Author of the the gataries, let’s see how it does.
First Impressions: Thoughts
I probably wouldn’t watch Medaka Box if it wasn’t for the prestige of the author; Nisio Isin did the gatari series, which boasts great dialogue, and characterization. Everything’s not as linear as it seems with Isin, Nisemonogatari was an ecchi series, but, that didn’t detract away from the watch; let’s hope that Medaka Box delivers.
First Impressions: Opening
I’m fairly easy to please when it comes to openings; it was basically average, nothing detrimental to the series, but nothing bolstering either. Oh well. The song’s called “HAPPY CRAZY BOX” by Minami Kuribayashi.
First Impressions: Episode
The story begins by introducing the main heroine of the series, Medaka, the first-year class president. She won with an unparalleled 98% of the student vote; but, this essentially results in some “elitist-complex” accusations towards her. She reminds me far too much of Momoyo from MajiKoi, the only series in which I really disliked the main heroine.
A character is introduced, a childhood friend of Medaka; it’s apparent that he’s usually the butt of Medaka’s jokes, which results in a volatile relationship. He refuses to serve on the student council, due to Medaka’s impish nature.
Given this, he’s abducted by Medaka to talk. He begins a rant on his forced devotion towards her; he has no say in what he wants to do. He cannot endure it anymore, since she’s president now she no longer needs him, so…
She disregards his negligible rant, and undresses. She tells him to stop acting stringently towards her; they’re essentially as close as can be, childhood friends, etc. She’s not making him accompany her presidency as a needed desideratum, but rather, as a friend. Apparently a character is much more likable half-clothed.
Anyways, a job appears. The kendo hall, once deserted, is now essentially being occupied by a syndicate of thugs.
The thugs have heard of Medaka from an epidemic word of mouth; they know about her liberal practice of power. Needless to say, they are the 2% that did not vote for her. She begins an imminent speech, however, that only serves as a facade to disarm the thugs. They retaliate by surrounding her, but, she easily subjugates them. Medaka reviews the room, noting the desolation. Being class president, she cannot let such a transgression go unpunished, her power level quickly surpasses nine thousand.
Up above the world so high, Medaka’s judges them from the sky; fuck it, I can’t do poetry. She begins a melodramatic speech, viewing the situation as if a deity. She deduces that they were once good kendo students, but, they eventually degraded into their current state through a series of unfortunate events. This results in an unheard retort, stating, “No, we’re just delinquents.” Given her innate benevolence, she decides to rehabilitate them with the persuasive ardor of a thousand strokes [not that type of stroke].
The main guy begins recounting his experiences with Medaka to Shiranui. Ever since childhood, Medaka has been, well, arrogant. She feigns ignorance when it comes to her supremacy, but instead, assumes that everybody else possesses a gifted aptitude, much like herself. She’s not very sensitive to the struggles of those who try, but fail; making people around her very sad. Shiranui reciprocates by insinuating that he doesn’t “know” Medaka, much like he claims to. This results in him leaving, then assuring himself that he’s known Medeka for far too long, he knows her better than anyone.
He enters to Kendo room, only to find it impeccably clean. The once desolate room has transformed into a lustrous, scintillating one. Medaka inquires on the arrival of the “reformed” thugs; he retorts her asinine conjecture by stating the low possibilities of such events occurring. He queries Medaka of being driven by something rather than an altruistic good. He denounces his question, stating that her existence is solely to aid the “random strangers”, that he so mentioned. She doesn’t care about the superficial accomplishments of being class president, she genuinely, wants to aid people, that’s the only way she feels at peace. He sarcastically retorts, referring back to his early monologue with Shiranui. She remarks on his mention of the word “talent”, calling it an aptly-named word that holds no actual meaning. He asserts that talent is everything, she doesn’t have to worry about it because she’s always had it innately. He moves on to remark on how the thugs were the 2%, not interested in her; she’ll inevitably suffer the consequences if she incessantly reaches out to indifferent. She reprimands his blatantly, superficial accusations; eight people do not make up two-percent, which insinuates that there are multiple others who did not vote for her; she also demands him to not refer to people as mere statistics. She goes onto emphasize that fact by listing the thugs, not by affiliation, but by a sequential listing, of their actual names. They’re students just like everybody else, there is no difference. This results in the guy, angrily rebuking her claims once more, and leaving the room.
However, on exit, an uncanny sight is met, the group of thugs, in kendo garments. He’s incredulously shocked at the happenings, he questions them on their return. They plainly state for no particular reason, they didn’t have anywhere else to go. They may be perceived as lowlifes, but, they prefer to distinguish themselves from the worthless trash.
That event essentially deteriorated his self worth even greater. Medaka is essentially the perfect person, she has the capability to reach out to people, and she accomplishes her goals, or so he believes. His being there would only serve as a nuisance; she doesn’t need him. However unreasonably dejected, he still acknowledges the truth: the one being in the wrong here, is him.
Suddenly, in the midst of his “My Life Sucks” speech, he gets ambushed by a member, of the actual Kendo Club. He appears to be rather livid, he asked Medaka, or the student council, to extricate the Kendo Club’s room of practice from the thugs, not rehabilitate them. Elsewhere, Medaka learns of this guy.
Elsewhere again, this guy obliterates the members of the Kendo Club. Since he has some difficulties relating to his peers, he decided that the best course of action was to dispose of the club, so that he’d be the only member of the club, without any conflicts.
Fueled by Medaka’s endearing personality, and a seemingly surmounting fervor, he begins to retaliate.
They begin to recollect on their old fervent passion for the sport. Unfortunately, this guy’s a downer, and decides to provoke them with taunts.
“You damn dropouts can’t have a change of heart so easily and be standing again. Do you know what three-time kendo champion means? It means I’m three times stronger than all of you!”
Well, technically, if he’s “3x”, and all the others are “x”, and there’s 8 others, it’s 3x against x+x+x+x+x+x+x. Anyways, math aside, someone shows up.
He begins a seemingly fervent speech praising Medaka, as if she was actually a deity. Regardless of how illogical she is at times; he’ll agree with her tactics, even if they’re brusquely idiotic. She does it as an act of benevolence, he doesn’t have a noble feeling such as that, but, he’ll defeat anybody who challenges her beliefs. This is followed by him [main guy] effortlessly dispatching of him [kendo-enthusiast].
She notes Zenkichi’s “silent-hand” regulation, or caring of her; she really appreciates it. He waits for the seemingly imminent castigation; she merely recites the motto of the student council, she pledges to rehabilitate him, at Shiranui’s request.
Thus they lived happily every after. The three-time Kendo-enthusiast assumed leadership of the club, and they went on to be the best club there ever was. The episode ends with a brief exchange of dialogue between Medeka and guy. He questions her on why she chose him; she replies, because she’s the person that understands him the best, and he’s the person that understands her the best. Ever since they were children, he was the only one that constantly worried about her, because he’s with her, she feels able to help people. He then asks for an armband, allowing her to subjugate him to incessant torture, as the assistant of the president.
First Impressions: Ending
Song blew, nothing else to add to it. The only good seiyuu song in an anime series, has been, and probably always will be, the ending to Anohana. The song’s name is “Ohanabatake ni Tsuretette (お花畑に連れてって)” by Medaka Kurokami (CV: Aki Toyosaki).
First Impressions: Concluding Thoughts
The one thing that I can rely on when it comes to Isin’s writing is, the lack of shitty, intolerable characters. He doesn’t write his stories revolving around a Shu, or a Yuki, he does it around “good” characters. He’s pessimistic, but not a whiny bitch; he’s acknowledging his asinine behavior, not repenting and acting ignorant towards it. He declared his love for Medeka in the first episode, not blatantly towards her, but in internal monologue; that’s much better than the inherently imminent tsunderin’ on his part; it’s not cool when guy’s do it, only chicks. Overall, I really did like the episode, I’m not sure if I’ll pick it up for the blog though. Not because it’s bad, but because there is not a lot to write about, it’s simply the genre.