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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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
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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.
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate was kind of a recipe for disaster. When you put too much stuff into one thing, it never ends well.
Story 6/10: This series is a drama, I do like dramas but the drama presented in this show is almost laughable, like a really bad soap opera. At the beginning of the show they show you some kind of car accident, which is interesting, but that is actually not what the show is about. Instead, you are presented with the story of a boy who runs for student body president to save his club from being cut. Ok, I'll go with that. But as the show goes on, the plot gets way over-complicated. There is some random bullying, super-secret stuff, suspicious alliances, secret hospital visits, traumatic experiences, weird backstories, a strange aversion to chocolate, and a season finale that is so ridiculous you would never guess it. It will leave you asking yourself, what happened to the simple story of a kid running for president to save his club?
Art 7/10: Not too shabby if you ask me.
Sound 8/10: Can't complain about the music either, opening song is pretty catchy the ending song is pretty.
Character 6/10: I don't think the characters were all that well-done. Most of the characters didn't really have any depth to them. Some did have potential but they didn't quite cut it, at least not for me anyway. The main girl, Chisato, I just kind of thought she was crazy, and she was supposed to be the character with depth. Also her relationship between her and Oojima seems pretty forced, I actually was more interested in the relationship between Mouri and Kana, for some reason, even though they were supporting characters. The other characters, particularly the girls, bothered me. The page for the show doesn't say that it's harem, but that is the vibe I got from this show. Oojima is basically surrounded by a bunch of girls, most of which fight over him! Even a guy character (Yume) has a thing for him! By the way that Yume guy constantly flirts with Oojima, at first I thought he was just trying to be funny but then I realized he was serious. I was mad, the characters could have been so much better.
Enjoyment 6/10: I mean the show is ok, and will entertain you for a while with it's ridiculousness, but I just felt that it fell a little short of what it could have been. Also, the page doesn't really say it is ecchi either, which I guess technically it isn't, but I kind of got a weird ecchi vibe off of this show.
Overall 6/10: This show kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. Haha, sorry I couldn't resist, food was an important part of the show after all! 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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