The student council of Hekiyou Gakuen is chosen by popular vote, so of course all the members are cute girls. All except Ken Sugisaki, that is. Ken managed to get a spot by being the top scoring student in his year, which granted him an automatic seat. It wasn’t an easy feat, as Ken is not exactly book-smart, but he studied hard and improved his score just to become a part of the exclusive student council. However, for such a highly regarded council, the members don’t really do much. Ken spends most of his time trying to turn the girls into his harem, while the girls ignore him in favor of more important things, like running festivals, attempting to boost their popularity, and slowly driving Ken mad in the best way possible. Get ready for fourth wall breaking, loads of references and parodies, and even a couple of cameos in Seitokai no Ichizon! – My Anime List
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I’d recommend this show to anybody with a sense of humor. It’s fantastic. The other reviews tend to slam it on a few points (nothing happening, too many anime references, and so on), but I think the vast majority of humanity will enjoy those aspects. They’re all done in a very tongue-and-cheek kind of way, and make up a lot of the things that led to me loving the show.
Student Council’s Discretion is the kind of show that I totally understand why its audience gets it and revels in it, but it doesn’t do all that much for me overall. It’s simply too referential without doing enough to stand on its own with what it is itself. There are some really fun moments from time to time, and the more outlandish it gets the more it defines itself, such as when Sugisaki is stuck in a locker in the council room while the others are wearing bathing suits to cope with the heat. The series is one that’s certainly a budget one in terms of animation, and it has a very simple approach to design overall – both in character and setting – but it’s putting all its eggs in one basket with the references and gags from there. It’s a mixed bag overall but for those that really get into the gags and references, it’ll work well.
This series is not for those who are new to anime, or those who have to have a completely coherent story from beginning to end. It’s not there. I found it easiest to watch a couple at a time, as watching too many episodes at once got tiring and I would lose interest. Enjoy it for what it is. Overall it was a decent series, if you are watching it for the parody and humor.
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Seitokai no Ichizon is a wonderful addition to the anime industry and made itself stood out among the mist of millions of other similar anime largely due to its parody at poking fun at itself and everything anime-related. The jokes are never too old or too repetitive throughout the show and the references are relatively simple to grasp (provided you are semi-familiar with recent anime). Keep in mind the show is made in Japan and is intended for Japanese viewers who most likely have a more knowledgeable database of the anime series in Japan than we do. If you don’t seem to be able to spot a parody or two in an episode, chances are, you have already missed out on some of the jokes they are making fun of. In that case, you should reconsider whether to continue watching the series or not. Lastly I would recommend anyone who have trouble at school, whether it is your grade or having trouble making friends, to try playing love simulation games (ie. harem games)!
Student Council’s Discretion is ultimately a very funny but generally unremarkable series with a likable cast of characters that tries to go the extra mile compared to other gag anime by actually giving the characters some development over the course of the series, as minimal as it may be. With plenty of self-deprecating humor and gag references to other material, this series is definitely one for those looking for a good laugh but aren’t looking for much more than that.
A couple of top-notch episodes and some funny segments add a little interest to what is otherwise an uninspired and often tepid comedy series.
The show is just too afraid to go places, takes too long and too rare to show us its heart and humor, and in the end squanders the time you give it. It’s not a waste of time, it can be fun, but you have an endless array of better shows to watch.