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AKA: N/A
Genre: High school comedy
Length: OAV series, 2 episodes, 24 minutes each
Distributor: R1 DVD from FUNimation
Content Rating: 13+ (language, slapstick violence, suggestive themes)
Related Series: School Rumble, School Rumble: Second Semester, School Rumble Sangakki (OAV)
Also Recommended: School Rumble, Azumanga Daioh, Pani Poni Dash, His and Her Circumstances
Notes: Based on the manga by Kobayashi Jin, which originally ran in Kodansha's Shonen Magazine. It is available in North America from Del-Rey.
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School Rumble OAV

Synopsis

These two episodes composing the OAV series, released in Japan around December 2005, are here to more or less fill in gaps of chapters from the manga that didn't make it in the first TV series. This is seriously the most I can say without giving away spoilers.

Review

Most of the time when an OAV is made, it's made for one of two different reasons. One reason is to expand upon the TV series (or video game or manga) of the original source material, or to focus on a certain character some more, or as a "what-if" story. The second, and unfortunately more common reason, is to pry the last little bit of money off of fans of a certain series.

The School Rumble OAV, sadly, follows the latter approach.

Instead of expanding upon the TV series or focusing on characters virtually ignored in the first TV series (such as Akira) as well as stop introducing new ones we instead get short, almost unrelated skits that take place between certain points of the TV series (though in all fairness, some of these new characters, such as Yoshidayama and a spirit girl that only Yakumo can see, are fairly important characters that flow into the second TV season).

As anyone who's ever read the manga knows, School Rumble is divided into two different chapter types; sharp chapters (main story), and flat chapters (side-stories and Yakumo stories). Instead of focusing entirely on the flat chapters not used in the TV series, Studio Comet decided to mishmash material from both types together, a way they were never supposed to be played out. The end result feels disjointed, and except for a prehistoric take on School Rumble in the second episode and a take on a scene late into the first season involving Harima, all these scenes were already shown in the manga, in a more coherent fashion. This might be good and all for School Rumble fans who want to see any and everything from the manga in animated form, but I wasn't as impressed.

The reason why I wasn't so impressed mainly has to do with the fact that there's no flow whatsoever between the OAV segments. One of the things about the School Rumble TV series was that, much like Azumanga Daioh and Sgt. Frog, the episodes were divided into multiple parts that flow from one part to the next. Even the flat chapters in the manga correspond to the sharp chapters of that volume or of previous volumes, despite being pushed to the very end of every volume. But in the School Rumble OAV, it's more or less jumping from one part of the manga to another every six or seven minutes, which won't help you much unless you've seen the first season in its entirety.

Not like Studio Comet even bothered to make it look like an OAV. It has the same level of art and animation (read: passable at best), same soundtrack, same seiyuu, and even the same OP theme. About the only thing new is the first episode

Unnecessary extension of School Rumble that doesnTim Jones

Recommended Audience: Same content as the TV series; some comedic slapstick, suggestive themes (Kyousuke's fondness for girls with "D"-cup sizes), and some rough language.



Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub
Review Status: Full (2/2)
School Rumble OAV © 2005 Kobayashi Jin / Kodansha / Marvelous Entertainment / Sotsu Agency