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Happy Lesson OVA

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Genre: Comedy
Company: KSS
Format: 5 OVA
Dates: 7/19/2001 to 5/23/2003

Both of Chitose’s parents died in a tragic accident, but ended leaving him with their house. A large house is a lot for a 2nd year high school student to handle by himself, especially given the sour attitude he developed since losing his mother and father. On the verge of quitting school all together, five of his teachers (all young, all women) decide to move in with him and be his surrogate mothers. Living with his beautiful teachers is a mixed blessing for Chitose, but perhaps their constant presence can teach him a happy lesson.

summary by Kain

 

Reviewed: 04/16/2006 by
Grade: 57% av-Kain

It’s a good thing I watched the Happy Lesson television series before Happy Lesson OVA, which is strange since this one came first. I could just imagine how lost and bored someone not familiar with these characters would be seeing this story for the very first time.

The first OVA is exactly the same as the first episode of the television series. Don’t bother watching it if you know what’s going to happen. The problem is that while Happy Lesson expands on many of the side characters like Fumitsuki, Happy Lesson OVA does not. In fact, no background information or character development is evident except for Chitose’s “sister” Minaduki. If you thought Chitose’s five teachers/mothers took a backseat in the television adaptation, they really are nonexistent here. Much of the lack of focus on them stems from simply a lack of time; too many characters, not enough script to pass around. 

An inconclusive conclusion caps off this empty anime. It’s one thing to have the ending not resolve any issues, but it’s entirely another to pretend to resolve issues. All the drama, all the conflict is wrapped up suddenly and unbelievably, as if all the events preceding the finale never happened.

Poor animation for an OVA is the straw that broke this camel’s back. Happy Lesson OVA is not worth your time to watch a recycling of the original television series… but this time with zero calories. Less filling and doesn’t taste great.

 

Happy Lesson OVA can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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