September 4, 2012

Anime Review: Seitokai no Ichizon

Much like Lucky Star and Azumanga Daioh, Seitokai no Ichizon is your slice of life comedy with parody elements from popular animes and typical anime humour.

Seitokai no IchizonSynopsis:

The members of the student council of Hekiyou Gakuen are chosen by a popularity vote. As a result, all the members are cute girls except for Sugisaki Ken, who studied hard to enter the council. The story features the endless chattering of the members full of parodies of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya", "Dragon Ball", "Death Note", etc.


If you have watched Lucky Star then you will definitely enjoy this anime. What makes this anime similar to Lucky Star is the usual anime parody elements seamlessly and subliminally inserted into the scenes of every episode. If you are a huge anime fan and a total otaku, you will instantly recognise these inside jokes and parody elements. If you are not, you may have a hard time enjoying the anime or understanding the nature of interaction between the characters. There really isn't much to talk about story-wise as everything seems to take place in the student council room and rarely in other places. Also, the anime breaks down the fourth wall in the anime which also provides some humour to the audience. In the end though, this is just one big slice of life anime with many random events.

The art style was actually quite good for a comedy anime. Unlike Lucky Star, you do get nice detail on backgrounds and characters. Also, the animation and illustrations were quite smooth and fluidly transitioned. The characters all looked cute, but rather generic.

Voice acting was not bad for all of the characters. They all had unique voices stereotypical of their character representations. You can easily tell apart between them without even watching the screen. The theme songs were quite good and catchy.

The anime features only a small number of participants, so you do have to put up with them till the very end. Of course though, the main character is a guy named Sugisaki Ken, which is a naive, lively guy that dreams to have his own harem, however the girls usually put up with him and his egoist attitude. The other characters are so stereotypical of your average anime containing the small, cute, naive tsundere girl that always gets picked on, the shy, quiet type that doesn't express her true feelings much, the athletic, loud girl that is fearless in expressing her opinions and finally the mysterious, sadist girl that takes pleasure from harming others.

Overall, it was a decent funny anime to watch. You really must have watched a lot of popular anime shows to actually fully understand and enjoy what is going on. If you don't, you may find the jokes and events a bit random or boring. Other than that, it was a well compiled anime from start to finish. Apparently a sequel is in the works and won't be coming soon till much later.

Not much of a story here since it is strictly a slice of life comedy anime situated in a student council room.

ART: 8
Wonderfully illustrated and animated. Characters all looked cute but rather generic.

Voice acting was distinct between the characters. Theme songs were decently catchy.

Limited character development and generic portrayal of personalities were a  bit of a letdown.

Well, you you don't understand the parody elements, you won't enjoy watching this anime.

It was enjoyable and some parts were laughable. There are some better comedy anime out there if you are willing to try.

Robotics;Notes' 2nd Promo Video Reveals Theme Songs

The official website for the Robotics;Notes television anime series began streaming its second promotional video on Saturday. The video reveals singer fumika's ending theme song "Umikaze no Brave" and the female band Zwei's opening theme "Junjō Spectra." It also confirms the premiere date of October 11 in Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block.

Zwei already performed "Kakuchou Place," the opening theme for the original Robotics;Notes game that shipped in June.

The third "science adventure game" (after Chaos;HEAd and Steins;Gate) is set in an alternate future world after Tokyo's Shibuya district was destroyed in 2009, followed by the destruction of the Radio Kaikan building in Tokyo's Akihabara a year later. The world is immersed in realistic augmented reality technology in 2019, but a high school robotics club in danger of being disbanded after shrinking to just two members. The club's revival is tied to the robot it is building.

The game and anime's shared cast includes Ryohei Kimura (Kaito Yashio), Yoshino Nanjou (Akiho Senomiya), Rie Kugimiya (Airi),Kaori Nazuka (Frau Koujiro), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Subaru Hidaka), and Sora Tokui (Junna Daitoku). Kazuya Nomura (Sengoku Basara 2) is directing the anime at Production I.G. Jukki Hanada (My Ordinary Life, sola, Steins;Gate) is in charge of the series scripts under the supervision of the game's Tatsuya Matsubara and Naotaka Hayashi. Chikashi Kubota (Shikabane Hime: Aka, From the New World) is adapting Tomonori Fukuda's original game character designs for the anime. The original game's Takeshi Abo is scoring the music with television composer Yūki Hayashi.

Source: ANN

Something PIG is coming...

Rovio Mobile has released a teaser trailer for what will be the next installment in the Birds v Pigs saga. Only this time, it looks like the boot is on the other foot. Something PIG is coming. 

Otherwise, we don't get to see much. There's no hints on potential gameplay, release date, anything at all. After such a long old time though, it looks like it's time for the little green pigs to fight back.

[via Android Central]