YUKIMURA! OYA- Wait, wrong anime, isn’t it? Christ…
Whoah. That’s pretty much all I can say to Hyakka Ryouran. It’s not astoundingly bad, but then again, is it good? I would compare it to Queens Blade (probably because everyone else is) but I didn’t watch that for obvious reasons. I went into Hyakka thinking it was set way back when. But it turns out it’s not. Maybe I should’ve read the synopsis…
Just so you know, girls don’t actually fall from the sky.
Starting in medias res (like a lot of anime nowadays, it gets a little annoying) a glowing un-named woman / girl floats from the sky into an un-named mans / boys arm. She mutters that he’s her brother, and they kiss, making everything explode. Just another typical day in anime, I guess.
Ass ‘n’ Tittays! Sums up the whole episode in a hilarious song. NSFW at all.
Skipping to hours before ‘First Kiss’, it turns out that man / boy we saw is returning from somewhere, back to his own dojo. He steps off a train, and a weird mix of technology, schoolgirls and art takes place. As man / boy walks around the town taking pictures of various places, he enters the dojo in question, only to ‘accidently’ take a picture of two naked women / girls. They freak out and throw stuff at him, mistake him for a pervert (I wonder why…) and then he kicks their asses.
Not as manly as the previous anime counterpart. Though, one could argue this Sanada is awesomer.
Clearing things up, we find that these two women / girls, are one of two things. Students that are breaking some student council laws, or they are just fugitives. You see, I didn’t really know what is going on. In the Hyakka Ryouran universive, the Tokugawa Shogunate stayed in power ’till the 21st century. And for some reason, Student Councils are ‘tasked with oppressing schools’, whatever that means. What I gathered from the episode, was that the two girls he meets are the good guys, and everyone else is the bad guys. Seemed to work for me.
Ninja are also skilled in the art of, uh, you get the idea…
After a short talk between loli woman / girl whose name is actually Sanada Yukimura (Not the manly one, but the loli one in the swimsuit, and her friend is Matabei Gotou), Sanada and Matabei are suddenly at the mysterious mans / boys throat again. Luckily, they get attacked by ninja, led by badass metal-maid-robot-technology-woman-girl Hattori Hanzou. Yeah, that’s right. Hattori Hanzou. Sanada, Matabei and man / boy manage to escape into the sewers, while Hattori Hanzou gets a telling off and perform oral sex to some other chick. Riiiiiight.
Her voice is manly. Which is weird. Because, she sounded pretty unmanly seconds before this picture.
Sanada, Matabei and man / boy escape from the sewer and are met once again by Hattori Hanzou’s ninja crew (the ninja are all girls wearing really short skirts and red panties, btw). In an epic reveal, it turns out that man / boy is Muneakira Yagyuu, someone who is rebelling against his own student council. This is all very surprising to Hattori, Sanada and Matabei, and they all escape the ninja due to a shining light in the sky. As they run away, Yagyuu is intrigued and something crazy happens. A woman / girl falls from the sky and he catches her. The kiss, everything explodes, and she’s then standing them in very inconvenient clothing, claiming to be Yagyuu Jubei.
The opening was badass. I think everyone should at least watch it. For the art. Yeah, the art.
To be honest, I’d hate the see the uncensored version…
Sanada scared Motobei so much, she turned into a squid.
I couldn’t resist, I’m sorry xD
Do I regret watching this episode? No. Do I regret reviewing this show? Maybe. I can’t really answer that one yet. All I could really distinguish from this episode was boobs, butts and more boobs. There was a story there, I know there was, but I had a hard time finding it and actually deciphering it. In a way, the story could be pretty interesting, with the Tokugawa Shogunate still in power towards the 21st century. Technology is all there (I think) but it still looks like feudal Japan.
But I guess story wasn’t really on the cards for the first episode. I guess it was a lot of introducing characters (as much of them as possible, it seems..) and setting up the universe that they exist in. The fact that they are using name from ‘ancient samurai heroes’ is confusing. Yukimura Sanada! I instantly think this or this. Not this. Luckily, they all put some clothes on towards the end of the episode and look somewhat approachable.
Thankfully, the art and animation were brilliant. Because I’m not really an arty person (though one could argue) I could appreciate that it looked damn nice. The opening scene is certainly a good representation of what the animation team is capable of, and it’s a far leap from, say, B Gata H Kei xD Funnily enough, the censorship was probably one of the most tasteful parts of the anime, keeping the feel of some sort of painting, with ink splotches throughout the episode and not just to keep the children of the nation innocent.
Character designs also seem a little awesome. My significant other argued that they just looked stupid, especially Hattori Hanzou’s awesome knife maid dress, but I think they are totally badass. And thanks to the last scene of the episode, I’m actually interested to watch the next. Jubei had an oddly manly voice, and it was badass. Guess we’ll have to wait ’till it airs, yeah?