When you have a gaggle of girls who have to kiss the boy to gain their power as master samurai's, what's one more girl in the mix?
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Episode 8: The Slave of the Kiss
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The threat facing the girls in the form of Sen's older brother is growing and they've come to the point where they have to make some serious decisions. He's due back in a week from Paris and both Sen and Sanada have decided that they need to be fully committed to dealing with what's coming their way. So they inform the rest of the girls that if they don't want to be involved, they need to get out of the dojo as they'll be in danger otherwise and they can't deal with any distractions. Of course, to fully participate they have to go through the kiss process with Muneakira since they need as many people as they can with the powers that come from said kiss.
With some of them being fairly stressed about this whole aspect for a bit, the three non-kissed girls have to figure out just how far they want to go. It's an interesting problem to have and there's a lot of cuteness in watching Naoe in particular trying to decide which embarrassment is more difficult for her to suffer through. There's some basic societal issues going on there, but the jealousies rage as well. Which gets even worse when yet another woman literally drops down from the sky just like Jubei did. Yet this girl, with an eye-patch, has Jubei up in arms and being much more forceful than usual that she must absolutely not kiss her, even though the situation seems perfectly ripe for it.
The new girl, Gisen, brings in a bit of an amusing angle to events as she's very much playing up the role of being a slave to Muneakira. And not just her but everyone else who has taken the kiss from him. She's very helpful and subservient which makes for a bit of fun by itself, but she's uncertain why the others aren't acting the same since they're slaves of Muneakira as well, which gives you a slightly different look at what these kisses me. Painting them more as a pact rather than an unlocking of power definitely alters the perceptions of the relationships they have and you can see why Jubei may understand this subconsciously and have other reasons for not wanting Gisen involved. She's definitely unlike the other girls in the dojo because of her style and confidence, which naturally grates heavily on Sen. Gisen's personality really is interesting here compared to the others and since she has a potentially greater understanding of what's really going on.
Samurai Girls enters more dangerous territory by adding yet another girl so quickly after Naoe, and in general, but manages to make it work. While the storyline is a bit forced toward the end here with how the characters interact, the arrival of Gisen does feel like it's offering something different from the rest and a new level of potential because of what she may know. There's a lot to like here even though it's playing with a new character, which feels dangerous to add this far into a short run series, but Samurai Girls makes it work. With the looming threat of Sen's brother getting closer and the girls starting to get organized and preparing for it, everything is coming together in a solid and fun way. With lots of near-nudity that makes a home video purchase drool worthy.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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