After Sakura Mizukami shows up at the Kazama household to ask for a favor, Kenji Kazama and his sister Noe end up unwillingly participating in a footrace at the local shrine. Intent on winning the prize—spring water that only appears once per year—Sakura recruited the Kazama siblings to guarantee her victory. But when Sakura's clubmates, Chitose Karasuyama and Roka Shibasaki, enter the race as well, the girls' competitive energy is unleashed and the contest immediately develops into an all out battle where no victor is certain. What's more, Noe, fed up with Sakura's constant teasing, has no interest in helping her win, and the battle rages not only on the field, but between the divided team members.
Ok, according to info, this OVA is taken from ninth special-edition volume of its manga, and I just gonna cut to the chase and just present my ratings for this OVA:
Story and art: Mediocre 5.
Because it was still the usual plot where there is no plot and everything rides on the male character, Kazama, so therefore there is nothing more to say on something when it was pretty obvious that it was the usual, same thing with the art since the one who did the illustration of both the manga and parent anime is the same one who did it anyways.
Sound: Poor 3.
Now I may
like the opening theme, but Kazama'z seiyuu, Konishi, Katsuyuki was really too old to do the voice of a 17 year old, in fact one can really tell that Kazama's voice is really done by a 40 year old man, Studio FUNimations should have taken the effort to choose a younger individual to do Kazama's voice. Also, Sakura's voice should have been done by Toyosaki, Aki, co'z, the character's seiyuu Takahashi, Mikako doesn't have that playful tone that would fit the characters personality. Roka's voice is ok, but Chitose's voice isn't , her voice should've have been done by Ueda, Kana, and not by Saito Chiwa.
Character, Enjoyment and Overall: Good 7.
Unlike the parent anime where it involves the guy and the girls' antics, this time the focus was about the guy's sister, Noe and the water girl Sakura, of course the main character Kazama was still there, the threesome has given this OVA a whole new lease at least just for this OVA, which is good, since the threesomes' did provide a much change of enjoyment for this anime, especially when the competition for the guy's affection was with Nao vs Sakura, so overall it was good that we get to see Nao having her shine in this OVA.
So should this OVA be followed up by a season 2, maybe, but, why not?
After watching the 12 episodes, the OVA makes a break from the usual antics of the gang and refocuses the attention on Kazama's sister. This actually makes for a nice change, as we see the characters outside of the school environment getting up to yet more crazy stuff.
I know that some argue that D-frag lacks a clear direction from episode to episode, however I can think of one or two shows where the stories are self contained within each episode. I found this OVA to be a lot of fun and if your a fan of the series, then definitely watch it.
The only criticism I
do have is regarding the voices, sometimes the voice actors sounded a little too mature for the characters they were voicing. But as I'm reading the subtitles and not paying much attention to the voices, it really didn't detract from the episode.
Everyone else has just about said it by now, but yes, the OVA is more fresh than the anime cause of the different change in story direction. And I have to agree it was nice that Sakura was finally brought into the light, since she kind of served as the most minor character in the club and never really had any major development.
Noe is an enjoyable sister character, though she also appeared very rarely in the anime. She was mentioned plenty, but also has the tropes of respecting her brother a lot and being bashful about it.
The most surprising thing about this OVA was the
fast food employee being Takao's mother, though I should have pieced that together earlier and felt kind of silly for not doing so before.
This OVA shines a bit of light on certain characters and makes you realize Sakura is perfectly fitting of being in the club since she's whack in her own way. Of course, they shoehorned in the rest of the club before the OVA began, but the attention was definitely on Sakura and Noe.
Oh, if only Tama appeared in this one. Though despite her absence, I still ranked this higher than the series, so it does a lot more right to me than the original. Maybe cause they visited a different location too, which gave it a sense of freshness.
This is actually quite a bit better than the main series.
Whilst the animation is still pretty poor, the story itself, whilst not great, is a lot better than most of those found in the series, probably helped by having fewer characters and having a linear and progressive story. It also introduces a bit more of what the series lacked badly : Drama
The title and end credit sequences are kept (which is nice), and the ending does allow a new character to be "introduced" if a new series had been commissioned.
Worth watching if you managed to complete the series, but if not, then
there isn't anything worthwhile here.