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AKA: アイドルファイト スーチーパイ2 (Idol Fight Suuchiipai 2), Idol Fight Suchie-Pai II
Genre: Random (claims to be mahjong)
Length: OAV, 30 minutes
Distributor: R1 DVD from Hirameki International
Content Rating: 15+ (violence, off-color ecchi)
Related Series: N/A
Also Recommended: Ummm ... I guess any erotic mahjong games.
Notes: Based on the erotic mahjong game series "Idol Fight Suchie-Pai" (although I guess it goes by all the same other titles that the OAV does). Apparantly this series had its first incarnation on the SNES, but then went to arcades, and eventually other gaming platforms. If I'm correct that this OAV is based exclusively on the arcade version, then maybe that can begin to explain why this is actually "Idol Fight Suchie-Pai II".
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Idol Fighter Su-Chi-Pai

Synopsis

(from the box cover)
The name Su-chi-Pai comes from the game of mahjong.
This short story is based on the game series II.
Five heroines go after the Legendary Mahjong Pai.
Let's see who will be left standing.

(reviewer's note)
Sure, this doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But neither does the anime, so it fits. And Hirameki seems confused about more than just what their shows are about.

(editor-in-chief's note)
The person who is responsible for this box copy needs to be sacked. Yesterday.

Review

... Wow ...

What just happened?

So I sit down to watch this little OAV, and the first thing I see is a description of mahjong pais, whatever they are, and their ability to grant wishes ... or something. By this point I'm assuming that this is a little video about mahjong. But I'm starting to doubt my assumption when I'm immediately shown a lady chasing a scantily-clad catwoman.

Then when I'm introduced to this show as "Idol Fight Su-Chi-Pai II", and immediately told that "it's so totally like the first chapter" (!?). I'm starting to wonder where this is going.

I'm still wondering where it ever went, or what this thing even WAS, because immediately after that, I was taken to a scene in a hospital where a doctor is "treating" a girl. As soon as the patient's panties (complete with smileys) are revealed, the doctor's pet bunny transforms into a young woman dressed like a bunny (still a bunny I guess, but now more of a Playboy bunny). The bunny approaches the two, and, after thanking the doctor for her cabbage, informs them that she is an alien from the planet Snow White, and that she is here for the "uniform conquest of Earth". However, by "uniform conquest", she means "stealing people's clothes", because that's exactly what she does to the doctor and the patient (despite the doctor's pleas for the bunny to "think of her kindness"). Having "conquered the hospital's uniforms", Bunny hops away, telling the now-naked doctor that she will "probably forget her kindness".

Wait a minute, isn't this a show about mahjong?

Su-Chi-Pai just goes on and on, with scenes as startlingly bizarre as the one described above, none of them seeming to have anything to do with mahjong. I'm so brain-fried right now, I don't really remember all the details, but there seem to be lots of scantily-clad girls fighting each other, and other very random acts of violence. I do remember a VERY disturbing scene involving a mansion servant being punished (by a scantily-clad lady WITH A WHIP [!]), a pretty random rock concert scene, and a cyborg woman who looks like a man and drinks oil out of a juice-box WHAT?!?! Yeah ... you sort of have to see everything for yourself, if you really want to see it at all. And the mahjong pais do make an appearance again at the very end, but by that point, there's been so much other stuff that it's just sort of lost among everything else.

Random works in some shows, like FLCL or Excel Saga. But this show takes it all too seriously, as if they actually expect it to make sense to someone. Sure, I laughed at Idol Fighter Su-Chi-Pai some. But I was always laughing AT it, not WITH it. Because the thing seems like it came from a different planet (maybe Snow White), and I can't imagine anybody on ours that would even begin to really understand or appreciate it. Possibly fans of the erotic mahjong game will know exactly what's going on here. But, considering that the game seems as obscure as the anime, I don't think that's many people.

There's no real reason NOT to watch Idol Fighter Su-Chi-Pai, but there's no real reason to watch it either. Connor McCarty

Recommended Audience: Surprisingly brutal violence considering what type of title this is. There's also quite a lot of fan service and ecchi content, some of which is pretty strange and wrong. I'd say, if for some reason you want to see an erotic mahjong title, that you should be at least 15.



Version(s) Viewed: R1 DVD
Review Status: Full (1/1)
Idol Fighter Su-Chi-Pai © 1996 Jaleco Ltd / Nippon Columbia