The Abashiri family is one of the most notorious criminal gangs ever. Papa Abashiri decides that it's about time his little girl is raised more appropriately, as a young lady and not as a member of a deadly gang. He decides to send his dear daughter Kukunosuke to an elite boarding school. The problem is this school doesn't have any intention of graduating their students. Crazed faculty members with homicidal and perverted tendencies, violent and unfriendly classmates, all of them welcome Kukunosuke to her new home. Pretty soon, it's an all-out teacher vs. students war. Will she be able to finish school before school finishes her?
Not too long ago, I decided to look for some interesting anime by going from url number to url number. Today's subject has the url number 305, so it was one of the first thousand added to this site. Now, the score is 5.53, so I wasn't expecting anything marvelous, but do we at least get some trashy fun? Let's find out!
Abashiri Ikka, better known as the Abashiri Family, struck me as Kill la Kill before there was Kill la Kill. Let's tick off the boxes. Tough-as-nails girl fighting with the concepts of feminity/masculinity? Check. A school that's more like a dungeon run by psychopaths?
Check. Over-the-top action? Check. A bubbly and incompetent roommate/sidekick? Check. Ecchi stuff? Check. Animation that constantly switches between serious and comical? Check. Enough plot turns to cause you neck pains? Check.
Now if this sounds like barrel of fun to you, I'd recommend looking into it.
The story is pretty dumb and the morality is undeniably black-and-white. Every character, Kikunosuke notwithstanding, is either completely stupid, completely evil or dies before you get a chance to figure out. For example, the faculty that run the school are all cannibals/rapists/murderers. Yup, that's definitely nuanced and complex. As for Kikunosuke's aforementioned roommate, she doesn't do much besides provide support for Kikunosuke in this dark time and get kidnapped.
The art, as I've mentioned, shifts from serious to comical. However, seeing how this was inspired by a Go Nagai manga, I can't speak ill of it too much.
All in all, I felt the 5.53 score is more or less accurate for this anime. It's not going to make you think about life, it won't leave you with much to reflect on, but you'll get some thrills. You're probably not going to remember it after the fact, but it's a popcorn flick when it lasts.
It's certainly better than Dark Cat, I can tell you that.