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Japanese Title: Toji no Miko
Since ancient times, shrine maidens have exorcised ‘aratama’, strange existences threatening the human world, with their swords. Wielding the swords are ‘Toji’, young women wearing school uniforms. As the ‘special religious police unit’ they work for the police. While they work for the government and go to one of the five schools set up by the government, they are allowed to carry swords. They try to live a normal school life and sometimes go out to perform their duties, fighting for humankind.
Episode 1 of Toji no Miko was surprisingly good for managing to include both an introduction to the main premise of the series and a sword-fighting tournament. In this contemporary world, young girls with an affinity to use special blades called okatana are trained in special academies in order to fight demons called Aradama. The episode started with such a creature and a special squad of Toji (that’s the name of the katana maidens) taking care of the threat. An opening sequence later, the anime managed to take a 180 turn of pace and mood as we are transferred to Mihoseki Academy, one of those special schools, to meet two of the protagonists, Kanami and Mai. They win a place in the national sword-fighting tournament, where they must compete against other schools in front of the family in charge of taking care of the sacred blades and the whole Toji organization.
Episode 1 manages in 24 minutes to explain how fighting works and introduce us to the all-girl cast while at the same time throw a few of the most common slice-of-life tropes like a bathing scene and a train ride with a bento lunch. Every cliche lasted for a few seconds, making the episode seem longer than it was. The traditional Japanese theme was accompanied by some nice scenery and some traditional-themed Japanese music. Even if the ending didn’t make much sense and felt more like a plot device, Toji no Miko seems like a good choice if you like cute girls and swords.
From what I have seen, this anime can be really confusing but also a bit amusing. The girls are all pretty, and while I don’t like our perfect little princess (aka. Kanami) too much at this point, I think they did very well when they thought up the concept of fighting real fights while training. Instead of having to watch their swords cross, we get to see the girls fight real fights and stab each other, cut each other in half and everything without any blood since they are safe while they are glowing. This is what I call entertainment!
The episode started off really exciting with its fight and its great animation, but then it somehow lost me with the peacefulness and school matters and…bath scene. However, the latter part of the episode made up so much for it. I enjoyed the fights and development so much, so whatever is coming, I will give the next two episodes another chance to see where this series is going. Whoever likes cute girls fighting will probably enjoy this a lot anyway and if the action keeps getting more intense, I think this series will be really fun to watch.