By Geeky Gem
Ikki Tousen, or Battle Vixens, as it is known here, is a Japanese Anime based on a Manga of the same name. I started reading these manga’s a few years ago and I watched the anime. Now the anime is what I am going to talk about here as I have yet to finished the manga. At this point I fear it is my duty to clarify something, this anime is full of fighting so seen as it is Japanese, it does mean the girls that are fighting will not always finish a fight with all their clothes on, which may appeal to some folk, however this does not include me. I like the story and the fight scenes. So below you may see pictures of semi naked animated girls. To me it’s funny, every time it happens.
To the story then. Ikki Tousen is set in the Kanto region of Japan, here seven high schools are waging an all-out turf-war for territorial supremacy: Nanyo Academy, Kyosho Academy, Seito Academy, Yoshu Academy, Rakuyo High School, Gogun High School, and Yoshu Private School. The fighters of each school bear the sacred jewels called magatama, which contains the essence of warriors from the Three Kingdoms era of Ancient China 1800 years ago, as well as their fates.
This then leads us on to our leading lady, Hakufu Sonsaku.
Hakaufu is the descendant of legendary conqueror Sun Ce and is a highly skilled fighter. She sometimes doesnt know her own strength, and this can lead to battles ending in an intresting way. She has a bit of a ditzy personality, she transfers to Nanyo Academy where her cousin Koukin Shuyu attends under her mother’s request. Her destiny, as with her predecessor, was to conquer all of the schools. But there is a darker and more dangerous side to her fate, one that may change the entire course of history forever.
That’s the plot of the show, it was only 13 epiosde long as with most manga to anime shows the anime was finished before the manga was finished. Which means plot changes from the manga. However Ikki Tousen is a little different and there have so far been four season’s of this show, splilt up with different titles following different parts of the manga. I have seen these so here’s a bit about season one which was simply called Ikki Tousen.
As I said, it was 13 episodes long, which is farly short for a manga, it was produced by J.C Staff and directed by Takashi Watanabe.The show aired on AT-X (A Japanese station) from July 30, 2003 and October 22, 2003. As with many Japanese to English dubs, Ikki Tousen was also done by Funimation Enterainment, if you have wached a dubbed anime chances are this company did it.
The reason I like this anime so much is that the story is really deep and you want to know, will history repeast it’s self, or will Hakufu break the mould and bring about the start of something else? The animation is also really good, and what I have read of the manga reflects the pace that is set out in the pages.
Again, as I always say, if you haven’t seen this one then why not give it a go. If you have, then season two is Dragon Destiny.