Meganebu! is an anime based on a series of drama CDs released by Deen. The anime is produced by Studio Deen and is directed by Soubi Yamamoto. The series aired on Japanese television from October 6-December 22, 2013. As of this writing, Sentai Filmworks holds the North American distribution license for Meganebu!
The series focuses on a group of boys who are members of the Glasses Club at Hima High, an all-boys technical school. Akira Souma is the president and founder of the club. He’s very passionate about glasses and those who wear them, and he hopes to successfully make a pair of X-ray glasses.
The other members of the club are: Mitsuki Kamatani, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, and Hayato Kimata. Mitsuki is a first-year student who idolizes Akira to the point where it’s almost stalkerish. Takuma is obsessed with both glasses and cream puffs. Yukiya is the most technical minded of the group, and he seems to be addicted to his yPad. Hayato is a provisional member of the group due to wearing fake glasses for style.
Later in the series, Hima High’s student council becomes the Glasses Club’s antagonists. This is due in large part to Toru Suzuki, a classmate of Akira’s who doesn’t like him for nicknaming him Suzuki #3 because there are three different students in the class with the last name of Suzuki. The other members of the student council are William Satou, Lorenzo Watanabe, Maximillian Takahashi, and Antonio Tanaka.
After watching the first episode, I found myself finding parallels with Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club: both series feature a club of boys not getting much in the way of recognition and funding, and they’re trying to achieve a goal with the hopes of improving their standing and funding at school. However, after Episode One, I quickly learned that that’s where the similarities between the two series ends.
While Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club was a dramatic series with some comedic elements included, Meganebu! focuses much more on comedy and not very much on drama. The first three episodes of Meganebu! seemed to strike a good balance between the comedy and drama, but that fell apart starting with Episode Four. After those first three episodes, the stories focused on much more exaggerated humor than the previous three episodes had, and there was hardly much of anything that could truly be considered dramatic. The exaggerated comedy was around for Episodes Four through 10, and then the more balanced storytelling of comedy and drama returned for the final two episodes of the series.
After watching all 12 episodes of the series, I concluded that this was a series that was ultimately bookended with decent episodes, but that a large chunk of the series was nowhere near as strong as the first three and the final two episodes. The storytelling in Meganebu! ended up being rather uneven. If the style of storytelling that appeared in the first three episodes had continued throughout the run of the series, I would have enjoyed this anime a lot more than I did. Meganebu! was a series that showed some potential very early on, but that potential failed to materialize over the course of the series’ run.
I ultimately walked away with the conclusion that the five episodes that I liked of Meganebu! just aren’t enough for me to want to watch this series again in the future or to add it to my anime home video collection.
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