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Front of the school as appeared in the film. Notice the absurd amount of graffiti, especially "HOTEL"

The Eighth District Youth Vocational Training School is a reform school designed to train delinquent and criminal youths[1] in the eighth district of Neo-Tokyo. Unlike a normal vocational facility as it's referred to, the school is more similar to a juvenile detention center. It appears to be a rundown and dilapidated college building with graffiti on most of the walls[2] and loitering students scattered about. Member's of the Capsule gang, including Shotaro Kaneda[1], and Tetsuo Shima[3] were sent to this school by the officials to act as students. This establishment appears to be a single-sex school, with most of the attendees being male. In the film scenes showing what happens inside the school, the students don't seem to listen to their lectures and ignore them completely. It is not exactly known what the students are being taught here.

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Kaneda and his friends receiving corporal punishment by Mr. Takaba

The facility reflects the authoritarian society in which the characters live in. Misbehaving students (such as Kaneda and his friends) revive corporal punishment by getting punched in the face by the "gym teacher" Mr. Takaba, even for even minor offenses. Any student who behaves right and works well in the eyes of the authorities will be deemed fit to re-enter society.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Manga: Book 1, Page 33
  2. Manga: Book 1, Page 32
  3. Manga: Book 1, Page 108
  4. Manga: Book 1, Page 34
  5. Manga: Book 1, Page 112