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Manga / Yuyushiki

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The Data Processing Club, from left to right: Yukari, Yui and Yuzuko

Yuyushiki ("The YuYu Style") is a four-panel manga by Komata Mikami, which began serialization in Manga Time Kirara in 2008. Kinema Citrus adapted it into an anime, which aired during the spring 2013 anime season. It was simulcast on Crunchyroll and can be watched on The Anime Network.

Upon starting life at an all-girls high school, Yui, Yuzuko, and Yukari revitalise the formerly derelict data processing club. Spending most of their days looking up obscure or unusual things, their ordinary lives are often accompanied by unusual puns and various antics. The unusual friendship between Yui, Yuzuko and Yukari allow for the three to find peculiar humour in the most mundane of observations in their everyday lives.

Yuyushiki provides examples of:

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Yuzuko and Yukari like Yui, while Yui generally exhibits tsundere behaviour towards both (but has a protective instinct towards Yukari that could be like-like, or could be seeing her as a kid). They also like Chiho, who doesn't seem to notice, and she doesn't notice her friend's attraction to her, either. Chiho likes Yui, who, in turn, doesn't seem to notice.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: In keeping with the title, which begins with "Yu-", each of Yui, Yuzuko and Yukari's names also begin with "Yu-".
  • Arranged Marriage: Suggesting that this is what her future entail, Yukari appears to be okay with an arranged marriage.
    Yukari: The eldest son works to make the house rich and prosperous, while I strengthen our familial bonds.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Yuzuko and Yukari are easily distracted, switching topics mid-conversation whenever something new catches their attention.
  • Beach Episode: The second half of the final episode follows the girls' day at the beach after they manage to convince a reluctant Yui into joining them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Yuzuko states that she's seen Yoriko becomes uncharacteristically angry at a student shockingly angry at another student… However, Yuzuko does not disclose the cause and moreover, the audience never sees it.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • The search engine the girls use is called "HooYa!", with a design similar to that of Google's.
    • Yui occasionally orders various things from "Tamazon."
    • The girls are shown drinking bottles of "Coka-Cola."
    • When Yukari was in the second grade, she brought Jelly Belly-like jelly beans to a school picnic.
    • Yuzuko buys some Heegan-Dazs ice cream in the second episode.
    • In episode nine, Yuzuko and Yukari buy snacks at a Lavson (Lawson).
  • Blank White Eyes: Each of the characters are subject to thus whenever a particularly outlandish joke or event has occurred, and Yuzuko is most prone to exhibiting this reaction.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Yui, Yukari and Yuzuko have blonde, blue and red-pink hair colours, respectively, and as such, are immediately differentiable from one another.
  • Book Ends: The first episode opens with Yui, Yuzuko and Yukari heading to a new semester, and the finale sees the three heading off to another semester of high school; in both cases, Yuzuko engages in a staring contest with a cat.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Yuzuko and Yukari fulfil the role of the jokers, while Yui acts as the straight-man in response to the former's antics.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Yuzuko waves at the camera, while Yui and Yukari take a moment to look at the camera as the ending credits come to a close.
  • Camera Abuse: As an in-universe instance, several photos taken during Yukari's vacation are marred by insects crawling on the camera lens.
  • Cat Girl: The bonus episodes accompanying the Blu-Rays recast Yui, Yuzuko and Yukari as cat girls
  • Cat Smile: Yuzuko smiles in this manner during the first episode while waiting for Yui.
  • Censor Steam: The first episode makes extensive use of steam to cover the school's name and their class number.
  • Childhood Friends: Yui and Yukari
  • Class Representative: Aikawa
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Kei clings to Chiho in a literal sense and is determined that no one else gets closer to her.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Yuzuko and Yukari typically are off in their own world, but Yui occasionally succumbs whenever she's sleep-deprived.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Yui inadvertently finds herself having to keep Yuzuko and Yukari in check on account of the latter two's tendencies to become lost in their world.
  • Club Stub: The Data Processing Club had been on the verge of being shut down, but thrives when Yui, Yuzuko and Yukari join.
  • Comic Trio: Yuzuko is the leader, Yukari is the ditz and Yui is the voice of reason.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: While generally light-hearted, one episode has the girls wondering what death itself is, asking whether or not: "…will we be able to see our death coming?", as well as whether or not they would be "with our dearests in the afterlife?" In keeping with the atmosphere surrounding Yuyushiki, that episode ends on an optimistic note.
  • Couch Gag: In the anime's ending credits, the surroundings and people the girls pass by change with each episode.
  • Cranial Eruption: Swelling from the head sometimes replaces the Instant Bandages seen after the girls hit one another.
  • Credits Running Sequence: The three main girls do this briefly in the opening.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Each of Yui, Yuzuko and Yukari's eye colours match their hair colours.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In the first episode, Yuzuko notices a cat jumping onto a moped and freezes to avoid frightening the cat away.
  • Dead Pan Snarker: Yui frequently supplies commentary on her friends' actions to outline their ridiculousness.
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: During a flashback, Yukari depicted as bearing attributes similar to those of Disney Princesses, including the Friend to All Living Things component, although she's perturbed by the attention that the animals give her.
  • Ditzy Genius: Yui sees Yuzuko as such; while the latter performs reasonably well academically, Yui remarks that:
    "She really is pretty smart. It's her ideas that are dumb."
  • Double Entendre: A surprisingly bold instance can be found when Yuzuko and Yukari fantasize about Yui's "delicious little bean."
  • E = MC Hammer: In-universe, Yuzuko finds the Zeller's Congruence formula and, while understanding its application, cannot utilise it herself.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: In a series where yuri is prevalent, two notable examples stand out:
    • Yui is idolised by Yukari, Yuzuko, and Aikawa
    • Aikawa herself is idolised by everyone save Yui
  • Expospeak Gag: When Yuzuko learns that water can be alternately referred to as "oxidane," she made up lines like "pour oxidane on dumplings, then cover", intimidating both Yui and Yukari in the process.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Yukari fluctuates between having her eyes open and closed, being seen in both states with roughly the same frequency.
  • Faceless Masses: While background characters are not coloured, they nonetheless are depicted with the same level detail as the protagonists.
  • Fanservice: The camera occasionally lingers on the girls' legs and navel region, but otherwise, the fanservice is relatively disciplined.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Yukari possesses an uncommon ability to attract animals around her.
  • Genki Girl: Yuzuko is very excitable and gives off plenty of energy, often prompting Yukari to become as energised in the process.
  • Gratuitous English: Yuzuko's fond of English phrases, exclaiming "Rucky girr!" ("Lucky girl") in several instances, and also says "Wow!" several times during the finale.
  • Hero of Another Story: Aikawa and her friends occasionally interact with the main cast, and some moments are spent depicting the conversation she shares with them.
  • Hime Cut: Reflecting on her Ojou background, Yukari sports such a haircut.
  • Imagine Spot: The girls enjoy utilising their imaginations; for instance, Yukari imagines that she's the sun and her pinky finger would represent Jupiter, during the first episode.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Yoriko Matsumoto, one of the girls' teachers, is affectionately referred to as "Mom" (okaa-san).
  • Inherently Funny Words:
    • Yui bursts into laughter whenever someone says "potato"
    • Yuzuko finds the term "Bread person" remarkably amusing
  • Instant Bandages: These bandages appear whenever Yui hits one of her friends. During one moment, they're shown to slide off Yuzuko's head, rather than disappearing, when she looks up suddenly.
  • Limited Animation: This is applied when the girls first run across the screen during the beginning of the opening song, and used again during the ending song while they're walking.
  • Love Triangle: Yukari and Yuzuko clearly have a thing for Yui, who doesn't seem to be in love with either, but does remark that she finds both of them very cute. Yukari and Yuzuko don't appear to compete over Yui and are often rather affectionate towards one other, as well. At one point, Yuzuko flirts with Yui when it's just the two of them, only to find it very awkward; it appears the romance is only effectual with all three girls present.
  • Marshmallow Hell: In episode two, Yukari imagines doing this to Matsumoto-sensei.
  • Mind Screw: The unique scent from Natto inexplicably causes both Yukari and Yuzuko to dream about gorillas. They subsequently start making gorilla-related puns in their text messages.
  • Mood Whiplash: Yui and friends also discuss the meaning of death in one episode, and how it separates one those precious to them. Subsequently, they resolve to make the most of things while everyone is still around.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Yukari tripping in the first episode.
  • Ojou: Yui imagined Yukari to be from a wealthy family when they'd first met during in second grade, and while this is true, Yukari does not have the demeanour or manner of a typical Ojou.
  • One-Gender School: The high school that Yui, Yuzuko and Yukari attend is an all-girls school, hence the absence of male classmates.
  • Only Sane Man: Yui attempts to keep cool, but when pushed, she herself may partake in antics her own, or else go along with Yuzuko and Yukari's actions.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A recruitment poster notes that the "Data Processing Club" is intended provide instruction on basic computer skills necessary for career searching, but for the most part, the girls spend their time browsing the internet and hanging around.
  • Potty Emergency: Yuzuko experiences substantial discomfort after Yui stops her from going to the bathroom in episode five.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: This is Yukari's standard outfit.
  • Pungeon Master: Yuzuko takes every opportunity to make puns about most everything, much to Yui's exasperation.
  • Puni Plush: Befitting the series' gentle atmosphere, the characters of Yuyushiki feature curved lines in their designs.
  • Rule of Perception: During one Eye Catch, Yuzuko prepares to pitch a ball to a bat-wielding Yui. At the last second, she pulls out a basketball, leaving behind questions of how she managed to hide said basketball from Yui.
  • Scary Science Words: When Yuzuko substitutes oxidane, the IUPAC name for water, and considers recipes with oxidane, Yui and Yukari find the results unexpectedly intimiating.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: A younger Yui found it embarrassing to have Yukari over at her house, worried that Yukari would not be impressed.
  • Schoolgirl Series: Yuyushiki deals predominantly with the lives of three high school students.
  • Sensei-chan: Yoriko Matsumoto is quite close with her students; after Yuzuko and Yukari decide to call her "Mom", the other students soon follow suit.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the first episode, when Yoriko asks the students to name their favourite English words, one of the student replies with "Stone Cold".
    • Yuzuko shouts "Maunder Minimum!" as if she's using an attack and Yukari says that she's "burning her cosmo", although Yuzuko and Yui don't understand the reference.
    • In episode seven, the girls discuss the eyesight of cats, with Yukari commenting that they must see the Green Jacket version very well, and Yuzuko adds that "Cagliostro is the cat's meow!".
  • Shrinking Violet: Chiho wishes to make friends with the heroines, and despite being the class president, is initially terrified of approaching them.
  • Sleepyhead: Yukari is not a morning person; she walks into a wall outside her home moments after setting out for school during the first episode.
  • Slice of Life: This show follows Yui, Yuzuko, and Yukari's everyday experiences as the sole members of their school's Data Processing club.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Yuzuko has glasses but is rarely seen with them on the basis that she does not wish to look smart.
  • Straight Man: Yui and Chiho serve these roles among their group of friends.
  • Tap on the Head: Yuzuko is quite fond of hitting others in their cranium, and at one point, she attempts to knock Yui out with a chop to the neck a few episodes later, only to receive a stern lecture about how the move doesn't work in real life and instead can lead to serious injuries.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Yuzuko's red eyes are mentioned as being quite rare, but Yui and Yukari's respective yellow and purple eyes go unnoticed.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Yuzuko grabs Yui in this manner during the second episode and later imagines doing the same to Matsumoto-sensei.
  • Threesome Subtext: Yui, Yuzuko and Yukari appear very close to one another, far more than ordinary friends would be, and this does not go unnoticed by their classmates.
  • Those Two Girls:
    • Yukari and Yuzuko act as such despite being two of the three protagonists; they both have similar personalities and think alike whenever it comes to executing their pranks.
    • Similarly, Chiho's two friends fit this role for her side of the story. They aren't initially given names or any distinct attributes, but by episode six, they're introduced: Fumi is the joker of the trio, and Kei desires to keep Chiho for herself.
  • Tsundere: Yui usually is quite friendly; it's Yuzuko that primarily acts as the trigger for her more violent reactions.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Whereas most of the other girls have rounder eyes, Yui's eyes are more angular.
  • Two-Teacher School: While there definitely are other instructors at the girls' school, Matsumoto is the only one who is depicted with any frequency.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: This occurs purely for comedy during the second episode, where Yuzuko grabs Yui's chest. In response, Yui aims a punch that the former barely dodges. Yuzuko then remarks that the person throwing a punch is hurt just as much as the one getting hit, so Yui tells her to make a fist. She then proceeds to grab her fist, and makes Yuzuko hit herself repeatedly. Yuzuko promises not to tease Yui again for the present.
  • Yuri: While most of these dynamics are implicit early on, the friendship between Yui, Yuzuko and Yukari become plainly romantic in nature by the seventh episode, and one Eye Catch reinforces this notion by depicting Yuzuko and Yukari in the midst of an Almost Kiss.