Plot: Muneakira Yagyu is already quite skilled as a samurai, but at his new dojo, he can become even better. The dojo is one that hosts numerous pupils with great potential, but perhaps none with more than Muneakira. He arrives and strikes up a friendship of sorts with some of his fellow students, who seem to be torn over political issues. But soon all attention is on Muneakira, when a naked girl falls from the sky and lands in his arms. As odd as this turn of events seem, it gets even more unusual soon enough. The naked girl is Jubei and when she kisses Muneakira, she undergoes an instant transformation. Now she finds herself to be a master samurai, just from a passionate smooch. Of course, this being a school to learn the ways of the samurai, the other female pupils realize they too could advance in such a manner. In the middle of the various conflicts within the dojo’s residents, can Muneakira master his skills or will he be too distracted by girls that always seem to surround him? And what is this special power he possesses, who is Jubei, and is Muneakira some kind of mystical master samurai?

Entertainment Value: I’ve seen a good amount of anime shows, but few have had the kind of visual excellence of Samurai Girls. This is like a kinetic work of art, with simply beautiful animation and overall visual design. But Samurai Girls’ style comes at the expense of substance, as the series is thin on plot, relying more on visuals and fan service. While the story isn’t complex, it does make numerous historic references, which is odd given the brisk nature of the script. While style dominates, when the visuals shine as brightly as these do, its hard to be overly critical. After all, nearly naked hot chicks with samurai swords are awesome, but when injected into this kind of visual design, the cover is right when it says the samurai code has never been this sexy. I think the story is competent, just a little rushed at times and obviously, takes a backseat to the visuals and wild action sequences.

I doubt Samurai Girls will win over those with no interest in fan service anime, but genre fans will find a lot to love with this series. For those who don’t often explore this genre, the lack of a polished narrative and character depth are certain to be issues, as it puts the focus on the fan service and visuals. But the action scenes are beautiful and well executed, so even if the story is weak at times, who doesn’t love bad ass girls unleashed in wild, super fun action set pieces? And even if you normally don’t seek out this kind of anime, you should give this one a chance just to soak in the remarkable visuals. This isn’t just a gorgeous series in terms of visuals, but one of the most striking anime series I’ve seen and in HD, this show looks breathtaking. Samurai Girls might not have a lot of plot, but it looks magical and is fun to watch, so it is well recommended.

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