“Shocking Blue” Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism Review and Recommendations

“You might have a sword, but I’ve got a gun.”

Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy, is a newly turned co-ed school filled with many “high-class” girls. These girls are permitted to hold weapons and a council is formed from the student body to discipline any boys in which cause trouble for the new turned co-ed school. Nomura Fudou, is one of those boys, but instead of learning to be disciplined he find his own way of living his student life, delinquent or not.

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Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism at is heart is mainly a shounen-esque, action anime. It’s focus is mainly on its characters, their interactions and the combat/martial arts they partake in. With a school full of girls and a small amount of boys, its action mainly takes form with Nomura and girls of the disciplinary “Supreme Five Swords” vigilante corp. The action in the series spotlights various use of martial arts, where it was nice to see the action sequences being quite varied in their techniques and the way combat occurred.

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When it comes to the story, it turns out that over a season it’s quite hashed out. The progression that occurs is simple and easy to follow, keeping things quite linear, as it cycles through the various characters, a small bit on their backgrounds and the action between them. This all provided a solid foundation in regards to direction, making it easy to watch and know what was going on, on a week by week basis.

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Kikakujou Best Girl!

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OP/ED: The OP & ED were quite contrasts of each other. The OP provided an energetic start to each episode, as it cycled through its animations focusing on introducing the characters and showing off a bit of their martial art styles. The ED on the other hand focused on the Supreme Five Swords, in a more simpler manner, having a more lighthearted tune to end each episode.

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Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism Was it Good?

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism provided a solid season of shounen-esque action this past Spring 2017 season. There’s not too much majorly to highlight here, with a lot of the elements within the series keeping it well-grounded, and solid overall. However, its story does allow for an easy-access anime to watch with an open door, well progressed story.

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Recommendations: Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism can be likened to many other school-battle anime. However, it does pertain more closely too with those who feature martial arts as its main element in combat. With a solid story line and progression, its on of those easy-to-access anime to get into like many other anime out there, thus I recommend the following:

  • Medaka Box
  • Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica
  • Ben-to

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