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


Manga Recommendation 2013 (1)

I figured it was about time for me to post some recommended manga. These are manga that either finished in 2013 or ongoing ones that were still relatively new in 2013. All 6 manga that are recommended are not adaptations of any other mediums. These manga are originally published as manga.

#6 Masamune-kun no Revenge

masamune-kun no revenge


Makabe Masamune has changed himself greatly for a single reason: he wants revenge. Contrary to his past, he has worked hard to become good-looking in order to carry out this goal. Faster than anticipated, he even meets the target of his revenge the first day after transferring in — Adagaki Aki. He wastes no time beginning his plan, but revenge doesn’t come easily. (MAL)

The premise seems generic, but enough to capture your attention nonetheless. If you read the first few chapters, you would immediately set it apart from many other manga that have similar setups. The first thing that would capture you is art. Seriously, the art is cute, attractive, but not annoyingly flashy. Then, the characters, which are well-done in such a short period of time. The character that stands out the most is obviously our cute little ojousama, Adagaki Aki, perfectly drawn and depicted.

In fact, as of January 9, 2014, there are only 11 chapters published for this manga. It probably won’t be a very long manga, but since it updates monthly, it might still continue for a long time to come.

#5 Minamoto-kun no Monogatari

minamoto-kun no monogatari


Minamoto-kun has a face pretty enough to make people think he’s a girl. Because of his face, he was bullied by the girls in middle school who were jealous of his face. He developed a fear of women due to the trauma and he ended up attending a high school for boys. Just as he enters college and makes a promise to himself to overcome the trauma of his past, his father remarries and asks him to move out of the house. His father arranges him to live with his aunt (Minamoto-kun’s father’s younger sister) for the time being. She is an extremely beautiful woman who is also a non-tenured professor at his college. When he arrives at her apartment, she shows him her breasts and tells him that he will be her “guinea pig” in her reverse Hikari Genji project. (Source: jCafe24)

Yes. Seriously. A story of how a new university freshman get laid, presumably with 14 different girls. Apart from art (the main selling point of this manga), I really like how the narrative focuses on the reactions, thoughts, and emotions of the protagonist. Surely most people who read manga can relate to many experiences that MC-kun had. I hate to admit it, but this manga is actually realistic to a very large extent, not like a lot of shitty manga in which girls mysteriously fall for male lead.

At this time, there are 109 chapters published for this manga. However, it is not as long as you think, since each chapter only has 8 – 10 pages, with few words. Well, good luck with your conquest, MC-kun!

#4 Eden no Ori (Cage of Eden)

shounen MC being shounen MC in a badass way lol
shounen MC being shounen MC in a badass way lol


Akira and his classmates are on a plane that crashes on an island inhabited by a species thought to have been extinct. Some of his classmates are eaten alive, some kill others in desperation. Now Akira and a few other survivors are trying to stay alive through what seems to be a horrible nightmare. (Source: MU)

Eden no Ori is a survival, psychological, mystery, adventure, action, fantasy, sci-fi, but above all, shounen manga. The premise is original, and well-executed for the most parts. The story takes wild turns at different points of the story, but the mangaka was able to tie the threads down pretty well in the end. Just don’t take this one as seriously as it wants to be taken at the beginning of the story, and you will be able to enjoy this one a lot.

For readers who are not overly fond of fan-service, you would have to endure the over-abundance of service in this manga. This manga is completed as of January 2013, and overall, it is a rather nice survival-adventure-sci-fi manga.

Look forward to part two, which will be posted later today.