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Synonyms: Empty Can!
Japanese: アキカン!
English: Akikan!
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2009 to Mar 29, 2009
Premiered: Winter 2009
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Producers: Half H.P Studio
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Light novel
Genres: ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance, EcchiEcchi
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.151 (scored by 5586355,863 users)
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Ranked: #78952
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Popularity: #1455
Members: 115,449
Favorites: 121

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Hobbies are often a great way of meeting new people, but how could Kakeru Diachi, who collects rare juice cans, have ever suspected that he'd meet a fascinating new girl when he attempted to DRINK her? Naming her Melon, because she's got great melon... soda, Kakeru quickly learns that she's an Akikan—a beautiful girl who's also a special can created to fight other Akikans in a strange experiment to determine what kind of container is better: steel or aluminum!

Will becoming involved in this ridiculously twisted research project gone amuck complicate Kakeru's life incredibly? Of course it will, but because Melon's steel body needs carbon dioxide to breathe, he's now stuck with her since she's too CO2 dependent! And when his wealthy, attractive, best childhood friend Najimi gets HER own aluminum Akikan, the trouble really begins!

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)


Episode 1 was previewed at Bandai Channel on 12/22/2008. Regular broadcasting began on 01/04/2009.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Narita, Sayaka

Daichi, Kakeru

Fukuyama, Jun

Tenkuuji, Najimi

Toyosaki, Aki


Noto, Mamiko


Yuuki, Aoi


Nakajima, Megumi

Otoya, Hidehiko

Okiayu, Ryoutarou

Kochikaze, Yurika

Ookubo, Aiko

Kizaki, Airin

Toyoguchi, Megumi

Amaji, Gorou

Okamoto, Nobuhiko


Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Sugawara, Seiki
Episode Director
Asami, Matsuo
Episode Director
Sugihara, Kenji


Opening Theme

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1: "Miracle Plan ga Dekichatta! (ミラクル・プランができちゃった!)" by Charmmy Queen (eps 1-6)
2: "Juicy Extacy (ジューシーエクスタシー)" by Little Non (eps 7-12)

Ending Theme

1: "Koisora Recycling (恋空リサイクリング) featuring Melon Soda" by Nomiko
2: "Koisora Recycling featuring Tsubuiri Grape Juice" by Nomiko
3: "Koisora Recycling featuring Ginger Ale (Dry)" by Nomiko
4: "Koisora Recycling featuring Oolong Cha (Tokkyuu)" by Nomiko
5: "Koisora Recycling featuring Nippon Cha (Ryokucha)" by Nomiko
6: "Koisora Recycling featuring Cola!" by Nomiko with k. moriya
7: "Koisora Recycling featuring Energy Drink" by Nomiko with Little Non
8: "Koisora Recycling featuring Oden Kan" by Nomiko
9: "Koisora Recycling featuring Peach Nectar" by Nomiko with Charmmy Queen
10: "Koisora Recycling featuring Afternoon Koucha" by Nomiko
11: "Koisora Recycling featuring Coffee (Black, Mutou)" by Nomiko
12: "Koisora Recycling featuring Oshiruko" by Nomiko
13: "Koisora Recycling featuring Mikkuchu Juuchu" by Nomiko feat. Miku Hatsune

Jun 24, 2009
Skadi (All reviews)
Like Hollywood, it seems Japan is suffering from a lack of creativity recently. Here we have been brought Akikan!, a story about empty juice cans that turn into girls. Uh what? It certainly is a bizarre concept and I guess it scores some points for being one of a kind in that sense.

The story revolves around your typical anime loser Kakeru. Of course he’s a virgin. Being a pervert is a given. He’s never had a girlfriend, despite having the cutest girl at school practically throwing herself at him on a daily basis. Are you retarded? Blind? read more
Feb 12, 2009
ddrcrono (All reviews)
If you like the idea of a show that is entertaining, self-satirical, has 'colorful' characters and manages to save a little room for serious stuff, this could be the show for you.

If you are really into deep, complex characters with intricate winding plot twists and you looove super serious business 24/7, this is probably not the series for you.

The MAL ratings this show gets don't do it justice. Don't get me wrong, it's no masterpiece, but it's not a ~6.5 either. I can't say what people think of it, but my guess is that a lot of people take it too seriously. Most of the read more
Feb 9, 2009
Antanaru (All reviews)
Time to state the obvious what surprisingly hasn't been done yet. Akikan! is probably the worst anime of Winter 2009 season. Maybe even the worst series aired during last year. So after this short, engaging summary let's see why it sucks so bad.

Story: Being the strongest point of this series doesn't mean it's good. Just mediocre. Again boy meets gir- pardon, can which turns into girl, they continuously argue with each other but also somehow get along. Later more cans appear and... you've seen synopsis. This story had potential, another romantic comedy but with some possibly interesting additions. Sadly it turns into plain and boring read more
May 29, 2015
Valkqt (All reviews)
Can love between a man and a can bloom? Such profound questions like that will be asked to you as you watch Akikan, perhaps the single worst and most idiotic concept for a TV series ever, and the very moment that question becomes relevant within the series is the moment any drama or tension cannot possibly be taken seriously. Ironic then, that those parts actually end up becoming the most tolerable among these twelve, awful episodes.

Most of it is comedy of the lowest grade that is impossible to unironically enjoy with the occasional can racism that comes with some fighting between different types of cans, read more


Recent News

[Update, Oct. 12th] Sentai Filmworks Licenses Towa no Quon, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai, Akikan!, and Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru

[Update, Oct. 12th] Sentai Filmworks Licenses Towa no Quon, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai, Akikan!, and Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru

According to The Anime Network's Tweet, Sentai Filmworks has licensed the Towa no Quon movie series, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows), Akikan...read more

OVA of Akikan! Announced [Updated]

Update The OVA of Akikan will be bundled with the volume 9 of Akikan! light novel. Subtitle: Akikan! / Kan Ippatsu!!? Onsen Panic Release date: October 23rd (pre-ord...read more

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