Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth is a comical spinoff of Naruto written by Kenji Taira. note Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden is the Japanese/English name, Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals is the name of the anime in English, and Rock Lee's Springtime Of Youth is the translation that was used for the English manga. As the title suggests, the manga focuses on Rock Lee, the Hot-Bloodedninja who solves problems using only his fists. Joining him are the other members of Team Guy: Neji Hyuga, the serious, intelligent prodigy; Tenten, the Chineseweapons user; and Might Guy, Rock Lee's incredibly boisteroussensei. Together, they solve problems and fight evil ninjas in incredibly hot-blooded and awesome ways.The manga is found in Saikyo Jump, the little brother to Shonen Jump that features similar shonen spinoff manga like Gourmet Gakuen Toriko, Chopperman!, and Dragon Ball SD. It also had a 51-episode anime adaptation, which premiered in Japan on April 3, 2012, replacing Bleach.Those in the US who are interested can watch it on Crunchyroll or Hulu, where it's titled Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals.
Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth contains incredibly youthful tropes, such as...
The Ace: Naruto is sometimes depicted as this, although Kakashi and Guy are DEFINITELY this.
Adaptation Expansion: Tenten gets more character development and screentime here than she does in Naruto. She essentially is the main heroine here. Chapter 6 and 15 of the manga have her as the main focus.
With every member of the Akatsuki appearing, it's possible that they'll get character development and gags as well. Deidara, however, already got a bit in the anime, since he helps out the heroes in the second half of his first appearance and, while not entirely all good natured, in the episode with all the Akatsuki members.
The anime also expands on the manga chapters to the point where some of them are quite different. Compare Chapter 16 and Episode 38, for instance.
Adapted Out: Only some of the manga's chapters have been adapted into the anime.
Animation Bump: The first half of the final episode has a clear case, though it's briefly dropped with some Stylistic Suck when it's lampshaded.
Anti-Villain/Enemy Mine: Deidara. Although he rivals Orochimaru in the first half of episode 30, he eventually enjoys himself in the second half while helping the heroes set up a festival, even taking away his bomb so it doesn't destroy the festival as thanks.
Although, to be fair, him helping in episode 38 is just so the rest of the Akatsuki don't know about his failure.
Ass Shove: The Thousand Years of Pain, Kakashi's ultimate attack. At one point, a mook straps sheet metal to his behind so he can block this. Might Guy, Lee, and Kakashi use their combined fingers to defeat him anyway.
In chapter 6, Guy is in the wrong end of a massive blade swarm done by Tenten. In chapter 10, Neji does it to Lee to crash into Shikamaru.
While under the belief that the Akatsuki are a band of comedians, Lee's vision of them performing have Itachi and Kisame doing something similar. Oddly enough, the way the vision goes, Itachi seems to be the boke.
The Narrator was apparently part of one, and was the tsukkomi.
It gets to the point where in Episode 26, Tenten asks Lee to leave at least some sort of semblance of the fourth wall intact.
Bullying a Dragon: Hidan is all too eager to piss Pain off just so that he'll get bashed around by Shinra Tensei.
Butt Monkey: Most of the characters in the series fall into this trope at one point or another.
Hinata for the entirety of chapter 9. Everyone has the best of intentions of helping her. Somehow, she ends up being peed on by a large dog, swarmed with insects and fainting upon seeing her crush.
Naruto too. He didn't do anything wrong, but was repeatedly sent flying by Neji, then he was accidentally beaten up by Hinata.
Tsunade was one in Chapter 6 (and its equivalent in episode 8-A). That's right, the leader of Konoha was crushed by enemies, knocked unconscious, and made bald in the span of one chapter. She had to be rescued by Tenten, for Pete's sake.
Orochimaru, of all people, during his attempt to infiltrate and attack Konoha, is made the Butt Monkey, and ends with him nursing his injuries and cursing those meddling kids.
Deidara, Zetsu, and arguably Tobi in episode 30.
Ino in episode 33A, in possibly the most humiliating example under this trope.
Call Back: During episode 19, Guy recruits Tenten as a second commentator due to her being "in charge of punchlines". This is fresh off her Heroic BSOD in the previous episode, and she's still a bit bitter about it.
The girls realize that the recent food based episodes contributed to their weight gain in episode 29-B, and Guy specifically flashbacks to the Beach Episode when Tsunade tells him that his training is likely too hard on them.
The fanservice failure of the first Hot Springs Episode is the motivation for the boys to peep in episode 46.
Sasuke winning the popularity contest is given as the "reason" Lee's angry at him in the final episode.
The Cameo: Sasuke in one of Lee's Imagine Spots and the second ending. Lampshaded in episode 32-B, where he somehow wins the popularity contest.
Killer Bee and A are seen drinking at a bar in episode 27.
At the end of episode 31-B, the Sound Four and Kimimaro (all of them supposed to be dead) show up to Orochimaru's birthday party.
Danzo appears in a flashback Sai has in episode 48-A.
Can't Hold His Chakra: Tsunade thought it would be okay to let Lee have a sip of her Chakra Chateau, since it wasn't actually alcohol. One sniff of it later and he was in Drunken Fist mode.
Censor Box: This happens to Tsunade after the kids see her at the pool without her makeup.
Well, it's sort of explained through the constant implications that he has some sort of unusual romantic affection for Hinata.
Chivalrous Pervert: Naruto, Konohamaru, and Lee. When he shows up in episode 46, Jiraiya naturally tops all three.
Chickification: In the original series, Sakura was an Action Girl who didn't get many opportunities to fight, and only had issues fighting Sasuke, her old teammate and the guy she loved. Here, she's made into an absolute joke of a ninja, who becomes too terrified to fight back when surrounded by a group of supposedly tough ninja, so that Lee can repeatedly rescue her from danger.
After Lee witnesses Naruto's Sexy Jutsu, Lee notes that he feels really excited.
Inverted when Ino catches Lee and Naruto trying to peep on Sakura, and both proudly try to justify it.
Neji uses his Byakugan to peek at Kakashi's magazines.
Kabuto is a fan of the Makeout series.
Lampshaded in episode 46, when the characters chosen for guarding the girls' bath are the series' closet perverts — Kakashi, Iruka, and Ebisu.
Cranial Eruption: In episode 5, both Lee and Naruto invoke this on themselves to try to beat out each other in a height exam.
Crazy Enough to Work: We're stuck in a movie world, so let's rewrite the script to solve our problems! Unfortunately, the only thought in Lee's head when he's writing is Guy-sensei, so everybody turns into Guy clones whenever he does it.
Criminal Doppelgänger: Basically what causes Episode 20-B. A Rock Lee impostor named "Sock Lee" wreaks havoc on a mountain town that Team Gai happen to visit. They manage to lure him out by using Neji as bait, but then Tenten and Neji impostors show up.
Crowded Cast Shot: The whole village, yes that includes Ayame and Teuchi who are not even ninjas, appears to fight against Sasuke.
Dancing Theme: The anime's first and fourth endings and second opening.
Dark Horse Victory: In episode 40-A, who wins the Game Of Life expy to get out of giving New Year's money to the kids? Shizune, who had not moved a single space until Tsunade was forced to switch with her!
Naruto, who is described by the narrator as being just as hot-blooded as the aforementioned two are.
Hot Springs Episode: Episode 31-A, a mixed bath (set up by Orochimaru) to boot! However, the kids find a way around it using their Transformation Jutsu...and all turn male with Tenten and Sakura covered up, much to the disappointment of the narrator.
Episode 46 plays it a bit straighter.
Hypocritical Humor: Tenten berates Lee for bringing up things that don't exist in-universe (and breaks the fourth wall to do it), but then she pulls out a gun in order to start the Naruto vs. Lee race. Guns, of course, do not exist in this series either.
Lee in chapter 9 claims that the Hyuga Clan members look too similar, family or not. Tenten points out that he and Guy look too similar as well, and they're not even related.
Idiot Ball: Episode 25-B. It can be expected that Lee wouldn't think twice about opening a random giftnote actually an explosive device from Orochimaru from Sakura. A case can be made with Neji not thinking too hard about a random gift from Tenten, since they're teammates (and the former has been subjected to heavy amounts of Flanderization). But being the Straight Man, Tenten really should suspect something about receiving a random gift, especially since it was allegedly from Naruto, someone she has little contact with on a day-to-day basis.
In issue 20, he accidentally hears the girls talking about Hinata's breasts getting bigger and he has a severe nosebleed at that, before he almost faints, while the other guys yell at him to get a hold of himself. Which fairly confirms that he is indeed attracted to Hinata. Jiraiya◊ is also skeptical that Neji has never peeked on Hinata with his byakugan.
That's nothing, at times the cast has full on conversations with him, and then it's taken Up to Eleven in Episode 33B where the narrator comes down sick and Rock Lee replaces him. He's so annoying that most of the cast ends up tracking down the narrator's vacation spot in order to bring him back.
Lee: You can tell a lot about the people in this village by their names, huh? (...) In that case what do our names say about us?
Guy: That's a tough one...
Tenten: No matter how you slice it, both of your names speak volumes!
Mistaken Confession: When Team Guy confront the (disguised) Kabuto and Orochimaru, Orochimaru assumes they've been made and dramatically reveals himself, complimenting his enemies for finding him. Turns out, Kabuto was smuggling porn in his suitcase.
Mundane Utility: At one point, when dueling Guy, Lee uses the Konoha Snack Takoyaki Flavor move (literally taking out a bag of snacks). Neji and Kakashi have to use their respective ocular powers to fully comprehend the snack's flavor and texture. It's that good.
In episode 11, Kakashi uses his Sharingan to forge Konohamaru's handwriting.
Episode 12 has Kakashi and Guy trying to get the kids to stop doing this.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Orochimaru and Kabuto twice in episode 7. It becomes a Running Gag to the point the kids actually realize it's them sometimes (though still fall for it anyway).
Guy in episode 12 (even lampshaded by Kakashi), though it's still more plausible than the above example.
Some of the boys dress up as dogs to accompany the girls, Kiba, and Akamaru to the dog cafe, only to run into Kisame. He questions some of the methods they use in the dog park, but is otherwise fooled.
Lee, Naruto and Sakura's Dad all disguise themselves as Sasuke in chapter 25 of the manga. Despite their obvious distinguishing features, Sakura is still fooled.
When investigating Akatsuki in Chapter 16, Lee and Tenten disguise themselves in an Akatsuki cloak and are mistaken for Tobi - who had yet to officially join the group.
Over Protective Dad: Sakura's father, who gets so worked up about the prospect of Sakura sneaking off for romantic time with Sasuke in Chapter 25 that Naruto taps into his Fox chakra and Lee pops open five of the Eight Gates.
Playing Sick: Lee and Naruto do this in episode 32-A so Sakura could treat them.
Poor Communication Kills: After Lee overhears Guy saying that the only good ninjas are those who do ninjutsu, Lee decides to fake ninjutsu in an effort to please him. Another person was actually telling Guy this; Guy quickly beat him up for speaking such heresy.
Power Copying: A recurring joke is that Lee does his best to imitate other ninjutsu, such as replicating Gaara's Sand Funeral by squeezing himself around the enemy or spinning his eyebrows around to make a Rasensuriken.
He even tops himself in Chapter 10 by using his eyebrows to imitate Shikamaru's Shadow Sewing.
Hilariously subverted when he tricks Sasuke into cross-dressing in a bikini with him when Sasuke is using his Sharingan to copy his moves in a fight.
Tenten: Wait, do we even have electricity and gas in this world?
Sentai: Lee and the gang try to use this to show Iruka's disobedient students the meaning of "friendship and effort, in order to achieve victory" in Episode 22. In the end, the kids end up learning how to Tsukkomi like Tenten, Ino and Sakura.
Serial Escalation: After Lee sees Naruto prove himself to be better than Kakashi, he decides that he should strive to be better than Guy. So when Guy suggests running 500 laps around the village for training, Lee argues that they should run 500 million. Then 500,000,001. Then 500,000,002. And so on.
Stalker with a Crush: When asked what the movie is lacking, Hinata summarizes a plot about a shy girl (her) and her love (Naruto). But the ways she uses to make her fall in love with her (such as breaking into his house to leave a present and watching him at night from the street) move the premise to a horror flick that includes a Yandere smile. She remains oblivious to this until Tenten lampshades it to her.
Straight Man: Tenten plays this role 99% of the time, and in the anime Deidara of all people fills this in Akatsuki.
Strange Minds Think Alike: Episode 21-B has Orochimaru use the same tactic Lee used in his ghost story during the first half (finding an overdue videotape of the Makeout Tactics movie). The narrator gets angry at him for reusing a joke.
Tsunade: This is chakra, not alcohol. The PTA can't complain about this one!
Naruto: What's a PTA?
Third Act Stupidity: Episode 38. While the entire Akatsuki Organization is unaware of Lee's spying, Pain wants to see the "new recruit"'s abilities. Deidara, to open a chance for them to escape, offers to fight. Might Guy then steps in as a new spy and takes up fighting Lee, and believing this is his chance to use a smoke bomb, Deidara readies a bomb, only to be hit and have the read-to-explode bomb land near Sasori. Sasori, in anger, tries to attack using a puppet, only to trip Kakuzu, Kisame, and Konan with his Chakra strings. After tripping them, Kakuzu proceeds to attack Sasori with his Tentacle Punch but Sasori dodges it and hits Hidan and Pain in their faces instead. And it all goes to hell, with every member of the Akatsuki fighting each other (save for Hidan), thus allowing the heroes to escape.
Tomboy: Tenten. So much that she wins the "Mr. Leaf Village" contest. This trope is also the focus of the second half of episode 3.
Took a Level in Dumbass: In Chapter 16 and Episode 38: Itachi, Kisame, Pain, and Konan should have known Lee and Tenten weren't Tobi right off the bat.
Took a Level in Kindness: In Episode 38 Deidara attempts to cover for Lee and Tenten instead of just killing them when he catches them snooping around Akatsuki's hideout.
Troll: In the second opening for the show, Naruto gives Rock Lee the "Thousand Years of Death" for laughs.
Tsundere: The fact that Karin is one is lampshaded by Neji.
Villain Decay: Lampshaded in Episode 46. When the gang runs into Orochimaru at an open bath, Lee notes he has become a bumbling villain throughout the show. However, he also notes that the series is reaching its end, which means Orochimaru's bound to try something seriously evil. Cue everyone starting to be serious. As it turns out, Orochimaru and Kabuto really were just there on vacation, and are now justifiably terrified.
Even Kabuto lampshades how goofy his boss is acting in this series
"Why don't you realize that if you act like you did in the main series, you could defeat Lee any time you wanted to?"
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Played straight in Episode 48, where Orochimaru uses his virus to turn everyone in the Leaf Village into Orochi-zombies. Sure of his victory, he thanks the fact that the show is near the end of its run and breaks the fourth wall to inform the readers of a new spinoff, called Naruto: Orochimaru's New Adventures. Of course, the trio seem to figure out that there's actually no way to stop the virus. However, the virus mutates the long-suffering Kabuto...
Wax On, Wax Off: Subverted in chapter 17 of the manga, when Guy temporarily becomes the Hokage and passes some unorthodox decrees. The people of Konoha think it's this, when it's just Guy being his usual eccentric self.
Wham Episode: Part-A of the finale focuses on Sasuke attacking the Leaf Village.
In episode 29-A, Lee imagines everyone playing Mariko Kart.
Lampshaded in episode 31-A when Lee and Orochimaru attempt a karaoke duel, and it's stopped by the powers that be to prevent a lawsuit.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Lee's attempts at winning Sakura's heart. Wasn't quite as bad when he convinced Hinata to try the same thing on Naruto, but still went badly. Lampshaded, of course, by Tenten.
Yank the Dog's Chain: At the end of the episode 51, Yamato announces the next episode called "Captain Yamato and Graduation Day", and "Captain Yamato's First Day of School". He explains to the viewers that he since he spent so long not speaking for the whole show, he has a lot of catching up to do, and that the episode was the perfect time to make up for all of it. And then Lee reminds him that the show had already ended, meaning that there would be no more new episodes.
You Meddling Kids: Orochimaru, regarding Team Guy putting hurdles in his attempts to attack Konoha.