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Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls: Complete Collection Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: Japanese & English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles Color: Yellow/White
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Run Time: 300 Mins.
  • Discs: 2 (2 x Blu-ray)
  • Digital Copies: N/A
  • Studio: Sentai Filmworks
  • Blu-ray Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • List Price: $69.98

Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Series
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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(All TheaterByte screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG at 100% quality setting and are meant as a general representation of the content. They do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Series

[Rating:3.5/5]

Based on the Japanese adult visual novel from Minatosoft, Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls is a rollicking anime series that deftly combines multiple genres into a quick-paced series. From high school comedy, mecha, and teen romance with heavy doses of fan service, to fantasy and martial arts, Majikoi hits all the bases. Following a group of high schoolers from Kawakami High School, a school dedicated to including the samurai arts in its curriculum, the series centers on Naoe Yamato. A teenaged boy with little martial arts skill, but an abundance of wit, Yamato uses elaborate schemes to help himself and his group of friends win the numerous duels they are faced with during their time at school. Yamato got involved with the martial arts at a young age when his father abandoned Japan and left him to be raised by the family of Momoyo. The relationship between Momoyo and Yamato is a complex one, she being slightly his elder, is a master at martial arts, undefeated in any of her battles, and Yamato is in love with her. When they were children, Yamato made a promise to be always by her side, even as she was his “teacher,” but she said she could only be with him were he her equal.

Now that they are older, Yamato has asked her out on a date twice, and she twice rejected him, but shows signs of regretting it, especially as the group of girls that make up the bulk of Yamato’s friends all seem to be vying for his affections. Miyako, who is constantly making sexual advances toward Yamato that he finds more annoying than a turn on, has been in love with him since they were kids and Yamato rescued her from a group of bullies. Yukie, a swordsman of exceptional skill, but an extremely shy girl who uses a tiny horse figurine and ventriloquism to speak to people, is also very much in love in Yamato owing to his being the only person who went out if his way to speak to her like a normal person when she first transferred to the school, despite her shyness and odd behavior. Kazuko, Momoyo’s younger sister, also a skilled martial artist, finds herself falling in love with Yamato because of his dedication to helping her train. Finally, there’s Christiane, a German transfer student with great respect for Japanese culture who comes to love Yamato because she appreciates how his elaborate strategies in battle, which may at first seem timid, are always done to protect the people he loves first.

Within this group of friends, and there are some guys in there too, there may be some in-fighting and bickering, but when it comes to pulling together and getting things done, they always do, as in the very opening episode where the school has a major battle to resolve an issue between to the two main classes. However, the real test will come when a major threat to the entire nation is revealed and Yamato, Momoyo, and the rest of the Kawakami High School friends must pull together using all their skills to defeat a threat involving gun smugglers, cybernetic martial artists, and seeming anarchists looking to bring down the Prime Minister and kill the entire population of the country.

It may sound like heady stuff, but in reality, the series remains rather lighthearted from start to finish, with lots of humor, spectacular action sequences, and unexpected twists. Its also quite sexy and risué, just as one would expect from a series based on an adult visual novel – the TV-14 rating may be a bit misleading, as some of the screencaps here can attest to.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

Apart from a slight hint of softness in the overall image, there isn’t much to complain about in this AVC/MPEG-4 1080p transfer of Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls. The animation looks detailed and no distracting issues with aliasing, macroblocking or video noise creep in.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The original Japanese language track and English dub are provided in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz/24-bit) stereo mixes that offer clean dialogue, reasonable stereo separation, and a good amount of dynamics.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

The 12 OVAs that accompany each episode are included. Everything else is simply the standard fare, including clean opening and closing animations, additional Sentai Filmworks Blu-ray trailers and disc credits.

The supplements:

  • Shorts 1 – 12 (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Clean Opening and Closing Animation
  • Sentai Filmworks Blu-ray Trailers
  • Disc Credits

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

I enjoyed Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls, even as I never got the sense that the individual characters were fleshed out as well as and the subplot explored as deeply as they could have been. Despite any weaknesses, however, the series is satisfying from beginning to end.

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Series
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]




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