Akikan is currently available on The Anime Network LEGALLY for FREE and on Hulu Plus with a paid subscription. The 2009 anime was first released in the United States in 2012. There are 12 episodes and one OVA special.
As everyone knows, I am a HUGE Vocaloid fan. My favorite is Vocaloid 2's Miku Hatsune. So when i heard there was an anime on two of my Roku apps that features her voice in the ending credits for an episode or two, I just had to check it out for myself.
Well... I wasn't lied to. Miku "sings" the ending theme song in episode twelve, and even has a character re-named "Miku" in her honor. That's pretty cool, since this show came out in 2009, only two years after Miku debuted and right at the start of her underground popularity.
Unfortunately, in order to get a quick listen to my favorite Vocaloid, I had to sit through one of the most uncomfortable shows possible.
Akikan follows the strange life of a 16 year old boy named Kakeru. (Voiced by Jun Akiyama, who is Koro Sensei in Assassination Classroom!!) kakeru lives alone, raises himself, and is severely unhappy with his life. One day, the self-proclaimed virgin (who bears a striking resemblance to Digimon's Taichi) buys a can of melon soda from a vending machine.
But after taking a sip after a hot shower, the can turns into a beautiful girl, who appears in Kakeru's first kiss.
How does he approach the new girl in his apartment? By trying to rape her of course! Wait, what the fuck??
She replies by hitting him with an energy blast, which she will do every few minutes for the rest of the series.
But before we can even figure out how a soda can just became a pretty girl, in walks Hidehiko, a government agent and complete and total stranger in his 40's or 50's. He breaks into Kakeru's house looking for the soda-girl, only to find Kakeru and decide to rape him. Wait, what the fuck am I watching??
And that's pretty much how the rest of the series goes. High School and Junior High School kids find these mysterious "Akikans" non-alcoholic, soft drink beverages that when opened, kiss you and turn into human girls with super powers. All of them are known as "juice drinks" (Juice in Japan doesn't have to mean fruit juice, it can be soda or any other alcohol-free drink in a can) and each one creates a romantic, but often violent bond with their "owners". The show is basically about sex-slavery in a can. The Akikans call their owners "master" and then the underage owner decides whether or not that relationship will grow beyond the boundaries of slave to master.
Unless you're Kakeru. In which case, you have an Akikan that hates you, but can't live without you. And your human girlfriend-but-not-but-kind-of-but-not joins your Akikan in hating you and beating the pulp out of you, but also wants your affections. This is psychotic.
The show comes to a head with Mixed Juice, who tries to absorb all of the Akikans inside of her own body, to become an evil yet dull drink. This is the one that is later named after Miku Hatsune. Why? I have no idea. Her owner is a house cat for some reason.
Mixed in with the fowl taste of these teen angst antics are unbelievable amounts of nudity and molestation. I can't understand HOW this got a TV-14 rating, when most of the content is rape. Not one legal age, consensual segment in the whole damn show. NONE!! But also no direction and a plot that just falls flat with a cliche ending. Even the OVA is slopping over with an unreasonable amount of grotesque imagery. Don;t even get me started on the relationship between Budoko and Misaki, which in the OVA becomes (I'm gonna puke typing this) Loli rape in one of the bath segments.
Akikan starts off as an interesting concept, but quickly turns into a fiasco. This is one beverage you'll want to pass on.
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Codename Sailor Earth is a lifelong anime and wrestling fan. IRL she is cartoonist Koriander Bullard, formerly Koriander Ake, a happily married Chicagoan. Her favorite anime is Sailor Moon. A baby in the late 80's, the first anime titles she ever saw were Speed Racer, Voltron and Robotech.