Baka to Test to Shokanju – 01

January 17, 2010 at 10:11 am 2 comments

You’re not an idiot. You’re one HELL of an idiot

Enter Fumizuki Academy, where marks get you personal minibars and 5-star treatment, and the lack thereof offers broken down rooms and faulty tables. Our leading man is Akihisa Yoshii, who holds the title “baka”. Other characters include Yuuji Sakamoto, the class rep of class F, the tomboyish Minami Shimada, Tsuchiya Kouta aka “Voyeur” and Mizuki Himeji, Class F’s shy and quiet trump card. At this school, there are ESBs (Exam Summoning Battles) where students essentially summon beings whose power is directly proportional to their grades in a given subject. If a lower level class beats a higher one, they swap facilities.

This is what school looks like after taking LSD

Ridiculous concept – check. Air-headed main character – check. Two cute girls vying for aforementioned guy – check. To be honest I approached this series with much apprehension. I mean, it has so many genres bundled together in the one shebang. To my great surprise, the first episode proved to be a worthy and fun watch. While the whole ‘class vs class’ premise isn’t new, Baka shines in its pure zaniness, something that doesn’t often appear in high school anime. The character of Voyeur, though probably unappealing to some, was by far the funniest out of all the characters, a caricature of teenage perversion conveyed with brutal honesty and humour.

Enter nosebleed sequence please!

What Silver Link as animators have done well is display Fumizuki’s vibrance and colour. I’m pleased that there has been obviously a strong emphasis in creating the fresh animation that is used in Baka. The fact that the trippy visual effects sometimes add to the humour is a bonus.

Power level is OVER 9000!

On the other hand there’s not much to say about sound. The synthesised tunes are expected in such a series and are nothing spectacular to say the least. The voice-acting isn’t jarring and is mostly natural, bar Himeji’s expected over-the-top moe chirps. I feel Tatsuhisa Suzuki fits Yuuji’s voice rather well, and Hiro Shimono does a lively Yoshii.

Paladin chop!

OP: a surprisingly catchy tune. Fun visuals, but nothing overtly awesome. Suitably colourful and light.

ED: very active, with a fitting rocky tune. A different, but cool art style is used.

Episode verdict: 8/10

A strong opening to an interesting series, albeit with its various cliches. As long as the humour doesn’t run dry and the series doesn’t fall too deep into predictability, Baka’s got me watching.

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  • 1. Baka!  |  January 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

    To be honest when I first heard about what this anime was about I thought it was a pile of rubbish. However I did like the comedy and the animation wasn’t bad at all. Love the captions under the pics u’ve got! Can’t wait for ur next review!

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  • 2. ippius  |  January 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    haha yeah durarara!! will be under the scope next, probably followed by a review of Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor

    Reply

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