Sengoku Otome: Time Paradox Episode 2
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Series Premise: Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox, or “Warning Maidens: Time Paradox” is a weekly anime television series that started airing in April 2011, based on a Pachinko parlor game. Yoshino is your average, everyday high school girl who gets transported back into feudal Japan where all the major historical figures are women.
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ep. tl;dr review: No matter how hard she tries, Yoshino is still nothing more than a court jester.
Episode Summary: Yoshino wakes up in the world that she doesn’t really understand. Along with a bemused Nobunaga and jealous Mitsuhide, they visit the village that was destroyed in the battle earlier. With a cheerful attitude, Yoshino does her best to brighten the day of the victims, and slowly wins them over through sheer force of (oblivious) will. That night, Yoshino has a discussion with a talking dog and learns that the alternate reality she is in does not contain any men. The next day, Yoshino ends up in a duel against Mitsuhide, who ends up wiping the floor with her in every category of the competition, but Nobunaga remains amused at her antics and makes Yoshino a retainer, then rubs salt in Mitsuhide’s eyes by instructing her to teach her how to fight.
My Impressions: At the most basic level, Sengoku Otome shares a rough concept with Dog Days, a series which is running concurrently. Both shows involve high school students ripped from the present day and sent into a fantasy past where they end up as heroes and play an integral role in the world around them. In my review of the first episode of Dog Days, I mused whether that show would end up being “Stupid-Fun” or just plain “Stupid-Stupid”. Well, in Dog Days’ case, I came to the conclusion that it was a harmless bit of stupid fun fluff. And on the flip-side, I have decided that Sengoku Otome falls into the just plain “stupid stupid” category.
Yoshino really is an idiot. A cheerful, oblivious idiot whose antics are so stupid that you just have to laugh at what an idiot she really is. She really doesn’t understand the situation she is in, and if the Big Boss Nobunaga didn’t take a shine to her, Yoshino would probably already be dead in a ditch somewhere. Pulling out her cell phone to play a ditzy jingle to cheer up people whose entire village has just burned to the ground? Doing her best to help out, but messing up like some sort of clumsy clown at every turn? Dressing up her room with a bolts of fabric without realizing how incredibly expensive they are? *Still* searching for that cell phone signal?
And then the talking dog enters the scene, and by this point I’m like, okay, whatever, nothing can phase me now. The mismatched duel was just the icing on the cake, all done for larfs at Yoshino’s expense. She’s nothing more than a court jester, and she doesn’t even realize it.
After the first episode, I was hoping that Yoshino’s stupidity and antics in the “fish out of water” scenario would be entertaining. But the show just piles stupid on top of stupid, I think Yoshino’s IQ must be dropping as time goes on, and her boundless optimism is more of an annoyance than virtue. Dropped.
The verdict: – Stupid is as stupid does.
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (June 18th)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this series, then you might also like: Dog Days.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “This episode was actually much easier to sit through probably because of Hideyoshi’s weakling charm. There was a lot more comedy bits and by comedy I mean more of Hideyoshi’s charm shining.” – Myu’s Anime Blog
- “Hideyoshi really proves herself in this epi and is much less annoying, though still quite irking because of her modern-day girliness. I have a feeling she would probably be less noticeably annoying if she weren’t in a world of the past, but since she is, I’ll just have to put up with her to get to watch Nobunaga-sama. Grade: 9/10.” – Nanazzha no Sekai
- “This episode was super cute and joyable to watch. I’m so plesaed with how Hideyoshi is handling the situation and how she is doing things her own way to keep herself satified.” – Angry Anime Bitches
- “A lot of the episode was still pretty predictable…Stuff we’ve seen a bunch of times before, and even worse it could be really cheesy (Yoshino playing a pop tune on her cell phone while helping villagers salvage what they could from the rubble of their houses…ugh…) Grade: C.” – Deep Blue Vortex
- “It’s a nice point because most shows that deal with these kinds of time trips tend to have very ineffective girls when it comes to actually handling themselves. Hide has a lot to prove, but just the fact that she gets out there with enthusiasm to attack is a very welcome change. She’s a nut, pretty goofy and silly at times and overdoes things, but she’s willing and able to at least get into it. Grade: B-.” – Mania.com
ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Moshidora, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Thumbs-down for Round Two: Dog Days, Fireball Charming, A Channel, Sengoku Otome Time Paradox
Coming up next (in this order): Nichijou, Yondemasuyo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari, Appleseed XIII, Fujilog