I recently took a delightful trip down memory lane by binge-watching both seasons of Seitokai no Ichizon, the very first anime I ever watched with subtitles. What a blast from the past it was! While I didn’t recall the specifics, the anime turned out to be everything I remembered and more: an exceptional blend of student council dynamics and slice of life storytelling.
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Brief Overview: A Harem Dream in the Student Council
The premise is simple yet captivating. The student council consists of five members: four girls, elected by popular vote, and Sugisaki Ken, our protagonist, who earned his spot with his stellar academic performance. However, instead of being a productive force, the student council spends their time lazing around. Adding fuel to the fire, Ken dreams of turning the student council into his own personal harem. And so begins the charming madness of Seitokai no Ichizon!
To get a taste of what Seitokai no Ichizon is all about, check out the excellent opening theme!
The Best Kind of Slice of Life: Inside the Clubroom
In my opinion, Seitokai no Ichizon represents the epitome of slice of life anime—specifically, the student council brand. It takes the idea of a single location, the humble clubroom, and transforms it into a vibrant setting for captivating storytelling. We rarely see the characters in class or explore the school; instead, the student council clubroom becomes our sanctuary. Be it discussions, games, or general tomfoolery, the clubroom serves as the backdrop for a truly entertaining experience.
Explaining the anime without giving away the jokes or pivotal moments is a challenge, but rest assured, there is an overarching story that moves alongside the passing days, marking the end of the school year and the inevitable disbandment of the student council. Yet, amidst the pure slice of life narrative, Seitokai no Ichizon thrives and leaves an indelible mark on viewers.
The Cast: Quirky Characters and Ken’s Unique Harem
Seitokai no Ichizon boasts a fantastic and diverse cast of characters, each with their own distinct traits. Let’s start with Sugisaki Ken, who might just be the best harem protagonist ever witnessed in anime. Unlike his indecisive peers, Ken knows exactly what he desires—a harem. He shamelessly flirts with the girls in the student council and unabashedly declares his love for them. Ken’s refreshing honesty, dependability, and unwavering support for his harem make him a standout character in the anime world. In fact, he might just be one of my all-time favorite slice of life protagonists.
And of course, we can’t forget the four girls—Sakurano Kurimu, the adorable and childlike president; Shiina Minatsu, the athletic and tsundere vice-president; Akaba Chizuru, the cool and calculating secretary; and Shiina Mafuyu, the lazy, BL-obsessed, and gaming-addicted treasurer. While I won’t delve into each character’s details, it’s worth mentioning that Kurimu, the president, is my personal favorite. She exudes cuteness while attempting to maintain the façade of an adult, leading to a plethora of comedic gold. The chemistry between Kurimu and Ken adds further depth to their interactions, as Ken finds joy in playfully teasing her during the council meetings.
The Second Season: A Shift in Dynamics
Now, let’s address the elephant in the room—the second season of Seitokai no Ichizon. I must admit, it falls short in comparison to the first season. The decision to completely change the student council clubroom puzzled me. While it may seem insignificant, when the vast majority of the anime unfolds within a single room, such a change has a considerable impact. Beyond the physical alteration, the second season also suffers from a shift in tone, trading some of the lighthearted comedy for more serious content as the school year draws to a close. The jokes, while still present, lack the same spark as in the first season. Perhaps it’s the change in scenery or the slight character adjustments that occurred between the seasons.
Nonetheless, the second season provides closure and remains enjoyable. However, if you are content with an open ending, I recommend savoring the first season alone before moving on. Yet, if, like me, you’ve grown attached to the delightful cast of characters, brace yourself for the second season’s changes. Just be prepared for a different clubroom and a slightly more serious tone. Unfortunately, the second season’s opening theme doesn’t hold a candle to its predecessor either.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Subtle Details that Delight
Seitokai no Ichizon boldly breaks the fourth wall, and I absolutely love it for that. The anime references the in-anime manga collection, featuring Sugisaki Ken as the talented writer behind it. These nods serve as a delightful homage to the manga. While the series doesn’t go wild with the in-anime manga concept, it pops up from time to time, adding an extra layer of charm.
Another instance of breaking the fourth wall occurs when the clubroom undergoes a change in the second season. The characters themselves take notice and comment on the modified environment. It’s the small, subtle details like these that truly make the anime stand out. Breaking the fourth wall in such clever ways remains rather rare, and I relished the moments when Seitokai no Ichizon employed this technique.
Rating: A Rewatch Worth Every Minute
In the end, Seitokai no Ichizon proved to be an excellent rewatch, reminding me why it held such a special place in my heart—especially considering it was my first foray into slice of life anime. Thus, my nostalgia remains intertwined with this series. I wholeheartedly give Seitokai no Ichizon a well-deserved 9/10 rating, while the sequel, Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2, earns a respectable rating of 8/10.
Although I believe that the sequel falls slightly short of its predecessor, it still offers closure and an enjoyable viewing experience. If you’re content with an open ending, feel free to savor the first season independently. However, if you’ve grown fond of the eccentric student council members as I have, you’ll likely find yourself venturing into the sequel, embracing a new clubroom and a more serious undertone.
In my book, Seitokai no Ichizon receives the prestigious “Best! Best! Best!” award for being the ultimate student council slice of life, featuring the best harem protagonist, and boasting one of the most remarkable female casts in the world of anime.
That concludes my review. This rewatch was undoubtedly time well-spent, and I eagerly anticipate my next successful venture into the world of anime.
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