Maken-Ki is a show that filled the ‘fanservice’ slot for series this season, much like shows such as Seikon no Qwazer and Manyuu Hikenchou, although not quite as bad as either. It is also a show that actually got quite boring for me as it went on, and I felt that overall it was trying too hard to please. A school with 2/3 of the population having large boobs, 1/3 having decent sized boobs and Himegami is turned into a co-ed school. This lucky bastard/nice guy Takeru goes there and meets up with his childhood friend, big breasted VP. He soon meets up with another big breasted girl who made some sort of childhood promise-of course it’s marrage, all of them are in harems. No spoiler’s here.
Oh, and there’s these Maken things, Takeru doesn’t really have one to start with but he gets one later on, obviously. And a legend of some nine-tailed fox snake dragon but that isn’t really important. There’s simply no redeeming factor about this show as the fights are flashy to look at but have boring fighting animations that skip any real action in place of simply drowning the screen in colours and noise. And the characters are all melonheads, every time someone starts speaking I got this itchy feeling of telling them to shut up. The dialogue is a grating experience that consists either of someone telling the obvious or simply someone being stupid. And the humour is naturally just this line-up of jokes thinking it’s funny to be perverted scum. Who the hell deemed it funny to let every boy be a sort of lecherous existence of shamefulness? The jokes get so low as to just let you see panties far too often. How the hell am I supposed to react to that? It’s not funny, I simply don’t care about such crap. Fanservice is fine and all as long as it has a purpose. This is just a stupid tune set to repeat endlessly.
We have the childhood friends Haruko Amaya and Inaho Kushiya. Haruko is the strongest in the school and apparently trained at Takuro’s dojo before something terrible happened that made Takuro stop practicing karate (this is explained later in the series). Inaho on the other hand is a curious character that one assumes is a childhood friend of sorts since she claims to be Takuro’s fiancé, and is apparently indebted to Takuro for some unspecified reason from their past. Add to this a number of other girls who make up the Maken-Ki/student council, including Kodama Himegami, another girl who possibly has a significant connection to Takeru and we have a classic harem anime. This is further enhanced when the school principle happily allows Takeru, Haruko, Inoha and Himegami to live in the same room. So not only do we have three girls fighting over and with Takeru, but they are all now staying in the same apartment. This of course means more fanservice with Takeru waking in on all the girls while in the shower or changing, with hilarious consequences.
Well it’s been a while since this series came out but it has yet to stopped to amaze me. No I am not an extreme ecchi fan; I just believe that in this manga it is kept down to moderate and relaxing terms, unlike many of the boob-bashing, mad-cow diseased hip’d, pointy cheeked anime’s out there that just incorporate full blown chaos of non-sense. I’m just gonna say, I don’t enjoy too many series with fanservice, and this one has a lot.