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Sket Dance

Sket Dance

At the Kaimei Academy three classmates, “Bossun” Yusuke, “Onihime” Himeko and “Switch” Kazuyoshi have established their own club: the Academy Activity Support Club. Known as Sket-Dan for short, the trio accept any odd jobs that come their way in the name of maintaining a peaceful life for the students of the academy. Whether identifying a graffiti artist, fixing the school gym shed or helping a new student fend off his childhood bullies, no task is too big and no job too small for the Sket-Dan.

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Gunther Gunther says...

Both Sket Dance and Gintama are gag series about people trying to help each other. Both have a protagonist who seems like a good-for-nothing but really cares about his friends, and both sometimes stop the hilarious comedy for a serious or really sad episode. Oh, and both ran in Shonen Jump, so both have the common themes of "friendship, hard work, and victory".

LazyPrinzez LazyPrinzez says...

Gintama and SKET Dance maybe polar opposites when it comes to the timeline on which their respective stories are set, but don't be fooled.

First, the very purpose of the Yorozuya and SKET-dan are the same: they do anything for their clients.

Second, both groups are composed of three members (exclude the pets) with similar characteristerization: one leader figure, one freakishly strong female, and one megane character.

Third, Gintama and SKET Dance have similar comedy and sense of humor. Both series parody other anime series, as both main protagonists are very well conscious of their status as main character (and both don't want to be outdone by other characters). Gintama's famous randomness can also be seen in SKET Dance.

If you love the characters, the randomness, common humor, you'll surely love both series! Without a doubt, SKET Dance is the modern-campus-life Gintama!

nasreen10 nasreen10 says...

Both Gintama and Sket Dance revolve around a group of three interesting characters who help others. One is the leader, the other is an otaku and last is a girl with fierce strength. Both are incredibly funny as well.

Yuyunarutoballz Yuyunarutoballz says...

Both Sket Dance and Gintama are parody anime's (shows that make fun of other forms of media. manga, games, shows, etc) Also ironically enough the creator of Sket Dance used to be a assiasstant to the creator of Gintama before his own series got serialized. Both series's are about group 3 friends that help each other. These two series's have so much in common that it practially screams "We're one in the same!" Also, the 3 main cast members of each show seem to have similar personalitys. Overall these two shows go hand and hand and a fan of one should without a doubt be a fan of the other

chii chii says...

Both shows are about people helping other people generally in a hilarious way. Gintama takes parody to a whole new level where Sket Dance is set in a school but both have very serious sides to them along with the laughs and wacky adventures. Try one if you enjoy the other.

Arkohn Arkohn says...

Despite a considerable difference in setting, both Gintama and Sket Dance use a similar comedic style. Each has a great cast of characters, well developed and likable. In short if you enjoyed one series you will likely enjoy the other. My preference is with Gintama but both of these are still a "must watch" in my opinion.

AceoftheTARDIS AceoftheTARDIS says...

Sket Dance is Gintama in highschool settings and Gintama is Sket Dance in Edo-period settings.

Both are hilarious, has a lot of funny parodies and they've even made 2 crossover episodes! Both also have those very serious moments. Gintama has more fighting than Sket Dance and more fantasy elements (like Aliens).

Gintama is superior, but Sket Dance is definetly also worth a watch.

anosora anosora says...

The author of Sket Dance was the assistant of Gintama. The manga and anime even crossover. Good enough reason. If you watched or read the crossover, they themselves give the explanation of their relations. Sket dance is more appropriate though.

1910tsuki 1910tsuki says...

What I thought of when I first saw Sket Dance was that it was very similar to Gintama.  The parody and the comedy parts are especially hilarious.  Plus, the all-around spirit of helpfulness is there.  Really, only the themes are different:  alien samurai era vs. school life.

Want an overdose of insanity?  Make sure to check out both of these anime productions!  XD

Shanalogic Shanalogic says...

The main characters are technically the same! A super-strong but very cute girl, megane dude, dumb leader who comes thru when it matters. Gintama is in Edo period with aliens so no school and Sket Dance is at school. The mangaka of Sket Dance even used to be the assistant of Gintama's mangaka! I think assistant was very influenced by Gintama-mangaka.

Oh and the genres are the same. Comedy is hilarious (main genre), bad past?, and 'friendship effort and victory' Thats what i think.

I forgot the story!! Even story is same. Gintama is the 3 mains are Yorozuya, they do anything for money (help people and in the end they dont get money), Sket Dance, the 3 mains set up a club that helps people!  I like Sket Dance a little better maybe cuz I dont get some of the 'adult humor' in Gintama xD But these are both my favorites!! So go watch them~

8MangaMan 8MangaMan says...

These anime are one in the same.  They focus on a group of 3 people and one pet whose jobs are to help others.  Both are fantastic comedies and long running series.  While Gintama has more crude humor and action, Sket Dance is more relatable at points and goes about everything in a calmer way than Gintama.   They also have a crossover episode, so if you start one, you can get an idea of the other.  Also the writer for Sket Dance worked with Sorachi on Gintama before he made Sket Dance, which is where a lot of the inspiration of the show comes from.  Some even call Sket Dance "The poor mans Gintama" though both series are very alike. 

5cheese 5cheese says...

Gintama and Sket-dan are pretty similar, in a good way. They both are willing to do a lot for their clients. They both have a glasses character and an original heroine. The main characters have traits that make them seem like their good for nothing but end up saving and helping lots of people. They both have quite a big cast. And lets not forget their great humor.

Get Backers

Get Backers

Ban Midou and Ginji Amano are the Get Backers. With a 99 percent success rate in returning lost or stolen property to its original owners, they will do anything for the right price. Midou and Ginji often get hired for seemingly ordinary jobs that turn out to be more difficult than they appear; and whether it’s finding a doll for a girl, retrieving a stolen rare violin or getting mixed up with the mob, they have many adventures with plenty of petty squabbles along the way!

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dai dai says...

Gintama and Get Backers both centralize on a very small group of people struggling to survive who have skills that aren't necessarily useful unless they are doing work (which they seldom find).They all have to take on odd jobs to pay the costs of living and manage to barely scrape by. Per usual in both, no job is simply straightforward and hilarious antics ensue.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

Both series have both a comedy and more serious streak running through them. Many of the episodes have the laughs and a lot of "in" jokes - Gintama especially tailored to the otaku viewers.

The relationships between friends, and the strong bonds formed are probably the main theme in both of these series, as well as fighting as the underdog.

youjik33 youjik33 says...

Both series are mostly lighthearted and full of high-energy action scenes, yet have moments of seriousness as well. They're also both full of bizarre and yet totally likable characters, as well as characters who alternate between being friend and foe. GetBackers is a bit darker but the underlying mood of the two shows is very similar.

Asura Asura says...

Both have some sort of Yoruzuia(?). And both are pretty funny and they have a serious past. Get backers and Gintama both have a small aspect with the genre; Superpowers. Gintama, Gin is just strong with his sword even tough it's made out of wood. And with Get backers they have special eye power.

monkang monkang says...

Both Gintama and Get Backers have the same feel: A group of friends who are struggling to make ends meet by completing various assignments from customers.  Sometimes it's as simple as a lost cat, and other times it's a deeply complicated political issue.  Despite the task, Get Backers and Gintama both have you laughing every episode. 

miko miko says...

as both of them come from opposite angles, very good suggestion.  I rather like how, even opposite, they are similar in many ways.

Binbougami ga!

Binbougami ga!

On Earth, humans live unaware of the many gods who watch over them and help maintain a sense of balance. But one day, a very special girl named Ichiko Sakura will come face to face with one in the flesh – Momiji, the goddess of misfortune! For Ichiko is unknowingly sapping good fortune from those around her, sporting abnormal levels of beauty, intellect, athletic skill and wealth, and it's up to Momiji to help put things back into order. There's just one problem: selfish Ichiko is fully satisfied with her life, and wants nothing of the sort! Determined to keep her mojo safe from the cranky goddess's giant syringe and wide array of bad luck "devices", Ichiko now must deal with a whole host of supernatural lunatics and the fact that her new tormentor has moved in as an unwanted house guest, all the while trying her best to stay as fabulous as possible!

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Tmoh Tmoh says...

Both animes are pretty similar in the style of humor. I am not a 100% percent on this but I believe that these anime/manga are made by the same guy. So if you like the one, you will like the other.

Singan Singan says...

Both are shows by studio Sunrise with exactly the same type of comedy: over-the-top, aggressive, heavily relying on parodies... and not particularly clever. I didn't enjoy either; however, if you like the one, make sure you check the other.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Sunrise is the studio, and Yoichi Fujita is the director behind both of these series, and it really shows in the main selling point of both shows, the comedy.

The type of humour is very similar in each, with a lot of over the top gags, parodies of other anime or manga, shouting, sometimes random, and physical humour. The characters don't feel too similar for the most part, but i will say that the main characters from each show, Momiji and Gintoki, have moments that make them seem not too dissimilar from each other. 

Most of the other area's in each show are very different from each other, but it's the comedy that people love these two shows for, and the similarities are pretty obvious if you ask me. So fans of one should get some good laughs out of the other.

CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Although Gintama and Binbougami ga! have their differences, the comedy is very similar. It's persistent, overly dramatic, and even a bit crude at times. However, both shows are not afraid to show a serious side; they're willing to throw in some life lessons along the way. The shows may be different in all other areas, but if you enjoyed the comedy mixed with a dash of seriousness in one, you'll most likely enjoy it in the other. 

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both Binbougami ga! and Gintama are damn funny and at times they can be very random. If you like top-notch comedies, then these are are for you! 

Hayate the Combat Butler!

Hayate the Combat Butler!

When Hayate was young, Santa appeared in a dream and told him that if he worked hard, he’d be rewarded. Thus, with an unbreakable will, the unfortunate Hayate has struggled through life holding onto that belief. In the present, his parents are lazy and unemployed, forcing Hayate to work several jobs to pay the bills. As if things couldn’t get worse, Hayate’s parents then run away, leaving him with an enormous debt and loan sharks on his tail! Naturally, the best solution to find money fast is… to kidnap someone?! A girl named Nagi is the target, but due to an unfortunate miscommunication, she believes Hayate has proposed to her and falls for him hard. After Nagi paid off his debt, Hayate must now work as her butler in order to repay her; but first, he must adapt to her wacky world!

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Zlant Zlant says...

Both, Hayate the Combat Butler and Gintama, share the same random sense of humor which is: a lot of references to other anime, both series brake the fourth wall and they both repeatedly use some jokes over the episodes.

Szwagier Szwagier says...

They are both paroding various anime, making a pretty funny mismatch. In both cases they do it by quoting, introducing very recognisable characters or talking about individual title. They have no real plot, just appearing from time to time few episode mini-arcs that are suppose to show some fight or do even more extravagant parody.

Rfsancho Rfsancho says...

If you liked the random, spontaneous, and often satirical style of slapstick comedy of one show, you'd more than likely enjoy the other.

DarkSword DarkSword says...

Both Hayate the Combat Butler! and Gintama are comedy parodies with non-stop humor. If you like one, you would like the other

Arakawa Under the Bridge

Arakawa Under the Bridge

Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.

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niikuu niikuu says...

Both shows share similar sense of humor, grinding on an edge of insanity. Voice acting also has a bit of similarity. If you liked Gintama or Arakawa, watching the other one is a sure hit

AceoftheTARDIS AceoftheTARDIS says...

Like random characters with odd personalitys? Then both will entertain you.

Both share the same random humor ^^

sunyshore sunyshore says...

Both series have similar sense of humour and are full of quirky characters. With their crazy antics, you won't get bored easily. 

The amazing voice acting brings LIFE to these characters.

KingGrimm KingGrimm says...

Both Gintama and Arakawa are very random comedy with very characteristic seyuus. If you liked humor in one, you definitly ought to watch the other.

I'm guessing Arakawa is in Kabuki district.