The Edo period of Japan gave rise to a clan of warriors with a very specialized, magical skill. The clan was known as the Manyuu, and the skill was the ability to administer a sword strike that could shrink the size of a woman's breasts. This might not seem like an ability that could exert power over a land, but in Manyuu Hikenchou, large breasts denote status, wealth, fame, and influence.
Grave concern has arisen in the Manyuu clan due to the actions of their chosen successor, Chifusa. Disgusted with the breast obsessed society that the Manyuu have created and perpetuated, Chifusa has not only deserted the clan, but also stolen the sacred scroll that details their techniques to growing and severing breasts.
Fortunately, Chifusa is not completely alone. Her fellow warrior Kaede is sympathetic to her cause; a sympathy that could place her in considerable danger. Now wanted by the very clan that raised her, Chifusa must defend her life and Kaede's while seeking to undo the damage their brethren have done to the land. Along the way, Chifusa will discover that she harbors a power that goes far beyond the scope of her training, one that could help shape and change the land that she seeks to bring equality to.
Whether you are going to watch this anime because of plot or the other plot, it's worth either way. Set in a parallel version of the Taihei Edo period, the series follows the busty samurai, Chifusa and her attendant Kaede.
In Manyuu Hikenchou, it's all about breasts. Breasts give you power, fame, wealth and respect. And so as you've realized, the plot revolves around breasts, the bigger the better. Chifusa and her attendant Kaede travel around the Japan to reach its final destination, Chifusa's home village in order to learn the ultimate technique: Breast Flow (乳流れ Chichi-nagare). Chichi-nagare allows to control the form of
breasts and thus allowsr to enlarge or reduce breasts. But only Chifusa's clan is able to master this technique and Chifusa's goal is to give all women bigger breasts in order for them to be happier because if you're a flat chested girl in Manyuu Hikenchou's world, you're worthless.
Art and Sound (8/10)
Absolutely delightful art style, female character are obviously more detailed which I'm sure no one will complain. I did slightly find annoying that each episode(1-5 episode only) Chifusa's breasts from far out in her clothes almost looked the same but once nude. they looked huge.
Sound was top notch, the soundtrack was catchy and the vocals by AiRI were always a pleasure to hear (She's also in Tari Tari and Gundam Build Fighters). The voice actresses are no surprise and done their job flawlessly with great acting, but what I enjoyed most was definitely the traditional japanese music during Edo period, absoutely lovely and a joy to my ears.
It wasn't "perfect" but it was definitely well developed, specially Chifusa and her sister Kagefusa. Chifusa's realization of her selfishness and the change she made was unexpected thing and it's not really often seen in ecchi animes. Same goes for Kagefusa who held a grudge but in the end was in tears and smiled after hugging her sister. Also the amount of characters we meet in these 12 episodes is large. Definitely not a bad thing for me, always enjoy seeing other characters and their personalities. Only problem is, they're given way too few time on the screen.
As I've written in the beginning, whatever the reason is you want to watch this, it is absolutely worth it. You have everything you want, swordplay, comedic scenes, beautiful music, adventure, plenty of character and most importantly: A lot of breasts.
Ecchi animes are often low rated, and most of the times, it's deserved. But, Manyuu Hikenchou despite its ridiculous plot as some say it the main subject of anime(breasts) actually are connected to ours world. It's funny but in today's world, for the most of the people, if you have big breasts you're worth more than a flat chested girl and that is exactly what Manyuu Hikenchou shows, the life of two sides, one is a enjoyable one, the other one is a horror. Believe it or not, despite the fact that 70% times they show breasts the anime does send a good message.
"This anime has big tits in it, so it can't be good" - The serious and mature MAL critic.
Manyuu Hikenchou is an erotic, samurai, action-comedy anime with a ridiculous premise that manages to be both superficially entertaining for its obvious ridiculousness and genuinely entertaining for the kind of story it's trying to tell. The episodes are mainly episodic in nature, but there is an overall narrative that never actually gets lost in unnecessary bullshit. Even seemingly filler scenarios and story beats manage to meander their way into the main story, becoming relevant by the end of the episode, or later on in the series,
either thematically or more directly.
Characters are generally likeable, with the main duo being interesting enough to carry the series without boring the audience. There are plenty of supporting characters which are varied in appearance and personality. Motivations tend not to go too deep and the characters themselves rarely stray from their assigned roles for the show, but for the most part are inoffensive and fun to watch.
For samurai action, the animation and art are well done. For the erotic, the art and breast animation is exceptional. For the comedy, there are some genuine laughs to be had here and there.
The story itself is nothing too special, the breast-centric aspects of the plot notwithstanding, but for a show like this, good writing is necessary to prevent the audience from getting lost in the ridiculousness. If this anime shines, it does so with the overall execution of the story. The anime makes the plot a priority, and as far as episodic actions shows go, there's nothing really bad about it. The anime doesn't take itself too seriously, and while self-aware it never stoops so low as to dwell on self-parody. At some points it seems as if the anime wants to be a (albeit tongue-in-cheek) social commentary on our obsession with breasts. Making the point that breasts are a symbol of motherhood and are meant to nurture the next generation. Obviously, ironic for the kind of show that it is, but it isn't heavy-handed; one could say that itself is part of the comedy. There also seems to be an attempt at using breast size to stand-in for monetary or material wealth. Watching the anime with that in mind makes the scenarios even stranger, and possibly makes the anime even more meaningful comedically.
Just because Chifusa has incredibly big breasts doesn't mean that her only value is in her tits. The same could be said about this series as a whole as it has enough going for it that one could easily look past the tits if they wanted to.
I had to come back to this one. I watched a little bit of the first episode and immediately decided it was too much like Queen’s Blade. I watched some other things instead. When I finally sat down to watch it, I was pleasantly surprised.
I have a hard time sitting through many ecchi shows. Queen’s Blade was troublesome and Seikon no Qwaser was completely unwatchable, but I actually enjoyed Manyuu Hikenchou. I think it’s because it knows it’s ridiculous and never remotely takes itself seriously. It also does a remarkably good job of not acting like the rest
of the show has no purpose beyond serving the ecchi content.
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