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  • Genre : Romantic comedy, harem
  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Silver Link

 

Do you have a Nemesis? Someone that thoughtlessly hurt you so deeply that it still hurts a little. It left a sore spot that irks you to this day. Masamune has. As a spoiled and portly kid he never got in or had any real friends until he met brash and outspoken Rin. He quickly fell for the no nonsense little girl and when she coldly turned him down with a mocking nickname, it was the final straw. And what would you do if you had a chance to confront your tormentor? Would you forgive them!? Would you try to make them understand what you went through? Would you give sweet revenge by becoming super attractive, making them fall for you and breaking their heart?

It’s no secret that romances are not my favorite types of stories. I just can’t understand why people allow characters to act like irrational nutjobs because feeeeeeeelings. I’ve watched many of the beloved hallmarks of the genre and generally waver between bored and disappointed. What chance did this rather poorly received little offering have?

Well this is the first scene……

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I guess I can give it a chance

Masamune’s revenge is a slight variation of a classic harem show with an old school 80s teenage comedy thrown in. Visually, it’s quite appealing. In fact it reminded me of My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected, to an enervating degree. The two shows just looked so much alike in everything from design to animation. To colour palette that it was almost impossible for me not to constantly compare the two.

For those of you who may not have seen snafu, this isn’t a bad thing. It means the show is quite pretty to look at although Masamune’s pretty boy design is a bit generic. All in all, it’s definitely appealing. Unless you have a particular aversion to this art style, I figure you will find it pretty. I ran out of words for pretty…Attractive just didn’t fit right in that sentence.

Sound and voice acting are fine but, as can be said for many elements of this show, a little too bland for the more emotionally charged scenes. This is just me but I felt like the voice actors for Masamune and Rin simply did not have such great chemistry together. He had a better rapport with Yoshino or Kojuro to my ear.

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I bet the class president agrees with me

 

The similarities with My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected don’t end at the visual level. Perhaps I have not seen enough Harem animes and these are just the standard tropes of the genre, but it seemed to me that the cast was also quite similar. An awkward, occasionally unlikable main character who suddenly finds himself to be the object of a number of girls’ affections, the tsundere princess, the cute and popular rival love interest, the shy effeminate best friend and an assortment of variously agreeable and attractive girls that buzz around the main cast.

I did quite like Yoshino in a half realized slightly ominous role.  She serves as both grim comedy relief and unsettling mastermind whose loyalties are never completely established. I’ve rarely seen this in romantic comedies and I found it refreshing. I wish they had developed the character just a touch more as she remains rather superficial and more of a plot device than a person.

I would like to point out that although there are generous amounts of Fanservice for everyone (equal opportunity service is the best!), the instances using Yoshino’s tendency for exhibitionist clumsiness felt very uncomfortable and creepy for me. These were however, blessedly few and took on much less disagreeable implications once we realize that she isn’t as helpless as she appears.

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maybe this time YOU’ll have an “accident”

Masamune-kun’s revenge is much more rooted in comedy that what previous entries I’ve seen in the genre. This is probably why I’m inclined to prefer it. It’s far from perfect but it does offer some decent entertainment and bring up a few interesting points.

For instance, the premise hinges on the fact that Masamune was a fat and unpopular kid who is now an attractive and very popular teenager. The old ugly duckling plot. Except Msamune very actively worked towards that end. He didn’t just take off his glasses and ponytail and suddenly become unrecognizable. As a chubby kid myself, I appreciated how the narrative pointedly let the audience know that Masamune’s dedication was ongoing. He didn’t simply magically loose a few pounds, he exercised, changed his eating habits and maintains his routine and attention to calories to this day. He probably always will.It’s also nice that his weight seems to only be an issue in his own mind. No one in fact ever teased him about it, he just assumed they wouldn’t like him because of it.

 

It’s also nice to see that everyone gets treated differently when they fall into some standard beauty norms. It goes beyond people being nice to you because they want a date. People pay more attention to you, they tend to assume you’re nicer (and occasionally dumber). I know that when I manage to get my figure under control, suddenly, my glass of water was never again empty at restaurants and all the sudden professors and supervisors started praising the same work I had been doing for years (sometimes even considerably less). The world is unfair in many ways, and Masamune’s revenge does attempt to show that, although in a very superficial way.

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then again, he looks pretty good chubbier

Much of the criticism I have read of this series was that the entire idea is immature. I’m not sure how justified that is. I mean it is super immature, but the narrative goes out of it’s way to continuously point out that these are a bunch of attractive dorks we’re dealing with. The immaturity and shallowness are part of the joke.

What is justified however, is the lack of follow through in the show. Many characters seem to just give up on their motivations rather easily. More extreme character traits are quickly softened without much reason and conflicts are resolved a little too simply to be truly satisfying.

I remember somewhere around episode 3, Kojūrō is explicitly referred to as a boy. This was very interesting to me as I had assumed him to be a girl, with the pants uniform (a tomboy type). I usually never have any problem telling anime genders apart, even with very androgynous characters but Kojūrō has a particularly feminine voice actress, and all of Masamune’s friends up to that point were girls so I had somehow taken it for granted. This isn’t what was surprising though. What impressed me was that, no one in the show was making any sort of deal about.  

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I would be more worried about the weird flower eyes…

 

No one in the series seemed surprised or confused about Kojūrō’s gender, no huge exclamations or disappointments that he wasn’t a girl. This was being treated as a non-issue. Simply a design choice like any other with no bearing on the storyline. I was so impressed by this. The representation of what would be considered an effeminate character as something perfectly normal and not requiring any sort of commentary! Fantastic! That is until a few episodes later when all the traditional jokes started pouring in and didn’t let up until the end.

But by far the biggest problem is that the show lacks an ending. We were all expecting that things wouldn’t go according to plan for Masamune. A late introduction of new characters (when important players are first introduced in episode 10 of 12, it rarely ever bodes well) lobs the series in a whole new direction, but then the show just ends.

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I hadn’t even put an image of Rin yet… I fail at reveiews

 

There is no resolve for any of the characters, no catharsis, we are really just left in the middle of the story. Of course, some stories simply need more than one season to develop so I can’t really blame the production for deciding not to rush things. On the other hand, if the show is never continued then all you have is half a story. I can understand why people hate that.

For what it’s worth, if a second season were to be made, I’d watch it. It’s not a deeply incisive show that will make you think and feel but it did make me snicker and I never rolled my eyes. What can I say, I have high standards! 

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Futaba and I have a lot in common

 

Favorite character: None, these are all horrible people except maybe Kojūrō

What this anime taught me: Zombie gore romance is the ideal first date movie

Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.
Suggested drink: Presbyterian Revenge
  • Every time anyone says “Pig’s foot” – take a sip
  • Every time we see Rin’s “court”– take a sip
  • Every time Masamune looses his cool – take a sip
  • Every time there is mention of calorie count – get a snack
  • Every time Rin blushes – get some water
  • Every time Yoshino goes evil – take a sip
  • Every time Rin eat – take a sip
    • if her stomach growls – take another
  • Every time anyone buys food – take a sip
  • Every time we see Neko’s butler – fan yourself

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22 thoughts

  1. I got tired of this one a few episodes in, but then ended up finishing it afterwards because of a friend bringing it up. I agree with you on Yoshino being a “fresh” sort of character archetype, although her poker face made it hard to determine whether she was a stoic maid-type or a schemer.

    Is there a reference I’m missing here? I’m pretty sure there’s no Rin in Masamune-kun’s Revenge, plus looking for one in Oregairu search results doesn’t get anything of worth…(I’m not too familiar with Oregairu, if you didn’t figure that out.)

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  2. I like the premise, but feel terribly disappointed at the execution.
    I guess I just want every anime to be completely distinct from its contemporaries… which is the opposite of what Masamune actually does for me.
    I liked the beginning episode or two, but even before the halfway mark, I realized I was expecting something that completely different than what I was getting.
    The romcom part, which is most of the show, was just terrible 😣

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  3. This probably a really fair review of the series . . . But is it bad that despite all the crap it got I still want to watch it? Maybe it’s just the art style that caught my eye. Either way, glad you seemed to salvage some good out of its comedic premise!

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  4. There are different ways to handle anime adapted from ongoing manga… But Masamune-Kun ended with about as blunt a “Now go buy the manga” as I’ve ever seen. Honestly, that’s what sticks out in my mind when I try to think back on the show.

    Like Dawn said, it mostly forgettable, and I’d be unlikely to watch a second season.

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  5. The character types are indeed harem staples, which is part of why it similar to snafu. The other part is that the range is a tad wider, but they chose pretty much the same set. Character desings? Maybe, if I compare to season 2.

    If there’s ever a season 2 of Revenge I probably won’t remember who is who and what happened. I loved the soundtrack, and liked the storyboarding. The spider scene in the first episode, where you saw the spider first as a reflection in the eye (IIRC; that is) was excellent. But the story is utterly forgettable (which I know because I forgot most of it).

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    1. Maybe I’m not being fair but I didn’t really think the story mattered. Like it’s the type of show you can just choose a random episode and pretty much follow along no problem.

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      1. True. Even if I don’t remember half the story, I shouldn’t have trouble following a hypothetical second season. The point is more that when I forget a story so utterly, it’s usually a sign that I wasn’t that interested in the first place.

        I often find myself surprisingly fond of a show I thought I didn’t like all that much while watching. An example would be Oreshura. But here it’s the opposite: I was mildly positive after the show finished (and, yes, the abrupt ending didn’t bother me much, because the story didn’t really matter). Now, though, I’m surprisingly indifferent towards it.

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  6. Well, I agree with you that this show is “visually appealing” 😉 I may be basing this in that opening scene myself! Lol! I’ll have to check this one out.. I’m not usually into the romance Anime, but a little light hearted fun is always good. The drinking game will help!

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  7. Even though I do enjoy a good harem anime, I absolutely refused to watch this show based on the synopsis alone, I mean I’ve had people who have wronged me in my life, even hurt me deeply but never would I be so petty as to try and devote so much energy and so much precious time (of which is in short supply in our lives) to try and get revenge on someone for something so minor (at least I think it’s minor). And the fact it’s a guy getting revenge on a girl rubs me the wrong way too.

    It’s interesting that you say that their motivations seem to disappear and their extreme character traits soften, almost like the writer just needed some idea to make a harem and so came up with a plot that he could forget about it to just pursue the harem-y tropes?

    As for the introducing new characters very late in the show, a LOT of harem anime’s do that, like most of the one’s I’ve watched, generally it’s because they are a direct adaptation of a manga and harem mangas have a pretty tried and true pacing to when to introduce new characters and it usually lines up to that time frame. Which is all well and good if they get second and third seasons, I mean hooray for faithful adaptations, but for making a satisfying and complete narrative it’s almost poison.

    Great review, but it still hasn’t changed my mind on the show!

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    1. “And the fact it’s a guy getting revenge on a girl rubs me the wrong way too.” Why? This is probably my no fun feminist bristling but girls aren’t children or idiots that cannot be held accountable for their actions.
      This comment is out of context for the show. The show is a silly little piece of fluff and should not be taken seriously in any way. It really didn’t offend me at all.

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