Seitokai – Student Council in Japan + 10 Anime

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Student Council in Japan is called seitokai [生徒会], it is common to see its presence in anime, manga and dramas. Ever asked how the student council works in Japan? What are the similarities with anime?

What is the Student Council?

Also known as student council, it is a group of people responsible for taking care of the activities and actions of each student, with clubs and activities outside the topic, being a kind of school organization of students.

It can be literally translated as student association, this organization aims to improve and solve problems and issues in school life. In Japan, it is defined as one of the special activities along with home activities.

Furthermore, in Western countries, student associations are placed in the same position as parents and teachers as part of school management, and certain rights are granted. In Brazil we don't usually see this system, at most we have one chosen from the class.

Class council is established in schools Chuugaku and Koukou. The aim is to form desirable human relationships, participate in creating a better school life as a member of a group, and promote a voluntary attitude by working together to solve problems.

Seitokai - student council in japan + 10 anime

The History of the Student Council in Japan

Based on the organization of the Alumni Association established before the Second World War, several autonomous student organizations were established in schools with the aim of promoting volunteer activities.

Student self-management bodies were granted autonomy as a right and carried out various activities. Later, around 1949, under the direction of the military government, all the autonomous organizations in the country were unified under the name of “student council”.

The intention of the unification of the name was to avoid the appearance that the “Associação Autónoma Estudantil” was not under the authority of the director, but received its own authority from the autonomous association. There was also the perception that students were left to work within the responsibilities and rights conferred on them.

Seitokai - student council in japan + 10 anime

What is the power of the Japanese Student Council?

The organization of student councils varies greatly from school to school, so in some locations the council may have less or more power. Nothing super exaggerated like the anime and manga show.

In anime, student council members are seen with unparalleled power and freedom – they do what they want on campus, invent arbitrary rules that punish the masses, and give themselves and their allies special privileges. None of this is true!

In some places the student council approves basic matters, resolves budget issues and financial statements. Some are responsible for submitting school bills, resolving various matters, and taking care of school clubs and others.

There is a body responsible for the general functioning of the student council, they develop the annual plan of activities, present agendas and convene committee meetings. The organization also represents the school's students, promoting initiatives and disseminating information outside the school.

Faculty or students can determine those who hold student council positions such as student body president, who represents the entire school, and secretary, who assists them. There may be treasurers and other types of members.

There may be several committees composed of elected members from each classroom focused on practical activities. Some are assigned to take care of specific things like school events, festivals, traditional culture, sporting events and others.

Seitokai - student council in japan + 10 anime

Student Council anime

The majority of school anime has a way of fitting the student council or the council president in some way. Often in an exaggerated and unrealistic way, below we will recommend some anime about student council.

Typical themes in these anime include student council elections, planning for school events such as culture festivals or interactions between council members.

Kaguya-Sama Love is War

As student council leaders of their prestigious academy, Kaguya and Miyuki are the elite of the elite! But they're loners at the top... They're secretly in love with each other, but there's just one problem - they're both too proud to admit it.

And so begins the daily plot to make the object of your affections first confess his romantic feelings... Love is a war you win by losing. A very entertaining extreme comedy anime, being one of the best of the genre.

Seitokai - student council in japan + 10 anime

Seitokai Yakuindomo

Seitokai Yakuindomo is a dirty comedy anime, despite the theme, it's not that appealing with ecchi. The story takes place at a popular girls' school called Ousai Private Academy which has recently become co-ed due to the drop in birth rates.

Takatoshi Tsuda, a boy who has just attended Ousai just because of the proximity of his home, is quickly forced to become the vice president of the student council and male representative of the school by President Shino Amakusa.

Now seen as nothing more than a filthy pig by his peers, Takatoshi must deal with learning a new side of the opposite sex, listening to lots of dirty sex and period jokes along the way!

Seitokai - student council in japan + 10 anime

Seitokai no Ichizon

There is never a dull day in the life of the student council at Hekiyou Academy! President Kurimu loves sweets and easily neglects her duties, while secretary Chizuru deftly manipulates those around her.

The otaku Mafuyu is obsessed with writing guidelines online, and is constantly pursued by Ken, the only man on his team and an eroge junkie who has the ultimate goal of turning the entire council into his harem.

Fortunately for Mafuyu, she is protected from his advances by Minatsu, her sporty and stormy sister! Together, the five repeatedly battle boredom, making constant Otaku references and fighting the journalism club along the way!

Seitokai - student council in japan + 10 anime

Okusama Ga Seito Kaichou!

High school freshman Hayato Izumi lost the student council president elections to Ui Wakana, a girl who shocked the entire student body by promising to "remove all restrictions on relationships" and handing out condoms for free.

That day, Wakana, the president-elect, brought her belongings to Izumi's residence and claimed to be his betrothed bride. A comedy anime with several seasons and quite interesting within the proposed.

Seitokai - student council in japan + 10 anime

Other student council anime

We also recommend the following anime:

  • Kaichou wa Maid-Sama;
  • Medaka Box;
  • Gokujou Seitokai;
  • Shoujo Kakumei Utena;
  • Charlotte;
  • Kill la Kill;
  • Prison School;
  • Kakegurui;

List of Student Council Presidents Characters

The student council president is called seitokacho [生徒会長], is practically the most powerful student in the school, as he is practically a class representative for the entire school. They are quite popular in anime and manga.

Below we will leave a ranking with characters who are student council presidents at their school. You may be interested in some of these names. Hope you enjoyed the article.

  1. Akemi Souryuuin
  2. Akira Yukishiro
  3. Ako Suminoe
  4. Amelie Azazel
  5. Anna Nishikinomiya
  6. Apollon Agana Belea
  7. Ayari Shiki
  8. Benio Yonomori
  9. Celia Cumani Aintree
  10. Chiho Hyuuga
  11. Chitose Karasuyama
  12. Claire Harvey
  13. Eichi Tenshouin
  14. Eli Ayase
  15. Fumika Shinshijuin
  16. Furan Takaki
  17. Gakuto Sougetsu
  18. Haruma Yamazuki
  19. Hayata Mukunashi
  20. Hina Hikawa
  21. Ichiri Minagawa
  22. irie
  23. Issei Ryuudou
  24. Itsuki Myoudouin
  25. Jou Edogawa
  26. Kaguya Otonashi
  27. Kanae Hayashizaki
  28. Karen Hijiri
  29. Karen Minazuki
  30. Karura Hiougi
  31. Kate Takenomiya
  32. Kinshirou Kusatsu
  33. Kinuyo Kasuga
  34. Kirari Momobami
  35. Koma Jinguji
  36. Kyou Goshouin
  37. Lily Shiraishi
  38. Machi Tokiwa
  39. Madoka Kaguya
  40. Mahiro Sasamori
  41. Makoto Takei
  42. Sister Aida
  43. Manabu Horikita
  44. Mari Kurihara
  45. Mari Ohara
  46. Masafumi Akagi
  47. Medaka Kurokami
  48. Megumi Sokabe
  49. Mei Aihara
  50. Milly Ashford
  51. Mimori Seiteikouji
  52. Mirei Kudou
  53. Misaki Ayuzawa
  54. Mitsuki Shiina
  55. Mitsuki Sonoda
  56. Nanana Wanibe
  57. No Tomori
  58. Opposite Student Council President
  59. president
  60. King Jinjuji
  61. Rem Kaginuki
  62. Renge Shiratsuyu
  63. Rinko Shirokane
  64. Ryosuke Kamijo
  65. Sakura Akino
  66. Satsuki Kiryuin
  67. Sawako Tennouji
  68. Seima Takajou
  69. Shinji Kamuro
  70. Shino Amakusa
  71. Shirayuki Hotogi
  72. Shizuku Sangou
  73. Shuya Arisada
  74. Sojun
  75. Song Lingya
  76. Soushun Murasame
  77. Student Council President
  78. Tanabe
  79. Teru Minamoto
  80. Tes Kinokuni
  81. Tomoyo Sakagami
  82. Tora Igarashi
  83. Touga Kiryuu
  84. Touko Nanami
  85. Touta Shiroouji
  86. wow wakana
  87. Unko
  88. William Satou
  89. Xun Li
  90. Yamazoe
  91. Yotsuya
  92. Yuki Sohma

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