School Rumble 4 Ever: Third (And Final) Semester

High school love keeps spinning ’round and ’round.

Yet like school, everything must end.

As much as I enjoyed School Rumble season one and season two, I was thoroughly disappointed with the last episode of the second season.

Serious Harima is serious.

Instead of wrapping anything up, it just circled around and took us right back to where it all began. Funny? Sure. Frustrating, especially after investing all that time to watch the characters and stories develop over fifty-four episodes? You bet your buns it was frustrating. I had heard that the planned third season had been scrapped, but when I discovered that the final two episodes of the lost season three were floating around out there, I knew that I had to scour the internet looking for them. (And I didn’t have to scour too hard: thanks, Youtube!)

Look at all of the fun adventures that we never got to see, wheee!

It begins with a strange montage consisting of the episodes from season three that were never completed in order to get you up to speed. Unsurprisingly, not a lot seemed to have happened, other than a couple more confessions of love that fell flat. So we flash forward to the third term’s final important event, a walkathon. Tenma, at long, long, long, LONG last, finally decides to confess her feelings to Karasuma, knowing that he is leaving for America soon and that this will be her last chance. Meanwhile Harima stays away after Tenma asks him to give her and Karasuma time alone. Harima takes this as rejection even though he never confessed his love for Tenma. (Oh these crazy kids and their inability to communicate!)

How Tenma ever got a crush on stoic, curry-loving Karasuma is beyond me.

Karasuma rejects Tenma’s love and leaves. Harima, seeing how crushed Tenma is, hunts Karasuma down and beats him up. Karasuma admits that he has feelings for Tenma, and because of that he wants her to be happy. She couldn’t be happy with him because he has a disease that’s slowly eating away his memories. That’s why he’s headed to America, for treatment. Tenma and her friends get together at her house and get drunk on soda (yeah, you read that right, soda) until Harima bursts in the room and claims that he will make Tenma happy, grabs her hand, shoves her onto his motorcycle, and away they ride. Finally we’re getting somewhere! Or are we? Turns out that Harima, because he loves Tenma so much, is taking her to the airport so that she can see Karasuma again. Bless his well-meaning heart. On the way Harima, at long, long, long, LONG last, confesses his love to Tenma. But they’re on a noisy motorcycle. Did Tenma hear Harima’s confession? Will they make it to the airport on time? Who will Tenma choose?

Farewell, all you zany teenagers! May your adult lives prove to be far more productive than your teen romances!

If you’re like me you’ve already read about what happens online. I know that in order to get any full anime story you need to read the manga, but there’s too much manga and not enough time! Hence I make it a point to read the manga that accompanies my favourite anime series as well as manga with no accompanying anime, and for everything else there’s Wikipedia. I like School Rumble, but not enough to read the billions of manga that comprise the entire story. (I’m saving that time and money for Ouran High School Host Club.) However, I will say that it’s worth watching the shortened season three if you like School Rumble even a bit. There’s more growth and plot development provided in the final two episodes, and there’s some satisfaction in knowing how it (mostly) ends. (I say mostly because you still need to read the manga/Wikipedia page to find out what happens to everyone, not just in the Harima/Tenma/Karasuma triangle.) And the final two episodes are quite funny as well. (Togo shows up again, huzzah!) Not as funny as the first two seasons, but hey, they do what they can with those last two episodes. I’m very glad that I found the “third semester,” and even though I wish that the entire season had been produced, just seeing how it all ends was satisfying enough.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aqil Zavly
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 03:19:10

    I not satisfying because there are not make an anime for the hole season buat making a craping forwarding episode on OVA episode 1 3 term ….. it just sad for me ….. and why they cancelled the anime ….. everyone in suffering of that anime because it being cancelled ….. can you give reason why School Rumble Season 3 cancelled?


    • Miss Pink
      Mar 25, 2012 @ 16:51:55

      I don’t know, but I wish that the season had been made in full instead of crammed into one episode, like you! Perhaps there wasn’t enough interest left for the creators to justify making a whole new season. It really is a shame, but at least the OVA does wrap things up instead of circling back around to the first episode like the end of season two! 😉


  2. Kdominiko
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 01:40:38

    wait i minute who in the world did she pick!!!!!!!


    • Miss Pink
      Jun 19, 2012 @ 05:51:20

      Well, I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who might just be discovering this series, but if you’re curious, you can read about what happens to the characters here. 😉


  3. I wish I'm harima
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 00:23:13

    I cried a lot in final episode … REALLY!!
    And I have already watched ouran high school host club … It’s a good anime but not like school rumble !!


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