I read the reason for producing Hyakka Ryouran Samurai After was to introduce a new character to the series and give her some screen time. Well, nothing wrong with that but I thought it was just an excuse not to make another season and introduce her somewhere along the way or at the start instead of condemning her debut to a couple of OVAs. Heh. That’s just my opinion after all. And of course if you know about this series, you would know better about its brand of fanservice offered and thus all the more reason why we buy the DVDs to see samurai boobs and more samurai boobs. Oh yeah, samurai boobs save Japan!

Episode 1
WOW! Samurai girls making out right at the start!!! Keiji and Kagekatsu Uesgi making love, kissing and caressing!!! Kagekatsu has Keiji’s hand put on her stomach and it starts glowing! Wait a minute. Is she going to give birth to some super samurai?! Keiji notes her great qi thanks to all the training but there is still room for improvement. Meanwhile, the tussle for Muneakira continues. They’re arguing there is a big difference being a Samurai Bride and a wife. Yeah… Big difference… Even Gisen gets into the fray although she’s more into being his mistress thingy. Kanetsugu… What the heck is she talking about changing wives every 3 months?! Before things get ugly, they’re being attacked by Kagekatsu’s power arrow. Kanetsugu recognizes her friend. Seems she respects her for being kind to her. Yeah, unlike some girls who loves to subject this retard to abuse, right? Seems Keiji is here too and to see Muneakira. This shocks everyone especially Kagekatsu. Maybe except Juubei who is more than delighted thinking she might want to be Muneakira’s bride too. Since everyone starts arguing they are the best to be his wife, Keiji proposes a match to determine who will be his wife. However it will be decided via third parties. Yup, something like a reality TV. All of them will try to act and please him as much while raking votes from online viewers. The one with the highest votes wins. Matabei and Hanzou are in a dilemma to enter or support their masters so Gisen suggests they should refrain so as not to embarrass their master. Because Juubei thinks the more the merrier, Keiji agrees to join in. This causes Kagekatsu to be jealous and she also wants in. But shortly Keiji withdraws because somebody needs to take care of the notes. Did Kagekatsu get tricked into this? Thanks to some technology, viewers will have a first person view via lens that Muneakira is wearing. What he sees, everybody sees.

And so on day 1, we see Sen ordering her servants to clean about as she acts like the dominant master. I guess some guys dig this sadistic side. Yukimura shows her great finance management skills by saving more power during hot summer by wearing swimsuits. That sure brings in the votes. But it couldn’t be more insulting to them because Juubei is just fooling around with Muneakira and she scores the most points! Kanetsugu and Kagekatsu do the naked apron gig. The latter’s clumsiness causes the ingredients that like some ambiguous liquid splash over her face and chest. And with clumsy Kanetsugu slipping and accidentally pulling down her pantsu, wow, the ratings are going up. This infuriates Sen and Yukimura. Two can play that game! So they try more lewd stuffs by getting wet or skimpier swimsuits (saves 70% more energy!). Juubei continues to fool around her usual way and gets Muneakira into a compromising position. Kanetsugu thinks she can show her the better way so she transforms into her magical girl outfit. Only 1 problem: She’s totally naked! OMG! Ratings shoot through the roof! And this was unintentional for her side. Everybody got free fanservice. Meanwhile Kagekatsu is feeling down and the one lagging behind. Keiji talks to her and hopes she would actively participate. But Kagekatsu is in a dilemma. If she wins, she will no longer be Keiji’s bride anymore. Keiji says the problem is not becoming somebody’s wife. She hints she wants to have a size of a football team for children! At least half of them if Kagekatsu can’t ‘produce’ that much.

For the next few days, the intense competition continues with all the competitors being neck to neck in ratings. The weirder the attempt, the higher the votes. I think the one getting the most kick out of this is Keiji. Look at her laughing… On the last day, things get desperate. The girls are competing to wash his back. Kagekatsu’s accident with her boobs has the rest start using their boobs on him. The ultimate one whereby Muneakira slips and has his face planted in Juubei’s crotch! Matabei and Hanzou are helpless in seeing this fight as they too want to help their masters. But Gisen tells them they must win this battle by their own terms. And the servants just relegate to taking a bath while listening to Gisen’s ‘wisdom’. Since the tug of war might tear apart Muneakira’s limbs, I guess the girls are getting serious now to beat the crap out of each other. That is when Muneakira has had it and tells them to stop. He believes this is not the right way to choose and become his bride. He has them remember when they all turned into their Samurai Bride form, their hearts were in unison. So why make this disappear now? Choosing a bride is something that requires reflection and time. The girls couldn’t be more ashamed of themselves. Keiji lauds Muneakira’s words. Hey wait. Isn’t she the one who suggested this game? Of course. All just to see Kagekatsu’s worried face. Don’t worry. She had a great time. Yeah, everybody just felt they are the biggest loser. The participants, the viewers… Scammed… The only real winners are perhaps Gisen, Matabei and Hanzou who were right in staying behind. Keiji asks Kagekatsu’s opinion on Muneakira. Truly, he is an interesting man.

Episode 2
Unheeding Nia’ word, Sen breaks into a sealed tomb and opens a sealed box. Oh no. Looks like Pandora’s Box from the way things look. Muneakira thought Gisen crept up into his bed again but surprise! It’s Sen! Oh, Gisen is on his other side. So she did creep into his bed. As usual, the morning jinx with the girls around, Muneakira rushes to the toilet to clean himself up but bumps into naked Kanetsugu and sees her entirety. The rest of the day must be tiring for Muneakira because he has to escape from Sen’s seduction attempts. While Kanetsugu is complaining in her kennel about Muneakira, suddenly Sen kisses her and turns her into her minion. Muneakira can tell something is wrong when Juubei and Gisen start wanting to do bold things with him. Looks like they are under Sen’s spell too. This is all part of Sen’s plan to force Muneakira to marry her since he is taking too long over her proposal. She transforms into the legendary wedding dress that she got from Toyotomi’s hidden treasure. Hmm… This black revealing jester outfit is the legendary wedding dress? Luckily Yukimura and Matabei are here to stop their shenanigans. They have noticed Sen acting weird lately and have been observing her. They have also done their research that she is not wearing the legendary wedding dress which is supposed to be white. This dress is supposed to be worn after the wedding ceremony. Based on records, those who wear the legendary dress will be married for sure. To counter other powers, the black version was created to please men by gathering concubines. In other words, a harem. Sen is not convinced since she did her research based from Yoshihiko’s documents. But if so, how come Muneakira is not charmed by her? Before Sen and her underlings could give him the ultimate pleasure, Yukimura’s light bomb comes in handy for their escape.

Yukimura explains about both dresses being kept in the same place to balance out each other’s power. Separating the dress would mean unbalanced power and Sen will slowly go berserk if she is left alone. The only way is to take off the dress and put it back in the seal. Sen interrogates Nia about the dress but her lips are tightly sealed. Sen does some nipple torture but why is Hanzou the one feeling ‘good’ about it? Muneakira and Yukimura barge into surprise attack and capture Sen. There is some sort of ritual to take off the dress by fondling and squeezing the boobs in certain directions 3 times? Finally, press the nipples! Did it work? When Muneakira goes to free Nia, Sen wakes up and kisses Yukimura followed by Matabei. Game over. Juubei is still her usual self as she continues to flirt and then kiss Muneakira. She transforms into her Master Samurai form. Seems she wasn’t under Sen’s spell. Was she playing along? Don’t know. She’s too airhead as always to tell. As they make a run, Nia explains that Yoshihiko sent her to stop Sen from this mess when she learnt about the treasure. Although she failed, why didn’t she fall into Sen’s spell? Yoshihiko gave her a charm to protect her against that. In order to defeat the black dress, they need the white dress’ power. To activate it, Juubei will have to wear it and kiss Muneakira. Why is he flustering? Hasn’t he done this many times? No time to think or even be hesitant (because Juubei can’t help wonder about the implications of putting on a wedding dress) since Nia is at her limit stalling Sen and co. Juubei puts on the dress. Looks magnificent. Now for the kiss. Sen tries to intercept them. Muneakira freaks out so Juubei forces kiss him. The superb power frees all the girls and a special warmth feeling as bonus. But now another battle will take place… Juubei back to her airhead self is claiming she is his official wife since she is wearing this. Not so fast! The other girls claim this dress belongs to their family’s property and start fighting over it. Don’t rip the dress apart please!

Special 1
A short special lasting 5 minutes, a first person view, through the eyes of the protagonist, although no dialogue from the him but I am guessing it is supposedly Muneakira (those manly hands) or the viewer. Kagekatsu is the featured girl as we see her waking you up and you getting naughty with her while she makes breakfast. Then you both go for a walk and you fell asleep on her lap in which by the time you wake up, you see her sleeping face. Back home, you join her in the shower (I thought this borders like porn logic since which girl would be more than happy to let you in and when you surprise her while she takes a bath). And yeah… Washing those delicious parts… And the moment you’ve been waiting for. After shower sex… And then suddenly Kagekatsu wakes up from this dream… What a letdown…

Special 2
It is Sen’s t turn but this time the view is from a video camera. Here we are at the beautiful beach but Sen tells us to stop recording the beautiful blue sea, skies and sandy beach and record her instead! Okay. And when you’re too focused on her ‘prized assets’ she tells you not to just record her all the time! Women! Make up your mind! Now it’s time to put sunscreen. Man, I think you’re good in filming with one hand while putting lotion on her back with the other. Can’t help resist poking her? Now it’s her turn to do the same. With her boobs. Damn. Why did the recording stop! Hands can’t be still? Anyway the filming continues as we see Sen in various beach activities. But during the watermelon breaking one, she accidentally smashes your head! Thank goodness the camera is still okay! Finally as she basks in the sunset glow, you have the cheek to record up close her boobs and fondle them! Then I guess she has really had it. Drop the camera and screw with her! Oh yeah! Sorry, folks. No footage for this one :).

Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride Specials

Prior to Samurai After, there were short specials lasting around 3 minutes for Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride if you get your hands on the DVD releases. What else? Fanservce! Even samurai girls need to take a break from their rigorous training and missions to relax and let their boobs out. Oops, I mean let their hair down. But really… They let their boobs out literally.

Special 1
Sasuke and Musashi are about to enter the public bath. Only one problem: No pets allowed! Juubei has got this ‘brilliant’ idea and turns Sasuke into her human form. Yay! Next problem: No money! I suppose Musashi has to pay for them otherwise we won’t have our fanservice fix of seeing their tits, rubbing, molesting and even licking them! I think it got too intense to Sasuke reverts back to a monkey. A staff heard an animal sound and comes in to check. What is this monkey fooling around in the bath? Erm… That’s not a monkey. That’s a towel! Gee, ‘brilliant’ cover there, ladies. And to prove it, she uses Sasuke to scrub Musashi’s back. Monkey abuse!

Special 2
Kojirou believes this maid outfit is the one corrupting her beloved Musashi. She puts it on and tries to act one to see for herself. Gisen catches her in the act and despite how embarrassed Kojirou is, Gisen is going to teach her the finer points of being a maid so she can snag the heart of that special someone. First, she rips the chest area and the skirt to make those delicious parts more exposed. Then she teachers her how to pose in very sexy poses and greetings. Is she teaching her how to do maid porn? Later when Matabei realizes that one of the maid outfits is missing and from her smell realizes the missing outfit belongs to Kanetsugu, Gisen lies that it could have been blown away by the wind. In actual fact, Kojirou has taken it back with her, fantasizing Musashi will be all hers…

Special 3
Mataemon is trying different swimsuit outfits and the more she tries, the more risqué and super sexy it becomes. And she loves it! Then she hears Sen is also trying out in the next cubicle. Can’t believe that she has chosen a boring outfit, she forces it off her and force dresses a sexy one on her. Wow. This looks good on her. Your unique charm is really shining. Kanetsugu in the next cubicle heard this and also wants her opinion. As usual, Mataemon is appalled at this boring fashion sense and proceeds to strip and dress another sexy swimsuit for her. Flawless victory! But it cannot be more insulting for Mataemon as the ladies leave satisfied after their purchase thinking how this store clerk looks so much like Mataemon.

Special 4
One of the most taboo things for Yukimura: Talking about her small boobs! But Keiji asks her if she is really content with them right now. Of course not. Don’t worry. She has a method that will help increase it up to D-cup in no time by using qi. I suppose Yukimura must be desperate enough to follow the silly rules of pinching her nipples and then rotate her hips both ways (so as to evenly grow both sides) round and round. So this method is supposed to bring out your female hormones and accelerate your boob growth? Well, do it a few more times and she’ll get that bust she has always wanted. It seems Inshun is also eavesdropping on them and trying out this embarrassing method. Once done and Yukimura leaves, Keiji tells Inshun to stop following it because it was just a trick! Yeah, she had her fill of making fun of small tits for today.

Special 5
Nia sounds tired as she comes home, completed her secret report. There are hidden videos she has recorded of Matabei and Hanzou doing intensive training. Nia is not sure what the points of these training are for but tries them out and thus that weary and unfortunate soul you see her now. Whether it is sitting on an exercise ball, soaking for a long time in hot water or standing under the waterfall to detect and avoid falling logs, she is not sure if these training methods are somewhat related to them transforming into Master Samurai. Then she receives mail about her credit card that she lost a little while ago. It is the bill. Why do all the charges come from the maid cafe???!!! OMG! Musashi and co you sneaky charges!!! Wow. You can say Nia is completely drained out physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially!

Special 6
Juubei and Musashi are soaking together in the hot bath. The rest of their group are sleeping because it was indeed a fun filled day for them playing at the beach. They reminisce at all the fun things they did together from building sand castles to beach volleyball to eating shaved ice cream and sunbathing. Coincidentally they also checked into the same inn and took a bath at the same time. Yeah, fun and crazy indeed. Juubei hopes everyone should come back here again.

Samurai Bachelor & Samurai Harem
Well… To be honest, it was rather okay. Just like any other OVA that does not contribute to the main plot of the series. If you remember them, that is. But personally the funny thing is I thought Kagekatsu would be appearing for both OVAs and instead only appeared for the first one. Doesn’t it feel wasted? Because the second seems to be focused on Sen like as though Sen fans have written a complaint about their favourite samurai girl not getting her due screen time but eventually it has to be Juubei who steals the limelight, eh? And so having Kagekatsu appear for just an episode like I said feels wasted because although she isn’t interested in Muneakira (for now) why bother getting her mixed up in the cat fight over him? If Sasuke’s role was just pathetic in the second season, then in the OVAs she is even more so and reduced to only appearing as a mascot during scene changers. At least better than Musashi and co who are non-existent, which make the OVAs feel like all this happened before them. But if Keiji is around then they should be. Or could it be after, like the second title suggests?

Seeing the other recurring characters does bring back the nostalgia for the series in me. Like Juubei’s airhead and completely in a world of her own, Sen and Yukimura continue to butt heads and lead the harem cat fight over the main man, Kanetsugu continues to be the resident idiot and bully victim of the pack (you always need somebody to be a punching bag and to be treated like a pet dog), Matabei still looking dangerous as she is still wearing a skimpy loincloth as her underwear, Hanzou still having that masochist fantasies for her master, Gisen being deceptively playful and sly although it is still hard to read her intentions if she is really gunning for Muneakira or if there is an ulterior motive underneath it, Nia the very loyalist to Yoshihiko and Keiji love screwing around with others and have fun watching their reactions. Well, I suppose it is the right thing for Muneakira to bring some sense to the samurai girls about their desperation to pick one of them to be his wife (and the rest his concubines) because it is true to what he said. Outwitting each other to be his wife isn’t a competition. Nor is it for the amusement for others to watch. Being his wife means responsibility and respecting the sacredness of marriage. And now that he has ‘delayed’ choosing his bride, looks like the harem cat fight will continue… Yeah, the very basic cliché problem of every undecided harem shows. I think it is worth the run for a few seasons material of reality TV…

Here comes the bride… All dress in white… Eh? What do you mean they are not married yet? I thought judging from the title, Muneakira would have been married to Juubei or at least with one if not all of the other females around him! I guess it is partly my fault for trying to judge the storyline based on the title. Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride indeed is the sequel to Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls but this season it is not about seeing which of the girls fight over Muneakira’s attention and becoming his wife. The threat over Great Japan still looms. Yeah. Even if our heroes barely managed to save the day with the skin of their teeth in last season’s finale from the rampage of the deadly Shiro Amakusa, there are still other threats that want to bring Great Ol’ Japan down. What is it that makes people want to crush Japan? Why is it that some hate it so much and others love it obsessively? For the latter, I know it’s because of anime, manga and games! Wohoo! Ahem… And so it is up to our heroes once more to save Japan. But what does this bride thing has got to do with it anyway?

Episode 1
Nia and her army take on the Dark Samurais at the grave. Muneakira has finally returned after a trip that lasted him 6 months. It also has been that long since the events of that last battle and he has trained and improved himself to prevent Amakusa’s revival and protect Great Japan. Back at the dojo, he meets Matabei and summarizes his journey. Though he has lots to learn, he notices the mushrooming of maid cafes all over Japan and is glad it hasn’t caught up back here. Looks like he has to eat his words because the dojo has turned into a maid cafe! True Shadow Maid Cafe welcomes you! Juubei in a maid outfit too?! So what happened when he was gone? Apparently Yukimura invested her shares and bonds and due to the Leiman Shock (that’s Lehman, right? Nyuk, nyuk), she lost all her investment so this maid cafe is a way to make money. Shouldn’t they get some reward from the government after that last heroic battle? Apparently they got nothing because Yoshihiko was declared the hero and gotten all the reward. Sen and Yukimura blame each other but Muneakira hoped at least they would do something more respectful to make money. But they want fast money. Easy money. Plus, they have put the dojo as collateral for loan to open up the cafe so if everything goes bust, so will the dojo. Just great. No choice, Muneakira has to resign to fate, cast away his samurai pride and work alongside them. He feels somebody is missing. Darn right. Apparently the girls sent Kanetsugu to hand out flyers of their cafe’s opening at the graveyard!!! Will she invite ghosts? What a way to get rid of that annoyance. Anyway, Kanetsugu really thinks there are ghosts because 4 Dark Samurai babes see her flyer but are interested to know the location of Yagyuu Dojo. Imagine their shock when they find the place as a maid cafe. This can’t be it, right? Since they’re here, they become customers and because they have that super black credit card, wow, superb service. Especially Juubei with Moe-Moe-Kyun-Kyun omelette rice special. And the rest are scheming to increase fees and service charge. Ripping them off… But they got our heroes’ attention when they are looking for Juubei. They don’t believe this maid to be the real one. However they realize Muneakira is the real deal. Finally Kanetsugu returns but sees no one in and thinks everyone is slacking off while she works her butt off. Oh… They’re outside preparing to fight. Don’t want to wreck the collateral, eh?

Kanetsugu is not happy that she has been tricked and on top of that, she is being insulted by her comrades that she was the one who showed the Dark Samurais the way here, she decides to take things into her own hands and charge at her enemies. However she was easily taken out. This has the gang look at them seriously. Sen detects their power on par with Master Samurai. Muneakira wants all of them to transform into Master Samurai but it seems Juubei can’t transform. Could it be for real that her other self has left since that last battle? The Dark Samurais are getting impatient to face the real Juubei and know they are lying about her taking a trip. They claim they are stronger than any Master Samurai. To prove that, Musashi Miyamoto easily nullifies Muneakira’s General power and blasts him away. Then Kojirou Sasaki easily penetrates Yukimura’s defence to defeat her. Mataemon Araki is faster, more powerful and strikes Sen out with a single blow. Inshun Houzoin binds and absorbs Muneakira’s essence. There are chains over his arms and this is a sign that his General powers have been sealed. It will become permanent if he doesn’t do something about it. In the end he will lose all his General abilities and never wield a sword again. They will wait for 1 month for them to bring the real Juubei to them. Muneakira admits defeat that they are not strong to beat them. The curse is real and it seems he can’t even hold his sword. They really need the other Juubei. Next day, they are surprised that Musashi returns. Hey, nobody said she couldn’t come back as a customer, right? Besides, she didn’t pay yesterday’s bill. It’s going to be hefty since Kanetsugu’s bill costs a bomb. But that was her own fault, right? And all because of money, they have to serve her as usual. Yeah. Musashi likes that Moe-Moe-Kyun-Kyun spell… Can you believe it? They lost to somebody like this. Don’t tell me they’ve gone weak.

Episode 2
Yukimura and Sen notice the Master Samurai seal on Juubei’s cleavage which proves that Muneakira’s General power still remains. They need Juubei to transform if they are to stand a chance with the Dark Samurais. There seems to be an intruder breaking in and only stealing Yukimura’s panties. She is somewhat happy and happier if the culprit is Muneakira. What makes her think it’s him? He has been journeying alone for so long and deprived of female contact and so when he returns, his horniness takes control. Some theory. Sen does not approve of it and in the event if it’s true, she’ll dance naked in front of everyone. Better hope it isn’t true. So while Yukimura hatches her plan to seduce Muneakira, Sen tries to find out where Muneakira keeps the stolen panties in hopes to clear his name. So far so good. When Matabei is doing the laundry, she senses something steal Yukimura’s panties she is about to wash. Muneakira stumbles upon a funny looking monkey outside and since it is hungry, invites the monkey to eat some fruits. Matabei reports to Yukimura and this leads them to think this is an inside job. Because Matabei’s smelling sense is like a dog, Yukimura makes her small her panties so she can sniff out where the perpetrator is. Muneakira notices the monkey’s bag and opens it to find panties. Yeah. That’s when the girls come in and misinterpret the situation. Muneakira the panty thief? The monkey tries to escape in the midst of the chaos but was caught. Yukimura recognizes it as Sasuke Sarutobi. Before she and Matabei left for the academy, Sasuke tried to follow but was banished. Sasuke is the one who is stealing all the panties because she was desperate to see them and had to stave off her loneliness and resort to stealing. Ironically, Juubei is the only one who can understand monkey language. I guess they are familiar in that sense. But Juubei doesn’t make a good translator since her Japanese isn’t so good. Back to square one. Sasuke found this place when she was lost in the graveyard and a girl (Inshun) pointed the direction.

Kanetsugu is one unhappy girl. Because this place is not enough for 2 pets! Yeah. The dog and the monkey. So she admits she’s a dog? They become great nemesis. And you thought cats and dogs were natural enemies, huh? But Sasuke proves to be ‘smarter’ than Kanetsugu and manages to get the dog to get all riled up. When Musashi visits the cafe again, Kanetsugu is bent on showing she is the number one maid. She didn’t realize Sasuke stole her panties so Kanetsugu flashed her naked butt at Musashi!!! Late that night, Sasuke tries to leave the place because she overheard Yukimura concerned about their living expenses. If Sasuke stays, their food expenses will increase and they are already in the red zone without the monkey. But Sasuke bumps into Juubei and Muneakira. Juubei can tell she is leaving and doesn’t want her to. Kanetsugu heard the ruckus and won’t allow the monkey to leave after that humiliation and have a score to settle. She manhandles the monkey and throws her back into the dojo so Muneakira tries to catch it but trips and falls into the pond. At the same time, his lips meet with Sasuke’s and the monkey transforms into her human version of Master Samurai! Unbelievable! Hanzou confirms her Master Samurai attributes and this proves Muneakira’s powers are still working. Thanks to Sasuke, their maid business thrives because all the girls are flocking over to see this cute Sasuke. Whether in human or monkey form, they love her! Kanetsugu is sulking as she is worried she will be kicked out at this rate. But if she has time to sulk and slack off, might as well take a first class ride back to her hometown! Get your ass moving!

Episode 3
Kanetsugu comes up with a maid competition. The one that generates the highest revenue will be number one and the lowest one must leave the dojo. Obviously, a ploy to kick out Sasuke because she is confident she is still a monkey. Easy victory? That’s just in theory because Sasuke is clearly leading the competition! Not only Kanetsugu is in dead last but her score is negative!!! Don’t blame cheat codes or anything! Kanetsugu spies on the rest and they are doing relatively well. At this rate, she fears she’ll be the one sent packing. Thinking it is because Sasuke had Master Samurai powers, Kanetsugu plans to seduce Muneakira. That’s one hideous makeup she put on. She creeps in only to hear something disheartening. Despite the increase in sales, they are still making losses because of Kanetsugu! She is the root of the problem as Sen and Yukimura point out. Every time she screws up, the deficit increases. They can’t afford to keep her any longer. Muneakira doesn’t think so. He views her as one of them and came up with this competition to save this dojo. That’s why they can’t afford to lose such great comrade. Touching. After he leaves, Kanetsugu continues to eavesdrop the girls. They know how Kanetsugu thinks and can guess she is planning to become Master Samurai. When her cover is blown, they tell her not to do stupid things that put them into more debt. The truth hurts. And it must be really hurt deep inside because Kanetsugu is not reacting back with her idiotic behaviour. And so Kanetsugu packs her stuffs and leaves. Sasuke sees this and follows her. The rest realize Kanetsugu is gone for good not only she isn’t to be found anywhere, the dog kennel she lives in is also missing! They go in search for her and hope Sasuke is with her seeing the monkey is not around too.

I’m not sure if Kanetsugu got lost but she bumps into Mataemon who seems to be exuding some blood thirsty evil aura. She is going to kill Kanetsugu but Sasuke transforms to fend her off. Muneakira and Juubei see banana peels and realize Sasuke must have left tracks for them to follow. Sasuke’s transformation is limited so Kanetsugu has to fight back herself. Unfortunately her hammer broke when she charges straight in. She gets beaten up so that Sasuke could escape. It’s not that Sasuke really wanted to escape, it’s just to bring Muneakira and Juubei for help. By the time they arrive, Mataemon has thrown Kanetsugu into the river. Muneakira dives in to bring her back up. However she is not breathing. He becomes frantic trying to revive her via CPR while Juubei and Sasuke try to hold off Mataemon who is slowly inching closer. Kanetsugu could hear Muneakira’s voice and feel his tears. The mouth to mouth resuscitation is like a kiss, right? And finally it is this joker’s turn to become Master Samurai! Believe it! With her new powers, Kanetsugu is able to go head on with Mataemon. In the end, Mataemon is awakened from her spell so she lets her off the hook by letting them live. And Kanetsugu was so confident she smashed her into a pancake. Ah look. Her new hammer is totally smashed. When the other girls arrive, they are shocked to see Kanetsugu’s transformation. Sen and Yukimura are not pleased Muneakira has kissed her. But that’s due to circumstances, right? A kiss is still a kiss. Kanetsugu’s transformation proves that she still trusts him. Everyone returns home and this means Kanetsugu too. Yes. The dojo is her home. Where would the fun be without the resident idiot?

Episode 4
Kojirou is not pleased that Musashi continues to patron True Shadows and warns her about losing sight of their goal. Yukimura is happy business is making profit but due to the opening of another maid cafe nearby, they need to hire another maid. However Gisen is back! And she wants to be employed! She assures them that Amakusa will not be resurrected at least for another 100 years and has some rather useful information for them. As we all know about Master Samurai, there is also something called Samurai Bride AKA the Sword Princess. It is the most powerful samurai ever and only one can inherit that. However she is not sure of the methods to become one. Though Juubei is willing to accept her, Muneakira can’t easily trust her seeing the last events how she manipulated them with her Evil Eye. Gisen easily unties herself from Hanzou’s S&M knots and will leave. Since they can’t have a dangerous person walking around freely, I guess they accept her employment. She is made to stay in an annex building with Juubei gladly guarding outside. That night, she has Juubei call Yukimura. She thinks she knows a way to become a Samurai Bride and views her as the most suitable one. Maker herself bustier. And so Yukimura starts drinking milk. Can she finish all that? Net, Gisen calls for Sen and tells her the same thing but this time the thing she needs is spirit and endurance. Sen undergoes Hanzou’s S&M training. Lastly Kanetsugu is summoned and is told she needs to do something more than just kissing. She got so embarrassed on what that next step is that her dog kennel exploded! As we all could have guessed, it is Gisen’s ploy to see which of those methods are correct. Or will the General hold the final decision? Juubei also wants to help out so Gisen gives her a task to practice her swings in secret 10,000 times.

Next morning, True Shadow is closed because our Master Samurais were up doing their ‘training’. Muneakira is surprised Yukimura is busty, Sen is elegant while Kanetsugu waltzes in with nothing but her panties! They are trying to seduce him but end up fighting with each other when Kanetsugu spins Sen and unveils Yukimura’s fake boobs. Yeah. There’s no way they could have gone that big overnight. It’s such a sorry state that after getting out of the red, now they’re back in it. Because True Shadow is closed, the customers are upset for waiting so long in line and some don’t even want to come again. Kojirou sees Musashi visiting again despite her warning and vows to kill Juubei. Muneakira goes to see how Gisen is doing but falls into her trap as she tries to seduce him. Sen and Yukimura get their stories straight and realize they have been had by Gisen. They enter the annex and misinterpret Muneakira may be doing something funny to her. Gisen was this close in verifying his General strength. Wink, wink. Of course she flees as she notes she still failed to verify his ability. Kojirou approaches Juubei who is now 9,500 swings and counting. Kojirou mentions she will kill her and puts on her visor that hypnotizes Juubei to die by falling down the stairs. Luckily she is saved by Gisen and snapped out of her spell. Kojirou is surprised to see her alive and not too happy Gisen is on Juubei’s side. Gisen threatens to use her Evil Eye and test to see which of their abilities is stronger. Kojirou escapes seeing Muneakira is coming into the picture. When the other Master Samurai girls arrive to give their piece of mind to Gisen, she suddenly apologizes like a guilt ridden girl. Is she putting up an act? They can’t tell. But they find out she saved Juubei and her punishment will be to work really hard at the cafe. Muneakira concludes she must have lost he Evil Eye because she could have used it but didn’t. He doesn’t think her Samurai Bride theory is a lie and was just using them to test out different methods. She is after all planning to be Amakusa’s Samurai Bride. Sen and Yukimura turn their attention to Muneakira asking him which one of them he should choose to become Samurai Bride. Certainly not a monkey or dog, right? Of course he can’t answer that and runs away.

Episode 5
Hanzou hosts the first ever M-1 Grand Prix, a competition between maid cafes and the finalists are True Shadow (consist of Sen, Yukimura, Juubei and Gisen) and Kengo Restuden that consists of the Dark Samurai quartet. Flashback reveals that True Shadow is experiencing slow business due to the mushrooming of many maid cafes. Muneakira thought this would be last on their list to participate but Gisen had an idea that by joining and winning would increase their popularity. So with 128 teams in the fray and with matches ranging from the norm of cooking and studying to the ridiculous such as plate spinning (is this a circus?) and sleeping (WTF), the event is narrowed down to 2 teams. Of course there is a reason how those 2 got there. Because Yoshihiko gave permission to use his name and left them in charge of organizing it, Sen and Yukimura used all means necessary to attain easy victory. They also locked up that troublemaker (read: that dog) so she won’t cause any trouble (I guess that’s why she’s not part of the team). However she causes a stir when she comes flying in for being left out but flopped of course. Thank Sasuke for bringing that idiot away. As for the Dark Samurais, they decided to participate because Musashi felt Juubei emanating her own energy. She didn’t felt it at first but her frequent visits showed she had something. That’s why they will participate to find out. Although Sen and Yukimura receive their application, their plan to approve is so that they could observe their abilities. Hanzou is supposed to wait for the right timing to press the button so that the match ups will be advantageous to them. However Kanetsugu interrupted the show slightly. She lost count and they end up in unfavourably line ups. There goes Yukimura’s strategic planning. Matabei has been tasked to record everything from the sidelines. The first match is capture the flag and pits Inshun against Gisen. At first it may seem like True Shadow’s easy victory with Gisen making a fast dash. But she went to secure Muneakira’s ‘stick’ instead! Cool Inshun captures the flag and wins it. And Muneakira gets blamed for sabotaging…

The blindfold battle has Kojirou up against Sen. They must traverse a field with mines to smash a watermelon while having their visions covered. Sen trips at first go. Kojirou easily avoids all the bombs and cuts up the watermelon nicely. Sen thought she eventually hit the watermelon but it was Muneakira’s head. How on Earth? With 2 losses, Sen uses her dirty trick by using a voiceover as Yoshihiko that the next match will be awarded 4 points. Mataemon will take on Yukimura in an endless hula hoop battle. The first one to drop loses. Yukimura teases Mataemon she is not fast enough so the latter spins faster till everybody flies away. I guess True Shadow lost again, huh? With the last match left, once again Sen abuses her authority to make an announcement as Yoshihiko that the last match will get 8 points. All the earlier matches didn’t matter, eh? Besides, there is no crowd. Either they got blown away or walked away due to the ridiculousness of everything. So in this sword battle, Musashi and Juubei must not only fight each other but avoid traps planted in the area. It got off to a bad start when, you guessed it, Kanetsugu rushes in and accidentally activates all the traps. Musashi slices and dices through all of them. Yeah. It felt all the traps were aimed towards Musashi, eh? Once the idiot is taken off by some tentacle squid, Musashi has had enough of this farce and will be getting serious. Muneakira jumps in to concede defeat so Juubei doesn’t have to fight but Musashi isn’t listening. She hits him away and this causes Juubei to get upset. So mad that she emits a deadly aura. This is what Musashi has been waiting for. They collide and it leaves a huge crater in the sand. Musashi walks away and concedes defeat since she has finished her business here. She hopes Juubei will regain her full power by the deadline. And so M-1 Grand Prix is won by the unlikely Team True Shadow! After all the tricks and string pulling, it’s not hard to see why.

Episode 6
Some pretty babe is giving the Dark Samurais a worth of their money. They can’t touch her and her boobs fetish is getting to them. Just when they are about to get serious, she escapes via her badass bike. Kanetsugu is appalled that True Shadow is closed! What gives?! Didn’t she hear last night’s meeting? Yukimura calculated that they have cleared their debts from M-1 Grand Prix’s winning prize money and thus no more reason to continue this cafe. Kanetsugu is not going to accept that but wasn’t she there are the meeting too? I guess she was spacing out and not listening. That’s her problem, right? Also, last night they had a meeting about ki training. Apparently when Matabei showed the footages of the Dark Samurais, they exerted lots of ki energy. It is a reason why they are holding such immense power. Juubei too did emit such ki during the final moments but perhaps she was doing it unconscious. The problem is now learning how to use it if they’re going to defeat the Dark Samurais. They heard this Keiji Maeda of Yonezawa is a great ki master and looking through the records she was once a student of this academy. Since she hates men, a reason why Muneakira didn’t find her during his journey. Yukimura orders Matabei to track and bring back Keiji here since she has a very keen sense of smell and will not be fooled with the master of disguise as well. Instead of waiting, the rest will train and do whatever they can. Kanetsugu can’t take this crap and throws a tantrum but when Muneakira touches her to calm her down, she blasts him away into the sky. So as the gang begin their ki training first with meditation, sour puss Kanetsugu starts sabotaging by pouring slipper oil. If this is what breaks their concentration, they are just no good, right? Only Juubei takes her seriously. Next is the bath but the water is hot. Again, sore loser Kanetsugu is the one behind this. Can stand the heat, ladies? Only Juubei endures it. Then when they meditate under the waterfall, Kanetsugu drops the logs! While the rest ran for their lives, Juubei is the only one standing in place and because of that all the logs miss her.

Fearing the loser will do something to the dojo, they rush back and need to get to her. Sen sends Hanzou in first and she falls for an obvious trap. Shameful. Muneakira wants to sincerely apologize. Had he not listen to Juubei’s warning to duck, he would have gotten a sucker punch in his face when he opened the door. Juubei accompanies Muneakira into the dojo and it seems she can sense all the traps. When they reach Kanetsugu, dog girl is not happy Juubei is the only one who worked diligently. Kanetsugu says she was helping them out with their ki training. Then they realize this Kanetsugu feels different. She is not the loser they know and is more arrogant. Matabei suddenly returns. She couldn’t find Keiji in Yonezawa and followed her scent back to this dojo. Can you guess it already? They say Keiji is a master of disguise, right? Kanetsugu will prove to Muneakira the benefits of her training as she makes Juubei kiss Muneakira. In that instant, Juubei turns into her Master Samurai and other alter ego. Keiji unveils herself disguising as Kanetsugu. The real one is locked up in the storeroom like a real loser. That’s more like it. Oops. She is here because she saw their M-1 Grand Prix victory and wanted to have cute maids fawn all over her only to find it closed. She notes their way of practising ki was wrong but was hilarious to watch. Muneakira thanks her but accidentally touches her so Keiji sends him flying through the roof. After the real Kanetsugu is brought out, Keiji hopes she would forgive her childhood friend. She has to otherwise she might tell an embarrassing episode about their past. Juubei assures that despite her change in appearance, she has been with everyone since the start and did not lose her memories. She will also not lose her memories if she returns to her normal form. When she says onii-chan, it gives everyone the shivers. Yeah. The goofy Juubei sounds cuter when she calls him that. In order not to waste and drain the ki powers, Juubei is advised to turn back to normal. However she can’t. This could be another problem.

Episode 7
Keiji throws a big party. Why? First she records Yukimura transform into Master Samurai. In the footage, she points out that she has already been gathering ki when she transforms. But the problem is when she reverts back to normal. How do they do that? Not too sure. When the fight is over, they just transform back. Keiji points out gathering ki is difficult but releasing is easy. Therefore the party is to help relax and release ki. But in Juubei’s case, she is like a bike on full throttle and a little training to master her ki is required. She’ll teach the girls but not the guy. He can watch though. First, they are made to wear naked apron. There must be some deep significance, right? Nope. It’s just her fetish. Keiji has them undergo retraining of their earlier methods starting off with balancing on a ball. Kanetsugu didn’t like how Keiji is stealing the spotlight and tries to interrupt but backfires. That’s the loser we all know. Same case for the soaking in hot water. Kanetsugu throws in coal but Keiji hits it out back at her. While meditating underneath the waterfall, Kanetsugu wanted to throw chestnuts but accidentally cut down the tree. The ladies are able to sense the ki and deflect the log as well as Kanetsugu. Yeah. She’s the one with the strange ki. Muneakira secretly does his training when Gisen tries to seduce him. But he wants to seriously train together with her as he knows she has something to regain. The Dark Samurais learn of Keiji’s identity as well as her current location at the dojo. Because they also learn the return of the real Juubei, they start making their move.

Juubei excels in her training that her ki is magnificent. But when she tries to undo it, it backfires and causes her discomfort. There is only one way to solve this. Keep pouring your own ki into it. Though this is just to buy time while she tries to control it and in worst case scenario, both of them may lose their lives. Because Muneakira is her General, it is obvious he will stake his life for her. He starts putting his ki into her but it’s not enough. Sen and Yukimura want to help but were told to stay out as they have not mastered their ki and will drain it instead. Keiji will help give a push. Even though she hates men, she likes idiots like him. Keiji may have given a little too much of her ki because she feels weakened but Muneakira feels a great flow of ki flowing through his body. She goes outside to take a breather but in actual fact is to stop the Dark Samurais from getting close to the dojo. They can sense she is weak and do not want any business with her. Despite getting beaten to a pulp, Keiji did not give up and keeps them bust to prevent them from closer. Muneakira is at his limit so Sen and Yukimura suggest he kiss Juubei because that is his General power. When he does, Juubei felt his warmth as well as the duo’s warmth. She is able to regain her power. Musashi is furious when she senses Juubei’s powerful ki gone. She wants to fight her now but was told they had a promised deadline. Even so Juubei is weak and not near her powerful self that defeated Amakusa. If she wants to fight her at full strength, come back another time. Musashi and co leave disappointed and hope by then Juubei will build up her strength. Next morning, the gang wants to give Keiji a feast as thanks but she has already left. It seems her job to teach them about ki is done. Because she loves this country and would do anything to protect it even if it means training those idiots.

Episode 8
When Yukimura and Matabei are walking back at night, they are attacked by a mysterious phantom exuding lots of ki energy. The phantom’s ki is powerful enough to paralyze them and it is looking for some Chingo Stone. But thanks to Inshun’s discreet intervention of light blasts, the phantom retreats. Back at the dojo, Matabei feels sad that she is weak and not able to help Yukimura when it needed most. Hanzou understands her feelings. They fear that if they cannot defeat the Dark Samurais, the curse on Muneakira’s arms would mean he won’t be able to keep the dojo and will leave. This will cause a cascading effect to the rest to leave and no one will be left. They vow to get stronger. Muneakira discuses with the rest about this mysterious attacker whom they believed has been terrorizing the streets too. They think it is the Dark Samurais since its appearance were around the same time Dark Samurais appear but Yukimura doesn’t think so as its ki felt different. Juubei and Sasuke are training at the waterfall when Sasuke notices the crows watching them. They follow it and it leads them to Inshun. Since goofy Juubei had no reason to fight, they become friends and go on an outing that includes having a nice view of Mt Fuji, praying at the shrine, taking fortunes and feeding pigeons. Inshun can’t help smile. Who wouldn’t? Especially with Juubei and Sasuke reduced to being monkeys (okay, so the latter is one), how could you not laugh when even the pigeon purposely farts at them?! At the end of the day, Juubei gives Inshun a charm. She hopes once the battle is over, they can still be good friends. Why not continue to be friends?

Hanzou and Matabei talk about the possibility if Muneakira married their master. What would their relationship be then? It would be more like master-servant relationship. But they believe he will be a reliable guy. Then they see Muneakira telepathically talking to Sen and Yukimura. Because they have controlled their ki, they are able to use Wave Motion Spirit Vision Technique and able to communicate with each other with ease. Midnight, they plan to capture the attacker. Except for Kanetsugu who is soundly asleep in her kennel. I think that’s the best. As they split into groups (Team A? Team K? Team B? AKB?! Seriously?), Sen is suspicious if Hanzou wants to become Samurai Bride. She denies and just feels frustrated at how weak she is. They come into contact with the phantom first. Sen’s arrogance got to her head. She thought she could be different than Yukimura but I guess she got paralyzed and almost tentacle raped too. The phantom noting she is the Tokugawa princess, thinks she knows where the Chingo Stone is and is going to make her tell. Hanzou’s attack was ineffective and had to be saved by Muneakira. When everyone gathers, a bright light once again forces the phantom to retreat and leave no trace of its ki. Hanzou is on the verge of breaking down because she thought she could have lost Sen for good then. Juubei thought she saw Inshun at a distance. They think she is the mysterious attacker.

Episode 9
The attacker’s identity is revealed: Mataemon. However she has no memories when she turned into a phantom whenever she reverts back. Yoshihiko’s priests are almost there fixing the barrier. Only a few more days till it is fully restored. Nia reports to him that Sen is asking for information regarding the Chingo Stone but is told to ignore her. She doesn’t need to know it. As pointed out, the Chingo Stone was damaged during the battle against Amakusa and it caused the return of the Dark Samurais. Muneakira discusses with the rest about the attacker’s intention for the Chingo Stone. Because Inshun is the main suspect, this doesn’t sit well with Juubei. Hanzou and Matabei are in their own training. To kiss each other? Well, it didn’t work out. Sad. Then comes in the pest. Oh no. Kanetsugu. She’s bragging to them about becoming Master Samurai and will gladly teach them. Because Hanzou and Matabei are too deep in their fantasies about kissing Muneakira, they unwittingly take out on Kanetsugu. Judo throw! Backbone crusher! I guess in a way she deserves it. Juubei is sulking by herself when she meets Musashi. Telling her about how Inshun has become a prime suspect, Musashi assures she isn’t and if she is, she will beat her up real good. Because the battle with her is all that matters. Kojirou sees Mataemon turning into a phantom and decides to follow it to see what it does. Muneakira and the rest have another strategic meeting to find the attacker. Musashi senses a great evil aura and is appalled to see Inshun. If she had only make it clear that she wasn’t the attacker, Musashi wouldn’t have engaged in a sword battle with her. Why oh why couldn’t she just say it? With reports that the attacker is within the vicinity, Muneakira and co move out. They find it nearby in the woods and it is looking for Sen. Hanzou wanted to be a hero and initiates the first attack. Futile. She got captured. Now that she is a hostage, Sen hesitated in charging straight and got captured too.

The phantom looks into Sen’s memories for clues of the Chingo Stone. Sen remembers that during the aftermath of the battle with Amakusa, she heard Yoshihiko talking on the phone about some damaged barrier and Chingo Stone. When he realized she was around, he stopped talking. Muneakira is at a lost so Matabei wants him to kiss her and make her his Master Samurai. Finally after all this time, Matabei has turned into a Master Samurai with a giant brush-cum-spear as her power up weapon! She frees Hanzou but Sen is still in the phantom’s grasp. While Matabei is fighting it, Hanzou wants Muneakira to turn her into a Master Samurai. And finally all the girls in the harem have finally upgraded their status to Master Samurai! Hanzou has more power on her data and relays the exact moment when to attack the phantom. Of course Hanzou’s shuriken also powers up and deals a great deal of damage. Inshun was distracted by that loud crashing battle so it allowed Musashi to somewhat defeat her. Although Inshun escaped and this proves she is not the culprit. Everyone is surprised to see Mataemon but she doesn’t know why she is here. Kojirou takes her away. Next morning, the gang discuss that although Inshun may not be the phantom, because the other Dark Samurai was involved, she could still have a hand in it. Trying to put the puzzle pieces together, Gisen voices her opinion. The battle is just an excuse for the Dark Samurais to stay at this dojo. Their real goal is the Chingo Stone. She suspects their ultimate goal is to destroy the stone which acts as a barrier to protect Japan, which will allow them to wipe this country off the map.

Episode 10
Kojirou confronts the phantom at the grave. She wants to know why the Dark Samurais were resurrected, though the phantom does not want to tell her and orders her to just eliminate their enemies. Kanetsugu is yapping and blowing her top for being left out of some top secret meeting despite her status elevated to Master Samurai. STFU, woman. Matabei ‘puts her to sleep’. Muneakira, Juubei, Yukimura and Sen are called to see Yoshihiko. Since it has come to this stage, there is no harm in revealing the secrets of Chingo Stone. If Japan was a human body, it is filled with ki. The country is stable when ki flows normally but when disrupted, there will be natural disasters and wars. To stabilize that flow of ki, that is where the Chingo Stone comes in. It serves as a point where all the ki converges. It is located at the foot of Mt Fuji. Of course some people do not want peace and try to damage the stone. That is why throughout history, humans fought each other with their silly wars. Blame the stone? Amakusa has been a habitual offender trying to damage it many times. Since Japan came close to destruction during World War, the Tokugawa government has ordered a special barrier around it and its central core lies in Buou Academy. It keeps away enemies and as long the barrier is intact, the Chingo Stone will be safe. Because of their last battle with Amakusa, he was smart enough to use Gisen and entered the academy in a pure state, bypassing the barrier unharmed and resurrecting from within. Although the plan failed, damage had been done to the stone and Juubei partly had a hand to play in that too. Because of the damage, it also resurrected ghosts (that phantom) harbouring grudges against the Tokugawa. It has tried possessing humans, animals and reanimating corpse but thanks to Nia, they have been kept at bay. Till recently they did a final attempt by resurrecting 4 of history’s most power samurai. Yup. The Dark Samurais. Their goals are to destroy Yoshihiko, destroy the Chingo Stone and bring chaos. When Nia fought them, she and her army were no match. Musashi thought Nia had defeated the most powerful Master Samurai but Nia as instructed by Yoshihiko when she is backed to the corner, to reveal Juubei’s name as the most powerful Master Samurai. That’s why they showed up at the dojo. But this is to buy time while the barrier is being healed. Yoshihiko would’ve been more grateful had they bought him one more day. Because the barrier is scheduled to complete on the day of their battle. Though it was sheer luck that had them postponed the battle (Musashi’s fixation on fighting Juubei at full power).

At the same time, the phantom tells Kojirou all this and reveals why it possessed Mataemon to do the job. Because she is easier to manipulate compared to Musashi or Kojirou. Plus, Mataemon’s body had some mechanical alterations. As for Inshun, she is just an empty vessel. So the plan now for our heroes is to carry on with their promise and just win their match. Because once the barrier is fully repaired, the ghost will be immobilized and cannot lend its strength to the Dark Samurais. Of course Yukimura needs something to assure their victory and it’s every information on becoming Samurai Bride. Yoshihiko will arrange for every document to be sent to the dojo. When Musashi returns, she sees Kojirou shell shocked. She tells her the truth. When the phantom released Mataemon from its possession, Mataemon was aware and heard everything. She did not repent and liked how her new mechanical body functioned and went off to find the Chingo Stone. She had a pretty good idea where it is since she entered Sen’s mind. Kojirou asks Musashi if she prefers a world of peace or war. She doesn’t care as long as she can fight the strongest. With 2 more days to the decisive battle, everyone enters their own training. Muneakira still can’t lift a sword while Yukimura uses her speed reading to read up on all the details. Kanetsugu is training hard too. Train hard to eat more rice! Finally Yukimura summons everyone and has deciphered the requirements to become a Samurai Bride. Before that, Kanetsugu deservingly gets a kick through the wall because she starts gloating how she’ll be the one, blah, blah, blah. STFU, woman! Anyway, there are multiple requirements to be one. First, there must be at least 7 Master Samurais who have made a pact with the General. Oh lucky. They just got that number. Don’t forget Sasuke! Funnily, I thought they should be forgetting to include Kanetsugu instead of the monkey ;p. Second requirement: All must share a strong bond and trust and must focus on the one intended to become the Samurai Bride. They then must all pour their ki into her and channel it via the General. This is the tricky part. What happens when one is drained of all ki? Not only the Master Samurai would lose their abilities, the General’s life will be in danger. There are cases of death when trying this out. In short, when a Samurai Bride is born, the rest dies. Just great. I didn’t know becoming a bride is such a life and death thingy. Oh wait… There may be some truth in that… Oops…

Episode 11
The death of Generals in such attempts is a reason why there aren’t many around these days. But they have to give it a shot since they have an important match tomorrow. But have they chosen who to be the Samurai Bride? Oh Kanetsugu, please don’t say it’s you! And can somebody please shut that joker up?! Thank you Matabei. Thank you Hanzou. Anyway to be the Samurai Bride, it is only stated that the appropriate person will be chosen at the appropriate time. I can guess who that is. In the mean time, they have to test it out. All the Master Samurais channel their ki through Muneakira but he feels immense pain so they are forced to stop. Inshun returns to Musashi at the graveyard. She is not here to settle their match but gives a talisman that will undo Muneakira’s curse. Mataemon is outside the cave mouth and thinks this is where the Chingo Stone is. Because there are lots of guards. Kojirou stops her and won’t let her do this alone (Inshun was supposed to watch over Mataemon but ran off somewhere). Besides, this is not where the stone is. It’s just a trap. Using her visors, she locates the real entrance and they make their charge. Yoshihiko receives report of intruders so Nia will go face them to buy time. Though she is not in tip top condition, she is grateful to have served him and have no regrets if she dies. Kojirou and Mataemon start hitting the Chingo Stone. Meanwhile Musashi alone goes to face Muneakira and his Master Samurais. Suddenly the sky turns dark. This is what happens when 0.1mm crack is on the Chingo Stone?! Wow. Everyone thought Musashi played dirty and broke her promise but from her reaction, she is unaware what her comrades are doing and is in shock. Musashi laments she is being used and wants to undo Muneakira’s curse but Juubei (the alter ego one) provokes her to fight her. This is what she is here for, right? Juubei chose to fight because last night’s meeting, she deduces the Dark Samurais were chosen not just on their power but their strong lingering regrets. She wants to purge them of those.

While Muneakira supports Juubei, the other Master Samurais rush to protect the Chingo Stone. Kojirou and Mataemon continue to hit it but Inshun stands in their way. Nia evens the odds but Kojirou unleashes Mataemon’s true power as the latter runs rampage and takes out Inshun. The duo then gang up on Nia. Before Nia can meet her fate, Gisen intervenes. She uses her Evil Eye on them but they escaped. When the Master Samurai arrive (no Kanetsugu, they escaped not because they sense you), they conclude they are going to destroy the regenerating barrier. Speaking of which, it is 99.9% complete and one more hour. So far… Feels like an eternity. The phantom feels it is time for resurrection. It gives Musashi a surge of power, enough to blast away Juubei and Muneakira. Musashi tries to fight against it. All she cares about is her fight with Juubei. The phantom burns away the talisman. Musashi says if she cannot have a fair fight, she will kill herself. Before she can do that, Keiji deflects her sword. She tells Muneakira to blow the curse away with his ki. Why didn’t he think of this? It was so much easier?! Muneakira is back to normal but the good news is overshadowed by a bigger bad news. Keiji feels a large evil mass of ki and it is starting to move. The phantom summons all the begrudged spirits and absorbs into Inshun’s body. I guess that’s her role as an empty vessel is for. It also absorbs the other Dark Samurais as it turns into one big bad mother Dark Samurai Knight. Power off the scales!!! The monster is aiming to destroy the barrier but how long can our little Master Samurais hang in there?

Episode 12
Our Master Samurais are no match for the monster and got owned. However the monster didn’t finish them off because its main goal is to destroy the barrier. Though the Master Samurais are okay, Gisen and Nia are missing. So it’s a race to stop the monster. Estimated time for the barrier to be 100% complete: 20 minutes. Estimated time till it breaches through all the defensive barriers of the academy: 13 minutes. You do the math. But that’s no reason to give up, right? Our Master Samurais do all they can to stop the monster. However it proves futile. It begins with Hanzou. She died while trying to protect Sen who blindly charged straight towards it. Then while she is weeping for her not to die, she got killed by the monster. Their bodies are also being absorbed. Then the rest of the Master Samurais fall like flies. Sasuke, Kanetsugu, Matabei and finally Yukimura herself. Fallen and absorbed. Muneakira is so mad that his harem Master Samurais are killed off that he too charges blindly. Yup. He got stabbed. Had not Keiji intervened, he could’ve been a goner. Oh dear. Now it’s Juubei’s turn to get mad. She transforms into her other self and attacks but fails. She is inside the Chingo Stone, which is acting as the monster’s heart. She is happy to see Inshun but the latter wants her to kill and free them. She doesn’t want to be used anymore. Juubei can’t go on because Muneakira is gone but Inshun assures he is still alive. Juubei is purged out and sees Keiji pouring all her ki to bring Muneakira back to life. Juubei wonders if becoming a Samurai Bride can stop the monster but Keiji has her doubts. If it was, why is the title Bride instead of King or Great? She is sceptical that the powers are only those of a bride. I guess for those staying single won’t know the power of getting married, huh? Haha… Juubei doesn’t want to be left alone but Keiji says only they are the ones who can stop it. Four minutes till the barrier’s completion. And three minutes till all the defence are broken down. Oohh… So close… Is that estimate accurate or not? Don’t give Yoshihiko a heart attack!

Juubei’s tears awaken Muneakira. He thought they should get out now but Juubei says Inshun told her how to defeat it. Destroy the core and free the begrudged souls. They kiss and power up. The monster is annoyed by the umpteenth time at those obstructers but now it has Yoshihiko to deal with. He is the last line of defence. Muneakira and Yagyuu enter the core and realize Inshun has been possessed. But they are not going to get absorbed by it yet. Shortly, the other Master Samurais converge. Their mind is too strong that the monster couldn’t absorb them. Juubei didn’t come here to fight but to save everyone. How will they do that without fighting? Beats me. But they all trust Juubei to do her stuff. Everyone pours their ki into Muneakira and he channels it to Juubei. Looks like it is decided. She’ll be the Samurai Bride. Though Muneakira in white may look like a groom, I just thought Juubei didn’t look anywhere near like a bride. Besides her hair being white, she has got fox ears and a badass rocket booster. The duo shoot their light enlightenment at the core. Kojirou and Mataemon try to stop them but felt the calmness of the light and are freed. Inshun and the rest of the begrudged souls are also purged by the light. But the monster is not done yet. Although back in its phantom form, it has saved an ace up its sleeve. Using Musashi, it is going to rid Juubei once and for all. I guess they both get to clash after all. So Juubei and Musashi have their destructive power battle (at least it doesn’t turn black and white like last season’s battle finale with Juubei and Gisen) and in the end Juubei triumphs with Purified Ascension move that also frees Musashi. The barrier is repaired and stability returns to all of Japan. What a great relief. Made it in time. Phew. Good job everybody. And now for some more good news. Remember last season how Juubei sacrificed herself, died but descended from the sky alive? Now it is role reversed because the other Master Samurais are descending from heaven and given a second shot at life. Happy reunion, everyone is happy. Even Gisen and Nia are shown to be alive and well, resting somewhere. Lastly, before you can say, “Oh no!! There is a little crack in the Chingo Stone that is getting bigger!!!”, cheeky Sasuke slaps the talisman to seal it for good. That’s a wrap. Ukki!

Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Maids
Well, I thought that they were going to be samurai-cum-maids for the rest of the season. That only lasted halfway and after True Shadow closed down, I thought it would be temporary and would come back up right at the end after some farce. Heh. How did I even come up with that idea. At least it was fun while it lasted. How low can a samurai go and even use the dojo as collateral to operate a maid cafe? Thankfully they didn’t go bust because they might have to do hara kiri for bringing shame and failure to the school and family name. So after True Shadow shuts down for good, the story picks up pace and gets a little more serious with the revelation of the Chingo Stone and the mysterious phantom that just wants to destroy Japan after the first half which seem pretty much like ‘fooling around’. I guess you need some sort of antagonist for this season since Amakusa won’t be waking up from his slumber for a century. And I don’t think it would be possible too if somebody aligned to him would use some fast forward spell to wake him up so soon. Unless Muneakira and his Master Samurais live for the next 100 years, it is safe to say that they won’t be facing Amakusa ever again, right? That will be the next generation to figure out and handle as well.

So I guess for this season, everything was rather okay. Nothing that spectacular. It gives another reason for our heroes to battle evil and save Great Japan once more from another threat. Mostly the characters from the previous season from what I can say remain the same and didn’t change that much. Although there are some that I noticed such as Hanzou who doesn’t display much of her S&M nature as much as I can remember she did in the last season. She still is one but it isn’t obvious here. Juubei remains the carefree and child-like Master Samurai and even though she is still goofy but not as goofy as I find her to be. Is it because I have gotten used to her ways? As of course the most amusing one still goes to Kanetsugu. True to her role as a comic relief and joker, she can even be her haughty self even in times of pinch and seriousness! It is hard to love her and at the same time it is hard to hate her. But it’s not hard to always laugh at her and the punishment she gets as retribution. That’s why even if she is the target of ridicule or even often ignored by the rest, it is hard to kick her out of the group because otherwise, who else would they beat up and vent their frustration? Okay, perhaps they would not have been so annoyed had not Kanetsugu show her stupidity but look at it on a positive side. She’s trying to cheer everyone up. On second thought, maybe not. Maybe she’s just plain idiotic. And when Kanetsugu actually went into depression and tried to leave, I don’t know, funny I felt my heart sank! Honest! I didn’t really want her to leave too! It’s not that I really like her character but I guess I’m a sadistic wanting to see her in her comical ways. In that sense, she is useful, right? Bad me.

Adding Sasuke into the group felt like it was just because the group needed a pet mascot. Ever since Sasuke surprisingly became the fourth Master Samurai, the monkey’s presence felt lacking after that. It wasn’t as significant when she first appeared. I thought that since she can’t really stay long in her Master Samurai form, it is like a reason why she doesn’t join in on the action when the other Master Samurais go into action. With Keiji in the picture, I thought she too will be part of the harem but from her dominant looks, I don’t think she can stand having a man as her master. So she’s just more of a teacher and coach as far as this season is concerned. It still bugs me that with the training of ki, Muneakira can burst out from his curse. I know I said he should have done this from the start but he didn’t probably because he didn’t have the proper ki training. And perhaps he has mastered it unknowingly but the situation turned dire before he could try it out. Casting the Dark Samurais as the initial antagonist, something tells me that we’re not going to see one-on-one matches with the Master Samurais. True enough, the phantom becomes the main villain and used them for its goal. I mean, would it really be nice seeing babes like them lose? Besides, they may act and exude some deadly aura but they don’t look and have the cut to be villains in the first place. And best of all, Juubei gets to save and free their souls. So everything is not lost, eh?

Yoshihiko doesn’t exude that air of arrogance and intimidation that he was in the previous season. Sure, he still looks confident and reliable but maybe because we get to know him as the good guy, that superior exterior doesn’t feel like it is there. Besides, he is ‘kind’ enough to shed a tear or two when Muneakira and his Master Samurais got temporarily killed by the monster. He’s such a great and kind guy, eh? Just like him, I also feel Nia’s presence is quite lacking. She literally doesn’t do much as both their roles are confined in secretly trying to heal the barrier. Gisen felt like she didn’t make an impact. It’s like as though her appearance was just to remind us she is still around but not yet relevant. What is a girl got to do when her beloved Amakusa will only resurrect in 100 years’ time? I suppose bum around like a harmless girl. Heck, can she even live that long? And maybe in the meantime do seduce Muneakira a little here and there. I wonder how Gisen got her Evil Eye back. Unless you tell me it’s that secret training she did with Muneakira. So finally everyone in the Muneakira’s group gets to become Master Samurai except for Gisen. Although she isn’t officially part of the group, but you know, something tells me that she might become part of it despite asserting Juubei is hers, blah, blah, blah. After all, she is still trying to seduce Muneakira, right? Is it really to check out his abilities? Gisen being quite docile doesn’t feel right but I wouldn’t want her to go back to her antagonistic ways either. So maybe, just maybe in the future Gisen would give up becoming Amakusa’s ally and be Muneakira’s Master Samurai. It is unlikely but nobody saw Sasuke becoming his Master Samurai either.

One of the obvious aspects in last season was the fanservice and how those ink blots and strokes serve as censors for the series. For this season, I watched the uncensored version all the way so there are no more those annoying blotches popping up on the screen like as thought the artist had too much ink on his brush and accidentally spilled some all over the storyboard whenever those necessary fanservice scenes are being played. So for ecchi fans, you can revel in the tits galore and panty shots without all the irritating spots. However because of that, I have this feeling that the fanservice is not that much. I may be wrong because last season’s blot censors were too many and thus unconsciously I kept count on the fanservice scenes. No, I didn’t count the exact number of censors, mind you. So without those blotches, it is hard to tell if there were more or less or same amount of fanservice scenes since I wasn’t annoyed that much. And the way some of the girls dressed are obviously for fanservice purposes. Like Matabei still wears the most minimal cloth for her bottom and it makes you feel she is as close as wearing nothing. Then there is Mataemon who does not unbutton her top shirt and let it all loose from her cleavage down to her stomach and midriff. Of course, when Sasuke transforms into her Master Samurai form, the only reason I can think of why she can last no longer than 3 minutes is because she will be running around naked! It will obviously be too dangerous to let her go on for more than that duration, no? Another obvious fanservice point is the nearly-nearly full frontal nudity. You will see this quite a number of times. You see the girls before you naked from top to bottom. There are no censors to even cover that lower female anatomy. Is it because it is not ‘drawn’ at all? I don’t know. It is made to look very close to being hentai if that is the case.

Retaining the style of art and drawing from last time, it is still refreshing to see the water colour-like scenery and background after watching too many conventional Japanese anime art over the years has become somewhat saturated. It is still odd to see modern contraptions in feudal Japan and the mix of old and new devices still brings mix feelings of weird and cool. Of course who would have thought having a maid cafe theme for this season would look even weirder. I know Japanese invented the maid cafe concept but to think it existed this early…  I can imagine what kind of concepts and themes they will come up next if they ever make a sequel. As for the action part, they are still interesting and some to a point a little flashy. You can’t have plain moves when you have upgraded into Master Samurai, can’t you? So great the power of everything that it is amazing the city still stands after all that power destruction. It’s not easy to take down Great Japan and even so you have got to go through these protectors first. When we see the characters upgraded to Muneakira’s Master Samurai (or Samurai Bride in Juubei’s case) in this sequel, we only get to see their cool upgraded move once and that’s it. I know it will be a bore if they keep using the same move over and over again but because of that too, they aren’t really that memorable.

The next episode preview still provides an amusing watch. For example, Hanzou anticipating with glee the kind of title the next episode has that will lead to them becoming the next Master Samurai because in the past, whenever this certain word that pops up, there is a high chance that a Master Samurai will be born. Well, I never noticed. Then there’s one whereby Yukimura and Sen are concerned about their lack of screen time due to the bunch of many new characters. How to solve it? Eliminate existing ones! Guess who is the first on the hit list? Oh, Kanetsugu… Where are you… Hmm… Maybe that is why I felt some of the characters from the previous season lack any impact for this sequel. Then there is Sen making a simple blooper and thus insisting this preview to be re-recorded again and Yoshihiko wanting Nia to be part of his film. Not that she would agree with him since she fears the camera will suck her soul! For a Master Samurai that has vanquished spirits, she is afraid of some modern contraption?

All the last season’s cast were retained for this season. With new characters means new additions. Chinatsu Akasaki as Sasuke (Yasuna in Kill Me Baby, Chiwa in OreShura) must really have the easiest lines because the monkey doesn’t have any proper human speeches! But try going “Ukki! Ukki!” for the rest of the series. You’d go bananas. One thing I am ashamed of myself is that I was unable to recognize Mamiko Noto as Keiji!!! How did her heavenly voice slipped my auto-Mamiko’s-voice-detection?! Indeed she was putting on a lower voice but I should have at least recognized her. Hearing Keiji speak again, it is confirmed that it is really her voice behind the character! So ashamed… Even I could at least identify Haruka Tomatsu later on as Mataemon since she is putting on a lower voice like her other roles, Ranmaru of Binbougami Ga and Yuuka of Beelzebub. Shame on me indeed. Other new casts include Youko Hikasa as Musashi (Mio in K-ON!), Naomi Shindou as Kojirou (Shizuru in Mai-HiME) and Satomi Satou as Inshun (Wendy in Fairy Tail). At first I thought Faylan was the one singing the opening theme for this season again. However to my surprise, AI DO is actually sung by Miyuki Hashimoto. Not that I can identify her voice anyway and it sounded quite close to Faylan. I personally feel that the rock opening theme this time around didn’t match the exuberance and liveliness of the first season. It feels like it tries to retain that but somehow falls short. The ending theme, Kekka, Guuzen De Gozasourou is sung by the trio seiyuus of Juubei, Sen and Yukimura. Sounds like your typical anime pop and of course still sounds silly.

I still do not understand the concept of this Samurai Bride thingy and why it is called so. I don’t really see how Juubei exhibited bridal qualities when she transformed into one. Unless you’re telling me that purifying move signifies the purity of all brides when they walk down the aisle. And the idea that everyone dies and only the Samurai Bride lives might be an indication if that a girl marries the guy, all the other girls ‘die’ in the sense that they have to give up on him. So why didn’t our Master Samurais die? Because they were already dead! Remember? So as not to leave a bad aftertaste in our mouth, they were somehow miraculously brought back to life. Unexplained. Don’t ask. Life won’t be the same if Juubei is the only one who hogs Muneakira. Therefore calling this power up as Samurai Bride may seem a little out of place. Heck, I thought naming it as Supreme Legendary Ultimate Grand Master Samurai would sound better but when you have historical people being turned into girls in this alternative world, I guess it is appropriate to give some feminine title. So what’s the next level after Samurai Bride? Samurai Wife?! I have got a feeling that this is going to be a tougher job than saving Great Japan. Imagine your waifu displaying lots of super human powers that could level an entire city. And when you have a domestic argument on this scale, can Japan save itself from this war?

Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls

December 26, 2011

This isn’t a sequel or a spin-off or even a remake of that Real Bout High School TV anime series that premiered back a decade ago in 2001. Instead, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls is set in an alternate Japan. What do I mean by that? If you take an interest in Japan’s colourful history, I’m sure that you’ll recognize that one of the many eras is the Edo period. Having said that, you’d expect lots of old feudal castles and backwater towns, right? Well, you’re half right. In addition to the olden day setting, this alternate Japan mixes and fuses certain modern technologies that could only be made possible at the end of the 20th century. That’s right. Seeing shades of Gintama here? Well, no aliens from outer space, that is. Seeing reminiscence of Samurai Champloo? Nobody is rapping by the way.

It might be odd at first but you’ll get used to it. I mean, a student council body way back during the Sengoku period? Guards in armour holding laser guns? Bomber planes? Oh wait. There are computers too! So Japan invented all of these when the west was just starting their industrial revolution? That’s why it’s alternate Japan. So if you want watch this show, please make sure you don’t get it mixed up with your facts of the real history. Speaking of which, all the characters here are named after famous historical figures of Japan from that period. Just that in here, many of them are turned into girls! I guess this is one way of getting you interested. Perhaps really, in another world, people like Nobunaga Oda were females instead…

So back to the story for this series. As usual, it is the period of great trouble. For Great Japan. Its freedom is in great danger. But don’t worry. Our great Master Samurais are here to protect your beloved country from any harm. See how they slice a plane into half! Woah! You don’t need an army. Just these girls will do. Yes, samurai girls. Where the heck are the men? And you thought all samurais were males, eh? I’m not sure if in real history there were any female samurais but I suppose if there were, it would be as rare as finding a black cowboy. But seriously, having girls as samurais as lead fighters? That could only mean one thing when you’re talking about an action ecchi harem anime.

Episode 1
As introduced, there is this school called Buou Academy. Started by the Tokugawa government and those who are qualified to enrol in this school are descendants of great warriors as they are given advanced education so that they can contribute greatly to Japan. Muneakira Yagyuu is one of such students having just arrived from the train station but he is here on another important objective for the school. Upon setting foot in his dojo, he is surprised to see 2 ladies changing. They are the ‘forehead’ flat chest Yukimura Sanada and her loyal bodyguard Matabei Gotou (has she ever consider putting on more cloth for her lower body part?). They accuse him of peeping though he insists that this dojo is supposed to be empty after it lost its master a month ago. Matabei points her halberd at him but he pulls off a technique that catches her by surprise. They introduce themselves as Muneakira learns that there is some power struggle feud between the student council of this school and the Toyotomi faction which is headed by Yukimura. It is part of this strategist’s plan to break into this school since the enemy would never expect her to be hiding so close by. When Muneakira mentions that he was invited by the student council here, they think he is their lackey and go on the defensive. However they are ambushed by the student council, led by the Morals Committee Chairperson, Hanzou Hattori, seeking to capture them all. But Muneakira throws a flash bomb to allow the trio to escape underground. Hanzou reports her failure to her master, Sen Tokugawa who isn’t pleased with her incompetence and gives her a final chance. I’m not sure if this maid loyalist is some masochist. She seems to like Sen giving her some kinky punishment. But Sen has other matters to attend to. She is going to pick somebody up at the train station. Muneakira and the duo got out of the sewers but are cornered by Hanzou and her team due to Sen’s accurate prediction of where they might be headed. Muneakira fights off the Hanzou’s team and even has time to tell her what the true pride of a samurai is. Hanzou will still have them all arrested when a bright light descends from the sky. A naked girl falls into Muneakira’s arms and kisses him. By the way, that’s his first kiss. The powerful aura blasts transforms the girl into a decently clothed samurai as she says her name: Jubei Yagyuu.

Episode 2
Jubei goes on the offensive with Hattori while Muneakira is mysteriously chained down. Hanzou is no match for her as her spectacles which is able to analyse lots of stuff, reports that her fighting power is 5 million! WOAH! You can’t even get such powerful figures in RPGs. Muneakira tries his might, yelling and screaming for them to stop. His voice finally reaches Jubei. His chains vanish and Jubei loses herself in some volatile aura before passing out. Oh, now she’s naked. The racket is stopped when Sen comes by. They are taken into interrogation. Seems Muneakira and Sen are childhood friends but even that isn’t enough to settle things. Muneakira is prepared for any death punishment but she backs out. She thinks he was just trying to be cool. I think it’s the feelings of the heart… Sen was supposed to pick him up at the train station but he arrived way too early and went on his own way. Then they talk about the mysterious Jubei who fell out of the sky and discuss about the possibility of her being a Master Samurai. Sen isn’t convinced since to attain such a great status, at least 10 years of harsh training is needed. Plus, Hanzou’s analysis on Jubei doesn’t seem to reach that high figure now. After Sen leaves, it’s Hanzou’s turn to lecture them. Maybe she feels better taking out on them after she got her fill from Sen? I don’t know why, she gave Yukimura and Matabei a hot bath as punishment. Yukimura and Hanzou continue their spat because the former’s fortune telling prediction (which is never wrong) predicted an unbelievable future a month ago. She saw an evil shadow intruding Great Japan. They think it’s Jubei. Speaking of the devil, she enters to room but instead of being hostile, she’s just hungry. Furthermore, she’s an airhead. Eh? Where has that superb fierce Master Samurai gone to? Yeah, she even makes friends with them and has pet names for them. Anyway she has no memories of what happened and all she knows that she was lonely in a dark, cold place till she heard a warm gentle voice. The next thing she knew, she was in Muneakira’s arms. Oh yeah. She calls him her onii-chan too. Sen reports the capture of Yukimura and Matabei to her brother currently in France, Yoshihiko Tokugawa. He wants her to keep an eye on them. Yukimura and the girls are trying to ascertain if Jubei is indeed a true Master Samurai because there’ll be a mark on her body. Yeah, strip her naked. Muneakira waits outside and ponders that a Master Samurai is created after a bond with a leader is formed. Thus, all Master Samurai are under the control of the Tokugawa government and that Jubei shouldn’t be one. However her fighting prowess with Hanzou shows that she is capable. Since Jubei didn’t take too well of the ‘molestation’, she runs out and bumps into Muneakira. Yeah, she’s on top of him. But because of that, he could confirm that she’s really a Master Samurai. See that mark at her cleavage?

Episode 3
Even if Jubei has the mark to prove it, her footwork, position and sparring with Matabei only shows that she’s totally an amateur. Yeah, you can’t imagine Japan being protected by this kind of Master Samurai. Muneakira and Yukimura discuss about Jubei’s General since only males can earn that title and the contract ritual takes place only in Edo Castle. Therefore having a Master Samurai without the government’s acknowledgement is practically zero. However Yukimura has a theory and wants Muneakira to stay calm and listen to her. Before she even got to that, Sen comes in and releases Yukimura and Matabei from the school. All charges against them will be dropped and that they never set foot here but they must leave immediately. But it’s more problems for Muneakira because not only Jubei is living with him, Sen too. Her excuse is to watch over this suspicious airhead. Really? It was quite funny seeing Jubei chowing down food made by Muneakira, unheeding Sen’s words not to eat such filth. Even funnier, each time Hanzou wanted to pop the grub into her mouth, she had no choice but to undo it since Sen already made comments how her food wasn’t even touched. Too bad. I guess Jubei will take the rest. Jubei continues to be an airhead, vexing Sen in all the conversations. “Jubei is a little sister with amnesia who came falling from the sky, not a Master Samurai”. Well, if she ever remembers her true form, please feel free to let them know okay? Oh wait. She suddenly remembers. Her true form is… *Drum roll*… A puppy! WTF?! She’s not joking. She’s heartbroken. So she really acts like one and goes outside to her kennel. I guess when a puppy-eyed girl starts crying and promising not to cause any more trouble, you will just have to let her in, right? Later after Jubei is being put to sleep, Sen talks to Muneakira on why he is being called to this school. Seems there have been students missing for the past few years in some Spirited Away Incident. She thinks the culprits are Yukimura and Matabei. Sen looks up greatly to her brother and he is so cool that he is currently solving some difficult issues in France. Yeah, sent a student there instead of a Foreign Minister or ambassador, will you? However she feels something amiss and that something is happening in this school. Muneakira also feels that the capture of Toyotomi clan is just a cover-up. Then they hear screams from Jubei. Seems she is dreaming a nightmare. Muneakira comforts her but she kisses him and turns into a Master Samurai. Well, Sen isn’t happy she kissed him in front of her. She shouldn’t be worried about that. In fact, Hanzou was blown away outside by her powers. Jubei continues to show her true powers, ripping off Sen’s clothes and mocking her that she’s just a girl when naked. Muneakira can’t do anything since he is chained down. Then Yukimura and Matabei appear. She explains her theory was correct. Muneakira is Jubei’s General. Kissing is similar to the ritual which creates a bond with the General. In order to awaken Jubei, Muneakira will lose the freedom of moving his own body. Confirming she is the great shadow over Japan, she plans on taking on Jubei. Yukimura leads her away as part of her strategy to corner her. However Jubei saw through their tactic and even so, Yukimura couldn’t stand up to her powers. Matabei is dismayed that she couldn’t protect Yukimura but Jubei chooses not to kill her seeing her devotion to her master. Plus, she also feels something different on Sen because she could’ve run away herself and abandoned them. Jubei ends the challenge and collapses. Morning comes as Jubei is sleeping peacefully while the rest ponders her true identity.

Episode 4
But Muneakira still gets another lecture from Sen. Not wanting to nonchalantly kiss Jubei, she puts a full face helmet over him. But Yukimura feels it’s a waste to seal his kiss and wants him to kiss her and make her a Master Samurai! With the declining number of Master Samurais recently, Yukimura thinks this is a great chance for a human experiment to see whether Muneakira’s kiss to turn one into Master Samurai only works on Jubei or anybody who kisses him. Sen on the other hand disagrees and so does Muneakira since you’re supposed to kiss the one you like. So you can smell a cat fight between Sen and Yukimura. And Muneakira caught in between… While Sen forbids Jubei to come within 3 metres of Muneakira, Yukimura reads all the books on kissing! Oddly, she can read so fast that I’m starting to think she’s a robot! So many kinds of kisses?! Wow, fear the topic of kissing! Even Jubei is having her own opinions on kissing. She thought when she kissed Muneakira, she hurt everybody else. Yet she feels he might want to kiss other girls too. That night, Yukimura sneaks out from her bed to kiss Muneakira. She sums up her courage but she finds it’s a trap! Yeah, Sen and Hanzou predicted this. They even mock her by repeating those embarrassing words she said. “It’s just that a part of my body will touch his for a moment”. Oh, how sweet. How embarrassing. To conclude that: “It’s 3 years too early for a kid like you to kiss someone! Drink milk every day and grow at least 3 centimetres!”. Because of that, Yukimura becomes adamant and WILL steal Muneakira’s lips no matter what. Try as she might, Sen and Hanzou are always a step ahead, putting a damper on her plans. Preeeet! Red card! So I guess she charged in without a plan and was desperate, that’s why a genius like her can fail so badly. Muneakira reminds her that she’s a girl before a samurai but she acts like a tsundere. Yukimura doesn’t give up as she drugs the tea of her stoppers. Then she enters the bath while Muneakira is soaking in. The mood to the kiss is building up when Sen barges in. Yeah, she’s still drowsy but I guess when somebody’s lips are in danger, she can still pull off some mean technique. Okay, maybe she didn’t drink enough to tea to get totally knock out like that Hanzou. The bath is blown to bits. Yukimura finds herself on top of unconscious Muneakira and is in a dilemma to go ahead or not. Then Muneakira wakes up upon hearing Sen’s ferocious voice. Accidentally that is when their lips met. The truth has been unveiled. Yukimura turns into a Master Samurai and uses her wind powers to blow her opponent away. Too bad she just can’t control them, destroying the surrounding buildings. Don’t worry, Muneakira will clean it all up. Yeah, how convenient. Plus, Sen is definitely putting on the helmet on his face. Oh, Hanzou’s still sleeping like a log. On the roof.

Episode 5
Yukimura demonstrates again her transformation to a Master Samurai. She explains that after making a pact with the General, one can easily transform at one’s own discretion without having to retrain the General’s freedom. Each one has their own keyword to transform (something about the phrase will channel the spiritual energy) so Yukimura wants Jubei to say hers. It has to be something close to her heart so Jubei, have you decided what’s yours? Why are they all named after food? But still no transformation… As Yoshihiko talks to his loyal servant, Charles d’Artagnan AKA Nia, since he learns Sen is sheltering Yukimura, he decides to send a spy back to Japan. To make things better, the loyal spy is Yukimura’s childhood friend. She, Kanetsugu Naoe will infiltrate the dojo posing as Yukimura’s friend to find out what is really going on. Kanetsugu makes her grand entry, knocking down the front gates with her giant hammer and proclaims herself as the Warrior of Love! She accuses Yukimura as an evil person who has socially killed a girl! Gasp! Could this be true? Yukimura seems cool. Flashback time. Indeed those 2 were childhood friends. Yukimura sat on some deity stones so panicky Kanetsugu tried to warn her to stop or she’ll be cursed. But Yukimura told her she’s an outsider and this thing will only have an impact on locals. In short, Kanetsugu will be cursed. She’s as dumb as a rock so she really believed her words! Yukimura pulls a naughty prank on her to check to see if Kanetsugu’s butt is rotting due to the curse and proposes a cure to cast away the curse. That is, she has to pee on an earthworm! What kind of perverted story is this?! Anyway when Kanetsugu did that, the worm swells and shoots out body fluids (to protect itself from foreign stimulant) and hits her most sensitive part. It became itchy and she soon became the laughing stock of her town! By the time the itch was gone, Yukimura had already left for home. Well, whose fault was it for being so stupid? But you’ll soon learn that Kanetsugu will turn out to be an idiot rather than anything threatening. First, the gang are suspicious how she knows Yukimura is here. She can’t possibly tell them that she’s a spy of Yoshihiko so she gave a lame excuse that she’s in the neighbourhood. Lame. Despite telling to go back home, Kanetsugu remains stubborn. Till she mocks Yukimura’s flat chest. Oh dear. The others could see what’s coming so they tie themselves to the tree! Yes. Yukimura is going to blow that b*tch away! Later as Sen takes a bath, she ponders the effects of kissing Muneakira. Anyway it turned a little pervy. That fantasy is interrupted when Jubei joins her. Jubei is willing to help her to be closer to her onii-chan. As for Kanetsugu, she’s still around. Not learning anything. She plans to get rid of that indecent devil that is known as Muneakira. Yukimura is having one of those tsundere talks with Muneakira about the kiss and the pact but guess who showed up? Yeah, annoying Kanetsugu. She challenges him to a duel. He agrees but it seems he was just standing there getting hammered. Yukimura feels guilty and apologized that she blamed him for being insensitive for the kiss. Kanetsugu must be basking in her virtuous lecture of love but Sen goes up to her and says that even if she calls herself one, she doesn’t know what love is. The desire to kiss someone you love is something natural, noble and wonderful. Then with her true and sincere feelings, she kisses Muneakira and transforms into a Master Samurai. She takes on the duel and breaks Kanetsugu’s hammer. Now I think she’ll know her place. Okay, time to retreat. With the irritating kid out of the way, Muneakira and Sen reconcile.

Episode 6
Sen and Muneakira go through records of missing students. They realize that they are descendants of households who have produced Master Samurais. They think of accessing Yoshihiko’s underground computer to get more information even if it means a sign as challenging him. Since they are caught by Yukimura and Matabei, I guess they will just have to give an excuse that they’re going on a vacation? Did they learn something from Kanetsugu? So indeed a vacation they went on (because it’s where the server is, in a beach villa). Yeah, just your beach episode and girls in their swimsuits. As usual, the eternal spat between Sen and Yukimura. It’s already hot, it’s getting even hotter. I guess Jubei tried to calm down the situation by saying that all 6 of them can get married to Muneakira! Harem’s paradise! Wait. All six? Jubei Yukimura, Sen, Hanzou, Matabei… Oh, don’t tell me she accepted Kanetsugu too?! Speaking of which, she still hasn’t given up yet. Disguising as some slacking part time maid, she reports to Yoshihiko. He entrusts her with their assassination and if things get rough, she can use the present he sent. Sen hacks into the computer while the rest have their meal. Later Muneakira goes to bath but Kanetsugu is cleaning it. She hides on the ceiling but thoughts of him becoming some perverted demon has her lose her grip and fall on top of his face. In her fear and embarrassment, she flees before the rest arrives. Sen comes back with information that she’s an assassin sent by Yoshihiko. The girls corner her outside so she has no choice but to use Yoshihiko’s gift: A monstrous blob. However the blob swallows her! Realizing that Kanetsugu has been tricked and been used as a tool by Yoshihiko, everyone cooperates to defeat the blob. However they have to be careful or else they’ll end up killing Kanetsugu too. It doesn’t help when Sen and Yukimura are still quarrelling. Till their servants got captured by the blob, they realize the importance of working together. But to accurately destroy the monster’s core, only a Master Samurai like Jubei can do it. Muneakira summons the Master Samurai Jubei as Sen takes out the tentacles. In precise timing, Jubei pulls off an accuracy move that real swordsmen can never do. Jubei compliments that it’s also thanks to Yukimura and Sen’s cooperation that they managed to defeat the blob. She notes that interesting samurais are gathering around him.

Episode 7
Eh? Why is Kanetsugu living with them in the dojo too? Plus, she’s living in the kennel which she calls cottage! What’s the difference? She’s using this place as her base as an excuse but even so, she’s still the same idiot that everyone loves picking on. Yeah, a disposable idiot and making references to her like as though she’s a dog. Like we don’t have enough problems already. Back to something serious, Sen shows everyone the data that she managed to save when she downloaded but all the rest were automatically destroyed. They couldn’t decipher the creepy voice though they think Yoshihiko must be planning something really bad. Kanetsugu tries to show off and be useful saying that she knows English but actually the worded message is in Latin. Useless… Hanzou sees how Sen is interacting normally with the rest and thinks back to the time when she was transferred to her school and not only tasked to be her bodyguard but as a friend as well. When Hanzou tried to tell off a bunch of nasty girls not to talk bad about Sen behind her back, she got bullied and threatened instead. That was when she vowed to grow stronger. But now it seems Sen has her own friends and her duty may be coming to an end. While Hanzou and Jubei are bathing together, an invisible enemy attacks them. Jubei is unconscious and so is Matabei. Yukimura (partially injured) couldn’t do much but putting up a defensive barrier. The rest rush over to Sen who is sleeping. She could’ve been done for if they didn’t arrive in time. They regroup and prepare for its attack. Muneakira wonders why Sen didn’t use Hanzou’s specs as help but she replies that the specs are only specifically designed for her. Just when they charge at the enemy, it turns out to be Kanetsugu passing by. Must have the shock of her life, eh? Now she’s like an excess baggage, just panicking about everything. Shut up! They run out into the rain and once it stops raining, Hanzou will be the only one who can see the enemy. Sen orders Hanzou to kiss Muneakira and become a Master Samurai but Hanzou is rather reluctant. She couldn’t do it and pushes him away, citing that Sen will only and always be her general. The rain stops, the enemy attacks, Muneakira is sent flying. Even at this point, stupid Kanetsugu can even make a comment that she lost her chance of becoming a Master Samurai. But Hanzou isn’t going down with a fight. She uses a technique to tie herself with metal wires to the beast and wants Sen to cut them down. Like hell she’s going to do that. Using Kanetsugu to hammer and destroy the reservoir, the water wets the enemy making it visible so Sen is able to destroy it without killing Hanzou. Sen and Hanzou reunite with the former in tears as she won’t forgive her if she pulls off such a life threatening stunt again. Then everyone gathers and they’re all fine. Except for Kanetsugu’s dog house, I mean cottage.

Episode 8
Yukimura and Sen talk to their bodyguards (and even Kanetsugu) and want them to kiss and make a pact with Muneakira. However they don’t seem pleased. Though Kanetsugu too dislike the idea, but revenge is on her mind to dispose the cocky Yukimura and Sen from the top of the pecking order. Yeah, having thought of such pyramid means she actually considers herself the lowest in the order. During dinner, Sen and Yukimura talk to Muneakira about making a pact with Hanzou and Matabei (poor Jubei is just drooling over the food she can’t sink her teeth in). Kanetsugu uses this chance to accept Muneakira’s kiss but was made to shut up. Muneakira will ask the duo himself but it seems Jubei doesn’t like it. Wait. Now she doesn’t want other girls to kiss him? Suddenly some strange aura from outside makes Muneakira head outside. Another naked girl falling from the sky into his arms! This time she has an eye-patch. They are about to kiss but Jubei stops them. Next morning, this eye-patch lady, Gisen Yagyuu tries to seduce Muneakira into following his desires! In the toilet! Yeah, he can even ‘put it between them’! Already Yukimura and Sen do not have enough sleep after thinking about last night and then they see this indecent thing in the morning. Why do they blame Muneakira? They got so irritated just thinking how he allowed Gisen to stay here till she regains her memories (Gisen wouldn’t mind him using any part of her body as he wished!), they lose Muneakira. And they were just talking about not letting their guard down. Yeah, Gisen somehow managed to kidnap him and continue their unholy act. You know what happens when Sen and Yukimura see this, right? Too late. Later they all have a talk and Gisen considers the General-Master Samurai thingy like a master-slave relationship. It’s the same thing, right? Sen challenges her and during the match, she gives her a word or two about the main pillars that support the relationship of a General and a Master Samurai: Bond and trust. However Gisen wonders where that bond and trust is seeing that both made a pact to become stronger. That’s about it. Samurai are still slaves and that she didn’t want to admit it. Sen gets distracted by Muneakira so Gisen was able to capitalize on this. Before Sen could transform in her Master Samurai, Jubei interrupts the match (with a broom?). She explains that trust and bond are important for the General and Master Samurai. The pact between them isn’t just a contract and they have to love each other. Though it might be a reminder to everyone what is important to them, maybe that’s why the God chose this wonderful method of a kiss. This was what probably Jubei wanted to say earlier on but didn’t know how to put it into words then. Gisen is taken in by her opinion and wants Jubei to be her onee-sama! Jubei happily accepts Gisen. Looks like it’s going to get noisier. But why is Kanetsugu trying to take credit for what Jubei said? And she calls herself the Warrior of Love. Didn’t even explain a single thing. No wonder everybody wished her to be better off dead!

Episode 9
Yoshihiko seems to be making out with Nia but I guess he stops short of doing anything funny because he doesn’t want to be tainted when he returns to Japan to see Sen. Kanetsugu continues to persuade her other ‘love soldier team’ to make the pact but they just ignore her and tell her to go die. Gisen continues to seduce Muneakira and brings him to the coal pit. She shows him a book with proper explanation how things should be between a General and Master Samurai. Porn? Because he is still resisting, Gisen takes off her eye-patch and unleash some spell. The other girls are trying to find the whereabouts of the duo, fearing another indecent play is at hand. Sen, Hanzou and Jubei find the duo at the coal pit but it seems that Muneakira is under Gisen’s command. They realize she is a Master Samurai too. Seems that Gisen wants Jubei to return to the form she was originally from and then to make a pact with ‘him’. However Muneakira’s bond with Jubei is strong enough that he is able to go against her command. Sen attacks Gisen but is no match. Then a surprise entry from Yoshihiko and Nia. Were they supposed to return in a week’s time? Well, do deceive their enemies, they need to deceive their allies first. Besides, he is here to see the natural one (Jubei). Yoshihiko orders Nia to punish Gisen. Nia too is a Master Samurai albeit an artificial one (she has many different modes to turn into). Though her powers match Gisen’s, being artificial means exerting too much will cause her to overheat. Gisen withdraws since she doesn’t have the sufficient power of her General. As for Yukimura and Matabei, they are rounded up by Yoshihiko’s guards after one of those annoying spats with Kanetsugu. Looks like they have the entire place surrounded too. Sen talks to Yoshihiko about the great shadow over Japan. She is shocked to learn of a huge secret facility underneath the school. Plus, all those missing students spirited away were actually kidnapped and being used as experiment samples to create an artificial Master Samurai. The project is called Project Izanami and he believes they must create their own Master Samurai to succeed. He reveals the great shadow over Japan is their greatest enemy is not any country but a ghost. Say what? He is Shiro Amakusa and is responsible for many revolts that almost brought Japan to the brink of extinction. But the Master Samurais were the only ones who were able to stand in his way. For the last 20 years, no one has shown signs of being a Master Samurai. As for now, everyone believes that there are still 7 authentic Master Samurais left but Yoshihiko points out they are all dead. They all perished while fighting a resurrecting Amakusa. It was not reported or else the country will be in panic. So for the protection of his beloved Great Japan, this experiment is necessary and since he has the genes of Jubei and Muneakira, the mass production of Master Samurais is at hand. As for the rest, Nia will execute them.

Episode 10
Muneakira is in a dream whereby the girls are seducing him but it’s a spell trap laid by Gisen. Yukimura pleads to know the safety of Muneakira as her last request. Seeing her sincere devotion to her master, Nia couldn’t finish them off and says that he is still alive. Well, Kanetsugu was annoying enough to rant that it was a great plan to distract the enemy and escape. How useless can she get? Anyway that is what they just did. Hiding in a secret passage, they plan to rescue Muneakira. They get an unlikely idea from Kanetsugu. Yeah, she thought she was in hell after waking up from her unconsciousness only to be dismayed that she’s with them. Yukimura is going to do some Spiritual Fluctuation Reading. Since the bond between a General and Master Samurai is strong, their hearts will be connected. So this out-of-body experience thing has Yukimura meeting up with Muneakira’s spirit and get him out from Gisen’s hands. Sen is also there because she did the same method. However they know they are unable to win so they retreat. They need to rescue his body first. Nia returns to Yoshihiko’s side and is confident that those prisoners will come here. Though Yoshihiko dismiss the possibilities, it soon turns true. But he’s confident that they can’t do anything. As the ladies advance deeper underground, Matabei, Kanetsugu and Hanzou stay back to fend off the attacks and buy the rest time. Sen and Yukimura face off with Yoshihiko, who is disappointed in Sen’s decision not to cooperate in this project. He orders Nia to kill them both but for the first time she refuses. She feels that they truly care about their General and that they are true samurais. Sen adds the reason Master Samurais have stopped emerging in Japan is not the decline in those who are fit to be one, but a decline in men who are qualified to be Generals. They point out Muneakira is the true General though he is sleeping under Gisen’s spell. With both of them confessing that they like him, this was enough for him to break out of the spell, overheating Gisen’s eye. Yoshihiko still believes power is proof of a General and is the one who will save Japan. He forcefully orders Nia to kill everyone. She still refuses so he increases the output to fry everyone. But Nia uses her aura to malfunction the place and free everyone. Jubei falls out of her compartment but Muneakira catches her and kisses her.

Episode 11
Jubei becomes the Master Samurai. Yoshihiko leaves because he is satisfied that he collected more data than anticipated from Jubei. He is happy to revive the project that has been stalled and assemble a great number of Master Samurai from the lab. It’s like a mass production factory, eh? Yoshihiko loses his mind by saying that he isn’t a General, but a Shogun. Jubei is going to kill that bastard despite Muneakira’s protest. As long as he hurt her General, you’re dead meat. Surprisingly Nia protects Yoshihiko from Jubei’s blades. They note Nia crying but the heartless Shogun still thinks that there are many replacements and wants her to fall as his sword here. Flashback time. Yoshihiko first greeted Nia as a new transfer student at school. She wasn’t that open and was trying her hands at origami. He made some for her and she treasured it. Soon, they started dating and what I understand it was some sort of a game in which Yoshihiko won in the end. Because of that, Nia became the first sample and was injected genome of a Master Samurai. Ironically, the first artificial Master Samurai was born in France. Nia was in great pain but for the sake of protecting Japan, Yoshihiko continued. Muneakira finds there is no justice in this unnecessary battle so Yoshihiko challenges to see whose justice is more righteous. Muneakira’s determination to stop the fight has him break out of his chains. But he goes down on his knees and pleads that he already has a great samurai like Nia so it proves he is a great General. But Yoshihiko isn’t swayed by his words. He continues about the pain and pressure he is burdened with in protecting the people of Great Japan. Suddenly the entire place is under a great earthquake. Actually, Gisen is unleashing some spiritual attack. The lab crumbles and a slab of concrete falls on Yoshihiko. Oh, wait. Nia protected him with her back. Then when an armour origami fell out from her, Yoshihiko finally realized. After all this talk and suffering, it took him this to realize all the pain and suffering she went through?! Too late buddy. The ground swallows them. The airhead Jubei finds unconscious Muneakira while Yukimura and Sen meet up with the rest in some computer room. Soon, a great number of planes are dropping the manufactured Master Samurai into the battlefield. Feels like D-Day, huh? Meanwhile Jubei is having this dream of meeting her other self. The Master Samurai says that Muneakira has completely awakened as a General so the next kiss is going to be the true pact between them. The kiss that will completely resurrect the real Jubei and at the same time, ‘eliminate’ the incomplete Jubei that was created due to the incomplete pact. When Jubei wakes up, she sees Muneakira and also the ghosts of Sen and Yukimura. No, they’re not dead yet. They’re using that Spiritual Fluctuation Reading. Muneakira needs her help but the thought of her vanishing for good at the next kiss rings in her head.

Episode 12
Yoshihiko and Nia are still alive. Nia is bordering between life and death. Oh? He doesn’t want to abandon her now? He doesn’t want her to die? That’s good right? Meanwhile Jubei is in a dilemma whether to kiss Muneakira. As his lips approaches, Jubei unwittingly pushes him away. She thought she was being impolite to Sen and Yukimura but they’re okay with her kissing Muneakira. The girls leave to give them some time alone. Jubei kisses Muneakira and bids farewell. Gisen is trying to resurrect Amakusa but notes her own power isn’t enough. Sen communicates with Hanzou, Matabei and Kanetsugu and gives them enough confidence to protect the academy. Muneakira and his Master Samurais prepare for the final battle. The awakened Jubei says that since he has awoken as a true General, he can redo the pact with Sen and Yukimura. They’ll have greater powers and able to feel warmth resonating through their bodies. Well, this isn’t the time to argue who should kiss him first. I guess they even got time to narrate their true feelings for him as Muneakira kisses them and turns them into powerful true Master Samurais. Muneakira commands them as they cut and penetrate the vines. Jubei breaks into the core and meets Gisen. She reveals that in order to heal Amakusa’s spirit, 2 samurais are needed, thus the reason they are reincarnated as his personal attendants but Jubei made a pact with somebody else instead. That’s why Gisen tried hard to bring her back but she was no match for Muneakira. Even so, creating this barrier and having Jubei penetrating it would’ve put Amakusa in serious danger. She wants to devour Jubei so that they could be as one and the only one who will serve Amakusa. Gisen is driven by hatred just about anything that has got to do with Muneakira and co and this is enough for her to overwhelm Jubei. Gisen starts sucking her spiritual powers. Thinking she has defeated Jubei, Gisen calls for Amakusa to reward her. But the barrier is under immense attack. Herald the artificial Master Samurais.

Muneakira is surprised to see Nia. She mentions she was dead but resurrected by Yoshihiko’s kiss and turned into a Master Samurai. Looks like he had it in him too. Yoshihiko will lend his powers to help Muneakira but this is for the sake of saving Japan and not because he acknowledge him. Sounds good for Muneakira. Yoshihiko will have Nia and his army take care of the vines so Muneakira can go to his samurais. Jubei hears the voice of her incomplete self. It seems she is back because Muneakira summoned her. She wants her to hear onii-chan’s voice and that their feelings are eternal. Jubei awakens to a more powerful self. Gisen is taken aback by the different person she turned out to. What ensues next is a superb immense power battle raging throughout the land. So great that we get to watch the over-dramatic fight in only black and white and shades of grey. Just wow. Gisen knows she is no match and calls for Amakusa to give her the strength of the Master Samurai. Did it work? Well, seems she’s powered up too. Muneakira, Sen and Yukimura send their feelings to Jubei to increase her power. But she is powering up so much that it is suicidal. And that is what she plans to do. Blasting and taking Gisen with her towards the sky, Gisen promises she’ll be back again, whether it is a hundred or a thousand years, they’ll have to face her again. But Jubei doesn’t give a damn about that because they have nothing to fear if Japan has Generals and Master Samurais. To Muneakira’s dismay, he stops sensing Jubei’s life force. She’s floating in space and slowly disintegrating. She could hear everyone’s voice and is happy. A week has passed. A massive cleanup and reconstruction for Buou Academy. Amakusa’s whereabouts are unknown. And as Muneakira narrates, perhaps nothing is really over yet but believes one day their bond and trust will heal this gaping wound engraved in this town in time.

Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Babes…
What the?! I can’t believe that’s how it ends! Why on such a ‘sad’ and cliff-hanger? Well, don’t fret yet. If you have seen the OVA which came with the release of the final DVD volume, don’t be startled that if it’s a rerun of episode 12. So what’s the difference? Firstly, those black and white fight scenes are now coloured. Yeah, now you can watch it in polychrome. Second, in the final scene whereby Muneakira walks away, the TV series just ended there. But the OVA extends this scene by a few more seconds. We see Jubei floating down from the night sky in a bright light. Deja vu from the first episode? So she didn’t become part of the stars, eh? Muneakira and the rest are definitely happy to see her as Jubei lands him a kiss. Pact redone or just a kiss of love?

Also with the DVD, you’ll be treated with 6 specials called Picture Scrolls: A Maiden’s Happy Yet Embarrassing Chigiri. They are random nonsensical fanservice fun (if that’s what you want to call them) and serve no relation to the plot. Like in Picture Scroll 1, Jubei is seen running to Muneakira, waking him up from his nice slumber. She’s really concerned about her droopy boobs, thanks to Yukimura’s ‘brainwashing’ that the bigger they get, the droopier it’ll be till it sags to the ground! Of course Muneakira tells her it’s just one of Yukimura’s lies. But he gets embarrassed when Jubei starts playing with her own boobs and even has him touch it. No choice he presses it and experiences a total nose bleed when Jubei gives out that moan. Have you ever see him lose so much blood before? In Picture Scroll 2, Sen is looking for Yukimura but stumbles upon all those kissing books in her room. Yeah, kissing is like fighting. As she continues reading, Sen starts fantasizing all the kissing moves in fanservice positions till she realizes Muneakira was watching. In her embarrassment, she punches him away. Picture Scroll 3 takes place during that beach episode. As part of Kanetsugu’s plan to put a stop to certain indecent demon, she plans on using some fishing lure. However as she fishes, it tears off the top of all the girls, leaving them topless. Except for Yukimura. It got hook on her butt and it tore that piece of cloth, leaving her butt exposed. Kanetsugu laments her failure when Muneakira appears from behind. She is taken aback when he discovers what she has fished. Then all the girls come by and think this is Muneakira’s doing! To make matters worse, Kanetsugu puts up an act that she’s going to get rape! Poor Muneakira is sent flying into the sky. Yukimura and Kanetsugu take a bath together in Picture Scroll 4. Kanetsugu irritates Yukimura with the bigger boobs talk. However Yukimura didn’t get upset. Instead, she reveals the benefits of having small chests. The lolita complex! That’s right! By acting all innocent and vulnerable, even these sweet small boobs will have a total opposite ‘destructive’ powers on men! Oh so true! If you’re a lolicon, that is. Kanetsugu felt defeated as she notes she came to bath with her as she was worried she was hurt. After she runs away, Yukimura notices some Kobezawa hotspring package she left behind for her. See? She’s not a total idiot and has a heart too. Though, more of the idiotic side. Gisen is working at the coal pits in Picture Scroll 5 when Jubei pesters to play with her. Since she suggested blindfold hide-and-seek (because the place is too small), Gisen starts fantasizing some S&M play, with Jubei being the dominant one. This is followed with suggestions of binding and spinning around and playing doggie. Each time, Gisen trembles with stimulation and gets excited of how ‘fearsome’ this Jubei girl is. Gisen prostrates herself and wants Jubei to abuse her to her heart’s content. But Jubei is puzzled because she thought they were going to play hide-and-seek. In Picture Scroll 6, Muneakira is rudely awakened when the girls barge into his dojo to confront him about the sexy fanservice pictures he took. However he denies it was him since one of them had a photo with him inside. Yukimura points out the camera was found in the waiting room, which belongs to Hanzou. She denies and only takes natural poses. Why is there a very yuri picture of Hanzou and Sen?! Sen beats her up and accuses Yukimura that it may be her since she is the sneaky one. Yukimura says she only takes aesthetic photos. Yeah, a pic of Sen changing clothes. WTF?! Then when Kanetsugu comes in, everyone didn’t show much interest. Till she reveals the true culprit: Herself. Now, she’s in deep trouble. See what being an idiot could lead you to? She’s going to get it big time. Jubei sees Muneakira smiling and thinks he’s happy. She too feels happy about it.

More little specials with the DVD. They are called Voice Mangas (VM) and come in 2 short yonkoma art mixed with a little animation that don’t even last 3 minutes. VM 1 sees Muneakira getting the shock of his life about naked women falling from the skies of Japan and then a talk about defining characters has them insulting each other with names. Strategist With A Bald Head? Loincloth Attendant With A Spear? Tsundere Evil Natured Princess? And wait, you got to hear this one: Super Masochistic Lesbian Maid Ninja Class Rep Glasses Girl. Why is Hanzou panting so hard?! Sen teaches how to be a tsundere in VM 2. While Yukimura and Matabei pull it off quite neatly, Jubei and Hanzou turn that theme upside-down by being super moe kawaii and a panting pervert respectively. Then, Sen and Yukimura are envious that Muneakira takes good care of Jubei. However Jubei turns into her serious self and orders Muneakira around like her lackey. Looks like the caretaker role is reversed. In VM 3, Yukimura shows Jubei that when she changes Kanetsugu’s forehead mark on her butt, it makes that idiot want to show off her butt to the public. Jubei tries putting her mark (which is the Chinese number 10) on it and Kanetsugu splits into 10 clones! Kage Bunshin! Next, Muneakira is forced to admire the boobs of Sen and Yukimura. Of course Kanetsugu is going to correct him but seeing that normal ways won’t work, she did the ultimate technique: She strips totally naked!!! Hanzou in VM 4 shows Jubei her high-tech glasses which is the best in Japan to collect data. However she demonstrates by ‘collecting’ data from Sen. She gets beaten up for peeping but seems to me she’s more like enjoying it. Matabei and Hanzou are still anxious about kissing Muneakira to turn into Master Samurais. However they get this thought that they could turn into one if they kiss their masters who had become Master Samurais. They are so deep in that delusion that they started kissing each other! Unfortunately Sen and Yukimura caught them and realized they were into that kind of relationship. Muneakira admires how great Jubei is in VM 5. But upon looking at the script, he realizes her title is shortened to M Jubei and thinks she’s a masochist! He ends up thinking she’s a huge M acting like a big S! And this leads to another conclusion that Sen and Yukimura are big M girls! Well, Sen doesn’t mind him punishing him… Gisen gives Muneakira a very relaxing and comfortable massage. That’s just it. What were you thinking?! His comfortable but ambiguous moaning and groaning? Yoshihiko in VM 6 makes Nia say some word as she pulls the edge of her own mouth. He finds it cute and goes into a fit so she wonders how she got him to become her General. And as Jubei thank viewers for the end of the series, Yoshihiko comes up with a wise crack that the series started with nudity and ends with nudity. Thus is should be named Zenra Ryouran (Nudity Blooming Profusely). However the girls tell him off of his inappropriateness so he apologizes.

Well, seems like the TV series ended in a way that we might see another sequel. Feels somewhat incomplete. I mean, when the all-time greatest threat to Japan (and possibility to all humanity) disappears without a trace, it can only mean one thing, right? It’s just a matter of time he’ll be back and everything repeats again. The way they painted this Amakusa devil guy so great so much so it made me think that they are fighting a losing battle. I mean, he’s a ghost. You can’t exorcist him, you can’t send him to the next world for good. He keeps coming back. So what are your options? Just produce enough Master Samurais to defend Great Japan, huh? Is that even going to cut it? Amakusa is like a virus. He can’t simply be defeated by the same old tricks. He’ll get stronger and stronger and pops up at the times you would least expect him to. How else do you explain the death of all the nameless Master Samurais? I was hoping he would at least make some appearance as show of power of how great his strength is. But I guess I’ll have to make do with his ‘proxy’ in the form of Gisen. Yoshihiko turned out to be the main ‘antagonist’ for this series because of his utmost desire to protect Japan and the pressure and burden he is bearing, he becomes a madman in trying to obtain the ultimate genes to mass produce Master Samurais. Can you blame him for becoming a villain? Well, yes and no. Obviously it was morally wrong for him to use Nia against her will to become his Master Samurai and then the kidnapping of other students of Buou Academy. But if you’re in that position and holding such potential power against an unknown enemy, it’s a big gamble and huge risk you’ve got to take.

The flow of the story quickly turned from the bickering feud between Sen’s student council and Yukimura’s faction to one that is finding the great threat hanging over Japan. It is rather amusing to see the gang interact with each other naturally whenever they’re not facing off with a common enemy together. Trust and bond are the main theme for this series and that is what Muneakira rightfully earned over the rest. But still as a great General, he can’t easily solve when it comes to the matters of love. Get what I’m saying? Though Jubei was a little annoying in her airhead mode, but it wouldn’t feel right to have the serious and true one around for too long. It takes away the fun. In the former, she’s like the ‘tension reliever’ of the group and in the latter, she gets things done and in order with the might of her sword skill. Sen and Yukimura may not really like each other. Other than the common enemy threatening Japan, I guess Muneakira is the glue that sticks them together. Hanzou could have been a much more efficient personal servant for Sen if it’s not for her masochistic delusions over her princess. Nia’s simple and eternal love for Yoshihiko is what drives her to fight for him. Even right till the very end, she believes in him although it may seem that she disobeyed his direct orders. But I feel that was trying to make him realize and see the point of it all. And when Yoshihiko did realize his mistake, it was too close to being too late to turn back. So a General’s kiss can actually redo a pact again? It makes me wonder what happens if the General is a womanizer. For every lips taken, man, there’ll be lots of Master Samurais everywhere! However that may not happen since you have got to be an exceptional person to become a General. Say, isn’t kissing to make a pact somewhat similar to the premise in Sekirei? Yeah, we’ve got busty babes with unique powers. Just a different era setting.

I was hoping to see Matabei and Hanzou transform into their own version of Master Samurai but I guess they are very much loyal to their own master so much so they won’t make a pact with Muneakira. If it wasn’t a kiss, would they do so? Even if they do not power up, I feel that their skills and powers are enough to help Muneakira and co to protect Japan. The most important factor is trust and bond, right? Kanetsugu is the most annoying yet amusing character. She’s like the big idiot of the group. I can see why the rest would gladly step on her till she dies (or close to it) because at times you also feel of doing the same thing to her. She may be an airhead like Jubei but she’s more idiotic. I guess in every group, you need one whose role is for comic relief and she definitely suits that part very well. Her mouth exists to only give sarcastic and idiotic comments that will either make you laugh or roll your eyes. Yeah, she used it more than her giant hammer, which I think is very much under-utilized. Still, she’s a lovable girl only because she’s an idiot. Sorry Kanetsugu, but that’s the truth. Though she’s annoying, but we don’t hate you :).

One of the unique aspects of this series is the art and drawing. In addition to the cell shading in certain parts, the main art is very water colour-like. It is refreshing to see something different after seeing too many of today’s standard and conventional anime art. It feels like as though the characters and the backgrounds come alive from a painting. However you may get annoyed by the ink blots that scatter throughout the screen at various points. Well, they are necessary as fanservice censors. Yes, it is a unique way to use them as censors as compared to the typical bright lights, dark shadows and strategic blockings. So it is both ‘refreshing’ and irritating when these ink spot or a stroke of the brush censors come into place. But even so, the blots don’t serve totally as censors. For instance during fight scenes, the spot still covers the screen. Maybe it’s blood, sweat or dust? Since I have only watched the OVA, I still notice that these blots still smear the screen although those for fanservice ones will be taken away. I am not sure if this is evident in the other DVD episode versions but guaranteed for those who would like to ‘admire the beautiful body’ of the samurai girls without the annoying splotch, the DVD should be your ‘sanctuary’. Action-wise, some of the power battles are pretty cool, though they may be exaggerating. But hey, that’s what you’re supposed to do when you have the ability to pull off uber powerful techniques, right?

Ao Yuuki as Jubei is recognizable when she is in her airhead mode because she reminded of how Ichigo from Yumeiro Patissiere sounded like. Otherwise in her serious mode, she sounds more towards Mina from Dance In The Vampire Bund with her assertiveness. Nobody plays tsundere lolis better than Rie Kugimiya. She does Yukimura here and though her character may not be obvious tsundere, I can envision nobody else playing this role perfectly. Yu Kobayashi is also recognizable as Matabei though she sounds more gentle and soft-spoken throughout the series rather than pulling off her crazy loud voice like she did as Kaede/Kaere in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei or Ayame in Gintama. I always think Aki Toyosaki is a good fit for playing airhead girls like Tomo in Seikon No Qwaser and Yui in K-ON!. You could say she does it again here, if not better. Her voice is really into the character. Whenever Hanzou goes into fawning of Sen, it reminded me of Hatsukoi Limited’s Soako. It’s no surprise since she is voiced by Saori Goto. I didn’t recognize Ami Koshimizu as Nia because she didn’t say “tawake” line like her role as Horo in Spice And Wolf. Is that how I remember her? Well sadly, yes. Other casts include Daisuke Hirakawa as Muneakira (Makoto in School Days), Minako Kotobuki as Sen (Tsumugi in K-ON!), Kaoru Mizuhara as Gisen (Misao in Lucky Star) and Takahiro Sakurai as Yoshihiko (Suzaku in Code Geass). The opening theme Last Vision For Last by Faylan is quite a powerful rock piece. Well, it sounded suitable if the series had lots of samurai slashing action. The ending theme is Koi Ni Sesse Tooryanse by the trio seiyuus of Jubei, Sen and Yukimura. Sounds like a song coming from an all-girls group. A bit silly, though.

Hopefully those who have watched the series won’t get their actual facts of Japanese history twisted or ‘modified’. Me, I know nuts about it so you can say my head is already ‘condemned’. Maybe it’s one way to get guys who often lack the interest in studying Japanese history and culture but still, if you look at it this way, it may be somewhat of a bad taste. Would it be disrespectful to picture a past honourable warrior in a different light? Some may call it escapism. To me it’s okay if your delusions don’t hurt anyone. So if you really want to watch this show, throw all logic out of your head because for instance, you get the idea of things to come when a sword can actually slice a plane in half without the girls break into any sweat. Who needs an army when all you can have are a bunch of sexy, busty and colourful Master Samurai ladies protecting the country? Is it a wonder why Japan lost the war then?