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    ダンベル何キロ持てる?

    A show about high school girls hitting the gym and lifting weights in order to realize their dreams of having a strong body.

    Airs: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    Studio: Doga Kobo

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    Sakura Hibiki is your average high school girl, with a voracious appetite. Noticing her clothes tightening in lieu of her slowly expanding waistline she decides to look into enrolling in the nearby gym. There she runs into a girl from her grade named Souryuuin Akemi.

    Akemi, who has a muscle fetish tries to get Hibiki to enroll in the gym despite its high ratio of macho men. Thankfully a beautiful trainer, Machio, appears and unknowingly convinces her to enroll and start her quest to a great body.


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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Packing on the pounds.

    Hibiki sure is taking extreme measures with her weight gain by hitting the gym that's home to a bunch of macho men being lured in by free membership, all while Akemi has a muscle fetish, and the trainer Machio who has a great body and manages to look smaller than he really is. Pretty funny stuff going on as Hibiki sure is having a hard time getting into the routine, though being her first time it's to be expected.

    So as usual, trial period rules apply.
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    • #3
      Episode 2

      Punching out fat.

      The creators sure know their stuff when incorporating all these strength training elements into this show. Hibiki gained some pounds, but they come from muscle, so that's a good thing. And then there is Ayaka, who is into boxing, and that movie that is made to parody a certain Hollywood film starting Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hibiki sure has gotten stronger seeing what she did with that punching bag there at the end. Muscles are on full display there, and it's quite nice to see things coming together like this.
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      • #4
        Episode 3

        Fit for cosplay.

        Satomi is now hitting the gym as she realizes that she's getting fat to the point that she can't keep on cosplaying at the rate things are going. She was quite surprised to see some of her students there thinking that kids wouldn't have a reason to be there. And then the girls talk about dieting, and how balance is everything and cheat days are pretty much a requirement to suppress hunger during a diet. Then comes the convention where Satomi is surprised to find Hibiki and Akemi there thinking that they recognize her, but that familiar voice was Machio's, who is cosplaying as somebody who looks like Fist of the North Star's Kenshiro. He becomes the center of attention there, though he didn't have to rip is costume off to do it. Pretty entertaining episode that was as it just goes to show that motivations for hitting the gym vary and that it teaches the importance of balancing things out.
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        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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        • #5
          Episode 4

          Working out wherever, whenever.

          No matter what the situation is, the girls are finding ways to work out during the summer. They go during a peak period when everybody is going, and as such they can't use the usual machines and free weights, so instead they work out with a machine that's not exactly ideal for the beginners that most of those people are. Then on a day when all the gyms are conveniently closed, they work out at Akemi's place, and she's an ojousama living in a ritzy mansion. Even with a lot of space, it doesn't have any gym equipment, so the girls are using chairs and a workout video, but unfortunately the chairs aren't very sturdy. Then it's off to the beach, but they didn't get the message that it was infested with sharks, which is why this normally crowded beach is empty. Even though the water is closed, they still could use the beach for a workout, and they got in quite a lot of exercise at a time when they should be playing around. Nothing is going to stop them from working out seeing that they don't really need the gym.

          So with that, the trial period is over, and this show passed my screening test, so I'll keep on lifting.
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          Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
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          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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          • #6
            Episode 5

            In the heat of competition.

            Hibiki has some pretty bad luck there with the sports festival. She thought that she would just do some inconsequential minor event, but for this one events are determined by lots and she got the big one by luck, the anchor of the relay. She trained hard doing all those hammy exercises, but ultimately was undone when she fumbled the baton and picked it up to run with it, thus the class got DQ'd and Hibiki's second place finish didn't count. And then the competition continues into the blazing heat of the sauna room to see who lasts the longest, and the teacher was in there so long that she passed out. This is something that shouldn't be tried at home as that disclaimer made it clear that it's dangerous to be in a sauna longer than necessary. Once again, it was amusing to see these girls working out and explaining things about how to work out and get strong the right way.
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            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #7
              Episode 6

              From Russia with loathe.

              Here comes Zina, who works out at the Moscow branch of the Silverman Gym, and she has come all the way to Japan looking for a boyfriend, but realizes that she spent quite a lot making the trip. So she enters the arm wrestling competition as Hibiki wants a home theater system with the prize money. It turns out only those two entered the competition after Akemi and the others backed out, and Hibiki wins. Not wanting to return to Japan a loser, Zina decides to become an exchange student and attends Hibiki's school, albeit be in Akemi's class. And on top of that, she's being hosted by Hibiki's parents, so now they are living together. That sure was a great impression that Zina made, and it will be a fun time seeing those two getting along.
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              Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
              Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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              • #8
                Episode 7

                Where's the beef?

                Sakura is working part-time at a beef BBQ her brother started up seeing that gym memberships are quite expensive, but she just needed to ask the school principal seeing that she is Akemi's mother. As for why Gina is fluent in Japanese, that's because she's an otaku and is into Japanese culture, though Jackie Chan isn't exactly Japanese. As such, she finds out that Satomi is a cosplayer, and she's willing to keep it a secret. Then she goes out to Akihabara to audition to become idols, and it was the change of pace needed seeing that they were looking for something different, and doing a deadlift in the process. But it's too bad that they can't sing because being an idol is all about singing in addition to looks and acting. Once again, it's another outrageous attempt to incorporate weight lifting into everyday life going to show how crazy things are in this show.
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                The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                • #9
                  Episode 8

                  Encouraged to climb.

                  And two other teachers begin hitting the gym with Kure and Aina joining. And then the class goes on a field trip to the mountains where Hibiki, Satomi, and Aina-sensei soon realize that they need to change the way they walk as the were quite gassed. But where things really go bad is that they made a wrong turn and instead of going to the summit, they ended up by a giant tree where they are still climbing anyway. That was great to see Kure-sensei putting on a clinic explaining how things are different in the mountains than back at home. Next time, somebody who has some history with Machio has come to Japan.
                  MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                  Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                  Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                  The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                  • #10
                    Episode 9

                    Hasta la vista, competition.

                    Here comes Barnold Shortsinator, who is obviously a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it turns out that Machio studied in America with Barnold as a teacher, and the two just lost contact over rather silly reasons. Nevertheless, Barnold wants Machio to participate in his Barnold Classic, and he totally blows away the competition being the God of muscles that he is. But he can't make it to Vegas for the big one as his work schedule doesn't exactly allow him to unless he cuts ties with his clients. Machio sure does have quite an impressive figure so much that everybody knew they were defeated right away.
                    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                    Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                    Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                    • #11
                      Episode 10

                      Have yourself a Merry Macho Christmas.

                      Christmas is here, and Machio sure knows how to throw a Christmas party at the gym macho style, especially with that raffle there revealing raffle numbers by flexing his muscles. But for Hibiki, it means a time to chow down, which means getting fat. And for the girls, they don't have boyfriends. But with the grand prize to an amusement park, they see that as their ticket, but in the end Satomi wins it and can't make it as she claims she's too busy preparing for winter Comiket. And then they go off to what's obviously a parody of Disneyland in Destiny Land with Akemi going out with Machio. And they just had to get involved with cosplaying there as Machio becomes Hercules. Quite an amusing episode that was from the party to the amusement park date, and especially Satomi's involvement in all this.
                      MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                      Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                      Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                      • #12
                        Episode 11

                        New Year, same resolution.

                        It's the new year, and the girls go to a shrine with a ton of steps, and naturally it would be Machio's family shrine seeing that it makes for some great exercise. And then the girls try to work out at a park, but Japan has been taking equipment away from these places, and not to mention they attract attention from the neighbors. Then the girls go on a talent show where Satomi does the bridge and Ayaka sits on her, and that drew in the viewers to the point where Jason is asking the producer to go to Nikunoshima for a special event. Once again, it's pretty amusing to see these girls always finding an opportunity to exercise even at a time where that's the last thing on most people's minds. One more episode left as it's off to a tropical island for some muscle mayhem.
                        MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                        Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                        Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                        • #13
                          Episode 12 (Finale)

                          Don't lift barbells on an empty stomach.

                          So it ends with a vacation to a tropical island for spring break, and the girls are participating in a contest for ladies as they were quite disappointed to see that there are no macho dudes to see there. But to sweeten the deal, a muscle BD was offered as the grand prize, so naturally they would be all in. Gina was psyched out by another Russian girl, while Ayaka wore an inappropriate swimsuit getting herself DQ'd. So that left Akemi and Hibiki to decide the winner through a barbell lifting endurance contest, and it was no contest as Hibiki was starving. And in appropriate fashion, the ending was just crazy there with Barnold appearing out of the sea as his assistant was just drifting. In all, it was a fun show that makes great use of fanservice seeing that most of the time it's just an excuse for getting itself attention, but not here as the show's theme goes hand-in-hand with it.

                          Overall, this ends up being quite a fun show as it does a lot of things well. The characters are interesting, the show has some nice humor, the animation is nice, and above all it does all this while providing some nice lessons about muscles and exercising. In all, the show is ridiculous, but also realistic at the same time as that's what kept things on-course. That said, this show does have some flaws as the humor tends to get repetitive, all while some of the stuff just goes way too overboard for its own good. And the great imbalance in character focus was something that puts a damper on this show as well. But in all, it was fun and satisfying seeing that fanservicey shows tend to be garbage more often than not, which is not the case with this show.

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                          Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                          Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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