As Kanu and friends arrive at the city ruled by Enjutsu, they meet up with an old friend, perhaps make a new one, and then finally make their plea to Enjutsu to return Ryuubi's sword, which Enjutsu had received in trade from her cousin Enshou. Of course, it's never as simple as asking to get something back.
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!
Episode 7: Chinkyuu is taken in by Ryofu
Episode 8: Enjutsu Orders a Monster's Extermination
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
And so, the girls arrive in the city run by Enshou's relative Enjutsu. There, they run into Ryofu, who has picked up a couple of strays herself, the diminutive Chinkyuu and her large dog (what is a Saint Bernard doing in ancient China? Well, let's not look for reality too closely). Chinkyuu, who wastes a large amount of our time'ahem'I mean gives us a flashback with her sad tale of woe, eventually is rescused from starvation by coming across Ryofu, who was camping out as usual. Thus did Chinkyuu enter Ryofu's service as her strategist. Yeah, whatever. We get to see a Kan'u pantyshot before the long flashback.
Oh, wait, an incredibly inappropriate underage bathing scene (with plenty of steam, fortunately). So, I was right about excuses for more bathing scenes. We also get to admire Ryofu's cleavage quite well. Thus, we get the whole story of how Chinkyuu entered Ryofu's service. Well, that was certainly'an episode.
In the next episode, the gang finally sees Enjutsu, who seems to be as bad a narcissist, or possibly a worse one, than her cousin Enshou. When asked for the return of the sword by Ryuubi, she flatly refuses, mentioning that she traded it for a robe that idiots can't see (yes, of course we call all see it. Riggggghhhht?). So, Ryuubi pleads that she will do anything for the return of the sword. In that case, Enjutsu offers to return the sword if Ryuubi will exterminate a monster that inhabits a nearby shrine on a mountain. It happens that the shrine is slated for destruction so that Enjutsu can build a new villa for herself.
So, they go to face the monster, which turns out to cause Kan'u and Chouhi to first panic, then sexually assault Chouun, and finally collapse from fright. Chouun and Koumei have the presence of mind to pick up the two fainted warriors and retreat. Back at Enjutsu's palace, they describe a fierce battle (which did not take place) and ask Enjutsu to return Ryuubi's blade, since it appears that it is a special demon-slaying blade or some crap like that. Enjutsu's advisor is wary of just giving the sword back, but Koumei offers to leave a valuable object as collateral: a mysterious cup that she had picked up on her journeys (actually, it's just a plain old earthenware tea cup). Koumei states that it has a lid that cannot be lifted, while the bottom is hollow (she's holding it upside down). Enjutsu, who fooled her cousin with a robe that idiots cannot see, would seem to be little more savvy than her cousin, as she accepts this "cup of mystery." Well, Zhuge Liang was by all accounts one of the sharpest minds in ancient China, so it's no surprise that he, I mean, she here would prove far more sneaky than anyone else.
The truth of the monster, of course, was figured out by Koumei the first time. It's a fake. So the gang, who did promise to get rid of the monster, go back the next night, and this time plan a trap of their own. Flashing around valuables and money, they pretend to faint at the sight of the monster, and thus, the people behind it are lured out of their hiding places and try to claim the loot'at which point they are grabbed by Kan'u and gang. Asking them what is going on, of course, we have yet another large-breasted woman come out to explain the situation: the temple is inhabited by a group of orphans. Of course, they created the monster in order to frighten off the people Enjutsu sent to level the place.
Thus, Koumei thinks up of a plan to scare Enjutsu into building an orphanage and helping the poor. The plan never actually needs to be attempted, since another power intervenes. Anyhow, sword returned, the gang leaves Enjutsu's lands and heads back home, I guess.
The first episode is largely devoted to the back story of a character we have never met before. That's a sign the writers really know where they want to take the story. (No, it isn't). We even have a rather inappropriate bathing scene. So, we can check that off the list of things this show needs to do for another couple episodes. In the next episode, we finally have the gang confront Enjutsu to ask for the return of Ryuubi's family sword. Enjutsu, of course, is not interested in giving it back, unless the gang deals with a monster that is haunting a nearby shrine Enjutsu wants to demolish in order to build a new villa for herself. Let us say that this story ends pretty much how everyone in the audience expects it to. So, fanservice, not particularly funny comedy, and general silliness continue. At least the characterizations of these "alternate" versions of ancient Chinese generals do, on occasion, bear a passing resemblance to the personalities that one encounters in the original source material. I'm surprised they even bother.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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