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Sket Dance episode 1

Saying I had low expectations going into Sket Dance would be a lie because that would suggest I had expectations of a certain height. Saying I had no expectations would also be a lie because I knew exactly what to expect having read some of the manga. My expectations were negative, lower than low. The anime massively improved on that at the very least.

My main problem with the Sket Dance manga is the hopeless attempts at humour. Every single response was depicted as a massive over-reaction. It was never funny and always irritating. They pretty much did away with that in the anime. There’s a few over-reactions, but they keep them down to scenes that are perhaps supposed to come off as humour rather than every single damn time, such as Beelzebub. It’s still kinda annoying when the anime does it, but compared to the manga it’s a totally different experience.

Some other problems still remain. The artwork and character designs are still as lame as ever. The only remotely interesting piece of character artwork is Bossun’s hat, and you realise how generic he looks otherwise when he takes said hat off. The animation is decent though, especially since, for whatever reason, I was expecting flash quality animation. It’s not at the level of Hanasaku Iroha or Nichijou or anything, but it still serves it’s purpose pretty well (on that note, funny how the two shows with the best animation this season have the least need for it). In short, it’s a massive improvement on an incredibly shitty manga while still telling the exact same story from the first chapter of the manga. I’m not interested, but I guess those people who have no taste at all who like the manga must be delighted at this adaptation. Or maybe they live off a different set of values to me and wanted more yelling.

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I do have one complaint though, and it’s a complaint I don’t often get to make. The BGM is atrocious. Normally BGM’s are only ever mentioned it reviews as a good thing, even in reviews of otherwise terrible anime. It it’s not mentioned, that’s generally because it was utterly forgettable. But Sket Dance manages to have a BGM that actively detracts from the viewing experience. Every single track it played was reprehensible, either through awfully timed guitar riffs or ear-grating boopity bop music that plays when they think they’re making a joke. The Youtube video above comes from Chrome Shelled Regios, the only other anime I’ve seen that I was turned off mainly by the BGM, but that was only because of that single track. Nothing played in Sket Dance quite matches up to the ‘DDR played in fast forward’ that is that Regios track, but what makes the Sket Dance one worse is each and every song is bad. This makes the silent moments in the show worse because I’m actively preparing my eardrums to be assaulted by the next track instead of paying attention to what’s going on.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    What’s with clubs that do people favors? First the SOS Brigade, that stupid club in MM!, and now the Sket-Dan

    • Scamp
      Posted April 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

      You forgot Ookami-san

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

        I couldn’t stand Kuroko-narrator.

    • Posted April 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think the SOS dan really fits in that group.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

        The episode with the cave cricket. Kyon tells everyone that the SOS Brigade is a help club, which is why Mikuru drags Emiri there.

  2. Posted April 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of a friend of mine who only watched anime with the lowest of expectations. That way it was either “just as planned,” or “hmm what a pleasant surprise.”

    Btw, that soundtrack rustled my jimmies.

  3. Kiseki
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Okay so after you tweeted I checked it out and the only thing I liked about it was Bossun’s voice (no idea why but I really like hearing his voice). And holy crap the BGM was horrid.

    Then I checked out the manga and was utterly amazed that I didn’t find it funny at all.
    So Beelzebub has a better manga and Sket Dance a better anime.

    • mcm38
      Posted April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Ah, man! The anime ruined Beelzebub. I still watch it tough, because of a slim light of hope in me, that thinks the anime will get better…. eventually (-.-)

  4. Ticket
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, the ost really takes away from viewing experiance. I thought I was alone in this.

    Instead it looks like I may be alone in thinking that the animation presented in Everyday Life is not that top notch. Tiger and Bunny is the second show I would put aside Iroha up till now.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t like the CGI nor the directorial shots in Tiger and Bunny at all. Definitely preferred the imagination to Nichijou’s animation direction

  5. Posted April 8, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    You know, snark mixed with horrible grammar makes the writer just seem like a foolish troll. Before one can perform the extremely delicate and difficult art of cynical criticism, one must be good at the fundamentals first.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      I have not got an idea what of which you are talking here. I have grammar that is next to perfect. So you should go get out away from this here comment section with that foolish troll that belongs of yours and find one person who does indeed has and still had horrid grammar


      • Posted April 8, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

        Just saying, even Aroduc, who does it (barely) (usually) well, has pretty consistent good grammar. If you want to be at least as good as him (much less Zero Punctuation), you need the fundamentals to be at least as good.

    • Posted April 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      I lol’d reading this.

  6. lpfManiak
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Hi man. Liked your reviews and came here after being spammed by your profile. You’re temporarily bookmarked.

    One thing, why cutting words with hyphen in a non-justified text? That’s just pointless

    • luffyluffy
      Posted April 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

      He’s a Scamp that one

    • Scamp
      Posted April 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Justified text looks awful!

      or at least, that’s what the web aesthetic nerd division tells me

      Also the hyphens are added in automatically by wordpress for whatever reason. I’ve never had any reason to disable the feature so I left it as it is

      • lpfManiak
        Posted April 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

        Hi! The point was not to say if justified text looked good or not— I also agree that justified text on the web has to preferably be avoided, but to say that hypens in lines ending are pointless on these non-justificied texts

        I wanted to question a aesthetical choice but since it wasn’t a choice but a default setting, let’s forget that

        looking forward to your next articles

  7. hikaru
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Kinda disappointed by this first episode (heard it was written by an assistant to the manga-ka of Gintama which may have raised my expectations), but hey! It’s Shonen Jump! It’ll get better! (eventually….maybe…) I thought that Sket Dance was a pretty popular manga, like consistently upper TOC in Weekly Jump. Was kinda checking it out to see if I’d buy the manga if/when licensed. *sigh*

    I guess I’ll continue watching it, even if only for Tomokazu Sugita. I DID laughed at his ‘favourite Visored/Gundam’ information.

  8. mcm38
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    *Plays the bgm, listens to it for 18 secs and his limit is breaking, stops the music.*

    Man I’m glad I didn’t even bother watching the first episode.

    • mcm38
      Posted April 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

      Btw, Kampfer second season started. Ugh… Somebody plz kill me. Wth was with that first episode? Did they realy think the fans missed their ‘ow so great’ fanservice, that they decided to make one every single scene. What happened to the story and the fights?
      To the producer of Kämpfer für die Liebe, plz go buy a life and anime producing skills. I can introduce you to someone who sells them for a cheap price.

      That’s of my head, tx bloggworld. I feel much better now.

      • Posted April 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

        I watched the first episode, just for fun, and because I’ve known the abridged version of the first one.

        … I have almost barfed afterwards. The thing that pissed me off the most was not the gratuitous fanservice, no, I have seen worse, but the main characters and those plushies. I am normally a very calm girl, but I felt a killer instinct in me like nothing before when I watched THOSE STUPID HALF DEAD BUNNIES rambling about how the girl-boy is a pervert because she wants to wear a bra. But the worst thing about it must have been the main character. Seriously, this guy HAS NO PERSONALITY or whatever, and his voice is dreadful. You thought you could voice a male character with that female voice? Actually, a lot of voice actresses can pull it off masterfully, but this was just dreadful. Please, stick to female characters, miss voice actress. PLEASE.
        Well, while this is my “worst show of the season”, Health Education for 30 years olds and Maria Holics new episode put really a competition for this spot off. Seriously, that was one boring episode. I AM VERY DISSAPOINT, SHAFT!

  9. Posted April 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Booooring. I hate that kind of humour. I hate those character designs. I hate that hat. It’s not fabulous at all.

  10. esha25
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I like this anime so far, but I have the feeling that it will get old soon. Especially pulling out the “incredible fighter chic with an attitude to match” trope. They need to develop her quickly because that joke is wearing thin.

    Still think this is better, so far, then most of the anime from last season.

  11. Posted April 14, 2011 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    I didn’t really notice the BGM while watching the show. But then again, I’m not the type to go remembering songs and such either.

    Anyway, I thought the manga was a tad better than this anime adaption. I liked the manga character designs better, and Switch’s voice just sounds a bit strange. I’ll get used to both of those soon enough, though.

    My main complaint with this first episode was that some of the humor I found hilarious in the manga didn’t come through. For example, Himeko goes into the toolshed to beat Jougasaki & lackey up, and the camera shifts to Bossun and Switch, who are just dancing around. In the manga, it’s much less obvious that only Himeko is doing any fighting, and this camera switch is thus a lot funnier.

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