a.k.a. Dokokade Nakushita Aitsuno Aitsu OVA
Junta’s Mega-Playboy DNA appears to be receding, but Karin is ordered to stay in Junta’s time period until all traces of the DNA are gone. Too bad for her, since she wants to return to the future, collect her paycheck and buy her sweet, sweet home. But before she can collect what’s hers, two mysterious visitors from the future pay Karin and Junta a visit with different plans of their own.
summary by Kain
Highs: Offers an interesting conclusion to DNA²; great seiyuu work all around
Lows: Poor animation; humorous characters are humorless; ridiculous plot conveniences
What made DNA² so enjoyable for me were the funny characters and the incredibly inventive story (c’mon, how many anime out there star a DNA officer from the future who travels back in time to prevent a man from impregnating one hundred women?). For shame that the DNA² OVA eschews the laughs for action, the one genre a Masakazu Katsura-inspired anime should never be.
The conclusion of DNA² was ripe for a sequel, having characters seemingly depart only to reunite at the very end. In comes this anime, which does an admirable job picking up the pieces without committing the usual sequel blunders: unraveling loose ends and opening plot holes a truck can drive through. Instead, this anime is so tightly integrated with its predecessor that it actually helps to explain past events; on several occasions I found myself saying, “Ah ha! So that’s why that happened”. The same excellent voice work from the returning seiyuu cast helps to maintain that much-appreciated continuity.
But instead of carrying over the same physical humor, DNA² OVA foregoes what made the characters so lovable for a never-ending stream of poorly-animated action scenes. The crew in charge of animation is obviously ill-suited to the task of making the action either beautiful or intense; the fine directing and pacing can only do so much as a crutch. Several conveniently placed and laughable events in the plot (like brainwashed characters suddenly freeing themselves from their mental bonds after other characters make sappy, one-sentence pleas) don’t help ease the pain from the animation.
This anime is only for fans of DNA² for two reasons: 1) it relies heavily on foreknowledge of previous events, and 2) it just isn’t worth watching as a stand-alone show.
DNA² OVA can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.