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Here is Greenwood (Koko wa Greenwood in Japanese) is a manga series written and drawn by Yukie Nasu, which ran in Hana to Yume from 1987 to 1991. It was adapted into a six episode anime OAV between 1991 and 1993, and adapted into a 13 episode live-action Dorama in 2008.

Kazuya Hasukawa is in a dreadful bind. His brother's new wife is also Kazuya's first love. Determined to avoid them both, Kazuya leaves home to live in Ryokurinryou or as it is known by its much easier to pronounce English name, Greenwood, the student dorm of the all-boys' Ryokuto Academy.

There, he hopes to find peace of mind. Unfortunately for Kazuya, he starts his term a month late due to the combination of a car accident and a stress-induced ulcer. When he does finally arrive, he finds that peace (of any kind) is hard to find at Greenwood - home of some of the weirdest characters found on any campus.

This series provides examples of:

  • Aloof Big Brother: Subverted twice with Shinobu and his siblings. Subverted with Akira, who is set up to be the Aloof Big Brother, but who turns out to be an weak-willed Ineffectual Loner who couldn't handle his responsibility to his family. Subverted again with Shinobu, who is an Aloof Younger Brother to both of his older siblings. Especially Nagisa, who has a raging inferiority complex and is constantly trying to get him at her mercy. Interesting, Nagisa seems to have perceived Akira as a straight play of this trope before he ran away, despite the afore mentioned facts.
  • Anachronic Order: The OAVs start at the begining, but the second episode falls roughly between the 5th and 6th (it explicitly mentions a character not introduced till episode 5). The second episode is the only completely new story not in the manga (it's a sequal to a manga story). Probably done to get an ensemble story done early, while keeping the climactic story at the end (as it was in the manga).
  • Cult: Played for Laughs with the Caught Up in the Rapture Christians who are constantly trying to convert Greenwood's residents.
  • Day in the Limelight: Several of these, such as Watanabe and Fujikake's backstory, Furusawa's romance, and the story about Sakaguchi and Aoki's arcade.
  • Delinquents: Any time anything to do with Mitsuru's junior high years comes up this trope is usually invoked somehow. It's particularly prominent in the story that introduces Miya.
  • Distaff Counterpart: There is a parallel girl's dorm in another dimension known as "Cherrywood", inhabited by female versions of the cast. Kazuya went there once, and spent the whole time scared and being pushed around by Shinobu and Mitsuru's female versions (some things never change).
  • Fanservice: While the manga certainly has its share, the OAV turns it up to eleven, with its higher density of Ho Yay and Furo Scenes, among other things.
  • Furo Scene: Several of these, notably one during the class trip where some of the other characters are lamenting the irrefutable truth that Shun is a dude and one when the guys visit Shun's family's ryokan.
  • Golem: An alien made a golem that looked like Shinobu out of chocolate.
  • Heir Club for Men: Shun's family inherits through the female line only. Shun may be the oldest, but his baby sister is the one who inherits the Family Business. Shinobu’s family plays it straighter, which is the real source of Nagisa’s woes.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Pick any set of roommates at Greenwood. There's a high probability that they are this.
  • Hot Springs Episode: As mentioned in the Furo Scene entry, the guys visit a ryokan owned by Shun's family, and most of the story takes place in the ryokan's onsen.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: Happens twice in the third OAV, first to Mitsuru and Shinobu, then later on to Kazuya.
  • Japanese School Club: There's quite a few that get a mention: afore mentioned Student Council, the Judo club, the not-actually-an-official-club journalism club, the track team, and the brass band to name a few. Also Played for Laughs when the new school year starts and the various clubs are shown pressuring new students to join.
  • Lampshade Hanging: All over the place, thanks to the characters' Medium Awareness and the lack of a fourth wall.
  • Large Ham: Most of the Dorama cast, but Riki Miura (Mitsuru) and Kengo Ohkuchi (Kazuhiro) in particular enjoy their roles a little too much.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: Subverted in that the journalism club was forced underground by the Absurdly Powerful Student Council, and has virtually no power within in the school. It's then inverted when they send wannabe club member Fuse to investigate the student council, but when he finally confronts Shinobu, Shinobu gives him a Motive Misidentification speech, and Fuse decides the journalism club is the bad guy and swears allegiance to Shinobu.
  • School Festival: There's multiple stories about Ryokuto's athletic festival and cultural festival.
  • Senpai/Kōhai: A lot of emphasis is put on the importance of this in general, and the various ways older students try (and usually fail) to abuse their authority over younger students. Unless they're Mitsuru or Shinobu, in which case they usually succeed.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly to the point of being Reference Overdosed. In any given volume of the manga as translated by Viz Media, probably half of the translation notes at the end are explanations of the various shout outs in that volume.
  • Side-Story Bonus Art: The cosplay chapter in the manga is a drawn out variation of this. The final chapter has some of this as well.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: There's at least three specific instances this in regards to Shun:
    • In all versions, Kazuya is initially tricked into believing Shun is female. In the manga/anime, he finds out the truth when he sees Shun use a urinal. In the drama, he finds out when Shun starts undressing for a bath.
    • In the Baseball Episode, the opposing team finds out when Shun is hit in the groin by the ball.
    • Most of the Beach Episode is told from the point of view of one of the lifeguards, who spots Shun, decides he's a chick, and spends most of the chapter plotting how to ask "her" out, until the very end when Shun takes off his shirt.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Greenwood itself, though of a more mundane than fantastic kind of weirdness.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Several, including the story about Watanabe and Fujikake, the story about how Mitsuru and Shinobu became friends, and the story about how Kazuhiro met Sumire.

Alternative Title(s): Koko Wa Greenwood