The story takes place in Tokyo Butei High School, a special school where armed detectives—"Butei"—are trained to use weapons. Kinji Tooyama is a second-year-student who has a special ability, but he keeps it a secret to maintain an ordinary, peaceful life; however, when he gets caught in a bombing on the way to school, he encounters H. Aria Kanzaki, the most powerful S-Rank Butei student in Assault Studies.
I dislike Hidan no Aria, not to a large extent, but it was certainly not a crowning achievement.
That was the TV-Series.
This however - This is gold.
Okay admittedly, I only gave this a 9 because of the nature of the story in the series, but that's the context this will be watched in anyway. Considering how mediocre and bland the rest of the franchise at this point is, this OVA is just incredibly surprising.
This starts as an ordinary onsen-episode. The main cast goes off to bathe in a hot spring: Fun will be had, skin will be shown, noses will bleeding. At least that's what
you'd expect, and that is the way it goes for the first few minutes.
However, throughout the first half of the OVA a few small moments are thrown in that just don't fit right. From the camera lingering strangely on empty scenery to pretty blatant foreshadowing as to the nature of what is coming next, we get plenty of hints that this will veer off into strange territory.
Something is wrong with that onsen and guns won't help...
While the art is mostly consistent with what you'd expect of a moe show, the moments that are otherwise foreign to this franchise play quite cleverly with the regular aesthetic of the show. None of this is outstanding, but it serves its purpose well.
The sound is ultimately what sets the right mood for this OVA. While the performances are what you'd expect, it's really the score and the more subtle collage of ambient sounds for the darker scenes that make this such a surprising divergence from the rest of this franchise.
Look at us! We are all descendants of historical figures and we portray their heritage inaccurately. It's so quirky!
There is really not much else to this despite the moe overtones.
Although the girl with the wolf is quite cute...
It gets better by the minute. There is a small cop-out at the end, but it's forgivable. After all, they couldn't pull a complete 180.
If you watched the show and enjoyed it, you will find this to be interesting, but not particularly special.
If you did not watch the show, you might still enjoy this, regardless of whether moe is your thing or not. After all, moe is not really the focus of this OVA.
And if you watched the first TV-series and did not like it:
WATCH THIS! You've earned it.
Edit: I edited this review years later because my English has improved over the years and I was quite ashamed of this review once I rediscovered it.
the OVA episode is about the butei school's students with teacher going on a training. the characters are the same as in anime. we have ecchi scenes too... but there aren't any romantic scenes... let's say there's some horror. but it's like another episode of hidan no aria.
it's about our characters going on hot springs for training, but they end up meeting some horror that at first they thought was training XD and what??? it was all just a ........ watch it and you'll understand.. XP
art & sound 9.
it's the same as in anime, it has great art and sounds
have their own personality even here. they continue with their true selves....
i say: yes it was great. but this OVA episode is just like another episode of anime it should have been a little more exiting and what i didn't like the most was that there wasn't any activation of "hysteria mode".yes i said there was some ecchi things but between girls in onsen XD.
it was good but aas i said a little disappointing. but for them who liked anime "hidan no aria" it's another episode of anime so it's worth watching,, X))
I am writing this because I simply do not believe the other reviews give you any idea of what to expect and are just fans of the show, but lets take a subjective look shall we?
It's bad. I won't say "Holy moly drop this and don't even look back" but it's really pushing what's okay, even for this show. It's an OVA so don't expect development and EXPECT some fan-service with it having an ecchi tag an all, but I am not holding back for this. It is random, you don't get any real idea of what's going on besides the first several minutes which
are fine and what I'd expect, then it drops. Hard.
*From here on, light spoilers*
There is no conclusion, hell it even seems to be a groundhog day thing maybe but guess what? You don't get to find that out. Does anybody properly question what or why at any point EVEN THOUGH they're descendants of detectives and thieves among other things? Nope. It's dumb. Looking at it from the outside you would quickly see that.
Watch this if you're planning on going onto the 2nd season, that's cool, I've done it this way and don't regret it, I just wish it wasn't so...meh.
A solid 4 for overall score and that's it. I just want people to know what they're in for and even as a first review I think this gets it done.