(Originally published and formatted on Livejournal on 1/6/11)
Shin Koihime Musou OVA
What this is about: I made the promise that I would review every new subtitled anime show (excluding blatant yaoi and/or porn) released during the Spring, Summer and Fall 2010 seasons, so now I am going back to review a handful of shows that I missed over the past few months for one reason or another. This time around, it’s the Shin Koihime Musou Original Video Animation, a special episode following the second season of the Koihime Musou franchise released on July 7th, 2010.
tl;dr review: Girls, girls, girls, girls, girls and a few more girls added in for good measure; Giant octopus deity rips off everyone’s bikinis.
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Episode Summary: Koihime Musou is a series extremely loosely based on the Chinese legend ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’, with all the characters changed into giggly Japanese girls who run around, having all sorts of wardrobe malfunctions. Shin Koihime Musou is the second season, and this special apparently follows the end of that series after a big battle, when all the girls decide to take a cruise vacation to a remote tropical island. Upon arriving, some girls have a good time on the beach, others try to research the mysterious cat-girl natives. A couple of girls who want to spoil the party steal the natives’ idol, angering their god, which grows into a giant octopus that snatches away everyone’s bikini tops until it is calmed down.
My Thoughts: Way back in April, I reviewed the first episode of Shin Koihime Musou: Otome Tairan, which is the third season of the fleshy franchise — and quickly determined it was the Worst Show of the Spring 2010 Season. So, was this special equally as mind-bendingly bad? Well…I would consider Otome Tairan to be very, very, very bad, while this special is just very, very bad. In other words, one shade less awful, but still near the bottom of the barrel.
To be sure, they don’t beat around the bush with this show — it is nothing more than stooopid-humor fan-service, and doesn’t have illusions of being anything greater than that. All sorts of ridiculous scenarios that become even more ridiculous as the show goes on; petty, jealous grudges that eventually lead to everyone running around topless. One thing that puts this show way over the top is the sheer size of the cast — the parade of girls at the end of this show counts in the DOZENS, seriously! They have the Japanese idol supergroup AKB48 beat by a mile (er, kilometer).
The Verdict: – As brain-meltingly idiotic as I expected.
Final reviews for a handful of Spring, Summer and Fall 2010 shows that I haven’t covered yet: Bungaku Shoujo Memoire 2, Haiyoru Nyaruani 1, Princess Resurrection OVA 1, Battle Spirits Brave 1, Loups=Garous, Occult Academy Special 1-4, Trigun Badlands Rumble, and Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer