I don't usually make reviews, in fact, this is my first one ever. I decided to review this OVA in particular because of one reason, it was a very simple yet enjoyable episode.
Inter-Highs aren't far away, and in order to participate on the starting lineup a certain halfwit , Kagami, has to face tough study session with Riko and the rest of the gang in order to pass the upcoming profiency test. In a matter of days, everyone tries their best to drill as much knowledge into Kagami's head.
Kagami has to overcome this "difficult" challenge in order to have a chance of defeating the
Generation Of Miracles and winning the Inter-High. Kagami's not only striving towards his goals but also feeling unable to let down his teammates as well. He ungracefully accepts the challenge. Meanwhile, Kise is in the same position as Kagami but unfortunately has no one by his side to help him out.
The story was very simplistic, sometimes unpredictable, yet enjoyable. There were alot of gags and the art & sound was almost identical to the TV version. It had a really good pacing and certain parts of the episode had me chuckling. It was an episode full of gags and excitement with the purpose of letting you get to know the main characters better.
This is not even about the basketball. Of course here are your typical shonen overcoming for the sake of being stronger (or smarter) than before. But overall it's a poor comedy that intends to set you laughing but instead you may find yourself glancing at the clock, or at the gun on the wall. Or what you usually look at in the moments like this. Yes, you need to laugh now, at the very least, it's the only chance to laugh due to this product.
So, this OVA is situated in between Seirin's games with Shutoku and Touou. It takes place just before the championship league during Inter-High, and it deals with Kagami cramming for a test so he'll be eligible to play in the championships. You'll also see a bit of Midorima and Kise talking about these tests as well.
I don't really recommend you watch this episode before Seirin plays Touou in the championships simply because they do show Murasakibara and Akashi in this episode, and I feel like it takes value away from their reveals in the second season.
This was funny little episode as you get to
see the members of Seirin spend a lot of time with Kagami in an attempt to raise his scores. It wasn't anything too special, and obviously, it didn't really advance the plot, but it wasn't really out of place either. It didn't seem like an extra episode, in other words. Kagami and the rest of the team were still stressing about the championships, so it wasn't as though this episode ignored the rest of the plot because it's an OVA.
I don't know, I rated this a 10 simply because I love these characters, so if you do, too, then watch this OVA.