Trial is examination in a law court before a judge (and jury) to decide if somebody is guilty or innocent. But, what if your judge is a cute and moe-like person?
Kyoukai no Kanata: Idol Saiban! Mayoi Nagara mo Kimi wo Sabaku Tami is an original net animation based on the Kyoukai no Kanata series and streamed via YouTube on the official anime website.
Each episodes duration approx. 8 minutes and 3 episodes. 8 x 3=24 minutes. Same length as a regular episode of an anime so, what makes this ONA worth watching? or maybe not worth at all?
The story itself is a bonus shorts
of Kyoukai no Kanata that will included in 7th Blu-Ray/DVD. Some character of the series will somehow finds himself in a courtroom then, Ai Shindo, Mirai Kuriyama, Mitsuki Nase and Sakura Inami will decide if the defendant is found guilty or not. There is no action, no character development, But there is Idol and music of course. Everyone always think that idol is something that will be a lot of music. Yes, that's not wrong but these shorts are focusing comedy more than music.
The artwork itself is mediocre, the girls design changed from normal character to super deformed versions that's quite disturbing for the fans or maybe become fan-service for the moe lovers. When they started to perform, the artwork become CGI that's really blend well with the normal 2D animation.
The music "Judgment Ja!" performed by Ai Shindo, Mirai Kuriyama, Mitsuki Nase and Sakura Inami in every episode of the ONA even repetitive, the music isn't annoying at all. The ending theme, "Pobi no Kaeri Michi" by VA. of Ai Shindo, Yuri Yamaoka is rather relaxing and really good to hear.
For a shorts series, it's really understandable that there is not much character development or even not at all. We're all know that the character are already developed in the main series but these shorts much better if there are some random trivia from the character like "he likes doll secretly" or "she is actually pervert".
Enjoyment? oh yes the question is always "you like it or not?" well, I can't say that I like the shorts or not but personally, these shorts are quite interesting, funny, and memorable. I'm really recommend it to someone who watch the original Kyoukai no Kanata and for the new viewers, it's better to watch the main series first so you can understand the story well.
I found Kyoukai no Kanata: Idol Saiban! Mayoi Nagara mo Kimi wo Sabaku Tami (long name -right?) a very refreshing ONA (or is it OVA? Don't know the difference). It didn't add much to the plot line, and it didn't really add to character development either, but I still found it a joy to watch. It does give the some characters, particularly Ai, more screen time, and it makes up for the not-so-great jokes in the original show.
Unfortunately, the episodes did get worse and worse. The first was the best, the second one not so great, the third... well, in one abbreviation: WTF?!
art was quite nice, especially when the female characters are doing the dance, it feels almost 3D.
Overall, while it doesn't contribute much to the original anime, it was still fun to watch with some cute moments as well as weird moments.