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Manga: Sentai School

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 notices until 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.
  • Ultra Sama: The Headmaster, spoof of Ultraman.
  • Stratequerre: Spoof of King Vega UFO Robo Grendizer Big 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.
  • Mr Spectreman: Spoof of Spectreman. Head Teacher.
  • Miss Gege: Spoof of Magical Princess Minky Momo,(Gigi in french) with nerd glasses. The counselor, that can transform like the real Momo.
  • Kenshiro of Otaku: The janitor, spoof Kenshiro of Hokuto in Fist of the North Star.
  • 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.


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