Top 15 Anime OVA Series.

anime ova series

The anime culture has a ritual of OVAs (Original Video Animation) to captivate the audience more into the creative world of mastery. The diverse landscape of anime Ova has given birth to impeccable ground-breaking plots as well as a surface for creators to experiment. Though Ova acts as sometime prequel, sequel, or spin-off to a main series the importance of this short sequenced anime remains the same as entertaining and captivating as the original one. From some classic gems to modern-day OVAs here I have the Top 15 anime OVA series.

16. Date to Date          

Date to Date Anime
Episodes 1
AiredDec 6, 2013
GenreSci-fi, Romance

With little plot and some fan’s service doesn’t mean this anime OVA series isn’t any good. It still maintains the funny demeanor of it treating with a great watch.

Origami Tobichi and Shidou have been in an unspoken relationship when Origami asks Shidou for a date, he thinks this is the best time to end their relationship and tries to break up.

Unfortunately, that backfires the more he plans to make her hate him the more she loves him. The series of events forces him finally to go on a date with Origami.

The hilarious dates with colorful and amazing art are just spectacular anime to watch.

15.Major: World Series

Major: World serie
AIREDDec 16, 2011 to Jan 18, 2012

This OVA is for sports cum anime enthusiast who loves to watch athlete anime. Major: World Series OVA is a perfect ending to the baseball anime.

The narration portrays the ending journey of Gorou Honda as he competes for the World Series inspired by his Shigeharu.

During the winning event, an injury weighs down his chances of accomplishing, but he shows athleticism and dedication.

If you haven’t watched the Major series then I suggest you should. The Ova concludes the legacy of his father as well as an inspiring journey.

14. Encouragement of Climb: Omoide Present

Encouragement of climb: Omoide Present
AIREDOCT 28, 2017

Keeping aside my undying love for mountains, This OVA or whole anime circles around climbing mountains, living life making memories, and chasing that adrenaline rush.

Highly underrated, this OVA gives a slice of life, weaving the story of Aoi, Kakona, and Hinata. As Aoi and Hinata recreate some of their memories and dive deep into their bond.

The tale of friendship and shared passion for mountain climbing mixes with the serene animation reflecting a dream.

13. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This beautiful World!

Konosuba: God's Blessing on This beautiful World! anime OVA series.
AIREDJULY 14, 2017

With humor, and the hilarious Konosuba returns with Kazuma Satou’s adventures. As one fine day, Kazuma interacts with one of his fans.

Though Bragging about his previous adventures and trying to impress her, the plot binds comedy with the quirks of each character.

As much as it is underrated, The OVA delivers fun-filled comic misadventures as Kazuma and his team explore the ruins.

12. The Ancient Magus Bride: Those Awaiting a Star

The ancient Magus Bride: Those awaiting a star
AIREDSep 10, 2016 to Sep 9, 2017

Re-living the mystical world of Kore Yamazaki’s The Ancient Magus Bride: Those Awaiting a Star acts as a prequel to the original series.

The OVA explores the early life of Chise with the darkest experience yet finding the courage to make it through her adventures. As the bond between Chise, a young mage, and Elias, a magus strengthens they revisit the life of Chise’s dark past.

Some beautifully composed soundtrack intricate with Yamaxaki’s extraordinary storytelling derives poignant feelings all over our hearts.

11. Detroit Metal City

Detroit Metal City
AIREDAug 8, 2008 to Oct 28, 2008

Over the past few years, the satirical dark humor along with the tear-jerking hilarious series Detroit Metal City features the story of a young lad named Negishi.

Negishi moves to Tokyo, aspiring to follow pop music, and ends up in a metal band fulfilling the place of the lead singer.

As Negishi dwindles between his two personalities the plot takes the audience on a rollercoaster of humor, and emotions.

As his dual personalities collide he realizes his aggressive personality is nothing forced but also just a part of him.

10. Hunter X Hunter OVA.

Hunter x Hunter OVA
AIREDJan 17, 2002 to Apr 17, 2002

Presenting some top-notch animation integrated with Yoshihiro Tagashi’s great character, Hunter x Hunter remains one of the best anime OVA series.

The plotline adds an extra perspective to the long unanswered question of Kurapica’s mysterious powers the reasons behind it and his undying will to avenge his dead crew.

As the story progresses it dives deeper into Kurapica’s character and enriches the series with some intense battle scenes and emotional arc.

9. Gintama: Love Incense Arc

Gintama Love Incense Arc
AIREDAug 4, 2016 to Nov 4, 2016

Popular for its unapologetic wit and pop culture references with admiring story dynamics, Gintama has plastered a thick fan base over the years.

The OVA, as the name suggests Love Incense arc conveys the mess that occurred in the red-light district, Yoshiwara with an incense breaching the walls of the town.

The incense or love drug generates strong love feelings and as it affects the Tsukyu, the hakka captain falls in love with Gintoki. The witty compilation of humor and emotions continues justifying the original series.

8. Golden Boy

Golden Boy, Anime OVA series
AIREDOCT 27,1995 TO JUNE 28, 2012

The adventure of twenty-five-year-old Kintarou also known as Golden Boy, on the verge of graduation he quit and embarked on a journey without any certain goals.

Dwelling from one temporary job to another, on his path he collides with various girls creating a love affair.

As carefree as Kintarou, the plot also moves flawlessly without any destination. Perhaps that made it popular among the fans.

The cheeky humor, vibrant characters, and not-so-orthodox way of solving problems generate an immense amount of laughs, providing the best comic anime ova series of all time.

7. Hellsing Ultimate

Helsing Ultimate
AIREDFEB 10, 2006 TO DEC 26, 2012

The storyline covers the country of England where supernatural beings poses a threat to humanity. To release the society from this threat, Hellsing Organisation exists.

Slave to this Organisation, the famous Vampire Alucard declares war against whoever stands as a threat to Hellsing and Humanity.

The dark aesthetic theme with political subplots, in depth characters combined with animation makes it to stand out in anime ova series.

6. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

Mobile suit Gundam Unicorn.
AIREDMAR 12, 2010 TO JUNE 6, 2014

Set in the Universal Century 0096, the conflict continues between Earth and Neo-Zeon. Banagher Links, the protagonist lives a peaceful life until Audrey Burne tries to steal a box from his land which will change the century.

When the fight reaches his doorstep, Banagher takes charge of Gundam Unicorn to fight for his people and his survival.

The much-applauded MECHA franchise has some mesmerizing animation along with a philosophical plot that shows the true colors of civilization, war, and peace.

5.Clannad: Another World, Tomoyo Chapter

Clannad Another World, Tomoyo Chapter
AIREDJULY 16, 2008

Varying from the original Clannad universe, this OVA anchors the main character Tomoyo, the student council president brews a romance with her senior delinquent Tomoya.

As the rumours float around in the school and spread like wildfire threatening her position as the student council president, she starts questioning her choices.

Kyoto Animation Studios sprinkled depth into the story with its animation, the poignant tale and as emotional as the original Clannad Series.

4.Re: Zero Frozen Bonds

Re Zero Frozen Bonds
AIREDNOV 8, 2019

The OVA focuses on the thrilling back-story of the spirit Puck and Emilia, a half-elf heritage young girl trapped in the snow.

Before becoming a candidate for Lugunica’s queen, her struggles around the village are poignant and heartbreaking. As she resembles a great witch and with her powers, her daily life struggles multiply.

As the plot forwards the reason behind certain actions is unraveled adding layers to the original series. With intricately formed animation and refined characters it is one of the best anime Ova series of all time.

3.Attack on Titan: No Regrets

Attack on Titan: No Regrets
AIREDDec 9, 2014 to Apr 9 2015.

Hajime Isayama delivered one of the greatest manga turned anime of all time ShingekI No Kyoujin also known as Attack on Titan.

Attack on Titan: No regrets mustered the story of, handsome yet brutal Captain Levi’s story.

The Ova conveys the plot of Captain Levi before meeting Erwin Smith. And living underground with two more thugs Isabel and Farlan. Facing the threats, Levi teams up to steal with the duo to survive.

Levi’s emotional yet dark and cold journey before joining the survey corps serves fan a dynamic of Levi’s cold behaviour.

With the same heart –throbbing music the character arc with the animation compliments the main series.

2. Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal

Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal
AIREDFEB 20, 1999 TO SEP 22, 1999

A beautifully crafted plot delves into the life of a boy named Shinta also known as Kenshin Himura, named after the man who rescued him from a group of bandits.

With his tragic life, the transformation of Kenshin Himura to an assassin known as Battossai, delivers a gem of storytelling with some intense fight scenes along with breathtaking animation.

Though the poetic narrative speaks for itself, the ost and music are impeccable.

1.Devilman OVAs

The BirthNov 1, 1987
The Demon birdFeb 15 1990
AmonMay 24, 2000

Bringing you not only one but three classic cult Ovas of the same franchise. From the 1980s: Devilman; The Birth, The Demon Bird, and Amon.

The Devilman’s original storyline revolves around Akira Fudou, an introverted high school kid. He collides with demonic power to protect the world from its supernatural threats.

Though known for its darker and mature content, the classic Devilman has been adapted into many versions but recently it was adapted into an ONA on Netflix named Devilman’s Crybaby.


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