Seitokai Yakuindomo* – 13 (END)
「正しい恋バナ, 遠距離アタック, 毛のラインナリ, 桜の空」 (Tadashi Koibana, Enkyori Atakku, Ke no Rainnari, Sakura no Sora)
“How To Talk About Love Properly, Long-Range Attack, Hair Showing, Cherry Blossom Sky”
I think we all saw it coming, but boy was this last episode a huge let down in terms of relationship development. While we did get some cute fighting between all of Tsuda’s potential love interests, it looks like all he’ll ever achieve is being labeled as a slave. That and it seems like until we get a third season, we have an infinitely looping season two.
Final Impressions incoming — prepare your a***!
Tsuda and Suzu — The straightmen we need but don’t necessarily deserve
After another season of openly embracing the idea that dirty jokes have the power to bring people together, I think one of the highlights this time around was watching Tsuda and Suzu do their own thing. With some kind of dirty joke armed and ready to go at a moment’s notice, I really enjoyed watching the pair slowly lose their patience as we got closer to the end. From Tsuda shuffling between different languages and using his trademark deadpan voice to Suzu just plain ‘ol giving up at times, I appreciate GoHands changing things up.
Shinochii and No-pan Aria
The other half of our lovable student council, these two are the ones who give Tsuda and Suzu a reason to stick around. The subtle difference during this second season though had to be some of their pet peeves which caused them to sometimes lose it. Starting with Shino, it’s kind of a shame she’ll never be as well-endowed as she deserves to be. Be it because of genes or because reality is a bitch, I’m pretty sure we all get that she would love to grow a bit bigger. Besides that, one of the other things that caught my eye was how many times Shino found herself stuck in a situation (usually involving her boobs) where she just couldn’t follow up with a joke and ended up playing the straightman. Nothing groundbreaking but fun to watch nonetheless.
Then you have Aria, the air headed ojou-sama who goes no-pan all the time and only wears clothes most of the time. Just like in season one, she is definitely the dirtiest one in the group who’s ready to unleash a joke about almost anything. If I were to say one thing about her, it would probably be how she felt a lot more air headed and a lot less sophisticated than she did in season one. For some reason, I remember her character being a bit more complex than what we were given.
The newest addition to the show, I think Uomi stole the spotlight every time she showed her face onscreen. While I made the mistake of calling her a Shino clone when we first met her, I quickly learned that she was much, much more than that. Sure she may be on the same wavelength as Shino but the way she handles herself (and Tsuda for that matter) is on a completely different level. With a “take no prisoners” kind of attitude, you’ll find her doing things that you wish Shino or Suzu could do — like hit on Tsuda! Overall, I just can’t get over how awesome her addition to the show was.
Side Characters and Final, Final Impressions
While most of the side characters didn’t get that much screen time, the three that managed to grab my attention were Toki, Igarashi, and Mitsuba. Toki somehow got a ton of time devoted to her in the first few episodes and then got completely ignored (But I still remember her!), Igarashi overcoming her androphobia and then becoming a potential love interest for Tsuda was fun to watch, and Mitsuba’s unrequited feelings for Tsuda made me cringe because she seems like a perfect match for him!
For a gag show, I think that Seitokai Yakuindomo* (plus its OVAs and prequel) is one of those shows you can pick up and have a lot of fun with so long that you don’t take it too seriously. Using a tried and true format of having a combination of dirty girls (lol) getting retorted by some sort of straightman, the shows creates a familiar flow that keeps you on your toes and you go from joke-to-joke. The topic of the jokes may be hit or miss but I think that when one of them hits you in just the right spot, it makes sitting through the rest completely worth it.
Amongst all the jokes though, there are some genuinely cute and at times heartwarming moments. While you could call any of these a troll, I really enjoyed the way SYD breaks up the constant barrage of jokes with some slice-of-life type elements. Be it touching on the romantic side of things or introducing some sort of temporary antagonist that everyone is working against, it prevents things from getting too stale.
All of which, is all made possible with the awesome characters that support this show. From the straightmen and dirty jokers all the way to the adults that should be listed as possible sex offenders, there is just this perfect mix of personalities that help hold the show together.
As for recommending it, I would say that SYD is definitely worth giving a shot.