A series of OVA episodes released with the limited edition manga volumes.
Episode 01: What You Gave Me (Anata ga Watashi ni Kureta Mono)
Kokonoe, Usa, and Kagami go shopping for a present for Sensei. Eventually Kokonoe decides to make one and they all end up spending the night at her house. Along the way we learn more about Usa's love for Reiji, Kagami's love for Kokonoe, and Kokonoe's love for Sensei.
Episode 02: Kuro-chan, Shiro-chan (Kuro-chan to Shiro-chan)
Kuro-chan tries to become friends with Shirai-sensei.
Episode 03: A Child's Summer Time (Kodomo no Natsu Jikan)
The girls, Aoki and Houin go into the country to visit Aoki's family.
It's very rare that I see an OVA that's better than the actual series, and of course you have to watch the source show prior.
The characters were all made use of in a really nice way, the story was interesting and at times just plain beautiful. The fan service is a little weird but that's it's charm, and I never felt like the fan service was mindless either. The art and sound are the same as the main show so it's hard to review it entirely.
There are a few more "taboo" scenes and moments and if you like that stuff then give this a watch, you won't regret it
Overall it was a nice experience that left me feeling very pleasant.
Both fortunately and unfortunately, I enjoyed the first two OVA episodes far more than season one as a whole. They really explored the deeper emotions of the more "side-characters".
In episode one, though off to a very dirty start, I loved seeing things from Mimi's point of view rather than Aoki's. I resonate a lot with Mimi as a character, I was also shy as a child, and developed earlier than my classmates, and was teased as a result. I also shared Mimi's hidden wish for approval from adults, and was often envious of my pretty, outgoing friends and classmates. For some reason, I also really enjoyed Mimi's realization that being in love with someone can bring out a side of someone that friends and family cannot, because this was a hard concept for me to grasp even as a teenager. It was a wonderful change up from ecchi and the mourning over Rin's mother.
Episode two was even more enjoyable, I never would've foreseen Kuro following Shirai-sensei around like a puppy dog! I was so delighted that they chose to expose Shirai's background, even if it wasn't as in-depth as I'd hoped. Throughout season one, you can spot glimpses of caring and emotion behind her cold exterior, which made it impossible for me to dislike her. I also enjoyed seeing more of Kuro's struggle with accepting her homosexuality, a pleasant surprise that came with this OVA. In season one, they really trivialize, or perhaps simply normalize Kuro's crush on Rin. I didn't mind of course, but I really wanted some more detail, and the OVA granted that wish.
I began episode three with such high expectation... however the series returned to it's ecchi roots, and went out with a yuri-filled bang.
It was rather painful to watch, I had to take long breaks during the episode because I was so shocked and frankly a little upset. I was ashamed to even be watching it. I would not recommend watching episode 3 of the OVA even if you like Kodomo no Jikan.
All I can do is try to overshadow the ecchi scenes with all of the funny and serious moments that I enjoyed so much. If I can do that, Kodomo no Jikan really isn't so bad. read more