I was pleasantly surprised to see Kure-nai getting an OVA special since I enjoyed watching it when it was previously animated. Jumping into this first episode, it was easy to see some major differences right away.
First of all, the art style looks vastly different from before. I have to say that I like it more this way, but some of the scenes seemed a bit more fanservicey for some reason.
Another difference I noticed was in Lin’s personality. Assuming that it is even the same person (the voice actor is the same) as the crazy psycho bitch I saw in the earlier series, Lin seems to be more reserved and well… less crazy and psychotic. I even mistook her for possibly being Yayoi when I first skimmed through the episode. Of course, this could just be a difference from the Lin in the anime and the Lin in the manga/novels (which I have not read).
It also seems that the format has been changed to a series of side short-stories. There are three stories so far in this episode and none of them seemed to have any relevance to any grand plot or anything. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and in an OVA you’re going to probably expect a bunch of side stories that focus more on the characters anyway.
The first story I wasn’t too impressed with. It did introduce me to a new character, Kirihiko Kirishima, I believe. Someone who is weak to the cold but crazy with knives. However, it was kind of strange when she wasn’t seen leaving with the rest of the group at the end. There was also that Lucy May character, who seemed to have a habit of introducing herself every chance she got.
The second story was a bit interesting to watch since Ginko wasn’t really a character we got to know much about before. I was a little amazed though to see her get that angry and physical with Murasaki when she was messing with her laptop. The third and final story was the most ridiculous one out of the bunch and probably my favorite.
Overall, it was probably catered more towards the manga readers but still an enjoyable episode for someone who has only watched the anime. There were some aspects where I thought it was a bit corny or cliche, but for some reason it was still fun to watch. If you haven’t heard of Kure-nai before this, then I suggest you try out the anime or even try to pick up the manga or read the novels.