Meganebu! Episode 1: For all Upcoming Yaoi Fans

meganebu bonding

Summary

The episode recounts the adventures of Soma and his friends in the “Meganebu” (Glasses Club), where the group attempts to invent X-Ray glasses in order to see the naked nurse who will visit the school. Unfortunately, after they are done the glasses are broken in mere seconds; moreover, the “sexy nurse” turns out to be just a regular old man, destroying the hopes and dreams of the Meganebu.

Impression

A picaresque kid show with hot guys bonding? I never thought it would be possible, but I guess Japan always breaks boundaries.

Now, obviously this show isn’t yaoi. If it was it wouldn’t be a kids show, and I certainly hope the jokes would be of a higher level of education than 5th grade. I do find, however, that putting hot glasses guys in the same club, have one of them crush on the main character and have the hottest one of them all take off his shirt in the first episode is pretty decisive about its genre. I feel like this is literally a pre-cursor to yaoi, targeted at innocent girls less than 13 years old who will eventually come to like more intense stuff. Whoever likes this show at thirteen definitely won’t be limiting herself to romances at sixteen. Now, of course that’s just speculation.

meganebu hug

…Just speculation…

Putting that aside, the show sucked. Honestly, I was never a fan of kid shows and never will be, but the jokes were horrible and the whole concept of the show was pretty bad. I mean, making such a big deal about glasses can be a funny thing if done well; the randomness of it would certainly make a lot of people laugh. Unfortunately, I found that they emphasized so much on the “awesomeness” of glasses to a point where it wasn’t really funny anymore, just random and boring. The X-Ray glasses were also completely overused, however I’ll admit that the theme of it made me wonder about Japan showing this show to children (I guess girls will know about a guy’s true nature from the get-go…). I mean, we’re talking about perverted guys who want to see naked people here. Maybe Canada’s censorship laws are too strict, but I’m pretty sure Japan’s laws are probably a bit too loose as well (that one scene in Zatch Bell…). Not that the theme was completely inappropriate, but I’d say it lingers on the limits a lot.

Side note: this guy is gorgeous.

Side note: this guy is gorgeous.

Anyways, that doesn’t change the fact that this was boring as hell. The only time I laughed was when Minabe took his shirt off, because he’s gorgeous and also because the fact pointed in my first paragraph seemed hilarious in my mind. But really, apart from that, the way they gained time, the way they spent a whole night to build X-Ray glasses only to have them broken mere seconds later and pretty much all the “jokes” of the show didn’t even make me chuckle. Maybe it’s because my age is above twelve, or maybe  it’s just because the show sucks; whichever, I really don’t care, as long as I don’t watch it.

So yeah. Hot glasses dudes bonding over pairs of X-Ray glasses. Count me out.

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