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->''"Do not worry. Don't be afraid. For in Great Japan...guardian deities do exist."''
-->--'''OpeningNarration'''

The story takes place in Japan in the early 21st century, in an alternate reality where the Tokugawa Shogunate has remained in power and any foreign influences that tried to force their way into the country were pushed back or destroyed. In this reality, skilled swordsman and OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Muneakira Yagyu plans on attending school. However, on his first day there, he ends up becoming allied with the gender-swapped reincarnations of Yukimura Sanada and Goto Matabei as they rebel against the [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil oppressive student council]] ruled by the domineering Sen Tokugawa and her servant, a {{Meido}}-fied Hattori Hanzo who leads a loyal band of girl ninjas.

''Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls'' is a LightNovel series that was later adapted into an anime that premiered in the fall 2010 season. Now showing (in North America) on the Creator/AnimeNetwork's [[http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Samurai-Girls/Watch online player]].

A second season entitled ''Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Bride'' aired as a part of the Spring2013Anime season in April. Crunchyroll has licensed streaming for both seasons, which can be legally [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/samurai-bride viewed here]] for those living in the US and Canada.

There's a [[Characters/HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls character sheet]] in development.
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!!Tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The girls cut through some B-29 bombers rather effortlessly in the beginning of the first season.
* AccidentalKiss: Happens in episode 4 of the first season, [[spoiler: between Yukimura and Muneakira.]]
* ActionGirl: Hanzo, Jubei, Sen, Yukimura and Nia.
** DarkActionGirl: Gisen, Musashi, Houzouin and Keiji.
** WorldOfActionGirls
* ActionPrologue: The opening scene for the first episode shows several B-29 bombers being cut down literally by the samurai girls.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Kanetsugu, resident ButtMonkey and typical side character, gets a lot of focus in episode 3 of season 2 [[spoiler: when she becomes the fifth Master Samurai Muneakira awakens.]]
* AffablyEvil: Musashi. She wants Yagyu Dojo gone, but in the meantime she will enjoy their Maid Cafe.
* AlanSmithee:
** The anime was directed by someone named "KOBUN".
** Same with the English dub cast, which uses ridiculous pseudonyms that even rivals that of [[TheSimpsons Bart Simpson's prank calls]] (Ophelia Cox, Ben Wabal, Mina Jetoi, and Eileen Dover to name a few).
* AlmostKiss: Poor Yukimura, at least she got one at the end.
* AlternateHistory: The Tokugawa Shogunate, for some reason, is still in power.
* AnachronismStew: It looks mostly like traditional samurai action mixed with advanced technology. And magic.
* AnIcePerson: Gisen.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:Jubei does this for the Dark Samurai in episode 12 of season 2, although Musashi tries to fight it for a short while.]]
* AxCrazy: "Dark" Jubei, though she is more focused.
* BackFromTheDead: For the second anime season: Musashi, Kojiro, Mataemon, and Inshun. [[spoiler:Dark Jubei doesn't return until episode 6.]]
** [[spoiler: Gisen also reappears in episode 4, but doesn't seem to have any malicious intent towards them this time around, largely because her master can't be revived for about another hundred years.]]
* BadBoss: Both Sen and Yoshihiko shows rather nasty tendencies towards Hanzo and Nia respectively. [[spoiler: Sen shows she's not actually very nasty at all when it comes down to it, and Yoshihiko eventually grows out of it thanks to some astounding loyalty and love from Nia]].
* BattleAura: A light inky aura is around anyone who has their Master Samurai powers activated. The 'proper' Master Samurai and their Generals have black auras, the 'artificial' Master Samurai have purple auras, while Gisen has a white aura. The Dark Samurai have blue aura and Keiji has a red one.
* BattleOfTheStillFrames: Episode 5 of season 2, when Hanzo recaps all the events of the maid contest that took place, such as an academic battle, art battle, and sleep battle.
* BeachEpisode: Episode six, which turned into this because of Sen's insistence on taking way too many things for what was supposed to be a stealth mission, and triggering the alarm which caused all of the main girls to show up thinking it was a burglar. Sen then explains the sneakiness and items as a beach trip.
** Episode five in ''Bride'', includes a contest between the Protagonists and the Dark Samurai.
* BerserkButton:
** Do not call Yukimura flat, Kanetsugu learned this the hard way.
** Jubei's powers begin to reawaken in episode 5 of season 2 after seeing Musashi attack Muneakira when he tried to stop the contest.
* {{BFS}}: Mataemon Araki wields one and it can grow in size.
* BigBad: Yoshihiko,[[spoiler: until Gisen revealed the true big bad, Shirou Amakusa.]]
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: Muneakira and company, including Yoshihiko and Nia, defeats Gisen/Shirou, but at the cost of Jubei (both personalities, even) blowing herself up with Gisen in space.]]
** [[spoiler: Made into more of a [[EarnYourHappyEnding happy ending]] in the Blu-Ray/DVD version, where after the credits Jubei returns to Earth and shares a kiss with Muneakira.]]
* BladeOnAStick: Sen and Matabei, who both wield spears (Sen's is a naginata, but Matabei's is a more common variant).
* BlessedWithSuck: Let's take a look at this from another perspective. Muneakira kisses one of the girls, and she gets powered up. Unfortunately, Muneakira gets to be chained with an invisible force to the point he can't even fight. Now, if an enemy is GenreSavvy, then they'd gun for Muneakira already with no guard or whatsoever. This doesn't seem to apply to Sen and Yukimura - only "Evil" Jubei provokes the vulnerable mode so far.\\
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It's revealed towards the end that[[spoiler: Muneakira's ability as a general is still imperfect at the beginning of the series so his contracts are imperfect and carries major drawbacks, both in power output and the mentioned weakness. After Muneakira mastered the ability, he no longer suffers the weakness]].
* BlowYouAway: Yukimura can control very powerful winds with her fans.
* BrandishmentBluff: Gisen does this to Sasaki Kojiro in episode 4 of season 2. The latter is all to aware of the power of the former's "Evil Eye" ability (as seen in the first season), and backs off from Jubei when Gisen threatens to use her power. [[spoiler: Which is fortunate for those two, as Gisen lost her power much like Jubei being unable to summon "Dark" Jubei, and both would have been in serious trouble had her bluff not of worked.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
--> Yukimura to Kanetsugu: "Don't speak during the serious scenes!"
* ButtMonkey:
** Muneakira, due to lots of [[AccidentalPervert accidental perversion]] and the fact that his UnwantedHarem is composed of [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] who get really scary when mad. Though in his case, it may just be [[BlessedWithSuck a matter]] [[CursedWithAwesome of perspective]].
** [[NinjaMaid Hanzo]] is the source of a lot of comedy, but it fades once Kanetsugu is introduced.
** Kanetsugu is the biggest one. Jokes are constantly played on her expense.
* CallingYourAttacks
* CameraAbuse
* CantCatchUp: Despite being fairly competent {{ActionGirl}}s, both Matabei and Hanzo are outclassed by the master samurais, and for much of the series are utilized largely for support roles. [[spoiler:They both get upgraded to master samurai in episode 9 of season 2.]]
* CassandraTruth:
** Any time Muneakira is caught in an embarrassing situation with another woman, usually Gisen. No matter how innocent he is, or what he says, Sen and Yukimura think he's a pervert.
** Played with regarding Kanetsugu in episode 6 of season 2, when she claims to be helping the girls to meditate by constantly irritating them in various ways. [[spoiler:Unknown to them however, is that Kanetsugu for most of the episode is actually Keiji Maeda, who [[SecretTest really is trying to train them.]]]] However, given Kanetsugu's ButtMonkey status, anything she says isn't taken too seriously by any of the girls aside from Jubei, who's often too CloudCuckooLander to realize it.
* [[CensorBox Censor Splatter]]: Most of "special" scenes are covered in ink splatter, although the blu-ray release averts this.
* CleanPrettyReliable: Muneakira attempts this on Kanetsugu in episode 3 of season 2, after the latter was tossed into a river by a dark samurai. [[spoiler: Once she regains consciousness, she begins to realize that he still cares about and trusts her despite all the trouble she's caused, thus enabling her to become a master samurai when he "kisses" her while attempting to revive her.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Sen and Yukimura.
** Taken UpToEleven for laughs in episode 8.
* CombatTentacles: Episode 12.
* CoolSword: Hanzo, Gisen and Charles's swords.
* CovertPervert: ...hell, practically ''everyone'' in the main cast. This is mostly evident through the voiced mangas.
* CreditsRunningSequence: Jubei does this in the first season's closing credits after walking a bit first.
* CryCute: Yukimura in Episode 5, while pleading to Kanetsugu to stop roughing up on Muneakira.
* CurbStompBattle: The girls, once in Master Samurai mode, generally deliver these to their opponents.
** The "Dark Samurai" girls deliver one to the regular characters in the first episode of season 2. Its also heavily implied they did the same to Nia in the beginning, as they use her credit card in the maid cafe.
* CuteAndPsycho: Jubei appears to be like this.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Almost all of the girls.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** "Dark" Jubei is not really all that evil, contrary to popular belief. Then again, it was pretty obvious from the start.
** Also the color of Muneakira's aura, or a 'proper' General/Master Samurai aura in the anime.
* DebutQueue: Each girl in the first season gets an episode or two which introduces them and focuses largely on their antics.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: In the anime, the final battle between Jubei and Gisen is completely devoid of color.
* {{Depower}}: By the end of episode 1 in season 2, Muneakira's General power is gone due to magic seal inflicted to him. It wasn't even that powerful to begin with, but now he can't even lift a sword.
* [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Does Not Know Her Own Strength]]: Yukimura after becoming a Master Samurai for the first time.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Episode 8 cranks it up in standard love comedy fare.
* DualityMotif: In the final episode of the first season [[spoiler:Jubei gets one eye coloured for each of her two personalities, signifying that both are in power. Asskicking ensues.]]
* DualWielding:
** Hanzo wield two blades that can [[BifurcatedWeapon connect similiar]] to [[DynastyWarriors Cao Pi]].
** Jubei, Nia and Musashi more conventionally dual-wielded swords.
** Yukimura has her fans.
* DwindlingParty: The main girls get killed off and absorbed by Amakusa in episode 12 of season 2. [[spoiler:However, they get resurrected at the end after Jubei defeats it.]]
* EleventhHourSuperPower: In episode 12 of season 2, [[spoiler:Jubei becomes the fabled "Samurai Bride", and utilizes the powers associated with it to defeat Amakusa as well as free the Dark Samurai from its hold.]]
* {{Engrish}}:
** Kanetsugu seems fond of this. It's [[LampShade lampshaded]].
---> Kanetsugu: "Noo! I AM MY COTTAGE desu wa! "
** From episode 3 onwards, Sen regularly calls Yukimura an ''"[[ForeheadOfDoom Odeko]] Biichi"'' ([[ForeheadOfDoom Forehead]]-Bitch.)
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler:The Dark Samurai's teamwork begins to fracture around episode 8 of season 2.]]
* EvilIsNotWellLit: Musashi and friends reside in the graveyard where they were revived.
* EvolvingCredits: In the second season, as new characters are introduced in the episodes, they are added either as a maid, or a customer during the closing credits.
* HairDecorations: Applies to '''every''' female.
** RuleOfCool with Hanzo and Matebei who holds their hair with a scroll and a ninjato respectively.
* FaceFault: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Kanetsugu in the 7th episode.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** There's frequent panty shots and close-ups of breasts throughout, not to mention the outfits.
** The DVD version does not have ink spots; everything is visible.
* FlashStep: Sasaki does this in episode 5 of season 2 during a SmashingWatermelons competition.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Yukimura has a rather pronounced one.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Now, this is just a guess (yet), however Episode 1 seems to contain a lot of this.
** Case 1: As of Episode 9, we know that the seven Master Samurai of Japan [[spoiler:are actually gone, and didn't leave a notice]]. In Episode 1, before the credits, we are witness to seven Master Samurai who look decidedly similar to our TrueCompanions, going through a fleet of air bombers. Don't tell me [[{{RedHerring}} it's not related]] somehow.
** Case 2: As of Episode 11, we know that Jubei has a split personality because[[spoiler:the contract made by a first kiss, was incomplete and imperfect.]] It is heavily implied that Moe!Jubei is [[spoiler:going to disappear once the pact is made perfectly]]. If we take a look on the color of her eyes when the pact was made in Episode 1, however...
* GainaxEnding: During the final episode. [[spoiler: During the final battle, Jubei blows herself and Gisen up by flying up into Earth's atmosphere. Then, in the Blu-ray version, she comes back in the epilogue.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: There's bouncing breasts that are frequently accompanied with close-ups.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Hanzo's glasses can come quite handy for [[StatOVision checking up]] [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale power levels]]. Also used to detect enemies that don't show up on the visible spectrum.
* GenderFlip: What ''StrikeWitches'' does for WWII and ''KoihimeMusou'' does for the [[RomanceoftheThreeKingdoms Three Kingdoms]] period is what this show does for FeudalJapan.
** GenderBlenderName: Which Frenchman would name his daughter'' '''Charles''' d'Artagnan''?!
* GirlsLove: Explained during the preview at the end of episode 8.
--> Jubei: Gittan, why do you call Jubei "Big sister"?
--> Gisen: [[LampshadeHanging Although we're not biologically related, such action is often referred to as "Yuri" and a]] [[TargetAudience certain group of men show a liking for it]] [[LampshadeHanging as a kind of kinky love between women. I am hoping to appeal to those people by calling Jubei "big sister".]]
** This is also notable between [[spoiler: Hanzo and Matabei]], seeing as how they decide the best way to practice [[spoiler: their kissing attempts on Muneakira is to do it on ''each other''.]] Hilariously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one of the motion comics.
* GoodIsNotNice: "Dark" Jubei, who's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold than bad person.
* GratuitousEnglish: The many types of kisses. Also, Kanetsugu loves using it.
* GratuitousFrench:
** Yoshihiko in the opening of episode 9.
** Justified in episode 11 ("The Samurai from France") when he flirts with the pretty new transfer student Nia ([[http://www.theanimenetwork.com/images/fbfiles/images/Charles_aka_Nia.jpg Charles d'Artanian]]).
* GratuitousLatin: The OminousLatinChanting discovered in Yoshihiko's files and repeated by Gisen is [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark%201:15&version=VULGATE;ASV Mark 1:15]] in Latin.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: The world does not know of Jubei's sacrifice and they will never know. What's worse, the Yagyu Dojo is on the verge of shutting down by season 2. DudeWheresMyRespect, indeed.
* GuiltyPleasure: All the naked chicks with big knockers and swords you need while you wait for the next seasons of ''QueensBlade'' and ''IkkiTousen''. And it's so much better done than either of them!
* HappinessInSlavery: Hanzo, to Tokugawa.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Jubei, BOTH of them.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Almost every named character in this show is a GenderFlipped version of a legendary warrior from Japanese history (and one French Musketeer).
** SerialEscalation: By the beginning of season 2, characters that are straight in the realm of legend have appeared, namely Musashi and Kojiro.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In episode 3 of season 2, Kanetsugu suggests a maid ranking system to help improve sales in the maid cafe, with the maid in last place being kicked out of the dojo. In reality it was more of a scheme to kick out Sasuke who joined them in the previous episode. However, since she's not very good and makes a lot of mistakes, she ends up in last place, while Sasuke is in the lead, whether in her human form or monkey form. After some more insults from Sen and Yukimura, Kanetsugu quietly attempts to leave.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes
* ImprobablyFemaleCast: So far only Muneakira and Sen's older brother Yoshihiko are the only males in the series.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Kanetsugu.
* InsultBackfire: When Sen tries to invoke ACupAngst towards Yukimura's small chest, the latter invokes PetitePride instead, saying Muneakira would rather enjoy her small bust over Sen's larger cup size.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: [[RichBitch Sen]] and [[TokenMiniMoe Yukimura]], eventually. They acknowledge their feelings for Muneakira, but recognize that he doesn't return them.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the fifth voiced manga, Muneakira notes that Master Jubei's name has been abbreviated to "M. Jubei" when he looks at the script. [[spoiler: He mistakes that since now that she's an "M" and she was an "S" before, he believes she and all the other master samurai take part in S&M..]].
* LightningGlare: Sen and Yukimura do this to each other in episode 4 of the first season a couple of times.
* LoveMartyr: Poor Nia.
* MadeOfExplodium: Note to invading fighter/bombers: make sure your aircraft cannot be destroyed by girls with melee weapons.
* AMagicContractComesWithAKiss: This is how generals power up the Master Samurai.
* MagicalGirl: In a sense.
* MagicalEye: Gisen's [[EyePatchOfPower patched eye]] is red. She can also use some powerful spells with it.
* MaleGaze: Close-ups of breasts and undergarments are a common sight.
* MarshmallowHell: Gisen likes to subject Muneakira to these. Sen and Yukimura will usually also arrive shortly afterwards before Gisen can get too far.
* MeaningfulName: All of the girls in [[UnwantedHarem Muneakira's harem]] are named after famous warriors from that period, while Nia is acutally named after... [[spoiler: a ''Musketeer''?]]
* {{Meido}}[=/=]MaidCafe: Yagyu Dojo have to reinvent themselves in the first half of season 2 because the government no longer funds them, thanks to a "[[RealitySubtext mortgage crisis]]".
* MemeticMolester: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]: Kanetsugu sees Muneakira as this.
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: Infiltration and spying are not Kanetsugu's strong suits.
* NakedFirstImpression:
** Jubei is nude when she first appears to Muneakira. Gisen also.
** Yukimura Sanada and Goto Matabei when Muneakira first walks into them, with his camera flashing.
* NiceHat: Yukimura. Even nicer in her powered up form.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In episode 5 of season 2, Sen tries to rig part of the contest in favor of their team, such as when trying to face off the dark samurai against other characters that would be most suited against them. However, Kanetsugu constantly tries to interfere, and ends up screwing things up each time.
* TheNicknamer: Jubei names everybody. She calls Matabei "Beta", and Yukimura "Yukki", though she went through a few nicknames (all of them bad) before deciding on that one.
* NinjaMaid: Hattori Hanzo, she commands a whole squad of ninjas but she's the only one who dresses in a full {{Meido}} outfit.
* TheNoseKnows: Matabei has a sense of smell of canine level.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Yukimura and Sen in episode 5 of season 2. They planned on using Sen's brother as the sponsor of the maid battle to cheat and give their team an advantage in points. However, Muneakira sees Sen impersonating her brother, and the second time they do it, the audience has already left. And although they technically lose the final match, Musashi walks away disregarding the disqualification for leaving the tournament grounds, after seeing Jubei's powers reawakening. So their team ends up winning by default.
* OneeSama: Gisen calls Jubei this.
* OnlySaneMan: Even TheOtherWiki says this about Muneakira.
* OutOfFocus: Matabei suffers from this until she and [[NinjaMaid Hanzo]] are forced to [[spoiler:kiss Muneakira]].
* PaperFanOfDoom: Yukimura's weapon in her civilian and Master Samurai forms. The super one has [[BlowYouAway wind powers]].
* PlayingWithFire[=/=]{{HellFire}}: Charles
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Jubei begs Muneakira not to abandon her in episode 3 of the first season. She has such a sad and pathetic look on her face that Sen lets him deal with it, and he promises her he won't leave.
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: Episode 10 had the girls dropping off one by one to make their way to save Muneakira.
* PowerLevels: Jubei is [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale over 5 million!]]
* ThePowerOfLove: In episode 10 Sen claims that the reason master samurai and generals haven't appeared in years is because people have forgotten the importance of love in the bond between generals and their master samurai.
* RapunzelHair: Kanetsugu.
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: The power level of the newly revived Musashi and friends. They are above even the Master Samurai.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Yuki and Sen prove a more straight example of the trope in Episode 8.
* RichBitch: Sen seems like it at first, but it's not really true.
* RunningGag: One of the more prominent ones has Yukimura's [[ForeheadOfDoom forehead]] shining.
* {{Samurai}}: Samurai with superpowers!!
* SayMyName: Juuubeeeei! Muneakira! Sen-hime-sama! Juuubeeei! Princess! Yoshihiko-sama! Yukimura! Juuuubeeei! Nia! [[OverlyLongGag Juuubeeeeeeeeeei!!!!]]
* SchizoTech: Steam trains with digital cameras in the early 21st century appear here.
* SchoolSwimsuit: The primary design of Yukimura's outfit, and she explains its advantages with enthusiasm.
--> "Sukumizu saikyou!"
* ScoobyStack: The main heroines do this in season 2's ending.
* SecretTest: In episode 6 of season 2, Kanetsugu is extremely upset that they decided to close down the maid cafe, since all of the dojo's bills were paid off thanks to winning the contest in the previous episode. They then decide to focus on ki training instead, so Kanetsugu takes it upon herself to make things difficult for them, such as pouring oil onto the floor while they're attempting to meditate to distract them, or making them sit in extremely hot bath water. The other characters think Kanetsugu is just being her usual JerkAss self, until Sen notices something rather unusual about her behavior. [[spoiler: Turns out that Kanetsugu was actually Keiji Maeda, and she was a TricksterMentor who was utilizing various things to get their ki more focused. However, despite obviously saying that she was trying to help them with their ki meditation various times, only Jubei took it seriously, and as a result was the only one to really learn anything from the training. Meanwhile the real Kanetsugu was tied up inside a small shed, and is angry at Maeda afterwards.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Yukimura trying to kiss Muneakira in episode 4 of the first season. Sen thwarts every attempt she makes at it. [[spoiler: Then they do an AccidentalKiss at the end due to Sen's overreactions.]]
** Also played straight regarding Matabei and Hanzo kissing Muneakira. They both try a practice kiss multiple times on each other throughout the series, but Hanzo always ends up pushing her away at the last minute. [[spoiler:They finally get over this problem in episode 9 of season 2, after realizing that they're hopelessly outclassed without Muneakira turning them into master samurai.]]
* ShorterMeansSmarter: [[TokenMiniMoe Yukimura]] is the smartest of the [[UnwantedHarem harem]].
* ShoutOut:
** When Jubei is trying to find her [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull transformation phrase]], she strikes a ''KamenRider'' pose.
** Naoe Kanetsugu usually makes references to Western culture when speaking in English.
*** [[BarackObama YES WE CAN!]]
*** [[{{Terminator}} I'll be back.]]
** At the very beginning of episode 4, Muneakira can be seen wearing [[HokutoNoKen Jagi's helmet]] for a brief moment.
* SlasherSmile: "Dark" Jubei. More like slasher grin.
* SmashingWatermelons: Episode 5 of season 2 has a competitive one, Sasaki vs Sen. The former effortlessly reaches the watermelon while [[FlashStep skillfully dodging]] the mines, while the latter trips on her first step, then somehow manages to hit Muneakira's head instead of the watermelon.
* SpitTake: Yukimura does this in episode 5 of season 2 when Sen trips while blindfolded during the SmashingWatermelons contest. She does it again a few scenes later, along with Muneakira, when Sasuke steals the mic Sen was using to impersonate her brother during the contest.
* SplitPersonality: There's the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jubei, and there's the {{Badass}} Jubei.
* TheStoic: Nia is an interesting example. She's more genuinely just not showing her emotions, rather than trying to hide them.
* {{Stripperific}}: The girls generally wear clothes that expose their underwear and emphasize cleavage, not to mention the other design choices.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Nia, according to Yoshihiko in one of the Next Episode Previews.
* SuperDeformed: Jubei in the closing credits of Season 1. The entire cast for most of the closing credits of Season 2.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Jubei after activating her ActionGirl mode.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: A subverted example. "Dark" Jubei is ruthless in battle, but always stays on the good guys' side.
* SuperSpeedReading: Yukimura.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Kanetsugu tries to blend in with the beach maids in episode 6 of the first season, clevering thinking her PaperThinDisguise would fool the maids. However, the head maid immediately outs her as an outsider, and Naoe instead tries to claim she's a new maid, and definitely not someone trying to blend in to spy on others.
* TemptingFate: In episode 1 of season 2, after returning from some training, Muneakira mentions to Matabei that {{MaidCafe}}s are all the rage right now. And that they couldn't possibly have any nearby. Matabei then has a disappointed look as they reach the top of the stairs to the dojo, to reveal...a maid cafe.
* ThickLineAnimation: The characters are drawn with a thicker outline than is usually seen in anime.
* TheThingThatGoesDoink
* ThirdPersonPerson: Jubei
* TokenMiniMoe: Yukimura
* TookALevelInBadass: Muneakira takes several throughout the series.
** In the second to last episode, he ''frees himself'' from the chains that bind him whenever Badass!Jubei appears.
** During the last episode, along with everyone else, but Muneakira's transformation from a flustered everydude to a determined commander is especially striking.
* TransformationSequence
* {{Tsundere}}:
** Sen Tokugawa. She even gives a class on how to be one in the second voiced manga.
** [[spoiler: Her brother Yoshihiko doesn't acknowledge Muneakira or anything. He's just helping him to protect Great Japan.]]
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: [[spoiler:Nia defies Sen's older brother]] after being moved by Sen and Yukimura's speech about ThePowerOfLove and loyalty to their general Muneakira.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: Nia and later Gisen in the anime.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Sen to Muneakira.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Kanetsugu can't get respect from anyone in-universe, but in a poll taken before the anime started, she was at the top, and once the show began, continues to be adored by the fanbase.
* UnprovokedPervertPayback: Muneakira is subjected to these, such as in episode 8 of the first season when Gisen attempts to seduce him, and as Sen and Yukimura think about past incidents, they hit him some more as they drag him through the dojo. He will also sometimes be subjected to this when another girl seems to show too much interest in him.
* UnwantedHarem: Muneakira gradually acquires more women as the series goes on, whether he wants to or not.
* UrineTrouble: Inverted; a younger Naoe pees on an earthworm, apparently to get rid of a bad luck curse.
* VillainousBreakdown: Yoshihiko becomes more and more unhinged as [[spoiler: Nia [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters refuses to obey him]]]], but he [[spoiler: gets better eventually]]. [[{{Yandere}} Gisen]], on the other hand...
* WalkingSwimsuitScene: Yukimura
* WeaksauceWeakness: Matabei apparently has this towards [[spoiler: '''baths'''.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist:[[spoiler: Yoshihiko, in the end. He intends to amass Master Samurai to fight Amakusa, not for himself.]]
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Yoshihiko is a subversion, who turns out to be quite a decent guy after being introduced as a ruthless leader.
* TheWorfEffect: In the first episode of ''Samurai Bride,'' the heroes are swiftly defeated by the Dark Samurai, whom they are unable to lay a single attack on. It's also implied at the beginning of the same episode that the Dark Samurai also defeat Charles and her small army of mook samurai offscreen.
* {{Yandere}}: Sweet Jesus, ''Gisen''.
--> Gisen: I did it to devour you, big sister! [[ImAHumanitarian I'm going to eat your bones, blood and soul so I can become one with you]]! [[MurderTheHypotenuse If I do that, I'll be able to serve Shiro-sama by myself just fine]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: They have gray, vibrant red, light blue, light purple, and white.
* YouShallNotPass: While Jubei attempts to revive Kanetsugu after she was tossed into a river by a dark samurai, both Jubei and Sasuke attempt to stop her from passing. [[spoiler: They buy just enough time for Jubei to regain consciousness and realize that Muneakira does care about her, thus enabling her to become a master samurai after he "kisses" her while trying CPR.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki:
** Sen sports a grade A in her Master Samurai garb.
** Kanetsugu, alongside her GirlishPigtails and has some {{Tsundere}} qualities. So she may qualify for Grade S.
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