English: Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts 2
Synonyms: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu 2, The Idiot, the Tests, and the Summoned Creatures 2, Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts, Baka to Test to Shokanju 2, BakaTest 2
Japanese: バカとテストと召喚獣 にっ！
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2011 to Sep 30, 2011
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.111 (scored by 62511 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
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SynopsisContinuing from where Season 1 left, the story continues with a more in depth into the characters but with the same humor narrative as before.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
Prequel: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
Spin-off: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Spinout! Sore ga Bokura no Nichijou, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!: Mahou Hideyoshi Hideyoshi
Characters & Voice Actors
Ah, Baka and Test. After finishing season 2, I still can't quite put my finger on it, but this anime series has still made me laugh more than any anime I've seen so far. This review will probably sound like a haphazard continuation of my review of the first season, but having just finished the series, I wanted to vent some of the things I'm feeling.
So first, I want to share some of the things that I felt were essentially the same between seasons 1 and 2, and that isn't a bad thing; I appreciated these things in season 1, so lo and behold, I was glad to see these elements return in season 2. First of all, the unique art style and extremely high quality animation remained from season 1, which was a cause of elation for me, and as such, I give the art a 10. Same goes for the sound, except that I personally enjoyed the opening of season 2 a lot more than that of season 1 and found that it really complemented the romance element of the show that was even more prevalent in season 2. Plus, I love the song itself, and the lyrics are really sweet, coming from a boy who can appreciate cutesy, lovey-dovey stuff. Overall solid opening. Finally, season 2 saw a return of the same characters that we all loved and grew attached to in season 1, and I'll say again, there is something about the cast of this show that makes it very likable for any viewer. There is some character that you will appreciate or relate to, no matter what kind of person you are.
There, was however, an aspect of the anime that I felt was changed from season 1, and I actually loved it A LOT. Some of the episodes, and I say some because I mean some, not all, actually had some pretty real plots which led to some SERIOUS character development. Now I say it again, Baka and Test does not need a large and serious overlying plot to do its job as a comedic anime, but rather, smaller, less serious plots within each episode actually help it do this job better. With that said, though, some of the backstories of the characters and some of the more serious romantic moments of season 2 really astounded me and showed me that I could not only laugh out loud thanks to this anime, but I could be moved and appreciate some serious character development too, and that's not something I saw coming after finishing the completely lighthearted season 1. My favorite example of this concept is when I saw the episode surrounding Minami's move to Japan and how she came to be friends with Akihisa, and from that moment on, I had a new respect for both Minami and Akihisa, and I immediately joined Team Minami.
Overall, season 2 managed to keep all the hilarity of season 1, as well as the same interesting art style and an even better opening theme, but season 2 actually introduced some serious elements of the plot as well, something I was really intrigued by. I ended up loving season 2 just as much as season 1 and I loved the more prevalent element of romance in season 2. I would most certainly recommend both seasons of Baka and Test to anybody interested in anime, and I personally can't wait for a third season, if one is in store. read more
What happens if you combine PaniPoniDash! with FinalFantasy Tactics and the visual style from the Scott Pilgrim movie/comic ??? I think the result would be Baka To Test, the funniest anime I have seen in a long time !
It is directed by Shin Oonuma and is based on an idea by Kenj Inoue. The plot is fairly simple, it resolves around students at the Fumizuki Academy fighting for better grades and better school rooms. Which is funny, because the protagonists from Class F have the worst school room at the whole academy (completed by an inquisition club ! XD ). But the thing is, every fight in this anime is shown as a Summoner Test War: Once you get the permission from a teacher, the student is able to summon his own chibi beast and in most cases he fights against students from different and higher classes. If you loose, you have to suffer through the aftermath classes from the teacher Ironman :)
Now the characters are all somewhat stereotypical, you have the idiotic shonen hero (Akihisa Yoshi), the misunderstood genius (Yuji), the German exchange student and flat-chested tsundere girl (Minami), the shy dojiko girl (Himeji) the pervert with the camera (Muttsurini), a shemale (Hideyoshi) and so on and so on. The character chemistry in every scene is just funny as hell ! Especially because you see most situations from Akihisa`s perspective and as a true idiot, he misunderstands pretty much everything ! For example in one scene Minami says in broken Japanese "Watashi ......" while Akihisa understands "What a shit !", making Minami only more aggressive.
The humour from Baka To Test relies heavily on running gags. But don`t get me wrong, it is not annoying ! Most jokes are pretty smart in their own way because each joke slightly alters over the time and things are going to happen you never expected in your whole life. There are also some parodies from more popular anime. But unlike PaniPoniDash! the parodies aren`t that "in your face", they are more like easter-eggs you can discover if you want to. I can remember that CodeGeass, NeonGenesisEvangelion, Hatsune Miku and Izaya Kanra from Durarara!! were parodied.
What I also love about Baka To Test is the pure versatility: Some episodes are more about the summon beast battles, while other episodes show us how the boys from Class F deal with the girls (or teachers ^^) from the academy. Heck, there is even some card playing and cross-dressing involved ! The only episode I disliked was the beach episode ...... Seriously, beach episodes in general are boring and contribute nothing to the plot-development ! That`s the only thing I dislike about modern anime, but that`s me.
The character-design from Yui Haga is great ! My favourite characters are the green-haired Aiko Kudou, Minami`s sister Hazuki, Himeji and of course, Muttsurini. I don`t know, this guy is just moe in his own way and the way he interacts with his camera is just funny. I also like his bored facial expression and his random ninja clothes. He kinda reminds me on an old school-mate from my old secondary school. He wasn`t that perverted as Muttsurini, but they resemble each-other a lot :)
But I digress. The music is great as well ! Of course it is not progressive music with oddtime signatures, complex chords and whatnot, but it is indeed pretty catchy and just likeable. The only thing I can criticize is the lack of a real character introduction. In the first episodes you just got thrown in the bizarre world of Baka To Test and it`s up to you to learn more about the characters. Maybe that`s why some people oversaw or even disliked this comedy gem ???
I don`t know and to be honest I give a fuck.
Although being a completely different genre, LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes suffered from the same problem IMO. Why don`t you explain each character's background at the beginning from the show and not later in the second season ?
So yeah, here I am writing and praising about Baka To Test. My high rating is of course subjective, but to be honest you have to be very nitpicking for disliking this comedy gem (I never understood how average if not boring shows like LuckyStar, School Rumble or Zero no Tsukaima are getting so high ratings while all of my favourite shows are ........ Oh nevermind XD )
Just sit down, watch it and enjoy the show. I highly recommend this anime !
Suggestion-list for similar anime:
- AngelBeats (Really, the graphics are pretty much the same !)
- Scott Pilgrim ( Not Japanese, but I find the whole videogame aesthetic very similar to each-other)
- Mitsudomoe (Akihisa's voice actor appears in both anime as the IDIOT ! )
- Seto no Hanayome (Both of them are genius and insane entertainment !)
PS: Rewatch-value is pretty high ! read more
Opening Theme"Kimi + Nazo + Watashi de JUMP!! (君＋謎＋私でJUMP!!)" by Larval Stage Planning
Ending Theme#1: "Eureka Baby (エウレカベイビー)" by Natsuko Asou (eps 1-6, 8-10, 12-13)
#2: "Baka to Koshitsu to Kodokumeshi (バカと個室と孤独飯)" by milktub (ep 7)
#3: "Hi-Ho!!" by milktub (ep 11)
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