First Look: Prison School


Manga Adaptation by J.C. Staff
Streaming on Funimation, Fridays 1:05 pm EST


Hachimitsu Academy is one of the most famous all-girls schools in Japan, known for both its high pedigree and strict rules. Kiyoshi Fujino along with Takehito “Gakuto” Morokuzu, Shingo Wakamoto, Jouji “Joe” Nezu, and Reiji “Andre” Andou are the first male students ever admitted to Hachimitsu. But when a series of perverted incidents ends up with them incarcerated in the school’s private prison, their willpower and desire for freedom will be put to the test.

Gee’s verdict: It’s Prison School, No More, No Less

As a longtime fan of the original manga, Prison School was definitely one of my highlights of this season. It’s a shame that J.C. Staff continues its proud tradition of shoddy manga adaptations. Despite its crude premise, the Prison School manga was a marvel of dramatic escalation and art far more impressive than any ecchi manga deserved. It’s tragic that the anime ends up losing much of the detail and technical merit of the original, illustrated by Akira Hiramoto of Me and the Devil Blues fame, who is easily one of the greatest manga artists of all time. The adaptation’s rapid fire pacing also doesn’t help much. While I’m not going to claim Prison School is some kind of narrative pinnacle, going through six chapters in the span of a single episode means we end up losing some of the manga’s details.

Still, Prison School manages to be entertaining and genuinely funny because it’s working with such great source material. The manga’s infamous reaction faces retain their comical absurdity for the most part. I gladly stand by my claim that it’s one of the greatest prison escape stories ever told. If Prison School’s audacious perversion is too much to handle though, I’m afraid this first episode is pretty indicative of what lies ahead. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing some of the manga’s infamous moments animated.


Iro’s verdict: Basically What I Expected

Years ago, I read a bit of Prison School back in the dark days of doing weekly Random Manga Theatre posts, and this show is definitely Prison School. It’s got all the bizarre humor and bizarre fanservice that I remember, though I’ve been told that the anime’s swift pacing compared to the manga chapters leaves a lot to be desired. Still, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy some of the silly reaction faces or melodramatic acting. I doubt I’ll watch too much more, but Prison School seems at least competently put together.


Marlin’s verdict: Surprisingly Entertaining

The trailer for this show really didn’t do a good job of explaining just how good the physical comedy is in this series. I ended up laughing at the dumb escapades of these five losers way more than any other show I’ve seen this season. I guess this might be how things go between diehard fans and first time viewers, but I didn’t see any problems at all. Sure, the ecchi stuff is kinda gross, but they play it up in such a ridiculous way that it’s incredibly entertaining and kinda hard to take as titillation. I love how everything is so extreme, from how the girls treat the boys, to how the boys attempted to peek on them, to the punishment they were given for being caught. There certainly is a dearth of good anime comedies right now, so if this can keep going like this, I’d be incredibly satisfied.


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