As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him "Piggy" due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance.
With the aid of the rich girl's maid, Yoshino Koiwai, Masamune slowly begins to build his relationship with Aki, intending to break her heart when the time is right. However, as his friendship with Aki begins to grow, Masamune starts to question the objectives of his devious plans, and if bringing them to fruition is what his heart truly desires.
Masamune to me was a pretty mediocre anime. I've seen the majority of what happened appear in other anime and they don't even execute it that well. In fact, I found myself face palming during times due to the characters and their decisions.
I feel like it's obvious that Masamune and Adagaki will end up liking each other. But so far, Masamune rejected someone who would match nicely with him simply for a revenge that doesn't even seem that important or note worthy. Adagaki even if it's the opposite for the usual, is clinging on to appearances. Only liking this new fatty due to how
fat he is. You could say she's clinging on to him due to the past Masamune being a fatty as well, but I don't think substituting your past crush with another guy just because he's fat as well makes a good decision on your part. Even if she mistakes him for her past crush, I don't think Masamune's mannerisms and personalities would be like his. How would he even know about Masamune's old mannerisms and personality anyways. She should be able to tell he's an imposter despite his appearance.
The characters are pretty trash in this department. Everyone that's main characterish is typical and the side characters are pretty much like the desks or the chairs. They blend in to the background and don't stand out at all.
This anime overall was meh..Only reason why I watched this and didn't drop it was because it came out on the same day as Kuzu no Honkai and because I'm sort of a completionist. (I’m slowly finishing the anime I’ve dropped before)
I won't stop you from watching this because we all clearly have different tastes. But even if you do enjoy this, get ready for some face palms and frustration over the characters.
Tbh, I’m kind of disappointed stuff like this get more attention during the seasons than some more unique and original anime.
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. 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 its philosophy of "only handsome boys win in life", or as if narcissism was necessary and obligatory for its 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 that 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 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 their 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.
TLDR – Bizarre premise, incredibly funny, interesting characters with great ambitions. Art and animation for a Silver Link show is great, Music is also great. Up there for perhaps anime of the season.
Imagine Sakamoto but a jackass. That is basically the introduction of the main character of Masamune-Kun no revenge. I know this sounds like it would turn you away from him but it only results in you acquiring a love-hate relationship with him. It’s also good because the main girl of the anime is the exact same and therefore you would be a hypocrite if you liked her but not him.
It’s weird to step
into an anime where both of the main characters on surface level are completely despicable and abhorrent yet you have to somewhat appreciate the way they act. The refinedness of their character, allowing them to act the way they do. Masamune Makabe, our main character, was previously fat and was dumped by our main girl, Adagaki Aki. He has since become physically fit but also arrogant, and since running back into Aki, is now attempting to break her heart. What she did to him when they were younger. Yeah, it’s a unique premise and an especially odd one at that, and it’s perfect.
What develops the incredibly conceited main characters is that all the other character’s on their surface are incredibly kind. Perfectly balancing out the anime to where you don’t know if you want to root for the characters or not, despite them being perfect for each other.
The anime’s art and animation is spot on. The perfect colours for the background and characters blending nicely to provide a calming aesthetic. The great use of lighting in scenes to light up the characters in unique ways is also really appreciating. Its art style greatly reminds me of that of Kokoro Connect which isn’t at all surprising when you realise both were created by the minds at Silver Link.
I was rather surprised by the choice of seiyuu for Aki. Deciding to use a relatively new voice actress, Ayaka Ohashi, as the main character over the likes of Saori Hayami, who plays a relatively small part in this series. As soon as the introduction of Aki occurred, I realised how mistaken I was. She fits the character so well with her bodacious voice. I also had the same misconceptions about Natsuki Hanae, Makabe’s seiyuu. Who normally plays quiet collected main characters like Aldonoah Zero’s Inaho or Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso’s Kousei. Yet he comes across exactly like character should, arrogant and suave.
I am also very concerned when listening to song’s that have the main character’s as the primary singer however I am again and again proved wrong. Ayaka Ohashi performs a great opening for the anime really setting up the conflicts and resolutions that you are going to see throughout the series. The ending was also appreciatively good and I will probably continue to listen to it for the rest of the series despite not necessarily needing to.
The smugness of the two main characters and the arrogant connection between the two drives the story. Earning it one of the best storylines so far this season, which has clearly resonated with mainstream audiences currently making it the most watched non-sequel. Most like due to the bizarre storyline. Definitely a must watch and up there for anime of the season against other worthy contenders.
Watching Masamune-kun no Revenge (Masamune’s Revenge) feels like listening to a depressing story from a friend that got 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.