High School! Kimengumi

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High School! Kimengumi
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Cast shot from High School! Kimengumi
ハイスクール!奇面組
(Hai Sukūru! Kimengumi)
Genre Comedy, School
Manga
Third Year Funny-face Club
Written by Motoei Shinzawa
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 19801982
Volumes 6
Manga
Written by Motoei Shinzawa
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 19821987
Volumes 20
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi
Studio Gallop, Studio Comet
Network Fuji TV, Animax
Original run October 12, 1985September 26, 1987
Episodes 86 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Directed by Makoto Moriwaki
Released July 12, 1986
Runtime 51 minutes
Manga
Return of High School! Funny-face Club
Written by Motoei Shinzawa
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Super Jump
Published December 1, 2000
Volumes 1
Manga
Flash! Funny-face Club
Written by Motoei Shinzawa
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan
Original run 20012005
Volumes 3
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High School! Kimengumi (ハイスクール!奇面組 Haisukūru! Kimengumi?) is a manga series written by Motoei Shinzawa which ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1982 to 1987. The title literally translates to High School! Funny-face Club or High School! Weird Face Club. An anime TV series (1985–1987) and movie (1986) based on the series were also released.[1][2] The High School! manga series was preceded by Third Year Funny-face Club (3年奇面組 Sannen Kimengumi?) (1980–1982), and followed by Flash! Funny-face Club (フラッシュ!奇面組 Furasshu! Kimengumi?) (2001–2005).

Kimengumi is an episodic chronicle of the bizarre adventures of a group of misfit junior high school (and later, high school) boys who form a club known as the "Kimengumi". All of the character names in the series are puns. For example, "Kawa Yui" is another way of saying "kawaii", and "Uru Chie" is a slang form of "urusai", meaning "obnoxious" or "annoying".

Other romanizations of the title include High School! Kimen-gumi and Highschool! Kimengumi. In a 2006 survey of celebrities by TV Asahi, Kimengumi was listed as #87 on a list of the top 100 favorite anime series.[3]

Books[edit]

Return of Highschool! Kimengumi

Kimengumi was originally published in Japan and has been re-released several times. Sannen began in issue 41 of Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1980 and ran through issue 17 in 1982, with High School! picking up in issue 18 of the same year. The last chapter of High School! was released in issue 30 in 1987, just about two months before the TV series finished.

On December 1, 2000, Popeye/Magazine House released an overview softcover volume titled Return of High School! Funny-face Club (帰ってきたハイスクール!奇面組 Kaettekita Haisukūru! Kimengumi?, ISBN 4-08-859419-3). The book covers the first two manga series as well as the anime. It also contains interviews with Shinzawa and others connected to the series.

Manga[edit]

Following is a list of the Japanese volumes published so far in the three series comprising the Kimengumi universe.

Third Year Funny-face Club (3年奇面組 Sannen Kimengumi?), 1980–1982, Weekly Shōnen Jump

  • Tankōbon are the standard collection volumes:
  • Bunkoban are smaller, pocket-sized editions the same size as most novels published in Japan:

High School! Funny-face Club (ハイスクール!奇面組 Haisukūru! Kimengumi?), 1982–1987, Weekly Shōnen Jump)

  • Tankōbon:
  • Aizoban are more elaborate collector's editions, often with fancier covers, better paper, and extras not included in the standard tankōbon and bunkoban releases:
  • Jump Comics Selection (Homesha):
  • Bunkoban:

Flash! Funny-face Club (フラッシュ!奇面組 Furasshu! Kimengumi?), 2001–2005, Monthly Shōnen Gangan)

  • Tankōbon:

Anime collections[edit]

Shūeisha Jump Remix Mook collections:

Anime[edit]

The Kimengumi TV series began airing in Japan on October 12, 1985 at 7:30pm on Fuji TV Network. The series ran for two years, with episode 86 airing on September 21, 1987. It has also been broadcast multiple times across Japan on the satellite television network Animax. At present, the only country outside of Japan with an official release of the TV series is France.

Cast[edit]

High School! Kimengumi features a large recurring cast. The main focus, however, is on the five members of the Kimengumi and the two girls who hang out with them.

Kimengumi and friends[edit]

Ichidō Rei (一堂 零?)
Kimengumi leader and protagonist of the series. Nickname: Mayunashi no Rei (まゆなしの零 No-Eyebrows Rei?). His family runs a toy store, he lives with his father and younger sister (his mother has already died). Considered a "High Class Buffoon", he retains the same simple-mindedness he had as a child and is quite the hentai (as in "weirdo" rather than "pervert"). It took him three tries to pass the high school entry exam. Voiced by Shigeru Chiba.
Reietsu Gō (冷越 豪?)
Kimengumi member #2. Nickname: Manako no Gō (まなこの豪 Eyeballs Gō?). His family runs a sake store. He lives with his uncle's family. Despite being underage, he is occasionally drunk. He is a huge pro wrestling fan and can walk on water. He is very kind hearted and does not allow others to make fun of his friends. It took him three tries to pass the high school entry exam. Voiced by Tesshō Genda.
Shusse Kiyoshi (出瀬 潔?)
Kimengumi member. Nickname: Mukiba no Kiyoshi (むき歯の潔 Toothy Kiyoshi?). His family runs a bathhouse. He is a lecher and often peeks on the women's side of the bathhouse. However, he is actually pure-hearted and is the brains of Kimengumi. His best friend is Jin. It took him three tries to pass the high school entry exam. Voiced by Issei Futamata.
Daima Jin (大間 仁?)
Kimengumi member. Nickname: Ebisu no Jin (えびすの仁 Savage Jin?). His family runs a cake shop (bakery & cake shop in anime).[4] He loves to just eat and sleep and will often doze off during class. He is very lucky and has excellent mimicry skills. It took him two tries to pass the high school entry exam. Voiced by Naoki Tatsuta.
Monohoshi Dai (物星 大?)
Kimengumi member. Nickname: Ochobokō no Dai (おちょぼ口の大 Small Mouth Dai?). His family runs a bookstore. He is an okama and is very feminine and weak but is brave when he needs to be. He frequently cries and frequently undresses. It took him two tries to pass the high school entrance exam. Voiced by Kaneto Shiozawa.
Kawa Yui (河川 唯?)
The pink-haired classmate of the Kimengumi. Yui transfers into the school at the beginning of the series. She is in love with Rei, but is embarrassed to come right out and say it. Voiced by Miki Takahashi.
Uru Chie (宇留 千絵?)
The green-haired classmate of Kimengumi and best friend of Yui. Her family runs a flower shop. She has a crush on Gō. Voiced by Naoko Matsui.
Lassie
Rei's dog. Named after the famous Lassie character from the show by the same title. Voiced by Naoki Tatsuta.

Songs[edit]

The theme songs, with the exceptions of the fifth ending and insert Nakuko mo Warau Kimengumi, were performed by various sub-groups or former members of Onyanko Club:

Opening themes[edit]

  1. Ushiroyubi Sasare-gumi
  2. Zō-san no Scanty
  3. Nagisa no "..." (Kagi Kakko)
  4. Waza Ari!
  5. Kashiko
  6. Toki no Kawa wo Koete
  7. Anata wo Shiritai

Insert songs[edit]

  • Abunai Sa·ka·na
  • Watashi ha Chie no Wa (Puzzling)
  • Nakuko mo Warau Kimengumi

Closing themes[edit]

  1. Jogakusei no Ketsui
  2. Banana no Namida
  3. Neko Jita Gokoro mo Koi no Uchi
  4. Not Only ★ But Also
  5. Chotto Karai Aitsu
  6. Pythagoras wo Buttobase
  7. Ushirogami Hikaretai
  8. Tatsutori Ato wo Nigosazu

Staff[edit]

TV series[edit]

  • Planning: Tokizō Tsuchiya (Fuji TV)
  • Original Creator: Motoei Shinzawa
  • Chief Director: Hiroshi Fukutomi
  • Character Design: Hiroshi Kanazawa
  • Art Director: Akira Furuya
  • Cinematographer: Takeshi Fukuda
  • Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi
  • Audio Director: Shigeharu Shiba
  • Editor: Hajime Okayasu
  • Producers: Yoshirō Kataoka (NAS), Hiromichi Mogami (Tsuchida Production) → Kazuo Harada (Studio Comet), Kiyoshi Sakai (Gallop, eps.8-26)
  • Original: studio live, whole house brother, Jungle, Yamashita professional, studio Musashi
  • Video Check: Yamada Takaya, Akiko Matsumoto, Abe Ichirou, Itou Yukiko, Kii Shigeru chestnuts, et al.
  • Video: Tiger Pro, Pro Yamashita, Tamazawa videos, live studio, whole house brother, Jungle, Wombat Studios, Musashi studio, live studio, production Kino
  • Backgrounds: Atelier ll, loft studios, production Kobayashi, Uni Studio Sutajioteikuwan
  • Coloring: Huzita Rika, Yoshifumi Yamamoto, Yuko Suzuki, Misu Tinami, Suzuki Misako thousand Tanaka Yoshi Masato Sasaki
  • Special Effects: Masao Yi Mountain
  • Color, finish: Sutajiokiri studio Shima, Ijiwarudo, Robin Studios, Angel Studios, Top Gun Studios
  • Photographer: Sanko production, Studio Gallop, animated film Toukyou
  • Editing: Okayasu Tadashi, T. Kojima, Tanaka Masayuki, Yumiko middle, Hiroshi Kawasaki Akira
  • Sound Effects Production: Omnibus Promotion
  • Effect: Aya Yoda Yasushi
  • Adjustment: Murata Hiroyuki
  • Recording: New Japan Studio
  • Developer: Tokyo Laboratory (Episode 48 only)
  • Production staff: Terakado Minoru, H. Hasegawa, Yoshimi Kunio name, Yanaga Shigenobu
  • Production Progress: Tomoe Riyuuiti, Sato Ikuo, Kurimoto Hiroshi, Tsutomu Sugiura, Akira Ou Tsuda, other
  • Office Production: Keiko Kose, Komatsu Yoshiko
  • Assistant director: Huzikawa Shigeru
  • Title: Taeko Kamiya, Maki Pro
  • PR: Kogure Yuuiti (Fuji TV)
  • Production Assistance: Tsuchida Production, Studio Comet, Gallop
  • Production: NAS, Fuji TV

Movie[edit]

  • Distribution: Toei
  • Directors: Makoto Moriwaki, Noboru Mitsusawa, Hiroshi Fukutomi
  • Production: Isao Sekitani
  • Producers: Yoshirō Kataoka (NAS), Kazuo Harada (Studio Comet), Hiromichi Mogami (Tsuchida Production)
  • Planning: Tokizō Tsuchiya (Fuji TV)
  • Original Creator: Motoei Shinzawa
  • Screenplay: Takao Koyama
  • Directors of Photography: Hitoshi Kaneko, Yoshiaki Kikuchi
  • Art Director: Akira Furuya
  • Editor: Hajime Okayasu
  • Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi
  • Audio Director: Shigeharu Shiba
  • Animation Director: Mitsuru Nasukawa
  • Chief Animation Director: Hiroshi Kanazawa

Video releases[edit]

Kimengumi has been released on DVD in Japan in two different box set releases. The movie was released as part of the second DVD set in 2008.

High School! Kimengumi DVD Box 1
Pioneer LDC, 2001-05-25
High School! Kimengumi DVD Box 2
Pioneer LDC, 2001-07-25
High School! Kimengumi DVD Box 3
Pioneer LDCA, 2001-09-21
High School! Kimengumi Complete DVD Box 1
E-Net Frontier, 2007-12-21
High School! Kimengumi Complete DVD Box 2
E-Net Frontier, 2008-02-22

Games[edit]

Kimengumi boardgame
Pachinko F series

There is a traditional boardgame based on the series titled High School! Kimengumi Game, released by Bandai. Three video games have been based on the series:

  • High School! Kimengumi for the MSX2, an adventure game
  • High School! Kimengumi for the Sega Master System, a port of the MSX 2 game[5]
  • High School! Kimengumi: The Table Hockey for PlayStation[6]

There is also a series of pachinko games based on the series manufactured by Maruhon [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Japanese) "ハイスクール!奇面組". All Cinema Online. Retrieved 2006-06-17. 
  2. ^ (Japanese) "ハイスクール!奇面組". CinemaScape. Retrieved 2006-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Japan's Favorite TV Anime". Anime News Network. 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  4. ^ Anime High School! Kimengumi, episode 57A (00:03-07) or manga High School! Funny-face Club, vol. 4, p. 151. Their shop sign says "Always Freshly Baked, Bakery & Cake Daima" (anime) or "Daima Cake Shop" (with an illustration of cake and tea) (manga).
  5. ^ (Japanese) "ハイスクール奇面組(セガマーク3)". Retrieved 2006-06-17. 
  6. ^ (Japanese) "ハイスクール!奇面組THEテーブルホッケー". Bandai Games. Retrieved 2006-06-17. 
  7. ^ (Japanese) "ハイスクール!奇面組". Maruhon. Archived from the original on 2006-08-21. Retrieved 2006-06-17. 

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