Tokyo Marble Chocolate

Tokyo Marble Chocolate

A year-end release by Production I.G., this totally slipped off my radar if not for Live-Evil subbing it. Thanks guys, you rock.

Basically, a 2-part OVA, Tokyo Marble Chocolate is about a pair of lovers, Chizuru (Nana Mizuki) and Yudai (Takahiro Sakurai), who are both failures at their love lives so far. Both of them want the relationship to work out, but Chizuru is confused about Yudai’s feelings, as he has never said “I love you” to her, while Yudai can’t seem to work up the courage to confess his feelings to her. However, a fateful date eventually brings them together for real, with the help of a miniature donkey.

The 2 parts cover the same time frame, Mata Aimashou told from Chizuru’s POV, while Zenryoku Shounen is from Yudai’s POV. It’s really a nicely done OVA, with the shoujo-style animation giving it a very romantic feel.

Nana Mizuki’s Chizuru is pretty much one of the best roles I’ve seen her done, and she brings out a wide range of emotions from her character, most notably the feelings of insecurity she feels about her and Yudai’s relationship. Ah, she really has progressed well. Takahiro Sakurai provides a fine job as well as Yudai-kun, though nothing too exceptional. (Bias at work here)

Overall, this 2-part OVA is really a nice watch, with the high production values expected from Pro. IG, Nana Mizuki’s exceptional voicing, and the heartwarming storyline. I suggest watching Zenryoku Shounen first, for those who haven’t tried it yet ;).

9 Comments

  1. muhootsaver Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 4:20 am

    OMG Finally. I can’t believe it is out in sub. I couldn’t even find raw for this one! I’m going to dl right now!!!! thnx for blogging by the way.

  2. Necromancer Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 4:36 am

    I watched Mata Aimashou first, I wish you could wipe my memory before watching the other part since watching either 1 first gives away things in the other part.

    Who else now wants a mini donkey?

  3. igro Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 4:44 am

    Thanks for the heads up – the art kinda resembles the one from Honey & Clover so I’ll give it a try :3

  4. asdf Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 5:34 am

    so how does this work? Is it 2 eps as in those 2 different parts? Or 2 eps for each of the parts from their diff view?

  5. anonymous Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 7:01 am

    The real star here is the Sumida Tower. 610 meters of steel and Japanese spirit displayed in its first starring role, beside the veteran Tokyo Tower of course.

  6. usagijen Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 10:07 am

    Glad to see this fansubbed! Thanks for the heads up, kuro ^^

  7. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 10:52 am

    @Necromancer: Personally, watching which part first doesn’t really have any importance. Anyways, this OVA is meant to be like that, so that the empty holes of each part will be filled by the other one.

    @asdf: Each episode is set from each other’s point of view.

    @usagijen: No problem.

  8. patin Said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

    I have to agree with you all, it is really a nice story.

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