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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
Genres: ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance, EcchiEcchi
Theme: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.121 (scored by 6307563,075 users)
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Ranked: #88252
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1802
Members: 124,747
Favorites: 135

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Hobbies are often a great way of meeting new people, but how could Kakeru Daichi, 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.

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

Amaji, Gorou

Okamoto, Nobuhiko

Kizaki, Airin

Toyoguchi, Megumi


Himaki, Yuji
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director


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


Feb 12, 2009
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 ...
Jun 24, 2009
Mixed Feelings
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? ...
Feb 9, 2009
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 ...

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