Ramen Fighter Miki

Alt title: Muteki Kanban Musume

TV (12 eps)
3.299 out of 5 from 1,818 votes
Rank #4,706

Miki is a psychotic mascot, waitress and delivery girl who works at her equally as frightening mother's ramen shop. Both survivor and instigator of years of ruthless, no-holds-barred domestic violence, Miki has a capacity for destruction usually found only in people with things like "the Impaler" added to their name. Yet, she also has a kind side to her and is often found going implausible distances out of her way to rescue both proverbial and literal lost kittens, though some malignant souls might misconstrue this as merely ditching her work...

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Challenger - Nishiyama Kankuro - Our Fight Isn't Over Yet

Episode 2

Challenger - Nishiyama Kankuro - Our Fight Isn't Over Yet

An Impervious Enemy - Wanting to Wipe the Tears from that Child

Episode 3

An Impervious Enemy - Wanting to Wipe the Tears from that Child

Before the Trip Starts - Let Me Guide You

Episode 4

Before the Trip Starts - Let Me Guide You

Let's See Who Must Win - You're My Stepping Stone!!

Episode 5

Let's See Who Must Win - You're My Stepping Stone!!

Fight! Bark Bark vs. Nya Nya - The Rift That Looked Like Red String

Episode 6

Fight! Bark Bark vs. Nya Nya - The Rift That Looked Like Red String

Peel Off the Fake Smile - Sneaking In! The Demon's Nest

Episode 7

Peel Off the Fake Smile - Sneaking In! The Demon's Nest

That Guy Sure Looks Like He's the Strongest - A Bad Guy is Coming

Episode 8

That Guy Sure Looks Like He's the Strongest - A Bad Guy is Coming

A Falling Superstar - A Mother's Worry

Episode 9

A Falling Superstar - A Mother's Worry

Work for the Win - Sudden Fight! Nishiyama Kankuro VS Kannazuki Megumi

Episode 10

Work for the Win - Sudden Fight! Nishiyama Kankuro VS Kannazuki Megumi

The Guy Lets His Back Do the Talking - A Deadly Fight With a Happy Face

Episode 11

The Guy Lets His Back Do the Talking - A Deadly Fight With a Happy Face

When You Were Smashed - The Buried Party

Episode 12

When You Were Smashed - The Buried Party

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ThePatches
6

StoryAnime 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.AnimationHere, 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.SoundThis 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.CharactersYour 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.OverallI 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.

PandaBeard
6

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!

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