I'm writing this as somebody who has read the novels and understands the entirety of the series plot.
Visually Departures is the best the series has ever looked. There were some cool nods to LN fans with some of the characters casual clothes from SWEET! getting animated. The service scenes were never going to be on the same level as the novel, because that would have certainly pushed it into R18 territory, but the anime original scenes were a let down, because they lacked the variety and intensity of the novels.
I think Departures did a better job of setting up the Nonaka's getting summoned back
to the Village, but the rest of the anime original content was kinda filler nonsense. They would have been better off just doing a straight adaptation of chapters 2 and 3 from volume 8.
There's some really good world building that happens in chapter 3 of volume 8 that makes most of the events in the series make much more sense, and it's a shame they didn't adapt those scenes.
The onsen trip with Chisato was adapted badly and they were real ambiguous about an important event that happens during that trip which has lasting consequences on the rest of the novels.
Basara's anime original fight against Lars was well done. This was probably the best animated fight of the series and it gives me hope that they'll be able to do justice to the fights from volume 9 onward if a S3 is green lighted.
My favorite part of the OVA came during the credits. As an LN reader, I got to see a character animated that I never thought would have ever been animated. So that was a treat for me. Overall Departures is a decent watch that sets the stage for the best arc in the series. I recommend picking up the novels though if you want the most authentic version of the story.
Does not live up to the hype that was built through months of promotional material promising an animation so lewd that genital organs would spontaneously explode out of sheer excitement and joy. Instead we got a lukewarm Chisato/Basara onsen scene that fails to capture the raw sexual emotion of the light novel. There's a scene where Basara and Mio are making out in a cave under a waterfall which is...cool? It's nothing we haven't seen before dozens of times already. This OVA was supposed to introduce something new to the animated franchise, instead it felt like a rehash of established material that was done better
elsewhere in the series already. Perhaps most damning is the inconsistent character designs and restrictive animation that loops the same action over and over again. This shouldn't happen for a well planned OVA that doesn't have the constraints of seasonal TV series.
There seems to be a crowd that cares about the battle narrative of Shinmai Maou no Testament. In that case, maybe you'll enjoy the well animated action sequences. I do not so I did not. This franchise is only relevant for it's fanservice, and the fanservice of this OVA was a massive letdown.
Fan Service is a ova off 1 h about that shame because the 1 and 2 season are a lot better because they put the story and the fan Service balance but this ova not the case maybe was just to test the wathers for a 3 season because the novel os ending soon with volume 12 that os a afther story so lest ser what os going on they cut a lot of material BTW the Sensei pack was rush and yes ist almost a hentai só is up to u
And is mall só mean about reviews they contato need to that long