So, with the conclusion of the second (and potentially, final) season of “Chaika, the Coffin Princess”, it is now time to trot out the OVA, so we can tell a story that otherwise would not have fit into the full run of things. The OVA is actually two half-episodes, where the Red Squad and the White Squad come into contact with one another while avoiding the Kliemann Agency (more or less), but this is done more to be goofy than any real import, much like “Darker Than Black” Episode #26, which was goofy and silly and funny and completely out of character with the show’s original dark and dismal run.
In this outing, the guys and gals are still looking for the parts of dismembered Daddy and come to a location to hunt them down, not knowing the other team is there. The tone here is far lighter, as they have to work together to escape the situation they are in, but it is not done as dramatic or intense as seen in the series; more like a minor inconvenience or annoyance, like bees living in your head. And when Akari has to flatten David twice for doing the same perceived pervy thing twice, well, it’s all for giggles and laughs.
As far as OVAs go, it’s not too bad, as they avoid a lot of the problems that bedevil other OVAs, but it still comes off as a bit slight. Now, if there IS going to be a third season (but I can’t see why), this would make sense to keep a degree of interest going; otherwise, it’s an OVA where that the studio loved the plot of it but could not find a genuine way to insert it into the regular series run one way or another. It does round out your viewing of the show, but I would insert it into the Second Season after Episode Five (beyond that point is the Tournament Arc and this is the only place where it does the best good to view it).
On a scale of 1 to 10:
Artwork 7 (Some of the character designs are off)
Plot 6 (There, but not there)
Pacing 7 (Moves along nicely)
Effectiveness 7 (A good background or filler episode)
Conclusion 5 (More of a shoe-horn approach)
Fan Service 4 (A similar show would be “Gurren Lagann”)
Overall 7 (Serviceable)
And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. No remains to be found?