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.
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.
Fujisaki Yuusuke (bossun) creates a club to help people, SKET-Dan with 2 of his friends, Onizuka Hime (himeko) and Usui Kazuyoshi (switch). this club takes a lot of kind request, from taking care of monkey until find a missing item.
it didn't sound very good, didn't it? but i promise you, your time to read this is really worth it. it toys with your emotion. this manga can make you laugh so hard, whether it's because Bossun's ridiculous action or Himeko's tsukkomi that usually comes because of Bossun's action. it also can make you sad, especially at switch's or bossun's background story. but most of the
time you'll laugh, so don't worry
character is one of the strongest point of this manga. each of the three main characters (bossun, himeko, switch) have a very interesting background story, and all of them is a bit tragic. but without having that, maybe they won't meet each other, and there will be no SKET-Dan.
Bossun is a typical high-school boy, a bit idiotic, and always wears a red hat and a glasses. whenever he wears that glasses, he enters something called "concentration mode", where he can concentrate about problem that he faced, and come up with a genius solution
Himeko is a strong girl that came from Osaka. she is the muscle of SKET-Dan and use a hockey stick as her weapon. if SKET-Dan have to use violence, himeko is the one they looking for. it seems like she has a crush on Bossun, but she can't say it out loud
Switch is a unique case. because of a certain incident, he can't speak. no, he didn't lost his speaking ability, he just don't want to speak. he always using his laptop to communicate with others. his computer and engineering skill is amazing, and he has a lot of information that'll be useful for SKET-Dan activity.
do i enjoy this manga? yes. i watch this over and over again, and it still can make me laugh or cry. it's just that good for me. if you like comedy and school life manga, or just looking for some great manga, you have to read this
SKET Dance written by Shinohara Kenta is a comedy based Shounen series that focuses on the adventures of the academy support group 'SKET Dansu'. And so in this review, I will be writing my opinions on this manga.
Sket Dance does not have a plot like common Shounen series. Rather, it focuses on the adventures of the three main characters from the first chapter until the day they graduate from high-school. Most chapters are comedic ones and will make you roll on the floor holding your stomach in pain (Do not drink or eat while reading or else your computer/laptop will have a short
While most chapters are comedic and usually take only one single chapter, once in a while there will be sad stories popping up where you don't expect it to. These arcs usually range to 3-6 chapters. The saddest parts of this series from my opinion are the pasts of the three main characters as well as the final chapter. The anime decided to end it on episode 77 and that is not the last episode. Though english scanlation might be late, there are summaries of the last manga chapters on the internet if you look carefully.
The art of SKET Dance is in quite unique and is in good standards. The only problem I've had with the art is Himeko's appearance. I don't know, it just feels a bit weird. Or maybe its just me. But I have to say, Shinohara Kenta has a lot of experience in doing manga art.
The most enjoyable part of SKET Dance are its unique characters. Like in the real world, everyone has flaws. And those flaws are what makes you love the characters even more. Lets say for example Bossun. He is the main character of the series. He is reliable, smart and talented in art, but has zero delicacy, gets easily depressed and in many cases very shy.
Other examples include a wannabe samurai, a mangaka who comes up with interesting plots but has no talent in art, a genius who cannot think properly if it comes down to relationships with his sister, a girl who changes personality when he gets touched by a man, the captain of a softball team with a big appetite but vomits whenever she eats boiled eggs, and many many more.
The enjoyment I feel whenever I read this work is outstanding. Sure, maybe a few of the comedic chapters are a bit cliched. And maybe there are one or two chapters where I thought "Maybe I can skip this chapter.". But this series is a very talented mix of humor, drama and angst that I have to go and say it is a masterpiece.
Like everything else, this series has flaws. Its not perfect, but to those who can really enjoy it and understand all of those life lessons hiding behind those 32 volumes, this manga stands above the normal standards of Shounen. A new type that even though it has pretty much no action or fancy storylines, is still brings us the good of Shounen mangas. I say thank you to Shinonara Kenta for writing this masterpiece
If you looked at this manga and like me, read the plot at first as "Generic adventures of generic altruistic Protagonist and his generic lackeys, Love Interest and Best Friend!", let me warn you: That is false.
This manga is not revolutionary, nor is it insightful, or perfect, or even deep. It's just that it's everything you ever wanted except that. The art might not be unique, or the jokes might sometimes bounce off your ears, but the characters, stories, cleverness, and complexity of the whole web of connections more than makes up for it, with interest.
I think the greatest part of
this manga is how episodic yet flowing the story is. You might have one character being the focus of one chapter, yet later they continue showing up more and more frequently until they are just as involved in the main plot as the members of the Sket-dan themselves. A good example of this is the baseball captain Takahashi. She first comes in as one of Himeko's friends, only showing up when the main trio is asking around for information and being the first one to question, but she soon becomes the champion of eating competitions and an important friend in Himeko's past. Momoka began as a simple delinquent who Himeko beat in the end but then begins to work her way to stardom throughout the series, completely changing the reader's view of her by the end. Genesis is the crappy game the Sket-dan first learned to play, but it turns out creator, Master Huang, had plenty of others, including board games, video games, party games, and card games, all with confusing rules just like the original sport. The author is never finished with a character or idea, new things are revealed about already recurring characters far after they are introduced. This method of plot-building made room to introduce at least 20 characters, each with their own development that you are aware of simultaneously overlapping on one another.
Every character, chapter, and event connects with at least two more, nothing stands alone without the support of the spiderweb of characters and events. Somehow Sket Dance manages this while still being a gag manga.
This leads me to the second best part of the manga: the perfect balance between comedy and everything else. Nothing is too exaggerated. You will laugh your face off, because that is what Sket Dance is for, but you will cry your heart out as well, because the author expertly weaves the drama in with the fooling around. The gags are in control but they coexist perfectly with the tears you might shed.
Now, I believe I mentioned earlier that this manga isn't perfect. It's true. There is nothing big wrong with it that any critic could see, but like every manga, it's not a one manga fits all. Some negative points about it might be how constant and uniform the gags are. They are thrown at you in groups of five every page, so often that you eventually stop caring to stop to laugh. This is made worse when all the jokes are the same kind of joke. Almost every gag in the series is formatted the exact same way: the Boke and Tsukkomi roles. These are funny, but so overused that the Boke gets more and more ridiculous to the point that it doesn't make sense, which may turn away some readers.
Overall, it's an outstanding manga and I hope you read it. Thank you for your time.