Anime Spotlight: Meganebu!

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 done, 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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Meganebu!: Episode 12 – “Glasses Club!”

Meganebu! is an anime that focuses on the Glasses Club at an all-boys technical school. The club’s members are Akira Souma, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata. Their goal is to create a pair of X-ray glasses that can see through inanimate objects; they believe that if they accomplish this goal, the club will get more funding and attention.

This is an episode that features one self-contained story instead of being comprised of two separate stories.

The entire episode focuses on Hima High’s culture festival. The Glasses Club tries to make the 41st version of the X-ray glasses, but those are a failure and blow up. Yukiya is sent into the club room to work on the 42nd version of the glasses.

While he does this, the rest of the club members launch their display for the festival, which is the “Come, Glasses Wearers! Treasure Hunt Game.” Players have to wear glasses in order to play, and the club is providing the glasses, and the objective is to find ten of Yukiya’s naptime wakey-eye stickers hidden throughout the school. The first person to find ten and return to the club room will win the prize, which is 15,000 yen worth of school meal tickets. At first, no one’s interested; however, once the prize is announced, they suddenly find themselves inundated by people wanting glasses in order to play the game.

The pandemonium gets so bad that people burst into the club room where Yukiya is working on the X-ray glasses. In the confusion, someone grabs the X-ray glasses. The Glasses Club must figure out where the glasses are.

In addition to this, we see the unveiling of what is supposed to be the Grand Cross Blizzard Eternal SS Tower. However, it turns out to not be what the student council president was expecting. It turns out that it’ll take a lot of cooperation to make what it actually is work as it should.

Overall, I found this episode to be as enjoyable as episode 11 had been. For the most part, this is basically how I would have expected Meganebu! to end.

Now that I’ve finished the series, I can say that I enjoyed the first three episodes and the final two episodes. Unfortunately, the seven episodes that appeared in between these bookends really didn’t do much for me. If the storytelling that was used in the five episodes had been employed throughout the whole series, I would have enjoyed so much more than I did.

Unfortunately, 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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Meganebu!: Episode 11 – “It’s Only Natural That Glasses Wearers Love Glasses”

Meganebu! is an anime that focuses on the Glasses Club at an all-boys technical school. The club’s members are Akira Souma, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata. Their goal is to create a pair of X-ray glasses that can see through inanimate objects; they believe that if they accomplish this goal, the club will get more funding and attention.

This is an episode that features one self-contained story instead of being comprised of two separate stories.

This episode sees Hima High getting ready for its upcoming culture festival. The student council president says he wants to build a Grand Cross Blizzard Eternal SS Tower, which he envisions as a large tower. Let’s just say there’s really no enthusiasm among the club representatives that are at the meeting for this project; instead, they complain that they have their own club displays to do and that it sounds like a pain. Undeterred, the student council president presses on with the idea. For the culture festival, the Glasses Club decides that they need to create a Glasses Club display and complete the X-ray Glasses.

The student council president keeps hoping that other students will help out with this project, but to no avail. There’s not a lot of time left until the culture festival, so the student council president decides to take a look around inside the school. When he goes in, he finds copies of his flyer filling up the garbage cans. He speaks out loud about his disappointment and how we had hoped this project would help Hima High be looked at more than just a laughingstock. Akira overhears him, and he decides that the Glasses Club is going to help out.

When they go out and start building, Toru accuses them of doing their own thing again. Akira tells the student council to calm down, and he proposes a contest. While Yukiya and one of the student council members engages in this contest, the remaining members of the Glasses Club work on the tower while the student council is distracted. When they realize what’s happened, everyone on the student council except for Toru is impressed.

That evening, a typhoon blows in and is wreaking havoc. Can the Glasses Club’s tower withstand this force of nature?

Can I say that this was one of the best episodes of Meganebu! that I’ve seen since episode three? This episode focused a lot more on progressing the story and on some character development than on the exaggerated hijinks that the intervening episodes relied on. This is the type of storytelling that I enjoyed seeing early on in Meganebu!, and I wish this kind of storytelling could have been more prominent in the series overall.

This episode is very important for progressing the relations between the Glasses Club and most of the members of the student council. This episode makes it clear that it was basically Toru who had a chip on his shoulder about the Glasses Club, and the rest of the student council was going along with him earlier simply to appease him. However, after working side-by-side with the Glasses Club, they come to realize that these guys are a lot better than they had given them credit for.

I also appreciated seeing Akira helping someone outside of the Glasses Club. Admittedly, his main motivation was the fact that the student council president wears glasses and he wanted to help a fellow glasses user, but I still have to give him credit for helping out like he did.

The ending shot of this episode looked rather ominous, since it was Toru looking from a distance as the other student council members and the Glasses Club were talking and laughing together. I wonder if Toru is going to try to do something to sabotage the tower.

There was actually a “kind of, sort of” preview at the end of the episode, which seems to indicate that the actual culture festival will be taking place in episode 12. Everything I’ve seen indicates that episode 12 is the final episode of Meganebu!, and with how episode 11 ended, I can believe that episode 12 will be the end.

At this point, I’m curious to see how the series will end, as well as to see whether or not episode 12 will end up being as enjoyable to me as episode 11 was.

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Meganebu!: Episode 10 – “The Rules Say You’re Safe, But Glasses Say You’re Out/When I Look at the Glasses Club, It Makes Me Think of Us Back Then”

Meganebu! is an anime that focuses on the Glasses Club at an all-boys technical school. The club’s members are Akira Souma, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata. Their goal is to create a pair of X-ray glasses that can see through inanimate objects; they believe that if they accomplish this goal, the club will get more funding and attention.

This episode includes two stories: “The Rules Say You’re Safe, But Glasses Say You’re Out” and “When I Look at the Glasses Club, It Makes Me Think of Us Back Then.”

“The Rules Say You’re Safe, But Glasses Say You’re Out” sees Akira bringing a game called Glasses Sugoroku that he found on the side of the road to the club room. The Glasses Club begins to play the game, with Akira going first. After he rolls the dice, the piece moves on its own and words show up in the middle of the game board: “Your lenses fog up when you wear a mask.” Masks suddenly appear on their faces, and everyone’s glasses fog up except for Hayato’s. Since he can see, Hayato reads the rules and finds where it says, “All players must respond ‘I’ve been there’ to the instructions for that space.” Everyone except Hayato says it, but the masks don’t disappear; once Hayato also says it, the masks disappear and the fog fades.

They play another three turns, and Hayato’s not saying “I’ve been there” becomes a running gag and it got old by the third turn. The other club members seem to feel the same way, because they quit the game and head out of the club room. However, when they try to leave the school building, they find they can’t open any of the doors that lead outside. They are suddenly approached by Takuma’s brothers, who perform magic spells in an attempt to get them to take off their glasses. Hayato comes running up and shows that the game is saying, “Abandoning the game in progress is not allowed. Failure to comply will result in glasses retribution.”

The rest of the story seems them being chased by more fake versions of people that are take-offs from movies. The Glasses Club is able to make it up onto the roof and continue playing the game.

This story ended up being a rip-off of Jumanji, and for the most part, it just wasn’t a very strong story. The best part was when the Glasses Club comments that the people chasing them seem to be rip-offs from movies, and Takuma says that maybe the game is ripping off a movie, too. Technically, Jumanji started out as a book first, but I still found that particular line of dialogue to be rather funny. Everything else about the episode was basically a waste.

The second story, “When I Look at the Glasses Club, It Makes Me Think of Us Back Then,” sees Shirogane, the Glasses Club advisor, sharing a story of when he was a student at Hima High and was the president of the Automotive Club. The basic point of this particular story is that Shirogane says that seeing the Glasses Club makes him think of what he was like at that age, and that he’ll put his teaching career on the line to protect them. Up to that point, I thought this was simply a story to provide some backstory for the Glasses Club advisor. However, with that line about putting his teaching career on the line, I’m wondering if that could be foreshadowing something.

Well, there’s only two episodes left of Meganebu! Considering we’re getting so close to the end, I suspect a major storyline must be coming up, and that episode 10 was simply a more light-hearted episode to lighten the mood before that. I hope I’m right on that, especially after Shirogane’s ominous-sounding line at the end “When I Look at the Glasses Club, It Makes Me Think of Us Back Then.” If there isn’t a major storyline left in the series, I’m going to be rather disappointed.

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Meganebu!: Episode 9 – “A Revolution for Glasses Wearers”

Meganebu! is an anime that focuses on the Glasses Club at an all-boys technical school. The club’s members are Akira Souma, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata. Their goal is to create a pair of X-ray glasses that can see through inanimate objects; they believe that if they accomplish this goal, the club will get more funding and attention.

This is an episode that features one self-contained story instead of being comprised of two separate stories.

This episode sees Akira, Takuma, and Yukiya going off on a class trip to Okinawa, while Hayato and Mitsuki are left at school. Mitsuki is sad about Akira being gone, and spends a lot of time looking through all the pictures of Akira that he has on his phone; during the episode, we learn that there 999 pictures of Akira on there.

Meanwhile in Okinawa, the other three members learn about “Sea Walk,” a diving tour where people can walk around underwater even with glasses on. The tour actually goes rather well, but the three of them spend too much time playing on the beach and are left behind by the boat from the tour. The three of them must find a way to make it back to the main island of Okinawa on their own.

Meanwhile, the glasses that Akira had picked out for Mitsuki appear to have lost a screw, and Hayato offers to take them to a glasses shop in order to have them fixed. When Mitsuki goes to the shop, he encounters Hayato’s younger brother and older brother. Hayato’s older brother drags Mitsuki to their house to have dinner with them. While they’re at Hayato’s house, Mitsuki and Hayato have a heart-to-heart talk and Hayato learns why Mitsuki idolizes Akira so much.

Obviously, everything has to return to normal at the end of the episode in order to the series to continue as it has been. Unfortunately, this means the understanding that Mitsuki and Hayato gain of each other manages to be destroyed, so any progress in their character interaction is gone. Which is a bit of a shame, because it would have made for an interesting evolution for Mitsuki and Hayato.

Overall, while this episode isn’t quite as disappointing as the previous two episodes had been, it’s still not quite as strong as the first three episodes of the series. At least it felt a bit more relevant, unlike last week’s episode where Mitsuki was playing detective.

From what I’ve seen, it appears there are only 12 episodes of Meganebu!, so it looks like I’ve almost reached the end. At this point, I’ll go ahead and stick it out for the remaining episodes just to see where the series ultimately ends up going to for its conclusion.

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Meganebu!: Episode 8 – “As Long as My Glasses Sparkle, You Won’t Get Away with It!”

Meganebu! is an anime that focuses on the Glasses Club at an all-boys technical school. The club’s members are Akira Souma, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata. Their goal is to create a pair of X-ray glasses that can see through inanimate objects; they believe that if they accomplish this goal, the club will get more funding and attention.

This is an episode that features one self-contained story instead of being comprised of two separate stories.

This episode opens with a bit of a recap of what has transpired in the series up to this point. As I saw this recap, I figured it was done as “time kill” because there wasn’t quite enough of the story to fill the whole runtime. Watching the episode basically confirmed my suspicion.

When the actual story starts, Mitsuki is at his lunch break and is about to eat his Special Glasses bento, which he got out of a book. Unfortunately, the ingredients make the face look too much like Akira’s, so he decides he can’t eat it; he opts to go to the cafeteria instead. On his way to the cafeteria and in the cafeteria itself, he passes by the other members of the Glasses Club as something unfortunate happens to them.

Later, when Mitsuki goes to the club room, he finds that everyone seems to have swapped personalities. Several minutes of the episode are then spent on Mitsuki talking to the other members and finding out about the unfortunate happening for each one of them and how that caused them to act differently in the club room than usual. Later, when Mitsuki finds four eggplants outside the door, he deduces that it’s a warning from the person who caused the misfortune for the other members of the club.

Mitsuki dons a detective costume, and the remainder of the episode focuses on him trying to be a detective and solving the mystery of who is responsible for the misfortunes.

As I watched this episode, I found myself feeling that it was a waste. It wasn’t that amusing or funny, it didn’t do anything to truly progress the overarching story about the X-ray Glasses, and it’s an episode that focuses on Mitsuki. I’m sorry, but Mitsuki is one of my least favorite characters in this series; he’s annoying and is there primarily to serve as Akira’s “personal stalker.” But I’m not sure which character I like the least: Mitsuki or Takuma. This is why I have to call Mitsuki one of my least favorite characters.

When it comes to the series as a whole, it appears to have lost its focus. In the first three episodes, a major emphasis was placed on the club’s attempts at creating the X-ray Glasses, and it seemed like this would be the main thread to run through the series. Unfortunately, it kind of feels like after those first three episodes, the writers were starting to have a harder time finding ways to incorporate the X-ray Glasses into the stories so less emphasis was placed on this aspect, which led to this element becoming much more hit-and-miss. Anymore, Meganebu! has become more of a muddled mess and is a much less enjoyable viewing experience than it had been earlier in its run.

After thinking that Meganebu! showed some potential promise after watching the first three episodes, I feel the series has slowly been going downhill. With each passing week, I find myself becoming less and less excited to watch this series. However, since I’ve already made it this far in, I’m going to stick it out until the end, with the vain hope that the promise I saw early on in this series will somehow return.

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Meganebu!: Episode 7 – “Come, Glasses Wearers! Your Glasses Will Change the World!”

Meganebu! is an anime that focuses on the Glasses Club at an all-boys technical school. The club’s members are Akira Souma, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata. Their goal is to create a pair of X-ray glasses that can see through inanimate objects; they believe that if they accomplish this goal, the club will get more funding and attention.

This is an episode that features one self-contained story instead of being comprised of two separate stories.

At the beginning of the episode, Yukiya has finished the 37th version of the X-ray Glasses, but they turn out to be a total failure. Since the glasses are starting to have smoke come out of them, they are thrown out the window. Toru Suzuki, the student council member who has a chip on his shoulder in regards to the Glasses Club, is walking by below. The glasses fall to the ground at his feet, and just as he’s about to examine them, they explode. Toru also discovers a book on the ground and reads through it; he finds something interesting in it, which he takes to the student council.

The Glasses Club finds a notice posted saying, “All clubs not containing at least five members will be dissolved. In order to adhere to these guidelines, you must increase your membership by the end of the day or your club will be dissolved. This is a final decision not subject to change. If you do not increase your membership, we will take immediate action to have your club dissolved.” When Hayato says there’s five members, Akira reminds him that he’s simply a provisional member of the club and therefore doesn’t count. Hayato suggests that they add him as a fifth member and then the problem will be solved. Akira doesn’t listen to this suggestion and decides they need to recruit some new members. Unfortunately, recruitment doesn’t go well.

While this has been going on, Yukiya has holed himself up in the club room, working on the 38th version of the X-ray Glasses. Yukiya falls asleep in the club room, and Akira notices the glasses. Without waking up Yukiya to ask if the glasses are finished, Akira picks them up and puts them on. He finds himself suddenly needing to say what is exactly on his mind, and goes to the student council room to tell them what he thinks. When Yukiya wakes up and finds the glasses are gone, he and the other members of the Glasses Club chase down Akira to try to prevent him from doing something stupid and causing the Glasses Club to be dissolved.

This episode reveals why Toru has such an issue with the Glasses Club. Actually, it’s not so much with the actual Glasses Club itself as it is with Akira. It turns out that Toru is hypersensitive about something that Akira did, and is taking it out on the Glasses Club. In a flashback, it appears that Toru went to join the Glasses Club, but ended up not doing so when he found out Akira was the club’s president. The reason for Toru’s resentment against the Glasses Club is ultimately rather silly, but what would you expect from a series like Meganebu!?

The resolution of the episode is basically what viewers of this series have come to expect from it. Everything has to turn out okay in order for the series to continue, and the resolution has to be achieved through the use of humorous elements.

I’m willing to say that overall, I enjoyed episode seven of Meganebu! better than I did episode six, but it didn’t help to build my interest level in this series back up.

Like I said in my writeup for episode six, I’m going to continue following Meganebu! to its conclusion since I’ve already invested several weeks of my time into the series.

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Meganebu!: Episode 6 – “MR”

Meganebu! is an anime that focuses on the Glasses Club at an all-boys technical school. The club’s members are Akira Souma, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata. Their goal is to create a pair of X-ray glasses that can see through inanimate objects; they believe that if they accomplish this goal, the club will get more funding and attention.

This episode actually is one self-contained story instead of being two separate stories as the past couple of episodes had been.

In the club room, Akira calls for an MR Snap Inspection. Hayato asks what this is, and we learn that MR refers to glasses lenses. Akira explains the inspection is to check their lenses for damage and dirt and to learn in detail how they treat their MR on a daily basis. Hayato says that even though he doesn’t have lenses in his glasses, he still wants to be included in the inspection. Akira gives Yukiya 78 points, Takuma 60 points, and Mitsuki 95 points. Hayato thinks he’s been ignored, but Akira gives him -11 points.

After this, Mitsuki says he wishes there was a wipe that wouldn’t scratch the lenses no matter how much you wipe them. Just then, a flyer advertising an 80% bargain sale for a miraculous glasses wipe called Glasses Celeb is slipped through a crack in the club room door. Hayato suggests that they go buy some, and Akira thinks it’s a good idea.

Unfortunately, all of the pharmacies in their location are sold out. The audience sees in the background that there are people following them and buying up the boxes of Glasses Celeb before the Glasses Club can get there. The club gets on a train to go to a nearby town, and the audience sees that the people following them are also on the train.

After they get off the train and go to a pharmacy, the clerk says he will get the Glasses Celeb for them. While he’s gone, the episode spends some time with the various members of the club explaining how they maintain their glasses and the others’ reaction to it. Unfortunately, I thought a bit of this felt more like “filler” in order to make the episode be long enough for its allotted slot instead of truly adding much of anything to the story.

Finally, the clerk comes back and says they only have one box left, and that someone came in here and bought several boxes just a bit ago. Unfortunately, a surprise awaits the Glasses Club when they try to purchase the box.

At the end of the episode, we learn who it is that’s been following the Glasses Club around the whole time. From what was said at the end of the episode, I suspect that these individuals are going to become regular antagonists for the Glasses Club. I’m curious to see if I end up being right about this prediction or not.

Another thing to mention is the fact that the X-ray Glasses are never mentioned in this episode. By the end of the episode, it almost appears as if the Glasses Club may even be considering doing something different instead.

Something I noticed early on in the episode is that there were a couple of scenes that utilized reused footage. There was one scene that used the same shot twice, and another scene used a shot three times. The reused footage may have had different dialogue, but the animation was exactly the same. While the reused footage may have only appeared in two scenes, I find that to be two scenes too many. As a viewer, I found this obviously reused footage to be distracting; it also made me think that the animators were finding ways to cut corners again.

I have to say that while this episode was overall better than episode five, I still didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first four episodes. I hate to say this, but I think my interest in Meganebu! is starting to cool at this point. The humor and gags were enjoyable at first, but I’m finding that the series is relying on a small handful of gags that are now starting to wear out their welcome.

Even though my interest in the series may be cooling, I’m going to continue watching it. I’ve invested a lot of time into Meganebu! already, so I may as well see it through to the end.

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Meganebu!: Episode 5 – “Even if He is, He Wouldn’t Tell Some Jerk in Fake Glasses./It’s an ultrasonic cleaner for glasses with lenses.”

Meganebu! is an anime that focuses on the Glasses Club at an all-boys technical school. The club’s members are Akira Souma, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata. Their goal is to create a pair of X-ray glasses that can see through inanimate objects; they believe that if they accomplish this goal, the club will get more funding and attention.

This is another episode that is split into two stories. The stories in this episode are: “Even if He is, He Wouldn’t Tell Some Jerk in Fake Glasses.” and “It’s an ultrasonic cleaner for glasses with lenses.”

“Even if He is, He Wouldn’t Tell Some Jerk in Fake Glasses.” sees everyone except Akira in the club room, with Mitsuki and Hayato wondering why Akira is late. Takuma says that Akira was made to run an errand for Mr. Shirogane, because Akira put a hole into the teacher’s overalls. While they wait, Mitsuki and Hayato have an argument as to whether or not Akira is afraid of anything.

Meanwhile, Akira is looking around the corner of a hallway. There’s an insect that looks like a praying mantis in the pathway, and it appears Akira is afraid of it. We get a bit of a flashback to when Akira was younger and he and a friend had caught several of these bugs. They discovered the bugs were eating each other and believed the bugs to be aliens. The majority of this episode focuses on Akira and his attempts to try to get the bug out of his path so he can continue on to the club room.

I have to say that of the stories I have seen in Meganebu! up to this point, this one is by far the least interesting and the least amusing. I also didn’t think it really accomplished anything in the way of character development, and it came across as being a “filler” story. I was also rather bored by the end of it.

It also didn’t help that a lot of shortcuts were taken on the animation. There are a lot more still frames being used than usual, and speech bubbles were being used instead of seeing characters talking in several scenes. It almost gave me the impression that the animators were running behind schedule when animating this story, so they found ways to cut what corners they could in order to keep their deadline.

“It’s an ultrasonic cleaner for glasses with lenses.” opens with all five members of the Glasses Club pedaling a five-person bike that is being kept stationary; this is a bike that Mr. Shirogane has lent to them. Akira has on the most recent incarnation of the X-ray Glasses, and there’s a wire going from the glasses to the bike. The idea is for the members of the Glasses Club to pedal the bike in order to power the glasses. Unfortunately, they end up pedaling too fast; this causes the glasses to short out and to explode.

Takuma decides to take the bike out for a ride without permission, and this causes Akira, Mitsuki, and Yukiya to chase after him. Hayato ends up joining in after realizing that he’s being left behind. Hayato being ignored is a running gag in this story.

They take the bike out a ways and stop at a place that has a glasses shop with an ultrasonic cleaner for lenses. When Hayato puts his fake glasses into it, Mitsuki asks if he’s making fun of the others.

As they start to head back, they are caught in a rainstorm. Yukiya has developed a pair of glasses with wipers on them. He decides to use them and ride at the front of the bike, even though the glasses are still in the testing stages. After the wipers on the glasses work so hard that they short out and break, they have to figure out how they’re going to get home.

I have to give this particular story credit that it at least includes something about the overarching story of the X-ray Glasses; the inclusion of the X-ray Glasses has been a rather hit-and-miss thing in the stories in this series so far. During the first story of this episode, Hayato makes a comment about needing to work on developing the X-ray Glasses, and I thought to myself, “Good of you to notice, Hayato. I’ve been noticing this for a while.”

Between the two stories, I would say that the second one is the stronger one. It was more interesting to watch, I wasn’t bored while watching it, and it feels like it has some relevance to the overall series.

So far, this has probably been the most disappointing episode of Meganebu!, thanks to the first story in this episode. I really hope that this is just an anomaly and that episode six will return to the storytelling that I enjoyed in the previous four episodes of the series.

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Meganebu!: Episode 4 – “This is What it Means to Wear Real Glasses!/Glasses Reflect the Soul and Who You Truly Are”

Meganebu! is an anime that focuses on the Glasses Club at an all-boys technical school. The club’s members are Akira Souma, Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata. Their goal is to create a pair of X-ray glasses that can see through inanimate objects; they believe that if they accomplish this goal, the club will get more funding and attention.

Just like episode two, episode four is split up into two stories: “This is What it Means to Wear Glasses!” and “Glasses Reflect the Soul and Who You Truly Are.” The first story is a story that focuses on Mitsuki, while the second story focuses on Takuma.

In “This is What it Means to Wear Glasses!,” Mitsuki finds his golden ratio between his glasses and his smile, and he’s excited about showing his results to Akira. As he heads to class, he has a flashback to when he first got his glasses and how much he thought they made him look like a dork. But after seeing Akira and the Glasses Club at a school assembly, he realizes that glasses aren’t that bad and wants to be like Akira.

When Mitsuki gets to the club room, Akira shoves a piece of paper into Mitsuki’s face where he has written down the five laws of the Glasses Club. Mitsuki notices that one of the laws says double glasses are forbidden; double glasses is when you wear a pair of glasses normally and a second pair of glasses on your head. Mitsuki notices that Akira has a second pair of glasses on his head, and debates with himself whether or not to point this out.

Just then, the other members of the club arrive and they are shown a box that has emergency pairs of glasses in it, which each member can adjust to fit their prescription. Akira notices that one pair is missing and he doesn’t know what happened to it. The rest of the episode includes humorous moments where the club members try to get the glasses off of Akira’s head and not telling him that he has on the missing glasses.

“Glasses Reflect the Soul and Who You Truly Are” sees Takuma waking up in the morning. He realizes he accidentally fell asleep with his glasses on, and discovers that one of the temples is now bent wrong, so the glasses don’t quite stay on as well as they used to. When he goes to wash his face in the bathroom, he forgets to take his glasses off when he splashes his face with water. When he takes his glasses off, he places them on the open washing machine that’s in the room. One of Takuma’s brothers comes in and starts a load of laundry; in the process, Takuma’s glasses fall into the washing machine and no one notices.

When the load is finished, Takuma is told to take it out of the washing machine. He finds his glasses are inside, and that the bent temple has completely come off. Takuma received these glasses as a gift from his brothers when he started high school, so he feels he can’t tell them what happened. Instead, he tries to find ways to hide his broken glasses from his brothers, and his situation goes from bad to worse. There’s a surprise that’s revealed that ends the story.

After the serious nature of episode three, it makes sense to have episode four be a lot more humorous and light-hearted. While neither of these stories does anything to progress the overall goal of creating the X-ray glasses, they were still enjoyable to watch.

Like episode two, both of these stories present some character development for a couple of the characters. For Mitsuki, we learn why he idolizes Akira as much as he does. For Takuma, we come to better understand why he is such an easygoing character.

Meganebu! may not be a terribly deep anime, but it’s a fun and enjoyable light-hearted series; the comedy can be a little exaggerated at times, but it never feels stupid or ridiculous. I’m glad this series is simulcasting on Sundays, because it really is a great way to finish off the week and unwind. I’m looking forward to watching episode five in order to see what kind of hijinks and schemes the Glasses Club will be getting into next.

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