Posted by psgels on 28 September 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews, Nijuu Mensou no Musume


A major theme of the past half year was fooling the viewer, and the uncrowned king (or queen in this case) of this theme definitely is Nijuu Mensou no Musume. In this series, Studio Bones tells about a twelve-year old girl, who gets adopted by a glamorous and world-famous thief, in the period of right after the second world war. That leads you to expect that this is going to be some sort of thief-series, where Chiko and Nijuu Mensou (the girl and the thief) spend most of its time to steal a number of precious artefacts. Well, no.

I refuse to spoil what’s exactly going to happen, but expect a lot of points where the storyline in this series will just take 180 degree turns as the series progresses. This is really one series that keeps you guessing, and wondering where the characters will go next. And that’s the charm of this series for me.

To accompany the storyline, the series also has a number of very solid characters. Chiko works really well as a female lead: she’s smart and composed, although in the first few episodes, she does lean awfully close to a Mary-Sue. Thankfully, as the series progresses, she develops away from that trope. The side-characters are also excellent, though there are a few oddballs among them. Characters as Ken and Haruka never really can seem to find their place in this series.

Unfortunately, as this series enters its final third, its quality decreases dramatically. Up till that point, the series had been wonderfully unpredictable, and then it decides to close off with a drawn-out rip off of one of its earlier arcs, and a final antagonist who just lacks development for the big role he’s supposed to have, turning him into another one of those villains that are evil because they’re evil. The development in this arc pretty much stagnates, a few deus ex machina pop up here and there, it takes several episodes to do something that could just have been done in one, the final climax is a string of clichés, and overall it just took the potential this series had and threw it away.

Because of that, I just can’t label this as a great series, since it could have been so much better if a bit more time was spent to tweak that final arc. What could have been a masterpiece went rather downhill during its finale. Because of that, Nijuu Mensou no Musume still is a good series, but nowhere near the best of the season.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 8/10

2 Responses

  1. Eonir says:

    Again, I can’t imagine how can one label a work of art with a mere simple number.

    Anyway, an honest review. While I think that the series would certainly deserve the title of The Best Oldschool Modern Creation, it surely could have been better…

    Well, at least the time I spent on watching it has not been wasted so drastically as the time for Code Geass or similar.

  2. saris says:

    This show may not be the best of the season but I would say I love the first 6-7 episodes of the show, the plot twist that time really makes me go WHOA and got addicted with it although I agree with how it is less impressive since then. Some of the characters are not properly developed but I enjoy the atmosphere in this one enough to still say it’s a good show in terms of maturing the characters.

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    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 04:07 AM)
    @Mario: Where did you re-watch Wook’s Handmaiden?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 03:57 AM)
    @Aidan: It made me go off the idea of checking out the rest of the authors work.
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    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 03:57 AM)
    @Aidan: I didn’t like remember 17 all that much in the end. I was intrigued by it at first, sporadically and early on it was suspenseful but I found myself eventually jerked around too long, it got repetitive and I felt I wasn’t get a satisfying result from it all.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 03:56 AM)
    This 95% ad hominem. 5% genuine criticism.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 03:55 AM)
    So this is the comment he ignored? I can see why. You had a point with psgels not remember that Aunt Mito wasn’t Gon’s mother. But the rest is literally you insulting him for having a different opinion than you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 03:53 AM)
    “You clearly are not watching this series with an open mind and are only looking to fault it at any given chance. I know I am not alone in saying this, you need to review this series objectively or dont review it at all and for gods sake at least back shit up when you say it. Its like you dont know the first thing about anime or its production.!”
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 03:52 AM)
    You need to get your head out of your own ass and stop thinking that unless this series does what the 99 series did it is bad. Also for the love of god if you dont know much about this series do some god damn research this is the 4th time you have called Aunt Mito Gon’s Mother, he does not call her Kasaan and it had been said multiple god dam times she is his Aunt. Surely you could do a little bit of research before you do these reviews.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 03:51 AM)
    “Psgels shut the fuck up about the music there is nothing wrong with it and the placement had never been off. The placement is unique and the direction is brilliant.”
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 03:50 AM)
    Lets see.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 03:47 AM)
    Honesty and realism huh?

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