Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu S2 – 09: Akihisa the Clueless
So how long did Akihisa x Minami last?
Half an episode.
Did you think BakaTest was SERIOUSLY going to develop a real romance? For a moment, they had me fooled as well.
It was so terribly weird seeing Minami in full dere-dere mode. I like how the producers give this romance the “THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS” treatment, but my subconscious was telling me not to accept it as I’d rather the violent Minami.
I was also quite shocked that Himeji didn’t get the chance to get closer to Akihisa when Minami stole in for the first attack.
So I was quite grateful that Shimizu popped up to cockblock Minami (but in this case, should it be called pussy-block?)
Her timely appearances are always a godsend. Whenever things are getting too routine or too mushy, eg. the mini-Endless Eight arc, Minami trying to get it on with Akihisa, Minami trying to claim Akihisa as her own, Shimizu arrives to remind Minami that her yuri powers burn strongly as ever.
Shimizu also appears to potentially bring back what this series is all about: by canvassing support in Class D to declare an Exam Summoning Battle (henceforth known as ESB) against Class F.
I can’t thank her enough. I’m dying for good classroom battles. We’ve had one this season, admittedly. BUT, it wasn’t even in a classroom!
Did I mention Shimizu is voiced by Ayana Taketatsu? She’s only JohnnyYandere’s favourite seiyuu.
To ease the tension between Class D and Class F, Akihisa has to clear up the misunderstanding between him and Minami. The way it was settled was cordial and handled nicely.
I was half-expecting Himeji and Minami to go absolutely
catshit batshit insane on Akihisa, but they were surprisingly accepting in their settlement.
And now Class B wants to declare an ESB on Class F. Class F’s ragtag bunch must have offended some minor character in Class B, I couldn’t care less.
But what transpired was good strategy-making by Yuuji. We are all clearly reminded that the class structure in BakaTest is purely based on merit, so Class F wouldn’t stand a chance against Class B, even without factoring in the week-long absence of the boys.
So Yuuji proposed to provoke Class D and stall for time while they rack up points to be able to level the playing field with Class B in future.
And that meant pairing up Minami with Akihisa again to provoke Shimizu.
Now, this was quite painful to watch. What began as an act slowly transformed into a real confrontation between Minami and Himeji. Safe in the knowledge that their dialogue would be mistaken as improvisation, they poured their heart out to each other, with Akihisa there to witness the whole scene.
Any human being with an intelligence higher than that of a chimpanzee would have been able to catch on to what was going on. But I can’t imagine how Akihisa managed to be such a numbskull over this.
Given the situation, both girls handled it in a reasonable and mature way. They must have felt that Akihisa would get their drift and be forced to hasten his decision over who to choose, but he’s not in Class F for nothing.
I say send him to Class F for reading situations as well!
The only other person who’s this dense is Ichika from Infinite Stratos. But even Ichika knew that he was a siscon.
SHOUKOOOO~! How I missed your elegance and beauty! If Yuuji won’t have you, I will!
HIDEYOSHIIIII~! The way you make Akihisa question his rationality is YABAI DESU! Damn you Katou Emiri for being able to switch seamlessly between your deep voice and UBER KAWAII voice.