To some people, Densuke Mifune looks like the luckiest man in the world. Thanks to a chance encounter with the brilliant, beautiful, busty, but extremely shy Chiharu Shinonome, Eiken: Eikenbu yori Ai wo Komete sees Densuke being forcibly invited to join the mysterious Eiken Club. Led by Kirika Misono, she recruited Densuke both for his completely boring, unassuming nature and his completely accidental groping of Chiharu’s chest.
Despite the fact that he’s now surrounded by insanely busty women, Densuke can’t catch a break to save his life. All of his attempts to get closer to Chiharu end up backfiring, making him look like a deviant pervert. His situation is made more complicated by the rest of the Eiken Club’s overly sexual antics and Chiharu’s younger sister intentionally trying to get Densuke into some…compromising positions.
It doesn’t help matters that Chiharu has expressed fondness for Densuke in return, but all of the accidental circumstances keep pushing her away. Densuke needs to act fast if he wants to find his way back into Chiharu’s good graces. A beauty like her doesn’t go unnoticed, and he may very well find that he’s not the only one trying to win Chiharu’s heart.
At my job as a cashier I sometimes use the downtime to watch the junkies and alcoholics that hang outside the church across the street, and sometimes I ponder how the manage to gather the money to fund their frequent trip to my store to buy cigarettes and alcohol only to get distracted by a neurotic woman that wants to buy a pregnancy test. But anyway, the other times I use to reflect opon the finest entertainment I've consumed over the years of staring at a computer screen. Needless to say one stands head and shoulders over the rest.
With a colorful cast of characters who's names I almost remember and a plot that rivals the best that cinema has to offer ( yes, even Rats: Nights of Terror ) it's not hard to see that Eiken is a anime that defined a generation.
Uninformed detractors might say something along the lines of "If you want a picture of Eiken, imagine a pair of breasts smacking into a human face, forever." which would be unfair considering the deep emotional, philosophical and political issues that Eiken touches on such as love, the role of women in society, body image, cross dressing and subtle imagery that could take weeks or maybe even months for your mind to digest properly.
While many remember this terrific series for it's truly magnificent artwork and not to mention the realistic yet subtly sensual imagery I personally feel that the story is what makes Eiken such a masterpiece. Our main character Densuke is a complex man in a relatable situation struggling to prove his love to a woman suffering from chronic back pains because of her tragically over sized breasts and to prove himself as something other than your run-of-the-mill playboy he joins their secret club and enter a contest. ( I'm particularly fond of the famous yogurt slide scene as I'm sure most viewers are, I will go into this more deeply later ) The stakes are high, my pulse got high, the writer may or may not have been high and it all adds up to a truly artistic spectacle unlike anything else seen in anime, cinema or dadaist art.
Despite being a progressive piece of art, Eiken still follows some standard narrative conventions, Densuke has a rival to face in the competition. Our antagonist is thrown into the mix for a love triangle of sorts, the likes that many novels have probably taken inspiration from. Being a very forward thinking series I won't spoil the ending, it'll leave you shocked, surprised and possibly even a bit aroused.
I'll now touch opon my favorite scene in Eiken, the yogurt slide. Because it's filled to the brim and beyond with social commentary about human nature and the likes. To win the yogurt slide the team must be touching each other or lose the game. Paralleling the hardships of life in a way that is both unique and touching ( no pun intended ). When we as a species lose our connection with each other we fragment and eventually start fighting and as such we lose the game of life. Fighting over things like oil, land and different beliefs. Eiken sees that the only way to win the game of life is to stick together through the ups and downs. Then we can all emerge victorious and finally evolve to the next level as human beings. This is the message I took most to heart and try to live by.
It's a shame that in anime and cinema alike women have been mainly shown as nothing but pinups and sex objects. But where Eiken has earned most of its rightly gained acclaim is its sensitive portrayal of women both in the writing and the artistic department, shunning the exploitative industry standard. In fact, the art is probably what most viewers will remember. Vividly animated and beautifully drawn in a way that would make Hayao Miyazaki positively green with envy. It draws the viewer in and never lets go, much in the same way a magnificent painting would. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in Eiken's case I think ten thousand is a more realistic estimate.
I simply can't recommend Eiken enough. So go pick up a copy of it, even the dub is fantastic which many anime fans will say is quite a rarity. Our time here on Earth is short and it should be spent watching the finest in entertainment. Thankfully I'll be here to point them out.read more
When I saw the first episode, i was dying to write a review on it, but I knew it wasn't fair to write a review after just watching the first episode, so I forced myself to watch the second episode.
How many times have you heard this story? Some nerd transfers into a new school, he's a loser and doesn't stand out, but somehow he gets surrounded by beautiful women who all want to have sex with him. Too many times to count. The story is overdone, and needs to stop.
If you look past the girls' overly large breasts, the art is...meh. It's your typical, neon colored hair, big eyed anime, but then the breasts...oh dear God. Yes, I don't mind having a character with big breasts in an anime, but there's a limit!
The opening song is cute, but nothing special. The voice acting is okay I guess, but my question is, what woman would want to voice act for this piece of crap?
The characters are stale, and boring. The characters are only there to flash their panties or get caught into sexual situations. In my opinion, the characters are the most important part of a series, but unfortunately, that's where this story failed.
Etc. These are extra catagories I add to my reviews.
How they portray women. 1.
This series almost makes me ashamed to be a woman. All they do is trip, get covered in (plain) yogurt, and eat bananas in a very sexual way. I know the series was directed towards men, but come on! Not all men are this low!
I don't mind fanservice, but this is crossing the line. One thing a lot of animes do with fanservice is that it's noticable, but it's not over the top. Eiken's fanservice is in your face, and it never ends. It never ends.
Overall, I hate this series. But, if you scrape the crap that covers this series, you do get a cure love story...a very cliche love story. I do not recomend this series to anyone.
This is the worst anime I have ever seen. I don't mind some fan service and panty shots, but come on. The 6th grader has huge boobs!! And seriously what females boobs bounce around like that. You would tip over all the time and have horrible back pain. This one is just taking it way to far and it's not even worth watching for a laugh.
OK, I like fan-service and ecchi as much as the next straight male, but Eiken just goes too far with it. I don't think I've seen something that is worse than this for being distasteful. I mean come on, a 6th grader with EE cups??? Then there is the unexplained Eiken club that our hero is forced to join as the series started. He is basically every weak male bishojo game character ever imagined rolled into one. And just like in bishojo games, at the end, he gets the girl of his dreams. But all is not bad, the characters all look unique, which is to be expected from a JC Staff produced series. At least the massive mounds of flesh on the characters move around realistically. If you like boobie stories that make no sense, you'll most likely like Eiken. Just a note of warning, this is one I don’t think that I would let anyone under 18 watch because of the considerable borderline hentai content. read more