Kaminashi Nozomi (17) is an exceptional gymnast. So much so that colleges with some of the best gymnastic programs are trying to recruit her. Unfortunately for them, she has other plans. Due to her family being extremely poor, money is everything to her. That's why she wants to step into the world of "Keijo." "Keijo" is a type of gambling sport where girls stand on a small floating platform and compete against one another. The aim is to push the other contestant off of the platform into the water, but they are only allowed to use their butt or breasts to push the others off. Will Nozomi be able to compete in the intense world of "Keijo" and bring wealth and fortune for her family?
For years, humans and otaku alike have presented the concept that an upcoming or airing series can rescue the medium of Japanese animation from its own self-wrought destruction. I've viewed this line of thinking with a grain of salt, for the obvious reason that, well, anime can't be saved, it's irredeemable at this point.
But what if it could be saved?
What if we could end this cycle of bad karma?
But what could do it? What could save anime?
A new Trigger romp with experimental animation and another iteration on Gunbuster's coming of age story? Noble effort, Imaishi, but you can only go so far. Panty&Stocking was but a deflated life vest lost in the sea of moe-colored urine. Luluco, despite being anime of the year, also failed to resonate and return these Chinese cartoons to their original purity.
A fresh romp from acclaimed director Cowboy "Watanabe" Bebop? Sadly no, Terror in Resonance offered less hope than Obama, while Space Dandy offered as much substance as our future emperor Donald J. Trump. (Editor's note: nailed it. )
Maybe one of the murderers who killed anime could do it. Could Geass' Taniguchi come back and deliver us something as good as his magnum opus, Scryed? No, we got Active Raid instead. Sunrise's Cross Ange was definitely saving anime for a while, but petered out in the end.
All hope appeared to be lost. But. What if... What if a series went the opposite route? What if it took everything that killed anime, and went so far into it that it looped around on itself and became the cure? What if derivative, pandering trash like Angel Beats pandered so hard that it smashed right through its target audience of lowlifes and became High Art?
Well, we're going to find out. You're 1000 words into this review and now you're going to learn about
~ * ~ KEIJO!!!!!!!! ~ * ~
KEIJO!!!!!!!! is an action series about dedication and fighting spirit, but it's more than that: it's a story about one girl's dream to get fuckin' paid. Yeah, the series is about this Blue Hair girl who graduated high school and wants to get paid by beating other girls' faces in with her ass. She has a friend, White Hair, who is a judo master that can attack with her ass at supersonic speed. Another friend, Udders, has an ass so soft that it deflects oncoming trains, and the last friend, Hairtail, can judge an opponent's power level by feeling their ass.
Also, the series is about some kind of sport where young martial artists and gymnasts fight with their hips or something. It's more or less just a device to push the narrative of "hard works gets you mad dollars", much like all those other sports anime out there.
The show delivers this soft-hitting (editor's note: LOL) premise with great production values. Character animation and fight choreography are right out of goddamn Hajime no Ippo or Gurren Lagann. The animation uses varying line thicknesses for foreground and background during fights, giving the series a very hand-animated look at points, and the cinematography is phresh. The shots are dynamic and interesting to look at, along with great use of ON-SCREEN WORDS popularized by Panty&Stocking/Kill la Kill, JoJo, etc. KEIJO!!!!!!!! carries great energy and timing into almost every scene, making it both not-boring, and funny.
The characters' abilities and styles are about as fleshed out (editor's note: LOL) as any fighting shounen series, but it's all presented with an amazing sense of facetiousness. You can tell the team behind this show was having a lot of fun. Special techniques all have fabulous names with accompanying ~extreme on-screen text~ - it's very cool and creative. The source material was ridiculous, but more grounded, whereas is the anime goes full ham.
The pacing is great. The anime skips the first half of the manga or so and settles right in on the meaty competition portion of the story, and moves along at great speed. Characters and concepts are introduced wuickly, and even though you technically miss 40 chapter of content, you don't actually notice because the writers for the show were competent enough to know how to adapt the material to best fit the medium.
Soundtrack is standard action-y stuff. Opening is catchy, and the accompanying animation is very much amusing enough. The sound design though: That's where this show shines. In a series about ass fighting with over-the-top animation, how do you really drive the experience home? Well, they figured it out, and every fight in this series is full of varied and exaggerated impact sounds.
So, is this how one saves anime?
Does this series do what none before it could?
TL;DR :Fanservice ruined Keijo,a true disappointment in this season
(Sign...)Basically this show is nothing worth to watch,while everone is being tricked because of the desire of fanservice.
Honestly,this show is eccentric and there's no creativity there.A bunch of girls using their butts to compete each other and fight for the prize queen.To do so,they had to do intense training,such as:use the butt to draw number 8,use butt to play volleyball.Also,don't forget to attend the butt science classes,so that you could know how to use your butts well.As you can see,everything here is hideous.The fanservice in this show is just awkward in that case.Storyline is just generic,the story is just about fighting for Keijo in order to become a prize queen.No plot twists,no cliffhangers,just bland and dull fanservice.
Speaking of creativity,the surrounding is also somehow familiar.If you have watched Assassination classroom,you'll know what I mean.Keijo classes are basically separated to two groups.One is the top class,the other one is the normal class (Assassination Classroom has also a similar class separate method,A-D are top classes,E is the bottom class),while the students in Top class in Keijo will always laugh at the bottom class,which is very similar to Assassination Classroom.
Most of the time,characters are being told to do the practice.Yet,at least I could see some tiny characters development there.For example,Nozomi is a great leader of her friends,she knows how to leader a group for completing each task.Unfortunately,that's it.Most of the time,characters are doing the shallow,silly fanservice to consume time and to appeal the audience for more fanservice.Additionally,there's not much descriptions on why characters are joining Keijo for each character,which is far more disappointing.
If you say Keijo is a drama,that I shouldn't be serious.Then,I shall think this might be the most awkward drama I have ever watched in my entire anime history.There's generally no story depths throughout the whole show.
Summary:This show is just another bizarre show,it shouldn't worth any attention from any sorts of anime fans.Unless you want to see more suffering girls,otherwise,I don't recommend you to watch it.
Notice:This preview is reviewed after episode 4.In obeying the review guidelines in MAL,I'll delete this preview when the series is finished or I drop this anime halfway,then I'll post a completed review afterwards.If you like this preview,Stay tuned for the completed review! :)read more
Hello Gentleman and Lesbian ladies. This anime is not bad. Just compare it with Jojo Bizarre Adventure (it´s obviously principal influence).
In Keijo!!!! you will see tons of spectacular fights with butts and boobs. It´s like JJBA but with stupid story and better animation. Instead of spectacular greek bodies gay men fighting each other , you will see spectacular sexy and cute lesbian women fighting each other. I don´t know how but each girl develops fighting techniques that are even more original than lots of shonen that I´ve ever seen, WITH FREAKING BUTTS AND BOOBS.
Let´s go art. Art is between average and excellent. Ok, it mixes tons of colors in a good way, but it looks like a normal anime. But is also plenty of details.This anime can be one of the best animated show ever, and it has all my votes for it. Don´t trust me? Just watch a single fight.
Sound. Sound effects are pretty brutal for this kind of anime. When girls fight, it´s like shotguns or other fire guns (cofcofstarplatinumfistscofcof). Also Op and Ed are pretty good. I don´t know much, I´m just a simple weaboo, not a musician or a sound director.
Let´s go characters. Characters are pretty cool and well designed, the only girl i didn´t like is the white haired one, for me is just another Ayanami clone.
Story: unexistent. Seriously, you just don´t need a good story if you only want to see incredibly animated battle, just a context.
Enjoyment: Is fun. Pretty fun. Super fun. Funnier than every average shonen. Just as fun as JJBA.
My advice: Watch this with friends and have a good time laughing, because is too absurd but not bad. And give it a chance, I̶t̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶n̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶f̶a̶p̶ ̶m̶a̶t̶e̶r̶i̶a̶l̶.
Overall, i give it a 8 because it can still be better. read more
[Note: This is a preliminary review/first impression/whatever the fuck you wanna call it of the first four episodes of Keijo and all eight of its exclamation points. This will not be edited over the rest of the show’s duration, with the exception of a likely fuck-up I made after trying to gush this out in an hour. Upon the anime’s completion, I will personally delete this review and replace it with an entirely different review.]
Let’s just cut to the chase.
Yes, this is an anime where girls hit each other with their tits and asses. That’s the made-up sport of Keijo. They make it pretty clear within the first minute. There’s no deeper meaning to it, there’s no special message to take away from it, it’s just girls in swimsuits hitting each other with their ass-ets.
Therefore, if you watch this anime at all, or at least beyond the first minute, you forfeit the right to complain about it. No, seriously. You get what you pay for, so shut the fuck up about it. You’re not getting a dramatic character study, you’re not getting a luscious, moving artbook (although the animation IS quite good), you’re getting a bizarre ecchi sport, and that’s it.
Why? Because why the fuck not. Not everything needs to have a higher meaning. Sorry, Tumblr, but we don’t need awareness of all 653 million social topics in everything we do. Entertainment is meant to be enjoyed. There’s a simple word in the definition called “fun”, and that’s what Keijo boldly exclaims.
Keijo is appreciable with how it’s laid out: the sport is just a normal thing in whatever fantastic world it takes place in, and the main character is in love with it. At no point does any wimpy little shitswabbler stammer “u-umm… it’s k-kind of… em… embarrassing… i-isn’t it…???” Less embarrassing, more bare-assing. It’s completely straight-faced and proud of itself, like a creepy rainbow-haired freckle-dick swinging around a giant dildo in support of the LGBT community. Get inspired, kiddos.
And that straight-faced attitude Keijo puts up is part of what makes it so fun. I’m not in this because I think it’s sexy in any way, because that’s not the point at all. It’s just plain funny. The ridiculous attack names, like “Butt Guillotine”, the impossibly brutal training, and the explanations of what’s happening never play up just how ridiculous they are, which lets the audience to figure it out for themselves. It doesn’t need to be self-aware to be funny, just the sheer spectacle of it is enough. And it’s pushed forward by the unbelievable creativity of the author. Seriously, what the fuck. Where did this guy come up with this shit? Hitting each other with breasts is one thing. Moving so quickly that a girl creates an illusion of having an ass for tits, what sort of life experiences has this man survived to get him to this point? And you thought anime was dead. You sweet little angel.
So yes, despite its bizarre setup, Keijo is actually an interesting sport to watch. The author may or may not give a fuck about things making sense at any given moment, so as far as special moves go, literally anything can happen in Keijo. That, combined with an array of possible fields (known as Lands) means that Keijo has limitless potential. Every fight will have something extraordinary and unexpected, and so far it hasn’t failed at cracking me up in rather violent volumes. The animation and the soundtrack keep up with the lightning-quick movements and intense finishers--there’re a lot of heavy outlines, speed lines, and sound effects to make everything have impact. And if you hear any extras, like the sound of an actual machine gun amongst an asstastic gatling gun… well, you know where you are.
But if I’m to be fair, it’s that Keijo is pretty boring when it’s not… Keijo. Weird, right?? What I mean is that this anime is a blast to watch for its ideas, but there’s no depth to it. The characters are incredibly boring, there’s no emotional hook to anything, and there doesn’t seem to be any point other than “main character person wants to git gud at thing”. Since this is a sports anime, the main team is made up of nice girls, and every major opponent is a bitchy lil’ bitch. Riveting shit.
So, watch Keijo if you want nothing more than a weird, fun action ecchi sports… thing. It’s something new, something fun, something enjoyable, and something you probably shouldn’t let your parents find out about. It doesn’t demand anything more than that, and that’s just alright. Of course, this is just for the first few episodes, but I don’t expect anything major to change down the road.
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