8 Man After (1993)

8 Man After is a short OVA series that I’d recommend to cyberpunk fans or folks who collect 1990s anime – especially if you crave a bit of violence, as it has what might now be called an ‘old-school’ violent anime feel. However, it’s not R-rated or anything, and there is a bit of characterContinue reading “8 Man After (1993)”

Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru)

Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru) 1993 Ocean Waves is a teen romance with a love triangle, which is where much of the drama comes from, though there are a few comedic moments too (like the bathtub-as-bed offer). Compared to other Ghibli films it’s perhaps a little slight, being a bit shorter (as most TV moviesContinue reading “Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru)”

Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992

Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992 This is a fast-paced action OVA based on the 1971 manga. It’s also the second of three adaptations of the source material, with a longer series in 1973 and a thirteen episode release in 2001. Here however, the OVA compresses the storyline pretty hard, rushing through events across four episodes.Continue reading “Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992”

Gude Crest – The Emblem of Gude (Onna Senshi Efe & Jīra: Gūde no Monshō)

Gude Crest – The Emblem of Gude (Onna Senshi Efe & Jīra: Gūde no Monshō) 1990 Gude Crest is a JC Staff one-shot OVA. It’s based on the high fantasy novels of Hikawa Reiko’s (Onna senshi Efera & Jiriora, 1989 -) and at 45 mins it really zooms through the story, so that’s a plusContinue reading “Gude Crest – The Emblem of Gude (Onna Senshi Efe & Jīra: Gūde no Monshō)”

Ellcia (Gensō Jodan Elicia)

Ellcia is, for me, a somewhat standard ‘chosen one’ story with a few surprises nevertheless. Ellcia (Gensō Jodan Elicia) 1992 It never gripped me but I still enjoyed it; there’s a nice mix of humour and action throughout, along with some striking visuals, even if the animation isn’t through-the-roof-good. I also enjoyed the way theContinue reading “Ellcia (Gensō Jodan Elicia)”