Kaimei High School is full of eccentric individuals, students, and teachers alike. Amongst the school's many clubs is the SKET Brigade, officially known as the Living Assistance Club. Comprised of the somewhat idiotic Yuusuke "Bossun" Fujisaki, the gallant Hime "Himeko" Onizuka, and the silent but surprisingly popular Kazuyoshi "Switch" Usui, the SKET Brigade is dedicated to solving various problems on campus. However, the club rarely receives requests, so the members spend most of their time messing around with random, trivial matters. Both hilarious and heartwarming, SKET Dance is a lighthearted comedy following the daily high school lives of an odd trio of friends.
This review is by me as of chapter 97, so its actually up to date...
The manga is essentially comedy based; its shounen after all. However, the characters themselves are what truly make the manga.
In the series you'll find several characters each with their own trials and tribulations they are trying to overcome. And in between the AMAZING comedy (I laugh out loud IRL like every chapter) which includes many inside jokes from the series itself, and gets more funny as it goes on, there is a level of drama that is unexpected at all for a series like this.
The way the characters and stories are panned out is really great. And there's a depth to this manga that no one would see coming and really gives it a powerful feel.
But I don't want to dwell on that too much; the main reason to read this IS the comedy and its quite amazing. The inside jokes of the manga just build up and get even more funny as chapters go on.
Also, the art style is greatly unique and the way some old stories and new stories mesh together is woven together masterfully.
The things I liked most were the fact the manga had so many types of humor in it, stuff that natives to Japan would get and stuff that even people living in America like I would get.
I also liked the characters. The main characters of this manga are all amazing and flawed to a perfect extent. And the way the characters play off each other makes it truly a unique, amazing experience when reading, and there is NO other manga I look forward to being released more than sket dance.
As far as things I disliked, I can't really think of any! Its that good!
With that said, I'm hoping to spread the word and get more people reading this :). read more
For this review, I will be analysing Sket Dance by Shinohara Kenta. I have read 18 chapters at the time of this writing.
Sket Dance revolves around 'Sket Dan' - a campus support group established to help students and staff with their problems. The chapters are generally episodic, in which they are simply referred to as a "Case." One-off cases are simply that. Some cases, however, span 2 to 3 chapters. These are often my favourite to read.
The art is decent. It's nothing special but it isn't bad either. I have no qualms about it. In fact, I'm quite impressed by the number of cells which only display the characters - that is, they're not displayed with scenery but with shades, lines or simply white as the background. What this creates is a strong focus on the expressive and emotional context of the characters. This, for me, makes it more enjoyable to read.
The best part of this series, in my opinion, are the characters. They're all fun and pleasant to follow, particularly the main characters. Through them, Sket Dance offers us moments of laughter and inspiration. Most importantly, they show us that helping others is quite a rewarding experience.
Initially I didn't like this series because of the introductory cases. However, I pursued reading it and was finally hooked after experiencing chapters 8 & 9 - which feature a more dramatic aspect of the series. From this point onwards, I started to look forward to reading the next chapter. It is definitely a fun read.
In all, I recommend it for those who are looking for something light to read and has its basis on mystery, school-life, and comedy genres. The comedy is funny and the dramatic sequences are executed very well. Sket Dance promotes, as one reader has stated, "a breath of fresh air in a cliche magazine such as Shonen Jump." read more
Note: More than a review, this is more like a short, personal reflection after reading the entire manga, so if you are looking for a very specific or detailed review, you won`t find it here.
Nonetheless, it would make me happy if you still decide to give it a try after reading this ^^
Having said that, on to the actual review:
It`s always sad when a story that you like a lot eventually comes to an end. I must say that chapter 286 made me tear up a bit, which is something that i rarely do whenever i`m reading/watching something, even if i like it an awful lot. But yeah, Sket Dance was able to do it and now that i have read the last chapter, i can finally say that it was a pleasure to read such an interesting story with such likable characters that i will surely miss. Reading the final chapter was almost like saying goodbye to an old friend. You know, that kind of friend you had for a long time and were especially close with and then he ends up slowly but gradually disappearing from your life, both you and him following differents paths in life because that`s how it is and that`s how life works.
But even if you end up having to say goodbye to him, the memories are still there and you`ll nevertheless cherish the time you spent together. That`s how i feel towards Sket Dance. It was one of the first anime/manga that i`ve watched and one of my favorites for a long time. It made me laugh (a lot). It made feel sad (often). It even inspired me to become a someone better, to help others (the same way GTO did to me).
All in all, Sket Dance is a series about helping and saving others. But you can only help others if you can also help yourself and only if you are able to rely on other people to guide you along the way. It`s by giving that very first step that you can become a better person, that your world might change and advance towards something more meaningful.
With endless sequel of comedy, sket dance is one of the best gag manga I've ever seen. This manga is a great choice if you want to relax from your busy time or when you want to read together with your friends. This is the manga that can make you laught as hard as you can, bwahaha....
Story 8 :
Sket dance's story tells about an activity of highschool club that accept all the request of the other students. But, the request is not an average request. Every chapter have their own twist and amusement. Some chapter even show the unexpected serious story.
Art 9 :
Art is an important aspect of a manga. Before you read the story, you must see the art first. Well, from my eyesight the art is very good. The artist can draw almost all of type that can make you laught. For example the art when you see Bossun nervous face, bwahaha. Also the art of character face are good looking that I want to draw them with my pen...
Character 9 :
Maybe the main reason why Sket dance can keep the long running series is the development of the characters. The 3 protagonists Bossun, Himeko, and Switch are the core of this laughing machine manga.
Bossun the leader, is the main protagonist that has many talent, very idiot personality althought talented but sometimes can be very cool. Himeko the vice leader, is the only member that can really fight, she has extraordinary power but also has a motherlike attitude expecially to Bossun. She and Bossun have a complicated relationship. And Switch the secretary, is a silent otaku. He can't speak because of his dark past, so he used his laptop voice software to speak. Anything that come from his word, his face never chance.
The other supporting character such as the student council, roman, Chuu-san, dante, shinzou, etc... are very good too, none of them are normal.
Enjoyment 10 :
I only say this manga have an outstanding enjoyment. You can read it and laught anytime you want.
Overall 9 :
Well, it has shogakukan manga award, it has a good story, it has great art, character, and enjoyment. So I give 9 to Sket Dance. Good luck!