First Impressions: Seton Academy: Join the Pack!

DISCLAIMER: There might be spoilers ahead.

Stupid funny

Beastars season 2 took a seriously weird turn… Come on, you knew I had to make that joke. I know it probably isn’t very original but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Beastars was arguably one of the best if not the best anime of the Fall 2019 season. A show where anthropomorphic animals attempt to live in harmony whilst dealing with their more primal desires. To be completely honest with you, I did not expect it to have such rich story and characters. It definitely struck a chord with me. But now, let’s move on to the actual topic of this article: Murenase! Seton Gakuen.

Seton Academy! Join the Pack main and supporting characters in a classroom, wolf is in the front, human is at the back (left), lion is at the center back.
Ranka, aka ‘Baka Inu’ front and center

This is the story of poor Mazama Jin, who is forced to spend his precious school days in a school where he is the endangered species. You see, in the world of Murenase! Seton Gakuen, humans -due to low birth rates- have been reduced to such a degree that are considered rare and animals (or anthropomorphic animals at least) are the clear majority of the population. So, Jin, a passionate advocate for animal abuse, has to keep his sanity in the midst of what is basically a zoo. Enter Ranka, a ‘proud’ wolf that after a minor confrontation invites Jin to her empty pack. He passionately refuses but unfortunately for him, it will not be so easy. Nonetheless, despite his miserable state of being, a ray of sunshine makes an appearance in the form of Hino Hitomi, a human girl. A pretty girl in fact. The two of them start to get along much to Jin’s joy, only to get interrupted by the ‘stupid dog’. No point in me spoiling everything, so let me just say that eventually both Jin and Hitomi join Ranka’s pack. I know it doesn’t sound terribly exciting and that’s because it isn’t. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not funny.

Basically the end of the first episode

Funny is the aim of the show and in many ways it manages to do just that. Although, it is by no means an intelligent form of humour, I personally spent the whole episode giggling like an idiot. There is a possibility that I am indeed an idiot and this anime’s idiocy matched my wavelength. I don’t know. What I do know is that for whatever reason, I found Murenase! Seton Gakuen extremely entertaining. Of course, I have my fears. I sincerely hope that this doesn’t turn into some sort of weird furry/harem situation. That would be less than ideal. But this completely idiotic anime could offer some harmless laughs for the duration of this winter season. If it can keep doing that then I see no reason why you should skip it. Unless of course you value your time and prefer to pursue more elevated forms of artistic expression. If that’s the case, then please look away.

In conclusion, Murenase! Seton Gakuen is stupid but its my kind of stupid. It made me laugh, the animation is vibrant and works well with the absurdity of the story and the music… well the music, is a whole different beast. I would say that it fits the anime but otherwise it probably won’t find its way into anyone’s playlist any time soon (more here). Overall, it’s an anime for people that want to switch off their brains and just have fun. No deeper meaning. No hidden messages. No high expectations.

Score

⭐⭐⭐


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