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Seitokai no Ichizon 4 : Can you imagine it? (with 30% more yaoi)

October 28, 2009

Thanks to Kurimu, we have no episode this week.

Nothing much to intro about. Last time, Lilicia, a new character, got introduced as president of the Journalism club. Today, we’re going a complete different way and I have to say, it was the funniest way I’ve seen so far. Look forward to some really good comedy and back pinching of some cliché genres. In other words, parody at its best!We start at the usual place, however we get a more elegant view of the Student Council girls. They chat about how the pres is late, when she finally arrives, they start addressing themselves in French.

Welcome to the Hekiyou High School Host Club~

Free fanservice picture

After some fanservice moments, we see Sugisaki inside his room despairing over the story we just witnessed. It seems that the pres wrote it, but instead of going on with it, Sugisaki goes his usual route…

The otaku way...

After the opening, all of the council members are at the clubroom. Sugisaki is still depressed about how he can’t do it. Minatsu asks if he was up all night trying to write, but that wasn’t the case. He just couldn’t win over a girl in an eroge.

Then a small flashback, Kurimu showing yet another poster made by the Journalism club. Of course, it’s another critique on her and this time she wants to counter it. She proposes they do it by writing a novel.  Sugisaki asks why they need to do that, which she replies with a way to show the others that the Student Council isn’t a bad place and that it’s actually interesting. That way the students won’t believe what the Journalism club writes about them. All the members don’t seem excited about it. However, Kurimu doesn’t back off and points at Sugisaki telling him that he needs to write one for her.

The flashback ends and we’re back to Sugisaki and Minatsu. Minatsu apologizes to Sugisaki for putting the tough job on him, he tells her that the real problem lies with the pres not knowing of how hard it is to write a novel.  Minatsu tells him that it’s alright to quit if he can’t do it. Sugisaki agrees, but when he’s about to give up…

Most cute pop-up ever!

As Kurimu pops up, she tells them that he should put his best effort in it, since a good novel might make a lot of money for them. Sugisaki tells her he thought it was to counter the Journalism club, but Kurimu says it would be a waste if they only kept it for school purposes. Minatsu says in her mind that the pres is liveliest at times like these. Then Sugisaki gives up on giving up since…

What face are you looking at?

Sugisaki then turns to Minatsu and asks about what her character should be like. She starts summing up some shounen anime terms like “Ultimate Attack” and “Rising Air”. Sugisaki complains that he has absolutely no freedom with those terms. Minatsu then complains as well saying it’s necessary to have those in her story. Sugisaki exclaims there’s no way they could do a good plot twist with that since people would just laugh at them if they do. Minatsu says that he just doesn’t have enough imagination, she takes his place at the PC and starts writing.

Story mode #1
2 men facing eachother in a different time/space dimension, one of them is Sugisaki. The evil man tells Sugisaki that he won't have the chance to find out his ability. Sugisaki gets a shock moment and then notices a pile of corpses in front of him. Sugisaki is shocked by the fact that he can't understand what the evil man just did. As he asks the evil man how he did it, the man disappears and reappears behind Sugisaki. He repeats the movement several times to confuse Sugisaki and then tells his name.
The plot twist : Echo of Death admits that he's Sugisaki's older brother!

I killed an entire clan for you, ma boy~

Now cower in fear, Sasuke!

Minatsu turns around doing a thumbs up. Sugisaki sweatdrops and then complains about the older brother character. Minatsu shrugs and asks if Mafuyu has any better ideas. Mafuyu blushes telling them she isn’t experienced with writing novels, but when Minatsu says that Mafuyu always writes down ideas in class, she shows her notebook to them.

Now everyone else can start to cower in fear.

Mafuyu says it’s a special story for Sugisaki and that other characters beside him don’t appear a lot. Sugisaki in a depressed aura reasons that only boys will appear in the story, Mafuyu answers that he’s a really cute boy. Then Sugisaki asks if they share the same gender, which Mafuyu noddingly agrees with. Sugisaki backs away saying that he’ll pass on it. Mafuyu is disappointed since it took her a lot of courage to show them her notebook. Minatsu, in response, grabs Sugisaki’s collar and shakes him back to the group. Sugisaki gives in and writes Mafuyu’s story…

Story mode #2
Sugisaki is shown inside his room, undressing.  He's complaining to himself about the teasing manager while revealing a sucking spot on his chest. He wonders how he will explain it to his brother. Suddenly, his brother shows up from behind the wall, Sugisaki is surprised and tells him not to show up unannounced. "Niisan" asks Sugisaki what he wants for dinner, Sugisaki blushes and tells him that he doesn't care. "Niisan" then grabs Sugisaki's wrist and starts sniffing Sugisaki's neck. Niisan smells the manager's cologne and asks Sugisaki about it. Sugisaki pushes Niisan away and starts panicking, he tells that the manager was just too forceful. In the end, Niisan moves back to Sugisaki and the kissing scene starts~?
Plot twist : err... was there a plot twist?

Oh well... let's give the fangirls something too.

Now...I wonder where that nickname comes from.

Okay...now we're spoiling them... let's stop this.

Sugisaki is in despair after writing this, but Mafuyu comforts him that he only has to go on until the bed scene. Sugisaki tells her he can’t go on like this, since the names are painfully the same. Mafuyu comforts him again that he’ll get used to it after he’s familiar with it, he won’t feel shame anymore. Sugisaki however, can’t take any more and jumps up, but when Mafuyu sheds a tear he’s framed up and can’t do anything else but continuing…

Humanity...lost the game.

Now Sugisaki is the one who’s shedding a tear being depressed about how the story ended… like you can see above. Chizuru then walks over to Mafuyu asking if they’re making any progress. Sugisaki quickly runs over to stop Chizuru, but he’s already too late. Chizuru starts typing and in no time Sugisaki starts receiving yaoi fanmail. Sugisaki is shocked and asks what Chizuru just did. She turns away and tells him that she finally realized his true colors. Sugisaki starts crying telling her that’s not the true him. Chizuru comforts him by patting his head and then offers him a hug which he gladly accepts. He tells her he’s been dirtied by the story, she replies that he shouldn’t worry since he’s been covered with dirt since the start. Sugisaki breaks down. To make up for it, Chizuru offers him the opportunity to write another kind of story…

uu~ kinky~

Story mode #3
A small room lit up with some kinky lights. Chizuru sitting on a chair while Sugisaki is kneeling down while being tied in a shibari. Chizuru whips him telling him to call her "your highness". The next shot, Sugisaki is being leashed to a chain. Chizuru sits down again and offers her foot as a reward to him. He gladly accepts, leans down and sticks out his tongue...

Now you all know what a shibari is.

Kinky time~

Sugisaki gets a burnout even before the computer did. Chizuru sighs and says that he’ll recover on the count of three. “Miraculously” Sugisaki revives and Chizuru asks if he’s alright, Sugisaki seems to have forgotten everything. Chizuru starts comforting him again leaving Minatsu and Mafuyu stunned.

Seems like story mode #3 won so far...

After a break, Sugisaki had enough of it and tells them that he’ll come up with a story. All girls are shocked and start complaining, but Sugisaki doesn’t give in telling them that no one will believe such stories about them. The story needs more passion, greed and honesty and so he gets to work.

Story mode #4
Sugisaki wakes up in his "bedroom" filled with anime figurines and posters.  He narrates that he has a four girl strong harem and when he walks to the wall, a scroll rolls up revealing the pres who was showering behind it. Kurimu apologizes for using his shower but Sugisaki lets it off with a smile. Then he notices Minatsu who's cooking for him in apron-only mode! Chizuru calls out to him next, telling him to rub her back with oil... for obvious reasons. Lastly, Mafuyu stumbles inside. She asks if Sugisaki saw them, which he replies negative.

Plot twist… Kurimu pushes the delete button. Sugisaki goes into rampage and shouts that all viewers were busy recording it in HD. Kurimu gets angry and tells him to stick with the original story. Sugisaki gets on his knees and asks them to spare him, Chizuru agrees and says it might be a bit too much for him. She reasons out that a novel might not be the best way to counter the Journalism club.

We suddenly arrive in another dimension once again. The girls are shown in cute sailor outfits with swimsuit underneath. The pres tells them she made up her mind and will go and save “them”. Chizuru nods and accepts her request, she tells her to fly. Obviously winking to the Strike Witches series, Kurimu takes off. But then the images slow down and turn to a paper form.

Fly high, make it~

Sugisaki throws the papers in the air saying he will never be able to make an anime in time. Minatsu wonder what they should do if animation and novels are a no-no. Mafuyu rejoices and tells them they can make a game. Kurimu sits down in front of a monitor and starts playing the Stundent Council RPG Mafuyu made. But soon after she started the game stops. Mafuyu tells her to enter the secret password and explains the difficult button combo. Kurimu is confused but eventually manages to insert it. However, the game still doesn’t start and Mafuyu’s idea gets tossed aside.

Next idea… a band.

I bet you all saw that coming.

Of course, filled with the usual K-ON! references. Sugisaki asks them if they’re able to play instruments. Kurimu is confident about herself, however when they start playing…

Gah...not even a pantyshot!

In the end, they didn’t do anything. They all stop caring about how to counter the Journalism club. Then Sugisaki notices a camera stuffed in one of the boxes on the bookshelf. When putting it on the table, they wonder what to do with it. Kurimu suggests they make a movie with it, but Chizuru reasons that the budget to make one is way too small. Sugisaki eventually comes up with an idea.

He tells them they can record their activities during the day and then show them to the students. They’re all motivated to make the movie, but Chizuru wonders what they should record since their activities aren’t that attractive afterall. Sugisaki answers that they can just make it outside and be creative with it.

They all head out… and in the next scene, they all come back inside. Kurimu asks if Sugisaki recorded everything for her profile. He answers that he did it without fail, including the pantyshot. Kurimu gets angry and tells him to delete the scene. Both Sugisaki and Chizuru tell her they both deleted it from their mind, but not the camera~

Then Mafuyu crawls inside with a lack of gaming time… remedy :

It's like giving candy to a kid.

Sugisaki puts the camera back and tells the pres he’ll have the video edited by tomorrow. She responds not to put in any funny or embarrassing footages. He laughs and says that he already saved those on his own file. That wasn’t a clever move, since…

We'll never find out the color...

Then we get to see the movie… and yes, I made pictures…

Still curious? I uploaded the video…

All of them are inspired after watching the video. Kurimu even puts up a new quote of the week and they cheer afterwards.

However, the following day all of them are back in their normal mood…

The end~ (for now)

_

Thoughts:

Funny episode, this really was the best one I’ve seen so far. The references were well placed and not overused, only the K-ON! one was kinda weak. Other than that I laughed my soul out with the cliché stories. Especially the one from Mafuyu was a complete hit.

About the references, this show got a lot of critique of using too many of them. In my opinion however, I think this show is doing as well as shows like Hayate no Gotoku! (first season). The only thing which might be different is the use of references. Where Hayate no Gotoku uses more classic anime reference, Seitokai uses more modern, current anime references. That is mostly why they seem so obvious.

Now for the plot, Seitokai doesn’t have much of a plot. This isn’t necessary if you’re doing a slice of life anime anyway (Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh), but I enjoy the cliché based stories and character designs are brilliant too (same designer as Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka) .

I’m going to keep up with this!

Next week : Swimsuits! swimsuits and … a beach?

Kyon at your service~

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One comment

  1. “Echo of Death-niisan~”

    That made me laugh really hard. It just shows that Mafuyu and Minatsu are still sisters despite the difference in their tastes.



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