Series / Majisuka Gakuen

Majisuka Gakuen (マジすか学園, lit. Serious School) is a Japanese drama by the idol group AKB48 and was broadcasted first in 2010 on TV Tokyo. The cast mostly consists of members of AKB48 or their numerous sister groups.

Two transfer students, Atsuko Maeda and Onizuka Daruma arrive at Majisuka Gakuen, an all-girls yankee school where fights and violence are common. While Daruma is eager to prove her strength to the strongest group in school, Rappapa, Atsuko does not care about fighting. Soon enough, the Majisuka students learn about Atsuko's true power and force her to fight them.

The series was renewed for two other seasons: Majisuka Gakuen 2, set in the same school but a year after the original, where the new Rappappa has to face both an inner rebellion and the attack of Yabakune, now led by a former ally. Majisuka Gakuen 3 is set in the future on a prison for young girls and features a new cast of characters. New main character is now Paru, the newest convict in Hope Prison, a girls' prison built 20 Minutes into the Future after the Juvenile Deliquency Law is passed. Paru will have to survive in a harsh enviroment full of fights and crime.

A fourth season has been greenlighted and started airing in 2015: the action returns to Majisuka Gakuen where a new group of girls has become the Rapappa, and yet another transfer student (this time Sakura Miwayaki) will confront the Rappapa leader, Salt (played by Haruka Shimazaki, who played Kanburi and Paru in former seasons) while Majisuka's rival Gekioko Nurse School plans an attack.

A fifth season aired on Summer 2015 and follows a new conflict between Majijo, Gekioko, Yabakune and an unknown group of older men which have now been revealed to be Yakuza.

A spinoff series, "Majisuka Gakuen 0", has been confirmed. It will star HKT48 going up against a group portrayed by the band Kishidan, and will serve as a prequel to Season 4, before Sakura transferred to Majijo.

Another spinoff was a musical adaption made after Season 4, which had Otabe and Gekikara as the leads alongside a cast of new characters. The story tells of the Majijo students going on a trip to Kyoto, where they face the top of Dendeke High, the Shinsengumi. The musical also gives full in-sight to Gekikara's backstory and reveals a tragic past which made her who she was today.

The sixth season of the series, titled "Kyabasuka Gakuen", aired in fall 2016. It's set in an Alternate Universe where the girls get jobs as cabaret hostesses to raise money to prevent Majijo from closing down.

This series seriously contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The fourth season really builds up the tension between Gekioko and Majijo, seemingly leading up to a full-fledged conflict between the two schools just as in the second happened between Majijo and Yabakune... only for Antonio to be defeated by Sakura, Gekioko peacefully accepting defeat and Antonio and Kobii quietly graduating. Although with the announcement of a fifth season, this plotline may be picked up again.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council - The strongest group - the wind instrument club Rappapa - is feared by everyone and de facto considered the top of the school.
  • Abusive Parents: Both Nezumi and Center's fathers
    • Also, Gekikara's mother
  • Action Girl: Any character who is not an action girl is a rare exception.
  • A-Cup Angst: In Cabasuka, a novelist guest is talking about women's breasts being his inspiration source, and admires each of the hostesses' assets... but skips over Uonome.
  • Adults Are Useless - Whereas all students possess fighting skills, the school staff seems to be mostly made of average humans not affecting the plot at all. By the time of fourth season, not even the director appears, and the school seems to be in anarchy.
  • Affably Evil: Yuko
  • A Friend in Need: Why many of the characters have deep connections, underneath their cool exteriors.
  • Alternate Universe: Cabasuka happens in one where the events of season 5 never happened (after all, Everybody Dies in that season).
  • Ambiguously Gay: The first two seasons show quite a bit of subtext, but the third takes it Up to 11. Uruseeyo and Tatsuo are really masculine girls who are obsessed with each other, and Peace gets described by the guard as "the girl who loves Paru".
    • In the musical, two of the Majijo girls (played by Takahashi Juri and Oshima Ryoka) are in a secret relationship.
  • Animal Theme Naming: When they become hostesses in Cabasuka, the Majisuka students are given hostess names related to fish and other marine life, as the club is called the Aquarium.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: After Yuko's death, everyone mourns her, including those who stood against her.
  • Anyone Can Die: Season 5.
  • Ax-Crazy: Shibuya and Gekikara.
    • Yagi in the third season is so mad she needs to be carried around in chains to prevent her from attacking anyone.
    • Shirogiku and Kurobara are pretty ruthless, as they live for hearing the pained cries of their opponents.
  • Babies Ever After: In her cameo in the fourth season, Daruma is seen with a baby.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses - Used several times throughout the series, most notably with Atsuko and Sado (and Atsuko and Minami in a flasback) in the first season, then with Center and Nezumi in the second. Paru and Miyu also do this in the third.
    • Yoga and Magic in season 5.
  • Backup Twin: Played with and lampshaded as Yuko's actress returns. Not as a twin, but as the two surviving triplets.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: In Cabasuka, Jisedai is seduced by Seiya, a host, into thinking they are in a relationship, which leads to her running a very large tab at the host club where he works. Scandal, now known as HKT48 idol Sashihara Rino, retaliates on her behalf by running an even larger tab with him as the host, forcing Seiya to take a loan to front the bill with the assumption that Sashihara will pay him back, before she moves to Jakarta to transfer to JKT48, leaving Seiya at his creditors' mercy.
  • Berserk Button - Unlike most students, Atsuko is reluctant to any fighting. Until you ask her whether she is serious.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Maeda.
  • Bloodier and Gorier - For a drama based on an idol group, one would think that it'll be something light and happy, right? Definitely wrong.
    • And then, there is the Gekikara episode, which is much gorier and more cruel than everything else until this point.
    • Season 5 takes this Up to 11.
  • Book Dumb: Bakamono in the fourth.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Mostly averted except in Season 5's final showdown.
  • Breakout Character: Gekikara definitely rose to high popularity with the fans, as well as her actress Matsui Rena.
    • She was also co-lead (along with Otabe) in the musical adaption of Majisuka Gakuen.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Otabe came to her yakuza boss father's office and interrogates him at gunpoint when she suspects he is behind Salt and Bakamono's murders.
  • The Cameo: In the fourth season, Center appears as the nurse treating Salt when she gets injured in episode 8. Nezumi also makes a comeback in episode 10, wearing her trademark hood. Torigoya appears on episode 1 saving a Majisuka student from Gekioko bullies, and Daruma appears on episode 6 giving some cryptic advice and some of her trademark chicken wings to Kamisori and Zombie.
    • Yuko and Atsuko have been confirmed to be back in the fifth season as cameos.
    • In Season 5, Maeda, Yuko's sister, Yuka, Black, Torigoya, Nezumi, and Center ALL appeared at Salt's funeral in Episode 2. However, Center eventually made more appearances as a key character to the story. As for everyone else... no.
    • In Cabasuka, Torigoya, Nezumi, Salt, and Scandal each appear in one episode. Nishino Nanase and Mai Shiraishi of Nogizaka46 also appear in the first and last episodes, respectively, to challenge Majisuka Gakuen's students.
  • Catch Phrase: Atsuko has "I'm serious".
    • Gekikara has "Are you mad?"
    • The third season is full of these. Uruseeyo has "Shuddup!", Nantene has "Just kidding", Komimi has "I just overheard this but..." and Messi has "Bang!" when releasing Yagi from her chains, and "Perfect", answered by Yagi's "Respect".
  • Celebrity Paradox: It is established in Cabasuka that AKB48 and its sister groups exist in this universe; the Aquarium girls are even upset when a customer won't tell them who his favorite member is. Only Scandal, who uses her real name Sashihara Rino in the group, is known to be a member after graduating from Majijo. Kojiharu is also a member of an unnamed idol group for some time after graduating from the school.
  • Combat Commentator: Team Hormone. Hilariously lampshaded by Daruma when Kokabuki commentates during Atsuko's fight with Ookabuki.
  • Combat Sadomasochist - Gekikara does not care about winning or losing but takes and throws punches alike just for the sake of violence while giggling like a maniac.
    • Sado's nickname is a shortening of the word "sadist". Seeing as Yuko gave it to her after seeing her fight it makes a lot of sense.
    • In Season 4, Shirogiku and Kurobara are pretty much torturing their opponents, wanting nothing more than to hear their screams of fear and cries of agony.
  • Cool Big Sis: Minami acts as one towards Sakura in the fourth season.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Kabuki Sisters.
    • Shokkaku and Sudachi in the third season and Kamisori and Zombie in the fourth.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Dance in the first and second seasons and KY in the fourth.
  • Corrupt Politician: Nogi-sensei in Season 5.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Black and Jumbo both wear rosaries. Minami wears a small one in Season 5.
  • Creepy Child: Miso in the second season.
  • Crossover: Detective Asada from Keishichou Nashigoren Ka makes an appearance, while Salt is revealed to be an undercover detective, possibly the same character as the one also played by Shimazaki Haruka in Nashigoren.
  • Custom Uniform: Atsuko and the other main characters in each season (except Otabe, who still wears a cardigan over the normal uniform) are pretty much the only persons who wear her uniform correctly.
  • Dark Action Girl: Several have shaded of this, but Gekikara in Season 1 most of all.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The leads usually have one.
    • Season 1 - Atsuko's best friend, Minami, was killed by a rival school and she blames herself for it all.
    • Season 2 - Center and Nezumi both have abusive/neglecting fathers whom they hate. They only have each other left.
    • Season 3 - Paru had a violent streak until she met Keita. Also, Dasu, betrayed by her friends, Nanashi and Nantene, left alone in the world and only have each other, and most importantly, Miyu, who killed Keita and felt jealousy and hatred towards Paru because he only thought of her as a sister, not as something more.
    • Season 4 - Sakura's father left her when she was a child.
    • Gekikara's tragic backstory is fully revealed in the musical. In a Troubled Backstory Flashback scene, we find out that Gekikara's mother was an unfamous alcoholic guitarist. She physically and verbally abused Gekikara as a child, and put all the blame and anger from her struggling career out on Gekikara, almost killing her and telling her she's a nuisance. Since then, the trauma stayed with her, as shown when Okita started playing her guitar, Gekikara was triggered from the horrible memories the sound brought and started going crazy. She is, however, able to recover and comes back stronger than ever, even to the point of taking Okita's guitar from her and shredding it like a boss before heading back into battle.
  • Darker and Edgier: Season 5 involves the yakuza and lots of gunfights, and much less comedy. The first episode ends with Salt shot dead by an assassin.
  • Decoy Leader: The Chinese interpreter lady is the real Chinese Mafia boss.
  • Defeat Means Friendship - After Atsuko beats Team Hormone, the latter becomes relatively amiable towards her.
    • Also the case with the Kabuki Sisters, Gakuran, and Choukoku, out of whom the first two actually fight for her.
    • Sado is another case, seeing as she not only became Yuko's second-in-command, but one of her fiercest defenders, after Yuko beat her senseless the first time they fought.
    • Happens to Team Habu and Paru in the third season, and Kamisori, Zombie and Sakura in the fourth.
  • Defence Mechanism Superpower: Due to her low intelligence, Bakamono's brain can be tricked into triggering the human fight-or-flight response at will, giving her immense strength and endurance. This is dangerous because such a heightened state takes a toll on the human body and should only be used in life-threatening situations.
  • Diegetic Switch: In Season 5's final showdown, a gunned down yakuza Mook accidentally increases the volume on a sound system mixer. The scene continues with the same music.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: All the opening and ending songs are sung by AKB members.
  • Domestic Abuse: Nezumi tried to protect her mother from this.
  • The Dragon: Sado to Yuko.
    • Also Kobii to Antonio in the fourth, although she has her own agenda.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Myao from the Sanshou Sisters.
  • Elite Four: The Rappappa's Four Heavenly Queens.
    • Also Shokkaku and Sudachi in the third season.
  • Everybody Dies: Unfortunately, this is the Downer Ending to Season 5. Center and Kenpou survive.
  • Everyone Is Related: In Season 5:
    • Otabe is the daughter of one of the yakuza leaders.
    • Minami is the adoptive daughter of another yakuza leader.
    • Center is the granddaughter of Majisuka Gakuen's owner and lives in his house.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy - Happens with the Kabuki Sisters. Daruma even comments on this: "Are you a commentator?"
  • Expy: All the main girls from each season share the same characteristics: extremely silent, bob haircuts (Paru has longer hair but cuts it later), only person in the school to wear their uniform correctly, and having a habit before fighting (Atsuko takes off her glasses, Paru removes her hairband and places it on her knuckles and Sakura takes off her uniform's ribbon)
    • Salt has a very similar hairstyle to Yuko. They're also the only two Rappappa heads who have never been defeated, and both are dead by the time their sequels premier (Yuko dies between seasons 1 and 2 and Salt is killed in season's 5 first episode).
  • Family Theme Naming: The three Ooshima triplets are called Yuko, Yuki and Yuka.
  • The Fake Cutie: The Sanshou Sisters act childish and wear lolita clothes, but they aren't any less violent than her classmates.
  • Five-Man Band: Rappappa.
    • The Leader: Yuko, top of the school. Replaced by Atsuko in the second and Salt in the fourth.
    • The Lancer: Sado. Replaced in the second and fourth by Otabe.
    • The Chick: Shibuya and Torigoya. Replaced in the second by the Kabuki Sisters and by Yoga in the fourth.
    • The Smart Guy: Black. Replaced in the second by Shaku and by Magic in the fourth.
    • The Big Guy: Gekikara. Replaced in the fourth by Bakamono.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Sado and Maeda.
  • Flash Step - Black's specialty.
  • Flawless Victory: Maeda VS Shibuya, surprisingly.
  • Foil: Daruma to Atsuko, Peace to Paru and Kamisori and Zombie to Sakura.
  • Friendly Enemy: Yuko to Maeda.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Sayanee's character in the fourth season is named Antonio, a Spanish boy name.
    • Abe Maria's character in the third season is called Tetsuo, a name only used by boys.
  • Genki Girl: Yuko, despite her terminal illness.
  • Hand Puppet: Nantene uses one in the third season. It's called Sally.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Nezumi combines this with In the Hood.
    • Averted with Dance.
  • Held Back in School: Shibuya is a bit of a strange one. She has already graduated, started working, but then volunteerily goes back to third year, of a rival school.
    • Otabe in season 4 though it was never explained as to why she was held back. Wota, too.
    • In season 5, Salt was held back because she missed to many days of school. So the other queens decided to stay back another year with her. Except Bakamono, who miscounted her attendance percentage and actually met the number of days required for graduation and therefore had to graduate.
  • Hellhole Prison: The girls live in one in the third season.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Gekioko is a school for future nurses. The uniform is a nurse outfit instead of the Sailor Fuku both Majisuka and Yabakune wear.
  • Honor Before Reason: Happens a lot with people not shying away from challenging whole crowds of opponents. The Kabuki Twins come to mind, with one fighting a whole bunch of girls, while the other challenges Shibuya.
    • In season 5, the girls go against both the Yakuza and the Chinese mafia. Otabe herself points out the absurdity of the situation.
  • Hostess Club: The Chinese Mafia runs one of these and lures high school girls to work there, wearing their school uniforms.
    • In Cabasuka, the Majijo girls work in one to raise funds to pay their school's debt.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Daruma.
  • Identical Stranger: The only explanation for the same actresses playing different characters in the same universe without their characters being related.
  • If I Can't Have You...: A subversion in the third season. Miyu was in fact angry at Keita for loving Paru and only seeing her as a sister, but didn't kill him because of hatred, but because she was ordered so by the prison.
  • Ill Girl - Yuuko.
  • Important Haircut: Paru cuts her hair after deciding to become head of Team Habu.
  • In-Name-Only: The third season is set in a prison instead of a school, and features a new set of characters. The prison has the nickname "Majisuka Prison", but it's set in a different place, not related to Majisuka Academy.
  • Ironic Nickname: Katsuzetsu's nickname means "speaking clearly", while she has a lisp.
  • It's Personal: Erena despises Atsuko because she believes she's the reason of her sister Minami's death.
  • Karma Houdini: The corrupt police superintendent walked out of the Final Battle alive.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Happens to Daruma a lot.
  • The Lad-ette: Uruseeyo.
  • Lady of War: Maeda Atsuko
  • Laughing Mad: Gekikara.
    • In Season 4, Kurobara.
  • Line in the Sand: Otabe gives everybody one last chance to bail out before the Final Battle against the Yakuza. Kenpou tearfully takes that chance. Since Everybody Dies, this might have been the wiser choice, and nobody judges her on her decision.
    Kenpou: You guys are weird. We are just high school students, aren't we?
    Otabe: You're right. Yearning to destroy the Yakuza, we are the weird ones. ... Deciding to quit now also takes courage.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters - The first season alone features at least 30 girls from AKB48 or their sister groups. Even more are added on latter seasons.
  • Lured into a Trap: Center by Nezumi. Subversion in that she knew Nezumi was betraying her and still showed up
    • In the fourth season, Sakura by Shirogiku and Kurobara, who kidnap Kamisori and Zombie.
  • Meaningful Name - There are several, justified for a few of the characters as they are nicknames.
    • Daruma shares her name with a type of good luck charm in Buddhism that is able to always get up when it's knocked down. This is even lampshaded by the Sanshou Sisters who start saying lines of the game "Daruma-san fell down" (akin to "Red light green light") while fighting with her and Atsuko.
    • Given to her by Yuko after their fight, "Sado" is a shortform for "Sadist", which is... strangely appropriate once you see her fight.
    • Shibuya dresses in kogal fashion and shares her name with a district in Tokyo where kogals are known to hang out.
    • "Nezumi" means "mouse." Guess who is The Mole and Manipulative Bastard trying to quietly orchestrate all of the events of the series?
    • Even the name of the school, "Majisuka", contains the word "maji" that is a homonym for "serious."
    • Yabakune's name comes from "yabai". It means bad.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Nobunaga in the third season.
  • Missing Mom - Atsuko's mother is also a yankee who travels a lot. She does come back to visit pretty early in the series.
  • Mr. Exposition: Team Hormone are usually the ones that explain (either to each other or to Daruma) other girls' characteristics and fighting styles.
  • Morality Pet: Center to Nezumi
  • Mythology Gag: Shibuya's ringtone is "Dear J", Itano Tomomi's (her actress) first solo single.
    • The first song Sashihara Rino ever centered in AKB was "Kagami no Naka no Jeanne D'Arc", where in the beginning she carries a flag. At the second season's last episode, there's a scene where her character Wota is carrying Majisuka's flag. The positions of the rest of Team Hormone also make it look like the song's unit.
    • Atsuko standing in the school's rooftop with her arms wide open at the end of the second season's opening looks very similar to Yuuko's shot at the beginning of the "Keibetsu Shiteta Aijou" PV.
  • New Transfer Student - The first episode starts with two transfer students, Atsuko and Daruma, joining Majisuka Gakuen.
    • Otabe is this in the second season.
    • In the fourth season, the same happens with Sakura.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Atsuko, Otabe and Sakura are the only ones that wear the proper uniform, everyone else wears longer skirts, extra jackets, no ribbons, etc. Gakuran doesn't even wear the girls' uniform, wearing a boys' one instead. Happens the same to most of the Yabakune and Gekioko cast.
  • The Notable Numeral: The Four Heavenly Queens.
  • One Steve Limit - Minami the Student Council President is not to be confused with Minami, Atsuko's deceased friend.
    • Also in season 4 Sakura frequents a diner owned by a woman named Minami
  • Parental Neglect: Otabe has a strained relationship with her father, who is the boss of a Yakuza clan. She mostly calls him by name and often says that she will kill him one day. They still care for each other, however: he has a picture of them together on his desk and encourages her to give up the yanki life and get married soon, and her last words before dying are that she'll again be able to pull weeds with her father, who has been murdered earlier.
  • Plucky Girl - Every single student could qualify for this, but especially Atsuko, Daruma, and Yuuko.
  • Posthumous Character: Minami, Atsuko's best friend, only appears through flashbacks, as she died before Atsuko came to Majijo.
    • In the third season, same happens to Keita, Paru's crush.
  • Put on a Bus: All the third-years that graduated on the first season (as well as Daruma) only have small scenes explaining where they are now in the second season's first episode. The Sanshou Sisters (once it's revealed they've transferred to Yabakune) state that Manamana stayed at Majijo (a way to cover the fact that her actress, Oku Manami, graduated before the show started airing) Same happens to Erena, who doesn't appear on this season after her actress graduated from the group.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Team Fondue on second season take most of the commentary Team Hormone did on the first, after the latter Take a Level in Badass. Same goes to Team Hinabe in the fourth season.
    • Actually, most of the protagonists are very similar to each other. Atsuko, Otabe, Paru and Sakura all have bob haircuts, stoic demeanor and really messed up pasts.
  • Russian Roulette: A dying mafia boss challenges his apparent successor to one.
  • Sailor Fuku: The school's uniform qualifies. Yabakune also uses one, but grey and white instead of black/dark blue and red.
  • School of Hard Knocks: Majisuka Academy.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Sequel Hook: A girl walks up to challenge Maeda at the end of Season 1. Her response? Any time, freshman
    • The fourth season ends with new Yabakune head Gekkou warning Sakura about a counterattack from Yabakune on spring. Later, Sakura is defeated by Paru, but both realized the former will get even stronger and keep fighting for the top position.
  • Sex for Services: When Sakura gets shot, Otabe doesn't have money to pay the doctor and starts stripping down to her undergarment, complete with Male Gaze. Averted when the bartender she befriends decides to foot the bill.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In Cabasuka, a timid Hollywood Homely woman named Kashiwagi Yuki (whether she is Black or an Identical Stranger is not made clear) visits the Aquarium looking for her fiancé, who has been squandering their marriage savings at the club. The girls take pity on her, and then they give her both a visual and attitude makeover and let her be his hostess for the night. An Actor Allusion of sorts since her actress is said to be plain when not wearing makeup.
  • She-Fu: Thankfully averted.
  • Significant Double Casting: Some of the girls that played characters in the two first seasons play new characters in the third. For example, Matsui Jurina (who played Center) plays Nobunaga, Kumi Yagami (who played Dance) plays Komimi and Shimazaki Haruka (who played Docchi) plays Paru, the main character. Same goes for the fourth season, despite being set in the same place as the first two.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In season 5, when the principal assassinates Salt, the motive is simply to intimidate the yankiis so that they won't interfere with the owner's and yakuza's plans for the school. As it turns out, the Majisuka students are brave/crazy/stupid enough to fight back, and the Yakuza clans also become suspicious of each other. This web of distrust results in a chain of violence which culminates in an all-out war between yankiis from several schools, the Yakuza, and the Triad where Everybody Dies at the end. Center survives, though, and makes sure the principal gets his comeuppance for starting the whole thing.
  • Something Completely Different: The third season is the only one not to take place on Majisuka High.
    • The sixth season starts with the girls temporarily quitting the school to work as hostesses in order to raise funds to prevent the school from being closed, and most of the story takes place at the hostess club. There are very few fight scenes compared to other seasons.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: In Cabasuka, Katabutsu attempts to reject a Stalker with a Crush customer by pretending to be in a relationship with Magic.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: Kenpou's nickname refers to the Constitution of Japan and she can quote a related article from it for any given situation. Her actress actually knows the Constitution by heart and often quotes from it on stage.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Nezumi.
    • Shokkaku hisses a lot too.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Gakuran.
  • Stoic Glasses: Atsuko in the first season, Nakamata in the second, Messi in the third.
  • Suicide by Cop: Being the only yankii to walk out of the Final Battle, Sakura chooses to follow her fallen friends and points her gun at a platoon of armed police officers. There Is No Kill Like Overkill ensues.
  • Super Speed: Black's special ability.
  • The Glasses Come Off: When Atsuko gets serious, she always takes off her glasses.
    • Lampshaded in episode 11 when before a fight with Sado she removes them dramatically... to clean a lens.
    • Her dad does this, too.
    • Averted in the second series, as she gets contacts.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: "Sakura no Shiori", the ending for the first season, is Majisuka's hymn. It's also Yuuko's favourite song, and she usually sings or hums it.
    • In Cabasuka, the Aquarium girls perform the theme song, "High Tension", in the club and it goes viral.
  • There Are No Therapists: Some girls certainly need some treatment.
  • Token Minority: Michelle, a minor Gekioko character, is played by Michelle Christo Kusnadi of JKT48, who is Chinese Indonesian.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Nezumi remembers her father hitting her as she tried to protect her mother from his beatings and then her mother leaving.
  • True Companions
  • Twist Ending: Season 5. Even after they defeated the Yakuza, everyone has been killed, and Sakura was shot down by the police. Center finds out the person who killed Salt was actually the principal and shoots and kills him in his own home, being the last one standing.
  • Two-Teacher School: Somewhat justified since nobody seems to do any learning anyway. Apart from Maeda that is, but she still learns from a book that is not on the curriculum.
  • Unable to Cry: In season 5, Antonio is unable to cry upon learning of Coby's death. Sakura, understanding that people like them can only mourn through their fists, offers to mourn with her. They fight, and only after that their tears come out for their fallen friends.
  • Use Your Head - Daruma's signature move. She explains that it's because when she was in Shibuya's gal circle, she would be headbutted as punishment.
    • Because of this, Atsuko uses one to beat Shibuya.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment - How Chokoku carries her 100 Poems by 100 Poets cards.
  • Villainous Friendship: Sado and Yuko
  • Worthy Opponent: Maeda grows into this for Rappapa as they keep hearing about more of her victories.
  • Wham Episode: Miso stabbing Gekikara in season 2's episode 5.
    • Salt's death at the end of the first episode of season 5.
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