Posted 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 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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  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 06:02 AM)
    @Emma @K-Off Ty.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:45 AM)
    I will ask my brother about this also who is into drawing.
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:45 AM)
    @K-Off I’ve discussed this ad nauseum with my friends and professors during art school, so It’d be great to get opinions from the other side of the world.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:43 AM)
    @Friend Let me discuss that with some of the artists I know IRL, I want to get their opinions of that. Maybe in a few days.
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:40 AM)
    I’m not saying art HAS to give a solution, I just think that a solution is something art needs to give in this particular art period.
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:39 AM)
    @K-Off But see, that was my opinion as well until I began to realize that it wasn’t working. Art has entered a casual stage in the 21st century, where the fast, modern life has met art.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:36 AM)
    That really is something to think about friend and something for me to consider when I write.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:35 AM)
    @Friend I see we disagree on the role of art. See, my opinion of art was that art is a trail Blazer. It doesn’t have to light the way, it just has to point in the direction the artist wants his viewers to go.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:34 AM)
    Not far off…
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:33 AM)

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