Ashita no Anime

Anime of Tomorrow

Maken-Ki! Ep. 1

Final impression – worthless  (2/10)

Autumn 2011 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – Maken Princess!) (more info)

What a worthless pile of plot devices.  A cast of girls with huge boobs—aside from the single flat-chested girl who will undoubtedly be the target of clichéd jokes.  The girl archetypes include the childhood friend, the tsundere rival and the inexplicable fiancé out of left field.  The setting is another battle high school like Majikoi and I say since we already have one very similar, badly concocted battle high school story this season, Maken-ki doesn’t need to exist.  What exactly are the origins of these superpowers, anyways?  Freezing did the courtesy of explaining the purpose of its training program.  You would also figure that if this high school is famous for its martial arts curriculum, someone would have clued in the main character on this fact before he enrolled.  Instead he’s completely blindsided and portrayed as a weak pervert who has to rely on the girls around him to save his life.  I can’t remember another male lead with such a weak personality since Keitaro from Love Hina.  How does anime this bad even make it to air and who actually wants to watch this vacuous waste of time?


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