Anime Review: Armed Girl’s Machiavellism

There is NOTHING wrong with this. NOTHING.

 

English: Armed Girl’s Machiavellism
Japanese: 武装少女マキャヴェリズム
Season: Spring 2017
Length: 12 ep. x 24 min.
Studio: Silver Link., Connect

I’m honestly not sure what caught my eyes with this show at first. Was it the esoteric reference to Machiavelli, whose work The Prince I’ve briefly read back in school, or was it the nostalgia for school action rom com shows that’s been on the decline in recent years? Ultimately, what really caught my attention wasn’t either of those points, but something else.

The “Plot”

While the title may sound a bit intimidating, the show itself is anything but. As the title Armed Girl’s Machiavellism implies, the setting of the story is a school controlled by a select group of armed female students.

“Five Swords”

The reason why female students are armed is a cliched one. You see, the private school used to be girls-only; when they turned co-ed, the girls, being afraid of the unknown (re: boys), started arming themselves to control the male students, leading males to turn feminine in order to “blend in”.

Such a Machiavellian school worked so well at “taming” male students that it became a school to reform delinquents. Cue our delinquent transfer student/male lead, Nomura Fudou, accent on the No-.

Nomura, being the freedom-loving guy that he is, won’t be subjugated without a fight and immediately earns the ire of the Five Swords. He learns that a male student cannot leave the boarding school without approvals from all Five Swords, and we can all guess what’s the storyline for the rest of the show.

And so Nomura takes on the task of defeating/convincing the Five Swords, one by one. In a rom com that’s basically a harem, it’s akin to “capturing” the targets’ hearts, and in this case, literally beat them in fights.

Wait, that’s a real sword?

As far as the action goes, Armed Girl’s Machiavellism is completely mediocre – except in one aspect. If you’ve seen similar anime, you’d have probably figured out this trend; it’s totally OK for anime girls to be physically violent against anime guys (hell, that’s literally what the tsundere type does), but the other way around? Cute girls can’t be harmed by the male lead is like one of the unwritten rules of anime.

Well, if there’s one obscure reason to watch Armed Girl’s Machiavellism, it’s because the male lead actually beats the girls in a physical fight, with his bare hands, no less. He’s even capable of slapping a girl in her face; when was the last time that happened in anime?

She deserved it too

I’m going to skip the plot and characters as well, because, frankly, neither are notable whatsoever beyond what’s already been stated.

The other, more sane reason why anyone would want to watch Armed Girl’s Machiavellism is that the show did nail some funny moments, like this one:

It’s almost like a deconstruction of the blonde Japanese trope.

Or this one:

A parody of shonen shows’ tendency to give fancy names to fight moves. Here, they are just calling it like what the punch actually is.

Oh and yes, there’s a bear in this show, a source of a few comedy shots of its own.

And the harem increases by one

TL;DR

An otherwise utterly unremarkable show, Armed Girl’s Machiavellism manages to surprise in two aspects. Should you watch it? Probably not. There are school action harem/rom com shows out there that would surpass this show in any of those listed genres, so unless you are sadistic and just want to watch girls get punched by the guy for once in anime, skip, skip, skip.

 

Omake

Oh no!!! What will I ever do now!!

 

You know… she’s like, the only pigtailed girl in the entire show…

 

What are you looking at you masked pervert

 

This is just wrong on so many levels

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