English: Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts
Synonyms: The Idiot, the Tests, and the Summoned Creatures, Baka to Test to Shokanju, BakaTest
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2010 to Apr 1, 2010
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.001 (scored by 87629 users)
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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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
Spin-off: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Christmas Special
Side story: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Specials
Sequel: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
Characters & Voice Actors
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
This show serves one purpose: comedy, and in that regard it does very well. If you're looking for a laugh, this is the show for you. Each individual aspect shines (or doesn't) in its own way. Note that (per my username) when I speak of voice acting talent I'm referring to the English voice actors (this won't have much of an effect on the review, but it's worth mentioning)
Alright, let's face it, this section doesn't even need much explanation. The show has barely any overarching plotline, the romantic plotline takes a backseat for most of the show and is instead twisted as humor, and most of the episodes form their own little arc. There's not much to say, the story wasn't really there. Individual episodes also didn't explore particularly interesting plotlines, so from a perspective focused only on the actual interest the bare plotline has, the show doesn't do well. Of course, that's not the purpose of the show, anyway.
The art is very refreshing. Though the regular animation and character design are pretty standard (still good, however), the art choices in the show earn it a 9. Backgrounds and shading are done with the help of color-coded dots. As if the show wasn't fun and colorful already, the dots supplement the environment of the show. These dots are a very distinctive art choice and were only jarring initially, afterwards you get used to them. Characters have their shadows color coded when standing, and backgrounds are as colorful as can be. All these bright colors just add to the fun atmosphere of the show.
Other than that, Baka and Test uses animation and art style in a great way. Animation changes from hand drawn, to chibi, to normal when appropriate and adds variety to the different ways to set the mood of the scene. There is a perfect blend of all the different animation/art styles that are used, and they never really feel out of place. Although the animation isn't stunningly fluid or impressive in a classic sense, the use of animation by the art director is consistently helpful to the mood of the scene or the way dialogue is being presented. Great decisions all around and makes for a better experience.
Nothing special here. The theme song is pretty catchy, and the ending theme is nice, but there's nothing to fawn over. Of course, the soundtrack isn't detrimental to the series. The background music and sound effects fit to the scene well, but it's not anything worth writing home about.
I'll mention voice acting here instead of in the next section. The voice actors do a phenomenal job, I can't think of one voice that I didn't think matched the character. All the voice actors do a great job and there was no lack of emotion in any of them. The voice acting pulls the show's sound up from a 5 to an 8. If you're planning on watching the English dub, you're in for a treat because it's truly one of the better ones out there. Leah Clark has a voice that was practically crafted for tsunderes, Greg Ayres is always wonderful, Brina Palencia nails the androgynous voice of Hideyoshi almost too well, and Terry Doti is superb as your typical bad boy leader.
The sound of this show gets an 10 for the voice acting, but the background music and sound effects get a measly 6,with an average of 8. Take from that what you will. If you don't plan on watching the English dub, none of this is applicable, and I can't comment on the Japanese voice acting, so you'll have to see how it is for yourself.
Characters fit into classic tropes, and a lot of them are represented. There's no point in listing all the tropes that are fulfilled but for the most part the characters are lovable and quirky. Though they may have a cliche personality, the characters are written very well, and regardless of if their main personality is a common anime character trope, it doesn't matter. Stereotypical characters aren't a bad thing, poorly written stereotypical character are, and Baka and Test does stereotypes in a comical/satirical way, bringing each character over the top and beyond with their personalities.
Character interaction is where this show shines. The banter forms most of the comedy, the personalities clash and mix in hilarious ways, and the relationships between different characters is funny to watch. Some minor characters (and Hideyoshi) have unique characteristics that are almost always exploited for a joke. One character gets his own gender, a group of characters punish boys who get into relationships (or get romantic attention from girls) with death, and another is a psychopathic girl who will do anything in her power to get married with her love interest.
Needless to say, the characters are quirky and over the top, but they're hilarious.
I can't remember many moments during the show when I wasn't smiling. It's just constantly happy and funny all the way through. I came into the show expecting a comedy and nothing else, and got exactly what I wanted. If you come into the show with that mindset, you will leave thoroughly satisfied. If you're looking for an endearing love story, well, you're not going to enjoy it as much. It's jokes 24/7 and I love it for that.
It's a funny show, and I like to laugh. Overall, there was some repetitiveness and some of the jokes lost their luster over time, but the overall hilarity of the show trumps that and puts this comedic goldmine at a solid 9/10. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys silly humor. It's in no way sophisticated, and I love it for that. If you have a generally open sense of humor, you'll love this show, but if you have a very specific sense of humor, you may end up thinking that most of the jokes are just plain stupid or not funny at all. read more
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"
Great slapstick comedy and use of exaggeration
Same kind of romance-comedy, slapstick jokes and random storyline.
basically very similar characters very similar kind of comedy. both are just as funny (voice actors atleast for english are same)
Exactly the same kind of humor, highly recommended!
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 anime are very fast paced and FREAKING HILARIOUS! They never get boring.
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 :)
If you like Baka to Test, I'm sure you are going to like this one too, as both are comedy/romance at school.
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.
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
The main characters are dumb and they are both in school. Good Laughs.
similar humor and both my favorite
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!! :)
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.
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)
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