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 ;).