Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2013 to Dec 23, 2013
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.531 (scored by 3107 users)
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SynopsisThe story revolves around the daily misadventures of 5 glasses-wearing high school boys who are members of the "Glasses Club" and their antics resulting from their shared passion for eyewear, most especially, their ultimate goal to make functioning "X-ray glasses."
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Now, allow me to explain Meganebu! in a mildly-large nutshell: an under-budgeted club with an intense adoration for glasses try to complete their project of making X-Ray Glasses, all the while intensifying the love for glasses and getting the unfair School Council to boost their budget in order to make their project a success. Sounds short and simple, right?
Meganebu! is a bit more than that. This twelve-episode joyride of an anime fuses five boys' love for glasses with a great amount of comedy, shenanigans, conflicts, X-Ray Glasses failures (Usually ending with explosions) and overall hilarity. I'm gonna go more in-depth here, so sit your butts down, grab a snack, drink, or what have you, and get ready to read the most amateurish first review of my life.
STORY - 7/10
The story of Meganebu! is actually fairly basic, like I mentioned earlier. The five members of the Glasses Club all want to complete their X-Ray Glasses to present to Hima high and boost their club budget (and peep on pretty girls), but with each time they make them, comes the bitter taste of failure.
Even worse so, the Hima Student Council is pulling shady tactics to make sure the members of the Glasses Club disbands by crushing their passion for glasses. Along the way we encounter loads of laughs, a fair amount of conflict, and general enjoyment as we watch, as well as sympathy from glasses-wearers like me as we watch the boys discuss the things you ought to do to keep your glasses in perfect shape.
ART - 9/10
I was astounded by the lush art and vivid imagery that Meganebu! contained. It had a very nice fusion of colours that meshed together beautifully. Given that I'm a junkie for art like this, it kinda wow'd me to see how lush and vibrant the colouring, lighting, and shading for both characters and environments were to make the art as greatly detailed as it is. (I'm mildly reminded of the way Kyoto Animations designed the water in Free!, so that's also a bonus!)
SOUND - 8/10
Given that director Soubi Yamamoto incorporated more explosions in this anime than any Michael Bay film, of course the sound effects have to be of a great quality; otherwise, it'd just be cheesy poofs of colour. Not to mention Mucc's excellent opening song and Tomohisa Sako's gloriously catchy ending theme tipped the scales in positive favour for the anime. The background music is also a great thing to listen to as you watch, as it can fit the situations fairly well, whether they're a moment of suspense, action, or just straight-up shits and giggles.
CHARACTER - 7/10
The main cast of Meganebu! consists of five boys in the Glasses Club (After all, the anime's title does translate to Glasses Club): Akira Souma, the eccentric president leader with an especially deep admiration for glasses; Yukiya Minabe, the stoic intellectual member of the club and Akira's childhood friend; Takumi Hachimine, the rather airheaded member who loves cream puffs almost as much as glasses; Mitsuki Kamatani, who was introduced to the world of glasses by Akira himself, so he's developed a deep admiration for Akira; and last but not least, Hayato Kimata: the provisional member of the club due to (the creators' running joke of) him wearing fake glasses.
With a neat little amount of side characters such as the two more reoccurring teachers Shirogane and Kyousuke, the Hima Council that everyone can't help but get a kick out of despite their antagonistic roles, and even a lunch lady who would later teach them the vital value of proper nutrition and eating habits, this sets up the stages for these twelve episodes very well, providing obstacles and ways to overcome them.
What's also nice is how the unimportant characters that we don't need to learn about are two-dimensional white figurines dressed in whatever the situations and settings are; yet we still hear them speaking and doing actions, which indicates that they aren't just animate props, but humans with their own lives to go about and own stuff to do.
ENJOYMENT - 7/10
At first, I was a bit skeptical to watch this, not because of how it looks or its synopsis, but because of the animes I already had on my plate at the time. However, I made time, and I gotta say, I enjoyed starting up this anime. This was a fun anime to watch, and I'm glad I got the chance to watch it.
OVERALL - 8/10
If simple math didn't give away the final score, I don't know why you're reading this in the first place.... I kid, I kid. Moving on. So yeah, the story, the art, the sound, the characters, and my amusement overall brought the calculations to a 7.6/10 (or 8, if you're lazy and like rounding). This show deserves this score for good reasons. It's not the best, but it's a damn sight more enjoyable than a certain amount out there right now. read more
NO GLASSES NO LIFE!=Meganebu
So, I decided to watch this mainly because I liked the cover design of the anime; it was intriguing and fresh. When I saw the very first episode and then looked at all the negative reviews and ratings that were on here, I was pretty shocked since this is not that bad of a show. The anime is a bit eccentric and the premise is unique, but it doesn't deserve that bad of a rating or reputation.
Story 6/10- I kinda expected this story to be like Brothers Conflict or one of those generic harem anime with all the guys stalking the girl, only with the girl being glasses....and boy how wrong was I. The story basically revolves around 5 guys, their love for glasses, and their club, the Glasses Club(or Meganebu). Like all typical school life anime, they all go on adventures together and solve mysteries. It sounds pretty generic and stupid...In fact you pretty much only need about 2 brain cells to get through this anime, but that's pretty much makes this anime interesting. The criticism about this anime is that its a bit too cartoonish. You pretty much have the characters bringing up the matter of giant robots, flying saucers, and explosive x ray glasses, but what's wrong with that. It makes the show look all the more laughable and upbeat, and even though the basis is a bit idiotic in a way, and it's hard to take this show seriously, but there is pretty good drama in this anime.
I know that the anime itself looks really generic and idiotic, but it isn't a bad story line. Frankly, I'm surprised that they could come up with good episodes with the weak basis. Guys who love glasses and spend time talking about glasses like come on..it's pretty generic and moronic. The show has the most simplest story line out of any show you'll find in this era. It doesn't branch out much and that's the main thing that keeps this anime from succeeding. You get the guys with glasses but all they do is talk about their love for glasses and nothing else. They story, like the characters, is 1 dimensional.
Art 8/10- The art is really unique and colorful. It's pretty much the main reason I watched the show in the first place. The background characters are basically colorful little stick figures. Its a bit cheesy, but its kinda cool. The whole show is really peppy and upbeat, so it fits the art perfectly. Pretty much everything pops. It is one of those shows that focuses so much on making flawless animation that it forgets to embellish the story line.
Sound 7/10- The soundtrack reminds me of one of those old superhero anime. Pretty much half way through the anime you get someone singing or saying, Meganebu. And every 5 minutes of so you get one of those old time cartoon soundtracks with trumpets, pianos, and elevator music. The opening and ending are really upbeat and catchy.So it's pretty befitting for this type of anime.
Character 6/10- The main flaw in this anime. The characters fit that generic harem anime profile. The ringleader, the smart one, the childish one, the apathetic one, and that dude who looks smart but turns out to be an idiot. There's pretty much one of the 5 guys narrating one episode; so basically a rotation. Even though all the characters have their own personality, they are a bit bland. Yeah, they're eccentric and loud, but you can't really get that invested in them. For most of the show, they are a joke so you can't really take them seriously.
All the guys have a love for glasses and are perverted, but so far I have not seen one female in this show. I've seen guys that look like girls but no actual girls. Also, pretty much if you see past the exteriors of the characters, you pretty much see that all of them are the same. They are all passionate, eccentric, and even though some of them look smart they are pretty much idiots. Yeah they make x-ray specs and come up with this convoluted plans, but they have the IQ of a raisin. They aren't very interesting either. It has nothing to do with character development since so far there has been a decent amount, but the characters themselves are 1 dimensional. You pretty much see what you get.
Enjoyment 7/10- I'm enjoying this. It's pretty humerus at times. It's an anime filled with randomness. The main criticism I have with this is that its an all joke type of anime, so the only reason you can actually watch this is to get a laugh.
Overall I would recommend this to people who are really into the type of school life genres with little drama and mostly comedy. And anyone who has some sort of glasses fetish. read more
Both have the same comedy and school genre.
Both involves a bunch of High-school students.
Both have the same anime arrangements where an episode would be compose of a couple of Omakes.
One is set in an all boy's school, while the other is set in an all girl's school turn coed.
The comedy theme in one anime was more on the sexual innuendo while the comedy theme is based on slapstick's and a yaoi element.
One anime has an extra harem and romance genre, while the other one has yaoi as it's extra genre.
The same comedy genre and the same school setting, except one has an extra harem genre, while the other has a yaoi element in it.
Both have the same gag type of comedy and both have the same school setting, except one is compose of one boy and three girls, while the other one is mainly 4 boys with glasses and one boy who has normal vision, but wants to join the club anyway.
Opening Theme"World's End" by MUCC
Ending Theme"Colorful World (カラフルワールド)" by Tomohisa Sako
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Related ClubsFantasy Anime League, Club Megane, Meganebu! Fanclub, Slice of Life Club , The Garbage Connoisseurs, Akira Ishida
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