Thursday, January 04, 2007

Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School, v. 1

Story by Reiji Saiga and Art by Sora Inoue
Published in the U.S. by TokyoPop

Slugline: It's a sad day when a story about hot girls in school uniforms
that kick ass makes me just go "eh."

A school with too many martial arts club ends up holding special fights in
order to mediate the conflicts between the clubs, with the head ass kicker being a new transfer student who wants to take on all the highly skilled martial artists at the school and has arranged the fight system in order to do so. Our heroine is Ryoko, who loves samurai movies and thus has learned how to kick ass with a sword, and lusts after the head of the kendo club but has a strange attraction to the mysterious newcomer.

There are some interesting fights, but that's about it. Silly, over-the-top
opponents, the fight formula, the love/hate relationships, the competent girl that still needs help on occasion in fighting yet is not confident in herself and so on.

I've seen all of these elements before. Admittedly, Real Bout is sort of
shameless in the way that all of them have been all shaken together into a single pot, but while the art is nice, unless you really want another school based fight manga, eh.

- Ferdinand

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