeling comfortable fighting after killing Rikiishi, and with Kousaku, he pigs out. And of course we’ll see the use of fouls to win fights. So either the staff of this anime, or Takahashi herself is a fan of Ashita no Joe. But the ending fight ends in an anti-climatic nature which has happened in some other action oriented Takahashi mangas such as Inuyasha vs Bankotsu in the manga version. And the fights in the live action One Pound Gospel have this problem as well.
But for the character design, it’s your typical Rumiko Takahashi art style and if you like Ranma and Inuyasha, you’re going to instantly recognize it. But what’s also fun is that there are no bizarre hair styles and hair colors.
Moving on, I would like to make the notion that this anime never had a dub release. Whether that’s a good thing or bad thing, I’m leaving that up to you. But the Japanese cast does have some of the biggest name. Furuya Tooru, the voice of Tuxedo Mask and Amuro Rei and Saint Seiya plays Kousaku. He portrays the character as serious and has a fun side to him. He brings out the confession of his love in a very sincere way in comparison to the sugar rushed portrayal of KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi Kazuya in the live action, which is another review for another time. And Tsuru Hiromi, the voice of Bulma in DBZ and Ukyo from Ranma and Reiko from Ghost Sweeper plays a very different role from this one where she is more calm and doesn’t really have a fighting intensity, but has a certain anger for Kousaku’s indiscipline and his advances.
And I’m guessing Nagai Ichiro’s portrayal of Mukoda paved way for his role of Nekota Ginpachi in Hajime no Ippo, another boxing anime. If just doesn’t feel the same if he doesn’t end his sentences with “da ni.” OK, enough of the voice acting, time to talk about the music. It’s very uplifting and intense. It goes very well to the mood, and brings a balance to the romantic tensions between Kousaku and Angela.
If you’re looking for your typical Rumiko Takahashi romance anime, this isn’t for you. Then again, in most anime versions of Takahashi’s anime, the main female and male characters that have romantic tensions never officially hook up as a couple except for Maison Ikkoku so expect no different. Surprisingly, after reading the manga and watching a majority of the live action version, I like how this is more boxing oriented than romance as I previously mentioned. So, I think it would be a disappointment if it was romance emphasized instead because you know in the end, Angela and Kousaku won’t hook up in the oav like they do in the manga which ended not too long ago. Hopefully we may get a new anime version which can give a faithful manga adaptation which later introduced other interesting characters.
Rumiko Takahashi is one of my favorite mangaka ever, I love her style, so that’s points right there for me. I also love the retro quality, and the silliness of the setup, with this young boxer and nun-in-training. A lot more could have been done with the story and characters though. So I guess I love it’s style and potential more than the story itself.
From my own scoring system:
2/3 for characters and relationships
2/3 for plot/storyline
3/3 for formal elements
0/1 for my special award
The story begins with a guy named Kosaku, which is a regular boxer. He’s a really great boxer with a KO punch that could end the match in one round. His only problem is that he thinks about food too much. Whether he’s running, practicing in the gym, or just resting, all he thinks about is one thing…FOOD. Even his trainer gets too irritated that he wants to fire him on the spot, or just plain quit as his trainer. Kosaku gets a preaching from his coach every now and then, but the guy just lets those words flow through one ear and out the other. One day, he saw a nun by the church while doing his daily run, then started to talk to her to get to know her. When they went inside her place at the monastery, he saw FOOD! He ate as much as he can not knowing that his next fight is about to happen sooner than he thought. By the time the fight came, it was total failure…well obviously. The remaining matches that were shown in this OVA was up to his decision to quit and sacrifice eating too much, with the help of the nun and his trainer.
Aired in the late ’80’s, the art style is good knowing that it’s an old anime. It’s grainy and all, but that’s what any typical old anime would deliver anyways. The story takes place most likely in Japan, with the neon lights and the side stores and all, along with the church area. The art is really simple and reminds me of Inuyasha and Ranma, which is made by the same creator that made this OVA. There’s nothing really special with the place this anime took place, even the boxing ring. It’s there, that’s all you have to know.
The sound is not as I wanted it to be. I guess the voice actors did a fair job, but it just doesn’t add up to be a ‘great’ anime with great sound effects. As I recall, the ending music was of a popular American song that I don’t know the name, but hear alot, or was it the opening? Either way, I just didn’t think that the music fits it, so I’m not a big fan of the music and sounds involved on this one that much. I’ve heard better music, and this is just not one of them.
The characters are also really straight-forward concerning their personalities. There are no characters that are really that ominous (except maybe for that one guy Kosaku accidentally punched in the ally way, which you would know the identity if you’ve watched it or going to watch it). The trainer had the personality of the typical one, all aggrevated and mad all the time. The nun was the usual none (except for the fact that she drinks alcohol o_O). Kosaku is just strange, on the other hand. For a pro-boxer, why would he not worry about being at top of his shape before each match? Might as well become some world-record hot dog eater or something (maybe surpass that dude that wins those kinds of contests like crazy haha), ya know what I’m sayin’?
The fun level of watching this show wasn’t all that great. It was more of like "Hey…I watch Hajime no Ippo, why not this?" kind of a feeling. I’d have to admit I watched this show since I was currently watching Hajime no Ippo at the time and accidentally stumbled on this page seeing a picture of a guy holding his boxing gloves. I was really pumped to watch One Pound Gospel, but unfortunately, it wasn’t as great as I expected. But don’t get me wrong, it was a good watch. I wouldn’t say I wasted my time watching it. I learned a lesson that learning your lesson is a fantastic moral lesson (wa? three ‘lesson’ in one sentence? maybe a new tongue twister?).
One Pound Gospel have something to say. It’s that staying focused on something will make you finish the job easier and efficiently. Swerving for a detour that leads to a cliff isn’t worth the short cut. That’s basically the lesson of this anime. I say check it out if you want to pass some time when you’re bored.
39: Future GPX Cyber Formula: Early Days Renewal
Japanese: 新世紀ＧＰＸサイバーフォーミュラ EARLYDAYS RENEWAL
MAL Score: 6.46
Future GPX Cyber Formula: Early Days Renewal is following Future GPX Cyber Formula ZERO.
Fourteen years old Hayato’s father creates a racing car with the most advanced navigation cyber system—a super neuro computer—but Cyber Formula team Sugo Grand Prix is perplexed, seeing that Hayato is the only one whom the car accepts as its driver, so—although the chief mechanic doesn’t think it’s a good idea—he’ll join the team as a novice.
As might be expected of a state-of-the-art technology, it could be used in a criminal way, so you have a helicopter pilot who wants to steal it. As the series progresses, he’s replaced by Karl, your usual hot-blooded rich talent, whom Hayato has to race in order to win the world championship. Other than him, there are other opponents, like the famous ex-F1 driver Shoemach, or two-time European F3 champion Shinjou.
The Cyber System helps the driver, telling him e.g. when it’s ideal to break, how much more the engine can endure, or simply how much time the distance between the driver and an opponent is. The tracks used in the Cyber Formula series are located in the usual countries like Brazil or the US, and—surprisingly—even African countries. Other than the excessive G force, the drivers have to fight Mother Nature—25-feet high seawaves or snow on the track are not unheard of. Some tracks are off-road.
Other than Shoemach being a reference to Schumacher, it’s notable that Hayato’s car resembles Tyrrell P34, a six-wheeler, that was the most unique design in F1 and that Mary Fendrich Hulman—whom the famous phrase “Gentlemen, start your engines!” is attributed—makes a cameo.
Made in the previous millenium, its not its strength in our age. There’s panning applied to save costs, but no long repetitive animations I noticed. The human anatomy is alright, though the legs are a little longer than ideal.
Nothing exceptional. There’s no soundtrack in some of the emotional parts and when you’re supposed to be listening to engine sounds.
The females in the anime are quite motivating for Hayato and Shinjou, regardless of whether they’re stupid or not. Also, the two drivers make some important reflections.
It was nice to see how Asurada—Hayato’s car—learned some about humanity.
The crashes were worth it.
Depicting how sheer persevearence is not always enough in a technical team sport felt life-like.
38: Battle Athletess Daiundoukai
English: Battle Athletes
MAL Score: 6.48
It is the year 4999 – mankind has long abandoned war in favor of intergalactic competition through athletic events. One of which is an all-female contest for the coveted “Cosmo Beauty” title. Akari Kanzaki has just entered the University Satellite in hopes of becoming the latest Cosmic Beauty – a title held by her mother long ago. On her first few days in the university, she meets new friends, encounters fierce rivals, and struggles to become the best of all the Battle Athletes.
Considering this is the 90s, the animation is actually quite stunning and demonstrates anime’s increasing ability at the time to push the limit and illustrate things that modern live-action could not accomplish. The lighting of the competition torch on the university satellite via unmanned rocket, for example, really just took me away. Though character movement is staticky, you really have to hand it to the animators for delivering some great ideas for future sporting events.
The sound I can’t comment much on. It was there, it mixed well, but overall it was just plain. I won’t rate it badly but it’s nothing to talk any more about.
The story is jagged, but involved. Each episode seems to focus on a different sporting event as a result of training for the big competition at the end, which takes up the last two episodes. Certain elements, such as Mylandah’s extreme interpretation of competition, as well as Akari and Kris’s growing friendship carry over, and the story isn’t afraid to throw a twist out of nowhere either. However, because of the limited run, it really doesn’t carry out as successfully as it could have. Instead it comes off as a summary, with sporting events in-between.
The characters range from bland to incredible. The most incredible character, I thought, was Kris. She was well-developed and unique enough to stand out of the crowd. Unfortunately, she’s really the only who stands out. There are other characters like Tanya and Lahrri, who run on one aspect of their personality the entire run. Other characters, like Mylandah and Anna, also run on one aspect, but are saved by that aspect of their personality’s influence on the plot.
Overall, I really enjoyed Battle Athletes. It’s a good watch if you’re looking for something that’s involving enough that it doesn’t put you to sleep but short enough that you only have to dedicate a day or two to watching. Though it’s not the best, it is good.
One last note; From what I’ve heard, to really enjoy this OVA, you need to watch it before you watch the TV series, Battle Athletes Victory, which I hear is much better. However if the OVA is just a taste of what the series has to offer, I can’t wait to get into Victory.
Adding up the totals, Battle Athletes comes out to an overall 7. The art and a good portion of the characters make it stand out enough that you can overlook the majority of its faults. A quick watch and a fun one.
The series was also preachy with an unnecessary religious vibe regarding sports, but the set up for the given situation – as interesting as it was – was done poorly. I was also left thinking separate doesn’t mean equal – the boy’s school isn’t mentioned until plot relevant and quickly leaves, yet I was left feeling as if this was content pandering to a male audience. Well, it it is shounen after all. I couldn’t help but feel the work was a bit fanservacy.
It’s also worth noting there is LGBT content, yet I feel this was meant to pander towards the male audience rather than really have representation. Personally, I wished for a little more development regarding these elements.
This said, character, art and sound were top notch, not to mention the fact I could follow through with the movements even if some of the things didn’t make sense, like a certain student not getting punished despite the fact a computer system would be able to detect she was messing with such things.
37: 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.
36: Ace wo Nerae!: Final Stage
Japanese: 「エースをねらえ！」 —ファイナル ステージ—
MAL Score: 6.60
Hiromi continues developing her tennis and shows the results while undergoing an emotional change into an adult.
In a very bittersweet goodbye to one of the most surprising additions to lifelong favorites, I look back at the series with fondness. Mainly upset that I won’t be able to rush to review something I’m so in love with so others might have insight into such a forgotten series, or be the sole commenter on streaming sites.
Final stage is a direct continuation of Aim for the ace:2. I would barely call them separate seasons as the story is basically just chopped in two and called couers.
The biggest change is the focus on the romantic subplot finally that we got glimpses of back in the second season. I was honestly shocked to see Oka take ahold of her own life for once – being influenced by her coaches for so long! We also get a bit of a Madame butterfly side arc which was a nice break. It flowed well into the final episodes.
Note that the budget reflects on the amount of pastel freeze frames (Dezaki…) and still shots to stretch the time to reach the airing slot as well as just lower frame rate in some places. And i did find myself slightly peeved but,if you’re going to watch this then you know from the past its expected. Not to say there weren’t some nice moments and animations. Highlights include Episode 8’s mini battle of the sexes, the queens match! (which i wish had a higher budget, oka is growing!) Reikas match in episode 11 which flipped my expectations! The ending had a lot to be desired but it was simple goodbye.
35: Honoo no Tenkousei
MAL Score: 6.65
Transfer student Takisawa Noboru quickly learns that all disputes at his new school are settled in the boxing ring. Now he finds himself in a series of showdowns with the local top dog, Ibuki Saburo, for the love and respect of the beautiful Yukari.
If you have, or know anything about fighting anime in general, you’ll love this. Because it’s a total love letter to them all. There is basically no plot, just two episodes of lots of punching, shouting, sideburns and jokes.
The art-style is a Go Nagai-esque heavy lined style, very much like an animated manga. The music is full of heroic themes, and a rock OP reminiscent of Ai Wo Torimodose (as is fitting.)
What the show does well is compress into two episodes every fighting show cliche it can, from ludicrously named finishers to the devoted girlfriend and the school violence which provides the backdrop for things like the Getter Robo manga. There are unsubtle VA jokes, and no pretence of a fourth wall.
It’s because of this that Honoo no Tenkousei is so fun. It’s nice to have a show that’s only two episodes of breakneck-paced action every once in a while, and the jokes really hit the spot.
There’s not really much more to say – HnT is a love letter to the fighting anime genre which pokes fun at it while employing all the cliches in a competent way, and really can’t be recommended enough if you like that sort of thing.
The story is all very flimsy in Blazing Transfer Student. This punk ass dude has ‘won’ a girl from another guy and now she’s forced to be his girlfriend. But then in comes our transfer student bent on rescuing the girl because if he does she will totally put out and this is oh so romantic. The two of them get into a hastily constructed boxing ring on the school grounds and fight for her heart, with the fights being decided largely by who can say the name of their death-punch faster. Well that, and a pair of vultures who land on the person they deem to be worthy of laying a nest on. Since it’s a mock-up of 70s manga it follows the same aesthetic with big thick lines and poofy hairdos. I’d heard a bit of fuss made over the animation since it was the Project A-Ko team together. It’s generally pretty well animated and dynamically presented by early 90s OVA standards, but it did remind me how glad I am we have moved past the period where much of the episode is repeated animation.
It’s largely all gags, which is why it’s a little disappointing that many of the gags miss rather than hit. Pulling perv faces, yelling loudly or hitting someone make up many of the gags. Thankfully there’s enough good ones to make it worthwhile. The original back and forth of rhetorical warfare when the transfer student enters the school originally is brilliant, and the whole layer of self-parody makes it funny. On some level I would have preferred it be much wilder, but that may have been me spoiled by Kill la Kill and its giant flying speakers shooting recorder missiles, and it wouldn’t necessarily fit with the tone it was going for. It treads close enough to the real thing that it’s extra funny when battles are decided by someone saying the name of their death punch faster. It’s fun, but a total trifle that you’ll forget the exact details of a week later.
Of course, beyond parodying high school there’s general mockery of dramatic action cliches. My personal favorite comes in the climax when the main character realizes his own special attack is never landing first because naturally he has to finish saying the attack name before it hits, but its name is longer than the bully’s attack name. Simply changing the name would be an unacceptable finish for a hero, of course. Gainax takes an interesting direction for art style here, intentionally copying the rough and thick outlines of 70s anime and the simple “blobby” facial expressions of comedy anime from around the same time. Due to the budget only having to be spread out two episodes and Gainax’s resources in 1991 being far better than the 70s anime they’re paying homage to, the frame rate turns out to be very smooth and the blu-rays specifically really make the simple solid colors pop for a very visually appealing look with a lot of charm that holds up in high resolutions. More than the jokes themselves, this is the selling point of this OVA. The soundtrack is lightly enjoyable with the main opening being suitably retro while the mix of synthesizers/rock in the score is more contemporary, along with the cute ending theme that’ll make any 90s anime fan nostalgic. Though the OVA is too short to really go anywhere and seems like it could’ve built upon the charm of its humor and environment, it also doesn’t allow itself to overextend or wear out its personality or sense of humor. The great production values, animation, and short running time make this an easy and enjoyable watch that’s both simple and difficult to particularly recommend. Anyone who’s discovered this OVA exists is the kind of genre fan very unlikely to think they’ve wasted their time with it.
34: Grappler Baki
MAL Score: 6.79
Doppo Orochi sits down to watch the final match of his karate school’s youth tournament. Atsushi Suedou, one of his disciples, faces off against Baki Hanma, a fresh teenage boy breezing through the matches. Intrigued by the boy’s strength, Doppo, alongside another of his disciples—Kiyosumi Katou— visits the notorious Tokugawa underground ring—a hidden freestyle fighting arena that prohibits only weaponry in its matches. Upon arriving, they learn that Baki is set to face none other than Koushou Shinogi: an infamous karate master and user of the lethal Cord-Cutting technique.
So after watching the first season of Baki I decided to check out the older OVA before continuing with Season Two. But let’s review this beautiful piece of art step by step:
Story: 9/10 The OVA covers up the Karate tournament which was animated as well in season one of Baki the Grappler (TV). Nothing outstanding but a simple and great tournament setting which I love and in my opinion one of the best ways to present great fights and Baki is a pure-blooded fighting series.
It doesn’t show anything from the main overall plot of Baki (one day beating his dad) but it decided to focus solely on this Karate tournament. Good choice.
Art: 10/10 As a fan of old school anime I just loved it. It fits way better than the new school animation style. The animation was ON POINT, I was really shocked – in a positive way. Incredibly fluid movements, realistic facial expressions, even minor things like a woman cutting vegetables with a knife; the sharp knife mirrored the cut vegetables. The colors are also perfect, Baki has black hair like his mother in the OVA whereas his hair is red in the TV series like his father. I prefer black hair.
All those things I mentioned are things the TV series unfortunately lacked to some extent probably because of a low budget. Not to mention they cut off the blood in Baki for the most part which isn’t the case with this OVA.
Sound: 10/10 Like the TV series this OVA also has very catchy old school fighting games OSTs which I really appreciate. They fit perfectly into the overall fighting theme. Sound effects were also great and gave out a nice martial arts fighting game vibe. Pure nostalgia for someone whose childhood consisted of playing Tekken and Street Fighter on PlayStation 1&2. What is also mentionable is that Baki screamed Bruce Lee style like in Fist of the North Star which was kinda funny, doesn’t happen in the TV series.
Character: 10/10 In regards to this OVA alone the character have nothing I can complain about. This is a pure fighting show so there is no incredible plot-twisting character development but rather a beastly Baki who looks so happy when he’s fighting. His final opponent is also a very interesting one. Baki doesn’t shine in realistic fights but rather in creative over the top martial arts fights.
Certainly unnatural yet not supernatural.
Enjoyment: 10/10 Nothing more to add, it’s just very fun to watch a martial arts tournament with beastly fighters in an underground arena with great animation and sound. Pure enjoyment.
Overall 10/10 If you love fighting, martial arts, old school animation style, catchy 90s sound then this is for you! You cannot miss this underrated OVA! I was surprised myself but this turned out a great experience. Rewatch-worthy!
33: Captain Tsubasa: Saikyou no Teki! Holland Youth
Japanese: キャプテン翼 「最強の敵！オランダユース」
MAL Score: 6.85
The last Captain Tsubasa movie is about the match between Japan and Holland. After the Japanese team lost two games against this apparently supreme opponent, their confidence is at its lowest point and even Hyuga, having a hurt leg, is desperate. Thus the management tries everything to convince Wakabayashi (living in Germany) and Tsubasa (living in Brazil) to come to Holland and to help them, but both deny. Only in the second half of the third game Tsubasa appears and joins the team, giving them back their confidence and strength. With Tsubasa Ozora as their captain again, the last game ends 11:1 for Japan.
32: 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.
31: Ro-Kyu-Bu!: Tomoka no Ichigo Sundae
MAL Score: 6.97
Ro-Kyu-Bu! OVA bundled with the PlayStation Portable game “Ro-Kyu-Bu!: Himitsu no Otoshimono.”
Ro-Kyu-Bu OVA is a story primarily focused on Tomoka. And how much her friends care for her. By that said, some fanservice is always added to make the story more enjoyable. You will either enjoy this or you will detest how the OVA presents it.
Speaking of characters. There’s nothing much to say. We get to know the characters better, the bound is getting stronger. And we are getting excited for season two. However, a new character is introduced. She gets some screen time, but will she get more screen time in season two? This is still a question, and we still don’t know if she will have an impact on the story. The sad thing is that not every character from season one got screen time in this OVA. I hope they will make a comeback in season two! (Gogo sidecharacters!!)
Unfortunately, the OP and ED is the same as the first season. But this is to be expected as this OVA is an episode which leads to season two. Luckily the OST is the same old, good soundtracks. (and if you have not heard the characters song, I recommend you to). A thing which really caught my attention is the Party love! song in an instrumental version played by a violin. I cant recall this from season one, however, it made a good impact on me. And I really loved it.
Personally, I am a big fan of this series. And was really glad when it announced an OVA AND a second season. The artwork has a big role here. This type of artwork is really beautiful in my opinion. And I will never get tired of it. The producers have done a great job forming this anime. Regarding the enjoyment, you may call me whatever you want, but personally I find this OVA really enjoyable. I was really smiling while watching. However, if you are a person who dislikes this sort of anime, you might find this OVA with this particularly fanservice rather boring or pointless. However, if you find it ok, or with an ‘it’s better than nothing thought’. I will really recommend you to watch this simple little OVA. It might possibly lighten up your day!
Like I mentioned before, the entire story shows the bound of friendship between Tomoka and her friends. This main theme is very visible from the beginning. And personally I think showing the theme from the very beginning is not a wrong direction to start with. The story actually starts with a parallel action, one part being Subaru and Tomoka, and the other part being Tomoka’s friend. The connection between these two parts are good simulated. And it shows off the bound between ALL the characters. But the method used to bring these two parts together is rather old school, thus making it way to obvious. But in the end, the story reaches its goal and forms a stronger bound between all the characters. To make the story float, every character have its own ‘scene’ to show off their good old personality from season one. The OVA ends with a good match of Basket. Thus the theme of basket is still kept. Nothing have changed since the first season as well, and every character are happily gathered to show you an episode of Ro-Kyu-Bu!
30: Detective Conan OVA 12: The Miracle of Excalibur
Japanese: 名探偵コナン えくすかりばあの奇跡
MAL Score: 7.02
The Miracle of Excalibur is the twelfth OVA of the anime and manga franchise Detective Conan. The plot is based on Gosho Aoyama’s short story “Excalibur.”
(Source: Detective Conan World)
Anyway, it’s not the best OVA. It’s a pretty rudimentary sports story about kids, so there’s a silly plotline that intersects with some folklore, a team dynamic that coalesces around a shared goal, and a hint of romance. It’s not bad. It’s just boring and unmemorable.
Intercut with that is a Detective Conan plot, which is also fine, but not too clever. The Excalibur hook is basically a buried baseball bat that serves as a lesson in motivation for one of the baseball kids and as an excuse for cameos from the regular Detective Conan cast. I was more focused on Haibara’s constant sabotage of everyone around her, which was perfect and adorable as she is perfect and adorable.
A must-watch for Haibara fans. Non-essential for everyone else.
29: Joshi Luck!
MAL Score: 7.08
A guy by the name of Kuroda-sensei is given a job as the new coach/adviser of the girls lacrosse club in a all female school called Felinus Academy for Girls but… it turns out to be a bumpy ride as he encounters sex fiends among the squad, and his adventures begins as he attempts to gain their respect as adviser.
I read the manga two months before the anime came out and enjoyed it somehow, but after watching the anime the experience was very different. The music and animations were so great that I was absent with them which I hadn’t been with the manga.
The story is unfortunately abbreviated and the episode does not exceed 16 minutes. But still the work is great. I would recommend to anyone who wants to watch this ova to watch it only for the hentai.
Enjoy, my friends.
Now as someone who has not read the manga, please remember that all of my critisms are directed at the anime and not the manga. With that being said, “Joshi Luck” fails in many regards to stories in my eyes. I don’t know what it is but I have kind of starting warming up the whole trope of “harem of sports girls”, when it is done right that is. I feel Joshi Luck never really gives time for things to develop, kind of like something else I recently reviewed. I am going to be honest these 16 minute hentai are really crossing the line but I guess it doesn’t matter since no gives a fuck about story and characters rather than me. Look, Joshi Luck’s premise is not bad and I do like somethings about it’s story development but let’s be honest, there is not that much story here. It’s not as bad as the other hentai I have reviewed but it’s getting to a point where I am legitimate scared of there new releases as they keep getting more and more “lifeless”. I don’t like hating on series that I legitimately enjoy but when they keep pulling shit like this it really makes me concerned about where hentai is going to be heading in a few years, to “nonsense full or NTR and no plot harems”.
Art and Animation: 10/10.
The art in Joshi Luck! is amazing. Well it does seem hentai is regressing in terms of story it is defiantly making big strides in terms of art and animation. Now I described in my review of “Ecchi na Onee-chan ni Shiboraretai” that the art had this ‘indescribable shininess and immense contrast to it’, that made it lower than a 10/10. Well… doesn’t Joshi Luck! have a similar coloring scheme? Yes it does. However, I feel that Joshi Luck! handles this better because the art style itself has a more unrealistic undertone to it which makes it work so well with the “indescribable shininess’ I said earlier. Animation is top notch and choreography of the shmex scenes is also amazing as well.
Both VAs of the leads for this hentai and the other girls all perform exceptionally. BG music and such is superb too.
This low-score honestly just has to do with what characters were given screen time compared to others (I’ll talk about this later). But a flaw I have with this is that, the two girls who are the center of attention for the series: Kise and Yuri don’t get much time to shine when we don’t look at the shmex scenes. Kise has a bold personality but I feel that she barely gets any time to be even shown to the rest of the audience. Yuri does suffer less as she gets more time to develop but ultimately, she could’ve had more time too. But by far my biggest flaw with this section is how the other three girls get NO shmex scenes whatsoever. Look, if there is more episodes that get released, or another season is announced I’ll bite my words and except my mistake. But as of right now this was a horrid decision. The person who was on the cover, Aya does not even get a single sexual moment and the other two are discluded as well. Look, if you are going to make a harem MAKE SURE THAT IT IS A HAREM, not a half-assed attempt at it. There probably will be more for this series but that does not ignore the fact that more than half the cast went underutilized.
Ignoring all of my complainants I really enjoyed Joshi Luck! as a hentai. It had amazing art and animation and even better directing for the shmex scenes. For “enjoyment” scores I tend to not look at story at all as I feel that does not dictate my enjoyment. I do however look at the characters as they are an integral part to the hentai, which is why my enjoyment score is not a 10. Both Kise and Yuri were phenomenal… but if more time was spent to polish them they could’ve been even better!
Overall Joshi Luck! is a decent hentai. I’d say my standing as far as recommending goes for the hentai is similar to “Ecchi na Onee-chan ni Shiboraretai”. As a reviwer I have many flaws with it, but as a lover of hentai I can’t find myself saying anything to you but: GO WATCH IT NOW! It may have its flaws, but I still loved many things about it and I am sure many of you will too!
Teacher x Student
The story is about a lacrosse coach from a group of high school girls, really very hot high school girls who seem to want their coach’s cock and milk from day one, while the coach is a bit shy or hesitant to act for afraid of the problems that may cause, but can someone really resist the temptation of 5 girls ?
So this is the history of this hentai, where the teacher is not the pervert, those five lacrosse girls are perverts, desiring good sex … Can there be a bastard with such good luck in real life ?.
The animation is excellent, it is very fluid, with an excellent color palette and good movements, which certainly rewards a little to someone who can look for a better story.
The art and character design is a solid 10/10 for me, well-endowed girls with tremendous bodies, good expressions.
The sound and the voices have excellent quality.
The negative point that I can find in this series is that it is very short, it will only have two episodes, and we only saw 2 of the 5 girls receive their personal training thoroughly, the story is also very standard.
Recommended for anyone who wants to have a good time;)
I’m not read much hentai mangas, but I want to see all the girls receive the “in-depth training” and waiting for a sequel to be confirmed soon >3
28: Initial D Battle Stage 3
English: Initial D Battle Stage 3
Japanese: INITIAL D BATTLE STAGE 3
MAL Score: 7.09
Initial D: Battle Stage 3 is the eleventh and final installment of the Initial D series. It features every race from Fifth Stage and Final Stage. Unlike the previous two battle stages, it does not feature any new battles, and doesn’t feature any character dialogue.
(Source: Initial D Wiki)
On the topic of eurobeat the music is top notch, my eurobeat playlist is pleased. The sounds are also good from what I’ve experienced.
Back to the fact there is no voice acting, it really confuses alot of races and yes you are expected to have atleast watched fifth and final stage to watch battle stage 3 but it still leaves me confused on a few things that I have to now recap, luckily I can use the Initial D wikipedia.
Not worth watching unless you want to watch 1 hour and 33 minutes of pure racing (which if you do I don’t blame you, that’s why I did it in the first place) or find some new eurobeat.
Initial D is now dead other than the arcade cab series, but it was since 2013.
The Production in this Battle Stage was terrible, No Voice Actors.
The Eurobeat was ok but not THAT amazing like the other 2 Battle Stages.
Is like watching a AMV but in bad shape.
The CGI from Fitfth and Final Stage were too difficult to upagrade so it´s ok that they don´t touch it even with that after all
I´m so sad for this product, could be better.
I´m gonna put a 6/10.
I think i´m generous with that lack of respect of the series.
I´m waiting that in the case the do “MF GHOST” anime, they will not take part of the production.
personally I can only listen to three of them on repeat after watching.
The only thing that really brought this down for everyone was the massive elephant in the room. No voice acting. But it wasn’t really a massive deal in my opinion though, I still enjoyed it to it’s fullest.
Little rant btw: The people who are remaking races from this on youtube and are using songs that aren’t used in the original piece are pretty shameful to watch, because by not using the original, new songs, it loses all meaning of the concept of battle stage.
27: Nasu: Suitcase no Wataridori
English: Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase
Japanese: 茄子 スーツケースの渡り鳥
MAL Score: 7.11
Team Pao Pao Beer travel east to participate in the Japan Cup in what is very likely to be their final season together. Pepe Benengeli and teammate Jean Luigi Ciocci face an uncertain future and are also yet to come to terms with the suicide of one their heroes, Marco Rondanini. What follows is an introspective into the important things in life from the perspective of the professional cyclist.
While it does have a smattering of comedy, in certain reactions to situations, I think it has more drama than anything. It touches on some heavy topics too, throughout… something which in Andalusia they didn’t do, but it is counteracted by some comedy, particularly in the race itself, which is a welcome addition to the minimum requirement for such a genre, something its predecessor suffered from. Both, though, are under an hour long, and as such there isn’t quite much time to get acquainted with the characters and their situations.
I did, though, appreciate how they animated not just beautiful views of the cities and green open spaces, but characters’ interactions so fluidly that, in some instances, it reminded me of how Ghibli does its art. The ‘trembling’ due to someone’s ‘aura’ e.g. is similar to how Chihiro reacts at one point in Spirited Away; not saying this has the same calibre of animation, narrative, or variety as in that film, just that some instances are reminiscent, despite being a Madhouse production.
I liked, mostly, how the narrative ended up about existentialism in multiple places, as opposed to its predecessor which had much more sport in the ratio, this one added some interesting drama at certain points. Not at all as much as, say, SE Lain had, but if ‘shounen’ wasn’t its genre I’d say it had about the same level of ‘culture’ and introspection as the Chimera Ant Arc from HxH… if shounen battles were replaced with cycling races, of course… and kept much more realistic.
That is, in fact, another factor about both of these… sometimes, perhaps, a bit too realistic, but often that is a positive… with regards to the animation itself, the characters and background landscapes are as realistic as possible, and also feature the appropriate culture in context of the place it’s set in… except, in this one mostly, I didn’t notice much in terms of Japanese music, since that is where it’s set, and still reminded me of Spain, its previous location. It did, though, have shrines and Kannon to reflect the Buddhist aspect… from this angle it reminded me of Inuyasha, particularly as there was also an old man cleaning his shrine (who looked like the bar owner from the previous movie, but it wasn’t made clear if he relocated or something).
Ultimately, though, despite all these factors, some of which make it a definite improvement over the one in Andalusia, there isn’t any single one which ‘shines’ through… kind of like Kuroko’s comedy wasn’t as ‘powerful’ as Slam Dunk’s, and the ratio perhaps not as well adjusted… in Nasu: Suitcase No Wataridori I was satisfied with how this ratio was settled on. The first part, especially, resonated quite well… it was, by itself, powerful… but the second part, apart from some comedic bits (which by themselves weren’t as ‘strong’, in my opinion, the drama is also lessened somewhat), wasn’t anything extraordinary. Still, an enjoyable ‘ride’ nonetheless.
26: Shin Captain Tsubasa
Japanese: 新 キャプテン翼
MAL Score: 7.13
Shin Captain Tsubasa takes place at the International Jr. Youth tournament (U-16) in Paris, France. After defeating the Argentina Jr. Youth, Italy Jr. Youth and France Jr. Youth teams, Japan Jr. Youth reaches the final against the powerful West Germany Jr. Youth team. The giant goal keeper Müller, the ace Kaltz and Europe’s best player Schneider offer the Japan Jr. Youth team an extremely hard final match.
25: Ookiku Furikabutte: Natsu no Scorebook
English: Big Windup!
MAL Score: 7.20
Ookiku Furikabutte recap OVA where the TV series has been reassembled into two 90 minute episodes.
24: Future GPX Cyber Formula 11
MAL Score: 7.28
It is now time for the 11th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix. With all the expectations and pressures placed upon him, Hayato Kazami struggles to regain the championship form that he had a year ago. Moreover, Osamu Sugo, aka Knight Schumacher, has reentered the competition, and declared Hayato to be an enemy. Hayato, with the new Super Asurada AKF-11, must now defeat someone he once deeply trusted in order to secure his second championship.
23: Initial D Extra Stage
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D EXTRA STAGE
MAL Score: 7.31
The Lancer EVO-driving group “Emperor” have defeated every racing team they’ve met in the Gunma region. Now they’re out to challenge the duo of Mako and Sayuki and their SilEighty – the Impact Blue of Usui Mountain.
First i noticed some differences between the first two stages and this one. The Dialogue, more specifically in the flashbacks, isn’t the same. Also some events happened differently also. For example: When Zak faced Lan-Evo and crashed his car into the wall, his headlight broke. Whereas in this it just sparked but did not turn off. This may not be that big of a deal, but when added with the other inconsistencies it is hard not to be bothered by it, at least for me.
So i want to put it out there that the first stage i watched with my friend, while the second stage my little five year old brother watched with me. The first two stages were mildly family oriented… at least there was nothing that would upset the family type person or a parent. However, when I got to this Extra Stage I noticed some major changes in the group of people it was oriented towards. Instead of it being oriented around everyone they cut of the family type. They threw in some adult oriented parts. A couple examples: there was a whole scene where Zak was staring a girls boobs while she talked. (focusing more on him staring that her talking). Also, a little further into the OVA there is partial nudity (a topless girl in the shower). Luckily i had sent the child to bed before I watched this OVA. Don’t get me wrong, i personally don’t think anything is wrong with it. alltho a little heads up or a not so drastic change would have been nice ;D
I don’t mind nudity as long as it is tasteful. Also, on top of tasteful it also has to have a good plot, which this one sadly lacked. Yes, I understand it was about Maya’s relationships and the Lan-Evo challenging the rest of Gunma. To be quite honest it was pretty dang boring. I got no enjoyment out of watching this OVA. It was a total waste of my time.
I am going to watch Extra Stage 2, and see if Extra Stage one is really necessary. If you want to see if I think you can skip it, go ahead and look at my next Initial D review. It will be the first thing in the review. Not to mention i don’t include spoilers. So reading it will be safe anyways. (otherwise, i may just edit this one later).
Rewatch Value: NONE
I found the story very good, although it was quite different from Initial D has offered so far. What’s more, it was a very pleseant feeling to see one of the minor characters play the lead guitar.
The first episode of the Extra Stage was especially pleasing since it was another race I have become used to throughout the series. It was also very interesting to see the members of the Night Kids in a better light.
The second episode was more of an emotional story. On one hand, it’s not what one might expected from Initial D. On the other, due to its Christmas theme such a plot did the job perfectly. It was also very pleasing to see one of the characters picture the dilemma each racer faces at the climax of his ‘career’.
Concluding, story-wise the OVA does a great job since it answers problems which have not been addressed in the series.
When it comes to art, we see the same animation as in the First and Second Stages. Some characters are still having a bad hair day and the girls are still darn ugly. But Initial D is not about the animation of people but more about the animation of cars and races and in that aspect it fullfills the expectation. As a whole the OVA looks very good, though those of you who don’t like Initial D’s style of animation will feel dissapointed.
In the sound department we gat the same thing as in the series, which is a combination of very good, almost top notch voice acting with that cool eurobeat we have been savouring throughout the series.
As I have said it’s nice to see minor characters in the leading roles. They fit the story perfectly and are interesting due to the difficulties that they have to face due to their line of ‘profession’. However, without Takumi, who is the protagonist of the series, and Itsuki, who is hilarious in his role of the leading racing dumbo.
As an OVA Extra Stage was a joy to watch, however I’m hoping that the emotional direction adapted in it won’t be used too much in the series itself. If this would be a separate anime I would rate it even higher, since the ‘Initial D=Takumi and his Hachi-Roku’ factor would be put aside.
In overall, the Extra Stage is quite different in terms of plot from the series it is still fun to watch and a must for every fan of the Akina Hachi-Roku.
This is a…….alright edition to the story. I don’t know how it will affect the later editions but it is good to focus the series on another main character with their backstory and the Impact Blue girls does seem interesting to focus on to, although some problems I have with the OVA is the challenger (or antagonist of the first half) they faced with. I’m not sure of his name but he is mostly a generic, sexist with the “girls can’t do what we do” attitude and the arrogance of him just reeks of annoyance and blandness. WE GET IT!!! It’s just so f***ing annoying. The second half deals with the relationship and while it is emotional and shows how Mako will eventually have to settle this soon, I just lost interest half-way through the OVA.
FINAL VERDICT: It is very passable but it won’t hold my attention all the way.
22: Future GPX Cyber Formula Saga
MAL Score: 7.35
After his disappointing loss in the last round of the 14th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix, which causes him the championship, Hayato Kazami decides that he needs a change and switches over to the Sugo Garland SF-03 for the 15th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix while he waits for the newest Asurada design. However, his hope to make up for the past year’s letdown is made difficult when Aoi ZIP Formula undergoes a major restructuring and brings in Kyoshiro Nagumo as the new president of the team. The new car that he brought to the team, driven by newcomer Phil Fritz, is seemingly unbeatable…
21: Detective Conan Bonus File: Fantasista Flower
Japanese: 名探偵コナン BONUS FILE ファンタジスタの花
MAL Score: 7.37
“Fantasista Flower” is a side-story OVA related to The Eleventh Striker.
(Source: Detective Conan World)
It’s set in the time when Shinichi and Ran were in middle school. Like the movie, the overall theme is football (a.k.a. soccer if you’re not European). It starts with Shinichi loosing his football championship in a very close match. Shortly after the game the football team discovers that someone broke in their club house and wrote a critique about every player on the blackboard. Shinichi starts investigating the case.
As usual with the side stories, it adds more depth to the characters and their relationship to each other. This one highlights Shinichi’s gentlemanly personality traits and his feelings for Ran.
I found this magic file very sweet and fun to watch. The pacing is good, you won’t get bored although there isn’t a proper case with someone being murdered or kidnapped or whatever (haha!). It blends in with the original manga style. It feels like that it could be a one shot done by Aoyama-sensei.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves the characters of DC and likes to know more about their past.
20: Tennis no Ouji-sama: Sonzoku Yama no Hi
English: Prince of Tennis: A Day of the Survival Mountain
Japanese: テニスの王子: 存続山の日
MAL Score: 7.38
Echizen and the Seigaku regulars took a day off of their normal routines and went hiking on a mountain, where a tennis resort awaits their arrival. Expecting to do some special training, the team reaches the destination only to find their precious tennis courts taken over by a group of college tennis players. However, Ryoma is more than happy to teach them a thing or two about how to play “real” tennis.
Chihuahua Review(short&sweet): A decent additional episode to the Prince of Tennis series.
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STORY: Nothing really special about this episode. Here we have Echizen and his Seigaku headed for a tennis resort where they meet up with some unfriendly college tennis players. As a huge Prince of Tennis fan I was pretty disappointed with this episode. The only tennis match of the episode lasted maybe 3 or 5 minutes and that wasnt really spectacular other than a new shot that really wasnt that new.
ART: Art was well done again the characters looked vibrant and the animation quality is still improving. But still it wasn’t really as great without the high quality EXTENDED tennis scenes. So in my opinion quality was passable for an extra episode.
SOUND: The music is of the same quality of the original series. So if you havnt seen it then dont expect too much. Not bad but not great either.
CHARACTER: Only one character evolved here if u can call his one new shot, development. Inui juice is here XD but then again when isnt it. You wont get to see enough tennis action from the other players to keep you satisfied.
ENJOIMENT: Like i said earlier the lack of tennis action was a little disappointing. This is just one episode so why not add it to your Prince of Tennis collection ^_^
OVERALL:Not really sure why the creators added this episode but since its just an episode its not that bad. If you dont watch this episode, dont worry it has nothing to do with the main plot of the series.
Recommendation: If you liked the original series watch this for sure. And if you liked this watch the National Tournament ^_^ for more some real tennis pwnage.
If you dissagreed OR agreed fully with me on anything feel free to message me and discss it. Always fun. @_@
Story: Nothing special; it’s just your typical non main plot-related episode with tennis-related activities and some humor thrown in. Though, aside from that, you find it quite entertaining and could keep you watching until the end. The only problem is that there isn’t much tennis action, and the longest match could have been 7 minutes or less, but I don’t mind that.
Art: One of the strongest points in The Prince of Tennis series. There is a small improvement in the animation, as expected of a special, and there is minimum amount of frames repeated, which is good.
Sound: You might notice that there is a new set of BGM numbers during the OVA. They are similar to the ones played in the original anime series and were nothing exceptional, but it was cool to listen to something new and refreshing.
Character: There isn’t much development in this OVA, both in traits and tennis style, though we get to see one new move Echizen did. We got to introduce to a few new characters, but most of them (two are excluded) aren’t really special.
Enjoyment: Despite the lack of tennis action, there was humor that could make us giggle and some new tennis tips and training activities that kept me sitting in the chair.
Overall – Prince of Tennis: A Day on Survival Mountain is one of the few OVAs that contains side stories of the series yet reasonably entertaining at the same time. The OVA could be finished in one sitting (of course). In the end, it is a fairly satisfying watch.
19: Yowamushi Pedal: Special Ride
Japanese: 弱虫ペダル SPECIAL RIDE
MAL Score: 7.38
Sakamichi Onoda is an otaku who just wants to find more people to join the recently disbanded anime club with him. However, when a couple cyclists spy his skill in riding the bulky mamachari bike he’s had since youth, they attempt to convince him to join the bicycle racing club instead.
An OVA bundled with the 29th volume of the comic book.
Also if you still did not watch the anime, this episode might be a bit spoiler so check the first 20 episodes, before you come watch this!
Good points of this special episode is that you get to see a little morel development between a Senpai and Kohai’s Friendship, I’m referring to Makishima and Onoda the Team Climbers of course! Is something that got me curious about, since both characters are way to different one from another and they must tag along for almost half a day.
For a moment I though, maybe I should not waste time watching this, but half way I though opposite, glad I did.
Regardless my score give to this episode, I must say, I did not get hooked up for another anime so much has this one in the past couple of months. If you don’t know if its worthy or not, just give it a try! And if I may add, I’m not much of a Anime Sport’s Fan myself and nor I like to watch “ongoing” anime.
This episode made me simp for Makishima tbh – he’s so sweeet aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
In the main anime, we only got maybe a single episode of the team preparing for the race as a whole, so it was nice of them to make a special episode of nothing major happening, just some extras for fans of the series.
Since Onoda is the main character of the anime, obviously he’s still gonna get hung up on something stupid (which makes me frustrated whenever it happens tbh), but good ol’ ‘Peak Spider’ Makishima-senpai is here to save the day, carrying the episode.
18: Future GPX Cyber Formula Zero
MAL Score: 7.40
A freak accident during the 12th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix causes Hayato Kazami to miss the rest of the season, and critically injures both his body and his will to continue racing. Hayato’s longtime friend, Asuka Sugo, helps nurse him back to health, and in return he proposes to her and promises her that he would never race again. But as time goes on, Hayato begins to doubt whether he really wants to retire, and decides to make a comeback after all. And with the 13th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix now underway, he must struggle to regain his racing form; regain the trust of Asuka, whose promise he broke; and thwart the malicious intents of Henri Clayton. All the while, the reason behind Hayato’s accident begins to unveil itself: the “Zero Zone.”
17: Initial D Extra Stage 2
English: Initial D Extra Stage 2
Japanese: 頭文字D Extra Stage 2
MAL Score: 7.41
Iketani missed an opportunity to see Mako-chan and hates himself for never calling to say he was sorry. By chance he runs into her 6 months later, and the situation is awkward. Iketani does not have time to talk at that moment, but both want to talk, so they arrange a second meeting. Iketani goes to the meeting place early, but an old man was left behind from an tourist bus, and asks Iketani to catch the bus for him. Iketani being a nice guy, so he can’t say no.
Extra Stage 2 takes place sometime between the 1st & 2nd races of the Project D timeline. Remember those cool races during Project D, well you can forget them because this OVA focuses on Iketani Kouichirou, who’s still thinking about Mako (Impact Blue racer) from the time he couldn’t meet her 6 months ago (Extra Stage 1). Then by a stroke of luck, he gets another chance to meet her and from then on it’s a 40 min snore fest to the finish. Initial D has always been known for developing its characters through some awesome & exciting races but sadly this OVA is on the same level of a Naruto Filler. So naturally character development is basically absent here, since there was only 1 race and even that was lackluster compared to all the previous ones.
Thankfully I won’t be coming down hard on the animation and music, as they both were pretty good for this OVA. The animation is the same as always, poorly animated characters but nicely rendered cars, however it seems they followed the animation from the previous Extra Stage and not Project D, which drops a point in my book. At least the same old catchy soundtrack is back but with barely any opportunities, it just feels wasted.
Overall Initial D: Extra Stage 2 can be described simply as a stab at some romance in a racing anime but they should have known better from the first try that giving such unimportant characters the spotlight just spells disaster. It’s a shame that Takumi gets less screen time than Kenji (bet no one remembers him). In other words this is only worth watching if you have nothing better to do and I mean absolutely nothing.
Extra Stage 2 revolve around Iketani and Mako having a second chance at love. The story is fairly simple but is actually very well written and helps clear up the empty feeling after the missed connection between them earlier in the series. Everything is well paced and moves logically. You will not find anything deep in relation to the main Initial D story. Togue racing is limited in this series.
Both CGI and drawn art are well done in this short side story. Drawn art is treated to an overhaul of rich colors and generally looks much better than First and Second Stage.
Sound quality is good, acting is well done and comprehensible. OST music is better than in previous seasons as is the sound of the cars.
Iketani and Mako are the main focus of ES2 and undergo decent development as both grow.
You’re not going to find anything profound in Extra Stage 2, but it is a welcome conclusion to the Iketani and Mako subplot, so if you wanted more of that, you’ll really enjoy Extra Stage 2.
16: Future GPX Cyber Formula Sin
MAL Score: 7.45
After Aoi Zip Formula was banned for one year from Cyber Formula racing due to cheating, Jotaro Kaga, alias Bleed Kaga, returns for the 17th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix. However his old car is no match for the returning champion Hayato Kazami, whose skill has improved tremendously, and his Nu-Asurada AKF-0. An old face, Kyoshiro Nagumo, appears suddenly to him and offers him the Ogre AN-21: a prototype to the Bio-Computer operated Al-Zard series created by the developers of the Asurada, and an ultimate racing machine that only a few can drive. Kaga must now master this car, confront his own inner demons and, most importantly, defeat his longtime rival Hayato in what is possibly Kaga’s last and greatest Cyber Formula season.
15: 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.
14: Initial D Battle Stage
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D BATTLE STAGE
MAL Score: 7.56
There are many street races in the Initial D Series. This OVA has no plot other than to collect all the street races into one stage. The dialog during the original races is left in.
The earlier races in the season have benefitted from advances made in CGI and have been rerendered and look better then ever.
Theres also a nice (albeit short) race that was not featured in the anime but was in the manga, Keisuke vs Seiji.
Theres no story to speak off, basically it announces the 2 drivers and then shows the battle, then onto the next battle and so on.
Basically there is no story. The whole 40 minutes is a simple copy and paste of all the races from the first three stages. Some of them seem to be out of order however which is kinda bothersome to say the least.
When it comes to art. The races have been remastered a bit to look better, but still the character animation, especially that of the first season looks pretty bad. I was acutally hoping that they would make the effort to remaster it to the Third Stage level, but unfortunately that did not happen.
The sound has been directly taken out from the earlier episode. So there nothing to it. Personally, the only new thing about the sound, which would be the annoucer, sounds below average, and the OVA would do equally good without him.
Since it is only a recap of the races there is not too much to enjoy, but still if you want to refresh your memory about Initial D, this is the first thing I’d watch if I were you.
13: Kuroko no Basket: Baka ja Katenai no yo!
English: Kuroko’s Basketball OVA
Japanese: 黒子のバスケ バカじゃ勝てないのよ!
MAL Score: 7.56
Bundled with the 25th volume of Kuroko no Basket manga. The anime based on the Baka Ja Katenai no yo (バカじゃ勝てないのよ) story that was featured in the manga’s fifth volume.
Inter-Highs aren’t far away, and in order to participate on the starting lineup a certain halfwit , Kagami, has to face tough study session with Riko and the rest of the gang in order to pass the upcoming profiency test. In a matter of days, everyone tries their best to drill as much knowledge into Kagami’s head.
Kagami has to overcome this “difficult” challenge in order to have a chance of defeating the Generation Of Miracles and winning the Inter-High. Kagami’s not only striving towards his goals but also feeling unable to let down his teammates as well. He ungracefully accepts the challenge. Meanwhile, Kise is in the same position as Kagami but unfortunately has no one by his side to help him out.
The story was very simplistic, sometimes unpredictable, yet enjoyable. There were alot of gags and the art & sound was almost identical to the TV version. It had a really good pacing and certain parts of the episode had me chuckling. It was an episode full of gags and excitement with the purpose of letting you get to know the main characters better.
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I don’t really recommend you watch this episode before Seirin plays Touou in the championships simply because they do show Murasakibara and Akashi in this episode, and I feel like it takes value away from their reveals in the second season.
This was funny little episode as you get to see the members of Seirin spend a lot of time with Kagami in an attempt to raise his scores. It wasn’t anything too special, and obviously, it didn’t really advance the plot, but it wasn’t really out of place either. It didn’t seem like an extra episode, in other words. Kagami and the rest of the team were still stressing about the championships, so it wasn’t as though this episode ignored the rest of the plot because it’s an OVA.
I don’t know, I rated this a 10 simply because I love these characters, so if you do, too, then watch this OVA.
12: Diamond no Ace OVA
Japanese: ダイヤのA[エース] OAD
MAL Score: 7.59
One hundred boys, each of them in love with baseball, represent the Seidou High School baseball team. On any team, the Ace is the star of the game. Besides the main heroes, others are striving to attain this position, and each of them has their strengths, weaknesses, and emotional journeys that they have to undertake to become the best that they can be.
Ryousuke Kominato is known in Seidou not only for his impressive fielding skills but also as an intimidating presence despite his small stature. While together with his partner, Youichi Kuramochi, they are the cornerstones of the team’s defense on the field. Youichi is shadowed by his younger brother, Haruichi, whose admiration for Ryousuke is only matched by his own skills at the sport. Together with Yoichi’s roommate, Eijun Sawamura, the players reminisce about their path to Seidou High.
The second episode is more entertaining, as it follows Kuramochi’s path from a delinquent who was rejected by all the high schools he wanted to attend because of his behavior, to being chosen by Rei to join Seidou. This was the funniest of the episodes.
The third episode was kind of a snoozer like the first episode, as it shows Kawakami struggling to believe in himself and Miyuki, Azuma and some of the management and staff helping him to believe in himself. I’ve never been a huge fan of Kawakami, as he’s more of a “Yamcha” character to me, so I wasn’t really all that interested. Besides, Kawakami’s character arc in the main anime is still pretty much the same. A guy with decent talent, a fourth-stringer, struggling to believe he belongs. But, let’s be real here, the guy is a supporting character playing the same position as the two main characters in Sawamura and Furuya. He’s pretty bland, nothing much stands out about him, and he’s easily overshadowed. He’s Yamcha behind Goku and Vegeta. He’s Kiba behind Naruto and Sasuke. He barely matters, which is evidenced by the fact that most of the time he pitches in the main series, the episode just skips past it and let’s you know he closed out okay. Even they know you don’t care. But, he got his own episode in this, so that pretty much lets you know how crucial this filler is.
You don’t need to watch it and you won’t miss anything if you don’t. It’s not bad, but it’s just some mailed-in flashback episodes.
11: Air Gear: Kuro no Hane to Nemuri no Mori – Break on the Sky
Japanese: エア ギア 黒の羽と眠りの森 -Break on the Sky-
MAL Score: 7.60
First episode is based on the 16th volume of the manga. Features Ikki vs. Ringo.
Second episode is based on the 23rd/24th volume of the manga. Features Kogarasumaru vs. Sleeping Forest inside Inorganic Net.
This OVA is basically a random part of the story, many chapters after the anime ended. The art is really close to the manga art as well, so that’s why it’s different from the original anime.
After watching the OVAs again, I just wish they remade the entire anime, and continued it to the end.
Pretty cool to hear and see Kururu in an anime for the first time.
Air Gear: Kuro no Hane to Nemuri no Mori or more awkwardly known as, Break on the Sky, is a collection of 3 OVA’s that take place after the storyline of the animated series…I think; it looks like it is supposed to be more in tune with the manga which would explain why it didn’t make a lot of sense.
Essentially, it is about Ikki and his team, Kogarasumaru, trying to enter a tournament that will help them to reach the top of the trophaeum. Ringo, as a member of Sleeping Forest, is now an enemy of sorts, and the team, for some bizarre reason, has to fight the original Sleep Forest team…..in cyberspace…I am not joking. The story seems like an after thought because they clearly didn’t bother to introduce the audience to a slew of new characters that I assume are from the manga. It feels like a vessel for a ton of pandering.
Now to talk about something good, the art. The art is actually quite stunning and done infinitely better than the original, which is no surprise seeing we’re comparing OVA’s, made in 2010, to a series, made in 2006. The detailing of the characters looks great and where it really shines is in the aerial battles, which are undoubtedly the best part of the OVA’s. Character’s move fluidly, are well detailed, and fly around beautiful backdrops and settings.
Music is typical, nothing that stood out really. It does fit into the whole “Air Gear feel” though which is nice. One thing I do have to mention is the laughably bad moments where the voice actors say a line like “All for one and one for all.” in English; they clearly haven’t had a lot of experience with English.
It was strange for the producers to release an OVA that requires a fair knowledge of the manga. I’ve never read the manga, but I’ve seen all of the anime series; you would think that would be enough, right? The characters don’t act like you would expect from the anime series because of this. Ringo is a lot more outgoing and Ikki is one giant douche….well more so than in the series.
On a visual level, it is awesome and I’d definitely recommend it for that. I would say it’s for the type of person that say, watches Highschool of the Dead for the reason it was made. If your looking for something deep and meaningful, avert your eyes.
I personally think, that the art wasn’t that good… I expected much more from the anime that took my hear away *crying* but it didn’t meet my expectations.
Story: Okay, the story wasn’t bad… i mean, it just follows 2 battles out of the manga and so for many neutrall viewers it may seem like some “Amazing Fight”
Overal: As a fan of Air Gear i will give 10 (because they diserved it) and say one thing : Except for the art that was some crazy ass fight. I rewatched it severall times and it’s just the best. I can’t wait for the second season (Oh god, please give them money so that they can make it!) because just this 3 OVA (especially the 2nd and 3rd)
10: Diamond no Ace: Second Season OVA
Japanese: ダイヤのA[エース]～Second Season OAD～
MAL Score: 7.60
OVAs bundled with 4th and 5th manga volumes of Diamond no Ace Act II.
An epilogue of the Diamond no Ace series.
So, the first episode is material we don’t get from Ace of Diamond or Act II, so I enjoyed it a lot. The off-season is something I didn’t really think we’d ever get to see in the main series, so I’m glad that this episode showed us what it’s like and how it shaped the characters going forward. In that vein, you get to see Miyuki post-injury which actually allows for some character development on his end. In a way, we get to see a Miyuki that we haven’t gotten to see before, which was really nice. The first episode, I felt, was true a epilogue to the series, and it did its job well.
The second episode was alright, but not exactly the same. It spends half the time following Jun and, subsequently, the third-years post-Inashiro loss up to right before the Spring Invitational. It does provide some character development for Jun and insight into the third-year’s thought process when watching Seido make it to the Invitational, so if that’s something that’s interesting to you, you’ll probably like this episode. I, personally, didn’t find a lot of extra information through listening to Jun’s story that I felt was necessary for enrichment of the plot, but it was still interesting. The last chunk of the episode was stuff we got from the end of Ace of Diamond and the beginning of Act II, so there isn’t much to comment on.
As far as these two episodes go, it was really fun to see parts of the plot that aren’t available to us otherwise, and it does serve to lead us into Act II; all in all, it’s a good set of episodes to watch. I’m off to rewatch Act II in all its glory while waiting for more to come out, so I’ll see you there one day!
9: Shin Tennis no Ouji-sama OVA vs. Genius 10
English: The Prince of Tennis II OVA vs Genius10
Japanese: 新テニスの王子様 OVA vs Genius10
MAL Score: 7.62
After a month abroad, the Foreign Expedition Team has returned to the Japan U-17 training camp. The group consists of 20 players, each with strength and technique that far surpasses those who occupy the camp’s top court. In anticipation of the team’s arrival, the coaches announce that 20 of the best players would be selected for further training. Tension begins to rise when only high school students are chosen to participate, but the middle school students challenge the players who possess the 11th to 20th positions to steal their places.
With the delayed appearance of the “Genius 10,” the middle school students begin scheming among themselves to claim those spots as well. Unlikely pairings start to work together, combining their efforts to defeat the top 10 players of the country. It is a battle of wits, deception, and skill—all for the privilege of representing Japan at the U-17 World Cup.
If you’ve watched the original Prince of Tennis, you’ll definitely see how crappy the New PoT is.
Prince of Tennis is one of the best franchise in Japan. The reason why this series got a lot of adoptions is because of how high their sells are. Even I cannot believe how many the tenipuri fans are. As long as the anime sells, they’ll make a new adoption. Not concerned if it ‘s good or not. And in our case, it is not.
In this series, tennis isn’t even tennis anymore. They introduced a lot of violent techniques. A glowing shot that damages the court and can tear a water tank down. There was even a fight where you can see a pirate like wtf isn’t this supposed to be tennis? Most of the matches aren’t even thrilling. I hate how the producers skipped and altered a lot of scenes/chapters from the manga. The supposed to be fun part aren’t in the anime. What the hell are the producers thinking?!
And the most disappointing part is that how come the Pinnacle of Perfection is being achieved by many. Isn’t Teni Muhō supposed to be the top of the top? In the ORIGINAL PoT, Ryoma did achieve the Teni Muhō and his skills were unbelievable. The ball cannot be seen and the opponent can’t even score a single point. But in the New Prince of Tennis, this is not the case. Teni Muhō is now just an achievement you’ll attain when you enjoy tennis. I’ll give them the credit if they made the matches more interesting but no. The matches is the New PoT are boring. It doesn’t matter if you enter Teni Muhō or not. What matter in this series is how you’ll survive in the match. What an unbelievable tennis.
Since this is an OVA, and judging how disappointing its prequel is, I did not expect anything from it. But let me just say that this series… is definitely better than its prequel. However, the story is very misleading. There are many scenes in the manga that the anime didn’t adopt. Which lead to bad pacing, ridiculous opinions, and bad character development. Tenipuri has a lot of characters and 10 episodes can’t possibly give significance to even at least ten characters.
The art is expected. Production I.G did a good job. They raised a lot of beautiful bishounens (especially Fuji damn he looked so hot). I thank you for that. I love the sound as well. The opening was okay but I find the ending song cute and adorable. I even pre ordered the “Party Time” album cause the characters are so cute!
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed watching this anime. I’m a solid PoT fan, you see. And I love watching them go cray with their matching oozing sex appeals. Fan service isn’t bad once in a while, he. Tenipuri fans will definitely enjoy this OVA but as for the others… I don’t know. It will depend on your taste if you’ll give it a try or not. In the end, I still enjoyed watching how the characters fight for their death. This anime still has a lot of interesting stuff and I love the manga. I just hope the sequel will be more interesting than the first season.
Comparing to the bare bones storyline of New Prince of Tennis, this story is slightly better but still quite boring. They’re still in the training camp doing training camp things but they have a shuffle match against the first strings (basically all of them are overpowered as hell) who have just returned and that’s it. Literally it. Still lacking but good enough i guess. 5/10
Looks good. People move ok enough although I still think that sometimes the overhead shots of rallies lack power and simply look like weak. That’s an issue i’ve had with the animation of this series for quite a while, the balls lack what looks like momentum, they lack punch. It’s been a minor annoyance with me since the beginning of the series but hey, it’s pretty good nonetheless. 7/10
Well it’s pretty good. Though literally everything was taken from the previous series. The sound effects sound great and somewhat makeup for the lack of power mentioned previously. Overall pretty nice, it works, doesn’t particularly excel at anything but still doesn’t lack anything. 7/10
Now here’s an issue that plagues the series in general. The issue with the series is that it tends to focus on too many characters so many characters lack development severely well in this case that’s addressed quite well. Many characters both lack development and screentime but the ones that get screen time tend to have subtle changes done to them. But in the end character interactions are still pretty entertaining. 7/10
It was fun to watch. It was just like the other series in the way it was just fun to watch, there’s no real way to explain it but it was just a good solid fun watch from beginning to end and sets up a real nice dynamic by the end of the series that will be expanded on (hopefully) when there is enough chapters to make a new OVA series on. 8/10
It was pretty nice. Yeah it wasn’t the greatest thing i’ve seen, and it was pretty insane at some points i mean come on, ripping a hole in space by swinging is pretty stupid. But that’s what this series as whole really is, it’s stupid fun. You know it’s exaggerated and almost impossible to do 90% of the moves done in the series but it’s still a fun watch so I recommend any fans of the series in general to watch this, and any one who somehow stumbled onto this without prior knowledge to watch the original series or read the original manga then watch the National Tournament OVAs, The New Prince of Tennis then this. 7/10
This time we return to the U-17 training camp where the last season of “Shin PoT” was left, for now if we adapt the final part referring to “Genius 10”. The reality is that something similar to the previous season happened to me that seemed to start its first chapters on the right foot, but little by little it was distorted with an abrupt rhythm of the story that led to all the characters of “Genius 10” see as a blank page within the show, with a very summarized development and being that they play a preponderant role as representatives of Japan. But I don’t want to go around the bush, going back to history in general we once again have our dose of “daily tennis matches”? If you can say that! The truth is that the average of games is high for this season (compared to its prequel) with good games but most of these do not receive more than 20 minutes in length. But the funniest and most anecdotal is the example compared to the 1st season. The games there lasted 2 to 3 chapters on average and I only played one set, now they literally play 3 sets in 20 minutes. They have their meme there.
Now, Mas there are of these problems of the program (which are not minor) the show manages to give rise to a decent ending so to speak, and with good aspirations to give a possible continuation, so it is to rescue.
Art: 8.5 / Sound 7
The visual section continues to be the source of life for “New PoT”, thanks to the work that Produccion I.G contributes, leaving great moments and designs, just as I had already mentioned in the previous season. While on the Sound side it has improved thanks to the fact that they gave it an OP much more in line with the type of show and the ED does not feel so bad, although it could be better and to end the OST it fulfills its mission without having too much new repertoire. has shown above
Again one of the sections that receives the greatest damage to the program along with the story for obtaining a decreased number of chapters are the characters, which although we have a large number from last season with all the known opponents of Seigaku and those already known from the field training, now the appearance of the main Japan high school team “Genius 10” is added, plus the introduction of an unknown character who gains strength towards the end of the show. But unfortunately it all comes down to this NUMBERS !, since in reality the content we receive from each one is lousy, with introductions of these very brief and that do not stand out too much.
The reality is that it hurts to see how one of the bases that supported the program as the main characters of Seigaku from its first season, they were disappearing but literally. Nothing is the same, neither the comedy, nor the parties or the attractiveness they propose.
This season has shown not many more than the previous one, but with some ambitions more than its prequel and already showing a line at the end pointing to the U-17 World Cup, it is satisfactory at the end of the day, but everything else would be a summary of all the points and the problems that the show suffers, especially in the characters that the inflection point by which the viewer is attracted and was always the engine of the Anime, but since all the secondary schools joined and began to defragment the developments of each one and became unrecognizable to the point that you never find out where you have to really pay attention since it transmits it seems irrelevant.
We reached the end of the trip and it left me with a more bitter taste than I expected, but despite this he wants to hope that the film that will come out in 2021 is the point to reactivate the program, being that this last adaptation was in 2015 and it can be reissued, but beware, with different nuances and with a studio that is responsible for giving it the time and the chapters it needs to once again demonstrate what Prince of Tennis used to be at its best.
En esta ocasión regresamos al campo de entrenamiento del U-17 donde quedo la ultima temporada de “Shin PoT”, para ahora si adaptar la parte final referida al “Genius 10”. La realidad es que me sucedió algo similar a la temporada anterior que parecía comenzar con el pie derecho sus primeros capítulos, pero poco a poco se fue desvirtuando con un ritmo abrupto de la historia que conllevo a que todos los personajes del “Genius 10″ se vean como una hoja en blanco dentro del espectáculo, con unos desarrollo muy resumidos y siendo que estos cumplen un papel preponderante como representantes de Japón. Pero no me quiero ir por las ramas, volviendo a la historia en general volvemos a tener nuestra dosis de ¿”partidos de tenis diario”?, si se puede decir así!. La verdad es que el promedio de partidos es elevado para esta temporada (a comparación de su precuela) con buenos encuentro pero la mayoría de estos no recibe mas de 20 minutos de duración. Pero lo mas gracioso e anecdótico es el ejemplo comparación con la 1° temporada. Los partidos allí duraban de 2 a 3 capítulos promedio y solo jugaba a un set, ahora juegan literalmente 3 set en 20 minutos. Allí tienen su meme.
Ahora, Mas haya de estos problemas del programa (que no son menores) el espectáculo consigue dar pie a un final decente por así decirlo, y con buenas aspiraciones a dar una posible continuación, por lo que es para rescatar.
Arte: 8,5 / Sonido 7
El apartado visual sigue siendo la fuente de vida para “New PoT”, gracias al trabajo que aporta Produccion I.G dejando grandes momentos y diseños, tal cual ya había mencionado en la temporada anterior. Mientras que por el lado del Sonido a mejorado gracias a que le dieron un OP mucho mas acorde al tipo de espectáculo y al ED no le sienta tan mal, aunque pudo ser mejor y para finalizar el OST cumple su cometido sin tener demasiado repertorio nuevo mas haya del mostrado anteriormente
Nuevamente unas de los apartados que recibe mayor daño al programa junto a la historia por obtener un numero disminuido de capítulos son los personajes, que si bien tenemos una gran cantidad desde la temporada pasado con todos los oponentes conocidos de Seigaku y los ya conocidos del campo de entrenamiento, ahora se le suma la aparición el equipo principal de preparatoria de Japón el “Genius 10”, mas la introducción de un personaje desconocido que toma fuerza hacia el final del espectáculo. Pero desgraciadamente todo se resume a esto NUMEROS!, ya que en realidad el contenido que recibimos de cada uno es pésimo, con introducciones de estos muy breves y que no destacan demasiado.
La realidad es que duele ver como una de las bases que sustentaba el programa como los personajes principales de Seigaku desde su primer temporada, fueron desapareciendo pero literalmente. Ya nada es lo mismo ni la comedia, ni los partidos o el atractivo que proponen.
Esta temporada a demostrado no muchas mas que la anterior, pero con algunas ambiciones mas que su precuela y ya mostrando una linea al final apuntando al mundial Sub-17 lo resulta satisfactorio al final del día, pero todo lo demás vendría siendo un resumen de todos los puntos y los problemas que el show aqueja, sobre todo en lo personajes que el punto de inflexión por que cual el espectador se ve atraido y siempre fue el motor del Anime, pero desde que se sumaron todos las escuelas secundarias e comenzaron a desfragmentar los desarrollos de cada uno y se volvió irreconocible al punto que nunca te enteras donde hay que poner verdaderamente atención ya que lo transmite parece irrelevante.
General : 5,3
Llegamos hasta el final de viaje y me dejo con un sabor mas amargo del que esperaba, pero a pesar de esto quiere tener esperanza en que la película que saldrá en 2021 sea el punto para reactivar el programa, siendo que esta ultima adaptación fue en 2015 y pueda volver a emitirse, pero ojo, con matices diferente y con un estudio que se haga responsable de darle el tiempo y los capítulos que necesite para que vuelva a demostrar lo que supo ser Prince of Tennis en su mejor momento.
8: Initial D Battle Stage 2
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D BATTLE STAGE 2
MAL Score: 7.64
This is simply the OAV summing up the major events and battles of “Initial D 4th Stage” much like the “Initial D Battle Stage” original summed up the first 3 seasons. Additionally, has 2 extra battles from the manga that were not incorporated into the original 4th Stage.
I would recommend watching this just because of the two extra battles that weren’t shown in the TV series (Keisuke’s FD versus Smiley Sakai’s DC2 Integra, and Keisuke’s FD versus Atsuro Kawai’s ER34) and of course to anyone who wants to re-live the exciting battle races.
Also , the best time to watch it , should be right after Fourth stage , before entering fifth stage.
“Technique can’t be learned like tying your shoes or changing a flat tire. It’s something you gotta figure out for yourself.” – Bunta Fujiwara
Better visuals, and new eurobeat tracks on each race too!
It’s a packing of all the races from the fourth stage but it also adds some races that were exclusive to the manga, which is really nice and interesting.
You can see a lot of what Keisuke went through and how his character evolved before fifth stage as the newly animated races are focused on him.
Makes it actually worth watching even if you’ve seen the entire fourth stage.
Overall a nice experience to rewatch old races and to remember the good moments too.
7: Tennis no Ouji-sama: Another Story – Kako to Mirai no Message
Japanese: テニスの王子様 OVA ANOTHER STORY ～過去と未来のメッセージ
MAL Score: 7.65
Naniwa no Ouji-sama: Zenpen (The Prince of Naniwa: First Act)
Following Nationals, the Seishun Academy Boys’ Tennis Team are invited to Osaka by Shitenhouji Middle School to play practice games against each other. However, the two teams end up fooling around more than playing tennis with a surprise encounter from Higa Middle School’s tennis team, who have been left stranded in Osaka by their coach. When asked about the reason for accepting the invitation, Seishun’s captain, Kunimitsu Tezuka, hints that there is an ulterior motive behind the meeting of the two schools.
Fuun Shounen Atobe (Turbulence: The Young Atobe)
On the first day of school at Hyoutei Academy, the freshman class representative, Keigo Atobe, declares himself “King” of the school and donates his family’s wealth to fund new facilities. Setting his sights on the school’s tennis club, he plans to make himself the captain after overthrowing its current hierarchy by defeating all of the team’s regulars. Atobe’s arrogant personality rubs Ryou Shishido and Gakuto Mukahi the wrong way and the two decide to challenge him, refusing to accept him as the team’s new leader. But the two quickly learn that the kid who is all talk also happens to have the skills to back it up.
Naniwa no Ouji-sama: Kouhen (The Prince of Naniwa: Second Act)
Tezuka places the second years, Kaoru Kaidou and Takeshi Momoshiro, in charge of creating a lineup for the Shitenhouji practice matches. Struggling to pick worthy club members, Kaidou and Momoshiro begin to lash out against their fellow teammates. After being told to cool off, the two begin to search for the meaning behind Tezuka asking them to take on such an important responsibility.
Rikkai Retsuden: Ouja ni Idomu Hangyakuji (The Trials of Rikkai: A Rebel Who Challenges an Emperor)
In his first year at Rikkai University-Affiliated Middle School, Akaya Kirihara boldly proclaims that he will join the tennis team that won last year’s national tournament and become Japan’s #1 tennis player. When he single-handedly defeats the team’s third years, he mistakenly believes that the group is weaker than they were reported to be. Kirihara soon learns that the reason Rikkai won last year’s national championship was due to the “Big Three” and quickly finds himself losing without them breaking a sweat. Angered and humiliated by his loss, he begins to train hard by himself in order to challenge them again.
P.S. The OVA Bonus that has the same title as this one but with OVA Bonus on the end and only has 2 episodes is actually identical in material to this title’s episodes. The OVA Bonus is actually the first 2 episodes of this title. Regardless, enjoy the content, it’s great.
6: Haikyuu!!: Riku vs. Kuu
Japanese: ハイキュー!! 陸VS空
MAL Score: 7.82
An intense battle rages on at the Tokyo Qualifiers for the three remaining spots in the national volleyball competition. Nekoma High School, Fukurodani High School, Nohebi Academy, and Itachiyama Academy all passionately strive to participate in the tournament. Despite various issues on the court, Nekoma especially wishes to prove they are worthy of moving on to the national level.
As the teams aim to secure their place by overcoming both their opponents and their own weaknesses, the Tokyo Qualifiers determine which teams will reign victorious and join the national competition.
Watching this Haikyuu OVA felt like watching a regular sports match. Though I get that it’s not that easy to make valleyball exciting, as it’s already not interesting even for sports standards. Sure, some might find the realistic feel attractive, but when the original lacks points of interests, emulating this lack of interestingness may not be the best idea.
Haikyuu fans will very likely enjoy this side story, but for me it felt like wandering into a gym by accident and being forced to watch a match between people I don’t care about with stakes that I am completely indifferent towards to. The ill-timed attempts at humor that start off with a poo joke aren’t exactly helping the case too. The exception was the last 5 or so minutes of the 2nd episode that had some actually interesting-ish interraction between the characters. Overal, the few scenes with the sisters were unironically the most entertaining part. And the animation is, of course, still well above the average.
Unless you’re a fan of Haikyuu or real life sports of just a completionits, you might as well just skip this OVA. You won’t be missing much except for the opportunity to waste 40 minutes of your life.
Anyway these OVA’s were in my opinion pretty enjoyable to watch, even though it was pretty short it just worked. And like its Haikyuu so it was bound to be good.
These are basically the events that happened, before the 4th season of Haikyuu. So I guess you could say it is important to watch.
We follow Kenma and his team play a match against Fukurodani. And well that was pretty entertaining to see I sure laughed a lot. Especially because of one of my favorite characters (Bokuto).
I won’t really spoil what teams went through so I would really recommend watching it yourself.
The art style was pretty good, I felt there were some times it was a little worse than normal. Not saying that it was bad just a little different then let’s say Season 3. But still very good. Some moments were truly beautiful.
I also liked the characters a lot, I really liked what they did with a “certain” player to show that he should not be underestimated. And in my opinion, what makes Haikyuu in general so great is the characters most of them are all unique and so likable. So yeah can’t complain.
The sound was pretty good just like always, Haikyuu never disappoints in this factor.
So in conclusion, I would say watch this before you start with Season 4, so you can get hyped up for upcoming matches. It does not take very long so its really worth it.
There wasn’t much added to the story since there are only 2 episodes and that this focused on the two games in the qualifiers. There weren’t many key moments (mainly being a certain person’s injury, not naming names, and who qualified for the tournament). You could probably mistake this for a filler episode(s) if you think too much on it.
The animation for this was quite good, as there were some scenes where the art and animation quality were at a higher standard than usual, however, don’t get your hopes up on expecting any groundbreaking, internet-breaking sakuga, since this was an OVA, not a 1/2-cour series (where most of the attention and production is currently). It’s what you would expect of Haikyuu!!, which is still good.
The soundtrack was very good, we get to hear some of season 4’s OST, which will hopefully turn out great and will be put to good use. Haikyuu!!’s soundtrack is always great, so there’s no complaints in the sound department.
Since this is a special focusing on two games with three different teams, we get to see the interactions between the characters in focus. We get introduced to a bunch of new characters with new/similar personalities and different playing styles. There were some good comedic moments alongside some flashbacks and internal monologue scenes which helped further a few characters’ development – the usual stuff you’d see in sports anime.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this OVA, as it’s done its job of hyping me up for the new season of Haikyuu!! There are some things you need to take away from watching this, mainly the new characters and the two teams that qualified as the representatives for the tournament. If you’re a fan of Haikyuu!! and you want some more content to watch, or to get ready for the upcoming season, I would recommend watching this.
Overall score: 8/10
5: Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen
English: Prince of Tennis: National Championship Chapter
Japanese: テニスの王子様 Original Video Animation 全国大会編
MAL Score: 7.92
Freshman tennis prodigy Ryouma Echizen and the Seishun Academy Boys’ Tennis Team have finally reached the National Tournament, eager to fight for the championship title and claim it as their own.
Seishun’s first match is against Higa Middle School, the Okinawa-based team labeled as the “dark horse” of the tournament. After watching Higa defeat their first round of opponents using dirty tactics, the Seishun team is determined to show them the value of a fair, hard-earned victory.
Awaiting the winners of the matchup in the quarterfinals is one of Seishun’s old rivals: Hyoutei Academy, who are determined to restore their pride after the events at the Kanto Regionals. Hyoutei seeks to prove to everyone that they deserve to be at the Nationals despite only qualifying through a special invitation.
Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen covers the beginning of the long-awaited National Tournament as Ryouma and the Seishun team meet foes of past and present, each with their own unique ideals on how tennis should be played!
Seigaku tennis club already have Tezuka buchou, so they’re ready for the nationals!and Ryoma came back from America to support them.
And then, Oishi had a decision, all of the good players should play,so oishi had a deal with ryoma if he had a Love game to ryoma, then ryoma could play in the nationals.
….and in the end, ryoma won, so he’ll play in the nationals.
…..This is a sequel to THe Prince of tennis, everybody who watched the prince of tennis should also watch this one… This will also bring you excitement and enjoyment while watching.!
…watch it and you’ll know the whole story!!It’s amazingly good!!~Trust me!
Well 2nd installment of Tennis no Ouji-sama, this time it continues from the pending account that was the “National Tournament” with a great change in terms of production and study in the course of the year in which its first adaptation ended, which As for this section, it is no less since due to the low reception of chapters that the show gets, it is forced to compress too much content and really especially in the last games that were the most relevant and receive only an average of 1 chapter per match! When we were used to having between 2 or even 3 in special cases which does not leave the best impression from my perspective, something similar to what happens only in the first chapter that too many important events happen very briefly in 20 minutes. So although it remains faithful, for my taste it no longer contains that solidity that it knew how to obtain in its prequel, what is more what stands out the most is the chapter on the ultra random beach but by far the most fun of the season
Art: 7 / Sound: 7
As for the visual section, it has been able to strengthen due to the change of study with much more polished character designs and a more fluid animation in the movements, in addition to not constantly recycling scenes. On the musical side, it maintains the OSTs that are icons and nostalgic in the show, so it is a point in favor, but it does not look so renewed with new OSTs to implement and on the side of the openings and closings they are regular but I expected anything else
We keep the same main cast since its prequel but we have lost a lot of the secondary elements that gave more excitement to the matches such as the 2 journalists who only have one appearance but bad memories in the entire adaptation and the girls from the Ryoma fan club (Although I see these as more acceptable from the side that are not playing in the city and maybe they are too far away to suppose round trip expenses). As for the rest, it remains to the letter with their respective personalities although with some developments not so well executed due to lack of time, what did hurt me is not having more of those chapters where the characters feel so free and they make you enjoy as much as you can like the episode on the beach that was too fun.
For better and for worse, what stands out in all this adaptation is the content and the way in which it is overcome and rushed, the good thing is that the pain of seeing “TnO” in this way is relatively short because with only 13 chapters it is difficult not to continue a story that you want to see as far as it goes, even if it has declined in this way. I would have liked them to summarize more the games against the first school that were irrelevant especially when they had already won 3-0 and save those extra chapters for some games in the 4th finals would last longer.
Clearly the change of study affected the series that although it gave it a better color palette and animation, receiving a single “cour” for so many games seriously damages the entertainment that the show provides, but in the end we will continue Ryoma’s journey and his friends.
Bueno 2° entrega de Tennis no Ouji-sama, en esta ocasión continua desde la cuenta pendiente que era el “Torneo nacional” con un gran cambio en cuanto a producción y estudio en el transcurso del año en el que finalizo su primer adaptación, que en cuanto a este apartado es no menor ya que debido a la poca recepción de capítulos que obtiene el show, se ve obligado a comprimir demasiado contenido y realmente sobretodo en los últimos partidos que eran los mas relevantes y reciben solo un promedio de 1 capitulo por partido! cuando estábamos acostumbrados a tener entre 2 o hasta 3 en casos especiales lo que no deja la mejor impresión desde mi perspectiva, algo similar a lo que pasa tan solo en el primer capitulo que suceden demasiados acontecimientos importantes muy resumidamente en 20 minutos. Por lo que si bien sigue siendo fiel, para mi gusto ya no contiene esa solidez que supo obtener en su precuela, es mas lo que mas destaco es el capitulo en la playa ultra random pero por lejos de lo mas divertido de la temporada
Arte: 7 / Sonido: 7
En cuanto al apartado visual si a sabido fortalecerse debido al cambio de estudio con unos diseños de personajes mucho mas pulidos y una animacion mas fluida en los movimientos, ademas de no reciclar escenas constantemente. Por el lado musical mantiene los OST que resultan iconos y nostalgicos en el espectaculo por lo que es un punto a favor, pero no se lo ve tan renovada en con nuevos OST a implementar y por el lado de las aperturas y cierres son regulares pero esperaba algo mas
Mantenemos el mismo elenco principal desde su precuela pero hemos perdido gran parte del los elementos secundarios que le daban mas emocion a los partidos como los 2 periodistas que solo tienen una aparición sino mal recuerdo en toda la adaptacion y las chicas del club de fans de Ryoma (aunque a estas lo veo mas aceptable desde el lado que no en ciudad se encuentran jugando y tal vez esten demasiado lejos como para suponer gastos de ida y vuelta). En cuanto a lo demás se mantiene al pie de la letra con sus respectivas personalidades aunque con algunos desarrollos no tan bien ejecutados debido a la falta de tiempo, lo que si me dolió es no tener mas de esos capítulos donde los personajes se sienten tan libres y te hacen disfrutar a mas no poder como el capitulo de la playa que fue demasiado divertido.
Para bien y para mal lo que destaca en toda esta adaptación es el contenido y la forma en que se sobrellevado e apresurado, lo bueno es que dolor de ver a “TnO” de esta forma es relativamente corto por que con tan solo 13 capítulos es difícil no continuar una historia que quieres ver hasta donde llega, por mas que haya decaído de esta forma. Me hubiera gustado que resumieran mas los partidos contra la primera escuela que eran irrelevantes sobretodo cuando ya habían ganado 3 a 0 y ahorrar esos capítulos extra para algunos partidos de los 4° de final duraran mas.
Claramente el cambio de estudio afecto a la serie que si bien le dio una mejor paleta de colores y animacion, el recibir un solo “cour” para tantos partidos perjudica gravemente el entretenimiento que proporciona el show, pero en fin seguiremos el viaje de Ryoma y sus amigos
4: Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen – Semifinal
Japanese: テニスの王子様 全国大会篇 Semifinal
MAL Score: 7.92
The National Tournament continues for Ryouma Echizen and the Seishun Academy Boys’ Tennis Team as they face off against last year’s semifinalist, Shitenhouji Middle School. As winners of the Kansai Regionals, Shitenhouji is one of the top contenders to win this year’s tournament. What’s more, each member of the Shitenhouji team has skills that are said to surpass their Seishun counterparts. Shitenhouji also has Kintarou Tooyama, another “super rookie” who rivals Ryouma in strength and technique. Seishun will have to push the limits of their abilities to stand a chance at defeating the Kansai champions in this East versus West matchup.
One of my favorite arc for POT…
Story: Perfectly done. Although this is just the Semi Finals and an OVA it really compels the story and one of the important match you should not miss, that leads to Fuji’s perfection.
Art: As good as ever but not perfect. For a sports anime though? It’s more than enough…
Sound: It really captures the emotion of every characters as well as their matches. Dubbing, OP and ED is brilliant as well but nothing out of the ordinary.
Character: I loved the characters in this arc, Shitenhouji to be specific is one awesome team. And of course Seishun Gakuen.
Enjoyment: Out of all the POT OVA I think a lot will enjoy this most aside from the Finals itself that concludes POT Season 1..
Total Score: 7
First of all, let me clarify that in this section there will be a majority of “SPOILERS” regarding these OVAs, because I want to exemplify the reason for my discharge. Now with this explained let’s get started.
In previous reviews I have always chosen to defend this title, its history and above all the fantasy that carries over it, because there is more of this, there was always an “extra” that caused you not to notice so much in the amount of inconsistencies and situations outside of physics they were happening so it was fun. Unfortunately at this point there is nothing of the kind, The matches are ultra summarized to the point that even some last less than 1 chapter, in which they are only based on showing their “special movements” without any credible context, the rivals they are quickly discarded without developing, without comedy (although well, the parties are already a joke) and the worst thing is that we are not in a first stage, where nobody is interested in the parties or members! are the national semifinals !!!! And it is lived more like a comedy, than in a true context and settings. Also in another sense the idea of balls that become invisible, characters flying 5 rows over the stands, balls that split in the middle and so on. It seems too out of context to me considering that they are characters who are 16 years old at most and what will they do when they are older? Throw planets by the elbows ?. To finish I reiterate the same as in the beginning, I have tried to turn it around in a thousand ways and see the positive side, but it seems to me everything has a limit in that sense. Tennis no Ouji-sama overflowed the glass
Art: 5 / Sound: 7.5
Just as in the previous season I mentioned that the study change was an improvement in terms of animation, in this sequel it really declines again, many times the situation of static movements is repeated and even scenes out of context, as in a rally exchange that You only show how it ends and the best example is in the case of Kawamura flying into the stands without showing how it turned out there.
In the sense of Sound I feel more comfortable than in its prequels, the Opening shows more personality than the series required and the cast remains together with the OST, perhaps in this case it was the only section that showed an improvement
Another downturn in these OVAs, undoubtedly falls a lot on the characters, looking far below what they knew how to give in their first adaptation and being much more superficial in this context and added to the lack of development and use of rivals, more like Mention the lack of extras like the reporters or the Ryoma girls club that gave the show a certain color, Not to mention the improvement in their movements of the Seigaku players at critical moments with only a few 1 minute flashbacks, all very basic and conformist
If I said in its first installment that there were easily 7 or 8 spokons that far exceeded it and with a much shorter duration, imagine my thinking today with a few chapters above the account, and with the bad review that I had to give it .
The truth is there is nothing to highlight and the entertainment is very basic. Now, if you are looking for something for a small child to get excited, surely enjoy the show for the number of colors, striking movements, charismatic characters in the beginning and others like who says Captain Tsubasa for the relationship in the style of Spokon, but if you already want a I work something better work and that it is so basic I do not recommend this anime at least you are a fan of Spokon as in my case I continue here
Reseña general: 4,8 de 10
Primero que nada déjenme aclarar que en este apartado habrá mayoría de “SPOILERS” respecto a estas OVA, debido que quiero ejemplificar el por que de mi descargo. Ahora con esto explicado comencemos.
En anteriores reseñas siempre eh optado por defender a este titulo, su historia y sobretodo la fantasía que carga sobre ella, por que mas haya de esto, siempre hubo un “extra” que ocasionaba que no te fijaras tanto en la cantidad de Incoherencias y situaciones fuera de la física que sucedían por lo que era divertido. Desgraciadamente a este punto ya no hay nada de ello, Los partidos son ultra resumidos al punto de que inclusive algunos duran menos de 1 capitulo, en el cual solo se basan en mostrar sus “movimientos especiales” sin ningún tipo de contexto creíble, los rivales son descartados rápidamente sin dar desarrollos, sin comedia (aunque bueno, los partidos ya de por si son un chiste) y lo peor es que no estamos en una primera etapa, donde a nadie le interesa los partidos o integrantes! son las semifinales nacionales!!!! Y se vive mas como una comedia, que en un contexto e ambientaciones verídicas. Ademas en otro sentido la idea pelotas que se vuelven invisibles, personajes volando 5 filas sobre las gradas, pelotas que se parten al medio y demás. Me parece demasiado fuera de contexto teniendo en cuenta que son personajes que tienen 16 años a lo sumo y ¿que harán cuando sean mayores? ¿tirar planetas por los codos?. Para finalizar reitero lo mismo que en el comienzo, eh buscado de darle la vuelta de mil formas y verle así el lado positivo, pero me parece todo tiene un limite en ese sentido Tennis no Ouji-sama rebalso el vaso
Arte: 5 / Sonido: 7,5
Así como en la anterior temporada mencione que el cambio de estudio fue una mejoría en cuanto a la animación en esta secuela realmente decae nuevamente, muchas veces se repite la situación de movimientos estáticos y hasta escenas fueras de contexto, como en un intercambio de peloteo que solo muestras como finaliza y el mejor ejemplo es en el caso de Kawamura volando hacia las gradas sin mostrar como resulto alli .
En el sentido del Sonido me siento mas a gusto que en sus precuelas el Opening muestra mas personalidad que requeria la serie y el cast se mantiene junto al OST, tal vez en este caso fuese único apartado que demostró una mejoría
Otro bajón de estas OVA, sin dudas recae bastante en los personajes, viéndose muy por debajo de lo que supieron dar en su primer adaptación y siendo mucho mas superficial en este contexto y sumado a la falta de desarrollo e utilización de los rivales, mas como mencione el faltante de extras como los reporteros o el club de chicas de Ryoma que le daba un cierto color al show, Ni hablar de la mejoría de sus movimientos de los jugadores de Seigaku en momentos críticos con solo unos flashbacks de 1 minutos, todo muy básico y conformista
Si dije en su primer entrega que facilmente habia 7 u 8 spokons que le superaban ampliamente y con una duración mucho menor, imaginen mi pensamiento a día de hoy con unos cuantos capítulos mas arriba de la cuenta, y con la mala reseña que me toco darle.
La verdad no hay nada que destacar y el entretenimiento es muy básico. Ahora, si buscas algo para un niño pequeño se emocione seguramente disfrute del espectáculo por la cantidad de colores, movimientos llamativos, personajes carismáticos en el comienzo y demás como quien dice Captain Tsubasa por el parentesco en el estilo de Spokon, pero si ya quieres un trabajo algo mejor trabajo y que sea tan básico no recomiendo este anime al menos seas un fan del Spokon como en mi caso que continuo aquí
3: Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen – Final
Japanese: テニスの王子様 Original Video Animation 全国大会編 Final
MAL Score: 7.99
After their victory over Shitenhouji Middle School in the semifinals, Ryouma Echizen and the Seishun Academy Boys Tennis Team must now face off against the two-time defending champions of Rikkai University-Affiliated Middle School in order to claim the national title. Rikkai is not only seeking revenge for its team’s previous loss to Seishun at the Kanto Regional Tournament, but they also are aiming to win the national title for a third consecutive year.
In the conclusion of Tennis no Ouji-sama, the titular “Prince of Tennis” is pitted against the “Child of God” in a head-to-head battle for the national championship title. Along the way, Ryouma must teach his opponents and teammates that there is more to tennis than winning.
As the name suggests, Prince of Tennis is a sports anime about tennis. That much is clear the very second you hear about the anime, even if you don’t know anything else but the name. At the beginning of the main series I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, perhaps something pretty similar to most of the other sports animes I’ve seen, meaning something relatively realistic but still somewhat overexaggerated and overly dramatic sports matches, in a good way of course. After some time the show turned out to be something quite different; it’s a pretty clever mix of sports and shounen combat anime, while never going completely to the shounen combat side.
The three OVAs together are the last story arc to the long-running Prince of Tennis, and continue straight where the original 178 episode series left off, except more faithful to the original manga than the final parts of the anime series.
STORY – 8/10
The anime revolves around Seishun Gakuen school’s tennis club and its regular members, one of the members, Ryoma Echizen, a 7th grade tennis prodigy, being the main focus. The story of the OVA is very straightforward and quite simple, but it doesn’t have to be anything complex; the Seigaku tennis team has finally reached their long-sought goal, the national tournament, the most challenging and most important tournament of the whole Prince of Tennis series. Being that, this tournament is the definite climax of the show. Several new opponents are introduced, all national level, who push our heroes to their very limits.
While the premise of the story might not sound the most original for a sports anime, the idea of having one-on-one and two-on-two sports matches with teams is actually very unique, and the matches are intensive. The execution of the story deserves a good score.
ART/ANIMATION – 9/10
The art is excellent in every aspect, the visual quality has improved since the main series. I simply love the drawing style and character designs. The characters’ looks have tons of personality, and their facial expressions convey their feelings and emotions well. The backgrounds are well detailed and colorful, and create a great atmosphere. The animation is great and very consistent; it’s very clean and fluid, and the characters’ movements look very natural. Their limbs move just like I would expect from a tennis player. Also worth mentioning are the visual effects, which are stunning.
SOUND/MUSIC/VOICE ACTING – 8/10
The sound effects sound always realistic and convincing, nothing there made me think anything sounded different than it should. The opening and ending songs are okay, far from my favorites from the series, but not bad. The background music often creates a good atmosphere and adds the right mood. Not all, but some of the background music has a certain old-school style flavor to it, which is not a bad thing, in fact I like many of the BGM tracks a lot. Maybe I’ve just heard some of the tracks so many times they always bring back some of my favorite moments from the anime, but I’m really glad the OVA still has the same BGM from the original series, even though by the beginning of the “Finals” OVA it had already been almost seven years since the original series started airing. Not all the BGM tracks are great, but there isn’t a single track I’d say I dislike. The music was fitting for every scene. The voice acting is handled really well, the voice talents do their job superbly, and many of the voices fit the characters perfectly.
CHARACTER – 10/10
All the Seigaku regulars from the series are present in the OVAs, with many of the central supporting characters. The main cast is great, it’s relatively large and quite varied. It features many different types of personalities, from which every fan should be able find their own favorites. Each Seigaku regular is unique and have their own quirks. There are also many interesting supporting characters, who are also well designed. We got to know a lot about the characters throughout the long main series, the main cast and many of the regular supporting character all have their own personal history, and many things are told which let the viewer better understand them. Even though the story has already proceeded as far the the national tournament, and the matches are naturally the main focus, you’ll be mistaken if you think “Nationals” will only be a race through tough opponents. Though not much, among other things it has some character development too; some characters show new, and sometimes surprising, sides of themselves, while never being out of character. The only big complaint about the characters would be some of the lesser supporting characters, who have kept appearing throughout the whole series, while almost nothing was ever actually told about them. They have simply remained kind of vapid and grown hollow.
ENJOYMENT – 10/10
Prince of Tennis, the 178 episode series together with the National Tournament OVAs, 204 episodes altogether, has definitely been one of the most enjoyable anime experiences I’ve had. Though it started slow, it kept me in its grasp the whole time. When I finished the Finals OVA it felt strange that it was all finally over, it left me longing for more. The national tournament OVAs were very entertaining and I really enjoyed them, and I’m looking forward to a possible second season, which would be based on the New Prince of Tennis manga.
OVERALL – 9/10
Prince of Tennis wasn’t the most realistic nor accurate sports anime to begin with, but in the national tournament it went kind of over the top. Many of the new special moves introduced in Nationals are far more unrealistic and illogical than ever before, and the mechanics of many unusual techniques are never explained, which sometimes bothered me, but not to such an extent as to affect the enjoyment. There isn’t much I felt the OVAs lacked, there was drama and some really funny comedy, and the matches and character interaction were very satisfying. Although it could have helped a lot if it was even one episode longer, because at times I felt things were going a bit too fast. And I would have wanted to know more about the characters’ lives after the tournament.
The anime is a great shounen type experience with great characters and matches, that separate it from other sports animes, and Nationals is a good sequel with high production values that finishes the story of the series. All in all, a great end to a great series. A solid 9.
There are still far more people who have finished the main series, than those who have even touched the OVAs. The OVA series made the anime complete, so for those who liked the main series but still have not seen the national tournament OVAs: mada mada dane, you still have lots more to work on. Do not miss this, as it will be the climax that will bring our heroes’ journey to conclusion. Highly recommended, even if you’re new to Prince of Tennis, in which case just make sure you watch the main series first. And as the anime will most likely be more enjoyable when not taken too seriously,those who would much rather watch anime with serious themes, than follow a group of youngsters’ journey toward the top, spiced with comedic moments and overly dramatic matches, might not necessarily enjoy PoT that much.
So the most arrogant and show-off sports protagonist returns together with his teammates to play in the most awaited tournament that they’ve been waiting for; the national tournament. The drama is even more far-fetched and can be extremely over-the-top; players are on the verge of dying just by PLAYING tennis, losing memories before an important game, bloods are spilling everywhere. I mean come on! I almost forgot that I am still watching a tennis story particularly, the finals arc. I completely understand that it’s going for a more dramatic, theatrical and cooler approach as it is after all the ENDING. However, there’s also the concept of TOO MUCH and being incredibly over done. Somewhere along the way, it becomes absolutely far-fetched. I notice that the comedy part really improves. It is no longer far-fetched and can be genuinely funny. And if there are several exaggerated moves and techniques from before, this time they even added stances with supposedly amazing auras which are extremely exaggerated.
Of course, as it is a new chapter it is given that there’s an arrival of new characters. As always, the opponents are arrogant as ever. And if last time there is quite a few nasty opponents, this time some are even nastier and barbaric because they would even resort to hitting couches and elderly people. Well, when opponents are like that it feels even greater when they are amazingly defeated. There are also character developments for not only the main characters but for recurring characters as well. Characters are more expressive this time particularly the ones with poker faces like Tezuka. Some opponents are a lot stronger now as we see some of powerful characters gets beaten or really push to the limit.
I believe the most noticeable improvement is the animation. As always, this series loves exaggerated moves and very fictional techniques during matches. And if in the last season it was made so over the top, this time it improves quite a bit. It is a little bit cleaner now. It looks better and cooler. It’s not that far-fetched compared from the previous season. It might still be exaggerated but at least it is done a little better this time. The improvement of the character design is also very noticeable.
It is true that as always there are countless exaggerated elements in the series. You could even say that it is even more this time. But I guess that just how the series is. I myself may not like that part of the series but I believe it is quite effective for some. And I enjoyed it more compared to the previous one.
Finally we reached the culminating arc of the national tournament, and although it has maintained those constants of being very summarized matches as in its last 2 pre-queues, I have to say that the descending party leaves a good taste in the mouth and with a more consistent development winning so 2 full chapters in it.
I do not want to fall into a spoiler but the “certain event” that occurs at the beginning of the matches is quite pleasant to alternate and show something different from the usual, but there is the typical dynamics of the matches and giving a special flavor to the final, so good Plot twist of the mangaka there.
Art 8 / Sound 7.5
Items that personally meet quite well equally, in the case of the animation was more polished than in the semifinal OVA and did not get as much static image more than necessary. On the other hand, from the sound section if it has been renewed a bit since its first adaptation and obtains certain interesting variations during the chapters, along with regular but not negligible openings and closings
By having a team here that already had the opportunity to face Seigaku, it saves a lot of time in presentations or development because we know their convictions as a team, although it does not mean that in some games these are too blurred like both pairs of doubles of the rival team . Above all, the most remarkable thing on this occasion is Ryoma, and not precisely because of his level of tennis that we already know, but because of seeing him more in other facets (that whoever seen these OVAs will understand) and above all showing that he can smile and enjoy tennis , something that until now on my part I had practically never noticed.
I’m not going to lie on this occasion the show raises its level and draws my attention to the program because, as I mentioned earlier, a twist in the story is re-sought and it falls like a fresh and renovating air within the monotonous show that it had been and how This also gets a change of aptitude in Ryoma, it is very gratifying, especially already closing with a flourish in the epilogue, so I am satisfied, although as you know I expected a lot more from this anime in the beginning, anyway we will continue towards its sequel “New prince of tennis”
Finalmente llegamos al arco culminante del torneo nacional, y si bien a mantenido esas constantes de ser partidos muy resumidos como en sus ultimas 2 pre-cuelas, eh de decir que el partido descenlace deja un buen sabor de boca y con un desarrollo mas acorde ganando así 2 capítulos completos en el.
No quiero caer en algun spoiler pero el “cierto sucedo” que ocurre al comienzo de los partidos es bastante agradable como para alternar y mostrar algo diferente a lo habitual mas haya de la tipica dinamica de los partidos y dandole un sabor especial a la final, por lo que buen Plot twist del mangaka alli.
Arte 8 / Sonido 7,5
Rubros que en lo personal cumplen bastante bien por igual, en el caso de la animacion estuvo al mas pulida que en las OVA de semifinales y no obtuvo tanta imagen estatica mas de la cuenta. Por otro lado desde apartado sonoro si se ah renovado un poco desde su primer adaptacion y obtiene ciertas variaciones interesantes durante los capitulos, junto a unas aperturas y cierres regulares pero nada despreciables
Al tener aqui un equipo que ya tuvieron la oportunidad de enfrentar el Seigaku, se ahorra bastante tiempo en presentaciones o desarrollo por que conocemos su convicciones como equipo, aunque no quita que el algunos partidos estos queden demasiados desdibujados como ambas parejas de dobles del equipo rival. Sobretodo lo mas destaca-ble en esta ocasion es Ryoma, y no precisamente por su nivel de tennis que ya conocemos, sino por verlo mas en otra facetas (que quien alla visto estas OVA entendera) y sobretodo demostrando que puede sonreir e disfrutar del tennis, algo que hasta ahora de mi parte no lo habia notado practicamente nunca.
No voy a mentir en esta ocasion el show eleva su nivel y llama mi atencion hacia el programa por que como mencione con anterioridad se re busca un giro en la historia y cae como un aire fresco e renovador dentro del espectaculo monotono que venia siendo y como esto tambien obtiene un cambio de aptitud en Ryoma es muy gratificante sobretodo ya cerrando con broche de oro en el epilogo, por lo que me quedo conforme, aunque como ya sabran esperaba bastante mas de este anime en un comienzo, de todas maneras continuaremos rumbo a su secuela “New prince of tennis”
2: Major: Message
Japanese: メジャー メッセージ
MAL Score: 8.18
Thirteen years after achieving major success with the Indiana Hornets, Gorou Honda’s career as a pitcher ended abruptly after sustaining a horrible injury. Inspired by his father, who continued playing baseball despite major setbacks, Gorou plans to restart his baseball career and play in a new position. However, his strong dedication to train has puzzled his family, especially his young daughter Izumi, who is frustrated with the absence of her father from her lives. Faced by another tough obstacle, Gorou once again decides to prove his resolve through his beloved sport.
Major is all about struggles. But Message is a different one, a family struggle. Unlike those generic sports anime, Major portrays real life responsibilities. Responsibilities between two things: work and family. In Major: Message, Goro’s responsibilities are his kids and Shimizu and baseball. Those two are the main conflicts in the story that generate drama. And I found this actually compelling for a special. Its fleshes out characters, it develops Goro from a stubborn boy into a adult. Eh, Major cannot be more amazing than this though.
Story – 8
Art – 9
Sound – 10
Character – 10
Enjoyment – 10
Overall – 10 (I considered this 10 as its function as a special, so it means being 10 does not put it as one of the best but just a compelling special.)
Throughout all seasons of Major, we’ve seen Gorou grow from a talented reckless kid, to a championship-winning professional in Major League Baseball in USA, while retaining his recklessness. But the biggest influence he’s had is arguably from his dad. So now that Gorou has become the father, he sought to be the role model to his kids, the way his father became his. And the only way he could do that after his injury, being the reckless that he is, is to show his kids, Izumi and Daigo, the result of his hard works; to show them that an obstacle is just another challenge to help them grow.
I know there won’t be another season of Major, but if there ever is, this time it’ll be the story of Izumi, the way that Major was the story about Gorou.
1: Major: World Series
Japanese: メジャー ワールドシリーズ編
MAL Score: 8.32
Gorou Shigeno’s journey with the Indiana Hornets continues as they seek to win the prestigious World Series. However, after an unexpected accident during the match with his fated rival, his quest in becoming the world’s best becomes more challenging. Undaunted, Gorou continues to put the weight of his dreams into every pitch he makes, and forges a path towards his desired future through high-speed pitching.
With that out of the way, welcome to another part of “Is this actually that good or is it rated that high just because it’s part of popular franchise?”.
I imagine that to long-time fans that have some emotional attachment to the characters, this might have been enjoyable bonus. It’s basically two extra episodes. It does not stand on its own and it was not meant to be. It’s kinda a “grand finale” to the Goro’s whole journey (let’s ignore Message for a moment). The actual content? Not that great. Summarized, Goro’s at important match while his wife’s pregnant. As the plot wills it, the labour comes at the same time as the match. Also as the plot wills, Goro is currently after injury, but insists on taking part in the match nonetheless. After a bit of shouting, he gets his way. Labour and match gets done and as an epilogue we get some sprinkle of drama from protagonist’s background, in case the match alone wasn’t enough for you. Well, the match was quite boring (like baseball matches tend to be), with the drama being so-so. Overall, it’s a very basic plot of sports anime and it doesn’t stand out in any way. To give credit, it also doesn’t have any outstandingly bad part. A perfectly average anime.
As hinted above, if you’re a Major fan, you’ll likely enjoy this. If you aren’t, you likely won’t be watching this at all.
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1. Major: World Series
2. Major: Message
3. Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen – Final
4. Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen
5. Tennis no Ouji-sama: Zenkoku Taikai-hen – Semifinal
6. Haikyuu!!: Riku vs. Kuu
7. Tennis no Ouji-sama: Another Story – Kako to Mirai no Message
8. Initial D Battle Stage 2
9. Shin Tennis no Ouji-sama OVA vs. Genius 10
10. Air Gear: Kuro no Hane to Nemuri no Mori – Break on the Sky
11. Diamond no Ace: Second Season OVA
12. Diamond no Ace OVA
13. Initial D Battle Stage
14. Kuroko no Basket: Baka ja Katenai no yo!
15. Kaleido Star: Aratanaru Tsubasa – Extra Stage
16. Future GPX Cyber Formula Sin
17. Initial D Extra Stage 2
18. Future GPX Cyber Formula Zero
19. Tennis no Ouji-sama: Sonzoku Yama no Hi
20. Yowamushi Pedal: Special Ride
21. Detective Conan Bonus File: Fantasista Flower
22. Future GPX Cyber Formula Saga
23. Initial D Extra Stage
24. Future GPX Cyber Formula 11
25. Ookiku Furikabutte: Natsu no Scorebook
26. Shin Captain Tsubasa
27. Nasu: Suitcase no Wataridori
28. Initial D Battle Stage 3
29. Joshi Luck!
30. Detective Conan OVA 12: The Miracle of Excalibur
31. Ro-Kyu-Bu!: Tomoka no Ichigo Sundae
32. Ace wo Nerae! 2
33. Captain Tsubasa: Saikyou no Teki! Holland Youth
34. Grappler Baki
35. Honoo no Tenkousei
36. Ace wo Nerae!: Final Stage
37. Slow Step
38. Battle Athletess Daiundoukai
39. Future GPX Cyber Formula: Early Days Renewal
40. One Pound Gospel
41. Shiritsu Araiso Koutougakkou Seitokai Shikkoubu
42. Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989
43. Bari Bari Densetsu
44. Bakuon!! OVA
45. Zetsuai 1989
46. Nozomi Witches
49. Azusa, Otetsudai Shimasu!
50. Ganbare! Kickers: Bokutachi no Densetsu