Anime Review – Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

Baka-To-Test-To-Shoukanjj-(S)It all starts with a few jokes. A few two way conversations that’ll make you laugh. Now ramp that up with some hilariously awkward exchanges, a respectable amount of explosions and enough nosebleeds to make you start thinking every character suffers from hypertension (Seriously. So many nosebleeds). Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu will playfully have you in stitches. And no, i’m not implying you’ll need a trip down to emergency services.

The anime focuses on a school’s intellectual hierarchy that is arguably more messed up than King Kong’s condom. The aim? Undertake summoned being exams, using your test scores to fight for the right to have better facilities by stripping them away from others. And while it’s a little elitist and messed up this premise of the show is taken so trivially it simply ends up serving as a platform to make jokes funnier.

That’s right, an intricate plot is shoved into the boot while comedic lunacy takes up every seat in this metaphorical car. But don’t give me that worried look, it drives fine. The constant humour stems from the character’s traits, and while many of them seem to draw inspiration from common archetypal figures most still somehow feel a little unique. From Akihisa simply being an idiot to Himeji’s culinary kindness conundrums. Add in some inappropriate attempts at incest and Kouta, a massively perverted photographer (who should of been dead by episode three citing loss of blood from nose) and you start to see the gloriously messy picture that is Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu.

Yes this picture makes very little sense. But so does Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu...so it's perfect. Source: Silver Link
Yes this picture makes very little sense. But so does Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, so it’s perfect.   Source: Silver Link

But gloriously messy is by no means bad. In fact it’s unexpectedly entertaining.

This anime will ultimately serve to broaden your perception of what’s needed for a successful anime. People usually enter an anime wanting a good plot, some kickass original characters and for it to generally make sense. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu has none of that, and yet it still rocks. It does, however, have some pretty neat animation and sound effects which compliments the series really well.

Theatrical to its core. Move over Shakespeare...mildly retarded brunette student coming through. Source: Silver Link
Theatrical to its core. Move over Shakespeare, mildly retarded brunette student coming through.   Source: Silver Link

At the end of the day, when you go back to the very basics, this anime has one purpose. To make you laugh. It achieves that purpose.

Thank you for reading my review!

Rating 7/10

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