Moving into a new neighborhood sometimes requires you to conform, in order to get along with the new people around you. Or, you can be like Takashi and make the neighborhood adjust to you! With steely determination and a new blonde perm, Takashi is ready to make himself the top dog of high school delinquents. But facing him is another recent arrival to his new school, with a hairstyle just as rebellious and radical. Faced with the fearsome 3rd year punks as well as this outside challenger, will Takashi be able to realise his dreams of classroom dominance?
Based on the popular manga by Hiroyuki Nishimori, Kyou kara Ore wa!! (From Today, It's My Turn!!) is a fast-paced, in-your-face slapstick comedy that focuses on a couple of transfer students who reinvent themselves and strive to become the greatest deliquents in Japan. The 10-episode OVA has some elements of GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka), Cromartie High School, and Odd Couple mixed in each of the 50-minute episodes. The comedy is fast and furious and some of the best you'll watch in any anime series. Even the fight scenes (and there are plenty) have a comedic element that will have you ROFL while you're watching. The two deliquents Mitsuhasi and Itou cedrtainly have an Odd Couple feel to them. Mituhashi is the Oscar of the duo - he's sly, self-centered, narcissistic, and values his own safety over others, and is not afraid to "sacrifice" his friends to save his own hide. In contrat, Itou can be viewed as the Felix of the duo - kind, trustworthy, reluctant to fight unless it's absolutely necessary, and has a strong sense of justice. Both are extremely skilled, tough fighters and can handle any opponent from rival students to even the yakuza. The duo have a good supporting cast that includes the two prominent female characters in the sereis Riko (who's a friend of Mitsuhashi) and Kyouko (who dates Itou throughout the series) and arguably the best character in the series in Imai Katsutoshi, who unfortunatly can't seem to catch a break and was used mainly as comedy fodder in the series. His string of bad fortune was the series' running gag, and it worked to perfection and made the series very enjoyable to watch. Animation was pretty retro with the heavy emphasis of outlines on the character designs, which was standard for animation in the 1990's. Overall this was a fun OVA with plenty of hilarious characters, comedic timing, action, and fighting. If you are a fan of the manga this is a must-watch. Or if you're into the deliquent character type and want to watch a fun comedy with quirky and fun characters this series will fit the bill nicely.
"Kyou kara Ore wa!!" is a classic and beloved comedy series that dives into the lives of two high school delinquents, Mitsuhashi Takashi and Itou Shinji, who decide to change their images at a new school and become the top delinquents. Unlike typical stories of high school rebellion, this series stands out for its unique blend of humor, clever antics, and surprisingly heartfelt moments. Through a series of misadventures, Mitsuhashi and Itou navigate the challenges of school life, rival gangs, and friendship, all while maintaining their self-proclaimed status as the toughest guys around. The series, celebrated for its distinctive art style and comedic timing, offers a refreshing take on the delinquent genre by focusing on the lighter and more humorous side of high school hijinks. The Delinquent Dynamic Unconventional Heroes: Mitsuhashi and Itou are not your typical protagonists. Their blend of cunning, bravery, and an unshakeable sense of self-confidence makes them uniquely entertaining characters. Their antics, often bordering on the absurd, drive the series' comedy and set the stage for its most memorable moments. Comedy Gold: The series excels in its comedic delivery, with a perfect balance of slapstick, situational comedy, and witty dialogue. The humor is consistently engaging, often derived from the characters' outlandish plans and the unpredictable outcomes of their actions. Heartfelt Undercurrents: Beneath its comedic exterior, "Kyou kara Ore wa!!" explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and the nuances of right and wrong within its seemingly lawless world. The bond between Mitsuhashi and Itou, in particular, provides a solid emotional foundation that adds depth to the narrative. Challenges and Missteps Dated Elements: Given its original run in the early '90s, some aspects of the series may feel dated to contemporary viewers, including its art style and certain cultural references. However, these elements also contribute to the series' charm and nostalgic appeal. Pacing and Structure: While the episodic nature of the series allows for a variety of scenarios and character introductions, it can sometimes lead to uneven pacing or a sense of repetition in the overarching narrative. Viewers looking for a tightly woven plot might find the episodic format less compelling. The Fight for Laughs Engaging Rivalries: The rivalries and conflicts with other delinquents and gangs introduce a wide array of characters, each with their own quirks and motivations. These encounters not only serve as the backdrop for the series' action sequences but also provide fertile ground for comedy and character development. Unexpected Depth: The series occasionally delves into more serious territory, addressing the consequences of the characters' lifestyles and decisions. These moments are handled with care, ensuring that the shift in tone enhances rather than detracts from the overall narrative. Conclusion "Kyou kara Ore wa!!" is a standout comedy that offers a unique and enduring take on the life of high school delinquents. With its memorable characters, clever humor, and moments of genuine emotion, the series captures the essence of friendship and the trials of adolescence in an exaggerated yet relatable world. Its ability to blend comedy with action and heartfelt moments makes it a compelling watch for fans of the genre and those looking for a series that can deliver both laughs and life lessons. While it may show its age in some respects, the series remains a beloved classic that continues to entertain and engage new generations of viewers.
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