Saikin as a story suffered from being a show that tried to showcase the growing bond between two strangers that had just become family, only to have it be turned into an incest/harem series with lost potential. Weirdly enough, the OVA fixes these problems and is actually much better than I originally thought it to be.
In the standard 30 minutes of a normal anime episode, the OVA created two separate stories, each talking about how each of the series’ two male characters deals with the respective little sisters and the relationships that they each have with them. While the actual content was little more than pure fluff, it was a nice little change of pace from the series’ usual fanservice romp that at the end of the day, was actually really heartwarming to watch and genuinely something that I felt was sorely lacking from its parent series.
+ Somewhat heartwarming plot
+ Good shift from parent story’s focus
If you’ve seen the characters from the parent story, then you’ll know who they are. There’s not really any particular shift from their original character traits and “development” since they remain the same.
I will not that there is a little bit of character knowledge that you get with some of the side cast. No character development, but a healthy amount of background detail that wasn’t present before.
+/- The same characters more or less
Art and Sound:
The artstyle of the series hasn’t really changed all that much and still retains its crisp and rather nice looking artstyle. Nothing seems out of place, as everything is just as good quality as the parent story was.
On the topic of art, we have the show’s fanservice, which, by my surprise wasn’t actually a lot. Yes, there are some “questionable” scenes that the OVA had, but compared to what Saikin had in a single episode during its twelve episode run, that is a hell of a lot better than I was initially expecting.
For music, well, it’s the same old same old. The songs are the same as the original series, and for me, just aren’t memorable enough.
+ Consistent art
+ Less fanservice than expected. (This IS a good thing.)
+/- Same unmemorable music
I expected the worst when I first heard that this OVA was coming. With Saikin’s reputation for being an incest and fanservice series, ignoring the fact that the show left behind a lot of plot holes that didn’t do it any favors, I expected this OVA to be just pure fanservice with every one of its female characters at least stripped to their underwear. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t get that, and that’s honestly a huge step up for this series.
Instead though, I got an OVA that focused a little more on family, than on fanservice. It was a nice turn for the series and I felt actually relieved watching it because it sort of blew my expectations on what the series would be able to achieve. I just wish we got a little more of this concept in the actual series. Is the OVA good? At least when you compare it to where this episode came from, it’s surprisingly good.