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I'm new to anime, what does ova mean?
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OVA stands for original video animation
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From what I can understand, it's like direct to video content, right?
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

From what I can understand, it's like direct to video content, right?


Yes that would be the best way to think of it.
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TheFightFan wrote:
I'm new to anime, what does ova mean?


From Anime News Network's Encyclopedia:


Original Animation Video & Original Video Animation (OAV / OVA) are interchangeable terms used in Japan to refer to animation that is released directly to the video market without first going through a theatrical release or television broadcast. In the beginning OAV was used in Japan. However, due to confusion with Adult Video and Audio/Video electronics this acronym was gradually abandoned in favor of OVA.

Furthermore, OAVs are supposed to have original scripts, although there are exceptions. They can be based on a Manga or TV series, but the particular episode should be original. For example the Ranma ½ TV series follows Rumiko Takahashi's Manga fairly closely, however the Ranma ½ OAV series contains stories that were not in the original Manga series.

OAVs are generally higher quality than TV series because a larger budget is allocated to the production and more time is allowed for the work.

With very few exceptions, the vast majority of all pornographic Anime is released as OAVs since the material is not suitable for theatrical or television presentations.

Original Anime DVD

An Original Anime DVD (original animation DVD or OAD), is an OAV released on DVD as an extra with a volume of manga. This term entered popular usage in the summer of 2008 with the Goku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei, xxxHOLiC: Shunmuki, and Tsubasa: Shunraiki projects. However ANN cannot confirm an earlier use before these projects.

See Also: Original Net Animation
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Posted 2/24/15 , edited 2/24/15
Mostly it means you won't find them here There are a few that happen to get picked up though, some of them mixed in with a given season, others by themselves. Tag: OVA

Except for some very few exceptions, because they never were shown over the air in Japan, they don't get counted as being part of a season. Lately they seem to be mostly beach/hot tub/ecchi episodes, but not always.

However, some do complete a show and are IMO critical for completion (Bakemonogatari--3 eps, Kokoro Connect--4 eps) but to watch them legally, you have to buy the media (DVD/Blu-Ray)

All are produced in the name of boosting sales, no matter which type they are, though. And but for a few exceptions, unless you're really into ecchi, they are mostly not worth chasing down.

Edit, thought of another (pun, sorry) The one for /another was a prequel, and it also had some content that helped the story.
Posted 2/24/15 , edited 2/24/15
they're like 1 or 2 episodes videos of a series. usually 20-30 minutes long. adds extra story to the series or a new story. it's not long enough to be a "movie".
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Posted 2/25/15 , edited 2/25/15
OVA's are kind of odd. Usually these days they are a small amount of supplemental episodes for shows that have already aired or are currently airing. They are also the odd episode given here and there with a Manga volume.

But they also are sometimes used more as proof of concepts for titles that haven't actually been picked up by a network yet. For example the 90's shows El Hazard The Magnificent World and Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki were both complete OVA series before being completely retooled as broadcast anime.

Then there are shows that have encompassed entire seasons of an anime as OVA, which runs concurrently with what has been broadcast. For example the slice of life show Tamiyura had its first short 4 episode season as an OVA. Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple has made a bunch of OVA episodes made to finish off the series where the anime had left off. And the comedy anime Seitokai Yakuindomo had basically an 8 episode OVA season run between the first and second season that had broadcast, making the second official season basically into a third season in reality.
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Posted 2/25/15 , edited 2/25/15
There are some real classic OVA series out there though. Record of Lodoss War and Bubblegum Crisis are the first two to spring to mind but I'm sure I have a few others lurking in the cupboard somewhere.

Edit: The "Tales of..." franchise also has several OVA series based on the various games.
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Original Video Animation.

Its basically a little extra treat for fans of a series as it wont be aired on TV or 'legal' anime sites, its usually only released as an extra on the dvd or something. And obviously you'll find it in the darker corners of the net...
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