Hello everyone! Welcome to our next anime review! This is the first anime review we are doing during B-Ro’s hiatus, so his review will not be present. Nonetheless, we are happy to present our review of Seitokai Yakuindomo! Please beware of minor SPOILERS!
Now without further ado, let us begin the review!
Summary: Takatoshi is a new student in a recently gender-integrated high school, and is asked to join the student council as the vice president. Thus begins his days as the only normal boy among 3 female student council officers. -Anime News Network
This slice of life is primarily an episodic anime, with little plot carry over between episodes beside the a few small subplots and the overall general premise. This makes it a tad difficult to criticize the plot, but not impossible. The premise is nothing unique, really at all. It also easily feels repetitive. However, this is primarily a comedy not really meant to have a convincing plot.
The characters of Seitokai Yakuindomo are the most, if not the only, interesting parts of the anime. Each character is pretty unique, with their own quirks and common jokes that they are a part of. One issue is that the characters are mostly static, not changing much through the series run, and again, tend to be repetitive.
The animation is of an older style, which might take some getting used to for some viewers. Other than that, it is pretty solid, though not much to write home about.
Not the most impressive soundtrack out there, being sort of forgettable for the most part. It fits with the series, with the instrumentation sounding like it belongs in a high school, and if nothing else, the opening and closing are a lot of fun.
As a comedy, the show is more concerned about delivering a punch line than any kind of deep themes. The jokes are primarily sexual innuendos and the like in nature that tend to be overused, but it does have a few genuine chuckle moments. The show is more satirical in nature than anything, taking swipes at some Japanese stereotypes and some current trends, like the declining birthrate. There are few themes here and there dealing with age and maturity, but not anything worth pursuing with deep thought. Despite the nature of the jokes, the show was surprisingly lacking in fanservice, even making some jokes at its own expense about this.
Final Score: 7.2/10
Final Grade: C
Seitokai Yakuindomo. I was actually the one who recommended this show, however I realized as soon as I started it that I didn’t know just what I was getting into. I recommended SYD based entirely off of a video clip (which was of Suzu speaking English to a person). I didn’t even look up a synopsis to be honest. I assumed it was just a funny slice of life with a few outrageous moments like that one. Then I finally saw the style of humor this show primarily uses, and wow…. So many innuendos…. This show certainly does not hold back on its sexual jokes, and is certainly not something you want playing in the view of one’s roommates (I had to explain myself once or twice)… I don’t want to give off the wrong impression though: I had a great time watching this show. While a lot of the humor is the type that I feel a little bad for laughing at, it is still genuinely hilarious. The concept and execution are so ridiculous, it almost feels like a parody. I appreciated the more self-aware parts of the humor. I grew to like Takatoshi and the other main characters. They’re extremely ridiculous, but each have their own quirks that didn’t get as old as I thought they would. The show’s pretty episodic in nature, and at times just feels like a few skits put together into episodes, which I’m okay with. The style of humor may get repetitive after a while, but I would argue that the humor is so ridiculous and over the top that it avoids getting truly bland. They always managed to surprise me with how far they went with the jokes. The animation is extremely good in my eyes, and the music isn’t amazing, but fits the show quite well. The opening and closing are quite fun and energetic, with the closer being my personal favorite due to the funny lyrics. I guess there’s not much else to say about this one. It really boils down to whether you can enjoy sexual humor and are okay with the episodic/skit format. If you’re not a fan of it, then avoid this show at all costs. If you can enjoy this style, then you’ll probably have a great time with this show. I, for one, put it right up there with Monster Musume in terms of shows I enjoyed for their over the top humor. I might even give it a re-watch if I feel like having a good laugh.
Final Comments: Seitokai Yakuindomo is decidedly average, with the premise and jokes feeling repetitive and overused. The show does turn satirical at times, that make it a decent watch, so long as you are not uncomfortable with sexual innuendos.
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