This month is was my turn to pick a delightful title that Kira and I would entertain ourselves with for a good afternoon watch. I had been waiting for the Wild 7 ova to hit the internet for quite some time now and when it finally did, it was clear what my choice would be for our (my) viewing pleasure.
Wild 7 is nothing amazing by any stretch. But it does one thing very, very right. Action! And lots of it. It helps that the characters are completely likable in every single way too. We get somewhat of a plot but not very much. We won't care too much about that anyway cause we'll be watching awesome driving skills, great big explosions, and some pretty kick ass gun shooting. We start off with some excitement right off the bat with a high speed highway chase. The crazy team of the Wild 7 are on the job. This team is a rather special bunch made up of troubled misfits that were on the other end of the law earlier on in their lives. Put together by the amazing Police Chief, Kusanami, to fight on justices side even if their methods might be a little harsh and cruel at times. Their introductions really made me laugh when they were riding wildly around the streets of Japan getting the job done!
Former professional baseball player - 8 prior convictions for fraud, breach of contract, etc.
Former explosives engineer - 8 prior convictions for manufacturing illegal weapons, possession of hazardous materials, etc.
Former circus performer - 5 prior convictions for involuntary manslaughter, animal cruelty, etc.
Former chef - 6 prior convictions, manufacturing of narcotics, involuntary manslaughter,etc.
Former Yakuza boss - 9 prior convictions, murder, racketeering, assault, etc.
Former hippie - 4 prior convictions, attacking a military base, reckless driving, etc.
Escaped from reform school - 13 prior convictions, murder, extortion, theft, etc.
Now that's quite the bad behaviour these boys have gotten themselves into during their past. Let alone some of the interesting professions they have led as well. Hiba being the youngest and wildest of the bunch, obviously becomes their leader. Of course he must answer to Kusanami, whom is a fitting head honcho for these men to keep them under control because he is simply badass himself! He doesn't have a weird past as far as we are told but his actions in the ova clearly show what he is capable of putting himself through and his underlings. I think he is the best character of the show because he is the one we see the most development from since the rest really don't do anything other than being badass and awesome. Hiba is the only one that we remotely get to interact with and that's only because he's the young tough guy.
I can't tell you that the graphics or the sound is anything super amazing, but they certainly match the ova as a whole with the way they were done. The music has a high pumped energetic 80's rock feel to it with some crazy metal tossed in there. I found this most amusing, as did Kira for the most part. While Kira was highly bothered by the dub only version we had, I was pretty happy with it. I mean it was pretty much everything you'd expect a pretty low budget ova to have voice wise. We both agree that the strange Mexicanish sounding voice wasn't needed in there for Ryogoku at all though.
Each episode of the ova could be watched on it's own. Personally I found the first one to be slightly better than the second since it was a little easier to follow plot wise. Maybe it was because of the lack of a crazy complicated plot though. I'd hardly call setting out to capture a mob boss the idea of the century but it was very, very entertaining. The second one revolved around a rival biker gang that were just as rough and touch as our Wild 7. I didn't like this one as much because they tried too hard to make it more than it really was with the addition of a useless woman side character. I did however enjoy what happens at the very end of the episode wrapping up the ova very nicely. I won't spoil but it does involve showing us just how awesome Kusanami really is.
Overall watch this for the action and fun characters! I really find myself wanting to read it's manga very much after these 2 fun filled episodes. I hope that I can also get my hands on the series at some point. I think sitting through 13 episodes of this would be a treat considering what I usually sit though. I'm sure Kira is not interested in either.
* Story 6/10
* Animation 5/10
* Sound 6/10
* Characters 8/10
* Overall 7/10
Click here for Kira's very different take on this ova. Look forward to next month! It's going to be ecchi so I'm told...
So yeah the goal was to do this every week no matter what... BUT of course things just get in the way now and then and it was impossible for me to do for 3 weeks... The good news is that I didn't overly watch a lot of anime in those 3 weeks. Uncharacteristic like for me but real life just stepped in for the month and everything was pushed back anime blog wise. Although the title mark in this post looks huge it was mostly just small ova's and movies. I've gotten back into my anime mood over the last few days so I think things are back to normal!
Trigun Movie re-watch x2
Overall: I actually watched it 3 times total now since it came out. I find it very fun to watch and my second viewing was with other bloggers over Skype. Interesting to see others reactions to it. Too bad I had to leave half way through the viewing.
Gintama episodes 62-86
Overall: Episode 79 with the toilet paper crisis is probably my favourite episode of Gintama of all. It just makes me laugh a hell of a lot! It is also time since I've reached episode 86 that I am not re-watching episodes anymore and from now on every Gintama episode will be new to me.
Starry Sky episode 4
Overall: These voices don't match these douches at all. I can't stand it. I'm considering dropping it at this point.
Kamichu episodes 1-5
Overall: Kamichu is the first title I decided to watch that I haven't seen yet from digitalboy's top 100 list. It has a very slow start so I'm afraid that I won't end up enjoying it as much as I had hoped. 4 20:22
Final Fantasy Legend Of The Crystals OVA
Overall: Each episode takes a look at one of the 4 crystals. I can't say it adds anything to Final Fantasy in general but it was a fun watch. ep 2 7:00
Gintama episodes 87-88
Wandering Son, Kimi ni Todoke, and Fractale episode 1 was watched. Thoughts on these are here. I watched 7 episode 2's for some of the current airing anime too, but nothing worth mentioning since I can't really remember anything from them and didn't take proper notes.
Finished the Manga Love Stalking
Overall: This is a short smutty manga where each chapter (there's 4) follows a girl and her strange love life at the time. I enjoyed the sexy parts and only one of the stories so this gets a 5/10. The title doesn't make much sense either since only one of the stories involved stalking...
Koe de Oshigoto! re-watch
Overall: This is one funny ova about a high school girl who decides to learn how to become an eroge voice actress.
Gundam Seed episodes 20-25
Level E episode 2
Overall: I'm suppose to be episodically blogging this series but... Yeah... I'll do a batch episode release this week hopefully and get back on track. Simply loving this series though!
Gintama episodes 89-90
Finished the Manga Your Color
Overall: Really short yuri manga that doesn't really go anywhere 5/10.
Finished the Manga Koi wa Tenka no Mawarimono - Ikenai Candy Love
Overall: Meet a really shy quiet working girl who is about to loose her job. She happens to see a higher up getting a blow job in the alley way and things start to pick up for her from that point on. This manga actually has 4 other stories in it (I think) but only this one has been translated. I shall be eagerly awaiting the others in hopes that they were as good as this one was! 9/10 easily.
Finished the Manga Naughty Honey
Overall: 6/10 I don't have much else to say about it honestly...
Finished the Manga Girlfriend
Overall: Another compilation manga showing off girls and their loves. Some are good most are rather meh. 2 of them actually ended up intertwining story wise which I found to be most interesting. I feel that my 7/10 is generous but I did enjoy the ones I found that were good very much.
Andersen Douwa - Ningyo Hime Movie
Overall: Lets just say that this does not have a Disney's happy ending. Pretty good watch even though I viewed it over youtube.
Zenryoku Usagi episode 39
Twelve Months Movie
Overall: I had heard great things about this movie from a friend and it didn't disappoint! It was a fun story about a Cinderella type girl who was used and abused by her adoptive mother and sister. Sent out on new years eve to gather a basket full of flowers for the spoiled rotten Queen that is no older than a girl because she offered a basked full of gold coins. The poor freezing girl luckily ends up meeting some mysterious men who happen to represent the 12 months of the year! Since this girl is so kind they help her out with the gathering of these flowers due to their magical powers. Also viewed over youtube.
Gag Manga Biyori Jump Festa
Yumeiro Patissiere OVA
Overall: This was one strange little ova since it made me think of perverted things when it totally shouldn't have. The rest of the series wasn't like that so why do it in the OVA?!
Cool Cool Bye OVA
Suteneko Tora-chan Movie
Overall: This adorable cat themed 1947 movie short is great. It's like a cat opera which I found most amusing.
Noel's Fantastic Trip Movie
Overall: The name says it all in this case. You really do feel like you should be tripping over some drug to find it enjoyable. With it's pretty bad looks and terrible singing I recommend passing this one up for sure.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Parallel Works
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Superman Legend OVA
Overall: Random last minute pick for my Snack of the Week.
Megane na Kanojo OVA
Overall: Each episode follows a girl who wears glasses. It's short and sweet. It definitely could do with more stories as these ones were fun.
Yuri Seijin Naoko-san OVA
Overall: Meet an alien girl who is obsessed with human little girls. Yup this one is for the yuri loving lolicons out there.
Aki Sora: Yume no Naka OVA
Overall: Watch this as a soft core hentai only. Do not expect a mind blowing plot.
Crimson Wolf OVA
Overall: This ova ended up being really awesome. I mean it wasn't anything special but it certainly did what it set out to do. The poor girl that was in this almost never wore any clothing. She was either in the shower being attacked or clothing was being ripped off. Not to mention the numerous times she wore just a man's shirt. Hell she was even naked in flashbacks!
Black Lagoon OVA episode 3
Overall: The action certainly was more pleasing from the lack of it in episode 2. My Chang got pretty sassy with Rock over the phone which I found to be most amusing. The head maid that the little master has been trying to find shows an interesting side that he just isn't ready to deal with. I honestly was a little shocked by her actions too.
Gintama episodes 91-94
Kamichu episodes 6-16
Overall: With the super slow start I complained about earlier in the month I was rewarded when episode 8 came around. It revolved around a cat world fight club parody. It was the most interesting cute thing I had seen in quite some time. Especially since the leader cat was appropriately called Tyler. From that episode onward the time flew by and before I knew it, it was over. I was rewarded with a great ending that I really loved and won me over completely for the show. Someday I'll have to give it a proper blog post but for now this will do. I see why it is on digitalboy's top 100 list and I approve ^_^
Shin Koihime Musou OVA and Live
Overall: Yet another fun filled ova enters this franchise. It wasn't anything special but it was still fun. What was really odd was the Live. It was some of the girls singing tracks from the anime in a concert setting. Quite bizarre honestly.
Abunai Sisters episodes 1-2 ongoing? OVA
Bungaku Shoujo Memoire OVA
Overall: After watching the movie with some skepticism on my part and ended up enjoying it I certainly looked forward to this ova. Each episode can be watched as a stand alone but none really left an impression on me except for the 2nd one. It was really depressing and heavy on the drama.
Prefectural Earth Defense Force OVA
Overall: This is a delightful parody anime where people get turned into cyborgs and they must fight the evil Telegraph Pole Society. With a description like that what's not to like!
Overall: I first watched the live action movie with my boyfriend several years ago. It was bad but so bad in the way that it was great entertainment. I expected pretty much the same from the ova and that's what I got. I really wish that ova 2 was available somewhere.
Mirai Nikki OVA
Overall: This seems like a Death Note but slightly less serious as it has turned into a game of sorts among kids. If it ever turns into a series it could be interesting but I won't have high hopes for it as this ova was pretty average.
Prism Mergical: Prism Generations OVA
Overall: Well... The only thing I can say about this magical girl show is that it was only 15 minutes of my life... I did enjoy seeing a magical boy though.
Quiz Magic Academy OVA 2
Overall: I never actually thought a second ova would come out of this considering that it's first one was rather mediocre. Sadly the mediocrity didn't leave and I was still left wondering why it was made. Not a terrible watch by any means though. Think of it along the lines of Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu.
Overall: Is an ova about a really shy short girl that gets seated beside a really tall loud boy. It's short and rather cute. I'd watch the series of this if they ever made one. It could rival Toradora in my opinion.
Gintama episodes 95-99
Overall: The Shinsengumi arc is super duper awesome. It rivals the more serious Naruto and Bleach ones for sure!
Wild 7 OVA
Overall: This was my pick for the Chii & Kira Anime Watching Club. I haven't finished my review of it yet but lets just say it's completely opposite of what Kira thought about it. Check out her review while you wait for mine!
Koi Suru Boukun OVA
Overall: I hated this yaoi ova with a passion. It takes a lot for me to hate on a yaoi generally but this one was just downright bad. I'll take less rape in my boy love shows thank you very much. This show should probably go on my does not want list. >.<
Gintama episodes 100-105
Licca-chan Fushigi na Mahou no Ring OVA
Dragon's Heaven OVA
Overall: Words can't really describe how this ova started off. It was basically a real mecha model just being shown off. Very strange. Once the real ova starts you are graced with what I think is one of the worst looking ova's ever. From what I've seen only California Crisis can rival it's shitty looks. Then again both are pretty shitty story wise too...
Saishuu Shiken Kujira Progressive OVA
Overall: This is actually a 12 episode 5 minute series to begin with. Generally I don't watch the ova's of these kind of shows before actually viewing the show but for some reason I viewed this. It isn't a bad tale of magic sick girl meets a boy and tries to have a normal life for once but it's not something I'm going to remember next year.
Episode Count: 80 + 26 Specials/OVAs + 6 Movies
Manga Count: 5