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ANIME REVIEW | Hilarity On The Agenda For “Student Council’s” Second Season

Posted on February 8, 2013 AT 09:00am

Back in 2009 I came across an anime series called Seitokai no Ichizon (translated here as The Student Council’s Discretion), which featured five students in a student council discussing their lives, opinions, and thoughts regarding the rules of their school. The series mostly took place in a single room, with almost no changes in the settings and pace of the program. Despite this Twelve Angry Men approach to animating the series, the show delivered a lot of surprising laughs, especially when it came to poking fun of itself. (Watch the first couple minutes of the first episode, and you’ll see how good they do this.) Now after over three years of waiting a new season has come to fruition, and while they change the formula a bit the chuckles still keep coming at the same pace as before.

As it was in the first season The Student Council’s Discretion follows Ken, Kurimu, Chizuru, Minatsu, and Mafuyu as they try to make their school life better for everyone around them, but at the same time not change any rules that would only benefit themselves. That means no harem stuff (Ken), no 24-hour sweets (Kurimu), nothing pro-sadist (Chizuru), no fight clubs (Minatsu), and absolutely no otaku lifestyles (Mafuyu). Instead of getting things done they wind up wasting their time on trivial things. What should they change about the second season to make it better? Who stole Kurimu’s cake? What do they want to do after they graduate?

The season opens up unconventionally with “Episode 0,” where we find out how Ken gets into the student council. Here we find Ken’s character out of his usual harem-loving personality, as he struggles to beat a fellow student to want the open spot in the club. Despite his serious agenda, there’s still room for plenty of giggles. (One of the episode’s brightest moments has Ken trying to buy an eroge game from the story his “rival” works at, and her outspoken viewpoints stab the poor guy in some very smile-inducing ways.)

Once the series kicks itself into high gear the trademark humor from the previous season returns. The student council is highly aware they are on a TV show, and that’s what makes the show a blast to watch. Poking fun of itself, other series, and even the occasional otaku fanbase The Student Council’s Discretion does not know how to hold back at its criticism, and that’s what gives the show its strong backbone. There’s also a hint of maturity found in these characters, and not the kind that magically resets itself in the next episode like in The Simpsons. Is it a realistic maturing? Not really, but it’s good to see these characters grow in a different way.

Animation duties have been passed down from season one’s Studio Deen to AIC, which has quite a good resume thanks to their work in Bubblegum Crisis and some of the Tenchi Muyo! series. Here the characters look much brighter, and the settings are more detailed. For a show that aired just on the NicoNico website AIC’s hard work shows in the way everything is animated. The voice actors and actresses also sound lively, as if they were having a blast reading off their character’s lines and delivering them with much enthusiasm.

Still there’s a question that remains: is this anime for everyone? Honestly, no. Some may feel bored watching these characters going back and forth in mostly a single setting. (They do go outside of their student council room in this series, but not for long.) Others may not like some of the otaku-eccentric humor (even though it’s more poking fun of them than promoting it). And yes, some of the anime-inspired jokes will go over anyone’s head if they don’t have a grasp of the history of Japanese animation.

Despite some of these flaws (if you can actually call them that), I say give The Student Council’s Discretion a try. It’s not for everyone, but if you find yourself laughing every couple of minutes you might find yourself enjoying the series. Watch season one first so you can catch up and see where these characters come from, and if you find yourself enjoying it then you’ll definitely have a good time watching season two.

Story: 7.5/10
Animation: 8.5/10
Voice actors/actresses: 9/10
Soundtrack/score: 7/10
Final Grade: 8/10

The Student Council’s Discretion is available to view on Crunchyroll.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck

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