Kenka Bancho Otome -Girl Beats Boys- Review

kaStory:
Hinako was an orphan until she runs into her look alike on the street and gets “adopted” by his gangster family and roped into posing as him and joining an all boys school notorious for thugs and violence. Now she must beat each grade’s lead boss to gain control of the school and keep up appearances for her “long lost twin.”

Violence:
Despite how much fighting goes on, actual blood is kept low to nill. It’s mostly bruising from punches. Nothing graphic.

Language:
This is the worst the show gets, though it’s still tame overall. Some sh-ts and d-mns, but not that often. Then again, this entire show is super short so it’s not like there’s much time for it anyway.

Nudity:
Aside from a plot point where one character takes off his shirt to prove he’s a guy, nothing to put here.

Theology/mythology:
This section couldn’t be more empty if it tried.

Personal impression:
This wasn’t bad, actually. Not good, mind you. Though I feel as if the length worked against this show the most in that regard. See, with a set up like this, I was thinking we’d end up with some weird Ouran High School knock off. We actually… don’t? And that actually worked out better, I think. The lead’s main drive is having friends and family. She’s been alone all her life and that’s honestly all she wants. Romance doesn’t occur at all. Which is good. But also odd. The show seems to drop in and out of romantic tones at random, despite the lead not only being oblivious, but also not desiring any romantic connections at all. It makes for a show that feels confused. Like it can’t decide if it’s a traditional reverse harem, or an oddly strong female lead action show promo. Just a promo. The “plot” is far too weak to call this anything else.
Again, I actually kinda like the set up. The lead wants something most people can strongly identify with and would go a long way towards showing female and male non-sexual relationships, which tend to be lacking in media in general no matter what side of the Pacific ocean you live on. Plus the fight scenes are actually decently animated, especially those involving the lead, who is a very good fighter. You can tell most of the budget went solely to those scenes. It’s nice to see genuine action from a lead, especially a female one, done in a grounded fashion and with no sexualized undertones.
Sadly the short time of each episode, and the focus wavering between friendship focus and a forced romance angle, hurt this show pretty bad. I enjoyed it now and again, but overall this show is far too short to accomplish much at all. Which is a shame. The basic idea isn’t bad. But it needs to be fully committed to and needs time to build up. Two things which just aren’t going to happen considering this is based off an otome game and it seems to have gotten only a skeleton budget.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12 (8 min each)
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: action, otome
Studio: n/a
Company: EMON
Official streaming: crunchyroll

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Love is like a Cocktail

love-is-like-a-cocktail-8824Story:
Do you like drinks? Do you like cute couples with no drama? Then you’re gonna love this three minute episode series complete with drink recipes and teeth rotting fluff.

Violence:
Doesn’t really exist here.

Language:
Not really a thing either, though d-mn might be used once. Generally it’s not a thing for this little show.

Nudity:
Again, not much of an issue aside for one or two characters having large chests. And one scene which cuts away though it’s implied our lead is getting physical with her husband. But nothing gets shown, which is nice.

Theology/mythology:
Nothing to report here at all, really.

Personal impression:
This series has almost no story, but that hardly matters as it’s incredibly sweet and cute. Maybe I’m just getting old, but shows with cute girls doing cute things isn’t really…. cute to me these days. But a show with two happily married adults? 10/10 cute. I guess I’m just getting sick of the endless teen drama in other titles and this was a light breath of fresh air I was looking for.
That said, there’s little to nothing actually happening here. Aside from getting the lead’s backstory of how she and her husband met, story just doesn’t exist for this show. So if you need to have more structure to your anime, this isn’t the place for you. But if you want something extremely short and very sweet, this is a refreshing title for sure.
ps – I did notice quite a few commenters on this show being concerned the lead was an alcoholic. We actually see early on she is not, as she can and does refrain from drinking during work and big projects, some lasting for days. And when she does drink it is only with her husband, who can look after her since she gets tipsy fast (she even turns down coworkers offering her drinks numerous times as she doesn’t trust herself to do so in public). In fact, she’s smarter about drinking than most people I know, come to think of it…

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 13 (3 min each)
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Romance, comedy, drink mixing?
Studio: Creators in Pack Inc
Company: Yomiko
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Sengoku Night Blood Review

sengoku-night-bloodStory:
A young girl with no personality or life goals gets sucked into another world full of cute warlords who have the depth of puddles because anime.

Violence:
Characters get stabbed and cut quite a bit, and we do see blood, but considering a decent of the cast are vampires, it’s not all that often really.

Language:
Pretty tame. We have a few hot headed characters, but sh-t and d-mn are the most common words we ever hear and not too often.

Nudity:
Another one we din’t have to suffer much. A few bare men chests, but it was rare. Surprising for the genre…

Theology/mythology:
If you don’t like the themes of youkai or creatures like vampires, I’d skip this. Although, to be honest, the darker themes of these creature are never explored so it’s pretty shallow stuff overall.

Personal impression:
Another show to play while I worked. I tend to want to give good shows my full attention and since free time is something I’m rather short on, I go through the bad shows faster as better shows slow down to be savored.
So… here we are. No, the lead doesn’t reach any goals. I doubt she even has any. She mentions she wants to go back to her world more than once, but no reasons WHY are ever given. She doesn’t learn any lessons either. In fact, the male lead gets more character development than she does, although, like most things in this show, it’s pretty surface level stuff. Nothing about deeper self examination. Just general stuff, like looking before you leap, not letting anger rule you and how to prioritize tasks. Ya know, things a guy in a leadership position should have known years before even meeting the heroine.
If you want a shoujo show, I don’t recommend this. Try My Love Story or, heck, Ouran High School Host Club even. While those anime have their downsides, they both have a LOT of character development and just general overall effort put into them.
This one, not so much.
To be fair though, pretty sure this whole idea came from a… card game? Not gonna lie, that’s not the cream of the crop option when it comes to foundations for an entire TV series…. Then again, Pokemon managed it just fine… Hm. Ok, yeah, I do blame this studio.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, otome, shoujo
Studio: Typhoon Graphics
Company: Marvelous AQL Inc
Official streaming: Crunchyroll