Keijo (manga)

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Keijo!!!!!!!!
The cover shows a group of women in bikinis; the character Nozomi is in the front, and twists, showing her buttocks to the viewer.
Cover of the first manga volume
競女!!!!!!!!
GenreComedy,[1] sports[2]
Manga
Written byDaichi Sorayomi
Published byShogakukan
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
Original runJuly 24, 2013April 25, 2017
Volumes18
Anime television series
Directed byHideya Takahashi
Produced byNobuhiro Nakayama
Jun Fukuda
Takatoshi Chino
Takeshi Okamura
Ryutaro Usukura
Toshiyasu Hayashi
Aitani Atsushi
Written byTakao Kato
Music byHayato Matsuo
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, AT-X, BS11
Original run October 6, 2016 December 22, 2016
Episodes12 + 6 OVA (List of episodes)
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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Japanese: 競女!!!!!!!!, lit. 'Competitive-girl'), also known as Hip Whip Girl, is a Japanese sports manga series written and illustrated by Daichi Sorayomi. It has been serialized in Shogakukan's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday since July 2013 to April 2017[2] and has been collected in eighteen tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation produced by Xebec ran from October 6 to December 22, 2016.

The series centers around the fictional women-only sport of keijo, where players stand on floating platforms and aim to incapacitate or push their opponent into the water, using only their breasts and buttocks. The story follows Nozomi Kaminashi, a gymnast who trains at a keijo school, hoping to become the richest player in Japan.

Premise[edit]

The series is set in an alternate reality where a new, women-only, gambling sport known as "keijo", quickly becomes a fad in Japan since its introduction in the dawn of the 21st century. Keijo matches are held atop floating platforms, referred to as a "Land", in large water-filled stadiums where swimsuit-clad players fight to incapacitate their opponents or push them out to the water, but they can only hit each other using their breasts or buttocks.

Nozomi Kaminashi is a gifted gymnast who decides to give up her dream of competing in the Olympics and become a keijo player instead, aiming for the high earnings offered there, in order to get herself and her younger siblings out of poverty. As she enters the world of Keijo, Nozomi soon makes new friends and rivals, while learning that the way to fame and fortune in this new, uncommon sport will have more challenges than she ever imagined.

Characters[edit]

  • Nozomi Kaminashi (神無 のぞみ, Kaminashi Nozomi) is an energetic and cheerful girl who aims to become the richest keijo player in Japan in order to get herself and her siblings out of poverty. As a former gymnast, Nozomi is very athletic and uses her gymnastic skills to quickly move around the Land with ease. Her fighting style is a mix of Infighter and Outfighter style due to her agility and raw power. Her signature attack is the Vacuum Butt Cannon which can blow her opponents away, clothes and all. In the anime television series, Nozomi is voiced by Lynn[4] in Japanese and Amber Lee Connors[5] in English.
  • Sayaka Miyata (宮田 さやか, Miyata Sayaka) is Nozomi's best friend and a former judo champion. She is fast and strong and is considered among the most promising new recruits. She later claims herself the fastest in Western Japan. Her fighting style is Outfighter in which she uses her speed combined with her judo skills.[6] In the anime television series, Sayaka is voiced by M.A.O[4] in Japanese and Felecia Angelle[5] in English.
  • Kazane Aoba (青葉 風音, Aoba Kazane) is initially quiet and soft-spoken due to being self-conscious about her Hiroshima dialect. Her ponytail moves in reaction when she is addressed or when she feels emotions. She claims that her right hand is very sensitive and is able to determine and even copy her opponents abilities by feeling up their butts, an ability she calls Scanning Hand. In addition, she is a great strategist and is able to use the abilities she copies to compliment this as the situation demands. Her fighting style is Counter.[6] In the anime television series, Kazane is voiced by Kaede Hondo[4] in Japanese and Alexis Tipton[5] in English.
  • Non Toyoguchi (豊口 のん, Toyoguchi Non) is a girl from a countryside village who wishes to become a Keijo player in the hope that by gaining popularity, she would be able to revitalize her village which is losing its population. She has the softest buttocks which allows her to absorb attacks and reflect it back. She is also known to be very clumsy. Her fighting style is Counter fighter. [6] In the anime television series, Non is voiced by Saori Ōnishi[4] in Japanese and Sarah Wiedenheft[5] in English.
  • Hanabi Kawai (河合 花火, Kawai Hanabi) Elite Class Rank 3. She is considered a sports prodigy ever since she was a child and because of this, she had no friends until she took up Keijo. Her attack strategy is to strike her opponent's jaw which causes a shock to their brain that knocks them out. A cross-like sparkle appears on her eyes whenever she is participating in Keijo. She is voiced by Rena Maeda[4] in Japanese and Kristen McGuire[5] in English in the anime television series.
  • Mio Kusakai (日下生 美桜, Kusakai Mio) Elite Class Rank 1. She is half-British and half-Japanese and is known to be a lesbian who flirts with other girls. In addition to her great athleticism, she is also able to use a technique called Titty Hypnosis in which she sways her ample breasts like a pendulum which dazes and confounds her opponents though the technique has been banned in their school due to the potential of it causing inexperienced opponents to drown in their hypnotized state. She is voiced by Hibiku Yamamura[4] in Japanese and Michelle Rojas[7] in English in the anime television series.
  • Rin Rokudō (六堂 鈴, Rokudō Rin) Elite Class Rank 2. She is a former swimmer and initially claims the title of the fastest in Western Japan which sparks a rivalry between her and Sayaka. As a former swimmer, she has great lung capacity which allows her to continuously move at great speed without losing her breath for periods of time. Her favorite technique is the Butt Gattling. Whenever she participates in Keijo, her hair would stand which and takes a form similar to cat ears. This, in addition to her small frame and cat-like expressions, caused her friends to give her the nickname Rinrin. She is voiced by Rie Takahashi[4] in Japanese and Alex Moore[8] in English in the anime television series.
  • Yuko Ōshima (大島 優子, Ōshima Yuko) is voiced by Misa Kayama in Japanese and Morgan Berry[5] in English in the anime television series.
  • Nagisa Ujibe (氏部 凪, Ujibe Nagisa) One of the first Keijo players and prize queens known as the Alluring Siren, she is now a teacher in the training school Nozomi and the others attend. She was the first to recognize Nozomi's Vacuum Butt Cannon move and knows the danger of the attack as she once used it herself. She has a rivalry with the Keijo training school's head teacher in East. She is voiced by Mabuki Andō in Japanese and Jamie Marchi[5] in English in the anime television series.
  • Miku Kobayakawa (小早川 未来, Kobayakawa Miku) is voiced by Yōko Hikasa in Japanese and Dawn M. Bennett[5] in English in the anime television series.
  • Kotone Fujisaki (藤崎 琴音, Fujisaki Kotone) Elite Class Rank 4. She comes from a family of Keijo players and is naturally gifted at the sport. However, she sees it as nothing more than work until she fought Nozomi which causes her to take Keijo seriously for the first time. She is able to attack while her back is turned and uses the vibrations on the Land to detect and predict her opponents' movements without looking. Her buttocks releases an aura that takes the form of a dog she calls Cerberus or Cer-chan for short and her buttocks appear to be able to home in on her target as though she were moving on auto-pilot. When not participating in Keijo, she is always listening to homosexual stories on her headset and occasionally fantasizes about it which, to her opponents, makes appear bored or uninterested. She is voiced by Shizuka Ishigami in Japanese and Jad Saxton in English in the anime.

Other media and appearances[edit]

In addition to the manga, the anime television series of the same name aired on October 6, 2016,[4] and the video game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 has a crossover promotion with Keijo!!!!!!!!, with in-game swimsuits based on the manga.[9]

The anime is produced by Xebec and directed by Hideya Takahashi, with Takao Kato handling series composition, Keiya Nakano designing the characters and Hayato Matsuo composing the music.[10] The opening theme (from episodes 1 to 11), "Dream X Scramble!", was performed by Airi, while the ending theme, "Fantas/Hip Girlfriends!", was performed by Lynn, M.A.O, Kaede Hondo, and Saori Ōnishi.[11] The series was released across six Blu-ray and DVD home video release volumes totaling 12 episodes,[12] and each volume includes an original video animation.[13] The anime is streamed by Crunchyroll[14] and Funimation, the latter of which streams an English dub.[15]

Anime episodes[edit]

No. Title[a] Original air date[16]
1"Setouchi Keijo Training School!!!!"
"Setouchi Keijo Yōsei Gakkō!!!!" (瀬戸内競女養成学校!!!!)
October 6, 2016
Nozomi partakes in try-outs at a keijo school alongside her friend Miyata and the rest of the new students. She stays in the game until only she and Hanabi are left: the two fight on equal footing, but Hanabi eventually knocks Nozomi into the water. Nozomi and Miyata pass the try-outs, and move into their dormitory room at the start of the term where they met their roommates, Non and Kazane.
2"The Hip Toss Brings Us Together!!!!"
"Danketsu no Hippu Tosu!!!!" (団結のヒップトス!!!!)
October 13, 2016
The students are doing keijo exercises, one of which involves passing a beach ball around in a group, using only one's buttocks. Nozomi's team initially struggles, but Kazane is able to accurately guide them to where the ball will land by reading the wind currents, and they eventually win. Later, Nozomi's team is placed in a practice match with Nagisa, one of the keijo teachers.
3"Vacuum Butt Cannon!!!!"
"Shinkū Rekketsu!!!!" (真空烈尻(しんくうれっけつ)!!!!)
October 20, 2016
The students are told what fighting style suits them – infighter, outfighter or counter – and do exercises. Nagisa tells Nozomi to not use the "vacuum butt cannon" move she used during the practice match: while effective, it could damage her spine. Nozomi insists, so Nagisa has her train in a special swimsuit that restricts her movements. Sayaka trains to match Rin's high-speed movements, and faces her in a keijo match during the class-change race, where students get the chance to advance to the elite class.
4"The Battle for the Fastest Butt!!!!"
"Saisoku Kettei-sen!!!!" (最速尻定戦(さいそくけつていせん)!!!!)
October 27, 2016
While Sayaka is able to match Rin's speed, Rin's endurance is higher due to her larger lung capacity; Sayaka still manages to win by giving herself a wedgie, allowing for greater hip mobility and dramatically increased speed. Non wins her match by deflecting her opponent's attack, but Kazane loses hers when her opponent, Mio, hypnotizes her by swinging her breasts like a pendulum.
5"Full-Auto Cerberus!!!!"
"Jidō geigeki (furuōto) keruberosu!!!!" (自動迎撃(フルオート)ケルベロス!!!!)
November 3, 2016
Nozomi faces Kotone in the class-change race, who dodges all attacks while having her back turned, and chases Nozomi using Cerberus, a move where a ghostly image of a dog is manifested from her buttocks. The two collide, and Nozomi wins, as the running around had charged her vacuum butt cannon move. Nozomi and her roommates all advance to the elite class; Kazane, despite losing, had performed well and cornered Mio, which was why Mio used hypnosis, a move she was banned from using.
6"Alluring Kyoto Trip!!!!"
"Miwaku no Kyōto gasshuku!!!!" (魅惑の京都合宿!!!!)
November 10, 2016
The elite class goes on a field trip to Kyoto, where they are divided into groups based on their fighting styles, and train with professional keijo players.
7"Where the Turnips Lead!!!!"
"Kabu no michibiku saki!!!!" (カブの導く先!!!!)
November 17, 2016
Nozomi has become less agile due to building muscle from her vacuum butt cannon move, so she is given special training where a rope is tied around her waist and the stem of a turnip, and she needs to pull it up by moving her buttocks and hips quickly, without breaking off the stem. The class also does an exercise where they walk upstream in a river with their hands behind their heads, while using their breasts to knock floating debris out of their way.
8"The Dramatic East-West War!!!!"
"Haran hisshi no tōzai-sen!!!!" (波乱必至の東西戦!!!!)
November 24, 2016
9"Ruler of the Jungle Gym!!!!"
"Jangurujimu no hasha!!!!" (ジャングルジムの覇者!!!!)
December 1, 2016
10"The Second East-West War Race!!!!"
"Tōzai-sen dai ni rēsu!!!!" (東西戦第二レース!!!!)
December 8, 2016
Aoba and her group prepare to go in for the second match, determined to win the entire tournament. While her group seemingly struggles against the east, they use a number of set ups and tricks to get Aoba one-on-one. Aoba seems to struggle, but eventually reveal her power, that she can copy the signature moves of any girl's butt she touches, including Butt Gatling and Meteor Hip. The girls collide, and though it is close, the west loses the match thanks to the east's using Left Perky Piper, moving her away from the water.
11"The Castle of the Final Match!!!!"
"Kessen no shiro!!!!" (決戦の城!!!!)
December 15, 2016
Nozomi and her group go into the final match which determines the winner, held atop a feudal era castle that sinks every time a player is eliminated. The east struggles against the west, losing every girl except Maya, who does not dodge Nozomi's Vacuum Butt Cannon because of her fear of rejection. She overworks herself to the point of crying, and exhibits a dissociated identity named Kaya.
12"The Heated Battle's Rear-End!!!!"
"Nessen Shūketsu!!!!" (熱戦終尻(しゅうけつ)!!!!)
December 22, 2016
Kaya, the number one player of the east, knocks off every player except Nozomi. However, one of Nozomi's teammates presses her erect nipples against Nozomi's back before being knocked off, allowing Nozomi to use the perfect Vacuum Butt Cannon and win the match. The girls graduate, and head on to their month long introduction to being professional keijo players.

Reception[edit]

In November 2016, Crunchyroll revealed their most viewed anime shows of the season in the United States per state; the Keijo!!!!!!!! anime was the most popular in nine states, with only Yuri on Ice and Drifters being most viewed in more states.[17] In 2017, fans in Portugal were in the planning stages for a defictionalized Keijo sport league. The rules of the defictionalized version were modified and protective gear for the breasts, rear, and thighs were added to make the sport "safer and more realistic". A proof of concept video showed a match in action and the league planned to scout for interested parties and venues for play.[18][19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keijo!!!!!!!!". Funimation. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Daichi Sorayomi Ends Keijo!!!!!!!! Aquatic Sports Manga". Anime News Network. April 21, 2017. Archived from the original on April 22, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2017 Anime Lineup". Crunchyroll. January 20, 2017. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Keijo!!!!!!!! TV Anime Reveals Cast of Nozomi's Rivals, October 6 Premiere". Anime News Network. September 6, 2016. Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for Keijo!!!!!!!! Anime". Anime News Network. October 25, 2016. Archived from the original on October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c episode 3
  7. ^ "Fall 2016 SimulDub English Cast Announcements – For The Love of Dubs". Funimation. October 18, 2016. Archived from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-25. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  9. ^ "『DOAX3』とアニメ『競女!!!!!!!!』のコラボ企画が進行中! バスタオル風水着など、今後のアップデート情報も". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. July 26, 2016. Archived from the original on August 22, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Keijo!!!!!!!! TV Anime's Cast, Staff Revealed". Anime News Network. May 16, 2016. Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "Keijo!!!!!!!! TV Anime's New Promo Reveals Theme Song Artists". Anime News Network. August 12, 2016. Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  12. ^ "Keijo!!!!!!!! TV Anime to Have 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. September 20, 2016. Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  13. ^ "Keijo!!!!!!!! Anime's Home Video Releases Get 6 'Bonus Anime'". Anime News Network. September 24, 2016. Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  14. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Kiss Him, Not Me!, Miss Bernard said., Keijo!!!!!!!! Anime (Updated)". Anime News Network. October 6, 2016. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "Funimation Announces Fall English Dub Line-Up". Anime News Network. October 4, 2016. Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  16. ^ "競女!!!!!!!!" (in Japanese). Tokyo Metropolitan Television. Archived from the original on October 9, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  17. ^ Ellard, Amanda (November 2, 2016). "Crunchyroll Releases Map of Most Popular Fall Simulcasts for U.S., Canada". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  18. ^ "You Can Stop Wishing: "Keijo!!!!!!!!" Is Now a Real Sport". Crunchyroll. Archived from the original on 2017-07-23. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  19. ^ "『競女!!!!!!!!』が海外から「競女を本当のスポーツ競技にしないか?」と提案されたことが判明!海外人気凄すぎwww | オタク.com". otakomu.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2017-07-23.

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