First I have to say: Before watching this anime you should have played the game. Without knowing the game you don't get most of the jokes in the anime.
Story: Well ... this anime is like a special for the game. There isn't actually that much of a story that is told. The whole anime seems to be a little homage to all those monsters and strange creatures in the game which isn't really a bad thing.
Art: The Chrono Trigger anime is now 12 years old so the quality of the animation is not really up to date. Nonetheless I rated the Art rather high because
of the great character design of Akira Toriyama which I really like.
Sound: No real Opening song is the first sing I have to say. The BGM sounds a lot like the original BGM of the game. It is ok. but old fashioned midi sound.
Character: Even though the main characters don't really appear in the anime I rated the characters of this anime rather high because of the high recognition value of the characters if you have played the game. The characters are those lovely drawn monsters/creatures in the game and you can see the love of the designers for the game.
Enjoyment: I really really enjoyed this anime because of the earlier mentioned high recognition value of the characters and the setting itself. It is a fine hommage to the anime and I really laughed out loud because of Johnny and the berserking Gonzales robot. Also as I mentioned earlier you can see the love of the game in this anime for example in the drinking contest or the race which were minigames at the beginning of the game.
Overall: I highly recommend this anime if you liked the game. If you didn't play it you shouldn't watch the anime because you don't get the jokes. If you can lay your fingers on this rather old anime you should watch it. If not.... well it was a good anime but not the greatest anime ever produced.
This is actually one of my favorite comedy-based OVA's. There are parts within, such as Gato screaming the same thing over and over, or Johnny's inside humor. If you're looking for the original characters of the SNES video game, you won't find them until the very end. Actually, you will only see the back of their heads. This OVA's characters are completely two different creatures that are traveling through time trying to get anyone to join their club. It may seem a little boring at first, but the second half will really make you laugh with Gato's yelling and running wild.
Try it out, I know
if you at least enjoyed the game, you will understand most of what happens throughout the OVA.
The only good thing of this anime is the music. Is the same music of the game, that's why it has a ten of mine. The rest is like "Ha...haha...haha...NOPE" Gonzalez is the best character and the rest are so derp as Carls @BSTCloud. If you wanna insult him, I will appreciate it. That's all I've gotta say, OST 10, the rest meh.
This is a fun little short meant for those who've played through Chrono Trigger. It stars some minor characters in a spoof/parody comedy. It was really wacky and quite fun!
Don't go into this expecting an epic OVA covering major events from the main game. For those wanting that, should just play the PS1 or DS version of Chrono Trigger, as it contains some beautiful anime cutscenes depicting some of the major plot points in the game. But chances are you already have, if you are reading this.
I personally enjoyed this short OVA a lot! It brings more life to these characters in which only
so much could be accomplished of a 32-bit game.
Nu and Mamo (also known as Kilwala in the US version of the game) were the main characters of this OVA and they were fun while they lasted. Mamo does have a rather annoying voice, but it suits his character and he doesn't overstay his welcome due to the show being so short. The ones that really put a smile on my face were Gonzales (a.k.a Gato in the US) and Johnny! If they ever ended up making more episodes, they'd have to focus on more of the other great characters of Chrono Trigger. But, sadly this was only one episode.
They reference a few other minor things in this short like in the credits when Nu and Mamo were posing in some of the famous locales of the game. So don't just stop watching when the credits roll!
It is really a shame that this wasn't longer or consisted of more episodes featuring more of the Chrono cast. Because this video game is packed with lore, which would be great inside joke material for the fans. This had strong potential to be a well running comedy series based off of a game. But, maybe some fans are happy this was all there was. The budget was probably fairly low due to the mostly simplified character design and somewhat choppy animation. This combined with the loud blunt humor could be taken as a bastardization of the original masterpiece that is Chrono Trigger. When comparing this to other comedy spoofs, this certainly isn't any Carnival Phantasm (not even close), but it does give me a similar vibe. Especially with the racing scene.
Like the Fire Emblem OVA, this had potential to be amazing. But, upon doing some research this wasn't meant to be a big thing. It was just something made by Production I.G for a V-Jump (a Japanese manga and video game magazine) festival. The good time was cut very short, but sweet enough to be worth it to the fans!
TLDR; So definitely give this a watch if:
•You've beaten Chrono Trigger at least once (if you haven't, then the characters and references won't mean anything to you).
•You like cheesy comedy and/or parody anime.
Here it is in glorious 240p: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oRpCjKoPps
I use the following system to calculate the final score:
In each of the five categories (Story, Art, Sound, Character(s), Enjoyment), a score can get 2, 4, 8 or 10. 2 for something I find truly bad, 4 for something that just isn't good enough, 8 for fairly good and 10 for outstanding.
The sum of the score is divided by 5 and the score is rounded to the nearest integer (More than or equal to .5 rounds it up, less than .5 rounds it down).
Very, very simple. Some monsters from Chrono Trigger do some stuff. 'twas rather boring.
The designs are, as anyone who has
played Chrono Trigger would know, great. The animation was so-so and monsters seemed to differ somewhat from what they should look like.
I really don't think the voice actors did a great job. Well, except Gonzales.
Outstanding, due to Gonzales being present. AAH, GONZALES! I'M STRONG!
Finally, hearing Gonzales song being sung. Several times. This is the one thing that truly makes this worth watching.
36 * 0.2 = 7.2, rounded down to 7.
If you've played the game, why not? It's short anyway. No point if you haven't played it, though.