Anime / Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

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From top to bottom: En Yufuin, Atsushi Kinugawa, Ryuu Zaou, Io Naruko, Yumoto Hakone, and Wombat.

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!to save time, call it Boueibu) is a Winter 2015 Anime which is a parody of Magical Girl series, specifically of the Magical Girl Warrior type. It's produced by Diomedea under the eye of Shinji Takamatsu (of Daily Lives of High School Boys and Gintama fame) although the original concept is credited to Kurari Umatani. Its main English page is here and an online manga about the Conquest Club is here and another online manga, this time about the Defense Club, is here (but they're in Japanese). Three light novels are also out there, and an Otome Game for smartphones has been released. A season 2 was confirmed August 2015, airing date July 2016 but it was done by Studio Comet instead of Diomedea. A live stage adaptation took place between March 10 and March 13 of 2016.

En Yufuin, Atsushi Kinugawa, Io Naruko and Ryuu Zaou make up the Earth Defense Club, a club at their all-boys school which doesn't do any defending of Earth (or anything really). One day, En and Atsushi are hanging out at the local bath house, run by the family of their kouhai Yumoto Hakone, when a pink wombat claiming to be an alien falls out of a portal and tasks them with saving the Earth. Of course, like most sane people when faced with a talking marsupial, En and Atsushi run away, but the wombat — itself pursued by Yumoto — follows the boys back to their clubroom. There he grants the five teenagers “lovracelets”, and forces the Earth Defense Club to start doing what their name says, much to their chagrin. Meanwhile, the student council — Kinshiro Kusatsu, Ibushi Arima and Akoya Gero — meet Zundar, a green hedgehog from the planet Evil who wants to conquer the world.

It's licensed in the US and Canada by Ponycan USA. Funimation has the rights to air Boueibu as part of their Winter 2015 lineup. For Australia, Madman Entertainment has snagged it for Anime Lab. Everyone note  can see it using Crunchyroll.

In 2017, the series announced an OVA continuation, detailing the graduation of the third year characters.

There's a characters page. Appropriate tropes go there.


Tropes:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of Magical Girl Warrior series and their associated tropes.
  • Alien Animals: Wombat and Zundar. Apparently all aliens are this. Wombat is ironically something of an animal rights activist, as he is trying to prevent an unscrupulous reality show producer from destroying the animals of Earth... which includes the humans.. Also Dadacha from season 2, who is a green squirrel-like alien.
  • All Part of the Show: In the episode Brotherly Love, the Defense Club is performing a play for a group of kindergartners when they are attacked by a monster. The boys quickly transform into the Battle Lovers and defeat the monster, to the delight of the children in the audience who enjoy the Tokusatsu spin of the play.
  • Anime Accent Absence: Averted. The Italian twins from Season 2 episode 4 have a notable accent.
  • Art Shift: Occasionally. The most notable example is Wombat's Flashback in episode 2.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: A notable subversion during the Transformation Sequence. In contrast to every magical girl ever sporting a distinct lack of nipples despite total nudity while transforming, it seems that these guys are actually just self-conscious and try very hard to hide their bits. If you watch the transformation sequences carefully, they're never properly uncovered. Never is this so obvious as when Sulfur covers his crotch. Strangely, they do sport a lack of nipples on the many, many occasions we see them topless.
  • Between My Legs: Happens in episode 7 with Io.
  • Big "WHAT?!": A variation. The first revelation in Episode 12 has the Battle Lovers all exclaim "What did you say?!" En then says that he'd never thought he'd ever say those words in his life. This happens two more times in episode 12, and En lampshades it each time.
    • After the VEPPer reveal they have been saved by Gora from a monster attack, the Battle Lovers look expectedly at En and later applaud him after he says "What did you say?".
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Episode 5's Monster of the Week, during his rant on bad things that could happen without remote controls, says "televisions forever locked on TV Tokyo". Three guesses as to what channel airs the show.
  • Bishie Sparkle:
    • Akoya is prone to this. In the Student Council manga, Arima has an Imagine Spot with Akoya in a Gonk style but still sparkling!
    • The show is a Bishōnen overload so every character's going to get it at one stage or another. Within two chapters of the online manga, everyone in the Conquest Club has gotten this trope — even Zundar.
    • En actually uses them to confuse his arm wrestling opponent in an early episode. It's super effective.
  • Bishōnen: Comes with the Cast Full of Pretty Boys.
  • Bookends: The series begins in a public bath with a Seinfeldian Conversation about food, and ends in the same public bath with a Seinfeldian Conversation about food. Season 2 starts with yet another Seinfeldian Conversation, this time about sand clocks.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted in episode 12 when Zundar sheepishly tells his boss that their Humongous Mecha has run out of ammo.
  • Butt Monkey: Tawarayama's accidentally killed by Wombat, who decides to use his corpse as a host body of sorts. Needless to say, his dead body gets a lot of abuse, even when he (briefly) comes Back from the Dead in episode 7. Some of the Battle Lovers lampshade this by noting that they've stopped caring whether Tawarayama gets hurt, since he's already dead.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • The first episode gives us gems like Something-or-other STOOORMMM and Random SPLAAAAAAASH!
    • It gets worse when they start personalizing their attacks. Added Margin Bomber?
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Not a girl in sight, although you might mistake Akoya, Ryuu or Yumoto for one.
  • Catch Phrase: "What is love making?" for the PVs. Cue the sniggers.. Also Yumoto's "Love is over!" after purifying a monster to which at least one person reacts with "No, it's not!".
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 7 of the second season, A Christmas of Love and Miracles, is set of Christmas Eve, with the main characters holding a Christmas party, and a holiday-themed Monster of the Week that wants to destroy Christmas. It originally aired in the middle of August.
  • Chromosome Casting: While girls have been mentioned, not a single one appeared on-screen through the series' 12 episodes. You may mistake Zaou, Hakone or Gero for one, though.
  • Clingy Macguffin: The lovracelets can't be taken off. In first episode of the second season, the lovracelets are dissolved by Time Stopper attack. Fortunately, Wombat expected this to happen and already had new ones prepared.
  • Club Stub: The Defense Club itself, which hovers on the life-or-death boundary between four and five members.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Yumoto: Red
    • En: Blue
    • Atsushi: Green
    • Io: Yellow
    • Ryuu: Pink
  • Color-Coded Elements: The Defense Club mostly follows this trope as Cerulean has blue, Epinard has green (despite being named after spinach) and Sulfur has yellow. Exceptions are Vesta with flame and Scarlet with light.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening, Zettai Muteki Fallin' Love, is sung by the Battle Lovers, while the ending I miss you no 3 meters is sung by the Chevaliers.
    • The second season has Futten Toppa LOVE IS POWER for the OP, again sung by the Battle Lovers, and Anata wa Haruka Ittousei for the ED, sung by the Beppu twins, who are the new antagonists.
  • Drag Queen: One appears in episode 7 and flirts with Yumoto.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The "More Better Love Making". First Yumoto gets it, and then the others - including the Conquest Club - gets it, too.
  • Evil Former Friend: Kinshiro to Atsushi.
  • Evil Laugh: Kinshiro indulges in this a bit in episode 8.
  • Excited Show Title!: As per Magical Girl standards. It could be part of the Verbal Tic though.
  • Fanservice : For anyone attracted to men. The show starts with two bishonen taking a bath, their alternate base (after the school club) is the bath house, and they have nude transformations. Taken Up to Eleven in Season 2, especially with the new transformation sequence having some rather gratuitous shots of Yumoto's naked butt.
  • Female Gaze: When your show is filled with cute Bishounen boys, you're kind of going to expect it.
  • Foreshadowing: In episode 10, Gora apparently recognizes his brother in Battle Lovers form. In episode 12, Gora is revealed to have been a Battle Lover in the past.
  • Fountain of Youth: The Monster of the Week of episode 4 has this effect on the Battle Lovers, as well as the rest of the school.
  • Frilly Upgrade: The Battle Lovers get one in the first episode of the second season, with bigger bows, frillier shirts, and puffier coattails. Invoked by Wombat:
    Wombat: In season 2, your items and designs always change, that is the law of the universe! The providence of nature!
  • Full-Frontal Assault: The Battle Lovers are forced to do this when taking on the Monster of the Week of episode 4, after they shrink but their clothes do not.
  • Gender Flip: This anime basically takes every Magical Girl trope and applies the said tropes to bishonens.
  • Genre Savvy: "If we're in a farce, we might as well get it over with quickly".
    • In season 2 first episode, Time Stopper monster attacks BEFORE Yumoto manages to finish his transformation phrase and dissolves the lovracelets. Fortunately, Wombat already had new ones prepared.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • The Verbal Tic mentioned below.
    • The Battle Lovers live and breathe this trope, in direct contrast to the Chevaliers.
    • The monster student in the episode "Brotherly Love" yells at least one word in english pretty every sentence.
  • Gratuitous French: "Epinard" and the basis of the three Chevalier names.
  • Hate Plague: The Monster of the Week of episode 8 causes a non-murderous kind, with En as one of the victims.
  • Heart Beat-Down: Love Attack and Love Shower are the most powerful spells of the Battle Lovers... until it's time for the upgrade...
  • Hot Springs Episode: Since Yumoto's family runs a hot spring place and the Defense Club goes there often, nearly every episode is this.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: When the guys are getting to grips with their love sticks in episode one.
    Yumoto: Can I shoot a beam with this? Can I? Can I? (shoots beam) I can!
  • Humongous Mecha: In the final episode, Hireashi and Zundar pilot a porcupinefish ship that turns into a giant robot ('cause Hireashi is a fish and Zundar is a hedgehog). Reality Ensues when they run out of ammo...
  • I Have the High Ground: The Conquest Club are the undisputed champions of this. The number of times which they don't indulge in it can be counted on one hand. Haru and Aki love to use this trope as well.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Atsushi and Kinshiro, when Atsushi keeps calling Kinshiro "Kin-chan" and won't attack no matter what.
  • Imagine Spot: Akoya is prone to this in the online manga, a notable one (read "notable" as "hilarious") being a Spear Counterpart to Usagi meeting Luna. (Zundar gets Luna's part.)
  • Immoral Reality Show: The Conquest Club turns out to be part of an alien reality show called "Can I Destroy the Earth?". Wombat turns out to be the equivalent of an animal rights activist.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: The loveraclets and the conquest rings, which are alien technologies that puts the 'magic' into magical boys.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue: Done in episode one, when Yumoto and Wombat!Tawarayama enter the Earth Defense Club's club room moments after the boys had just finished discussing their need for a fifth member and a club advisor.
  • In a Single Bound: Apparently a built in function of the Loveraclets.
  • Incest Subtext: Between Akihiko and Haruhiko Beppu, the twin idol transfer students in season two.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "Feel the power... of love!"
  • Japanese School Club: The Defense Club is one, as are the Student Council (albeit the one in charge of the rest) and the Press Society. Various other clubs are used to frame one-off (or in the case of the volleyball club, a two-off) stories.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Considering how this is an Affectionate Parody of Magical Girl series and all their cliches, there's plenty of this. In the second episode, the boys point out to Wombat that the titles and names he uses are in English and that he should be consistent about being an alien or a foreigner. In episode seven, Atsushi points out that even though Ryu calls himself a Casanova, no one has ever seen him with a woman before.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In episode 12 the characters turn out to be in an Immoral Reality Show. Clips of previous episode play on the television screens of alien viewers, which carries the implication that you were watching the reality show this whole time.
    • In first episode of second season Wombat states that new season upgrade is a "primal rule of the universe".
    • In the second episode, En wonders what traits you need to be a main story character and whether appearing in the beginning of the episode means you are the most important one. Atsushi disagrees.
  • Long Title: Just look at that title!
  • Macho Camp: Episode 7 has an entire beach full of these.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Magical Boys, actually. The Battle Lovers (Defense Club) and Chevaliers (Conquest Club) are two separate teams of magical boys and VEP Per get in on it for season 2. The anime as a whole is an Affectionate Parody of the concept.
  • Magic Wand: Each of the Defense Club have one as part of their Battle Lover getup.
  • Make a Wish: Atsushi and Kinshiro do this on shooting stars as children, with dire results. But all ends well.
  • Make Up Is Evil: Kinshiro in episode 11 after he transforms into Dark Aurite.
  • Male Restroom Etiquette: Referenced in episode 3. The guy using the restroom gets visibly uncomfortable when Io chooses the urinal next to his, stares at him, and asks him what he thinks of him. His embarrassment turns into admiration when Io shows him his impressive account balance.
  • Meganekko: Rui Megawa in episode 10 aspires to be a male version of this.
  • Megaton Punch:
  • Men Are Tough:
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Averted, unlike Is This a Zombie?.
  • Modesty Towel:
    • Common due to the abundance of hot spring scenes. The Press Society even get in on the act in episode 5.
    • So does the Conquest Club in the final episode of the first season and first episode of the second season. Special mention goes to Akoya who even covers his chest.
  • Monogender Monsters: All the monsters in the show are male. Justified by the fact that they're all mutated students from an all-boys school.
  • Monster of the Week: In the tradition of Magical Girl shows, most episodes have a villain that represents a source of teenage trouble.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Each one of the boys play a different kind of this trope to their intended demographic. Even some of the side characters are this, which is saying something.
  • No Heterosexual Sex Allowed: Zundar's amazing plan in episode 3 — use the powers of the Monster of the Week to turn all the men in the world gay, destroying the human race's ability to reproduce. The irony lies in the show's homoeroticism and single-sex cast.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description:
    • In episode 2, Yumoto completely fails to recognize that he's the "extremely belligerent individual" in Wombat's tale.
    • Episode 9's victim fails to realize that the "guy who can't read the mood" a group of students are talking about is him. Well, he does eventually realize it but only after a big Internal Monologue.
  • Odd Couple: The two pairs from the Battle Lovers that are in the same grade, namely En/Atsushi and Io/Ryuu. They are really close despite of the polar characteristics of each pairs. Fans likes to think it's in romantic meaning too.
  • One-Gender School: The main characters go to an all-boys school.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: A rare justified example. When they're transformed, the technology in the Lovracelets both pixelates the the Earth Defense Club's faces and distorts their voices, making them unrecognizable to any onlookers. This is how no one can figure out who they really are even though their outfits don't do anything to hide their identities. Episode 6 reveals that the Conquest Club has the same kind of identity-hiding technology. Though, since the "highly advanced technology" is about as effective as no technology (it doesn't even hide all of Akoya's hair), it ends up as the same trope.
  • Politeness Judo: Yumoto tries to politely ask Haru and Aki to stop fighting with Battle Lovers and get along instead but he manages to infuriate them instead.
    • In episode 11, it's the VEPPers who don't want to fight with the Battle Lovers. So Yumoto asks them to fight the Battle Lovers, being extremely polite. Haru and Aki refuse until Zundar points out that refusing such a polite and heartfelt gesture would ruin their reputation.
  • Power Gives You Wings: In the last episode, the "More Better Love Making" Eleventh Hour Superpower gives the Battle Lovers and the Caerula Adamas wings.
  • The Power of Friendship: It wouldn't be a Magical Girl series without it. Best seen in episodes 6, 8 and 12.
  • The Power of Love: It's Wombat's character motivation and the ultimate weapon of the Battle Lovers.
  • Punched Across the Room: Io does this to the Monster of the Week of episode 6. They're technically outside, but the effect is the same.
  • Puny Earthlings: Episode 12 suggests that for most of the universe, Earth is the equivalent of a wild nature preserve.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • The Hate Plague from episode 8 tints its victims' eyes slightly red when it's affecting them.
    • The Monster of the Week from Episode 11, Kinshiro, has those after it transforms.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe example: Maximum Gorar was supposed to be the villain of the Immoral Reality Show Can I Destroy the Earth?, but his charismatic and determined personality made him a fan-favorite character, to the point that the audience didn't want to see him lose and caused the show to be cancelled. The Defense Club then surpassed this popularity but also caused the show to be cancelled again.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: The episodes usually start with one of these, which eventually turns out to have something to do with the Monster of the Week.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: When they get shrunk in episode 4, the Battle Lovers quickly discover that this applies to their love-making gear. Oddly enough, its averted for their actual school uniforms, which shrink with them.
    Io: This setup is lacking consistency!
    • Fridge Logic suggests that the shapeshifting worked exactly as it was supposed to - the audience of the Immoral Reality Show, like most of the actual audience wanted to see their boys end up naked.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man:
    • All of the guys are this in school uniform (except Yumoto and En, who don't wear ties as part of their uniform), but especially the Conquest Club.
    • The Sendai P'PARCO collaboration makes for even more eye candy, with En wearing a Waistcoat of Style.
    • Haruhiko and Akuhiko are wearing a customized uniform for most of the time.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Ryuu and Io in episode 7, to an almost ridiculous extent. Even Atsushi gets on it.
    • En and Atsushi in episode 8, even more so.
    • Atsushi and Kinshiro, almost every time they appear together.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Battle Lover/Battlelover/Batolover? Zundar/Thunder? Orite/Aurite?
  • The Stinger: The credits for the final episode say to wait for a news report "after the break". Turns out Tawarayama was brought back to life. Repeated in season 2, but this time Wombat almost completely forgot about him.
    • Rumour has it they left the space for a season 2 announcement, but they never got it - at least during production.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Pretty Boy Guardian Gakuran Akoya says, "Beauty is a sin," with correct English spelling and a Japanese translation on top.
    • Dadacha speaks in impressively good English while introducing Haruhiko and Akihiko's performance.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Lampshaded in episode 12. The Big Bad calls it a "Kabuki rule", and at one point berates himself for following it.
    • Averted in the first episode of the second season when the Monster of the Week attacks before Yumoto finishes his transformation phrase.
  • Theme Naming:
    • They mostly use Colorful Theme Naming — Scarlet and Cerulean are straight up examples, while Epinard and Sulfur at least have a connection to their colors. Vesta, named after the Roman goddess of the hearth, is the Odd Name Out. The Conquest Club are a bit more connected with their metallic color scheme.
    • Their surnames are all connected via famous hot spring locations in Japan.
  • Tickle Torture: The Monster of the Week of episode 6 inflicts this on Vesta after immobilising him with its Combat Tentacles.
  • Transformation Trinket: Bracelets for the Defense Club. They each have to kiss the bracelet to initiate the Transformation Sequence. The Conquest Club use rings.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: Each of the magical boys have one, and Akoya plays it for comedy by imagining himself as "Pretty Boy Guardian Gakuran Akoya" (a blatant parody of "Pretty Girl Guardian Sailor Moon"), complete with this trope.
  • Transforming Mecha: In the final episode of the first season, Hireashi and Zundar pilot a porcupine-fish ship that turns into a giant robot ('cause Hireashi is a fish and Zundar is a porcupine). Reality Ensues when they run out of ammo...
  • The Unreveal:
    • We never do find out the winner of episode three's Pretty Boy Contest.
    • Or what Kinshirou's "longstanding desire" is, as referred to by Zundar, though the chances that it has to do with vengeance on Atsushi are around 99.999%.
    • Or what caused Io to come out with "money doesn't betray" in episode six. TELL US WHAT DID BETRAY, IO.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: The Chemical Substance of Love, the 9th episode of the second season.
  • Verbal Tic: The title has one that used to occasionally show up on the official Japanese twitter LOVE!. (However, unless you're willing to Archive Binge, it doesn't show up anymore.)
  • Villains Out Shopping: The Conquest Club in episode 7, where they decide to splurge on a relaxing vacation.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 11. Sorry if you thought Boueibu was essentially plotless.
    • The episode after that is even more shocking. Even the characters get shocked, multiple times!
      En: Wha-what did you say?!
    • The end of Episode 10. And that's before the next episode teaser...
    • Season 2 episode 8 It's back to the Monster of the Week formula after the Christmas ep, we get some fun times in the snow and then the Beppu twins walk right up to the Defense Club and reveal themselves...
  • Younger Than They Look: Episode 4 introduces a student at Binan who looks like someone in their 50s.

Alternative Title(s): Binan Koukou Chikyuu Boueibu Love

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