Sunday, 11 July 2010

Seitokai Yakuindomo - Episode 2 (Dropped)

Seitokai Yakuindomo just about managed to redeem itself with its opening episode thanks to a mildly amusing sketch towards the end of that instalment - Does ending on a high note last time around mean that this improvement will continue into episode two?

The fact that this episode manages to squeeze in an early sanitary towel joke within two minutes suggests that no, it won't, and to be honest it only gets worse from that point forth. A member of the school asking the student council about creating a judo club ends up becoming a string of sex-related jokes, talk of studying for exams turns into a sex-related joke, receiving the results of those exams turns into a sex-related joke, comparing boxed lunches turns into a sex-related joke, even suffering from dry eyes turns into a sex-related joke. Can you see a pattern emerging here?

Unless moving on briefly to a joke about underwear counts differently, this second instalment of Seitokai Yakuindomo has proved absolutely what I suspected from the first - That this series is a one-trick pony. Much like I panned Mitsudomoe for beating its toilet humour and gross-out gags to death, so this series suffers the exact same fate by thinking that just mentioning sex a lot is funny. When suggestive humour is done subtly, or even via ridiculous wordplay Carry On... style it can be genuinely funny, but what we have here succeeds in neither. Instead what we get is a bunch of non-existence jokes that somehow become jokes by mentioning sex or vaginas or whatever at some point - This quickly becomes eye-rollingly tedious, and no number of decent voice actresses can save the whole thing from becoming incredibly boring. The thought of an anime season without any decent comedy leaves me in despair, but with Seitokai Yakuindomo hitting my list of dropped shows just as fast as Mitsudomoe did, that appears to be exactly what I'm left with.


Yongho Kim said...

I thought Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin had great potential for humor this season

Anonymous said...

At the moment I'm just relying on the continuation of K-ON!! to provide this seasons comedy.