Anime Review: Masamune-kun no Revenge

Masamune-kun no Revenge is the kind of anime that would inevitably come out every season. It is, in essence, a harem, high school life, comedy, light romance show. It is the kind of show that would appeal to younger anime fans, especially those with less experience in knowing the tropes and cliches in the industry.


Don’t get me wrong. Just because an anime roots itself in a genre that can easily be seen as cliched does not mean it has to be so. My subjective opinions aside, there are definitely some good shows that I’ve seen in the past in this genre that have some unique aspects to them. However, Masamune is definitely not one of them. It does have a premise that has potential. As it turns out, though, the plot is more or less filled with tropes from the standard drama shows, of which plot development depends on. The eye-catching premise of “revenge for childhood rejection” is just another excuse to make the main romantic pairing, without going very deep.

One of the things that this show suffers from is that it tries to adapt the entire source material so far in 12 episodes. While even the source story is not complex, adapting the whole thing in one season turned out to be not so great. The show starts off fine, but rushes through character relationship with other main heroines during the middle, only to abruptly sweep them aside as “side characters” to make way for the main heroine in the end. While this seems to be the standard adaptation practice for harem shows nowadays, it is still very bad for the story.

What else is there to say? If you’ve seen a dozen shows in this genre you can predict how the story is going to go. The artwork is vibrant and character design is quite nice, but there is no “wow” factor to be found in visuals. BGM and theme songs are typical JPOP. If you enjoy it, you would like the music. Obviously, songs vocalized by upstart seiyuus are nowhere near the levels of “professional music”, as you would expect. I would not call the main characters flat, but their depth are quite far from being intricate. In fact, the main girl is the amalgam of two tropes: ojousama and tsundere. The protagonist is just… another male harem lead.

All in all, Masamune-kun no Revenge is an above average harem show, but still deeply entrenched in cliches and tropes of the genre without its own quirks. Most people who enjoyed watching this show would probably not going to remember its title after a while.

My very subjective score: 5.5/10


No. 14: Immortal Regis & Cavalier of the Abyss

Art: Juder

Story & Art: JYU Deo

Immortal Regis
Immortal Regis

Genres: Shounen, Action, Ecchi, Romance, Adventure, Fantasy, Manhwa, Harem, Magic

Status: [Immortal Regis: finished]

[Cavalier of the Abyss: Ongoing]

The story starts with Immortal Regis. At one night, a boy, Jae Hyuk Chae, meets the otherworldly Serin, a denizen of the Chaos and a necromancer! JHC was accidentally killed by a demon. Fortunately, he is resurrected by Serin, but was unable to continue to live in the human world because of the ancient laws. He followed the icy, beautiful Serin to the world of Chaos.

So begins Jae Hyuk Chae’s fantastical adventure (and Harem). So far, readers might already formed a clear conception for this manhwa – just another typical plotless magical girls fanservice artwork – it is only half right. While it is true that there are a lot of sexy girls in this manhwa, it is also true that this title has some amazing plot twists and turns, binded with consistent enough logical world-construction.

immortal regis 3

The artwork for both Immortal Regis and its sequal has a kind of gothic style, which refreshes the readers’ eyes with innovative drawings. The characters in general have chibi designs, drawn in a very cute way. The artstyle sets this manhwa apart from others.

Cavalier of the Abyss
Cavalier of the Abyss

Anyways, just trust my words on it. It may not have the most smooth plot progression; it may not created any memorable characters that leaves a mark in readers’ mind. It may even have a lot of confusing fights that one can never tell which side is winning……

So what.  It has a solid enough story, magic and fantasy theme, epic moments, and really sexy girls (all of whom seemed to be infatuated with the protagonist). As a shounen reader, what more do you want?

No. 20: Rosario + Vampire I & II

by Akihisa Ikeda

please don't judge this manga based on this cover photo!
don’t judge this manga based on this cover photo!

Genres: Shounen, School, Vampire, Harem, Supernatural, Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, (Magic), Romance

Status R+V I: finished;  R+V II: On-going


Aono Tsukune is so hard up on luck, that he can’t even get admitted into high school. His parents finally find him a school with no tests required for admittance, out in the middle of nowhere. He finds out the school is a youkai (monster) academy, Just as he is about to resign himself and get back on the bus home, he bumps into a beautiful girl. Turns out this beautiful girl, Akashiya Moka, is also a vampire who bites him right off the bat. They become friends and Tsukune is ready for a happy school life with her, until he finds out that if a human is found on the school grounds, he or she should be killed. Now Tsukune must conceal his identity from the rest of the monsters at school, while at the same time being a ready snack for Moka when ever the urge takes her. What effect will this have on Tsukune and will Moka be able to keep him out of harm’s way? (source unknown)


Rosario + Vampire is the usual Shounen/Supernatural/Harem/Romance/Comedy manga with your “average human high school boy”, Tsukune Aono, as the protagonist. Sounds familiar? Indeed, Rosario + Vamipre isn’t all that original. Nonetheless, it’s still an enjoyable manga to read.

At first, this manga just seems like a monster high school story of a loser kid surrounded by several beautiful girls, like a lot of other harem manga. After a number of episodic chapters that build up characters to their harem stereotypes, the real story begins. From that point on, battles become intense and bloody, plot smells of conspiracy and mysteries, and the way Tsukune Aono becomes overpowered after getting beaten up by the bad guys to a pulp is pretty much just as epic as as other good shounen manga. Most importantly, even though this is a harem manga, there is clearly only a single main female character (the vampire, Moka), to whom Tsukune directs most of his romantic focus.

R+V 2

So to capture the essence of what I am trying to say, there is indeed a central plot to this manga (even though it seems to be just another harem school daily normal). the battles between protagonist and antagonists are, at least, innovative and hotblooded. Finally, this is definitely one of the slightly better harem manga that I have seen.