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Master of Martial Hearts: The Complete Series

2.8 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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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:
    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 (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE8B5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Bradley Gazda on September 16, 2010
Format: DVD
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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For the record this anime isn't for everyone. If you don't like women, women fighting, ikki tousen type of fan service, and a dark story than you really won't be able to get into this one. What appears to be just another quirky t&a anime completely flips on you. What you end up with is Baki the Grappler type of fights only with women instead. The ending is so dark and unexpected it really makes the anime. Watching it I felt just like the character being torn completely apart as everything collapsed around her.

Just the fact that the main character is a girl with an uncanny fighting ability *spoiler here* that was unable to find friends because she scared them all away, and when she does she finds herself realizing that she never had a friend at all *spoiler end* is amazing. What appeared to be just a cheap intro story turned into something much deeper. For such a short anime it's pretty brilliant. Although with only 5 episodes don't expect everything to be in great detail over a lengthy episode.

You really have to pay attention or you won't understand the ending at all. As I suspect a majority of the lower scoring reviewers didn't get. *spoiler* It would however been nice for them to explain just exactly how they turned the fighters that lost into sex slaves *spoiler end*. Although they tried I think it would take more than just having your dreams crushed to end up like that.

What made this anime for me was the ending. It's a serious mind blower. I can't see this brief series continuing as there really would be no point. It's more like a short story about revenge.

It may not be as deep as other animes out there but it really hit the spot.
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