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Check-in Station Ecchi Special pt1: Samurai Girls eps 1-6 (Harems are hard work you young fools.)


Some people may not take watching ecchi anime seriously, but I do.  Every season I watch at least one ecchi series, it helps to lighten the mood.  And what anime fan doesn’t enjoy a good pair of animated boobies in their face from time to time.  Recent examples include B Gata H Kei and Ladies versus Butlers.  The pinnacle of ecchi anime for me being Queen’s Blade.  The low point being Ikki Tousen season 3.  So I’m wondering where these two new ecchi series, Samurai Girls and Yosuga no Sora, fit into that heirarchy.  At the very least, I’ll give them points for being unique.

Samurai Girls is a show full of promise, but also a show that likes to faff about.  It’s like a talented kid with a dumb hobby, or no motivation.  On the promise side, it has gorgeous art, a unique and engaging art style, delicious character designs and a pretty awesome concept.  Even for a harem, I love where this show could go.  For an ecchi series it appears as though it wants to carve out its own niche and play its role a little differently.  The fact that Muneakira isn’t some completely meek, bland and inept fool with a heart of gold is a good example to start with.  He appears to be a skilled competent member of society.  He is a bit bland and is often relegated to the background, but that’s not so bad considering he’s surrounded by so many strong, irrational personalities.  He can at least be a strong male from time to time.

As for those crazy girls, we find out that whatever samurai girl he kisses (hopefully it’s only girls) becomes a Master Samurai.  Think of it as going from a regular fighter to their Super Saiyajin version, minus the glowing blond hair and change of eye color.  The exception to this is the mysterious and dimwitted Yagyuu Jubei.  She seems to only change when kissed where as the other characters only need to be kissed once and merely need a catchphrase to change.  She also gets the added side effect of having a complete personality change, giving her this badass expert Master Samurai persona.  Basically Muneakira has the ability to make the most badass, strongest, hottest harem ever.  All I want is for these girls to see some combat and for some semblance of a plot to keep me interested.

This is where I start to get annoyed.  The plot doesn’t have to an overbearing force in a show of this type, but it’s such an afterthought in this show that it may as well be one of the mountains adorning the background.  Through six episodes the scenery has hardly changed and the show appears mired in the most petty and cliche activities.  The spoiled ojou-sama character; the classic tsundere; pure, light-hearted dimwit girl; the shows spends most of its time milking the tropes that are spawned from these types of characterizations.  It does yield decent comedy from time to time, but mostly it’s bland and tedious.  A shame since I would love to see the action and general pacing pick up a bit.  Samurai Girls could be so fun, but it doesn’t appear like it wants to try that hard.  I’ll be sticking around past these first six episodes, but it’s barely holding on.  With the hope that more Yagyuu Jubei and more intense focus on the plot will make this show more interesting I’ll be seeing it to the end.

Part 2 of my Ecchi special will involve the very eclectic, very risque Yosuga no Sora.  There’s no chance that post will be anywhere close to “safe for work.”

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