「バカとテストと召喚獣っ!」 (Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu!)
“Idiots, Tests, and Summoned Beings!”
God, why couldn’t have all the episodes been this great? Not only were there a bunch of laughs, but throw in some good romantic aspects and a BAMF-transformation and you get an episode of Baka Test that doesn’t disappoint.
I’m actually really sad that I won’t get to hear Taketatsu Ayana playing the role of a crazy lesbian who’s willing to kill to be with her precious Onee-chan~. Not only was it always a treat whenever she would leap into action but paired with Kubo (and I can only think of one reason WHY she’s paired with him) it became one of the longest running jokes that will probably never come to fruition. I can only imagine the look on Akihisa’s face if he figured out just why Kubo likes to be around him.
I’ll admit that I’m going to hold on to this hope that Minami will eventually be the one who will win Akihisa’s heart. However, after watching Himeji suddenly gain the confidence to let her true emotions just flow right out of her, I’m beginning to see why so many of you like her so much. I suppose I wasn’t fond of how fake she always seemed, especially when it came anything about Akihisa. It’s almost like she was trying to play the role of the damsel in distress because she was too chicken to do something by herself.
In the end, that sudden out-of-character outburst was probably what finally pushed me over the edge. The timid girl who only loosens up when she gets drunk not only stood up for her first crush that’s dumber than a fly but proved to him that her words weren’t just fluff — I can’t imagine a guy who wouldn’t be a little touched after hearing some of the things Himeji said.
After building up to that terrific ending with Akhisa head-bashing the life out of our two summer idiots, I don’t think there was a better way to close the show. Loosely illustrating how much closer everyone’s relationships have become, it makes the perfect jumping stone to launch a third season. Will that third season come? Only time will tell.
ED4: 「エウレカベイビー」 (Eureka Baby) by 麻生夏子 (Asou Natsuko)
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When the second season of Baka Test started, I was hoping that it would avoid all the problems that its first season had. Specifically, I’m talking about all the less than stellar episodes in-between the amazing ones. Be it a problem in pacing or adaptation, there were certain episodes that felt like they were just going on for way too long. At the same time, there were so many better arcs that could have been made even better with a few more episodes. Specifically speaking, anything dealing with the flashbacks were done so well that it surprises me the same show could have such stark differences.
The crowning moment for this series, at least for me, was and will forever be episode 8. In a show that’s described as stupid funny with idiots, Minami’s back-story is so amazing and heartwarming that I’d probably get a little teary if I tried to watch it again. The writing behind being stuck behind a language barrier and not being able to overcome it was good, but the twist at the end when Minami figured out what Akihisa was trying to say still makes my heart tinge at how sweet it was.
Just like a bunch of other shows this season, Baka Test had its fair share of problems along the way. I’m still a little peeved over how many episodes were spent on that silly peeping tom arc. I’m sure there’s more than enough material that could have been used in its place, but we’ll never know now. Honestly, when you have such a good story in place why waste so many episodes on a single side story?!
However, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun watching all those silly episodes. The amount of humor varied from episode to episode, but I feel confident in saying that nothing was ever boring. Some jokes may have been a lot weaker than others, but there was always at least one thing that would make me laugh out loud each episode. For example, Himeji’s drunkenrampage immediately comes to mind when I try to think of the funniest moments of Baka Test.
All in all, I wish that Baka Test could have been a bit longer. With all the touching flashbacks and genuinely funny episodes, I’m sure there’s still something left that could make all of us fall out of chairs from laughing too hard or cry our eyes out because it’s too touching. While I haven’t heard about a third season, I know that I’d be excited if one was announced.
On that note, using the Takaii’s semi-patented recommendation meter, I would probably recommend this show only if someone had watched the first season. Even though the first few episodes were a really good refresher, I don’t think those emotional scenes would hit as hard without some background knowledge. And if I ruined someone’s opportunity to feel what I felt during certain episodes (episode 8), I’d be pretty pissed at myself.