Dead Girls (OVA)

Title:Dead Girls (OVA)
デッドガールズ (Japanese)
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Notables: Animation - GONZO
R1 License - FUNimation
It's the future of New York. Kate, Rose, Rachel, and Claire lead normal high school student lives by day and serve as bounty hunting vigilantes by night, using their unique advantage. Louise, a new transfer student, comes to school; she strongly wants to be friends with Kate. Also, something happens to "Red Garden", the last vestige of nature left in the city, and a place that is said to be haunted. What is the truth behind this and it's real purpose?

A sequel to Red Garden.

45 minutes.
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Rent 9 7 7 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:1967#1552]
More or less, Dead Girls is an extra treat for those who enjoyed Red Garden as the four girls from the original series are bounty hunters in the far future and interact with reincarnations of those they met from the original series. Compared to the TV series, the mood of Dead Girls is mostly light-hearted fun coming off of the different personalities exhibited by the girls and their crime-fighting capers in New York City. While it does hint to some events that occurred from Red Garden's finale, Dead Girls doesn't offer much new that was brought up from the former series thus it would be fairly easy for someone not familiar with Red Garden (as Stretch is from below) to get into. If you craved Red Garden or are just looking for a fun, quick title to get into, then Dead Girls is worth your time to check out.

Last updated Sunday, October 23 2011. Created Sunday, October 23 2011.
Rent Stretch [series:1967#628]
Judging from the title, I had guessed that Dead Girls would involve female zombies (as the bad guys), but the show wasn't anything like that. The four girls are drawn with character designs that are distinctive and looked familiar, but I couldn't place them. They do look a bit more like 27 than their supposed ages of 17, though. Their personalities are stylish and self-confident, but not excessively so, which makes them fun and likeable. The humorous banter between them is the best part of the show; dialogue is fast moving. I wondered if this OVA was part of a series, since the girls' backgrounds weren't thoroughly explained, but I now know that this is a sequel to a TV series. Even though I didn't know that as I watched, where and when the story was taking place soon became clear. So did the girl's unique trait, their (apparent) immortality. The chase scene in which the girls demonstrate their secret profession was wild and had the WTF effect on me. This struck me as a sort of modern-day Bubblegum Crisis. The plot made sense and was neither simplistic nor overcomplicated. The mecha the girls employed was a bit weird and made me pause for a moment to decide whether I could accept this while still suspending disbelief (taking the show seriously). But the show as a whole is fairly weird, so I soon decided I could. The climax was restrained, with less violence and destruction than usual, but worked well. I was left wondering what exactly the girls were capable of--are they superhumanly strong? Can they regenerate? Does their immortality protect them from aging but not bullets and knives? Whatever the case may be, I enjoyed this OVA and am now curious about the TV series.

My favorite line: "We aren't friendly with each other at all! We're stuck with a rotten friendship"

Last updated Friday, October 10 2008. Created Friday, October 10 2008.

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