August 19, 2022

“Sasaki and Miyano returns for a delightful OVA. It is a fun and lighthearted story.”

Sasaki and Miyano has been undoubtedly one of the best anime of 2022. And as we await the movie next year, we can now watch the OVA on Crunchyroll. For Japanese fans, the episode is available with the ninth volume of the manga. And as the title “A Tiny Episode Before He Realized His Feelings” indicates, this OVA takes place after episode 10 but before the end of season 1.

BACK AGAIN

Seeing the opening and end credits of Sasaki and Miyano again has made me incredibly happy. The Anime Winter season just feels like yesterday. Undoubtedly, Sunday was the best day of the week with a new episode of Sasaki and Miyano. And now, we get to spend a bit more time with these characters. You cannot say no to this.

SASAKI AND MIYANO

Since this episode takes place before Miyano and Sasaki start dating, we get some more awkward cute scenes between the two. This will surely please the fans. Moreover, this episode features one of their best flirting scenes. It involves Sasaki catching Miyano to protect him while also catching a cat mid air. I think people are going to talk about this one for many weeks.

From the start, both their friends have been supporting and figuring out that the two had feelings for each other. So having Kuresawa asks Sasaki when he is going to ask Miyano out feels like full circle. Everyone is just basically waiting for them to date.

THE FIRST LOST PROPERTY DETECTIVE TEAM

Furthermore, this episode focuses on the Student Council. They form the a detective team to find a lost key chain. It is a fun and lighthearted story. It is perfect for an OVA. In a way, it is a side story. Though, it still adds overall plot. And, it involves all the characters in one way or the other.

CATS

Throughout the series, we have seen cats at the high school. We did not need an explanation as to why. After all, everybody loves cats. Nevertheless, this episode reveals why. It is actually a good thing they do because it gives more screentime to Hanzawa. He is an interesting character. So I am always happy when they reveal more about him. In fact, he is the reason these cats are there. Indeed, he is the one feeding them. Him taking care of these cats and making sure they will be safe feels very much like something he would do. Hanzawa always feels protective and like person who would help people in need.

HIRANO AND KAGIURA

Kagiura first appeared in episode 8. However, he only appeared for a few seconds and without saying anything. The OVA finally gives him a speaking role. And to my greatest pleasure, it is Nobunaga Shimazaki who voices him. If this name sounds familiar to you, it is because he is the voice of Haruka Nanase in Free! Honestly, he feels like the perfect voice for Kagiura. Japanese can hear him in the Hirano and Kagiura radio drama. Though, everyone will be able to hear him again in the Hirano and Kagiura short film next year.

Seeing these two interact in the anime was absolutely beautiful. They only have two short scenes together. But they are so worth it. I just love how sweet Kagiura is. While Hirano plays tough but you can see he softens himself around Kagiura. This has make me even more excited for their short.

VERDICT

Sasaki and Miyano returns for a delightful OVA. It is a fun and lighthearted story.

Sasaki and Miyano is now streaming on Crunchyroll.

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