School Rumble


School Rumble

Infobox animanga/Header
name = School Rumble


caption = "School Rumble" logo
ja_name = スクールランブル
ja_name_trans = Sukūru Ramburu
genre = Romantic comedy, Slice of life story
Infobox animanga/Manga
title =
author = Jin Kobayashi
publisher = flagicon|Japan Kodansha
publisher_en = flagicon|Canada flagicon|United States Del Rey Manga
flagicon|United Kingdom Tanoshimi
publisher_other = flagicon|Taiwan flagicon|Hong Kong Tong Li Comics
flagicon|Singapore Chuang Yi Comics (Chinese)
flagicon|Sweden Schibsted Forlagene
flagicon|South Korea Haksan publishing
flagicon|Germany Tokyopop
flagicon|Indonesia Elex Media Komputindo
flagicon|Thailand Vibulkij
flagicon|France Pika Edition
first = 2002
last = July 23, 2008
demographic = Shōnen
magazine = flagicon|Japan Shōnen Magazine
volumes = 22 (283 Chapters)
Infobox animanga/Anime
title =
director = Shinji Takamatsu
studio = flagicon|Japan Studio Comet
licensor = flagicon|United States flagicon|Canada FUNimation Entertainment
flagicon|United Kingdom Revelation films
flagicon|Australia flagicon|New Zealand Madman Entertainment
flagicon|Germany Tokyopop
network = flagicon|Japan TV Tokyo
network_other = flagicon|Germany Animax
flagicon|South Korea Champ TV
flagicon|Taiwan Videoland Television Network
flagicon|Spain Jonu Media
flagicon|Philippines Hero TV, ABS-CBN
flagicon|Malaysia ntv7
flagicon|Italy Cartoon Network
first = October 10, 2004
last = April 5, 2005
episodes = 26
Infobox animanga/OVA
title = School Rumble: Extra Class
director = Shinji Takamatsu
studio = Studio Comet
licensor = flagicon|United States flagicon|Canada FUNimation Entertainment
flagicon|United Kingdom Revelation films
flagicon|Australia flagicon|New Zealand Madman Entertainment
flagicon|Germany Tokyopop
released = December 22, 2005
episodes = 2
runtime = 25 minutes each
Infobox animanga/Anime
title = School Rumble: Second Semester
director = Takaomi Kanasaki
studio = Studio Comet
licensor = flagicon|United States FUNimation Entertainment
flagicon|Germany Tokyopop
network = flagicon|Japan TV Tokyo
flagicon|Italy Cartoon Network
network_other = flagicon|Philippines ABS-CBN, Hero TV
first = April 2, 2006
last = September 24, 2006
episodes = 26
Infobox animanga/OVA
title = School Rumble: Third Semester
director = Shinji Takamatsu
studio = Studio Comet
licensor =
released = July 17, 2008
September 17, 2008
episodes = 2
runtime = 25 minutes each

nihongo|"School Rumble"|スクールランブル|Sukūru Ramburu is a manga serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine, created by Jin Kobayashi. [Ann manga|4113] The final chapter was released on July 23, 2008.

A 26-episode anime adaptation was broadcast on TV Tokyo between October 2004 and April 2005. In December 2005, an OVA was released, containing two special episodes, and a second season titled "School Rumble - Second Term" was broadcast in 2006 between April and September. [Ann anime|6375|School Rumble Nigakki. Accessed 2007-01-15.] The next OVA, titled School Rumble 3rd Semester and containing two episodes will be bundledcite web|url=http://www.animekon.com/news-447-School-Rumble-3-OVA-Announced.html|title=School Rumble 3 OVA Announced|publisher=Animekon|language=|accessdate=2008-02-26] with volumes 21 and 22 of the School Rumble manga, the first of which released on July 17, 2008. Sony PlayStation games were produced in July 2005 and July 2006.

The manga is published in English by Del Rey Manga. Unlike other Del Rey releases, the manga uses the original Japanese naming order (family name followed by the given name) to preserve the puns in the manga.

FUNimation Entertainment released the first volume and starter box set on August 21, 2007. [ [http://www.animeOnline.com Fanime '07: Bits And Pieces of FUNi Pre-AX] . Accessed 2007-05-28]

Plot

The plot of "School Rumble" covers the daily lives of students of the fictional Yagami High School and their surroundings. The series is of the romance comedy genre, with scenes in the story being exaggerated for comedic purposes.

The female protagonist is Tenma Tsukamoto, a second year high school girl with no special qualities who has a crush on Oji Karasuma, a stonefaced eccentric. The generally clueless Tenma finds it difficult to confess her love to him. Complications arise with Kenji Harima, the male protagonist and a delinquent, who has developed a crush on Tenma. He too has difficulty confessing to her. The attempts of the two characters to confess their respective loves are running gags seen throughout the series.

As the series progresses, the story changes focus to the relationship that develops between Harima and Tenma's close friend, Eri Sawachika, which results from various embarrassing situations involving Eri and Harima. Harima also develops a relationship with Tenma's younger sister Yakumo Tsukamoto, who begins to assist Harima with the development and drawing of his manga.

As the story progresses, Harima gets himself into romantic situations with Tenma, the relationship between Tenma and Karasuma progresses, and Eri's and Yakumo's bonds with Harima grow stronger.

Characters

"School Rumble" features a diverse cast of characters, most of whom attend Yagami High School, and the protagonists and most of the supporting characters belong to Class 2-C. While both Kenji Harima and Tenma Tsukamoto are the protagonists, the focus is not exclusively on them, as the supporting characters in particular receive a fair amount of character development.

This supporting cast includes Oji Karasuma, Tenma's love interest, who otherwise does not play a more active role in the story. Yakumo Tsukamoto is Tenma's shy younger sister, who can easily read the thoughts of anybody who loves her, including boys who try to approach her, her sister and her pet cat Iori. Tenma's friends include Eri Sawachika, a wealthy, half-English, half-Japanese girl who becomes attracted to Harima, Mikoto Suo, a black belt in Kenpo, and Akira Takano, who is very perceptive, resourceful, intelligent, and mysterious. Rounding out the group is Haruki Hanai, a childhood friend of Mikoto's who is head over heels for Yakumo.

Media

Manga

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Sara Adiemus (left) and Yakumo Tsukamoto (right).]
*School Rumble
*nihongo|School Rumble Zoukangou|スクールランブル 増刊号
*nihongo|School Rumble Rinji Zoukangou|スクールランブル 臨時増刊号
*nihongo|School Rumble Z|スクールランブル ZIn the manga, the main plot is described in chapters marked with a musical sharp sign (e.g. ♯1, ♯2, ...) appeared in nihongo|"Weekly Shōnen Magazine"|週刊少年マガジン. Incidental or side stories are told in flat sign chapters (♭1, ♭2, ...) which appeared in the monthly nihongo|"Magazine Special"|マガジンSPECIAL, and the natural sign chapters (so far only ♮1, included in "School Rumble Volume 7") were serialized in the seasonal nihongo|"Shōnen Magazine Wonder"|少年マガジンワンダー. All three magazines and collected volumes are published by Kodansha in Japan. The Del Rey version uses the sharp/flat designations for chapters, with the Sharp chapters listed first in the table of contents of each volume followed by the Flat chapters.

Flat chapters 1-7 focus on Yakumo, chapter ♭8 focuses on Suou Mikoto and Hanai Haruki, and later Flat chapters feature minor characters from the main storyline or Sharp episodes viewed from an alternative perspective. The only Natural chapter released is a general story involving all the characters and their general relationship during the meteor shower during Tanabata with no story bias towards any character.

After the main series' completion, "School Rumble Z" started serialization in "Magazine Special", also using the natural sign denomination.

Anime

The manga was adapted into an anime TV series, "School Rumble", was broadcast from October 10, 2004 through April 5, 2005 on TV Tokyo. It was followed by two OVA episodes, "School Rumble - First Term Extra", which were released on December 22. A second TV series, "School Rumble - Second Term" ran from April 2 through September 24, 2006, also on TV Tokyo. The anime series was adapted from a composition of the Sharp chapters, enriched in parts with the Flat and Natural stories. The OVA specials are a compilation of the remaining Flat chapters with an original, new story. Another two-episode OVA is being released, designated as episodes 25 and 26 of "School Rumble - Third Term" [cite web|url=http://sr.kc.kodansha.co.jp/item.html|title=School Rumble Third Term OVA release details|language=Japanese|accessdate=2008-08-22] and covering the ending of the main "School Rumble" manga storyline. The first 24 episodes of "School Rumble - Third Term" follow the manga storyline between the end of "School Rumble - Second Term" and the "Third Term" OVA, however these first 24 episodes are not to be animated and exist only as episode synopsis under the acknowledged fictional pretense that these episodes have been broadcast on television [cite web|url=http://sr.kc.kodansha.co.jp/onair.html|title=School Rumble Third Term episode synopsis for episodes 1-24|language=Japanese|accessdate=2008-08-22] . The "School Rumble - Third Term" OVA episodes are being released with special editions of volumes 21 and 22 of the "School Rumble" manga, the first of which was released on July 17 2008 with the second released on September 17 2008.

;Theme songs - First Term
* Opening (eps 1-24 and OVA 1-2): "Scramble" (nihongo2|スクランブル) by Yui Horie with UNSCANDAL
* Opening (ep 25): "Umi no Otoko wa yo" (nihongo2|海の男はよ) by Kikokumaru's Man Chorus Group (nihongo2|鬼哭丸少年合唱団)
* Ending (eps 1-17, 19-24 and OVA 2): "Onna no Ko♥Otoko no Ko" (nihongo2|オンナのコ♥オトコのコ; Girls♥Boys) by Yuko Ogura
* Ending (ep 18): "Hatenkou Robo Dojibiron's Theme" (nihongo2|破天荒ロボ ドジビロンのテーマ) by Jūzō Nanba
* Ending (ep 25): "Scramble" (nihongo2|スクランブル "Sukuranburu") by Yui Horie with UNSCANDAL
* Ending (ep 26): "School Rumble 4 Ever" by Ami Koshimizu, Hitomi Nabatame, Kaori Shimizu, Yui Horie
* Ending (OVA 1): "Ginga Ensen '05" by Hiroki Takahashi

;Theme songs - Second Term
* Opening: "Sentimental Generation" (nihongo2|せんちめんたる じぇねれーしょん "Senchimentaru Jenerēshon") by nihongo|Ami Tokito|時東 ぁみ|Tokitō Ami
* Ending (eps 1-12 and 14-16): "Kono Namida ga Aru Kara Tsugi no Ippo to Naru" (nihongo2|この涙があるから次の一歩となる) by nihongo|Ami Tokito|時東 ぁみ|Tokitō Ami
* Ending (ep 13): "THE LAST CANDLE"
* Ending (ep 17-26): "Futari wa Wasurechau" (nihongo2|二人は忘れちゃう♡) by the Tsukamoto Sisters, Tenma (Ami Koshimizu) and Yakumo (Mamiko Noto) [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6375]

;Theme songs - Third Term
* Opening: "Scramble" (nihongo2|スクランブル) by Yui Horie with UNSCANDAL
* Ending (OVA 1): "Onna no Ko♥Otoko no Ko (Tsukamoto Sisters Ver.)" (nihongo2|オンナのコ♥オトコのコ(塚本姉妹ver); Girls♥Boys) by Ami Koshimizu and Mamiko Noto
* Ending (OVA 2): "School Rumble Forever" by Ami Koshimizu, Mamiko Noto, Hitomi Nabatame, Yui Horie, Kaori Shimizu

Music

Video games

PlayStation 2 dating simulation games have been adapted from the story. The first, ', was released on July 21, 2005. A successive game was released on July 20 2006, School Rumble Ni-Gakki Kyōfu no (?) Natsugasshuku! Yōkan ni Yūrei Arawaru!? Otakara wo Megutte Makkō Shōbu!!! No Maki. On July 7 2005, ' was released on a UMD for the Sony PlayStation Portable.

Light novel

*School Rumble: Koi, Shirisomeshi koro ni (スクールランブル~恋、知りそめし頃に~)
*School Rumble: Me wa Megalodon no Me (スクールランブル~メはメガロドンのメ~)

Live performances

On 5 December 2004, a concert named School Rumble Presents Come! Come! Welcome? Party featuring the seiyū cast of School Rumble was held at Yokohama BLITZ. It has been released on DVD [Come! Come! Welcome? Party DVD(Catalog No: KIBA-1194)] on 24 March 2005 featuring the following:
*UNSCANDAL
*unicorn table
*Yui Horie (Eri)
*Yuuka Nanri (Ichijou)
*Kaori Shimizu (Akira)
*Yukari Fukui (Sarah)
*Mamiko Noto (Yakumo)
*Ami Koshimizu (Tenma)
*Hitomi Nabatame (Mikoto)

On 21 July 2005 - 25 July 2005, a stage play called School Rumble Live Butai - Osarusan dayo Harima kun recapping Season 1 of School Rumble was shown. It had been released on DVD [School Rumble Live Butai - Osarusan dayo Harima kun DVD(Catalog No: ZMBH-2401)] on 10 October 2005. The cast members are as follows:
*Ami Koshimizu as Tenma Tsukamoto
*Hiroki Takahashi as Kenji Harima
*Michie Kitaura as Ōji Karasuma
*Satomi Akesaka as Yakumo Tsukamoto
*Yuka Koide as Eri Sawachika
*Mai Yoshida as Mikoto Suō
*Mana Hyashi as Akira Takano
*Mami Sakamoto as Karen Ichijō
*Rikako Miura as Tae Anegasaki
*Keiichi Beshi as Kyōsuke Imadori
*Mondo Yamageshi as Haruki Hanai
*Rie Mashiko as Itoko Osakabe

Reception

School Rumble has been well received by English reviewers. Eduardo M. Chavez from Anime on DVD commented about the manga that "the execution and randomness is perfect. Readers can literally pick up this title, select a chapter and enjoy. Comedy like that is universal making it a must for readers from all demographics." [cite web
url = http://www.animeondvd.com/reviews2/manga/manga.php?manga_view=2236
title = School Rumble Vol. #01A of 13
accessdate = 2007-01-15
last = Chavez
first = Eduardo M.
date = 2006-02-15
publisher = AnimeOnDVD.com
] David Maduram stated that "The "real" strength of this series is its witty use of puns, wordplay, and comic situations." [cite web
url = http://www.davidslife.com/anime/reviews/school_rumble_1.php
title = School Rumble 1 Review
accessdate = 2007-01-17
last = Maduram
first = David
date = 2004-10-11
publisher = davidslife.com
] Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network comments that the anime involves "Great fun, a little more emotional depth, and two of the greatest animation non-sequiturs you're likely to see anytime soon". [cite web
url = http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/school-rumble/dvd-4
title = School Rumble DVD 4 Review
accessdate = 2008-03-09
last = Kimlinger
first = Carl
date = 2008-03-07
publisher = animenewsnetwork.com
] Tim Jones from THEM Anime Reviews said about the second anime season that "School Rumble Second Semester manages to be funny without being repetitive and boring, a feat very hard to do in a series that goes on for 52 episodes (when you count the first season)." [cite web
url = http://www.themanime.org/viewreview.php?id=975
title = School Rumble 2nd semester
accessdate = 2007-01-17
last = Jones
first = Tim
date =
publisher = THEMAnime.org
]

Media Factory has served a cease and desist notice to the website AnimeSuki to remove links to fansubs of their works which includes School Rumble; [ [http://www.animesuki.com/doc.php/legal/mediafactory.html AnimeSuki page about Media Factory] . Accessed 2007-01-16.] AnimeSuki had a policy to remove links to a fansubbed anime should its license be purchased. Media Factory-owned anime is the subject of debate over the validity of fansubbing practice. [ [http://ansuz.sooke.bc.ca/lawpoli/cases/2004121101.php Fansub BitTorrent site gets cease-and-desist] mskala's home page : lawpoli : cases. Accessed 2007-01-16.] [ [http://news.com.com/Anxious+times+in+the+cartoon+underground/2100-1026_3-5557177.html?part=rss&tag=5557177&subj=news.1026.5 c-net news.com] Anxious times in the cartoon underground. Accessed 2007-01-16.]

References

External links

* [http://www.shonenmagazine.com/works/sukuran/ School Rumble Manga Official Site]
* [http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/school-rumble/ School Rumble Anime Official Site]
* [http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/school-rumble/ School Rumble Animation Second Term Official Site]
* [http://sr.kc.kodansha.co.jp/ School Rumble Animation Third Term Official Site]
* [http://schoolrumble.tv/ FUNimation dub website]
* [http://www.anime-planet.com/animerec/766.html AniRec Database entry on School Rumble]
* [http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/manga/series.html#schoolrumble Del Rey Manga's "School Rumble" English Website]


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