The classic “Fighter Walking Away From A Scene Of Destruction” moment. It never gets old.
At the turn of the 20th Century, Magic was successfully discovered through a public experiment. It became a commercially used resource, for everything from medicine to the military. But with the discovery of Magic came the creation of demons, human beings who had been exposed to too much magic and had been corrupted by it. The only people capable of killing the Demons are Tactical Sorcerors wearing Mold Armor, otherwise known as the Strait Jackets. One of these Sorcerors is Rayotte Steinberg, a with his assistant Kapel Theta, who continues to fight along with the burden of past sins.
Story and Setting:
The immediate thing that drew me in with Strait Jacket was the setting. It reminded me of Full Metal Alchemist (which is definitely a good thing), being set in an era with the technology boom and throwing magic into the mix makes it even more captivating (there’s another thing you could compare to FMA.) The Mold Armors look badass, as well as the huge guns of epic destruction they carry around to compensate for other things and the Demons are suitably disgusting/disturbing/completely insane to make for interesting action scenes. There’s not so much of a story here, though a terrorist group is involved; the series’ prefers to keep its focus on the characters, though at a certain point things get kind of predictable.
Story and Setting Rating: 8.5/10
It’s always going to be hard to to properly flesh out characters in an OVA with a limited run, but for the most part Strait Jacket does a good job of giving the characters defining personas in the show (or at the very least the main characters). I would have liked to learn more about Kapel Theta and Rayotte’s past, but the thread with Hammond and his sister was tied up nicelym though Nerin herself needed more devolpement as well. Had the series gotten 13 episodes, I feel it could have been much better in its use of characters, but it does an adequate job ith the time it has.
Characters Rating: 8/10
Generally, the series isn’t that high in the standard of OVA’s these days; though it’s consistent in the designs of characters and setting, it doesn’t really flow that well(that may not make much sense, but in my opinion, more frames = better flow = better animation). But having said this, the designs themselves are good, slightly reminiscent of Blassreiter (only done better) and the action scenes and the scenes involving Demons look great, although this could be due to the nature of the attacks the Tactical Sorcerists use (which look awesome). But what’s there is well detailed, especially in the case of the Mold Armor.
Animation Rating: 8/10
The music’s centered inclined to a more orchestral nature, though there were snippets of something I’d associate with a series like Spice and Wolf. It’s not particularly stand-out but it sets the scene well for different locations or battles and the like.
Music Rating: 7.5/10
Voice Acting and Dialogue:
Theer’s only one time where the dialogue feels slightly forced, but otherwise the voice actors do a great job for the characters their given. The dialogue isn’t anything deep or thought provoking, but it sustains a prevalent message throughout the entirety of the OVA well.
Voice Acting and Dialogue Rating: 8/10
Strait Jacket is a good, short OVA that has a lot of potential as a half season series, with the variety of characters still remining in the show (read: Please make it a half season series). It’s nothing amazing, but the setting and concept of the show (world influenced by magic, Demon slaying action (which there seems to be a lot of lately)) makes it good enough that I’d recommend checking it out.
Overall Series Rating: 8/10