Posted by psgels on 23 November 2011 with categories: OVA Impressions, Yozakura Quartet - Hoshi no Umi




I have no idea who found it a good idea to give Ryousuke Sawa an opportunity as a main director. But what an awesome idea it turned out to be. This guy is absolutely brilliant, and this was one of the most entertaining action episodes that I’ve seen in a long, long while.

I mean, hell. This was the climax of the arc that the previous two episodes had been building up for. Arguably it was even better than the previous two episodes because of how it constantly kept going. The previous episode may have been much more epic, with the barrage of planes that were thrown at the enemy monsters, but this episode kept things much more personal. But that caused the characters to stand out even more. Just about every scene was animated with such a force that not even a second was wasted here.

It may not be the deepest story or anything, but this still is animation at its finest with a simple, yet very engagingly told storyline. This show doesn’t just have great animation, it also uses this brilliantly. Even if other series may have a bigger budget, few actually manage to bring so much life into their characters. Last time I complained that the dialogue was perhaps a bit uninspired, but this simplicity also has its charms. And simple as the dialogue was, it definitely wasn’t uninspired, and got some good stuff out of the characters.

Unfortunately, this looks like it’ll be the end of this little OVA. In a way it is a bloody shame that this OVA can’t be a full fledged TV-series with more time, but this shortness also has its charm: this way you have about 70 minutes of awesomeness. And that’s the thing with these OVAs: they can take more risks than regular TV-series, and I’d wish that more producers would realize this. And in the meantime, I’m just hoping that with this, Ryousuke Sawa will get even more opportunities to direct.
OVA Episode Rating: 9/10

6 Responses

  1. Avatar KrazyKobun says:

    This seems awesome! Do I have to watch the previous anime or read the manga to understand this OVA?

  2. Avatar Cytl says:

    @KK: It would help you to read the manga (very good btw) but it’s not obligatory. DON’T WATCH THE ANIME.

  3. Avatar Fabrice says:

    Was glad to see Kyousuke saved..Nice ep, the fight scenes were pretty good.

  4. Avatar nodbgp says:

    I can’t quite grasp it, but I didn’t like this one as much as I liked the other two.

    Maybe it’s the climax or maybe I didn’t see a lot of harmony in putting the events and scenes together, still thousands of times better than the anime series.

  5. Avatar mulligan says:

    Ryousuke Sawa did such a great job with the Birdy the Mighty Decode series and if this ep of yozakura is any indication, much great things have yet to come from this guy :D

  6. Avatar Petit says:

    “don’t watch the anime”
    Haha. I completely concur.

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