They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Magical☆Star Kanon 100%, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Flag 0, Deadman Wonderland: Akai Knife Tsukai, and more!
7: Magical☆Star Kanon 100%
English: Magical Star Kanon 100%!
Japanese: マジカル☆スター かのん100％
MAL Score: 6.78
Kanon spin-off OVA bundled with vol. 22 of the Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai manga.
(Source: Weekly Shonen Sunday)
Some fans are undoubtedly going to disagree (and I will call them crazy for doing so), but in my case, Keima nearly ruined the entire third season by the sheer force of his twattery. Even before that, he was only marginally more tolerable. TWGOK has always been a series whose primary appeal has been the cuteness of its female characters, and Keima by his very nature obstructs this by coldly manipulating all the girls, treating them like disposable objects, a means to an end, an outlet for his sadism. The OVA is a nice (albeit temporary) step forward for the series as it focuses solely on the moe appeal and removes the plague that is Keima.
The only real issue is that Kanon herself is a dull heroine. Oh, she’s cute – there’s no doubt about that – but there really isn’t much else to say about her beyond that. And ‘cute’ is a trait that can be easily found in thousands of other anime heroines. The OVA likely focused solely on her moe power because, well… there isn’t anything else that can be done with her.
Kanon’s moe power is merely intensified by her transforming into a loli for the majority of the OVA. That’s always nice for viewers who are fans of little girls, but personally it is not my sort of thing. I prefer my girls at an age that won’t land me in prison. Maybe I’m just the weird one.
The story of the OVA is largely boring and inconsequential, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise given that it is not a part of the main series. While it is not bad any means, it does take away time that could be better spent on what every single person watching it wants: Kanon doing cute things. And looking cute. And saying cute words. See, I don’t even know what the hell else to say about her.
Also, why she is even a loli in the first place or how she (inevitably) returned to normal remains a bit of a mystery. Even more baffling is why the dozens of people around her who witnessed MAGIC and other forms of craziness do not seem to care afterwards. Then again, TWGOK is not a series that ever attempted to carry any sense of realism, so I suppose all this is moot point.
The art and music are fine, but anyone expecting more of a movie treatment are going to find themselves incredibly disappointed. Considering Kanon’s idol career, it would have been nice to see her concerts in more detail, but there is nothing of the sort unless 30 seconds of stills qualifies as ‘performance’. If nothing else, at least it’s visually consistent with the main TV series.
“Magical☆Star Kanon 100%” is a nice little treat for TWGOK and Kanon (no, not the show) fans, but if you didn’t care much for the series then I can’t imagine there’s anything that will change your mind here. It’s one of those things that simply exists, neither impressing nor offending anyone. It is the epitome of average, a rock on a hill.
At least there’s no Keima. And more Elsie is always appreciated in my book.
Overall I thought it was enjoyable but it could have been more effective with more episodes much like the manga hoever it was still quite good for a spin-off OVA
6: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Flag 0
English: The World God Only Knows: Flag 0
Japanese: 神のみぞ知るセカイ: Flag 0
MAL Score: 6.91
Short prologue OVA, bundled with manga volume vol.10.
Elsie receives from Dokurou Skull, hell’s branch chief of “counter measures”, the task to go on earth and capture evil spirits that have escaped from hell.
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Flag 0 was not really needed, all there was to it was Elsie having a conversation with Doukuro Skull about going down to Earth and stuff, so it wasn’t really needed.
There is literally not much, the closest you would get to a story is them mentioning a “human who can conquer anyone” which, is obviously Keima. But, other than that, the story doesn’t really exist.
The art is great as always, I love the art style and animation to this series.
Was there music playing in this short video? I don’t even remember.
There’s only two characters to mention, and I like Elsie but I’m never too sure about Doukuro Skull, she’s just… hmm… I’m not sure. Besides voice acting someone from Gintama, she’s… not that great, but she’s a great addition to the series…? I guess.
This was just a not-needed clip that was added to the series. You could have just read the start of Chapter 1 of the Manga and then things would of been done with. Or just read the whole series, cuz’ it’s fantastic.
5: Deadman Wonderland: Akai Knife Tsukai
English: Deadman Wonderland: The Red Knife Wielder
Japanese: デッドマン ワンダーランド 赤いナイフ使い
MAL Score: 6.95
Two years after the catastrophic tidal wave that swept over Japan, police officer Kiyomasa Senji is trying to make the world a safer place. Using his Branch of Sin powers, he stops criminals in whatever ways he can. After rescuing a boy named Izuru Tsukiyoshi from a gang called Goreless Peace, the conflict between Kiyomasa and his adversaries heats up rapidly, to the point of being explosive.
Offering a glimpse into the past of the future Deadman, the story follows Senji, helping to further develop the reasoning that drives his actions later in life.
For the art, well, since the art used is the same as the original anime I can only give it a “Mediocre” number 5, and same goes for the sound since the same opening theme is used.
As for the characters, only Senji, Kiyomasa is the most prominent one since we’ve known that character from the original anime. As for the other characters of this OVA, they all have potentials too if this were a full length anime . It goes to show that Senji, Kiyomasa does have the potential to be a main protagonist if such anime spin-off is possible, so a “Good’ rating number 7 will do. SSSLICE!!!!
Enjoyment and Overall: Good No.7.
Ok, so even if it is just a one off OVA, and it is more of a prequel/spin-off it did not sway away from the original anime’s genre which is sci-fi, action, horror and superpower. In fact a prequel spin-off is a good idea, since it’ll be alright to do away the original cast from original anime and just leave Senji, Kiyomasa to star in it together with the other cast of the OVA, that way there will be no ending left hanging, but we just have to be contented with the OVA co’z it seems that it is just limited to that, SSSLICE.
There’s not a lot to say about this one. It’s a short OVA that focuses mostly on Senji and his days as a police officer before he got sent to Deadman Wonderland. It reveals some backstory, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem of Deadman’s story being criminally incomplete. It’s backstory and nothing else. It’s got some of Deadman’s trademark action, yes, and it’s always fun, but this OVA isn’t much at all.
Right from the beginning I had a strong suspicion that nothing good would come from watching this OVA. The original series was just disappointing, after all. Of course, I didn’t realize when I started watching that it was called “Red Knife Wielder,” which would have pretty much let me know that it would do nothing to actually tie up any lose ends left in the original series. Worse than not completing anything that was started in the series, it didn’t even provide some hint as to how Senji becomes how he is depicted in the original. In fact, it starts relatively similar to how he acts in the show but he actually grows in the opposite direction of his main-series nature. In short, watching this added no value or depth to something that was already in desperate need of both.
MAL Score: 7.03
DVD bundled with the limited edition of the 10th volume of the manga, previewing the upcoming TV anime and including footage that will not be used in the series.
3: Hayate no Gotoku! OVA
MAL Score: 7.13
New OVA series of Hayate no Gotoku!, which is part of the manga’s 10th anniversary project. One episode each will be bundled with volumes 41 to 43 of the manga.
2: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: 4-nin to Idol
English: The World God Only Knows: Four Girls and an Idol
Japanese: 神のみぞ知るセカイ ４人とアイドル
MAL Score: 7.31
Eli, Chihiro, and Miyako try to form a band but end up looking to Katsuragi for help. In the process they meet Kanon and become friends/ rivals.
The story is pretty much a spoof of K-ON! which I liked since I’m also a fan of it. The girls also struggle in forming a light music club. Keima only had a short appearance in this OVA. Because I never really able to read the manga version of this, at first I thought Keima wouldn’t appear at all. Don’t get me wrong, Keima still has a big role in this OVA. There’s this moment where Keima believes that the girls he already had conquered still have some remnants of their memories with him in the past.
The art is for me is just pretty just like the TV anime. The chibi art is still really fun to see especially Elsie’s chibi version.
I really like the Kanon’s Opening theme of this one. The pinkish theme really makes it obvious that it’s a Kanon theme. It features Kanon in her swimsuit and her concert. Great art and effects which Kanon fans will really love to see. The Ending theme on the other hand features Elsie’s band playing, which is really good way of ending the OVA.
It is really great to see all the past characters again in one episode. You get to see how they have progressed after Keima captured their loose soul. Fans of even one of these characters will really love it. I guess loosing their memories is really the best way to make them appear again on an episode without any trouble if ever they meet or see Keima again.
All in all I really enjoyed this OVA since I’ve been really waiting for this. It’s really worth waiting it. I still wish that there will be a season 3 soon! 🙂
This is my very first review, so apologies for some grammatical errors and if I give a little bit of spoilers.
but it explains alot when season 3 might and probably will come out.
Keima himself has a not much of an appearance in this OVA but its an important appearance still non the less as the fact that it relates to the story line.
the base of it is the band getting together and trying to rival KANON, and becoming a good band Keima teaching them so they can get a club ETC.
no capturing,and if you don’t want to see a spoiler don’t watch the ending credits.
that’s all the time i have for now
excuse me for such a bad review its only my second review
The concept was quite excellent. And at the end credits, I actually wished that they would continue this OVA as a mini series in the anime. There were so many things that they could’ve done with the characters.
Thanks for taking the time for reading this first-time reviewer’s review and have a good day!
1: 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.
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1. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Tenri-hen
2. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: 4-nin to Idol
3. Hayate no Gotoku! OVA
5. Deadman Wonderland: Akai Knife Tsukai
6. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Flag 0
7. Magical☆Star Kanon 100%