It’s been a while since I watched this now. It’s been out for months now and it’s still not subbed. Like I always say, if it’s not streamed by official English sites, most of the things released these days, most notably OVAs, rarely get translated anymore, or not after a long time.
First thing that encouraged me to watch it is the fact that It’s a Tatsunoko Studio Anniversary project. I still remember Karas like it was yesterday, while in fact it’s already been ten years, as Karas was Tatsunoko’s 40th anniversary project. Time sure flies. I still get chills whenever I rewatch Karas’ opening sequence. Karas is for me everything something called an “anniversary project” should be, or in one word: memorable. It’s a pity I can’t say the same for Hanasaku Iroha, PA Works’ 10th anniversary project, as it’s the show which disappointed me the most in 2011. It’s one of the worst shows I’ve seen recently along with SAO or Yumekui Merry‘s adaptations. In any case, Devander isn’t as awesome as Karas but I still had a great time watching it.
Second thing that made me interested is the involvement of Obari in the animation. Third and last thing is the hero’s name, Devander, which is a play of word in Japanese: デバンダー -> Debandah -> デバン ->Deban : One’s turn. Kimi no DEBANDAH: It’s your turn.
I love the fact that they scripted it in a way that makes it seem like the first episode of a series, even though it’s not. They weren’t shy with expanding the story. Maybe we’ll get to see a full TV series one day.