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Master of Martial Hearts: The Complete Series

2.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Aya Iseshima’s carefree existence takes a bone-crushingly violent turn when she wanders into the midst of a sadistic, girl-on-girl martial arts tournament. Her freshly-pressed school uniform doesn’t stand a chance of surviving this pugilistic peep show, but Aya’s outto prove that she can take a pounding just as well as the other knock outs in this clandestine competition. If she manages to survive a series of fabric-shredding fights with titillating teachers, sultry stewardesses, and mesmerizing maidens of the moe variety, Aya’s every wish will be granted by a mysterious jewel known as the Platonic Heart. But if she goes down for the count, she’ll join the growing ranks of brutally bruised – yet resiliently buxom beauties that are never heard from again!

Special Features

• Video commentary with the Japanese voice cast

• Textless songs

Product Details

  • Actors: Anita Neukar, Ian Sinclair, Alexis Tipton, Cheramii Leigh, Luci Christian
  • Directors: Chris Grundy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE8B5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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It only took a quick look at the box to see what I would be getting into with this title. It's a women-only fighting competition. Of course, it's all about how much clothing gets torn off in the process. For all the promise of titilation this show presents (the picture you see is a sleeve around the actual DVD box; the actual box has the girls with peek-a-boo torn clothes and the flip side, the part you can see underneath the DVD inside the box, has them in just panties), it never treats the characters properly for that end.

The show only cares about the main character. She spends every fight with her clothes shredded and even gets in an unnecessarily (even for this type of show) long shower scene. The fights are silly. If a close miss tears a fighter's clothes, it makes some sense. An uppercut to the chin should not explode someone's shirt! In every fight, the main character gets beaten within an inch of her life, before she makes an explosive comeback and beats her opponent in one attack. It literally takes one attack. Her opponents (the flight attendant; the teacher; the 3 sisters of the cop, the nurse, and the geisha; etc.) are all played up as more attractive, as more seductive fantasies, but the fights never drag out long enough to showcase them.

The plot feels shallow and just ridiculous, until you get to the final episode (of the 5 in the series). That one episode is about the darkest thing I have ever seen, including Gantz. It, actually, almost redeems the show. The last episode shows you what happened behind the scenes and pulls together all the seemingly random events from the other episodes. At about the 20 minute mark in that episode, you say, "Wow, they actually had a decent plot going on, here. I get it." Then, you get a Sopranos ending and...
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I've seen it twice now and I still can't decide If It's great or terrible. The fights are ok, a little silly but fairly realistic. The story though is where the whole thing turns sour, or is just hilarious. Basically the first 4 episodes flow pretty normally and that's fine, but the last episode comes out of nowhere and essentially has nothing to do with the rest of the story at all. It's like ordering chicken at a restaurant and getting a leather jacket.
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To put it simply, this show is horrible.

While I do admit that I don't mind sadistic shows every now and again, and the final episode of this show was definitely a surprise. Everything leading up to the end was just so incredibly bad that I had to laugh at how serious it was trying to be taken.

-The art is bad (so if you're buying this because of 'topless fighters' then you're going to be out of luck; not to mention it's taken completely out of context)
-The plot is bad
-The plot twists are predictable (except for how gimmicky and cheesy they are.)
-Most of the characters are annoying.
-The voice acting is sub-par (Even for the veteran voice actors on this show. It's obvious not much effort was put into the dubs in this show)
-The final episode is downright depressing if you don't know what you're in for. Seriously, you wont know how to interpret the ending of the show unless you're used to things like it.

Basically, the show is advertised as a lot of things. Here is what it is not:
-A boxing/wrestling sports competition.
-A triumphant story about an underdog overcoming the odds.
-An erotic peep-show.

What it is about (without naming any spoilers) is taking away literally every hope of redemption, twisting it around and spitting it back in your face all the while laughing at how completely and utterly helpless it makes you feel.

Save yourself the time, money and embarrassment and skip this anime. You'll thank me when you see it yourself for free via a friend or some other source.
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There is little good to say about this anime the animation is OK at best most of the time the characters are standing and talking and when they do fight the animation is choppy and stiff all the fights end when the protagonist attacks all the fights run like this: *bad guy attack main character* *main character's clothes rip off* ( which makes no sense whatsoever someone gets punched in the face and their shirt rips off that doesn't even make any sense!) *main character gets pissed and delivers two or three punches and the fights over*. That's basically the fights of the show not to mention the unnecessary nudity even if you like that ecchi stuff this does a pretty bad job at it. The plot is pretty unoriginal girls fight to get magical item that grants any wish, the main character finds a girl dressed as a priestess fighting a flight stewardess ( yea i know) she helps her beat her then befriends the priest then the priest girl (named Miko) disappears. So the main character fights to bring her back she does this for 4 more episodes but fighting all types of women dressed up in different garb one is a cop one's a magical maid etc. But the last episode is SO dumb it comes out of no where and not in a good way it was just a poorly used plot device that left me pissed and confused. Then after 20 minutes of the villians saying why the main character sucks this is where the writers que a deus ex machina that makes no sense at all then they make the unexpected twist even more confusing and end the series on a cliffhanger. No Closure at all not even worth watching for the nudity i didn't even buy this DVD i watched it on Netflix so please people don't waste money on this Anime in short it sucks eggs.
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