I kind of trudged through the first season of School Rumble, so I wasn’t particularly paying attention when the second season came out. It didn’t help that it came out in Spring 2006, when there were more watchable shows that season than many seasons these days have shows. I mean, School Rumble was kind of funny, especially in the really absurd bits, but perhaps not funny enough.
Season 2 dropped down a little bit for me, but not exactly for the reason that you’ll probably expect. I don’t think that the show ever really got any less funny, but rather the mini-story arcs (like Eri and the matchmaker) made me kind of disappointed that it never aspires for anything more. I can laugh at random fat guy in thong randomly doing Para Para with Tenma, but every time I see all the relationships between the characters that the show has now spent two seasons establishing (note: “establishing” rather than “developing”), I keep thinking “C’mon, do something with this now!” Or perhaps, “You’ve given me all these characters, now make me care about them.”
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? Close, but not quite there.