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Manga / Maicchingu Machiko Sensei


"New science teacher, Machiko Mai, is a young and attractive woman with healthy mind and body. Being around her makes everyone happy. Students like to play practical jokes on her, but no matter how many times they cause troubles, she does not get upset. She always tries hard to understand her students."
— Studio Pierrot's description of the series

Maicchingu Machiko Sensei is a series that could be best described as a loose compilation of Fanservice or Ecchi, starring a female schoolteacher and her pervy students. It aired in The '80s in Japan as a kids' show. It had a lot of controversy with the Moral Guardians but somehow managed to survive.

Machiko Mai, a young and inexperienced teacher, is taking her first job as a teacher to a group of elementary students. Unfortunately (for her), Machiko's students, lead by resident troublemaker Kenta, think it's utterly hilarious to grope her, flip her skirt, or find new and exciting ways to get rid of her clothing. Even worse, the very universe itself seems to think it's funny too; despite her best efforts, almost every adventure ends up with her at least slightly humiliated (ie: stripped to her bare pantsu if not completely naked).

Add a cast of ninnies and perverts, a standard children's show plot, and you have one of the most infamous ecchi series in history.

It is finally getting an English release, 30 years after the manga started, courtesy of Anime-RG.

Tropes in the series include:

  • A-Cup Angst: Tenko. In a episode, she discover to be the more flat-chested of the group and not like this. How? A chikan ignoring her preferring to harass her friends.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Maruko for Kenta.
  • The Ace: Machiko is not just a teacher. She can act, dance, sing, fight, swim, pick up any random skill on a dime and is otherwise perfect aside from her inability to keep dressed.
  • Action Girl: Despite being a victim of a lot of pranks, Machiko often gives back as much as she takes. She's more athletic than the rest of the staff (including the phys ed teachers), able to pick up skills like skateboarding in one or two tries, and knows martial arts of some kind — several episodes involve her beating the crap out of someone who goes too far.
  • All Cloth Unravels: One gratuitous example was an episode in which no fanservice was provided until the last thirty seconds or so of the episode... where she goes ice-skating, her student pulls a thread and slides her across the ice, revealing her breasts.
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: Animals seem to be pervs in general. One particular octopus had a very good grip on her swimsuit top...
  • All Men Are Perverts: The entire school seems to be perverted.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted; see Nipple and Dimed below. The "Box" mangas went even farther, with Machiko's naughy bits being non-explicitly visible a few times.
  • Bathing Beauty: Almost every episode has Machiko in the bath or at least the shower.
  • Bathtub Scene: Many episodes include a scene with Machiko in the bath tub. One scene involved Kenta attempting to join her.
  • Beach Episode: Few of these. One of which even took place in Hawaii.
  • Beauty Contest: Machiko entered in a few of these. There was one episode in which she lost, which is surprising since everyone was in love with her.
  • Because Destiny Says So: It does not matter how, it does not matter where, it does not matter when — somehow, someway, Machiko will lose her clothing, usually in the most humiliating way possible.
  • Big Ball of Violence: One episode ends with all the characters getting into a fight with this effect. And, of course, Machiko loses her top in the melee.
  • Body Paint: A couple of instances of this in the manga. Played for Laughs, of course. It would have helped if Kenta's plan hadn't involved painting Machiko solid black (instead of, say, trying to paint clothing or somesuch).
  • Butt Monkey: Yamagata-sensei. He's head over heels in love with Machiko, but he's also a bit of a hornball and not above joining in with Kenta's schemes, only for them to backfire on Yamagata-sensei, spectacularly. He remains sympathetic because every so often, his schemes involve proposing.
  • Catch Phrase: "Maichchingu" ("Shame!"). Something she says after something happens to make her lose an article of clothing, get groped, or have her skirt flipped up. Which happens Once an Episode (at least).
  • Censor Steam: Completely averted, as in most shows of the era. Kids' show!
  • The Chew Toy: Michiko, obviously! Everyone, including the universe itself, enjoys sexually harassing her and it's all for the viewer's amusement.
  • The Chikan: An episode feauture a man harrass the young female student on a bus. Initially Kenta is mistaken for the culprit, but Machiko and Kenta set a trap for catching the real culprit.
    • Hypocrisy: Considering what Kenta does every day, you do not understand how he is different from the molester except for the age.
  • Children Are Innocent: They really, really aren't. Some of them aren't up to speed on the ecchi parts of her situations, but all of her students at least think it's funny.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Kenta and Fukuoka-sensei. Special note goes to Fukuoka-sensei, who is teaching elementary students nude figuring drawing.
    Fukuoka: A female in the nude is the apogee of beauty.
  • Circus Episode: An episode feature Machiko takes part in a circus. Tamako, the vice principal is worried. The reason for this is because Machiko is performing in front of a large audience which means that she will end up with her clothes torn off. Her warnings fall on deaf ears. Sure enough, a tiger happens to get lose and tear Machiko's costume off.
  • Clothing Damage: Machiko apparently wears clothes made of paper since they get ripped off very easily.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Kenta's favorite move while wrestling women (two are school matches and one is a professional event). He does it to Machiko once. Later, he wrestles a blonde wrestler who doesn't seem to care much, averting this trope. In another episode, an American foreign student comes to school. He tries it on her and while it makes her angry, she takes the time to beat him up before covering herself.
  • Dirty Kid: All of the boys fit this trope but particularly Kenta, who is often the ring leader of the boys and works out several plots to grope, disrobe, or otherwise act pervy to the eponymous Miss Machiko (or their female classmates).
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Yamagata-sensei, who frequently ends up getting mixed up with the student's plans, and Cannot Spit It Out about his attraction towards Machiko.
    • Hiromi, who has a crush on the more serious student of the class but is often ignored by him.
  • Ecchi: One of the first TV Ecchi series. Relatively tame by today's standards, it still manages to do some things that would simply not fly on Japanese TV today — like showing animated nipplesnote . In the opening credits. Doraemon, which was shown around the same era, was the same way (kids' show, mild Fanservice — and infamously, the rename added Censor Steam, amongst other things.
  • Fanservice: If you took out all of the fanservice, there would be very little of the series left.
    • Although in some episodes, the fanservice honestly comes completely out of nowhere. For instance, at the end of one episode, a student pulls a thread on her sweater and exposes her in a skating rink, all within the last 15 seconds of the show. It was a typical cartoon up until that last moment.
      • Said sweater gag was used in the first live action movie — Machiko's crochet-like sweater gets a single thread snagged while at home, and by the time she makes the full run to her classroom, her shirt is gone.
  • Fanservice Extra: Provided, in the anime, by some random women or schoolgirls.
  • Fat Girl: Maruko. Reason why, sometimes, is ignored by pranks's Kenta.
  • Flanderization: Machiko, particularly in the manga, particularly in the "Box" series of bonus comics the author released. Machiko goes from being a somewhat naive, good natured young teacher who accidentally gets stripped and groped a lot to being easy to talk into stripping herself, and who often doesn't even notice anything's wrong unless someone points it out to her, (and even then, she is more bemused than anything else).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: One YouTube user noticed that while a guy was trying to pull a perverted octopus off of Machicko, you could see detailed nipples (Well MORE detailed nipples considering the series had no qualms with them) when the swimsuit was almost completely off. Kids' show!
  • Funbag Airbag: Happened in the first episode when Kenta and friends steal the eponymous character's panties and try to run away, only for her to head them off around a corner.
  • Furo Scene: The series has a few episodes with these scenes. Expect one or more male students (or even a teacher) to sneak a peek. One episode had a teacher and student flying in a kite and landing in a furo by accident. Of course, the eponymous Miss Machiko and her students were there at the time and the men (mostly) hid themselves.
  • Gag Boobs: One memorable instance of this involved Machiko breasts popping free from her shirt from a thief who had taken her as a hostage, which she used as a the start of a breast-and-karate-chop combo.
  • Garden Hose Squirt Surprise: Used in the very first episode.
  • Genki Girl: Machiko-sensei. Her reactions to Kenta's pranks? A moe pose, her catch phrase, and moving on.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It's a kids' show about a bunch of 8 year olds sexually harassing their teacher, who can't keep her clothes on for more than an hour or two at a time.
  • Groin Attack: In episode 8, after using a Frisbee that's attracted to women's underwear on the girls all day, Machiko gets a hold of one that manages to fly toward's Kenta's underwear. Not lightly, it would seem.
  • Hand or Object Underwear: Used repeatedly, although as a rule her breasts and bottom are fair game to be shown.
  • Hot for Teacher: Machiko. Everyone is attracted to her at least a little bit, which is why no one stops her students' games. That, and the very universe conspires to leave her denuded, so any such efforts would be futile.
  • Hot Teacher: Machiko of course.
  • Hypno Fool: Episode 10 involves Machiko going under hypnosis for some reason or other. Kenta attempts to mess with her, only to leave her with a mental Gender Bender. She then goes to the men's room and uses the urinal.
    • Similarly, one of Manga!Kenta's favorite tricks is to convince a just-woken up Machiko, whom he has almost inevitably stripped while she was asleep that she was going to go do something she previously refused to do. Examples from the manga include teaching class in the school pool, wearing a Naked Apron to her class's cultural festival Maid Cafe, or tormenting Yamagata-sensei in some way.
  • Identical Stranger: An episode feature a woman identical to Machiko. The only difference is that she is red-haired and Machiko is a brunette.
  • Karma Houdini: The students rarely get punished for groping, flipping skirts, and undressing women (it's not always Machiko).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In some episodes, Kenta and his friends get stripped by the female students, sometimes with Machiko herself helping out. In one episode, Machiko had Kenta's mother called after Kenta took pictures of her in the bath. His mother stripped him down and spanked him in front of an audience, which was Played for Laughs. And yes, no one bats an eye to that either so at least there's no Double Standard.
  • Long Runners: Would you believe the premise described above lasted for 95 weekly episodes across 2 years? The now out of print DVD boxed set will set you back at least 70,000 yen, usually closer to 100,000 ($1000 USD) — which is only slightly more expensive than when it was in print.
  • Male Gaze: The camera often focuses on Machiko's curvaceous body.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Her students often put fans on the ground and other elaborate ways of getting her skirt up. There's also her somewhat unique "Maicchingu" pose, which is a Japanese anime trope in an of itself.
    • Female students are not immune also and join in the pose.
  • Megaton Punch: What happens when Yamagata-sensei happens upon Machiko at the exact wrong moment. Like, say, after she's woken up, but before she realized that Kenta has stripped her, again.
  • Modesty Towel: Subverted, as if she ever dons one it usually falls off.
  • Ms. Fanservice: To her students. And the viewers. Perhaps the most well known and Ur-Example in Anime.
  • Naked Freakout: Considering that Machiko Once per Episode ends up naked, it has featured many subsequent freak outs. Although as Machiko is a Genki Plucky Girl, her freakouts tend to be a cute pose, her saying "maicchingu!" ("Oh, how embarrassing!"), and either smiling or beating the everloving crap out of someone.
  • Naked People Are Funny: A major point of the series. Be it slightly erotic fanservice or not, Machiko losing her clothing is hilarious. (And very moe.)
    • The manga's first chapter is very similar to the first episode of the anime, except instead of biking across town in her underwear, Kenta tricks Machiko up a flagpole while only wearing a towel... and then steals said towel to use as a parachute.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Machiko's nipples are openly visible, even in the opening. How the hell was this aired as a kids' show again?
  • The Nudifier: Kenta often comes up with very elaborate schemes to get Machicko's clothes off, which often reach near Rube Goldberg Device levels of absurdity — and always work.
  • Once per Episode: Either she will lose her clothing (usually her shirt), her skirt will get flipped or ripped off, or she'll be groped, usually by Kenta. Or any combination of the above.
  • Only Sane Woman: Tamako, the vice principal.
  • Panty Shot: Once per Episode. At least. And not limited to Machiko.
  • Parent Service: Ooooh boy. The major reason it wasn't killed off. The demographics on the series viewership were absurdly skewed.
  • Playboy Bunny: Machiko is shown in a bunny suit during the closing credits among other outfits. It says something when this series is so chock-full of fanservice that they had to cram a playboy bunny suit in during the credits for little reason.
  • Pro Wrestling Episode: This series had a few episodes centering around either pro wrestling, school-centered Olympic wrestling, or sumo wrestling.
  • Public Exposure:
    • One episode showed the school art teacher painting Machiko. It's believed that he is painting her nude at first but we later find out that she was clothed for the session.
    • Another episode had a pervy male teacher make a nude sculpture of Machiko, although she didn't pose for it.
    • In yet another episode, her own students needed to raise money and talked her into stripping down to her underwear to take photos and send them into a magazine. Kenta tricks her into losing her bra and snaps a few photos of his own, which is the sort of thing that happened a lot in that show.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: This is the entire concept of the show. The title character continually finds herself naked due to the actions of her perverted students, the occassional non-human, or the nature of the universe itself.
  • Sarashi: She wears it once due to being in a festival as a drummer. Kenta takes it as an opportunity to get her on a bike before she can tighten her robe, and the resulting bouncing causes the sarashi to come undone. He doesn't stop the bike, leaving her bouncing around complaining and a large horde of shocked and happy neighborhood men looking on.
  • Shower Scene: Machiko frequently shower naked...even in the opening sequence!. Much like Shizuka from Doraemon, even the kids join in on these, and Censor Steam is completely averted.
  • Skinny Dipping: Machiko is forced in this situation since the opening where Kenta remove her costume while she swim in the swimming pool.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Machiko gets groped by almost everyone, including animals.
  • Vapor Wear: Her bra was stolen by a crow once, and her shirt was...different.
  • Wacky Homeroom: The series had a very colorful homeroom and the quirkiness branched off into other teachers and members of the faculty as well.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Machiko is often victim of this in alternative to Clothing Damage (in every case she will lose her dress).
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Machiko is afraid of cats.