In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
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The choice of a new generation

Some shows simply don't condense well. If you're asked to explain what the basic plot is, it can't help but sound like something insane. Then again, there are other shows where you simply can't believe the plot summary isn't someone's idea of a joke. I was just browsing Wikipedia, looking up some shows that one of my favorite seiyu, Yui Horie, has been in in the past few years and stumbled over the following plot description for a show called Akikan:

Akikan (”Empty Can”) is the unlikely story of high school boy Kakeru Daichi, whose can of melon juice soda magically transforms into a human girl. More "akikan" girls begin appearing, each of them needing to be infused with carbon dioxide from their respective drink types to survive. The akikans were created as part of the 'Akikan Elect' to determine whether steel cans or aluminium cans are superior. The akikans must battle each other until only the strongest can type is left standing.


This sounds like the ultimate product-placement show for Coke or Pepsi, but I still can't believe it exists. Everything about it is insane from the basic premise to the fact that it apparently turns into a fighting series.

The best part is, if like me you thought the story description was crazy insane, it gets even better. The wikipage talks a bit about what the cans are actually like and, my god, you just can't make this crap up:

They are juice cans who turn into girls when drunk. Their life is the juice that is contained within them, and when they become empty, they turn back to an empty can. They can be replenished by pouring the same juice into the original can. Turning into human form consumes juice so they have to keep drinking the same juice in order to maintain their human form, although they can also eat fruits relevant to their juice. Using cool drink sorcery also consumes juice. They can also turn back into an empty can when their pull tab in their ear is pulled. Steel cans have their pull tab in their left ear while aluminum cans have theirs in the right ear. Depending on the kind of juice contained inside that can, an Akikan can be sensitive to temperature. This meaning that their health is affected by the temperature of the environment they live in. For example, if Melon is in a warm cupboard, once in human form, Melon would have fainted due to loss of carbon dioxide within her body (all because of the warm temperature). On the other hand, if Shiruko was placed in a fridge, due to her "juice" being red bean soup (a hot condiment) she would lose her natural heat and therefore weaken and faint, etc.

This might be the funniest thing I've ever run across and I haven't even watched the series. It's like some cynical bastard has decided to try to make a show about a CCG that uses empty cans as cards.

Go Mountain Dew Girl! Caffeine attack!

They have PULL TABS on their EARS for christ's sake.

I told myself that I wasn't going to download any more anime series since I have a ridiculous backlog to work through but this just made it to the top of the list. I can't even tell right now if I'm actually hoping it turns out to be a good series or if it would be more entertaining if it were heinously bad. All I really know is I have got to watch this shit.
Tags: anime club: akikan, seiyu, wtf

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