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October 25, 2012

Anime Review: School Rumble Ni Gakki + San Gakki

School Rumble Ni Gakki is the sequel to School Rumble continuing the story of the love triangle between the main characters.

School Rumble Ni GakkiSynopsis (Ni Gakki):

Continuing right where season 1 left off: Harima still likes Tenma but still runs into obstacles everytime he tries to confess his love to her. To complicate the situation, Class 2-D challenges class 2-C once again and there's a rumor floating around that Harima and Yakumo are dating as the school prepares for the cultural festival.

Synopsis (San Gakki):

A short 2 episodes attempt to conclude the series. Karasuma goes to America after then end of the third term. Will Harima finally confess? What will happen with Tenma and Karasuma?

Review:

There isn't really much to review here as everything I have covered in the review of School Rumble pretty much applies here. The art, sound and characters are pretty all much the same. However, I must admit that the story in 'Ni Gakki' was much better than the prequel. It felt like the story moved a long in a more faster pace and the characters have become more aware of their surroundings. Of course though, as expected, the ending was another 'unfinished quesion' with Harima Kenji not able to confess his feelings to Tenma properly.

The sequel, School Rumble San Gakki aimed at concluding the series by having Harima finally confess his feelings to Tenma. However, the story ending in the most disappointing way possible. I will not spoil it here, but I would say that it was a pretty terrible ending for such a awesome anime that built up to a very high climax.

In the end, I would say that the entire series was just too long for a nice romantic comedy story to unfold. There were also a few fillers which were pretty much time-wasters. I would have enjoyed the series if it was just shorted to 20+ episodes with a proper ending.

Ni Gakki | San Gakki

STORY: 7 | 5

ART: 7 | 7

SOUND: 8 | 8

CHARACTER: 8 | 7

ENJOYMENT: 8| 7

OVERALL: 7 | 6