Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny

October 26, 2007

Something must have made me decide to watch the sequel Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny. No, it can’t be those oversized bouncy boobs. Definitely I’m not into all those fanservice, panty shots or ecchi scenes. How about the storyline? Me, a person who looks for animes with storyline? Please, I can’t believe it myself. I suppose it was the comedy factor. Don’t get me wrong here. The second season to the Ikkitousen series is somewhat less funnier than the first.
 
Having said so, I don’t really remember if the sequel has more fanservice and panty shots as compared to the first one but fans of the series can still expect to see them here. There’s no shortage of them in each episode. Plus, there is a storyline and more drama as it continues off (though not directly) after the end of the first season. The drawing and art looks different and more refined than its prequel so most probably that’s why I thought of having to check it out. I could also say that the fight scenes are more choreographed and well, exaggerated as usual as you’ll see the characters flying, twisting and sommersaulting in mid-air as their fists connect and trade blows while the surrounding takes a substantial damage due to the intensity of their power. I guess I’m amused by this part. Be warned though. The fight may be a little violent and bloody.
 
At least now they put the words ‘loosely based on the Chinese classic novel Romance Of The Three Kingdoms (ROTK)’. So which means it’s an excuse to deviate from the what actually happened in the real history and not follow it accordingly. I suppose it’s alright seeing that it’s ‘loosely based’. You see, each of the main characters in the series are somewhat a reincarnation of the ROTK famous and legendary characters. So it’s like their destiny (because they’re bound to it anyway) to live and die like their ROTK characters.
 
This second season has only 12 episodes. I was wondering why it’s short 1 episode than the first season. Maybe there’s not much of a storyline to tell and drag it on? Besides this season introduces several new characters. Maybe not just several but many of them. So much so I can’t really remember all their names and some even had their appearance so short and brief it made me go like "Hey, wait a minute. He/She’s a newbie and now he/she is gone just like that?". Talk about easy come easy go. Besides, when they introduce a character, the screen will display some large kanji writings of that character’s name, school and grade. Nice but I still can’t remember some of them.
 
A short recap of what happened at the end of the first season. Throughout dunno how long, there has been 7 schools who’re always fighting each other for supremacy. The advent of Nanyou Academy’s Junior Lord of Lords, Hakufu, is supposed to bring the schools together. But that dimwit, densed and not too bright girl is more interested in getting her usual fix of thrill by fighting instead of that destiny crap thing. So the Rakuyou Academy’s main antagonist Toutaku, who’s masterminding some evil scheme of his through some tournament, died alongside with his ex-comrade turned traitor, Ryofu. Nanyou’s counterpart, and 1 of the 4 Devas, Saji, is also part of the mastermind to change his destiny crap but failed and tried to commit suicide but was stopped by Hakufu. In the end, Hakufu herself managed to defy her destiny to be killed by the hands of Ukitsu and continues to live and fight happily. Also, Kaku of Rakuyou defected and aligned herself with Kyosho Academy’s side as they won the tainted tournament by default.
 
Since I don’t really remember much of the second season, I’m planning to keep my blog brief and not go into extreme bit by bit details like how many strands of hair each characters have on their head (hahaha. Just kidding about the exaggeration). I mean, while watching the series, it wasn’t like I was totally glued to the screen so much so I lost track of time.
 
Thus we begin in episode 1 whereby we see Nanyou’s Ryomou, that eye-patched lady who sometimes dresses like a French maid (but this time she spots a purple cheongsam), entering some temple in Hong Kong to retrieve some round golden Dragon Jade. Of course it’s not like she could just walk in and take it like as though it’s her home as she meets some resistance (supposedly the guardians of the temple guarding the Dragon Jade). This is also a chance for her to strut her stuff and give viewers their first taste of fanservice. Then another rival comes in a challenges her for the Dragon Jade. She is Kakouen Myousai, a lady in a white cheongsam. Fight fight fight. Some grappling moves here and there some panty shots here and there.
 
In the end, Ryomou manages to get away but she is slightly injured as she takes a shower back at the hotel where she is temporarily staying. But Kakouen isn’t giving up yet and is still hot on her heels as she makes her way to ambush Ryomou in that hotel. Luckily for Ryomou, she has already finished her shower and now is in her maid costume. Another round of fight but Ryomou escapes once more.
 
If the previous season was more on Hakufu and Nanyou Academy, this particular season focuses more on Kanwu of Seito Academy. That’s at least how I felt. Back at Seito Academy, we see Kanwu doing some practice and her master chatting with her. Also new characters for Seito Academy are introduced. Firstly, the brute and crude Chouhi Eitoku and the ‘weak’ bookworm Ryuubi Gentoku. Unlike Hakufu, Ryuubi prefers to spend her time reading rather than fight and her shy and low self-esteem isn’t really something what their academy needs as a leader. A leader? Yeah, how ironic and contrasting that Ryuubi is the leader for Seito Academy, just like Hakufu for Nanyou. Ryuubi looks more like a sissy at first glance. So if you’ve read ROTK you’ll notice that these 3 close friends Ryuubi, Kanwu and Chouhi resembles Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei respectively. As for Kyosho Academy we see that their leader Sousou Moutoku and that basics guy Kakouton Genjou are quite close to each other. What’s this, Kaku is having an affair and sex with one of Moutoku’s close aids, Kakuka Houkou. That woman is really a slut. I don’t really remember what information they’re exchanging but I guess I was more ‘stunned’ into what those 2 are doing at the moment. Not that you can really see it but at that sort of angle and reaction, you pretty much could guess it.
 
Okay, let me just go on to episode 2 then. The main focus of this episode is how Kakouton got his eyepatch. No, not that he wanted to follow Ryomou but while he and Moutoku are at some alley, they’re being ambushed by some other schools who think that they need to get rid of Kyosho’s Academy supremacy before anything could happen. So there’s this 1 brief appearance of some white haired assassin girl who’s gonna take out Moutoku and his buddy after the rest of those ‘useless’ guys lost and got beaten up so badly. Since Moutoku is a little injured, Kakouton steps in to defend him but a slight mistake allows that girl assassin to pierce a sharp needle blinding his left eye. Ouch. Motouko watches in fury and suddenly some super red aura (something awakening in his body) emits and in his rage as he wallop that girl without mercy. Yeah, he smashed her head on to the wall! Won’t be seeing her anymore.
 
Another focus of this episode is about a group of students who dress up like Shinto monks (I’m guessing they’re from Kyosho Academy) decides to ambush Seito Academy. So we see Kanwu in action and if you like big boobs, you can gawk at how ‘delicious’ Kanwu’s one are (note that delicious quote is actually one of the lines said by one of those monks and not from me, okay). If you remember in the previous season, Kanwu’s arm has been injured due to her battle with Ryomou but I suppose now it’s all healed. Kanwu shows them that she’s still a fighther to be reckon with as she protects them from reaching Ryuubi and soon the enemy retreats. I can’t believe that Ryuubi is still that weak. But I shouldn’t jump to conclusions yet.
 
After their enemies left, it seems Ryomou arrives at Seito Academy in episode 3. Kanwu recognizes her and tells Chouhi that she isn’t one of Kyosho’s (wo)men. To cut things short, Ryomou is here to test that Dragon Jade. Because just like Hakufu, Ryuubi has some sleeping dragong hibernating within her and Ryomou uses that Dragon Jade to awaken it. So we see how scary when Ryuubi’s inner dragon awakens. She’s overwhelming powerful and is going berserk. So Ryomou retreats and Kanwu has to calm a possessed Ryuubi down. So much so, Ryuubi has to be chained and locked up deep within some dark dungeon within the academy (not to mention naked too! I suppose they got no time to put some clothes on her).
 
But the main part of this episode is how Kakuka is assassinated. Yup, back at Kyosho Academy, Moutoku unleashes some super power clothes ripping punishment for those monks failure. Then Kakuka has his last bedding with Kaku and after he left that night, he bumps into some girl while walking down the street. He knows she’s no ordinary girl and so a brief struggle there before she pierces him right through his heart! What a way to die. You won’t be seeing him anymore. Because of that, Kyosho is focusing on targeting Nanyou because they find out that the sharp object that had pierced Kakuka originates from Nanyou. So it’s a setup and frame job from my perspective. While Kakouton reminisces the good old days when the trio are together, finally at the end, Hakufu makes her long awaited appearance (okay, maybe not that long). Yeah, she’s still as goofy as ever. Some things never change. Even her mom, Goei, is there too. Remember, just don’t call Goei an old lady if you know what’s good for you.
 
So episode 4 Moutoku orders Kakouton to avenge their buddies death but Kakouton is a warrior with chivalry and will do it his own way and not stoop to low dirty tactics. Primarily, Koukin and Hakufu notices Ryomou is missing from their school for quite some time and decides to go to Seito Academy to look for her. Well of course their arrival would naturally raise a little suspicion, especially Chouhi, as why would a rival school come to theirs. Definitely not to say hi. Okay, maybe in Hakufu’s case. Also, Ryuubi is back to normal. Kanwu tells them that Ryomou was at their place earlier on but had already left.
 
Back at Hakufu’s place, a little more fanservice (heck, the entire episodes past and future will be filled with them) we see some crow guy and his henchmen ambushing them in the middle of the night. It’s so dark, I wonder why he wear sunglasses. Maybe he thinks he looks cool or something. Thing is, that crow guy didn’t get a sound beating from Hakufu nor Koukin, but Goei instead! Remember my warning earlier on. Well, I don’t remember if he really said that, but it seems Goei taught him a lesson properly. Soon Kakouton arrives and doesn’t like the way that crow guy cowardly handles this. Before they retreat, Kakouton tells them briefly about their current situation, Kakuka’s assassination and such. I suppose because of last season, Kakouton has some kind of ‘bond’ with Hakufu and this feels like a ‘warning in advance’.
 
More characters introduced in episode 5 to start the ball rolling. At Kyosho Academy, we see some wheelchair ridden lady, Shiba-I, who seems to have some plan of her own even though she’s under Moutoku. While Ryomou is visiting Ryofu’s grave, she’s been attacked by some goth loli girl, Teni, who uses some crossbow as her weapon. She’s been sent by Shiba-I to take the Dragon Jade from her. So lots of fighting and explosive action here. Yeah, first thing you’ll notice besides the substantial environmental damage (no respect to those graves) is that their clothes getting ripped off (sounds familiar isn’t it?) right down to their undies. You wonder why their undies are the only thing not scratched a little (besides that fanservice and to cover necessary parts). The same reason why the entire airplane isn’t made out of the same materials used to make the black box. So some flashback from Teni on how Shiba-I took her away from her abusive life and brought her up in some Christian nun kind of environment. Not that interested. However, their superb fight is being interrupted by a third party. Another girl with long white hair and wields a katana, Chouun Shiryuu. She’s from Seito Academy and in the end, Chouun takes the Dragon Jade from Ryomou. As for Teni, though this won’t be the last time you’ll see her, the rest of the episodes make you wonder where she went after this.
 
Ryomou comes to and finds herself resting at Hakufu’s place. Even Gakushuu’s there. Thing is, why is he dressed in Kannei’s clothes? Did he miss that guy. In the last season, Kannei has been hospitalized due to the injuries he sustained and mainly because he went crazy. So in this season, you won’t see Kannei around. Of course this is the first time the Nanyou guys see Ryomou since her disappearance as she relates where she has been all this while. So a little flashback how she got word from some weird dressing monk guy who tells her about the Dragon Jade that she must get it before something bad really happens. I don’t remember except for the fact it’s to save Hakufu. But it seems important enough for Ryomou to take his advice.
 
Other developments in this episode is that we see another dragon awakening power from Motouku. Remember that crow guy? I don’t know what he said to piss off Motouku that’s because Motouku unleashes his power and rips that side character into half! Uh-huh. Into half. Kakouton is a little worried and wonders if this is the same Motouku he knows. Also, Shiba-I and her assistant Chouryou Bunen tells slut Kaku that she’s no longer needed and reliefs her of her duties and position with a usual clothes ripping power blast. Though it won’t be the last you’ll see of Kaku, but I feel that her presence from now on is somewhat redundant.
 
Back to Seito Academy in episode 6. We see the Dragon Jade in their possession. So Kanwu’s master tells them some long guest story/explanation which as usual I’m so blur at. Anyway what I do remember is that the trio Kanwu, Chouhi and Ryuubi need to go and get some super terror genius advisor named Shokatsutyou Koumei, so that she could properly guide their leader Ryuubi during battle. She’s the Zhuge Liang of ROTK fame if you notice. Thus the trio set out on foot to some forest and there they encounter some weird looking old man (may remind you of Rousai of Basilisk). Looks like an alien. Must be his eyes. Kanwu thinks it’s some test so she and that old geezer had some fight and looks like that old man is having the upper hand. Likewise, Chouhi takes on a stout monk, Kouchu Kanshou, and Ryuubi… she wandered off somewhere. Unknowingly, Ryuubi bumps into Koumei and saw how the latter is fishing when suddenly a blue dragon emerges from the lake. What a big catch. But that dragon is too strong as it pulls Koumei into the lake. Ryuubi is guided by her instincts to save that little girl even though she herself doesn’t know how to swim.
 
I suppose they all pass the whatever test as we see them resting at that old man’s hut (partly because I can’t remember what happened too ;P). Some talking, drama and more importantly fanservice as the ladies take a hot bath. You get the idea. I’m not sure if Koumei is really into yuri as she wants Ryuubi all to herself. I suppose Kanwu should admit defeat here otherwise. So in the end, the trio head back to the city along with Koumei and Kouchu whereas that old geezer decides to stay back. That’s the last you’ll see of him. Back at Nanyou Academy, as expected they’ve been framed for Kakuka’s death and that we see that Kaku girl once more who’s trying to order Kakouen to attack Nanyou. I think she’s trying to do things her way after that last incident.
 
Kakouen’s lone assault on Nanyou Academy begins in episode 7 as each of those ‘weak and useless’ Nanyou students try to stop her but failed miserably. Even that Gakushuu had a go but he’s just big size for show. Koukin too had a hand and gets a little wounded before Kakouen withdraws. Besides that diagnose Ryomou got from her doctor (something about her eye under that eyepatch), Moutoku orders Kakouton and his armies to invade Seito. His main objective is to capture Kanwu.
 
At the night of the festival, the Seito Academy protagonists are having their time (at least for Ryuubi). Kanwu isn’t with the gang (I think she wants time for herself after seeing how close Ryuubi and Koumei are) when she’s being attacked by those 3 monks of Kyosho Academy. At the same time, Kakouton and his henchmen surround the other Seito Academy warriors. So after Kanwu and the monks duke it out, Kanwu is in a dilemma because if she doesn’t surrender to them, 1 word from them and Ryuubi and co will be relentlessly crushed. What will Kanwu do now? How will she decide?
 
In order to save her leader, Kanwu decides to surrender herself to Kyosho Academy in episode 8. Of course before that we see more fighting from Kanwu and the Seito Academy gang. When word reached the Kyosho group surrounding the Seito warriors, Kakouton tells his men to withdraw since their objective has been met. So we hear the narrator saying like how in the ROTK that Guan Yu’s loyalty to Liu Bei is still true despite his crossover to Cao Cao’s side (Moutoku in this case). Also, it seems Moutoku has been wanting to get Kanwu’s loyalty for a long time and has finally done so. Moutoku may have Kanwu now, but her actual heart is with Ryuubi.
 
So the Seito Academy gang are in a dilemma as they can’t really go all out and attack Kyosho Academy for a rescue attempt either. Meanwhile that ever fight loving Hakufu decides to go to Kyosho Academy to have a duel with Moutoku but is instead faced with Kanwu. Of course Hakufu doesn’t really know what’s going on or why she really switch sides but what the heck, she’s just here for the fight. During the fight Hakufu’s inner dragon awakens and unleashes her usual latent super power. Though Hakufu and Kanwu are on par with each other. Just then Moutoku shows up and decides to interrupt Kanwu’s battle and takes over for her against Kanwu’s will. In short, Moutoku’s inner dragon power is more powerful than Hakufu’s as he blasts Hakufu into smithereens. Oh no. Is this the end of Hakufu? Is this a heroine’s end? Well, since she’s one of the heroines for the series, she won’t die that easily, right? This is just to add to the suspense.
 
Remember 1 of the 4 Devas of Nanyou Academy, Saji? Yeah, he finally makes his real appearance in episode 9. A bit late don’t you think? And no, the opening credits or that flashback in the first episode don’t count. Saji’s saying something like he’s meditating in the woods all these while. Not too sure if he actually said that. Okay, Saji’s back and the 4 Devas are now a whole. Looks like Koukin has taken Kannei’s place obviously. Saji is still that lecherous self as the gang have heard that Hakufu have died during her lone battle with Moutoku at Kyosho Academy. While the rest are in shock, Saji thinks otherwise. Then Saji proceeds to show them why Hakufu may not be dead at some shrine temple. Can’t remember anything here accept that some girl from Seito Academy showed up to go meet Koumei. I don’t know about Saji’s explanations but Saji revealed that this girl was the one who assassinated Kakuka under the orders of Koumei.
 
So the 4 Devas of Nanyou head to Seito Academy and Saji is making his advances on Ryuubi. Luckily Ryuubi isn’t that kind of girl who would fall for such ‘charms’ as she calls Saji a pervert. But that aside, the main thing here is that the reason why Koumei wants to meet her Nanyou counterparts is that she is thinking of making a Seito-Nanyou alliance against the Kyosho threat. Just like in ROTK whereby Shu Han and Eastern Wu team up to defeat a strong and advancing Cao Wei state. Also, it seems Koumei is planning to reenact that great final Battle Of Chibi again and says it’s inevitable. Nightfall back at Kyosho Academy, it seems Kakouton is planning to set Kanwu free because he knows of her loyalty to Ryuubi and also this isn’t the fair and square way of how he do things. Kanwu admires Kakouton as a great warrior and leaves the school grounds. However, Moutoku is watching Kakouton and isn’t too fond of his actions. We see some ROTK warrior spirit emerging out from Moutoku’s body and is as though he possessed Moutoku. Soon the 2 engage in a short fight but that possessed Moutoku is much stronger. Holy #&*#!!! Kakouton’s fingers are one bloody messed up &*@#!!! Moutoku goes in for the killing blow. Is this the end of him?
 
More drama in episode 10 as we further see Moutoku being further possessed by that ROTK warrior ghost. Therefore, Shiba-I, acting as though it’s like Motouku’s orders, commands the Kyosho warriors to hunt and exterminate warriors which are not alligned with Kyosho. Which means Seito and Nanyou are their likely targets. And since Moutoku is dangerously powerful, Shiba-I kept him chained up in some dark room. Is that enough to keep him at bay? Also, Koumei has entrusted that Dragon Jade to the Nanyou side. And more of those fighting from Seito-Nanyou against the weaker Kyosho warriors.
 
As I’ve mentioned earlier on, Hakufu won’t die easily as we see her unconscious near a waterfall cave deep in the forest. So if you’re wondering when will that Ukitsu girl show up, it’s right here. Another late appearance. So is that old Choukou guy. Also another new character introduced, Rikuson Hakugen, a bespectacled Nanyou Academy girl who supposedly found Hakufu floating in the river after her battle with Moutoku and is a student of Choukou. I felt that this Hakugen girl didn’t pretty do much even though there are a few more episodes left in the series. Choukou plans on reviving Hakufu though he only successfully awakened her inner dragon. You should see that elaborated revival method as that inner dragon took over Hakufu and goes on a rampage. But in order to revive Hakufu’s body, that is Ukitsu’s job, since in history she was the one supposed to kill Hakufu so theoratically, the one who could also revive her. Besides, Hakufu’s water dragon is needed so that she could be combined with Ryuubi’s lightning dragon in order to douse Moutoku’s fire dragon. I think it’s something like that. Meanwhile Kanwu is back at Seito Academy but decides not to let Ryuubi know that she’s back with them just yet, though she met Koukin there.
 
The final battle between Seito-Nanyou against Kyosho is set to be at a place which look somewhat like an abandoned oil refinery in episode 11. So some words from Koumei about that destiny crap thing as the Dragon Jade is now at stake. Meanwhile Shiba-I is talking to a chained up Moutoku when that ROTK ghost in a way possesses her to prove her loyalty and borrows her powers. While the Seito-Nanyou gang are waiting for the Kyosho warriors to arrive, we see Ukitsu trying to revive Hakufu as the latter have some weird flashbacks. Hakufu’s dragon is going wild (yeah, it’s really causing waves) when Chouun is gonna take her out (she’s under Koumei’s orders to kill Hakufu if the dragon consumes her. I think) but Ukitsu stops her in time. Kinda reminds you of Ichigo’s case from Bleach when he nearly transformed into a Hollow, huh? Ukitsu mentions that she finally manage to revive Hakufu’s body as she collapsed.
 
Sunset, and the Kyosho warriors have arrived. But Moutoku isn’t there and Shiba-I says that she’s here in place of him rather than being a coward as what Koumei suggested. As the battle begins, Koumei and Ryuubi stick together and watch just like spectators (actually to watch over the Dragon Jade) as with the same with Shiba-I. So it’s a one-on-one battle with Ryomou continuing her duel with Kakouen, Chouryou taking on Saji, whereas Gakushuu, Chouhi and Koukin fights a Kyosho monk each. I kinda feel that the fights are somewhat short (maybe they need to show how each of them fared) and didn’t amount to anything spectacular. Of course the Seito-Nanyou warriors win their respective matches except for Chouhi who’s struggling with hers. Because Chouhi is down, Ryuubi has to step in for her but she’s just defending. Just then Kanwu appears and says it’s gonna be a fair six-on-six battle. Oh yeah, I just remembered, there’s a big-sized girl from Kyosho whose name I can’t seem to remember. I think Chouhi was taking on her initially and then that monk. So it’s a 1 on 2. Anyway, Ryuubi’s glad to see Kanwu back on their side.
 
It isn’t necessarily over yet even though we see the other fallen Kyosho warriors badly beaten, brusied an unconscious at the start of the final episode 12. Kanwu gets to defeat the remaining ones and this pisses off Shiba-I. I find this part funny because she drove the car she was sitting in right to the top of the refinery where Koumei and Ryuubi are. So much so the refinery caught fire because of the broken pipes the car caused. I thought she’s wheelchair ridden. Maybe she just like to sit and be pushed around. Haha. Yeah, that woman can now stand. Kanwu in a flash goes to the top and slashes Shiba-I. But it isn’t over yet. Shiba-I’s body glow with a red radiance so much so it awakens Moutoku back at Kyosho, as he breaks his chains and flies to the battle place. Everyone is surprised at Moutoku and it seems his dragon is trying to awake Ryuubi’s inner dragon as well as the latter goes into a trance. Since Ryuubi’s control over her dragon isn’t good, in no time, she’ll be engulfed by Moutoku’s. Thus Koumei says that they need the wind in order to change their current situation. I suppose this is the only part which is simiar to the ROTK Battle Of Chibi, using the wind factor to achieve victory. Kanwu pleads to Moutoku that she’ll join his army in exchange for Ryuubi’s release. But I don’t think that guy’s listening.
 
However, it isn’t the wind that saved the day, but rain water. Rain water? Uh-huh. It’s Hakufu! She’s back and she spots a new outfit but still that same old character. With renewed determination and hope from both Hakufu and Ryuubi, they both combined their strength together with the Dragon Jade, eventually that possessed ROTK warrior in Moutoku is defeated. What happens to Moutoku himself, I don’t really know whether he’s dead for sure or just vanished somewhere. Next we see the aftermath of the event 1 month later. Ukitsu has already died with Choukou and Hakugen praying at her grave. Come to think of it, those 2 people didn’t meet anybody else in this series. Koumei and that girl she sent to assassinate Kakuka are attracting a large crowd with their fishing. Chouhi is digging in Kouchu’s dish while Gakushuu is working at some convenient store. However he broke the store’s window glass when he tried to quell some small fry troublemaker who’s harrassing some lady (yeah, that lady is in love with him now). Kyosho’s 3 monks are doing some meditation of their own, which is some tourist attraction. Big-sized Kyosho girl is playing some power volleyball. Teni and Chouryou attend to some horses while Chouun tries her luck at flower arrangement. Meanwhile Saji is still flirting with girls at a fast food outlet and Koukin is trying to study for his exams. Has the schools ever been into that since all the students are concerned with fighting and supremacy all this while. Hakufu and Ryomou gets into some sexy cat maid outfit for their waitressing job. Ryuubi is seen doing what she loves most, reading, as she suggests and hands a book for Kanwu to read. A book on Ikkitousen? I think ROTK would be better. Plus, if she had read this in the first place, all this could’ve been avoided, right? Finally we see Kaku wandering around in the city as she spots Kakouton sitting dejectedly. This guy’s still alive but has some sort of amnesia as he’s wondering where his buddies Moutoku and Kakuka are now.
 
Overall, I think the whole anime is just average though I feel that it’s somewhat a little better than the first one. Although with the way things ended I still felt a little let down, especially some of the characters like Kaku and Kakouton. Like as though there may be another sequel. For now, if there’s one, I’m not planning to continue watching. Still if you’re planning on watching this series (most likely recommended not to unless you’re an ecchi and/or fanservice addict), then you should go watch the previous season first rather than jump straight right into this one. Unless of course, you don’t really want to follow the plot. And if you still can’t get enough, there’s still the manga and the video game to satisfy your craving.
 
As mentioned, the drawing and art seems a little better. So some of the characters may look a little different from the first season, like Saji and Koukin. It took me a while to recognize them and even so it was because according to common sense he’s the only one left due to certain criteria and such.
 
But this time the opening theme song is quite nice and resembles like a dance song to get viewers into the mood of the show. It’s called Heart & Soul, sung by Mai Kariyuki, and the chorus has a catchy line which goes something like "Ba ba baning (I found out later it’s actually ‘burning’). I think it’ll sound better if you enhance the bass sound. The ending theme, Garasu No Hana by IORI is a slower ballad.
 
Later I came to a conclusion why the second season has only 12 episodes is probably because there are 3 OVA episodes after that. What I read is just a 3 minute episode an is filled with nakedness and bouncy boobs. Yeah, female warriors in the flesh. They really go bare all out here. I’m not so interested in watching it. Speaking on the topic of ecchiness, you can already tell how much of it from the opening credits itself. Also, the mid-intermission has the ladies posing in sexy outfits with some heavy and fierce but short rock music in the background.
 
While even there is an anime series on ROTK itself, it’s still best to read the classic literature (couldn’t say the same for myself). Watch this just for the sake of fun and amusement. If those ROTK warriors ever see this, I think they’ll shake their heads and moan. I wouldn’t say they’re rewriting history but the future and destiny of Japan is in the hand of a bunch of teens. I can see how it is all gonna turn out. At least the female clothing industry will still be around the way those girls rip their clothes everytime they go into a fist fight.
 
Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny

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