When I first played Valkyria Chronicles 2 (I don't have PS3 for me to play the first one), I got addicted to it because for me it's well done and since then, I have become a fan of the franchise.
Here, I'm about to write a review about Valkyria Chronicles 3, set in the same time of the first game, and since this is my first review and I'm not a native English speaker, expect it to be somewhat meh.
When it comes to the same series with different setting type, Valkyria Chronicles is no exception to it for it having a Valkyria and a group or
squad fighting the Empire and because of that, people may feel disappointed because of the repititiveness. In a way, I sometimes can't help but to feel the same.
An OVA composed of only two episodes, I must say that Valkyria Chronicles 3 is rushed because you just can't fit the whole game into an anime with two episodes but I can't say that it's that bad. Valkyria Chronicles 3 still gives you the goodness of the game and despite of it being rushed, the action scenes and how it's done is pretty good imo.
As for the art, it's the same as the first anime, neat and clean and fitting for the theme. Every uniform is well detailed and the color combination is appealing and the equipnments and tanks as well.
Valkyria Chronicles 3 isn't far from the quality of the sound of its predecessors, it's still as good as before. From the voice actors to the background music, the OP and ED, it doesn't give you a tiny little bit of annoyance at all. Every voice actor's voice suits the character they are playing pretty well. As for the music, I listened to it for like 20 times and unlike some of the new songs being used in new anime, the quality of the music is far better than today's.
Because of the series being short, you may not quite get the personality of every character in the series. You may have known a little of their personality but for me it's still not enough and therefore it shouldn't have been an OVA but a 12-episode one or like Valkyria Chronicles, a 26-episode one and because of this, I'll give the character rating a 6.
tl;dr Valkyria Chronicles is a short and rushed series and the overall goodness of it comes from the art, sound and on how the fight is done.
If you're looking for a short OVA that has action, Valkyria Chronicles 3 isn't the best but it can give you the action you're looking for though Valkyria Chronicles is better and can satisfy you in all aspect or you can just play the game though VC3 is only in Japanese.
I you are trying to cramp an entire game into a 2 30mins long OVA is not going to work, because for those who do not have the chance to play the game is somewhat hard to follow. The setting of the story is in the same time as the original anime, but at different place. The story pacing is very rushed, in the 1st OVA they did a fair job of introducing the 'Nameless' squad an overall look of all soldiers in the middle of a war. That's is the end of it with some other talks. 2nd OVA skip straight into Riela
valkriya's power action, and the meeting up with 'Squad 7' members. Finally it the OVA ended. Terrible story pace, but is to be expected for 2 OVAs it would be much better for for it to be adapted into an anime, because you will not fully understand the story without playing the game.
The art looks good, good CG in the battles, but the game's art is much better.
I am a fan of Valkyria Chronicle's soundtrack, and so I would love the music in this one too. Tones of the war music is serious as the theme address. Great to listen to them again.
The only characters that you will get a good grasp on is Kurt the leader of Nameless squad a very smart strategist. Next is Imca one glace she is a tomboy. Riela can't be more obvious. As for the other members very brief details, but you do get some ideas of what their personality is upon their way of speaking.
The game dominate the OVAs. If you don't have the chance to play the game well you won't like the OVA, but is not like you have a choice anyway becuase their is not english version of the game. So the OVA is really pointless compare it to the depth of the game's story.
This is a pretty good ova if and only IF you've played Senjou no Valkyria 3. This is not however something I would recommend to anyone who hasn't played the game. Contrary to the misinformation from other reviewers, they are -not- cramming the story of the game into a two part ova. This is coming from someone who has played all the games to date. This is an original side story that takes place around the midpoint of the game, it is NOT an adaptation. They barely establish anything about the characters or setting because they expect you to already be familiar with them. If
you haven't played the game you've very likely to be confused and have trouble following along, wondering who these characters are, how/why they're in this situation and so on.
I should also point out this ova contains very massive spoilers for the game, so again not really something I would recommend if you haven't played at least half way into Senjou no Valkyria 3.
The plot seems 'fine' for a side story of this sort. It's very simple, clear cut, and straight forward. I rather appreciate that they used an original story for this ova, rather than adapting anything from the game. They also do a pretty decent job of illustrating one of the more desperate points of the overall story during the first half of this ova, even if that part of it was indeed a bit rushed.
For art I did notice there were some drops in art quality here and there, but for the most part the art retained a fair level of consistency. It wasn't top notch and could have used some better detail, but it was serviceable.
For sound, I appreciated that they had all the same voice actors from the game and used the same soundtrack too. There was one point where I couldn't help but notice they used the out of place sound of a tire screech for the tank coming to a quick stop on dirt, but aside from that I can't complain about the sound one bit.
It's a bit tricky to comment on the characters. I think they're all great personally, but in this OVA alone they don't really establish them much at all. From this ova alone you'll probably not learn much of anything about them, and they'll probably come across as lacking much depth or personality.
Overall: Great fan service if you enjoyed the game, but without having played the game you're probably not going to get much out of this aside from some minor enjoyment of the action on a superficial level.