English: Samurai Girls
Japanese: 百花繚乱 サムライガールズ
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 4, 2010 to Dec 20, 2010
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.121 (scored by 32247 users)
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SynopsisThe story takes place in Japan in the early 21st century, in an alternate reality where the Tokugawa Shogunate has remained in power. In this reality, student councils are tasked with oppressing schools. Yagyuu Muneakira is a high school student who rebels against his student council with the help of girls who've had the names of famous samurai heroes passed on to them.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls
Side story: Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls Specials, Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls Picture Drama
Sequel: Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride
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Oh man.. It's another samurai harem. What's with Japanese people and turning historical figures into high school girls? Anyways, this anime series is based on a light novel series written by Akira Suzuki. Wait a minute. I know what are you wondering.. "Hey isn't the main male lead name is Muneakira?" Yes you're right. I mean if you're writing a story about a harem, wouldn't you want to be the center of it? And let's just add "Mune" to your name and nobody would even notice.
(Yes, I know Mune can also mean breasts..)
I really had high expectations with this one. No kidding. It's been a long time since I've watch an anime about samurais. Unfortunately, as promising as this anime looks, here comes the hundreds of unnecessary fanservice and fillers to drown out the story. Oh sure, I'll like a few fillers now and then but they're rush the entire plot buildup right to the end of the series.
Now on the positive side, the reason why I sticked to this anime (No it's not because of the fanservice...) it's the astounding art this anime brings forward. It's a bit nostalgic as this reminds me of the game I used to play about a b*tch.. Umm I mean about a wolf (Ookami was it?)
Anyways, rarely I've seen an anime which uses the traditional ink style for all it's censorship and transition point however it gets annoying over time.
I have no complaints about the sound either.
And here comes the characters. What? Only three girls in his harem?? Lame.. However, all three of them have some useful personalities to assist with their ever useless male harem lead. And Im suprised there's more tsunderes than Ive expected! As usual, as the story develops, each girl had their chance to express their feelings to Mr "Breast" Akira here.
Oh boy, once again the male harem lead is there as a wallflower for every battle. Every battle when you think Muneakira is going to take charge and battle, prepare to get disappointed. Remember, this anime is aimed for people who loves fanservice so they wouldn't want to see a guy in the battle now would they? Hey, at least he isn't dense unlike some other male harem leads.
And what about the villains? Twisted as usual. Nothing new here.
Personally, I quite enjoyed this anime. That's because unlike others, I did not take the story seriously from the start after watching a few episodes of fillers. If you're looking for a nice samurai story with a decent plot then go look elsewhere. As entertaining as this may be, I wont be watching it again as this sort of anime is where you watch it once and you're already content. I mean, can you watch 12 whole episode about "Love", "Honor", and "Bond" all over again?
Overall, it's a good time killer if you have nothing better to do. Definitely a must watch anime for all you harem lovers. Just don't let the whole ideology of "Love and Honor conquers all" get stuck with you. Remember, an anime is an anime, and real life is just like an anime, without those big eyes.
Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls isn't a series that I expected much from so I guess in a sense it exceeded my expectations. It is not the best series out there and it's not for everyone either, but it can be a good time waster.
The series does have a plot but it only significantly advances in the final episodes. So like many ecchi comedies out there, there is very little plot and when there is it's pretty weak. However not every series requires a strong plot to succeed, in fact there are many series out there that are successful with no plot. All a series really needs to do is satisfy it's viewers and I would say it satisfied me. There were a lot of attempts at comedy in this series, some worked and some didn't and there were some moments that were just hilarious.
The artwork was really stunning and beautiful. The style of art seems really unique and the detail is just amazing, even in the background. The last couple of minutes of the final episode were full black in white which was visually pleasing to me too. The battle scenes are also well animated and looked nice too. I'm amazed at the amount of detail that were put into each one of them. Then there was the censoring. The ink dots that were used to censor inappropriate body parts could really get annoying especially when characters were moving around, since the dots would have to move with them. But it really depends on the person, some may be bothered by it and some may not be.
The sound department did an okay job. The opening sounded great with an intense rock song to get you pumped up for action. The voices seemed to fit each character's role. There's really nothing else to say about the sound.
To be honest, the characters could have been done better. Although the protagonist, Muneakira, may be unique in some aspects (he's a samurai for crying out loud), he seems a bit generic. He's useless and usually doesn't have a clue what's going on, yet somehow almost every girl manages to fall for him. I still don't the sick magic that makes girls fall for useless protagonists.
Our main heroine,Jubei, actually has two sides, her normal form and her bad-ass form. She's usually only in her bad-ass form during battle, in this form she's really strong but also pretty smart as well. In her normal form she has a really innocent personality and refers to herself in third person to be cute. I like how both personalities contrast from each other.
Of course a harem would not complete without our 2 love rivals, Sen and Yukimura. They both seem bland. Yukimura is our short, flat chested character she is a bit tsundere but at least it's not overly done. Then we got Sen, at first I hated her because of her jealousy but by the end she was tolerable. Both of these characters aren't bad but they both really don't have the qualities that separate them from your typical harem characters.
We also have some side characters and they sometimes do add to the jokes in the series especially Kanetsugu but there's nothing really notable about them.
The series as a whole however is enjoyable. Although some of the jokes weren't well executed the others were hilarious. The story might have been lacking but I really can't complain about that since these types of series tend not to have plots. It's definitely a good time waster
Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls is far from being a masterpiece but it managed to pass the time. Although it's not for everyone, the series manages to entertain and at the end of the day that's all I really ask of an anime. read more
Both literally revolve around a bunch of girls becoming a type of subordinate to some guy through a kiss. Lots of fan service and magical type fighting in both. Crazy outfits and hot girls... need I say more?
Very similar story, powerful girls in love with a guy, unlike sekerei the guy is pretty powerful in reference to he can fight with the girls, similar to sekirei becuase the girls have to kiss him to increase in powerr, both shows being ecchi, involve kissing for power ups
Although, it takes within a different setting, both of these series involves the main character surrounded by various girls in some action packed (with some ecchi) scenes.
The male protagonist also uses a "kiss" in both series to enhance the powers of these girls in combat. Despite the fan-service, there is a darker atmosphere surrounding both series and the plot does deepens as the episodes progresses.
Expect fighting, action, comedy, drama, and ecchi.
One male created a harem of girls who fight for him and to power up the female warriors both male characters need to kiss the female character and both female character has a mark on them
Both are ecchi and in both animes, the protagonist kisses the girls to give them power..
Both are harem/ecchi/battle animes that revolve around a male who gets females to follow him and also fall in love with him. Also, in both, the females that surround the male have incredible battle strength. They both have good artwork, and both have a lot of focus on the ecchi-ness and fan service (which, if you liked Samurai Girls, is something you enjoy). If you enjoyed Samurai Girls, you will see an alarming amount of similarities between these two animes
In Sekirei, lots of big boobed girls all gather around one guy and must make physical contact in order to use their hidden strengths, just like in Hyakka Ryouran where the main character has to kiss a female to transform them into a master samurai.
As you can tell, this is almost exactly like Sekirei. There is also a lot of sword action in Hyakka Ryouran as you can tell by the name "Samurai Girls".
Opening Theme"Last vision for last" by Faylan
Ending Theme"Koi ni Sesse Tooryanse (恋にせっせ通りゃんせ)" by Aoi Yuuki, Minako Kotobuki & Rie Kugimiya
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