Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism – 01 (First Impressions)

The Gist: Aichi Coexistence Private Academy was once an all girls school but, for reasons not entirely clear, it was made co-ed. However, this resulted in the girls bringing weapons to school and, eventually, the rise of the Supreme Five Swords—the baddest warrioresses on campus who ultimately run the school.

Now, Aichi is the destination for male students too tough for the regular school system and Nomura Fudou, our unwitting protagonist, fits that bill to a T…

You may get a kick out of Armed Girls’ if you can roll with how silly it all is. The art is decent enough, with short-cut but acceptable action animation and good enough character designs. Everyone in the cast speaks with a slight accent. All the boys are in drag. The first of the five swords wears a literal devil mask, which breaks cheekily after she and Nomura accidentally kiss. Silly stuff like that.

You may groan and roll your eyes at Armed Girls’ because everyone in the cast is basically a pretentious a-hole, a cliché, or both. (The french girl’s haughty fake laugh is especially cringe inducing)

The pace is also a bit slow, with an over reliance on characters standing still to yell at each other and/or introduce special techniques that don’t stand out visually from each other. The result feels very formulaic and, combined with the characters all being unlikable, Armed Girls’ doesn’t feel like much love was put into its production.

The Verdict: Nomura Fudou seems like the intended protagonist, obviously, but in many ways Rin Onigawara is set up to experience more emotional change along the way. Regardless, I’m not sure Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism actually has a protagonist, as Rin and Nomura  get about the same screen time and neither has an especially compelling backstory, mystery, or quest.

I didn’t find Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism especially funny or exciting. It’s just good enough to review, but not so much so that I actually want to review it. For goodness sakes, the only eventful element of the first episode is Nomura x Rin’s accidental first kiss, which is itself a total cliché…

6 thoughts on “Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism – 01 (First Impressions)”

  1. Fun fact, almost all the martial arts moves used in Armed Girls are actual martial arts in Japan and while some of them are exaggerated for the source manga, most of them are accurate.

    The manga author himself not only researched the moves in detail for the story, he’s also a martial arts practitoner.

  2. I went into this show thinking it might have some potential but was sadly disabused of that idea by the end of the episode. So what do we have here?

    A school controlled by girls who emasculate boys and force them to dress as girls, (and adopt anime trope gay mannerisms), and who tolerate no opposition to their social control. Into this walks the MC who is a wild guy who hey loves his freedom and won’t have no women telling HIM what to do. Conflict ensues and of course he is successful, setting out on a course of action to free these guys at school from the awful control of women.

    One thing that always interests me about anime is where various shows fit within Japanese socio-political culture. Some shows exhibit a progressive bent, a few reflect the growth of the hard right in Japan. This show came off for me as essentially an anti-Feminist rant, anime style. Because of that it will be immensely popular with a certain section of the male online anime fan base for sure, However for me it’s immature and unfunny. – which is enough for me to turn it off for good. Oh and the main character is neither funny nor smart…he’s a dick…..

    1. That’s a pretty good sum up of my feelings on it. The only alternative to it being a anti-feminist piece is for it to be e juvenile soft exploitation piece. shrug either way?

    2. I argue that you have some mistake about the main character. In fact, I would argue that he’s more self-serving and honest with himself than anything else. He’s not in the school to help out the other guys. He’s in it to give himself a somewhat stable life away from fighting (which I can say for the future episodes, will not be happening).
      Personally, this is rather interesting as this can apply to more than just giving women more power. It can also apply to any group(s) of society gaining too much power.
      From your comment, it implies that you are a feminist of sorts and will find similar anime / manga with this similar type of setting to be offensive, no? I feel that most, if not all, Modern feminists (both male and female) have lost the true meaning of feminism these years.

      1. No I don’t find much anime offensive at all. I watch a wide range of shows and have little problem with most of them. I do dislike stupid and obvious and that’s what I got from that pile of dross.

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