Learn The Art Of Manliness From Namco Bandai’s Be A Man! Samurai School

By Eugene . September 27, 2013 . 4:31pm

For those who prefer their men super-manly, buffed and performing ridiculous feats in the name of Manhood, there’s now a game adaptation of macho manga Be a Man! Samurai School, appropriately titled, Be a Man! Samurai School: Japan, This is What’s Called Being A Man!. The upcoming 3D arena brawler from Bandai Namco features various high school delinquents and masters battling it out in death-rings that go from swinging clubs to electric chairs and even gigantic peanuts falling from the ceiling.



There are apparently some 200 different types of such hazards in the game. It can’t get any better than that.Players can utilize these environmental hazards to finish off foes, with each smash into a spiked wall or spinning sawblades accompanied by a manly announcers shouting. Players also have to take care not to accidentally dash themselves into the hazards either—the video shows a fighter accidentally slipping into the electric chair. Each character’s remaining life is also shown off as a candle burning itself down. Burn bright young ones!


The regular edition of the game costs 7480 yen (About $75) while the limited edition will run double that at 14,980 (About $150). The limited edition comes with a smorgasbord of extras though, such as a 21 cm Baron Dino figure—resplendent in his top hat, cape, handlebar mustache and fundoshi underwear. The limited version also comes with a visual case of manly glaring men to keep the game in and a 3D pop-out art book all of which is stuffed into a much larger, manly black box with sakura petals.



If you want to see how faithful the game is to the manga, you can also check out what the live-action movie and its own pretty badass adaptation looked like above.


Be A Man! Samurai School: Japan, This Is What’s Called Being A Man! will be out for the PlayStation 3 in Japan on the 27th of February 2014.

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  • Kitestwinblades

    ಠ_ಠ 21 cm’s of a MANLY STATUE!
    The live action movie looks pretty good.

  • After playing with Momotaro in Jump Ultimate Stars i always been curious about the series he comes from.

    I found this back when i was researching the series a few years ago:

  • Pdugna

    Making use of the Jojo engine quite well :D

  • Guest

    I don’t think I feel so good.

  • ronin4life

    Because nothing says pure manliness like a pop up book…

    ^ ,^;;

  • Göran Isacson

    … Goddammit I JUST shaved before watching this video and now I have to do it all over again.

    Seriously, I am smiling like a loon that the “BOYS BE AMBITIOUS” anime is getting a game. I for one did not see it coming: does this show still have a dedicated fanbase in Japan? Or was it as out of nowhere for Japan as it is for the rest of us?

    And oh lord. That fundoshi statue. Truly only a manly man would own and put that statue where people could see it.

  • FirstaLasto

    dat ass.

  • TrannyMagic

    I lust for that action figure. Umph!

  • Minos

    Gonna read this Manga.

    I have always thougth men Must be manly and strong and that is not optional.

    Now days Manga is full of skinny guys…


      here, get this anti-flame shield

    • DaiRaiOh

      You’re reading the wrong mangas. Try out Garouden

    • GVmanX

      Amen. Variety is the spice of life, but I’d rather be drowned in manly protagonists than the one we’re drowned in today.

  • makubexnas

    Only a real manly man can wear loin cloth and look cool.

    • Kai2591

      and while wearing a top hat and a cape at that.

      • malek86

        I find it kinda interesting that they are making a figure of (SPOILERS) one of the few guys who actually die in the series.

  • makubexnas

    Only a real manly man can wear loin cloth and look cool.

  • Aoshi00

    So manly :) I used to love all the old manga w/ delinquent setting, the long uniform, banners, wooden sword, pompadour hair style, chain, biker gang, just so cool :) even most of Shohoku team were delinquents in Slam Dunk, Yusuke and Kuwabara were like that too :) Also the early Kurumada stuff like Fuma no Kojiro (before Saint Seiya), it was like gangs + ninja.. wonder if the uniforms need to be custom made :)




  • leingod

    The japanese have a weird concept of “manly”. It’s fun as heck, though XD

    • Just Tim

      Thank the fact that most muscular sailors of the 19th century are brokeback, to the point the 19th Century British Royal Navy have been joked to be run by only three things: scurvy, rum, and sodomy.

      Yes, that’s how Japan got the “muscular = gay” stereotype.

      • almostautumn

        Reading that makes me want to read Clavel’s “Shogun” again :)

        • Just Tim

          Yawn. Typical Colonialist propaganda.

          • almostautumn

            …the book is all about how beautiful the controlled and understood economy of feudal japan is. The description of Bushido by characters outmatches the brief philosophy-text concerning it by Nitobe.

            Furthermore, dunno if you’ve read japanese literature from the years 1800 and prior, but there is borderline zero description of the society :P The Japanese writers kept minimalism forefront unless it dealt with sex, so if ya’ ask me books like “Shogun” are absolutely quintessential if someone wants to create an actual image of feudal japan in their head, and not the wholly ridiculous one found in videogames, manga, and film.

          • Just Tim

            Please, that’s not even a REAL historical book; it’s as fictional as videogames, manga, and film, in the league of Hollywood films and its depiction of Asians (Japanese in this case in point).

          • almostautumn

            I’m well aware of the difference between fiction and non-fiction :P That said, it’s literature, and it’s understanding of that era of Japan is all together keen and well-studied. It’s fictitious elements serve only in the form of advancing the plot, but the way it draws Japan politically and socially is studied and true. Did you know that lords truly did have to serve a portion of the year in Edo, essentially as hostages to the shogun? Or that bushido code of samurai was varied and that truly men and women did lose lives for so flimsy a task as not bowing or, in one case, telling a samurai a flea was on him (true story; the samurai was so offended to be told he hosted leeches that he beheaded the man who “accused” him so)? Rather, you can break down any element of the book you’d like that incorporates social or political custom of late 1500 Japan, and I can assure you you will find merit and truth in it. In relation to the “being held hostage in Edo” I recently just read “Life of a sensuous woman,” published a little before 1700,by Ihara Saikaku, which also details how this was true and how terrible it was for some people. Also, in regards the images in Shogun, there are a great number of similarities between that and “On Account of a Ten Foot Hut,” one of the few old Japanese stories that actually gives description of places other than nature, and the two are remarkably similar despite “Ten Foot Hut” being written in the Kamakura period (the real Samurai period) and Clavel’s novel.

            I really think you should give it another shot; Clavel’s work is considered a masterpiece for reasons scholary and historically approved, and there is no reason to doubt the work just because it is by an Englishman.

      • Göran Isacson

        … Oh man is that actually true? Like, do you have a source for the statement and everything? Because it sounds like one of those urban legends people make up because it SOUNDS good, but then on closer scrutiny it falls apart. But if it is true, that is kind of hilarious.

        • Just Tim

          You’re well-aware that when Japan picked up the “muscular = gay” stereotype in the 19th Century, Victorian Puritanism concurrently happened, correct?

          Yes, Mr. Isacson, the very same Victorian Puritanism that imposed sexual repression, to the point that its vile concepts got projected to former British colonies. Yes, this is the same time period where homosexuality was literally in the closet, just to unleash the sexual repression upon Anglo-Saxon men or in foreign lands, where their idea of an ideal woman is projected upon the women of other lands.

          Yes, Mr. Isacson, this is the same time period when Anglo colonialism actually meant using the women of other lands as an excuse to ‘liberate’ the land, when in reality, just conquer it and claim the women for themselves, since they were being repressed at home.

          • Göran Isacson

            Ah. Victorian England and it’s messed up sexual politics: THAT explains a thing or two. I suppose that what happened was that homosexuals took on harrowing jobs like sailors, where they could be far away from the scrutiny of Victorian England, and then when the Japanese saw how these men, turned muscular by their hard work, were also all gay as a day in Spring, they started equating fit men with being gay instead of “men who take jobs that make them fit and let them escape persecution for being gay?” Is that how it worked?

          • Just Tim

            That’s the first impression the Japanese got and never lived it down since. (While you’re at it, feel free to thank homoerotic artist “Tom of Finland” for popularizing it.)

            Also, I would like to add this is the same time period when Japan was reopening its shores to concurrent Western colonial powers.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      search Cho Aniki and you’ll know more

    • Aoshi00

      hey, like Kunio-kun, it was hot blooded :) good old times.. real men don’t question their sexual orientation :P

  • Namuro


  • tubers

    A manly Japanese school where steroids are a staple in the cafeteria menu.

  • Jonah Paley

    You must be as swift as a coursing river…

    • Göran Isacson

      With all the force of a great typhoon!

      • Jonah Paley

        With all the strength of a raging fire…mysterious as the dark side of the mooooooooooon!

  • FlyingPony

    Whenever I heard the word manly, I remember the anime Seto No Hanayome. It so funny that it is the only anime I feel down when I almost completely watching all 26 episodes, because I know that my fun moment is about to end.

    Ahh, good time spend there.

  • malek86

    There’s no other manga with as many people in fundoshi as this one.

    If it had remained a gag manga like at the start, it would have probbly been better. Instead it followed a YYH-like progression to battles and tournaments, except it never managed to break free of it, and it eventually got too boring because of it.

    It’s still weird to see it as a game today. The manga has been long over now.

    • Aoshi00

      I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to say it “follows” YuYu Hakusho (which itself followed DB’s Tenkaichi Budokai after its early supernatural and ghost stories), since Otokojuku came way before that..

      A lot of manga/anime are long over, like Fist of the North Star, but it’s kind of cool to see these classic titles during the Golden Age of Jump being made into games again w/ today’s graphics since the NES days. Even the canon Saint Seiya was over 20 years ago but now they’re making all these games again.. looks like Fuma no Kojiro was made into drama a few years back too..


      Yeah, the Yamato spirit was quite over the top.. the gang uniforms are kinda like Ouendan’s.. I used to really admire the way these delinquents act and dress, very cool to me as a kid, long school uniforms, bike, & wooden sword, like Kunio-kun or other manga..

      Hope they don’t pull a JoJo w/ tons of DLCs again..

      • malek86

        I didn’t say it followed YYH, I said it did something that reminds me of YYH. The difference is that YYH also eventualy had the Black Chapter saga which did something a bit different, and Dragon Ball also wasn’t always doing tournaments (Red Ribbon, Piccolo).

        While Otokojuku, after the gag start, did nothing but tournaments. Seriously. They finished a tournament and went straight for the next one, usually joined by the enemies they had defeated (that also got pretty boring after the second time).

        It doesn’t surprise me that it got cut short like it did (it must have had the most histerical saga ending ever).

        I know there’s a sort of sequel, I wonder if it’s any good.

        • Aoshi00

          It just doesn’t sound right to say an older work is “like” YuYu because the latter didn’t come until later, if anything, works that came later followed the classics before. You say the son is like his father, not the other way around right.

          For a majority of DB, the matches in the 3 Tenkaichi Budokai made up a huge part of it. Also when I was reading YuYu in Jump real time, at that time it reminded me and my friends immediately of Dragonball’s martial arts tournament, which was an easy way to prolong the serialization. Of course later Chapter Black and the short stories near the end set it apart and more unique, it was always the darker themes w/ sci fi and such that distinguish Togashi’s works, like early YuYu or Level E. Imagine how I felt about Flame of Recca and now Bleach that came afterwards.

          A lot of famous manga get so called “cut short” when it’s past the peak of popularity, even for Slam Dunk or Saint Seiya, which ended rather abruptly, when they were rushed to give a rather quick and sudden ending, Otokojuku was in Jump for 5-6 years as well, and was considered a classic for that generation, again the Golden Age of Shounen Jump, hence you see live action adaptation and now being revived as games. Same as Kurumada’s Saint Seiya, Ring ni Kakero, or Fuma no Kojiro, which ended a long time ago but got new anime, live action drama, and games (original fans are all in their 30s to 40s). Togashi’s Level E, a sci-fi short after YuYu from the 90s, was also adapted as an anime recently, which was very surprising for me, as I read it in HS so many years ago.

          • Lloyd Christmas

            Didn’t Slam Dunk end abruptly because Inoue had a fight with one of his editors or something?

          • Aoshi00

            If a long running series ends abruptly, you bet it’s the magazine’s decision, also the tantou/editor works for weekly Jump as well and he’s the liaison btwn the author/artist and the magazine.. being cut short or axed is usually due to low readership (like late Hades arc of Saint Seiya), like ratings for a TV show, being canceled after certain number of seasons. If the creator has any say, I don’t think they would just kill or end abruptly their beloved work. So even w/ long running series, if it goes out of steam by the end, it could get cut short and booted to make room for new serial. So it’s best to give something an appropriate ending while it’s still good instead of dragging along. I remember I was a bit shocked to read the anti-climatic ending for Slam Dunk at the time..

            On the contrary, Toriyama wanted to end Dragonball after Freeza originally but since it was the best selling manga, Jump forced him to continue. Android/Cell arc was one of my favs though :) and after that Toriyama drew more gags into Buu which was more his cup of tea.. and now Vagabond is going a big of the same thing.. w/ Inoue kind of losing interest.. it was very good before, but the art deteriorated, story got more boring, and was put on a hiatus. I’m no longer that interested in it, he should just finish the Musashi-Kojiro fight and get it over w/… Hunter x Hunter as well.. Togashi should’ve just called it quits after Chimera Ant, maybe Jump wanted him to continue too like DBZ? I read Naruto when it first started to serialize in Jump, I would never had guessed it lasted this long, I thought it would’ve been a short one :)

    • Göran Isacson

      Aww, so it actually left the gag-format with dumb delinquents doing dumb things behind? I’ve only seen some of the early anime episodes so I don’t know much about it, but the episodes I’ve seen were hilarious.

      Then again, I should have expected it since it seemed unlikely that a pure gag-manga would net themselves a fighting game…

      • malek86

        The gag part ends fairly quickly. After that, there’s a small tournament, a slightly bigger tournament (which is where the anime ends), and then a 150-chapters big tournament which is essentially the heart of the manga (and it’s also where things start getting too repetitive). Later, there’s another tournament-like arc, but I guess at this point popularity must have declined too much, because it was cut short. Incidentally, there’s a small final arc which is almost a return to the gag ways of the beginning.

        Generally, I suggest reading the manga up until the second tournament (which ends at about chapter 100 or so) because it’s pretty interesting and well done. If you like it up until that point, you can keep going with the big tournament arc, but I think you’ll also find that it gets way too repetitive by the end.

  • Kai2591

    They don’t even look like school students lol.
    Repeaters perhaps haha.

    • Aoshi00

      at least that’s more plausible than guys in Prince of Tennis being in Jr High, Ryoma maybe, but come on Tezuka a 9th grader lol :)

  • AverageGamers

    My biggest issue with both videos: STEROID.
    The game had waaaay too much steroids, while the live action one definitely needs to use more steroids that I couldn’t see a decent muscle there… XD

    Oh and just for nitpicking, muscle or brutal training doesn’t actually define manliness, cause I know there are plenty who has one but is a complete opposite ahaha… ^_^;

  • DemonKingAsura

    If Kenshiro was on here, they would be Already Dead.

  • nericen

    Oh is this the same as Sakigake!! Otokojuku?

  • k.b.a.

    these dudes are in high school?! off topic Namco Bandai sure have been churning out a lot of games recently. i find my face getting sour as alot of them tend to have fighting, but forego being fighters. maybe it’s to avoid the extra money and work that goes into balancing such a thing, perhaps turning themselves into the “game adaptation of that anime/manga that you like” company

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