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 Ordinary High School Student 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 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 Light Novel series that was later adapted into an anime that premiered in the fall 2010 season. Now showing (in North America) on the Anime Network's online player.A second season entitled Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Bride aired as a part of the Spring 2013 Anime season in April. Crunchyroll has licensed streaming for both seasons, which can be legally viewed here for those living in the US and Canada.There's a character sheet in development.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: The girls cut through some B-29 bombers rather effortlessly in the beginning of the first season.
Accidental Kiss: Happens in episode 4 of the first season, between Yukimura and Muneakira.
Ax-Crazy: "Dark" Jubei, though she is more focused.
Back from the Dead: For the second anime season: Musashi, Kojiro, Mataemon, and Inshun. Dark Jubei doesn't return until episode 6.
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.
Bad Boss: Both Sen and Yoshihiko shows rather nasty tendencies towards Hanzo and Nia respectively. 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.
Battle Aura: 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.
Battle of the Still Frames: 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.
Beach Episode: 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.
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.
Big Bad: Yoshihiko, until Gisen revealed the true big bad, Shirou Amakusa.
Bittersweet Ending: 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.
Made into more of a happy ending in the Blu-Ray/DVD version, where after the credits Jubei returns to Earth and shares a kiss with Muneakira.
Blade on a Stick: Sen and Matabei, who both wield spears (Sen's is a naginata, but Matabei's is a more common variant).
Blessed with Suck: 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 Genre Savvy, 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.
It's revealed towards the end that 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.
Blow You Away: Yukimura can control very powerful winds with her fans.
Brandishment Bluff: 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. 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.
Can't Catch Up: Despite being fairly competent ActionGirls, both Matabei and Hanzo are outclassed by the master samurais, and for much of the series are utilized largely for support roles. They both get upgraded to master samurai in episode 9 of season 2.
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. Unknown to them however, is that Kanetsugu for most of the episode is actually Keiji Maeda, who really is trying to train them. However, given Kanetsugu's Butt Monkey status, anything she says isn't taken too seriously by any of the girls aside from Jubei, who's often too Cloud Cuckoo Lander to realize it.
Censor Splatter: Most of "special" scenes are covered in ink splatter, although the blu-ray release averts this.
Clean Pretty Reliable: Muneakira attempts this on Kanetsugu in episode 3 of season 2, after the latter was tossed into a river by a dark samurai. 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.
Cry Cute: Yukimura in Episode 5, while pleading to Kanetsugu to stop roughing up on Muneakira.
Curb-Stomp Battle: 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.
Jubei, Nia and Musashi more conventionally dual-wielded swords.
Yukimura has her fans.
Dwindling Party: The main girls get killed off and absorbed by Amakusa in episode 12 of season 2. However, they get resurrected at the end after Jubei defeats it.
Eleventh Hour Super Power: In episode 12 of season 2, 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.
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 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 True Companions, going through a fleet of air bombers. Don't tell me it's not related somehow.
Case 2: As of Episode 11, we know that Jubei has a split personality becausethe contract made by a first kiss, was incomplete and imperfect. It is heavily implied that Moe!Jubei is 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...
Gainax Ending: During the final episode. 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.
This is also notable between Hanzo and Matabei, seeing as how they decide the best way to practice their kissing attempts on Muneakira is to do it on each other. Hilariously lampshaded in one of the motion comics.
Serial Escalation: By the beginning of season 2, characters that are straight in the realm of legend have appeared, namely Musashi and Kojiro.
Hoist by His Own Petard: 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.
Insult Backfire: When Sen tries to invoke A-Cup Angst towards Yukimura's small chest, the latter invokes Petite Pride instead, saying Muneakira would rather enjoy her small bust over Sen's larger cup size.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the fifth voiced manga, Muneakira notes that Master Jubei's name has been abbreviated to "M. Jubei" when he looks at the script. 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...
Lightning Glare: Sen and Yukimura do this to each other in episode 4 of the first season a couple of times.
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.
Nice Hat: Yukimura. Even nicer in her powered up form.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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.
The Nicknamer: 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.
Ninja Maid: Hattori Hanzo, she commands a whole squad of ninjas but she's the only one who dresses in a full Meido outfit.
Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: 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.
Please Don't Leave Me: 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.
The Power of Love: 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.
Schizo Tech: Steam trains with digital cameras in the early 21st century appear here.
School Swimsuit: The primary design of Yukimura's outfit, and she explains its advantages with enthusiasm.
Scooby Stack: The main heroines do this in season 2's ending.
Secret Test: 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 Jerk Ass self, until Sen notices something rather unusual about her behavior. Turns out that Kanetsugu was actually Keiji Maeda, and she was a Trickster Mentor 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.
Serious Business: Yukimura trying to kiss Muneakira in episode 4 of the first season. Sen thwarts every attempt she makes at it. Then they do an Accidental Kiss 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. 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.
Smashing Watermelons: Episode 5 of season 2 has a competitive one, Sasaki vs Sen. The former effortlessly reaches the watermelon while skillfully dodging the mines, while the latter trips on her first step, then somehow manages to hit Muneakira's head instead of the watermelon.
Spit Take: Yukimura does this in episode 5 of season 2 when Sen trips while blindfolded during the Smashing Watermelons 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.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Kanetsugu tries to blend in with the beach maids in episode 6 of the first season, clevering thinking her Paper-Thin Disguise 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.
Tempting Fate: In episode 1 of season 2, after returning from some training, Muneakira mentions to Matabei that MaidCafes 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.
Thick-Line Animation: The characters are drawn with a thicker outline than is usually seen in anime.
Unpopular Popular Character: 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.
Unprovoked Pervert Payback: 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.
Unwanted Harem: Muneakira gradually acquires more women as the series goes on, whether he wants to or not.
Urine Trouble: Inverted; a younger Naoe pees on an earthworm, apparently to get rid of a bad luck curse.
White Hair, Black Heart: Yoshihiko is a subversion, who turns out to be quite a decent guy after being introduced as a ruthless leader.
The Worf Effect: 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.
You Shall Not Pass: 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. 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.