Posted by psgels on 4 December 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews

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Remember this one? It’s a six-episode OVA, and got its first episode subbed back in January. The rest of its episodes have appeared in Japanese through the course of the year, though sadly, nobody picked it up. I was impressed with the first episode, so I kept waiting for the subs of the remaining five episodes, though after waiting for months with still nothing, my patience began to run out, and I decided to check the rest of this series out raw.

Before I continue, I must say that this is probably my most biased review yet. Wings of Rean isn’t a series you can watch raw without any problems, which I learned the hard way. The pacing is incredibly fast, there’s lots of dialogue, and to make matters even worse, the dialogues are extremely complicated, making them impossible to understand with my Japanese vocabulary. If I were to watch this series fully subbed, there’s a high chance that the rating will go up with about 10%, simply because the major disadvantage of this OVA is the fact that it’s so damn difficult to understand.

Anyway, the elements which really stood out while watching this has to be the graphics. They look absolutely stunning. The characters look unique, and the creators have come up with really interesting mecha-designs: insect-based mechas. The CG looks perfectly integrated with the drawn graphics, the animation looks gorgeous, and the background art are beautiful. There went a lot of attention and detail into the graphical department. It it’s eye-candy you want, you should definitely check out Wings of Rean.

Then the story. While I didn’t understand much of it, the two major themes did become clear. The first one is most noticeable in the visual side: Wings. All mechas are equipped with either butterfly-wings or the wings of a fly, and the Wings of Rean are a special pair of shoes which sprout a strange kind of wings, enabling the bearer to fly and cross dimensions. The second major theme deals more with the content of the series, and I don’t think I’ve seen many anime who actually seriously attempted the same: the fight between modern military technology and fantasy-steampunk technology. This series features mechas who battle against jet fighters, and battleships who battle against their fantasy-counterpart. It was very interesting to see.

I can’t comment really much about the story, seeing as most of it went by me without me getting any word of it. Like I said, the pacing was incredibly high, and people also just kept changing sides way too much in order to tell who was on whose side. Lots of politics also were involved, making things even more difficult. Still, when the last two episodes arrived, I do admit that the general picture was clear, the characters became touching and the series finished with a very interesting climax. The ending itself was a very strange one, but it actually did leave me with a good feeling.

I’m hoping that this review will give this OVA a bit more attention than what it’s getting now. I really want to see this anime get subbed, as it’ll be very interesting to see what really went on behind the huge amount of dialogue. Overall, it was a strange ride, though I enjoyed it. :)

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  1. Luna Buzz says:

    thanks! I think I might check this one out since there isn’t much good anime out.. (I don’t much like kanon, d.grey , basically all the new stuff..)

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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