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A re-modified Rayearth tale...
on May 17, 2003
First of all, the Rayearth OAV/OVA's ARE NOT related to the actual series. This is just a different story with the Rayearth characters, heence the title 'Rayearth' instead of 'Magic Knight Rayearth.'
While MKR, like almost every other anime series, is rated 13+, i would probably rate the OAV's something like for ages 15+, since there is more blood, and the battles are more violent, and overall it's just "darker" than the normal anime. Fortunately for most viewers, the amount of blood flow isn't quite enough to make the average human (whether they watch anime or not) feel the urge to regurgitate. (If you're the sort of person who actually enjoys watching highly violent shonen anime, I suggest you take a look at the Rurouni Kenshin OAV's, which are EXTREMELY bloody- and I'm not the only person who thinks that.)
There are quite a few minor kinks changed in the OAV. The three girls know each other and are best friends in the same school. Hikaru is the captain of the gymnastics team, Umi plays tennis, and Fuu is skilled with the piano. Also, Hikaru's machin is Lexus, and I think Rayearth is supposed to be the combined power of the three mashin or something.
The OAV's artwork is first-rate, with lots of detail and more appealing characters, but it was all over in 3 episodes, so everything is kind of rushed... The characters that formerly looked childlike are re-drawn to look older (such as Clef and Emeraude).Also, the mashin stuff was, um, altered a bit.
Overall, it's a very pretty OAV to watch, but it's not something that I enjoyed immensely, probably because I saw it with Chinese subtitles, and I'm very poor with reading Chinese characters. I just didn't think it was anything really special. Of course, others might disagree, so you should obtain numerous opinions before deciding whether or no to buy the Rayearth OAV/OVA.