The Todo Academy, the setting for the broadcast series Tenjho Tenge
(2004), was created to revive Tokugawa era martial arts: it's a high school of brawling thugs, ruled by a student "executive council." But instead of the stylized duels of Revolutionary Girl Utena
or the slapstick chaos of Real Bout High
, Tenjho Tenge
offers sadistic violence. When two-bit toughs Souichiro and Bob enter Todo Academy, they plan on taking over, but they're way out of their league. They're forced to join the Juken Club, run by the Natsume sisters. Aya disguises her voluptuous figure to appear as a midget; Maya flaunts her Grand Canyon-esque cleavage. The filmmakers throw in hip-hop music, breakdance moves, and lip service to martial arts philosophy, but Tenjho Tenge
depicts brutality and sexism, not bushido
. (Rated 16 and older: nudity, risqué humor, sexual situations, violence, violence against women, ethnic stereotyping) --Charles Solomon
Souichiro and Bob want to rule their new school, but just as they begin cracking heads, their plan is shot to hell. First there's the Natsume sisters and their Juuken Club. If the older sister, Maya, isn't kicking their ass, then the younger sister, Aya, is trying to force feed Souichiro and make him her husband. Then there's the Student Executive Council that sends executioners to "educate" anyone who questions the council's authority! Their education is just beginning!