Seitokai Yakuindomo is yet another 4-koma adaptation in which any attempts to adapt correctly into anime form have been largely unsuccessful due to the restrictive format and lack of imagination in the 4-koma format. However Seitokai makes things even harder for itself by…well, I think I’ll need to break out another badly drawn 4-koma to illustrate my point.
Let me explain my problem with 4-koma adaptations. There’s an annoying tendency to adapt each joke directly from the manga in the exact same form. When this happens we get the above scene repeated over and over. That’s not considered animating in my book. Toss in some colour and lip flaps and ta-dah~! you get an anime adaptation of a 4-koma. No no no no no no no no. Please stop animation studios. It doesn’t work. Please try to construct a narrative instead of just tossing out one 4-koma gag after another.
Seitokai Yakuindomo may not have had the strongest source material in the world. It seems to think that every joke must end with a sexual reference, which means the potentially good sex jokes get killed because you see them coming from miles away because that’s all they ever rely on. But it still could have worked. The opening 5 minutes or so was actually rather well done. The 4 men stuck inside a train full of schoolgirls, being forced to keep their hands above their heads at all times was actually very funny. The animation was extraordinarily good at the start as well. It had a narrative. A natural sequence of events as the main character went from home to the school to being roped into joining the student council. It worked. The rest didn’t. The rest was just that fucking 4-koma format used over and over with no attempt to adapt them into anime story-telling format. Bleh, bloody 4-koma adaptations. I hate ’em.