The Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy was originally a high school for high-class girls. When it became co-ed, the girls, out of fear, asked to be permitted to bring weapons to school. When that was enforced, a five-member vigilante corps-like organization called the "Supreme Five Swords" was also formed.
After many generations, the five swords eventually became a group which corrected problematic students, and the academy started proactively accepting such students in order to correct them.
Nomura Fudou was sent to this school after being part of a huge brawl. What will he do when the only options he has after enrolling are being expelled from that school or being corrected the way the rest of the male students there were...by being forced to dress and act like a girl!
Let me tell you a Story, a Story of a man that gets into a high school, just to find out that this school is ruled by "feminism". that school was once a female school. But then they decided to open it to male population. but guess what? the nation of "feminism" stroke down, and the whole school turned all their male students into females boys in order to make the girls feel "safe"
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if by this point you don't spot any red flags dancing around your mind, then you should stop reading (btw, if you are going to get salty, avoid my profile
and grow up, after all this is my opinion). but if you feel that the whole Idea is ridiculous then keep reading. be aware of spoilers
Story, story... What story? all we got is that Nomura got transferred into another school just to find out that the school is full on whimsical girls that for whatever reason have a problem against all men ("feminism"), and the school rules consist on turning boys into girls so they can get all along. (then what is the point of even including males into it?)
Nomura just wanted to chill on his new school, but apparently if he doesn't agree with the shitty rules that the school has, he is forced to a fight against the "5 swords" or any other girl that has something against men. the whole argument of this show is a convenient plot device that serves purpose as how idiotic the high school rules can be and how low the girls fall on this show. then, if our MC wants to chill he has to defeat all the 5 swords and get a "pass" to leave the school.
sometimes we get some of the past of Nomura, he constantly remembers one of his "friends" that he used to hang out with... sadly the pure essence of a Yandere awakened on that friend and decided to beat the fuck out of him... guess what happens next?
*End of spoiler section*
Your average budget for a generic setting, it was nice to see some attacks coming from some fights, as for fan service, it was a relieving distraction for the pain this show is
I always wonder why good sounding OPs are to be found in generic anime, is a total waste, but it accomplishes as a relieving distraction. I don't find anything really outstanding, so overall is okay
Aside of how strong the feminism essence is on the girls, they are also a bunch of generic annoying girls. if you have seen this setting before, its almost obvious that every girl eventually will like the MC. well this time is more in a masochist way, they all start liking the MC after all of them received a beatdown (a really relieving beatdown I must say) so lets give them some points for showing us another way to get a Harem.
I don't really have a problem with anime girls overall, unless they are a bunch of useless airheads (Chitanda from Hyouka for example), but this show went too far making almost every girl annoying in a way. and I'm talking about that green haired girl that gets on my nerves each time that she appears, I don't know how people do like her, but I haven't seen someone that annoying. I actually wanted her to suffer a lot, (gladly she did, and it was extremely relieving) aside of the 99% of annoying girls, there is 1% that is quite acceptable, there goes Onigawara, and the Bear girl with the HIO HIO HIO laugh, but nothing more.
Oh yes, Give Nomura some credit for defending the male population, it was really relieving seeing how he succeeded against the girls beating them down one by one
*End of spoiler Section... actually it was obvious that he would most likely to succeed*
Enjoying this show is like watching a fight on the street between someone you don't know, against someone you dislike so much, the relieving factor of seeing how that someone you don't like get beat down so hard makes you feel extremely relieved. if it were because of how Nomura beats down each girl and saves male population of becoming female boys, I would have rated this higher than 8. Sadly the "blood bath" ending I wanted didn't happened. not even the final moment with Onigawara. Everything turned into a cliché and bullshit plot device around Amou that no one asked (Like hey, lets make a past for the MC but lets never touch it until the very end so we create a really convenient finale). well, at least I didn't ask for it, that should be more accurate if the ones reading this are burning their salt into really high temperature ready to burst against me...
TL;DR: school transfer ends wrong, girls trying to punish a male because he is a male that won't become a female, he fights against school rules, saving all the males from becoming females, he creates a harem, and a plot convenience comes to claim him as her unrequited love from the past because jealousy
Busou was a very interesting show. Its one that people didn't really expect much out of and in the end they got...a bit more of what they actually expected. So yeah. I suppose you can say it just did...good. But that's not what you're here for. You're wondering WHY it did good.
The show is a pretty good representation of if you want to take basic tropes at least make it interesting considering how many times we've seen a short-running manga turned into a simple 1-cour show. Hell, it's undeniable to say there isn't one almost every single season. They're everywhere. Because it isn't that hard
to gush out 12 episodes of blatant advertisement of,"Hey. You liked this? Go buy the manga now there's more of it coming sooner than you think."
Busou manages to...make it interesting and worthwhile though. Odd, yet interesting. I will not say my time watching Busou was wasted. Hell, I really enjoyed it.
The main strength of Busou definitely comes from its odd plot and the main character himself. A school designed for females but has a male population. The thing is though the male population was sent and forced into oppression to the point were some of them undergo and make themselves into a "girl" because of being pushed so far into a corner. All the while being watched over a council of five girls with swords who can fight pretty damn well with said swords. Weird? Yeah. But don't lose me now it actually gets better going forward.
The whole underlying element of toppling oppression is completely evident in Busou. If you wanted to easily break this show down to someone you can easily just say,"Some kickass guy runs into an oppressive school and dismantles the entire thing." Because quite frankly that truly what the show is all about
Enter Nomura. Sent into the school after getting expelled from his last one. They thought they could use this school to completely break Nomura considering the reputation is has. Boy were they wrong. He goes in there headstrong and just..breaks it down. He let nothing stop him. His determination for freedom and his hot-headed yet intellectual personality makes him a compelling character. If there's one thing Busou did well it is having an actual interesting main character.
But on the other hand its weakness will also be the characters as well. Yes. We have cute girls who have swords and rule over a school. Yeah that's cool. They tell us backstory of each character. Yeah thats cool. But it'll be completely evident when when you're done watching this 1-cour you'll completely forget about Rin and Warabi within week's due. They're not memorable characters as much as Nomura was. It can't be said for the lack of screen time either. Because they all got their respectable amount. Its simply due because they were made in a way that their really isn't too much compelling about them to even remember their name after you're done watching it. Only Nomura carries that charm within his character strong enough for me to actually remember his name after weeks past.
But, whilst the characterization is weak...we also have another good. The action. Nomura determination for freedom is evident yes. But how does he get freedom exactly? Well, he has to collect five stamps from the girls I was talking to you about. Sounds simple, right? What does he have to do ace tests or whatever? Nay.
Gotta fucking fight for them. Enter Busou's next strong point. It had engaging action scenes to me. They weren't stellar believe me. This is coming from someone who'd rarely point out Art and Sound is his reviews though. But it doesn't take a keen eye to realize while yes, more time was spent making the action scenes look good. They still weren't stellar or amazing. But that doesn't deter from the flair they carry. It was fast and intense. It kept moving at a rhythm. You can tell the character were trying to read each other and make moves to counter them. One of the best things about them is how characters don't shout out,"Twin Katana Wind-blast!" But instead it appears on our screen as their doing it. It feels more realistic in that nature that we just don't hear people screaming out their moves and then doing it. Instead they duke it out whilst we know what they're doing and the characters themselves have to figure out what moves their opponent is doing and the best way to fight against that.
The rhythm, nice flow, and overall simplistic yet engaging action scenes made them felt good and alive. Take these and pair it with Busou's great way of making stuff feel more gritter(especially in the last 4 episodes) made it overall great.
In conclusion: Busou wasn't anything amazing. Choppy animation, subpar characterization, adapting a short-running manga, generic tags and plot-armor is sometimes extremely evident. But still, it did more right than wrong. It wasn't amazing. But it was entertaining and really in the end: That is all that matters.
If I had to describe studio Silverlink in one word, that word would be ''mediocre''. They're perhaps the most "okay" studio working in the industry today and none of their shows I would consider being all that good, with the exception of a couple maybe, but, even then, those exceptions are still nothing all too remarkable. They always make shows that sound good on paper, and, when read, sound like they could be good shows, but they usually lack the creative talents and efforts to carry this through and their shows always just end up feeling either downright terrible or just "meh" for lack
of a better term. Nowhere is this more evident than with their latest title, Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, which, with a narrative and idea this silly, could have made for a good rule of cool show if it had more energy put into its animation, but it feels, like most of their work, that they wanted to create something really cool and cinematic looking, but didn't have the necessary talent or creative force to do so. Despite being a relatively fun show none the less, the anime needed much more charisma in order to carry itself along for the entire duration and the shows just falls short of reaching that rule-of-cool aesthetic and vibe it was so clearly aiming for. In that regard, the show feels very much like a previous Silverlink show, Chivalry of a Failed Knight, which, despite being vastly greater than most other light novel adaptations and is all around a decent show, also falls just short from being good due the studio's general lack of creativity in visuals, while, at the same time, having a decent script with decent characters, something that Busou also carries on as well. Either way, let's dive into this insane, nutty show!
Busou's narrative as a whole is one that is incredibly linear and straightforward. The show will not surprise you with any grand plot twists nor does it bring anything new to the table either, and it doesn't really have much direction. What I mean by that is that the characters don't really have anything in the way of a 'goal' or a motivation in the narrative, other than the main character wanting to collect five stamps from a group of five girls, all of whom carry swords. Oh, did I forget to mention that? Yes, for some reason, the school has allowed each one of the girls to carry a weapon due to the once all girl's school, becoming co-ed, allowing boys to join and, out of fear, request to carry said weapons as a means of protecting themselves. These weapons range anywhere from a sword to a whip to even a giant, damn bear! This aspect of the show is incredibly stupid, but the show as a whole is so tongue in cheek and takes itself so lightly that this aspect feels like a part of the world that is presented to us and doesn't feel all too jarring or even strange. Since the show doesn't take itself so seriously and more so laughs at its ridiculous setup, I can excuse this obvious dumb stuff. Due to each one of the girl's weapons, and general scary nature, the boys who do attend this school are put to humiliation and are forced to wear girl's clothing as a way to blend in with the school. Enter our main character, a cocky, bad-ass asshole, by the name of Nomura, who goes against the demands of the girl's at the school, and the rest of the show sees him fight against five girls, who are called the Five Swords, a group who are the strongest, and most skilled with the sword, who go around correcting problematic students and the such. And that's about it for an overall plot, but the show carries this narrative with such a silly over the top atmosphere and tone, that I find it a lot of fun to watch the battles carry out and the characters feel dynamic and interesting enough in personality to carry the weight of the show.
The anime is incredibly dumb and stupid in a lot of ways, from sumo wrestling a giant bear to the plethora of various battles and fights, but, at the same time, the show also feels self-aware enough to know that the entire thing is incredibly dumb, and fully embraces all of it. Whenever the characters are in battle, bold white text will appear on the screen showcasing the name of their attacks, akin to something like Kill la Kill, with plenty of close-up shots of the characters reacting to certain events while they gasp. Both of these elements help to sell the show's rule of cool vibe it is aiming for and helps to make it fun and fairly entertaining for me personally. However, there are some moments in the show that I feel are a little too stupid for its own good. One such example is when the main character is attempting to hide behind a bear, a pet of one of the members of the Five Swords, which also happens to be female, as he accidentally touches her breasts. Instead of being funny, which is what I believe the writer was attempting, it just comes across as being strange, jarring and uncomfortable to watch as well. Another example that may put some people off is when he fights one of the girls naked in the bathing areas. It can be distracting, and some may even consider tasteless, but I found the fight fun enough to carry the scene, and the nakedness of the girl is part of her tactic for winning the fight and adds on a little bit of characterisation for her character. Some other criticisms about the show may stem from the amount of blood and edge the show does try and convey, especially near the end, and I can understand why. It can seem kind of jarring to go from simply hi-jinks to a complete bloodbath as shown in episode ten, but, on the flip side, at the very least it provides some narrative stakes for the final fight and makes the villain out to be much more menacing and threatening too. The use of blood never really came across to me as being forced since it at least made sense in the context of the battles since all of the characters were using razor sharp blades. Another troupe that I wasn't too fond of, is that two of the girls fall in love with our main character and end up acting catty and bitchy to each other as they fight over him. I've always disliked this in anime since it reduces the female characters as nothing more than petty women, but here it didn't feel as bad as what I have seen before, and for the most part, there is an actual reason why these girls have fallen for this guy, as opposed to them simply wanting the main guy's dick just because the plot demands them to. This doesn't make this element any better, just a little bit more bearable in the long run.
I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed the show and found myself actually excited and immersed during the action scenes, especially during the final fight. The series is so over the top and so dumb that I believe it does work from an entertainment standpoint alone, and while I wouldn't consider the entire narrative and characters to be terrible, it certainly needed a lot more work to make the show good.
Each one of the characters has a stupid obvious gimmick whether that be in design or personality, but, at the very least, many of the characters at least have some depth, no matter how little granted, to make them feel a little more like actual people than bland archetypes. The main lead, Mamoru is essentially a better version of Glenn from Akashic Records, in that he is far more consistent and does the whole bad-ass cocky bastard rather well. I genuinely liked this character, and his back-story, unlike Glenn didn't feel as if it were included just for the sake of evoking cheap emotion from the audience, despite how generic and by the numbers this back-story actually is and how little of it we actually get to learn. A character like this holds up well for a silly narrative since he simply a lot of fun to watch and complements the silly nature of the show, although I wouldn't call his character good by any stretch. He fills his purpose fairly well, has some decent comedic moments and is a fine character. Rin's character has a massive hatred of men and wears a death god mask over half of her face since her mother called her ugly when she was a child and made her wear a mask over her face at all times when she went out with her. This back-story is quite dumb and rather, again, silly, but at the very least it provides an explanation into why this character acts the way that she does and the purpose behind her mask, rather than it remain a silly gimmick like those presented in Hand Shakers for example. Mary was a lot more generic than these two previously mentioned since we barely learn anything about her past and just assumes the "girl with big boobs" role while also carrying around a dictionary since she is Le François. She can be pretty annoying due to her attitude and general stuck-up-edness (that's not a word, I know) but otherwise, she is pretty forgettable. One of my favourite characters in the show is Satori, not only for how well her voice actress conveys her messed up mentality and rather sadistic sword fighting but because there was a decently executed plot twist in episode nine. It's not something to blow your mind, but I felt it was a decent twist none the less, and I did enjoy every scene she was in. While she doesn't necessarily see much development (as does the rest of the cast) she still gets some decent characterisation. The other two members of the Five Swords, Warabi and Tsukyo, were also likeable, and Tsukyou especially manages to pull off the strong swordsman character rather effectively, and that's one thing I can praise the show for. The main character, while very strong, still isn't able to blow through all of the girls with ease and finds himself cornered more often than not, having to think up some clever way to win. While this isn't on the same level of tactical fights I've seen in some other shows, it at the very least, creates some narrative tension and stakes and makes the girl characters feel more like fighters than in your typical light novel series where the girls are all presented as being weak without the help of the boring male self-insert character. The final villain was decently executed and I felt a genuine sent of excitement seeing the main character and her fight in the final episodes, with a decently explored back-story explaining their rivalry and the reason why it spawned in the first place giving more weight to the scene. The character interactions were fine but often the dialogue feels very simple and trite, with two characters just yelling how great they are, and sometimes the comedy between certain characters could fall flat on its face.
The animation consistency was fairly good with a lot of character movement and attacks but the art consistency took a large hit as a result of this. It's good enough in conveying the action on screen and some moments can look downright great, but overall it's just fine. I liked the character designs themselves and the general colour design too, and the opening is catchy as hell! While in terms of visuals, it's just a bunch of random fights, each one flows into each other fairly well. The music is fine and does its job but is ultimately rather forgettable once you've finished watching the show; nothing all too remarkable aside from the opening and ending tracks. Overall, I believe this anime did achieve what it set out to do to a certain extent. While it is an overall decent show, I would be lying if I said that I didn't have fun watching this show and I would recommend this anime for anyone looking for a dumb, easy ride, although I doubt this show will be remembered in a few months.
Let me tell you all a story.. " once there was a delinquent boy.. who got expelled from school and had to join a new school which was being dominated by girls and they all wanted to straighten him up but ended up falling for him... THE END". Ever heard of something like this.. ya i know . So this pretty much sums up the entire anime and almost very other harem anime nowadays.This show here is nothing but a sorry excuse of a harem anime with almost no originality and is full of shitty cliches that would make no sense. You would rather
wonder about why are the children even allowed use swords and whips in school .
Armed Girl's Machiavellism is anime based on the manga of same name and is made by LINDElFILMS. Now the studio is known for making some great harem like Yamada kun and the seven withes but TBH even i am not sure why they would make such anime anime now. The story follows Fudo Nomura, strong delinquent who was expelled from his school for engaging in a fight where he defeated almost 40 people, and now he studies at Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy which is ruled by a group of girls called 'Supreme 5 Swords" whose mission is to correct out all the boys after the school became co-ed.He is really skilled when it comes to fighting and has a lot of knowledge about various martial art styles. He even has his own orignal technique called " Magic Bullet" through which he can defeat almost anyone with just a single touch. All the members of supreme swords wanted to defeat Nomura but instead ended up defeated and for some reason they all fell for him (don't ask me why).
Now , the protagonist might be the only character who is somewhat bearable in the entire show. Almost every girl presents a pretty bad impression and their is personalities are also unbearable at some points. Rin, who is the leader of the group, fought against Nomura and somehow accidentally ended up kissing him and later on developing a crush on him. Their interaction in the beginning seemed promising but later on she turned out to be violent girl with a tsundere personality. And introducing girls like tamaba, warabi and tsukuyo just shows how they threw up almost all the generic character tropes in the show without any proper sense.
Another major character in the show is the Empress also known as Amo. At start of the series she was shown to be the strongest delinquent in the school who even the supreme swords couldn't handle . She had a extremely violent bitch like personality who would kill anyone for almost no reason. But later it was revealed that she was in love with nomura and was a yandere personality and would kill anyone who would come between them... even Nomura .
Now i would praise the anime for doing a good job when it came to martial arts. They did well in explaining the techniques and arts used in show and the fights seemed to make some sense. But hey! an anime where even a bear does martial arts.. now that might be something you Have to see.
Now after watching the entire series the only question which came in my mind was.. Just why. Why even create such a thing ? watching this made me feel that the creators were not even sure where they were going with this thing. They just threw up almost everything that came in their mind with worrying about it making even a bit of sense. There is no memorable character or dialogue whatsoever and most of the characters are almost unbearable to watch. The setting is also nothing special, just a simple High school where for some reason everything including swords, whips, bears , blades are totally allowed but a boy wanting to enjoy his freedom is not.
Now THB there's nothing much to say about the art . It might as well be the only good thing in the anime. The character design is also pretty generic with nothing to praise or complain about. The sound track is also pretty good, The op Builds up some hype for a good fast paced hardcore action anime.... which unfortunately this show is not. The battle music is nothing good or original either but fits there anyways.
Now in the end... this show is nothing good . Its not exactly really bad either and you might even find it decent if you are a fan of such kind of shows but I can't bring myself to like this show. There is no originality or even a good plot. The characters are just generic and boring , and their interactions also felt somewhat cheesy and the jokes don't do much either. So I would not really recommend this show to everyone, but you can still watch it to find if it really is all that bad as I said it is. And ya... why are the swords allowed in the school?