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Hachiko's Seitokai no Ichizon Tv Review

Seitokai no Ichizon

Seitokai no Ichizon tv Review

Story & Characters

Friends, Romans, otaku-jin and Minitokyoites, sup. Let me begin this anathaema of my review by saying this simple declaration, "Anime Rocks! Manga Rolls! And visual novels, figurines, and the many spontaneous varieties of consumerable we associate with our brethren from the land of cute and cool is queen like cash is king." End declaration.

It is an honor for me to pay tribute to those classics that came and went. Classic shows that tugged at the heart strings, and failed to live up to even close to our tastes. I pay this tribute to what we love and hate with this show: Seitokai no Ichizon. This Sekina Aoi classic features a student council that invites you to an adventure of "Name That Show" every time you tune it.

What Seitokai lacks in a plotline is makes up in its theatrical testimonials from its five members. You have Ken Sugisaki, the male face in the crowd who splits time between visualizing eroge plotlines and shouldering the extra bulk work for the team. You have Kurimu Sakurano, the president of the council who can't help but fall in love for the sweet stuff and the impetus for Ken's lusty ambitions.

Chizuru Akaba, the tall secretary of the council, is the maneater of the team that has a penchant to literally walk all over Ken with ease. And then you have the Shiina sisters: Minatsu and Mafuyu. Minatsu is your bold, orthodox tsundere tomboy while little sister Mafuyu is rarely seen without working on a handheld game console.

Combine this with Kurimu's vendetta with Journalism Club chief Lilicia Toudou, and you have Seitokai in a nutshell. I'm going to give the storyline an 7. Even though the storyline is minimal, it makes up for it by emphasizing the chracters' ability to play the roles of those characters that came before them.

Rating: 7

Art

I am quite pleased with the artwork behind Seitokai no Ichizon. Whenever you have Studio DEEN illustrate solid backgrounds and character designs, you have a solid anime that satisfies even the harshest inner moe critic in all of us. As a parody anime, they have done well in paying tribute to those shows we already know and love. Or hate, depending on your taste.

The details in the eyes and the texturing of the uniforms mesh well with the character movement of each student council member. One must appreciate a suit that can be garnished with a bow, a string tie, a necktie, or nothing at all...to go with plaid pants. This is cosplay material, baby. Take note. And as always, the background work of this show fits what one would expect from a Studio DEEN production.

It should be a rule of thumb that a show that has cute girls will always have solid art. It's a custom that gives the art of Seitokai no Ichizon a 9. Studio DEEN pinned the tail on the donkey and it paid off.

Rating: 9

Sound

Every anime that comes out can turn into an opportunity for an unfamiliar voice actor or actress to put his/her name on the map. For Aya Hirano, it was Kiddy Grade. For Rie Kugimiya, it was Super GALS!

For Mariko Honda (who plays the voice of Kurimu), Yuka Saitou (the voice of Chizuru), Yuki Horinaka (the voice of Mafuyu) and Mizusu Togashi (the voice of Minatsu), it's Seitokai no Ichizon. Expect to see these four faces claim a bigger stake in a number of shows down the road.

Takashi Kondo-who was the voice of Yonezawa in Himawari! and Roselle Mateus in Galaxy Angel II-plays the voice of Ken. Mamiko Noto (who is known for a number of roles, from Ana Coppola to Nodoka Miyazaki to Haruka Nogizaka) plays the role of Lilicia in Seitokai. I love the way she captures her snobbish, yet inferior nature.

But for the most part, Seitokai no Ichizon is a coming-out party if you are a seiyuu. And it has been done with very little snags.

This leads us to the high-energy OP and EDs which are remarkable in their own right. "Treasure" is the opening to the show, and it is sung by the entire Hekiyou Student Council. Cheerful and poppy. The ending themes: "Mousou Fetish," "Ue Ue Shita Shita Hidari Migi Hidari Migi B A" and "Yurupa Wonderful," are also worth a listen.

Combine this with a great score from Yoshikazu Iwanami, and this get a well-deserved score of 9.

Rating: 9

Presentation

I’ll bet you this: you will see at least (or maybe close to) twenty shows that have been spoofed in Seitokai no Ichizon.

But if you think this is just a set of skits about five high school students imitating [insert Saimoe character here], you're barely scratching the surface. It's about the adventures of the Hekiyou Academy Student Council and how Ken Sugisaki immortalizes these escapades into something tangible, something imaginable, something...worth watching.

And it's more than just four pretty girls and one lucky guy. Seitokai no Ichizon marks the debut of a new fresh set of faces that you will see plenty more of. It's a treasure chest of harems, comedy and slice of life in Sapporo just waiting to be opened.

Recommended.

Rating: 8

Final Verdict

8.00 (good)

Reviewed by Hachiko, Dec 04, 2009

Comments

  1. Prooof Dec 04, 2009

    the series is not complete yet but it is a funny series
    ur right there's no plot but there's something serious to balance the comedy each episode

  2. adith04 Dec 04, 2009

    great review..
    ..I'm looking forward to watch it..
    thanks.. :)

  3. Kikiyo Dec 06, 2009

    Great review~! I can't wait to watch it^^

  4. emina07 Mute Member Dec 08, 2009

    it' s like an imitation of haruhi suzumiya

  5. lordryo Dec 15, 2009

    Great review!

  6. Kikiyo Dec 16, 2009

    Wow~!

    Nice review

  7. rukasu04 Mute Member Dec 22, 2009

    Nice review

  8. SchRita Dec 22, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

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