Shin Koihime†Musou Otome Tairan 12 final
Ukitsu’s vast army of fearless terracotta soldiers is marching towards Kan’u and he rallies like an unstoppable tidal wave crushing anything on its path. While the tacticians try to come up with a strategy, the different factions discuss their odds of defeating Ukitsu.
Showing everyone the sword Kada was referring to before, Ryuubi makies it glow by activating its magic power, thus proving its divine origin.
Confident that thanks to Ryuubi and her sword, they can emerge victorious, the girls’ enthusiasm blinds them from spotting a rat that was keenly listening in.
The rodent being none other than the poisoned Choujou, the foul creature hurriedly dashes to Ukitsu and reveals his enemies plan to have Ryuubi slay him using her divine sword. Knowing his opponent’s trump card, Ukitsu is convinced he will emerge victorious and cackles with glee.
Even though they now have a means to stop Ukitsu himself, the girls realize they still need to be able to physically reach him, which seems impossible given the sheer number of terracotta soldiers he has at his command.
Luckily Teiiku comes up with a plan to drive Ukitsu’s armies in such a way that a small unit will be able to carve a path through the terracotta soldiers right to their nemesis. Praised for the excellent tactic, Teiiku says it is all the idea of her puppet Houkei which leads to much hilarity when gullible Chouhi believes the puppet is indeed the one who thought up the plan.
Anxious about the upcoming battle where she has such a tremendous responsibility rest on her shoulders, Ryuubi needs all the encouragement she gets from Kan’u and Chouhi. Realizing the girl is still nervous, Chou’un puts on a charade as butterfly mask and gives Ryuubi a mask of her own. Seeing this, Koumei has an idea she quickly puts into action with Riten and Tenhou’s help.
The day of the fated battle has arrived and soon the armies of Sousou, Sonsaku and Kousonsan engage Ukitsu’s forces of unstoppable terracotta warriors. Driven back, the girls’ armies nonetheless manage to break up Ukitsu’s troops, opening a path for the remaining warriors under Koumei’s command to dash straight to their nemesis.
Fending off the enemy troops, Kan’u and Chouhi hold a brave stand while masked Ryuubi climbs up Ukitsu’s command carriage, but the girl soon finds herself at the mercy of the evil magician. Precariously dangling on the edge of the carriage, masked Ryuubi sees Ukitsu grinning wickedly, toying with her before finishing her off.
Wondering why she’s wearing that silly butterfly mask, Ukitsu is shocked when he hears her retort it is to hide her face. Tearing off the mask, the evil magician realizes she is none other than Tenhou. Disguised Tenhou having served as a diversion, the real Ryuubi sneaks up behind Ukitsu and fells the fiendish magician with one strike oh the divine sword.
With Ukitsu defeated, Kada is finally able to seal the cursed Taihei Youjutsu book, stopping the terracotta army just as the girls and their remaining allies were about to be overrun.
Having emerged victorious after this desperate battle, an earnest celebration is held where all the girls fraternize and have a great time.
Thoughts on the final episode and whole series~
As a finale this episode certainly did not contain anything surprising or novel, in fact it went pretty much along the most commonly possible anticipated plots and ended up fleshing out most of what was seen every week in the opening sequence animation. All the girls band together against Ukitsu and defeat him, Ryuubi dealing the killing blow with her sword.
Although Ukitsu perishes, he simply withers away into dust so there is no blood or gore that might shock the viewer. The same is true when the armies commanded by Sousou, Sonsaku, Kousonsan and Enshou battle the terracotta soldiers, there is no blood, no wounded or dead human soldiers shown onscreen.
While one could theorize that the creators may desire to keep the series fit for younger viewers by excluding gore, the fact the series is rather ecchi in nature with highly suggestive scenes indicates otherwise. No, it’s simply that the whole atmosphere of “Shin Koihime†Musou ~Otome Tairan~” like the previous two series, is one of comedy and watching these warrior girls with silly shenanigans more than with martial prowess.
Fighting and action comes second, seeing cute girls together having silly adventures is the first and most important aspect of “Shin Koihime†Musou” which is also why I enjoyed watching this series. It doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is, pure, innocent fun, a so-called ‘guilty pleasure’ one enjoys watching. Colorful, silly and tons of fun.
With such a huge cast of characters, “Shin Koihime†Musou” was unable to feature all of them in its run, this direct sequel “Shin Koihime†Musou ~Otome Tairan~” adds plots for those characters that had been left untouched. This season’s main plot of curing Kashin and defeating Ukitsu builds onto the plot of “Shin Koihime†Musou” where Ukitsu had corrupted the Chou sisters.
Personally would have liked to see a longer epilogue though; it simply ran during the ending theme music, showing us all the girls having a victory celebration together, so it felt rather short.
A shame there wasn’t more yuri in the epilogue either, although am already happy we got quite a bit of episodes with definite to explicit yuri atmosphere throughout this season, especially those involving Sonken and Ryomou, Sonsaku and Shuuyu.
Would have liked to see a conclusion to the yuri plot between Ryuubi and Gien, or maybe even more time spent on the recent infatuation Chouryou has for Kan’u.
With all the characters gathered and shown together in panning frame shots, did strike me how the “Shin Koihime†Musou” cast is mostly comprised out of ladies with very ample to enormous bosoms and a fraction of loli type characters,. In fact, only one or two characters seem to have normal proportions, like Ryomou.
Animation quality throughout this season was good, same as with “Shin Koihime†Musou”, most attention goes to the characters and facial traits during key scenes. Other animation is kept more simple, although backgrounds are lush enough and errors or other blemishes in the animation are not common. Although no doubt in part included to cut expenses on complex animation, the chibi scenes were always fun to watch.
The music is in line with the previous seasons, a more rock styled opening track is set against an upbeat silly ending tune. The soundtrack itself does a fair job at supporting onscreen events but doesn’t particularly stand out.
So while “Shin Koihime†Musou ~Otome Tairan~” might not be a stellar or sublime anime gem, it still marked an enjoyable weekly rendezvous for me for a half hour filled with laughter and seeing cute girls together up to silly antics. By providing such a welcome relaxation to clear your head and have a laugh, the series achieves what it sets out to do in my book.