Spring was a darn good season. One of the better ones in recent memory. Unfortunately, summer tends to get a lot more dregs. This is all a conspiracy by the NHK to force hikikomori to get outside and meet with their friends and fight over ghost girls! Damn those bureaucrats!
…Except it’s not really final thoughts now. For all those who haven’t heard already, there’s been a second season of Baka to Test announced already. It was the surprise hit of the season but for a new season to be announced already is a bit sudden. Seriously, did everyone like Hideyoshi that much? Whatever the reason, I’m happy enough a second season’s been decided, though I would be lying if I said there aren’t others I’d prefer, like another DtB or another Mushishi or a sequel to Hikaru no Go and so on and so forth. Second season aside, at least the first season has ended well enough for Baka to Test to leave with fond memories, and no horrible ending backlash.
I could’ve sworn that episode 12 would be the last of the series. The whole thing seemed to be aiming to end on a big final showdown with Class A vs Class F. Now though it seems like the series will end with some morality lecturing on what’s important in life, a bit of romantic plot tidying up, and some gags. It’s a shame since these last two episodes have been really strong and ending it all on a wishy-washy note will make the whole series fall flat. But these last two episodes were good so I’m happy enough.
I did predict this. I did say in an earlier post that they would end the series on a mini plot arc. And I for one think it’s a good thing. They need to end the series with some sort of achievement, or else the whole thing will just sort of peter out at the end. Unfortunately this also reduces the chance that there will be any romantic resolutions now, since the final conclusion will now be the conclusion of the mini plot.
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.
It seems that Funimation have decided to license Baka to Test already. A bit of a hasty decision if you ask me since only about half the episodes had aired when they decided and 6 episodes isn’t enough to decide on the next best thing. Also for some strange and unknown reason they’ve only translated some of the title. Shokanjuu is now Summon the Beasts but they leave Baka as it is. Maybe they’re trying to market this to the hardcore otaku core who know what baka means but I think it’s a stupid decision.
According to one of the articles I read on TV Tropes (it’s a bad habit of mine), Hideyoshi is considered the dark horse character of Baka to Test, scoring high on light novel popularity polls despite not being the main character or really doing anything despite being a trap. I don’t know how reliable this info is but it’s interesting to see I’m not the only one who likes Hideyoshi.
Summary: Yuuji brings Shouko to the park under duress, and everyone else conspires to get them into romantic situations.