Posted by psgels on 27 December 2012 with categories: OVA Impressions

I’m currently writing up my list of favorite OVAs and movies this year, but while compiling that list I noticed that I still needd to watch a few big ones. Here are some quick impressions of them. I’m sorry for this chaos on this site about covering OVAs, but I just can’t find one format about covering them that I really like: sometimes I like to dedicate an entire post about them, sometimes, these compilation posts are better.

Arata Naru Sekai

Arata Naru Sekai is a project across multiple mediums: an anime a manga and a novel. I know that I’m not going to read the novel, and the manga doesn’t seem to be out yet, but it’s definitely interesting to see all of the works combined: a group of time travellers who goes to save the future (anime), past (manga) and present (novel). Ideally, they should do more with this, though. This episode of the anime was very down to earth, but it didn’t get much chances to really explore this premise. Everything boiled down a bit too much on high school girls. The pacing was slow that made them quite relatabe, but the setting here is so interesting and I feel that that got a bit underdeveloped (but who knows: perhaps will get mor explored in the manga and novel). The thing mostly is that they’re supposewd to be saving the world, yet end up looking for a time capsule among others. That makes it quite personal, but also a bit pointless. Really though: make a full fledged TV-series out of this.

Kyosogiga 05

What an incredibly charming way to close off Kyousogiga’s second installment: a romantic music video featuring the lead female’s parents. For a while I was really wondering what the creators were up to, but once it became clear where they were going, I was completely sold. Again the animation is not as over the top as in some of the previous installments, but it all just fitted. And it still was incredibly stylish. Together the five OVA episodes were incredibly different and sometimes silly, but they all had something unique to them in fleshing out the main cast of this series. The style was just amazing. The end of this episode hinted at more. PLEASE, MAKE MORE OF THIS.

Inferno Cop – 01

What the hell was that? Inferno Cop is the first ful production from Studio Trigger, which was founded by Hiroyuki Imaishi, the director of Panty and Stocking and Gurren Lagann. But really: don’t bother with it. It was just a project for the creator to goof off a bit. The animation is total crap, the voice acting sounds like one guy did every single voice and the humour is incredibly banal. Only go for this if you like your humour to be of the gutter level.

9 Responses

  1. Juno says:

    Everyone is complaining about how Inferno Cop was hyped up and is a huge let down. No one realizes that when a new studio is set up, it doesn’t matter who is directing–they are an independent studio with a veeeeeeery low budget. Most of these studios start out with small, affordable shows they can post on the internet to evaluate how many people are giving them any attention. Then, depending on the results, they may or may not be given funds for a full-fledged 25-minutes-or-so, one-cour anime series. This is Studio Trigger’s status and this show was announced for the AnimeBancho lineup, a lineup meant for 5-minute flash animation and 3D animated shorts. To me, it wasn’t going to be anything spectacular in the first place. :/

    See what misconceptions and hype do to productions like these? At least enjoy them for what they are before you complain about what they’re not.

    • HunterWulf says:

      It has nothing to do with hype or misconceptions, i never heard anything about Trigger studio or Inferno Cop and when i saw it i was appalled by how crappy it is, heck .. one or two animation students can do something far far better than that pile of crap in their free time (one visit to Deviant Art animation section is proof enough).. it pains me to even call that crap called “Inferno Cop” animation.

  2. some guy says:

    I actually sort of like Inferno Cop despite how horrible it is. That said my favorite film is “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”.

  3. starry says:

    Actually I kind of liked it too in a so bad its good way and having a touch of Panty&Stocking type humor. It was obviously done just for the lols anyway

  4. someloser says:

    I though inferno cop was more of a trololo sideproject if anything. Isn’t trigger’s main project still the one with the pink haired chick and the giant revolver robot? If this was american adult animation, i could call the humor banal, though for anime, I not sure.

  5. Cytl says:

    Everything from Kyousogiga so far seems like a prologue. There’s still some questions to be answered and I would like to see what happens after the first OVA.

  6. Anna says:

    Okay, that episode of arata naru sekai had such a confusing ending. I am not quite sure what happened x.x

  7. Blue Bomber says:

    Inferno Cop: my interest is now piqued! :3

  8. Entrav says:

    Interesting… gotta watch some of these now.

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    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:09 AM)
    I believe an American friend of mine mentioned the burning man event to me and said it’d be my scene apparently.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:51 AM)
    Ah that announcement I had been waiting for, Yahari season 2 has been confirmed now for spring season of 2015.
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