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Japanese: A-Girl [エー・ガール]
English: A-Girl
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 24, 1993
Producers: Shueisha
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genre: RomanceRomance
Themes: MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 31 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.561 (scored by 12331,233 users)
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Ranked: #107512
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Popularity: #8814
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High-school student Mariko and her elder sister Mayu are forced out of their apartment by a fire and move in with their landlord. Mariko meets the landlord's handsome son, Natsume, who is also a model. They fall in love but break up when Mariko discovers that Natsume is seeing other girls. Eventually, they are reunited, and the end credits roll.

A-Girl has no dialog and is performed against a background of Japanese pop songs composed by Okada Tooru and sung in English! by SEIKA. Intertiles provide continuity, like in old silent films.

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Maruyama, Masao
Kousaka, Kitarou
Director, Animation Director, Character Design
Kuramochi, Fusako
Original Creator
Okada, Tooru


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Nov 16, 2017
guigeek (All reviews)
Story 7/10 : I absolutely didn't get a damn thing about the story but I had an overall impression of cuteness and sadness about this love story.

Art 8/10 : Nothing to say considering the age of the anime. Reminded me of Aishite Night mostly because of the chara I guess.

Sound 10/10: The music is a real tear-bringer, seriously.

Character 8/10 : We didn't have much time to get to know the characters but fair enough for a single 25-minute episode. The characters were way to similar but it's a common problem for almost every romance anime from the 90s

But damn, I need an explanation of this read more
Feb 24, 2020
lethargilistic (All reviews)
The main thought I had while watching "A-Girl" is that I bet this is someone's favorite show. It's sort of a Minimum Viable Favorite Anime, which got me thinking about what that means. There is not a whole lot to this. Not to imply that there's not much to silent film, but this is a silent film, so it conveys its narrative through pictures and title cards and the music selection. The relationships it depicts are archetypical enough that you could probably understand even without the cards. The character designs look somewhat similar to each other, enough so that it can take a second to read more
May 6, 2020
Thedude3445 (All reviews)
I don't know what's up with the very low review score for this OVA on MyAnimeList, but rest assured, A-Girl is one of those hidden gems that makes sifting through all the garbage of late-eighties-early-nineties anime OVAs worth it. It's genuinely something special.

I didn't expect this to be a weird experimental silent film, and I also didn't expect this to be legitimately pretty moving and sweet. The animation is so good, too, which baffles me for how obscure it is. I love it when we get really nice coming-of-age stories for women out of nowhere. Plus, thanks to being a silent film, there's a ton read more
Feb 6, 2022
BigSnood (All reviews)
This anime isn't for everyone and was probably not intended for the masses. It is a piece of high art.

Story: The story is fine and relatable if you are familiar with anime tropes of the time and can follow the storyline. This anime is dense and doesn't tell you anything. It wants you to perceive the storyline rather than give it to you.

Art: I'm watching a VHS rip on a 40" 4K monitor. Of course it doesn't compare to anything modern. It is on par with many things of the same time period and better than read more

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