[[caption-width-right:300:From left to right: Hajime, Satsuki, Keiichirou with Amanojaku, Momoko, Leo.]]

->'''Hajime:''' Drop the Krispy Kremes, Serpico! We need your help here!
->'''Satsuki:''' The-people-in-my-house-look-like-my-father-and-my-brother-after-an-Eyemasters-exam-but-it's-not-them!
->'''Hajime:''' Yeah-boogita-didggitda-googity-dig-dig-dig-tikikiti![[labelnote:Subtitled as...]]They're imposters! They wear glasses, but they don't have eyes![[/labelnote]]
-->--'''ADV Dub,''' "The Soul-Stealing Mirror!! Utsushimi"

''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkō no Kaidan'', lit. "School Ghost Stories"), also known as ''Ghosts at School'', is an anime series created in 2000 by Creator/StudioPierrot and Creator/{{Aniplex}} for Creator/FujiTelevision. The series was directed by Noriyuki Abe, who also directed ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', with music by [[Manga/InuYasha Kaoru Wada]]. It's based on a book series by Tōru Tsunemitsu.

The series tells the story of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother, Kayako. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime's with a penchant for the paranormal, visit the OldSchoolBuilding adjacent to the current school complex--and discover that the building is haunted.

The kids discover that Satsuki's mother was responsible for sealing away several ghosts who haunted both the school and the surrounding town, and [[SealedEvilInACan now the ghosts are being released by the urbanization taking place in the surrounding area]]. Kayako also left her descendants a tool for just such an occasion: a book that details how to exorcise the ghosts once and for all. In her first confrontation, Satsuki faces a demon called Amanojaku--and Amanojaku ends up sealed within Satsuki's pet cat, Kaya. Although Amanojaku does not want to help Satsuki at first, the danger posed by the freed spirits soon threatens to envelop the town. Satsuki, her friends, and Amanojaku eventually agree to work together and stop the threat before the ghosts do any real damage.

Despite being based on a popular series of books and having a high quality voice cast, ''Ghost Stories'' also featured a bland script and below-average production values; as a result, the series bombed, ending after only twenty episodes. Facing bankruptcy and desperate for money, the animation company sold the rights to Creator/ADVFilms for dubbing in 2005.

According to Creator/GregAyres, when the dubbing team asked about any restrictions, they were told to "do whatever it took to sell the show." The only caveat was that the basic story and names of major characters and ghosts had to remain intact, but everything else was fair game. To that end, director Steven Foster reworked the series into a pure GagDub by throwing out nearly all of the original script.

In Asia, a different English dub of the series titled ''Ghosts at School'' aired in 2006 on Creator/{{Animax}}. This dub stays true to the original Japanese version.

Creator/DiscotekMedia saved the license and re-released the series in 2014; it made sure to say upfront that the ADV dub would be included.[[note]]ADV's {{gag sub}}s, which contained additional jokes, and special features explaining the urban legends behind each episode were left out of the re-release.[[/note]] The series is also viewable in both subbed and gag dubbed forms over on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/ghost-stories Crunchyroll]], while Sony Crackle currently offers the gag dubbed version for free.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Do not confuse this with]] a certain Music/{{Coldplay}} album or the [[Film/{{Kwaidan}} 1964 horror film]].


!! ''Ghost Stories'' contains the following tropes:

* AbsenteeActor: Momoko is absent from episode 15 for no apparent reason.
* AdultsAreUseless: The only adult characters to help the protagonists are a night watchman, [[spoiler:who turns to be another ghost]], in episode 16 and a bumbling teacher in episode 18.
* AgentMulder: Leo often takes interest in investigating the ghosts, sometimes even being the one who heard about the rumors surrounding the ghost in the first place.
* AlienGeometries: The haunted apartment complex of episode 16 can change both its internal and external structure. This is taken UpToEleven when [[spoiler:the group thinks they are in a residential neighborhood, but are still inside the building.]]
* AnimationBump: The show has a lot of mediocre animation, but it does have its moments:
** When the nurse in episode 12 leaves. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by [[Creator/ADVFilms ADV's]] GagDub:
--->'''Amanojaku:''' Now that is some ''really'' nice animation.
** In episode 18, whenever Akane flails around, extra care is taken to make her movements fluid to {{invoke|dTrope}} UncannyValley.
* AndIMustScream: The [=DaVinci=] wannabe ghost who paints women, trapping them inside the paintings.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Whenever Leo shares an urban legend that ends up being the MonsterOfTheWeek, Satsuki and Hajime handwave them off, calling them "fairy tales". This is despite the stories being little different from the crap they dealt with already.
* AskAStupidQuestion: From episode 18:
-->'''Momoko:''' Devil cat, did you give us this musical instrument to help us?\\
'''Amanojaku:''' No, I just gave it to you because I love the xylophone.
* AxCrazy: The Headless Biker goes in a chaotic rampage during the anniversary of his death, cutting off everything that resembles a head.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: This is the main plot of episode 3, and it is also explored in episode 15.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: In episode 11, Merry Mary decides [[spoiler:not to kill Satsuki because the latter was nice enough to clean a smudge of dirt off of her face]]:
--> '''Merry Mary:''' Okay, the spit thing was pretty gross. But it's the thought that counts.
* BewareOfHitchHikingGhosts: Both variations show up, with a ghostly taxi driver in the first instance and a vengeful ghost attacking taxi drivers in the second.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Yuki.]]
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Shinobu, after she reveals to Satsuki her (more or less) true form.]]
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: In one episode, Amanojaku stops Satsuki from erasing her own existence under the impression that the ritual would free her from a curse. After hearing that someone put her up to it, Amanojaku suspects that whoever did "is either a ghost or a bitch". When the ghost, Yamime, shows her true form, Amanojaku finally figures it out: "She's a ghost ''and'' a bitch!"
* ButNotTooForeign: This is implied with Leo, given his name and his character design, which is a collage of [[PhenotypeStereotype "Gaijin" stereotypes]].
* ButtMonkey: Leo and Sakata the schoolteacher, in both versions.
* CameBackWrong: This is the whole premise of episode 9. A particular ritual can bring the dead back to life, but they will come back as [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil berserk monsters]]--and somebody just had to go and [[ShmuckBait try it anyway]].
-->'''Hajime:''' You stupid selfish slut! Does he look ''happy'' to be back? Huh?
* TheCanKickedHim: Akagami-Aogami's M.O. is to kill anyone who uses the toilets in the old schoolhouse.
* CatsAreMean: Especially when they are possessed by a cynical demon with a sadistic sense of humor, anyway.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Amanojaku is easily the most sarcastic character.
* CheekyMouth: Always averted with Amanojaku. At other times, it's either a brief AnimationBump or someone, usually either Hajime or Leo, has an especially exaggerated expression.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Momoko is this in every version. Some of the things she says could not have come from a sane person, as she sometimes seems too oblivious to realize what is going on. For example, in one episode, she states that the sole reason she has a cell phone is [[NoSenseOfDirection she gets lost easily]]:
-->'''Satsuki:''' Something about that boy from the other day is bugging me.\\
'''Hajime:''' You mean he was pale, almost transparent with red eyes?\\
'''Satsuki:''' [=*turning to Momoko*=] What do you think?\\
'''Momoko:''' [[BrickJoke What DOES "Bootylicious" mean?]][[note]] Referring back to a conversation with Satsuki earlier in the episode.[[/note]]
* ConspicuousCG: This is somewhat averted. The CG models use textures that complement the hand-drawn backgrounds, but the more elaborate CG effects are still obvious due to the technological limitations of its time.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Hajime subjects Satsuki to some skirt flipping in the early episodes; Amanojaku does it again with a gust of wind in the last episode as a way of saying goodbye.
* CreepyDoll: Merry Mary turned to 11.
* CuteGhostGirl: Hanako-san, she doesn't like to scare people, but she wants to be friends with the living.
* DealWithTheDevil: Episode 15 is entirely about this.
* DemBones: The ghost Da Vinci.
* DubNameChange: In the Spanish dub:
** Satsuki becomes Claire.
** Hajime becomes Ned.
** Momoko becomes Nicole.
** Leo becomes Paul.
** Keichirou becomes Ben.
** Kayako becomes Karen.
** Reichirou, Satsuki and Keichirou's father, becomes Richard.
* EldritchAbomination: Yamime sounds to be one.
* EmotionEater: Amanojaku in the first episode. He feeds on the kids' fear to become more powerful so he can attack them.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Episode 9 has this. The GagDub tacks on an {{Aesop}} about [[SpaceWhaleAesop paying child support on time]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Gakkō no Kaidan'' translates to "School Ghost Stories". The series is about a school haunted by ghosts. It is also a collection of traditional Japanese school ghost stories culled from both folklore and UrbanLegend. In the original ADV [=DVDs=], a special feature explains the traditional stories; the Discotek re-release lacks this feature.
* EyeScream: This almost happens with Satsuki when Mary and a squad of possessed toys decide to "play" with her.
* FateWorseThanDeath:
** [[spoiler:This is practically what happened to Shinobu. She was once a normal girl before she was turned into the avatar of a malevolent trickster deity.]]
** Da Vinci's victims are trapped in paintings.
* FieryRedhead: Satsuki.
* FourIsDeath: Some of the earlier episodes use this idea on curses. It's also uses as a solution to a problem in Episode 18.
* FriendlyGhost: Hanako-san, even though she is cute.
* GameFace: Played with some ghosts, particularly [[spoiler:Shinobu]] and [[spoiler:the girl who Leo meets in Episode 8.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Pretend for a moment that the GagDub was never made. What is a song called "Sexy Sexy" doing in a children's anime?
* HairRaisingHare: After Mio performs a ritual to bring Shirotabi back to life, it quickly transforms into a monster.
* HauntedHeadquarters: The whole series revolves around the haunted old schoolhouse, which the current schoolhouse that the children attend was built right next to.
* HeadlessHorseman: Episode 19 features a headless biker.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:In Episode 5, Dattou stops his evil self from cutting off Keichirou's legs when he realizes how Keichirou reminds him of himself when he was alive.]]
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:The watchman from episode 16 was [[DeadAllAlong already dead]], but his soul was still trapped in the building.]]
** This also happens with [[spoiler:Amanojaku]] in the last episode. [[spoiler:[[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better]], though.]]
* IllGirl: Momoko used to be ''very'' ill in the past. [[spoiler:In fact, she met Kayako right before the latter died because both of them were in the same hospital.]] Subverted later: She falls ''extremely'' sick at some point, but [[spoiler:this was because she was hit with a curse from an angry ghost girl, "courtesy" of Leo. He begs the ghost for forgiveness to keep her from killing Momoko.]]
* ImplacableMan: Some of the ghosts qualify as this. Special mention to Babasare and Merry Mary the Doll, who only stopped chasing the protagonists due to sheer luck.
* IntercourseWithYou: The ending theme. Believe it or not, this was ''not'' one of the changes made by ADV's GagDub:
-->[[EarWorm "Yurashite, yurashite, yurashite, yurashite! SEXY SEXY"]] [[note]]Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it! SEXY SEXY[[/note]]
* InvisibleToAdults: Babasare.
* KillerRabbit: Any creature resurrected by the ritual that raised Shirotabi from the dead [[CameBackWrong comes back as a berserk monster]], but this time it was a fluffy little rabbit. He does gradually turn into [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the most badass looking killer demon rabbit you would ever see]], though.
* LimitedWardrobe: This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the GagDub when Leo tries to make Hajime wear a scarf as a way of preventing decapitation. Hajime refuses, then points out how Leo has comfortably worn the same shirt since the series started.
* MamaBear: Kayako is this from beyond the grave.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Shinobu]] and [[spoiler:Yuki]].
* TheMillstone: Leo is occasionally the reason why the gang keeps being chased or cursed by the ghosts. A good example happens in episode 14: [[spoiler:He almost kills Momoko because he thought it would be a ''fantastic'' idea to snap photos where a ghost had died, and said ghost cursed Momoko.]]
* MindControl: One of Ohma's abilities. He tries to kill Satsuki and Keichirou by making Satsuki's classmates attack them with knives.
* MindScrew: The Headless Biker freaks out one of his would-be victims so badly that the poor bastard stabs his own neck so the Headless Biker ''wouldn't try to cut his head off again''.
* ModestyShorts: Satsuki wears them one episode after she gets tired of skirt flipping by Hajime.
* MoodWhiplash: The openings of several episodes cut from a screaming victim to the jaunty opening theme song.
* MurderousMannequin: Episode 16 features an army of quite creepy mannequins.
* NobleDemon: Amanojaku is a total JerkAss in the beginning, but starts helping Satsuki more and more as the series progresses, even though he still acts like he wants to see her in despair. In one episode, he says that he dislikes humans, but he hates ghosts [[ForTheEvulz who harm people on purpose]] even more.
* OffModel: This is done deliberately with the mirror people in episode 7 to make them look creepier.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Shirotabi's curse resembles a classic werewolf curse--she only turns into her demonic form at night, and the form itself somewhat looks a werewolf.
* PantyShot: Multiple ones that are played for ComedicUnderwearExposure rather than {{Fanservice}}. It becomes a running gag until it gets subverted when Satsuki wears [[ModestyShorts gym shorts]] in the "Bloody Sports Festival" episode.
* PottyEmergency: The whole school goes through it on episode 2--partly due to the sewage system breaking down, partly due to being afraid of Hanako-san in the toilet. But Sakata casually strolls out of class and walks to the old school's toilets. [[spoiler:He ends up forced into the toilet by the episode's ghost]]:
* PottyFailure: Keiichirou suffers one in episode 2 due to the fear of going to the old school to pee.
* ProductPlacement: The UsefulNotes/PlayStation gets one in episode 7. A close-up of a controller, shown while Leo's mom is using it, show the names "SONY" and "PLAYSTATION", the Start and Select buttons, and the symbols on the buttons.
* PutOnABus: This happens with the friendlier and more harmless ghosts of the old school building.
* ReplicantSnatching: Episode 7 was about a group of evil spirits residing in a dimension beyond the mirror; their goal was to abduct everyone in town, imprison them in the mirror dimension, and impersonate the originals.
* RightOnTheTick: In episode 5, the ghost being dealt with is said to always kill a runner at the sports festival at 4:44--because, as mentioned above, FourIsDeath.
* RuleOfScary: The premise of the series is to tell about scary ghosts, and not even the GagDub could change that many of them conceptually are.
* RunningGag:
** Satsuki's accidental {{Panty Shot}}s.
** The dub makes a few of these by way of commenting on the [[BreakingTheFourthWall quality of the script]] [[MediumAwareness and animation]], often invoking [[GratuitousJapanese random Japanese words]] and anime trends.
* SealedEvilInACan: All the ghosts who had been sealed away by Kayako are freed after construction destroys the places where they had been imprisoned.
* SealedEvilInATeddyBear: In the first episode, the demon Amanojaku gets sealed inside the Satsuki and Keiichiro's pet cat, where he spends the remainder of the series.
* {{Shinigami}}: Death Nurse from episode 12 is implied to be one.
* ShirtlessScene: One of Hajime appears during the opening--[[BigLippedAlligatorMoment for no apparent reason]].
* ShoutOut: In episode 6, Keiichiro is shown playing ''VideoGame/DarkCloud''.
* SkirtsAndLadders: Momoko did not stop to think of this before asking Hajime and Leo to boost her into a high window. From their expressions, neither did the boys.
* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:Shinobu Matsuda/Yamime.]]
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Amanojaku.
* SoulJar: Momoko is this for Kayako's spirit.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Episodes 14 and 18 feature one.
* TheTaxi: Episode 10.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Amanojaku helps the kids with the MonsterOfTheWeek, but only because it furthers his own goal of trying to escape from the cat he's trapped inside.
* TragicVillain: The Railway Ghost and [[spoiler:Yuki]].
* TricksterMentor: Amanojaku actually doesn't like it when the kids learn a lesson from him. He usually isn't trying to teach them anything.
* UncannyValley: This is purposely {{invoked|Trope}} with {{Animation Bump}}s that make unnatural movements look very fluid. The best example is Akane from episode 18.
* UrbanLegend: This is the underlying source of the ghost stories used in the series.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Satsuki is this to the point that Hajime even lampshades this in episode 11 by pointing out that if Satsuki attracts anything, it is definitely not human.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Satsuki and Keiichirou's grandparents appear in one very brief scene in episode 1. They are never seen or mentioned ever again, despite [[http://i30.tinypic.com/23uskye.jpg appearing in the show's intro]] alongside the main characters and several other supporting characters.


!! ADV's GagDub exclusively includes the following tropes:

* ActorAllusion:
** In the dub, Satsuki answers a call with "[[Anime/SuperMilkChan Milk Chan]] here", even doing the same voice.
** Satsuki comments that Leo's developed a bigger ego than Creator/ChrisPatton, while Momoko mentions Creator/GregAyres.
** The entire cast refers to Satsuki's father as "[[Creator/IllichGuardiola Illich]]" in one episode.
** In another episode, a ghost is voiced by Creator/VicMignogna, who is credited as "Obi Frostips". A few episodes later, Hajime mentions a "frosted Vic Mignogna lookalike" who is "[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Full Metal Disgusting]]".
* ACupAngst:
** Satsuki has this despite being ten years old. The dub mentions it a few times throughout the series, but it is most notable in Episode 3.
** In Episode 14, Momoko, who does ''not'' suffer from this, writes off chest pains caused by a curse as just needing a bigger bra. She starts to ask Satsuki if she has one before answering her own question ([[StealthInsult "Oh, what am I saying?"]]).
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Leo when he gets the lead role in the school play becomes an egomaniac and expects to win a Tony.
* AmbiguousDisorder: The dub portrays Keichiro as mentally stunted.
* BilingualBonus: The Hispanic nurse in Episode 12 calls Momoko and Satsuki "cabronas" ("bitches").
* BreakingTheFourthWall: This happens a lot. The following instance from Episode 5 takes this and blends it together with MediumAwareness:
-->'''Leo:''' I mean, have you heard about the sports festival?\\
'''Hajime:''' Yes, the sports festival... That's what this whole episode is ''about''.\\
'''Leo:''' Okay, let's stop breaking the ''third'' wall, they're thinking about cancelling the sports festival!
* BreastExpansion: In Episode 3, Satsuki tries to get a wish-granting ghost to give her huge breasts, but does it wrong so she's "still in a training bra".
* CastingCouch: This is specifically mentioned. According to Leo, this is how Keita beat him out for the lead part in the elementary school play.
* ClusterFBomb: A bleeped-out example shows up in Episode 15 during a summoning spell:
-->'''Shinobu:''' "F[bleep] me, Satan! F[bleep] me, Satan!! F[bleep] ME SATAN!!!"
* ContinuityNod: There're a few in the dub at least:
** In Episode 2, Momoko mentions that she cast out Hanako in the [[BreakingTheFourthWall last episode]].
** In Episode 4, Leo gloats that the Piano ghost chose to impersonate him on the phone, because he's the best actor in the group, calling back to his suddenly inflated ego in the previous episode when he got to play the lead in the school play.
** In Episode 15, the girls discuss a cheerleader who had an abortion. This references a throwaway gag in Episode 4 where Leo mentions that the school was at the time preoccupied with two stories: one is the piano ghost, the other is a cheerleader pregnant with twins.
* DonutMessWithACop: This is referenced by Hajime:
-->"Drop the Krispy Kremes, Film/{{Serpico}}!"
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two episodes of the ADV dub, save for a couple of gags, are a slightly straight dub with added humor. Episodes 3 and beyond introduce the black comedy and improv the dub would be known for.
* EqualOpportunityOffender: The dub was said to "make everybody angry".
* {{Expy}}: The dub all but turned Amanojaku into one for [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Salem]].
* TheFundamentalist: Momoko was turned into this.
* GagDub: To the point that many are surprised that is ''not'' an [[TheAbridgedSeries abridged series]]. It was improvised to fit the lip flaps. When the voice actors were called in to record scenes, whoever got there first would set the tone and subject for the scene, which meant the other cast members had to follow in those footsteps. This unique approach produced random characterizations, fourth wall breaking jokes, tons of {{take that}}s, and as much silliness as the cast could manage, similar to what had happened with ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' and the Latin American dub of ''Anime/DottoKoniChan''.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Kayako is portrayed as being gay[=/=]bisexual in the GagDub. This is made even weirder in episode 13 when, after Satsuki goes back in time and meets her, she writes in her ghost diary that [[ParentalIncest she found her attractive]], which [[{{Squick}} really creeps Satsuki out]].
* GratuitousJapanese: This is invoked mostly in the later episodes of the dub. ''"NANIIIIII?"''
* HongKongDub: {{Inverted|Trope}}. If you forget about mouth shape, ADV's dub matches the characters' lip flaps perfectly. The original Japanese version, on the other hand, often had lips moving long after a character finished speaking.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming
-->"Shut up, cat! And, listen, you don't know Leo well enough to be mean to him, just us!"
* HypocriticalHumour: The dub has tons of it throughout the series. For example, Episode 4. Also, the overly religious Momoko noting that there are some crazy religious people out there when she's one herself. Leo hates it when people lie in their online profiles, which he does as well.
* InterspeciesRomance: There is one in Episode 9 between the ghost of a rabbit and one of the students. She breaks up with the rabbit not because he is a rabbit, but because [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt he is black]].
* LipLock: This one is deliberately invoked in Episode 5:
-->'''Leo:''' ''[-{running at the camera in a panic}-]'' Oh-my-god-oh-my-god-what-the-hell-is-happening-here-these-are-the-fastest-lip-flaps-I've-ever-had-to-sync!!!
* LostInTranslation: Inverted when it explained the xylophone; [[spoiler:its keys play the musical notes often used to end broadcasts in Japan]].
-->'''Leo''': The script so far isn't making sense to anyone working on this show so here's what we got... I think.
* LullDestruction: This is often used to turn boring moments into successful humor. A good example is in Episode 15, where Yamime says "Wheeee!" while floating up the stairs, then casually hums a tune while removing the barricade from the bedroom door.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: This is fairly obvious in the original show, but the dub ''name-checks this trope verbatim''.
* MyEyesAreUpHere: Ouma, to Satsuki.
* NotSoInnocentWhistle: This is inserted in the dub during [[spoiler:Shizuko's flashback to Momoko. The taxi driver does it after hitting her with the cab.]]
* OffModel: The dub pokes fun at this whenever it is ''unintentional'':
--->'''Satsuki:''' ''"Oh wow convulsion that was weird. Okay…"''\\
'''Satsuki:''' ''"What's going on? What happened to my leg?"''\\
'''Kayako:''''' "And your father thinks it's always cute to cross his eyes in pictures—SEE!? Se-look, he did it there!"''\\
'''Satsuki:''' ''"Oh, damn anime! Look what's happened to my eyes!"''\\
'''Amanojaku:''' ''"God, you are four of the ugliest fucking kids I have ever had the misfortune of laying my eyes on, I can't wait for this bitch to kill you."''
* ParentalIncest: Episode 13.
-->'''Satsuki:''' She thought I was attractive. That is so...grossing me out.
* PrecisionFStrike: There were plenty of F-bombs before Episode 16, but they were bleeped out (including the ClusterFBomb mentioned above). Strangely, an utterance of "shit" was bleeped out literally two minutes before Satsuki's F-bomb wasn't.
* PsychoLesbian: Akane.
* SelfDeprecation:
** Satsuki and Momoko diss Creator/GregAyres and Creator/ChrisPatton, the voice actors for Leo and Hajime, in episode 3.
** In episode 12, Keiichirou complains that Satsuki "snores like Rob Mungle", who did the voice of Amanojaku.
* ShesAManInJapan: This is PlayedForLaughs. Momoko's hairstylist cousin Maki was a woman in the original version of Episode 19, but was changed to a CampGay man for the dub.
* SiblingMurder: [[ImpliedTrope Implied]]. It seems that Satsuki and Keiichirou used to have a sister named Karen.
* SitcomArchNemesis: [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Hadley]], to Sakata.
* SoundEffectBleep: In place until episode 16.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Reo was changed to Leo. It's possible that his name was actually supposed to be Leo, considering that it's written in katakana.
* Squick: In Episode 12, Momoko reveals she found the Lord in rehab for drugs and sex addiction. This was a few months before Satsuki's mother died, which meant Momoko was 7 at best during all this.
* SuddenlyShouting: "Oh, Satsuki, let's sing! Jesus loves me--COME ON, YOU KNOW THE WORDS!"
* TakeThat: If we tried to list them all, we would need a whole new page. This dub pulled no punches.
-->They've been left behind, forgotten--like a Black family in [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush]] America!
* TokenReligiousTeammate: Momoko becomes a born-again Christian in the dub, spouting references to God and Jesus in every other sentence.
* TooDumbToLive: This is lampshaded several times, but most explicitly in episode 7.
-->Oh for god's sakes, you kids are so stupid...you both deserve to die.
** And again later on:
--->'''Satsuki:''' ''Why'' did we run into the old schoolhouse again?\\
'''Leo:''' Because we're young and terminally stupid.
* TradeSnark: ADV's DVD release has a dubtitle track that does this with Keiichiro's random noises, usually rendered as "[Keiichiro Sob™]".
* TheUnintelligible: Keiichiro is capable of talking normally, but when he gets emotional, he reverts to unintelligible babbling.
-->'''Keichiro''': AH...ABADABADA-\\
'''Amanojaku''': Please! SPEAK!
** ADV's DVD release invokes this with the "Dubtitles" subtitles track, where Keiichiro's dialogue is often listed as either [[[FunWithSubtitles Gibberish]]] or [[[InelegantBlubbering Keichiro Sob]]] (and after about episode 4, [Keichiro Sob [[TradeSnark ™]]]).
* VerbalTic: Leo, ''yeah''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: This is lampshaded in Episode 13.
-->'''Da Vinci:''' Hmm, let's see...purple, for your hair. [-''*heh*''-] Can't tell ''this'' is a goddamn anime.