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->''...completely derivative yet oddly enjoyable [series], which is best known in yuri circles for stealing characters, symbols and whole scenes from well-known yuri anime and manga series, putting them all into a blender and emerging with the anime version of a Long Island Iced Tea.''
-->-- '''[[http://www.afterellen.com/Print/2007/7/ericafriedmanguidetoyuri Erica Friedman's Guide to Yuri]]'''

Nagisa Aoi is a NewTransferStudent at St. Miator high, one of three ElaborateUniversityHigh all-girls schools on Astraea Hill. The three schools share a common set of "strawberry-shaped dorms" as well as a reputation for "[[SchoolgirlLesbians interschool romances]]". On her first day, Nagisa stumbles into [[OneeSama a mysterious figure known as the "Etoile"]] and finds herself uncontrollably drawn to her. Her new roommate, in turn, [[FanOfUnderdog promptly develops a crush]] on Nagisa.

''Strawberry Panic!'' finds its origin a series of illustrated short stories by Sakurako Kimino and like most [[LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru series with its setting]], it deliberately evokes a shoujo-like artstyle and pacing, (though being released near the ''[[LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru MariMite]]'' anime certainly invites a specific comparison).

A major departure is the series knowing its {{seinen}} [[MoeMoe cute-loving]] (although both novel and manga ran in {{Shonen}} magazines) fanbase and treating its melodrama, clichés, characterization, and [[SchoolgirlLesbians male-free]] {{Love Dodecahedron}}s with absolute straightforwardness to the point of a {{stealth parody}}. This fact can sometimes turn people off, but after realizing that the series is fundamentally poking fun at the genre (while still delivering an enjoyably sappy love story in its own right) it can be quite enjoyable.

One thing to keep in mind when watching SP! is that the series developed from a rather unusual process, and all of the matchups are based on reader polls done in the magazine in which the manga was originally published. This makes some of the more ridiculous pairings more understandable, since the writers had to try and find a way to make the pairings that the readers wanted. Considering what they had to work with, the series is truly a tribute to its fans, but its level of {{fanservice}} is quite a few shades lighter than most similar series.

The anime in particular has proven to be a very LoveItOrHateIt series, with many detesting it for its stereotype characters, simple plot and ridiculous scenarios, while many love it for its genuine "Pure Love Story" style (in an academic sense, a sort of Neo-Dolce Stil Novo), great amount of character development, and moments of true drama.

Not to be confused with ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' For Sakurako Kimino's other work, see ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess''.
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!!''Strawberry Panic!'' provides examples of:

* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil
* AlmostKiss: Shizuma gets a kiss interrupted almost every other episode near the beginning of the series.
* ArrangedMarriage: Miyuki
* AttemptedRape: Hikari by Kaname, twice. Yaya even does it once too. Oh, poor Hikari always being taken advantage of by everyone.
** In the light novel, Yaya gets a lot further with Hikari, who somehow managed not to understand what was going on even while naked and being fondled, and holds no grudge against Yaya for it. Yaya chooses to stop herself before going any further.
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: The death of Shizuma's lover, Kaori, is why she is constantly changing girlfriends and is unable to make deep connections. She was once lively and energetic, but after Kaori died due to her illness, she went into a state of depression.]]
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: We do not remember a Chiyo×Nagisa×Tamao threesome, like in the begining of the second opening.
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians: Averted oh-so-hard. Numerous female/female pairings show open affection for each other, kiss, and have (off-screen) sex.
* BeachEpisode: Though interestingly, ''not'' a filler episode, as they usually are; instead, a pretty important moment in the series' story arc, where Nagisa first starts to realize what the pounding in her heart around Shizuma might mean.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Much of the interaction between Tsubomi and Yaya hints at this.
* {{Bifauxnen}}
** Amane and Kaname (good and "evil" versions, respectively).
** The light novel and manga also gives us Kusanagi Makoto (who also happens to attend Spica).
* BifauxnenAndLadette: Amane and Kaname again.
* BishoujoSeries: An ImprobablyFemaleCast of all types; plus it's the trope's poster child too.
* BowtiesAreCool: Kagome's teddy bear, Percival, has one.
* BrokenBird: Shizuma
* CanNotSpitItOut
* CastFullOfGay: ''Yes.''
* ChekhovsGun: Tamao reading a book with 'Prosper Mérimée' on the cover, who wrote the Carmen novella that ended up being the play selected in episode fifteen.
* ChickMagnet: Nagisa, Hikari, and Kizuna in the visual novel; each one has nine potential girls they can end up with: Chiyo, Tsubomi, Kagome, Tamao, Yaya, Remon, Shizuma, Amane, and Chikaru.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: This trope is powerful enough to make Yaya/Tsubomi one of the most popular StoPani 'ships, despite the near-lack of evidence for it.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Kagome is not involved in any of the intrigue going on, instead preferring to stare at nearby butterflies, pick flowers, or take sudden naps with her teddy bear, Percival.
* TheChosenOne: Amane, at least according to Kaname.
* CoolBigSis: Chikaru seems to be as much therapist to the younger girls (especially Nagisa and Hikari) as any of her (many) other duties.
* CosplayOtakuGirl: Chikaru runs the costume club and enjoys putting her "favourite" girls in alluring, lolita-style costumes.
* DependingOnTheWriter: One of the most prominent examples is Kaname; her light novel and manga incarnation is a completely different character than her anime version. She does not attempt to rape Hikari and makes it very clear that Amane is the one she is in love with; she's still a LargeHam but more in a theatrical sense. She also ''looks'' completely different -- her anime incarnation is an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette, while her light novel and manga incarnation is a DarkSkinnedBlond.
* {{Dojikko}}: Chiyo.
* DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: Three different ones on the same campus. Its the trope picture as well.
* EvilCounterpart: Momomi and Kaname, to Hikari and Amane respectively. Kinda enhanced by the fact that [[spoiler: both couples "break up" during more or less the same amount of time, at the same time, get back together in the same episode, and both couples end up together too.]]
* {{Expy}}: Miyuki Rokujo, in both appearance and personality, is remarkably similar to ''[[LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru Marimite]]'''s Yoko Mizuno.
* {{Fanservice}}
* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: [[spoiler: Shizuma, after the death of Kaori.]]
* [[spoiler: FirstGirlWins]]
* ForeignLanguageTitle
* {{Gayngst}}: Ultimately averted! Not one, but ''several'' happy endings in a [[YuriGenre yuri]] series? Someone must not have gotten the memo.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Kagome and her teddy bear Percival.
* TheGraduateHomageShot: The ending of the anime, despite not actually involving a wedding.
* GratuitousEnglish: Kaname's speech to Amane after their tennis match.
* GratuitousFrench
* HairDecorations: Nearly everyone has ribbons, bows and hair baubles.
* HaremSeeker: Chikaru mentions in the light novel that she wanted to make the girls of Lulim her harem.
* HeelFaceTurn: Kaname in episode 25; low-key, but she did do something nice for no particular personal benefit.
* HideYourLesbians: Inversion; RomanticTwoGirlFriendship tends to be the ''exception'' and mostly affects the younger characters.
* HufflepuffHouse: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lulim]]. In the anime, they also do not send participants for the Etoile election.
* IllGirl: [[spoiler:Kaori]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* {{Joshikousei}}: The Lulim students.
* {{Kimodameshi}}: During the Summer School episode.
* KnightInShiningArmour: Amane, who even pulls off a horseback rescue at one point.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:[[AmnesiacLover Amane]]]] in episode 24 and 25.
* LateForSchool
* LoveTriangle: Yaya/Hikari/Amane and Tamao/Nagisa/Shizuma.
* LoveDodecahedron: Most of them center on the Miator students and eventually lead back to Nagisa and/or Shizuma, but unrequited crushes abound. Shizuma herself is the universally idolized OneeSama of Astraea.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
** The library is used as a place for couples to have romantic trysts.
** Shizuma and [[spoiler:Kaori, who is ''terminally ill'']] once make love outdoors, in the evening.
** Two words: ''[[spoiler: stable sex]]''
* {{Meido}}: Anime episode 5. It's a custom at Miator to help your seniors clean up their room and wear a maid dress doing it. Of course, thanks to a useful plot turn, everyone ends up as maids as punishment.
* MeetCute: Nagisa and Shizuma in the forest. Nagisa asks her for directions, and Shizuma leans in to kiss a captivated Nagisa... who faints.
* MoeCouplet: Nagisa has this relationship with Tamao in ''Strawberry Panic!'', despite being in an OfficialCouple.
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler: Shizuma begins to spiral into this before she meets Nagisa, due to the death of Kaori.]]
* NaiveNewcomer: Nagisa. And Chiyo.
* NotSoStoic: Shizuma, episode 18: [[spoiler: "Kaori...Kaori...Kaori..."]] and again in episode 23.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: When Amane tries to help Nagisa up after she fell off the fence, Shizuma angrily orders her to back off and stick to Hikari. Amane even says it's not what it looks like.
* ObliviousAdmirer: Chiyo re: Nagisa, although Chiyo might just be a closet OtakuSurrogate.
* ObliviousToLove: Nagisa has no clue about Tamao's feelings and doesn't notice Chiyo's blatant fangirling. She also takes a good long while to realize why Shizuma mesmerizes her so much. Hikari seems to not notice Yaya's increasingly obvious hints of affection.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Shizuma. We do occasionally see where she ends up afterward, though.
* OneeSama: Shizuma
* OneGenderSchool
* OneHeadTaller: Amane and Hikari
* OvertookTheManga: The manga series was canceled after two volumes, although the story is finished in the light novels.
* PairTheSpares: In fanfic, Tamao and Miyuki get matched up a lot.
* PantyShot: Doesn't happen, but it was lampshaded.
-->'''Nagisa:''' Wha?! Oh no! Someone might see my panties!
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation: Done on photographs of the character mentioned directly below this trope, at least, until the flashback episode.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Shizuma's deceased lover Kaori.]]
* PsychoLesbian: Two of them, Kaname and Momoni, who double as WellIntentionedExtremist {{Chessmaster}}s that launch an EvilPlan to threaten Amane into become Etoile... a plan which involves molesting Hikari.
* ReallyGetsAround: It's implied quite a bit that Shizuma jumped from one girl's bed to another, before meeting Nagisa, as a way [[spoiler:to cope with the death of Kaori.]]
* RedStringOfFate: In the form of Tamao's ribbon.
* [[RenaissanceMan Renaissance Woman]]: Chikaru is the head of Lulim's student council, which means she is great in any school subject. She leads the costume club and makes the costumes herself, is a highly talented actress, can cook really well and can help on any problem you might ever have. All this and more come with her being always friendly, cheerful and nice as well as being a real beauty, even for this series' standards. There is a reason why she is so popular in-universe as well as the EnsembleDarkHorse of the story.
* ReplacementGoldfish: For a while, it seemed that [[spoiler:Shizuma]] was using [[spoiler:Nagisa]] as just a Replacement Goldfish for [[spoiler:Kaori]]. At least, [[spoiler:Rokujo]] seemed to think so. Then things got complicated.
* SailorFuku: Lulim's students wear them. The students of Miator wear uniforms seemingly based on ElegantGothicLolita dresses, while Spica has a futuristic vibe (but not much).
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Chikaru wears them in the BeachEpisode
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Exaggerated trope.
* SecondLove: [[spoiler: Nagisa]] is this for [[spoiler: Shizuma]].
* TheSevenMysteries: Figures heavily in one episode, with Nagisa and Tamao deciding to investigate the first mystery, "The Girl in the Hallway" despite the latter's fear of ghosts.
* ShoutOut:
** Allegedly, the main character was named "Nagisa" as a reference to the ''Anime/{{Iczer}}'' series.
** The end credits of the anime's final episode also have a shout out to {{Tokyo Mew Mew}}. In the picture, all of the girls are dressed in pink/purple/blue/green/yellow/etc. dresses, and are wearing animal ears and tails. The picture's name? 'Tea Party Club.'
* ShowerOfAngst: As a result of rampant unrequited love and general FanService
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: Chiyo
** Amane too, [[{{Bifauxnen}} of all people.]] She doesn't want to enter the Etoile competition because she's frequently embarrassed by all the attention she receives, and would [[FriendToAllLivingThings much rather be alone with her horses]]. It's saying something when ''[[TheIngenue Hikari]]'' is the one that ultimately brings her out of her shell.
* ShrinkingViolet: Chiyo
* SoundtrackDissonance: Arguably, the second ED. Just as the series is taking a turn for the dramatic the original ED is replaced by a very happy go lucky song filled with LesYay overtones in which the singers are two dimensional paper dolls in several colourful settings. At one point the contrast is nothing short of appalling, after Nagisa breaks down crying in a very emotional moment the episode comes to an end with her sobbing and then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKqYdEab234 Extreme Sugariness follows]]. However, this is only the ending credits track, the opposite happens to the opening theme, turning from a quite light-hearted but still LesYay soft rock song to a serious, emotional piece (complete with new title animation).
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: This is kind of [[spoiler: the series finale, getting used in DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything fashion]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In some subs, they spell it Le Rim. On the banner in the series it is spelled Le Lim. In the translation of the light novels and manga, it's spelled "Lulim." And in yet ''other'' subs, it's spelled "Lilim"...
* {{Squee}}: In the English translation of the ''Strawberry Panic!'' manga, Shizuma's fangirls react to her this way.
* StalkerWithACrush: Tamao's pursuit of Nagisa leads her into downright ''creepy'' territory at times, including ''scaring Nagisa so Tamao can record her screams''. Chiyo-chan can get rather strange about Nagisa at times too.
* StealthParody: Although it could well be that the makers are actually being ''serious'' - heaven forbid!
* StrawberryShorthand
* StudentCouncilPresident: Three of 'em, plus the Etoile(s).
* ThoseTwoGirls: Kizuna and Remon
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Kaname and Momoni; Amane and Hikari.
* TookALevelInBadass: The third time Kaname tries to rape Hikari, the girl shoves her away, tells her Amane will always be better than her, then leaves in a huff.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tsubomi, in spades.
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] even when Shizuma exclaims that she found out the secret of the umbrella: "It is actually too big. It's made for two."
* UnderwaterKiss: The trope page image.
* VisualNovel: One for ''Strawberry Panic!'' was released in 2006.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback
* YaoiGuys: In the light novel and manga, Shion had this in mind when she paired up Amane and Kaname together for the Etoile competition. Amane is not amused.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* YuriGenre: A cluster of three schools populated entirely by SchoolgirlLesbians is the setting.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade C seems to be the norm and Yaya wears genuine Grade A.
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