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OK so straight of the bat I’m going to flag to you readers that this anime is NOT yuri!! Now, for those yuri only readers, you may now choose to leave. For the rest of you that choose to stay, let’s move on!!!
They keywords that caught my eye when I read a blurb about this anime:
panties…more panties and HEAPS of panties!!!
O_O Yep! You read right!! The anime is about a junior highschool girl, seemingly nerdy looking with glasses is actually one crazy lingerie fanatic!! She is engrossed by these items and could probably write an entire thesis as to why girls should try out garters!! hahaha Kidding!! Luckily she doesn’t do that and instead decides to start her own lingerie club! Iiiiinteeeeresting…I can see Ninnypanties and Sapphire Onee-chan here almost dying to jump out of their seats to sign up to this club!! hahaha what EAGER students!!! :P (I wonder what happened to learning something a BIT more useful like hiragana and kanji?!?!) hahahahaha
Now something in this episode caught my attention! There are a pair of twin sisters that do not look like twins (as usual) and they seem to be pretty “tight”!! hehe Well not quite Candy Boy’s scale but one definitely does get a tad jealous when the other receives a lot of attention from the underclassmen! haha I’m talking about Shizuka and Tomoe! I though Tomoe’s voice was very familiar and turns out it’s Amane-senpai from Strawberry Panic!! She has blue hair too!!! And do I see a UNIFORM!?! Now, this episode has really grabbed my attention. hehehehe
One other thing – looks like our Tomoe has her eyes on Koume-san! And Shizuka does NOT like the attention her dear “onee-chan” is paying to this girl!! So FUNNY!
Why? Because at times it was boring! It got a bit downhill in the 2nd half. I think it was because there were episodes where the story was just TOO random. Like, there might suddenly be an episode where the characters for no reason appear in another setting or they do a parody on another anime (I think) but I didn’t find it funny or amusing.
There’s also the problem of side characters who just did not add any entertainment value or at least very little!! I’m referring to Lala, Togou, Harry and the blonde hair dude that’s crazy about D-cups… *roll my eyes*
The only story that they haven’t quite over-killed on is Eri x Harima! Were you surprised by my choice!? Of course not! LOL Their little interactions are carefully sprinkled here and there over season 2. Honestly, I think it was this couple that kept me going (more because of Eri).
Oh and the relationship between the two teachers Itoko and Youko certainly raises suspicion. I’m inclined to think there’s something going on there but I’m sure we’ll never get an answer. Aargh!!
Just only 1 episode in and I’m already all hyped about it! SO GOOD! LOL I’m up to episode 18 and there have been a few notable scenes worth mentioning!!
The first couple of episodes focused on the war game within the class members. Sawachika (though it really wasn’t her – you’ll know what I mean if you watched it) is cool! The Sawachika / Harima combo seemed to work great! She just seems really smart and cool. At the same time, she has a hard time expressing her feelings. I think that’s why I like her! Why can’t stupid Harima like her?!! Argh!!
There’s also the first time we see some embarrassment between Hanai and Mikoto! When Mikoto was ‘killed’ in the war/survival game, Hanai screamed out ‘Miko-chan’ out of anger/sadness. Trust Harima to remind everyone of this and create a laughing stock out of them two!! hahaha
Next there was the school play! ANOTHER ‘Eri’ moment! hahaha She looked pretty kakkoi!!
After the school play, there’s not much more sparks between Harima and Eri until like episode 16, where they both take refuge at Mikoto’s place! LOL WOW! A bath together!!! AHAHAHA
I got to the end! It’s been a while since I watched a 26 episode anime! As I mentioned before, School Rumble starts off quite slowly so the fun doesn’t really kick in until halfway!
Honestly, there’s nothing new here but that’s ok cos we know that to begin with. School Rumble is another anime where it’s a recycle of old ideas – high school setting, X love Y but cannot confess their feelings, Z loves X but also has the same problem, a bunch of interesting characters, humour, some silliness – you get the idea! hahaha But don’t get me wrong! Though 6 does not sound like a great score, this anime will get you laughing (well at least in the 2nd half)! If you’re looking for silly humour about high school students, then this is another one to watch! Honestly, how can anyone take Tenma seriously?!! HAHAHAHAHA
Oooh!! Almost forgot to mention but I think one of the key highlights to the anime was the sports carnival in episodes 22 and 23! Miko-chin and Ichijo-san was SOOOOOOOOO cool! Plus there was quite a bit of screen time on Eri x Harima!!! =P HAHAHAHAHA
What really got me watching in the 2nd half are the characters aside from Tenma. There are other characters that get to have their share of the screen time – the ones most interesting to watch must be Mikoto, Eri and Yakumo.
Initially, I was more into Mikoto and Yakumo as the focus was on them first but soon I became an Eri fan!! haha Her character is initially cold and seems hard to get along (her remarks can sometimes be a bit ‘sharp’) but soon we see the softer side of her!
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
The key character is Tenma-chan who is in 2nd year high school – often described as a klutz, poor in academics, a bit slow and pretty innocent! Nevertheless, she is a cheerful character to have around and is easy to please. The anime focuses on Tenma’s crush on Karasuma, a guy in her class. You honestly wonder what she sees in him as he seems dead boring and behaves like a stone-faced, monotonous log! hahaha You’ll know what I mean if you’ve watched School Rumble. On top of this, you have Harima, the school’s delinquent who is head over heels with Tenma. Like Tenma, he is constantly trying to confess his love but fails.
Just an example of Tenma’s character…
So all girls do their hair every morning – that’s nothing out of the ordinary but for Tenma, there’s a special purpose…hahaha
Though the anime appears to focus quite a bit on the THK triangle, you also have some colourful characters on the side touching on stories of friendship:
- Yakumo – Tenma’s sister – graceful, pretty and intelligent. More importantly, she’s voiced by Mamiko! Her character was actually quite bland in the first few episodes – very NOT exciting, let’s just say. But about halfway through, we get a chance to learn more about her so there the fun begins…^_^ She has the ability to read the minds of guys that like her! hahaha I’d rather not have that ability…=P
- Mikoto – Tenma’s friend – smart, strong (she’s good at some Japanese sport like karate) and size D assets are the keywords. As an added bonus, it’s voiced by Hitomi Nabatame!! YAY!! Because of her figure, she attracts the attention of some guys in class…Luckily she can defend herself…hehe
- Eri Sawachika – Tenma’s friend – she’s basically pretty and graceful and often described as a ‘princess’. Eri seems to be a bit stand offish but is actually a little lonely inside as her parents are often away. Her role only picks up halfway after when Harima accidentally confesses his love for Tenma to her by mistake!
Just watched up to episode 16 (ok so no longer halfway) and it’s an absolute CRACKER!! HAHA I was applying a clay mask as I was watching it and before I knew it my hands were on my face to stop myself from cracking the whole thing with my laughing!!! LOL
Anyway, in all seriousness, I thought the first few episodes were quite bland but its entertaining factor is certainly rising…