Kujibiki♥Unbalance (くじびき♥アンバランス Kujibiki♥Anbaransu), also referred to as Kujibiki "Heart" Unbalance in order to differentiate it from its original incarnation, is a 12-episode Fall 2006 anime series created by Shimoku Kio. It originated within Genshiken, Kio's primary work, as the metafictional Kujibiki Unbalance, a manga (and later anime) series which the characters could read, watch, and discuss on a regular basis.
At the same time, it was an homage to, as well as a parody of, the many clichés of contemporary manga and anime. That version was also made into a 3-episode OVA in 2004, ostensibly as episodes 1, 21, and 25 of the 26-episode anime watched by the characters of Genshiken.
The 2006 version is, however, substantially different from the incarnation originally presented within Genshiken (though it has since appeared there in this form as well), featuring redesigned characters and a new (though familiar) plot line. A manga adaptation of this version, drawn by noted dojinshi artist Keito Koume (with creator Kio handling writing duty), was serialized in Afternoon magazine from April 2007 (June 2007 issue) to December 2007 (February 2008 issue); the second and final volume was released on 28 December 2007.
This version of Kujibiki Unbalance has its roots, as with the original, in Genshiken. Within the Genshiken universe, Kujibiki Unbalance (without the heart) is a popular manga serialized in Kudansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine, written by Yuu Kuroki. This manga, in turn, spawns a 26-episode anime adaptation focusing on the initial "Student Body Tournament" arc, which airs some time during Kanji Sasahara's first two years at Shiiou University. Despite the Genshiken's interest in the anime, fans complain that the tone of the series is uneven: the two halves are handled by two different directors, there is shoddy animation quality in several key episodes, and the conclusion, aside from never airing during the broadcast run, doesn't actually conclude anything. As a result, the reception of the series is mixed at best. Later on, a new anime series is announced. Instead of picking up where the previous series left off, however, it is a complete re-imagining of the story, with new character designs and a story independent of the manga. (This situation parallels that of the Negima! anime, whose successor, Negima!?, takes the series in a completely different direction.) This is that series.
In the real world, the anime version of Kujibiki Unbalance that appeared within Genshiken was made into a 3-episode OVA, made up of episodes 1, 21, and 25 of the supposed 26-episode series; that was all that was made for this version of the anime. The second Kujibiki Unbalance TV series was first announced as "Genshiken season 2" by Media Factory Inc. at Comiket 69. This was later clarified in May 2006, as a 12-episode Kujibiki Unbalance series. Nevertheless, the DVD releases of this series do each include an OVA episode of Genshiken, for a total of 3 new episodes. In addition to the anime, a manga version ran in Kodansha's monthly Afternoon magazine, while a two-volume light novel series was released in late 2006 and early 2007.
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At the gigantic and prestigious Rikkyouin academy the position of everyone in school is determined through a lottery. The school is ruled by the student council headed by the president who wears a giant helmet as a symbol of status. The anime follows the adventure of the four people who drew the lottery tickets to become next years student council. They must complete a variety of tasks set before them by the current student council, with failure resulting in immediate expulsion. The tasks will usually be of a mundane nature, but will inevitably end up in a dramatic fashion involving robots, aliens, terrorists, spies and so forth.
|#||Title||Original air date|
|01||"Everyone gets a surprise at school. 7 Points ◐"
"Minna, gakkō de odoroku. Nana-ten ◐" (みんな、がっこうでおどろく.7点 ◐)
|On his first day at Rikkyoin Academy, Chihiro and his friend Tokino are selected to be the next term's Student Council President and Vice-President, respectively. Together with Renko, the candidate for Secretary, they must track down their group's Treasurer, who will disqualify the whole group unless they can all make it to the current President's office in less than 24 hours.|
|02||"You must be able to keep a promise. 2 Points ●"
"Yakusoku o mamorenai to dame da. Ni-ten ●" (やくそくをまもれないとだめだ.2点 ●)
|Chihiro and his team are put in charge of running the school store, then must foil a bomb plot against Ritsuko before it's too late.|
|03||"Siblings are a pain. 6 Points ◑"
"Kyōdai ga taihen da. Roku-ten ◑" (きょうだいがたいへんだ.6点 ◑)
|Chihiro and company are put in charge of retrieving a panda that escaped from the zoo in order to avoid an international incident. Meanwhile, Shinobu plots to wrest her brother's attentions from the student council by means of a love potion.|
|04||"Shall we pay a visit on Sunday? 5 Points ◐"
"Nichiyōbi ni asobō ka. Go-ten ◐" (にちようびにあそぼうか.5点 ◐)
|Chihiro's group is reprimanded for their antics while cleaning a pond. That weekend, Tokino convinces Chihiro to come to the school with her and retrieve something she forgot. The trip turns into an exploration of the entire campus, leading to an unexpected meeting with the President herself.|
|05||"Maybe friends will understand. 1 Point ●"
"Tomodachi ga wakaru ka mo shirenai. It-ten ●" (ともだちがわかるかもしれない.1点 ●)
|It's summer vacation, and confronted with the prospect of spending it with the other Student Council candidates, Renko erupts in rage and stalks off alone to her family's summer house. Her departure shakes the normally-irrepressible Tokino, who holds herself responsible for Renko's behavior. But a chance reunion and a perilous situation, along with a little help from Kaoruko, may help show Renko what friendship really means.|
|06||"I'll absolutely keep this a secret. 8 Points ○"
"Zettai, naisho ni shite okō. Hachi-ten ○" (ぜったい、ないしょにしておこう.8点 ○)
|Summer break has ended, and Chihiro & co.'s first assignment for the new term is to keep the school newspaper from folding by finding a scoop. However, Koyuki is terrified that with their cameras trained everywhere, her psychic powers (which she's hidden from even her team members) might come to light. Chihiro must find a scoop and protect Koyuki's secret, before the paper's deadline.|
|07||"I'll listen to what my superiors say. 4 Points ◑"
"Erai hito no hanashi o kiku. Yon-ten ◑" (えらいひとのはなしをきく.4点 ◑)
|The Student Council candidates are told of a massive spy infiltration at Rikkyoin, and are told to capture just one of them within a week's time. To that end, Tokino's classmate Izumi Tachibana is assigned to help Chihiro's group in their efforts. But Izumi is not what she seems, and Tokino's steadfast trust in her puts her in harm's way and at odds with Kasumi, the current Vice-President.|
|08||"I've forgotten about the past. 7 Points ◐"
"Mukashi no koto o wasurete iru. Nana-ten ◐" (むかしのことをわすれている.7点 ◐)
|Chihiro's peaceful weekend is interrupted by Tokino, who reminds him that it's Ritsuko's birthday. Despite not being invited, they are allowed into her party by a man who turns out to be her fiancé. Amongst the celebrations, memories and feelings (not to mention an elderly chicken) intertwine to make all three old friends question their relationship to each other.|
|09||"The fireworks were beautiful. 5 Points ◐"
"Hanabi ga kirei ni mieta. Go-ten ◐" (はなびがきれいにみえた.5点 ◐)
|Renko is kidnapped by the aliens from Episode 6, and the others must find her before their next assignment of serving VIPs during the Annual Rikkyoin fireworks festival.|
|10||"Though we search for it, it isn't there. 3 Points ◐"
"Sagashite mo, soko ni wa nai. San-ten ◐" (さがしても、そこにはない.3点 ◐)
|Koyuki is kidnapped, and her sister is sent to investigate. Koyuki is brainwashed to be a psychic weapon. Komaki finds Koyuki's whereabouts and discovers that their brother was the kidnapper. When she returns defeated, the Student Council prohibits the others' involvement. However, Chihiro and the others resolve to mount a rescue.|
|11||"Stumbling in the dark. 0 Points ●"
"Kurai tokoro de tsumazuku. Zero-ten ●" (くらいところでつまずく.0点 ●)
|The Student Council Candidates are suspended for their actions in the previous episode. During their suspension, Chihiro is called out by the Vice-president pretending to be Ritsuko. She tries to convince Chihiro to withdraw his candidacy, but she is barely stopped by Ritsuko. Her past relationship with Ritsuko is explored. Chihiro becomes unsure of himself.|
|12||"Let's make our dreams come true. 9 Points ○"
"Yume o kanaete miyō. Kyū-ten ○" (ゆめをかなえてみよう.9点 ○)
|Tokino loses her good luck while being depressed about Chihiro. She confronts Ritsuko about Chihiro's withdrawal. Ritsuko then confronts Vice-president Kasumi about her rebellion. Afterwards, Chihiro is invited out by Ritsuko in casual dress. The series ends with Chihiro crowned as the President, and as he is about to give his speech, a dove dropping lands on his shoes.|
The plot of the manga roughly follows that of the anime, though there are some deviations, as noted below. Additionally, each volume of the manga adaptation also includes a bonus manga at the end, drawn by Shimoku Kio himself and featuring the characters from Genshiken at approximately the same time (in-universe) as the volume was originally released.
|1||ISBN 978-4-06-314450-5||ISBN 978-0-345-50628-3||2007-04-23||2008-07-29|
|2||ISBN 978-4-06-314483-3||ISBN 978-0-345-50629-0||2007-12-28||2008-12-30|
Kujibiki Unbalance: Kaichō Onegai Smash Fight[I] is a video game developed by Marvelous Entertainment and Shade, and published by Marvelous Interactive on January 25, 2007. The game received a score of 20/40 from Famitsu, the lowest rated game of that week.