Took a trip to the local Mitsuwa Marketplace/Books Sanseido and picked up some magazines. Animedia September Issue and Hobby Japan October Issue with the awesome-o Brompton bike! That will be covered in a separate post though. The main focus is the DVD that came with the Animedia magazine, which happened to be a BRS OVA DVD!
PV thanks to soundares.
It’s the first day of junior high and the main character can’t wait for school to start. She befriends a new student that moved in from Germany and the two begin a seemingly unbreakable bond of friendship. Until person C comes in and the two are placed in separate classes their second year… Something a little out of the ordinary, or I believe so at least. The major theme of this anime is friendship. Not love or vengeance, just plain friendship. However, there are a few cliffhangers too, but I won’t go into detail about that.
Given the length of the OVA, it’s understandable that the characters could not be expanded upon more.
Mato – The protagonist and Black Rock Shooter herself in the alternate universe. Not any strong feeling of like or dislike, but she doesn’t annoy me so that’s good. I like her personality though and what values she holds in her heart.
Yomi – Somehow one of the protagonists and the antagonist in the same way. Her alternate universe form is Dead Master. Dead Master comes about from jealousy burning inside her when Mato becomes friends with Yuu, thus becoming more and more distant from her.
Yuu – Person C and “Super Manager” of the basketball team that Mato joins. She is in Mato’s class second year and she takes much of Mato’s attention away from Yomi, causing Yomi to become Dead Master. When Yomi is reclaimed from Dead Master, Yuu starts to change. Her alternate ego is STRength.
Not much to give here considering everybody is almost silent. (Yes, I’m looking at you Black Gold Saw who appears for like a minute.) However, the people that do speak have some well-known seiyuu that don’t get on my nerves too much.
Hanazawa Kana – Mato (Kanade!!!, Nadeko!!!, Zange, Midarezaki Yuuka) She’s slowly becoming one of my favorite seiyuu.
Sawashiro Miyuki – Yomi (Surugua, Canaan, Celty, Shinku, Lag, Aruruu, Shinichi Chiaki)
Asumi Kana – Yuu (Yuno, Ran)
The original song of this was created by supercell/ryo, who wrote the lyrics and made up the composition to the original Black Rock Shooter Vocaloid song, sung by Hatsune Miku. I was disappointed that the original song was never heard during the OVA, but it’s melody could be. Even so, supercell contributed nice music that really helped make the anime pop more. The music fit the scenes and came on so suddenly that you needed to center yourself first, especially during the action scenes.
Not the best, but not the worst either. Above average I would say. Considering this was released for free in about five different ways, the marketing people did an awesome job with their budget and the animation was definitely not slacked on. The action/fight scenes between BRS and BGS/Dead Master are great. Focus on the eyes of the characters is also paid careful attention.
At first, I didn’t really get the whole BRS “craze,” you could say. Never was interested in the song or the figures, but I did like the character design by huke. That was enough to get me hooked though. I started to listen to the song more and more. After watching the OVA, I could make a lot of connections to it on a personal level and I loved it even more. The fact that they used a cliffhanger just nailed it. I love and hate cliffhangers at the same time, don’t you?
42.5/50 = 85%, grade B, above average