Anime of Tomorrow
Medaka Box Ep. 1
Initial impression – could go either way
Spring 2012 (12 episodes) (more info)
Overall, Medaka Box has an endearing sincerity and is full of fun twists and turns with a good pace that keeps you on your toes. The over-enthusiastic attitude of Medaka reminds me very strongly of Haruhi Suzumiya and the half-hearted reluctance of Zenkichi makes me think of Kyon. Unfortunately, very little else in Medaka Box follows the smartly written formula of one of the wildest anime of all time—but expecting every show to live up to that high standard would be foolhardy at best, overbearing at worst. It’s really quite good and I hate to hold just one ecchi scene against it, but I feel that it’s so misplaced that it warrants reconsidering the overall motivation of this anime. Seeing busty Medaka in her underwear in the student council room with the lame excuse of justifying this fanservice moment by saying that it reinforces the validity of Medaka and Zenkichi’s relationship as childhood friends is just weak. After that pathetic attempt to appeal to the male fanbase, it completely ruined my mood and soured my interest in this series. But it is made by Gainax, so I think I’ll give it one last chance to redeem itself before I write it off as nothing more than an energetic but shallow anime.