Baka and Test

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Baka and Test
BakatoTesttoShokanju vol01 Cover.jpg
Cover of Baka and Test light novel volume one as published by Enterbrain
バカとテストと召喚獣
(Baka to Tesuto to Shōkanjū)
Genre Romantic comedy, Slice of life
Light novel
Written by Kenji Inoue
Illustrated by Yui Haga
Published by Enterbrain
Demographic Male
Imprint Famitsu Bunko
Original run January 29, 2007March 30, 2015
Volumes 18 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Kenji Inoue
Illustrated by Mosuke Mattaku
Yumeuta
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Ace
Original run April 25, 2009 – present
Volumes 13
Manga
Baka to Test to Shōkanjū Spinout! Sore ga Bokura no Nichijō
Written by Kenji Inoue
Illustrated by Namo
Published by Enterbrain
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Famitsu Comic Clear
Original run October 30, 2009June 22, 2012
Volumes 6
Anime television series
Directed by Shin Ōnuma
Written by Katsuhiko Takayama
Studio Silver Link
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run January 7, 2010March 31, 2010
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Baka to Test to Shōkanjū: Matsuri
Directed by Shin Ōnuma
Studio Silver Link
Licensed by
Released February 23, 2011March 23, 2011
Episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Baka to Test to Shōkanjū: Ni!
Directed by Shin Ōnuma
Written by Katsuhiko Takayama
Ayumi Sekine
Studio Silver Link
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run July 8, 2011September 30, 2011
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Game
Baka to Test to Shōkanjū Portable
Developer Kadokawa Games
Genre Board/Adventure
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released December 13, 2012

Baka and Test (Japanese: バカとテストと召喚獣 Hepburn: Baka to Tesuto to Shōkanjū?, lit. Idiots, Tests, and Summoned Beasts) also known as Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts is a Japanese light novel series written by Kenji Inoue with illustrations by Yui Haga. Enterbrain published 18 novels from January 2007 to March 2015 under their Famitsu Bunko imprint. Three manga adaptations were published by Enterbrain in Famitsu Comic Clear and Kadokawa Shoten in Shōnen Ace. Between 2010 and 2011, the series was adapted by Silver Link into two 13-episode anime television series, and a two-episode original video animation series. A PlayStation Portable video game was released in December 2012.

Plot[edit]

The story centers around a boy named Akihisa Yoshii, the titular baka (idiot) of the story. He attends Fumizuki Academy in Japan, a school where the staff rigidly divides the students based on the results of their academic scores. At the start of the school, students are academically sorted by entrance exam test grades. The higher the grades, the higher the class, and the better the benefits. In this case, Class A is filled with the highest-scoring students; therefore, their classroom is filled with many prestigious items (air conditioners, fancy seats, laptops, a free snack bar, etc.), while the state of Class F is the complete opposite of that, representing the "bottom of the barrel" amenities, such as mats and low wooden tables.The story also loosely revolves around the love triangle consisting of Mizuki Himeji (an intelligent girl who was forced into Class F just because of a fever), Minami Shimada (a transfer student from Germany who struggles with kanji), and Akihisa, their crush.

Fumizuki Academy has a special system, whereby all the students are able to call forth Summoned Beings (Shōkanjū, or "Avatars" in the official English translation[1]). These Beings are used for battles between classes with the goal of capturing (or retaining) the best classroom facilities. Since Class A is filled with prodigies, they all have strong Summoned Beings, while Class F has drastically weak ones in comparison. A teacher must authorize/supervise each battle, and the health and strength of each student's Summoned Being is based on their last test score in that teacher's subject (i.e. Math, History, etc.). The Beings lose points when struck by an opponent, and should their point count reach zero, the being and student are disqualified, and must take supplementary lessons with the strict remedial teacher, Soichi Nishimura (nicknamed "Iron Man"). However, if the student can leave the battle before reaching zero, these points can be replenished by taking a supplemental exam. The student's Being may then return to the battle.

On the day of the placement test, Mizuki suffers from a fever during the test and is unable to complete it, hence her reining in a score of zero. As a result, she is pigeonholed into Class F together with Akihisa. Akihisa, who dreams of the day when the academy would no longer be divided by grades, pitches an idea to his class to rule over the higher-level classes by conducting a Summoner War for both Mizuki's sake and to get more privileges. Aside from Mizuki (who happens to be the second-ranked student in Year 2), there is also the class representative Yūji Sakamoto, the bishōnen Hideyoshi Kinoshita, the perverted Kouta Tsuchiya (AKA Silent Ninja Pervert, Muttsurīni), and Minami. (Akihisa claims she is his worst enemy, but she actually has a crush on him and is reluctant to show it). Throughout the year, Class F attempt several Summoner Wars against higher-ranked classes.

Media[edit]

Print[edit]

Baka and Test began as a light novel series written by Kenji Inoue, with illustrations by Yui Haga. Enterbrain published 18 volumes from January 29, 2007 to March 30, 2015 under their Famitsu Bunko imprint;[2][3] 12 comprise the main story, while the other six are side story collections.[4]

A manga adaptation titled Baka to Test to Shōkanjū (バカとテストと召喚獣?), illustrated by both Mosuke Mattaku and Yumeuta, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace with the June 2009 issue sold on April 25, 2009. The first tankōbon volume was published on December 19, 2009,[5] and 13 volumes have been released as of June 26, 2015.[6] The English version of the manga adaptation is available on BookWalker.[7] Another manga adaptation, titled Baka to Test to Shōkanjū Ja (バカとテストと召喚獣ぢゃ?) and illustrated by Koizumi, was serialized between the February 2010 and January 2014 issues of Shōnen Ace. Kadokawa Shoten published four volumes between August 26, 2010 and January 25, 2014. A third manga adaptation, titled Baka to Test to Shōkanjū Spinout! Sore ga Bokura no Nichijō (バカとテストと召喚獣 SPINOUT! それが僕らの日常。?) and illustrated by Namo, was serialized in Enterbrain's online magazine Famitsu Comic Clear between October 30, 2009 and August 12, 2012. Enterbrain published six volumes between May 27, 2010 and June 22, 2012.

Anime[edit]

A 13-episode anime television series adaptation produced by the animation studio Silver Link and directed by Shin Ōnuma[8] aired in Japan between January 7 and March 31, 2010. A two-episode original video animation (OVA) series titled Baka to Test to Shōkanjū: Matsuri[9] were released on Blu-ray and DVD from February 23, 2011 to March 30, 2011. A second anime television series titled Baka to Test to Shōkanjū: Ni! aired in Japan between July 8 and September 30, 2011. Funimation licensed both seasons and the OVAs for distribution in North America.[1][10] Both seasons have appeared on the Funimation Channel.[11]

The first anime season's opening theme is "Perfect-area Complete!" by Natsuko Aso, composed by Kenichi Maeyamada. The first ending theme is "Baka Go Home" by Milktub and BakaTest All Stars and the second ending theme is "Hare Tokidoki Egao" by Hitomi Harada, Kaori Mizuhashi, Emiri Katou and Tomomi Isomura. For the Matsuri OVAs, the opening theme is "Ren'ai Kōjō Committee" (恋愛向上committee?) by Aso, and the ending theme is "Getsuyō wa Kirai" (月曜はキライ?) by Milktub. For the second anime season, the opening theme is "Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de Jump!!" (君+謎+私でJUMP!!?) by Larval Stage Planning, and the ending theme is "Eureka Baby" (エウレカベイビー?) by Aso.

Video game[edit]

A PlayStation Portable video game titled Baka to Test to Shōkanjū Portable was released on December 13, 2012 in a regular edition and a limited edition box set.[12][13] The game is featured as a board/adventure game genre along with the following: Summoned Beast Battles, Recovery Tests, Roulette, Equipment Mass, Grade Points and Cards as Power-Ups. There are nine characters to choose from—Akihisa, Mizuki, Minami, Yūji, Hideyoshi, Kōta, Shōko, Yūko and Miharu—with individual storylines of their own. As a new player, only Akihisa, Yūji, Hideyoshi and Kōta can be chosen by default. To unlock the other 5 characters, the other four characters must first be played in story mode.

The story of the game is that the Principal of Fumizuki Academy, Tōdo Kaworu has implemented a new summoning system in which students put their luck and skills to the test through board gaming in real time. Thus, creating an event that everyone will interact. If one person wins within three stages without a loss of one, he or she will get to choose the prize of their own desire. Some others do not deserve a prize given by the Principal. If the Principal rejects the prize of your desire, she'll have to find a way.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Baka and Test – The Official Anime Website from Funimation". Funimation. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ "バカとテストと召喚獣" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "バカとテストと召喚獣12" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ "バカとテストと召喚獣3.5" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
    "バカとテストと召喚獣6.5" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
    "バカとテストと召喚獣7.5" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
    "バカとテストと召喚獣9.5" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
    "バカとテストと召喚獣10.5" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
    "バカとテストと召喚獣12.5" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "バカとテストと召喚獣 (1)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ "バカとテストと召喚獣 (13)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Baka and Test: Summer the Beasts (Kadokawa Manga)". BookWalker. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Baka to Test to Shōkanjū Light Novels to Be Animated". Anime News Network. April 11, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Baka and Test Gets New OVA Before 2nd TV Season". Anime News Network. August 23, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Funimation Adds Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate and More". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Funimation Week 7 of 2013". Funimation Entertainment. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Baka to Test Portable PSP Game Planned for 2012". Anime News Network. January 18, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ 家庭用ゲーム開発実績 [Home Game Development Record] (in Japanese). Vridge. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 

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