seitokai no ichizon 1


Seitokai no Ichizon (The Student Council’s Discretion, not to be confused with The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi) has one of the greatest intros in recent anime history. Loved the cold open where the characters are discussing their animeization, and the repercussions of such an endeavor. (Though Mahoromatic did this originally for both of the original seasons, with Mahoro completely flustered when rewatching the breast pump episode.) If you thought that Shaft dug their claws in Kyoto Animation in Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, then Seitokai and Studio Deen is really just finishing the job. There’s a lot of jabs at Haruhi, Raki Suta, and K-On!.

(Really needs to make fun of Sunrise a bit… no Code Geass or Gundam gags? Bah. Also, it would be awesome if it made fun of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.)


And that’s really the problem with Seitokai. It’s awesome. Until you realize that they used up their best jokes in the first five minutes. (To be fair, the jokes in the remaining twenty minutes aren’t bad and definitely better than Nyan Koi, but they blew their wad in the first five minutes. They should have saved this bit for the end, much like Lucky Channel or Butler Network.) Then it dawns on you… it’s an ensemble comedy that happens almost exclusively in a single room with possibly A-class source material… executed by Studio Deen. Doesn’t that seem horrific? Isn’t that like trusting Tony Romo with a two minute drill? Except for the Higurashi/Umineko gags and lines, what exactly does Studio Deen bring to the table? Sub-par animation? Check. (Nyan Koi blows Seitokai out of the water in terms of animation quality… should Nyan Koi blow anything other than the horrible anime scale out of the water?) Inability to do proper gravure shots? Check. (Got better gravure shots in Darker Than Black Nii-Pah for Oyashiro-sama’s sake… I’m not asking for Bakemonogatari-class gravure shots, but at least Princess Lover.) Jokes that probably would have been funnier if Studio Deen weren’t involved? Check. (Still, much funnier than Nyan Koi. So I’ll give them that much.)


Okay, okay that seems harsh, but Seitokai should really have gone to Shaft, JC Staff, or Kyoto– either or would have turned this into the next Maria+Holic, Potemayo, or K-On! and be one of the best anime of the year filled with great anime. Instead, it’s just going to be an enjoyable anime in a season filled with crappy anime. The Stephen Curry of fall 2009, if you will.


What I like… let’s start with the male lead, Ken, who subscribes to Maria’s “Score them all!” newsletter. Ken’s love of eroge and his attempts for a harem ending… well… I’m rooting for him. He’s a great womanizer, except he can’t get any women. (Yes, loved the scene where he teases Aka-chan about her fatness… and how he’d abandon her if she got fat.) He’s the bizarro Itsuki.

(Also loved the scene where he ranks the girls based on their difficulty scale in an eroge and how the girls get mad when they’re ranked too easy, but he justifies and defends the scale. Obviously, this is a man of both intelligence and testicular fortitude. Maybe instead of a bizarro Itsuki, he’s a more serious Hosaka. Okay, maybe I’m enjoying this anime more than I let on. But it really should have been made by someone other than Studio Deen.)


Aka-chan herself is a cross between Becky-sensei and Taiga, with the same sensitivities towards weight and flatness.


“Dangerously moe.”


(Loved how she swiftly approved castanets for the light music club. Yui would be happy. And, seriously, why isn’t Kyoto, Shaft, or JC Staff involved? This drives me nuts. At the very least, all the moe scenes would be 50% better with JC Staff… all the wacky scenes would be 50% better with Shaft… and all the Haruhi references would be actual Haruhi references with Kyoto on board. There hasn’t been this bad of a pairing since Jon and Kate.)


Chizuru… well… let’s just say that no matter how much you wish for it, you’re not getting Kuroko x Misaka. Why? Misaka is completely aware of Kuroko’s flaming lesbianism and explosive stalking abilities and thus has her guard up. Misaka is quite careful around Kuroko and has the ability to keep Kuroko at arm’s length. Well, I can’t say the same about Aka-chan x Chizuru because I don’t think Aka-chan knows how dangerous Chizuru really is. I’m just waiting for Aka-chan to wake up one day and find Chizuru next to her, much like Natsuki discovering that Shizuru thoroughly violated her in Mai Hime.

(Needless to say, Ken ranked Chizuru as the hardest get.)


Minatsu is the token tsundere, who has yet to show any dere… which is par for the course in a first episode. Though she looks good when wielding a baseball bat. While wearing a wedding dress.

(The writing and dialogue is pretty solid. I wonder if Seitokai can keep it up.)


Mafuya… well… they haven’t done much with her in this first episode, but Ken ranks her as being the easiest. I agree. Though it’s not clear if she’s just a video game junkie or an eroge junkie as well.


The uniforms are fantastic. Love the design. The overhanging shirt with the plaid skirt with the ties is a great look for the girls while the plaid pants makes Ken look like a clown. And that’s what you really want from the school uniform of a moe comedy harem random anime– cuteness for the girls, ridiculousness for the guys.


I see a lot of potential with this show, and I just hope studio Deen doesn’t ruin it. But, at the very least, I found a fall 2009 show that I’m looking forward to.

20 Responses to “seitokai no ichizon 1”

  1. At least you can say this is one series that Studio Deen won’t F… did good for once lol. But not much moe as Sora no Otoshimono

  2. The term “two minute drill” definitely belongs in anime. Two bad minutes is all it takes for a show to crash and burn.

    (Also loved the scene where he ranks the girls based on their difficulty scale in an eroge and how the girls get mad when they’re ranked too easy, but he justifies and defends the scale.

    Doesn’t this make him you?

  3. I’m sorry but Studio Deen is to the animation world what a Mexican is to a southern Californian housing association.

  4. This would have been an excellent Shaft show… but I’m glad Shaft isn’t doing it. Why? Shaft needs to focus their energies on more Bakemonogatari! And Season 2, and the other novels in the *monotogatri series. Nishio Ishin X Sinbou X Shaft seems to work so bloody well, I’m still amazed that they make extended tracks of dialog so visually appealing.

    As for Seitokai, and as of episo

  5. de 2, it hasn’t crashed and burned yet. One episode at a time, one at a time.

  6. Hmm. and if the show does crash and burn, you can always amuse oneself by finding all the animation mistakes that Deen let slip through. Hours and hours of … entertainment?

  7. I’m looking forward to the inevitable bloodbath, given that this is Studio Deen involved… ;)

  8. Yo Jason, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Raki Suta was the best pointless otaku-references-filled-conversation series of all time. One of the best pointless otaku-references-filled-conversation series of all time.
    Ken is what Itsuki was like before he met got powers and met Kyon. He should totally marry Konata.

  9. sou~nin

  10. Come now, Darker than Black is better than this shit. Hell, so is The Sacred Blacksmith. And why no love for Railgun?

  11. I like your comment on the uniform designs. There was something about it that clicked with me instantly; even though I knew Ken looked like a total idiot in those pants, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. The character designs fit the series perfectly.

  12. Doh, I couldn’t stand 10 minutes of it.

  13. Now I know what happened to the Genshiken bunch after the end of the series. They went and mercilessly raped the K-on girls, and their offspring formed this student council.
    Also, Ken. If Deen doesn’t screw it, a new man among men might be born.
    “Isn’t it better than an indecisive main character?”
    “If nobody wants you… you can live for work!”
    “If I lose screentime, I can shift to a rapist plot.”
    “Tsundere is the way!”
    This guy has the potential, at least.

  14. Fantastic opener. Loved all the KyoAni digs and Sugisaki’s commitment to the harem route. He’s a mix between K1 and Hosaka and he really makes the episode.

    Besides the ranking scene “Mai Waifu!” deserves an honourable mention too.

  15. Number one show this season. Not too worried about Deen though, second season and ova’s of Higurashi were pretty good IMO (first season is ok but the art was poor in places)

  16. This really should have gone to KyoAni with so many references. No one else pulls a better KyoAni reference than KyoAni themselves XD

    But it’s enjoyable so far so no complains about it

  17. i vote for jason to drop seitokai and start tweeting flying pantsuuu~

  18. Finally watched the first episode. I’ve tried more things this season already than I can remember. Is this the season of mediocrity? I guess we finally got our answer as to what would happen if a sidekick-type got his own show. At least he’s honest.

    The character designs are Higurashi-DEENish, but the tall one looks a lot like one of the girls from Lovely Idol, which throws me off cause the personality is different. I’m not sure what to make of the references and the show in general- funny or crass.

  19. Agree with aFu. Mach 3 pantsu beat student council anyday.

  20. Im lazy to write a long thought, but ya, it has been long time since i lol-ed so hard. bravo to all the parody and jokes. and not to forget the character themselves and the voice over. good job!! (i lol-ed too when u mention he is the male hosaka xD )

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