They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Majo demo Steady, Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism: Doki! “Goken-darake” no Ian Ryokou, Strike the Blood: Kieta Seisou-hen, and more!
9: Majo demo Steady
MAL Score: 4.92
Hisashi Seki, ordinary working guy, wakes up one morning to find a naked, and very amorous, girl in his bed. He’s happy to take advantage of the situation, to their mutual satisfaction. However, the girl’s appearance leads to all sorts of increasingly strange phenomenon. The cause lies, sort of, in Jungian psychology. The girl, whom he has named Asami, is from a parallel dimension where people’s ideal partners – the anima to their animus, or vice versa – reside. Asami’s longing has allowed her to cross dimensions to be with Seki, but her presence in his world upsets the natural order. She goes back, and Seki must venture to her world to save her. The lovers are reunited. However, matters don’t turn out quite as they hoped.
(Source: Orphan fansubs)
Longtime no see my MAL friends. One of the things I am always invested on is the media that was around the times I wasn’t born. Watching many shows that my parents used to watch and to find old media that not everyone doesn’t care is always fascinating to me and you come across OVA anime, specifically 20th century OVA anime and let me tell you, it is the most perplex form of anime that you can encounter. I have watched horrible anime like Try Knights and Conception, idiotic animation like Varanoir, the most ridiculous hentai that was Tsui no sora, but Majo Demo Steady is by far the most astonishing thing I have seen so far at this point. I am using astonishing in a confused and loosely way. So let me tell you about this OVA from 1986. You don’t mind some spoilers right?
The story at first looked like it was going to be like Bewitched (1964) with some touch of ecchi here and there. But what you get is a mumbo jumbo of random stuff going on. The story begins with our main protagonist waking up with a girl in his side, everything standard so far, but then the girl disapears and creates other dimensions after the protagonist comes back home. But his boss wants him to play with his stick and stalks him almost every moment after he leaves his job. But then our witch transports herself to the bar where he was and fights some demon spirits that appear and then she makes doubles of him and her, but she dissapears again and then some pyramids start appearing at the town they live and she is transported to another dimension, our main protagonist enters the dimmension and she rescues his wife in the most ridiculous way of entering to the part where she was and we get some “philosophical” talk about the Anima and Animus for some stupid reason and our main protagonists become one. The End.
Honestly writing what this thing is about is not enough to express the WTF kind of animation I just watched. It is so bizarre and beyond the mind of anyone that wasn’t the production team. Because it is that but the way the things happen here will make your brain explote trying to put together everything that occurred here.
The characters are there I guess? They only have traits, our main protagonist wants to be with his girl, the girl is a manifestation that has magical powers and the boss is a perv against out protagonist just that.
The art is not bad, but I don’t like how many of these 80s shows don’t have a constant artsyle between characters when some of them look way too cartoony and others have a certain artstyle. It is distracting to me.
Sound is ok. Most of these shows don’t use many sound effects and decide to throw many songs in a scene to save for a lot of dialogue. Talking about dialogue, the voice actors did the best, but you will forget them
Overall if you want to watch some of the weirdest anime that you could find produced in the 80s and that is 40 minutes long, the Majo demo Steady is your show. Maybe if you are high enough you may comprehend something that I didn’t see there.
Thanks for reading and take care in this pandemic situation.
8: Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism: Doki! “Goken-darake” no Ian Ryokou
Japanese: 武装少女マキャヴェリズム ドキッ！「五剣だらけ」の慰安旅行
MAL Score: 6.81
Original 13th episode bundled with the limited edition 7th volume of the Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism manga.
Most series will usually feature an OVA in the form of lighthearted entertainment or fanservice. Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism is no different, as this OVA, came bundled with the original manga, is your standard “school trip to the Onsen episode”. In other words, a fanservice episode. And if it wasn’t obvious enough, then looking at the thumbnail should provide some additional insight.
This OVA is a direct sequel to the main series.
As far as fanservice episodes goes, this one was boring and not very entertaining. The first half of this episode featured boring dialogue and a study event where Fudou Nomura must pass his exams in order to go on the Onsen trip, but, as usually, he passes the exam. And, then the second half involved a “typical” legend about the Onsen, i.e., the first person to enter the Onsen gets their wish granted, and brief fight scene over which girl will enter the Onsen first. Overall, a boring fanservice episode.
The art, background settings, and character designs were all pretty mediocre. There was a short fight scene, but it wasn’t very impressive compared to the main series’ fight scenes.
There was nothing impressive or noteworthy that stood out to me. We have the same voice actors and actress reprising their roles. And, we have the same opening and ending song from the main series.
Don’t expect any character development or additional backstory. If you have seen the main series, then you will know who these characters are, their personalities, and how they will behave. Furthermore, you can expect the same cheesy dialogue and bad jokes.
It was boring and not very entertaining. Generic fanservice for an overall generic show.
7: Strike the Blood: Kieta Seisou-hen
Japanese: ストライク ザ ブラッド 消えた聖槍篇
MAL Score: 6.92
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Strike the Blood: Kieta Seisou-hen take place after III and gives us a mystery of how Kojou and Yukina somehow ended up in a futon in their school sleeping together, with Yukina’s Sekkarou gone and her in a PE Uniform, a bloody bat and none of them have any recollection until Kojou and Yukina finds Nagisa and latter on Sayaka and La Foila to get them to remember….”what the hell happened?”. There is a small sub plotline in between this with Yaze, Kiriha, Shio and Yuiri investigates Vatler’s sunken ship and comes across trouble.
LA immediately thought this OVA plot was taken from “Dude Where’s My Car”, Or “The Hangover” as the plot structure is as such, what with Kojou, Yukina and us the audience retracing events of this mystery to see how things became to be and how Kojou and Yukina ended up like they did and yes because this IS Strike the Blood were talking about and this IS an OVA, fanservice abound, from the harem being in fanservicey outfits to some nudity, mainly Yukina and Sayaka (Praise the Vampire Gods).
The “mystery” goes in a more fanservicey direction than a comedic direction though there is comedy involved in the quote unquote “comedic” situations Kojou gets himself into to.
The animation done once again by Connect is pretty much the same as the third season’s quality of animation, so not much to say about that. The voice cast is back and really not much to say about this either…ehhh maybe Risa Taneda, Asami Seto and Ikumi Hayama had a few good lines here and there.
Really for an one shot isolated episode, Strike the Blood: Kieta Seisou-hen is a nice reprieve from the madness of the third season with some harem hijinks under a “Dude Where’s My Lance?” format with fanservice added in because of course and LA liked it all things considered for a one episode arc, the other reason is that this incident is a leadup to the new villains of Strike Blood IV that’s to come…
All in all…
Sayaka best girl…
6: Strike the Blood IV
Japanese: ストライク ザ ブラッド IV
MAL Score: 7.00
Fourth season of Strike the Blood.
Season 4 is a new beast of confusion, with Kojou ending up places with no explanation as well as no explanation with the ending of the first arc. It is then followed by a jump cut to after everything is already said and done. I hope to God that episode 4 will be explained clearly in the next two episodes in September or will leave much confusion with viewers.
Don’t get me wrong I enjoy the Strike the Blood series and all the quirks it has, but the recurring “No, this is our fight” line had long run it’s course back in season 1 but has been repeated to the point of disgust in every episode of the series.
The ecchi portions of the show are enjoyable but they can get a little old, with the animation being pretty attractive. But I still look forward to the harem ending which is one of the reasons I push on.
5: Strike the Blood II
English: Strike the Blood Second
Japanese: ストライク ザ ブラッドⅡ
MAL Score: 7.02
The second season of Strike the Blood which adapts three arcs from the 9th, 11th, and 12th light novel volumes.
There are many cute, beautiful, and hot girls there.
Ok, I can tell this is one of the best harem anime. but.
– Added 2 heroine per arc –
I thought it was too much. Although STB always did this.
I like the OST, but I can’t tell the video was good. It just an ordinary video with some cut scene from the TV series.
I prefer TV series OP video probably. Because it’s really good before (especially OP1).
THE STRONGEST POINT!!! (Spoiler Alert!!)
1. If you want to know about latest Kaleid Blood (Avrora) you can watch this one.
but as expected, Avrora also a cute high school girls (><) 2. Akatsuki Family have a father? Yes, get ready pals!! I just can tell, like father like son. 3. When Asagi know if Kojou is a 4th primogenitor? Yeah, who knows. But it really really happen here!!! Actually I'm waiting for this one from a long time ago. 4. Sorry for all of the lolicons in this world. Natsuki-sensei real body was so hot! Different with her daily looks. Thanks for reading this unusual review, actually this review maybe not good. but I try to not made a fatal spoiler for readers. [/collapse] [collapse title=“Reviews3:”]Strike the Blood as a series is one of LA's favourite battle harems in quite a while along with Campione!. The anime series gave off a To aru Majutsu no Index vibe under differing circumstances, you know like how Taboo Tattoo tried to do it and failed at it. Ramblings aside, did Strike the Blood II succeed from it's first season?...or did it go in the ways of Taboo Tattoo?... Strike the Blood II follows the same arc system as the first season, this time consisting of 8 episodes spanning 3 arcs covering Swords-Shaman of Shadow (3 episodes), The 4th Progenitor on the run (2 episodes) and the Knight of Sinful God arc (3 episodes). Swords-Shaman of Shadow arc consisted of a new harem member that Kojou meets during a beach episode by the name of Yume Eguchi voiced by Nao Touyama whom Kojou tries to protect and the titular Swords-Shaman of Shadow Kiriha Kisaki voiced by Yukiyo Fujii comes in as a opposite to Yukina Himeragi and comes to obtain Yume. Yume as a character isn't that bad a character though she meets another of the harem's lolicon status but after her arc she becomes like your typical clingy harem member which was a shame as they kinda wasted Nao Touyama here. On the other hand Kiriha is quite the interesting character being within the rival organization to Yukina and thus an enemy to Kojou and Yukina's goal to save Yume. The fanservice in this arc gets focused on Sayaka Kirisaka which was a bonus for LA and considering this arc starts at the beach...yeaaaaahhhhhhh...their servicing the fans for this OVA series. Overall Swords-Shaman of Shadow arc was the introduction of some interesting characters and saving the world (typical stuff from Strike the Blood) but had some faults with some of its new characters and arc plot points. The 4th Progenitor on the run is nothing but building up the climax to the next arc, nonetheless it still has some pretty good moments. For one, Kojou's dad appears and like father like son, LA can definitely tell where Kojou got his perverted right timing scthick comes from, second is that Nagisa Akatsuki, Kojou's little sister gets focus in this arc being something of catalyst as to the events in the next arc. The BEST thing about this arc is Kojou vs. Natsuki of all things and ohh boy it's a glorious fight and LA loved it. Knight of the Sinful God arc is the climax of this OVA series and betrayal is a foot and at first confused LA as to why the Akatsuki family wants to release Avrora Florestina the last Progenitor through Nagisa which backfires spectacularly. New allies and villains comes into play, but allies comes in form of Grenda voiced by Misaki Watada (who the true villains of this arc are after), Yuiri Haba voiced by Sayaka Senbongi and Shio Hikawa voiced by Kaede Hondo who are both Sword Shamans with Yuiri getting bit more screentime due to Grenda. The most interesting character would go to Shirona Kuraki a shaman who works for the Lion King Organization and LA thinking she was a villain at the start. Knight of the Sinful God arc is a good climax all things considered as even the villains have their beliefs of wanting their world to return to "normal" before all the demons came into play however their actions don't suit such a noble gesture making this arc's world building and character beliefs all the more better albeit with a small white and black morality to it. The animation was pretty great from Silver Link and CONNECT, from the same character designs from the first season with some "exotic" character designs for the newer characters. LA overall for the new characters, LA really like Kiriha's design and character overall and being the Nega-Yukina in a ways. The battle scenes were pretty decent too what the Persona-esque monsters and beam spams along with some military grade battles mixed in with the supernatural, the battle animation was overall decent and enjoyed most of the battles especially the Natsuki vs. Kojou battle. Since this is an OVA series...YES, if your wondering the nudity is there in full force with no censors whatsoever and LA didn't mind it AT ALL. Yes sometimes the nudity was forced at times, but in others they felt slightly justified (eg. beach episode, clothing tearing or damaged in battle or just some of the harem in *ahem* fanservicey outfits etc.) The voice acting was on par with the first season and LA overall enjoyed it. LA will keep this section short, but there were TWO great as well as surprising voice actors from this and that was Yukiyo Fujii as Kiriha as the great voice actor for this anime as she plays a cold-hearted yet with a heart of gold character and just overall Yukiyo's mysterious and teasing dark haired girl vocals about her was an obvious playing against the type role for her. The other voice actor? Satomi Sato as Shirona Kuraki why?...because LA hasn't seen Satomi take on such vocals since her role as Nana from Golden Time, only this time she's a powerful shaman and she ACTS like one too...just DAMN was LA surprised it was her. Strike the Blood II is a good continuation of the first season by adding in arcs that affects the majority of the main characters, new and old as well as previous plot points from the first season being brought up and put into focus in this second season. Strike the Blood II fulfills what any fan of this series wants what with it's "To aru Majutsu no Index"-like plot progression, awesome supernatural fights to save the world, world building, new harem members and *cough* uncensored fanservice *cough* and sure coincidences happen all these arcs and it does happen at times to move the plot forward but nonetheless LA still enjoyed this second season all things considered. Strike the Blood II had it's problems like it's first season but it also had the same to almost a better flair from the first season with higher stakes and utilizing it's new characters quite well in some respects even with its 8 episode screentime. *cough* Sayaka Kirisaka best girl *cough*... [/collapse]
4: Strike the Blood III
Japanese: ストライク ザ ブラッドⅢ
MAL Score: 7.03
It was announced at a Dengeki Game Festival stage event that the Strike the Blood light novel series will get a third OVA release. It will cover until the end of Seisen-hen.
(Source: MAL news)
[collapse title=“Reviews1:”]There is a whole community out there that’s waiting for legible subtitles. The ones released so far are horrible, almost as if a child wrote them.
I really dig this series, Plus i don’t think I’VE seen another anime like it. But we need subtitles. Didn’t some company get the License for it? I don’t remember seeing II on any english destributer list…There was one guy who goes by the name Lean that released really good one, but he never did Episodes 8-10.
I’m hoping I get to watch the ending of this series but it’s really not looking promising.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.
TL;DR – If you liked the series so far, you will like this season.
Generally speaking, I watch action to get hyped and drama to catch feels. Similarly, I watch ecchi when you’re in the mood for some eye candy. Not to say that these are the only reasons, but just what I would expect to look for in these genres. I think most people, to some extent, have similar standards.
My problem with Strike the Blood is that, despite all its tags – Action, Ecchi, Fantasy, Supernatural, and Vampire – it never thoroughly explores any of them, and instead tries to be decent in all fronts.
As for action, most of it is limited to our favorite immortal vampire throwing one or more of his familiars at the opponent, and maybe Himeragi and possibly a few other members of the harem pitching in with their signature moves. Especially in this season, it feels like Akatsuki is a child playing Pokemon, but he’s just spamming all of his cards as fast as he can. It’s stale and dull and not the best. But hey, at least they tried.
The ecchi parts were never really great, and the art hasn’t really gotten any better than previous seasons. In certain places, it looks a bit sloppier, but maybe that’s just me. Fantasy is basically what the story is built on, but the story isn’t really exceptional either. Supernatural and Vampire pretty much drive the plot by introducing another baddie that Akatsuki will inevitably beat up and/or add to his harem. It gets dull, just like Himeragi’s very overused catchphrase.
I don’t like the story because every arc is always going to end up being another way for Akatsuki to bond with one or more girls, usually Himeragi and sometimes Asagi. Also, every time they overhype a villain, they have to rush to finish the arc in time, and the final fight ends up having little to no buildup and the conclusion is extremely unsatisfying. There are plot holes literally everywhere you look, which makes it a little more difficult to focus on the measly sliver of a plot that exists. The show’s mediocrity even shows in the art style; you’ll notice that they often animate just the mouth of a character, not their expression, which gives them a robotic feel.
I don’t really remember anything about the soundtrack, and there’s nothing more to say about it. The voice acting is, as expected, good. I was a bit disappointed my personal favorite character, headphones guy, didn’t get as much screentime. You could base the entire series off of him and this anime would probably be a lot more interesting. The maid is also pretty badass, but a little too one-dimensional to be a good character. Well, I guess you could say that for pretty much every other side character in the series.
All the characters have plot armor. To be more specific, Akatsuki Kojou and his friends have plot armor, and the villains have the opposite: they always lose. Since conflict is the source of character development, the zero-stakes plot makes for almost none, meaning that all the girls in the show who have no personality are stuck that way. They’re so hard to tell apart that I keep forgetting who they are and what stereotype they’re supposed to represent. The main female lead herself can’t even break out of the cardboard cutout of a character she is.
Speaking of the humor, most of it stems from the harem (just like everything else). It’s usually one or more of the girls slapping or blaming Akatsuki for an awkward situation or misunderstanding that he has no control over. Asagi and Kirisaka are extremely prone to this, but Himeragi usually uses her staff-thing instead. It’s repetitive and predictable.
In fact, everything in this anime is predictable. Either a current or future harem member is going to have some kind of problem, and our progenitor mc, being the selfless vampire that he is, decides to intervene without even questioning it. Characters who aren’t in the spotlight barely get animated, but they’re stuffed in somewhere. Abilities are left unexplained, the plot just keeps rolling around while ignoring the clear problems in the way, characters are introduced then forgotten, and the resolution to the problem is so simple and obvious that there is no sense of accomplishment after the baddies are actually defeated. Seriously, I’ve read hentai with better plot than this. God damn.
Strike the Blood was the first anime I watched, so it effectively got me into anime. I feel like I owe it to the series to see it through to the end. If you’ve made it this far, you might have similar reasons. But if you don’t, I suggest you drop this show, because it is bad. And if you don’t, be warned that the third season is (albeit marginally) the worst of the three.
Strike the Blood III is back and well it does what it always does, the “no senpai it’s our fight”, Itogami Island under threat AGAIN that gives Academy City a run for it’s money and what the foundation the previous seasons gave, builds on the core cast and having them have a stake in the plot and for a battle harem, Strike the Blood III likes to shakes things up with it’s core cast and develop them even further, be it the harem elements or the more supernatural elements and bring escalation to it’s plot.
Tartarus Rose’s arc has Asagi, Koujou and Himeragi in the scene and well Itogami Island is under a terrorist attack. Though this arc drives Nagisa’s stake in the plot due to December and her condition of holding a piece of Avrora, while the terrorist leader Sega Takehito shows us the true nature of Itogami Island with the purpose of reviving Cain and quite obviously he wants to stop this, where does Asagi come into this?, Cain. As for Koujou and Himeragi of course it’s to save Asagi and the larger terrorist threat also on the agenda with this arc. Ultimately this is a build up arc and a bit of world building of Itogami island and it’s not just a hub where humans and demons live together.
The Time of My Life’s arc is centered around Himeragi and once again a rogue magician by the name of Meigo is trying to “cleanse” Itogami Island. Himeragi’s character development is both linked with this arc’s plot as well as a relational upgrade in the vise of “not really like that” but it is. Asagi once again is helping in the background while Himeragi and Koujou are on the field in defeating the rogue magician but unlike Tartarus rose’s arc, The Time of My Life is more a character-centric arc while having the threat both being in the background but also linked to the plot as well. Really this arc was kinda great if only for the drunk Kirasaka moment and the misunderstanding with Himeragi was yeah OBVIOUS but funny how the dealt with it.
The War of Original Vampires arc is the culmination to the previous two arcs as well as the lingering plotline about Nagisa and Avrora, another words, the endgame. The War of Original Vampires deals with the entire reasoning of Itogami Island, Asagi and her stake in this through all the previous stakes she played in, Koujou’s development as the Fourth Progenitor and it all starts with a Warlord going after the dragon girl Glenda, another person linked with Avrora and Koujou. This arc essentially gives us the mastermind of this entire season and is quite obvious who he is and his goals of destroying Itogami Island…as he just wants to watch the island burn. Asagi oddly enough got great development as a character, sure she’s still tsundere but what she did to shake up the plot at the expense of what she wanted for Koujou…ehhhh yes partly jealously but LA would had wanted Asagi to go a bit more in depth however with all the subplotlines and the mastermind being in this arc, Asagi just needed a bit more umph but nonetheless Asagi developed quite well for being the tsundere friend of Koujou status and everything. This arc plot-wise was great in terms of escalation, characters developing be it through power or relationships or plot and again the culmination of this entire season due to this, which is what LA likes about Strike the Blood much like the second and first season.
The animation done this time ONLY by Connect, well they are still on their game as much as Silver Link has left for this season, but from the always polished and crisp character designs, decent battles sequence though it like the second season falls under the almost typical “beam spam” or Koujou using his Persona Familiars and deals HUGE amount of damage etc. but the battle animations were decent all the same. One more thing LA likes about Strike the Blood is it’s great character designs and for a fanservicey battle harem…yeah it’s a given they put some detail or polish to the character designs and sure there are some rare derps here and there but Connect still did great and was mostly consistent in terms of animation.
Strike the Blood III due to it being an OVA has uncensored nudity much like the second season and all the more for it though oddly it felt like III had less of it in comparison to the second season and as a result did try to be more focused on it’s plot and characters as a result instead of being all fanservice. But oddly enough due to the gore factor gone up this season, having this season much like the second season being uncensored was great and gave this season much more freedom.
The voice cast is back and LA really doesn’t have much to say, they all did great from Risa Taneda as Himeragi, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Koujou, Ikumi Hayama as Kirasaka, Hisako Kanemoto as Natsuki, Rina Hidaka as Nagisa and Asami Seto as Asagi and this is mostly thanks to how this season though focused on certain characters, this season does tend to move them to get them more involved in the plot one way or another thus more screentime for the majority of the voice cast.
Sure Strike the Blood as a whole has the typical anime harem cliches and even this season does have a repetitive format of “threat appears”, “Koujou gets some time with one of his harem members and gets with the typical harem cliches but also intimate with them and in turn stronger”, “Himeragi says this is our fight and maybe one more member helps with the final fight” and ends the threat but as much as it’s repetitive, heck even this third season has almost the same plot progression format as it’s second season did! The next flaw to note is that Strike the Blood does like ALOT of exposition for the audience to keep things in order, but oddly enough it does the exact opposite at times (mainly due to all the terminology, as well as the characters switching sides all over the place thus hard to keep track sometimes) and finally the last flaw, well nitpick is due to Koujou’s harem being rather big now, the majority of them didn’t really get screentime and mostly regulated to support, the biggest victim being Yume (as she only appears at the end of the The War of Original Vampires arc) but nitpick. Due to Strike the Blood having it’s ever steadfast nature to it that doesn’t dull the senses while watching it (well for LA anyways) and pretty much, keeping it’s “don’t fix what ain’t broke” mentality. But yea, that doesn’t mean LA ignores these flaws, they are there but doesn’t outright make Strike the Blood horrible per say.
Yeah much like LA’s second season review, LA REALLY likes Strike the Blood as a battle harem and an unabrasive fanservice anime and sure it has it’s problems with it’s cliches, expositionary moments and repetitive nature but LA still even now is a fan of Strike the Blood all due to the harem aka. Kirisaka having moderate amount of screentime and is still LA’s waifu for the series, though The Time of My Life’s arc felt like it was nudging LA to like Himeragi (which LA does, but Kirisaka is pure tsundere soooo…) and with The War of Original Vampires arc giving us more potential for new seasons what with the large harem Koujou has gathered and especially with Himeragi what with the conclusion.
A fourth season had been announced so LA is plenty happy where Strike the Blood is going and where it will go later on, flaws and all. For LA watching Strike the Blood is like eating a cake every 3 days, getting to eat the the cake is decadent and filling and a treat but you’ll soon see the repetition and flavour over time but still have that cake to have that fanservicey battle harem sugar fillin- LA thinks LA has a problem with Strike the Blood. Guilty Pleasure, guilty pleasure. But with the second season was like it got upgraded to an ice cream cake, then this season upgraded even further to a bloody wedding cake! (pun not intended but became it oddly enough)
Himeragi is “heavenly” but Kirisaka is still best waifu…
3: Strike the Blood: Valkyria no Oukoku-hen
English: Strike the Blood: Kingdom of the Valkyria
Japanese: ストライク ザ ブラッド ヴァルキュリアの王国篇
MAL Score: 7.27
It was officially announced at the Dengeki Game Festival 2015 event that Strike the Blood will be getting a two-episode OVA series to be released at the end of 2015. The OVA will be an original story written by Gakuto Mikumo.
(Source: MAL News)
If you really liked StB and really want more then by all means dig in, though be warned that it isn’t anywhere near the best that StB has to offer.
The animation quality is pretty similar to the parent show, in other words pretty good. Expect all the main heroines to make appearances, even if they don’t contribute meaningfully to the plot. There is a fair amount of action similar in nature to what we’ve already seen. The fights here aren’t particularly long and involve the spamming of lots of shiny particles. There isn’t actually any blood spilled in the OVA, instead they decided to focus on ecchi. Expect Kojou to lose his reservations towards ecchi acts and, for instance, show up buck naked to a bath with our other heroines who are of course topless. I still have a hard time believing that Yukina is supposedly 14…
The OVA opens with a fast-paced but melodically weak OP and closes with a nice and calming song reminiscent of the parent show’s ED- the singer’s vibrato is pretty unique. The BGM borrows from the parent show and performs its role adequately.
The VAs all return from the parent show though I feel like Yoshimasa Hosoya had an off performance; he came across as a lot weaker than during the main show. Otherwise, you can expect solid work from Saori Oonishi, Risa Taneda, and Asami Seto. There are some new VAs in the form of La Folie’s parents (including Mamiko Noto!) and new antagonists.
The story is a simple linear plot with good rising action and a decent overall progression. Given the length of the OVA, it’s hard to say much in concrete terms without spoiling the fun. I will note that the climax is the kind of cliche that I’ve grown quite tired of and ended in an all too predictable way. Regardless, it was still a pretty entertaining watch; and given the early rising action, you’ll probably want to finish the entire OVA in one sitting.
Despite the average-at-best plot, the character interactions are still fun; you still get Yukina desperately trying to hide her affections for our protagonist for one. In addition, you now get La Folia’s family weighing in on her attachment to Kojou.
There are some blemishes here as well though. As is typical for these short pieces, there isn’t much character growth. Likewise, you can expect pitiful, undeveloped antagonists. And of course, what I alluded to before, Kojou’s character goes downhill here; let’s just say he’s not himself.
Overall, it isn’t a bad OVA, I just happened to set my expectations way too high for it. It adds a mild arc that doesn’t add to the parent story but is decently entertaining if a tad outlandish (in terms of climax and ecchi). The OVA is a fair, but nonetheless disappointing, addition to the StB franchise.
2: 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.
1: Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo: Oretachi no Game Set
Japanese: 俺を好きなのはお前だけかよ ～俺たちのゲームセット～
MAL Score: 7.61
The original video anime episode will serve as the final chapter to the television series, focusing on the rivalry between the “background character” Amatsuyu Kisaragi (Jouro) and Yasuo Hazuki (Hose), “the protagonist.”
(Source: MAL News)
First, for the story, this OVA gave us a great episode to show what happened between Joro and Hose. Their rivalry is really fun to watch, and I’m glad one of them made it till the end. Oga’s past also taught us that your best friend will be there to protect you, no matter what will happen to them.
For the art and sound, Eh tbh the art looks a bit different from the previous episodes but still enjoyable, same goes for the sound, nothing much to worry about.
For the character, nothing much to say, only Joro who turns the tables here, makes me like his character even more. And I gotta admit, Sasanqua caught me off guard, she’s too damn cute without me realizing it. I mean, she’s one of Tsundere who never punch the MC or irritated for no reason, no wonder why she’s the best girl here.
I enjoy watching this anime. Our boi The Bench made an appearance in this episode XD I really love this show! Usually, I can’t enjoy watching harem anime because surely one of the characters will be left behind, but this one, I love it. If you haven’t watched the show, then give it a try. Believe me, it’s worth watching.
Story: It continues where the anime ends, and tell us about the final game with lots and lots of twists. The iconic bench is there too so we keep the main idea here. Another thing i need to add here is that we’re seeing the main character Joro perspective with the final game BUT we are also watching Sun-chan’s perspective too, with a really emotional and wholesome story.
Art: The art is incredibly good, it has a nice and fluid animation too, last thing i have to say about art, is that the color pallets were right on point.
Sound: The ost, voice acting and everything is a clearly 10/10, a complete masterpiece.
Characters: I have to give the characters a 10/10 because all of them are unique and lovable in their own way, it’s impossible to not like at least one of them.
Enjoyment: I must say that i really really enjoyed watching this 1 hour special all the time. Seeing the bench again was something i was waiting for and it did appear, so i’m happy with that, we saw all the characters showing all their personalities.
Overall: I’m giving this ova a 9/10 in the review, but i think it’s a solid 10/10.
The art was fine for me it was smooth and colourful….but sometimes there’s was a flaw in the animation artwork but just ignored it…since it was minor mistakes i guess.
The character played quite an unique personality,never seen an harem character got bash so much at the beginning thou lol.
So watching this anime is totally worth your time for those who love a romcom plot anime.
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