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Sukeban Deka II - The Bell for a Duel Tolls at Noon

episode 2.4

Japan 1985
produced by
Toei/Fuji Television
starring Yoko Minamino, Haruko Sagara, Akie Yoshizawa, Keizo Kanie
based on the manga by Shinji Wada

TV series
Sukeban Deka, Sukeban Deka (Yoko Minamino)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Undercover crime fighter Saki's (Yoko Minamino) new high school is terrorized by the Beast Gang, led by three juvenile delinquents who have just been released on parole - and nobody in the school tries to put up any defence, nobody but Takashi, who has thrown them into the slammer the first time, but even he's eventually persuaded by her girlfriend Terumi to make an escape rather than await their revenge on his own. Of course, Saki's not one to surrender, and even though she has been injured when saving Terumi's life from a Beast Gang attack. But to compensate for her lack of mobility due to her injuries, she puts together some traps, and when the Beast Gang arrives to take over for good, she lures the leaders into the school after her and makes sure her traps spring on them.

Okyo (Haruko Sagara) and Yukino (Akie Yoshizawa), Saki's newfound sidekicks from last episode, appear only very briefly, taking care of the Beast Gang underlings while Saki takes out the bosses.

 

Taking a few cues from the classic High Noon, this episode is nevertheless more of a camp show, with plenty of motorbikes, villains with martial arts weapons, and of course some yo-yo action from Saki - and heck, it's fun. Of course, one simply mustn't overthink all the on-screen goings-on, as not everything makes 100% sense, and disbelief is of course suspended to breaking point - but really, if you're taking this episode and the series as a whole seriously, you're not doing it right, but if not you'll find plenty to enjoy!

 

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