Formerly an all-girl school, Ousai Academy has recently gone co-ed. Enter student council vice president Takatoshi Tsuda, one of Ousai's first male students. He's adapting rather well now that he's in his second year, but there's still a lot to get used to. For example, what do girls talk about when there aren't any guys around? In Seitokai Yakuindomo*, pretty much exactly what you'd expect: sex!
Although charged with upholding morality among the student body, the Ousai Student Council is notoriously perverted, especially president Shino Amakusa. As they carry out their duties to the school, Tsuda, Shino, and their fellow council members must balance curiosity with decency and sex jokes with studying. It takes a perv to know one, after all!
Seitokai Yakuindomo is an amalgamation of what every young healthy male will dream of if they decide to attend school. After all, it’s where Takatoshi Tsuda goes after eating breakfast every weekday. At school, there’s the student council composed of three female students. Their presence is a like a tranquility to the busy and stressful life of any student seemingly on the outside. Yet behind those doors of the student council room lies a world of diligence, a world of anomaly, a world in which is nothing like you’ll turn back again. It’s where Tsuda makes his memories and a place where unforgettable sins are committed by the Powers-To-Be.
Coming into this show, you don’t need any knowledge of the previous season or OVAs to comprehend the material. Really, what is there to analyze? It’s a simple premise about a simple guy going to a simple school with intensively complex characters. These characters aren’t your average high school girls. Sure, they have the looks, style, and even authority. However, Seitokai Yukuindomo deconstructs their very being like a cookie cutter with an extravagant taste.
Coloring this series as perhaps ‘unique’ is an overstatement. Despite the characters being almost as if otherworldly when it comes to common sense, the setting still depicts normalcy. What is perhaps unique though is the way this season kicks off with its stellar usage of 3D effects. Supported by an extensive narrative, the sequel establishes itself beyond the norm of a recap. Instead of non-sensational exposition, it seeks to enlighten the audience with its exquisite and clever sequences. We also meet a small yet colorful cast of characters that we are familiar with – Takatoshi Tsuda, Shino Amakusa, Aria Shichijo, and Suzu Hagimura. Composed of only four members, these characters brings out the brilliance that is of Seitokai Yakuindomo. It doesn’t take an army to present esteem. Rather, it takes guts and our female characters does that on a daily basis with their lecherous thoughts. You would think that girls at their age might be promiscuous but their very thoughts are the essence of this show’s core. Their jokes are usually ephemeral, striking like venom of a snake but becomes so memorable and leaves introspective scars. Perhaps scar is a wrong word to describe these moments but looking back at the episodes, it is memorable in no doubt.
The story of the show is explicit but not in the ove-rsexualized way fans will think. The innuendos are there along with the gags we should already be familiarized with. It also like to transcend into various themes often relating to life. As human life itself is reproduced sexually, there should be no argument relating to some of its humor in the show. For the student council, they love to learn the thought process relating to sexuality, a centralized phenomenon debated for generations. While the show does have some similarity with the way it emulates it ideas, there’s a large difference with its execution. The series likes to explore concepts relating to school, beyond its norms, and expands more than just academics. Really? Who can focus on books when you have three captivating ladies near you 24/7 anyways. To support this even more so, they are interested in the opposite sex in ways Tsuda can’t even begin to imagine. It’s a dream come true for him although the circumstances itself isn’t one might think.
At some stages, fans might point out that the show is over-sensationalized with its themes. And this isn’t wrong either. Almost every line in the show deconstructs the normal conversations that you may have with your family or friends. Think of it this way: do you often talk to you friends about how the penis works? Do you often talk to your little brother or sister about reproduction? It’s a point taken granted that the show does over-analyze itself on this subtext. However, it should be important to note that all these are set up as causal jests. None of these should be taken seriously in any way whatsoever. The show itself is labeled as comedy with its humorous and die-hard spoofs. It doesn’t advertise its jokes like on TV but rather as a casual way, as it should be at school.
To fully appreciate the show doesn’t just take guts. It takes interest and that comes from its characters. The female characters are the dominant factor that stands out in particular Shino. Regardless of her perverted nature, she is famous at school and there’s no doubt about it. We can’t also omit the other two members for their performance. It makes this show’s comedy seem like a paradise because of their presence and lines spoken in each episode. Even supporting characters make their points such as Ranko with her obsessive task of capturing memorable photographs, Mitsuba’s tomboy nature, or even Tsuda’s little sister. Every character is like a puzzle to this product for fans to appreciate. It also occasionally focus on a slightly serious romance nature between characters in particular Tsuda and Shino. Their short yet memorable moments captures innocence in a show clouded by sexual innuendos. Furthermore are the memories that Tsuda make with Suzu in a sibling like manner. But if we look at the bigger picture, Tsuad makes memories with almost everyone. It sets off flags for eager fans of ‘shipping’ but not in the way of “who will win the game in the end”. Instead, it’s poked fun with teases. It’s susceptible to actual relationships but often will leap out of with its dialogues. No one will really know who will end up with who in the end. It creates tension and anticipation for what’s to come in the future or if Tsuda will ever get lai-, I mean a girlfriend.
As daring as this series tends to get on various angles, the artwork is more than tolerable for a variety of reasons. Camera angles focuses more on the characters rather than their body parts, well on most parts. From the first episode, there’s a clear proof the series’ improvement in production value. GoHands, a studio known for its variety of works, is the brainchild of these new animation values and presents them in success. Backgrounds are lavishly out there along with the characters. Surprisingly, fan service isn’t also a central way to advertise this season. One might think the girls will be half naked almost every episode but will be pleasantly surprised to realize the opposite. The girls are clothed and shines will brilliance thanks to their characteristics rather than like some barbie doll.
The soundtrack is consistent on most parts as there is a diversity of ways to coordinate itself. Most of it matches its catchy dialogues. Given the nature of the show, there will be moments when fans will wonder themselves “WHAT?” Thanks to its soundtrack, the show will capture this essence of responding. This is accompanied by its dialogues that are all over the place. Some of it will never make sense but that’s what makes this show work like a miracle. The OP and ED song also serves as pivotal proof of its modus operandi. Not that the show even tries but it’s easily noticeable that most of the characters’ voices are consistent that matches their personalities. Perhaps Tsuda stands out the most because he’s the odd one out – the most normal of the student council, the IT factor.
This series is a treasure that every fan should hunt for. I don’t just mean it as another show to add to your PTW, on-hold, or completed list. No, it’s about appreciation. There are few series that can explicitly bring out a show’s cast characterized by their lustful nature. Usually, you get those beach episode and brain dead protagonists with no personality. They use the typical and cliched “no, it’s what you think!” lines that extorts to the norm. It’s unintelligent and done over and over. What this show will bring out differently is a casual way of experimenting life. Whether you like it or not is up to you but realize this:
This show is an instrumentality of how comedy series should be done. Seitokai Yakuindomo is a doorknob to absolutely nobody. read more
Honestly, I love this series. For those of you who watched the first season, although you probably don't need to have in order to enjoy it, theres not much surprise here. All of the returning characters haven't changed much, but that doesn't SYD 2 from being significantly better than the first season. Anyway..
Story: While we still have the average day to day mischief sort of plot, season 2 now adds some fun side stories (like specials within the show) that recur throughout the series. With the introduction of some new characters as well, SYD gets a bit more complex and has a lot more sources to draw from for our classic one liners and ecci comedy. Not much plot movement from episode to episode, but then again, there never has been. (8/10)
Sound: Loved the opening theme, it matched the essence of the series completely. The ending totally grew on me as well, and now I can't stop singing either. In terms of music during the episode, it works well to complement the mood and won't overpower the dialogue, but the majority of the focus in SYD are the sound effects, which are perfectly timed. (8/10)
Character: Well, this entire series is character driven, and for a very good reason. These characters are outrageous, and hilarious. Incredibly lovable as well. Expect an increase in short Suzu jokes, Hata creepiness, and inappropriate Dejima moments. As I said before, this season introduces a few new characters, such as Tsuda's little sister, her slacker, but incredibly cool best friend Toki, and a rival student council president Uomi who is very similar to Shino-chan. These characters create an incredible dynamic, and Tsuda, our MC, is of course left to deal with them by himself. (9/10)
Enjoyment: I occasionally found myself laughing so hard that it hurt. The episodes are a lot of mini- plots in one, and each is incredibly funny. If you enjoyed the first season, you'll definitely appreciate this second one. (10/10)read more
The original Seitokai Yakuindomo was (and still is) one of my favourite shows of all time. Which makes the letdown of it's second season that much worse.
There are other reviews that you can read for a detailed explanation of what's good, what isn't, etc. So I'll boil it down to a few positives and negatives.
The sex jokes that were a staple last season are still as high quality as ever.
The English teacher (one of my personal favourites) was given much more screentime in this season.
The Robotics club members were a hilarious addition to the series.
While season one was mostly sex jokes, they were interspersed with some clever non-sexual jokes. This season is 95+% sex jokes, the majority of which are reused to the point of banality.
The Tsuda & Squid mini-show went from mildly humourous to completely stupid over the course of the season, and ended with an inane and predictable resolution.
While still enjoyable, this season remains well in the shadow of it's predecessor. It's still a recommended watch for people who loved the first season, but don't expect the variance and quality you're used to. If you're on the fence about this series after watching a few episodes, don't expect it to get much better.read more
They say all good things must come to an end, and with the release of this second season it has been proven true once again. While the art and sound remains more or less the same, almost every other aspect seems to have taken a considerably large step down. Perhaps this was the fate of a series focused on sex comedy, but it is no less disappointing.
Almost every character has degenerated in some way, the most notable of which being Suzu Hagimura. In the first season she's quite the hot-head, and jokes about her size were almost as common as the sex jokes. She actually cared about what people thought of her, and was a pretty well defined character known for her brilliance and child-like complexion. In this season, she's a pretty mellow character who doesn't really stand out in any way besides her small size. There aren't very many jokes about her and the ones that do exist are lame, she doesn't really care if you talk about her size but instead she just acts slightly depressed. While in season one she was frequently played out to be a genius, if you had only watched this season you'd think she was just an average girl who is abnormally small; it's as if this season forgot that she is supposed to be a main character. Many (if not most) other characters also degenerated in the transition to season two.
The first season had a certain class to it and made clever use of the sex jokes. It also wasn't exclusively about sex and it included a healthy mix of normal comedy with the sex comedy to help prevent the dilution of the jokes. It had a rather episodic nature that made it hard to tell it came from a 4-Koma. The characters all felt reasonable and every episode felt complete. You don't see that kind of quality in this season, instead all you see is a bunch of one-liners and perverted girls. There is very little content outside of sex jokes, and the sex jokes are very immature and tasteless compared to the first season. Rather than creating interesting situations like season one did (e.g. the porno mag gift, the trip to Aria's mansion, the suggestion box, the deer feeding, the school competition, plus countless others), this season treats you to a barrage of non-stop one-liners but has nothing else to offer. Indeed, it seems that every character with the exception of Tsuda and Suzu have become three times as perverted to facilitate the endless stream of short, boring, and tasteless jokes. The characters have become little more than puppets and catalysts who's sole purpose is to make more sex jokes.
Really, this feels like a completely different anime when compared to the first season. Admittedly there were a couple of good parts, but all-in-all it lacks the charm that season one has and fails to deliver the same kind of consistent and enjoyable experience it gave you.read more