I think the title of this entry is going to end up being longer than the entry itself.
This OVA special is a prime example of why I don’t typically watch OVAs or “extra bonus material” from parent anime stories. There’s a distinct lack of necessity that embodies these types of specials. In the case of Umi Monogatari, this OVA special is technically a sequel, which made me more inclined to view it.
The OVA takes place a year after the events of the original story. The female lead (not from the sea) comes back to her old hometown after spending some time at an unnamed university. She is greeted by a good majority of the (human) characters that made up the parent story; most haven’t changed, while others look bizarrely different. Parallel to this, the denizens of the sea are currently celebrating some festival about grapefruit or something. During this, a lost sea cow washes up in their area crying and alone. The sea denizens take it upon themselves to find the lost sea cow’s mother, wherever she may be.
Let me get out a few things before I continue:
- There is quite a bit more fan service concentrated in this 24 minute special than the entirety of the parent series. Especially near the beginning.
- The animation is odd at times. Some characters’ heads looks like pickles and their bodies are misshaped. And I swear the characters’ tits look way bigger than they did in the original story.
- This special is boring as shit.
I think an accumulation of my frustrations with watching this is proven by the lack of effort given during times of danger. Near the end of the special, purtple-hair mermaid and the lost sea cow are looking for the mother when they come across a… water tornado? The lost sea cow, for some reason, thinks it’s a good idea to swim into it with purple-hair following her(?) into it. They’re soon wrapped up in a current that rocks them back and forth and to and fro, using their bodies like pinballs in a slot machine. And what is the music choice for this scene? Slow, serene, melancholic piano pieces. What the fuck, OVA? What is the message you’re trying to convey here?
I’m not gonna go out on a limb and say that this special is nothing more than fan service, but it certainly didn’t provide any more closure than the end of the original series did. Analyzing this OVA, the only thing I can conclude is that people wanted to see if the two female heroines would ever meet again… and by the end of the OVA, they never do. Fine. Cool. But they end it with “Oh, I’m sure we will meet again someday. I saw her aura while I was underwater after all.” Oh, I forgot to mention but the female lead is now a scuba diver or something and she went down during the whole “water tornado” incident. What a coincidence, right? In any case… if you’re gonna keep the ending open-ended, just like the ending of the original story does, what’s the point? There’s no point to this OVA. It’s just more work for the animators to show wiggling watermelons and tight, thin panties. Then again, I’m sure they weren’t complaining too much.
But I am. Waste of my time.
The rating for this title and all others can be found on MyAnimeList.