I really liked Maken-ki! This set of specials? Not so much. The only reason for the high rating for the characters is they have already been established in the original series. The low rating for these specials is almost entirely to the low-grade animation. They are a series of exercise videos with lots of fan service but the quality of the images is poor. Most of the time, their mouths don't even move when they are talking. In some instances straight bones seem to curve and, even worse since it is an exercise video, it is mostly a bunch of repetition so they don't even need to draw many animation panels, just keep repeating the previous set. As good as the animation is in the original, this is like a 5th grade ripoff. The animation is so poor, it detracts from the fan service which is the only redeeming value of this video series. If you aren't into that, it's definitely not for you. There is no plot other than teaching exercise.