Seitokai Yakuindomo is about a high school student, Tsuda Takatoshi, who just enrolled into Ousai Academy, a female-only school recently turned co-ed. Upon arriving, he is soon added to the student council, becoming the only male there as well as the vice-president. Seitokai Yakuindomo bills itself as not only a shounen anime, but also a school-life comedy anime.
Comedy? Excuse me while I snigger.
What Seitokai Yakuindomo’s production crew fails to understand is how having the same make-up as about nearly 80% of other ‘comedy’ anime out there will not make anything new or interesting. Seitokai Yakuindomo is your atypical student council, with a twist – or in anime terms, completely normal. We have your stereotypical height-conscious loli, your common big-breasted airhead, and of course, the student council president who is completely aloof. Not to mention your Kyon character who is completely devoid of any actual character whatsoever. I took count of the number of laughs I got from watching episodes 3 through 8, and the grand total is an awe-inspiring and respectable 3 laughs. 1 of those laughs came from stating that Seitokai Yakuindomo was comedy – haha, make that 4.
It might also interest you that it’s rated R- 17+. With enough sex jokes to amuse even the most conservative slut, Seitokai Yakuindomo is practically a giant manifestation of filth and sin. Shino and Aria are supposedly one of the factors which generate comedy for the show, and all they do is talk about sex and surprise- more sex. The remaining half of screen-time is devoted to showing how short Suzu is and then the audience is expected to laugh. Not to mention that every single female in the show, aside from Suzu, is a regular nympho.
It doesn’t help that that was exactly how the source was made out to be, supposedly. A 4koma series targeted at teenagers can only end up as a corrupted version of Azumanga Daioh, or if I want to give myself a kick in the balls, Seitokai no Ichizon’s cousin. Now, now, let’s light up and be optimistic, you say. Okay then, let’s try and appreciate it exactly for the sex jokes. Even here it fails. With all that smut , lyrics about copulation and censored sex toys you’d expect the jokes to be more extreme. But no. It even fails here. All the characters are way too overdone, too. We have our usual rich airhead- overdone to the point of exhaustion. I could go on, but you could probably tell yourself.
SO what led to this trainwreck? Was it inexperience on the part of GoHands? Or is it merely the fact that the source material has caused the show to be shaped this way? Nevertheless, with the remaining 4 episodes, it rests entirely on the hands of Kanazawa Hiromitsu to decide whether SYD will either turn out to be a gut-riveting comedy about an abnormal student council, or merely a mediocre anime destined to be forgotten and left in oblivion.