An OVA depicting the early events of the Glass no Kamen series.
Kitajima Maya is a young girl from a poor background with no talents of use to school or her widowed mother. However, she is obsessed with movies, theatrical plays and TV dramas-to the point of remembering every line from a movie she's seen once, and dramatically acting out the stories, including every character, for anyone who will listen. One day, she encounters an old woman with a scarred face who claims that Maya is the girl she's been looking for-for the old woman has spent years protecting the rights to a 'legendary' play.
This is not so much a sequel as an OVA covering the very beginning of the story of Glass Mask. It begins with Maya, the girl who is not good at anything... aside from her fascination with all that is movies and dramas. Even her own mother believes her a useless girl. If a tv is on, she won't hear a word you say, if you send her out to deliver Ramen she may come back hours later, she can't remember a single formula for school... but she can recite any play she's watched once by heart. As a habit, she acts out her favorite
dramas in the park to some kids where she is spotted by an mysterious old woman. You will see Maya's growing devotion as she finds the one thing she may be good at and the trials as she first establishes this dream.
This series of Glass Mask is good for two instances. One: A taste to see if this is a series you would like to watch in full or to have someone else watch to get them hooked. Or if you're already hooked on Glass Mask and simply want more and a different perspective on the beginning.
The Girl of a Thousand Masks follows closer to the original manga in story as well as character design. I find it a treat to watch merely because it captures the original character designs with quality animation (unlike the old and flat looking first anime series). As much as I enjoy the 2005 anime, it's nice to see this.
You can read a more thorough review on Glass Mask, 2005 version.
Well, obviously it's kinda different from 80's version.
I like that this one has more small details in plot and they make more realistic and intense atmosphere in comparison with "childish" original TV. Although on the other side there are many missed scenes that I like in 80's.
Sometimes I felt like watching moving manga frames and it doesn't mean well (some scences look good only on paper, you know).
One of the worst thing here is The-Purple-Roses-Man line. I don't like how many times Masumi acts like in horrible romance drama. No, I like this line in orginal anime because it was not in
the forefront. But there seems like Mary Sue :/
However, lovely OP/ED, great seiyuus (very interesting to listen to Ogata Megumi as Maya! And Toda Keiko who was Rei in TV version became Chigusa in OVA!) and also fine characters design (Ayumi is so different here) together with animation form another version of the all-time golden classic that I absolutely recommend not only for GnK fans, but for all anime lovers.