Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Bakuen Campus Guardress

Genre: Shoujo
Parental Guidance Recommended
1994 Akahori Satoru and Hagiwara Kazushi

Not available at this time.
Skysenshi's Description:
30,000 years ago the demons of the Dark World aspired to take over the world of the humans but was defeated by the "Guardians". The Gateway separating these two domains was sealed by the Key, a person who sacrificed himself for the good of all.

Present day -- The Key is reincarnated in the form of Takumi Jinno. His guardian, Hazumi Jinno, has been sworn to protect him with her life while she acted as his older sister. Meanwhile, the Remnants, those demons who were trapped in the humans' dimension for 30,000 years, have hatched up a sinister plan that would re-open the Gateway and unleash all the powers that would grant them dominion over the human race.

Will Takumi have to sacrifice himself yet again in order to save the world? What about Hazumi, who has long been in love with the man who thought he was her brother?

(4 Episodes)

A most unusual blend of comedy and action. >>> by skysenshi

I like! I like! I like!

I must admit this is the first time I've been exposed to humor such as I have seen in Bakuen Campus Guardress . When the battle scenes -- and there are plenty of battle scenes ala Fatal Fury to whet the insatiable action fan's appetite -- get steamy and tough, suddenly somebody does something goofy. I'm not talking about Ranma or Inu Yasha goofy. I'm talking about something unexpected kind of goofy. Just when you think they're getting serious and tough as Street Fighters, you'll find out that some of the characters are expert con artists. You think they can come out with a tearjerking, heartrending spiel, the way SailorMoon does when she wishes to make peace with an enemy? Think again!

The most memorable characters that made this title worthwhile for me were Chiryuu and his perverted sense of propriety. There's also Kazuma ( kawaii!!! ) who's openly in love with Hazumi. Most importantly, there's Hazumi and Takumi who made me wish I were back in school again so I can experience the bittersweet taste of first love. These two have that thrilling kind of romance that doesn't kill you with mush. What I like about them is that they don't spend the entire series plastered on each other's lips (or repeatedly calling each other's name) like some bishoujo anime lovebirds I can mention.

I love the ending, which is very rare, considering many of my favorite anime don't have "proper" conclusions. This one... well, let's just say it ended with a bang.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 8; Story 9; Characters 9; Sounds 8

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