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Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS

Basketball has never been this cute.

Subaru Hasegawa's dream of playing with the Nashiba High School Basketball Club came to a screeching halt one day, when the captain of the basketball team ran off with the coach's daughter, who was in grade school. After it was announced that the team is disbanded for a year, Subaru was asked by his aunt Mihoshi Takamura, a teacher at Keishin Elementary School, to coach her school's girls' basketball team. Reluctant at first, he was dragged by his aunt to meet the team one day and was soon captivated by the potential of the team's only experienced player, Tomoka Minato. Convinced that the five-girl team -- Tomoka, rich kid Maho Misawa, unusually tall Airi Kashii, the likewise unusually tiny Hinata Hakamada, and cool-headed Saki Nagatsuka -- has potential, Subaru soon settles into his new career.

Originally a Light Novel series, it also has a manga adaptation and an anime which first season aired in summer 2011, and second season named Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS in summer 2013. Both seasons have been licensed for a North American release by Sentai Filmworks.

Tomoka was chosen to represent Ro-Kyu-Bu! in the crossover Fighting Game Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax published by Sega, with her team assisting her in battle.

Tropes in Ro-Kyu-Bu! include:

 Airi, you're very important to me. *followed by* She's an irreplaceable existence for me!

 Growing my determination

Don't give up and do your best

Try your luck and fight! Chin-up!

    • It continues with the school nurse and her nicknames for the team (other than Tomoka, who she hasn't had an idea for yet):

 Airi: Prismatic Bud

Hinata: Innocent Charm

Maho: Fireworks

Saki: Ice Age

    • Tomoka gets hers: "Shiny Gift", courtesy of Subaru.
    • Also the rules/terms are also said in English.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Hinata.
  • Hime Cut: Hinata, Hijiri, and Aya.
  • Hot Mom: Subaru's cute-and-cuddly young mother, Nayu.
  • Huge Schoolgirl
    • Airi, in height (about the same height as Subaru, a high-school boy) and other areas. She's so worried about it Subaru has to stand on his toes to create the illusion of being far taller than her, to help her overcome her height complex.
    • Aya is a little shorter than Airi, but is still taller than most girls her age.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Aoi defends Subaru from their friends' accusations that he's a lolicon, then starts accusing him herself as one, although this is because of the kind of situations she keeps finding Subaru in.
  • In Medias Res: The first anime episode starts with the climax of the showdown between the girls and boys' basketball team, then switches to the girls meeting Subaru for the first time after the opening credits.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl
    • Hinata, by virtue of being a Cloudcuckoolander.
    • Aoi too, courtesy of her highly-revealing axe kicks.
    • Maho doesn't seem to have a problem with changing swimsuits while Subaru is in the same room; she even had Hinata stop him when he tried to escape.
  • Instant Expert: Maho.
    • Tomoka with video games.
  • Kick Chick: Aoi.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: A certain incident in Episode 11, where Subaru gets trapped in a sauna with Aoi -- both naked -- in a deliberate ploy by Kakizono to get them closer.
  • Little Sister Instinct: Kagetsu to Hinata.
  • Lolicon
    • Touko, the school nurse.
    • The captain of Nashiba High School's boys' basketball team, whose affair with a grade-schooler caused a major scandal that earned his entire team a year-long suspension and broke Subaru's heart and will to play basketball.
  • Male Gaze: Subaru first meets Touko by focusing on her legs first before looking up.
  • Marshmallow Hell
    • Airi does this to Subaru after he rescues her from the pool.
    • In a sauna, Aoi trips and falls then KOs Subaru.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Saki during Maho's infamous Establishing Character Moment in Episode 1.
  • Meganekko: Saki and Touko the school nurse.
  • Megaton Punch: Well, Megaton Axe Kick to be exact, courtesy of Aoi with bonus Panty Shot. Twice, it actually sent Subaru flying; the first time he was lucky enough to land in the pool, the second time...not so much.
  • Meido
    • It's the very first impression that the little basketball girls gave to Subaru. The boy, still reeling from the news of his own team earning a year-long suspension for its captain's affair with a grade-schooler, is none too amused. Done again in Episodes 3 and 12.
    • Hijiri Kuina, the Misawa family maid.
  • Momma's Boy: The basis of Mihoshi's blackmail of Subaru.
  • Ms. Fanservice
    • Poor Airi, being the tallest and most well-developed of the girls, she bears the brunt of this trope in the first season.
    • Aoi in both seasons.
  • Natural Spotlight: Right when Tomoka pulls off her fiftieth consecutive free throw. It's the very inspiration for the nickname for her, "Shiny Gift", although Mihoshi interprets a second, really thought-out meaning from it.
  • Naughty Tentacles: The octopus in Episode 9.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe, Nashiba's basketball captain's scandalous affair with a grade-school kid seemingly earned the rest of his team the unwarranted, undeserved stigma of being just like him. This is best exemplified by Subaru, since Mihoshi (and a schoolmate of his, Kazunari Uehara) start accusing him of being a lolicon as well.
  • The Nicknamer
    • Touko the school nurse, who has come up with various English nicknames for the basketball girls except Tomoka.
    • Maho also qualifies. She has "Mokkan" for Tomoka, "Airin" for Airi, "Subarun" for Subaru, "Nayu-chi" for Nayu, "Mi-tan" for Mihoshi, "Yanbaru" for Hijiri, "Gettan" for Kagetsu, and "Aoicchi" for Aoi.
  • Nice Girl: Tomoka, Airi, and Aya.
  • Not a Date
    • Subaru and Tomoka at the beginning of Season 1, Episode 7. Tomoka insists on the term, but the rest of the club believe otherwise.
    • Season 2, Episode 6. Subaru and Aoi won a trip for two to Kyoto, so she tries to convince her friends Zono and Shouji it's not a date. That doesn't stop them from giving her a red skimpy lingerie as a good luck charm!
  • Not So Above It All: Saki, the otherwise cool-headed kid of the bunch, has her moments:
    • In Episode 4, when Maho proclaims that Subaru "proposed" to Airi, Saki tries to calm Maho down...then excitedly comment that "This is a huge development".
    • In Episode 5, when Saki finds Subaru comforting Tomoka, she misunderstands and overreacts, believing they are having a romantic moment.
    • In Episode 7, she joins the other girls in dogpiling Subaru after a little bit of hesitation.
    • In episode 9, her reaction to Airi mentioning that her most recent swimsuit doesn't fit anymore.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Subaru's Catch Phrase might as well be "It's all a misunderstanding!" Not that it spares him Aoi's wrath whenever she sees him in yet another unfortunate situation involving his charges.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Airi sleeps in a footlocker that was fashioned into a bed, ostensibly to keep her from growing any further. It's as funny as it sounds.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Mihoshi manages to beat Subaru to his bedroom, although it was shown a second later that she actually snuck in through the room's window. Subaru still thinks that was quite a feat.

 "You're not human..."

  • Oh Crap
    • Subaru's reaction when he found out Aoi followed him to the Misawa mansion, catching him with the girls at the pool.
    • Subaru again in Season 2 when he found out someone has been taking pictures of him and Saki in a rather compromising position in the festival. Cue him biking all the way to his meeting place with Saki as fast as he can.
  • Older Than They Look: Mihoshi and Nayu. Hinata too, especially when compared to her younger sister Kagerou, but it's less obvious.
  • One-Girl Army: Tomoka beat the boys' basketball team by herself.
  • The One Guy: Subaru; the only other important male cast member, Takenaka, gets Out of Focus after Episode 6.
  • Opposing Sports Team: Suzuridani Academy Girls' Basketball Team. Most of the team consider Keishin as a Worthy Opponent by the second season.
  • Panty Shot:
    • Maho thought she'd get more intimate with Subaru this way, so, she flipped everyone's skirts, only to reveal a variety of Modesty Shorts underneath.
    • Mihoshi, though, has no qualms about sitting in an immodest position in Subaru's home.
    • Aoi flaunts hers a lot (hers is striped aqua-and-white, by the way) via Axe kick.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: Aoi
  • Pettanko: The basketball girls (except Airi); so is Mihoshi.
  • Power Trio: Freudian type:
    • Maho - Id
    • Saki - Superego
    • Takenaka - Ego
  • Rapunzel Hair
    • Mihoshi, Saki, Hinata and Hijiri in the first season.
    • Mimi, Masami, and Aya in the second season.
  • Red Baron: Saki's "Speed Demon". She's not exactly known for speed in basketball, so it might be speed in some other area.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni
    • Childhood friends Maho and Saki.
    • The Suzuridani 5th grade dynamic duo of Rena and Aya.
  • Rose-Haired Girl: Tomoka's is pink, and Hinata's hair is a lighter shade of pink.
  • Running Gag: in the "On the Next..." segments, the girls discussing anything but what's going to happen in the following episode, and then getting flustered when time runs out.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Saki while making okonomiyaki.
  • School Nurse: Touko.
  • Secret Test of Character: Aoi's challenge to Subaru's girls, which is actually intended to help Airi overcome her height complex so that she can play her best-suited role.
  • Sensei-chan: Mihoshi, Subaru's aunt and the basketball team's advisor.
  • Serious Business: Saki sees making okonomiyaki and yakisoba as this, since her father owns an okonomiyaki shop.
    • Returning girls' panties is a life-or-death situation.
    • When asked by Subaru to help stop Maho and Takenaka's constant squabbling, Tomoka really gets into it.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Subaru towards Aoi, and vice-versa. Their friends aren't convinced.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kakizono and Manaka ships Aoi and Subaru.
    • Tomoka/Subaru gets support from the rest of the basketball club, especially Saki.
  • Shout-Out: In Episode 8, Maho's avatar is dressed like Indiana Jones.
  • Show the Forehead: Saki while playing basketball.
  • Shrinking Violet: Or rather "Weeping Willow" in Airi's case.
  • Silver-Haired Pretty Girl: Touko.
  • Skinship Grope: In the showers, to Airi.
  • Spit Take: Subaru's reaction to the first part of Mihoshi's blackmail.

 "The person who, at five years of age, dirtied my first bra and turned it black, rendering it useless."

 Saki: "I didn't hear anything nor did I secretly take any pictures with my cellphone, so don't worry!"

  • Tall, Dark and Bishoujo: Saki has huge potential to be one, considering her seiyuu. Hijiri also qualifies.
  • Team Dad: Subaru to the Keishin team.
  • Team Mom: The basketball girls have Mihoshi, Nayu, and later, Aoi.
  • Tender Tears
    • Tomoka in Episode 2, touched by Subaru's vow to protect her dream of playing basketball.
    • All the girls in Episode 5, after winning the basketball game with a Maho buzzer-beater.
    • Airi after Subaru said he lied to her, and again near the end of Episode 7.
  • Third Person Person: Hinata
  • Those Two Girls: Mishouji and Kakizono, Aoi's two friends.
  • Through His Stomach: About that "I love you, Mommy!" letter Subaru wrote? Yeah, the read-out-loud part says that it's because she cooks delicious food.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Hinata, despite being the same age as her teammates.
    • Overall the trope is inverted even, since most of the cast are adorable girls while only a few are teens.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kagetsu and Hinata.
  • Took a Level In Badass
    • Saki moves up to Point Guard after Tomoka proves to be a poor playmaker. She then proceeds to devise a Batman Gambit to effortlessly destroy Suzuridani's 2-3 zone defense.
    • Hinata's Character Development is basically this. She's not even done yet in Season 2, when she utterly stomped an opponent who gave her a hard time before.
    • After getting pushed around by Suzuridani's starting center in Season 1, Airi completely outplayed her in Season 2.
    • Maho used to be all-offense in the first season, but went full-on BEAST MODE on both ends of the floor in the second season when she pulled a Wronski Feint on the Suzuridani twin towers and held Rena scoreless in the second half (excluding overtime) of their tournament match when the entire 5th grade team could barely stop her in the second quarter.
  • Tsundere: Unusually, the show has two male examples in the form of Subaru and Takenaka, and one female example in Aoi.
  • True Companions: Subaru, Tomoka, Maho, Airi, Hinata and Saki; it also includes, to a lesser extent, Mihoshi and Aoi.
  • Verbal Tic: Hinata has her "Oh~!"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Maho running out because she didn't like how Subaru (and Tomoka) hid the fact that in order to compete in tournaments, a basketball team needs more than five players.
  • X Meets Y: Slam Dunk with an all-girls lineup.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Saki's hair is light blue and Aoi's hair is a darker shade of blue.
  • Younger Than They Look: Airi, the grade school girl who can easily pass for a high school student if nobody mentions her age.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Hinata in her gym outfit, Airi, Saki, and Tomoka in their civilian outfits during the Suzuridani training camp, Aoi and her friends Zono and Shouji in their home outfits, and Rena in her civilian outfit.
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