Nineteen 19 - Reviews

Buckylass's avatar
Aug 14, 2022

This was a really cute little OVA. Despite being released in 1990, the whole feel is like an epitomization of the 80s with its neon and overt consumerism. 

The main character is a young 19yo boy, still in highschool, coming across his childhood crush at a nightclub one night. He wishes to rekindle his affections with the girl after finding out she broke up with her highschool sweetheart. This OVA does an amazing job evoking the essence of a summer fling. The OVA doesn't have a clear audience which I really enjoyed, moreso just directed at people that had school crushes and fleeting romances. I thought it might be more directed at a male audience due to the protaganist choice and how the only female character is the love interest, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that wasn't true. There wasn't much fanservice either which helped serve the neutrality.

The animation was quite pleasant and Koichi Chigara's direction was strong with some really well thought out shots. There were 2 cool segments that were more abstract--basically acting as montages. The visuals did a great job at emphasizing negative space as well, more prominently in the opening scenes. Overall, the visuals are strong and somewhat experimental so if you enjoy interesting visuals I suggest to check it out. 

Here are 3 shots that I liked; I don't normally take screens so they aren't varied but still:

The characters weren't too developed, but they were well done considering the time span. I think the music choices complimented the mood--I really loved the Boys insert song for some reason.

8/10 its not the best OVA you'll watch but it certainly is enjoyable if you're looking for something more casual. I think the majority of its appeal derives from the nostalgia factor. 

6/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
8/10 overall
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TheStampede01's avatar
May 1, 2012

Story- What the...? A main character of a romance anime thats not a teenager and its not even set in a school? Well there are flashbacks of his school life, but yeah this romance is about a young guy (try to guess his age lol) and a girl that hes liked since junior high. He also works as a waiter and has two friends and a homolust boss... but thats not really significant. The end is also a bit of a twist, whether in a good or bad way is up to you to decide.

Animation- Pretty standard for the 90's. Fairly realistic char designs and even a little symbolism thrown in once in a while.

Sound- Even though this was made in the 1990's the music just screams 80's. Fair warning its really cheesy 80's music and theres a lot of it. Like in the first 4 minutes already 2 songs with lyrics have played lol. I gotta say I totally loved it though, it really brought out the whole 80's vibe in this anime.

Characters- Weve got the main char(Kabota) whos a 19 yr old bartender who "chooses" to remain a virgin (we can infer because he wants to lose it to the girl hes really likes). His friends... who dont' really do much. His homolust boss. His love interest(Fujisaki) and her bitchy friends aswell as her ex. Everyone is there for a reason (except his boss) and do their job well.

Overall- Really enjoyed this from start to finish, I guess the music helped too. I'm interested to find out what happens next and will probably pick up the manga eventually. If your looking for a more realistic romance anime that isn't about teenagers in highschool I can heartily reccomend this (unless you really hate 80's music lol)

7/10 story
7/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall
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