Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

Alt titles: Love, Election, & Chocolate

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Komirai's avatar By Komirai on Oct 2, 2012

“Nothing ventured nothing gained” That is one of the quotes that came to my mind after starting this anime. The main protagonist Yuuki Oojima has the option to run for an election to save his precious club, he starts his election after hearing similar words from people around him.

At first I thought Choi to Senkyo to Chocolate would be your typical school club romance type anime. For me it ended up becoming so much more. It starts out with a dramatic event that honestly makes hardly any sense until you get quite a ways into the anime. Once things start to make sense though this anime seems too really shine. One of the things it portrays is that politics aren’t always what they seem on the surface. There is always a struggle behind the scenes and this is one of the topics this anime tackles in a very interesting fashion. Throughout the anime it confronts the things that happen on the surface and behind the scenes in politics.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate also has the drama and romance to go with it that makes it all the more intriguing. Each character has their own story and their own reasons for doing things. They are all unique and make the story come together wonderfully.

As for Koi to Senkyo to Chocolates flaws, it definitely does have them, though most are easy to look over. One of it’s biggest flaws I think is that it sometimes feels rushed sometimes. I would have liked to see this anime more around 23 episodes. It also has it’s cliché’s like most anime, things seem to always work out for the better. Oh and they never explain some things like how Oojima seems to see some people in a strange way, though it’s easy to make speculations.

Overall I was very impressed, especially considering I wasn’t expecting much of anything of this anime. It has all the factors to make it a very enjoyable watch. I also don’t know of many anime’s that present politics and romance in the way this anime does, which made it even more enjoyable. Either way whether you enjoy drama, romance, or politics this is a good watch!

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall
legnanellaf's avatar By legnanellaf on Oct 1, 2012

Overall for a summer anime that starts out really fluffy, it does really well. It combines a lot of things that would attract viewers (yaoi jokes and obvious harem setup) without really looking overdone. 

One of the best parts I found was that the protagonist was quite different from the usual male who gets a lot of women after him just because of his honesty. I do not know many anime's which feature a guy actually rejecting a girl outright at a point in time. Usually it is just ignoring it with the passive approach. The types of girls that are love interests are also a bit unusual, although the childhood friend is there, he gets a guy who is into him, the rest of his club including the teacher who sponsers the club, and even an opponent.

The plot itself is quite silly, a amazing idea for a club (make and eat candy!) is threatened to be axed by the frontrunner of the student council election, so instead of just accepting they decide to run for president on their own without a real plan. Less about popularity like real school council elections and more political with crazy things like bodygaurds and shady deals and corruption in the government.

Besides the light plot, there emerges some drama with exactly why another club is backing what is really a longshot and some other things that is typical for a plot twist.

What would have made it better is if it was twice as long, giving enough time to really flesh out the plot points better, but it did well with the 12 episodes that it got. It sectioned out both the fun and the serious with good timing while keeping the overall timeframe as being during and about this election. 

8/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall
roriconfan's avatar By roriconfan on Jul 21, 2012

Warning! Regerdless of what the first third of the pilot episode is going to make you think or feel, this anime is still a done to death goofball school comedy and absolutely nothing else. That first scene is just a troll to bait the unsuspected into watching a shitty show. And if you don’t believe me, just look who made it.

THE STAFF
- Animation and directing is done by a branch of Studio AIC, specialized in making nothing but trolling fan service shows like this one. Their previous projects include My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute (Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai) and We Don’t Have Many Friends (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) which fooled thousands of superficial viewers to believe they were a lot more than just idealized otaku culture pattering for worthless lumps of flesh called NEETs. They weren’t, ok? If you are part of that group just take it like a man and admit it.
- The anime is the adaptation of a date sim, which means lame excuses for you to bang chicks and nothing to take seriously. It begins by making you believe it will be a political thriller.

SCRIPT
Some news reporter girl is trying to take pictures of some shady operation taking place in a dark place, only to be discovered and be silenced in a most inhuman way. And it appears to have something to do with political elections, where lots of party leaders are planning to take control of everything and are willing to do anything it takes to take out the competition. Oh my God, this is going to be amazing! … Or so I thought for ten seconds.

Turns out the elections are taking place in just a school and has to do just with clubs rather than country-wide parties that plan to overthrow the previous government and establish a new world order or something. So you get the literature club being rough with the ping pong club, which is keeping an eye on the music club, which is worried of the sewing club, which is …. Oh, you get what I mean, it’s just a handful of teenagers trying to play it politicians.

The funny part is that they are presented as extremely powerful, like they have full control of the city they are living in and can affect the lives of thousands of people. They also act as if they can hire thugs to kill anyone who stands in their way and have the teachers, the police, the army, and for all we care the whole crime syndicate in their pockets. Other than that, they still haven’t got past the age they have zits and still need to study for tomorrow’s chemistry test. Scary isn’t it?

Of course all that have very little to do with the actual plot. So far I have only been describing the backdrop of the story which indeed sounds like it’s going to be something epic, or whatever misinterpreted word you would use for this sort of a set up.

CAST
After you have been hyped so much to expect great stuff to happen, the camera takes us to ponder upon the life of the protagonist. And we … get … shit … Because the truth is now revealed and the whole show is just a retarded ecchi school comedy around overused stereotypes with zero characterization and a plot that is taken out of the book of erogame clichés … In fact, it actually is taken from an erogame since it is based on one. YEEEEAH!
“Get out of bed my childhood friend next door. Kyaaa, morning wood! An insight to the daily problems of the average teenager.”
“We are members of the chocolate club, but one of us doesn’t even like chocolate. What a tragedy!”
“I am your teacher but I am busy getting drunk all day that trying to teach. What a scandal!”
“Oh, I bumped on a girl and saw her censored underwear. How hardcore!”
“We are in a major crisis! The student council wants to close us down so I must go against them even when I don’t want to! This saga is going to change the shape of the cosmos!”
“The world needs the chocolate club or it will blow up! What else can be said about a club where the only thing we do all day is eating sweets and offer sexual foreplay?”


And this is all you get for the rest of the show. The cardboard of a protagonist walking around the city and bumping on girls, talking with them about very serious political issues and then returns to his club to eat sweets and be molested by the gay guy in there. THAT IS ALL! Towards the end of the show they attempt to make things more serious and even then they fail hard for making state-sized scandals to be scrubed off as if they were just a couple of students skipped a few classes. There are absolutely no memorable characters and there are so many of them you will have a hard time to even remember their names. You will only refer to them as the literature leader, or the chocolate hater. They are boring, they are shallow, they aren’t even sexy!

LEGACY
All you get from this show is a troll and then some tired erotic jokes. Interesting if you are a NEET who does nothing but playing porn games all day but completely trash if you demand something other than bullshit.

PRODUCTION VALUES
Oh, I forgot to mention something about those. They are not bad, nice colours, the girls all look the same, censorship sucks, the songs are forgettable trash. But seriously, who cares about that if the show is bonkers?

And now for some excused scorings.

ART SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2


SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3


STORY SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Premise 2/2, Pacing 0/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2


CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 1/2


VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4


ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 1/3, Characters 0/4


VERDICT: 3.5/10

2/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
2/10 characters
3/10 overall
Bananime's avatar By Bananime on Jun 1, 2013

Story/Summery:

At a school that is pretty much ran by the students that attend it, a group of students that do nothing but lounge around and eat snacks have to band together to save there hang out spot by getting one of there own to become the president of the school. the events that happen after this fact come off as either normal to something out of a spy movie (the ones with a lot of backstabbing and dramatic staring). thats pretty much what this romantic comedy is using as a base.

Animation:

I'm watching this on my computer off a website so the actual quality of this escapes me. from what it looks to me is that its what's to be expected from today. you wont see any seriously aweful animations or bad scenery so just be happy with that.

Sound:

Opening song is good. I wouldnt download it but its alright enough to not want to skip it or anything

BG Songs and sounds are good. from happy times to the suspensful stuff, you wont think to yourself that they shouldve added more cowbell.

Ending song is alright. a little info on my likings, my fave ending songs are from Cassherns sins and Karin. now go listen to them!

Character:

The main character (oojima or ushima) is not deep, the people around him are just shallow (with one or two exceptions).

So you got your hidden unrequited love, your clingy childhood friend and even an over the top girl genius. the familiar bases have all been touched. you get some spice to the formula but not much. since this is some what of a "guy choosing what girl to be with forever" kind of anime, the choices of what girls to choose from are pretty generic. like the childhood friends best friend or the underclassmen who's to peppy for the stuff she has to deal with, even the rival candidate seems to come right out of the harem hand book. the only person who caught me off guard was the teacher (who later on became my favorite character). she, out of the whole show, is the only character to ever be truly fleshed out. 

There are a lot of filler characters to add to the roster. the other dude in the club who's gay or the president of the student protection squad who knew what girl the MC was gonna choose before I did are the only ones worth mentioning.

Overall:

this is a low one for me. the back story about chocolate being a comforter for the death of a sibling to the hit in run that happened on episode 1 only to be talked about all the way on episode 10 really didnt help me with this show. the biggest problem was the choice the dude made for  who he was going to be with. a lot of huff and puff just so that oojima could go out with the person who anyone would say is a clingy needy jealous head case. theres others problems as well but they just add insult to injury. 

and what ever happen to the presidency? well it just kinda got taken to the hills and shot, or at least thats what it seemed like.

3/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall
MindlessHooligan's avatar By MindlessHooligan on Dec 9, 2012

Seems quite typical, cheery, funny characters in a school club environment. It seems like it could be a recycled shool club show that repeats the same plot line we've all seen in other shows. But this takes quite some turns. All in all I enjoyed the show a lot and it kept me watching, wondering what might happen next.

Story: Very, very well developed, it starts out with a simple, rather pointless school club who try to join a school election in order to save that pointless club. The entire thing builds from there, the show uses a lot of situational irony, so the reader soon finds out how in-over-his-head the main character is though he remains oblivious. They build a high tension story while also developing a romantic plot line that resolves at the end. Honestly the ending of the romantic story was my least favorite part of the plot line. The main character (a likeable guy) ends up bein the center girl who's the first one you meet in the anime, like a lot of shows (Toradora, School Days, Zero no Tsukaima etc.) so that wasn't very much of a twist at all. I could see it developing and i was hoping it would twist away but no

Animation: Nice, modern and pleasant, the animation was quite well done (it is a 2012 show)

Sound: A very pleasant soundtrack, A pleasant opening and ending, and a non distracting mood building soundtrack in the background.

Characters:  I started out liking all the characters, the main character is likeable with a few twists, the other boy in the club provides comic releif, a dark-haired mysterious girl, a pair of girls that do everything together, a student president who rarely opens his eyes, a fragile light-haired girl, a sensible political rival who the main character sparks with but writes off (much to my frustration!) a drunk teacher, and lastly the main heroine, someone with an annoying voice and see-through character, her depth is supposed to be based on how she blames herself for losing her brother, but thats the deepest her character goes, all of the other ones seemed more real, but which one does he pick, the last one. It reminds me of Toradora where I wasn't a fan of the main girl character and took a strong liking to one of the other main interests he ends up going with the main girl who I find annoying. But, anyways the characters depth and story behind them, it makes me eager to read the manga or play the game

Thanks for reading and write on my wall if you agree/disagree I'll be sure to respond. 

9/10 story
8/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8/10 overall