While sick one day, I was scrolling around and looking for more anime to watch. That’s when I came across Masamune Kun’s Revenge and the synopsis intrigued me.
As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him “Piggy” due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance.
With the aid of the rich girl’s maid, Yoshino Koiwai, Masamune slowly begins to build his relationship with Aki, intending to break her heart when the time is right. However, as his friendship with Aki begins to grow, Masamune starts to question the objectives of his devious plans, and if bringing them to fruition is what his heart truly desires.
First, our characters. Our male protagonist is Masamune Makabe…honestly, I never found him to be that narcissistic though he definitely acted that way in a few scenes. In one moment, he commented on the fat content and carbs in every meal. And he had to work out constantly. One line that stood out to me was when he did eat food, he mentioned having to do an extra 100 crunches that night to work it off.
Then we have Aki. She’s kind of a jerk. For most of the first episodes, that is what she is, complete with “cute” segments, such as her eating 3 meals a per lunch to compensate for her metabolism or something. She is also terribly wishy-washy, asking for a kiss and then freaking out and uppercutting him. It just seems a little inconsistent.
Also, can we talk about her hair for a moment? It’s been bothering me. I know that this is an anime and all, but even hair THAT long has to be annoying.
She does shine for me in some instances, but a lot of these character moments are also her weakness. She is self-aware of her personality and acknowledges at times that she does not know why anyone would want her, demanding Masamune’s reasons for choosing to date her, then reasonably being hurt when Masamune comes up with crap reasons. Then, there are similar moments, when she tries to justify her current personality for what has happened to her in the past.
This would have been great if she changed, but for the most part of the anime, it isn’t an earnest improvement, but brought on by the plot. The change is so sudden that I wonder if Aki is the same person, which then boomerangs back, and literally, nothing has changed at this point. You had 12 episodes, what is with this lack of development?
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There were a lot of moments when I wasn’t sure what was actually going on. I mean, the anime was called Masamune Kun’s Revenge, but it kept going back and forth on what the characters were actually feeling. Was it he going to get his revenge? Were they falling in love? And why did they keep changing their minds?
Now, they did have some cute moments. Personally, I loved the whole Romeo and Juliet scene. It showed a little more character development and I really thought the anime was going to end in a better way. But I’ll get to that in a moment.
Masamune Kun’s Revenge…or Not?
First for Gasou, oh poor, poor Gasuo, pretending to be Masamune. Apparently, he is a rival for Aki’s affection, despite the truth later being found out. The difference being, that his intentions were expected to have actually good consequences for people besides himself, even if the deception requires taking advantage of a girl, who hates men because she thought the very same Masamune had left her….causing her to hate men? Okay…sure. That makes sense. Not.
Not to mention Aki wants to marry this imposter off the bat, despite supposedly never seeing each other for years? No offense anime, but for love to blossom right where it picked off….because?
Nope. Not buying it.
Masamune Kun’s Revenge Ending…
I disliked the ending, but the fact that nothing comes from it within 12 episodes is why the ending is so jarring. If there is any change that would happen, it would be here.
It subverts its “Revenge” tag entirely, something that the anime made obvious in the last 4-5 episodes, leaving only the question “Who caused it”. This is a major plot point over the course of several years for the protagonist that doesn’t get resolved in any way except that “She did not do it”, thus leaving forgiveness out of Masamune sorting his feelings for Aki.
And they don’t end up together either. Which they kept hinting at the entire season with a will they or won’t they? It’s just open and it infuriates me more than anything. Still, I enjoyed this anime and only screamed a few times in frustration. I’d give it a 7 out of 10.
Have any of ya’ll already seen it? Let me know in the comment below!