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  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 23
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Shin Koihime Musou

Shin Koihime Musou - Otome Tairan Episode #05

Shin Koihime Musou - Otome Tairan Episode #05 Review

By G.B. Smith     May 07, 2010
Release Date: May 07, 2010

Shin Koihime Musou - Otome Tairan
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If you need to cast the part of the black-haired beautiful bandit killer, by all means ask Kan'u who she thinks would be good for the part. Except her, of course.

What They Say
During the last years of Han Dynasty, the world was filled with chaos and disorder. Three girls, Ryubi, Kan'u, and Chohi pledge to be blood-sisters in order to settle this world. After overcoming many hardships, they were finally able to bring back peace. However, a new evil creeps into their momentary peace. The battles of Muso girls are about to start once again.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
So, as Kan'u is walking through one of Enjutsu's towns, she happens to run into Sonshoukou, the youngest of the Son sisters, whose realm she is actually on the way to visiting. After meeting, she takes the occasion to give Sonshoukou a talking-to about running away, under the impression that the little Son sister has snuck out again. A misunderstanding of course, as Sonshoukou is actually not running away, but on a serious mission to negotiate with Enjutsu. While the two are talking, however, a very short but excitable girl with very long hair attacks Kan'u, calling her an assassin. It's Sonshoukou's bodyguard, who mistakes Kan'u for a thuggish woman.

Mistake rectified, Kan'u and Sonshoukou sit down to talk, along with the bodyguard and Sonshoukou's strategist (Rikuson), who are there to assist her. During the talk, the bodyguard, Shuutai, is revealed to be a lover of cute things, as she's more intent on trying to play with a stray cat than listening to the long exposition of why the youngest daughter of Son is here in town.

We then cut away to Enjutsu, who has the misfortune of entertaining her elder cousin Enshou, who is as haughty and clueless as ever. But it seems a trick might be in store for her, as Enjutsu has been putting on a play about the crushing of the Yellow Turban Rebellion, and Enshou is convinced into playing the role of Sousou in the play, and told to make herself into an object of ridicule, though it appears that Enshou is more likely to be the one ridiculed by her performance.

A brief Chouun and Bachou bamboo shoot interlude takes us to the eye-catch.

After the mid point, we see the play in action, which proves to be a highly embroidered adaptation of the "real" events of the Yellow Turban Rebellion. After the play, however, it appears that the chief item needed for the negotiations with Enjutsu, a special scroll, has been stolen while the girls were on stage. Of course, while they need to play for time in order to find the scroll, Enjutsu hears of their plight and immediately brings up the issue of the scroll. At which point Rikuson suddenly takes out the allegedly missing scroll, which throws Enjutsu for a loop, since she had assumed the scroll was gone, and thus she could send Sonshoukou away empty handed.

It was all a trick. Rikuson had Shuutai "steal" the scroll while she was off stage and everyone else was on stage during the play. But by having Enjutsu think that the scroll was stolen, they were able to get Enjutsu to raise the issue of the scroll, which might otherwise have never happened. So, while Rikuson might have DD-cup breasts, there also seems to be a functioning brain as well. And finally Kan'u appears to be on her way to the Wu Kingdom, accompanying Sonshoukou's party back home.

In Summary:
This episode was slightly cute with the interplay between the by now well-established personalities of Enjutsu, Enshou, Sonshoukou, and Kan'u, and introducing us to Rikuson and Shuutai, Sonshoukou's strategist and bodyguard. There was a lot of silliness, and a parody of an episode from last season. And yes, they introduced yet more girls. I swear, there will be a thousand of them before this franchise finally finishes. And they will likely make dakimakura for every single last one of them.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard


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