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Here is Greenwood OVA Series (1991)
ここはグリーン・ウッド (Koko wa Gurīn Uddo)

Synopsis

After suffering from a series of mishaps, Kazuya Hasekawa has finally entered Ryokuto Academy. He is there to get away from his brother and his wife (whom Kazuya had a crush on). Unfortunately, he is assigned to live in the dorm known as Greenwood, a former insane asylum, where the weird students live. His roommate, Shun Kisaragi, looks just like a girl, and Kazuya initially thought he was until he saw Shun in the boys’ bathroom. Also, there are his next-door roommates, the dorm president Mitsuru Ikeda and his best friend, Shinobu Tezuka. The manga follows the everyday events and antics of Greenwood.
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Premiered

November 22, 1991

Run-time

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Rating

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Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

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Pros

Character design
Character development
Dialogs
Music
Plot
World building

Cons

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Overview

The manga was serialized in Hana to Yume from 1987 to 1991 and published in English by Viz Media. It has been adapted into a six-episode anime OVA and a live-action television series.

Unlike most anime, the episodes appear to be manga canon, as certain episodes refer directly (through narration giving the volume number) to events in the manga. The manga storyline is somewhat self-referential, as several asides show that the characters are fully aware that they exist in a manga. Yukie Nasu appears frequently as herself, usually with a capital “N” on her head, to explain away certain loose plot threads. For example, in a story featuring a baseball game taking place in late autumn, one of the characters asked why they weren’t playing soccer; Nasu’s character appeared and explained that she didn’t know the rules for soccer.

A thirteen episode live-action television drama was broadcast by Tokyo MX, between July 2, 2008, and September 24, 2008.

Alternative title

– Koko wa Green Wood
– Here Is Greenwood
– ここはグリーン・ウッド
– Kokowa Green Wood
– Kokowa Greenwood
– Green Wood
– Greenwood

TL;DR Review

Here is Greenwood (ここはグリーン・ウッド Koko wa Gurīn Uddo) is a 9-volume Japanese manga written and illustrated by Yukie Nasu, revolving around the activities of four boys in Greenwood Dormitory at a fictional prestigious Japanese all-boys private school named Ryokuto Academy.

The animation is pretty good for the time (1991). As an older anime, the colors are typically kind of subdued. I especially love the ending theme “No Brand Heroes” by Sakamoto Chika.

The first four episodes feel more of a collection of random short stories. Each almost can stand on its own in any order, except the introduction episode one. The last two final episodes, a two-parter, are my favorite of the series.

The third OVA contains a special ending reference to Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro‘s clock scene. It is quite ingenious how it was acted out.

The anime feels more like a companion series to the manga than just a conversion. There is part of the manga being referenced during a fourth wall breaking scene. The anime also jump time a bit, giving me the impression that I should read the manga to learn more.

Here is Greenwood was one of my favorite anime back in the ’90s. Rewatching it now, it doesn’t quite hold up as I remembered, but still a good watch. This is possibly due to the pacing.

I still recommend this series for those that like off-beat comedy. Here is Greenwood contains some graphic violence, nudity, and some mature themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Music

Closing Theme

– “No Brand Heroes” by Sakamoto Chika (eps 1-5)
– “Kimi o Suki de Yokatta” by 林朝美 (ep 6)

Insert/Image Theme

– “Koko wa Greenwood” by Sakamoto Hiroshi (ep 3)
– “Nanatsu no Namida” by Fukatsu Eri (ep 4)
– “Mezase Barcelona: Ai wa Kyakuriki” by Sakamoto Hiroshi (ep 6)
– “Ame Yadori” by Sekiguchi Kazuyuki
– “Ashita no Tenki” by Iwata Mitsuo
– “First Love” by Nagata Shigeru
– “Good Morning Boys!” by Nakajima Fumiaki
– “Greenwood Carnival 2: Heya Bangou no Uta” by Fukatsu Eri, Haishima Kuniaki, Inoue Kazuhiko, Itou Masao, Iwata Mitsuo, Kimura Maki, Sakamoto Chika, Sakurai Hiroko, Sasaki Nozomu, Seki Toshihiko, Sekiguchi Kazuyuki, Shiina Karen, Yonemitsu Ryou, 末山美由紀, 清水伸吾, 竹内秀, 阿部浩之, 高垣健
– “How Nice to Be a Lady!” by 緑川ツグヲ
– “Kimi o Mamoritai” by Sasaki Nozomu
– “Kimi to Itsu made” by Iwata Mitsuo, Seki Toshihiko
– “Koko wa Happyakuhachi Machi” by Makigami Kouichi
– “Meireikei no Ouenka: Hasukawa ni Sasagu” by Yamamoto Masayuki
– “Midori no Joushaken” by Sakamoto Hiroshi
– “Nin, Koi” by Urakami Yuriko
– “Tadashii Kyoudaiai” by Sasaki Nozomu

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