Synonyms: Kowarekake no Orgol, Half-Broken Music Box
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 31, 2009
Duration: 28 min. per episode
Rating: G - All AgesL represents licensing company
Score: 7.601 (scored by 7466 users)
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Apr 25, 2011
That being said, Kowarekake no Orgol is a story of an unusual summer, when Keiichiro found a "person" who helped him to get out of the misery life put him trough.
Many compare the storyline to Chobits, while I say it is pretty much nothing like it apart from the most basic settings - on the first note, this is not a love nor ecchi story. It is romantic, but not in a way of love between two people. It is sometimes cliched, but it pulls it off very nicely.
It tells a progress in boys life, when one little girl helps him to put his past aside, accept his present, and head into the better future.
The ending here is as realistic as it can be, considering this is about android little girl - and therefore, beautiful.
A most definite eye-candy. With many colors, beautiful scenery, and living, vivid animation. The character design is also awesome, although Flower may look a bit too much "moe" for some tastes.
I don't know if there is such genre already, but I would describe this kind of music as "J-Pop meets Electronica" for some parts, and the rest is pretty simple, like piano, or music boxes quietly playing in the background. It is slightly generic, but still very nice to hear, as it gets the viewer into the mood of an anime.
The voice acting in my opinion was kind of not on the right track, but still acceptable.
While not too much is said about the characters, we still get to meet them just enough to really get to know their personality. Keiichiro is indeed what he is supposed to be, a loner, while Flower, with her cheerful and somewhat childish, yet still often mature personality is helping him survive the tough time of his life.
It is definitely not a perfect watch, it definitely has its flaws, smaller or bigger, and it could use a better character and story development - but there is just something about it. This anime knows what it wants and how to present it, and if you understand that, and watch it with no high expectations at all, you just might find yourself enjoying it much more that you thought.
Kowarekake no Orgol is an eye-pleasant watch, with sweet characters, calm ambient, and wonderful music. It may not be everybody's cup of tea, as it often comes out as too cliche, or moe. But in my opinion, it is at least a bit more than that. read more
Jul 19, 2010
Well not to spoil this OVA (yes it is a OVA, even though some viewers don't like to watch OVA of anime because sometimes they aren't good enough) but there isn't much to write about.
The storyline I thoroughly enjoyed because it was lighthearted and easygoing. Yet I wish there was more and this did have (notice: did have) potential to be a good anime.
I went into this thinking that the art was going to be bad, because I have seen some OVA where the producers don't even care about this and just threw stuff together. This surprised me it was very good, and even though this is my first time reviewing I've watched many anime already and I always have an opinion. Good job producers on this short work.
OK this department sort of failed for me. The characters do develop but, not just enough for me. Of course I will let the viewer decide.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The ED was great and man if anybody have the song PM me or something. Yes this OVA has surprised me in more ways than one so Good Job. Not only that but this did make me write my first review so awesome.
Yes very good for a OVA. If you are looking for a sort of lighthearted, easygoing, yet has potential for a series, or just watching on a whim then try this. I highly recommend this for it was just a small company that made this so give them credit they did good. read more
Feb 27, 2013
Firstly, I would like to emphasis on the story. The story was beautifully written. It has a heart-rending feeling plus a special relationship between the main character and the female android to enhance the touch given to the viewer. Such elegant story was amazing and could grace anyone who watch it. Therefore, I would believe this story should receive a round of applause.
Secondly, the sound was slightly above the range of decent. I'll be honest here and I did not think the sound did as good as it should do. I know this may be an one episode show but my impression was the producer did not focus too well on this section. It's still acceptable but I think it could be improve.
Thirdly, the character development is one of my favorite. I understand that the development may be little but look again, this is an one episode show. I would believe that if this were a 12 episodes or more show, the development would surely be much more greater. Aside that, the personality and the way how they behave is very entertaining. It's very realistic and I felt I was almost drawn into the show itself.
Finally, I greatly enjoyed this anime. The anime has a pleasant, fun-loving and carefree sense. If you're looking for a short but sweet, sci-fi and touching anime, what are you waiting for? This is one of the few must-watch OVA!
Jun 14, 2011
Most anime OVAs we see nowadays are either full-blown hentai, side stories to other mainstream anime, or just plain dumb ones. They're nothing like the OVAs we had back in the old days (like, oh, I don't know, Legend of the Galactic Heroes!?). But this is a first in this time: a totally original one episode doujin anime OVA featuring a totally original story! I don't know the history of doujin OVAs (or OVAs in general, though I know the first OVA ever was Dallos, made in 1983 though it was a flop), but this one seemed to touch a lot of people. A little OVA called Kowarekake no Orgel (Half-Broken Music Box).
One thing that really surprised me was the animation. This anime was created by a bunch of newbies in a totally independent studio. I have no idea where the heck they got their budget from, but they sure used it well! Every scene is richly detailed and exquisite, even the characters' small movements and small things in the environment, like a water drop falling off of a flower. Seriously, how did a newbie studio get such a good budget for a one episode anime!? Wanna know what's even more crazy? This is a TOTALLY original independent project with absolutely no relation to any other anime, manga, light novel, visual novel, or any other media. EVER. That's what's great about it.
I don't remember much about the soundtrack, but I remember most of the BGMs fit the moods of various scenes nicely. And the characters were very nice too! Keiichiro's just a guy who used to love playing music and his family until he lost the latter and gave up the former, along with his dreams. Flower's a discarded robot who's lost her memory and wants to help Keiichiro. I couldn't help but love the bond that they developed as they spent time together. It really shows what a great influence an innocent person can have on someone's broken life. I know that through experience. I wish some of the side-characters were a bit more developed and had more screen time, but I bet the creators didn't have much budget for more than one episode so I guess it's really not their fault. They serve their purpose well and they serve it to the end. Nothing more, nothing less.
What I love most about it are the morals behind it. This anime is basically about letting go of the past, accepting the present, realizing that life is too short to be wasted, and moving forward. I love stories like that (if they're not bad or produced poorly, of course). Plus it doesn't try to preach to it's audience either. It just simply shows two broken souls trying to mend each other's broken hearts (or in this case, memories and dreams) and living their lives to the fullest, no matter how short it is. I do wish they showed what happened to Flower, but I think the creators want the audience to decide.
All in all, Kowarekake no Orgel is a very sweet, gentle, and pleasant little OVA that will certainly touch the hearts of those who have lost something in life and have trouble moving forward. I certainly love it! Why don't you try it out? I wish it was a bit longer, but that's alright. Nothing in life is perfect. read more
Jan 2, 2011
I suppose Keiichiro called her that because she was holding a sunflower when he found her. Since flower is quite old her memory is tarnished and for her to remember what she does each day, Keiichiro buys her a drawing book so that she can use it as a diary. Her dream is to visit the sea someday. Anyway, some cute pictures of her and him.
Keiichiro, finds an android girl among the trash. His first thoughts were to just leave it as it is but ultimately he gives into his curiosity and takes her with him. Keiichiro takes the android for repair but since it’s an old model, the parts aren’t available any more. However, one day the android wakes up and meets Keiichiro and they become family.
Reminds me of Chobits. Aniime it’s really well made, the style of drawing is what I’m quite fond of.(^0 ^)
Sep 19, 2011
The story is presented in a flashback form of story-telling in the perspective of a female-like android named “Flower” as she narrates all the happy things that happens to her during her stay on Keiichiro’s (the male protagonist) house one summer season. Flower has trouble retaining her memory so Keiichiro bought her a notebook which will be later used by her as a diary so that she will no longer worry about losing what’s important to her. Each day of that summer season is a brand new experience for Flower as Keiichiro integrates her to society; gaining new experience, learning new things, meeting and socializing with other androids and humans.
Not everything is sugary sweet for the two main characters thought. As an android from an older series pass its technical support period and deprived of any replacement parts, Flower is already showing her age and are becoming increasingly inefficient in caring her task as a house-droid which Keiichiro tried his best to remedy and make her useful and functioning. Eventually some hints of Keiichiro’s past will be revealed during their interactions that he cannot seem to move on. Flower, being a helpful android she is tried some very amusing ways to help Keiichiro off his problems. All these are packed on a 30-minute short animation, as a viewer, I wished for more, but it could not be help; still the OVA gave a satisfying and wonderful story with a satisfactory ending.
The animation of the OVA is great. A lot of attention is given to the environment making it very detailed. The color tones are bright and crisp looking, providing some very visually impressive backgrounds. The character designs for the androids are wonderful and very cute looking; all the attention was given to make sure the androids are very good looking in every camera angle, every movement, and every eye and facial expression they make. The same thing cannot be said on the human characters though; they are generic looking with noticeably less detail on their designs. In addition, Keiichiro and also other young male characters have spiky hair styles which I’m not a big fan of.
The OVA has some very nice background music that complements the animation really well, giving the much needed impact intended to provoke emotions from the viewers. Also has an ending theme that is really good to listen having a lyrics that conveys the story nicely. Voice acting is also well done; I particularly like the voice of Asano Masumi as Flower, she handled her character really well. The same thing can also be said to the other characters.
As for the characters, I like how Keiichiro and Flower has enough screen time to have some proper character development despite the relative shortness of the OVA, making them likeable and someone that the viewers can relate on. The minor characters also provided some meaningful conversations that are integral to the story. Despite the small cast, the OVA have some great character interactions going on.
Kowarekake no Orgel provided some great entertainment for me as a viewer who loves stories that focuses on human – android interactions. It has an interesting concept that is executed very well, great animation, characters that are likeable and interactions that are nicely done. The anime as a whole can be recommended not just to viewers who are into sci-fi stories that focus on human – android interactions like me, but also to the general audience who just want a good anime to watch.
Jan 24, 2013
Kowarekake no Orgel actually has very good animation for a doujin anime. I would even say the quality is almost on par with the quality of shows produced by big-name studios. Backgrounds are beautifully drawn and the characters' motions are fluid. The soundtrack is only comprised of a few songs, so it's kind of hard to comment on. However, the music is used really well to elevate the emotional impact of certain scenes.
The story itself is rather simplistic, though I don't think that's a bad thing. The characters are down-to-earth and realistic enough regarding their circumstances. While Flower might look and act like a moeblob, her earnest actions along with her somewhat mature personality makes her endearing enough for you to look past it. The story is told through Flower's diary entries, which helps the viewers establish a more personal connection with the characters. Though I said the story was simplistic, the extremely ambiguous ending still leaves several questions unanswered. Why was Flowers abandoned? Why does Keiichi blame himself for what happened to his family? Does he ever go back to the band?
Ultimately however, I don't think those questions really needed any answers. The story is still very touching and despite the ambiguity, I found the ending to be extremely clever and sweet. If you happen to have some spare time on your hands, I highly recommend you take it upon yourself to watch this anime. Besides, some anime needs more love and this is one of them. read more
Dec 9, 2012