DVD
Battle Vixens (Ikki Tousen)
Volume 4 - Fighting Fate

Starring (voice): Masumi Asano, Satoshi Hino and Yuko Kaida
MVM
RRP: 19.99
MVD2116
Certificate: 15
Available 07 August 2006


Several fight schools are in conflict with each other. Fights between the schools student are regular and bloody, as they compete to be the best. One girl, Hakufu, seems fated to reunite the schools as they had been in the past. Guided by special jewels, the lives and fates of the students seem to mirror the lives of the stones original owners, whose spirits lay trapped in the comma shaped beads but will their fate be the same...

So we wade through the mire once again to get to the end of Ikki Tousen with Volume Four - Fighting Fates, you'll be grateful to discover that this is the last disc in the series and it couldn't have come too soon. Thankfully there are only three more episodes to go.

Fight eleven and Hakufu has been hit in her vital spot and been put out of action, and no I'm not making this up. Mind you nothing wakes you up quicker than your mother screaming in your ear. It's a very talky episode, what fights there are, are now becoming somewhat repetitive.

Fight twelve and the penultimate episode still fails to inject any interest or drama, the show really is pants on so many levels, more boobs, more panties and veiled lesbian references.

Fight thirteen and the last episode finally limps home to a damp squib ending and I've lost the will to do a blow by blow account of what happens as its pretty much the same thing every show.

Ok, no one could accuse me of being a prude but one of the extras really should appear on a fetish DVD. The dubious photo shoot consists of little more than young ladies some dressed as schoolgirls high kicking and showing their panties. Ok so the show is a no-brainer aimed at teen boys obsessed with fights and panties, but this was a little beyond the pail. The other extras consist of outtakes, they really should have done the whole show like this, much funnier and it distracts from just how awful this show is; TV commercials, an art gallery and trailers.

Audio is stereo Japanese or English with subtitles and the visuals continue to be clear if a little crude in places.

So, the show comes to a crashing halt and all you can think off is who thought that this show was a good idea in the first place.

Charles Packer

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