Mika-sensei, what are you doing getting stuck in the middle of all the first-years?Doki Doki School Hours (known as Sensei no Ojikan in Japan) is a manga by Tamami Momose, depicting the adventures of 27-year old Suzuki Mika, homeroom teacher of class 2A of Okitsu High School. Because of her diminutive size she often feels overwhelmed by the antics of her students. They form quite an eccentric bunch: we have our fashion-victim, an otaku, a lesbian student with a crush on her teacher, a narcissistic crossdresser and a gay guy obsessing over a classmate who doesn't have a clue and only thinks of sports.To make things worse, Mika is often quite ditzy herself, so she is not always on top of things. The fact that she still lives with her parents and is spoiled terribly by her father doesn't help much either. Still, the students love her and hold her in high esteem, so things manage to work out most of the time.The anime series, produced by JC Staff and broadcast in 2004, starts out with typical high school fare, like festivals, sports events and the ever-dreaded "measuring day". Later on there is a change of pace, leading to a series of genre spoofs vaguely reminiscent of Excel Saga, only to have things become very serious again by the last episode. The mood and animation style are very loose and cartoonish and seems to have been influenced by Azumanga Daioh quite a bit, even though the manga it is based on actually pre-dates Azumanga Daioh by a few years. Doki Doki School Hours is highly recommended for viewers who love bizarre characters and dry humour interpersed with some genuinely touching moments.
This series contains examples of:
A-Cup Angst: Kobayashi suffers from this, especially when she has to be right next to Kitagawa at the pool.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Nakayama in episode 11, when Hori-sensei shows up as a student teacher for two weeks. She constantly wonders if Watabe is going to have some kind of relationship with Hori-sensei, and talks to the school nurse about them.
Color Failure: Happens to Kudo at the end of episode 3, after his plan to fail the exam and take summer courses with Suetake backfires when the latter actually passes it.
Corner of Woe: Kobayashi does this in the first episode when she tells Mika-sensei about how she worked at a fancy restaurant during break, only to then drop an expensive dish she was serving, and having to pay for it all. Mika-sensei ends up joining her in the corner.
Foreign Sounding Gibberish: When Minako converses with a Phenotype Stereotype-afflicted female tourist in Kyoto, what is actually heard is "pera-pera-pera", used to indicate that Minako speaks the woman's language fluently.
For some reason, Anthony rarely if ever spoke English
Hair Colors: Unusually, hair colours are limited to various shades of brown, while basically everyone has dark green eyes. Except the blue-eyed and blonde foreigners.
Heroic BSOD: Practically all of the main characters go through one in episode 20 when they hear Mika-sensei may be getting married. Kitagawa is hit particularly hard, and doesn't act like her usual self at all.
Please Don't Leave Me: In part 2 of episode 16, Mika is seen walking into a realtor's office with Matsumoto-sensei. All the characters think she's fed up with them due to their selfish behavior, and change their attitudes so that she wouldn't leave. Then they all cling onto her thinking she's still leaving, only to find out Mika was just helping Matsumoto-sensei find a new apartment. The next day, things return to normal, with no one listening to her again.
Relax-o-Vision: One instance is used when Suetake is describing how Nakamura got the nickname "old man" despite being 17 years old. It switches to a field of grass when he starts to pull his pants down. When the scene returns to the classroom, Mika-sensei tells Suetake such description doesn't belong in the public.
Status Quo Is God: In episode 20, Mika-sensei's mom tells her about her uncle setting up a meeting with a man for marriage. The main characters in her class are hit pretty hard at the prospect that she may quit teaching as a result. Then Mika-sensei shows up at the start of the new term, and explains to them that while the meeting took place, the groom's family felt a woman who couldn't clean or cook would be troublesome, so the marriage plans fell through. However, her class is thrilled to have her back, particularly Kitagawa, who vows never to let her go again.
Tempting Fate: In episode 2, Mika-sensei says she won't bother learning basketball rules, since she's just the back up referee. Then the main referee catches a cold and has to stay home that day...
Terrible Artist: Chinatsu Nakayama. In episode 6, she wishes to join the manga club since she's a fan of Watabe's manga, and hands him a sketchbook. As the other characters look on, the drawings displayed look like they were drawn by a 3 year old.
Too Kinky to Torture: Kitagawa in episode 17, when trapped by some tentacles, seems to be enjoying it.
Valentine's Day Episode: Episode 8. As can be expected, things don't go exactly as planned for many of the characters, such as Kudo attempting to give Suetake a chocolate and say that its from him, rather than a random girl in their school. Or Kobayashi giving obligation chocolates to all the male characters, and expecting them to give her something on White Day. Which they all either forget, or get something really strange for her.