Baka and Test: Summon The Beast OVA ReviewElizabeth Williams
The cast of Baka and Test: Summon the Beast is back! It is time for the school festival. A lot of the students are very excited to work on their projects for the festival. However, Class F lacks drive in pretty much everything they do, and the school festival is not about to be an exception. But when Class F learns the funds earned in the festival have a chance to be used toward new supplies, they actually start to care about the festival. Especially since Himeji's father is threatening to make her change schools after hearing about the conditions of the classroom for Class F.
So the class holds a meeting. Even under the pressure from Himeji's father to succeed, the class has a rather hard time thinking of a project to contribute to the school's festival. When they finally make their selection (the only legal one they thought of, anyway), the fun begins.
Visually, the artists of Baka & Test go all out on the OVA. There is a large number of rather elaborate costumes, and a few characters even have multiple costume changes. There are a lot of battle scenes, and the visual effects are pretty intense. My particular favorites as far as visuals are concerned include the scenes portraying the battles as overly violent demons as opposed to chibi avatars bopping each other. Be sure to watch for Himeji and Minami's entrance together.
Another thumbs-up goes to the opening and closing. Both were very detailed and fun to watch. The visuals in the opening were bright and cheery and funny. As for the closing credits, the song's lyrics made me laugh. The girls of the series are always featured in the extra visuals in the show. The most common is the depiction of the love triangle between Akihisa, Minami, and Himeji. However, in the closing credits the four main boys are featured. It was refreshing to see visuals that featured all of the boys together.
Personally, I really enjoyed the Baka & Test: Summon the Beast OVA. The two episodes had fairly little filler, and it actually felt like an entire season packed into a couple episodes. As I have said time and time again in my reviews of seasons one and two, the summoning of avatars and avatar battles are one of my favorite parts of the show. Besides, it's even in the title. Baka and Test: Summon the Beast â€˜s OVA does not disappoint in this area. There are different battle strategies, new avatars (and some old ones) to look at, and tons of visual effects. As if this were not enough, some of the funniest moments of the series take place during the battles in the OVA.
After a slightly disappointing second season, it was good to see fresh material in the OVA. Those looking for a taste of what the show is about will get a pretty good feel from simply watching the OVA. Fans of Baka and Test will definitely want to see this.
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I started playing games from a young age, but really got into it when Santa left a SNES in the fireplace. My other hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, and playing with my two cats.
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