They say that the more things change, the more they stay the same, and those words could not be truer for the student council of Ousai Private Academy. Though an entire year has passed—bringing the senior members to their final year of high school—not much has changed. President Shino Amakusa is just as perverted as ever, Secretary Aria Shichijou still refuses to put on a pair of panties, Treasurer Suzu Hagimura has yet to grow an inch, and Vice President Takatoshi Tsuda is still stuck as the straight man to their crazy antics.
Of course, limiting the fun to a four-way might get a little stale; although the group still messes around with the Judo Club and the Newspaper Club, more girls have come to get in on the excitement. Takatoshi's sister Kotomi, a new student at Ousai, is as perverse as the president, while Uomi, the aloof student council president of the nearby Eiryou High School, fits right in with the insanity at Ousai. With loads of absurdity and sexual humor that keeps on coming, Takatoshi needs to harden up if he is going to keep up with all the madness around him.
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)
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.
I completely enjoyed watching Seitokai Yakuindomo. I absolutely had to re-watch it after seeing Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai, a show that I would recommend others to check out if you enjoyed seasons 1 & 2 of Seitokai Yakuindomo.
The story was pretty good, it's a continuity of the first season obviously. There were a few new characters introduced, new ideas, and most importantly new dirty jokes. Like it's 1st season, Seitokai Yakuindomo* focuses on the student council club and relationships. During the last season towards the last few episodes you could see that Shino, Suzu, Uomi, and Mutsumi were definitely
started to have more of a personal and closer relationship to Takatoshi. Those feelings, even though they were not acted on too much, really grew a lot deeper in season 2 and I liked that.
One thing that I disliked about the story in season 2 was that it started to lack creativity, to a certain extent of course. I noticed that lots of the jokes, play on words, etc were being recycled, so after a while I could already tell when a joke was coming and who would be the straight man etc. So the lack of creativity, sort of made it just a little bit unfunny to me.
There were so many outrageously hilarious moments that were timed perfectly or used during the right moment in season 2. So while it wasn't the best creatively, there were still lots of moments during the show where I had a good laugh or two... maybe three.
The artwork was outstanding, and I really feel in love with the settings, for example the city buildings, schools, etc, they were very well animated for a comedy show. I know most comedies, don't really focus much on the artwork that isn't "important" or doesn't seem important however just little art details in Seitokai Yakuindomo* made it visually amazing.
One thing that I absouletly loved most in Seitokai Yakuindomo is the Voice actors. Most importanly Yoko Hikasa, Sato Satomi, Arai Satomi, Yuu Kobayashi, and Saito Chiwa because they are each my some of my personal favorite Seiyuu's. Something that stood out to me that I found absolutely hilarious was in season one was an episode where Shino hurt herself. There was a homage to K-ON's Mio Akiyama (whom Yoko Hikasa's provided vocals for) in which Shino began acting like Mio when she's scared (crouching down, with tears whining.)
I also liked that Sato Satomi, who voices Ritsu Tainaka in K-ON, did a really great voice impression with her character Aria. I felt that she borrowed the impressions of another seiyuu and her friend Minako Kotobuki who voices Tsumugi Kotobuki in K-ON. Overall Seitokai Yakuindomo* has a really great cast of experienced and well known seiyuu's that works wonders with the show.
Overall I give the show a 9/10 for being such an outstanding, and most importantly another unique and hilarious daily school life show. There are many shows with this same sort of story and plot however I felt that Seitokai Yakuindomo deserves and has earned the title of the best in overall. I would totally re-watch this again if I had the time.
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.