All Ikkitousen released episodes
Seven schools are competing for complete control over the region of Kanto. The students are known as "Fighters", and each carry a sacred bead, or Magatama, and enclosed in it is a spirit of an ancient fighter from 1800 years ago in Chinese history. The Fighters are destined to the fates of their Magatama. Enter Hakufu Sonsaku, a big-breasted, air-headed bimbo, who joins the ranks of Nanjou Academy, alongside her cousin, Koukin. Encassed in her Magatama is the spirit of a fierce warrior who conquered the lands 1800 years previous, but was killed at an early age. The Big Four of Nanyou Academy see her as a threat and wish to prevent history from repeating itself.
A Confrontation at Nanyou
Fighters from Rakuyo High School have been found hanging around near Nanyou Academy. Rakuyo is headed by the fierce Fighter Totaku, who has conquered a couple of the schools in Kanto. Other schools have been banding together against him. Meanwhile, while running late for school, Koukin reveals to Hakufu that he would be willing to sacrifice himself if it meant protecting her. Gakushu questions Saji over Nanyou Academy's leader, Enjyutsu, whom he has not seen in months. Gakushu feels that there is something going on that he has been kept in the dark about. Enjyutsu sees Hakufu as a threat and issues the order to Big Four member Kannei to execute her to prevent her destiny from being fulfilled. This order is given to the whole of Nanyou Academy, and results in Hakufu doing battle with Kannei and Ryomou, while Koukin fights all of the students and Saji. Will they all survive? And what is Saji planning?
My Chastity is in Danger
Following on from the previous episode, Hakufu Sonsaku has defeated Big Four member Ryomou, when her defeat looked imminent. However, her victory saw a force take over her body, rending her powerless against it, almost costing Ryomou her life, who is recovering in Hospital. Koukin vows to protect Hakufu so that it never happens again, but Hakufu runs away from home, only to find herself in trouble.
A Duel! Taishiji vs. Sonsaku
The schools throughout Kanto begin to form short-term alliances as a means of disposing of their enemies. Taishiji is given an order to execute Hakufu Sonsaku. After his school's Fighters render Koukin incapable to fight, Hakufu does battle with Taishiji himself. How will it all end?
An Angry Hakufu and a School Wide Counterattack
The Great Fighter's Tournament is approaching quickly. Totaku, the previous victor, is hoping that the other schools will eliminate each other, leaving him to do battle with the sole, under-strengthed school left in the tournament (other than his own), and in order for ends to meet, he has rigged the draw for the tournament. Hakufu goes on a rampage to avenge Taishiji, but is defeated, until the spirit awakens within her once again...
The Great Tournament Begins
The new Fighters Tournament has now commenced. Which school will come out on top? Will anyone defeat Toutaku? How will Nanjou Academy go with Hakufu Sonsaku fighting for them? And will the spirit living inside her be awakened once again?
A Confrontation With Destiny
Hakufu and Koukin manage to fend off the crazed snake-like Kannei Kouha. Ryofu continues to pursue her own relationships with the possibility of betraying Tontaku. Shimei Ryomou fights the beautiful but deadly schoolgirl-uniformed Kanu Unchou of Seito Private School on the rooftops. Hakufu gets in another battle as well.
Why! The Betrayal of Gōei!
Nanyou Academy gets to fight Kyoshou Academy in this round. Hakufu Sonsaku is up against Kakouton "Basic" Genjou, but Aunt Goei arrives; whom will she support? Ryomou's opponent, Kakuka Houkou isn't a pushover either. Meanwhile, Kaku Bunwa and Ryofu Housen get into a heated conflict; Ryofu Housen and Chinkyuu Koudai decide to walk away from Toutaku's gang.
Viva Hot Springs!
Aunt Goei takes Hakufu and Koukin to a mountain hot springs that seems to attract some of the other female fighters including Ryoumou and Ryofu who are also hoping to recover. Hakufu catches up to Ryoumou and they spar with Hakufu's old teacher Choukou.
An Encounter Between the Ruler and the Devil
Aunt Goei gives Hakufu and Koukin some tickets to the pool. Ryoumou ponders her fate to guard Hakufu. At the pool, Toutaku catches Hakufu in an alone moment, and befriends her with some watermelon. The mysterious and foreshadowing Ukitsu appears before Goei, looking for Hakufu. Chinkyuu gets caught stealing the Gyokuji. Ukitsu arrives at the pool and challenges Hakufu to a fight. Ryofu decides to get her revenge.
I often consider "Ikkitousen" as a crappier version of "Tenjou Tenge" - they are two of the most popular fan-service filled fighting anime around. But the resemblance ends at this point. While "Tenjou Tenge" upsets the trend of ecchi fightin anime by actually being GOOD (yep, you heard me correctly), "Ikkitousen" came off as a more typical offering of this type by letting the fanservice get in the way of everything else. In fact, "Ikkitousen" is so overflowing with fanservice that it's probably the closest an anime can get to being hentai without actually becoming a hentai.The concept behind Ikkitousen is rather bizarre. Basically, people who were involved in the Three Kingdoms era (one of the most illustrious periods from ancient Chinese history) are being reincarnated as school girls from different schools. These girls all have a lust for battle (predictably), and so the battles from the Three Kingdoms era gets played out between these people from rival schools (each school is supposed to represent a Kingdom I think). It's like an anime about delinquents with a peculiar twist, and with all the characters being girls (in order to provide fanservice, of course). By now, you've probably fallen off your chair laughing at this utterly ridiculous concept, but you might be surprised to know it didn't turn out to be a complete disaster... but not for the reason you might think. The reason had to less to do with competent story development and more to do with the fact that, between all the ecchi and fighting, there's not really much room left for "Ikkitousen" to expand on its farcical ideas. It's content to mostly sit back and give the occasional two-sentence narrative of how a current event is a parallel to what went on in the Three Kingdoms era. Though I'm vaguely aware of some parts of the Three Kingdom's history, I won't pretend I'm an expert, not by any stretch of the imagination. Armed with my primitive knowledge, the barebone armchair narrative helped me to understand... virtually nothing at all. Of course, it doesn't help that they're referring to those famous historical figures by their names translated into Japanese, but still, I can just imagine how lost someone would feel coming into this anime with little or no knowledge about that part of Chinese history. On the other hand, not developing the storyline can probably be considered to be a blessing in disguise. The concept is absurd enough as it is, god knows how it could have turned out if they actually tried to work something from it. As it stands, the anime ditched most of the story in favour of the ecchi and action. Though there are some intriguing personalities thrown in the mix (well, intriguing by the standard of an ecchi anime at least), they suffer somewhat from the lack of cohesion in the story, as it's hard to figure out what their motivations are at times. The action sequences are quite awesome in places, especially when you compare it against other anime of similar genre (such as "Variable Geo") and see how sucky they tend to be. However, the fanservice factor is just a plain nuisance. Its presence is so strong that it tramples over everything else that's going on, and is often distracting at the most inappropriate moments. It really needs to take a leaf out of "Tenjou Tenge"'s book and see how to provide fanservice without disupting the viewer from other aspects such as action and story. And while it's at it, it may as well learn a thing or two about proper plot development too!Other than a handful of great fights, this anime has very little else to offer. If you're after an anime of this particular genre, I would point you in the direction of "Tenjou Tenge"... unless it's eichi that's primarily what you're searching for.
Ikkitousen is an early 2000s anime directed by Takashi Watanabe, It is notorious for being anecchi with over the top fan service from start to finish as highlighted inseveral high profile reviews. However is there more to it than that? Is itworth watching if you’re not just looking for fan service? Ignoring the fan service for the time being, the plot to Ikkitousenis certainly an interesting premise: The central theme is a question of is itpossible to avoid one’s fate, or are we ultimately powerless to do anythingother than follow it? The stage this question is played out on again is uniqueand interesting, the anime revolves around famous characters from the ThreeKingdoms era being reincarnated inside the bodies of high school childrenfighting in an underground war between their respective schools. Thesecharacters constantly are trying to alter their fate, though they rarelysucceed. While this may sound very silly, it is actually a good basestory against which the anime is played out and when the story focuses on thisaspect it is very interesting and provides a wide range of characters all withcompeting motives. Unfortunately the story isn’t developed to its fullpotential through the series both through a lack of in depth exposition and alack of meaningful character development. There are moments when the seriestries to make you care about the characters, particularly in the last twoepisodes, but it isn’t consistent enough to have any real impact. The animation is generally good throughout the serieswithout ever being outstanding at any time, with a nice aesthetic that worksfor the setting. The fight scenes in particular have real weigh to them, doinga very good job of making the punches and kicks have impact. It does fall intothe trap of much earlier anime of rarely animating the entire fight, often justshowing the move then cutting to the result, but all in all it is a strength ofIkkitousen. There isn’t really a sound track to speak of, but in the briefmoments where there is music it fits the action well. It must be noted that thedub is actually surprisingly good, and I’d recommend watching Ikkitousen dubbedinstead of subbed. The fan service is the elephant in the room, and there is noway of getting around it. Fan service is everywhere in Ikkitousen, from theopening credits to the short sections either side of the advert break. There israrely a minute that goes by without a panty or cleavage shot, and the firstpunch of every fight almost always rips off the majority of the girls’clothing. The fan service is full on in Ikkitousenwith heavily over emphasized female anatomy showing through the panty shots andit ramps up as the series goes on moving from your standard panty shots toextensive periods of full frontal nudity and soft core pornography in theseries. The fan service doesn’t feel sexy in any way, and occasionally crossesthe line particularly with a rape scene in one episode. In short if fan servicein anyway bothers you, don’t bother watching Ikkitousen.
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