(Originally posted to Livejournal on 4/24/10)
Anime Review in a Minute:
Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor
What This Is All About: I am going to attempt to watch at least the first episode of every anime show of the new season that is subtitled. The review will be divided into three short sections: “The Elevator Speech”, a quick two-to-three sentence synopsis of the episode; “The Skinny”, my initial reactions, and “The Verdict”, a simple Pass/Fail grade that determines whether to continue to the next episode or not. For those with a passing grade, I will follow-up later with the second or third episodes for a re-evaluation.
The Elevator Speech: This is apparently the third in a series of Ikkitousen shows, and this episode starts with a five-minute-long recap of the previous episodes. I couldn’t tell heads nor tails from the recap (I suppose it all makes perfect sense to people familiar with the series), but all you really need to know is that there was some massive epic battle and the bad guy has risen from the ashes. This episode is all about one tomboy named Bachou taking on the entire Kyoshou Academy single-handedly to flush out bad-guy Sousou and kill him in revenge for her brother. She easily handles everyone she runs across, until she is confronted by Tall-Girl-With-Big-Breasts, who kicks her clear through the entire building, landing a mile away, utterly defeated.
The Skinny: Plot? Story? Does it really matter? Ikkitousen is a series about teenage girls with big, jiggly boobs fighting each other — any story that may occur is just a thin veneer to help advance that agenda. There’s more to the story than I described, but there’s no point in analyzing or explaining it in detail because it doesn’t matter. If you like watching bouncy, nubile women giving each other the smack-down, then this show is for you. Just don’t try and think about it too much.
An Online Review: http://blog.seiha.org/2010/03/ikkitousen-xx-01-fighting-dirty/
Series Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iY4eH0PLWU
Anime News Network: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=11177
The Scorecard So Far (first episodes only):
Thumbs-up: Working!!, Angel Beats, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, K-On Season 2, Heroman, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Giant Killing
Thumbs-down B Gata H Kei, Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, Mayoi Neko Overrun, Uraboku, KissXSis, Senkou no Night Raid, Ookuku Furikabutte Season 2, Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri, Shin Koihime Mousou Otogi Tairan
Up to bat next in the lineup (not necessarily in this order):
– Hetalia World Series, Jewel Pet Tinkle, Tales of Symphonia: Tethe’alla, Haiyori Nyaru-ani, House of Five Leaves, Rainbow Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, Major Season 6, The Tatami Galaxy