Twinkle Nora Rock Me! is an OVA best watched with friends who like to watch trainwrecks unfold. Essentially, a genderbent Boba Fett named Nora goes to Tattooine to pick up a bounty on a space criminal worth several thousand times this OVA's animation budget. She picks up a scrappy midget in a town of huts after a bar fight with a drunken giant, starts a rock band with the scrappy in a cave, and then uses her impractical flying wheeled machine to lazily drift across the screen until she reaches the house of the illegal space wizard. She uses unexplained and
wildly improbable powers such as telekinesis, time travel, and impromptu heart attacks iin order to vanquish this wizard, and then stars as the lead vocalist in the newly expanded cave's rock band.
It takes all of this seriously. Poe's Law is not in effect, it's just that bad.
The first four minutes of this OVA are presented to you in the format of a lovely slideshow to introduce the characters, but don't actually introduce anything and aren't intended to be a slideshow. You may attempt to fiddle with your video player in a vain attempt to fix the lag and dropped frames, but soon you realize that the frames were never even there to begin with. A man slides across the room and jitters to a halt at a glorious pace of two frames per second. This isn't animated on thirds, or even fourths - it's animated on twelves. At 4:02 it finally begins animating properly, only to have characters repeatedly go off-model. Important character details appear and vanish in the blink of an eye, and characters make improbable movements repeatedly.
The sound design is nothing short of pathetic. The music, unfitting to any sequence applied to it. Sound effects make no sense and don't accompany their sources. Voices don't match the mouth flaps over half the time, and the voice actors give an overwhelmingly awful performance in their roles.
There is no character to be had other than generic archetypes that can be summarized as flat. There's nothing here. Nothing. Nora's powers are never explained, and she seems to conjure up more at will. The scrappy midget that tags along after the bar fight is worthless and accomplishes nothing of value, not growing as a person and not doing anything by himself.
OVERALL 1/10 HIGHLY ENJOYABLE WITH FRIENDS, OR IF YOU LIKE MAKING FUN OF THINGS AS A LONELY PERSON.
Twinkle Nora Rock Me! is an OVA from 1985 that is just shy of having a 30-minute run-time. That is something that those unfortunate enough to have viewed this OVA should be grateful for though! At least it wasn't 30 minutes, right? Yes, I am that desperate to find a positive to this experience that the only thing I can find to celebrate is the fact that at least it wasn't any longer than it was. Every minute I lost watching this abhorrent monstrosity is a minute that I will never get back. Fortunately, I only lost a mere 29 minutes! Unless,
of course, we count the prior Nora OVA as well. Then I lost close to an hour and a half of my time! Hooray! Twinkle Nora Rock Me! is a catastrophe that sits in the same realm as other contemptible series like Garzey's Wing, Mars of Destruction, and Dark Cat. Achieving such a feat should be a rather difficult task to accomplish, yet Twinkle Nora Rock Me! does it with unparalleled ease.
To begin, this OVA is a sequel to a 56-minute OVA released earlier that same year. However, there is no connection between the two outside of featuring the titular character, Nora, as the main character and the presentation of superlative stupidity within both OVAs. Now, I will say that I watched Twinkle Nora Rock Me! first and only watched the prior Nora OVA because I wanted to be sure that I wasn't going to criticize something in this review of its sequel that may have been explained in the prior OVA. Needless to say it was a complete waste of my time as everything that is completely nonsensical within Twinkle Nora Rock Me! was not explained in any form in the prior OVA either. The Nora OVA is an animated piece of media that fails in nearly every conceivable way while showcasing a phenomenal amount of senselessness. Despite this, Twinkle Nora Rock Me! emerges victorious in its own display of unabashed foolishness as it successfully manages to one-up its prequel.
The story of Twinkle Nora Rock Me! begins with an ugly goon spouting some ominous prophecy while surrounded by dense smoke. Oh, you mean this is going to be something that I should take seriously then? No. Immediately after that we get an opening sequence of Nora dancing around like an imbecile set to some terrible song that celebrates our great heroine: "Nora, Nora, faraway. Nora, Nora, Galaxy. Nora, rock me in star map. Nora, Nora, I love you." And thus, any chances this had of me taking it seriously go right down the toilet. What happens next boggles my mind. We get the most stunningly bad animation I have ever seen. This "animation" is best described as a slideshow. During this scene of exceptional quality Nora helps take down a thug doing thug-like things since she is apparently a bounty hunter. No, she was no such thing in the prior OVA in case you are curious. What's more, she has psychic powers including pyrokinesis, telekinesis, and teleportation. Where she got such abilities, I do not know. No, she did not possess such things in the prior OVA either in case you were wondering. When offered a reward for her assistance she denies it. Oh Nora! You're a person with such a kind heart, aren't you! Now that we know Nora is a bounty hunter we get to what this story is really about: taking down that ugly, generic, evil prophecy spouting goon from the opening scene who is reminiscent of Gargamel from The Smurfs, and his younger brother, a slow-witted version of The Kingpin from Marvel Comics. These two antagonists are just about as uninspired as you can get. Heading to a bar on a desert-like planet she rapidly encounters The Kingpin, whose name is Touchino. This is "important" because it is at this bar that she also meets a dance maniac by the name of Max. After Touchino retreats to his big brother because Nora delivered a fierce beatdown unto him, Max tries to convince Nora that Touchino and his older brother whose actual name is Fuuchero are too dangerous to face. So what does Nora do? She starts banging on some metal junk in a dingy cave while she tells Max to dance. Reluctant at first, he soon unleashes some spectacular dance moves that even Michael Jackson would be impressed by. Or so I'd like to say, but in reality this is actually the most poorly animated dance scene of all time. But, hey, that dance was enough to convince Max to help Nora out in her quest to defeat the Sith Lord Fuuchero. Since I haven't mentioned it yet I'll say it now, Fuuchero possesses psychic abilities as well. Back to the scene in the cave though, it is a scene that shows how Nora can inspire courage in others through sheer idiocy alone. After this some really incredible "action" scenes take place. Arriving at the hidey-hole of Fuuchero and Touchino, Nora and Max get into an epic battle in the surrounding rocky area with the two vile villains. But alas, Fuuchero's dark side powers have not matured enough and Nora's Jedi mind tricks best him in the end. Finally, this horrific abomination of series approaches its conclusion, but not without one more scene of awful dancing blended with a terrible song to finish it off. At this point the credits roll and my brain finishes its journey to becoming nothing but melted mush.
So, what was the point of all this? Well, that's easy. The point of this OVA is to showcase as much stupidity as it possibly can in a 29-minute run-time. And succeed at this it did, for my brain has melted to nothingness. There is no purpose here, unless the moral of this story is don't turn to the dark side of the Force. Or perhaps it is that no matter how bleak a situation may seem as long as you possess unrivaled stupidity you can face it head-on. Or maybe it would have us believe that breaking out in a sequence of crisp dance moves will give us the courage to face anything. There is hardly a story here. What plot it does possess is nothing more than a nonsensical beat up the generic villain and save the day story-line. The characters are some of the most empty-headed, one-dimensional characters in existence that possess neither decent characterization nor development. On top of that Twinkle Nora Rock Me! holds the unequivocal distinction of having what is quite possibly the worst "animation" I have ever encountered, to the point where it is almost non-existent in numerous instances. The music is quite dull with the exception of the opening and ending songs which are annoying to egregious degree. The voice acting is barely acceptable and certainly nothing special. What really makes this OVA the best though is that all of these things mesh together brilliantly to form what is easily one of the worst experiences of my life. Plain and simple, this OVA is dreadful. I would only say to watch it if you want to see just how bad it is. I would recommend that you don't even bother with the prior Nora OVA though, since it's not even on the level of being funny in how bad it is. I will admit that Twinkle Nora Rock Me! did manage to give me chuckle once or twice through its sheer ability to be so unbelievably terrible, so at least it can boast that as an "accomplishment." But, ultimately, this OVA is so abysmal that I felt I had to write a quick review for it. My honest advice, avoid this at all costs. You'll be doing yourself a favor.
Twinkle Nora Rock Me! Wasn't terrible, but it's nothing special. Still kept me watching though.
For the time it was made, the art isn't that bad. At the first a lot of things seemed lazy and choppy, but the main character Nora was drawn well.
While I didn't find there was too much dialogue, the music really stood out for the background scenes. Also going along with the music, expect there to be some dancing and musical scenes in this anime.
If you have half an hour of free time and want to see something your friends probably haven't seen- then go watch Twinkle Nora Rock Me!
This OVA is probably gonna get more watchers soon due to youtube videos exposing it to the public (that's how I found out about Nora), and this is a good thing. This piece of """"animation"""" is hilariously bad, and worth watching for that reason alone.
Nora is an overpowered character with no weaknesses: everyone loves her, she can do no wrong, her magic powers can do anything. It's never explained, it's just Nora because Nora. The only other real character is Max, who can dance, and loves Nora because Nora. The story has no worldbuilding or anything worth caring about - Nora wants to go to
a planet to catch some evil people doing evil things. She wins by ignoring the other guy's magic with her own magic. Overall, good/even decent characters and story are nonexistent.
The greatest thing about this OVA is the art and animation. It's no exaggeration to say that parts like the first couple minutes and cave dance scene are slideshows. It becomes gut-bustingly funny not just to watch, but to pause at certain frames to laugh at character faces or anatomy. The music in these scenes is ridiculous too, and it makes the cave scene even more of a fever dream than it already was.
This OVA is the definition of so bad it's good. I'll probably be watching it again, with other people this time, so we can all laugh at this train wreck. Highly recommended.