Posted on 17 April 2011 with categories: OVA Impressions, Yozakura Quartet - Hoshi no Umi




Yes. This is EVERYTHING that the original Yozakura Quartet TV-series should have been. Holy crap, talk about amazing action here. This was quite possibly the best action of this year so far. The dynamics and animation are… just totally something else. The fight against the giant golem in particular was just absolutely stunning. It’s not just the awesome animation, but also the creativity that went into it. I mean, how many others have characters summon a legion of stealth fighters from out of nowhere?

The direction really does wonders at bringing the cast alive. They’re all fun to watch, even outside of the action and this episode did not forget to insert some nice drama. Standalone it perhaps wasn’t that spectacular, but the way in which it was delivered worked out really well. The cast of this OVA is surprisingly large, but this show even makes the characters that it doesn’t spend any attention on stand out.

My one point of criticism is that sometimes the dialogue feels a bit uninspired. During the fight the characters just kept talking about special powers and who is stronger than who. I feel like there they could have tried a little harder but then again, the simple dialogue also has its charms.

And thankfully, there will be at least a third OVA in about half a year. Let’s hope that there will be more others to follow after that, because this show deserves a lot of airtime in order to fully tell its story.
OVA Episode Rating: 8,75/10

6 Responses

  1. zabu_san says:

    Watched this last night, and my jaw DROPPED!!
    The fight against the golem was simply stunning!!

    I hate that I don’t know the full backstory, but I think that I’m getting enough from the OVA series…

  2. Alec says:

    There’s alot of cheesiness happening in the OVA. I miss the TV series.

  3. uack says:

    This show deservs a new tv show produced by Tatsunoko.

  4. david says:

    i have a problem with this: it always feels like it stays in the scene/dialog/frame one second more than it should. the pacing makes me crazy…

    and like you said, the dialog’s rather uninspired.

  5. Denizen says:

    A wave of Kamikaze Stealth Bombers followed by a Jumbo Jet finisher – this show just redefined overkill.

    Everything about this OVA presses the right buttons. The characters, designs, colouring, art and animation are all essentially the cream of an anime. I just wish this amazing talent had been in a TV series, who wouldn’t be impressed by this episode?

  6. Rockmanshii says:

    All those of you who enjoyed this you just really do yourself a favor and check out the manga, it’s awesome.

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