So some of you after reading this might scratch your heads and say “haven’t I read this somewhere before?” My answer would be, yes you have, because this review was featured in the last Crunchyroll Newsletter!!! To check it out click this link, it’s the second one down. See it, see it,see it?????
Written by Austin Sansom
I wish they would have let me put a link to my blog in there, but it’s a big website where other people have to pay thousands of dollars for ad’s and after all I already got a HUGE boom in views the other day when I was genius enough to make an article titled The World God Only Knows Season 3. Also if you search The World God Only Knows Season 3 that article is at the very top of the Google search results .
The plot revolves around a modern-day middle school girl ,Hideyoshi who is mysteriously hurled into a world resembling the feudal period of Japanese history. However, this time it’s inhabited only by women. (There is the time paradox). This world’s Oa Nobunaga is gathering the legendary Crimson Armor so she can rule the world, and for some reason needs Hideyoshi’s help to do it. (there are the battle girls). Needless to say if you’re expecting this Anime to be historically accurate you’ll pull your hair out in the first episode.
The main character Hideyoshi, was annoying and useless throughout the entire show. It took her an episode and a half to figure out that she had been sent to another dimension, something the entire audience figured out in 3o seconds, and even then she had to be told outright. Not to mention every battle that happened she was either to the side, or tied up. Nobunaga easily steals the show with her commanding presence, helped along by a great performance by the amazing voice actress Megumi Toyoguchi. The talking dog Shiro was also annoying because other than providing the same “I’m a pervert” joke over and over and over he added nothing to the story.
The Op (“Kagerou” by Tenka Tori Tai) was alright, it didn’t absolutely stink like the Op for Chobits, but it didn’t blow me away like Gosick’s Op did either.
The animation is up to today’s standards but it just never made me stare in awe at the drawing like “Seitokai Yakuindomo” or “Angel Beats!” did.
When I started watching the show, I thought it would end up being just like Ikkitousen. With girls fighting and tearing clothes in the process. I was delighted to find no clothes ripping or tearing of any kind, and (at least for the first few episodes) little to no fanservice. It seemed just generic, not very good but not bad either. However my enthusiasm for the show went down with each passing episode. I finished watching Battle Girls: Time Paradox, and well, I kind of like it. Up until 2 episodes ago, I was ready to destroy the show in my review, there was little to no character development, there was almost no fighting for a show called Battle Girls, and on top of all of that there was YURI!!!!
I was popping my fingers to write a terrible review, but then ….. the last two episodes…. they got so much better, and all my problems with the show were fixed. The characters suddenly go from 2D to 3D, almost a whole episode of fighting, and they use the yuri to manipulate one character to try to kill another character out of unrequited love and jealousy. I was completely blindsided as the plot of the show came back from an extended vacation, and I really did enjoy the last 2 episodes.
Will the rest of the Anime be as plot oriented as the last two episodes? I would hope so. Is it worth watching 8 episodes of bad stuff just to get to the meat and potatoes of the show? I’ll leave that for you to decide.
EDIT: This review was written for CR when the show was on episode 10, so here are my thoughts of the ending. They had the final battle scene extend throughout episodes 11 and 12, and I liked it. It wasn’t the best battle scene ever ( No definitely not, Chaos Vs Ikaros in episode 8 of SnO season 2 was MUCH better) but it was more than I expected out of Battle Girls. Episode 13 was unnecessary in every definition of the word. In the episode Hideyoshi try’s to return to her own world…. oh yea spoiler alert I guess. (Not really though, did you think an anime called Battle Girls would have some twist ending where the main character isn’t able to fix everything?) Throughout the episode I was expecting to see Hideyoshi try various different methods of trying to get home, or having to do some long complex thing to active the ritual. No they just do it, it takes them all of 30 seconds. So what does episode 13 have in it? Enough padding to fill a bed. They could have just gone back home in episode 12, but no I had to skip to the end because the episode was so freaking boring. So final conclusion on the ending? Loved the final battle, skip episode 13 and just assume they get home.