Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Ikki Tôsen

Smell the Movies
Smell the TV

Transmitted:July 2003 - October 2003
Country of origin:Japan
Genre:Sex and fighting.
Starring:Masumi Asano, Satoshi Hino
No. of seasons:1 (3 associated series)

Incredibly irritating anime series.

The plot:
In the Kanto region of Japan, seven high schools are waging an all-out turf war for territorial supremacy: Nanyo Academy, Kyosho Academy, Seito Academy, Yoshu Academy, Rakuyo High School, Gogun High School, and Yoshu Private School. The fighters of each school bear the sacred jewels called magatama, which contains the essence of warriors from the Three Kingdoms era of Ancient China 1800 years ago, as well as their fates.
Hakufu Sonsaku, the descendant of legendary conqueror Sun Ce, is a highly skilled fighter with a ditzy personality who transfers to Nanyo Academy where her cousin Koukin Shuyu attends under her mother's request. Her destiny, as with her predecessor, was to conquer all of the schools. But there is a darker and more dangerous side to her fate, one that may change the entire course of history forever.
(synopsis taken from Wikipedia)

A few problems, here.
The main character, Hakufu Sonsaku, is possibly the most annoying creation I have ever encountered. High pitched, squealing, always shouting, drove me to the brink.
The ‘plot’ is dreadfully hard to follow. There is little cohesion or apparent structure, instead the narrative just plunges from one fight to the next and, frankly, I didn’t have a clue why anyone was fighting who.
The fan service is so over the top it first annoys, then becomes boring, before finally becoming a distraction that is impossible to tolerate. For anyone not sure what fan service is, it’s the pantie shots and jiggling, over-sized breast close-ups. Believe me, I never thought I’d tire of it either, but this one broke me.
All in all, nothing to recommend this, and so taxing I never reached the end, and it’s only thirteen episodes long.

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