Carol: A Day In A Girl’s Life
Released Year : March 21, 1990 to ????
No of Episodes : 1
Genre : Fantasy,Magic,Shoujo
Plot : Carol is the tale of a teenage girl whose life seems normal enough until she notices music disappearing from all around her, such as the sound of Big Ben, her father`s cello-playing, and the concert of her favorite band, Gaball Screen. After hearing some mysterious voices, Carol is transported to a fantastic world where she must fight against the evil monsters who are stealing the music from Earth. She meets and is assisted by three dashing heroes: Clark, Tico, and Flash.
Our Review : The music of the world is starting to disappear, even the sounds of the Big Ben are not heard anymore. We start this OVA with a girl named Carol, your decent teenager and pretty much average like anyone else at her age. Her father is a famous classical music composer and he's having problems doing music at the time. Sometimes she hears a voice calling her name but she doesn't know what it is until she is suddenly transported to another world. It happens that some guys there wanted her help to rescue a friend of theirs that was captive at the foes lair and then to destroy the huge beast that was consuming all the music in the world and would eventually consume all the sounds of th4e universe.
The premise wasn't that bad, yes, reading the stuff above, makes the imagination travel and think that it may turn into something interesting eventually. There's two ways from here, or we'll have a great oldie watching session with a overall good production or we'll have a old anime crap time. It could have turned out into something memorable or something forgettable, unfortunately it was for the later case. The animation was not the best, could easily been made in '85 without any effort, but there were some major flaws in this title that went beyond the animation field and that pushed it to the land of obscurity. The story had major holes that could have been easily fixed if it had a proper care. Questions like, "Why did they do this?" "Why did they do that" in certain scenes keeps popping out, " why did they show this here?", etc...
The story wraps in a bad way and leaves stuff unexplained and there even were some parts that even though it had it's sort of explanation, you just couldn't understand.
The end of the story reserves no surprise and it is a ultra forced happy ending.
As you can see, this is an OVA of 59 min, it's hard to make a character growth in due time, but they tried to do it here, they failed horribly, so the characters came out being pretty weak, especially the lead role, Carol.
All in all, it was an entertaining watch for the laughs and the WTF moments that weren't' suppose to be WTF moments, especially the "cool sunglasses elf", must be seen to be believed.
It deserves well the honour of "so bad it's good" title.