Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Ep. 11 & 12!

Alright guys! It’s been one heck of a ride reviewing this series for Anime REvisited that you already know as Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls. The final two episodes are pretty much parts 1 and 2 for the final showdown against Gisen; as part one flashes back to the day when Yoshihiko met Nia for the first time back in Paris, and the events that led up to her being the ‘Patient Zero’ of his artificial master samurai army. Midway through the 11th episode Gisen makes her move as she plans on resurrecting her general Amakusa, and pretty much wrecking Great Japan’s shit-zu. Also in the 11th episode Inner Jubei mentions to her other self that if she kisses Muneakira one more time, her ‘incomplete’ self will cease to exist. Although hesitant about the situation at hand, Great Japan as well as the dojo and the academy are in grave danger.

Jubei Yagyu

In the final episode Muneakira along with Inner Jubei, Princess Sen, and Sanada are on a rooftop as they see the destruction happening at the hands of Gisen before their very eyes. They devise a plan of attack as they take on the gigantic sickly-looking greenish tentacles popping up from the ground, while trying to break through Gisen’s force field. Inner Jubei does so, as she and Gisen go at it. We’re not sure why Gisen wanted to pull a ‘Majin Buu’ and try to absorb Jubei in order to make herself more powerful, but it might have to do with the fact that she wants to destroy what Jubei is trying to protect; which is not just Great Japan, but her friends as well. Jubei and Gisen battle it out and much like the final boss of an RPG who’s down to its last bar of health; Gisen went into ‘rage mode’ and increased her power even more.

Jubei knew that this would be the last time that she would see her friends and even Muneakira, so after absorbing the feelings of Muneakira, Sen, and Sanada, she went after Gisen full force and sent both her and herself towards the sky – and possibly even towards the edge of space. The speed that they were traveling was similar to the velocity of a space capsule plummeting towards Earth. Gisen was defeated at the cost of Jubei’s life, as the damage left behind was hefty to say the least. At the end of the episode Muneakira thought it was time to leave the dojo…but something happened. A bright light appeared in the form of a girl, and that girl was Jubei Yagyu. Somehow she was revived after the battle with Gisen, but if that’s the case, then there’s a possibility that Gisen may still be alive…

This was a pretty interesting series to review. Sure, there was a bit more fanservice than there needed to be, and some of the plot points might have been slightly questionable. Nevertheless this series also has a second season which I’ll be reviewing on another month sometime this year. (It could be May or June, who knows.) Well guys, this will do it for Anime REvisited for now, but we’ll keep you updated on all of the other awesome content we’ve got cooked up! Until next post, thanks for the love and stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Ten!

We have returned…with another episode review from our Anime REvisited pick; Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls. The road to the finale continues, so let us continue on to the review!

Inner Jubei

So…Muneakira is still under the spell of Gisen, but his actual body was captured and held captive in Yoshihiko’s underground lab along with Jubei’s. During this time Sanada, Matabei, Hanzo, and of course Kanaetsugu, are still held captive inside the dojo. Nia was ordered to execute the four of them, but Sanada wanted to know if Muneakira was alright as did Hanzo with Princess Sen; who was held captive in her own cell guarded by troops. As cheesy as it sounds Nia felt some kind of compassion towards Sanada and the others (thanks to Kanaetsugu) and left the dojo. Midway through the episode Sanada and the others manage to escape the dojo and hid in what was Sanada’s former hideout. She then spoke about a special technique where she was able to enter the mind of Muneakira along with Princess Sen, as they battled against Gisen in his mind.

However even though it was two against one, Gisen was stronger than they realized. Sen and Sanada had to retreat for the moment but Sanada knew where Muneakira’s body was. So Sanada and the others went on a hero’s crusade to track down Muneakira and kick the asses of the disciplinary committee along the way. Eventually the party was cut to just Sen and Sanada as they managed to find where Muneakira and Jubei were held, however they were intercepted by Nia as she was prepared to kill them. The only problem with that was Sanada’s words; as the resonated within her and caused her not to obey Yoshihiko’s command, so he decided to use some high voltage punishment on Sen and Sanada in order to kill them himself.

All that did was knock the two of them out of their master samurai forms, as Nia destroyed the weapons that were shocking the two girls. Sanada told Yoshihiko the real reason why master samurai were on the decline, was because of the lack of men qualified to hold the title of general. Somehow that woke something inside of Muneakira, as he was able to break out of Gisen’s spell and return to his former self. By the end of the episode Muneakira kisses Jubei as Inner Jubei is about to make another appearance…though this could be her last.

It looks like the stage is pretty much set with there being only one more episode before the grand finale, so that will do it for this review. Until next post guys n’ gals, stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Nine!

We have returned! We have returned with another episode review from our Anime REvisited pick known as Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls. Things get a lil’ serious in this one so let’s not waste any time and get right to it!

Inner Jubei

The pieces of the plot start to unfold in this episode, as Sen’s brother Yoshihiko returns from France. Meanwhile back at the dojo Kanaetsugu is trying to put her own little team together consisting of Hanzo and Matabei; which fails miserably because she’s…kinda annoying. Muneakira is outside sweeping the dojo’s steps when he’s met by Gisen, who springs him away to what looks to be a part of the dojo, but away from the main area. She tells him that the general should forcibly make the pact in order for the relationship between the master samurai and the general to grow, but Muneakira responds in saying that he wouldn’t do that to Hanzo and Matabei if they don’t feel the same way about him.

That didn’t sit too well with Gisen; as we now see her true colors come to light by using her demonic eye to take away the ‘free will’ of Muneakira, just as Sen and the others confront her. Sen of course transforms into a master samurai with Gisen doing the very same, as the two of them fight each other – though Gisen appears to have the upper hand. The battle didn’t last too long, as Sen’s brother appeared (a week early due to his cunning intellect in deceiving his only sister) with an artificial master samurai known Nia. Yoshihiko flat out told Gisen that he doesn’t like her and needs to be punished; which basically translates into ‘go kick that hussy’s ass for me!’

Nia does just that, as Gisen didn’t really stand much of a chance which caused her to get the hell outta dodge. Afterwards the dojo was raided by Yoshihiko’s forces while he explained to her sister what really happened with the spirited Away incidents. Turns out the missing students were actually inside special pods that were being used to create artificial master samurai just like Nia, because the number of master samurai was on the decline.

Yoshihiko then goes on to say that the reason Great Japan has a shadow casts upon it was due to the malevolent spirit of Amakusa; who just so happens to be Gisen’s true general, and the true antagonist behind the main antagonist. With Muneakira and Jubei captured by Yoshihiko and Gisen revealed as the true villain of the series, things are about to get real interesting quite quickly.

After four episodes of fun n’ games it’s time for the serious portion of the series to begin. There are only three episodes remaining until the finale, so this will do it for this episode’s review.

Until next post, stay safe and stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Eight!

Greetings nerds n’ nerdettes! We have returned with yet another review from our Anime REvisited pick that is called Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls, but you already knew that. It’s episode number eight which means there’s only four more remaining, so without further delay, let’s get to it!

Inner Jubei

Right off the bat Sanada and Princess Sen give the other three women in the dojo an ultimatum; either kiss Muneakira and become a Master Samurai in order to prepare for war against Sen’s brother, or leave the dojo never to return again. Sen told the girls that her brother Yoshihiko would be returning from Paris and whatever plan he’s got going on, could potentially put Great Japan in danger as well as cause casualties in the process. After Sen and Sanada leave Kanaetsugu purposes that the three of them protest the idea of kissing Muneakira, and demand that Sen and Sanada apologize to them for (in her mind) the ‘way they acted’. She was met with an ignoring-ly obvious response as Matabei and Hanzo shut the door on her.

After a couple of comic relief moments from Kanaetsugu, Muneakira and the others were talking about the ceremony between the general and the samurai. Although Sen and Sanada want Muneakira to kiss Matabei and Hanzo in order to make the pact, Jubei was against the idea of it only because it didn’t seem like the two actually loved Muneakira. Before she was able to stake her claim Jubei’s master samurai aura suddenly appeared as a bright light came from the sky. Not only that but the light itself was coming from a girl; who appeared in the same way that Jubei first did. Judging by the exchange of looks it appears that the two of them might be facing each other…real soon.

Her name is Gisen Yagyu (even though she has the same last name as Jubei and Muneakira, she’s not really a blood relative) and it appears that she’s already a master samurai. Throughout most of the episode Gisen takes the relationship between master samurai and general a little more in the ‘physical’ sense than it needs to be. We’re not even gonna describe what she does or tires to do to Muneakira, so you’ll have to watch the episode n’ find out!

A battle does happen between Gisen and Princess Sen due to their difference in beliefs in terms of what the relationship between a master samurai and a general is. At the very last second right before Sen was about to get done in by Gisen at the hands of her blade, Jubei stops the fight and explains what the contract actually means. Gisen apologizes for her actions and calls Jubei her ‘Big Sister’, while Kanaetsugu gets pummeled to death by Sanada and Matabei for being…herself.

Alright, that wraps up this review. If you know us by now (and we’re pretty sure you do), then you already know that we’ve got more reviews and content coming your way on the blog! Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Seven!

Welcome back to yet another episode review from our Anime REvisited pick that we’re pretty sure you already know as Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls! We are onto our seventh episode of this series so let’s get a move on with the review!

Inner Jubei

Kicking off the seventh episode the gang is back at the dojo, but discovered that Kanaetsugu is hiding out in the doghouse that she named as her base of operations. She states that the only reason she’s there is to keep watch of Muneakira due to her being the Warrior of Love, but that title is moot in the eyes of Princess Sen; who gives the girl a shake down while interrogating her about her alliance with Sen’s brother Yoshihiko. After several scenes of comic relief at Kanaetsugu’s expense, Hanzo has a moment while it begins to rain outside where she first met Princess Sen; and was asked to protect her by the academy’s principal as well as be her friend. Before that however the info from Sen’s brother’s file that Sanada and the others go through, indicates that something big and frightening is about to happen. Of course with every action anime that’s 12 episodes or less, you don’t get the full entrée of the plot until later on in the series.

Just like with the last boss battle that happened in the previous episode, another boss shows up in the form of some invisible enemy that knocks you unconscious if touched. Sadly Jubei learned that first hand as Hanzo used her specialized glasses to see what type of enemy it was. Muneakira along with Hanzo and Sen went after it while Kanaetsugu did the same, as they managed to corner it outside in the courtyard. Sen then suggested that if Hanzo became a Master Samurai then it would give her a boost in her abilities, but although it was great in theory, Hanzo just couldn’t go through with the plan.

Instead she wanted Sen to destroy the invisible boss along with her, but the princess actually had another idea; she would acquire Kanaetsugu’s help in order to destroy the boss while saving Hanzo in the process. In the first few episodes the relationship between Princess Sen and Hanzo was that of Master and Servant, but eventually it matures into the two of them becoming friends.

Basically you’re looking at another filler episode before the ‘real’ plot kicks in, and it’ll be kicking in sooner than we think. That will do it for our episode review, but as always there is more content and reviews to come! Until next post, stay healthy and stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Six!

Welcome back guys! We’re halfway through our Anime REvisited pick that you already know as Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls! This time we’re taking a dive into the all-too-familiar ‘Swimsuit Episode’, because why not! Since you’re all waiting for it, let’s go!

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Before the opening credits Princess Sen and Muneakira are looking over some files of the students that were missing because of the ‘Spirited Away’ incidents. (Miazaki shout out, baby!) The students were all from families that have turned out Master Samurai, so perhaps this may become a big plot point later on in the series. After the credits Sen and Muneakira make an attempt to sneak out of the dojo for a little ‘trip to the beach’ which has a special house by the Tokogawa Shogunate with a computer room inside. (Again, future plot point.)

Before they could even step out the gate they tripped a wire which set off that alarm that caused Jubei, Sanada, Matabei, and Hanzo to appear; asking them where they were going. They tried to hold their tongues about it but failed miserably, as Sen had no choice but to tell the crew that she and Muneakira were going on a trip to the beach. Cutting away to the beach trip we already know what to expect from these kinds of episodes; which type of swimsuit do boys prefer (one piece or two piece), two girls fighting over the male MC asking him who’s swimsuit looks hotter, y’know, ‘Beach Episode’ stuff.

Even though it was all beach and swimsuits for most of the episode, there was a boss battle that happened near the end of it involving Kanaetsugu; where Sen and Sanada had to put their differences aside in order to save Kanaetsugu’s life. Eventually Inner Jubei stepped into the fray and landed the killing blow against the boss that held Kanaetsugu captive inside of it; bonding to her body, but not killing her in the process. Long story short; this was pretty much a beach episode combined with a boss battle ending.

That’s it for episode six, but with half of the first season of this title behind us, we can only assume that the story will pick up after all of the silly stuff is done. That’s usually the case with 12-episode titles like this, but somehow they manage to pick up the pace later on. As always continue to look out for one another and stay nerdy my friends! 😉  

Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Five!

Whew! And welcome back to our Anime REvisited segment featuring our anime title pick; Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls! Four episodes down, and only eight more to go! It appears in this episode we meet a new character, so let’s get to it!

Jubei Yagyu

Following up from the events of the previous episode, Sanada has now learned how to transform into a Master Samurai at will; meaning that the samurai’s general maintains his freedom of movement without being restricted. Jubei of course wants to know how she can transform into her Master Samurai form, but since it requires one to know the words to live by as a samurai, her answer to that is…food. While the shenanigans of the morning began at the dojo, a new challenger approaches – in the form of a girl with a giant hammer who happens to be the childhood friend of Sanada. (Little do the others know; that the girl with the hammer now known as Kanaetsugu was actually sent as a spy by Sen Tokugawa’s brother.) Why did Kanaetsugu show up at the dojo you ask? To get back at Sanada for what she did to her while they were kids. (No, we’re not gonna spoil what it is, you’ll have to watch to find out.)

Once nightfall hit Sanada was pretty upset and flustered about what Kanaetsugu said about her small breasts earlier during the day; that she transformed into her master samurai form and blew her away with her power (which she hasn’t learned how to control yet). Elsewhere in the bath house Princess Sen was contemplating if she should kiss Muneakira and become a master samurai, but she got squirt in the face with some water from a water gun by Jubei. (Where did the water gun come from?! XP)

By the episode’s end Kanaetsugu pretty much lays the beatdown on Muneakira due to how insensitive he was towards Sanada’s feelings. This was done only because he wanted to feel the same pain she felt, but by doing this she begged Kanaetsugu to stop as she apologized for what she said about him earlier; that he did perceive her feelings about herself and how she felt about him. It was also at this moment that Princess Sen condemned the actions of Kanaetsugu and asked if she truly knew what it meant to be a ‘Warrior of Love’ – or even if she knew what true love really was. Sen then kissed Muneakira transforming her into a Master Samurai and pretty much defeated Kanaetsugu; or at least sliced her hammer off its handle thus causing the girl to dash off and go home, but Hanzo hauled ass after her.

All in all, this was pretty much another character introduction episode where the level of seriousness is pretty much toned down. So that will do it for this episode review. Until the next one, look out for each other and stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Four!

Here we are! What are your other two wishes? Ah, right. It’s time for another episodic review from our Anime REvisited pick that you probably already know by now as Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls. Unlike the last three episodes this one’s pretty much a romantic battle of sorts with the (always added) element of fanservice. So, let’s get to it!

Jubei Yagyu

As the fallout from Jubei’s transformation continues, Princess ‘pain-in-the-ass’ Sen (that’s said with love) declares that Muneakira should keep his lips away from Jubei, in order to prevent her from transforming into her dangerous; Master Samurai self. This leads to a theory that Sanada has that if someone other than Jubei kisses Muneakira, then they two will transform into a Master Samurai. At this point in the episode you can pretty much cut the tension between Sanada and Sen with…a katana, of course!

The situation that happens after stating her theory, leads Sanada on a mission to get a kiss from Muneakira through the whole episode in order to prove it. Yep, this is one of those cat-n-mouse battles between girls who have feelings for the MC that you’ll only find in anime rom-coms. Needless to say; Sanada’s theory actually proved true, as she was able to find the right moment to kiss Muneakira and become a Master Samurai – though she didn’t know how to control her own powers and thus tore the dojo apart.

Like we said; this one’s pretty much a slice-of-life episode featuring a battle of romance between two female characters (or at least one trying to prove a theory while the other’s just c-blocking), so on that note this wraps up another anime episode review. As always stay safe and look out for each other in the times of which we all live in.

Until next post! 😉

Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Three!

What’s good guys n’ gals! We’re back with another review from our Anime REvisited segment featuring our pick; Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls! So right now we’ve already met Jubei Yagyu as well as her samurai form, but the question remains…who the heck is she really? Guess we’ll find out in our third episode review!

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The episode opens up with Jubei doing some sword training with Matabei, but so far in her base form she’s pretty much a rookie. Muneakira and Sanada are trying to figure out just who Jubei is as well as who her Samurai General is. The General of course is the one who unlocks the power sealed within the Master Saumrai, and is unlocked by the pact (or kiss) of the general. Right before the opening credits Princess Sen tells everyone that the fate of the ‘criminals’ Matabei and Sanada have been decided. They are to leave the dojo and never return; much to Jubei’s disappointment that she’ll never get to enjoy Matabei’s cooking.

With Sanada and Matabei gone Princess Sen declares that she’ll be living in the dojo along with Hanzo, but yeah, Muneakira is already regretting that arrangement. (Future “A Founder’s Thought’s” post on the subject of Tsundere’s coming soon!) Midway through the episode Muneakira and Sen talk about the real reason why he was brought to the academy; to investigate several incidents of academy students disappearing, and why Sanada and Matabei might be the ones behind it – even though that assumption seems a bit farfetched. At this point in the episode Inner Jubei returns as a result of her kissing Muneakira after being frightened by a bad dream; which will turn out to be a major plot point later on in the series. She then blows up part of the interior room of the dojo as Sen and Hanzo find themselves outside while Jubei holds her daito katana in her right hand before pointing the blade at Sen’s neck.

It’s at this very moment when Sanada and Matabei return to fight Jubei, as they claim she is the shadow that has cast itself upon Great Japan. Taking those as ‘fightin’ words’ Jubei charges at the duo as Matabei uses a flash bomb before she and Sanada take off into the forest. Jubei catches up as she faces Matabei after knocking out Sanada, while Muneakira is still bound by chains due to the pact he made with Jubei. The battle doesn’t last long as Jubei realizes that Matabei is frustrated that she feels she can’t protect Sanada the way she wants to, and even though she states that once the sword has been drawn there’s no turning back, Jubei sheathes her sword and tells Matabei that she’ll ‘let it slide’ this time. The next day Jubei is asleep as Muneakira and the others are still discovering just who exactly Jubei is…

So that pretty much wraps up the episode. We’re only three episodes in so the pace may seem a little on the slow side for some if you plan on checking this series out, but rest assured that it does pick up after the fourth episode and beyond. As always continue to look out for one another and stay awesome! 😉

Anime REvisited: Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls Season One Episode Two!

Welcome back guys! We return with another installment of Anime REvisited with our current pick known as Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls! Last time was the introduction to a majority of the main cast, so without further delay, here’s the breakdown of episode number two!

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Picking up where the last episode left off, Muneakira was looking at the master samurai known as Jubei Yagyu. During this time Hanzo was in quick pursuit of him as well as Matabei and Sanada; but Jubei intercepted the girl and thus a battle quickly took place. After doing a few Matrix moves and dodging all of Hanzo’s attacks, Jubei took the fight to her after toying with her a bit. (Not to mention that during the fight she had a power level of 5 million; which probably meant she could kick second and third form Frieza’s ass, just saiyan.) It wasn’t long before Jubei had Hanzo right where she wanted her, as she unsheathed her blades from her Daisho set, and prepared to strike. Right now things aren’t lookin’ good for Hanzo, but Muneakira’s voice somehow cracked through to Jubei; as you see her ‘Inner Moka’ disappear in an explosion of dark energy and light and reverting to her former self…naked…because fanservice.

After the whole situation Muneakira along with the other two girls were back inside the dojo, with Hanzo and her boss Sen Tokugawa; who just so happens to be Muneakira’s childhood friend – his Tsundere, jealous-around-other-women, bossy-as-hell, spoiled-as-shite childhood friend. (There’s always one in 90% of the anime you watch.) Fickle reunion aside Hanzo instructs Muneakira, Matabei, and Sanada not to even think about leaving the premises or there will be dire ‘consequences’ as she put it.

Near the end of the episode Sanada and Hanzo wanted to check Jubei’s body to see if there was some kind of manifestation of some kind that caused her to transform into a master samurai. What happened to be a bit of a struggle actually sounded like something dirty to Muneakira; as all matter of imagery crept into his mind while trying to exercise it out.

This of course led Jubei to dash off away from the other girls not knowing that Muneakira was right on the other side of the door. She tripped on his coat and fell flat on top of him as he saw what the others were looking for; the mark of a master samurai right between her breasts.

The second episode gave us a taste of what ‘Inner Jubei’ can do during battle, as this may not be the last time we see her throughout the series. Usually after the second episode all of the major main character introductions are done; with the side and supporting characters coming later on in the series. Right now it appears that Sen’s older brother may be the main antagonist, but the truth behind that assumption has yet to be revealed.

Well, that wraps up another review on our Anime REvisited pick, but as always we’ve got more reviews coming your way; among other surprises that we can’t share with you just yet! Stay tuned! 🙂