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Tournament of the Gods
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Title: Tournament of the Gods
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Credits: SoftCel Pictures

Cover Description: In a far away land, in a far away time, the greatest fighters of the land meet to do battle. Accompanied by a beautiful female partner, they test their might in the gladiatorial arena. To the victor go the spoils, including the partner of the vanquished!

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skysenshi (07.27.2001 ed. 04.23.2003)
When somebody plays God...
I'm starting with a word of warning: Do not buy the condensed version (all-volumes-in-one) of Tournament of the Gods. Tournament of the Gods has a very good theme, and it will all go to waste if even a single element of it gets deleted, which was the case with the Title Match edition. With the TM Ed, they didn't just skip important details in between episodes; they actually deleted many plot-defining events in the main chapters! Suddenly there were strange characters appearing, disappearing, and just brutally getting killed off. I just got so totally lost that there was nothing else to do but fall asleep.

Some of the scenes can be downright violent—but of course in the TM Ed they had already cut most of the gory parts off—or maybe I just think they were too violent because I don't like seeing cute little Pikachu-like entities get bloody. I like the artwork, though, and the animation isn't bad either. The sex could do with a little more detail, though they certainly have plenty of it. The story, on the other hand, has many mini-adventures that are worth noting. Our heroes (a male and his female partner) join a competition of strength and skill, all the while bumping into people and other supernatural beings that they help along the way. Sometimes, it's one tragic story after another: creatures hunted for their status symbols; a "disease" that controls sexual urges; accidental heroes etc. The end goal would of course be that one of them becomes the ultimate fighting champion.

Overall, the only thing that irks me is the fact that I think the tournament rules are totally oppressive to the female gender and should be abolished, considering the mastermind of the competition is a woman.

Art/Animation: 9 Story/Plot: 8 Characters: 8 Sounds: 7 Ecchi Level: 7