Himeko's past comes back to haunt her in the present and the guys have to save her from certain doom.
What They Say:
Himeko was once a delinquent feared far and wide, the legendary yankee Onihime. She's totally reformed now, but starts to hear odd rumors that "the Onihime has started going on a rampage again."
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the first two episodes, we got a good look at some of the basics of how the Sket club operates in how they deal with jobs that come their way and the kinds of jobs that they get. And that they don't exactly always solve them, but the people involved come out feeling like things are settled and everyone gets to move on. Getting the routine down with the trio of stories, two of which were told in half length form in the second episode, lets you know how the show will operate but it didn't exactly say all that much about the people involved outside of some very basic archetype kind of material.
With the second episode, Sket Dance starts to focus on the core trio of characters a little bit more and on Himeko specifically. There's some nice if brief material showing Bossun's home life with his family before it delves into the larger story at hand with Himeko. She's definitely the outgoing and aggressive type that we've seen since the start and she's loud and proud this time as well, first in dealing with some punks bothering kids from her school and then at a baseball game where she brings a weapon far too big for the kind of game that it is. But what this does is to let her know that something from her past has come back as she used to be quite the girl gang member back in her day known as Onihime. And that name is being used again, which has her wondering what's really going on.
Bringing Himeko into contact with the new Onihime leads to an amusing sequence where she lays out that she's not intending to kidnap Himeko but rather just wants to beat her to a pulp. But there's something more to it as she lets Bossun in on what's going on, which challenges him and Switch to figure out where they are to try and save her before she's roughed up too badly. While the Onihime story is marginally interesting, the real story here is the way these three Sket club members will work together and always be there when needed, something that Bossun makes plainly clear with his intensity in tracking her down.
In the end, this is a fairly superficial showcase of how this group works and some of their past, but it's about what you'd expect from high school students who may not have had a lot of real adversity in their lives to begin with. The show continues to be one that really is nicely animated and the flow of the full length episode storyline here is pretty good. Himeko comes across the best as she deals with a few different situations while the two guys provide solid support. Like the first two episodes, it's not a laugh out loud kind of show, but it has a lot of little things that can make you smile and grin. And with it seemingly being largely episodic, it's an easy show to drop into and check out without feeling like you're missing too much but still being able to enjoy.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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