Posts Tagged ‘ OVA ’

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2000) Review: JoJo’s Prequel OVA

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So this time around I’m going back to JoJo (and as it happens, I have a few other JoJo posts ahead too, though it might take quite a while to actually get to them), this time focusing on the 2000 OVA.  As I mentioned in my post about the original OVA, JoJo (2000) is the second installment of JoJo’s OVA series that actually covers the material prior to the first OVA.  For some reason, there was a 7 year gap between the two, and this clearly shows in the 2000 OVA’s presentation.  The graphics have a much newer feel to them and even the art style itself is different in comparison to that of the original OVA.  In any case, I enjoyed the 1993 JoJo OVA, though it was far from a perfect adaptation.  As for this one?  I’d say for the most part my impressions of this one are about the same as its predecessor, though I can’t say the exact same things about both.  Both of the OVAs have their different strengths and weaknesses, and while I probably enjoyed this one a slight bit more, it wasn’t by such a huge margin that I would consider it significantly superior to the other OVA. Continue reading

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OVA Review: Stardust Crusaders and The Bizarre Release Order

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So this winter break I’ve gotten around to quite a bit of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and as it happens, the very first thing I finished of it over the break was the 1993 OVA.  I’m a huge fan of the JoJo series and I first began reading the manga a few years ago when I was in middle school, really loving it.  For some reason or another, I got distracted/lazy/a number of other things and just didn’t get around to catching up to it.  I read the first 5 parts and got halfway through 6 but stopped and just didn’t get back to it (which is quite a shame because part 6 and beyond are indeed great as expected of the JoJo name, but that’s for another day).  Much to my surprise, the JoJo anime of 2012 came out and did a brilliant job of covering parts 1 and 2 (again, more on that is also for another day).  I ended up watching through a little over half of the 2012 anime with a friend but didn’t get around to finishing that for some time either, though nowhere near as long as the many years between my part 5 and parts 6-8 run.  Since I got through a good portion of the 2012 anime already, I decided I might as well finish that before jumping into the remaining manga content.  Some of you probably already know that I’m a bit of a picky person about watching order and almost always stick to release order, and to no surprise I did this with the JoJo anime adaptations as well and I think it was ultimately for the better.  That said, I would not recommend others do the same for a variety of reasons, with the exception of those who (like me) are familiar with the manga, or at least parts 1-3.  Since I’ve rambled a bit about my history with the fantastic series that is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, I suppose I should get back to the main topic at hand: What did I think of the 1993 OVA?  Well, it didn’t do a bad job with its material, but it’s certainly not the strongest adaptation out there and could probably be skipped on, even more so with this year in mind than in the past. Continue reading

Murder Princess Review: Switching Bodies and Saving the Kingdom

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It feels quite nice to be making another post so quickly after my previous one, and this really shows me that I’m finally, truly, on winter break.  Funny how I’d viewed winter break as this long and glorious period of relaxation to reward me at the end of my suffering through this semester.  Well, half of that is true.  Upon starting winter break, I’m already feeling a bit worried about it ending too quickly and being stuck back in school before I know it, but regardless, I’m preparing myself to spend every minute I can enjoying the free time and catching up not only on my anime and manga, but also my blogging.  In any case, this time around I’m writing about Murder Princess, an OVA series I ended up watching to prepare myself for Pacific Media Expo back in November (so you can tell that I finished this one quite a while ago).  Truth be told, the reason I watched this was because Back-On performed the opening song, Hikari Sasuhou, (which I ended up really loving), and this was the shortest anime with one of their songs so I chose to watch it first.  Putting aside my attachment to Hikari Sasuhou and my sadness that Back-On didn’t perform it at PMX (awesome as the concert was either way), Murder Princess was a pretty enjoyable watch and different from most of the anime I get around to, though being an OVA definitely restricted it as far as development. Continue reading

Macross Plus Review: Beyond the Super Dimension Fortress

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Well I happened to have a bit of free time so I decided to watch through Macross Plus since I had just finished Macross.  I’ve been pretty impatient about getting back to Katawa Shoujo but luckily Macross Plus was only a 4-episode OVA so I was able to finish it with ease.  Overall I enjoyed it a slight bit more than the original Macross, but it still had problems of its own.  Said problems were very different from the original’s, however. Continue reading

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei Review: A “Perfect” World and the Final Choice

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After almost half a year since I finished watching the two seasons of the Higurashi anime, I’ve finally decided to watch the sequel OVA, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei.  As an OVA it didn’t have the same development and impact as the TV series did, but it does well enough for Higurashi fans to enjoy regardless.  For anyone who has not seen the Higurashi series, I must mention that Rei is by no means the part of the story to jump into and can only be appreciated (and probably understood) after finishing Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai. Continue reading

Carnival Phantasm Review: Type-Moon Ridiculousness Galore

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Once again I’ve been distracted from my plans to get to visual novels, but I suppose it was worth it.  Happened to have free time and I decided to watch a couple episodes of Carnival Phantasm with my friend.  I decided to watch the rest, and as expected, lots of hilarity ensued and all sorts of over the top craziness took place throughout the anime. Continue reading

Fate/stay night TV Reproduction Review: Fate/stay night in a Nutshell

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Happened to have some free time today (and no laptop when I needed it) so I decided to take the chance to watch Fate/stay night TV Reproduction, which is basically a 2-episode recap OVA of the Fate/stay night anime with an hour for each episode.  It was certainly enjoyable, but cramming 24 episodes’ worth of content into 2 hours of runtime means missing a lot. Continue reading