I recently binge re-watched both seasons of Seitokai no Ichizon, the first anime I ever watched subbed. It’s definitely been a while. While I didn’t remember much of anything that specifically happened, the anime was exactly what I had remembered it to be:
An excellent student council + slice of life anime!
This is a spoiler-free review!
The gist of the anime is this: there are five members of the student council. Four are girls who earned their positions via a popularity vote, and the last is our protagonist, Sugisaki Ken, who earned his spot by holding the highest grades in school. Over the course of the anime the student council.. sits around and doesn’t do anything productive. Add Ken’s desire to make the student council his harem, and you’ve got Seitokai no Ichizon!
The OP is also excellent.
Give it a watch if you want to see what Seitokai no Ichizon is all about!
The Best Kind of Slice of Life
That’s right. I consider Seitokai no Izhizon the best kind of slice of life – student council slice of life! It comes in first just above school club slice of life. I really like school slice of life anime, if you hadn’t guessed. What I love about these types of slice of life anime is that they manage to take a specific location (the clubroom) and make an entire anime that stays in that one room, for the most part.
We don’t see the characters in class, we don’t see much of the school at all really. But we do see the student council clubroom, and that’s all that’s needed. Discussions, games, and other nonsense is enough for me. Even just everyday things like everyone sitting in the clubroom complaining about how hot it is and how they don’t feel like doing anything… to me it’s a masterful feat to make a setting like this so fun and entertaining!
It’s hard to explain the anime in words without just outright spoiling jokes or certain aspects of what happens. There is an overarching story, but it’s a very basic one – as the days go by, the school year draws closer to an end, which means the end of the student council due to graduations and whatnot. Other than that, it’s pure slice of life, and it’s amazing.
Seitokai no Ichizon has an excellent cast of characters, each with their own quirks.
First, I’ll mention that Sugisaki Ken is probably the best harem protagonist I’ve ever witnessed in anime. He’s not like the typical indecisive harem protagonist. Ken knows what he wants – a harem. As such, he has no qualms whatsoever with flirting with the girls of the student council, or declaring his love for them. He openly declares the student council his harem, even if it will earn him a beating. He has no shame whatsoever, and I absolutely love his honesty.
Sugisaki Ken is a breath of fresh air compared to many other harem protagonists out there. I won’t spoil everything about his character, but I will say that in addition to his honesty he is also dependable and would drop everything to help out his harem.
Without a doubt, Sugisaki Ken is the best aspect of Seitokai no Ichizon, he’s just that great of a protagonist. I’d even venture to say he is one of my favourite protagonists of all time for the slice of life genre.
And after Ken, there are the four girls:
- Sakurano Kurimu, the cute and extremely childish president.
- Shiina Minatsu, the athletic and tsundere vice-president.
- Akaba Chizuru the cold and calculating secretary.
- Shiina Mafuyu, the lazy, BL obsessed, gaming addict treasurer.
I won’t go into detail about them all, but I will say that the president, Kurimu, is my second favourite character from the show. She’s super cute, and she literally acts like a child way too often. But she also tries to put on a front of being an adult, which makes for many, many funny jokes. Every student council meeting begins with Kurimu providing a topic for the day, which is often related to how she is feeling at the time. She has great chemistry with Ken too, as Ken loves messing with her while she is trying to keep meetings going.
President Kurimu is 100% the best girl from Seitokai no Ichizon.
The rest of the girls are very cute as well, but President is the best girl for me.
I’d say that all of the girls are strong best girl contenders though, they’re all amazing.
The Second Season
I’ll be straight to the point here – the second season of Seitokai no Ichizon is much worse than the first.
For some reason, the decision was made to completely change the look of the student council clubroom in the sequel, and I don’t understand it. The first season manages to build up many fun and enjoyable moments in their clubroom, just for them to decide to scrap the room and introduce a new one in the sequel. It might not seem like a big deal, but when over 90% of the anime takes place in a single room, it’s a pretty big deal to just change the room.
But even so, room aside, the problem with the second season is that they laid off of what made the first season so entertaining. You can expect less jokes and more serious content in the second season as they near the end of the school year. And the jokes that were present, well, I’m not sure how to explain it but they didn’t feel the same as they had in the first season. Maybe it really is just the room, but I felt like the characters themselves, Ken included, changed a bit across the seasons.
The second season is still good for closure, and it’s still enjoyable, but I would definitely understand why someone might be really disappointed with it after such an amazing first season. The OP wasn’t as good in the second season either, unfortunately.
Breaking the Fourth Wall
One final point that I’d like to mention is that I loved how Seitokai no Ichizon doesn’t hesitate to break the fourth wall. The Seitokai no Ichizon manga collection exists within the anime, and according to the story Sugisaki Ken is the one who wrote them. It’s a nice nod to the manga. They don’t go crazy with the in-anime manga, like checking for spoilers or anything, but they do bring the manga up every now and then.
Also, when the clubroom changed in the second season, everyone notices and mentions that their clubroom had changed.
Just small details like this. I enjoyed them because I feel like it’s still pretty uncommon to see the fourth wall being broken like this, and I really liked the subtle ways that the anime managed to do it.
In the end, I’d say that Seitokai no Ichizon was an excellent rewatch.
I’m happy that it was one of the earlier anime I ever watched. I also just realized that this would have been the first slice of life anime I’ve ever seen! I couldn’t have asked for a better anime to introduce me to the genre. An anime that will live on in my heart for sure.
I’m giving Seitokai no Ichizon a 9 / 10, and Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2 a 8 / 10.
While I still consider it above average, I do think that the anime changed for the worse with the sequel. If you’re OK with an open ending, I’d say you’re perfectly fine to just watch the first season alone and then move on. But if you love the cast as much as I did, you’ll probably find yourself watching the sequel no matter what, even if it means having to adjust to a new clubroom and more serious tone.
I’m giving Seitokai no Ichizon the “Best! Best! Best!” award, for being the best student council slice of life, having the best harem protagonist, and having one of the best female casts in anime.
That’s all for this review.
I’d say this was more time well-spent on another successful rewatch!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.