Review: Keijo!!!!!!!! Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set



Looking back at my Top 5 of 2016, perhaps Keijo (stylized as Keijo!!!!!!!!) shouldn’t be in the Top 5, especially after catching up with series released during that time, but it still was a very enjoyable watch. Despite its quirkiness, I still viewed it as an enjoyable sports series, because regardless of it’s concept, it still followed tropes that sports series has. Now, I’m not going to lie and say I watched it solely as a sports series. We all know why we watched Keijo, and I’m not ashamed of it.

For those not familiar with Keijo, the series is set around a women-only gambling sport known as "Keijo", which rapidly becomes a fad in Japan since its introduction. Keijo matches are played in the top of floating platforms called "Land". The goal of the game is to incapacitate or push your opponent out to the water only hitting each other using their breasts or buttocks. Usually, the sport is held in large water-filled stadiums where the players wear swimsuits.

Keijo!!!!!!!! (Bluray)
Studio: Xebec
Licensed By: FUNimation
Released: February 6th, 2018 (NA)
MSRP: $64.99, $84.99 (Limited Edition)

The story centers around Nozomi Kaminashi, a gifted gymnast who decides to give up her dream of competing in the Olympics and become a keijo player instead, aiming to become a Prize Queen and use the earnings to get herself and her younger siblings out of poverty. Just like any sports series, Nozomi soon makes new friends and rivals, while encountering more challenges than she ever imagined in her road to fame and fortune. Since I thoroughly enjoyed the anime, I went back to read the manga, and honestly, I like it better since the characters are more explored.

We’re also introduced to Sayaka Miyata, Kazane Aoba, and Non Toyoguchi, who are her fellow first years as well as classmates. Typical to your sports series, each of them also has their own uniqueness, for example, Kazane being able to analyze players by touching their buttcheeks, as well as being able to perform their abilities, like Kise from Kuroko no Basketball, minus the physical interaction.

While showing matches of players fighting as individuals, to me, what makes sports anime series great is the character interaction and how teamwork is displayed, one of the reasons I really enjoyed the East-West War arc. Characters that were shown as rivals initially are not working together against another school, who was introduced as antagonistic first, but both teams ended up befriending each other and great matches.

The animation is pretty good, which is done by Xebec, who is responsible for animating Love Hina and To-Love-Ru, among others. A lot of it is pretty flashy, especially during their battles. Similar to Kuroko’s Basketball, it really felt like I was watching a Shonen battle anime, which does make sense since Keijo is also a shonen.  Things like the Vacuum Butt Cannon were really fun to see.

It’s hard to recommend the series and tell people to look past the concept of the sport, because one, there’s a lot of it, and two, it’s the reason most of us watched it. It wouldn’t recommend it as good sport alone, but as a whole instead. I would recommend the Limited Edition as well since it comes with a calendar with pretty pictures but otherwise, the regular edition is fine too. 

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Keijo!!!!!!!! reviewed by Christian Chiok



Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
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Christian has been a gamer since his early childhood. He's a big fan of the King of Fighters and the Metal Slug series. Additionally, Christian enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching anime ... more + disclosures


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