We all expected the OVA to “correct” some of the fanservice shortcomings of the TV series, but not quite like this. The two new episodes are packed with nudity, and the re-edited episodes didn’t miss any opportunities.
Credit to nylon66 for the original images. I edited some of the comparison shots into stitch form.
And all of that is just from the new episodes! Below are some of the changes Hobby Japan made to six of the original 13 episodes, redrawing several tease scenes to be full blown nude scenes.
Since he tries to convey action sequences with several similar panes with incremental changes, I figured I’d “gif” them to help give a better visual feel for how the scenes must have looked.
Whereas in most ecchi anime, the caricature nature of the characters might be a bad thing, it actually works just fine here since all the characters are satirizing JRPG themes, particularly in regard to the popular Dragon Quest series. And because the characters are all utterly shameless two dimensional caricatures, it really isn’t too big of a leap to make them utterly shameless two dimensional fanservice objects either. I seem to recall there being a bit of a creative split in the production room over whether Bikini Warriors should have been a nude series or not, and the OVA has kind of been the compromise.
In my opinion, giving us a little of both was a great way of doing it. These girls are sexy as fuck, but making us wait a while put the initial focus of the series more on the satirical aspects. So while we initially felt blue-balled, we were really more focused on the jokes and satire than on the T ‘n A. And now, we get to enjoy the latter, and it is glorious. Well done Hobby Japan. Everything you touch turns into gold.
I have no idea if we’ll see more of this series or not. With Hobby Japan, I’d never rule it out. Hopefully this isn’t the last of the Bikini Warriors, but if it is, I’d still say that this series ended up being more than just a fun little distraction.