Kakeru Daichi is an openly perverted sixteen-year-old boy who has never had a girlfriend. One night, after a refreshing shower, the boy decides to have a drink and opens up a can of melon soda; but his first sip turns into his first kiss as the can suddenly transforms into a cute girl! After his initial hesitance to acknowledge her existence, Kakeru - as her new owner - names the girl Melon and allows her to stay. Melon, as it turns out, is part of a government project in which aluminium and steel 'Akikans' fight each other to determine which is the superior type of can. Completely against the idea, Kakeru insists that Melon will not fight. Though with the appearance of Budoko, a grape juice Akikan; and Yell, a sports-drink Akikan; it seems that they won’t be able to avoid the battles forever.
StoryAhh, Japan. You're built on a diet of raw fish, have a love of whaling and a seemingly unhealthy obsession with panties, but we love you anyways for your endless good ideas about anime. Unfortunately, it seems you've reached the bottom of the intellectual barrel and served up Akikan, a title whose name is as bizarre as the content is scummy. Now, 'scum' may seem harsh, but cursory glance over the synopsis alludes to the tripe that lies within. Kakeru is a dislikeable and generally perverted youth who spends his days fantasising about finding a sexy girlfriend that he can get frisky with. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself locking lips with a mysterious beauty after taking a swig from a can of melon soda; or "her juice", a phrase that is filled with innuendo and used frequently throughout the series. Throw in a cliche childhood friend, and a nod to Bible Black with a highly oversexed witch, and Akikan's one unique selling point becomes moot. Roughly six minutes into episode 1, I realised just how bad the storyline was going to be. Numerous canned beverages suddenly spring to busty life and battle it out to decide if steel or aluminum cans are the best in a desperately cobbled together plot. I shit you not. Akikan's ridiculous nature smears itself across your face frequently, such as Melon throwing giant exploding cataloupes at the sports drink, Yell's, light saber. Meanwhile, the previously mentioned witch has a compulsive disorder in which she needs to grope her naive friend, offering the yuri fanboys a distinctly unsatisfying spectacle that is more cringe than fap worthy. As the dead dog drags itself to an unwelcome finale, episode 10 introducesy unnecessary filler; Melon and Yell perform house work, while the younger Budoku plays dress-up with stuffed toys for a completely unknown reason. Maybe I dozed off for a week, as the next episodes jump ahead in time to the introduction of Miku, a very weak mixed drink and the story's final boss. This “plot” part of the show is quickly wrapped up in forty minutes, leaving an extremely bitter aftertaste because of a lacklustre attempt to bring more panties to the viewer. Then again, why should I expect more when this is all Akikan has attempted (unsuccessfully) to offer?AnimationOne of the things that amused me the most (in a bad way) was Akikan’s animation. The wide character outlines - which appear to have been drawn with crayons - give the impression of an artistic team overflowing with ham-fistedness. Equally amusing is the interesting attempt at lip-synching; apparently having a characters mouth open and close in a way similar to a goldfish holds the key to realism. With mismatched eyes, distorted facial features and limbs without bones, the series' visual attributes does not fare well. To be honest, when a title earns a headline of “Epic Fail Anime” on Sankaku because of its animation skills (or lack thereof), then you know you are most definitely on to a loser.SoundEven having numerous ending tracks and a couple of opening tunes could not save what will probably become my most detested soundtrack of 2010. Jumping between overly sweetened fangirl style hits to a horrific sounding electronic Hatsune Miku, the lyrics are just as mind-numbing as the rest of the show. At least Akikan can be praised for its consistency. Somehow, the delectable sounding Jun Fukuyama was railroaded into playing the detestable Kakeru - personally speaking, I think it was blackmail. Although he manages to pull off a sterling performance, the likability of the character combined with a script written by inmates on day release from the funny farm means this will not be one of his most memorable outings. Also worthy of a mention is the inexcusably un-evil protagonist, Miku. Where they dragged this seiyuu up from, I have no idea, but her maniacal laugh acts more like a sandpaper rubdown than a means to instill fear in her adversaries.CharactersWith Kakeru coming across as a dislikeable idiot, it is difficult to see why he would have numerous females throwing themselves at his feet... unless they are short on smarts. And judging from the apparent intelligence shown by Melon and childhood friend, Najimi, that most definitely seems to be the case. As each characters' deficiencies bubble to the surface, the distinct lack of development highlights the fact that there is a severe void in the personality department. Out of the shallow roll call, only the yaoi obsessed Otoya shows occasional moments of potential. With his perverted moments infrequently filling the screen, it was a breath of fresh air for a running joke to not be wrung completely dry. Sadly, the leader of the Department for Economy has very little screen time, and the viewer must instead remain content with the vacuous bubbleheads that call themselves the “main cast”.OverallFrom a young age, I have always been taught that “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. So in conclusion, *A tumbleweed blows by...*
Alright, I've seen this anime get a ton of negative feedback. Personally, I watched it before seeing all that, and it honestly wasn't that bad. Now, it's not exactly the best anime I've ever seen, but overall I enjoyed it. Yes, it is very short, and doesn't have a very deep plotline. (I'm not gonna sit here and summarize it, you can read that in it's description) However, it is a wonderful comedy, with just a touch of romance. It is obviously not meant to be a serious aniime, but I recommend watching Akikan! if you're looking for a quick, quirky and bemusing show to watch. And as far as the animation goes, it is a little different from most popular mainstream anime. It's not bad, nor terribly distorted, just different- a unique artstyle. Bottom line, if you want something different.. Have at it.
"Daichi Kakeru is an openly perverted sixteen-year-old boy who has never had a girlfriend. One night, after a refreshing shower, Kakeru decides to have a drink and opens up a can of melon soda; but his first sip turns into his first kiss as the can suddenly transforms into a cute girl! After his initial hesitance to acknowledge her existence, Kakeru - as her new owner - names the girl Melon and allows her to stay. Melon, as it turns out, is part of a government project in which aluminium and steel 'Akikans' fight each other to determine which is the superior type of can. Completely against the idea, Kakeru insists that Melon will not fight. Though with the appearance of Budoko, a grape juice Akikan; and Yell, a sports-drink Akikan; it seems that they won’t be able to avoid the battles forever."Short Review - Might expand laterI tend to not like writing reviews for shows that already have reviews. However, in this case I believe the guy who reviewed this anime before me is a 13 year old horn dog who thinks hentai is the best anime there is.Story: 2Basically is no story. Very episodic up to the 10th episode. Then they try and mash in a whole story arch in 2 episodes. I've never seen a show with worse pacing then this piece of shit. I'm giving this a two solely because one or two episodes kept me mildly entertained.Animation: 7What you would expected from a modern anime of this genre. Bright colors and large breast with alot of vag shots.Sound: 5Intro and ending song not to bad. The girls voices are still ringing in my head. I didn't know it was possible to have voices that high, or that whinny.Characters: 4The only reason why this got a 4 instead of a 1 is because the protagonist every ONCE in a while managed to do or say something funny. Everyone else was pretty one dimensional cliches.Overall: 4Overall for a horny 13 year old boys that can't find hentai on the web: 7Frankly, this show was not the worse show I have ever scene, but it is bad enough to fail as an ecchi/harem, and thats saying something as it's targeted audience isn't exactly picky. I went in thinking this might be a horrible, though slightly entertaining show. I finished it thinking it was a horrible show... with no entertainment value.Avoid this shit.
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