Sket Dance – 33

Yagi and her assistant Saori are filming a documentary of the Sket-dan solving the case of the “Glass Man”, a mysterious serial window breaker. Initial evidence suggests members of the baseball club, but there’s no motive, so Bossun puts his goggles on and deciphers a hidden code in the names of the rooms where windows were broken. The name it spells suggests a guy named ‘Shimasaki Takao’, but it turns out to be a girl named Takashima Sakiko, who is being blackmailed to do the deeds by the true culprit, Saori, who harbors a gruge against Sakiko for replacing her love letter with her own.

Weren’t we just talking last week about how we never know what’s coming with this series? Yeah, that continues to ring true this week, as we get a pretty clever and competent drama-mystery played more-or-less straight as an arrow, which we don’t mind at all. The Sket-dan is called upon to solve a case and they do it, with Bossun leading the investigation, and Himeko and Switch following orders. But since they’re the SKET-dan, they also make the choice to take the heat for the whole incident, protecting the real culprit, Saori.

Saori ef’d up, but so did the girl she framed, Sakiko. The thing is, Sakiko worked hard to become thin again, while Saori just kept stewing about the injustice Sakiko visited upon her in middle school. Even so, it’s hip to forgive, and both Sakiko and the Sket-dan forgive Saori for her transgressions. After all, it’s not like people were being murdered – we’re just talking about broken windows and potentially wounded pride. Frankly, why would people care that Sakiko used to be fat anyway? It’s not like she is now…

Rating: 3.5


Working’!! – 08

Nazuna has grown to the same height as Takanashi, so he hires Popura to be his Cute Little Sister for a day. A jealous Inami tries to get him to call her cute as well, and succeeds by showing him a picture of her as a little girl. She records his voice on her phone to listen to it over and over again. Kirio arrives at Wagnaria to search for Aoi. Takanashi considers him a threat, and Souma artfully keeps Aoi away from him.

Souma can be a cruel, ruthless guy. He loves nothing else but the look of humiliation on the faces of others, after all. Yet After a whole day of teasing his coworkers, Souma does something nice for Aoi; she keeps her blissfully unaware that she’s being hunted. Even if it isn’t the right thing to do, it’s to make her happy, not to humiliate her. This works great in concert with everyone’s standoffishness vis-a-vis Kirio. They’re not trying to protect Aoi, but they don’t seem to like the guy either. He gets too close to people; he’s a disruptive element.

Last week, we were made to believe that Kirio is stronger than Takanashi, and perhaps a more suitible suitor to Inami, because he can stop her punches, while Takanashi takes every one. Hilariously, it turns out not only could Takanashi stop her punches if he tried, he can pacify Kirio as easily as he swats a fly. This fits his background as a kid with many older sisters; Kozue whaled on him and in so doing, toughened him and taught him self-defense. But the fact he doesn’t resist Inami’s blows because doing so would hurt her is a very romantic sentiment, even if unconscious.

Rating: 3.5