Akikan! #01 — Bad Puns R Us

December 24th, 2008


Not to be confused with あきかん.

New Season Disclaimer:

I’ll make a post for almost all new series (barring sequels) with a wrap-up and bullet point opinion of each once the premier week is over. Remember that these are just my kneejerk reactions to the first 20 minutes of shows, many of which in genres that I don’t even particularly like, but I do believe in giving every new series at least an episode to interest me.

Bandai Channel put up a special broadcast of the first episode. It won’t start airing properly for another week and a half, and since this episode was 20 minutes without an OP or ED, I imagine those will be added in to flesh it out to completion. Go ahead and watch it here if you’re bored.


Unfortunately, the "Empty Can" pun, among other terrible puns (oho, the childhood friend is named Najimi… hilarious!), are about all that this show really has going for it. Har de har har. The writing is the worst kind of stilted exposition, right down to classmates explaining other characters as they appear, and Kakeru is the worst kind of misogynistic protagonist. He’s a jerk carved right out of the Ataru (Urusei Yatsura) vein, only not really perverted or cruel enough to actually be funny. All the women start off the show fawning over him, even as he abuses and ignores them. Koharu Biyori’s lead comes to mind as a good comparison, but instead of forcing robot women into maid costumes, it’s locking women in closets. It’s hilarious because… she’s locked in a closet.

I suppose it does deserve a few points for steering clear of too many out and out fanservice moments. There was a closeup on Melon’s melons once, but that was about it. Everything else just came from relatively nonsensical innuendo that would take quite a few euphemisms and enough bodily gestures to make a sailor blush to actually sound dirty. Poor humor aside, the animation and art are both rather lacking. Reuse of Melon’s melon blast animation within the first 5 minutes was not a way to win any points. The music didn’t particularly enthrall me or annoy me, so I suppose that’s a point in its favor.

It wasn’t the worst first episode I’ve ever watched, but there isn’t a single moment in this episode that I could call good, let alone anything that would make me excited to see where this is going. I’m glad that it wasn’t as trashy as I had assumed it would be, but I’m not really sure who they’re trying to appeal to here, except maybe linguaphiles looking for new ways to talk dirty to their girlfriend in Japanese.

Posted in Anime | 14 Comments »

14 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Alan says:

    hmm… look promising.
    will watch it once i leech it..

    nywy, thakz 4 d inside


  • Gummi says:

    But wasent this suppose to air in january 3rd?

  • AGear2Ax says:

    Special Broadcast? Oh, and Happy Holidays.

  • Avisch says:

    What do you mean Aroduc!? This show is great. You get to hear Jun Fukuyama with a crazy voice talking about how he can’t get laid….

    …Which I also could have gotten from watching almost any other show where he plays a protagonist. But oh well.

    I think it’s safe to call it SHUFFLE! on 5 ounces of LSD.

  • Kagutsuchi says:

    Damn. I expected more out of Studio Brains Base than this.

  • Hinano says:

    Wow this looks terribly awesome! I know what’s replacing my Akaneiro next season LMAO

  • Anonymous says:

    worst kind of misogynistic protagonist >>> generic harem lead we usually get

  • LDC says:


  • anon says:

    Manservice go

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  • chad001 says:

    Just to note, re-review this later… they prob put ACTUAL music in it, a DECENT OP (GOD, I’m praying after ef) and make MANY changes, all hail the eleventh hour. This ep can be considered a mere preview, hopefully. Also, it’s has Jun Fukuyama using his Lelouch voice for Kakeru, now THAT is funny… but in a sick, twisted knida way, and then we shall find out Najimi is under Geass to love him…yeah…lol…

  • chad001 says:

    Expanding on the Jun Fuyukama part… he must’ve chose this show for a reason, hopefully, so it may get better, who knows? None of us have ever read the novel… and to answer the question, he is probably liked because of his charisma he inherited from his predecessor, Lelouch vi Brittania.

  • shirokiryuu says:

    Out of curiosity, what are some example of worst first episodes? =D I like watching bad first episodes.

  • Sheep says:

    Oy. This episode ranged between horrid and rancid. Miserable derivative twaddle. Pass. Pass. Pass.