As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him "Piggy" due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance.
With the aid of the rich girl's maid, Yoshino Koiwai, Masamune slowly begins to build his relationship with Aki, intending to break her heart when the time is right. However, as his friendship with Aki begins to grow, Masamune starts to question the objectives of his devious plans, and if bringing them to fruition is what his heart truly desires.
S.P.O.I.L.E.R.S. - Stupid Pissed Off Idiot Likes Emphatically Raging at Shit
This review is honest, but purposefully exaggerated so that it may be entertaining to some people, much like the anime itself except I believe myself to be halfway amusing. It also contains bad words like “fuck” and “dick” and “kittens”, so to all children who can’t handle a few motherfucking swears, avert your goddamn eyes!!
Let’s talk about the concept of Masamune-kun for a moment, and why I was immediately nervous about where the anime would go.
The plot has a clear ending that it is working toward: Makabe Masamune will get revenge on Adagaki
Aki in a most grandiose and satisfying way. But you can’t just have a good ending; otherwise the audience would just skip to the last episode to see how it plays out. You need to somehow make the ending satisfying, but also balance the rest of the story so that the build-up is worth it as well.
And here’s where those spoilers really kick in.
Masamune-kun has neither a good build-up, nor the ending it promises. In fact, it has no ending at all. The final episode is a fucking karaoke party. Why the fuck did they even make this? I feel like a complete dumbass for subjugating myself to watching every minute of this mumbo jumbo, which was admittedly okay and non-offensive for several episodes, but after a while it feels like even the writer didn’t know how the revenge was gonna work, so they started making excuses for some weeks or years or however long you’ve been experiencing this series. Oh god, could you imagine a second season of this shit? This is not any sort of narrative that requires more than twelve episodes to develop. It initially appears as a typical romcom, but with a twist ending and nothing more. The presence of a sequel would immediately imply that the ending is prolonged longer than necessary, like a really awkward handshake. Not like Hand Shakers tho. That anime was flawless in every aspect.
Yes, yes “it’s about the journey” whatever, except the actual journey towards the non-existent climax is about as fruitful as an average expedition in The Oregon Trail. Masamune, being a charming young lad, simply oozes with swagger and sex appeal. Yes, this little piggy got /fit/, and now every teenage girl within a five-mile radius wants to bang him. But instead, Masamune would rather reject these fine 2D women and chase after the dumb ugly bitch so he can end up rejecting her too. You know, even though chasing after one girl for your entire high school life is probably the worst thing you can do as a high schooler, I can respect Masamune for being so determined to work towards his goal. You know, IF THAT ACTUALLY FUCKING HAPPENED.
And while you sit back and watch Masamune make irritating decisions, Masamune-kun will do its damndest to make you laugh. If you love WITTY ANIME HUMOR then this is about as much WITTY ANIME HUMOR as you could possibly need. Characters overreact because their actual personalities can’t carry the scene, people often compare scenarios to those seen in anime and manga, and the main character comments on so many things in his head that the Fine Bros would’ve sued Silver Link a year ago. No, I’m not saying you should feel bad for finding these things funny. I’m just saying that I didn’t. Masamune-kun doesn’t have any strong nor original jokes, and the only thing I can say about its general style of comedy is that it’s “very anime”. The ONE joke I actually laughed at is Masamune’s mom looking like a five-year-old girl, because it's so weird and illogical and out there that I just kinda like it. Doctors HATE her!
That’s really what I could say about Masamune-kun in general, it’s “very anime”: A decent but not particularly unhealthy dose of “underage” partial nudity, the leading female as a high-and-mighty bitch quee--I mean tsundere, an oblivious main character, and a high school containing all the silliness. Masamune-kun never sets out to break the mold or add anything new, although a twist ending would’ve been nice. Maybe at the end of the series, Masamune could’ve said “ha, PRANK’D” and dunked Adagaki Aki into a shark tank as his way of getting revenge. You know. Just a suggestion. Any sort of revenge plot would’ve been nice to see. But anyway, Masamune-kun just wants to be a plain high school rom-com. And you know what? I’m okay with that. For most of the season, Masamune-kun failed to evoke a single reaction from me. Nope, not one. I watched episode after episode week after week and didn’t crack a smile, didn’t have any particular thoughts, didn’t twitch an eyebrow, didn’t slit my wrists, nothing. It was a perfectly acceptable five out of ten, and if it sounds negative, it's actually something that I am 100% okay with.
But then something happened later.
Now, the lack of delivery on Masamune-kun’s part is bad enough. Since I keep mentioning it, I really don’t like the fact that it doesn’t bring about the ending it promises. But before that cuckening even ignites, we get this abysmal “final” arc where an actual antagonist is brought in. No, the antagonist is not Adagaki Aki, it’s just a random kid who looks like Masamune when he was fat, and he’s to take Adagaki Aki’s hand in marriage as some sort of business arrangement or something. So, this kid is an obstacle for Masamune to tackle so he can not get his revenge.
The problem is that I’m expected to believe this is a bad thing.
I don’t care about Masamune. He’s not an interesting character. I like the fact that he was a fat kid who ended up getting buff, and uhhhhhhhhhh, yep that’s pretty much it. Beyond this, he’s just a high school protagonist who gets a small harem that’s still big enough to include a trap, because that’s WITTY ANIME HUMOR. I don’t care about his revenge plot either. Yeah, I would kinda like to see it, but I also see it as something worth giving up. Masamune has almost nothing to lose by not getting his revenge; all that happens as a result is that he’ll feel a little bested by that one cunt from his childhood--who the hell cares, anyway? Just leave that shit in the past--if you want, you can aggressively fuck one of the eighteen billion other girls in school and think of Badagaki the whole time. I’d watch that hentai. Or anime. Or cartoon. Or attack helicopter. Whatever the community is arguing about. Hey, isn’t that what that shitstorm Scum’s Wish is doing, anyway?
Yet, despite these things, Masamune-kun thinks I do actually care about Masamune’s endgame, ‘cuz he’s the main character and all. So this lookalike motherfucker is apparently a bad thing. And to that, I say…
Masamune-kun actually made me angry at this point of the story, because this abominable terrorist is a nice kid who just wants to do the right thing. He’s sucked into the marriage just like Whaki is, but his intentions are angelically good. He even approaches Adagaki’s friends in private to clear up any misconceptions they have, because he truly respects his to-be bride. What’s the fucking problem? Yeah, Adagaki Aki is an obnoxious bitch who deserves to trip and fall into a vat of rotten donkey milk. But you know what they say: bitches ain’t shit. Why do we gotta worry about them so much? Just let them go. She might’ve embarrassed a few people in brutal ways (even though they were all basically fedora tippers so they got what they deserved), but it’s not like she throws rocks at kittens and steps on fennec foxes in her free time. She’s not so horrible that she NEEDS a taste of her own shit.
I’m just baffled at how completely pointless Masamune-kun’s Revenge is. Really, all it needed to do was set up this grand revenge, but instead it insisted on taking this weird detour so that it could evolve the romance. Give me a break. I didn’t want to see that in the first place. Not just because I’m expecting a revenge plot, but also because I don’t like these two characters, and seeing them form a relationship isn’t satisfying. In fact, Adagaki Aki is meant to be unlikable, so why would I want the main character to date her? She’s supposed to be the villain, but then at the last minute they throw in this secret side of her that actually found fat Masamune to be attractive?? What the fuck???? All of the sudden the revenge plot is gone, so now she needs to be presented as likable. Ten episodes is a bit too late to change my mind on someone’s personality. It’s also too late to rewrite the entire show. Shit, I thought I avoided the new Rewrite this season.
The other thing about Adagaki Aki that strikes me as odd is how she’s supposed to be the most beautiful and magnificent creature in the entire world; that world being the high school. They demonstrate this by showing people I don’t care about saying that she’s beautiful. Adagaki Aki in the flesh has a fairly tall and slender figure with a sharp face and uh… oh yeah, NOTHING. Remember, this is the most beautiful girl in the entire school, according to literally everybody in the school. So the anime then dumps all of the jiggle physics and panty shots onto Aki’s sidekick, a maid girl with short hair and big tits voiced by Inori Minase. Now that's some good casting. Good job, Silver Link.
If this were a live-action series with actual human beings and all of their many physical flaws, these comments wouldn’t exist as Adagaki Aki could look like an actually attractive person with as few flaws as possible. But when you have an anime (or manga) where every character is painstakingly drawn to be beautiful and perfect and eye-catching to the audience, I have no idea how I’m supposed to believe that any single one of them are considered attractive in comparison to the others. I guess if you have a domination fetish, yeah, Aki’s your girl, but if you’re one of… *ahem* THOSE people… then you might prefer Mr. Boipussy~ over there with the weird yellow pluses in his or her eyes. Why is that a thing.
Anyway, my point is the character designs all suck and that NotRem is the better girl because her tits are bigger. Masamune doesn’t even look muscular despite that being his entire character, but whatever.
You might think that the lack of strong character designs could imply more movement, but if you believe that then you probably thought that Masamune would get his revenge, didn’t you. No, there’s not any single bit of interesting art direction or animation or anything. It takes place in a boring school with a decent dress code--the boys’ uniforms look a little unusual with the yellow and dark blue color scheme, but calling them garish would be extreme. The girls’ uniforms are equally decent at the top, but the yellow skirts are a weird combination.
“shut up lux who tf cares”
Now, the soundtrack is an interesting sort of entity. For the most part, it’s obnoxiously loud and irritating as all fuck, but in a way that could’ve possibly been ideal. The OST places heavy emphasis on each scene, making simple decisions more dramatic and making characters more imposing than they actually are. The bigger problem is that the art direction is completely lifeless and boring, making the grandiose soundtrack utterly pointless. If the show looked as intense and excessive as it sounds, this could've made things funnier in a way that Nichijou has mastered, but of course that wouldn't happen. I hope Silver Link gave the composer a nice participation ribbon for his effort, he deserves it.
The OP and ED suck shit. I don’t have anything to say about them because I skipped them every episode except the first, because they’re completely boring. Too bad I couldn’t skip the entire show tho. Next.
Oh wait, that’s all I need to say.
Masamune-kun could’ve been a strong four to a light five, which I’m okay with, and I could’ve let it go about its business without a care in the world… but the complete lack of delivery alone brings it down to a 2, a number I use to notate something that’s SLIGHTLY watchable, because you could argue that Masamune-kun is a decent and funny rom-com even though it should be a revenge story.
The non-existent ending and last few episodes just pissed me off so much that I need to let myself go and burn everything in my path. Damn you, Masamune-kun, let it be known I shall have my own revenge by posting this 2232-word review on a Western database not seen by anyone significant in the industry, for it’s currently the only platform I have to post upon! Muahahahahaha!!!!
Story - 1/10
Art - 2/10
Sound - 4/10
Character - 2/10
Enjoyment - 2/10
Revenge - 0/10
Overall - 2.25/10 (Range: 1.75 - 3.0)
Favorite episode - 8
Favorite character - Legal Loli Mom
Recommendation level - Very low
Masamune-kun no Revenge is definitely an anime that gives to talk. Just by reading the synopsis you are attracted and curiosity makes you watch it, ¿and what do you find? Masamune wants revenge, ¿why? Because his feelings were rejected as a child. ¿How will he do that? Wasting his life in finding the chick that rejected him to waste even more time in make that she love him and then breaking her heart ¡Wow, how mature of his part!
It is understood that this is a romantic comedy, so as such, the plot should not be taken so seriously, but that
is the main problem. While it has comical moments somewhat agreeable, the serie wants you to take the issue of revenge (which is the main focus it gives) as something totally serious and justified, which collides full with the fact that the serie is EXTREMELY CLICHE. Having cliches is not the problem, as long as they are used in a way that achieves something at least entertaining to see, this is not the case, the theme of "serious" revenge is contradicted by cliches, ending in a ridiculous, regrettable and generic development; the revenge is gradually lost to make way for the inevitable: Masamune and Aki end up in love with truth, then resort to plot devices come out of nowhere in order to force revenge and introduce unnecessary drama, (Gasou and the trio of bodyguard morons), because we already know how it will end, which up to the same synopsis tells you: "However, his friendship with Aki begins to grow, Masamune begins to question the objectives of his devious plans".
Of the above also carries the fact that with the passage of time, the goal of revenge disappears, leaving the main focus of the serie as a nonsense and emphasizing the fact of the poor development of it, and predictability. ¿But do you know what's the worst part? That in the end nothing happened. ¿Revenge? No. ¿Real love? No. Nothing, nothing happened. This IS the real nonsense...
Many defend the serie saying that the initial approach to revenge is something original and rarely seen among the animes of this genre... Which is true, but it's no use if the approach is original if the development of it is disastrous and supports in the cliches to end up being more of the same with other condiments. In this sense the serie reminds Oregairu, in which it wants to appear as something different from the usual and ends up falling on more of the same as seen in other animes of the genre.
But if there is anything worse than the poor plotting attempt, it's the characters, EVERYBODY AND EACH OF THEM are a stroke. Starting with the central axis: the protagonist. In the case of many romantic comedies (with or without harem), no matter how fun it is or how nice the girls are, if the protagonist is insufferable, the serie becomes insufferable too, although this obviously depends on how much focus give it to him. In this case, the whole serie is seen from the point of view of Masamune, so the least that is expected, is that this character is interesting or at least enjoyable. I will not deny that Masamune stands out for not being a typical loser dense harem protagonist, and that his internal monologues add some interest to the plot and character in general, but many believe that this, and only this, make him a good character, which is false:
-His revenge motive is stupid: as a child he was an easy target of bullying, and when he met someone who accepted him, he was rejected by that person, which motivated him to change. This is really not bad, but this change is driven merely by the fact of wanting revenge and not by personal improvement, not to mention all the time wasted on something so empty. Apart, just by getting fit he already believes he matured, how innocent...
-His narcissistic attitude is both annoying and unnecessary, one can show self-confidence without resorting to narcissism. In addition, the serie focuses TOO MUCH in show you how every girl that appears on the screen drools for him (something VERY ridiculous and insufferable to see), feeding more his ego, as if they wanted to give the reason to the force to his philosophy of "only handsome boys win in life", or as if narcissism was necessary and obligatory for his characterization.
-His personality is ambiguous, varies at the convenience of the script. From a moment he changes from being bold and self-assured (supported by the aforementioned narcissism), to an insecure who is afraid even of talking to a girl and is lost in his own plans. Basically he turns to the typical loser dense harem protagonist for moments. ¿Where is the supposed maturity which he spoke? A very bad characterization, and a character badly done in every way.
Then we have Aki, "The Cruel Princess". The girl who is cruel to everyone but who is really insecure and with a "cute side" with chibi faces included to compensate for her bitch side and that half world treat her as waifu... By far the worst character of the whole serie, And one of the worst "tsunderes" I've ever seen. A poorly constructed character, with a horrible characterization and a very insufferable attitude that changes to the convenience of the script (yeah, too). Her motives for being cruel are quite questionable and her current way of being doesn't go according to them, her attitude of bitch contrasts with her "feed me with 20 kg of food while I make moe faces" and "I want you to kiss me or tell me you like me... but you're still a piece of crap ¡get away, you scum!". The worst thing is that, I insist, the serie wants you to take this bitch side so badly done seriously to justify Masamune's revenge.
Similarly, the way her attitude goes from being aggressive to being totally passive according to Masamune's plans is quite fictional (again, as if the plot requires it), and from one moment to another she becomes aggressive again. In her you don't see an evolution of how her hard exterior breaks and little by little she reveals her dere side, you see how she changes from "tsun" to "dere" in a very fake way when the scene requires it. This is not to be "hard on the outside, fragile on the inside" like every normal tsundere, and neither is a gap moe, this is to be hard and fragile at the same time, a mixture of personalities, as if they didn't decide to give her a fixed characterization, And it remains something that changes suitably, something that is demonstrated in Chapters 4 and 5, for example, ¡even Masamune himself says it in Chapter 9!
And if all that was not enough, she send the demon all her supposed characterization with the appearance of Gasou ¿Where was what she said of "I always hurt people so they don't hurt me"? Someone who changed and promised not to fall in love, says to hate men and rejects everyone in a cruel way falls in love instantly, even if it is because she believes that is the Masamune of her childhood is not justified if she says to have changed, all that to force the plot in a terrible last minute plot twist. ¿Now do you see what I mean with her personality is something that changes at the convenience of the script? I insist: the worst character in the serie, and one of the worst "tsunshits", because she doesn't even count as a "normal tsundere".
To see interacting with that pair of protagonists is a real headache. Their relationship of "love-hate" feels so forced, so poorly executed and without any kind of charisma. However, in most of chapter 6 Aki does not appear, so there was not much of this interaction and the subject of revenge was hardly touched, they also explored better the relations between Masamune and other characters, and it was pleasant to see. Similarly in chapter 9, where a fairly mature discussion took place between Masamune and Neko, and then some sympathetic comedy among the other characters, again, the subject of revenge was mentioned very little. These two chapters were the most passable of the entire serie ¿Coincidence? I don't think so…
Yoshino is the typical kuudere awkward and moe who has a "dark side". That stereotype has always made me illogical and meaningless, since you can not take seriously the dark side (again, what the serie tries to do) with a poker-faced babe who barely whispers and falls down and showing the pantsu. However, and despite everything, she is perhaps the most decent character in the serie, her role in the same is really interesting and contributes to the plot, even her actions can be unpredictable and leave the expectation, but her characterization is not, and makes you lose a little interest in her. I also dare to say that she is perhaps one of the most decent characters of Inori Minase, something that is not very difficult to actually achieve...
Neko is the top of the cliche between the characters, a generic rich girl who falls from the sky and immediately falls in love with the protag "because yes", and in the end, she will be the first friendzoned girl from the harem (well, that was the class rep). So many cliches together and so little creativity in a single character, literally she is a Tachibana 2.0 ¡even is just as sickly! She seems to have no personality beyond Masamune ¿What is the real reason why she loves him so desperately? ¿"Because he is kind"? Although she said her motives, are not sufficient justification of why she loves him with such determination. The only answer I find is: because the plot says, and they need another waifu bait that shows love interest in him so that the story does not feel so linear, although her intervention didn't contribute significantly anything more than the classic Team War. That is worth clarifying, is that I think her rejection was right (although Masamune's motives remain stupid), after all, we talk about a liar who is in love with him for questionable reasons, the logical thing to do is refuse. After that we saw a discussion between the two where they clarified their motivations in a more or less clear way, demonstrating maturity on the part of both characters and a good management of the subject of a love rejection. Point for Masamune and the serie in general, because everything doesn't have to be "That stupid Masamune should accept her ¿why? ¡Because she's my waifu!... and she's the best girl... and... ¡and she kissed him!"
Then there are other characters, like the typical genki girl (although this is nice, it's a shame that she has fallen in love with an idiot like Masamune that aside from rejecting her, he didn't care and only increased his ego, more negative points for this character), the trap, the loli or the sister troll and bitter, we also have Gasou... Who should not even count as a character, since he has no characterization, he's literally a plot device with legs (and a very sassy one), someone who only entered the history to put unnecessary drama and to force even more the disastrous development of the plot, like the trio of lesbianas "bodyguard" of Aki, stereotyped girls that only appeared in the end to serve of barrier between the inevitable. A whole cast of characters with almost no brilliance or charisma. Do not ask for complex characters or a deep development, only pleasant characters and justified to what the serie tries, which does not. Neither they have to be 100% original, but that does not imply that all have to be archetypes seen a thousand times in other serie and without basically any change.
There is no need to talk much about the audiovisual aspects: nice but generic designs, decent quality, an acceptable but very forgettable soundtrack. In general the important aspects of the serie are regrettable, the comedy becomes fun, because I will not lie: it made me laugh on several occasions (after all I enjoy this genre), and I don't dislike all the characters, but that is not enough to forget all the bad. The plot from the beginning is ridiculous and stupid despite not being so common and look attractive in lyrics, and focusing on it in a serious way (because I insist that this is what the series claims, even with all comedy in the middle), the minimum expected is an acceptable development, but this is lousy, and the characters are far from even acceptable. It is worth mentioning that I like harems no matter how generic they are, as long as the girls and the MC are charismatic and interesting. This is not the case. This will undoubtedly endure as one of the worst romantic comedies I've ever seen, only surpassed by Nisekoi.
There are a lot of things that factor into creating a well-rounded enjoyable anime title. It’s a combination of the story writing, uniqueness, sounds and animation poured into the creation of the work that produces that golden quality to it. But there’s another category that needs to be touched upon to create a good anime and that is characters. Smart intellectual characters and ones that strive from the common cheap use of stereotypes make a title memorable due to the unique ways these characters are presented through dialogue and interaction. Your characters are the fore-front in the anime, they are the lens the viewer experiences
the story through, and so having them well fleshed out and smartly written enhances the experience for the viewer.
But contrary to my statement listed above, “Masamune-kun’s Revenge” brings nothing smart to the table. In concept the show is about some revenge plan thought out by a prepubescent child after getting rejected when he was about 6 years old, a “lovers” squabble that has lasted around a decade, why is he so angered that he can’t move on in life and accept fate? I doubt we will ever know. Our main character Makabe; is optimistic in his revenge plans. Accompanied with tedious actions and that cocky and cool attitude that make me want to fist the table in rage whenever he’s on screen, he makes Subaru look like the second-coming of Christ in comparison. Having a likeable main character should be what many anime strive to portray, this is the character we are supposed to be rooting for and hoping his plans go to success. (if we can scuttle through the ridiculous idea of the plan in the first place that is) stereotypes may piss you off after seeing that same trope rehashed over and over again over many titles of anime, but having a character who is un-bearable to watch due to his unintentional cringe aspects really burdens the show down a lot. His whole “revenge plan” is some of the stupidest shit I have seen in my life, who honestly gives a fuck if he was rejected years prior, his character just comes off as immature but not in the good sense.
Hey I’m sure immature characters can be enjoyable to watch at times but Makabe emits the entire opposite enjoyment of that, he’s unlikeable, unfunny and one dimensional all around, I really don’t see the appeal of having this guy being the perspective we enjoy the show through. Next we have the evil, misandristic; Adagaki Aki or better known as “text-book tsundere.” She’s the main target and antagonist of Masamune-kun’s Revenge. Though has more characterisation to her compared to our main character, and is overall a better more tolerable character to watch; even if she may just be pretty stereotypical. She is the stated “antagonist” of the show, but due to her past and better development in helping us understand her she becomes greater than Makabe. Overall the cast is a bunch of dumb, unlikeable assholes which are painful to watch.
Though I’ve only touched upon the surface of characters, alongside the two main characters we have some more terribly written side characters. Firstly; Yoshino Koiwai who is the most enjoyable out of the bunch; and no that’s not just because she is voiced by Inori Minase, she serves as the “master” role for Makabe and plans to assist him in his execution of his dumbfounded revenge plan. She’s cute, and funny at times that’s about it. Then we have Neko Fujinomiya who is another rich girl, but she’s mysterious, she knows Makabe prior, but Makabe does not recall ever meeting her. But to be honest I bet if you had an encounter with Makabe he would forget you within the next ten minutes of your conversation (evident in how he forgot of Yoshino’s existence entirely.) Then to top that off we have weird Lolita mom who tries serving Makabe food but whenever there is over a certain amount of calories he becomes extremely triggered by the situation due to him trying to keep up his muscular fit body to impress the ladies. Oh and introduced near the end we have this painfully un-needed and unlikeable fat kid and the SJW brigade who turn to illegal acts to stop the straights and turn Aki into a lesbian man-hater.
The weaknesses of these said characters is most evident in their interaction; there’s always an awkward pause mid-conversation. With Makabe’s one track mind on the path to revenge nothing said to him ever enters his mind and flies past him; he may have recollection of those words but prefers to ignore those after a while and snap back into his revenge mind-set. The drama in this anime is god damn awful as well; it is impossible to take seriously with the nature of the show and is just as awkward as every other character interaction; bland, stupid and un-meaningful. Most of it is started by Makabe’s dumb irrational attitude constantly messing things up; he can’t fix the problems because he is so mindless on top of that and the quite common “comedic” part where he falls over constantly.
Aside from this the show does have some redeemable capabilities that don’t drag the show down into devastation. For the most part the animation is pretty decent; it’s of course nothing special but the bright colours help with the lively atmosphere of some dumb-founded romance revenge plan, so it’s a pleasant sight to the eye for this factor. Its atmospheric shots are pleasant of course bringing light to sights that look pretty generic in terms of animation as a whole but work well.
For the sound department we are met with an “odd” soundtrack to say the least; nothing really stands out and sticks in your head; but overall it weirdly goes along with the shows sense of direction; the opening theme: “Wagamama MIRROR HEART” hypes up the show and creates brilliant anticipation; which is how I found myself watching this show in the first place, and contrast to the opening “Elemental World” provides a calm yet upbeat theme to lead out the show.
I understand that this anime is simply here to provide a romance comedy; but the problem for me is it wasn’t funny, compared to other romance comedies, the effect and experience I gained from this was weak, and of course mainly because of my statement against the characters of the show which drag down the quality. But even if this was intentional and I am just over analysing this; the show really did not work for me. The show is obviously enjoyable, even if I’m hesitant at watching each episode most of the time provides a decent experience with not the best enjoyment the show could have produced but not enough to create a bitter taste of disgust when watching. On top of that the show features an anti-climactic ending which I will not delve into here; but there’s a possibility that the show will receive a second season.
Overall; Masamune-kun’s short comings lie in trying to create a decent romance/comedy which falls flat due to its unbearable main character and generic side characters. But the side dishes to the show create decent sides to the anime which stop it from plummeting down into the abyss. If you want a bright show with some mutual redeeming factors and decent enjoyment, look no further than this show. There are of course many greater titles out there, but I’m sure if you are the average Joe who doesn’t really care much for the criticisms against this show you will find this for the most part enjoyable. If you do care about the above; I advise you to move on, as this offers nothing new.
Watching Masamune-kun no Revenge (Masamune’s Revenge) feels like listening to a depressing story from a friend that got terminated from their dream job. I can’t exactly say this show is something for everyone. It’s a dramedy teen soap opera that some will find entertaining while others will leave with the thought of never getting their time back. Listen. This show isn’t really hard to understand but to appreciate it? That’s another story.
Adapted from the manga of the same name, the series is pretty straightforward. Well, it is straightforward at first glance considering the premise. You got this hot main male protagonist (Masamune Makabe) who is
popular, handsome, athletic, and pretty much the IT guy that every woman wants to get their hands on. Except of course, he was totally the opposite before. When he was a kid, Masamune used to be fat, unpopular, and subject to being bullied. To add to the injury? A girl he used to have a crush on rejected him while giving him the cruel nickname, “Pig’s Foot”. You can probably guess Masamune didn’t take that well so he is set out to commit the ultimate revenge against Aki Adagaki, the girl who wronged him.
First things first, while the show sounds like it can be a potentially heavy drama show, it’s really more of a lighthearted romantic comedy. Sure, it has the ingredients for cooking up a melancholic heavy story but it’s really not much so throughout the course of the series. Viewers will come to understand that revenge is far more complicated than how Masamune plans out. Every episode serves as a step forward or backward for Masamune in his plans. And while we also find out more about the characters, the series likes to have fun often with what it has to offer.
However, I can’t exactly say fun is a term to describe while watching the characters in their roles. Masamune Makabe is a straightforward guy that shows a bit of narcissism. Don’t believe me? Just watch what he does in the morning before going to school or how he eats his food. In the meantime, there’s Aki Agadaki, a character that many viewers will probably dislike from the start. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Aki is a make or break factor for the fans to drop this series. With a cruel personality (she’s even nicknamed “Cruel Princess” at school) and has a hobby of tormenting others, the show seems to intentionally make people hate her. I would also say that she’s a spoiled brat as her reliance on Yoshino (her personal maid) is very evident. So at this point, you’re probably asking yourself “Should I really watch this?”
At its core, Masamune no Revenge emphasizes on relationship developments and how Masamune’s story develops as context gets more and more complicated. This includes the appearance of other characters. I’ve already mentioned Yoshino but viewers will also discover that she is more than she appears to be. Neko Fujinomiya, a transfer student also enters the story and formulates what viewers may designate as a generic love triangle. On top of that, the show seems to be saturated with generic characters. From best friend trap to fujoshi, this show pulls the oldest gags from the book. Still, Masamune can actually be a decent character once you see through his flaws. Although he is narcissistic, he isn’t necessarily a cruel person. In fact, he is actually an ideal character that anyone would want to be friends with. Hanging out with the most popular guy at school gives social status and Masamune is a symbolic image of that. At times, Masamune also shows genuine concern for his friends and even comes to aid of total strangers. Unlike Aki, Masamune’s relationship with others isn’t always one sided either.
Speaking of relationships, what can you really expect from this show? At its core, Aki and Masamune’s relationship is perhaps the most complicated. There’s mind games going on between the two in almost every segment. While Aki often asserts herself to be the superior individual, Masamune’s clever tactics helps him understand her better. The two even goes out on dates and some episode shows that Aki has a vulnerable side to her as well. On the other hand, Masamune’s relationship with others are generally casual, friendly, and straightforward. He gets along well with most people such as his best friend Kojuro Shuri, transfer student Neko, and close friend Tae Futaba. As he is a handsome guy, Masamune is also the ideal image of girls at his school. The only other complicated relationship he has with is with Yoshino. In retrospect, the relationships in this show is nothing impressive and on the surface level, you can probably discover them in any romantic comedy literature or on TV.
As a manga reader, I confess that the series didn’t do justice in adapting the show. While it starts off in the right direction, certain parts of the story is cut off while other parts are overemphasized. In addition, the opening song is very spoilerish and a degeneration of crafty storytelling. As such, I express not only disappointment at the length of the series but also at what they really adapted. On the other hand, the comedy of the series can be entertaining at times. Popcorn entertainment might be a better way to put it as we see how the characters interact under certain circumstances. Remember, this series is lighthearted and not something for mature audiences.
If there’s one major thing they handled right, it would be the art direction. I have to admit, Tiv (the author of the series) has a talent at creating attractive characters. Silver Link brings that attractiveness in full color and animation. In general, the show has a decent production and every main character has their physical appeal. Fan service appears from time to time ranging from full commando scenes or the infamous beach episode. Putting that aside, Masamune no Revenge is a pretty show.
There’s not much impression I can say about the overall soundtrack or the music. It just seems to be there and does its job although easily forgettable. The OP and ED theme songs reflects the show’s theme and agendas while dropping many hints at the storytelling. Finally, there’s the voice acting, something that I found to be slightly above average yet nothing too impressive overall. Ironically, I find Aki’s voice to be the best performed as the character really does sound like a cruel princess. The way she speaks to others with her sarcastic tone while mocking others fits her personality just right.
So by the time you’re reading this part, you’re probably thinking a lot of things on your mind. Just know this though, Masamune no Revenge is still a romantic comedy regardless how the premise appears to be. Revenge is a controversial word and for some of us, it’s something we may even have experienced or want to inflict upon someone we have intense feelings towards. For Masamune, it’s his story and one that begins with his revenge.