Dee Laytner and Randy "Ryo" Maclane are two New York cops taking a needed vacation in England. Dee has very strong feelings for Ryo and wants to take this chance to advance their relationship (and if he's lucky, maybe seduce Ryo). Ryo doesn't understand his own feelings for Dee, and doesn't know if he wants to (or should) acknowledge them. Their vacation and relationship is suddenly disturbed when murders and missing person reports keep surfacing around their hotel. The only common tie the cases have is that all of the victims were Japanese or Japanese descent. Dee and Ryo have to solve the case before Ryo, who is half Japanese, becomes the next victim.
This short OVA is based on the manga FAKE. Although it doesn’t completely grasp the entire plot/relationships/characters the way the manga does, it still gives a good taste of what FAKE is all about. Randy (Ryo) McLane and Dee Laytner are two New York cops who go on a vacation to England. Wanting a chance to escape from their duties they decide (mostly because of Dee’s urging) to go on a nice, relaxing trip together. Unfortunately, their work follows them and the two get involved in a murder. Now they must solve the case before the murderer strikes again. Will these two solve the mystery and continue their romantic rendezvous or will their trip be cut short – literally?
Fake is at the top of my manga list and I was very excited about watching the anime.
I believe if they would have turned it into a complete series it could have been quite successful (and yes, with the very nice ending from the manga which I will not reveal here so no spoilers!)
It's a mistery to me why they picked a random manga to make into a movie and the intro song suggests there are even more episodes.
You won't see any kicky hard yaoi in this anime, but there is some smooching going on.
But I am afraid that for the watchers who didn't read the manga the anime will be a bit random so I advise you to read this great series first before watching.
I thought Ryo and Dee were a close match from the manga and so is the story.
But still it feels a bit "flattened" the humour, the tention and the suspense between Ryo and Dee is much better felt through the manga then in the anime.
I am still secretly hoping that they have the other episodes "shelved" somewhere and will eventually pop up sooner or later...
Sanami Matou's FAKE is one of my favorite manga of all time. I really wish I could say that the FAKE OVA was one of my favorite anime, but sadly that's just not quite possible. But even though it's not my favorite, I still like it, and it holds a special little place in my heart. ^_^
The OVA is... well, just that. An OVA. Not an anime series. So it's short. It covers only a few chapters of the 7-volume manga. My guess for why they chose this story is because it's the perfect place to introduce most of the main characters. They could have done the first few chapters, but then they wouldn't have been able to introduce Berkeley Rose, JJ, or Carol. So, when thinking about it that way, I suppose they made the right choice.
The content of the OVA differs a bit from the content of the chapters it came from. The biggest difference is the addition of several new characters. Although I usually like an anime to stick as close as possible to the manga, in this case I approve. The main girl they introduce was sweet, didn't try to steal the spotlight, and mainly existed as moral support for Ryo. So she gets a thumbs up.
The animation is pretty faithful to the original, with those weird eyes and facial shapes that take a bit to get used to. (I ended up really liking the style, since it was so different from so many typical anime.) The colors sort of gave it that early-90's feel, which is probably fine, since the whole manga sort of gave me that feeling too.
The music and sound was nothing particularly special. I liked the opening theme (though what it had to do with the story, I have no idea) but none of the other music sticks out in my mind. The voice acting was pretty decent, Dee being played by Seki Tomokazu, one of my favorite voice actors. (He also played Shuichi from Gravitation, and Touya from Cardcaptor Sakura.)
To sum this up, I'm going to say the same thing everyone else said: I just wish this was longer. I'm still hoping that perhaps on day they'll make a full length series. But until then, this will do just fine. =)
I wish there was more!! I mean- the anime itself is good. the manga is better. I saw the OVA before the manga so i didn't expect anything. But may i say- well done to whoever put the details together for a couple of minutes.
Shortly- it's a good watch but it makes me wonder what if they took other details from the manga, or if they made it more than just an OVA it could be much much better.
I saw the OVA long before the manga was ever released (in english) and I remember that there were times when I was a bit lost but it was still enough to leave it as a stand alone. Events in the OVA take place in the second manga with flashbacks to the previous in the movie. The art translated moderately well however the voices, to me were not at all how I pictured them after reading the manga. Still there are some good comedy scenes, especially involving our two favorite detectives and its certainly worth a watch if your a fan.
I'm a fan of the FAKE manga series, so I was excited to watch the OVA. :)
Okay, the manga itself expands onward to a total of 7 Volumes. How can an OVA be done? Take one chapter from the series and animate it to give the the old readers and new viewers a feel of the series. There are differences between the chapter of the Manga to the OVA, but it's practically the same.
In the end, I was a little dissappointed, but the OVA was still a nice watch. I didn't have many complaints except the Anime wasn't super exciting and doesn't grab the viewers attention all too well. It has its good moments when Dee and Ryo were close to getting it good, only to be interupted by other problems beyond their control. I can't say I love the series, but I'm happy to see one of my favorite Yaoi series in a form of an Anime.
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