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Satoshi Yabe has become an elementary school teacher, assigned to class 6-3. The school nurse is cute and the job shouldn't be too much of a problem. Except that he got the class with the most troublesome sisters in the whole school - the Marui triplets. All of them are perverted, rambunctious and prone to causing trouble, and it's his job to teach them. Though the rest of the class is only slightly less insane...

Mitsudomoenote  is a manga by Norio Sakurai that ran in Weekly Shonen Champion from 2006 to 2017. After it ended, Sakurai moved on to The Dangers in My Heart.

The manga was adapted into a 13-episode anime by director Masahiko Ohta in 2010, with a 14th episode only available on the Japanese DVD release. A second season, titled Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu!note  aired the following year, though low ratings and lackluster DVD sales resulted in the season getting slashed to eight episodes.

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The show ended up being more popular in America than its native Japan, thanks to Crunchyroll carrying the series for a decade. However the rights lapsed in January 2021 and none of the other streaming services have picked it up, nor has it ever had a home video release, rendering it legally unwatchable.


This manga provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: The series runs on this. If there's a male character, it's guaranteed there will be some convoluted nonsense that puts him into a compromising position ripe for public humiliation.
    • As Shinya and Chiba wait in the Marui triplets' room, they decide to start playing basketball in the Marui triplets' room...with Mitsuba's underwear. Chiba tosses it so hard it goes right onto Shinya's face, just in time for Mitsuba to walk in and see him sweating with exertion. She's aghast and horrified at the seeming act of Perverted Sniffing and ignores his protestations that it was an accident. The next day, after she thinks it over, she realizes it's out-of-character for him and goes to hear him out. However, to Shinya's dismay, Futaba has just brought him even more of Mitsuba's panties, under the delusion he really does want them. Naturally, Mitsuba walks in on them just in time to see Shinya trying to pull them away from Futaba.
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    • When Yabe gets a fever, he is taken to the nurse's office. Matsuoka ropes Hitoha into performing an exorcism, which involves stripping Yabe naked and painting kanji all over his body. When he wakes up, he's horrified at what's been done to him. Hitoha tries to explain, right up until Matsuoka — thinking Hitoha needs Yabe's boxers for an exorcism ritual — slams them right down onto her head like an oversized hat. Hitoha promptly experiences Color Failure. As Yabe yells at her to take the boxers off, we cut to the nurse Kiriyama listening outside the door, weeping as she thinks, "Yabe-sensei is being a pervert again!"
    • In episode 3, an overweight, sweaty guy in a trucker's hat who looks like the very picture of a Lower-Class Lout staggers through the streets, clutching several pairs of little girls' panties, and huffing about how he needs to find an elementary school. Turns out he's the Marui triplets father, and they forgot to pack fresh underwear for their swim class. When the police show up to arrest him, Mitsuba and Hitoha — who couldn't care less about him — pretend they don't know who he is, while Daddy's Girl Futaba runs after him and jumps into the police car with him for fun.
  • A-Cup Angst: Mitsuba has a lot of hang-ups when it comes to her underwear.
  • Alertness Blink: In general use, particularly when Yabe-sensei notices something hilarious happening.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Since Mitsudomoe is a crass gag comedy, there's not much in the way of serious romantic development, and any attempts at romance will inevitably blow up spectacularly.
    • Elementary school teacher Yabe-sensei has a crush on the school nurse Kuriyama. But since he's very nebbish, she's a complete moron, and his students are fucking insane, it never works out well for him.
    • Shinya Satou, who is routinely described in-universe as a Bishōnen — despite being 12 — has a trio of stalkers who relentlessly follow him just to breathe in the same air he breathed and touch the same things he touched. Yet they often conspire against each other whenever it seems like one is making progress with him, to preserve their delicate balance of power.
    • Rich brat Miku Sugisaki is a Tsundere towards her classmate Mitsuba Marui, with the implication she has a crush on her. There's also the fact that she keeps trying to snap upskirts of Mitsuba, which she insists are just part of their bizarre rivalry. However, Mitsuba is a spiteful, petulant narcissist who just uses Miku's behavior as a means to humiliate her in front of their class.
    • When Miku describes Mitsuba's abrasive personality to her middle-aged mother Marina, Marina — a hardcore masochist — becomes obsessed with being brutally berated by the bratty middle schooler. The first time they meet, Marina gets in Mitsuba's face and coos over her while Mitsuba freaks out and tries to get away, and she won't let Mitsuba leave until she blasts Marina with some of her dominatrix-like caustic condescension.
  • Alphabet Song: Grade schooler Futaba has an Image Song titled "ABC, Then DEF!" which is a parody of a grade school Alphabet Song. Since Futaba is a little pervert, it's about bust sizes. In episode 8 of the anime, it plays during her Hard-Work Montage searching for a lost child's mother.
  • Alpha Bitch: Miku Sugisaki, Mitsuba's Unknown Rival with Regal Ringlets in Girlish Pigtails and a haughty disposition.
  • Amusing Injuries: Tends to be a Running Gag with Mitsuba.
  • And You Were There: Gachiranger has a few interestingly shared roles. Gachi Red and Yabecchi, Gachi Pink and Miyashita, General Yamaarashi and Principal Noda, the teacher on the schoolbus and Kuriyama-sensei, the Big Bad and Soujirou, the villainess and Kaieda-sensei, and the Gachirangers' monster friend and Yuudai.
  • Animated Shock Comedy: A rare anime example, full of gross-out humor and sexual innuendos, despite being centered around elementary school students.
  • April Fools' Plot: Hitoha gets a nasty case of paranoia one April Fools', worried she's going to get pranked.
  • Apron Matron: Hitoha shows some signs of this.
  • Art Evolution: The art is rather sketchy at first (no pun intended), with twiggy limbs, weird heads, cluttered panel layouts, and a general lack of polish. Mitsuba also had a full set of bangs for the first nine chapters, before she cuts them evenly and sticks with that for the rest of the series. As the manga continues, though, the art becomes much more professional-looking and rounds out into the Puni Plush designs that would later be used for the anime. Mitsuba also has her cut bangs from the very start of the anime.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Mitsuba is outwardly the most abrasive and caustic of the three Marui triplets, yet inwardly she's also the softest — and not just because of her paunch. She keeps the pencil case Futaba made for her sisters, even though Futaba ruined her own and Hitoha tossed hers away; when Hitoha gets sick while she and Mitsuba are trapped in a storage shed, Mitsuba's bratty personality disappears and she desperately beats at the door for help. In fact, it's suggested that her bratty personality is the result of her being the only "normal" sister in a dysfunctional household and hence needing a way to stand out.
  • Batman Gambit: Hitoha and Yuudai's plan to win the relay race.
  • Batter Up!: Soujirou uses three of them at one point.
  • Beneath the Mask: Mitsuba desperately wants to be a sadistic bitch, but ultimately it is all bluster.
    • Hitoha can be cruel, scary and manipulative, but she shows love and compassion towards Nipples, her cat, her sisters (occasionally) and later Matsuoka and Yabe. But she is too shy to admit it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Or sister in this case but Mitsuba is often shown to be extremely protective of her sisters, at least when she's nt calling them idiots or arguing with them.
  • Big Eater: Mitsuba, with dire consequences.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Yuki, Yuudai and Soujirou
    • Yuki gets them from her dad.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Mitsuba accuses Futaba of being this in episode 2. But given the situation, Mitsuba was probably stressed so much that it was a justified outburst.
    • Played straight with Shiori Itou, who acts like a loyal friend to the Hopeless Squad when in actuality she's not above sabotaging Airi or using her and Mayumi as pawns to get Satou all to herself.
  • Bland-Name Product: The toys for Hitoha's favorite TV show, Gachiranger, are made by a company called "Bonsai" - an obvious play on the real-world toy company Bandai.
  • Blank White Eyes: So much.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Kuriyama-sensei.
  • Blue with Shock: Especially Shinya.
    • Mitsuba's entire upper body goes blue in episode 14.
  • Book and Switch: Hitoha does this so she can get away with reading porn magazines in class.
  • Bratty Half-Pint:
    • Mitsuba is an obnoxious, spiteful, petulant, histrionic brat with an inflated ego who constantly berates everybody around her and demands they call her Mistuba-sama and agree to become her slaves the moment she has any leverage on them. She's also the show's resident Butt-Monkey, and on the rare occasions she does show concern for her sisters it usually goes poorly. As in, "head slammed into the floor so hard blood bursts out of her face" poorly.
    • Ryuuta, Miku's little brother
  • Break the Cutie: Yabe suffers from this after episode two of Zouryouchuu. After having the worst Christmas ever by getting rejected by Kuriyama, sitting alone in his apartment while wearing a Santa outfit with a mannequin with glasses wearing a female Santa outfit in front of him, having his beloved mannequin fall face first onto his Christmas cake and then catch on fire, becoming Santa for Futaba when Soujirou is running late, getting the crap beat out of him by Soujirou after a misunderstanding and finally walking home in the freezing snow in nothing but a Santa hat and his boxers, his personality changes in the next episodes, becoming easily irritated, resigned and unsurprised of the weird attitude of his classmates.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the "Yabecchi's Room" segment of episode 12, when questioned on her Charles Atlas Superpower and her dogi, Futaba's responses are "I don't know" and "ask the author".
    • It happened earlier than that. In episode 2, after Futaba gave her a bloody lump on her head during a game of Rock–Paper–Scissors, Mitsuba cried out with "How many times are you going to try to kill me in this anime?!"
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Satou and Futaba, mostly in the manga.
  • Bumbling Dad: Soujirou Marui, while well-meaning, looks very suspicious to just about everybody.
  • Butt-Monkey: Yabe and Mitsuba mainly, though just about every character in the series draws the short stick every now and then...
  • Camera Fiend: Miku when it comes to Mitsuba.
  • Cast Herd: The classroom is divided into certain cliques. Team Sugisaki (Miku, Yuki, Miyashita and Sakiko), Shinya and Yuudai (and Shinya's fangirls), the triplets and the rest. Though they overlap frequently.
  • Cat Girl: After not finding the stray cat they wanted to bring home, Mitsuba gets the bright idea of having Futaba be a substitute cat. She gets really into the role...
  • Characterization Marches On: During the panty incident at the swimming pool, in the manga, Futaba hates her dad as much as her sisters, which doesn't fit with her being the only one who really loves him shown later on. The anime actually brings this scene in line with Futaba's later characterization, making her the only one not to be punished.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: The only way to explain Futaba's powers is that she's almost super-human.
  • Chew Toy: Yabe and Mitsuba, because the world hates them.
  • Chick Magnet: Shinya Satou, so much that perhaps half of the school was chasing him in order to get a date by being the first to show him their panties — even the old janitor wanted to date him too.
    • Soujirou Marui used to be one, too, until he finally let himself go.
  • Children Are Innocent
  • Christmas Cake: Kaieda, class 6-1's teacher. 29 going on 30, and horribly aware of it.
    • It certainly doesn't help that the kids keep pointing it out. They even go so far as to nickname her "Thirty".
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: The Hopeless Squad with Shinya. Also Hitoha with the hamster Nipples.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Futaba
  • Color Failure: Happens quite often, with hilarious results. A good example is episode 13: after Hitoha discovers that the cat she and Futaba were caring for had supposedly left them (and after their father said that they could keep it and they bought cat food and toys for it too, no less), she loses all color and repeatedly fills the cat's food dish with kibble, empties the kibble back into the bag, and repeats it.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: A major source of comedy throughout the series.
  • Cool Big Sis: As revealed in her character song Choujo Dashi, ne! Mitsuba tries to be this to Futaba and Hitoha, but her tsundereness doesn't help much.
  • Creepy Child: Hitoha, albeit unintentionally.
  • Cute Bruiser: Futaba, only in elementary school, can shatter various pieces of furniture (doors, desks, chairs, podiums, you name it!) with her bare hands and feet.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Kuriyama-sensei.
  • Daddy's Girl: Though she's not the only daughter, Futaba is the only one of the triplets who really loves her dad, faults and all.
  • Dancing Theme: The OP, also synchronized to the triplets' voices. For both seasons.
  • Daydream Surprise: Hitoha appears to brutally call out Mitsuba when she finds Miku's bra tight, but it was little more than a fantasy.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Yabe. He's introduced as if he's the main character and the Marui triplets are his foils, but his prominence is very quickly eclipsed by the triplets themselves, to the point where most chapters/episode segments don't feature him at all.
    • School nurse Kuriyama has it even worse, going from Yabe's romantic intetest to a gag character who only appears to either wrap somebody in bandages or call Yabe a pervert due to a comical misunderstanding.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Here's one from season two: Mitsuba's caught horseriding on a slimming machine. Miku's quick to insult her weight problems, and Mitsuba claims she's actually horseriding like a kid. Reaction?
    Miyashita: That's even lamer.
  • Dirty Kid: The Marui Triplets.
  • Disturbed Doves: A running gag in almost every episode.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Futaba is ALWAYS barefoot, including in the snow.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?
    Miyashita (To Yabe): "I must study your lower body parts."
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Both the main openings are performed by the Marui sisters' voice actresses.
  • Dragged into Drag: Poor Shinya...
  • Dumb Is Good: Futaba's probably the nicest of the Marui siblings overall, and is definitely the dimmest of the three.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Mitsuba was originally rail-thin, like all the other characters in the manga. She would later get Weight Woes when Sakurai plumped them up into Puni Plush.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The manga begins with an emphasis on Yabe as a new teacher and his crush on nurse Kuriyama. By the end of the first volume, he's effectively punted to the side so the Marui triplets can take center stage.
    • Chapter 6 is about Mitsuba harassing Yabe because she has a crush on him, to the point she sets up a cartoon rope snare for him in the hallway. Hitoha is also introduced shouting "Indeed!" when she normally never raises her voice. It's very weird and it's a far cry from Mitsuba's later characterization. The anime skipped right over it.
    • When Matsuoka was introduced, she was originally just a normal girl with a secret passion for ghpst stories. Later she would become the weirdo who is solely known for her ghost obsession, which is how the anime introduces her.
  • Emotionless Girl: Hitoha
  • Everybody Knew Already: When Miku is trying to find Mitsuba's weakness, she goes straight for the Goofy Print Underwear. Which doesn't work, since the entire class knows about it already, to the surprise of Miku and Mitsuba.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Most of Hitoha and Mitsuba's classmates call them The Youngest and The Oldest respectively.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Mitsuba might be a precocious sadist, but she greatly dislikes perversion as seen with how she constantly calls Futaba, Satou and Chiba perverts.
    • She thinks Satou is a pervert and doesn't hesitate to call him one every chance she gets, but even she's disgusted with how perverted the Hopeless Squad is and how much they stalk him.
  • Excited Show Title!: Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu!
  • Expressive Hair: Futaba, on occasion.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Yuudai and his mom.
  • Faceless Masses: In hypothetical scenarios, people are represented by CG pink girls and blue boys, who sit almost in the Uncanny Valley.
  • Face of a Thug: Soujirou, again. He's a good dad, but his looks make people think otherwise. But wait till you see how he was 20 years ago.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: Futaba said in a writing assignment that she wants to marry her dad when she grows up, even though she should be old enough to know better. Because of a mix-up, Mitsuba ends up reading it to the class and their dad, but that's another story.
  • Fearless Fool: Futaba, by far.
  • Festival Episode: In episode 2-4.
  • Forehead of Doom: That one female student whose forehead shines.
  • Free-Range Children: The Marui siblings seem to be this. They appear to go to the mall unsupervised in episode 5.
  • Friend to All Children: Yabe states in his character song Sensei wa Kodomo? Kodomo wa Sensei? that he doesn't care about his students disrespecting him because he still gets along with them all.
  • From the Mouths of Babes
  • Funny Background Event: In the first OP, Yuudai gets nosebleeds when Hitoha accidentally shows him her book during the dance routine.
    • Sometimes in the anime, (frozen) fights and arguments can be seen in the background.
  • Genius Ditz: Futaba, at least when boobs are involved.
  • Genki Girl: Futaba, and HOW! In fact, the only times she isn't energetic are whenever she's sick, or during class as she often sleeps whenever a lesson is going on.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Going Commando: Hitoha, according to Shinya.
    • When convinced that Shinya likes panties more than anything (Thank you, Futaba...) Airi from the Hopeless Squad removes hers on the spot, kicks them into the stratosphere, and swears to never wear them again. She actually follows through with this as everyone in the classroom is aware that she doesn't wear underwear, but it doesn't stop Mayumi from trying to cover her modesty so nobody sees.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: A running gag is that Mitsuba tends to wear animal-print panties, despite being the oldest of the triplets. She has a collection of Zodiac animals, too!
  • Gratuitous English: Episode 3:
    Hitoha: OH MY GAHD.
    • At the end of Season 2's OP, the girls spell out the title as M-I-T-S-U-D-O-M-O-E instead of mi-tsu-do-mo-e.
    • It's all over Season 2's ED.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Yuudai hates the fact that Shinya is so popular with the women. Even more that he wants nothing to do with them.
  • Groin Attack: Actually the focus of an entire story. The triplets try this, under the logic that if Yabe got hurt, Kuriyama-sensei would have to look at his crotch, immediately fall in love, and then he'd get laid.
  • Hartman Hips: For some reason, the girls in the anime are a unique combination of Puni Plush with pear-shaped bodies.
  • The Hecate Sisters: The Marui triplets; Futaba is the maiden, Mitsuba the mother, Hitoha the crone.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: In the first season's opening. Mitsuba briefly considers changing the name of the show to Mitsuba-sama, but is pushed away by Hitoha before it goes further.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Miyashita stands a head taller than her classmates, and she's also a basketball ace.
  • Hypocrite: Some of the kids, especially Mitsuba and Hitoha. For example, Hitoha states that she doesn't care about her height during a physical examination. Cue a high hair bun a camera zoom-out later.
  • Idea Bulb: Futaba gets a pair of these in episode 8 of the first season.
  • Idiot Crows: Usually at the end of a segment.
  • Idiot Hair: Futaba, fittingly.
  • Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: Subverted, since Futaba caught one.
  • Image Song: In order: The triplets, Sakiko, Miku, the Hopelessly in Love with Satou-kun Trio and... Nipples. The hamster has a character song. It's 4 minutes of Momoko Saito making squeaking sounds. Yabe has one as a B-side on the second season's opening, and the show's best album adds songs for Miyashita and a duet for Yuudai and Shinya. Yuki is the only major character without a song.
  • Informed Attribute: Mitsuba and her weight issues. Even though her fatness invisible to the audience, half the characters keep making allusions to her extra pounds (especially in Season 2).
  • Innocent Innuendo: Another staple of the show.
    • Also, Futaba to Shinya in the manga.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Yoshioka is one of the nicer students, but she tends to unintentionally make comments about Mitsuba's weight but without any meanness.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Soujirou was pretty good looking back in the day, to the point that a photo of him is mistaken for class heartthrob Shinya.
  • Jerkass: Almost everyone in the series have at least one moment, but really the entirety of Class 6-3 count given that they're all perverted, disrespectful and disobedient brats who give their teacher a hard time and immediately jump to conclusions without giving someone a chance to explain themselves and quickly label them as an offender of some sorts while the true offender is made the victim. However, the most offending jerks tend to be Mitsuba, Hitoha, Chiba and the Hopeless Squad.
    • Mitsuba in general treats just about everyone, including her own family, as if they're below her despite having no real talent herself. And when Sugisaki, Miyashita and Yoshioka sacrifice their dignity to help her, she throws them under the bus just to spare herself the embarrassment.
    • Hitoha usually isn't as bad as Mitsuba but she's got a pretty cold disposition and a vindictive streak that goes too far sometimes as she's not above screwing people over whenever they provoke her. Although she can be crueler than Mitsuba when properly provoked.
    • Chiba is a sexual deviant in training who goes out of his way to embarrass girls, but hypocritically calls Satou a pervert and gives him a hard time whenever he's made out a pervert by his peers.
    • Matsuoka isn't intentionally callous, but she's incredibly invasive and makes just about everyone she interacts with uncomfortable and often destroys their belongings without any consideration for how it makes them feel because of her distorted ideas of those items being 'possessed' by spirits. In fact, it's heavily implied that her attitude is the reason why she's often alone because they make sure to avoid her.
    • Miyashita has her moments, and despite her own faults she doesn't hesitate to laugh at others whenever they embarrass themselves.
    • The Hopeless Squad are relentless stalkers who constantly harass Satou despite how clearly uncomfortable it makes him and aren't above going harassing any other female who even dares to speak to Satou, especially Airi who is the most obsessive of Satou, however Shiori stands out as the true Jerkass of the group as she has no problem using her friends as pawns to try and get Satou all to herself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mitsuba has a dismissive attitude towards everybody, but she also slips up and reveals her kindness often such as when Futaba made replacement pencil cases for her sisters, Mitsuba kept hers long after her sisters had stopped. And then despite being mean to them on occasion, Mitsuba doesn't hesitate to come to the defense of her sisters when they appear to be in actual danger.
  • Kill It with Fire: Sakiko's method in dealing with photos that have ghosts (or Hitoha) in them.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Hitoha
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Hitoha
  • Lethal Chef: Subverted by Futaba. It is likely that, due to her ridiculous strength, she tends to make food that comes out looking like it was crushed thoroughly (or in the case of the Valentine's chocolate she made, looked misleadingly like dog poo). Anyone who takes a first glance at her cooking may think "Is that even food?"; however, it actually tastes delicious, according to those who have tried it.
  • Limited Wardrobe: While most characters avert this, Futaba is always seen wearing either a dogi or, after she cuts that up to make pencil cases, the blue top seen in the page image.
  • Locked in a Room: Mitsuba and Hitoha get trapped in the gym storage shed when a game of cops and robbers goes astray.
    • And then later on in Zouryouchuu episode six, they wind up being in their home's bathroom after Mitsuba crash lands on their side's doorknob while their dad's out cold from drinking too much.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: "69" cap wearer and serial blood donor Yuudai.
  • Love Freak: Yuki, complete with Shipping Goggles.
  • Manipulative Bitch:
    • Hitoha could, for instance...
      • Use her Nightmare Face and threaten Yabe with implied student mistreatment in Mitsudomoe's variant of musical chairs.
      • Utterly beat Futaba flat in a squabble for Nipples with pornography magazines.
      • Trick Yabe into saying certain words that she can use against him to have what she wants, like forcing him to take care of Nipples.
    • Oh, and while you're at it: Mitsuba and Miku.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Aiko tends to mummify people with simple injuries such as a nosebleed.
  • Missed Him by That Much: In the final episode, an old lady reminisces about the time she met the Marui triplets and their father—just as the older versions of them walk right past her.
  • Missing Mom: Nothing is ever said of where the triplets' mother is.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Nipples learning to backflip thanks to Futaba, coupled with some vague language, makes Yabe think there's a sexy love triangle going on.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Shinya and Yuudai on more than one occasion.
    • Miku's obsession with knocking Mitsuba down a peg often results in looking like a different kind of obsession from a third (or even Mitsuba's) perspective. And later, Miku eating the cookie crumbs off Sakiko.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Happens to Soujirou often, due to him looking creepy and being seen hanging around young girls (his daughters and their friends).
  • Moment Killer: Played straight:
    Soujirou: "Look at you three still, fighting over your old dad. C'mere so I can give you all a big hug."
    Hitoha: "I don't particularly care about you."
    <insert Color Failure>
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • The opening scene of musical chairs is a battle on par with most war movies, set to Verdi's Dies Irae.
    • Kuriyama's bandage wrapping people without her glasses just by seeing the color red on them.
    • The human curling game.
  • Nature Abhors a Virgin: Poor Yabe.
  • Nightmare Face: Take Hitoha's book away from her, and you get one of these. Or try to stop her from doing something she wants to do (such as play with Nipples). Or Futaba when she catches a cold. You know what? Everyone gets a chance at it.
  • Nice Girl: Despite their quirks, Yoshioka and Futaba are probably the nicest students in Class 6-3.
    • Despite the fact that she stalks Satou along with her friends, Mayumi is the only remotely pleasant member of the Hopeless squad who actually values Satou and her friendship with Airi and Shiori equally.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Sakiko
  • No-Dialogue Episode: The next-to-last segment of episode nine has no dialogue aside from some Angrish by Mitsuba.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Shinya has three fangirls after him, and he doesn't want that. Given their behavior, though, you can see why...
    • Soujirou Marui claims that he used to have the same problem back in his hunk days.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Soujirou gives Yabe one of these after mistaking him for being a pedo.
  • No Name Given: Miyashita is the only major student in the class who's never given anything beyond a last name. A handful of background characters get the same treatment (like Amikawa, that girl with the really shiny forehead).
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Soujirou Marui is drawn in a much rougher art style with thicker lines compared to everyone else on the show.
    • Also Yuki's dad is drawn in the same fashion.
    • Also there's that kid whose face looks like a dog and his mother.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: There are several stories that feature the same yearly holiday (usually Valentine's Day and Christmas), yet the kids are always in sixth grade.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Futaba spent an afternoon being used as a bowling ball for ice-bowling, where Shin kicked her quite hard (to her enjoyment, as she went flying off a ramp as a result). The next day, she excitedly declares "Shin-chan, you gotta nail me in the butt again sometime!"
  • Obvious Stunt Double:
    • In The Tag to chapter 55, Hitoha chalks up the fact that Gachi Pink's boobs shrink dramatically while transformed to her stowing them so they don't get in the way, rather than it being a stunt performer.
    • In the anime, one episode is almost entirely A Show Within a Show Power Rangers parody, complete with its own stunt driver (though surprisingly only during scenes with no actual stunts).
  • The Ojou: Miku's family is extremely rich.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Hitoha walking up the steps to see Nipples is a call for the angelic choir and slow motion. She can be pretty scary when she's mad.
  • Once an Episode: Poor Dad, so many times mistakenly questioned by the police.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: All over the place. It's one of Sakurai's favorite techniques.
    • When Hitoha and Matsuoka first become acquainted with each other, Matsuoka says she studies videos she watches in the middle of the night. She's referring to ghost haunting videos, but Hitoha thinks she's talking about porno. Takes on a very different meaning when Matsuoka offers to teach Hitoha about all sorts of things.
    • When a breeze lifts up Hitoha's skirt, she asks Yabe if he saw. She's talking about her panties, but he think she means the latest Gachi Rangers episode. He says it was awesome; cue Mistaken for Pedophile.
  • Only Sane Man — Miyashita believes herself to be the only normal one in the class, but her attempts at doing so make everyone think she's the weird one. Satou Shinya is probably the closest to the role and is often the one to react normally whenever one of his more insane classmates (especially Futaba) does something weird.
    • Though as of Zouryouchuu Miyashita can be officially be considered as this. Unless she's trying to befriend Hitoha.
    • Mayumi Katou is a member of the Hopeless Squad consisting of Satou's fangirls/stalkers but she's considered the 'normal one' of the Squad whose crush on Satou is not nearly as extreme or obsessive as Airi or Shiori's as she frequently questions Airi's weirder ideas and is sometimes reluctant to go through with them.
  • Overprotective Dad: Soujirou loses his cool if there's even the slightest hint that a boy is getting close to one of the triplets (though he makes an exception for Shinya).
  • Panty Shot: Though the anime often has characters get their skirts flipped up and their panties exposed, it's always played for comedy and it's always framed in such a way that the audience cannot see anything...with one exception. During Sugisaki's Christmas party, one character dresses up in a sexy Santa outfit and gives Ryuuta a Panty Shot of their very racy panties. Unfortunately — for the audience's eyes — said character is Chiba Yuudai.
  • Panty Thief: Yuudai willingly, Shinya by accident. Futaba to her own sisters.
    • Futaba literally stole them off of Miku once.
  • Papa Wolf: For as much as Soujirou is a bumbling dad, if he thinks anyone is messing with his daughters, he gets serious and scary. Suddenly it's clear from who Hitoha inherited her Nightmare Face, Futaba her Super Strength, and Mitsuba her protectiveness.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Miyashita let her hair down and no one recognized her, but when she put hair pins in...
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Hitoha's Nightmare Face sometimes has this hairstyle.
  • Pet the Dog: Hitoha is manipulative, scary and cruel to almost everybody. But she does care for Nipples (and later, the cat), so there's some compassion in her.
    • Despite she is cruel and manipulative to Yabe, deep down, Hitoha cares for him.
      • Unfortunately, everytime she shows compassion to him, he thinks the wrong idea from her.
    • She is also surprisingly mild toward Sakiko, who she seems to have taken a bit of a liking to.
      • She actually hates her (Especially when Sakiko spoils her Gachiranger moment in ep 7 and burns her Gachi Red photograph in Zouryouchuu ep 2.) but does not show it out of courtesy.
      • This is subverted in Chapter 221 of the manga in which it seems that she has come to care about her, such as when Hitoha called her "Sacchan" when Matsuoka was blank and later becomes embarrassed for doing it so.
  • Phobia: Hitoha has a great fear of heights. You get to see it in a very fitting perspective, too.
  • Porn Stash: Yabe has one out in the open, but then it is his apartment. He just wasn't expecting Hitoha to make a duplicate key and break in...and that's not even saying anything about Hitoha's massive stash. Yabe's stash turns out to be Futaba's undoing in the cockroach-smashing episode.
  • Potty Emergency:
    • Episode 2-6, when the girls eat bad oranges and Mitsuba refuses to let them in.
    • Futaba has one in Episode 7 of Zouryouchuu!, but can't make her point clear enough due to having lost her voice; in that same season, Mitsuba has a brief one in Episode 5.
  • Precision F-Strike: Hitoha towards Mitsuba, sometimes calling her a *** pig.
  • "Psycho" Strings: Whenever Mr. Papa Wolf, Soujirou Marui, is about to go medieval.
  • Puni Plush: Which is much more evident in the anime adaptation.
  • Rock Me, Amadeus!: Miyashita's Image Song "Uzai Ka" is a remix of several Russian songs, including "Korobeiniki" and "Katyasha", which play under her rant about how nobody can remember her name.
  • Running Gag: Tons of them.
    • Three girls are shown to have an obvious crush on Shinya.
    • The class hamster's name (Nipples)
    • Futaba's breast obsession.
    • Yabecchi constantly getting the wrong idea from Soujiro.
    • Soujiro always getting arrested.
    • Hitoha's Gachiranger fangirliness.
    • Mitsuba wanting to be called "Mitsuba-sama" as a reward for anything.
    • Hitoha always manages to hide underneath Yabe's desks and tables.
      • And in episode 3 of Zouryouchuu it backfired.
      • As of episode 7 of Zouryouchuu Yabe is finally used to it, moving his legs so she can get into her spot.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: The Marui sisters are triplets, though unlike most examples they don't seem to be identical.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud:
    • Futaba sometimes goes 'tate-chitte tate-chitte' when she's in a brisk walk.
    • Whenever Mitsuba is stuffing her face with food, rather than mimic eating sounds, her voice actress rapidly recites "mushikora" over and over again, like a mantra.
  • School Nurse: Aiko Kuriyama
  • Seasonal Rot: In-Universe, the one episode of Honki Sentai Gachiranger that we actually see is apparently suffering from this, if Hitoha's reactions are anything to go by.
  • Selective Obliviousness — Yabe is surprisingly clueless when Kuriyama calls the whole class perverted.
  • Sensei-chan: Sensei-cchi, more like. Futaba seems to address every member of the faculty this way. Yes, even the male ones. And they are fine with it, somehow.
  • She's Got Legs: Mitsuba.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Chapter 9 is entitled "Scissorman in Puberty" and the title page has Mitsuba posing with a huge pair of scissors.
    • In chapter 26, Chiba is reading a copy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
    • The ending of episode 9 is a clear shout-out to the space station docking scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • The scene in episode 13 where Soujiro breaks a hole through the girls' bedroom door and peeps through it might be a reference to The Shining.
  • Show Within a Show: Honki Sentai Gachiranger.
    • And the short "Yabecchi's Room" sequences.
  • Shrinking Violet: Sometimes the reason for Hitoha's Nightmare Face.
  • Signature Shot: In the first episode, the camera races through the halls of the elementary school in full 3D, mimicking a Steadicam. Many of the director's other works feature a similar shot in the first episode.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: When Hitoha calls Mitsuba a "*** pig," the asteriked word is represented as pig noises.
  • Special Edition Title: Episode four of Zouryouchuu! ends with a version of "Nearer My God to Thee" sung by the Marui triplets, played over stained glass windows depicting the events of the last sketch. Hitoha breaks the screen at the end, furious.
    Hitoha: Don't make endings where I die.
    • In episode 1-7 (and only episode 1-7 for some reason), the opening has sound effects added for events such as Futaba breaking things, people popping up from the sides of the screen, and Yuudai getting a Nose Bleed.
    • Episode 1-9 with Futaba ice-sliding to Blue Danube.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Shinya's fangirls a.k.a The Hopeless Squad, consisting of Airi Ogata, Mayumi Katou and Shiori Itou, however Airi stands out as the most obsessive stalker who goes above and beyond in taking Satou's belongings, following him around and doing especially disturbing things such as imitating his movements and breathing his air. Ironically, she has no idea that she's a textbook stalker, Mayumi and Shiori appear more aware although.
  • Stalking Is Love: Averted with Yoshioka, who despite loving all forms of love, is against stalking, although when she thinks Hitoha is stalking Yabe she nonetheless tries (albeit uncomfortably) to be supportive. Also, Satou is absolutely creeped out by the Hopeless Squad's relentless stalking and goes to great lengths to avoid them and to make sure that they don't steal his things.
  • Standard Snippet: Rather than "Yume-iro no Koi", episode nine ends with Futaba whirling across the frozen pool to the Blue Danube Waltz.
    • And episode 7 of Zouryouchuu ends with replays of the curling game to the farandole from Bizet's L'Arlesienne.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Hitoha, a soft-spoken Creepy Child, often hides away under Yabe's desk, unnoticed, until she starts speaking and startles him. Since she's right at his crotch level, it frequently leads to Mistaken for Pedophile if anybody besides the weirdoes in Class 6-3 spot it.
  • Stone Wall: Mitsuba in the curling game.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Hitoha does not know how to swim and almost drowns not just once but twice because of this.
  • Super Window Jump: Futaba leaps out a fourth story window to retrieve her dad's picture, much to the surprise of Shinya's fangirls.
  • Talking with Signs: Futaba, temporarily after losing her voice in episode 7 of Zouryouchuu!
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Hitoha wanting to apologize to Yabe about insulting his love of Gachiranger leads to Yuki assuming that Hitoha's a Stalker with a Crush. Yet it's Yuki herself who makes Yabe actually think that when he walks in at the wrong moment.
    • Hitoha and Yabe's being (or accidentally getting) unusually close is also reiterated throughout the show, even though there is no apparent sign of romantic attraction. The main example is Hitoha spending her entire time in the school under Yabe's desk, both in the classroom and in the teachers' room. Other examples include Hitoha helping Matsuoka undress Yabe, Hitoha seemingly allowing Yabe to feel her "breast tumor", Hitoha having Yabe's home phone number and calling him over, and the continuation of the misunderstanding about Gachiranger (climaxing with Hitoha clenching Yabe's hand to tell him she loves them).
    • This only happens in the anime, since their relationship is slightly distant in the manga.
  • Theme Twin Naming: The sisters' names go [number]-[kanji for leaf], starting from three and working down to one.
  • 12-Episode Anime The first season has 13. Zouryouchuu! takes it even further, consisting of only eight episodes.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Episode 13 is the first time Mitsuba does something selfless that doesn't come back to bite her in the butt.
  • Toilet Humour: And how! Episode 2 goes about as far as South Park !
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: Hitoha's book is treated as such. The inside of the book even glows pink with "forbidden knowledge".
  • Tsundere: Mitsuba and Miku
  • Twinkle in the Sky: The Episode 9 ending.
  • Unfortunate Names: The class hamster, named Nipples. Which leads to a scene long Innocent Innuendo where Kuriyama-sensei gets some very wrong ideas.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Mitsuba's eyebrows are giant dots.
  • Verbal Tic: Futaba usually ends her sentences with "-su".
    • The Gachirangers tend to add Gachi a lot.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mitsuba & Miku
    • Also debatably Hitoha & Sakiko
  • Wacky Homeroom: Big understatement.
    • Not that their parents are any different.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Apparently Mitsuba and Satou used to be close when they were younger, but when Mitsuba changed her attitude they became distant and in present time they both find each other annoying and/or perverted and Satou seems closer to Futaba. However, they are still capable of getting along at times.
  • Weight Woe: Mitsuba, although she doesn't put much effort into dieting.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In gym, the Marui triplets play Cops & Robbers with their class. When Mitsuba and Hitoha (robbers) are discovered by Futaba (cop), Mitsuba shoves Hitoha into their sister's path while screaming "Baka!"note  at them. She hides in a storage shed until class is over, whereupon she's discovered by an incensed Hitoha. However, both of them are apparently locked inside the shed by a teacher, and no matter how hard Hitoha tries to open the door it won't budge. Mitsuba is annoyed, but she soon notices Hitoha clutching her stomach and groaning. Becoming increasingly distressed by her ailing sister, Mitsuba grabs a bat and bangs on the door while yelling with an increasingly frantic voice for somebody to open up. When they're finally discovered by a teacher, a teary-eyed Mitsuba runs to her sister and tells her they're saved.
    Hitoha: "BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKA!"
Hitoha gets up and walks off into the sunset while a dazed Mitsuba hits the floor face-first.
  • Yandere: Shinya's fangirls the Hopeless Squad, but especially Shiori.
    • Miku's mom seems to border on this at the thought of being abused.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Mitsuba finally gets some genuine fans when she twists the definition of "nympho" to suit her own ends, but has to distance herself when she learns that might have consequences.
  • Yuri Fan: Yuki Yoshioka, an all-around Love Freak, seems very keen on the idea of her friends Miku and Miyashita pairing up with Mitsuba and Hitoha, respectively.

 
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