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 instead.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.
Beware the Nice Ones: See that badass Student Council with the badass Shinagawa and Izumi? Well, they aren't the strongest in the gang. It's Adachi.
Chekhov's Gun: The toilet cubicle, the porn show used to lure Chiba out of his room.
Chekhov's Gunman: A lot of characters who are seen in earlier chapters often end up playing some important role in later ones , even seemingly minor characters.
Izumi's first appearance in the manga actually coincided with Rinka's in chapter 23 along with all the other "nerds" of class 2-A. He's seen again in chapter 25 as one of the harassed students in the field trip before his proper introduction at the end of chapter 28.
For some reason, people only realize who Adachi truly is (and run away as fast as possible) when her glasses come off.
Subverted and played straight in Chapter 32: Noda recognizes Shinagawa's disguise in Adachi's glasses right away but the older baseball club members and Adachi herself are fooled.
Shinagawa also doesn't recognize Adachi to be the girl he fell in love with and who was the sole reason for him joining that school.
And he also doesn't recognize Adachi to be the girl who gave him the scar on his face after beating him in a fight. After he lost, he even made a promise with her to get back his glasses when he can beat her one day.
Izumi after the Culture Festival, taking on a group of delinquents who attacked a friend and sent him to the hospital.
Everyone Is Related: The girl Izumi has a crush on turns out to be Shinagawa's sister Kairi, and she's dating the former StuCo President Akita.
The cute little girl Mako-tan who keeps messing with Shinagawa in the MMORPG he plays? She's Kitami's younger sister. She pops up when they visit his place.
Shinagawa's childhood friend Nerima is one of Ageha's Big Four.
Even the cat doesn't escape this trope. Shinagawa randomly comes upon a little girl in the park (who he doesn't know is Mako-tan) looking for a stray cat she nicknamed Shina-chan after him (not that he realizes). When they finally find the cat, it turns out the cat's owner is Rinka, who also named it Daichi after him.
Expository Hairstyle Change: Parodied in chapter 119 during the second StuCo beach trip. Rinka undoes her pigtails and temporarily reverts back to her old hairstyle, claiming that since the Student Council, she has been holding back her true persona as the "Bloody Pantheress." She immediately capsizes the boat they are on.
Fanservice: While there are some not-so-blatant examples, there usually is not so much of this. It does happen, but pales compared to...
Flat "What.": Izumi reacts this way after the student council finds a necklace that claims to grant three wishes... and Chiba immediately suggests wishing that 5th-period PE get cancelled.
Flock of Wolves: The student council, this year, and apparently every other year as well.
Foreshadowing: The fact that Shinagawa didn't know about Monshiro's special delinquent track note This means the school has a special system where they take in students rejected by other schoolsmeans that despite being a delinquent, he didn't get in through the special track like Adachi and Kagawa did but by actually studying and passing the entrance exams. This foreshadows how he used to be Japan's top junior high student and was actually good at studying.
Shinagawa's surprisingly high grade on his math exam in the earlier chapters also foreshadows the same.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Chiba actually has the 'good' kind, though it's a little more ambiguous than he would like.
Makoto's avatar in BattleLegend has a big scar upon his left eye.
Green-Eyed Monster: It first seemed that Chiba's interest in Makoto was unrequited. However, when Chiba has to practically carry Himeji during the three-legged race because of their height differences, Makoto is less than pleased.
Hypocritical Humor : There's a certain amount of humorous irony derived from Shinigawa thinking Adachi obviously likes him when his feelings for her are far more objectively clear. That's projection for you.
The moral in chapter 36: In Flunk Punk land, EVERYBODY is a delinquent.
To Chiba's chagrin and repeated misfortune, his height and naturally glaring eyes automatically causes others to assume he is a delinquent. Him hanging out with Shinagawa, Adachi, and their group has only exacerbated this.
Love Triangle: Confirmed, with the revelation that Rinka likes Shinagawa, who likes Adachi, who likes her glasses. Possibly morphing into Love Dodecahedron or Unwanted Harem as some girls later introduced to the story also seem to have a thing for Shinagawa.
Adachi's glasses are "inspired" by a guy she fought back in middle school, who made a promise with her to take back his glasses one day when he can defeat her. So you could possibly say she likes the guy who gave her his glasses. The guy in question? Shinagawa. And they both don't realise it.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Subverted. Hana forces Shinagawa to help under the pretext of being the class president, making this loner life a hell with her hare-brained attitude and well-meaning schemes. But she's only bugging him because she used to be a delinquent herself and can't relate to anyone else.
Manly Tears: In chapter 209, Shinigawa as he delivers the last lines of his graduation speech.
Only Sane Man: Shinagawa, Izumi and Hana tries to be this, God bless them, but failed utterly for various reasons. Shinagawa is too Hot-Blooded, Izumi always find himself being targeted and challenged and can't do much but accept it, and Hana... well, Hana. The bulk of the workload ends up falling on Chiba, who is ineffective at actually stopping anybody else in the council from doing stupid things.
Panty Shot -> Magic Skirt: Adachi had some Panty Shots in the first chapters, thanks to frequent kicks. In typical FPR fashion, it wasn't fanservicey nor comical, but rather realistic wardrobe moves. It quickly faded away, having Hana (or Himeji) always drawn in an angle so the readers won't see any underwear when that happens. The characters, though...
Rivals Team Up: Shinigawa and Izumi as Co-Vice-Presidents. They continue to live out their rivalry in the most trivial ways possible.
Running Gag: Adachi has a habit of peeking into Shinagawa's favourite cubicle in the boy's bathroom. This actually created a rumour in their school that there's a ghost in the said bathroom. One chapter actually had Adachi using the said cubicle.
Scare Dare: School the evening during the holidays. It's the guys from the supernatural research club. And the head teacher's mother, visiting.
Serious Business: The rivalry between the Red and White teams during the school athletic festival is so intense that friendships and couples have been known to break up for the duration of the competition should the friends or lovers find themselves on opposing teams.
The stall at the back in the boys' bathroom is Shinagawa's only.
She Cleans Up Nicely: Inverted in Volume 6's bonus chapter. Shinagawa originally meets Adachi in cleaned-up mode, and then doesn't even recognize her the next year. In chapter 134, Adachi plays this trope straight when she starts going to school unbraided and without glasses, with the entire school in awe.
Spoony Bard: Shinagawa played as a merchant who can't even fight when the gang tried to play a Deep ImmersionMMORPG in order to get a certain student to go back to school. True to Adachi's characterization, she picked the merchant class for Shinagawa. Despite having a useless class, Shinagawa still became addicted to the said MMORPG and became a highly successful merchant.
The Stoic: Kagawa always has a straight face, even when he fights.
Surrounded by Idiots: Izumi makes this observation when the rest of the student council starts fighting the gang he'd tried to take on himself. His friend points out that he too is an idiot.
Theme Naming: Author Yoshikawa states in one of her commentaries / Q&A's that she names all of her characters after places.
With the exception of the first two chapters ('Stand' and 'Bow'), the chapter titles are (almost) always something picked up from the dialogue inside the manga. This could also count as Title Drop.
This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: The point of the whole story is to subvert this trope, as nothing is as strong as The Power of Friendship. Specifically subverted a couple times, such as when Izumi tries to quit the student council so that he can get revenge against a gang for beating up his middle school friend, without involving anyone else. They reject his resignation.
Those Two Guys: Two students keep criticizing the various posters the student council come up with.
Two-Teacher School: The only prominently featured teacher is Sakai, who is also the coordinator for the Student Council, and even then he is just a side character.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Shinagawa and Izumi. They spend much of their time together either viciously staring each other down or outright brawling. But they make a good team, and even if they clearly don't get along, they both grumpily admit that doesn't mean each would inarguably (and demonstrably) go to the ends of the Earth to save the other from danger.
Wig, Dress, Accent: The usual way the characters disguise themselves is to change the hairstyle and clothing style and possibly to put on some glasses.
Miki Yoshikawa sometimes depicts Adachi Hana as an archer wearing Zettai Ryouiki socks. She manages to do this without making it fanservicey.
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).
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.
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.