Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Medaka Box: Chin Impalement

"If a character rested their head on top of mine, their chin would literally pierce through the top of my head, through my skull, into my head, puncture my brain and kill me. That's how pointy their damn chins are. Instant death, instant brain ramen." - me at this frickin show
I can't say that I was super impressed by this series. I feel like I'm at the point in my otaku career that I have really refined tastes, and most of the older and more obscure series just don't really do it for me. It feels like torture sometimes to marathon an old title, especially when compared to the joy of a simulcast.

Medaka Box is an anime about the student council president Medaka Kurokami, who implements a box where people submit their problems. Then she (while dragging along her childhood friend Zenkichi Hitoyoshi) solves all of their problems while also making them better people.

The concept itself sounds good. I remember hearing about it and thinking it would be cool. I was gravely mistaken. First of all, the problems that are being sent in are very, very stupid. As in, Medaka is fighting delinquents while also reforming them, and it's all orchestrated by a guy who didn't like the delinquents. His plan backfired on him by the way. Not really a surprise. But I digress.


We also have the main character, Medaka. She's overpowered. She's good at everything, her only motivation is helping others by improving them, and she's voluptuous. That's it. I watched through three torturous episodes, and that's all I got out of her. Also, she likes her childhood friend Zenkichi and doesn' care if she strips in front of him. She's so shallow, it's painful to watch her. I just want her to fail, or at least have some sort of passion and motivation that are relatable.

Zenkichi the childhood friend. If I have to hear someone say childhood friend one more damn time I will have a stroke. Repeatedly throughout the first three episodes, he was referred to as Medaka's childhood friend at least fifty times. By himself, by Medaka, by the other students, they always said that. I remember very distinctly that it was said almost every time Zenkichi was spoken to or about. It was never just his name, they had to throw in the extra detail of him being Medaka's childhood friend. Also, his character was lame, he has no reason for doing anything besides because he can, so the creators had him do it. Screw logic and development, am I right? Oh, wait, him being her childhood friend is the logic. Of course.

Something else I disliked was the artwork. It resembled Korean manga, the lines were very pointed and the chins were so sharp. If a character rested their head on top of mine, their chin would literally pierce through the top of my head, through my skull, into my head, puncture my brain and kill me. That's how pointy their damn chins are. Instant death, instant brain ramen. The hair is also weird, it just looks like Dragon Ball to me.

The premise is also very skewed. I would have really liked the idea of the student council working on helping solve problems. However, they turned it into some sort of comedy fight anime, along with some ecchi and vague romance. They had a good idea, and then they threw in too many genres. If it had been done in a similar manner as Sakura Quest, it would have been much better. I wouldn't recommend it. You may try watching the first episode, but if you don't like it just stop. The first episode pretty accurately represents the whole series, so don't get your hopes up.