YMMV / Maken-ki!

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Kyoki should've chosen her words more carefully when dealing with Love Espada.
    Kyoki: (reprimanding Espada) "Espada-senpai! This year, I won't let you do as you please!!"
    (Espada coaxes her into one of the school's clubrooms and does exactly that)
    • Also done by Yuuka, after Usui eliminates Himegami from the water polo match:
    Yuuka: (doing commentary) "...and just like that, Himegami is out. Kengo took her from behind like a thief in the night."
  • Awesome Art: Takeda Hiromitsu's character designs and backgrounds are reason enough to pick up the manga. But from chapter 23 onwards, the art improves considerably.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Despite the manga having an intricate plot, detailed character art, and fight scenes, the series is often written off as fanservice. While others only know of it due to Hiromitsu's other works.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At the start of chapter 16, Ms. Aki gets Kai to the nurse's office to treat his injuries but decided to change into nylons with gater belts and a thong first, then mounts him in the 69 position. Kai is understandably confused and asks why she's doing it that way, but she ignores him and proceeds anyway. It's the only time she's ever used such a risqué method and no explanation is given for it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Aki is popular with the fans for two BIG reasons.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Usui perverted schemes and lust for Himegami, when Scott Freeman actually would be convicted of child pornography.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Usui's perverted antics towards Himegami become this, given how Scott Freeman was convicted.
    • Also, his comment to Takeru about what he would've asked Ms. Aki to do (chapter 38) isn't as funny, in light of the 89.5 omake.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • It's been suggested that Takeda Hiromitsu may be a fan of BlazBlue, due to Inaho's resemblance to Makoto Nanaya. Likewise, when Takaki lets down her hair and removes her glasses, she looks a lot like Nu-12. Guess who wound up doing a piece of official art of Makoto and Nu-12, months later...?
    • In the english dub of Maken-ki!, Monica Rial portrays Haruko, a member of Tenbi's disciplinary committee who's lusted after by the series' male lead. Fastforward to the 2015 anime season where she ends up playing Anna Nishikinomiya, Tokioka's student council president, who lusts after the male lead. Talk about role reversal!
  • Hollywood Homely: By all outward appearances, Minori is still young and in better shape than Aki. Yet, the guys at Tenbi treat her as if she's a hag.
  • Idiot Plot: The premise for episode 5 (season 2). Instead of saying she was dating one of the other teachers, Aki tells her parents she's dating a student, who's nearly half her age. Her parents simply take her story at face value and kidnaps a minor, then strands him on an island with their daughter in hopes that he'll knock her up. Which ends with him taking a beating for a situation that wasn't his fault, because Aki chose not to say anything.
  • Les Yay: Some of the promotional art features the female cast in suggestive positions with each other. There's one between Himegami and Haruko and another featuring Takaki with Love Espada.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Otohime may be a coward, but she's smart enough to learn from past mistakes, so the same tactics can't be used against her twice. During the Okino Island arc, Takeru's "Drive Duo" was able to nullify the Black Element she used to mind control the islanders. So Otohime devised an alternate form of mind control that doesn't use Black Element, rendering Takeru's Maken ability useless. And the first ones she used it on were the Four Pillars of Tenbi, which includes Love Espada. Thereby turning her enemies' strongest group of ability users into her own elite squad.
  • Memetic Molester: Love Espada has built a reputation for seducing other women and for having instigated at least two lesbian orgies. Further, it's been shown that even if they're not willing, they will be by the time she's done with them.
    • Chapter 76 has her coax Kyoki into one of the club rooms to seduce her in private. Usui listens in, while imagining what Espada's doing to her, but the reality ends up being even more than he could've dreamed. Cue nosebleed.
  • Moe:
  • Squick:
    • The fact that Hakuto is in love with Ouken Yamato, who looks old enough to be his grandfather. Though, chronologically, Ouken would be more like his great-great-grandfather several times removed.
    • Subverted in Miyabi's case, since she knew Ouken was really possessed by Takeru Yamato, who was the true object of her affections.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Gouken was criminally under used, until the midway into Okino Island chapters (42-49), where he was revealed to be an S rank ability user. Any potential he may have had went out the window when Takeru beat him to death, in a futile attempt to kill Takeru Yamato.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The anime's first season only covers chapters 1-10, then skips to chapters 26 and 27, while the OVAs loosely cover chapters 28-30. The rest is filler. Meaning, you'll be missing the majority of the manga's most significant plot details and developments.
  • What An Idiot: During the Himekagura Festival, Otohime challenged Maken-ki to a contest for possession of the original 8 Maken. So how did Minori decide which members would participate...? With a game of rock-paper-scissors. Predictably, they lost.