Maken-ki! Two – Complete Series (a J!-ENT Anime Blu-ray Disc Review)
May 22, 2016 by Dennis Amith
“Maken-ki! Two – Complete Series” is an anime series that will no doubt appeal to the horny anime fanboy or those who love harem anime series, especially with a ton of fan service and nudity. It goes even further than the first season and if you loved season one, more than likely you will enjoy season two!
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TITLE: Maken-ki! Two – Complete Series
DURATION: Episodes 1-10 (275 Minutes)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0, English Subtitles
RATED: TV MA
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Originally Created by Hiromitsu Takeda
Directed by Hiraku Kaneko
Series Composition by Yousuke Kuroda
Music by Cher Watanabe
Character Design by Akio Takami
Art Direction by Chitose Asakura, Junko Nagasawa
Production by Xebec
Featuring the following voice talent:
Noriko Shitaya/Monica Rial as Haruko Amaya
Tomoaki Maeno/Ian Sinclair as Takeru Ōyama
Hitomi Harada/Heather Walker as Aki Nijō
Iori Nomizu/Tia Ballard as Inaho Kushiya
Mina/Caitlin Glass as Minori Rokujō
Misuzu Togashi/Morgan Garrett as Azuki Shinatsu
Sayuri Yahagi/Chloe Ragnbone as Kodama Himegami
Natsumi Takamori/Jamie Marchi as Yuka Amado
Tyson Rinehart as Rudolf
Only nostrils of steel can prevent massive blood loss during this super sexy second season of Maken-Ki! Brought to you by the director of Ikki Tousen!
Takeru and his Leadership Committee comrades are the last line of defense when it comes to ridding Tenbei Academy of mischievous Maken users. But saving all these succulent student bodies from a hoard of hocus pocus hornballs is no easy trick. Not when there’s a pervy creeper pinning bras to the bulletin board, a magical feline turning coed cuties into irresistible sex kittens, and a must-see manga fest where the costumes get mysteriously shrunken down to scandalous sizes! Through it all, Takeru keeps his mind on the mammaries – and the mammaries on his mind – as the luscious ladies of the Leadership Committee prove that their magic is breast in class!
In 2011, Hiromitsu Takeda created his mature manga “Maken-ki!” which was published in Fujimi Shobo’s “Monthly Dragon Age” magazine (and original in “Dragon Age Pure”).
The manga series would lead to a 12-episode anime adaptation by AIC in 2011 airing on AT-X and two OVA episodes which were bundled with the 8th and 11th volume of the manga series.
In 2014, a second season was created and now the second season will be released on Blu-ray courtesy of FUNimation.
And if you thought season one was perverted…prepare for Season Two!
The anime series is directed by Hiraku Kaneko (“Kagaku na Yatsura”, “Manyu Hiken-cho”, “Qwaser of Stigmata”), series composition by Yousuke Kuroda (“Excel Saga”, “Gungrave”, “Honey and Clover”), music by Cher Watanabe (“The Prince of Tennis II”, “Gakkyu-oh Yamazaki”), character designs by Akio Takami (“Gin Rei”, “Shaman King”) and art direction by Chitose Asakura (“Fafner”, “Ranma 1/2″ films, Maison Ikkoku”, “) and Junko Nagasawa (“Big Order”, “Medabots”, “Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!”).
What is “Maken-ki” about?
“Maken-ki” is a mature harem anime series which revolved around a teenager named Takeru Ohyama, who has enrolled at Tenbi Academy. A good-hearted, clumsy teenager who has become sexually curious, his childhood friend Haruko Amaya, the student body vice-president, who has come to walk him to his new school and introduce him to the new surroundings.
But what Takeru didn’t know is that the school he is attending is a school for special students who possess magical and spiritual energy known as Elements and they each can wield personalized weapons known as Maken.
As we see Haruko wanting to protect Takeru (and having an interest towards him), on the first day of school, his clumsiness leads him to cross paths with the feisty blonde fighter named Kodama Himegami, who spots an unusual mark on Takeru and immediately makes him her enemy that she wants to kill.
On the opening day of school, Kodama immediately challenges Takeru to a battle, which concerns Haruko because it’s Takeru’s first day and he hasn’t been trained.
And during their sparring match, when Kodama is about to unleash a special attack, her attack is nullified by Inaho Kushiya, who protects him from harm and proclaims herself to be the fiance of Takeru, which shocks Takeru and Haruko.
Because Inaho wants to be close to Takeru and is her self-proclaimed fiance, she and Takeru are allowed to live together. But also requesting to live with them is Kodama. Seeing that two girls are trying to live with Takeru and not wanting to see anything happen to him, a jealous Haruko announces that she will live with them as well, in order to make sure no one is up to no good.
Meanwhile, as the new students undergo testing to see what Maken can be crafted for them, the machine is unable to detect any Maken that will work for Takeru, making the women want to protect him even more from harm. And as Takeru tries to fit in with the new school, Haruko invites Takeru to join the Maken-ki club, a club that officiates duels at school.
But during a moment where Takeru is trying to protect another student, he displays a certain power that he doesn’t remember doing in the heat of the moment. What is this unknown power that Takeru has within him?
For season two, the series revolves around Takeru and the Leadership Committee at school. As they are the last line of defense when it comes to protect Tenbi Academy from mischievous maken users, the group must deal with a mischievous cat turning girls to cats, a teddy bear with hardcore lecherous tendencies, a creeper who keeps pinning students bras to the bulletin board and more. But what happens when Takeru is changed into a well-endowed woman? What happens when Azuki is mistaken for a man? What happens when nurse Aki Nijou wants to know how a boyfriend feels like and handcuffs Takeru to her, forcing him to spend an evening with her?
Find out in “Maken-ki! Two – Complete Series”!
The characters featured in “Maken-ki Two – Complete Series” are:
- Takeru Ohyama – The main protagonist. A teenager who appears to be good-hearted, caring, clumsy and perverted. His clumsiness leads him to falling on one of the female students or falling and accidentally grabbing to a student’s clothing and pulling them off, often his friend Haruko and Kodama which leads to them beating him up. He has a special abilities that manifest during the most extreme situations when people he cares about are in harms way.
- Haruko Amaya – The student body vice-president and head of one of the dorms. A childhood friend of Takeru who cares about him deeply. She is jealous when other girls get close to Takeru. She is very well-endowed and is considered one of the strongest at Tenbi Academy. A member of Maken-ki.
- Kodama Himegami – A blonde student that is a member of Maken-ki. She is often discouraged because she is not well-endowed and often eats Takeru up as he accidentally stole her first kiss when she fell from a tree. But when she sees a mark on him, she becomes curious to know more about him, as it is a mark that her brother had.
- Inaho Kushiya – A person who has proclaimed herself to be Takeru’s fiance. She made a promise to marry Takeru when they were younger, but is hurt that Takeru does not remember her at all.
- Kengo Usui – One of the male students who tries to get close to Haruko and Kodama and thus is seen hanging out with Takeru and both share their perverted interests.
- Azuki Shinatsu – A short tempered student who often has a bandage on her nose. She works at the maid cafe, Macaroon.
- Furan Takaki – The student body president who is shy around guys and very strict in enforcing rules at Tenbi Academy.
- Yuka Amado – The student body treasurer and close friend of Furan, who often teases her.
- Minori Rokujou – The principal and physical education teacher at Tenbi Academy.
- Aki Nijou – The very well-endowed school nurse and staff adviser for the Maken-ki club.
“Maken-ki! Two” is presented in 1080p High Definition. The anime series is colorful and as one can expect from a TV series, a bit soft. But the characters are well-shaded and it looks as if AIC really put a lot of detail boobs, nipples and a woman’s nether-region (especially their panties) when it comes to shadows and trying to capture the ecchi perverted nature of the series without having to resort to nudity.
Backgrounds are well-painted and the shift of character designs from well-shaded characters and super-deformed characters are fun to watch.
But for the most part, the series does look good in HD.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Maken-ki! Two” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD stereo. “Maken-ki!” is a series that features crystal clear dialogue. Both soundtracks are well-acted but I felt the English dialogue had a bit more punch, especially when it comes to the nudity and raunchiness of the series. The English dub works quite well!
Subtitles are in English.
“Maken-ki! Two – Complete Series” comes with the following special features:
- Audio Commentary – Episode 1 – Featuring audio commentary with Monica Rial (voice of Haruko Amaya), Tia Ballard (voice of Inaho Kushiya) and Ian Sinclair (voice of Takeru).
- Audio Commentary – Episode 7 – Featuring audio commentary with Tyson Rinehart (voice of Rudolf), Jamie Marchi (voice of Yuka) and Elizabeth Maxwell (voice of Kodama Himegami).
- OVA – Takeru turns into a Woman! Naked in a Southern Island! – (1:01:34) A raunchy OVA about what happens when Takeru is turned into a well-endowed woman.
“Maken-ki! Two – Complete Series” comes with a slipcover and a Blu-ray and DVD version of the series.
I have watched many mature-themed anime series from FUNimation and when the first season of “Maken-ki!” was released, I wrote about the series, “‘Maken-Ki’ has now surpassed any anime series released by the company that raises the bar in how far one can go with an anime series without being pornographic.
For those who love mature anime series and loved the uber-pervertedness of season one, you will be comforted to know that “Maken-ki!” Two” surpasses the first season.
“Maken-ki!” has become a series that manages to take everything you have seen from mature anime and turn things up a notch. The anime series has nudity, women with humongous boobs that somehow defy gravity, nipple pokies that get near Satoshi Urushihara “Plastic Little” status and detail of a woman’s nether region while wearing her panties. And I’m sure the sheer mention of this will make the fans of perverted anime have this high on their anime purchase wish list.
But let’s take a step aside from anything mentioning boobs or panties and get to the actual anime series.
“Maken-ki!” is a harem anime series that is banal in the sense that you have a good-natured, clumsy guy named Takeru who lives with beautiful women and yet somehow gets himself in the wrong situations where his clumsiness leads to undressing or getting in compromising situations.
Takeru ends up going to a high school full of beautiful women who are wearing skimpy outfits and can kick serious butt! And because he is often wanting to do something perverted, he is often beaten up by the other women.
I was a bit surprised of how far this series would go in showing details of a woman’s vaginal area, granted she’s wearing panties but suffice to say, there is quite a bit of detailed shading in order to capture it in this anime series.
Suffice to say, while there is a storyline of a group of high school teenagers trying to watch over their school and making sure each fight is fair, and the stories of other female students trying to get close to Takeru, there is no doubt that the driving force is the mature sexual nature of this series.
Each character brings something to the series, from Haruko learning that her feelings for Takeru are more than just being childhood friends. And for Inaho, the fact that she wants to marry Takeru but for reasons that only she remembers and he doesn’t. You have school administration who are just as perverted as the students.
Add in other well-endowed and scantily clad characters and a perverted male character and suffice to say, “Maken-ki! Two” becomes one heck of a crazy harem anime series that targets that perverted anime fan demographic with extreme efficacy without the series becoming pornographic.
As for the Blu-ray, the anime series is colorful but as one can expect from TV series, it also has its share of softness. But the characters are well-shaded, moreso when it comes to Xebec focusing on adding a lot of details to one’s panties. Backgrounds are well-done and the shift of animation from serious to fun, cartoony or super-deformed was a nice touch. The lossless soundtrack is crystal clear and one can expect more dynamic range and more surround channel activity thanks to the English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. The Japanese lossless Dolby TrueHD stereo track is clear, but of course, being 2.0, doesn’t have the surround channel activity.
As for special features, the two audio commentaries for the English dub is one of the hilarious audio commentaries and an OVA that goes even further of what can be shown on the TV series as Takeru becomes a well-endowed woman and you can imagine how he takes advantage of that.
Overall, “Maken-ki! Two – Complete Series” is an anime series that will no doubt appeal to the horny anime fanboy or those who love harem anime series, especially with a ton of fan service and nudity. It goes even further than the first season and if you loved season one, more than likely you will enjoy season two!
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