At the time of writing this, I have written three reviews on this website, all of them having one thing in common; they are all comedies. Seitokai Yakuindomo is no expection to this matter.
When it comes to anime based around school life and the whole "moe" factor, I can't say I'm a huge fan of it. Yes, I enjoy watching both Lucky Star and K-On!, but they are the two expections to the matter...well, two of the three, I should say.
I'll say this right now, Seitokai isn't an anime that will appeal to everyone, that is a certain. In fact, when I heard about it, I thought I was going to hate it with a passion, only to be pleasently suprised after the first 3 episodes.
The "story" of SY (I can't be bothered to write the title out anymore) is similar to that of, the previously mentioned, Lucky Star, in the sense that there is no story. Just showing the various mishaps that the students get up to. Although, there is a tiny bit of a story. Takatoshi TSUDA moves into a Ousai Private Academy (a once popular all girls high-school which has recently become co-ed, allowing boys to join) for the sole reason that it is close to his house. Almost as soon as he steps through the gates, he is greeting by the Student Council; Shino AMAKUSA (the president), Aria SHICHIJOU (the secretary) and Suzu HAGIMURA (the treasurer). After a brief (and harsh) introduction to the school rules, Shino realises she has made Taka late and, as apologies, makes him the vice-president...and I use the term "makes him" very literally!
The rest of the show is simply following the mishaps of the student council, with some of the stereotypical episodes being included; the beach episode, the festival episode and the sports festival episode come in mind straight away. BUT! don't let that put you off, even though you may have seen it all before, you will be suprised how different it is when the (sort of) uniqueness of the characters come into play.
That's one thing I have yet to mention, and that is the humour of the show. In a nutshell, take any sentence (and I mean any sentence) and add a sexual twist to it, even if it doesn't make sense or not. There you go...you've got SY!
Now, I know that sex humour isn't everyone's cup of tea and to be honest, it's not mine, but it seems to have some weird effect, where it doesn't matter if you are not a fan of the humour or not, you WILL end up being a fan of it by the end! Oh...but if you feel awkward when women talk about their *ahem* monthly troubles and the necessary arrangements they need to take, then you'll probably feel awkward through a lot of this!
The four main characters are all pretty much the steroetype of a "moe" high-school show. You have the "normal" one - Taka. The one who tries to be serious but is, in fact, the most childish one - Shino. The airheaded ditz who everyone, guys and girls, love - Aria. And finally, the tsundere - Suzu. Each of these characters, while being typical in almost all high-school animes, feel fresh, simply due to how weird and, at times, how surreal the humour can get.
Some of the side characters are hilarious and really add a certain charm to the show. My personal favourites being; Naruko YOKOSHIMA, the perverted teacher, who would rather sleep around, than have to teach and Ranko HATA, a member of the Newspaper Club and runs around everywhere (literally) trying to find a good story (which usually involves a series of photos which are often misguided). While these characters aren't neccesary at all, the show would lose a lot of charm without them!
All in all, SY is an anime which has a specfic demographic; people who enjoy sex humour, innuedos, visual jokes and heightist jokes. Even though I'm not a fan of the first two, for seem reason I loved this to bits and will happily watch it, over and over again (just not in front of my mum...)
I highly recommend you watch it! After all, it's only 13 episodes, what have you got to lose?
Shino: I know what Takashi would want to lose!
Takatoshi: Please don't say anything...
Aria: What number are you?
The Girls: IKU! IKU! IKU! IKU! IKU! IKU! IKU! IKU! IKU! IKU...
Tsuda: Please shut the hell up!
- Episode 12
Seitokai Yakuindomo is about an average male student who just started school in all-girls-recently-changed-to-coed school. That said, you wouldn't expect a lot of males in the school and guess what? There isn't.
What's this? Definitely a perfect setting for a harem plot!
...That being said, it isn't. While the main cast does consist of only one male surrounded by God knows how many female characters (including his little sister), it isn't your typical "main guy tries to hookup with every main girl he sees". Or at least, there's a realistic boundary between them.
But what makes Seitokai (as I like to call it) differs from most slice-of-life, school genres because instead of giving us those overated fanservices, it a uh... has a tedency tell inappropriate jokes. Ah screw it, they tell ALOT of sex jokes in this series and the ones doing them are... the girls? Yep, that's right, the guy in this case acts as the tsukkomi instead and is parodied thourghout the whole thing.
Heck, they might as well call this "Sex Jokes: Anime ver."
Seeing as Seitokai originated from a 4 koma manga, the sequences are kept in simple order each episode. I really did enjoyed the subtitles that kept popping up for each story sequence. While you also have your typical school life, beach episode, and even a bath scene, I still enjoyed them (even though I was going "meh" beforehand).
Even so, each sequences are done well, and were very entertaining and funny. Even so, some jokes require some Japanese knowledge, but the sub guys covered that for you :)
At times it did feel a bit rushed, but hey, it's only 13 episodes after all...
Not the best, but it's still very good! From the backgrounds fitting very approriately to the current mood (usually for comedy) to weirdly made mosaics and whatnots when they describe something inappropriate.
I felt that the animation did stay true to the manga drawings though, so that's a huge plus too. Oh, and I even find the opening hillarious thanks to the "visual jokes" they put in there. :p
Uh well, I liked the opening song... and the soundtrack had a very cheerful mood to it which fitted most of the situation.
That said, I also enjoyed the little drum and whistle part each episode had before the opening.
This is probably what got me to really like it. We have the main character Tsuda, who is your average male student who is forced to join the student council because of the bossy Shino.
While Tsuda is allright, the girls were a huge plus. No, not because they give us fanservice, but as to how cool I consider them to be. Seriously, I sometimes hope more female characters could be like them. Shino is the prez of the club, my first impression? "Oh God, another tsundere..." but man... I was shocked as to how cool she was with her jokes.
Aria is your typical rich, ojousan, kind girl... until she starts talking that is. I don't think I've ever heard her not make a crude remark about you know what whenever I see her. Yes, I like them because of their jokes and personality, but the fact that Shino and Aria are voiced by Mio and Ritsu's seiyuu also helped.
Suzu is probably the true tsundere, and while I usually hate them, she's got me to like her as well. The fact that she can mentally AND physically pwn anyone helps too. Also, that scene with the American... XD
Other characters include Yokoshima sensei who is the useless, perverted teacher going after young boys (Awesome...), Tsuda's younger sister who is the best Sex Ed student out there, and Mitsuba... DAT VOICE!
I expected another Shuffle!/Clannad esque anime, but what I got was a faster paced Azumanga Daioh... which is awesome! But again, it all depends on our opinions, if you are easily offended by sex jokes (even though the girls are telling them) you probably want to stay away from this.
If you liked Azumanga, then you'd probably liked this as well. Fans of K-ON! should also watch this to see the other side of Mio and Ritsu in one shot!
This anime has managed to put a smile in my face every episode, so I easily recommend watching this for a fun/relaxing/witty experience. I recommend the manga too!
Story: Seitokai Yakuindomo is basically a bunch of short skits put together. It's pretty random with little connection between scenes. Not too much plot but it didn't really lend itself to one. The anime followed the seasons and showed the typical scenes that happen in any anime with a school setting (cultural festival, sport festival, Christmas, Valentine's Day, school trip, and to the beach for summer). However, the real basis for Seitokai Yakuindomo is the humor. The humor is incredibly crude and you'll be going "WTF, she did not just say that?!" plenty of times during each episode. Unlike other ecchi, they don't show as much sexual content but they do talk about it A LOT. If you have a pure mind and are not into that kind of humor, don't watch it. If you don't mind humor that's a little dirty, you'll love this show. I found it hilarious in how blatant it was. It's great if you need a laugh and the show's length made sure it didn't drag on.
Animation: Not amazing. It was pretty average but lacked bright colors or much a appeal. The character designs were nice but fell a little flat. A majority of the scenes were simplified when making a joke. All in all, it wasn't awful but not great either. Although it was lacking, it's not a pain to watch.
Sound: Fun opening and ending. The rest of the tracks were forgettable but it wasn't out of place. The seiyuus did their jobs nicely except Suzu sounded like she had a cold for the entire series. Not much else to say about the sound.
Characters: Perverts. That pretty much sums it up. Most of the females are perverted and they are blatant about it. Although they are over-the-top, they are hilarious. Suzu and Tsuda are a nice contrast and act pretty normal so there is a balance. The characters are stereotypical but the words that come out of their mouth set them apart. There is little character development. They pretty much stay the way they were from the beginning to the ending. However, that's what was to be expected. Also, some of the romance seemed out of place because it didn't really go anywhere.
Overall: Perverted humor that's hilarious. At the very least, you'll have plenty of WTF moments. If you want a laugh and something that is far from serious (and you don't mind vulgarity), Seitokai will be worth your while.
As far as the enjoyment I got out of the series myself, I give it a 7 out of 10. Now that being said, there are several things one should know about Seitokai Yakuindomo before they add it to their list of anime series to watch.
Let's start with the obvious; THIS SERIES IS NOT FOR KIDS!!! Now, I gave it a 7 out of 10, but depending on your moral, ethical, religious beliefs, etc, you may give it more or less than I did. What I mean by this is that the humor involved is.... well, absolutely not for children. In fact, I'd even say 18+ only. Sure, there are no explicit scenes of.... stuff I will choose not to mention here, but everything that you could possibly laugh about in this series is going to come from something that one might consider "dirty". Tampons, "Sanitary Napkins", Periods, Sex, Genitalia, S & M, ***shots, and anything else along these lines that might have popped into your head while reading that list... such are the topics that make the series funny, and usually it's plain situational humor, stuff like "Wow did you really just say that in front of a guy?"
From girls tossing tampons across the room while boys are present, to discussions about masochists and sadists, to adding a ****** to the top of the suggestions box to incite students to want to "insert" some suggestions, the opinions on the humor found in this anime are going to vary for sure. Needless to say, if you have a conservative sense of humor, stay away from this one. If you're open-minded and don't mind a good and dirty laugh now and then, go ahead and check it out. And if you watch with other people, make sure they're like-minded as to avoid any awkward moments.
Comedy aside, this series offers little else for viewers to latch onto. Drama, Romance, or other similar plot-driving forces are absent, mainly due to the lack of any coherent plot. This series' sole purpose is essentially to make you laugh, albeit make you feel a bit dirty at the same time. Characters, while not shallow, do not have the nice meat-and-potatoes kind of background story and personality development that some viewers like, though this is by no means a negative. Think Azumanga Diaoh, for those that have seen it. The characters have no deep history, but they have their own personality and niche that they fill.
Seitokai Yakuindomo is definitely one of the more controversial animes that I've watched. Again, if you're conservative about what you laugh at, let this one slide. While there is no ecchi involved, the sheer amount of... content that is thrown at you in here is enough to make you feel dirtier than after watching any ecchi/fanservice series. If you enjoy that (and who am I kidding, I know you all are out there), by all means give this one a shot.
It's kind of hard to comment on the story of an anime that has almost no story. Seitokai Yakuindomo is centered around a high school's school council and all the different things that happen there. There are a bunch of 1 episode stories like going on a school trip or even partial episode stories like the horror anime parody that last about half an episode or so. That said, there is almost no overarching plot. You can really just take each episode on its own.
So, with the no main plot to keep the viewers watching, there has to be something more interesting going on in the single episode stories, right? I wish that were the case. Most of what goes on I feel like I have already seen elsewhere (such is the dilemma of a lot of high school animes). Some of the episodes end up being more interesting than others, but overall we end up with a pretty sub par story.
The good news is that the story isn't really what is important to this anime, it is the humor. Since I don't think there is any better section to put it and it is such an integral part of this anime, I will put it here. What this anime has is sexual humor and lots of it. This is the entirely the appeal of this anime. Most of the female characters in this anime are constantly making sexual jokes or observations. You know that friend that constantly has their mind in the gutter? Yeah, they probably helped with the script for this anime. The problem here is that the writers just seemed to try so hard to put in so many jokes that the quality is so darn low and it makes it feel kind of lowbrow and immature. Maybe about one out of ever for or so (maybe less) I thought was funny and even less actually made me laugh out loud. I must admit though, I commend the writers for the almost complete lack of fan service, which I think saved it from feeling completely immature.
I think this category should be changed to art direction because animation really isn't the right word here XD.
Nothing is really bad about the animation in this show, but there really isn't anything great here either. What you will find here is fairly simple character animation. Expect to see up to a max of three colors for anything that is animated. Hair? One flat color and then another for shadows and highlights. Clothing? Flat color and shadow. Pretty much anything that is animated is down to mostly the essentials here. The backgrounds are reasonably detailed and very vibrant. All in all, the animation does what it should do for this show, blend in. This show isn't going to impress you with its visuals, but it isn't trying to. And it doesn't need to. You weren't interested in this show for the visuals now, were you?
The opening is so freaking sugar that I feel like my teeth are rotting out every time I watch it. Skip please.
The music for this show is pretty generic, though it isn't bad (the smooth jazz song still makes me kind of wtf though). Nothing to write home about but gets the job done. This anime succeeds where it is important, though..the voice work. The voice acting just seems to natural. I think it is harder to judge when I am reading subtitles, but all of the characters voices seemed to match up perfectly with their personalities. Delivery seemed to be spot on too.
If there is one area that this anime excels in, it is the characters. While the designs feel pretty stock, they did a great job of giving the characters personalities. I think the biggest area where is this is noticeable is with Taka, the lead male. So often the lead male in animes is left as kind of a "shell" character so that the viewer can "inject" themselves into his spot. That isn't really happening here. By giving him certain strengths and faults in his personality, he feels a lot less like the Lego brick male we often see. If only the rest of the anime lived up to this standard.
This anime came off as very average to me. But for whatever reason I kept watching (and I can't say I regret watching it either). It's lack of story really doesn't have a terrible impact on the show as a whole because it is the humor that is really important here.
So should YOU watch this show? Do you like you sexual humor? And I mean do you like it a lot (and sometimes really forced)? If your answer is yes, you should have already watched this! If your answer is no, avoid the hell out of this anime. If you are on the fence, try out the first episode. The series stays mostly the same throughout the entire show, so if you don't care for it then, you won't at the end either.