Posted by psgels on 27 August 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




With this, I get it. Kimagure Orange Road is annoying. It got on my nerves beyond belief. But in the end: it really is worth it. I mean, there is so much that modern teenaged love interests can learn from Madoka that it’s almost scary. This OVA at first sight seems much of the same as the TV-series, but there are a number of notable advantages that it has.

The formula is the same: get a bunch of episodes together in which the lead character (often with the use of his psychic powers) accidentally ends up in a really awkward romantic situation. The fact that this is eight episodes however, means that the cast has a lot less time to get on your nerves compared to the incredibly long TV-series. To me, this really worked in focusing on the good stuff of the OVAs: the serious and romantic scenes. And they really get their chance to shine in this OVA.

The graphics also got a major update here. You can really see that the artists especially put in effort to bring the cast to life now that they’re not bothered by a TV-series budget any more. It’s got this great classic look from the late eighties, and it doesn’t look as immature as the series did.

I can’t say that this OVA wasn’t annoying, because it definitely did have its moment. But really: if you finished the daunting task of watching the entire TV series of Kimagure Orange Road, then you might just as well continue with this OVA. At this point they’ve got 50 episodes worth of development behind them, so they sure as heck aren’t going to be shallow here. And besides: it’s great to see a show that isn’t incredibly scared to show teenagers drinking alcohol. Seriously: why does every modern anime try to pretend that teenagers never drink or smoke?

Storytelling: 9/10 – Annoying, but really knows exactly what it does in getting the best out of the characters.
Characters: 9/10 – I’ve said this before, but Madoka is one of the best characters of her kind. The others… they’re nice, but pale in comparison.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Smooth and detailed animation when it matters, with a few bugs here and there though.
Setting: 8/10 – Save for a horrible portrayal of a bunch of Americans, it’s solid and does its job.

Suggestions:
Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ouki
Maison Ikkoku
Mahou Tsukai Tai OVA

5 Responses

  1. Firechick says:

    I just noticed something: This is the first time you’ve ever put EIGHT screenshots in an entry like this. You should do that more often.

  2. Firechick says:

    …Oh wait. Never mind. Forget what I just said.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Sorry, that was my mistake. I realized that I hit the submit button a little too early. ^^;

    I usually don’t try to go beyond six screenshots because that would make scrolling through them a bit too annoying.

  4. egress63 says:

    Now watch the movies! Be prepared, they are nothing like the TV series!

  5. Blue Bomber says:

    Watch.
    The.
    Movie.

    You will be blown away. I guarantee it. By the first one, anyway.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:59 AM)
    All I ask, all I ask is for a punisher reboot or at least put him in the daredevil show or give him his own show but actually get his character right, show how he was nuts long before his family got killed and his Vietnam war experience.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:56 AM)
    For all of his entertainment factor as a side character, its a shame that a good hulk adaptation hasn’t happened.
    A third avengers film might even be more fun, there seems to be a rule that second part marvel films are the weak ones.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:54 AM)
    I feel that winter soldier was almost made solely for the agent of shield fanbase.
    People complained about Tony not being in winter soldier, people had issue with the Hulk/black widow story in the new avengers movie because they wanted Captain America x Black widow.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:48 AM)
    This continuity is also at odds with the characters as despite having gone though a number of films, they don’t seem to change outside of there core characteristics. In fact any development that happened in there stand alone films seems to be absent completely. Particularly in Tony’s case.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:45 AM)
    @Emma, the real problem is the need for continuity. Instead of tying things up the films leave too many dangling plot threads to be resolved at a later date. Because of that each film fails to feel complete.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:41 AM)
    *Watched
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:40 AM)
    The trouble is that these marvel movies have to keep one-upping themselves =<
    I think I also watch that pretty good daredevil series they did too soon before the film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:12 AM)
    @Emma: Weird how you guys got that a week earlier than us here in America.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:12 AM)
    I thought the second avengers movie did what it promised. The black widow and hulk romance felt shoehorned in and the one line dialogue got tiresome at times. Ultron was a better villain than Loki and overall I say both films are the same quality wise. Good popcorn flicks, nothing more.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:09 AM)
    @Bam, it’s on my watch list. Just waiting on a sale.
    Plan on putting all my games on the SSDs and leaving my anime and VNs to the hard drives. This laptop even has a steam button. That opens up steam. Pity it opens it in big picture mood though.

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