This is a sequel to the main series Ichigo 100% which leaves off after Nishino agrees to be the heroine for the movie being made by the movie club. I will only be taking about story in this review as animation, sound and characters are the same as the origninal series. Read my review of the original series if you want my opinions on those, though I was less forgiving with characters due to this being a sequel.
The gang from the main series are out in the countryside filming their movie starring Nishino as the heroine. It starts with the main character Junpei, having a nightmare about being indecisive concerning his romantic interests. This is likely to try and draw viewers in making them hope that something actually happens. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Junpei ends up trapped in a shack in a torrential downpour with Toujou. As they try to keep warm, they take off their wet clothes and both of them wear nothing but boxers/panties. SPOILER< Despite the situation, Junpei keeps his calm/is a gutless worm and doesn't do anything weird nor does he confess. Same goes for Toujou >SPOILER
In the second part of the episode, Junpei and Nishino go on a token spooky forest walk to a lake which is said to be the place where unhappy lovers drowned themselves. It seems to bring the two closer together. SPOILER< It was all a ploy by the film crew to try and get a realistic performance from the two. Nothing really develops between Junpei and any of the girls >SPOILER
All in all, this was a slightly pointless extra episode that should have been part of the original series as episode 13. I felt like this was a waste of my time and it didn't have the innocent charm that was sometimes there (in the tactful parts) of the main series.
Family-friendliness Rating: 3/5 on average. 2/5 Form most of it though 4/5 during the scene in the shack where Toujou is wearing nothing but panties, however having modesty to cover her chest (lower is better)
Overall Rating: 4/5 (higher is better)
Ichigo 100% Jump Festa
Its dreary out, clouds are quite the shades of grey and black, and I have been fighting off a cough and cold for about a week now. On my couch feeling very down, I say to myself "it is the prefect time for a new review.". When I don't feel well I never want to watch something long or with a deep plot. So thankfully I pull out my trusty iPhone and proceed to the greatest website ANIME-PLANET! I head over to my profile so I can take a look at my Want to watch List. There it is, staring me straight in the face. Ichigo 100% Jump Festa the one episode Harem genre OVA. I had originally watched what I thought was its predecessor of this series, but if you look by its date it shows that this came out before the 12 episode OVA from MADHOUSE. This series is a guilty pleasure. You think that just because you throw panty shot after panty shot (Pantsu, Pantsu. shout out to my pal Chi.) that you can not have a serious plot. I believe that even thought the 12 episode OVA will give you the broader sense of establishing who Tojo,Junpei,Nishino, and others really are, I would have to say you feel a deeper bond and understanding between all characters (broken window cabin scene). Animation clean, clear and colorful. Soundtrack what not standout in every scene but fit in nicely with every hint of romance. As I do find a deeper meaning into this anime, we have to remember that this is still a Echhi/Hentai anime. Though it defiantly leans more on the light hearted Echhi side of things. It is not for every age.(you have to be this many Pokéballs to ride this OVA.) I would recommend this anime for any growing Otaku. Someone who is growing into a mature Inuyasha and taking quite the large step into Chobits. I know that some diehard Otaku may think that comparison is blasphemous but Please! you know where you started.
Story: What is a Jump Festa? I don't know and it has absolutely nothing to do with the OVA, despite it being in the title. But it surely involves plucking a random chapter that doesn't focus on Nishino (I'll say this now: I watched this shit after the series and the OVA series), slapping some animation on that ass and calling it a day. I can say that because this was pretty shitty despite having loads of innuendo, other innuendo by those in the DTAB who watched it, the sorrow few and... I think this was the one where Nishino had a lovely blue dress. You know that's getting top marks.
But the plot, the film club (I'll assume you know jack shit about this) that was formed to film sleaze smut flicks and get school funding for such raunchy activities, goes to the... I don't know where the fuck they are. It doesn't look like country but a house by the lake or something, it doesn't really matter. So they film, a darling love story which would be shit if not for Nishino in a lovely blue dress. I could call the plot done right there but there's more. This Toujou girl is on her way back from getting supplies and shit so Junpei, being the fit, tanned devil he is, he goes to meet up with her and help her out. This, obviously ends up with rain and the need to hide out in a bunker to avoid getting their clothes drenched and fanservice would have ensued except it ensues because this is, after all, named after strawberry panties.
It has all the pitfalls of a ecchi show, all the classic moments and hoo-haa and plenty of beligurent- beligerent- whatever sexual tension because that's how we roll. And by watching it, you can just feeeeel the sexual innuendo rise up, the sheer amount of perversion that could have been and is because it's as subtle as a sack of bricks. It's also entertaining in a way because it's comically bad. But any story that features Nishino in a lovely blue dress is a good story, no matter how shitty the rest of the shitfest is.
Guess it really didn't help that they still plucked a random chapter from the series.
Animation: The phrases I can think of for animation are 60% swear words so I'll try and censor it. If possible. The characters aren't like the ones in the series, in particular Manaka's wicked tan and Super Sayan Sausage Lips who astoundingly looks uglier here. The girls, they're alright, Nishino the best obviously, and panties. With cleavage. And wetness, because the funding went to fanservice and some nice backgrounds. The climatic scene, boosted with Nishino of course, was pretty good. Still, the characters are mostly ugly and the animation a bit sloppy.
Sound: I got nothing. Literally nothing.
Characters: Junpei is a sex magnet. It's apparent here that he gets bitches but it's in the series where he really works his mojo. You see all them bitches in the pictures? Most, if not all want his nuts. What's so good about him? He's got a pimping camera, he's going to be a rich (Porn) director and that tan, fucking sick tan, all even and shit. That's it. He doesn't have much redeemable qualities apart from those and the tan one isn't even in the series. The OVA isn't really a good judge of character but you know, more props to Nishino.
Overall: I could have summed up this shit in a paragraph but noooooo. I had to go and make it longer, when you could have a single paragraph praising Nishino and bashing just about everything else. In chronological order, this is the ass end of shit. Watch it after the series so you can know whose who and it'll be less confusing and possibly less painful.
Still better than the OVA's final episode.