Chu! on Anime! Masamune-kun’s Revenge
Masamune-kun no Revenge
His body is his temple and his religion is Revenge.
To be honest, I was hankering for a love story but didn’t have the energy for any partner battle storylines or out of this world scenery. And so I discovered Masamune-kun’s Revenge, a slice of life rom-com with great comedic timing and fun, exaggerated characters that really pop!
Masamune-kun’s Revenge has a simple, unique premise. Makabe Masamune used to be the chubby kid in class. And to top it off, he didn’t exactly have a shining personality either. He ended up getting the nickname Pig’s Foot (even without translation or cultural relevance that sounds bad).
Despite this, he ended up spending time with a popular, well-to-do little girl named Aki Aragaki. She did spend time with him, but while constantly mocking him and telling him to toughen up. And when he confessed his feelings, she totally rejected him!
Zooooooooooom! To Present Day!
Aki Aragaki is still a well-to-do princess. In fact, her nickname at school is “The Cruel Princess” because of how beautiful she is and also how harshly she continues to reject men. A simple “no thank you” won’t do. Aragaki makes grand displays of rejecting men, totally destroying them in the process.
But Makabe Masamune is no longer a chubby little Pig’s Foot. He’s a handsome, perfectly chiseled young man who takes keeping fit very seriously! His body is his temple and his religion is Revenge.
Masamune’s Character Explained in Three Pictures
The plan: transfer into Aki Aragaki’s school (where our story begins) and make Aragaki fall in love with him. Then, once she’s truly fallen for him, he dumps her like trash.
With a fun cast of supporting characters (that try to steal every scene they’re in) to help the main duo along and a plot kept interesting by ulterior motives and secrets, Masamune-kun’s Revenge made for a great anime to quench my rom-com thirst! And at only 12 episodes long, the show managed to pace itself just fast enough without going off the rails or becoming boring.
Big Plus: The Rom-Com Misunderstanding is finally gone! Hooray! No shouting at your screen “JUST TALK ALREADY!” The plot is a bit smarter than that!
And that’s what makes Aragaki and Masamune such great main characters, all of that purposefully evil intent!
Aragaki is a cruel man hater with plenty of bad habits and secrets under her perfect exterior. One of her major flaws, having to eat constantly, is fun to watch the characters work with and breaks her flawless image when the plot needs it.
Masamune-kun, on the other hand, is totally down and dirty here. He has his own act to keep up of the perfect manga-style boyfriend and no matter how many girls fall for it, he keeps his gaze firmly glued on Aragaki and his plan of revenge.
No harems, no mix-ups, heck, not even that much fan service. These characters aren’t too shy to express themselves. Aragaki and Masamune are constantly battling it out in an arena of love!
It’s fast paced, it’s funny, and the anime’s conclusion is fairly strong, with a great beginning, pretty good middle, and a ramped up end that actually starts around episode 7 and keeps you watching until episode 12!
This is… Masamune’s… Mother… (???)
If you’re a fan of school-based romantic comedies or opposites attract style love stories, Masamune-kun’s Revenge is absolutely worth your time.
Catch it (at the time of this writing) on Crunchyroll in Japanese or Funimation dubbed in English. I watched the English dub and absolutely loved all of the voice actors’ performances. Everyone was extremely emotive without overacting and had a great sense of how the comedy of the lines should be delivered.
Masamune-kun’s Revenge gets a thumbs-up from Chu!
Audio Version of this Review Coming Soon!