Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate (Love, Elections and Chocolate) is a typical school harem anime. If that’s not your thing, then I can tell you that you won’t enjoy this anime. For those who do enjoy anime packed with pretty girls, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate may be a consideration.

Based on the visual novel of the same name, the anime was produced by AIC Build and directed by Tooru Kitahata. It has a total of 12 episodes and revolves around a high school student named Yuuki Oojima, a member of the Food Research Club. His childhood friend, Chisato Sumiyoshi is the president of the club, but she refuses to eat chocolate due to an incident in the past. When an election is called for the school’s student council president, the Food Research Club faces being shut down as one of the leading presidential candidates, Satsuki Shinonome vows to cut costs, including funds to the Food Research Club. In order to save the club, the members vote for Yuuki to run for president and keep the club alive. Little does Yuuki know how fierce the battle for president will be.

Given the setting, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate had a lot of potential. Any show about an election could build drama around backroom deals, rigging election results, and of course politics. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate did have some of that, but failed to build on it. Shady deals were exposed almost immediately, all but one character was honest, and political candidates sometimes helped each other rather than fight. For an anime about an election, I expected more back-stabbing and betrayal.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate did, however, try to introduce drama in other ways. The basic formula in all school harem anime is that a girl has a personal problem and the main character helps her with it. This is repeated until all of the female characters get some time in the limelight. The success of a school harem anime really depends on how good each girl’s story is. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate had some good personal drama, as in the case of Chisato, but other characters seemed rather shallow. Mifuyu, for example, is self-conscious about a scar and doesn’t want Yuuki to know her true feelings. These less-dramatic arcs really dragged down the series.

In terms of animation quality, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate could use some improvement. While AIC Build has managed a good quality anime like Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai, its only other title, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai suffered from some very noticeable quality issues. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate tends more towards the quality seen in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, but not quite to the same level. I think the best way to describe the animation quality would be average, you won’t find any stunning scenery, but at least the characters look right most of the time.

Compared to other school harem anime, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is mediocre. Perhaps it was a result of the limited number of episodes, but I believe that the series could have been a lot better. There were some upsides, like the fact that there was an election going on, but it still doesn’t stand up to classics like Kanon and Da Capo. If you like the uniforms though, that would make this series worth watching.

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