It's one thing to honor your ancestors and keep old traditions alive, but there IS such a thing as taking it to a ridiculous extreme. In Kawakami City, having a samurai ancestor and enormous 'fighting spirit' isn't just an interesting fact, it's a huge part of how you end up being ranked on the social totem pole. That, in turn, rolls over into the school curriculum. Fortunately, that's something the local kids like Yamato Naoe have learned to deal with by forming into small 'bands,' (that's the samurai type, NOT music). However, while the delicate sexual balance of Yamato's group seemed fine when there were three girls and four boys, the sudden addition of two MORE girls starts to send everything spinning out of control!
[contains some mild spoilers, some suggestive language, and some comparison to the visual novel]
What a slaughter.
Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai (TV) is one of the two visual novels that was adapted this fall season. In comparison to Mashiro-iro, which was a decent adaptation, MajiKoi’s adaptation was pure shit. In Mashiro’s review, I stated that Mashiro was considered an “average visual novel”, which made the mediocre storyline understandable. But, MajiKoi doesn’t have the luxury of using the excuse “the visual novel was bad”, it was considered a great visual novel (8.71@VNDB). In other words, it was a great source with great potential.
Now, why exactly does the adaptation blow? Is it because they adapted it into a generic harem instead of an enjoyable slice of life? Or is it because they completely slaughtered the characters, and developed the cast of respectable female characters into homogenized whores craving the main dude’s dick. Well, it would have to be a mixture of the two; but predominantly the latter.
Now, I can understand that Western tastes and tastes in Japan differ. They like excessive fan service, I find it irritating. There’s an obvious difference, but it’s bearable for the most part; it’s not as prominent as it could be. But there’s a limit to everything too. When every other scene is censored due to nudity, it’s basically blatantly insinuating “Fuck you, buy the blue-ray release”. It’s probably a really effective way to catalyze sales in my opinion, but it’s still a douche thing to do. That could be ignored if the other aspects of the show was actually adapted decently, but they weren’t. .
My first major gripe would be the harem aspect of it. The first arc of MajiKoi, before branching out and choosing individual path, was essentially, a slice of life. It’s really extenuating more on friendship then it is with the individual intimate relationships, it’s reminiscent of AnoHana in a way. The main arc in the visual novel basically contains little to no romance and it’s not hindered by infatuation until you begin to branch (but that’s still only with one character). The arc is more than enough to be animated into twelve episodes, it took six hours to read. That’s reading with skipping the majority of the voice acting, basically spamming enter. It’s inevitably understandable on why they would adapt MajiKoi as a harem over a sexless slice of life (It’ll probably sell well), but it was still something that could have been done.
Now, the second gripe that basically ruins the visual novel, is slaughtering the characters. It’s similar to reading a book and developing the “ideal archetype” of the character, only to see it getting completely revamped in a movie adaptation. By slaughter, I don’t mean some slight miscalculations, it’s some pretty noticeable stuff. Some pretty notable ones would include the main character, Yamato. Now, in the visual novel, the main character is basically portrayed as an intelligent, devious tactician when it comes to facing everyday challenges; that carries on over in the anime. But in the VN, he wasn’t lusting after his friends, and his philosophies were more complex. In the anime, he was basically painted as a kind person as a kid when it came to taking in Miyako. In the visual novel, he just mentioned that she could stay if she wanted, it wasn’t through any good will, he was a nihilistic kid, I don’t think he really cared. On the other hand, each female in the visual novel had their own individual personality, in the anime, they’re basically homogenized into lusting after the dude(most notably Chris, she hated his devious dishonorable personality initially in the visual novel, however, in the anime, she doesn’t mind it). In the VN, they thought of him as a friend, and nothing more unless you pursued it while branching out.
Objective Score: 2/10. It’s a disappointment. It did one of the worst things you could do in an adaptation, it slaughtered the character. It turned something with little fan service into something based off of fan service. Action was actually the focal centerpiece in the anime, in the novel, it’s more of an underlying theme.
Subjective Score: 4/10: If you didn’t read the visual novel, you might actually like this. Most people reading the visual novel will probably dislike this immensely, it slaughtered the personalities of the majority of the characters. I guess you’ll like this if you like action, boobs, and cliché characters (excluding Miyako, she’s basically the only characters that’s pretty damn awesome in both versions, but then again, adapting a chick who’s going after the dude probably wasn’t the hardest in comparison to the rest).read more
First of all, my purpose writing this review for this anime is to clarify any negative comments about this anime, since so many review saying this anime is horrible because the anime itself didnt really like the VN. really? just for that reason? Honestly, why do people comparing the VN with the anime itself? we're talking about the anime in here not VN. oh god...
When i finished this series i was kinda surprised, because the score in MAL itself didnt represent how good this anime was, i dont say this anime was the best but its quite entertaining, that 6.99 is just so UNDERRATED. remember that.
I have seen the VN itself but i am not gonna compare it, so i judge this anime purely based on how excited when i watching this anime.
STORY - The story itself , i am not quite sure if this anime have a plot. I though the preview in MAL has explain it all. its about a bunch of girls and some boy who lives in under one roof, they represent theyself as kawakami family (sounds like a mafia, huh?), and the first of the episode you will see a war (yeah a war) which happen like in three kingdoms era. if you're thinking WTF is this, then i said this was an extracurriculer from the school that they attends. Shortly, for me Maji de Watashi is like Angel beats (Bunch of people) + Oda Nobuna (the war from edo era).
At the first, it would quite hard to follow what happen in this anime since so many things that would make the viewers scratching their head. It cant be helped since, many scenes of this anime is slices of the Visual Novel itself, no wonder if the story is kinda messed up and didnt focus on the plot.
be reversed from the story itself, The jokes that appears in this anime was really hit the spot, its really funny and quite amusing. 6/10
ART - The artwork that the Maji de Watashi have is literally good, its not something that really exaggerate. The biright coloring that they use is pretty much increasing the atmosphere, Colorful scenery, and the character design itself is pretty well made, though the quality is seems a bit lower for the other anime but the art in this anime is still pretty enjoyable to watch. However, sometimes there is a lack in character drawn quality. In some scenes, the character face seems quite been "distracted", but thats doesnt really bothering. SO, 8/10.
VOICE ACTOR - I am really attached by the voice for each character, they really represents the trait of each character, like Momoyo, she is tomboy, and the voice that they present was really like a real tomboy person, heavy voice and yet its cute. and anoher thing that should we mention is Gotou Yuuko. As the voice actor for MAyuzumi Yukie, her voice was so adorable and cute. No matter how many times you hear it, you wouldnt bored and helped to fallin love 8/10
SONG - This is maybe the reason why i love to watch Maji de Watashi. especially the OP song + the animation for the OP itself. "U-n-d-e-r--STANDING!" by Endoh Masaaki, Kitadani Hiroshi, Misato Aki is quite catchy rock song, The beats is really hyped up the viewers like me, nor it was perfectly fit with the anime.
CHARACTER - Well, its like any other harem anime, we have a tsundere (Christiane Friedrich), Dandere ( Yukie Mayuzum), the energetic one (Kazuko Kawakami), Big boobs (Momoyo Kawakami), and of course the obssesive one (Miyako Shiina) which reminds me of Sacchan in Gintama and for the main lead we have Naoe Yamato, which is very fits for the male lead, he is smart and yet its doesnt easy to tease this guy with the flirt from all the girls and a point plus for this male lead is he is not "shy" like any other harem anime.
We have a bunch of unique girls, of course it was the standard of all harem. but somehow i found its really amusing. 8/10
CONCLUSION - Basically, its lack of the story like everyone had said. but i am not really like concern about that problem since for me harem anime is just for entertaining, so i score this anime based on how satisfaction i am when i watching this anime, so did i satisfied with this anime? yes it is. its funny and yet admirable, especially for each character. so 8/10 for me. read more
I watched MajiKoi because it was an alternate story from KimiAru and i wanted more from that and i can say this is very good i enjoyed this as much as KimiAru and i enjoyed both for the same but a little more this from the action and the comedy.
The story is good and you will relate this with our world (politics), and i really liked the message that brings and for the other part is about a high school who has strategy fights between the classes, every class is targeted to be different, one class for the strategist, other for the fighters other for the distractions and that will help them to see what they're going to work as in the future; Strategist: General in war or Prime minister of the country, Fighters: Soldiers of all kind, Distraction: Spy or control the media, the story is really good, although the ending was open for more content and it was a little bit of a let down.
[b][u]Art & Sound[/u][/b]
Both are very good, it has ecchi elements so it's good for the eye and the sound is just as good too, the voice acting and the music are very good.
It's very good but a little less good than KimiAru on this one and there's someone you will recognize if you already saw KimiAru and that's a grown up Kuki Ageha and she is even more badass than she was in KimiAru, Yamato was weak, he always was beaten but i related to him because since the beginning he was rejected and then later a 2nd time and was sent to the friendzone by the overpowered Momoyo (two times) she gave really good fight scenes and she was a bitch sometimes, the other one that i loved besides Kuki was Miyako Shiina she was a pervert and you don't see that a lot in anime but only was a pervert with Yamato, she was really funny, the other characters weren't much on screen as Miyako but they appeared in the fight scenes against the ''bads'' because at the end i didn't saw them as the bad guys.
I enjoyed everything from MajiKoi and you will too, but first go watch KimiAru because they both are good and for a high schooler Kuki.read more
Maji de Watasi ni Koi is an anime adapted from an adult visual novel. A good anime adaptation from a VN requires plenty of creativity and originality, and this is clearly not evident. The result of this is what you would expect- a very loose plot with no lack of holes and a plenteous supply of fanservice to fill these gaps.
The series sets itself in a town where people honour their ancestors by keeping old traditions alive. One of traditions often practiced in schools are mock warfare in the style of the Edo Period. This is the content of the first episode, where the typical bait-and-switch technique is employed: plenty of action and a plot that promises to offer. However, the quality of the episodes that follow deteriorates. We see very little relevance to the Edo period style in the first episode. There is not much of a plot, just bits and pieces here and there. Fanservice is to be expected, however, this anime goes over the top, and many episodes are pure fanservice to make up for the lack of plot.
Without a doubt the worst part of this anime is the shameful portrayal of the harem of girls that surround the main character. Unfortunately, it would seem that the definition of 'harem' in ecchi would be for the female cast to strip naked, jump onto the main character, and do all sorts of suggestive activity that would completely contradict the morality in which society is based upon. In contrast to the VN, which had a generally respectable cast, the cast of the anime was completely demoralised by the fanservice which dominated the episodes. Throughout the series, there is hardly any character development. This further reinforces the fact that the entire cast is insignificant and the only meaning for their existence is to fall in love with the main character. The female cast aren't the only characters portrayed awfully; the male ones are just as bad. The main character is as clueless and naive as you'd expect, and the supporting males are as brainless, lewd and stereotypical as they get.
The overall quality of the animation is lower than standard, stating that this was one of those 'low budged ecchi' that focuses on satisfying the viewers with oppai instead of beautiful animation. It is produced by the small-time studio LARC, with Keitaro Motonaga as the Director (the adaptation School Days is amongst his previous works). One good aspect is the clear style in which this is animated. The bright blue skies, clear sceneries and backgrounds are pleasing to the eye and suites the comedic style in which this anime is presented. What I must criticise, however, is the animation. Because of the lower budget, some fight scenes have been lazily done. Less parts of the body moves, and clearly, less frames/drawings are used in comparison to higher budget series. The character design is stereotypical for an anime of this genre: Females with big oppai and bodies that look exactly the same. Characters have brightly coloured hair so that no confusion would be made, since they are so generic and forgettable.
The opening soundtrack used is 'Understanding' which is a nice OP. The voice acting is more or less average, though they do portray the personalities of their characters quite well. The English dub was not quite on par with the Japanese. In some parts, it sounded unnatural. The background music was quite forgettable. In fact, you probably won’t remember a thing about it.
While an enjoyable anime would captivate the audience by suspense and twists, Maji de watashi does not quite live up to those traits. The fanservice and fillers, though interesting at some points, was dull and mediocre, and a lack of plot failed to captivate me to marathon the series. Boredom was settling in, but thankfully, there was some action left to motivate me into completing the series.
If you are here looking for ecchi because your supply of tits are running out, then this is a great anime that ONLY YOU, an ECCHI FAN, will enjoy. Otherwise, I would not recommend this, as there is plenty of better stuff to spend your time on.read more