While heading towards her own wedding, Kirara Imai dies in a car accident. Deeply frustrated for being unable to accomplish her dreams beside Konpei Asai, she asks for the opportunity of being with him once again. Kirara is able to return, but she goes back eight years in time as a ghost. There she is able to meet Konpei and herself when they still weren't a couple.
Kirara is an OVA that has caught my attention a few months ago because of its original concept (and because I’m a sucker for ovas/series from the 80s), but it turned out to not live by my expectations. Wanna know why? Then go ahead and keep reading. The show tells the story of Kirara, a 24 year old girl who dies in a car accident on the day of her wedding and is sent 8 years back, when she and her future husband hasn’t started dating yet. On paper it sounds good, but the execution left a lot to be desired since they tried to cram way too much content in too little time. It’s especially noticeable in the latter half when they fast forwarded the events prior to the accident to the point it becomes a confusing mess. This also impacts on the characters. While none of them is intolerable to the point of making the show insufferable they end up being quite shallow due to the lack of any room to develop them. At least the animation is good. While a tad dated, the design of the characters and the backgrounds is nice, and there aren’t any noticeable flaw in this regard. It may not be groundbreaking, but it does its job. There’s not much to say about the OVA when it comes to the soundtrack and the voice acting. It’s not bad but it’s also very forgettable. All in all the OVA was ok at best. While it’s not bad by any means the lack of proper pacing and an inconclusive ending sours the experience quite a bit. You’ll probably enjoy the source material more tho.
When Kirara dies on the way to her wedding, she is, for whatever reason, allowed to go back in time and see her fiancee before she started dating him. Now, if there's anything I've learnt from watching too much sci-fi, this is not generally a good idea, but given Kirara is a complete idiot, it proabably doesn't matter. The characters in Kirara all annoyed me quite a lot, especially ghost Kirara. She is a certified idiot. I'm not really sure how it happened, because her younger self actually seems kind of smart, but somewhere along the line she got so stupid she thought texting and driving on the way to her wedding was a good idea. Konpei was a ridicuously stereotypical character, young Kirara was actually ok, but not good enough to hold up the rest of them, and her best friend was also pretty stereotypical too. Combined, they weren't even that much fun to watch. Not too bad, I've definitley seen worse, but definitley not good. If you like feeling constantly mildly to completley pissed off at characters, interesting sci-fi concepts and ghosts, then this may be a good watch for you. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother. Review for February 2017 DAMC
Kirara follows a ghost that had died on her wedding day travelling back in time to see her fiancé again. The catch is that she is sent back to before they were ever together, oh no! Story and Characters What can I say about the story really? We really just have a guy who longs after a girl whilst the ghost of that same girl, only from the future, makes a nuisance of herself. The anime just rushes through the plot, Ghost Kirara is not really fazed at having gone back in time and her younger self was not particularly surprised to see her dead, future self floating about. The anime is just rushed plot with some ghostly mischief, followed by a lacklustre conclusion. The characters themselves are not very interesting, not enough is done to make me care about them and by the time it was over I moved right on. The Technical Stuff Kirara is fairly old but as far as looks go it's quite decent. There isn't anything standout about anything here. Conclusion 40 minutes that can be better spent watching something else. There is little of substance here and what it does have is just powered through without much thought. A SpanglishJC 'Short Review' Daily Anime Marathon Club #5 Review
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