Overall and Production:
Directed by anime pioneer Osamu Dazaki and written by famouse manga author Rumiko Takahashi. This combo should be a defiening work punching new highs in the newly founded OVA format. Unfortunetly the great pair do not reatch anything to high in this work.
The origenal One Pound Gospel manga was a "benched project" taking 20 years to complete! Perhaps this anime has become outdated and stored in cobwebs only to be seen by adept fans of the two makers?
The story hitch line is simple, Kosaku is on the border line of being a heavy weight/lightweight boxer. If he's lightweight he's unstoppable but if he pigs out on food and goes heavyweight, he's doomed. His coatch grows tierd of his poor choises and is up to his new coatch god to help him. It sounds like a very good story but prepare to be disapointed in the "charectors" section...
Keeping in mind that when this anime was in production only 25% complete, so that gives indecation of a loose plot. I have not read the manga so I can't tell if the script writer of manga creator came up with a suitable ending for the anime.
This is realy where the show goes belly up. It is very rare to find an anime that has religion "except Shinto" that uses religion as part of it's main concept. I was born Catholic but always viewed it as being part of my culture rather then to identify my self with my religion, however like all religions it should be dealt with sensitivity. And after all, religion is encridibly interesting and makes for great drama. One Pound Gospel makes no such moves on this.
The main charector Kosaku is placed as the main charector yes is selfish, uninterested in how his negetive actions effect others and a cheater. After watching the anime when as would be expected all goes his way you may pesimistically say to yourself. He hasint learned annything, he is doomed to fail later on in life.
Supporting role goes to Sister Angela who wants to help main charector Kosaku can't die to Kosaku's own ignorance. There are some funny scenes throughtout the anime and overall the shows story is gloomy when thought about after watching it.
Music and Sound:
Being a low quality OVA I give the sound department mercy but music wise it's everything one coukd expect. An indevisual could have composed the music in there head. It is way to generic for its genre.
Being a big fan of Osamu Dasaki I had high hopes for this little anime. My viewing quality was poor so I couldint see to clearly if there were any flaws. The art style genre dosint realy give was for detail so not much was needed to make this anime my thought are.
Final Thoughts: For the few.
• Fans of Osamu Desaki
• Fans of Tumiko Takahashi
• Something short to watch
• Fans of boxing