The Cheering Squad
Imamura Kinichiro is graduating from high school, having spent the entirety of his high school career without joining a club or making any friends. On sudden impulse Imamura visits the room occupied by the Cheer Club (ouendan
in Japanese) before it closed for lack of members his freshman year. A misunderstanding with fellow graduate Fujieda Aki seemingly results in a fatal accident for both of them... until Imamura wakes up on his first day of high school. Thinking it nothing more than a Dying Dream
, he goes through his first day of school for a second time, but before he can put himself back on the path to have a miserable three years he tells cheer club captain Usami the words he never could in his first loop: "The Cheering Squad... is it fun?".Again!!
is a slice of life
manga about the spirit of the Japanese ouendan, time travel, high school, youth and second chances.
Not to be confused with the video game of the same name
Again!! contains examples of:
- All Just a Dream: Imamura and Aki initially thought they were dreaming.
- In later chapters, a bonk to the head sees Imamura wake up in the original timeline.
- Alpha Bitch: Abe Tamaki, the Cheerleading Club's leader. Usami technically counts, but she's far dorkier and more hotblooded than the social butterfly the trope describes, though.
- Butterfly of Doom: Unfortunately, Aki's life is pretty much ruined because she had a good life; she sets about trying to recreate her relationship with her boyfriend, but her overly familiar behaviour ends up pigeonholing her as a stalker. Trying to convince people of what happens three years into the future makes people back away.
- Cast of Snowflakes
- Color Failure: Reo suffers a major one when she realizes that Imamura is a lot more popular with the girls than anyone expected.
- Delinquent: His appearance and quick temper make it hard to convince people otherwise, but Imamura really isn't one.
- Cute Sports Club Manager: Mineko. Is it any wonder why Suzuki fell for her?
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Surprise! Hiro was also in an Again. And he just began monologuing at precisely the wrong moment i.e. when the entire ouendan including Imamura came round the corner.
- Down to the Last Play: After an unbelievable comeback, Suzuki is rounding the bases to tie the game with two outs. He's tagged out at home plate. Despite the loss, he and the Cheer Squad are more popular than ever.
- Face of a Thug: Imamura.
- Friendless Background: Imamura at the start of the manga.
- Gainaxing: Mineko, the baseball club manager, is prone to this. Showcased hilariously during the baseball match, where the jiggles are actually given onomatopoeia.
- Guile Hero: Imamura.
- High School: The setting of the manga.
- Insistent Terminology: The time travel is always called the "Again".
- Japanese School Club: The Cheering, Cheerleading, and Baseball Club feature prominently.
- Lovable Jock: Suzuki, the baseball club's ace.
- Love Triangle: Reo likes Imamura, who has a complicated relationship with Usami, who is the object of the affections of the Ouendan's butt monkey.
- No Accounting for Taste
- Pride: Usami's Fatal Flaw. Her exacting standards led her to drive away the other members of the cheer squad, and when she tried to single-handedly cheer at a major game her side lost, the shame of failure (and the blame of her peers) made her quit school.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: For Imamura, the Again is a second chance at the energetic highschool life he never had in his original timeline.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Cheerleading Club and Cheer Squad do NOT get along, but both plan to do their best for their team.
- Time Travel: The main premise of the manga.
- Tomboy: Usami. To the point she has a minor heroic BSOD when she has to cheerlead.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Usami and Tamaki. Unlike most examples of this, the two of them cannot stand each other.
- Training from Hell: Usami tries this in their training retreat, making the club do a long run... and ends up having to be carried across the finish line herself.
- Unusual Eyebrows:
- Imamura has no eyebrows, making a big contrast with Usami who has very thick eyebrows for a girl.
- Suga Rakki has Big Ol' Eyebrows. Him and Usami also have very imposing personalities.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Imamura gets this a lot whether his schemes succeed or fail. Aki too, on occasion.