Carol is the tale of a teenage girl whose life seems normal enough until she notices music disappearing from all around her, such as the sound of Big Ben, her father`s cello-playing, and the concert of her favorite band, Gaball Screen. After hearing some mysterious voices, Carol is transported to a fantastic world where she must fight against the evil monsters who are stealing the music from Earth. She meets and is assisted by three dashing heroes: Clark, Tico, and Flash.
The music of the world is starting to disappear, even the sounds of the Big Ben are not heard anymore. We start this OVA with a girl named Carol, your decent teenager and pretty much average like anyone else at her age. Her father is a famous classical music composer and he's having problems doing music at the time. Sometimes she hears a voice calling her name but she doesn't know what it is until she is suddenly transported to another world. It happens that some guys there wanted her help to rescue a friend of theirs that was captive at the foes lair and
then to destroy the huge beast that was consuming all the music in the world and would eventually consume all the sounds of th4e universe.
The premise wasn't that bad, yes, reading the stuff above, makes the imagination travel and think that it may turn into something interesting eventually. There's two ways from here, or we'll have a great oldie watching session with a overall good production or we'll have a old anime crap time. It could have turned out into something memorable or something forgettable, unfortunately it was for the later case. The animation was not the best, could easily been made in '85 without any effort, but there were some major flaws in this title that went beyond the animation field and that pushed it to the land of obscurity. The story had major holes that could have been easily fixed if it had a proper care. Questions like, "Why did they do this?" "Why did they do that" in certain scenes keeps popping out, " why did they show this here?", etc...
The story wraps in a bad way and leaves stuff unexplained and there even were some parts that even though it had it's sort of explanation, you just couldn't understand.
The end of the story reserves no surprise and it is a ultra forced happy ending.
As you can see, this is an OVA of 59 min, it's hard to make a character growth in due time, but they tried to do it here, they failed horribly, so the characters came out being pretty weak, especially the lead role, Carol.
All in all, it was an entertaining watch for the laughs and the WTF moments that weren't' suppose to be WTF moments, especially the "cool sunglasses elf", must be seen to be believed.
It deserves well the honour of "so bad it's good" title.
When I read the brief description of the story, I was sure this was probably some kid's story with a morality lesson or something. As in, something for six year olds. It's a the type of plot you might expect from super magical girl show (a la PreCure) or something.
But nope, turns out it's more of a shoujo story aimed at young teen girls (I think the protagonist is fifteen). And the story is played out seriously, at that. Once you strip away the seemingly childish elements from the story description, it does boil down
to a pretty standard shoujo story type. Just like, say, Harukanaru or Twelve Kingdoms or Fushigi Yugi.
And that is, ordinary teenage girl from the modern day ends up travelling to a fantasy world, gets surrounded by a bevy of pretty-boys who help her along the way, and she has some special position or power that could SAVE THE WORLD!
Eh, it's not a terrible story, but it's well-trodden territory, which has been done with much more panache by other anime, than this 60-minute story. And setting aside the story, the artwork is...okay...and the animation is...almost okay. Just give this one a pass, there's other anime out there that does this story better.