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'''''Akikan!''''' was originally a series of LightNovels written by Riku Ranjo and illustrated by Hiro Suzuhira that started serializing in 2007. They were later adapted into a manga and a TwelveEpisodeAnime by Creator/BrainsBase. Compare with ''LightNovel/{{Inukami}}''.

Kakeru Daichi, sixteen years old. Collector of rare cans. Considering the first two things, no wonder he's never had a girlfriend. That is, until he finds a can of melon soda he purchased transforms into a girl. She is an Akikan, one of the few that have begun to appear recently. A strange take on the MagicalGirlfriend genre, but with all the same craziness. The rest of the cast is quirky, including the government officials researching the case and Kakeru's classmates.

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!!''Akikan!'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AboveTheInfluence: Even Kakeru is moral enough to not give into Najimi's drunken demands.
* AllYourPowersCombined: The "strongest Akikan" that appears has the powers of everyone.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Yell proves herself to be easily distracted by tiny moving objects (a feather held by Kakeru) and large moving objects (see Gainaxing below).
* AmusingInjuries:
** The Kakeru-shaped burn in his closet door.
** Averted [[spoiler:in episode 5 when Najimi's Akikan Yell slashes his torso. Much blood is spilled]].
* AnimalReactionShot: lots and lots of cats.
* AnimationBump: Compare episode 11 to any of the others.
* TheAssimilator: Reason why the "mixed juice" Akikan is the strongest in the end.
* [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale (Attempted) Rape is Funny When It's Male on Male]]: Occurs in episode 8 when [[spoiler:Otoya drags Goro into the men's bathroom at the water park.]]
* BeachEpisode: Episode eight, though it's an indoor water park rather than a beach proper.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Kakeru and Melon
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: Najimi, if episode 5 is any indication.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:This is part of the Strongest Akikan's power. First Budoko, then Yell, and then Melon.]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Budoko
* ButtMonkey: Goro Amaji, Kakeru's friend. He makes his first appearance by fading in as if he were invisible. It gets worse, since nobody can remember who he is. At all.
* CallingYourAttacks: ''"Isotonic Sword!"'' / ''"Sour Grapes"'' / ''"[=Melo-Melo-Melon=]!''"
* CampGay: Bunny Nankai
* [[FanService Can Service]]: Oh yes.
* [[FantasticRacism Cantastic Racism]]: There appears to be some tension between the aluminum and steel cans.
* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Her Liquor]]: Najimi gets drunk off something/anything ''carbonated''.
* {{Catgirl}}: Yell, when under the effects of AttentionDeficitOohShiny.
** CatSmile: Yell. See above.
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekov's Can]][=/=][[ChekhovsGunman Canman]]: The reaction cat turns out to be [[spoiler: the mixed juice Akikan's owner.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: The aptly-named Najimi.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Melon, who got upset that Kakeru would "drink" another brand of juice. She also beats him up at the end of episode 12 when he tries to take on another Akikan.
** Najimi in episode 5 and at the end of episode 12.
** Both Yell and Melon don't seem too happy when Najimi and Kakeru seem to be getting close to each other during their date at the water park in episode 8. Yell even tries to disrupt/break down the ferris wheel before Melon stops her.
** Yurika towards Najimi anytime she thinks Kakeru makes her cry, or is getting too friendly with her.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: [[spoiler: Melon, Yell and Budoko combine their powers to take down the strongest Akikan in one shot.]]
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: In the final battle, [[spoiler:the three main Akikan take out dozens of fake Akikan with little trouble.]]
* CovertPervert: Najimi's mind goes to some dirty places when Kakeru is involved. With the smiling and the laughter and the blushing...
* CuteKitten
* CreditsJukebox: Every episode has a rearranged version of the ending song.
* CutenessProximity: Kizaki loses her cool entirely around kittens. It doesn't help that she's apparently a ''magnet'' for them.
* DatePeepers: Melon, Yell, Yurika, ''and'' Goro.
** ''AND'' Airin and Otoya.
* DayInTheLife: Episode ten, which focuses on the three Akikan girls at home alone with the human cast either being reduced to cameos or not appearing at all.
* DeclarationOfProtection: When Najimi tells Melon about her backstory with Kakeru [[spoiler: where 2 years before the show started, he saved her from some thugs by wrestling the gun away from them, and then shooting and wounding them. It caused a lot of controversy in the city he lived in however, so he was forced to move to a new place.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: Government official Hidehiko Otoya.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "Drink me!". You can see the subtext all the way from space.
** And then there's putting a straw into Melon's soda can....
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Kakeru usually deserves any attacks he receives from the female cast, with the possible exception in [[spoiler: episode 5 with Yell's attack on him.]]
* DramaBombFinale: In a way, there's two of them.
* EroticEating: In this case, the possibly suggestive imagery of lips on the edge of a soda can is taken to its logical extreme.
* FirstNameBasis: Inverse of its usual use. Airin Kizaki, Otoya's secretary, does not like being called by her first name.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Yuririririri *boing boing*
* GirlyRun: Najimi shows herself to have quite an exaggerated one in episode eight.
* HotSpringsEpisode : The OVA released after the series. {{Skinship Grope}}s are out in full force from both the male and female side of the bath.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The Japanese name of every episode contains the syllable カン "Kan"
* IHaveTheHighGround: The mixed-juice Akikan loves to do this, and the other Akikans get in on the act from time to time.
* InsistentTerminology: "Thank you, Airin-kun." "It's Kizaki."
* IntertwinedFingers: Between Najimi and Yell in episode seven.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kakeru
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Najimi, tipsy, orders a sports drink that turns out to be an Akikan. Akikan can only be female, which leaves her shocked. Yell, however, sees it as no big deal.
* LargeHam: Kakeru tends to ham it up when he's thinking about perverted things.
* LikesOlderWomen: Kakeru starts coming onto Kizaki (she's also their teacher).
* LockedInAFreezer: Happens in episode 2.
* LovableSexManiac: Kakeru is completely shameless in his behavior, believing himself to be the ultimate ladies' man.
** Yurika is even more of one; unlike Kakeru, she doesn't hold back when push comes to shove.
* LoveDodecahedron: Everyone in the main cast except for the two little girls.
* MagicalGirlfriend
* MeaningfulName: Can you guess the sexual orientation of {{Yuri}}ka? [[SchoolgirlLesbians Correct]]!
** Najimi too. Osana najimi means "childhood friend", and, well... Actually the whole cast falls into this.
* {{Meido}}: Yell. Melon, too.
* MoeAnthropomorphism: It's a series about soda can girls, this trope is out in full force.
* MoodWhiplash: Episode 5 starts out pretty innocent enough, then after Kakeru cancels his date with Najimi, she accidentally catches a glimpse of them going to a baseball game. In the heat of the moment, orders Yell to punish him. Yell [[spoiler: responds by giving Kakeru a pretty deep cut to his stomach, which bleeds pretty severely.]]
* MundaneUtility: Yell using her [[LaserBlade Isotonic Sword]] for household chores like remove trading stamps from empty bags of chips or cutting vegetables.
* NakedFirstImpression: When Melon first appears, Kakeru is wearing nothing but a towel. He remains this way until the commercial break.
* NewJobEpisode: Episode nine.
* NewTransferStudent: Melon. She claims to be a cousin of Kakeru's from Denmark. Yell too, but this time no one even bothers with a backstory.
* OffModel: Oh dear.
* ThePowerOfLove!
* RearrangeTheSong: The ED has as many remixes as there are episodes.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Yurika
* RunningGag: [[ChekhovsGun The reaction cat]], [[AmusingInjuries burnt Kakeru]], [[ButtMonkey invisible Gigolo.]]
* SacredFirstKiss: Yes, it's with a soda can. But it still counts.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Yurika towards Najimi. Falls into PsychoLesbian territory from time to time as well.
* SexySecretary: Kizaki
* ShoutOut: A movie theater is showing ''Denpa Teki na Kanojo'', another work animated by Creator/BrainsBase.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Akikans towards their owners.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Melon hums the second opener in episode 10.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: The Akikan Elect competition, steel vs. aluminum to decide which material will be used.
* ThirdPersonPerson -- Najimi. Perhaps thankfully, [=CoalGuys=] ignore it.
* TokenMiniMoe: Budoko. She speaks with a [[SpeechImpediment lisp]], making it tough to understand her sometimes.
* TrashOfTheTitans: Najimi's apartment is quite messy at first, until Yell starts to clean it up.
* {{Tsundere}}: Melon. Type A.
** Lampshaded in the second chapter of the manga where Kakeru outright calls Melon on being a "tsundere soda"
* UndeadTaxExemption:Melon and Yell apparently get this to enroll at school.
* UnPerson: PlayedForLaughs with Goro, who often seems or is invisible to the main characters unless he really tries to get their attention.
* UnrequitedLove: Several examples.
** Najimi towards Kakeru.
** Yurika towards Najimi.
** Goro towards Yurika.
** Melon feels this way towards Kakeru at least initially.
** Kizaki towards Otoya. She seems interested in him, and he seems to tease her occasionally, but appears to only want men.
* WhatHaveIDone: Najimi quickly regrets having Yell "punish" Kakeru after seeing what she does to him in episode 6.
* WidgetSeries: ''Look at the premise''.
* {{Yandere}}: Najimi falls into this trope briefly, ordering Yell to "punish" Kakeru after accidentally seeing them attending a baseball game together in episode 5. [[spoiler: Yell manages to strike a pretty deep cut into Kakeru before being stopped.]]
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