30 Oct 2006

What does OVA mean?

Original Video Animation abbreviated to OVA is a term used in Japan for anime titles that are released directly to retail sale, bypassing broadcast, cable and theatrical releases. OVA titles were originally available on VHS, though they later became available on other media such as Laserdisc and DVD. OVA is sometimes used, to refer to any extremely short anime series or special regardless of its release format.

OAV or original animated video is sometimes used in place of OVA, and the meaning is generally accepted to be the same. The abbreviation OAV was too similar to AV ("Adult Video"), causing OAV to be misinterpreted as original adult video, resulting in a shift towards the OVA abbreviation.

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