Hibino Tsubaki is a shy, kind, and slightly old-fashioned girl who has always been the top student in her class. She always did everything her parents wanted her to do. She loved to do other girls' hair in trendy and cute styles, despite always wearing plain braids herself.
On her first day of high school at the opening ceremony, she is astonished to see that the top student giving the opening speech is not only somebody else, but also the rudest boy she has ever seen. This delinquent turns out to be her new classmate, Kyouta Tsubaki. Kyouta teases Hibino, drawing attention to their similar last names. The two are both top of their class, but are different in every other way. Even though it seems that they cannot stand each other, fate has something else in store for them…
I see a lot of people raging about this series on the forums and the review section, so I'm here to give you my two cents.
Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu is a difficult OVA to recommend. For newcomers who have never read the manga will find the first episode (and probably the rest of the OVA) to be confusing. Why, you ask? Because the first episode starts at the first major climax of the manga. Which I believe in the manga starts at chapter 15, so all anime viewers would be missing 14 chapters of background content of the first episode. If you do want to watch the OVA be prepared to be completely mind blanked at some scenes.
But this is the true nature of the OVA of Kyou, Koi. The OVA is suppose to cater to the manga readers and draw the anime watchers to read the manga. Which effectively worked for me again. (Since I dropped the manga and plan on reading it again for the second episode of the OVA.) How do I know this? Because the OVA was bundled with the ninth volume of the manga in Japan. So it was not set to sell to the mainstream audience, but only to the manga followers who continue to read and support the manga.
J.C. Staff is at the helm of animating Kyou, Koi. (J.C. Staff is also animating another shoujo alongside Kyou, Koi called Kaichou wa Maid-sama. But Kaichou wa Maid-sama gets a whole TV series to go through the manga.) The art is decent and stays true to the manga, which was a good thing. Obviously, J.C. Staff did not plan on having a big budget to animate this OVA, because it was just going to be an extra bundle to a manga volume. But I was surprised at the background art, which were drawn very well considering the small budget they had to use.
Soundtrack and voice acting wise, I thought were pretty good. Lots of piano/orchestra music fitting the shoujo setting of the anime. And Itou Kanae voices the main female lead in the OVA. Who is also know for doing Himamori Amu in Shugo Chara. Coming right from another shoujo is Namikawa Daisuke, who is fresh off the shoujo scene from voicing Kazehaya from Kimi ni Todoke. He voices the main male lead, but instead of playing a cheerful character like in Kimi ni Todoke, voices a rough serious character instead in Kyou, Koi.
Overall, I did enjoy this OVA, since it was literally a copy and paste of the manga. Except with added color, voice acting, animations, and background music. But again what makes this OVA so hard to recommend is because it was specifically made for the manga readers and will be a total loss for the anime only watchers. So here's to me hoping that J.C. Staff will do a full adaptation of the manga if they find out the OVA did well. But I'm not keeping my fingers crossed, since it seems to be such a small chance.
*Second episode of the OVA comes out bundled with the tenth volume of the manga, so expect that to not follow the time line of the first episode of the OVA.read more
Well, I just watched the first OVA and I gotta say I was never so disappointed in an animation before ! Seriously what was that O___o ?
The OVA started and the first 2 minutes they skip like 10 chapters with important plot and then put the scene with the star projector ... urgh
Very disappointing to me =3=
The VA weren't that great to me either ... Hibino has the same as Amu from SC so I couldn't take her serious because she reminded me of a 12 year old girl, sorry
The only thing I liked about it was the chara design. It was very similiar to the manga and the animation quality was also enjoyable.
Though I can't really speak of animation here ... half of the OVA were just pretty pics, some eye blinks etc. ... it lacked the thing that keeps the viewers on the screen.
So to sum this up, for me the OVA was a total fail. The manga is really enjoyable so I had maybe too high hopes in this but still, it put me in a bad mood after watching it, which shouldn't be the result of watching anime ... at least for me *sigh*
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I've just watched the OVA and I have to agree with Toffeequeen. It was very disappointing to me....... Because the manga is very enjoyable, It's one of my favorites actually and what I saw today was a... total crap. I had some good expectations but...
First of all they show some brief moments on how the main chars met, then they cut almost everything and you can't even understand what is going on and why... If you haven't read the manga you will be very confused. For me it was useless for this OVA to be created... maybe if they had made 24-26 eps. and take it slowly, the story would have been very interesting.
The one thing that I liked was the character design, it was very similar with the manga and that's about it. I've watched it because like I said, I enjoy reading the manga and cuz I like the seiyu of the male character... he has a great voice! :P
So I leave it to you guys to make ur choice whether to watch it or not.... but I don't think you will be happy after that.read more
Usually I don't write reviews after the first episode, but this is an OVA, and its review was needed.
I began reading the manga awhile ago. A friend had recommended it, so I was trying to push my way through it, even though I thought it was cliche' and boring. When I heard the manga was being adapted, I put aside the manga and said I'd watch the anime. I'm really sorry that I bothered.
Story- 6. I couldn't even tell what the story was at first. It started with a boy on stage, skipped to the main girl cutting his hair, then skipped to her being madly in love with him and trying to make him smile. I guess in general, I got the drift of what was happening, but it wasn't anything special.
Art-6. It was decent, but at a really special moment, they stop the frame like a picture, making it seem like they just took the manga pages and threw them on to a television screen. This sometimes happens in other animes, but in this one it happened more than once, so it got annoying.
Sound-5. At first, everything sounded okay. The main girl leads voice sounded fine when she was talking and her face wasn't on the screen. Then, her face appeared while she was talking and I thought, "That voice belongs to that face?" It just didn't match. Music was simple, and ending theme was a dumb song thrown in with a bunch of manga pictures.
Character-4. Girls who are in love with the guy first get on my nerves. I don't know what it is about them, but it annoys me. Main guy was on his period? He had such a change of personality every other minute. He went from "I'm gonna take all your first times!" to "Leave me alone. You don't get me." to "You get me so well. This is my confession." to "You're my girlfriend! I'm allowed to rape you!" There was also another girl character, but it didn't even say who she was and what role she played! Was she the main girls bestfriend? Friend? Sister? I don't know..
Enjoyment-4. As I've been saying this whole time, nothing special happened. I was bored, and I kept flinching from the amount of cliche crying.
Overall, a 5. It was okay. It had to have some good qualitys if I stuck through the whole thing.
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