What would a travel adventure be without a village in trouble and in need of assistance? Well, it might be less cliched and more interesting, but that's not what you're going to get here. Oh, and they give Koumei a cute little sister.
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 9: Gakushin, Riten, and Ukin Protect a Village
Episode 10: Koumei Wishes for a Sister
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
So, our intrepid band of scantily clad heroines continue on their way, with Ryuubi in a particularly good mood, as she has gotten her sword back at last. As they come across a village, however, they find out that it is under attack by bandits. The only thing keeping back the bandits are three capable warriors (women, of course), Gakushin, Riten, and Ukin, who were on their way to join the Lesbian Army'I mean Sousou's army'but felt honor bound to do something for the villagers, who are otherwise defenseless against the local bandits.
So, the gang decide to stay and help as well, since they're all honorable and scantily clad and all. And we get a bathing scene (required every two episodes it seems, Gakushin taking the honors this time). While the bandits are apparently large in numbers, our intrepid heroines have Koumei on their side, and she, as usual, thinks of an elaborate plan to get rid of most of the bandits. It takes some effort, some losses are suffered, but the plan works. As if anyone cares, as they are probably spending more time looking at Riten's bikini top, which barely covers her.
In the next episode, Koumei pays a visit to her old teacher, but first, we have another interlude with the Yellow Turbans, who are brainwashing their fans into bringing them gifts, while a sinister presence looks on.
Anyhow, we return to the gang, who are having fun, as Ryuubi has now become the elder sister to Kan'u. But seeing Ryuubi act all sisterly with Kan'u unexpectedly makes Koumei somewhat sad. As we see from her dreams, she wishes that she had a sister of her own. And so when she comes back to her old place to visit Suikyou-sensei, she is surprised, and happy, to find out that Suikyou has taken in a new orphan student, Houtou. She is an extremely shy young girl and scared of strangers. Sadly for Koumei, Houtou doesn't seem to want to open up to her, and so she doesn't make for much of a would-be younger sister. Of course, this is all just manufactured drama so that we can see the cute Koumei and the really cute Houtou make friends.
Well, that was a waste of time.
And at the very end, we see the Yellow Turbans turning a little less than peaceful'
These two episode balance the charms, such as they are, of this series. The first one combines the appearance of action and the reality of fanservice, while the second episode aims for cuteness and trying to elicit a feeling of moe, that sometimes hard to define Japanese term, whereby the audience, generally male, feels the sudden need to protect the usually weak and cute young girls they see on the screen. Of the two, the first one is probably the better executed one, in that it does deliver on the fanservice (though the amount is not quite as great as in several previous episodes). The second episode just seemed like a way to pass the time, while the shred of a plot involving the Yellow Turbans pop singing group and their magic book continues to simmer in the background and slowly develop into some sort of world-threatening problem that will require our heroines' intervention. Or something like that. Most of the audience won't really care, as they will spend more time looking at the panties and bikini tops.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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