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This is the third installation of Sukeban Deka series, and Yui Asaka plays the third Saki Asamiya, who works for Kurayami Shirei.
The series is about Sukeban (a girl gang leader) becoming recruited by Kurayami Shirei (Hiroyuki Nagato) to be the inside detective (Deka in Japanese) to solve crimes committed in high school. The inconsistency is that Kurayami Shirei purportedly works for Naikaku Johoshitsu (inner cabinet intelligence division) but Saki Asamiya carries a yo-yo as her weapon that has the insignia of cherry blossom, which is the mark of the Japanese police force. This is like a CIA agent carrying an FBI badge.
Yui Kazama (Yui Asaka) is a Sukeban in Kyushu Japan. She's told by her grandfather that she has two sisters and a father in Tokyo, and to go live with them. Her family comes from a clan of ninja called the Fuma. Just as she arrives in Tokyo and goes to meet her father, she sees her father blown up to pieces right in front of her eyes. Devastated, she learns that a secret ninja organization called Kage (Shadow) has been stalking the sisters to steal the secret of Vajira. Kage's leader is called Sho (Miho Hayashi) and Kashinkoji (Jiro Sagawa). For some reason only ones who can wield the power of Vajira are Sho and Yui. What are the connections between the two ?
This series like Sukeban Deka second series is comprised of 42 episodes divided into parts 1, and 2. Part 1 is about the development of Yui into a full fledged fighter, and battle with various Kage soldiers. Part 2 which starts at episode 32 is about the true relation about Yui to her sisters, to Sho, and the whereabouts of their flesh and blood family member.
The concept of this series borrows from Star Wars amongst other plots that was in development within Toei Studio. For instance Kazuya Yoda's name comes from Yoda, and Leia Kido's name comes from princess Lea. Kashinkoji's appearance is identical to that of the Dark Emperor.
The Sukeban Deka series becomes increasingly campy as they progress, and this third series is the campiest of them all. The author Shinji Wada was annoyed at the way this series deviated so much from his original concept that he reportedly denounced this series to have any relation with his creation. The formula of low budget production that started in the second series continues on this one with most filming taking place out doors, in parks, in a forest, and just about any place they can find to film a sequence. The costumes are mostly what you can find off the shelf or something Toei movie studio have already invested in their samurai movies. But the script is written well that it keeps the episodes entertaining. In place of two school mates the second Sukeban Deka had, in this series they are replaced by two older sisters of Saki Asamiya (portrayed by Yuka Onishi, and Yuma Nakamura) who together with Saki battles the forces of Kage.
This is a popular series that maintains enough interest by the audience that a new version still gets produced. One thing that I've always wondered was - did the producers of this series have fetish for girls with big calves as all girls who played the main character of this series had big calves that had similarity in appearance (if you see them, you'll know what I mean).
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