Hideyoshino is an average girl who always seems to find trouble wherever she goes. One day Hideyoshino visits a local shrine to pray in order to pass her upcoming test. However Hideyoshino sees a blue light coming from inside the Shrine and looks inside to find a mysterious person performing a magic spell. Hideyoshino in a stroke of bad luck trips on a small bell and crashes into the shrine prompting the stranger to catch her. However upon catching Hideyoshino the magic spell spirals out of control and sends Hideyoshino back in time to the Sengoku Era.
Hideyoshino then encounters Akechi Mitsuhide and Oda Nobunaga. But unlike what really happened during the era, Hideyoshino realizes that everyone in the world is female. She then decides to help Oda Nobunaga find the Crimson Armor which is said to allow the person wearing the armor to conquer all of Japan.
#1: "Atsuki Ya no Gotoku (熱き矢の如く)" by Tenka Tori Tai (eps 1-9, 11-12) #2: "Atsuki Ya no Gotoku ~Shinjuu Otome Version~ (熱き矢の如く～心中乙女バージョン～)" by Eri Kitamura (ep 10) #3: "Ashita e (あしたへ)" by Rina Hidaka (ep 13)
For years Japan has blessed us with many version of their "Warring States Period" a.k.a Sengoku Era and their historical figures, directed to specific audiences. There's Sengoku Basara for all those manly types (and some girls), Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls for those who love the harem genre and last but not least, my personal favorite, Sengoku Rance, for all those closet perverts.. Not that I am one, I just like Alicesoft's gameplay style. Keeps your hand on the mouse instead of in your pants.
The story revolves around an alternate world where our main protagonist, Hideyoshino, is thrown into the "seemingly" Sengoku Era. But here's the twist. There are no guys. Yes you heard me right, nil. Oh by the way, Hideyoshino is a girl so yeah, NO GIGANTIC HAREM FOR HER!
"But how do there breed??"
-Storks and Bamboo shoots..
"But where does all those sandwiches go to?"
-They make it.... and eat it themselves.
"But if men aren't around, why are there still wars??"
"Why are you so sexist?"
-Because my mother never hugged me..
Anyways, Hideyoshi decides to help her newfound lord, Nobunaga Oda (Amazon girl version!) and Mitsuhide Akechi (Meh, who cares about her) collect all fragments of the "Crimson Armor" from the different warlords so that she could conquer the land. Cliche story? Yes but execution is what you least expected...
Do not expect a lot of full scale army battles. Do not expect any tactical brilliance. Do not expect good set of skills and swordsmanship. Do not expcet historical accuracy, at best it's just parodies. Heck, do not even expect fanservice! There's insignificant amounts of it compared to what we've seen in 2010. So what can you expect? A different perspective of the "Sengoku Era"
Yep, that's about it. Oh and a talking dog. How often do you see that?
All the characters are based on parodies of their historical counterparts. They possess distinctive features that are culturally famous for among those "Sengoku Era" fans.
Hideyoshino as the main lead isn't that memorable and interesting. The enjoyment would probably be deriving from her active and carefree spirit dealing with any situation thrown at her.
Nobunaga is potrayed as a brutish female with her strong sense of ideals and her lack of amazement when she first saw a cellphone. I mean, the historical Nobunga had a peculiar interest in technology. C'mon, what would get her to show a little bit of enthusiasm in technology? Show her an Ipad while streaming on Youtube, playing "Two Girls One Cup"
Yes I know what you're thinking and you're right.
That isn't a cup, that's a glass.. Ok fine...
Talking dog! Best character in the series! Cause he's a dog and he talks.. And he wears a cool helmet! That and he actually gets turn on by looking at naked human girls... Sigh.. can you believe that? Getting turned on by looking at another female species... I mean, do you get turn on by looking at a female dog?
So should you watch another this anime? The execution of the story is just childish and unappealing to a more intelligent audience. Humor is light and only based on the bumbling actions of our main female lead. Basically, it's one of those anime that you should not think about it too hard and just go along with the flow. It isn't that bad, once in a while, to just watch something that doesn't require any thinking or logic or sense or male characters. Yes, I know that most of you like to portray yourself as the male lead, yes I know you do.
Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox is an anime from TMS Entertainment based on pachinko games. And to think, it hasn't been that long since I looked at Umi Monogatari, another anime based on a pachinko game. I don't get it, what is it about pachinko games that makes people think they'd lend themselves to a story? But Umi Monogatari was a good series, so maybe this one will be too. Let's find out.
We open up with Japan in the modern day, a middle school girl named Hide Yoshino, nicknamed Hideyoshi, stops at an old shrine to pray for success in her exams because she is doing very badly in school and doesn't want to attend summer classes. While there she stumbles into a strange glowing circle where a feminine form is sitting and stumbles into an alternate world set in the Sengoku period. In this world there are no men and Hideyoshi runs into a burning village where she's rescued by Mitsuhide and Nobunaga. They take her to Nobunaga's castle because Nobunaga thinks she might be helpful in acquiring the pieces of the crimson armour... somehow. Hideyoshi decides to stay and help Nobunaga because she as no idea how to get home. This leads to all kinds of shenanigans.
Let's talk about the problems with the story. First off, there's not much point to having Hideyoshi as a modern day girl. They use it for a few “fish out of water” jokes, but it doesn't do much. Secondly, the entire population being female is dumb. Really, it would have made more sense if they'd just had it set in a world where women were the ones in power but men still existed. As it is they have to waste time with a stupid explanation for how reproduction happens and then just never bring it up again. The humour is pretty mixed too. While there are some funny moments, there are also a lot of attempts at humour that fall flat. For example, they have an ongoing joke about a talking male dog perving on the various female characters. It's not funny, it contributes nothing and it makes no sense. Why is a dog interested in human women? See, this is another reason that men should have existed. They could've made this character an old guy. Sure, it would still be stupid and cliché but at least it would've made sense.
On the positive side, there are plenty of jokes that do work, albeit they're in the minority. I also do like the way they handle the question of leadership and what makes for a good leader. It's a nicely done little side element. The series also does manage to have some competently handled sources of tension by using actual historical events.
The characters are a bit mixed as well. There's some really good stuff with Nobunaga herself and some of the side characters get some good moments. Unfortunately our main focus, Hideyoshi, is an obnoxious moron who spends more time getting rescued than she spends doing anything remotely useful. Most of the side characters are pretty one note too. Which wouldn't be so much of an issue if they played less of a role, but they consistently show up for the same few jokes. For example, Kenshin and Shingen have two ongoing jokes. They have a rivalry going and they're homo-erotic about it. It's kind of funny in one episode and it is funny in another one based on the execution, but most of their appearances don't really offer anything except for a reminder that they still exist.
There are some good aspects of the art. The backgrounds are pretty well done. The action sequences are pretty strong too. Then we've got the character designs, which emphasise mindless fan-service above making sense. These women are supposed to be warriors but most of them leave all their vitals exposed so that they can prance about in battle bikinis. There are also some art errors. There's a scene where Masamune Date goes from not wearing her eye-patch to wearing it, to not wearing it again. Where's an editor when you need one?
There are some good performances in this. Kitamura Eri in particular gets to show a great deal of range and does it very well. Toyoguchi Megumi also gives a good performance as Nobunaga. Akesaka Satomi is also quite good in this. Even the actors who voice more annoying characters, like Hidaka Rina as Hideyoshi, still manage to give competent performances. There is some exaggeration to them at times, but it manages to keep them mostly toned down and more realistic. The music is also nicely done.
We've got the les-yay between Kenshin and Shingen. Mitsuhide is also shown as being in love with Nobunaga and there are a few cases where they use “onee-sama” in its yuri sense. There are a few disturbing scenes with Hideyoshi. Disturbing since she looks and acts significantly younger than the other girls. Furthermore, she's probably supposed to be given that she's in middle school. To be fair, there aren't many scenes like that with her and most of them are done so that they're more ambiguous but there's still enough that it gets sketchy. The ho-yay factor is going to be a 6/10.
Sengoku Otome is not a bad series. It has some funny moments and some that are pretty good. However, it also has quite a few stupid moments, the main character is annoying and the art is overly fond of fan-service. Even though it's not a bad series, it's certainly not a good one either. In the end my rating is going to be a 4/10. It's below average. If you're really interested in seeing a comedic series about important historical figures as women, I'm sure there's something better out there but giving this one a try isn't a bad idea. Who knows, you might get more laughs from it than I did. Next week I'll look at Strike Witches.read more
There are animes that i want to hate, but ended up enjoying it. Sengoku Otome is one of them. Adapted from a Pachinko series, it's one of those animes that i thougt will definitely suck, but ended up being more enjoyable that it does. I want to hate it, but in the end i ended up liking it.
The story revolves around Hideyoshi, the everyday dumb girl who got transported from modern-day Tokyo to gender-reversed Sengoku-era Japan and met with Nobunaga Oda and Akechi Mitsuhide, who are now female and are ruling the warring states in a world where no men ever existed and everyone is a good-looking female.
And Nobunaga, being the person who wants to unite the whole of Japan, wants Hideyoshi to help her find the armour that will help her and Mitsuhide unite Japan as one. And from now on, every battle occured in the Sengoku Period becomes a slice of life anime.
Seriously, they take a Sengoku Period anime and turn it into a slice of life anime. Yes, that's what happens. Nobunaga, Mitsuhide, Masamune, and every other person from the Warring States period are now female characters from Hidamari Sketch, and instead of battling each other, they do things like kite flying, town building and "school plays". And it's all thanks to Hideyoshi, who brought Heisei-era pacifist ideas to the Sengoku Period.
Of course being the Sengoku period there are battles and fights, and yes the fight scenes are kinda cool. But they are nothing more than everyday occurences instead of major story arcs, so it's nothing big.
And i liked that. It's an interesting idea, especially when you have female versions of historical figures in this. I mean the lack of battles in this was surprising, but it add a nice touch to the series by replacing it with pacifistic ideas of competition. And that's really cool, i enjoy this take on the Sengoku Period.
And the characters are surprising likeable. Hideyoshi, while being an idiot actually does stuff that makes her likeable. In one episode, she helps rebuild a town that was ravaged by fire with the help of Heisei-era optimism mixing with Sengoku-era work ethics. That is pretty likeable and is a good use of Hideyoshi's character. instead of "LOL look at the dumb girl from the future", the writers use her to her advantage. Whereas, you got a female Nobunaga Oda who actually resembles closely to her real-life Male counterpart, being a person who is street-smart and has a liking towards foreign culture. Other characters like Mitsuhide and Masamune are okay, but Mitsuhide can be a nuisance sometimes, and she's basically the stereotypical "She Is Mine so you GTFO" character who has the hots for Nobunaga (Yeah, this is pretty much Yuri territory).
Fanservice-wise, it's just there. Unlike Highschool of the Dead, it doesn't try and shove their boobs and ass on your face. It just appears there. Yes, they are all wearing skimpy armour and clothing, but the director doesn't want to say "HEY LOOK THEY'RE ALL HOT SO GO AND FAP TO IT!!!!" so in the end the fanservice is minimal unlike Freezing or HoTD. That's good, and is a refreshing change from most fanservice/female-centric action animes we've seen lately. There is nude fanservice in the ED and several hot spring scenes but that's as far as it goes.
But the use of sound and music are bland to say. Sure, the music fits with the background, but it has a "meh" OP and ED, and it's not memorable to say. The OP is hummable but in the end of the day you don't even care about it. the ED is pretty sentimental and has a nice acoustic riff, but it still doesn't strike me.
The Art and visuals are nice for a TMS studio anime. They might not be great, but there are nice scenery moments and it does strike well with me. Character designs are really cool, especially when they're female variations of Sengoku Period historical figures. The female version of Nobunaga Oda closely resembles the Oda we see in Sengoku basara and Onimusha, but the rest of the characters look way younger than their male counterparts.
The seiyuus in this do fit their characters. Hidaka Rina does a good job as Hideyoshi and Megumi Toyoguchi is awesome as Nobunaga Oda, especially with that strong female voice she has. And then you have Eri Kitamura as Mitsuhide, a very serious but clumsy character which works with her style of voice. She hasn't voiced those types of characters lately, and it's nice to see her doing a different character.
In summary, Sengoku Otome is a decent, fun take on the Sengoku Period by turning a Male-centric history into a female slice-of life anime. i'm serious. It's basically that. I really want to hat it and call it shit but it turns out to be an enjoyable experience. it's kinda funny, and the characters are likeable. But you'll be disappointed if you're looking for an Onimusha/Sengoku Basara-esque story in this. it's a good "turn off your brain" anime, and it's a great guilty pleasure in the end. I Enjoyed it.read more
So a girl gets send to the past with a warrior general named Oda but the focus seems to be full boobs...Battle Girls Time Paradox yea its a paradox alright....but no seriously I am really enjoying this anime if you dont like action(who doesnt) or ecchi then you better search elsewhere...hmm i will give a more detailed review when see more eps but for now....