Last week on Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu things finally became serious, relatively speaking. Class F started their campaign with the goal of taking down Class A. With all the other classes taken down, the latest episode focuses on an all-out war against the elites. I wonder, who will prevail?
The episode starts with some training on the roof, which eventually ends with a joke at Yoshii’s expense. The next morning he wakes up to his sister trying to make advances on him again. Putting that craziness aside, he goes to school, where Hideyoshi has retrieved his sisters “textbooks.” Yuuji sends the idiot out in the hall with one to declare war on Class A. He meets with predictable results, and Yuuko comes to berate the class. The battle actually begins when Kyouji strikes at the pride of Class A. The rest of the school follows, wearing down the high-level forces. Class F uses a variety of misdirection and traps to thin the ranks, with Yoshii playing point in most of the plan. The main Class F and A forces meet on the roof and begin to fight. The lower class’s practice has paid off, they’ve developed the ability to dodge in the battle system. When the enemy cavalry arrives, Yoshii blocks them off with the school’s bell. Unfortunately, his bracelet dies and the bell almost kills everyone. Ironman actually saves the day, but Yuuko kills Yuuji’s avatar, winning the battle for Class A.
I enjoyed this episode all the way up to the end. I thought Yuuji using the other classes to force Class A into a war of attrition was brilliant, and it had the bonus of exasperating Yuuko. Yoshii finally got to put his avatar to use as well, and it must be humiliating to get taken down by a wall of desks, and then by a bell. I also liked the strategy to try to win the fight with scratch damage, considering my propensity to do the same thing in video games. The relationship level up both the couple’s got added in that D’aww factor that appears in every episode. The only aspect I really take issue with is the ending. Maybe it’s because I like to root for the underdog, and this is the same kind of ending that I have seen so many times in the past. I felt like I had just watched a Trix commercial or an episode of Roadrunner vs. Coyote. Except in this case, Class F actually had a good, solid plan for victory. I know seeing the moment stolen from them was a joke, but to me, it just felt like a weak copout to keep them from finally winning. It does leave me wondering what they have planned for the final episode. They had just better not use it to tie into a second season of the same thing.