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Baka and Test

Baka and Test Summon the Beasts is an anime series based on a Japanese light novel series written by Kenji Inoue and illustrated by Yui Haga.

The main character of the story is Akihisa Yoshii, who is the "baka," the Japanese word for "idiot," in the series. He attends Fumizuki Academy, where students are divided based on the results of their academic scores. An entrance exam must be taken in order to attend the academy, and how a student scores on the entrance exam determines what class the student will be in. The highest scoring students are in Class A, and they have a classroom full of luxuries (air conditioning, free snack bar, laptops, etc.) The lowest class in the school is Class F, which has the worst amenities (seat cushions without padding, tables that are falling apart, etc.) As expected, Akihisa ends up in Class F. His friend, Mizuki Hiemji, is a smart girl, but she suffers a fever during the entrance exam and is unable to complete her test. Since she had to leave and couldn't finish, it gave her a score of zero; this placed her in Class F alongside Akihisa.

The academy allows students to call forth Summoned Beings, which are called "avatars" in the English dub, and to use these Summoned Beings to battle between classes. These battles can determine whether a class can capture classroom facilities from higher ranking classes, or if a class retains the facilities that they currently have. Yuji Sakamoto, the class representative for Class F, hatches a plan for doing a Summoned Being War in order to improve the conditions for Class F. Other characters in Class F include a "pretty boy" named Hideyoshi Kinoshita, a perverted boy named Tsuchiya Kouta, and a tomboyish girl named Minami Shimada.

Baka & Test Summon the Beasts takes some of the common elements found in anime, especially anime series set in high school, and exaggerates them for comedic effect. This effect is utilized rather consistently with the characters in Class F. It's a light-hearted and comedic series with some minor fanservice included. Personally, I would recommend Baka & Test Summon the Beasts to anime viewers who are 15 or 16 years of age and older.


Title
Episodes
Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
N.A. Licensor
Baka & Test Summon the Beasts132010Shin OnumaSilver LinkFUNimation Entertainment
Baka & Test Summon the Beasts OVA22011Shin OnumaSilver LinkFUNimation Entertainment
Baka & Test Summon the Beasts 2132011Shin OnumaSilver LinkFUNimation Entertainment

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