Flunk Punk Rumble
(original name: Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
) is a 23-volume manga
written by Miki Yoshikawa from 2007 to 2011.
It was originally just a three part short story published in Kodansha's Weekly Shounen
Magazine. These chapters are named "Stand", "Bow", and "Sit". Eventually, it turned into a regular manga, with the story continuing from the original three chapters; therefore, its first chapter is actually the fourth chapter. By the way that this manga is drawn, it looks like it would make a great anime series, but got a Live-Action Adaptation
Speaking of which, Miki Yoshikawa was the assistant of Hiro Mashima (Rave Master
and Fairy Tail
), so the art style of this manga is very reminescent to Hiro Mashima's work. This is most apparent in the Intercontinuity Crossover, Fairy Megane
It's a Slice of Life
manga that follows the lives of a "Yankee"
named Daichi Shinagawa and a Meganekko
named Hana Adachi, who is also the Class Representative
of Daichi's class (thus the name Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
, which can be roughly translated as (The Adventures of) Delinquent Boy and Glasses Girl
). In the course of the manga, the two soon formed a whole Five-Man Band
, with the genius and Gray
look-alike Seiya Chiba, Adachi's former kohai
Rinka Himeji and the Marty Stu
wannabe Izumi Gaku.
Expect lots of silly facial expressions, comedic circumstances, and quite a few cool fight scenes as Hana ropes Daichi and the gang into her crazy ideas.
A 10 episode live-action drama was broadcast in 2010. It modified some plot points and added some depth and emotion, but the show kept much of the spirit and goofiness of the manga, at least in the first couple of episodes.
Yoshikawa's next and ongoing series Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
is set in the same universe, and characters from both have met a few times.
This manga provides examples of:
The Drama provides example of:
- Adaptation Expansion: The first episode gives an explanation of how Hana Adachi became class rep and a different and hilarious take of how Shinagawa and her first met (save for the test they passed to enter Monshiro high).
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Himeji isn't blonde, but has a pink stripe in her black hair.
- Be Yourself: Kind of a leitmotiv throughout the whole drama.
- Beauty Inversion: You wouldn't believe the plain-looking Chiba is actually the handsome Yu Koyanagi.
- Bittersweet Ending: Episode 6.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Shinagawa's mother. And Hana, of course.
- Gecko Ending: Shinagawa finally sees the girl he fell in love with at his school, confesses to her, then asks her name...
- Gender Flip: Hana lives with her grandfather rather than with her grandmother.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Hana Adachi (See Comedic Underwear Exposure above)
: Ha! Strawberry-print panties! Hana
: They're tomatoes
- Heroic Sacrifice: Discussed. Shinagawa fights the yankees who went at Monshiro for Hana. He takes the blame and face expulsion so her past won't be revealed in front of everyone. Various characters discuss what attitude Hana should have over this. Finally, she reveals her past to the whole school, what is intrumental in Shinagawa's reintgration.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Himeji's reaction towards the ending.
- Large Ham: Almost EVERYONE is required to be given the nature of the show. Riisa Naka particularly does her best at looking as dumb as she can. Even in the last episode in cleaned-up mode. Special mention also goes to Kanata Hongo as Izumi.
- Lonely at the Top: Izumi's situation before he decides to join Hana's gang and become vice-president of the student council.
- Maybe Ever After: For Adachi and Shinagawa at the end.
Adachi: Sensei, Shinagawa-kun confessed to me!
Sensei: I see, I see! Something to be glad about, isn't it?
Shinagawa: *cutting in, referring to her answer* You said yes just now.
Shinagawa: Which is it?!
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Beethoven's Ode to Joy appears almost Once an Episode.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Shinagawa's reaction to the house of Youkai made for Monshiro High Festival. Nerima's too.