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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  • Nyangoro
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 02:02 AM)
    While I liked this episode of Mushishi, I’m not entirely sure how he avoided drowning. I’d assume it has something to do with the mushi in this episode, but they normally explain it. Here, it just kinda happens, unless I missed something.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 12:47 AM)
    Beyond my comments on the ending…oddly…after Haqua…somehow I have a thing for chihiro..yet as a character prefer Tenri 0.0 .
  • Mikey
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 11:28 PM)
    @Aidan Agreed. Tenri was the best girl.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 11:06 PM)
    @Mikey, yep. It wasn’t a bad ending. All it really needed was a few more chapters.
    In all honestly though I really don’t think things between the final couple will work out. They are too different. Plus Tenri deserved to win.
  • Mikey
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 10:53 PM)
    But everyone knows that endings are the hardest to get right, so I won’t fault him completely. TWGOK is still great.
  • Mikey
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 10:51 PM)
    TWGOK: It was just as I feared. It was way too rushed. They really should have given Wakaki-sensei more pages for the last chapter, though I’m not sure if even that would have been enough.
  • Aires
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 10:29 PM)
    Riddle this week was so fun lol!
  • Houlgrave
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 08:14 PM)
    No Game No Life will be fun while it lasts.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 08:11 PM)
    @Emma Totally agree, I like Chihiro, hell I like most of the girls more than Tenri, but it should have been a Tenri ending.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 07:58 PM)
    Actually probably best to say it as “Keima actually did go for someone” instead of saying he.

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