The animation in this anime is one of the most visually pleasing things I have ever seen. The artists literally went all out. What I love most about it though, is the fact that they were not afraid of being different. They were okay with making satirical gestures before it was really a thing. They poked at south park and made references to Lupin the third and even had the character make witty jokes out of them being in an anime, but that made the show. Their hard work showed. One scene in particulair were the two manga panels during dinner, in episodes one and six. It really is a tedious task to create motion footage of manga panels, but they did it, and it was so funny. Another huge efffort that they did really good was the ending. The stop motion vespa scene and Haruko destroying her Vespa was just too good. It just held everything together. It brought the music, script, and humor to a whole new level. Even looking at the influence it had on other Gainax/Trigger shows like Kill la Kill and Gurraan Laagan, it created some of the most random and fast paced animations that the world has ever seen.
Throughout the show, Naota was seen as such a timid and submissive character, but I loved the way he came out at the end. Haruko, in a way, was the thing he was waiting for. Something to change his boring world. She taught him that sometimes you just have to swing the bat and not worry about the results. Sure, the worrying may seem like too much too handle at the time, but in all reality, we can’t control or predict the future, so why act like we can? I feel like Naota honestly wanted to stay with Haruko, but in the deepest part of his hear, he knew that it was just a really risky and dangerous road, and for that reason, Haruko had to leave him. Who knows though. Maybe he saw her again on that same road with her yellow Vespa.
All in all, I loved this anime when I was nine years old, and I will surely love it forever. The animation was sporatic, the OST was dynamic and adapted to the animation perfectly, and the humor was top notch. Even at times when the show had to get serious and emotional, it was done perfectly. Everything had so much variety and dynamics, and I honestly couldn’t have wished for a better childhood anime. It’s rare to see an “OVA” have so much content and development in six episodes, but this show did just that, and I definitely don’ think it should go unnoticed. If you haven’t wathced this show already, do it right now. Literally. If you are open to it, it will change you.
Rating: 10/10 Freakin' Tacos
Post By: Victor