A touching love story except for....
If the unedited version ever does get released in the English
market, I would definitely recommend Fencer of Minerva
to hentai fans over there in the Western part of the globe.
It has a sweet storyline that really turns my romantic tummy
into mush, and the sex scenes aren't all that bad either.
For girls, it would be easier to relate to this title if you
are familiar with romance novels such as those written by
esteemed authors Johanna Lindsey, Jude Devereaux or Iris Johansen.
I am also quite pleased to see that the leading man doesn't
fit the generic h-protagonists' template. Almost 90% of h-titles
published have careless, boyish lead characters with brown
hair and large round eyes. In Fencer of Minerva, Sho
has blonde hair and quite a handsome stance. While his eyes
does start off as large and round in the first two episodes,
his maturity is emphasized in the third episode as his hair
grew longer and his eyes slanted to settle to a more oriental
yet sexier look. It doesn't hurt that he's so kind, gentle,
and self-respecting either. He is an intelligent mix of innocence
and justifiable arrogancejust the type of guy that many
women will not mind sharing their wedding night with.
I did not give Fencer of Minerva a perfect 10 because
of a few thrusts in this anime that didn't sit well with me.
For one, I prefer the concept "partnership" to that
of "slave and master". Second, it would probably
be all right for me to accept a slave-master relationship
provided that the girl gets to be master half the time. Third,
I would fall in love more with Sho if he made an honest woman
out of his princess Diana. Fourth, I don't understand why
girls here choose slavery over freedom when they can stand
side by side with the men the love instead of having so many
rights taken off them and they content themselves with daily
fornication. Fifth, I don't like the word "broken",
not when I've seen a spunky sword-wielding lead female character
such as Diana disappointingly turns into the pathetic doormat
that defines most h-anime lead women. Improvement on these
five points can definitely produce a more satisfying watch.
If Jude Devereaux is able to reap millions of dollars out
of her sexy novels despite the equality of status that her
male and female characters share, then why not a hentai anime?
Believe it or not, this formula can actually work.