Manabi Straight!, occasionally given in full as Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!, originated in 2005 as a manga serialised in Dengeki Daioh. In 2007, it was adapted into Twelve Episode Anime (plus an OVA) by ufotable (later of Kara no Kyoukai and Fate/Zero fame).In the year 2035, a sharp drop in the birth rate and social mores making it more acceptable for teenagers to start their careers early have emptied schools across Japan. Seiou Gakuen is a prestigious old private school that is slowly succumbing to the lack of students, and morale is at an all-time low among both the faculty and the students. Even the Student Council can't get anyone interested in joining, and its only member was practically shanghaied into the post.Enter Manami "Manabi" Amamiya, a Genki Girl so genki that she's practically an unstoppable force of nature. She gets herself elected Student Council President on her first day after transferring in, and proceeds to turn the whole school upside down with fun. Hilarity Ensues.
Provides examples of:
Adults Are Useless: In the earlier part of the series, the adults in the school mostly just sit there saying "ooh" and "ahh" a lot, while Manabi revitalizes the school.
Hair Decorations: Mutsuki wears an X-shaped hairclip, Manami wears a cherry blossom-inspired scrunchie and Mika wears both a ribbon and a green hairclip.
High School Rocks - Manabi's goal is to make high school unforgettable for her school mates. Grade school, OTOH, sucks. And the school principal and Shimojima-sensei fondly remembers their times there, too.
Hot-Blooded - Manabi faces everything enthusiastically. She can't stay put, any time is good for a speech.
Hover Board - To make sure the viewer realizes the show is set in the future, Manabi has one of these. In the finale, it upgrades to a jet bike.
In-Series Nickname: Everyone calls Mika "Mikan" (tangerine). Manabi is a portmanteau of her name, Manami, and manabu (to learn).
Les Yayinvoked - Mutsuki is popular among her kouhai, and she's teased In-Universe by the rest of the girls because of this.
Magic Skirt: The camera has a tendency to be shot from very low angles, yet their modesty is still preserved. This is especially the case whenever Manabi kicks her legs around either in excitement or a tantrum.
Mundane Made Awesome - Mei's Big Damn Heroes arrival and takeover of the presentation about the school festival). Manabi's outlook turns anything she does into an event, even eating jelly.
Ponzi - Mei once proposes starting a Ponzi scheme in order to collect enough signatures for the petition to save the school festival.
Power Walk - Comes up often enough that one wonders if this is one of the special skills of the 82nd Seioh Student Council.
Puni Plush - The main cast look like they're 11 or so, but are supposedly in high school. In the opening the girls are supposedly 19-20 years old.
Rapid-Fire Typing: Mei's special skills all relate to computers, from observing the student council room by hacking their webcam to controlling the computer remotely. Her programming style takes the cake, since she programs websites, 3D animations and games apparently only in hexadecimal and with ludicrous speed too.
Sensei-chan - Shimoji-sensei takes being dive-kicked by his students suprisingly well.
Shout-Out - In episode eight, the characters are all wearing yellow construction helmets. Mikan's helmet has a few markings subtly added to make it the same as the one worn by the Metool enemy in Mega Man.
Another to Paranoia Agent of all things: Lil' Slugger's bat and a pink plush doll resembling Maromi can be found in the Student Council room.