The girls enter the wild jungles of Nanban. There lurks a ferocious tribe of barbarians who feed on living creatures and stand thirty feet tall. Or at least that's the story that Gien has heard. The reality? Well, see for yourself...
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.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
We open up with some girl wearing a feline costume (oh, so now we get furries? Hopefully not) dreaming of eating "loaches" (I think the translation needs to be QC'd a little more), and getting into an argument with her pet pink elephant. She bit the poor little critter's tail while in her sleep, but refuses to admit she did so when awakened by the peeved pet. The pet then runs off.
We then have two quick cuts to give us the situation of our heroines. Ryuubi's group has reached Nanban, and it's really hot down there, while Bachou and Chouun are stranded in a cave on Mt. Tai.
Anyway, this episode seems to be filled with quick scenes. In a short span of time, we are introduced to Ms. Furry Queen's (I'll get to her real name later) trio of subordinates, and then the production staff manage to fit in a quick bathing scene of Ryuubi's group, this time in a river. And boy, that sun must be really strong to create so much glare. It is only at this moment that Ryuubi and friends actually wonder what an elephant looks like. Sounds like they prepared very well for their trip. Of course, they couldn't resist the classic elephant = "something else" gag.
At that moment, the little pink elephant, whom we learned earlier is named PayaPaya, comes running through the jungle and straight into Rin Rin's arms. That's because right behind it is a full grown tiger that was looking for a light snack. None of the girls are armed, but that's okay because Rin Rin wins against the tiger in a staring contest, with Rin Rin's expression being more menacing than the tiger's. As the girls are walking along, who should appear but the Furry Queen, who immediately claims ownership of the little pink critter. A pulling contest ensues between Rin Rin and the girl, but when she notices that the elephant was in pain, the Furry Queen lets go. While Rin Rin thinks she has won the contest, Koumei then comes in and makes a judgment worthy of Solomon.
It is now revealed that the Queen of Nanban's name is Moukaku, and the little pink critter is, indeed, an elephant (it's the tiniest elephant I've ever seen, but, well, accuracy is not this show's strong suit). While Koumei tries to negotiate with Moukaku, the Nanban barbarians are all admiring Ryuubi's very impressive rack. They seem to be in love with them, perhaps because it appears the Nanban are entirely prepubescent and have no development of their own. Though that doesn't quite explain their fascination.
Of course the negotiations go nowhere, as Moukaku is unwilling to give up any Nanban elephant belly button lint. Instead, she dares Ryuubi's group to capture her and force her to give it up. And so, we have a series of traps laid for Moukaku. The first one is your classic cartoon gag trap: the large basket held up by a stick with some sort of lure placed under the basket. Ryuubi questions whether such an obvious gag...er I mean trap, will work, but Koumei assures her that it will, since Moukaku has about the same intelligence level as Rin Rin (alas, poor Rin Rin, used as a yardstick for idiocy). Of course the trap works, but Moukaku refuses to give in yet. There follows a series of further attempts to capture Moukaku.
Perhaps the most memorable, because it's perhaps the most brazen, is one where Ryuubi has developed a new series of exercises for breasts. I did not realize they were muscles that needed to be worked. Of course this trap, and all the others, work.
Finally, Moukaku decides that she's had enough of being captured all the time. So she decides to use black magic to summon evil spirits to possess little PayaPaya, who will then go and destroy Ryuubi's group. While there's a whole lot of silliness out of the worst kinds of primitive tribal stereotyping, the "magic" appears to work, and PayaPaya is transformed into a full-sized demon elephant. Of course, there is a way out of this mess, and Rin Rin shows that she's not as stupid as Koumei thinks she is.
The situation resolved, Moukaku decides to give them some belly button lint, but since she wants to know what they plan to use it for, she is coming with them back to Touka Village. Aisha has already come back, while Chouun and Bachou are still trapped on Taishan.
Let's see: girls in silly costumes? Check. Boob calisthenics? Check. Bathing scene with some visual method of obscuring anything the audience might really want to see? Check. Idiocy? Check. It appears that the production team has put together yet another episode that follows the checklist of required elements to the letter, with perhaps the only thing missing being a large feast, though that was imagined by one of the characters early on in the episode. At this point, the show has settled into a firm formula, with required scenes that appear almost on cue when you most expect them. The plot may be moving forward, but frankly, I doubt that's the point of the show and of little concern to its fans.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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