Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san Season 2 – Mini Review

This Guy Finally Got a Clue?

After the first season of this, I don’t think any of you are really surprised to see that I followed up with the second season. Netflix sniped the licence on this one, so I’m a bit later to the party than I would have liked to be. In any case, I can confidently say that my review of season one, still applies to this, but I have a few additional thoughts specific to this season.

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This scene was great!

While not the biggest deal in the world, the English voice cast was different than what we had for the first season. When I learned Netflix got this one instead of Funimation, this was a concern of mine. In fact, I wasn’t even sure this second season of Takagi-san would even see a dub as a result. However, it did, and most of the voices were close to what I expected them to sound like. Some so close, I didn’t think they were even recast until I checked, granted, I did watch the first season back in 2018, so this may be more jarring if you move immediately from one to the next.

Putting that aside, I have only one minor complaint, and that’s the missed opportunity with the ending. Don’t get me wrong, the ending is great! However, earlier in the season, episode 7 to be exact, there’s a brief flash of Takagi as an adult looking back at the photo that opens the episode. Seeing that this has another manga series where, spoilers, Takagi and Nishikata work out, I thought for sure we’d see some kind of scene like this for the finale.

No such luck! Instead, it’s a cute scene where they basically start dating formally. Though, it’s still very early in their relationship, it’s exactly what most people expected. As I said, this is a minor complaint, but it’s the difference between this having been a perfect 10/10 compared to just barely missing the mark.

Normally I put the trailer here, but there aren’t really any (that are translated). Enjoy the OP instead!

If you had any reservations about starting this series at all, I can safely say I recommend it. Takagi-san is a warm show that wants to put a smile on your face. This will make for a perfect show when you want something on the lighter side to get absorbed in for awhile. The likable cast, great designs, and overall excellence of the series is sure to be a hit!


Now I’ll turn things over to you, did you find Takagi-san season 2 to be great as well? Did you notice the recasting in the dub? Let me know in the comments below! If you enjoyed this article then please consider a donation via my Ko-fi button or becoming a Patron today. As always, thanks for reading and hope to see you again here soon!

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Astra Lost in Space – Best of Season

Classic Sci-fi Mystery & Adventure

When my buddy pitched Astra Lost in Space to me at the start of the Summer 2019 season, he described it as:

A space survival show with M. Night Shyamalan twists at every turn with a dash of comedy.

-My friend (who also read the source material before watching)

While I don’t think this is really an accurate description of the show, it feels more like Star Trek with a deep mystery running through it, I can now see what he meant. If you would have asked me what I thought the best show of the season was going to be, I probably wouldn’t have picked this one either. However, here we are. Continue reading “Astra Lost in Space – Best of Season”

Critique ≠ Being Critical – A General Discussion on Reviews & Analytical Works

Hold Up, Something’s Not Right!

You are probably thinking that I’m off my rocker here, “Jon how can a critique not be critical?” and that’s a totally fair question. When I say this I am not saying that a critique of something can’t criticize something, but instead mean that a critique does not always have to be negative. There’s a general misconception that these two things must always come hand-in-hand but do they really? I’d argue, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Continue reading “Critique ≠ Being Critical – A General Discussion on Reviews & Analytical Works”

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san – Mini Review

Will This Guy Ever Get a Clue?

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What kind of trick could Takagi be up to here?

Awhile back I watched Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san, or just, Takagi-san for short, with my mom and we both really enjoyed it. The plot follows Nishikata’s exploits to successfully tease his classmate Takagi, who is always teasing him. Is Takagi just mean or does she have another motive behind her teasing of Nishikata? Today I’ll share with you three reasons why you might enjoy the show as well!

1. It’s Funny!

I’m reminded of a show titled, “Tonari no Seki-kun:  The Master of Killing Time” when it comes to Takagi-sanWhile I haven’t seen much of the former, this anime seems to be a longer form version of it with a gender-bent take. Just how exactly is Takagi going to tease Nishikata today and how exactly will his attempts to tease her blow up in his face?

Not only that but there are some good running jokes and some supporting cast that adds a bit of extra levity and jokes to the mix. This also helps the story from becoming too much of the same thing by not focusing solely on Nishikata and Takagi.

2. The Will-They-Won’t-They

Besides the comedy, you’ll be getting your regular dose of romantic tension with Takagi-san. Why get so invested in this relationship between two middle schoolers and if it’ll happen? Beats me, but I can can tell you that it is more compelling than it reasonably ought to be.

Nishikata is an idiot. He’s so laser focused on teasing Takagi that he misses out on her fairly obvious attempts at advancement. She wants to know if he likes her but is too afraid to take a direct approach, hence all the teasing. It’s something that is bound to be easily relatable for a lot of folks watching. So the big question, does Nishikata ever catch on? You’ll just have to watch to find out!

3. Lighthearted Fun

Lastly, this anime is just a good time. You don’t have to focus too hard on it and since it is available dubbed or subbed it is perfect for when you want a fairly casual viewing experience. Takagi-san ended up having some nice messages and made me feel good while watching it; just managed to put a smile on my face.

BONUS!

Takgi has a killer design, it is actually what drew me into the show initially. Even with my open love of loli characters, forehead lolis usually just aren’t cute but she is. Not to mention they put the characters in various outfits so visually this won’t be a dull experience either.


Have you seen Takagi-san or read any of the manga adaptations? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below. If you enjoy reading my stuff hit the button below to send a few bucks my way so I can afford to continue existence. Lastly, thanks so much for reading and I hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!