Posted by psgels on 19 January 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews



Okay, so usually I don’t write reviews for OVAs that are based on a series, because often they’re just too similar to the series they’re based on, or just random side-stories that aren’t meant to be judged as standalone products. There are exceptions of course, when an OVA goes into completely its own direction, and improves significantly on the series it’s based on, I do want to promote it a bit and say a few things about it.

And an excellent example of this is King of Bandits Jing’s OVA. The TV-series itself was all over the place; some episodes were awesome, though most of them were very simplistic and unimpressive. Now here the OVA comes, and it takes the best parts of the series, and just goes all out into an awesome mindscrew.

The visual direction really is amazing. It takes place in a semi-dreamworld, and just about every shot is creative, and beautifully drawn. There’s so much creativity put into just three episodes. If you finished the TV-series and liked its weird stuff, then you owe it to yourself to take a look at it, because it’s entertainment at its finest.

The three episodes are also completely different from each other. The first is chock-full of visual comedy and uses its creativity and unique direction to create a very entertaining adventure through a dreamlike world. The second episode is more serious, and actually tells about Jing’s past. While he doesn’t exactly gain much depth, it’s still very interesting to watch. The third episode in its turn is a character-study of the major villain, which was very interesting and well scripted.

Thanks to Jing’s tongue-in-cheek personality this OVA has a unique feel, but it’s not to the point where the style gets in the way of what’s important. The characters’ antics and the visuals are just as important and the animation is actually really good. Add to that that one of the best character-designers out there has worked on this, and you’ve got something consistently entertaining.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Tongue-in-cheek execution with tons and tons of creativity.
Characters: 8/10 – Great emphasis on character background despite the weirdness.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Absolutely stunning designs.
Setting: 8/10 – Tons of nice and neat ideas, though the concept of the series remains questionable.

4 Responses

  1. I bought this without knowing there’s a series of it o_o . . . I only saw like one episode of the series . . . hopefully I don’t need to watch the whole series to understand this (hopefully some manga background’s enough). it looked so awesome *_*

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Well, the interesting thing of this series is that all of the arcs are pretty standalone. Jing and Kir themselves hardly develop.

  3. karry says:

    It came out again ! The legendary 85/100 !!

  4. Julian says:

    I remember watching this long ago. It was fantastic to see Jing’s origin story (or what the writer was willing to show us of it). Even better to see the first ‘Jing girl'; assuming his mother doesn’t count…

    Still the mystery of the lady’s face in Jing’s green jewel hasn’t been explained (in the anime anyway). Haven’t read the manga.

    Accurate scores.

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  • MariusOst
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:26 AM)
    True, but it often makes them bottle themselves up even more and shut everyone out further. It’s not worth it and the last thing anyone would want is to make a depressed person distrust doctors.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:25 AM)
    I’m genuinely surprised that nobody’s intrigued by the Bootstrap Paradox.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:22 AM)
    Thats a problem in itself though Marius, sometimes you have to intervene and make people do what is necessary and make the choices for them.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:20 AM)
    I just think before giving up on this girl or deciding she’s a lost cause, figuring out why someone is depressed is a good option.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:19 AM)
    @K-off: But in all seriousness something is clearly going on in her life.
  • MariusOst
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:18 AM)
    If she’s comfortable in self-destructive behavior, I feel that she’s a lost cause. You can’t force her to go to the hospital, or can you make her live a healthy lifestyle.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:14 AM)
    @Marius Nah, she’s lazy as fuck when it comes to that, and at this point I doubt she even wants treatment.
    @Emma ? I said the music wasn’t helping better her condition.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:10 AM)
    This girl who keeps cutting herself K-off, she’s surely got some story behind her for why she’s engaging in self-destructive behavior. And if you say its just because of the music she listen too… ;o;
  • MariusOst
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:10 AM)
    k-off, so she should play some sports. Sign her up for some rock climbing lessons or something.
  • MariusOst
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:07 AM)
    I’ve cut myself in the past, although my case wasn’t a volatile case, but I can honestly say from personal experience that going outside and jogging/playing sports gives me heck of a lot more stimulation/distraction than cutting myself. I got into Volleyball and I’ve managed to quit.

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