Friday, 13 November 2009

Seitokai no Ichizon - Episode 6

As Seitokai no Ichizon continues on its madcap way, it's time for the student council to consider the theme for the school's forthcoming festival. But what should it be?

Needless to say, the suggestions from all of the student council members are pretty easy to guess if you've been keeping up with this series at all, from Ken's suggestion of "sexual" as a topic through to Chizuru's "pain". All of these suggestions are, however, thrown into relief against a surprise announcement from Minatsu - Namely that herself and her sister Mafuyu will be transferring to a new school on the mainland shortly due to their mother getting married.

Well, I say "thrown into relief", but this big news does nothing to stop the quick-fire gags from coming thick and fast as the festival suggestions continue, although for a while it seems as though some kind of Power Rangers send-off becomes the main topic of discussion in an attempt to placate Minatsu and persuade her to stay.

I've mentioned before that Seitokai no Ichizon really doesn't work when it tries to bring emotion into proceedings, it simply doesn't fit a series of this nature, and so it proves here - The thought of the sisters departure does little to actually alter the tone or content of the series, making it a bit of a pointless façade that is, of course, inexplicably resolved by a "touching" moment from Ken. I probably wouldn't complain about these plot points were it not for the fact that the series remains relatively unfunny - Sure, there is a bit of a kick to be had from Haruhi references, on-going in-jokes and some mildly amusing Power Rangers stuff as I mentioned, but even for a hit-and-miss series such as this there are simply far too many misses to make it genuinely funny, while the hits bring forth a smile far more often than they do a laugh. Thus, once again I find myself harking back to those first few minutes of the opening episode and the potential that it showed but has since singularly failed to deliver upon.

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