Starting this season, you are reintroduced to the leading roles, Nishikata and Takagi-San in a way only this series can… Nishikata getting teased. As it progresses it turns less to being about teasing and more about the feelings that the characters share. This is best illustrated in the concluding episode of the season where both characters (mainly Nishikata) realize the importance of the other to them. Here is our Teasing Master Takagi-San 3 Review
Where the first episode seems confusing at first showing dream sequences it is a perfect set-up for the coming 11 Episodes. Nishikata’s dream might be the most bewildering part as he is dreaming about holding Takagi-San’s hand and caring that he might lose her (the concept which he is teased with in Season 2), rather than an elaborate trap to beat her, whereas Takagi-San is dreaming that she will hear Nishikata say the words she wants to hear and lose to him.
Over the next 11 Episodes, the developments that unfold are entertaining and clever takes on everyday things. Personally, Episode 2 shows this clever take on things the best with the journey to school. In this sequence, there is no talking and is designed as a silent film or something like the film The Snowman.
Continuing from the previous 2 Seasons this Season has a little alteration in terms of story, however, as it progresses the themes that have been building now start to show. In Season 2 we see a glimpse of what could be Takagi-San much older, but this Season doesn’t elaborate on that any more it does open up a more forward set of characters in both Nishikata and Takagi-San. This is illustrated within the first minutes of the opening Episode of the Season, where what seems like business as usual, in actual fact is Nishikata dreaming of holding Takagi-San’s hand, something that consciously he wouldn’t have thought of until the summer festival.
This season comes full circle with everything that has been built up in the two previous seasons coming to fruition, and Nishikata finally being open with Takagi-San. The only bad part of the series is it is left on a cliffhanger where what should happen next never happens, at least in the development of the series. Where disappointing, it feels like it has been deliberately hinted that Nishikata and Takagi-San will end up together and have a happy future together. Normally this would satisfy the conditions of the series however because of how the anime leaves it open, it’s still anyone’s guess how the future of each character will turn out.
Throughout this season there are so many good bits it’s hard to pinpoint the best to illustrate however, the library sequence has to be one of the best in this season. Taking place in Episode 2, Nishikata and Takagi-San have to monitor the library, however, the events that unfold are the most entertaining to happen. While they pick a book for each other Takagi-San decides to tease Nishikata with the truth, saying “I Love You” and then quickly acts as though she was reading aloud, little does she know this one act will come back in Episode 12 and serve to push Nishikata.
The next best part that shows is in Episodes 5 – 6 when the culture festival is taking place. From the onset you can sort of predict what will happen, however, the way things go could never be predicted. The outcome and Nishikata’s actions are probably the best part of this sequence as it highlights to both characters what they mean to one another. Adding to this is the shock for both characters and the hints that Takagi-San drops at the end still don’t make Nishikata see is just perfect.
Although a small pick, Episode 8 has a pretty decent section when Nishikata and Takagi-San rent DVDs. Although it’s not in the act of renting them, granted there is the absolutely hilarious thing of Nishikata revealing spoilers and then realising. However good that part is it’s nothing compared to the post-renting where Takagi-San regrets not having the courage when good opportunities arise. This seems more than a little out of character for the titular Takagi-San as until this point she seems this strong and confidently built character who lets very little faze her. This small glimpse into her shows that she is only a kid still and the thought of Nishikata actually coming to terms with her feelings does in fact scare her.
Episode 9 is the next best part, taking place near Christmas, and they both go to the cinema to watch the 100% Unrequited Love Movie. There are a ton of good bits during this sequence however the best part of this sequence is once the movie is over, and they are exchanging gifts. Where it was difficult to pick this over the sequence before where Takagi-San is acting like the character in the movie, for Nishikata, it feels like the emotional moment that is presented in the gift exchange is miles better. The reason for this is for a few specific things, the first is Takagi-San being genuine with Nishikata, the second is the connection that the two of them share, and the third is the true feelings that they both feel seem to show through best here. Although not verbally spoken the actions and expressions speak here.
The final highlighting moment of the season is in the final episode when everything is revealed and Nishikata realises the truth that is staring him in the face, knowing what he needs to do he acts. This single action however small has the largest impact on the entire series. However dense the hero character may be, once he learns the truth he does act as the hero and goes to Takagi-San, and speaks his true feelings.
Over the course of the 3 seasons, there is something that goes unnoticed a lot of the time, which is the character’s physical changes. This season highlights this perfectly as you can see the height has changed from the first season.
Although there are a lot of perfect opportunities throughout the season that best show the development of the characters ranging from the sunset to the Christmas date, it can be hard to highlight the one that shows the most impactfulness, like the Skipping Stones in season 2. However Nishikata in Episode 3 is probably the best earlier development he has, when he decides to return to school to walk Takagi-San home in the rain. This was picked because he returns to school under concern for Takagi-San, not because he has to but because he was worried about her, a truly magical development for Nishikata. His later development that shows the best development is shown in Episode 7, but arguably Episode 12. In Episode 7 he seems to be jealous that Takagi-San is making a scarf for a 15-year-old boy, however, this subsides pretty quickly when he finds out who it is. For this reason, it is arguably the 12th Episode as this really shows Nishikata in the best way and his determination to do what is right and prove his feelings for Takagi-San, even if he hides it behind a facade.
On the flip side, there is Takagi-San whose best development is shown in Episode 2 in the library when she confesses her feelings for Nishikata, stating “I Love You” before acting that it is part of the story she was reading. Before this point, she wasn’t as open, which makes this her turning point. Episode 11 shows off her best late development, in which she becomes jealous of the attention that Nishikata is given. Although misplaced by Nishikata’s admirers Takagi-San still feels like she has been pushed aside and feels awful about it. Both not wanting to know the truth about what is going on and not wanting to confront Nishikata about it. Although easily resolved by Nishikata’s actions Takagi-San still feels awkward about the situation until Nishikata finds her at the shrine and talks to her. It is really the principal of Takagi-San’s emotions as this side of her is not shown and seeing her in this state of jealousy really shows what Nishikata means to her.
One thing that does throw the viewer for a loop is Episode 5 when the daughter of Takagi-San and Nishikata is introduced as being the target of a teasing classmate. While this is a nice call to the future of our two protagonists and how the series will end up it is a little confusing.
Like the previous seasons, the sub-characters are equally important to drive the story, this season is no different. Although their sequences focus on the individual developments that the characters go through they still push the main characters, this is best shown in the culture festival.
Much like the first season to the second, the third season also has a change of licenser for the English. Instead of returning to Funimation, this time around the anime was handled by Sentai Filmworks, and distributed by the HiDive Streaming platform. Once again there is a slightly different look to the season and voice talents have been altered.
- Nishikata – Aaron Dismuke (Dr Stone (Senku Ishigami)/ Blood Blockage Battlefront (Leonardo Watch)/ The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Lucifer))
- Takagi – Sarah Wiedenheft (Dr Stone (Suika)/ The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Alas Ramus)/ My Dress-Up Darling (Shizuku-Tan))
- Mr. Tanabe – Cris George – Season 3 (One Piece (Bepo)/ My Hero Academia (Rikido Sato)/ Fairy Tail (Warrod))
- Yukari – Kristen McGuire – Season 3 (Dr Stone (Ruri)/ That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Milim)/ Beast Tamer (Nina))
- Hamaguchi – Scott Gibbs – Season 3 (No Game No Life (Sora)/ Haikyu!! (Hayato Hayama))
Much like in the Season 2 Review, this is not a bad thing and, if anything this improved the series with the return of both Aaron Dismuke and Sarah Wiedenheft as the main characters.
To conclude, it is a fantastic end to an incredible series. The only real bad bit is that the ending doesn’t answer the questions that the viewer really wants to know. With that in mind, it really is a good series and season 3 has the best events and developments of the entire series. Starting the season some of the events like the library sequence you wouldn’t have thought would happen.
There were plenty of defining moments throughout the season like the ones that have been highlighted in the story section, there is also the Shrine Visit, Nishikata-Quest, and even the talk about birthday presents. Where they were fantastic it was felt that they were driving forces for the characters to be pushed in the right direction. Personally out of the things that could have been picked the shrine visit was the most surprising one as Nishikata asks Takagi-San to the shrine the following year.
Overall the season nicely ties up the series and has a gripping adventure that makes you want to know what happens with the two main characters. It would have been nice to have more episodes and events however that might have oversaturated the series and made it boring. With 12 episodes per season, it is a perfect blend of things that keep everything moving.
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