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13Jan/100

Utawarerumono OVA Episode 1 – Lullaby of the Watchtower

Dori and Gura praise their 'master'

Before the opening cuts in, we get a quick overview of continuing daily life, Aruruu disobeying Eruruu, Kurou inspecting the troops, Dori and Gura watching Oboro train, Touka practising sword movements, Karura boozing and Kamyu and Yuzuha sleeping on Mukkuru. We also see the main plot of the story, which surrounds Urutori's care of an orphaned child.

At times it seems that some of the character animation, especially faces, are simpler than in the main series. The scenery however remains just as detailed as in the main series.

The plot itself is quite enjoyable and in the tradition of OVAs, is often more "uncensored" than TV series, however it doesn't go overboard and stays mostly true to the nature of the main series.

Towards the end we do see a quite impressive fight scene, but not in the sense of traditional Utawarerumono fights which are largely sword-based. This is one of the few times we see magic being used and the effect is very impressive.

I am looking forward to watching the next OVA.

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