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February 24, 2012

Anime Review: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

A funny and cute anime about a a bunch of students and their interesting powers whilst surviving the daily struggles of school life. The story is decently interesting, but the characters and settings really makes this anime worth watching to the end. This review takes the entire Baka to Test to Shoujanjuu series into account.

Baka to Test to ShoukanjuuSynopsis:
The story centers around Akihisa Yoshii, the "baka" of the title. His academy rigidly divides up the student body into classes based on the results of tests. The prodigies are in the A class with reclining seats complete with air conditioning, but Akihisa is in F class, the lowest rung of the school ladder which is furnished only with low, decrepit tables and worn-out straw tatami mats. A girl named Mizuki Himeji is actually one of the smartest girls in Akihisa's sophomore year, but she had a fever on test day and was pigeonholed into the F class. Besides Mizuki (who Akihisa secretly adores), the F class also has Yuuji Sakamoto, the class president who has been Akihisa's friend and partner-in-crime since the freshman year.

The school happens to have developed experiments to summon fantasy creatures, and Akihisa decides to rally F class to take on the higher-tiered classes and seize their perks. The F class uses the summoned creatures in an all-out battle for school supremacy.

Review:
From watching this anime, I have learnt many things from crazy idiotic phrases to plain stupid jokes. What made me keep watching though was the interesting story and background setting on how the academy functioned. Since this is no ordinary academy and it featured special powers it appealed to me in some way. However, I do like the concept of the 'F' class taking on the higher classes to prove who's more superior.

The art I would say was decently illustrated. Not much to be admired by, just your standard typical anime art style. I must admit though, that the constant change of clothes and settings for characters added some spice to the anime. The battle simulations were good though, they really showed the difference between the battle mode and real life.

The voice acting was appropriate and memorable for each character. The sudden changes of moods and tone can be evidently heard by the voice cast. The theme songs were catchy enough but I completely forgot what they sounded since it has been a while from when I finished watching this anime. All I can say that, there are no problems here.

The characters varied to the most loud and meanest to the plain stupid boring ones. You will find a favourite character from these bunch of interesting characters. Also, you will definitely find a character you will come to love, hate, admire, envy, loathe and the list goes on. There seems to be always conflicts going on between characters as well as emotional turmoil and silly misunderstandings. It;s all part of the plot to keep you wanting to watch more.

In the end, all I can say, this is a humorous anime form start to finish. Many stupid moments along with much facepalming. Some annoying moments were evident as well. It really depends what type of person you are and how you view friendship, love and hate.

STORY: 7
Its an interesting story with a few plot twists, but plenty of laughs and awkward moments that will keep you watching.

ART: 7
Above average as your typical anime. Good use of battle effects though.

SOUND: 6
Ok, so not that memorable theme songs were used. They were catchy though when you watch the anime. Voice acting was good too.

CHARACTER: 9
There's always that character you either love or hate to the extreme. This anime brings that type of character to you.

ENJOYMENT: 8
Its funny and cute and sometimes a bit disturbing. Its really up to you if you like it or hate it.

OVERALL: 8
Its funny and disturbing in some parts. Overall, I did enjoy this anime to the end. Although I would have liked a more refined story, it was good anyway to enjoy for a while.