A growing trend I noticed recently was anime adaptations of “combat girl” mobile games. I think this is the third one I saw in less than two years. Question is what did this show do to stand out from its peers. Let us find out as we take a look at Battle Girl High School.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Science-Fiction
Themes: School Life, Armored Maiden.
Number of Episodes: 12
Plot Summary: In the year 2045, the world has been contaminated by Irous (mysterious invaders who suddenly appeared), and humans find themselves restricted and contained. Standing boldly against these invaders are ordinary girls everywhere, without a powerful army or even weapons. The Shinjugamine Girls Academy is a school for these “Hoshimori” (Star Guardians) destined to fight the Irous.
The best description I can give this show is that it is a hybrid of Schoolgirl Strikers – Animation Channel and Ange Vierge. To be more specific it is a better version of Schoolgirl Strikers with a more colorful presentation (though the soundtrack is nothing special), livelier cast, cooler looking enemies (the Irous) and stronger yuri vibes ala Ange Vierge. Other than that it follows a similar formula to SS:
- The girls are either busy with a school/personal activity, having fun or having some dramatic character development when the show is not focusing on the main plot.
- At some point in most episodes the girls are attacked by or go after the Irous.
- Cool henshin sequences, followed by cool battles.
- The days= is saved or the plot thickens.
As readers have noticed the show’s narrative is straightforward, which is not a bad thing at all. The show does have its neat and intriguing moments in terms of its story, cast and their development but do not expect anything groundbreaking or innovative. Perhaps if it were the only “combat girl mobile anime” on the block in quite some time then perhaps it would have felt more special. Instead it is a show with a similar story to what was recently done (2016-2017) but better in my opinion.
Also like the other “combat girl” shows BGHS has a large cast wherein the leading ladies get plenty of screen time while the side-girls’ time in the spotlight varies. Several girls get their own episode to develop and strengthen their teamwork power and friendship-love bonds with their respective super brahs.
As I said the side-girls get varying degrees of screen time but when it comes to the leading ladies Miki and especially Misaki there is nothing to complain about in terms of them not getting enough development. Luckily both are fun characters to follow with Miki being the shining beacon of light of the Hoshimori and Misaki is the tough/serious girl with a big heart.
When it comes to yuri the show has several ships among the super brahs like my personal favorite Kaede X Sadone but the strongest source of yuri is the “hunter” (girl flirting with every other girl in the cast) Renge. There is no doubt she is a lesbian and has no problem hitting on her classmates in public hoping one of them will reciprocate her love. Being a hoshimori of course means that when her cuties are in trouble she will use all her power to protect them from danger. She is naughty but also pretty badass like the rest of her harem.
Oh. One last thing. I do not need deep, complex or “grey area” villains/antagonists for them to entertain me but when it comes to this show’s big bad she was quite dull. I do not think our heroines directly interacted with her even once. They might have seen her but as far as fighting or confronting her…nada. She felt more like a background character than a legitimate threat. All she did was sent stronger Irous and a few surprises at the hoshimori. Other than that she is forgettable.
Overall Battle Girl High School does not bring anything new to the magical girl or armored maiden genre but it is still fun to watch. Girls Club aficionados and casual armored maiden fans will find some decent enjoyment in this show. Peeps who enjoyed Schoolgirl Strikers and/or Ange Vierge will probably enjoy this one too.
PS: There is a male teacher alongside the female ones but his sole purpose is to help guide the hoshimori. He does not get personal with any of them. Shocking, I know. Basically he is harmless.