Seitokai Yakuindomo v.s. another certain student council – Random school councils and the ever-suffering male lead

If this was a harem show..oh god.

Seitokai Yakuindomo is about Tsuda Takatoshi, who just enrolled into an all-girls school in its first year of co-ed education. Inexplicably, he gets enrolled into the student council and assumed to be a pervert, who watches porn all day long and never cleans himself. Sounds like a harem.

No.

Amazingly enough, it wasn’t a harem show. I was expecting a harem show, seeing by the large (tsk) cast of girls (tsk tsk) in the student council, but instead it went purely to sexual jokes and random nonsense for the whole of the episode. Ok fine, it ran mostly on adult ecchi jokes. What else could – or would- you expect?

The entire episode is generally plotless and random , a la 4koma style. Activities and happenings are randomly thrown in, with jokes mocking the characters over and over again, such as Aria and her closet (not so closet) perversion and Suzu’s pitiful height.

That's how tall people feel?

Generally, Seitokai Yakuindomo runs heavily upon its characters, using their personalities to tell jokes to keep the audience entertained for the episode. We have Shino having her perverse conversations with Aria, Suzu having to stretch vigorously to use a vending machine, and the female members watching a Gravure AV just to see how to conduct an interview.  Its entire fanbase , if any, will probably support it for the jokes, which fuel the entire show. If these jokes get too overused, they will become stale – and what would happen to the fans? The internet is a bad, bad place, and anything without fans is going down.

Moving on to what I’ll compare it to :

Seitokai no Ichizon wasn’t that bad – at the start. The first episode was chockfull of anime references, which made me kind of doubt its actual watch value. And it’s not because I’m a self-professed rabid Lucky Star fan-boy too.  It’s because by the end, the jokes ran dry. They ran out of references to use in their activities : instead, it would appear that towards the end, the episodes are sculpted just so to place in a specific parody instead of carry on with its own pacing. Each episode started to become like an episode of the Apprentice – just sitting around in a room, screaming , talking, and once again, setting themselves up to use parody. At first it was okay,but soon the gags were overused, the parodies weren’t as funny as the start, and I lost interest.

Not to mention the ending, which in my opinion, were actually awesome. However, it’s this change of tone which makes it bad- a sudden transition from happy, random jokes to an emotional backstory. Had they focused on the last two episodes, the show should have had some kind of a build-up, aside from revealing why Ken likes eroges so much. Since they had focused on parody and comedy, then carry it on to the end!

However, the male lead, Sugisaki  Ken, is enough to run the show by himself. He’s hilarious to watch. Heck, I’d give the show a high 8 had it not been trying to insist that it tasted like happiness.  Kurimu was moe, but otherwise just jailbait. Akaba was nice to watch though, I liked her character. Mafuyu got annoying, and a tsundere-like Minatsu disappointed me.

So now we have two polar opposites. One has an incredibly boring male lead but hilarious harem-like leads, the other has an incredibly hilarious male lead but incredibly boring harem leads.

Will Seitokai Yakuindomo fall into the same curse as well?  I hope not, it seems to have quite some potential to be pretty much hilarious.

Let’s check back to this post after the show has ended. Seitokai no Ichizon’s score: I gave it a 6. Will Seitokai Yakuindomo get above this number ? Will it not screw up? Will I ever stop using rhetorical questions in all the wrong places?

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11 Responses to Seitokai Yakuindomo v.s. another certain student council – Random school councils and the ever-suffering male lead

  1. Ming Xuan says:

    And therefore, I hereby formally propose to fuse the two school councils together!

  2. Maserbeam says:

    Seitokai Yakuindomo is being directed by the guy who worked on Princess Lover. So depending on how you look at it, it will either be fun to watch, or too “out there” for normal viewing. If anything, he knows that if he’s going to make an anime like this, it’s going to be self-aware of the type of anime it is.

    But the lovely Ritsu (as Aria) is in Yakuindomo, so I’m compelled to watch it.

    • Valence says:

      Wow, to be frank I had no idea Ritsu was acting as Aria.

      ..but indeed, I’m not looking for ‘normal viewing’ , i’m looking for something that’s funny. If the director won’t overuse the gags it would be fun to watch. Princess Lover pales in the pacing department, which i feel, is a crying shame.

  3. Fabrice says:

    This is Kaichou wa Maid sama, but all girl school …

  4. Alx2oy says:

    NOOOOO seitokai no ichizon was just awesome lahhs..D:

  5. Nopy says:

    Seitokai Yakuindomo seemed mediocre to me, but I loved Seitokai no Ichizon. Like you said, Ken was just hilarious, and I loved Mafuyu’s video game speak. On the other hand, I don’t find any of the characters in Seitokai Yakuindomo to be particularly interesting.

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