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October 26, 2011

Adapted from the manga by Hiromitsu Takeda, “Maken-Ki!” has all the traits of the typical dime in a dozen harem school comedies. The added twist that the -mostly female- students battle it out using martial and magic skills has been done before, for instance in “Kämpfer” or “Freezing”.

Sampled the first episode out of curiosity, but alas was rather disappointed by it. While I can enjoy the occasional typical fanservice harem series for comic relief, “Maken-Ki!” failed to convince and didn’t entice me to watch more.


Animation by studio AIC is fair, but offers nothing novel or extraordinary, the same is true for the character design, music and the characters themselves. Most of the girls that flock to form a harem around the wimpy male lead have shapely, near plump bodies with incredulous bust sizes. While this might look good in the original manga, animated their proportions feel far too exaggerated.

As such cannot recommend this series, even to those looking for a typical harem romantic comedy. There’s other shows airing this season that are more worth your time to watch.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. CaptainCooter permalink
    October 26, 2011 11:29 pm

    Agreed. Normally I like harems and lots of fan service but, I couldn’t even make it through the first episode. Also the male lead has one of the most annoying haircuts I’ve ever seen in an anime. Total waste of time, no doubt.

  2. October 27, 2011 1:45 am

    If you can’t stand it, I highly doubt I can XD

  3. October 27, 2011 8:47 pm

    Where a show like say “IS: Infinite Stratos” was also a fanservice harem comedy, at least it hit the right notes on many levels and provided a nice weekly watch, but this series… it just doesn’t work, does it? ^^;;
    I wouldn’t recommend it. You’re free to try the first episode, but I doubt you’d like it.

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