It's got a monkey in it. What more reason do you need to watch?
What They Say:
Takemitsu Shinzou is obsessed with being a samurai and also captain of the kendo team. But despite his skills, he keeps losing in tournaments. He requests the Sket-dan to figure out why he can't show his true strength during a match. Can they get results by Shinzou's next tournament?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the introduction of the Sket club in the first episode and the basics for the core group of characters, Sket Dance offered a show with some potential, but one that will have to work a bit to get there. With the amount of manga material that there is, there's obviously a following for it and I'm curious to see where they can actually go. The cast of characters is fairly basic so far, but it had a nice little twist in putting the mystery together the first time and it worked nicely in bringing the group its new member. Add in some good looking animation and a sense of color that keeps things light and with a fair bit of pop, and it could be a fun way to kill a little time.
With the second episode, we get a bit more of the character oddness as we're introduced to Takemitsu, the captain of the kendo team. Like many people in shows like this, they take their position far too seriously as he wears his traditional samurai garb all the time, does his hair up like he stepped out the past and generally speaks with a lot of little quirks that would allow him to slip back in time easily. Takemitsu's problem is an interesting one that he brings to the Sket club to solve. When he was a first year and on the first line of the matches, he was undefeated and was a big value to the club. Now that he's handling the final position and is captain, he's training twice as hard but has had a very poor performance and he doesn't know why. So he wants the Sket club to figure out what's gone wrong.
While the first episode of the series was a full length piece, what we get here is two half length stories and you do have to wonder if that will be the best approach so that the jobs they have to solve aren't all that complicated or drawn out. Takemitsu's story is handled pretty well and it's a simple and predictable gag that gets dealt with. Sort of. The second story here is a bit more unusual as the club has a quick run in with a little monkey before getting down to what they have to deal with. And that's their club advisor, the science teacher who would rather play with his chemicals than to do much else with anyone. Of course, because of the way he is, the monkey gets hold of a small ball that could cause a significant explosion, so the trio has to go and search for him. It's another nice piece that shows you how these three work together and the school itself, which is pretty expansive but not exactly out of the ordinary.
With the two short stories here, we have some cute stuff that lets the characters have fun and deal with simple and slapstick like comedy. The kinds of jobs they get to take aren't ones that feel all that out of the ordinary but rather things that feel like they belong in this kind of situation. There are no murders to solve, no over the top mysteries, but just a trio of kids who have come together since they don't really belong in any other club and have found a way to do something that can provide something of a service while also still being fun. It's not deep and it's not complicated, and even when it does introduce some minor, and I do mean minor, fanservice, it doesn't feel out of place in the slightest. Sket Dance looks like it's going to be some fun little fluff that you can enjoy but won't leave a lasting impact.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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