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* InternetBackdraft: There had been some backlash towards the writer of the English dub when he inserted a bit of AuthorTract, and his reaction towards criticism was to make inflammatory comments on Twitter. Funimation's non-commited response to the controversy didn't exactly help either. However, the backlash was enough for Funimation to change the dialogue in question for the DVD release.

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* MemeticMutation: In the end, [[SeriousBusiness boobs are nothing more than fake asses!]] [[labelnote:explanation]]Kiyoshi's appeal to prove to the Chairman that he is a trustworthy individual is to delivery a soliloquy on why asses are better than boobs. The absurdness of the whole rant has led to [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dmr7jzXW4AAA-ht.jpg the panel become a popular copypasta]].[[/labelnote]]


* DesignatedHero: PlayedForLaughs. While the boys' punishment is beyond extreme, they ''are'' entirely at fault for acting like creeps and trying to peep on the girls' shower, and are only motivated to escape due to their desire to continue sexually harassing the school's female student body. The series pokes fun at this fact several times.



* HoYay: Gakuto has gotten this with Kiyoshi and Jo.

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* HoYay: Gakuto has gotten this with Kiyoshi and Jo.Joe.
* FirstInstallmentWins: The first arc is pretty unanimously agreed to be the best, with its GreatEscape plot making the best use of the series' strengths. In comparison the others that followed it all contained some amount of [[BrokenBase Base-Breaking]] content that caused a divide in the fanbase.



** Shingo is the most hated of the five boys among the Prison School fandom due to his hypocritical and selfish behavior.

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** Shingo is the most hated of the five boys among the Prison School fandom due to his hypocritical and selfish behavior. His status as this was lessened considerably following his transition into TheAtoner, though many still find him to be obnoxious.


* TorchTheFranchiseAndRun: In retrospect, the author Akira Hiramoto may had hinted his intention to end the manga back in the 3rd story arc. Unlike most examples of this trope, [[spoiler:no one was killed in the series, but the status quo was completely changed by featuring the destruction of the Prison. Not only that, the author abruptly ended all on-going plot threads and hastily concluded Kiyoshi and Andre's romance lives, with only the latter getting an EarnYourHappyEnding. What sealed the deal for this trope is that the [[TrollingCreator author promised the fans a "much improved" epilogue when they purchase the final volume of the manga]] - It didn't conclude anything, and was clearly a waste of money for the fans who purchased it for the epilogue]].
* TrollingCreator: With respect to that manga's ending. The final serialized chapter was released on December 2017 with an abrupt DownerEnding, with author Akira Hiramoto promising a "much improved" epilogue on the release of the final volume (April 2018). Fans eagerly waited four months only to find that this epilogue was nothing more than [[spoiler:a few panels of the boys dreaming about the Wet T-Shirts Contest with neither background explanation nor conclusion]].


'''''Warning!''' {{Late Arrival Spoiler}}s before the final story arc (Kiyoshi's Love Confession) are left unmarked!''



* JerkassWoobie: [[spoiler:Meiko under Kate's leadership. At first she appears as one of the manga's most vicious antagonists, obeying Mari's every word and being the executive agent for the Academy's totalitarian and punishing system. However, it is soon revealed that she was in fact, a ShrinkingViolet who was hated and constantly bullied all her life, and only the friendship with Mari gave her a reason to live and stand up for herself to become the confident and shameless woman she was known to be. Meiko's attitude was less due out of an inherent hatred of men but more of the result of pleasing [[StrawFeminist Mari]] as her only meaning in life (to the point of begging for punishment if she failed her in any way and volunteering to take all of the harshest labour from her), and when Kate framed her for starting a fire that apparently killed Mari's most valued baby crows, she was broken so much by her failure that she reverted to her submissive and timid personality, providing Kate and her cronies more imperatives to abuse her.]]

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* JerkassWoobie: [[spoiler:Meiko Meiko under Kate's leadership. At first she appears as one of the manga's most vicious antagonists, obeying Mari's every word and being the executive agent for the Academy's totalitarian and punishing system. However, it is soon revealed that she was in fact, a ShrinkingViolet who was hated and constantly bullied all her life, and only the friendship with Mari gave her a reason to live and stand up for herself to become the confident and shameless woman she was known to be. Meiko's attitude was less due out of an inherent hatred of men but more of the result of pleasing [[StrawFeminist Mari]] as her only meaning in life (to the point of begging for punishment if she failed her in any way and volunteering to take all of the harshest labour from her), and when Kate framed her for starting a fire that apparently killed Mari's most valued baby crows, she was broken so much by her failure that she reverted to her submissive and timid personality, providing Kate and her cronies more imperatives to abuse her.]]



* MemeticBadass: The Chairman gets this reputation after [[spoiler:enduring a devastating car crash]] without injury. Combined with his reveal of surprisingly good wilderness survival skills, jokes quickly sprang up in the fandom about him having learned them from battling through the South American jungle in his search for the perfect ass.

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* MemeticBadass: The Chairman gets this reputation after [[spoiler:enduring enduring a devastating car crash]] crash without injury. Combined with his reveal of surprisingly good wilderness survival skills, jokes quickly sprang up in the fandom about him having learned them from battling through the South American jungle in his search for the perfect ass.



** Mari [[spoiler: [[QuestionableConsent tricking Kate into lesbian sex under false pretence.]]]]

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** Mari [[spoiler: [[QuestionableConsent tricking Kate into lesbian sex under false pretence.]]]]]]



* TorchTheFranchiseAndRun: In retrospect, the author Akira Hiramoto may had hinted his intention to end the manga back in the 3rd story arc. Unlike most examples of this trope, [[spoiler:no one was killed in the series, but the status quo was completely changed by featuring the destruction of the Prison. Not only that, the author abruptly ended all on-going plot threads and hastily concluded Kiyoshi and Andre's romance lives, with only the latter getting an EarnYourHappyEnding. What sealed the deal for this trope is that the [[TrollingCreator author promised the fans a "much improved" epilogue when they purchase the final volume of the manga]] - It didn't conclude anything, and was clearly a waste of money for the fans who purchased it for the epilogue]].
* TrollingCreator: With respect to that manga's ending. The final serialized chapter was released on December 2017 with an abrupt DownerEnding, with author Akira Hiramoto promising a "much improved" epilogue on the release of the final volume (April 2018). Fans eagerly waited four months only to find that this epilogue was nothing more than [[spoiler:a few panels of the boys dreaming about the Wet T-Shirts Contest with neither background explanation nor conclusion]].



** While the Official Student Council are seen as the "villains" of the second arc due to their harsh treatment of the Underground Student Council, Kate does point that their treatment of the USC members is honestly NotSoDifferent from how the USC members punished the boys. Both groups are abusive to their prisoners to the point of Human Rights Violations (the Stanford Prison Experiment even being referenced) and aren't above using blackmail. Even Kate tricking Meiko into thinking she'd burned alive a nest of Mari's baby crows is almost identical to the time Mari made it look like her crows were eating Joe's ants in order to provoke a violent reaction from him. [[spoiler:In both cases, the animals turned out to be perfectly safe]]. After everything the USC did to the boys, it [[LaserGuidedKarma only seem fair that their punishment should be the same]]. However, this does end when they [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog imprison the clearly innocent Kiyoshi and Chiyo]]]], and when Kate admits that [[spoiler: the whole punishment is not out of justice or feminist ideology but only [[{{Revenge}} her personal plan to get back at Mari for dethroning her as the best]]]].

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** While the Official Student Council are seen as the "villains" of the second arc due to their harsh treatment of the Underground Student Council, Kate does point that their treatment of the USC members is honestly NotSoDifferent from how the USC members punished the boys. Both groups are abusive to their prisoners to the point of Human Rights Violations (the Stanford Prison Experiment even being referenced) and aren't above using blackmail. Even Kate tricking Meiko into thinking she'd burned alive a nest of Mari's baby crows is almost identical to the time Mari made it look like her crows were eating Joe's ants in order to provoke a violent reaction from him. [[spoiler:In In both cases, the animals turned out to be perfectly safe]].safe. After everything the USC did to the boys, it [[LaserGuidedKarma only seem fair that their punishment should be the same]]. However, this does end when they [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog [[KickTheDog imprison the clearly innocent Kiyoshi and Chiyo]]]], Chiyo]], and when Kate admits that [[spoiler: the whole punishment is not out of justice or feminist ideology but only [[{{Revenge}} her personal plan to get back at Mari for dethroning her as the best]]]].best]].



* {{Wangst}}: Hana's whining during her turn as a prisoner. Played for laughs ("That's karma bitch") as well as [[spoiler:part of Mari's plan to make Hana the ReverseMole]].

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* {{Wangst}}: Hana's whining during her turn as a prisoner. Played for laughs ("That's karma bitch") as well as [[spoiler:part part of Mari's plan to make Hana the ReverseMole]].ReverseMole.


* BrokenBase: The anime is either a great adaptation that got the crazy tone of the manga down perfectly, or it's a rushed and censored trainwreck that people can't get immersed in due to uneven pacing. [[note]]Some episodes cram in as many as '''eight''' chapters.[[/note]]

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* BrokenBase: BrokenBase:
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The anime is either a great adaptation that got the crazy tone of the manga down perfectly, or it's a rushed and censored trainwreck that people can't get immersed in due to uneven pacing. [[note]]Some episodes cram in as many as '''eight''' chapters.[[/note]]

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** Mari's inner monologue in the final story arc claimed that she is [[spoiler:atoning for [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom all the mess]] she had caused in the previous story arcs, by leaving for an exchange program. The questionable part was whether was she really atoning, or was that her own way of [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere running away from the problems she had caused]]? This alternative interpretation of her character holds especially strong given that her misandry was clearly still evident by the end of the series]].


** Hana is far and away the most popular character within the western fandom. Despite firmly being a supporting character throughout the first three story arcs and being far less prominent than both Mari and Meiko, she has topped every western popularity poll by a sizable margin. Her massive popularity was mostly due to her comedic entanglements with the main character Kiyoshi and to some extent her popular Anime VA Kana Hanazawa. Her popularity might have possibly influenced the author's decision to give her a major role in the final story arc.

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** Hana is far and away the most popular character within the western fandom. Despite firmly being a supporting character throughout the first three story arcs and being far less prominent than both Mari and Meiko, she has topped every western popularity poll by a sizable margin. Her massive popularity was mostly due to her comedic entanglements with the main character Kiyoshi and to some extent her popular Anime VA Kana Hanazawa. Her popularity might have possibly influenced the author's decision to give her a major role in the final story arc.


* CatharsisFactor: The imprisonment and harsh treatment of Underground Student Council is seen as the most satisfying event in the manga. Especially when Mari attempts to gain the higher moral ground by remarking that she expects Mari to try and provoke her and her underlings to extend their sentences, and the [[http://www.funmanga.com/uploads/chapters/5810/88/p_00014.png look on her face]] when she is reminded that she did the same thing to the boys.

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* CatharsisFactor: The imprisonment and harsh treatment of Underground Student Council is seen as the most satisfying event in the manga. Especially when Mari attempts to gain the higher moral ground by remarking that she expects Mari Kate to try and provoke her and her underlings to extend their sentences, and the [[http://www.funmanga.com/uploads/chapters/5810/88/p_00014.png look on her face]] when she is reminded that she did the same thing to the boys.


* DracoInLeatherPants: Hana Midorikawa... VERY much so. She is violent to the main characters, her interactions with Kiyoshi made her look insane in a childish way, and takes an antagonistic role in both the first and last story arcs. Yet it is exactly her interactions with Kiyoshi that the fandom found her to be the most entertaining character in the series and most of them shipped her with Kiyoshi. Many had even believed that Hana's eventual crush on Kiyoshi was "authentic love", disregarding the many times Hana had clearly and selfishly disregarded Kiyoshi's feelings and thoughts throughout the entire series.



** Hana is far and away the most popular character within the western fandom. Despite firmly being a supporting character throughout the first three story arcs and being far less prominent than both Mari and Meiko, she has topped every western popularity poll by a sizable margin. Her massive popularity was mostly due to her comedic entanglements with the main character Kiyoshi and to some extent her popular Anime VA Kana Hanazawa.

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** Hana is far and away the most popular character within the western fandom. Despite firmly being a supporting character throughout the first three story arcs and being far less prominent than both Mari and Meiko, she has topped every western popularity poll by a sizable margin. Her massive popularity was mostly due to her comedic entanglements with the main character Kiyoshi and to some extent her popular Anime VA Kana Hanazawa. Her popularity might have possibly influenced the author's decision to give her a major role in the final story arc.


* FanPreferredCouple: Kiyoshi has made it clear on multiple occasions that his feelings are for Chiyo. [[http://forums.mangafox.me/showthread.php?t=480197 Despite this a lot of fans would rather see him end up with Hana instead]]. This is mainly due to Chiyo coming across as a generic NiceGirl to a lot of readers, her and Kiyoshi's relationship not being fleshed out until well into the series and some of the most memorable and hilarious scenes in the series occurring whenever Kiyoshi and Hana are alone.

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* FanPreferredCouple: Kiyoshi has made it clear on multiple occasions that his feelings are for Chiyo. [[http://forums.mangafox.me/showthread.php?t=480197 Despite this a lot of fans would rather see him end up with Hana instead]].instead. This is mainly due to Chiyo coming across as a generic NiceGirl to a lot of readers, her and Kiyoshi's relationship not being fleshed out until well into the series and some of the most memorable and hilarious scenes in the series occurring whenever Kiyoshi and Hana are alone.


* TheScrappy: Chiyo Kurihara is seen as a generic NiceGirl with little fleshing out of her character. It doesn't help that her rival for Kiyoshi, [[TsunDere Hana]], is a huge EnsembleDarkhorse. The funny thing is that Chiyo probably wouldn't be that unpopular if she was in a conventional high school drama. It was unfortunate that Prison School made her stuck out like a sore thumb among a cast full of peculiar characters, though she does get RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in the arcs following the Calvary battle, due to getting more characterization in general.

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* TheScrappy: TheScrappy:
** Shingo is the most hated of the five boys among the Prison School fandom due to his hypocritical and selfish behavior.
** Early on, Mari is perhaps the most hated female character among the Prison School fandom, especially during her turn as the main antagonist in the first story arc. She had redeemed herself in much of the fandom's eyes after going through some character development in the 2nd story arc though.
** To a lesser extent,
Chiyo Kurihara is seen as seemingly gets flak for being a generic NiceGirl with little fleshing out of her character. It doesn't help that her rival for Kiyoshi, [[TsunDere Hana]], is a huge EnsembleDarkhorse. The funny thing is that Chiyo probably wouldn't be that unpopular if she was in a conventional high school drama. It was unfortunate that Prison School made her stuck out like a sore thumb among a cast full of peculiar characters, though she does get RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in the arcs following the Calvary battle, due to getting more characterization who stood out among the entire larger-than-life cast like a sore thumb, but in general.reality the fandom merely finds her boring instead of actual dislike of the character.

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** The final chapter. While a return to the crazier sides of the series, fans all over have different opinions on how it and the series as a whole were handled. Some do like that Kiyoshi's lies finally caught up to him and felt his humiliation was thematically appropriate. Some hate the ending, given that almost the entire focus of the final arc went to Kiyoshi/Hana/Chiyo and only a handful of characters got a positive resolution. Some hate the rushed feel of the last arc in general, and some preferred to wait for the epilogue to see a proper end.


* DesignatedVillain: Kate of the ASC in the second and third story arc (USC's imprisonment and the sports festival, respectively). Although [[{{Revenge}} her motivation]] was wrong, her actions weren't really any worse off than what Mari did during the boys' imprisonment - Its karma for the USC. Hence she was the main antagonist only because she happened to be in a personal feud with Mari AND happened to [[SillyReasonForWar replace the USC's previous Wet T-shirt contest with a clamming event.]]

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* DesignatedVillain: Kate of the ASC in the second and third story arc (USC's imprisonment and the sports festival, respectively). Although [[{{Revenge}} her motivation]] was wrong, her actions weren't really any worse off than what Mari did during the boys' imprisonment - Its -- it's karma for the USC. Hence she was the main antagonist only because she happened to be in a personal feud with Mari AND happened to [[SillyReasonForWar replace the USC's previous Wet T-shirt contest with a clamming event.]]

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