Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Ikki Tousen - Legendary Fighter |
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Adapted from Yuji Shiozaki's manga Battle Vixens, Ikki-Tousen focuses on a war among Fighters, high school students who wear comma-shaped amulets that contain the souls of ancient Chinese warriors. It's a complicated and ... more »
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Panties! Glorious panties!
Ibuki | 11/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Make no mistake: this series is all about fanservice. Highly detailed panties, cleavage, etc. This series can best be described as "style over substance." There's a story here somewhere, but it's best not think about it too hard. They don't give a lot of background on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (on which this series is loosely based) so it's easy to lose the details in all the panties. I mean, how is a guy supposed to keep track of people who died 1800 years ago and of what's going on in the present while not being distracted by the fanservice?
My theory on the excessive fanservice is that it must be there for comedic effect, though it often misses the mark. But make no mistake, this show would be a very heavy series without the fanservice to remind you "hey, don't take this show so seriously." The panties go a long way toward distracting you from not only the incomprehensible backstory, but also from everybody getting the crap kicked out of them.
For those who are looking for a point of reference, I can't help you much. This series is very hard to classify. It's not quite like a fighting show, a comedy, or a drama. It does take elements from various series and meshes them as well as can be expected. The main character, Hakufu, is somewhat like a female Goku from Dragonball: loves a fight, but not very intelligent. In a suprise move, there's even a lecher. Ok, it's not really a suprise as there's a sterotypical lecher in nearly every anime. Dragonball had master Roshi, Burn Up had Yuji, Inuyasha had Miroku. The suprise is who the lecher is: Hakufu's mom! Very funny.
If you're looking for a good story, keep looking. If you're looking for social commentary, keep looking. If you don't mind fanservice and love action, then this might be for you. The series is extremely well animated, and the story, such as it is, is told fairly well. Luckily, the backstory is largely irrelevant. The Romance of the Three Kingdom stuff is good to know, but if you don't know it already don't worry about it on your first viewing of this series."
Another one bites the dust, or does it?
S. Savino | Williams,AZ USA | 12/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ikki Tousen is based on Yuji Shiozaki's over the top fighting manga of the same name.(In America its title is "Battle Vixens" published by Tokyo Pop.).To be completely honest with you the original manga is way better than it's anime counterpart, but that's not to say it isn't worth a look or two!
Loosely based on the "Romance of the three kingdoms" Ikki Tousen is primarily a fighting story.During the three kingdoms era several heroes tired to unite China and failed.Their spirits came to rest inside of jewels called magatama.Whoever inheirits these "sacred beads" has their own natural fighting ability increased many fold.The down side however is that they must fight to become "Ikki Tousen", one warrior with the stength of one thousand.Along with becoming ikki tousen the must live out the destiny of the warrior inside the magatama until they die.Unfortunately for Hakufu she loves to fight, so will she be able to overcome her destiny as the "Shou Hao of Koutou"?
Only time and the next few volumes will tell.All-in-all Ikki Tousen has a pretty decent storyline thats not too philishophically heavy with questions of morality or anything like that, it's straight forward and to the point.The animation quality is good, the character designs are awesome, and the music is pretty cool too.Defenitely not for the kiddies, it has a ton of panty shots, graphic fights scenes, and later on some more controversial and questionable content. The final verdict is if your into fanservicey fights between girls in school uniforms then Ikki Tousen is right up your alley, if not then your missing out, and before I forget don't forget to check out the origial story in "Battle Vixens" from Tokyo Pop.Also avalible now at Amazon.com.
M. Carlisle | florida | 10/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this umd for psp only has 2 episodes but i bought it just because of that. See, I didn't want to be dissapointed with the series so i bought this umd first and after seeing it, it prompted me to get the entire boxed set!!! make no mistake, $30 a dvd is expensive, but the compleat collection is on sale for $71 and if you add up each dvd thats $120 instead of $71 so if you like this series, buy the boxed set compleat for $71 and save $40-$50 on the single packed dvds. overall- this series is a 5 for those of you who like this type of anime (read all the other reviews) peace out!"