The other night I was in need of watching another anime. I figured it would be best to look down my long list of ecchi animes that I haven’t watched yet. This smaller series known as AIKa came up first, for no other reason than because it was in alphabetical order. I remember adding it to my list many months ago, but what I didn’t know is that this series is all about the pantsu.
AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission is a three episode OVA that ran from April to October of 2007. It was released on the tenth year anniversary of Agent AIKa. R-16 would become one of two prequels to the original AIKa series. It was meant to bridge the gap between her teen years to her 26-year-old self in the original. The other one being AIKa: Zero which was later released in 2009. All together between the three series, it spawned twelve episodes and four specials.
The story consists of a brave and intelligent 16-year-old girl named Aika, who recently just earned her C-class license from the salvagers test. Now, with that new found credibility, she posted an ad in her school that asked anybody to hire her for salvaging duties. She didn’t receive many bites, until one morning a privileged teen by the name of Eri asked for her assistance. It turns out she is also the leader of a treasure hunting club.
Aika accepts Eri’s offer to help her salvage something from the sea. It’s not long before Aika is introduced to the rest of the club, including this mysterious blue-haired girl named Karen. Eri reveals that Karen has an unusual tattoo of a butterfly on her left breast and Karen isn’t sure how she got it. It turns out it’s a key to opening a secret door in an underwater facility. With the help of Aika’s salvager license and Eri’s submarine, they set off on an adventure underwater to unearth secrets and salvage any treasures that await.
Like always, there is going to be a considerable amount of fan service with these types of animes. It’s something I’ve come to enjoy about this genre as a whole. There is clear exposure of breasts and butt in this, so take that for what it’s worth. However, unlike any ecchi’s I’ve seen before, there was an enormous emphasis on the proverbial panty shots. I don’t recall seeing any female character wear anything but skirts, dresses and swimwear. Which set up for many different shots of their underwear, particularly the poses where they lay face-down with their butts in the air. There were many instances where a character would get immobilized from either a tranquiler dart or just brute force. The way they depicted it was nothing shy of true pantsu heaven. It got to the point where I coined the series “Pantsu: The Many”
The main characters in this series were enjoyable. They all brought something different to the table. Aika brings, athletics, intelligence and bravery. Eri is energetic, brash and has a lust for adventure. Meanwhile Karen is shy, noble and mysterious. I personally thought Eri was the most enjoyable character of the three, mostly because of her looks but the entire cast was extremely easy on the eyes.
As for the plot, well there wasn’t much of one. It was mostly about the fan service, but it did have a lot of fighting and a small feel of adventure. To be fair, the director Katsuhiko Nishijima, didn’t really have a lot of time to establish much, since this was only based on three episodes. What he envisioned was to make a prequel to show what Aika was up to during her teenage years.
AIKa R16: Virgin Mission is a short and average series. It’s nothing to write home about, but between the mild humor, action and fan service, I was able to get just enough out of this to not feel like it was a waste of time. At three episodes in length, I don’t think it will come back to haunt you, should you check it out.
AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission Fan Made Opening Theme.