Project Haruhi
27Jul/1018

Review: Seitokai Yakuindomo 4

HOORAY FOR ANOTHER DISAPPOINTMENT!

After last week's episode of Seitokai Yauindomo showed signs of improvement, I was hoping the next one would continue this trend. Unfortunately, like a sick twist of fate, this week's episode reverted back to the subpar quality of the first two--rife with overused innuendos, juvinile humor, abominably bad storytelling and nonexistant character development. It was a huge punch in the stomach to watch this disaster after I was so impressed with last week's episode. It pains me to do this, but it's time for me to pull out my good ol' ranting stick of nerd rage.

See my rage unleashed after the jump.

Only this show could make a bondage teddy bear joke unfunny.

We begin with Aria and Shino having returned from their trip to Kyoto, and--to sum up in a few words--they start ruining the show again. After a bunch of pointless and unfunny sex jokes from our prurient characters, we see the closest thing we'll get to a coherent plot: it's Shino's birthday, so the rest of the council decides to throw her a party. Meanwhile, the viewer prays there's no more juvenile innuendo. After this, we see our oh so banal protagonist Takatoshi walk Shino home in the rain, with them sharing an umbrella as though they're a couple.  This scene doesn't go anywhere, but it's the closest thing you'll get to character development in this show, so enjoy it while you can. As for the rest of the episode, it's merely composed of forgettable jokes that aren't worth mentioning.

As you can already tell, this episode was chock-full of the kind of humor I really despise--both the sexual and non-sexual jokes were as appealing as a slap to the face. None of them were funny. I must say, however, they started getting a little more... unique with the sexual ones. There's one scene in particular where Suzu is sucking a milk carton while speaking with Takatoshi, and from the other characters viewpoints it looks like this...

What a HILARIOUS misunderstanding!

I'll be honest, this scene was marginally funny, and it was probably the closest I came laughing during this episode. However, the other jokes didn't come close. It just feels like the writers weren't even trying to be funny anymore; they were just firing off every joke that came to mind, without bothering to weed out the bad ones. It was almost painful for me to have to force myself through the whole thing, and by the end, I felt as though I had been freed from some great burden. That's right... the humor was so overused and cliche, it was downright agonizing to watch. That's quite the accomplishment for any show.

I really hated this episode. It cost me half an hour of my time and a small piece of what's left of my sanity. I'm actually a bit upset that I feel the need to do this, but I don't have much choice. I am officially dropping  this show. I doubt I could sit through another episode without developing homicidal tendencies. Sorry, Seitokai Yakuindomo, I really tried to enjoy you, but I can only take so many uncreative and juvenile sex jokes. Goodbye and good riddance!

[Editors Note: Four episodes in, and this is the best fanservice shot in the entire show... a show that, I might remind you, is ALL ABOUT SEX. Now that's just pathetic.]

Everybody look! I'm showing a tiny amount of cleavage!

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