Three months later, still as melodramatic.
This OVA was so pretentiously directed towards people who have actually read the manga. It doesn’t flow for anybody who hasn’t. It’s melodramatic the way it’s presented, and in a way, ridiculously hard to follow. Reconciliation follows conflict, and the cycle repeats. Yet, at the end of the day, regardless of how much I complain, I can’t help but enjoy an extremely sappy romantic anime.
It goes without saying that this would have worked much better if it was a full series, or at the very least, a movie. The OVA tried to adapt such a long period of time within ~50 minutes, it’s a ridiculously impragmatic task. Given this, it’s rushed; the storyline presented only makes clear sense to those who’ve read the manga.
A key component of the storyline’s shortcoming would be the development of Haruto’s relationship with Eba and the other chicks [See, I don’t even know their names]. Since the amount of time for actual characterization was low, Eba received the majority of the development; she’s essentially the blatant heroine of the series. Yet, he’s essentially “close” to two other girls [or at the very least, his crush]. Since characterization was minimal towards them, you couldn’t help but feel that the guy was cheating on Eba [the blatant, common-sense heroine], with insignificant minor characters. But, that’s not the case in the manga. At the very least, Nanami was characterized to an extent in the manga that made her appear like an able, or logical second [or first] pick.
As for the sound, I’m not sure if I mentioned this during my First Impressions, but the guy’s voice actor doesn’t seem to fit him. It seems a bit too deep, and at times, regrettably apathetic. But voice acting aside, the original soundtrack really did continue being great. It’s small, yet it essentially carried the OVA in terms of aesthetics. The art was great at times, but at other times, it wasn’t. The soundtrack remained great throughout. It really helped the “flashbacks”, which were useful in actually explaining how they met, and their past [the OVA started midway through the manga].
On-going Thoughts: Concluding Thoughts
It’s clearly tailored towards people who’ve read the manga; if you want to enjoy it to the fullest, then read the series. I personally liked the concept of the series, it could have been great if it had enough time to be adapted. Nevertheless, sappy romance is shameless enjoyment.