Manyuu Hickenchu – anime review

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Today’s anime review is about Manyuu Hickenchu, after the past 6 anime reviews of Ikoku Meiro no Croisée , Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel , Ro-Kyu-Bu, Usagi Drop , Blood C and Mayo Chiki this will be the 7th and probably last anime review of Summerseason 2011

Sometimes there appear manga with an hilarious sounding setting you’d never thought of and sometimes it happens that this works will get an anime adaption, like Manyuu Hickenchu, a 12 episode long anime, made by Hoods Entertainment, who also made Seikon no Quaser. I would describe it as an ecchi roadmovie in an traditional japanese setting with comedy and a bit drama.

[singlepic id=1466 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1459 w=320 h=240 float=none] The story takes place in japan, in an alternate Taiheimeji period having big boobs is of big importance for the people, the size of the boobs decides about the social status and the future of families and especially the one of the women. Without big boobs you are an outsider without much worth. The influential Manyuu clan keeps that social rule high since they have written down all the secrets about getting big boobs on a scroll, which is giving them power in japan.

Chifusa the will be succesor of the clan can’t accept this social injustice and steals the scroll with all the secrets. The Manyuu Clan sends ninjas after her to get their important scroll back. Chifusa escaped wounded with leaving her friend Kaede behind. Kaede awaits a cruel punishment for letting Chifusa escape, her boobs will be cut off…………………………………..For Real?!………………….

[singlepic id=1467 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1465 w=320 h=240 float=none] As I watched the first episode which was quite extreme in different aspects I thought they would cut off the boobs of the women for real leaving scary scars, I was shocked. But when hit by a sword the breast only shrink to a small size, that was a relief for me hahaha, ok its still cruel.

At the second appearance of her pursuers Chifusa sees the “mutilated” Kanade she left behind at her escape. In the fight with her stepsister Kagefusa, Chifusa’s special ability is revealed, when she strikes her opponent with a sword she shrinks the boobs of her opponent and absorbs their breast size, so with every fight her cup size increases, which causes a few problems soon.
Her evil stepsister is in despair after loosing her big boobs and the other ninjas don’t want to attack Chifusa anymore, she takes her chance and escapes with Kanade into the forest.

[singlepic id=1468 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1469 w=320 h=240 float=none] Chifusa wants to distribute the secrets of the scroll to the whole land, with her pursuers still on her heels she goes on a long journey with her friend Kanade. During the show both meet several people who show Chifusa how they deal and suffer from the “boobs mean everything in society” rule. There are also a lot of good comedy and several fights with the pursuers from the Manyuu clan, later on also some backflash scenes about the main characters are shown. The story is not great but decent, the anime isn’t just about big bouncy boobs and fanservice.

[singlepic id=1463 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1460 w=320 h=240 float=none] The chemistry between Chifusa and Kaede is great and their interactions are just hilarious, Chifusa is a pretty dark haired girl with high ideals and a big heart, she is voiced by Kotobui Minako (Mugi from K-ON!) Kaede is the lively and upbeat part of the duo, after the loss of her boobs she’s quite jealous of Chifusa’s still growing breast size, but she doesn’t blame her for the loss, she is voiced by Toyosaki Aki ( Yui from K-ON!)

Most of the time the show doesnt take itself very seriously, but there is also some believeable drama included. The comedy isn’t especially sophisticated, but its very well timed and features good slapstic, funny faces and funny remarks from the characters.

[singlepic id=1472 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1471 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1458 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1462 w=320 h=240 float=none] The fanservice is nice and bold, they are throwing big bouncing boobs and puffy nipples right in your face XD In the first two episodes a bit of violence is combined with the ecchi scenes, a bit hard but after these episodes, its not violent anymore. In case you don’t like fairly sized boobs the fanservice might turn you off. Personally, I have no problem with big anime boobs, even though there were a few “TOO BIG!!!” scenes for me. Anyway Chifusa is a cute hottie even with changing boob sizes. You should watch the less censored version Hiryuu-Kira fansubs provide.
I hope you don’t mind that I  included none of the more bold scenes, but so far wieselhead is no H related blog, otherwise I could have written about my impressions of Mahou Shoujo Elena XD

[singlepic id=1470 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1461 w=320 h=240 float=none] Manyuu Hickenchu was a quite enjoyable anime show, the characters of Kaede and Chifusa were very likeable. In summary this show had a good mix of fanservice, very good comedy and a nice traditional japan setting. Also the animationstyle with the appealing character design was nice to watch. Next to Usagi Drop and Blood C it was one of the shows I’v enjoyed the most from this season.

14 Responses

  1. BioToxic

    Oddly enough I completely passed up on Manyuu Hickenchu, even though it’s probably something I’d enjoy watching. It certainly sounds crazy, big boobs = power.

    The thing that put me off watching this, ignoring lack of time, is the preview shots of the characters always seemed to show them in a deformed state. That’ll teach me to put too much faith in screen caps since the ones you show here are quite nice.

    I’ll be sure to at least watch a few episodes of this at some point – hopefully sooner rather than later. Thanks 😀

    • wieselhead

      Oh you should watch it, I liked it quite a lot, it wasn’t sophisticated but very entertaining.
      Its not like big boobed girls have superpower, its a symbol of social status.
      The animations look nice, but there are a few of these deformed chibi scenes.
      have fun ^^

      • BioToxic

        @wieselhead, Well, it was certainly an interesting watch. I spent most of my holidays catching up on anime I meant to watch in 2011 and Manyuu was one of them.

        The ending was a bit unsatisfying – perhaps leaving it open for a further season? Maybe I’m becoming desensitised but I found the fan service quite relaxed as well. Don’t get me wrong, Manyuu was still enjoyable, I was just expecting a little more since this is by Hoods.

        Kaede was probably my favourite female character for her crazy antics and funny faces. And feudal lord Mie with his boob obsession, he was pretty awesome.

        • wieselhead

          @BioToxic, Ah good =) thx for commenting about it.

          There was something missing for a last episode, maybe there will be a second season. I would watch it.

          Aside from boobgrabbing it didn’t went overboard like a certain show from Hoods ;D

          Kaede is lovely XD I also liked Chifusa even though her boobs were a bit too big in a few episodes. Yeah he was a funny dude.

  2. Aya

    To be honest looks like a silly anime ^^ but I will give it a try comedy and Fan-service hmm still sounds interesting, well I don’t like adaptation of Seikon no Qwaser from last time 🙁

    • wieselhead

      Yeah you could call it silly, especially in the beginning ^^
      But it’s very funny, the two main characters are good and overall I had a good time.
      I also dislike Seikon no Qwaser, I dropped it halways because I disliked thr
      combination of nearly hentai and violence.

  3. Tier

    I watched the first few episodes of this show and liked it a lot. The comedic approach is a nice change from Seikon no Qwaser (though I liked Seikon no Qwaser too) and it’s pretty funny how they strike a good balance between seriousness and parody. I should watch the rest of the series; I was waiting for the uncensored versions to come out and I guess they have.

    You should write a post about Mahou Shoujo Elena! It’s a great show and I enjoyed it a lot. Kowaku no Toki is looking like a great show too, you should watch that and write a post about it too.

    • wieselhead

      I also thought that it was a good balance, it turned out a lot better than I expected at first.
      Well, Hiryuu-Kira subs still have a little censorship, maybe you’d like to wait for fully uncensored.

      haha I would probably die from embarrasment, even though I think is was good for such kind of ova ^^
      normally I don’t like such harder H stuff, because they make feel quilty and sorry for the girls involved.
      here, It was good that she killed the perv monsters afterwards, added some kind of moral and was
      good for the small story looking forward to part 2.

  4. exilehero

    I hadn’t heard of this series before. It sounds deliciously awesome. I think I might just watch a couple of episodes next. The whole boob size equals power thing sounds hilarious. Hmm Mahou Shoujo Elena huh? Magical girl porn? I think I’ll look into it.

    • wieselhead

      It’s very entertaining with Kaede and Chifusa.

      lol, yes I actually feel bad for mentioning it now XD
      Well, it wasn’t that bad I guess, Elena is cute.
      overall it wasa bit hard, I actually felt a bit sorry for her. a few times. Watch it at your own risk ^^

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