As the first episode is concluded and our first impressions are wrapped up, how will Yuuki adapt to the pressure he faces in becoming a candidate for the upcoming student council elections?
Observe. This is peer pressure at its finest.
Well, the answer to the question is quite simply really. Decline to become a student council president candidate and quit the Food Research Club. And with that, he begins bumping into random cute girls, very cute girls. You know, next time I'm being pressured to do something I don't want to do, perhaps I'll do as Yuuki does and maybe, just maybe, I might start bumping into some very cute girls, then proceed to get run over by an mind-blowingly cute girl on a bicycle. It's as they say, no pain no gain right? Right?
One of the primary purposes of this episode was to solidify Yuuki's position as a potential student council president. At this current point in the show, he really comes off as a strong-willed individual with a sense of humour and a touch of classic cliché male harem main lead behaviour. With that being said, Yuuki, along with Chisato, seem to have a dangerously (in a positive manner) mysterious past, one that is causing me to itch in desire to discover what secrets their past holds, particularly regarding Chisato and her inability to consume chocolate. In the first episode, Chisato placed a chocolate bar on the altar for what I presume to be a deceased family member, which certainly points towards more or less of a traumatizing experience she experienced in the past. Perhaps the deceased individual had a thing for chocolate? We'll surely know later, but for now, it's a brilliant way to grab and keep the attention of viewers.
Next up, we have the introduction of a very important character in this show, Shinonome Satsuki, a Morishima Haruka look-alike, voiced none other than Asakawa Yuu, who also happens to voice Tsukahara Hibiki in the Amagami SS franchise. While Satsuki will more than likely become a rival to Yuuki in the upcoming student council elections, one can't help but make an educated guess and predict that Satsuki may end up rooting for Yuuki. However, one can't help but make an educated guess and predict that there will be many, many complications and general drama that gets in between the two. The first few minutes of the first episode definitely gave us an insight into the dark side the show possesses underneath the bright and uplifting skin, so there's always the potential for a complete genre change. Whether or not it will be a progressive change, intermittent interruptions of more dramatic scenes, or an abrupt change, I do not know. With that being said, I can't say I'm looking forward to the drama this show will churn out, as it definitely can't be pleasant to watch. Two-sided shows like these burn the candle at both ends, with such beautiful visuals and a strong storyline, only to throw a curveball and present a depressingly darker tale.
Putting the plot aside, I'll just say right now, that I'm rooting for Yuuki x Chisato. Not only does the standard fare childhood friend formula work flawlessly in this setup, their deep past certainly strengthens their bond. I firmly believe the two belong together, so I'm just putting this out there right now. I mean, just look at this! They're so bloody cute that I feel like every single time I see them together, I die and reincarnate at a ridiculously rapid pace. Also, Chisato bears significant resembles to Nakatsugawa Ui of Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi, and those who have seen the show will know how she ends up with the main male lead. Yuuki x Chisato is simply a recipe for success.
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate manages to incorporate so many different positive aspects of anime, and place them in a very standard, very cliché setting. When I watch this show, I smile, I laugh, and I enjoy everything it has to offer. From the beautiful AIC art and character design, which reminds me dearly of Amagami SS, to the underlying urge to uncover more of the character's backgrounds, and the alluring yet treacherous drama just waiting for its opportunity to pounce on us poor unreprepared souls. Let's not forget about the mild yet provocatively sexy fanservice that also reminds me of Amagami SS. It must be an AIC thing. Oh AIC, I love you guys.
With Yuuki agreeing to run as a candidate for the upcoming student council elections, things are just beginning to get interesting. And you know things are bound to become interesting when one: Yakumo Mori is much less frightening than I presumed he would be, and two: when Yakumo Mori needs pretty boy thugs to defend him from other thugs. A very amusing way to present the current student council president indeed.
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