Prison school or Purizun Sukūru is a Japanese manga series that was conceived and conceptualized by Akira Hiramoto. The 12-episode anime series, i.e. the first season, premiered back in July 2015. Since then, fans across the world have been eagerly waiting for the second season to air. In North America, Yen Express licensed it.
Prison School Plot:
The story of Prison School revolves around a prestigious all-girls boarding school, Hachimitsu Private Academy, which is known for its superior education and strict discipline. All that changes after the revision of the school’s policy that allowed boys to enrol in the school as well. During the first semester, only five boys get accepted, which means that the girl-to-boy ratio of school ends up being 200:1. Boys try all means, including peeing into girls’ bathrooms, to get close to girls, but all their efforts go in vain because of the strict Underground Student Council (USC). The crime of infiltrating into girls’ bathing area results in their internal imprisonment in the school’s Prison Block, where they receive an ultimatum from the USC to stay a month in the prison or be expelled.
About the script of the series, voice actor Kamiya Hiroshi has said, “The art is beautiful, and the juxtaposition of using such nice art to tell a comical story is interesting. The main feature is clearly the vulgarity and obscenity, but what really hooked me in was the exciting prison break storyline. Kiyoshi and friends gain a lot of wisdom through trying to escape. The friendship between the boys is really attractive. And the story is thrilling, so I’m always on the edge of my seat waiting for the next chapter. Crazy is a bit of a strong word, but the director is definitely very fussy. He’s very particular about what lines would sound good in what scenes”
Prison School Characters:
Kiyoshi Fujino (VA Hiroshi Kamiya in Japanese and Austin Tindle in English): He is presented by Taishi Nakagawa. He is the main character of the series, who falls for a girl named Chiyo. Despite not being very intelligent, he knows his way out of trouble and is a quick thinker. Due to several irregular and shaming incidents, Hana regularly targets him in prison. He has been sent to prison more than once and is the only one to have endured the punishment so. ASC takes over the prison while he is being imprisoned for the second time, and he and Mari become allies.
Takehito Morokuzu: Nicknamed “Gakuto”, he frequently uses old-fashioned speech and is slightly crazy. Despite his perverted behaviour, he is an excellent strategist. His love interest is Mitsuko. Due to his intellectual prowess and willingness to sacrifice everything for his friends, Gakuto is one of the most popular characters of the series. He is known to be extremely perverted and is also a strategist who uses the tactics of The Three Kingdoms’ generals or other generals of any other ancient battles. He has been successful in doing so in the past. Mitsuko is his love interest. His intellect, willingness to sacrifice for his friends, make him one of the most popular characters in the series. His character arc is as important to the storyline as is of the protagonist.
Shingo Wakamoto: He has blonde hair and looks out-of-place. He is also a pessimist. His love interest is Anzu and has attended the same middle school as Kiyoshi. Kiyoshi’s makes a breakout attempt and gets disowned and singled out until USC again prompts him to break out.
Jōji Nezu: Nicknamed “Joe”, he is regarded as the “misfit”. He has an active interest in art but is physically weak because of the fact that he is suffering from severe stomatitis. Joe attended the same middle school as Gakuto. His love interest is Sato.
Reiji Andō: Nicknamed “Andre”, he is the fattest kid in the group. Even though he cares for his friends, he also derives pleasure out of pain. He likes Meiko, so much so that he constantly craves punishment from her.
The list of characters also includes an underground student council:
Mari Kurihara (VA: Sayaka Ohara in Japanese and Tia Ballard English): She is portrayed by Hirona Yamazaki and serves as the president of the underground student council. A cold and manipulating girl who is concerned with maintaining law and order by upholding the traditions and values of the school, she is actually the Hachimitsu Academy’s chairman’s daughter. Her sister is Chiyo. A cold and calculating figure who seeks to uphold the school’s traditions and rules. She has always disliked boys and doesn’t believe in her father’s decision to integrate the academy. All of this can be attributed to the pervert her father has always been. She is soft at heart and this is visible by the care and strength she gives Meiko when Kate bullies her and helps her stand strong. She belives in the philosophy, “Anyone who likes crows isn’t all bad.”
Meiko Shiraki: Having been bullies once, her character is voiced by Shizuka Itc in Japanese and by Whitney Rodger in English, She is presented by Asana Mamoru. She is tall, wears spectacles and is the vice president of the underground student council. She supervises boys while they are in prison. She has large breasts and used to be bullied and criticized for it until Mari came to her rescue. She gives her strength to stand tall against her bullies. Since then, she has been the strongest of all, being highly skilled in Judo. She is a disciplinarian who punishes boys for the slightest infractions and Gakuto ends up being her target more often than not. She is an intimidating figure but is fearful of getting in the bad books of Mari, a trepidation she manifests by displaying body-wide excessive sweating when she is around. Callisthenics is her thing.
Hana Midorikawa: She has been voiced by Kana Hanazawa in the Japanese audio and by Alexis Tipton in the English audio. Her character is portrayed by Aoi Morikawa: She serves as the secretary of the underground student council who always finds herself in the worst situations with Kiyoshi. She ends up developing feelings for her later on. She is highly skilled at martial arts and uses karate to punish boys brutally when needed and also when Meiko’s harsh disciplinarian doesn’t work. On the outside, she appears to be composed and competent, but inside, she is extremely child-like, with very little knowledge of boys and often can’t adapt to circumstances that arrive unannounced. Once she has left prison, she becomes Mari’s spy when working at the Above Ground Student council.
Prison School Season 2 Release Date:
Speculation is rife whether there will be another season. There is no news from the creators whether they are going to make season 2. While the Manga series is still running and doing quite well, the fact that the anime sold an average of around 4500 units per volume doesn’t instil much confidence.
Recently, Naoyuki Uchida, an author of mystery and horror novels, contacted Tsutomu Mizushima, the director of Prison School and SHIROBAKO, on Twitter about the possibility of Season 2. Mizushima’s response has cast some doubts on whether Prison School will receive a 2nd season.
— 水島努 (@tsuki_akari) September 27, 2015
Which translates to: “Thanks for watching continuously since SHIROBAKO! I don’t know about a 2nd season. I want to do it, but … (embarrassed face emoji)”
Well, the world lives on hope, so we can only hope that we get to see another season of Prison School. If that happens, we can make an intelligent guess that Prison School season 2 release date is going to be sometime in 2019 or 2020. We are yet to receive any announcement from the producers or the studio – who are very well known for their privy nature regarding new productions and a very tight-lipped release schedule. The air dates and other information regarding a second season are therefore still pending disclosure from official sources, and we will have to wait to find out.
Prison School English Dubbing:
We all know that even though the Japanese cast has been universally praised for their work, the English dub has been heavily criticized for its casting, voice acting and writing. In any case, for the fans of Prison School Season 1, you can watch Prison School Season 1 with an English dub on YouTube and with English sub on Hulu.
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