Ranked #5024


Alternative Titles

English: Akikan!
Synonyms: Empty Can!
Japanese: アキカン!


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2009 to Mar 29, 2009
Premiered: Winter 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Light novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Hobbies are often a great way of meeting new people, but how could Kakeru Diachi, who collects rare juice cans, have ever suspected that he'd meet a fascinating new girl when he attempted to DRINK her? Naming her Melon, because she's got great melon... soda, Kakeru quickly learns that she's an Akikan—a beautiful girl who's also a special can created to fight other Akikans in a strange experiment to determine what kind of container is better: steel or aluminum!

Will becoming involved in this ridiculously twisted research project gone amuck complicate Kakeru's life incredibly? Of course it will, but because Melon's steel body needs carbon dioxide to breathe, he's now stuck with her since she's too CO2 dependent! And when his wealthy, attractive, best childhood friend Najimi gets HER own aluminum Akikan, the trouble really begins!

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Narita, Sayaka
Narita, Sayaka
Daichi, Kakeru
Daichi, Kakeru
Fukuyama, Jun
Fukuyama, Jun
Tenkuuji, Najimi
Tenkuuji, Najimi
Toyosaki, Aki
Toyosaki, Aki
Noto, Mamiko
Noto, Mamiko


Takadera, Takeshi
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Sugawara, Seiki
Sugawara, Seiki
Episode Director
Koyasu, Hideaki
Koyasu, Hideaki
Script, Series Composition
Sugihara, Kenji
Sugihara, Kenji

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Opening Theme

#1: "Miracle Plan ga Dekichatta! (ミラクル・プランができちゃった!)" by Charmmy Queen (eps 1-6)
#2: "Juicy Extacy (ジューシーエクスタシー)" by Little Non (eps 7-12)

Ending Theme

#01: "Koisora Recycling (恋空リサイクリング) featuring Melon Soda" by Nomiko
#02: "Koisora Recycling featuring Tsubuiri Grape Juice" by Nomiko
#03: "Koisora Recycling featuring Ginger Ale (Dry)" by Nomiko
#04: "Koisora Recycling featuring Oolong Cha (Tokkyuu)" by Nomiko
#05: "Koisora Recycling featuring Nippon Cha (Ryokucha)" by Nomiko
#06: "Koisora Recycling featuring Cola!" by Nomiko with k. moriya
#07: "Koisora Recycling featuring Energy Drink" by Nomiko with Little Non
#08: "Koisora Recycling featuring Oden Kan" by Nomiko
#09: "Koisora Recycling featuring Peach Nectar" by Nomiko with Charmmy Queen
#10: "Koisora Recycling featuring Afternoon Koucha" by Nomiko
#11: "Koisora Recycling featuring Coffee (Black, Mutou)" by Nomiko
#12: "Koisora Recycling featuring Oshiruko" by Nomiko
#13: "Koisora Recycling featuring Mikkuchu Juuchu" by Nomiko feat. Miku Hatsune

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Jul 13, 2015
(A Man’s Love for a Can)

On a particularly hot afternoon in mid-July, Riku Ranjo was walking along the streets of Tokyo, when suddenly he was overcome with thirst. He searched for a vending machine and found one across the street. He crossed the street, inserted the coins into the machine, and out dispensed a steel can.

He opened the can and drank it, until it was empty. Then, he noticed there was an aluminum can image displayed adjacent to the steel ones. Suddenly, he had an inspiration…

Which cans are the strongest, steel or aluminum ones?

He realized that modern physics and chemistry (i.e. stress and strain test, read more
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May 29, 2015
Can love between a man and a can bloom? Such profound questions like that will be asked to you as you watch Akikan, perhaps the single worst and most idiotic concept for a TV series ever, and the very moment that question becomes relevant within the series is the moment any drama or tension cannot possibly be taken seriously. Ironic then, that those parts actually end up becoming the most tolerable among these twelve, awful episodes.

Most of it is comedy of the lowest grade that is impossible to unironically enjoy with the occasional can racism that comes with some fighting between different types of cans, read more
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Jun 24, 2009
Like Hollywood, it seems Japan is suffering from a lack of creativity recently. Here we have been brought Akikan!, a story about empty juice cans that turn into girls. Uh what? It certainly is a bizarre concept and I guess it scores some points for being one of a kind in that sense.

The story revolves around your typical anime loser Kakeru. Of course he’s a virgin. Being a pervert is a given. He’s never had a girlfriend, despite having the cutest girl at school practically throwing herself at him on a daily basis. Are you retarded? Blind? read more
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Feb 12, 2009
If you like the idea of a show that is entertaining, self-satirical, has 'colorful' characters and manages to save a little room for serious stuff, this could be the show for you.

If you are really into deep, complex characters with intricate winding plot twists and you looove super serious business 24/7, this is probably not the series for you.

The MAL ratings this show gets don't do it justice. Don't get me wrong, it's no masterpiece, but it's not a ~6.5 either. I can't say what people think of it, but my guess is that a lot of people take it too seriously. Most of the read more
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