Beware of flying goldfish.
Also known in the United States as Goldfish Warning
. Demented 1991-vintage borderline surreal comedy from the production team that created Sailor Moon
, but predating that show.
Chitose Fujinomiya is a snobbish young girl, orphaned and impoverished by the death of her father. Thrown out of her exclusive, ritzy private school ("Tokaino Gakuen", a pun which can be read as "Big City High School"), she and her only remaining possession (a strange pink goldfish named "Gyopi") find themselves at Inakano Chugakko (another pun — "Out in the Country Junior High"). Inakano is not exactly what she's used to — it's dilapidated and farm animals wander both the grounds and the classrooms. Despite their rough manners, though, the students are good-hearted, and Chitose soon makes several friends (whether she wants them or not), including pink-haired semi-ditz
Wapiko, good boy Shu and token delinquent Aoi (who despite their apparent differences all hang out together).
Then her late father's lawyer shows up, seeking to steal Gyopi. Gyopi, it turns out, is an extremely rare and valuable fish, and just about the only thing from the estate of Chitose's father that the lawyer hasn't already plundered. But the school's guard chicken (yes, guard chicken) catches him in the act and raises an alarm. He is caught and in the process drops a key to a safe-deposit box in which Chitose finds her lost inheritance — billions of yen in stocks, bonds, deeds and other documents.
With the money Chitose could return to Tokaino Gakuen, but instead she chooses to remain at and rebuild Inakano Chugakko. She then installs herself as head of the student council, and tries to "elevate" the school and its student body, while at the same time getting revenge on Tokaino. Most of the subsequent episodes deal with her efforts at sophisticating her classmates, and how her own snobbishness both sabotages her efforts and keeps her from enjoying herself the way her friends do.
This is a strange, high-energy show where the characters spend almost half their time Super-Deformed
. Chitose plots and yells at people, there are a lot of random cows and chickens in almost every scene, and the principal of the school has antennae. If you don't expect things to make a lot of sense, but do like off-the-wall, slapstick-style comedy, you'll enjoy this show.
This show provides examples of:
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Justified, in this case, as Chitose is student council president and also owns the school.
- Amusing Injuries: Between the cartoon violence, talking animals, & school setting, it's not too much of a stretch to call this the anime equivalent of Tiny Toon Adventures.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Completely averted, with Chitose showing a surprising degree of Genre Savvy for a character who usually has no sense of self-awareness. Her former love interest, who quickly dumped her when she briefly became poor, discovers she's rich again and wants to get back with her. She's having none of it.
- Big Ball of Violence
- Breaking the Fourth Wall Episode 44, Chitose tells Aoi that the point of the episode was a fan request to see him in tights.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tanakayama was Chitose's lawyer & he often wears rabbit ears for no reason.
- Butt Monkey Aoi may be Chitose's uninterested love interest, but he's also her personal punching bag.
- The Charmer Aoi.
- The Chew Toy: Tanakayama.
- City Mouse
- Cloudcuckooland All but 3 in the student body of the joint junior high/farm. Wapiko is their queen, Shuu is the only sane man, Aoi rolls with it, & Chitose is her own special breed of frustration & madness.
- Clueless Chick Magnet Averted. Aoi only pretends not to notice Chitose or Yurika because he thinks they're horrible people.
- Cool Old Guy: Inakano's principal, complete with antennae.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Tanakayama, Chitose's former lawyer.
- Cross-Popping Veins
- Crocodile Tears While Shuu & Aoi find Chitose & Yurika to be utterly transparent, Wapiko falls for the crying act every time.
- Destination Defenestration Every so many episodes, someone will chuck Tanaka through a window.
- Distressed Dude Gyoupi is constantly under threat of being kidnapped & sold. Shark was once a target for a special food item.
- The Ditz
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male Women are masochists, men are punching bags.
- Drama Queen: Chitose & Yurika eat, breathe, & sleep melodrama.
- Dumb Is Good: Ignorance is heavenly bliss.
- Epileptic Flashing Lights About 16 minutes into episode 41.
- Every Man Has His Price Moral grounds are as thin & crumbly as potato chips; Absolutely everyone can & will bribe everyone else with food.
- Fish out of Water
- Flower Motifs To parody classic shoujo manga & to emphasize the melodrama.
- Genki Girl: Wapiko takes this trope to the extreme.
- The Glasses Gotta Go Tanakayama is ordered by Yurika to get pictures of Aoi without the sunglasses he never ever takes off, so he bribes the entire school with Yakisoba Pan to forcibly remove them.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Many of the show's actors would go on to have major roles in Sailor Moon. Mika Kanai (Wapiko) was Mimete, Taiki Matsuno (Takapi) was Pegasus, Shino Kakinuma (Takapi's sister Chieko) was Naru, and Keiko Han (Yurika) was both Luna and Queen Beryl. Though it's likely a coincidence, Yurika in her evil moments looks really like a young Queen Beryl.
- Ignored Aesop It wouldn't be much of a comedy if Chitose & Yurika ever learned to stop repeating the same mistakes over & over.
- Interspecies Romance A running gag played for laughs. Wapiko wants to date a penguin, a cat fell in love with an oxen, & the school spread rumors about Shuu dating one of the cows.
- Iron Butt Monkey Chitose. It seems not a day goes by when she isn't trampled by a herd of cows. Tanakayama to the extreme.
- It Only Works Once Bad Ox is given a plot conventient WeaksauceWeakness of carrots, which is resolved same episode & never brought up again.
- It's All About Me Chitose will step on the happiness of her friends if she can sell whatever makes them happy for a new wardrobe.
- Jerkass Tanakayama; frequently fired for incompetency, will do anything for cash, lives to freeload & steal, will play double agent because he has no loyalties.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold Bad Ox.
- Laser-Guided Karma All of Yurika's & Chitose's selfish plans come back to bite them in the ass swiftly.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Wapiko, especially to a certain male student from a rival school.
- The Mole
- Noblewoman's Laugh
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased
- Non-Human Sidekick
- The Ojou: Chitose.
- Only Sane Man: Shuu. Everyone else is out of their gourd.
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Parental Abandonment
- Ping Pong Na´vetÚ: Everyone to a degree, but mostly Wapiko.
- Princess in Rags: Chitose... for about ten minutes in the first episode. She learns nothing from the experience.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: She almost always wears pink, but when fantasizing about life as a princess, she is often sporting a dress remarkably similar to Princess Peach's in Super Mario Brothers.
- Proper Lady: Chitose & Yurika. Chitose also uses this as an excuse to avoid unladylike things that involve dirt & manual labor.
- Pygmalion Plot: Albeit a doomed enterprise from the start. Chitose tries and fails to "refine" Inakano's students.
- Rich Bitch: Chitose, to a degree, but more so her former schoolmates at Tokaino.
- The Rival: Yurika to Chitose. Really, Tokaino in its entirety to Chitose.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Chitose makes up school rules at will, while also breaking them.
- Share Phrase: Bye been!
- Shark Pool: Home of the school's pet shark, also where the kids like to play.
- Slobs Versus Snobs: In part, though the rivalry between Inakano and Tokaino is manufactured almost entirely by Chitose. Inakano's students have little interest in competing with their rich counterparts.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: While everyone understands cow, only Wapiko can speak to all animals.
- Speech Impaired Animal: Gyopi, possibly; it's hard to tell when you don't speak the language.
- Super-Deformed: Characters spend so long in this mode that the animators developed three distinct levels of super-deformedness for each main character. While many anime will change all of the characters in a scene to super-deformed for a gag moment, this show routinely features interactions between normal-sized characters and super-deformed characters, leading to bizarre situations such as a super-deformed character running between the legs of someone who would usually be the same height as them.
- The Sweat Drop
- Troll: Yurika. Also called an Ogre by Chitose.
- Troubled, but Cute
- Tsundere: Chitose is Type A, but she unconvincingly pretends to be type B.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Weird Currency: Potato chips & yakisoba pan.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Chitose does this occasionally.