Yoshida seems like a girl who has it all: popular, gorgeous, top of her class and a rock star boyfriend. But for all the happiness she should have, she’s a miserable person. Disturbed by the fact that she has never felt and can’t understand love, Yoshida toys with those around her. It all changes one day when she meets a new student named Azumi. New feelings stir within her, and she’s confronted with the fact that she may finally be in love… much to her dismay, it’s with a girl.
summary by Mugs
Highs: Some comedic value
Lows: No ending; animation quality varies
There sure seemed to be a rash of ecchi-tinged romantic comedies that hit the OVA market in the mid-to-late ’90s. While the title might imply otherwise, Strange Love is probably a tamer show than Buttobi CPU, which is another show I’d place in the same category. That’s not to say Yoshida’s ample assets are not on display a lot, particularly in the first OVA; they just never get even close to the threshold of hentai anime.
The show’s weakest attributes come from the fact that it is both unfinished and follows the manga too closely. Essentially, the first OVA is spent with a teacher as the main character, after which he promptly disappears. While this may work in a multi-volume manga, it destroys any type of story in a two-episode OVA. This type of unfinished content is never truly satisfying, but the experience can still be fun. Unfortunately, this one packs too few laughs. That’s not to say that there isn’t a good chuckle here and there; it’s just that there is nowhere near enough comedy to overlook the fact that there is little story and character development to back it up.
On the subject of characters, for some reason the DVD had Umetsu Yasuomi as the character designer; I find this odd as essentially all the characters are ripped straight from the manga and look exactly like their print counterparts. So if you’re expecting something similar to Kite or Mezzo Forte here, don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
The animation was watchable, for the most part, although at times I really cringed at it. Seeing as this only went two OVAs, I’d assume they didn’t have the biggest budget in the world. However, for a mid ’90s OVA, I still expect higher quality. Overall, I can’t really recommend this anime unless fan service and a few jokes are your cup o’ tea.
Strange Love can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.