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Sket Dance

Jul 18, 2011

This is another one of those shows which you find out about through a random recommendation, and it ends up being one of the best things that has ever happened to you. Sket Dance may not be very popular, but it's definitely not one to miss.

The story revolves around the three main characters: Fujisaki "Bossun" Yuusuke, Onizuka "Himeko" Hime and Usui "Switch" Kazuyoshi, who are all members of the Sket Dan - a club dedicated to helping anyone in need and solving their problems. Unfortunately for them, their lack of requests usually leaves them lazing around their clubroom on most days, or at the very least, doing odd jobs around campus.

On the surface, this show seems like a typically 'optimistic' Shonen series, delivering a message about assisting others. However, watch one episode and you'll realise that it is NOT what it appears to be. The series is filled with humour, usually revolving around parodies of famous shows and personalities, or language-related gags. A word of advice - this series is best enjoyed by those who have already watched a lot of anime previously, and/or read a lot of manga. Most of the gags can be appreciated if you know anime and manga stereotypes or cliches, as this series deals with them constantly.

The animation and artwork is not special in any particular way, and yet it just seems to fit the mood of the story perfectly. The characters' expressions change constantly, and are consistent with the art of the manga. I would love to give examples here, but I won't for fear of spoiling the series for anyone who plans to watch it. All you need to know is that the animation is beautiful in its own way.

The opening and ending themes are good, although I personally prefer the ending theme. The opening is pretty misleading, though that's not necessarily a bad thing - it depends on you. The background music does not particularly stand out, but blends brilliantly with various scenes without seeming overdone. The voice acting, however, is AMAZING. The characters are all brought to life by their respective actors, and they do an incredible job.

Despite the art and humour being good, they would be nothing without a strong cast; which is exactly what makes this series stand out. The characters are easily the selling point of Sket Dance. The incredibly-popular otaku Switch, the intimidating Himeko and Bossun with his 'amazing power of concentration' make for a perfect star cast. The supporting cast includes a samurai, a creepy girl interested in the supernatural, and a Shoujo-manga artist wannabe who sees the world through an 'Otome Filter'. These are easily the most varied characters I have come across in a single series, and yet the bizarreness of it all makes it even more entertaining to watch.

Sket Dance may not be a series for those new to manga and/or anime, but for most 'veterans' it is a must-watch. Once you're hooked, you'll never want to let go.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
9.8/10 overall

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manmohanth says...

It was ok at best as far as i am concerned

Feb 13, 2014
airy says...

Thank you both for the comments and feedback! This review was actually based off my  impression around 20 episodes (as well as a considerable number of manga chapters) in; however as of now I find my interest in this anime waning. I would still recommend it to people, but if I were to write a review now, I would rank it significantly lower. Just thought I'd put forward a more current viewpoint :)I personally loved Switch's back-story. In fact, I think the main characters are developed very well. Unfortunately the unnecessary presence of more "annoying" side-characters is making it difficult for me to appreciate the anime properly... 

Aug 16, 2012
Tchula says...

I caught the first 15 episodes at a con and thought it was hysterical.  The anime inside-jokes were highly entertaining!  What's not to love about a guy whose super powers are "perfect accuracy with a slingshot" and "concentration"?  Switch's manly, computer-generated voice made me laugh, too.

The OP and ED songs are very catchy.  Like Airy, I preferred the ED, and noticed many people around me bobbing their heads and tapping their feet when it came on.  It definitely got stuck in my head.

I hope I can catch the rest of this show sometime!

Nov 21, 2011
Galadri says...

I'm loving this series!

I'd have to say my only complaint about the show is the Sketch backstory episode. A show where the main characters are surrounded by such richly developed supporting cast usually thrives on backstory and character development, however I felt that each time this was done for this anime that it detracted from the point of the club.

I suppose my main issue with the Switch episode was that from the moment it started I knew I would end up bawling my eyes out, and that's not why I watch this show. I shouldn't have to reassure my family that no one died when they find me weeping inconsolably on the couch watching anime. Wouldn't you agree? Or did you find this (excellently written, acted and drawn) episode enhanced your enjoyment of the show?

Oct 20, 2011