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Anime / I My Me! Strawberry Eggs

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The really weirdly named story of a gym teacher who has to crossdress to get a job.

I My Me! Strawberry Eggs is a thirteen-episode Anime series created by TNK and Pioneer, written by Yasuko Kobayashi, and initially ran on Japanese TV in 2001. There is also a manga adaptation.

The series follows Hibiki Amawa, an idealistic young man who has recently graduated from college with a degree in physical education. Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to find an opening in his field, and is behind on his rent so far that his landlady Lulu holds his dog hostage. At last Hibiki finds an advertisement for a position at Seito Sannomiya Private School. But when he applies, Hibiki is turned down flat. While the school itself is co-educational, the principal refuses to hire male teachers.

Upon learning the situation, Lulu offers to help Hibiki out by disguising him as a woman. (Turns out that the landlady has a suspiciously field-ready assortment of gadgets for just such a purpose.) Sure enough, with this and some slightly altered paperwork, Hibiki is able to start work at the school.


Naturally, things don't go smoothly. Not only does Hibiki have to conceal his true gender from everyone at the school, but the misandrist attitude of the school administration is causing discipline problems with the male students and friction between the boys and girls. And when one of Hibiki's students, the Moe Fuko Kuzuha, starts getting a crush on "her", well…

But it isn't all bad news. Hibiki manages to connect with the students and mediate between them with some success, and even get the administration to ease off on some of their more blatantly stupid rules. In the end, though, the masquerade is revealed, and everything changes.


Tropes seen in this series include:

  • All Love Is Unrequited: A Love Dodecahedron emerges between Fujio, Fukae, Fuko, and Hibiki, with only one case of those feelings being remotely reciprocated.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Hibiki Amawa makes an extremely beautiful woman.
  • Between My Legs: Episode 6 has one of these shots of Fuko for well over 30 seconds.
  • Cool Old Lady: Lulu. Or is it?
  • Crazy-Prepared: Batman levels. No matter the situation, Lulu has a cunning plan to deal with it.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Fuko.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: Mori Kouji and Toufukuji, the lecherous renters at Lulu's inn, regularly provide some comic relief with all their crazy schemes for sneaking into Seito Sannomiya, including getting Disguised in Drag the same way Hibiki is doing. Were they in his shoes, neither of them would hesitate to take advantage of all these impressionable young schoolgirls in all their more vulnerable moments, which just goes to show us that Hibiki is not that kind of guy.
  • Does Not Like Men: Principal Sannomiya and Vice-Principal Mukogawa both had horrific experiences with men that fuel their distrust of men. Fujio and the girls at the school have similarly low opinions of males, though Fujio's crush on Fukae and Hibiki's efforts to reach out to the students start to wear away at this.
  • Downer Ending: The man-hating principal and her equally bigoted stooge successfully drive Hibiki out. This anime bitterly subverts the usual Twelfth Night Adventure formula in that love, understanding, and tolerance do not triumph over the tyranny of an establishment in the end.
    • The last episode showed a slight silver lining; though he lost the job, he still got through to the students. Not exactly a complete loss, though still not ideal.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Hibiki's actual gender is revealed, the school administration tries to use it to pressure the parents into letting them turn the school into a girls-only school, ignoring that this would not have prevented Hibiki's deception in the first place.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The reason why Hibiki doesn't need to change his name when en femme.
  • Gender Vocabulary Slip: Hibiki almost blows his cover on the first day of his job when he uses the masculine pronoun ore in his introduction to the entire school.
  • Honor Before Reason: Though Lulu has set up the microphone to help maintain Hibiki's female voice even after the voice modulator necklace has been removed, Hibiki decides to not use it and steps down once he's outted as a man, feeling that he can't keep lying to his beloved students and risking a dangerous relationship with Fuko.
  • Hot for Student: Deconstructed. Fuko develops a crush on her teacher, and Hibiki is appropriately disturbed to see he might be returning those feelings, which is a motivating factor in his decision to leave.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming The anime does this on three levels: Each episode title has something to do with makeup (appropriately enough), and each DVD volume is called a "Quarter". Also, about 2/3 the soundtrack is named for (and features) a specific instrument.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: Lulu has a motorbike that transforms into a firefighting mecha.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Fujio develops a crush on Fukae, who starts having feelings for Fuko, who falls in love with Hibiki, who is disturbed that he is reciprocating them.
  • Psychologist Teacher: Hibiki.
  • Returning the Handkerchief: Fuko gives Fukae hers when he nicks his finger cutting vegetables.
  • Samus Is a Girl: In-Universe, Hibiki's true gender is revealed to the whole school in the final episode. In an inversion, it's also heavily implied that Lulu is actually the school's former male gym teacher who broke the current headmaster's heart.
  • Straw Feminist: While the administration of the school claims to be "feminist", it's clear that they actually believe in a total and preferably permanent separation of the sexes. The gym uniform controversy in particular shows that they have no interest in empowering their female students, just punishing the male ones.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Except for the more than likely jail-time, this series shows the logical conclusion of what would really happen if an idealistic rebel-rousing teacher cross dressed to make a difference.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Fuko is sweet on Hibiki-sensei.
  • Twelfth Night Adventure: An unusually bittersweet example of this genre.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Hibiki, natch.