Oh, excuse me – I mean ‘Maji – Oh! Samurai Girls’.
The title that Sentai has gone with for their own release of MajiKoi amuses me. It seems pretty clear that they’re trying to confuse people into thinking it has some connection to Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, which they have released as ‘Samurai Girls’. However, anyone hoping for more of that is going to be fairly disappointed, as the first episode was shockingly free of bare boobs and panty shots, a few large bust sizes notwithstanding.
MajiKoi surprised me. It was actually decently entertaining. I watched it on a whim; on the one hand, it looked pretty generic. On the other hand, there were multiple males in the group of friends, and there’s just enough in the notion of a city wherein everyone is still classed by their families’ feudal-era standing that it could be of mild interest.
As it turns out, MajiKoi is BakaTest, but with actual physical combat instead of academically-based sprites. It is also much less annoying, at least in the first episode. And it has the most amazing physics ever… which is to say, even as short-skirted lasses leap, tumble, stab, kick, and punch, there is nary a panty in sight. Color me floored.
The first episode is actually engaging enough, if not amazing. It propels itself through pace and energy; the lulls are few and far between, and probably with good reason, as the characters thus far have little to distinguish them from legion others like them. The only one I’ll probably remember six month from the end of the show will be the big-breated, big-bruiser Momoyo Kawakami, the object of the amusingly-named Yamato Naoe’s crush. She’s loud, she’s strong, she loves fighting, and she rejects Yamato in a mature fashion rare for female characters in shows of this stripe.
Unfortunately, with said rejection, we’re treated to a shot of the other four young women in the main cast suddenly seeing an opening for themselves. Guess the wheels couldn’t stay on this bus very long, after all, although I was sort of hoping for a Kimikiss meets Ikkitousen as opposed to BakaTest with ground combat and twice the female competitors. Ah well, next week could prove me wrong, but, in a crowded field, a fast-paced first episode is hardly enough to keep the crowd engaged.