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Maken-Ki!- The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

Maken-Ki- The Complete Series Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack

“Maken-Ki!” is a bottom of the barrel anime series.

In the 12 episode anime series “Maken-Ki!,” the pervy Takeru reunites with an old friend/crush (Haruko) at a co-ed school called Tenbi Academy. Unbeknownst to Takeru, however, this Academy is actually a school for students who possess energies (AKA Elements) and create weapons known as Makens. Now, Takeru finds himself surrounded by fighting and attractive women such as Kodama (who views Takeru as an enemy) and Inaho (who claims to be Takeru’s fiancé).

Other pivotal plots include clubs, the Maken-Ki, Takeru’s strange mark, Kodama and Takeru on a date, volleyball, swimming, a maid café, Inaho’s mysterious past, Haruko’s power, the Venus team (a mysterious mercenary unit), and the Kamigari organization (who recruit gifted students with extraordinary powers).

“Maken-Ki!” is everything wrong with anime rolled into one show. It’s a sexist harem series that is filled with cliches, lame tropes, mindless action, and shameless fan service. The whole show feels like an animated male fantasy complete with female characters fighting over a guy (in this case Takeru). Granted, there’s a demographic out there who will eat this show up, but if you’re looking for an intelligent anime series, this is certainly not it.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? This colorful hi-def transfer is a definite upgrade from the DVD version.

Audio Tracks:m English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. How do they sound? The English track is fine, but the Japanese voice cast is much more suited to the characters in my humble opinion.

Extras:
* Trailers for “We Without Wings,” “Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero,” “Tenchi Muyo!: War On Geminar,” “Good Luck Girl!,” “Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte,” “Haganai,” “High School DxD,” “Is This A Zombie? Of The Dead,” “Sakura Wars,” “Fairy Tail,” and Funimation.com.
* A laidback commentary on episode 2 by Scott Freeman and Ian Sinclair. The two chat about an ill-advised drinking game, characters, love letters, and do some amusing impressions.
* 1 textless opening song and 13 textless closing songs.
* 3 Japanese commercials, a U.S. trailer, and an original teaser for “Maken-Ki!”
* “Heart-Throb! Maken-Ki! Secret Training”- 6 animated segments in which characters teach various exercise and fight training regiments in a perverted manner.
* A talkative and giggle filled commentary on episode 8 by Monica Rial and Tia Ballard. With Rial, you can always expect talking and laughing.

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March 9, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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