Sentai School: L'École des Héros; literally The Hero School.
"Bad is good!"
"Sentai School, no teacher's strike, no holydays, no vacations. Because in Sentai School Super Heroes are in training, real old school heroes. So if you wanna come, you'd better have one hell of a resume and an introduction letter, and beware if you're dead last."
Sentai School was one of the very first manfra [French animesque comics] edited by Semic Manga and then by Kami between 2003 and 2008.It was written by Philippe Cardona and Florence Torta, and drawn by Philippe Cardona. It debuted as a doujinshi before it was published in Coyote, a French anime magazine.It's about a Japanese Superhero School where the students/ heroes are sentai or shonen. At first a boys school, it becomes coeducational in volume 2, introducing magical girls or Action Girl. The story is an Affectionate Parody of manga, especially sentai and others well known in France. Nearly every character is a spoof of famous manga characters: For instance, Oscar sensei the costume teacher looks like the real Oscar, Rose of Versailles heroine. There are two poor and starved children, named Remi and Sarah, that spoof heroes from Sans Famille and A Little Princess animated series among others. Moreover, savvy readers will notice Shout Outs to monsters that look like Doraemon or Mike Wazowski, and bit players like Maetel from Galaxy Express 999 in an airport.Characters page is on its way.The main characters are a Five-Man Band:
Ken Eraclor: The Hero and coldest one. He hides the fact that he's an unfinished Artificial Human and lives alone with his Robot Dog, Nonos 2 ("Bony 2"), since his builder abandoned him. He's very dense, never smiles, and understands things verbatim.He's fascinated by mysteries and their solving, and explain solutions while wearing typical Detective Conan glasses.The problem is, Ken is always wrong.A good reason could be that he mistake fairy tales books with method ones.
Hongo Wing: The dark and badass guy. He loses his temper very quickly and wears his collars up.
Duke: ( Only One Name ) Spoof of Duke Fleed from UFO Robo Grendizer and resembles him physically. The cool guy, he plays the guitar and has a cute pet, Chibi Goldo ("Chibi Grendi", a spoof of Grendizer).
Toa Girara: The fat guy, Big Eater and accomplished cook. He's insignificant to his schoolmates til he becomes rich in volume 4. His name is like "Yu" (pronounce You) in french ("toi"). So each time somebody says "you", he answers "Me?"
Keiji Jasper: The effeminate and cute guy. Very gentle,loves animals,real and stuffed, cartoons for children , can do Puppy-Dog Eyes and wears a pink jacket. That cute side hides a evil personality called dark Keiji, he is always in a bad mood and dresses in black.
Also includes :
Shinobi Jasper: Keiji's little sister, better known as Bibi. She's so shy that she doesn't speak loud enough to be heard, except on stage, when she's angry, or after the last volume when her trauma definitely ends. Ironically, she has a Berserk Button, and can show extraordinary strength This is mainly when a girl is too close to Hongo, whom Bibi secretly loves (he never noticesuntil the last volume).
Tofu Leformidable ("Marvellous"). An extremely vain and wealthy ex-singer,actor and model. Loved by every girl in school but he only loves Bibi and she can't stand him. He returns to his boy band Jambon Ruban. ("Ham Ribbon")in the last volume.
Koji Alcor: Spoof of Kouji Kabuto from Anime/Mazinger saga, "Alcor" is his name in France. In that country where UFO Robo Grendizer was the only broadcast of the series (and very first anime) Alcor is not the Mazinger series hero, but the Grendizer Lancer. After French fandom discover the truth, this was parodied: Koji Alcor spend his time saying he can do everything better than everyone...except Duke. He also have a pet called Chibi Zinger. Raised on a farm and hates to be reminded of it.
Stratequerre: Spoof of King Vega UFO Robo GrendizerBig Bad, that is called "Strateguerre" ("strategy" and "guerre", war)in French version. Parodied with "Equerre" (set square). Headmaster of the Villain's School opposite the Sentai School, and Duke's uncle.
Viper Stratequerre: His daughter, arrived late (volume 4). A brat that pretends to be nice just to put her dad on edge. So she's in Sentai School instead of Villain School, and is Bibi's close friend.
Guy Le Cobra: Spoof of Cobra and Guy, High School Kimengumi rebel. He has a rebellious way of life and took Ken as his master.
Matt Ban: Spoof of Batman, speaks in a strange way (all sentences, even yells, begin with "Je de" ("I of").) Came from America, wanted to open a Hero School for comics guys but failed. Since, lives secretly on campus and appears as a frequent cameo.
The Freezer Gang: Band of 19th-century pupils heroes, in a school that was before under Sentai School. Brought back to life after being frozen. Spoof of Older than Television heroes such as Zorro, Davy Crockett, The Phantom, Sinbad, Robin Hood and Prince Valiant.
Almost Kiss: Bibi and Hongo, on a stage in gender-bended Snow White ending. What a pity G.I. Joes land up at the wrong moment. Again in the last volume, with a under influence Hongo. He wakes up right before the act and is "kidnapped" by his brother and father, while Bibi is still waiting with eyes closed.
Anthology Comic:The last book.It was the same story all along but only first and last chapters were drawn by the original artist, Phillipe Cardona.All others were by differents artists (including co-scenarist Florence Torta)
Arch-Enemy: Stratequerre and Ultra-sama are, since nursery days. Doctor Poulpy (Spoof of Doctor Octopus, of course) is also one for Peter Naraignee.
His students, or Anaconda's organization of americans villains often praise Stratequerre's vileness.
Badass Cape: There's a class for it. Actually, there's even Badassness classes.
Bad Job, Worse Uniform: After realised that Bibi just found a job, Viper imagine what it can be and the uniforms that goes with are worse and worse: a crab mascot for a restaurant, a Meido uniform for a bar, a sexy cosplay or a bunny outfit for a nightclub.
Matt Ban - "Je de" ("I of") , who learned foreign languages badly.
Guy L'Cobra - "I'm rebel"
"I'm better at X-ing!"/"I can do X better than you!" : When his competitive side is roused. As in, every time.
"I'M NOT A FARM BOY!!!!!!!!" : Usually following a (more or less apropriate) Phrase Catcher.
Character Development : Most of main characters: Toa after he found fortune, Duke when his cousin regularly put him on edge after her arrival, Viper who do nothing but bother people starts helps her best friend in exhange of nothing, Hongo when he realize Bibi feel something for him and the most: Bibi, after she's able to speak out loud and loose shyness.
Forceful Kiss: Viper decide to kiss the very first good guy in front of her father to bother him - and it's Hongo. She escape a death-by-Bibi because she quickly explains to have chosen the first one in sight - she does not even know his name.
Haunted House: The Vacation chapter "Resident Sentai". They decide to recycle it on an amusement ride with true zombies inside at the end. And Koji met a quite friendly version of the Predator. With cookies.
Handsplay in Theater: Hongo under Viper's influence takes Bibi to a theater. She mumbles her wish for a horror film, but he picks a romantic one.Viper makes him put his arm around Bibi, but in a subversion, she faints from excessive bliss.
High School AU: Main characters are originals, but all students from Sentai School or Villain School are kids versions of manga-anime heroes.
Maid Corps: Tofu have a male corps, made of the bodyguards variant. He needs them for everything ( including receiving punches in their faces instead of his) and they're so many that Tofu just can't remember their names.
Maybe Ever After: Bibi playfully announce to Viper that she just "won't tell" if she finally hooked up with Hongo at the end of book 5. And due to Screwed by the Network, we will never know.
Mr. Fanservice: An in-Universe exemple. Apart from Bibi (caring only for Hongo), Lydia (caring for Jayx) and Viper (caring for herself), all school girls chase after Tofu, or Duke, or the 'Villain Psychology' teacher, all the freaking time. Turned Up to Eleven in the final book with Tofu's Boys Band.
Mundane Ghost Story: Toa tells one around the campfire in "Resident Sentai", with a flashlight aimed up under his face, and it sounds like a sum-up of Junji Ito 's works.
Parental Abandonment: Ken, by his creator, following a winning lottery ticket. Duke, whose parents live abroad and don't even come back for holidays, just like Viper's Missing Mom.
People Puppets: Viper used a magical ring and a literal puppet to Mind Control her cousin during a while when they were children, in order to do chores and make mischief. Then, after finding it again, she uses it on Hongo, in order to hook him up with Bibi.
Rashomon Style: In the last book, two chapters are about a conversation overheard by Bibi; when it's tell entirely in the second chapter the sense turn out to be completely different.
Red Herring: Ken is Genre Savvy enough to once assume one about a crime's suspect, but also presume that it was an inverted Red Herring. He lampshaded it, explaining the suspect looked so suspect that it couldn't be him, but it was him anyway.("It's him so it's not him so it's him.") That's correspond, only with a longer name, exactly to The Untwist description exemple when inverted. Turn out that Ken was totally right in his assumption.
Running Gag: The school keeps on exploding, due mostly to the five heroes. Also, Toa's name is mistaken for a pronoun, or when nobody notices that he was missing.
School Play : Yes, it was Romeo and Juliet. Yes, Bibi plays Juliet. And... Tofu was Romeo, but Bibi plays a hundred differents tricks to make the scenario derail and end alone on scene with Hongo, who was playing Mercutio. Oh, and Koji was the tree.
The Unintelligible: Being a Pokemon spoof, Chibi-Goldo speaks in non-words. Like all chibis anyway (Chibi-Zinger and Stratéquerre's pet, that looks like the very first monster seen in UFO Robo Grendizer). Bibi, because only a few words are big (loud) enough to be read (heard).And Kenshiro often replace some words in his sentences by "Grunt!"
The Smurfette Principle: Bibi,at first. Soon after, both schools opened to girls students and Viper joined both the school and the group.
Theme Naming: Some Heroes names are based upon Space Sherif's actors names, and names of series for surnames: Girara for Giraya, Jasper for Jaspion. Shinobi is self-descriptive. Food names for Tofu and Co (his bandmates are Curry, Soja and Wasabi, while his cousin is Takoyaki).
Tinfoil Hat: A Tupperware box variant once occurred, because "It contained sacred eggplants."
Writing Lines: While doing it on a black board, Hongo say he find that ridiculous. Cue agreement from Bart Simpson next to him.
Artistic License - Geography: In book 3, pupils go to California from (apparently) Japan. So they would just have the Pacific to cross. The problem is, they first land in New York and then cross the whole country, just as if they came from Europe.