The anime wasn’t nearly as good as it should have been, but the total sum of service still would up being a respectable amount.
Production Company: ARMS
Vintage: Winter 2015
Nipple sightings from other ARMS produced anime:
Elfen Lied, Gokukoku no Brynhildr, Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, Ikkitousen: Great Guardians, Ikkitousen: Shugaku Toshi Keppu-roku, Ikkitousen: Extravaganza Epoch, Hagure Yuusha, Kakyuusei 2, Kite, Kite Liberator, Mezzo, Mezzo Forte (co-production), Nakoruru, Queen’s Blade, Queen’s Blade II, Queen’s Blade: Utsukushiki Toshi-tachi,
Queen’s Blade: Rebellion, Samurai Girls, Samurai Bride, Samurai After, Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai, Wizard Barristers, Zettai Shougeki
Other notable / recently relevant mainstream anime from ARMS:
Ibuki Kido as Sakuya Shimazu
Ibuki Kido is also known for her roles as:
Ayumi Fujimura as Isuca
Ayumi Fujimura is also known for her roles as:
Saeko Zougou as Nadeshiko Souma
Saeko Zougou is also known for her roles as:
Kaori Sadohara as Tamako
Kaori Sadohara is also known for her roles as:
Thoughts on the anime
It was bad. Really bad. Trust me when I say that I take no joy in this, I wanted this anime to be good in the worst way. But ARMS screwed up in almost every way they possibly could.
The first mistake is that the anime didn’t even really follow the manga very well, which is a real shame because the manga is a good read.
The manga is largely fanservice based with token action scenes, whereas the anime is action based with most of the fanservice relegated to less than ideal ‘combat nudity’ scenarios.
This was always going to be a mistake, but they could have maybe gotten away with it if the writing and budget had been very good. Instead, both are incredibly sub-par.
When your anime is capable of making even the likes of Ayumi Fujimura seem charmless and uber-cliched, you know your script has issues. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a worse performance from a seiyuu I respect more.
I’ve long felt that Master of Martial Hearts was ARMS worst anime ever, but Isuca is right up there. “Oh man, nothing hotter than seeing a topless chick rip her own arm off!” -Said no one ever.
If you are going to make an anime that contains graphic violence against women AND erotic nudity, you have to walk a very fine line to pull it off or else the anime just becomes a cringe factory.
Isuca did it about as poorly as they could have. And the worst part is that they didn’t even have to, since the manga isn’t disturbing at all.
Another problem this anime had was featuring a director who was inexperienced in nudey anime, and boy did it show. If ARMS can’t find themselves a good director, they should at least find a director who knows how to draw nipples properly.
The side-story OVA does finally add a bit of warmth to this series at the very end, but it’s too little too late.
I tend to really enjoy ecchi shows and will normally urge you guys to check out more than just the T ‘n A highlights. But in this case, I wouldn’t bother. Tits and ass is the only redeeming feature this anime has. Just watch the highlights, and if you like reading, then check out the manga too.
I’ll gladly stick up for panned ecchi shows like Triage X and Seikoku no Dragonar – if an anime shows nipples it can be mediocre and I’d love it. This is a rare case of an ecchi anime being so bad that even nudity couldn’t save it.
Thoughts on the fanservice video
It’s always weird when I have to ADD censorship to my videos to filter out blood, gore, or other gross things that would be a total boner kill. I had to do that a lot with this one.
Still an ‘okay’ video considering. This anime had a lot of issues for sure, but it still found a way to pack in almost 20 minutes of service material. Not bad for only having 11 total episodes and zero specials.
Fifty-year-old Ikue Ohtani always brings a lot of fun to her characters, but her Granny Nami character didn’t really have enough screen time register much.
If Nadeshiko-sensei had showed her tits *just once* it would have been an easy pick. Her nude scenes were some of the best in the manga.
But seeing that ARMS cruelly denied us a full glimpse of Nadeshiko’s funbags, I guess the next best option would have to be (sigh) Suseri. Not exactly an inspiring character, but she had the best boobs in the anime, and she was way less annoying than Tamako or Sakuya.