Well, this review might be considered late but it took me months to acquire a copy of this charmingly cute, heartwarming OVA. Even if I’m openly liking girls-with-glasses, it doesn’t mean my favour for this title is influenced by bias. I do have some gripes on this but like on my other reviews, I prefer positive things dominating my writing, unless of course if there’s a total lack of positive things in a series. Anyway, let’s go back to my review of Megane Na Kanojo.
The OVA consists of four short episodes, each focusing on four heroines and their romantic pair. A deep plot is something you wouldn’t see in short series like in StarrySky (a review for the dismal ONA is underway.) However, it claws back with sweet character development and romance bits that could melt the hardened heart.
One of the things I liked about this OVA is the character designs. It’s not too polished nor mediocre for such an OVA. If you’re used to anime on HD, this may make you think that it’s dismal but if you ‘told’ your mind that it comes on a DVD, you’ll be loving it. It’s simple but it does the job pretty well. A slight personal complaint of mine on the designs though, is that the glasses is a bit cliche to me. Anyway, this complaint of mine might not apply to non-meganekko enthusiasts. Animation is good, but not as what we saw in Ookamikakushi and their other HD anime.
Another thing I like is the voice acting. Each voice actress/actors did well in voicing and acting the characters. If you want proof that Hanazawa Kana can do more than the stereotype moe character, then watch the fourth part of this OVA! Credit should also go to Imai Asami who also did well in voicing her character, the idol Aya.
The opening and ending themes, together with the cheery background music, matches the light-hearted nature of this Romantic-Comedy-Drama. It makes you feel that you’re not watching a romantic story, a bit good for the ones who experienced traumas or recent heartbreak.
Each character’s background, personality and eventual relationships are quite unique, albeit with a common reaction/virtue. Though, I should say that the first two girls’ stories, or should I say parts, borders within mediocre to good. It ends it with a BANG! on the last part, where I got a couple of tears in my sight. I cannot say if it’s because of the near Jun Maeda writing style or if it’s because of some personal courting experience (it’s more like of an unforgettable memory, maybe?)
Megane Na Kanojo is and would still be one of the very good romantic-comedy-dramas in modern times. It’s safe to recommend it to everyone, for they might understand more the bespectacled rather than stereotype or discriminate them.
Final rating: 73/100
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