English: Love, Election & Chocolate
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2012 to Sep 28, 2012
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.401 (scored by 22973 users)
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SynopsisIn Japan, participation in extra-curricular activities is as fundamental a part of an education as chalk and gym shorts. However, not all students are overachievers, and for those like Yuki Ojima, groups like the Food Research Club are welcome havens in which to slack-off. But what's a slacker to do when the radical new candidate for Student Council president announces her intent to get rid of clubs like the FRC? Well, getting the help of the current Student Council president is a good start, but HIS suggestion is so counter-intuitive that it's crazy: Yuki should run for the Student Council himself? And yet, it's SO crazy that it just might work! Especially when Chisato, the chocolate-adverse president of the FRC (and Yuki's best childhood friend,) and members of other targeted school clubs start to join the swelling FRC army. But can this army of goofs and goof-offs coast all the way to political victory? Or will someone have to step up to the plate and take one for the term?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
Sequel: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate Special
Other: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate: Ikenai Hazuki-sensei
Characters & Voice Actors
Hey, you ever been to a party and noticed that there is all the food you want in the world but somehow, some way it just doesn't satisfy you? That's sort of the same feeling I got when I finished watching this series. No, I don't mean it in a way that is unsatisfying. I mean it as the series missing something. Like the chocolate is missing an ingredient or the series itself is lacking something. However, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate does have some of its good flavors. So, let's break this down, shall we?
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate/Koichoco (also known as Love, Election, and Chocolate) is an anime series produced by AIC Build (Haganai, Oremio) and directed by Tōru Kitahata. The anime is also based off an adult visual novel developed by Sprite. Now what a minute. Did I see the word “adult” in that statement? One might expect some ecchi or or specifically, “adult scenes” in this series, right? Well, not all the case because in the anime world today, censorship and limitations holds this series at its limit.
Judging by the title of the series, it can be quite easy to predict what the anime may be about especially the given three parts. First, we got the four letter forbidden word: love. From there, one can imply that the series will have romance. And you're right because Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate does have that especially between the main male and female protagonist in the series. The second part, election consists of what the drama takes place at the school in the series. Election is for leadership, to lead a student body, and more importantly to represent themselves. Finally, we have the chocolate. Beyond the sweets and flavor, the chocolate here seem to symbolize the sweetness of life. It is every moment of life that the students at the academy enjoy with their friends and the memories they create to make their lives worthwhile.
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate takes place at the setting of Takafuji Private Academy, a rather large school composed of over 6000 students. Within these group of students is the Food Research Club (Shokken) and here we are introduced the main protagonist, Yuki Ojima of the series. The club doesn't do much during their everyday boring lives till the shocking news of that their club will be abolished. Anyone hearing that sort of news definitely wouldn't be happy. Well, the FRC definitely has a few things to say about that. As such, Ojima takes the election of the title and runs for president.
Now, Yuki Ojima seems to be the type of guy who is lazy and avoids doing work. It's bothersome for him and like some of us, tries to procrastinate and put things off as long as possible. His childhood friend, Chisato is there for him though and the two duo makes a strange couple of sorts in the series. The problem here is that these two seems to have a weak chemistry at first. They don't seem to connect and neither do their personalities match. It seems that Yuki is more compatible with some of the other characters, well almost anyone except that guy with the yaoi stick. I mean, that's just not right. But all jokes aside, Chisato and Yuki starts off the series in a bizarre way. With the election coming up, it's time to kill that laziness and say hello to some responsibility.
Being part of a large school also means allies, friends, and rivals. Satsuki seems to serve as the sort of antithesis in the series who not only play as Yuki's main opponent in the election, but also sort of his outer image. She is like the vanilla flavor of a chocolate and becomes an obstacle of the FRC.
The story itself have a lot of drama in them. From the very beginning, there is a head and run and later on follows a similar fashion. And of course, election is all about drama especially for those who can win the favors from the students at the academy. It is strange though that in this series, the drama depicted often shifts to different focuses. It intertwines drama between the characters or personal relationships occasionally but at other times, focuses on the topic of elections. Employing this style of story is risky but thankfully in this series, it works out somewhat well. Drama is never easy to employ and with an academy of over 6000 students, just imagine all the possibilities.
The artwork of Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is pretty generic to say the least. There is a lot of stereotypes here including Hazuki oniisama who is portrayed as an older woman with tits and the bossy attitude. The school setting itself is also normal despite its large size. The outer settings are those of at typical school in the modern ages and nothing special about that. In fact, the series doesn't take place at much elsewhere besides school. After all, school is where love, elections, and drama are born. On the characters' design side, there seems to be some similarities between this series and Amagami SS; even the drama is there.
As for the music, the series employs a rather soft melody of school like tunes. It employs both soft rhythm (during calm and comedic scenes) to more dramatic music during scenes that are more emotional. It does mixes in well though and some might even give some credit to Elements Garden, the folks responsible for orchestrating the themes. The OP song, "Signal Graph" by Annabel is orchestrated peacefully but also with feeling that depicts the drama in the series. The montage of characters are shown in sequences and even little bits of drama between Yuki x Chisato and what's to come later. Don't forget the election part though as that's what keeps the drama in within the series. The ED song "Kaze no Naka no Primrose" by Ceui follows a similar fashion and presents that school like feeling courtesy of Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate.
This series is actually not bad and has plenty of interesting points. The elections are one of the major themes and throughout the series focuses on it quite well with minimal fillers. Even when the fillers are present occasionally (that are usually short), they still stick with the overall drama theme and how people develop relationships, form bonds, and overcome obstacles together. Like the large cast of school, there is a large cast of characters who each (although some less than others) get their own little spotlights. The oniisama Hazuki, the competitive Satsuki, the black haired loli Michiru, the hyper genius Non-chan, and even that guy with the yaoi stick all get their little moments in. It's amusing and in some ways wants us to be there with them to join the fun and help with the election wars.
Ultimately, this series is peculiar. In one way, it's generic and so predictable of the eventual outcome. In another, it is entertaining to watch with all the characters and the drama going around at the huge academy. Just imagine yourself there and trying to become a leader of a student body of that magnitude. It would be like a living hell to handle that sort of responsibility. Despite this though, the series does adapt well and presents drama at its finest with both the elections and personal relationships. The music and artwork focuses on the typical school life and that each day we get by is another day to learn about the world around us. The content of the story has little fillers so it can all be watchable at once in a marathon for those who are fans into that sort of thing.
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is a series to enjoy like an extra curricular activity and not stress over yourself of the eventual outcome. School is filled with drama so loosen up a bit as elections are not never easy. To enjoy this series at your fullest isn't easy either but just look at it like a drama play.
To start of Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate looks like your typical slice of life anime where the club is having problems. However, this one is different because it incorporates 3 elements that I feel make it unique or special. The first element that I liked was the drama because on the outside you have the typical slice of life vibe, but once the action gets going especially towards the end that is where drama is released. Dialogue is the second element that makes this Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate different because with having presidential elections one would expect to have a lot of dialogue to present their points or objectives. the third element which is comedy incorporated well since it was kept at a minimal level and mostly done from the side or supporting characters.
Story: The story was ok, but I feel like it was rushed. There was some parts during the story that just felt ignored or not fully explained. Still what makes the story have a higher score is the drama part because it is nicely done. The last couple of episodes really make up for the lack of drama at first. Comedy wise that didn't hurt the story, and the characters all brought the story together even more.
Sound: The OP and ED are very nice and worth watching every time. Not much to say here besides saying that during those serious scenes the background music really enhances the scene even more. The main song that is the highlight of this anime is the song played by one of the characters who use a harmonica.
Character: The score really doesn't reflect on most of the characters but rather on some of them. Chisato from my perspective had a very complex personality that helped relate or understand her. Michiru another character is one that I liked the most based on how she behaved. Her appearance really makes her stand out from the rest of the characters because she carries that mysterious presence whenever scene shows her by herself pondering.
Enjotment/Overall: I sure wish this anime had a second season because some things could be explained better there, and it would be nice to see maybe time skips of how the school is doing as well. Overall I really enjoyed Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate and the ending really helped bring the number up even more. Despite the low passing score that the story has the characters make up for that and really help make the anime worth watching. the comedy also made me burst into laughter at times so that also incorporated into the overall score.
I'd say for those who want to watch an anime that will make you laugh, yet have a serious tone then Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is one to watch. Just be prepared for the moderate dialogue. Other than that I will sure remember this anime and the amazing characters it had.
Hopefully you all found my review helpful and I hope you all like Koi to Senkyo as well. read more
Anime that feature clubs that to normal students serves no purpose but for the actual club members serves as a place to belong. Both Anime also have a nice style.
both of those anime placed on a school and most of the club members are girls and same studio.
The same old one male in the group of girls in a club. Well in Boku wa tomodachi, Yukimura was a girly guy and in Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, Oboro doesn't look like much of a guy. But both of these animes have all of the girls like the main protagonist. The whole anime is about a club that everyone in it loves.
Both series takes place at a school setting where a group of friends forms a club/student council.
Both series contains a lot of drama, comedy, and some romance.
Both series' main protagonist also has similar personalities as someone who wants to help his friends. Speaking of which, the main protagonist also interacts with other characters (mainly female) in both series.
Both have a club setting, school harem, and similar MCs.
Harem, Romance, Comedy, School & Club
one male and many girls.......
is pretty much the same but i like Senkyo to Chocolate's art better.....
The story takes place in the club room discussing about trivial questions, strategies, or just a chat down for some free time. Similarity wise, it has that school romantic dramedy feel where it focuses on the main male character interacting with the other club members with the majority of them being girls. There are serious moments, and some funny moments, and better yet relationships is another element in the story.
1) Both Series Main Characters Are In A Club
2) Both Are In Harem Genre
3) Both Clubs Serve No Purpose To Anyone But The Members Of The Club
4) Both Are School Romantic Comedy Anime
Both series has similar character designs and the main male protagonists have similar personalities.
The feeling and atmosphere of both series are also similar and has school life theme involving drama, comedy, romance. And of course, both series has characters of stark personalities.
Don't know why but Chocolate really remind of Amagami SS, probably because there's one arc in SS is about school election and Yuuki really remind of the MC from Amagami SS, both series is about Highschool romance so if you like one you'll probably like the other
Both are love stories whose story is somewhat connected to someone's past.
Amagami ss is in Arcs/Hen while Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is a whole anime not built up on arcs/hen.
Though personally i think Amagami ss is cuter when it comes to the love part while Koi to Senkyo to chocolate is slow in love development
Both have the same art work
However, Amagami SS is a harem whilst Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is more of a plot type. For all the Haruka Morshima fans (Amagami SS) be prepared for Satsuki Shinonome from Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate - They both look the same
Opening Theme"Signal Graph (シグナルグラフ)" by Annabel
Ending Theme"Kaze no Naka no Primrose (風のなかのプリムローズ)" by Ceui
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