I’m not often up-to-date on newer anime, but I did enjoy watching Masamune-Kun’s Revenge a few months ago. If you are into comedy series with some non-gushy romance, then this is the show for you! Mostly, what makes the show fun to watch is Masamune pretending to be the hottest thing on the block, only to panic when a girl speaks to him. He isn’t very good at articulating himself around the opposite sex–something I definitely experienced when I was his age.
The main premise of the anime, though, is vengeance.
Masamune Makabe, a high schooler with a huge ego, wants to win over the affection of Aki Adagaki for (get ready) revenge! Yes, he wants to date her and then break up with her in a humiliating way. Why? Because she made fun of him when he was younger. Masamune was an overweight boy who Aki mockingly called “pig’s foot,” so when he got older he worked out and ate healthier in order to have a stronger, more toned body. His new physique eventually goes to his head, causing him to think himself the hottest guy in school–a persona he flaunts with a smile. When Masamune discovers that Aki Adagki, the girl who rejects and humiliates any guy that attempts to ask her out, is the same girl that persecuted him in the past, he wants revenge.
Not only does he change his name so she won’t recognize him, but he also begins trying to seduce her so he can later dump her and disgrace her in front of the school. By doing this, Masamune believes he’ll get payback and force Aki to experience the same humiliation that she put him and others through.
Of course, as most anime goes, there’s a twist. Along with the help of Yoshino, Aki’s maid, Masamune starts to genuinely fall in love with Aki. However, Aki doesn’t simply fall for him. Masamune has to pursue her and recognize that the love and emotions he is feeling are very real. Aki doesn’t realize that Masamune is the same boy who she insulted several years ago. With this in mind, Masamune has to decide whether he will go through with his original plan of revenge, or forget it in the wake of his falling in love with his target.
Leviticus 19:18 – You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Mark 11:25 – “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.