Yozakura Quartet – Hoshi no Umi OVA: impressions

October 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm 2 comments

“It’s because of you that my cute toy came here you know. That’s why, I’ve come to retrieve it, you freaking thief.”

Yozakura Quartet gets the moeblob treatment.

Fans of the Yozakura Quartet manga enjoy it for its humour, great art style and interesting concept. This is why the proper anime series based of the manga which aired in 2008 was significantly less well-received as it didn’t completely incorporate Suzuhito’s art, and it deviated, omitting much of what made the manga so cool.

Yae-chan is happy.

Enter the OVA series, which apparently ‘follows’ the manga much more closely. If there’s anything most important to note, it’s that this OVA pretty much assumes that its watchers have read the manga, as there are a tonne of references such as the Nanagou, tuning, etc. that are simply left unexplained. For anyone new, this will definitely be a turn-off.

Yuuhi's antics.

While  director/character designer Ryouchimo has definitely stuck to the main plot of the Yozakura Quartet manga, it is clear that even he isn’t afraid to tweak things here and there to suit his liking, leading to an anime OVA series that is actually rather different to the manga it’s based on, even though the overall plots are assumedly the same.

Got enough bears there?

For starters, Hime is less of the tsundere-type character her manga version draws elements from. Heck, they’ve even ignored (so far) her iconic ‘tsundere song’. Her character is also less brash and headstrong too, resulting in a more feminine highschool personality. Aside from that, most of the other characters seem to have retained their manga personalities and traits.What’s also interesting to note is how big baddy Hiizumi Enjin hasn’t even got a mention in the first episode, which is very unusual, seeing how he appears in the manga from day one.

Zakuro and her trippy eyes

The character designs are also rather different to the manga as well, though I must admit that I really enjoyed the overall animation of this OVA episode. It’s pretty funny how most readers praise the Yozakura Quartet manga for its art, yet when it comes to anime adaptations, the animators themselves never end up preserving Suzuhito’s style. Nevertheless, the character models here were great to watch, just different to what I may have anticipated.

Best. Moment. Ever.

The soundwork here was surprisingly good, as it had a great deal of variety and excellent timing. The voicework was also pretty cool here too, especially considering many of the seiyuus involved aren’t bigshots in the field. I enjoyed Ookubo Aiko’s V Juri F, as I felt she definitely brought out the playfulness to the character.

Best nurse (well she's actually more of a doctor) evarrrr.

The best way to watch the Hoshi no Umi OVA is with an open mind. Expect the unexpected especially when it comes to the way Hime is portrayed, and you’ll enjoy this episode. Next episode comes out in April, so there’s plenty of time to test these waters.

OP: active and fun; far better than the original anime series’s OP

ED: interesting idea to combine real photography and animation (of Rin-chan); decent enough song.

Wow. A nun who's actually useful in a fight. Unlike a certain loli nun...

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  October 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I think I’ll read the manga before watching this….

    Reply
  • 2. UmiHoshi  |  January 8, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I really just hope they don’t keep Enjin out of the story, as in a follow up of the anime.
    I liked the first art style better and I’m really gonna miss the first opening. the 2nd one is pretty good, though. yey for a kyousuke-hime moment~
    the ending song gets stuck in your head so easily ><'''

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