Medaka Box Episode 1 [First Impression]: I Am Kaichou
Yeah, you’re right. It’s just…Medaka is even more right! If someone dares to go against Medaka’s justice, I won’t forgive them!
Kurokami Medaka is perfect in anything she tries to do – be it sports, exams or anything else. When she ran for Student Council President, she managed to gain 98% of the votes, promising to solve everyone’s problems, 24/7, through the suggestion box that she implemented. Because no-one can match her standards, Medaka runs a one-man Student Council, and so she asks her childhood friend Hitoyoshi Zenkichi to join her, but he isn’t interested. To change his mind, Medaka brings Zenkichi along when solving her first request – to deal with the third-years that have taken over the kendo hall.
Usually in anime, manga or just literature in general, characters often start out at a certain point, and their development is charted as the story goes on. They might be confident to start with but develop emotionally, or
Ouma Shu weedy at the start, ending up badass. But not this time. Meet Kurokami Medaka – as literal a Mary Sue as you’re ever gonna get, because she’s perfect in every way. Everything Medaka does is right. Undoubtedly, she has a superiority complex, but here’s the thing – she has every right to have one, because she’s just that amazing. Yet I don’t see it as arrogance, since neither her nor Zenkichi are boasting anything because everything said about Medaka is true. Grades, charisma, boobs, she has it all.
Enter Hitoyoshi Zenkichi, the first person to be invited to Medaka’s student council. He’s one of those unwilling types, yet the kind of guy that gets dragged into Medaka’s life and doesn’t resist too hard. I can see why he originally didn’t want to be in the student council – when you have a kaichou like Medaka, you’ll feel so inferior not just by her god-like abilities, but how she wasn’t scared at all of running the entire student council by herself. In the end though, you can’t say no to her “cute girl” face.
Medaka Box is a shounen all the way – we’ve got that character trait where Medaka is able to magically reform anyone to being a good guy, and this takes the shape of her suggestion box, which apparently takes requests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Somehow, you can’t help but admire (or in Zenkichi’s case, love) her, and everything about her ideals and desires to help complete strangers is pretty impressive. Reforming a group of yankees (and Hyuuga) by first beating them up then training them was fun to watch, but I got this immense feeling of respect when the kendo guys actually turned up for a second day to prove themselves even further. Guys, I just…Medaka is just so cool. Also, cameo by some future important people, including Kikaijima, Akune and the Enforcer dudes.
I’ve read the manga, so I can say straight off that although the setup looks like it’ll be
SKET Dance request after request in some kind of rinse-and-repeat cycle, there are actually arcs and a plot that eventually gets revealed. Right now it may look like a normal school comedy, but believe me, not everything is as it seems on the surface. Take Shiranui for example – remember how Mirai Nikki’s Murmur turned out? Not that I’m implying anything, of course not. Anyway, it was a strong first ep, loved it. Let’s see how far Gainax can go with this – it came from Shounen Jump, it’ll be sticking around for a while.
Possibility of Watching: Guaranteed
Possibility of Blogging: Guaranteed
I liked this episode, no let me rephrase that, I absolutely loved this episode. The show is beautiful, the character are interesting and I simply love Medaka ! I like the character of Medaka, she is not perfect, she has her weaker side, but no one can see them because she is always right in what ever she does.
I’m not sure how to describe it, but this show seems pure and fun. It doesn’t seem like the kind of show that will turn into a full ecchi and overdramatized story. It is light-hearted, kind and there is just this atmosphere of awesome all around. The art is beautiful and Medaka is always smiling and she doesn’t frown a single time during the show. It simply warms my heart to see such beautiful colors and happiness everywhere.
But while I love the characters and I loved the show, I don’t think I would be willing to blog it, I just feel like this kind of show is not something that inspires my creativity enough, I’d much rather peacefully observe the story that unfolds before my eyes, rather than analyze it to try to write something about it later on. I will definitely watch this show, I want to see the vast garden of flower grow before my eyes, but I think other bloggers are more suited than me to discuss about it.
Possibility of Watching: High
Possibility of Blogging: Low
ZeroG signing off
Stay tuned for Oki’s impressions!