Sket Dance – First Impressions

Support, Kindness, Encouragement, Troubleshoot…that’s what the SKET in Sket Dance stands for. I’d love to support this new series with a kind review, but I’m not altogether encouraged. The trouble is, the first episode borrowed many well-worn tropes of the “Weird High School Club” and did next to nothing to distinguish itself.

For me at least, it drew immediate comparisons to other anime with similar premises: Haruhi Suzumiya, Angel Beats!, Seitokai Yakuindomo, and MM!, just to name a few off the top of my head. All are about high school clubs (or the student council, in Seitkokai’s case), each with a newcomer, if not outright odd-man-out: a dude who serves as the protagonist.

In SKET, this dude’s name is…what’s-his-name. I don’t remember…oh yeah! Teppei! Like his counterparts in those other shows (Kyon, Otonashi, etc.), he is initially reluctant and noncommittal towards joining the club. If I was a transfer student like Teppei, and three people just showed up in front of me willing to be my friends, I may not treat them so coldly (though Teppei is an ordinary, normal kid; they’re a bit weird, and hence intimidating).

I’ll admit, other then Teppei, who’s pret-ty dull, the other three members of Sket held my attention, particularly the hockey stick-wielding tomboy and the guy who talks with his laptop. But I didn’t really care about the mystery they had to solve. But first episodes can be misleading; I’ll give this show one more chance to elicit more than just passing interest. Rating: 2.5

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