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Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray review)

November 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s:” is a mature anime series for those who love wrestling, idol groups and fan service galore.  But while the series is no doubt targeted for men who love sexy fan service, the story of an idol-turned-wrestler was quite enjoyable and made the anime series worth watching.

Image courtesy of © ESE/Project SekaiTsuyo Project. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s

ANIME RELEASE DATE: 2013

DURATION: 12 Episodes (300 Minutes)

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), Japanese and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0

COMPANY: FUNimation

RATING: TV MA

Release Date: June 2, 2015


Originally Created by ESE

Directed by Rion Kujo

Series Composition by Kazuho Hyodo

Music by Kayo Konishi, Yukio Kondoo

Character Design by Rin-Sin

Art Director: Minoru Maeda

Anime Production: ARMS


Featuring the following voice talent:

Ayana Taketatsu/Elizabeth Lewis as Sakura Hagiwara

Kana Asumi/Monica Rial as Elena Miyazawa

Chiaki Takahashi/Lydia Mackay as Jackal Tōjō

Eri Kitamura/Vanessa DeSilvio as Makoto Kirishima

Haruka Tomatsu/Martha Harms as Rio Kazama

Hisako Kanemoto/Cristina Vee as Moe Fukuoka

Kana Hanazawa/Megan Shipman as Juri Sanada

Kyōko Narumi/Leah Clark as Misaki Toyoda

Miku Itō/Didi Duron as Yūho Mochizuki

Rina Satou/Bryn Apprill as Kanae Fujishita

Sora Amamiya/Kristin Sutton as Aika Hayase

Sora Tokui/Elizabeth Evans as Hornet

Sumire Uesaka/Morgan Garrett as Kurea Komiyama

Suzuko Mimori/Anastasia Munoz as Chinatsu Suzumoto

Yuka Ōtsubo/Michelle Lee as Nanami Kanno

Ayahi Takagaki/Heather Walker as Yunbo Yamamoto

Fumihiko Tachiki/David Thompson as Seiichi Inoba

Nobuhiko Okamoto/Greg Ayres as Chairman (Sakura Hagiwara Fan Club President)

Yoshiko/Alex Moore as Yoshiko


The eye-popping world of women’s professional wrestling is sweaty, sadistic, and savagely sexy. Famous Japanese pop idol Sakura Hagiwara is better suited for the dance floor than the wrestling ring, but this ravishing songstress is about to put her body to the ultimate test.

When she and fellow idol Elena are assigned to pose as wrestlers for a very special show, a vicious lady brawler by the name of Rio decides to teach the girls a lesson they won’t soon forget. Rio unleashes a flurry of ferocious of attacks on Elena, contorting her divine female form into an array of very naughty positions. Shocked by the blush-inducing beating taken by her friend, Sakura vows to get her heavenly curves ready to rumble and redeem the good name of idols everywhere by becoming a bona fide diva of the pro-wrestling world!


Back in 2013, the anime adaptation of “Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!” produced by ARMS Corporation and directed by Rion Kujo (“Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero”, “Love Doll”) and a screnplay by Kazuho Kyodo (“Mobile Suit Gundam AGE”, “Robot Girls”, “Bakegyamon”) aired on television.

Based on the manga series by ESE and Kiyohito Natsuki, the series was released on Blu-ray + DVD courtesy of FUNimation.

Sakura Hagiwara is the leader and center of the idol group, Sweet Diva.

Having won the center position four straight times, Sakura’s friend and teammate Elena Miyazawa has always been inspired to work harder to someday become center.

As the group becomes popular, the group has received a request to participate in a TV special in which the idols take part in a wrestling match.  Sakura enlists herself, which Elena follows.

But as Sakura and Elena head to Berserk Gym, they begin their training and are insulted by wrestler Rio Kazama who tells them that idols should not be in the ring as they are not atheletes.  As Elena takes on Rio, Rio easily beats on Elena, prompting Sakura to challenge Rio in a wrestling match for the TV special.  The loser will get their hair cut off.

As Sakura and Rio get into the televised wrestling match, she is instantly defeated, humiliated and her long hair is cut.

Disappointed and embarrassed by her loss, she and Sweet Diva are further shamed by Rio.  Upset, Sakura issues Rio another challenge for a rematch and will train to be as a wrestler in order to take on Rio in their rematch.  This leaves Elena being the temporary leader/center of Sweet Diva.

As idol singer Sakura prepares her training for pro wrestling, she must overcome all the pain and train with all her might in order to prepare for her rematch.


 

VIDEO:

“Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s” is presented in 1080p High Definition. The animation focuses on closeups and most of the frames are primarily of fan service quality or in relation to wrestling.  Character designs are good, shading is well-done.  Background art is primarily not utilized as much as they are just solid walls and basic paint jobs, most of the focus by ARMS is Sakura or her rival’s facial expressions during a wrestling match or often showcasing their boobs or crotch area.

Overall, picture quality is vibrant, colorful and saw no major banding or artifact problems during my viewing of the series.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0.  Voice acting for both Japanese and English are done very well.  The series pretty much lies on the shoulder of Ayana Taketatsu and Elizabeth Lewis’ shoulders as the character Sakura Hagiwara is put into grueling training sessions and the voice actresses have to showcase their character in intense pain and varying emotional high and lows.

The series is primarily dialogue and music driven but there is good use of ambiance for the audience in the wrestling hall.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s” Blu-ray also comes with the following:

  • Episode 01 Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Elizabeth Lewis and Martha Harms and also featuring comments from other voice actresses participating on a “FUNimation Fight Night – Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! Round 1”.
  • Episode 07 Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Leah Clark and Lydia Mackay and also featuring comments from other voice actresses participating on a”FUNimation Fight Night – Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! Round 2″.
  • OVA’s – (23:59)Featuring six mature-themed OVA’s.
  • Textless Opening Song “Beautiful Dreamer”
  • Textless Closing Song “Fan Fanfare!!!”
  • U.S. Trailer

EXTRAS:

Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s” come with both the Blu-ray and DVD version of the series.


Back when I was just starting off in college, myself and a group of friends would watch GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling).

The wrestling focused on sexy female wrestlers who looked different than the female wrestler shown on other wrestling shows.  And as they engaged in wrestling and suffice to say, for college kids, we were captivated each weekend.  Suffice to say GLOW, found a way to captivate an audience by combining sex and wrestling.

A lot has changed since then, as the WWE has been focusing on sexy wrestlers but also honing on those with wrestling talent and audiences are still captivated.

Meanwhile, in Japan, variety shows experiment with having popular idols take on pro female wrestlers and interject a mix of comedy, these specials tend to be a big hit among viewers.

Watching the anime series “Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!”, which is an adaptation of ESE’s manga series, he had no doubt has found a way to bring the sexy and wrestling and make a mature series.

The concept is popular in Japan as mentioned, bring popular idols who wrestle against a professional female wrestler or two.  But most of the time, they are staged and we actually see the idol on television performing several moves.  But “Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!” takes the story into another direction with the idols trying to prove they can take whatever pro female wrestlers can dish.

And sure enough, the idols get their butts kicked.  But for Sweet Diva team leader Sakura Hagiwara, having always been the darling of the media and leader/center of Sweet Diva, she had been accustomed to winning, not losing.  And now, having felt the embarrassment and shame brought by female wrestler Rio, Sakura announces that she will take a break from being an idol to train as a wrestler until she can beat Rio in their rematch.

And of course, the road to training for Sakura is not going to be easy, as the wrestlers will not give her any special favors.  If she’s wanting to be a wrestler, then she’s going to have to deal with all the pain and misery, until she can finally wrestle and take care of herself.

Meanwhile, #2 member of Sweet Diva, Elena, is distraught because she is thrust to the leadership position, when she has depended so much on Sakura for guidance but also inspiration as her rival.

The anime series, while very good (if you enjoy pro wrestling and Japanese idol groups), is mature.  There is a lot of nudity and of course, the usual fan service of Sweet Diva girls wanting to feel up on Sakura because she is well-endowed or the numerous closeups focused on a wrestler’s breast or crotch throughout a matchup.

But for those who love fan service, will no doubt get a lot of it in this series and even moreso in the included short OVA’s.

Picture quality is quite vibrant and I saw problems with artifacts or banding.  The lossless audio is dialogue and musically-driven but I have to say that the voice acting on both the English and Japanese soundtracks were fantastic.  Both Ayana Taketatsu and Elizabeth Lewis do a phenomenal job playing the main protagonist role of Sakura.

The two audio commentaries were far out as the English dub female voice actresses discuss a real fight that took place in their life involving them and some of the stories were quite wild and crazy.

And as mentioned, you get the six short OVA’s and even more nudity is featured.

Overall, “Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s:” is a mature anime series for those who love wrestling, idol groups and fan service galore.  But while the series is no doubt targeted for men who love sexy fan service, the story of an idol-turned-wrestler was quite enjoyable and made the anime series worth watching.

Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

January 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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While FUNimation has plenty of anime series that were released in the past two years that feature a plethora of fan-service and series that at least featured a more in-depth, crazy or humorous plot, “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” is an average anime TV series that doesn’t try to be anything more than your typical “booby” anime series rife with fan service.

Image courtesy of © 2013 FUNimation. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero

ANIME RELEASE DATE: 2012

DURATION: 12 Episodes (300 Minutes)

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0, Subtitles: English subtitles

COMPANY: FUNimation

RATING: 17+

Release Date: December 17, 2013

Original Creator: Tetsuo Uesu

Directed by Rion Kujo

Series Composition by Ryunosuke Kingetsu

Music by Kayo Konishi, Yukio Kondoo

Character Design by Hiroshi Tsukada

Art Direction by Minoru Maeda

Anime Production: ARMS

Featuring the following voice talent:

Nobuhiko Okamoto as Akatsuki Ōsawa

Yōko Hikasa as Myuu Ōsawa

Atsushi Abe as Motoharu Kaidō

Ayana Taketatsu as Minami Aihara

Kana Hanazawa as Kuzuha Dōmoto

Kana Ueda as Chikage Izumi

Marina Inoue as Haruka Nanase

Rina Satou as Risty El Da Sherfied

Satoshi Hino as Ryōhei Uesaki

Takahiro Sakurai as Kyōya Hikami

After saving a fairy-tale kingdom, Akatsuki returns to the real world with his prize: Miu, the busty daughter of the defeated Demon King. It’s one hell of a happy ending until they’re forced to enroll at a school for magic users. There, Akatsuki can’t keep his hands off the girls, Miu’s constantly ballooning measurements make her a walking wardrobe malfunction, and it seems like someone is always plotting against them.

What happens when a man with special abilities (including the ability to remove the bras and panties from women) takes the well-endowed daughter of the Demon King and runs away with her to another dimension?

This is the story of Akatsuki and Miu of “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero”, a light novel series by Tetsuto Uesu that was created back in 2010 and was given a 12-episode anime TV series adaptation produced by ARMS .

The series is directed by Rion Kujo (“Love Doll”, “S-CRY-ed”), series composition by Ryunosuke Kingetsu (“Samurai Girls”, “Tales of Symphonia the Animation”), music by Kayo Konishi and Yukio Kondoo (“Elfen Lied”, “I’s Pure”, “Demon Prince Enma”), character design by Hiroshi Tsukada and art direction by Minoru Maeda (“Dragon Ball Z”, “Dr. Slump”, “Madonna”).

“Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero” revolves around Akatsuki Osawa, the former hero of Alayzard and now a wanted man who has been able to defeat his female rivals by his special fighting techniques but also the ability to remove a woman’s bra and panties with ease.

Having killed the Demon King, his last request for Akatsuki was to look after his daughter Miu.

Akatsuki who was seen as a hero, honors the Demon King’s wishes by taking his daughter Miyu but his role was to kill anything related to the Demon King.

But since Akatsuki is determined to look after her, to protect her, he transports her to another dimension and now those he used to work with from Alayzard want him and Miyu executed.

The two attend the Babel school, as Akatsuki and Miyu pretend to be brother and sister.  But members of the school start to have their suspicions towards the two as they realize that Akatsuki doesn’t have magic power but is able to control the chi of himself and others.  While Miyu is able to generate Shield Magic and can use multiple magical spells.  She also has an issue when she’s overly excited, her breasts tend to get even larger.

Meanwhile, Miyu tries to live a normal teenage life with her friends Kuzuha Domoto (a green haired girl and Class B rep) and lesbian friend, Chikage.

And as Akatsuki and Miyu try to be civil with each other, he sometimes sleep walks to Miyu’s room and begins groping her breasts.  While she sees him as a pervert, the more she stays with him and gets to know him, she eventually starts to have feelings for him.

But as Akatsuki and Miyu try to keep a low profile, because of Akatsuki’s perverted ways, he is being watched under a very close eye by the Student council, especially the Vice President, Haruka Nagase, who Akatsuki has managed to steal her bra and panties a few times.

But what happens when Alayzard sends a spy named Phil Barnett, a holy knight of the Disdian army to infiltrate the school, become friends with Akatsuki but also to execute him and Miyu?

VIDEO:

There are anime TV series with bigger productions and sometimes there are those that are just OK and some that look basic.  Fortunately, not many of the latter have been released on Blu-ray in the U.S., but the type of anime series that is in the middle, anime that has a bit of softness, not many location areas or art backgrounds is how “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” is.

While not the best animation, “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” is pretty much a straightforward fan service anime series that captures the anime viewer through its use of big breasts and mature situations.

So, for those who are fan of perverse anime series, will no doubt enjoy “”Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” for its content and may not mind that the picture quality is average.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” is presented in Dolby TrueHD 2.0 in both Japanese and English.  I was a bit surprised that the series didn’t receive a 5.1 soundtrack upgrade considering the amount of action sequences during the entire series but dialogue, music and sound effects are clear.  But it’s a front-channel driven anime series!

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” features the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary Episode 2 – Featuring audio commentary by Alexis Tipton (voice of Haruka), Monica Rial (voice of Kuzuha) and Felecia Angelle (voice of Miu).
  • Audio Commentary Episode 8 – Featuring audio commentary by Joel McDonald (voice of Motoharu), Ryan Reynolds (voice of Chikage) and Eric Vale (voice of Akatsuki).
  • Original Videos – (23:04) Featuring the six animated volumes released with each volume release in Japan.  (Only in Japanese with English subtitles)
  • Promotional Videos –  Original Japanese PV for “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero”.
  • Character Promo Videos – Featuring promo videos for Akatsuki, Haruka and Miu
  • Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • U.S. Trailer – FUNimation trailer for “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero”.

EXTRAS:

“Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” comes with both the Blu-ray and DVD version of the series.

For the anime fans who are entertained by the latest rush of mature, fan-service heavy anime TV series “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” may be their cup of tea.

A series known for its action, perverse protagonist and no doubt, a heavy emphasis on large breasts, “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” will no doubt titillate the fans who can’t get enough of these type of series.

The character of Akatsuki is rather interesting, he is very powerful but he also appears to have some skeletons in his closet.  He is a man that can easily remove a woman’s bra and panties within a second and easily preventing them from fighting against them.

And he has this ability to somehow end up in Miyu’s room, via sleepwalking and begin fondling her all over or even showing up while she is showering or changing, as if seeing her nude is not a big thing.

Of course, this is a series to appeal to guys who like to see powerful women, but somehow they grow weak around Akatsuki but try to keep their feelings in check without becoming another banal anime series.

But “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” is not a series that is meant to win anime fans over for a deep plot or heavy action sequences, nor awesome animation and background art.  It’s more or less a series created for those who can’t get enough of these type of anime series that put an emphasis on fan service and huge boobs.

The Blu-ray release is OK.  There is a bit of softness but character designs are good, background art are basic walls and doors and truthfully, the main thing that people will be watching is characters and of course, how well-endowed they are.  Lossless audio is only 2.0, so it’s a front-channel driven Blu-ray release.  And if you want even more perverted fan service (yes, even more perverted than the actual series), the Japanese original videos will no doubt make fanboys excited.  You also get two audio commentaries and more!

While FUNimation has plenty of anime series that were released in the past two years that feature a plethora of fan-service and series that at least featured a more in-depth, crazy or humorous plot, “Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero” is an average anime TV series that doesn’t try to be anything more than your typical “booby” anime series rife with fan service.

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