Nazo no Kanojo X: Nazo no Natsu Matsuri

Title:Nazo no Kanojo X: Nazo no Natsu Matsuri
Nazo no Kanojo X OVA
Nazo no Kanojo X: Mysterious Summer Festival
謎の彼女X OVA
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Today's the annual summer festival in town. Tsubaki Akira's sister Youko already wears her yukata and urges her brother to wear his one as well, reminding him how much fun he had as child when they attended the festival together. Perhaps he could got there with his favorite girl this time?

Right when Tsubaki-kun has put on his yukata, his buddy Ueno drops by, inviting him to the festival for a double date, as Ueno's girlfriend Oka will bring Urabe along. On the festival, the girls are talking with each other while the boys just tag along, until Ueno and Oka decide to break away, leaving the two couples separate. But Ueno has told Tsubaki-kun where on this festival to get the "magic red string that ties lovers together" which can be bought only once a year, and Oka did the same with Urabe.

When suddenly the start of the firework is announced, Tsubaki-kun and Urabe are separated by the masses of visitors. Tsubaki-kun decides to go for that "red string" first, but when he arrives at the location Ueno described he finds a deserted stand labeled "Hell's museum" - and on the floor there lies Urabe's handbag...

[OVA, 2012, 1 episode, bundled together with manga volume 9, released on 2012-08-23; the story is loosely based on motives from manga chapter 27 but heavily rewritten and extended. See also: Nazo no Kanojo X]
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 8 7 7 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:2570#1552]
(Rent-/ Watch+)

More a bonus episode for fans of the series than anything that adds more to the series. Some suspense is created out of a trial that tests Akira and Urabe's relationship, but it's nothing too big since the two are trusting enough of one another at that point. Only fans of the TV anime should bother to watch this bonus OVA.

Last updated Thursday, July 18 2013. Created Thursday, July 18 2013.
Rent Stretch [series:2570#628]
The TV series as a whole had left me with such high expectations that I was a little disappointed with this extra 'filler' episode. I didn't get any major laughs out of it, and (not surprisingly) it didn't add anything important to the plotline as a whole. It didn't even add much of anything unimportant; you would think that a touch that makes sense to viewers but isn't absolutely necessary to get the drift of the series as a whole might have been included here, but instead we go off on a strange, magical tangent that seemed disjointed in comparison with the remainder of the show. I was, however, just a little disappointed--because anything that expands on such a fun show as Nazo X is a Godsend. The freak show bit was amusing and interesting on its own, even if it didn't interlock with the rest all that well. This extra episode just didn't seem to be quite as good as the average one.

Last updated Sunday, September 30 2012. Created Sunday, September 30 2012.
Unevaluated chibi [series:2570#2380]
Crossover story with Ueshiba Riichi's manga "Discommunication".

Last updated Sunday, September 23 2012. Created Sunday, September 23 2012.
Buy 7 8 8 8 9 10 Devil Doll [series:2570#752]
[Score: 83% = minimum "Buy-", just like the series.]

Knowing the summer festival chapter from the manga I didn't expect a lot for this OVA but I was pleasantly surprised by the result. Most of the story is new material, wacky as the series but adding one new ingredient, causing "Supernatural" and "Surreal" being keywords for this episode only.

It's difficult to explain the story elements without spoiling the surprising development there, so let's just say the couple's relation is put to a test, and both Urabe and Tsubaki-kun try their best not to fail. Occasional funny elements are present but the shy romance and the couple knowing each other well enough by now are the core elements of this story. Two years ago I've seen a similarly surreal episode here, in another romantic comedy I liked, but this OVA isn't a mere copy of that story, it makes full use of its unique scenario.

Albeit not much is happening in terms of character development, a surprisingly interesting and slightly adventurous episode that no fan of the TV series should miss.

Last updated Tuesday, September 18 2012. Created Tuesday, September 18 2012.

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