Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2012 to Jun 21, 2012
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.181 (scored by 18258 users)
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SynopsisWhen newly elected Student Council President Medaka Kurokami institutes her idea for a suggestion box where people can submit problems that need to be solved, she's expecting things like rescuing lost puppies and giving advice. What she and her best friend Zenkichi find instead, however, are the first hints of an unbelievable secret, and their school, Hakoniwa Academy, and Medaka herself are somehow at the very center of the growing maelstrom! As what seemed like an innocent past time turns into a dangerous game, Medaka and her recruits to the Student Council discover new depths to both themselves and their own unexpected abilities. And then things get really out of control!
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Medaka Box
Sequel: Medaka Box Abnormal
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Perhaps one of the most hyped up anime of this Spring Season. Based off the popular manga Medaka Box, the shonen manga written by Nisio Isin (author of the Monogatari series including that oh yes, infamous toothbrush scene from the who can we forget, Nisemonogatari), has officially became an anime. Now, is that a good or bad thing? Hmm..with roughly half the series airing already, let's put our heads together and find out.
First of all, there seems to be a trend of strong and unusual female leads this season. Koko from Jormungand, Yuuko from Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Rea from Sankarea, just to name a few. Then, we have Medaka Kurokami, the beautiful and well-endowed student council president who has in her mind, no problem showing of that voluptuous body of hers which is right now, one of the main reasons some of us may be watching the show. Beyond that, she is nearly perfect and achieves what we can see as inhuman feats. But most curiously, she wishes to help the helpless and does so by creating a suggestion box. You can probably figure out where the title of the series comes by this point. Then, we have the other characters starting with her lucky or maybe not so lucky childhood friend Zenkichi Hitoyoshi. He reluctantly joins the council for the sake of his childhood friend despite the strange put-ups he has to endure daily. (such as Medaka stripping in front of him with little care) Then, we have the other characters. The student secretary Kouki Akune who became an instant fan boy of Medaka and the blue loli Hansode Shiranui who seems to have an eating habit that surpasses the hunger levels of a saiyan. Although these characters are all appealing and makes us anime fans watch further and learn more about them, what are their backgrounds? From here and out, I definitely wants to see more of that than what they do in the council everyday. Lately, another character by the name of Mogana Kikaijima is introduced and so far, we know that she is obsessed with money. To her, it's all about the money, money, and money.
Now, the art and music seems to be alright from what's seen so far. However, I do realize that Gainax is NOT putting their effort into it as much as I originally hoped. The characters are blend, not original and not cutting edge. The absurd amount of fan-service seems to also seems to be thrown into our faces every 5 minutes. To me, that shows lack of effort on their behalf. I honestly expected more.
Some of the music does mix in during the scenes but let's face it, it's not worth a Grammy Award. The OP for this series is somewhat catchy especially those Medaka cameos in nearly every scene. It makes sense after all to have our starring president in it as she's also the title character. However, "Happy Box"? The title of this seems a bit ambiguous. That suggestion box is filled with notes that expresses concerns that I highly doubt would be something "happy" for the council to read.
But beyond that, there are also those little stitches we pay attention in every episode such as the blue loli Hansode Shiranui eating 24/7, Medaka's random symmetrical poses with the other characters, and Kouki Akune's narcissism. Strangely enough, I found these little things to be quite amusing from time to time even though they are served as comic reliefs (or maybe not later?). I mean, after all so far, this series is mostly amusing and entertaining and not one of these deep emotional series like Clannad: Afterstory where we cry tears that will fill the Grand Canyon.
However, in later episodes, Medaka Box lies the smackdown and delivers some unexpected action that some of us may have not expected. Yes, it still falls under the common cliches and fan-service but at this point, who really cares? This is one of those series where you expect the unexpected from our cast, ours truly the Student Council.
This series is something to keep an eye on (especially if you're into the comedy, shouen type genre) but NOT to hype over so stop handing out 9-10s like girl scout cookies (especially those who've read the manga beyond this point). Itt has its good but also the bad points. If you're a fan of comedy and entertainment, then this series is definitely for you. If not, then just sit back and watch this for the lulz. Later on though, you can expect Medaka lay some smackdown on those she sees as troublemakers to the academy. All in all, this is a busy series. Its first six episodes of half-stories may shun away viewers and make some hit that "drop" button. But if you can survive that, then you might be worth in for a little treat beyond the fan-service and cliches. If it's anything, this show does bring some entertainment especially in the middle of the week where you work your ass off at work or school. But hey, that's why we have anime like Medaka Box to kill reality. read more
Oh the things this could have been. When one of my favorite manga became slated for an anime adaptation you can bet your ass I was jumping for joy, however the initial ecstasy was soon power-slammed into the ground and pissed on as time flew by. Penned by phenomenon known as Nisioisn, the Medaka Box manga started mediocre but eventually established itself as a wonderful clusterfuck combination of every genre known to man. The problem with the anime is that it didn't get past the mediocre part.
Story - 6
Gainax produced a 1:1 adaptation of Medaka Box's first arc, but this faithfulness is one of the anime's fatal flaws. By choosing to animate the series with only 13 episodes Gainax trapped the show in its slice of life phase. The problem here is that Medaka Box wasn't meant to be slice of life, it was meant to be a jumbled mess of battle, romance, fourth wall breaking, screwed up villains, and character interaction. The series pretty much focuses on the introduction of the story, and introductions aren't really that stimulating.
Art - 5
The inconsistency in quality is quite apparent, you can clearly tell the budget was saved to animate the last few episodes. One might mistake Medaka Box for an anime made in the early 2000's as the quality is far below the average series produced today. Rejoice though, for the budget can be found hiding in the final arc of the series! Unfortunately the first part was done so bad that I doubt many people even made it to the final arc, which is quite a shame really. In contrast to the questionable animation plaguing the opening sequences, the latter half of the series is animated quite nicely. It displays the vibrancy of Medaka, the immense power she wields, the emotion filled faces of her enemies, and all her splendor when what little sanity she has is substituted for the primal fury of a wild dog.
Sound - 3
There is no better way to start off a series than with a vapid J-pop song that doesn't compliment or tie into the story in any way, right? Thank god Medaka Box has one of these opening sequences to distract us from the generic ending song. All jokes aside though, the only thing memorable in Medaka Box's soundtrack is how unfitting the music is with some scenes.
Characters - 8
Enough with the negativity! The characters of the series are depicted as well as I could have hoped, showing each persons unique traits in a flavorful way. Akune's aura of superiority, Kikaijima's aloofness, and Medaka's overbearing superiority are fleshed out skillfully in the narrative. If you enjoy watching overpowered characters accomplishing a myriad of insane tasks then I definitely recommend this series. Characters are the driving force of Medaka Box, and while there are many who dislike overpowered characters, for those who do this anime is a special treat.
Enjoyment - 6
My views may be biased as a manga reader as I know the series should have been longer and had a quicker pace but I still enjoyed the show, if only for the ending. While the slice of life portion may have drudged on and on, the battle arc at the end nearly redeemed the series. Nearly.
Overall - 6
Many, many things could have done better but if you enjoy school life anime with a twist of battle shounen then I would recommend you at least try Medaka Box. Even if you're only a fighting anime fan then it may be worth it to marathon this series in preparation for season two which I predict will be MUCH better. Manga readers may be disappointed with the anime, but for a first time audience of the series this show may be quite the treat. All I have done is pointed out the major flaws afflicting the series, if you can deal with these gripes then by all means try a few episodes.After all it IS written by Nisioisin, the man who brought us beautiful works of fiction such as Katanagatari and the Monogatari series. read more
Both involve a group of students including a tough female who solves other students' problems and fights delinquents. However in SKET Dance the group is a club and Medaka Box is about the Student Council.
Both tells about a group of high-school students helping people around them.
Both somewhat has certain connections to Student Council.
Both are comedic animes.
Both often deals with their school's extracurricular clubs problems.
Both are school-focused.
Medaka Box to me is like a poor man's SKET Dance,
and both are popular Shounen Jump manga turned into anime.
Same pointless *helping out* other students and club members, though I prefer medaka box for the action.
Medaka Box and Sket Dance go hand in hand. These two series involves around a group of kids helping the helpless in a school life setting. There is a lot of comedy present that deals with the various events around the school especially involving the main characters.
Both series follows through an episodic theme with arcs added in throughout some episodes.
Both series also has "antagonists" that opposes the ideologies of the main characters later on.
They both are groups of students that solve problems for the school.
SKET Dnce is more of gag-comedy that has funny situations per episode while Medaka box has more of an advancing storyline
Crazy girl forces sarcastic guy to join her wacky squad of magical girls. Genre hopping adventures ensue.
-Both male protagonists have to take care of a peculiarly eccentric girl
-Both animes are school life that have a balance of comedy/romance/drama
Haruhi and Medaka both have an aura that no one else in their respective shows can compare to. Also, like Haruhi chose Kyon, Medaka chose Zenkichi. Even though they are both normal humans they are the closest to gods or god-like humans. Medaka and Haruhi's power could spell ruin for the world if they lost control.
Both main characters of the show are females. And both are quite abnormal.
Haruhi- Has powers to control the universe.
Medaka- Was born to love people and uses powers to help them.
In both animes the main character drags people into their high school club.
Haruhi- SOS brigade
Medaka- Student Council.
Both animes are really really funny.
Opening Theme"HAPPY CRAZY BOX" by Minami Kuribayashi
Ending Theme"Ohanabatake ni Tsuretette (お花畑に連れてって)" by Medaka Kurokami (CV: Aki Toyosaki)
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