[[caption-width-right:200:(left to right) Miyu, Ran & Aya]]

->''The world's greatest Gal.''

''Super Gals'' (2001-2002) is a 52-episode shoujo anime series, based on the manga ''Gals!'' (1999-2002) by Mihona Fuji, serialzed in ''Ribbon'' magazine that eventually collected into 10 ''tankoubon'' volumes.

It mainly revolves around three high school "kogals": [[GenkiGirl Ran Kotobuki]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast Miyu Yamazaki]] and [[NiceGirl Aya Hoshino]], and their "adventures" around Shibuya, Japan.

!!Tropes used in this series include:

* AbusiveParent: Miyu's mother blames Miyu for her divorce and barely [[ParentalNeglect acknowledges Miyu's presence]]. She gives Miyu enough to live on until the second series where she outright [[ParentalAbandonment abandons Miyu]].
* ActionGirl: A number of Gals are very good fighters, and could easily beat up men. Ran is probably the best, but Miyu, Mami and Harue aren't bad either.
* ActionMom: Ran's mother is a police officer.
* AllegedLookalikes: When the group visits Taiwan for a study tour, Ran was frequently mistaken by the locals for artist Vivian Lin. However, due to their different hairstyle and perpetual expressions, they look [[OnlySixFaces no more alike than the rest of the main cast]].
* AlwaysSecondBest: Half of the time, Ran doesn't even remember that Yuuya's name is in fact "Yuuya" and not "Second Place". Also, Mami can never beat Ran at anything even if it's something she's trained to be the best at.
%%* AmusingInjuries
* ArtEvolution: The way Ran's face was drawn was different in the first chapter, giving her more TsurimeEyes. Subsequent chapters improved until about the fourth chapter, where the iconic OnlySixFaces began to regulate itself.
* ArtShift: When Sayo and Masato really get into pretending to be detectives.
* BadassLongcoat: Ran, when she is wearing her signature long red coat.
%%* BalloonBelly: Towa in episode 31.
* BeachEpisode: Technically, it was an indoor swimming pool... decorated to look like the beach. With sand and everything!
* BewareOfTheNiceOnes: Miyu. It took a very stressful period and sexual harassment, but the one time she snapped, the harasser was on his knees begging for his life in less than ten seconds. And he was lucky enough that Ran was there to BrightSlap Miyu, or else...
* BlandNameProduct: With inverted UsefulNotes/McDonalds arches and ''Burger Queens''.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Miyu is blonde, Aya has brown hair, while Ran has her signature red highlight. The blonde and red hair come from bottles, but still.
* BrainyBrunette: Aya, who has brown hair, is the smartest of the gang, being an honour student, and is trying to get into Tokyo University.
* BrokenBird: Miyu was this in her gang years, a tough trouble maker due to her parent's divorce and her mom's [[AbusiveParent lack of affection]] to her.
* ButtMonkey: The Tan Trio appear only to be humiliated by Ran. Even more notable because Ran would normally ignore them, but they always try to compete with her...
* CallingYourAttacks: Ran does this on a number of occasions
* CasanovaWannabe: Tatsuki's younger brother, Naoki, is very quick to fall in love with someone and declare them his "soulmate". Unfortunately, he tends to go after girls who are already taken (first Ran, then Miyu, Sayo, and finally Aya), so none of his pursuits ever work out for him.
* CompensatedDating: What Aya was doing in the first episode.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Ran, to some extent. Might be because of the fact that her whole family is made up of police officers.
%%* DancingTheme: A bit of it in the opening.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first chapters, one member of the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tan Trio]] wasn't tan, and they mocked Ran on the fact [[ChasteHero she was still a virgin]] instead for not being tan.
* EducationMama: Aya's parents. This eventually causes a HeroicBSOD when she is pressured to give up her friends in favor of more studying.
%%* EnjoKosai: Aya, before Ran knocked some sense into her.
* GenkiGirl: Ran and Miyu.
%%* FireBreathingDiner
* GratuitousEnglish: Mainly from Ran and Tatsukichi. Sometimes reversed into GratuitousJapanese in the English dub.
%%* GratuitousFrench
%%* HappilyMarried: Taizo and Kiyako Kotobuki.
%%* HelloNurse
* HiddenDepths: Despite it's bright and shiny exterior, the show talked about seriously heavy issues like crime, broken families, gang violence and sexual harassment in the workplace.
%%* JapaneseDelinquents
* KidDetective: What Sayo and Masato imagine themselves as. In truth they are just two kids playing detective and [[SnoopingLittleKid snooping around]]
** There's three of them when Naoki (Tatsuki's younger brother) joins in, appearing in their detective song.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Each one of the episode titles has a heart and an arrow in it somewhere.
* MegatonPunch: Ran does this numerous times throughout the show to various men.
* NiceHat: Sayo's hat.
* {{Ojou}}: Mami Honda. Ran also gets turned into one for an episode.
* OnlySixFaces: When it comes down to it, the girls all have two faces, with the difference being that some have TsurimeEyes and others don't.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In Volume 6 of the manga, a student is busted for copying answer keys for exams. Said student flat out calls the teachers of the Honan Highschool "stupid" because the password for the computers? Honan2.
* RetiredOutlaw: [[spoiler: Miyu]] used to be a violent gang leader, whose behaviour is far worse than Ran's. Now, she's one of the nicest, most modest, and hardworking of the main characters.
* TheRival: Mami Honda. Kasumi in the second series.
* RomanticFalseLead: After Aya's relationship with Otohata begins to fall apart in volume 6, we are introduced to Katase. He's Aya's classmate in the special class, who also leads the student council, and seems very kind, caring and supportive towards Aya. However, Aya still loves Otohata (even though the latter is still very cold towards her), and is reluctant to return Katase's feelings. Later, Katase turns out to be rather controlling (he tries to get Aya leave her friends, whom he deems are bad influence to her), and [[spoiler:revealed to be a cheat who steals exam questions to achieve high grades]].
* SadistTeacher: Gunjou. He pushes his students to achieve in sports, antagonizes Ran when she defeated his class in the sports festival, and was eventually fired for actually hitting Ran during an argument.
* SatelliteCharacter: Mami's {{sidekick}} Harue doesn't seem to have any other personality other than being, well, Mami's sidekick. She briefly gets more focus when it was revealed [[spoiler:that she used to be a member of Miyu's rival gang -- the eagles]], but the issue gets quickly resolved [[spoiler:by Mami reminding her that she is now an Ikebukuro gal]], and she reverts to being Mami's friend, with no visible change in her overall behaviour.
* SecondLove: Yuya fell for Ran at first sight but [[spoiler: he ends up with Mami in season two]].
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Gunjou's attitude towards the athletic fest.
* ShowWithinAShow:
** In one episode they're able to solve a case by comparing it to episodes of said television show where the main actor of Odaiba Shark says it's similar to one episode where the villian was hiding in a factory outside of town and by freak chance they were...
** Also, the action show Pink Panther X, of which Ran is a great fan... And has taken the place of the main actor in two different occasions (and cosplayed the main character once). The fact it's a kid show doesn't matter anything to her.
%%* SixStudentClique: Namely when three of the boys are involved.
* StalkerWithACrush: Miyu runs into one of these.
* StockFootage: the "Junior Detectives" theme song.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Miyu talks like this. Serves as a noticeable difference between Present!Miyu and Past!Miyu.
* ThoseTwoGirls: Ran's childhood friends, Rie and Satsuki, is rarely given any focus or significant character development. Only appearing very occasionally to join in Ran's weirder antics, complain about their lack of boyfriends, and swooning over Otohata.
* TotallyRadical: most present in the English dub, though the Japanese version is probably like this as well.
* UnCancelled: The North American DVD release went through this. After Creator/ADVFilms released the first 26 episodes over six volumes in 2003-04, they didn't release any more due to lackluster sales. A few years later, Right Stuf licensed the second season and released it as a single boxed set, although without English audio.
* VerbalTic: Sayo peppers her sentences with "datchu" ("you bet").
* WelcomeEpisode: Aya wasn't initially a part of Ran's group, but finally becomes one of her best friends in the second chapter, and is now closer to her than her two old friends -- Rie and Satsuki.
* YourSecretsSafeWithMeSuperman: Sayo and co. believe the main actor in the show Odaiba Shark is the actual character. Whenever they meet up he pretends to be him so not to break their dreams. Later when he's [[spoiler:written temporarily out of the show]] he plays a coach in a Kid's Show, Sayo shakes him (the character) as a look-a-like.