Fighters at the various academies have found things to be rather peaceful after their most recent battle. That is, until a new adversary appears, wishing to wield the power of dragons. Hakufu and her friends must fight once again!
Ikki Tousen's third season, Great Guardians, did not live up to my expectations. It continues right where the last one left off, but there is a lot of filler, especially in the first half. The plot is slow-moving and too cliché and the mystery around the new antagonist, Saji, and Ryofu really isn't that interesting. This season isn't as dark or violent as the previous two, either. Great Guardians does a poor job building on the events of the previous season and the series as a whole.
This season introduces a couple new characters, and Ryofu has mysteriously returned. Kanu is now like a different character; she's mostly filler and much of her screen time is comedic scenes where she is sexually desiring Ryuubi, a stark contrast from her serious, intense fighting spirit in previous seasons. Seriously, this season has ruined Kanu for me. Saji is also not himself, and other characters have amnesia. Ugh. On the positive side, Hakufu is the main character again, and I did like her sister who is introduced this season.
Ikki Toussen hasn't told the greatest stories, but they usually managed to keep me mildly entertained. The story here isn't as engrossing, which would be ok for me as long as the it balanced out with some good fights, but even those are missing. Action is too far and few between, and that is unjustifiable for a fighting show. There are a few great scenes in here, but most of the fighting is insignificant. There is just not enough action this season.
Ikki Toussen: Great Guardians is a poor, disappointing season and really weakens the series as a whole. What a let down.
Written by Marc Frost on
Very little profanity.
Lots of violence from fights.
Tons of panty shots, some detailed nudity, and attempted rape.