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Eriko is disgusted with her daily life in her co-ed junior high, and so she sees her admittance into a prestigious, all girls high school with a mix of delight and hope, believing that it will allow her to enter a world of dignity, order, cleanliness, and beauty.

Oh, how wrong she is.

High School Girls (also known as Girls' High, and originally titled Joshikousei) is a manga by Towa Oshima, which was serialized from 2001 to 2006 (running from 2001 to 2004 in Manga Action before moving to Comic High! for the rest of its run). It focuses on a group of normal, average high school girls and the dilemmas they face involving teachers, boys and themselves, and features nice drawings, abundant raunchy humor and some nice lessons about life. It was adapted into a 12-Episode Anime series in 2006. One of the most disturbing facts about this series is that the original manga was closely based on the author's experiences going to an all girls school, so go figure.


Not to be confused with Joshi Kausei, another manga series whose name means the same thing, but is written with different kana.

This series shows examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Hottie Odagiri.
  • Afraid of Needles; Eriko turns out to be deathly afraid of injections, as revealed in Episode 2.
  • Alpha Bitch: Mari Saionji, an occasional recurring character.
  • Anime Hair: Ayano has green hair, two of the characters have blonde hair, two of the other characters have purple / dark purple hair.
  • Attention Whore: Kouda, which is Played for Laughs.
  • Balloon Belly: Yuma in Ep. 8.
  • Based on a True Story: The author, Towa Oshima, claims to have been inspired by her own high school experiences.
  • Berserk Button: The normally mild Himeji is pissed when some sleazy guy tries messing with Ogawa, to the extent that she punches her boyfriend when she learns he helped arrange the whole thing.
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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Momoka, oh so much. She gets better in the later episodes, mainly the final one.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ayano is usually on the receiving end of physical slapstick from Yuma and sometimes Kouda, mostly for being annoying.
    • If something embarrassing happens to one of the girls, it's probably going to be Eriko.
  • Circle of Friendship
  • Class Representative: Eriko and Kouda are forced to be class rep and vice class rep respectively.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Akari Kouda, primarily in the anime. Her costumes are usually very tacky and absurd.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Eriko has brown hair and eyes.
  • Dancing Theme: The Ending Theme, with the girls dancing just for fun in front of the camera.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Yuma sings the opening theme at the Karaoke Box.
  • Dropped Glasses: Parodied with Ayano.
  • Erotic Eating: In Ep. 4, the "Field Day" episode.
    "Next event, the Banana Eating Race!"
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Momoka.
  • Fangirl: Some of their classmates.
  • Festival Episode
  • Genius Ditz: Eriko.
  • Genki Girl: Eriko, again.
    • Ogawa sometimes qualifies.
  • Guys Are Slobs: Gender inverted. First lesson learned at the all girl high school: Without guys to impress, girls are actually bigger slobs than boys.
  • Informed Attractiveness: For some reason, a lot of characters comment on how pretty and cute looking Momoka is, despite her having a pretty similar character design to everyone else.
  • Joshikousei: Everyone.
  • Karaoke Box: Used for a date in one episode, also the location where Ayano meets Shimotakatani.
    • Parodied, or something. While Yuma sings the opening theme, Akari raps the stations along the Toubu Toujou Line (in order!) and Eriko recites pi to 100 digits.
  • Love Hotels: Ogawa is lured into one, but nothing actually happens. She ends up putting her would be assaulter to sleep. Shimotakatani ends up exposing more of himself than he probably wanted to. Poor guy had his clothes torn off by three of the girls. The whole incident ends up being played for laughs.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Momoka, who after meeting her sister Yuma's friends, started spreading rumours that Ayano was cheating on Shimotakatani, in order to try and break up the friendship group, all just because she's jealous of not having any female friends herself.
  • Measuring Day
  • Meganekko: Ayano.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. For example, Auntie Flo calls on Yuma at critical moments in two episodes of the anime.
  • Ocular Gushers: Eriko does this upon receiving her shot (see Afraid of Needles above).
  • Older Than They Look: Ogawa is one of the older students, but looks younger than the freshmen.
  • One-Gender School: The series mainly takes place at Yamasaki Academy, an all-girls' school. While at first Eriko assumes that a girls' school like Yamasaki will be dignified and proper without the presence of boys, she and her friends quickly find out that isn't the case.
  • Panty Shot: Every now and then.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The entire reasoning behind the girls thinking Kouda has a terminal illness when she's staying in-character for an audition.
  • Running Gag: Kouda appearing in a ridiculously tacky, over the top costume, only to re-appear in normal clothes a second later. Also, Himeji looking like Ogawa's mother.
  • Schoolgirl Series
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Hottie Odagiri and Eriko.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Ayano and Shimotakatani.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: There are a few scenes with Eriko and her teacher, Odagiri, that end up being a little too awkward for the both of them.
  • Temporary Love Interest: Himeji and her numerous boyfriends.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Yuma and Ayano.
  • The Unpronounceable: Shimotakatani, Ayano's boyfriend.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Eriko and Yuma used to hate each other, now they're pretty much inseparable.


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High School Girls

Come on, Eriko. Get a grip, will ya?

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