Friday, May 20, 2011

Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox - First Impression

Title: Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox/Battle Girls: Time Paradox
Genre: Action, Comedy
18 Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~
Hideyoshino is an average girl who always seems to find trouble wherever she goes. One day Hideyoshino visits a local shrine to pray in order to pass her upcoming test. However Hideyoshino sees a blue light coming from inside the Shrine and looks inside to find a mysterious person performing a magic spell. Hideyoshino in a stroke of bad luck trips on a small bell and crashes into the shrine prompting the stranger to catch her. However upon catching Hideyoshino the magic spell spirals out of control and sends Hideyoshino back in time to the Sengoku Era.

Hideyoshino then encounters Akechi Mitsuhide and Oda Nobunaga. But unlike what really happened during the era, Hideyoshino realizes that everyone in the world is female. She then decides to help Oda Nobunaga find the Crimson Armor which is said to allow the person wearing the armor to conquer all of Japan.

"Kagerou (陽炎-kagerou-)" by Tenka Tori Tai (天下取り隊) (Satomi Akesaka, Mariya Ise, Sachi Kokuryu, Rei Mochizuki)

We got another adaptation based from the popular Sengoku era but the twist this time is that those famous samurais & everyone else are all girls. How do they breed? Oh the series just explained it that they could out of bamboo. Hideyoshi our very unlucky and clumsy protagonist accidentally stumbles into someone who is doing some ceremony in a temple and when she woke up she found herself in the Sengoku era where there's no existence of any guys. There she met Oda Nobunaga and Akechi Mitsuhide who looks like Akerin, Hideyoshi's friend in the real world. How would out protagonist go back to her world? Beats me….So far she agreed to help Nobunaga to gather all parts of that red armor believing that she could conquer all of Japan.

There's nothing much in the story/plot since so far all Hideyoshi did is help Nobunaga by using modern things like "recreation" and various things but sometimes we also saw her put some sense to Nobunaga's actions. It seems that things would start to get interesting if that Tokugawa Ieyasu would actually be successful in stealing the completed armor. This series is another one of the shows that won't require you to think so I could watch this even when I'm tired or when my brain feels like an ooze or even when I'm cleaning my nails I could still follow what's happening on screen. Like I said in my first impression on Dog Days and Maria Holic, this is like a breather from the plot heavy shows I'm following this spring. Despite the over used setting and its lack of plot, I still enjoy watching this since Hideyoshi is one enjoyable character specially as she find out that her action dictates what happened during the Sengoku era.

I don't really care much about the other characters in this series except from the main trio Hideyoshi, Nobunaga and Mitsuhide since the series is mostly focused on them. At first I didn't like Hideyoshi much and I was like "What the? We have another airhead & stupid protagonist." but as the episode goes by thankfully, she becomes better as we see her as a reliable girl who tries her best to help Nobunaga. As for Nobunaga, she got a bit of character development in the recent episode. It is revealed that other than being tomboyish, she has a very short temper that's why her grandma gave her that smoking pipe (what do you call that?) so that whenever she got angry all she have to do is grip that thing tightly. Mitsuhide on the other hand is very loyal to Nobunaga and she's a bit pissed that Nobunaga is more fond of Hideyoshi than her and I think with that someday it'll lead her into betraying Nobunaga and if that would come true, things would really become interesting. The other characters are simply there as at first, a foe but they eventually become friends with Nobunaga except that fox of a girl Tokugawa Ieyasu who obviously have plans to steal the completed armor. I wonder what's the part of Date-sensei in all of this.

Nothing really special about the animation but I have to commend the character design since not only does the characters have attractive faces but their design definitely reflects their personalities. I'm thankful that the fanservice in this series is not like the 'special attack then clothes got ripped off' type. Somehow surprisingly there's hardly fanservice in this series aside Nobunaga's clothes and the ED stills. I'm really surprised they didn't rely on those stuff at all. The costumes and accessories is unique I give it that but its not drop dead gorgeous as Hyakka Rryouran's design.

There's nothing really special about the OP and ED song. The OP is fine but I'm not really fond of the song but at least it succeed in sounding like ancient Japan with that flute. The ED is just fanservice in its entirety and I don't really care about the song.

"Atsuki Ya no Gotoku (熱き矢の如く)" by Tenka Tori Tai (天下取り隊) (Satomi Akesaka, Mariya Ise, Sachi Kokuryu, Rei Mochizuki)

I definitely enjoyed watching this despite its flaws but I hope it won't become dragging and repetitive in the future episode. To tell you guys the truth, the most enjoyable part of this series is the preview for the next episode not the show itself. I always find myself laughing my ass off with how hilarious the seiyuu of Hideyoshi and Date-sensei as they talk about senseless things that I find really hilarious.

Until then…

~ ja

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