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Yura Yamato has just recently [[NewTransferStudent transferred]] to the prestigious Stella Girls' Academy and discovers that it is difficult to find friends in her first day at school. After a chance meeting with a fellow student named Rento Kirishima, she is recruited to the school's airsoft club named C-bu [[note]]Military acronym meaning Command, Control, and Communications, which is also the club's motto[[/note]]. The story revolves around Yura's experiences as a member of the C-bu and her interactions with her fellow members.

Preferential Measure Organization Stella Girls' Academy, High School Division C Club (特例措置団体ステラ女学院高等科C3部 Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jogakuin Kōtō-ka C-bu, often simply called Stella Jogakuin Kōtō-ka Cbu, or Stella C-bu, or simplier, C) is a manga series created by Ikoma and Tomomoka Midori. The anime, made by Gainax, was aired for a season as a part of the Summer2013Anime season.

Viewers living in the following areas may watch the show legally at [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/stella-womens-academy-high-school-division-class-c3 Crunchyroll]]: USA, Canada, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Click [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/TokureiSochiDantaiStellaJogakuinKoutoukaC3Bu here]] for the character page.

Compare and contrast with Manga/{{Sabagebu}}, a ''shoujo'' comedy manga about an altogether different girl joining another club focused on model guns.
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!! Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jo-Gakuin Kōtō-ka C-bu provides the following:

* TheAce: Sonora and Rin. Karila may also count as she's shown at the start of the series to be the only club member capable of matching Sonora.
** BrokenAce [[spoiler:Yura is arguably the most skilled gunslinger in the show, and might just be as good as Sono and Rin, but the path she takes to get there comes at a cost.]]
* ActionGirl: Most of the girls work towards this, but the cake is taken by Sonora, who's so good she takes part in shooting competitions in the US.
** WorldOfActionGirls
** WorldOfBadass: [[GunsAkimbo Akimbo Desert Eagles]]? Check! [[GunsAkimbo Akimbo M60s]]? Double check! [[MoreDakka Two people, each quad-wielding MAC-11s, for a total of 8 simultaneous bullet barrages]]? Heck Yes! A team of high school airsofters beating the crap out of older foreign teams and soldiers? Aww f**k yeah!
* AntiHero [[spoiler:Yura develops into one. However she later snaps out of it and returns to "fun mode"]].
* ApologeticAttacker: In one early episode, after shooting an opponent, Yura promptly apologizes for doing so. Lampshaded by Karila.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Averted. Despite using nonlethal airsoft guns, the C members show proper trigger discipline[[note]]trigger finger outside the trigger guard prior to actual shooting[[/note]] and wear protective gear.
** The club also realises that their recruitment plan will never be approved because of all the safety violations (first and foremost being the use of suppressive fire to prevent the other clubs from setting up at the school hall).
** Really about the only problem that people have noted with any safety issues is that the girls tend to do survival games in their school uniforms or outfits that leave their legs and arms bare. Probably covered under AcceptableBreaksFromReality, since the uniforms and hairdos make them easy for the viewers to pick out when they're in the field.
** And now in episode 7, we have ''illegally modified'' airsoft guns. These can cause serious injuries.
*** In Japan airsoft guns are required by law to not shoot with more than 1 joule of force, with a 6mm .2 gram BB that is about 330FPS (feet per second). Airsoft players commonly use a Coke can to determine if a gun is shooting over that (if it pierces both sides at point blank), this is dubbed the "poor mans chrono". A gun that can shoot harder than that in Japan is actually illegal, let alone a gun that can pierce a steel can like in the show.

** In Sonora's flashback about her and Rin in the US, one of the scene has the two holding airsoft guns with orange muzzle tips. The blaze orange tip is required for import and sale, and many airsoft gun owners outside of Japan choose to keep them to avoid their guns being mistaken for anything other than replicas.
* ATeamFiring: While it's justified at times due to the nature of airsoft guns, at other times you have to wonder how so many characters fire at extremely close ranges, and fail to hit anything. Especially considering the ImprobableAimingSkills demonstrated by several of them.
* BackToBackBadasses: Rin and Sonora briefly in the second opening, moments before they're split apart and aiming those guns at each other. Of course, being Shisho's disciples, you'd think they also do this quite often when they were in the US.
** Also used on Sonora and Karira, especially in episode 12 when Kari goes to help Sono fight Rento and Yura.
* BattleOfTheStillFrames:
** Averted with the first and last fight during episode 3, played straight with all of the other matches, which simply shows the girls in various action stances while they progress up the leaderboards.
** Done again in episode 8, showing Stella's C group fighting their first and last battles, while skipping the fights that take place in-between.
** Used in episode 12 sparingly, switching between the girls in various action poses, and showing them actually playing the game.
** Utilized again in episode 13, only showing some of the more important duels. Even some of the C members are subjected to this, and they either obviously win, or come back later and say they got hit, thereby losing to another opponent.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 5, though it's actually an island. The girls do spend most of the episode in their swimsuits anyway.
* BodyguardingABadass: The VIP Escort mission in episode 2.
* BizarroEpisode: InUniverse Episode 4 (may also qualify as a [[WhamEpisode Wham Episode]]), [[SeenItAll as expected of Gainax]]. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Rento gets sucked into Yura's reality marble]] and freaks out at the sudden change of the temple to an ancient battlefield. The episode by the way, is anime-original. The chapter coinciding with the episode (post-ImportantHaircut) deals with the club taking Yura to an airsoft supply store, and showing her the other equipment there that might be used for matches, like full-body Ghillie suits.
** Episode 12 is this turned UpToEleven. While in episode 4 only Rento enters Yura's imagination, in this we see [[spoiler: C going against all of Stella]].
* BlandNameProduct: The anime is sponsored by Tokyo Marui, a prominent brand in airsoft product. Yet, in the 24-hour tournament, a stall with Tokyo '''Kakui''' is seen. ("Maru" in "Marui" means something like a "sphere", which is circular; "Kaku" in "Kakui", likewise, can be thought of to mean "angle", which is found on non-elliptical (i.e. not round) shapes.)
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 4, which is sandwiched between the battles during episodes 3 and 5, focuses largely on character building for Yura.
* BrutalHonesty: In episode 3, [[spoiler:Yura gets it from Sonora, of all people. After Rin chastises her for simply surrendering instead of going down fighting, Sonora adds to what she did, or rather, didn't do during the tournament fight. She tells Yura that she wasted all of her comrades sacrifices and chose to simply run away instead of fight. This causes her to suffer a HeroicBSOD during the bath later that evening, although it does kick in some HeroicResolve as well for her.]]
* BusmansHoliday: The participants in the 24-hour airsoft event includes gun salesmen and the US Marines. [[spoiler:[[TheWorfEffect They all fall left and right]] to Meisei ''highschool girls''.]]
* CallBack: At the end of episode 12, Yura is walking through the school, with the scenery resembling when she first saw the school in the first episode. She then overhears two girls (possibly the same two she encountered back then) mention how high school sure seemed boring and nothing interesting happened. Yura then approaches them and asks if they want to join C.
* CallingYourAttack: The Seto clan often does this with their Seto Stream Attack, consisting of firing 2-4 guns (the other two are fired from their feet).
* CatSmile: Both Karila and Yachiyo display one late in the season.
* CerebusSyndrome: [[spoiler:Yura's obsession with convicting Rin for Sonora's injury. Turns out that Rin was ''not'' the culprit, but by this point the damage has been done to Yura's relationship with the club.]]
* CoatCape: Sonora wears her school uniform top this way.
* ClothingDamage: In Karila's duel against her twin brother in episode 13, neither person is able to take out the other in the time limit, so the audience votes who they felt won. At first her brother takes quite a huge lead, leading Karila to understandably get angry. However, during the fight, part of the front of her shirt tore off, revealing part of her breasts. The audience quickly starts to vote for her instead, leading her to win.
* CoolGuns: Keep in mind that apart from one of Sono's Deagles, and all weapons in Yura's [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]], ''all'' of the weapons featured here are ''airsoft'' guns. Also, certain guns they wield, such as Rento's G26 Advance and Karira's Strike Warrior, are ''airsoft'' only, meaning you will never see a real, .45 calibre MEU handgun ''[[GunAccessories with a meat tenderiser for a compensator]]''.
** Sonora [[GunsAkimbo dual wields]] Desert Eagles and uses an AUG A1 for longer ranged games.
** Yura mainly uses a Vz. 61 korpion, given to her by Sono, and a G17.
** Karira uses a P90 and a Strike Warrior. Also, Sonora's M60 in the Rambo reenactment.
** Honoka uses a [=G36K=] and a Mk IV Series '70.
** Rento uses an AK-47 and a G26 Advance. She uses Sonora's M60 in the 24 hour tournament.
** Yachiyo uses an Arctic Warfare Suppressed and a P228, and when situation calls (let's say a close range skirmish), she uses a Type 89-F instead of the AWS.
*** Okay, that enough. If we're to list the guns found in the show, it'd take ages.
* ColorCodedCharacters: All of the C club members have their own color eyepro and gloves.
** Two members have this coupled with CurtainsMatchTheWindow:
*** Sono: Blue hair, blue eyes, blue gear
*** Honoka: Green hair, green eyes, green gear
** For the others who don't:
*** Yura: Purple hair, purple eyes, red gear
*** Yachiyo: Light brown hair, brown eyes, orange gear
*** Rento: Brown hair, brown eyes, pink gear
*** Kari: Blonde hair, blue eyes, light purple gear
** Stella's students are also differentiated by year through ribbon-tie colour:
*** First year: Pink (Yura, Rento, Yachiyo)
*** Second year: Green (Honoka, Karira)
*** Third year: Blue (Sonora)
* ContrivedCoincidence: Yura walks past some display [=TVs=] just as they start a news segment about the person who shot at Sonora with an illegally modified gun. Rin [[spoiler:(not the culprit)]] appears on the program, [[SpeakOfTheDevil since Yura was planning to talk to her.]]
* ClothingDamage: Invoked; to attract visitors to their SchoolFestival booth, they wear paper shirts over swimsuits and have squirt-gun duels. [[SexSells It's...rather effective.]]
* CloudCuckooLand: The titular C club. Yura (with her [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]]) and Rento (see FunnyBackgroundEvent below) take the cake.
* Crossdresser: Aira and Daishichi.
** WholesomeCrossdresser: Aira can disguise himself to look almost like his sister, and joins the Field Queen Contest as a kunoichi.
* CurbStompBattle: The C Club is on the giving end during the first battle, and on the receiving end of one during their final one in episode 3.
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Yura displays some in episode 10 [[spoiler:after thinking she wasn't doing good enough on Rin's team, and being forced to be the medic repeatedly.]]
* [[EveryBulletIsATracer Every Pellet Is A Tracer]]: An AcceptableBreakFromReality, as the pellets would be difficult to see, much like non-tracer bullets in real life. Also, each team uses different colored pellets to differentiate who is doing the shooting.
** Glow-in-the-dark airsoft tracer pellets are a real thing, and they come in green and orange. They need specially designed mock suppressors with strong [=LEDs=] inside to make them glow, though.
*** They can also use specialized magazines that shine light on the BB before it's shot.
*** The dialog also specifically states that they are using the special glow in the dark (tracer) BBs.
* EvolvingCredits:
** The opening animation changes after four episodes, specifically the parts that feature Yura in them [[spoiler:to coincide with her ImportantHaircut, as well as her resolve to change her meek self to something more proactive]].
** The end credits also change starting at Episode 3 to a more elaborate animation sequence while the song stays the same, probably because they didn't complete it when the pilot aired.
* FanNickname:
** Episodes 5-11 are referred to as [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine C-bu: The Line]]]].
** Yura when she's just having fun and nothing else: "Fun Mode".
** Yura's bad rep during the aforementioned [[spoiler: C-bu: The Line]] earns her the nick "Yura Walker".
** When Yachiyo puts on her [[InTheHood hood]], she's the Little Red Sniping Hood.
* [[FiveManBand Six-Girl Band]]
** TheLeader: Sonora, being the club president.
** TheLancer: Karira's hotheadedness compared to Sono's calm manners.
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Honoka. Wears glasses, gets good grades, is the club's strategist.
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]] [[TheHeart with a Heart]]: Rento, physically. At the age of 15, she's taller than 17 y/o Sono. in the 24-hours endurance, she's the heavy gunner and carries the team's supplies. [[spoiler: The Heart part comes when she tries to convince Yura to rejoin C]].
** FriendlySniper [[TheChick Chick]]: Yachiyo. Her role mostly focuses on providing cover fire, supporting her allies from afar.
** SixthRanger [[TheHero Heroine]]: Yura. She's the newcomer, and the protagonist of the series.
* FoodAsBribe: A variation of this is tried with Yura in the first episode. After Yura is scared away from the club the first time, Rento tries to lure her back in with cake. By deliberately leaving a piece of it on the floor in the hallway in their dorms. While it stops Yura, she only pauses to consider getting a plastic wrap for it, although Rento uses this opportunity to [[TheGlomp snag her]] and ask her to reconsider joining.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** In episode four, Sonora, Yura, and Rento go to do some training. Sonora begins giving Yura a sort of SeriousBusiness "philosophy of shooting" speech. Off in the background, Rento gets bored and starts pushing herself along the bench on her back using her feet.
** Episode 13: Honoka lectures Karira and Yachiyo about conserving BB supply (they wasted a lot of ammo for the past week) when Kari uses her hair to tickle a drowsy Hacchan. This actually counts more as Funny ''Foreground'' Event.
* {{Gainaxing}}: [[SeenItAll Just 'cause]]. (the show's produced by Gainax.) Sonora in episode 2's escort mission, when she's wearing a dress. Done later to Honoka in episode 5, who is forced to wear '''leaves''' as bikini top after Sonora used hers and Kari's to make a makeshift flag. Then again in Episode 6, where Rento is blasted in the chest by a water gun during a match in the school festival.
** [[spoiler: What's worth noting is that these are the three girls in C with ''larger boobs'' than their other clubmates.]]
* GirlsWithGuns: ''Airsoft'' guns. If you want a better example, Sonora has a ''real'' Desert Eagle.
* GreenEyedMonster: Jokingly used in episode 12. Kari is cleaning a part of her airsoft gun, which seems to be giving her some problems. Both Honoka and Yachiyo then jokingly accuse Kari of having an "affair" with another gun, causing a look of surprise on the latter. She then mentions something about looking up info on another airsoft gun online, and moments later, the spring on her gun leaps away, and disappears into the grass nearby. Kari apologizes to the spring while looking for it, saying that gun was the only one for her.
* GroupPictureEnding: Episode 5 ends with the C club taking their picture together on the beach. Aoi then photobombs them by jumping into the picture as well at the last second, while Sonora looks at Yura's general direction, sensing [[spoiler: something wrong's happened to her]].
* GunsAkimbo: The original recruitment plan called for Karila to be carrying ''two'' machine guns. Sonora can dual wield her [=DEagles=]. [[UpToEleven Then comes the Seto Stream Attack.]]
* HandSignals:
** Rento and Honoka use these to coordinate their attack on Karila in the 1st Episode's {{Rambo}} scenario.
** Episode 3 starts with Yura practicing the signals for "Advance", "Halt", "Shoot", and "Sniper".
* ImagineSpot: Several during the first episode, mostly from Yura:
** When arriving at Stella, she imagines herself as Cinderella in a carriage (it's actually just a bus), then imagines the C Club to be a club for tea, cakes and relaxing, and then at the end of the game, she imagines Karila as Rambo shooting Rento and her as sheriff's deputies.
** The C club enthusiastically imagine their plan of getting more recruits... before regretfully realising it'll never fly.
** It seems these will be a regular occurrence from Yura. In Episode 2 she imagines herself as an actual bodyguard and when cornered in episode 3 imagines post-apocalyptic UrbanWarfare is taking place.
** Things begin to get really weird in Episode 4, when it's revealed that Yura doesn't just imagine her Imagine Spots -- she actually ''sees them happening right in front of her''. And somehow Rento gets dragged into one.
** D-day and the probably controversial IwoJimaPose in episode 5.
** A ShowdownAtHighNoon during the SchoolFestival in episode 6, with bikini and splashers replacing cowboy costumes and six-shooters.
** The lack of [[ImagineSpots Imagine Spots]] since episode 7 shows Yura's CharacterDevelopment... [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn For the worse.]]]]
** ...And the return of these, along with Chojirou (the samurai whose fate was changed by Yura) motivate her to do a [[HesBack She's Back]] moment right at the end of episode 11.
** Episode 12. [[spoiler: Army of airsofter schoolgirls. All-out imaginary airsoft battle. Nuff said]].
** Filler episode 13's example probably counts, when Yachiyo ditches her ghillie suit (which somehow has IdiotHair on it) to reveal a MagicalGirl fairy costume in her duel against Aoi.
* ImportantHaircut: [[spoiler: Yura cuts her hair to show her full commitment to the airsoft club in Episode 3 after the disastrous defeat]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills:
** Firing her P90 on full auto, Karila manages to draw hair and a smiley face with the bullet holes on a paper target.
** This is [[UpToEleven amped up]] by Sonora shooting a coin on a string from at least 100 feet away several times in quick succession--even though it's shown to swing wildly with each hit. [[spoiler:At the end of the episode, Yura, from the same distance, ''[[SerialEscalation wedges the pellet into the hole in the center of the coin.]]'']]
** Rin repeatedly fires shots right through the center of a target. Then she looks away from it and continues firing with perfect accuracy.
** Yura single-handedly beats everyone. Meisei's evaluation of her abilities were off the charts, and she's able to shoot accurately... ''blindfolded''.
* IwoJimaPose: Done in the BeachEpisode as a victory celebration. Appropriate, since they're on an island, but also [[{{Irony}} rather ironic]] because it references a major Japanese ''defeat'' in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* JapaneseSchoolClub: The C club. The KGB as well, combining an airsoft club with a drama club.
* LeParkour: Karila's tactics often involve wallrunning.
* LiveActionEscortMission: Episode 2's scenario. The inexperienced Yura has to guard a [=VIP=]. Fortunately for her, the VIP is [[ActionGirl Sonora]]. Sonora makes it more interesting by deliberately not having a gun; otherwise she would probably win the battle without Yura even having to do anything.
* MaamShock: Happens to Honoka after Karila calls her "an old lady" in episode 13, due to the former's lecture a moment earlier.
* MagicSkirt: [[http://fabien.li/tvtropes/Stella_Jogakuin_Koutouka_C3-bu_02_19.18.jpg acrobatics while wearing skirts? No problem!]]
* MagicalRealism: In episode 4, [[spoiler: Yura talks with the ghost of a 12th-century samurai, is told that her {{Imagine Spot}}s affect the world, and changes the past.]]
* MasterOfDisguise: In the 24-hour tournament, Aira somehow disguises himself ''perfectly'' as Karila, complete with fake breasts and a P90; he is only caught because the real Karila wouldn't have come back alone, given she was stationed with Rento. This is especially bizarre because he's her twin brother, but they're ''not'' HalfIdenticalTwins.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Yura's ImagineSpot. The episode where it's displayed to be more than delusion has a surreal feeling to it, leaving both the viewers and the audience wondering. Taken UpToEleven in episode 12 after they hear the school's afternoon bell signalling the end of the school day. [[spoiler:This time all of the girls are in Yura's ImagineSpot, and their opponents are every single other girl at their school.]]
* MeaningfulName: The club's name, when read in Japanese, is "shi-kyu-bu". This pronunciation sounds like CQB (close quarters battle), and indeed some characters use weapons intended for close-range engagements (Kari's P90, Yura's Skorpion, and Aoi's MAC-10).
* TheMentor: "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Shisho]]", a US soldier, and Rin and Sonora's airsoft teacher when they were young and in the US. Somewhat true to the traits of an [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]], [[DeathByOriginStory he's killed in battle,]] his demise influencing Rin to grow into who she is now.
* MexicanStandoff: The girls have one in episode 12 right before the school bell rings at the end of the day. Yura "prevents" this by using her imagine spot ability to let them have ''more'' fun.
* MsFanservice: Sonora and Honoka are this. The former isn't afraid to show up naked in front of another girl she first met, and the latter flaunts it to win votes at an airsoft beauty queen contest.
* MoodWhiplash: Happens every time since episode 7. The opening shows C (with Yura) in saccharine-sweet BB-pelting airsoft action, in between the DarkerAndEdgier ColdOpen and the main storyline. And then there's unhappy episode endings, immediately followed by the hyper-peppy ending theme. Even so in the after-credits blurb, where random chatter by the characters are followed by increasingly depressing titles for the next episode, as well as the previews that aren't going to cheer you up either. Until the end of episode 11 did we see some better results, [[spoiler: and only in episode 12 is the trope truly averted as dramatic theatrics make way for six girls to have truckloads of fun]].
* MoreDakka: Most of the girls make use of automatic weaponry (see CoolGuns above), though Kari takes the cake with her P90. Then the M60 comes into play.
** The Seto team takes this [[UpToEleven one step further]]. Their strategy focuses on confusing the enemy by {{dual wield}}ing and ''quad wield'' [=SMG=]s.
* NakedFirstImpression: Yura's first view of Sonora. Both anime and manga versions as well.
* NiceHat: The C club uses red berets during matches.
* NotSoDifferent: Rin claims Yura would do anything to win, just like her. [[spoiler:She proves it by goading Yura into cheating to win the tournament.]] Averted in episode 10, when Yura joins Meisei to learn a few pages off Rin. While both are ruthless, Rin at least genuinely cares about her crew, unlike Yura at the moment who's only concerned of winning. Eventually cast aside as [[HesBack Yura returns to "fun mode" and rejoins C]].
* OneSteveLimit: The Seto team, their last names are [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Seto]]. Might be siblings, might also just happen to be friends having the same surname.
* OreOnna: Karila uses ''exclusively'' masculine vocabulary. Averted somehow in fansubs, as 'I' and 'you' have no masculine nor feminine derivative.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Most of Stella Girls' Academy is drenched in bright pinkness, even the students' uniform coats are pink, contrasting the duller realistic colorings of C's play areas and clubroom.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:C wins the 24-hour tournament, but only because Yura cheated by shooting Rin after being hit.]] The rest of the team doesn't know and starts celebrating around Yura, who is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]]. Yura does later informed the officials, but Rin denies the cheating claim, therefore Stella still keep the trophy.
* RapunzelHair: Rento has waist-long hair, and in Episode 3 she says she has to cut it ''every day''. (Sonora then says her hair ''doesn't grow at all!'') Karila's hair is nearly as long.
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: [[spoiler:Rin's measurement of Yura's]] shooting accuracy goes far past the top of the graph and nearly off the page entirely. Given her insane feats of ImprobableAimingSkills (by that point she practices shooting ''while blindfolded'' and still has near-perfect accuracy), this isn't too surprising.
* RecycledInSpace: Frequently referred to as "KOn with airsoft guns".
* {{Revenge}}: Rin thinks Yura's ambition in episode 8's tournament is fueled by this. [[spoiler:She's not completely wrong, as Yura wants to pay back Rin from her humiliating loss in episode 3. Yura also highly suspects the former of causing Sonora's accident in episode 7, causing her to miss out on the 24-hour tournament.]]
* RippleEffectProofMemory: [[spoiler:In episode 4, only Yura remembers that Choujirou the samurai (the historical Nasu no Yoichi), was supposed to have died young. Everyone else remembers him as a samurai with long and illustrious career.]]
* SchoolFestival: Episode 6.
* SchoolgirlSeries
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
** [[spoiler:In episode 4, Yura helps a young samurai avoid his death, allowing him to reach the peak of his career.]] [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Well, it's either this, or extra-strong delusion on Yura's part.]]
** [[spoiler:She does this again in episode 12, when she realizes that her extreme desire to win at any costs was making the game much less fun for others.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Much of Episode 1 is a shoutout to Rambo, which is to be expected, given that the girls are using a scenario based on First Blood. [[note]]Said to be mentioned in the ending song (as "Rambo-chan")Should be noted that ''rambo'', or ''ranbō'' (乱暴), is also an actual Japanese word meaning "violent" or "reckless". A sad case of thinking Patrick Stump is oh so evil, and oh so into cats.[[/note]]
** Episode 2's {{Imagine Spot}} seems to be a reference to ''{{The Bodyguard}}''; there's even a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong Suspiciously Similar]] instrumental version of "I Will Always Love You" playing in the background during the climax.
** ShoutOut to KOn: Some of the girls' plans to make Yura join the club: lure her in with cake, and throw a roll of money at her face. The latter is most certainly a K-On! reference, as Yachiyo, the one to suggest slapping Yura's face with a wad of cash, is voiced by Madoka Yonezawa, who also voices K-On!'s Ui Hirasawa. In one episode of K-On!, Ui's sister Yui (who is very similar to Yura, in both personality and being the main character), fantasizes about getting slapped with a wad of cash by Ui. (Also, [[http://fabien.li/tvtropes/Yura.jpg Yura's round face]] is reminiscent of KOn's art style.)
** Among the hairstyles Yura is experimented with in Episode 3 include Usagi's odango and Belldandy's hairstyle.
** Episode 5 gives a shout to D-Day, and WorldWarII in general.
** Additionally, episode 5 seems to drop a reference to the original ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' with two of the opposing team executing the 'Seto Stream Attack,' which is phonetically almost identical to the 'Jet(to) Stream Attack' of the Black Tri-Stars.
** Episode 6 pays homage to Western cowboy flicks with a ShowdownAtHighNoon.
** Episode 8 features two men dressed up as Ghost and Captain Price from the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series. Ghost is a bit different in that he wears a hoodie over his skull balaclava. And as expected both wear sunglasses/goggles as standard airsofting protection.
** Episode 8 also features two characters dressed as Eva and Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3. When they first arrive at the tournament the Metal Gear cosplayers pose as people take pictures of them.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The first episode shows an ''excellent'' example of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bounding_overwatch bounding overwatch]] by Rento and Honoka, complete with HandSignals to coordinate, as they advance to Karila's position, shifting smoothly into [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_and_movement fire and maneuver]] once they come under fire.
** Most characters practise good trigger discipline (keeping your finger off the trigger when you're not firing) despite using less-than-lethal airsoft guns.
** The guns sound effects are spot on with airsoft guns, the automatics have have a distinct sound and while firing semi-auto the pump of the piston is perfectly accurate.
*** The gas pistols not only show the gas valve on the bottom of the magazine, but the sound effect of the propane "popping" to shoot the BB is dead on as well.
* [[SirSwearsALot Lady Swears-a-Lot]]: Karila's vocabulary is positively ''filthy'' by Japanese ''male'' standards, let alone that of a teenage girl's. Partly averted in the fansubtitling, as she never goes far from using 'damn' and 'bitch'.
* [[StopHavingFunGuys "Stop Having Fun" Girls]]: InUniverse, Rin being this is a major contributing factor to Sonora's estrangement from her. [[spoiler:Yura eventually slides into this too.]]
* SuperDeformed: The girls during the ending credits, and anytime they're just having plain, uninterrupted fun.
* ThemeNaming:
** The three schools' names are based on translations of the word '''[[StellarName star]]'''. '''Stella''' is the Italian/Latin translation, and '''Sei''' from '''Sei'''kou and Mei'''sei''' one of the Japanese translations.
** Some of the characters' surnames are [[VehicularThemeNaming based off Imperial Japanese Navy battleships]]:
*** The '''Hatsuse'''s Karira and Aira - ''Shikishima''-class battleship ''Hatsuse''
*** '''Kashima''' Sonora - ''Katori''-class battleship ''Kashima''
*** '''Haruna''' Rin and '''Kirishima''' Rento - ''Kongou''-class battlecruisers ''Haruna'' and ''Kirishima''
*** '''Hinata''' Yachiyo - ''Ise''-class battleship ''Hyuuga'' (Hyuuga and Hinata being two different pronunciations for the same word: 日向)
*** '''Mutsu''' Honoka - ''Nagato''-class battleship ''Mutsu''
*** '''Yamato''' Yura - The famous ''Yamato''-class battleship
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In episode 12, Yura spots a grenade landing near her feet, tossed by Sonora. While that one alone would have been deadly enough, several more then also land nearby, and she vanishes in the ensuing "explosion".
* ToBeAMaster: {{Deconstructed}} hard with Rin [[spoiler:and Yura]].
* {{Tomboy}}: Unusually for a SchoolgirlSeries, which sports a token single Tomboy amongst the heroine's ensemble, C has ''two'' Tomboys, namely Karila and Sonora.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Sonora ([=Tomboy=]) and Yura (Girly Girl), Karira ([=Tomboy=]) and Honoka (Girly Girl).
** The pairing of Sonora and Rin plays with this trope. While Sonora looks every bit like a tomboy, and Rin being the feminine-looking one, both are equally [[ActionGirl capable of kicking ass]], and are leaders of their own airsoft clubs.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:Yura tells Sonora she's quitting the C club at the end of episode 9.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Rin, of all people, delivers this combined with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Yura after she [[spoiler:abandons a seriously injured teammate and continues trying to win the game]].
* XMeetsY: Affectionately referred to as ''KOn'' meets ''{{Upotte}}'' (with [=BB=]s instead of 5.56mm [=FMJ=]s). Episode 4 throws in some Haruhi, and episodes 7-11 added a hint of [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine Spec Ops the Line]]]].
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