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Shin Koihime Musou
I sat and watched the first season with hardly any real thrill and thought to myself that I wouldn't watch the second season for sure. Well, here I am, writing my review after watching the second season.|
Art, Animation & Character Designs
Artwork hadn't changed from the first season. See here.
The OP was your typical pop piece with female vocals. Nothing special here. The ED was worse. The soundtrack wasn't worth mentioning.
Series and Episode Story
Sorry Stretch, but I just didn't find this one as charming as you had. As mentioned above, I didn't particularly enjoy the first season but still somehow ended up picking this one up and watching it through. I must admin however, it does have it's moments..... silly, slapstick and downright ecchi. Good stuff... lol. For the most part, there's really no plot.... but mostly episodic.
Overall, it was a mild entertainment and nothing more. There were a few laughs here and there but not. I think i'll stay away from the 3rd season.
Last updated Monday, August 29 2011. Created Monday, August 29 2011.
Shin Koihime Musou
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(All episodes watched):
The first episode of this show had exactly one good joke, a simplistic plot, and made no attempt whatsoever to be exciting or plausible.
...and I intend to watch it in it's entirety. There's a certain intangible quality which shows may or may not have, called "charm". I can't say where exactly it comes from, but Koihime Musou somehow had it, and as a result I was eager for this continuation. The goofy mood of this show about hot chicks who also happen to be renowned warriors (though not a drop of blood is ever spilled) is priceless. Kan'u, a mature woman who often acts as the butt of her less mature companions' jokes, is the star and my favorite character. Best of all are a few kinky comments which they drop now and then--without those this could serve as a children's cartoon. Though by no means perfect--probably a love-it-or-hate-it sort of show--Shin Koihime Musou is guaranteed a place in my viewing schedule.
I spoke too soon: episode two was great fun, not just with it's charm but with half a dozen laugh-out-loud jokes. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that this second season seemed likely to be much better than the first thanks to an improved sense of humor. A touch of tasteful naughtiness was a major plus. Episode two left me with a grin on my face, and at a stroke made SKM look to be one of my favorite shows of the season.
This is a shamelessly ecchi and absurd show--in a good way. The eel catching contest in episode three especially. Instead of flaunting nudity with feeble excuses for it (as is often the case), this show pays more attention to the ridiculous situations which the characters have gotten into and the embarassment they feel. Actually, the impression I often get is that the show wasn't paying much attention to what makes sense and what doesn't, it was just taking the ball and running with it, so to speak, and thus was fun and creative.
I wasn't sure what to make of episode four, which introduced the Chou sisters, three completely new characters who hope to become medieval idol singers (seriously). Their ambition is made possible by a priceless magical artifact which is inexplicably given to them free of charge by a mysterious magician. The thought immediately springs to mind that there will be some unexpected price which the girls will have to pay for this fantastic stroke of luck--perhaps they'll attain great fame but be overcome by greed, something like that. But everything went just fine for the sisters and the preview of the next episode shows no reappearance of them. There was neither a moral to their story nor a major joke to wrap things up, instead the story just ended--would they return later in the series? In fact there was nothing to worry about, since what happened in the last episode makes sense given what happens in episode five. The sisters haven't returned yet but they clearly will. Again, I was getting the feeling that Shin KM as a whole is significantly better than the unfocused original series, being funnier and having an understandable ongoing plot.
I thought episode eight was especially fun as the girls must try to outwit the vain regional governor (also a girl) who has given them the task of defeating a fearsome monster. It really is a game of wits (in a goofy way), and the script took some wits to write. Episode ten, on the other hand, was a definite disappointment with too many squeeling childish voices and a main plot which seemed to have little to do with the ongoing story. In the background, however, things have begun to move with the idol singers. The story has come full circle, and the Chou sisters have become so extremely popular that their army of fans poses a threat to law and order. Kanu and her team are sent in to try to disarm the situation non-violently. This final episode was fun; it takes an idol to catch an idol is the message we get.
Shin Koihime Musou displayed touches of brilliance now and then, although they were exceptions rather than the rule. Quality was uneven, but always at least satisfactory. I can't help liking these characters, and I wish they would be put to more use. This was a goofy, strange show which probably won't get much recognition, but I'm glad I watched it and may well do so again.
My favorite line: "This is the girl famed for her lush, natural hair... down there"
Last updated Thursday, January 07 2010. Created Tuesday, October 13 2009.