June 15, 2008

Ikkitousen: Great Guardians ep01


So the third installment of the Ikkitousen story has begun!  The first told the story of Hakufu, Nanyou High School's ditzy fighter and her rise to become the "Junior Lord of Lords", the person destined to command all the "kingdoms" (or, in this case, high schools) of the land.  The second dealt with Seito's fighters, and how they join forces with Nanyou's group to fight against the most powerful school.

Ikkitousen is best known for it's fanservice, but at least with the second series, Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, there began to be signs of actual story behind the pantsu.  But what of the third series?  What does it bring us?

Click on to continue, but be warned: this review is picture-intensive and distinctly NSFW!

Again, the following is not work-safe.  You've been warned. 

Boot to the head!
...but it's not as bad as it looks:

Eep.
Ryomou and Koukin, two of the "Four Devas of Nanyou", discuss recent enemy movements while Hakufu tries to get Mou-chan's attention in the most annoying way possible:

"Mou-chan!  Mou-chan!  Mou-chan?  Mou-chan!"

"Mou-chan!  Mou-chan!  Mou-chan?  Mou-chan!"
The result? Nothing more than what the viewer wants by this point:

Hit her again!  Hit her again!!!
Meanwhile, over at Seito, we find that Kan-u Unchou had been away at a training mission.  Having returned, she goes to a temple to pray:

...and joins the rest of the "executive" team of Seito for lunch at a chinese restaurant:

(Back: Ekitoku, Ryuubi, Kan-u.  Front: Koumei)
...and guess who's working there?  That's right:

Still trying to raise money for an overseas fighitng tour.  As is usual, however, Hakufu is painfully annoying, going so far as to intrude on Kan-u's yuri fantasies involving Ryuubi.  Kan-u, in a rage, finally snaps:

...much to the concern of the other patrons.  Unfortunately, Ryuubi is hit by flying debris:

...forcing Hakufu to jump into action to prevent pneumonia!

Off with that wet shirt!
And now, Kan-u is completely enraged.  Get your hands off my leader, she yells.  When the oblivious Hakufu doesn't react fast enough, the inevitable occurs:

Kan-u kicks Hakufu in the head.  The results of this devastating attack?  About what you'd expect:

That's right... a boot to the head tore her shirt.  That's the Ikkitousen way!  However, before this skirmish turns into a full-fledged war, a young woman chastises Hakufu for being immodest.  She reveals she's looking for the "her older sister, Hakufu Sonsaku."

...Sister?  I don't have a sister.
Back at Nanyou, Ryomou is meeting with the doctor who makes her eyepatches.  There's a magic sigil woven into the eyepatch to contain her dragon, but in the conversation, we discover something dramatic:

As she leaves, Ryomou has a vision of missing Saji, walking away.  As it fades, she clutches her eye in agony, wondering if her dragon is toying with her.  As she attempts to come to grips with this new behavior, the camera pans up:

...who is that hooded person?



As first episodes go, this wasn't bad.  There's the germ of a plot (Saji, hooded girl, mystery sister, Green girl), but more importantly, we've been re-introduced to the main characters and the tone of the series.  Hakufu is more annoying than ever, and that's not good, but it's hard to know just where they're going to take this series.  Will it follow Hakufu's Nanyou, Ryuubi's Seito, or both?  Or neither? 

Art quality is about the same as Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, but the fight scenes were, for the most part, disappointing.  Still shots and slow pans mostly, though the first fight between Kan-u and Green was decent, if short.  Since this is nominally an action show, the fight scenes have got to be better.  Of course, since the main point of this episode is to establish the main characters and the world they're in, maybe the producers decided to make the fights mere throwaways and save the fireworks for later in the series.

We'll find out in episode 02, and The Pond will be all over it!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:55 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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I don't like the way they're drawing Hakufu's hair. That pair of locks in the center look too much like Ryuubi's hair. Also, seems to me they've changed Hakufu's hair color. I thought she was supposed to be a strawberry blonde. It looks to me like it's too light and too yellow.

In that sequence in the restaurant, Hakufu starts wearing her hostess dress, but ends up in her school uniform just in time for Kan-u to shred it. How'd that happen?

By the way, as ki-attacks go, that "shred a girls' shirt without otherwise harming her" attack has got to rate up there with the Kamehameha as among the most versatile and useful.

For me, the big question is this: what will they do for an omake this time to top the ITDD omake? It'll be several weeks before we find out, though.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 15, 2008 08:34 PM (+rSRq)

2 Steven, they changed her hair color in Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny to the blonde it is now.  Ditto the style.  I have a feeling the similarities in hairstyle to Ryuubi's is intentional... but I might be giving the producers too much credit.

Between the hostess dress and school uniform, Hakufu (and Koukin, who also works there) came off-shift and changed.  I skipped over about four minutes of show there in the pictures.

I'm fine with the "shirt shred" attack (more than fine, actually), but could they at LEAST have the attack that does the shredding come CLOSE to the piece of apparel in question?  They did in the first series, after all.  I know, I know, expecting consistency from Ikkitousen might be a bit too much, but still...

As far as the omake goes, I can't imagine what they'll do to top it... go right to hentai, I guess. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 15, 2008 09:46 PM (AW3EJ)

3 Hakufu molesting Ryomou in the other omake was pretty damned close to hentai, actually.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 16, 2008 12:51 AM (+rSRq)

4 Let me say quite loudly for the benefit of any EEOC officers, Liberal Arts professors, and insecure female graduate assistants that I am deeply and profoundly offended by the very existence of this pathologically pointless and prurient show.

Posted by: Ken Talton at June 16, 2008 06:56 PM (V5zw/)

5 I've never been terribly familiar with this series, but I may have to actually do some thoughtful research in this direction.

Posted by: Brickmuppet at June 16, 2008 07:02 PM (V5zw/)

6 O-RLY?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 16, 2008 08:48 PM (+rSRq)

7

I am deeply and profoundly grateful for the very existence of this pathologically pointless and prurient show.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 16, 2008 08:49 PM (+rSRq)

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