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
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:44 AM)
    Not that you don’t have to restrain your longer thoughts on these shows realist, by all means include thoughts that are too long for a review in a shoutbox discussion or the comments section.
  • reaLjustified
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:31 AM)
    300-500 words should be perfect. I don’t care about the rating system myself.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:31 AM)
    @reaLjustified Thanks for the criticisms. I will definitely take your opinion into account. I can see now how my point about Psycho Pass 2 being thematically a lot different than Psycho Pass 1, could have come across as confusing or esoteric when preceded by the introductory sentence you took issue with.
  • reaLjustified
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:29 AM)
    I agree with Hal, I want to read a brief and to the point review rather than a three page essay on a single episode. It does you as much harm as it bores us. I tried to read the whole thing, but found myself zoning out pretty quickly.
  • reaLjustified
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:27 AM)
    I also think ninjarealist can organize his thoughts better. For example he says “in general this was a good episode” at his 5th paragraph as if he was concluding and summarizing his review, but no. Instead he goes off on a tangent talking about the specifics of the episode again.
  • Raggers
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:58 PM)
    And an important thing to remember is that while all thoughts may be interesting, only commit the best to paper. Knowing what to leave out is almost as important as having stuff to put in.
  • Raggers
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:56 PM)
    @ninja: having not read any of your posts I can’t comment specifically, I just said that based on what kind of lengths look comfortably readable.
    Thanks to uni I’ve barely managed to watch a few episodes this season, so I’m trying to avoid spoiling anything. That said, I will say that if you limit your word count you will have much more focused posts than if it was just free.
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:48 PM)
    Just for example, when I had a hard day, watched an episode of the show and then go onto some anime blog to read about it and then there’s some 1000+ words review about it, I’d really LIKE to read but just don’t have the attention to do it, I won’t bother at all. And I believe an impression about an anime episode can be put into way fewer words than that.
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:45 PM)
    @Aidan: Nonono, that’s just a plus of shorter reviews. That’s not the main reason I’d like them. Of course I only read reviews of shows I DO watch, to listen to another opinion, because reading something you don’t know a thing about is pointless. Regarding episodic reviews at least. However I do enjoy reading a review of a show I like, I hope you didn’t misunderstand that. I guess I didn’t really put it into the right words.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:11 PM)
    @K-Off You know it.
    @Bam NTR finds a way.

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