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OAV or OVA?
Posted: 14 December 2007 02:22 PM  
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For those of you old-school anime fans (and by old-school, I mean by the early ‘90s), these two terms were thrown around back then to denote anime made for the video market (as opposed to stuff originally released in theaters or TV).

It always bugged me that they were either called OAVs or OVAs… and I don’t recall there ever being an “official” name between the two (I guess it depended on the company marketing them).

So - two questions:

What name did you prefer - OAV or OVA?

And, does anyone know if OAVs/OVAs are still being produced?  Most of the anime I’ve seen recently appear to have been made for the TV market or were movie releases.  (Although, the quality of the animation is superb, depending on what you watch.)

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Posted: 14 December 2007 04:21 PM   [ # 1 ]  
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There are OVAs being produced, but the majority of OVAs are sidestories to popular series these days, such as the Sealed Sword Frenzy OVA for Bleach, Macross Plus/Macross Zero for Macross, the numerous sidestories of Gundam are OVAs. However, all of the OVAs aren’t original animation, but direct to video miniseries.

The term OAV isn’t used anymore in Japan, possibly due to OAV sounding too similar to AV (Adult Video)

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Posted: 15 December 2007 02:29 AM   [ # 2 ]  
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I always used the term OVA myself.

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Posted: 15 December 2007 05:15 PM   [ # 3 ]  
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In Japan the term was officially OAV until they realized it was too close to AV or “Adult Video” so they changed it to OVA. People who say OAV are probably older and have been using that term for a long time.

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Posted: 18 December 2007 09:49 PM   [ # 4 ]  
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Now it all makes sense. I remember seeing the 2 terms thrown around when I was younger, but recently I had only seen OVA. I thought maybe I had imagined OAV also being used. It’s good to know.

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