No megane, no life!
|ME.GA.NE! I’m not really here for the megane but for the bishies. An hey, it turned out that one of my favorite directors is directing this anime. So what’s the harm in that? Maybe I’ll get infected with Kara’s megane fetish if I watch this anime. Who knows~|
|I think I’ve been waiting my whole life for this anime, and I’ve just never known it. Yes, I have a rather bad case of glasses 萌え, which is more than enough to get me to watch this anime, even without the awesome seiyuu cast and the fact that DEEN has been making improvements lately. My title on Metanorn has never felt more appropriate.|
Yaoi + Megane = Perfect Combination
BL-vision glasses not necessary.
I might have been taken aback with the story in a way, but I am totally welcoming the relationship chart in Meganebu. The characters have been introduced properly, and I can immediately see the chemistry among the characters. The most notable relationship has got to be the “love triangle” among Hayato, Mitsuki, and Akira – Mitsuki as the the kouhai with a big crush, Akira as the oblivious senpai, and Akira as the kouhai Mistuki sees as the rival. Mitsuki and Akira might be fighting for Akira’s attention, and Akira might give it to them, but is it a genuine attention, really? After all, Akira is pretty devoted to his little brother (whos name I still can’t remember, so I’ll call him Souma). The intimacy between Akira and Souma can be clearly seen when Akira spent his time talking for the whole night with Souma, forgetting his worldly needs such as eating an showering. All for talking with Souma, and it’s about trivial thing named megane. And see how Souma leans to Akira without any doubt whatsoever? Gosh, the chemistry between Akira and Souma is just too right to be true /fangirl squeal/… Alright, the director might have slipped all the yaoi hints on purpose, and I have taken the bait. But I don’t care since I’m loving all the bromance and yaoi in this anime. After all, what’s this anime about except megane and yaoi?
For the Glory of Glasses!
There is no plot, only megane.
…No, seriously, I don’t know how they’re going to make a plot out of this nonsense. These characters seem to live in their own little world where glasses are the centre of the universe and everything they do revolves around them. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a school vision test (or at least, on outside of the school physicals that happen). It’s extremely plot-convenient that this school had one. Where else would they find a use for X-ray glasses in an entirely male school (even if there weren’t any females to be seen)? I wonder if the entire thing will revolve in some glasses related incident in every single episode. Will they be able to pull it off? The characters aren’t completely stupid, considering that in a miracle, they did manage to make a pair of X-ray glasses, but the idiocy seemed to far outweigh the genius. Which is to be expected, coming from a comedy anime. Plus the entire thing wasn’t that well thought out. Yeah, they had X-ray glasses with the full intent of seeing people naked, but, uh, there are far more males in the school. More than likely, they probably would have seen things they’d probably rather not see (or maybe not, since this seems to have some BL to it). …Though is this really as gay as it seems? The character’s main goal here (or at least, for Akira and maybe Yukiya; the kouhai are questionable and Takuma’s only ambition in life seems to be eating cream puffs) was to see a hot naked woman. That… doesn’t seem very yaoi-ish. Though I did read somewhere that the uke was supposed to be the ‘normal’ one (though this was also in a comedy, so who even knows). I don’t even know if Akira would be considered an uke. OH WELL. Long story short: glasses are life.
Gurren Lagann was only the beginning of glasses-wearing robots.
To be honest, I was confused when I read the synopsis of the plot, and I still am until now. Basically, it’s about a bunch of guys who like glasses, right? And… What? Honestly, I see no future for the lot of this anime. Sure, the first episode delivered with megane who that can see through anything, but then what’s going to happen in episode two? Though the first episode is appealing (in a way), the director will have to try harder, plot-wise, to keep the interest of the audience. Thankfully, the diversity of the characters contribute to the entertaining aspect of the anime. The characters might have different personalities and odd traits, but all of them are packed perfectly to the point where they harmonize with each other.
With the exception of the plot, I think everything about this anime is great. As I have mentioned before in the Fall Preview, Yamamoto Soubi is one of my favorite directors that need more recognition. For those who wonders whether DEEN is taking the SHAFT way, don’t worry because that’s the original style of Yamamoto Soubi. All her other works have the same style as Meganebu’s, full of colors and unique aspects that can be enjoyed greatly without having the need to be animated (her other works have great plots too, so WATCH THEM). So no, DEEN is not going down the SHAFT path. It’s just Yamamoto Soubi. Also, her style is perfect for low-budget anime such as Meganebu. I mean, just look at the animation of it, there’s no way DEEN invested lots of money in this anime. And yet the animation and style Yamamoto Soubi poured in this anime is fresh, colorful, and entertaining – something that will always go back to Meganebu every week. All you need is ME.GA.NE.
So yeah, there’s absolutely nothing intelligent here. At all. This takes place in a world where glasses are everything, and that’s the plot. But regardless of that, this was the
only most glorious glasses-related anime that I’ve ever seen. The art style was something I’d expect out of SHAFT instead of DEEN, but I guess like anaaga said above, it’s due to the director more than anything. You know what, I can live with that. The bright colours and style in this anime is pretty great, and I imagine that this would be SO much more boring if the style was done differently. Even I have to admit, watching 5 guys talk about glasses for 20 minutes would be extremely difficult to sit through if there wasn’t something interesting going on visually. I’m not expecting anything deep and meaningful in this anime, but that is totally okay with me. If I can blog UtaPri, this should be easy.