Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Aika R-16 Virgin Mission|
Actor: Aika R-16
Director: Studio Fantasia
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Anime & Manga
Before becoming the sensual and sensational Agent AIKa there was Aika Sumeragi, an unemployed student who, after years of training, just received her C Class salvaging license. Setting out on her first adventure alongside ... more »
Aika is BACK
Takahashii | Wageningen, Netherlands | 06/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you see or follow a lot of animated series then you'll quickly start seeing certain patterns appear. One of those is when the authors are (seemingly) totally out of good ideas and try to setup a new environment in which they can re-use a lot of their already used storyline(s). And what better way to do that than to focus on another period of the main characters. And this phenomenon is what has given us cartoons like "New Archies" (one of the first to my knowledge), "Scooby Doo kids", "Flintstone kids", and so on.
And now there is a new kid on the block, but fortunately for us one with a very big "BUT.." (no fun intended here ;-)). Personally I think that in most cases the idea to (re)do the series with the main characters in their teens is a very good way to kill the entire series. Sometimes it doesn't add up.
BUT... Not so with Aika R16. This 3 episode series shows us Aika in her teen years, she's just turned 16. But instead of all the series I described earlier this one doesn't try to do things over. Instead we get to see Aika as she just got her C-class Salvager card which allows her to operate certain salvaging equipment used for deep-sea diving and to retrieve artifacts. And now that she's an official C-class salvager its time to try and find a job to actually get to do some salvaging.
Aika is still at school (living on the dormitory) but isn't taking it very seriously so it seems. It is here when she suddenly discovers that some of her classmates are interested in salvaging too and they want her to operate their submarine. This is a opportunity for Aika which she finds very hard to refuse. Especially since its some state of the art equipment she's allowed to operate... So instead of doing things over this story actually is a very well done addition to the previous Aika series.
Thats as far as the storyline goes (without any spoilers). If you haven't seen any Aika episode before then be warned.. Aika wouldn't be Aika without a big dose of so-called "fan service". Which boils down (among other things) to panty shots, more panty shots and even some topless scenes. Did I already mention panty shots? I can't stress that sillyness out enough. You either like it or you don't, it really is plain out silly but not in an annoying manner.
Being an Aika fan myself is already enough to rate this DVD high. But what really made me go from 4 to 5 stars is that this isn't some annoying "remastered" release. Which means that the colors on this DVD aren't as bright or saturated as you would get with "remastered and enhanced" DVDs without giving you the impression that the colors are flat and dull. "Flat and dull" are quite fine for older series in my opinion because that was the best they could. Now things are different and this is clearly displayed in this release. Good sharp and clear colors without getting annoyingly sharp or saturated. (note: a personal opinion of course, I've seen many "remastered" anime series and so far disliked all of them. eventually I went for the originals again instead).
A big thumbs up from me. Personally I really hope that there will be a volume 2!"
Aika is back and looking great
MG | Florida | 07/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very fun little OVA with tons of fanservice, but that's Aika's style. The story could have been put together a little better, but it's Aika through and through. The extra features aren't great, but it's a still worthwile package."
Sean E. Brehmer | ann arbor, mi | 12/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i loooove this series! (wont go into details as others have been here and done that far better than i ever could!)
suffice to say. if you are an AIKA fan...you HAVE to own this! if your not an aika fan....why the heck not?
silly plots...cool action...great animation...lovely girls...and lots and lots and lots of panties!!! (all lovingly drawn)
who could ask for anything more?