Baka to Test To Shokanju Season 1 Review

The surprise hit of the season. The popularity of this show is astounding, especially for a show that done as a first time show by an unknown company. At this point, like it or hate it, most anime fans have heard of it. Mostly because of a certain trap…

Summery: The school Akihisa attends is an unusual one. In it, students are placed in classes based on their grades on the placement exam. Class A is the highest, Class F is the lowest. Also, everyone has the ability to summon little beings to battle other students based on their grades, and throughout the school year, they can engage other classes in ESB battles. Akihisa is in Class F. However, with the help of the charismatic representative Yuuji, they prepare to take on Class A in battle.

Episode Count: 13

Why I Picked It Up: For Winter Season, due to the lacking nature of it, my boyfriend and I decided to watch something together that looked like it may or may not be good. On three, everyone say awww…

Why I finished it: I thought it was funny. Baka to Test to Shokanju makes fun of every cliché within the typical high school genre as well as clichés in other genres, and is funny when doing so. The characters, why not deep, were fleshed out enough to be interesting, and had some great quirks. For example, the character Voyager was your typical perv, but his perviness went to outrageous levels that would make Happapo proud. On top of that, I enjoyed the fanservice. I won’t lie. I like fanservice.

But: Some of the jokes weren’t funny, and the show had a tendency to recycle jokes. Some jokes that started out funny turned un-funny. When the show tried actual drama, while it worked once in a while, for the most part it was its weaker element. The middle of the season has the weakest episodes.

Who Would I Recommend This To: I have no idea. It’s hard to predict who will like this show, and who won’t. While popular among the masses, I’m sure this show is going to be to be cited as an example of how anime is going downhill by the anime snobs, having a place besides Haruhi in the respect. For some people, they don’t find it funny right off the bat. Some only find it funny for the first half. And some enjoy it all the way through.

Final Rating: 3/5-I liked it.

MAL rating: 7

4 Comments

Filed under Baka to Test to Shokanju, Comedy

4 responses to “Baka to Test To Shokanju Season 1 Review

  1. Hogart

    Your ratings certainly coincide with mine so far. BakaTest barely held it together, but aside from finding the battle sequences passable I didn’t really click with the rest of it. The humor and parodies fell quite flat once their initial charm wore off, the characters were mostly uninspired, and the fanservice probably wouldn’t do it for me if I was still 12 years old. Oh well, I won my bet that I could finish the series while it aired, so I get a beer. And it wasn’t so awful that said beer will taste bad, so all the better!

    Now cue the Hideyoshi fanclub in 3.. 2.. 1…

  2. My entire club loved this show to no end, which, looking back at its flaws, I’m not even sure why xD

    Frankly I never really felt any drama from the show. A slight moment of suspense maybe, but none of the drawn out tension.

    • Hey, I loved it despite it flaws. :] I acknowledged them in this review, but I enjoyed it a lot.

      Near the latter half, they tried to force drama between the characters that I felt didn’t work.

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