I mentioned this anime, Baka to Test to Shukanjuu, in one of my 12 days of anime last year. I briefly mentioned how much I liked its English Dub based on my memory from the early days where I still watch animes on Animax. During the writing of that entry, I decided to rewatch the whole franchise to see if what I said was really right.
Indeed, it was.
To further understand my feels and thoughts, here’s my review of Baka to Test to Shukanjuu anime series.
Author’s note: This anime review was supposed to be posted at the end of January but I wasn’t able to finish it on time. It was scheduled again last Feb, but got dumped in the drafts cuz of my personal issues. I’m posting this now as I’m currently busy with my job hunting. Still, I hope you enjoy this review.
Synopsis: The story centers around Akihisa Yoshii, the “baka” of the title. His academy rigidly divides up the student body into classes based on the results of tests. The prodigies are in the A class with reclining seats complete with air conditioning, but Akihisa is in F class, the lowest rung of the school ladder which is furnished only with low, decrepit tables and worn-out straw tatami mats. A girl named Mizuki Himeji is actually one of the smartest girls in Akihisa’s sophomore year, but she had a fever on test day and was pigeonholed into the F class. Besides Mizuki (who Akihisa secretly adores), the F class also has Yuuji Sakamoto, the class president who has been Akihisa’s friend and partner-in-crime since the freshman year.
The school happens to have developed experiments to summon fantasy creatures, and Akihisa decides to rally F class to take on the higher-tiered classes and seize their perks. The F class uses the summoned creatures in an all-out battle for school supremacy. (MAL)
Both seasons of Baka to Test were freaking funny. I could not remember how much times I facepalmed myself cuz of the ridiculousness and the overwhelming stupidity of that displayed onscree. It was an amazing experience.
Clearly, the premise was really well made. Not only we can clearly understand the setting of the story, but also we can appreciate the unique personalities and traits of the characters. There was never a dull moment in the series. It was that enjoyable. For the overall story, on the other hand, it kinda went downhill in the 2nd season. Bruh, I enjoyed the summer vacation episodes, but the love triangle between Aki and his harem were abit too much in the 2nd cour. I don’t know why but there were alot of interesting battles in S1 compared to S2. But that’s just me. Me and my preference.
I don’t have any problems with the characters, they were all unique in there own way and were very memorable. Though, I can’t really point out who’s my favorite. All of them left quite an impact to me, but no one in the cast could capture my heart and become “best boi” or “best gurl”.
The art and animation were really great. The character designs looks really distinct and similar to the LN illustrations. The background art were abit boring, but on important moments, it delivers. The animation though, damn, SO GOOD. It reminded me abit of Shaft studio’s work, but at the same time, alot more anime-y. I can’t really explain much, but at first glance, it looks quite alot with Shaft, but it separates almost immediately and become something unique. I’m not really good with art & animation so…yeah.
As I mentioned in my intro, I rewatched this series in English dub, and oh boiii it lived up to my expectations. The Western VA’s did a wonderful job in dubbing the characters, their performances were quite on par or even better than the Japanese counterpart (just my opinion). I enjoyed the series alot more. The jokes hit me more and I was able to focus on what was going on onscreen than just reading the subs. Definitely one of the better English dubbed modern animes out there.
Overall, I enjoyed this series really much. I mean, I knew this series would be funny as f*ck, but the amount of joy and happiness I got from watching this, especially on a language I fully understand, made everything alot better.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love to watch animes in Japanese dubs, and I know there are animes that are better in J-dub over E-dub, but for this anime, the English dub is better.
That’s just my opinion, bruh.
Anyway, that’s it for now.
Thanks for reading.