“Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C3-bu” (Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3 ) follows the common anime genre of “cute girls doing cute things,” but it changes it up by using a very “intense” activity as its driving force. The anime is about a school club where girls are crazy about guns.
Airsoft guns are what they like to use in their club for elaborate war games. But safety first! They always wear their goggles!
Synopsis: Stella Jogakuin narrates the adventures of Yamato Yura, which was just entering the Institute Stella Academy for girls and Kashima Sonora invites to join a club called C3. Sonora is a third year student and the President of the Club’s games called C3 based on the games of survival with Airsoft guns and BB guns. The other members of the Club include two daughters of second years called Hatsuse Karila and Mutsu Honoka, and two other freshmen (Kirishima Rento, with families having a candy store and a very small girl Hinata Yachiyo) as Yura. Thus, we follow the lives of these students the day and amateurs of war games during their free time. What Yura ignores is that they are passionate about all compressed air weapons and survival games. The new recruit will then understand the meaning of the name of this club: Command, Control, Communication. Yura wonders if she will be able to integrate the group while remaining itself?
So just imagine an anime with girls running around and shooting one another with airsoft pellets as part of club activities (their school can apparently afford everything from all the equipment to even fancy battlefields for these girls to play out combat scenarios). It’s both fun and thrilling for these schoolgirls to use a firearm. They just treat it as a sport.
The violent elements are watered down (e.g. they use markers to represent knife cuts when someone has to play Rambo). So in other words, the anime makes light of the serious nature of guns and war.
And of course, this anime would definitely be off-putting for those who find guns to be too dangerous. But in all honesty, “Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C3-bu” should be taken as a “joke” in the sense that it’s a kind of show you aren’t supposed to take seriously. I just chalk it up as something that is “only in anime” and leave it at that.