“Sekkou Boys” is a four member boy band whose members are all idols, literally: the group leader Saint Giorgio, the original celebrity Medici, the multitalented Hermes and the lover Mars. However, the only catch is that they are all stone busts! The anime depicts their story of making it as a boy band with the support of their fresh-faced manager, Miki Ishimoto, who has only recently graduated from college.
A Visceral Allegory of Seven Years of My Artistic Life
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours
St. Giorgius, Disposer of Dragons
Minerva Protecting Peace from Mars
Civil War Brewing
Allegory of Music and Prudence
The Forge of Vulcan
The Weeping Woman
The Return of the Prodigal Son
The Last Judgment
Now, I know what you're thinking. "What? An Idol anime with statues?? Nani desu ka?" And yes, it's an idol anime with statues, more procisely busts, as the idols. But what about the male fanservice that is supposed to accompany male idol anime? That is sadly missing, but fear not, there is comedy instead. I can hear the BL fangirls weeping somewhere. Story: A girl goes to art school and all they ever do is paint portraits of various statues. It's enough to make her quit art school, remove the colored strands from her hair, and start a career in show business as... a manager? Yeah, that one was like "but why?" when I first watched it. Her charges are a new idol group made of... statues, much to her dismay. And these aren't just ordinary statues, these statues can talk! (and apparently sing) The rest of the anime is the new manager dealing with temper tantrums, possible scandals, and trying to get the idols to be famous. Animation: The animation is very nice, despite the lack of male fanservice. Of course, the idols themselves are pretty much stationary the entire anime, but the human cast is animated quite well. I would have liked the lines on the statues to be a bit more defined, but then I remembered what actual statues look like, and the animation seems pretty on point. Sound: You know, for an anime about idols there wasn't a lot of music. The end song is actuall the song the idols come up with towards the end of the anime (spoiler alert, but not really), which is a rip off of a certain other male idol anime that will not be named *coughPrince-samacough* And the end song really isn't that good... Characters: How the hell do you characterize a statue? No, really? Oh, you give it the traits of whomever the statue is supposed to be... uh-huh. I just don't see St. George and his dragon slaying becoming an idol, but ok. And Mars? Why not Apollo, you know, the god of music? Oh, nevermind. For statues, the characterization is decent, although they really only get 1 or 2 traits. Overall: Is it worth it? The comedy is decent, the rest is rather "meh"
Sekko Boys Review: When it comes to an anime or series in general that has a seemingly generic plot or a genre done in such a recycled way, you seem to think of it as boring and generic and not interesting. However when a twist in the story comes in, whether it’s a deconstruction or using a different word to describe it, most of the time the story is more original and sometimes better executed. It wasn’t long ago when I found the ironic meme of an anime called Sekko Boys I really needed to delve deeper into this topic. Is it good at what’s it doing or just generic idol anime other than the twist? Let’s find out! Additional Notes: Sekko Boys is an original 12 episode long anime (each lasting about 7 minutes) done by Liden Films that ended recently in 2016. This anime is rated TV-PG for its slight language and references. Viewer discretion is not really advised. Story: The story of Sekko Boys takes the idol genre and…well just listen for yourself. Miki Ishimoto is a rather young and eccentric woman who quits art school due to always having to draw stone busts/sculptures ALL THE TIME. Growing absolute hatred for stone busts, she decides to take on the job of manager for the idol group slowly rising up to stardom “The Rockies” or “Sekko Boys”. But unaware to her until the time comes, it turns out all the members are literal stone busts of mythical gods or ancient historical figures who can talk, sing, and interact with humans! Going through simple adventures with fame, moving them since they can’t walk on their own, and interviews, can Ishimoto get over the fact they’re stone busts and help manage their group? The twist of stone busts in the plot is so blatantly ridiculous…it sadly works. The concept of stone busts living and interacting normally with society is just too funny! However, it does go with its flaws. First off They don’t really explain how these stone busts are alive: I really need to get this off my chest. Even if they only spent 10 seconds explaining this, I never recalled them ever explaining how these things are alive. Seriously, what’s the slight logic behind this concept! Now, when you watch an idol anime, what’s the thing you expect the most out of; what do you always know is gonna be shown in these animes? Concerts. Concerts/Performances are a chance to give the animators the ability to animate imaginative concerts with nice imagery, good music, etc! Does Sekko Boys do that? NO! Every time a concert comes up or building up to one, they always time skip to the end of the performance and continue on with its story! However in a way…it’s sort of a good thing…I guess? I mean, it gives us a chance to see scenes relating to what the members and other people are going through. Struggling to schedule interviews, meeting other famous singers, living double lives, it delves deeper into those topics and doesn’t spend much time on concerts! Maybe it’s the duration of each ep being about 7 minutes long, I don’t know! Oh yeah, that’s another flaw! Is there a reason for the short duration for an anime that actually focuses well on other ideals in idol groups other than concerts all the time?! I mean yeah maybe it doesn’t quite deserve the 30 minutes timing, but at least extend it more, at least to fit a 11-15 minute mark! But seriously, it makes the pacing having to rush faster which isn’t good! On the upside, it makes some of the faster paced comedy work out incredibly well, but it still needs to slow it down some more or get some more episodes! Characters: I kind of figured this anime didn’t feature very magnum opus characters from the start, but I feel they should be looked at anyway. I’m not gonna look at the members of the “Sekko Boys” or as just stone busts, but them as normal characters and how they work. For the most part, they’re ok. Each follow more a cliché cutout. Saint Giorgio is kind of the leader, Medici is more of the innocent one, Hermes is a bit more risky, and Mars is similar to Saint in leadership. All are cliché, but half of the comedy comes from their interactions which are pretty funny. They can be very flawed in what they do but still come out as decently ok-to-follow characters who don’t really have a huge idea on what they’re doing in the life of rising to fame. The other half I’d say comes Miki Ishimoto’s reactions to the “Sekko Boys’s” interactions, which work stupendously. Ishimoto was the best character when it came to the comedy and the more serious moments. She was eccentric but was still at the same time normal and persistent. Though rushed, her backstory wasn’t entirely sad but had a more hopeful tone for her future, which made it work great. The other side characters, while eccentric, were either not really memorable or got little screen time so I can’t say much on them. Animation: I’m keeping this one very short since this there isn’t much to say on the animation other than…it’s good. Not much to say other than that…just good. The stone busts are really just stock photos so they don’t have any moving lips, which is probably for the better. Overall, it’s just good… Sound: Sekko Boys disappointed me with its music. You see, “Sekko Boys” really only have one song (a one hit wonder I guess) so that’s the only one that is displayed in the end credits. There isn’t an opening to this show by the way, which greatly disappoints me. As far as their one song, it’s fine for what it is. It’s catchy and upbeat and even kind of memorable. The OSTs are a bit more distinctive, and I even kind of liked it. It was different than the usual OSTs you’d hear, so I give credit to that. Overall: When you really think about it, Sekko Boys is quite generic once you get used to the stone bust idea. But even aside from that you can still get a good laugh out of it and understand the positive aspects I have in my opinion. For regular idol fans, you might be more mixed on the show. As for regular anime watchers, you might even be more mixed, too. It’s more than just an ironic meme…it’s just an ok anime that I guess at least tried with the little it had… And with that, I end it here. Next Review: Osomatsu-San
What I Liked: Animation is decent and clean, with good character designs and nice contrast between the Rockies and the other characters. The Rockies all had distinct and funny personalities. The Enka singer. The fact that some of the jokes were allusions to the Rockies' mythologies. The Ending Theme, which was nicely incorporated into the plot. What I Didn't: Much of the content was rather forgettable, running on a few scant running gags. Suffers from Penultimate Episode Mood Whiplash. Final Verdict: Totally hilarious from start to finish, Sekkou Boys takes the concept of literal idols making it big and runs with it - resulting in an enjoyable and silly if not somewhat sparse workplace comedy. Come for the stone idols, stay for the catchy Ending Theme and amusing characters.
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