29th G-View: Ecchimania episode 1: Ikkitousen Anthology

Hello and welcome to G-Views, where SoL reigns supreme, moe is respected and Dokuro-chan sucks poopie.

ECCHIMANIA: Welcome to Ecchimania, a new segment on the G-Views where I’ll review the sexiest and ecchiest action anime that I’ve seen in my career as an animeniac. So sit back and enjoy as we begin with the anime that inspired this segment: Ikkitousen.

What can I say about Ikkitousen? for one thing, it introduced me to the sexiest drawn anime female in the history of anime: Kan-U Unchou. This show could possibly be one of the guiltiest pleasures for action/ecchi anime fans. Again, it all depends on your tastes, but I’ll explain more as we continue with the G-View.

ikkitousen

Related anime:
Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny (TV) (sequel)
Ikkitousen: Great Guardians (TV) (sequel)
Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor (TV) (sequel)
Alternative title:
-Battle Vixens
-“Bakunyu” Hyper-Battle Ikki Tousen
-Strength of a Thousand
Genres: action, adventure, comedy, tournament,
Themes: bishoujo, ecchi, fanservice, historical, martial arts, school, war, yuri
Number of episodes: 12 each season + multiple 5 minute specials for each season.

G-Ratings:
8/10 for season 1
8/10 for season 2
6/10 for season 3
7/10 for season 4

Objectionable content: Intense (graphic depictions of sex, drug use, bloodshed, nudity, especially in seasons 3 and 4)

Plot Summary: Seven schools are constantly ‘at war’ with each other, and the students within – both male and female – have become skilled fighters and constantly battle with rival schools. Their lives and fates are guided by strange jewels that contain the spirits and destinies of warriors from the Sangokushi period. One girl, Sonsaku Hakufu, has recently moved to Japan and is apparently destined to unite the schools as her counterpart united seven countries long ago. But, like all heroes, there is a darker side to her fate, and as always there is a constant struggle by those around her to break the chains of their own destinies and make their own lives.

Like my previous Hidamari Sketch Trilogy review, I’ll be reviewing all 4 current seasons of Ikkitousen as a whole. To better explain the concept of Ikkitousen, it is 1 of the 2 anime that I’m aware of that uses this concept. Basically, you take the legendary “Three Kingdoms Period” of Ancient China. Check out Wiki to learn more, since there are many forms of media retelling those epic ages of war in China. Now as for this anime, it takes all the most famous names during that era and tells the tale of all of these characters being reincarnated as high school students, the stronger ones mostly being female. The main plot of the series remains the same, except each season has a different storyline or event. There are many characters who make appearances throughout the season, some having large roles, while others are killed off in less than 2 minutes. It’s tiresome to highlight each one, so I’ll just continue with each season’s presentation.

Being an Action/Ecchi type anime, you can already tell that their primary form of entertainment is extreme fanservice. I’m not kidding. In almost every single match involving women, one way or another their clothing WILL BE TRON TO SHREDS! Of course since this is a PG-13 or R rated anime (you be the judge), the upper body and legs will be the most shown. the lower body, as always will be off camera or the panties will remain intact for obvious reasons.
My thoughts for each and every season as you noticed from my G-Raitngs, are mixed, for good reasons.

-Evaluating the quality and amount in each season is the easiest part to evaluate: The 1st season wins hands down. If you’re looking for some awesome fights, then the 1st season is where you’ll get it. The 2nd season has less action, but the story is good enough to keep it interesting. The 3rd and 4th seasons on the other hand….both suffer in different ways.  The 3rd season BARELY has any fight sequences, while the story itself is the worst in the series and the 4th season has a decent story, but it suffers from weak presentation and WAY too short fights. It has many, but most of them are very short.

-The music also varies. Once again my favorite is from the 1st season. The other seasons are hit and miss.

-Heck, even the fanservice level itself varies for each season. The winner is season 3 on this one. Even though considered the worst season in the series, it does compensate by having the best fanservice of all seasons. The 1st half of the season could be considered pure fanservice, while the 2nd half tries to focus on the story, but as mentioned earlier, it’s terrible.

-The characters: As mentioned earlier, there are far too many to talk about, so to keep it short, I’ll talk about the development of my favorite character on the show, Kan-U Unchou.
Since her debut in season 1, Kan-U already had an intimidating aura surrounding her and you could tell just by looking at her that’s she’s no pushover. Of all the schools who had multiple fighters representing their school, Kan-U was the ONLY entrant from her school, Seito Academy.  In her debut match, you could see just how badass and awesome this babe is, beating 2 very powerful opponents in a row, WITH A BROKEN ARM! She later decided to drop out of the competition. However, that one match solidified her as the most badass character on the show. As the seasons continued, her badassery continued to emanate gracefully. However, for some inexplicable reason, the writers decided o weaken her from her past glory. Sure, she’s still very powerful, but she seems to get beaten and captured often, though she does come out on top later. Another thing Kan-U had become famous, besides the confirmation that she’s a lesbian (It does my heart good saying that), it’s her constant “heel” turns. Although there are good reasons for her to temporarily join the darkside, she does this often, only to turn back to a “face” later on.

The point of this little story is that each character goes through changes in each sequel, some positive and others negative. Keep this very important fact in mind if you choose to watch this series. So yeah, character development is also mixed in this series.

Final Verdict: If you’re an action/ecchi fan, I highly recommend giving the 1st season a go. You can later decide whether you wish to continue watching the other seasons or not. I’m still a loyal fan of this series, so if there are plans for a 5th season, you know I’ll be there to give the first impression

About OG-Man

Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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