Posted on 27 December 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Oh my god… I’m amazed by this small OVA called Hitsuji no Uta. After watching 3×3 Eyes and reading the premise, I expected this to be another one of those action-flicks. “Boy lives random normal life, but then meets his sister and discovers he’s a vampire and together they bust up crime with lots of action”, or something similar. Heh, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The only “action” for Hitsuji no Uta takes place in the character’s minds.

It’s easy to hate this OVA, though. The animation ranges from mediocre to downright abysmal. There’s a huge amount of reused cells, and at times the animators just get too lazy to even move the characters’ lips when they’re talking. There’s one particularly ugly shot of the main character in the first episode that’ll have every cynic press the x-button as soon as it gets repeated for the third time. But seriously, the scriptwriting more than makes up for this.

First of all, this “vampire”-ability is nothing more than a disease. None of the characters have any superpowers. This is just a story about two siblings with an incurable mental disease: they freak out with a lust for blood. Hitsuji no Uta is how not only the brother and sister deal with their disease, but it’s also about the people around them. The few that wish to involve themselves to try and take care of the siblings.

The animators may have been just a bunch of monkeys, but the writers of Hitsuji no Uta are brilliant. They make sure that every single character is fleshed out and developed. They make sure that the dialogue is smart, that the characters feel more than just a bunch of idiots. The two main characters may have a mental disease, but that doesn’t prevent them from rational thinking. Even though they’ve been living apart for more than ten years, they feel drawn to each other because of their similar fate and blood-relation. And the writers did an excellent job in conveying this to the audience.

One thing I absolutely love about checking out these random series, movies and OVAs is that you never know when you hit an unknown gem. Hitsuji no Uta is one of these gems, when it provides an engaging realistic character-study about a curse-struck family. While it’s easy to label it as an emo-fest, those who look beyond it will be rewarded with two hours of excellent drama.

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  1. Necromancer says:

    I was browing through AnimeSuki and noticed this and was wondering if it what it was and if it was longer than 4 eps, I’ll have to go check it out now

  2. Martin says:

    @Necromancer: it is only four episodes long sadly. The problem there is that there are seven volumes of manga to squeeze in, which doesn’t do the pacing any favours.

    I didn’t think the OAV was too bad but I agree that animation isn’t up to much – it’s so dull and washed-out. If you enjoyed this though (which by the looks of things you did, moreso than me), I highly recommend the original manga – it’s a great story which doesn’t always come through in the animated version. It’s published by Tokyopop so is fairly easy to find though.

    Two positive things I will say about the OAV are that the end theme is a really nice tune and that the voice acting is superb. Since it’s such a character-driven piece the seiyuu really shine, and certainly deliver in terms of drama and emotion.

  3. ryvrdrgn14 says:

    I really liked this OVA because it was certainly different. I didn’t really notice the ‘cheats’ in the animation when I watched it because I was too into the story. I could say that it was almost verging on incest too in a way. o_o

    Though it’s not really the same genre, you could also try watching “Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora”. It’s also short and 6 episodes. It’s about a boy and a girl meeting in a hospital. ^_^

  4. Daniel says:

    I must say that I was kind of impressed by the minimalistic animation. though minimalistic, there were little more they could have done with animation that would have contributed to the anime as whole. and that is skillful I think.
    minimalistic animation also makes more room for the feelings and imagination, which is what this anime rides on. so lazy or not. I don’t think the animators could have done any better job on this without altering lots of the important elements in the bizarre atmosphere.

    Though I understand why most people watching it will think its lame, it is a deep anime with a small audience group. I think I did well to pass the first episode.

  5. Matt says:

    borrrringggg

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  • Enka
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 06:12 AM)
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 06:09 AM)
    As to whether Dolly was really six years old when she was born, no one knows. If she lives what appears to be a normal sheep life span of six or so years, it will be clear that her DNA’s “clock” was reset. So yeah, Dolly died a natural death and the idea that telomeres shorten a clone’s lifespan is only speculation.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 06:08 AM)
    Of course, there is one obvious flaw in the telomere argument. More than 90 percent of all the cell divisions that ever occur in an embryo grows into a full-term fetus. If Dolly’s telomeres had only a few cell divisions to go, she could not possibly have made it through fetal life.Moreover, eggs are packed with enzymes that lengthen telomeres. In fact, first things eggs do when they are fertilized is to adjust the lengths of the telomeres.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:57 AM)
    @Vincent…Okay? I don’t think this is interesting enough for it to get too many upvotes though.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:54 AM)
    @K-Off I’ll do you a solid for that retort and post this conversation on Reddit lol
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:51 AM)
    http://cdn2.cagepotato.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/kelso-burn.jpg
    Lol, I can see that UltimateReaper clearly doesn’t know how to trust sources. So since SOME in the press speculated, while the RESEARCHERS conducting the test gave data, you trust the press? Dude, the media’s job is to spread speculation to generate interest in a topic.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:46 AM)
    Some in the press speculated that a contributing factor to Dolly’s death was that she could have been born with a genetic age of six years, the same age as the sheep from which she was cloned.[17] One basis for this idea was the finding that Dolly’s telomeres were short, which is typically a result of the ageing process.[18][19] The Roslin Institute have stated that intensive health screening did not reveal any abnormalities in Dolly that could have come from advanced aging.[17]
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:46 AM)
    A post-mortem examination showed she had a form of lung cancer called Jaagsiekte,[15] which is a fairly common disease of sheep and is caused by the retrovirus JSRV.[16] Roslin scientists stated that they did not think there was a connection with Dolly being a clone, and that other sheep in the same flock had died of the same disease.[14] Such lung diseases are a particular danger for sheep kept indoors, and Dolly had to sleep inside for security reasons.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:46 AM)
    For those too lazy to read it, this is what it said:
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 05:45 AM)
    The first article is identical to the page I linked, in that they just describe the same process as in the one I had linked. I come back from a jog and this shit is what I find, what gold. Thanks for linking me your own misinformation.

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