If you thought that you had seen the last of this female version of the Three Kingdoms story, think again.
What They Say
Towards the end of the Han Dynasty, the world is in the throes of chaos and disorder.
In a time when strength is needed, a hero is secretly sharpening her skills as a warrior of justice: her name is Kan'u Unchou. Kan'u will put her life on the line, test her strength and power, fighting to protect those in need. Together with Chouhi Ekitoku, they make a vow as sisters to forge down this path of justice, awaiting whatever fate has in store for them...
Now in SHIN KOIHIME MUSO, Kan’u and Chouhi explode into battle as they must again stand up and fight for peace during these turbulent times. Together they set out to assemble their team of warriors, eyes to the horizon and the many battles and adventures that awaits for them up ahead!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As you might remember, Koihime Musou, the anime adaptation of a game with adult themes that took the well-known heroes and characters of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the famed novel that presented a fictionalized version of the decay and fracture of the Han Dynasty in China during the 3rd Century AD, presented us with quite the spectacle (you can see the earlier reviews here at Mania). Now, a second season has recently been broadcast, and was available as a simulcast on Crunchyroll and is still available now for viewing. I highly recommend you watch the first season before moving on to Shin Koihime Musou.
We start with a fight, as the full assembly of girls (Kanu, Chouhi, Chouun, Bachou, Kouchuu, etc.) lead the forces of a small village against an army of bandits that had been plaguing the populace. Of course, Koumei, the master strategist, has devised a plan to wipe out the bandits, and it works like a charm. Which means that it's time for the opening animation, then a banquet and then the obvious thing to follow: Bachou in the bath. With steam. Lots of strategically mobile steam.
Apparently, the main crux of the first episode is Bachou's desire to be able to call Chouhi by her given name of Rin Rin (remember, all of the girls have two names; I can't even keep them straight all the time). And so, an entire episode of fluff is built around Bachou's struggle to call Rin Rin, Rin Rin. But we get a lot bounces, several Bachou panty shots, and an excuse to remind everyone of all of the girls "formal" and "personal" names.
In the second episode, we are finally introduced to the one main character from the novel (and the real history) who has not made an appearance so far: Liu Bei, the nominal "hero" of the original work. We had a false Liu Bei in the first season of this show, but now we are to meet the "real" one. Yes, Liu Bei's a girl here like all the others, or as we should call her, Ryuubi Gentoku.
But, before we get to that, we get to learn a little about Koumei's reading habits. Illustrated Guide to Sexual Positions? Isn't she a little, you know, young for that? This bit seems to be setting the tone for the series, as when Kan'u and friends confront a group of bandits who are about to rape an overly endowed (what other kind of woman is there in this show?) and defenseless (okay, that's different) young woman, Chouun takes it upon herself to introduce Kan'u as the woman famous for her luscious hair…I can't say where, you'll have to see it for yourself.
Of course, the young woman they save is Ryuubi. And so they get the story of how the fake "Ryuubi" they had met before had stolen her family heirloom sword and pretended to be her. Koumei then mentions that she had heard how Kousonsan, one of the provincial governors Kan'u and Chouhi had met before, had recently acquired a really good sword. It so happens that Ryuubi knows Kousonsan (Hakukei-chan to her), and thus Ryuubi sets out to see her old classmate from school…only to get jumped by bandits again. Cue ripping off her blouse and attempted rape no.2. Of course, that does not come to pass, as Ryuubi's screams (understandable after having her top ripped off) cause Kan'u and friends to appear and save the day again. And yes, we have another lame appearance of "Butterfly Mask" (see season 1; I don't feel like explaining that one).
The trip seems to be too dangerous for Ryuubi alone, so Kan'u, Chouhi, Chouun, and Koumei set out to accompany her for her protection. So, next episode looks to be a travel episode.
Picking up largely where the first season left off, we get Kan'u and friends against beating up bandits, all the while wearing skintight outfits that highlight the unrealistic curvature of most of the female cast. Now, yet another buxom young woman is introduced, but this time, she's important, as she is Ryuubi Gentoku, the real one, the "Liu Bei" role in the Three Kingdoms story. Apparently, in this version, Ryuubi is the well-meaning space cadet whom Kan'u and friends will likely have to protect all of the time. There is not to much change from the first season, except that it feels like the sexual references have been increased this season, and the producers seem to be even more aware of the fact that this show exists for fanservice and nothing else. So, if you want your recommended allowance of bathing scenes and panty shots, this will be the show you will want to watch. If you aren't interested in fanservice, there really isn't much else to recommend this show, except for some perverted (and occasionally funny) humor. If both are not your thing, stay far away.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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