Kyou Kara Ore wa!! was a shonen gag manga that ran from 1988 to 1997. It revolves around two high school boys who decide to become delinquents after transferring to a new school. They meet for the first time on the day before school starts at a salon, where they decide to begin their image change with a new hairstyle, and so begins their journey to become the biggest delinquents Japan has ever seen!A later work of the Mangaka is Tenshi Na Konamaiki or A Cheeky Angel, which is very similar but also a bit of a deconstruction.This manga provides examples of:
Accidental Kidnapping: In Chapter 5, Mitsuhashi finds a little foreign girl on the street and takes her around, unaware that it could be interpreted as a kidnapping until Itou tells him. The situation is made even worse when it turns out that the police is looking for an actual blonde-haired kidnapper is on the loose. Hilarity Ensues, especially in the end when it turns out that the little foreign girl wasn't the girl who was kidnapped, but Mitsuhashi's cousin.
Bad Liar: Mitsuhashi's father. One time, he lies to his wife and son about how he saved a young girl from a bunch of punks, when in reality, he was the one being harassed and was unbeknownst to him, saved by Mitsuhashi himself.
Mitsuhashi's mother: That kinda sounds...made up...
Mitsuhashi:(thinking) Uh...so pathetic...
Band of Brothers: How the Beni High gang sees themselves when they prepared for the assault on Akehisa High.
Or even TOUCH Riko. In fact it's probably better to just stay away from Mitsuhashi.
Don't hurt Itou's friends. He doesn't think too highly of bullying either.
A good way to piss off Imai is by hurting Tanigawa or a female.
Rape seems to be a Berserk Button for both Mitsuhashi & Itou. The only time they were prepared to seriously fight and hurt each other was when each of them thought that the other one was supporting some guys who had raped & blackmailed a girl.
You're asking for trouble if you make fun of Nakano's height.
Delinquents in general seem to be one for Ryou.
Beware the Nice Ones: Many. To list them all: Itou is a genuinely nice person, but woe betides anyone who piss him off; Ryou and Riko are even nicer, but can easily throw people away if sufficiently provoked (in Ryou's case, only if the provoker isn't too overwhelming strong); a drunk Mitsuhashi is an incredibly nice person, but if you touch him he'll punch you out; Kyouko may be an overly girly and nice Retired Badass, but making her snap means she un-retires long enough to beat the crap out of the poor fool who pissed her off; and Tanigawa can become incredibly scary when pissed, and is rather strong for his size (enough to take down some of Akehisa's weakest delinquents in one-on-one combat).
Big Bad Wanna Be: Mitsuhashi's first opponent in his senior year is a new student with a biker helmet, improvised armor made of magazines on his torso and a baseball bat tied up at his arm, who tries and fails to take over the school before getting expelled for beating up a teacher. Next time we see him, he's an Akehisa student and the local Butt Monkey, disarmed and with a locket on the helmet.
Yuuichi starts out as one, picking on Mitsuhashi, Ito and Imai at once to impress a fellow middle school student. His attempts to get revenge on Mitsuhashi made him wiser, and he became an ally once he enrolled Nan High.
Fundoshi Mask has a vendetta against Mitsuhashi for him ruining his life in self-defense, giving him the nickname and forgetting about him before moving to Chiba. All of his attempts have miserably failed.
Brick Joke: Early on, Imai digs a hole to try and trap Mitsuhashi in it (but isn't there when Mitsuhashi falls into it). Many chapters later, Mitsuhashi, Itou and Imai himself fall into it while chasing Yuuichi.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Happens frequently to the duo, considering the amount of people they've fought, as well as their carefree attitude.
Best shown by Fundoshi (Japanese traditional underwear) Mask: once a feared bully, Mitsuhashi gave him the nickname, ruined his life and made him a Butt Monkey before moving at Chiba, realizing in the process that he could stand up to bullies and thus deciding to become the Blond Devil of Chiba... And yet Mitsuhashi can't remember him, his face, or what he did to him.
Sometimes Mitsuhashi feigns having forgot about somebody he previously beated, as shown in one of his early encounters with Imai, where he claimed not remembering him and the author revealed he actually remembered him.
Kirimura is the true Butt Monkey of the series, beyond anyone. How? Well, pre-delinquent Mitsuhashi completely ruined his life and gave him the Embarrassing NicknameFundoshi Mask right before moving to Chiba and becoming a delinquent inspired by the experience, yet not only Mitsuhashi barely remembers his nickname (and later forgot even that), but the first thing he does upon debuting is choking on a coke, accidentally groping an old woman, get slapped for it, and having Imai, Tanigawa and the rest of Beni High (including Nakano) laugh at him for what had just happened.
Casanova Wannabe: Mitsuhashi may have the looks, but his combat pragmatism and greed ruins his image in the eyes of many young ladies, save for Riko.
Characterization Marches On: Just like Itou, Imai refuses to fight like Mitsuhashi does. This becomes weird if you re-read the early chapters and see that he had no problem fighting dirty like every other delinquent, even trying to fight dirtier than Mitsuhashi at one point.
Combat Pragmatist: Most of the delinquents in general, but Mitsuhashi is especially not known for being honorable.
Sagara turns it Up to Eleven in the last arc by getting someone to beat up Imai, getting everyone from Akehisa to target Mitsuhashi and Itou's friends, attacking an already injured Imai with an iron pipe and running over Nakano and the Nan High Duo with a car.
Crying Wolf: Mitsuhashi lies so often and so blatantly that he has been accused of things he didn't do, including stealing a wallet Itou found on the road (actually recovered by his owner without telling, as he thought they wouldn't give it back), faking being assaulted by Karuizawa punks when tied up for previous misdemeanours (he was being attacked), kidnapping Riko (who had to save Mitsuhashi from his mother and tell her she went there on her own will) and even two murders (one was actually a guy who had been beated half to death and abandoned in Mitsuhashi's garden, and the other part of a prank from Imai), and never believed when he protested his innocence until he proved the truth.
Curb-Stomp Battle: This tends to happen to most of the villains who mess with Mitsuhashi and/or Itou.
Defeat Means Friendship: After their fight in Kyoto, Nakano grows bored in his own town. After beating up the son of a Yakuza boss, he moves to Chiba to pursue the duo. After several more encounters, they gradually become friendlier with each other.
More clearly in Takasaki's arc.
Invoked by Koyama: after Imai managed to lift and thrown him, he declared himself friend of Imai because he was stronger.
Sagara is a villainous example. No matter how many times Mitsuhashi beat the crap out of him, he still kept tryingnote That is, until the end of last arc, when he promises never to show his face again after the Nan High Duo beat him yet again..
Sagara:You're gonna have to kill me to get rid of me!
Disguised in Drag: In chapter three, Kyouko and her friends ask Mitsuhashi and Itou to dress up as girls and take care of the delinquents who harass girls at her school everyday.
Distaff Counterpart: It would be a safe guess that Ryouko and Shouko were originally created to be this for the Nan High Duo - their Day in the Limelight chapter is even entitled Kyou Kara Atashi Ya!note which has the same meaning in English as "Kyou Kara Ore Wa", only in a feminine form of speech - but upon comparison of backstoriesnote The duo were regular boys who got their Important Haircut to become delinquents, while the girls were deliquents who got their hairstyles to become regular girls, the trope is clearly subverted.
Dodge the Bullet: Mitsuhashi and Itou dodge a bullet shot each from Jun during the Saipan Arc
The Dreaded: Kagawa-san, a giant yakuza whose mere appearance is enough to send Mitsuhashi running (usually because Mitsuhashi realizes he has either beaten up a friend of his or accidentally provoked him).
Mitsuhashi himself is one: many people tried to pick a fight with him or accidentally provoked him because they hadn't recognized him only to fear for their own lives when they realize who the blond guy was.
Nakano was one at Ibaraki: even his own classmates didn't want to involve him in their fights unless absolutely necessary, as they were terrified of him. He briefly lost this status due the son of the boss of a powerful gang enrolling his school, but recovered it as soon as he massacred him before leaving for Chiba.
Enemy Mine: The Nan High Duo will occasionally receive help from their "enemies", Imai or Nakano.
Even Evil Has Standards: Even ''the Akehisa students are appalled at what an invading group of Tokyo delinquents pulled. And of said group, the one who called them for help against Itou and Mitsuhashi (who had beat him up during a vacation in Karuizawa) is disgusted by his companions.
Exact Words: Riko's dojo is challenged by another dojo and the loser must lower their sign (close the dojo). Riko's dojo lost the challenge and literally lowered their sign instead of closing the dojo.
For the Evulz: In one chapter, Mitsuhashi encounters a house robber who robs poor people because it leaves more of an impact on them than if he were to rob the rich.
To a lesser extent, they also develop this with Nakano.
Funny Background Event: Chapter 348, page 16. You can see Mitsuhashi in the crowd getting Yakisoba from some guy.
Gang Of Bullies: Of course there are a few. Bonus points to Akehisa for having the gang include the whole student body and to Hokunei's gang for burning down the school.
Generation Xerox: Mitsuhashi gets his greed and Jerkass tendencies from his mother. He looks identical to her too, but it doesn't count as an example since Mitsuhashi's current hairstyle isn't his natural one.
Greed: Mitsuhashi is well known as a greedy cheapskate.
Once a thief entered his house and stole his wallet, and Mitsuhashi woke up (after previously not waking up at a big noise) and chased him barefoot for about half of the city, with the thief running over walls, using a bike and even resorting to roof hopping before being captured. The wallet contained 437 yen and a phone card.
Graceful Loser: Sagara in the final arc: after being defeated, he paid for the guys' stay in hospital.
Groin Attack: One of Mitsuhashi's preferred methods of attacking.
He pulled it even on a bear actually a guy who had dressed up as a bear to scare Mitsuhashi and co. away, but Mitsuhashi never found out that.
Hair-Trigger Temper: 99.9% of the delinquents will start beating the crap out of you even if so much as look at them funny.
Hot-Blooded: A lot of the cast, but, Itou is known as this even in-story.
I Know Karate: Several times, delinquents would tell Mitsuhashi and/or Itou that they know karate, boxing, kendo, etc. They go down before they can show off their skills.
Important Haircut: How the Nan High Duo got started. Mitsuhashi got a perm and dyed it blond. Itou gels his hair into anime hair. The same can be said for Ryouko and Shouko, who cut their hair to become regular girls.
In one chapter, Mitsuhashi shaves his father's head in order to create a new "Yakuza-like father" image for him so that Mitsuhashi can be proud of him. It works...until Mitsuhashi's mother starts henpecking him as usual, reverting him back to his regular, timid self.
Incredibly Lame Pun: Itou's quite fond of them, in spite of getting regularly hit by Mitsuhashi for them.
Informed Ability: Ryou has been training at the Akasaka dojo for about 5 years. Despite having so much experience with fighting under his belt, he gets curbstomped by deliquents on a regular basis.
Late into the manga he's managed to defeat some delinquents on his own.
Informed Flaw: The Nan High Duo's usual way to insult Imai is to call him a horse or a gorilla. It would be a fitting comparison if they were talking about Imai's mother, but in terms of appearances Imai doesn't look that different from anyone else in the manga.
Knight Templar Parent: Itou's mother. It's not visible at all times, but telling your 15 years-old son to actually kill a pig using a knife because he can't pretend to be a nice guy and let others do the dirty work when he benefits from it, does seem a little overboard.
Legacy Character: Imai tried to make himself one when he had problems with a group of yakuza, ordering Koyama to take over as banchou and 'Imai of Beni High'. When the yakuza beat Koyama up for being Imai and tricking them into thinking he was Imai, Imai returned the banchou to avenge him.
Mistaken Identity: The Karuizawa punks mistake Mitsuhashi for Itou and Itou for Mitsuhashi.
In one story arc a blond American transfer student was mistaken for Mitsuhashi multiple times. It ceased when the transfer student, after being mistaken for Mitsuhashi by random delinquents and bullied for this (at least until Mitsuhashi took offense. The delinquents weren't happy when they realized the mistake), died his hair to get less attention from delinquents.
Morality Pet: Nakano's next door neighbour in Chiba, a college student who accidentally drove him to try and be a better person.
Mugging the Monster: Not quite mugging, but random punks try to pick fights with members of the Chiba Gang without knowing who they are. Cue the fear when they find out whom they're messing with.
There is actual mugging in some chapters.
Many have messed with Riko, as her short stature and pretty looks make her appear harmless. The vast majority of them (including Sagara during the initial Akehisa arc) were sent flying or otherwise defeated.
My Friends... and Zoidberg: After the gang stormed Akehisa, Tanigawa was forgot in the popular tale. Even Imai forgot he was there too...
Negated Moment of Awesome: Many, providing endless humour. For example, that time Mitsuhashi, Itou and Imai fell in a hole Mitsuhashi decided to climb out by jumping on the walls of the hole, but tripped on the last jump right after Itou and even Imai had been left speechless at his agility.
Not Me This Time: Once in a while, Mitsuhashi is accused of something he didn't do.
Nothing Can Stop Us Now: During the final arc, the elite of the Akehisa attacked Mitsuhashi and Itou, and, upon getting kicked by a theorically immobilized Mitsuhashi, Suenaga cried that the outcome was already obvious in spite of that. Cue Nakano declaring he'd like join Mitsuhashi and Itou.
Oh Crap: Many minor villains get this moment when they realize they're picking a fight with Mitsuhashi. Major ones usually get these moments when they realize how bad they're screwed. Most egregious example in the series is the Knife Nut Yanagi, when Mitsuhashi defeats his knives with a table tennis racquet. As he sees that and that Itou, Imai and Nakano are coming for him, he gets the Oh Crap face and runs to the police begging to be jailed.
In the dojo battle arc, Kurosaki actually uttered "Oh shit.." when he realized how outmatched he was against Itou. He manages to win their match, but only barely and after cheating. Later he fights Mitsuhashi in a street fight... And is too terrified to even utter that when he realizes what Mitsuhashi can do without rules restraining him.
Pintsized Powerhouse: While not especially short, Nakano is frequently made fun of for his short stature. Until he gets into a fight that is, where he can stand on equal footing with Mitsuhashi and Itou.
Riko is rather short, yet only the strongest delinquents can mess with her without being sent into orbit.
The Red Baron: Mitsuhashi is known with many names: Blond Devil, Mitsuhashi the Villain, Mitsuhashi the Selfish, The Man Who Always Wins, and Mitsuhashi the Immortal (the latter after he faked being mortally wounded to scare a group of bullies and a fake yakuza into not fighting seriously. When the bullies realized they had been had, the nickname had already stuck).
Yuuichi is known as "The Mitsuhashi of Junior High" for a good reason.
Retired Badass: Kyouko. She used to be a delinquent, but stopped being one when she became Itou's girlfriend.
Running Gag: A few, the most durable being Mitsuhashi taking revenge on teachers by dropping coconuts on them and people wondering where it came from.
Serial Escalation: Just look at Mitsuhashi's tricks and schemes. Pops out early when Mitsuhashi defeats an entire school by getting all the thugs in a line and bashing the first causing a domino effect, and once in a while he tops his previous tricks/schemes. His scheme to deal with a visiting Villain with Good Publicity is probably his best, as Mitsuhashi first tracked him by telling the journals a guy looking like him saved his (non existant) little brother, then thanked him publicily before beating him up when nobody looked, waited for him at his own home and, as a finisher, he and Itou tricked him into showing his real personality before his friends, making him lose them.
Shadow Archetype: Nakano is this to Mitsuhashi: both are very strong and aggressive punks, both can't tolerate losing or submitting to wannabes, both are easy to rage, and both are very dirty fighters (at times Nakano comes off even dirtier than Mitsuhashi), but where Mitsuhashi is (kind of) nice and often makes efforts to act nice (and fails miserably whenever he tries on purpose), Nakano is a loner and permanently furious, before moving to Chiba and mellowing somewhat.
Sagara to Mitsuhashi and Nakano: he's as selfish as Mitsuhashi, as rage-filled and violent as Nakano at his worst, and dirtier than Mitsuhashi.
Koyama has the same signature move on Imai, and they actually used it on each other. Or at least tried: Imai failed because Koyama was just too big for Imai to grab his face, and Koyama's attack was interrupted when Imai stole a page from Sagara's book and pinched his stomach before lifting Koyama and throwing him in the trash.
Speak of the Devil: Mitsuhashi has the tendence to appear from nowhere when he's mentioned and the speaker don't want him to. Also, Sagawa can literally summon Mitsuhashi and Itou by crying there're bullies for the latter and offering a snack to the former, causing Itou to turn the corner and Mitsuhashi to jump out from nowhere.
Stout Strength: Beni High's Koyama is rather fat, and is second in strength only to Imai.
Summon Bigger Fish: Sagawa has the ability to literally summon Mitsuhashi and Itou out of nowhere. Cue Oh Crap for the ones who got him to do that.
Taking the Heat: Riko does this for Mitsuhashi several times. Mitsuhashi does it for Kyouko when she visits Itou's house and breaks a family heirloom vase.
Tempting Fate: Kagawa-san did that the only time Mitsuhashi actually fought him, declaring that Mitsuhashi needed to hit him with a dumptruck to win. Mitsuhashi actually got him ran over by a cargo truck, but whatever...
Tragic Dream: Imai tells everyone that he's going to go to college. Only later does he realize that it is impossible because he's too stupid.
Training from Hell: Ito's mother asked Mitsuhashi to train her nephew Kazuo so he wouldn't get bullied anymore. Mitsuhashi's training involved, among the various things, picking a fight with Kagawa-san (accidentally: Mitsuhashi had taught a trick and sent him to try it on the first guy he met, who just happened to be Kagawa-san), with Ito making things even worse with his attempts at protecting him from Mitsuhashi. It worked: after facing Mitsuhashi's attempts at making him a man, Kazuo's bullies were nothing, and got the crap scared out of them when he just smiled at their punches.
Before facing the Judo champion Takasaki, Mitsuhashi glued himself at the wooden platform where the students changed their shoes to neutralize his throwing moves. Takasaki ended throwing both of them and the platform.
During the storming of Akehisa, Itou fully expected Mitsuhashi to let him, Tanigawa, Imai and Koyama get beat up by the Akehisa punks so they'd serve as distraction while he'd beat up Suenaga (and was OK with it as long as he actually succeeded). He's not trying it, but not only this would have been in character for Mitsuhashi, but he already did something like that once.
The incident mentioned above: Nan High's original gang was too tough for Itou and Mitsuhashi, so Mitsuhashi faked quitting being a delinquent, and while Itou served as bait by picking fights with all of them at once Mitsuhashi would catch them one by one and beat them up until they were ready for the hospital. Again, upon finding out he had been used as bait Itou was (mostly) OK with it, in spite of the broken arm he got during the latest fight.
"You resisted!! I complied!! You got noticed!! I didn't!! You got beat up!! And I took them out one by one!! Thanks for playing the part for me, Itou-kun!!"
Unknown Rival: Perizoma Mask and for a brief time just after his debut arc Nakano
The Usual Adversaries: The bullies from Chuu High, often appearing as general troublemakers and punching bags for Mitsuhashi and Itou, and, in one arc, as Koyama's Mooks before he became Imai's friend. They try to fight well, they really try, but when Akehisa's punks want to have some fun the guys from Chuu High find themselves without pants...
Yanagi and Ootake of Hokunei High carefully make it look like they are the only ones capable of keeping their school's gang in check instead of being the instigators, to the point they have multiple willing Scape Goats and set their own school on fire and got away with it. Then they entered in conflict with Mitsuhashi, Itou, Imai and even Nakano, and their reputation was broken.
Shirohara, thanks to an alias and never doing trouble near his home. Then he pissed off Mitsuhashi and Itou, who tracked him down to Tokyo and exposed him.
Weak, but Skilled: Ryou is skilled at Martial Arts, but, his short stature and lack of strength don't pan out well for him when he fights. The best example is in his match with Kurosaki: he dances around his foe for a while and manages to punch him twice, but fails to do any damage and gets knocked out by Kurosaki's one hit.
Riko, sort of: she's the most skilled fighter of the main cast, but she's nowhere as strong or fast as Mitsuhashi or Itou, and in a fight she would be no match for them (as shown when Riko's father got her to fight Mitsuhashi: as soon as he stopped holding back, she only survived due Mitsuhashi stopping the first punch and demanding her to quit before he punched her for real) or those who can stand up to them. Thankfully, she knows it well and has no problem at running away when she's outmatched.
Sagara, when compared to Mitsuhashi. Sagara, after studying karate, became much more skilled, enough to defeat Imai in a fair fight (something he couldn't do before) or even defeat Riko (who had previously curbstomped him), but was still annihilated by Mitsuhashi's superior strength and speed.
What an Idiot: In-universe Example. Imai is known as the Idiot Banchou of Beni High. Even Imai acknowledges this himself.
What Does She See in Him?: Both an in-universe and out of universe example with Riko's attraction to Mitsuhashi. Even she's not so sure herself.
Whipit Good: Imai once used a whip to counter Mitsuhashi because he thought he could whip faster than Mitsuhashi's attacks. Of course it worked, but it was played for laughs and Imai ended up whipping Mitsuhashi on the streets, causing bystanders to think they were SM performers.
He tries using them again 32 chapters later.
Wholesome Crossdresser: In one of the early chapters, Mitsuhashi and Itou disguise themselves as girls to help out Kyoko and her friends.
Window Pain: The Karuizawa punks throws a rock through Mitsuhashi's window with a note taped to it.
The Worf Effect: Unfortunately for Imai, he frequently gets trounced by the current arc's villains to show off how powerful they are. Imai can usually get in a few good hits, but, you can tell how dangerous someone is if he is completely helpless, and gets used as a punching bag.
Also goes for Itou as well in some arcs.
Worf Had The Flu: In the Hokunei Arc. Itou was trying to get a student of another school to admit that it hadn't been Mitsuhashi but Hokunei Mooks to pick on him, but had ended up sort-of picking on him himself and was attacked by Ootake (second in command of Hokunei, fancying himself as his protector alongside the boss Yanagi so they would have a willing Scape Goat if needed) for this, and couldn't muster the will to give his best. When they fought again, Itou had learned of Ootake and Yanagi's plan (and that they had actually tried to have their Scape Goat turn himself in in Yagagi's place for a stabbing) and was pissed, and knocked Ootake out with three punches.
Would Hit a Girl: Many of the delinquents would do this. On one occasion, Itou was about to hit a girl for good reasons, but not before giving a warning
Yakuza: They show up once in a while. Most prominently, Akehisa High is considered Yakuza recruiting ground, the recurring character Kagawa-san is one, and an unfortunate series of circumstances caused Mitsuhashi, Itou, Imai and Nakano to declare war to a Yakuza group.
Zerg Rush: Akehisa prefers this method to deal with enemies, and was in full effect during the assault on their school.
Also, the Akehisa punks found themselves on the wrong end of this after the assault: Mitsuhashi and co. storming the school, punching out the new head and getting away with that had shattered the fear other schools had of them, so the gangs of other schools joined forces to storm Akehisa. The Akehisa students, led by the old head Satoshi Katagiri, countercharged them and won.