Prison School is an ecchi, comedy anime animated by J.C. Staff, inspired by the manga of the same name written and drawn by Hiramoto Akira. The anime is directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, the man behind Bokatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan, Girls Und Panzer, and xxxHOLic. The story revolves around a group of five young men who enter a high school that, up until recently, was an all-girls high school. The group decide to one day try and peep on the girls whilst they are showering, and unfortunately, get caught by the disciplinary committee known as the ‘Underground School Council’ which punishes them by sending them to the ultimate in-school-suspension session: Prison School. In this school, they have classes like normal in the mornings; however, they are forced to do hard labor afterwards until the sun goes down. Thus, begins the group’s mission to outsmart the council, and break out of the prison.
This show is not for the faint of heart- there is ball busting, extreme bleeding, public humiliation, etc, but it’s all so funny, so if you can deal with it, then please, treat yourself to this show. It’s seriously one of the funniest shows you will ever watch in your life.
It’s a good, fun, show. The story is nothing to write home about on the surface, but what makes it all unravel is each character’s backstory that gets revealed through their actions, and reactions in different scenarios, which are then followed by small flashbacks, so it’s the opposite of a stereotypical shonen anime’s storytelling. We are first shown the boys getting excited about being the only boys in a school filled to the brim with cute girls, getting caught trying to peep on them showering and then getting thrown into the prison and having to live their lives surrounded by the three members of the Underground Student Council who force them to do hard labor, physically and mentally abuse them. This all sounds bad, but, it’s all done comedically. Think of Jackass where, it’s not meant to be smart humor, but, just a simple plot where you laugh at a whole bunch of dumb guys getting hurt. Oh, also, there are a lot of cute anime girls half-naked and sweating, but, that’s just an added bonus.
There’s nothing spotty about it. J.C. Staff know comedy anime, so they were able to accurately depict every gag masterfully, but the name that needs to be dropped here, is Junichirou Taniguchi, the Chief Animation Director for this show, who held the same role in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica’s anime and first film. Everything feels fluid and natural. There are no awkward blurry faces or anything like that in order to save money and the very little CG that is inside of the show is hidden very well. Perhaps the only annoying part of the show is the extreme censorship of anything lewd. It is understandable to censor nipples, but censoring just butts in order to get people to buy the blu-ray really kills me inside.
The composer for this show is Kotaro Nakagawa, the mastermind behind the score for Code Geass, Scryed, and Planetes. This man knows how to do epic scores, and so he didn’t let us down; he combined one of the most ridiculous manga being written today, with a beautiful score composed of mostly orchestral music, and created the soundtrack for Prison School. This breathtaking soundtrack fit to be a part of any Lord of the Rings film, is being used to intensify the build up to a random teenage boy getting his ass kicked, and that’s not a bad thing. It is intentionally over the top in order to intensify how ridiculous the treatment the boys receive is, which adds to every punchline and gag. If I had to relate it to something, it’d be like Gurren Lagann, how it is trying to get the viewer hype by playing epic music, where Prison School is making us realize how insane the events on the screen are.
Thoughts and Opinions
Censorship is a little over the top, and I know it was needed for a lot of the scenes in the show, but some of them were pretty normal ecchi shots for modern anime, and they were still whited out, which lets me know that J.C. Staff REALLY want for people to buy the blurays. I recommend everyone check this show out, but also read the manga, because the jokes have a bit more buildup to them, making them funnier, and also are not censored.
Review by: Himecatherine