Ikki Tousen - Legendary Fighter (Vol. 1)
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Loosely based on the "Romance of the three kingdoms" Ikki Tousen is primarily a fighting story.During the three kingdoms era several heroes tired to unite China and failed.Their spirits came to rest inside of jewels called magatama.Whoever inheirits these "sacred beads" has their own natural fighting ability increased many fold.The down side however is that they must fight to become "Ikki Tousen", one warrior with the stength of one thousand.Along with becoming ikki tousen the must live out the destiny of the warrior inside the magatama until they die.Unfortunately for Hakufu she loves to fight, so will she be able to overcome her destiny as the "Shou Hao of Koutou"?
Only time and the next few volumes will tell.All-in-all Ikki Tousen has a pretty decent storyline thats not too philishophically heavy with questions of morality or anything like that, it's straight forward and to the point.The animation quality is good, the character designs are awesome, and the music is pretty cool too.Defenitely not for the kiddies, it has a ton of panty shots, graphic fights scenes, and later on some more controversial and questionable content. The final verdict is if your into fanservicey fights between girls in school uniforms then Ikki Tousen is right up your alley, if not then your missing out, and before I forget don't forget to check out the origial story in "Battle Vixens" from Tokyo Pop.Also avalible now at Amazon.com.
My theory on the excessive fanservice is that it must be there for comedic effect, though it often misses the mark. But make no mistake, this show would be a very heavy series without the fanservice to remind you "hey, don't take this show so seriously." The panties go a long way toward distracting you from not only the incomprehensible backstory, but also from everybody getting the crap kicked out of them.
For those who are looking for a point of reference, I can't help you much. This series is very hard to classify. It's not quite like a fighting show, a comedy, or a drama. It does take elements from various series and meshes them as well as can be expected. The main character, Hakufu, is somewhat like a female Goku from Dragonball: loves a fight, but not very intelligent. In a suprise move, there's even a lecher. Ok, it's not really a suprise as there's a sterotypical lecher in nearly every anime. Dragonball had master Roshi, Burn Up had Yuji, Inuyasha had Miroku. The suprise is who the lecher is: Hakufu's mom! Very funny.
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This anime is a lot of fun. It has great action, comedy, and some really great characters. It's more focused on chicks fighting and getting it on than the actual story. The plot is a bit thin and kinda out there, but interesting. You can easily get into the characters, and want them to be okay in the end. I guess that is what makes an anime good. Ikki Tousen is a very entertaining anime to watch, but as I said it's main purpose is fan service.
If all you care about is pulchritude and only want to buy one of the four discs, you will want Vol. 3.
But if you are interested in the story, you will need all four discs. This is one continuous story split into 13 episodes.
The story is so complex that you really do need a scorecard to keep track of the players - many of whom have similar sounding names. I suggest making one listing the following characters, who they are, their associations and their agendas. Fighters from Nanyo: Hakufu, Koukin, Ryomou, Gakushu, Saji, Kannei. Fighters from Rakuyo: Totaku, Ryofu, Chinkyu, Kaku. Fighters from other schools: Ukitsu, Kanu, Kakoton, Taishiji. Adults: Goei, Choko.
Volumes 1 and 2 each have at least one Easter Egg; and Volumes 3 and 4 each have at least two. The trick for accessing them has been mentioned in other reviews.
The sacred beads worn by the fighters automatically change color to reflect the skill rank of the wearer. It is significant that Hakufu remains at the green E-rank (the lowest) even as she progresses to the point she can clobber entire schools single-handedly. But at one major turning point during the 13 episodes, the color finally does change. Alert viewers will notice this several minutes before any of the characters do. Watch for it.
Also, pay attention to Ryofu. Though not the main character, she is probably involved in the most plot threads. And though introduced as a particularly cruel character, she becomes much more complex.
Although 99 percent of the violence is Three Stooges slapstick, the 1 percent that is not stands out in bold relief.
I won't reveal the ending or the moral to the story, but will point out that this turns out to be a Taoist parable concerning fate and stupidity.
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