|Grenadier||3 out of 4 users found this review helpful.|
In the world of anime, one of the most popular genres is always the "action" genre, into which this show definitely falls. While this in itself does not distinguish it from the run of the mill third-rate filler show, it is important to note that Grenadier mainly falls into another genre altogether: it is a titty anime. However, there is a redeeming factor in that it is a classy titty anime, choosing to use its own plot instead of relying on outside ideas as a crutch.
The story follows a former-revolutionary-soldier-turned-mercenary named Kojima Yajiro in an unstable world where gun-wielding fighters called “senshi” roam the lands. The best fighters are known as the “Juttensen,” and serve as special group guarding the queen, Tenshi. Meanwhile, warlords battling each other for territorial control cause suffering and poverty for many citizens.
Yajiro meets up with the main character, a senshi named Rushuna Tendou. Although she carries and uses a gun, she has sworn not to kill (hence a friend’s description of this show as “Trigun With Tits”). Instead, she employs the “ultimate fighting strategy,” which is to remove the enemy’s will to fight. It turns out that it was the queen, Tenshi, who taught Rushuna this strategy as a way to prevent the continuation of fighting and wars. Yajiro, seeing some merit in the argument and still eager to settle the score from the crushed uprising he took part in, decides to follow Rushuna in order to get to the capital. Things take a turn for the strange, however, when Rushuna discovers that Tenshi has placed a bounty on her head. Quickening their pace for the capital, the two set off on their journey.
As I noted earlier, this is a titty anime, and the show makes no attempt to hide it. While you never see anything in too much detail, the sheer size and quantity makes it clear that the entire production staff was obsessed with breasts (not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you). Probably the most memorable thing about the show is Rushuna’s habit of keeping the bullets for her revolver in her bosom, and then bouncing them off of her boobs in order to reload. While seemingly just a joke at first, this continues throughout all twelve episodes until the final battle, where Rushuna faces an enemy who uses the exact same technique.
All in all, the plot is decent and resolves nicely, the pacing is good, and the animation quality is up to snuff as well, if a bit simplistic at times. While it clearly panders to certain tastes, it is short and well-done enough to merit a watch-through once. On the other hand, it’s not something worth spending standard retail price on, so I recommend getting a friend to lend it to you or trying to procure it via NetFlix.Final Score: 6.5 out of 10