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Baka to Test to Shokanju April 25, 2010

Posted by ayasawada in Anime.
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Baka to Test to Shokanju

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If any show can be described as pure ROFL, it’s this. BakaTest is one of the best shows I’ve seen in the last 12 months and also one of the most ridiculous sounding (no surprise given my tastes).

BakaTest centres on Fumizuki Academy, a school that takes entrance exam rankings to the extreme. Each kid is placed in a class whose resources reflects their ability — the smartest kids get plush state-of-the art classrooms with computers, cushions and colour TVs. The ‘idiots’, meanwhile, get cramped classes, cracked chalkboards and cardboard box desks.

Yet that isn’t even the weirdest part. Fumizuki Academy also has a unique system that allows students to summon avatars and battle it out for respect and facilities, with each student’s strength based on their last test score.

It’s a concept crying out for an anime, particularly as it features a familiar array of anime types — the shy, big-busted heroine, the tomboy, the trap, the idiot, the… er.. pervert. It also really packs in the in-jokes.

Yet despite the clichés, the concept itself is so original, so batshit insane, I just had to like it. That plus the Baka’s noble mission to show that “test scores aren’t everything in life”. Everyone in bottom class F is there as much for unfortunate circumstance as their stupidity (the main character aside perhaps).

It’s that heart that I struck a chord with me as much as the lol-ing to otaku in-jokes and left-field humour. For every YujiXShoko tazer moment there was a sweet moment of ‘Aww’, for every hentai sister there was the poignant misunderstandings of Mizuki Himeji and ‘Yoshiiii-kun’

It did lose its way a bit towards the end, but there were plenty of highlights to remember fondly. I still can’t think of the theme park wedding episode without sniggering. A second season has already been greenlit, so I look forward to more insanity in the not too distant future.

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