Samurai Girls #01 — Counterattack of the Yagyuu

September 3rd, 2010



Hm. Totally forgot this existed. This is an early broadcast of episode 1. It doesn’t begin airing for real until October 3rd, when it’ll be in all its uncensored ‘glory’ on ATX. Also, the full title would be something like "Hundred Blooming Flowers Samurai Girls." Just to be pedantic here.


Despite this being an ARMS show and the latest/greatest in its line of "busty girls exploding out of clothes" speciality, I actually have a lot of hope for this one just for its writer alone, who is probably my favorite in the buisness, a vet from UFOTable that did just about every single one of their TV series except for Coyote Ragtime. Of course, there’s a lot more than just a writer, but they’re definitely taking a lot of tricks from UFOTable’s book with these visual effects as well. They’re certainly nothing new, but they’re rarely used in anime. If you’ve played Vanillaware’s Muramasa, the oldschool Japanese inkblot effect will be old hat to you, but it’s still mostly used well and works perfectly with the very rough and archaic artistic style. It is a bit overused, particularly at the start as well as the silly use of it as censorship, but I still think that they did a good job with it and really helps the show stand out. There were more than a few moments where characters, especially Muneakira, looked a tad blocky or like they grew shoulderpads, but for the most part, it looked quite good.

That said, a lot of the episode was more focused on world building than being interesting. While I realize that they have a lot of ground to cover between "Japan uber alles" and "Hattori Hanzo is a lesbian ninja maid now," they could have done a better job of it than sitting down and having straight up discussions of it. Some of the humor was also a bit off. I did laugh at the dramatic pose that Muneakira and his little harem took at the end though, and some of the jokes were good. The fanservice gags at the start were just bizarre though. "Oh no, you saw us naked, now excuse me while I change into something more revealing." I suspect that they’re from the same pantless continuum as Strike Witches.

At the end of it though, my inner Jubei-chan fanboy squealed in delight when Aoi Yuuki put on her best badass voice and introduced herself as Yagyuu Jubei. Where’s my season 3, dammit? In any case, while there are definitely rough spots, I rather enjoyed this first episode and am quite annoyed that I won’t see another one for a month.  


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23 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Rei says:


  • raychel says:

    I don’t particularly like the thick black character outline of this art style. Makes it look “cartoony” to me, almost like watching a visual novel or streaming webisode.

  • Moogy says:

    Now this is what the Demonbane anime should have looked like.

  • Anonymous says:

    If this didn’t have a male lead, it might be worth watching. Pass.

  • Dual says:

    Gorgeous art and an awesome male lead? Picked up, this already looks 1000 times better than Ikkitousen and Queen’s Blade.

  • Jack Damn says:

    Awesome. Totally looking forward to this.

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  • wilson191 says:

    I am really hoping for this to be a good one….

    Btw: Will this just be OVA or will there be the tv series?

  • The Phantom says:

    Meh, this seems to be infested with fanservice, cant be picky nowadays I guess but still… anyway I’m watching this one so long it has enough violence and action to compensate for it.

  • sage says:

    This show pleases me.

  • Mesousa says:

    Did ARMS just went with SHAFT influenced animation for this one?

  • shadow says:

    It best what the koihime mosou, of course a man is the hero here and not little girls

  • Anon999 says:

    I liked the pliot, but the girl in the fundoshi just put me off for some reason.

  • Anime Onsen says:

    Well, I guess..I’m just gonna wait till the uncensored version :)

  • Jack Damn says:

    Okay…saw it, liked it. The thick black lined artwork doesn’t bother me at all. I quite like it.

    My one quibble is the opening music: it’s dreadful. That screeching pocket calculator of an analogue synth they’re railing on is wretched. It doesn’t fit the visuals at all.

    Re-think or mix down the OP someone. Quickly.

  • Celestial says:

    Hand over the lovely eyepatch, plz.

  • Albedo says:

    looking forward to when this miscommunication gets settled and everyone is just like “wha!?”

  • Aex says:

    That was quite pleasing in many ways. Main guy isn’t a spineless idiot, in fact he’s almost the opposite. That’s already a huge plus, especially since this could easily turn into a harem-type show.

    The art… omg the art… I love it. A full season of it must be murder on a budget, but I love it!! The black dots are a bit random at points, but they’re tolerable.

    Totally looking forward to more!!

  • sora says:

    this show i believe will be redemption for the era of painfully-cancer filled anime for me. i have only seen 3 minutes of it and fell madly in love :) from the style to the story i feel as tho they can’t go wrong!!!

  • rincewind says:

    Male lead? NOT WANT! NOT WANT!! :(

  • Yue says: