Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni! – 03
「僕とあの娘とぬいぐるみっ！」 (Boku to Ano Musume to Nuigurumi!)
“Me, That Girl, and a Stuffed Animal!”
Now that’s what I’m talking about. Instead of fun adventures with friends during summer break, it seems the new semester has already started. I really had my hopes up when I saw Class F’s crappy classroom full of junk that this show would start bringing out all the things that made me love it so much during its first season. While I feel a little let down with all the strange topics these first few episodes have covered, I have to admit that they’ve been pretty interesting.
Sometimes, I wish I had an identical twin to deal with all my problems. It sure would be nice to have someone I could unload all my extra work or problems onto. For those who don’t remember, Hideyoshi has an older twin sister named Yuuko, who happens to be the definition of a perfect honor student. While she obviously has numerous flaws that she’s not willing to accept, which drives this strange skit, I can vaguely remember her having feelings of disdain toward everyone in Class F, especially Akihisa. Hopefully that little glimpse at just how amazing Akihisa and Hideyoshi can be was enough to change her opinion a bit.
Then again, it has to be pretty tough to dislike Akihisa. Yes, he’s pretty stupid and his logic sometimes make no sense, but watching him try his best to help complete strangers could make even the coldest people smile. I thought it was pretty clear who Hazuki’s older sister was, especially since they share the same hair and eye color. But even without noticing the connection, Akihisa’s drive to get that stuffed animal was really impressive. Plus, we finally learned what made Himeji fall for Akihisa in the first place!
While I could say that the first half was rather bland compared to Baka Test’s usual humor, it’s these kinds of skits that really help bring the viewer back into the swing of things. Given how there’s been a large gap of time between when the first season aired and now, I suppose I should be happy that these mandatory catch up episodes are at least fairly interesting. Plus, who can complain when there’s a bit of Class F and their FFF brigade whipping up some mischief?
But what really made the episode worth watching was the ferocious return of Nishimura “Tetsujin” Souichi! Probably one of the scariest teachers to ever make it on-screen in an anime, he wasted no time making sure he dominated the latter half of the episode. I don’t know about you, but it’ll never get old watching him put the smack down on Akihisa. While he may or may not deserve most of the harsh treatment he receives, I’m just waiting for the moment his hit points drop to zero, bringing out Tetsujin and the wrath of his supplementary lessons.