Oct 5, 2004 to Mar 29, 2005
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SynopsisTsukamoto Tenma is an ordinary 2nd year high school student who has fallen in love with one of her classmates, Karasuma Ooji. However, currently she is unable to confess her feelings to him. To make things worse, she found out that Karasuma is transferring to another school in a year. On the other hand, Tenma's other classmate, Harima Kenji (who is a delinquent) is also in love with Tenma. Not being able to confess his feelings, Harima gets depressed day by day.
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Opening Theme#1: "Scramble" by Yui Horie with UNSCANDAL (eps 1-24)
#2: "Umi no Otoko wa yo (海の男はよ)" by Kikoukumaru's Man Chorus Group (ep 25)
Ending Theme#1: "Onna no Ko Otoko no Ko" by Yuko Ogura
#2: "Hatenkou Robo Dojibiron no Teema" by Hiroki Takahashi
#3: "Hatenkou Robo Dojibiron no Tema" by Nanba Juuzou & Dojibiron V (ep 18)
#4: "Scramble" by Yui Horie with UNSCANDAL (ep 25)
#5: "School Rumble 4 Ever" by Ami Koshimizu, Hitomi Nabatame, Yui Horie & Kaori Shimizu (ep 26)
School Rumble is a romantic comedy that you should watch if you don't want to pay attention to any plot details or you just in it for a good laugh. Meaning school rumble is a show that has virtually no main plot and gets nowhere in 26 episodes.
Now i did say that there was not plot but that doesn't mean that the show does nothing but corny humor for the entire 26 episodes(even though its all it really needs to do for the genre). They introduce a variety of characters throughout and give them most at least some back story, character development, and even some small story arcs for the larger supporting characters. The main focus was at first for Harima to confess his love to Tenma and for Tenma to confess her love to Karasuma but later on it changes to just watch as they fail at every attempt and laugh while they do it. The only real problem with the story is by the end nothing really has changed since the beginning, sure Tenma now finds Harima to be a nice guy but their relationship is no different. They don't even know they are interested in each other (that goes for every love relationship in this show)and that is what i find disheartening(not because it takes away from the show but because it keeps the show from being better than average in the story section). The story does everything it needs to do to get the job done but not much more to surpass and be a truly great anime.
If you can look past how good the comedy is in this show you will realize how strong the character cast is. First off Harima was one of the funniest and unique characters i have seen(best character in the show), honestly put him in the spot light and its guaranteed a good laugh. But all the characters as a whole is what truly makes this show special. Let me explain, in most high school shows they focus on maybe five characters and they are in a tight nit group with very similar interests. School Rumble on the other hand exceeds the amount of characters that you would expect and they are all from completely different stereotypical social cliches(There is the smart kids, the delinquent, the Marshall arts student, the big boobed bimbo, the dumb kid, the photographer, the pervert, the rich girl, the popular kid, the kid sister, and so many more) that are all pretty well defined, and they ARE ALL CONNECTED. For example how often do you see a show were the main character knows the school nurse on a personal basis. Its like this with almost every character interaction. the only people i found in the show that were not explained were a few people Harima worked for. I also believe that all the different character cliches clashing with one another is one of many elements that makes this anime so funny. They are also able to make all of the characters likable while making them all so different which is something to be proud of(this fact alone is why this show sticks out as one of the better anime out there).
The animation in this show was nothing to special at most times but it had its moments(Ex.bike chase in beginning of show,"Matrix" scene, and the Alien ship).
What was the best part in this department was the art specifically the facial expressions on Harima and Tenma when they reacts to specific moments throughout the show. They are able create most the most funny moments in this show using their facial expressions and lets be honest if this show makes you laugh it has served its purpose.
The opening and ending songs for this show were both catchy and were good fits for the show itself. the atmospheric and suspenseful music were both pretty good as well but nothing in this section was supremely good in my opinion.
-All characters are likable
-Most characters are connected and are from different school life cliches providing great dynamic moments
-art was effective in amplifying comedy and more
-No real results, most things we know in the beginning are the same in the end
-Show thrives off a specific humor so its not enjoyable for all audiences
-Harimas unbelievable fails at love confession get annoying after a while
My overall enjoyment for this show thrived off of the comedy itself and seeing all the different character personalities. The only things about this show that were not great was the lack of a strong story arc and there was no real change from the beginning of the show to the end.
This is a really Unique Romantic comedy that is TV-PG so all demographics can see it and has no fan service so its great for men and women to watch. But when it comes down to it the only thing this show actually needs to do is make you laugh and it does more than that. If this is your type of humor and you are looking for a show that you can just sit back and relax while watching than this is the show for you.
Thank you for anyone who took the time to read my review, and have a great day!!
Hate watching those anime that drag on for too long with boring storylines? Then try School Rumble, each episode is totally random, even though it does try to follow a main storyline.
As the story goes on, it becomes more and more hilarious! I wished my high school was as fun as this. It portrays as guys being very pathetic and always going after girls, this makes them very funny to watch! The jokes are very humorous; some is just silly.
The animation is very beautiful, although it has more beautiful girls and the boys are all very weird. The animals drawn are very cute and the main character is such a klutz, her face turns fat all the time.
The background sounds are funny, adds comedy to the scene. The soundtrack is just as good, the music is very soothing. The voice characters are just funny and the voices are exaggerated very much, which give the impression that the character is very dumb.
The characters are very distinct; I get confused sometimes because there are many characters and a lot of names to remember. I only remember Harima Kenji because the English version of this name is Harry McKenzie. But his character was the funniest out of all the boys in the class, he is supposed to be a delinquent but then turns all soft and lovey dovey, and the girl he falls for is an average looking slow girl, which makes it all so much funnier because he is dumb as well.
This is very enjoyable if you like to watch comedy genres, and don't mind the occasional half naked scenes. There were many scenes where I was cracking up; this anime has to be the funniest I’ve seen and the most random.
Highly recommended for boys more than girls because it has a lot of big breasts involved. It’s just too damn funny!
This review is for the entire School Rumble series.That includes both seasons and all of the OVAs. I don’t believe in dividing up series by seasons and I firmly believe series should be treated as a whole and therefore rated and reviewed, and judged in the same manner.
School Rumble is basically the story of a love triangle. The hyper, slow-witted, dense and yet extremely nice and lovable character Tsukamoto Tenma is in love with her strange and seemingly dull classmate Karasuma Oji and at the same time the misunderstood delinquent Harima Kenji is madly in love with Tsukamoto Tenma to the point that he has been transformed into a new man because of it.
The series best fits in the comedy genre and anytime you feel the story is about to take a serious turn, it swings back to its comedic nature faster than you can blink.
The characters are probably the best part of this series. While there is really only three or four main characters, on numerous occasions, the series turns its attention to some of the backgrounds characters and lets the viewers get to know them better through some interesting side stories. Tsukamoto Tenma is extremely cute and lovable, Harima Kenji is a brooding delinquent you will love to root for, and Karasuma Oji is the character you will love to hate. The background characters such as Tsukamoto Tenma’s sister, Yakumo (quiet, reserved, and gorgeous girl that almost all men fall in love with at first sight) , Sawachika Eri (the seemingly shallow rich blonde girl sought after by many guys), Suou Mikoto (the athletic and cool tomboy that seems to be good at just about everything), Takano Akira (the quiet, calm, and mysterious girl that seems to know everything) are also very well developed and quite entertaining to watch. There is a character type to suit any viewer’s tastes.
The Japanese voice acting is absolutely fantastic and the voices match the characters well without exception. The most notable are the voices Tsukamoto Tenma which is done brilliantly by Koshimizu Ami (The very talented voice actress who does the voices of Kallen in Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch /R2 and Horo in “Spice and Wolf”), and the voice of Harima Kenji which is done by Takahashi Hiroki (the voice of Kikumaru Eiji in Prince of Tennis and Hisoka in Hunter X Hunter). I can’t comment on the English voice acting due to the fact that I have not watched the dubbed version of the series (…and I have no intention of doing so).
The art and animations are not quite as noteworthy as the character design and voice acting. The art is average and the animations are done well most of the time with a few exceptions here and there. That is about all that needs to be said about the art and animations.
The story itself and the way it’s developed are both very interesting. However, I did find it quite irritating at times where I felt the story should perhaps take a more serious turn. The show is a comedy and above all else it should be funny and in that area there is definitely no shortcomings. The show is absolutely hilarious. However, while it is a comedy, its subject matter is not, and I would have found it quite refreshing if the writers had not shied away from including some serious elements as a complement to the comedy. Instead, they chose to completely slam on the breaks and put it in reverse whenever there was even the slightest danger of any serious development. The only part where things get even in the least bit serious is in the final two-episode OVA where they attempt to conclude the story.
Another area where this show suffered a bit had to do with filler episodes. There are not too many filler episodes and some of the fillers even contribute a little bit to the story. But, fillers are still fillers. While they are not abused to extremes as with some other shows such as Bleach, their presence still adds some annoyance for the viewer.
ATTENTION: The next paragraph talks about the ending. While I will not include any specifics about what happens at the end of the series, I will talk about the style and quality of the ending. If you feel this might spoil things for you, skip over the next paragraph.
This is where the show lost the most points from me. While, I did not know the specifics of the ending, I had a very close guess formed by the second or third episode of the first season regarding how the show would conclude. I knew I was in for at least a bit of a letdown at the end simply based on the nature of the show and how it completely shied away from getting even slightly serious. The ending doesn’t really leave you hanging which is good. However, I did not get the ending I wanted and I am fairly certain most people who have watched the series in the past and those who will watch it in the future have felt and will feel the same way I do about this. It will not catch you off guard. You will know it is coming fairly early in the series. But it is still a letdown. Perhaps, an alternate ending episode might have remedied this.
The two places this series lost marks from me were the filler episodes and the ending. Without the fillers and with the correct ending this show would have scored full marks. read more
I like the concept which school life with friends and the struggle of love, and Harima fun days with his principle..
That so fun, i can imagine that!
I dont really like this story...
This anime had good concept but throwing all with too much harem romance...
And that Tenma girl trolling complicated story.. *fiuuhh
I think this anime have to add new harem genre over there.
Ryuji Somehow reminds me of harima.. they are both looks like delinquent.. but they actually are sweet and kind..
they also have problems to confess their love to the person they like :P
Misunderstood Delinquent like lead male characters, awesome comedy and great female characters with tons of misunderstandings and comedy. Toradora is a bit more complete then school rumble, but school rumbles cast is more enjoyable then Toradoras in my opinion. Both are great Comedy/romances.
If you're looking for a great romantic comedy, look no further. School Rumble does well in blending slapstick humor and slice-of-life with a bit of romance. Both titles are similar in that they are driven by their characters and how they develop over the course a school year, and it's really easy to connect to the characters. Be wary that SR may not offer as conclusive an ending as Toradora; even so, it's well worth the ride! 9/10
Both shows are about the problems of school kids confessing their love to someone.
In both of them, one of the main characters is a feared delinquent though too shy to confess and express his/her feelings.
The initial situation soon developes into a more complicated network of who's in love with who.
Both are romantic love comedies about involving characters. However, I'll freely admit that Toradora is definitely better than School Rumble. There's a good reason for that though, School Rumble manga went on for 250+ chapters, so the anime finished with a big "to be continued" at the end.
The story follows many interesting little matches, revolving around Harima Kenji (One of the greatest characters anime has ever seen, for other reasons than what are considered standards) and Tsukamoto Tenma.
I should mention both the first and second season ended with a big "to be continued." They decided to animate the end of school rumble as a 2 episode OVA, rather than wait for funding for an entirely new season. The OVA skips over everything that's happened in the meantime, so you'll have to read it to be informed as to what's happened, but it's not absolutely necessary.
I could ramble and explain the show, but I figure it's more effective to say this. If you liked Toradora, if you liked Seto no Hanayome, if you liked any show similar to these, you will enjoy School Rumble. It's certainly one of my favourites.
Both anime take place in a high school setting. The male protagonists from both series start from episode 1 with a well-known reputation at school as a mean delinquent among their classmates. It takes a few episodes before their classmates begin warming up to them.
Typical stuff found in other high school anime are also present such as cool teachers, swimsuit fanservice, and school festivals. Not typically found in school life/romantic-comedy anime, are fight scenes. The short fight scenes are scattered throughout each series in order to advance the plot.
However, the main draw to these series are their comedy and romantic bits. Both series find the right balance for each. Since both series are romantic-comedies, you can expect to see some romantic bits, intertwined with some comedy. In some anime, it's made pretty clear early on who the final pairing will likely be...not so in School Rumble or Toradora! Love triangles are found in both involving the male protagonists which will keep you guessing who the final pair will be.
The randomness in their 26 episode run helps keeps the series from going stale.
They have the exact same sort of situation, setup, and plot - at least initially. Toradora has better art and School Rumble has way more jokes, so bear that in mind.
More than one love triagle, have a tsundere character, a rich girl character, are both funny romfoms except Toradora gets serious at times while school rumble stays silly.
They are both romance comedies in a school setting. School Rumble seemed to have more comedy while Toradora was a bit more serious. But they are both hilarious! The love triangles were very similar in each show, and the main character Harima and Ryuuji seemed very similar to me.
School comedy with very similar character set:
Scary looking but gentle inside main character (Harima/Takasu) in love with lightheaded (Tenma/Minori) but he has to spend much time with tsundere (Eri/Taiga). And there is strange Karasuma/Kitamura guy.
Same kind of school love comedy tinged with feely moments. Both are full of epic misunderstandings between people failing to confess their love.
Toradora has a bit more sad moments while School Rumble is more focused on comedy.
Both animes are high school romantic comedies that are written very well. Love triangles turn into love rectangles and pentagons, making the relationships between characters very complicated and hysterical.
Having a crazy school life? Well... it can't possibly be as crazy as the lives of any of the students in either one of these Anime. That's part of the charm of these anime.
Filled to the brim with stupidity, over the top antics and plenty of randomness; School Rumble and Baka to Test has much to offer, especially in the comedy department.
Baka to Test is for those who like parodies, and the clichés of anime all thrown into one bag and mocked out of.
School Rumble consists of many "short episodes" of gags, as to not bore the viewer whereas Baka to Test has a certain theme or direction of an episode e.g. the classic "Pool Day"
Either way, if you like brainless laughs and just want something over-the-top and insane to watch then try Baka to Test or School Rumble.
Comedy where didiots are involved..actually school rumble has proper idiots and its as funs as baka to test
They both are school comedy type despite not really similar to School Rumble, and School Rumble is way funnier than Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (in my opinion) they both share the same genre
Idiots, misunderstandings, school based wackiness, and a little interclass warfare too because hell why not.
Both romance/comedy which revolve around a group of students, their far outlives and love dense main characters. Baka is more over the top in its antics and randomness but School Rumble isn't that far off.
It's safe to say both will provide plenty of laughs and enjoyment!! :)
Both are high school slice-of-life comedies with an idiot main character. These both involve love triangles, and rely on somewhat recycled jokes or gags. I also noticed that in the second half of both shows, there was more drama added. Both anime have a large cast, with plenty of quirky characters. However, Baka and Test seems to have more perverse humor than School rumble.
Personally, I did get some laughs from both shows, but they just weren't exactly my cup of tea.
They're quite have the similar storyline and both comedy, both an awesome anime, and both worth watching.
The humor, characters, setting, and plot are practically shared between the two shows. Both are set in high school, feature a romantically clueless MC, make use of classic anime character tropes, and showcase characters the are practically copies of each other. These two shows go hand in hand as two of the funniest high school romantic comedies ever made and their similarity make them perfect for someone who has finished one series and is itching for more of the same humor/characters.
The shows are similar enough that if you enjoyed one, you'll definitely enjoy the other, but different enough so that it doesn't feel repetitive or boring.
- Very nice set of characters.
- Many references to classic anime.
- Hilarious comedy style.
- Nice openings and endings.
Both are hilarious and they are almost on the same line, only difference is that Ouran probably has more drama in it.
If you like School Comedies like School Rumble, then you'll definitely love watching Ouran High School Host Club! OHSHC may take a while to get used to the way the boys handle, but later you'll so going to appreciate it.
Hilarious Comdey, lots of school life, a bit of romance, school festival everywhere and more cos play!
They are similar in some ways, especially since it's about high school students. Ouran is also funny, though not as funny as School Rumble (but SR is reeeally hard to beat in that way, for me at least)
Ouran highschool host club is a love comedy, so is school rumble. both have really funny chibi expressions too. I'de say the only difference is the main characters. both are hilarious.
Both SchoolRumble and Ouran will make you laugh time and again. They are funny, can be poignant at times, are mostly random but do have something of a plot. Both focus on high school students and their interactions with each other. Though they are not entirey similar (no anime can be), if you like one then there is a high chance you will enjoy the other.
Both about a bunch of crazy kids making their way through life at school.
It's fun and playful anime, it really makes you laugh. Although they have a bit different subjects, it's all about love in both anime in a really comic way.
Both are school animes, although School rumble has a more serious plot, they're both very comical, both involve a female and male protagonist, with the male trying to attract the female, however in School rumble, it's more of a love triangle, both are extremely good and funny animes.
If you like one, you'll most likely like the other!
Though the art style is starkly different (probably the hardest part of the transition) they're both absolutely hilarious romcoms which are primarily great because of their lovably, zany characters. If you enjoyed Ouran Host Club and all of its humor but are looking for something geared a little bit more toward males than School Rumble delivers.
There isn't much connecting the two shows besides their genres, as most of the characters don't have counterparts. But that's why I think School Rumble is a great show to follow Ouran with, because it offers a new perspective on a high school romance, uses the same general slice of life format and comedy. If you enjoyed Ouran for it's lovable characters and crazy humor, than you'll love School Rumble all the same, while still getting a taste of something new.
There are some similarities between these two animes:
- Same type of humour with the heroine and hero being involved in ridiculous random situations.
- One of the protagonists is completely oblivious of the feelings of the heroine.
- One of the protagonists is a mangaka.
- Extremely fun scenes involving bikes.
- One character that appears to be a rebel/deliquent but has a sensible side.
Personally I prefer GSNK because it makes fun about all shoujo stereotypes, but both are really fun so you will enjoy one if you liked the other!
Both are general parodies of the Shōjo and Romantic Comedy genres, and they both involve romantic plots that are played for laughs and never really go anywhere. They also share a diverse cast of characters. School Rumble focuses more on a sketch comedy format with love triangles whereas Nozaki-kun focuses more on a slice of life format with recreational activities that bring the characters closer together.
Both feature a female in a "romance" with a weird or eccentric male, and the hilarity ensues from there in very similar veins. Both also have a cast of side chars who add to the humor. Gekkan is newer and sharper animation while Rumble is older.
One major difference is SR has a deuteragonist in Tenma the delinquent who is in love with the SR heroine, and they both do weird things to get closer to their crush.
Overall both very funny romcoms that emphasize the com.
-One of the main characters is a mangaka
-There is always something unexpected going on
-They are both funny and the characters are likable
Same type of comedy revolving around quirky characters in bizarre situations as well as scenes where a character has trouble confessing their feelings to their love interest. Very similiar type of characters between both shows as well (bubbly love-strucken girl, one-expression male character, etc.). If you laughed hard at one of these, you will for sure laugh hard at the other. Nozaki-kun mostly includes jokes that make fun of Shoujo manga/anime, while School Rumble includes many jokes at Shonen titles. Also, School Rumble has more romance than Nozaki-kun while Nozaki-kun has more comedy compared to School Rumble (but both have a lot)
School comedies with a similar sense of humor and revolve around funny misunderstandings and characters who like someone but are unable to tell them how they feel. One of the main characters of School Rumble also secretly becomes a manga artist and a girl from school helps him with his drawings.
-over the top rom/com, that mostly revolves around comedy
-very easy to follow
-main character oblivious to that fact that the other one likes him/her
-the characters are very lovable, cute, well written though very simple at the same time
-full of chliches that normally would annoy you (atleast me) and for some reason make it hillarious. no matter if it was the galore of misunderstandings (probably my biggest weakness) it ended up in the funniest way possible
- in general i felt like i was watching gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun v2 (though it's older) while watching school rumble.
- in short if you liked one and want something similar this is the closest you get
There are some similarities that I want to point out..
-Same type of humor(random and make fun of the shoujo or the shounen genre)
-Both anime have characters that are involved in drawing manga
-Characters that are oblivious to love
-Minimum fanservice(There's a little fanservice in SR while there are none in GSNK)
Both are high school comedy anime. Azumanga Daioh is a bit more wacky and random, and School Rumble has more story (just a little), but if you like one, you should also like the other.
Its high school... only a little different. A little zany, a little random, a lot of fun. If you like high school comedies that are somewhat wacky, both School Rumble and Azumanga Daioh provide plenty of laughs... especially with Tenma or Osaka's crazy day dreams!
If you add a few guys and some romance into azumanga daioh, you get the premesis for School Rumble. The other main difference is that School Rumble has two seasons, with a third one in production, and Azumanga daioh has one season and a few specials
Both shows have well developed comedic characters, their art style is alluring, and aside from SR's op and ed, both shows have songs that sound quite similar to each other.
karasuma is the exact counterpart of sakaki
Plus both sakaki and yakumo loves cats..the difference though is that sakaki has lots of favorite cats while yakumo has one specific favorite
every character has her own image song, and both school rumle and azumanga daioh have teachers that have known each other since college
Two comedies are amusing!
the difference is that in SR also shows the point of view of a boy, unlike AMD.
In both anime unimaginable things happen!
The unique personalities and sometimes of absurd characters, makes it even more interesting!
School Rumble is said to be the Azumanga Daioh of its time.
Both are respectfully good. Both have a female cast of main characters.
Both have rather interesting female teachers.
Both are pretty random.
Both series focus on individual character development.
I recommend both series.
Two of the funniest anime in existence. And, perhaps coincidentally, the only two anime that spring to mind where the 'half-episode' mark often meant a different short story/chapter. You know how those other unfunny anime drag-on for the full episode run-time... despite being unfunny? These two don't. Clearly, 10-minutes is the best for animated comedy silliness.
The 2nd series of Full Metal Panic & all the seasons of School Rumble are both hilarious school comedies with a nice cast of characters, and they don't lose their humour even after many re-watchings.
Both have extremely funny plot and characters. If you like school rumble, then you will definitely not be disappoint by full metal panic - fumoffu. It is a must watch for those looking for comedy type anime.
Both animes are episodic, meaning one 20 minute episode is actually 2 or 3 small episodic parts. Both series can be watched in one full session, or if you have 6-10 minutes to spare while your pasta is boiling.
Fumoffu is a Slapstick comedy with a tsundere lead to reinforce that.
School Rumble is a Romantic comedy that is reinforced by many misunderstandings and puns.
Both series are pure comedic geniuses in their native aspects.
Summary of these two series: Do these characters ever learn? No. Do they keep trying? Yes. Do they keep failing? Yes. Is it hilarious? OF COURSE! (Why else are we watching?)
They may not be that similar in setting at all, but both are some of the funniest things that you will ever encounter. If you laughed during School Rumble or vice versa your going to get one hell of a thrill.
Both anime(s) contain great humor without throwing in fan-service every 5 minutes. The main characters are similar in that they are known for their common-sense-lessness and romantic misunderstandings. Both series also covers the days of a typical school life setting with crude humor and great comedy.
Of course, there is romance in both series generated by interactions with the other characters. These two anime(s) definitely brings out the word "fun" to its finest form.
The connection is simple - both are hilarious school-based animes with interesting characters.
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