November 06, 2012
Futari no Joe
When I chose to watch this OVA, I was in one of those moods where I knew I wanted to watch an anime, but couldn't quite put my finger on exactly what it was that I wanted to watch. Being a fan of sports anime, especially martial arts based shows, I decided to give this a shot. While it didn't hold a candle to Hajime no Ippo as far as my preferences go, Futari no Joe was still quite enjoyable to watch. It took me having to let go of my expectations of what I would watch from longer, more drawn out boxing shows like Hajime no Ippo or Ring ni Kakero, but once I was able to do this, I was able to appreciate the show on its own merits.
The music was nothing special, which seems to be my bad luck with a lot of anime lately. While it isn't the defining factor for me, it would be nice to seek out a new soundtrack once in a while to listen to and change things up.
The animation was not too bad for the most part. The colour use was great and the scenes were well put together. I wasn't overly enthusiastic about the character design style. Something about he characters felt inconsistent for me. I noticed a lot that Joe (the boxer) often would look almost chunky and disproportional in his facial features. While I might be a little overcritical of such a small thing, it was something that did impact my experience with the show. That is not to say that others may not really care or even prefer the design style used on the characters.
Overall, this show is worth checking out if you are into boxing anime. The drama was a little dry for my taste but for those who really enjoy the "hard story woes me" type of plot you may find it more appealing than I did.