Jun 27, 2020
Quick take: If you liked the series and the movie, skip this as you'll be disappointed. It's a waste of time and the only thing that saves it is good art and sound.
I could break this up and talk about each individual aspect, but I honestly didn't like this OVA enough to care. The only thing that saves this score is the sound. Acting is very good (English dub) and even better than many, car sounds are good and well done. The acting only suffers sue to the poor scrip writing and change of the two main characters when compared to the original series.
story is bland and that's because it dumped the charm of the original series and movies by changing the main characters to Nina and Rei. Quite honestly, this would have served as a filler in a full fledged show and not even a good one at that.
I know both Nina and Rei are supposed to be quite a bit younger than they are in the series, but neither acts like was previously established or in any way consistent with how they would become.
I actually wished that this show would end at one point. Looking back, had you replaced Nina and Rei with the original crew, it might have been quite salvageable. Had you given me a reason to care about Nina or Rei, maybe I could feel different about the story. However since none of that ever was achieved, we're left with a stand alone OVA that had no bearing on the original series and is better off skipped.
Reviewer’s Rating: 5
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