Created By: Discar on August 1, 2012 Last Edited By: Discar on September 20, 2012
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Sports Festival

A school festival, where all the clubs compete in various activities.

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A school festival, where all the clubs compete in various activities.

Not Japanese-exclusive, but far more common there than elsewhere. In the United States, they are referred to as Field Days, but for some reason they don't show up much in fiction.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

  • In To Aru Majutsu no Index, this gets a twist due to the espers. Powers are allowed in competitions, which means the lesser schools are inevitably completely shown up by the better ones, even with a handicap. Though Touma's class of Level Zeroes does surprisingly well, and not because of his Anti-Magic hand. It's because someone made their teacher cry.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya has this of course, with the SOS Brigade winning every single event--most of those victories secured by Haruhi herself. Well, except for the relay race, where Yuki forgot to limit herself to human speeds. It's only much later that everyone remembers that the SOS Brigade technically isn't a club, so they shouldn't have been allowed to compete.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club they decide to put on a sports festival. The typical 'bread eating race' is turned into a bread dining event, the bean bags are made by a famous designer, and the cavalry race is scrapped since they think that it would require actual horses.
  • In Azumanga Daioh Chiyo-chan and pals participate. Chiyo is adorably slow, and can't get any bean bags into the basket in the bean bag tossing event. Sakaki stands out in the relay, and in the scavenger hunt, Karin has to find an 'idiot' She takes Tomoyo.
  • In School Rumble, this is played in the same off-beat manner the show does everything. Ends with Eri spraining her ankle before she can compete in the relay, and then Harima promising to win the race for her. Then they dance together at the bonfire.

Film

  • In Revenge of the Nerds homecoming is celebrated with an Olympics-type series of events such as "riding a tricycle while consuming mass quantities of alchohol," the javilin, a burping contest, and a musical/sketch contest.

Video Games

  • When the school is turned into a dungeon in Fortune Summoners Arche asks if it's dungeon sports day.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • August 1, 2012
    animeg3282
    I see the 'sports fesival' as separate for the normal schoolfestival. They usually have the cavalry charge, the beanbag throwing thing and relays
  • August 1, 2012
    animeg3282
    In Ouran High School Host Club they decide to put on a sports festival. The typical 'bread eating race' is turned into a bread dining event, the bean bags are made by a famous designer, and the cavalry race is scrapped since they think that it would require actual horses.
  • August 1, 2012
    animeg3282
    Also in Azumanga Daioh Chiyo-chan and pals participate. Chiyo is adorably slow, and can't get any bean bags into the basket in the bean bag tossing event. Sakaki stands out in the relay, and in the scavenger hunt, Karin has to find an 'idiot' She takes Tomoyo.

    I think this should be defined in the stock events that go on- especially the calvary race and the bread eating race.
  • August 1, 2012
    MiinU
    ^ninja'd. deleted example.
  • August 2, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Revenge Of The Nerds Homecoming is celebrated with an Olympics-type series of events such as "riding a tricycle while consuming mass quantities of alchohol," the javilin, a burping contest, and a musical/sketch contest.
  • August 4, 2012
    Doxiedame
    Those are called Field Days here in the states. They are actually fairly common. Or at least were in the recent past.

    They're more commonly seen in elementary school, which schedule them at least once-per-year.
  • August 4, 2012
    animeg3282
    They are common IRL but I don't see them much in media.

    BTW in Gakuen Alice the typical sports festival is made more interesting by the ability to use one's special power 3 times.
  • August 4, 2012
    animeg3282
    In America, a strange and stereotypical event is the egg race.
  • August 24, 2012
    animeg3282
    When the school is turned into a dungeon in Fortune Summoners Arche asks if it's dungeon sports day.
  • August 24, 2012
    HonestGent
    I believe these are called "sports days" in the UK (in N. Ireland, at the very least) I'd heard of Field Days, but "sports festival" is a new one. I'd say American media would have less examples of it because athletics is already heavily ingrained into their schools with american football, basketball, ect.

    Also would be more likely to show up the younger the students are.
  • August 25, 2012
    animeg3282
    Sports Festival is what they call it In Japan. Do you remember any sports days showing up in media?
  • August 29, 2012
    HonestGent
    There may have been one of these featured in British Comedy Outnumbered. I think. It may have just been one of the many Noodle Incidents.
  • September 4, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Would a gynkhana count? If so, the twins Will and Rob Willis in the Aunt Dimity series compete on the junior gynkhana team for their local riding school.
  • September 6, 2012
    Discar
    ^ I'm honestly not sure on that one. I'd assume it could be one of the events, but it might not count depending on circumstances. Just like how a bonfire dance wouldn't count on its own.
  • September 6, 2012
    Discar
    GODSDAMNIT, WE ALREADY HAVE THIS ONE! I hate it when that happens.

    Well, other than making the School Festival description less Japanese-specific and merging the examples, I think we're good. I'm gonna make Sports Festival a redirect to School Festival; and arguments?
  • September 20, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    ^^ In re gynkhanas in Aunt Dimity I thought it might, because the events aren't established games on their own, but it might not, since it seems to be a series of contests between student teams from different schools. What say you?
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