“Armed Girl’s Machiavellism” Review


Thanks to Madman we had the chance to see “Armed Girl’s Machiavellism – Complete Collection” (Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism) on high-quality Blu-ray.

When Fudo Nomura is transferred to Aichi Academy, he finds out that the school is ruled by females. The academy was formerly only for girls but when it opened its doors to male students, the girls decided to arm themselves for self-defence. Men who are transferred to the academy are forced to adopt a girly personality to totally suppress their manhood and behave like female students.

The school has a strong hierarchy with five girls calling themselves “The Five Swords” brutally enforcing this order.

Luckily, Nomura is gifted in martial arts and is able to fight the Five Swords and his nemesis Aomi, who was transferred before him to get a pass to leave the school.

Armed Girl’s Machiavellism is not very original in terms of plot and the characters are likeable but highly stereotyped. Our protagonist Fudo Nomura is chivalrous and confident about his fighting skills, but he doesn’t like the attention and just wants to keep his head down. The Five Swords try to force him to obey the rules but eventually they all end up in the harem. Each of the Five Swords has a very distinct personality that makes things interesting during the battles by showing multiple attack moves and strategies.

This harem-structured anime offers lots of fan service, good battles and funny moments and, despite its flaws, there’s something enjoyable in every episode.

“Armed Girl’s Machiavellism” is now available on DVD and Blu-ray thanks to Madman. The extras include textless opening, ending and trailers. Get your copy here.