“Kaminashi Nozomi (18) is an exceptional gymnast. But due to her family being extremely poor, money is everything to her. That’s why she wants to step into the world of “Keijo.” “Keijo” is a type of gambling sport where girls stand on a small floating platform and compete against one another. The aim is to push the other contestant off of the platform into the water, but they are only allowed to use their butt or breasts to push the others off. Will Nozomi be able to compete in the intense world of “Keijo” and bring wealth and fortune for her family?” – MangaHelpers
Keijo was sort of my guilty pleasure this season, because well……it’s very sexual, to put it bluntly. But the way I see, you gotta watch this show with an open-mind! If the booty wasn’t enough to keep your attention, then I’m sure the fast-paced battles along with fluid animation will do it!
Typically with anime like this, the story is lost in the ecchi, but Keijo does a good job of keeping the focus on the story. The story itself is self-explanatory, they attend a school that helps develop their skills as Keijo players and prepping them to become pros. The battles get pretty intense, but the moves get pretty ridiculous when the East-West War commences. Attacks like “Nipple Full Shoulder Throw” which is similar to a judo shoulder throw, except her erect nipple hooks onto the opponents swimsuit. I thought the moved seemed a little excessive with the whole nipple thing. I do enjoy moves like the “vacuum butt cannon” which may sound weird, but it’s a powerful move that creates shockwaves after impact sending any opponent flying.
Artwork & Animation:
Gotta hand it to “Xebec” for all the bootyful animation and character designs! And let’s also appreciate that fact that not all the girls were skinny with hourglass figures! There were many different body types and I think that is something all anime should strive for! More diversity in body types! The flashy and fluid animation during the “races” were a perfect fit. It really made the attack feel strong and heavy, or even light and floaty.
There were so many likable characters in the show that I won’t be able to fit into this review alone. But, to have this many characters and still make them all interesting is a real challenge, and Keijo makes it work. There weren’t any insignificant character, everyone seemed like they had their own stories to tell!
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
Excellent performance from the voice actors! Especially Lynn and her dialect while playing as Nozomi. The OP and ED are pretty generic, nothing too fancy.
I thoroughly enjoyed Keijo from start to end. This show is actually good, it’s not the ecchi rubbish that is usually airing these days. Because it’s backed up with action, great artwork, AND likable characters!
Overall: Score 9
If Keijo gets a season 2 (and I hope it does) I’m excited to see more of everybody, especially Maya!! ( ＝ω＝ ). At the end, it seemed to hint at a possible sequel with Nozomi and Sayaka being put into B-Class and even the reveal of several new characters!! I have high hopes that Keijo will make a return!!!