B&T 1-2: A for effort

Baka & Test episodes 1-2 review

B&T

The beginning of a brand new series, and this is totally beyond what I had expected! Basically, Yoshii is a boy who isn’t very good at school tests, so he gets put in Class F along with the girls Mizuki and Minami, both of whom immediately have crushes on him. You know where this is going, right?

So in this series, you have battles using your avatars, but your avatars’ strength is based on how well you do at school tests. If you “die,” you have to go back and take a remedial test. Everything is based on tests. So how come those girls in the pic above (Mizuki and Minami) are in Class F? Mizuki got put there because she got sick during an exam, and Minami is from Germany and doesn’t know Japanese, so she fails the Japanese portions of exams. In other words, the Class F has ringers in it, girls who aren’t as dumb as they look. This causes them to win battles against “smarter” kids.

But let’s be honest, the plot is secondary. It’s all about the relationships between the characters. Minami is your typical tsundere who beats up on Yoshii, while Mizuki is the super-nice cute girl who is most certainly going to be rejected by Yoshii in favor of the psycho Minami. Then you’ve got others like Hideyoshi, a guy who looks like a girl, and Yuji, a red-headed guy who’s constantly trying to make Class F take on higher classes. But the funny part is, they constantly fail, since they’re “idiots.”

In the first episode, Class F takes on Class E, and wins after Yuji buys time for Mizuki to take a remedial exam to build up her avatar’s score. In the second episode, Yoshii glues his hand to a table, which he brings along with him everywhere, while Class F goes up against Class A, and splits the first two battles 2-2 before Yuji totally chokes on an exam up against Shouko, the Class A girl who then forces Yuji to go out on a date with her. Is it nonsense? Yes, but it’s funny.

It’s all comedy, nothing serious. That’s what made these first two episodes a refreshing change. It looks like I’m going to really enjoy Baka & Test, typical love triangle or no.

Episode 1 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

Episode 2 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 4

30 Day Anime Challenge

Happy Independence Day everyone! Let’s see what we’ve got here…

Day 4: Most Overrated Anime

It’s tough to pick just one. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann comes to mind, after being hailed as the next Evangelion, and instead ending up as an above-average but not great series. Durarara!! too, because it was supposed to be good, and it flat-out wasn’t. But the two I’m going to pick on today are the following…

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood & Attack on Titan.

FMA: Brotherhood was far inferior to the original Fullmetal Alchemist, and no one believes me on this. If you’re basing it on the final episode of each, then yes, I get your point. But if you focus in on Ed Elric and how self-righteous he acts in Brotherhood as opposed to the original, where he realizes he’s just as bad as everybody else, there’s really no comparison. The plot takes some stupid twists, and overall it’s just a mess.

But if you’re looking for something that I haven’t bleached from my mind, Attack on Titan is the choice here. Mikasa yelling “Eren!” every two minutes, Eren going berserk despite being sort of useless, and Levi being pretty much the AoT version of self-righteous Ed Elric. The second season began pretty well, then fell off a cliff once the Reiner and Bertholdt twist was revealed in such a lame way. I can understand the popularity of it, but I can’t justify why it’s rated so high, when it’s no better than a Bleach or One Piece.

So if you want one answer, it’s Attack on Titan, but FMA: Brotherhood is right there with it.

E21 27-28: Back in the U.S.

Eyeshield 21 episodes 27-28 review

E21 27

Goofiness ruled in Episode 27, where first Hiruma pushes everyone out the plane and forces them to use parachutes. But wait, that was just a dream! In reality, there’s a girl who has a stuffed animal that looks exactly like Cerberus, the dog that happens to be the mascot of the Devil Bats. In addition, there’s two bad guys who stole a diamond and try to hide it in said stuffed animal. What happens? A lot of bizarre stuff which ends with Cerberus biting the bad guys and winning a reward for the Devil Bats who now have the money to pay for their hotel in Houston. It’s actually a lot crazier than I described it, but I can’t possibly get every last detail of this crazy episode.

In Episode 28, Sena and Monta go and help out Panther’s grandmother’s street team to win a game so they can take part in a parade. The way they play football, however, makes the game seem very boring. Every play is Monta jumping really high, falling back to the ground and Sena taking the ball off him, then zooming past defenders to the end zone. If that’s all football was, it would suck. Fortunately, real-life football is more exciting.

So my only problem with Eyeshield 21 is that the actual football play isn’t very good. Everything else about it is excellent, especially the characters.

Episode 27 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

Episode 28 rating (out of four stars): ***