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Sukeban Deka II - The Mysterious Iron Masked Sukeban Appears!

episode 2.1

Japan 1985
produced by
Toei/Fuji Television
starring Yoko Minamino, Keizo Kanie, Hiroyuki Nagato
based on the manga by Shinji Wada

TV series
Sukeban Deka, Sukeban Deka (Yoko Minamino)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

After Saki has died in the season finale of season 1, director Kurayami's (Hiroyuki Nagato) Sukeban Deka program is left without their lead field agent - and whichever girl he has tested, none life up to Saki's abilities. Then though Kurayami's right hand Nishiwaki (Keizo Kanie) finds Yoko (Yoko Minamino), a girl who has been forced to wear an iron mask for all of her life, and has thus grown bitter and cynical. Nishiwaki is able to free her from her mask and offers her to work as their new field agent, but at first she refuses - but he offers her revenge on whoever's responsible for her wearing teh iron mask for all her life, and eventually she accepts. However, she first needs to be tested and thus has to escape from a house guarded by ten armed men using nothing but her wits - and she excels, also thanks to a yo-yo (the preferred defensive weapon of the Sukeban Dekas) thrown to her by Nishiwaki when she faces a firing squad. And ultimately she accepts.

 

This is not great - but good entertainment nevertheless: The action is partly lifted from First Blood, but with a school girl in the Sylvester Stallone role, so that's fun already, plus many of the action scenes defy logic and even the laws of nature, which is always good for a giggle of awe, and while the plot is incredibly far-fetched, it somehow makes sense in the (typically Japanese camp) world the show has created for itself. So if you're not looking for high art and/realism, you might really enjoy this one.

 

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