Senran Kagura – 01
OP: 「Break your world」 by 佐咲紗花 (Sasaki Sayaka)
「摩天楼に立つ忍者」 (Matenrou ni Tatsu Ninja)
“The ninja that stands by the skyscraper”
This is not an anime about ninjas. I don’t know who might have told you otherwise, but there are no ninjas here. No. Really. Stop looking for ninjas damnit! Well… alright, so it is sort of about ninjas, but that’s not the point. This is a show born from the idea that giant anime breasts are what make the world go round (perhaps they do?). If it manages to excel in any other area, this is no more than a bonus.
Errr okay, quick discourse on plot… plot… what was it again…? Oh right, modern day secret ninjas who take on jobs out of a seemingly mundane school that is in no way suspicious at all, no sir! Hanzou Academy is just your totally average school! This particular episode really only serves to introduce our characters and central premise, with a rather pacy and enticing opening segment to hook in unsuspecting viewers who may not realise that this is not the primary purpose of the anime. Excessive levels of shadow aside (I guess it works given the theme), it was actually pretty cool!
Now at the forefront of our core quintet of student ninjas we have the unbelievably unskilled, granddaughter of a legend, Asuka (Harada Hitomi), who barely manages to restrain herself from telling everyone her entire life story. Of all the ninjas, she seems the most prone to disaster, perhaps even more so than the unbearably clumsy Hibari (Iguchi Yuka). Yagyuu (Mizuhashi Kaori) takes the stage as the prodigy of the group, with Ikaruga (Imai Asami) playing the role of the prim and proper ‘class president’ type, and Katsuragi (Kobayashi Yuu) as the crazy molester lesbian who gropes everything that moves. Based on the OP, it’s probably safe to assume that everyone apart from Hibari has a ~dark past~.
Of course, there are other ninjas out there, specifically the bad ones. These come in the form of Homura (Kitamura Eri), Yomi (Kayano Ai), Hikage (Shiraishi Ryoko), Mirai (Gotou Saori), and Haruka (Toyoguchi Megumi). So far, we have no idea what exactly makes these the evil ninjas (other than the unprovoked ambush), but it’s fairly safe to say that there’s a huge contrast between our heroes and these others. To the former, being a ninja is about fun, games and probably groping. To the latter, it’s about being a goddamn ninja.
Naturally, fan-service abounds… wait… no god no wrong cap wrong cap oh lord Fate/Zero is ruined for me forever! Mental scarring from Kiriya-sensei (Fujiwara Keiji) aside (I’m not going to sleep tonight!), most of the fan-service tends to be on the slightly more tasteful side, with nothing quite as excessive as say… Hagure Yuusha no Estetica. While I expected masses of beams of light to provide censorship (and there were masses of beams of light which were admittedly slightly annoying for an entirely different reason), it turns out there was really very little to be censored in the first place. I’m not sure whether that’s something to be disappointed over or not. Yay, no horribly hackneyed censorship I guess? Surprisingly for an anime that prides itself on its oversized breasts, the animation for the objects in question was not always great. Some of the combat wasn’t bad though, and the transformation sequences, while not as racy as expected, were certainly pretty awesome to watch!
If you want breasts, fan-service,
no ninjas, transformation sequences, a brilliant cast of seiyuu, and some fantastically surgical stabs to the part of the brain which manages nightmare fuel, this could well be your anime of the year!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Boi~n. That is all. #kaguratv
- Hmmm… what could be in this box? Oh. Of course.
- What kind of ninja is scared of garden variety delinquents?
- I feel terrible for saying this, but I actually kind of like the ‘evil‘ ninjas more…
- Best transformation sequence award goes to Hibari!
ED: 「Fighting Dreamer」 by 原田ひとみ、今井麻美、小林ゆう、水橋かおり、井口裕香 (Harada Hitomi, Imai Asami, Koyabashi Yuu, Mizuhashi Kaori, Iguchi Yuka)