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Anima Yell! is a series following Kohane Hatoya, a young girl who becomes enamored by the sport of cheerleading, and seeks to open up a club once she transfers from middle school to high school. Joining Kohane in her cheerleading activities are her clubmates and friends, Uki Sawatari, Hizume Arima, Kotetsu Tatejima, and Kana Ushiku. The series follows their various misadventures in high school and their various cheerleading antics.

Originally serialized on Manga Time Kirara Carat since February 26th, 2016, it was later animated by Doga Kobo on October 7th, 2018 as part of the Fall 2018 season of Anime.


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This anime provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Hizume has the darkest hair colour of the main five, is taller than the rest by at least an inch, tends to have a flat demeanour, is generally The Ace, and widely admired by her female classmates.
  • Animal Theme Naming: The main cast's names contain names of animals: Kohana Hatoya (pigeon), Uki Sawatari (monkey), Hizume Arima (horse), Kotetsu Tatejima (tiger), Kana Ushiku (cow), and their teacher Inukai (dog).
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Kohane and Uki's interactions are full of this, with Kohane as the Boke and Uki as the Tsukkomi.
  • Broken Bird: Hizume starts off the series in this, treating cheerleading as her Trauma Button due to the bullying she had during middle school (for being too talented). She gets better eventually, mainly because of I Just Want to Have Friends.
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  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: While Kohane isn't really good at anything, she has a compulsion to help people. This is why she is drawn into cheerleading.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Kohane will often twist anything she sees into her interest in cheerleading, much to Uki's chagrin.
  • Club Stub: The cheerleading team, initially. As of the third episode, there are just three members: Kohane, Uki and Hizume, but that's enough people to establish an "interest group"—officially recognized by the school and can book rooms under that name, but it cannot receive any school funding.
  • Coming-Out Story: The third episode has a rare instance for a Manga Time Kirara series, which tend to leave any homoeroticism to subtext. During the third episode, the main cast are consulted by Kon in need of relationship advice alongside her friend Kotetsu. They give all sorts of advice about how to attract a guy... until the girl reveals that she was actually crushing on another girl, a college student who tutors her. To the girls' credit, after a blink or two of surprise, they smoothly shift their advice from what a guy might like to what a girl might like.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Kotetsu has them, but it's only really noticeable when she's taken aback.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening and ending themes are sung by the voice actresses of the cheer club members.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Kotetsu finds her name embarrassing because her name isn't girly at all—it refers to a famous blacksmith, and by extension, sword made by him.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: The girls in Arima's class admire her, and was displeased when Hatone appears to "hog" Arima.
  • Evolving Credits: Ushiku is included in the ending credits from Episode 8 onwards after she joins the cheer club in that episode.
  • Excited Show Title!: The title ends with an exclamation mark.
  • Genki Girl: Kohane may well be the embodiment of this trope. She's always perky no matter the time or place.
  • Hair Decorations: Hizume wears a hairpin that looks like a horseshoe, fitting her Animal Motifs.
  • Idiot Hair: Kohane has one on the top of her head, fitting her ditzy nature.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: A lot of Hizume's decisions ultimately is based on this trope.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Hizume begins her relationship with Kohane this way, but eventually loosens up to her and becomes part of her efforts to start the cheer club.
  • Kotatsu: Kohane brings one to make the clubroom cozier. Kotetsu doubted it—it's already spring.
  • Mondegreen: Kohane's pronunciation of "cheer" as chair is a running gag for the first chapter/episode.
    Kohane: "CHAIR!"
    Uki: "Chair?"
  • Only Sane Woman: Uki is the most normal of the girls, and acts as a straight woman to her best friend Kohane.
  • School Club Stories: This series follows the cheerleading team in a high school.
  • Schoolgirl Series: Anime Yell! follows the lives of several schoolgirls.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: During their recruitment period, the girls are consulted by Kon in need of relationship advice alongside her friend Kotetsu. They give all sorts of advice about how to attract a guy... until the girl reveals that she was actually crushing on another girl. They still show their support and admit that their advice would probably work well for a girl as well. This meeting sparks Kotetsu's interest in cheerleading and would lead to her joining the club.
  • Shout-Out: One cut from the OP shows the girls jumping into the air arm-in-arm, framed exactly like a cut from the first OP to K-On!.
  • Sports Stories: This series is mainly about a cheerleading team.
  • Staircase Tumble: Kohane has one during the first episode, and is saved by Hizume.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Subverted Trope. In the final episode, the Cheerleading Club give a lackluster performance where they slip up, choke, and spend more time giving mid-performance pep talks than performing stunts.
    Uki: Wait, we didn't even make it through the prelims?! Don't people usually somehow make it through in situations like this?!
  • Yonkoma: As enforced by Manga Time Kirara Carat.
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