They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Terra Formars: Earth-hen, Koi to Uso OVA, Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Fukurokouji to Ano Ko to Ore to, and more!
7: Terra Formars: Earth-hen
Japanese: テラフォーマーズ アース編
MAL Score: 6.29
Bundled with the 21st and 22nd volumes, the OVAs adapt the Earth arc of the manga.
Story: They literally jumped from zero to a hundred with no explanations. These Ovas start with the main characters hunting down Terra Formars on earth (we have no idea how did they get back from mars and how Terra Formars reached earth) then they introduce a new strong character who joined the main characters to kill Terra Formars. So, there were a lot a lot of fighting between Terra Formars and the main characters. Just llke S1 & S2, no real story just fighting. Then they introduced the Terra Formars’ leader who wears like Buddha holding a human baby and on his sides two “bad” humans (his alliance). So, how did he manages to make friends with humans? Who is that baby?? I have no idea. So, as expected, there was a big fight between his followers (Terra Formars) and the mean characters. The main characters kinda won the fight . After that, Buddha (or whatever you wanna call him) run away with the baby, and the main characters kinda had a happy moment and start laughing and that was the end. Basically, a complete shit.
Art: Aiming for children.
Characters: More retarded than they were in season two.
Overall: Don’t waste your time on this shit.
(personally I had so much expectations from this Anime, but they ruined it with their lack of a story and too much fighting, and they added many fan services, which is cringe in this type of Animes. Also, they made the Asian group the bad ones (except for Japan of course because they’re the good ones a long side with the west) which is kinda racist. And that totally ruined it for me. It was really unnecessary.
6: Koi to Uso OVA
English: Love and Lies
MAL Score: 6.43
Bundled with the limited edition of the 8th manga volume.
5: Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Fukurokouji to Ano Ko to Ore to
Japanese: 真夜中のオカルト公務員 袋小路とあの子と俺と
MAL Score: 6.78
Bundled with the limited edition 12th manga volume.
Miyako Arata is newly assigned to the Shinjuku Ward Nocturnal Community Relations Division. Each of Tokyo’s 23 wards has one such department, established to mitigate paranormal and occult-related events. Arata’s special skill is the understanding of non-human speech, and the story begins with him encountering a youkai at Shinjuku Imperial Gardens who refers to him as the legendary Heian-era exorcist, Abe no Seimei.
(Source: Mayonaka No Occult Wikia)
Since is a side story, I will keep this short, I have reviewed extensively on this show under its main story already. The Art and Sound are more or less the same quality as the main series, meaning the Art is impressive to my taste, and there’s nothing majorly bad about the Sound either. Characters designs are the same as Season 1.
Story-wise, is pretty much a flashback. a backstory on an event that both Reiji and Theo shared. Is not a story that brings out any excitement and/or tension, nor does it seem like it will ever play a part in the main story either. The story is just to portray a little of a “slice of life” feel in the main casts’ life. Like a get to know your characters outside of their work life. So don’t go in expecting interesting lore or legends or actions. Is a pretty calm and relaxing story, with some laughs here and there. Since I am basically a fan of the characters, my rating might be a little on the high side, as I enjoy knowing more about them.
4: Arslan Senki (TV) Gaiden
Japanese: アルスラーン戦記 外伝
MAL Score: 7.01
It has been announced that Hiromu Arakawa’s Arslan Senki manga will bundle OVAs in the fifth and sixth volumes, to be released on May 9 and November 9 respectively. The first OVA will include an original story supervised by Hiromu Arakawa, while the content of the second OVA has not been announced yet.
A particularly great ova story? Nope.
Are you missing out by not watching this? Nah.
Lots of fun? Quite.
Waste of time? Well, you wouldn’t miss anything by not watching this, but it’s hella fun though.
Regret watching? Nope.
Like it? Yes!
Overall, it’s just here for you to have some fun and get a look at the characters again. If you like the characters and don’t mind that it’s totally silly and just want to go with the flow without any expectations, it’ll be quite enjoyable. It’s also pretty hilarious.
3: Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Hitoribocchi no Kyuuketsuki
MAL Score: 7.13
2 Unaired Episodes of Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin.
The subject this time around is vampires, after a corpse turns up in Shinjuku drained of all its blood with a neck wound only those with the sight can see without help. Theo as it turns out is a vampire expert specifically, so the detectives assigned to the case from “Unit Zero“, the ones who get the cases that don’t make sense to muggles turn to him for help.
Theo has already planned to drag Arata with him to Senda’s place for New Year’s because of an Another he’s been observing there for 15 years that he’s been dying to communicate with and it turns out that Another is Japan’s last surviving vampire.
That vampire is the perp as it turns out but not by choice. Someone from Theo’s past named Saejima is using him as a means to strike out at Theo, who he apparently loathes for reasons that at first are not entirely clear.
As we’ve seen before in Mayonaka, when too many parties get involved things tend to get much messier between the humans and Anothers. And in this case that means not just Unit Zero but a sort of Another hitman named Tamao, whose job it is to take out Anothers who are targeting humans.
There’s a lot of interesting background in this story stuff like the special tattoo Saejima uses to prevent Anothers from seeing him. As it happens he’s more or less a psychopath with a special grudge against Theo, And the unfortunate vampire, whose name is Sakura as it turns out, is just a pawn in Saejima’s revenge scheme.
All in all this would rank as one of Mayonaka’s better serials, I’d say. The second episode especially is superb, full of the pathos that characterizes this sort of material at its best
I guess my only complaint would be though, that there isn’t enough Kohaku, at all. Sorry, I needed to see my pretty boy.
I also loved that the OVA was centered around vampires, a much appreciated surprise after finishing the main show. Although, I’d like to complain and ask why this OVA isn’t tagged with the ‘vampires’ genre? It literally has vampire in the name…
Anyway, watch the main show! It’s only twelve episodes long and is a pretty chill and well paced anime to watch! You’ll have to get passed the clearly budgeted art style, but it’s really a good show otherwise!
TL;DR: Is nice to know more about Theo, and the new Supernatual being introduced. The story is executed well to portray the characters and their association clearly (and charmingly).
Since this is an OVA sequel, I will keep my review to the main points. I have already reviewed extensively under Season 1. Basically, Art and Sound are more or less the same as Season 1, there were no major differences or improvements, just lesser scenes for minor issues to stand out. So all is satisfactory with the Art and Sound.
Story is good for this OVA, considering it focuses on my favourite character, Theo (Seo). The story is not confusing, and executed rather well. As the story introduces new characters and try to give the audience more insight into Theo, doing it in merely 2 episodes and have it not feel rushed is pretty noteworthy. From this OVA, there were several side characters being introduced mainly to expand more on Theo’s background. The troupe here is pretty basic with a nonsensical antagonist with reasonable motives and an endearing sacrifice that the story surround itself with but yet doesn’t rely on. There will probably be side characters that will never appear in the series anymore, and their actions in this OVA may not connect to any future plots either. But they definitely do play their part well in this story. After completing an anime that introduced new characters but yet not have them blend into the story, I can say that I am more than satisfy about the way this story uses its characters. No characters were wasted, and all their actions and storylines come together really well (albeit is just 2 OVAs, but I am especially keen on such details).
As how a person is defined by their personality, actions, and past. The new characters that were introduced here have some basic persona, but their backgrounds and their actions are interesting. The backgrounds, especially, are a little more than interesting, they are also kind of fun or amusing (Can’t really describe this). There were characters that are shrouded in mystery as nothing more was shown about them other than some interesting scenes. But you can tell, it is laying the groundwork for them to make their appearance again in the future story (This is just a sneak preview of those characters, hahhaha~). And the story does complement the characters well that leaves the audience a little bit more curious about the new characters but not cutting off with a “cliffhanger” and induce some sort of hunger for more. The existing main cast does’t have much to show, except for Theo, and as mentioned above, the story aims to expand more on him, so of course we got more understanding of Theo, and probably a minor development of his views on the supernaturals.
2: Terra Formars: Bugs 2-hen
Japanese: テラフォーマーズ バグズ２号編
MAL Score: 7.18
Adaptation of the Bugs 2 arc of the manga.
The story/premise was a bit cliché: It’s your standard futuristic dystopian society with a socioeconomic class system and planetary level threat that results from genetic modifications to mankind.
I think the action sequences for the cockroaches establish their strength and intelligence pretty well; the potential danger they pose to humanity at large comes across clearly.
All things considered, I think 80% of the the show was fighting. If an Attack on Titan-Baki mix sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll probably enjoy this.
the art is okay, the animation is fine, being aware that this OVA is an introduction to a whole franchise, i’ll only mention the things that can not possibly be fixed :
the pace is stuttery, mixing moments of doubts with gratuitous reveals to try and explain plot elements or characters in a hurry, most of wich are incredibly cliché (hinting on a dystopian future with corrupted politics and perhaps even a caste system ) this might be only because of the OVA nature of this episode, but still could certainly have been more subtle.
The characters are apparently disposable, but not as brillantly done as in Attack on Titan wich makes sure the viewer gets familiar with them before doing horrible things to them, but more in the “that’l hopefullyl make people talk about it” sense of random guro, wich feels like some kind of cheat to me, covering up the lack of plot, wich seems to fit in a single sentence judging from this single OVA:
past the first encounter, there is no surprise, no cliffhanger, no new element introduced to the story, it all relies on it’s own premice wich is ” mars has been terraformed through the use of moss and cockroaches, people we send there disapear shortly” and all the episode is basically showing the many gruesome ways to make explorers disapear..
my main issue tho, is on the solution to the explorer death issue, seemingly the whole concept of the series, is the “surgery” undertaken by the protagonists, allowing them to instantly grow insect parts upon injecting themselves some kind of chemical product……. and that’s just not Science Fiction, in any realistic sense ever, that is Ben-10 Fantasy ! not only the idea that such body enhancement could be done, but moreover the idea that it should be sufficient to face an unknown menace, implying that such unknown menace had to be fought through close-combat….
this is where it lost me, seeing year 2600 humans unable to think of anything else than this incredibly far-fetched solution is nothing but threatening my faith in humanity, present and future ..
as a parody of an old Z movie tho, that could work, so if that is what you’re looking for, enjoy !
Nothing beats a series where blattodea, a species relentlessly massacred by humans, turn the tables to flatten the real pests: homo sapiens. In this case, the cockroaches come in anthropomorphized form and appear to be quite capable of employing basic strategy. The OVA seems to develop some back story for the scenarios in the Anime. Witnessing the human deaths is very satisfying. It gives happy feelings. I wouldn’t call this horror, but I can see how it might be so for others. But revenge is so sweet. This anime brings to life fantasies of mine. The last time I pointed at the screen and laughed so much was when I watched the start of Elfen Lied and the first few episodes of Attack on Titan. It’s satisfactory comedy to me. I want more! I score it a masterpiece because it is rare, entertaining, misanthropic and strays further from other generic plots and universes where humans tend to prevail even though they clearly don’t deserve any victories. That’s my focus here. The animation, sounds and voice acting were good. The dialogue and characters were standard for anime. I don’t care much for human characters anyway so I can’t get attached to them and unless they’re paranoid, schizophrenic evil mad scientists (like in Steins;Gate), I can’t relate to the characters either. I need to see more to piece the story together but it has me curious to see more about the virus and about the evolution of the Terra Formars. The Terra Formars and the cockroaches are pretty cute yet endearingly creepy. I’d trust them before I trust the slimy, filthy, narrow-sighed and killer human dictators.
If you enjoy watching that one selfish, pretentious species of ape violently get what they deserve because they’ve declared themselves special privileges which prevent you from giving them some of their own medicine, then I will recommend you watch this OVA (and the Terra Formars series) because you will enjoy it, too.
1: Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo: Mou Hitotsu no Suzaku-sai
Japanese: 山田くんと7人の魔女 OAD
MAL Score: 7.43
Shiraishi Urara is the top student in her school. One day, due to an accidental kiss, Urara finds herself in the body of the school delinquent, Yamada Ryuu! In trying to switch back to their own bodies, Urara and Ryuu discover that kissing causes them to switch bodies, which leads to their discovery that there are 7 witches in their school. They soon try to uncover the identities of the 7 witches…
If you’ve seen the tv series and you really liked it, I would say it’s probably worth a watch. But if you are you on the fence here are synposis (Minor spoilers): The school’s cultural festival is happening soon, and with it the performance festival. There’s a hefty monetary prize for winning and the supernatural club wants to participate to win. And so the Yamada and friends spends their time to think of what to perform and proceeds to participate in it.
Story – To not spoil you , they will participate in a club competition .
Characters – Good , Yamada is the problem as usual xD
Enjoyment – Since i liked the plot and storyline of the original series so i enjoyed this OVA so i give it a 7.
if you want to watch something relaxing and funny watch this,it’s very good in my opinion..of course if you are not an action-maniac(i don’t judge people i’m addicted to action too but sometimes you have to watch something relaxing and funny xD)
Some characters who don’t appear so much in the series appear here too xD
The graphic is good as usual.
As always, I won’t sum up the events but just give my personal opinion. The OVA doesn’t put an end to the anime’s ending (considering the manga wasn’t finished right after this event) and just acts as something cool which was added to give me more screen time to the characters (in an ovbiously funny and soft way). So basically you will get to see every major characters + every minor characters (except a few) put all together in a canon story.
It should be seen after you watched the 12 episodes, so you can understand every aspect; without that, it might be a mess. There is no addition to the original plot but it remains very funny to watch, with a cool song at the end. I consider it as a “good bye” to the viewers, but not something radical (unlike Kill la Kill’s OVA, which acted as a “no more screen time for the anime, thank you for watching and understanding”). To me, it would have been a decent transition between season one and two, to make people being patient… but there is no season 2 and there won’t be any – 99.99% sure -. So yeah, I really think it should be taken as a friendly last screen time for the whole anime.
Don’t be sad though, the manga – even finished nowadays – adds a ton lots of stuff. I started reading it after I watched the anime : highly recommended !
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo: Mou Hitotsu no Suzaku-sai
2. Terra Formars: Bugs 2-hen
3. Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Hitoribocchi no Kyuuketsuki
4. Arslan Senki (TV) Gaiden
5. Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin: Fukurokouji to Ano Ko to Ore to
6. Koi to Uso OVA
7. Terra Formars: Earth-hen