History YMMV / MedakaBox

23rd Jan '16 10:18:19 PM VeryMelon
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* MagnificentBastard: Kumagawa
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* MagnificentBastard: MagnificentBastard: ** Kumagawa
23rd Jan '16 10:17:54 PM VeryMelon
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** She decides to stop this attitude in exchange for helping her brother save Koga's life.
23rd Jan '16 10:17:38 PM VeryMelon
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Zenkichi. A person only motivated by a SubordinateExcuse and following Medaka's justice, or a truly heroic character who simply gets stressed with the burden of helping people? Or both? ** In canon, he seems to think it's the first. Though he was going through a bout of self-deprecation at the time. * ArcFatigue: The fighting-manga arc has been going on pretty much nonstop since the series came close to being canceled (see GenreShift below). They stopped for a single chapter, if only for exposition to introduce the new set of villains, then jumped right back in.
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Zenkichi. A person only motivated by a SubordinateExcuse and following Medaka's justice, or a truly heroic character who simply gets stressed with the burden of helping people? Or both? ** both? In canon, he seems to think it's the first. Though he was going through a bout of self-deprecation at the time. * ArcFatigue: ArcFatigue: ** The fighting-manga arc has been going on pretty much nonstop since the series came close to being canceled (see GenreShift below).canceled. They stopped for a single chapter, if only for exposition to introduce the new set of villains, then jumped right back in.

* AssPull: ''Lots''. Especially with combat -- [[TropesAreNotBad not that it was handled badly.]] That is, until [[spoiler: Naze Youka being Medaka's never-mentioned-before older sister Kujira.]] There are hints (her eyes being the same as [[spoiler:Medaka's and Maguro's ]] being the main one) but only subtle ones, and it still feels like a huge stretch.
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* AssPull: AssPull: ** ''Lots''. Especially with combat -- [[TropesAreNotBad not that it was handled badly.]] That is, until [[spoiler: Naze Youka being Medaka's never-mentioned-before older sister Kujira.]] There are hints (her eyes being the same as [[spoiler:Medaka's and Maguro's ]] being the main one) but only subtle ones, and it still feels like a huge stretch.

* EnsembleDarkhorse: Aka Aoki. She's been in three chapters, has barely moved from one spot, and didn't even fight. There is already a whole bunch of fanart of her on pixiv. Probably because she's a [[HelloNurse nurse]] though... ** Kumagawa himself. He starts out as the third BigBad, and pretty much Medaka's Arch Enemy and complete opposite. His dissonant serenity and overall humor arguably make his character more interesting than Medaka's. And having a [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn status change]]]] doesn't deter his status in the slightest. *** In the second ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' popularity poll contest, Kumagawa won with almost four thousand votes. The second place holder (Medaka) did not even reach one thousand votes. And for a while he was either played as TheDreaded or the BigBad. *** His popularity became much higher than even the ''main character'', he's got his own one shot story, and became somewhat of a flagship character for the series. Just compare the amount of fanarts he gets to the rest of the crew on pixiv! Maybe even some people who aren't into ''Medaka Box'' know him by now. Much of his success must be related to his CoolLoser and LovableSexManiac traits, also. *** Gets a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hung on it]] in chapter 128.
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkhorse: ** Aka Aoki. She's been in three chapters, has barely moved from one spot, and didn't even fight. There is already a whole bunch of fanart of her on pixiv. Probably because she's a [[HelloNurse nurse]] though... ** Kumagawa himself. He starts out as the third BigBad, and pretty much Medaka's Arch Enemy and complete opposite. His dissonant serenity and overall humor arguably make his character more interesting than Medaka's. And having a [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn status change]]]] doesn't deter his status in the slightest. *** slightest. In the second ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' popularity poll contest, Kumagawa won with almost four thousand votes. The second place holder (Medaka) did not even reach one thousand votes. And for a while he was either played as TheDreaded or the BigBad. *** BigBad. His popularity became much higher than even the ''main character'', he's got his own one shot story, and became somewhat of a flagship character for the series. Just compare the amount of fanarts he gets to the rest of the crew on pixiv! Maybe even some people who aren't into ''Medaka Box'' know him by now. Much of his success must be related to his CoolLoser and LovableSexManiac traits, also. \n*** Gets a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hung on it]] in chapter 128.

** Nekomi is also popular for her CombatPragmatist ideology while being perky at the same time. *** Nekomi is this in-universe as well. As a Special she ranks relatively low on the power scale but is very popular with the student body for her David versus Goliath victories using CombatPragmatism.
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** Nekomi is also popular for her CombatPragmatist ideology while being perky at the same time. *** time. Nekomi is this in-universe as well. As a Special she ranks relatively low on the power scale but is very popular with the student body for her David versus Goliath victories using CombatPragmatism.

* GrowingTheBeard: The Unzen fight, where it dropped the SliceOfLife element completely for {{Shonen}} style storytelling packed with CrazyAwesome powers and many SerialEscalation upon Escalation that build up on each other.
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* GrowingTheBeard: GrowingTheBeard: ** The Unzen fight, where it dropped the SliceOfLife element completely for {{Shonen}} style storytelling packed with CrazyAwesome powers and many SerialEscalation upon Escalation that build up on each other.

* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Hitoyoshi, arguably. He has Medaka, Shiranui, Kikaijima, Mukae, Ajimu, Naze, Akune, Kumagawa, Maguro, Munakata, and now Tsugiha.
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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: LauncherOfAThousandShips: ** Hitoyoshi, arguably. He has Medaka, Shiranui, Kikaijima, Mukae, Ajimu, Naze, Akune, Kumagawa, Maguro, Munakata, and now Tsugiha.

* {{Moe}}: Several female characters fit, but with different archetypes.
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* {{Moe}}: {{Moe}}: ** Several female characters fit, but with different archetypes.

* NightmareFuel: Kumagawa, in-universe and out. In chapter 64 he manages to make the act of eating taiyaki creepy. That's how scary he is.
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* NightmareFuel: NightmareFuel: ** Kumagawa, in-universe and out. In chapter 64 he manages to make the act of eating taiyaki creepy. That's how scary he is.

** Medaka can be quite... [[LossOfIdentity enthusiastic]] when improving people. ** Especially after the Successor arc, she shows no hesitation in wanting to fight Zenkichi without any remorse beforehand. It clearly shows just how [[DissonantSerenity unnerving her behavior is]].
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** Medaka can be quite... [[LossOfIdentity enthusiastic]] when improving people. ** people. Especially after the Successor arc, she shows no hesitation in wanting to fight Zenkichi without any remorse beforehand. It clearly shows just how [[DissonantSerenity unnerving her behavior is]].is]]. * RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Akune redeems himself in later chapters as it's revealed it's actually a reformed thug who sees nothing wrong with fighting as dirty as hell (in stark contrast to Zenkichi and Medaka). It doesn't hurt that the romance themes of the series were outright dropped as the series turned into a combat-centric series.

* TheScrappy: The majority of the fanbase hates Akune for being a direct rival to Zenkichi for being an all around [[SmugSnake perfect]] Bishounen. ** RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: However, he redeems himself in later chapters as it's revealed it's actually a reformed thug who sees nothing wrong with fighting as dirty as hell (in stark contrast to Zenkichi and Medaka). It doesn't hurt that the romance themes of the series were outright dropped as the series turned into a combat-centric series. *** Medaka became more controversial when she TookALevelInJerkass toward Zenkicki during the Successor Arc. [[spoiler:Losing her position to Zenkicki and becoming a "regular" student]] brought her down a peg and made her more likable and entertaining.
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* TheScrappy: TheScrappy: ** The majority of the fanbase hates Akune for being a direct rival to Zenkichi for being an all around [[SmugSnake perfect]] Bishounen. ** RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: However, he redeems himself in later chapters as it's revealed it's actually a reformed thug who sees nothing wrong with fighting as dirty as hell (in stark contrast to Zenkichi and Medaka). It doesn't hurt that the romance themes of the series were outright dropped as the series turned into a combat-centric series. *** Medaka became more controversial when she TookALevelInJerkass toward Zenkicki during the Successor Arc. [[spoiler:Losing her position to Zenkicki and becoming a "regular" student]] brought her down a peg and made her more likable and entertaining.

* TrueArtIsAngsty: Naze Youka, who [[spoiler: gave up a life of luxury as one of the Kurokami children]] due to the theory that true genius can only come from living through hell.
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* TrueArtIsAngsty: Naze Youka, who [[spoiler: gave up a life of luxury as one of the Kurokami children]] due to the theory that true genius can only come from living through hell. She decides to stop this attitude in exchange for helping her brother save Koga's life.

** [[FridgeBrilliance So she actually *didn't* like reading disturbing manga about murderous bunnies?]]

* UncannyValley: Misogi crawled straight out of the valley the moment he was first mentioned.
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* UncannyValley: UncannyValley: ** Misogi crawled straight out of the valley the moment he was first mentioned.
23rd Jan '16 10:08:58 PM VeryMelon
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Dewicking sue tropes because they are Flame Bait. Also Affectionate Parody is not YMMV.
* AffectionateParody: Of the shounen genre, to the point of being generally dividing in the world of manga as either very good (those who see it as a parody), or very bad (those who take it seriously). ** This extends to Medaka herself, who is referred to as MarySue Ultimus on /a/. She's either a Mary Sue parody, or just a Mary Sue, depending on who you talk to.

* AntiSue: Class -13 and the rest of the -Abnormals; Combining BlessedWithSuck with WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.

* BlackHoleSue: Medaka literally contains [[spoiler:a wad of blackness]] so deep it melts Oudo's arm when he tries to take some of her abnormality and so dangerous that he immediately apologizes to her. ** Medaka seems to be a deliberate example due to her status as the main character; nearly all plots and characters draw at least some of their motivation from her, whether it be defeating her, admiring her, fearing her, hating her, etc.

** The unveiling of the Flask Plan to artificially create {{Mary Sue}}s, the discovery of a ''15-story government weapons research lab under their school'' and the start of essentially [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil a year long fight scene against progressively more eccentric and over the top characters.]] ** The arrival of the "-Abnormals" and "Class -13" -- Abnormals that aren't MarySue parodies - but rather, ''AntiSue'' parodies. At this point, all attempts at a realistic tone were completely dropped, in lieu of people who can instantly heal any wound, disintegrate entire buildings, are so awesome the brain literally [[{{Invisibility}} cannot]] [[UnPerson bear]] [[RetGone to remember them]]. * GodModeSue: Medaka. Interestingly enough, the story starts deconstructing the concept of a MarySue as it goes on. It turns out she's very good at mimicking other people's abnormalities, minus the downsides. The series was largely using the entire concept for laughs even before the shift, as Medaka was often shown to be utterly clueless and ridiculously naive for all her intelligence and physical prowess, with her boundless sincerity actually more effective than her other abilities. ** Sort of inverted in that the entirety of the -13 class has similar, extremely bad "-Abnormalities", such as the ability to rot anything and everything they touch -- including buildings. A character even specifically states [[ContrivedCoincidence the -13 class is basically Medaka's perfect enemy]], since she can't even approach some of them without absorbing mental illness or BlessedWithSuck, which she would then take UpToEleven. ** Taken UpToEleven with Ajimu Najimi, who has several quadrillion superpowers. It's as absurd as it sounds, intentionally so. ** Then there's Iihiko, who is so powerful he can curbstomp any and all of the above.
31st Oct '15 5:09:44 PM KOman
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** The Successor arc, while providing nice deconstructions to shounen manga, still wasn't as eventful as the other arcs despite its length. Medaka's [[TookALevelInJerkass characterization]] didn't help its reception.
16th Oct '15 11:50:54 PM KOman
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*** Medaka became more controversial when she TookALevelInJerkass toward Zenkicki during the Successor Arc. [[spoiler:Losing her position to Zenkicki and becoming a "regular" student]] brought her down a peg and made her more likable and entertaining.
13th Sep '15 10:59:02 PM KOman
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* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Becomes a plot point with Yabaru in episode 7, who wants to capture the beauty of a goddess, but turns down various girls, and even the guys, until Shiranui shows up. The fact that he chose her to represent what he wanted doesn't sit well with the girls.
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* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Becomes a plot point with Yabaru in episode 7, who wants to capture the beauty of a goddess, but turns down various girls, and even the guys, until Shiranui shows up. The fact that he chose her to represent what he wanted (potential for growth, as opposed to fully grown figures) doesn't sit well with the girls.
2nd Sep '15 12:38:16 PM Anicomicgeek
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That is trivia.
* IKnewIt: That Misogi would [[spoiler:join the student council as Vice-President.]]
17th Aug '15 1:41:00 PM Deadbeatloser22
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* MemeticSexGoddess: It's not far off to say that Medaka would dom ''everyone''.
6th Aug '15 10:57:12 PM Longshotz5798
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* AffectionateParody: Of the shounen genre, to the point of being generally dividing in the world of manga as either very good (those who see it as a parody), or very bad (those who take it seriously). ** This extends to Medaka herself, who is referred to as MarySue Ultimus on /a/. She's either a Mary Sue parody, or just a Mary Sue, depending on who you talk to.
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