Review of Keijo!!!!!!!!


Keijo is similar to Sumo… only sexier. Just like Japan’s national sport, the objective of Keijo is to eliminate your opponent by pushing them out of the arena. In the case of Keijo however, matches are fought on platforms that float atop a pool. Unlike Sumo, which is practiced exclusively by obese men, Keijo participants are swimsuit clad athletic ladies. Why is this a fictional sport? I imagine Keijo would have more of a mainstream appeal than something like cricket. Five days whacking a ball, with a bat, only for the match to then be declared a draw when it drizzles? What a waste of time. Unlike the singer of 10cc, I don’t like cricket.


Nozomi Kaminashi is an aspiring Keijo player who recently abandoned gymnastics, after realizing that prancing about with ribbons isn’t the most lucrative of careers. When the series begins she enlists in a school staffed by retired Keijo professionals, who specialize in coaching students on how to use their busts and posterior in combat. Joining Nozomi in her studies is best friend Sayaka Miyata, who has a strained relationship with her father. Daddy dearest just cannot comprehend why his daughter has ditched the martial arts in favour of a sport that is effectively Dead or Alive Xtreme’s butt battle mini-game.

This twelve-episode adaptation of Daichi Sorayomi’s manga is split into two story arcs. In the first half Nozomi learns the ropes and bonds with roommates Kazane Aoba and Non Toyoguchi. Kazane is a bashful gal, with a funny accent, who is adept at counterattacks. Toyoguchi on the other hand relies on her squishy buttocks to succeed. In many matches she emerges the fortuitous winner, after her opponent bounces off said ass and into the pool. Keijo’s second arc sees the girls travel eastward, to compete in an exhibition bout against a rival academy. Who will emerge victorious in the East versus West BUTTle… um battle?


My rating for Keijo is four stars. I went into the series expecting to admire the eye candy and laugh at how ridiculous the story is. On both counts the series delivers. There are numerous fan service scenes at the hot tub and on the comedy front we get a plentiful amount of tongue in (butt) cheek humour, plus some funny anime references. What surprised me about the series is that after a few episodes I genuinely got invested in the plot. Remove the silliness and Keijo still holds up as a legitimate sport show. The cast train hard to master new skills, put their determination to the test and rely on the virtues of teamwork. I also have to say that the action scenes are bad-ass… no pun intended.

Although the matches are highly unrealistic, I like the logic used to explain the special techniques each character commands. Sayaka for example enhances her speed by reducing swimsuit surface area, which she accomplishes by giving herself a wedgie. Nozomi’s signature move, on the other hand, is an attire busting energy wave that she generates by somersaulting. Later in the series the heroines face an adversary who uses her shiny cleavage to blind enemies. It’s simultaneously goofy and creative. Even if the Ecchi elements will put off some viewers, I can recommend Keijo to open minded anime sport fans. Sadly, due to poor sales, we are unlikely to get another season. That really “bums” me out.

34 thoughts on “Review of Keijo!!!!!!!!

  1. Okay… have made me very interested in seeing this 😊😊 I really thought this would be merely a fanservice series, but I guess I was wrong. And you are so right this deserves to be an official sport: I think we should hold an online petition to make this into an Olympic sport. I think enough people would sign up for that 😊😊
    Great review….maybe, maybe…this will be featured in my anime theme month 😊😊

    • If we can have beach volleyball in the Olympics why not Keijo? At the very least it’s more entertaining than Curling πŸ˜‰ I won’t pretend that Kejo isn’t a fan service heavy series, but the action and sport drama on offer is good enough that even critics who shun Ecchi stuff have given it positive scores.

      • Exactly 😊 So, I will make plans to write petition to the Olympics telling them to implement this sport. I’m almost confident they will listen….erm…I think….sort of…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…
        Anyways, you have convinced me enough to give this a try….and as you know I hate sports, so that’s telling something 😊😊

  2. Um… Interesting, but a pass for me, haha. Glad you enjoyed it! Sounds worthy of the excessive punctuation πŸ™‚

  3. Absolutely, this series is a blast to watch. A massive shame that manga got cancelled. I loved the jokes it had, like gate of bootylon xDD.

    • I hear that the series was very popular on Crunchyroll. Sad to hear that the manga got axed shortly after the anime’s release. Maybe this is one of those properties that is more popular in the West. The anime references were funny, such as Buttack on Titan.

    • Keijo has eye candy for those who want it. Thankfully it offers more than that. I thought the action was pretty good and the way the story plays out is akin to more serious sport shows I have watched in the past.

  4. “practiced exclusively by obese men” Chiyonofuji says hi… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

    I’m in no hurry to check this one out. I guess I’ll wait until MVM pick it up.. πŸ˜›

    • After doing a search on Chiyonofuji I am impressed. Looks like he reached the top with muscle and skill rather than just pure bulk.

      MVM release a lot of stuff I like πŸ˜‰ I doubt you will rate this show as highly as me, but it may impress you more than other fan service fests.

      • I was just teasing that MVM would pick this up – but given their form as the ones to usually go with the stuff the other labels won’t touch…. πŸ˜‰

        Chiyonofuji was awesome. He was a legendary Yokozuna in the late 80’s and would topple guys twice his size with ease, with a winning streak that would make Goldberg cry! πŸ˜›

  5. I’m with you on the cricket thing. I really don’t get that game. I just sit quietly watching, thinking to myself, what the fudge is going on here. πŸ˜€

    This review was so much fun. Really like your humour. Not sure if I’d give this series a go (though it does sound entertaining). It might be a tad tricky, to explain why I’m watching anime women, butt slam each other. Without looking like a creep. XD

    • One of the perks about living alone is that I can watch this stuff without looking like a creep. Then again, I post my reviews on Facebook so I don’t really care what people think about my viewing habits haha.

      Cricket just feels like an excuse to go and drink for five days. I prefer Twenty20 cricket as the matches only last for a few hours and the focus is on scoring lots of runs.

      • Sounds like a nice perk. From experience, flatmates are not all they’re cracked up to be. They’re complete head melts most of the time hehe πŸ™‚
        You’re just right, people are too quick to judge πŸ™‚ But honestly, butt wars is more funny than creepy πŸ˜€

  6. I went it and came out the same way you did with this series. I figured eye candy and got a legitimate good sports series. Crisp animation, creative battles, and just a lot of heart in the characters. Keijo is really something that deserves more credit and less being the butt of the joke.

  7. Most people come to the show expecting trashy fanservice but don’t think they expect as much high-octane action and intensity from a fictional sport that is about pushing your opponents off with your ass, lol. Keijo is a show that is indeed fanservicey, but carried itself like a legitimate sport show, and that is a really nice surprise.

    • You probably would get some weird looks if you watched Keijo in public. If my grandma was still around she wouldn’t understand why I am still watching cartoons, let alone animated shows about swimsuit girls.

  8. *Triggered because I’m a cricket fan*
    XD Jk

    I remember seeing an anime on crack video that showed Keijo in it and honestly my only reaction to it was, “Nani dafck?” (Weaboo Lingo intensifies)

    But I guess I should give it a chance at least. Let’s see about that

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