465th G-View: The Executioner and Her Way of Life

Here we have another action yuri anime adaptation similar to Otherside Picnic. Not in genre or concept but in that they are both action shows starring lesbians. Question is whether this one is another worthy addition to fans of the yuri sub-genre. Let us find out as we take a look at The Executioner and Her Way of Life.

The Executioner and Her Way of Life Cover

Alternate Title: Shokei Shoujo no Virgin Road (Japanese)

Genres: Action, Fantasy, Isekai (-ish), Magic, Yuri

Number of Episodes: 12

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: The Lost Ones are wanderers who come here from a distant world known as “Japan.” No one knows how or why they leave their homes. The only thing that is certain is that they bring disaster and calamity. The duty of exterminating them without remorse falls to Menou, a young Executioner. When she meets Akari, it seems like just another job until she discovers it’s impossible to kill her. And when Menou begins to search for a way to defeat this immortality, Akari is more than happy to tag along.

Menou and Akari on a dateMenou (left) and Akari (right).

Best description of this show is a great “source lure/bait”. There is a difference between an anime with a conclusion that says “Check out the source (manga, light novel, game etc.) for more adventures” and one that is like “You want to find out what happens next or how it ends? Go get the source!”. Executioner falls under the latter type of lure. It also becomes part of the long list of “Yuri anime that should have the rest of their story animated but might not”. That being said let us go over what makes this such an appealing show.

In the genres I mentioned this is an isekai-ish story, meaning the protagonist comes from another world but it is not so much about her new life in this one. Without giving too much away the setting can be described as “What happens to a world after one or more isekai protagonists carelessly flaunt their powers without concern for life in this new world?” It is why I dubbed Menou at the start of my coverage of the anime “Isekai Killer”, one whose job is to take out isekai protagonists to prevent them from potentially going crazy with whatever overpowered ability they are given. That is the setup but the story is about an assassin meeting an isekai protagonist she cannot kill and over time struggles with whether or not killing her is the right course of action.  Besides the heroines’ journey the world has its own interesting lore such as:

  • The economic divide between royalty, the church and the commoners.
  • Rules on how magic works and how it affects the wielders and those around them.
  • How society advanced thanks to the contributions of isekai protagonists.

It is a case of taking familiar concepts and presenting them in interesting ways. Back to the heroines, each of the four leads have interesting secrets and origins. The one thing of note is that with Menou and Akari being the main duo do not expect the other two important ladies, Ashuna and Momo, to get much of their story told. At best their backstories are either connected to Menou’s (Momo) or hints are dropped to get the gist of it (Ashuna). On the bright side despite Momo and Ashuna not having as much screen time as the heroines when they do get the spotlight they make full use of it to shine bright, possibly brighter than the leads depending on who one asks, and create their own highlights. The rest of the cast from important side-characters and especially villains of the season are pretty cool too.

The show is paced well too. Some episodes are action heavy while others are a mix of plot development, character interactions and yuri power. More on the last one in a bit.

Menou vs Blood AngelAshuna in battleOne of the other highlights of the show alongside its excellent main quartet is its presentation. The action scenes are quite good to excellent. Expect lots of badassery, cool/over the top magic attacks, sweet moves/tricks by both heroines and villains and intense combat that escalates in brutality the further the story progresses. While two of the four heroines are the expected badasses do not underestimate the less “stronk” looking two for they have their own jaw dropping surprises. The soundtrack is at its best during tense moments and fights. Cool OP and ED too.

Menou and Akari make upMenou's Partner MomoAshuna teasing Momo yet againThese three screen grabs sum up the main yuri of the show.

The third highlight of the show is how openly gay the girls are. The lovesick ones make effort to hide their love/deep interest whatsoever. Short version:

Akari really loves Menou in a genki x strong girl with a confident exterior.

Momo really loves Menou for giving her a brighter future.

Menou does not take either romantic advances seriously but has personal/emotionally troubled shonen protagonist reasons.

Ashuna, aka best girl (longtime fans of mine can guess why), is smitten with Momo while the latter is annoyed to kind of get a taste of her own medicine.

Depending on who one asks Ashuna X Momo are the superior pair thanks to Ashuna’s mix of suave, chill and teasing alongside Momo’s annoyance. Whatever the case all three pairings have great chemistry together and are fun to watch mingle and try to get snuggly.

Overall The Executioner and Her Way of Life is a really good action yuri anime with a great main quartet and cool side-characters and villains, interesting setting that takes the familiar and adds its own spin to it, excellent action scenes that get more brutal as the story progresses, pretty good animation and some nice surprises from the story and leads. While not all four get as much character development, specifically in flashbacks, the two who do not are rewarded with magnificent moments and highlights that rival those of the main duo. Alas this is another “source bait/lure” anime that encourages the interested to pick up the source for more as odds of a second animated season are unlikely it is still highly recommended to fans of shows starring ass kicking lesbians.

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15 Responses to 465th G-View: The Executioner and Her Way of Life

  1. You summed up my thoughts well, so I don’t think I need to add much. I will definitely say, I agree that Ashuna x Momo are the superior pair, and Ashuna is the best girl of them all. Badass, strong women are totally one of my types too, I must admit. 😉 Not that Menou x Akari were bad of course.

    Overall, this was a really solid action yuri anime and while I hope we’ll be fortunate enough to get another season, I am prepared not to. I suppose it did its job though, because I totally will consider picking up the source novels should the S2 prospects become more unlikely. I enjoyed this show very much and think it should get more praise than it’s gotten, but that’s a topic for another time.

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    • OG-Man says:

      While not a wall of shredded muscle she’s a buff enough beauty to drive us cultured peeps crazy. Add her badassery and wonderful personality, not to mention her sword is kinda just for show and it’s easy to see why she’s the best.

      In a just world a 2nd season would be announced but as we’re shown time and again it’s best to not get our hopes up.

      Yeah. Not something worth talking about here.

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  2. ntnb says:

    this also made me think about otherside picnic – both action shows where the yuri is explicit rather than just hinted, but it’s slow enough not to reach fruition in the first (and, based on sad experience, probably only) season. otherside was a little more to my preference, with the horror being more of the psychological rather than body variety, but they were both very good.

    and in this last episode we sure got some awesome princess ashuna moments, huh? a little disappointed momo didn’t get much to do, she was also a consistent highlight for me.

    anyway, let’s keep hoping for more…symphogear got 5 seasons after all, we can dream!

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  3. chikorita157 says:

    Not much to say, but Shokei Shoujo was an interesting and enjoyable watch, especially since it’s not a typical isekai story. Akari’s and Menou relationship is interesting given that Menou met her before Akari actually arrive to the world. Add the time traveling aspect, and you can see why Akari develops a strong affection for Menou. Also, the world building was interesting too.

    Yes, Momo is a nice addition, although it’s obvious she doesn’t like Ashuna, although it’s obvious she as an interest in her. But it does remain to be seen if this show will get a second season, although two yuri isekai shows, Kuma Kuma Bear and Slime Taoshite 300-nen Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita had a second season announced, so I remain hopeful. Either way, I do plan to read the manga adaptation in Japanese, which is also localized, but a bit behind the light novel.

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  4. Kotori_Sonoda says:

    Really liked this show, one of the highlights of my season!
    I loved the characters, and the story was very intriguing.
    Menou and Akari were so much fun to watch, aswell as Momo and Ashuna!
    The action was also great and fun to watch!

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  5. Yurismfan says:

    Great anime. Akari(true) and Ashuna are great. Illustrations from the light novel promise even more interesting characters. I hope there will be a second season, because the adaptation is very good, unlike Otherside Picnic, where the script spoiled the original quite a bit, and it only remained to recommend reading either a light novel or a manga adaptation.

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  6. yurimylove says:

    i love the character designs for all 4 main characters, excellent look, hairstyles, clothing choices. Season 2 please, we could all use more guidance 😀

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  7. cirno9fan says:

    I enjoyed it, was a bit sad at how little Momo got in terms of focus. Menou and Akari were both pretty interesting characters though, so it wasn’t a huge detriment. Just…Momo was so great! Ashuna and Momo was a pairing I wanted to see become true, and it feels like it will. Though it will take time, I am certain. A second season would be really nice, but I think it’s great that we actually got a solid quality yuri action LN for once. They’ve been pretty on the low end most of the time. Otherside and Marchen being two glaring examples. it apparently also was a really faithful adaptation, which is important. As such, I can forgive the “source bait” ending, as it is part of an ongoing story, so not making it like that, would have required a lot of anime original changes…which likely would mess with a season 2 if it happened.

    All that aside, that final villain easily stole my heart the most~ the author truly has some of the best levels of culture to create such an adorable and terrifying creature~ Every scene with her was truly something to behold!

    Pandora was ❤

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  8. K says:

    Some thoughts on the finale:
    I guess Pandemonium couldn’t leave her partner in crime in limbo so she revived her. Thanks protag-kun, you were useful after all. I would say that she did that because they might be sisters but it’s not like she knows that, seeing as she became a Human Error(and lost all her memories) long before Manon existed. Regardless, the Panda/Manon pair will be bringing gruesome terrors to the big screen soon.

    Flare really embraced her role as a villain, to the point of being Final Boss material. Akari’s got a tough road ahead to make her dream come true indeed. I just wonder why Flare is getting in Akari’s way. She must know something we do not. Really good source bait.

    This anime was enjoyable. The premise was interesting and I liked how it played around with isekai tropes. The fight scenes were nice spectacles also.

    Menou and Akari are a nice pair and their journey is so interesting and Momo and Ashuna really did shine when the spotlight was on them.

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