I have watched this anime over 50 times. Why you ask? It’s because this is what I expect in Anime perfection. Ecchi Anime’s are often very stereotypical whereas they still leave you guessing at the end. I’ve never seen so many woman chase one guy before though to explain how that happens watch it for yourself.
You may or may not agree with me but I wanted to add and subtract from this story so many times that I don’t get tired watching it. So I might have to fill in some gaps with my theories.
Although I wish it had more of a direct tie in with its prequel Tenchi Muyo Series it was descent enough to carry its own stand-alone story. The real plot is still a mystery and I hope there is a sequel to it because it's the best in the Tenchi Muyo series. What I got from the first episode was his forced destiny. Apparently he was shown love but I think that was part of the first plot. A lot of people think that the Chousin were the only ones involved in sending him to Genmar but I think that his brother’s harem, his grandfather, and his parents had to give consent to send an underage boy away on a journey.
In the beginning if they convinced him to go why was he desperately trying to get back? I think someone purposely lied to him to not only get him out of the way (I don’t think they needed two Tenshi type personalities in the same household) but to get Kenshi to fulfill his destiny of which he was not given the specifics of his supposed mission. It doesn’t mention where they dropped him off. He could have survived anywhere with his plethora of talents. He immediately falls in with the wrong crowd preying on his weakness to go back to earth. How long he stayed with them training for the assassination of Queen Lashara Ausa (Earth) we don’t know but its relevance to the story is minimal at this point. (Maybe that’s where he learned to pickpocket a master pickpocket like Lan). I guess he finally chose the lesser of two evils because people still want to use him. It was probably the same on Earth which is why insults roll off him easily. The first half of the series 1 – 7 deals a lot with establishing his social status. It would have been easy for him to live it up independently like other male Seikishi but I always believed that he had to prove himself. He mentioned having a weak body as a child being surrounded by legends so he learned to adapt and keep pace with them pretty well. Especially with Washu teaching him how to make energy drinks from scratch. The only relation to the story’s main plot is what Ulyte is working on and how he is secretly using Kenshi to do it. Mixed comedy, Fan Service, Mystery and an understanding of the world he was thrust into makes for a pretty entertaining experience. The second half consisted of inconsistences in the plot. Personally I don’t think what characters like Nawa at the Barrier Workshop, The Pope, The Church, The Holy Land and the (Tenshi Monument?) Worshippers who knew about the Goddesses, The Ena Sea, How people from other worlds are cut off from their own planet (The Dark Elves i.e.) and their lost technology worked. I was mentioned that both Babylon and Lashara’s father the King of Streiya knew more than they let on, (by resolving a former incident?). The romance was sketchy though I seemed to feel that Kenshi knew what was going on. I’d like to see him married to Aura because she was the only one who didn’t try to use him.
Working his way into becoming a king has earned the respect from a planet of mostly female Seikishi planet. The fighting was bitter at times whether in the Mecha or out. The only gory scenes came from the Mechas but there were bloodthirsty and ruthless people like the bandits or Morgana (The Ex-Student Council President). Normally you would think men were naturally stronger than women but it doesn’t matter here because most of the male Seikishi are cowards Dagmeyer included. They are lazy, spoiled, ignorant, apathetic and easily manipulated. I suppose this is what Dagmeyer was trying to change with his ideals. Babylon’s goals were still unclear even at the end. Because he had the Gaia crystal core implanted into him as a child did he want to control the world or the worlds’ destruction? The same people who transported Kenshi there had been keeping abreast of the events without lifting a finger to help. All in all Kenshi is better off there.
The fight sequences were good because bio-mechanical machines that use magic to operate are cool. They are more flexible and when the Mecha is hurt the pilot feels it. Kenshi means literally means Swordsman and I’m always a sucker for that. Furthermore they are individually unique to the owner and can take on any humanoid form of the pilots abilities, fighting spirit and level. Rail guns with compressed bullets, Energy beams, Particle Cannons, Swords, Axes, Spears, Bow and Arrows are just some of their arsenal. They can fly using magic or even come with Jetpacks (Ukine). The shifting of scenes was good also along with character design. It was dark in the beginning and bright at the end just how I like it.
What I liked about it was the protagonist Kenshi. He must have always made the best of his situation and taken his responsibilities seriously in order to keep up with those around him. He is good natured a fast learner and some heightened physical abilities thanks to his family on both sides. He is humble and submissive around women but not shy. That is until they crowd him. Kenshi is a very talented person indeed. He is abnormally strong, has plenty of both physical and magical endurance. He is a master chef, Supreme martial artist, Super skilled Swordsman, phenomenal Seikijian pilot, can survive in nature, Excels in household chores and appliance repair, construction repair and supervision, Medicines and shows proper etiquette at all times. His main hobby seems to be collecting crystals which everyone seems to discourage him to do even if it’s not on The Swan. He has shown extreme rage while piloting his mecha and even goes into berserker mode at times but is never truly out of control with it like in some animes. No matter what is thrown at him he doesn’t hesitate to take control of a dangerous situation I like that most about him because he’s not afraid of himself. I found it very funny that at the very end that he could produce a Light Hawk Wing because “someone” (Chaia Faun) who had dogged his steps along the way by preventing him from his one pleasure in life gave him permission to go search for crystals if he defeated the Monster Mecha Gaia. The Light Hawk Wing, came out of his mechaniod also. All that said he acted his age has a silly side and is loved there by many.
Another person I found interesting was Lashara she was definitely not your average twelve year old. She is mature, coolheaded most of the time a good leader. She is also spoiled, selfish and controlling. She has more than a little respect for Chaia and Maya. She dislikes her Aunt Flora’s pranks and personality. She has a strange relationship with her cousin Princess Maria in which they constantly insult and try to get the upper hand on each other. They also collaborate in strategies against the Queen Flora the Flashy Queen. Her mature humor was enjoyable and while she can laugh at other people’s follies I don’t think she would like it if it happened to her.
Chaia was someone who was too predictable, other than bullying Kenshi she didn't know where here loyalties lied. Who was the real idiot here! Very tsundere!
Mesiah and Flora would have been charged for rape in our world.
Yukine was intelligent but soft enough to deceive Kenshi. She just didn’t speak up at the appropriate times.
Wahanly the crew’s technical genius is creative outspoken and can’t shoot a lick
Lithia is precocious book smart a leader in her own right smart-mouthed and a little immature but she tries hard to keep things together the students love her
The opening song went well with the introduction. The different variety of sound and background music added seasoning to the story and was never corny misplaced or boring. The voice actors were marvelous and very mature sounding. They convinced me of each character. Good casting there! What I liked first was the opening song "Follow Me Now Feat".
I wish they had a higher budget or that this was more popular because this show is grossly underrated. This is the best anime I've watched so far. Still I wish those unnamed people who sent Kenshi there would have shown themselves at least once. I DEMAND A SEQUEL TO THIS ANIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
overall score: 10/10