A show about two of my favorite things in life, JRPGs and beautiful women wearing swimsuits. This is Bikini Warriors.
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
Themes: Bishoujo, Parody, Ecchi, Bikini Armors
Number of episodes: 12 + 6 OVAs (4 minutes each)
G-Rating: 6/10 (2019 Update: 8/10. The 6 OVAs changed my life)
Plot Summary: A team of four brave women — Fighter (also the daughter of a legendary warrior who saved the country in the past), Paladin, Mage, and Darkelf — accept the quest of saving the world from destruction. In order to achieve the goal they have to barter with villagers and fight against numerous monsters in their sexy and scantily-clad bikinis.
BW is, simply put, a comedy starring scantily clad women going on adventures and getting into trouble based on different JRPG and to an extent Western RPG tropes while usually bickering or being picky. Some examples include “buying armor that increases one’s stats but look exactly the same as the old one”, “entering NPC’s (Non-playable characters) houses and looting hidden items located within” and “selling seemingly useless items when the inventory gets full”.
While the show has lowbrow written all over it it is at least honest, meaning that it knows exactly who the show’s target audience is and does not apologize for its silliness. For that I cannot blame it for existing. Rather than get upset after watching it out of curiosity viewers should instead ask themselves “What was I expecting from an anime entitled BIKINI WARRIORS?” The show is basically the “Teen Titans Go!” of Queen’s Blade, except not as annoying as TTG. The fanservice is the same as QB’s though.
Not much to say about the four leading ladies or their personalities. They get SOME development but those segments are seconds long. The best way I can describe each warrior is the following: Fighter is a hothead who sometimes comes off as the smartest, Paladin has a refined tone but is actually super horny, Mage is the “cute one”…I guess, Darkelf is a wannabe badass who talks a big game but is no better than her peers. Actually my favorite woman in both looks and personality is none of the four but one of two women introduced later on in the show, Hunter. Sweet sexy Hunter.
There is some yuri to be found but it is mostly lowbrow Grade 4 stuff that should not be taken seriously. Hot but meaningless is what I am saying.
Overall Bikini Warriors is what it is. Despite it being lowbrow I cannot help but enjoy it the same way I enjoyed Kampfer. Both are dumb but hit my “guilty pleasure” bar in a way I cannot quite explain. It’s like a parody of JRPGs if it were presented in a similar fashion as Queen’s Blade. Whoever is interested feel free to give it a go, as few of you as there are.
2019 Update: A second viewing (especially with the discovery of the 6 extra OVA episodes) years later changed my view of the show, making me appreciate it more than I initially did. The stuff I disliked, the other fetishes, were still there but the good overall outweighed the bad.