Manga / Girls Bravo

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Girls Bravo is a Shonen Manga series written and illustrated by Mario Kaneda and serialized from 2000 to 2005 in Shōnen Ace by Kadokawa Shoten. The series was made into an anime in 2004, with a second season made in 2005. There are 24 episodes total. It also inspired a Visual Novel.

Yukinari Sasaki fears girls, having been teased and bullied by them to the point that he breaks out in hives upon mere contact with them. One day, having come home from school, his Tsundere neighbor Kirie Kojima kicks him into his bathtub, and he is transported to "Seiren," a mysterious world with a mostly female population. Much hilarity follows.

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Girls Bravo provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: In contrast, the "Miharu clone" story was expanded into the anime, wherein the Miharu clones attempt to ransack the supermarket, only for Fukuyama to foil it.
  • Allergic to Love
    • Yukinari gets rashes whenever he is touched by a girl, as a result of bullying. Miharu apparently doesn't trigger this.
    • Inverted with Fukuyama, who's allergic to men, as is Yukina, which is the reason she wants to Kill 'em All.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Yukinari's been bullied by girls since he was a child.
  • All Women Are Lustful:
    • The women of Seiren as a whole, who're all sexually repressed and horny, which doesn't become apparent until they lay eyes on a male. At that point, all sense of feminine modesty goes out the window as they'll Zerg Rush said male, to get dibs on them.
    • Kosame turns out to be Not So Stoic whenever she's around Kirie (see the Psycho Lesbian entry).
    • This also applies to Lisa, who lusts for Yukinari. She even has Kosame hold him at gunpoint to make him try the banquet she prepared for him. After which, she disrobes and places Yukinari's hand on her breast in an attempt to cure him of his girl phobia.
    Lisa: (naughty grin) "Now... enjoy me. It's time for 'dessert.'"
    *Yukinari screams and runs away*
    Lisa: (runs offscreen behind him) "Where are you going?? Get back here and FONDLE ME!!"
    • Even Miharu eventually begins to show such a side. For instance, in one episode where Fukuyama convinces everyone to play a game of mahjong, and Miharu's winning hand gives her a right to "rub" Yukinari three times (could also mean massage or fondle), she blushes and laughs a laugh that is distinctly not so innocent. Some of what she says while "rubbing" him also counts.
  • Amusing Injuries: In episode 3, after Kirie slams Fukuyama into the ground, his head is turned sideways for the next few scenes.
  • And I Must Scream: At the end of one episode, Fukuyama's conscience is trapped in a wooden board. Subverted in that after screaming for his sister Lisa to help him, he sees an upside to his predicament as he can now see up the skirts of women that walk over him.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The ghost girl in episode 10 after she possesses Kirie and hugs Yukinari.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Yukinari is forced to dress up as a girl in order to host a gaming tournament. His disguise is so convincing even the local pervert Fukuyama mistakes him for a pretty girl, which makes the metaphorical bridge all too heavy for Fukuyama. Yukinari also cross-dresses on numerous occasions in the manga.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Yukinari falls for Miharu largely because she's the first girl able to touch him without setting off his reaction. And unlike almost every other girl, she genuinely treats him nicely.
    • Yukina falls for Yukinari because he helped her overcome her affliction of developing rashes when touched by boys.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Tomoka and Fukuyama develop this sort of relationship and she by the end she is the only character to refer to him by his given name, Kazuharu.
  • Big Eater: Miharu. Handwaved in the manga, in that anyone from Seiren living on Earth full-time apparently requires vast amounts of energy. (It's less of an issue for Koyomi and Tomoka because they make regular trips home).
  • Bizarro Universe: The world on the other side of the magic mirror in Chapter 16 of the manga.
  • Black Comedy Rape: The series largely portrays Kosame's attempts to seduce Kiriei as comical, made moreso since she never gets away with it.
  • Bland-Name Product: Yukinari owns a Sommy television, which is seen in episode 9.
  • Blush Sticker: Occasionally invoked by various members of the female cast.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In episode 9, Tomoka takes over Kirie's Once per Episode catchphrase of "go (x)... in hell!" (in this case, "Go do it... in hell!". In episode 17, Yukinari also borrows it while battling Fukuyama in a video game.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Both Kirie and Kosame sport cropped hairdos.
  • Butt Monkey
    • Yukinari and Fukuyama are constantly beat up and abused by Kirie and to a lesser extent the other girls beside Miharu, and they both have allergic reactions to members of a certain gender.
    • Kirie herself sometimes becomes one when she is around a Psycho Lesbian.
    • The timid, male-phobic Koyomi gets molested and abused to a disturbing extent (mostly by Fukuyama).
  • Cat Fight: The entire purpose of the underground "Girls Fight!" tournament in episode 13. The rules are simple: women only, and combatants must wear progressively smaller swimsuits as they advance in the rankings. Fukuyama even made the semi-final bout a mud wrestling match, with Kosame and Kirie in g-string bikinis.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The game expo episode, featuring Chiwa Saito, Mamiko Noto, and Ayako Kawasumi, who voice Kirie, Yukinari, and Miharu, respectively. Talking to Herself ensues in the case of Noto.
  • Censor Steam: In copious amounts. Quasi-Trope Namer. Removed in the DVD release.
  • Character Development: Both Kirie and Fukuyama (to an extent) during the second season.
    • Kirie becomes nicer towards Yukinari and stops beating him up. Instead, she reserves those moments for Fukuyama, who almost always brings it on himself by deliberately provoking her.
    • And while Fukuyama continues to sexually harass Koyomi and Miharu (who fails to notice), he befriends Tomoka and becomes something of an ally to Yukinari and the others. Including trying to snap Yukinari out of his Heroic B.S.O.D. with a well-intended "you suck" speech, after Miharu gets kidnapped.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember Yukinari's being dressed as a girl early on? When he literally runs into Yukina, near the end of the series, his disguise and choice of name were the same as hers. Which practically made it foreshadowing.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In the opening scene of the 13th episode, Kosame is shown shadowboxing while in the shower; during which, she's seen moving effortlessly, despite the floor being wet. So when Fukuyama makes the semi-final bout of the "Girls Fight!" tournament a mud wrestling match, it didn't impair her movements at all.
  • The Chew Toy:
    • Yukinari can't catch a break where girls are concerned, since they usually beat him up over things that aren't his fault; especially his next-door neighbor, Kirie. He's also the butt of Fukuyama's snark, who constantly refers to him as: "puny-nari". While Fukuyama's sister, Lisa, is obsessed with trying to make him her boyfriend.
    • Kirie is constantly the target of Fukuyama's sexual harassment, plus, Kosame's attempts to get her in bed. Then Hijiri becomes fixated on her to, adding to the dogpile.
    • Fukuyama also qualifies. though he usually brings it on himself the vast majority of the time. Not that it ever dissuades him in any way. All it seems to do is encourage him.
  • Chick Magnet: Yukinari. By the end of the series he has four girls after him. But since he's allergic to all women other than Miharu, he hardly sees it as a good thing.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Subverted. While Kirie does harbor feelings towards Yukinari, the only time she attempts to get closer to him is during the 4th episode, when she makes a bento for him in hopes of spending some time alone with him. Not long after, she accepts that Yukinari is in love with Miharu and settles for being friends with him.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lisa and Yukina over Yukinari. Kirie and Miharu are more subtle about their affections towards Yukinari.
  • Conveniently Close Planet: Earth takes up a large portion of Seiren's sky when it's not raining.
  • Costume Porn: Mario Kaneda's manga and promotional artwork regularly show off the characters (the girls especially) in unbelievably beautiful and detailed outfits.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In episode 11, Fukuyama cheats by having Lisa use her magic to help him beat Kirie in a ping pong battle. When she calls him out on it, he not only admits it, he tells her he never intended to play fair since they were playing to decide whether Kirie would have to give him a full-bodied bath massage.
    • Then Koyomi returns the favor, when she reveals she was an ace ping-pong player on Seiren. Fukuyama tries to throw her off her game by making lewd remarks about her underwear, which works until Kirie tells Koyomi to imagine the balls as Fukuyama. Which gave Koyomi the impetus to ace each of his serves, and win the match by a landslide.
  • Cuteness Proximity: When Ebi is transformed from a seal like creature into a little girl, almost all of the main characters find her incredibly adorable.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Standard female attire at Mizuno high school.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 9 focuses largely on Lisa, and gives her some backstory on her magic use.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Tomoka makes up with Lisa in episode 9, after learning more about the latter's backstory as well as being defeated by her in a magic duel.
  • Depraved Lesbian: Kosame, whose lust for Kiriei is played both for laughs and fanservice; especially during the "Girls Fight!" competition.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Yukina, who's "boy allergy" is the inverse of Yukinari's "girl allergy".
  • Does Not Like Men: Fukuyama; Koyomi; Yukina.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Kirie is the main offender, considering she always hits Yukinari nearly every time she thinks he's a pervert. However, Kosame also counts, since she usually abuses Fukuyama at Lisa's behest.... including absentmindedly shooting him in the face twice, point-blank, while snapping "wedding" photos of her and Yukinari. And all of this is Played for Laughs.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The anime struggles to find the right tone for the first several episodes. Kirie is more psychotic and abusive than she later becomes, and some of Fukuyama's antics really come across as Dude, Not Funny!. Things improve as the show gradually becomes more absurd and the abuse and harassment start Crossing the Line Twice.
  • Ecchi
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: In episode 13, Fukuyama uses a baby picture of Kirie wetting the bed to blackmail her into entering the "Girls Fight!" competition, and offers to give it back only if she wins. In the end, he tears it up even though she lost and vows to keep it a secret, since he got to see her in a g-string.
  • Erotic Eating: Done by Miharu while eating a banana.
  • Fanservice: The first piece of it is shown within the first 10 seconds of the first episode. Hell, the opening of the second season of the anihe snake.me is a nude roll call of the female cast. The manga is less explicit in that there's no actual nudity, but it's still pretty over-the-top.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: Koyomi had to wear a python on episode note . And only a python, nothing else! However she does befriend it and kept it as a pet by the finale.
  • First Kiss: Kosame steals Kirie's, (see the Smooch of Victory entry near the bottom).
  • Foregone Conclusion: The series is utterly devoid of any romantic tension as far as who Yukinari will end up with, to the point where Kirie simply gives up by the end of the 4th episode. And Maharu follows suit not long after.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In episode 12, Lisa's magic in the school swimming pool causes Yukinari and Fukuyama to switch bodies. Later, several other character's switch bodies, both intentionally and accidentally, when they realize what was causing the switching to take place.
  • Friendly Enemy: The Fukuyama siblings to the rest of the cast; how many other shows are there where the main antagonists are also Drop-In Character? Of course, sometimes they get a little too friendly.
  • Furo Scene
  • Gag Boobs: Kirie, again; also Miharu. But Miharu's older sister Maharu tends to overshadow them all whenever she shows up.
  • Gainaxing:
    • First seen with Miharu while she and Yukinari are running away from the mob of women on her homeworld, Seiren, during the first episode.
    • The opening scene of the 13th episode shows Kosame shadowboxing while in the shower; during which her breasts bounce with each of her strikes.
  • Gender Bender: In one episode Lisa uses her magic to switch various people's bodies, although the body-switching gets out of hand (she didn't actually intend for gender-bending to occur).
  • Gendercide: Despite the fact that Seiren is already 9/10th female, Yukina wants to kill all the remaining men to turn it into, in her words, a "women's only paradise".
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Subverted as both Kirie and Fukuyama attempt this on Yukinari after Miharu is kidnapped only to discover that when you have spent years beating up a man for fun, slapping him when he is severely depressed and crying will not do much. He is eventually snapped out of it by a speech on Manly Tears by The Boss.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Which is the very reason Fukuyama hosts his very own private underground "Girls Fight!" competition, which Lilica has remained the undefeated champion of.
  • Girl Watching
  • Go On Without Me: One of the most bs and absolutely hilarious takes on the trope you'll ever see (noted in the Refuge in Audacity entry).
  • Gratuitous English: In the Japanese dub during episode 5, when Fukuyama shows up in Yukinari's house, he attempts to say "Good afternoon, everyone", but gets punched by a surprised Kirie before he can finish.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Despite often being criticized for its excessive fanservice, sparse character development, and lack of any meaningful plot, there's no denying that Girls Bravo still has its fans.
  • Handsome Lech: Fukuyama is perverted enough to make Happosai look gay.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Implied in episode 8 with Fukuyama, who dons a banana outfit and jumps into a crowd of Miharu clones, who explode on contact. The grocery store he saves builds a statue in his honor. Of course, Status Quo Is God and he's back to being the Lovable Sex Maniac he usually is in the next episode.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Done twice by Kosame towards Kiriei (see the Near-Rape Experience entry).
  • Incompatible Orientation: Kirie is straight — not that Kosame and Hijiri care.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Miharu has no qualms about showing up naked in front of Yukinari and once tried forcing him to bathe with her. At one point in the anime she even walks around only wearing an apron because she thought Yukinari seeing her in something from his porn stash would make him happy. Also, the banana scene from the second episode. Good Lord.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: Fukuyama is a master at this, with Kirie as his favorite victim.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Tomoka the youngest cast member, who clams to be the most mature person on the show, and Lisa's henchman Hayate who actually is the most mature strike up a strange friendship.
  • I Warned You: When Maharu comes to Earth during the school fair, after Lisa predicts Tomoka and Koyomi's future will be crappy.
    Lisa: I told them their future was crappy.
  • Lethal Chef: Kirie
  • Living with the Villain: It turns out that the kids homeroom teacher Hijiri is actually a spy for the series Big Bad Yukina.
  • Lord Error-Prone: Mamoru Machida, wanna-be superhero and self-proclaimed savior of the neighborhood; since he's oblivious to what's really going on, he's easily the most destructive of the minor characters.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Fukuyama and his sister, Lisa, are two of a kind, though Kirie and Yukinari would disagree about the "lovable" part.
  • Love at First Punch: Both Kosame and Hijiri fall in madly love with Kirie after she attacks them, and by mad we mean in a Psycho Lesbian Black Comedy Rape kind of way.
  • Love Dodecahedron: It's a harem anime, after all.
  • Lust Object: In-universe, Kirie's so hot that one episode showed she can't even walk down the street without being mobbed by middle-aged men asking her out. Not to mention, Fukuyama, Kosame, and Hijiri, all want to get in her pants, with Kosame being both the most persistent and the one who comes closest to succeeding. She even manages to lay one on her.
  • Maid Corps: Fukuyama's maids have had military training and patrol his estate while armed with automatic weapons. Lilica is his top enforcer and is unflinchingly loyal to him.
  • Male Gaze: Expect to see plenty of close-ups and zoom-in shots of Kirie's boobs, Kirie being groped, plenty of upskirt camera angles of girls' thighs, buttocks, and gratuitous panty shots... the list goes on.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Maharu does this to Yukinari, which she insists he likes even though she punched him out.
  • Megaton Punch: Frequently executed by Kirie against Fukuyama and Yukinari on occasion.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Kirie displays these when the ghost girl possesses her in episode 10.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Kirie provides the majority of the series' T&A (see the Jail Bait and Lust Object entries in her section of the character sheet).
  • Naked Apron: Miharu wears one in episode 6, after reading about it in one of his magazines.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Played for laughs and narrowly averted twice:
    • In the 4th episode, Kosame happens across Kirie in the hall of Fukuyama's mansion and coerces her into the bedroom at gun point. Once they're there, she shoves Kirie unto the bed and straddles her after stripping down to her panties. But the wandering spirits Lisa released earlier charges into the room and tramples Kosame before she gets any further.
    • In episode 13, Kirie faces off against Kosame during the semi-finals of the Girls Fight! tournament. Once Kosame pins her, she mounts her, while slipping her hands under Kirie's swimsuit so she could fondle her directly. Since the mud in the ring made it difficult for Kirie to gain any traction, she couldn't free herself, but she eventually breaks the hold and the fight continues. Though it ends abruptly when Miharu sneezes and unintentionally KO's Kosami.
  • Nice Guy: Yukinari, which makes all the Unprovoked Pervert Payback he suffers much worse for him.
  • Ninja Maid: Fukuyama has an entire Maid Corps at his disposal, all of them being ex-military. Most notably Lilica, who's a former mercenary and said to be a trained killer. She's so formidable, that she's the undefeated Girls Fight! champion.
  • Nosebleed: At times, also the result of getting punched (and kneed) so hard in the face. One episode used this to show that the guys were excited about what the girls were doing....
  • Once per Episode: Kirie beating up someone while telling them to "Go (x)... IN HELL!" (Example: "Go look for her... IN HELL!") Though Tomoka does this instead in one episode.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Yukinari in most cases. In episode 13, he and Koyomi were the only ones who wondered whether everyone was really moved during the aftermath of the tournament, or just applauding the sight of Kosame kissing Kirie.
    • Hayate and Lilica are the only levelheaded ones at the Fukuyama manor. The same usually applies to Kosame... so long as Kirie isn't around.
  • Panty Shot: You can expect it to happen at least Once per Episode, sometimes more.
  • Parental Abandonment: Despite almost all the major characters being school age the only parent talked about is Koyomi's Disappeared Dad.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Nonlethal variant; Kirie almost always yells "(Verb) IN HELL!!!" before unleashing a Megaton Punch on Fukuyama or (occasionally) Yukinari. Tomoka also starts doing this as well (much to Kirie's approval).
  • Product Placement: Honda motorcycles among others.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Kosame has got it bad for Kirie and is determined to get her in bed. And as if she weren't enough, Hijiri's got her sights set on her too.
  • Refuge in Audacity: In episode 23, Yukinari and the others finally go to Seiren, to rescue Miharu. The moment the women of Seiren lay eyes on them, they make a beeline for Fukuyama, who gladly volunteers to stay behind to "hold them off". Which is followed by a montage sequence of the women eagerly allowing him to strip them naked, grope, and fondle them to both his and their own hearts' content.
  • Satellite Love Interest: It's never said what Miharu sees in Yukinari, since the matter never comes up. She just does.
  • Serious Business: Mamoru asks Lilica, who's had military training, for advice on cleaning.
  • Shotacon: Miharu's older sister Maharu openly gropes and flirts with Yukinari.
  • Shrinking Violet
    • Yukinari became timid, after years spent being bullied by girls who used to pick on him due to his pint-sized stature.
    • Koyomi is more or less the same. In her case, it's because she's afraid of men, especially perverts like Fukuyama.
  • Skinship Grope: See the Thanks for the Mammaries entry.
  • Spit Take: Yukinari does one in episode 2 when Miharu pops out of the shower.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lots. Lisa for Yukinari; Fukuyama for any pretty girl but mostly goes after Kirie or Koyomi; Kosame for Kirie, Hijiri was obsessed with Miharu since they were children but later switches over to Kirie, and by the end of the series Yukina for Yukinari.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: When Koyomi first arrives on Earth in Yukinari's house, Fukuyama appears in there out of nowhere while Kirie is talking to her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kirie to Yukinari in the first episode (which established her as a Jerkass):
    Kirie: You've always been a midget, a klutz and a blockhead. Not to mention slow in the head and snow on the uptake... I mean, I knew you were a hopelessly lame and worthless shell of a man, but to peep at me just because you can't get a girl...
    • Also gives one in the second episode to Yukinari, because she's upset about him wallowing and giving up looking for Miharu, who was taken away by Fukuyama:
    Kirie: WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO GETTING YOURSELF ALL DEPRESSED LIKE THAT?!
    Yukinari: But, Kirie—
    Kirie: Oh, just give it a rest! You've always been that way! You give up without even trying and you act like a hermit. You mope, and you're clumsy — G*d, you're clumsy!
  • The Stoic: Hayate (except when someone asks him to marry him), Kosame (when she isn't around Kirie), and Lilica (unless told that Fukuyama has friends).
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Yukinari winds up attracting a lot of unwanted attention when Kirie manipulates him into crossdressing as a girl, at an auto show.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: When Yukinari confronts Yukina in final episode, instead of fighting they have a heart-to-heart talk and he convinces her to not commit Gendercide. Unfortunately for him, it also turned her into a Stalker with a Crush.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: The resident lech and Psycho Lesbian both love Kirie's tittays:
    • Fukuyama doesn't care if she beats him up for it, he'll gladly suffer her suplexes if it means getting the chance to get his hands around her massive melons. Sometimes groping Kirie through her shirt isn't enough for him, so he'll yank it up for the sake of doing it directly.
    • And during their semi-final bout at the Girls Fight! competition, Kosame dropped all pretense of fighting with Kirie in favor of nuzzling her boobs and feeling her up while she was at it.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Lisa, Kosame, and Fukuyama — unfortunately for Yukinari, Kirie, and Koyomi.
    • Fukuyama has actually been bothered by pain on three accessions, one, Kirie tied him out left him in an oil drum full of boiling water, two, he was hit by truck, and three, when Maharu KOed him with a kick to the face.
  • Too Hot for TV
  • Tsundere: Kirie; for instance she shows concern for Yukinari and gives him her handkerchief to help him clean up after he was badly beaten, however she was the one who beat him because she walked in on Miharu changing in the living room. It's also subtly implied that she may have secretly liked Fukuyama, at one point. Now, she can't stand him.
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: Yukinari is often subjected to this. Averted with Fukuyama, who often is deserving of any punishment he receives.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Occurs between Fukuyama and Yukinari, when Fukuyama grabs Yukinari by the groin when he was dressed as a girl.
  • Unwanted Harem: Yukinari has three girls after him:
    • Miharu, who's the one girl who doesn't trigger his allergy.
    • Then there's Fukuyama's kid sister, Lisa, who's crazy, practices dark magic, and has tried to abduct him to conscript him into unholy matrimony.
    • And finally, there's Yukina, the villain who's introduced in the final 3 episodes, when the group finally goes to Seiren.
  • Villainous Rescue: Lisa ends up having to save the main characters in episode 12 after one of her spells goes awry and summons a giant octopus.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded by Yukinari in the manga:
    • "Why do we attract all the weirdos?"
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Yukina.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Miharu in the manga as does in the anime. Lisa also wears them.


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