Opening Songs
OP 1 - Fly Away (Misuzu Togashi)

Ending Songs
ED 1 - Baby! Baby! (Various seiyuus of the anime)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance

Episodes: 12

We've seen this time and time again, but it doesn't seem to be letting up. "Maken-Ki! Battling Venus" is a rather old anime now, aired back in 2011, with a second season currently on air, but its an anime archetype that we've all seen before. Big boobs, panty shots and fan service galore...that's what "Maken-Ki" is all about. Surely we've seen fan service anime such as this elsewhere, but that doesn't mean "Maken-Ki" is going to stop. The stereotypical high school fan service animes continue to strive for greatness in the modern day anime industry, and while it has received mixed reception, as long as its got the numbers, they'll keep on coming. Honestly, I do like my fan service anime as long as they don't get too out of proportion, and "Maken-Ki" is certainly not the worst out of the bunch. It does its job well, but that's all.

Ta-da! E cup swimsuit babes!

The opening theme is "Fly Away" by Misuzu Togashi, and for a fanservice anime such as this, I actually expected worse. "Fly Away" is a rather soothing fantasy pop tune, sure its not anything too hardcore, but what did you expect. In this situation, its a nice song. The ending theme is basic cutesy seiyuu stuff. The name of the song is "Baby! Baby!", and obviously by the name of the song, you can already tell what kind of song it is. Its sang by all the different seiyuus in the anime, they switch every episode. Let's not go there, shall we?

Rating: 7.0/10

Well if its all fanservice and almost no substance, its probably only decent. Not to say that it has NO substance other than the boobs and panty shots....there are some decent concept here....or so I say. And when I mean decent I mean decent. A school where only the specially gifted can go to while working their way through powers and weapons known as the Maken sounds really mainstream, since there are many animes that feature life in high school with awesome powers and such. "Maken-Ki" does it decently, just not nearly as close as many others. With that out of the way, the only things we have left are the girls and the action. Action is subpar at most, nothing surprising there, and the girls are self explanatory if you even take a look at fan art. Every one has huge boobs except for 3 girls, and other than Himegami, the rest of them don't seem to have really interesting personalities. To say the least, they're stereotypical.

Ah yes, the beauty of panty shots...

Oyama Takeru is nothing but a pervertic and idiotic young man that is about to attend high school. After attending an all boys school for almost his entire life, he finally gets the freedom of selecting a co-ed academy for high school. The Tenbi academy that focuses on training its students in the way of martial arts and the usage of Maken, replicas of ancient weapons. Takeru enrolls not knowing what kind of school this is, and on his first day, he is greeted by his childhood friend, Haruko, as she is the vice president of the student council. Anyway, as first days go, he witnesses a Maken battle right in front of him for the very first time and could not believe his eyes. After nearly being the victim of a powerful attack, being kissed by a girl who claims to be his fiance, he is put into a room with 3 girls, 2 of which he has never seen before in his life. Thus begins his life in Tenbi academy....

"Maken-Ki" is as straightforward as it gets when it comes to a fan service anime. It even has a swimsuit OVA episode with tits and tentacles. If you're into the fan service types of anime, "Maken-Ki" is fine, but even then there are better choices out there. Its a decent experience overall...just don't expect to be too impressed.