Anime OVAs are often the more lighthearted and fanservice packed episodes.

But they can also be great additions to the main story – they can provide interesting backstories, a better closure for the story or a more in-depth experience of the story.

Here are my five favorite OVA episodes. I didn’t rank the picks because I realized its actually quite hard to do it xD

Bungou Stray Dogs: Hitori Ayumu (MAL link)

The Bungou Stray Dogs OVA gives us a certain important detail we haven’t found out in the main story. This alone makes it stand out from the common lighthearted OVA episodes.

Kunikida is trying to go with his day as he planned, with Dazai trying to ruin that for him.

A very well-made episode that expands on Kunikida’s character and makes you appreciate him more.

Steins;Gate Oukoubakko no Poriomania (MAL link)

After the thrilling and emotional experience of Steins;Gate, this was a refreshing and fun way to expand on the story.

And it introduced some Steins;Gate 0 characters along the way.

Steins;Gate 0 also had an OVA, but it was much less related to the main story, which kind of left me dissapointed.

Shirobako Specials (MAL link)

P.A. Works really made two one off episodes of two different anime for the OVA of their anime about making anime.

It just makes the whole Shirobako experience even better.

You get the feeling as if Musashino Animation really does exist – they even wrote the names of the Shirobako characters in the ending credits.

And the episodes themselves are more than decent quality to say the least – especially the “Third Aerial Girls Squad” one.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials (MAL link)

The Fullmetal Alchemist OVA gave some great backstory content. It’s definitely not one of those OVAs you can skip without missing anything too significant.

Roy Mustang is my favorite character of the series, so it may give you an idea on which episode of this OVA I enjoyed the most.

Gabriel Dropout OVA (MAL link)

Gabriel Dropout provided some great fun with 4 memorable characters.

But it never really had any emotional moments, as you would expect from an anime of its kind.

That was until I saw the OVA. The feels the second episode has provided was just something I did not expect from Gabriel Dropout.

This is the only OVA on the list that actually has a higher MAL rating than its “main” anime and I think I understand why.

 

Are you surprised with my picks? Am I missing out on an OVA that you really love? Let me know in the comments!

Usually you start a new anime because the story looks promising, you like the way it looks, you’ve seen the PV and it seems worth watching.

Maybe you saw a lot of positive comments on the anime. Maybe someone called it a good match with another anime you love or someone whose opinion you find valuable recommended you the anime.

My point is, there are many ways you can get interested in watching an anime. But even so, sometimes you just… start something without knowing why you did it.

Maybe you were simply bored and you wanted to try out something unusual. Maybe you couldn’t resist the cuteness of that one character so you started a new anime just because of them.

Or maybe, you started it for the plot. Yeah, that kind of plot.

Actually all of those are legitimate reasons to start an anime. Even boredom. But I guess they could be called “random reasons”. At least for the sake of this post.

Harukana Receive (MAL link)

Yet again Harukana Receive is a part of a list that I’m making. Most recently it was among the MAL scores I would change.

Now it’s among things I randomly started. It was a summer day and I guess you could say I was kind of bored. I saw screenshots of the anime before.

Despite never really caring about volleyball, nor actually being a huge fan of sports anime in general, I started watching Harukana Receive.

For sure, what probably made me want to watch it was the eyecandy, I’m not gonna lie. But it turned out to be quite a good watch for more reasons than just eyecandy.

Came for the fanservice, stayed for the fanservice AND an interesting enough story, good character dynamics and fantastic music.

Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu (MAL link)

Another Summer 2018 anime here.

I can’t really recall why I started this. I think I just felt like watching a trash Isekai.

It sure was trash. And even if I shamelessly love some good fanservice at times, this anime had a bit too much of it for me.

Still, I could have ended up watching a worse show than this. If it was truly awful, I’m sure I would never be able to finish it.

Konohana Kitan (MAL link)

Ahh, Fall 2017 – my first ever time following seasonal anime.

Watching Konohana Kitan truly was random. I really can’t remember why I started it, and I can’t really think of reasons why I thought I should start it at the time.

But I don’t think it was a bad decision. Nothing wrong about fox girls doing cute things at an inn.

And spoiler alert, it even had the element of time travel. I remember the pleasant surprise of seeing that. It was a great final episode.

Having just finished Hanasaku Iroha, I could even think of rewatching this.

Oshiete! Galko-chan (MAL link)

Oshite! Galko-chan is another anime from this list that I watched in Summer 2018.

The reason I started it? The all-important plot, I think.

Still it was very good, and not simply for those reasons. I remember the final episode was unexpectedly wholesome.

I wouldnt mind another season of this.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (MAL link)

Exactly this time last year I randomly started watching Rokudenashi.

I think I was in search of an easy thing to watch that wouldn’t take more than 12 episodes. I also liked the design of a character I saw from this anime.

Looking at the synopsis got me interested enough and I watched it.

The anime had its fun moments and good eyecandy but it did fell a bit flat in the last few episodes.

 

Can you think of any anime you started for the unusual reasons? I would love to hear from you!

MAL scores (or myanimelist scores) – they serve as a rough estimation of how well an anime is received.

But ofcourse, if something has a high score, it doesn’t mean its a series that will most certainly without a doubt work for you.

Nor does a low score mean you will find the series terrible too.

The majority may feel one way, but it doesn’t mean you will feel the same way too.

In this post I will highlight some of the MAL scores that I would change. Cases of both the score being too high and too low will be included.

Remember that this is just my opinion, which I’m not supposed to have (in the words of PewDiePie, or should I say – Gloria Borger).

Clannad After Story (Score: 8.99)

Starting straight away with what I think is the most controversial entry on this list.

Many have described Clannad After Story as a lifechanging, unforgettable experience.

Unforgettable maybe, but lifechanging? I just never felt that.

After Story definitely had its moments. Episode 18, if I’m not mistaken, when Tomoya starts telling Ushio about his mother, broke me and for me that was probably the highest point of the series.

But I still have an issue with that ending. It would have been much more impactful if Nagisa was the only person that Tomoya lost. Seeing Tomoya moving on after that event would have been a great way to end.

Instead, the series basically goes back to Ushio’s birth and restarts everything from that point on, with a happier outcome than the first time.

And I know the message here is probably of karma, give to the city and the city will give back to you, but the whole supernatural aspect of Clannad never really worked for me, and that ending made all the events after Nagisa’s death feel useless.

Another issue are the characters. For a story like this to work on you, you need to get attached to the characters and for most of the Clannad characters, that wasn’t the case for me.

Saying all this, I’m making a Clannad AMV so this is kind of awkward…

Oh and the rating. It almost has a 9, making it one of the highest rated anime on the site.

If you would ask me, I wouldn’t rate Clannad After Story over 8.10.

Kimi ni Todoke (Score: 8.11)

Well, I did drop this anime afterall. So it’s kind of self explanatory why I disagree with the 8.11 rating.

I tried to give this anime a chance, I really did. I made it to Episode 18 I think, which was the recap.

But even with anime characters there is a limit to the dumbness that I can handle and Sawako was just too much.

Since on myanimelist I never actually give ratings to the anime that I dropped, I’m not sure if its fair that I talk about the Kimi ni Todoke rating.

But for the sake of this post, let’s say 7.5 is the highest rating I would give for this anime and nothing above that.

Harukana Receive (Score: 6.84)

It’s easy to dismiss an anime like Harukana Receive as nothing but fan-service without much value otherwise. It is a story about girls playing beach volleyball afterall.

And yet I ended up enjoying this anime more than I expected, and not simply because of the eyecandy. It was an interesting story with likeable characters that had a very sweet friendship.

Another strong aspect of Harukana Receive was the music. The opening and ending songs always improve my mood and the OST from the anime called Rise still serves as my alarm ringtone.

All of this for a myanimelist score of under 7.00? Harukana Receive deserves to at least break that barrier. I rated the anime with an 8 but I would be fine with at least a score of around 7.5.

Kimi no Na Wa (Score: 9.14)

I was not sure if I should include this. Not because it would be too controversial but because I’m not sure if what I’ll say about this will make sense.

This is the second highest rated item on myanimelist. And for this reason, the expectations were high when I watched this movie.

And it delivered. The story was well-made. Animation was gorgeous. The music was beautiful.

But I was still missing out on that feeling after finishing a 10/10 anime. It simply didn’t feel like I finished one of the best anime out there.

Maybe it was the characters? Actually, it probably was that. There was not too much you could take away or learn from the characters.

Which has a lot to do with the fact that its a movie, and in the time-frame of a movie it’s harder to create the attachment for the characters. At least in my opinion.

Which is also why movies usually work less well for me than a TV series.

I rated this movie with an 8. Something like an 8.30 score would be more appropriate I think.

Sakura Quest (Score: 7.45)

One of my most recently finished anime. Sakura Quest was beautiful.

I recently moved to a rural area just like Yoshino. Altho, if a city like Manoyama which has a population of around 50 000 counts as small, then I wonder what the village I’m in right now should be called…

In any case this was a well-made story about the life in a smaller area. Moreover, each of the girls had something I could relate to. Yoshino wished to live in a bigger place, then tried to make the most of an unplanned situation.

Shiori is an airhead. Maki all but gave up on one of her dreams.

Sanae is a web designer and blogger who hates bugs. Ririko is an introvert who can’t stop talking when asked about the things she is knowledgeable about.

I guess my point is, pretty much all of them are worth being called best girls.

P.A. Works is becoming one of my favorite studios. They really know how to hit my slice of life sweetspot.

Sakura Quest deserves to at least break the 8.00 score barrier on myanimelist.

Do you agree with my list? Which anime do you think have a myanimelist score that should be changed? Feel free to let me know in the comments đŸ˜‰

In a few days its gonna be 6 months since I decided to start my blogging journey.

Launching the blog just days before I started college, this time 6 months ago truly was a time full of changes.

This will be sort of a message to myself from 6 months ago. A list of some things I’ve learned from those 6 months.

If someone who is thinking of starting a blog comes up to this post, that would be great. I hope this could be even a tiny bit helpful for you.

So let’s get this started…

Post on consistent times

Decide how many posts you want to make.

You can post daily, weekly, monthly. Just stick to your decision. Find the quantity of posts that will work the best for you.

Personally I post something new every three days. I’ve sticked with this since December and I’d like to think its working well.

Schedule posts

Scheduling is a blessing. Back in January when I had a few scheduled posts, it was an amazing time.

It allowed me to focus on other things, and gave me time to finetune posts before publishing them if I still wasn’t fully satisfied with them.

Seriously just put in the extra work for a few days and schedule posts. It makes life easier and less stressful.

Even having one post made in advance gives you a nice ‘headstart’.

Interact with other bloggers

This is something I’m trying to do more of. I’m too much like real life, not interacting enough with other bloggers.

We are in this blogging thing together. Who is gonna help us out if not each other?

Follow bloggers on Twitter or other social media. Comment on their posts and like them. Give them the interaction you would want on your blog.

Guest posting is a great way to get yourself out there. Make connections and after a while ask them for a guest post too.

I really should practice what I’m preaching more.

If you are self-hosted on wordpress – use the Jetpack plugin

This is what I consider one of my biggest mistakes so far.

And it’s something I haven’t seen talked about in any of the many posts I’ve seen about starting a blog.

If you are self-hosted on wordpress, use the Jetpack plugin to integrate wordpress.com features.

This will allow you to use the WordPress reader which is basically like the social media for bloggers, each new blog post you make appears to your followers.

I’ve only realized the strength of this plugin in January. Don’t do the same mistake as me.

The reader feature isn’t even the only thing that makes Jetpack so useful. It’s really an essential plugin, and here I was not using it for almost half of my blogging time so far.

Get yourself out there

Just promote. A lot. But not in the spammy way.

Make a Twitter account but don’t just post links to your blog and call it a day.

Instead, become an active member of the community you are in. Reply to tweets, write your own thoughts. Just be yourself and follow anime fans and bloggers.

For me this was an easy step because I used a lot of Twitter before anyway. So making a new Twitter account for a blog and using it daily was pretty straightforward.

Make a Pinterest account. I feel it works very well for anime. Pin daily there too. It’s fun to just pin some cute anime stuff while waiting for a bus or train.

Use reddit. This month I linked my posts to the appropriate subreddits and it worked amazingly.

If you have a YouTube, do link to your blog there.

Sign up to animenano. Any way to get backlinks and get your name out there will help. No one will see you if you don’t make it easy for people to see you.

Make an email list

This could be classified as another one of my mistakes.

I still don’t have an email list. I briefly experiemented with it but decided to put it off for later, thinking I will find better ideas than simply offering ‘monthly email updates’.

A few months later and the better idea still didn’t come. So I’m still without an email list.

For many other niches its easy to make ‘lead magnets’, meaning downloads that will get people on your email list.

But for the anime niche I’m just struggling to find ideas. E-book? I’m not sure if people would really be interested in an ebook simply made of my lame blog posts.

Cheatsheet? I thought of making something like that for anime recommendations but concluded I may not have enough completed anime for such a thing.

Downloads? Of what? The GIFs I post? Not sure if that makes sense.

Maybe you have better ideas? If so, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments cause it would really help me out!

Don’t trust those ‘How I earned x thousand dollars in x months’ posts

If you are anything like me, you’ve seen a lot of posts like that, somehow hoping you could achieve the same.

But let me tell you, whenever you see a number of dollars with a number of months in a title, don’t bother clicking it.

It’s usually just a blogger trying to make you pay for their blogging courses or something else that would put you to their email list.

Congratulations to those that did succeed in getting the money they say they’ve gotten, but for anime bloggers? I just don’t see it possible.

You can only achieve those huge numbers in the ‘how to make money blogging’ niche or something else that involves finances. Maybe lifestyle or travel bloggers too. But anime bloggers just don’t speak for so many people as much as those other topics do.

In other words, this is a much more specific niche where growth will be harder and slower. And slower growth means less money.

Improve every day

I believe that if you want long term gains from blogging you have to dedicate time for it every day.

Every day there is something you can do to improve or help your blog.

It doesn’t have to include just making new posts, commenting other blogs or promoting yourself on various sites counts too.

Change your habits, when you are waiting for something and you have the phone with you, use that time for your blog.

It is a hobby but one that needs to be incorporated into your lifestyle. If you want success at least.

People do notice what you are doing

It may seem like no one cares about your posts. Like no one is reading and all of it is useless.

But trust me, there are people that read your stuff.

Sometimes all it takes is a nice message to give you all the motivation you need. I had that in January when I thought no one cared about my posts, until one amazing reader sent me a direct message full of support.

I’m sure there is someone out there who would do the same for you.

If this will be helpful to even one person, I’ve achieved the goal of this post.

Here is to a lot more months of blogging. A big thank you to everyone that has supported me through this journey so far.

I’m not sure what else to add so that will be all for this post.

This morning I woke up to the amazing news that a second season of Re:Zero has finally been confirmed.

This comes shortly after other exciting anime announcements, like Oregairu Season 3 and Psycho-Pass Season 3.

We are gonna get spoiled with amazing news at this rate. But please, keep it going, anime gods.

Anyways, the Re:Zero Season 2 announcement also came with a PV, which, while simple, seems to suggest there is a lot more pain in store for Subaru.

Here are the 5 main things I want to see resolved in this new season of Re:Zero.

The mystery of Satella

Edit: I’ve been informed it’s not Satella in this picture. It sure seemed like her from my anime-only perspective…

The PV seems to suggest we will finally get to see Satella. Which is great, because there are a lot of mysteries surrounding her that I’d really like to see resolved.

To start off, why does she look so similar to Emilia? Why did she use Satella’s name the first time she met Subaru? Was it really just to test if Subaru doesn’t know anything about the world they are in? Loads of theories have been made on this, most notably that Subaru actually met Satella that first time, and not Emilia.

And then there is Satella’s apparent connection to Subaru. He “reeks” of her and she attempts to kill him each time he tries to tell someone about his “Return by death”. Which brings me to the next point…

Return by death

How exactly does Subaru’s “Return by Death” work? Why does he have this ability? Are there others in the world of Re:Zero with the same ability?

Why do the “starting points” change? It’s likely that they are leading Subaru into a certain direction the witch wants. What exactly does the witch want Subaru to do?

It makes sense to give someone such an ability if you want them to play into your hands. The person isn’t left with much of a choice. Unless if they would simply want to live in a timeloop all the time, they would have to do whatever it takes to change the starting point.

That’s why Subaru could easily be forced to inadvertently play into the enemy’s hands.

Why is Subaru even in the Re:Zero world?

Usually in an isekai we would get a brief explanation of why did the main character just get transported into a new world.

But we had nothing like that in Re:Zero.

So why is Subaru even in that world? Is this also the doing of the witch?

Is his true hidden role in the Re:Zero world to secretly work for the witch without even being aware of it?

Puck

There are many things we still don’t know about Puck.

First of all, how did he met Emilia? Altho this will probably be answered in the new OVA that has also been announced. The picture above is from the PV for that.

And what about Puck’s beast mode? I would really like to find out more about that. All we know is that it’s a scary form and it only appears when Emilia dies.

Puck is quite a yandere isn’t he?

Sorry, please forget that sentence ever happened.

Crusch Karsten

This is not a mystery, I just want to see more of Crusch Karsten as I really enjoyed her character.

And where there is Crusch, there is also Felix right?

His reappearance would be fun as I love the memes surrounding him.

 

These would be my main wishes for Re:Zero Season 2! In any case I’m so happy it’s really coming back. I’m definitely planning the Season 1 rewatch as it’s been more than a year since I first finished the anime.

Tell me in the comments what are you looking forward to the most in the upcoming new season of Re:Zero!