The first episode adapts two bonus chapters from Mizuho Kusanagi's 12th manga volume, titled "On That Back" and "Kija." "On That Back" follows an incident at a hot spring hotel, and "Kija" depicts the past of the Hakuryuu Kija. The second two episodes adapt the rest of the Zeno Arc and were bundled with the 21st and 22nd volumes of the manga.
If you care about this anime, watch the OVA. You wont regret it.
OVA's are normally an excuse to add fun useless filler to a story. This is not one of those cases. The first episode may seem like that, but the second and third are NOT.
The last 2 eps are fairly critical to understanding a specific characters backstory and existence. It is not to be looked over if you are invested in the story. They could/SHOULD have started the second season with those 2 eps.
::SPOILERS BELOW:: (nothing big is given away, just story bullet points)
The first episode is classic OVA - the hot
spring episode. Its cute and fun, but we learn a little into the familial background of the White Dragon. So I would watch it. Other than that its pretty light.
The second and third eps. It beings fairly light and playful and dives into the history of the Yellow Dragon. In the series we get 2 full episodes with him in it. This OVA ep is crucial to understanding more about the original dragons, their relationship with each other and the king, the yellow dragon, and the beginnings of the current political system. They should have used this as the introduction to the second season it would have been brilliant.
Fanservice? People should really read the description well...
The first episode is an animation for a bonus chapter. And if we've ever read/watched a bonus chapter it's only natural to expect there to be fancervice.
Isn't that what a 'bonus' chapter is about anyway? So I don't think it's really fair to rate episode 1 badly solely for this reason. Actually, there isn't as much fanservice as people claim there to be in the first case. Most of the episode actually focusses on more on Ki-ja's past.
And even if you don't like the first episode, the next two have much more of the seriousness from
the original. Somebody else claims that the art isn't as good but I don't pay attention to that as much so I can't tell. But I can GUARANTEE you that the second and third are much better than the first and definitely worth watching! You might aswell consider them to be 2 episodes from the original :p
The ovas portrayed Zeno’s past and origin delivering a message about life , time, bonds, memories and love.
With Zeno’s story the ova series explored more about the legend of the 4 dragons and brought forth to the viewer the image of king Hiryuu and his companions.
The story is told from Zeno’s perspective and it portrays the sufferings and cruelty the 4 dragons gone through along their king Hiryuu to protect the kingdom of Kouka.
From each experience that Zeno goes through he learns more about his power and how short and precious life is. He also learns about how cruel and unforgiven
the passing time is with humans. The ova also portrays aspects from the human drama like illness, death, hunger, through Zeno’s experiences.
The ova puts a strong accent on memories on how precious are those memories for us humans. All is portrayed with the help of a golden necklace that Zeno received from his master Hiryuu. That necklace represents his identity , his bond to his past and his resolve to move on in this cruel world were he was destined by fate to be alone and witness the cruel pass of time.
So basically this OVA for me is mainly for fan service purposes only.
Will not satisfy your craving for the anime.
Though I must say that it sort of opens your heart more with the green dragon and makes you a bit more curious about his back story as well as the yellow's since we all know they had tiny bit of back story compared to the first two dragons.
What I like about this ova is the fact that clearly the whole gag is getting along well, and I just can'twait to see more brotherly interactions of the 4 dragons.
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