Welcome back to another full hour class with Idiots from the F class. I shall be your mentor today for this review!
At the end of this lesson, you will be able to;
-Learn how to Cross-dress
-Blackmail people into submission
-Back-stab your best friend
-Find other uses for women undergarments (For example a head accessory for all you skin head types.
-Score between 6-8 marks on "Classics" subject
-Hack a state of the art machine
-Join the KKK, erm.. I mean the FFF
-Confess to another girl using your friends voice
-Blow up your school
Period 1: Story
For every educational institute there will always be a class which even though is not a very well
publicize fact, "The Last Class" and Fumizuki Academy made no exception. The academy's harsh policy of bullying the "stupid" in order to encourage them to succeed in education (using their own standards of measurements) doesn't mean the academy does not provide alternative solution for the "Idiots" to escape their ill fate.
Who would imagine Fumizuki Academy, a well known academy for developing the "Summoned" Beast Battle system would have a school festival like all those other normal schools. The OVA provides the same plot device like in the original series. F class trying their best to get better facilities for themselves, Akhisa working hard for Himeji's sake, Yuuji running away from his inevitable marriage with Shouko, Muttsurini taking more pervertic shots and yet not having to deal with the wrath of his female peers (lucky bastard) and so on and so on... Expect more nonsensical story courtesy of the "Idiots"
Period 2: Art and Music
Improvement in the "Summon" battle animation but to not such a major extent. BGM are recycled from the original series however new opening and ending songs are introduced. (Though by the same artist)
Now, a little not known fact, the ending theme for this OVA, "Getsuyou wa Kirai" or english translation "I Hate Monday" was responsible for inspiring Rebecca Black's "Friday" In both song they constantly repeated the day name in the lyrics. Only difference is Rebecca Black loves Friday and the Baka cast hates Monday. Alright, you know I'm just kidding right...
And who doesn't get bored of Akhisa's insufferable screams of misery? Yes, the seiyuus have not lost their passion and emotions from the first season.
Period 3: Philosophy
A wise old man once said, "The bigger the size of your harem, the higher the number of cockblocking you're bound to get"
Ok, maybe it wasn't a wise man but a horny old man. What's the difference anyways?
However this concept does not apply to Baka To Test. Even though Akhisa
has only the minimum requirement to have his own "Harem" he is constantly harass by his fellow FFF members.
Period 4: Overall
In a nutshell, the 2 OVAs are practically just the sum of all the stupidity and humor brought upon us in the first season. If you have watch the 1st season over a hundred times (like me... sigh why did I have to do that....) you might not find the jokes as humorous as it used to be. Nevertheless the OVA was sticking according to the manga and thus was the preparation for what's in store for us in season 2. If you're a fan of the first season and not don't get bored easily by recycled jokes, then you might as well attend this full hour class of Idiocracy.
Great minds think alike. Fools seldom differs. Idiots will always be idiots...
The OVA series follow right after the first season. It encompasses the school festival and as far as I can see a extra event that offers no sort of critical plot advancement… But how many of us enjoyed it for only that aspect now? If your looking for a good laugh these OVAs will supply.
The first episode covers the classroom event, of which class F fails yet again to decide on time. However, due to a need to prove themselves worthy of himeji, exactly why to be excluded, they set off to make as much sales to graduate from cardboard boxes. A Voyeur shining episode,
with some cross dressing to add on. Alas this isn't a summary, but a review. All in all, the first episode felt to me like an average episode for this show.
However, the second episode understands the importance to the summoned battles and provides us with a whole tournament! Yes, we get to see plenty of battles, and of course the underhanded tactics our F class friends must employ to stand up to the rest of the teams. I am usually jaded when it comes to jokes, which one might find odd or not seeing how I still love these types of shows, but this episode was seriously hilarious.
The OVA wisely implements the unique characteristics of almost every single character in the show at least one point. With the advent of a new season, at least at the time of the review, it allowed me to get excited for what is just around the corner!
Too many times are the same jokes recycled and reused.
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri is the OVA extension that was released before the premiere of the second season. It continues on from (around) the end of the first season and follows the main characters at a festival held at their school.
Although occasionally witty and interesting, this OVA series loses its charm quickly. Nothing in this OVA series is new - it recycles the same kind of plot format as the first season. Some may argue that this is fine, but in this case it does not do much justice to the series as a
The characters are the same as the first season - all with their own unique individual personalities. But also as with the first season, there's not much development at all. As you'll clearly see, none of the characters advance in their relationships with other.
Art and sound is still on point, as with the first season. You can see the detail that the studio put into its art and audio.
All in all, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri is not bad - it just doesn't do anything new.
- There is a clearly depicted plotline
- The design of the plot is nothing different from the first season
- Little character development
- Jokes/actions are recycled from the first season
[Note: I am assuming that the reader has already watched the first season of Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu.]
I've already made too long an introduction in my review of the first season of the series, so I'll skip that for now. After all, this OVA is supposed to be the sequel of the first season, and supposedly gives way for the second season. (I'll get to my second season review some other time.)
Ahh, the Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu OVAs, known under the subtitle Matsuri. The OVAs give off the same essence that the first season had, just that... it's a few episodes short. The
entire OVA series is just 2 episodes long, with at most 30 minutes per episode. There's nothing new to expect with this sequel--it's all the same comedic formula they've been using since the first season. I recommend first-time watchers to start with the first season before going to this; after all, I think the creators actually intended this OVA series for the fanbase that was established during the first season.
Yoshii Akihisa is back with more hilarious misfits with his classmates in this OVA, just that this time it's within the school festival setting. And if you need to ask: yes, Japanese school festival stereotypes apply. It's maids and cafés and haunted houses all over again. Of course, the Exam Summoning Battle system sits right in the middle of all activities, which is what sets this school festival apart from the others. And once again, being the incredibly kind and dense idiot that he is, Akihisa wages into academic wars for the sake of his classmate again--but this time, his opponents are the seniors. I'll leave it to you guys to find out what exactly happened.
Basically it's just an extension of season 1. If you're a sucker for the misfits of Class F (along with the other classes, of course), then this OVA is for you. Jokes are a little bit repeated, but I'm sure you'll still get giggles here and there while watching this 2-part OVA series.
It's a 2-part OVA; storytelling is quite limited. Given the fact that this show focuses on comedy, it's hard for a newbie to catch up to the OVA's story without watching the first season. It gets a plus for following the story of the light novel, though.
The classic art that brings the comedy of Class F to life is back, with no alterations. It was a hit back in the first season, and it looks like they stuck with the successful formula for the OVAs.
Like what I said in my season 1 review, a good comedy needs good accompanying sound to bring out its full hilariousness. The OVA series makes use of this once again, bringing the comedy to full volume.
Character development is quite limited--if not outright unnoticeable--in this OVA series. It literally just is an extension of the first season, after all; the creators expected you to know at least a little bit about the characters already by the time you watch the OVAs. I graded this a 6 because although character development is absent, everyone that I came to know and love during the first season is back with the same manners and personalities.
I have watched season 1. I loved season 1. Now I saw the OVAs, and I still love them. (This grade may have a little bias, though.)
It's a good OVA, but I guess by this time they weren't trying to gather new members for the fanbase; rather, they were simply trying to make sure that the fanbase was still there. After all, there would be no reason to release season 2 if there are no people left to watch it, right? The OVA is a must-watch for fans who wanted to stitch the first and second seasons together. For newbies, I suggest you guys try the first season first. If you enjoy it, you'll surely enjoy this OVA. If not, then be warned; this OVA contains the same comedy formula. But who knows; maybe Class F's antics this time are enough for you to change your mind.