Seitokai Yakuindomo Is the Viagra of Four-Panel Comedy…

Kaede Igarashi

…Because it goes on about the same stuff for ever and ever.

And I am ever happy about its return to television. The first season and subsequent OAD/OVAs were relatively what you would expect of a late 00s television anime in terms of look and feel. It was almost a late 00s television anime after all. The return was gloriously spiffier, like a proper introduction episode of some new-fangled television adaptation of some high concept SF animation. Except this anime is probably still set in the period before people used tablet computers, and is as basic as a toilet joke.

It’s just that, I recently caught up on the OADs to make way for episode one of the second TV series (#seitokai2), and it just struck me that this anime is an one trick pony. Granted adding the little sister, the yankee, and the other president did change things up a good deal, Seitokai Yakuindomo still applies the same tricks, just now spread around to more characters. Moreover, we have the same number of tsukkomi, which is really unusual in that we’re something like 22 episodes in now.

Maybe the magic is in the voice acting? In the timing? Or the way the tsukkomi stays out of the way (fast, but not furious)? Maybe it’s all these things.

It’s so weird, that I felt this was such a big deal, this new season, that I wrote it up with a clickbait headline.

PS. It’s also so weird that a high school comedy is way more lewd than Space Dandy, a “TOTALLY UNEXPECTED, NOT KIDS’ STUFF” sort of Adult Swim content about boobies.


2 Responses to “Seitokai Yakuindomo Is the Viagra of Four-Panel Comedy…”

  • Hogart

    I suspect the reason it kind of works is because it has a handle on how to make the characters seem like they’re highschool students acting like anime characters, rather than the other way around. Though to be honest I’m not quite sure what the hell I’m talking about.

    • omo

      Not sure I agree with what you are saying (and I am not sure if you meant what you say, for what it’s worth), but I think you mean it’s like, a proper high school kind of a setting.

      Kind of like the ritual chanting they do at the start of every episode.

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