Sket Dance – 60

In the first half Himeko auditions and wins the role of new Pelocan girl, but she gets extremely nervous on the day of the shoot, injures the mascots so Bossun and Switch have to participate, and due to time and budget constraints, the final commercial is a horrible farce in which her face is covered by a demon mask. In the second half, practice exams loom, and desperate to pass and avoid extra lessons, Himeko and Bossun agree to study together with Switch. They do it at Himeko’s house, where her mother, initially friendly and charming, snaps when she sees them goofing off and forces them to study till dawn, resulting in high grades for everyone.

Himeko has always been a fun and entertaining character, but when she’s on the spot to advertise something so near and dear to her, she kind of falls apart. Speaking for the candy she loves seemed like a good idea at the time, but even in the club room she hesitates to follow through with auditioning. Switch and Bossun prod her to do it, but her instincts were correct; the commercial that’s ultimately produced is so terrible, no one has any words and the show simply cuts to commercial without comment. It really was that bad; but at least once they got into it they had fun, right?

After appearing in a commercial that may end up ruining Pelocan Corp., Bossun starts to stress out about exams, as does Himeko, who describes herself as an idiot. The two of them can’t focus when studying alone, so Yagi and Kura suggest they study as a group to stay on point. But since these three spend so much time with each other doing nothing, the initial discomfort evaporates and the ‘studying’ part of the study session devolved into lounging around snacking and reading manga (including Kimi ni Todoke!) That is, until Himeko’s mother “Oniyome” puts a stop to it right quick. We learn she’s truly her mother’s daughter, only preferring an ice hockey stick over field. It gives us hope that despite Himeko’s tomboyish tendencies, there’s a man out there to slap shots off of.

Rating: 3.5