->'''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![[note]]They're imposters! They wear glasses, but they don't have eyes![[/note]]
-->-- "The Soul-Stealing Mirror!! Utsushimi"

''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkou no Kaidan'', lit. "Ghosts in the School") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television. The show 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 was loosely based on a light novel series written by Toru Tsunemitsu.

The show 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 light novels and having a fairly high-quality vocal cast, ''Ghost Stories'' also featured a bland script and below-average production values; the show bombed as a result, ending after only twenty episodes. Facing bankruptcy and desperate for money, the animation company sold the rights to Creator/ADVFilms for dubbing in 2005.

When the dubbing team asked about any restrictions, they were told to do whatever they wanted with it, so long as they bought the license and made the show sell. To that end, director Steven Foster reworked the show into a pure GagDub by throwing out nearly all of the original script. The dub kept only the names of major characters and ghosts, as well as the most basic plot points--everything else 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 a dub full of random characterization, fourth-wall-breaking jokes, tons of {{Take That}}s, and as much silliness as the [=VAs=] could manage.

But that approach was a polarizing move at the time. When ''Ghost Stories'' was first released, the dub was decried by much of the anime fandom despite the "quality" of the original show. (A dub that stayed truer to the original's storyline was released years later by Animax.) Both time and changing standards in anime dubbing helped shift opinions; many modern anime fans consider the ADV dub to be this show's best feature. The odds of a situation like this one happening again are practically zero, so ''Ghost Stories'' stands as a unique product of a strange time.

Creator/DiscotekMedia saved the license and re-released the show in 2014; it made sure to say upfront that ADV's English dub would be included. (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.) The show is also viewable in both subbed and (gag)dubbed forms over on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/ghost-stories Crunchyroll]].

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


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

* TheAbridgedSeries: The dub is arguably [[UrExample the first anime example]] [[TropeMaker to ever exist]], predating ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' by a year. Except that it's not ''abridged'' in any way.
* AbsenteeActor: Momoko is absent from episode 15 for no apparent reason (which is especially ironic, since a demonic possession story would have been perfect for Miss Born-Again Betty).
* AdultsAreUseless: The only adult characters that ever helped the protagonists were a bumbling teacher in episode 18, and a night watchman [[spoiler:who turned to be another ghost]] in episode 16.
* AgentMulder: Leo.
* AlienGeometries: The haunted apartment complex of episode 16 could change both its internal and external structure. This is taken UpToEleven when [[spoiler:the group thought they were in a residential neighborhood, but were 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. {{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 was taken to make her movements fluid to {{invoke|dTrope}} UncannyValley.
* AndIMustScream: The [=DaVinci=] Wannabe ghost who paints women trapping them inside paintings "FOREVER" [[spoiler:(neither the woman in the opening, nor any of the other victims are ever freed)]] though it's never specified if the victims are aware once they are 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]].
* TheCanKickedHim: Akagami-Aogami's M.O.
* CatsAreMean: Well, cats are mean! ...when they are possessed by a cynical demon with a sadistic sense of humor, anyway.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Amanojaku is easily the most sarcastic character on the show.
* 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 both versions. Some of the things she says could not have come from a sane person, she sometimes seems too oblivious to realize what is going on, and 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 affects 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.
* 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: ''Gakkou no Kaidan'' translates to "Ghosts in the School". 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. On 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.]]
* FieryRedhead: Satsuki.
* FourIsDeath: Some of the earlier episodes use this idea on curses. It was also used as a solution to a problem in Episode 18.
** That episode, however, managed to somehow screw it up ''in its original language'' because Satsuki exclusively uses the ''other'' word for four ("yon" instead of "shi").
* 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 named "Sexy Sexy" doing in a children's anime?
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Kayako is portrayed as 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]].
* HairRaisingHare: Shirotabi
* HauntedHeadquarters
* 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.
* InsideShoes: Unintentionally funny in episode 8. The kids are shown wearing theirs in the final scene in the computer lab, meaning they stopped to change their shoes even in a life-or-death emergency.
* IntercourseWithYou: The ending theme.
-->[[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 in a cartoon]], 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.
** The GagDub pokes fun at this whenever it is done ''un''-intentionally.
--->'''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!"''
* 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, played for ComedicUnderwearExposure instead of FanService (for the best considering Satsuki is about ten). Becomes a running gag until it gets subverted when Satsuki wears [[ModestyShorts gym shorts]] in the "Bloody Sports Festival" episode.
** Momoko gets one in the last episode by inverting SkirtsAndLadders, but Hajime and Leo are too embarrassed to bring it to her attention.
** Satsuki gets a final one at the end of the last episode courtesy of a DramaticWind, again played more for embarrassment than fanservice.
* 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]].
** "Your father's been in an accident and I'm about to have one!"
* PottyFailure: Keiichirou suffers one in episode 2 due to the fear of going to the old school to pee.
* ProductPlacement: The Sony [=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: Boy, where to start...
* RunningGag:
** Satsuki's accidental {{Panty Shot}}s in the anime proper.
** The dub makes a few of these by way of commenting on the [[BreakingTheFourthWall quality of the script]] [[MediumAwareness and animation]], often invoking [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny Engrish]] and anime trends.
*** There is also a series-spanning gag about Christian Slater's career.
*** In a few episodes, there is a workman getting yelled at by his boss ("Fill that hole, hole-filler!"); his response is always a muttered "jackass".
* SealedEvilInACan: All the ghosts who had been sealed away by Kayako are freed after construction destroys the places where they had been imprisoned.
* {{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 / NominalHero: Amanojaku.
* TragicVillain: The Railway Ghost and [[spoiler:Yuki]].
* TricksterMentor: Amanojaku.
* 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.
** They also appear in the photo album during the flashback/letter reading in episode 12 (about the cursed nurse).
** GagDub[=!=]Grandpa did say that he'd move to Vegas when Grandma died, so...


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

* 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 trope--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?"]]).
* BilingualBonus: The Hispanic nurse in Episode 12 calls Momoko and Satsuki "cabronas" ("bitches").
* BreakingTheFourthWall: This happens so damn much. 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: The dub subverts this. In Episode 3, Satsuki tries to get a wish-granting ghost to give her "huge boobs", but does it wrong so she's "still in a training bra".
** This becomes hilariously ironic if you have ever seen Hilary Haag. She is...well, if she ever made a similar wish on cursed stairs, it worked.
* CastingCouch: This is specifically name-checked. According to Leo, this is how Keita beat him out for the lead part in the school play. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Which had a male director.]]
* ClusterFBomb: A (sadly) 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!!!"
** When you watch the ''very next episode'' on the DVD, you learn that Episode 16 is the point where they stopped censoring "fuck". F[bleep]ing ass[bleep]s.
* DonutMessWithACop: This is referenced by Hajime: "Drop the Krispy Kremes, Film/{{Serpico}}!"
* {{Expy}}: The dub all but turned Amanojaku into one for [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Salem]].
* TheFundamentalist: Momoko, oh so much.
** Though in Episode 5, even she breaks her God-Is-Good persona for a moment when she notices how attractive a ghost track runner is.
--->'''Satsuki:''' Nice ass.\\
'''Momoko:''' ''*gasp!*'' Do not lust in your hea--Jesus, you're ''right''.
* GagDub: This is one of the most famous--arguably the most famous--that is not an AbridgedSeries. Some people do mistake the ADV dub for an AbridgedSeries, though; people unfamiliar with the dub and its unique circumstances are always shocked to find out it's official.
* 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.
* 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. And 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]].
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: This is invoked mostly in the later episodes of the dub. ''"NANIIIIII?"''
* 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.]]
* 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.
* SitcomArchNemesis: [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Hadley]], to Sakata.
* 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.
* 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!
* 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.