Prison School / Kangoku Gakuen
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, School, Romance, Prison
First Aired: Summer 2015, 12 episodes.
Summary: Hachimitsu Private Academy is located in the outskirts of Tokyo. The traditionally all-girls boarding school with strict discipline and an excellent track record of college prep has elected to allow boys into its program for the first time. In its inaugural year of allowing males, only five make it in, resulting in a 200 to 1 ratio of girls to guys! Sounds like it is going to be an excellent three years for the boys right? Not if the Underground Student Council (USC) has any say in the manner! The USC does not agree with the idea of letting males into their prestigious academy. They are determined to make the boys’ lives a living hell and ultimately get them expelled. Luckily for the USC there is a prison on school grounds to send the boys to for any sort of disciplinary action.
Prison School is a crazy show from the first episode on. Everything from the story to the characters is mature in nature and it never holds back from a dirty joke. Almost the entirety of the season is set with the boys in prison and their interaction with the USC, which includes beatings and a variety of punishments.
Now that I have scared off anyone that would be offended by Prison School, here’s what I think about it. The animation is extreme in many ways. Facial expressions are often given extra detail for added effect. Body parts are also pushed to the extreme in many ways, such as one of the boys that has a giant head but a tiny face. I went back and forth about the story. There were times I thought it was going in a decent direction, but other times I was left shaking my head. In the end it was clear the focus of the anime was on the mature content and not necessarily a seamless story.
You might enjoy this if: You are ready for a free-for-all of punishment and sexual innuendo. If you weren’t offended by Shimoneta (A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist), you will probably be alright with Prison School.
You might not like it if: You are offended by mature content. The fan service is through the roof in all sorts of ways. Even though the classic “black bars” and convenient “anime light streaks” censor most of the inappropriate content, it’s no secret as to what is happening…
Note to the Viewer: Somehow, there’s a live-action adaptation of Prison School. I’m not sure how they can get away with showing that kind of content, but apparently they’re doing it…
Prison School – Official Opening – Ai no Prison