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Anime: Best Student Council
aka: Gokujou Seitokai
"At Miyagami Private Academy, there is a group of girls, who have more power and authority than any of the faculty members. Miyagami Academy Maximum Authority-Wielding Best Student Council. Otherwise known as: Best Student Council!"

Best Student Council - Gokujou Seitokai in Japanese is the story of a down-on-her-luck parentally-abandoned girl named Rino Randou trying to make her way through life, or at least school. She enrolls at Miyagami Private Academy, an all-girls school, at the written recommendation of the shadowy "Mr. Poppit", assured that everything including room and board will be taken care of — only to see that the apartment which had been provided for her had been burned down by a rampant arsonist. So, with only her clothes, luggage, a few yen, and her puppet - named Pucchan. to her name, Rino has only one option: Become a member of the student government in order to gain the free room and board at the school dorms afforded only to members of the Best Student Council.

For the most part, Best Student Council is quite episodic, and tends to focus on a single character per episode. Barring the beginning - which causes many people vague recollections of Mai-HiME., Best Student Council is a schoolyard comedy with drama at a few key moments. Don't expect too much seriousness out of a series that has a talking hand puppet as a major character, though.

The Japanese title is a contraction of the ending phrase of the narration: "Gokudai Kengen Hoyuu — Saijoukyuu Seitokai".

Dubbed by ADV Films, and released in early 2007.

This series provides examples of:

  • Blind Without 'Em - Sayuri. Her eyes are replaced with 3s when she loses her glasses.
  • Broke Episode - When the budget is completely diverted to repairing the self-destructed dormitory.
  • Butt Monkey: Almost all of the main characters rotate between this role on a daily basis. The characters who normally don't fall into this are Kanade, Pucchan, Kuon, Seina, Kotoha, Minamo, and Cyndi.
  • Circling Birdies - Rino, in episode 1. Combined with the Talking in Your Sleep trope.
  • Color Failure - Happens to Kaori in the first episode, when she loses the election to Rino. Later happens to Rino when Pucchan is taken away from her, Ayumu even comments on this..
  • Continuity Cavalcade - Almost every character who appeared in a single episode shows up again in episode 25.
  • Curtains Match the Window - Most of the main characters. Cyndi is one notable exception, to help emphasise her half-foreign ancestory.
  • Doorstop Baby - Which prompts the girls to go out searching for the baby's mother AND Rein's father..
  • Evolving Credits - The faces of the two members of the Covert Squad are revealed in the episodes after they are introduced.
    • In addition, the pre-credit intro evolves as well, adding members to the Student Council line-up after they join the council. Rino is added for episode 2, Minamo is added for episode 14, and the remaining Covert members are added once they are revealed later on.
  • Expy - The Christmas Cake teacher and Hard-Drinking Party Girl school nurse certainly seem similar to two other teachers we might be familiar with. This is really apparent by their interactions during their Character Focus episode.
  • The Faceless - Seina and Kuon are the only members of the Covert Squad whose faces are shown for the first half of the series.
  • Gratuitous English - Cyndi Manabe.
    • Even more gratuitous (even in the dub) is her mother who appears later in the series.
  • Hachimaki - Episode 8, when Rino, Rein, and Cyndi start cramming.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl - The school nurse apparently likes to go drunk on her days off.
  • Heroic BSOD - This happens to the entire Best Student Council after Kanade announces her withdraw from Miyagami Academy. Rino, Nanaho, and Kaori are hit the hardest by it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners - Both Kanade and Nanaho plus Sayuri and Rein qualify..
  • Highly-Visible Ninja - Rino and Minamo dress up as these when they get attached to Covert. It almost blew the real Covert agent's cover.
  • I Am Who? - The reveal at the end, showing the Jinguuji power, and that Rino has that power.
  • Idiot Crows - Episode 8.
  • Idol Singer - At one point, Ayumu is scouted to become one, and is pretty excited about it, until she learns what outfit her manager wants her to wear...
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy - The reason why Kaori doesn't take action against Rino.
  • Joshikousei
  • Landlady - Hisakawa Maachi.
  • Maintain The Lie - named after the episode.
  • Mega Corp. - The Jinguji and Iwazakura Conglomerates.
  • Running Gag - From the ending of episode 12 until episode 14.
    Rino: You'd think it would be a long story, but actually it's not!
    Other person: Then start explaining.
    Pucchan: That little brat (Minamo) over there caused this whole mess.
    • Also in episode 18, characters repeating the episode's title ("Hitoshi Sato, the 28-Year-Old Lawyer From a Rich Family, Who Couldn't Possibly Be A Better Catch") when talking about said lawyer.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians - Implied, but turns out to be a misunderstanding. Payapaya, anyone?.

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alternative title(s): Best Student Council; Gokujou Seitokai; Gokujou Seitokai
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