Aoharu x Kikanjuu

Aoharu x Machinegun

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Synonyms: Aoharu x Machine Gun
Japanese: 青春×機関銃
English: Aoharu x Machinegun
German: Aoharu x Machinegun
Spanish: Aoharu x Machinegun
French: Aoharu x Machinegun
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2015 to Sep 18, 2015
Premiered: Summer 2015
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:46 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Manga
Genre: SportsSports
Themes: CrossdressingCrossdressing, Team SportsTeam Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.151 (scored by 102852102,852 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #34602
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1107
Members: 220,076
Favorites: 1,323

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Hotaru Tachibana has a strong sense of justice and just cannot help confronting those who choose to perform malicious acts. Furthermore, Hotaru is actually a girl who likes to disguise herself as a boy. After hearing rumors that her best friend was tricked by the popular host of a local club, Hotaru seeks to punish the evildoer. Upon arriving at the club, however, she is challenged to a so-called "survival game" by the host Masamune Matsuoka, where the first person hit by the bullet of a toy gun will lose.

After a destructive fight which results in Hotaru's loss, Masamune forces the young "boy" to join his survival game team named Toy Gun Gun, in order to repay the cost of the damages that "he" has caused inside the club. Although she is initially unhappy with this turn of events, Hotaru quickly begins to enjoy what survival games have to offer and is determined to pay off her debt, much to the dismay of Tooru Yukimura, the other member of Toy Gun Gun. As time goes on, Hotaru begins to develop a close friendship with the rest of the team and hopes to take part in realizing their dream of winning the Top Combat Game (TCG), a tournament to decide the best survival game team in Japan.

Although Hotaru tries her best, there are just two little problems: she is absolutely terrible at the game, and Toy Gun Gun doesn't allow female members on their team!

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kurosaki, Yuuki
Takanashi, Mai
Assistant Producer


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
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"The Bravest Destiny" by Toy☆GunGun (トイ☆ガンガン) (Tomoaki Maeno, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Mikako Komatsu)

Ending Theme

1: "Gunjou Survival (群青サバイバル)" by Mikako Komatsu (eps 1-7, 9-12)
2: "Tic Tac (チクタク)" by Mikako Komatsu (eps 8)


Sep 18, 2015
Aoharu x Kikanjuu is a action, comedy, shounen genre anime about a girl named Tachibana Hotaru mistaken for a boy. This anime has personally exceeded my original expectations since the first episode. Just a quick warning this is my first review.

Story: 9/10
The story mainly follows Tachibana Hotaru's point of view. The episodes have a smooth flow in them, it always kept me on my toes(engaged) and loves making me scream at the screen for another episode. As everyone might know this anime is being compared to 'Ouran High School Host Club’ and I have to say I agree. Aoharu x Kikanjuu really does have ...
Sep 20, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Meet Hotaru Tachibana, a girl with a strong sense of justice. She is easily mistaken for a boy, because of her broad shoulders, short hair, and confrontational attitude. She has an altercation with a host named Masamune Matsuoka, who mistakes her for a boy. In order to pay for the damage she caused, she joins his survival game group, Toy Gun Gun. The only problem? Girls aren't allowed!

I believe the best way to describe Aoharu's issues in a word is: disorganized. There's comedy, but this isn't a comedy anime. There's some drama, but this isn't drama or tragedy anime. There's a cross-dressing female, but this ...
Sep 19, 2015
I don't think I've ever seen an anime with as many blatant plot holes and as much inconsistent writing as Aoharu x Kikanjuu. Now that doesn't mean it's the worst anime ever made (it definitely isn't), but it has a huge amount of wasted potential due to its weak story, horrendous characterization, and the fact that the author is seemingly completely clueless about how airsoft works.

Initially the anime feels like something quite similar to Ouran Koukou Host Club as the protagonist is a girl (Tachibana Hotaru) crossdressing as a boy who ends up becoming indebted to a popular guy (Matsuoka Masamune) who works as a ...

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