A-Girl

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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

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Score: 5.581 (scored by 19431,943 users)
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Ranked: #113402
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Popularity: #9046
Members: 4,285
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Synopsis

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.

(Source: Orphan Fansubs)

Characters & Voice Actors

Mariko

Main

Natsume

Main

Mayu

Supporting

Staff

Maruyama, Masao
Producer
Kousaka, Kitarou
Director, Animation Director, Character Design
Satou, Yuuzou
Key Animation
Okada, Tooru
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Ending Theme

"THE MAGIC OF YOUR SIGHT: Hitomi no Magic (THE MAGIC OF YOUR SIGHT 瞳のマジック)" by SEIKA




Reviews

Feb 24, 2020
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 ...
Aug 16, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Going into this anime, I expected your usual high school shoujo romance. I was completely wrong and immediately got hit with an experimental silent film. Like, legit. No dialogue, 0 voice acting, and title cards.

I almost gave up on this 6 minutes in due to a negative review, however, I pushed through and realized how charming it is. I wasn't exactly invested in it like I would be in a usual anime... if anything I was invested as if I was watching a music video with a good story. Which it actually could be categorized as. It reminds me of VIDEOCLUB's Amour Plastique.

Not everyone's ...
Oct 22, 2022
This was just meant to be a quick OVA to throw on in the background, as I knew it was supposed to eschew dialogue—not quite. A-Girl utilizes title cards in the same way a silent film would, but it has much quicker pacing and often a more natural usage of the device—especially used to great effect during the walking sequence without cuts, where the characters have text near their heads.

If silent films tended to use the device so quickly and naturally, they would have aged better. The direction is solid and some of the chosen imagery and editing borders on the experimental—or perhaps you ...

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