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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

Fantastic

10/10
Author: oodus347 from Buffalo, New York
8 June 2007

As a moderate American anime watcher, I have to say that "School Rumble" is a fantastic series. I mean, I was honestly shocked by how good it was. If you think this is just another school romance anime, you're wrong. This is actually a very comedic show. Yeah, it has teenagers in love, but the humor totally trumps it. Usually each episode is split into three small stories and the format worked for me. The humor in "School Rumble" is appealing because a good amount of it is funny no matter what language you speak. Apart from the usual Japanese pun jokes one finds in anime - which aren't even that funny when it's explained - "School Rumble" has gags which can be appreciated by anyone. The female lead, Tenma, is the most cartoon-like and off-the-wall of all the characters. I was really impressed by whoever did her voice. Usually I don't care much about the delivery of the Japanese voices since I don't know the language, but Tenma's actress really brought energy to the character. It kind of transcended the language barrier, I guess. The male lead, Harima, is totally different than most leading guys because he's a hulking biker brute who looks 20-something, but he's only 17. You don't see a character like that take the lead in a genre like "School Rumble" but it works and it's really funny.

What's great is how the supporting characters give life to the series. As the season progresses, more time is focused on them and they contribute greatly for more stories. Yeah, you have the typical girl-obsessed pervert, the tomboy, the rich blonde girl...but you also have the turtle-loving loner, the quiet girl who may be an international assassin during summer vacation, the shy girl who for some reason has hulk-like strength, and the kid who dreams of being the top bully at the school but is too much of a wimp/has too much bad luck to actually do it. And those are just a few characters out of many. Having a huge cast of varied characters is what made "The Simpsons" popular, and it works for "School Rumble." The best part? There is another series ("School Rumble: 2nd Semester") after this one. That's a little over 50 episodes of hilarious goodness. Even if you're not a hardcore anime lover, give "School Rumble" a try.

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Insane and funny

8/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
10 September 2009

When I found this series on Funimation's YouTube channel I though it might be similar to Azumanga Daioh which I really enjoyed. There are a few similarities; they are both set in a Japanese high school and have a similar style of animation but that is about it. Instead of being subtle with no romance this is all about romance and is as subtle as a kick in the head... it is funny though, very funny.

The story follows the lives and loves of Class 2-C, the problem for the students is that everybody seems to be in love with somebody that doesn't love them back and few of them can find the courage to tell the objects of their desires how they feel anyway. The main characters are Tenma who is besotted with otherworldly Karasuma and tough guy Kenji Harima who only returned to school because he is obsessed with Tenma. There is quite a large cast of secondary characters but they are drawn in a way that makes it easy to remember who is who. While these may be secondary characters many of them appear in most episodes so they don't feel like lesser characters; they are all lots of fun.

While nobody is saying how they feel about each other everybody is jumping to conclusions about who likes who and almost always being wrong leading to a few amusing confrontations. While somewhat exaggerated most of their activities are believable although a few are pushing the boundaries of believability.

I'm not totally sure whether this is aimed at boys or girls, many of the romantic elements seem aimed at girls but the girls do appear in their bikinis in a couple of episodes and these look as they are meant to appeal to the male viewers... don't worry that is the limit of female flesh on show. I guess it might appeal to both equally. I'd certainly recommend it to anybody who likes madcap anime, it does for the school genre what Excel Saga does for the action genre.

These comments are based on watching the English dub of the series, I normally prefer my anime subbed but it was unavailable. I still thought the English voice artists did a good job though.

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

The funniest series ever

9/10
Author: Samuel Orozco (orozcosamuel1@hotmail.com) from Colombia
9 October 2008

I just finished the first season and I absolutely loved it!!! Of the "slice of life" really light series this is the one I've liked the most.

I never thought I would like it this much.. At first I found animation a little different.. and found the characters, specially kenji like someone I would never like... I really didn't think it was going to be this good.... up till the first five minutes of the first chapter!! When I gave it a couple of minutes, I realized it was the funniest series I had ever seen.

Everything is so silly and many times stuff just doesn't make any sense, but believe me.. its great.. You must watch it. Also, in between the really silly stuff, there is a pretty interesting romantic story.. You get really fond of most the characters.. the girls are really really cute and Kenji is really... unlucky...

In the technical stuff the series is also good... Although animation is a bit strange, I ended up liking it a lot!! Opening and ending are great.. they tend to stick in your head... like those songs you just cant get out of your mind.. they are so cool and fun.. I guess what I liked the most is that I felt like a little kid while watching it... they make fun of the Power Rangers and a bunch of other animes... its so so so fun!!! Well.

I guess the main thing I wanted to say is that this is a top notch series.. and you should definitely watch it.

Im about to start the second term.. I hope to find it just as good.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Much better than expected

9/10
Author: xjo_eyx from Netherlands
9 March 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

School Rumble SR, season 1 only has 26 episodes. I decided to watch it because my friend recommend it and it was not violent.

The plot: You can read it at the homepage. But overall it was not predictable. Very simple, no huge events. And the show really had a quick plot. No fillers, every episode is different with a lot of funny scenes and daydreaming. It's kind of all about an ordinary students who are always dealing with love. Most of the episodes were about the class at school. Sometimes they go on trips but most of the time they are at school.

The characters: There's a bunch of high school girls and boys, they all got their little story. They all are kind and simple minded.

*Tenma, the main char. She is very simple-minded but that's what so cute about her. She loves Karasuma. She has a little sister who's much less clumsy and lot more mature.

*Harima, I love the way he acts. He's so extreme in everything. If he wants something he really goes for it. He's deeply in love with Tenma.

*Karasuma, a very quiet but weird kid. Sometimes he dresses up very weird, or does stupid things. He's very noble.

The musics: The show was only 26 episodes, I didn't notice a lot background music. The opening theme really suits the anime. It's very cheery, and so is the ending theme.

I really can recommend you this anime. Compare it with GTO great teacher Onizuka but then SR has a lot more love in it and less violence. Even though it's about love I still also want to recommend it to the boys.

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Anti-Male Sexism + Mary-Sues = Crappy Show

1/10
Author: sunshne57 from United States
2 April 2014

As a female watching this show I must state: What a misandric (anti-male) piece of garbage this show is. At first I thought this show would be interesting given the triangle love story set up in the beginning (except for the ridiculous "I was a god" narcissistic comment from the "bad@ss" character). I even temporarily ignored the suggestive crap in the early episodes (sleep over) - even though the rating from FUNimation stated there was no mature content - and gave it more than one chance.

But I couldn't keep watching to the seventh episode. The girls in this show are such mary-sues in one way or another, it will make your eyes roll more than once. The girls are shown as superior to the boys in every way you can imagine: intellectually, physically (beating them at physical altercations which is just delusional), etc. How many times does this show send the message that it's "ok" for girls to physically assault boys, with the unoriginal excuse of the boy being a pervert? The boys are made out to look like stupid, incompetent perverts that can't take their minds off of the "superior" girls. The girls can supposedly read the boys' minds easily, and even answer the questions the boys are thinking, out loud. Give me a freakin' break.

To top it off, one of the commenters on youtube stated something along the lines of "I'm a male and this show makes me feel stupid and weak". That is when I said to myself, "Enough is enough. Someone needs to speak out about this." The producers and writers ought to be ashamed. Why is this anti-male sexist trash being produced, and even given rave reviews?

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Love this show

9/10
Author: Vincent Le Quang from San Francisco
15 August 2013

Even though the subject is not something particularly exciting for me, I can't help but keep watching this show. Really love the characters and their fun interactions. The drawings are nice, the high school ambiance is refreshing, and the story are pretty silly, yet without turning into non-sense.

The story is mainly about two characters. The boy loves the girl, and the girl loves another boy. Yet, all other characters in the story are interesting as well, and have more or less a love interest in mind. Most stories are pretty much about guys chasing girls and girls chasing guys, so if you're not into that sort of thing, then this show might not be your cup of tea.

Lastly, what I like most about this show is actually the music in the ending credit. For some reason, that song really sticks to me.

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Decent overall

8/10
Author: msairas
21 January 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! When I first heard about School Rumble (not too long ago), I thought it was _just_ another comedy\drama set in school environment with all clichés and such. This presumption was partly correct, yet I was rather surprised when I saw about half of the episodes.

It is pretty generic love-triangle setup, about Tenma Tsukamoto, a 16 year old high-school girl who loves silent, rather "weird" person called Ōji Karasuma, while Kenji Harima loves Tenma with all his heart. Every time someone tries to confess something, either something goes wrong more or less or interrupts them. Generic huh? Tenma is rather clumsy, somewhat dumb girl who lives with her sister. Karasuma is a silent character who has very good pokerface, while Harima is deliquent person who posses high psychical traits and strenght. Also he has very bad temper. The entire reason why Harima goes to school is Tenma, while an old memory still haunts Harima. Coinincidentally, the memory is related to Tenma.

This series also concentrates about Tenma's friends and such, like her sister Yakumo.

Overall, the characters are bit cliché alike, but quite believable ones. Like Sawachika reminds me very much about one person I had in my class back in my high school days. Many others are also quite believable, but also there are some that just doesn't feel right.

One thing that really surprised me, was the humour section of the series. I was expecting generic humour (like write a long love letter but forget to put your name on it), but the way it is done is excellent. Most of the stuff can be actually guessed beforehand, but the way they have been implemented in the series is really great. Somethings are just generic jokes and such that make you to wonder "Was that supposed to be funny?", but some can make you really crying out loud while laughing.

Overall, this is warmly recommended if you just can stand another school drama. The way the overall concept works in School Rumble is very good. Much beter than I expected. One good reason is also, that the way it works out in some places can make you possibly remember some old memories from your own high school days.

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