English: Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts
Synonyms: The Idiot, the Tests, and the Summoned Creatures, Baka to Test to Shokanju, BakaTest
Jan 7, 2010 to Apr 1, 2010
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe 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.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Perfect-area complete!" by Natsuko Asou
Ending Theme#1: "Baka Go Home" by milktub (eps 1-6, 10-13)
#2: "Hare Tokidoki Egao" by Hitomi Harada, Kaori Mizuhashi, Emiri Katou, and Tomomi Isomura (eps 7-9)
Comedy is subjective. Some people prefer witty satire and others prefer blunt brainless nonesense. Well, Baka to Test is the latter of the two. Just like its namesake, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (Idiots and Tests and Summoning Beings) is one hell of an idiotic show. But it serves its purpose of providing nonsensical entertainment, and I'm afraid if you are expecting otherwise then Baka to Test is not for you.
To many, the story is – to put it plainly – outright stupid. Students are split into classes from A-F based on their academic skills; A being full of smartarses and F being crammed with quote/unquote “the mentally retarded”. Incidentally, what class you are in correlates to the facilities they have, much like an academic ‘caste system’.
So we have the idiots and tests out of the way, so what about the Summoning Beings? Evidently, there are ways to acquire these prestigious facilities – the obvious one being to score high on the mid-terms...and the other, Exam Summoning Battles. Such battles consist of the student’s being, which is a chibi version of themselves fighting other student’s beings. Much like video games, they have points (which can be considered as health bars) that are knocked off through physical contact. There is little to no “exam”, or any such academic skills tested in these battles, but what the heck – anything goes in anime, more so in this one. The show is already incoherent enough to be questioned at this point.
Akihisa and the rest of F-class duel in these ESB’s to get the hotel-suite like facilities and prove to everyone that grades aren’t everything! Along with that there are love triangles, moé, traps, incest, lolicons, cross-dressing, yaoi, yuri and every anime cliché under-the-sun.
And I for one love it for that.
Brainless comedy is brainless. Filled to the brim with slapstick humour and overacting such as the infamous anime nosebleed and much, much shouting to the point it is classed as screeching; dirty jokes and overall randomness Baka to Test helps the reviewer just sit back, relax and take it in all the over the top nature of the show.
Not only does it spoof anime traits but it also parodies anime shows, the most recognizable ones being that from Gurren Lagann and Code Geass but they are quite subtly played. Knowledge of these shows aren't required to enjoy the show as they are only for minimal comedy relief.
Another wonderfully played cliché are the stereotypical characters:
Akihisa, the idiotic male lead completely oblivious to all the girls lusting over him;
Himeji, the big breasted intelligent yet timid beauty – and the most obvious love interest;
Yuuji, strong willed and often in a comedic duo with Akihisa;
Minami, tomboyish though is actually quite the girl to heart;
Kouta, the class’ pervert;
And Hideyoshi, the ‘trap’ – often mistaken as a girl due to his appearances.
These walking stereotypes were all so superb at keeping the viewers laughing with their antics and traits. But as most stereotypes are – they are restricted. As progress throughout the show went on there was no doubt, a formula in the comedy. There were many spontaneous comedic moments as well, but most of it was rather repetitive. However, I wouldn’t say it hindered the show greatly as it does not insult the viewer’s sense of humour. It knows that we know this or that punch line or act yet it is delivered in such a way that it still stays fresh and funny. Much like a signature catchphrase, each character is assigned a certain quirk, habit or joke which we all come to know and love.
Silver Link’s animation was impressive for an almost unknown company. The only other anime they have actually produced (Tayutama ~Kiss on my Deity~) is not very well known and since then their animation has improved. Although the art and animation is fairly average and similar to most other shows, it has subtle add-ins that would make it recognizable even amongst a hundred different anime, such as the colourful shadows each character has – all different colours, no less and the “spotty” inking in backgrounds and objects. Baka has no trouble integrating different styles of art for either comedic purposes or otherwise – using blindingly bright colours when needed and eerily dark when called for. Music is, just like the art, average. The OP and ED are very skippable and the background music is forgettable.
Baka to Test does the job of using some very well known seiyuus as well as some not so very well known. All display a charismatic quality in their characters and bring out the character that they are. Akihisa is the loud idiot. Yuuji is the sometimes-calm-sometimes-not idiot. Himeji is naively sweet. Minami is an awkward idiot. Hideyoshi...does not sound like an idiot per se, but comes across as amusingly girly. And Kouta is perverted through and through. Just hearing the voicing alone could tell you this.
The ‘ending’ of the show is much left to be desired for, in other words it was quite a letdown. Fortunately it has the opportunity to redeem itself with the second season announced to be aired soon.
Baka to Test isn’t anything that hasn’t been seen before. And honestly the excuse of a story isn’t even well thought out or developed. But sometimes you will have to sit there, laugh it all off and say “That’s just stupid!” read more
If you want to see Anime all bundled up into one in the most stereotypical setting with the most cliche characters and unoriginal title and all the hilariously idiotic romance you could ask for, this is for you-- I love it!
I had the experience of watching Baka no Test as one of my first Shojo anime and I could hardly contain my outbursts of laughter and confusion. Then, I watched it after watching a lot of anime, and I still laughed because it brought back so many memories.
You have the cute, perfect, sexual magnet, (who can't cook) innocent girl that the hero seems to have a thing for- there's the pretty, flat-chested, violent, smart common sense-wise, tomboy who gets made fun of way too much and has a thing for the hero and people seem to dump pity on her-there's the pervert who has a nosebleed about everything and can't seem to put down his camera- the main character's hot, smart, tsundere friend who's relationship can be mistaken as gay with the main character- there's the quiet, dangerous, mysterious, extraordinary girl who hunts down the main character's best friend- the gay, smart one who just can't keep a cool head around his crush- the crazy, stalker chick that can't stay away from one of the heroines- the one that's made fun of for being both sexualities at once...
AND THE MAIN CHARACTER WHO'S INSANELY OBLIVIOUS AND STUPID. A perfect insert character for anyone.
These are the Archetypal characters of anime and whenever you revisit them, you can't help but laugh your head off.
This anime makes fun of any anime with any of these characters, this plot of starting from the bottom and getting to the top, summoning beasts, high school, and every genre in between.
Given that you don't need an insanely deep plot and you're looking for something light-hearted to watch: this is the anime that I recommend you watch! read more
There are tons of comedic styles to play on in anime, and Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu takes to it some of the more popular ones - and suceeds with it. Be it Kouta's excited peeping (and failing by nosebleeds), Minami's tomboyish behaviour and acts of violence against Akihisa, Shouko's yandere-esque violent obsession with Yuuji or the sheer over-the-top fighting with the Summoned Beasts. Or the rather subtle and rare allusions to various shows; Baka to Test has it in itself to bring out laughter from everyone and nobody.
Baka to Test is the kind of comedy where the characters themselves, and not necessarily the situation around them, is what makes you laugh. The various character's personalities all have some sort of specific trait which an experienced anime watcher may recognize, to an extent. The totally kawaii moe girl; the tsundere; the yandere; the peeping tom. WHile they're all too apparent, they really do work; in the hands of skilled enough writers, overused character type can be fun to watch over and over again. And it does throw a few interesting turns at you; like the FFF (christ, I'm still laughing over them) - a cult like the KKK; only that they go after those who have girlfriends (or guys who receive obentou from girls, for that sake).
And the two male leads, who are actually refreshingly deep - for comedy male leads, that is. Akihisa is rather wimpy, and a total idiot, and has tons of quirks which one may or may not recognize oneself in (they're all over-the-top, though). All his quirks are a constant fuel for humour; seeing one's own problems made fun out of is something most people can recognize.
The other male lead, Yuuji, is totally hilarious to watch. He is in no way a sidekick character, like Kouta; instead, he takes on more of a 'group leader' role; being class rep and the one in charge of planning for the summoning battles. Truly, when he is at his peak, he is like Kamina (TTGL) in attitude; over-the-top spirited and spouting loads and loads of bull concealed as meaningful and supportive words (who can forget Kamina's "believe in you, who believes in yourself"?). Even those who don't recognize the Kamina-esque personality will probably find his adamant personaltiy hilarious to watch.
As far as settings go, you don't experience anything new. School humour show is school humour show, meaning pool days, theme park trips and that stuff are obligatory. Not to mention the school hallways; which are used as the base for the ESBs. The school does, however, have a few pleasant surprises (like the ESB server room, and the exam paper vault). And of course, the school's roof, where the more serious moments typically take place.
The show doesn't stand out much on its other fields; while above middling quality it's not much more. Backgrounds are tormented by an annoying, dotted style, which I see no apparent reason for having in the show. Character designs are average enough, but the hand-drawn effects which appear at the 'heroic goodbye' talks between Yuuji and are hilarious; likewise is their increased face complexity featured when they are shocked or have any similar reaction.
The soundtrack is standard-fare humour; themes fit the humour setting, the few 'dramatic' moments, and that is about it; there's no memorable theme or likewise to set your mind on. The opening theme is standard upbeat crazy j-pop style, and unfortunately lacks any interesting animation. Same can be said about the ending theme; though it's more j-rock than j-pop.
SUmmarized, Baka to Test is your everyday absurd humour show with a few quirks thrown in to make it refreshing enough to be truly enjoyable, and anyone who's looking for an easy no-brains laugh may find it pleasing. read more
Stupidity, one of the main concepts of comedy. Sometimes it can be annoying, other times it can be hilarious. For this anime, it's the latter.
Not a lot of things goes on in this anime, but sometimes that doesn't matter for some anime such as this. In the anime, a lot of things happen randomly and that can make it funny, such as unexpected situations and unpredictable responses from each character. The comedy overpowers the romance genre in this anime. Whenever there are ecchi scenes, 90% there would be Kouta having nosebleeds. The ecchi genre also adds more to the comedy, and not a lot of scenes that are indecent. The main point of this anime is mostly randomness, and I like it.
The art for this anime is detailed and the animation is smooth. The colours in the anime is vibrant and attracts the eye easily.
Each soundtrack fits its role, but the main thing I would like to point out is the OP. The OP perfectly fits the theme of the anime, having a happy, cheerful and catchy tune. The ED fits its the theme for how stupid the main character is.
Akihisa Yoshii, I would dub "The King of Idiots". A very dense protagonist, which you would think would be annoying but that adds more comedy. A pervert but is very friendly.
Himeji Mizuki, a bad cook who forces everyone to eat her cooking. You would think that she is good at cooking, but you are very wrong. Also has that aura of a "yandere".
Shimada Minami, the flat-chested tsundere, the very violent type but can easily show her feelings to Yoshii. A good cook that would fit best to be a housewife. She also understands English and German.
Sakamoto Yuuji, a delinquent-type character who used to be really smart, but never cared about anyone but himself. Shows very little hints of him liking Shouko.
Kirishima Shouko, a girl that would do anything to be with Yuuji, such as electrocuting him or tying him up, to make sure he is with her. If you haven't realised, she's a massive yandere.
Tsuchiya Kouta, a massive pervert who rarely gets caught for taking pictures. Very knowledgable in Health and PE and also knowledgable at cameras.
Kinoshita Hideyoshi, the 'trap'. Still questioning if 'he' is actually are scenes where his chest area is censored. You can easily mistake 'him' as a girl.
Very funny, to the point where at 5 minute intervals I would laugh. There's 2 seasons of anime but I wished there was more.
If you're looking for a romance+comedy x100, then this anime is for you. read more
They're both comedies that make fun of an overused topic (card battles and zombies). And they both have a male character that is used in a female role.
Energetic comedy series that derive some of their humour from parodying other anime. Both have perverted male characters and generous amounts of fanservice. There are plenty of fight scenes in both.
Similar humor, supernatural battles.
The most random things happen and then things just make less and less sense...
Expressive, humorous and interesting, both are things that suck you in using crazy randomness and anything it can throw at you.
Neither of these shows take themselves seriously, They just take a concept and make fun of it in the most hilarious ways they can. along with very entertaining and unique fighting scenes, Both shows do a great job of parodying their genres, With just senseless and random comedy each show throws at you, they are also able to give you a decent narrative when they get serious, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu seems to do more fleshing out of the characters the Kore wa Zombie desu ka but each have a fun story line with many likeable characters.
-Both are comedies
-Both take place in high school
-Both have battle scenes
-Both have ecchi scenes
-Both have chibi scnes
-Both have a lot of character development
Both shows have similar perverted humor, violence related to Tsunderes, and are great mindless fun. Character designs and the English dubs are also top notch. I highly recommend both.
Both are hilarious comedies with an over the top style and wacky situations.
Both shows have strong focus on comedy and parody their repective genres very well. Both shows display "unique" fighting styles that are both fun and funny.
Is This A Zombie is heavy on fanservice, which is at the core of most of its humor. Baka and Test humor is very cheesy and childish. Regardless, both shows are hilarious.
These were both satirical in nature, and both focused quite a bit on comedy.
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.
Very similar feel and humour. Aki from BakaTest and Kousaku from Nourin are spitting images of each other in personality! Nourin is smuttier though ...
The anime have a same kind of feel and they have the same kind of humor. If you enjoy one of them, you're going to enjoy the other probably as well.
The school where our main characters study are slightly different than your regular ones, one is about agriculture while other is more related to super-powers. Nonetheless, the comedy style is very similar and so is the art. You will surely enjoy Nourin if you liked Baka Test even if the overall premise is different ;)
+ Same random humor
+ Main characters are very similar and both shows have a love triangle
+ School setting where different groups in the school compete against each other (BtT has classes and grades and Nourin has different agricultural sections)
From the studio that brought you the action series "Strike the Blood" comes a romantic comedy in a school environmental place. The story features a main male character who are caught up in a situation revolving girls around his space. It can be either love, jealous, hate, or emotions depending their mood of their actions. Expect some slapstick, and funny moments in here as the show goes on.
Baka and Test is a fantasy show where characters uses avatar through a battle competition. No-rin is a normal show that features an Idol who takes a "break" from entertainment and attends a school.
Both of the anime are made by the same director and it really show in the art style. Both of the show also use a multitude of cliche in an extreme way. They both have a really stupid and perverted MC, the childhood friend who is secretly in love with the MC, the shy popular girl the MC is in love with. Nourin is pretty much a Baka Test agricultural version.
- The Comedy parts of these two are almost the same but Baka to Test is much more funnier than Nourin
- The Teachers in these anime are weird
- Main Female Characters likes the Main Male Character
- Both anime do weird missions or tasks ( weird & funny )
- Both Comedy, School and Romance genre'd anime
- Makes you want to watch more
Both are hilarious animes that will make you die from laughter.
well, this is my first recommendation
when i first watching this anime, i had a feeling like the anime i have watched before. that anime was baka to test to shoukanjuu. the similarities are :
1. both akihisa and kousaku have an identical hairstyle, but different colour.
2. both akihisa and kousaku have an identical "idiot" personality.
3. both the graphics of nourin and baka to test have the same style
4. both nourin and baka to test have many of pervert characters
sorry for my bad english
There's some sort of love triangle, it's comedy, the main characters are schoolgraders and they're a group of friends. They're very similar in essence
Similar type of useless main character who shines in the most useless of ways. Semi-harem type. But on top of everything they have the same kind of humor and ways of executing the humor.
Both are light, random and very funny rom-com. While Seto is way more extreme in term of comedy, Baka to Test is light full.
Both animes have similar "stupid and random" humor; a love triangle between the comedic male protagonist, a tsundere, and the cutesy nice girl; a little fantasy (Baka Test has summoned beings while SetoHana has mermaids); and even homo-erotic jokes thrown in to make you laugh, feel awkward, and/or fangirl.
If you were entertained while watching Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, you'll definitely find Seto no Hanayome just as enjoyable and vice versa.
Lots of comedy, each character is unique and main char usually finds himself in "life threatning" situations
Both are really random and posses an extreme level of comedy
Seto much funnier but baka more "gentle"
Both are Comic animes but have romance as well.
Both will make you laugh a lot in some cases.
Same Slapstick random yet very funny animation style, both a fair amount of action. But if you just want a show you can enjoy you cant go wrong with this.
Both are super funny animes within a school setting and over the top comedy.
If you enjoyed either you and are looking for a good laugh then you are bound to love the other :)
The main male character have a hard life but fun. Same for both anime, he live with a lot of weird people around him. Out of everything both anime have a good sense of making humor.
Who would think that you could get a serious Anime from either story lines, but somehow the people who came up with the idea for both made it work. There is humor built into the story line too and it is very enjoyable despite the corniness.
They are similar in the fact of having a cute shy main character who ends up in the center of a big competition.
The comedy is fairly similar.
The "weak" protagonist (really, it's just that everyone else is too strong) is often subjected to physical punishment. In Baka Test it's getting his butt handed to him in summoning fights and by tsunderes, while in Ben-To he gets his ass kicked plain and simple... over food. (Don't worry though, they both overcome their underdog status in their own way)
They also both have a sort-of stalker who's weak to romace cliches. A male in BakaTest, a female in Ben-To. Also, they're also both poor, starving students.
The difference is the protagonist of Ben-To isn't "the dumbest idiot around".
Yoshii Akihisa (Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu) and You Satou (Ben-to) Have the same Voice Actors (Hiro Shimono)
Both shows fight for one thing that isn't normally fought about (Grades and Half-priced food)
Both have the same Ecchi-like comedy style
The randomness, the action and the comedy go hand in hand with these two shows.
If you like one of them you'll probably like the other
The basic concept around these two shows are competition, where students mostly fight to meet their expectations. The main characters in here participates these events either by team or a free-for-all battle in a surreal battle sequence. The fighting can be absurd, but it was entertaining and satisfying, so expect some action, teamwork, and romance in here.
Baka and Test, tells a boy who helps his friends trying to reach up the higher class by competing a unique RPG battle system. Ben-to follows a boy who is caught up in all out brawl between customers competing for half-price ben-to.
Baka's an over-the-top school scenario with lots of randomness mixed in with the fighting. Baka's humor and action carries it through and makes it enjoyable. you'll find many similarities, from humor style to voice actors, but baka definitely proves itself worthy in its own right.
Both shows share premises that are very, very unique. In Baka to Test you can summon creatures that battle for you, but in Ben-To, you have different factions fighting over, well, bentos. Furthermore, in both shows, you have people who you would never expect to be friends to come together for a common cause. The humor is also very similar in both shows in that they are very cheesy. If you enjoyed either show I would take a moment to check out the other recommendation.
Although the plot is different, the setting is same, i.e. school. The character designs are also somewhat similar. The biggest similarity is the comedy style; I got a Bakatest feeling from D-Frag. There are great characters, and plus, it's a fun series. If you watch one, high chances are that you will love the other.
Just another school time with idiotic people who does idiotic activities, they both have similar jokes to make you laugh hard enough.
Well, both are higschool animes, and have almost the same comedy.
In both animes, the main character is an "baka" (idiot/stupid), and has other friends with different personalities.
In my opinion, they are the best animes that I watched, but both need more episodes =(
Fast-paced and witty, both series have characters who never fail to amuse. If you're looking for a short series with cheap humor, make sure you take some time to watch both.
This one is just hilarious to me. But mostly because of the openings and endings of these anime. Even though they also sound cheesy.
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