OP: 「愛のプリズン」 (Ai no Prison) by 監獄男子 (Kamiya Hiroshi, Konishi Katsuyuki, Suzumura Kenichi, Namikawa Daisuke, Okitsu Kazuyuki)
「ノゾキ大作戦」 (Nozoki Daisakusen)
“The Peep Job”
Prison School is pretty much a direct translation of the setting for this new summer anime. Hachimitsu is a private academy which was one an all-girls boarding school. It recently started accepting male students and this year, there are 5 of them – Fujino Kiyoshi (Kamiya Hiroshi), Morokuzu Takehito (Konishi Katsuyuki), Andou Reiji (Okitsu Kazuyuki), Nezu Jouji (Namikawa Daisuke) and Wakamoto Shingo (Suzumura Kenichi). All 5 of them attempt to “peep” on the girls while they’re bathing and get caught by the new Underground Student Council – comprised of Shiraki Meiko (Itou Shizuka), Kurihara Mari (Ohara Sayaka) and Midorikawa Hana (Hanazawa Kana). They’re sentenced to a month “in jail” where they literally live in a prison outside of their dorms and are forced to take classes through a TV scene. They’re also given tasks outside of their normal school load and if they don’t listen – they get punished.
I’ll start by saying that I don’t think I’m the intended audience for this show… perhaps I should’ve read more into the fine lines about what I was getting myself into, but Prison School is not quite what I expected. It wasn’t the plot so much as it was the characters themselves, the amount of censorship and just the overall pace of the show that caught me by surprise. The synopsis sounds innocent enough, but I thought it was terribly misleading when it comes to just how far down the ecchi road this anime goes. I’m normally pretty good when it comes to watching ecchi scenes because, well… I’m a lady and I have all these body parts anyway. It’s only when the camera is up someone’s skirt and their bust is bigger than their head (and there’s no way a blazer could stay like that!) that I get a bit annoyed. This isn’t funny to me so I can’t say that it’s the type of comedy that I tuned in for. If you are looking for ecchi though and don’t mind the censorship, then this is right up your alley! Luckily there’s plenty of other material that makes me laugh so I’m not completely zoned out. Perhaps I’m just jealous that Meiko’s bust defies gravity.
There are going to be plenty of folks that will complain about the censorship already, so I’m just going to point it out. Yes – there’s a lot of white bars that fill the scene. It’s particularly annoying when it’s a bathroom scene and I can’t see half the animation! Obviously that’s not what I’m here for, but it does ruin the scene when I’m distracted by what “could be” on the screen instead. Another thought was about the incredibly fast pacing. I haven’t read the manga, but sources say it’s a good 5-6 chapters in already and that’s a lot for a single episode (normally they’re 1 or 2 chapters?). I won’t lie, the names of everyone totally escaped me (other Kiyoshi and Chiyo) and I had to look it up afterwards. Not to mention that there’s a lot that we learn about each individual in a very short span. The relationship between Chiyo and Kiyoshi formed quickly (for a guy that never speaks to girls) and we already know Hana and Meiko’s torture tactics on these men. Given that this is a comedy series, I don’t think it needs a whole lot of time for development and plot – but perhaps an extra few seconds to digest what’s happening would be nice.
Now for the comedy – I do think it’s funny and I rarely laugh out loud when watching anime. The charm that gets to me are all the expressions from the guys (mainly Kiyoshi) and the trouble they get themselves into. Some of them have pretty creepy facial expressions… but for the most part, this is my type of humor. What’s not my type of humor is seeing the guys get beat up and enjoying it. Uh, that’s a bit too S&M for me and in a way that’s just not my cup of tea. Not all the characters have distinguished qualities yet, but I do laugh when their reactions catches me off guard. Overall, the show is amusing and if you’re looking for mindless fun that’s ecchi and exaggerated, then I would say give this a try. It’s quite a shallow watch so it doesn’t require deep thinking on a Friday night to get what’s going on through these boys’ heads. Since the pacing is fast (maybe that’ll change?), you can bet that you won’t be bored and the episode speeds by so you have nothing to lose.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Not sure how to describe #PrisonSchool in the right words. It’s a mix of disturbing, controversial and funny… =S Don’t think I can ever take #PrisonSchool seriously but it’s amusing and funny and so awkward to watch at times =X #プリズン
ED: 「罪深き俺たちの賛歌」 (Tsumibukaki Oretachi no Sanka) by by 監獄男子 (Kamiya Hiroshi, Konishi Katsuyuki, Suzumura Kenichi, Namikawa Daisuke, Okitsu Kazuyuki)