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Onegai Twins OVA

a.k.a. Please Twins OVA

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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Company: Bandai Visual
Format: 1 OVA
Dates: 4/23/2004

Two weeks have passed since the dilemma between Maiku, Karen and Miina was resolved, but life has never been more hectic for the trio. With both girls constantly fighting for his attention, Maiku has no time to get his work done. To find some peace and quiet, he heads out to the woods and sets up a campsite to be alone, but as always, Morino Ichigo is up to no good. In an attempt to stir things up a bit, Morino organizes a field trip to Maiku’s campsite and encourages everybody to make this a memorable summer.

summary by Keitaro

 

Reviewed: 12/20/2004 by
Grade: 60% av-Keitaro

Highs: A stronger conclusion to the series; Morino Ichigo

Lows: Miina and Karen are as irritating as ever; more unnecessary fan service than ever

If anyone was excited about a follow-up to the fiasco that is Onegai Twins, they’ll be happy to know that this sequel retains not only the same ridiculous premise but its one dimensional characters, as well. In this OVA, which revisits the lives of Maiku, Miina and Karen after their predicament is resolved, the viewer is once again subjected to the same brainless comedy and incredibly excessive fan service of the series. And with the expanded budget and time frame, there is little excuse for the same careless animation.

On the other hand, this bonus episode is far more enjoyable than the series was at any point. Now that the main conflict of the series has been resolved (the same conflict that was painfully stretched out for twelve episodes), the characters can finally see a fresh situation. In fact, rather than developing the story as little as possible, which I could only expect after the series, this OVA packs in a large amount of plot. This is often a problem, but when it comes to Onegai Twins,anything new is a good thing. I was also pleased to see that a good amount of the episode featured Morino Ichigo, who was my favorite character in Onegai Teacher. What’s more, all of the wonderful main characters from Onegai Teacher get significant screen time, whereas they made nothing more than cameo appearances in the television series.

But is all of this enough to change my mind about Onegai Twins? No, not by a long shot. However, it did leave me much more optimistic about the future of the franchise. If this OVA served me any purpose, it was to prove to me that Bandai Visual is capable of overcoming a noticeable downward trend. Whether or not this will happen remains to be seen.

 

Reviewed: 12/31/2004 by
Grade: 31% av-Eek

Highs: 16 seconds

Lows: Starts in a deep hole and never tries getting out

A cast of wonderfully endearing characters, an intricate plot that’s exciting and addicting, an authentic seiyuu cast from the first audible mora and a fully-orchestrated soundtrack that would make Iwasaki Taku green with envy: are these some characteristics of Onegai Twins OVA? Surprise! They are at the opposite end of the spectrum from this anime.

Let’s cut to the chase: the only quasi-redeeming portion is all of 16 seconds during the lake scene when there are slow-motion breast-bouncing shots (auspiciously, the only well-animated moments throughout the OVA) of Kazami Mizuho, Herikawa Koishi and Oribe Tsubaki, who all happen to be wearing bikinis. And for the Mizuho fanboys, the scene hits its climax when her bikini top falls off, but this part really won’t appeal to anyone else. Pointless fan service and ecchi end up being a plus for this anime because it’s just that bad.

Of course, even for the hardcore fans, Onegai Twins OVA really isn’t appealing. The OVA sequel to Onegai Teacher at least took the romance a step further, but Onegai Teacher OVA and this anime are entirely separate, so comparisons are unfair. Anyways, this OVA begins at a disadvantage because the series that it’s based on was just so bad, like trying to build a house on a wet paper foundation. However, that isn’t an excuse. Yes, the protagonists’ relationships have altered because it’s now known who the twin sister is, but they never grow as characters. This anime had an opportunity to add anything worthwhile to the franchise, but that chance is never taken. Simply put, it doesn’t try to be all that it can be, and instead wastes its time with the same aimless story and useless hijinks that characterized Onegai Twins.

You know that Onegai Twins OVA‘s sole purpose is to milk the cash cow when Bandai doesn’t even bother to make new opening and ending songs. The television series was horrible, and this sequel only proves that this franchise can go even lower.

 

Onegai Twins (series & OVA together) can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.

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