Maken-ki (Season Two)

Fresh from summer training camp (you’ll want to check out the OVAs for that one) the students return to Tenbi Academy to continue their training. Things are about to get a whole lot crazier…

What did you watch and why? This was season two of Maken-ki and having finished season one and the OVAs, and still working through Ergo Proxy, I had no choice but to continue… seriously, though this series is hilarious.

What’s it about? It’s basically more of the same, but a little bit cruder, more lewder, and this time there is more of a story. I say more, but it’s still not a lot, but that doesn’t matter.

In season two, the Maken-ki team track down a lingerie thief, get transformed into cat girls, attend a manga and cosplay convention, and a whole host of other brilliant yet bizarre situations.

Again, this series has a lot of fan-service, possibly the most I’ve seen in one show… well, apart from Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid… It is stupid, but wildly entertaining. If that stuff doesn’t upset you it’s well worth the time.

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Maken-ki (Season One)

When Tenbi Academy, previously an all-girl high school converts to co-ed, Takeru didn’t need much convincing to join, but he’s about to learn that girls kick ass too!

What did you watch and why? I was in the middle of watching Ergo Proxy, and while I loved that series, it is a little heavy, so to break things up I started watching a couple episodes of something a little more lighthearted and fun. Enter Maken-ki!

What’s it about? Tenbi Academy is an exclusive high school for students with the ability to control magic called Elements and wield powerful weapons called Maken. It is designed to prepare the students to use their gifts in the rest of the world once they graduate.

Takeru is just your average pervy guy. His childhood friend, Haruko was already a student when the Academy switched from all-girls to co-ed, so she was excited to be able to spend more time with her friend, but Takeru was just excited…

Before long, Haruko convinces Takeru to join the student council as a part of Maken-ki, a group that polices the battles between students as they test out their abilities. They also make sure that nothing untoward is going on within the student body… not that body… you’re as bad as Takeru!

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Conception – Second Chances (Episodes 5-8)

What’s happened since last time? Itsuki continues to seduce the Star Maidens and produce Star Children to help him defeat the evil entities that inhabit the dungeons so that he and Mahira can return to Earth. Sadly, that about covers it. There is nothing more to the story…

Have your feelings changed? So, I started watching this with little to no expectations. It was going to be stupid and a bit trashy, but I hoped it would still be enjoyable. There were a couple of noteworthy moments in the first eight episodes, but not much else.

With all the different Star Maidens that Itsuki must seduce, there really isn’t any time to get to know them or see a connection between them that isn’t superficial or forced.

It would have been better if the Star Maidens didn’t know and if they found out what was going on it would ruin the chance so of a Star Child. Everything is just too easy and they’re all expecting his advances. It’s utterly boring!

Favourite character so far? I went with Mana after the first four episodes because even though it was annoying, it did have some funny lines. That has either dried up or just stopped being funny. So, I don’t actually care about any of the characters. Even the Star Maidens are barely distinguishable from one another.

Who do you want to see more of? Something else…

Are you going to continue watching? This series has dropped to the bottom of the pile for me. It had the potential to be a raunchy comedy, but it’s just bland and boring. What’s even worse is that I went in with very low expectations, almost none existent, and it’s still managed to fail. There are four episodes left. I will force myself to watch them, once I’ve seen everything else, mostly because I’m not sure I can believe it’ll get any worse.

One Piece – Season Nine

What did you watch and why? This was a part of my One Piece A Day Challenge and would you believe it I’ve made it to season nine! That is a staggering total of 336 episodes and I’m not even halfway through!

One line pitch! The Straw-Hat pirates defy the World Government to rescue their friend…

What’s it really about? Back in season eight CP9, a secret government agency captured Robin and Franky and took them to Enies Lobby, a Marine stronghold. Luffy and his crew were not having any of it and stormed Enies Lobby with the Franky Family and Galley-La. This season was almost entirely action.

What hooked you?

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Conception – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? Mahiru asks Itsuki to meet her on the roof of their high school. She has some big news to confide in him. After revealing that she’s pregnant and still a virgin, they are magically transported to a parallel world. There, they learn that the only way to get back home is for Itsuki to defeat a dungeon boss with the help of Star Children that he will have to make with twelve Star Maidens and Mahiru is one of them…

What are your first impressions? This has to be the stupidest anime I’ve ever seen, and I watch a lot of trash. That said, I thought the start of the second episode was pretty funny where they revealed to Itsuki and Mahiru that you don’t actually have to have sex with the maiden to create a Star Child. Massive cock block for Itsuki there and it made me laugh. The thing is it keeps getting worse and worse, which ironically is making it funnier, in a this is so bad it’s good, but it’s not good!

Favourite character so far? For sheer comedy value, it has to be Mana, the horny flying red panda that is guiding Itsuki. And rereading that sentence is further proof of just how ridiculously stupid this series is. I have absolutely no hope that this will get any better, which is probably for the best. I’m just going to focus on laughing at how insane it is.

Who do you want to see more of? Just go for broke already and give us more Mana than we could possibly cope with. I’m sure Mana will be preparing something suitably distasteful for the finale, such as a Star Maiden orgy in an attempt to birth an army of Star Children. Seriously, I can’t stress just how utterly bonkers this series is.

Are you going to continue watching? At the moment this series is just above Radiant on my order of priorities, but only because it’s good to laugh at. Out of sheer morbid curiosity, I will probably force myself to watch the end, because something is going to happen. Something so stupidly brilliant that I will forgive… no, forgive is the wrong word… tolerate the series. That’s better. It’s a low ceiling I know, but it can’t get much worse… can it?