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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 - 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 Covert 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, or as the Covert members are revealed.
  • 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 apparant by their interactions during their Character Focus episode.
  • The Faceless - Seina and Kuon are the only members of Covert Ops whose faces are shown for the first half of the series.
  • Running Gag - In episode 13.
    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?.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism - In a school dormitory, no less.
  • Sinister Silhouettes - The two other members of Covert.
  • Shout-Out - Pucchan's friend in episode 19 is named Lance Bean.
  • Talking in Your Sleep - Rino, in episode 1, when Pucchan was trying to wake up Rino..
  • That One Girl - Oume Ayumu, who doesn't even get named in the credits. Ironically, having Rino join the Student Council was her idea..
    • She loses this status when she gets scouted to become an idol in episode 20. Should it also be pointed out she was always in the credits to begin with?.
    • More traditional members of this trope are two classmates of Rino and Ayumu, fittingly named Eiko and Biiko, who have speaking parts for the first two episodes, and are never heard from again.
    • Let's not forget about Rein and Saiyuri!
  • The Thing That Goes Doink - Seen in the Dormitory bathouse.

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