Reviews: Maken Ki
Harem with a Conspiracy Plot
If you've never heard of Maken-ki!, or if you have, but haven't decided whether it's worth bothering with, my advice would be: "Yes, so long as we're talking about the manga version," which is the one I'll be reviewing. Since there's a lot of ground to cover and little space to do it in, I'll use a bullet point format to go over the pros and cons of the series: Pros
- Takeda Hiromitsu's art and character designs are very well done, and it improves considerably starting around chapter 23.
- There's lots of interesting characters in both the main and supporting cast, which makes Takeru's presence somewhat tolerable.
- It has an interesting plot, centering around an undying enemy, a shadow organization's plot to break an ancient seal, along with the fact that one our heroines isn't what she first seems.
- The plot advances at a steady pace, once it gets going, and there's even a bit of World Building for good measure.
- The battles are fast paced and usually avoid the pratfalls seen in most other shonen, such as characters explaining their powers to the enemy.
- Yes, there's fanservice and lots of it, especially any scene involving Love Espada.
- Takeru is your typical shounen protagonist (i.e. Hot-Blooded, wants to protect everybody, ridiculous albeit fluctuating power level, etc.). Basically a more annoying version of Ichigo Kurosaki, who'll severely test your patience.
- It adheres to harem convention: such as Haruko's jealousy anytime another girl gets near Takeru. Yet, she'll adamantly deny being in love with him, etc.
- Lastly, the plot doesn't really get off the ground, 'til about chapter 14 (technically, it starts in chapter 8, but there's padding in between).