Exchange Student Zero
is an Australian
television film on Cartoon Network
that premiered on 16 December 2012. It is the first animated Australian made production to be commissioned by the Cartoon Network.
John and Max are two school friends, obsessed with a fantasy card game called Battle Day Zero, who inadvertently bring one of the game’s characters, Hiro, to life. Hiro is passed off for an exchange student at school and so his peculiarities are somewhat overlooked while John and Max figure out how to get him home. That is until the game that brought Hiro pours even more exotic creatures into the sleepy little Perth town. Life will never be the same, but then as John and Max discover, it is far more exciting this way.
It's notoriously compared to the Shut Up Cartoons
show, Oishi High School Battle
but what with the unsubtle nature
of this show (also worth noting that it seems to poke fun at Yu-Gi-Oh!
), it's a Foregone Conclusion
from here on out.
Somewhat an inversion
of Kappa Mikey
The following tropes include:
- Alice and Bob: Hiro and Avere's parents. If you hear them about to engage in battle, saying each other's names, spitefully, you'll notice they're...oddly standard.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Seemed to be this way in the beginning but it's eventually averted for everyone's case (see Surprisingly Happy Ending). John manages to get his crush to finally like him in the end.
- Always Save the Girl: Whenever Charity is about to get crushed or be somewhere in the middle of harm's way, Hiro would always save her. This happens several times which causes her constant denial to his advances start to fade more and more.
- Beauty Mark: Lucinda, John's love interest, has one.
- British Teeth: Despite having no Britons around, John's friend, Max has notably crooked incisors and buck teeth.
- Captain Ersatz: Any anime savvy would know at first glance which anime character is based on which.
- Cast of Snowflakes: Looking closely at some crowd shots, there are faces aplenty in the school.
- Dance Party Ending: Courtesy of Totally Hot (a band, consisting of Happy Peach Flower's friends).
- Dean Bitterman: Principal Rogerson.
- Flash Animation/Thick-Line Animation
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: It's rated PG and all, so this is to be expected. Also, there's the liberal usage of such words. Specifically "hell". And there's this:
: I WANT MY KINGDOMS, DAMMIT
- Japanese Visual Arts Tropes: Why of course! And these include:
- Jerk/Dumb Jock: Denmead. And he's probably one of the most exaggerated examples ever, complete with a Simpleton Voice and Dumb Blond.
- Kiss of Life: Denmead crashed in the waves after falling from his surfboard and when he's washed ashore, Max does this to him. When he woke up, he did not like that.
- Land Down Under: Averted. The setting (as the name of the school tells) is in the city of Perth. Justified, since this movie is made in Australia.
- Love Hurts: Charity and Max fall in love with Hiro and Happy Peach Flower respectively, and when they left, it had some pretty hard repercussions. The principal as well with Avere.
- Love Makes You Crazy: The principal who falls in love with Avere. He tries to bring her back by summoning various monsters from the cards until he can find her again.
- Made-for-TV Movie
- Name's the Same: When Hiro arrived for the first time in school, he was simply passed on as the Japanese exchange student the school was expecting. But the real exchange student they were supposed to welcome was a guy named Hiro Tanaga.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Invoked.
- Stripperific: Avere's overall outfit. Even her wedding dress when she was about to marry Hiro.
- Surprisingly Happy Ending: The battle now done, Hiro and Happy Peach Flower must leave their world so everything will be at peace. But since the principal and his son and Denmead are also transported into the world of Battle Day Zero when everything was going back, the number of cards with the characters in them are complete and them as the remaining two, are now allowed to stay.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend:: Happy Peach Flower. Anyone who seems to be hanging around with or threatening Max would force her to beat up whoever person does so.
- Weirdness Censor: From how the people simply just stood there in shock or pure confusion, probably none of them would be scarred for life.