Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2 continues the adventures of Ken, Aka, Chizuru, Minatsu, and Mafuyu, the members of the student council, as they mostly just hang out. In addition, there is also the return of the side characters Lilicia and her sister Elise, as well as the addition of two girls from Ken’s past Ringo and Asuka, as well as another girl that was key to motivating him to grow, Minase. And that’s not to say there wasn’t any plot whatsoever, as much of Ken’s back story is revealed, and the small separate plots from episode to episode add up to something that’s actually reasonably deep.
Like its predecessor, this season too is heavily focused on comedy, but is definitely has more plot. The series starts off with a prequel to the series, where it shows Ken working his way to become part of the student council. Later Ringo and Asuka are introduced, and the situation that led to him being broken and picking up the pieces with the thanks of the student council gets developed. Ken is an amazing character that’s very strange and takes some getting used to, but definitely won me over, as he did the rest of the show’s cast. Furthermore, all of the other main characters managed to shine through and get their time in the spotlight. All of this development carries through to its ultimately conclusion at the end, at which point it ends on a high note for everyone. The series was pretty relaxed, but still heartwarming.
The new side characters were awesome and helped show the other main characters in a new light, Ringo especially, and they did justice to the returning characters. The side characters overall got more time and development as compared to the previous season, but ultimately it felt a bit lacking. It felt like there was a lot more that could and should have been done. For example, Minatsu’s idol friend Meguru is pretty much mentioned, but then skipped over entirely. There was a lot more development and things wrapped up incredibly nicely, but I really felt they could have done a lot more. However, I understand that they didn’t really have room. One of the best aspects of the previous season was its slow pace that made it seem like nothing was really happening, but slowly and steadily a strong amount of development had occurred. This forgoes that to try to get in as much development as possible and is thus much faster paced. The extra development is appreciated, but the faster pace doesn’t fit as well as the pacing did in the previous season. For these reasons, I really wish they did more with the series. Maybe another season would be pushing it, but another couple episodes instead of just 10 could have helped.
The EX episode was great. It’s personally one of my favorite episodes. I think it would’ve flowed great in series within the rest of the show, though they did a good job of having it be a solid send off despite it not being the ending.
Ultimately, there was less comedy due to being more plot focused, but the comedy was still there and solid. A lot less of it was based on parody or satire however, which I was fine with, and overall should make the show more appealing to more people. The animation quality was much better, and art style was also improved. There were also slight but good improvements to the character designs. The OP was once again solid. The EDs were good now too, which a solid improvement over the previous season’s which I felt were a train wreck. There were also some voice actor changes but they were barely noticeable.
Overall, more plot focused at the expense of pacing and comedy, but managing to come to an amazing end. I love all of them too and am going to miss them terribly. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Chizuru especially.