YMMV / Sukeban Deka

  • And You Thought It Would Fail: When the 2006 film Yo-Yo Girl Cop was announced, few people believed it could be other than the lumbering of a Franchise Zombie, as the lead actress was seen as a bad casting choice, the premise was thought to be outdated, and it was believed that too many years had passed since the last time Sukeban Deka had hit the big screen. However, the movie broke all expectations in box office and turned out successful enough to get distributed abroad for the first time ever.
  • Complete Monster: Remi Mizuchi and her family orchestrate the deaths of over sixty of the sisters' classmates to make room for the kids of possible financial benefactors for the father, Gozo's, political career. Remi is quite good at putting on the façade of being the White Sheep, which she uses this to her advantage when she decides to brainwash her students for her personal army. She then gives Ayumi a rigged shotgun, steals all her money, has one of her brainwashed lackeys kill Emi and Gozo, and then laughs about "her poor sisters." During her rooftop battle with Saki, Remi drops the princess facade and reveals her true Ax-Crazy tendencies as she savages Saki with a whip while screaming at her about her supposedly insane mother.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The first opening of the TV series, Shiroi hono, by Yuki Saito.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Okyo and Yukino from the second TV series.
  • Even Better Sequel: Sukeban Deka II, the sequel to the TV series adaptation. Despite being based on completely original material (due to the manga having got its closure just like the first series), it not only reached the level of popularity of the previous series, but surpassed it and raised the franchise to an entirely new level, gaining a movie that opened the door to a third series and giving birth to eternal discussions about who was the best incarnation of Saki Asamiya. Sadly, Sukeban Deka III then proceeded to make the franchise plumet down (see Sequelitis below).
  • Franchise Killer: Sukeban Deka III. Whether it was because of the fantastical elements, the bizarre and often confusing storyline or the audiences finally getting tired of the series, the series was unceremoniously cancelled and ended the possibility of the world seeing more of Saki Asamiya.
  • Gateway Series: With the animated OVA being mostly a curiosity, Yo-Yo Girl Cop is the reason why many fans abroad know of this manga series.
  • Les Yay:
    • Between Saki and Junko. Later, there's Foe Yay between Saki and Remi in the manga, and at some point the two sleep together.
    • Tae and Kotomi in the 2006 film. It goes to the extent that many reviewers of the movie actually thought they were meant to be a lesbian couple.
  • Narm Charm: Everything in the franchise, particularly its essential premise and usual shenanigans, break the counter in the Camp-meter. Still, that's why it is so awesome.
  • Sequelitis: Sukeban Deka III. Although the II movie introduced an interesting new Saki for this series, the production team decided to use Star Wars and Sho Kosugi's Ninja films as the making mould of their next storylines, and the third Saki Asamiya (who, uncharacteristically enough for the franchise, was rarely referred by this name) ended up being involved with ninjutsu, psychic powers and painfully unsubtle references to both film sagas. The series was less succesful during its run.
    • Ironically, only a year after III's cancellation it was released its feature film, which dropped the supernatural elements and got back to the serious urban crime drama who was the spirit of Sukeban Deka - and it was significantly well received. The fans became naturally exasperated, as now it was clear that the franchise could have been saved had the producers taken this road earlier.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The 2006 film. Against all odds, it did very well in box office and was critically given the thumbs up. It had the effect of introducing the series and manga to a new generation of fans, and it caused the franchise to be exported abroad. Part of the success is attributed to Yuki Saito's cameo as the original Saki Asamiya, who turned out to be alive after the events of the first TV series.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The 2006 film didn't bring the franchise back, but it proved it still had a lot of gas in the tank.

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