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School Rumble

TV Tokyo (ended 2006)


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The battle starts today!! Welcome to School Rumble! What is School Rumble about, you might ask? Well, strangely, the title has very little to do with the content. The anime is based on the original Japanese manga (graphic novel) of the same title by Jin Kobayashi. Subtlety is for wimps! She... is a second-year high school student with a single all-consuming question: Will the boy she likes ever really notice her? He... is the school's most notorious juvenile delinquent, and he's suddenly come to a shocking revelation: He's got a huge crush, and now he must tell her how he feels. Life-changing obsessions, colossal foul-ups, grand schemes, deep-seated anxieties, and raging hormones - School Rumble portrays high school as it really is: over-the-top comedy! Characters Tenma Tsukamoto Well. . . It would be rude to call Tenma a "ditz," but it also wouldn't be too far from the truth. She's your typical ditzy, goofy, silly young school girl, minus the whole "valley girl" routine. She tends to take the long and complex way around things, rather than the short and simple way, which causes her quite a bit of trouble in the end. She also doesn't quite get the Japanese grading system, content to get all "cute little turtles" on her report cards (which basically means "try harder".) On a lighter note, she has the biggest of crushes on one Karasuma Ooji, a very quiet, but quietly eccentric young boy of the same age in her class. Stats (as narrated by Yakumo): Height: 154 cm (5'5") Favorite Thing: Karasuma-san Least Favorite Thing: She can't eat anything too spicy Favorite TV Show: She and I are always watching Edo-period dramas together. Favorite Book: I see her with manga all the time. Strong Points: She's an eternal optimist, and she makes friends easily. One Last Word: She's a big sister that a girl can always rely on. Kenji Harima "Delinquent" would be putting things lightly. Not only is he a delinquent, but he's a skilled street fighter, able to put to shame endless numbers of thugs who might want to do him harm, or maybe just random people he feels like beating the crap out of. Ever since he had a run-in with Tenma in his younger days, however, his fighting took on an entirely new purpose. . . He no longer fights because he has nothing better to do. No. . .he fights. . .because he's in love! So very much in love, in fact, he's willing to throw away everything from his past, including his old identity, just to be with Tenma. Will he manage to succeed? Only time will tell. . . Stats (as narrated by Itoko Osakabe): Height: 180 cm (5'11") Favorite Thing: Curry, Shell Fish, Oysters Least Favorite Thing: Shrimp, study Favorite Actor: Yakushamaru Kouji (plays Mangoku) Favorite Song: I'm always hearing the theme song from Project A. Special Talent: Fighting Weak Point: Dim-witted Notes: During his middle-school years, he was so much trouble nobody could do a thing with him, but nowadays he's a lot quieter. One Last Word: He needs to pay his rent by the end of each month! Oji Karasuma A very big fan of Japanese curry, Ooji has little much more on his mind than food and school. Seeming completely oblivious to what's going on around him, he continues his daily routine, always speaking softly, always looking straight ahead with those odd-looking eyes of his, and never even once seeming to notice the strong feelings Tenma has for him. He is either a genius, or completely out of his mind, considering some of the things he does and doesn't do. He also plays guitar. Stats (as narrated by Harima): Height: Dunno. A little shorter than me. 175 cm (5'9") maybe? Favorite Thing: Dunno Least Favorite Thing: Dunno Special Talent: Probably being judgmental. Aside from that, I hear he's good at school. Hair Style: Really weird, huh? Name: I always thought it was Torimaru. Distinguishing Feature: He's always sitting alone spacing out. Notes: He'll be transferring away in a year. For me, that's perfect timing! One Last Word: I got no idea what he's thinking, but I don't think he's all that annoying. Eri Sawachika A blonde, half-Japanese spoiled rich girl. She's beautiful, athletic, and popular in school. Before, Eri used to live in England. Thus, she occasionally speaks in "Engrish" and messes up her Japanese a bit. She is one of Tenma's 3 girl friends. After a certain incident, Eri and Harima get on bad terms. She also refers him as "Hige", which means "beard." Consequently, Harima calls Eri "Ojou", meaning "princess." Stats (as narrated by Tenma): Height: 165 (5'5")... or somewhere around there. Favorite Thing: She once told me it was the zoo. Least Favorite Thing: I think it's kanji and cooking. Special Talent: She's a genius who can master just about anything! I'm sooo jealous! Weak Points: She may not look it, but she can be sadder than I get. Notes: Her father's British, and her mother's Japanese, so she's mixed race. She's now back in Japan from living in England. She was raised with a silver spoon in her mouth. One Last Word: Her language may be a little rough, but really she's a nice girl, I'm sure of it! Mikoto Suou One of Tenma's girlfriends. She is easy-going, physically strong, is childhood friends with Hanai Haruki, and practices martial arts with him. Imadori Kyousuke is smitten with her (mostly because of her big breasts), but Mikoto has no feelings for him whatsoever. She does however seem to have a crush on someone. Stats (as narrated by Eri): Height: 170 (5'7") maybe? Yeah, about that. Favorite Thing: She says it's cooking and singing. Least Favorite Thing: Her father, I hear. But in a different way than me and my father Special Talent: Every sport around, martial arts, drinks like a fish, and is so much more athletic than I am. Weak Points: She may not look it, but she can be sadder than I get. Childhood Dream: To become a nurse. I'm kidding about that, of course. One Last Word: I'm so jealous of her free-flowing blue hair, but I think she should get a more feminine cut. What a waste! Akira Takano One of Tenma's girlfriends and the President of the Tea Club. She is very knowledgeable of the events that occur but tends to stay on the sidelines, which shows her mysterious side. Akira never seems to change the expression on her face. She also seems to be very skilled with guns. Stats (as narrated by Mikoto): Height: 166 (5'5") or thereabouts, I think. Favorite Thing: Economizing. Least Favorite Thing: Falling into debt, they say. Favorite Word: Persever... I think. Hobby: Gunpura... what in the world is that? Special Talent: The koto and Japanese dance. You know that's gotta be a joke, right? Notes: I don't know the reason for it, but she's loaded down with part-time jobs. One Last Word: The girl's getting good grades. She's got a lot of stuff going on that we don't know about. Some Information Provided By. . . Wannabe Fansubs, Fan-Translators of School Rumble School-Rumble.net, the Official School Rumble Site(Japanese) Anime News Network - School Rumble Del Rey Mangamoreless
Hiroki Yasumoto

Hiroki Yasumoto

Tougou Masakazu

Kaori Shimizu

Kaori Shimizu

Takano Akira

Trina Nishimura

Trina Nishimura

Akira Takano (Eng.)

Yu Kobayashi

Yu Kobayashi

Lala Gonzalez

Yuuka Nanri

Yuuka Nanri

Ichijou Karen

Mamiko Noto

Mamiko Noto

Tsukamoto Yakumo

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  • school rumber

    school rumble one of the best anime ever
  • Light-hearted and full of comedic confusion, School Rumble is the ideal antidote to winter weather blues. It's impossible not to feel sympathy with Kenji Harima as he stumbles his way through the minefield of falling in love for the first time.moreless

    It's summer break – and time to hit the beach!

    Well, I realize that it's winter over here in the UK and, as I write this review, it's cold, dreary and grey… but at Yagami High, school's out and the guys and gals of Class 2-C are soaking up the rays, first at the Water Park, then heading off for a trip to the beach. Of course Harima is desperate to go too to be close to his adored Tenma, but due to his intimidating aura, he's not exactly the gang's number one choice. Another classmate, Nara, is also keen on Tenma and planning to use the trip to get closer to her too. Exactly how Harima gets to tag along – and what comes of his and Nara's rivalry over Tenma, results in some amusing moments.

    One of the delights of 'School Rumble' is watching how class delinquent Harima's tough guy act crumbles every time he finds himself in the presence of the object of his frustrated affections: the sweet-natured but utterly air-headed Tenma Tsukamoto. And she, bless her, has no idea that he is in love with her; oh no, quite the contrary – she is convinced that he has fallen for their classmate Mikoto. She even goes so far, out of the goodness of her heart, to coach him to declare his love, utterly unaware as he stutters through the role play session, unable to say the three simple words, "I love you," that she is the one who's making him so tongue-tied. It hasn't helped that earlier on, blonde Eri has inadvertently walked in on Harima just as he's finished exercising in the buff and is searching for his swimming trunks. Does he swiftly cover himself up or retreat hastily into the bathroom? No; this is Harima. His brain doesn't work that logically. As she starts to scream, he panics. He gets her in an armlock, covers her mouth with his hand, and whispers menacingly in that gravelly voice of his, "You keep quiet." But it's not just Harima who's unable to confess to the girl he loves. Upstanding class rep Hanai has fallen for Tsukamoto's younger sister Yakomo, but is constantly frustrated in his efforts to get closer to her. However, his childhood friend and fellow martial arts enthusiast is Mikoto, and there is a delightful character-revealing section looking back at their friendship when they were in elementary school. But block your ears if you can't stand the sound of descant recorder practice!

    In episode 14 , the Tsukamoto sisters are waiting for the engineer to turn up and fix the AC on a boiling hot day. Tenma is studying with her girlfriends and Eri, still disturbed by her unexpected encounter with Harima, asks her if she's ever seen a man's body. Tenma, being who she is, has no idea what Eri is referring to and blithely replies, "I've seen men's bodies – hasn't everyone already?" Of course, what she is innocently thinking of is seeing wrestlers at a live match…but Eri has no idea and assumes otherwise, leading to yet more misunderstandings. And when the engineer turns up to mend the AC, who should his part-time assistant be but…Harima? The US dub continues to work extremely well, with Luci Christian capturing Tenma's sweet yet off-the-wall nature perfectly. And if the odd line here and there has been changed to make the script funnier (and more accessible) for a Western audience, it really doesn't matter; what the script editors have captured is the spirit of 'School Rumble'. And, echoing the manga (which develops the story in short, bite-sized chapters,) there are plenty of little extras to keep the viewer amused.moreless
  • School Rumble isn't a mind breaking anime, but it´s truly fun to watch.

    School Rumble isn't a mind breaking anime, but it´s truly fun to watch.

    It´s a comedy anime which uses love as its motivation to the jokes. Each episode is composed from three smaller episodes, but they are united togeher by the episode plot. Sometimes more sometimes less.

    This is the first comedy/romance anime that I watched, and before it my impression of the genre was very weak. Thankfully School Rumble doesn't let me down. There are good characters, some really great like Harima and Tenma, and some just OK.

    The animation isn't special, but it's good. The music is fair.

    Final Comment: Great to watch when you want to laugh, but nothing really amazing or memorable.moreless
  • A hilarious show based off a hilarious manga.

    The anime adaptation of School Rumble is every bit as funny as the manga. A story of revolving around high school students Tenma Tsukamoto, Yakumo Tsukamoto, Kenji Harima, Eri Sawachika and their fellow classmates in Yagami High School. They do their best to try to get the affection of the one they love but misunderstandings makes it so that it almost always ends up putting them into hilarious situations. Although some of the play on words used in the Japanese version of the anime is lost, such as the when Harima says that "Itoko is my Itoko" in which Harima was actually trying to say that Itoko Osakabe was his cousin and the word "Itoko" in Japanese means cousin, the translation still remains solid for much of the show.moreless
  • Classic anime, with word puns and scenes that will chuckle at hours later.

    Seriously, I haven't found an anime I have enjoyed as much as School Rumble. EVER. It is my first comedy-romance anime, however, and my impression of the genre is very high.

    Lets glance at the plot: Basically, it starts out with Harima loves Temna, and Temna is too dense to notice. Temna loves Karasuma, and Karasuma is too dense to notice. Everything just gets ridiclous and you laugh your ass off. At the very end, reading the last chapter with a satisfied grin, I felt like this anime really touched me the most. Although it is COMEDY, it still is romance. I really don't want to tell much more, for all of this massive plot must be unwrapped by only you, the reader. By the way, this anime/manga has large number of characters and relationships, meaning a lot of side plots too.moreless

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Adult, essence of youth, pressures of high school, teen angst, Anime