Busou Shoujo Machiavellism – 02
「「貞淑寮」騒乱」 (Teishuku ryou, souran)
“The Chastity Dorm Riot”
If there’s one thing to say about Busou Shoujo it’s that it sure doesn’t know how to slow down. Plot revelations, serious story reveal? That’s for sucker shows, what real men want is fighting, and by hell are they going to get it. Stealing the hearts of maidens, whipping the
lolis juniors, making panty colour a running gag, just another day’s work for our wholesome, persevering hero. Yeah there might not been any sign of challenge yet, but I imagine that’s not too far off either.
To be fair, however, Busou Shoujo is forming—sort of—a purpose for Nomura’s actions. The guy wants to leave school grounds because freedom (probably), but conveniently cannot until he takes that permission card and gets all Supreme Five Swords to literally stamp off on it. Given the parodic undercurrents pulsing through the show this shouldn’t be a surprising feature to anyone. After all, it gives Nomura a reason to confront the Five Swords, a reason for them to continue fighting against him, and slots in nicely with the off the cuff premise at work here. Like with the school setting, the card introduction meant to provide purpose to all that horse play, not seriously explain anything—looking for a deeper meaning is doing it wrong. Yeah, there are wafts of some greater purpose here (i.e. Nomura’s backstory, Rin’s demon mask, or the whole situation concerning the Empress), but at the moment this story is all about one man’s desire for peace and quiet.
Helping keep things amusing are the character interactions too. Rin of course is comedy central number one, going full tsundere trying to rationalize away her first kiss—see, told you!—and Nomura’s actions. Nomura’s carefree attitude, however, completes the scenes. There is no hesitant stammering, no apology for every little thing, just off the cuff remarks about cuteness and seeing Rin in “normal” (hue) clothing—did I mention the horn blowing in the background? Cannot forget about U Choka—Uchoka? Uchoka—either, who definitely has meshed the best aspects of cultural appropriation and naming convention with a quaint take on the Celestia look. The double team may not have been as great as Rin’s thrashing last week, but I’ll certainly take the delicious aftermath. Gives Rin something else to mull over in her new supervisory position.
The main issue for me going forward, however, is repetitiveness. Busou Shoujo has a neat concept running here, but if the entirety of the show is duels for stamps it will wear thin after a while. The show will need something else to keep things fresh, whether that be elaboration on the backstories or developments beyond the fights themselves. I’m already sold on the comedy, now Busou Shoujo just has to sell me on the experience. While I’m still mulling over whether to blog this one through, there’s no doubt I’m coming back for next week. After all, it’s time to see how France fares against our resident body bender.