Samurai Girls

Type: Feudal Harem

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Synopsis: Have you ever imagined a world where the Tokugawa Shogunate still had power in Japan? Me neither. The reality, or fictional reality, of the whole situations turns out to be kinda iffy. On the one hand, Japan would have been stuck with a hierarchical system and rigid isolationist policies. On the other hand, it would also be almost entirely populated with pretty samurai girls who make-out with you to get super powers.

Pros: The first thing you’ll notice about Samurai Girls it’s art style. Samurai Girls uses an Ink Painting aesthetic, and a lot of it’s background look straight out of a scroll drawing. It’s tempting to recommend the entire show just based on it’s neat animation. The whole Ink theme really compliments the samurai aspects of the show. (P.S. A whole lot of fan service, some of it pretty good).

Cons: For a show with such a unique art style, Samurai Girls uses very average story beats. Even the kissing warrior thing had been done before. This is a basic harem show, with all the usual suspects. The tsundere, the childhood friend, the underdeveloped girl, the really psyched girl, etc. The samurai angle kinda makes it interesting, but even that gets drenched in corny speeches about duty and ideals.  The fan service also gets to be a bit too much, and isn’t used to it’s full comedic potential.

Watch it?: Neat art, average story. Good enough watch. (3/5)

MVP: Yukimura Sanada

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Girl with the plan

Best Episode: Ep.10 “The Prison of the Evil Eye” (a pretty cool episode)

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