ANIME & MANGA - Review
11:00 - 8th August 2015, by NEO Staff

Samurai Bride Complete Collection

In the pseudo-modern world of Samurai Bride, no skill is valued more highly than discipline with the blade. And of course, no one is better with a blade than the scantily-clad girls of the Yagyuu dojo, though you wouldn’t know it to look at them, as they seem to spend more time getting into compromising situations and squabbling over love triangles than actual sword fighting. Still, it seems to have worked for them so far, except for the crushing debt that they’ve found themselves in, forcing them to rebrand the dojo as a maid café to make the requisite cash. Oh, and there’s also a gang of resurrected samurai masters (who apparently share the same half-a-wardrobe with the Yagyuu Dojo girls) that have been brought back to unleash an unspeakable horror upon the world.

The first thing you’ll notice about Samurai Bride (apart from the jiggling) is that it has a very unique visual style, with an interesting ink-on-parchment motif to the scenery and effects, and bold line art for the characters. Unfortunately, beyond the stylish art, it doesn’t have an awful lot to recommend it. The attempts to establish humour tend to fall a little flat, and the story seems completely focused on setting up over-the-top fanservice instead of providing interesting developments for the plot or the characters. If you were a fan of the original series, Samurai Girls, then you know what you’ll be getting here, but even devoted enthusiasts of the genre will be able to find better examples of these tropes elsewhere.

A disappointingly cliché series despite its visual flair.
SCORE: 1.5/5
blog comments powered by Disqus

Issue 169, on sale now!

Uncooked Media
© 2018
Uncooked Media Ltd
PO Box 6337,
Reg: 04750336