Posted by psgels on 8 February 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews

Welcome, and say hello to the anime with the most wicked battle choreography ever. I have no idea why I didn’t decide to blog this. It’s mostly because at the time I started watching this show I felt that I was blogging too many series already. Anyway, this is a series that’s recieving waaaay to little publicity than it deserves. So many awesome stuff happens, I don’t know where to start.

Apparently, this is the second season of a show called Jubei-chan: The Ninja-Girl. I also didn’t know this until they started making references to it in the third episode. Anyway, she is sort of a magical-ninja-sword-girl, who uses an eye-patch shaped like a heart in order to transform into the reïncarnation of a sword-master who lived 300 years ago. This season, another girl, wearing an eye-patch with the shape of spades, arrives, claiming that Jubei’s eye-patch is hers. Apart from that, there are some other guys who bear the grudge against the sword-master, and also have been waiting for 300 years, and also want to beat her.

I know, it sounds horribly cliché. This anime, however, manages to make something beautiful out of this.

The power of this anime lies in the fact that it manages to utilize contrasts perfectly. Each and every character has a minimum of two very distinct moods. Mostly a hyperactive one and a serious one. By first showing the hyperactive side of the characters, the impact of the serious sides of these characters (when they get shown) becomes huge. This is also one fo the few anime in which I really like the main character. She is an amazing person, but in the end, you’ll feel sympathy for each and every one of the different character. Even the ones who seemed to only have been inserted for comic relief.

The battles are also the most amazing ones I’ve ever seen. Finally there’s an anime which realizes that power doesn’t win battles, but skills. And that’s what the characters fighting have: skills. Everyone moves so fast, it’s almost impossible to keep track.

That doesn’t mean that this show is entirely consisted of battles. Most battle usually take just five minutes, in which the show accomplishes what most anime wouldn’t even dare to try. The rest of the time is filled with some of the most amazing aftermaths, with one aftermath even taking up as long as four episodes.

I haven’t even started talking about the comedy yet. Although it’s not the best comedy ever and some misses it’s place, when the comedy works, it really works. I can’t believe how utterly creative some of the jokes are (sometimes perfectly integrated with the battles, other times just the characters being extremely wacky).

Overal, this is an amazing series. The characters are amazing, the battles are amazing, the dialogue is amazing, and don’t forget the catchy soundtrack.

Why you should watch this: if you like wicked battles, heavy drama, or just a good show, then you should watch this.

Final Rating: 89/100

One Response

  1. Muscle Rider says:

    I have bought the first season on dvd here in Australia and it was fantastic. This was before I started downloading anime in bulk and spreading my likes across a larger range of genres. So basically most of the dvds and videos I bought, after second viewing seemed cliched and mundane to watch (I’m looking at you Ranma). But Jubei chan still hold up after the many years since its release.

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:59 AM)
    @Brendan: like Code Geass perhaps?
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:58 AM)
    I just generally watch mecha shows for laughs nowadays, like Cross Ange. but unfortunately that show tried to fix itself so it’s not as fun too watch anymore. These too-bad-it’s-good shows only work if the quality stays consistently bad or continue to get progressively worse.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:57 AM)
    Id like to see a mecha show where we didnt fight aliens. How about a futuristic human war or something remotely fresh like that.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:55 AM)
    @Emma: you know I actually never seen Gasaraki, but the for bringing it up since it always escapes me. I might watch an episode of that tonight perhaps.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:54 AM)
    Interestingly enough most anime scholars divide mecha shows into ‘pre-Eva’ and ‘post-Eva’, since the influence of that show was so great that it altered the very DNA of mecha shows that proceeded it.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:51 AM)
    Im interested in this rahxephon show now.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:49 AM)
    Rahxephon borrows so liberally from Eva that I saw it as a tribute more than a rip-off, and I actually enjoyed it. That, Death Note, Monster and Kimi ga Nozumo Eien were the only anime series that I watched with my Japanese ex and I got her to actually enjoy them. Many adult woman from Japan dislike anime as they deem it too nerdy, and she hadn’t watched one since the original Hunter X Hunter; so it was a miracle that she got into those as much as she did.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:48 AM)
    I think the mecha genre has become too much of cardboard cutouts of their predecessors and its really uninteresting nowadays. Actually i think this applies to many anime genres nowadays. The main characters are all copy pastes of each other
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:43 AM)
    Anno is a great animator/cinematographer. As much as I like Eva I’m hoping to get the last rebuild so he can do something original again for a change. Many peolke don’t knkw that Miyazaki hired Anno to fill in the animation for the elder gods in Nausicaa since he deemed it “too hard to do”.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 08:42 AM)
    I only made it haldway through Rahxephon on two attempts to watch, Bones have no grasp of pacing…

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