Manga: Seitokai Yakuindomo
(Aria beats the drums and Suzu blows the whistle) Shino
: Ousai Academy Student Council Rule #5! (Drumming and whistling loudens) Shino
: There should be... no overfiddling! Tsuda
: Huh— with what?!
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
was aired for the Winter 2014 Anime
Think Seitokai no Ichizon
in a gender role reversal
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 Class Trip arcs; what happened at the locations of the trip were never narrated in the manga.
- Alertness Blink: Omnipresent.
- All Just a Dream:
- It turns out that the girls going decent in the beginning of Season 1, Episode 5 is just a figment in Takatoshi's sleep.
- Shino dreamt that she became an idol singer in Season 2, Episode 6.
- All Men Are Perverts: Takatoshi is instantly assumed to have a Porn Stash, and have a desire to tear down the walls of the girls' bathrooms, just because he's a guy. The rest of the guys, though, have hints of this, judging by how they think of the formerly all-girl Ousai Academy as a window of opportunity to get hooked up with the women. Just take a look at Takatoshi's classmate, Kenji Yanagimoto.
- 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"* . 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 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.
- Later, Aria uses the Hands-On Approach when teaching him tennis in an attempt to stick her strap-on up his butt.
- Beach Episode: Season 1, Episode 7 and Season 2, Episodes 3 and 8.
- Bedmate Reveal: Invoked, adding Smoking Hot Sex while at it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While Takatoshi usually just puts up with the girls' antics, he's capable of quite the intimidating glare when they go too far. It helps that these moments also tend to be some of the rare occasions that his normally ignored stature is invoked.
- Big, Fancy House: Aria's estate contains huge tracts of (lavish) land.
- Bishie Sparkle: Used in quite a number of situations, like the Bishōnen examples.
- Parodied at the moment Takatoshi is shown in Mitsuba vision.
- Then there's Ranko suggesting that he become the cover boy of the festival-issue magazine.
- And it's justifiable given that some of the other guys in school look rather, well... gonky.
- Black Comedy Rape:
- 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.
- And Shino getting molested by a deer.
- And the Attempted Rape example.
- 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.
- 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 which 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.
- Brain Bleach:
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Lots of normally mundane conversations end up like this.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
- Brick Joke: Tsuda gets teased 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 "M"s.
- Bridal Carry:
- 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.
- Canon Discontinuity: Invoked and Played for Laughs in season 1's final/recap episode, when one of the embellished flashbacks turned out to be real, to Takatoshi's horror.
- Canon Immigrant: The judo club members, lampshaded in manga's chapter 96.
- Casting Gag: Furuya enjoys old-world snacks, uses 80's slang, and does her calculations on an abacus and even her fanservice is old-school. She's played by Hirano Fumi, best known as the voice of Lum in the 80's series Urusei Yatsura.
- Catch Phrase:
- 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.
- Catch Your Death of Cold: First part of a triple-trope domino effect. Takatoshi catches a cold within seconds of giving up his umbrella. Freeze Sneeze ensues... and Takatoshi winds up bedridden for a whole day on the next episode.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: Played With. Shino is concerned about her breasts, and then remembers a rumour that they become bigger if you massage them. So she starts to rub her breasts over her shirt, when Takatoshi walks in. It's quite awkward, but then Shino tries to save face. How? By declaring that she's 'just sexually frustrated'. Takatoshi mutters that that isn't a very good excuse.
- Censor Steam: Season 1, Episode 7's bath house scene.
- 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.
- Christmas Cake: Yokoshima-sensei is explicitly stated to be such, and she's hoping that Takatoshi will be willing to help her fix that.
- 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.
- Cluster F-Bomb/Precision F-Strike: When a foreigner unwittingly pushed Suzu's Napoleonic Berserk Button:
(Actual English conversation follows) Unnamed foreigner
: Thank you... Suzu
: Yeah. Unnamed foreigner
: Argh! (Suzu flails with rage while Takatoshi restrains her, shouting "Wait-toh!" between struggles) Suzu
k you! Mother fu*
ker! Fu** ***!
- Comically Missing the Point: The source of so many gags.
- A great example is in Chapter 89; Tsuda and Aria are practicing pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend in order to get her out of an arranged marriage. Shino, who knows they are pretending, still feels irritated when she sees them together. This makes her wonder if she's in love...with Aria.
- 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.
- Conversational Troping: Shino brings up both the Late for School, Crash-Into Hello, Red String of Fate and the Disc One Final Boss (along with mentions of Four Is Death and moving up the Sorting Algorithm of Evil).
- 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.
- Creepy Monotone: One of Hata's defining traits. Also used in the reading of the title cards for the "dried-squid-and-ta-ka-to-shi..." segments.
- 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.
- A Date with Rosie Palms:
- After realizing that a ban on love might be going too far, Shino agrees to make a compromise and "allow masturbation".
- The girls frequently refer to this with Takatoshi, telling him to have tissues on hand. When Takatoshi gets asked if he has a girlfriend, Aria wonders if it's his right or left hand. Shino takes it even further in asking if he uses his mouth.
- Aria, in Chapter 107, she told Shino that she's going to the toilet since she's "feeling horny." Even Shino responded "You didn't have to say anything; just go."
- And of course Nene seems to have a vibrator in her at all times.
- Daydream Surprise: It looks like Takatoshi has finally given into the madness, discussing his habits with the girls... but it's in Shino's head.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Aria always smiles, but she gets especially cheery when she's making a dark or perverted joke (especially if it's a dig at someone else).
- Takatoshi, if he's been listening to Aria or Shino for far too long.
- Depraved Bisexual: Dejima, Aria's maid.
- 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.
- Aria getting herself tangled with ropes and flags in various positions must make her quite the klutz!
- Kotomi claims that the reason that she hasn't changed to the winter uniform is that she's now a dojikko.
- Everyone seems to think Toki qualifies, despite looking like a Japanese Delinquent.
- 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.
- Double Entendre: Utilized in a number of situations.
- Double Standard:
- 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.
- How many times does Takatoshi get sexually harassed by some of the girls, only for it to be treated as comedy?
- Ear Cleaning: Shino does this for Takatoshi in Season 1, Episode 5, which leads to some Innocent Innuendo.
- Ephebophile: Yokoshima-sensei is extremely pleased about finally having young male students to molest. If other scenes are to be believed, she's also a full-blown Shotacon.
- Eroge and Hentai: One of many Sex Tropes referenced and invoked for comedy. Aria and Shino (and later on, Kotomi) are the go-to characters for that sort of thing.
- Erotic Eating:
- 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 with a chocolate banana and Dejima with a popsicle.
- Aria eating a hot dog in episode 11 of season 2.
- Even Evil Has Standards: A mild example: while Shino and Aria are quite perverted and have no problem expressing their vulgar thoughts, they are rightfully disgusted by Yokoshima-sensei's self-professed lust for her six-year-old nephew.
- Everyone Can See It:
- 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.
- Exact Words:
- 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.
- Yokoshima-sensei is an older expy of Shiho, appearance-wise.
- Aria is a perverted and rich version of Orihime without the emotional baggage.
- Facial Dialogue: Between Tsuda and Suzu in OVA 7 while urging the other to do the Tsukkomi:
Suzu: (Say something.)
Tsuda: (You do it.)
- 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 obvious delight.
- Flash Step: In episode 9 of season 2, the student council members watch Ranko Hata sighing and staring at the sky on the school roof. She then turns around, sees them, and they decide to give her some time to herself. However, the instant Ranko isn't visible outside anymore after the camera pans, she immediately appears in front of them inside the hallway, surprising them a little.
- 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.
- Freeze Sneeze: See Catch Your Death of Cold.
- Furo Scene: Season 1, Episode 7.
- Gazes: In two flavors!
- 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.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The radar's broken.
- 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.
- Gratuitous English:
- Quite a lot in the first season's OP.
- Suzu helping some foreigner find the station in episode three. It goes well until he calls her "little girl". She also uses it from time to time in the show.
- Yokoshima's English Language lesson recital: "He get keep his ass off from Jane's bust."
- Used a lot in the opening scene for season 2.
- Groin Attack:
- Shino's inflatable dolphin was apparently inflated enough to deliver a sharp blow to a surprised beachgoer's crotch.
- During a game of tennis in Chapter 188, Takatoshi takes a hit to the crotch. He collapses to the ground and can only mumble in pain at Shino and Aria's commentary.
- Hands-On Approach: In Chapter 188, Aria offers to improve Takatoshi's form in tennis by taking his arms from behind. He backs away in horror when he feels her strap-on poking him, and she expresses disappointment that her "plan" failed.
- Harem Seeker: In her first appearance, Aria asks if this is why Takatoshi picked Ousai Academy, but he answered with distance reasons. The rest of the boys, though, play this trope straight.
- Hartman Hips: Shino is concerned because her butt print is bigger than Aria's.
- Headbutt Thermometer: Shino does this to Tsuda in chapter 57/OVA 6. Of course, this makes it look like they're making out from behind.
- 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.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Shino is able to apply her knowledge of Boys Love to Judo, to devastating effect.
- Idiot Hair:
- Shino has one on either sides of her hair. Apparently, it's for balance.
- Averted by Aria, who, given her personality type, surprisingly has none.
- Imagine Spotting: In Episode 7 of Season 1, when Suzu says she can't swim when her feet don't touch the bottom, an image of a kiddie pool appears. She then chases the rest of the cast through the sea furiously asking who imagined it.
- Indirect Kiss: A perverted (naturally) variant occurs when Aria offers Dejima the rest of her drink when the latter mentions that she's thirsty.
- Innocent Innuendo: Mostly averted. There is nothing innocent about the innuendo, with a few exceptions:
- A straight example does happen, when Shino gives Takatoshi an Ear Cleaning in Season 1, Episode 5.
- Played straight with Tsuda during the Sketching contest and the three girls are quick to let him know.
- Insufferable Genius: Played with for Suzu.
- Ironic Echo Cut: At one point, Suzu accidentally fell on top of Takatoshi. The same stance, at the same time, in another location, is used with Shino... and a deer. Strange Minds Think Alike ensues.
(In the Hagimura residence...)
Mrs. Hagimura: Oh, my! Are you satisfied already?
Shino: Whoa! Are you satisfied already?
- Ironic Juxtaposition: See the Groin Attack entry above. Beachgoer's reaction: Painful Wincing + Luminescent Blush + Love Bubbles.
- 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.
- Japanese Sibling Terminology: Kotomi refers to her brother as Taka-nii.
- Kewpie Doll Surprise: Kotomi, when she realizes that she's Late for School.
- Kimodameshi: One occurs in episode 8 of season 2. Only Suzu is scared; the rest of the group actually finds the walk at night kind of relaxing.
- Lampshade Hanging: Usually courtesy of Takatoshi.
- Laser Sight: Hata's camera in Season 1, Episode 7 for some reason.
- Last Episode New Character:
- Todoroki in the first season. Also lampshaded.
- Also Toki in the first OVA.
- 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 a baggette in her mouth.
- Lost My Appetite: Subverted in Chapter 75, causing an OOC Is Serious Business moment.
- Lovable Sex Maniac:
- 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.
- Metal Detector Checkpoint: When Nene goes through one of these, she initially thinks her metal glasses sets it off, but still sets it off without. She then realizes it was her vibrator that was the cause of this.
- 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.
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- Hata setting up a camera tripod with high-intensity zoom like a sniper rifle.
- Suzu's Shoe Time.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: Gender Inverted. Takatoshi's the one bringing it up.
(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)
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.
- Not So Above It All:
- Shino goes on what could possibly be a peeping spree at guys skinny dipping at the other side of the public onsen. Predictably, Aria jumps in... oh, there goes Suzu!
- Mitsuba, for all her innocence, is still no exception. Season 1, Episode 13 has her interpreting Tsuda's assurance that he doesn't mind working with her while she's still sweaty and stinky from Judo practice as him having a scent fetish.
- Tsuda himself, while a certified celibate (much to Shino's disappointment), is implied to be masochist and occasionally play along with the gag to cut it short.
- Even Kaede is hinted to have moments this when she mentioned that her fear of men started when she was eating mushrooms and noticed their shape.
- Not So Different: In Season 1, Episode 5, both Takatoshi's sister and Shino get him a porn magazine and tell him guys get horny when they're tired.
- Not What It Looks Like — Given Seitokai Yakuindomo's liberal use of dirty jokes, this is a given.
- The old "girl hovering over a guy on the floor" is used with Suzu and Takatoshi. The same stance, at the same time, in another location, is used with Shino and a deer.
- 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.
- Ocular Gushers
- Oh, Crap: Kotomi has this look in The Stinger for episode 8 in season 2 when Takatoshi shows her the picture she took and edited of him as a muscular guy, then sent to Shino. She then explains it was an art project, which surprisingly passed, and when he asks if anyone else has seen the picture besides her and Shino, she nervously claims no one else does. Then she released a more photoshopped version of it for her project at school, causing Takatoshi to comment that he's going to need another talk with Kotomi.
- Once an Episode: Every episode starts with Shino announcing a new (nonsensical) rule. This was subverted, however, in Season 1, Episode 11:
Shino: Ousai Academy Student Council Rule #11: Whispering during class is strictly forbidden!
Takatoshi: What?! Wait, you're being serious now?!
- While Suzu is generally the one blowing the whistle during this sequence, along with Aria hitting a drum shortly afterwards, in season 2 who does these motions changes from time to time, although it's always Shino stating the rule.
- One-Gender School: Ousai was, until the series began.
- Only Sane And Straight Man:
- 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.
- Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Suzu's mother walks in right after a Suggestive Collision between Suzu and Takatoshi. In a subversion of the usual reactions, she is extremely pleased at the prospect of her daughter getting some◊.
- Phenotype Stereotype: The blonde, English-speaking foreigner.
- 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.
- Pool Episode: The second half of Season 1, Episode 5.
- Press-Ganged: Takatoshi is shanghaied onto the student council on the first day of school.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Uomi and Toki are inserted into the usual opening credits in the later OVA episodes.
- Real Place Background: Kyoto is depicted rather faithfully.
- Red Armband of Leadership: Downplayed. In Ousai red armbands signifies power, not leadership—students that enforces rules wear them.
- 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 at 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.
- Scenery Porn: As a product of the same studio that animated Princess Lover!, some of the backgrounds look arguably lavish.
- School Festival: Season 1, Episode 9. A sports festival.
- School Newspaper News Hound: Ranko Hata. School newspaper club president, Camera Fiend and Stalker Without a Crush. Takes candid pictures to sell to other students. Claims that she's in it for the yen. Goes to great lengths for a big scoop if necessary, such as packing her own miniature TV studio in episode three of season one.
- Serious Business: In episode 13 of season 2, Shino and Uomi are making dinner at Takatoshi's house. Both girls attempt to make their best dishes to avoid getting one-upped by the other one. Kotomi then mentions that the two girls look really fired up as they're cooking, either because of an immense Battle Aura, or them just simply flambeing. Takatoshi tells them to cut it out or they might burn the house down. They have another cooking duel shortly afterwards after Kotomi's stomach growls, and both girls make something for Takatoshi as well.
- The Seven Mysteries: Investigating the ones at Ousai Academy is the subject of one segment in OVA 5.
- Sexy Shirt Switch: Invoked and lampshaded in Chapter 144.
- Ship Tease:
- 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 Suzu 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.
- The second OVA uses Longing Look to tease Suzu->Takatoshi, Takatoshi->Shino, and Kotomi->Takatoshi.
- Shoe Time — Suzu introduces her shoe to Takatoshi's face in slllooow moootiiiooon.
- Yōko 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...
- In Season 1, Episode 4, one of the photos taken by Ranko during the class trip in Kyoto is of Shino in front of the Jeugia music store (which also makes it a case of Actor Allusion).
- In Season 1, Episode 5 Takatoshi says "my sister is going through puberty", which is the title of another manga by the same mangaka. Lampshaded With Exact Words.
- In Season 1, Episode 7, Hata assembles a camera with tripod, Laser Sight, and zoom lens that resembles a sniper rifle atop of a roof, and "snipes" Takatoshi with it.
- In the same episode, there's a subtle joke about imagining what Takatoshi's life is like in an Eroge, and then cut to what actually looks like Ken Sugisaki playing the game.
- Again in the same episode, the logo on the condom box that Takatoshi's sister packed for him looks suspiciously similar to the original Gundam logo◊.
- And AGAIN in that episode, we are treated to Yokoshima-sensei's POV as she swims through a patch of coral and attacks a teenage boy floating on the surface.
- In Season 1, Episode 8, there's a short animation parodying Ichigo 100%.
- Shutter Chance!
- Season 1, Episode 10:
- In Chapter 141, Nene shown to Suzu a light novel in the bookstore titled A Certain Zero Melancholy Girl.
- In the opening of season 2, episode 9, the label on the bread Tsuda bought makes viewers to be reminded of K-On!.
- Shower of Awkward: Tsuda accidentally walks in on Aria showering. True to both characters, he's far more phased by this than her, not just due to the incident itself but because of the jokes he knows will forever follow.
- Show Within a 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.
- And then in the sports festival episode, there was a corny parody of a story about slaying a certain killer whale.
- Another episode features a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo by the Seitokai universe's version of Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende. One of our protagonists is watching one of the infamous No Laughing games.
- 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.
- Sick Episode: See Catch Your Death of Cold.
- Slasher Smile: Suzu comically does this twice and creeps out Takatoshi, enough for him to mentally apologise.
- Sleep Cute: Shino with Takatoshi in Season 1, Episode 7. It also happens again in chapter 72 of the yonkoma, first with Shino and then with Aria... who manages to fall asleep in a way that makes her face end up on Takatoshi's crotch.
- Sound Effect Bleep:
- Soundtrack Dissonance:
- 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.
- It's even worse when the full version is used as Fake ED in Season 1, Episode 13... itself is a very cliche shoujo romance-esque about Love at First Sight.
- Season 2's ending theme makes it seem like the show is about a coming-of-age school story centering on Shino, Aria, and Suzu's friendship.
- Shino's reaction, upon seeing Kinkaku-ji, was nothing but awe.
- Yokoshima-sensei's reaction to finding a confiscated magazine full of bishie beefcakes.
- Stealth Insult: When Suzu is out of frame save for part of her head, a caption usually points it out to emphasize how small she is. At one point in the anime, a similar caption appears over Shino's breasts.
- Suggestive Collision:: Happened between Suzu Hagimura and Takatoshi Tsuda. The aftermath of it is one Tsundere Suzu. Mrs. Hagimura seems pleased that something else might've happened though. (See Parents Walk In at the Worst Time above.) Suzu also causes a variant when she suddenly runs into and hugs Takatoshi in relief,note which didn't help given how her head is at crotch height.
- Super-Deformed: Often especially after someone said something perverted/stupid.
- Take That: The reaction to Nagi of Kannagi fame being "used goods" is given one.
- Take Up My Sword: In Chapter 63, Takatoshi falls sick and asks Suzu to "cut in on their jokes" for him.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Naruko Yokoshima, the only teacher with a significant role, is a Hard-Drinking Party Girl Christmas Cake and is way too excited about Ousai becoming co-ed.
- 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.
- Teru Teru Bozu:
- Shino hangs one up to get good weather for next day's pool opening, and quickly turns it upside down when she learns that Hata will be taking swimsuit pictures of her.
- Before the sports festival, she hangs up a whole bunch of them.
- Through His Stomach:
- 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.
- Title Drop:
- 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.
- Shino, though less belligerent than most cases. It becomes more and more apparent as the story develops.
- Aria calls Suzu one. She may be right about it, judging from how tsun-tsun Suzu was after the Suggestive Collision incident with Takatoshi.
- Invoked by both Mitsuba and Todoroki in chapter 109, with Mitsuba being a type B and Todoroki being... perverted.
- Invoked and deconstructed in chapter 122. "This is what happens when a guy is immune to tsundere."
(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.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: In episode 9 of the second season, Furuya, the former Student Council President, held information of an upcoming college fair to the Student Council in her cleavage. Deconstructed as the sheet became crumpled. Takatoshi lampshades how old fashioned the Fanservice was.
- Visible Sigh: Played for laughs. Even though Aria thought she had blocked Shino from sighing with a gag, Shino sighs through it anyway.
- Visual Innuendo: Far too many, from the strangely placed chocolate banana in the opening to a peach in the background when Aria talks about her habit of scratching her butt.
- Vulgar Humor: Runs on this.
- Wham Line: In episode 13 of season 2, Uomi flat out asks Shino if she's interested in Takatoshi after the latter decided to stay over for the night along with the former. It catches Shino off-guard, and she tries to deny it. Uomi then simply says that they wouldn't need to be in a relationship since he's essentially her slave already.
- Wondrous Ladies Room: Gender-inverted: since Ousai was formerly an all-girls school, they've only recently gotten around to making a men's restroom. When Tsuda is ordered to clean the restrooms as punishment for being late one day, the girls are excited about the prospect of seeing the inside of a men's room for the first time (Aria even inquires as to why there's no toilet paper next to the urinals). When it comes time to clean the girl's room, Tsuda expects this trope to be played straight...until he gets inside and finds that the room reeks of cosmetics.
- Yamato Nadeshiko:
- Referenced: The theme song is called "Yamato Nadeshiko Education".
- Shino and Aria: Yamato Nadeshikos on the outside; hardcore perverts on the inside.
- Yaoi Fangirl:
- Shino, Aria and Yokoshima-sensei like to read yaoi-related books and magazines.