High School! Kimengumi – The Movie


And now for something completely different…

The name “Kimengumi” probably doesn’t ring a lot of bells to most western anime fans, but in Japan it is often considered to be one of the definitive comedy shows of the 80s along with titles such as Urusei Yatsura or Dr. Slump. The series, created by Motoei Shinzawa, mainly revolves around a bizarre group of misfit students known as the “Weird Face Gang” and their daily lives at the fictional Ichiou High. The original manga series ran in Shonen Jump from 1980 to 1987 and eventually spawned a 86-episode TV series plus this movie, which consists of three different chapters each loosely adapted from the manga.

Kimengumi is well known for its wordplay; practically every character name in the series is a pun of some sort. For this reason, I’ve opted to keep all names in their original Japanese order (family name -> given name) as the jokes wouldn’t make much sense otherwise. To keep this release free of obstructive “TL notes” there aren’t any name explanations in the subtitles, but if you’re interested in those you might want to check out the Wikipedia page.

Many thanks to Jing Wu for his input and QC for this release.




20 thoughts on “High School! Kimengumi – The Movie

    • Not at this point. I might release more Kimengumi related material in the future but completing the series would literally take years due to the number of episodes alone. It’s also really tricky to translate in general because of the massive amounts of wordplay and cultural references involved, which makes the subbing process even slower. That’s mainly why I decided to release this one-shot instead of trying to tackle the TV series.

      • This. May folks let the man have experience under his belt, first. It’s the equivalent of tackling a Time Bokan series, otherwise.

  1. Didn’t expect to see a one-off, much less of Kimengumi of all things, but this is much appreciated. Pretty brave of you too, given that you didn’t tackle much anime yet.

    In any case, it did get some notoriety in France back in the day, so it’s not entirely unknown.

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