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Sket Dance  
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Description
The hilarious misadventures of the "Sket Dan"; a couple of high schoolers who help out people as part of their club activity: Himeko, the hot-headed ex-delinquent with a soft spot for cute things and a taste for strange food; Switch, the brainy otaku who only talks via a computerized speech-application; and Bossun, the atypical leader of this looney bunch, with the amazing power to... concentrate very hard!

Sket Dance won the 55th annual Shogakukan Manga Award in 2009 for best shounen manga.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
スケットダンス
学园救援团
สเก็ต ดานซ์ (Thai)

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Latest Release(s)
c.272-273 by Soldier Hero (114d ago)
v.30 c.270-271 by Soldier Hero (121d ago)
v.30 c.269 by Soldier Hero (139d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
32 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 21, Chap 182

User Reviews
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Forum
10 topics, 35 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (415 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.37 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 8th 2014, 7:14pm PST

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Year
2007

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Licensed (in English)
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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #635 increased(+181)
Monthly Pos #1097 decreased(-108)
3 Month Pos #1068 decreased(-32)
6 Month Pos #571 decreased(-27)

List Stats
On 2010 reading lists
On 1141 wish lists
On 65 completed lists
On 105 unfinished lists
On 371 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Sket Dance Enters Climax in 32nd Volume 525 days, 6 hours, 16 minutes ago
Is there a flashback/prologue type chapter? 556 days, 23 hours, 3 minutes ago
What chapter does the anime end on 785 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes ago
Funny part. 901 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes ago
Do you like the romance? 1116 days, 0 hours, 15 minutes ago

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Really entertaining   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by Anabiotic_Pineapple
November 24th, 2011, 2:36pm
This manga is amazing. It's easy to compare it to Gintama since they both involve three groups of people assisting others mixed in with various "random" events, but that's where the differences end. Sket Dance has a cast of characters who easily stand on their own and the issues they deal with when things get serious are surprisingly complex for a gag manga. This series has laughter, tears, romance, and sometimes even death. All of this is set to a school backdrop and provides tons of entertainment. Coupled with the recent anime adaption, this manga is seriously going places and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys comedy/slice of life.

Heaps of praise above aside, like any gag manga, sometimes the gags fall flat. Usually the manga is very funny, but when it does fail, it fails hard. Those times where it falls flat though are thankfully far and few in between, but I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention that it does happen.

My suggestion is to read until you get to the first serious arc
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
It involves why Switch talks through a computer
and if you still don't enjoy the series after that, then you probably never will. I was on the fence until I read that particular part and then realized that I had found something special.

... Last updated on April 11th, 2012, 5:08pm
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Love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Saexel
April 6th, 2008, 3:15pm
This is one of those rare manga that actually has me laughing out loud. The characters are great, as is the art and especially the humor. This series has high potential, and I think it's too bad that it doesn't get all too much recognition. I have no idea why anyone would give it a low score.

... Last updated on April 6th, 2008, 3:16pm
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Superb   
Rating: N/A
by Shostakovich
August 1st, 2011, 8:24pm
This is my favorite ongoing Shounen Jump series, with brilliant humor, a great cast, clever plots and insightful dramatic arcs. It feels like it has lost some freshness in these last volumes, but it's still one of the best shounen series around IMHO.

... Last updated on August 1st, 2011, 8:26pm
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Awesome in its own right   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bossun
July 17th, 2011, 11:43pm
I can't express how many different levels this manga hits. Its funny, serious, endearing, and clever. I don't think I've ever found a manga that made me respect the author so much. I don't think that you can really get a good grasp on the series in 2 chapters but after a few you should see it for what it is. I, personally, can't see why you wouldn't like it but...

I don't read Gintama but people say its just like it. From the reasons they give all I can say is that similar yes but not a rip off. I think its pretty amazing that this is surviving in a mainly battle driven magazine.

The characters are diverse and the chapters are equally as scattered. Even so I can say that this manga has given me numerous reasons to reread it. So many good chapters but all in their own right.
The only thing I can see that might discourage people is the length. The chapters might feel long because it is heavily dialogue driven. I admit that put me off in the beginning but the more endearing chapters pull you along well enough.

So, if you are starting off and are having trouble getting into it skip a chapter or two till you find one that gets you; chances are there is one for you.

I just hope it grows in popularity so we can get caught up with the releases. Thank you to the Scanulators that are doing it anyway.

... Last updated on July 21st, 2011, 6:54pm
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LOVE   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by naruichi
October 26th, 2011, 2:24pm
I absolutely love it!!!! It's so funny! I litterally get back from class and read a chapter or two and it makes me so happy. I don't know how many times I started cracking up over this. I love all the random references to things. It's so refreshing, I never really know what's going to happen.
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dont trust those negative comments   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SnowVallen
October 19th, 2012, 7:13am
it's a gag manga, well honestly i found it boring in chapter 1-10 but when i caould finally get a grip from the characters i found it truly funny..
it's a light reading, but sometimes you will find drama from every character's past back those past make a back up for more gag in future (example: the twins lol)
i dont understand why pebble hate it so much, i found it funny and hilarous, good enough for entertainment.. especially for those who enjoys comedy genre, i'd love to recommend this.. the chemistry between main characters is well balance too, even though the story is to cliche (like the idealistic friendship, a touching story about high school, etc) at least it doesnt too much (which sometimes make me sick in some other mangas) and the comedy, just like i said before.. is hilarious!!
what i really hope is this series wont drop because the senpais has gone now lol, and in the arc (in their third year) will be more fun than before
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10/10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by JHax9999
April 22nd, 2009, 3:32pm
This is like Gintama in a high school setting:
--We have three kids (2 boys, 1 girl) who form a club (the sket-dan), which takes on odd jobs for students and teachers around the school.
--The girl is crazy violent and skilled in fighting.
--One of the boy wears glasses. (A handsomer/cooler version of Shinpachi)
--The leader has curly hair.
--The sket-dan's rival group is the student council, which is kinda like the Shinsegumi in this manga.
--The std. council vice-president is arch-rival to our main character.
--The std. council secretary is a verbally abusive sadist.
--Heck, even the council president looks kinda like Kondo, except he's smarter.
--And throughout the manga, they either reference or do parodies of other shounen manga (bleach, naruto, one piece, etc.), kinda like... you guessed it! Gintama!

(If you read/watch Gintama at all, you'd understand the similarities I'm describing)

Anyway, if you like Gintama, chances are you're gonna find this manga pretty awesome. It's stupidly funny, refreshingly witty, and fun as all heck. Now I'm just waiting for someone to animate this so I can enjoy it on the big screen.

... Last updated on April 25th, 2009, 2:35am
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Refreshing   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by lime123
October 26th, 2007, 5:51am
love the comedy. This manga as barbapapa said is refreshing. It's probably the only manga i look forward to in jump as of now.
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One of my favourites!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Froiza
April 16th, 2011, 10:33pm
This is honestly one of the funniest mangas I've ever read, and I say this as a huge fan of Gintama. The humour is really quite similar, so if you like one you should like the other. The art is awesome and, although it's a comedy, there are times in the story where it shifts to a much darker tone, especially about the Sket Dan members' pasts. These bits are really well-written, so most people would like them even though they're a break from the comedy.

Just one tip: don't read this and compare it to Gintama. Yes, they're similar, but how the hell is anyone supposed to enjoy something when they're just looking for ways it's worse than something else? Just give it a chance, and if you don't like it then you don't like it. But as with most manga, it's difficult to judge the series as a whole just from the first 2 or 3 chapters since they're almost always focused on introducing the characters. Happy reading~!
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Really good, you can see the progression of the author and the characters.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by PKDonut617
August 31st, 2013, 9:02pm
Hm, I will admit that when it was first starting out, the chapters were a bit boring and the jokes were forced at times. What kept me going was just how unique and interesting the characters and the settings are. I think Shinohara has come a long way with his art style and his writing, and so have the characters. Now that I'm rereading the series, I do notice that some characters are different than how they are now, like how Bossun used to be a bit more belligerent, especially with Himeko, and how Tsubaki was taken more seriously and had some of his own fight scenes. But all in all, the series has really improved, and now I literally laugh out loud in every chapter.

As far as for everyone's complaints on the plot and the forced-ness, I honestly cannot agree. The plot may have been dragging at first but the later arcs are very interesting. Plus, Sket Dance is a gag manga so it best functions in its episodic nature, with occasional serious arcs. The general flow of the story is actually good, except for the very last chapters, which were rushed because of its abrupt end. ;_; And for the forced-ness of the jokes and characters, yes it was very like that at first. I too was tempted to drop this manga within the first hundred chapters or so. But the jokes did get better, and I find myself growing accustomed this forced-ness. Maybe it's just my sense of humor, but the manga really plays the boke-tsukkomi routine well.

... Last updated on September 17th, 2014, 5:25pm
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