Blazing Transfer Student

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Blazing Transfer Student
Cover of Blazing Transfer Student volume 9 as released in Japan by Shogakukan
(Honō no Tenkōsei)
GenreComedy, parody, sports[1]
Written byKazuhiko Shimamoto
Published byShogakukan
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
Original run19831985
Original video animation
Directed byKatsuhiko Nishijima
Produced byShouji Murahama
ReleasedMay 21, 1991
Runtime25 minutes per episode
Television drama
Honō no Tenkōsei: Reborn / Blazing Transfer Students
Directed byToshio Lee
Written byYuko Kawabe
Music byToshihiko Sahashi
Original networkNetflix
Original runNovember 10, 2017
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Blazing Transfer Student (Japanese: 炎の転校生, Hepburn: Honō no Tenkōsei) is a manga written and illustrated by Kazuhiko Shimamoto. It was serialized in the Shogakukan manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1983 to 1985. Honō no Tenkōsei was adapted into a two-episode original video animation (OVA) anime series in 1991 by Gainax.


In this series, Takizawa Noboru transfers to a school where all disputes are settled through fighting.[1] He quickly runs afoul of the school bully, Ibuki Saburo, who has a boxing match with "God's Hall Monitor", Jounouchi Kouichi, to determine who will date the lovely Yukari. Takizawa is enraptured with Yukari, and decides to intervene in the fight which Ibuki won by bending the rules. Takizawa loses the fight in the first OVA to Ibuki's deadly finishing punch, but in the second OVA Takizawa develops his own finishing punch and eventually wins the day.



Honō no Tenkōsei was written and illustrated by Kazuhiko Shimamoto. The series was serialized in the Shogakukan magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1983 to 1985. The individual chapters were bound in tankōbon book format and published in 12 volumes from February 18, 1984 to January 18, 1986.[2][3]


Honō no Tenkōsei was adapted into a two-episode original video animation (OVA) anime produced by Gainax. The anime reunites director Katsuhiko Nishijima and character designer Yuji Moriyama of the original Project A-ko and features storyboards by Sumio Watanabe.[1] The OVA features an opening vocal theme written by Shimamoto Kazuhiko, arranged by Kohei Tanaka, and performed by Toshihiko Seki. The ending theme, Yumemiru Ki Mo Chi Dreaming Heart (夢みるキ・モ・チ 〜Dreaming Heart〜), was composed and arranged by Tanaka and performed by Noriko Hidaka. The Honō no Tenkōsei OVA parodies anime of the 1970s, particularly Tomorrow's Joe, and is complete with intentionally jerky animation, dirty-looking cels, thick black lines, and retro character designs, much like Shimamoto's drawing style.[1]

According to Chris Beveridge of The Fandom Post Honō no Tenkōsei was released on both VHS and laserdisc, but not DVD.[4] It was released on Blu-ray by Pony Canyon on March 19, 2014.[5][6]


A Netflix original live-action series called Blazing Transfer Students[7] or Honō no Tenkōsei REBORN was released as a sequel set years after the original story. The story revolves around seven students all named Kakeru who transfer into the school. It was released on November 10, 2017 and was directed by Toshio Lee.


Noboru Takizawa (杉元 佐一, Takizawa Noboru)
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
Yukari Takamura (高村 友花里, Takamura Yukari)
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka
Saburō Ibuki (伊吹 三郎, Ibuki Saburō)
Voiced by: Tesshō Genda
Kōichi Jōnouchi (城之内 考一, Jōnouchi Kōichi)
Voiced by: Shō Hayami
Chiaki Takano (高野 千明, Takano Chiaki)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (credited as Schoolboy A)
Jun Namekata (行方 純, Namekata Jun)
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (credited as Schoolboy C)


The 12 volumes of the manga sold 1.6 million copies.[8]

Anime News Network's Justin Sevakis, commenting on the anime, said that "while the animation has that slightly soft shot-on-film look, the heightened contrast and angular designs that were meant to evoke the past have instead kept it looking modern."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sevakis, Justin (April 16, 2013). "Pile of Shame - Blazing Transfer Student". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Shogakukan staff. 炎の転校生 1 [Blazing Transfer Student 1] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Shogakukan staff. 炎の転校生 12 [Blazing Transfer Student 12] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Beveridge, Chris (February 18, 2014). "Japanese 'Honoo no Tenkousei' OVA Blu-ray Anime Packaging Revealed". The Fandom Post. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ 炎の転校生 BLU-RAY SPECIAL【完全初回限定生産商品】. (in Japanese). Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ 炎の転校生 BLU-RAY SPECIAL【完全初回限定生産商品】. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "'Blazing Transfer Students' Is Wonderfully Weird As You Expect A Live-Action Anime To Be". Decider. Newscorp. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  8. ^ ジャニーズWEST海外デビュー 「炎の転校生」初実写化のオリジナルネットドラマ  (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 25 March 2017.

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