It's a quick time jump to the 26th century where a school trip to a rebuilt 21st century city turns into a wild adventure for teenaged Shinichi. While chasing a talking deer that steals his bag, he runs into a strange girl trying to elude even stranger pursuers, and then things get really wild. It's a mad dash through a city of the past as two young people discover a chance at a new future.
This is a quick fix if you want to see a small romance story. But it's fairly accomplished.
What you'd expect from a 25 minute story. There's barely any time to create a setting.
You see a boy on a school trip, and that's your lead male. You see a girl of questionable origins and that's your lead female. And of course, a way (no matter how randomly made) for them to meet.
It's probably the most unusual thing about this show. Every single thing (except for some backgrounds and details) is animated with 3D models. Every character (which is kind of cheating the animation process IMO).
in some strange facial expressions (mouth especially). And a few weird movements, but only for those with seriously honed observation skills.
The sound was perfectly fit. As for soundtrack. It's just there.
Nothing special. It's a boy meets girl while girl meets world thing. Frequent anime viewers won't see anything new.
It felt better than when described by my words above. If you like romance and don't need much of a reason to see one happen, you won't feel these 25 mins were for naught.
I rate it 7 for the quick fix of romance I occasionally need. Now I can get back to the serious stuff.
This reminds me of going to giant Buddhist temples when I was travelling Sri Lanka and took those memories and added robots, cute girls and thugs. Super cool!
I probably enjoyed this more than most would as I've long been interested in science fiction looks at religion. So this light sci-fi OAV short with a reincarnated temple priestess and giant Buddha (daibutsu) robots scratched a rare itch for me.
There's nothing particularly deep here, it's just an innocent and pleasant romance with pretty cool art and animation. It's really the depiction of future Buddhism (which looks a lot like current Buddhism, which makes sense given that it
has been around for a long time) that makes me love it. If that seems neat to you, you probably enjoy, otherwise there's other stuff that might be better worth your time.
Have you ever wondered, what could possibly go wrong when you have a virgin 2D waifu chasing teenage male main character getting his dream of meeting his 2D waifu in 3D?
No? Well after watching this gorgeous Anime you will though.
This review of "Koi Sento" probably will contain one or two (probably major) spoilers, so be aware of that and do not read before watching it (or read it and don't watch the Anime and save 25 minutes of your time and better watch something better - your choice though).
This Anime short movie - OVA to be exact - begins with our main character, Shinichi, being
on a school trip to a fancy 26th century town dreaming to meet his waifu alongside his, assumably, best friend, while they wait to finally arrive in that town.
Next thing that happens is Shinchi getting his bag stolen by a white deer. Shinchi of course holds on to his bag and gets dragged alongside his bag on the back of the deer through the town.
While handling jumping over distances more than 200 meters and jumping easily more than 50 meters high, the white deer can also talk.
During this 'trip' -or however you want to call that- the deer, with Shinchi on his back, saves our female lead, 'Toto' as Shinchi loves to call her later on after getting to know her name.
It appears that the girl, Toto, was fleeing from our vilain, Shachou, and her two sons. During the OVA we get to know that she was also the one to create her, as 'Toto' is humanoid/cyborg kind of being (kind of similar to the Ghost in the Shell thing and theory, though it won't be explained throughout the whole OVA, so we can only assume and put the pieces we see together). What can be proof of this, is the fact that 'Toto' can change her appearance, both her hair and her cloths, with her special power, with which she also can 'awaken' the huge Buddha statue in the shrine the two of them are fleeing to after the white deer saved 'Toto'.
The two of them then start talking to each other and getting seemingly 'closer' to each other.
Then our villain comes into play and threatens 'Toto' to come back in the laboratory she previously escaped from.
She of course refuses to do so, but doesn't want to get Shinchi into danger, so she buys time for him to escape on the white deer, battling both the main villains sons on their huge mecha-esque robots.
After getting beaten up by both of them, and injured by Shachou, the main villain, she then gets rescued by Shinchi and a horde of deers, with the white deer and Shinchi on his back leading them.
He picks up 'Toto' and wants to at least bring her to the ocean, as she wanted to see it once during her life, as she never got the chance to go outside the laboratory and see it for herself.
As 'Toto' seems to be at her end the sun rises and they can see the ocean, whereas 'Toto' sings a song and soon after begins to travel back to the laboratory on the back on the white deer without telling Shinchi a word.
As the next day passes Shinchi reunites with his friend as they watch a parade in that town, with 'Toto' on top of a ship like thing, singing the exact same song as she did when the both of them where at the ocean/could see it.
He then gets dragged by the same horde of deers in front of that object, whereas 'Toto' begins to transform from her Japanese maiden-esque outfit in that of a normal (Anime like Japanese) high school student, and flies in the hand of Shinchi.
If we keep in mind that this Anime only has 25 minutes for all the things it wants to deliver, it fails miserably at almost all of them.
What bothered me the most were the superficial villains, simply there to have villains. Even storm troopers were better when battling Luke Skywalker or Obi Wan Kenobi than the villains we see in this Anime.
Superficial as well were the characters of actually everyone in this OVA.
Starting with Shinchi, our male lead, which seems to never have gotten closer to a girl than at most 5 meters, judging from his way of reacting, etc...
'Toto' doesn't seem to have a real personality on her own either, if that is either due to the fact that she is a man made specimen, or due to the lack in character depth and development while creating this is a mystery, the same as for why the white deer can speak.
Though this Anime had surprisingly a good aspect to itself, its animation.
(I should note that I watched a 1080p 10bit version of this Anime with dual audio, so I could additionally switch between the Japanese and English audio and voices while watching this -the Japanese were much better than the English ones in my opinion by the way.)
The sound was medicore, though I didn't really notice it to be honest, besides the 2 times 'Toto' began to sing (I didn't really liked her song to be honest), and of course the opening and ending.
Though besides that aspect of this Anime, there weren't any other aspects that were done even better than medicore-ish.
Coming to the end, I couldn't really enjoy this Anime because of all the aforementioned aspects, but mainly because it felt like almost any other Harem or Ecchi-esque Anime that is out there, with women's -teenage girls to be more exact- solemnly reason to be there is to fall in love with our obviously dumb and really childlike, acting like a 5 year old, about 15 years old male main character. And I really hate stuff like that.
A plus point however, was that there were no panty-shots or any similar scenes throughout the whole Anime (what I expected after the first minute to be honest). If you can overlook all the aforementioned failed aspect then one can surely enjoy this Anime, however I couldn't.
Unless one likes such kind of Anime I would never recommend them this OVA.
In the end I come to the score of 3 (3.4 to be exact) out of 10 points/or however you want to call them.
Note: If you feel like I missed a major aspect in this Anime, or that my score is unjustified then feel free to send me a comment or PM and we can talk about it in private. :)
Have a nice day, ladies and gentlemen of the jury!