Teasing Master Takagi-San The Movie Review

    This is set sometime after the third season’s events, and set up as a conclusion to the incredible series Teasing Master Takagi-San, the movie closes off the final parts that the series leaves open. Here is our Teasing Master Takagi-San The Movie Review.

    The story opens up much like the series, with callbacks to the series, and set close to summer break. The initial reaction is there is the quintessential factors that were developed over the 3 seasons of the series are lost in the movie, however, this is not the case. Once the opening credits are concluded the customary teasing that the series is reliable for commences. This doesn’t go for as long as you’d expect, instead, it is paced so that other things take the spotlight. This helps with showing off both characters finally opening up and telling one another they will make the other happy forever.

    Though the premise of the story revolves around teasing the movie also serves as another very important role, which the 3 seasons built up to, which is a coming-of-age tale.


    Taking place just before Nishikata and Takagi-San’s graduation from middle school, Nishikata is still determined to get back at her. Their adventure starts because Takagi-San wants to see Fireflies together with Nishikata, all in an attempt to make her dream come true.

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    Although this is the initial adventure this quickly changes to taking care of a young kitten. On the final day of school, on their way home, they find a young kitten and want to take care of it until they can find its mother. Unfortunately, neither can take it home so they make a home for it at the shrine where they found it. After a while, they start getting parental about the little kitten, and subconsciously, this brings Nishikata and Takagi-San closer together. However everything changes when they have to come to terms with letting the kitten go, and Takagi-San takes it the hardest, forcing Nishikata to take the initiative.

    Although the story follows Nishikata and Takagi-San’s adventure together they aren’t solely the focus of the film, the sub characters take a massive role in the film with a more coming-to-terms role than the lighthearted relief that they provide in the series. This is mainly the trio of girls, Yukari, Sanae, and Mina. The other characters Kimura and Takao are in it messing around like normal taking photos for the Yearbook, and the couples Nakai and Mano, and Hamaguchi and Houjou are in the film at the beginning to tie off their retrospective storylines. The only unfortunate factor is that Houjou and Hamaguchi’s story doesn’t meet the ending that is expected as they can’t spend Summer together.

    One of the best parts of the movie is that it cleans up everything, including the years later which is shown in seasons 2 and 3. Once the credits have rolled there is another sequence that plays out revealing the years later when Takagi-San and Nishikata have a daughter and going through the lantern festival, and helps to tie off the final outstanding questions that the viewer has. This is a touching moment as both lead characters have mellowed some and it’s the Daughter who teases Nishikata in this instance referencing back to his and Takagi-San’s time at the lantern festival earlier in the film.


    Throughout the entire series, both Nishikata and Takagi-San develop pretty evenly and have well-rounded designs for the theme of the franchise, however, the movie opens up new possibilities and develops the characters that much more. If you’re coming from the previous seasons in the sequence of events you will know Takagi-San’s feelings towards Nishikata, and Nishikata’s development over the 3 seasons. Without watching the series, although the movie makes sense, it would feel like there is a lot of emotional connection that is lost. The series and Movie do a fantastic job of making the viewer wish for the best possible outcome, however, as the movie highlights it takes some time.

    In the movie, the developments are shown in a different light, most prominently showing them both as parental figures. The movie also shows Nishikata taking the initiative which he starts to do in the final season, however, in the movie he finally speaks his true feelings for Takagi-San.

    Where those might be true, there is only a single thing that is upsetting about the movie. This is because the other couples’ characters, Houjou and Hamaguchi, and Mano and Nakai, do not get resolved. That being said their stories are pretty much resolved at the end of the 3rd season and the beginning of the movie. With this knowledge, it would be pointless to focus screen time on those characters more than needed, on the flip side the trio of girls and Nishikata’s two friends gain a decent amount of screen time. Where the two guys don’t have much in the way of something worth following the trio of girls have unresolved things.


    Overall Teasing Master Takagi-San The Movie has the animation quality that you would expect, from a feature-length film. To pick a single word, it would be superb. It feels like you are watching the series only longer, and the quality feels like it is better in a few of the scenes. If you like the series it would be a shame to miss the movie.

    The animation and audio work well, like in the series and flow exceptionally well. This is shown throughout the movie however some of the best examples are when Nishikata and Takagi-San are in parent roles. In addition to this the principles of animation are handled well to complement the action sequences, the main ones that are prominently seen are squash and stretch. These are regarded as action motions. Below are basic examples of these, the idea is your Squash is the act after the anticipation of the motion whereas the stretch is the reaction to the motion. If this was a ball you would visibly see the compression of the ball in Squash and then the expansion of the ball in Stretch. With this being a character there are a good number of these at any one time, the below was picked for the reason it’s when both characters are parental. Additionally, there is Anticipation which is highlighted below as the Squash, as the timing to get the right frames is difficult. This is the preparation for the action, in this scene’s case, it would be the preparation to run.

    In addition to this, the cinematography is well presented like in the series. There are some sequences where it feels like the cinematography, and more specifically the Rule Of Thirds, is broken, however, these are few and far between. Below is an example of the Rule Of Thirds, which best illustrates this principle. Instead of the focus being on the center of the sequence, you will notice that the grid highlights the 4 key points which are where you’re meant to be drawn.


    To conclude, the movie is the pinnacle of the franchise, and it doesn’t get much better than what is in the movie. It’s full of things that are designed to make the viewer feel and react in ways that complement the developments. Watching the movie out of order would be a shame as it ruins events that unfold over the 37 episodes (36 in English) and therefore would present spoilers. Due to this, it is highly recommended that you watch the 37 Episodes before the movie as it perfectly sets up the events.

    For myself, one of the best parts is seeing Takagi-San in tears and Nishikata comforting her and finally telling her what she needs to hear, although it is not the words she needs. After 37 or 36 Episodes it is a nice change to see Nishikata taking the initiative and comforting Takagi-San.

    In the author’s opinion, the addition of the movie is a nice and satisfying conclusion to an incredible tale full of interesting characters, twists and turns that are unexpected from the beginning. Going into the movie it is a little unclear what to expect however, after a short while it becomes clear that it is designed to be a coming of age and letting go of things tale.

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