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Light Novel: Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts aka: Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu
Japanese Title note Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (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 LazyClass 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.
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.
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.
Volume 12 zigzagged this. Akihisa DOES choose Mizuki but due to the principal banning the romantic relationship between male and female student, Minami not giving up on her love toward Akihisa AND the FFF attempted to kill and punish Akihisa and Yuuji for obvious reason ultimately resets the situation back to this trope.
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.
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.
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 He ranked number 10 as most popular female light novel character!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
This trope, along with Shouko being a littlejealous 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.
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.
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.
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, andHideyoshi◊. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 Also a pun on his name, which can be translated as "under a tree". In other words, you'll be blessed if you confess to Hideyoshi!
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'sspecial 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 hislooks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 PunishmentInspector.
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.
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.
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.