|Comedy, slice of life
|FlexComix Blood (2006-2011)
Comix Meteor (2012)
|July 12, 2006 – 2012 (indefinite hiatus)
|Anime television series
|TV Aichi, TV Osaka, TV Tokyo
|October 1, 2008 – December 24, 2008
|13 + OVA
Hyakko (ヒャッコ, "White Tiger") is a Japanese manga created by Haruaki Katō. It started serialization on Flex Comix's free web comic FlexComix Blood on July 12, 2006. An anime adaptation produced by Nippon Animation was first aired in October 2008 in Japan. An OVA was released on October 17, 2009.
Hyakko takes place in the high school division of Kamizono Academy (上園学園, Kamizono Gakuen), a fictional gigantic private institution located in Kyūshū, Japan, in which the motto is "to bring up talents of students in all departments and fields". Its storyline focuses on the comedic school life of the four main heroines, Torako Kageyama, Ayumi Nonomura, Tatsuki Iizuka, and Suzume Saotome. As the plot progresses, Torako and her friends gradually begin to learn and interact with their classmates in Class 1–6, in which each student has a unique and extraordinary personality.
Each name of the four main heroines contains a kanji of the Four Symbols in the Chinese constellation.
The following characters are classmates of the four main heroines:
Hyakko began as a manga series written and drawn by Haruaki Katō and began its serialization in FlexComixBlood. Currently, six volumes have been published by Flex Comix in Japan. As of March 20, 2012, the series is currently on hiatus.
Directed by Michio Fukuda, and written by Yoshihiko Tomizawa, an anime adaptation was produced by Nippon Animation. The anime series consisted of 13 episodes and initially aired in Japan between October 1 and December 31, 2008. The show was broadcast on TV Aichi, TV Osaka, and TV Tokyo. An OVA was released on October 17, 2009. Right Stuf Inc. licensed the series in North America and released it on DVD under their Lucky Penny label on April 2, 2013. The opening theme is "Barefaced Rock" (スッピンロック, Suppin Rokku) by Mana Ogawa whilst the ending theme is "Namida Namida Namida" (涙 NAMIDA ナミダ, lit Tears Tears Tears) by Aya Hirano. The insert song and ending theme for the OVA is "Gakuen Seikatsu" (学園生活, lit. Campus Life) by Mana Ogawa and Fumiko Orikasa.
|Original air date
|"Coming Across Torako"
Transliteration: "Torako Aimamieru" (Japanese: 虎子相まみえる)
|October 1, 2008
|While Ayumi is looking for a way to her classroom, she encounters Tatsuki on her way. Shortly after, they see Torako and Suzume leaping down from a second floor out of a window. After joining together as a group, they heads toward the classroom. About midway through the walk, they find an abandoned school building and accidentally break one of its window. A school teacher, Mr. Amagasa, discovers their act, but Torako gives him a quick punch to stun him. Although they eventually reach the classroom, it later turns out that Mr. Amagasa was teacher in charge of class 1-6.
|"You Cannot Catch a Cub of a Tiger Without Entering a Tiger Den"
Transliteration: "Koketsu ni Irazunba Koji o Ezu" (Japanese: 虎穴に入らずんば虎子を得ず)
|October 8, 2008
|Ayumi, Tatsuki, Torako and Suzume are looking for a school club to join. They try out several sports clubs together, but Torako ruins every attempt as she pulls various pranks on Tatsuki.
|"A Tiger at the Front Gate, Another Tiger at the School Gate / A Paper Tiger"
Transliteration: "Zenmon no Tora Kōmon mo Tora / Hariko no Tora" (Japanese: 前門の虎 校門も虎/張子の虎)
|October 15, 2008
|While Torako and Suzume are having a conversation together in the morning, they encounter Nene on their way. Torako is informed by her that she was involuntarily decided to be a member of the class discipline committee. On the next day morning, she is assigned a duty of checking the student's dress code. Later Torako and her friends discover that Nene is actually quite keen on the female students. In the second part of the episode, Torako and Suzume discovers a grotesque robot made by Chie, who is a member of the robotics club. Later, Torako and her friends are invited to the robotics club room and they learn about Chie's dream of becoming a robotics engineer.
|"Drink Like a Cow, Eat Like a Horse and a Tiger / A Tiger is a Companion of Another Tiger"
Transliteration: "Gyūin Bashoku Torashoku / Tora wa Torazure" (Japanese: 牛飲馬食虎食/虎は虎連れ)
|October 22, 2008
|Torako and her friends go to the school cafeteria together. On the way, Torako teaches Ayumi about the 'Combo Card' which gives an extra portion of a meal. Torako pulls a prank on her by making her accidentally to order a noodle with extra large portion. Tatsuki is offended by Torako's mischievous behavior, since Suzume's extraordinary strength needed to eat large portions of food to fuel her extraordinary strength is revealed. In the second part of the episode, Torako and her friends are in an art class, where students learn to draw each other. Ayumi and Torako takes seductive poses on the floor, while Koma passionately snaps their photographs with her digital camera. Later, Koma sells some of her photographs to a student for profit.
|"The Friendship Depends on the Tiger / You Need to Follow a Person's Example to Learn about the Person, You Need to Fight with a Tiger to Learn about the Tiger"
Transliteration: "Aien Koen / Hito ni wa Soute miyo Tora to wa Tatakatte miyo" (Japanese: 合縁虎縁/人には沿うてみよ、虎とは闘ってみよ)
|November 5, 2008
|A new character, Yanagi, is introduced. Just like Koma, he makes profits from selling photographs of the students. When Shishimaru looks at Yanagi's photograph of Ayumi by chance, he is instantly infatuated with the photograph. On his way, he encounters Ayumi and confesses his love to her. However, it is later revealed that Shishimaru has actually asked Ayumi to tell Torako about his love for her. In the second part of the episode, Torako and Ushio skip the class together and spends their time together in the downtown and develops a friendship with each other.
|"A Good Neighborhood Tiger"
Transliteration: "Mukou Sangen Ryōgawa ni Tora" (Japanese: 向こう三軒 両側に虎)
|November 12, 2008
|Torako, Suzume, and Ayumi visits Tatsuki's home without informing her in advance. Although Tatsuki is caught off guard and is quite surprised their visit, she gladly invites them to her home. Meanwhile, Tatsuki's housemaid is relieved that Tatuski has made some good friends in the school as she had trouble making friends in the past. Tatsuki's friends are invited to the dinner and they are impressed by her housemaids' kindness.
|"A Fox Finally Meets a Tiger / A Fox That Provoked the Tiger's Wrath"
Transliteration: "Koko de Atta ga Hyakunenme / Tora no Ikari o Kau Kitsune" (Japanese: 狐虎で会ったが百年目/虎の怒りを買う狐)
|November 19, 2008
|Koma and Yanagi are hiding in bushes and taking photographs of students secretly. Meanwhile, Kitsune decides to help them out and pulls a skirt prank on Ayumi, so that Koma and Yanagi can take 'better' photographs of her. Then the three students encounter Shishimaru, who wants to have photographs of Torako, but he thinks taking photographs without the consent of the subject is a despicable act. The three comes out of bushes and politely asks Torako for photograph. Suddenly, Torako is surprised to see Kitsune, who turns out to be her brother. In the second part of the episode, Torako complains to her friends about all the bad memories she had with her brother in the past. On the next day, Kitsune brings Shishimaru to Torako's lunch. Kitsune decides to pull another prank on Torako by secretly putting a whole bottle of spice in Torako's ramen, which forces Torako to switch her meal with Shishimaru, bringing an unintended effect on their relationship.
|"An Arrow Stuck on a Tiger / I Sketched a Tiger, But It Turned Out to Be a Cat"
Transliteration: "Tora ni Tatsu Ya / Tora o Egai te Neko ni Ruisuru" (Japanese: 虎に立つ矢/虎を描いて猫に類する)
|November 26, 2008
|Inori is in distress for not being able to make friends as she has trouble speaking out loud and her face covered by a long hair freaks out other students. Torako then decides to help her out by asking her friends to renovate her face, so it can give a better impression on the other students. Meanwhile, Torako goes around the classes and changes the classmates' and teacher in charge for her class's hairstyles as she pleases. After the make p is done, the classmates are amazed at Inori's new face. However, on the next day, Inori's appearance reverts to her ordinary form, which disappoints her friends; she later explains that she is not good enough to do the make up every morning.
|"A Sympathy is not Meant for a Tiger / Suzume, It's Time for You to Get It"
Transliteration: "Nasake wa Tora no Tamera na zu / Suzume yo, Saraba Ataeraren" (Japanese: 情けは虎の為ならず / 雀よ、さらば与えられん)
|December 3, 2008
|Minato drops and loses her only coin in front of the vending machines. When She loses her hope of retrieving the coin and begins to cry, Torako and Ayumi happens to meet her. Torako buys her a can of drink, so that she would stop crying. After receiving a favor from Torako, Minato persistently tries to return the favor by constantly offering any helps, which eventually annoys her to the great extent. Torako devises various plans of keeping a reasonable distance from Minato, but all of her plans fail at the end. In the second part of the episode, Suzume walks around the school and receives foods and drinks from her friends as a goodwill. Later, Torako and Ayumi is amazed at the amount of gifts that Suzume collected around the school.
|"A Wing for a Tiger"
Transliteration: "Tora ni Tsubasa" (Japanese: 虎に翼)
|December 10, 2008
|When Tōma is passing away her time on the top of the school building, Torako approaches her and tries to have a talk. Tōma, however, rejects and makes a statement that she dislikes Torako, while Torako thinks Tōma is too boring. Later, Tōma encounters Torako's friends in school and she decides with certainty that all of them are strange in one way or another. In another day on the top of the school building, she looks back upon the past when she met Torako in Kamizono High School as a visiting middle school student and made their friendship. In the afternoon, Torako invites Tōma for a lunch along with Ayumi, Suzume, and Tatsuki and Tōma is surprised at how easily she blended into the group.
|"Escape from the Tiger's Mouth"
Transliteration: "Kōko o Nogareru" (Japanese: 虎口を逃れる)
|December 17, 2008
|When a colleague has to rush home to care for a sick child, their teacher in charge of class 1-6 during Home Room time declares they should do their own revision, which moves to the gym to get an early start on the next period's PE class. Meanwhile, Yanagi and friends kibbutz from the balcony, with Yanagi hoping to get easily marketed photos of the girls in their gym clothes. The time in the gym turns into a deadly game of dodge ball, with most of the class laid out by brutal throws to the face. To bring peace, Torako suggests trial by champion; Suzume vs. Teacher in charge of class 1-6.
|"First with Princess, Second with Prince, and Third with Torako / A Demon's Concern about Torako"
Transliteration: "Ichi Hime Ni Tarō San Torako / Torako Yue ni Mayou Onigokoro" (Japanese: 一姫二太郎三虎子 / 虎子故に迷う鬼心)
|December 24, 2008
|All of the girls learn about Torako's past with her two step siblings once Torako argues with her sister out in the hallway. Torako finally gets Touma to talk to her.
|"Four People Can Create a Tiger Out of Nothing"
Transliteration: "Yonin Tora o Nasu" (Japanese: 四人虎を為す)
|December 31, 2008
|Set prior to the events of the series, everyone gets ready for the first day of high school. Meanwhile, Torako and Suzume decide to run away from home.
Transliteration: "Hyakko Ekusutora" (ヒャッコエクストラ)
|October 17, 2009
|When Tōma's favourite hang out place goes bankrupt, Torako decides to take her to a nearby cake store. To Tōma's surprise, Torako orders them every cake on the menu.
A visual novel based on the anime named Hyakko: Yorozuya Jikenbo! was released on April 9, 2009 for PlayStation 2. It was published by 5pb., and it was released in two editions: regular and limited.