Saturday, June 6, 2009

Thru the years, one series has stood out for many people on the TG/PCE. Bring up the Ys series to fans of the system, and more often than not, you'll get a positive response.

Fast forward to 1989-91 Falcom got the GREAT idea to turn these classic games into an anime. Based off Ys 1&2 (with a few liberties/changes made throughout). The original OVA (Book 1) is seven episodes, and the second OVA (Book 2) is a meager 4 episodes.

A rumored 3rd book (4 episode OVA) was set to come out in japan a few years ago, but never materialized. An anime trailer for Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys was made to shop a possible series to animation companies, but it to never materialized.

The two OVA's that did come out however are a lot of fun to watch (even more so to fans of the games of course). Book 1 has a much older feel to it (animation wise), but is still a solid watch. Book 2 (coming out in 1992), looks much newer, with a different look for most returning characters. There are inconsistencies with names/pronunciations thru the series (probably due to lazy translations/quality voice actors/scripting).

Book 1

Book 2

SWEET dvd menu

When it's all said and done, the dvd's are very worth it for fans of the series.

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