Anime / Ghost Stories

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!Subtitled as... 
ADV Dub, "The Soul-Stealing Mirror!! Utsushimi"

Ghost Stories (Gakkou no Kaidan, lit. "School Ghost Stories") 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 YuYu Hakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm Bleach), with music by 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 Old School Building 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 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 ADV Films for dubbing in 2005.

When the dubbing team asked about any restrictions, they were told to (according to Greg Ayres) "do whatever it took to sell the show." The only caveat was that the basic story and names of major characters and ghosts had to remain intact, but everything else was fair game. To that end, director Steven Foster reworked the show into a pure Gag Dub by throwing out nearly all of the original script. The dub 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 Thats, 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.

Discotek Media 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 subs, 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 Crunchyroll.

Do not confuse this with a certain Coldplay album or the 1964 horror film.

Ghost Stories includes the following tropes:

  • The Abridged Series: The dub is arguably the first anime example to ever exist, predating Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series by a year. Except that it's not abridged in any way.
  • Absentee Actor: 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).
  • Adults Are Useless: The only adult characters that ever helped the protagonists were a bumbling teacher in episode 18, and a night watchman who turned to be another ghost in episode 16.
  • Agent Mulder: Leo often takes interest in investigating the ghosts, sometimes even being the one who heard about the rumors surrounding the ghost in the first place.
  • Alien Geometries: The haunted apartment complex of episode 16 could change both its internal and external structure. This is taken Up to 11 when the group thought they were in a residential neighborhood, but were still inside the building.
  • Animation Bump: The show has a lot of mediocre animation, but it does have its moments.
    • When the nurse in episode 12 leaves. Lampshaded by ADV's Gag Dub.
      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 Uncanny Valley.
  • And I Must Scream: The DaVinci Wannabe ghost who paints women trapping them inside paintings "FOREVER" (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.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Whenever Leo shares an Urban Legend that ends up being the Monster of the Week, 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.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Headless Biker goes in a chaotic rampage during the anniversary of his death, cutting off everything that resembles a head.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: This is the main plot of episode 3, and it is also explored in episode 15.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In episode 11, Merry Mary decides 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.
  • Beware Of Hitch Hiking Ghosts: Both variations show up, with a ghostly taxi driver in the first instance and a vengeful ghost attacking taxi drivers in the second.
  • Body Horror: Shinobu, after she reveals to Satsuki her (more or less) true form.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: 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!"
  • But Not Too Foreign: This is implied with Leo, given his name and his character design, which is a collage of "Gaijin" stereotypes.
  • Butt-Monkey: Leo and Sakata the schoolteacher, in both versions.
  • Came Back Wrong: This is the whole premise of episode 9. A particular ritual can bring the dead back to life, but they will come back as berserk monsters—and somebody just had to go and try it anyway.
  • The Can Kicked Him: Akagami-Aogami's M.O. is to kill anyone who uses the toilets in the old schoolhouse.
  • Cats Are Mean: Well, cats are mean! ...when they are possessed by a cynical demon with a sadistic sense of humor, anyway.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Amanojaku is easily the most sarcastic character on the show.
  • Cheeky Mouth: Always averted with Amanojaku. At other times, it's either a brief Animation Bump or someone (usually either Hajime or Leo) has an especially exaggerated expression.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: 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 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: What DOES "Bootylicious" mean?note 
  • Conspicuous CG: 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.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: 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.
  • Creepy Doll: Merry Mary turned to 11.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Hanako-san, she doesn't like to scare people, but she wants to be friends with the living.
  • Deal with the Devil: Episode 15 is entirely about this.
  • Dem Bones: The ghost Da Vinci.
  • Dub Name Change: 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
  • Eldritch Abomination: Yamime sounds to be one.
  • Emotion Eater: Amanojaku in the first episode. He feeds on the kids' fear to become more powerful so he can attack them.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Episode 9 has this. The Gag Dub tacks on an Aesop about paying child support on time.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: 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 Urban Legend. On the original ADV DVDs, a special feature explains the traditional stories; the Discotek re-release lacks this feature.
  • Eye Scream: This almost happens with Satsuki when Mary and a squad of possessed toys decide to "play" with her.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: This is practically what happened to Shinobu—she was once a normal girl before she was turned into the avatar of a malevolent trickster deity.
    • Da Vinci's victims are also conformed inuniverse to suffer a face worse than death as they are trapped in a waiting forever and don't even have the chance to become a ghost (or presumably die peacefully)
  • Fiery Redhead: Satsuki.
  • Four Is Death: 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").
  • Friendly Ghost: Hanako-san, even though she is cute.
  • Game Face: Played with some ghosts, particularly Shinobu and the girl who Leo meets in Episode 8.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Pretend for a moment that the Gag Dub was never made. What is a song named "Sexy Sexy" doing in a children's anime?
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Kayako is portrayed as gay/bisexual in the Gag Dub. 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 she found her attractive—which really creeps Satsuki out.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: After Mio performs a ritual to bring Shirotabi back to life, it quickly transforms into a monster.
  • Haunted Headquarters: The whole series revolves around the haunted old schoolhouse, which the current schoolhouse that the children attend was built right next to.
  • Headless Horseman: Episode 19 features a headless biker.
  • Heel Realization: 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • The watchman from episode 16 was already dead, but his soul was still trapped in the building.
    • This also happens with Amanojaku in the last episode. He gets better, though.
  • Ill Girl: Momoko used to be very ill in the past. 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 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.
  • Implacable Man: 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.
  • Intercourse with You: The ending theme. Believe it or not, this was not one of the changes made by ADV's Gag Dub.
    "Yurashite, yurashite, yurashite, yurashite! SEXY SEXY" note 
  • Invisible to Adults: Babasare.
  • Killer Rabbit: Any creature resurrected by the ritual that raised Shirotabi from the dead comes back as a berserk monster, but this time it was a fluffy little rabbit. He does gradually turn into the most badass looking killer demon rabbit you would ever see in a cartoon, though.
  • Limited Wardrobe: This is lampshaded in the Gag Dub 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.
  • Mama Bear: Kayako is this—from beyond the grave.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Shinobu and Yuki.
  • The Millstone: Leo is occasionally the reason why the gang keeps being chased or cursed by the ghosts. A good example happens in episode 14: 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.
  • Mind Control: One of Ohma's abilities. He tries to kill Satsuki and Keichirou by making Satsuki's classmates attack them with knives.
  • Mind Screw: 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.
  • Modesty Shorts: Satsuki wears them one episode after she gets tired of skirt flipping by Hajime.
  • Mood Whiplash: The openings of several episodes cut from a screaming victim to the jaunty opening theme song.
  • Murderous Mannequin: Episode 16 features an army of quite creepy mannequins.
  • Noble Demon: Amanojaku is a total Jerk Ass 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 who harm people on purpose even more.
  • Off-Model:
    • This is done deliberately with the mirror people in episode 7 to make them look creepier.
    • The Gag Dub 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!"
      Amanojaku: "God, you are four of the ugliest fucking kids I have ever had the misfortune of laying my eyes on, I can't wait for this bitch to kill you."
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: 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.
  • Panty Shot: Multiple ones, played for Comedic Underwear Exposure instead of Fanservice (for the best considering Satsuki is about ten). Becomes a running gag until it gets subverted when Satsuki wears gym shorts in the "Bloody Sports Festival" episode.
    • Momoko gets one in the last episode by inverting Skirts and Ladders, 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 Dramatic Wind, again played more for embarrassment than fanservice.
  • Potty Emergency: 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. 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!"
  • Potty Failure: Keiichirou suffers one in episode 2 due to the fear of going to the old school to pee.
  • Product Placement: 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.
  • Put on a Bus: This happens with the friendlier and more harmless ghosts of the old school building.
  • Replicant Snatching: 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.
  • Right on the Tick: 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, Four Is Death.
  • Rule of Scary: The premise of the series is to tell about scary ghosts, and not even the Gag Dub could change that many of them conceptually are.
  • Running Gag:
    • Satsuki's accidental Panty Shots in the anime proper.
    • The dub makes a few of these by way of commenting on the quality of the script and animation, often invoking 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".
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: All the ghosts who had been sealed away by Kayako are freed after construction destroys the places where they had been imprisoned.
  • Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: In the first episode the demon Amanojaku gets sealed inside the Satsuki and Keiichiro's pet cat, where he spends the remainder of the series.
  • Shinigami: Death Nurse from episode 12 is implied to be one.
  • Shirtless Scene: One of Hajime appears during the opening—for no apparent reason.
  • Shout-Out: In episode 6, Keiichiro is shown playing Dark Cloud.
  • Skirts and Ladders: 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.
  • Smug Snake: Shinobu Matsuda/Yamime
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: Amanojaku.
  • Soul Jar: Momoko is this for Kayako's spirit.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Episodes 14 and 18 feature one.
  • The Taxi: Episode 10.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Amanojaku helps the kids with the Monster of the Week, but only because it furthers his own goal of trying to escape from the cat he's trapped inside.
  • Tragic Villain: The Railway Ghost and Yuki.
  • Trickster Mentor: Amanojaku actually doesn't like it when the kids learn a lesson from him. He usually isn't trying to teach them anything.
  • Uncanny Valley: This is purposely invoked with Animation Bumps that make unnatural movements look very fluid. The best example is Akane from episode 18.
  • Urban Legend: This is the underlying source of the ghost stories used in the series.
  • Weirdness Magnet: 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Satsuki and Keiichirou's grandparents appear in one very brief scene in episode 1. They are never seen or mentioned ever again, despite 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).
    • Gag Dub!Grandpa did say that he'd move to Vegas when Grandma died, so...

ADV's Gag Dub exclusively includes the following tropes:

  • A-Cup Angst:
    • 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 ("Oh, what am I saying?").
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Leo when he gets the lead role in the school play becomes an egomaniac and expects to win a Tony.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The dub portrays Keichiro as mentally stunted.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Hispanic nurse in Episode 12 calls Momoko and Satsuki "cabronas" ("bitches").
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: This happens so damn much. The following instance from Episode 5 takes this and blends it together with Medium Awareness:
    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!
  • Breast Expansion: 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.
  • Casting Couch: This is specifically name-checked. According to Leo, this is how Keita beat him out for the lead part in the elementary-school play.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: 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.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: This is referenced by Hajime: "Drop the Krispy Kremes, Serpico!"
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first two episodes of the ADV dub, save for a couple of gags, are a slightly straighter dub of the original material with added humor. Episodes 3 and beyond introduce the black comedy and improv the dub would be known for.
  • Expy: The dub all but turned Amanojaku into one for Salem.
  • The Fundamentalist: 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.
  • Gag Dub: This is one of the most famous—arguably the most famous—that is not an Abridged Series. Some people do mistake the ADV dub for an Abridged Series, though; people unfamiliar with the dub and its unique circumstances are always shocked to find out it's official.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Inverted. 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.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming
    "Shut up, cat! And, listen, you don't know Leo well enough to be mean to him, just us!"
  • Hypocritical Humour: The dub has tons of it throughout the series. For example, Episode 4. Also, the overly religious Momoko noting that there are some crazy religious people out there when she's one herself. Leo hates it when people lie in their online profiles, which he does as well.
  • Interspecies Romance: 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 he is black.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: This is invoked mostly in the later episodes of the dub. "NANIIIIII?"
  • Lip Lock: 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!!!
  • Lost in Translation: Inverted when it explained the xylophone; 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.
  • Lull Destruction: 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.
  • Monster of the Week: This is fairly obvious in the original show, but the dub name-checks this trope verbatim.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Ouma, to Satsuki.
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: This is inserted in the dub during Shizuko's flashback to Momoko. The taxi driver does it after hitting her with the cab.
  • Parental Incest: Episode 13.
    Satsuki: She thought I was attractive. That is so...grossing me out.
  • Precision F-Strike: There were plenty of F-bombs before Episode 16, but they were bleeped out (including the Cluster F-Bomb mentioned above). Strangely, an utterance of "shit" was bleeped out literally two minutes before Satsuki's F-bomb wasn't.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Akane.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Satsuki and Momoko diss Greg Ayres and Chris Patton, 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.
  • She's a Man in Japan: This is Played for Laughs. Momoko's hairstylist cousin Maki was a woman in the original version of Episode 19, but was changed to a Camp Gay man for the dub.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Hadley, to Sakata.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Reo was changed to Leo. It's possible that his name was actually supposed to be Leo, considering that it's written in katakana.
  • Squick: In Episode 12, Momoko reveals she found the Lord in rehab for drugs and sex addiction. This was a few months before Satsuki's mother died, which meant Momoko was 7 at best during all this.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: "Oh, Satsuki, let's sing! Jesus loves me—COME ON, YOU KNOW THE WORDS!"
  • Take That!: 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 Bush America!
  • Too Dumb to Live: This is lampshaded several times, but most explicitly in episode 7.
    Oh for god's sakes, you kids are so 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.
  • Trade Snark: ADV's DVD release has a dubtitle track that does this with Keiichiro's random noises, usually rendered as "[Keiichiro Sob™]".
  • The Unintelligible: 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 [Gibberish] or [Keichiro Sob] (and after about episode 4, [Keichiro Sob ]).
  • Verbal Tic: Leo, yeah.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: 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.