Someone told me to start watching the TV series first.
The TV series sucks as a whole because more than half the show is dedicated to Spark and his adventures, and I don't think Spark makes for a very interesting protagonist. He's fine as a character...but is boring and painfully predictable. Reminds me a lot of CosmicDebris' musings on Hot Rod, a character not really ready for leadership and always plagued with self-doubt when he's thrust into the position ahead of time.
First half was good, I wish the rest of the series had maintained that strength. It helped that Ashram was a complex villain and not a stupid retard cardboard cut-out like Wagnard.
Not to mention, in the first half magic was rather restrained and limited, while Wagnard was able to run DXM all over the place with his teleportation skills. Dumb!
I'm interesting in trying out the OVAs, but I think having seeing the TV series first, I've been badly spoiled for them and it won't have the effect. Are they still worth the effort?