Hekiyoh’s Student Council #01 — Harem End is Happy End

October 2nd, 2009

 

AKA: "The Student Council’s Discretion – The Record of Hekiyoh School’s (sic) Student Council’s Activities." Yeesh.

Season Premier Disclaimer:

I like to check almost every new show out. The value of a show is in its execution, not its premise. That said, my tastes are mine and mine alone. Some things bother me, some things don’t. I will attempt to be as cogent as possible as to my complaints or compliments for each show, but be aware that my views skew heavily towards the center. Nothing is perfect, nothing is irredeemable. That said, my tastes and my opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as fact or, god help us, some kind of erudite critical analysis of the entire series based on the show’s first 20 minutes. Feel free to leave your own thoughts on the show if you’d like, but invective and similar will be mocked or deleted depending on which amuses me more at the time.

Impressions:

Wow. I kind of hate to admit it, but this was a delightful episode. The art and animation was… not stellar, shall we say, but Deen put together a rather fun little parody filled tongue-in-cheek comedy that cruises right along from joke to joke without ever really stopping to catch its breath. Presentation really is everything. The harem bit, the thing I worried about the most, actually turned out to be rather enjoyable. Ken flat out tells them, and in fact, insists that the rest of the cast is his harem and his goal is a "harem end" with all of them. At the same time, he’s neither lecherous nor overly perverse, and instead goes out of his way to honestly help them out without any ulterior motive. In fact, he reminds me a lot of Golden Boy’s Kintaro, only quite a bit dumber, no toilet fetish, and the girls don’t really mind him all that much. Chizuru and Mifuyu even tease him a lot.

Now onto the bad. Like I said though, the production is… not stellar. Deen makes up for a lot of it with parody and a very fluid art style letting them parody a lot of things without abandoning the overall presentation, but there are still a lot of shots that just plain look ugly. I have absolutely no memory of the music not five minutes after I finished watching the episode, so I guess it served its purpose and neither bothered nor entranced me. The voicing could also use a bit of work. This is mostly a novice cast and it shows. Hopefully they’ll step up into their roles a little bit better as we go, but this wasn’t a great first impression on that front.

So, amazingly, the underdog’s winning so far for my Friday pick. I laughed a lot through most of the episode, Ken’s a great male lead, and while the girls are mostly pretty cookie cutter, Mifuyu and Chizuru had some very good moments this week. Unless this takes a nose dive next week, this is looking like something I’ll definitely be following for this season.

Preview:

Kurimu’s depression.

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23 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • redlupine says:

    did you just use the words “harem” and “enjoyable” in the same sentence? I think you might still be delirious from all that CGI in Railgun and Bantorra.

  • That guy says:

    You liked this?
    I am disappointed Arodoc.

  • Newprimus says:

    Who are you? The Aroduc I know is the guy who hates everything and anything that is not executed with inhuman precision with premise and plot so exquisite it can rewrite the laws of physics. You are not him.

    IMPOSTER!!!

  • Honoo says:

    @ Everyone above: LOL OH U

    Anyway, I’m pretty surprised (and amused) that you took a liking into this series, Mr. Aroduc. But just like you I hold no expectation that following this series to the end isn’t something guaranteed.

  • Albedo says:

    I give Aroduc 2 weeks before he changes his mind about this one.

  • Aroduc says:

    Hrmph, skeptics.

    You’ll come around.

    Or Deen will dump this in the crapper.

    Probably even odds on both scenarios.

  • That guy says:

    No, seriously who are you and what have you done with Aroduc ;_;

  • wilson191 says:

    Errr….guys…he’s still human.
    His preferences can change as he likes it…not yours to control…

    Hope this anime doesn’t turn into crap…

  • chad001 says:

    Hope this doesn’t end up like Princess Lover

  • Aroduc says:

    It’s in good fun. They doubted my adoration of Juuden, Penguin Girl and Macademy too.

  • octoberasian says:

    I’m actually was surprised by this anime. It was really funny and enjoyable to watch. I ended up watching it twice in a row just for the laughs and the crazy Student Council President. XD

  • Yue says:

    As long as Ken remains dynamic, ridiculous, erratic, and humorous, we ask our weblord [Arudoc] to continue this show.

    (does a human crowd wave by myself)

  • Kazuyama says:

    It looks nice and as long as the harem end is there,a must watch show for me..

  • karasu says:

    Just admit you like shitty animu already aroduc ( ´ー´)

  • Kikaifan says:

    With equal parts affection and loathing: Macademy was the best pile of shit you ever convinced me to watch.

  • TOP2NE1 says:

    Ken seems to be holding up the show.

    Anyway the moment this series delves too deeply into romance is probably where it turns to shit.

  • The Phantom says:

    looks like a no brainer harem anime with some silly comedy on top of that. there is nothing noticeable wrong nor great with this, just another brick in the wall. it seems however that you were high when you did your review… you were actually joking when you said that the male lead was great right o.O?

  • Anonymous says:

    >Evolution
    >That was so bad, don’t even mention it!

    Confirmed for FREAKIN’ AWESOME.

  • Anonymous says:

    I was impressed. So many jokes and satire that it really made me laugh. Then again, I hope this can stay fresh.

  • Kaisos says:

    Why do so many people hate this? At least it’s not a fanservice show.

  • Lero says:

    Ken = Keiichi… but his outfit reminds me Iori Yagami XD.
    Kurimu= Rena
    http://blog.seiha.org/images2/hekiyou1/hekiyou1_25.jpg
    Uso da!

    Uh oh!
    http://blog.seiha.org/images2/hekiyou1/hekiyou1_89.jpg
    NExt chapter Hinamizawa sindrome(?)

    http://blog.seiha.org/images2/hekiyou1/hekiyou1_43.jpg
    The assasin behind the crimes in Rokkenjima O_o

    Ok, ok, I get many fun moments in this chapter I will see the next chaopter.