OP: 「Cherish」 by sweet ARMS (Nomizu Iori, Togashi Misuzu, Sadohara Kaori, Misato)
「魔導検警機構」 (Madou Ken Kikou)
“Magical Security Organization”
Even perverts have honor, and enough power to obliterate school buildings when they’re angry, apparently. And then they do something stupid and get slapped in the face, hah!
Ecchi Action Comedy
It looks like this season of Maken-ki! started as it means to go on. I tend to compare Maken-ki! to High School DxD, and for good reason – they’re both ecchi harem comedies with a strong action component, and once you calibrate your expectations appropriately, they’re actually quite good. No, that’s not right–Maken-ki! is terrible in that wonderfully entertaining way that bad movies can become so good. No, that’s not quite right either. What Maken-ki! really is, is a guilty pleasure. If you like this sort of thing, it’s going to be a lot of fun. If you think this kind of thing is stupid, it’s going to piss you off. Personally, I enjoy it, but then again we all know I have terrible taste, ufufu~
A Reintroduction to the Cast & School
This premiere mainly served as a reintroduction to the cast and the setting, and it did that job well. After a quick intro sequence reminding us of the setting, they took us through familiar scenes and gave us a first adventure fitting of Maken-ki’s action-ecchi roots. Once again, if you like that sort of thing then you probably enjoyed the episode, so here were my two favorite things: the entire idea that the culprit was targeting girls based on their increasing bust sizes (and the reactions to this), and the fact that even though protagonist Ooyama Takeru (Maeno Tomoaki) and his best pal Usui Kengo (Tsuruoka Satoshi) are perverts to the core, even perverts have honor! As you can tell, it wasn’t exactly a meaty affair, but I like the characters and it got some laughs, so it worked for me.
Animation and Boing!
On the production side, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but…long live XEBEC! I’m glad you’re gone, AIC! Because let me tell you, the art style and animation are a lot better this season. The first season looked painfully cartoony, the colors too bright like a bad Saturday morning kid’s cartoon. Fortunately this time around the action is nice and the breasts are bouncy. If you’re going to make a show like this, those out to be assumed. I’m glad that once again I can take them as constants, hopefully.
Looking Ahead – Where Is This Going?
Honestly, I’m not sure. For the first season I had the benefit (detriment?) of having read the manga, so I knew what was going to happen, and, subsequently, where AIC screwed up. But I stalled in the manga shortly after where Season 1 adapted to – through no fault of Maken-ki’s by the way…I’ve pretty much stalled on all manga – so from here on out I have no idea. This first episode was mainly a reintroduction with no real hooks for the main plot, and I couldn’t tell from the preview whether the next one will be a shenanigan-of-the-week episode or if the plot will set in. I will tell you that there is a plot to Maken-ki!, even if it’s sometimes lost behind all the boobs.
I have no plans to continue blogging it, but I’ll be watching it because I have terrible, terrible taste. Follow me on twitter if you want to catch my impressions. Until then!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Oppai oppai oppai! If you like ecchi-combat & boobs that jiggle like the dreams of mankind (& serious back problems), tune in! #makenki 01
- A hypnotic chipmunk flasher, what the fuck!?
- I know everyone prefers Aki-sensei (Harada Hitomi), but a Minori-sensei (Mina) is fine too. But Haru-nee (Shitaya Noriko) is also pretty nice, oh and Inaho-chan (Nomizu Iori), and Kodama (Yahagi Sayuri), and… *drools profusely*
- Space tits? I say once again – what the fuck!?
Check out my blog about storytelling and the fantasy novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: Stupid monsters, Don’t break the chain, Nerds & the miracle of human consciousness, and Urgency & the rush to come. My current combo counter: Writing chain, 4 days long. Editing chain, 1 day long.
ED: 「Reach for Light」 by Zougou Saeko