Ajin OVA is not so important to watch if you're reading the manga, especially if we talk about the second episode..
Episode 1 - Another tragic story about being an Ajin.. Nakamura Shinya has something in common with Nagai Kei, still being interesting.. even if it were something we saw already
Episode 2 - A funny episode with our characters, something simple at first.. but impressive at the end
Episode 3 - Satou's past, huh?.. Some of the things we saw in the manga already.. like the first episode.. it was exaggerated, very.. some people are disappointed of this.. but I liked it, hey guys, COME
ON.. It's Satou-San!!!!.. everything about my bae will be great, doesn't matter if it follows the manga or not.
These OVAs aren't at /all/ necessary save for the last one, but they're a good watch honestly. The animation is still sub-par, but the story-telling and characterization is tighter and stronger thanks to the runtime.
[Story - 7]
3 stories are covered in each OVA: an incident set before the show, a series of comedic vignettes from multiple POV's, and (parts of) Sato's backstory.
I particularly enjoyed the first one, as it had the 'horror' vibe I was told that this show had in spades, yet did not quite deliver on. It felt genuinely more intense and tragic than what happened in the show thanks to the more
typical 'whiny teen' protagonist, which was fine for this one-off.
The second one was really goofy, but honestly? I LOVED it! It's nice to finally see all these (mostly) super-serious characters in comedic scenarios. Izumi and Tosaki's in particular was my favourite, as these are probably the two that are the most 'grounded'.
The third one was my favourite, though. If you somehow read my reviews of the 2 seasons, you'll have seen me complain about how Sato, despite how awesome he can be, lacks backstory. Well, here we finally get some! It's an interesting bit, as we see how his psychology transforms after participating in the capture of the 'first' Ajin, and even some traces of the Sato in the original show. I wish there was a bit more monologuing from him, but I'll take what I can get.
[Art - 4]
Artwork is the same quality as the first season (arguably looks even worse at certain moments). I really have nothing else to add here.
[Sound - 6]
Soundwork was the same as always - the music is lacking in identity but works well, the OP/ED music is stellar, and the SFX + voice-acting is fairly competent. I particularly love the voice-acting in the first one, as the desperation + justified angst of the protagonist truly comes through.
[Character - 7]
Characterization is considerably tighter here, thanks again to the reduced run-time. In the first OVA, it's all believably written and conveyed - there's no 'true' character arc, but you /do/ get invested in these characters for the 20-or-so minutes you watch them.
The second OVA is comedic, so it's just taking what was established in the show and applying it to skits. Nothing really different or new here.
The third OVA was pretty cool though - there are only really /2/ characters we focus on (Sato and a military buddy of his), but they receive enough fleshing out to warrant interest. Even though I LOVED how Sato's evolution was portrayed here, his buddy Kemper was written well and I would actually like to see/read more about him in future installments of the animanga just to see how he would react.
[Enjoyment/Overall - 6]
I don't really have any closing comments to add, as I think the introduction covered it just fine. Same recommendation as for the two seasons: watch if you don't really care about artwork, and just want good plot and characters.
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So i seen there is no review about this OVA so i thinked why not since i enjoyed the series and this OVA series is pretty good.
Ajin....Demi-Humans who are immortals , can die many times and wake up...pretty good concept ?
This time in this OVA you'll see different characters , a different main who gets to know that he is an Ajin , pretty interesting to me.
Let's start...the protagonist has a pretty how to say...mediocre life ? study's and stuff ? party's sometimes ? Well all's gonna change when he chosse to go to a
party instead to study with his friend.
I'll let you see for yourselves to not spoil much. I give it 8.
The art is pretty nice i mean it's the same as the series , and at first i didn't like it but now it catched me , i give it 8.
The sound is very good , that opening rocks. And the situations etc , i give it 8.
About the characters there isn't much since it's only an OVA with 2 episodes , but it's okay for an OVA series,i give it 6.
I enjoyed this very much to see a different main struggling to survive instead of Kei , it was kinda interesting , i give it a 9
Ajin fans will sure enjoy this OVA.
At the time I'm writing this OVA, there's only the first one available, so this will only be about that one.
It's pretty much the same level as the first season of "Ajin". You get the same art, music, atmosphere and all. The characters are mostly different though; Shinya Nakamura's the MC. He has been mentioned in the series frequently, which is no wonder, since he's the very first Ajin to be found in Japan.
And that's what this story's about. 20 minutes aren't able to give him and his pal a great character depth. Actually, it's more like the first episode of "Ajin" with Kei. Seriously,
that could have been the start as well, it's got a similar pace. However, as a OVA, you don't get that much depth.
It is still very interesting to watch, since Shinya probably will be of more relevance in the second season. Also, you get to see a liiiittle bit of Tosaki's past to that time.
Since I doubt anyone'll watch this before watching the series, there's no point in reviewing music, sound and art. It's the same, which means in my case: it's great!