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!

The children of Grace Field have finally reached the B06-32 which turned out to be a human shelter.

Is the man awaiting for them William Minerva?

I expressed my doubts about it in my Volume 6 post and it turns out I was right.

Unnamed man

The mysterious man in the human shelter is not William Minerva. But it turns out he also has a past of escaping human farms.

But unlike the Grace Field group, his siblings didn’t survive the escape. This man was the only remaining survivor. And he stayed in the human shelter, where he seemingly lived for 13 years now.

Seeing the Grace Field children only gave him negative emotions. This even led him to try shooting Emma, but luckily for the orphans some of his past traumas still seem to haunt him.

I keep referring to him simply as “man” because he refuses to give the children his name. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with the children and just wants to see them leave.

You can hardly call him a likeable character. But I guess that’s how you would end up being if you live in a hideout for 13 years as the only survivor left from your family.

And to add to that, it looks like some of his decisions were to blame for the events.

I won’t defend someone that basically wants to kill an entire group of children because of his past traumas, but I can’t say its surprising that he behaves that way.

A place to live

The B06-32 human shelter is a surprisingly good place to live in.

Apparantly the food supplies are limited, but I do wonder how is the food still edible after at least 13 years now.

Sure there is also a garden but there are also things like cookies and premade soup. Surely there is no way to refill those supplies or is there?

The shelter has a bathtub and hot water too. I can imagine it would be a great feeling to use that after a week without hot water.

Ofcourse, Ray and Emma were using their time at the shelter efficiently. But the books they found were outtdated.

There was a new letter from Minerva tho. It leads them to another point, this time A08-63.

How many more checkpoints are there going to be until they finally meet Minerva?

Bold deal

The unnamed man was tied and locked by the children but he managed to find a way out, and he planned to kill the group with a knife.

Until Emma cornered him into making a deal with the group.

Luckily, they found an emergency detonator. Unless the man wants his shelter to be blown off, he has no choice but to go with their deal.

The deal is for him to go to A08-63 with Emma and Ray as their guide.

He accepted but before leaving they went to a secret armory to grab some weapons.

To be as light as possible, Ray took one gun and Emma took a pistol along with her bow and arrows.

Hellish journey

In order to reach the destination in the shortest time possible, Ray, Emma and the unnamed guide have to cross a forest full of wild man eaters.

Emma wasn’t catious enough and had a really close encounter with one of the demons.

When it was time to shoot, she hesitated, but their guide shot the demon instead.

This part left me confused. For a second I thought someone really just got killed there. But looking at it now, it was probably just a flashback from the unnamed guide.

While shooting the demon may have looked like a favour, it turned out to have the opposite effect. The man didn’t kill the man-eater.

Instead he waited purposely for it to regenerate and call its “allies”. Suddenly a whole bunch of scary man-eaters appeared.

Surely two children who never used guns before will have a tough time handling this.

Conclusion

A fantastic buildup for what’s to come. We are in for a threat.

Not only do the children have to face demons but their “guide” isn’t exactly a thrustworthy person. He intends to kill at least one of the two.

Gilda took the initiative once again. Her development recently is clear. Good for the group, because they cannot always rely on Ray and Emma.

Will the next volume finally feature William Minerva himself? Or what about Norman? Thinking about it, remember that William Minerva “alter-ego” picture from Volume 6?

Doesn’t it resemble Norman’s outfit from Episode 10? I can’t help but wonder…

Damn it really looks the same…

In any case I’m off to Volume 8. Things are really gonna get exciting now 😀

As always, leave your thoughts on this Volume of The Promised Neverland in the comments below. And if you want to read my previous two Volume reviews, Volume 5 is here, and Volume 6 here.

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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!

That’s right – part 2.

The first post from this mini “series” that I never actually thought of as a series but maybe really is a series was about cakes. Toradora cakes to be specific.

Then in this post I shared with you some of the drawings I was making for school. Now we are talking about cooking once again and this time its not a dessert.

It’s onigiri.

Onigiri

Onigiri, or rice balls are a simple Japanese food often used as breakfast or in bentos. They are essentially a triangle-shaped ball of rice filled with stuffings.

Usually they are decorated with some nori paper and seeds on top.

I’ve seen them across various anime. Most notably, I can recall Aisaka Taiga making onigiri during the Toradora OVA episode, and Hinata Miyake wearing a T-shirt with an onigiri on it.

While I’m not sure how well Hinata Miyake prepares her onigiri, I remember Aisaka Taiga made them too salty.

Was I able to do better?

Unlike the cake post, this time I actually have a picture.

Previous failures

I actually already tried making onigiri once. It was another one of my “home alone cooking experiements”. I tried doing it with the common rice you can buy in Croatia, and not the sushi rice that is required.

That time I also didn’t have the nori paper, so it lacked the look as well as the taste. And it didn’t really hold together so I ate most of it with the jaw.

But this time I came ready. I had the nori paper, I had the sushi rice. I had the tuna and mayo, one of the most common stuffings.

This was my day for making proper onigiri.

Ryuuji intensifies

Proper attempt

After cooking the rice exactly as it was written, waiting for it to start boiling, then lowering the temperature and leaving closed for 15 minutes…

…a lot of it was left sticking at the bottom of the pot. It left me wondering where did it go wrong. The amount of water was fine as well as timing so really, what was the problem?

My mother said it could be because of the plate. I guess we’ll just leave it at that.

In any case, the rice really tasted great. Its a better rice than the one I usually eat here. Just a shame that it costs significantly more than the “standard” one for these areas.

While the rice was cooking, I mixed the tuna with mayo, chopped a carrot, took out the cheese and “cropped” the nori paper into smaller bits.

An important thing to note is that before using the rice to shape the onigiri, you have to dampen your hands with salted water. Otherwise you are going to get a lot of the rice sticking on your hands.

I didn’t do this the last time, because back then I used a plastic wrap while shaping the rice, which you can also do if you don’t want to shape the rice with your hands directly.

Most of my onigiri were tuna-mayo filled. Once you get your shape, you place a small bit of the nori paper, for decoration but it also works nicely for holding the onigiri.

The nori is an edible part too ofcourse. It has quite a specific flavour but I can’t say I didn’t like it.

500 grams of the rice was enough for 7 onigiri. At the end, I put some flax seeds on them. Usually you would put sesame seeds but I didn’t have those this time.

Conclusion

That was fine and everything but where is the picture? How did it end up looking? Was it worth it? Was it tasty?

There they are. My first ever proper onigiri. Not all of them have that shape but I think it was a good attempt. Would, and will definitely do again. This time with sesame seeds and maybe wasabi because why not?

I already mentioned how the rice was great and the nori had a specific but good taste. Nothing to complain about the fillings either, cause I really love tuna and mayo.

But what I could add is that these things fill up your belly quicker than expected. 2 or 3 are more than enough as a meal after a soup.

Now I’d really like to try making them with more fillings, preferably Japanese specific. Or maybe next time I could try my hand at sushi. I did also buy those sushi rollers afterall.

If you’ve made onigiri, feel free to tell me how it went in the comments! Or what about other Japanese foods? Share your cooking stories in the comments! 😀

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Volume 5 truly had everything in store for the children of Grace Field.

They escaped the orphanage but had to separate from their younger family. Then they faced new challenges by the nature itself and various demons.

Ray was forced to leave the group as a way to escape the demons. But even he doesn’t have infinite stamina for running away so how could he save himself from this situation?

Volume 6 of The Promised Neverland provides us with the answers.

Rescue

When Emma collapses and things look quite bad for the group, a mysterious girl arrives and leads them to a safer place. Meanwhile, Ray also gets rescued by a similarly mysterious person.

He reunites with Emma in what looks like a cave. Upon meeting one of their rescuers, Ray is sharp-eyed as always and notices that it is in fact, a demon.

Emma thought for a moment that all the other children have been prepared as food. I just can’t not notice how similar she looks here to Hunter x Hunter’s Killua.

It turns out those demons, called Mujika and Sonju are actually not interested in eating humans due to their religion.

The promise

What Volume 6 does is reveal some hugely important details about the world of The Promised Neverland.

Demons and humans have existed on Earth for more than a thousand years. The two species have been constantly killing each other. In order to stop that, a promise has been made.

Demons won’t eat humans. Humans won’t kill demons. The world will be segregated with one side being for the demons and the other side for the humans.

Human farms have been created as a sacrifice in order to keep the promise.

The reason the ecosystem is different than what the children have been reading about in books is because they are currently at the demon side of the world.

And crossing to the human side is forbidden as part of the promise.

But oh well, the children of Grace Field are already quite used to doing things that are “forbidden”.

Note how the person that seemingly thought of the promise has an owl on his shoulder. Considering how the symbols from WIlliam Minerva have the owl, this is surely foreshadowing something.

Could it be that WIlliam Minerva is really the human that thought of the promise?

Even if its “impossible” to cross to the human side, Emma will still do it. I love her determination and confidence.

Training

The children are aware that they have to be self-reliable. They are using the few days they have with Mujika and Sonju to learn some important new skills like cooking. Ray seems to have a bit of a talent for it.

Emma wants to learn hunting, and her first prey is a bird.

The gunpa is a ritual of piercing a flower through the heart of the prey. It helps drain the blood and if the gods accept the food, the flower will bloom.

With Conny in her mind, this left Emma heartbroken. But she pierced the flower through the bird anyway.

She doesn’t seem to enjoy hunting a lot. I think Emma would be a good candidate for becoming vegan.

(I’m so sorry)

B06-32

As the children finally arrive to the place B06-32, it turns out that it’s actually empty without anyone around.

My first thoughts after seeing that were that they should dig. It turned out right because they soon found out they should go underground.

What they find is a human shelter. And a man in a messy room awaits for them.

I’m not sure if this is William Minerva but if it is I was expecting him to look differently. But I was probably influenced by the clothing his “alter-ego” had. If you don’t get what I mean let me just show you a picture.

Conclusion

Human shelters? I do wonder what is their purpose. If crossing between the two sides of the world is forbidden, this clearly means some have broken the promise.

Is the man waiting in the shelter William Minerva? Who is he?

All I can say is that William Minerva has surely at some point broken the promise if he is able to leave those signs for the high-quality farms.

And that owl. I doubt William Minerva is a 1000 year old person and that he really “made” the promise, but what does the owl symbolise? Maybe a group of individuals that William Minerva is a part of?

Also, Sonju has certain selfish plans… I can’t say it was surprising seeing something like that since he is a demon afterall. I just wonder if he will return in the future as the enemy.

Volume 6 was kind of what they would call an infodump. Loads of new vital information about the world has been revealed. Volume 7 could be the similar since the likelihood of meeting WIlliam Minerva or at least getting some information on him is high.

It’s gonna be interesting. And I’m very much excited for more. Writing this blog post is the only reason why I haven’t jumped straight into Volume 7 cause I think reviewing Volume 6 after reading the next volume would feel a bit weird.

If you’ve read Volume 6 of The Promised Neverland please feel free to discuss it in the comments 😉

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