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October 27, 2012

Anime Review: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

You may think this might just be another lovey-dovey dramatic romance anime, but actually, it is just more than your standard love triangle and cliched love. Rather, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is all about unrealized love, elections, and chocolate.

Koi to Senkyo to ChocolateSynopsis:

In Japan, participation in extra-curricular activities is as fundamental a part of an education as chalk and gym shorts. However, not all students are overachievers, and for those like Yuki Ojima, groups like the Food Research Club are welcome havens in which to slack-off. But what's a slacker to do when the radical new candidate for Student Council president announces her intent to get rid of clubs like the FRC? Well, getting the help of the current Student Council president is a good start, but HIS suggestion is so counter-intuitive that it's crazy: Yuki should run for the Student Council himself? And yet, it's SO crazy that it just might work! Especially when Chisato, the chocolate-adverse president of the FRC (and Yuki's best childhood friend,) and members of other targeted school clubs start to join the swelling FRC army. But can this army of goofs and goof-offs coast all the way to political victory? Or will someone have to step up to the plate and take one for the term?

Review:

What is this anime ACTUALLY about? Well for one, it is definitely not your average romantic anime. Rather, the anime is just about one guy saving is club from being disbanded by running to be elected the next president of the academy. With him on his mission are his club members (which are mostly girls) and the students of the academy. Of course, not every goes to plan and different factions of the Student Council are out against him. The story gets quite intense and interesting as the story also features a major plot mystery that only resolves itself at the end of the series. Not only that, Yuki has to deal with is own personal problems and the problems of Chisato which he has yet to realize her feelings towards him. In no way would I call this anime boring.

The animation was great in this anime. It was fluent, well colored  well drawn and it didn't have any noticeable errors. The backgrounds were appealing as well, and the opening and ending both had amazing visuals. The character design was also quite nice. Not one complaint in the art section for me.

I enjoyed listening to the soundtracks in this anime, I thought they really matched the anime and I just love the soundtracks themselves. The sound effects could have been better, but they were still quite nice. The voice acting was great throughout almost the entire anime, but the voice acting did have some dull moments, which didn't really impact the overall experience greatly. The sound was generally quite nice though.

Yuki is definitely your standard, down-to-earth guy that his friendly, approachable but somewhat naive to the situation around him. Of course though, that is the type of character you would want as the main protagonist. Chisato is your lively heroine that shares her moments throughout the anime. I found her to be slightly annoying as she is constantly obsessed with Yuki both emotionally and physically. You may find her slightly annoying at first, but as you continue to watch you will come to understand why her personality is what is it. Why does she not like chocolate? You have to watch to find out why.

Overall, I found the story to be really entertaining and engaging because it is not just all slice of life romantic comedy. It has some light action, suspense, emotional outbursts, mysterious characters, and a chocolate plot device. It was well compiled and was fantastically presented. Of course though, the story is quite fictional and is no way intended to be strictly real-life, so enjoy the fantasies of anime high school life in this anime.

STORY: 8

ART: 9

SOUND: 8

CHARACTER: 8

ENJOYMENT: 9

OVERALL: 8