OP: 「AI DO.」 by 橋本みゆき (Hashimoto Miyuki)
「解除不能」 (Kaijo funou!)
Clearly, we have entered a new phase in Hyakka Ryouran and the updated opening sequence is as good a sign as any that the series will be heading in a different direction – down with the meido kissa and up with the action-packed second half! The show certainly does not waste any time with the transition and not only were we presented with a full-on attack by the Dark Samurai this week, there was also a narrow brush with death that kept me on pins and needles all the way! But before I delve into the episode on its own terms, let me just state up front that Maeda Keiji is quickly emerging as one of the finest, if not the best character in the entire Hyakka Ryouran universe. It’s not just her trolling antics and dashing good looks that made her stick out, she’s also incredibly noble and fearless in her attempts to help those who are in need. Keiji was at the forefront of the imminent threat facing them this week, and the sheer “GAR” and righteousness that she displayed here would put any gentleman or self-proclaimed “bro” to infinite shame – after all, she was the one who singlehandedly fended off the Dark Samurai’s carnage, thereby buying Muneakira sufficient time to save Juubei’s life!
Speaking of Juubei, it looks like her badass persona is not going to make a permanent stay – for good reasons, of course – and her childlike self has made a complete comeback by the end of this episode. “Qi” manipulation in not a concept that is entirely foreign to the anime universe and we know for a fact that the consequence of such mismanagement of “Qi” could be catastrophic to the user. Indeed, the aforesaid misfortune is what befell poor Juubei in this episode and it was only through the combined effort of her comrades, both old and new, that she was able to survive this calamity. The entire incident and the tumult that ensued were a change of pace for Hyakka Ryouran, and no question, this was a slightly more solemn take to the story – something that wasn’t especially apparent in the first half. But make no mistake about it, it was not all prim and formal for the whole episode, and as usual, there were several comical skits that managed to draw a chuckle or two out of me.
Whether it was intentional or not, the contrast between the real Kanetsugu and her fake counterpart from last week could hardly be more apparent in this replay. While Keiji’s portrayal of Kanetsugu was defined by spunk and sassiness, the real thing was her usual train wreck and the embarrassing blunders of her failed attempts at trolling – one that ended with her ass blazing with fire, were downright sidesplitting, if not mortifying! Then there’s Gisen – who refused to let Keiji steal all the spotlight, and where she stood out this week is her valiant attempt to win back the title of Hyakka Ryouran’s best troll. There’s never a dull moment when Gisen is present – whether it’s her personalized back rub or her instantaneous reflex to strip naked, it’s almost impossible for me to not find her wild antics hilarious! What comes next for Munaekira’s harem is hard to say, but if the most recent fallout with the Dark Samurai is any indication, the inevitable showdown is probably not too far ahead – presumably, as soon as Juubei gets a hang of “Qi” manipulation. It also looks like Hyakka Ryouran is not done with the character introduction yet and a brand new character could be making an appearance next week. Who that may be is anyone’s guess, but I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that she’ll be able to live up to Keiji’s charisma and striking presence – the fine dandy of Yonezawa was certainly one of a kind and I sincerely hope this is not the last time we’ll see her!
- Hyakka Ryouran is especially kind to those who have an ass fetish this week – tender buns, succulent cheeks, loli bums and one that is on fire. We have it all!
- Sexually compromising positions starring Yagyu Gisen – motorboating, pole licking, and now tuning in Tokyo! What’s next?
- It’s not just the face that you can stuff in between those nice boobs, how about your hands?
- Naked girls in aprons! That’s quite a kinky fetish that Keiji has over there and I wholeheartedly approve!
- Shhh… Keiji’s very well-versed in the art of yuri-seduction. Gotta be gentle with the girls!
- Keiji and Gisen would make such a great couple! She better not make Gisen wait too long.
- Group hug with a naked Juubei? I want in!
- A pole in the middle and two balls right by its side. That’s a pretty neat layout!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #HyakkaRyouran Samurai Bride 07: The sheer GAR that Keiji displayed would put any bro to shame! A change of pace as the action picks up! #Anime
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