Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Labyrinth of Flames

Genre: Ecchi Comedy
Parental Guidance Recommended
2000. Studio Fantasia. Bandai Visual. Nihon Koromapiya.

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Cover Description:
Meet Galan, a spastic geek who'd do anything to be a real, live samurai. But that's just an impossible dream... or is it? When his princess girlfriend gives him the gift of an ancient sword, strange events unfold, and even stranger people drop out of the sky to attack.

Now Galan must overcome his ineptitude and join a bunch of beautiful women in a wacky romp through a kingdom that time forgot. Hey, what could be better?

(2 episodes)

Crazy. >>> by skysenshi

What happens when you combine a delusional samurai wannabe, a sweet-acting violent princess, a well-endowed undercover agent, a perpetually drugged lady-in-waiting, a terribly henpecked bishounen, and a dimwitted pervy king in a one-hour animated feature? You guessed it: Bedlam.

Galan has grand dreams of becoming a true samurai and Natsu, a girl who desperately wants to choose her own husband, manipulates this weakness. She lures Galan into her palace, enraging her father, who had already decided that he had found a more suitable fiancé. Little do these people know that while they are discussing Natsu and Galan's future, a deeper sort of trouble is brewing inside the castle walls. Thanks to Natsu's father's horny nature, international criminals have gotten hold of an ancient family secret that sings to the tune of billions and billions of yen.

The story falls into place as every character gets into one hilarious situation after another. Galan continues to pretend that he's become a samurai, Natsu continues to harass Galan, and the rest of the gang continue to chase after Galan's head for each of his or her own special reasons. And since this is a presentation brought to you by the creators of Project A-Ko and Agent Aika, expect nothing less of the usual fan service-panties, legs, and bouncing boobies that aim to overshadow the so-so quality of the art and animation. Some of the supposedly comedic parts seem a bit painful, though, as they involve a lot of violence and bloodshed. I'm particularly squeamish about seeing the princess' assistant, Kasumi, lug her medication around. If that doesn't look agonizing enough, you still see her get into accidents that would have her bleeding profusely. Ouch.

Good thing there are a lot of unusual scenarios here-wacky antics that I've only seen in this anime (i.e. a particularly bishie guy who ruins his image by dressing up like a gay prince, or this same guy being "violated" by an insane female admirer, or gorgeous assassins that execute particularly erotic Chun Li moves)-that had me laughing out of my seat.

Tsk. Tsk. Crazy.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 7; Story 7; Characters 8; Sounds 7

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