Thursday, 1 March 2012

Currently watching: Suugaku Joshi Gakuen

If you've ever wondered what it would be like if the International Mathematical Olympiad in Japan and Hello!Project decided to collaborate on a TV series, then today's your lucky day!

I mentioned this back in December as one of the dramas I thought might be worth watching, and then I promptly forgot about it until this morning. In this series an innumerate student finds he's enrolled at a school full of cute, maths-obsessed girls. Thus begins his life as the idiot of the class.

I only recognise one of the cast (the famous one from Morning Musume) so the Hello!Project aspect has largely passed me by. And although the acting never rises above comical, it's fine for the nature of the show.

Each week, a student gets into some amusing difficulty which is then solved by using mathematics. In episode one, for example, trigonometry is used to decide whether or not our hero (Sato Kazuki) really was able to see up a schoolgirl's skirt.

The episodes are only twenty five minutes long, so the stories move along at quite a speed. At least there's not much opportunity to be bored. It's funny and absurd and better than I thought it would be. However, sitting through the title sequence, complete with gawky dancing and overt attempts to be cute, is a bit of an ordeal. But once you're past that, you're fine.

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