Until this year, Ousai Academy was an all girls' school. Takatoshi Tsuda, one of the first boys to go to the now co-ed school, finds himself confronted with Shino Amakusa, the student council president, because his tie isn't tight enough. In a short amount of time, he meets Suzu Hagimura, the treasurer, and Aria Shichijou, the secretary, finding himself roped in as vice president. According to Shino, a male perspective will help them along. As Takatoshi is about to find out, the student council, and the students of Ousai, are very very strange.Based on a yonkoma manga by Ujiie Tozen, Seitokai Yakuindomo (literally The Student Council Officers) was adapted into an anime in the summer of 2010. Multiple OVAs were released periodically. A second season called Seitokai Yakuindomo *note The asterisk is pronounced "bleep." Yes, it's for that. was aired for the Winter 2014 Anime season.Think Seitokai no Ichizon in a gender role reversal with dashtruckloads of perversion.
Tropes in Seitokai Yakuindomo include:
Absurdly Powerful Student Council — Subverted. While the beginning — with quirky, ridiculously talented girls forcing a mostly normal guy into their ranks — seems like a setup for this, all of the student council tasks that are shown are relatively mundane.
Adaptation Expansion — The anime adds some scenes and builds upon most of the gags from the yonkoma. An extreme example would be the two School Trip arcs; what happened at the locations of the trip were never narrated in the manga.
All Women Are Lustful — The actual story. To what extent? Think of it this way: remember that relay commentator in Season 1, Episode 9? Yeah, she's a minor character... who refers to Takatoshi as the "school's breeding horse"* Incidentally, a stallion kept for breeding is known as a stud. And most of the crowd (nine tenths of it are women, mind you) cheers on his new title.
All Periods Are PMS — Mostly averted. Instead, periods are treated as merely inconvenient and uncomfortable, without provoking a change in personality for the girls experiencing them. Not that that's saying much. Probably the only menace is the excuse to throw around some off-color humor an an effort to Squick out the Token Guy.
Animation Bump — Most fans agree that the second season's animation quality is noticeably better than the first, which was already pretty good itself. It also indulges in more Scenery Porn.
Arranged Marriage — Aria gets one in chapter 89 to facilitate a bit of Ship Tease when she practices a Boyfriend Bluff with Takatoshi. The bluff never comes into play, however, since the marriage is quickly cancelled when it's found out that the prospective fiancé is one of Dejima's "valuable clients."
Art Shift — Imagine Spots are usually portrayed like this, with the style changing to match the genre they're lampooning at the moment.
Ass Shove — mentioned in Chapter 50. Apparently shoving an enema note For you Americans: enemas in Japan contains only about 2 tablespoons of glycerin solution. was a common prank in Ousai when Yokoshima was a student there. Yokoshima responded by... fist-fucking the shover.
Attempted Rape — Implied. Yokoshima-sensei's effort to lock Takatoshi up and "attack" him does not please the poor boy even in the slightest bit.
Implied; what Yokoshima-sensei did to that blonde, tan guy at the beach. She certainly seemed satisfied with herself, though she immediately went to go satisfy her other vice. And she does it again when she spots him on the beach one year later.
Boarding School: Chapter 265 revealed Ousai was one, but the dormitory has fell into disuse for several years. That chapter was about the Student Council emptying the dormitory to prepare for its demolition.
Boke and Tsukkomi Routine — A strong dynamic with the cast. Ranko even notes that without Takatoshi there to tsukkomi, Shino has no one to play off.
When Takatoshi takes a leave, Shino or (primarily) Suzu will take center stage, depending on who's boke.
Even Suzu makes note of Takatoshi's absence when she's the only one left to take up the role. In an OVA episode, Suzu actually suffers physical and mental fatigue being the designated Tsukommi when Takatoshi was absent from school for one day from an illness.
And, more recently, Toki.
Kaede goes Oh Crap when she realizes that because Takatoshi and Suzu are both on their second year trip. She has to Tsukkomi for the student council with includes Kotomi.
Born in the Wrong Century — Exaggerated with Furuya who, being Shino's predecessor, is at most two years older than her. Yet she uses Japanese slang from The Eighties unironically and is so bad with technology that she uses a pocket abacus instead of a calculator.
Boyfriend Bluff — Aria claims that Takatoshi is her boyfriend to get rid of some persistant pickup artists at the beach. This changes to husband when she sees Suzu with him. Suzu is less than pleased to be cast as their kid.
The Ousai Academy boys (minus Takatoshi) in episode 9 of season 1 talk about how happy they should be to take part in a harem setting, but are disappointed to discover that they're largely irrelevant to the overall story.
We get it! We have nothing to do with it!
Also, in the last episode:
Aria: The year only felt like 3 months. Shino: Putting it in anime terms, it was about 13episodes. Tsuda: Don't keep breaking the fourth wall like this.
Quite literally when, in episode 13 of season 1, Takatoshi knocks down the backdrop Hata was using for her made-up flashback. Hata is trapped underneath.
Also in the same episode, when discussing Magical Mako versus Hakuōki, Takatoshi pulls out an issue of Animage magazine and consults the TV listings.
The "Ousai Academy Student Council Rules" section of the OVA opening has all the voiced characters in a recording booth as if they are about to record an episode, and Suzu and Aria are only mimicking the whistle and drum.
Suzu breaks the wall in her first scene of the second season, noting that the camera is deliberately shooting at a bad angle to emphasize her lack of verticality.
Brick Joke: Tsuda learns that he's an "M" in the first season. Come episode 6 of season 2, he also learns that Mutsumi's self defense lessons work on Ms.
Shino says that periods are hard to bear with, so if she's given the chance, she won't walk. Instead, she clings to Takatoshi◊.
Suzu hurts her leg in Chapter 59/OVA 6, and is insistent that she not be carried piggyback while wearing a skirt.
Shino: Then carry her in your arms, like that. Tsuda: Yeah, I'll carry you like this. Suzu (thinking): Looks like they aren't going to say, "Like a princess."
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: For all the girls' eccentricities, they are an effective and competent student council.
The Cameo — The first OVA has the unusual example of the show giving a one-off appearance and a line to a character that appears only in the first season's end credits, which is a separate mini-story entirely unrelated to the series proper.
When someone sees Suzu as a kid, this long speech happens...
Suzu: I'm Suzu Hagimura! Just like you, I am 16 years old. Also, I am a returnee with an IQ score of 180. I can speak English fluently and can do 10-digit numerical computations in my head! Well? Do you still treat me like a kid now?
Hata-san has "This will freakin' sell!" when taking fanservice pictures.
The Chikan — Only referenced, never explained in episode one. Takatoshi finds himself in a subway car nearly exclusively populated by women. To keep from being falsely accused as a molester, he assumes the same position as all the other men: riding with his hands held high. It's a social issue that's played for laughs, like most other things in the show.
Cherry Blossoms: A step ahead of most school-based Japanese shows as "Ousai" is literally "Cherry-talent." The flower found its way on the school logo and is also used in the second season's opening.
Class Trip — Shino and Aria's trip to Kyoto takes up Season 1, Episode 3. Takatoshi and Suzu's trip to Okinawa takes up Season 2, Episode 3.
Clip Show — Subverted. The second half of Season 1, Episode 13, looks like it's going to be the student council reflecting on their memories of the past year, but it quickly turns absurd when they flash back to events that never happened, never can happen and, in the case of Mutsumi, are in a completely different genre. It gets weirder because apparently Tsuda's souvenir changed to conform to Shino's warped memory, causing Tsuda to go into a short Heroic BSOD.
Another great example is in chapter 150.005, where Shino basically makes an indirect confession towards Tsuda by saying the only thing she isn't good at is love (while talking directly to him). This leads Tsuda to claim that it stinks, since he thought she was talking about Koi fish (Since love and koi sound similar in japanese).
When Tsuda says something nice and touching about Kaede, she blushes and her heart starts racing — naturally, she concludes that being around boys is dangerous to her health because he heightened her blood pressure.
Corrupt the Cutie — In chapter 115 Shino jokingly suggests that it's human nature to want to "defile what's pure" while staring pointedly at Tsuda.
Country Matters — Shino explaining the English phrase "Dry Eyes" by way of "Ma_ko aren't getting wet". "Eyes" in Japanese is "Manako", but the blank makes it look like the censored form of "manko," which is a vulgar Japanese word for female genitalia. This seems to be a favourite gag for the author; it also shows up in a couple of his other series.
Covert Pervert — Nearly every female character (bar Suzu, Mutsumi, Kaede, Toki) who appears happens to be one. Yes, even minor characters. How much "covert" applies is up for argument, though.
Crash into Hello — Shino makes an exception regarding blind corners to the no running rule to encourage stereotypical romances leading from such events.
Creative Closing Credits — The show has an unusual spin on this in that its first season's closing credits is an entirely separate mini-story with its own main character.
Crossover — Although Triple Booking from the author's previous Idol No Akahon made cameo appearances before, episode 6 of season 2 had Shino's dream essentially be an excuse for her to interact with the major characters of that series, and lampshade how Shino is an expy of Shiho.
The characters encounter Triple Booking properly in episode 9 of season 2.
Amano, Shino's elementary school friend and vice president, is also a character in another of the author's mangas, Joshidaisei Kateikyoushi Hamanaka Ai.
Does This Remind You of Anything? — During an overnight stay at Aria's vacation cabin, the girls (along with Tsuda's sister) decide to play board games. Thinking that they're still missing a game member, they barge into Takatoshi's room with what can only be called "rape faces◊," and declare while giggling evilly that "You won't be getting any sleep tonight," and the scene ends with Tsuda screaming.
Don't Explain the Joke — At one point Suzu is sitting down with her back turned in front of Tsuda while he's standing up and facing her. Due to height differences, it appears that she is giving him fellatio. Shino immediately says so out loud.
In one strip of the manga: When Shino sees a girl with a hand in her pocket, she scolds her about manners. When she sees Takatoshi doing the same thing, she wonders if he's jerking off. Cue Takatoshi demanding equal treatment.
Shino and Aria walked in on a conversation between Suzu and Takatoshi at a very bad time. From one angle, Suzu who was drinking milk from a box and Takatoshi, who was standing up, didn't look quite right.
Then, of course, there was Kotomi rushing out of her home with a big, long baguette shoved into her mouth.
Very blatantly parodied with Yokoshima-sensei and the chocolate banana and Dejima and the popsicle.
More and more people seem to slyly comment to Shino about her apparent feelings for Takatoshi. The third OVA has Uomi, a student council president from another school, express surprise that Shino isn't with Takatoshi when they later meet again in public.
Mutsumi isn't so subtle with her feelings towards him either, though most of the time she herself is oblivious to it.
Hata promises not to tell anyone that the student council spent the night together at an inn. But she didn't say anything about not showing people the pictures she took of them. If she's not doing this, then she's Twisting the Words so that anything Tsuda says, when she interviews him, comes off as sounding like a pervert.
Expressive Hair — Kotomi and Suzu have hairs that perk up depending on the situation.
Fetish — Mitsuba thinks that Takatoshi might have some sort of craze for perspiration. It crossed her mind when he was speaking to her right after one of her usual judo practice sessions.
False Camera Effects — When the council watches a gravure interview to learn how to do interviews. Only problem is, the effect are WRONG for a DVD, they look like a broadcast with poor reception. Which is just silly.
First Name Basis: In Season 2, Episode 9, the relatives of Uomi and the Tsudas get married. She then starts calling Takatoshi "Taka-kun" and has him and Kotomi call her "Onee-chan," much to her obviousdelight.
Floorboard Failure: The main characters visit Shichijou Aria's house and are taken to an old storeroom. The floor breaks under Shino and Hata asks if there's a way to get under the floor to take photos.
Flower Motifs: The second season OP starts with a discussion of the Cherry Blossom's hanakotoba, being "refined, noble and pure"—Takatoshi's snarking ensues.
Male: Less often so from all the Gender Flip going on. But for example, there was a focus on beachgoing Shino's legs and crotch when she spills sports drink all over it, shown here◊. Mind you, it's not just any sports drink: it's translucent white.
Gag Penis: A variant in that Kotomi's claims of her brother being well hung are always played for comedy. In the fourth OVA Shino even says "big mountain" in awe when Kotomi gives her a size estimate.
Genre Savvy: When Suzu gets separated from her friends during their trip to Okinawa, she waits by a display of phallic cookies because her classmates would be unable to resist reacting to it.
Girl Not Appearing In This Series — The closest trope that describes the pink-haired girl the entirety of the end credits of the show's first season is devoted to, even though she plays no part in the series proper at all. She finally gets a cameo in the first OVA, getting a seconds-long, one-line appearance that title drops the ED song.
Going Commando — Apparently, Shino and Aria do this quite often, and they aren't discreet about it. It's strongly implied that not wearing anything underneath is now their default position.
He Is Not My Boyfriend — In the fifth volume of the yonkoma, Shino denies rumors about her being in a relationship with Takatoshi; rumors that were spread by Hata.
I Can Explain — Implied in a chapter where the girls are stuck at Tsuda's house for a night while Tsuda's parents are gone. The next morning Tsuda wakes up to find that that Shino's answered the phone... and it's his mother calling.
Imagine Spotting — In Season 1, Episode 7, when Hagimura says she can't swim when her feet don't touch the bottom, appears an image of a kiddie pool. Then she chases the rest through sea asking who imagined it.
Indirect Kiss — A perverted variant (naturally) occurs when Aria offers Dejima the rest of her drink when the latter mentions that she's thirsty.
I Thought It Meant — Yokoshima announces that she brought cake for everybody to eat in the 4th OVA. Everybody (barring Aria) immediatly freaks out, considering what she is. Turns out she really just brought cake.
Late for School — Kotomi points out that Takatoshi shouldn't run to school with a piece of bread in his mouth, since it's a girl's trope. Soon after, she's late herself and proceeds to run with an in her mouth.
On the other end of the scale, Aria's rather cheerful about bringing up sexual topics.
Love Epiphany — Subverted. Shino is irritated when she sees Tsuda and Aria pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend, but instead of coming to the logical conclusion that she likes Tsuda, with whom she's been teased with for a good deal of the run, she instead wonders if she is in love with Aria.
Lover Tug of War — Parodied in a Not What It Looks Like moment when Suzu is shocked after walking in to see Aria and Shino tugging on Tsuda's arms and shouting "Mine!". They were actually fighting over which one of them Tsuda would help carry heavy stuff for first.
May-December Romance — When the engagement of judo coach Daimon-sensei and music teacher Michishita-sensei is announced, he is teased by the judo club girls for managing to land a younger woman.
Misblamed — When fan subs of most of the anime adaptation's were shown on the Internet, fan scanlations only covered a small part of the first volume of the yonkoma. This led to some accusations by some Suzu/Takatoshi fans of the anime adding Shino/Takatoshi moments since the latter appeared in chapters of the yonkoma that hadn't been translated yet.
Moment Killer — Being staunchly dedicated to the (quite green) comedy instead of romance, almost every moment that starts to turn romantic doesn't just get killed, it pretty much commits suicide.
In an aversion, Shino manages to ask Tsuda out to a dance without any joke ruining the moment at the end of Season 1, Episode 10.
(Takatoshi struggles to let out a sneeze but promptly fails) Takatoshi: Don't you hate it when you want to let it out, but can't? (camera pans over to Takatoshi's crotch) Shino: Oh...? Takatoshi: Up here.
Naked Apron — Uomi claimed in Season 2, Episode 13/Chapter 181 that she was waiting to surprise Takatoshi with this trope when he got home, but had to put on clothes because the weather was too cold.
No Periods, Period — Kicked out into the cold. Periods come up at least three times in the first season's premier episode alone. It's justified in that the school only went co-ed at the start of the show, with just shy of 95% of the student body being female, and thus the girls are more brazen. It's also used to try to Squick out the Token Guy.
Not a Date: Chapter 88/OVA 7's epilogue has Takatoshi and Shino buying stuff for the student council by themselves at the mall since Suzu and Aria are busy. The end up going out to eat, and Takatoshi escorts Shino to her station while her arm is wrapped around his.
Then there's episode four, with Suzu enjoying her milk carton and Takatoshi standing in just the wrong place...
Season 1, Episode 7 has Shino grabbing the sleeve of Tsuda's bathrobe, while they're walking around in a hotel. They bump into Hata. Cue Not What It Looks Like explanations.
Inverted during the valentine arc in the manga, Tsuda and Uomi meet incidentally when they pick present for white day, when the Student Council trio found them. To ease the awkwardness of being found buying presents, Uomi claimed it's a date.
The anime-only "Squid and Takatoshi" segments are built entirely around this.
Takatoshi, while having to bear with the girls' crazy mentality.
Suzu fills this role when he's not around. However, even she's not up to snuff on her own since chapter 63 of the yonkoma showed that she was on the verge of a breakdown when Tsuda wasn't around to deal with the barrage of perverted jokes from the others.
Shino straightens up on occasions when she's talking to Yokoshima-sensei. Especially when they're alone.
Toki's riding on the bandwagon with these guys.
OOC Is Serious Business: In episode 12 of the first season, Yokoshima said she has a cold and lost her libido. After she ignored Aria's innuendo, the Student Council decided she's indeed seriously ill.
Pixellation — Often, such as the "design" Shino drew on the suggestion box, the vibrators in the introductory sequence, the present Yokoshima-sensei gave to Shino and even suggestive written phrases on the whiteboard in the Student Council's office.
Reflexive Response: In Student Council Rules Number 11, "don't talk in class!" Tsuda immediately objects, obviously expecting something random or dirty, then stops himself and realizes that one's perfectly normal.
Retcon / Series Continuity Error — The yonkoma originally introduced Suzu as a second-year like Shino and Aria, but the author started to portray her as Takatoshi's age from the fourth chapter, which she stays for the rest of the series. The anime rectifies this by having her be a first-year from the start.
Running Gag — "Suzu's head", "Suzu's about here". Due to often being too short to fit comfortably into frame, Suzu is usually seen from just the top of her head, or not even in frame at all, with a tag to reference where she is so people watching can tell. The "Suzu's head" gag is pushed up to 11 in the second season of the anime, with the tag ridiculously pimped up to really emphasize it with a variety of effects such as making it 3D or shining rainbow colors. It has even spread to other people, and has not limited itself to just their head, e.g. "Shino's Chest".
Santa Claus — Not only is there a Santa Claus, he apparently has the same taste in gifts as Sayaka and Shino.
Takatoshi with all of the others in the student council, but especially with Shino.
And outside the student council circle, Ousai's Judo Club members are trying to fuel Mitsuba's possible infatuations with Takatoshi.
Chapter 80/OVA 7 has Shino and Takatoshi buying supplies, while Aria and Hagimura are "conveniently" busy with something else. It later becomes an excuse for them to go out and eat, and it ends with Shino looping her arm around Takatoshi's while the latter doesn't at all seem to mind.
Yoko Hikasa, Satomi Sato and Sayuri Yahagi perform the opening theme of season 1 as Triple Booking, which is the name of the three girl idol group from the mangaka's previous manga. The group even appears as themselves on variety shows, showing that they exist in the same world.
In Season 1, Episode 2, Shino makes a remark about "a fiancée who is sword dancing outside of the party grounds", a reference to the Princess Lover ero-game and anime. And if you look hard enough, the Princess Lover anime was produced by the same studio that animated this show...
Really strange example. While the actual show taking over Seitokai's timeslot is the second season of Hakuōki, Season 1, Episode 13 includes a Magical Girl show called Magical Mako that both does not exist and can be seen by the entire cast, and is supposedly filling that role.
Sickeningly Sweethearts: In Takatoshi and Suzu's second year (third for Aria and Shino), a pair of really lovey-dovey students sometimes show up just to get told off for violating the school's anti-dating rules.
Quite a few of the instrumental pieces in the soundtrack have a mellow, nostalgic tone that would not be out of place in a dramatic or bittersweet school story, which contrasts wildly with the non-serious and perverted tone of the show.
Tear Jerker — An In-Universe case in Season 1, Episode 9. The article Takatoshi writes for the student council paper brings all of the girls to tears. This baffles him to no end since there was apparently nothing in the story that resembled the imagine spots.
In chapter 49, when Tsuda compliments the miso soup dinner the student council girls make for him and his sister, they stare at him expectantly after mentioning which part of the soup they prepared individually. Tsuda's actual words roughly translates to "I could drink this everyday." Which in many cases sounds like a proposal for marriage. Later, Chapter 127 sees Shino offer to make the Tsudas' lunch after finding out that their parents are on another trip, and Suzu considers doing the same and even asks Takatoshi what his favorite food is.
Later in the yonkoma Uomi uses her newfound status as Takatoshi's in-law to go to his house and make food for him.
Yokoshima-sensei drops the series title in the middle of the School Festival in Season 1, Episode 10. And, once again, in episode 13.
In the very same episode, Shino does this in the end.
In an earlier episode, Tsuda drops the title of ''Imouto Wa Shishunki", another series by Tozen Ujiie.
Too Hot for TV — Most of Shino and Aria's thought bubbles get this treatment.
Too Much Information — Here's a new drinking game: take a shot anytime one of the three girls on the student council (Namely Shino and Aria) blurts out a piece of personal information they really have no business talking about in public. You'll die from alcohol poisoning by the time 30 minutes are over. And if Yokoshima or Hata are in the scene you will die even faster say perhaps within the next 5 minutes.
Suzu: (following Aria's script) "Tsuda! Here's your Valentine's chocolate. But don't get the wrong idea!! I only made it because I'm obligated as a member of the student council!" Tsuda: (dejected) "I see... Sorry to have troubled you." Suzu:!!
Ugly Guy, Hot Wife — Pretty music teacher Michishita-sensei's fiance judo coach Daimon-sensei is bald, gonky, and older than she is. That said, he does have a very well-toned physique, and it's implied that Michishita-sensei has a thing for muscular yet gentle men.
Uke — When Mitsuba mentions that the Judo Club is practicing Ukemi, Shino asks where the Seme is.
Shino: If there's an Uke, then there should be a Seme!
Unmoving Plaid — Used in the first season's ED and on the school uniform's skirt.
The Unsmile — When Tsuda challenges Hata to show them how to smile in chapter 85, she can only do so with the aid of tape.
Unwanted Harem — Takatoshi just wants to survive, and chose to attend the former girls' school because it's closest to his home, yet the girls are convinced he's there to get a harem. Indirectly, he's gaining relationships that can be remotely called a harem. Just look at the sports festival episode. He's always the answer to the personal questions the girls picked up in the Scavenger Hunt Event. Later, it's confirmed that Mitsuba, Suzu, and Shino have crushes on him; Yokoshima-sensei wants to rape him; Kaede may have a crush on him; and Aria and Kotomi sometimes act like The Tease around him. Chapter 122 adds Todoroki as well as she is shown to be enthusiastically giving him Valentine's Day chololates. Later, Uomi becomes his in-law and uses it as an excuse to get closer to him.