Majikoi is a 12 episode anime about military power, fighting and a hint of politics. Unfortunately this also fits into the bloated ecchi-harem genre, one that I hate with a passion. And I won't let this one get away either, however, this anime happens to be better than the average ecchi-harem. Though that doesn't take much. The music is top-notch so give the OST a go, if you don't watch this one. I also actually laughed during the first 6 episodes, though that might have had something to do with my attempt at drunk marathon-ing this anime. It still contains the terrible ecchi-harem tropes.
For animation quality, this anime was made during recent years where quality has peaked and is no longer a problem. The style isn't unique however and the ecchi content has me divided. The first episode gave me the impression that there wasn't much ecchi at all and any fan-service would be jusified. However, the next few episodes proved my prediction wrong. There is actual nudity, though genitalia is censored of course. In one case a guys genitalia is censored by pixelation, however his swinging balls can still be made out. Episode 5 is the worst culprit however due to it being dedicated to a festival about penises. And I'm not joking, there are literal cock-fights too. This alone will drag the animation score down a lot. There are very few ecchi scenes justified by context, like a chick trying to sleep with a dude.
The best bit of this anime is definitely the sound. While, the first episode lacks a proper intro and outro, there is still epic battle music. After hearing the intro/outro and backing music from the second episode, I immediately went to download the soundtrack. Just as all the best sounding anime have a variety of good music, the same can be said for this anime. Awesome rock tunes and epic orchestral scores really help to both entertain where the anime itself fails and also enhance the action.
One note for characters, most of the female characters are initially tsundere and unnecessarily abusive with few exceptions. The protagonists are all sort of adopted into the Kawakami family and are are all high school students aswell. The main character is Yamato Naoe, who excels as tactics, but is terrible at actual combat. He eats a lot of popcorn and like hermit crabs, even having a couple as pets. All that is mentioned of his parents, is that his father left Japan due to it being a bad country? He has noble intentions, wanting to be prime minister to change the world since none of the current political parties are worthy in his opinion. A second reason is that the girl he confessed to (resulting in rejection), will only go out with him if he gains that power. This being an ecchi-harem, he is also at the center of it. He refuses any advances towards him made by the girls and is once again a typical gutless harem character who doesn't take his chances. There are repeated times where a girl tries to bang him, yet he always refuses. This could be seen as him being faithful to the girl he confesses to, however he is a pervert having stashes of 'illegal imported porn.' It's absolute bullshit that a perverted guy would prefer watching porn over taking his chances having sex with a real chick. The typical, gutless and indecisive (possibly) harem protagonist trope then.
Momoyo Kawakami is the big-breasted, blood-thirsty martial-artist who Yamato confesses to (at the start). A misconception is that they are siblings, which would make it all sorts of wrong, but it is shown that they aren't blood related and they refer to each other as siblings as Naoe is technically adopted into the Kawakami family. She is the anime trope who likes to eat a lot and loves to start fights with strong opponents. She always picks on Yamato out of boredom and it becomes apparent that she actually prefers women to men.
Kazuko Kawakami is more of a sibling to Momoyo than Yamato, due to her actual adoption as a member of the Kawakami family. She is a martial-artist like her sister and is constantly training by running around while dragging a tire, often with people riding the tire. A relatively flat-chested girl and there's nothing more to say about this person.
Christiane Friedrich is a foreign girl, hailing from Germany and is a swordfighter who wields a fine rapier. She is not very knowledgable about the Japanese culture but enjoys it thoroughly and is shocked at the more, perverted aspects like the dick festival. Possibly the most tsundere of the girls, when it comes to Yamato. She loves to eat fried tofu riceballs.
Possibly the most 'adult' character, Miyako Shiina is the extremely perverted and sexually aggressive archer of the group. Miyako is the exception to the tsundere bunch, showing her love for Yamato from the start and instead tries hard to make Yamato perv over her, going to such lengths as replacing all of the faces in his porn magazine with her own and employing various tactics in attempts to have sex with him. Of course nothing ever happens, since Yamato is an average, gutless harem protagonist, who'd rather watch porn than get some.
Yukie Mayazumi is another swordfighter who is rather shy and has developed a unique trait as a result. She has a toy horse, Matsukaze who speaks with Yukie's voice. Matsukaze is a very outgoing character and says and does crazy things that Yukie wouldn't do. Yukie also tends to make 'Bento' lunches for Yamato too.
The other characters aren't worth mentioning, but the primary antagonist is a powerful and well developed character with more backstory than any of the other characters and also happens to be lesbian, having a relationship with her underling. This anime also has the absymal trope of the old man pervert, who, thankfully, barely appears. Yamato has a robot who can both fight and serve named Cookie
The story is surprising good for a harem ecchi, despite the tremendous amounts of filler. There is a lot of twsts and turns in the plot progression concerning the primary struggle and even a bit of socialcommentary/subtext on politics and war. No doubt the first episode was the best. The worst episode is definitely the severely graphic dick festival episode. The antagonist wants to bring down Japan as a nation, due to their hatred and of course the protagonists must prevent this. The fights are action packed and intense, though a bit cheesy as Momoyo often shouts the name of the technique she is using. Of course SPOILER< The harem is never resolved, Yamato doesn't choose a girl by the end, not even Momoyo >SPOILER the ending is a bit disappointing with too many loose ends, even with the post credits scene.
Overall this anime is a lot like HoTD, where a decent story is ruined by ecchi bullshit, but still has great music. If you are like me and hate the bullshit of the ecchi harem genre, I can only recommend the first episode. Maybe a drunk marathon could be possible for the rest of the series. If you are a perverted adolescent (or have the mind of one), who enjoys this genre, then this is definitely one to watch, since it actually has story. For most, I'd also advise on skipping episode 5, the dick festival episode for obvious reasons. And because of going to far in respect to ecchi, the score takes a bit hit.
Family-friendliness Rating: 5/5 Dick festival. Nuff said (lower is better)
Overall Rating: 4.5/10 (Higher is better)
Right, it's confession time for me. If you have been reading my reviews than you may have noticed that I tend to rip the anime a new one. There is a reason for this though and it has to do with the fact that I can't turn my brain off when watching anime. I can't ignore the stupid shown in the anime and this is a problem as most anime are very stupid indeed.
In this case I'm not talking about a 90 pound girl catching a multi-ton cruise missile and throwing it back. Yes, it is stupid but it is a stupid that I'll allow. It's anime. Things like this are normal here and I'm pretty much fine with it. It annoys me to be sure but I will not rant about it.
So, having explained this lets rip into this anime shall we? Just a heads up: There will most probably be spoilers. The more I hate an anime the more spoilers there will be.
ART: No real complaints here. Characters were easily identifiable and the action was easy to follow. If CGI was used it then I didn't notice it.
SOUND: I very rarely notice the music in an anime and this is how it should be. When I do notice it then it is either very bad or very good. Voice acting is good and, considering the material, I believe that the actors had fun doing it.
CHARACTERS: Main character is Yamato. He is the brains of the group and everyone relies on his tactics to win the fight. His relation with Momoyo is rather complicated. He loves her deeply and wishes to marry her but she sees him more as her brother.
Momoyo is also a very important member of the group and one of the most powerful fighters at the academy. While she does care for Yamato it is more like family.
STORY: School life in Kawakami city is very different to the traditional schools. Here Honor and Tradition are held in high regards. With nearly all of the students coming from proud Samurai clans things can get a bit hectic at times. The fact that disputes are fought out on the battlefield is one of these exceptions. Yamato is the leader of a small but powerful faction and uses his tactical skills to lead them to victory. The only victory eluding him so far is winning the heart of Momoyo, his senior in the group.
RANT: As this anime doesn't take itself very seriously it severly limits my ability to rant at the stupidity going on. As most of the stupidity is very much intentional and played for comedic effect it works surprisingly well.
There are the usual trappings that come with a story such at this. Especially the romantic part suffers from the blandness. This is mostly due to the fact that you have seen it done countless times before.
At least Momoyo is very much aware of Yamato's feeling for her but chooses to ignore them. I prefer that to her being oblivious as this adds a whole new layer of stupid that is guarenteed to piss me off. So their dynamic works for me and elavates it slightly above most of the other anime like it.
The fact that Momoyo is such a powerful character also helps. I like strong independant female characters and she fits the bill. She is very strong indeed and capable of destroying any opposing force on her own. She also has no problem fighting against her own group if the price is right.
If there is a weakness in this anime it lies in the fact that it very nicely stays inside the lines and rarely steps outside them. The comedy is fine with some great episodes and some lesser ones.
I had fun watching it.
if you came looking for an anime with good story you came to the wrong place, fuck the story there is none what matters is the comedial segments in every single episode. The personalities of the characters mixed well creating hilarious scenes that kept me laughing so hard i cried because it hurt. the fights were interesting but not enough to care about the main focus of this anime was to make people laugh and it did the job right.
Ever had a feeling of watching a show that was really close to another? Well I have been having that with this show. This show is much like that and reminds me of Martial Heart although not as bad. Both have school girls fighting duals against other people in many different get ups from kimono’s to bad ass ninja clothing and they all have a different way of fighting. There is also a lot of nudity, the difference though being that the nudity isn’t actually in the fighting. It’s all in the school life drama that unfolds. The school life is just as it sounds like, like every other school life genre with the gags running wild from perverted school mates to love life triangles.
We have 5 girls all fighting for attention of one man, Yamato. We have the stupid one, the overly perverted one, the shy one, the girl who is from another country, and then the tomboy childhood friend. Sorry but that’s pretty much how each of the characters are. They may fight really well but under the surface, it’s just another school life. And then they had to add a bit of a underlining story that goes along with the show about the government or something but it just doesn’t seem to fit all that well. And sadly, the government part would be a big spoiler if I explained it so I’m in a little bit of a loss as to how to make this seem like a different show then all the other ones like it.
The only thing that I have to say is I like Yamato’s undying love for Momoyo Kawakami. He pretty much never really falters in his love for her though he is a major pervert in ways. They had to make it so that he would be going after dirty magazines and movies. I guess it’s a normal high school boy thing but it seriously, it’s a bit overboard. And then there is a point where he gets hurt just because the girls fight over him in one of the most stupid ways. He is a weakling and yet all the girls love him. I’m not against him being skilled in mind but he should be a bit stronger if he’s around those girls.
The animation is what I would expect from a 21<sup>st</sup> century anime and like many before that I have reviewed, it really didn’t stand out much. It was nice and rather clean lines with characters looking standard to the moe genre. That is really all I can say about it, its standard. It was made on a computer which means that the art style is pretty much the same as other bright shows. Not saying that every anime is made exactly the same but sometimes means that there is nothing to really talk about other then its good.
The voices are pretty perfect for the characters with none of them really standing out except for me thinking I heard the same voice somewhere else. The same voice actor that does Yamato, Josh Grelle, is also the same one who did Satan in The Devil is a Part-Timer. The person who did Yamoto’s friend Shoichi also did one of the twins in Ouran High School. Things like that stick out for me because it seems that these people were dominating the voice acting industry when these were dubbed.
There was no real story behind Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! - it was mainly "exposure" for fan service. For the most part, Majikoi had some good action/fighting scenes involved, but evidently there was no real other standout features.