September Anime Challenge: Muteki Kanban Musume

Our September Anime Challenge is Muteki Kanban Musume (Ramen Fighter Miki) based on the manga series by Jun Sadogawa, which ran from May 2002 to February 2006 in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shonen Champion. There also was a sequel manga called Muteki Kanban Musume N. The Muteki Kanban Musume anime, produced by Telecom Animation Film was directed by Nobuo Tomizawa and aired in Japan between July and September 2006. The anime’s opening song is “Wild Spice” by Masami Okui and the ending song is “Muteki na Smile” by Naozumi Takahashi.

Muteki Kanban Musume is a food/comedy anime about the adventures of Miki Onimaru, a 20-year-old young woman whose mother runs a Chinese ramen restaurant. Miki is the delivery girl for her mother’s eatery but because of her boisterous and over active personality Miki gets into trouble frequently, which can be quite hilarious to see.

Week 1 - 02th September to 08th September 2019

Episodes to watch: 1 – 3

Konnichiwa Minna. Welcome to our September Anime Challenge. AnimeFanatika Anime Challenges are easy, we all watch an anime together, a few episodes every week. The anime series are mostly 12 episodes long, that means that at the end of they month you have watched a whole anime!

This month we are doing Muteki Kanban Musume (Ramen Fighter Miki). The brains behind Muteki Kanban Musume is Mutsumi Kawahito but he is better known by his pen name Jun Sadogawa. Sadogawa hailed from Tone, Ibaraki in Japan. He won an honourable mention in the 55th Weekly Shonen Jump “Newcomer Award” in 2000, which was sponsored by Akita Shoten for his work Twin Burner. Muteki Kanban Musume was his debut work and was published from 2002 to 2006.

On August 13, 2013, Jun Sodagawa was found hanging from a tree inside Tone Shinsui Park in Ibaranki prefecture. No suicide note was found but after investigation the police found no evidence that the cause of his death was anything else but suicide. He died at age 34 and at the time of death his manga Amane Atatameru was still serializing. The manga was never finished…

Do you have suicidal thoughts or suffer from depression? You are not alone and those thoughts can positively be beaten, you can live a healthy happy life. You owe yourself and those who love you that. Problems can be solved only if we are willing to communicate,  there are a lot of places where trained professionals can help us deal with problems of the heart and soul. Happy Happy Vegan is a website that created a page on their website named Mental Health Helplines, Suicide Hotlines, And Depression Advice Centers that lists numbers for mental health helplines, hotlines and centers in every country you can think off from Argentina to Venezuela. If you are in need of counselling or know of someone in need of help and guidance please use this list, reach out. You are important. Never give up on getting help. Here is the link Mental Health Helplines, Suicide Hotlines, And Depression Advice Centers.

Week 2 - 09th September to 15th September 2019

Episodes to watch: 4 – 6

Konnichiwa Minna, it is week two of our Muteki Kanban Musume (Ramen Fighter Miki) challenge. Our main character in Muteki Kanban Musume is Miki Onimaru. Even if she is 20 years old, she has the mindset and maturity of a 23-year old. She is fiercely competitive and that is the quality that makes her stand out most. She loves to start fights and competitions, and is a force to be reconed with thanks to her physical strength and unpredictable fighting style. Don’t misjudge her, as violent as Miki may be she is actually a kind-hearted caring young woman, always willing to help people in need.

Miki’s voice actress is Hitomi Nabatame, born August 4, 1976. Hitomi is a Japanese actress, voice actress and vocalist affiliated with Ken Productions. Some of her voice acting roles include Gantz (Kei Kishimoto), Hell Girl (Ayumi Shibata), Skip Beat! (Itsumi Momose), Beelzebub (Torii), Akame ga Kill! (Nyau), Black Bullet (Shiina Kazumi), Rail Wars! (Sakura Kadota), Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Yamazin Toker), Made in Abyss (Laffi), Junji Ito Collection (Soga), Sword Art Online: Alicization (Fanatio) and Fruits Basket (Mayuko Shiraki).

This week’s episodes to watch are 4 to 6. We hope you enjoy the challenge and have a super sugoi week.

Week 3 - 16th September to 22nd September 2019

Episodes to watch: 7 – 9

Konnichiwa Minna, welcome to week 3 of our Muteki Kanban Musume (Ramen Fighter Miki) challenge. This week we feature our main rival in the anime, Megumi Kannazuki. She is Miki’s long time rival and is the delivery girl for the bakery right across from Onimaru, the ramen shop where Miki works. She is also 20 years old. Megumi’s weapon of choice are the throwing of sharpened bamboo skewers (which she throw like darts); a skill she learned from her elementary school teacher who threw chalk at sleeping students. Megumi may moan that she is bullied relentlessly by Miki, but is by no means innocent, she often set traps for Miki. Like Miki, she has a kind-hearted side too, especially when helping children in need. When she gets drunk, Megumi becomes a crude and violent tomboy.

Megumi’s Japanese voice actress is Tokyo born Ami Koshimizu, who was born on February 15th 1986. She voiced quite a number of lead characters in anime including Sailor Jupiter in Sailor Moon Crystal, Tenma Tsukamoto in School Rumble and Holo in Spice and Wolf. She was rewarded Best Actress in a supporting role at the 1st Seiyu Award for her role as Kallen Stadtfeld in Code Geass in 2007. More notable voice acting roles she is known for are Claes in Gunslinger Girl, Anemone in Eureka Seven, Miori Shiba in Black Bullet, Sasane Ukawa in Sagradqa Reset and the mother spider demon in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

This week’s challenge is episodes 7 to 9. We hope you enjoy the challenge and have a super sugoi week.

Week 4 - 23rd September to 29th September 2019

Episodes to watch: 10 – 12

Konnichiwa Minna, welcome to the final week of our Muteki Kanban Musume (Ramen Fighter Miki) challenge. Our episodes for this week are episodes 10 to 12. If you liked Muteki Kanban Musume we recommend that you watch Yakitate!! Japan.

Yakitate!! Japan’s centers around Kazuma Azuma, a boy with a passion for baking bread and a quest to create the ‘Ja-Pan’, the national bread of Japan, celebrating the country of his birth. Azuma wants to capture both the hearts and mouths of the Japanese people. In the anime he heads to Tokyo and starts to work at Pantasia, a massive bakery and each episode chronicles his escapades and adventures with his co-workers, as well as the interesting types of bread he creates along the way.

To aid him in his quest, Azuma has a special, almost magical, ability called ‘Solar Hands’ (Taiyō no te). Solar Hands imbues him with the power of having hands that are warmer than normal body temperature, which allows the dough to ferment faster. It gives him some great advantages, but his true power in this anime is definitively his innovative mind.

A running theme in the anime is the ‘state of ecstasy’ people experience when they eat good food. Here is such a classic scene from the anime.

We hope you enjoyed the challenge and will have a look at our recommendation, Yakitate!! Japan. Have a super sugoi week.