Seitokai Yakuindomo* – 01
OP: 「花咲く☆最強レジェンドDays」 (Hana Saku☆Saikyou Legend Days) by トリプルブッキング (Toripuru Bukkingu)
(Mata Sakura no Ki no Shitade / Nemunemu no Kisetsu Poro / Surume to Takatoshi Mappa! So no Ichi / Neko wo Kabutta Ookami)
“Under the Sakura Tree Again / Sleepy Season Porro / Dried Squid and Takatoshi Naked! Part 1 / A Cat in Wolf’s Clothing”
Bringing back everything that made it such a hit during its first run and utilizing the nostalgia card to its fullest potential, GoHands and its 3D team did a fantastic job with this first episode of Seitokai Yakuindomo*. So sit back and enjoy as we try to go through this first episode without laughing too much.
And if we’re going to start with anything, I think we have to talk about that completely out of left field opening airplane scene. I know that I should have expected dirty things on that plane but something about hearing it in english from an anime really accentuated just how accustomed I’ve become while listening to Aria and Shino. Because I don’t know about you, but I’m never going to hear the word “jumbo jet” the same again.
Stupid funny opening scenes aside, there were a few things that occurred to me that I thought would be worth mentioning. The first being the whole “romantic” aspect of the show, if you could even call it that. While I highly doubt that we’ll get anything more than a handful of touching moments between Tsuda and our three main girls, I think it’s a really good sign how the show seems to be addressing any possible romance early on. Not necessarily because of a possibility of Tsuda dating someone (because we all know ain’t no one got time for that) but I personally love it when you get some truly heartfelt moments in a comedy. Throw in another “normal” character (Tokki) who acts as another straight-man to all our crazies and I can see the probability of amazing things rapidly increasing.
The other thing that struck me was the ridiculously small number of dirty jokes! Maybe it’s because this was an introduction episode and GoHands isn’t trying to alienate new viewers or maybe it’s because they did a great job of numbing my sensitivity during Seitokai’s first run, but I was a little disappointed that things weren’t as raunchy as I remembered. Besides some small things like Aria probably in no-pan mode and censored vibrators everywhere there wasn’t all that much! However, judging from the opening sequence (Once again Aria’s shot in particular) it looks like there should be a lot more in-store for us down the road.
In the end, even without throwing out the really dirty jokes and spending more than half of the episode on character re-introductions, I still enjoyed everything this first episode gave us. With the return of the amazing short jokes and hinting at just how lewd things are going to get from here on out, this episode did a great job at relighting the fire season one started. And while only time will tell if this sequel will do the series justice, I have no doubts that GoHands will deliver something that shouldn’t be shown in a public setting.