Hida Sayuri has a challenger in the form of another sword wielding female. Apparently Sayuri defeated this girl’s father during training and impaired his ability to fight by using a deadly fighting style that she learned herself. With Rein’s support, she comes to terms with what she did in the past and eventually faces her challenger and wins.
It’s pool time, but the council has to worry about neighborhood guys peeping at their swim practice. After various failed ideas (including using Izumi as bait and telling everyone that practice is cancelled), the council finally charters a cruise ship for it’s pool.
The council is in trouble when the entire futsal team gets sick the night before a match with their rivals, Kenran High School. The girls train hard to replace them, but when game day comes almost all of them are disqualified by a crooked referee. All seems lost until the manager of their dorm turns out to be a great player and saves the day. It’s actually a member of Covert in disguise, but they win nonetheless.
I finally got a chance to catch up on Gokujou Seitokai. The Sayuri episode gave some good backstory to her character, but she’s still not ranked very high for me. The pool episode was fun, and not fanservicey (not really, especially compared to Amaenaideyo!!). I enjoyed the ranking bit they had in the beginning, especially various girls reactions. I thought the futsal episode was rather stupid, and the manager’s laugh annoyed me greatly. I did like how they give Pucchan a different outfit depending on what Rino is wearing (swimsuit, soccer uniform). The arrogant and snobbish woman bit was kind of funny too.
So my gripe right now with Gokujou Seitokai is that for a comedy, it’s not incredibly funny. Yes, there are some laugh out loud moments, but it’s not anywhere near the quality of Honey and Clover (which I realize is setting the bar rather high). And while I do want more backstory, I’m not confident in this production crew’s ability to pull off serious without boring me. I guess I’ll just have to keep watching for now…