On his first day of high school at the formerly all-girl's Ousai Private Academy, Takatoshi Tsuda is called out for his untidy uniform by the student council president Shino Amakusa. In apology for delaying Takatoshi for his first class—and stating that the group needs a male point of view to accommodate the arrival of boys at the school—Shino offers him the position of vice president of the student council. Though unwilling, Takatoshi finds himself appointed as the newest member of the student council having yet to even step foot inside the school building.
Takatoshi soon realizes that the other student council members who are more than a little strange: President Shino, who is studious and serious in appearance, but actually a huge pervert, fascinated with the erotic and constantly making lewd jokes; the secretary Aria Shichijou, who may seem like a typical sheltered rich girl, but is just as risque as the president, if not more so; and finally, the treasurer Suzu Hagimura, who may act fairly normal, but has the body of an elementary school student and is extremely self-conscious of it. Surrounded by these colorful characters, the new vice president must now work through a nonstop assault of sexual humor and insanity.
-This review has been updated after all the episodes were aired, and was first written while the show was airing. It is meant to help the reader determine if it is worthwhile watching an episode or two to form their own opinions.-
Seitokai Yakuindomo is a school comedy with little or no relevant story that focuses largely on verbal adult humor, generally avoiding visual adult humour. As with most shows of this genre, it isn’t mind-blowing or beautiful – throughout the show I found myself noticing little aspects that the show could have done without.
However, at the end of the each episode, I looked
back and realized that I had laughed throughout. I had realized that the show may not be spectacular, but it was funny. The randomness and quick pacing of the humor is vital to the show's appeal, and the show begins to settle into a quick, smooth pace after a few episodes.
What is important to note is that this humor will not be for everyone, and after two episodes the viewer should be able to decide whether or not they enjoy the type of humor enough to continue on with the show.
Artwork & Sound: Average; nothing worth highlighting, nothing negative. It is worth mentioning that the Ending song is very catchy, however.
Characters: The characters in Seitokai Yakuindomo are not terribly unique. Each character can be summed up as having some of the usual generic characteristics normally found in anime. However, the characters fit into their roles well, and it is because of this the humor succeeds.
Enjoyment: The enjoyment of this show is what carries my generally favorable review of it (especially as the show progresses into its later episodes). At the end of the episode, you may not walk away amazed, but you will walk away with a few good laughs.
Seitokai Yakuin domo: The Show Prison School and Shimoneta Wanted To Be!
The Japanese school setting + student council + all girl's school with few male entrants + perverted characters + ecchi/fanservice/nudity/andor harem is a really tired, really overdone concept at this point. For example: there have been at least 20 such shows involving at least 2 of the aforementioned tropes just THIS year. Count 'em.
The reason that there are currently so many of these shows is less that they're a real "work" and more of a "product" designed and marketed specifically to an audience that consistently and routinely purchases their product in large
quantities. It's like the cigarette of anime. They're not good for you, but a lot of people really love them, and keep on buying it even though they know it's killing them.
However- even the most cynical reviewers among us eventually realize that even the most recycled concepts and tropes can still make for an effective and enjoyable show... IF executed properly. Though Seitokai Yakuin domo includes all of the above with the exception of the last trope I mentioned, the writers took the established tropes and turned them upside down, adding some freshness to a nauseatingly stale formula. It's all about turning that "girls can't be pervs" trope upside down, and in that regard- a great success!
Even though it's a comedy- I only laughed out loud one time at Seitokai Yakuin domo. It's kind of like The Big Lebowski (or any Coen Brothers' film for that matter) in that it's not actually funny at all.
It's a chuckle comedy- not an uproarious, couch clutching, gasping for breath humor riot. They do tend to wear out the jokes after a while, and if you never found them funny in the first place (like in Prison School), then you're in for a long watch.
If incessant panty shots and boobs are your main attraction to these shows, SYD is NOT for you.
Art/Animation/Sound/Voice Acting: 7
Truth be told, I really only watched this show because it was animated by GoHands, and it looks like most anime made in this decade: shiny, colorful, and pretty fluid. One thing I noticed (and liked about this anime) was that nobody had ridiculous hairstyles NOR did they have unnatural hair colors. Everyone actually looked like a normal human being, which, for a school anime, is a HUGE step. +1 for progressiveness.
The voices are handled competently, veteran Yoko Hikasa (Rias Gremory) was great as Shino, and Satomi Arai plays the deadpan creeper Hata (She also portrayed Saotome from the more recent Shimoneta, a very similar character hmmmmmmmmm)
SYD was adapted from a long running 4 panel comic that's essentially just a collection of making fun of trope scenes from other anime, along with their own flavor of sex jokes. That said, it's difficult to take 30 or 40 four panel one liner jokes and turn that into a single episode. GoHands somehow manages to make it flow into an easy to follow comedy show about life in the student council with this pretty radical choppy pace coupled with segments that take the original jokes and expound upon them. They added a lot more context and setup, and then let it play out.
You're actually shown the punchline as a commercial slide, and then the scene plays out, giving you something to chew on and wonder where this weird, out of context line comes from. It definitely helps with the impact as well- kind of an "OHHHH" moment for the longer jokes.
The general premise of SYD is that Tsuda, our MC, is a newly accepted student to the formerly all girls Ousai Academy. On his first day, he makes the mistake of not tightening his tie, which attracts the ire of the Student Council President, Shino- who teaches him a lesson by fixing his tie, strangling him, and then forcibly inducts him into the Student Council. The rest of the show takes place over the school year, with the various holidays, sex jokes, outings, gross out jokes, and mischief that come along with it.
There are four student council members, President Shino, VP Tsuda, Secretary Aria, and Treasurer Suzu. There're also four other characters of note: the creepy lady teacher Yokoshima, who is basically a pedophile and tries incessantly to get with the few guys attending the school, Hata, the monotone speaking newspaper club member who always shows up to take scandalous and incriminating photos of everyone, Mitsuba, the adorably innocent (of the horrible sexual things Aria and Shino say) Judo girl, and Kaede, who is man-phobic.
Each character has an in show 4th wall breaking description: Shino, "the perfect human" (who is an incorrigible pervert), Aria, "the multitalented princess with big boobs" (rich girl airhead everyone fawns over, also a pervert), and Suzu "IQ of 180" (height of 4'5", terrible napoleon complex and hates being treated like a child). Tsuda, our MC, is basically the world's most legendary straight man. He serves for there to be a brick wall to hit for the endless stream of sex and poop jokes coming from Shino/Aria.
The actual content of the jokes is what I referred to as refreshing in the beginning. I have not seen an anime with such disgusting, foul content toilet jokes since Panty and Stocking. It goes so overboard with perversion of speech and dirty jokes + toilet humor that it's not even scandalous anymore, it's commonplace. You know, without a doubt, that everything that comes out of Shino's or Aria's mouths is going to be a) a bad sex joke, b) a women's hygiene gross out joke, or c) some "accidental" misreading/pronunciation of a normal kanji that then turns the meaning into something sexual.
While these are fairly common in comedy anime, again, the degree to which they describe some of this stuff is pretty nasty, so +1 for edgy.
Well, this ran a lot longer than I wanted it to- but it's important to see more formative shows in genre tropes- and one can see the obvious influences this show (and the comics before it) had on such newer titles as Prison School and Shimoneta.
Aria: "Wow, a whole year has passed. It only felt like a few months."
Shino: "In an anime, that'd be about 13 episodes!"
Tsuda: "That's a little too dangerous..."
Is it possible to make a comedy revolving almost exclusively around sex jokes, and not have it come off low-brow and immature?
The answer? Seitokai Yakuindomo.
Thanks to clever wordplay, good writing and actual punch lines, Seitokai Yakuindomo manages to craft a sex comedy that avoids the pitfall of simply being crass for the sake of crassness and is all the more funnier for it. No matter how many jokes about ejaculation they make. By taking their sex jokes down the path of wordplay and and humorous misunderstandings, (instead of making shallow references to dicks and expecting the audience fall over dead from laughter), Seitokai Yakuindomo
almost manages to give itself a sense of class. Almost. But more importantly, this makes the gags actually funny.
Needless to say, those who hate sex jokes, or the easily offended, probably won't enjoy Seitokai Yakuindomo. And yet somehow, the show manages to not be ridiculously offensive, despite containing gags that would make South Park blush. I think this is combination of the way the jokes are presented in an innocent, serious way (sort of like the characters are unaware what they're saying is inappropriate for the situation, if that makes sense) and the colourful cheery art style.
This series makes no bones about what is is, that is, it's nothing more than a platform for a rapid-fire series of sex jokes, and at this, I feel it's a flying success. The show is absolutely hilarious, which is all it needs to be. As a result, there's very little I can criticize it for. It's only real flaw is the length, only thirteen episodes, which is average for most anime, but for Seitokai Yakuindomo, it feels like this isn't enough and it has more jokes to tell.
If you’re looking for a decent plot or a nice story, go somewhere else. Seitokai Yakuindomo doesn't have either of it. Seitokai Yakuindomo is about an all-girls school turned co. The girls don’t really mind this though; it’s more like a dream come true for most of them. Through the whole series it’s one perverted joke after the other. Most of them you can see coming from a mile away, but they will make you laugh anyway.
The animation often switches between normal animation and chibi mode. Usually I don’t like it when there’s too much chibi in an anime, but with Seitokai Yakuindomo I didn't really mind. Perhaps it’s because I put my mind on blank while watching this.
Music fits the series perfectly, especially the dynamic, rhythmic and crazy, and a phenomenal opening and twisted ending. Because of the dialogue and humour it's difficult to pay attention to music in the background, but there are some good pieces. Very well emphasizes moral and peaceful moments in the series.
I generally like the different characters in Seitokai Yakuindomo. I guess they’re actually not that different (they’re all perverted girls), but two of our main characters are normal people, trying to put some common sense in most of the school. The interaction between these is the main power of this anime.
In conclusion, Seitokai Yakuindomo is an excellent comedy series, provided you don't find it's lewd subjects offensive, and you don't mind that there's very little story. Anyone who loves a well-written sex comedy should check it out.
I probably only enjoyed this because of my young age and immaturity, that's right all you pedophiles. COME AT ME BRO.
I mean I'm a masochist.
Let me start off by saying that Seitokai Yakuindomo is probably right up there on the top 5 anime to have me in hysterics every 5 minutes or so, if you're looking for an anime full of laughs, simple characters and no emotional story so there's no drama, this is EXACTLY what you're looking for, if you're looking for romance, ecchi, love triangles, drama, sadness etc, you should probably give this a miss, although there are vague hints of love interest.
The story revolves around Takotoshi Tsuda, A male high school student who decides to transfer to an all-girls school simply because its closer to home,
he ends up being forcibly recruited into the student body council as a male representative. He is joined by three girls;
Shino Amakusa - a second-year student and student body president, she is very serious and wants things done perfectly, she excels in academics, but all that is shadowed by the fact that she is a complete pervert, and the main reason she took an interest to Takotoshi was to 'examine' him in Health and Social class (Yep, you know exactly where i'm going with this), she is very self conscious about her breast size, and the fact her secretary, Aria, is well endowed, is the recipe for a perfect jealousy driven relationship between the two.
Aria Shichijo - Also a second year, she plays the role of the student body secretary, she comes from a very rich family and just by appearance you'd expect her to be the most mature character...and if you make that assumption, you're horribly wrong.
Aria is extremely perverted too, more than Shino is, she manages to twist and turn even the most innocent and simplest of sentences into a fanfiction-esque scene which appear in thought bubbles, because she is absurdly rich and well pampered, she often finds herself in completely ridiculous situations, such as standing blankly in front of a door expecting it to slide open, or standing on the bottom step of a staircase thinking its an elevator. She too is incredibly smart, and is ranked second, underneath Shino, of course, in her class midterms.
Finally we have Suzu Hagimura, who is in the same year as our unfortunate protagonist, again, she is very smart and often brags about her ability to do 10 digit arithmetic calculations in her head to cover up the fact she's not really good at any physical activities, although she is 16 years old and considers her self to be superior to Takotoshi, she is often the butt of the joke when it comes to childlike appearance and height as she is less than half the size of the other three and in one episode, needs a chair to reach the top shelf of her own cabinet, this often causes her to go into a super-saiyan rage whenever her unnaturally small stature is brought into a conversation, and of course, Takotoshi is the straight man for them all.
What i like about this show is that all the characters have their own traits , pros and cons which make them completely different from one another, although these characters aren't well flushed out with heaps of back story and social problems (they don't need to be for this genre of anime) the characters end up being likeable anyway, whether its for the witty banter between them in literally EVERY scene, or whether its the shear pervertedness of Shino and Aria (especially Aria, damn man) its definitely a must watch.
I'd recommend this anime to anyone, especially to fans of K-On! or Lucky Star (although the themes in this are significantly more mature than anything in K-On! and Lucky Star)
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