Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kenka Bancho Otome -Girl Beats Boys-: Flawless Asskicking

To be honest, I didn't really have high hopes for this series, it sounded very cliche and the title wasn't eye catching. But I wanted to watch as much as I could from the Spring season so I binge watched it. After the first episode, I was actually interested enough to watch the rest of it, and come back the next week for the last episode. But what was interesting about it? Obviously the fact that everyone was just kicking ass the whole time. That's why I was there, and I have no regrets.

So a guy who's a famous delinquent sets up this girl who looks exactly like him, who's a master at martial arts, and has her take his place at school. Now the school is basically the pit for all the bad kids who the school system doesn't want causing trouble, and all everyone does is fight and kick ass all the time. So the girl, Hikano Nakayama is now posing as the guy and has to fight her way to become the top dog at the school and keep the fact that they switched places a secret.

The switching part is pretty cliche, and since it's an all boys school there's a lot of semi-romantic encounters from time to time. But that's such a minor thing, the fact that she's a girl really takes the back seat. The series focuses more on the bonds that she builds with the other guys there, the friendship and loyalty that is formed through mutual respect for abilities.

The way they form their bonds is through fighting it out. While it seems cliche, this is presented in a way that makes it seem so incredibly cool. They might butt heads, have different personalities and lifestyles, but they use their fists to communicate their sincerity and determination. They show that sometimes, things can only be communicated in a way without words. It sounds very melodramatic, but it's very engaging and interesting.

And of course, I have to talk about the fights. The animation is so flawless for it, with swift movements that were obviously thought out very thoroughly. And it's all genuine, there aren't any dramatic, fake wrestling moves, it's all genuine fighting and ass kicking. The fighting is the main highlight that kept me interested in the series, it's intense and super cool.

The one thing that I think could've used improvement was the opening sequence. It was pretty much just flames that changed colors as the actual episode cut in and out. The opening song was pretty cool, and an actual opening sequence would have been nice. It's okay, it just could be a lot better.

The episodes are shorter than the normally 20-25 minute ones, so it's a little easier to watch it in one sitting. It's pretty interesting and I think it's worth the time to watch it. It's a good blend of action and drama, and has a pretty badass female lead who literally destroys a ton of people with her intense combat skills. Hikano is cute and could curb stomp me any day is she wanted to.