SKET Dance Anime is the perfect answer that comes to mind when I think about animes that left an impression on me even though they did not gain enough popularity?
One of my favorite lines from the SKET Dance Anime series is, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” There are many other quotes that you can check out here.
The story of SKET Dance Anime story may seem simple and boring. Some might even think that it’s another highschool cliche rom-com anime, but no, they are absolutely wrong! This story is so unpredictable and illogical to the point that it makes you laugh till your stomach hurts. Now let me give you an overview of this anime. Who knows? You might end up falling in love with this series too.
Kenta Shinohara has written and illustrated a manga series called SKET Dance, which was serialized, beginning in July 2007, in Shueisha’s manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump. Sket Dance has also won the 55th annual Shogakukan Manga Award in 2009 for best shōnen manga. An anime adaptation named SKET Dance Anime based on this manga was produced by Tatsunoko Productions, premiered on April 7, 2011, on TV Tokyo. (1)
The Plot of SKET Dance Anime
If I had to summarise SKET Dance Anime’s plot, then I’d say it’s all about the adventures of the Kaimei High School campus support club, known as the Sket Dan. SKET stands for Support, Kindness, Encouragement, and Troubleshoot. This is a three-member club that is dedicated to helping everyone.
However, the club is not always active, so they solve miscellaneous yet interesting tasks. Their cases can involve anything from silly jobs like chasing monkeys or helping a wannabe samurai; the tasks can also be serious, like dealing with one of the members’ past.
The character development takes place throughout these episodes. These little stories can be either one or more episodes long but usually never exceeding five. The plot at times covers the rivalry between the Sket Dan and the Kaimei Student Council. This rivalry is just like a cherry on a vanilla cake.
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Say goodbye to gloomy days and dive into this detailed review of one of the best comedy underrated anime – SKET Dance Anime. You can also skip watching the review video here.
There’s absolutely no plot, just like the Disastrous Life of Saiki Kusuo. The anime is episodic, and the story revolves around a trio of friends who started SKET club to solve problems and help others. Even though there’s no plot, I’ll assure you that it’s very tightly written and has some powerful events to keep the viewers engaged.
The SKET Dance Anime is really smooth in terms of narration. It’s so smooth with its wittiness that some people get surprised to have a sudden turn of events and cliffhangers.
The SKET Dance Anime is blunt and honest; it’s not like it’s beating around the bush. You can pretty much call this anime “Dramedy.” The first few episodes are amusing and entertaining, but it quickly takes on the drama genre with time. This reminds me of Bungou Stray dogs (more drama and action) but successfully keeps both the elements in check so that the Viewers won’t feel bored with continuous laughs and gags. The work and efforts put into the SKET Dance Anime are visible, and hats off to create such a fantastic atmosphere.
(Warning) But I didn’t like the ending because there was no conclusion or a special episode for them; it just ended vaguely, which people might not like.
The art is of very high-quality. Frenetic motion (referring to the fast-paced comedy within the series), facial expressions, backgrounds, and lighting are just above the notch.
Character designs of SKET Dance Anime are unique and match their personality well. Bossun gave me Ash vibes (Pokemon) while switch gave me vibes of Saiki Kusuo. If you look at them, the designs were absolutely in line with their personality, making them special. Another best part of it is that the quality stays consistent through all seventy-seven episodes.
SKET Dance Anime used music and background melodies in a very effective and planned way. It successfully plays the spot-on songs that match the current scene. As for a comedic scene, the music will be loud and crazy. If it’s serious and dramatic, the music will be a Little slow-paced to match the vibes. It surely helps enhance the presentation. One more point is that it shuts up when it needs to and lets what’s happening play out with no influence from the music at all.
On the voice-acting side of things, this anime also excels, each voice actor fulfilled their roles well, and I have no complaint about them. The seiyū gave their all in every episode. Everyone was well-voiced and sounded natural nothing felt forced or annoying. This reminds me of a character from Dr. Stone whose voice was so annoying that I’d end up banging my head on the wall.
The main three characters in the SKET Dance Anime are pretty unique and unconventional, each having a lot of depth and personality.
- Switch, the genius otaku talks through his computer (He is really the cool tech guy that every girl likes).
- Himeko, the occasionally violent Okinawan “Yankee” with a soft spot for cute things (I didn’t really like her, but yes, she was better than other female characters )…
- And finally, the leader of the SKET club, Bossun. He’s the top interesting choice for the main character because he’s almost completely inept and useless – but at other times, he stands out from the crowd and steals the show.
It’s actually quite refreshing to watch the episodes revolving around them. But guess what? These aren’t the main character’s real names, but rather their nicknames. There’s a story behind not using the real name, so you must watch to find out.
There are many side characters, just like in Nura Rise of the Yokai Clan (which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your tastes). Most of them are great and have some significance in the episodes as well; the characters are not like Fruits Basket. I think the characters are the true heart and soul of this anime.
SKET Dance is honestly one of the funniest anime series I’ve had the pleasure of watching. If you liked the Disastrous Life of Saiki Kusuo, then you must watch this too. It was also very emotionally powerful to some extent when it came to dramatic scenes.
Yes but It’s not perfect.
It does have some flaws, but somehow the character development and funny episodes cover it up. This is a mind-blowing series when it comes to character development and comedy. Many people can learn some real-life values from this anime. If the comedy bores you, then the show’s serious bits probably will make you feel engaged or vice-versa.
In the end, It would get straight 4.5/5 from me. I love the characters in this show; they have the best group chemistry. 80% of the show gave me positive vibes along with laughs that made me breathless. If I was in an anime world and would have to go to an anime high school to attend, I think Kaimei would be one of my top choices.
Now keeping all this aside, I’d love to know about the one reading this review; what do all of you think of Sket dance? Do you like anime with funny themes and storylines? Do you want to establish a SKET club in your high school too? Let me know down in the comments below! And lastly, don’t be shy and drop-down shows, movies, OVA, or anything else that you would like me to review in the comments below!
FAQs on SKET Dance Anime
1. How many seasons does SKET Dance Anime have?
I think only one which has all seasons combined in 77 episodes.
2. Is SKET Dance Anime Finished?
3. Should I watch SKET Dance Anime?
If you’re someone who loves the elements of comedy, mystery, and action in an anime, then this must-watch anime. I’m sure You will never regret watching this anime. You will end up laughing and crying all in one episode.
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