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Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts - Season One (DVD/Blu-ray Combo)

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When a fight breaks out at Fumizuki Academy, nobody throws a single punch. Instead, the students utilize the school’s technology to summon Avatars, pint-sized stand-ins with battle powers based on academic ability. That “academic ability” part is bad news for Yoshii – because Yoshii’s an idiot, stuck in lowly Class F with the slackers. If these misfits want to escape their dump of a classroom and earn some respect, they’ll have to fight their way up the ranks and take on Class A, the Academy’s brightest students. It’s going to be tough, that’s for sure. But once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don’t give up – and Yoshii can’t even spell surrender!

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The romantic farce Baka and Test takes place at Fumizuki Academy, where high-school students summon computer-animated avatars to fight Summoner Test Wars in cyberspace--under faculty supervision. At the bottom of the intellectual pecking order is F Class, where the students sit on rotting tatami mats and use orange crates as desks, while their counterparts in A Class have computers and free snacks. At the bottom of F Class is Yoshii, a goodhearted kid whom everyone calls an idiot. But academic achievement takes a back seat to the Test Wars and amorous contretemps. The romantic polygons are many and complicated: loud-mouthed Shimizu likes Yoshii, who likes pretty, smart Himeji. Kubo, a guy in B Class, nurtures a secret crush on Yoshii. Everyone thinks Hideyoshi is a girl, despite his insistence he's a guy, but he has his own changing room, so who can be sure? The filmmakers include lots of fan-service jiggle shots and breast-size jokes: Yoshii and his friend get so many nosebleeds from lust, they must suffer from severe anemia. Things get uncomfortable when Akira, Yoshii's older sister, keeps coming on to him, but most of the humor is good-natured, if over the top. For maximum enjoyment, viewers should limit their intake of Baka and Test to one or two episodes at a time: too much in one sitting will quickly cloy. (TV 14: brief nudity, risqué humor, cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

(1. Idiots, Classes, and the Summoner Test War, 2. Lilies, Roses, and Health and Physical Education, 3. Food Budget, Dates, and Stun Guns, 4. Love, Spices, and Boxed Lunches, 5. Maps, Treasures, and Striker Sigma V, 6. Me, Pools, and Swimsuit Paradises… and… 7. Me, Shuko, and Kisaragi Grand Park, 8. Loss of Control, Labyrinths, and the Avatar Instrumentality Project, 9. Kisses, Breasts, and Ponytails, 10. Prep Tests, Mysterious Thieves, and Love Letters, 11. Rivals, Love Letters, and Blitz Tactics, 12. Love, Courage, and Our Battle Has Just Begun (Temporary), 13. BAKA and TEST--Summon the Beasts!)


Special Features

Mission Impossible: Baka preview

Mission Impossible: Baka mission 01

Baka-only sross-dressing contest

Mizuki Himeji Girls’ meal

The King Game in Fumizuki Academy

Special Christmas footage

Promo Videos

Original Commercials

Original DVD spots

Textless opening song

Textless closing songs


Product Details

  • Actors: Greg Ayres, Alexis Tipton, Brina Palencia, Jamie Marchi, Scott Freeman
  • Directors: Terri Doty
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Widescreen, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TP55T8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Long story short, Baka & Test is far and away the funniest anime since Excel Saga. The characters are all charming and well written, the comedy is rapid fire and effective, and the entire thing is an adredaline rush of laughter, action, and heart. I first watched this with my collage's anime club, and I highly reccomend it.
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The dub version for me certainly is much better than the Japanese version for this anime. It's funny and often warms your heart. Even the characters you hate you end up loving because they add to what Baka & Test is all about. Though I was confused about certain characters' relationships with one another in this season, I am happy that all the kids who are within the same group still rely on one another to succeed in competitions in order to maintain their status among the school's other ranks. But this series is more than just people and test scores and status. It is about people beating the odds when things seem hopeless and learning how to work together to succeed as a team while there are some who don't believe in other peoples' capabilities. As stated before, it is a heartwarming series and people learn how to appreciate those who play on the same losing side with them but that doesn't matter when ultimately, only they can count on each other to be there for them in their time of need.
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Yoshii is good-hearted, but kinda dumb. His school is divided into six class levels for each year. The students are placed in their class according to their test scores. A is the highest and F is the lowest. Yoshi is in class F. The students at the school settle their differences by battling with avatars. The winners get school equipment from the losers. Because of this, class F uses cardboard boxes for tables and doesn't have chairs. Despite being a class of dummies, there are some pretty interesting characters in class F. 2 of them happen to be pretty girls, and they both have a crush on Yoshi. One of them is a tomboy that is pretty much catnip for lesbians, and the other is a sweet and charming girl that every guy is nuts over. One of these girls may just win Yoshii's affections, but will he have to survive the avatar battles and stave off hunger before he can focus on that stuff.

This anime is pretty fun. There are some interesting characters, and some great comedy. The animation is really great, and the soundtrack is cool. My only complaint with this one is the story. Baka and Test doesn't really have one. It's basically just goofiness. There's nothing wrong with that. School Rumble proves that an anime can survive off of goofiness, but this is nowhere near that funny. This series could easily be awesome, but the lack of drama halts it at above average. I do like this series, but it's not as good as all the hype. I do recommend watching it through Netflix of Youtube. It's an enjoyable watch. You may decide to buy it after seeing it. I hope you enjoy it.
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Baka & Test is destined to become a classic. Great design, very likable and human personalities, and just a level of execution that keeps you sucked in from beginning to end. Dont allow yourself to be fooled into thinking this anime is in any way stereotypical or childish; its unique and its title and artwork are very misleading. The cartoonish animation belies a mature, really intelligent and truly hilarious show. I cant remember many shows or movies in recent memory that made me break out laughing so hard, so often..
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By Austin on August 31, 2013
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This includes all the episodes form season one and well all the laughs too,Nothing like sitting down with some popcorn and friends and laughing your butt off! I recomend the first and second season of Baka and test to anyone into anime and wanting some comedy. One last thing though! CAN I GET A THIRD SEASON PLEASE!!!!!
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5 STARS because this fun & funny anime.This is worth watching because the jokes comes up often in the series.Also this is a great bargain since it has 4 discs.I remember first seeing this online so i just had to get it on dvd.
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Well, I guess a classroom full of mostly delinquents and underachievers *could* qualify as "beasts". This is a pretty standard romantic comedy (harem) that would be average if not for the interesting setting. A school pilot program where students classes can challenge other classes to attempt to improve their school equipment. The best scoring students get the best equipment, the worst get junk. The challenges are done by holographic "champions" or avatars based on the individuals grade in the subject of the teacher monitoring the challenge. So some strategy in choosing the right time, place and teacher are needed. It is overall a pretty good series (both seasons and the OVA) but not the most original characters. The comedy is better than a lot (to my liking anyway). I won't go into anything to spoil the series. I think it was worth getting and consider it a "keeper". Take that for what it is worth.
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The relationships are wild, and exaggerated, but makes it that much more funny. One boy likes 2 girls, but the 2 girls love him along with a little sister of one of the girls and his older sister wants him too. One guy has a twin sister, but he is mistaken as a girl all the time, but is treated as one of the guys. One guy is a perv and has a matchup with a girl that is his own caliber. A smart boy has the hots for the guy with 4 girls that love him. One of 4 girls that like the one guy has a stalker girl chasing after her. Oh and the last guy has a girl that wants to marry him, but he's doing everything in his power to escape.

The school is based on the premise of a innovative school where classes in the same grade battle each other and their hitpoints are based on academia. The teachers are the judges and also authorizes the battles.
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