Posted by psgels on 29 March 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




The Animax Grand Prix is something like a contest for amateur writers: submit your story, and the winner gets his story animated in a 20-minute OVA. Up till now, the results have been mostly simple kids stories: Yume da Maya Kidan for example was about a girl’s relationship with her brother who got kidnapped by an angry demon, while Takane no Jitensha was about a boy’s relationship with his younger sister. Shoka however, is completely different.

From the screenshots you can pretty much see its unusual art style, and ultimately Shoka is an action OVA: its animation is truly gorgeous. The animation is messy, but detailed and very imaginative. And for once, you can actually see that the animators have put some attention in the lip movement of characters: their mouths don’t just simply move up and down whenever they’re speaking, but you can actually see their mouths form the syllables that they’re trying to say.

The action and animation is really why you should want to watch this little OVA, because apart from that it doesn’t have much else. The story is just there to show the action, and the characters too are pretty simple. The dialogue is also nothing special, as shown in the minute of cheesy comedy that is tacked at the end.

So yeah at the end this OVA knows how to build up tension, and how to write excellent action. But the thing is that these things can all be attributed to the adaptation staff. For once I’d like to see an actually great short story being picked up by the Animax Grand Prix. There are enough amateur writers who are capable of such a thing.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Nice action.
Characters: 6/10 – Just serve as tools for the action; cheesy dialogue.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Gorgeous and detailed animation.
Setting: 7/10 – Nice idea of calligraphers, but 20 minutes is way too short to really explore it to its fullest

Suggestions:
Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi
Kai Doh Maru
– Manie Manie

7 Responses

  1. Avatar Loz says:

    This was decent, the animation was very nice, and the art style sort of reminded me of Kemonozume. I totally agree with your comments about the dialogue. Might as well give this one a watch folks, as its only a 20 min short so didnt really lose my time on this one.

  2. Avatar reverse says:

    whoa, the animation style kinda make me want to watch this

  3. Avatar Jake says:

    The penis joke at the end might’ve been the lamest way to end an OVA ever.

  4. Avatar reverse says:

    finish watching, this is animation not smooth/fluid as i hope it be, and the background kinda feel weird coz it doesn’t bland really with character at all. but anyway this animation style is nice to watch every now and again.

  5. Avatar Shippoyasha says:

    Animation is KING in these new-comer deals man. Psgels, I think you got your priority mixed up in reviewing stuff like this. OBVIOUSLY, some in depth story is really too much to ask in a one-shot like this.

    But what we got out of it for all it was worth, was beautiful animation. I think for me, that’s enough reason to watch.

  6. Avatar Shippoyasha says:

    Animation is KING in these new-comer deals man. Psgels, I think you got your priority mixed up in reviewing stuff like this. OBVIOUSLY, some in depth story is really too much to ask in a one-shot like this.

    But what we got out of it for all it was worth, was beautiful animation. I think for me, that’s enough reason to watch.

  7. Avatar mulligan says:

    feels like some of the staff behind Sword of the Stranger may have contributed to it. action scene really well animated and storyboarded :-)

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