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Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2 Thoughts
What’s great about Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2, is that it’s longer than the previous movie and that’s already an improvement. Immediately though, one thing that threw me off was how the first few minutes of the movie played out, it’s almost identical to Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie. For a second there I thought I was re-watching a remaster movie. Something else I would like to mention is that the art style feels the same but also different at the same time. Not too sure if I like it. Obviously, it’s more up-to-date in terms of linework. Everything is a lot more defined and overall looks a lot more tidy, however weirdly enough, I’m not sure if the cleaner artwork suits the anime.
So what were my thoughts on the second movie? Something about the movie as a whole felt a little off to me. I just didn’t find myself as engaged as I was when I watched the first movie. I guess having expectations going into the second movie really did me wrong because Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie was the measuring stick and in my mind, the second movie had to either match or surpass. Unfortunately in that regard, the anime does fall a little short.
For me, the Seitokai Yakuindomo series as a whole is based around inappropriate jokes, that is their bread and butter. That is what Seitokai Yakuindomo is most known for and is what the anime does best. If I were to compare the both movies, Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie contained a lot more inappropriate jokes, everywhere you turned there was always something. While in Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2 it felt a lot more sparse and whenever a joke was told it felt extremely watered down. Maybe it has something to do with the times, but I personally didn’t like that all too much. I watch for the inappropriate jokes. I’m a simpleton, more appropriate jokes = more funny, less inappropriate jokes = less funny. The lack of inappropriate jokes wasn’t the only thing I noticed. Another key difference between both movies was that the second movie didn’t feel as chopped up and segmented like it’s predecessor. The various arcs are a lot longer and feel a lot more ‘story’ driven. Which for a change was nice and definitely an improvement.
I think the second movie focused a little too much on making everything feel more like a movie that it fell out of touch with it’s fundamentals. In a way, it also felt like I watching a dating simulation. Maybe it was just me but it felt like everyone wanted to be around Tsuda more and wanted to be on his good side. Especially Amakusa, who spent the majority of the movie around Tsuda. A lot of the interactions between them were either embarrassing, funny or heartfelt. You could definitely sense that Amakusa by the movie’s end had developed a level of affection for Tsuda while still maintaining her perverted self and antics. Was that something I enjoyed? Personally, yes, because I love them both and I ship them. However, I would have loved to see more funny inappropriate antics with them. I think that would have made for great entertainment.
While Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2 to me does fall short in terms of comedy, it does correct a flaw that the first movie had. It feels a little bit more continuous. It also carries on building whatever connection Tsuda and Amakusa had towards the end of the first movie. Which was something I also liked. Did I enjoy it? Yes and no. Yes because I enjoy anything related to the Seitokai Yakuindomo as a whole, even if the second movie wasn’t the strongest anime out of the bunch. But also, no because it didn’t meet the expectations I had for the movie. If you’re a die-hard Seitokai Yakuindomo fan, then I suggest watching the second movie as well, however, if you’re not a die-hard then stopping after the first movie is probably where I’d stop, looking back.
Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2 is a 7/10 or a solid B-. Maybe there’s hope for a third season? We’ll never know.
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