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Manga: Girls Bravo

Girls Bravo is a Shōnen 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 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.

Girls Bravo provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Yukinari
  • A Day In The Lime Light: Episode 9 focuses largely on Lisa, and gives her some backstory on her magic use.
  • Ascended Extra: Kosame makes far more appearances in the anime then in the manga.
  • 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 Them All.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Yukinari's been bullied by girls since he was a child.
  • 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.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Aside from her Tsundere tendencies, part of the reason why Kirie beats up Yukinari in the first episode's bathroom scene is because she feels a bit offended when he says he doesn't want to see her naked.
  • 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.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Dammit Fukuyama.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Kirie is apparently a really nice person unless one of two things happen: 1) somebody hurts one of the boys she likes; and 2) seeing the boy in question.
  • 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.)
  • Bishōnen: Fukuyama and Yukinari.
  • Bizarro Universe: The world on the other side of the magic mirror in Chapter 16 of the manga.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In episode 9, Tomoka takes over Kirie's Once an 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.
  • Black Comedy Rape
  • Bland-Name Product: Yukinari owns a Somy tv, as seen in episode 9.
  • Blush Sticker: The female characters have these from time to time.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Tomoka
  • 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).
  • Casanova Wannabe: Kazuharu Fukuyama. He has a habit of feeling up women whenever he so much as talks to them, and he has the resources to have a mansion with such features as central air in the flooring to blow up skirts, and an elevator that takes women's measurements.
    • Subverted with the fact that he's a Casanova to any women besides the main characters. He's usually seen surrounded by women when he's not trying to feel up Miharu or Kirie.
  • Cat Smile: Lisa displays one in episode 10.
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember Yukinari's being dressed as a girl early on? Not only does he accidentally knock the big bad down, his costume even down to the hair color and fake name he uses is foreshadowing her.
  • Chew Toy
    • Yukinari on levels that rival Homer.
    • Other contenders for this title are Fukuyama and Kirie; those two are, considering their actions, certainly the most enjoyable to watch squirm.
  • Chick Magnet: Yukinari. By the end of the series he has four girls after him. Given that he's allergic to all women other than Miharu, this probably counts as Blessed with Suck.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Fukuyama, while he starts off as a mere Handsome Lech, eventually manages to achieve something approaching this by the end of the series.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl
    • Lisa and Yukina over Yukinari. Kirie and Miharu are more subtle about their affections towards Yukinari.
    • Kirie also acts this way to Fukuyama, even attacking him one time after some of his female admirers rescued him from drowning.
  • Character Development: By the time the second season rolls around, Kirie becomes considerably nicer to Yukinari and actually uses her fist on Fukuyama, someone who really deserves a beating. Also, Fukuyama eventually develops some vaguely redeeming qualities, and his constant sexual harassment starts getting played more for laughs.
  • Clothing Damage
  • 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.
  • Cry Cute: Kirie has already done this in the first episode.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In episode 11, Fukuyama delivers one to Kirie in a ping pong battle. Then Koyomi does one to him, although he attempts to weaken her resolve by saying suggestive things to her, which works until Kirie tells Koyomi to imagine the balls as Fukuyama. Its enough to cause her to smack back every single ball he lobs at her, allowing her to win.
  • 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.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Yukina; Lisa to an extent.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Tomoka does this to Lisa in episode 9 after learning more about the latter's backstory as well as being defeated by her with magic.
  • 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.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Yukina
  • Does Not Like Women: Yukinari himself, because until Miharu entered his life, women did NOT like him, to say the least.
  • 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.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Carrying around Yukinari doesn't seem to be a problem for Kosame. Must be because she's a hitwoman.
  • Erotic Eating: Miharu does this in the anime.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Kirie
  • 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 anime 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.
  • "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: Miharu in episode 1 when running away from the mob of women with Yukinari.
  • 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 a Hold 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 Watching
  • Girly Run: Miharu in episode 1 when running from the mob of women chasing after Yukinari.
  • The Glomp: Kosame does one to Kirie in episode 3.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom
  • 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: Nonetheless, it still has its fans.
  • Handsome Lech: Fukuyama
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: In the first episode, Kirie once again prepares to pound Yukinari for walking in on her while she was in the shower. Yukinari points out that since he's so afraid of women, he has no reason to want to peep on her. Kirie then turns this around and accuses him of not liking her body, which only make her want to beat him up even MORE. Irritatingly typical Tsundere logic, you see.
  • I'll Kill You!: Adding to the surrealism of this scene is the fact that this... um, character? says all of its lines in English, even in the original Japanese version. Which qualifies it as Gratuitous English.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Other than Hayate, Kosame, and Lilica, most of Fukuyama's Bodyguard Babes Ninja Maids seems to be only trained to be as good as stormtroopers. The only good thing about them is that they give you some Panty Shot.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini: Kirie. She never gets called out on her behavior towards Yukinari, and nobody ever stops her when she's beating him up. However, she does get a few humiliation moments here and there, getting close to Butt Monkey status when Kosame is around.
  • 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. Kirie would disagree. Most of the women of Seiren wouldn't. Oddly enough, he's quite popular there, but YMMV.
  • 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.
  • Lover Tug of War
  • Maid Corps: They serve Fukuyama.
  • Male Gaze
  • 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.
  • Naked Apron: Miharu wears one in episode 6, after reading about it in one of his magazines.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: Season 1, episode 4; Fukuyama pretends to be sick and asks Kirie to wear a nurse outfit.
  • Never Live It Down: Kirie. Most people tend to overlook the fact that she outgrows her abusive tendencies by the second season, behaves more like an actual friend to Yukinari and even has a heartwarming moment with Yukinari near the end of the series.
  • Nice Guy: Yukinari, which makes all the Unprovoked Pervert Payback he suffers much worse for him.
  • Ninja Maid: Fukuyama has some at home, most notably one that was a former mercenary which he states is a trained killer (Lilica), and he doesn't appear to be exaggerating.
  • 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 an 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 12 he's the only one who doesn't get why everyone is clapping and crying for the aftermath of the tournament Kosame and Kirie (which pretty much amounted to sexual assault from Kosame).
  • Panty Shot: Pretty much a given in every episode.
  • Parental Abandonment: Despite almost all the major characters being school age the only parent talked about is Koyomi's Disappeared Dad.
  • Playboy Bunny: Subverted by Fukuyama.
  • 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: Hijiri and Kosame for Kirie.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Miharu; but she's still the one he displays the most signs of romance with, since she's always nice to him.
  • Serious Business: Mamoru asks a maid with military training for advice on cleaning.
    • Mahjong.
  • Shotacon: Miharu's older sister Maharu openly gropes and flirts with Yukinari.
  • Shrinking Violet
    • Koyomi
    • Yukinari is something of a male variation, especially around girls.
  • Skinship Grope: Kirie is often a victim of this, either through Fukuyama or Kosame.
  • 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.
  • Thanks For The Mammaries: Fukuyama often deliberately does this as often as possible. With Yukinari, he's often forced to do it, and usually accidentally.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kirie to Yukinari in the first episode (which established her as a Jerk Ass):
    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...
  • 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
  • Talking the Monster to Death: When Yukinari confronts Yukina in The Grand Finale, 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.
  • 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 is also heavily implied that she secretly likes Fukuyama.

    The first episode pretty much served as the best example. Yukinari accidentally walks in on Kirie in the bathroom when she's naked which results in her kneeing him in the face. He then goes through the process on how it was an accident and how, because of his symptom, wouldn't even want to see her naked. She attacks him regardless for not wanting to see her naked. The worst part? It's his own FREAKING BATHROOM. IN HIS OWN HOUSE. WHICH SHE DID NOT ASK TO USE.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Kirie towards Yukinari. Not too surprising, as beating up your love interest to the point that they break out in rashes anytime you touch them tends to get you friend-zoned.
  • 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: Three girls have feelings for Yukinari, one is a bully who has beaten him up almost every day for years, another is an insane Yandere Dark Magical Girl who tries to abduct and rape him, the final one is a kind and sweet girl who does not set off his woman allergy, guess which one he returns his feelings for. Actually four if you include the Big Bad, another Yandere Dark Magical Girl. In most other harem comedies, it'd have been the bully. Plus, we never get to know why there are so few males in 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.
  • Waterfall Puke: Fukuyama after eating Kirie's cooking.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Yukina
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Kirie
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Miharu in the manga as does in the anime. Lisa also wears them.

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