It may have seemed like Seitokai no Ichizon's student council had escaped the worst attentions of the journalism club last episode, but come the beginning of this fourth instalment they're at it again, this time focusing on the President's height - A call to arms if ever there was one. But how can the student council fight against the school newspaper?
By using another medium to get their side of the story across, of course. The first port of call with that in mind is to write a novel (considering Seitokai no Ichizon started out as a series of light novels, I'm sure you can see what they did there), with suggestions ranging from something akin to Ouran High School Host Club through to poor old Ken being made to write a boys love story starring himself by Mafuyu and a tale of living as Chizuru's slave. Needless to say, Ken's own novel idea involved a harem and a big old bundle of fan service. Quelle surprise.
From here, we move to the council trying to create an anime (cue super-accurate Strike Witches parody), and a video game which nobody can start because of the ridiculously complex secret combination of button presses required to even start it. Oh, and of course what modern parody-drive anime would be complete without a reference to K-ON!, complete with more than a slight dig at the vast sales of said franchise's character CDs.
While all of this stuff has been done before and done better (remember Genshiken's boys love sequence? Actually, I'd rather not, it genuinely creeped me out), this did at least make for a slightly more entertaining episode of Seitokai no Ichizon than we've been presented with over the past couple of weeks - I actually laughed out loud at the K-ON! character CD dig, and it's the first time I've done so with this series since the opening minutes of the first episode. It's decidedly old hat material in the grand scheme of things, but this was at least more polished to the point of amusing me in places.