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Medaka Box

Jun 21, 2012

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


VERDICT: 2.5/10

1/10 story
5/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
2.5/10 overall

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Tolle says...

I'm just gonna throw this out there: "That is exactly what makes this review objective.". Sorry, no. A review is never objective. Whenever you read or watch something, you'll have an opinion about it. If you choose to write a review about it, that review will be biased on your impression of what you read/watched. Think about the word "review". We are re-viewing something and we're doing it through the spectacles of another person - it is not our view, since we have not yet seen/read it, but the reviewer's. We might disagree with this person on what he writes, thus what he wrote is not objective.

A review is not objective.

Feb 12, 2013
ThommyTheThird says...

I feel like your review is way too harsh on the series. It's true that the show is a combination of concepts we've seen before, and that it might even steal/copy others, but it is hardly a 2.5.

While most characters were somewhat bland, and one was even a straight copy of kid L, I don't see the hate for Medaka. The only gripe i have with her is that she can do it all, and has barely any flaws, which is quite typical for Shounen anime. If you're not strong enough, just change hair color and try again. If you can look through the fact that she's Ms Perfect, she was rather inspiring. It may be seen as clichés, but the underlying message that we're all good human beings was touching at times.

As WhiteKnight said, you weren't objective with this review. You only bash the show for what it isn't (compared to better shows), yet you completely disregard the good things about the show. If you truly think this is a 2.5, I'm afraid you'll be very disappointed with practically every show you watch.

Jan 22, 2013
roriconfan says...

Later in the manga, perhaps. I only mention what I see in the anime now.

Oct 19, 2012
KageNoArashi says...

Well bro i totally agree with you about your review lol, Medaka is seriously overpowered, it just became ridiculious later on in the manga... But i couldn't agree with you how Zenkichi is not a good character, DESPITE him knowing everything about Medaka later on in the manga(which is fkin annoying), he later on became really strong, even a stronger character than Medaka herself, still he remained a pretty cool character.

Oct 18, 2012
LeQr says...

yup yup review got it's point. The heroine is so annoying and she also looks so fucking arrogant.

Jun 27, 2012