Muteki Kanban Musume

Alt titles: Noodle Fighter Miki, Ramen Fighter Miki

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ThePatches's avatar By ThePatches on Aug 4, 2009

Story

Anime that accomplish little more than provide an excuse to string together amusing sight gags could probably be considered a pillar of the industry. Muteki Kanban Musume does not stand out in this category due to its unoriginality, but it has an infectious energy and shamelessly performs its running gags in an admirable fashion. Of course, it helps that there's little plot to get in the way.

Muteki Kanban Musume is entirely episodic, so there really is no "story" per se. Each episode outlines two loosely related but standalone incidents occurring in the Hanamimachi Shopping Arcade and centered around the antics of poster girl Miki Onimaru, which gives the series its overall relaxed feel despite the frantic action in each vignette. The lack of real development in the series prevents any seriousness from interfering with its comedy and proves a fair trade for the show's resultant predictability. Muteki Kanban Musume's singular devotion to its purpose (entertainment above all else) makes the show painless and easy watching.

However, in the place of a bland and predictable final installment, the show delivers episode 12 as a punch line. This funny twist alone deserves 3 points in my book for introducing continuity at the 11th hour when no one expects it.


Animation

Here, the series gets the job done. While Muteki Kanban Musume never delivers any jaw-dropping moments, the visuals remain nimble enough to keep up with the sight gags, and the fight scenes show enough quality to deserve central billing in most episodes (albeit with occasional lazy stills or recycled segments). The show ably executes each of its parody sketches (see the Super Sentai parody, and the Shoujo-ish bits in the final episode for standout examples) and the animators manage to capture the overall camp of the series as a whole.


Sound

This show is over the top and the voice cast is along for the ride. Miki Onimaru's seiyuu, Hitomi Nabatame, performs gloriously, shouting nearly the entire time while still managing to deliver her lines with excellent comic timing; playing across from the heroine, Ami Koshimizu turns in a surprisingly nuanced performance as bakery's poster girl Megumi Kannazuki. Following the example set by the two leads, the rest of the cast attacks the script, no matter how absurd, with admirable gusto and their energy really sells every scene. Among an otherwise uninteresting musical score, only the OP stands ou. Its epic sweep starkly and humorously contrasts the mundane (unrealistic and violent, but mundane) plot-lines of each episode.


Characters

Your enjoyment of Muteki Kanban Musume either lives or dies on how you feel about the characters, because each episode solely consists of character driven humor set in motion by Miki's over eagerness to solve every problem through violence. However, everyone in the Arcade has a second side to his or her character. Miki has both a heart of gold and a penchant for violence. Ohta, the grocer, is both the most normal shopkeeper of the bunch and a devout Super Sentai fanboy. Nishiyama, an odd-jobbing street tough who lives only to fight Miki in one-on-one combat, proves to be a disciplined and responsible worker who ends his sentences in the super-cute "nya". And that's only part of the cast. Each character has a role to play in the show in addition to the Hanamimachi community, and each character's secondary quirk contrasts his or her more overt role for maximum comedic effect.


Overall

I offer this rating with a fair sized caveat: If you're looking for intelligent, boundary pushing anime, you're not going to find it here. This series performs admirably within itself, and is at once totally predictable and fairly funny. While Muteki Kanban Musume never quite reaches the sublime comedic heights that other random slice of life anime have achieved, each episode managed to set off at least one giggle fit. If you're looking for a good palate cleanser between bouts with more serious anime, you will find this show refreshingly straightforward, funny, and pleasantly familiar.

3/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
6/10 overall
PandaBeard's avatar By PandaBeard on Dec 7, 2010

Muteki Kanban Musume

 

For someone who originally dropped such a related comedic show as Excel Saga and stalled on another comedy.. Ninja Nonsense . Interestingly enough, Completing and enjoying the anime of Muteki Kanban Musume or in English Noodle Fighter Miki.

A fun, chaotic 12 episode comedic twist into the lives of a not so ordinary Japanese "suburban" family showing the crazy life of a ramen slinger named Miki who seems to love her job so much that she gets sidetracked by her many enemies (even a dog!) who only want to pick fights.

Premiering in 2006 this anime tends to be quite clean and modern. Sadly it comes off as a bit generic even for 2006. Surfacing from the animation house of Nippon Animation which is more commonly known for their interpretations of fairy tales.

While the opening and closing animation is catchy and poppy. The soundtrack is typical J-pop. The soundtrack through out the anime just seems to blend in the background and might as well not even be within the show due to the fact that the characters never stop speaking and shouting.

A nice hodgepodge of characters. While a good amount the of the time characters are shouting, often becoming quite annoying. Thankfully a nice array of them stand out and are enjoyable. From the quirky Miki, Her otaku, timid next door neighbor Akihiko, her insane, always hurt enemy Kankuro, and of course Miki's tough as nails mother, Makiko.

This splendid, satisfying animation which I would have to say stands out in front of most Japanese comedies in its class. An otaku yes! A must for the fan of the Japanese comedy genre.

 

PandaBeard!

6.5/10 story
6/10 animation
5.5/10 sound
6/10 characters
6/10 overall
AnimeAllen's avatar By AnimeAllen on Mar 4, 2011

Muteki Kanban Musume is a great Anime. I loved it from the first episode to the last. Each episode has two parts to it and two different stories and each episode is different. That is what I like about this Anime. It was random, funny, and the characters were awesome. I really enjoyed this Anime also because it was about Ramen. It is not like any Anime I have every seen; its random, funny and has a good mood to it. I guess thats why I like it so much. Anyway, I suggest you give it a chance. You will never know until you try! Overall 9/10. If only they made more episodes then I would give it a 10/10!

8/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall