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Raimuiro Senkitan

a.k.a. Lime-Colored History of War

a.k.a. Lime-iro Senkitan

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Genre: Action/Comedy/Romance
Company: KSS/Soft Courage
Format: 13 episodes
Dates: 1/5/2003 to 3/30/2003

In 1905, a war between Japan and Russia broke out. Umakai Shintaro, a former diplomat to Russia, is chosen as the teacher of five young girls who protect Japan from a Russia that has sided with an evil force. Even though the girls are overwhelmingly for Shintaro, his sense of duty helps guide them in this great time of need.

summary by Eek

 

Reviewed: 12/08/2003 by
Grade: 33% av-Eek

Highs: Sporadically funny

Lows: Makes a mockery of a real war; poor design; needless fan service

Anime based on hentai games are not usually stellar, and Raimuiro Senkitan is no exception. This is what the series boils down to: a mundane harem-romance-comedy template that takes place on a battleship. Even then, this design does not help foreshadow just how bad this truly is.

To start, Raimuiro Senkitan turns a very real and serious war into a joke. The five young girls control mecha that they can create out of thin air to do battle with other mecha controlled by evil stereotypes… in 1905. It just so happens that the girls’ base is a battleship that can fly; those must have been pretty handy back in the day, right? That is just scratching the surface of how bad this series is; I am not asking for any excellent ideas, but the material featured in this anime is completely tasteless. What makes it worse is a feeble overall design. Characters are stereotypes with a pinch of background, mecha designs are the worst I have ever seen, most episodes border on being entirely filler and the plot is plagued with ridiculousness that sticks to it like gum on the bottom of a shoe. I have the feeling that this anime has an incredibly xenophobic perspective upon Russia just because, for no better reason, they are foreigners and the enemy.

Although set during a war, Raimurio Senkitan does take some time to have a few laughs. Most of the comedy usually involves Shintaro and some form of fan service, whether it is a panty shot or a nude woman. With that in mind, most of the rest of the comedy just does not work because it recycles the same gags. Panty shots, bath scenes and nudity are thrown in at odd times for no reason, and the immature fashion in which it uses these makes it seem as if the creators had run out of ideas long ago.

For a hentai game, Raimuiro Senkitan might be good… but this is not a hentai game. This series is flawed on so many levels that it makes chewing on rocks look entertaining. With an ending that says the war is not over, I truly hope that there won’t be any sequel ever.

 

Raimuiro Senkitan can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.

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