Anime Lounge #02: School Rumble Ep. 1–10

Series: School Rumble

Episodes: 1–10

Premise: School Rum­ble is like most school romance anime: The pro­tag­o­nist, Tenma Tsukamoto, is a nor­mal teenager who goes to school and has crushes. The dif­fer­ence is that School Rum­ble is a roman­tic com­edy that revolves around mul­ti­ple love tri­an­gles and quad­ran­gles where there’s a lot of unre­quited feel­ings. You’re intro­duced to Kenji Harima, a juve­nile delin­quent extra­or­di­naire who is in love with Tenma. She doesn’t feel the same but it doesn’t stop Harima from belly­ach­ing about it and what it means most of the time.

Is it worth watch­ing?: In a word, yes. If you can get past Tenma’s inher­ent draw-on-your nerves cute­ness and the fact that she spends a lot of time chas­ing Oji Kara­suma, a dude that doesn’t appear to know she’s alive most of the time, the show is pretty funny. There’s a lot of gags that hap­pen and the char­ac­ters, as they’re intro­duced, have per­son­al­i­ties. In the first 10 episodes, the humor is at the fore­front and that’s where it needs to be.

Break­out char­ac­ter: Eas­ily, in the first 10 episodes, it’s Harima. His appear­ance makes the episodes and his humor, inten­tional or not, is the draw.

Fun­ni­est episode: Episode 3 (“See and Sketch! Let­ter on an Arrow! Pajama Party Con­fes­sions!”). Tenma attempts to get Karasuma’s atten­tion and con­fess her love for him through shoot­ing an arrow with her con­fes­sion attached to the end of the arrow. Kara­suma has a seem­ingly super­nat­ural abil­ity to avoid the arrows, and man­ages to dodge them. Tenma nar­rowly misses hit­ting Harima who is nearby. Harima only avoids the arrow by dodg­ing the shot with well-timed Matrix-like Bul­let Time maneuver.

Where it’s going: Start­ing with episode 11, the focus shifts to the sur­round­ing cast and how their rela­tion­ships play out. Tenma’s still there fight­ing for Karasuma’s atten­tion and Harima’s still fight­ing for Tenma, but I love the fact that Tenma’s friends, class­mates and fam­ily are start­ing to develop deeper personalities.

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