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Akikan! [TV]

Plot Summary

The story revolves around a typical high school boy named Kakeru Daichi and the can of melon juice soda that he bought from a vending machine. The can suddenly transform into a beautiful but standoffish girl in other words tsundere that Kakeru names “Melon” and more “Akikan” (“empty can”) girls appear. However, Akikan girls need to be infused with carbon dioxide in order to turn into a human.

About The Show

Akikan is a Japanese light novel series about a group of anthropomorphic drink cans who do battle. It was created by Riku Ranjo, with illustrations by Hiro Suzuhira, known for her artistry in Shuffle. The first novel was released on May 24, 2007, and as of April 24, 2009, eight volumes have been published by Shueisha under their Super Dash Bunko label. A manga adaptation began serialization in Ultra Jump on October 18, 2008, an anime release of the first episode was streamed on the internet through Bandai Channel. On the day the final episode aired on March 28, 2009, an Akikan OVA followed on October 23, 2009. At Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011, Sentai Filmworks announced that they have licensed both TV series and OVA and was released in 2012.

Season Summary

Episode 1: Can You Feel It First Kiss
Kakeru Daichi purchases a can of Melon soda. Thinking it’s all dream, Kakeru acts perverted in front of this girl, before getting attacked by the girl’s powers. Kakeru ends up treating the can rather shoddily due to the conflict in behavior and leaves her in a cupboard before going to school. When he comes back though, he finds the girl drained of all life due to being low on carbon dioxide, so he kisses her to allow her to live. Kakeru decides to name the girl Melon. They are visited by a man named Hidehiko Otoyo who explains that the girlish cans are part of a battle called “The Akikan Elect” to determine whether steel cans or aluminum cans are superior.

Episode 2: During Studying Time
Kakeru notices that Melon doesn’t do much during the day, and dec

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