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Minamino Yoko as Saki Asamiya

SUKEBAN DEKA
(franchise)

A.K.A.: Delinquent Girl Detective
            Yo-Yo Girl Cop
            スケバン刑事
COUNTRY: Japan

Sukeban Deka (aka Delinquent Girl Detective) began as a Japanese detective action shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Shinji Wada and serialized in Hana to Yume.

Sukeban Deka has been adapted into three live-action television series, a movie length made-for-TV special feature, an original video animation series and three feature films, the latest of which was released in 2006 as Yo-Yo Girl Cop.

The series follows a delinquent schoolgirl who is forced by a mysterious government agency to fight crime in order to save her mother who is on Death Row.

She is given the codename "Saki Asamiya" and a metal yo-yo that doubles as a Tokyo Police badge and made to infiltrate high schools around Japan in order to investigate and stop criminal activities ranging from bullying and University Entrace Exam cheating to murder and terrorism.

SUKEBAN DEKA: THE MANGA...

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The creation of Sukeban Deka was the result of a misunderstanding between the author Shinji Wada and the editors at Hakusensha.

Wada was developing a high school drama, but the publisher expected a detective story starring a high school student.   At an impasse, Wada decided to combine the two concepts.

Sukeban Deka was published from January 1976 to December 1982, making Shinji Wada a popular manga artist during the late 1980s and the early 1990s.

The manga had contributed to the creation of the Sukeban Deka TV series before it faded into obscurity for a short time from the late 1990s to 2006, when Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki was shown in theaters on September 30, 2006.

As of 2007, the manga has been reprinted by Media Factory, who collected them into 12 volumes; the original edition was 22 volumes.

SUKEBAN DEKA: THE TV SERIES...

The television series, though technically one series made up of three seasons, are essentially self-contained and separate, aside from sharing the same basic themes and premise, and starring popular Japanese idol singers in the main roles, each one replacing the previous as the new Asamiya Saki, taking on her cover identity and yo-yo weapon.

  • Sukeban Deka, the first series from 1985, starred Yuki Saito as the titular character Asamiya Saki. Saito's song Shiroi Honō was used as the theme song. (See SUKEBAN DEKA - SEASON ONE)

  • Sukeban Deka II in 1985-1986 starred Yoko Minamino as the second "Sukeban Deka", a mysterious girl with an iron mask named Yoko Godai who takes on the identity of Asamiya Saki after being freed from her mask; She gets the help of two other sukeban: Kyoko "Okyo" Nakamura (Haruko Sagara), and Yukino Yajima (Akie Yoshizawa, from J-Pop band Onyanko Club which also appearred in two episodes).

  • Sukeban Deka III in 1986-1987 starred Yui Asaka as Yui Kazama, young sukeban who takes on the identity of Asamiya Saki, but mostly acted under her true identity with the help of her two sisters, Yuka (Yuka Onishi) and Yuma (Yuma Nakamura), in story arcs inspired from Star Wars.   As such, actor Nagare Hagiwara plays Yui's mentor Yoda, and Onyanko Club member Satomi Fukunaga plays her bodyguard Leia.

A made-for-TV movie called 'Yattsu no Shi no Wana' - 8 Traps of Death - that reunited the main characters of all three seasons was screened on Japanese TV in 1996.

SUKEBAN DEKA: THE ANIME...

Saki Asamiya is given a chance to delay her mother's execution by working as an undercover cop and infiltrating Takanoah High School to investigate some mysterious deaths among the student body.

Once there, she comes face-to-face with the powerful Mizuchi sisters, who moved in and have taken control after her previous expulsion.

The OVA pertains animation bearing similarities to the style of the 70's manga, particularly in the character designs.

One such example is the style of the Mizuchi sisters eyes, an example being Reimi Mizuchi, whose eyes would often shift to show off a more villainous appearance, or would narrow like a snake's.

SUKEBAN DEKA: THE MOVIES...

Three feature films have been produced. The first movie, Sukeban Deka The Movie was released in 1987, and closely follows the original TV series.

The movie also includes the same actresses, Yoko Minamino and Yui Asaka.

However, for the second movie, Sukeban Deka II: Counter-Attack from the Kazama Sisters (1988), Minamino didn't return.

The third movie Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki, was released in 2006.   It was directed by Kenta Fukasaku and stars Aya Matsuura as the new Saki. (see YO-YO GIRL COP)

Her fellow Hello! Project members Rika Ishikawa, Erika Miyoshi and Yui Okada from Biyuden, and Masae Ootani from Melon Kinenbi also star in the movie.

Yuki Saito from the original Sukeban Deka TV series makes a cameo appearance in the film. Out of all three movies, this title is most known and is more accessible in the West, due to it being released on DVD in the U.S. by Magnolia, and in the UK by 4Digital Asia.

For its American and UK distribution, the movie was retitled, Yo-Yo Girl Cop.


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NOTE: The Sukeban Deka franchise has been enormously successful, and an inevitable spin off of that success is the endless parody versions which abound!

Titles such as Sukepan Deka (See Through Panties Detective) and Yo-Yo Sexy Girl Cop closely follow the original TV series and movies, and are quite entertaining (and often amusing) in their own right... others are more amateurish, and some just an obvious attempt to cash in on a successful franchise.

A word of warning though to some who may be easily offended - these parodies range in nature from 'cutesy-cute' and tongue in cheek rip-offs to hardcore porn... be aware of what you are ordering from eBay or Amazon kiddies...


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