Nov 10, 2008
Being the third installment of the Kaleido Star OVAs, you may be surprised that its all done with CG (computer graphics) animation. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical upon going into it, but your doubts will soon vanish once you do.
All characters shown in this OVA (Sora, May, Layla, Ken, Rosetta and Marion) all keep their personalities from the series. There are a total of three skits that take place in it; May cooking, Rosetta showing Ken how perform her Diablo act, and Marion juggling with Sora! Each ark is kept silly yet entertaining............not to mention its cuteness at its best! Some
fans might be disappointed that not all the supporting cast members (such as Fool, Leon, Sarah etc) make an appearance in this title though.
Sound wise? Hey its Kaleido Star, so you know the music is going to be the same charming and catchy beats the show is known for. You even get a cool (and full) opening j-pop theme called "Yakusoku no Bashoe" sung by the entire Kaleido Star cast. Even the ending is great, because along with the closing theme "Sora no Theme," you also get a cool hand-drawn art skit showing what the characters did after their performance skits.
The chibi CG art was an interesting choice for them to go down, but it is pulled off nicely. While the characters can be somewhat stiff compared to their traditional anime counterparts, they are also surprisingly spry! With colorful well detailed graphics, it will definitely appeal to fans and non-fans alike. Still, the colorfulness could be considered a double edged sword, as some fans might find the over all color schemes to be a bit too much for the eyes to take. Me personally though, I found it charming!
Being that its only 1 episode long there really isn't much else to say. If your a fan of Kaleido Star then this OVA should not be missed. If your not? Then you should definitely still check it out, as it will more than likely make you want to get into the series. (which runs 51 episodes long) It makes me wish they would make another season with this style of art and comedy, I think it could bring more people into the franchise.
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