As luck would have it, on her first day at Holbein Entertainment Co., Miki Ishimoto is tasked with managing a brand new idol group! A recent college graduate, Ishimoto is eager to begin her career in the industry. However, her department's responsibility is...statues?!
The statues in question are the Sekkou Boys, or "The Rockies," a boy band comprised of four Greco-Roman sculptures: St. George, Mars, Hermes, and Medici. These four busts are new to the entertainment scene, and it is up to Miki to ensure the Rockies' prosperity in the idol world. But will they be a stone-cold success? Or will Miki's management prove to be a rocky start to stardom?
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
"Imma let you finish, but Sekko Boys is the best boy band of ALL TIME." – St. George
TL;DR: Sculptures, Idols and Genius Script = One Great Ironic Gag Comedy Series.
From the genius quit pro quo scriptwriter, Michiko Yokote, comes such a finely sculpted anime that will leave you saying, “To hell with making sense, this anime rocks hard!” Seriously, don’t take this anime seriously! This is a comedy anime where it deconstructs the whole music idol genre and it does a fantastic job. One can say some of the characters are even godly.
The story is simple but ironically funny. We have a failed art student with statue-phobia, Miki Ishimoto, who lands a job as a manager for a boy band group called The Rockies. To her stone-cold surprise the band of idols is composed of four Greco-Roman sculptures, St. George, Mars, Hermes and Medici. Here’s the ironic plot-twist, they are all literal idols aka statues. How will she overcome her statue-phobia to lead the boys to their rocky success? Well that’s why you watch this well scripted ironic gag anime which pokes fun at every minute detail. It’s a real work of art that will leave you feeling like you’ve just spent 7 minutes in heaven.
If the premise of the anime is already mind boggling wait till you meet the ingenious characters. The director found a perfect balance between overly emotive Ishimoto and single facial reaction from all the sculptures. I mean they are sculptures, why would their sculpted facial reaction change, right? Regardless, it is beyond baffling how the sculptures convey so much emotion with only one facial expression each. The voice acting team comprised of godlike seiyuus such as Sugita (Gintoki), Fukuyama (Lelouch), or Daisuke Ono (Shizuo) deserves major props for how much life they manage to give to completely un-emotive characters.
Overall, this anime isn’t an artistic masterpiece. In fact, the animation is pretty mediocre. There really isn’t any OP song but the ED song despite not being good is super catchy and fun to sing along. The anime starts of great. The first seven or eight episodes are hilarious but the latter episodes are just funny. Regardless, I would still recommend you to watch it because of its absurd premise, fantastic script alongside some of the funniest single-expression characters to date.
S – E – K – K – O – B – O – Y – S SEKKO!!
P.S. I’m always open to criticism and suggestions and I hope you found this short but supaishi review helpful. read more
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. read more
You DID read the premise correctly and...no your not high.
On the outset this is one of the more fun weird anime shorts LA has seen and considering you read the premise you kinda get LA's statement on this already. Characters are typical idols and Miki is the average hard-working manager who had an ironic fate with her first job due to her being in arts college all she did was make sculptures, now she's managing them!.
The stone bust idols "The Rockies" are also your typical idol tropes just mix in Greco-Roman backstories into their characters behaviours and you got the "Rockies". As much as the plot goes and for the mere fact it's an anime short, it's about Miki and the Rockies going into the idol industry and getting to know the "Rockies" and their antics.
The comedy has a punchline by the end of the episode and some typical character jabs but like the premise itself, this anime's comedy has a weird sense of self-aware comedy to it.
In terms of animation done by LIDENFILMS, well the animation is decent enough for an anime short and the obvious "picture-to-screen" animation for the "Rockies", character designs wise, it is decent and really the animation hardly have any flaws to see. The ending is like any other episode, with a crazy punchline to it.
Sekkou Boys is one of wierder yet impressively funny anime short of Winter 2016, so if you wanna laugh merely from the premise alone then Sekkou Boys is a perfect choice...just hope that you don't "bust" into this series...Ok LA will stop now.read more