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: 6.811 (scored by 21301 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
First let me say this is not for people who do not enjoy fan service. They are fools for watching it then bitching about it. Im sorry but you are a complete tool if you complain about fanservice even though you know its ecchi, you are just simply asking for it. I enjoyed it because of the mix of harem, action, comedy with fan service. I have almost watched the whole series and there should be a second season on the way due to obvious storyline that is no where near finished.
The basic story is a high school that has combat with elements fire, water etc, with a new twist. MAKEN. Maken are all different shapes sizes and abilities. The main character is Takeru who comes to a new school meeting up with the usual harem stereotype characters, the childhood friend, the friend he promised etc.
The art and the sound where great throughout the series, the characters were nothing amazing but still likeable characters.
I enjoyed this anime quite a bit though i still have one episode left I hope it finishes off with a good cliffhanger making me to want more. read more
A single lucky seemingly useless (at the very least; boring, normal and/or plain) guy, gets into a school mainly comprised of beautiful girls that battle one another as part of their school days with super powers. Except IS is more sci-fi, and Maken-Ki is martial arts. Both male protagonists have a harem of girls after his affection without them having to lift a finger; you're typical harem anime.
They have Harem,Ecchi and Action
always surrounded by Hot girls
Both have a Childhood friends¨
Harem - Check
Ecchi - Check
Action - Check
Jealous Childhood friend - Check
Special male - Check
Awesome soundtrack - Check
You'll like this one if you liked the other one :P
"Now move forward to the battlefield"
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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