Nozomi Kaminashi is a fantastic gymnast who has decided to become a competitor in a new women-only sport, Keijo!!!!!!!!. While standing on floating circular platforms, players must defeat their opponents by using only their breasts and buttocks.
Keijo!!!!!!!! is a Japanese sports manga series written and illustrated by Daichi Sorayomi. It was serialized in Weekly Shounen Magazine from July 2013 to April 2017 spanning 18 volumes. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Xebec began airing on October 6, 2016 and concluded on December 22, 2016. All 12 episodes were directed by Takahashi Hideya (Director of Fukumenkei Noise and Pokémon Origins) and Nakano Keiya served as Character Designer (Character Designer on Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm and Yahari Ore no Seishun LoveCome wa Machigatte Iru). 6 Additional Specials were bundled in the Home Release depicting some unadapted material. Most of these specials took on a humorous tone rather than focusing on fanservice.
I figured since the last BD volume dropped in late May I’d have this finished in early June… well better late than never. First off this was a pain to edit, seeing as the show’s service comes almost exclusively from the fight scenes. That basically means to have proper context for events the fight scenes had to be edited and cropped very carefully otherwise it’d be confusing as all hell for viewers. As much as I usually don’t mind an ecchi show without nipples in this show it does ruin a couple scenes particularly in the final East-West battle: Kawai’s expression as she raises her top to power-up Nozomi was such a great moment in the manga. Kogatana using her nipples to perform quick-draw sword-like attacks takes away the one unique thing about her character.
As someone who has now watched the entirety of this show 3 times and combed over the episodes more than I can remember. Not to mention having also read the manga I can safely say that it could have been so much better. And that is the biggest issue I take with Keijo!!!!!!!!. It’s that for a show whose entire premise centers around girls fighting in swimsuits using only their breasts and buttocks it just isn’t that sexy at times. With a great director that would’ve prioritized having great service shots as much as possible this could have been truly legendary. Instead the lack of focus on what to prioritize makes the show a weird mish-mash of Shonen Parody and Ass-Service. I think this lack of focus is evident especially in the BD Specials which are some of the worst BD specials for an ecchi ever. One of the specials is just a conversation between Nozomi and Sayaka. And that’s Keijo!!!!!!!! in a nutshell it’s not a bad adaptation it certainly has some really great moments sprinkled throughout it’s run but overall it’s just kinda disappointing. I do highly recommend the manga if the anime wasn’t much to your liking. I’d definitely welcome a second season there’s still a bunch of great material left in the manga to adapt and with a proper focus a second season done well could be so damn good.