Standalone OVA (Original Video Animation) Club

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This club was created in order to provide a somewhat comprehensive list of 'quality' anime that can be enjoyed without needing to watch any other portion of the franchise they may or may not be attached to. The quality of any given OVA is evaluated by me and the decision whether to throw it into the relations list hinges solely on my opinion. Don't worry, though; this is mostly just a way to eliminate the lower-effort OVAs from the good ones to keep you from wasting your time. With somewhere around 100 OVAs on the relations list, you'll have a lot to watch in the near future if you're a fan of what now seems to be a dying entertainment option. Sadly, there have been few standalone OVA produced in recent memory, leaving standalone OVAs mainly as a relic of the mid-'80s to the early 2000s. Still, there's quite a selection to flip through, and if you catch a title that piques your interest, give it a look! If you don't have the time to invest in a TV series and movies sometimes demand your attention for too lengthy a sitting, you can watch a standalone OVA episode at a casual pace. Otherwise, standalone OVAs tend to have quite a distinctive style, pace and method of storytelling that isn't so prevalent in other forms of anime media. Oh, and I probably haven't seen a number of the titles included on the relations list, but they had positive reception from viewers, so I threw them on anyway. When I eventually get around to watching them, I'll make a judgment as to whether I should keep them on the list. Don't expect to see any hentai titles here, with very few (if any) exceptions. That's it. See ya.
List of Standalone OVAs Ordered by Episode Count
Single-Episode OVAs
Currently: 27
2 Episodes
Currently: 18
3 Episodes
Currently: 18
4 Episodes
5 Episodes
6 Episodes
7 Episodes
8 Episodes
9 Episodes
10 Episodes
11 Episodes
12 Episodes
13 Episodes
Runtime: 30 min per episode + 35 min per episode (415 minutes or 6.9 hours total) Year: 1993 + 2000
15 Episodes
A Piece of Phantasmagoria Runtime: 5 minutes per episode (75 minutes or 1.25 hours total) Year: 1995
Key the Metal Idol Runtime: 34 minutes per episode (510 minutes or 8.5 hours total) Year: 1994-1997
22 Episodes
Supernatural The Animation Runtime: 24 minutes per episode (528 minutes or 8.8 hours total) Year: 2011-2011
26 Epsodes
Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 Runtime: 25 minutes per episode (650 minutes or 10.8 hours total) Year: 2012-2013
110 Episodes
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Runtime: 26 minutes per episode (2860 minutes or 53 hours total) Year: 1988-1997
Featured Title For An Indefinite Period Of Time
A bridge's legend tells that when two people meet on it, they will surely meet again. Momo meets a boy who doesn't believe the legend, and promises that she will meet him again to prove it. As the year passes, she comes every day to wait for him, and becomes a small part of many people's lives. The OVA takes on a decidedly wistful tone for the majority of its runtime.
This is my favourite-ever standalone OVA, and, despite both series' popularity in Japan, it's not really known in the West. Like, at all. Kinda like that Sazae-san. You know, that show that's been airing every week since 1969...the longest running animated series in the world? To some extent, you can say the same for Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan. But Minky Momo might be among the least popular local Japanese hits overseas. Thankfully, you don't need to know anything about the series to watch it. That's the beauty of the Standalone OVA, after all. It's best to go into this one with as little background knowledge as possible, I feel, so I won't be writing an in-depth analysis for this one. Why It's Good: Bridge Over Dreams manages to craft a very distinctive atmosphere that, oddly enough, is more than a bit reminiscent of House of Small Cubes. Its prevailing sense of atmosphere meshes well with the themes it develops perpetually throughout the episode. This OVA is rich in characterisation -- not only Momo herself, but the other characters have plenty of personality amidst their own flaws. What I find particularly endearing about Bridge Over Dreams, however, is how it develops all of these characters primarily through its audiovisuals and implications rather than direct dialogue. All of this culminates in one of the best atmospheres I've ever been drawn right into throughout all of the anime I have seen, rivalling the likes of Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken and FLCL. The way the episode builds all of these characters up and how the passage of time is portrayed is a direct extension of the power of its atmosphere. Bridge Over Dreams thrives on its atmosphere and characters right up until the climax. With That Said: Chip in 40 minutes of your time and be one of the few people to have seen this little gem. Perhaps you won't love it nearly as much as I do, or perhaps you'll feel that this title simply wasn't for you, but I urge you to at least give it a shot. These 40 minutes are something I will remember fondly for a very long time, and I hope that you might feel even a semblance as strongly about Bridge Over Dreams as I do. Full Review

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An Unofficial Anime: Touhou Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~The Memories of Phantasm~
Fall - Oct 18, 2016
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Oct 18, 2016 4:47 AM
Sticky: Got any suggestions for the relations list?
Fall - Sep 12, 2016
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satyrelfheim | Jul 26, 2017 8:58 AM
Wow this is a great list! I am a big fan of these older, darker OVAs, so I'll have to take a look at more of these using this list as a reference!

2Kawaii2DieGuy | Nov 5, 2016 5:22 AM
Not all heros wear capes...

Marnie | Sep 17, 2016 11:22 PM
Ah, more reminders of my inexperience and small library of seen titles.

OVA's may be dead, but I'll consider this club a source of inspiration should I need something to watch.

Fall | Sep 14, 2016 3:42 PM

I've already made somewhat of a start; I'll finish it when I don't feel as lazy (and I'll start working more on it tomorrow because my Legal Studies exam is today).

I was thinking about doing a spotlight or something to highlight particular OVAs every few days or each week, and if I feel up to it, I'll probably do it for at least a little while. Ideally, I want to have a forum post for every single Standalone OVA that has an explanation as to what it's about, what year it came out, why it's good, and how good it is. Maybe a few more details if I think of them.

I'll only start doing this after I've classified at least 150 Standalone OVAs (which I feel is fairly comprehensive); I want to start at the bottom with the shortest OVA and work my way up to the longest OVA. This makes it a lot easier to add a list of links for each 'spotlight', sorted by how short the OVA is.

^The 'spotlight' portion is gonna be a lot of work, so I'll start with classifying each OVA by how long they are. OVAs are generally 30 minutes long per episode, but depending on the OVA, this can vary between 5 minutes per episode to probably longer than an hour and 5 minutes per episode (Area 88). Because of this, classifying solely by episode count wouldn't be very efficient. Instead, I've started to classify by total runtime + episode count + episode length.

This is the list I have so far, but beware that ~5 of these aren't actually standalone OVAs; I'll fix that when I've made more progress. So far, I haven't started classifying by total runtime, but I've added episode counts and lengths for ~80% of them. They're currently sorted by MAL rating; the highest one is on the top, the lowest one is on the bottom:

Standalone OVA List of 148 Titles

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (110 ep, 26 min each)
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen (4 ep, 30 min each)
Hellsing Ultimate (10 ep, ~45 mins each)
Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 (26 ep, 25 min each)
Detroit Metal City (12 ep, 13 min each)
Kyou kara Ore wa!! (10 ep, 43 mn each)
Drifters: Special Edition (41 min)
Hybrid Child (4 ep, 25 min each)
Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (12 ep, 45 min each)
Saiyuuki Series (? Are these standalone OVAs?)
FLCL (6 ep, 30 min per ep)
Golden Boy (6 ep, ~30 min per ep)
Giant Robo the Animation: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster & Diebuster (6 + 6 ep, 30 min each)
Black Jack (12 ep, 50 min each)
Denpa-teki na Kanojo (2 ep, ~50 min each)
R.O.D OVA (3 ep, 30 mn each)
Kono Danshi OVA 1, 2 & 3 (3 ep, 28 mn each)
Imawa no Kuni no alice >+<
Tales of Symphonia Series (4 ep, 32 min each)
Saint Oniisan (2 ep, 1 hr total)
Area 88 (3 ep, 1 hr 5 min eah)
Sweat Punch (5 ep, 11 min each)
Freedom Series (7 ep, 27 min each)
Shonan Junai Gumi! (5 ep, 46 min each)
Hoshi no Koe (1 ep, 25 min)
Tenshi no Tamago (1 ep, 1 hr 11 min)
Karas (6 ep, 30 min each)
Record of Lodoss War (12 ep, 25 min each)
Pale Cocoon (20 min)
Angel Densetsu (2 ep, 24 min each)
Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko (1 ep, 12 min)
You’re Under Arrest (4 ep, 30 min each)
Kowarekake no Orgel (30 mn)
Shin Cutey Honey (8 ep, 30 min each)
Chiisana Pengin: Lolo no Bokuen (3 ep, 30 min each)
Dogs: Bullets & Carnage (4 ep, 15 min each)
Nekojiru-sou (32 min)
Mobile Police Patlabor (7 ep, 30 min each)
El Hazard: The Magnificent World Series (7 ep + 4 ep, 34 min each)
Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (3 ep, 23 min each) (3 ep, 25 min each)
~Traveling Daru~ (10 min)
Birdy the Mighty (1996) (4 ep, 33 min each)
Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai! (6 ep, 30 min each)
Tokyo Marble Chocolate (2 ep, 26 min each)
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou Series (2 ep + 2 ep, 30 min each)
The Cockpit (3 ep, 23 min each)
Bubblegum Crisis (8 ep + 3 ep, 41 min each)
Kiss x Sis (12 ep, 24 min each)
The Animatrix (9 ep, 10 min each)
Kyou no 5 no 2 (4 ep, 29 min each)
The Guyver: Bio-booster Armour (6 ep + 6 ep, 29 min each)
Video Girl Ai (6 ep, 30 min each)
Please Save My Earth (6 ep, 30 min each)
Kikoushi Enma (4 ep, 40 min each)
Sentou Yousei Yukikaze (5 ep, 37 min each)
Tight-rope (2 ep, 23 min each)
Cyber City (3 ep, 45 min each)
Gunnm (2 ep, 30 min each)
Gunsmith Cats (3 ep, 30 min each)
Black Rock Shooter (52 min)
Otaku no Video (2 ep, 48 min each)
Tamayura (4 ep, 18 min each)
Ushio to Tora (10 ep, 30 min each)
Be-Bop High School (7 ep, 50 min each, 3 ep, 37 min each)
Kodomo no Omocha (30 min)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (1993) (7 ep, 30 min each)
Dirty Pair OVAs (6 ep + 5 ep + 5 ep | + 2 ep + 10 ep) (how many of these are standalone?)
Iria: Zeiram The Animation (6 ep, 27 min each)
Armitage III (4 ep, 34 min each)
Photon (6 ep, 32 min each)
Supernatural The Animation (22 ep, 24 min each)
Shootfighter Tekken (3 ep, 45 min each)
Re: Cutie Honey (3 ep, 45 min each)
Blue Submarine No. 6 (4 ep, 32 min each)
Iblard Jikan (30 min)
Riding Bean (46 min)
Roujin Z (1 h 19 min)
Mahou Tsukai Tai! OVA Series (6 ep, 28 min each)
Koe do Oshigoto! The Animation (3 ep, 30 mn each)
Murder Princess (6 ep, 24 min each)
Robotica*Robotics (14 min)
3x3 Eyes Series
Switch (2 ep, 50 min each)
Batman: Gotham Knight (6 ep, 12 min each)
Sky of Iriya, Summer of UFO
Vampire Princess Miyu (4 ep, 30 min each)
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku: The Legend of Koizumi (3 ep, 8min each)
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls (4 eps, 30 min each)
Vassalord. (27 min)
Gravitation: Lyrics of Love
Magical Witch Punie-chan
Key The Metal Idol
Mermaid Forest Series
Stratos 4 Advance Series
Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman
Dominion Series
Touhou Unofficial Doujin Anime: A Summer Day's Dream (2 ep, 22 min each)
Animation Runner Kuromi Series (1 ep + 1 ep)
Katte ni Kaizou (6 ep)
The Poem of Wind and Trees
Dragon Half
I’’s Pure
Koukou Butouden Crows
Queen Emeraldas
Arslan Senki (1991-95)
Fate/Prototype (1 ep)
Munto (1 ep)
Sakura Taisen OVA Series
Zone of the Enders: Idolo
Megazone 23
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette
Fire Tripper (1 ep)
Minky Momo in Yume ni Kakeru Hashi
Blue Comet SPT Layzner
Koko wa Greenwood
Osu!! Karate Bu
Tales of Phantasia The Animation
Strait Jacket (3 ep, 23 min each)
X OVA (1 episode, 22 min)
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan Series (4 + 4 ep)
Grappler Baki
Bastard!! (6 episodes)
Green Legend Ran
Master Mosquiton (3 ep)
Sonic OVA (2 ep)
eX-Driver (6 ep)
Slow Step (4 Episodes, 45 min each)
Fantascope: Tylostoma (1 Ep, 34 min)
Legend of the Heroes: Trails in the Sky (2 Ep, 43 min each)
Emblem Take 2
Majokko Tsukune-chan
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
Ultra Maniac OVA (21 min, compression)
Kojiro of the Fuma Series (6 + 6 + 1 Eps)
Nagareboshi Lens (18 mins)
Appleseed (1 episode, ~1 hour ~19 min)
Je T’aime (11 min) >+<
Ys Series (7 + 4 Eps)
Megane no Kanojo
Shamanic Princess
Koharu Biyori
Magical Princess Minky Momo: La Ronde in my Dream (1 episode, 1h 19min)
Bari Bari Densetsu
Ruin Explorers (3 episodes)
Shin Cutey Honey (8 episodes)

Apparently this isn't actually an OVA?

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne (6 episodes, 40 minutes per episode)

MsWhom | Sep 14, 2016 2:21 PM
Don't know if you'd be up for doing this since it is a decent amount of extra work, but if we're going to make a comprehensive list or something maybe classifying it into different numbers of episodes would work?

Like there's a big difference in appeal between a 10 minute standalone piece that's short, sweet, and self-contained and something like LoGH, even if they are both technically OVAs. I'd mostly be hanging around here if there was a way to only look at the former kind, honestly. I'd be willing to help out if that's the case.

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Created: Sep 10, 2016

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