Posted on 20 March 2011 with categories: OVA Impressions, Young Animator Training Project




Kizuna Ichigeki is… weird. I mean, on one hand it is a martial arts OVA with strange character designs (designed by the guy who also designed the characters of Mind Game, by the way), but on the other hand the context in which it happens is just so bizarre and random that I’m not even sure whether the creators knew what they were doing.

This short shows the debut of Ascension, a completely new animation company. Overall, this short mostly impressed me because of its visuals: those were really good. The big problem here is that they didn’t get themselves a good scriptwriter.

In between the fights are these silly dialogues between the characters that are what I suspect supposed to be funny and charming, but mostly just end up random blabbering. Especially the grandfather is annoying: he’s the kind of guy who keeps making jokes because he thinks he’s funny, while he’s actually really obnoxious. The bad guys also have the flimsiest reasons to actually try to fight the lead character and serve no purpose whatsoever beyond being meat for fanservice. Just about the only thing that the scriptwriter did right was portraying the themes of family: together the cast does form quite a happy and sincere family.

Also, the cat. That freaking cat. That was by far the biggest “what the hell” of this short.

The actual animation however is excellent. The fight scenes in particular are fun and exciting, and a lot of care has gotten into the choreography. The way in which people move around and react to each other, it’s all been done very intricately and the animation really brings the characters to life. I see a good future for Ascension. They just need to find a bunch of good writers.
OVA Episode Rating: 7,5/10

2 Responses

  1. tanukichan says:

    Thanks to gg, I was able to watch this. I like it a little more than Ojisan no lamp. That cat was the best thing in this OVA. He reminds me of the cat from Jarinko Chie.

  2. Ncrdrg says:

    Charming little OVA. Nothing very special storywise but I really liked the animation style.

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  • K-Off
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 04:23 AM)
    @afgm I wasnt making fun of him, if that’s what the elipses are for.
  • AFGM
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 04:19 AM)
    doesn’t care…
  • K-Off
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 03:56 AM)
    @deadlight Ive always wondered, but what does psgels think about you sponsoring your own blog on his site?
  • Deadlight
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 03:13 AM)
  • Deadlight
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 02:31 AM)
    Isshuukan Friends is so good. Please tell me they go down a romantic route…
  • kero
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 12:15 AM)
    okay, I think ping pong is going to my favourite anime of the season. the first episode was ace.
  • kero
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 12:03 AM)
    watching ping pong 01. thumbs up for getting someone who can speak chinese properly to play the chinese characters.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 09:42 PM)
    I was iffy about the roomate and Kawaii, but those two are the most interesting characters.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 08:51 PM)
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 08:42 PM)
    @Friend, it’s kinda not especially great but I’ll admit I’m watching all the episodes

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