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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

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Latest Release(s)
v.30 c.262 by Trinity BAKumA (44d ago)
v.29 c.261 by Trinity BAKumA (63d ago)
v.29 c.259-260 by Trinity BAKumA (156d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
32 Volumes, 288 chapters (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 (401 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.37 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 15th 2013, 9:45am PST

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Year
2007

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Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #616 increased(+148)
Monthly Pos #1006 decreased(-22)
3 Month Pos #772 decreased(-134)
6 Month Pos #691 decreased(-111)

List Stats
On 1941 reading lists
On 1097 wish lists
On 52 completed lists
On 103 unfinished lists
On 333 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Sket Dance Enters Climax in 32nd Volume 300 days, 23 hours, 24 minutes ago
Is there a flashback/prologue type chapter? 332 days, 16 hours, 11 minutes ago
What chapter does the anime end on 560 days, 22 hours, 55 minutes ago
Funny part. 677 days, 17 hours, 6 minutes ago
Do you like the romance? 891 days, 17 hours, 23 minutes ago

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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.

On a side note, it's unfair to compare this to Gintama, because although they have their similarities, they have completely different settings and purposes.
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Don't compare this to Gintama!   
Rating: N/A
by silverblueroses
July 2nd, 2013, 4:43pm
Like the subject, don't compare this manga/anime to Gintama. Yes, there are a significant amount of similarities, but if you read this, you should judge it as it's own individual piece of work. The only reason why I started reading this was because
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I wanted to read about Bossun and Tsubaki... I have this obsession with twins. After finding out that they were this pair of long-lost twin brothers, I just HAD to check this out!!!

I remember stumbling upon this a few months ago because the art caught my eye. I don't really like realistic/school life mangas/animes so I decided to skip it. When I did pick this up, I only skimmed most of the beginning to get to the parts I wanted to read about so I'm kinda iffy on chapters 1-140. Then I started seriously reading it, it's really good! I think I might even start reading comedies/humor mangas from now on. I don't think there's a plot in here at all, but somehow it all fit together. Stories from 10 chapters ago might somehow randomly pop back up again so it's always interesting to keep reading smile
again, if you're simply reading this to compare it to Gintama, then you might be severely disappointed. It's a fun read, the backstories to all 3 main characters are mostly (esp switch) dark, so there are serious and plotful moments.
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the Plot was good however recently it just LAME   
Rating: N/A
by Omnisword
November 14th, 2012, 4:03pm
the manga is good i was caught interest to read it when first time discovered however after sometime i found it began boring,the jokes is too repetetitive for me,all character just uninteresting anymore
the author apparently used the jokes too much and eventually became "forced" where we found all any jokes actually is not funny and you just stare blinkly see what the heck are they doing? seriously i need read another more funny gag manga,this manga is lame!
yup lame but actually can to expand to more interesting.the Plot!
yes this manga has plot but just used for every certain arc only and it not gripped anymore
if the author can pull a plot which able to a draw great change in this manga universe it might will make the manga interesting anymore
what's that?
an actual plot not temporary story because in the own arc,story moving stand alone in own storyline permanently where characters actually has goal
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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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dissapoint. lol.   
Rating: N/A
by irelia
August 30th, 2012, 10:26am
start reading it because the curiousity about what people says about this manga, stop reading it after i try to get interested and reach around to chapters 100 or so. lol. i failed to find the funny or the cool things in this manga. agreed with Pebble, the characters makes me feel its being forced to be a somewhat unique or entertaining. although the art is nice, but the story is not interesting, and the gag is not make me laugh or simply entertained. It's just like a fail copy of Gintama..

... Last updated on January 13th, 2013, 2:11am
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A good story   
Rating: N/A
by LockONN
June 27th, 2012, 7:51pm
A good manga or any type of story by no means wheather it be the plot is simple or a three year old can understand it makes no difference. For instance Dr. suess, one can't say that his storys arent one of a kind along with being interesting to all ages for it's uses of things kids unerstand as well as the level of literary inventiveness it achieves. As a manga asuming that the artwork is good, as is the case that's already say.. worth half it's rating. to make it nearly a 9, which is what i say it is. seeing that even if the plot is fairly simple yet none the less interesting as well as emotionally enthralling, able to evoke empathy from it's readers as well as other emotions that are definably apparent. conveying an emotion you can reach through diferent aspects of a story one becomes attatched drawn in. Being able to to do so at a level readers can relate to, Sket Dance doesn't fall short in any sense of a good story. Being able to win an award if you havn't come to be able to understand atleast the level of work it is credited despite a diference in taste and preference it's quality you can still appreciate as a manga or story, if you failed to recognize all these things then you failed to either read enough of this work or you simply lack the means to understand Manga or perhaps all literature and the depth reachable. unable to grasp past the shallow.

... Last updated on June 27th, 2012, 8:20pm
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boring no depth   
Rating: N/A
by jokerbeast
June 8th, 2012, 9:34pm
seriously how can u find this funny its one of the worst manga i have ever read and is on my top of dot recommend people to read list (gintama right bellow). its plot is so simplistic the it would only take my 3 year old cuz to understand the only reason it got a 4 out of me is its artwork is good well thats all...
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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. -_-

final word? EXTREMELY OVERRATED.

... 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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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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