Anime of Tomorrow
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate Ep. 1
Summer 2012 (12 episodes)
(short version title – Koichoco) (title literal translation – Love, Election and Chocolate) (more info)
I’ve heard of some really cool, incredibly dumb, highly unlikely and pitifully lazy ideas for school clubs. The food club in Koichoco lies somewhere between all four of those labels. Really, the premise of saving their club by fielding one of their members to become the student council president isn’t all that exciting. But I like the sassy interactions between the characters and the opening sequence to the story was dramatic, shady and mysterious enough to get me wondering how this is related to the main plot and what’s going to happen next.
I hesitate to assume this was the intention of the writer, but the calamity that befalls Kana, the young woman in the opening moments, is put into sharp contrast with the carefree nature of the food club. You see, after a tragedy our lives can come to a halt and it’s easy to make the presumptuous mistake of thinking that the whole world also comes to a halt to accommodate our lost time. But reality is much harsher than that. The vast, vast majority of people continue to go merrily about their lives, scarcely noticing that someone has dropped off the radar of their relationships.
The exposition of the setting and story follows a natural and creative flow that goes a long way to developing the characters’ relationships and personalities. That it can tell jokes about politics and sexuality (silly and fun yaoi jokes at that) so casually gives a few good laughs and reveals what I’m hoping is the playful nature of this anime.
Really, I can’t stress enough how much this anime is riding on its characters because most of the action thus far seems mismatched in tone from busting backdoor politics and running people down with a car to maintain their silence. Then, when misfortune gets bumped by the cheerful exuberance the food club members exhibit, it shows just how much still remains hazy and unexplained. I get the feeling there’s something more going on than what we can take at face value, but the sharp inconsistency of tone doesn’t leave me optimistic about the direction this anime could be headed. I think it deserves a closer look and maybe then it will start to reveal what it’s really about.