Nobody told me this would be a bishie fest. Neither did anyone tell me it was a feudal era battle anime. Or that it would include super robot logic in the same vein as Sengoku Basara. Nobody told me this would…well, what on earth was that? It certainly wasn’t the Akane Iro Ni Somaru Saku lookalike I was expecting.
Right, so the plot is kinda like that one segment in School Rumble where the school turns into a warzone in order to fight over what the class will do for the school festival. Or, more accurately, the same premise as Baka to Test where different classes fight over each other. Except the fights are with pseudo feudal era weaponry, that don’t kill you but, and I quote, “make you feel like you wish you were dead”. Except not really, because it also involves super fighting game logic where your fists can generate sound waves powerful enough to knock several soldiers on their backsides. Oh, and if you’re really good, you can physically explode your belly, leaving you unharmed but the other person feeling like they’ve just been hit by a piece of pseudo feudal era weaponry. All of this is accepted by the school (it’s their P.E. class) and the principal provides commentary on events via a helicopter hovering overhead.
So yeah, it’s total utter nonsense. Quite entertaining nonsense, it has to be said. It’s impossible to keep a straight face while the characters themselves are keeping straight faces throughout the episode. I couldn’t follow the exact sequence of events of the battle. I totally forgot there was a maid battalion until they had circled around and cornered the F Class’s general. It’s not something you often do, forget there is a legion of spear wielding maids, which might give you an idea at how ridiculous everything else is in the show.
Neither do I remember the characters very well. After a while, each spear wielding lady starts to mould into one character in my mind, as do the tactician bishie brigade. A few of the characters are quite entertaining. The little pink haired general in particular was amusing because she was the only character not a brave-faced, battle hungry soldier of destiny. While everyone else was charging across the battlefield, she hid in a barrel to escape the killer maid brigade. In fact, I liked the general of the other army too, because he sorta symbolised the spirit of every other character in the show. Clad in his gold suit, only removing the clothes down to his loincloth when the enemy had reached his stronghold.
Don’t come out of this post thinking this anime is any good. The animation isn’t great. There was no flow to the battle, events occurring simply because the plot decided they should. The only humour it has tends to stem from characters being stone faced serious about such a ridiculous situation. I don’t give a hoot about any of the characters, apart from the pink haired general. But considering I was expecting an anime befitting of an eroge adaptation by the director of Akane Iro Ni Somaru Saka, this was surprisingly entertaining.