God must have been really kind to give me another show this season to review which exists solely for the purpose of animating 2D knockers. Hurrah! But what most people see is the jiggly nonsense the show tries to put through from behind white bars of light. Few people see the brilliant parody that Manyuu Hikenchou is trying to put across.
The moment the show starts, we are treated to a scene of someone’s breasts behind presumably sliced off and soon, a commentary on the Edo period, where big breasts mean money and power while little ones mean you are not even human. This alone, the premise of Manyuu Hikenchou, makes many curl in horror (or laughter). A society based solely on the size of mammaries? How ridiculous!
Exactly. Did someone just decide one day that big breasts meant power? Seeing as how they’re even more powerful than the damn Shogunate. How long has this been about? Or did they do this from the very beginning – something which made even less sense? Exactly. The show is parodying the concepts that go behind our little governments and in the quest for power, making a tit-based mockery based on them. You know Singapore? How did the PAP stay in power so long? It’s not like they have big knockers to keep their white uniforms in power for such a long time.
No, some hint they play behind the scenes. Some hint of two-faced decisions and nepotism, of relations between the Presidential candidates and the Prime Minister, of the PAP breaking its own rules. Similarly, we see the dirty politics and crimes the Manyuu clan commits to stay in power, going about cutting off breasts to make theirs the biggest, with a scroll to increase their breast size, probably supernaturally. All of this is an allusion to the idea of corruption in politics, where there are unfair means of gaining power.
But let us return to the basics: Why breasts as a source of power? Why not the face or hair? We see that the breasts are a symbol of life. They provide nutrients for the child, one of the first few things the infant could ever ingest. In Macbeth, we see this as a theme as well when Lady Macbeth gives her ‘unsex me here’ monologue. Breasts represent life, and life is power. Which is what makes the show even more brilliant , in that the whole ‘Manyuu Hikenchou’ represents the corruption and disruption of the natural jug-growing order, a corruption of nature. All of this , once again, is an allusion to the corruption and darkness of the dog-eat-dog, or , as demonstrated by our heroine, breast-absorb-breast society we blissfully, obliviously, live in.
The art is brilliant in illustrating the girls’ sacks of milk, with every liquid detail hidden behind a white bar of glaring light. Look at the image above. All of the faces inside are DERP faces. There is plenty of such QUALITY in Manyuu Hikenchou. Yet in every scene there is something consistent in every scene: the boobs. Is this symbolic of the emphasis placed on physical virtues rather than those inside? A society where we judge people by how much they don’t eat, coming up with these impossible ideas of beauty and no emphasis on intelligence and virtue at all? A bimbo society where beauty is above brains and brawn? Where one can cruise to power by seduction ?
And what about those white bars? Could this be yet another allusion to the power politics of society? Abandon ye lame shows about idiots and abandoned little girls. Hood Entertainment’s where it’s at. The sound is great too. It comes across as an atypical ecchi anime, with its OP and ED. Yet we have several big-shot seiyuus behind the voice acting. But all we can see are boobs. Yet another allusion? It’s like the Communist Manifesto only hidden under subtext and actually right! At this rate I’m going to end up like that guy from Scanners.
But then again, it is being subbed by SubDESU. . .. . .