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Kodomo no Jikan OVA


Genre: Comedy
Company: Studio Barcelona
Format: 1 OVA
Dates: 09/12/07

Rin, Kuro and Mimi go out for a day of shopping to buy a present for their teacher Daisuke Aoki, who Rin is infatuated with, much to the frustration of Kuro who is infatuated with Rin. Upon returning to Rin’s house, Mimi, is immediately love-struck by Rin’s second cousin/guardian Reiji.

summary by Two-Twenty


Reviewed: 01/09/2008 by
Grade: 24% av-Two-Twenty

Highs: You’ve got to be kidding me.

Lows: It exists

Oh hell, here’s a can of worms I hate having to open. For those who don’t know, this one episode OVA was released with volume four of the manga, apparently because it was “unairable on television”, so before you read on, I ask you to take into account that I’m reviewing this as it is: a stand-alone OVA (and not a review of the television series).

What gives me the heebie-jeebies about this OVA the most is that, even though it’s the child characters doing the instigating, the main draw of this anime is still young-looking characters wanting adult relationships with comedy and fan-service ensuing. Animated or not, I find not only the notion of this creepy as hell, but the execution of it in this anime as well: Rin dressing in adult underwear as a “present” for her teacher? Kuro having erotic fantasies about Rin? Mimi getting sprayed with milk in a style suggestive of a certain fetish I don’t care to name? I’m sorry, no sale. I’m told that the manga—and hopefully the television series—does delve into darker territory, and that couldproduce a somewhat interesting and disturbing story, but considering there’s not even the slightest bit of that foreshadowed here, it’s pretty clear that the creators of this show are going for the lolicon crowd. That being said though, although this is not “lolicon” itself (as a sub-genre of hentai) if you think these characters aren’t sexualized, you’re kidding yourself.

That issue aside, this OVA is still dreadfully boring. Bar Rin, every character is very clichéd and predictable; the music is forgettable; the story is kinda pointless; the voice acting is uninspiring and the jokes seem like copies of every other gag you’ve seen in every other pervy anime comedy. The opening and ending themes are especially bad; I’m getting real sick of all these no-effort, synthesized, J-pop songs littering anime like this- at least try to be a little innovative. In scraping the bottom of the barrel, I did manage to find one small positive: It seems Rin holds her friends in high regard and would defend them in a heartbeat, and in another anime this might be a halfway decent character dynamic, but any sort of serious attempt at characterisation is just drowned out by the rampant uncomfortable fan-service and sexual innuendo.

What really depresses me is that the purpose of this OVA was to get people interested in the TV show. Honestly, I hope the damn thing never gets licensed anywhere outside of Japan. For the sake of the anime industry on the whole, this is not a market that should be pandered to; the less we associate ourselves with this kind of thing, the better.


Kodomo no Jikan OVA can be downloaded legally in the United States (along with three other KnJ OVAs) HERE.


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