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OP Sequence

OP: 「BELIEVE」 by 栗林みな実 (Kuribayashi Minami)

「ノーマルと、スペシャルと、アブノーマル」 (Nōmaru to, Supesharu to, Abunōmaru)
“Normal, Special, and Abnormal”

Medaka Box returns as you would expect from this arc – with a bang. The extensive battle with Unzen Myouri at the end of the previous series was merely a taste of what’s to come over the next arc, the arc wherein Medaka Box switched to being a full on shounen battle manga. Of course, it still retains all the absurdities surrounding Medaka herself, along with the strong ties of friendship that made the original arc good, but the addition of some (hopefully) spectacular battles should make it far more entertaining to watch. This first episode certainly didn’t disappoint on that front – while the animation continued much in the same vein as the first season, it still gives lots of opportunities for some great shots.

The first season didn’t exactly do very well in terms of sales, which doesn’t really come as a surprise since Shounen Jump anime adaptations aren’t known to be bestsellers and, while completely faithful to the source material, quite a few things about the first season were less than perfect in many people’s eyes. Had it not already been pre-planned, it’s entirely possible that this second season would never have come into being, despite being one of the arcs that many Medaka Box fans would love to see animated. This is why the OP worries me slightly. Perhaps it’s just Gainax having a little bit of fun at the expense of fans, but the OP teases at least one character who should not be appearing anywhere near this arc. On top of that, there’s a giant robot that was never anywhere in the source material. Of course, both these things could just be some extra flair to make the OP cooler and give a nod to fans of the series, but it could also mean one of two other things – either they plan to adapt much more of the material than originally expected, or they’re planning to go for a Gainax ending. I sincerely hope it’s not the latter.

Unsurprisingly, the flask plan arc begins with a slew of new character introductions. No punches are pulled here – rather than introduce them one at a time as the series progresses, Nisio Isin announces their existence right off the bat. Where the focus of the first arc was more on Specials (with the exception of Medaka and Unzen), this arc brings us the Abnormals – beings around whom the world itself seems to bend resulting in outcomes so improbable as to come across as creepy and weird. The first of these new Abnormal characters to cross paths with Medaka is Unzen Myouga (Ise Mariya), Myouri’s elder sister who speaks solely in numbers. Her presence gives everyone’s favourite Nabeshima Nekomi a chance to show off her trickery and remind us why we love her. On top of this we have the rest of the Thirteen PartyMiyakonojou Oudo (Katsunuma Kiyoshi), Munakata Kei (Kamiya Hiroshi), Takachiho Shigusa (Nomura Kenji), Naze Youka (Sawashiro Miyuki), Koga Itami (Yonezawa Madoka), and Yukuhashi Mizou (Asumi Kana). Whew, even discounting the three quickly defeated members of Class 13, that’s a lot of new characters!

We also get some typical Medaka logic in this episode – the idea that if there’s no reason for someone to attack you, there’s no reason to dodge. This is Medaka logic in the truest sense – if you’re not a godlike being, it’s an absolutely terrible idea (even then it’s still a pretty terrible idea). In a way I guess it is true – in most cases when there’s no reason for someone to attack you, they will not, therefore you have no reason to dodge or retaliate. This happens completely unseen in almost every single interaction between two people. Neither party attacks nor does either party defend. Medaka just takes it a step further and applies it to all cases when there’s no reason to be attacked resulting in refusing to defend herself even when she should. It’s a good thing Nekomi taught her a valuable lesson on the subject pretty quickly!

tl;dr: @MoombaDS – #MedakaBox returns with a bang! 88248591047!

Random thoughts:

  • From the moment I lay eyes on all that food I was wondering when Shiranui would show up.
  • Onigase remains as adorable as ever!
  • Nekomi remains one of the more awesome characters of the show!
  • We had some nice music from Katou Tatsuya for her battle with Myouga too!
  • It was also entertaining to see the differing yet similar thoughts which ran through each of the participant’s heads during that battle.

Full-length images: 04, 06, 07, 10, 11, 17, 27, 32, OP 02.

*Note: There are currently no plans to cover Medaka Box Abnormal on a regular basis here on RandomC.

Please remember to use spoiler tags.


ED Sequence

ED: 「守護心PARADOX」 (Shugoshin PARADOX) by 美郷あき (Misato Aki)


October 12, 2012 at 7:35 am
  • October 12, 2012 at 8:18 amCybersteel

    This looks… abnormal…

    • October 12, 2012 at 1:10 pml3reezer

      JoJo comes out every Friday if bizarre is more to your taste. What a menu this season.

  • October 12, 2012 at 8:21 amNatsuLaSommer

  • October 12, 2012 at 8:42 amKevin Yamagata

    Salute to those VAs who done such a smooth, clean numberspeaks. I wonder how many re-takes they need for that.

    • October 12, 2012 at 9:05 amKevin Yamagata

      I just re-check that part in the anime with the manga. Apparently, some (if not most) of those numberspeaks are copied straight from the manga, not just a random rumbling.

    • October 12, 2012 at 12:35 pmMasterDragonKnight



      (Actual number sequence from the manga. I wonder if anyone knows what I just said? XD)

      • October 15, 2012 at 9:46 amRaijin

        Is it something about breasts? I remember Unzen saying something along those lines.

      • October 21, 2012 at 12:41 pmMasterDragonKnight

        Actually, yes. Yes, it is. ^^

  • October 12, 2012 at 8:52 amBaKaYaRou

    Many people stated that this is the part where the manga fell off, but in the anime version, I think this is the part where the anime rise off, great action ftw :D

    • October 14, 2012 at 11:35 amkingofconquerors

      the manga pretty much reached its peak in Minus Arc…all of the arcs following it were great but Minus arc is still hard to beat…(which makes me all the more disappointed Gainax doesn’t have the balls to make this a two-hour..)

      • October 14, 2012 at 11:43 amRamen

        The h key is pretty far from the c key…did you mean to say cour or hour?

  • October 12, 2012 at 9:00 amfrez

    well after s1 now the abnormal season yea the john cena of anime aka medaka is back.

    sure now more dealing abnormal give medaka cena was not in mood being attack by chain ball girl til neko-judo came up to beat chain ball girl with knock some sense back to medaka cena.

    indeed rise above cause medaka cena is back in action.

  • October 12, 2012 at 9:02 amdestinyflower

    Nice number conversation..

  • October 12, 2012 at 12:01 pmAllen Walker

    Please somebody just burn it with fire already :(

    • October 12, 2012 at 12:26 pmDa5id

      Now why would they do that?

    • October 13, 2012 at 4:28 amThe Moondoggie

      Because unique plot turned into shounen shit? I thought it would be Sket Dance with shounen shit. But it just became shounen shit permanently: all fight, no point.

      Man, WTF happened?

      • October 14, 2012 at 10:57 pmRemy

        Little early to be calling this series generic shonen shit before this arc even gets started.

  • October 12, 2012 at 12:02 pmrazz

    hurry up with kumagawa~

    • October 12, 2012 at 6:45 pmKumagawa

      「Ahhh… It is tough being so popular, envied by all the minor characters out there.」

  • October 12, 2012 at 12:11 pmFT5Havok

    Does anyone know how long will this series go? 24 episodes maybe? Anyone?

    • October 12, 2012 at 12:24 pmDa5id

      Most likely 12, like the previous season. Although I haven’t seen the manga, so they might have more material and thus more time.

    • October 12, 2012 at 12:47 pmbelatkuro

      Amazon says 6 BD volumes with 2 episodes each so 12 episodes.
      Split-cour so more or less the same number of eps as the first cour.
      Plus considering how the first season sold poorly I doubt they can pump out more episodes.

      • October 12, 2012 at 1:03 pmDa5id

        Sold poorly? Did they already have the 2nd planned no matter what the sales?

      • October 12, 2012 at 1:29 pmShiden

        Considering that the first season’s worth of material almost got the manga canned, they probably planned for two seasons.

      • October 12, 2012 at 11:03 pmbelatkuro

        Considering there’s only 3 months time difference between the two seasons, it’s most likely this was planned for 24 episodes from the beginning as a split-cour just like Rinne no Lagrange, Fate/Zero, Arakawa Under the Bridge to name a few ones that has done this.
        So no matter the sales, they’ll still push through.

        And Moomba, there are still WSJ titles that sell well, though they’re more of exceptions. Gintama for one I believe sells about 10k. And the recent Kuroko no Basket is selling almost 20k per volume. Though some WSJ titles are more reliant on merchandise, TV ratings and manga sales rather than anime sales. So yeah.

      • October 13, 2012 at 4:20 amMoomba

        I was aware that Kuroko no Basuke sold really well, but had no idea that Gintama did too. I’m also pretty sure that this second season was planned at the same time as the first – the original source that there was going to be a second season came in the form of a tweet from before the first aired which gave airdates for both seasons.

  • October 12, 2012 at 12:29 pmJSK97

    I hope that Oudo’s Mecha it’s a joke from Gainax, and Kumagawa used ”All Fiction” to erase it (?)

  • October 12, 2012 at 1:28 pmShiden

    The OP confuses me. The first two characters shown are
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    who don’t even show up in the storyline for two more arcs.
    The last character in the OP
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    makes his real debut at the end of the Abnormal arc, which is, I assume, what this season will be covering. Are they just baiting the manga readers or something?

    • October 12, 2012 at 3:56 pmTarage

      Fanservice. Everyone loves the last character. He won the popularity polls after all.

      • October 14, 2012 at 11:32 amkingofconquerors

        i’m pretty sure we’ll see Kumogawa in the end, when Show Spoiler ▼

        , Anshin’in and Hanten’in-san will probably be shown in the preview….

      • October 14, 2012 at 11:46 amRamen

        Its because she shows up to talk to the principal in the middle of this arc.

  • October 12, 2012 at 2:59 pmAkira

    Oh, I’m sad you are not covering regularly Abnormal as you did for the first season, Moomba :( I used to enjoy your posts concerning Medaka Box!

    • October 13, 2012 at 4:17 amMoomba

      I would’ve liked to, but unfortunately I don’t have the time to take it on as well as the other series I’m covering.

      • October 13, 2012 at 5:38 pmSkribulous

        Drop a couple of them; I’m sure Medaka Box Abnormal is way better.

  • October 12, 2012 at 3:22 pmdeathtogenericshows

    “Note: There are currently no plans to cover Medaka Box Abnormal on a regular basis here on RandomC.”


    • October 12, 2012 at 3:56 pmTarage

      What the hell is wrong with you?

      • October 12, 2012 at 4:17 pmdeathtogenericshows

        Hey stalker-kun. I know you’re a fan, but stop following me, you hear?

      • October 13, 2012 at 1:46 amTarage

        Because happening to post on the same site on two different posts makes me a stalker.

        Why do I get the sinking feeling you are from 4chan? It seems pretty obvious by the way you talk. That isn’t a complement.

      • October 13, 2012 at 4:25 amThe Moondoggie

        That’s because he is Tarage…. A small number of us go there from time to time to pilfer some images(all types) and memes…

        If you ignore all the hate, I bet Stilts-oniichan will even be a regular…

  • October 12, 2012 at 7:28 pmTingster013

    Now all we need to do is understand how she use numbers and convert them to words. Then they can just do the whole series with numbers as their lines.

  • October 12, 2012 at 8:01 pmBijyu

    nabeshima, you once again demonstrate why you are my favorite character in the entire series. In a series of overpowered super creatures you remain just a “normal” special who beats people she has no right to beat. You will always be “special” in my heart.

  • October 14, 2012 at 12:23 amPhoenix-Crest

    I swear this guy looks like an evil Goku (Plus the DBZ reference was hilarious!) xD

  • October 15, 2012 at 11:09 amPhantasm

    So is it just me or is this OP going straight beyond the flask plan Show Spoiler ▼

    would be a pity to stop this one after 13 episodes aswell

  • October 21, 2012 at 11:49 amAsura Drago

    why wouldn’t you guys cover medaka box abnormal regularly?

  • October 21, 2012 at 6:04 pmAsura Drago

    you guys have GOT to cover the rest of the series! its too awesome to let go!