Light Novel: Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they?
Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they?note Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, or just "Mondaiji" is a fantasy light novel by Tarō Tatsunoko.Three problem children - Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasukabe - suddenly receive an invitation to another world known as "Little Garden" from a girl called Black Rabbit(Kurousagi). Battles, laughter, sex appeal... anything goes in this new tale of adventure!Released as part of the lineup for the Winter 2013 Anime season, the anime adaptation is currently streaming on Crunchyroll. Viewers living in North America, South America, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and the Netherlands may watch the show legally.Characters page is currently under construction.
This show contains examples of:
The Ace: Izayoi is amazing at basically everything.
A-Cup Angst: Asuka has a moment of this when she tries on one of Black Rabbit's dresses. At first, it seems to fit perfectly, except in... a certain place.
Amusing Injuries: After Shiroyasha tackles Kurousagi in episode 7 in the bath, the latter's head ends up embedded slightly in the bath floor.
An Offer You Can't Refuse: Kurousagi's clan/community has been reduced to a shell of its former self due to being forced to take part in contests in which they lost to the Demon lords. The reason is that Demon Lords have the right to challenge communities and if they do, you have to participate.
Artistic License - Biology: The calico cat is male. Not impossible, but incredibly rare (although heck, maybe in his dimension, most calicos are male.) Though You does mention that he is a bit weak, which is actually correct - male calicos are always slightly hampered physically and incapable of producing offspring.
Badass: All of the main characters to some extent or another, but Izayoi is definitely the standout example.
Badass Boast: Izayoi does this in episode 3 as part of a plan to restore Jin's community by proclaiming that Jin is going to take down the demon lords. He tells him that since they have nothing else to go on, they need a symbol to go by, hence naming the leader of their community.
Beach Episode: No real beach, but the characters spend most of the OAV in swimsuits.
Berserk Button: Izayoi will kick your ass if you hurt his community members
Beyond the Impossible: Izayoi's modus operandi is to punch anything and everything into submission. Nothing wrong with that but when his enemy unleashes a Kamehame Hadoken of petrification and he beats up the beam as if it were made of glass, he baffles everyone.
Big Damn Heroes: Ep 9: Three Stroms appear and block Jin's group. Cue Asuka and her brand new Golem.
Blank White Eyes: Kurousagi has some in episode 2 after Sakamaki says he's staying out of the fight Kasukabe and Kudou picked with Galdo Gasper. He tells her that he had nothing to do with it, so doesn't want to take part.
Breather Episode: Episode 6, which is fairly lighthearted compared to the previous episodes where much was often at stake.
Butt Monkey: Kurousagi is often subjected to being the butt of jokes or bad things happening to her.
Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Izayoi, You, and Asuka play the boke, and Kurousagi is the tsukkomi, right down to the paper fan she uses to hit them while doing it.
Catch Phrase: Izayoi shouts "Sharakusai!" defiantly when an opponent unleashes a finishing move. It means "Cheeky, impudent" and usually is translated something like "In your dreams!" or "Not happening!" or "That's what you think!"
Cats Hate Water: Inverted, since the calico cat seems to enjoy swimming in the hot water quite a bit. There's a bit of truth to it: Cats generally hate water because it's cold, and handle warm water much better.
Dancing Theme: The ending credits has one. The three main female characters dance for a bit, then Kasukabe and Kudou stop dancing for a while, causing Kurousagi to start dancing wildly on her own, then they join in again. Sakamaki then does some break dancing at the very end after just watching them the entire time. The dances when the cast rejoin also seem like ShoutOuts. While the breakdancing is obvious, Kasukabe is doing MCHammer's dance moves from the "U Can't Touch This" video.
She used to be a demon lord but that power is gone now.
Darker and Edgier: Starts out like a more badass version of Dog Days, but it becomes apparent that it is darker with Knight of Cerebus introduced as early as episode 2 and also the hidden depths of several characters.
Defeat Means Friendship: You Kasukabe becomes friends with Ayesha and Jack O'lantern after she loses to them in a gift game.
Dynamic Entry: Subverted when Izayoi shows his utter contempt for portals, doors, entry ways, or even the window in episode 10 when he nonchalantly busts the ceiling (and were not talking about some glass ceiling no no no we mean he breaks through the floor of one level to reach the lower level) and drops out of it in what is probably the most downplayed destructive entrance ever.
Asuka, with her "Arrogant and confident magic-using young-mistress of a wealthy family who sports luscious long black hair tied in twin-tails and loves to dress in red and black", is a clear expy of Rin Tousaka.
The outfits Shiroyasha picked out for Kurousagi to wear fall into this trope. Izayoi later gives her a thumbs up and tells her "Good job!" when she mentions it. They discuss it again in episode 7, despite Kurousagi's objections to it.
Fanservice seems to be the whole point of the OAV. It's got it all: fundoshi, swimsuits, girls covered in milk, tentacles, nudifier water...
Fish out of Water: The three human characters go through this when Kurousagi summons them to her world.
Fish Out of Temporal Water: When Asuka and Izayoi chat a bit in episode 6, they learn that they are also from different time periods note He mentions she must have lived right after the war. Though which war is unspecified, its likely World War 2, as she is unaware of what Halloween is, and has never eaten a crepe before the festival they attend.
From Bad to Worse: At the end of volume 8, Izayoi is fighting a hopeless battle against Azi Dahaka, You has lost her gift after fighting one of Azi's sub bodies, Jin has been capture by Rin, and Asuka is the only person from the main cast able to defend the fleeing civilians after all hell broke out from the battle.
Furo Scene: The first part of episode 3 has one with the three main heroines.
The Gadfly: Izayoi seems to take an equal amount of pleasure out of fighting and making fun of Kurousagi.
Everyone is this to Kurousagi.
Girly Bruiser: Asuka, fighting evil and being badass while in a frilly dress and hair ribbons.
The Glomp: Shiroyasha does this to Kurousagi in episode 2.
Gratuitous English: Kurousagi usually says "yes" a lot. note The Japanese word for "yes" sounds like "hai" or "hi"
Greek Mythology: The styles and powers of the Perseus Community incorporate elements of many Greek myths.
Heel-Face Turn: The henchmen sent to kidnap hostages in episode 3 seemed ready to turn when Izayoi told them Jin Russell would take down the demon lords, as they weren't exactly loyal to Fores Garo in the first place. However, Izayoi instead has them go spread the word from the Badass Boast he proclaimed earlier, which cost at least one of them their lives a few moments later.
Heroic Sacrifice: Leticia pushes Asuka out of the way of the Gorgon beam in episode 4, getting turned into stone in the process.
Human Shield: After Asuka attempts to attack Izayoi in episode 6, he suddenly grabs Jin and puts him in front, causing Asuka to hit the poor kid instead.
I Regret Nothing: After a frantic Kurousagi asks the girls why they would make such a high stakes bet with Fores Garo, they answer simply that they were mad and acted rashly without thinking of the consequences. Then they say, "We regret nothing."
When the three human characters jokingly write a threat that they're going to leave the community if she can't catch them by sundown. Then she manages to do just that, despite being far away and evading her for a while. "Far away" meaning almost a million kilometers apart. As a nobility of Little Garden she can use teleportation stations free of charge and her ears are constantly connected to all Little Garden surveillance systems. Izayoi can't outrun her, much less Asuka and You.
In episode 10, she engages in an extended battle with Pestilence and then teleports several of the combatants to the moon.
Little Bit Beastly: People with animal ears and tails are around everywhere in Little Garden.
Lily (of the No Names) is a fox-girl with two tails. According to Japanese mythology that should mean she'll be very powerful when she grows up.
Magic Skirt: Kurousagi's skirt literally has this gift, to almost let people see what it covers. Key word being almost. It is later revealed to be this trope explicitly by its designer Shiroyasha as a work of art in a Take Our Word for It kind of way; art is equal parts what is seen and what is left to imagination, hence the Magic Skirt. Once this is explained, Izayoi admires her thought process.
Male Gaze: Used prominently on Kurousagi in episode 4.
Ms. Exposition: Kurousagi does a lot of explaining to the three main human characters about how the Little Garden world works.
Mood Whiplash: There are some scenes which are fairly Lighter and Softer, such as when the three humans are relaxing in the rabbit's community. The games then often take a Darker and Edgier tone to them, such as the fight with Fores Garo in episode 3.
Moon Rabbit: Kurousagi. She even has the ability to teleport a group of people to the moon.
The Multiverse: While walking by some cherry blossoms in episode 2, one of the girls mentions that it must be spring in the Little Garden, and how it was summer where she was. Another mentions it being fall, and Kurousagi says that she pulled all of them from different universes, so they all had a different history, although all that was mentioned at this time was different seasons.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Izayoi's gift is deliberately defined as "unknown". So he can often shows off a new use of his abilities when the plot demands it.
Ninja Maid: Leticia, after rescuing her from Perseus.
Rubber Face: Jin suffers one from Asuka in episode 3 after the latter forced him to run away. Unfortunately for her meant he picked her up as well while fleeing, which left Kasukabe alone to face Fores Garo.
Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: In episode 6, the three human characters wish to visit a festival taking place in the northern areas of Little Garden. However, Jin tells them the festival event is about 980,000 km away from where they currently are, because the world they're on is roughly the size of a star. Oddly enough, this is an aversion: the stated number is about 1/4th the circumference of the Sun, and the whole point of bringing it up is that they can't travel that far without using a jump gate.
Ship Tease: Izayoi gets multiple with the three main female protagonists.
There Was a Door: Izayoi makes a trademark Big Entrance by using his powers to effortlessly blow the door down, only to be politely informed that the door was unlocked. In the last episode, he enters a room by needlessly blasting a hole through the ceiling.
Translation Convention: The cat speaks in subtitled meows at first, to show that he isn't actually talking, before transitioning to this trope.
Upgrade Artifact: Kasukabe's amulet replicats trait animals both supernatural abilities and mundane ones. Kasukabe is as nimble and agile as a cat, and as strong as an elephant, and has a sense of smell as good as a bloodhound; this is all literally. Plus she's highly resistant to cold (from a penguin) and can use sonar (from a dolphin) to detect invisible men. When she's bouncing around in the trees in episode 1, she looks like a squirrel.
Wake-Up Call Boss: Kasukabe is injured pretty badly in episode 3 during the game against Fores Garo, leaving Asuka to battle him.
What the Hell, Hero?: Shortly before the Rising Red Dragon festival, the Problem Children pretend to leave the No-Names unless Kurousagi can catch them before the sun goes down. Due to the in-universe Dude, Not Funny! nature of this joke, Kurousagi resolves to give them a "long and wonderful Kurousagi lecture."
When All You Have Is a Hammer: While Izayoi has been shown to have some intellect and good observational skills, it seems his solution to every fight is "punch it as hard as I can." Interestingly, the first time he doesn't win a Gift Game is also the first time "punch the bejeezus out of everything" wasn't a legitimate way to win.
Would Hurt a Child: Galdo Gaspar reveals that not only does Fores Garo take Communitys' children hostage to make them cooperate with Fores Garo, but that Galdo killed the child hostages as soon as they were brought in. Then he eats them, in order to dispose of the bodies.