Koihime Musou Episode #03 (Mania.com)

By:G.B. Smith
Review Date: Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Release Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009

It seems like the girls need some cash. Obviously, trouble is sure to follow.

What They Say

With their new found friend, Kan'u and friends decide to work at a restaurant in order to cover their traveling expenses. However, Chouhi was no good at it, and decided earn money another way where she meets Bachou.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
We start off with Lord Enshou (Yuan Shao), a rather buxom blond, being teased by Sousou (Cao Cao). Sousou has been sent to Enshou's region in order to clear up the bandit problem. This is just the warm up, as our trio of Kan'u, Chouhi, and Chouun find themselves low on cash, so they find work at a local…maid cafe. Maid cafe? In late Han China? Okay then.

So, it turns out that Chouhi is not the best maid server out there. In fact, she is an utter disaster. So, she is told to go back to the inn and wait. But on the way there, she falls in with a traveling martial artist named Bachou (Ma Chao), who tells Chouhi about a martial arts contest to be held that day. The two go off and participate in the contest, and they both make it to the final match. As they are fighting for the prize, both of them are revealed to have empty stomachs, as the loud growling betrays their hunger. The tournament's sponsor, none other than the pompous Lord Enshou, decides to call the match a draw, and invites both Chouhi and Bachou to her palace for a feast. She also wishes to recruit them as generals for her army. Of course, her subordinates Bunshuu (Wen Chou) and Ganryou (Yan Liang) are not too happy at the prospect of competition, and so they ask their lord not to recruit Chouhi and Bachou.

So, Enshou devises a little contest between the two pairs, testing their intelligence, beauty, and strength. Being a pompous fool, Enshou, of course, makes the contests a little odd, and in the end, Chouhi and Bachou decide to forfeit the match during the third part of the contest and leave. Once back at the inn, Chouhi is fussed over by Kan'u, who was worried about her, and they are introduced to Chouhi's new friend, Bachou. So now there are four girls in the party.

In Summary:

This is about as silly as anime can get. I was waiting for Lord Enshou to make her subordinates compete in a cooking contest, though, sadly, we did not get to see that. If it were not for the fact that there are ample breasts all over the place, and relatively pleasing female characters designs, combined with the occasional fight scene, I don't know quite what the appeal of this show would be. As it is, it provides a mild distraction if one has little else to do, but I sincerely doubt that it has much value beyond that. Except as fodder for doujinshi (manga fan-fiction), most of which I would probably not want to see.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment

Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard



Mania Grade: C+
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 25
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Koihime Musou