Synonyms: Maken-Ki! Battling Venus
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2011 to Dec 21, 2011
25 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 6.791 (scored by 27520 users)
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SynopsisBased on the manga series by Hiromitsu Takeda, this romantic comedy is about Takeru Ohyama, a typical perverted teenage boy. His new school doesn't require entrance exams, and it just turned co-ed! Unfortunately, his dreams of a happy high school life are dashed when he finds out the school is much more than it seems. All of the students wield a special item—a Maken—to unleash their magical abilities in duels! Can Takeru find a Maken that works for him? Even while trying to fit in at a new school and dealing with all kinds of girl problems?
Related AnimeAdaptation: Maken-Ki!
Sequel: Maken-Ki! OVA
Side story: Maken-Ki! Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
Alright so I'll try to keep from bashing this anime as much as some of the other reviews have done. It may be hard to do, but I'll give it a shot.
Maken-Ki is not quite the standard harem ecchi show. It kind of wavers between having great potential to trying to blow it's whole load on fanservice and saying "screw the plot." In the end it rather tends to lean toward the latter, which is a shame for the potential it had early on.
Story: Surprising to see ecchi anime with a good plot. Takeru is your usual perverted kid that wants to spend his days around beautiful girls. So he enters a high school that has been converted to coed from and all girls school. All well and good until he learns that this is a special school where the students control elements and use Maken, weapons that use their element, to fight battles. Add to that the usual harem surrounding Takeru almost immediately upon entering the school, and you have what seems to be the beginning of an interesting plot, even if it would likely be done in a cliche haremesque way as they all tend to be.
The whole idea behind the story is pretty interesting, but the directors/producers seemed too interested in providing awkward fanservice with horrible timing rather than developing what could have been a good story with occasional flashes of ecchiness. I'll be a bit generous and give the story a 5 for its potential. Maybe there will be a second season, but as bad as this one was I doubt it.
Art: The art was OK I guess. The girls had stupidly large breasts. This would make more of a turn off for me if I wasn't just plain used to it from this genre. I mean really if you watch enough ecchi anime you have to stop caring about breast size and just try to enjoy other parts of the show (unless of course you happen to like overly large boobs on skinny girls that just defies gravity). Otherwise, the character designs were alright, decent amount of detail for most of the characters, though strangely not as much detail for most of the main cast. However, the art style wasn't really my kind of style. The animation was poor at times. The fighting was kinda sketchy and used an annoying amount of unnecessary fanservice scenes. I may be generous giving this a 4.
Sound: Um...I think there was sound. Actually both the OP/ED seemed fairly well done. The main characters seemed to have decent voice actors, although Himigami and the Akaza kinda got on my nerves. Some of the side characters (and those who seemed to have big roles to play later on but never did) had mediocre to poor actors. So I'll give this a solid 7.
Characters: Well, stereotypical harem characters. Completely unoriginal and completely undeveloped. The characters came into the show and ended the show exactly the same. I'm giving it a 3.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed the first 3-4 episodes. Then I started to realize that the plot hadn't started to move, and that's a bit of a problem for a 12 episode show. I was expecting it to be packed into a few episodes a la Demon King Daimao (which I felt could've been 40 episodes with the plot it had, mostly squeezed into the last 4 of 12 episodes). But no such luck. In fact, the story starts to move in the last few minutes of episode 11, continues into 12, and then just kinda sputters out.
To be honest, watching this type of show before, I also expected the fanservice to be tuned down severely and the story to begin to flourish. But whoever wrote the checks here obviously thought that was unnecessary and instead opted to continue the ecchiness at the expense of the plot. Because of all of this, the show ended up being horrible and pointless fanservice with lost potential. And because the director chose this rout, he also probably ruined a chance at another season.
A final note, waaaaay too much censorship going on. Certain things that were censored must have been a lot more detailed than in most anime, since there were white splashes in strange areas that are usually shown in most anime that I've seen. It would probably be slightly more enjoyable without those censors, but I wont have the patience to re-watch it when that comes out, so whatever. In the end I give enjoyment a 4 for effort. And a poor one at that.
Overall I will be grading this as lost potential. The story was a nice one, and I've seen ecchi shows done the right way where at first there is a fanservice overload that slowly peters out as the "plot" thickens. This was more like watching a porno. And a censored one at that. And since porn has no and needs no plot, I have to think that this is almost more a tame hentai rather than an ecchi anime. Horrible direction/production took a promising ecchi anime and turned it into a poorly done hentai. My final score is a 5. And that is only because of the potential it showed. read more
The following anime review is excluding the fact that this is a fan service intensive ecchi. I’ll now summarise this anime, in a new section that I’m dubbing the ToyBox - feedback is encouraged and well appreciated!
This anime is bad; especially in comparison to other ecchis. The only ‘creditable’ aspects of this anime were: the concept and the fan service (for those who love fan service this is one of the best ecchis).
I repeat, this anime isn’t for people who like their fan service served with a good plot, you’d probably only enjoy this anime if you enjoy seeing pretty girls with inordinately proportioned ‘breasts’ (or at this point, I’ll say it in words that everyone will understand, MELONS!)
PLOT – The concept of this anime is commendable however, execution was horrible, Maken-Ki! could’ve been a really good anime if more thought was given to the plot. Takeru Ohyama is your stereotypical harem/ecchi protagonist: him being a complete tool yet still having the ability to get girls without even trying – seriously, it’s unbelievable how many girls are wrapped around his fingers. And when I say a complete tool, it’s probably an understatement for how stupid Ohyama actually is – it baffles me how his inability to comprehend both basic female emotions and speech itself, still allows him to have girls attracted to him like bees on honey, he’s so mentally pathetic that he seems to respond more to a smack round the face rather than an actual conversation.
Anyway, Ohyama being the pervert he is, wanted to be around girls, hence why he moved to the newly co-ed school but being the jack-ass he is, Ohyama didn’t bother to research what the school actually does… pretty, pretty stupid move. It turns out this school is specialised in elemental manipulation whereby the students use their Maken (their designated weapon) to fight. Infuriatingly, he is the luckiest b****d ever – he manages to arrange living with three beautiful girls in the space of one day: one, being a hot childhood friend, two being his fiancé and three being some random girl.
MUSIC – The music is fairly weak, there is nothing worth credit for, in all honesty.
ART – The art style lacked detail in most areas and the animation, during most fight scenes, were shoddy; it seemed the directors wanted to fixate more on the “comedic” panty shots rather than the fight itself. Throughout the anime it felt as if they repeatedly asked themselves: “can we add more fan service?!” the simple answer is “no”. They went out of their way to overlook the plot and focus on serving the fans with breasts that bounce at their own leisure. At times I wondered how expensive the materials for their skirts were because they could only seem to afford enough material to hide about 3cm of leg.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – This wasn’t even viable in an anime like this… the male protagonist, Ohyama, is the most underdeveloped piece of trash with an unbelievably shallow personality and a sense of humour that matches that of a rock. Though, credit given where credit due, the female characters seemed to be more interesting than the anime let on – it was a pity that all their feelings were drowned out by the size of their cleavage...
ENJOYMENT – It wasn’t a particularly compelling anime, it was more because of my curiosity (and the girls) that made me endure it all. It was also because I have a compulsion to complete things!
Seeing as I already summarised what I thought in the beginning, I’m not quite sure on how to end it so I’ll say it simply.
Anime = Bad (4/10)
If you like fan service = good.
in both anime the female characters have some kind of science fiction power.
both anime give the same feeling.
both anime have girls fighting each other.
both anime have panty shots! :P
in both anime the main heroine likes the main character.
Both series contain plenty of action, ecchi, drama, comedy, and later some emotional moments.
Both series' protagonists' lives are thrown into a world that they've never known before and meets other characters of various personalities.
Both series involves action with supernatural elements beyond the capacities of our world.
The girls takes a strange interest to the male protagonist.
Ecchi fanservice and panty shots
Both background stories took place in a specialised school of certain technology/magic abilities.
Male protagonist falls down a lot. And while falling down they will grab important.
One of them will be sticky to the protagonist, one is a tsundere, and one will be shy.
Girls tear each other’s clothes while fighting.
lots of fanservice and pretty girls fightning each other, although maken-ki is not a good anime that is actually worth watching, unless you're searching for an anime with lots of pantyshots and oppai
- Ecchis, the girls have an exaggerated breast size and there are a lot of excessive fan service influenced scenes.
- Both academy's specialise in fighting with weapons (Maken and Volt Weapon)
- The male protagonist just wants to protect those around him.
- The male protagonist is also the centre of attention by girls.
- Both contain comedy, ecchi and action.
- Both contain supernatural advancements of technology.
- The protagonist in Freezing is stronger and also has a more dramatic life.
- Freezing's plot is more plot orientated but it is still held back by the fan service.
- The students in Freezing work as a collective to take down the enemies (Novas) from an alternate dimension.
Opening Theme"Fly Away" by Mizuki Togashi
Ending Theme#01: "Baby! Baby!" by Noriko Shitaya & Iori Nomizu (ep 1)
#02: "Baby! Baby!" by Sayuri Yahagi & Noriko Shitaya (ep 2)
#03: "Baby! Baby!" by Misuzu Togashi & Aya Gouda (ep 3)
#04: "Baby! Baby!" by Sayuri Yahagi & Misuzu Togashi (ep 4)
#05: "Baby! Baby!" by Noriko Shitaya & Shizuka Furuya (ep 5)
#06: "Baby! Baby!" by Iori Nomizu & Sayuri Yahagi (ep 6)more
#07: "Baby! Baby!" by Rie Tanaka & Satomi Akesaka (ep 7)
#08: "Baby! Baby!" by Mariya Ise & Rie Tanaka (ep 8)
#09: "Baby! Baby!" by Saeko Zougou & Misato (ep 9)
#10: "Baby! Baby!" by Rina Satou & Rina Hidaka (ep 10)
#11: "Baby! Baby!" by Misuzu Togashi & Noriko Shitaya (ep 11)
#12: "Baby! Baby!" by Noriko Shitaya & Iori Nomizu & Sayuri Yahagi (ep 12)
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