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Synonyms: OAV (Original Animated Video)
See also: anime
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An abbreviation for Original Video Animation. OVAs are anime produced direct to video/DVD. Contrary to US practice, these often have higher production values than anime produced for broadcast. OVAs are targeted at more specific fan circles than broadcast anime, and tend to be either spin-offs or extensions of a series that has already had a broadcast run, or else adaptations of manga not popular enough to be considered for a broadcast series. The majority of boys love manga adapted into anime are adapted as OVAs rather than broadcast series.