Trying to find evidence of a concrete plot in Baka to Test is proving to be like trying to find political satire in a Mr. Men book. In short, there isn’t any. So the big question is, if Baka to Test had a continuous plot, would it be any better? Say if the plot wasn’t focused on Yoshii’s hilarious hijinks in his multisexual love life and instead was about Class F’s struggle in rising the ranks of the school, amidst hardship and turmoil and stuff like that. It would be a different show, that’s for certain.
Summary: Yoshii’s sister visits and embarrasses the hell out of him.
Despite the whole no-plot thing, this was one decent episode, first real laugh out loud one in a while. It really just was everyone making fun of Yoshii for most of the time, in a way I guess you could call this episode a Yoshii character development episode. Most the other episodes have the focus on Yoshii as one character of many so his main feature, being stupid, is the one we usually see. This episode had the best part of the focus on Yoshii so he actually gets depth. Now he can cook, and has a sister, and only has six porno mags, and likes paella!
The funny thing here is that all of Yoshii’s friends think he’s some kind of perverted idiot, so obviously they come to all the inevitable conclusions when he starts studying and bringing in fancy lunches and the like. Seriously, what kind of friends are these guys? You’d think that if you knew a guy for a certain length of time that always jumping to the wrong conclusions wouldn’t happen, though Yoshii’s no different with his “Hideyoshi is a girl” line. Maybe the F class really is that stupid. From the way the lot of them are portrayed I’d call them “limited” rather than stupid but not knowing your own friends gender is too much.
I’m now going to spare a paragraph to talk about the animation because I never usually have the room.
The switch between animation styles when the characters get all serious is a pretty cool technique. Baka to Test is a show with no bishies or real manly men so throwing in these tough pics every now and then is a great way to make the male characters stand out visually, though when they did it to the girls back in episode six, that was a bit weird. It’s also the only time that Yoshii, who I can only describe as cute, gets to be all manly and buff. Unfortunately for him, the ‘serious face’ is usually played for laughs, as in when exactly they choose to use it (i.e. the silly parts).
So now that the end is coming soon, how will it end? Will Yoshii actually get together with someone or will this show end on an open note to encourage sequels or because the novels haven’t decided yet either? I say the latter.
As before, no spoilers in comments.