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Posted 11/9/09
I received the following in my inbox today (as did many of you).

excerpted from the CRUNCHYROLL NEWSLETTER :


Written by mupchubz

“Get into the kitchen and cook me something, woman!” Such a remark nowadays could render you unconscious if you uttered such words in the presence of the myriad of progressive and independent female thinkers in today’s society. A woman is no longer just a homemaker, nor is she just meant to be an incubator for the prolonging and furtherance of mankind--she is an individual capable of making decisions and “bringing home the bread.”

What was once identified as a man’s job is now also a woman’s. The progress of women as empowered beings has also impacted the world of anime. In Shin Koihime Musou, the anime presents a memorable all-female cast showcasing the ideal woman as one who is able-bodied, strong-willed, and above all, an intellect. Now who could resist such a woman?

Shin Koihime Musou is an engaging anime that depicts the lives of six female warriors (and a darling child) who unite in strength and ability to thwart the evils of grubby tyrants and bandits. The show starts off in chaos: The warriors are in a tense battle with evil-doers, giving the audience the opportunity to become re-acquainted with the characters. The bandits are eventually outwitted and defeated by the buxom warriors (and a pet pig), which reinforces the progressive idea that women are just as brilliant and cunning, if not more so, than men.

As the story unfolds, light is shed on the relationship between two of the warriors, Chouhi and Bachou. The central conflict at the beginning of the story basically involves names and titles: Bachou wishes to call Chouhi by her first name (“Rin Rin”) but is awkwardly unable to. Needless to say, hilarity ensues when misunderstandings arise. But what makes this anime worthwhile to watch isn’t the fact that Chouhi is indeed naïve, or the fact that Bachou is given into flights of emotional combustion--it’s the dialogue! Shin Koihime Musou, under the disguise of lovely doe-eyed women, contains some of the most amusing and well-thought out dialogue in moe-moe history. Slightly perverted themes are definitely underplayed in this anime, and are easily missed if the viewer isn’t alert.

I hadn’t heard of Shin Koihime Musou prior to its showcase on Crunchyroll, but it has certainly charmed its way into my “Must Watch” list!


It is completely ludicrous to suggest that any anime based on a hentai game is about "women as empowered beings". How stupid do you think we are? In this context we may only infer that this "empowered female" can only be so if she has big boobs. Absurd. Just look at the anime. It is obviously targeted at men. Ecchi comedy, boobs, and girl-on-girl fanservice has nothing to do with "empowered women", and everything to do with pandering to male otaku. This review is hilariously inaccurate, not to mention insulting to our intelligence. Do you REALLY think girls are going to love this anime? Puhleeeze.

Oh... and speaking of inaccuracies - the "TRIVIA" blurb at the end of this e-mail newsletter:


Did you know that Osamu Tezuka started working on Metropolis, the manga, when he was 15? Over half a century later in 2001, Fritz Lang would make the featured film based off his Tezuka's works!


Uh...director Fritz Lang DIED in 1976!!! How could he be making a movie in 2001?!?

---You Crunchyroll newsletter editors are in serious need of help. Not only are you socially out of touch with your reviews, you can't seem to fact check. (or maybe just learn to google or use wikipedia?)
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Koihime Musou ~~soga ,,I like this anime..
Posted 11/26/09 , edited 11/26/09
BAAHHAHAHAHAAH! Yeah, that letter has some issues. As for hentai, it will always be geared primarily towards being porn. Women are best depicted as empowering when they are seen with independence and freedom, not being promiscuous sluts. Tezuka-sensei deserved the world since he gave to us the gift of anime and manga and does not need to be included in falsified newsletters.
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Yup that looks like it was writen for the too clueless to bother putting the title into wikipedia group. Like the ones who write in the series comments and not know that it's a season 2 or that it was adapted from and eroge (or 2 depending on how you class Shin Koihime†Musou).
It being acceptable to be a promiscuous woman is a fairly recent freedom. Although to is interesting to see an adaptation where the male lead was actively removed. Most of the characters aren't weak or submisive, the main cast a living independantly as they wish. It's a step in the right direction in terms of female portrayal, be it still an ecchi show. There's plenty of childrens shows that portray women far worse in terms of the clasic, submissive stay at home and raise family, view.
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Do any women or girls enjoy watching Shin Koihime or Shin Koihime Musou? That's what i'd like to know ;P
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....I'm a girl, and I adore the show. >.> It's funny, has a fun cast of characters, so...
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Koihime Musou and its sequals is an ecchi, lowbrow anime aimed primarily at the male otaku. What I like about is that every once in a while, it makes reference to classical Chinese literature or ancient Chinese history that you would really have to be a scholar to catch.
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thanks for creating a discussion board on my article! i just stumbled on this today and wanted to reply. normally as staff writers we usually get assigned titles for upcoming simulcasts (or we pick from a list), and i was allotted this title without any knowledge of its background, or that it was originally a "hentai game" as commenters here have written. it wasn't my intention to portray promiscuous, big buxomed women as the only ones capable of being "empowering".. it just so happened that this particular anime was drawn that way, and so i described it in that way lol. hopefully no one else misunderstands!
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