Seitokai no Ichizon is one of those anime with a cast so quirky that almost anyone can enjoy it. The anime follows the 5 members of the student council of a school in Hokkaido. One of the major points that makes this anime different from any other school anime is the main male character, Ken Sugisaki. In an attempt to parody the “harem anime” genre, Ken is portrayed as an avid eroge (a.k.a. erotic game, something like a dating sim with extras) player whose sole reason for getting into the student council was to get the “harem ending,” where all female characters fall in love with the main male character. I found this quite amusing considering a lot of romance/harem anime based on eroge such as Kanon or AIR only go with one route so the main male character only ends up with one girl. Besides Ken, the other student council characters have their own strange traits as well.
The student council president, Kurimu Sakurano, is basically a little kid in all aspects: she’s short, she likes treats, and she reads picture books. The secretary, Chizuru Akaba, is the cool and calm character of the show. Being tall and rather well-endowed, Chizuru also doubles as the anime’s “babe” and is ranked by Ken as the hardest character to achieve to get his harem ending. Vice president, Minatsu Shiina, is a normal girl on the outside, but a tomboy on the inside. Throughout the anime she makes references to many action anime. The last member of the student council is the treasurer, Mafuyu Shiina. Mafuyu is by far my favourite character, she not only plays video games, she packs a PS3, XBOX 360, and Wii when she travels and speaks in Yu-Gi-Oh terms.
The diverse physical traits and personalities of the student council members not only make for some very funny conversations, but allow the anime to parody a great deal of other anime and games as well. Here are just some of the parodies from Seitokai no Ichizon that you can see on youtube:
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni:
There are a ton of other anime that are parodied like FMA and Haruhi, but if you want to see them all, then I recommend watching the series. Of course, Seitokai no Ichizon isn’t all about parodies, it has its own moments too. My favourite would have to be when Chizuru becomes a sheep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbXQV5UB86w
In my opinion, Seitokai no Ichizon should be more popular than it is considering every episode has made me laugh and brought a smile to my face. The only reasons I can think of that are deterring people from watching it are:
1. It looks like a regular harem anime.
2. Non-regular anime viewers might not understand all of the references.
If you are an anime fan and follow new anime as it comes out, then you should give Seitokai no Ichizon a shot. I guarantee that it’ll at least make you laugh.