Judge Mitchell Hattaway continues to be entertained by this anime series. He also continues to be embarrassed about being entertained by this anime series.
The Big Fighters Tournament begins.
The battle for control of the world—or at least whatever it is these kids are fighting for control of—is about to begin. Two years have passed since the last Big Fighters Tournament, so the rival high schools are gearing up for the next competition. Hakufu, our bubble-headed, big-breasted heroine, has decided she will become Japan's greatest fighter—but will the dormant power residing within her be enough to help her and the Nanyo Academy prove victorious in the tournament?
This second volume of episodes from the gleefully nonsensical Ikki Tousen anime series contains three installments:
• Episode Five
• Episode Six
• Episode Seven
As I stated in my review of Ikki Tousen: Legendary Fighter (Volume 1), the best thing about this series is its refusal to take itself seriously (and if it did take itself seriously, it would be borderline offensive). It's patently ridiculous, and it's obvious the creators know this. I thought it was goofy enough when we just had magical earrings, feudal warriors reincarnated as nubile teenage girls, chick fights, and more shots of panties than a Victoria's Secret catalog, but now they go and throw lesbianism into the mix? Oh, baby—good stuff all around.
As was the case with the previous release, Geneon has done a bang-up job on the technical end. The transfer is absolutely beautiful, with no defects to be found. The stereo sound mix, whether in the English dub or the original Japanese, does its job quite nicely. (A full 5.1 mix of the Japanese track would have been appreciated, but if you apply Pro Logic decoding to the stereo mix, you'll be rewarded with some sweet surround effects.) Extras include clean closing animation, an art gallery, Geneon's ever-present previews, a couple of Easter eggs, and a very brief interview with director Takashi Watanabe. This interview alone is almost worth the price of the disc, as Watanabe (who looks like he could be Eddie Van Halen's older, chubbier brother) reveals what interested him in the series in the first place. (Yes, it's exactly what'd expect to him say.) As for what else is going on in the room while Watanabe is being interviewed—well, you'll just have to see that for yourself.
Ikki Tousen continues to be an entertaining piece of nonsense. Give it a shot. Court is adjourned.
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