Hasukawa Kazuya is in a terrible bind. His brother's new wife is also the woman that Kazuya secretly loves. Determined to avoid them both, Kazuya leaves home to live in the student dorm called Greenwood. There, he hopes to find peace of mind. Unfortunately for Kazuya, stability and peace are the last things one might find at Greenwood - home of the weirdest characters on campus.
I felt inclined to write this review after reading another user's review. This is not to dismiss their review but to give another perspective. I actually agree with a lot of the points they made.
I fell in love with this show when I was a teenager. It holds a dear place in my heart. So my review is incredibly biased but then again aren't all reviews?
The best thing about Greenwood to me with how fun it was to watch. Even though there are only six episodes I felt they did a great job with theme selection per episode.
Each episode minus 5 and 6 have their own unique story. Because the characters are likable, they work very well regardless of theme or story. I know my review is a bit vague but I don't believe delving into the details matter. This is a comedic, light hearted, slice of life Anime. It's not for everyone but if that's your thing then I would suggest giving it a go.
I really don’t get why all the boys seem to tease Kazuya right away, including telling him that his roommate, Shun Kisaragi, was a girl. It does play a lot into the yaoi feeling of this show. All the characters from his brother to anyone else in the school are really out of control. All of them seems a bit too stereotypical, Kazuya is pathetic, Mitsuru is cruel, Shun to cutesy, and yet, we sympathize with the characters when they tell us their sad stories. The worse characters for that craziness seems to be Mitsuru Ikeda and Shinobu Tezuka. All four of them seem to
have a love hate relationship the whole time. My little fan girl was squealing the whole time for the little hints of Yaoi.
The episodes feel really rushed, making things confusing. It’s like we are reading Kazuya’s journal and he’s not too good at writing it. A lot of the time, they seem to be saying ‘go read the manga’ which of course is something I hate about these animes. I really don’t get the episode that they have a ghost in it. It just seems like a bit of a stretch to do that.
Other then the episodes and the odd characters, one thing it has is pretty much a lot of is understanding of feelings. All the characters have problems with something in their lives. The way they show off these issues helps make them understandable. Sadly, we don’t get the whole story as again, this is only 6 episodes and they skip so much that’s in the manga.
The animation is pretty much on the low side, I think partly because of being vintage and partly because of the low budget. It’s pretty boring animation and nothing really stands out.
The English voices are really off for the women and the men feel a little un-emotional most of the time. I can’t stand Sumire’s voice. It’s really high pitched and annoying. I also don’t understand why she keeps saying Ya as well. Is she supposed to be Chinese or something? There really was no music that stood out to me at all. Normally its way to quiet to get any music or it’s just so standard that there was no change in it.
The show is basically just bland and doesn’t stand out but it is still worth a watch.
As a person who loves and regularly consumes slice-of-life anime, I really enjoyed this, bar maybe the last episode. There's no real 'plot' in this anime; the main character moves into Green Wood, which is filled with characters who pretty much run the show. There are some running jokes about these characters, such as the guy with the motorbike in his room, and then there's some characters who come in for one episode, run the whole thing, then disappear again. It's a typical slice-of-life, so if that's a genre you enjoy, then you'll probably enjoy this.
I found the characters really nice in general, and there
were some great lines in here. Nagisa was super funny at times, although I'm sure some viewers would find her annoying, and Shinobu's bluntness also made for some great comedic moments. The main character is pretty bland in contrast to the characters around him, which is probably half due to him being the straight man of the series, and half due to MC Syndrome. All in all, the characters are pretty good!
The art in the show looks great to me - classic 90s style - and I especially enjoyed the character design. Side characters actually had relatively elaborate design, at least compared to the faceless blurs that are often seen in anime. Overall, I think the show looks great!
However, since the show was released in the early 90s, there are some parts that don't age too well, which may catch some off-guard to begin with, but there's nothing glaringly problematic, so, at least to me, it remains a good watch even now.
This anime is an odd beast, many of these OVAs start out lackluster and then get better as they go along. With this one I felt like it was the other way around, it charmed me from the first episode but then started to fall apart as the show went on.
The art is nice looking and the style is nice, the animation is a bit choppy but ok for an OVA like this, the music and sound is ok, but nothing really stands out.
Where the show really falls apart though is the character development, or lack of it. This anime was obviously made for fans
of the manga and absolutely no one else, and as such they expect you know EVERYTHING about these characters already. This isn't about there being no real overarching story, I know what a slice of life anime is, and I appreciate them. But there are huge gaps, things that should be filled in and it just leaves the viewer confused and frustrated. Over all this anime is a huge disappointment but I feel like an anime based on this manga could work and be wonderful, maybe it will be revisited by more competent hands one day
If you are a fan of the comics I might recommend it, but otherwise I'd say give this a pass. You will just end up confused and frustrated like I was.