Hey everyone (*⌒ヮ⌒*) I decided to do some short reviews of ONAs/OVAs that I feel don’t need a separate post.
The animations included in this post are: Lingerie Senshi Papillon Rose, Rain Town, and Nijiiro☆Prism Girl.
Lingerie Senshi Papillon Rose
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Demons, Fantasy, Magic, Parody, Sci-fi
Number of Episodes: One
Tsubomi is a savvy and horny school girl who works at a lingerie club, a gentlemen’s bar where scantily clad young women serve drinks to the patrons. She is useless at her job but is blackmailing her boss so she won’t get fired. One day she runs into a gorgeous young man who she takes to bed. She meets into a perverted talking cat with a butterfly on its forehead, who recruits her to be a magical soldier. She has to fight off a dominatrix elf woman called Beene, a minion of Regina Apis, a matriarch bent on chaos and forming her new Dynasty. Tsubomi is learning of her powers when she is rescued by an oddly familiar masked man, known only as Dandelion.
I have no idea how I found this OVA but I have no regrets.
LSPR is a parody of the magical girl genre, especially of Sailor Moon and Cutie Honey, and boy is it a good one. It has the Sailor Moon-esque art style, the magical girl transformations and costumes, and the talking animal familiar. The storyline is hilarious; if you’re in for something dramatic, don’t come here for the plot. (Or the plot, if you know what I mean ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)). There are plenty of ridiculous moments like boob missiles and impractical yet hardcore weapons.
I love the characters. They’re varied and all unique from each other, with nice character designs to boot. There’s no development from them, considering that the entire story is pretty farcical. This story is meant to be a zany and crazy ride, and it definitely achieved it.
I find it highly entertaining and funny. If you plan on watching this though, just know that there are heavy ecchi elements in the OVA. Be ready for bouncy bewbies and characters doing the frick-frack (≖ω≖✿)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Shoujo
Number of Episodes: Four
The beautiful and tall Kohinata Nijika, a 6th grade kid who doesn’t look her age and daughter of an office chief of a TV station, avoids the entertainment world since her mom, a legendary actress, died from a sickness. Hiding the truth about her family, Nijika keeps another secret. The fact that she’s living with the prince-like actor, Ichinose Touya, may create a ruckus if it is discovered.
Running for another errand, Nijika, together with her pet Kapitama-kun, coincidentally run into a drama set that’s lacking an actress due to food poisoning, so she volunteers for the role.
Nijiiro☆Prism Girl is from the same creator as Kirarin☆Revolution, so there are many similarities. They’re both shoujo animes about aspiring idols. If you’ve watched Kirarin☆Revolution before, you’ll know what to expect from Nijiiro☆Prism Girl
The story for N☆PG is cliché and predictable: the moment a conflict is introduced, you’d already know how it’d play out. Also, the storyline was rushed and the few number of episodes really hurt the plot and characters. The characters had little to no character development, and some of the cast didn’t get to play a big part.
What I liked about the anime is the humour and funny moments. I also really liked seeing the way the characters would improvise their acting when something didn’t go according to plan.
Despite being typical and lacking in originality, I’m sure if there was a full-blown anime adaptation for this, it would have been enjoyable and appealed to a large audience. (Unless it would have gotten that awful 3D animation and excruciatingly slow story K☆R had.)
Number of Episodes: One
In this town, since who knows when, the rain has never stopped. Residents moved out to the suburbs and high ground around “rain town.” People’s memories are now deeply submerged. But into this forgotten rainy town sometimes, someone wanders.
Rain Town is an independent animation by Hiroyasu Ishida, a growing name in the anime industry. If there’s anything to say about him, it’s that he definitely deserves it.
I won’t elaborate much on Rain Town’s plot since it’s only ten minutes long and could be summarized in a single sentence, but I’ll tell you this: it’s the story of a child who makes an unforgettable friendship. The film is poignant and nostalgic, and manages to convey a graceful tale without the need of dialogue, complex backstories, or explosions. The story lacks a bit in the originality department, and I’m sure plenty of viewers would have found something with the same moral as Rain Town. Still, the execution of the plot makes it more endearing than your average film.
Created with minimal sound effects and stunning art, Rain Town is truly a treat. The animation is mindblowing. I love the dark and dreary hues, it really gives off a ‘rainy’ and melancholy vibe.
While it didn’t exactly blow me away, Rain Town is still worth watching and watching again.