Samurai Girls is lacking in girls apparently as a new girl named Naoe has entered the show now.
What They Say:
Here Comes the Warrior of Love!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Muneakira and his group getting a bit more notice these days, the powers that be are becoming more interested in events there and have sent in a new player to keep an eye on things and report back. Enter Naoe, an outgoing young country samurai who has a dislike of Sanada from the past because of how she was treated by her as a child. That sort of rivalry is still very much there and it doesn't take much for Naoe to get under Sanada's skin, especially when it comes to talking about physical attributes. It's almost like an explosion that's about to hit and it's amusing watching everyone else react to it as they try to ensure their safety, knowing that there is no way to stop Sanada once she's set to blow.
After the last episodes big kiss extravaganza, things do seem to be a bit more settled down this time around even with Naoe's introduction. It's pretty cute overall but definitely part of the familiar harem pattern. There's some good fun after all of it though as we see Sen thinking heavily about the kissing aspect and having quite the little evening dream about it in the bath. Having Jubei discover it all is even worse, but it's interesting to see that Jubei is able to just sit right next to her in the end and strike up a conversation about kissing. Sen's been kind of off-putting and aloof from the start but Jubei's able to really get in there and be friendly with her in a way that makes Sen unsure of herself, giving in to the course of discussion with no ability to control or direct it.
While the situation does get set up for your basic and expected battle, and we get so far as to have challenges issued and accepted even, it doesn't quite go that far as it centers more about love and friendship. For Muneakira, it's a curious situation since he wants to know why he has this ability to unlock higher abilities in others and particularly in this fashion. What it all leads to is a really good transformation sequence for one of the girls who does get her kiss, which naturally includes a good bit of (obscured) nudity to it, and the power levels are all raised a few notches because of it. As a method of getting the kiss, it's done pretty well and there are some nice sentiments expressed about it.
With the show closing in on the halfway mark, it's really needing to start focusing a bit more strongly on the overall story it wants to tell. Hopefully Naoe is the last of the girls to be introduced that will get close to Muneakira so we can get things hopping. The show is one that I still finds has a hell of a lot going for it both in story concept and animation, but it's slowed down a lot with this episode. The pacing for the show has been a bit odd from the start but this one is a little too mellow and relaxed. It does have some very engaging moments though, especially at the end and any scene involving Sen with Jubei. The further in we get, the more I want to know and this episode does flesh things out a touch more. But it's left me wanting more, both of the story and the fanservice, so it's definitely got my attention.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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