I believed the idea for the DRAMAtical Murder anime was not really to give an accurate adaptation to the source material, but rather to try and milk a successful game series by putting a SFW-not-really-gay version of it on TV. With that said, I'm really confused as to why this OVA exists the way it does.
The story of the OVA adapts all of the bad ends from the first game (mixed with some elements of the second game). The TV anime took every route from the games and mashed them together in a rushed, impersonal, poorly pieced together story, and the same can pretty much
be said for this OVA, but this time they actually kept in the horror and gay porn?
Like, if you're going to cut out a lot of what the fans of the game like for the anime, fine. I can understand wanting to try and attract a new audience. But then after doing that they make this OVA, which is obviously something made for fans of the games. I usually see OVAs as being something like "You liked the anime, so if you want even more here's a little bonus for you!" but this OVA brings back exactly what they cut out of the anime when they tried to draw in a new audience, so do they think that the new audience really wants this? Was it really made just to try and milk the fans of the games?? I really don't understand..
It may sound like I have nothing good to say about this OVA, but I actually thought it was interesting, the way they pulled off showing all of the bad ends together in a way that made sense in terms of what they did with the anime. But while it was interesting, it wasn't exactly well done.
The animation was poor. There was limited movement in general, and whenever a character did move a lot, it looked a awkward and unnatural. The art itself was fine for the most part, but when it came to actual animation, it was a bit hard to watch. This was all made worse by the fact there were sex scenes happening. Everything looked jerky and weird, it wasn't good.
There were also a lot of times when the mouth movements didn't match up well with words and sounds, again, made worse and more obvious by the fact there were sex scenes.
After ragging on it that bad, it's worth saying that I did actually enjoy it, but I am entirely biased as I was a big fan of how the bad ends were done in the game. Even if this OVA was objectively a mess, there are still bits that take after the game pretty well and it made me happy to see them.
Should you watch this?
If you really enjoyed the bad ends from the games and REALLY want to see your favs animated (cough Shiroba cough) then sure, but don't go into it expecting it to be as great as you remember.
If you liked the TV anime and like yaoi, then sure, but again, don't expect it to be anything great.
If you just generally like horror and yaoi mixed together, sure, that's pretty much all this is.
If any of those don't apply to you, then don't waste your time, you more than likely won't enjoy this at all.
I haven't seen the anime this OVA is coming after, but if you have played the game and you want to see animations of the bad endings, this is the place to come to. If you like horror and yaoi mixed together, come here.
If you watched the anime hoping for it to be BL like the game, but you were sorely disappointed and wondering where all the L went, it's here, so come here.
If you like yaoi come here, unless you hate blood (then don't come).
THIS OVA INCLUDES GAY SEX, RAPE, NUDITY AND BLOOD - if want to avoid those, don't watch it. The anime doesn't have these, so you can just watch the anime without watching the OVA.
This OVA shows what would happen to Aoba if things had gone wrong on episode 11 of the anime. It has good quality animation because it came on DVD and there isn't much of a plot to insert here. The voice acting is really good on it and it's a great adaptation of the bad ends. Excluding how short each part was (but I understand why it is like that), I have
So, nothing I wrote on the first sentence bothers you - go watch it.
I have no idea why would anyone spend their working time to make this OVA and why it exists.
it consists of a more or less passable exposition on "why we want to show you the bad endings", then it goes back to those bottled character-centered episodes from the anime. If you don't like any of the characters, then there is absolutely no reason for you to watch their segment of this OVA as it doesn't even try to open them up from a new angle. More than that, it is pretty irritating to watch.
Thing is, violence is great for certain stories, when there's a
need for it. In this OVA there is absolutely no need to show what is shown, there is literally no attempt to justify what is happening other than to satisfy the viewer's lust. It's not even fan-service, it's simply the lack of taste. It's okay to make a nude shot or to show something to please fans, but only if it doesn't have any impact on the story and if it's very brief. And this OVA basically centers around the idea of showing off BDSM stuff, that's why it's simply not engaging.
I thought it was fine. A bit jerky, I guess (no pun intended, Koujaku), but I didn't have any issues with it. Board game scene was nicely done, tough.
Much better usage of music than in most of the episodes of the actual anime.
As I said, the OVA is segmented to exposition and character-centered parts.
First is Koujaku. He is treated like a dog and he seems to like it. I don't really understand why and what's the purpose of this scene. Koujaku didn't seem to have any issues with his life, so what's the point of making a "bad ending" for him? And where did they even take this dog-like treatment? Ah, a mess.
Noiz. This one, at least, made some sense and wasn't sucked out of the finger (no pun intended once again, Koujaku). Aoba tells its okay to stay alone and not only does Noiz is not recovering from his wounds, he is making Aoba the same. I get what they were trying to say with this: it's not okay to accept anti-social behavior, but truly, this segment only shows (once again) that the writers are not capable of understanding other people, thus making a proper analysis or more than that, giving an advice on how to live. They exaggerate Noiz's behavior and make it look like the only way to get a happy life is to be social. This is simply wrong and ignorant, because not every mind is the same. For certain people being alone is a much better option. It's not good to be completely anti-social, but it's simply foolish to make everyone identically the same on social level. As I said, every mind is different. These writers don't seem to understand this.
Clear. This one is more like Koujaku because it's simply out of place. Clear never wanted to turn Aoba into his doll, he had a thing for calling him a "master" and being more of a servant, which is fine since he isn't human. So, where did Clear take this desire to make Aoba into a doll? I have no idea.
Then goes Mink and, of course, Ren (aimed at animal fetishers, probably). I simply skipped these because they are the weakest characters in the anime and I didn't want to waste my time.
Rough scenes and violence should never be fun. At certain moments, the writers try to make this OVA into a lesson of life, however they don't have enough knowledge, enough understanding of how human mind works and, so the results are, obviously, laughable. Including scenes of gore and almost rape sex just for the sake of it is simply wrong. What's even more wrong is to watch it and enjoy. We, as humans, must control our lust. Civilization, evolution, self-control - that's what made us human, that's what allowed us to reach space and conquer this planet.
I'm not against violence, sex scenes or rape. I'm all hands up, but it has to be: a) good for the story; b) justified; c) carefully crafted. This OVA is simply a pack of a few little stories that are centered around the idea of having 20 minutes of rough scenes to satisfy someone's lust. The results are horrible.
I give it a 2 and some part of me thinks it's too much. Those two points go for the music as it was used better than in most episodes of the original anime.