I normally do not right that many reviews, but lately I have been compelled to do so. Armed Girl's Machiavellism is no different, especially since I think it's important to know that the anime is quite clichéd and mundane when it comes to plot. However, the fighting scenes are quite enjoyable. If that's what you're looking for going into this series, then there is a good chance you won't be disappointed.
The story follows the exploits of high school student Fudo Nomura, who gets recently transferred to Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy. There the girls run the school using force to exert their will upon the boys needing disciplinary correction. Nomura is no exception. He must either conform like the other boys in dressing and behaving like a girl or face expulsion.
The guys dressing up as girls is weird. They are so queer looking when compared to actual legitimate homosexual anime characters in other series featuring elements of Yaoi or BL. The part that makes it worse...they aren't necessarily homosexuals, which is why it's just an odd direction for an important anime plot device. It fails and is definitely a negative in regards to the story. After that, it's your typical Shounen, Action, Ecchi, Harem anime, which is fine depending on what your looking to get out from watching this.
The animation is relatively fluent and crisp with consistency throughout, especially in the fighting sequences. Scenes aren't overly colorful but have enough variation in the color spectrum to keep the eyes engaged to what's happening on the screen.
No complaints here. The audio effects are adequate during the fighting scenes as is the background music. Otherwise, the overall audio quality is average. I'm OK with that.
As aforementioned, Nomura is a rather chivalrous guy who periodically tends to be overly confident, borderline cocky. However, he is a very intelligent fighter and his personality certainly does not take away from that. He's likeable to, which is plus.
As far as the main and secondary females go, most of them are at least decent and likeable characters as well. Satori "Fish Eyes" Tamaba is a crazy, emotionless person who just so happens to be an unexpectedly excellent swordswoman. She is the best female character in my opinion with Amou being a close second. She might even be the cutest of the Five Ruling Swords when her eyes are more "normal" looking and she actually shows some subtle personality.
Mentioning Amou, she is a ruthless villain with a unique fighting skill who is just easy to hate. However, near the end the writers throw in a surprise with her character that actually makes her likeable. I think that is both a pleasant surprise and an aggravating one since she is so easy to despise. She's a very good antagonist and an excellent auto-counter to Nomura.
As a whole this series can carry a significant difference in ratings based on what the viewer intends to get out it. Keeping the Animation (8), Sound (7), and ENTERTAINMENT (7) ratings constant, if you're looking for solid fight scenes with barely adequate character development, then the Story/Character ratings would be a 6/8, making the Overall a 7.2. If an original story with strongly developed characters is your forte, then they'd be a 2-4 with the overall being a 5.6. If your looking for a Rom-Com Harem with solid fighting sequences and overall likeable characters, then they'd be a 8-9, giving this anime an overall rating of 7.8. Personally, I didn't know what to expect going into watching this, so I fall somewhere in the middle. If you take that approach then you should still gets some good satisfaction from watching Armed Girl's Machiavellism.
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE: 7/10
1️⃣Weighted Average System Score: (12 + 8 + 7 + 21 + 14 = 62/100 points)