And here is the second new series that I’ll be beginning to cover here on the site: Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls. Another action / fighting anime, but not quite the same as Senran Kagura. Let’s see how it goes!
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The First Kiss
We follow Muneakira Yagyuu, a samurai who is a student at Buou Private Academy, a school for samurai that is ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate. Muneakira visits a dojo at the school only to find two women there – the strategist Yukimura Sanada and the samurai Matabei Gotou. He learns that they are the members of the Toyotomi faction that seeks to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate.
Muneakira is then implicated in their plots as the student council ambushes them in the dojo. The three escape, but are found and surrounded later on. There, a bright flash of light appears in the sky, and a naked woman falls into Muneakira’s arms. She kisses him, and then transforms into a samurai herself, calling herself Juubei Yagyuu.
Like Senran Kagura, we have a case of “ancient fighting techniques” used in more modern times. Despite the medieval appearance of things, the anime takes place around the year 2000. However, that’s basically where the similarities end, because Samurai Girls has a completely different animation style, and features a male protagonst. It also seems to carry a different tone, at least so far.
The episode was interesting, but a lot is thrown our way. Instead of easing into things, we’ve been thrown into some action, despite not really knowing much about this anime’s version of Japan just yet. A “learn as you go” approach, or so it seems. I wasn’t sure how much ecchi content we’d get, but there was a decent amount, and even some nipples. Overall, it’s looking like I made the right choice in this anime so far!
And one final tidbit for anyone interested: the “Hyakka Ryouran” (百花繚乱) means “one hundred blooming flowers”, “a gathering of many beautiful women”, or “the emergence of many talents”. Seems like these meanings fit well for the anime.