Kawakami City is famous for its strong dedication to its samurai ancestors. A healthy fighting spirit is always valued and it’s even an important factor for success at school. Yamato, a second year student from Kawakami High school, is always with his close friends (4 boys and 3 girls). They have all known each other since they were young and have done many things together. While they have many other friends, this group of seven is a close-knit, inseparable group. They even have a secret base where they meet. With the new semester, they welcome two girls into their group and shortly after things begin to change…
I will start off with this: that synopsis is very misleading. There isn’t a whole lot mentioned about samurai ancestors and having a perfect team except for 2 new girls but instead you’re dropped into a mock battle between 2 classes in the school to resolve a dispute that is never revealed and we learn that Yamato has confessed his love to a girl who is like his mentor and older sister named Momoyo.. Other than the confusion at the beginning the show showed some semi-decent action scenes with some cool military strategy. This, however, quickly declines into mediocrity and cliches. The tags for Majikoi are harem, echhi, romance, and action. It’s definitely the 1st tag, it’s definitely an ecchi, romance is maybe a stretch but I suppose by definition it passes, and action is decent so all in all the tags aren’t a lie I suppose. The main problem I have with the story of Majikoi is that it’s feels scatterbrained as all get out. It latches onto something for an episode or two and then moves on to something that is completely different than the direction you thought it’d go; although not in the good sense. The story quickly dissolves into useless fights and the girls fighting for Yamato’s affection. Without giving away the ending, I will say that it is not all that satisfying. I almost want to say that this was a parody anime because of all the tropes that it hit and the fact that they did them so over the top but part of me thinks that they didn’t mean it to be a parody and just did things over the top for the fun of it. The best thing about the story is the comedy in all honesty. You have to have a little bit of a dirty sense of humor to enjoy some of it but it’s actually not all that bad at times. Majikoi’s story leaves a little to be desired but it’s certainly not the worst I’ve seen.
If I had to give a word to describe the characters in Majikoi it would be: bland. Well mostly. I’ll start with the center of attention; Yamato. He is pretty stupid in all honesty. He’s smart in terms of combat strategy but when it comes to handling the girls and recognizing their signs and hints. At the end he has a chance to end it by finally getting what he wants but no he wimps out and takes a pass. It’s one of the most annoying moments in the show to be honest. His main love interest Momoyo is probably my favorite character. She’s pretty intense when it comes to fighting and she will sometimes hurt her friends because she loves fighting so much. What drew me to her was the fact that she’s pretty much the only character with even an ounce of development. She realizes her feelings and that her actions have hurt people and works to amend that although Yamato goes and messes it all up. Christaine is a foreign exchange student who holds honor above all else. She is a sort of tsundere that loses the tsundere once she realizes that the other girls like Yamato. There’s not much else to her character other than that. Kazuko is a comedic type of character that, for some reason, acts like a dog half the time. She has a sad backstory that we only hear a little bit of and it’s never brought up again. She’s a half-way decent character but she’s mainly another harem filler. Yukie is a very shy girl who is afraid to confess her feelings but her possessed toy horse says whatever she’s thinking so it’s not much of a secret. She can be somewhat annoying but she doesn’t get a whole lot of screen time anyways. Miyako is probably the most straightforward with Yamato and goes as far as to basically try and rape him in order to get him to fall in love with her. Her attempts can be comical but as I just stated she can be a little too forceful and it gets a little weird. As for the villains they aren’t even really villains and they try to make it a plot twist that you see coming from a mile away. All in all the characters are just not that good but there are some that have some charm.
Majikoi has an average soundtrack that isn’t as bad as you’d expect from a show like this. That average tag might seem bad but for a show like this it’s actually a compliment. The opening song is called “U-n-d-e-r–standing” by Masaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, and Aki Misato. It’s a pretty good punk pop type song that has a good blend of vocals. It’s a decent song to open the show and was fairly good all things considered but I could understand if someone would say it’s bad. The ending song was called “Kimi no Shinken o Choudai” by Yuu Asakawa, Yuuko Gatou, Itou Shizuka, Hyousei, and Akane Tomonaga. That just so happens to be the main cast of Yamato and his harem. I thought the song wasn’t terrible. It’s a decent pop song that uses all the voice actors voices in a overall good manner. I thought it was a decent choice of an ending. Overall the soundtrack was decent for the show but if you put next to other soundtracks it may not sound as good. The composer/ director for the music was Ryosuke Nakanishi. His other soundtracks are actually pretty good so this one came as a bit of a surprise. His other works include High School DxD, The Devil is a Part-Timer, and Kuroko no Basket. He’s a good composer but this one, in comparison, wasn’t one of his best.
The voice acting in Majikoi wasn’t actually all that bad. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t outstanding either. The main cast goes as follows: Shizuka Itou(Christaine), Yuu Asakawa(Momoyo), Akane Tomanga(Kazuko), Yuuko Gatou(Yukie), Hiroshi Kamiya(Yamato), and Hyousei(Miyako). Yuu Asakawa delivers a great performance as Momoyo which is another reason why she’s my favorite. Even though he’s not a good character Hiroshi Kamiya does a good job as Yamato. I think that Yuuko Gatou was another standout. She did the voice for Yukie’s possessed horse toy thing called Machikaze as well as Yukie’s voice. She did a great job showing her range doing both voices. The rest of the cast was decent but not stellar. Much like the show and it’s characters there were a few standouts but mostly average. There’s not much else to say about it other than that unfortunately.
Majikoi is a scatterbrained show that can’t seem to keep it’s plot straight. I did like the comedy and some of the action, however, so it wasn’t all bad. The characters tend to be bland save for a few and the voice acting reflects this. The soundtrack is somewhat decent but it’s not the best by any stretch. The ending isn’t all that satisfying and it’s easy to see why it didn’t get another season. I’ve heard from others that the visual novels that inspired the anime are actually pretty decent and the show doesn’t do them justice at all so that might be something to check into if you’re into visual novels. As a warning there is nudity in the show but if you watch it on Crunchyroll it’s censored. I was able to finish it so that alone earns it a passing score but there isn’t whole lot passed that so with that being said Majikoi earns a 6/10!