Review: Ozmafia!! E.02

Admittedly, I'm rarely the type to watch spin-offs of anime shows, games, or short anime episodes in general (especially those that last for the duration of 5 minutes) but shockingly enough (I can't believe I'm actually saying this) I can now say that I've had a change of heart. Recently, I've been watching more of these short spin-offs of popular otome titles (last week I watched Hakuouki), and I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised at how funny they are. Naturally, when I first found out about the upcoming short anime adaption of Ozmafia, I was a bit... okay, EXTREMELY startled. I've played the game, which is unique and interesting in itself. But an anime... Let's just say I was skeptical, particularly because of talks about how it would veer off slightly from the original plot line. However, it turned out that my concerns were unwarranted, as Ozmafiathe characters in this adaption are exact replicas (except for the changes in occupation) of their game personas. The story centres around the protagonist Scarlet - a member of Famiglia Grimm in the otome title - who joins Oz Academy, where he meets Kyrie, Caramia, Axel (his teacher) and Caeser (who is a security guard).

Although an entire episode lasts for only four minutes, the time does not fly by as expected. I felt as if I had watched a full-length episode. The anime features the same soundtrack like the one in the game, and the artwork is cute yet simple. The artwork is very similar to that of the chibi variety, except that instead of being drawn as overly cute miniature copies, the characters have been drawn with softer features.

In episode 2, Scarlet receives his marks from a quiz and is given the title "useless little transfer student" (ouch) from Kyrie, who shamelessly uses scare tactics to persuade him to join his "club" in order to "remedy" his poor grades. Unfortunately, Caramia's attempts to thwart Kyrie's "suggestions" for how to improve Scarlet's marks, fail, and as a result Scarlet ends up joining Kyrie's Remedial Class.

The humour is pretty unoriginal, but it's funny nonetheless.

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Ozmafia!! E.02 Official Site