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 idiot 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? 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 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 prick from his childhood--who the hell cares, anyway? Just leave that shit in the past--if you want, you can aggressively bang 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 dude 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 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???? 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. Man, 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 cares”
Now, the soundtrack is an interesting sort of entity. For the most part, it’s obnoxiously loud and mind-shreddingly irritating, 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. 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 2228-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.
Since there are only 4 episodes out, I will be giving my first impressions for this anime.
Masamune-kun's Revenge seems at face value, the virtue of blandness. A plot of blurb that anyone can read so generically and your typical protagonist. However, I don't find that to be the case as I actually find the protagonist quite likable. The revenge theme is also something that rarely happens in the romance genre so the plot isn't exactly linear and boring.
Masamune-kun's Revenge is interesting as it is able to take a rehashed idea and execute it with the sort of panache that leaves you wanting more. By the
end of the first episode, I was left speculating about what directions the anime could take. The second, third and fourth episodes are also pretty decent so far.
The music of the romance genre is notorious for being generic. The OP and ED animation sequences are overdone-to death cuts from your typical romance anime. They are either happy-go-lucky or sad depending on the sub-genre. However, the songs accompanying this anime are actually ringtone-worthy.
The art and the animation in a simple sentence, I would say it’s not at all masterpiece level, but it is gorgeous. I have no complaints here. The character designs look very appealing which I also have no issue with at all.
All in all, Masamune-kun's Revenge is an anime I will definitely be seeing through this to the end, even if it ends up going downhill later on.
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.
You might be thinking, “Ugh, is this just another typical harem anime?!” Well, to that I say, “Yeah. It is…" But, at the same time, "No. It isn’t.” Let me explain why without spoilers:
The reason why I say “yes” is because if you’ve seen a few harem anime before, you will most likely be able to predict how the story will end from the first episode. There's no concluding ending (probably because it's setting the stage for a second season). This series reminds me a lot of Nisekoi: the story isn't too amazing and doesn't stand out too much, so you most likely won't like
them if it you don't like harem anime in general. The reason why I say “no” is because this isn’t actually a typical harem anime because Masamune-kun (main guy) does actually turn down potential love interests in this season. Also, the route that masamune-kun takes to get to the ending is a new one that I haven’t seen in any other other harem-like anime, but the characters are all pretty much dumbasses in romance. The story's not bad unless you really just don't like harem anime.
TL;DR at the end
The story is actually pretty good and relatively unique among harem anime, but it's not anything spectacularly different at all. For example, this anime’s plot is a bit special because rather than trying to find his old love interest and win her over to live happily ever after, Masamune-kun actually trains to become a very “hot” and “muscular” guy that seeks to win her love... and then he wants wreck her (Adagaki Aki’s) feelings as revenge for rejecting him as a kid while giving him the nickname “piggy”. Luckily, she doesn’t recognize him, but she is extremely difficult to win over since she is well-known for turning down everybody that asks her out and giving them terrible nicknames.
The story starts out with a series of convenient coincidences and some random one-time only pantyshots occur (did somebody say plot convenience panty shots?! mmm... my favorite…), he then discovers an embarrassing secret about Adagaki Aki that actually makes it too risky for her to just give him a bad nickname, which sets the groundwork for this series’ progression. There are a good amount of plot twists, which allows the anime to put you through the wringer with suspense occasionally. The pacing was great, the comedy was entertaining, so I really believe that the story deserves an 7/10.
The art’s not particularly impressive. The background art’s pretty good and relatively detailed, but I don’t think the characters were detailed and/or expressionate enough for me to give this category a higher score. The visual effects, angles, and lighting were all pretty good. The animation’s frame rate is low enough that you can see some lack of fluidity, but it’s fluid enough that you probably won’t be able to notice it unless you really look for it.
The characters are all voiced well and their actors/actresses fill the roles very well. The music in this series is great! This is another factor that I think sets this anime apart from other harem anime. The background music style ranges from this one dramatic flamboyant orchestral piece that sounds like music played when a really fat noble is walking, to other orchestral and harpsichord pieces that are all just generally pretty great background music overall. The opening fits the anime and sounds pretty good. The ending sounds pretty generic, but also fits. Sound effects are good enough. Overall, I think the sound deserves a 9/10 overall.
I actually enjoyed the characters in this series. Masamune’s character actually sucks pretty badly (because he turned down best girl), but all jokes aside he’s a pretty solid character and is actually pretty funny. Adagaki Aki is pretty much just a generic small breasted tsundere, but she’s not voiced by Rie Kugimiya, so that’s always a plus. Koiwai Yoshino… she’s essential to the plot and has lots of PLOT material herself (if you know what I mean). The characters get pretty well-developed by the end, but they are still pretty generic. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the characters in this series.
Overall, I think the series was pretty entertaining. The story kept me in suspense as we watched Masamune kun teeter on the edges of getting caught during his revenge and all of the various plot twists that came up. It was actually a pretty enjoyable series to watch!
At first glance, Masamune-Kun seems like a generic harem anime but it has elements that sets it apart from other harem anime: while the characters are indeed generic, the story line has a major difference from other common generic harem anime (it reminded me of Nisekoi, but without Shaft’s studio skills). This is definitely one of the better harem anime out there, so I feel that it does deserve a 7/10. The art’s good, the characters are good, the music’s great, and the concept of revenge sets this anime apart from other harem anime.
Bottom line: Should you watch this?
If you like harem anime, then of course.
If you want to see an unusual harem anime, then yeah.
If you like dramatic romance anime, then ehh you can give it a shot... but both the drama and the romance weren’t really central elements of this anime.
If you like tsundere small breasted characters, well… this series has you covered.
If you’re looking for some mesmerizing inspirational story or serious anime romance, drama, or anything other than a romantic-harem-comedy, you’re definitely in the wrong place.
Hope this helps you decide! If it didn’t help, or you disagree, feel free to let me know by sending me a message so I can be better next time!
Yeaaah ... It's not that good... but it's not completely bad. Just really average.
The story of Masamune-kun is pretty much your generic RomCom harem anime but a little twist in it. Masamune is trying to hook up with the ''Cruel Princess'' to dump her later and getting his revenge on her. Why ? Just read the synopsis, it's not really worth to write about it again here. Fair enough, this could be potentially good but you can pretty much see miles away what's going to happen next and its filled with cliché. Also the comedy in it is really hit or miss.
However, episode 4 gave
me good hopes that maybe it's going the right way with the story ... but something at the end of the episode pretty much ruined the development between Masamune and Aki and at this point, looks like its going to be a good old love triangle/harem thing with some drama in it. Definitly was not a good time to introduce it and its more annoying than anything else.
Also, Yoshino, Aki's maid, is pretty interesting. Can't really say too much though because.. spoilers. But she's definitly one of the 2 reason that i keep watching it.
Oh yeah, we have a trap and Masamune's mom is a loli. Of course.
The art and animation are pretty decent, nothing to write home about but Silver Link. does a good enough job. They definitly has done better though. Most of the girls designs are nice, specially Yoshino. Masamune's design is pretty disappointing since he looks like a protagonist from a generic light novel.
The music in the anime is pretty average. The OST does it's job but nothing really standout so far. The Opening is your usual RomCom opening. The ending song by Choucho is pretty nice thought.
Sooo, is it enjoyable ? For me not really. But i'm still going to watch it since i'm still interested enough to see where this goes right now. Wouldn't be surprised if they do the predictable route of Masamune not getting his revenge and actually end up with Aki though. I also want to know more about Yoshino and see what's going to happen with her since its pretty much the only character that i still enjoy to watch.
So yeah, right now i'm at episode 4 and it's pretty much average.
Watching this anime is somewhat similar to drinking cheap supermarket cola. It's not outright disgusting, but it leaves a rather unpleasant aftertaste. In effect, Masamune-kun no Revenge is certainly not a terrible anime, but it's not really worth investing time on either.
Creating a mediocre anime by throwing in a bunch of tried and tested cliches is a sure fire way to earn some cash (by appealing to the otaku audience), and that's exactly what Silver Link has done here.
The story is absolutely nothing new - a fat kid works out and diets, becomes a pretty-boy and tries to publicly humiliate the girl who
rejected him... only to find that he's falling for her. Of course, when he starts getting somewhere, a couple of other girls appear and voila!- a harem is made.
The developments are all rather abrupt and tasteless. It lacks any semblance of flow and the pacing is quite erratic. All put together, the story aspect is average, if not slightly below average.
I'm usually not one to criticize an anime for its artwork, but this one has some major issues. The main thing I found is that the character designs were rather weird - the faces and limbs were all elongated beyond an level that could be ignored, so much so that it almost felt like Code Geass. Other than that, the animation was alright and the color palette used was quite bright. Yet again, average.
The sound in Masamune-kun no Revenge was alright. The opening and ending songs were decent, but the voice actors sometimes felt a little emotionless and flat. The soundtrack was rather bland.
I'm actually rather impressed with the creators of this series for being able to make characters this weak, while using only the common cliches as raw material. It's not that the characters are terrible or anything - they're just so shallow and two-dimensional that they can't even be taken seriously. I'll give a short description of two of the characters, just to give you an idea of what I mean -
-Makabe Masamune: The 'hero' of the series. Previously a fat kid who was constantly humiliated, he worked extremely hard to improve his appearance. Now that he's hot stuff, he wants to take revenge on the girl who humiliated him in the past... Sounds all well and good, until you find that he starts falling for her within 3-4 episodes. And that's it - That's the entirety of his character, nothing more.
-Adagaki Aki: The one-word description of her is (forgive my language) bitch. She has no positive points other than being rich - as for what draws all those men (including our protagonist) to her, I have absolutely no clue.
Other than those two, there are no characters of any real importance. Then again, having those two as the main characters already makes Masamune-kun no Revenge a failure.
It's extremely difficult to enjoy something you've seen hundreds of times before, but executed far worse than most. I, for one, couldn't go any further than 7 episodes before dropping it (although I would've dropped it long back had I not wanted to review it)
Overall (4.2/10 ~ 4/10):
The end result is that Masamune-kun no Revenge is a mediocre anime which doesn't bring anything new to the table. I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone, but if cardboard characters, boring story and somewhat weird artwork is what you're looking for, then by all means, give it a go.
Yeah, no. I'm not going to force myself to suffer through this anymore. Basically, the anime is about this guy who is putting in all this effort to make a witch fall for him so he can publicly reject her. But of course, he is starting to like her himself.
I read ahead and found out the plot twist but I won't spoil it. In the end, it probably doesn't add much of a twist anyway.
The dropping point for me was with this random Neko chick comes out of nowhere and basically, acts like a slut and doesn't explain herself. I'm not going to stick around
to figure out what her deal is.
But honestly, before that, I was sick of Aki's attitude. How are you going to act like you are better than everyone around you when you don't know that it's okay to wear normal clothes to a date?
And the guy is some good looking freak who doesn't know how to play it cool despite looking like a cutie. And constantly calling that idiot maid master? I'm done.
When I first read the synopsis I was quite interested as this anime seemed pretty unique and I was expecting to be not just your average harem anime but as the anime proceeded I was utterly disappointed. While the anime started off pretty good it started getting dumber and cliched week by week with pointless fanservice.
The major downfall of the anime with the introduction of Neko a.k.a. Marika Tachibana 2.0 as with her introduction this became even more of a generic harem and our Tsundere girl has started acting even more irrational. The protagonist is a narcissist who acts in the most weirdest ways
to whom I can't relate in any sense. If this anime keeps on proceeding as it is now then there would really nothing more to be it then your normal harem anime.
Masamune-kun no Revenge is another one of those anime which sounds quite interesting on paper, but never comes anywhere close to reaching up to its own potential. What could have been an intriguing story about a man's almost lifelong quest for vengeance through devoted self-improvement and utilization of deceit against the girl who made his childhood a living hell instead ended up being nothing more than a cliché, predictable and rather generic romcom. Ultimately, it only leaves you thinking about what it could have been.
In the distant past, Makabe Masamune was a fat kid who found himself being a victim of bullying from numerous other
people his age, but especially bad was the abuse from the spoiled rich girl Adagaki Aki, who among other things gave him the nickname "Pig's Foot" for his chubby appearance. This experience seemingly traumatized Masamune growing up, and he started working hard at improving himself through excessive body training and studying shoujo manga to learn what girls are into when it comes to boys. Many years down the road, Masamune has become a handsome narcissistic asshole by the time he starts high school, where he once again meets Aki. She fails to recognize Masamune due to his drastic change in appearance but he identifies her immediately, and vows to finally have his revenge on her by making her fall in love with him only to cruelly dump her on the spot once she confesses to him. Perfect.
Honestly, if that was all the anime was about, I think I would have liked it quite a lot. Having a smartass MC trying to seduce a cold-hearted bitch, only to then promptly enact his revenge upon her by breaking her heart... I mean it sounds like something really amusing and unique on paper, albeit in a somewhat sadistic way. But unfortunately, that is not how the story plays out at all. In the first four episodes, the story mostly consists of Masamune trying to get closer and closer to Aki with the help of his newfound insider accomplice in Aki's maid Yoshino. We get to learn more about Aki's habits and what she's like as a person, and although he has some difficulties with it, the revenge plan still feels like it is slowly moving forwards. However, with the start of episode five, things quickly start to stagnate as a love rival (Neko) is suddenly brought into the picture and the story turns into a more typical romcom all of a sudden. If this had been a series with a premise designed to be nothing more than that from the start then this would have been fine, but really this story did not need to slowly become a harem. The main plot concept revolves around solely Masamune and Aki, so bringing in outsiders merely results in them coming across as obstacles to the story's progression. More importantly though, at this point the revenge concept is all but gone because since this an anime, our MC and main heroine *obviously* have to end up falling in love with each other. Gone was the interesting original premise, and instead we are left with a narcissist and a bitch crushing on each other, but of course they're both far too dense to realize it, especially Aki. How incredibly original.
Another problem with this is that Aki as a character does not really function very well outside the revenge concept. No matter how you look at it, she is just a terrible person through and through. Even discounting the childhood trauma that she inflicted upon Masamune, in her current high school life she is known as the Cruel Princess: a girl totally abusing every single male person she comes across, giving them offensive nicknames, insulting them, rejecting everyone who tries to be nice to her, and just plain treats them like crap. Why? Well supposedly because some guys had been mean to her in her own childhood as well, but what right does that give her to treat completely unrelated people in such a discriminating way? Her entire character is perfectly suited for the villain role of the original revenge plot, but when she is suddenly forced to become a tsundere love interest romcom-style... it just does not fit her at all. And even more mindboggling, what the hell does Masamune of all people see in her to make him fall in love with her despite everything? What happened to your resolve? Even discounting her current terrible personality, did you also somehow forget about everything she put you through as a kid? You know, the reason you sought revenge in the first place? Just how mentally weak can you be?
On the other hand, while his romantic feelings may be questionable, Masamune can at least be somewhat manly about them at times, as he showcases to great effect in episode eight, which is by far and wide the best episode of the anime. But what does that all amount to? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Whatever strong impact one would have thought that seemingly game-changing episode would have, the anime completely throws it away immediately in the very next episode for seemingly no apparent reason. It felt like the author finally hit the right note for the story without even realizing it himself, and ended up backing on it too quickly. So not only did he first throw away the anime's original potential as a revenge story, but just as it seemed he might actually have successfully converted it into a promising romance story... he throws away that too? Goodness, why? Just what are you trying to do here exactly?
But as if that was not enough, the story then does not just return to the status quo, but it also gets much, much worse. The final three episodes of Masamune-kun no Revenge are simply horrible. I will not spoil any details, but basically at the start of episode 10, a new character called Gasou is introduced whose backstory and mere appearance are so far-fetched it made me twitch my eyebrows. Has the author ever heard of something known as suspension of disbelief? The whole story suddenly starts feeling incredibly implausible, but the way everyone reacts to the situation is even more ridiculous. To begin with Gasou himself is rather tedious to watch in general, but how Aki reacts to his presence is just absurd. It feels like her entire character changes in a split second as if she had some bizarre personality split, and while I technically understand why it happens, that is only a direct consequence of her being unbelievably dense and stupid. How can she possibly not realize the truth? I thought she was supposed to be a pretty smart girl? Again, it all just feels like too much of a plot convenience. And do not even get me started on Aki's so-called "personal guard" and how they decide to interfere with the whole situation for their own absolutely ridiculous reasons, they are just plain annoying and their actions are honestly borderline criminal yet the show treats them as if they are somehow okay or excusable. Furthermore, it is also painfully obvious that the entire story arc (if you can call it that) is just designed to be a roundabout way for Masamune and Aki to eventually get closer to each other, but really... we did not need this. If that was all you wanted, why did you not just continue from the plot development in episode eight instead?? The end result would probably have been the same, but the journey there would have been ten times better. It just baffles me.
Overall, Masamune-kun no Revenge feels like a story written without much initial thought put into it by the author, almost like if he changed his mind every few weeks while writing about what direction he wanted to take the story in. As a result, it just ends up all over the place but ultimately going almost nowhere. It leaves behind an uncomfortable feeling of wasted potential on multiple levels, and a story which could and perhaps should have been a lot better than what it actually turned out to be. However, if we look past whatever potential the series may have had for a second and just look at the final product instead, then at the very least it passes as an average generic romcom. That is certainly not what I wanted it to be, but it is what we got, and looking at it that way it is at least rarely straight-up boring. Yes, it is packed to the brim with clichés, but really what romcom is not nowadays? Masamune-kun no Revenge could have been a great anime. It did not become a great anime however, but it is still at least a tolerable one. I just wish premises like this could be left for authors who actually plan on doing something interesting with them rather than just going back to what has already been done in a hundred different other anime already.
Oh and Masamune's mother is also a loli who looks to be about five years younger than her own daughter. Why? I have no idea.
I’ve known right from the beginning that it’s just going to be another generic school rom-com as I browsed among the entries for Winter 2017, but something within me wanted to watch this show. The premise made me hope that it’s going to be what I wanted it to be, an actual fulfilling story about revenge through love. As an overweight loser who daydreams about obtaining the perfect body and being popular with girls, I quite find Makabe relatable in his endeavor. I was interested how he is going to carry out his plan on Adagaki, but I guess I was asking too much. I
know I shouldn’t be this disappointed, but damn this show went nowhere.
First of all, the story makes it too convenient for Makabe to get closer with Adagaki. For a cruel princess, she acts very inconsistent. You could say “Oh you know, women are really confusing” but I digress. What makes Makabe different from any other dude she has declined? I’m sure they also used the same tactics Makabe is using. To further add into the convenience, Adagaki’s maid Yoshino agrees to help Makabe in his plan for no really good reason. I mean wow, there are so many things in favor of Makabe but ultimately the greatest hindrance to his plan is really himself.
Second, the show has unwanted love interests. Sure, it attempts to create a conflict in which it prevents Makabe’s plan progress but all it does really is derail the main story and put unnecessary complications.
Third, why is Makabe’s mom a loli?
Fourth, Makabe is too naïve. While this is not necessarily a bad thing as it can serve as a lesson for him to be more careful and considerate, he is still the same overconfident musclehead at the end of the show. His lack of expertise in female interactions is already a bad signal why his plan is challenging to accomplish. Still, he persists in making his plan succeed out of desperation. I would’ve liked it more if some significant development actually happened due to his flaws.
Finally, I really had a hard time whether I should even take the show seriously or not. I mean, I liked some of its dramatic moments like flashbacks of Makabe’s past but how both the serious and non-serious moments flow together is mediocre. The execution also somehow lacks to put a punch on supposedly comedic moments, though I appreciate some of its subtle sarcasm. Overall, the show is a decent time waster if you keep expectations to a minimum. There’s no really profound development and it only serves as a failed attempt at making a dynamic rom-com story. However, it’s not downright terrible and a complete trainwreck. It’s just a show that had a strong start but then forgot what it really wants to go for and then tries to make you deal with its complications for the rest of the duration. Maybe I’m just too let down by this show, but maybe I should have never expected anything from it at all.
In spite of the many Masamune-kun reviews out, describing the show as “really pretty okay” or used words like “becuz”, I decided to write a semi-serious review to add to the mix. Revenge is a dish best served cold. I’ve heard of people exacting revenge on others due to everything from getting cheated on to a murdered relative. The reason I state this is to accentuate the weak premise Silver Link’s (Kokoro Connect, Strike the Blood) “Masamune-kun no Revenge” carries. It is a story about a tormented chubby kid (Masamune Makabe), who grows up to be a modern marvel of handsomeness, vowing to enforce justice
on a vicious vixen (Aki Adagaki) by breaking her heart. Not necessarily the strongest basis for seeking revenge… he could've just, you know, grown up.
The TL;DR approach to the anime would be the dollar menu version of Nisekoi, with slightly worse art, protagonists and music... and without the delectable waifu Onodera. Knowing this fact, if you didn’t exactly care for the awkward love triangle that series presented, or the bodacious tsundere that was Chitoge, I would advise you to skip Masamune kun altogether. The added revenge element does little to enhance the series past developing a convenient crutch for the plot to hinge on. Though it doesn’t do anything cringeworthy, the anime is mediocre in almost every category.
The bulk of Masamune-kun’s story is eaten up by the relationship development between himself and Adagaki, and the constant inner monologuing of how he’s going to get back at her. After years of floundering through life as a plump and ridiculed young boy, Masamune kun arrives at Adagaki’s school, unrecognizable from the dark times of his past. He’s a perfect student, has a flawless exercise regiment and every room he walks into becomes his own personal harem. On the contrary, not much has changed in Adagaki’s demeanor. She’s evil, pretentious and constantly makes up degrading names for the various male suitors approaching her. Not to mention she has a ravenous appetite. The story continues with Masamune attempting to inflict his revenge on Adagaki by getting her to like him and eventually squashing her hopes, much like she did to him during their younger years. This story approach is predictable but strangely entertaining, if for no other reason than to listen to Masamune’s multitude of internal dilemmas. The comedy is also unsurprising, however it's still good for a few laughs.
The writing in Masamune kun is where the series really starts to drop off in quality. It appears that almost every character and facet of storytelling (sans the chubby betrothed kid) is carbon copies from Nisekoi. This checks out in the manga world as well, due to Masamune kun’s release being over a year after Nisekoi’s. These undeniable similarities make for a less exciting plot overall, as the series becomes less about itself and more “Nisekoi did that better” moments. Once the plot is established, it takes a sporadic turn by implanting a random damsel who seemingly wants Masamune at all costs, and a rotund young prince who’s predestined to marry Adagaki. These characters are not eased into the anime, but rather plopped down in the middle of things, with very little backstory to boot. It's really what causes Masamune-kun to meander towards failure. Overall, the series does little to redeem itself and staggers aimlessly toward its bittersweet conclusion.
Masamune Makabe is actually a much better character than I initially presumed. His mannerisms played off as conceited, but through discovering the ghosts of his past and his countless acts of kindness, he redeems himself quite astoundingly. His counterparts are far less promising, with Adagaki being the only other character with any real depth among them. She fits the bill for Chitoge quite accurately in terms of tsundere-isms but seems to have less focus on her in the story overall. Perhaps this is a result of the reduced episode count from Nisekoi, but still disappointing nonetheless. There aren't any other characters really worth mentioning, as they either add very little to the story or exist merely as plot devices.
The art in Masamune kun is great to look at, but there aren't any scenes of astonishing animation present within its runtime. Character models are attractive and colorful, and the environments are drawn coherently, with no more detail than is required. I didn't notice any framing issues, and no evidence of pixel lag, so it's apparent the artists at least did the proper editing. That being said, I felt the OP was animated quite generically relative to the rest of the series, which is honestly the exact opposite than what I'm used to in an anime. It came by surprise, but it also didn't help me get excited for the series at all.
Sound wise, I can't say I really cared for either the OP or ED tracks. Generic and Jpop-py tones resonated with underwhelming animations, hitting par for the course for the quality of the rest of the series. The background OST was a tad more reputable, sparking the mood appropriately with tense or lightened styles, and the sound effects were well placed within the episodes. Voice acting is also very well done, with Ayaka Ohashi making a strong case for Adagaki and Natauki Hanae (Ken, Tokyo Ghoul) absolutely nailing the narcissistic Masamune. They certainly brought out the big guns for this one.
Though it certainly won't be in consideration for Anime of the Season, Masamune kun no Revenge is a series that can certainly be enjoyed by the right audience, and perhaps with the right mindset. Preferably if you have seen Nisekoi, do you best to forget the entire series as you watch, because the similarities are uncanny at times. Leave your brain at the door, for there aren't any veiled symbolisms or faint themes to be had here, just your run of the mill comedic romance series. Recommended for modern day anime lovers, or those looking for a laugh or two to change things up. As always, thanks for reading and be sure to check out my other Winter ‘17 reviews!
Sometimes revenge may never be a solution to a problem in the real world. Sometimes, it can make things worse and create a bigger problem. But Masamune wants that revenge, no matter the cost.
I'll be reviewing the episodes as a manga reader. Who is currently following the manga.
Masamune is a person I know I never could be. Becuz of his past with the deadly Cruel Princess Aki Adagaki, he then goes through self improvement and exercising for how many years to make sure that he becomes the hottest Kirit- I mean guy in the anime, and boy does he succeed. All the girls
get horny over him, which is quite the success. Masamune wants revenge on Aki, which is technically the whole point of the anime. It shows his process of achieving revenge and obtaining victory over Aki, who oh soever destroyed him in his past. It's time to strike back...
Silver Link never fails to disappoint when it comes to school anime, I say never, but uhh. Yah not never, but I love most of the works they do (However I still haven't forgiven them regarding the Kokoro Connect Voice Actor Prank >:( . Since like 99.9% Of all silver link anime'a have a school genre or setting. The art is Fandibbly Dastic. Good art and very colourful.
Aki- The Bitch
Makabe- Slave of the Bitch
Yoshino- The Hot, Big Breasted Maid
Futaba- The Rejected (rip)
Neko- The Hot, Big Breated Girl THAT SILVER LINK SCREWED UP HER HAIR SHOULD NOT BE THAT COLOR SJDJSKIDFKDENWJ7-72$2);&;' >:(
Kojurrou- That trap with the cute eyes that has clovers in it. Voiced by Saori Hayami (which I swear is in like 80% of Winter 2017 Anime)
These character are nothing incredibly special. But damn are they fun to watch. All you need to know is, Aki is a Dere Bitch, Makabe is not your typical Harem MC. He has a set of balls and doesn't nose bleed when looking at a pair of Yoshino'a HOT PANTIES DAMN HER ASS IS FINE. Whoops, inner horny me came out for a second. *clears throat.* Futaba is that side character that most people love including me. I low key wished she and Makabe became a couple tbh. The Character Interactions are funny and we get to see Aki starting to open to Makabe as the show progresses.
I see why ppl call her a tsundere, but she only hits him like 2 times. After that, the Tsun begins to fade, and it's left with Dere.
Sound (8) OP and ED and BGM'a are great. But sometimes the music over intensifies or over dramatizes the situation (not that I have a problem with that for it adds a nice comedic effect) But no problems here.
Enjoyment (9) As a manga reader, I am satisfied with how the adaptation is going so far. I really hope that they can cover the whole manga for it's about to end soon. I swear it can't be done within 12 episode unless they rush or skip some arcs (with some arcs I'm ok with them skipping .-. ) Cuz in 4 episodes which would be 1/3 of the whole show, Neko was just introduced. Maybe it can be done idk. I just hope they can adapt the whole thing. Unless they end it with concluding OVA'a like Kokoro Connect. Overall. Very enjoyable, (still kinda [just kinda] salty how they identify this as 'Harem') Only like 3 girls like him basically, with on getting rejected in like what episode 2 or 3. So yah, not everyone will like it. But I sure as hell do.
(This will be my first review. It was orignally a forum comment that I cleaned up to be more appropriate. I'll stick to more detailed manga reviews in the future.)
The story seems pretty original at first but then it devolves into your generic RomCom, with all the cliché.
1) Story and Characters: 4 each
In the beginning, it looked like the main characters have it all. Yet, under the veneer of wealth, all is not so good. Masamune is popular but thinks excessively of himself. He also has a complex because of of his past. He is confident if we compare him to other MCs of the
genre but he just as dense and stupid at times.
Aki is your generic run-of-the mill tsundere. She has underlying trust issues and often treats others with contempt. However, she will gradually open her heart to other characters. There's not much to say about it without spoiling the story. As our two protagonists get close to each other, they introduce various plot elements and we get to see their quirks. This their interactions rather entertaining. The side characters are gradually introduced, each adding some spice to the plot.
The most prominent one would be Yoshino. Presented early into the show as an innocent klutz, she fashionably proved that looks are often deceptive. Who would think that the seemingly innocuous Koiwai would be the catalyst behind the premise of the story? Yet, this is the case. Her past is the most tragic one amoing the whole cast and her interactions with the MC are fascinating, to say the least.
Kojuuro is your habitual trap. Gentle and shy, he is the opposite of the MC. This is a nice contrast. He is a loyal friend better taste that the main characters when it concerns matters of the heart. Tae Futaba aka Class President is also a moderaely fascinating character. The de facto tomboy genki. Energetic and extraverted, she brings life to the show. Her spontaneity often moved the plot when it began to stagnate and made the show much more enjoyable. Her candour would have won me over if it weren’t for Neko.
Oh Neko! Many dislike her because her introduction more or less ruined an intimate moment between the two protagonists. Yet, she remains my favorite Character in the show. She reminds me a lot of Marika Tachibana, with a hint of Rem from Re: Zero. Her past is heart-warming and her personality is enthralling. She is a very forward character and her moments with the other characters are fun to watch. It would be interesting to see a character like her in a leading role.
The show’s main villain was introduced fairly late, at a fairly inauspicious moment. He does have some genuine motications but nothing much to write about him. He serves more as a plot device and introduced some forced drama.
2) Art and Sound: 6 and 5 respectively
The voice acting is quite good but nothing spectacular. My biggest complaint would be the generic, annoying high-pitched girl voice opening song. It is way too overused nowadays. On the other side, it’s quite rare for the main Seiyuu (VA) to sing the OP. The sound effects are appropriately used but then again, it's a Rom Com not an Action Anime. The visuals are actually the best part of this anime. There are some gorgeous scenes and they do not suffer from budget issues. The animation is also fluid.
3) Enjoyment: 5
The pace was more or less satisfactory if we exclude the ending and the direction was average. It isn’t very deep but lies somewhere between a traditional romcom and a romantic drama. Masamune-kun no Revenge managed to portray the restless behaviour that accurs in adolescence in a somehow enjoyable way.
4) Overall Impression: 4
Overall, this was a passable adaptation of the manga. I would not recommend it though. The story isn't complete and some elements can get too childish.
Like we say in my country, je suis resté sur ma faim.
Unlike most reviewers, I did not come here to rant, although I do have something to rant about. Nevertheless, this anime was not as bad as most people say.
The beginning is clichè; it involves a smart, handsome teen who recently transfers schools. However, there is a twist. He transfers not because of educational reasons or because he got bullied in his old one but because he wants to date a girl and break up with her. What the actual f*ck? Yeah, that was me when I watched it.
Nevertheless, I gave it a try, and it was fine. The flashbacks which were told later
on on the anime were really important and I understood the main characters desires at last.
Although his reasons were quite childish and immature, the main character still had his own ambitions and points to prove.
The character development was going very well, until a lot of obstacles came. Things started getting crazy and unorganized. A girl suddenly proposed to the MC, and another guy was about to date the girl. The other guy was a douche, but he deserved to date the girl much more than the main character. The girl was stupid as crap too.
Onto the ranting, I really despised the fact that the main character rejected a cute, perfect wife-material girl who was deeply in love with him to date a tsundere, bully, agressive, unkind, and selfish girl. Honestly, I don't know if the MC is smart or not.
Additionally, if you haven't known, all characters who are not the main ones are plainly stupid. They are just the "extra" characters who only react accordingly without any self-identity.
Nonetheless, this was a fun anime. It is definitely original, and it has pleasurable art and sound. But if you are competent and do things based on common sense, not by your gut, you would find many scenes relatively irritating.
(The review has a tl;dr section as well.)
Once in a while you come across an anime which actually has a nice premise: a boy called Masamune seeking revenge against his former childhood friend Aki Adagaki. So far so good. Then you take a careful look at the genres shown on the MAL page - harem, comedy, romance and school - the absolute worst combination of genres, which usually indicate a mediocre story. Thus the first doubts appear. In the first minutes you are presented a “narcissistic” personality of the MC and think that he could be interesting despite of expecting a generic harem protagonist.
Unfortunately, when his mother and Aki appeared for the first time, the death flag for this anime was set and the potential was wasted.
I will try to hold back cursing words and talk about the characters first. As I have already said, up to 2 minutes it actually looked decent with the promising trait. But then the clichés started to be used left and right. First his mother, who looks like a kid, not even able to give birth him and his sister with her physique , is used to draw out laughter with the viewer, which it doesn't. Because of the poor timing and bad execution of the joke, she is reduced to a generic one-dimensional character and has no further use in the story later on. Great!!!
Besides having a sister, who isn't explored and stays an irrelevant character as well, he meets his fated arch enemy (or not), Aki, when he transfers into the new school. We are shown his pretty delicate past with her and why he “hates” her as well. Thus he swears to retaliate by doing the same. But as it couldn't be made even more predictable, the writer decides to throw in the tsundere archetype besides making her a gluttony just to have a moe trait as well, in order to distract from the bigger problems, her personality. It's not enough to make her a tsundere, but an asshole as well (the way she rejects people). And the other students in the school become even more interested in her because of that. It makes no sense, especially because you would have at least a balance of haters and followers, if not only having haters. Just to make her a “greater existence” and live in her nice fantasy bubble even more. I'll come back to her later. Great!!!
Then the next girl, Tae Futaba, who just pops out of nowhere and confesses to him, is another character who makes an appearance for a short time and just serves the purpose of showing, how “popular” Masamune is. Why or how did she fall in love with him? No idea, it just happened. She has a severe case of “falling in love with transfer students” syndrome, which can be found in multiple run-of-the-mill harem stories. Masamune, “determined” to have revenge, rejects her and then she follows him for the whole anime while staying in the background. So what is the point of her character? Probably just to establish a harem and pander to viewers who like girls like her. Great!!
But fear not, for there is a guy, yes, you read correctly, a guy, in this show. How could he possibly fit in? There is only one correct answer, as the trap archetype. He receives no development or exploration whatsoever either because his main objective is to pander to fujoshis and he has no deeper reason to be there. You can blank him out and move on, but he actually appears a few times, so you still remember that there was someone like him in the show. If you were to recall one of his traits (not only superficial ones), congratulations, you seem to have more information than me about him, because he is only presented as a bland character in the series. If you want his name, look it up, I've forgotten it. Great!!
Just when you think it can't become any worse, a “ninja”, Yoshino Koiwai, joins the scene. While serving as fanservice in the first two episodes, she becomes the supporting pillar for Masamune's revenge because he can't manage it on his own. Unfortunately, the motive for her support is insufficient and doesn't dive any deeper like for the other characters. So she ends up resembling the “kuudere” archetype and who would've guessed, she receives no further development of her motivations either. She is just there like the trap, and while she has a few good moment (her schemes), in the end she is another shallow character. No point in introducing her as a character either other than showing another “cute” girl. Great!
Furthermore, the author expands the harem even more by introducing another childhood friend, Neko Fujinomiya. Her convenient introduction looks more of a plot convenience rather than a natural one though. Of course she has to “love” him from the beginning of her introduction. Even she is used to pander again as she is commonly referred to as the “panty-less girl”. Problematic are Masamune's interactions with her. He is distracted by her to the point that he thought about stopping his initial plan against Aki even though this event apparently deeply “scarred” him. Furthermore, he's so dense to the point that he doesn't even notice Neko's issues or her intentions. I'll elaborate later why that is a problem. While her past and issues are a bit explored, they're swept under the rug and forgotten again. In the end she doesn't play a bigger role than just serving as a side lover. Compared to the other characters, she actually seems to be quite decent in terms of writing, although overall (compared to other stories), it's still mediocre. Great.
If you thought that they reached the tip of the iceberg, you're wrong though. By a very convenient chance, another boy, Kanetsugu Gasou, with a same build as Masamune in the past appears and attempts to steal Aki. What a way to accelerate the relationship between them. Besides dragging the story out even more and annoying the hell out of the viewer by including more tropes, he has just as generic motivations to act like he does. The studio/writer probably assumed that it would be enough to just show a short flashback, but that makes it come off as weak motivation and feels like an unnatural twist again. Not to mention Aki's affection to him, being deceived so easily. It starts off a series of events which are rather cliché and ends up conveniently advancing the relationship with Masamune with the play and the kiss at the end. After that he seems to become unimportant again. With his introduction also followed a few annoying girls who messed with Masamune (borderline kidnapping) and got out of the whole mess without even a scolding, pointless characters again for the sake of advancing the plot and creating drama without actual essence. Great...
After talking shortly about the characters, I want to further elaborate on Aki and Masamune and their relationship, as they are making up the main cast of the anime and represent the biggest weakness of the anime. As the story progresses, Masamune seems to lose sight of his initial target to crush Aki's heart as well. That is especially bad because 1. it's the premise that Masamune is out for revenge and 2. he was so much scarred by it that he changed his complete appearance and behavior. That isn't just simple resentment, it's way more realistic that he'd hate her to the point, where they can't go back. And yet, he almost falls in love with her. Another example of the convenient way how the story works. The motivations tend to be weak and they change from one scene to another. Not to forget how dumb he behaves at times even though he is the best student in the grade. Although grades aren't everything, they're a general indicator how smart and diligent someone is and when you see scenes where he acts like he can't even calculate with basic operators, I feel slightly hoaxed by the writer. The same applies for Aki at times. Not great.
As for the story itself, it's very bad because neither does it have a general direction, proven by the amount of generic events (beach scene etc.) and other ones to draw out the plot, nor is it original because of the amount of clichés thrown into the plot. The series doesn't even flesh them out so that the viewer wouldn't mind the initial use of clichés. Thus the story doesn't really feel like it has any worth or wants to leave a lasting impression. Definitely not great.
Another aspect hindering the series is the comedy because it feels out of place. When the anime is actually featuring a serious development, they drop a weak joke (generic joke like it's taken from another anime) and completely destroy the atmosphere. So did it actually make me laugh even once? Maybe once or twice in the whole series, but not more because the transitions were weak and the gestures weren't supporting the joke. Generic empty eyes don't make it funny, if that's what I want, I could watch any other run-of-the-mill comedy. The effort put into the comedy is so low, that it drags the drama and series down. What's left of the drama is, just like I described in the previous paragraphs, pretty bad as well and leaves the anime with a weak balance of drama/comedy. If the series attempted to be more serious about the whole revenge theme, it could have actually been pretty decent. Or if they made fun of the whole revenge affair. But working with the middle ground damaged the quality a lot especially because of its poor execution. Bad.
The other genres (harem, romance, school) are dragging its quality down as well. On one hand, the harem is poorly executed because the girls keep popping up left and right just to disappear completely from the plot or losing all relevance as well. It's unoriginal and generic and doesn't contribute at all to the series. Even if it's meant for pandering, the characters feel so lifeless and unappealing that the pandering itself is actually poor as well. On the other hand, the school genre is just there to make it relatable for students, but even the school aspect is poorly executed, evidenced by Aki's standing (acting like a scumbag → being treated like a goddess) and the lack of real life school themes. Very bad.
The only aspect I want to talk about before coming to my conclusion is the final episode. With the final episode always comes the responsibility of a series to either make a satisfying conclusion in the best case or leave it off at a cliffhanger at an ideal moment. Unfortunately, the final episode provides neither. After the kiss in the play, they only go to the karaoke (yes, another typical cliché) and draws out the conclusion even more. By the time you've finally survived the pointless subplot, it ends without answering important questions and using a pretty bad cliffhanger, not hyping up the viewer for more. As a final episode, that's unforgivable. Furthermore, it also looks like Masamune is even torn between revenge and real love. So what was the point of making his past like that? Not to mention that his thoughts are still way too pure. The ending was basically a slap into the face. Atrocious.
Overall Masamune-kun no Revenge tries to aim for a pretty interesting idea, just to fall down from a cliff with its execution. Its countless clichés and plot conveniences feel out of place and make the story very unnatural, especially the school setting and Aki's behavior. The characters themselves are also consisting more of stereotypes than being fleshed out during the episodes. Even the main characters flip from one moment to another and stay bland until the very end. Thus most characters feel like they were copy-pasted into the anime and just there because of either pandering or because the writer had no idea how to write characters. Either way, the story and characters have a bad synergy and drag down each other. Even the comedy was, just like I mentioned, more of a hindrance than increasing my enjoyment. It didn't succeed with anything in any of the categories and will stay in my memory as a bad anime, which I couldn't even laugh at. If the writer perhaps excluded the harem, put more emphasis on the school setting and using it to his advantage for a battle between Aki and Masamune or just using better comedy or relying solely on drama, I could have enjoyed the series at least a bit. Neither did the art or animation change my thoughts significantly because neither is the art pretty original, nor was the music memorable or improving the atmosphere. Especially the OP and ED were very average.
The final words from each paragraph of this review have more development than the whole cast of the series.
- very cliché and bland characters with next to no character development
- main characters flip personalities and their motivations are forgotten at times
- out of place comedy and unfunny jokes + weak transitions with drama
- plot conveniences at times just to advance their relationship (especially into the direction of Masamune actually loving Aki and not into the direction of revenge)
- harem and romance contribute nothing to the story
- weird school with a mentality to worship Aki
- drawn out plot
- no general direction
- weak final episode (especially with the karaoke scenes)
- average to mediocre art
- not memorable soundtrack and weak OP + ED
HEAVY SPOILERS (Entire Anime ruined, With Already Obvious Manga End Spilled, Progress At If You Know And Do Not Care):
This anime started well enough. Masamune's Revenge requires a little amount of disbelief in the premise, because of course it is going to end with the main girl he is trying to get revenge on become his lover, and while I would fault this anime for making it so starkingly obvious upon reading the synopsis, I am somewhat of a fan of these stories, where hostiles give way to mutual understanding and feelings of affection. How Masamune's will learn to forgive Aki could be execute
That is not what I received.
For the attempted progress in Nisekoi that did not happen to "acts of God", Masamune's Revenge suffers from plot induced stupidity just as often, and in frustration for the writer prolonging the development for more slice of life segments, this also makes the characters infuriating to watch. This, coupled with convenient prolonging inconsistency in the character's' attitude and actions, makes it an exercise in futility This leads to arcs being longer than they should be for the information known, with irrational display of actions to pile on, which is what makes my score a humbling 3.
But first of, let me argue the story: Masamune is trying to get revenge on a girl who break his heart when they children, by breaking her heart as an unknown High Schooler. This premise is already shaky. Besides establishing that Masamune being supposedly narcissistic, it also exclaims that Masamune is an asshole. A petty one at that. This does not mean we do not initially root for him, because conveniently, Aki, the one who broke his heart, has grown to be an even bigger asshole, fond of maintaining a schedule of constantly rejecting boys who confessed based on her misandry. Besides begging the question, “Why any of these boys would find a cruel, man hating bitch being prominent potential girlfriend material”, this establishes a conflict for Masamune to overcome, with his methods being...using shoujo manga as guides to woo Aki’s heart. For some, it may be funny, and I chuckled at times, but contrasting his intelligence, Masamune honestly believes they would work, especially without any real life innovation on his part, and consistently uses them for the first few episodes, making an alliance with Aki’s Maid Koiwai (Who has been Aki’s maid since they were children, despite the whole ethical nature of coerced child labor) in the meantime, who instead of just giving him advice, sometimes has to directly talk to Aki at times to push her in a certain direction.
Besides being a little unimaginative, with various animes, such as The World God Only Knows, profiting off of this now trite humor, this was okay if you were a fan of the genre, with other tropperiffic romance hijinxs thrown in for good measure. People who want a better than “decent” romantic comedy should search elsewhere at this point. This was also a reason why it was rated highly, because many put up preemptive reviews before finishing the series, or at least the end of the Neko “arc”. It serves as an okay transition to the first appearance of Neko in episode 5.
Now to rant.
Honestly, I disliked the Neko saga. It was prolonged out of stupidity, and Neko's reasoning to be rather built up for no reason, and even a little bit of shallow randomness at that, even if she did end up loving him. For all she knows, Masamune could have attacked you with scissors or something, be in a relationship, anything, which bites Neko in the butt for falling in love before meeting him, seeing as he has admittedly cruel reasons for breaking off any potential relationships for the sole purpose of getting his revenge, contrary to the nice guy you imagine he would be. Nevertheless, in hindsight, one would ask “Why bother with the fake background story that Masamune knew was false? Why didn't he confront her then, or about the missing picture?” She could have easily just as confessed her reasons without hiding behind a fake love story, and the honesty would have been a lot more better for the show, especially as being a contrast to Masamune's deception with Aki. The reason was built up beyond importance, sure, but it isn't a bad reason in itself. I do not see any reason to hide it at all. Teenagers are extraordinarily stupid to think they should fall in love with someone at a distance, before a relationship starts. That is not how it usually works, and Neko might have been a subversion of that reasoning if she did not play it straight based on a photograph Masamune's Loli mother sent, out a heap of other suitors. To an extent, we can exercise the choice over who we love, and it is entirely possible to fall in love after repeated social engagements, even outside of dating, among other things. I mean, is that not the point of the Masamune's relationship with Aki? Although, he sure was accepting of Neko laying him on the bed after all that creepy shit that has happened in the previous 5 minutes. Never stick your dick into crazy.
That being said, Masamune is a hypocrite, for refusing Neko, on the basis of her love not being "genuine" (Partly because he did not interrogate her, partly because she thought the truth was "inconvenient, neither of which are really logical), when he is in a insincere relation with Aki for the sole purpose of breaking her heart, for an incident that happened when they fucking 8 years old. Masamune's standards are sorts of fucked up here to criticize someone for the same thing he is doing (In the case of Neko, it was an assumption bought by a lack of asking, of all things, not a truthful observation), even if it could be demonstrated to be an example of why revenge is bad, or that Masamune is unknowingly falling in love with Aki (Questionable after the scene at the school where he watches her laments her own struggles with love, angering him deeply), because we both know that he will end up with Aki because she is the designated heroine.
If I did not explain Neko’s reasoning good enough, she wanted to fall in love before her surgery, and thus seeked a relationship with Masamune, and ends up falling for him, having picked him as a potential suitor based on a photograph Masamune’s Loli Mother sent. Again, sometimes you fall in love with someone you know or just seem, but at other times, it arises out of a mutual physical attraction cemented by personalities that get along, not “love at first sight”, but a slow process of fondness growing out of being familiar and enjoying each others’ company. This is not bad, and Neko has no reason to “hide” it with a fake story. She should have just transferred, and expressed romantic interest in Masamune, however uninteresting that is.
Point being, the plot investigation of the mysterious Neko, who appeared her entirety in episode 5 and being promptly declared a liar without her motives being known, did not get any headway till episode 8, and promptly ended with a life or death situation in episode 9, without any real reason than teenagers gonna teenage, with the episodes in between being filler. Fuck, you do not state a plot point that the protagonists needs to address, fuck around for 3 episodes, then have it turned into a dramatic show of events, especially after episode 7 was a fucking beach episode. This is plot induced stupidity at its finest, and hamming it up with an inconsistent tone is nonsensical.
Now for Gasou, oh poor Gasuo, pretending to be Masamune. Apparently, he is a rival for Aki’s affection, despite the truth later being found out. The difference being, that his intentions were expected to have actually good consequences for people besides himself, even if the deception requires taking advantage of a girl, who hates men, because she thought the very same Masamune had left her….causing her to hate men? Does not compute, not at all. Not to mention Aki wants to marry this imposter off the bat, despite supposedly never seeing each other for years? No offense anime, but the childhood tag kind of feels ridiculous when things ended the way that they did, with reverberations to the modern days, and for love to blossom right where it picked off….because? I mean, Gasou might not have try to seduce Aki out of love for her, but Masamune is exceptionally more self interested and obsessed for his own self satisfaction, which makes him seem more villainous if anything else. I think Aki is a bitch, but she is not one worth obsessing over, even if she does deserve a comeuppance. She is worth less than spending most of your high school life breaking, which is not easy.
And now for why I REALLY despise this series. You might have heard of the source material’s imminent ending, I myself was able to figure it out quickly enough, due to inconsistent freudian excuses and hints that the characters know different stories, but…
Aki isn't responsible for what happened 8 years ago it seems, and that is fucking perfect. What is the point of revenge in the title then? This isn't so much forgiveness because she is the wrong target of his ire in the first place, and this subverts the premise to allow a romantic situation to happen without the debate of revenge versus forgiveness and love, with all those feelings included being irrelevant too, because it is entirely cast aside to another person who may or may not be forgiven. This still doesn't absolve Aki of her bitchiness. Everyone has a sob story in anime, but it does not matter, especially when you are a sexist brat in High School acting out childhood trauma that is not even so bad, if not a little enforced.
It subverts its “Revenge” tag entirely, something that the anime made obvious in the last 4-5 episodes, leaving only the question "Who caused it". This is a major plot point over the course of several years for the protagonist that doesn't get resolved in any way except that "She did not do it", thus leaving forgiveness out of Masamune sorting his feelings for Aki.
This is the equivalent of the murderer being a supernatural entity, or that the family has had a long lost secret twin, without the essential backdrop needed for the viewers believe it. It entirely uproots the story narrative, and for Masamune Kun, it is the plot point. It is a plot convenient twist that aims to settle for a romantic pairing without all those complicated working out of feelings, and honestly? That is crap. Complete crap. What a fucking plot twist.
I dislike the ending, but it is understandable why, and I personally prefer no ending than badly done anime ending or sequel hook. In any case, the fact that nothing comes from it within 12 episodes is why the ending is so jarring. If there is any change that would happen, it would be here.
Masamune: I never found him to be that narcissistic, just overconfident, especially in seduction where he relies on shoujo manga. (Unless it was a realistic one, they're not step by step panecea to seducing girls like flies to honey, especially with Aki, which is a nice touch to the shallow world we we introduced in the first 5 minutes). In essence, his cynicism about appearance is wrong the first time he meets Aki, because looks do not "matter" to her (In more than one way). His talk with Neko in episode 9 was somewhat reasonable, if not brought on by unreasonable circumstances before, and that is really all I have to say that is decent about his characters.
First off, for someone portrayed as a searing knife of directness in a relationship, he never confronts Neko about her lies, despite being a detriment to his plan. Why? He also blushes and forgets to say stuff in the most important moments, specifically "Who the hell are you" to Neko, thus making his relation with Aki on the rocks. He also comes off as a hypocrite for his reasoning for breaking up with Neko (An "I do not know you enough for sexual intercourse" would have been enough), but is wise and kind when he carries the secretary, saying typical heartwarming lines, from the haunted house one episode before, something that is completely out of character. This is the same dude who relies on shoujo manga all the time, steals romantic quotes, and we expect to take him seriously when he says this line of maturity right here, a teenager trying to get revenge for what has happened as children? This is terribly done, and terrible consistency in his personality, often happening when the plot demands it, or merely hacked on to make him a protagonist we would be able to like. This is not a coincidence, but his personality is dictated by what needs to happen, rather than what happens as a result of his choices. This is common enough in dramas, where it demands dramatic inter-character conflict to happen, even if said characters were establish as being reasonable enough to work it out.
Now to take a break, you may wonder that "teenagers do act this way", and they do, but realism is hardly an excuse to create an entertaining story, with the author dictating everything as a God. For a romcom, that is the saving grace if the dramas comes off as overly hormonal, so to speak.
Aki: She is a bitch. For most of first episodes, that is what she is, complete with "cute" segments, such as her eating 3 meals a per lunch to compensate for her metabolism or something, moe face and all. She is also terribly in love with Masamune at some point, asking for a kiss and then freaking out and uppercutting him.
She does shine for me in some instances, but a lot of these character moments are also her weakness. She is self aware of her personality, and acknowledges at times that she does not know why anyone would want her, demanding Masamune's reasons for choosing to date her, then reasonably being hurt when Masamune comes up with crap reasons. Then, there are similar moments, when she try to justify her current personality for what has happened to her in the past. Except this past hurt manifests as literal misandry, and it comes off as a "woe is me" type of deal, and it makes her far more annoying if not slightly more understandable. Everyone has a sob story, huh? This would have been great if she changed, but for the most part of the anime, it isn't earnest improvement, but brought on by the plot, with her reminiscing over young, fat Masamune before Gasuo shows up, seducing her, despite previous hints and flashbacks that explained her misandry arised out of the incident with Masamune supposedly leaving her. Yeah. I am not a psychologist or anything, but this is just inconsistency on her part. The change is so sudden that I wonder if Aki is the same person, which then boomerangs back when Masamune and Aki get back together after Gasou was defeated, and literally nothing has changed at this point. You had 12 episodes, what is with this lack of development?
That being said, hardly any of the other characters can justify watching this anime. They were cutouts that I found entertaining only as background characters, and based on what has transpired, I hope they stay that way.
Overall: This anime is terrible at worst, run of the mill at its better parts. The comedy is okay, but drama is a difficult beast that is not done well. You cannot just pile on more drama like you can do jokes on top of ones that fell flat. A bad dramatic event will usually stay with the viewers as does a good one. Unfortunately, there is a lot of mediocre drama facilitated by poor characters choices and personalities you cannot sympathize with for long.
I didn't have any hopes when I started watching this show, just watched it because I was bored and wantend to watch an easy to follow plot but I still got disappointed.
It's about a boy who seeks revenge on a girl for being mean to him because he used to be fat. He tries to make her fall in love with him now that he's fit to finally dump her an break her heart (she doesn't know who he is anymore). At first I thought the story sounded a bit stupid but it probably could be funny. Well I was right about the stupid
part and although I laughed about maybe 2 or 3 things it wasn't really that fun. If I think back at the show now the only thing that comes to mind is: absurdly big boobs (the boobs were probably half of the story plot), which for me is always a big turn off when watching an anime.
The show could be better if the characters weren't so damned annoying and stupid. Most of the characters are stupid cliches or they're just plain stupid and do stuff that makes you wonder who in the world would do that and why? Most of the characters don't even have a background story and don't add much to the story.