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Former high school tearaway Saki Asamiya soon ends up on the wrong side of the law and is stuck in the slammer just like her wayward mother. She is offered the chance to redeem herself by returning to school as an undercover agent to spy on the Mizuchi sisters' crime ring. It's an offer she can't refuse since it's the only way to gain her mother a reprieve from Death Row. Armed only with a police-issue yo-yo and a very bad attitude, Saki goes back to school and finds herself facing the Mizuchis and their father, a criminal hiding behind a cloak of respectability. As allies she has only a boy so fixated on her that he shaves his head to get her attention and Junko, an innocent young artist whose talents make her a target for one of the sisters.
Played in a deadly serious, deadpan manner that only accentuates its essential silliness, SD is an entertaining one-joke knockabout. Based on a 1976 manga by Shinji Wada in Hana to Yume magazine, it was soon co-opted for the male gaze in Hideo Tanaka's live-action TV series the same year. The anime version was released partway through a later series of live-action movie adaptations that also showcased cute young actresses in school uniforms. Ultimately, however, like its female lead, it's too bad to be good, and too good to be bad. After a DVD rerelease of the live-action Sukeban Deka series sold a surprising 130,000 copies in 2005, Toei announced that a new live-action movie was in the offing for 2006.