Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni! – 12
「バカと道化と鎮魂歌（レクイエム）っ!」 (Baka to Douke to Chinkonka (Rekuiemu))
“Idiots, a Fool, and Requiem”
It only took 11 episodes for it to finally come, but the ESB’s are finally back… sort of. If you remember how popular episode 4 was when the chibi version of everyone’s summons were flying around making a mess by revealing everyone’s secrets, this one hit the opposite end of the spectrum. Instead of cute, we get a combination of sexy and quite literally flat. Not a bad trade when you combine all the jokes that come with the territory, right?
Every time material from the OVA comes out, it really makes me question if I’d have been better off actually paying attention and catching them when they came out. Luckily, the random character insertions didn’t matter too much this time. Besides becoming the current bad guys, it was a nice reminder that there are still other students in the school other than classes A through F. Till now; I had this ridiculous idea that they were the only ones in the entire school! Honestly, how often do they actually append the year marker to their class letter?
The whole Test of Courage combined with some ESB battles had its fair share of laughs, but I think I’m more excited for what’s in-store for next week. With nearly everyone knocked out of the competition, all that’s left is for Akihisa and Yuuiji to go out in flames next week. While it’s entirely plausible that Yuuji has already thought of a plan to ensure that the second years will win; I think it’d be a lot more fun if things came down to a spontaneous battle to the death with bits of Baka Test’s humor thrown in-between. I’m starting to miss ridiculous things like breaking down walls and flying through windows just to win an ESB.That said, if Yuuiji’s involved, all they may need is for someone to play with Shouko’s emotions to the point where she’ll destroy anything and everything around her.