Seitokai Yakuindomo Review

Seitokai Yakuindomo was one of the only three anime series that I was following last season, and considering how mediocre the other two were (High School of The Dead and Kaichou wa Maid-sama), I’d have to say Seitokai Yakuindomo was the best. In terms of plot, there really is none except for what was introduced in the first episode. Takatoshi Tsuda enters a former all-girls high school where he gets conscripted to join the student council as the vice-president. The other members of the council are Shino Amakusa, the president and a dirty pervert; Aria Shichijo, the secretary and a dirty pervert; and Suzu Hagimura, who looks like an 8 year old and is the treasurer. Side characters include Naruko Yokoshima, the student council supervisor and pervert; Ranko Hata, the president of the newspaper club and pervert; Kotomi Tsuda, Takatoshi’s little sister and pervert; Mutsumi Mitsuba, the Judo girl; and Kaede Igarashi, the androphobe.

Since there is no plot, the series lives off of comedy, and with the number of perverts in the cast there is bound to be a lot of sex jokes. I’d say about 90% of the jokes were sexually related while the rest made fun of Suzu’s small stature. I know some people find sex jokes to be vulgar and immature, but I found the ones in Seitokai Yakuindomo to be pretty funny. Unlike other anime, there is no ecchi or visually objectionable material here except for maybe when they censored stick figures in various positions and when they were eating popsicles/bananas. I liked the lack of ecchi because it places so much more weight on the jokes themselves and the personalities of the characters to entertain the viewers rather than boobies and panties.

My favourite character would have to be Shino, she appears to be the model “perfect” student on the outside, but inside she’s always thinking about dirty things. Examples are when she thinks about how big Takatoshi’s manhood is, and the different “positions” that the judo club could do. She also gets a gravure DVD for the student council to watch in order to study how to conduct interviews. Despite Shino’s pervertedness, she also has an innocent side (sorta), like when she buys a porno for the first time, she gets so nervous that she shouts at the cashier.

The best part of the series in my opnion would have to be Shino’s giant bondage teddy bear. A giant teddy bear is already cool, but a bondage bear is just awesome.

Most anime comedies that involve both genders usually ends up becoming a romance, but that doesn’t happen in Seitokai Yakuindomo. While there does seem to be some potential for a love triangle between Shino-Takatoshi-Mutsumi, any “romantic” moments are always broken up with an in-your-face event. My favourite one was when Mutsumi looked like she was going to make a confession of love to Takatoshi, but just when she was about to say it, they cut to the opening song. I don’t want to spoil what happens next, but I really did not see that coming. Since nothing serious actually happens, you could watch the series in any order except maybe the first and last episodes and it’d still make sense.

For a show with no real plot, 13 episodes is just the right length. Some of the running jokes like Suzu’s height were starting to get old, and the latter episodes just didn’t seem as funny as the previous ones. While I thought the idea of tossing a regular guy into a school full of crazy perverted girls was hilarious, not everyone will agree with me. You might want to preview the first episode of the series before deciding to get all of it; the episodes are relatively consistent, so the first episode is a good indication of what to expect.

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  1. This sort of complete lack of restraint on sexual humor reminds me of Rizelmine. :P

    Hey I thought you were on “holiday”? Oh yeah and the share and enjoy you have on the bottom, is it a wordpress plugin?
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  2. I was surprised, SYD ended being one of my favorite shows last season. I didn’t expected since I had little interest and started the show a few weeks after it first aired.

    I’m happy, you mentioned it as well, that the jokes where just that, jokes and together with the crew’s personality is where the fun came from. Much rather have that in place than some overly ecchi show.
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  3. @radiant:
    I haven’t seen Rizelmine so I don’t know how similar it is.

    I’m not exactly on “holiday”, more like I’ll be taking a break from blogging on weekdays, writing posts mostly on weekends and possibly Mondays now. As for the share thing, it’s a plugin called Sociable, but I replaced the default icons with my own.

    I didn’t expect much from it either at first, but they managed to keep the comedy consistent through all of the episodes. That’s really what makes it stand out from other anime comedies.

    I was surprised they managed to keep up the jokes for as long as they did. I’ve seen other anime where they simply ran out of ideas and reverted to using cheap humour like walking in on a girl changing and whatnot.

  4. I wasn’t expecting much with this series but I was enjoying every moment of it after I got hooked. My favorite part of the entire series was probably when Suzu snapped when the English guy called her a little girl.

  5. I agree with the statement where you say ‘ not everyone will agree with me. ‘ Well, for starters, HOTD was just about as mediocre as SYD ever was, if not, better than SYD. SYD goes into too many cliches for me to enjoy it fully. The school council is a minor one,but the sex jokes and everything failed to amaze. I mean, look at all the extreme jokes in the OP, and yet, the funny thing is that throughout the entire show, they hardly even reach within that boundary of jokes. Nothing happens, just the usual sex jokes.

    Perhaps it’s a result of me studying in a boy’s school. Too used to sexual jokes to find them funny anymore.
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  6. @Valence:
    I knew you would disagree with me after reading your post on it :)
    I guess it’s a matter of preference, I thought the jokes were funny.

    The first episode should give you a good indication of what to expect.