At Seton’s Academy / Come Together! to the Seton Academy entrance ceremony, Jin was getting annoyed by all the noise the animals were making and eventually got hit in the face by a pineapple. In anger he threw the pineapple, hitting Ranka Ookami, who then tried attacking him, but missed.
Later at break between the classes, he was annoyed by the noise of the animals and left his classroom and went to the cafeteria. As the food was mostly for animals, he ordered grass with dressing and raw meat, but wanted they to cook it and got annoyed when the gorilla questioned him why. He saw an empty seat in a corner and went to sit there, but that was were Ranka was eating. She felt threatened that he wanted her food and to calm the situation, he offered her some of his food. When she ate it, she happily decided he will join her pack, but Jin wasn’t interested, making her wonder why. Jin then threw a bone and Ranka went chasing it. Jin was then about to leave, but Hitomi Hino, the only other human in the school, wanted to sit there and eat and he decided to stay. As he was enjoying the conversation with her, Ranka came back and saw Hitomi and told her she needs to fight her if she wanted Jin and that scared Hitomi away. Jin kept explaining he didn’t want to join her pack and that she didn’t had a pack, which severely shocked Ranka. Jin told her she needs to find someone of her species, but Ranka told him a story from her past about a boy who saved her and that since that day she decided to form a pack with different animals, and then she ran, telling him she won’t let him join even if he later wanted. Come Together! to the Seton Academy anime download and Murenase! Seton Gakuen watch anime online.
Later that night, Jin recalled what Ranka said and he knew he was that boy, but in reality he to beat up by the bears and that when he started hating all the animals.
On the next day, it was again noisy during the break, but then Hitomi showed up and they went outside together. She told him she wanted to start a cooking club and Jin liked the idea. He was enjoying the conversation, but then Ranka showed up, telling Hitomi that she told her she needs to fight her if she wants Jin. He got annoyed, telling her again he won’t join her pack and that he even formed a pack with Hitomi, so Ranka should leave him be. Feeling saddened, Ranka left.
Later he was helping Hitomi carry the equipment for her cooking club, when they saw Ranka carrying luggage for Chroe Mashima. As Chroe got annoyed at Ranka and wanted to hit her, Hitomi intervened, but Ranka explained it was alright as even though she wanted to form a pack with Jin, she was happy he formed a pack with another human. Hearing that, Chroe again wanted to him Ranka, but Jin stopped her. Chroe then decided to kick Ranka from her herd and as he learned Chroe was a proud zebra horse, he explained zebras were closer to donkeys. Chroe started panicking asking for a proof and he lifted her skirt, revealing her tail to be like a donkey. Feeling ashamed, Chroe ran away.
After school, he heard Hitomi’s scream and as he went to her, he saw three bears holding her. Ranka jumped on one and Hitomi managed to escape. He sprayed the bears with bear pepper spray, which also affected Ranka. But the bears washed the spray away and as they were about to beat him, Ranka stood up for him wanting to fight them, but was easily defeated. The bears got chased away by Gigas Terano-sensei, who Hitomi had called for help. Jin thanked Ranka for trying to protect him and agreed to join her pack. As for welcoming him in the pack, Ranka kissed him and then started licking him.
Murenase Shiiton Gakuen (Seton Academy) is amazing, amazing in the fact that within a span of 12 episodes, it managed to make me dislike animals.
On the surface, this show doesn’t raise too many red flags. Besides, we’ve had other anime about the animal society in recent years such as Beastars. The problem about Seton Academy lies in its story execution and character cast. People may see this just another genre cliché milked by school academy tropes. When you combine that with an academy of animals, there’s hardly anything original about the storytelling. And you’d be right. When the audience first meets animal hater, Mazama Jin, he’s nothing more special than an average teenager with a teenage crush on Hino Hitomi, who happens to also be a human. The story tries to adapt and evolve from its initial premise but never chooses an opportunity for development. That’s because his life is now gotten more chaotic than ever after being involved with an animal pack, led by the overenergetic wolf, Ranka.
I really wish this anime had an auto-mute whenever Ranka opens her mouth. Being a wolf and fiercely protective of her territory, Ranka explifies just about everything I hate about children: loud, annoying, impulsive, and always tries to have her way. Watching her character behavior equates to watching a 5-year old fighting over food with their sibling. Unfortunately for Jin, he has to deal with her behavior on a daily basis. And that doesn’t even count the fact that she is a living object getting in the way of Jin professing his feelings to Hino. Speaking of which, Hino is thrown into the show as a nice type of girl; think of the ‘girl next door type’. It doesn’t take long for Hino to somehow also get entangled into the Ranka’s daily misadventures. To add fuel to the fire, the show somehow manages to throw her into embarrassing situations without batting an eye. The show doesn’t take time to truly develop either character or their relationship. It instead recycles the endless clichés over and over until it milks it dry.
Honestly, I’m not particularly sure what type of audience this anime is aimed at. With minimal story direction, you’d think this appeals to slice of life fans looking for an extra dose of popcorn entertainment. But no, that’s not where the appeals lies. The show lacks the realism of a human storyteller. It puts overemphasis on the animal society that there’s no time to find life quality. Watching the series feels like the author wanted us to believe in this animal society, taking place in an academy. The animals takes on human roles such as the students and staff. But in reality, these character roles are deconstructed that results in an insufferable character cast. It challenged me to name one character that truly felt worth investing time into and in the end, I came up none.
Then, there’s the problem with character relationships. Let’s start with the most normal, being the pair of Jin and Hitomi. This is nothing more than a fantasy daydream saturated with character delusions and idiotic fantasies. While many anime of similar genre follows the trend, this show somehow manages to add them without a shred of shame at any chance it gets. The more this show aired, the more these delusions became more like a way of adding extra TV time for each episode. On the animal front, delusions sometimes gets raunchy and suggestive as we have to remember that they behave just like animals. The anime also takes pleasure to show as much as fan service as possible when given the chance, such as with Ranka’s impulsive licking or Miki’s near naked outfits. The character relationship between Jin and Ranka is like compared to a babysitter and a baby. Jin literally has to hold her back sometimes to avoid public problems. Why? That’s because Ranka seems to have the mentality of a kindergartener. Oh and I’m afraid the rest of the cast isn’t any better. For instance, the female koala Shisho has the animal behavior of a sloth and you likely won’t remember a single dialogue in the episodes she’s in. Others such as Komori or Mei Mei fails to capitalize on their own character personalities to be something unique. When I watch either of them interact with others, it reminds me of elementary school, the days where children behave like annoying children. Even some of the more fierce and masculine characters such as the lions aren’t what I pictured them to be. It’s too bad really because this could have been a somewhat entertaining educational exploration of an animal society. But instead, the creators made this look like a horrible meme with unfunny gags and endless amount of idiocy.
Somehow, I made it through this anime without smashing my TV screen. This show looked like one written by a zoo fanatic but completely fails to mesmerize the audience with their ideas. With little to no story direction and an absolutely insufferable character cast, it truly deserves the score it gets. Hopefully after reading this review and if someone recommends you to watch Murenase Shiiton Gakuen, you turn your head away and say “no”.