Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Martial Arts, School, Superpower, Ecchi, Turf War
First Aired: Summer 2003, 13 episodes
Summary: A war is raging between seven famous high schools (Rakuyo High School, Nanyo Academy, Kyosho Academy, Youshu Private School, Yoshu Academy, Seito Private School, Ryoushu High School) in the Kanto region of Japan. Each school is struggling to take supremacy over the others and take over the entire territory. A few select students possess sacred beads that harbor the souls of warriors who fought during the Three Kingdoms Era of Chinese history. Hakufu Sonsaku is a dim-witted transfer student that just arrived at Nanyo Academy. She might be a ditz, but she possesses a special sacred bead.
Ikki Tousen may sound like a fighting anime, but you will quickly learn it’s more fan service than anything. It’s full of the classic anime panty shots and boob bounces. There is more to it than that, but from the opening scene you will see it is very ecchi. If you are able to make it past the frequent underwear shots, you will see how Ikki Tousen attempts to show the relationships between the characters. The story is fine, and the artwork is nothing special, but the characters and their interactions between one another is where this series shines. The action sequences are usually pretty good as well.
You might enjoy this if: You are a Chinese literature enthusiast and always in the search of new interpretations of classic stories.
You might not like it if: Fan service makes you uncomfortable. If you think it’s funny when fan service is completely unnecessary and out of place, Ikki Tousen is for you.
Note to the Viewer: Ikki Tousen is based on “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, a famous Chinese novel. The sacred beads contain souls drawn from historical figures, but some elements have been changed for dramatic license.
AMV –Young by James Alter
(Warning, there’s fan service in the AMV)