Student councils are the scum of schools in Anime – a warped reality?

Recently, having no roles in my CCA or Class or whatsoever, I wondered whether I should apply for the High School Council. Simple enough, no requirements needed, aside from passable grades and commitment.

The deadline was 3 days ago, I had completely forgotten.

..but what my point today is that student councils , have , for some reason, proved to be the worst lot of individuals in anime schools.

The role of the student council is to firstly, represent the needs of the student population so as to address them and co-operate with the teachers to make sure that these needs are met. They may also run activities to raise funds , hold social events ,community projects or even reforming parts of the school. As the supposed pinnacle of student participation in education, it is only natural to expect the student councils to be a cut above the rest, in most, if not all manners imaginable.

And that now presents us with another problem : Student Councils in anime. Since they’re both essentially the same thing, but in different worlds, they should fundamentally be the same. Herein lies the issue -they don’t. Student councils in anime are inefficient in helping the population and seem to be deficient in values, compared to your run-of-the-mill student.

Aside from anime where the idea of a student council actually runs as a major gag ,for instance Gokujou Seitokai, we’ll look at two anime which brands themselves as being centered around student councils – Seitokai Yakuindomo and Seitokai no Ichizon. (You should have seen this from a mile away.)

Previously I had already did a post comparing the two of them, but now let’s look at them from a different perspective. How have they achieved their duties as student councils? How is the personality of every member?

In Seitokai Yakuindomo, surprisingly, although we know that they’re the student council,we don’t ever see them do much in terms of helping the school population at large. Most of the time is spent talking about sex, humping dolphins, joking about sex, planning sex activities, fantasizing about sex and talking about sex. Did they even do anything to help the students? I’m sure that attempting to make all the males masturbate until their balls run dry does not help them much.

In Seitokai no Ichizon, it suffers from the same thing. I mean, I wouldn’t have anything against them if they did do anything, but similarly, all they did was talk about BL, slap Ken, and eat rabbit sweets that taste like happiness. We see them stamp papers, occasionally, but yes they do. Perhaps it’s just me. Perhaps all student councils in Japan just sit in a room and stamp papers for hours on end. Perhaps I’m misguided. Perhaps.

So here lies the major similarity between the two anime. Seitokai no Ichizon’s members were voted in as such : the girls were all voted in by popularity, while Ken got in because of good results. Education leads us to such. Our class committee was voted via popularity. Was there any pre-existing tests to show that they were fit for the jobs they hold? No. And why? They simply don’t see a need – the CMC didn’t seem to matter much,given their menial tasks. Thus, the similarity between the two councils are as follows : The members got in without much consideration on the part of teachers.

The student council isn’t one level above the teachers, but instead one level lower. How did Shino and gang get into the student council in the first place? It seems to be the same case as Seitokai no Ichizon. They both have their resident geniuses, who just don’t come across at first sight as geniuses. It is as though no-one cares about the student council – and that’s it. No-one cares.

…but of course, student councils can’t be that bad , right Valence? At least their values are still better than the rest.

Values? Seitokai Yakuindomo has a sex-crazed chairman. Unless you tell me that the students are worse, then go ahead.

But of course, how can I run an argument using merely these two shows?  Time to bring out other works.

Here’s a shocker : Houkago Dorei Kurabu, or After School Sex Slave Club. At first glance, it has nothing to do at all with student councils – it doesn’t. The only thing they have in common is the student council chairman, who not only serves as slave to the student council (presumably) , but also sells off students as slaves to masked men and allows swine to rape them.  Bonnou Seitokai Unlimited has the council chairman ‘play’ with a guy so much that to earn her love, he ‘wrestles’ with several other females, by having sex.

Perhaps using Hentai isn’t a good way to prove my point.

Saikyou Seitokai Tsubakiyo has a council where the members clash in personalities and someone who has a special power. Here’s where I refine my point.

Student councils in anime..

  1. ..are inefficient
  2. ..have no basis which differentiates its members from the rest/ do not serve as role models/ morally deficient
  3. ..have members whose personalities clash with the interests and job of the student council.

The third point could be said to be a summary of the whole thing. The members all have their own personality quirks which cause the student council to be thus inefficient and morally deficient. Seitokai Yakuindomo couldn’t do much due to the constant chatter of sex, cum and vibrators. Seitokai no Ichizon did not do much due to every single girl’s quirks and the time they spend doing other things as a result of their own interests. Houkago Dorei Kurabu, well, I can’t say much here. All in all, student councils in anime are inefficient as a result of its members having their own personal interests , rather than considering the collective interest of the student council.

.. and I still regret not signing up for HSC.

Or perhaps, maybe not.

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21 Responses to Student councils are the scum of schools in Anime – a warped reality?

  1. Fifi says:

    I’ve always had a problem with authority figures, so I take no issue towards the portrayal of student councils in anime. Based on experience, the depictions are actually very accurate XD I don’t know how things are in Japan though.

    • Valence says:

      I mean, they don’t fulfill their jobs,now do they? I’m not saying my own student councils are any better, just that at least for ours we had a selection process.

      • Fifi says:

        We vote for them, sure. But, gosh, hardly anyone as any political will nowadays. And we, the constituents, have grown indifferent. Both sides just don’t care anymore.

  2. Nopy says:

    I don’t know about student councils in your area, but where I live, they’re exactly like how they’re shown in anime. I’ve completed my first University degree and in all my time in school, I have not known of a student council/union that has done anything useful.

    • Ming Xuan says:

      Me neither.

      Unless hosting compulsory events no one really wants to go is considered, then no.

      • Valence says:

        But nevertheless, they usually have qualities which make them differ from us, that’s what teachers claim all the time. Be it academia or simply unspecified ‘skills’ they are supposedly different from us. There’s a rigorous selection process, and not everyone can make it.

        Besides, I’m not saying our student council is any bit awesome , just saying how different the two are.

      • Valence says:

        How can it be a tightly-knit net if it has a gaping hole?

  3. hiroy_raind says:

    If an anime focused it’s story on the student council’s activity, it will most likely be a screwed up student councils.
    If it doesen’t focus on their activity, then the student councils in said anime would most likely be a proper student councils.

    probably because its more likely for an anime about a normal student councils life to be taken as boring.

  4. Maserbeam says:

    The student council in K-ON seems competent, since they apparently have to manage club budgets. But no one cares about that show, so let’s ignore it for now.

    There’s always been some kind of inherent problem with student councils when they’re made by the teachers, thinking that it’s a tool to help students learn leadership, and not because students need or want one. Maybe a good group of people can make a school year far more enjoyable than the norm. Which was the case when I was a sophomore in high school; we were lucky enough to have seniors that actually cared about the school. But the other years just sucked, for the reasons I mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph.

    No need to regret joining a council.. we will all encounter the same type of people in the real world. And quite frankly, most of them are annoying people.

    • Valence says:

      I don’t know, I -think- our student council cares. Sure, they’re not the most competent of people, but they do manage to do the very least that’s expected of them. We see their changes come into effect, albeit not much significant, but we do. I applied last year, and was told to try again in Junior College. That’s 2012, and I doubt I can apply there seeing as I have no portfolio of any sort whatsoever.

      And that is an inherent problem as well. There seems to be this awkwardness, this rift because teachers seem to think that student councils are to help students learn leadership , yet teachers in charge of student councils only pick their own supposed cream-of-the-crop, mostly due to their academic results and their previous appointments. In a sense, they pick them out of ‘experience’, thus leading to a history of being in a student council denoting them as ‘leaders’. Or perhaps some mistake they made in the past which marks them as not ‘leaders’.

      ‘Leaders’ in school is a very subjective term. Leaders are people who lead, yet this seems to have its own multiple meanings. A leader inspires, or a leader gets things done. Several definitions. As a result, come to think about it, I don’t regret not going to a student council after all.

  5. trewdys says:

    >having no roles in my CCA

  6. howeirong says:

    I raise you Medaka Box.

  7. Azure Hoshizora says:

    I think this seems to only apply to shows which focus on student councils…Other anime do actually have student councils that do their job. If a show focuses on the daily happenings of student councils, no one would watch it; thats why the student council head is a sex maniac, simply to make people want to watch the show.

    I applied for student council in my first year with the idea of school domination.
    I got recommendations and passed the interviews but i realized that taking over the school wasn’t possible (and I got bored) and gave up.

    • Valence says:

      I was looking for like, my teacher’s approval and got flat out rejected.

      I mean, yeah, each show does have their own merits, but don’t you think that the show has nothing to do with student councils as much as it just revolves around sex?

      • Azure Hoshizora says:

        I’d like to see my school student council to discuss about sex though 8D

        maybe there’s something about mixing student councils and sex together that attracts the japanese audience…

  8. flyzice says:

    I don’t recall having a student council in high school, but in my university yes. But then again, I don’t recall them doing anything particularly useful.

    What about student councils in other animes like Kaichou wa Maid-Sama and K-ON? At least, I think the presidents are doing their job pulling everything together and not wasting their time talking nonsense.

    • Valence says:

      Which is the irony- shows which don’t revolve around student councils have awesome student councils. Shows which DO revolve around them have bad ones.

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