Miki Ishimoto, a recent college graduate, is so excited to have landed her first job! Although she's inexperienced, she's to be the manager for a new boy band. Miki thinks life couldn't be going more smoothly, until she finds out that her new boy band members are all... Greco-Roman stone busts?
Join leader Saint George, talented Hermes, passionate Mars, and the pretty boy Medici as they take the entertainment world by storm in Sekkou Boys!
Sekkou Boys was a collaboration between character goods maker Zargiani Works, media company Kadokawa, and art supplier Holbein Artist Materials. It aired in the Ultra Super Anime Time programming block of Tokyo MX and BS11. Short live-action dramas discussing the anime were uploaded to Kadokawa's official YouTube channel following each episode's broadcast on Tokyo MX.
Straight from the ingenious mind of Michiko Yokote, an often overlooked script writer who had a hand or two in critically acclaimed works such as Naruto, Bleach, Blood + and even Junjou Romantica among other things- It's easy to see why Sekkou Boys is arguably one of the best, if not THE best deconstruction of the Idol genre to date.
Sekkou boys masterfully juggles its nuanced themes and polished content with a succinct and easy to follow narrative, detailing the struggle of aspiring rookie Idol manager Ishimoto Miki, and the trials she encounters as she attempts to rid herself of the prejudice preconception that statues can't be idols, and ultimately; overcome these flaws to become a grounded individual with a strong understanding of what she wants to achieve in life and how she wants to achieve it.
Predominately, Sekkou Boys seeks to explore the inner workings of the idol industry, the growing gap between how Idols act on stage to how they act in reality, and the publicity issues and identity confusion that can result in, and to a lesser but still notable extent, themes of what it means to be human.
I can appreciate that the religious imagery and symbolism sprinkled throughout the series can sometimes be rather jarring, but the backlash the show receives as a result fails to acknowledge that these are just details incorporated for additional flavour for those who care to notice.
It's no secret that Sekkou Boys is often, somewhat insultingly, likened as the "pocket edition" of other deconstructions such as Madoka Magica and Love Live School Idol Project, but I strongly encourage this unhealthy comparison to be avoided, for what Sekkou Boys lacks in length, It makes up for with....length ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Symbolically, Sekkou Boys's length can also be seen to reflect the fact that, canonically, the boys have no bodies- demonstrating that even without bodies, the boys have pure hearts; in the same way that despite being a short, Sekkou boys is an indisputable modern-age masterpiece and instant classic.
Others wouldn't hesitate to suggest it's a subtle commentary on the increasing redundancy of the male chromosome.
Anime is an often controversial medium due to what some would call a "stagnation" in the industry's ability to allow animators, script writers and directors to have creative freedom, instead forced to produce the same monotonous slew of dull uninspired vn adaptations over and over again.
Sekkou Boys manages to break from this trend rather aptly, although many seem to ignore this due to the political propaganda that Sekkou Boys is racist, with the majority of its cast being the same shade of sterile, foreign to sunlight shade of white, I quite frankly don't buy into this, but I'm willing to do more research into the matter.
From the astute, soul-penetrating, boner inducing glare of Saint George, the serene grace and tranquillity that emanates from Hermes, to the pussy pillaging pioneer that is Medici- Sekkou Boys has a lot to offer in the character department, with no shortage of cute anime idol boys who give it their all on stage and try their best to make the world happy.
While I can't ignore or deny the ongoing controversy Mars has sprouted with his implied fascist agenda, I at least feel that, to some extent, it testifies some of the complexities that can be appreciated in the Sekkou boys meta narrative.
Having provided his contribution to the soundtracks of the Monogatari series, Madoka Magica, and just about every KyoAni show in existence and with over 150 shows under his belt, the general consensus is that Tsuruoka Yota is finally at the peak of his sound directing career with Sekkou Boys, offering an abundant selection of Idol songs that cover a variety of genres that are sure to be appreciated by Idol-savvy veterans and those that are new to the genre alike.
+Mars promotes war, which while a subversion, is uncharacteristic of Idols and unfair on the audience.
Sekkou Boys is ambitious, engaging and willing to take risks, with a firm grasp on how to execute its lovingly crafted narrative, portraying its characters in a realistic but satirical light and despite its controversial reception, effortlessly ranks as one of the best of the Idol genre, perhaps even the best of the medium in general, or, it wouldn't even be too far-fetched to say it may be one of the greatest achievements in recent, no, all of mankind's history.read more
So this is my first review.
Sekkou boys is a strange show. I haven't seen something similar in my life.
It's refreshing and doesn't make sense, that's why I enjoyed it .
The story follows four marble sculptures of ancient personalities who want to become idols and their manager, a young female.
The art isn't great, but isn't bad either. I like the way Sekkou Boys are designed. They look realistic and that makes the show more funny in my opinion. They look exactly like the real ones. Just google them .
Now the sound.. this is an idol anime, but they don't sing at all (except for ending). I was disappointed.
The voice actors made a good job, but I wanted Ishimoto to have a more mature voice.
The ending song is funny.
The characters are very good, I think they will make you smile if you decide to watch SB . This is what makes this anime out of the box:
Mars- the God of War in Roman religion
St. George - soldier in the Roman army
Hermes - The Messenger of the gods, god of trade, thieves, etc. in Greek religion and mythology
(Giuliano De') Medici - co-ruler of Florence in 14th century
Miki Ishimoto - their hard-working and amusing manager.
I enjoy this, but not at the point to want to rewatch it or convince other people to watch it because is something wow. Just give it a try. The episodes are 8 minutes long .
Maybe you will find this annoying or boring or Very funny and stunning. I have no clue.
A cute light- hearted anime with a lot of jokes.
*English isn't my native language. Sorry if I misspelled some words or some phrases doesn't make sense. read more
Story 7/10: Funny and interesting to watch. The friends they have met along the way on their path to stardom has a great plot to it. That is closest thing that I have seen that is part of the plot development.
Characters 7/10: Seeing the transition of Miki from being an art student to the manager has a big part on her character development. The writers have used Greek/Roman historical & mythological figures to implement the anime. St. Giorgio is the leader, cool and collected. Mars (God of War) - Can be seen as the tough guy & womanizer. There's also Hermes (Messenger of the Gods) & Medici (an Aristocrat). Sekkou Boys are interesting as well, however; how can they have the ability to talk and perform on stage in front of the media and fans? They were being cocky and showoff-ish at first, but they have grown to love Miki and appreciate her for her time and hard work.
Enjoyment 8/10: A lot of fun and moments throughout the series. It still makes me question their capabilities of their daily lives. Sekkou Boys & Miki get to meet various people in the industry and becomes friends with them while being on the road to success.
Overall 8/10: The content of the anime is awesome. Best of luck to Sekkou Boys!
Here's the link to my anime review on Youtube! :) >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSth1dAOtagread more
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