Sket Dance

(?? episodes)

What’s it about ?

A high school club who specialize in helping people… although they’re quite bumbling indeed, and mostly do odd jobs. But they take it very seriously.


Teppei, our point of view character. A transfer student, and thus direly in need of exposition. The SKET club tries to recruit him aggressively, and when it fails they do help him with his troubles. To tell the truth, he’s a horrible wimp, and I was delighted when it turned out he’d fade in the background by the next episode. Pfew.

“Bossun”, the idiot in charge of the SKET club. (By the way, this is both a pun on the Japanese phrase for “helper group”, and a terrible backronym – “Support, Kindness, Encouragement, Troubleshoot”.) He’s very enthusiastic… but his trains of thought are quite bizarre, to say the least.

Himeko, the vice-president, would really want to be thought of as kind and feminine… but when the chips come down, she’s a violent thug. She’s the muscle of the team.

“Switch”, the third and last member, is a geek who’s never seen without his laptop strapped on. He absolutely refuses to talk, instead using voice-generating that sounds like Tomokazu Sugita (who’s impeccably deadpan here). He’s got very precise and intimate information on everyone in the school, and knows how to use it ruthlessly.

We also see quite a few other characters : a couple of bullies, the casanova kid, several members from the student council that will presumably become important later on…

Production Values

The animation is very limited, despite me not being one to overly notice this kind of thing.

The soundtrack is overloaded with guitar riffs, to the point that it becomes a bit distracting.

Overall Impression

Hey, a shounen series that I actually like quite a bit ! What has the world come to ?

Now, it isn’t without problems. I don’t really care for the club president, and I loathed Teppei. The production values are quite cheap indeed. And I could quickly grow tired of the amped up histrionics.

Still, it succeeds where it really needs to : it’s quite funny indeed. Switch has an awesome gimmick, Himeko’s fun, and most of the jokes work.

I’m cautiously optimistic about this one.

via [In which I review] New anime, Spring 2011 – Page 6.

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