Cadis Etrama di Raizel wakes up from 820-years long sleep and starts a new life as a high school student. His peaceful days as a student are soon interrupted as his new human friends are assaulted by mysterious attackers with superhuman abilities.
I had no idea what to expect from this as I had never heard of Noblesse before, but I was not disappointed. It seems more of a prologue or a first episode to a 12-episode run, and if the episode number 0 is anything to go by, more episodes will follow. A fair warning to those of you who've never read the manhwa, or heard of Noblesse, don't listen to the people claiming this is not worth watching - be your own judge on that. I don't know how 'amazing' the webtoon is, or how incomplete the story as a whole is unless you've read it, but this OVA? It's a complete experience by itself and doesn't require you to know any background info. Who knows, maybe it feels incomplete or rushed if you know the whole story - the whole 'noblesse universe' - but personally? I didn't feel any of that. The story and characters are pretty self explanatory and you'll know what's happening and why the whole time. If this is really the result of a summary from 80-ish chapters of the webtoon, it should be praised. To get this kind of quality from that much material is not easy. P.S. And yes, I am a critic by heart. If I were to place Noblesse in my top anime list, it wouldn't even scratch the top 100 list. I'm quite sure it'd fall somewhere in the range of top 250-300. Regardless, Noblesse is definitely worth watching especially since it's only 30 minutes long which means you won't really spend any time on it... The short length is also its greatest downside but I'm hopeful that we'll get more OVAs or maybe even a full-blown season later on. -CrtlC
This OVA was done pretty decently. I wasn't expecting much but for what it was it delivered well. I felt fulfilled when I finished with it and thats really all that I ask for. The story is similar to the beginning of the webtoon but they crunch things together for time factor reasons I imagine. However, I think it would work as a excellent pusher of the webtoon (now if the webtoon is worth it is another matter and not really important to reviewing the OVA.) The animation was actually pretty good. I had no issues with it at all. I saw no mistakes in character movements like that. The sound was excellent. Though my tastes may be different than yours. The voice actors did a great job and I really enjoyed the opening song. It's been a while since I liked a opener this much. If your not a big fan of instrumentals though your probably won't like it as much as I do. The characters are what make the story and they portrayed Rai and and M - 21 pretty well considering the time constraints. I feel that Frankenstien lost some of his mysterious air that he has in the beginning of the webtoon but it's understandable they still give you a hint to the fact that there is more to him when he defeats the girl he is fighting from that organization. My favorite character other than M-21 is Han Shinwoo in the webtoon and although pretty abreviated they got his personality and looks down pretty well. It's been a while so I cannot remember it all extremely well, but it feels like he played a bigger part in the opening arc in the webtoon than he did in this OVA. That's actually part of what turned me off about the webtoon because I ended up liking him a lot as a main character but soon after this arc he is sort of put on the back burner. I don't know if he stays that way, but after watching the OVA. I kinda feel like going and trying out the webtoon again. Overall I'd suggest it maybe as a precurser to the webtoon. Stand alone it may be a bit difficult to just leave it as is and still be satisfied. However, that is the case with a lot of OVA's, and it was enjoyable. So I gave it a 7 overall.
I won't break down a full review of this OVA as I feel it's sort of just an extension of the main series - the majority of the points in my main review apply here for character and story. I will say, however, that watching the Noblesse TV series before watching this OVA really impacts my opinion of it - I would likely have given it a more comprehensive review if this was my first introduction to the story. Coming from the main series as my first experience with the franchise, there are a few things that stand out to me about this OVA. The overall theme and tone of the music and sounds felt a lot more fantasy-esque or even heoric/epic for this OVA, and the art style, especially for Rai, was a lot different in a way that I'm not entirely fond of. Frankly I feel that, were this my first experience with the series, I'd have dropped it after this OVA instead of continuing on with the main series. In that regard, I'm glad that I watched the main series first. That said, now that I'm invested in the franchise because I enjoyed the main series so much, this feels like a decent 'pre-quel' or even just flash-back-episode to watch for a better understanding of the intricacies behind the main series. Overall, I feel that this OVA is unnecessary for the story - the main series works as-is and provides enough information to understand everything that happened in this OVA to lead up to it. If you're reading this because you're evaluating if you want to get into the series, I highly recommend just skipping the OVA and diving straight into the main series, and then come back here if you're interested enough.
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