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Ikki Tousen Cosplay: Hakufu Sonsaku (Umi Kani) Cosplay 17 MAR 2013

Chilean cosplayer Katherine Ramos, aka Umi Kani, puts on her fighting gloves and dumbs down a little, to bring to life the protagonist of Yuji Shiozaki’s Ikki Tousen (known as Battle Vixens in the West) – Hakufu Sonsaku!

Hakufu Sonsaku is the protagonist of Battle Vixens, also known by its original Japanese title of Ikki Tousen. A second-year transfer student at Nanyo, she is not terribly bright, but is immeasurably powerful despite being only a D-ranked fighter. Because of her busty physique and high skill, she is known by others as the Busty Fighter, and is also known by her predecessor’s title, the Sho Haou, due to her fate of conquering all of the rival schools. Hakufu cares little for the politics involved between the fighters, only caring about fighting for the sake of fighting, but is staunchly against unnecessary violence and killing. Lately, however, with trouble brewing all around her, she is beginning to take up the mantle of a leader to protect her friends and family.

Hakufu’s anime incarnation portrays her as a low ranked and low skilled fighter, and has demonstrated none of her unique fighting gifts or chi powers and is arguably more stupid. In addition to her stupidity, she is more prone to doing dumber things, and either doesn’t mind or is unaware of people harassing or hitting on her. She relies heavily on her dragon or her personal skill alone, and even when possessed by her dragon, she is easily stopped by the other main characters she fights before any damage can be dealt, as opposed to her manga counterpart which is extremely difficult to stop and required the aid of artifacts. She also does not inherit Master Chosho’s chi magic (who does not exist in the anime); instead, she undergoes training with Ukitsu’s master Chokou. She is possessed by Totaku at the end of the first season but is saved by her dragon who devours him.

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Review: Air Gear (Volume 5) Manga | My Reviews 03 NOV 2011

So Ikki and his rather makeshift little group finally manages to get a proper Air Trek team going after a fair bit of scrounging around, and even partake in their first official battle as a team (though after a proper preliminary round of fisticuffs of course!)

Although Agito ignores them and Buccha and Onigiri fail them, Kazu is given a moment to shine and they are rescued through the arrival of a mysterious female skater as well as the skills of Ikki who continues to ascend his Air Trek skating path.

But there is an unexpected turn of events that awaits for them back home, one which will see Ikki possibly losing his skates for good, as we are let in on more of the mystery surrounding the legendary Sleeping Forest clan…

Mangaka Oh! Great continues his madcap action comedy shonen romp with Air Gear volume 5, giving us again plenty of action, fight and skate sequences, plenty of juvenile humor to have a giggle at, and of course sprinkled with serious scenes so over the top that they do end up feeling a little silly to have there in the first place.

It is definitely a shonen story through and through, and so if you are fans of this kind of silliness and over the top action with power escalations, then you’ll probably get a real kick out of this one, which doesn’t really let up on anything promised inside. (And as a bonus if you are actually enjoying the storyline, Oh! Great tantalizes us with even more titbits from the past, once again deepening the mystery of the family backstory as you reach those last few pages).

Artistically Oh! Great never fails to entertain, particularly with his penchant for drawing beautiful girls and delivering the quota panty shots, butt admiration views, and veiled nudity on a regular basis (remember, this is the artist who has had no qualms about producing adult works like Silky Whip before). His drawing style jumps the full range as he stretches from his cartoony, super distorted pieces to emphasize all of the slapstick humor, to his fantastically rendered and detailed action sequences which do well to capture the pace and energy of the events.

For me though, I must note that at times his faces or rather the head-to-body joins do let him down just a little bit, but for the most part this is the perfect art for this type of madcap shonen adventure.

In other words, Air Gear Volume 5 is an enjoyable continuation of this anime-inducing romp and certainly if you are a fan of the over the top action with loads of juvenile and slapstick humour genre, then this one will certainly entertain you.

Of course, if you are aren’t, then it probably won’t! :)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Gear

Tenjou Tenge Cosplay: Maya Natsume (Riyu Mimose) Cosplay 21 FEB 2011

Riyu Mimose takes it upon herself to bring this busty manipulator to life, complete with Reiki and the attitude to match!

Skilled mangaka Oh! Great’s Tenjou Tenge was a violent combination of all out martial arts, drama and political backstabbing set in his favoured school environment – in other words making for a fun read. Then Madhouse jumped onto the project and brought this story to life under director Toshifumi Kawase and writer Toshiki Inoue for a fun-filled anime series. And now we get cosplay.

See, a full entertainment journey I tell you!

Anyway, back to the character at hand. The highly skilled swordswoman, Maya Natsume is a third year student and current leader of the Juken Club. Older sister to the potentially powerful but air-headed Aya Natsume, Maya is skilled in various martial arts but for some reason does not possess the mysterious Dragon’s Eye like the rest of her siblings.

For this reason her father entrusted her with the legendary cursed sword Reiki, a deadly killing machine that should not fall into just anyone’s hands! Maya is a particularly beautiful woman and is known to use this to her advantage when necessary. However, a great believer in storing her ki, she often chooses to employ a particular body manipulation technique that allows her to revert into her childhood form – which in turns allows her to conserve her energy!

Cosplay Sundae: Maya Natsume (Tenjou Tenge) Cosplay 21 NOV 2010

It is cosplayer Riyu Mimose’s turn to impress us this week for our usual Cosplay Sundae entry, bringing to life one of Tenjou Tenge’s most prolific manipulators: Maya Natsume!

I guess one way to win a sword fight is to suitably distract your opponent!

Skilled mangaka Oh! Great’s Tenjou Tenge was a violent combination of all out martial arts, drama and political backstabbing set in his favoured school environment – in other words making for a fun read. Then Madhouse jumped onto the project and brought this story to life under director Toshifumi Kawase and writer Toshiki Inoue for a fun-filled anime series. And now we get cosplay.

See, a full entertainment journey I tell you!

Anyway, back to the character at hand. The highly skilled swordswoman, Maya Natsume is a third year student and current leader of the Juken Club. Older sister to the potentially powerful but air-headed Aya Natsume, Maya is skilled in various martial arts but for some reason does not possess the mysterious Dragon’s Eye like the rest of her siblings.

For this reason her father entrusted her with the legendary cursed sword Reiki, a deadly killing machine that should not fall into just anyone’s hands! Maya is a particularly beautiful woman and is known to use this to her advantage when necessary. However, a great believer in storing her ki, she often chooses to employ a particular body manipulation technique that allows her to revert into her childhood form – which in turns allows her to conserve her energy!

As I mentioned above, Riyu Mimose takes it upon herself to bring this busty manipulator to life, complete with Reiki and the attitude to match!

Perhaps not the most effective way to handle a katana

She looks mean. Could be because the sword seems stuck in its scabbard

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenjho_Tenge

Air Gear Anime | My Reviews 21 AUG 2008

Air GearLeader of the youth gang East Side Gunz and also known as the “Unbeatable Babyface”, high school student Minami “Ikki” Itsuki is without a doubt a prime example of a school boy delinquent. Always looking for trouble, Ikki manages to bite off a little more than what he can chew when he takes on a vicious gang of Storm Riders known as the Skull Saders from which he receives a beating like none other thanks to their gregarious use of Air Treks (AT), basically motorized inline skates that allow the user to perform far more outrageous aerial maneuvers than what normal skates would ever allow you to do.

However, after stumbling onto a secret hidden from him by his benefactors, the Noyamano sisters, Ikki steals a pair of Air Treks for himself and begins to process of learning this new skill at which he amazingly enough seems to have more than just a natural knack for!

And while the first step is revenge against the Skull Saders, Ikki finds that the liberation of flight that the Air Treks offer him to be more than a little tantalizing as his love affair with AT slowly begins and he starts his sure and steady path towards the Trophaeum, the ultimate destination of any Storm Rider!

Air Gear is a 2006, 25 episode long series directed by Hajime Kamegaki and is based on the early arcs of the award winning shonen manga ‘Air Gear’ by the popular mangaka Oh! Great.

As with any shonen title, Air Gear is primarily focused on fighting in a tournament style environment, this time with it being the battles between Storm Rider teams through various ranks and battle types. Of course, this means that Air Gear is pretty action packed and this ‘extreme sports brawler’ will certainly satisfy any anime action junkie. At the same time though, Air Gear goes all out to try and differentiate itself from all the others and makes use of loads of comedy and just plain silliness to try and achieve this – and achieve it, it does. The story’s development is a little uneven in places and the plot jumps around a lot, as does the focus, but this constant mixing it up between drama, action and comedy goes a long way in keeping the often over the top Air Gear fresh and thoroughly enjoyable to watch.

There is plenty of character development tossed in for the more serious anime watchers out there, as well as a couple of hints of romance just to throw things off center. And if this still isn’t enough to entice you to watch Air Gear then perhaps I should add that the story goes out of its way to present loads of fan service to its primarily male target demographic audience, making it the complete package for any hot-blooded teenage viewer!

To emphasize the constant switching between drama, action and comedy, Air Gear tends to mix its animation styles up quite a bit, often making use of heavy caricaturized imagery as well as super-deformed characters and overly exaggerated facial expressions. The standard visuals used however are very nicely laid out with clean lines and decent detail, with good (and sexy) character design abounding all over the place. It looks like you standard, vibrant and brightly coloured TV anime production, and thanks to today’s TV standards this certainly isn’t a bad thing by a long shot.

The animation itself is very smooth and the well choreographed action sequences, particularly those on the ATS, are well done and very fluid, making it quite exhilarating and exciting to watch throughout most of the series.

Aurally Air Gear comes across as a polished production with some great and well established voice actors cast in the leading roles. Added to this is a great musical score which combines well with the funky opening and closing tracks by Back-on and skankfunk respectively.

Air Gear is an enjoyable mix of over the top comedy and outrageous action and while it does fall into the typical escalation of powers trap that plagues most shonen titles, it pulls off everything it does with tons of flair and makes for quite a good viewing, even if the plot seems to fall all over the place for most for the series. Because it is based on an ongoing manga means that the show doesn’t really end off on a decent closing note which is a bit of a pity, but this doesn’t really detract from the series as a whole. My only misgiving is that the anime loses its focus on the actual Air Trek for most of the anime, falling into the trap of outrageous powers and non-believable moves which is a shame because if they focused more on the skating itself they may have ended up with something a little bit different and perhaps even a tad more enjoyable.

Still, it will have you laughing out loud more often than not and its zany action makes for quite a nice break from reality, meaning that you won’t go wrong in picking up Air Gear off the shelf.

(Besides, Oh Great!’s signature female proportions should in any case be reason enough if you happen to be male – after all, this is the same mangaka that brought us Silky Whip!)

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Gear