Ogy Anime Reviews: Pet Shop of Horrors OVAShow Index:
Date Released: Spring March 01, 1999
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Age Range: 13+
Total Episodes: 4
Runtime: Approximately 22 minutes per episode.
Original Story by Matsuri Akino
– Other works from Matsuri Akino:
- Genju no Seiza (Manga)
- Kamen Tantei (Manga)
- Night Exile (Manga)
Directed by Toshio Hirata (R.I.P.)
– Other works from Toshio Hirata:
- The Fantastic Adventures of Unico (Movie)
- Barefoot Gen 2 (Movie)
- Rail of the Star – A True Story of Children (Movie)
Production: Madhouse Studios & TBS
Sound Director: Yasunori Honda
– Other works from Yasunori Honda:
**Music and/or Sound Director
- Project A-KO Series
- Robot Carnival
- Tenchi (Muyo) Series
- Trigun (T.V. Series & Movie)
- Violence Jack
Other Media Chronology:
- Manga: Written by: Matsuri Akino. Published by: Asahi Sonorama. Published in English by: Tokyo Pop. Magazine: Missy Comics DX. 1995 – 1998 with 10 volumes
- Manga: Shin Petshop of Horrors. Written by: Matsuri Akino. Published by: Asahi Sonorama. Magazine: Nemurenu Yoru no Kimyōna Hanashi. 2005 – Ongoing with volumes 8 at least ad so far.
- Live Action Movie???
Licensed by Sentai Filmworks currently. Previously Urban Vision.Beginning Story:
– Story Insight: A mysterious pet shop in the city of Los Angeles located in Chinatown has creatures and oddities that many will desire. A fierce beast, a beautiful girl, a lost daughter, or the fate of your future can be available with it to be yours and yours alone. Please follow the fine print because if you void any of the terms we cannot be accountable for your actions.
-Episode one overview: Not needed because I’m afraid I’ll spoil your appetite.Characters:
Name: Count D
Age: Early-to-mid 20’s
Personality: Calm, soft spoken, and has a shouju weakness for sweets.
Role: Main Character and Anti-Hero who runs a pet shop for his grandfather.
Toshihiko Seki (Japanese)
- Angel Cop (OAV) as Tachihara
- Future GPX Cyber Formula Series as Jotaro Bleed Kaga
- The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (T.V. Series & OVA) as Ru Baraba Dom
John Demita (English)
- New Hurricane Polymar (OAV) as Joe Kuruma
- Princess Mononoke (movie) as Kohroku
- Wild 7 (OAV) as Kuromatsu
Name: Leon Orcot
Age: Early-to-mid 20’s
Personality: Hot headed
Role: Main character, Detective who is investigating Count D’s pet shop, and is under suspicion that the Count might be A vampire.
Masaya Onosaka (Japanese)
- Baccano! (T.V. Series) as Isaac Dian
- Gurren Lagann Series as Leeron
- Kill la Kill (T.V. Series) as Kenta Sakuramiya
Alex Fernandez (English)
- New Hurricane Polymar (OAV) as Hurricane Polymar
- Tekkonkinkreet (Movie) as Choco
- Wild 7 (OAV) as Happyaku & Ohiwa
-Animation: For the time period and release, I have the Urban Vision DVD release, it’s not bad animation but the style reeks of the time period. This is not bad because of how the perspective is portrayed to give it an unsettling and haunting mood. The characters do well resemble the manga quite well. The monster designs are a great sight for the eyes.
Animation Rating: 3.75/5 (B) Spectacular or Spooktacular.
-Sound: The sound is amazing for what eerie atmosphere it tries to portray and is an excellent.
Sound Rating: 4/5(B) Gets you into the Halloween sprit.
Overall Production Rating = 3.625/5 (B) A graveyard smash!Pros, Cons, and Other Thoughts:
• Appropriate for Halloween parties as an in between showing or seguer as I like to call them.
• This might have given Vincent Price a smirk.
• If this was a live action movie it might have been on TNT’s Monster Vision with Joe Bob Briggs.
• Some might not like the repeated story format even though it’s short. (I don’t think it’s that harmful in this case.)
Wow, for a thriller and a chiller this is amazing. For it being a horror… in all honesty I don’t find the Japanese media to have that shock horror the 1970-to-late-1990’s in US horror has, but for this OVA it nails the psychological horror. An aspect which the Japanese are better known for.
Seeing the character’s torn in between temptation and desire just builds up a delicious down fall, yet this struggle sparks a hope that they will fight their urges. Watching this struggle and character development makes this show griping and exciting.
The English dub is silly and laughable at times, but the writing and animation will over come some of the clumsy dialect.
Your friends will joke and riff about how that if this was made into a live action US movie either Count D and Leon should be played by Johhny Depp or the Count should be played by Marlyn Manson and Leon should be played by Reb Brown.
*Pro’s, Con’s, and Other Thoughts Rating: 3.5/5 (B)
- Plot: 3.5/5 (B) Haunting for Halloween.
- Performance: 4/5 (B) Even with the subtle quirks this is engaging.
- Pace: 3.5/5 (B) Never felt slow and was hypnotic.
- Characters: 3.5/5 (B) Groovy.
- Production Quality: 3.625/5 (B) Animation: Has that Urban Vision feel. Sound: It’s the thriller tonight.
- Pro’s, Con’s, and other thoughts: 3.5/5 (B) Amazing.
- Overall total: 3.6/5 (B) a must watch for Halloween and easy to get.
Note: Due to my own belief and further defining anime as a pop art, no rating will ever receive a 0, 1, or 5 (a Z, F, or A in my book). For this reason is that times will change as opinions. Anything can be far greater or worse than before. That’s just human triumph and error.
- More of the newer manga translated.
- An OVA or movie based on the newer manga series.
- More info on the live action movie. I’m starting to think that it’s in development hell or just a rumor.
13+ Both Genders.
The recommended Demographic is Shoju or Shonen Ai but I say it’s more neutral.
Even though it’s a horror series it’s nothing to get nightmares about.
- Robot Carnival: Presence
- NOT Little Shop of Horrors
Please let me know what you think in the comments below.