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Cute high-school girls, [[{{GagBoobs}} boobs,]] duelling, [[{{Ecchi}} tits,]] conspiracy, [[RuleOfThree breasts,]] evil taking over the world... What's not to love?

Drawn by [[BleachedUnderpants famed hentai artist]] Takeda Hiromitsu, the story takes place at Tenbi Academy, a school for the gifted as it were, where the student are taught how to use "Element". Which is loosely akin to their version of {{ki manipulation}} and {{functional magic}}. Those who can harness its power are commonly referred to as, "ability users". However, only the strongest and most proficient among them are granted the use of Maken, and only the elite become members of [[TitleDrop Maken-ki.]]

[[WebVideo/CinemaSins "Roll credits!"]]

As the school's [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil student council]], they're charged with maintaining discipline. But that isn't what our pervy protagonist, Takeru Oyama, is interested in. You see, until a year ago, the academy was [[AllGirlSchool girls only.]] So now that it's gone Co-Ed, the student body [[ImprobablyFemaleCast is predominantly female]] and he wants to see as much of [[DoubleEntendre the "student body"]] as possible.

At least, he would, if his childhood friend [[LoveInterest Haruko]], wasn't there [[ClingyJealousGirl to keep his wandering eye in check]], since she's part of the school's disciplinary committee. Except our hero's [[ChickMagnet inexplicable girl attracting powers]] start to kick in, causing the prerequisite ShanaClone (Himegami) to literally fall into his lap. And later, at the introduction ceremony, he meets [[CloudCuckoolander a strange girl]] named Inaho, who says she's his fiancee.

Romantic entanglements, [[AccidentalPervert misunderstandings]], and [[PervertRevengeMode beatings]], provide humor to balance out the underlying narrative. As the [[NebulousEvilOrganization Kamigari]] group has their sights set on [[LivingMacGuffin one student in particular]], who's the key to releasing the seal atop Amanohara. And it's up to the members of Maken-ki to keep it from happening.

With detailed art and character designs that live up to the artist's pedigree, plentiful fanservice, awesome fight scenes, and an intricate story, Maken-ki offers something for everyone. Even if you're typically not a fan of the genre, it may still be worth a look.

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!!Maken-ki provides examples of the following tropes:
* AbsoluteCleavage: Minori's are so big that she can only pull the zipper of her sweatshirt [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1609323?tags=rokujou_minori halfway up]], and the neckline of Aki's blouse is [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/446600?tags=nijou_aki almost as low]] because of the gargantuan size of HER breasts.
* ACupAngst: Kodama, justified when she sees that Haruko wore pads in her bikini.
** Hilariously invoked again in episode 9 during the pool battle. Her two spirits inadvertently insult her bust size as well, causing her to chuck them away along with Kengo later.
** And in episode 1 of season 2, she and Kimi go into a corner of woe after hearing the bust sizes for Haruko, Chacha, Minori, and Ms. Aki.
* AccidentalKiss: It only happens twice in the manga, but the anime loves using it, [[Funny/MakenKi mainly for comedy]]:
** The first one happened between Himegami and Takeru, in chapter 1[[note]]covered in the SuggestiveCollision entry[[/note]]. And during the fight in chapter 5, he attempts to pull [[DivingSave a diving]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c005/25.html save]], but ends up on top of her [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c005/26.html in another liplock.]]
** In the 2nd OVA, Haruko shoves him away from Inaho in a fit of jealousy, which causes him accidentally plant one on [[spoiler: Takaki]]'s cheek. Resulting in Takeru being decked by her and [[spoiler: [[RedEyesTakeWarning Yuuka]]]] at the same time.
** And in episode 9 (season 2), Azuki gets stuck on a date with [[spoiler: Takaki]] and ends up posing for mock wedding photos. Azuki trips on the train of [[spoiler: Takaki]]'s wedding dress, tries to regain her balance, and accidentally lays one on her right as the photographer snaps the shot. [[spoiler: Takaki]] swoons and passes out, since it was her {{first kiss}}.
* AccidentalPervert: Takeru and Usui... ''sometimes''.
** Like the time they ran into the girls' side of the hot spring to escape a rampaging bear and wound up [[ThanksForTheMammary glomping]] [[SecurityCling onto]] Himegami and Haruko, who [[PervertRevengeMode sent them flying]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c004/25.html moments later.]]
** Takeru also has a knack for falling in such a way that Haruko's skirt, or her pants, are always the only thing to grab onto, [[ContrivedCoincidence which he ends up pulling down, along with her underwear.]] It happens with such regularity that she can hardly be blamed for thinking he's doing it on purpose.
* ActionGirl: Tenbi Academy was fomerly an AllGirlSchool for the gifted, where the curriculum includes [[TheSpartanWay combat training.]] The same is true of [[TheBeautifulElite Venus Academy]], which is more like an all-girl military school.
** WorldOfActionGirls: As a result of the cast being predominantly female, most of whom, are students [[SchoolOfHardKnocks at Tenbi.]]
* AdaptationDeviation: The anime only adapted parts of the manga in its first season (covered on [[Analysis/MakenKi the analysis page]]). Season 2 is all filler and [[UpToEleven dials up]] the {{fanservice}}.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Colored manga scans show Takeru's hair is supposed to be brown, the anime changed it to being red. Likewise, Minerva goes from being a WhitehairedPrettyGirl, to [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair having blue hair]].
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: Haruko and the other girls get captured by a giant octopus, during their summer vacation on Okino Island (manga/chapter 29 - anime/episode 13).
* AllMenArePerverts: Takeru and Usui are the main offenders, with chapter 33 in particular showing [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c033/13.html the lengths they'll go to]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c033/17.html for a chance]] to see the girls naked. But they're not the only ones, as the series' [[BigBad main antagonist]] is a DirtyOldMan.
* AllWomenAreLustful: At least Uruchi[[note]]noted under SchoolgirlLesbians[[/note]], Celia, and Love Espada are.
** Celia isn't shy about her affections toward Takeru and what she wants from him. So she's more than willing to [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c070/12.html dress provocatively]] and [[ThanksForTheMammary let him grope her]] to his heart's content. Except she's the one girl he tries to avoid.
** Love Espada goes even further. She's openly bisexual, though she's mainly built a reputation for seducing [[ReallyGetsAround other women]], due to such incidents like what happened at the previous Himekagura Festival[[note]]see the DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale entry[[/note]].
* AlmostKiss:
** Inaho and Takeru nearly have one in the 2nd OVA. A jealous Haruko breaks it up before they manage to do it however. [[spoiler:And by doing so, she [[NiceJobBreakingItHero inadvertently stopped]] Takeru from changing back to a guy, as Celia turned him into a girl earlier, and a kiss from a girl was required to change him back. He then accidentally gets kissed by several other girls after Haruko's forceful breaking up the two threw him into Himegami.]]
** Aki and Takeru in episode 5 of season 2 while they are alone on an island. At the end, Aki and Takeru are about to kiss, but are interrupted by Haruko and Kodama who start to question what they were doing.
* AmazonChaser: Applies to anyone brave (or foolish) enough to try hooking up with any of the girls at Tenbi Academy (see the BestHerToBedHer entry).
* AmazonianBeauty: Azuki is the main example, being that she's one of the tallest girls at the school and has a naturally toned physique. Likewise, Demitra is the tallest among the Venus students and also [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c008/19.html shown to have toned thighs]] and calves. And both have [[BoobsOfSteel the racks to show for it.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay:
** The manga subtly implies that Kimi may be either lesbian, or perhaps bisexual, given her preference for [[YaoiFangirl boys love]] and [[YuriFan yuri manga.]] Along with the fact that she admitted to secretly practicing bondage techniques to use on other girls (chapter 33).
** Yuuka's case borders on HideYourLesbians, due to the implications that she and Takaki may be 'more than friends'[[note]]covered extensively under their section on [[Radar/MakenKi the radar sheet]][[/note]].
** The same can be said for Minerva, given her fixation with other girls' breasts and panties. During her introduction scene in episode 7, she even brags about how much tail she was gonna get at Tenbi.
* AmusingInjuries: In episode 2, Himegami catches Takeru and Usui in the act of trying to peek at the girls during their physical examinations. So she leaps down from an overhead branch and stomps both their faces into the ground. In the next scene, they're shown taking their examinations, each with a matching shoeprint on their faces.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Applies to both Minori and Takaki as school principal and student council president respectively, at Tenbi Academy.
* AuthorAppeal: It's clear that Takeda Hiromitsu has a thing for big busted women, as the majority of the female cast [[WorldOfBuxom ranges from D-cup and above.]] Which is further reflected [[{{hentai}} in his other works.]]
* BadassCreed: Recited by the students at Tenbi, before every duel:
-->"To follow your path, you must first expose your soul to the blazing sun."
-->"The Children of the Sun's path is carved into The Heavens!"
* BattleAura: The girls often form one when fighting, or when they're mad at the guys.
* BattleHarem: Takeru has Haruko, Inaho, and Celia vying for his affections, though Haruko adamantly denies having feelings for him. All three are high-level ability users, two of whom, each wield one of the original 8 Maken.
* BeachEpisode: Minori arranges for [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c028/5.html a group vacation]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c028/9.html to Okino Island]] for herself, Ms. Aki, and the student council, between chapters 28 and 30, which partly [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c037/8.html includes chapter 37]]. The anime loosely follows the same story in episode 13 and the OVA.
* TheBeautifulElite: The girls of Venus Academy are introduced in episode 7 (''[[LampshadeHanging "The Goddesses who Came Down to Tenbi"]]'') and portrayed as stunningly beautiful; particularly [[http://anime-fanservice.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1308&pid=43195 Demitra and Yan-Min.]]
* BerserkButton: Everyone has one but most notable are:
** Haruko gets jealous if it looks like Takeru's getting too close to any girl besides her, which usually results in her [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale taking it out on him.]] Yet, she'll vehemently [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage deny having feelings for him]] if anyone asks.
** Himegami tends to be indifferent to most things, but she can't stand perverts, which Takeru and Kengo learned the hard way when she caught them trying to peep into the girls' locker-room. And if you value your life at all, ''[[TemptingFate do not]]'' [[ACupAngst call her flat-chested.]] Even her shikagami aren't exempt if they make '''THAT''' mistake.
** If Takeru thinks someone's picking on a girl, he's likely to go into [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c005/27.html rage]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c005/28.html mode]]; especially if the girl is either Haruko, or Himegami. Which is why he keeps butting into duels, when more than half the time, [[UnwantedRescue his help isn't needed.]]
** Miyabi has two and ticking either one can literally get the offender killed: 1.) don't call her old 2.) DO NOT intefer with [[spoiler: Takeru Yamato]]'s ambitions. The latter nearly got Takeru and Leo decapitated, if Himegami hadn't saved them.
* BestHerToBedHer: It's the rule at Tenbi Academy, mainly enforced as a way of trying to discourage the guys from harassing the girls - the majority of whom have vastly [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower superior strength]] [[FullContactMagic and combat capability.]] Still, despite the overwhelming odds, it hasn't stopped a brave few, like Kai, from trying.
* BigBad: Ouken Yamato is the driving force behind Kamigari's actions, using [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections his power and influence]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c034/3.html in Tenbi's government]] to investigate the Ama no Iwato seal atop Amanohara. While also plotting to [[spoiler: capture Himegami, whose Orochi blood is the key to breaking it]].
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Haruko got an assist from Kimi, who used her "Comic Star" ability [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c006/21.html to enhance her speed.]] Which enabled her to get across campus in time to save Takeru and Uruchi [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c006/29.html from Kumi]], just as she'd been about to finish them off.
** Near the end of chapter 24, Minori [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c024/17.html shattered Kagezuchi's fireball with her fist]], only moments before Usui and Akaya would've been incinerated.
** In chapter 56, [[spoiler: Takeru Yamato]]'s plan to bait Takeru backfired, since he survived the attack and still prevented him from raping Himegami.
** The Venus unit pulls one of their own during episode 12, by rescuing Haruko from Otohime and her twin brother, Gouken. Then provided her with a portal leading directly back to Tenbi, so she could save it from [[spoiler: Takeru, who's "Blood Pointer" had taken him over]].
** {{Downplayed}} near the end of episode 7 (season 2), since Rudolf lampshades the fact that Himegami's would-be assailant [[BullyingADragon failed to realize he was outmatched.]] She only needed help because she had exhausted her power trying to fry Rudolf for annoying her, earlier.
* BigGood: Minori feels her time has passed and believes that it's the newer generation's responsibility to safeguard the academy. So [[PassingTheTorch she defers to Takaki's judgement]], making her the de facto leader at Tenbi [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c048/19.html and its protector.]]
* BleachedUnderpants: Takeda Hiromitsu is a former hentai and doujinshi artist, but has mainly settled into ecchi instead. He still dabbles in doujin works under a pen name.
* BoringButPractical: Takeru's "Overblow" ability overloads his opponent's Maken, to the point that it effectively shorts out[[note]]much like overloading a circuit[[/note]]. But Gen warned him that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it can potentially backfire]], depending on the enemy's capacity and whether their Maken is able to sustain the excess power.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Done several times in the anime:
** Minerva is the first one to do it in episode 7, where she's shown to have the first three volumes of the manga itself.
** [[TheGadfly Yuuka]] does it while providing commentary during the pool battle in episode 9, when Ms. Aki takes out one the nameless extras on the boys' team:
-->'''Yuuka: (over the mic)''' "Ms. Aki just too out some random guy. But he's not a main character, [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass so who cares?"]]
** Rudolf does it twice back-to-back, in episode 7 of season 2. The first is when he confronts the thief, in order to save Himegami. Then delivers the second after defeating him:
-->'''Rudolf: (at thief)''' "I got a quick look at you. [[BullyingADragon You don't even know your limits]], and you want to be in the standard cast?"
-->'''Rudolf: (afterward)''' "You wanted to be a regular, [[BitCharacter despite not having your character name in the end credits?]] Don't make laugh."
* {{Brainwashed}}: Ouken can do this to anyone he pleases, including rewriting memories and entire personalities. Therefore, everyone is ''terrified'' of him.
* CannotSpitItOut: Haruko plays this one straight to the Nth degree. The only one she's fooling, is herself.
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Takeru towards Haruko in episode 2 of season 2, while the latter has EasyAmnesia. She even goes so far as to start stripping their clothes off, but he's very uneasy about it, and when her memories finally return, he mentions that he was waiting for this reaction to happen as she punishes him yet again.
* CatapultNightmare: PlayedForLaughs in episode 9 (season 2). Azuki has one about waking up in bed with [[spoiler: Takaki]], after being roped into going on a pretend date with her. During the dream, [[spoiler: Takaki]] blushes over Azuki being [[TheirFirstTime "her first"]] and asks if they can do it again, until she comes down with a sudden case of MorningSickness and runs off to the bathroom. The [[GilliganCut scene shifts]] to the delivery room, where she gives birth to [[spoiler: Yuuka]], which causes Azuki to wake up screaming.
* CassandraTruth: Himegami and Haruko come to the island where Takeru and Aki-sensei are at during the end of episode 5 in season 2. Despite Takeru's attempts to explain it, such as being strapped to Aki-sensei with magical handcuffs, they don't believe him. Largely because said handcuffs disappeared by that point, and for whatever reason, Aki-sensei doesn't say anything, leading the girls to believe he deliberately ran off with her.
* CatGirl: Several of the main girls become one in episode 3 of season 2, thanks to Monji, Inaho's cat.
* ChekhovsGun:
** In chapter 12, Minerva has a conversation with Himegami, in which, Himegami's irises briefly [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c012/33.html become slitted like a dragon's.]] There's a reason for that: it's because she's [[spoiler: Yamato no Orochi's daughter]].
** Minerva mentioned she can [[AuraVision see Element itself]], which is how Himegami realized Minerva could see [[ISeeDeadPeople her 'true form'.]] And in chapter 53, it was how Ouken knew that [[spoiler: the real Himegami [[DeadAllAlong had died long ago.]] Because he [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c049/23.html could also see]] that [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c053/14.html her Element]] had simply taken metaphysical form in her likeness]].
** And in chapter 28, Minori made Takeru train with wrist and ankle bands weighted with Kugatama stones. Then explained that Kugatama absorbs Element from its surrounding environment [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c028/22.html until it becomes Magatama.]] Which happened thirty chapters later, after the stones had absored enough of Takeru's Element; making it possible for Yuuka to [[spoiler: [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c058/7.html bring Himegami back to life]]]].
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: {{Subverted}}, since Inaho eventually admits that she never actually said she'd marry him. It was an idea she simply latched onto, since Takeru promised her [[spoiler: they'd always be together]]. The anime version [[PlayedStraight plays it straight.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: Applies to both Takeru and Usui, albeit moreso in the latter's case.
** The anime casts Takeru in a somewhat better light than the manga does. In episode 5 (season 2), he gets stranded alone on an island with Ms. Aki, yet never tried to take advantage of the situation, while fighting his hormones half the time.
** In Usui's case, the manga has him comically go out of his way to try to prove his love for Himegami. At one point, he was perfectly willing to be incinerated by her and said [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/24/16/ he preferred to think of it as her love for him.]] And in chapter 56, he willingly walked into a punch from [[spoiler: Takeru Yamato]] just so he could [[YouMustBeCold cover her]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c056/2.html with his shirt.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Haruko. She often beats up Takeru even if he's innocent, and even goes so far as to move into the 3-bed dorm room that Takeru is staying in with 2 other girls, of course to [[BlatantLies ensure that nothing indecent is being done.]]
** Surprisingly subverted with Inaho. She gets jealous, but not clingy the way Haruko does, nor does she beat him up over other girls trying to take him. However, she does get a little upset at him when Himegami and Haruko tell her about him being all alone on an island with Aki-sensei.
* ClothingDamage: In virtually every fighting scene involving the girls and a few of Takeru's as well.
* CoitusEnsues:
** The preface page for chapter 45 shows Yuuka and Takaki engaged in foreplay, while spooning together in lingerie.
-->'''page caption:''' [[LampshadeHanging This has nothing to do with the story.]] But fanservice [[TropesAreTools once in a while]] is always good!
** And the flashback in chapter 69 shows what happened the last time Haruko, Takaki, and Minori, tried to stop Love Espada from stripping her opponent, afer defeating her. She defeated all three of them at once, then stripped them just as she'd done to the other girl, and [[spoiler: had her way with them]].
* CrashIntoHello: Which is how Himegami first met Takeru, by landing on top of him after she fell from a tree branch.
* CrossPoppingVeins: A few characters display these. [[ClingyJealousGirl Haruko]] seems to develop them anytime a girl is too close to Takeru.
* CutenessProximity: Happens to both Azuki and Himegami whenever they lay eyes on a stuffed animal, or Inaho's pet cat, Monji.
* DamselInDistress: Happens to several of the girls in the first OVA when a giant octopus grabs them. Celia then arrives in an apparent BigDamnHeroes moment, only to then subvert it and invoke this trope and purposely get herself captured as well when she sees several of the girls calling for Takeru to help rescue them.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Especially if a gentle breeze just happens to be blowing at the time...
* DatePeepers: In episode 4, Himegami drags Takeru along with her to go shopping for lingerie[[note]]In truth, she wanted time alone with him, in order to assess whether her suspicion about him [[spoiler: being the reincarnation of her brother]] was correct[[/note]]. Haruko's jealousy kicks in, prompting her to follow them, aided by Inaho and Kengo.
* DeclarationOfProtection:
** Takeru is wholly committed to the idea that [[WomenAreDelicate girls shouldn't fight]] and are to be protected instead. But in many cases, they end up saving him.
** The flashback in chapter 48 reveals that Yuuka [[spoiler: took Takaki's place as one of Ouken's mistresses]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c048/17.html in order to protect her.]] Which gives Takaki the impetus to briefly overcome her phobia, so she could protect her friends.
* DefeatByModesty:
** At the climax of chapter 9, just as Yan-Min was about to score the winning shot for Venus, Azuki uses her foot to pull Yan-Min's bloomers off [[spoiler: along with her panties]]! She's forced to cover herself, while Azuki steals the puck and takes the winning shot for Tenbi. Yan-Min is later seen blushing in embarrassment, with a towel draped across her lap.
** The thief in episode 2 of season 2 uses several of the girls' modesty against them, to cover her escape. Takeru thought he'd be exempt since he was a guy, until the thief points out his "elephant", causing him to freeze in his tracks. Which allowed her to escape with Haruko's power, [[EasyAmnesia and her memories.]]
** [[spoiler:It fails to work on Azuki a second time, which allows her to catch said thief.]]
* DemotedToExtra: The anime strips Himegami [[EvilCounterpart and Otohime]] of their plot relevancy and reduces both of them to bit parts (see the character sheet).
* DenserAndWackier: The Yonkoma SpinOff: ''Maken-Ki - Inaho and Friends'', aside from original jokes it contains some events from the main series retold, with humor undertones.
* DesertedIsland: In episode 5 of season 2, Takeru and Aki-sensei are put on the island where they were at during the OVA in the first season. However, they're entirely alone this time, and Aki-sensei's mother says they'll be picked up after two days, so they are to "make memories together", and [[IWantGrandkids pop some kids]] out while they're on the island.
* DeusSexMachina: [[spoiler: Takeru Yamato]] is said to have ravished his concubines in order to further his bloodline and had his soul placed in a jar, which only those of his lineage could open. Thereby ensuring he'd have new host bodies to take over, in order to sustain his own existence.
* DistantFinale: PlayedForLaughs at the end of episode 8 (season 2). Usui spends his final moments as an old man on his deathbed, when an angel resembling Himegami descends on him. Then proceeds to grind her foot in his face, with him smiling as she does so. The narrator says he appeared to have died happily.
* DistractedByTheSexy:
** Himegami's such a hottie that, in chapter 49, Takeru actually paused in the middle of a battle with [[BigBad Ouken]] [[BadassGrandpa Yamato]] to [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c049/21.html stare at her ass]], when he noticed the back of her skirt was torn. She promptly [[PervertRevengeMode fried him]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c049/22.html for it.]]
** It happens again, 20 chapters later, when Takeru loses his train of thought while staring at [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c069/17.html Love Espada's ass]], as she's walking away.
-->'''Takeru: (thinking)''' "But... if she was able to do ''[[CurbstompBattle that much]]'' while facing Haru-nee and the Principal, then... how..."
-->''(looks down and realizes she's [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl openly wearing]] [[BarelyThereSwimwear a thong]] at school)''
-->'''Takeru: (now with {{nosebleed}})''' "How HOT. Why isn't she changing?"
** Uruchi usually only has eyes [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer for Haruko]], but the sight of Love Espada bending over onstage in a PlayboyBunny costume was too provocative even ''for her'' to ignore. It caused her to get a nosebleed as well, and had to be [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c070/12.html snapped out of it]] by Takaki ordering her and the others to take Espada off the stage.
** In chapter 63, Takeru asks Aki to cosplay for him to give him encouragement to study for an upcoming exam. She goes along with it, [[ReluctantFanserviceGirl despite]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c063/16.html her reservations]], but he couldn't concentrate [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c063/18.html due to fantasizing about Aki.]] Finally, after two mishaps[[note]]the first incident involved Takeru accidentally yanking her top up along with her bra, fully exposing her breasts. Later, she falls asleep on the couch and forgets that she isn't wearing a skirt. So when she woke up, Takeru got a clear shot of her panties. Aki used casting to make him forget what he saw both times[[/note]], she decides it would be best for Takeru to study on his own.
** And in episode 4, Takeru and Usui couldn't take their eyes off Aki's cleavage while she was giving them their physical exam. But she fails to realize what they were staring at.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Par for the course, Haruko never gets called out for any of the times she beats up on Takeru, regardless whether he's actually at fault. Like the time Minerva swiped Haruko and Inaho's panties and forgot to give 'em back. Haruko [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c024/29.html took it out on him]], instead of her.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale: There's two instances of {{attempted rape}}, which are treated [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c055/23.html as heinous]] since it was [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c011/14.html guys doing it.]] Yet, the incident where [[TheVamp Love Espada]] did the same thing to Takaki, Haruko, Minori, and Aki, is brushed off [[GirlOnGirlIsHot as fanservice.]] Takeru and Usui were only upset that they [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c069/17.html weren't there to see it.]]
* DropTheHammer: The random thug that attacks Himegami in episode 7 of season 2 uses a giant mallet to attack her.
* DrunkWithPower: In episode 8 of season 2, Kengo is made the principal after the real principal quits due to overhearing some girls claim how easy she must have it. He immediately takes advantage of it, by forcing the girls to do various sexually comprimising things such as limbo under a bar at the entrance, and anyone who knocked the bar over would be considered late. Measure their breats for math, jump rope in gym so their breasts would bounce or wrestle in bikini's and read sexual lines in english.
* EasyAmnesia: Haruko's powers and memories are stolen during episode 2 of season 2, although both are recovered by the end of the episode.
* {{Ecchi}}: You'll be seeing frequent close-ups of boobs, camel toe, and half-naked chicks, especially in the anime which nearly doubles the amount of T&A. Season 2 [[FillerArc deviates from the manga altogether]] and goes [[UpToEleven full-on]] {{hotter and sexier}}.
* EroticEating: Several of the girls do this in episode 8 of season 2, after the cafeteria menu changes.
* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy
* {{Expy}}[=/=]CastOfExpies: Judging from some of his character designs, Takeda seems to be a fan of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
** Inaho is the spitting image of Makoto Nanaya (minus the tail), right down to her perpetual {{cat smile}}.
** Himegami shares a lot in common with Rachel Alucard. They're both pigtailed blondes, both are childlike in appearance yet centuries old, each dresses in [[ElegantGothicLolita gothic lolita fashion]], and have familiars who travel with them.
** Demitra could pass for Leona Heidern's twin sister. She looks just like her minus the ponytail, both have been emotionally repressed since childhood, and eventually became mercenaries.
** Otohime and her twin brother, Gouken, are much like Rose and Adelheid Bernstein. Otohime has the same hairstyle as Rose. Plus, they're both short-tempered, yet smug and manipulative. And each [[BigBrotherWorship think the world of their brothers.]] Whereas Gouken and Adelheid are both calm and reserved, exceptional hand-to-hand combatants who favor kicks, and both are white-haired {{bishonen}}s.
* {{Fanservice}}: All over the place. It might be easier to keep track of the moments when this trope isn't being used. The OVA's takes this UpToEleven.
* FightingSeries: Everything, and we mean ''everything'', at Tenbi is decided through battle, or some sort of contest that includes use of their powers. That includes a friggin' quiz game. We're not kidding.
* ForeignExchangeStudent: Chacha and the members of the Venus unit all come from different countries, but the only ones whose nationalities are known are: Yan-Min (China) and Celia (America).
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: In the anime version, Inaho and Takeru made a childhood promise, except he's forgotten about it and [[LeftHanging it's never explained why.]] The details of their promise differs in the manga and it's eventually revealed why Takeru's doesn't remember it[[note]]which is covered in the EasyAmnesia entry in Takeru's section of the character sheet[[/note]].
* FullContactMagic: While the majority of the cast rely on weapon-type Maken, Azuki, Minori, and Yan-Min all specialize in direct combat, so their Maken accommodates their proficiency in hand-to-hand. 'Hawk' allows Azuki to channel wind, Minori's "Dragon Ace" controls thermal energy, and Yan-Min's [[SuperMode "Reilii" form]] enables her to literally [[FlashStep move]] and [[LightningBruiser strike like lightning.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: All the girls[[note]]excluding Himegami, Kimmi, and Uruchi, since they're [[{{pettanko}} flat/semi-flatchested]][[/note]]. All the time, to the point of seeming to defy gravity, sometimes.
* GenderBender: During chapter 19, Takeru [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c019/4.html used "Overblow"]] to briefly short out [[spoiler: Celia]]'s Maken, which is how he and the others first learned [[spoiler: Celia]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c019/8.html was really a boy.]]
* GenkiGirl: Inaho and Celia. Especially when the topic of Takeru is involved.
* GenreSavvy: Minerva mentions how Takeru is living in a [[HaremGenre Harem]] series when she visits his room with 3 of the main girls.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Now has [[Radar/MakenKi its own page.]]
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Azuki and Himegami both have a weakness for teddy bears:
** When Azuki gets ratted out by Kinua in front of the school, she's briefly [[{{flashback}} shown]] [[http://makenki.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ep_278032_1.jpg drooling happily in her sleep]], while snuggling in bed with hers.
** Himegami spent a portion of the school's budget on stuffed animal catalogs and, in season 2, she buys a teddy bear that's [[spoiler: alive and obsessed with groping girls' boobs]].
* GirlishPigtails: Himegami always keeps her hair fashioned in a long pair of wavy looking pigtails. Whereas Demitra's are braided and extend down her back.
* GirlyBruiser: The majority of the female cast, while feminine, wield immense amounts of Elemental power. Most notably, Haruko and Inaho who each possesses one of the original 8 Maken, which are said to be the strongest of them all.
* GirlyRun: Both Haruko and Inaho run daintily whenever they're late for school. Yet, they're still faster than Takeru and Kengo, who can barely keep up with them.
* GoingCommando: Haruko, Inaho, and Azuki wound up spending the entirety of chapters 22-24 [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c022/11.html without their underwear]], after Minerva used her dimensional powers to steal them, because [[CloudCuckoolander she forgot]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c024/29.html to give 'em back.]]
* GreaterScopeParagon: [[StudentCouncilPresident Takaki]] answers directly to the faculty of Tenbi Academy, who were the founders of the original [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil Maken-ki.]] Since they've retired, with Minori now serving as [[AlmightyJanitor the academy's principal/PE teacher]], they've [[PassingTheTorch placed Takaki in charge]] of maintaining discipline at the school and protecting its students from outside threats [[NebulousEvilOrganization such as]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c048/19.html Kamigari.]]
* HeadPet: Monji, the cat Inaho finds in episode 6, does this to her a lot. She doesn't seem to mind it.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** The flashback in chapter 48 revealed Takaki would've been [[spoiler: raped]] as punishment [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c048/14.html for declining to join Kamigari]], if Yuuka hadn't saved her by [[spoiler: [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c048/17.html taking her place]] as Ouken's mistress]].
** Near the end of chapter 56, [[spoiler: Himegami]] sacrifices her life to shield Takeru from what would've been a fatal attack from [[spoiler: Takeru Yamato]]. She has time enough for a farewell kiss and a few parting words. It's {{subverted}} two chapters later.
** Also {{subverted}} with Rudolf (a living teddy bear), who reverts to normal after expending his power to save Himegami from a random thug. Afterward, he's still "alive", but no longer able to move.
* HopelessSuitor:
** Kai nurses an unrequited crush on Azuki, going so far as to challenge her just for a date. She only accepted, because she thought he didn't have a chance against her.
** In the manga, Usui soon falls for Himegami, who ranges from being indifferent, to sociable towards him at best. Which finally changes at the end of chapter 65, when she tells him he just ''[[WillTheyOrWontThey might]]'' [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/65/23/ have a chance with her]] [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/65/24/ after all.]]
** Also applies to the majority of the male students because they have almost no chance of getting with any of the girls - between several of them flocking to Takeru, and the rest being [[BestHerToBedHer too strong for them to defeat.]]
* HospitalHottie:
** Aki is the {{school nurse}} at Tenbi Academy and is a such a babe, that the guys can't stop staring.
** Usui dreamt of Himegami as his secretary, during the 66.5 omake chapter; complete with [[NaughtyNurseOutfit a fetish style nurse's uniform.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: Done in chapters 4 and 33 respectively:
** Yuuka arranges for a group trip to Tenbi's private hot spring, to welcome Takeru and Usui as Maken-ki's newest members. Which also gave them the chance to become acquainted with the girls.
** And during their stay on Okino Island, the girls decided to bathe an outdoor hot spring... [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c033/5.html without the guys.]] Takeru and Usui escape, moments later, and try to make it there in time to [[OutdoorBathPeeping see some skin]], but Yuuka stalls them [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c033/12.html by rigging the area with traps.]] By the time they reach the spring, the girls had already finished and were nowhere to be seen.
* HotTeacher:
** Akaya for the girls, who often {{Squee}} when he's around.
** Aki-sensei is more a SchoolNurse, but once she has given private lesson to Takeru.
* HotterAndSexier: The manga is almost tame compared to the anime, which is so borderline, that it had to be censored for its broadcast run.
* TheImmodestOrgasm:
** Takeru [[spoiler: fingers [[GenderBender herself]]]] to one in the second OVA episode (noted in the SexyDiscretionShot entry).
** Rudolf the teddy bear subjects many girls to this in episode 7 of season 2 by fondling their breasts. He also saves Himegami this way, but utilizing this against the thug as he knocks him out.
* InnocentCohabitation: Takeru is put in the same dorm room as Inaho and Himegami purely on a whim. Haruko joins in with the excuse of keeping things in check (of course she most likely has a deeper reason).
* InnocentFanserviceGirl:
** In the anime, Inaho doesn't mind if Takeru sees her naked, such as episode 2 (season 2). She saw Haruko enter the bath with Takeru to wash his back[[note]]Haruko's memory had been stolen at the time, which made her openly express her feelings toward Takeru[[/note]], so Inaho [[FunPersonified stripped down and joined them.]]
** The same is true of Aki, as the anime makes her naively oblivious of the stares she draws from the male students. Which contradicts the manga's portrayal of her character, where she's perfectly aware of it and [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn is self-conscious because of it.]]
* InvincibleVillain: Love Espada. To date, she's defeated everyone who's tried to face her with minimal effort (noted in the GodModeSue entry on the [[YMMV/MakenKi YMMV page]]).
* IThoughtItMeant: In episode 8, after Haruko and Inaho discover that Celia took Takeru on a date, they find a letter on one of Celia's friends that mentions [[UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} S&M]]. Both girls immediately have [[CovertPervert perverted thoughts]], until they find out what those letters really meant. [[spoiler: It was Song & Music, since Celia was a pop idol, and was going to sing all of her songs to Takeru, who seems bored of it.]]
* IWantGrandkids: After being told by her daughter that she was dating Takeru, Aki's mother has him abducted, cuffs him to Aki, and strands him on an island with her. Then leaves a note saying she wanted them to, "make memories together".
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Inaho seems okay if Takeru doesn't choose her, so long as the other girl he chooses is Haruko. She still gets jealous if any other girl shows interest in him however.
* LampshadeHanging: Done in the manga's fifth omake chapter, which specifically captions Himegami as [[PantyShot "Panty Flash]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c005.5/5.html Specialist"]], due to how often you'll be seeing them during her scenes.
* LensFlareCensor: Used, in the television edition, to cover the girls' naughty bits during upskirt scenes, or when they're getting changed, and when they're in the shower. If you want to see it uncensored, you'll have to buy the DVD/Blu-Ray boxset.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: At Tenbi, fighting outside of duels is strictly prohibited and punished by members of Maken-ki. Challenges are issued and conducted formally, [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c003/20.html including an official]] to see that the match is fought fairly, and begins once the duelists have agreed upon the terms[[note]]each states what they're competing for, with the loser having to comply to the winner's demands[[/note]]. However, challenges ''[[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c003/5.html can be]]'' declined.
* LingerieScene: There's several scenes of the girls in lingerie, with Himegami being the main one. She's often seen trying on new lingerie sets and posing in front of the mirror, or slipping into and out of her clothes, back at the dorm. So you'll get to see plenty of leg as she's pulling on her stockings, and close-ups of her hips and buttocks when trying on her new panties.
* LoveConfession: Haruko delivers one to Takeru during episode 2 of season 2. However, she was suffering from EasyAmnesia at the time, and claims to not have remembered anything she did during that episode after her memories return. Takeru takes it a sign that things are back to normal. [[spoiler:Shortly after, however, Haruko seems mad at her amnesia self for having declared her feelings for him, indicating she fully remembers everything she did during that time, such as telling Takeru that losing her memories allowed her to fall in love with him twice.]]
* LustObject:
** Despite being semi-flatchested, Himegami is considered one of the hottest girls at the academy. Her fanclub repeatedly goes on about how much they love [[HelloNurse her body]], including her [[{{pettanko}} "itty-bitty titties".]] Takeru paused during a battle with [[spoiler: [[BigBad Ouken Yamato]]]], [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c049/21.html just to stare at her ass]], when he noticed the back of her skirt was torn. And between omake chapters 61.5 and 66.5, Usui has two separate [[EroticDream wet dreams]] about her that each end with him [[spoiler: dry humping his mattress]], afterward.
** Aki is the {{school nurse}}, who's popular with the vast majority of the male students, because of her '''[[GagBoobs K-Cup]]''' [[BuxomIsBetter breasts.]] They'll even fake sickness and injury just for the chance to ogle her. Cue nosebleeds and hard ons.
** Both Takeru and Uruchi have the hots for Haruko. The latter openly fangasms over her, to the point that Uruchi is [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer canonically gay for her.]]
* MaleGaze: You'll be seeing so much camel toe ([[MsFanservice especially from Himegami]]), along with lots, '''''and LOTS''''' of zoomed in shots of boobs, that it actually outdoes ''[[Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead Highschool of the Dead.]]''
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: The premise of the chapter 37 bonus story, which was made in celebration of the upcoming [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c037/3.html (at that time)]] anime adaptation. Celia uses her Inversion ability to change Takeru and Usui [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c037/11.html into girls, for fun]], after they drunkenly barge in on the girls' private get-together at the beach house. The same story was later loosely adapted into the OVA[[note]]For differences between the two, see the analysis page[[/note]].
* MegatonPunch: The male characters are often on the receiving end of these, for both [[AllMenArePerverts justified]], as well as [[ClingyJealousGirl unjustified]] reasons.
* {{Meido}}:
** [[spoiler: Azuki]] secretly works at the Macaroon maid cafe, after school hours. She didn't tell any of her friends, because she assumed they'd be too embarrassed to set foot there. She was wrong.
** Haruko and the other girls join up during chapters 26 and 27, to try to help Azuki raise money so she could come with them to Okino Island. For anime viewers, that's episode 11.
* MoeCouplet: Kimi and Chacha are so close, that they have a [[TheCutie 'cute kid sis']]/{{cool big sis}} dynamic and are virtually inseparable. It was thanks to Chacha that Kimi [[ShyBluehairedGirl broke out of her shell]], due to their mutual interest in manga and cosplay. Which is best seen during the Manga Convention in chapter 60 where they cosplay [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c060/14.html as Alena and Manya]] from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''.
* MoodWhiplash: A particularly horrifying case of it during chapter 58: seeing Takeru [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/58/6/ joke around with Himegami]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c058/8.html and Yuuka]] only moments after he had [[spoiler: [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beaten Gouken Yamamto to death]]]].
* MsFanservice:
** For all the jokes about how small Himegami's breasts are, she's the series' front-runner for {{fanservice}}. Want camel toe? You'll be [[http://anime-fanservice.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1308&pid=43144#top_display_media seeing]] [[http://anime-fanservice.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1308&pid=43166#top_display_media more of it]] [[http://anime-fanservice.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1308&pid=43224#top_display_media from her]], than anyone else. She's also got a [[ShesGotLegs hot pair of legs]], [[http://anime-fanservice.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1308&pid=43145#top_display_media a nice ass]], constantly [[ZettaiRyouiki wears thigh-high]] [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/13/6/ stockings]], and, if you're a foot fetishist, there's [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1603453?tags=himegami_kodama official art of her barefeet]] and multiple scenes of her grinding her foot [[http://animefeet.wikia.com/wiki/File:Maken_ki_Kodama_Himegami_02.jpg in Takeru's face.]]
** Aki is the {{school nurse}}, who's popular around campus for being a '''K-Cup'''. Plus, she typically wears [[AbsoluteCleavage a revealing blouse]] with a skin-tight skirt, and [[{{gainaxing}} gainaxes]] in nearly all of her scenes. There's also plenty of official art of her in fetish wear ([[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1769378?tags=nijou_aki SFW link]]) and pinup poses.
** Celia's introduction in episode 8 has her posing in different bikinis to the cheers of her fans. But despite being stacked, most of her scenes place emphasis [[HartmanHips on her hips]] and buttocks instead. And, unlike the other girls, she doesn't mind Takeru ogling her or feeling her up. [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl She encourages it.]]
** But Love Espada repeatedly upstages her, due to being openly bisexual and utterly shameless. Chapter 65 had her enter the boys locker-room in nothing but a thong string bikini and high-heels, in an attempt to seduce Takeru. And the 70.5 omake chapter has her recount how the featured unnamed girl [[HappinessInSlavery willingly became her]] SexSlave.
* MundaneUtility:
** Celia's "Inversion" ability allows her to invert anything. She first uses it to reverse velocities (throwing someone running towards her backwards), but also shows she's capable of using it on more abstract things[[note]]at one point, she inverts Takeru's determination, causing him to spontaneously lose the will to fight[[/note]]. But she mainly uses it to [[spoiler: maintain [[GenderBender his girl form]]]].
** Still, that's nothing compared to Minerva who's power exceeds even '''SS class''' ability, granting her [[spoiler: unlimited dimensional powers]]. But she's such [[CloudCuckoolander a ditz]] ''and'' a pervert, that she only uses it to [[PantyThief steal other girls' underwear.]]
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Himegami in chapter 7, where she and Haruko greet Takeru in their underwear to make him laugh.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: In episode 3, a bear wanders into the pool area where the Kenkeibu are meeting up. They're forced to deal with it, and they use their various abilities to launch the bear away via a giant wooden plank, but then make a magical cushion appear to avoid making the bear go splat against the mountain. A few scenes later the bear, a bit dizzy but no worse for the wear, wanders off after recovering.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: Gouken Yamato]] ends up on the receiving end of a brutal one, from Takeru, after [[spoiler: Himegami]] sacrifices herself to save him.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Takeru and Usui have them frequently, whenever they're perving on any of the girls. Uruchi gets 'em too, at times when she's lusting after Haruko.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: {{Inverted}} between Haruko and Takaki, in episode 13. The other girls were shyly mortified by Haruko [[SkinshipGrope molesting them]] in her sleep, and [[NeverLiveItDown so was Harukao]] when she realized what she'd done. Takaki was perfectly fine with it and [[SchoolgirlLesbians smiles naughtily]], when she mentions that Haruko [[DidTheyOrDidntThey went further]] than that ''with her'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ9jYd0ANF4 seen from 8:50-9:10]]).
-->'''Takaki: (at Aki-sensei)''' "She's not the only girl [[DoubleEntendre who was feeling energetic]], this morning."
-->'''Haruko: ([[OhCrap 'oh shit']] expression)''' "Oh, please don't..."
-->'''Takaki: (naughty face)''' "I woke up to an interesting surprise, myself. She did '''''[[LampshadedDoubleEntendre WAY more]]''''' than just grope."
* ObliviousToLove:
** Takeru knows how Inaho and Ceila feel about him, since they constantly tell him. But when it comes to Haruko, he has no clue. [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage Mainly because she repeatedly denies having any feelings for him, yet beats him up whenever she catches him with another girl.]]
** As for Haruko, she doesn't realize Uruchi [[LustObject has the hots for her]], when it's blatantly obvious to everyone else since Uruchi ''[[{{fangirl}} isn't subtle about it.]]''
* OneOfTheBoys: Azuki is the token tomboy character of the series, from [[BoyishShortHair her short hair]] and [[GirlNextDoor straightforward attitude.]] Their principal, Minori, is just like her except {{hot blooded}} and far stronger.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Pretty much all the guys in the series. Goes so far as to put them in the [[DemotedToExtra background]] in their own CornerOfWoe at the opening title, while the girls are prominently displayed up front.
** The entire Maken-Ki feels this way after witnessing Minori's power punch in the OVA.
** Minori compared to Ms. Aki, who all the male students have boners for, because her gargantuan rack. So Minori can't help wondering why no one has the hots for her, when she and Aki are only a cup size apart.
* PantyFighter: As noted in the summary, [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c027/9.html you'll be seeing]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c049/9.html plenty of the girls' undies]] during fight scenes.
* PantyShot: Not an episode goes by without at least [[http://anime-fanservice.org/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1308&pid=43247#top_display_media several of 'em]], with nearly half coming from Himegami (noted in the MaleGaze and MsFanservice entries).
* PlotHole: A minor one occurs in chapter 26: Haruko says [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c026/4.html she never knew]] Azuki had a part-time job, [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c005/18.html despite having seen her at work in chapter 5.]]
* PowerLevels: {{Subverted}}. In ''Maken-ki!'', the characters' fighting ability is separated into two categories: their Maken's rank and their ability usage (i.e. the user's ability to properly utilize Element and to what extent). However, Minori explained that an ability user's rank [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c069/15.html is not an absolute measure of their fighting ability.]] Meaning, it's entirely possible for someone at a lower rank to defeat an opponent ranked above themselves. Such as when Azuki[[note]]'''B rank''' Maken/'''A rank''' ability user, so her ability usage exceeds her Maken's level.[[/note]] was able to [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c016/13.html fight evenly with Yan-Min]][[note]]'''S rank''' Maken/'''S rank''' ability user[[/note]].
* PositiveDiscrimination: The female cast are shown to be vastly superior in using their Maken and in overall strength, while the male cast are relegated to a few instances where they ''do'' win against the girls at some particular event, but even so it's mostly exclusive to Takeru due his protagonist privileges and male ''antagonists'', with the latter being a blatant obstacle for the girls to overcome.
* RealityEnsues: A hormone addled teenaged boy wakes up to find he's [[spoiler: been turned into a girl]] and finds themselves alone in the bathroom. So the first thing Takeru [[ADateWithRosiePalms decided to do with]] [[spoiler: her new body]] was... (see the SexyDiscretionShot entry).
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** In Himegami's case, her pupils become slitted, [[ChekhovsGun like a dragon's]]; usually as a sign of [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c023/36.html extreme anger.]]
** Also seen right before Love Espada struck Takeru with her "Split S" special attack. All that can be seen is [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c067/6.html a single glowing eye]], while the upper half of her face is [[FaceFramedInShadow cast in shadow.]]
** Yuuka mimicked Love Espada (albeit with a {{slasher smile}}) during the OVA, right as she and Takaki deck Takeru at the same time, when Haruko [[AccidentalKiss shoved him onto her.]]
* RescueReversal:
** In chapter 14, Akaya [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c014/22.html abudcted Himegami]] to coerce Haruko, Azuki, Inaho, and Takeru into a 4-on-4 duel against the Venus Unit to assess Maken-ki's level of ability. But when it seemed he had [[spoiler: [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c023/31.html fatally shot Takeru]]]], Himegami became so enraged that [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c023/34.html she freed herself]] and was prepared to reduce Akaya to ashes. [[spoiler: Which sparked a clash between her and Minerva, for coming to his defense]].
** Near the end of episode 10 (season 2), Takaki gets captured by a group of delinquents and used as leverage against her new "boyfriend"[[note]]Azuki was disguised as a boy, having been pressured into going on a pretend date with Takaki, by Yuuka and the others, who thought it'd help Takaki get over her fear of men[[/note]], by [[DirtyCoward making it so he couldn't fight back.]] Takaki is forced to watch as he takes a beating for her, until one of their Maken attacks shreds his shirt, [[SamusIsAGirl revealing a pair of breasts.]] At that point, she realized it was Azuki, shook off her binds, and unleashed Habaya to punish them for assaulting a Tenbi student.
* TheRival: It didn't take long for sparks to fly between Azuki and Yan-Min, when they first met, due to the latter's insulting the Maken-ki by calling them weak. Yuuka proposed that they settle it with a game of volleyball, to prevent them from fighting. The match ended in a draw, with both girls gaining respect for each other.
* SceneryCensor:
** Used near the beginning of chapter 31, when Takeru accidentally pulls down Haruko's shorts while trying to climb out of the lagoon. A lock of his hair fits perfectly over the spot where her vagina would be, preventing the reader from seeing what ''he'' was seeing.
** Also used liberally in the broadcast version of the anime; particularly during bath scenes, where carefully placed shampoo bottles, spigots, and wash buckets are used to obscure the girls' naughty bits.
* SchoolIdol: Celia is an idol from America. Turns out [[spoiler: she's a ''wrestling'' idol]]. Should have done a little more research before you tried to tackle her, Inaho.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Uruchi and Takaki are both canonically lesbian, with implications that Yuuka might be as well:
** Uruchi is secretly in love with Haruko, though she's more overt with her feelings towards her in the manga. She openly [[{{fangirl}} fangasm'd over her]] during her battle with Gouken and became [[ClingyJealousGirl enraged with jealousy]] when he tore Haruko's clothing.
** There's ample amounts of [[HomoeroticSubtext subtext]] between Takaki and Yuuka, which suggests they may [[SecretRelationship secretly be an item]], or simply {{friends with benefits}}. While the anime [[DidTheyOrDidntThey implied]] Takaki was [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization content to let Haruko have sex with her]] in episode 13.
* SexyDiscretionShot:
** Chapter 32 opens with a veiled set of panels of Ouken Yamato banging one of his concubines, causing the guardian statue outside the bedchamber to shake from the force of his thrusts. It topples over right as she achieves orgasm.
** Seen about halfway into OVA episode 2. After Takeru shoves [[spoiler: her hands down her pants]] and props her leg up on the bathroom counter, the scene shifts so her back is turned toward the viewer. You get to see a bit of hip motion, before the scene cuts to the hallway, allowing the audience to hear the rest 'til she finally [[TheImmodestOrgasm hits the big "O".]]
** In episode 7 of season 2, Himegami makes the mistake of leaving Nozuchi alone with Rudulf, while she took a shower. By the time she returns, minutes later, she finds Nozuchi passed out next to Rudolf, with hearts in her eyes, while he's smugly having a cigar.
* SexGod: Ouken and Rudolf are near equally matched in that regard (refer to the related entry in their respective sections of the character sheet).
* ShoutOut: ''Maken-ki!'' has plenty:
** Kai's Maken ability is called "Fullmetal," which allows him to cast any part of his body in steel, though he mainly uses it on his right arm. [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Sound familiar?]]
** When a bear shows up at the Maken-Ki's meet and great, Chacha jokes that if they get it wet, it will turn human. [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf It is then speculated that there is likely a little black pig and wet pretty girl nearby.]]
** When Haruko and Kimi go to visit the Anime Club at the school, you can see figures and boxes that look suspiciously like [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]], [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka]], and ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''.
** The title of episode 5 of season 2 is a shout out to Onegai Teacher.
** Episode 8 of Season 2 has a shout out to {{Film/Downfall}} where Kengo flips out much like Adolph did.
** The Manga convention in Season 2 has Cosplayers dressed as, among others, Mio Sakamoto and Perrine Cloistermann from ''Anime/StrikeWitches''
* SkinshipGrope:
** Other people sleepwalk. Haruko sleep-gropes (episode 13). As in, going from one girl's bed to the next and spooning with them, while fondling them from behind. Though she may have gone all the way with Takaki.
** Ironically, Takeru did the same thing to her in OVA episode 2, while he was [[spoiler: in girl form]]. Haruko wakes up to the feeling of something rubbing against her and finds it's Takeru [[spoiler: sleeping facedown between her thighs. But when Takeru awakes and sees where she is, she figures 'why not?' and licks her way up Haruko's body; including her breasts]].
* TheSpartanWay: At Tenbi Academy, everything is decided through battle. You want a date? [[BestHerToBedHer Be prepared to fight for it.]] [[FullContactMagic Literally.]] Grudges get settled with superpowered volleyball matches and the guys even had to challenge the girls to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QulLafUQEQ0 a water polo free-for-all]], [[AllMenArePerverts just for the sake of Co-Ed swimming classes.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Syria or Celia? The subs can't seem to agree on the spelling of Kimi/Kimmy's name either.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Takeru mentions this in episode 2 of season 2 after Haruko claims she doesn't remember anything she did while suffering from EasyAmnesia that episode. [[spoiler:However, Haruko's rant to herself at the end suggests she does in fact remember it, such as telling him she fell in love with him again after losing her memories, and being unable to tell him how she really felt about him.]]
* SuggestiveCollision: In episode 1 (chapter 1). Takeru noticed Himegami hanging upside-down from a tree branch, at school, giving him a full view of her panties. Which startled her, causing her to fall directly on top of him. The anime shows it from top-down perspective, but the manga uses an upskirt angle at ground level -- showing his erection was pressed against her camel toe.
* SuperDeformed: Inaho in the 4Koma, she's perpetually chibified.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** Seen during the flashback in episode 13, when Yuuka mentions how 'certain people' have been dipping into the club's treasury, including two expense claims for bear-related books and stuffed animals:
-->'''Azuki:''' ''(with {{blank white eyes}})'' "I-I've never even heard of Ma-chan the Koala!"
-->'''Himegami:''' ''(same as Azuki)'' "Me, neither.. I don't know her little brother, Pu-chan, either!"
** Haruko usually denies having any romantic interest in Takeru, but the other characters, especially Himegami, see right through her. Mainly because she [[RunningGag keeps giving]] [[BadLiar herself away.]]
* ThanksForTheMammary:
** Haruko must have magnets in her boobs, 'cuz Takeru can't seem to keep his hands, or his face, of them and it isn't always "accidental".
** Ironically, Haruko is guilty of it herself, as the flashback in episode 13 shows she has a habit of groping other girls ''[[InnocentFanserviceGirl in her sleep]]''!
-->'''Ms. Aki:''' ''(amused)'' "I've heard of a sleepwalker, but never a sleep ''molester''."
-->'''Yuuka:''' ''(matter-of-factly)'' "She paid me a visit too. It was a surprise, to say the least."
-->'''Kimi:''' ''(shyly)'' "You got a handful of [[{{pettanko}} my girls]] too."
* TitleDrop: Done during chapter 4 (episode 3 in the anime).
* TooHotForTV:
** The anime adaptation cranks up the fanservice to the point of bordering on softcore porn. So frequent lense flare, CensorSteam, and foreground objects are used to cover the girls in the appropriate areas. All of which is removed from the DVD/Blu-ray boxset, which is completely uncensored.
** Several scenes are also changed between the broadcast version and the boxset, such as the scene where Himegami poses for Rudolf at the end of episode 7 (season 2). The censored version only shows her from the waist up, in a bra and panties. In the boxset, she's naked and the second mini-special shows [[spoiler: she also sleeps naked with him]].
** The first mini-special features Haruko, shown naked in bed as she acts out how she imagines it'd be like to have sex with Takeru. All four of the mini-specials are exclusive to the boxset.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Takeru got a major bump up, after training with Minori so he could withstand his ''Blood Pointer'' ability, along with a boost from [[spoiler: Tesshin]]. Which enabled him to go head-to-head against Ouken Yamato in a brawl.
** After his loss to Yan-Min, Kai went to the Oyama dojo during his summer break to ask Takeshi to train him. By the start of the following semester, he had become one of the few that're [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/67/24/ capable of casting without a Maken!]]
* TooKinkyToTorture: The thief in episode 2 of season 2. She seems to be enjoying the punishment being dealt towards her by Yuuka to force her to release Haruko's memories back.
* {{Tsundere}}: Haruko is a '''Type B''' (default dere-dere). Himegami is a '''Type A''' (default tsun-tsun).
* UnprovokedPervertPayback: Takeru and Usui are often justifiably punished for perving on the girls, but there are occasion where Takeru is innocent. Such as at the end of the first episode in season 1, when Haruko caught Inaho sleeping next to him. Despite the fact that it was ''his'' bunk and Inaho had climbed in after he'd fallen asleep, Haruko slapped Takeru [[GreenEyedMonster out of jealousy]], rather than chastise Inaho.
* UnwantedRescue: Takeru means well, but the girls hate it when he keeps insisting on interferring, where his help isn't wanted and often ''not even needed''. They'll usually [[WhatTheHellHero give him an earful]] afterward, and he'll offer an apology. Except he continues to do it again, whenever any of them seems to be in danger.
* WalkingSwimsuitScene: {{Justified}} twice, in chapters 4 and 10 respectively.
** In the first instance, the members of Maken-ki to took a trip to the hot springs. When the girls [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/4/18/ stepped out in their bikinis]], Takeru and Usui [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/4/19/ got boners.]]
** And when the teams were assembling for the 'guys vs. girls' water polo match, [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/10/13/ Aki, Akaya, and Minori]] arrived together along with Celia.
* WarIsHell: Used durng episode 7 (season 2), when Rudolf tells Himegami about what happened to his previous owner and her village, during [[WorldWarTwo WW II.]] They were the unfortunate victims of an Allied bombing run, which killed her.
* WhamLine: Delivered by Ouken near the end of chapter 49, in [[BreakThemByTalking an attempt to demoralize Takeru:]]
-->'''Ouken:'''''(at Takeru)'' [[EvilCannotComprehendGood "I don't understand--]] Why are you helping that girl? [[DeadAllAlong She isn't even]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c049/24.html a human.]] She's nothng but [[spoiler: a doll. That body is made of [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c053/7.html what's left of the real Kodama Himegami"]]]].
* WhatsHeGotThatIAintGot: You'd think most girls wouldn't give Takeru the time of day, considering he's [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy plain looking]], {{book dumb}}, and [[ChivalrousPervert a lecher.]] Yet, it hasn't stopped several of the hottest girls at the school from [[ChickMagnet falling for him.]] Which gets lampshaded during the water polo match in episode 9, when Celia flirts with him too:
-->'''male student:''' ''(shouts from offscreen)'' '''[[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim "WHY DOES THAT JACKASS GET ALL THE GIRLS??!"]]'''
-->''(the other guys start booing Takeru)''
* WhatTheHellHero: Noted in the UnwantedRescue entry.
* WonTheWarLostThePeace: Played for laughs in episode 9. The boys want coed swimming classes, while the girls want segregated ones. They decide on it by having a boys vs girls water calvary battle. In the end Takeru is the last person with his headband still on, and the boys win. But the girls asked Usuya to use his Chameleon Maken ability to turn them all invisible, [[TheUnfairSex to deny the boys their spoils.]]
* WorldOfBuxom: Most of the females in the show are huge. Somehow Takeru always seems to [[AccidentalPervert find his]] [[ThanksForTheMammary hand]] or [[MarshmallowHell face]] in them as well.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Takeru. Justified by the fact that he developed this complex because of the tragic death of his mother. Other characters, however, repeatedly warn him that he has to get over this.
** Arguably full-out [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] when someone asks him what he would do if he saw a girl beating up another girl (a very real possibility in this school), and he can't come up with an answer. "Unless you're saying it's all right for ''girls'' to beat up girls?"
* ZettaiRyouiki: Himegami hits all the makers and skyrockets to '''Class S''' status, while Kimi is a '''Class A.'''
* ZombieApocalypse: PlayedForLaughs. All of the male students in Takeru's class essentially have that "look" when Celia arrives in their class in episode 8 and proclaims him to be her boyfriend. They even parody bringing him down as if to eat him, only to beat him up. When Inaho gets upset at Celia's declaration, Kengo immediately [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that Takeru doesn't have long to live anyway, right before they take him down.
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