Studios: Silver Link., Connect
Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Distributor: Section23 Films
Release Date: August 21st, 2018
Okay. So, you definitely want girls in your anime. Got it. A tad less fan-service than To-Love Ru? More sword users than were in Log Horizon? And you want that rom-com feeling of SNAFU without the slice-of-life feeling, even though the setting is still a high school? All right, then. Published into the US by Sentai Filmworks, Armed Girls’ Machiavellism (AGM) is most likely for you! Many thanks to Section23 for the review unit.
Fudo Nomura is a dangerous guy with a love for peace and freedom. After a major fight at his last school, he transfers to Aichi Coexistence Academy. There, he finds many girls with weapons waiting for him, one with a sword pointed right at his face! This school is where they send delinquents to be ‘corrected’ and these girls mean business! However, dressing up as a girl isn’t in Fudo’s plans! With the equivalent of a sword-wielding student council vehemently breathing down his back, how will Fudo deal with his new school and what surprises await him? Find out this and more by watching Armed Girls’ Machiavellism.
Watching AGM was a blast. Fudo’s fight with the ‘Supreme Five Swords’ (that student council like entity I mentioned) is like a 150-episode shounen battle series condensed into 12 episodes without too many timing issues. (Of course, that’s because we took out the 112 episodes of filler…) The story it tells is simple: Fudo just wants to be able to leave campus when he wants, so he must get the approval of each of the five swords. I really don’t want to spoil, but the action really ramps up with each episode. The rom-com aspect isn’t overplayed much, and the comedy is well spread out.
However, what stood out to me the most is the kickass opening theme song. While the sequence of scenes in the OP is simple, the song “Shocking Blue” is bouncy and active and just gets you pumped for the action the show has coming. At the same time, while I do think the OP sequence is simple, one simply can’t ignore that it does a fantastic job of introducing you to all the major players in the show right off the bat. In particular, the scenes where they introduce each of the Supreme Five Swords by name is particularly telling for the personalities of a few of them. (I mean, just look at Satori’s face during hers. It’s deliciously telling.)
Overall, I enjoyed the story, the music, and the characters. It became a good addiction for about a week as I listened to the show in both English and Japanese and loved it. For the recommended price of $69.98 on the Sentai Filmworks store, it’s a great show that I’d love to watch with friends. Just barely enough ecchi for some of my friends and it doesn’t cross the lines of some of my other friends. Perfect show to watch over and over. Also, I’m going to have the OP on loop for weeks.
Lolinia gives Armed Girls’ Machiavellism a Drastik Moé Measure of 8.0 out of 10.0 (80).
PS. Sentai Filmworks has also accepted my challenge of getting 5000 Retweets and, if I succeed, they will give me a K-On Premium Box Set. As I explained in my BanG Dream! review, I adore K-On. If you read this review and don’t mind giving me a retweet, I appreciate it!