Welcome to the world of sacred beats, fated fighters and... a lot of fan service.
Ikki Tousen's first season hails from 2003, and this 13 episode anime sets the lines for the powerstruggle in the Kanto region of Japan.
In the Kanto region
of Japan, seven high schools take place in a turf war for territorial
supremacy: Nanyo Academy, Kyosho Academy, Seito Academy, Yoshu Academy,
Rakuyo High School, Gogun High School, and Yoshu Private School. The
fighters of each school bear the sacred jewels called magatama, which contains the essence of warriors from the Three Kingdoms era of Ancient China 1800 years ago, as well as their fates.
Hakufu Sonsaku, the descendant of legendary conqueror Sun Ce, is a highly skilled fighter with a strong sense of personality who goes to Nanyo Academy where her cousin Koukin Shuuyu
attends under her mother's request. Her destiny, as with her
predecessor, was to conquer all of the schools. But there is a darker
and more dangerous side to her fate, one that may change the entire
course of history forever.
While it has some epic battles and actually quit an unexpected plot twist in the two episode finale, the main grief with this light novel adapation is perhaps the fan service.
Most fighters are beautiful girls, and every two moves in battle involve an underpants shot, while bobs are bouncing all around. Add to that the bad fabric of the school uniforms whom tend to spontaneously rip apart in the chest area... well, at times it's just TOO much for the neutral viewer.
The humour however is rather fun, and then there is this one...
But all in all, it`s more of a juvenile audience series with the blood and nudity, then a decent anime series in my opinion.
Rating: 3 / 10
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