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Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu 2 – Episode 1

Who even remembers what BakaTest’s deal was?  I recall a towering edifice of nonsense stretching to the heavens, about an idiot, and a test, and a summoned being?  Something along those lines.  It was a tower of babble, but they hung some pretty good jokes on it, and generally didn’t let their overcomplicated premise get in the way of things.  Okay, they were at a school, and the school had like hologram warriors that you could summon that were powered by your test scores, and they would do battle over the right to use well-appointed classrooms.  And it was as ridiculous as it sounds, and it sounds pretty ridiculous.  And the main character had a special hard-light hologram warrior that could interact with the real world?  And he had a black armband or something that let him summon it whenever he wanted to instead of in the middle of a formal battle.  And there was a pink haired chick and a flatchested tsundere that were both in love with him.  And then his best friend was in a complicated romantic relationship with some other chick.  And then there was a crossdresser, and uh… I think that’s everybody?  I’m sure I’ll pick it up as I go along in episode 1 of Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu season 2.

…thirty minutes pass…

It's nice that Himeji and Minami can put aside their rivalry for Akihisa's affections to join in hatred of Akihisa.


Oh, how could I forget to mention Mutsurini!  Sorry about that, Mutsurini, please do not sneak into my house and take pictures of me showering.  And I have a pretty good idea of why I forgot to mention Akihisa’s older sister who wants to jump his bones: I like to pretend she doesn’t exist.  I forgot to mention the green-haired chick because I have no idea who she is.  I guess she’s Mutsurini’s friend/girlfriend/admirer?

This was a good show before and shows no signs of stopping being one now.  Akihisa’s sister was featured fairly prominently in this episode, but other than that, it was a good time.  The jokes in this show are really solid, so it doesn’t matter that the plotlines are simple, cliched stuff like “a bunch of friends go to the beach. girls get jealous of each other’s appearances. boys attempt to hit on girls but fail and appear foolish.”  In fact it’s better to have that than the weird Summoned Being stuff they had a lot of at the end of the last season.  Time spent explaining some weird nonsense about holograms is time spent not cracking jokes.


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