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Real Bout High School

Title: Real Bout High School aka Samurai Girl Real Bout High School
Company: Gonzo
Genre: Action/Comedy
Format: 13 episodes
Dates: 30 Jul 2001 – 22 Oct 2001

Synopsis: Ryoko Mitsurugi is a samurai drama queen attending Daimon High School. She also happens to be the K-fight champion. A K-fight is an officially sanctioned fight where two combatants compete in battle to decide whom the winner is. As champion she is constantly on defense as she is attacked non-stop by swordsmen, ninjas, and jocks. But when former K-fight champion Shizuma Kusanagi shows up using a special power known as Kamui and another man named Negumo shows up shortly after, her life becomes even more complicated.

The Highlights
Action: Mindless fight scenes.
Comedy: Some jokes just aren’t funny.
Animation: Sloppy and uninspired.
Fanservice: Frivolous.
Plot: Weak story with too much filler.

Real Bout High School is the fighting anime for the ignorant masses. In fact, mindless entertainment might be an understatement for this anime. To tell the truth, it is perfect for the easy-to-please anime viewer. With fight scene after fight scene popping out of nowhere, the action is just too random to speak of.

While Real Bout High School has its redeeming qualities, such as enjoyable fight scenes, it suffers from many glaring flaws. One flaw that stands out the most is the sloppy animation. While the art quality is excellent, the animation as a whole is horrible. There are unfinished characters, poorly drawn backgrounds, and awkwardly placed body parts. The animation is just flat-out sloppily done, as if it was rushed. If more time was taken to draw everything out neatly, it could have been much better. Gonzo is widely known for its consistent excellence in the animation department, which is why Real Bout is a severe disappointment to many Gonzo fans. Another large problem with the anime is its terrible comedic timing. While some jokes are well thought-out and funny, others look to be just thrown in at random points and don’t really make you laugh. Some of the jokes are even more yawn-inducing than they are laugh-inducing. At times it’s hard to even listen to the spastically placed humor of Real Bout High School.

The plot in Real Bout High School, or lack thereof, is atrocious and far and beyond the worst aspect of the show. Throughout the thirteen episode series, the plot only comes up a few times and is often interrupted by a random fight. Also, there is way too much filler. More than half of the episodes consist of nothing that matters at all to the plot.

Another serious point that needs to be addressed in this anime is its needless fanservice. Everywhere you look there is oversized breasts and awkwardly placed panty shots, so much so that it becomes disgusting. Now, I’m not one to complain about fanservice; in fact I enjoy it when it is done in moderation. However, when fanservice is done to such a degree I can’t help but sigh.

In short, this anime is for people who don’t like to think too much. If all you want out of your anime is random fight scenes, huge breasts, and pantyshots around every corner, then by all means please enjoy Real Bout High School.

The Rating: 2
2/10

Reviewed by: DarkKanti

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