247th G-View: Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku

This show reminded me of Dog Days season 2. Whether that’s good or bad readers will have to find out as we take a look at Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku.

Mikagura School Suite Poster

Alternate Title: Mikagura Academy Suite

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural, School Life

Themes: School Clubs, Yuri

Number of episodes: 12

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: High school student Eruna Ichinomiya enters the Mikagura Academy dreaming of a boarding school life filled with beautiful girls to befriend and court. However, Eruna finds out that in the culture clubs there is a rule where battles that are fought with special powers decide a club representative’s treatment. Through various circumstances Eruna becomes a representative of a club and is thrown into the fray.

Mikagura Keychains

Some of the cast aren’t present here.

As stated above Mikagura reminded me of Dog Days 2 in that it’s a show that’s more about having fun than a major world changing, epiphany invoking plot. It is simply a group of super powered teenagers doing whatever they feel like doing, occasionally engaging in cool friendly battles and sometimes a backstory popping up explaining more about the characters, though the fanservice is heavily toned down compared to DD despite their being one magnificent well endowed woman. The backstories aren’t meant to change lives or be catalysts of epic storytelling but more “this is what viewers need to know about these characters and why they are who they are”.

Now in my Show By Rock!! G-View I talked about the show’s pacing, especially during the second half, being flawed but in Mikagura the pacing is much better both because it is less complicated or mashed together so there’s enough time to do what needs to be done. Yes, by the end it kind of leaves a “I want more” feeling but that’s fine here because there was no dire, world saving type of ordeal, just the daily school lives of fun and quirky super beings and in that regard the show did a pretty good job.

Mikagura magazine cover

I found the whole student progression being dictated by forming part of clubs and how well said clubs performed during “exam periods” of sorts ausing. In a sense it is a way of motivating students to enjoy their school lives to the fullest outside of worrying about their education. After all schools promote an environment where it’s not all about books and cramming your head with knowledge, it’s about using the time given to improve in other fields, hence the clubs’ purpose.Besides club activities and battles, Eruna and the people she meets in her quest to unite the world under one certain nation the gang engage in leisure school activities.

Sleeping Beauty AttackMikagura Club Battle

The animation quality is reasonably good during casual scenes. Again very little fanservice other than the basics. During battles though the animation quality differs with each one depending on length and combatants moving at regular or super speed. Whether viewers like what they see or not depends on perspectives. The OST is good along with an upbeat OP and some good EDs.

Eruna, Bimii and the Drama Club members

Like in most shows the cast’s appeal is subjective. Whether every single member of the show is likable or not depends on the viewer. I like them all for different reasons, even that guy.

Kiss and Heart

Alright. I covered most of the show up to this point but as far as the yuri nation goes there is one major reason to at least give the show a try and that is the main protagonist herself. Eruna Ichinomiya. There are so many adjectives I could use to describe this character: optimistic, kind, cheerful, energetic, charismatic, (almost) fearless, shameless, inspirational, badass, strong, confident, beautiful, positively infectious, sweet,  determined, adorably ditzy, clever, indiscriminate, righteous…and of course perverted. Besides all that Eruna’s main draw is that she’s a lesbian (or for those who want to nitpick, prefers women) and is the main character of a show that unless viewers looked it up had no idea its protagonist would be a gay gay. I can count the number of lesbian protagonists in initially non-yuri marketed anime in one hand, let alone likable ones that aren’t judged for their sexual preference. Heck the fact Eruna loves women doesn’t come off as a big deal to anyone. The only times actions are taken are when Eruna’s perverseness gets somewhat out of hand. Other than that everyone’s a-okay with her gay gayness. The adjectives mentioned aren’t exaggerations. Eruna is all that and then some. She is proud of who she is and has no issue holding back her desires though will not force herself on any woman when they tell her to slow down. She’s perverted but also respectable. Besides her ultimate goal she also aims to be a friend of the people above all else. She also prefers fighting for fun rather than grudges or vendettas. Oh and another pastime of hers is clobbering her equally perverted male cousin.

Eruna's current goal

As one can tell Eruna’s the main source of yuri on the show be it in her vivid imagination or in her numerous attempts to court the cuties and beauties she encounters.

Overall Mikagura Academy Suite is a fun show that while not revolutionary has an entertaining cast, is pleasant to the eyes has occasionally good battles and it blessed the world with a lesbian protagonist who isn’t treated like a joke despite being quite funny herself. It is not meant to change the anime industry but an anime does not need to in order to be very enjoyable. Having said that though I cannot guarantee all yuri nation members or casual viewers will enjoy the show. Like most things in life there will be some who cannot get into it. However, viewers who like anime similar to the Dog Days series will have little trouble enjoying one in a school setting. Yuri fans looking for a comedy heroine kicking butt in a show initially not marketed to yuri fans can consider giving this one a shot. Who knows? Maybe you too will be blessed by the heroine of the millennium’s greatness.

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32 Responses to 247th G-View: Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku

  1. kracen says:

    Can remember back when this first started airing… All the people who panicked about it going to be just another bait, but they couldn’t have been proven more wrong.
    Eruna is best girl of 2015

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  2. cirno9fan says:

    Very happy I ended up getting back into this show. While I feel the final episode wasn’t very fulfilling, the entire ride to there was amazing, especially Otone!

    I personally liked her more than Eruna, but Eruna was great all the same.

    I wasn’t really into Seisa, and her sudden change at the end was kinda eh…

    And the animation during fights was…yeah. Sometimes it was okay, but it really showed during the final fight, which should have been the point to really show off things.

    Still, it’s a 9/10 for me, mostly because of every episode before it (and Fujishiro Otone)

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    • Overlord-G says:

      You enjoyed it at least. Not much else to add. You picked your fav, the person you want to burn and made your point. Done and done.

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  3. josefcd904 says:

    It is sad to see the heroine of the millennium come to an end it will be even harder to see if anyone could ever top her as well.

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  4. elkat4 says:

    While this anime was the nonstop laughter train that Kiniro Mosaic is, it is a very lighthearted and fun loving anime that was necessary when the only other anime I watched on Tuesdays was Hibike! Euphonium. I have to say Eruna is a rare breed of lesbian we rarely get to see in anime (at least portrayed positively). I hope there will be more characters like her in the future, but I won’t hold my breath. While this is an anime I’d hope get a second season, it’s difficult imagining what a second season would be like; arguably more of the same with maybe one or two new characters?

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Most likely what you said at the bottom. I too hope for more though. The heroine of the millennium’s story cannot end just like that. Her harem is far from complete. Yes she has two lucky ladies to court but she can definitely woo more.

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  5. JimJiminy says:

    I didn’t think much of this when I first started watching it and left it on the backburner after a bit. So glad I came back since it was a lot better later on. (especially her delusions). Last episode felt rushed, especially when I saw the first few minutes and thought I had skipped an ep.

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  6. shiroyuni says:

    I watched the first episode, and then dropped it because it was yuri. But now after reading this I feel like I want to pick it up again..just to see how good it is as a slice of life – daily school life comedy….hmm.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      First of all if you dislike yuri then what are you doing visiting this blog? Second she’s the main character so she won’t go away anytime soon.

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      • shiroyuni says:

        Ohhh, I guess I didn’t actually elaborate enough on my point. I don’t dislike yuri and neither do I discriminate against a particular genre in totality. I just sometimes generalise types of anime in order to prioritise anime-watching due to time constraints. Having said that, I like to try out new things and genres that I have less explored habitually just to give series a chance. Essentially, I am looking for a yuri anime to wow me or to help me ease into the genre so that I open up more choices for myself in future.

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      • Overlord-G says:

        Do as you wish then. That or check out the shows in my newcomers guide to yuri.

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  7. Alexis says:

    Hola
    Es necesario también levantar un monumento a Bimi-sensei por haber resistido a Eruna: le picaron los ojos, cargaba cajas pesadas de comida, se metía en una doncella de hierro para que lo electrocutaran… dios, fue de lo mas jocoso, al final el pobre terminó viejo y marchito.

    Esto no es un adiós, algún día regresará Eruna para mostrarnos como convive con sus princesas, ella entrará al Valhalla lésbico por la puerta grande, no como cierta pareja que de entrar lo hará por la puerta de atrás, maldito [Fuck you] kyoAni, lo sabía por eso nunca me subí al barco.

    chaito

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Nunca podremos olvidar de los sacrificios de Bimii-sensei. Un buen guardian fue.

      Eruna por supuesto ha bendecido la nacion desde su debut anime. Yo no rendiria en KumiRei aun. Esperemos a ver que pasara en los dos episodios que quedan de la temporada antes de decidir.

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  8. Kurokanako says:

    Well, it was really entertaining watching Eruna’s antics throughout the season and it was also fun to see her acting a little bit more mature in the final episode especially 🙂
    However, as much as I enjoyed the anime as a whole, the ending felt very rushed and the transition between Seisa being cold to Eruna and suddenly being all smiles and joining her club was a bit sudden for me. I think the pacing would have been better if there had been a thirteenth episode.
    But oh well, who am I to complain? Eruna was, as you said, an awesome yuri main character and I’m not sure we will ever get a more blatant lesbian protagonist 😉
    Man, how will I satisfy my weekly yuri craving now that Mikagura finished? I will really miss it.
    One mystery remains unsolved: what really happened to Bimii, why did he change into a flying.. Cat? I guess we will never know but it still bugs me xD

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Compared to SBR’s ending I can let this one’s slide. We knew Seisa couldn’t resist Eruna’s greatness for long so why drag it out?
      Hopefully there will be a noteworthy show on Tuesdays in the Summer 2015 season. We’ll see.
      Eh. Some mysteries are best left unsolved. No big deal because Bimii’s both a fun character and deserves respect for all the pain he endured being Eruna’s guardian. RESPECT!

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  10. Hanneman says:

    One thing i know for sure, is that without Eruna, i wouldnt enjoy this show as much as i did. She’s just awesome! (And i know she already got her spot on your Hall of Fame XD)

    With her, this is a solid 8/10 show.
    Without, probably 6 or 7.
    That’s how big her impact is!

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Well she IS the main reason to give the show a go. While I did say she is mainly a draw for yuri fans ANYONE interested in the show should give it a go primarily because of her.

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  11. ck12 says:

    That was an underwhelming ending. I felt it was too rushed. Anyways, I still enjoyed this series as a whole. And Eruna is such a fun character.

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  12. KueKyuuQ says:

    Read many here complaining, they felt the last eps rushed, esp. Seisa’s ‘sudden’ change.
    I didn’t feel the same; the last three episodes made sure to show her story some, everyody (!!) pitching in to shake Seisa out of her state, Eruna giving a nice speech, etc..
    I didn’t need Seisa explaining herself (others did that for her and we got enough of Seisa opening up and enjoying Eruna and later getting disappointed / jealous, to figure her feelings for her equal the ones she had for her senpai); we saw her ponder and follow Eruna’s fights… Eventually, what else was she to do but ‘snap out of it’ and decide to move on, give Eruna a chance? She dwelled enough already, chastised herself to the point of losing a part of herself (her powers) ; there’s no real gradual transition to get out of such states – it’s stand up or keep drowning. So she got up (after being nudged, pushed and pulled from various sides – “Just don’t go overboard..”).
    Surely, they could have stretched it out further, but I rather had them share this “beyond physics” fight, which was a helluva fun and gave a deeper insight to the potential of the “powers” that the school was made for training (save the animation). The poor moon, though…

    There are some open questions and in case they decide and get the budget for a second season they could deal with those. But it also feels happy-ending enough (the outro also helped) to leave me sufficiently satisfied. It’s not like the show ever claimed to be more.
    I had a great time with this show, save some cringing over some of Eruna’s overboard delusions XD
    Thanks, OG, for this blog and making me aware of this show~

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  13. K says:

    At first, I wasn’t interested in this anime, especially when I found out that it was based on a series of music videos, like Mekakucity Actors, which was below average, to me. So I was expecting episodes to revolve around certain videos. Not sure how much the videos played a part in the anime, but it was better than I expected. Eruna was an entertaining protagonist and all those descriptions you mentioned fit her well. The rest of the cast, especially Seisa and Otone, wasn’t too shabby either.

    So, yeah. I don’t regret watching this at all.

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  14. yurimylove says:

    Nice review! I’ve finished the series, and i gotta say Eruna deserves every award she got! I’d like to think that, this ending is the same as Rinne Lagrange, if you know what I mean 🙂

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  15. AkumaChan says:

    I don’t even remember how many times I played the opening in Osu XD

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