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Taketo Akutagawa has been admitted to Inspiration Academy, a school where geniuses from all over Japan come to learn. What is Taketo's talent? Writing porn novels. While this earned him scorn back in middle school, here, he can let his talents shine. Everything begins when, working for the school newspaper, he goes out to meet the school's genius clarinet player, Fukune Narukara. A love story is about to begin.

Originally a Light Novel, R-15 was adapted into an anime in the summer of 2011.

Tropes in R-15 include:

  • Alliterative Name: Kurumi Kuroki better known as the chief, Beni Botan and, Kurabu Katsuyo
  • Bland-Name Product: Raika's camera is labelled "Likon" (Nikon), and there's a "Zamazon" ( website.
  • Cat Girl: Misa, complete with Cute Little Fangs and the Verbal Tic of "-Nya".
  • Censor Steam: Goes overboard to the point where over half the screen can be covered, at least in the broadcast version.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Raika invokes this trope subtly from time to time, especially regarding Fukune and Utae.
    • Both Fukune and Utae feel this way when they see Taketo hanging out with the other.
  • Crouching Moron Hidden Bad Ass: Taketo is usually a Butt-Monkey, but his words have helped out several of the girls, and in others, distracted them enough that they helped him escape from a potential beatdown, or allowed another girl to beat them up, such as during the Ran vs. Botan wrestling match.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The newspaper chief: Kurumi, is known only as Chief.
  • Fanservice: Largely averted in the broadcast version due to the copious amounts of Censor Steam. But you could always do like Taketo and use your imagination. Or get the DVD.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Taketo was hit with the rock in his dream, there is an image of a girl with slightly visible panties.
  • Harem Seeker: Ran of freshmen girls, and Botan of "art" (read: nude girls she's gotten to let her Body Paint them). Not surprisingly, the two butt heads immediately.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Averted. Even though Ran can hack way faster than what it's possible in real life, she actually uses the command line to hack/crack like real hackers/crackers do
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Ran Musen sighed at Taketo's unhealthy daydreaming in class while loading unhealthy photos on her notebook.
    • And again in episode 5 she wonders "Why Fukune attracts weirdoes?"
    • Whenever Ran critisizes Taketo for perverted behaviour can be considered this. A lesbian who insists that her harem call her Onee-sama simply cannot take the moral highground against a porn writer. At one point she gets in-directly called on it too, when Misa comments that she can sense a far darker aura around Ran (and Botan) when she was seducing a girl then she could from the perveted spirt, a disguised Taketo.
  • Imagine Spot:
    • Taketo goes through one of these out of the implication that Ran Musen and Aki Yosano might be lesbians, judging by their intimacy.
  • Indirect Kiss:
    • Taketo notices that Utae is feeding him with her chopsticks.
    • Taketo licking Fukune's damp clarinet reed.
  • Lens Flare Censor: Taken to absurd levels. The lens flares are beyond mere flares, and involve large swaths of white covering up most of the screen. For large parts of the episode.
  • Locked in a Room:
    • Invoked. Taketo gets locked in the room with Katsuyo so she manage him out of his slump.
    • Played straight when he gets locked in the freezer building with Utae. They were in serious trouble if not for the Chief rescuing them.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The song Class 1-3 uses in the choral competition is a song with a dignified melody and very dirty lyrics.
  • Mad Artist: Botan, with Body Paint being her favorite form of art; she's rather infamous for it. In episode 5 we hear about the "Painted On Uniform Incident" (which involved some poor girl going to school in, well, guess), and she makes herself first known (to cast and viewer alike) by painting one of Ran's harem... leaving her ... dazed. Much to Ran's ire.
  • Mad Scientist: Tsukuru Kagaku, introduced by firing a heat-seeking missile that chases Taketo across the school grounds.
  • Magical Girl: Fukune inspires Taketo to write her as one with a magical clarinet. This quickly turns into porn.
  • Meaningful Name: Sonokoe Utae; it's written as 園声 謡江, but sounds the same as 其の声 歌え; when written this way, the surname and given name (respectively) mean "that voice" and "sing".
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Taketo is a writer of erotic novels, in a light novel that isn't exactly light on fanservice itself.
  • Narrator: Kiya Star, introduced as the school's genius narrator. Yes, she's diegetically narrating.
  • Nice Girl: Utae. She's the only girl who ever tries to defend Taketo from the ire brought about by his reputation. Poor Utae.
  • Pet the Dog: Raika helps Taketo escape from the Girls Dorm.
  • Phrase Catcher: After Ritsu twist Taketo words.
    Taketo: "Ritsu the formula."
  • Playful Hacker: Ran Musen would be, considering her avant-garde programming knowledge. For measure, she can hack her way into getting free exclusive concert tickets, tap into military-grade Spy Satellites, and accessing Pentagon's ICBM system.
  • Punny Name: Virtually everyone. In addition to Sonokoe Utae (see Meaningful Name above) and Enshuu Ritsu (see Significant Anagram below), there's Kagaku Tsukuru (which sounds like the Japanese words for "makes science"), Kurabu Katsuyo (sounds like "the club will win" in Japanese), Fukune's first name ("fuku"= to blow, "ne"= sound, an appropriate name for a genius clarinetist), Ran Musen could be read as "Wireless LAN", and Raika.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Female example, Utae feels this way in episode 10 once she hears how excited Taketo talks about Fukune. Made more painful for her since he then also mentions that he feels comfortable around her, and can tell her anything, meaning that she fell into his "friend" zone.
  • Too Hot for TV: Just before broadcast two networks pulled it from their schedule.
  • Tsundere: Raika and Ran mostly, but most of the other girls fall into this trope if they're subjected to Taketo's naughty thoughts.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 11, or as wham as this series gets.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room:
    • Raika invites Taketo in, but he brings up the point that if there are no girls in there, what's the point of it?
    • And in episode 7 he infiltrates the girls' dorm/fortress.
  • Yuri Fan: Ran Musen. She seems to be a full on lesbian, given what she uses her programming skills to do. She even has the word "only girls" on her panties.