Bakuon!!

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One day, while trying to ride her bicycle up a large hill on her way to school, Hane Sakura becomes awed upon seeing another student ride to school on a motorcycle. Taking an interest, Hane joins her school's motorcycle club and gets a motorcycle license. After buying her own bike, Hane begins her exciting, two-wheeled, motorized high-school life along her new friends; Onsa Amano, Rin Suzunoki, Raimu Kawazaki and Hijiri Minowa. It is a an offbeat Slice of Life series with a leavening of Magic Realism.

Bakuon!! began as a Japanese manga series by Mimana Orimoto in 2011 and has since been collected into a seven tankobon volumes. An anime adaptation, which this page primarily catalogs, began airing in Japan on March 18, 2016. It can also be seen on Crunchyroll. It was preceded by an OVA which takes place later, chronologically.

Tropes used in Bakuon!! include:
  • Absurdly High Stakes Game: In episode 7, when the principal sees that Raimu's odds in the motorcycle race are 11-to-1, she immediately slams down a 3,000,000-yen bet (roughly $30,000).

"Oh, look, I had some loose change in my pocket."

  • Analogy Backfire: Onsa dismissively claims that Honda CB400 Super Four ("Su-Four") owners never buy anything other than Su-Fours when it comes time to replace their bikes, and compares them to women who stay faithful to one man all their lives. The other girls basically say, "and that's bad why?" and she wonders if she used the wrong analogy.
  • Androcles' Lion: Hane suggests this trope might be invoked in Episode 4 if a band of foxes Rin "saved" as a child remembers her and "returns the favor". How, exactly, she does not explain.
  • Angel Unaware: The robe-clad biker with a halo whom Hane helps out on the road to Aomori (and who makes several subsequent appearances), who appears to be a clean-shaven Jesus.
  • Battle Aura: In episode 8, Hijiri manifests a dark purple one when she decides to take a sledgehammer to the practice motorcycle with which she's just taken an embarrassing spill.
  • Berserk Button: Touching the principal's new motorcycle -- especially with a tool in hand -- is likely to cause you injury.
  • Biker Babe: The core five characters are all one version or another of this trope, with Hijiri being the farthest from the archetype, and Raimu completely embodying it.
  • Binocular Shot: A "through-the-lens" shot from an SLR camera's viewfinder is part of the last moments of the opening credits.
    • In episode 5, we get a "goggles-eye-view" from Raimu's P.O.V.
  • Blackmail: What the girls have on Saruyama-sensei after episode 5, in order to convince her to be their club's advisor.
  • Blatant Lies: "Ducatis never break down," uttered by Hayakawa moments after a broken Ducati has been replaced by a new one airlifted in by a helicopter. Also his claim that his life is linked to the Ducati, and that he'll die when it breaks down.
  • Bleached Underpants: Bakuon's creator, Orimoto Mimana, mostly draws Hentai manga. Which probably explains the bike-washing scene.
  • Born Unlucky: Rin's father seems to suffer an unusual number of accidents with his motorcycle.
  • Brand X: Thoroughly averted. Every trademark that could be there, is there, right down to helmets, convenience stores and canned beverages. And the Amazon.co.jp shipping boxes in the club room.
  • Censor Steam: When they finally get to the hot springs in Episode 4.
  • Club Stub: The only apparent member of the Biking Club in episode 1 is Raimu. However, it turns out that the club was actually disbanded twenty years before, and she's just been hanging out in the unused club room since then; Chisame's mother, who was in high school with the principal and Raimu, mentions that she knows Raimu's still at the school because she gets a card with the club room's return address every Christmas.
  • Compensated Dating: In Episode 5, Saruyama-sensei tells the girls they should stop riding motorcycles and instead do the kinds of things they can only do in high school -- like enjo kosai.
  • Compensating for Something: Averted in-universe, at least according to Saruyama-sensei, who claims that the size of a man's motorcycle engine reflects the size of his personal endowment -- which is why men don't like women who ride more powerful motorcycles than they do.
  • Conspicuous CGI: For the most part averted, but there is the occasional moment when the motorcycles look just a hair too crisp and clean.
  • Contractual Purity: For 16-year-olds, the main cast are entirely too innocent to be believable. When even would-be tough girl Onsa cannot understand a veiled reference about how the size of a man's motorcycle engine reflects on his personal endowment, Suspension of Disbelief starts crumbling. However this is apparently a requirement for heroines in the genre, regardless of how bizarrely ignorant it makes them seem.
  • Cool Bike: The show revolves around them, almost to the point of idolatry.
  • Cosplay: While emceeing the bike race in episode 7, Hijiri dresses up like the villainess of a Sentai show.
  • Epiphany: The ride Raimu gives Hane in episode 1, which pushes Hane over the line from "motorcycles are kinda cool" to "I MUST HAVE ONE!"
  • Escort Mission: The first time Hijiri rides to school by herself (on a moped), Onsa discovers that she had two cars full of bodyguards making sure she made it there safely.
  • Evolving Credits: Chisame gets added to the credits when she joins the club. Interestingly, they blend her right into the existing footage instead of changing the credits entirely.
  • The Faceless: Raimu and Rin's father are only ever seen wearing helmets.
    • Chisame's father, a famous racer, is always seen either from behind or with something (like a tablet computer) blocking his face from the camera.
  • Fan Service: Episode 5, what with Saruyama-sensei's ...little moment and the bike washing scene at the end. Oh, boy, the bike-washing scene.
  • Flash Back: Rin gets one in episode 2 explaining her devotion to Suzuki motorcycles.
  • Flung Clothing: Episode 4, at the hot springs. And Episode 5, when Saruyama-sensei attacks.
  • Grail in the Garbage: "Jesus" gives Hane what may well be the genuine Grail for helping him when he was stranded on the side of the road to Aomori, out of gas. It's also a rare collector's Suzuki tea cup, which Hane gives to Rin, apparently without understanding what "Jesus" was talking about when he gave it to her. Unlike most tea cups, though, it seems impervious to damage... and might be a literal Deus Ex Machina.
  • Hair Decorations: In an interesting subversion of the usual practice, we do get to see the girls without their hair decs and habitual styles, usually upon waking up.
  • Hot for Student: It might be just that she's drunk at the moment, but in Episode 5 Saruyama-sensei seems ready to all but sexually assault a sleeping Hane, and claims it's the girls' fault for being "too cute". She then lunges at Onsa instead and then clothes go flying...
  • Hot Springs Episode: Episode 4, which is actually entitled "Hot Springs". Unlike most such episodes, they only get to the springs in the last few minutes of the show.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: In episode 8, Hijiri walks off-screen for a few moments and then returns with a massive sledgehammer, surprising the other girls.
  • Imagine Spot: In Episode 5, as the girls briefly envision themselves as the characters of Journey to the West.
    • In episode 10, Chisame repeatedly imagines all manner of humiliating results stemming from being too short to ride a full-sized motorcycle.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Hijiri is totally delighted to be one, after talking the other girls into playing "chicken" with their bikes and winning. Of course, she doesn't even come close, but she takes such innocent joy in finally being a "bad girl" that it seems cruel to tell her she isn't one, nor are the other girls.
  • Japanese School Club: The show is all about the members of the biking club at Okanoue Girls' School.
    • In episode 9, when the new first-years arrive, there is a veritable scrum of clubs trying to recruit new members, and not always making it clear what they're about:

Kendo (?) club member: Want to try whacking people with a stick?
Judo (?) club member: Care to try throwing people?

  • Jerkass: Rin's father. Not only does he keep the motorcycle her essay won for himself, he's foisted off a refurbished motorcycle with its odometer turned back on her as a "new" bike.
  • Kabuki Sounds: Episode 3, when Hane puts her stamp on the loan agreement.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Most of the girls seem to be limited to their school uniforms, nightwear, and riding gear. Raimu doesn't have even that much, riding in her school uniform. Hayakawa always seems to be in a butler's uniform, even when biking. Averted by episode 8, when we see that they do have other casual clothing. Even Raimu, who shows up in a kimono. And her helmet.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Saruyama-sensei, who is also closeted and in denial -- at least until she gets drunk.
  • Loophole Abuse: In episode 8, it's revealed that despite being too young by Japanese law, Hijiri still has a license -- and not just a motorcycle license, but one for every possible vehicle type in the Japanese licensing system. She explains that if you have a license from another country, Japan will just "translate" it into their licensing scheme. And that there are some countries where you can just buy the license you want. Which she's done.
  • Made of Iron: The Super Cub motorcycle that Hijiri starts learning on. Hayakawa explains how it can survive all manner of mistreatment and still keep running, and indeed, after Hijiri attempts to flatten it with a sledgehammer, it starts up right away without complaint.
  • Magic Realism: Talking transsexual motorcycles, Jesus on the road to Aomori handing out the Holy Grail to deserving young girls, Ducatis with souls...
    • Raimu seems to be able to inspire motorcycles and even scooters to go beyond their physical limits for her.
    • For some reason, all the instructors at the motorcycle license school look like puppets and/or ventriloquists' dummies
  • Magical Land: Onsa seems to regard Hokkaido as one for bikers.
  • Meido: Onsa, Hane, Rin and even Raimu-sempai all find themselves wearing maid costumes -- apparently due to Hijiri -- in episode 7 as part of the school festival. Especially during the motorcycle race they're holding as their contribution.
  • The Men in Black: The Minowa family security guards, in the brief moments that we see them, seem to fit this archetype.
  • Moe: A major design element in all the characters.
  • Nakama/True Companions: Hijiri believes that the game of "chicken" she talks the others into playing will make them this -- and indeed, she seems to be right.
  • Ocular Gushers: Raimu when by herself on the ferry to Hokkaido in Episode 4.
  • One-Gender School: The name of the cast's high school -- Okanoue Girls' School -- says it all.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Hane and Yume's parents are in America.
    • Subverted in episode 2: we see an extended flashback which is clearly intended to lead the viewer into believing Rin's father died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. However, upon exiting the flashback we find that her father is both very much alive and a bit of a Jerkass. And, given other flashbacks, prone to both severe cycle accidents and claiming he's about to die afterward.
    • Hijiri's only adult supervision appears to come from her butler, Hayakawa.
  • Pink Product Ploy: Possibly the reason why there was a pink Su-Four in the first place.
  • Product Placement: Judging from the show's website, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Ducati, Honda and Yamaha have all authorized the appearance of their logos and vehicle designs in this show.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Famous: Happens to Chisame against her will in episode 10 -- when she goes to motorcycle driving school because she doesn't know how to drive on the street and sincerely wants to learn, every instructor gives her a pass, assuming that she must already be a good street driver because of her history as a race champion, and that she's there simply for appearance's sake, or to refresh her skills.
  • Secret Keeper: Hijiri and Chisame are this for each other as of the end of episode 10. Hijiri is keeping the secret that Chisame is untrained at riding motorcycles anywhere but a race track (and is training her in secret). Chisame is keeping the secret that Hijiri used a bizarre cyclist's "training aid" derided by the other girls in order to get her own bike license.
  • Stealth Hi Bye: During the bike race in episode 7, "Jesus" appears in the stands next to Yume, speaks to her briefly, then vanishes.
  • Stealth Insult: By Onsa in episode 8, to either Hane, the Japanese education system, or both:

Onsa: See? She can state the answer, even if she doesn't understand it. That's how education works in this country!

  • Subliminal Advertising: Hane thinks she's doing this in episode 9 by making motorcycle noises while the other girls recruit potential members from the girls coming to take entrance exams for the school.
  • Super-Deformed: A chubby, naked Raimu cherub (complete with wings and bow) is part of a screen wipe when Raimu holds up a pad on which is written "Merry Christmas" in episode 8.
  • Surfer Chick: Judging by the completely random surfboard always leaning next to the door of one of the other rooms near the biking club, there's at least one in the school (and possibly a small gang of them).
  • Surprise Santa Encounter: In episode 8, Rin tells the story of one such encounter she had in third grade. In the same episode, Hijiri describes a Danish Santa with a genuine reindeer-pulled sled whom her parents airlifted in to surprise her one year. Being even more innocent than Hane, she still believes he was the real thing.
  • Technology Porn: One of the trademarks of this show is the incredibly loving detail in which it shows each and every motorcycle.
  • Transsexualism: Baita (the talking Honda Su-Four on which Hana learns to drive a motorcycle) describes herself as "transsexual" because the engine components that would have provided sufficient power to make her a proper road vehicle have been removed from her engine, effectively "castrating" her.