This is my first review that I've ever done, so I do apologize if it doesn't quite hit marks that it should. But I'm going to give it my all and try to convey my feelings as much as possible. Let's go!
Summary: Medaka Box is about a high school student named Kurokami Medaka who is the leader of everything in the student council. As time goes on, she meets various students who help take over the student council with her, solving problems the students bring to her. As the plot advances, they find out many deep and interesting facts that result in Medaka growing even more powerful than one can imagine. (Sorry if my summaries are awful. I tend to reveal way too much in summaries, so I tried to keep it short and sweet without too many spoilers.)
I'm going to be honest here: This is my FAVORITE anime on the planet. I love everything about it and I've been reading the manga and I've seen both seasons. I feel as though the story doesn't really get too far, but it releases enough about the characters that sets up for some MAJOR events in the second season. I also feel that the story sometimes gets sidetracked with ecchi things (Don't get me wrong, I do love me some ecchi) but I sometimes felt that it confuses itself and gets lost in what it is really supposed to be about. But it doesn't get so lost that you can't understand the plot anymore or where it's going to be headed. Reasons why it ranked 7/10 for the plot.
The animation wasn't all that bad. I love the bright and vibrant colors that were used and I feel that each color used on a certain character reflected their personality. Even during some of the sadder scenes within the anime, the colors still gave it a off set, making it still seem positive in a room filled with darkness. Probably not what most animation would make you feel in an anime, but it certainly gave me a good vibe and kept me watching.
The music was not awful whatsoever and I honestly enjoyed all the OP and ED's that it had. It didn't feel over the top or out of place from what the story line was.
Now, this is where things get serious. I absolutely LOVED the characters in this series. Now, I know most people who have seen this anime have said, "Medaka is so over powered, it's not fair. She's so perfect making her a boring and stupid character." I believe the point of this anime and the chracteristics of Medaka were supposed to represent that even a "perfect" person in society goes through things when they can't save themselves or people from certain situations. Though she ends up doing it anyway, I believe that through some events in the series, Medaka didn't just overcome them in one fellow swoop. If so, the anime would just be complete repitition and predictable. But the fact that even though she can do anything without any physical flaws, she still maintains a personality and struggles with some events that happen. Again, only my opinion, but I value Medaka as a special character and her personality really speaks to me and about how even though someone may seem perfect and "over powered" on the outside, you never know what's happening on the inside or how people handle when they can't accomplish a perfect record. Additionally, her over the top personality seemed real and loving. She cared deeply for her friends and would save them no matter what came their way. She was honestly devoted to doing what she loved and strived to be passionate and positive in every situation. The other characters, however, still make the show hilarious, they also have development (mostly in the second season) that shows that people are "perfect" in their own way, so to speak. Yeah, they didn't accomplish anything super or complete something flawlessly like Medaka did. But it shows that through strength within one's self makes a difference in what seems "perfect" in someone's eyes. Medaka Box used to have the strongest character development (in my eyes) before I watched a few other animes that have had even better.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Medaka Box is in a way Studio GAINAX trying to get a piece of the pie out of the Suzumiya Haruhi fandom that Kyoto Animation created 6 years ago. It is based on a manga by the all-famous Nishio Ishin (maker of high sellers, such as the Bakemonogatari franchise, xxxHolic, and Katanagatari) and directed by… Ok, his name is not important; he only makes mediocre ecchi anime.
The premise is about a school president messing with issues the students may have in their lives in an attempt to make everything more exciting. Yeah, it is the Haruhi premise all right… only difference it has far more ecchi instead of moe and the production values are hardly as great. Not to mention how the characters feel like nothing but pale imitations of those in Bakemonogatari. But it’s not like we can blame the author for losing his touch; truth is that Medaka box was made BEFORE Bakemonogatari and looks more like a rough blueprint for it. Furthermore the source material is a manga and not a novel, so it does not allow the same space for complicating dialogues and mostly focuses on images with small dialogue balloons. So guess what someone like Nishio filled the images with. That’s right; goofy humor and fan service.
So anyways, the plot is about this slutty-looking schoolgirl managing to become the school president by … looking all slutty, and decides to help the students in any possible problem they may have. For that reason she forces her boy toy tsundere-target practice childhood friend to be next to her. What for? Just to troll him every five minutes with sex jokes, as she breezes through the school’s problems by acting so hot and sexy, people simply do her biding… Or she gets super violent if they are not. And the teachers as usually don’t mind.
… Wait, do they even exist in this show? …
Anyways, she acts like she can accomplish anything she feels like it right away (and does so far since she has God-level powers) so there isn’t much of a conflict to care about and she thus becomes way too obnoxious and shamelessly sperm-bucket-like fast enough to lose all respect about her. And seriously, her boy-toy co-protagonist is completely useless to the plot since he can’t do anything right, while she can do anything.
Plus, the production values are as I said hardly good for their time. GAINAX used to be top brass but the last years it’s wasting its resources on complete trash shows. They only used their traditional bouncing boobs gimmick and left everything else to look like a run-of-the-mill ecchi comedy. Nothing remotely close to the era they were making highly fluent and controversial anime like FCLC and not even artistic as what SHAFT did with Bakemonogatari. I guess the economic crisis forced even them to go for cheap shows and easy money while pouring everything on the Evangelion movies.
In all, this anime attempted to have an over-the-top perfect lead heroine, a tsundere Mary Sue who can get away with anything and solve any sort of problem before doing sexy stuff for the sake of making them. It didn’t work because the humor is not that good, there is not much of a plot or a conflict, and the bold ecchi lost its appeal years ago. So no, it’s a complete flop of a show and something I do not recommend to anyone.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2
SOUND SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 1/3, Music Themes 1/4, Sound Effects 2/3
STORY SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Premise 0/2, Pacing 0/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 0/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 0/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 0/2
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 0/3, Characters 1/4
My anime reviews are always simple, short and straight-forward and is 100% spoilers-free.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, Romance, School, Shounen
Additional Info: Badass heroine. Make sure not to mess with her or you'll get 1 hit instant kill.
Ending Rating: 85% (2nd Season)
Medaka Box is a masterpiece of anime. The amazingly outstanding mixture of comedy and epic badass action are all blended very well. From the lung cancer causing comedy scenes to the badass heroine. Medaka Box will not leave your jaws intact. This anime truely worth everybody's tuiton on school.