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Light Novel: Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts
aka: Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu

Japanese Title note (Literal): "Idiots, Tests, and Summoned Beasts"
English Title (Localized): "Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts"

At Fumizuki Academy, a new class system has been implemented. Students are separated into classes A through F based on entrance exam results, and the quality of classrooms and facilities vary according to level. They can also conjure Summoned Beings, miniature versions of themselves whose strengths are based on their test scores, to engage in inter-class matches called Examination Summons Battles (ESB). If a lower class defeats an upper class, the former can impose a trade of facilities.

Mizuki Himeji was forced to skip placement exams due to a fever, technically forcing the poor girl, who has the brains to become a Class A-caliber student, to end up in the woefully ill-equipped and moldy Class F. Among her classmates there are: Yuuji Sakamoto, the Brilliant, but Lazy Class Representative; Minami Shimada, the only other girl in class and a violent tomboy; Hideyoshi Kinoshita, an extremely effeminate stage actor; Kouta Tsuchiya, the resident pervert; and Akihisa Yoshii, the "biggest idiot on campus", who out of sympathy for Mizuki, decides to start an ESB with Class A to help her climb up the ranks. It's a bunch of misfits against the world — and the world is more than ready. It's time to see if they are... up to the test.

Based on a popular series of Light Novels by Kenji Inoue, an anime version aired in the winter of 2010. While it's not animated by Studio Shaft, it is directed by Shin Ohnuma as part of Silver Link, and many Shaft-isms are prevalent in the series. The first season is 13 episodes and finished airing on March 31, 2010. A second season began airing in the Summer 2011 Anime Season. There are also two manga adaptations. The Light Novel's story officially ended as of Volume 12 with an extra novel 12.5 being released to finalize the series.

The series is also licensed by FUNimation. You can now watch the series on their video portal, here. All character-specific tropes go to the character sheet; multiple-character tropes can remain here.


Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Academy of Adventure: Fumizuki, and it is filthy rich enough to fund the adventures. In one instance, they bought out a hotel to be used as a study training camp. Another is implementing the Summon test system with very expensive technology.
  • A-Cup Angst:
    • Minami. From the On the Next preview quiz at the end of Episode 8:
      Fukuhara-sensei: One of the units used to indicate breast size is "cup". Explain the size of an A cup which is used as a basis.
      Akihisa: Minami Shimada!
      Fukuhara-sensei: No comment.
    • Mizuki and even Shouko feel a bit underwhelmed compared to Akira. They even grope her in Season 2 Episode 1.
    • While Yuuko is disguised as Hideyoshi in Season 2 Episode 3, Akihisa says something to tick her off and she puts him in a wrestling hold. He seems to be in pain initially, then...
      Akihisa: I swear I can faintly feel the shape of some breasts right now!
      Yuuko: What do you mean by "faintly"? There are definitely breasts there!
      • Which hilariously causes Hideyoshi later to feel concerned that they're going go suspect even more he's a woman. Yuuko immediately dismisses the idea, telling him that's how they've always treated him anyway.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Played straight with Kouta (he's called "Muttsurini" for a reason) and Akihisa, but even Yuuji falls into this, causing for some amusing interactions with Shouko.
  • Almighty Janitor: Class F as a whole, when fighting on an ESB. They may fare poorly in academics (and it shows in their ranking and Summoned Beings), but they sure are no easy prey. Particularly Mizuki and Yuuji. The former could've easily gotten into Class A were it not for a freak fever that forced her to skip placement exams, and hasn't lost her touch even in a cellar-dwellers' class; the latter takes a while to gain proper motivation, but once he does he turns out to have Class B-caliber intelligence.
  • Always in Class One:
  • Amusing Injuries
    • Akihisa, courtesy of Minami as well as other situations he gets himself into.
    • Also Yuuji from Shouko.
  • Anachronic Order: The anime jumps into between parts of the light novels. For example, Season 2 Episode 3 follows a small story from Volume 6.5, while the second half follows that from Volume 3.5.
  • Animation Bump: Happens a couple times when enunciation is stressed for emotional emphasis. Shouko in Episode 7, Minami in Season 2 Episode 8.
  • Art Shift: When situations become ridiculously over the top. Which happens a lot.
  • Ascended Extra: Aiko Kudou in Season 2.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender:
    • Hideyoshi, when dressed in any female clothing, which is to say most of the time.
    • Especially in Episode 5, where Akihisa and several members the FFF try to confess to him (see Insane Troll Logic).
    • In the OVA Akihisa does this to save Class F from two troublemakers. May include Badass Adorable.
    • Akihisa and Kouta in the Beauty Contest of Season 2 Episode 2. The girls (especially Shouko) seem to think this for Yuji.
  • Balanced Harem: Largely due to the fact that Akihisa is an oblivious moron, its very unclear as to who he will end up with.
  • Banana Peel: In Season 2 Episode 7, Akihisa receives a text message from one of his male classmates asking him why he was so obsessed with looking in the girl's bathroom during their study camp. He replied with "It may be desperate, but the heart wants what the heart wants", but he accidentally sent it to Minami, making it look like a Love Confession to her. Then Yuuji slips on the banana peel, kicks the phone of out Akihisa's hand and steps on it before he can fix his mistake.
    • And while it was entirely an accident, Akihisa gets back at Yuuji by sending a message to Shouko, who happens to be Yuuji's only cell phone contact address, and sends a message to her that he wants to propose to her.
  • Batman Gambit: Back in grade school Yuuji taught Shouko a wrong answer so that he could beat her later... and lo, Shouko gets 97 points. Too bad Yuuji laid his own plans to waste when he scored a measly 53.
    • In the anime it is played with. At the end it is discussed that the same trick won't work twice. Then Yoshi and Shoko hold a "sudden death" quiz-match and that question comes up. Yoshi gets it right, and Shoko gets it wrong, meaning that ultimately it was played straight. But she got it wrong on purpose because she said she would "never forget" the answer Yuji told her, making it enforced.
    • This is Yuuji's preferred strategy.
  • Battle Aura: Used from time to time, usually during summoner battles or when Minami and Mizuki are both mad at Akihisa.
  • Beach Episode: Season 2 Episode 1.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't let the FFF find out you have a girlfriend. They will transform into unstoppable kamikaze grim reapers in their efforts to punish you.
    • Also, never ever berate Mizuki in front of Akihisa.
    • Never, ever point out Minami's faults, especially in front of her, if you want to keep your spine in perfect shape.
    • While Yuuji hates being forced to spend time with Shouko, when a couple insults her dreams in Episode 7, they smash Yuuji's button.
  • Beta Couple: YuujixShouko to AkihisaxHimeji/Minami
  • Between My Legs: This shot is used of Hiromi when she and Class E fight Class F in Episode 1. Appears again in Episode 4 of Minami, and twice of Yuuko in Episode 12 during the class war.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Mizuki comes to save the day, complete with ridiculously overpowered stats.
    • Yuuji does this in Season 2 Episode 11 when three older boys threaten to beat up Shouko.
  • Big "NO!": Akihisa does one in Season 2 Episode 5 after he sees a picture of himself holding up a bra while changing, which was sent to him by a blackmailer.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Hideyoshi when suffering Clothing Damage in Episode 5, Kouta in Episode 6, and Hideyoshi again a couple times during the Pool Episode.
  • Bishōnen: Akihisa, Yuuji (when he "let his hair down") and Hideyoshi.
    • Akira mistakenly invokes this trope on Hideyoshi, Minami, and Mizuki in Episode 9. She assumes that there's no way Akihisa would have any female friends. To which he counters that all three of them are in fact girls.
  • Bishoujo Series: Thanks to Mizuki, Shimada, Shouko, Yuuko and, again, Hideyoshi.note 
  • Black Comedy Rape: In Season 2 Episode 7, Yoshi looks around for people who could help him. He sees Shouko trying to take off her yukata and get intimate with a gagged and tied Yuuji, clearly trying to scream. He concludes that Yuuji can't help him and turns back to his own situation.
  • Bland-Name Product: Akihisa has games such as Love Minus, THE iDOLC@STER, and Tales of Arts, published by Atolis, Circle Fenix, Oonami, and Nomca. His game systems include the Mimtendo WS and the FSP.
  • Blood from the Mouth:
    • Non-lethal example. Happens twice to Akihisa in Season 2 Episode 7 after he accidentally sends a text message to Minami, when he meant to send it to one of his classmates, Sugawa. He runs a train of thought on how it might've happened, looks over the messages again, and spews out more blood when it looks like he sent a Love Confession to her.
    • Akihisa, borrowing Yuuji's phone, is unable to reach Minami because Shouko is the only contact address in Yuuji's phone. He sends Shouko a text stating that he wants to propose to her. Yuuji does it when he looks at the message Akihisa sent using his phone. Hilarity Ensues after this.
  • Book Dumb: The main characters of Class F, although they have their brighter moments:
    • Subverted with Yuuji. He is a good strategist, whether or not he himself may screw it up. He gets better after that event with Shouko, in which he boosted his grades up fit for a Class B student.
      • The explanation of how he went from being a child genius in 5th grade to the idiot that he is now is never covered though.
    • Hideyoshi is a good actor and is a member of the drama club. He exploits it (that and his androgyny) to great effect. Has boosted his grades in Classics recently, thanks to him taking interest in this subject after getting the lead role in The Tale of Genji.
    • Minami does well in math, but sucks at anything involving kanji (i.e., most other subjects). Which is mainly due to the fact that she's still getting used to Japanese.
    • Kouta is the best at anything health-related, especially if it involves female biology.
    • Akihisa... is genuinely an idiot, though its more because he never studies than anything else. He is either he's an Idiot Hero or a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass. Though he has his specialty in Japanese History, the only subject he can pass if he tried.
    • Subverted with Mizuki: she's actually bright; it's just a freak illness that forced her to skip placement exams (as well as her refusal to leave her beloved Akihisa) that kept her in Class F.
  • Brain Bleach: Akihisa seems like he could want some after seeing a few things in Episode 5.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: While stuck in Class F, it's highly implied in the manga (and confirmed in the anime) that Yuuji has Class A level intellect, but doesn't really bother to show it off.
  • Bromantic Foil: Yuuji is the best friend, but Kouta is the pervert.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Akira wants to kiss (and more) her younger brother, for punishment or otherwise. She also punishes him not for having porn, but for not having incestuous porn. Averted, because surprisingly enough, the normally super-horny Akihisa expressly considers incest to be disturbingly immoral and so constantly resists the nonstop attempts at seduction of his older sister.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Akihisa's defining characteristic.
    • Yuuji too, courtesy of Shouko.
    • Hideyoshi will never be able to convince anyone that he's a guy.
  • Cameo:
    • Episode 3 has Akihisa's head transforming into Tokyo Pig and a Ponyo movie poster.
    • Also, apparently Miku is in Class B.
    • In the OVA when Hazuki asks where Class F is, Touko Amano and Kuroneko are seen walking in the background while Kyoukya Eaeriaea also sees Hazuki.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: The second half of Season 2 Episode 4 features a new summon testbed that spins out of control when the avatars start revealing their masters' true colors.
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • Mizuki is just way too shy to show her affections for Yoshii.
    • Shimada also has some trouble with communication.
    • Akihisa suffers from this too, partly because of this trope, and partly because he keeps mistaking things, such as a love letter Mizuki has being intended for Yuuji instead of him. Other times though, he seems to suffer from Oblivious to Love syndrome, since its made pretty blatantly clear to him both girls like him, and often beat him up for his ignorance.
  • Cat Girl: Hideyoshi's avatar turns into one in Season 2 Episode 12. His sister yells at him and wonders why he's one but her avatar is just a regular cat.
  • Cat Smile: The student's avatars often display one when they're happy, as does Mizuki's expressive hairpin.
  • Chains Of Love: In Episode 3, Shouko brings Yuuji to the movies in chains, and he tries to escape twice only to get a dose of her taser.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the manga and novels, the confusion surrounding Hideyoshi's gender is a Running Gag, but it's cranked Up to Eleven in the anime, where he pretty much gets half the screentime for Fanservice shots.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: During the exam duel between Akihisa and Shouko, several questions from past episodes come up like one involving Alexander the Great and the "uneventful" Taika Reforms.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • At the end of Season 1, it's implied that Shouko purposely lost in return for obtaining the marriage application Yuuji took from her.
    • Striker Sigma V.
    • In Episode 5, a hypothetical battle is posited at the beginning of the show. Come the end, the exact battle comes to pass, right down to the participants.
    • In Episode 12, Akihisa's bracelet started to act funny in the beginning of the episode. It malfunctioned later, costing them their victory against Class A.
    • In Season 2 Episode 7, an accident caused a teacher to cancel out an existing field. They replicated this accident later, letting Akihisa and Kouta to pass through with little problems.
  • Chew Toy: Akihisa and, to a lesser extent, Yuuji and Hideyoshi.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Shouko and Yuuji. Shouko is constantly trying to win his heart, but the poor guy is horrified at her extreme efforts.
  • Christmas Episode
  • Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: With the exception of Mizuki and Minami, everybody in F Class, to the point where they have claim they put 20% of their focus on the enemy and 80% on their allies in case they betray them.
  • Class Representative: The final boss of each ESB.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Minami and Mizuki to Akihisa.
    • Gets interesting in Season 2 Episode 9. Minami steals Akihisa's first kiss, then they clear things up to avoid a war with Class D (which Miharu is in), only to have to go back to "dating" each other in order to start a war with Class D to avoid a war with Class B (yeah, it's a little confusing). Mizuki is asked to be part of the plan and initially agrees. But she seems to ad-lib when she sees them holding each other, then gets jealous of the kiss from earlier and storms off. Since she was wearing the wiretapping device (put there so Miharu could "overhear" how Minami is dating Akihisa and get jealous/declare war again), he runs off to find her, leaving a distraught Minami behind.
    • To some extent, Miharu is also this for Minami.
    • Dear Lord, Shouko (towards Yuuji) makes all of the above seem like tamed clingy. Not that it justifies her actions, but Season 2 Episode 11 shows you the method/motive behind her madness/obsession with Yuuji.
  • Clothing Damage: Hideyoshi in Episode 5, complete with Bishie Sparkle. Ho Yay ensues.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Yuuji whittled down the mettle of Class A just for a chance to win.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Comically Missing the Point: Akihisa is totally oblivious to Mizuki and Minami's affections for him. This is exemplified in the Season 1 finale where Mizuki deliberately fails her second placement test because she doesn't want to leave him behind by not having her name on it. Akihisa, not knowing she did it on purpose (even though the name on the test had clearly been written and erased, not forgotten), chews out the principal.
    • Another example occurs when Akihisa shows pictures he received of himself in a maid outfit during the school festival from a blackmailer. Kouta looks at it, and then grows incredibly surprised. Then it turns out he's shocked because the blackmailer took shots of Akihisa in a better angle than he did.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In Episode 3, while Akihisa is on a forced date with Minami and Mizuki, they spot Shouko dragging Yuuji in chains. Shouko mentions wanting to spend a lot of time with him to make up for not being with him at school, and decides to watch Apocalypse Now, the unedited version, two times in a row. When Yuuji objects to it, she simply uses her taser on him. She does this to him again the next week, this time while watching a 7 hour film twice in a row. Yuuji later mentions to Akihisa something about waking up to the infamous scene where a bull is slaughtered onscreen, getting tased again while trying to escape, and then waking up to that same scene several hours later.
    • Hilariously, both times Minami and Mizuki have glittering, awe-struck eyes at the "love" Shouko has for Yuuji during those scenes.
  • Conspicuous CG: Mizuki's breasts in some of the later episodes.
  • Covert Pervert: Who knew the school principal was one?
  • Cranial Eruption: Typically, the aftermath of an Amusing Injury.
  • Crash into Hello: Akihisa and Toshimitsu.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Part of the whole RPG Elements package.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Class A (and Himeji) has this. Since they rarely do physical labor, they lack strength and stamina which is vital during wars. If they continue fighting for extended periods of time, they'll eventually start to tire out and start losing control over their summons. Which is what happened during their fight with Class F, after fighting a gauntlet against Class B to Class E.
    • The main cast from Class F has this enforced, Minami's only good at Math because she cannot read kanji, Kouta's expertise on Health and Physical Education is game breaking but he sucks at everything else, Akihisa's good at Japanese History even though he's the biggest idiot in the entire campus, and finally, Hideyoshi's interest in Classics was sparked by him being in the drama club. About the only person in Class F who doesn't have this is Yuuji, and he kind of qualified at the start since his greatest strength at the time was planning and strategizing.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Most of Class F counts as this. The FFF Inquisition's ability to One-Hit Kill Suicide Attack anyone comes to mind.
  • Cry Cute: Virtually all of the girls. Bonus points if they run away at the same time.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Once Mizuki shows up in the E vs. F battle, it's over in two hits.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Due to his extremely poor grades, Akihisa is "punished" with having him feeling the same pain as his summon. However, this has the side effect of his summon being tangible and thus able to interact with the environment, making it stronger than what the numbers would indicate.
  • Cute Little Fangs:
    • Class A's Aiko, a "practical" pro at Health class, if you know what she means.
    • Miharu, too.
  • Darker and Edgier: The first manga adaptation is fully of this. One example is during the festival arc, all 2-F maids (including Hazuki) were kidnapped and almost raped and in Hideyoshi's case, molested (which somehow was still Played for Laughs).
  • Date CrÍpe:
    • In Episode 2, Akihisa promises this to Minami in order to get out of her wrestling hold. When they actually go get the crepes, Mizuki comes along. Both girls are about to give him a taste of their crepes when Miharu shows up with throwing forks. Hilarity Ensues.
    • In the manga and light novels, Minami blackmails him into taking her or else the other class's avatars will beat him. It works.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Yuuko and Hazuki gets some screentime in Season 2 Episode 3.
    • Minami gets one in Season 2 Episode 8. Counts as a Flash Back as well, since we get to see how she first met Akihisa, and why she has a hard time with Japanese text.
    • Shouko and Yuuji get two together, Episode 7, and Season 2 Episode 11. The second one is particularly interesting as it gives major Character Development to both of them, and helps to shine light on the background as to why Shouko likes Yuuji so much. Turns out that Yuuji in 5th grade scored better than most of the 6th grade kids, causing them to be a little jealous. They plan to humiliate him by writing "I cheated on my tests" on his PE uniform, but Shouko finds out what they're doing and tries to stop them. Yuuji is conflicted at first whether or not to help her, but ultimately does, and gets in a fight with the three older boys. Shouko is really moved by his chivalry, and vows to marry him, hence why she's always trying to get him to marry her throughout the series. Not that it justifies what the older Shouko does to him, but at least it shows the method to her obsession with him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Furukara, the initial homeroom teacher of Class F before Ironman took over. He then becomes the narrator, and often comments on the situation at hand. Occasionally scolds the characters for playing Mr. Exposition when they try to explain unfamiliar things instead of letting him do it.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Class F's strategy in Episode 12's ESB war. When it's several of them against one A-student, victory becomes easy.
  • Declaration of Protection: Akihisa invokes this trope occasionally for Minami and/or Himeji. Yuuji won't admit it, but he also invoked this trope for Shouko, as evidenced by Season 2 Episode 11. Which then causes her to obsess over him even more, although he believes she's wasting her time/efforts.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Also employed in the Episode 12 war. Akihisa steals a couple belts off the Class A students. It doesn't work on Aiko, since she's not wearing a bra, nor on Toshimitsu, since he strips himself.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: Goodness, look at that page picture. Or any of the openings or endings.
    • The summoning sequences are quite spectacular.
  • Dirty Old Man: The Beauty Contest judge, Obata-san.
    • This trope, along with Shouko being a little jealous when the judge starts hitting on Yuuji in drag, ends up saving the guys from having to humiliate themselves even more in the beauty contest of Season 2 Episode 2. She brings out her taser and knocks out the power on the stage and the immediate area.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The girls seem to like punishing the guys they like for the smallest of offenses, whether it's accidentally saying something stupid, or sometimes even just as innocent as being in the same general area as other girls.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Happens to Kouta and Akihisa a lot. Not as much to Yuuji, because anytime something sexy comes up, Shouko tends to poke his eyes.
  • Divide and Conquer: Yuuji utilizes this in the 2nd fight against Class A in Episode 12, either with favors gained from the other classes, or deception in the case of Class C, to do mock battles with Class A in an attempt to wear them down before they fight. It almost succeeds until the school starts to fall apart.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Whilst fleeing from Miharu's throwing forks and holding a plate with two bites of crepe on it, Akihisa runs into Kubo. The crepes end up all over his face, and Yoshii's face ends up in his crotch. The latter gets up and says, "My dear Yoshii... you've made a mess of my face", before licking up some of the cream.
    • In Episode 5, Kouta's "camera" going limp after he finds out that there aren't any girls changing in the locker room.
  • Domestic Abuser: Shouko to Yuuji.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Poor Akihisa and Yuuji. Yuuji's is taken to ridiculous extremes, as he's repeatedly tasered if he complains about horrible dates. Or gets his eyes poked if he tries to (or Shouko thinks he tries to) look at any woman, or Hideyoshi, in a bikini.
    • Not that Akihisa has it much easier though. Minami loves hitting him or putting him in wrestling holds (and in one instance, breaking his back), and Himeji often tries to force him to eat her food. And should either girl seemingly get the lead, the other one will beat him up some more, or at least guilt trip him.
  • Dragged into Drag: In Season 2's festival episode, the boys are forced to crossdress for a Beauty Contest. The judges love them.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: A result of licensing issues. FUNimation was able to obtain the rights to dub and release the 2nd season before they could dub and release the OVA, which takes place between the two seasons. A lot of plot references, such as Aiko suddenly being an important member of the gang, Akihisa's maid outfit photos, and the two jerks who try to take their revenge for being humiliated in the OVA itself are only brought up as brief callbacks during the last few episodes.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: There are three genders in the world of Baka and Test: male, female, and Hideyoshi. This has even led to separate facilities in public baths and changing rooms just for him!
    Yuuji: It seems society has finally accepted Hideyoshi.
    • To a lesser extent, Akihisa also looked pretty in a Meido outfit and a wig in the OVA.
    • Also, during the class trip when everyone wears their gym clothes, the boys' clothes have a blue outline, the girls' have a red outline and Hideyoshis... a green outline.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: In addition to an ominous-looking aura Mizuki has these when she becomes jealous over Akihisa.
  • Dungeon Bypass:
    • Akihisa does this in the light novel and manga. During a battle against 2-B, Class Representative Nemoto is cornered, but the entrances to his hiding spot are well-fortified. Using the layout of the floor to his advantage, Akihisa fakes infighting against Minami in 2-D's room to use his summon and punch a hole into the wall separating them from 2-B's room.
    • In the anime this is done a little differently. Because Nemoto stole Mizuki's love letter, Akihisa gets his revenge by using his bracelet to create the field, and then punching out the wall even though it caused his hands to bleed.
  • Elite Mook: Sugawa from Class F.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Somehow Akira has baby photos of her younger brother Akihisa taking a bath when he was two, four, seven, ten, thirteen, and even yesterday.
    • Himeji also has her share, as her mother told Akihisa.
  • Emotionless Girl: Shouko is usually this to everyone else, but she shows her cute/scary side only to Yuuji.
  • Enemy Mine: During episodes 5-7 of Season 2, the main male characters of Class F ally with every male in the school in order to peek into the girl's locker room. The real reason they were doing it because both Yuuji and Akihisa were being blackmailed by someone, and needed to find out who it was. Kouta narrowed it down to a female student with a burn on her bum. They largely use a We Have Reserves tactic followed by a Zerg Rush, and manage to succeed at the end of episode 7. Turns out it was Miharu, who wanted Akihisa out of the way so she could pursue her one-sided romance towards Minami. They then walk into the bath as a bonus reward, only to find out that the only person taking a bath was the elderly school principal, who suspends the entire male student body for a week.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Most of the things that Akihisa thinks of.
      • Subverted as of late. He can be quite the strategist. Maybe Yuuji's genius been rubbing off to him?
    • End of Episode 2. A massive Batman Gambit many years in the making finally pays off, allowing 1-F to beat 1-A by having Shouko get only a 97 on an elementary level test, everyone is celebrating... and then Yuuji got a 53.
  • Even the Guys Want Him:
    • Hideyoshi.
    • Akihisa has Toshimitsu lusting after him. It's mentioned in Volume 7, after Nishimura-sensei confiscated the students' contraband items, including Shouko's hypnotism book. Toshimitsu attempted to use a follow-the-pendant-with-your-eyes on Akihisa, and when it failed, grumbled to himself that it was necessary to borrow the book. Akihisa commented that he had a strange feeling where he had nearly gone to hell after the guy left.
    • Also mentioned in the book, Hideyoshi sort of hit Akihisa because he was probably jealous. He questioned himself as to why he hit him.
  • Every Girl (and Hideyoshi) is Cuter with Hair Decs
  • Evolving Credits: Now with Akira and the main cast of Class A.
  • Expressive Mask: Ironman has one temporarily in the second half of Episode 3 in Season 2. Akihisa planned to steal a key by attempting to throw a bucket of water at him. However, Ironman skillfully deflects the bucket, and Akihisa being Akihisa, gets a broom, screams that he won't let him get away, and hits the bucket, which then falls on Ironman's head. After Akihisa innocently claims his foot slipped, an angry Ironman grabs him, and mentions something about hearing him not getting away, with a very angry looking bucket. Despite getting beat up, he does manage to steal the key.
  • Eye Poke: Shouko does this to Yuuji anytime she doesn't want him looking at other women, which is practically all the time.
  • Faceless Masses: Anyone who doesn't have a name is represented with their class letter. Double points for evoking Faceless Goons with the FFF, who just need to change into a black KKK-like robe.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: If they ever won against Class A, what would be the point of the series?
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Strongly subverted. Mizuki is quite feminine and can make visually astounding meals. But just smelling her food is enough to induce nightmares. For another layer of subversion, Minami has been shown to cook elaborate bentos and no complaints have been made so far about her food.
  • Festival Episode: Season 2 Episode 2.
  • First Kiss: Minami takes Akihisa's in Season 2 Episode 7.
  • First Name Basis: Mizuki finally managed to get to this point with Akihisa in Episode 11, but he never calls her that in public. She finally asks why this is in Season 2 Episode 13.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Class A's Linne Klein, a.k.a. Vock O' Butte.
  • Fork Fencing: Miharu uses throwing forks while pursuing Yoshii in Episode 3.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In a similar fashion to Pani Poni Dash!, Class F's chalkboard always has something different written on it with each new camera angle of the scene.
  • Friction Burn: While trying to get a glorious panty shot of Mizuki, Kouta slides around on the floor so fast that he sets himself on fire. His nosebleed that immediately followed dowsed out the flames.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: At the end of the first season Akihisa beats Shouko in an exam battle and the principal agrees to let Mizuki take a retest. However, she decides to leave her name blank and fail so she can stay in Class F.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • While the members of the main Love Triangle are discussing where to go on a date-like... thing, there is a fountain in the background shaped like a cupid that spouts water in varying volumes and pressures out of its butt. Also, someone rides by on a unicycle, as well as a cameo by Bonta-Kun.
    • In Episode 4, Yuuji was trying to look under Minami's skirt after she used a German Suplex on Akihisa. Drawn on the blackboard was Yuuji's summon, saying that it can almost see it. Cue an eye poke from Shouko, the drawing on the blackboard changes, it now includes Shouko's summon, chasing Yuuji's.
    • In Episode 10, when Mizuki is walking in the halls, look behind her. There are acrobatics and fights that go on back there.
    • Also in Episode 10, there are silhouettes of people with flowers growing out of their heads walking by when the students are spying on Nishimura-sensei.
    • In Episode 5, when a few of the characters are sitting on the roof discussing strategy, there are a few shadows of birds that are flying overhead, and then suddenly the shadow of a PTERODACTYL.
    • In Season 2 Episode 6, when Yuuji is giving an impassioned speech about "peeping into paradise" we see a bunch of girls wrapped up in bath towels. Look closely, and you'll see Hideyoshi in there as well.
  • Furo Scene: Part 2 of the Pool Episode.
  • Gag Series
  • Gainaxing:
    • Oh, god. Mizuki's puppies even seem to expand and retract in Episode 3.
      • They rhythmically move with her breathing throughout the whole series.
    • In Episode 9, we're introduced to Akihisa's sister Akira who has even bigger ones than Mizuki.
  • Gambit Pileup:
    • Yuuji/Akihisa and Nemoto in Episode 11. Yuuji/Akihisa wins this.
    • Yuuji and Koyama/Kogure/Takashiro in Volume 9. The latter was going to win this one, until Akihisa arrived.
  • Grade System Snark: Whoever came up with the entrance exam was either really discriminatory, really snarky, or some combination of both: Whoever aced the exams was placed in Class A and got the most luxurious dorm rooms and treated with the utmost respect. Whosoever failed the exam immediately was placed in F Class. Those who got placed in this class were treated like pariahs and given dorm rooms that were literally falling apart at the seams, even down to the cardboard boxes they used as desks and the third-rate pillows (the stuffing was quite clearly spilling out of the seams). Even the teachers of Class F realized the terrible situation, copping a very bored, sarcastic tone of voice.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • "Connection", as seen in Episode 7.
    • "Awaken" when Akihisa uses his bracelet, and "SUMMON!"
    • Minami insults Akihisa in Season 2 Episode 8 when he tries to talk to her in French. His English isn't any better, so it goes right over his head as well.
    • In Season 2 Episode 4, Akihisa says "Just a moment, Himeji-san!" right as she threatens to take his picture while wearing girl's clothing and posting them online as punishment for losing their card game.
  • Gratuitous German: Minami does this in Season 2 Episode 8. Justified because it's a flashback, and she had just recently returned to Japan, and isn't comfortable speaking in Japanese yet.
    • She also does it in Episode 6 after seeing Mizuki in her bikini. Her little sister says that Minami sometimes does that when she's in shock.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Pretty much anytime the FFF sees anyone in their class getting ahead by talking to a girl. In one hilarious incident during the OVA tournament, Hazuki unintentionally causes them, along with Minami and Himeji to all turn against Akihisa by proclaiming she was going to marry him and treat him to food and cleaning him in the bath. After Yuuji and Akihisa win the fight against the two girls, Akihisa is seen being tied up and being carried away by the FFF members.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Hideyoshi and Yuuko. The similarities are to the point that Akihisa thought Yuuko was "her" brother.
  • Healing Exams: The replenishment exams work like potions during wars.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Hideyoshi, unsurprisingly, since he fits the bill.
  • Heroic Blue Screen of Death:
    • Hideyoshi suffers one in a Corner of Woe in Episode 5 after Mizuki's chiffon cake takes down his teammates.
    • Mizuki suffers one after seeing Minami kiss Akihisa in Season 2 Episode 9.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Subverted when Akihisa ditches Minami, telling her to hold them off while he runs away. Lampshaded immediately.
    • Sugawa and the rest of Class F try to hold off Nishimura-sensei so Akihisa could get away. He still has to go to remedial lessons.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Yuuji and Akihisa, so much so that they make a great team... although some people (especially Shouko) see something completely different.
  • Het is Ew: Akira forbids Akihisa from engaging in heterosexual romance. This initially comes off as simple overprotection, but then it turns out she's a brazen Yaoi Fangirl. And the only boy-girl romance she will allow is that between herself and Akihisa. The poor kid is none too pleased.
  • Hold the Line: During the first ESB, the plan is to hold class 2-E long enough for Mizuki to recover her hit points so she can take them out.
    • Used this strategy again versus class 2-C, using Mizuki, Kouta, and Minami as frontliners. Then Akihisa did a Big Damn Heroes.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed:
    • Parodied. Being left-handed: especially in the anime, when said hand had been superglued to a table for half the episode — doesn't help Akihisa's Physics score.
    • Yuuji plays this straight in the battle with Class B by leaking outdated intel to them.
    • Played straight later in the original novels with Akihisa and Yuuji during the tournament final.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: "Question N: X and Y and Z".
  • If I Can't Have You: Members of the FFF are so bitter about not getting any girlfriend they will put on trial and then burn at the stake any guy they sense anything even remotely resembling any type of flirting to or from a girl. Yuuji used this as part of his plan to defeat Class D, convincing them to have their avatars perform a kamikaze attack on the enemy to clear a path for Mizuki.
  • Image Song: There are several of these out, but only Hideyoshi was popular enough to get his own solo, complete with a thick booklet of his outfits!
  • Improbable Weapon User: Class 2-E's Hiromi uses a baseball bat and glove like sword and shield, with umpire gear for armor.
  • Inane Blabbering: Minami.
    • Foreign Language Tirade: Minami loses the ability to speak Japanese and starts blubbering in German and will take a while for her to snap out of it when she is sufficiently shocked.
  • Indirect Kiss: Implied twice in Episode 3: first with Toshimitsu, and then later with Mizuki and Minami.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Akira spends half of her introductory episode lounging around in a bathrobe and thinks nothing of it.
    • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She did so on purpose because she assumed Akihisa would find it more appealing than being drenched in sweat in her normal clothes, and had absolutely no qualms about changing into said bathrobe in the middle of an occupied train car so she could be dressed as soon as she arrived at Akihisa's apartment.
    • Hideyoshi also counts.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • In Episode 4.
      Akihisa: You might not know this, but in Japan, there's a legend saying you'll be blessed if you confess beneath a legendary tree! And there's only one thing "legendary tree" could be referring to at this school... It refers to the legendary beauty, Hideyoshi Kinoshita! note  In other words, you'll be blessed if you confess to Hideyoshi!
      Hideyoshi: This Is Wrong on So Many Levels that I don't even know where to begin.
    • Also from Episode 4, right after the boys eat Himeji's cooking.
      Hideyoshi: If this is the end for me, I don't want to go out with a semblance of machismo though perhaps I've displayed enough through the years of my crochet circle.
      Akihisa: Oh man, her food has started to warp his brain!
    • Followed almost immediately after with Yuuji telling Akihisa to "neutralize the poison with the spice of love". After Akihisa eats the food and still gets poisoned, Yuuji promptly points out that love doesn't work on poison.
    • Used by Akihisa's sister in Episode 1 of Season 2 after she finds out that he's inviting girls to the beach with them. She allows it this one time on one condition...
      Akira: However, if I catch you holding hands, making out, or playing hide the sausage...
      [Akihisa gulps]
      Akira: [smiley face] ...I won't hesitate to kill your entire family.
      Akihisa: Er, that kinda includes you Akira.
    • For much of the first season, Akihisa has a single cup of ramen noodles as his only food source simply because he never has any money to buy more. He believes that he can extend his food almost indefinitely by dividing the noodles in half, and then dividing those in half, and so on. By reading the nutrition label, his train of logic is that he can get the full bowl's worth of calories from each individual piece.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Kouta does this from time to time, complete with outfit, usually when Yuuji is planning a strategy against the other classes during their summoner battles. He will usually do intel with cameras/mics, and in one episode, does an "assassination" by forcefeeding one of the rival class student messenger Mizuki's special Jello.
  • Instant Sedation: During a card game in Season 2 Episode 4, Hideyoshi is called on a card he placed down, and begins to strip his shirt. He immediately gets knocked out by a slightly drunken Himeji, who claims he's simply "tired". When Kouta attempts to mention the chloroform bottle laying nearby, she swipes her handkerchief at him, causing him to "get tired" as well.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: A weird variation of this trope: the principal messing around with the summon system allows two people to summon potential children... so naturally the pairings are Yuuji/Akihisa, Yuuji/Shouko, Takahashi-sensei/Nishimura-sensei, Kouta/Aiko, Hideoyshi/Yuuko, Miharu/Shimada, Himeji/Akihisa, and of course Akihisa/Hideoyshi.
  • It's Personal: After Class B representative Kyouji Nemoto uses Class F to break into the safe to steal a test in Episode 10, he threatens to turn them in if they rat him out. Mizuki tries to defend them, but he just insults her and leaves. Yuuji and Akihisa both plot revenge against the student, first by breaking into the safe again, then distributing the tests to all the students. Both Yuuji and Akihisa then apologize profusely to Ironman, who's a little confused as to why they did it (they claim it was a prank, but in reality they just wanted to nullify the Nemoto's advantage without directly blaming him). Finally, they also plant Mizuki's cookies into Nemoto's locker for some tasty payback.
    • Akihisa does it again in Episode 11 when Nemoto blackmails Mizuki into not fighting, although this time he gets help from more of his friends.
  • It's Up to You:
    • Subverted in Episode 1 by Mizuki's Big Damn Heroes moment.
    • Akihisa also gets taken out almost immediately when they fight 2-D.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The real reason Akihisa even bothered to fight 2-B is to give Mizuki a chance to take a retest and transfer to Class A. This of course backfires on him at the end of Season 1: Himeji doesn't want to leave them.
    • Mizuki seems to imply this in Season 2 Episode 9 as part of an act to get Class D to declare war on Class F, but seeing Minami holding Akihisa's arm, combined with the kiss Minami gave him in the beginning of the episode really irks her and causes her to run away, making Akihisa chase after her and ruining Yuuji's plan.
  • I Was Beaten By A Girl: More or less Akihisa's life with some women, namely Minami, Miharu and Yuuko, although mostly Minami, who beats him up at least Once per Episode, or every few paragraphs.
  • Japanese Pronouns: In case you have trouble telling Hideyoshi and Yuuko apart, here's a tip: Hideyoshi uses very antiquidated medieval Japanese (e.g. "washi" = "I", "o-nushi" = "thee"); Yuuko uses normal feminine vocabulary (e.g. "watashi" = "I", "anata" = "you").
  • Jerkass: That couple from Episode 7 at the theme park, and the Tokonatsu boys from Class 3-A during The Test of Courage.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Akira.
    • Yuuji towards Shouko during Episode 7 and Season 2 Episode 11. Hard to believe, but she could really use a hug in those episodes.
  • Karma Houdini: All of the girls get away with their abuses towards the boys due to Rule of Funny as well as Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male.
  • Keystone Army: Defeat the Class Representative, and you win the ESB.
  • Kimodameshi: The Test of Courage tournament in the last two episodes of Season 2.
  • Large Ham: Almost all the characters do at some point. Particularly hilarious with Mizuki, Minami when referring to Yoshii.
  • Lemony Narrator: Shin Fukuhara takes this Up to Eleven in the dub, becoming this constantly where in the original he was this on a rare occasion.
  • Lethal Chef: Himeji. This is due to her Lego-style of cooking, adding ingredients without ever tasting the result, because she's heard that sampling your own cooking will make you fat.
    • In Season 2 Episode 10, Himeji made jelly/Jell-O consisting of cocoa, corn soup, scallions, natto, fish, mustard, ginger, secret ingredients and tabasco pepper.
    • Becomes a Running Gag throughout the series. Yuuji sometimes utilizes this to his advantage against the other classes.
    • One of the DVD Extras shows what Mizuki goes through in order to prepare her "Special Nikujaga". "It's guaranteed to be a traumatic experience." It requires the use of lethal doses of "food preservatives" such as concentrated Sulfuric acid, Chloroacetic acid, and Potassium Nitrate. Himeji recommends serving it immediately in a glass bowl, because the glass won't melt.
    Narrator: A special nikujaga that will not only melt that special person's tongue, but many other things as well, is now complete. Call a company that specializes in chemicals and have them dispose of the leftover solution in the pot. It's dangerous, so please do not ever drain in the sewerage.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Oh yes.
  • Love Epiphany: Shouko has one in the flashback in Season 2 Episode 11, and tells Yuuji's mom that she's going to marry Yuuji after he saved her from 3 bullies. She happily agrees to support Shouko in this effort.
  • Love Hurts:
    • How Minami shows her awkward love for Akihisa.
    • Cranked up with twice the pain for Shouko to Yuuji.
    • Played straight with Himeji after she sees Minami kiss Akihisa in front of her in Season 2 Episode 9. She's not happy seeing them together, and has trouble going along with the plan of making Class D declare war on Class F by pretending Minami and Akihisa are dating.
  • Love Makes You Crazy:
    • Shouko for Yuuji. Either that or she's just batshit insane.
    • Mizuki for Akihisa. She develops a slight yandere streak.
    • Minami for Akihisa. She Cannot Spit It Out in words so shows her love with painful wrestling moves.
    • Toshimitsu for Akihisa. During the final battle he willingly drops his pants in public in front of him without hesitation.
    • Miharu for Minami. She's willing to kill anyone (especially Akihisa) to be near her.
  • Lover Tug of War: Minami and Mizuki towards Akihisa. Poor guy.
  • Luminescent Blush: Omnipresent.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Yuuji's bright idea in Episode 10. Akihisa thinks Hideyoshi is better for that job.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Akihisa does this to Himeji during the OVA battle as a means to distract her and Minami to buy Yuuji enough time to knock them both out. It works, as both girls are then distracted by him and while attempting to pull him away, Yuuji delivers an attack which knocks out all three characters.
    • In Season 2 Episode 4, Shoko pulls Yuuji to her boobs to make him happy. He claims he isn't, but his Avatar's victorious reaction told the whole story.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Yuuko to Masculine Girl to Hideyoshi to Feminine Boy. Yuuko is aggressive and competitive while Hideyoshi is calm. Ironically, Hideyoshi is more popular then Yuuko, possibly due to his looks.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Yuuko: "superior child" (makes sense; she looks like Hideyoshi, but with more brains and athletic talent)
    • Hideyoshi: "good esteem"/"good excellence" (given his antiquated speech pattern it's not that far off)
    • Yoshii: "righteous"/"good"/"good luck" (the first two definitely apply to Akihisa; the latter is the total opposite)
      • Akihisa: "Everlasting Dawn".
      • Akiko: "Autumn Child". A contrast to Miharu: "Spring Beauty".
    • Minami: "Wave" Beauty. Wave goes up and down. She's tsundere.
    • Yuuji: "Second Male".
  • Meido: Hideyoshi and Akihisa, although in the latter's case the anime and light novel differ in how this happens. In the anime Akihisa wore it to get away from Miharu. In the light novel and the OVA he wore it to get revenge on a pair of 3-A boys badmouthing Class F's Chinese Cafe.
    • This becomes a plot point in episode 5-7 of Season 2 when Akihisa is blackmailed on it. He and Yuuji convince the FFF, and later, the entire male student body, to help them find the blackmailer, which basically involves them against a lot of girls and the teachers.
  • Misplaced Retribution: In Season 2 Episode 5, while at the training camp, the girls find a hidden camera in their locker room, and proceed to punish Akihisa, Yuuji, and Kouta (but not Hideyoshi, whom the girls considered "a victim" like them). Yuuji then says he really wants to look in there now, because they were already punished for the crime they didn't commit, and they still needed to find out who the blackmailer was for Akihisa. The camera actually turned out to be from Miharu, but no one suspected her of it, and she was attempting to blackmail Akihisa so he'd stay way from Minami.
  • Mission Control: Yuuji often performs this role when Class F is fighting the other classes. Luckily he's pretty Bad Ass himself, so when some enemy class students try to sneak around Class F's defenses, he soundly stomps the would-be attackers.
  • Mons: The Summoned Beings. They look and act like a miniature version of their summoner. They also looks alot like the Dwarves of Class Of Heroes.
  • Mood Whiplash: In Episode 9 after Akihisa's friends leave. Despite the humor of the episode, Akihisa and his sister Akira actually got into a serious fight resulting in them not speaking to each other for the next couple of days because Akihisa wanted to prove that he could take care of himself. Naturally, he fails the test by a stupid mistake of writing Alexander the Great in the name box and then getting a zero. And even when he shows her the test, he's still mad at her for telling him that even if he studies, he still probably wouldn't have past. At the end of the episode, they forgive each other and it's back to comedy.
  • Mooks: Both sides have them in the first ESB.
  • Morton's Fork: The first OVA episode has Multiple Endings for the winner of the popularity contest. No matter who you choose, Akihisa gets hurt and/or makes a fool of himself.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Hideyoshi. No, seriously. What can we say, the guy transcends gender conventions.
    • To a lesser extent, Akira.
  • Narrator: While the narrator is only occasionally lemony, in Episode 3, when Nishimura-sensei takes over as 2-F's homeroom teacher, he also trades narration duties with the previous homeroom teacher, something the show draws attention to.
  • Nice Guy: While Akihisa may be as dense as lead regarding love and a total moron, he genuinely is a good guy at heart, and often goes out of his way to help others, such as when Hazuki wanted to buy a stuffed bear that was too expensive. He also tries to help Himeji out by trying to get better equipment for her to study with. And he was the first person to try and befriend Minami when she first moved back to Japan and had a language barrier issue (unfortunately he was trying to reach out to her in French instead of German). Hence one reason why both Himeji and Minami like him.
  • Nosebleed: Kouta and Akihisa, reaching High-Pressure Blood and Overdrawn at the Blood Bank levels especially during the Pool Episode. But Kouta easily tops Akihisa in this department, so much so he even brings with him a blood bag. Nosebleeds are treated with a significant amount of lampshading throughout the whole series, to the point that they often play an impact on the scene itself.
    • In the first episode of Season 2, after seeing what Aiko did to Kouta, Shouko tries to invoke this trope on Yuuji by assaulting him until his nose starts to bleed from her abuse, with the idea that he's doing it because of her in her bikini. Yuuji is not amused by this.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: One reason why Yuuji is so turned off by Shouko (in addition to her Yandere traits).
  • Not So Different: One reason why Yuuji and Akihisa work so well together, just look at their romance partner(s).
  • Oblivious to Love: No, Akihisa. Mizuki doesn't like Yuuji, and Minami doesn't beat you up for no reason at all.
    • Minami, when Miharu acts all mushy towards you and all violent towards the one guy you secretly like, you should know something's up.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When a couple insults Shouko because of her dream, Yuuji beats the crap out of them. Too bad it was never shown.
  • Operation Jealousy: A slight variation of this occurs in the first episode of Season 2. While at the beach, the girls decide to complain about getting hit on by other guys in order to make their love interests jealous. Unfortunately for them, particularly with Akihisa, their attempts to make the guys jealous completely flies over their head.
    • Yuuji and Akihisa then take the insults the girls hurl at them about not being able to pick up any women as a challenge, and proceed to do just that. It doesn't end well for them however, as they do really badly, and later earn the ire of the girls who came with them.
  • Panty Shot: Kouta is most often seen on the ground with his camera, trying to peep up the various females' skirts. Whenever he succeeds, well, Nosebleed ensues. Oddly enough, there aren't any panty shots visible to viewers in the broadcast version, due to TV Tokyo's standards.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Akihisa, Mizuki, Minami, Kouta, and Hideyoshi try to do so during the visit to Kisaragi Theme Park, but Yuuji was able to quickly figure out their true identities at first sight. For example, he tricked Mizuki (in a yellow fox costume with her hair spilling out) into thinking that Akihisa (in a blue fox costume with the head backwards) was seeing an older woman, causing the guy to get dropkicked by Minami (in an orange fox suit) when the rumor reached her ears.
    • In the first part of Season 2 Episode 3, Yuuko forces Hideyoshi to swap their identities because the principal wants her to sing the school's anthem for a promotional video, but she's a terrible singer. Despite not sounding or acting like Hideyoshi at all, Akihisa is completely fooled by it.
  • Petting Zoo People: Most Summoned Beings.
  • Pool Episode: Episode 6. Also featuring a Furo Scene, for double the fanservice in one dose!
  • Power Levels: The strength and hit points of one's avatar are based on the scores of the summoner's most recent tests.
  • Puni Plush: The universal character style.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Class A's color is depicted as purple. Compare to our protagonists, Class F.
  • Ranked by I.Q./Urban Segregation: The school system works in a way that one's IQ decides which group an incoming student fits in, ranging from the prestigious (Class A) to the insignificant (Class F). The smarter students get better amenities and classroom equipment.
  • Rank Inflation: Before the start of the story, there was no Class F... until students even dumber than those at Class E showed up.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: And Mizuki. Class F is about as ragtag a group as one can find.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: This is not the kind of show to play in the background when you are multitasking! Many jokes come and go by in literally a few animation frames. Not a shot goes by that doesn't have some unusual art shift or slight in-joke at something.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: Minami, when analyzing the other girl's bust sizes in the Furo Scene in Episode 6, has the numbers go Off The Scale when she tries to scan Mizuki... much to her despair.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Miharu gives one to Akihisa in Season 2 Episode 10. She's angry at how he treats Himeji like a princess, but then treats Minami like one of the guys and never compliments her on anything. As she continues to list the reasons, Minami runs out of the room crying, causing everyone else but Miharu and Akihisa to leave as well. He then says something to her, and while its unheard by the audience, Miharu has an angry look on her face and says he must be lying. Kouta later plays back what he said so the other classmates (and the audience) can hear what he said to Miharu, where Akihisa said the reason he treats Minami like that is because he's very comfortable around her, and feels he can be himself, and finds Minami a little pretty as well. Minami overhears it while outside the classroom and starts falling for him again.
  • Red Baron: Kouta and Nishimura-sensei go around by their nicknames, "Muttsulini/Voyeur" and "Tetsujin/Iron Man", respectively. Incidentally, Kouta's nickname, if That Other Wiki is to be believed, is also a reference to Benito Mussolini.
  • Red String of Fate: Referenced in the opening of the OVA.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Played with:
    • Shouko intends to go through with one regarding Yuuji, whether he wants to or not.
    • Minami mistakenly thought Akihisa's weird text message to her in Season 2 Episode 7 meant he wanted to do this with her. And for the first half of Episode 9, she does things that seems like this trope is in play, until Akihisa's fumbled explanation of what happened in Episode 7.
  • Revenge by Proxy: The three 6th grade boys in Season 2 Episode 11 try to beat up Shouko when she insists on stopping their plans to humiliate Yuuji. Unfortunately for them, he happened to be passing by the classroom at the time...
  • Rousing Speech: Done by Yuuji to rouse Class F to attack Class E. The art style goes all sketchy as he gets increasingly Hot-Blooded.
  • RPG Elements:
  • Rule of Cool: Force fields generated when a battle is started?! Chibified avatars the students use to battle with?! Gigantic screens that pop out of nowhere?! JUST SHUT UP AND WATCH!
  • Running Gag: Many:
    • Hideyoshi never getting any male clothing (apart from his uniform), and even if he does it won't be on him for long. He's practically worn more female clothing than male.
    • Akihisa getting injured due to his avatar.
    • Nishimura-sensei popping and dragging anyone with a score of "0" to remedial lessons whatever the day, place, or time.
    • Kouta trying to get panty shots.
    • Shouko trying to get Yuuji to like her, in, umm, extreme ways.
    • Miharu's insane love for Minami.
    • Minami's wrestling moves on Akihisa whenever he says something unflattering about her. He always continues nonchalantly talking about how his limbs are getting twisted for a few seconds before his brain registers the pain.
    • Yuuji convincing Akihisa to go declare war on another class with a heartfelt speech. The latter always gets brutally beaten and in one case apparently "ruined for marriage" as well.
    • The show appears to be trying to revolutionize the Nose Bleed trope to the next level every episode.
    • Himeji's cooking. All of the male characters will do everything they can to avoid eating it, or at least keep Himeji from cooking, unless they can utilize it for their advantage, such as during a class war. They will also usually eat anything Akihisa made or bought for himself for lunch so he's forced to eat her food.
  • School Festival: The OVA.
  • Screw Destiny: Seems to be Yuuji's motive for starting all the summoner wars. Since the school thinks Class F are a bunch of morons, he attacks the other classes one by one, and either beats them or seriously challenges them through strategy and skill, rather than academic achievement.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The reason Mr. Obata got away with all his inappropriate comments during the kimono pageant.
    "So you know, I'd like to punch him for saying that, be he is our sponsor."
  • Secret Test of Character: The entire point of implementing the ST system was to force students to work together rather than just for themselves. Also the winners get a choice whether to humiliate the losers and take their stuff, which is the primary reason most wars start.
    • The grading system could also be considered a not so secret test of character. You want out of that crappy classroom and get real desks instead of card board boxes? Then do better in class.
  • Serious Business: Exams are serious enough in the real world, but not to this degree!
    • The mini-arc in Season 2 where they try to find the blackmailer too. Both the teachers and the girls from the various classes are wondering why Akihisa and Yuuji are so determined to get into the girl's bath. Gets a little extreme towards the end when all the boys from the various classes help out (mostly by getting bribed with pictures of the Class F girls...and Hideyoshi...)
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Yuji claims this with Shouko. She refuses to believe it however, and often forces him on dates anyway.
    • Akihisa seems to act this way towards both Mizuki and Minami. Both girls don't take it too well anytime he claims this, although Minami is much more physical about punishing him when he tries to invoke this trope.
  • Shipper on Deck: Judging by Episode 7, everyone ships Yuuji and Shouko.
  • Shmuck Bait: The Phosphorus Monoxide sign in Season 2 Episode 4. Sounds like "summon" so it triggers summoning.
    • Akihisa turns the tables on Himeji a few moments later by causing her to inadvertently say "summon" as well when she presses him/his avatar on who he likes.
    • In Episode 6, Aiko mentions in the bath house that the men and women's sides are connected, and that the men could probably peek at the women underwater. Both Akihisa and Kouta immediately dive in, but the water's too hot, so they douse themselves with cold water...only to find out it doesn't help. Instead of just admitting defeat, Akihisa instead pulls his avatar out to try and peek that way, which still doesn't work.
  • Shout-Out: Enough examples to get a separate page.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang:
    • Akhisa Yoshii and his older sister Akira. The former is a consistent underachiever who, given the funds and resources, can cook like a pro; the latter is a Harvard student but has little to no culinary skills.
    • Hideyoshi Kinoshita and his twin sister Yuuko. The former has trouble studying, but is a very good drama actor and a genuinely nice boy; the latter is haughty and arrogant, but has the grades to back her up.
  • Signs of Disrepair: The school wasn't ready to give a room to Class F, so they gave them a temporary place and overlapped the room's original label with a makeshift one. At some point in time, the makeshift label drops off. What does the original say? Class 2-E. The school itself is built with more than 5 different design styles to indicate the quality of the classes that inhabit it. Class F's section of the school is a cheaply made concrete wall that has vines and foliage growing all over it, while Class A's section looks like a prestigeous university.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Pretty much any character who likes another seems to be a bit too dedicated in trying to get with said character, such as Shouko towards Yuuji, or Miharu towards Minami.
  • Sleep Cute: Shouko and Yuuji in the cinema. He's a bit crispy, though.
  • Smash Cut: A Previously On is cut short by the opening in one season 2 episode.
    Narrator: It's the second day of Fumizuki Academy's school trip and class A is— *opening credits roll* Ehhhhh?
  • The Sneaky Guy: Kouta Tsuchiya.
  • Something Else Also Rises: After Akihisa imagines an erotic image of Mizuki and Shouko, Kouta's camera lens fully extends. Then it goes limp when he's cockblocked.
  • Spanner in the Works: As the series moves forward, the various adversaries of Class-F recognize that Akihisa's dangerous for being very unpredictable.
  • Status Quo Is God: At the end of Season 2, Akihisa is still as dense as bricks regarding feelings for either Mizuki or Minami, and Shouko is still chasing Yuuji around with a marriage certificate. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing of course...
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Several characters seem to be experts at this, such as Ironman anytime a student's avatar reaches 0 points, Miharu anytime Minami gets a little too close to Akihisa, Minami herself at times when Mizuki gets too friendly with Akihisa, and Shouko anytime Yuuji is around other women or getting too friendly with a male character.
    • Ironman doesn't care if it's the weekend and the students are out of school. If their avatar reaches 0 points, he will show up and drag them off to remedial class.
  • Stealth Insult: One of the Ad Bumper quiz answers is "it's your imagination."
    Teacher's comment [to Akihisa]: Every once in a while, I have the mistaken impression that you're actually a genius.
  • Stealth Pun: Akihisa's avatar's Occult version is a Dullahan.
  • Suicide as Comedy: After Akihisa finds an embarrassing picture of himself, he grows despondent that a blackmailer would make them public. Hideyoshi tries to calm him down, and when Himeji approaches them, he asks her what she would do with a picture of Akihisa in a maid outfit. She says she would get a scanner, then spread the picture on the internet. Akihisa immediately tries to jump out the window of their class, located on the third floor, while Hideyoshi holds him back and tries to talk him out of it.
  • Suicide Attack: Akihisa uses this in their summoner war against Class B. He tells the FFF guys that the Class B rep is dating the Class C rep girl. They go into berserk mode and start bombing themselves in order to take out the much stronger Class B students. It largely works until the Class B rep blackmails Mizuki, Class F's strongest student, into not fighting. But then Akihisa just does something else...
  • Super-Deformed:
    • The Summoned Beings are armed chibi versions of their summoners.
    • Also happens frequently with the real characters as well.
  • Supreme Chef: Akihisa is surprisingly good at cooking when he's given actual ingredients. So much so that his classmates initially don't believe he made his own lunch in Episode 9.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Almost all of the English sentences that appear in the series make complete sense and have excellent grammar.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Minami just loves to do this.
    Minami: I definitely didn't go out of my way for you!
  • That Came Out Wrong: Akihisa telling everyone he had 2,000 porn magazines in his room to keep them from coming to his house.
  • The Tease: Kudou likes to do this, usually to Kouta, but occasionally Akihisa and Yuuji too. Which then causes Minami, Himeji, and Shouko to enter Clingy Jealous Girl mode.
  • The Thing That Goes Doink: The hotel in the training camp arc of Season 2 is apparently pretty expensive, because a Shishi Odoshi is shown in the last episode.
  • The Unfair Sex: Can cross into this from time to time due to Abuse Is Okay When It's Female on Male
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: Poor Hideyoshi. No one within or outside the fourth wall listens to him as he utters out this trope word for word as he lampshades how Akihisa gets the FFF to try to confess to him.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Invoked in the second episode of the OVA, where Akihisa's summon throws his sword to combo with Yuuji's summon's punch.
  • Tournament Arc: One of the OVA episodes involves Akihisa and Yuuji competing in a tag tournament against their classmates. Considering both of their ranks, a few of their victories end up being anything but honorable.
  • Tsundere:
    • Minami shows her love for Akihisa with wrestling locks like the figure four and head lock, to name a few. She practically fits this trope to a T, calling the guy an idiot and being unable to confess. Thus, her image song is aptly named "Tsundere Dou" — "The Way of the Tsundere".
    • Yuuji has moments of this toward Shouko after he saved her in Episode 12.
  • Tranquil Fury: Both Yuuji and Akihisa display this in the final battle of Season 2 Episode 13 after hearing Mizuki scream at the Tokunatsu students who were insulting the Class F duo and getting disqualified. Instead of getting Hot-Blooded, they instead trick the two students into a wild goose chase, then lure them out of the physics field where they're strong, and instead force them to fight in the math field, where they were weakened from a previous fight, and thereby defeating them pretty easily.
  • Transformation Sequence: Calling forth a summon has a lot of flash and flare to go with it, but only Hideyoshi gets a full transformation sequence, which he even lampshades.
  • Twin Switch:
    • Episode 12 has Hideyoshi posing as Yuuko to stir up trouble. Except for one tiny slip up, he does a shockingly good job of it.
    • In Season 2 Episode 3, both twins swap places and end up making things worse for each other in the end on accident.
  • Unrequited Love: This show has a lot, and then some. Particularly egregious with Minami/Mizuki towards Akihisa and Shouko towards Yuuji.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Hideyoshi. He wears the male uniform, speaks like an old samurai, and acts like a man, but is nonetheless subject to this due to being all but identical to, well, his Half Identical Twin sister Yuuko. Furthermore, they force him into sexy outfits for the second ESB, and he is the main focus of the fanservice in the entire anime series.
  • Unwanted Harem: Yoshii has five people in love with him: Hazuki and Akira are the ones he's aware of; Toshimitsu shows it in his awkward way; Minami shows it through her wrestling moves; Mizuki is very open in her advances to him, but he always feels she could do better than love him.
    • And as of recent light novels Hideyoshi is shaping up to be his sixth harem member, and probably the only relationship that is mutual.
    • Hideyoshi himself has his own unwanted harem in the form of pretty much every guy in school (and evidently nearby schools as well).
  • Urban Segregation: Within the school itself. The difference between Class A and Class F is astounding.
  • Unwanted Spouse: Shouko is this to Yuuji. Part of their Running Gag is that she wants to marry him, but he either refuses, or in one case, couldn't because he wasn't 18 yet. Not that it stops her from trying, as well as preventing him from getting too friendly with other girls, or even his male friends.
  • Violence is the Only Option: After Akihisa and Yuuji win the school tag tournament, their opponents plan on revealing that the duo cheated to obtain victory. Our heroes waste no time choosing the only logical response: launching a live firework at their opponents.
  • Visual Innuendo: In Episode 3, when Miharu grabs hold of Minami, there's a brief shot of a flower losing its petals.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yuuji claims to hate seeing Akihisa happy, and the latter goes after the former with a knife at one point, but that doesn't stop both guys from hanging out. Akihisa calls Yuuji his best and worst friend.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Akihisa's summon is the weakest, but he can control it manually, allowing him to do some quite amazing feats. It's basically the Fragile Speedster of the series — it has low survivability but has the ability to dodge and do combos that chip away at other Summoned Beings' "lives". Akihisa discovers that he can take advantage of this tactic for everyone in Class F because the bracelet he won in a contest allows him to summon an ST field and his avatar at any point, allowing his classmates to practice and control their avatars without having to be directly in battle.
  • What Does She See in Him?: People wonder what Mizuki, the second brightest student in school, finds appealing about Akihisa, the dumbest student. See that little rabbit hairpin she wears all the time? It has something to do with Akihisa when they were kids.
    • Another reason Mizuki likes him is because of his kindness, such as buying Hazuki a doll worth 25,000 yen (~$320). Even it made him the Punishment Inspector.
    • Season 2 Episode 8 reveals the roots of Minami's attraction to Akihisa. When she moved from Germany to Japan and entered Fumizuki, she could hardly make friends due to the language barrier. Akihisa is the first to try to communicate with her... in French. Although that left a bad impression to her and even exposed her wrestling skills, Akihisa's sincere attempts made her skip a heartbeat.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Miharu delivers one to Yoshi about the way he treats Minami.
  • Which Restroom Dilemma: Hideyoshi. The solution is rather creative.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser:
    • Probably the only reason Hideyoshi is doing this is because no sane person would give him boys clothing, anime-wise, that is.
    • As seen on the cover of volume 7.5 of the light novel series, Akihisa strikes again.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Minami and Miharu use wrestling moves on Akihisa regularly... very painful ones.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Shouko has the looks as well as the intense desire to be a wife, but the rest of her personality most certainly does not fit the archetype.
    • Mizuki fits the bill to a greater degree.
  • Yandere:
    • Shouko towards Yuuji.
    • Himeji, though not as blatant as Shouko, still has her moments.
      Himeji: [eerie tone] This bra isn't your size, Yoshii-kun...
    • She has another moment with this trope in Episode 9 after everyone walks home with him to find out why he doesn't want to go home.
      Himeji: Calm down Minami, you know Yoshii would never even dream of dating someone behind our backs like that. [squints eye] Isn't that right...Yoshii?
      Akihisa: Why are you squinting?
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Akira seems to be the first to acknowledge that Hideyoshi is actually a guy, but then claims that Mizuki and Minami are also guys, under the logic that "my stupid loser of a little brother couldn't possibly have any female friends". It also doesn't help that Akihisa would always butt in and declare he is a girl whenever someone is on the cusp of realizing Hideyoshi's true gender.
  • Yaoi Fangirl:
    • Yuuji and Akihisa are apparently an item in the eyes of one of Mizuki's friends.
      Mizuki: They also were pretty sure that you're the doughnut to his banana.
      Akihisa: You should lose those friends.
    • Akira also displays a strong interest in yaoi. She forbids him from engaging in anything romantic with girls, but actually awards him points for Ho Yay, and only tolerates heterosexual relationships that involve herself and Akihisa.
    • Episode 12 reveals that Yuuko is also an avid yaoi fan.
    • The King's Game short on the DVDs ends up with Akihisa becoming the king, and ordering Numbers 1 through 7 (everyone else) to burn any and all pictures of the boys when they crossdressed at various points in the series... except for Hideyoshi, who doesn't seem to mind. Mizuki and Minami cry out in agony as they watch them burn.
  • Zerg Rush: One of the strategies Class F uses in Episode 12 against Class A.


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