They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Lodoss-tou Senki, Trinity Seven: Nanatsu no Taizai to Nana Madoushi, Hikaru no Go: Sabaki no Ikkyoku! Inishie no Hana yo Sake!!, and more!
50: Lodoss-tou Senki
English: Record of Lodoss War
MAL Score: 7.38
Created from the aftermath of the last great battle of the gods, Lodoss and its kingdoms have been plagued by war for thousands of years. As a quiet peace and unity finally become foreseeable over the land, an unknown evil begins to stir. An ancient witch has awakened, bent on preserving the island of Lodoss by creating political unbalance throughout the many kingdoms and keeping any one from maintaining central control. Only a mixed-race party of six young champions, led by the young warrior Parn, stand between this new threat and Lodoss’ descent back into the darkness of war and destruction.
This is a direct-to-video animation series produced back in 1990, which unfolds over thirteen half-hour episodes. Adapted from the fantasy novels of the same name by Japanese author Ryo Mizuno, Lodoss is a classic good-vs-evil story, exploring the chronicles of six adventurers: these include Parn, a young, inexperienced warrior eager to (literally) jump at any chance to clear his father’s tarnished name; Deedlit, a spunky, mystical high elf who tries (with varying degrees of success) to prove her love to Parn; Etoh, a loyal, good-natured cleric; Slayn, a gentle wise mage; Ghim, a gruff and tough dwarf; and Woodchuck, a wanted criminal who nonetheless provides loyalty (and occasional chagrin) to his pals.
The story is hardly original, and the plot tends to "jumps around" from one event to the next (for instance, the first episode starts off in the "middle" of the heroes’ quest; chronologically, it’d be best to see eps 2-5, 1, and then 6-13)–yet the overall show is so engrossing that this fault (in addition to a few others I’ll come to in a moment) becomes irrelevant.
It’s the characters which make Record Of Lodoss War so much fun, and much of the best scenes belong to Parn and Deedlit; especially in a royal banquet episode where she forces Parn to dance with her (one of my favorite sequences from the show). As is typical of a elf-dwarf rivalry, Ghim and Deed bicker about each other’s differences yet maintain a somewhat begrudging level of self-respect. It’s Parn, however, whose plight stays with you long after the show approaches its climax. Eager to discover whether his father died in disgrace or not, he finds a father figure in Kashue. (This gets on Deedlit’s nerves; she continually competes with the king for Parn’s attention–a running gag that plays out unfortunately for only a couple of episodes.) In the latter episodes, we meet two new characters who don’t get much screen time but are no less fully realized. Shiris, the hotheaded young mercenary who vies with Deedlit for Parn’s affections is strongly depicted, as is her partner (and secret love), Orson, the moody Berserker, who becomes an angry, uncontrollable monster at the sight of Shiris in trouble.
Even the bad guys are richly developed. Ashram, as mentioned, isn’t driven so much by malice as he is by what he believes is right; in fact, he becomes the most three-dimensional of the villains for that reason alone. For support, he has a Dark Elf accomplice named Pirotess (the opposite of Deedlit) who’ll do anything to prove her loyalty to him… including sacrificing herself. Karla, incidentally, is no ordinary villainess. Her primary goal is to bring to Lodoss the balance she feels has been so greatly disturbed… yet her psychologically unbalanced persona leads her to cause far worse chaos with deadly consequences. She is shifty, cunning, manipulative — an almost deadly combination. Wagnard, on the other hand, is just plain evil — every bit the equivalent of Kefka from Final Fantasy III who cackles fiendishly as he puts his dark plans into action. When we first meet him, he appears to be a nondescript character, but when he becomes possessed by Kardis, he becomes frighteningly villainous. (Every scene he’s in sends shivers down my spines.)
Its the strength of the characters and their chemistry as well as the compelling (if jumpy) plot that make Lodoss as a whole that one can overlook its occasional shortcomings, notably the animation, which, although gorgeously drawn, uses a low cel count resulting with some stiff movements. Taking into account that this is an older show, however, this doesn’t really detract all that much (although there are some later episodes where some of the same footage is reused, for cost cutting purposes).
No fantasy adventure would be complete without a stirring soundtrack, and Record of Lodoss War delivers this in style. The musical score by Mitsuo Hagita is mostly symphonic, although it is (obviously) generated by electronics. Yet the compositions were so rich and lovely that they eventually grew on me over the course of the show. Equally lovely are the opening and ending theme songs, "Adesso e Fortuna -Now & Fortune-" and "Fantasia of the Wind", both of which are excellently sung in Japanese by Sherry. As a nice bonus, these songs were even translated for the English version; the woman who sings the dubbed songs, Lisa DeSimone, sings with an equally splendid voice.
One aspect of Lodoss often criticized is the English dub, produced by New York-based Central Park Media in 1996, a time when most dubs had a low reputation. I’ve read all kinds of mixed opinions about this English track; some say its fake and/or mediocre while other claims its unbearable, but here’s a better review from one of its several (albeit outspoken on the net at least) enthusiastic fans (that’s me). No, it’s not perfect, and some lines do come off as a bit awkward, but a lot of the voice-overs are really good. In particular, Billy Regan (Parn), Lisa Ortiz (Deedlit), Al Muscari (Slayn), Jacques Le Can (Woodchuck), Simone Grant (Karla & Leylia), John Knox (Ashram), Jayce Reeves (Wagnard), and Alexander J. Rose (Wort and the Narrator), are among my favorites. Plus, the dialog is close to the subtitled script and packed with some memorable one-liners (Parn: "Quick, Deed, what’s this dragon’s weak spot?" Deedlit: "I’m not a dragon expert! How should I know?!") and great chemistry between the actors. I especially loved the interactions between Parn and Deedlit, the banter between Ghim and Deed, and a lot of other things. Which is why it saddens me that some would find all of this "inferior" to the Japanese language track. I listened to parts of the Japanese language track, too, and while I did find it to be of top-quality, I find that the dub still holds its own position decently. Of course, it may be in danger of being overshadowed by some of the better dub productions of today, but for a dub made in 1996, its a rather decent, if unspectacular listen. I’m still fond of it, as a matter of fact, even after hearing some better ones.
Record of Lodoss War has received its share of detractors over recent years, probably due to its cheap production values and/or inconsistent plotting. However, it is important to remember that these "shortcomings" is mainly because it’s an older Anime series. While Lodoss may show its age in places, its infectious appeal and complexity rings true even after other shows of its ilk, and like most classics, it can stand against the test of time.
Record of the Lodoss War was a HUGE hit when it came out in 1990 Japan. It also gained strong popularity among the tiny US anime fandom of the early 90s. Unfortunately, this anime has not aged gracefully. Normally I hate using the phrase “aged poorly”. It’s something that young punks use too often to just shit on anything over 10 years old. In this one instance though, I’m afraid it’s kind of unavoidable.
Record of the Lodoss War was a 1990 OVA based on a Japanese short novel… based an a Japanese tabletop RPG…which was a ripoff of Dungeons and Dragons. Take the most cliche Western high fantasy tropes and they are ALL here in Lodoss War, distilled down to their most basic. The characters go well beyond archetypes and into the realm of laughably generic. The plot was already just a standard D&D campaign in the novel, but the 10 episode OVA had to cut out a LOT of the novel. If Wheel of Time is like bare bones high fantasy, this OVA is like sucking the marrow from those bones.
As I mentioned previously, this OVA was a smash hit and spawned a ton of video games, radio dramas, manga, and a 27 episode sequel! So HOW did it get so popular?! To understand this, we have to go back to the year 1990 and look at it from that perspective. Ring the bell sucka! School’s in session!
Just as it used to take a few years for a Japanese fad to spread to America, it took a little bit for American trends to spread to Japan. In the early 90s, Japan was heavily influenced by American culture of the 1980s. High fantasy was HUGE in the 1980s. The utterly mediocre Wheel of Time books were dominating the best seller lists in America. WOT gained such popularity in the Southern US that Atlanta created Dragon Con as a WOT convention. To this day it is the largest geek convention in the Southeast US! Dungeons and Dragons was an absolute cultural phenomenon. He-Man was the most popular toy in the US. You couldn’t go anywhere without running into Tolkien inspired high fantasy with elves, dwarves, orcs, and all the rest. There were plenty of high fantasy based video games in Japan by 1990, but not really any high fantasy anime or manga at the time to meet this demand. Record of the Lodoss War was created to fill a hole that NEEDED filling back in that time. Today, there really isn’t the same thirst for Tolkien style high fantasy and there are already 100 fantasy anime better than Lodoss War. Keep in mind that Japanese gamers LOVED Hydlide when it hit home PCs back in 1984. Today…there isn’t much of a Hydlide fandom. Lodoss isn’t THAT bad, but at times it feels close.
There is one other reason that Lodoss sold like hotcakes back in its day. Deedlit the Elf chick and her sex appeal. Deedlit was in many ways the first true “waifu” in anime. Before this you really didn’t see lonely virgins collecting TONS of figurines and body pillows of their favorite anime girls. You’ve probably heard lots of people online waxing nostalgic for the anime heroes of the 80s. They all had chiseled muscles, hard jaws, broad shoulders, and looked MANLY! When have you heard people talk about how they want female designs from 80s anime back? That’s right. You haven’t. Look at the top 300 waifus on MAL. You’ll see Yoko Littner, Senjougahara, Rei and Asuka, Lucy Heartfilia, Nami, Erza, Hinata, etc. NONE of these were around in 1990. Even Android 18 and Major Kusanagi weren’t around yet. The only rivals Deedlit had were Lunch from Dragonball and Cutie Honey from the 1970s!
A young swordsman with no parents must team up with an elvish archer, an axe wielding dwarf named Gim, a Wizard, and a thief to go on a long journey and thwart an evil God. Did I mention this series has little imagination of its own? The only creative thing to come out of this series was an evil sword called “Soul Crusher” that took possession of its owner and had a giant eye in hilt. The game Soul Calibur BLATANTLY stole this from Lodoss War. I mentioned this before, but the novel had to be very abridged. In one episode, our heroes decide they need to go meet an old wizard and learn the weakness of an evil sorceress named Karla the Grey. In the next episode, it just announces that they have returned from seeing the wizard and learned all about her. Lodoss has a firm policy of “Tell, don’t show.”
The characters once again are SO generic that I can’t really say much about them. Instead I’ll focus on Deedlit, who is the only character ANYONE remembers from this series. She was drawn with long blonde hair, massive bouncy breasts, and very soft facial features. Deedlit was being drawn by a young Satoshi Urushihara, the KING of breasts! That’s all I need to say. She IMMEDIATELY falls in love with the young swordsman right after meeting him and plays his sexy sidekick. She doesn’t really have any chemistry with our leading hero Parn, but her looks still win her “best girl of 1990”. Fuck Bulma! She was still being a total bitch on Namek at this point.
The art by Studio Madhouse is decent for the most part, but this wasn’t Madhouse’s top performance here. In the 80s and early 90s, Madhouse was at its best with feature films like Wicked City or Ninja Scroll. It could also do 3 episode OVAs like Cyber City “God Damn Vampire” Oedo, which looks WAY better than Lodoss. With a 10 episode OVA, the budget got so strained that we end up with a still image of a dragon getting dragged across the screen in a moment of unintentional hilarity.
The soundtrack is pretty damn limited and plays the same tracks over and over. The closing theme is awesome though and contains the line “please fall asleep on my breasts.”
Lodoss is not an anime that’s going to knock the socks off new anime viewers in 2018. Still, if you are interested in anime history and want to see a neat time capsule of the year 1990, it is worth checking out. Just go into it knowing what to expect and put on your archaeologist hat.
My biggest complaint about Lodoss is that it wasn’t given the proper amount of episodes to expand its story properly. It has such an engrossing atmosphere and massive worldbuilding potential that is squandered terribly due to a lack of time investment. What we’re left with is a marginalized “good vs. evil” approach, thinning the cast of characters to generic protagonists and antagonists. A series with this much imagination needs the proper nurturing to ensure success, and 26 episodes would’ve given it more of a fighting chance. On top of that, they decided to drop the viewers into the middle of what is chronologically after the 5th episode… only leading to the confusion. I don’t know if different mediums of media were trying this reverse storytelling at the time, but it was entirely unnecessary and only confused the hell out of me, and I’m assuming a lot of other people.
You follow Parn (yep, sounds like porn) and his stereotypical group of fellow travelers (a cleric, wizard, elf, dwarf and thief) as they seek to prevent the destruction of the planet by baddies that want to control the universe. Sound intriguing? Well, I can assure you that this is the Dynasty Warriors button masher of plots. Considering the source material is actually written to emulate a D&D experience, the dungeon master must’ve been rather disappointing. The main character transforms from useless fodder to going toe for toe with the most powerful foe on Lodoss (which has definitely never happened in an anime before), all in the course of like 5 episodes. There’s a loose backstory referencing his father and restoring his family’s honor, but it’s unconvincing at best. Generic quotes like “I’ll get you!” and “you’re no match for me!” resonate from his vocabulary on occasion, and you sense there isn’t much there are on his intellectual level. Parn’s childhood friend Etoh, the with perhaps the worst English voice actor of all time, accompanies him as a sworn companion.
Deedlit, a high elf and Parn’s hinted love interest, is a princess that randomly decides to join the adventure. Given the fact that she’s actually of royalty, she naturally drops everything to answer the underlying question of what is happening to her people. And honestly, the rest of the main pack is irrelevant. A gaggle of genericized fantasy tropes, which doesn’t create the best selling point. The most interesting character in the entire series is Ashram, a knight who seeks the highest power, but has some serious self-identification and reflecting to do in the process. He’s initially perceived as a villain, but can actually draw some empathy and understanding as the series elapses.
In addition to being a relatively generic series, Lodoss is littered with bits of randomness along the way. Although the “potential” romantic relationship between Parn and Deedlit never actually develops, there are plenty of awkward exchanges or long stares that force the viewer into thinking there’s something there. I’m just not buying it, there’s almost no chemistry between the two. Not to mention the interest fellow traveler Shiris (the girl with the berserker friend) has in Parn…. something that’s awkwardly left by the wayside. There’s also the evil witch Carla, with perhaps the most unassuming name in anime villainy existence, and another dark elf that sporadically falls for Ashram along the way. The more I get frustrated with the lack of finesse in writing, the more I realize what the anime was modeled after: a D&D quest. Speaking from experience, the element of randomness doesn’t even scratch the surface of the ridiculous stuff me and my friends used to come up with when we played. So…. I guess there’s that.
Sometimes I don’t consider it fair to criticize animation from the 90’s or earlier, because it’s merely a sign of the times. In Lodoss’ case, the art style isn’t necessarily my cup of tea but it’s consistent with the art out at the time in terms of quality. From what I remember reading, the studio actually utilized a sizable budget in order to get exactly what they were looking for in terms of emulating various fantasy elements and characters. Some of the fight scenes are actually quite fluid as well, something that earlier anime had issues with. No choppiness or quality drop during the heavier action sequences, something I can really appreciate. Especially when you consider the issues modern day anime have with frame drops and inconsistent animation, likely without any legitimate excuse.
Did I mention how bad the voice acting is? Central Park Media, a NYC based company took the reigns dubbing Lodoss. It was clear they had no idea what they were doing. Some acting is decent, but others are absolutely atrocious. It’s almost as though when the producers signed off on it they were doing more of a “screw it”, knowing they’d be out of a job anyway. If you’re a fan of dubs due to convenience, I strongly suggest you watch the Japanese version or avoid it altogether. It’s THAT bad. Performances like this employs hopefulness for my future seiyuu career… I digress.
The rest of the music is slightly unfitting, but about what I expect from an early 90’s series. Anime was largely in a learning period, starkly evident by the slow female ballads present in their OPs. For a show so focused on action and fantasy elements, the OP just…doesn’t work. As a standalone track it’s quite present, reminiscent of “Fly Me to the Moon” from NGE, but not an anime fit. The background tracks depict the genre much better. They’re full of orchestral life, and build crescendos left and right.
As much as I disliked certain aspects of Lodoss, I enjoyed it overall. However, one must understand that most of my enjoyment comes from a mix of nostalgia and relatability. I was a HUGE nerd in my high school days, so Lodoss speaks to me in some ways other anime cannot. On the other hand, it’s leaps and bounds from being “good” by any normal definition. Perhaps I would’ve enjoyed it more if I had watched the Japanese dub vice the English, but a generic plot, short run time and forced romance all work to cripple Lodoss, dooming it from the start. I would recommend this series to fans of other fantasy anime or earlier shows, or those just looking for something different. As always, thanks for reading!
49: Trinity Seven: Nanatsu no Taizai to Nana Madoushi
Japanese: トリニティセブン 七つの大罪と七魔道士
MAL Score: 7.38
Arata is set to be expelled! The only way to save himself is to be taught more about the magic archives from the Trinity Seven themselves.
Arata needs to write a report on all the Trinity Seven in order to not get expelled from the school. The report aside, the OVA shows Arata at his perverted peak with all the Trinity Seven.
And a little romance at the end as well as a hint of a progressing story completes this OVA.
I wonder if it will get a sequel, since some new characters are shown in the ending scenes of the OVA.
The sole reason I enjoyed this OVA heaps more than the actual show is because it just felt “right”. As odd as that may sound, please hear me out~! The show was fine and not anything bad and is better than various other harems, but it felt lackluster in both comedy and this was a case I wanted less story and more ecchi and comedy routines, just as this OVA did really well. The comedy hit home and the characters interested me more for that very reasons. Though, if you aren’t a fan of ecchi/harems and feel anime boobies ruin anime then skip the series and this. We all have our opinions and you deserve yours!
If you’re a Trinity Seven fan: Watch this.
If you’re an ecchi fan: Watch 1st season and then this.
If you hate harems: Skip Trinity Seven
Trinity Seven was a series that brought something new to the table in the genre of harem. While sticking with the theme of fantasy with the classic Harem/ecchi combo, it also managed to give off an air of comedy and plot that worked very well due to the characters that this show presented. So. What surprises will the OVA give us?
Story (7.49/10): In terms of story, the Trinity Seven OVA doesn’t really have much to offer in terms of actual plot. Our harem king/lucky pervert/main protagonist, Arata, is essentially told by the administration at the school that he is failing his classes. In order to prevent his expulsion, he must learn in-depth the seven archives of magic through help from the Trinity Seven. And if you’ve seen this series before, you can probably guess what will happen.
In terms of story, this OVA doesn’t really offer much beyond the synopsis above. But of course, since this is Trinity Seven, that’s not really what we’re looking forward to here. To make up for its lack of story, this OVA pulls out what Trinity Seven is known for, its own brand of comedy known as Ecchi comedy. You know those generic ecchi scenes you see in generic harem shows? Well, take those moments, but add a main protagonist who doesn’t shy away from the feminine body, rather, acting like any normal guy would with a couple funny lines amplifying his pervertedness. This is pretty much the entire runtime of this OVA. Since this is an OVA, story really doesn’t take a big foothold on the runtime, so Arata being…well, Arata is pretty much all you’re going to get. Trust me, it may not seem like much, but it’s ALL you need for this.
+/- Rather simplistic story (This doesn’t impact much cause OVA’s only have a 30 min. runtime.)
+ Comedic/Perverted antics throughout
Character (8.88/10): Cast-wise, the OVA doesn’t change much. We still have our harem king, Arata who spends time with the 7-8 girls he’s associated with, we still have the buzzkill Lilith, Yui, my personal favorite who becomes a lot more thirsty than I thought she would be, and the rest of the Trinity Seven.
Likewise to the original series and the manga source material, the characters retain their characteristics and don’t differ very much. (Except maybe Yui, cause I don’t remember her being that thirsty…) As such, any girl that you may or may not have called as your “best girl” or “waifu” has retained their likable traits.
+ Great cast still has their original and enjoyable character traits.
+ Arata (honestly, this guy is great. His existence is a positive to this series.)
Art and Sound (8.00/10 and 7.44/10): Art for Trinity Seven has always been very consistent with its darker color scheme and ominous feel. As such, the OVA reflects this and nothing really differs apart from that. However, there are moments within this OVA that do come off as…odd.
For one thing, the art quality did waver in a select few scenes. The standard animation for some of the characters seemed to dip in quality slightly. Not a huge difference, but still somewhat prominent. In addition, the OVA uses some odd artstyles, having a really weird chibi scene that while funny, really didn’t make sense cause it did clash quite harshly.
And since this is an ecchi show, here’s the obligatory ecchi warning paragraph. (Yay for continuity…) Ecchi has been a staple for Trinity Seven since basically minute one where Arata grabs a girl’s breast upon waking up. (Just a normal day for the harem king, mind you.) As such, this OVA follows suit in its first season predecessor by making similar scenes. However, unlike its original runtime, this OVA feels a bit…racy, at points. Essentially, this OVA makes an attempt at being somewhat more ecchi than what we were shown in the original 12 episodes. Since Arata is associating with all seven members of the Trinity seven this time, well, you can probably guess if you’ve seen this show before. While not spoiling what actually happens, I can at the very least tell you that the frequency and possibly intensity of the scenes you witness, will be more so than the first season of this show.
Soundtrack is still the same, using the “Seven doors” opening and the first ending of the series as its choice tracks for this OVA.
+ Decently consistent artwork
+ Good soundtrack
+/- Art quality has differed through its runtime
+/- Ecchi. (This is really a positive or negative depending on your view of ecchi, cause this show while uses a lot of it, uses it in a more comedic sense alongside the standard perverted sense.)
Personal Enjoyment (9.00/10): As a curator of the harem genre, I have searched far and wide for a show or manga that would be able to give me what I search for, something new and exciting that would break the reins that the harem genre has been tied down to. And with Trinity Seven, I believe I have found it.
Did I like this OVA?
Yes. Watching it was a bucketload of fun. This OVA really made use of what Trinity Seven is known for, making into the focal point of the special, which in turn, made this a very enjoyable viewing experience. Because I’m some fond of this series, it’s really hard for me to not like what it’s trying to do because the comedy works just so well. It’s the kind of ecchi that kind of don’t want to turn away from because it for some reason just feels very natural when you watch it. It’s weird.
What didn’t I like about the OVA?
Really, the only complaint I have is the art. Only select scenes really bothered me, so apart from that, there’s nothing I really didn’t like.
Would I recommend this OVA?
If you liked Trinity Seven, and/or fine with ecchi, cause it will show that to you, then I would recommend watching this OVA. Be warned though, you might want to watch this alone or with a friend who’s a fan of this series. Cause even though the ecchi is used for quite well written comedic reasons, it’s still decently hardcore ecchi nonetheless. Until then, Magic King candidate Xadon, out!
48: Hikaru no Go: Sabaki no Ikkyoku! Inishie no Hana yo Sake!!
Japanese: ヒカルの碁 特別編 – 裁きの一局! いにしえの華よ咲け!!
MAL Score: 7.39
Alternate version of the story featured in episode 64 of Hikaru no Go.
47: Kekkai Sensen: Ousama no Restaurant no Ousama
Japanese: 血界戦線 王様のレストランの王様
MAL Score: 7.39
For a rare occasion, the members of Libra have come out of the shadows to dine with an important guest: a royal next in line for the crown of his country. To show their visitor the finest that Hellsalem’s Lot has to offer, the group decides to dine at Molzzogazza, the cream of the crop as far as restaurants go in the city.
As the success of this dinner may prove to be beneficial to Libra, Steven A. Starphase mounts the pressure on the team to be on its best behavior and avoid screw-ups. However, Steven has made one oversight. Molzzogazza, famous for its cuisine’s indescribable and transcendent flavors, serves food so good that most people lose their minds eating it. Though the ragtag team may do their best to be cordial, the food is sure to unwind their composure, threatening the success of the dinner and leaving them unaware of an oncoming threat to the restaurant.
this is NOT the case here. this special was priceless
Steven and Klaus are trying to impress a foreign middle east Sultan to that they can create a partnership that would end up earning them 3 million dollar a year. to impress the Sultan, Klaus and Steve take Leonardo, KK, Zed, Chain, and Zapp to help represent their team and entertain the Sultan at a very fancy high end restaurant. it is imperative that the team not screw up and be rude in front of the Sultan because that could jeopardize everything. the wackiness comes from the fact that the team is going absolutely nuts over the quality of food. meanwhile, Femt appears to reck havoc but timelines become tangled when the restaurant also changes dimensions to one where Femt doesnt recognize Leonardo (who got lost on the way to the bathroom) and Leonardo and Femt team up to find their way through the restaurant.
story (8/10): it was hysterical and captivating. during the dinner Zapp and the Sultan get drunk and start messing around while all of the rest continue to absolutely flip out over the food to the point of hallucinating (apparently the food was so good it puts people into trances) the dinner portion was genuinely funny and it was so ridiculous i couldnt look away. the dinner scenes then lead into Leonardo needing to go to the bathroom but got lost in another dimension and ends up meeting Femt. this part was so interesting, even though this part was like only 10 minutes of the whole episode. Femt and Leonardo end up searching through the mansion looking for the dining hall again and come across a large room with monsters eating humans(?) and this one off antagonist from the very beginning. it was just so weird but it flowed so well. the best word to describe it is fascinating
art (7/10): as far as characters and scenery go, it was all pretty standard. i do give it some brownie points off the top because usually specials dont look nearly as good as the anime and they seemed to not let standards slip. what was really amazing was the food!!! how they drew and plated the food was so pretty, it all looked so delicious
sound (9/10): the voice acting is top notch per usual. i LOVE Akira Ishida and Daisuke Sakaguchi so much, they have such talent and make anything they are in just that much better. but what i really am gushing over it the soundtrack. they really went the extra mile to take every staple classical piece out there and fit it in so well. everything from “Pictures of an Exhibition” to a piece from the Romeo and Juliet ballet (the name is escaping me at the moment) were so beautiful and appropriately placed within the scenes. the sound category is so important because it can really make or break a scene, or a whole series for that matter
characters (7/10): they were all standard. the weird antagonist in the beginning was really there so that there could be monsters in the mansion later down the line, he really was a non-factor. all of the other characters from the series were standard. the Sultan was pretty funny but they didnt really do anything more with him than have him eat during the dinner scene
overall (8/10): Kekkai Sensen is such a good series that i expected the special to be around the sample quality, however i was still pleasantly surprised at how much effort was put in (especially since i have just recently seen some other specials for other animes and they were pretty trash). it was really enjoyable and its a good thing to watch if you wanna break up the longer animes you might be marathoning at the moment
46: Sora no Otoshimono: Project Pink
English: Heaven’s Lost Property OVA
Japanese: そらのおとしもの プロジェクト桃源郷[ピンク]
MAL Score: 7.40
The gang goes to an indoor swimming pool for some fun in the sun. As expected, all hell breaks loose when Tomoki goes on one of his perverted missions.
Meanwhile, Nymph is having some issues with the loss of her master and considers asking Tomoki to be her replacement master.
This episode was not aired on TV because it was deemed too dangerous…
For starters, let me talk a little about the story. It begins with a normal story, they go to the pool, Tomoki gets aroused by the numerous breasts, he gets hit by Sohara. Pretty normal for this show. But then it get’s to Nymph’s story for the rest of the episode. I’m just putting this out there, but I love Nymph. She kind of brings some peace to this crazy show. She’s pretty much the most mature person in the show, and I’m talking personality-wise. For her to be looking for a new master due to the fact she was abandoned by her old one really got to me. I guess that’s why I liked this episode so much, we get to see how she holds up. Other then that, not much of a storyline…
Artwork is as fantastic as the rest of the show. Good character art, scenery, FX, it’s all good. The artwork ties in with the show very well.
Sound, excellent. Good SFX, good voice actors, heck, I love all the voice actors in this show. They’re all magnificent, but out of all of them, I have a special place in my heart for Brittney Karbowski and her Ikaros role. Gotta love her!
Characters were as good as they were in the rest of the series. Tomoki is still a pervert, Sohara is still an angry animal whenever Tomoki is acting like a pervert, Ikaros is as pretty and curious as always. That’s about it though, no new characters were introduced, none were taken out, it’s all good.
I enjoyed this show as much as I did the rest of the show. I can’t say this was the best episode in the series, but it was definitely worthy of being called “A True OVA”. It was funny, it had all the wonderfully awkward moments like the rest of the show has, it’s just great.
Sora no Otoshimono is a great anime, I had alot of fun watching it and this OVA is nothing special but however it is another edition that adds to my enjoyment of the show. Right away i’ll say that I liked how the episode specified where this episode takes place in the story, after episode 13. There’s no action and no deep emotional moments, but there’s still the same light hearted echi comedy that there is throughout the series. There were alot of funny moments and this felt like just a regular episode. You could tell just by watching that they had fun when they made this episode it definitely shows. It goes without saying that the animation and sound are on point just like it is in the other episodes. It’s nice to see some bonus content with some entertaining unique characters and that’s what this OVA is good for. Like I said this felt like watching a normal episode and I enjoyed it just as much as the show itself. The ending had a nice touch to it as well which was good, it didn’t feel like complete filler.
Overall this was a great edition to the show, it was funny and I enjoyed watching it. I’d recommend watching this if you’re a fan of the series, or the first season alone for that matter.
Hope this review helped, give it a thumbs up if you agreed! (:
In all honesty, the episode wasn’t bad. It had a good story and it was honestly sad to see the new girl fall in love with the kid so badly that she would do anything for him. Like, bruh, after some point you HAVE to realize that she loves you more than just a friend.
45: Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi
Japanese: 夜桜四重奏 ～ホシノウミ～
MAL Score: 7.40
An OVA based on the Hoshi no Umi arc of the manga spanning chapters 26-34.
This arc focuses on Rin Azuma, a Jiang-Shi yokai resident of Sakurashin adjusting to her new life in the city and working for a ramen shop. One day her former friend Zakuro Kurumaki invades Sakurashin to capture Rin and convince her to join her in destroying the city with the other yokai hunters as well as Enjin Hiizumi, the main antagonist of the series. Akina Hiizumi and the other members of the Hiizumi Life Counseling Office take action to save Rin, ‘tune’ the yokai controlling Zakuro and protect the city.
It covers the weird time gap between episodes 8 and 9 of Hana no Uta, so that’s when I watched it, and it seems to be the perfect timing plot wise to watch it, as I imagine if you watched this before watching Hana no Uta, then it would be hard to grasp the characters and such as they are only very briefly explained or mentioned in this OVA.
Very typical of the shounen, action, fantasy genre. I personally like this kind of art style, although I haven’t read the manga, I’ll be sure to put it on my list.
So on to the actual review:
“Everyone says the starry night sky is beautiful.”
To Azuma Rin starry night sky was something that she hated the most in the whole world. Why? You need to watch those 3 episodes to know because Rin is the real main character here!
Story starts really fast and viewer can feel somewhat lost in all those characters and places. I heard that 4 first volumes of manga weren’t animated, so it may be a good choice to read them first (I can’t read manga online because of my eyes).
When I finally remembered most of the characters and met some new ones I really enjoyed the story. There was a lot of funny moments, especially with Yue and all her bears but you can find plenty serious scenes too.
Pacing of the story is really well too, I mean you won’t get bored but you will get some slower moments too.
Overall art wasn’t that bad. We got nice character designs, vibrant colours and detailed (but static!) backgrounds.
Animation and art in opening is top-notch.
The thing I didn’t like was details.. no I mean LACK of details. Sometimes we were getting beutiful detailed eyes and second later we had seen the same eyes that looked like just 2 dots of colour. Nothing nice.
Animation was crappy sometimes too. It looked like it was having lags.
Why “only” 6? Because there is some music but you will notice it mostly at the end when some nice piano background-song is playing. Other than that I noticed a lot of quiet moments that could use some fast-paced action music because I think action scenes beg for some good sound.. really.
Opening is really nice (but english of those singers is not) and voice acting too. I loved Zakuro’s voice because she had mean and slutty voice as well as good and calm (TOO CALM) one too.
3 episodes are not too much to meet SO MANY characters and I really mean MANY.
Nurse, youkais, hanyou, some strange little boy, his maid, Enjou (??), demon hunters and MUCH MUCH more.
I was overwhelmed by their numbers but I loved each of them. They all have different characters and that’s something nice to see.
I enjoyed this short series a lot. I laughed at Yue’s bear moments and was sad when watching scenes with Rin. I loved the ending too and all this stuff with “starry night”.
Overall 8/10 (7,6)
8 matches here because it’s Very Good. Really. I’m happy I watched this and I hope you will be happy too ’cause I recommend it to everyone.
It’s not the best anime in the world, you will see some crappy animation, lack of details or music but the story will still be great!
44: Kore wa Zombie Desu ka OVA
English: Is This a Zombie OVA
Japanese: これはゾンビですか OVA
MAL Score: 7.40
Two OVAs released with the 8th and 10th volumes of the original novel. They fall chronologically between the first and second seasons.
Is This Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead OVA will be a good starter for those who wants to continue watching the sequel series if you enjoyed the original season 1. I mean, this episode has all the fantasies guys can dream of:
– the cute delusions of Eu
– the cosplay of Haruna
– the seductive vampire mistress of Sera
The typical fun stuff you see.
Of course, fun does come at a price if you watch Ayumu carefully watch throughout the series as he gets teared apart by the sun literally.
Then surprisingly, we see a more serious side to the OVA especially with our beloved necromancer. Behind those cute delusions we all adore lies a girl who seems to be want to be friends with others yet feels lonely. And of course, it’s not easy being alone during the summer by yourself. Immortality is no excuse for being alone. She feels lonely and and our main character tries to be there for her.
From a fansub:
“People can’t avoid misfortune. There are a lot of bad things in life. There might be times when you want to die. But birthdays are blessings, celebrating that we managed to live through the previous year.”
Never feel lonely because someone out there, someone does care for you.
All in all, this short OVA is great for a laugh. It has a lot of fan-service so if you have a serious problem with that, then feel free to drop it. If not, then have some fun. After all, summer is all about fun in the sun. Even zombies needs it.
Whoops… I just spoiled the entire plot. My bad.
So this set of OVA is actually marginally better than the main show but only since they have all the characters established if you watch the first season. This is effectively an extra episode for the 1st season and an episode 0 for the second.
The art style is the same as before being so close and has aged well.
The OP, ED, OST and sound generally are the same level. Wonderful when Eu speaks.
Characters develop a bit here too especially Taeko makes a big announcement in the first OVA and you get more background on Eu in the second. Sarasvati also makes a big announcement from the shadows.
This time we get more ecchi than before and it is a set of shorts within each episode. One thing I especially enjoyed is a continuation of the waterpark episode since that did feel slightly shorter than expected with the way it went. Eu also I do want to know her age.
9/10, much better than before and a lasting impression has been made.
43: Imawa no Kuni no Alice (OVA)
MAL Score: 7.40
Ryouhei Arisu is a high school student with no ambitions and just wants to escape from what he feels is a meaningless reality. One night when he is with his two friends Daikichi Karube and Chouta Segawa, they see an abnormally large firework shoot into the sky, an event which signals a permanent change in their lives.
Blinded by the incredibly bright explosion, the three find themselves transported to what is known as the Borderland. The only inhabitants of this world are participants of a deadly game where specific tasks must be accomplished if they wish to survive. As the three begin playing to determine how they can get back home, Ryouhei finds himself feeling alive for the very first time in his life.
I started watching this cuz I heard the netflix versions was really good so i chose to watch the anime first. the plot is really good its an amazing idea id like to see more off (so ill probs watch the netflix version).
The art is standart nothing special
The emotional songs are really good in this anime
I loved all the characters mainly Chouta.
This anime really has you on the edge of your seat the entire time, mainly episode 3.
I’d recommend this anime a lot, if it had more episodes it would probs have become one of my fav.
Actually Alice in Borderlands is one or my favorite manga, I enjoy reading each chapter, it has been a while since I read the manga, so I wanted to see these 3 ovas to see how good they are, after all for my Alice in Bordelands it was a great and I knew that, despite being 3 ovas, it could be a good thing from there (well, I was wrong).
The story does not change much, Arisu Ryohei, tired of his life and with an inferiority complex by his brother, appears in another world with his 2 friends after seeing some fireworks, in the “new world” (which is equal to the Earth, but without many people) there are some survival games in which Arisu will have to participate to survive, the plot is simple, but it can unleash many possibilities, but the pacing is terrible, the plot rushes so much that we can not get to Psychologically understand the characters or their actions, the ovas only take advantage that they are a game of death to play great and develop them well (that is a good point that the ova have at least) and then forget everything else, it shows due to the emphasis to make each game fit a game and making their preparations, which does not work because the grace that the games had was to see how the protagonists faced the games in a psychological way and in a way Inamica, while here they only focused on making the game great, leaving a kind of “style over substance”, since the reflections and deductions of the characters completely dislodge due to the inconsistency that the ovas had to prioritize and retract the games ( it takes very little time to explain correctly and dynamically).
The last game was the one I gave the most hope, but the flask forward (as opposed to flask back) that were recurrent in the chapter made the majority of the chapter’s dialogue meaningless and explicitly let you understand that something wrong It was going to happen (which is a simple way to put tension although with everything, this game was the one that best treated the tension), without the need to resort to psychological immersion, which generates, although all the games are raised in a way correct, the latter in particular could have developed in a great way, but the little immersion with the characters and the fact that we could not get into their mentality makes their deaths do not feel like something emotional or that has weight (although the soundtrack did a good job in general), so, despite the good approach, the development was mediocre.
The characters are where the ovas weakest, in the manga the characters are undoubtedly their best element (especially Arisu), due to the duration of the ovas the characters are very poor, you can not get to emphasize with any due to the emphasis that is only given to the games and in the ingenious way to solve them, it is not at the end of the third game where you can get to understand the feelings of the characters, but that only serves to generate an emotional scene where friends of Arisu die, if not for that reason the characters never managed to express themselves correctly, the exposition of deep themes is very superficial and pretentious (we never really get to know much about Arisu’s past or why Chouta feels a loading, they are only vague themes presented in a superficial way), so the exposition of themes is superficial and does not complement the characters due to their poor presentation in the chapters (although I always I talk about character designs in other reviews, here I have nothing to say, it is normal), the characters besides being poor do not get to express their personality well nor can we see great relationships with each other (which is a contradiction taking in mind that they are best friends), so outside the protagonist the other characters become very boring due to their little time on screen (it provides very badly the exhibition of characters, something that did not happen in the manga).
The animation is normal, although the scenarios are very muted and low in color that they use to express more the dark tone of the ovas themselves, outside of that the transitions are mediocre and the facial gestures too, the animation does not help to focus the viewer on certain aspects, at least the animation is not as bad as you might think at the beginning, it just does not meet decent standards.
The end of the ovas only leaves the viewer anxious, forcing him to read the manga, which makes it a concise ending, but with clear intentions, I really find that these ovas were totally wasted, the manga being a work that gives much emphasis to psychological aspects and the ingenuity of the games, the anime only gave emphasis to the “ingenuity” of the games (since the few that appear are not the big deal), well, a short review, if I don’t talk about other aspects of the ovas it is because it is irrelevant, I really would not recommend these ovas to anyone, or to someone who would like an anime about people in a survival game because in the end and seeing it in retrospect it is likely that there are not many things either good to get out of this animation
The Story has elements of suspense and drama, but ultimately is a coming of age type of story. Missing an ending.
Protagonist is definitely one of the most fleshed out characters I have ever seen. His internal conflict is one that many face, and the anime does a great job of detailing his character in such a concise amount of episodes. The supporting characters are memorable, but for the most part cliched.
Art and Sound are good Quality, with the art being outstanding in terms of direction and audience engagement.
42: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
English: When They Cry: Rei
MAL Score: 7.42
The infamous series of unexplainable murders in Hinamizawa have been solved and the chains of fate have broken due to the efforts of Rika Furude and her friends. Rika believes she has finally obtained the normal and peaceful life she desired with her friends; however, she is proven wrong when the wheels of fate begin turning once again after an unfortunate accident.
Rika suddenly finds herself in a “perfect” world, the constant cycle of brutal killings having never taken place, where all of her friends are content and satisfied. Not wanting to abandon the world that she fought so hard for, she learns she must destroy an essential “key” to get back. But can Rika abandon the faultless world she is given the chance to live in, after all of her battles have brought her this far?
This OVA is broken into two basic sections: Silly episodes (the first and last) and plot episodes (the middle episodes).
You will likely not enjoy the silly episodes if you did not enjoy the silly/cute side of Higurashi. If, on the other hand you liked the antics throughout Higurashi, the silly episodes will probably just make your day. (They were the highlight of the OVA for me, though that’s just personal taste).
The plot episodes have more of a traditional Higurashi feel to them – suspense and mystery are essential elements, though it’s a different sort than we’re used to, I would say it’s much more ‘subtle’ than the main series. I can’t say I enjoyed these episodes quite as much as the main series, but I felt that they were still entirely worth watching, and were very well-done considering the options open to the storyteller at this point in the story.
In short – If you watched Higurashi, you should enjoy this. (If you didn’t like the silly stuff, just skip the first and last episode).
Even if you haven’t watched Higurashi, the first and last episodes are still entertaining.
Be advised: The first and last OVA are nothing like the rest of this short series. They serve as comedic buffers to the main storyline in which humor makes virtually no appearances at all. In light of this, some viewers may see these episodes as out of place and understandably so. If you are a fan of the brand of humor Higurashi had at the beginning of its arcs, then you’ll be right at home here. Both episodes are full of pretty good laughs, and that’s saying something for a series that is more known for shocking its viewers. If it’s not your cup of tea, then feel free to skip them. The remaining episodes make little to no reference of either one, so critical information won’t be lost.
With that out of the way, the focal point of this OVA can shine. The Dice Killing Arc, which consists of the middle three episodes, is everything that Kai could have and should have been. The storytelling displayed here is done exceptionally well, as everything moves at a decent clip. There isn’t an opportunity to slow down due to the short length of this arc, so each event cuts to the chase and moves on without having to resort to pointless dialogue or reiterated ideas to fill the gap. Despite the increased pacing, Rei never loses track of itself or advances too quickly to the point where information is lost. A note also has to be made for the vastly improved art and animation. Rei takes full advantage of an OVA’s increased budget and sports some very vibrant colors and smooth frame rates throughout its run. It’s nice to finally see a chapter of this franchise rendered with more attention to artistic detailing.
Suspense can be a tricky storytelling element to use; if it is used too much, then the story can drag for unnecessarily long periods of time and become tedious to watch. Thankfully, Rei handles this aspect wonderfully. No time is wasted between each reveal, which keeps things fresh on the plotline. As each pro or con of the new world is revealed, the situation becomes more engrossing, and the viewer is pulled even further into Rika’s shoes. The ultimatum that she faces is one that anyone would have trouble answering. This new Hinamizawa is Rika’s equivalency of the Garden of Eden; it is the world without sin or tragedy that she has desired for her entire existence without the sacrifices that had to be made to get it. Watching her agonize over which world is the correct one to choose left me hanging on the edge of my seat and made me wonder what I would do in her situation. That kind of connection with a character is a strong device to use, and it is used perfectly.
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Rei takes the pacing of the first season, the suspense of the second season, and combines them both in a neat, little package that doesn’t fail to deliver a solid story. With or without the first and last episodes, this series still brings some redemption to the franchise and vaults itself high on my list of recent OVA releases at the same time.
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Rei [Rei] is the third installment of the Higurashi series based on the games created by 07th Expansion. Like the game, Rei covers the events after Furude Rika had finally escaped the meandering halls of fate, breaking the cycle of repetition.
Rei serves as more of a side story, giving small view into life after reiterating summer. The first and last episodes of the set OVA’s are for purely comedic purposes. Nothing really happens and the only insight we get into any of the characters is that Rena finds Keichii’s ‘sea-bear’ cute. Yes folks Higurashi went there… they implied our brunette buxom wanted Maebara’s little friend.
The episodes in-between, 2 through 5 or the Dice Killing Chapter, serve as a more serious side story. Rika one day wakes up in yet another world where everything is seemingly perfect. Everyone she sees is spared of their sin’s from previous realities, their souls not torn into shards waiting to be duck taped back together.
It’s an interesting setup, but it fails in it’s execution. The three short episodes lack any sort of engaging drama, and the story is squeezed down your throat in slabs of monologue. I commend the tale for trying to shade in some background on Hanyuu, Rika’s goddess companion, but I didn’t find myself caring.
Rei is more of the same. The art hasn’t improved much from 2006 when the original Higurashi premiered. The animation was cleaned up a bit, and the colors a bit more vivid. It’s somewhat disappointing considering this is an OVA.
The sound work is still the same. The seiyuu remain untouched and the music is largely forgettable. The OP didn’t really set an ominous tone like the first two shows did. No special effort seems to have been made in the production of Rei.
Watchability and Enjoyment
The two comedic episodes are hilarious. Funny has always been a part of the Higurashi formula, and it was refreshing to watch an episode focusing on Humor.
Rika’s side story on the other-hand is about as engaging as wading through a swamp filled to the brim with molasses compared to the first season. Though it made the fifth episode all the more entertaining. After the dull chapter, the comic finale let me leave the realm of Higurashi with a sweet taste on my lips.
The Dice Killing chapter, through all it’s faults, posed an interesting dilemma: Which world would you pick, one you toiled endlessly to create yourself or a perfect one handed to you on a silver platter. The reality you molded from fate is imperfect but yours, you own it. Which do you keep?
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Rei is a mixed bag. If you enjoy Higurashi’s brand of comedy then check out Episodes 1 and 5. I couldn’t recommend The Dice Killing Chapter except to the most rabid fans who care to know even the palest of brushstrokes on Hinamizawa’s canvas. But if your that crazy your better off getting the sound novels.
41: Hakuouki OVA
MAL Score: 7.43
Two short OVA of Hakuouki distributed to those who purchased all six volumes of the DVD. A fandisc game “Hakuoki Zuisouroku” and an official parody “Hakuoki SSL (a high school parody)” were animated.
♥ How Chizuru goes to an all boys school and some of the characters are students and others are the teachers. ♥
Characters like Hijikata are like the teachers trying to stop to stop the others and trying to discipline them but instead he breaks the rules lol!
– Overall it’s pretty funny to watch and its short so you can simply watch it on YouTube if you search Hakuoki SSL! –
Also when you search Hakuouki SSL you can also find a drama version that is longer and get to see more of the characters I watch a bit of that one and it’s pretty funny as well so you do like the OVA maybe you could watch that after if your interested.
40: Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season OVA
Japanese: 鬼灯の冷徹 第2期 OAD
MAL Score: 7.43
Bundled with the limited editions of 29th, 30th, and 31st volumes of the Hoozuki no Reitetsu manga.
OVA 3 will be streamed in advance on September 1, 2020. OVA 3 will officially be released with volume 31 of the manga on September 23 2020.
39: Mahou Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba
Japanese: 魔法先生ネギま！～白き翼 ALA ALBA～
MAL Score: 7.44
OVA episodes that are bundled with the limited edition of the manga volumes 23-25. First episode to cover chapters 176 and 177 of the manga. Second episode to cover chapters 178-180. And third episode to cover chapters 182 and 183.
I won’t even talk about the two OVAs, Haru and Natsu….
Upon hearing of the third iteration of the series, Mahou Sensei Negima: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba, it seemed that hope was not lost for a decent animated version, especially as the story was supposed to follow events from certain chapters of the manga.
Unfortunately that hope was in vain.
The main problem with this OVA is that even though the story is pretty much the chapters from the manga in animated form, it’s not really designed to appeal to anyone but fans of the manga. This is, unfortunately, a poor move as the OVA doesn’t actually enhance the story or develop the characters in any meaningful way, and is little more than eye candy for the existing fans of the manga.
That said, the Ala Alba iis a very good adaptation of the chapters it covers. It’s so good in fact, that the viewer would be able to watch the OVA and skip the relevant chapters, and they wouldn’t miss a bit of the story. As adaptations go, this is up there with the most complete. The biggest problem with it is that it won’t appeal to newcomers to the series, or to those who have only watched the anime versions, as the story is taken from the middle of the manga so there’s no real explanation about events or characters.
As far as animation and design goes, this is actually very well made. The characters, backgrounds and settings are taken directly from the manga, with only a minor alteration here and there. The animation is fluid and the visual effects are well used. However, like the notorious Negima!? and the OVAs, this is a SHAFT production, and whilst they may be a great animation studio, they do have a tendency to do some rather odd things with animation at times. Their penchant for this rears it’s super deformed head in this OVA on several occasions and, more often that not, it serves as a distraction rather than an enhancement.
In terms of sound, the OVA will definitely appeal to fans of both anime series. The OP is a new rendition of the notoriously boppy “Happy Material”, whilst the ED is a slightly more martial take on “Kagayaku Kimi e”. The music used throughout the series has a decidedly upbeat tone which, given the lack of any truly serious events in this section of the story, isn’t a bad choice on the whole. The sound effects are atmospheric and well choregraphed, with the most impressive being the distorted vocals when a spell is being chanted, which is then overlayed by the characters voice. The effect is rather surreal at times.
The biggest plus for the OVA is that the gang is all here. The various (and numerous), seiyuu from both anime series, and the Haru and Natsu OVAs, are all gathered together once more.
One interesting thing that arises because of this though, is how a different look and feel can affect how one hears things. This is especially true for those who have watched either, or both, of the other two series. The characters, as a whole, have become more, or less, likeable in the OVA, although I should point out that this is in terms of individual characters and not as a group. Given that each character is played by the same seiyuu, and is essentially doing the same things and behaving in the same manner as before, I found this changed perception gave the OVA a slightly odd feel compared to the other efforts.
Negima is notorious for having oodles of characters however this OVA, being simply an animated form of certain chapters, doesn’t really have the scope to develop them in any meaningful way. One thing that does get highlighted is the disparity in terms of “power” between the girls that have contracts with Negi, and those that don’t. Aside from that though, there isn’t really anything else.
I did actually enjoy Ala Alba, as it made a nice change to see what the anime adaptations could have been like if they’d followed the manga. However, this is an OVA that will only really appeal to fans of the manga, although fans of either anime series who have yet to read the manga may want to check it out as it will give a taste of that version.
On the whole, it’s not a bad OVA, and it does have some plusses going for it, especially how closely it follows the manga. That said, I would have preferred to see something that added to the overall story rather than a glorified version of chapters I’ve already read.
I honestly had chills running down my spine the whole time.
After the disappointing first animated series (which forgot that it was shonen, minimizing or directly ignoring important fights and characters to the plot, only leaving the harem part of the original work), after a weird (to say at least) second anime, and after two OVAS that were loosely based in some manga chapters, in 2008 we finally got a high quality and faithful Negima adaptation (to some chapters, at least).
Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba is a three part OVA series that adapts from the end of the Mahora tournament until the preparations for the trip to Wales. With that last sentence, most of you probably understand that this wasn’t thought for the big audience: the plot of this OVAS starts in chapter 176 of the manga, while the first anime adapts (again, loosely) only as far as chapter 53. This was made specifically for Negima fans that read the manga, so, if you, person reading this review, aren’t one of those, you can stop reading now. Or don’t, do as you please.
Story: When the Mahora Festival ends, Negi Springfield thinks is time to get serious about that searching dad thing, so, after a talk with Albireo Ima, he decides to go to Wales, where the door to Mundus Magicus is supposed to be. But first thing first: under Eva’s guardianship, Ala Alba (the White Wings, a subtle tribute to Negi’s father team, the Crimson Wings), was born: a special school club with one objective: find Nagi Springfield.
Besides Negi, the new team consists of his seven partners (Asuna, Nodoka, Setsuna, Konoka, Haruna, Yue and Chisame), Ku Fei, Kaede, Asukura (with Sayo), Chachamaru and Kotaro (yes people: after four animated adaptations, the other man in the good guys side make his debut). This elite group is ready to train their asses to become stronger, and accomplish their objective. Unfortunately, Ayaka and the rest of the 3-A girls will discover their plans, and will want to join the journey…
Animation: The quality of these OVA is outstanding. Or maybe is just very good, and it looks amazing only when comparing with the first anime. The landscapes are very pretty, clear and bright (is very noticeable, because most of the action takes place in a beach and in Eva resort), and most important, the character design is faithful to the manga (closest to Negima!? than Mahou Sensei Negima), which means Chisame won’t screw the rules cause she have green hair (somebody understand the reference? xD), no more chocolate for Chamo, and other stuff.
As for magic, there aren’t many fights (these chapters are rather preparation for what is coming), but all the powers used are well made and flashy, especially in the first match of the first episode, and Eva ice powers.
And since this is a close adaptation of the manga, there’s fan service every now and then (but not as much as the first manga chapters).
Sound: The opening of the first anime, Happy Material, is back, less upbeat but more calm (not only is the opening, is the ending of the third chapter). The ending is also the one of Mahou Sensei Negima, Kagayaku Kimi e, and again, this version is a little more serene than the original. All the seiyuus of the first and second series are here, plus Marina Inoue as Kotaro (you may know her as Yoko in Gurren Lagan, or Rei in Highschool of the Dead). They all do a great job (they’re all good seiyuus, after all, they sing their own opening and ending), although the intonation of some is a bit weird, especially Mana (which, frankly, scares) and Asakura.
Verdict: this OVAs are, simply put, the best thing animated with the Negima name (until now at least… I think we all have hopes in the movie), only because is loyal to the original source. That means good drawing (it crush the first anime in this apartment) and good characterization (no weird poems by Zazie nor Yuna playing with tanks, or whatever). This is so faithful, that, unfortunately, only the manga followers (and I really mean followers… the ending has random images of chapters as advanced as 287!) will understand it, cause it start in a very arbitrary point.
That’s a shame, cause, even is this isn’t the more action oriented part of the story, it has lots of humor, and is really funny.
But, like I say: this is very recommendable for persons who read the manga and are dying for something animated. And the continuations are very good too: Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai y Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai Extra: Mahou Shoujo Yue.
… And if for some reason you read this review without having read the manga, I strongly recommend you to read it. It’s one of the best mangas going around right now.
Después de una decepcionante primer serie animada (que se olvido por completo que era un shonen, minimizando o directamente ignorando las peleas que eran relevantes a la trama), de una segunda serie… bastante extraña, y de dos OVAs ligeramente basados en algunos hechos del manga, en el 2008, finalmente, se realizaron trabajos de calidad que adaptaban fielmente la historia de Mahou Sensei Negima… o al menos, una parte. Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba es una tanda de 3 OVAs que abarca desde el final del torneo de Mahora, hasta los preparativos del viaje a Gales. Con esta ultima oración ya abran notado que esto no está apuntado a un público masivo: la trama de estos OVAs arranca desde el capítulo 176 del manga, mientras que el primer anime adapta (de forma bastante libre y salteándose varias cosas importantes) hasta el capitulo 53. Esto está hecho específicamente para los fans de Negima que leyeron el manga, así que si usted, lector, no lo hizo, puede dejar de leer ahora mismo. O no, haga lo que quiera.
Historia: Finalizado el torneo de Mahora, Negi Springfield piensa que es momento de tomarse en serio esto de buscar a su padre, por lo que después de hablar con Albireo Ima, decide ir a Gales, donde se encuentra la puerta al mundo mágico. Pero primero lo primero: bajo la tutela de Eva, se forma Ala Alba (las Alas Blancas, en honor al grupo del padre de Negi, las Alas Carmesi), un club escolar especialmente dedicado a asistir a Negi en su búsqueda. Además de sus siete parejas (o Partners, o como sea que ustedes lo hayan leído), están Ku Fei, Kaede, Asakura (con Sayo), Chachamaru y Kotaro (si señores: después de cuatro adaptaciones animadas, finalmente hace su debut el otro hombre importante del grupo de los buenos), todo un equipo de elite dispuesto a entrenar hasta el cansancio para hacerse más fuertes y lograr su objetivo. Por desgracia, Ayaka y el resto de las chicas del 3-A van a descubrir sus planes, y van a querer sumarse al viaje…
Animación: la calidad de estos OVAs es espectacular. O tal vez sea solo muy buena, y solo resalta mucho por comparársela con el primer anime. Los paisajes son muy bonitos y brillantes (lo que se nota mucho, porque la acción transcurre en una playa y en la casa de Eva), y lo más importante de todo, el diseño de personajes es ahora como el del manga (mucho más cercano al de Negima!? que al de Mahou Sensei Negima), lo que significa, no mas pelo verde para Chisame, no mas chocolate para Chamo, y otras cosas. En cuanto a la magia, si bien no hay muchas peleas (estos capítulos son más bien preparatorios para lo que se viene), todos los poderes usados están bien hechos y son muy vistosos, especialmente en el duelo del principio del primer capítulo, y los poderes de hielo de Eva.
Y como esto es una adaptación híper fiel al manga, hay fan service aquí y allá (aunque no tanto como en los primeros capítulos del manga).
Sonido: Happy Material, el opening del primer anime, vuelve a estar presente (como opening y como ending del tercer capítulo), ligeramente más tranquilo. El ending también es el de Mahou Sensei Negima, Kagayaku Kimi e, y de nuevo, esta ligeramente modificado para sonar más despacio. Todas las seiyuus de las primeras series están presentes, y se incorpora Marina Inoue como Kotaro (Yoko en Gurren Lagan, Rei en Highschool of the Dead). Todas hacen un muy buen trabajo (son buenas seiyuus, después de todo, cantan sus propios openings y endings), aunque la entonación de alguna suena medio rara, como la de Mana y Asakura.
Veredicto: Lisa y llanamente, estas OVAs (y sus continuaciones) son lo mejor que hay animado de Negima, (al menos hasta ahora… creo que todos tenemos muchas esperanzas respecto a la película), solo por ser fiel al trabajo original. Lo que significa buen dibujo (aplasta al primer anime en este aspecto) y personajes bien caracterizados (nada de los poemas raros de Zazie, o Yuna jugando con tanques). Es tan fiel que, desafortunadamente, solo podrán entenderlo los seguidores del manga (muy seguidores del manga… el ending tiene imágenes de capítulos tan avanzados como el 287!), debido al momento arbitrario en el que arranca (además de que los hechos, a veces, saltan muy rápido de uno a otro, pudiendo dejar confuso incluso al publico que leyó el manga). Esto es una lástima, porque, a pesar de una vez más animar una parte en la que no hay mucha acción, si hay mucho humor, y realmente es muy divertido.
Lo dicho: MUY recomendable para las personas que leyeron el manga de Negima, y se mueren por ver algo animado. También son recomendables sus continuaciones: Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai y Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai Extra: Mahou Shoujo Yue.
… y si por alguna razón leyeron esta review sin haber leído el manga, recomiendo vehementemente que lo lean. Es de lo mejor que hay dando vueltas en estos momentos.
38: Itadaki! Seieki
Japanese: いただきっ! セーエキ
MAL Score: 7.44
When Kanzaki receives a letter from Mari Setogaya asking to meet in their school’s PE storage room during the lunch break, he believes he will be receiving a love confession. He turns up eagerly, only to be attacked by his supposed admirer. The beautiful girl tries to knock him unconscious, but when she fails miserably, she explains that she is a vampire and had wanted to feed on him. Feeling pity for her hopeless state, Kanzaki reluctantly yields and allows her to drink his blood.
As it turns out, Mari cannot stand the taste of raw blood but will perish without the nutrients it contains. Kanzaki is quick to find a solution, offering her a different bodily fluid to consume—and Setogaya instantly falls head over heels with this new flavor. The two soon start meeting regularly, and as time goes by, their relationship evolves into something more than just casual “meals” spent together.
The story is as follows, Mari is a vampire so she needs nourishment, and what better nourishment is there than blood? Blood is disgusting to her however, luckily since she’s part succubus she can achieve nourishment through Kanzaki’s semen. Being a Succubus she can alter her appearance like give her bigger breast or in the extra episode add a few more pounds to her to make her BIG. A simple story good for a jerk right? That’s what Neil thought and Neil was wrong, so wrong. While Neil was in happy hour watching this a cuckhold scene came on. Neil has standards when it comes to Neil’s shows. Personally Neil doesn’t like cuckholding and could’ve overlooked it but the main character is SUCH A FUCKING BETA.
Midway through two of Kanzaki’s classmates fuck his succubus vampire girlfriend right in front of him! Right in front of him and what does he do? SITS THERE AND WATCHES WHILE DOUBTING THAT HE’LL EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR HER! This pissed Neil off so much it interrupted happy hour, and Neil doesn’t like it when happy hour is interrupted. Like Neil was hoping he’d go Alpha mode on their asses and kick the living shit out of them. No he had to be a beta male and watch as his lovely monstergirl girlfriend is busy being a public fucking toilet.
“ooh but when she was done she still chose the MC over the two guys” get the fuck outta here with that bullshit. Any reasonable man would’ve defended their woman’s honor. If He would’ve done something instead of sit there and wait for them to finished I would’ve given this a higher rating. Do not watch this because this beta ass male will make you sick to look at. Kanzaki is a shame, his girlfriend he somehow kept after that is pretty hot.
3/10 watch the extra episode it makes Mari gain a few extra pounds for a few frames looking sexy chunky.
You know I like em’ BIG
Currently there’s only 1 episode released.. I cant really judge the hentai just by watching only 1 episode, so i gave it (5/10).. Actually, i would actually give it a higher score if the heroine didnt get ‘toyed’ in front of the main character.. Not much to talk about the story.. There you go, 5/10.
The art was splendid! The way they draw the heroine, the poses, the buildings and etc. they’re all awesome! So far, this hentai has one of the best art throughout a few years of hentai experience.. There you go, (10/10)!!
I cannot deny that the sounds are as awesome as the art.. The sex scenes were enhanced by splendid erotic sounds. The “moisture” of the heroine’s vagina makes erotic voices that was actually quite nice. Unlike the other hentais, the moaning of the heroine in this hentai was really good. The voice of the heroine is really cute! (10/10)!
I have to divide the character ratings into few groups..
Main character(male) -5/10-
Male people who touched the heroine -4/10-
Heroine: I like the idiotic personality of the heroine as she craves for lunch from the main character. She is also loyal to the main character..
Main char: The main character is super weak. And that really pisses me off, as it sharpens the chance of the heroine getting stolen. He is also being too stupid and thinking of unnessesary stuffs.
Other people: fuck them 🙂
I liked this hentai. Heroine show alot of interest in the main character. However, i cant give it a (10/10) becuz of the ‘other people’. It was a complete turn off to see the heroin getting toyed with.
This hentai really rocks. But please!! I beg the creator! Someone tell the creator! Dont add anything related to NTR!! Please dont ruin a hentai with such potential!! I know im asking a lot, but please! Anything but rape/gangbang/NTR!!!
Thanks for using some of your time reading this.. Please dont hate me..! Have a great day! (My apologies if my english is bad…)
37: Kore wa Zombie Desu ka of the Dead: Hai, Minotake ni Attemasu
English: Is This a Zombie Of the Dead OVA
Japanese: これはゾンビですか OF THE DEAD 「はい、身の丈に合ってます」
MAL Score: 7.46
An unaired OVA episode of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead. It is the 11th episode and was bundled with the sixth volume of the manga.
Ayumu is stuck in a mess after going about his daily normal life again. This OVA lets the watcher let loose and just have fun. Great comedy, art, sound and animation.
It has little fanservice but it is mainly to benefit the comedy of the OVA. It is definitely a worthy watch if you enjoyed the original series. However, if you dislike the comedy and are searching for a nice story ( IMO it is a nice story:p) with a lot of complications this is not it.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead once again returns to present to us viewers a fun little ride that some of us may or may not miss from this previous series. The cast returns with Ayumu and his friends. It’s the usual gang involving the tsundere Haruna, the sadistic Seraphim, the cute Eucliwood, the self-proclaimed wife Yuki, the butt loving Sarasvati, and the shy girl Taeko.
To refresh some of your memories, Aikawa Ayumu was once an ordinary boy but was later revived as a zombie by the cute necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe. From there on, his life becomes anything but ordinary. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in this OVA. You see…or maybe you don’t (literally), in this OVA, Ayumu’s life is turned into more chaos especially after he drinks a certain product when he’s tired.
Yes, in this OVA, Ayumu becomes the unseen. He’s become a lot of things like a zombie, magical girl, and now one more to add to that list. Boy, I wonder how his life went straight to hell like this.
The guy never gets a break but he didn’t expect this.
Of course in modern series’ OVAs, there is a lot of things to be expected. OVA that spawns from main series typically has the beach, onsen, summer festival, or one of those fan-service bonuses. Obviously, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead is no exception. So, expect fan-service involving boobs, model poses, and nosebleeds. Well, there’s no tentacle rapes in this OVA but there are butts; the butts that Sera adores so much.
The music of the series remains relatively the same. “*** Passionate (***パショナート)” by Iori Nomizu remains the same that depicts one last time a montage of the series’ characters. The artwork remains the same as well being generic and that zombie like feeling presented in a comedic way. The sadistic like expressions and the moe figures of Haruna are still there. Along with that package is Ayumu’s little unseen journey with his delusions.
Overall, I would say this OVA was okay but lacked some features. It had some unexpected moments but that was of course, to be expected.
Well, I am slightly disappointed that this is a pure OVA that did not offer any closure or progression. It does however contain lewdness and a little bit of nudity in it which was a nice addition to make up for it. In the OVA poster, it shows Chris but I couldn’t see her in it or at least making any sort of worthwhile showing.
The art is the same and again will look great in 10 years even I still think.
The sound also follows suit and is great overall.
Characters develop in as much as Taeko goes out with the best girl for life award and Yuki still stands by strongly as you’d expect. I love her voice actor.
It is as enjoyable as before but just doesn’t really add anything to the story. The season 1 OVA was at least going forward in progression to season 2 whereas this sort of just exists. It is however very fun and enjoyable.
This show will be sorely missed and I shall now read its source material for closure.
36: Carnival Phantasm EX Season
Japanese: カーニバル ファンタズム EX Season
MAL Score: 7.48
A DVD-only episode bundled with the special edition Take Moon volume.
Caren Ortensia attempts to control the world using money with varying degrees of success, Phantas-Moon receives a movie adaption of her T.V. show, and Shiki is involved in a love plot that spans years.
Cons: Some of the fanservice can be sort of cringe-worthy.
Bottom line: Watch this if you are already a fan of the Carnival Phantasm series.
This is essentially just another episode of Carnival Phantasm, only slightly longer. If you like that series (which I do) then by all means check this out.
The animation quality is on par with the main Carnival Phantasm scene. I did find it interesting that they opted for scenes with God Rays but that aside you’ll find a typical mix of amusing situations mixed with some light action. Rin Tousaka makes an unexpected appearance as well.
This is identical to the main Carnival Phantasm series.
This OVA, as with the main series, isn’t particularly uniform so just expect an assortment of events; some of these events are comical while others imply the director had a bit too much to drink. Overall it’s a fairly entertaining mix.
Other than some surprising, though questionably authentic, history of Shiki, don’t expect any real development here.
A fun addition if you’ve watched Carnival Phantasm and still want more.
Another great addition to Carnival Phantasm.
This time not only do we get Caren who is adorable and some nice other characters we get the Ren Cat team which was amazing to see. I love them all just let me have them. Len/Ren remains the best girl through my opinion.
The art is the same as the main show but that is a good thing since it has aged so well.
The OP is still amazing to hear and we have many great noises.
The characters just develop different ones but it was nice to see more Ren/Len screen time.
I would say I enjoyed this OVA especially well since it was a delight to watch.
35: Yozakura Quartet: Tsuki ni Naku
Japanese: 夜桜四重奏 ツキニナク
MAL Score: 7.49
“Tsuki ni Naku” will take the story content from volume 11 of the manga, which features a visit to a onsen by the members of the Hiizumi Life Councelling Office, while the town’s police force have to deal with a new youkai-hunter threat.
This OVA is bundled with the limited edition of the manga (14th, 15th, and 16th).
So yeah, it’s a little confusing.
Speaking of which, it just so happens my biggest gripe with Tsuki ni Naku is it’s awkward placement. All three of the Yozakura anime adaptations I mentioned above encompasses a story arc where the protagonists have to take down a group of four villains known as the youkai hunters. By the end of Hana no Uta, three out of four were defeated (one being fought in Hoshi no Umi), leaving the fourth hunter for Tsuki ni Naku. There’s no problem here, except it didn’t feel nearly at grand as the first three. Don’t get me wrong, the action scenes where beautifully animated and the sound and music choices were definitely spot-on, but it was missing one big thing Hana no Uta and Hoshi no Umi had: the main characters.
Part of what made Hana no Uta and Hoshi no Umi so enjoyable was it’s colorful and quirky cast of characters. Tsuki ni Naku focuses instead on the police force taking down the last youkai hunter while the rest of the cast is taking a vacation. What happens is that even though Tsuki ni Naku resolves the arc the anime focuses on, it doesn’t feel like a huge resolution, more like a side story. Nevertheless, as I said earlier, the action was fantastic, but character interaction and development took a backseat for this one, and depending on what you liked more in Hana no Uta and Hoshi no Umi, your opinion may vary on Tsuki ni Naku.
So, is Yozakura Quartet: Tsuki ni Naku worth watching?
Well, to start, you should have watched Hana no Uta and Hoshi no Umi first, as Tsuki ni Naku chronologically happens after the two. Prerequisites aside, if you want to see Hime, Ao, Akina and the rest of the main cast back in action, you won’t find much here. However, if you want to see some supporting characters get more spotlight, then it certainly delivers on that front. If you liked the first two Yozakura Quartet adaptations I’ve mentioned for the action sequences, then Tsuki ni Naku is definitely worth the watch.
To put it in other terms, Yozakura Quartet: Tsuki ni Naku is like a dessert that isn’t quite as good as the main course, but it’s still sweet and a nice little treat nonetheless.
34: Ranma : Akumu! Shunmin Kou
Japanese: らんま1/2 悪夢! 春眠香
MAL Score: 7.52
Twelve years after the final OVA was shown, and the end of the manga, a new piece of Ranma ? animation was made for the “It’s a Rumic World” exhibition of Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork. The new 30 minute special is based on the “Nightmare! Incense of Spring Sleep” manga story from volume 34, and was shown on odd numbered days at the “It’s A Rumic World” exhibition in Tokyo from July 30th to August 11th.
Ten years has to pass for me to finally decide to watch the Ranma ½ OVA, one of the emblematic animes from my childhood (not at the level of Dragon Ball or Saint Seiya, but not that far). And people, I was very, very pleased with what i saw, being equal or better than the original series. Of course, that was because those episodes adapt chapters of the manga, so there was no chance of failure. But one of the best things about watching those old OVA was that, while I was searching for them, I found that, almost three years ago, a new one was created! What can be expected from this new production? Let’s see…
…but not just yet :P. You see, before the start of the proper OVA, there’s a short film in which Inuyasha, Kagome (Inuyasha), Lum, Ataru (Urusei Yatsura) and Ranma meet each other in Tokyo. I’m not going to talk about the plot (for two reasons: first, being a 3 min short, you can’t say much without spoiling, and second, it has its own entry in MAL: it’s called Rumic World), but is both hilarious and awesome. You should totally check it out.
Now, for the proper review:
Ranma ½: Nightmare! Incense of Spring Sleep shows us, once again, how Ranma frustrate one of Happosai lingerie theft (using the classical but always effective technique of: becoming women -> topless -> win!). With revenge in mind, Happosai uses the incense that names this OVA, which is able to sleep the victim until next spring. Ranma dodge the attack of the old man, but unfortunately, is Akane who receives the impact, falling, almost immediately, in a dream… not so deep. The thing is that, although the incense put the person sleep, that person is also in constant alert, so if anybody approaches too much, is brutally beated up. So, Ranma and the rest of his weird companions will have to figure out how to awaken Akane without dying in the attempt.
So, we have a simple yet very effective story, in the lines of what we already saw in Ranma ½. That’s simply cause this is not an original story, but an adaptation of a story from volume 31. Recurring to the original source is always a plus.
The characters are the usual ones, that lovely group of amoral sociopaths that will do anything to achieve their respective objective. All the important characters appear (something very important after all these years, since all the fans want to see the cast in all their glory), from titulars Ranma and Akane, to the rest of the Tendo, Genma, Ryoga (obviously got lost at least once), Kuno, Shampoo (who run over Ranma in her bike, like always), Ukyo (with a boy’s school uniform! :D), Mousse, Cologne and Happosai. Special mention for Gosunkugi (that weirdo with the voodoo dolls) and Hinako (character who appears from time to time in the manga, but in the anime was obviated, and only appears as a teacher in the first released OVA), two (very) side characters that managed to get some screentime.
As for the animation… While everything looks more modern and colorful, I have to say that the characters look weird. Nah, not weird. They look bad. Seriously. Just look at the picture in this OVA page, there you can see that the characters look odd… and in motion is even worse. At first, I thought that the nostalgia was clouding my judgment, that I can’t accept something different… but I didn’t have any problems with the new versions of Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya or Hunter x Hunter… so, no nostalgia nonsense.
With the sound is another story. It’s remarkable that after almost 12 years, they brought back all the original seiyus. And when i say all, is all. Even Kodachi, wich has only two lines, has her original voice! I grew up with the latin dub (which was very good), but the work of the japanese voices is superb, specially Ranma (both male and female), Akane and Shampoo. It’s a shame that there isn’t an opening or ending…in the previous OVA, both op and ed were sung by Ranma, Akane, Nabiki, Kasumi and Shampoo, and they sounded awesome.
So, even if it looks weird (but maybe is just me being an ass… but I really don’t think so), this is Ranma ½ at its best. Delirium, humor, fights, and even Hiroshi and Daisuke, everything is there. Highly recommended for Ranma fans… and for the ones who only watched the TV series, go and watch the previous OVA! Every single one is hilarious and awesome.
Después de más de 10 años, hace unos días me largue a ver las OVAS de Ranma ½, una de las series emblemáticas de mi infancia (no al nivel de Dragon Ball o Saint Seiya, pero por ahí anda). Y qué bueno que lo hice: quede muy, muy satisfecho con lo que vi, siendo igual o mejor que la serie original. Lógico: esos capítulos adaptaban directamente partes del manga, así que no había chances de fallar. Pero lo mejor, fue que al decidirme a ver las OVAS clásicas, descubrí que hace unos tres años, habían sacado una nueva! Que se puede esperar de esta nueva producción? Veamos…
…O mejor todavía no :P. Antes de empezar con la review propiamente dicha, quería destacar el corto que hay antes del capítulo, en el que vemos a Inuyasha, Kagome (ambos de Inuyasha), Lum, Ataru (de Urusei Yatsura) y a Ranma encontrándose en Tokyo. La trama es, básicamente, Ataru acosando a Ranma y Kagome, con las consecuentes reacciones adversas de Inu y Lum. Todo el corto es muy cómico, pero quería destacar el encuentro de Ranma e Inuyasha, en el que el primero le pregunta al segundo en que fosa de Jusenkyo callo, a lo que Inuyasha responde que su voz le suena demasiado familiar xD. Pero bueno, vamos al OVA propiamente dicho:
Ranma ½: Nightmare! Incense of Spring Sleep nos muestra a Ranma frustrando, una vez más, uno de los robos de lencería de Happosai (recurriendo a la clásica pero siempre efectiva técnica de: transformarse en mujer -> topless-> win!). A modo de represalia, Happosai usa el incienso que da nombre a este OVA, que es capaz de hacer dormir a la víctima hasta la próxima primavera. Ranma esquiva el ataque del viejo, pero por desgracia, es Akane termina recibiendo el impacto, cayendo, efectiva y casi inmediatamente, en un sueño… no tan profundo. La cosa es que este incienso hace que, aunque la persona está dormida, este en alerta constante, y cualquier persona que se acerque recibirá una paliza. Así que, Ranma y el resto de sus variopintos compañeros tendrán que dilucidar como despertar a Akane sin morir en el intento.
Entonces, tenemos una historia simple y cómica, bien en las líneas de Ranma ½. Esto es, más que nada, porque esta no es una historia original, si no que adaptada una historia del manga (si podemos creerle a esta pag, es del tomo 31). Eso siempre es un plus.
Los personajes son los mismos de siempre, ese adorable grupo de pintorescos sociópatas amorales que harán lo que sea para conquistar a su respectivo objetivo. Todos los personajes aparecen en algún momento (algo muy importante después de tantos años, uno quiere ver a todo el cast en toda su gloria), desde los titulares Ranma y Akane, a el resto de los Tendo, Ryoga (que obviamente se pierde al menos una vez), Kuno, Shampoo (atropellando a Ranma con su bici, algo infaltable en sus apariciones), Ukyo (con uniforme escolar de hombre :D), Mousse, Cologne y Happosai. Mención especial para Gosunkugi (el tipo raro de las muñecas vudú) y Hinako (personaje que aparece de vez en cuando en el manga, pero que en el anime fue obviada, y solo aparece como profesora en los OVAS), dos personajes (muy) secundarios que se las ingeniaron para hacerse lugar.
En cuanto a la animación… si bien todo se ve más moderno y colorido, tengo que decir que los personajes se ven mal. Muy mal. En serio. Solo miren la imagen que está en la main page, ya ahí salta que los personajes se ven raro… y cuando están en movimiento es todavía peor. Al principio creí que la nostalgia era lo que me impedía aceptar algo distinto, que la serie de los 90 me nublaba el juicio… pero no tuve problemas con versiones nuevas de Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball o Hunter x Hunter, así que… porque tendría que ser el caso con Ranma?
Con el sonido es otra historia. Es muy destacable que, después de casi 12 años, trajeran de vuelta a todos los seiyus. Y cuando digo a todos, es todos. Hasta Kodachi, que solo tiene dos diálogos, tiene a su voz original! Yo me críe con el doblaje latino (que es muy bueno), pero el trabajo de los seiyus originales es soberbio, especialmente Ranma (tanto femenino como masculino), Akane y Shampoo. Una lástima que no hubiera opening o ending para que lo canten, como en los Ovas anteriores (en los que también se sumaban Nabiki y Kasumi).
Así que, aunque se vea raro, esto es Ranma ½ en estado puro. El delirio, el humor, las peleas, todo está ahí. Ampliamente recomendado para los fans de Ranma a los que se les haya pasado esta OVA, y a los que solo vieron la serie… vallan a ver también las OVAS anteriores!
33: Nanatsu no Taizai OVA
MAL Score: 7.54
OVA bundled with the 15th and 16th volume of the manga.
15th volume DVD will feature the sin of greed as the central character.
16th volume DVD will feature side stories of the main characters in omnibus format.
(Source: MAL News)
Those folks are WRONG.
WATCH these 2 OVA episodes no matter if you have or haven’t read the manga. I have not read the manga; I only watched the anime. And I loved these side stories! They did a great job filling in any questions you may have had after just watching season 1.
Man, I really hope that the announced new release for next year is a season 2, and not a remake.
It’s nothing spectacular, especially if you’ve already seen the main series, but it is entertaining in its own right. It’s something that fans of the series should check out.
32: Youkoso! Sukebe Elf no Mori e
MAL Score: 7.54
Alfheim, a world of elves where women only exist. The world Shrine, the source of all the elves’ magical power, has started to fade and the race was in danger of extinction. Then there is a prophecy that a man from another world is destined to be the savior of the elven race. And it was not too long the hero is now brought to the world of Elves…
The elves ruled they must survive by child-making with the hero. But many of the other elves refused this vulgar decision and so the elves divided into groups: Those who disdain child-making with a man and those who choose to accept the fact. But those who accepted have discovered something: It turns out if they have sex with the hero and acquire semen into their bodies, their magic powers increases. So they proceed to milk him dry…
This one was a treasure that i found on one of my travels through this magnificent world of hentai.
About a man who has a ”simple” task, make all of the elfs in the forest pregnant to save the race…
it’s simple, but i think thats a pretty solid one for a hentai, and a good excuse for all the sex scenes to happen.
Probably the most beautiful hentai i’ve seen, the animation is great and the movements are smooth.
The voice acting is on it’s best, the voices fit well in all characters, at least based on their visuals, but like in 99% off all hentais, the MC voice acting just sounds meh, since the girls are the priority.
Now that’s the charm of this hentai, the characters are well design and a there’s a variety of them, although they’re all elfs, theres a huge difference in design from one to other, especially dark elfs.
A must watch for all fans of hentai and elfs, even if you’re not, im 100% sure you will like it.
“Youkoso!” jumps right into the action, and not even 2 minutes in, after introducing everything that you need to know for this hentai, our main hero is going to pound town with a hot elf babe, and by the end of the first episode, he’s already made his way through a variety of women, including the previously mentioned busty blonde elf, as well as a loli elf, a threeway with two elves, as well as a dark skinned elf. And all in about 15 minutes of screen time. I will give “Youkoso!” props for getting right into the action.
But on the flip side, strangely, I never thought that I would have this complaint about a porn, but every sex scene happens way to quickly. I’m guessing it was made this short as a way to promote the visual novel that this was based on, and making it a proper length would take too much away from all of the sex scenes from the visual novel. Both episodes together run for a total of just over 30 minutes. There really isn’t much to talk about what I’ve already stated, it’s so short.
Would I recommend “Youkoso! Sukebe Elf no Mori e”? While it’s not as good as something like “Kuroinu: Kedakaki Seijo wa Hakudaku ni Somaru”, the animation and art style are actually alright, there is barely any down time between sex scenes despite their short length, and there is some variety to each of the sex scenes. But it’s still a lukewarm recommend from me at best because of it’s short length.
I haven’t played the visual novel, but looking through images and video of it, you probably should play that over watching this. From what I can gather, the visual novel is 30+ hours, so you’re bound to get a lot more out of playing that. Even just watching the sex scenes from the visual novel on PornHub would probably last longer than this hentai, as all of the positives I’ve mentioned for this would be there without any of the negatives.
31: Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san.
MAL Score: 7.59
The great detective Akutabe has an assistant, Rinko Sakuma, who is trying to learn to summon demons. This is the story of her misadventure when she actually manages to summon 2 demons unexpectedly.
30: Mahou Sensei Negima!: Mou Hitotsu no Sekai
Japanese: 魔法先生ネギま! ~もうひとつの世界~
MAL Score: 7.60
This is a series of OVAs covering some of the Magic World manga arc by Ken Akamatsu, starting with chapters 184 through 188.
This is the second series of OVAs that faithfully adapts the Mahou Sensei Negima manga, and picks up exactly where Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba (STAA) left. These OVAs (and it predecessor) are targeted only to the public who read the manga (it’s not enough just watching any of the first anime series), so If you didn’t, you will not understand what’s happening here.
Story: Ala Alba (plus Anya) arrives to Wales, and, after visiting Negi’s sister (cousin actually), they head straight to the door that leads to the magical world, where the plan is to get as much info as possible about Nagi Sprienfield.
Unfortunately, once in Mundus Magicus, everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong: not only five students outside the group ended in the magic world, but, in that exact moment, the magical gate receives a terrorist attack led by Fate Averruncus (one of the villains of the Kyoto saga) and his evil minions. The result: Negi and company end up being sent to different parts of Mundus Magicus. This is when Negi’s priority changes from getting info to find where the hell his students are, and return them to Japan safe. Although the task doesn’t look easy, Ala Alba’s badges have trackers that Chachamaru (the only member that ended in the same place as Negi) is able to locate, so there is hope. Besides searching and searching, Negi will enroll in a fighting tournament (with the winning prize he can release a few of his students), while trying to control Magia Erebea, a dark art able to increase power in a very significant way.
The same way STAA meant Kotaro Inugami’s debut, these OVAs bring us, once and for all, the almighty Jack Rakan. Despite not having much screen time, he manages to demonstrate his insanely powers and amazing craziness. Just for this, it worth the watch.
Animation: Top notch, like the first part. With lot of detail and fluidity, this time we actually got various battles where the animation shines. And it couldn’t be otherwise, people like Fate, Tsukiyomi, Kagetaro, Rakan and Evangeline demand great graphics ;).
And just as there’s more action (which means, more magic, explosions, special effects -or CG, like the characters would say- and blood), there is more fan service than in the first part. It bordering hentai a few times… but classy, though.
Sound: The seiyuus of the first set of OVAs (and the first and second anime), are here, doing an excellent job again. Among the new voices, Rakan’s voice, Rikiya Koyama (Yamato in Naruto Shippuden, the second voice of Kogoro Mouri in Detective Conan) stands. As for the music, Love Drive is a song in the same line of Happy Material, that means is catchy and upbeat, with a very soft and pleasant entonation (by 3-A girls). The ending, Get Chance! is interpreted by Negi, Kotaro, Chisame, Eva, Chamo and Rakan voices, and also sounds good.
Verdict: Like STAA, these OVAs are the best Negima things animated. This time, it animates a bigger number of events, and finally, finally, we have predominant action. Fights vs. Cosmo Entelecheia, Kagetaro and Eva were exactly what we needed, so once and for all Negima could be seen as a shonen with harem elements, and not the other way (at least in the anime territory, the manga proved this a long time ago). The bad point is that the jumps between chapters can be very large. Example: at the end of an episode, we had Negi and Kotaro training. At the beginning of the next episode, they already won 15 fights in the tournament, and were asking for Yuna and Makie to search for them! Just like that. This occurs several times (with boards that try to explain what happened), and it’s annoying, because it omits some interesting parts. But hey, you are supposed to know what’s happening in these OVA, so is not that big of a deal. And don’t let the opening fool you: half of the images you’ll see won’t be adapted (which is heartbreaking… if you pay attention you’ll know why).
In short, this is not recommended for fans of the Negima manga, this is mandatory. Hell, if you know someone who read the manga and didn’t watch this OVAs, laugh and mock him (or show them that these chapters exist. I leave it to your discretion).
… And if for some reason you read this review without having read the manga, I strongly recommend you to read it. It’s one of the best mangas going around right now.
Esta es la segunda tanda de OVAs que adapta fielmente el manga Mahou Sensei Negima y retoma exactamente donde dejo Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba (STAA). Estas OVAs (al igual que las anteriores) están apuntadas solo al público que leyó el manga, así que asumo que las personas leyendo esto lo hicieron.
Historia: Ala Alba (mas Anya) arriba a Gales y, después de visitar a la hermana (prima, en realidad) de Negi, se dirigen directamente a la puerta que los conducirá al mundo mágico, donde la idea es conseguir información sobre Nagi Springfield. Desafortunadamente, una vez en Mundus Magicus, todo lo que podría haber salido mal, salió mal: no solo cinco alumnas ajenas al grupo terminaron entrando, si no que, justo en ese preciso momento, el portal recibe un ataque terrorista por parte de Fate Averruncus (uno de los malos de la saga de Kyoto) y sus secuaces. El resultado de esto: Negi y compañía terminan siendo enviados a distintos puntos de Mundus Magicus. Es entonces cuando las prioridades de Negi cambian de lleno a reunir nuevamente a sus alumnas, y devolverlas sanas a Japón. A pesar de que la tarea no pinta fácil, las insignias de Ala Alba poseen rastreadores que Chachamaru (la única que termino en el mismo lugar que Negi) es capaz de localizar, por lo que no todo está perdido. Además de buscar y buscar, Negi terminara inscribiéndose en un torneo de combate (con el premio podría comprar la libertad de varias de sus alumnas), al tiempo que intentara controlar la Magia Erebea, un arte oscuro capaz de aumentar su capacidad de forma considerable.
De la misma forma que STAA significo el debut de Kotaro Inugami, estas OVAs nos traen, de una vez y por todas, a Jack Rakan. A pesar de no tener mucho tiempo, se las ingenia para demostrar su poder demencial y su locura inherente. Solo por el vale la pena ver esto.
Animación: de primer nivel, igual que en la primera parte. Con mucho detalle y gran fluidez, en esta ocasión si hay varias batallas donde la animación brilla. Y no podía ser de otra forma, porque personajes como Kagetaro, Fate, Tsukiyomi, Rakan y Evangeline exigen los gráficos al máximo ;).
Y de la misma forma que hay mas acción (lo que significa más magia, explosiones, efectos especiales y sangre), hay mas fan service, bordeando por momentos el hentai… pero con clase, eso sí.
Sonido: Las seiyuus de la primera tanda de OVAs (y de los primeros animes) están presentes, haciendo un excelente trabajo nuevamente. Entre las voces nuevas, se destaca Rikiya Koyama (Yamato en Naruto Shippuden, la segunda voz de Kogoro Mouri en Detective Conan), la voz de Rakan. En cuanto a la música, Love Drive es una canción en la misma línea de Happy Material, o sea, movida y pegajosa, con una entonación muy suave y agradable. Y el ending, Get a Chance!, lo interpretan las voces de Negi, Kotaro, Chisame, Eva, Chamo y Rakan, y también suena bien.
Veredicto: Al igual que STAA, estas OVAs son lo mejor que hay animado de Negima. En esta ocasión, se anima una cantidad de sucesos todavía más grande que antes, y por fin, por fin, tenemos acción de forma predominante. Peleas como las de Cosmo Entelecheia, Kagetaro y Eva son lo que hacía falta, para que de una vez por todas Negima pueda consolidarse como un shonen con elementos de harem, y no al revés (al menos en el terreno animado, en el manga lo había demostrado desde hacía bastante). El punto negro es que los saltos que pega entre capitulo y capitulo pueden ser muy grande. Ejemplo: al final de un capitulo tenemos a Negi y a Kotaro entrenando, y al principio del otro ya habían ganado 15 peleas en el torneo, y le piden a Yuna y a Makie que los busquen!. Así, de golpe. Esto ocurre varias veces (con las pizarras que intentan explicar que fue lo que paso), y es molesto, porque omiten partes interesantes. Pero bueno, se supone que el que está viendo sabe que es lo que pasa, así que no es muy grave. Y que el opening no los engañe: la mitad de las imágenes que ven no van a ser adaptadas (lo que es una puñalada al corazón, si prestan atención sabrán porque).
En resumen: esto no es recomendable para los fans del manga de Negima, esto es obligatorio. Es más, si saben de alguien que valla al día con el manga y no vio estas OVAs, señálenlo y búrlense de el (o indíquenle que estos capítulos existen. Lo dejo a su criterio).
Y no olviden ver el especial de Yue, que es lo último adaptado a la animación.
… y si por alguna razón leyeron esta review sin haber leído el manga, recomiendo vehementemente que lo lean. Es de lo mejor que hay dando vueltas en estos momentos.
29: Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai
MAL Score: 7.61
Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai adapts a handful of one-shots based on the manga series JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken, and follows the bizarre adventures that Rohan Kishibe goes through as he searches for inspiration for his manga.
Rohan accompanies manga editor Kyouka Izumi to a secretive village where she plans on buying a house. Izumi informs Rohan that inhabitants of the village suddenly become rich at the age of 25 after purchasing their homes. Being 25 years old herself, Izumi has high hopes for moving into the village and invites Rohan to gather ideas for his manga. As they enter one of the houses for an interview with the seller, they are greeted by a servant named Ikkyuu, who puts them through a test of etiquette with deadly consequences.
Rohan meets with his editor, Minoru Kagamari, to discuss both his manga and the six mountains that the manga author recently bought. He explains that he purchased the mountains in order to search for a legendary spirit known as the Mutsukabezaka. To give his search context, he tells the tale of Naoko Osato, a wealthy heiress who murdered her boyfriend and became cursed by the spirit.
Rohan decides to vacation in Venice after putting his manga on hiatus. While there, he explores the interior of a church and examines the structure of its confessional. After stepping into the priest’s compartment, Rohan hears a man enter the confessional and begin to confess his sins. The man recounts his confrontation with a starving beggar and the haunting events that followed.
Youma Hashimoto is a young male model who has quickly risen to success. As his popularity grows, so does his obsession with his appearance and body. One day, he meets Rohan at the gym, and the two quickly form a rivalry which pushes Youma to intensify his training. Soon. Youma’s fixation on his physique takes a dark turn as his training takes precedence over his life, and he challenges Rohan to a fatal competition on the treadmills.
We follow the daily life and mishaps of Rohan Kishibe, one of the main characters from Part 4 of JoJo who works as a manga artist and is a fellow stand user who can peer into people and edit information about them as if they were a book. DP decided to adapt four out of the nine currently-released chapters, or “episodes” as they are called, from the manga, but not in release order. The episodes adapted are ‘Millionaire Village’, ‘Mutsu-Kabe Hill’, ‘The Run’, and ‘At a Confessional’. Each episode is based on a story that Rohan has either heard from other people, or has experienced himself. They all involve some sort of mystery involving youkai, ghosts or other stands and users, which Rohan has to try and solve the puzzle as to what is happening and what he can do to come out on top.
Being able to spend a long time with the production of each episode, added with the bonus of improvement of technology, the artwork and animation is at a very high standard. Comparing this to the main series, I would say that it’s either on par or even better. The art is clean and very polished, whilst retaining that JoJo-esk art style, and the animation is also smooth. Though there have been a couple of instances where the artwork was a bit funky, mainly Kouichi’s face in the confessional episode, DP did a great job.
Knowing David Productions, they obviously would pick out some great songs for the show. The opening is very fitting for the OVA, as the theme of this show is based on mystery; it makes me feel as if I’m watching X-files (which funnily enough, after doing a little research, it appears they focused the soundtrack based on X-files and Twin Peaks (the original series)). The ED from Coda is also very nice and mellow.
Each episode is very enjoyable, and if you’re a fan of Rohan or just the JoJo franchise in general, then you’ll get a kick out of these four episodes. My pick as my favorite episode would have to be ‘The Run’. Depending on the DVD sales, this might be the last time we’ll see these characters and Part 4 as a whole. Overall, this Rohan-oriented OVA is very good.
I’ll start with the best thing about the episode which is suprisingly the animation and music. Everything looks great, the animation itself is smooth and the overall style fits the tone of the story, especially the moments with the darker colour pattern look very nice. The Music… well it’s David Productions so there’s not much to talk about, it’s really good, especially the opening and the ending
After getting that out of the way let’s talk about the story which is told using only three characters (not counting the final scene which is more like a cameo of the main cast of DiU). There’s also not much to talk about here, the setup is pretty good, there is no deeper message in here, it’s simple but also pretty interesting, if you’re looking for action you won’t find it here, the story focuses more on the mystery surrounding the “Millionaire Villiage”. The previously mentioned characters are also nothing special (well maybe except Rohan, I think that guy’s great but that’s only my personal opinion).
Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan is nothing special, but it’s a short really enjoyable episode, I recommed you’ll give it a watch
The two OVAs starts out in the town of Morioh where eagle eyed viewers will notice that this is actually a parallel universe to the Morioh from part 8 of JoJo. Other things eagle eyed viewers will notice are Rohan’s headband and the appearance of Koichi’s dad.
The story of these OVAs is secondary to the genius character of Rohan which successfully scared many people away from talking to Araki.
music returns from part 4 and I eat up part 4 like I overeat after having a bad day.
Art is slightly different from part 4 but still has the obvious JoJo style so anyone who complains is objectively wrong. I really enjoyed these OVAs, they’re a fuck ton of fuck fun.
8/10 in the part 4 ed i thought that pink dark boy was gyro, eat shit and fall off your horse rohan.
28: Mob Psycho 100: Dai Ikkai Rei toka Soudansho Ian Ryokou – Kokoro Mitasu Iyashi no Tabi
Japanese: モブサイコ100 第一回霊とか相談所慰安旅行~ココロ満たす癒やしの旅
MAL Score: 7.62
The staff of the Spirits and Such Consultation Office—Arataka Reigen, Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama, Ritsu Kageyama, Katsuya Serizawa, and the spirit Ekubo—head to the Zebra Prefecture for a relaxing hot spring vacation. Their all-expenses-paid trip is sponsored by the owner of the Ibogami Hot Springs, who has asked Reigen to investigate claims of paranormal activity in the area.
On the train ride to the inn, the exhausted Reigen and Serizawa quickly fall asleep, only to wake up and discover that they have been transported to a ghostly parallel world! Bewildered about how they got there, Reigen and Serizawa must find a way to escape in time to enjoy their day off.
Honestly man, after doing a project the whole day, I’m so glad I made the decision to go onto a site that every anime fan knows about (💏 anime) and the dub/sub versions of this just popped up like dang, happy days!
There has been a lot of things happening in this 24 minute short so I’m not gonna spoil it for you ONE fans out there. The only clue I will give you is that Reigan has someone well known as one of his phone contacts at the beginning but that’s all I’m gonna say.
So glad to see the Mob Psycho crew back together for this special, it’s definitely well needed at this time if you’re sick of unoriginal Isekai anime being newly advertised every season!
Well, the story even though it was only for this one episode – was really interesting! Spirits and such consultation office members, along with Teru and Ritsu went to Hot Springs together to solve a mystery about a possible parallel world existing in the Zebra Prefecture, especially in the Ibogami tunnel.
Well, Bones did again, a great job on showing the emotions of characters. Nothing lacked, the anatomy was always on point and oh god the expressions – they were so original and sometimes so pure to look at.
We got to hear again the classics of Mob Psycho OST’s and ending sound was really nice! Every seiyuu did a great job dubbing their character!
Well, this is a special to a really great anime with great created characters, so i can’t really say if they lack something – they were as cool as usual.
While watching it, i didn’t got bored – the amazing Tachikawa Yuzuru and Bones gave us another masterpiece.
This special is really sweet. It showed well, how great you can tell a story in such short time. It also made fun of isekai animes and their usual tropes so definitly this is a good special!
“Mob Psycho 100: Dai Ikkai Rei toka Soudansho Ian Ryokou – Kokoro Mitasu Iyashi no Tabi” is a self-contained story, set some time after the evens of the second season of the parent show “Mob Psycho 100”, following Shigeo, Reigen, Ritsu, Teruki, Ekubo, and Katsuya as they head expecting a relaxing hot spring vacation only to be involved into yet another odd Job of Reigen’s expertise.
What sells the OVA is how modular it is, it could easily be bundled with the second season as a sequential episode with none noticing a drop of pacing, animation, voice acting or quality, it has been clearly given the same amount of love and care the parent series got. It was truly an enjoyable watch that had the same lovable characters, used the same familiar landmark humor, welcomed back the fans, and opens its arms to the strange. All in short. Watch it!
27: Hellsing: Digest for Freaks
Japanese: HELLSING I OVA DIGEST FOR FREAKS
MAL Score: 7.65
This OVA is a summary of the first three episodes of Hellsing, with the animation style of Hellsing Ultimate and following the events of the Hellsing manga.
Hellsing I: Digest for Freaks Might just be a recap for those three episodes, but it’s also just another short of reused animation for the first episode of Hellsing Ultimate, nothing more, nothing less. Everything about this was just another re-phrasal of Hellsing Ultimate, os to avoid making this a Hellsing Ultimate review I’m sparing it for now.
26: Ranma Super
Japanese: らんま１／２ ＳＵＰＥＲ
MAL Score: 7.66
Super OVA 1: Based on a story from vol. 27 of the manga, Shampoo and Ukyo arrange to travel to a cave that is legendary for breaking up couples. They hope they will cause Ranma and Akane to break-up and Shampoo hopes to ditch Mousse the same way.
Super OVA 2: “Jaaku no Oni” (lit. “The Wicked Demon”) was released in 1995. Based on a story from vol. 29 of the manga, an Oni (that wears a tiger-striped diaper just like the Oni of Urusei Yatsura) escapes it`s sealed box and begins to possess people in the neighborhood.
Super OVA 3: This is a story from vol. 31. Ranma disturbs a doll that takes revenge on anyone that shows it disrespect. In order to teach Ranma a lesson, the doll possesses Akane and tries on many occasions to attack him.
The background music and OP/ED themes were also very good (as always with Ranma 1/2) for this set.
25: Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu
English: Bungo Stray Dogs 2 Episode 25 – Walking Alone
Japanese: 文豪ストレイドッグス 第25話 『独り歩む』
MAL Score: 7.66
Armed Detective Agency members discuss the most suitable candidate for the second-in-command. Doppo Kunikida is carrying out official errands as planned in his diary as usual. Unexpectedly, a bomb-related incident occurs, challenging the ideals he has always upheld. When weighing one life over hundreds, how will he proceed?
As for how it went? It was solid, like how the rest of the anime has been so far. I’d highly recommend giving this a watch! It almost feels like any other episode than a OVA. Really fits into the show completely. I hope you continue enjoying Stray Dogs!
and a withered desert I still fulfill my ideal”
Back in the days where Kunikida can’t comprehend the last thing he can’t complex about in the manga which is connected to the light novel about Dazai’s first exam by hunting the true identity of Azure king, Neither everything He writes on that book itself are nothing but delusional ideals.
The OVA much more focuses in the latest chapter 40 when Kunikida fulfill his worth duty to become the next to Fukuzawa as the New director of The Armed Detective Agency. Once the disaster remained in the middle street there was girl named Aya will be introduced and be leading in this chapter only. Due to characterization about his “Ideals” he tells to Aya, He desires that it was born when he supposed to realized a world where people died by livin in front of him was not actually his ideal world. Apart by meeting his own friend before was also known as a bomber, when he gets caught by the culprit, After Kunikida get hijacked about Aya’s be one that holds a bomb He has the sign to contains his true motives by becoming a role model that can handle affairs calmy, is unwavering, and who understand his own weakness. It his own path to who can instill their beliefs on others.
A special episode dedicated to a “Leading member of the Armed Detective Agency” as he values human lives, as he strives to save all innocent people during dangerous events in Yokohama. He sticks to this belief after seeing incidents of youth injured or killed in front of him. Due to his dedicated compassion to try to protect the city and its people.
24: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Tenri-hen
English: The World God Only Knows: Tenri Arc
Japanese: 神のみぞ知るセカイ 天理篇
MAL Score: 7.70
It is summer break and Keima intends to spend all his time on video games. An old acquaintance, the timid girl Tenri, comes back into the neighborhood—and apparently has a lost soul inside her. It is up to Keima and Elysia to unravel the secrets of her heart.
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Tenri-hen (also known as The World God Only Knows: Tenri Arc) are two OVAs bundled with the 19th and 20th volumes of the manga. For you diehard manga readers, it is based on Tenri Ayukawa (given the title), a girl with two sides of herself – one of them being shy and reserved, while the other is…well, the entirely opposite of that.
Though short, these two episodes captures a nice way of story telling in less than a span of 1 hour. The 2 OVA episodes connect with each other in a way similar to a mini arc focused on the start of the promotional poster, Tenri. Kaori Nazuka (Spice and Wolf, To Love Ru Darkness, True Tears) plays her voice acting quite well as she is known for portraying characters with a shy or reserved personality. On the other hand, there’s Keima, the boy who has a genius intellect with a paranormal addiction with video games. In fact, he was hoping to spent his entire summer owning it up on the digital world but circumstances now arises to prevent all that.
Oh but that’s not all because the trouble continues when a certain someone decides to take matters into her own hands and get some payback. The second half of it follows as similar suit but more insight on some childhood scenes between the duo. There’s problems to be solved and the problem solver Keima is here.
The supporting characters are rather blend in these two OVA episodes. They just seem to be part in the background, in particular of a main character from the original series. However, unlike many of the OVA episodes we see in today’s industry, TWGOK presents its romance aspects and drama right. In other words, there’s no pointless fan service splattering all across your screen in the duration of the hour. In fact, it’s more about a construction of friendship and how childhood days can bring people closer together in the future. TWGOK did this right and still retains its theme of dealing with spirits out on the loose. It’s Keima’s mission to help others in need but at the same time, he realizes that sometimes, it might be more than just about that. In these two OVA episodes, he reflected his words through with his actions especially in the second half.
Manglobe certainly does not disappoint this time around. In the artwork department, everything seems to still fit within the theme of the series. The lighthearted backgrounds mixed with the theme of gaming graphics occasionally (as a parody of Keima’s gaming habits) are there. Beyond that, there’s the chibi comedy scenes and some of the more serious drama reflected by its artwork. Tenri is not portrayed as some bishonen trying to impress the audience with her figure but rather as a girl who is reserved and creates a sort of balance between the confident Keima and herself.
The OST and soundtrack of the series is also performed well. While it’s nothing too special to note, it fit the theme of these OVA episodes in ways that reminds us TWGOK’s style of working its rhythms. While it lacked an opening theme, the two ED songs both performed by eyelis are well orchestrated and gets to the point especially related to our star Tenri in these two episodes.
Ultimately, I found these two OVA episodes quite enjoyable. Fitting two episodes from a highly anticipated series is never easy but this time around, Manglobe hits the bulls-eye just like how Keima scores his wins. It mixes in romance with supernatural themes along with comedy and drama all at once which gives the viewers a chance of examining these two episodes in a variety of ways. That way I saw these two episodes were sort of an experience on what’s to come later on. Season 3 is on the horizon and definitely something to think about it. But first, check out these two OVA episodes because it’s worth it.
Alright, first thing first, this will be quite a short review so don’t need to worry about anything being too long and boring to read, I usually keep it short and straight to the point without any spoilers, so read with ease! Also, I will be comparing it to the manga storyline, so for those of you who didn’t read or haven’t read, I would recommend you to do so if you love the anime series of TWGOK.
Story : 7
Not to say that the story itself is bad, but when compared to the manga series, most of the small little things was missing from the animated version of this arc. The approaches had 2 more scenes, and the chase scene had a few more ways to get to the conclusion. I know that it’s because they were only having 2 episodes to do the entire Tenri arc, so i can at least understand the necessity of cutting it short and making it like a summary. Still, Tenri remains one of my favourite girl in TWGOK, so for that reason, the scores went down a little bit.
Art : 8
Still the same, as what you would expected from the animation team of TWGOK. The way the scenes switched between some of the gags and funny moments and the actual plot were very amusing.
Sound : 7
Quite impressive, but not to the level of greatness, but I guess that’s what they were aiming for. Creating a relaxing environment to make you feels like Tenri were made for Keima in many ways.
Character : 6
It’s great to see that the interaction between Keima and Elsie still hasn’t changed too much, and for that, funny moments were ensured, and with Tenri and Diana getting into the situation as well, together with the newly introduced Nora and that bold Ryou ( Watched it and you’ll know what I mean lol ), it was boosted for sure! Though one small note here, I found out that Keima’s seiyuu seemed to be abit more forced when it comes to those exaggerating moments of how Keima acts towards his own “Summer Holidays” paradise, I just couldn’t buy into that much.
Enjoyment : 7
It was great! I’d enjoyed pretty much of the scenes from this OVA, it’s not really that much to be said here, but I guess that’s pretty decent already for 2-episodes OVA.
Overall : 7
If you liked the series, this is a must-watch as it prepares you for the upcoming season, Megami-hen!
What’s more interesting are the characters who’re suddenly introduced that may play a role in megami-hen. There are also lots of events that may pique interest. The new girl is also cute, mysterious, and fascinating. She plays her role well and she fits with the current setting as well.
Conclusion, This OVA is both worth a watch and can be a must watch since it may have a connection to the sequel megami-hen.
23: Nurarihyon no Mago OVA
MAL Score: 7.71
The story begins at about 100 years after the disappearance of Otome Yamabuki, Rihan Nura’s first wife. Rihan has finally pulled himself together and his life returns to normal. As the head of the Nura Clan, he’s busy working on building a harmonious world for humans and youkais. One day, he sees Setsura being upset so he decides to cheer her up by taking the clan to go enjoy the hot spring where Setsura makes up her mind to tell Rihan that she met Otome once after she left him about 100 years ago. She tells him the message that Otome left for him and the truth is…?
Nurarihyon no Mago OVA are two special episodes produced by the animation studio, Studio DEEN to give viewers a look at a blast from the past. In general, it explores some history of a main character and what he’s been going through. It’s not easy considering there’s a secret and one that may change his outlook on others forever. Hence, begins a special presentation at our very special Rihan Nura, the second supreme commander and son of Nurarihyon and Youhime.
The OVA contains both sadness and comedy, mixed together in a little package of two episodes. For the humorous side, there is the onsen which spells out the fan-service part. In a typical manner, there’s the skin-ship and accidental glazes. However, it shifts to a more serious mood later on with doses of the past. As stated from the synopsis, there is a secret and one particular woman has the knowledge of it. When we look back into the past, there’s that certain feeling of realizing the revelation and how to take it in. For Rihan Nura, there’s a feeling of both shock and anger at the revelation. It’s not surprising considering what he has already gone through. In fact, his reaction easily allows viewers to visualize what he has been holding in his mind all this time. It’s a mixed package of all type of emotions for him.
For Nura clan though, there’s even more than meets the eye (literally as one of character from the first episode gets a freezing surprise to it). The past of Nurarihyon is indeed something fans may wonder about and luckily enough, the concept is touched up in these two episodes.
Other factors in the OVA still uses themes from the original series. Many of the supporting characters makes their cameos (some more noticeable than others) while there’s also the presence of the yokai. They are presented in the same way as supernatural beings. More importantly though, the OVA explores more of a particular character, a snowy yuki-ona whom is given a special task to accomplish. It’s humorous to watch especially with what she is instructed to do but at the same time, it’s Setsura who wants the best for her.
There’s still action in these episode especially in the later half although not as well presented as I had anticipated. More so though, there’s questions that I originally had but never seemed to got answers to. Among other factors, the artwork remains consistent enough with the original series. Nothing’s really changed and that sense of mixture of historical/fantasy themes are still within the episodes. The soundtrack/OST of this is not very noticeable with the follow up of rock like music near the endings. However, there’s still a sense of nostologia. It’s been years now since the original series have made it on screen and season 3 is still a question in some fan’s minds. Well, paint me curious but I’m hoping for a bright future to this series for a wrap up, just like for the clan of Nura.
Having the three of the Nura generation in 1 frame is just too good to watch. And hey, how could I forget Rihan’s love for Otome. My! I want a man like him!!!!
But I’m really curious who’s Tsurara’s father though. Also, the grandpa is one sleek one, it would be great to see more of him and the Princess Yo’s life together <3 [/collapse]
22: One Punch Man: Road to Hero
Japanese: ワンパンマン OVA「ロード トゥ ヒーロー」
MAL Score: 7.71
Before Saitama became the man he is today, he trained and fought endlessly to become a hero. While every scuffle leaves his tracksuit uniform in tatters, he always has it mended for free thanks to his local tailor. One day, however, the tailor informs him that he must close up shop due to pressure from a local gang. Saitama decides to help him out—and gains something irreplaceable in the process.
[collapse title=“Reviews1:”]One Punch Man: Road to Hero Review
Story (6/10) Fine
More Specifically (6.5/10)
The story for Road to Hero is simple and fine it’s basically showing the struggles Saitama had to go through back when we assuming he’s doing his Training through out the years he said he did to became the beast we all know him as and with the fact that he still has his hair this entire episode you can come to this conclusion fairly quickly. It also shows how he got his outfit and a couple of other interesting things.
Art and Animation (8/10) Very Good
The Art and Animation for this stand alone is very good it looks just as good as the other episodes. The isn’t anything high budget related taking place in this episode and barely any fights are even seen so barely anything high maintenance on the animation side of things where shown in the episode but like I said it looks identical to the other 12 episodes when nothing super crazy is happening so that fine by me.
Sound (8/10) Very Good
Same thing with this section everything sound very good, Opening and Ending are present no really differences between this and the 12 episodes everything is very good here too.
Characters (8/10) Very Good
This episode revolves around Saitama mostly and secondly his friend who creates the icon One Punch Man outfit for him. His character is very good as we see his struggles of keeping his store afloat good character development for the old geezer as he *SPOILER* ends up giving in to his age and the times for retirement.
Enjoyment (7/10) Good
Obviously the highest enjoyments when it comes to the series One Punch Man are the over the top and hype moments the series brings to the table, after that enjoyment lays on to the comedy aspect and then the actual story. So since this is based on Saitama before he went bald all the hype hype moments are really present for the episode. As for comedy there are a few funny moments in the episode but nothing that made me laugh my ass off like the other episodes. And so we are down to story and learning about what Saitama had to go through to get to where he his as far as his outfit and where he’s living is interesting and enjoying enough to an extent for one episode.
Overall (7/10) Good
More Specifically (7.50/10)
This was a good episode you can definitely consider this a flashback episodes which now these days aren’t really liked around here but it was good for what it was. Nothing too crazy and amazing but more on the funny/informational side of things when it came to One Punch man this is a good watch if you want to just know more about Saitama.
This is a standalone arc that offers some brief insight into Saitama and his humble beginnings. There isn’t nearly as much action in this OVA compared to the actual series, but the comedic moments are still present and the overall atmosphere of the One-Punch Man universe is well intact. I know that at the time of this writing the series hasn’t concluded, so this should be a nice treat to hold you (me) over until the next episode airs.
We don’t have people running around, screaming and flexing their muscles. Praising a show for a lack of things doesn’t get you anywhere though. That’s like praising a show for not having plot holes, or for not being racist.
The story is pointless. We learn how Saitama gets his suit, and there’s no satirical bite to how ridiculous heroes customes are. Saitama being appalled at a samurai custome is just one joke. The story is actually about going to beat up a bad guy who’s an asshole because he’s an asshole.
If that sounds like every other One Punch Man episode, that’s because it is. The difference between this OVA and the series is that Saitama has no characters to interact with. The series’ strength was that it gave the characters other traits than being powerful. Saitama is entertaining also because of his casual view of things, how he doesn’t pretend to be anything else than a hobbyist.
Without Genos to play off from, he doesn’t do much but beat up people. Our antagonist is as boring as they get. You think a series that wants to be wild and crazy would have interesting visual ideas. The antagonist is a dude with a fish-head and a BDSM outfit. This is less exciting than you think.
The world of fiction is full of quirky villains who end up more popular than the heroes. One Punch Man always failed in that department, and this OVA relies on the eventual conflict. Aside from seeing Saitama with hair and one punchline, this OVA has no reason to exist.
21: Noragami OVA
Japanese: ノラガミ OAD
MAL Score: 7.74
Hiyori Iki is excited to start high school alongside her two middle school friends, but “Delivery God” Yato seems to have other plans for the day. Will Hiyori be able to make a good impression on her first day? Or will Yato cost her a happy high school life?
On another day, Hiyori decides to take advantage of the beautiful weather and invites a number of people to gaze at the cherry blossoms, including the fearsome combat god, Bishamon. But how long will their blissful day last when Yato and his old rival Bishamon start to drink together?
Additionally you won’t be able to understand the deep meaning behind these scenes under the cherry tree.
As many over OVAs, this one, too, is aimed at the manga readers and not the anime audience.
It is a very precise adaption from the manga. This goes for both OVAs. They both take place between two arcs in the manga, thus there is no thick plot but instead they show hilarious scenes from the everyday lifes of the characters which sometimes have a deeper meaning if put into the correct context.
The art is as good in the OVAs as it is in the anime series.
No complaints here.
Opening and Ending are great, the voices fit the characters. The OST is used throughout the OVAs in a fitting way.
Well, I absolutely adore most of Noragami’s characters. They are very unique – which is shown best by Yato in these two twenty minute OVAs. Every action is just such a typical thing for him to do.
I’ve loved it in the manga and I still love these scenes in the OVAs. The Second OVA was hilarious but sad at the same time, considering the previous events.
It’s nearly perfect, but – as expected of an OVA – it does not have any real plot.
So, enjoy watching the Noragami OVAs, guys~
– Story (7.5/10):
Pretty decent side stories for fun, no particular big plot surprise or anything aside from containing spoilers of the first 6 episodes of Noragami Aragato.
The first OVA resolves around Yato taking over Hyori’s body while he goes into a carefree spree around her school doing all sort of stuff in her name, with the rest of the folks trying to stop him.
The second OVA contains some major spoilers, but let’s say the crew in its entirety goes on in a picnic, and have some actual fun until Yato pulls off a surprising highly-wished-for stunt.
– Art (8.0/10):
The same slick and smooth art style and animation from the first season, really, nothing too spectacular and beyond decent I’d say.
– Sound (8.0/10):
I’m more happy to hear the first season’s opening and ending theme songs, these OVA focused on a more comedic light hearted stuff, so there was no inclusion of the fantastic dark soundtrack, but the comedy makes up for that.
– Character (8.5/10):
I love the cast of these OVA, all lovable characters. and Hyori isn’t as annoying as people see here so often. Everybody was easy going and invested in the comedy, good days to remember.
– Enjoyment (9.0/10):
Ahh, the time went by like a fly, and that only happens when you’re having fun. I really liked these side stories and hopefully, I get to see more of these soon because nothing can make up for the sad fact of you ending a spectacular show like this than having to see some extras.
– Overall (8.2/10):
I could actually highly recommend watching these, not like most OVAs who provide dead content, these ones had a lot to offer, and I’m specifically talking about a certain moment on the second OVA, god bless.
The first episode just fucks up the series royally and after having watched the series it is hard to see that as canon.
The second episode is a bit better but in the end still feels off-canon and weird. Also, it includes spoilers since it skips quite a few volumes.
If you like Noragami, do yourself a favour and don’t watch this till you’ve watched everything else.
Since this review was supposedly still not long enough, I’ll have to write some more.
I really don’t understand for who the second episode of the OVA was meant for since it was in the middle of some situation which the viewer who came straight from the series wouldn’t know.
20: Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls
English: Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Japanese: 進撃の巨人 LOST GIRLS
MAL Score: 7.79
Wall Sina, Goodbye
Annie Leonhart has a job to do—and a resulting absence that must stay off her record at all costs. With no one else to turn to, she asks her comrade Hitch Dreyse to cover for her. She agrees but puts forward a single condition: Annie must solve the fruitless missing person case Hitch was assigned. The case revolves around Carly Stratmann, a university graduate and the daughter of wealthy businessman Elliot Stratmann. With only a single day to solve the case and the underground of the Stohess District crawling with thugs, Annie must put her all into finding this girl. Yet, every answer she uncovers only leads to further questions—how has the illegal drug coderoin found its way to Stohess, what is Elliot hiding, and where has Carly disappeared to?
Lost in the Cruel World
With worry for Eren Yeager gripping her heart, Mikasa Ackerman begins to remember. She remembers her conversations with Armin Arlert, her concern for her friends, and most painfully, the time she had almost lost everything. As fear takes control, she begins to experience an alternate version of her past—some things can be changed, but are there events so inescapable that she can’t even prevent them in her dreams?
And with no stretching up, both characters have their ups and downs. Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls made a huge contribution to this debate while it focuses on Mikasa and Annie on a deeper scale, presenting more information on their past and rendering them as human beings with their own dreams, motivations, and fears.
– Story (7.5/10):
Spanning 3 episodes, Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls dedicates the first two for Annie, a character that we haven’t seen much of, especially on the last seasons (2 and 3 as of now), which was a total let down. The one shot takes place the day before her exposal for the titan she is, peaking on her daily routine, and it just happens to be an interesting case where she has to look for some rich man’s missing daughter. They did a great job not only showing the soft and actual human part of Annie but also gave us a glimpse of the thug life on the lawless streets of Wall Maria. It seems the world inside is even more corrupt and rotten than the other side of the walls, and having a fragile girl (as she referred to herself while fighting Eren on some training flashback) take over a case that would normally exceed the qualities of a rookie such as herself puts her at a real-world challenge, both morally and faithfully. The two first episodes flow nicely and fast until you realize you already made it to the third and last episode, which is centered about Mikasa as she pictures what it would have been like if her mother and father weren’t assassinated, would she still have met Eren? would they still be that close of friends? It was a bit messy and complicated if you don’t pay enough attention as they timeline conflicts can really confuse you, I didn’t sign up for Steins;Gate class complicated shows, but I was shocked nevertheless.
– Art (7/10):
The animation in Attack on Titan was always a core key, and a great one might I add. Everybody would go praising how fluid and fantastic the visuals are, but honestly, not so much with this one. And I can excuse that for there were minimal action scenes to focus on. The art style was normal, but well maintained and consistent throughout the OVA, never lazy or blunt. I would argue that the “No Regrets” OVA had better flexing on the animation, but that’s another talk for another day. But don’t give up, the two or three satisfying punches do take a thing or two from that glorious cake of an animation.
– Sound (7.5/10):
I really appreciate their choice of ending theme songs, the first two, there was an original ending song with both visuals and sound, focusing of course on Annie and her outsider friends. But what really added nostalgia to the mix was the return of the fantastic ending theme song of Mikasa from the first season of the parent series. The voice acting was great, again, Attack On Titan’s cast was always great on this one. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any opening theme song to start off the hype, but it isn’t always necessary.
– Character (8.0/10):
This is what kept the OVA going, Annie had some great focus, the spotlight brought out the best out of her and gave us some deep insight into her life, and some sneaky peaks on her backstory. Before this, I really didn’t give Annie many credits and wasn’t even one of my top favorite characters in the series, but this was a rank-changer for her to me. Unfortunately, Mikasa’s episode wasn’t as deep as Annies, it didn’t add anything special, to be honest, we already knew plenty about her, she only seemed to display even more affection to Eren.
– Enjoyment (7.0/10):
Most definitely, my second favorite OVA of the series after “No Regrets”, I enjoyed the heck out of what Annie had to offer, but not much with Mikasa’s. There are in fact few intriguing moments with Mikasa, making her as sort of having some mysterious supernatural powers, they did it before and here they are back with it strong.
– Overall (7.4/10):
If you’re either of both characters fan (which you should be), you should give this a try, especially for you Annie lovers, it’s for her, more than a just irrelevant episode because they manage to tell more about her than the entire series did so far.
I enjoyed Annie’s story much more than Mikasa’s (even if Mikasa is my favorite character.) Annie’s story felt closer to something Isayama would write. I think the author successfully fit in a short story between major canon events and kept Annie’s character true to her nature. The two episodes given to her surely helped. Obviously, with the same artwork, voice actors, and music, it by all means feels like an Attack on Titan episode. The “Call Your Name” girl version ending was well done and a delightful tribute.
It is Mikasa’s story that I am a bit more disappointed with. Her story is reduced to one episode, and it shows, as the pacing is more rushed. That being said, I don’t enjoy Mikasa’s story much to begin with. It is not a story placed in between canon events like Annie’s, but rather an alternative universe headcanon that only exists to show again and again Mikasa’s undying loyalty toward Eren. It is unfortunate to see that, considering she is my favorite Attack on Titan character. I would’ve enjoyed a story similar to Annie’s for her, or better yet, at least see her also given two episodes for a proper adaption of her story.
Lost Girls, while including two well-known female characters from the franchise, is obviously not on par with actual Attack on Titan episodes. That being said, it was still enjoyable seeing these characters in action in something different from canon, and with the continuity of the artwork, voice actresses, and soundtrack, it still manages to be a pretty enjoyable OVA for the franchise.
The first two episodes of the OVA follow everyone’s second favourite Titan shifter, Annie, as she tries to solve a case about a missing rich girl so that her roommate will give her an opening to capture Eren. So, this is just before episode 17 of the anime. We get some glimpses into her past, her relationship with her father and how she trained.
The third episode focuses on Mikasa during the battle of Trost when she believed Eren was dead. So, really early in the anime. It basically goes into her head and her private fantasy of a world where she might be able to be with her adoptive brother. Sweet Home Alabama intensifies.
The two episode Annie story is really well done. It’s compelling. Her investigation is interesting. It gives you a strong sense of her life in the Capital and her motivations.
The Mikasa episode, in contrast, is mediocre at best. It’s basically her getting into her own head and finding nothing of value. It could have been an opportunity to explore her relationship with her parents and regrets over losing them so young, but them being alive in her little fantasy is solely incidental and you barely see her interact with them. It’s not interesting and it doesn’t add anything because it’s basically nothing in terms of the larger narrative and all it does is repeat what we already know about her character, or lack thereof.
Annie really benefits from her story in this. We get to see facets of her personality that are normally hidden beneath her cold, collected exterior. We get a stronger sense of her motivations and how her upbringing helped turn her into the woman we see in the series proper.
Mikasa’s episode just highlights what a bland trope of a character she is. Which is unfortunate because this was an opportunity for her to be more than a generic action girl with a fixation on the hero who happens to be her adopted brother that makes her emotionally vulnerable. But that’s literally all her episode focuses on. This is why Mikasa is rubbish.
You have to give Wit credit. They make this franchise in general look fantastic. The varied character designs look really good. The action flows well. Annie actually looks adorable when she eats a doughnut for the first time. And yes, it is an actual doughnut and not a misidentified rice ball. 4Kids doesn’t even exist any more.
Shimamura Yuu and Kitanishi Junko both give strong performances. Even Ishikawa Yui does well voicing Blanda. Certainly better than you would expect given the lack of character. The music is strongly composed.
There really isn’t any. Christa and Ymir aren’t in this with their adorable interactions. Neither are Levi and Erwin with their weird way of flirting that makes it clear they’ll never admit they’re flirting.
Areas of Improvement:
1. This OVA would be better without the Mikasa episode.
2. If you must have an episode about Mikasa, at least give it some narrative or character significance. A story from her childhood that somewhat elevates her as a character so she’s less boring. Or an aside about her activities during, before or after a battle that we didn’t see before.
3. Stop pushing the idea of Mikasa and Eren as romantic interests. I get that Mikasa was adopted into Eren’s family when she was nine and not born into it but that’s still enough to make it creepy.
Honestly, I would give the Annie episodes a solid 8/10 by themselves. The problem is that I also have to factor in the Mikasa episode, which is a 5/10, if I’m feeling generous. So, averaging it out, the OVA gets a 7/10. If you’re thinking about watching it, I do recommend the first two episodes if you’ve seen the first series of the anime or more. But I’d skip the Mikasa episode completely because it’s literally nothing.
19: Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai
English: The Kubikiri Cycle
Japanese: クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い
MAL Score: 7.81
Due to a mysterious disease, the genius Iria Akagami has been forced by her family to stay in a mansion on the isolated Wet Crow’s Feather Island with only a handful of maids. To keep herself entertained, Iria invites a variety of fellow geniuses to stay as guests in her home, including computer savant Tomo Kunagisa and her unnamed assistant, skilled fortune-teller Maki Himena, famous artist Kanami Ibuki, academic scholar Akane Sonoyama, and renowned cook Yayoi Sashirono.
These visits progress as normal until one of the guests is found gruesomely murdered in the night without a single clue as to the identity of the killer or a possible motive. Tensions rise between those on the island as the killer remains at large, and Tomo’s assistant takes it upon himself to uncover the culprit’s identity before the murderous events progress any further.
Little of significance happens during this time: character introductions interspersed with surreal ‘SHAFT-ness’ (this should be coined as a word if it hasn’t already) and philosophical discussions about the meaning of life and why the protagonist is apparently such a big fat loser. Cool, so everyone is a weirdo, and the setting makes no sense, but why are we supposed to care, again? I expect most people who are not already fans of Nisio Isin or SHAFT anime will lose interest somewhere during this time and potentially drop the series altogether.
Which would be a mistake, because the third to eighth episodes are an absolute joy to watch, and constitute some of the best content SHAFT has produced in years.
Zaregoto (Kubikiri Cycle) is, rather, a murder-mystery anime, which those familiar with the Danganronpa series will find quite similar. The unnamed protagonist, trapped on a solitary island with a dozen others, must wrack his brain to solve a bizarre string of seemingly impossible murders. The natural response would be to call the authorities and let the professionals do their job, but circumstances prevent the police from being called to the island. And so begins a traditional battle of logic: the construction of alibis, theories to be argued out, and proof to be sought— and sought desperately.
Those well-versed in the mystery genre will find it relatively easy to work out the culprit’s identity via the clues left behind, but the actual process through which the murders are committed, and especially the culprit’s motives, are a bit harder to predict, if largely because they contain elements that would be implausible in an actual real-life incident. So, if being surprised by absurd events is more entertaining to you than an ordinary, realistic murder case, you will be in for a fun little ride. And conversely, those seeking something plausible will be a bit more exasperated. But I am not sure you would be coming to a SHAFT anime in the first place if you were expecting realism. I mean, hell, in the final episode, with 200 cars exploding into an atomic-bomb sized ball of fire, directly behind the characters during their peaceful car drive, with them not so much as even acknowledging it (what?), it became clear to me that this show ain’t based in our universe. The SHAFT universe is indeed a strange one.
If surreal artwork and mystery was all Zaregoto had going on, perhaps it would merely be an average, albeit fun series. The debates between the characters at the round-table aren’t particularly compelling, with the protagonist and his opponents simply going through the motions of a mystery story: a theory and an inevitable rebuttal. Compared to the Danganronpa games, which made things much more complex and interesting by means of characters speaking in red herrings and complete untruths (even when they are innocent and have nothing to be gained from lying), in Zaregoto’s case, there just isn’t a whole lot to applaud.
So it’s a good thing there is more to Zaregoto than mystery. The frequent philosophical discussions between the protagonist and his opponents, characteristic of Nisio Isin’s catalogue, make even the moments where the story is at a standstill a pleasure to watch and listen to. There are a couple scenes that veer towards preachy or even arrogant territory (“this is my, Nisio Isin’s, way of thinking, and other perspectives on life do not and cannot exist”), and a scene involving one of the maids uttering the most disparaging comments that could possibly be uttered to another human being (ending in them, literally, no joke, telling the protagonist he should kill himself), when said maid has only known the protagonist for a grand total of three effin’ days, was quite… nay, extremely uncomfortable to watch. But by and large, the philosophical discussions in Zaregoto add an extra bit of flair, a more cerebral quality that many anime lack, even if the themes of these discussions aren’t necessarily new or profound.
With a dozen characters and only eight episodes (and constituting only the beginning of a much larger light novel series), naturally, the characters are developed to wildly varying extents, with some being relegated to the sidelines and existing as little more than one or two-note tropes. The cook, Yayoi, is particularly guilty of this, being some incredible genius in the kitchen and capable of differentiating hundreds of thousands of tastes (how the heck do you even count that in the first place?), yet we see nothing of her cooking or her character besides her blowing her gasket at one point before withdrawing to the shadows again. Maki, defined largely by her love for wine and her verbal abusing the protagonist, is perhaps the most mature and intriguing member of the cast, which makes it a shame how little was seen of her. Instead, we get to see Tomo a million times… cute she is— especially in her twintail incarnation— but ‘cute shut-in savant girl’ is a trope I’ve seen seen more times in anime than I want to. The unnamed protagonist— or Ii-chan, I guess we could call him as Tomo does— is unsurprisingly the one with the most depth, a sort of darkness, a depressive nature hidden inside him that is teased but little revealed throughout the series. Mature and logical, he stands his ground in arguments, keeping his emotions tucked away inside himself. Though I wouldn’t go as far as to claim him ‘fun’ or ‘likeable’, he’s completely inoffensive and is one of the more compelling protagonists anime’s mystery genre has birthed.
Yes, Zaregoto looks, sounds, and feels like a typical SHAFT anime, a visual cross between Madoka and the Monogatari series. Surreal artwork, embracing style over realism, is ever-present, particularly in the final episode which is SHAFT cranked up to eleven and completely and entirely visually incomprehensible. The surreal artwork coheres with the story, considering the ridiculous supernatural skills most of the characters possess, but at times the artistic and sound design becomes overbearing. No, the characters do not need to do the trademark SHAFT head-tilt, and no, we don’t need the protagonist’s inner monologues sounding like he is talking in the bathroom of some abandoned house. It’s as if SHAFT is incapable of letting go, of letting the story take the lead and the artwork being complimentary, as it should in Zaregoto’s case. There’s an almost arrogant nature here, and, honestly, after over a decade of the same thing, it’s about time the studio experiments with a new artistic style. But, yes, look and sound pretty Zaregoto does, especially with its background music and tight transitioning between opening sequence and story.
Zaregoto is a thoroughly enjoyable, if unfortunately brief experience. It is also obscure: obscure in the sense that mainstream audiences— those who are not active fans of Nisio Isin or SHAFT— will not be aware of its existence. It is, after all, an OVA series. It didn’t air on TV. It is an adaptation of a series already fifteen years old. It went straight to disc, the only choice being to buy it or not. In Japan, where streaming services and illegal downloading aren’t half as much a thing as they are in the west, this has made Zaregoto completely and utterly impenetrable to newcomers.
And that’s unfortunate, because Zaregoto deserves to be watched.
Zaregoto is a Nisioisin show. Who ever told you it was a mystery probably told you PMMM is a kids show, and Shokugeki No Soma is a cooking manga. Bottom line, if you like that Nisioisin flavor you’re gonna like this OVA, if you don’t, well, at least ep. 7 has a beautifully animated scene directed by Akiyuki Shinbo that’s worth the 8 ep. price of admission.
Without reading any of the other reviews I can tell you what they’re gonna say. Zaregoto is a slow build. The main character is an edgelord. It’s a little bit too much of a stale whodunnit? without a sense that something tangible is at stake. Yeah, forget that noise. Like Monogatari, the big flashy genre set-pieces are sideshows, the character drama is the main event. All the mansions and murders and mauve color palettes only really matter to the extent that they give us greater insight into the characters themselves, the demons they’re wrestling with, and whether or not they can actually overcome them. Deep breath. So yeah, the story starts with a lot of talking heads and not a lot of lopping heads. That’s the point. When the characters and the hidden forces that drive them are the meat of the story its natural to spend 2-3 episodes listening to them subtly unveil the workings of their inner psyche. Of course, this is what makes Boku (MC-kun) seem like a member of the edge nobility. You already know him, he’s the world-weary hoodie-donning teenager who abuses his privilege as narrator to preach his profound-as-a-puddle philosophy of not caring. Thankfully the show knows better. Half the fun of Zaregoto is watching the people around him pick away at his shell. He’s a moaner, but he’s not trash. You genuinely hope he’ll evolve into a better person by the end of the series.
What are you waiting for? I gave you the bottom line in the first paragraph. Stop reading reviews and just go watch the thing!
While I don’t like how pretentious saying this sounds, I still have to say it:
This isn’t some ‘Whodunnit’-rhomp you can watch after work or school while being half asleep. To truly get most out of it, I recommend really focusing on it as much as possible.
That, or get drunk and enjoy the pretty pictures and lovely sound.
I’ve been guilty of that too occassionally.
Now on to what you can actually expect.
Zaregoto is a character study donning the guise of a murder mystery, with some good indulgent waifu material, as is Nisioisin’s law.
Now, one could say that this sounds a lot like the Monogatari series, which is also a character study pretending to be a ‘Girl-of-the-week’ harem, but there’s differences beyond the genre.
While The Kubikiri Cycle certainly has a good cast of characters, the main developmental focus is actually cast on our protagonist, Boku (or refferred to as Ii-Chan, by his friend Tomo), which alludes to the entire story being told in his perspective, as it was in the novel. Not once does anyone actually say his name.
Throughout the story, the anime touches on themes such as one’s place in the world as well as society, the blessings and curses that come with being a genius/savant, one’s calling in life, the dependancy upon other people and lots of other tough to swallow subjects you’d probably rather hear about in school than anime.
I’d say, though, that it’s precisely what’s so interesting about this OVA. You can easily read into it as much as you want, you can just enjoy this as a surface level murder-mistery (even if it falls a bit flat on that level) or you could even get an epiphany and become the next Buddha.
We’re not quite sure yet if Nisioisin is that smart or if he’s just good at pretending to be smart.
Anyway, if that managed to catch your interest, I’ll now cut to the dry part of my review and talk about the subcategories specifically. Ready? Cause I aint.
As alluded to before, the actualy murder mystery is quite solid. Nothing amazingly new, but it utilizes the classic ‘Locked Room’ mystery quite well.
It also doesn’t fall into the more modern trap of not actually giving the audience the hints they need to figure stuff out themselves.
You’ll know as much as the protagonist, guaranteed.
One thing to be critiqued especially, is that the entire cast sometimes just doesn’t think about something every person who’s familiar with mysteries would think about. People lying about alibis? The murderer didn’t act alone? The persone we think is suspicious doesn’t actually have a decent motive?
Yeah, it’ll take a while, if at all, for the cast to even consider these questions at times.
Still, solid like I said, and it’s more of a vehicle to make our characters encounter new experiences and question themselves, so it’s not key to the enjoyment.
This is highly subjective, but I’m a sucker for Shaft’s Monogatari-style directing, which they heavily used for this title. Head-tilts, eye close-ups, supremely intricate and beautiful backgrounds, colour-shifts, it’s all here.
Even without the directing though, I think it’s needless to say that the art is just extremely nice.
I’ve heard people say that the characters look a bit too ‘plastic-y’ at times thanks to the lighting, which I think is a fair point, but I can’t say that I dislike it.
The sounds was for me, especially in the first few episodes, phenomenal in complimenting the atmosphere. It constantly creates an atmosphere of unease even before the murder(s) and keeps you on your toes.
As the episodes went on, however, I noticed the soundtrack less and less. Not that it ever got bad, just not as obviously good as before.
I’ll have to note though, that this might be because I binged the series, so maybe I just lost focus as time went on.
Shoutout to both OP and ED, as they’re really good songs.
Usually, on any other Nisioisin production, this is where I’d praise him for cleverly subverting character stereotypes, but with Zaregoto I really need to commend him on writing characters that complement his main goal, which is to explore Boku (and to a lesser extent Tomo) as characters.
Every character pretty much stays true to what you’d think they’d be like. But only in this circle of very defined and rigid characters can an undefined character like our protagonist truly shine.
In that sense, I can see how giving this section a 10 could be controversial, as I’m praising the choice and usage of characters, and not the characters themselves.
If it’s any comfort, can I say that I really liked all of the characters, both personality and design? Especially my girl; sleazy, drunkard fortune teller, Maki Himena.
I really shouldn’t have written all the stuff before my ratings, as it’d fit better in here, now that I think about.
Trying to find any closing words, I’d have to go with the following:
If you enjoy the idea of analyzing something again and again, and want to see just how far anime as a medium can be pushed, then you’ll really like the Monogatari Series.
And if that’s too much time investment or a bit too big of a plunge (or I guess you already consumed everything Monogatari, but want more), then watch this OVA, cause it’s a great start to Nisio’s writing and Shaft’s directing while not outstaying its welcome.
18: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!: Kono Subarashii Choker ni Shukufuku wo!
Japanese: この素晴らしい世界に祝福を！ 第11話 この素晴らしいチヨーカーに祝福を！
MAL Score: 7.86
While exploring Wiz’s magic shop with his party, Kazuma Satou finds a magical wish-granting choker and decides to try it on. Only then does Wiz tell him that the choker strangles its wearer to death in four days unless their desires are fulfilled. This wouldn’t be a problem if Kazuma knew what his wish was. Fearing for Kazuma’s life, Aqua, Megumin, and Lalatina “Darkness” Dustiness Ford all agree to do his bidding in order to satisfy his desires and hopefully grant his wish, no matter what he asks for…
Apart from a few funny lines and visual gags, this OVA, like most, was just filler garbage. Nothing really too special or worth-while about it apart from some tiny character developments for Megumin.
Lots of fanservice that detracts from the overall ideas behind the show. Not much creativity put into the premise and the story falls flat more than once. This is backed up by a messy structure that jolts from premise to premise.
If there’s one positive thing to say is that the physical humor here was better than a lot of the main shows. As stated before, Megumin received minor development with a small look into her past group endeavors but that doesn’t provide enough to save a horribly meandering story.
– minor spoilers henceforth –
You can consider this episode more of a stand-alone episode – in terms of plot, it is not connected to any part of KonoSuba’s first season. To summarize quickly, our four favorite wanderers – Megumin, Aqua, Darkness, and Kazuma – enter Wiz’s shop one day, where we meet Yunyun, Megumin’s self-proclaimed rival. As they bicker among each other, Kazuma puts on a magical device that can grant any wish. If the wish isn’t granted within a four day period, the user dies. Since Kazuma doesn’t wish for anything (or so he thinks), he uses the next four days to make Megumin, Aqua, Darkness, Yunyun, and Wiz to do whatever he wishes. Hilarity ensues.
– end spoilers –
Simply put, this was a nice and fun OVA to watch. It’s difficult to critically analyze OVAs since they tend to be short (only 20 minutes long) and don’t follow the main story, so I’ve spared you the trouble. But in terms of the script itself, the writing is highly consistent with the execution of that of the first season. The humor hits you just at the right moment, and the writers of this OVA have delivered a surplus of it, that’s for sure.
So, should you watch this? Well, for one, if you’re expecting something really deep or meaningful, you have come to the wrong place. Or perhaps you think the characters will be more tolerable despite the fact that you found them bland and irritable during the first season – well, unfortunately, they’re exactly the same, so I would not recommend watching this OVA if you hold that opinion. On the other hand, if you liked how KonoSuba’s comedy played out during the first season, you’ll probably like this too. And, finally, it should be noted that there is some combination of fan service, crude humor, and lewd humor present – and, at times it was on the level of what we witnessed in the infamous Season 1 Episode 9 (“God’s Blessing on this Wonderful Shop!”). So if you found yourself cringing throughout Episode 9, maybe this also isn’t for you.
All in all, this was a humorous time-killer. Fortunately, in case you haven’t heard, there is a second season in the works right now. But for now, this will have to do until it’s released.
(Side note: As with all other reviews that I write for OVAs, overall rating reflects enjoyment only.)
Anyways, back to the OVA. I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything big with plot, but at least something interesting involving the original ideas for the show. I mean, perhaps they ran out of ideas towards the end of the first season, which is kind of silly considering it’s only 10 episodes, but I hoped they didn’t fall into a pit of despair where they gave up on the idea and just threw a bunch of nude girls to the audience and hope they got good ratings.
I guess I was wrong.
This OVA was pure fanservice. I already saw the direction it was going when a half nude girl was introduced to the show. The plot appeared to be written by a horny 12 year old who just wanted a way to justify naked girls on television. The characters were basically made fun of because they showed no resistance, and the MC turned into a terrible human being who was definitely different than the show. The original plot basically ceased to exist, so they might as well be anywhere because it apparently isn’t important anymore. This, unfortunately, confirmed my belief that the second season will probably be similar to the end of the first season and this OVA.
I understand that fanservice is sometimes good and that ecchi elements can produce humor, and that this show in the first season used some of that to their advantage. I do agree. However, this is definitely not the same show I watched the first season. It was all just for fanservice, and that makes a show absolutely terrible. The art and sound were both great, but know for sure this isn’t the same show anymore.
There’s not much else to write, except that I’m ashamed the producers allowed the show to stoop to the level of a typical ecchi harem series. Watch it for the ecchi, however, don’t watch it for the plot. It’s a completely joke.
17: Hoozuki no Reitetsu OVA
Japanese: 鬼灯の冷徹 OAD
MAL Score: 7.87
Bundled with the limited editions of 17th, 18th, 19th, and 24th volumes of the Hoozuki no Reitetsu manga.
What I love the most about this anime is it art..Absolutely fantastic…It was really clever incorporating ancient Japanese art.
The anime was also educational (Like seriously, now I like know a lot about hell)
Hoozuki is one bad-assed character and everything about him is amazing; His weird hobbies to his dedication in his works, it also has a lot of historical characters…many not heard of and it was really nice to know so many legends….I suggest you start from the main series..+..That opening song and the gold fishes will never leave your mind.The comedy was spot on and so were the parody references…
16: Carnival Phantasm
Japanese: カーニバル ファンタズム
MAL Score: 7.88
How do you resolve a conflict between powerful spirits of famous heroes for a prize capable of granting any wish? Wage a war that will cost your blood, sweat, and tears? Too much work—how about a game-show competition instead?
Carnival Phantasm takes a number of characters from Type-Moon’s original works, and puts them in a variety of light-hearted scenarios which parody their respective series. Watch Lancer suffering due to his low luck stat, or watch the egotistical King of Heroes gladly kneel to a dominatrix King of Knights. Just remember to leave your sanity at the door.
Make a spin-off? Okay… Give it to a freshman company that could ruin it all? Alright…
TAKE MY MONEY!
Carnival Phantasm is an OVA Comedy Sketch Anime based on the Manga called Take-MOON which was written by Type-MOON’s Eri Takenashi to celebrate Type-MOON’s 10th Anniversary.
I originally heard about this anime back in 2010 but I never had the chance to watch it. So I decided to watch it last year; and this has became my number one favourite of all time.
There really isn’t a major story and I’m A-OK with that! The anime follows the many plots the Manga has and revolves around the cast from Melty Blood, Fate/stay night and Tsukihime. Each one having a comedic plot; and the hosts of this anime being the Neco-Arcs from the Melty Blood franchise. There really isn’t much to say as there are multiple plots hanging, but they are pulled off so well I cannot help but laugh.
The art is great but it can be very noticeable that some things were missing or re-drawn. One example of an error is during the OP; one of the schoolgirls on the far right will vanish just before she leaves the screen. While these are a few errors, I still like the art direction, it feels very close to the original artwork of the VN and Fighting Games. The OP always brings a smile to my face whenever I see it; the ED is great to see too. This anime is very pretty to look at if you ignore some of the errors.
The sound in this anime is just… how can I put it?… SO HAPPY!
The OP Super Affection by Minami Kuribayashi, Miyuki Hashimoto, Faylan, Aki Misato, yozuca* and rino always puts a huge smile on my face with how upbeat it sounds. The ED Fellows by Masaaki Endoh is a huge treat to listen to as well. The rest of the sound effects are very nice to hear to aswell.
The characters we know and love from Fate/stay, Melty Blood and Tsukihime have all kept their original personalities but upped the ante with a sprinkle of humour added into their personality. There are alot of characters so I will only go through a few. One of the most popular characters in this anime being Lancer (voiced by Nobutoshi Canna) is the biggest bit of Slapstick Humour in this anime and recurring gag. As he is always dying. Satsuki Yumizuka (voiced by Omi Minami) is a member of a stand up group called “Back-Alley Alliance” as she tries to do unfunny stand up comedy.
All the other characters are a treat to see. Even those with minor appearances are a great enjoyment to watch.
If this rating system could go any higher. I’d give it a twelve; but the enjoyment here is absolutely great. The humour in these episodes is hilarious and will always bring a smile to your face, the jokes are great, the recurring gags are hilarious; characters are so memorable and great to see. The OP is just so cheery too. It feels like the right recipe that can be watched again and again, with the comedy never running dry.
This anime to me is just amazing. I had my doubts about it at first, but I’m glad I got to see it; its my favourite of all time and I enjoyed it. Fans of Type-MOON’s Visual Novels, Fighting Games and Fate/stay night anime franchises will love this.
SEA-SON FOUR! SEA-SON FOUR!
As I understand, this anime is based off the Take-Moon manga created by Eri Takanashi, whom you may know best as the creator of the relatively popular series Kannagi. If you’ve been introduced to Kannagi and its offbeat brand of humor, then you might know what to expect…or do you? The fact is, Carnival Phantasm’s humor is way more polished and wacky than Kannagi, and that’s coming from someone who considers himself a fan of both. It’s clear just by viewing one episode that Takanashi is passionate about the Nasuverse, bringing in even the most obscure relics and fan favorites such as Neco-Arc Chaos, Sion, and Caren. Even the denizens of Melty Blood are present!
Going into all the individual segments, easter eggs, and recurring gags would make this a very, very long review, so I’ll just leave all those for you to watch for yourself. But some of my personal favorite segments are the Grail-kun, Afterschool Alleyway Alliance, The 5th Seihai Grand Prix, Berserker’s First Errand, and of course the omnipresent Seihai-kun. The Badump! Date Plan segment gets an honorable mention simply for being exactly what it sounds like: the protagonists of Fate and Tsukihime trying to create their own respective harems. If you know why that might pose many, many problems and you can realize how absolutely, ridiculously absurd that would be, then this series is definitely for you. Things even get serious in typical Nasu fashion with the episode “Final Dead Lancer”. At its core, it is nothing more than a love letter to the Type-Moon universe, and I wouldn’t ask for anything more.
Carnival Phantasm is beautifully animated and has one of the catchiest OPs in recent memory. The ED pales in comparison, but still serves as a nice dramatis personae to the Nasuverse. The Tiger Dojo segments are the stuff of legend–you won’t believe how good they are till you see them.
You won’t find any mollusks or postmodern, unconventional, often maddening writing styles in this series, but this is without a doubt the best and most hilarious take on the Nasuverse since “Platonic Magician H” or “Kaleido Prism Illya”. I highly recommend it to anyone.
SEA-SON FOUR! SEA-SON FOUR!
Story- This don’t need no story, its basically a whole bunch of comedic skits, so the presence of story is neither needed nor wanted
Art – It is an ONA so art isn’t really gonna be that good considering the budget ONA’s get, but the use of simplistic art favors the humor, in fact it wouldn’t have been as good if the art was high budget.
Sound – Best Opening ever made, in all of creation.
Characters – All the Type Moon Characters, made brilliantly hilarious. Best Type Moon Fan service ever
Enjoyment – This represents that maximum amount of enjoyment a human being can ever have.
Overall – You need to have watched and be familiar with the other Type Moon Anime: Fate, Tsukihime. But if you liked those…. this will be a better present then anything anyone has given you…… Even a car.
If you haven’t watched it, and you’ve seen other type moon anime, watch it now. It is pretty much the best comedy you can get.
15: Noragami Aragoto OVA
Japanese: ノラガミ OAD
MAL Score: 7.88
Hiyori Iki goes on a skiing trip with her parents and happens to bump into Yato and Yukine. After a short while, they find the other gods who are there for a company vacation. But amidst all the fun, someone is plotting a heinous crime, and Yato is the primary target.
On a different day, Yato’s been able to make a small fortune from his last job and decides to take Hiyori and Yukine to Capyper Land. Although she agrees without knowing the destination, will Hiyori actually enjoy the day considering what happened on her last visit?
The first OVA is all of them going on a ski trip thing, and the second is all of them going to Capypa Land~
I would have to say the second OVA in this is the best out of all four of them in total~
But both of these are really funny and amazing.
And both have adorable Yato moments >w< Although these are mostly just comedy, it's adorable and makes me really happy~ especially the second one - all my ships in one place <3 Yato, Hiyori, Yukine, Bishamon, Kazuma, Kofuku, Daikoku . . . even Ebisu is here! Having all of them together feels so special >///< I loved these OVAs so much and they are a must watch~ [/collapse] [collapse title=“Reviews2:”]The second OVA is amazing! One of my favorite aspects of Noragami is the humor and this OVA is full of it. I also just think Capypa land is a hilarious concept so the characters finally going there was perfect. Plus some romance thrown in there... I was dead. I have watched this specific OVA back several times now whenever I need that "Noragami feel" again. The first OVA is great too. While it doesn't really contribute anything to the main plot line or anything like that, it's a fun side story that brings all the main characters we see in the series together. It was fun to see how they all interacted with each other together since usually we just see yato, yuki and hiyori interacting with all those characters individually. 10/10 would recommend. Love it [/collapse] [collapse title=“Reviews3:”]Sometimes, you just can't help but order an extra dose of sauce to compliment your fries, some people would say fries are not eatable without any sauce, but others while thinking it's okay, a little sauce won't hurt. replacing the fries with Noragami Aragato, you can't really deny to not want any extra content to seal off your hunger for more screentime. but Noragami Aragoto OVA was a hell of a quality dipping sauce indeed! - Story (7.0/10): The plot of these two OVA episodes are very much a variation of a slice of life with the comedy switch turned on. There is really no heavy plot whirlpools or anything of that depth, just our characters going through some fun. With the first episode having the whole crew go on a skiing vacation where some mysterious fella tries to kill Yato, while the latter spends time trying to capture his killer. The second OVA episode focuses on the crew going to Capypa, while Hiyori is still having nightmares from what happened there the last time she went, with Yato trying to cheer her up. - Art (8.0/10): I can at least thus far say, the viewers can rest assured, and not worry about the quality of the animation, because it remains consistent throughout the 23 minutes couple of episodes, nothing to bash or drag way too much here, here's an above average work of animation, just enjoy the plot. - Sound (8.5/10): Aside from the fabulous opening and ending theme songs nothing stands out in a very memorable manner. Again, it was really great having to see those work of arts once another time. The voice acting was really well done for a comedic atmosphere. - Character (8.5/10): As I said before, the whole gang had the focus of this OVA, all of your lovable characters, I like how nobody was by any chance annoying. Everybody had some sort of screentime, they had the chance to speak some words and just be there for the sake of having a good time. - Enjoyment (9.0/10): The last season's OVA was fantastic, but this one was way more fun to keep up with, both episodes are very wholesome and engaging, I really need a third season and a good complimentary OVA too. - Overall (8.2/10): I would differently recommend this OVA for the parent's show's fans, especial the people into comedy, I've had some great giggles every here and there. [/collapse]
14: Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – Meiou Shinwa
English: Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas
Japanese: 聖闘士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神話
MAL Score: 7.98
A Holy War, from ancient mythology, where the Goddess Athena and Hades have fought against each other while defending the earth repeatedly over the span of 200 years. The story takes place in 18th century Europe, 243 years prior to the original “Saint Seiya” Three small children, Tenma, Alone, and Sasha have all shared a very happy childhood together. Tenma who is quite aggressive but upstanding has moved to Sanctuary to become a saint. It is there that he is reunited with Sasha who is the sister of Alone and learns that she is the reincarnation of Goddess Athena. Alone, who is kind, gentle and loves painting was chosen for the body of enemy King Hades. Tenma eventually becomes a saint of Pegasus and engages in a fierce battle with his best friend Alone, the King of Hades. Pegasus Tenma, King Hades, and the Goddess Athena and through the twist of their 3 fates merge together which unfolds a prologue to the original Saint Seiya.
(Source: TMS Entertaiment)
[collapse title=“Reviews1:”]First of all I have to mention that I didn’t watch the first Saint Seiya anime series, OVAs andr OADs merely because I wasn’t interested in the style or plot, so I wasn’t a fan of the series when I started Saint Seya: Lost Canvas.
Despite this, this anime made me enjoy myself pretty much.
Story – 9/10
Simple but catching. The War between Hades and Athena and some dramatic inserts of the two to make it even more enjoyable. Include Pegasus in all this and you get a perfect mix of fights, drama and betrayals.
Art – 9/10
What can I say about it? The art was one of the elements that made me watch this series so you can guess form that how much I enjoyed it xD The design of the characters were fitting and the panoramas were just gorgeous.
Sound – 8/10
I didn’t really like the opening song. My inner self was just screaming “Japanese people! stay away from English please!”. Besides that it felt way too ..errr…children-series type of song, thing that’s wrong since SY – Lost Canvas is a pretty dark series overall.
I have nothing to complain about the ending though. It was pretty and moving.
The insert songs between the scenes were good enough to make the right atmosphere so again, nothing to complain about it.
Character – 9/10
This is one thing that surprised me about this anime. Some of the characters, like Pieces and Virgo Gold Saints, even if they appeared in only 2-3 episodes of the series, that was enough to make me fall in love with them. The character development of the characters in such a short amount of time was outstanding.
The same with Yato, which I only thought will be a secondary character that everybody will forget once he gets off screen. I was wrong! lol xDD
Another character that surprised me was Alone, that despite everything he continued to cherish his past memories with his friends, deep inside his heart, even in his condition. The relationship between Alone, Tenma and Sasha was also really moving thinking about their present roles. So thumbs up to it.
Enjoyment – 8/10
I just gave it an 8 because of some fighting scenes that seemed awkward to me.
Overall – 8/10
8 because of the same reason as above but overall I really, really enjoy it and I am looking forward to the next season.
Obviously in comparison to the original series, Lost Canvas cuts right to the last story arc. Not only is it a prequel, it’s a very excellent addition and extension to the original source material. I thought some things in the last Hades OAV arcs to the original series needed to be elaborated on and Lost Canvas expands on certain specific aspects. I’d talk about them, but they’d be spoilers to both Lost Canvas, and oavs to the original series. On the outside, Tenma is a lot like Seiya, but has his own unique distinctions and qualities. In the original series, Seiya is portrayed more as a leader and it was kind of more of a team concept. However, Tenma isn’t exactly a lone wolf, but he does have some help. To compare the two characters in a nut-shell, Seiya is more like Son Gokuu from Dragon Ball, while Tenma is more like Ranma and Inuyasha with their personalities. They’re both fighters, but they express it in those kinds of ways.
What I also found interesting is that the current incarnation of the Unicorn Bronze Saint, Yato, has a lot more use in comparison to the original series, Jabu. The relationship Yato and Tenma have is kind of like a Ranma and Ryoga/Inuyaha and Kouga kind of one. They are very similar and yet they are always at each other’s throats. Despite that, I found it very surprising how their relationship develops in the course of this series from bitter rivals, to cooperative partners that will always have each other’s backs.
The series for this season is pretty well evenly paced and I like how it focuses on certain characters in certain episodes, and it’s not just exclusively about Tenma. Some of the Gold Saints have their own central episodes and you get to learn about them. Though they will only have short appearences, they do make a significant contribution to the progression of the story.
The villains are still pretty much the same from the Hades OAVs, but still have their own unique personalities and qualities in which they all stand out. The OAV ends at an understandable place and of course a sequel has been confirmed and the way it ends just makes you wish to watch that sequel already. I say this is a very good introduction in the same way the Hades Sanctuary Arc respectively was.
Art and Animation
As one can see, the original art design isn’t done by Kurumada Masami. However, he allowed a Shoujo author, Teshirogi Shiori, to do the art for this respective title for the original manga. The anime respectively follows that art style faithfully from what I’ve seen of pictures on the internet and magazines, and I’m of course saying this because I have yet to read the manga of Lost Canvas. The anatomy of the characters are still for the most part pretty slim with some buff guys here and there. The costume designs are of course very faithful to the original material so nobody can fault that. The hairstyles are thinner in comparison to Kurumada’s style, but it still works in contrast to the bodies, faces, and heads. The design of the villains are just as dark and yet still glossy as the Hades Chapter OAVs, but yet some of the characters have their own unique move sets and gimmicks.
As for the action, it’s much more fluid and there is more emphasis on direct hand-to-hand combat as opposed to relying on special moves. However, with a much lesser character roster, the match up appeal isn’t really that present here except in just a couple of fights. Of course Tenma will have the Pegasus Ryuusei Ken and it’s presented in a different angle and not much recycled animation is abused in this. The action is still explosive and exciting, and like I said before, doesn’t go to a point where it gets ridiculously over the top.
Music and Voice Acting
What really took me by surprised is the opening theme “The Realm of Athena” by EUROX. Of course in the tradition of Saint Seiya, it is rock with a good set of guitars as a hook, but the song itself is in perfect English. And the qualities in terms of lyrics in what made Pegasus Fantasy and Megami no Senshi so presentable and catchy, and reflects what the show is about, and it’s not just some song that’s promoting the artist or song, it’s about the show itself, and Saint Seiya is one of the rare products to have music like that. It’s a very good anyway and has its own distinct energy that relfects the overall atmosphere of the series. The general background music is of course new and is very intense at the right times and very acoustic during softer moments. A lot of the percussions and those acoustics used is also very appropriate to the setting in context to the time and place in a cultural sense so that’s a nice touch.
As for the voice acting, I’m not at all familiar with the voice actors of Tenma and Alone. Kakihara Tetsuya, Tenma’s respectice seiyuu, does a great job in making Tenma that arrogant but yet caring fighter. It really reminded me of Suzumura Ken’ichi’s portrayal of Taitou from Jushin Enbu Hero Tales, a character very similar to Tenma. Shimono Hiro as the voice of Alone/Hades I think has to be the performance that has to get the most credit. You’re playing who is supposed to be the most purest person on Earth, and then all of a sudden, becomes the God of the Underworld. He does a great job of a guy who for one minute is convinginly someone who believes in non-violence, and then the next moment is a God that doesn’t care about life.
However, a familiar name that most new school fans should know is the voice of Hirano Aya, the voice of Suzumiya Haruhi, as the voice of Sasha/Athena. Of course in comparison to Haruhi, she is a leader and takes charge, but in a more serious situation, she is very authoritive and commanding as that character, but also compassionate and caring to Tenma. She’s very serious, but yet calm. The influence of Han Keiko’s original performance is also there, but of course the overall voice cast will still never compare to the original no matter how hard they try.
Well, to overall conclude, do you need any previous experience with Saint Seiya? It does help a lot. You can watch this with a fresh mind and still enjoy it. I say on the downside, it can potentially spoil the original series in some respective aspects. But as I said before, if you do have some familiarity, a certain aspect will be elaborated upon and I thought it was a nice touch. By the time you finish this part of the series, you feel like it’s truly beginning. I can’t say the characters develop tremendously in an individual sense, but this is made up for by the relationships the characters develop and try to maintain. The original series had a good balance between developing the characters individually and the relationships, but the original series easily had those opportunities. Hopefully when the next installment comes about, there will be a bit more emphasis on that.
Indeed this is only for Saint Seiya fans. Its basically a remake of the Hades saga but in an alternate universe. There are major changes in the plot composition though – enough changes to make it unpredictable enough. The characters cast are very different and fans will get an appreciation of the characters which have been traditionally left out or marginalised in the canonical Kurumada’s original Saint Seiyas animes.
Effectively this seems like a reaction to fans’s eternal complains about certain characters e.g. Jabu of unicorn, Aldebaran and Aphrodite of Pisces among others who are always, so to say, left out of the big picture. Here we do get a better appreciation of these Knights and their abilities, and also a fair amount of airing time is devoted to the other Gold Saints too.
The series seems to revolve around the previous holy war between the Hades camp and that of Athena, and often devolve into mini stories exposing the powers and personality of each Gold Saint and other important characters.
For Saint Seiya fan this will not fail to be a 10. But those who have not watched the whole of the Saint Seiya saga will somewhat lack the appreciation needed to fully enjoy this and could be bit lost and probably might find the battle meaningless and boring since they can’t relate well to the characters.
13: Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA
MAL Score: 8.00
Two OVA episodes bundled with the 16th volume of the manga.
One of the included episodes is based on the story from the 15th volume, while the other contain an all-new original story.
In this bundle consisting of two OVAs we get to see our beloved characters Nanami, Tomoe, and of course the loveable baby Mizuki. Sadly, the OVAs can easily be dismissed as generic. We have the typical Nanami who over thinks things, and tries to impress a Tomoe who never needed to be impressed. She tries to assert her independence, and ultimately ends up making a fool of herself in the attempt. Still, it’s nice to see how the Tomoe x Nanami relationship has slightly changed into a closer one where Tomoe’s more open.
On an ending note, the music was blissful, from the beginning to the end. The little scenes where everything becomes quiet and all you hear is a beautiful tune will never get old. The ending of the OVA seemed to leave a little mystery though, perhaps hinting towards something more in the future. I’d suggest giving this a watch if you enjoyed the original anime, it won’t do any harm.
The story is as generic as an OVA for a shoujo anime can get, so the quality of it is not even close to the anime. It’s basically just some sweet moments from their daily life, and that’s about it. I mean, it’s an OVA so I guess it’s fair.
The sound was also a little bad, although maybe the fault was at the source I watched it on, who knows.
Overall, you won’t really regret not watching this, but if you’re looking for some boring romantic scenarios then go on, I guess.
(Story: 5/10, art: 6/10, sound: 5/10, character: 7/10, enjoyment: 5/10)
12: Wolf’s Rain OVA
English: Wolf’s Rain OVA
Japanese: ウルフズ レイン
MAL Score: 8.02
As the world accelerates toward its own destruction, Kiba and Cheza—with the help of Tsume, Hige, Toboe, and Blue—race to reach true paradise before the entire world is rendered uninhabitable. Now reunited, Cher and Hubb decide to accompany the wolves in hopes of seeing the journey through to its end, while a distraught and confused Quent wanders aimlessly into the wasteland with his mind fixated on revenge.
Meanwhile, Lord Darcia the Third has finally put his plot into motion and pursues Cheza, pitting him against the pack. As everything falls apart yet simultaneously falls into place, the wolves struggle to survive in an increasingly dangerous environment. Though the end draws near, paradise seems further away than ever before.
It becomes STUNNING!
Intense, emotional, and gripping, the OVAs are the climax of Wolf’s Rain. This is where Nobumoto really shined… a good shounen series, but with a seinen-class masterpiece of an ending. The story is given proper closure and the action is at its flashiest, but the characters are beyond what I can describe. It brings them alive and pulls you in, and I found myself near tears for people I hadn’t even cared about before.
Make sure you set aside time to really watch this. Prior to watching this, I thought Wolf’s Rain was overhyped. That notion has now disappeared.
In order to “finish” the series in just four more episodes, the pace is fast and to the point. The constant attention to detail and new developments is enough to make people watch.
Granted, this ending is better than what people got with episode 26, but it is still open-ended makes you feel that they didn’t accomplish much. It gives the sense that Wolf’s Rain is a never-ending series, though this is implied.
Anyway, if you love Wolf’s Rain, you’ll most likely love this OVA as well. There really is nothing to bad here unless you really hate endings that are not as solid as a concrete wall.
11: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2: Kono Subarashii Geijutsu ni Shukufuku wo!
English: KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2: God’s blessing on this wonderful Art!
Japanese: この素晴らしい世界に祝福を！2 この素晴らしい芸術に祝福を！
MAL Score: 8.05
Kazuma meets a novice adventurer called Ran who claims to be Kazuma’s fan. A quest is proposed to Kazuma and his party in front of Ran, so he accepts the quest to look good in front of his fan; after some convincing, they all go to fight the metal golem.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 OVA is an isolated episode about well Kazuma showboating to a newbie adventurer by the name of Ran and the dysfunctional main party goes adventuring due to this with their unusual quirks and hijinks.
By all means this OVA has the typical hilarity and comedic edge as the 2nd season of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, that hasn’t changed in this OVA neither is Kazuma’s karmic luck and how even by LA even stating LA’s first statement to this review that something is up. But even by the structure of this OVA with each quest the main party takes on having more to an increasingly weirder “threat” as well as information pertaining to these quests being linked in some way. Besides that, this OVA does give us something in terms of plot that ONLY refers back to a certain incident in the first season but LA won’t obviously spoil on that on.
In terms of animation, the animation done once again by Studio DEEN is done by the typical KonoSuba’s enforced low quality animation but the animation shines in terms of focus on detail in some animation to it’s fluidity in some scenes. Nonetheless Studio DEEN’s specialized take on their animation on KonoSuba is expected quality as per usual.
In terms of voice acting, well it’s top notch once again especially from Jun Fukushima’s adlibbing-esque and reactionary talents that makes this OVA bearable, heck Aqua is also bearable due to her being a catalyst to Jun and two words for Sora Amamiya made this OVA *ahem* “GOD requiem…” Overall, the voice acting is great and to be expected from these voice actors playing their roles for 2 seasons.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 OVA is a nice isolated OVA with a nice reference back to the first season and just typical hijinks antics from the dysfunctional party to a nice karmic payoff as the ending.
Its like hanging out with your friends without a worry in the world, thats how I describe this show, and thats why I love this show.
And the OVA of Konosuba season 2, has ended, so what???????
Mediocre 5, story:
Ok, so the usual plot, the usual scenario, the usual bad luck were Kazuma’s party were still experiencing it , frankly this OVA can qualify as episode 11, in fact Studio Deen should have included it with the regular airing of Konosuba season 2.
Mediocre 5, Art:
Let me see, the same character illustrations, the same situation where we don’t see any good fanservice except for Aqua’s commando butt and frankly Rem’s butt doesn’t count as well, , it goes to show that original creator, Natsume Akatsuki is an assman.
Mediocre 5, Sound:
Well, you guys are smart, so go figure it out as to why I give it such score.
Poor 3, Character:
The thing is, in this OVA Kazuma went from funny to boring as well as the rest of his harem, Rem and that Big Boob Luna didn’t do much except make Kazuma’s character worse, also their jokes and gags were pretty much worn-out, to the point that I find Aqua, Darkness and Megumi as irritating than funny.
Decent 4, Enjoyment:
Frankly the only part I enjoy here is Rem, who was seemly trying to punked Kazuma, were she did, but end up being found out together with Luna by the stupid latter and got to have their panties stolen………..yeah, he did used the “Steal” spell, but, I would have wish that the two would have gave Kazuma a good beating, it may have add some laughs, too bad Studio Deen didn’t thought about it.
Poor 3, Overall:
Everything were already worn-out, and frankly the OVA was rather boring, it’s like eating curry for the 4th time in a row.
10: xxxHOLiC Shunmuki
Japanese: xxxHOLiC 春夢記
MAL Score: 8.07
For the appropriate price, your dearest wish can be granted at the shop of the peculiar Yuuko. Kimihiro Watanuki wishes to be rid of his ability to see spirits, and so as payment, he works for Yuuko doing whatever she needs him to do, from cleaning to errands to even helping out Yuuko’s other clients. In xxxHOLiC Shunmuki, Watanuki and his friend and rival Shizuka Doumeki enjoy a meal with their friend Kohane Tsuyuri and her grandmother, reminiscing about how they have changed since meeting each other.
Later on, Watanuki has a dream in which he is visited by Doumeki’s grandfather Haruka, who needs him to find some things in the family temple storeroom. Accompanied by Doumeki, he finds that this task is more akin to a treasure hunt, with each item leading them to another, and another, guiding them to an unexpected yet inevitable ending.
Story: Watanuki and Dōmeki enjoy meal and drinks with the fortune teller, where Kohane is staying. There, it’s explained that everyone changes with every meeting they experience with others, and that all four there, and even Yūko, have changed from meeting Watanuki. Later on, Haruka and Watanuki meet in a dream, in which Haruka asks Watanuki to look for something in the temple’s storeroom. However, as they look around, they might step into the realm within the books by accident… Also, Watanuki acts like he appreciates Dōmeki for once. In the 2nd part Watanuki and Dōmeki continue to search for the four items that Haruka requested. Watanuki unlocks a fifth item that leads to an encounter with someone close to him. Later, Watanuki vows to grant Yūko her wish
Art: Everything you could expect from the xxxHolic series is here and thank goodness there was still lots of WatanukixDomekixHimawari.
Sound: The Score is very important for a filim in the super natural realm and captures the reflective mood of the protagonists amicably.
Character: Yuko was the central character and with Watanuki his “rival” Domeki and his love interest Himawari the movie represents a glimpse at their life.
Enjoyment: The OVA although short at only 2 eps leads us to the dream of sorts but is the weakest part of xxxHolic to be honest, but that’s mostly because the others were simply that good. Mostly building up for future OVAs.
All in all it is still an awesome mystery-drama that even though it has nothing to do with the continuity, stands out with really imaginative visuals and very naturally evolves and lets the viewer guess what the heck is going on.
9: Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder
English: Black Butler: Book of Murder
Japanese: 黒執事 Book of Murder
MAL Score: 8.08
At the behest of the Queen, Earl Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish dinner party attended by several of the finest members of polite society—as well as struggling author, Arthur. But as the party reaches its high, a terrible murder takes place and none other than the Earl himself is suspected of the crime.
As a violent storm rages on outside, the death count continues to climb. The Phantomhive household and their eminent guests find they must cooperate in order to solve this mystery before they too fall prey to the mysterious murderer. However, it seems that not even the perfect butler, Sebastian Michaelis, is safe from this horror.
Bringing the old tradition of the classical detective story theme, Book of Murder covers right after Book of Circus arc. The story starts in Phantomhive manor, the queen order Ciel Phantomhive to held a banquet in his manor. The banquet was poisoned by a homicide that quickly turned the banquet into a death zone. Ciel must unravel the truth within the homicide.
This OVA actually did their job well. Although there is no “mystery” in the genres, Book of Murder offers the genres. The mystery have both predictable & unpredictable things, but despite of that, the anime still managed to allure the audience with its excitement. The characters do their roles pretty well, there is a historical character that can be found here (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The animation and the sound settings still the same with previous seasons, it’s well matched & nice.
Overall, it’s just another Kuroshitsuji OVA that does their job well in bringing the intense excitement to the story ranks.
Book of Murder places a stronger focus than is Black Butler’s norm on the details of the storyline, so I am happy to say that story-wise this is one of the strongest entries to the series yet. Chronologically, Murder sits right after the Book of Circus arc, so you’ll definitely want to watch that first. For people who have watched Circus, Book of Murder nicely references events of the Circus storyline, while tying up a few loose ends to the Circus arc.
The story of Murder is unabashedly well trodden, as a cast of characters are invited to a Phantomhive banquet, but find themselves being murdered one by one. The events that unfold though are anything but clichéd however, maintaining suspense and introducing some very nice twists. Unlike previous arcs, Murder’s not action-packed, so whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you though. Don’t mistake this lack of action for being boring though, as Murder’s tense and exciting mystery provide more than enough excitement by way of compensation. It’s a classic Sherlock Holmes-esque scenario, so the cute Sherlock references here and there were more than welcome, and the story definitely takes a very Sherlock-style logical approach to solving its own mystery (although I do think there were a few lapses in logic here and there).
A strong logical progression is not really why I came to watch Murder though. I came to see the more of Black Butler fantastical setting and Sebastian’s awesome powers put to full effect. Book of Murder certainly delivers here, in an intensely satisfying way. Sebastian is still ridiculously powerful, of course, but as the mystery unravels I found myself thinking not ‘Oh that was how Seb did it, that’s cheating!’ but ‘Ah, so that’s how it was done! Well that was neat’. They’re fine lines, but I’m glad to say Book of Murder stays on the proper side. With regards to pacing, Murder wraps its murder mystery up a bit quickly in my opinion, but there’s more to this story than meets the eye! Keep watching Murder, and you’ll find yourself surprised I’m sure at its unexpected ending!
I’ve talked about Sebastian already since he is no doubt the main focus of your attention (he was mine!). You may be surprised to learn that Sebastian is this arc’s main focus though. No, that honour goes to our narrator Arthur. Arthur’s a struggling doctor and writer, unexpectedly receiving an invitation to the banquet because Ciel is fond of his stories. He’s smart and able to keep a cool head, so naturally becomes heavily involved in identifying the murderer, helping Ciel with some well executed displays of deduction.
Arthur’s not just a super sleuth, he’s also a wonderful father figure. Arthur’s paternal instincts bring out a newer side of Ciel that I promise you’ve never seen before. With all Ciel’s confidence and meticulous planning, I sometimes forget how he is, at heart, still a 12 year old boy. Murder’s story is a mystery first and foremost, but if mystery isn’t normally your thing, you might be interested in seeing Ciel’s more vulnerable side exposed during his brief relationship with Arthur. In and of itself, this was a huge leap for Ciel’s character, so Arthur is pretty much a godsend!
Apart from Arthur, there’s a mix of old and new faces at Murder’s deadly banquet. Familiar favourite like the Phantomhive staff, Lao and Ran Mao are joined by newer faces, like Grey Charles, the queen’s personal bodyguard – watch this guy, he’s an interesting one. Apart from him though, the newer additions are pretty weak in general if I’m honest. I guess when there’s a murder mystery, someone has to be the victim right? (I’m sorry, that was morbid I know…). Overall though, the focal point of this story is definitely Ciel, Arthur and Sebastian, which is good because in Book of Murder they’re all fantastic.
Regarding the animation and sound, there’s not much to say about Murder other than it’s business as usual. It’s not anywhere near as action-packed as other arcs have been, so the animation isn’t quite as extravagant, but I didn’t mind at all. In addition, there’s no OP and EP to talk about, which I haven’t experienced in a while, but it drives the point home that Black Butler isn’t taking any prisoners here: it’s out to show you what it can do when it’s at its most serious and best. So to wrap up, Murder is in a way more of the same, with a familiar cast for the most part and the Ciel and Sebastian still occupying much of the attention. On the other hand Murder offers a new, more mature, sort of Black Butler. Ciel and Sebastian are still kicking underworld ass, and I for one really enjoyed the Black Butler’s take on England’s greatest detective stories. Book of Murder is a definite recommendation to fans of the franchise.
Great mystery story
Black Butler + Sherlock-Holmes = Win!
More Sebastian! But perhaps not in a way you were expecting…
Uneven pacing with quite a slow start
Not very interesting cast of new side characters
Not much action (could be a plus though)
I like to predict plots and event in anime before they happen and see of things will go how I planned it or they will be innovative. This OVA went perfectly as I planned, nothing too mysterious nor threatening, I predicted the whole thing since I saw the picture on MAL and it happened what did happen. Too many clichés but it was still Kuroshitsuji-style. There was quite some fanservice for both genders but don’t worry, it’s not abused like in *hum* FT *hum*
Otherwise everything else was good, don’t expect anything too fancy from this than from a normal Kuroshitsuji episode. In the end it didn’t leave me a bad taste in my mind, but I gotta say this OVA does do its job of “concluding” the Book of Circus Arc in a way.
Ladies and Gentlemen, go and see it now if you haven’t.
-From an 18 y/o detective
8: Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – Meiou Shinwa 2
English: Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas 2
Japanese: 聖闘士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神話 2
MAL Score: 8.10
The sequel to Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – Meiou Shinwa.
For starters, it’s worth mentioning, that although the series has been up as an OVA for more than 2 years now, we are still only half-way through. This is because at the time the first episode was aired, the manga was still ongoing and only recently came to a spectacular end (at least for those we have no experience with SS franchise), therefore the animators took their time to polish Lost Canvas OVA instead of come up with poinstless fillers, like most people would do. Thank you dearly for that. I believe that it’s a good thing, that the series is split into 13-episode-long seasons which end at crucial moments in the series. By doing so, the studio managed to pace the title just exaclty right and omit adding extra content or re-cap episodes just to buy some time for the manga to gain the distance. However, now that the manga is finished I’m sincerely hoping that the two final seasons will be delivered sooner than the previous ones. Otherwise those will be really painfull 4 or so years…
The story may appear a bit cliched with straightforward shounen backtracks at the first glance, but if one looks just a little bit deeper it may appear that the initial thoughts are somewhat invalid or distorted by the fact, that shounen series these days offer very little and in consequence blunt our-the viewers’ hopes for new franchise(s). The grieveness of this idea is multiplied by the sincere lack of anything that would only little go beyond the accepted cliches of good guys fighting against bad guys. In Lost Canvas this small glimpse is represented not so much by the plot but by the characters and their overlapping development over the course of events. The authors are not scared by the fact that they have to deal with so many people (if we only consider the Golds it’s 12 people already!!) and this accounts for supreme control over the content which appears on the screen. Every character gets his or her 5 minutes (the leads of course more), most motivations are solidly backgrounded and although some situations may apper too ‘captain-obvious’-like, it’s still refreshing to see the characters struggle not so much to defeat the enemy, but rather to survive in the end. Of course, this appears to be rather difficult in the rough SS world (sorry for the abbreviation, it’s Saint Seiya obviously :] ) and people really die when they are killed, but it’s for the best: we can move with the plot and grieve for all those who lost their lives, not necessarily reminiscenting about them every moment possible in every flashback possible (Hello there Naruto bozoos!).
The characters’ strength lies in their difference. Even among the Saints or the Specters you will rarely find the two alike characters. Sure, the Golds are obsessed with fighting (you can tell just by their spiky hairstyles though :> ) and the Specters are obsessed with killing the Golds (this, well, you can tell just by looking at them :] ). Both the teams fight for their own leaders though, and although I do understand why 12 men wearing gold pants are into a lovely 18-year-old goddess from the Age of Myth, I still find it difficult to accept the other side of the fence admiring a dark-haired boy who loves to lick blood from the floor or play with his puppy-of-a-cerberus.
I also like the main character – the Pegasus Saint Tenma. He’s a much better folly then his 20th century counterpart – Seiya, more decisive, less annoying and definitely more intelligent. He also appears to be slightly more talented than Seiya, which comes across as being crucial in some of the battles and saves his life on occasion. As we will learn from the upcoming seasons his background is also more solid than Seiya’s and includes much more twists and wicked characters. Through the 90s’ series Seiya appeared to be more of an ‘accident’ of a Saint, than a fated warrior whose destiny is to aid Athena in her final battle against Hades. Tenma is…, well exactly this definition with the small add-on: ‘Oh Gods, I carry a torch both for Sasha and her brother Alone, who, erm, happen to be the Athena and the Hades’. Aside of that, he’s a perfect protagonist. He shows up occasionally, isn’t omnipotent and is far from being strong, even by the end of the series. He also understands, that since he cannot bring Alone back, he will have to take him down eventually.
The other characters are also a far better counterparts to their younger brothers and sisters from Saint Seiya the original. That may be, because we live with these people and most of them serve as not only mentors for Tenma, but also a rather eloquent battle subjects. The original was, at this particular point really scarce. At least half of the Sanctuary warriors died in the initial battles against the Bronze, only to be later revived by Hades – thus we know very little about them in general.
Another kudos should belong to two other protagonists: Sasha aka Athena and Alone aka Hades. They both play their roles splendidly, while introducing a more complex twists into the plot. Although you may find Sasha to be a bit too kind and extraverted at first, her ‘alter ego’ – Alone, is exactly the opposite. Cruel, decisive and a bit emotional version of one of the darkest and most well-known villains in the Mythology and yet you nearly believe in the world he’s pointing at: without wars, killing and cruelty. The only problem is, this also means the world without humans.
Graphically and soundwise the production nearly reaches perfection. Of course, it’s an OVA, anything lower than perfection is unacceptable, but the studio put so much care and heart into making this beatifully drawn manga into something of this quality, that it cannot remain untold. Every aspect of it, starting from extra smooth animation, detailed drawings and beautiful backgrounds to nearly non-existent CGI is a work of art. There is not a single episode of a less format than it should be, and that’s good. It’s the kind of enjoyment many of us have been waiting for for nearly a decade. The graphics also prove, that making the series into OVA rather than regular TV show was a much better solution. By doing so, the animators could retain the original concepts and beauty of the manga without rush and with more money to spend. Action scenes are really good and some could easily become a good show-off for all those, who aim at superb quality but end up doing rubbish instead. Special attention is required when we want to discuss the way the Cloths (armors) look. It’s a completely different level from the ones availbile in the old series. Although I do like the old designs, the new cloths, while retaining the spirit of the originals, are far better looking, slicker and more modern.
The music is composed by Kaworu Wada, who made the entire OST for D-Gray man. Back in that show, I loved his creations and Lost Canvas is no different. The music is for most part fantastic, climatic and well suited with the tone of the series and the development of the characters. For some scenes you don’t really notice it’s there but for others it’s crucial and without it the moment wouldn’t be even half that good.
A separate paragraph should also follow the opening and ending sequences – those are fabulous. At first, I didn’t quite like them as I’m not a fan of the Japanese artists singing English lyrics. This time around, however, what I usually assume to be something weak turned out to be so good, that I tend use my utter singing abilities to perform it occasionally in bath :] (a joke). The Realm of Athena, obviously, is a living proof of the Japanese using English consciously and nearly flawlessly – and for only that, you should check it. The ending is also good, but it gets old pretty fast, on the contrary, The Realm of Athena is a neverending feat that, when pops up on my playlist, reminds me of this great series instantly.
Voice acting is definitely the weakest part of the OVA, and although the studio hired pretty well-known people to do their work as seiyuus (Hirano Aya, Hiro Shimono, Tetsuya Kakihara) some parts just don’t go too well with the epicness of the scenes. I tend to like Aya-san which voices Sasha and Tetsuya-san as Tenma, though. These two seiyuus really did their best to input as many emotions into their animated characters as possible and it paid off.
It’s really difficult to credit something which is still on-going, but I’ll try to pass the final verdict. Lost Canvas is a v.good OVA series, mainly because it follows the manga consequently and consistently leaving aside no room for fillers or recap episodes. Therefore it borrows all the good and bad parts of the manga, while retaining the general idea intact. For a shounen it sure is refreshing, to see the series which ends in 200– chapters rather than a thousand or so, but I still can’t get this odd feeling off, that it’s a sheer rip-off from the original series. Although you do get a lot of new characters, a more developed protagonists (Saoru from Kurumada’s manga was very very weak) and a better development of the other Saints beside the Pegasus and his henchmen it still is a good old Saint Seiya show. Thus, if you have nothing against battles that end in one-two attacks, overpowered and shiny armors and are into beautiful animation, epic ost and memorable characters – the series is for you!
SS Lost Canvas, is like a dreamed SHONEN adaptation, nice animation, a real war, no plotkai. Shonen series should imitate lost canvas
Im a classic Saint Seiya fan, but I consider Lost Canvas as the superior one.
Now, first I will introduce people about saint seiya:
This anime tells the story of the previous Holy War, taking place in the 18th century, 250 years before the original series, in the Saint Seiya universe. The story centers on the relation between Tenma, the Pegasus Saint and his beloved friends, Alone, who eventually becomes his greatest enemy, Hades and Sasha who became Athena.
You don´t need to watch the original SS series.
Characters 8 of 10. Tenma starts as the generic shonen hero, but the setting and certain events will turn Tenma in something different. The good thing about LC, is that the side characters the Gold Saint receive a lot of attention, they have interesting backgrounds, you will care about them. The specter (hades army) represent the opposite you will hate them, but they are awesome too.
Alone is a hit or a miss, (wont spoil).
Animation 9 of 10: Great Backgrounds, awesome character and cloth (designs), fluid combat scenes. Saint Seiya is more “skill based” and “shout my hax move type” than melee brawl.
Soundtrack 8 0f 10: Good tunes, reall fits. But inferior to the original anime soundtrack.
Setting 10 of 10: If you like mythology, unique clothes, badasses, also bishies (for the female fan).
Epic holy war, there´s no clear victory, for both sides, BOTH SIDES HAVE LOSSES, something nowaday shonens don´t have
The 3 gold saints are Manigoldo, the Cancer saint, El Cid, the Capricorn saint, and Sisyphus, the Sagitaurrius saint. And even though their respective original series counterparts didn’t really have much screen time as lets say Saga, Mwu, or Milo did, these characters do a whole lot and demonstrate how fucking bad ass they are. Formally speaking, they really go in-depth with these characters and explore why they became saints and why they fight.
Hypnos and Thanatos and are given a bigger role as opposed to their original series counterparts. Thanatos is still portrayed as brash, arrogant, and sadistic, and Hypnos is still calculating, manipulative and patient. Those qualities were shown with them in the original Saint Seiya manga, but they were more expanded upon in this season and the screen time in this series makes them more credible villains this time around since they really did almost nothing. OK, they did destroy 5 Gold cloths. That was cool and impacting for what little time they had last time.
Tenma still maintains the archetypical qualities of a shounen hero but I like how these qualities are put in a much darker context. It shows he’s very caring, can be an idiot, and he may be idealistic but yet understands the hard side of life, and yet those qualities are why he doesn’t give up hope. He does have his moments in this series, but this installment belongs to the three gold saints and I don’t mind that. But the series ends at a cliffhanger, but when it ends, it gets really, really exciting because it comes to a point where even though they won a huge battle, the stakes are starting to get higher than ever before and it leaves you wanting for more. And I hope that a new installment is made soon now that the manga is over.
The art and animation is more or less the same, but what really improves is the action. The action this time is just simply bad ass on a level that is just a few leagues below Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Granted it is balls to the walls, but it relies a lot on wit, strategy, and being a man. From beginning to end there is countless tension and intensity. The fights perfectly mixes physical, psychological, mystical and spiritual demands to make the action consistently exciting. The characters are placed in battles where it’s the equivalent of a 60 year old Rocky Balboa taking on a young Apollo Creed, young Mr. T, young Hulk Hogan, an Ivan Drago on every performance enhancing drug imaginable, a loaded Tommy Gunn, and a hungry Mason Dixon all at once on the mean streets of Philly and yet chooses to fight on. Even though Saint Seiya is a re-telling of Greek mythology, the characters demonstrate a good combination of the spirit of the ancient Japanese samurai warrior with the all-American million-to-one underdog. Yeah, they may lose, but the fact they choose to face such a challenge is what makes it more admirable. This is most demonstrated with El Cid. Remember that Rocky analogy I made a few seconds ago, El Cid is who I was talking about and what he does is what made him my favorite character in Lost Canvas so far. Hell, he’s way cooler than Shuura in my book.
Well, the style of the music and the songs used are still the same and I can’t go wrong with Realm of Athena, the best English anime song of all time that’s in the Japanese version. But early on in the series, I like how this organ song was more integrated into the action. At first, you think the music it is setting the mood, but it is of course not doing that for the audience, but for the victim in the TV screen itself. I like how this featured villain was playing an organ to manipulate people and it just really intensified the mood.
The seiyuu cast is still appropriately splendid. I really can’t say anything about it that I already said in my review of the last season. The performances perfectly reflected the nature of their characters. I like how Hirano Aya is Athena/Sasha can’t always act as this school girl who needs to be in the remedial classes and shows she can be this leader in a time of war. I
Well naturally, you do need to watch the first season first to get an understanding of the establishment of the main cast, specifically Tenma, Sasha, and Alone. But this season does a good job of re-establishing these characters in a certain way that may not be familiar to new audiences, but I do recommend watching this series from season 1 to get a better idea of course how the stakes got higher and how the danger gets more intense.
Once again, I do like to state that you don’t really need any previous exposure to the original Saint Seiya series though it will help a lot. But at the same time, the previous exposure does add more. But hey, this series still defines what makes Saint Seiya awesome; explosive action, thrilling adventure, and awesome music that grabs you by the balls.
7: Fate/Grand Carnival
English: Fate/Grand Carnival
Japanese: Fate/Grand Carnival 第一特異宴 英霊限界大祭オリンピア
MAL Score: 8.11
The first episode of “season” one was pre-aired on the Fate Project New Year’s Eve TV Special 2020 program.
Storywise, it’s a jumble of mess, but who really cares about that? You get your funny shorts, your favorite servants — and most importantly — you get a whole season’s worth of memes to take out of context.
The art isn’t ufotable, but it stylistically works with the content given.
SUPER AFFECTION WITH THE GRAND ORDER SEIYUUS, WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR????
The show doesn’t need to give you character development. You’ve gotten that by playing FGO anyways.
I’m enjoying this OVA so far. I can definitely see there being more scenes that can be taken out of context for the general public to use and milk for another decade. I’m excited to see if it’ll be all the lancers that need to avoid death, or if it is just our boy Cu.
F/GO, with each character designed and often written by a different writer, horribly fails at this premise and that’s projected to Fate/Grand Carnival too.
Comedy here peaks at killing off all Cú Chulainn servant variants or Orion assaulting Mashu and it’s pathetic. Most of the content of the episode 1 is just fanservice for gacha addicts who want to see their favourite servants animated, but it doesn’t provide much else besides that.
Although they used Super Affection as ending, they didn’t even manage to animate it at all, which could’ve been the one redeeming quality of this shitshow.
EDIT: Super Affection OP has been released. It’s also basically just more fanservice for the F/GO fans, but doesn’t really bring anything new if you want more than that.
As anyone who watched it knows, CP is a peak example of parody, taking the characters from series stories such as Fate/stay night and Tsukihime and pitting them into a world that runs on rule of funny and where being Lancer equals dying. Almost exactly the same can be said about Grand Carnival, with the difference being that there’s already been FGO parodies before (Learning with Manga being the most notable), so this series had the adventage of knowing where to take these group of characters into the memeland.
Ritsuka is female here, just like in LwM, to contrast her with her male version who appears on serious adaptations such as the Babylonia anime. Unlike LwM, Ritsuka isn’t a complete sociopath whose meaner aspects are played for comedy, but while being more caring of her Servants (such as protecting Red Hare from all rules that would kill him), this Ritsuka has abolutely no issue with killing off all Servants who are 3* or below, not even forgiving the 5* Cú Alter simply because Lancer = die. Mash does play the “only sane man” role she already played in LwM, so not much to say in her front.
Since FGO has more characters than basically the rest of the Nasuverse combined, the series wastes no time in stablishing their jokes, with Bradamante appearing for 1 second for the sake of giving us the ass shot she’s become famous for in the game. Artoria and Cú carry their jokes from Carnival Phantasm, while others like Gawain and Nero are giving a running gag that anyone who’ve seen their characters will crack about on laughter. Of course, Red Hare is there, too.
Plot isn’t a priority, and it doesn’t need to be. Just like in Carnival Phantasm, watching these characters who have gone throught all kinds of harships and painful experiences serving as the basis for a gag series is in itself a gag, and everything I’ve said here definitely isn’t even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this (looking at you, battle royale filled with freeze frame bonus gags). So overall, if you’re a fan of the Nasuverse and loved Carnival Phantasm, you’ll love this anime.
6: Tsubasa: Shunraiki
English: Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Spring Thunder Chronicle
Japanese: ツバサ 春雷記
MAL Score: 8.12
A 4 part OVA released with the limited editions of the Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC volumes.
There are two OVAs for each series, with plots linked together.
They cover the Nihon Country Arc and scarcely some of the Celes Country Arc.
(Source: Official Project Website)
+ Very close adaptation of the original material
+ The actual plot is very interesting and complex
+ Plot twists are sure to surprise some viewers
+ Finally we get xxxHOLiC/Tsubasa connections
– If you’ve only watched the anime versions of Tsubasa (including Tokyo Revelations) you WILL NOT understand the plot fully.
– Manga knowledge is absolutely necessary to understand what is happening.
– Celes and Infinity arcs were never animated (the ones who continue after Tokyo), further emphasizing my previous point.
+ CLAMP style art (if you like it)
+ Production I.G delivers fantastic and fluid animation even during fight scenes
– CLAMP style art (if you hate it)
+ Kajiura Yuki delivers once again
+ a blend of new and old songs makes this very pleasing to listen
+ Great job to all the seiyuus specially Irino Miyo for his Syaoran
– I can’t think of anything (sorry)
+ Great level of character development
+ All the characters are very likeable
– Fai and Kurogane fans might be let down by the lack of involvement of the two during this OVA as they spend most of their time as observers.
Enjoyment: I can say this easily, this 2 episode OVA was absolutely fantastic and I really hoped this would last longer. This was one of my favourite parts of the manga and im glad at how well production I.G has handled it once again. This OVA makes my current top 5 for now. How I wish we could just get a third anime season by I.G ;_;
Overall Tsubasa Shunraiki can be fantastic or annoying depending on how you look at it. As a stand alone OVA adaptation of the manga, it is absolutely perfect. If you try to look at it as a continuation of the series, then unfortunately it is almost a prerequisite to have read the manga to enjoy this fully. If you are a fan of the manga then I guarantee you will not be let down by this, if you have only experience Tsubasa as an anime then I would STRONGLY suggest you read it before trying to watch this, it would greatly decrease the enjoyment factor.
:::The artwork is precise and even if there are only two episodes, you can see the difference in it between the two seasons of Tsubasa Chronicle and the OVAs.
:::The soundtrack is awesome as always and the op and the ending are very nice.
:::The characters are the same for all of you who have watched Tsubasa, but /especially if you are reading the manga/ you can see them more serious and everyone of them with his personal story in the shadows.
:::So I think that this OVAs are one of the best CLAMPs works and you will enjoy them even if you aren’t reading the manga and can’t understand the plot very well [=
With the announcement of Spring Thunder it was no surprise the various CLAMP fanatics began jumping for joy and same with some of the fans such as me. Now after watching both episodes, I have to say, this was a real let down.
Tsubasa Spring Thunder is the bad example of what happens when the original creator of the source material comes to write in the adaption. Nanase Ohkawa (aka Ageha Ohkawa) the principal writer of CLAMP, whom I’ve found to have exceptional screenwriting talent handled this script for this as well as “Tokyo”, having taken over from the TV series writer Hiroyuki Kawasaki. Ohkawa crafted Tokyo so well, I would have handed her the Academy Award for Best Screenwriting of the year. In the case of Spring Thunder I would easily hand her a Razzie award for the Worst.
Ohkawa proves that she and her fellow CLAMP mates are too married to their story that all they can do is tell an animated version of their manga, basically wasting everyone elses time. Spring Thunder proves to be nothing more than a carrot for the loyal fans who have kept reading through the years while basically saying “piss off” to those who have only followed the anime installments. Having only partially read the manga I was beyond confused. As Spring Thunder doesn’t immediately pick up where Tokyo left off.
Production I.G’s motto is, ” to make anime that stands on its own ground without being an extension of manga.” And to me I.G completely threw that motto out the window. The film is cluttered with to many flashbacks to events we haven’t seen and likely never will, and it only leaves the viewer with a real sense of emptiness and endless plotholes that they won’t be able to fill unless they claw their way through god knows how many books there are now. At the very least Ohkawa was still able to make a somewhat-coherent screen story that I could follow at the very least. Still most of the time I was hopelessly lost with no hope of ever returning. It seems the plot of Tsubasa has dissolved to a very epic and thoroughly thought out quest to just mind-bending improv from CLAMP.
Equally disappointing was Shunsuke Tada’s direction. Tada used way to many cuts and hardly got creative, except with the action scenes. Too often than not we are cut into long and pointless exposition scenes that some of us really just don’t care about. I found my self fast forwarding through this more than on the edge of my seat with anticipation of what the next scene holds. And of course Tada follow the old animation creed of “animation first, music second.” Yuki Kajiura’s score is ridiculously forced into the background to the point you even wonder if there is any. Rather than use music to heighten the scene and emotion, Tada makes it feel like it’s just playing on a radio, as basic white noise. I said this in my review for Tokyo, that the use of music is the thing I find much more appealing about Koichi Mashimo at Bee Train compared to anyone else, and this only proves my point. On the one plus side was he finally decided to use more variety of pieces from the Tsubasa OST archives than he did in Tokyo and we were able to get a few new pieces from Yuki, who is understandably busy with a variety of projects.
Yoko Kikuchi character designs while not dreadful aren’t exactly appealing. That being said I do prefer Bee Train’s designer Minako Shiba. The art style is a slab of strangely clashing color pallets dull pastel colors mixed in with dark blacks. It’s almost as though Tada can’t settle on any style. Tomoyo is equally unappealing in her design as she looks like she’s wearing football gear under her robes. There is no continuity to the visual style of this. It’s bright and flowery yet strangely dark, almost filmed like a dark comedy.
The opening animation is just beyond obscure and doesn’t set the mood appropriately for this short OAD series. While Maaya Sakamoto is probably one of the best singers from Japan I’ve ever heard, her themes never seem to ever to match appropriately to anything Tsubasa. Kajiura however has always mastered the theme songs as her ending has fitted a lot more. It’s great to hear FictionJunction YUUKA perform yet again.
The overall animation quality is still very well done for this short production and I didn’t notice any real problems with the animation. The fight scenes were well crafted and well animated which made for some great footage.
If anything else saved this from being the worst video production I’ve seen of all time it was the animation as well as the all star acting from the cast. Miyu Irino has come a long way as an actor, and gives the performance of a life-time for this. The other cast-members also have given it an all star performance and continue to improve as actors.
Spring Thunder isn’t bad or terrible. It’s simply average, boiler plate, run of the mill. It was CLAMP’s little present to their die-hard fans, and leaves anime fans in the dark. It’s now very clear as to why this little production is only being sold with the manga instead of a wide release on DVD as opposed to CLAMP’s other productions.
It makes me think they should give it back to Mashimo and just make another season, or at least maybe go to the movie director Itsuro Kawasaki.
5: Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kamisama, Shiawase ni Naru
MAL Score: 8.12
Nanami Momozono, current land god of Mikage Shrine, and her fox familiar Tomoe have faced many obstacles during their time together, but none so challenging as the one posed by the wealth god Ookununishi—if Tomoe’s wish to be human is granted, he must learn to live as one, and Nanami will have to return to being a human.
As the couple look to the future and reflect on their former adventures, Nanami tries to figure out their new living situation as her high school graduation approaches. But no matter the path they choose to walk, Tomoe and Nanami’s love will endure.
The art and music was as great as ever and together with so many characters this OVA felt truly nostalgic. It was great to see the people who helped them along their journey to join them in the end one more time. The OVA was able to let me relive all the joy from the entire series in as little as 13 minutes! A job well done!
If you’ve been following the Kamisama Hajimemashita series from the beginning, be certain to watch this final piece for it will give you the fullfilment you desired all along!
Kamisama Hajimemashita was one of my favorite anime and manga. Both had their charms. I loved music, characters, atmosphere… And I was waiting so much for season 3 (well probably 4 to be exact). And this OVA was like a slap in a face. It was dreadful.
I had a feeling that authors just wanted to get rid of this anime.
It is sad and disappointing.
I really do not recommend this OVA. If you want to keep feeling of original anime charm, and continue loving Kamisama Hajimemashita, please oh please avoid this OVA at any costs!
4: xxxHOLiC Rou
Japanese: ×××HOLiC 籠
MAL Score: 8.22
10 years after the events of xxxHOLiC Shunmuki, a melancholic Kimihiro Watanuki has taken over the shop formerly run by the mysterious Yuuko due to a promise he made to her. His companions Maru, Moro, and Mokona live together with him in relative contentment, and some familiar faces arrive every now and then: former rival turned-steadfast friend Shizuka Doumeki, and the former psychic prodigy Kohane Tsuyuri. While Kohane studies folklore under Doumeki at university, they encounter a case that is perfect for the master of the shop.
Eventually, Watanuki receives a visit from Doumeki’s grandfather, Haruka. He requests that Watanuki investigates his grandson’s dreams. While inside the dream world, he discovers how their past adventures played out from Doumeki’s perspective of view, leading Watanuki to discover truths from 10 years ago and secrets about the ties that bind their friendship.
The story begins with Ghibli-evil-assimilation-like disappearance of Yuuko, whether a dream or reminiscence, we are not certain. Watanuki makes a promise that he will wait for her return, and that he believes dream will come true as long as he believes in it. Watanuki was the new master at the ‘shop’ when he opens his eyes. No longer a jumpy and clumsy high school kid, Watanuki has an air of authority and confidence. However, there’s the same care-free atmosphere in the ‘shop’ with Maru, Moro, and Mokona running around the house, and his role as the cook has not changed. Doumeki is now an assistant professor at nearby university, but runs errands and goes on missions on behalf of the ‘shop’ (like Watanuki in his high school days), but still shows Watanuki no respect. From what I’ve read in Japanese blogs, the setting is similar to manga, except more time has passed. The story in “xxxHOLiC Rou” is about a request for a mission brought by Doumeki to find a hidden relic in an old mansion.
Animation has not improved much from the previous OVA, but character proportions are much more realistic compared to “Kei”, and much easier on my eyes. Music was very nice, and effectively used to create the eerie and suspenseful mood in certain scenes. Voice acting, once again, is very well done. Although the technical aspects of this OVA definitely lacked the wow-factor, it was incredibly well-directed. The pace and the setting was clearly established in about 10 minutes, and the plot flowed wonderfully to the very end. A number of poignant moments between Watanuki and Doumeki are abruptly interrupted by Mokona or Maru/Moko, which carries the thought to the ending, which was an ‘interpret-by-yourself’ conclusion. The OVA had a true Japanese cinema feel with excellent use of silence and pauses, as well as effective utilization of camera footage taken by Doumeki and viewing by Watanuki to advance the story.
I have not been following the manga series, but the setting of “xxxHOLiC Rou” was very easy to follow (although it raises a lot of questions to Yuuko’s disappearance and what happened in the last 10 years). The mission this time is an unremarkable one, but it’s themed around Yuuko’s return, and a showcase of ‘how the ship is ran’ by Watanuki’s as the ‘shop’ master. Once again, there is a lot of Japanese mythical references that were very interesting if you’re into that stuff. The characters weren’t given much space for development in the actual show, but it is rather a display of how the characters had developed in the 10 years without Yuuko. Character depiction was done exceptionally well as a half-feature-length-OVA.
Unlike the previous disappointing OVA “Shunmuki”, “xxxHOLiC Rou” is nearly a flawless episode that uses the 40-minute run time very efficiently and a story well told. It doesn’t necessarily bring a closure to the “xxxHOLiC” series or the “Rou” story arc, but I personally think it would serve as an excellent precursor and intro for another season of “xxxHOLiC” series since it really stirred my curiosity to events transpired in 10 years, and made me crave for more.
The second OVA episode is titled ‘Adayume’ (Empty Dream). This time, the mission is brought in Watanuki’s dream by Doumeki’s grandfather Haruka, who appeared in ‘xxxHOLiC Shunmuki’ OVA. The premise is still the same as the previous episode, most of the play duration takes place in the dream that Haruka wants Watanuki to change, and follows a series of past events from Doumeki’s perspective. Once again, it’s pretty heavy on folklore with references to Baku, the dream eater, and Houjou Masako, who is said to have purchased her sister’s dream to become the shogun’s wife (her sister could not interpret the dream).
The second episode felt a bit lacking, both in length and depth to the story, but it has some nostalgia value in revisiting past events. There is also an upcoming conflict foreshadowed by Yuuko, so perhaps there will be more episodes. ‘Adayume’ have only added more questions what happened in 10 years’ time. It’ll be interesting to see how everything will be summed up.
and…..I might include spoilers without me knowing it so…..As a precaution, I’ll apologise now.
So the story takes place 10 years after yuko’s ‘death’ or ‘disappearance’ and it show how much the characters have changed. Hiwamari is married, doumeki is a professor and kohane is a student in the same university.This setting is the same as the manga yet the story is well, a side story since there isn’t anything like this in the manga.
So a brief summary of the plot would be doumeki and another professor going to a mansion-like house to check out some artifacs and charms.etc. And when doumeki was there, he meets a girl, who is unnamed, an rather mysterious too.
And then the next time they went, they were going through a crate and inside that crate was a bell. and once the bell was rung, the bashes open a door and starts acting all berserk and bites the professor and causes havoc.
doumeki and watanaki investigate further to find shes some izura tamer or something like that.
The storyline confused me. So a girls gets possesed, and then destroys everything and then a pipe fox comes to the rescue, and they find a box and then she turns into a fox?! It was just too much to keep up with.
And I’m the person, whho judges alot of anime and manga by endings. A bad and incomplete or rushed ending ruins the anime no matter how good the storyline was.
xxxHolic rou’s ending was confusing as well. What happened to an equal payment? How could a few words be enough for a girl to turn into a fox? What happened to yuko?
The ending wasn’t rushed, I was just incomplete. I felt like it needed more episodes.
The storyline was the only thing that ruined it for me. And it was such a shame because this could’ve turned out really good.
But thats just me. Maybe your not as absent minded as me and you might understand the storyline.
The art was the usual xxxholic style art, the simple eyes, and matte colours.
Kohane grew taller and looks a lot more mature, yet doumeki hasn’t changed, nor has watanuki since those ten years. Apart from that, the art was brilliant.
The music, was outstanding. It created the right atmosphere and setting. If your were to watch this anime on mute, you might not even realise that this anime is horror.
The character development was probably the things that stand out the most. Kohane is a (half) carefree girl and she is no longer the insecure child she was before. Although doumeki……hasn’t changed at all. He’s still the demanding, emotionless type of guy. But on the other hand, watanaki has changed dramatically. He’s become alot like the serious yuko. (and when I said serious yuko I mean when she’s around her customers and has that eerie demeanour not the playful sake ridden one) He no longer spazzes and no longer does those overly dramatic reactions that I love. Instead, he smokes a pipe and takes in a very serene tone and formal yet demanding manner.
This anime or ova was different, from all the other xxxholic ovas out there because it has a different setting to it.
I enjoyed it,even though i didn’t get it, and that’s pretty impressive.
I’m gonna end this awfully long review with this oh-so spoilerish line.
“Welcome back, Yuko.”
Story (9/10): Okay so the story is pretty much rushed BUT it’s awesome. The story took place 10 years later and I actually want to know what happened and I hope it show in the manga because I’ll be reading it soon. I was really confused to as what happened to Yuuko when she says something about her already being dead and her disappearance. After her being gone, Watanuki became the owner which is cool. Watanuki in this timeline is even better than he was in the first and second season of the anime no doubt but his relationship between Doumeki hasn’t changed. Now the bad and most horrible part in this OVA is that Himawari is married to a different man which is very surprising and sad because despite what Watanuki did to her she decided to go for a different man and want to make me realize how the crap did the man did to Himawari to fall for him. One thing came to mind is his looks and I think that’s pretty much the reason but I can’t be sure. Okay next is Doumeki, you won’t believe this but he’s actually getting marry too. Oh yeah he is in two months and that person is Tsuyuri. Holy sh**!! I’m shocked!!! Why them and can’t be Watanuki???!! Well I just hope maybe Watanuki gets to meet Yuuko and be together in the manga.
Art (10/10): Nothing else to talk about this good art work
Sound (10/10): Nothing else to talk about this either
Character (10/10): Great characters. They’re grown and has changed since 10 years went by.
Enjoymant (9/10): Of course this wouldn’t happened if I knew exactly how and when did Himawari got married and met him and Doumeki relationship with Tsuyuri.
Overall (9/10): It’s a magnificent OVA. I truly enjoyed it at last. If you did watch the first and second season of this, then I suggest you watch this awesome piece of work.
My favorite quote from Yuuko: “I’m back, Watanuki.” *crying little by little just hearing this* (Even though she did say it, I didn’t see her being actually back so i hope i get to see in it the manga hopefully)
3: Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni
Japanese: 夏目友人帳 新作OVA いつかゆきのひに
MAL Score: 8.34
During a winter walk, Natsume meets a snowman youkai who is searching for something she’s lost and can’t seem to recall and decides to help her despite not knowing what exactly she’s looking for.
Winter has approached with its harsh, unpleasant cold. While on a short walk to view the falling snow, Natsume encounters a snowball looking Youkai who is in search of a forgotten, lost possession. Natsume being the kind hearted child he is can’t help but get involved. The OVA, surprisingly, could easily be an episode of the anime. The tone, mood, and plot are strikingly similar to many other episodes.
The bond between Nyanko Sensei and Natsume remains strong, with Nyanko Sensei staying beside Natsume even through his impulsive actions. Nyanko Sensei is hilarious, with his facial expressions accompanied with snarky comments I can’t help but burst out in laughter. Although the two don’t admit their strong bond; they really do get along quite well.
Natsume seems to have opened up more to Shigeru and Touko. The lovely couple, as expected, are still represented as kind loving parents. Shigeru seems to have no interest in questioning Natsume’s odd unexplained—at least to those who don’t know about youkai—actions. This lack of interest probably could be attributed to Shigeru understanding Natsume has secrets he’d like to keep to himself. Both Touko and Shigeru try to make Natsume feel welcomed by subtle actions. The OVA just further emphasized that the household is already a family, and they are always continuing to grow.
Sadly, there was no beautiful OP to begin the story. There was a decent piano ED, but I would’ve much preferred listening to any of the amazing ED’s from any of the other seasons. The art is still shows consistent quality, and the sound effects are used wisely.
If you enjoyed all four seasons of Natsume Yuujinchou, then there’s no reason to not watch this OVA. Don’t miss out on another chance to see your beloved characters again!
This episode isn’t anything all that special, I will say, however, it does leave a nice feeling in your heart afterwards. Natsume’s Book of Friends is brilliant at storytelling through these youkai and through Natsume, both outcasts in a sense. This specific story is a nice metaphor for humanity’s ever-long search for something without knowing what it is they’re searching for.
Through this little episode, you get to see the creative way that very thing is talked about, and that’s what makes this anime so great. It takes the most mundane things and adds a fantastical element to them to make it awe-inspiring to watch. Obviously, as this is an OVA, there isn’t much by way of character development, but it’s calming to just sit back and enjoy these characters in the wonderful environment that’s been built for them. If you like the anime, this OVA is a good one to watch.
2: Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kako-hen
MAL Score: 8.37
While playing in the snow one day at her shrine, the land god Nanami Momozono witnesses her familiar—the fox youkai Tomoe—collapse, with dark markings appearing on his body. Tomoe’s former master, Lord Mikage, appears after his long absence and places Tomoe into a magical pocket mirror in order to stave off his ailment.
Mikage explains that long ago, before he and Tomoe had met, the fox youkai was in love with a human woman. Seeking to live as a human with his beloved, he made a deal with a fallen god, but he only ended up cursed and dying. When Mikage discovered Tomoe, the god made the youkai forget his human love as a quick solution. However, something has changed recently to reactivate the curse; Tomoe has fallen in love with his new human master, Nanami. Since there is no way to stop the curse, Nanami wants to stop Tomoe from getting cursed in the first place by traveling back through time, even if it means they may never meet. As Nanami travels back hundreds of years to save her precious familiar, she discovers that she is far more closely bonded to Tomoe than she previously thought.
The OVA is very well done, just like the regular anime; good art, good cast, good rythm, good everything. The love between the main characters is reinforced and some secrets are revealed. BUT! (And this is a huge “But”) The feels one gets in the manga are 300% more intense than in the OVA, so as an adaptation, it’s just mediocre.
I’ll try to explain briefly what we are missing in the OVA without giving any explicit spoiler:
First of all, the time-travel logic is far better depicted in the manga, and Nanami goes through way more hardship to accomplish her mission. Besides, with regard to the whole story, it is in this Past Arc where we are supposed to discover most of the important information about the nature of Tomoe and Nanami’s relationship, as well as Tomoe and Yukiji’s, which is not explaind in the OVA at all, when it really shoud have been because it is by far the most interesting part of the story and it really changes everything. (It is there where you finally say “Hey! This is clearly not Inuyasha!” ) But not trace of it in the OVA.
Last but not least, within this arc of the manga, Nanami gets to know quite well Akura-ou, who becomes a major character in the following arcs, and the absence of the Akura-ou part in the OVA, added to the fact of condensing everyone’s favorite part of the manga (4 volumes of it actually) in barely 4 episodes, only makes me fear that there might not be next anime season in the future.
The past arc of Kamisama Hajimemashita has been one of the most pasionate stories I’ve read in a manga, and one of the most coherent time-travel stories I’ve ever come across. So it saddens me considerably to see it cheapened like this.
However, as I said at the begining of the review, if you haven’t read the manga, go ahead, the story is undoubtably enjoyable and sweet.
The problem with time-travelling is that sometimes it almost looks like the creators are trying to seem smart. They try to build a web but that web ends up full of plot holes. This time-travelling little story on the contrary was simple and concise. And when I say simple it is in a good way.
There were some little things that weren’t exactlly 100% explained but if we start thinking we can easily feel the gaps (and there are kind people everywhere to fill you up on information about the manga)
There was just one thing that I didn’t understand. Maybe a plot hole? Maybe I’m just dumb? Nanami is still a God when she goes to the past so why Tomoe can’t see the mark on her forehead? First I thought it was because he was not a famillier but I think in the first season there were Yokais that could detect the mark on her. She was basically a lighthouse for all kind of greedy beings. So how in the past she could easily pass for a human? Did I miss something?
Anyway, I really liked the pace of Kako-hen, as well as the overall reactions of the characters and the dialogues.
I think this is something that anyone who likes Kamisama Hajimashita can’t miss. It’s not your regular dispensable OVA, this is honestly very important, a big part of the story. It’s not like the majority of the OVAS on series that are there to give you a good time but that don’t really add to the plot.
End of story.
I really don’t want to spoil anything but this really is the sole reason I was willing to continue with the story and read the manga. The TV show arcs are a little too “slice of life” for me. I’m the type of person who likes watching love stories that have A LOT of life or death drama and those in which the girl kinda “changes” the evil male protagonists.
Hence I’m kinda a fan of the Hunger games XD. ALSO, AI TO MAKOTO, a manga from the 70s is soooooooo good. It deserves so much more attention. I didn’t cry for that but I just love the female lead so much… then again, I often prefer male leads cuz the girls are often quite weak.
1: Hellsing Ultimate
English: Hellsing Ultimate
Japanese: HELLSING OVA
MAL Score: 8.38
There exist creatures of darkness and evil that plague the night, devouring any human unfortunate enough to be caught in their grasp. On the other side is Hellsing, an organization dedicated to destroying these supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. At its head is Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military and spends her life fighting the undead.
Integra’s vast army, however, pales in comparison with her ultimate weapon: the vampire Alucard, who works against his own kind as an exterminator for Hellsing. With his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria, at his side, Alucard must battle not only monsters, but all those who stand to oppose Hellsing, be they in the guise of good or evil.
In a battle for mankind’s survival, Hellsing Ultimate proves that appearances are not all they may seem, and sometimes the greatest weapon can come in the form of one’s worst nightmare.
It has all the flash and gimmicks to trick you into thinking it’s good. It has vampires, action, blood, swearing, violence, gore, sexuality, darkness—everything that’s just “cooool” and “matuuure.”
Let’s not forget its “badass” hero Alucard—whose name is “Dracula” spelled backward, by the way. Goddamn that is so fucking cool I’m hurting. He’s so powerful no one can beat him. Except… that is the problem. Because none of his enemies can even touch him all his fights are boring filler. You’re actually left rooting for the villains.
The main characters are supposed to be the one putting up a struggle, not the other way around. The only time I was excited about a fight was when the villains felt like they could pose a challenge. But then Alucard whips out a power up, and I’m left saying “Oh.”
For a show with gorgeous animation and fantastic action it’s dull and forgettable. It’s like an attractive person without a personality. There are pacing issues where it slows down to be melodramatic and rambles about nonsense philosophy. I get that you need to let us know character motivations, but giving 10 minute speeches isn’t exactly keeping me awake. It also tries to be funny with some lighthearted, cutely animated moments, but it only ruins the mood.
I still actually recommend watching this but only if you’re slightly interested. It’s helpful to watch good and bad shows. It’ll give you an instinct on why something is good or bad. I enjoyed this my first time, but I certainly wouldn’t watch it again.
It has often been said that I like Hellsing Ultimate. My friends, I like Hellsing Ultimate…NO. Friends, I LOVE!! HELLSING ULTIMATE! I love the dark animation, I love the gore, I love the action, I love the charismatic characters, the accents, I love the bombastic plot and dialogue! I love any like-minded quality anime that can exist upon this Earth!
I love watching ghouls, vampires and mercenaries clashing in an all-out VAR within the Victorian hallways of the Hellsing estate. My heart leaps with joy whenever a soldier’s limps are blown off followed by screams of agonizing pain. And there is nothing like a British vampire chick dual wielding artillery canons to rain hell upon the mightiest engines of war, UND the feeling that comes when a vampire runs away screaming from Alucard only to be slaughtered in the most gruesome way imaginable… is such… an exquisite feeling. Like when ranks of mercenaries sign up to hunt vampires and ghouls using silver bullets. It moves me deep within my heart to see an entire squadron of innocent SWAT forces butchered mercilessly by none other than the MC in their final moments of shock and despair. The sight of haters being made fun of on the forums for their ridicule subjective criticism is an irresistible pleasure. And there is nothing more arousing then the major’s awe-inspiring war-speech which is still resonating with grandeur in your heads at this very moment. When a band of pitiful resistance fighters make their final stand with nothing but small arms only to have their city destroyed and their guts disemboweled by a thousand paratrooper vampire Nazis, I’m in ecstasy. I love it when my favorite factions are ravaged by enemy Nazi bastards. It’s so sad to see characters I had held onto dearly meet their tragic fates, their friends and comrades ripped in half gasping for their last breaths. I love to be squashed under the heel of the Nazi and Vatican war dogs, the humiliation as my men crawl around like vermin, hiding and taking cheap shots from walled corners.
Gentlemen, all I ask for is more Hellsing Ultimate. An anime so grand as to make hell itself tremble. Gentlemen…I ask you as fellow brothers in arms what is it that you really want? Do you wish for further anime like this as I do? Do you wish for a merciless bloody anime? Anime whose fury is built with iron and lightning and fire? DO YOU ASK FOR ANIME TO SWEEP IN LIKE A TEMPEST, LEAVING NOT EVEN CRITICS TO SCAVENGE FROM THIS EARTH!!!
To start off with the characters, our hero Alucard feels like the epitome of what it means to be a mary sue. Does he have character traits which define him? Of course not, since he is nothing but an underdeveloped, unbeatable, one dimensional mary sue who does what he wants and what he pleases because the plot said so. Is he able to be beaten? Yes, but only when the plot needs him to stray away for a while, then after that he comes back because he is supposed to be an immortal vampire who never dies because of plot, even when the other characters beat him fair and square through a smart strategy they had developed early on. Speaking of the other characters, they exist just for the sole purpose of moving the plot forward all the while being one dimensional archetypes themselves. You’ve got the central villain, Major, whose only character trait is to be evil and speak in a funny German accent just to get some cheap laughs from the viewers. You’ve got a woman who owns Alucard and is supposed to be his master, and her character is never developed other than her being his master, and to drink wine and speak in a posh accent I guess. She was so forgettable, to the point where I forgot her name. The other characters are the same, they either exist for the sole purpose of telling an unfunny joke, or to progress the plot forward without gaining any real characterization in the process. Reading some of the reviews here, they rave about the greatness of the characters, yet they never go into specifics as to why said characters are so great. I wonder why…
As for the unfunny jokes, this Anime is filled to the very brim with them. Were you hoping for a serious and grim Anime about vampires and soldiers fighting each other to the death? Jokes on you, we’ll give you the silliest, most addlebrained “comedy” Anime that ever tried to take itself seriously. Even when it should be funny and invoke laughter out of the audience, it doesn’t do anything of significance nor does it succeed in getting said laughs. Moreover, the juxtaposition between comedy and seriousness completely breaks the audience’s immersion in the plot, as one cannot be invested in a serious scene because the Anime breaks the viewer’s immersion and the serious tone that it was going for with unfunny jokes that come out of nowhere. Seriously, the comedy displayed here is worse than that of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, and that is genuinely saying something. To put it in simpler words, the Anime does not know what it wants to be, because if it’s goal was to be a hysterical parody of vampires, then it has certainly failed in it’s goal, since it neither is funny nor does it not break that rule by trying to take itself seriously half of the time.
Moving on to one more problem that this unfunny sack of underwhelming doodoo suffers from, it is that the episode length is long. There is a reason one watches Anime, and that is because while it not being the best medium out there, it at least makes up for it by not torturing the viewer for more than twenty minutes at a time. What does Hellsing Ultimate do? It lengthens it’s twenty minute run per episode into forty slow and lengthy minutes, which boggles the mind since ten minutes of this catastrophe were unwatchable, much less forty. Even when sped up, it doesn’t help either since you are constantly seeing characters you dislike being shoved right into your face all the time. You can’t escape this terrible catastrophe no matter how hard you tried, as it is inherently bad by itself.
Overall, there isn’t much else to say about Hellsing Ultimate. It is boring, trite, unfunny and at the end of the day it is meandering. Why is it meandering you ask? Because the main character is an unbeatable mary sue who barely shows any emotions and the outcomes therefore become predictable.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Hellsing Ultimate
2. Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kako-hen
3. Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni
4. xxxHOLiC Rou
5. Tsubasa: Shunraiki
6. Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kamisama, Shiawase ni Naru
7. Fate/Grand Carnival
8. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – Meiou Shinwa 2
9. Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder
10. xxxHOLiC Shunmuki
11. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2: Kono Subarashii Geijutsu ni Shukufuku wo!
12. Wolf’s Rain OVA
13. Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA
14. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – Meiou Shinwa
15. Carnival Phantasm
16. Noragami Aragoto OVA
17. Hoozuki no Reitetsu OVA
18. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!: Kono Subarashii Choker ni Shukufuku wo!
19. Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai
20. Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls
21. Noragami OVA
22. Nurarihyon no Mago OVA
23. One Punch Man: Road to Hero
24. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Tenri-hen
25. Ranma Super
26. Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu
27. Hellsing: Digest for Freaks
28. Mob Psycho 100: Dai Ikkai Rei toka Soudansho Ian Ryokou – Kokoro Mitasu Iyashi no Tabi
29. Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai
30. Mahou Sensei Negima!: Mou Hitotsu no Sekai
31. Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san.
32. Nanatsu no Taizai OVA
33. Youkoso! Sukebe Elf no Mori e
34. Ranma : Akumu! Shunmin Kou
35. Yozakura Quartet: Tsuki ni Naku
36. Carnival Phantasm EX Season
37. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka of the Dead: Hai, Minotake ni Attemasu
38. Mahou Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba
39. Itadaki! Seieki
40. Hakuouki OVA
41. Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season OVA
42. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
43. Sora no Otoshimono: Project Pink
44. Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi
45. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka OVA
46. Imawa no Kuni no Alice (OVA)
47. Hikaru no Go: Sabaki no Ikkyoku! Inishie no Hana yo Sake!!
48. Kekkai Sensen: Ousama no Restaurant no Ousama
49. Lodoss-tou Senki
50. Trinity Seven: Nanatsu no Taizai to Nana Madoushi