Sunday, 11 January 2009

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien OVA - Next Season - Episode 4 (Completed)

Considering the fact that it was six months ago that I managed to watch the third episode of this Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, I think it's fair to say that my knowledge of said episode is rather rusty. Thankfully it didn't take long to get back into the swing of things, as I was soon reminided of the dramatic climax to the last instalment, with Haruka collapsing after Akane yells at her for the way she's treated Takayuki.

Unfortunately, said moment of drama proves to be little more than a red herring, as we find out in this final episode of the OVA that she only passes out momentarily, and is soon as right as rain again. From here, the rest of the episode is really just lots of monologues and soul-searching by both Akane and, more relevantly, Haruka, who finally decides to take Takayuki back, and they both live happily ever after. Probably. At least I hope so, as I'm not sure I want to have to sit through another OVA along these lines.

When it comes down to it, it's really rather a shame that this OVA was ever produced, as it turned out to be almost as pointless as it was dull. The original Kimi ga Nozomu Eien was an absolutely fantastic example of relationship-based drama, with compelling characters and a well thought-out storyline that kept you gripped for each and every episode. In contrast, this OVA simply has nothing to offer - There's no real love rivalry to offer, and most of the angles that could have been tackled by these episodes are either skirted around or given a half-hearted treatment that, as I've just mentioned, seemed pointless. Even if you're a fan of Haruka I can't help but wonder if there's anything much in this OVA for you, as it feels so dull and lifeless that it's difficult to care about any of the characters any more - A real disaster considering these were people whose lives we could probably have argued over all night while the original series was airing.

1 comment:

kadian1364 said...

Yeah, pointless and dull really sums up the whole experience. I literally facepalmed when Akane had an extended flashback to her conversation with Haruka that happen at the beginning of the very same episode! Talk about stretching for time.