Continuing where the first season left off, Teasing Master Takagi-San 2 opens on a high, with Takagi-San taking the initiative and trying to push Nishikata. The season runs for another 12 Episodes and has some, not necessarily the best but some of the best sequences yet, ranging from the stone skipping to the summer festival. Here is our Teasing Master Takagi-San 2 Review.
This Season also shows a development in the romance that was introduced in the first season. Although it takes some time, this season shows Nishikata actually starting to work it out, although not fully, it also shows that he really cares for Takagi-San beyond wanting to get even with her.
The only downside to this Season is the references to the special Episode of Season 1, it’s unfortunate because it was never dubbed so if you are watching in English you would be out of luck. The episode in question is the pool episode where they head to the pool as they promised in the shopping encounter of Season 1’s Episode 7.
Where the overall storytelling mechanic of the series is unchanged, there are the ever-developing factors, such as the romance and Nishikata’s evolution into a better character. This Season also shows more of Takagi-San’s flustered and embarrassed moments which is an interesting thing to see in this strong and more or less unwavering character design.
One of the best bits has to be the stone-skipping event in Episode 1. During this event Nishikata and Takagi-San have a stone-skipping contest down by the river, on the second attempt Takagi-San is knocked off balance and falls toward the river, however, Nishikata acts to keep her safe by pivoting her out of the way and falling in himself. While this is a surprising occurrence to some degree, let’s face it Nishikata was going in the river one way or another, the best part is knowing that Takagi-San actually loses. As short-lived as this is Nishikata admits defeat even though he wins. This event also stands to mark one of the turning points in the series as it is the first real interaction the 2 main characters have that is voluntary and not masking something else, like tandem riding.
Just like the previous Season, the Episodes are split up into separate incidences, which will play out over different times of the year. This means that within the 20 minutes of each Episode, there are 3 or 4 instances which will evolve in telling the story and developing events.
Like the previous Season the characters develop throughout the adventure however in this Season there is a drastic development in both lead characters. That being said Nishikata has the biggest change in this season.
One of the best parts of this Season is without a doubt the stone-skipping incident where Takagi-San is effectively beaten, however, there are better ones. Episode 2’s Valentine’s Day incident is pretty good, although it doesn’t follow Takagi-San and Nishikata.
Another good part is Happy Birthday, which is Nishikata’s birthday, where he has to collect his cake and bumps into Takagi-San. What you’d expect is for him to be teased, however, in actual fact, the truth of the matter is Takagi-San wanted to give him a birthday gift and provide support for Nishikata going to the cakeshop. This shows a kinder side of Takagi-San which is rarely seen, at least by Nishikata. That’s not to say she’s not kind just she’s such a complex character it’s easy to see her “true” kindness over her teasing kindness.
As things develop over the course of the Season, a school trip comes into the scene. In this event, there are 2 main things. The first takes place when the idea is first introduced in Episode 6 and although it’s not part of the trip, it is still good. Upon Takagi-San leaving class Nishikata runs after her to stop her and walk home with her. The second is on the trip in Episode 7, where there are a few good bits like the opening class photo produced as a memory showing what is assumed a much older Takagi-San, the part that has been selected is the dance sequence. In this event, Nishikata actively attempts to hold Takagi-San’s hand, and strangely enough, aims to be the final person to hold hands with her. As a bonus the lightsout sequence is pretty good as Nishikata and Takagi-San have to get close to avoid the watchful eyes of their teacher.
Overall Takagi-San shows how much of a caring person she is when it comes to Nishikata, the best examples are the infirmary and when Nishikata asks Takagi-San to the summer festival.
On the flip side is Nishikata, who cares but this is best illustrated in Episode 9. Takagi-San seems off and doesn’t even tease Nishikata once, and he can somehow tell that something is up. After class, he finds her behind the shrine and he helps her feel better, even to the point she doesn’t want him to leave.
These things show that both characters easily care for one another, and have some form of a connection past classmates, although this doesn’t actively show the feeling that each character gives indicates this connection. The teasing that comes later in Episode 9, during the texting sequence, shows that the connection that the characters share has evolved. Seeing Takagi-San beaten in this instance is great, and the fact that Nishikata is forward with her, after she tries to trip him up, and him beating her to ask the question if she likes kissing is priceless.
Unlike the previous Season, the supporting characters play a bigger role in the events, including some background characters who are more prominent. They have their own sequences and events that drive them. The trio of girls who played a role in the previous Season have a slightly bigger role, they are also accompanied by Nishikata’s friends and even a couple from the previous Season. Like the last season, although small, they play a pivotal role in the evolving story and develop their own story in the process.
THE CHANGE OF LICENSORS!:
During the production of the anime, there were some changes, this is more focused on the English. Season 1 had the Licensee as Funimation, whereas for Season 2 it changes to Netflix. Where this is a rather big surprise the anime has quite a lot to answer for as there is definitely a visual and audio difference between the 2 Seasons. Thankfully they are small things and are easy to overlook, however, it can throw you for a loop in the first few Episodes to hear different voices and slightly different visuals. The main thing that should be noted is that the case of characters is replaced by other talents such as:
- • Nishikata – Billy Kametz (Welcome to Demon-School, Iruma-Kun (Asmodeus Alice)/ Buruto: Naruto Next Generation (Metal Lee))
- • Takagi – Kayli Mills (Welcome to Demon-School, Iruma-Kun (Valac Clara)/ Tonikawa: Over the Moon for You (Kaname Arisugawa))
- Kimura – Bryce Papenbrook (The Seven Deadly Sins (Meliodas)/ Attack on Titan (Eren Jaeger)/ Sword Art Online (Kirito))
- Mina – Cassandra Lee Morris (Sword Art Online (Leafa))
- Yukari – Erika Harlacher (Hunter x Hunter (Kurapika)/ The Seven Deadly Sins (Elizabeth Liones)/ Tonikawa: Over the Moon for You (Aya Arisugawa))
- Mr. Tanabe – Patrick Seitz (One Piece (Franky)/ Dragon Ball Super (Jiren)/ Bleach (Kenpachi Zaraki)/ Fairy Tail (Laxus Dreyar))
- Nakai – Zach Aguilar (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Tanjiro Kamado)/ The Seven Deadly Sins (Arther Pendragon))
Although these are a small fraction of the amazing talent picked for the second season of Teasing Master Takagi-San, some of them are way more identifiable than others an example is Patrick Seitz. As little as Mr. Tanabe speaks in Season 2, he is instantly identifiable as both the One Piece Shipwright Franky and the uncontrollable monster of the 13 Court Gard Squad’s Captain Kenpachi Zaraki.
This is by no means a bad thing, seeing either character as the teacher in this anime is so funny, particularly in the few instances that there is a conversation with him in the sequence.
If you have watched Season 1 you probably know what you are getting into, however, the developments within Season 2 are worth the initial 12 Episodes of Season 1’s build-up. Both main characters fall more into their roles and evolve in ways not totally unforeseen, this goes doubly so for Takagi-San as her persona is that of a calculated and calm person who doesn’t lose control, in the instances where she does like episode 1, 9 and 11 it is truly something impressive. These episodes have an incidence that is most striking for Takagi-San as she gets taken off guard by Nishikata’s actions and is better than the first Season.
The crowning moment of this season is easily the summer festival which takes up all of Episode 12. There are many reasons for this but the best is how concerned Nishikata is for Takagi-San towards the end. Although this is highlighted as the best part the others come close, like Takagi-San wearing a Yukata, the concept that Nishikata and Takagi-San are on a date, or Nishikata’s struggle when classmates are around. Concluding with the line “I don’t want us to get separated again” once Nishikata takes Takagi-San by the hand is a remarkable way to end the season, however, the episode has one last surprise for the post-credits.
Honestly, there are too many good bits in the season that could be mentioned but it’s best to watch it to see what is in store. The only bad parts are the fact that once again how short the season is and as it starts to pick up, the end of the season is so close. Personally, I would have liked to see a bigger development, and more interaction between the sub-characters and the main, however, the way that it is played out is still good, and definitely an improvement on the first season.
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