<+sothis> I STILL DONT KNOW WHAT THE PLOT IS WTF
Somehow, I always find myself drawn by sothis into watching some obscure and frankly bizarre series. From Strange Love to 1+2=Paradise, no title is off-limits in the eternal struggle to add anime to the database. This time was different, though: it was time for a team effort to watch the very risqué Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku, leaving me with the short straw of reviewing it. Not quite knowing what to expect from this, none of us were prepared for utter befuddlement as the final credits rolled.
Despite opening with two very beautiful boys, the series wastes no effort in unravelling an extremely sketchy plot. Kokusai is an overly naive student president, who is slightly upset that the previous vice-pres was dismissed for his unwanted sexual advances. Enter Chiga, a highly protective and highly sexed replacement for the student body, who takes it upon himself to keep the virginal Kokusai safe from the frequent stealth gropes he suffers – unsurprisingly, he instantly falls in love with him. Now, in all honesty there are too many distractions that detract from this actual story; for example, the title of the first OVA: “The class president was... getting a different kind of rush hour squeeze”. That in itself is hilarious. Especially after a few beers.
With the first of the two episodes focusing more on Kokusai’s fears and Chiga coming to terms with his new found (homosexual) feelings, there is very little story and more about building characters. This feels extremely drawn out, especially as I don't particularly watch shounen-ai for a comprehensive plot line, even if it is nice. The second in this two-shot short reaffirms this point, as what little plot there was falls to the wayside to instead be replaced with some extremely hot man-on-man action. *This* is why we watch yaoi, and Seitokaichou does not disappoint.
Sadly, as much as watching two beautifully drawn bishounen brings a smile to my face, it doesn’t even start to cover the glaring continuity issues thrown up from the attempted plot in episode one. For example, we never find out who gave Kokusai his happy ending as he slept, or what happened to the original vice president. Even the script doesn’t help matters, as some extremely cliché and bizarre moments grace our screens. Sadly, this isn’t Junjou Romantica, and the most glaring difference between the two is a lack of coherent storytelling.
<+sothis> GLIMMERING <+sothis> his legs are way too long, jesus <+sothis> ahahahahahaha wtf
Typical of the genre, the boys are svelte and stunning – one may say easy on the eye. Each is drawn with real love, and the quality of the animation shines, as well as each of the characters quite literally sparkling. Using a gorgeous palette of colours, there is no skimping on quality in the impressive modern visuals used. Unfortunately, it seems that the artists have an unhealthy obsession with nipples; there is an inordinate amount of time spent with a close up of a nipple being played with, and then a nipple being thoroughly licked. It soon becomes uncomfortable, especially as you talk about it with the other people who are watching the same craziness as you!
<+omny> the sound effects are killing me xD <&KiraRin> the porno music is awesome too
Utterly torn on how to mark this section, I will firstly praise the use of the voice actor for Gintoki from Gintama as Chiga. Gruff and very sexy, he plays the older and seductive brother-figure extremely well. In fact, all of the seiyuu break out a sterling performance and really bring each character to life. As mentioned above, the musical accompaniment does have the ring of a bad 80s smut movie to it. Not that I’ve seen any....
However, my biggest issue with the audio of Seitokaichou is the overuse of sound effects, especially the graphic slurping sounds as a nipple is given a little too much attention by someone’s mouth and tongue. To be perfectly honest, it made my skin crawl. Not really an effect you want whilst watching a saucy and graphic shounen-ai title.
<+omny> lots of guys going after 15 year old cock <+omny> or "the average guy" in this case :P Focussing on two main characters, Seitokaichou offers two very different personalities. Kokusai is the stereotypical uke: naive, inexperienced and utterly cute. Possibly verging on the whiny, his surprise groping on the train invokes more hilarity than sympathy because of his utterly clueless nature. Gifted with some utterly chucklesome lines, his description of “oh, those are his fingers in there” deserves a firm round of belly laughs. I’m still not convinced that this is the recipe for an utterly resistible and humpable guy but, personally speaking, I prefer a seme...
Like Chiga. A little more restrained than similar, more sexually aggressive characters, his struggle as he comes to terms with feelings for another guy are relatively endearing. His open and honest inner monologue add to his strength as a protective, and then seductive, figure. Although not very believable, the characters are sexy enough to drive the viewer to the end of the OVA, even if forty minutes of development was completely unnecessary.
<+omny> ye lots of things are gaping in here <+omny> plot holes, buttholes
Far from the polished beauty of Junjou, Seitokaichou is more for those fans who want to be teased to the extreme by untold amounts of thigh stroking, nipple licking and close-ups of strained and gasping faces. Giving joy with one hand and taking with the other, the sexy smut is outweighed by the bumbling sound effects, whilst the beautiful bishies are drenched with a little too much sparkle juice. As has been documented over the years, men like a quick mindless fix from porn, whilst women prefer more story to their erotica. Sadly, this OVA falls a little short for its target audience, as the plot is utterly nonsensical and the characters a little too cliché.
Newly appointed to the student council as Vice President, Chiga is eager to begin his duties, especially beside the attractive and naive President Kokusai. As Kokusai is oblivious to others' advances and is too timid to speak up for himself when he’s groped on the train, Chiga decides to accompany him daily as a bodyguard. However, little did Chiga know that he’d begin to fall for his sempai...
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As a not-so-closet perv, I love watching anything involving panty-shots, handfuls of cleavage and an innuendo fuelled plot. Although most of my reviews will err on the risque, I also love the obscure, the twisted and things that make you think - drop me a line if you want to discuss any of them!