マケン姫っ! (Japanese)
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Notables: MAENO Tomoaki
Takeru Ohyama, a young normal yet perverted minded guy, got accepted and now goes to a school that, unknown to him, was where combat and magic is used. On the first day, he meets again after three years: Haruko Amaya, his childhood friend, Inaho Kushiya, a girl who says she's his fiance, and Kodama Himegami, a blonde who wants to kill him. Finding out that there are many girls there that just don't like him, he is told that everyone there uses a special magic ability while using an item or weapon called a Maken. Later, he finds that no Maken is acceptable for him and doesn't know what to do, since in this school the students get into duels that showcase their magic and combat power, of which he seemingly has none. Source: Anime News Network

[TV series, 2011, 12 episodes, 24 min; based on an ongoing Shounen manga with 10+ volumes since 2007. See also the sequels: "Ma-ken ki OVA" (OVA, 2 episodes, 2012/13) and "Ma-ken ki Two" (TV series, 2014).]
"マケン" ("ma-ken") is a sound pattern that might mean "evil sword"; "姫" is the kanji for "hime" (princess) that can have a on-yomi reading of "ki"; the "っ" is a ↗glottal stop marker.
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Avoid 7 5 5 5 3 3 Ggultra2764 [series:2491#1552]
Bleh, another one of these kinds of shows. The only reason Maken-Ki exists is for otaku pandering, considering the nice number of well-endowed girls, panty shots and nude scenes we get with the show's female cast. They also stick to the typical, tiresome archetypes and cliches seen enough times out of ecchi and harem titles, with our male lead being a doormat and several girls at his school serving as possible love interests frolicking around the guy. Not to mention this baby recycles enough tiresome cliches like hot springs and bathing suit episodes that are nothing more than a cheap excuse for more perverted hijinks to ensue with the cast. The fighting element to the series isn't appealing as it is obviously ripping off Ikki Tousen with its "fighting girls" premise and the girls aren't even that unique or appealing to the eyes, special thanks to either the title's blatant huge boob jobs that many of them are given or the subpar lining work that make characters either plain-looking or appear like cross-dressing men that got boob jobs. Unless you're desperate for ecchi content, don't waste your time on this dud.

Last updated Saturday, February 01 2014. Created Saturday, February 01 2014.
Rent 7 8 7 0 7 0 KBanger1 [series:2491#1694]
Imagine being a high school boy in an all boys school for about 3 years. Now, imagine getting accepted to a school which accepts students without having to take an entrance exam. On top of that, the school just recently turned co-ed so the ratio from girls to boys is...I don't know. Perhaps, 10:1 or even higher. Sounds like a guy's ideal haven, right? In comes our protagonist, Takeru Ooyama. He's is not only happy to be in this situation, but also he is one of the biggest perverts entering the school, Tenbi Academy. What he doesn't know is what Tenbi Academy is known for. Take everything I stated, add many buxom young beauties, then give them all special powers endowed in their weapons called 'Maken' and have one problem after another. You may just know how Takeru feels.

Maken-Ki: Battling Venus reminds me somewhat of Ikki Tousen. The differences are that the characters are not related to other fictional characters (ie: Ikki-Tousen's characters are based off the story of the Three Kingdoms of China), and that they use Maken as their source to battle. Otherwise, IMO, Maken-Ki falls a bit short on my radar. Being a harem genre fanboy, what didn't turn me on were 2 things. One, the protagonist, although funny, was not memorable except for being a pervert. Sure Takeru has his moments, but it's always marred by his overpowering perverted will. The second thing is that I wasn't really paying attention to the story as much as I was looking at the ladies between the top of their waists and the bottom of their necks. You have your token on what I like to call 'flatties' (flat chested chics). Of course, they had to be short and childlike just like their characters TO ME THAT'S A STEREOTYPICAL GIRL IN HAREM GENRES. Basically, it's more of a visual anime where it's only strengths are it's fight scenes and titties. Not that I have a problem with that. It's just that if your going to do something like that, at least make the effort on an excellent story. That's the problem with Maken-Ki. It's plot doesn't shift my attention away from boobs. Especially when there's a nurse who's bust size matches California. It's not that it's interesting but it's not enough for me to want to follow. Had they worked on the story, I probably would make this one of my personal favorites. It falls short of being an interesting anime to just chics with huge knockers. Everything else is just ordinary so it's nothing special to look at, except for the knockers.

Overall, Maken-Ki is quite the disappointment I didn't come to expect. If you don't care about story and just want ginormous fun-bags, give it a watch. The action is good, plot is weak, girls have huge breasts, and the protagonist is an unmemorable pervert. A combination for something close to...sad.

Last updated Saturday, January 25 2014. Created Saturday, January 25 2014.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2491#628]
(One episode watched)

Goddammit, Maken-Ki, couldn’t you at least pretend to have a little quality? Do you have to quash my hopes so quickly? Right from the start, we get a short-skirted girl and camera angles set at ground level looking upwards. Furthermore, either of her breasts is larger than her head. Early in the morning, she goes to the dorm room of her childhood male friend. What do you suppose happens two minutes and twenty six seconds into the episode?

A) She finds he hasn’t even woken up yet;
B) He’s ready to go but has dressed himself in a sloppy manner;
C) He stumbles and falls on top of her in a suggestive position.

You are correct. Long ago someone in Japan discovered the Golden Secret of comedies targeted to teenage boys: Boob jokes are great because the viewer won’t care if they are actually funny or not, and thus any minimum wage comedian can write them. This show is designed to provoke boners, not laughter. As if this pandering were not bad enough, the fight scene is boring. Why wasn’t it played for laughs? I neither know nor care what this ‘Maken’ business is. What's with the Dragonball-like fairies or whatever? The music seemed out of joint with the action—or maybe it just felt that way because the music is the only thing hinting that I should be excited, since obviously nobody’s going to be seriously hurt. ‘Be excited by this awesome new take on the martial arts!’ seems to be the feeble message. I did some laughing, but it was out of disbelief at the stereotypical, unoriginal plotline. Most of the time I could only shake my head and think to myself that I could not believe how pathetic this show is. And it ends with sexy but brainless girls agreeing to share a dorm room with the guy. No need to watch the preview, because I’m done with Maken-Ki (it does not deserve an exclamation point).

Last updated Sunday, October 09 2011. Created Sunday, October 09 2011.

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