ANIME & MANGA - Article
08:52 - 4th October 2013, by NEO Staff

SHIKABANE HIME: CORPSE PRINCESS

Meet Makina Hoshimura; princesses of corpses, basher of undead beasts and her local school uniform shop's number one customer. Her mission is to slay 108 shikabane (the series' term for zombie-types that cause havoc for the living), but in the usual anime way, rather than being equipped with the kind of ghoul smashing attire one would expect, she wears a school uniform that was clearly manufactured in the same factory used by the cast of Master of Martial Hearts. That is the only explanation for her uniform's tendency to explode upon on impact. We just hope she makes the most of their buy-one get-one-free offers.

MISSING: PANTY SHOTS
Shredded clothing isn't the only source of fanservice in Shikabane Hime - though those kinds of flesh exposing thrills are offered on an episodic basis. And despite Makina's uniform consisting of a flimsy skirt that she wears way above the knee, the infamous panty shot syndrome of many anime and manga artists is enchantingly absent. It's enchanting, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons, because, of course, we mean that where pants are usually present in a panty shot, there are none.

In a 'less is more' kind of way, avid Makina fans with too much time on their hands argue over just what kind of underwear she is wearing. After mass debating, the conclusion from many lonely web-dwelling weirdos is that she must be either going commando (even down to no bra), or she gets by in just a thong. So, by completely avoiding panty shots, Shikabane Hime has made the entire subject even more titillating in the mind of the deprived perv. Oh anime - even when you do something right, it's wrong.

BUCKING THE TREND
In light of the above, Makina isn't the typical fanservice heroine. Fashion / underwear decisions aside, she doesn't fall foul to the Gainax bounce, the magical physics that seem to possess the breasts of the studio's more buxom beauties (seriously, they could take a few eyes out). Instead, that's saved for the other female members of cast. And for those waiting for Makina to fall victim of the hotspring effect, you'll have to wait until the second series.

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