Plot: Based on a manga of the same name, The Bride of Deimos is a one-shot OVA chronicling one story of the manga; the story of a brother and sister who grow beautiful and rare orchids out in the middle of nowhere. However, anyone who visits their house seems to vanish suspiciously. What is the secret of this orchid house?
Breakdown: This rating is meant for people who view this as a standalone OVA, which, if you haven’t read the manga, you will. This OVA feels like it’s one episode out of the middle of a longer show. Since it’s portraying one story from a semi-long manga, I guess that makes sense. Because of this, however, you’re left feeling very confused.
The basic idea is that a woman named Minako has been chosen by the demon Deimos to be the new vessel for his dying lover. However, she has to agree to the process before the transfer can start, and so far she refuses to do so. This really doesn’t have any bearing on the story at hand, though.
The actual story is that her friend, Hisamatsu, is a bit of a flower enthusiast who brings her to a flower competition. He points out that it’s pretty pointless to enter in these competitions because a woman simply named Tohko always wins and never shows up. In this particular contest, she has presented a Blue Lady Orchid, said to be nearly impossible to grow.
Enamored by her work, Hisamatsu goes off to speak with Tohko and is never heard from again. Minako goes off to Tohko’s house to investigate. Despite Tohko’s brother’s insistence that no one has been to the house in years, Minako spots Hisamatsu’s notebook on the ground and decides to get a police escort and come back later.
The rest of the episode unravels the mystery around Tohko and her brother, Kaname as well as what happened to Hisamatsu.
I would say this is a mystery as a whole, but it’s really not. We know the instant we see Tohko and Kaname that they must’ve done something with Hisamatsu, most likely killed him. The only question is why and what’s the story behind these two. That is plenty to hold one episode out of a full fledged series, and even as a short OVA, but the fact that it draws attention to the fact that there’s a main plot of which this story has nothing to do with makes it feel unsatisfying in the end.
Art: The art is reminiscent of Vampire Hunter D without so much pointedness. It’s okay and the animation is fair.
Music: The music is dated, but okay.
Voice Acting: Japanese – Very good, but sometimes a little boring in their performances.
Bottomline: I will admit that the story is creepy and very interesting, though there are some confusing aspects and plot holes, but the problem is that it feels like an episode you’d find in the middle of an anime. It gives off an episodic show feeling, doesn’t resolve anything in the main plot, introduces characters and plotlines like you’re already meant to know them and just seems unsatisfactory. I know this was probably meant as a promotional OVA for the manga or something, but why not start at the beginning instead of slapping us in the middle?
If you have intent to read the manga or already have, then this might be a good and short watch for you. However, if you don’t intend on reading the manga, prepare to be unsatisfied in regards to the main plot.
Additional Information and Notes:
The Bride of Deimos was based on a manga written by Etsuko Ikeda and illustrated by Yuko Ashibe.
The OVA was animated by Madhouse and directed by Rintaro, who also directed Galaxy Express 999, The Dagger of Kamui, Reign: The Conqueror and Metropolis. There is currently no English dub available.
Length: 30 Minutes
Recommended Audience: No nudity, no sex, no real gore, but several people are Robin Hooded to death. Scary imagery?…….10+