Honoo no Tenkousei

Title:Honoo no Tenkousei
Blazing Transfer Student
炎の転校生 (Japanese)
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Notables: GENDA Tesshou
SEKI Toshihiko
One bright fall day, young Takisawa Noboru transfered over to Honjakuniku High, arriving an hour after the start of classes as the principal had instructed him. Everything seemed to be going fine, until the mildly overzealous hall monitor Jonichi Koichi decides to charge him with tardiness, and administer punishment...you see, in this high school, any argument can be won through sports or combat, leaving Takisawa in a bit of a pinch until the lovely Yukari steps in and saves him from making himself even later than he is. But that's just the start of Takisawa's troubles...the school tough, Ibuki Saburo, has set his sights on both mashing the new meat to a pulp, and winning the hand of Yukari away from any potential suitors...in the boxing ring! Will Takisawa be able to defeat Ibuki, win the love of Yukari, and still make it to Calculus on time? Of course, it's all in a day's work for a Blazing Transfer Student!

(synopsis courtesy of AniDB)

2 OVA episodes
"炎" ("honoo") = "flame" (may also be figuratively, as in "the flame of love"); "転校生" (tenkousei) = "transfer student".
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:1808#628]
(One episode watched):

Some shows have "grabber" titles which are so nonsensical that you cannot resist being curious; such would be Blazing Transfer Student. I'd heard of ths one long ago but only now has a fansub appeared. BTS had me giggling immediately. It's clear from the OP sequence that a transfer student is being portrayed as a superhero; seeing the Gainax logo among the credits was encouraging, also. A line from the OP song:

With a trail of red fire behind him/
Expelling heat, here he comes!

This is a school where the most mundane matters (like tardiness) are taken way too seriously. It's a cross between a boxing anime a school romance, and a comedy, hamming it up to the max. I wonder if this might have been the grandfather of the numerous series in which cutting edge martial arts are employed routinely at school. Such a show probably doesn't seem all that unusual nowadays, but the way it's handled here is funny--ridiculous-funny, to be exact. Comedy definitely hs priority over action, as the action is so absurd that it becomes a joke in itself. Main character Takizawa Noboru is a newcomer, of course, so like the audience he's surprised by what he sees (but adapts quickly). Blazing Transfer Student wasn't 100% hilarious like I'd hoped, but the humor was definitely above average.

My favorite line (so far): "Those are the legendary birds that only land on the one who has lost!" --Referee

Last updated Friday, April 04 2008. Created Wednesday, April 02 2008.

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