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Sket Dance  
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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.


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Associated Names
สเก็ต ดานซ์ (Thai)

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Latest Release(s)
v.32 c.288 (end) by Soldier Hero (252d ago)
v.32 c.287 by Soldier Hero (283d ago)
v.32 c.286 by Soldier Hero (286d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
32 Volumes (Complete)

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

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (465 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.38 / 10.0
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March 22nd 2015, 10:21am PST



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3 Month Pos #1417 increased(+92)
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Sket Dance Enters Climax in 32nd Volume 892 days, 12 hours, 1 minutes ago
Is there a flashback/prologue type chapter? 924 days, 4 hours, 48 minutes ago
What chapter does the anime end on 1152 days, 11 hours, 32 minutes ago
Funny part. 1269 days, 5 hours, 42 minutes ago
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Uuuuh... NOT funny.   
Rating: N/A
by Pebble_
May 31st, 2012, 5:23pm
Am I seriously the only one who doesn't find this manga funny? O_o

I've read all released chapters (with a lot of dropping it then picking it up), watched most episodes of the anime, I really tried to enjoy this series, since so many people seem to deem it 'one of the best', BUT I'm sorry I really really don't find it funny...

It lacks depth, authenticity. A lot of characters tend to irritate me and they seem somewhat 'forced'. As if the author made characters whose 'unique' personality should have been hilarious, but failed to give them a soul, to make them 'work'. So instead they're irritating and shallow... And boring. -_-

Bossun especially can be really annoying (not good for the protagonist! )
Himiko is steadily becoming a typical cliché shounen heroine -> tough ex-delinquent but really sweet deep down-blah-blah-crap! Of course she is only really happy when Bossun tells her that she cooks well, that she would be a great bride, or when she is doing the friggin cleaning! (give me a break!)
Switch is more interesting, but his persona is a bit inconsistent and appears sometimes involuntarily awkward-awkward instead of deliberately funny-awkward. The whole arc about his brother particularly was a huge WTF. The idea is not bad, but it really came out of the blue and the execution was, again, forced. The result was a really sudden tragedy arc, so sudden in fact, and so incoherent with the atmosphere of the manga, that I had a real hard time taking it seriously.
I'm not gonna list everything I dislike, but still. This manga felt lifeless to me. It felt like a huge pile of shounen clichés. (which can be good if well-executed, with some personal touch but which, in this case, failed to come alive)

Of course it's not all bad. There were some funny chapters/episodes, and I really like the chemistry teacher for instance, or that other teacher with all the weird games.
My review probably looks unnecessarily harsh, but that's because all the other comments are extremely flattering. I wanted to balance that, somehow. Of course Sket dance is doubtlessly mildly entertaining, if you're looking for a light read.

But on the whole I find this series mediocre, and since I have a hard time getting interested in comedies that I don't find 'awesome' (and there are a lot of these, I'm not that hard to please >_<), it's not for me.

I was disappointed. Sket dance is probably gonna go in my 'dropped list' very soon. -_-


... Last updated on May 31st, 2012, 7:46pm
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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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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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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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My second favorite Jump's manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Olho07
June 23rd, 2011, 8:26pm
This manga captivated me immediately in first chapter.
Enjoyable read, brilliant in its simplicity, all the characters are charismatic and lovely.
I laughed easily with the humor.
I cry easily with the drama.
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The jokes are runing a tad thin   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by fool777
April 22nd, 2011, 7:05pm
The jokes are funny when they hit home, but sadly they lack consistency aka some chapters are great others ... . Even the most advid fan would admit the funniest chapters so far for the series were the two Gintama x SKET Dance crossover chapters.

The anime is a great adaption for the manga so watch that first and then read.

SKET Dance is for people who want a high school based light manga to read (this isn't really the traditional adrenline 'must read action Shounen manga' If that is your taste, please look elsewhere)

People can decide after reading vol 2 whether this is for you or not.

If anyone has read 3-Z Class's Ginpachi-sensei (not just Gintama) then this series will seem a tad too familiar.

... Last updated on April 26th, 2011, 7:18am
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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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too good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by goodguy05
March 18th, 2011, 1:44am
this manga is just awesome. the undying humour fails to disappoint me and the characters are all interesting!! The art isnt bad and its gotta be better than the other ongoing shounen manga
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Funny and Intersting   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Cococrash11
January 19th, 2011, 11:25pm
I read about 8 Volumes of it and its hilarious and intersting. This manga is kinda like Gintama since the author Kenta Shinohara once work for the Hideaki Sorachi. Not only is it funny it even had a sense of drama to balance it out. To see a sense of drama is nice for this manga. Also the Sket Dan members brings out their heroic side and hilarious side in this manga. Now I see why it got an award. anime, CD Drama, novel and etc. I would love to see more of Sket Dance in the future.

Oh if you bash it I bet it is because you haven't read it. I thought it looks lame but if you read it all the way in the end its funny and intersting. I say read all of it before you judge it.

... Last updated on January 19th, 2011, 11:30pm
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