This is more than just a simple match this is real drama and real excitement I dare say its the finest form of entertainment in the entire world Mariko Jackal Toujou in regards to the final fight in the series. Dear Mariko fuck off. Matter of fact to everyone that was a part of the creation of this show fuck off This kind of shit is the reason why the general public sees anime as either for children or as some kind of sick animated porn that probably includes tentacles. The latter is mainly due to the use of ecchi within anime shows. For those of you who dont know ecchi is a genre in anime where playfully sexual actions are present within a show. I personally dont see ecchi as completely bad as I have seen shows that have successfully integrated fanservice and lewd acts within a story whilst not coming across as pandering to the audience e.g. Prison School and Shimoneta. However the main problem that I find with the ecchi genre overall is that most ecchi anime uses fanservice for exploiting the sex appeal of characters with the primary reason being to please the audience. This show happens to fall so far down the latter that I honestly think that the staff behind the making of this show have no shame whatsoever. And you know what? Thats probably right So with that said I will have no problem with calling this show out on its absolute bullshit SPOILERS BELOW BUT I DIDNT GIVE A FUCK AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU Wanna Be the Strongest in the World is a 2013 anime series based off the manga of the same name and was produced by Studio Arms the studio that made such disappointing and frownedupon shows such as Brynhildr in the Darkness and Queens Blade. They were also responsible for Elfen Lied take that as you will. The show lasted for 12 episodes and was centred around teen pop singer and main star of the popular idol group Sweet Diva Sakura Hagiwara who becomes a professional wrestler to avenge her best friend and fellow Sweet Diva member Elena Miyazawa as well as prove that pop idols can also lay the smackdown when it comes to working in the ring. What makes this series so interesting is that it belongs to the ecchi genre and therefore is obviously going to lean more towards the pervy side of the anime medium but boy The fanservice in this show is not just present it is nearly everything that this show does. I am convinced that the people in charge of this show tried to shove in as much fanservice as they possibly could. Within the first 4 minutes of the very first episode there is already a shower scene with the two main characters of the show Sakura and Elena naked along with some other Sweet Diva members that dont matter who are also naked. You may not know this but both Sakura and Elena are 17 years old That may shock you and make you feel a little bit bad about yourself but Japan obviously doesnt give a fuck about that Whats even more insulting about this shit show is when it comes to the wrestling side of things. First off the attire these women wear look more appropriate as swimming gear or what you would wear sliding down a stripper pole rather than wrestling gear. Just look at the cover of the show and youll see the kind of outfits that these women wear. Their scantilyclad gear accentuating the TA of each wrestler to such a degree cannot be considered realistic even for pro wrestling standards. Take one quick bump and we could very well have a wardrobe malfunction on our hands. Now I dont care much about the objectification of women in this show but there is no other reasonable explanation of why their gear is so skimpy than that the animators were banking on sex appeal to intrigue the audience and not much else. But this issue has nothing on the amount of breast groin and ass shots repeated over the entire 12 episodes coupled with moaning. Lots and lots of painful moaning. If you enjoy listening to the screams of curvaceous yet disproportionate women coming from your screen this show might seem like a gift from God to you. However after a while I wouldnt be surprised if you just got bored masturbating to Wanna Be the Strongest and decided to look up some hentai to get off on because Im sure that theres hentai you can find that has more variety of animation than this shit. The number of closeups of breast and camel toes on this show is so damn excessive and unrestrained that youll probably start to relate to their parts more than the characters themselves. Even the number of boobs and vagina clips showed in the first episode where pro wrestler Rio Kazama humiliates both Sakura and Elena can be considered tame compared to what is shown over the next 11 episodes. One of the biggest problems this show faces is how it uses the concept of professional wrestling to move the story along. The end of the first episode has Sakura face Rio in a legitimate wrestling match after Rio earlier had beaten down and embarrassed her friend Elena at Berserk gym. Sakura tries to avenge her friends and is beaten in rather quick fashion via passing out to the Rear Naked Choke a proper submission but in this show its false advertisement. Sakura got rightfully schooled by the professional and even loses some of her hair as a result but undeterred she vows to go pro to defend the honour of idols all around the world. She trains her body for three months before taking the ultimate test for rookies: the hellish hundred throws. Basically Sakura takes a total of 100 suplexes from Rio and some other pro wrestlers that dont even matter some of which share nearly the same character design as Sakura the only differences being their hair and wrestling gear. After Rios attempts to keep Sakura down along with numerous shots of tits and ass Sakura survives the challenge which means that shes ready to have her first match as a pro. So apparently they just let you take a hundred bumps and thats all you need. They didnt bother to teach her any technique or moveset or even the damn rules before throwing her into a match? Were two episodes into the shit fest as its already a failure of a realistic wrestling drama. Anyways Sakura has the first match as a pro and is beaten by being locked in a submission known as the Boston crab. But its alright since the fans still love her and happy that she gave it her all in that match until she loses again and again and again all to the same submission manoeuvre. Obviously shes always put in the Boston crab because the animators kept wanting to show us her bust crabs. Sakura loses several matches in a row gaining a streak like that of a common jobber and causes fans of her and the show itself to lose interest. Luckily for Sakura the ace of Berserk gym Misaki Toyoda starts mentoring her and gives her the motivation to break out of the submission of her nightmares and in her next match she does manage to break out of the hold before immediately losing via pinfall. Wow great progression. Meanwhile back at the idol group Sweet Diva the group has practically become stagnant thanks to their star Sakura becoming a pro wrestler and tapping out to pros that have no development whatsoever. Im in bewilderment as Im writing this as to why on Earth did the creator want to make wrestling look realistic? It wants to be a sports drama so badly yet events in the show and plot points go well beyond the line of ridiculous If they chose to see pro wrestling as more of a scripted fight than an actual fight then development wouldnt have been such a huge issue and they couldve explored the different lives of idols and pro wrestlers a lot better. But the show doesnt and would rather take the sport side of it very seriously with added crotch shots and moaning in between. Fuck this shit. Halfway into the show Sakura gets her rematch with Rio the woman who humiliated her in the first episode with no real buildup to it other than what happened in that first episode. That shit isnt how wrestling works but oh well nothing in this show works. In the match Sakura shows a lot more fighting spirit and refuses to give up and even manages to hit her doublekick finisher to win the match in a huge upset scoring her first victory. This could have been a strong moment for the series if they had bothered to show Sakura getting progressively stronger and closer to victory in her matches beforehand as well as actual buildup to the match rather than the halfassed execution we got. And another thing every single match that we have seen from this show or ever will see all cut out the more acrobatic and entertaining parts of actual wrestling matches that are fun to watch along with any chain wrestling to help wrestling get a feel for how the other wrestler works. All that we see are suplexes strikes holds and finishers but with no reasoning behind them. Its as if theyre performing moves just for the sake of performing moves. I guess all those submission holds used dont put much of a strain of the animation budget. Anyway with Sakura achieving her original goal she can go back to being a pop star but she says that she wants to keep proving herself as a wrestler much to the dismay of her best friend Elena and all of us whore still watching the shit. Nothing else of importance really happens till the final match so well just go there. While Sakura is facing other wrestlers that are literally there to keep Sakura occupied for a couple episodes a new mysterious masked wrestler named Blue Panther begins taking out other wrestlers until she gets a match with Sakura demanding that she retire upon losing. Its at this point where she unmasks and reveals herself to be Elena Sakura best friend from Sweet Diva. Her plan is to force Sakura into retirement so she can join Sweet Diva again. I dont know about you guys but forcing someone to join a group through beating them in a wrestling match does not sound like the healthiest thing for a relationship and it sounds like something that could come from the WWE storyline and thats not a good thing cause WWE sucks. They have their match and its easily the best match from the entire show actually showing ring psychology within the match. Unfortunately the main problem with this match is with the animation. Overall the animation of the show is rather inconsistent but the movement in this match especially is just downright shoddy and makes some of the moves shown looks unintentionally hilarious. Sakura took a damn Tombstone Piledriver move where the opponents head is driven into mat and a second later her body started to twist and contort out of nowhere. The use of CGI on the crowd was also terrible and the crowd was shown onscreen for way too long making the poor use of CGI even more obvious. This show also pulls one of the worst things Ive ever seen in an anime: they have Sakura pinned to a nearfall but rather than showing Sakura kick out they turn to a shot of the lights above the ring and we hear some guy in the crowd say Wow that was close. Its times like like where I just want to facepalm in frustration with how shit like this is given a pass. The match ends with Sakura winning the match. Elena is left heartbroken and pleads her friend to come back to Sweet Diva. The crowd chimes in with their opinion as well oddly enough and most say they want to see Sakura back in the idol group despite cheering her for the last 11 episodes for pursuing her goals of wrestling. Eventually Mariko Toujou comes in and says that both Sakura and Elena can continue wrestling and be pop idols if they can handle it. Whos Mariko? Well get so her soon enough. The show ends with Sakura and Elena all dressed up in their idol gear performing in front of the wrestling crowd completely noselling injuries that they sustained previously in their match. Hooray the end. Now after all of this I can easily tell you that this was one of the worst stories I have even seen played out in 12 episodes but thats not the only horrible thing about this steaming pile of horseshit. The characters oh my God Despite the amount of characters in this show not one manages to stand out as even average Sakura despite being the most significant character is also one of the saddest excuses for a main character Ive ever seen. Id call her the John Cena of the show but at least John Cena has a personality. Throughout the entire show she struggles in every match either winning by the skin of her teeth or being dominated throughout the match. She wants to become the strongest and prove herself but never once changes or has her morals challenged. They could have if say they had her reflect on her losses but they never even try that because the staff are too busy prioritising crotchshots over character development. Elena is next up on the platform of shame. This girl is both Sakuras best friend and rival always coming close to beating Sakura but never beating her in anything. She is obviously jealous of Sakuras accomplishments bra size and overall success. Unfortunately she always maintains her place throughout the show ending up onedimensional. One thing I want to know though how the fuck is this girl able to challenge and almost beat Sakura despite having barely any proper training over the duration of the show compared to Sakura who needed to train her boy up for 3 months before even getting a match? Rio KazamaYou know what? Fuck this bitch. She doesnt matter at all to the overall story. Shes just a bitchy wrestler with a cocky attitude and no ass. NO ASS Alright next character is Moe. Moe is a high school freshman whos the granddaughter of a former wrestler and who was inspired to start wrestling through watching Sakura. This girl is only important for one episode where she faces Sakura purely to keep the show going. Shes easily replaceable and her only memorable act in the entire show was motorboating the main character. And then there was Mariko Jackal Toujou. This woman happens to be the world champion and yet she doesnt matter at all when it comes to the story. She faces Sakura in the second half of the show because her original opponent was injured but if you had replaced this woman with some random wrestler the show wouldnt have changed at all. Shes just another pair of tits to get off to when you get bored of Sakura. But if there is one thing that I hate about her more than any other character on the fucking show its that quote that I put at the start of the review. She called the match between Sakura and Elena the finest form of entertainment in the whole world. She just shitted on the entire world of professional wrestling this that one sentence. I know that it shouldnt be taken seriously but fuck it: Fuck off Mariko You wish you had as much depth as your cleavage does Fuck you and this show bitch Earlier on I talked about how shit the animation was whilst explain the plot and I use that term lightly here of this shit show. But it needs to be said again: THIS SHOW LOOKS LIKE SHIT The art style is generic as all hell with nearly every character having a similar design and no cup size below C if we exclude the high school girl no cup size below D. This show also has only two proper locations the gym and the wrestling ring. This show is so devoid of artistic freedom that even at 12 episodes Im surprised at how long it went for. Character movement is just garbage and when they arent showing proper movement theyre showing closeups screen shots and reused footage and it is painful to watch. The fanservice. Is fucking painful. To everyone who likes shows like this because of the ecchi elements in place if you removed the closeups of female anatomy from this show it would be very bland. Thats what this show was even with the fanservice because it fails at using ecchi well at all. In fact with the kind of shots that were used repeatedly within the show its more disturbing than erotic at all. Seeing Sakuras vagina whilst during a submission for the umptieth time is not only tiring its just sad. If there was anything that I would say was positive from this show it would have to be the opening and ending themes. Not the overall OP and ED those shit videos were piss breaks. But the themes on their own fits with the idol part of the show and were at least decent to listen to. I wouldnt say that I didnt skip them every time but they didnt further hinder the show. Overall the soundtrack was a dud with no song standing out except for one that sounded like a ripoff of the battle theme from the original Pokemon games. In my opinion no song meshed well with any of the scenes in the show. Voiceacting wise well what can I say? Half the time the characters were just moaning and screaming it was just annoying. I guess Id say the voice of Sakura did the best since she screamed more than anyone else but then again I screamed just as much from just watching this piece of trash anime. This show is literally one of the worst anime that I have ever layed my eyes on. It tries to make professional wrestling look like a noble and rigorous sport whilst cutting to a muff shot every 10 seconds. It puts pandering shit fests like Queens Blade and Sekirei to shame. The makers of this disturbing fanservice filled and generic as fuck youcandoit crapfest should have changed the name from Wanna Be the Strongest in the World to Wanna Be the Worst in the World because this show is deserving of a title like that. The entire existence of the show was an elaborate scheme made to animate bouncing boobies and bulging coochies whilst under the extremely thinlyveiled disguise of telling a story and an awful one at that. The plot was pure garbage. Calling the cast of this show characters would be giving them too much credit. This is a failure in every possible sense of the word. If you want a proper sports drama check out something like Hajime no Ippo. If you want proper use of ecchi in a story Id recommend Prison School. If you just want to see scantilyclad animated women play with each other even Keijo and some hentai shows would be better than this pile of garbage.
5 /100
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