They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Big Order, Corpse Party: Missing Footage, Queen’s Blade: Grimoire, and more!
9: Big Order
MAL Score: 5.77
The story centers on an introverted high school student named Eiji Hoshimiya with a huge secret—he wished for the destruction of the world when he was younger. Fairies give certain people special powers called Orders, and what Order Users can do with their power depends on their wishes. Ten years after the Great Destruction, Eiji struggles to come to terms with his immense power.
Seriously some random events happen, and some cool looking scenes are being showed. There is no such thing as an overall story connecting scenes. At some point your brain might even start hurting from even trying to understand what is going on in this show.
Still I kinda liked it though. I think I may asume this OVA serves as some sort of preview for the upcoming anime. If that is the case they did one thing right: they sure made me curious for a good explanation for what I just watched.
So summarized watch this if you are curious about why the hell I’m so confused or if you want to have a WTF moment for yourself. Anyway enjoy either way.
It is similar to parallax dream theory I wrote in 2006 and appeals to the Japanese hard-boiled wonderland type of fiction. Essentially, the mental or metaphysical is a plane that connects all realities, and dreams are when you tap into the experiences of your self from alternate worlds.
In this episode, though Eiji has cleared his world of Orders, other worlds exist where it still works. Certain encounters trigger crossover memories and feelings of deja vu.
There’s no real plot to this episode other than to illustrate this point. It is not necessary to watch but does add some complexity to the overall series.
I think this OAV is definetely insteresting to watch if you already know the story. So watch it after reading the manga or even watching the TV series.
If you watch if before doing that you won’t understand what’s going and who the characters are. Plus, it could spoil some events of the tv series.
But anyway, the animation is pretty cool, the characters are interesting…
It is a story with supernatural events and it the kind of story that I personnally, like.
So I will go further in the TV series and come back finish this OVA later…
8: Corpse Party: Missing Footage
Japanese: コープスパーティー Missing Footage
MAL Score: 6.02
Someday a group of classmates will perform a charm at night after school—the Happy Sachiko charm. This paper doll ritual is meant to make them stay friends forever, but performing it incorrectly will lead them to be dragged down into a dilapidated phantom of Tenjin Elementary School, which had been torn down years ago. Trapped until they can reunite and perform the charm correctly, the students will have to solve the mystery of the haunted school in order to make it out alive.
Before that ill-fated event, however, the friends led ordinary lives. Corpse Party: Missing Footage reveals an insight into the students’ lives on the day before they were thrust into a waking nightmare.
More of a prequel to the High school RPG of what happened, so not much is to be expected in this 11 minute episode.
More over, the original voice actors that voice acted for the PSP are here again, but not the full cast which disappointed me.
Not all of the characters listed in the manga/game were shown, which wasn’t too bad, but still would’ve been a good view to see.
If you are a big fan of the series, you may enjoy it, but overall it’s more of an introduction to it
Good art, original voice actors, not full cast, I see a potential for it to become a good series; hopefully in the future.
Our tale opens with a group of children being murdered by an androgynous figure with long, dark hair. You know, because building up to that kind of thing is over-rated. After a minute or two of that our scene shifts to a guy in the bath when his naked sister walks in on him and starts insisting on washing him. Which is, incidentally, the most horrific scene in the entire thing. After that we switch to a girl groping her friend in various ways while questioning her about a guy. Because that’s what girls do when they have sleepovers. They grope each other and talk about hunky boys. Actually, as someone who has been to a few girls’ slumber parties, I can confirm that only one of these is likely to happen and it’s not the one you might wish it was. After that the scene switches to two new characters talking on the phone about the upcoming culture festival. And then it switches to two different students talking about the same basic thing. And… that’s pretty much everything. So, the narrative goes from child murder into scenes of various characters we know nothing about talking about the culture festival and hunky boys.
Now, in all fairness this was bundled with a limited edition release of one of the spin-off games. So, it is very much intended for fans of the game series and not for people like me who are only vaguely aware that the games exist. However, there’s still the major underlying question of what purpose the thing actually serves. How exactly do these four snippets of mundane conversation that feature completely stilted dialogue add anything to the “happy” Corpse Party world of child murder? Now, the purpose is probably to give the audience a basic peek at the premise and introduce the characters. So, it’s basically an extended trailer. However, there is a major problem with it on that level and it comes down to one aspect…
Yes, the problem is with the characters. We only get a couple minutes with each pair of characters and what we get of them is so absurdly stilted and divorced from reality that the chance of connecting with any of them on any level approaches zero. You would almost think the characters had been written by someone who has never had any friends and lives as an isolated NEET but thinks they understand people because they’ve seen a lot of bad comedies.
These are the types of one-dimensional twits you would expect to see in a terrible comedic anime like Baka to Test rather than in a work of horror where you’re supposed to get invested in them and their survival. If anything, watching the OVA will just destroy your investment rather than enhance it. Unless, possibly, you’re rooting for the main cast to die horribly in which case the bath scene will almost certainly contribute to that.
The art is mostly decent, albeit kind of standard. The biggest issue, in this case, is with the gore in the first scene. It uses that ridiculous convention of having the blood spurt everywhere as though it was connected to a high pressure hose of some kind. Furthermore, it has nothing but blood even when an area gets stabbed where other fluids really should be coming out of the wound. Granted, medical accuracy would have made that segment a lot more disturbing and that would be terrible in a horror piece. Wait, what?
The voice acting is pretty average. They did get some good actors with impressive records like Sawashiro Miyuki and Nakamura Yuuichi but they really don’t give them much to work with. The music is also pretty standard. It’s not bad, but it’s not anything you’re liable to remember or even notice much.
The ho-yay factor is going to be a 4/10 for the non-consensual groping during the sleepover scene. Although the effect is diminished somewhat by the fact that the girl doing it never shuts up about guys while she’s doing it. Dating tip, don’t talk about other people during foreplay and always ask before you touch your partner there. With there being any part of their body.
This OVA is just stupid. It’s made up of loosely connected scenes showing characters interacting in ways that just make it apparent that the writers don’t know how human beings work. The scariest scene is almost certainly not intended to be scary and the OVA as a whole just contributes nothing of value to anything. You might be interested in it if you’re a huge fan of the games. For anyone else at all, I can’t even suggest giving it the ten minutes of run-time it has. This isn’t terrible in a hilarious way like Galerians. It’s just terrible. 2/10. Next week, horror anime month ends with a look at Zombie Loan.
7: Queen’s Blade: Grimoire
Japanese: クイーンズブレイド グリムワール
MAL Score: 6.17
The story takes place after the wandering warrior Leina’s championship has ended. The royal court’s magician Alicia uses black magic and opens a doorway to another dimension. From that door, a rabbit lures Alicia into another dimension called Melfairland. Melfairland is holding a tournament of its own to award out a Queen’s Blade, and Alicia enters the tournament in order to find a way to return to her own world.
6: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou
English: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
Japanese: コープスパーティー Tortured Souls -暴虐された魂の呪叫-
MAL Score: 6.50
Nine students gather in their high school at night to bid farewell to a friend. As is customary among many high school students, they perform a sort of ritual for them to remain friends forever, using small paper charms shaped like dolls.
However, the students do not realize that these charms are connected to Heavenly Host Academy—an elementary school that was destroyed years ago after a series of gruesome murders took place, a school that rests under the foundation of their very own Kisaragi Academy. Now, trapped in an alternate dimension with vengeful ghosts of the past, the students must work together to escape—or join the spirits of the damned forever.
A feast for mystery fanatics, gore-hounds, and horror fans alike, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou shows a sobering look at redemption, sacrifice, and how the past is always right behind, sometimes a little too close for comfort.
This is one of those series that makes you cringe but you still love it because it takes you on a well written story. Where as this is still not my favorite horror anime, I still think that it did an amazing job with what little time it had. It had a story and a conclusion and we were not left with a cliffhanger like Umineko left us with. But what I really want to emphasis on is the fact that series fit everything into 4, half-hour long episodes. This is amazing for that small length of time.
I also want to bring in the concept of how good the disturbing art was. The art in this series did such a good job at making the art disturbing and grotesque that I almost vomited a couple times throughout the series. I did notice some similarities between this and the Team Silent Silent Hill game’s art, what with blood coming down the walls and bodies everywhere, and that was generally a good choice, just to make the series that little bit more disturbing.
The opening theme was pretty good and most of the background sound, or even the lack of sound at points was a good choice for the series. You can really see the inspiration from Akira Yamaoka within the soundtrack and I thought that it was genuinely a good choice to go that way for a horror series.
The place where this series is a bit lacking is the unoriginal cast of characters. Though, to be fair, it is harder to create a cast of characters within this genre of horror that is original while also keeping it in a more modern time line, you could of done better than taking the generic cast of highschool students (2 possible lesbians, 1 guy with glasses, 1 hopelessly brave guy, the little sister, the occult freak, and the guy with no defining features what so ever, otherwise know as the boring guy). But the character of Sachiko was pretty original. Half of the things that happened with this character I didn’t see coming and I just love her voice actress.
But for my overall enjoyment. I really enjoyed this series. it was a very genuinely well made horror series that kind of goes away from the norm. I do genuinely believe that there aren’t many series that pulled off this sort of thing nearly as well, and definitely not in the same time frame as Corpse Party.
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou (or simply known as Corpse Party: Tortured Souls) is a series of four OVA episodes. The animation is based off the game and chronicles the events in which a group of young students tells ghost stories at a school known Kisaragi Academy. However, they soon become haunted by the ghosts themselves after the earth shaken and sucks them deep down into the abyss….of the once existent school known as Heavenly Host Elementary School.
As this is a horror theme series, expect dark themes such as blood, gore, and death. I’ll just throw a warning sign right now that if you can’t take the first episode (or rather the first 20 minutes), then you might not have enough stomach to make it. I’ll just say this as bluntly as I can:
This series is about watching kids getting murdered. Got it? Good.
There is a sense of hopelessness in Corpse Party. Because the characters are trapped in this new environment of darkness, they struggle to survive both physically and mentally. The taunting scenes of blood and body parts carves a haunting memory into the characters. In particular, the first episode sets up a graphic premise for a particular girl named Naomi after she witnesses a gruesome death of her friend. It is from there on that we immediately take notice just the grievous situation our characters are in. The deaths and tortures are real and there’s no turning back. Rather than a ghost story, this might be the final chapter for our characters’ lives. Corpse Party paints such dark themes as the way it conveys itself from the premise.
Happiness though? Honestly, there’s none of that anymore. The joy and smiles from the faces of our main characters are wiped forever so don’t expect any happy scenes in this episodes. What’s more taunting deals with the fact that a few bonding scenes between certain characters are lived out so damn short. It really creates a sense of hopelessness and despair, more fueled so by the way the characters die off so tragically. As the group of students are separated into closed spaces of the alternate dimension, there’s little hope of working together to escape. They are literally trapped rats. The souls are the predator and the kids are the prey.
Corpse Party also has a sense of mystery in its atmosphere. The mystery part comes from the Heavenly Host Elementary School where years ago, several staff members and students mysteriously vanished following murders and strange instances. It just happens that deja vu happens again and the murders are reanimated. The mystery aspect can be comparable to Another, Higurashi, and other series involving mysterious murders. The murders themselves are also quite graphic so be wary of gore and violence.
Character wise, the series is only condensed into two hours with these four episodes combined. Hence, don’t expect everything to be adapted from the game. Because of that time length issue, most characters only gets some moments; some with drastic exits. The characters themselves tries to figure out not only how to escape but also of the history on what happened previously in the past. This specifically involves the origins of the Heavenly Host Elementary School and the murdered students. It is essential to unlock its mysteries (I guess similar to the game as well) because it will also allow the students to escape. More importantly though, it will also allow them to understand exactly why they were trapped in the first place.
Unfortunately, this series tries a way too hard especially in the violence department. It wastes no time with the blood and violent moments involving various weapons of torture. The taunting screams echoing throughout the school is also too old fashioned. Story wise, it’s also quite confusing. Perhaps the length might be the issue here. In short, too many questions with not many clues to go on at first. More frustrating enough is the confusion on who is friend or foe. Plus, let’s not also forget the fact that the violence itself serves more as a way to cover up the more exciting mystery aspect of the series. It literally kills any way for viewers to enjoy this series in formulating theories. Most of the time, you’ll be watching kids running for their lives against fate even though everything seems to be hopeless. Oh and the supernatural part….kids murdering kids inside a school, ah the irony.
In terms of artwork, I do admit that the series conveys the atmosphere quite well with the gruesome violence. Characters are simple but to the point with nothing too flashy. The murdered kids from years ago all give off a creepy atmosphere by their disfigured faces. Then, there’s the school itself or rather more specifically the Heavenly Host Elementary School. The structure of the school is designed to look old, haunted, and creepy. It hardly looks any realistic but definitely fits within the Corpse Party theme.
As soundtrack goes, expect some high standards. What I mean is the quality of the OST as it is strong enough to create a sense of fear for both the characters and maybe even for you, the viewers. The way it is orchestrated is thrilling with tearing vibrations. I have not played the game before but from my understanding, there’s some of that original feeling from the game we get into this series. The OP and ED song are also strengths of this series that marks both the beginning and end of each episode. The voice acting is decent to convey the way the characters react to situations with their loud screaming. Their new-found situation has the characters scream at the top of their lungs and the voice actors/actresses does a well job at that. In particular, I find Kitamura Eri and Nakamura Yuuichi’s performance to be quite well done.
So ultimately, I think a score of ‘6’ is justifiable for Corpse Party. Oh I’d love to flip that number upside down but the lack of a decent story and destruction of a calm ending makes this a bit frustrating to watch all the way through. Oh and the violence serves as just pure shock value than anything taken for granted. It’s also hard to understand certain situations at many stances because you might be more taken in more by the OST and violence than anything else. It’s a ghost story gone wrong but I do have to admit that the premise is set up well. The concept’s execution is quite gruesome so this might be something you’d watch on some weekend night with your friend while hunting down a scary movie to watch. Rather watching a horror movie like The Grudge, Corpse Party could be the alternative. For me though, this series was crafted out of violence, screaming, torture, and souls. Oh and do yourself a favor:
Don’t watch this before you go to sleep. Seriously, don’t.
The story begins with a group of people in a classroom performing a ritual of some sort. They suddenly and inexplicably get transported into another dimension full of other students who are getting killed by these mysterious ghosts as well as each other. While this may seem interesting enough (to those with twisted minds who enjoy watching miserable characters suffer immense pain and anguish), one must keep in mind that the producers tried to fit a ton of material into just four episodes. This resulted in Corpse Party being incredibly rushed and full of plot holes. Many things were left unexplained and the anime just felt unfulfilling. Nothing much happened in this show besides tons of mindless killing. The only thing that somewhat redeemed the plot revolved around a little ghost girl and why she dragged these kids into her twisted dimension, though even that was too insignificant to salvage this train wreck.
This might be where the anime failed the hardest. Throughout the entire show all of the characters just mindlessly killed each other or suddenly became absolutely hysterical. Most didn’t even bother trying to escape the alternate reality that they were trapped in and were just like “lol, I’m gonna die here anyway, so might as well brutally massacre the other student trapped here with me!” The cast were generally aggravating to watch and the majority of their decisions were nonsensical. The most interesting character was the ghost girl, because the writers at least seemed to try to give her some development, but it still wasn’t enough to make me care in the slightest. I also couldn’t tell you the name of a single character from this show. They’re just that forgettable.
The visuals are pretty average. I thought that the characters looked quite bland and it was always too dark to actually make out the features of the scenery and characters anyway. Then there’s the gore, which always came in unrealistic amounts at a time, making moments that were supposed to be horrifying seem almost comical.
I will say that I thought the opening theme was a nice sounding composition. Plus I have no complaints about the soundtrack, which worked efficiently in some situations and gave the show more of an edge. Also the screams sounded painful/hysterical enough to be believable and the maniacal laughs were good. At least the voice actors tried to get the audience to care. The producers should have followed their example.
I was cringing while watching this. Once again I must say that it wasn’t because it was “scary”; it was just bad. I really couldn’t invest myself in this anime due to it’s atrocious story telling techniques. The one good thing about the anime being only four episodes was that I was able to finish it rather quickly.
In conclusion, Corpse Party was just horrendous. I watched it hoping for a horror anime on par with the likes of Higurashi. Instead I got a rushed and poorly designed show that I’m simply better off forgetting. I’d suggest Corpse Party to those interested in media focused on horror and gore (though don’t expect much). Otherwise, it’d be best to avoid this anime.
5: Shuffle! Prologue
Japanese: SHUFFLE! (シャッフル!) Prologue
MAL Score: 6.70
Shuffle! Prologue is a short OVA teaser for the Shuffle! anime series based on the visual novel of the same name. While some of the animation was reused for the first episode of the anime series, most of Shuffle! Prologue is unique animation not repeated in the series, although the story itself is retold.
It’s possible that you can easily enjoy this like I did, but don’t expect much. A 5/10 is reasonable here. If you’re a shuffle fan, give this a shot and just have some quick fun. If you’re not a fan of shuffle, you probably wouldn’t be looking at this anyway. I have said all I can say. It’s time for you to just take about 6 minutes and enjoy the same good cast from the series again.
Now here we go with me giving you my honest opinion about the ‘story’ footage shown in the Shuffle! Prologue. To be quite frank, the short 8 minute OVA actually do have a deeper meaning than it looks and feels to a person who has played the original visual novel. This is because the scenes and footage seen may be what the typical viewer grasp as what is seen in the anime but truth to be told the OVA is more of an actual retelling not of the anime but of the visual novels point of view. As a fan of the visual novel, I can tell straight of the bat that the dialogue, the speech and the actions done by the character is very thoroughly backed up by the descriptions said and done in the visual novel. To me everything in this Prologue, is nothing exciting for anyone but rather give a more impactful feeling of those who had played the visual novel a year prior to the anime adaptation.
The art for the era of the anime it is released in is considered to be really well animated already and not to mention the animation for the prologue has a more fluent flow to it than to the anime counterpart (in my opinion). Though there is one significance that I must mention is that the animations and static animated pictures at the credit scene of this anime is scenes that would mostly not be shown in the anime at all because those scenes were the animated versions of the scenes from the visual novels and also static animated pictures of each of the heroines are redrawings of the artwork/scenes from the visual novel. I have to hand it to the reanimation of the visual novel scenes, as it brings back much nostalgic feelings as though we are reliving those visual novels memory once more.
Though I really can’t say much for the soundtrack or sounds of the Prologue simply because there’s really nothing to shout out, very standard and very normal. Though one thing that stood out and something the visual novel audience would recognise is the ending song by YURIA. It was nice addition for them to use back the same song as the visual novel and played exactly with the visual novel scenes, thus creating back the visual novel vibe. It was a brilliant idea to play back the visual novel opening theme.
I can’t help to stress it enough that this whole Prologue was meant to be a promotional teaser for it’s animated adaptation. Thus this Prologue itself was meant to attract back the attention from the visual novel audience as well, to get hyped in the anime adaptation. So once again my score is just something I’d give out of my own personal opinions and you can’t really ever compare this to the anime series because this is just a teaser targeting a certain set of audience. As a teaser I think this does an excellent job thus my given score to it.
Thank you all for taking your time to read this review, this Shuffle Prologue, really did hit my noggins’ with the nostalgic feel and yes I do recommend talking a look at the anime adaptation as well!
4: Kiddy GiRL-AND Pilot
Japanese: キディ ガーランド
MAL Score: 6.71
ES members éclair and Lumière once were involved in a battle to decide the fate of the galaxy. They prevailed and peace was restored to the galaxy. Now, several years later, the galaxy once again stands on the brink of chaos. This conflict will see the dawn of two new heroines; Ascoeur and Q-feuille.
3: Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita. OVA
English: Yusibu: I couldn’t become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job. OVA
MAL Score: 6.81
Raul’s sister has come all the way from Raul’s home village to see her brother who has “become a hero.” Raul and his fellow co-workers think its a better idea to trick his sister to thinking Raul is a real hero.
Story (5.32/10): For this OVA of Yusibu, the story is really about Miuri, Raul’s imouto, coming to the capital to see her big brother work as a hero, whilst Raul himself acts like a hero, while covering up the fact that he works in a magic shop. That’s pretty much the story of the OVA.
By itself, the idea seems innocent, staging a simple setup of a hero on a quest in order to make a little girl falsely believe that her brother works a fantastic job. But…this is Yusibu, a show that must be watched alone, otherwise other people will judge you for your life decisions. To put it simple, every single minute of the show has at least one ecchi scene in it, leading to some very…uncomfortable or enjoyable scenes depending on the kind of person you are.
To put it simply, this OVA is nothing but pointless fanservice that serves to the people who want more boobs than they should ever be allowed. The story is pretty pointless once the fanservice starts kicking in.
– Way too innocent story idea
– WAY too much fanservice in one episode (in my opinion of course.
Characters (7.43/10): Aside from Miuri, which can be explained as a little sister who looks up to her brother, (basically summed up in 8 words), the majority of the main cast makes a return at some point or another, naked and molested at least once.
There’s not too much character explored or developed (aside from a dense side that Raul somehow NEEDED to have), and you won’t find much really change in terms of this OVA. Overall, the characters are the same, nothing really changed.
+/- The number is pulled from my old review of the main show.
Art and Sound (6.09/10 and 7.00/10): Everything in terms of the art and sound are quite consistent. (Since most of it was just pulled from the original show, songs, art, and all.)
One thing however, is different…is the fact that this OVA is practically uncensored. To put it bluntly, they show nipples. A lot of nipples. Since every girl in the show gets stripped down at one point or another, it almost falls into the realm of hentai, and almost pedophilia. (Since Miuri is also subjected to this shit and she’s like…9? 10?) Just be mindful that the ecchi is strong with this one…very strong.
+/- Standard art style from the original show
+/- Same music
– Way too many nipples
– You stripped down the 9 year old. No, just no. (-1.00 from art score.)
Personal Enjoyment (6.00/10): Personally, I’m surprised that I finished it. While personally, I was able to watch the original show with little to no problems (maybe cringe every now and then at how borderline hentai it was), the fact that they went this above and beyond was a little sickening to me. Frankly, I’m fine with ecchi as long as it’s not overly done, and I felt like the creators went a bit too far with this OVA. It was a cute idea having the little sister come in to see her brother, but the OVA really went to the extent to make this really something you have to watch by yourself. It was nice to see Fino and some other characters I liked in the series, but…it was just a bit much for me.
Overall Score: 5.98/10
Art: nothing bad about the art
Sound: OP and ED are the same otherwise sound was good
Character: now ill start by saying that the side characters are all good nothing bad about them. Fino shes pretty much the same as in the main anime she usually forgets stuff on the plan and also screws up abit at the end. Raul is basically that same as before aswell a guy that is super shy to the lewd stuff and also pretty much what my main review of the anime is what he is. Miuri so shes new (just for the OVA) and she really looks up to her bother for being the hero in the anime also pretty nice and shy.
Enjoyment: now i did enjoy the OVA the comedy was pretty good and the story (for what the OVA had) was pretty good i do agree with the only review on here that stripping what looks like a 8 or 9 year old is NOT cool but it didnt bother me that much
Overall: giving this a 7 you dont have too watch the OVA but i say go for it you’ll definitely get some good comedy and lewd out of it
2: Mirai Nikki
MAL Score: 7.23
A short OVA that was bundled with the limited edition of the eleventh volume of the manga.
After watching this I can say that it looks fantastic.
From a story perspective this OVA was really confusing. A first timer may understand about the future diary and not a whole lot else. However this OVA were different scenes made to sorta tell a story, not really the whole thing. If an actual anime was made it would be much more coherent. Speaking of which, the parts that were shown were faithful to the manga almost perfectly. Once you realize which scenes they are animating, they are all pretty much identical word for word.
Art and coloring was very good as well. What I saw was animation that was on par with Highschool of the Dead and The World Only God Knows. Yuki looked fine and they did a good job with his facial expressions. Yuno did look a bit strange but we barely got to see her. People complain that her breasts are too small but if you compare the scenes from the anime to the manga she’s about the same. The only real trouble spot was the CGI used for Deus. It’s clear they didn’t have the budget to do better but if this series got turned into a full project it would get a bigger budget and in the process look much better. In other words this can be fixed.
Voices were alright. I personally have no problem with Yuno’s voice. Honestly we saw too little of her to really tell but in the end if she really is that bad they can hire a different actor if they make it into a full series. Other voices were fine and most characters sounded how I expected them to.
Overall the OVA gave me the feeling that Mirai Nikki should give. It was a little creepy with action and suspense.There is definite potential for an excellent anime here, no questions asked. All the flaws are easy to fix. Once they iron out the kinks this will be a masterpiece. Asread has made good anime before like Shuffle!, and Ga-Rei-Zero. Both series were good. Have some faith. These guys know how to make a good anime.
Yuno sounds okay. She’s a little high pitched but she’ll do
Yuki sounded alright
Uryuu was perfect
Music was decent
ED was kickass
Yuno barely appearing or doing anything that we’ve come to love her for
The animation made the characters look chubby
Deus looks terrible in CGI
That’s pretty much all I can say. Hopefully a future anime adaptation will be in the future. One that’s good and not……this soul shatteringly disappointing.
For those of you who don’t know what Mirai Nikki is, it means “Future Diary” in English. It’s about a boy, Amano Yukiteru, who isn’t very interested in many things. The one thing he does like to do is record daily events in his diary in his cell phone – he calls himself an “observer”. He also has an imaginary friend, aptly named Deus Ex Machina. One day, Deus decides to make Yuki’s cell phone into a “Future Diary” (Mirai Nikki) which records his future for the next consecutive ninety days, as if Yuki had already made entries for them. At first, Yuki thinks he is the only one with this mysterious diary, until he has a near-freakish encounter with Gasai Yuno, the most popular girl in his school. Suddenly, Yukiteru is plunged into a dangerous survival game where having your cell phone broken or destroyed means that you yourself will die as well.
Getting back to the OVA, it’s quite obviously aimed at people who actually read Mirai Nikki, which makes sense considering that it was bundled with volume eleven. As stated before, I was pleased with the OVA in general – the scenes were adapted accurately, the animation was pretty good, and the seiyuu were good as well. I’ve always imagined Yuno’s voice a little deeper for some reason, but it’s passable as well. The only thing I’ll nitpick at is that Deus’ CGI looked a bit weird, but that’s really all. All in all it is a good OVA for the manga, although I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who hasn’t actually read it before. In all honesty, it seems more like a long trailer than an actual anime episode (which is what it was probably meant to be, anyway). I really do hope that Mirai Nikki gets a chance to become a full-fledged anime series, since it has a lot of potential and, judging by the OVA, it’d look pretty good, too. And with the manga having just ended, I hope that an anime series is in order.
(Coincidentally, as I post this review, the anime is nearing its end.)
1: Mirai Nikki: Redial
English: The Future Diary: Redial
MAL Score: 7.35
Yuno Gasai lives a normal life as a first-year in high school. She gets along well with her parents and even has a small circle of friends. However, she cannot help but feel as if someone is missing from her life, someone so important to her that it was as if she had lived another life trying desperately to stay with them.
After a class trip to the beach, Yuno returns home; but in the middle of the night, she receives strange messages from a voice only she can hear. The voice informs her of the person she is desperate to meet and that she must find him. Soon, she finds herself in a mysterious realm, her only goal being reunited with the person she cannot remember. Though obstacles stand in her way, Yuno will stop at nothing to meet her beloved once again.
This will be a review for Mirai Nikki Redial and WILL contain spoilers.
Mirai Nikki Redial is about a few seconds over 30 minutes long. This OVA seems to focus mainly on Gasai Yuno as well as other loved characters. In this OVA, we see almost every character living a happy life, apart from Eleventh who plays the roll as a villain of comedic value and Eighth who we do not see.
Redial is not anything of great status on it’s own. However, after watching Mirai Nikki, it was extremely refreshing to hear all the wonderful voices of wonderful characters.
I have always asked my self a question about Mirai Nikki. Is Yuno really insane? To answer that question for myself, I think not. She is just a shy girl who wants nothing more than Yuki’s love. This is proved by her strong will to remember. In the first few minutes of Redial, she turned to see Akise and thought it was Yukiteru.
I see this as two halves. The first half of Redial was a beautiful part of various scenes containing small hints of fanservice, which can always be nice. It also serves as a comedic use in which we see many funny moments between characters like Mao and Twelfth.
The second half focuses on a more serious subject and seems to be main point of Redial. Yuno is trying to reach of certain person. She does not know whom she is trying to reach until she regains her memories due to receiving something from Murumuru.
The story ends nicely with Yuno finally finding Yuki and re-uniting beautifully. The last few moments really got me when she said she wanted to see the stars with him.
After all those good points, there is one bad thing about Redial. It left me wanting to see more Mirai Nikki and left me in a sad mood.
In conclusion, Mirai Nikki Redial is definitely worth the time and achieved many thing. Happiness, Sadness, Laughter. Redial made all those things happen.
Perhaps you wanted a better conclusion, perhaps you’re a completionist. Whatever your reason may be for watching this OVA, you will soon find that you were mistaken from the start. Mirai Nikki is not only filled with betrayals, but it is betrayal in and of itself. This OVA is its final betrayal to you, the hapless viewer.
So, this OVA kicks things off with that camera girl groping the tomboy girl’s breasts at the beach. Every anime needs at least one filler episode at the beach filled with fanservice, right? How foolish we were to think this could be an exception! Meanwhile, Yuno is feeling something is missing in her life. She has flashbacks of Yukiteru and she has an inexplicable longing for him.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold it! Not the damn plot holes again!
1. This is world 3. World 3 Yuno. In the story’s timeline, her parents are still alive and she has thusly never met Yukiteru. This is the Yuno who was going to be murdered and replaced – the whole fucking basis of everything.
2. She should not have any memories of world 2’s Yukiteru. They have nothing to do with each other and they never spent any time together!
3. There is a Yukiteru in world 3. Why wouldn’t there be? Seriously, what the fuck? Why did they just write him off? If she feels like she’s forgotten anyone, it should be him, not the Yukiteru she could not have possibly met! Yuno 1’s memories are confined to Murmur’s red crystal – there is no reason why they should be leaking into Yuno 3’s head.
Overall, this is nothing but fanservice and a convenient happy ending for world 2’s Yukiteru (while disregarding um… everything else). Not just ecchi type fanservice, but simply fanservice in that it shows us all of the characters throughout the series for the sake of letting us see them. Uh… except for that punk with the pompadour, for some reason they excluded him even though he was one of the only decent characters. It seems he is also no longer in a relationship. Why? He was supposed to meet his girlfriend what, like 10 years ago? How did changing the events of 2 years ago change that at all? Seriously.
This OVA adds nothing to the series – it basically only cheapens it further. Whoever said THIS OVA IS AMAZING is obviously biased. Turn back before it’s too late. )-:::
Mirai Nikki Redial? Let’s just Mirai Nikki Hang Up Since I have Call Display.
Plot holes – A gap or inconsistency in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic established by the story’s plot, or constitutes a blatant omission of relevant information regarding the plot
I’d like to draw attention to the latter half of the definition, now what qualifies as blatant omission of relevant information?
For me to consider something as a plot hole, there has to be a blatant omission of relevant information, and said omission has to pass two tests, not just one, but both.
1. Information essential to the story’s outcome has been omitted.
2. There is no plausible explanation for the event that had its relevant information omitted.
Now there is a reason why the word blatant was chosen, the reason is because a simple omission does not count as a plot hole. As long as a plausible explanation exists, it is not a plot hole. Mirai Nikki Redial does not contain plot holes and it also does not leave the viewers short of theorycrafting opportunities.
Redial also explores some interesting themes like love by using a world that mirrors the ideal dream world in which Yuki was trapped in in the prequel, with Yuno being the one trapped in the “dream world” this time. In the prequel, Yuki was able to break free of the illusion due to his love for Yuno, and in Redial we get to see something similar happening through the eyes of Yuno.
We get to see more detail of the changes caused by Yuki in the 3rd world as well, how the diary owners in the 2nd world would have behaved if they didn’t become diary owners. I especially liked how we were given closure in regards to Akise’s feelings for Yuki. Not knowing who to trust has been one of the issues for Yuki in the prequel. With Yuno proving herself to be reliable time and time again, and having been through thick and thin together, despite multiple setbacks in their level of trust, Yuki eventually chose to believe Yuno instead of Akise towards the end of the prequel, which was ironic because she was actually the one tricking him. Having feelings for Yuki as well, Akise felt somewhat betrayed and resents Yuno for what she did to Yuki. Despite that, Akise was able to come to terms that Yuki has chosen her over him.
The OVA wraps up with a very nice ballad that accurately portrays the mood of the scene before it. I only wished that they showed more relevant scenes while playing the OVA instead of the random scenes we were shown.
Despite having way more casual content than it should, Mirai Nikki Redial makes up for it with substance in the second half. So, if you have just finished watching the prequel, definitely do give this one a go, especially if you are a fan of the prequel!
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