Meet the Data Processing Club! Yui, Yuzuko, and YukariYui, Yuzuko, and Yukari
, three new freshmen at an all-girls high school, take over the recently abandoned Data Processing Club
and just do whatever
. A Schoolgirl Series
with punny comedy and Romantic Two-Girl--or Three-Girl--Friendship
Originally a 4-panel manga
by Komata Mikami serialized in Manga Time Kirara
("The YuYu Formula") received an anime adaptation by Kinema Citrus in the Spring 2013 season
, simulcast on Crunchyroll
and now is on The Anime Network
Also compare Lucky Star
, as Mikami is also known for his yuri doujinshi
for that work.
Wow, tropes! Cool!
- All Girls Love Is Unrequited: Yuzuko and Yukari like Yui, who's ambiguously tsundere towards both (but has a protective instinct towards Yukari that could be like-like, or could be seeing her as a kid); they also like Aikawa, who doesn't seem to notice, and she doesn't notice her friend's attraction to her, either. Aikawa likes Yui, who, in turn, doesn't seem to notice.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: The three main girls' given names, and the show's title, all start with "Yu."
- Arranged Marriage: Yukari implies this is what her future holds, and she's fine with it.
Yukari: The eldest son works to make the house rich and prosperous, while I strengthen our familial bonds.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Yuzuko and Yukari are prone to this, often talking about one thing, then immediately switching the subject when another topic comes up.
- Bare Your Midriff: While their shirts are of normal length, the girls do tend to show their navels quite often.
- Beach Episode: Episode 12. Yui is initially reluctant to go, but eventually agrees to, and the three girls spend the second half of the episode there.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Resident Sensei-chan Yoriko gets shockingly angry at a student...according to Yuzuko. The audience doesn't get to see it, and she doesn't reveal what got her so angry.
- Bland-Name Product:
- The search engine the girl uses is called "HooYa!", with a UI akin to Google.
- Yui apparently orders stuff from "Tamazon."
- The girls are shown drinking bottles of "Coka-Cola."
- When Yukari was in the second grade, she brought what looks like Jelly Belly jelly beans to a school picnic.
- Yuzuko buys some Heegan-Dazs ice cream in episode 2.
- Yuzuko and Yukari buy snacks at a Lavson (Lawson) in episode 9.
- Blank White Eyes: Everybody has their moments. However, Yuzuko has the most of them.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Yui, Yukari and Yuzuko respectively.
- Book Ends: The last episode ends with the trio heading off to start a new session of school, much like in the first episode. There's even a repeat of Yuzuko's staring contest with a cat.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Yuzuko and Yukari act as a dual boke, with Yui as the tsukkomi.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Near the end of the closing credits, Yuzuko stops, then turns to the camera and waves. Yui and Yukari also stop and look as the scene fades.
- Broken Record: Just kidding just slipped out!
- Camera Abuse: In-universe. Several photos from Yukari's vacation have bugs crawling on the lens.
- Cat Girl: The specials give the girls, cat ears and a tail.
- Cat Smile: Yuzuko displays one in the first episode when waiting for Yui.
- Censor Steam: Heavily used in episode 1—but only to obscure the name of the school and the name of the class.
- Childhood Friends: Yui and Yukari
- Class Representative: Aikawa
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Kei for Aikawa. Literally clingy.◊
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Yuzuko and Yukari. Yui acts like this when she's short on sleep.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Yui.
- Club Stub: The Data Processing Club, which went from completely empty to a whole three members when the heroines took the reins.
- Comic Trio: Yuzuko is the leader, Yukari is the ditz and Yui is the voice of reason.
- Contemplate Our Navels: A surprisingly DEEP one. "What is death?" "Will we be able to see our death coming?" "Will we be with our dearests in the afterlife?" Fortunately, that episode ended in a highly optimistic note.
- Cranial Eruption: Sometimes used instead of Instant Bandages.
- Credits Running Sequence: The three main girls do this briefly in the opening.
- Curtains Match the Window: All three protagonists.
- Cuteness Proximity: In the first episode, while Yuzuko is waiting for Yui, a cat jumps onto the seat of a motor scooter next to her. She immediately freezes, and tries not to move so as to not frighten it away. Then her nose gets itchy...
- Dead Pan Snarker: Yui, who often makes commentaries whenever her friends are goofing around too much.
- Death Flag: Played for Laughs.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Of a familiar variety.
Yui: I'm alone in the school. It feels so lonely.
- Disney Creatures of the Farce: In the flashback, Yukari seems to be a parody of Disney Princesses, including the Friend to All Living Things aspect. She's clearly disturbed by the attention the animals give her.
- Ditzy Genius: Yui sees Yuzuko as this. She does do well in school, but as Yui points out...
- Double Entendre: A rather audacious example when Yuzuko and Yukari fantasize about Yui's "delicious little bean."
- Dramatic Wind / Hot Wind: In the opening.
- E = MC Hammer: In-universe. Yuzuko finds the Zeller's Congruence formula and understands what it does, but due to Rule of Funny, she can't figure out how to use it.
- Even the Girls Want Her: The series is already loaded with Les Yay, but Yui (idolized by Yukari, Yuzuko, and Aikawa) and Aikawa (idolized by everyone except Yui) are especially popular.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: The smell of Natto causes both Yukari and Yuzuko to dream about gorillas, for some reason. Afterward, they start making gorilla puns in their text messages.
- Expospeak Gag: When Yuzuko found out water can be called "oxidane," she made up lines like "pour oxidane on dumplings, then cover," in which both Yui and Yukari found to be scary.
- Eyes Always Shut: Zig-zagged. While Yukari does open her eyes often, she's also seen with her eyes shut just as much, as shown by the picture for this page.
- Faceless Masses: Averted for this kind of work—non-essential characters were not coloured, but with all the details.
- Fanservice: Nothing shameful, but there are quite a few shots of the girls' legs and bellies.
- Genki Girl: Yuzuko does this regularly. Yukari does it occasionally, usually when Yuzuko is doing something crazy.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: That "little bean" Double Entendre was almost certainly referring to the clitoris...
- Gratuitous English: Yuzuko's "Rucky girr!" ("Lucky girl") exclamation. She also says "Wow!" a few times in episode 12.
- Friend to All Living Things: Yukari seems to have the ability to attract animals around her.
- Hime Cut: Yukari, which is fitting to her Ojou status.
- Imagine Spot: The girls tend to do this often, such as Yukari imagining she's the sun in the first episode, and how her little pinky is Jupiter by comparison.
- In Universe Nickname: Ms Yoriko "Mom" Matsumoto.
- Instant Bandages: Often created when Yui whacks one of her friends. In one scene, instead of vanishing offscreen, the spontaneous bandages actually slide off Yuzuko's head when she looks up suddenly.
- Japanese Honorifics: Some students end up calling Matsumoto "Okaa-san-sensei". [Example: 04 11:10]
- Limited Animation: Used when the girls first run across the screen during the beginning of the opening song, and again during the ending song while they're walking.
- Love You and Everybody: Yukari's use of "suki" on Yui in episode 5 makes it sound like a homoerotic Love Confession. That word can mean "like," but if used on people it usually has a romantic connotation. Yui had to explain what is being said there.
- Marshmallow Hell: Yukari imagines doing this to Matsumoto-sensei in episode 2.
- Meganekko: Yuzuko, but she usually doesn't wear her glasses because she doesn't want to look too smart.
- Mood Whiplash: In the same episode that cranks up the existing yuri subtext Up to Eleven, Yui and friends also discuss the meaning of death, and how it separates one from one's dearests. And then each of them promises to not die while the others are still alive.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Yukari tripping in the first episode.
- Ojou: Yukari, but she sure doesn't act the part. Yui thought she was when they first met in the second grade.
- One-Gender School: The case studies in one.
- Only Sane Man: Yui most of the time...
- Not So Above It All: However, she will occasionally join in on the hijinks, or at the very least won't be too obstructive about whatever the other girls are doing.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: It's not all that clear what the intended purpose of the "Data Processing Club" is, but it probably isn't "lounge around and surf the internet."
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Yukari wears this.
- Pungeon Master: Yuzuko. Mochi-vation!
- Rule of Perception: One Eye Catch has Yuzuko prepare to pitch a ball to a bat-wielding Yui, only to unexpectedly pull out a basketball. How she managed to hide it from Yui isn't very clear.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: This trope caused young Yui to find having Yukari at her house incredibly embarrassing.
- Schoolgirl Series
- Sensei-chan: Matsumoto, the somewhat spacey English teacher. Yuzuko and Yukari decide to call her "Mom," and the rest of the class soon joins in.
- Shaggy Dog Story: A snowflake announces that it is God, and a miracle will occur if it lands on someone. It floats down, drifts towards the trio... and splats onto the ground.
- Shout-Out: In episode 1, Yuzu shouts "Maunder Minimum!" as if she's using an attack and Yukari says that she's burning her cosmo. Yuzu and Yui don't understand the reference.
- In episode 7, they discuss the eyesight of cats, with Yukari commenting that they must see the Green Jacket version very well, and Yuzu adding that "Cagliostro is the cat's meow!".
- Shrinking Violet: Aikawa, who wants to make friends with the heroines, but is terrified of approaching them at first. Strangely, she's also the class president.
- Sleepyhead: Yukari, who in her first scene already got her head banged on the outside wall of her Big Fancy House a few moments after leaving for school.
- Slice of Life: This show follows the life of Yui, Yuzuko, and Yukari and their everyday antics.
- Straight Girl / Only Sane Woman: Yui. Aikawa sometimes fills this role, too.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: In-universe with ""Just kidding" just slipped out!" in episode 2.
- Tap on the Head: Lampshaded, where Yuzuko states that she is a big fan of this trope. She attempts to knock Yui out with a chop to the neck a few episodes later, only to receive a stern lecture about how the move doesn't work in real life and instead can lead to serious injuries.
- Technicolor Eyes: Yuzuko's red eyes get lampshaded when they learn that this is an extremely rare color. Yui and Yukari's yellow and purple eyes, respectively, go unnoticed.
- Thanks for the Mammary: Yuzuko does this to Yui in episode 2. Then she has an Imagine Spot where she does it to Matsumoto-sensei.
- Threesome Subtext: The relationship between the Yu's are dangerously close to text. Lampshaded by their classmates.
- Those Two Girls: Despite being two of the three protagonists, Yukari and Yuzuko are usually this—they have very similar personalities and tend to carry out their goofy pranks in perfect sync.
- Conversely Chiho Aikawa's two friends fit this role for her side of the story, to the point where they didn't even have names or personality traits. This changes however by episode 6 and 7, where we finally learn their names (Kei and Fumi) as well as their quirks (with Fumi being the joker of the trio, and Kei wanting to keep Chiho for herself).
- Triang Relations: There seems to be something a Type 9 relationship going between the three main characters, or at least they're heading in that direction. Yukari and Yuzuko clearly have a thing for Yui, who doesn't seem to be in love with either, but does proclaim to find both of them very cute. Yukari and Yuzuko don't appear to compete over Yui; in fact, they are often rather affectionate toward each other as well.
- Tsundere: Yui, Type B personality. Yuzuko and Yukari tend to trigger her more violent reactions.
- Tsurime Eyes: Yui, in contrast with most of the cast.
- Two-Teacher School: There are clearly other teachers, but Matsumoto is the only one who gets any screen time.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Played for Laughs in episode 2. After Yuzuko grabs Yui's chest, the latter throws a punch which the former barely dodges. Yuzuko then comments that the person throwing a punch is hurt just as much as the one getting hit, so Yui tells her to make a fist. She then proceeds to grab her fist, and makes Yuzuko hit herself repeatedly. Yuzuko promises not to tease Yui again...for a while...
- Yuri: The lesbian subtext becomes less subtle as time goes on. By episode 7 or so, it's pretty much out in the open.