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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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Скет Данс

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v.32 c.288 (end) by Soldier Hero over 4 years ago
v.32 c.287 by Soldier Hero over 4 years ago
v.32 c.286 by Soldier Hero over 4 years ago
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32 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Bunko - Ongoing)

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

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (520 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.29 / 10.0

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October 25th 2018, 7:36pm PST



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Sket Dance is giving me too much!  
by xadako
January 7th, 2016, 1:22am
Rating: N/A
First of all, as someone who often reads shounen manga, I am prepared to find some crappy jokes and gag shounen-like actions in this manga. I also expect to see how the Sket Dance club (i.e., the three of them) would just be all comical and never be serious, HOWEVER, that impression quickly changes after a few more chapters onwards.

Of course, I wouldn't deny that some chapters are boring and the comedy part is forced (I always feel like skipping those chapters when that weird teacher--what's the name again?--appears. And yeah, he appears quite..... numerous). There's also part that I feel like skipping when it's just all about gags, or when the trio do weird experiments using Chuu-san's medicines. At least, I pretty much like the tsukkimi part, lol.

As we move on, the story starts to grow more serious--if not "normal"--, and it tells more about the interaction of the characters.
To be honest, I always want to make a manga in which all students have their own specialty, divided from first year to third year, and altogether, using their own individuality and special talents, they make school a very special places with lots of events going on every day. And Sket Dance just answers them all!

Bossun too, has a time when he's lame and weak, but he has a lot of special talents which makes him has his own spotlight moment.
It also strikes me that to make a manga interesting, it's more important to make the characters to appear "alive", rather than going on with the all-perfect-bishounen/shoujo. I think this is what makes a school life genre + shounen like Sket Dance special.

On the mangaka's note on last chapter, he mentioned about the low rate of female readers, but I can surely tell him that you have one-me- here!
Sket Dance doesn't only tell a story of high school life that everyone (may) dreams about. It also answers some questions about our life as high school students. "Do you regret your high school life?" "What would you say as you're graduating?" "What's your life career?" "What is justice?"
The chuunibyou that resides within everyone, lies in Sket Dance.

As a matter of whether it is a good manga or not, I think it depends on each people. You may not like a simple school life manga and expect the fantasy element, then you'd say this manga is boring. You might have pure disliking to this manga, and then you might start badmouthing it. For someone like me, who enjoys school life genre like this, I might overrated it. It's all depends on how much this story has touched or gave you.

Last but not least, I am very satisfied with the art! The characters look all cool in their own way! Another point that I like from this manga is also how their feelings are portrayed. I feel like the emotions when someone is doing the narrations totally nail my heart :')
Thanks for giving me a manga worth to read.

... Last updated on January 7th, 2016, 2:54am
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by yuri999
October 16th, 2015, 11:28am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The manga starts the story stumbling but once it gains momentum a few chapters in, you're going to want to keep reading to know what happens next with each and every chapter throwing a curve, twist or straight ball keeping you entertained.

I have never read a manga where some of the lines the characters say actually touched me to an extent that I wished that someone had said some of those to me when I was in high school. Maybe I would have been different but I digress. This review isn't about me, it's about this wonderful manga where a trio of mismatched kids give their best in helping with all sorts of requests and the fun we gain from it.

There is an excellent balance of funny and serious chapters which deal with the past of the characters so you get to know what shaped them into the people that they are today. Anyhow, I re-read the manga again half a year after it ended scanlation and I have to say the ending moved me as much as it did the first time around.

It's one of the best series I've read and I doubt if I'll ever get to read such a masterpiece again. Thanks Sket Dance for all the memories.
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Worth Your Time  
by aimichan
April 14th, 2015, 8:04pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This is one manga that is definitely worth your time. To call it a simple gag manga is not a worthy label for Sket Dance. It will make you laugh, and it will make you cry. It's a slice of life manga that'll show you another perspective of overcoming daily struggles that anyone goes through.

Yes, the first ten or so chapters are mediocre, but as you get past it, at some point, you'll be drawn into the characters and their struggles, and you'll get to see how they overcome, and not only that, but how they change afterwards. It's a great story of growth and development, and if this all sounds too serious, just remember that it is a 'gag' manga, and the laughs are pretty amazing too! ^^
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High School Life  
by Green Mylle
November 29th, 2014, 11:04pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The perfect way to describe this manga.

I'll make it short:
This series is very dear to me, I was still in high school when I first read this and that was a very long time ago. It's a comedy manga with the drama with friends and family but kept it simple and not heavily dramatic which is good.

I didn't cry on my HS Graduation but SERIUOSLY cried on the last chapter of Sket Dance. It really felt like I graduate from HS. While others may seems to take the ending as Open ended, it make sense for me, because it's another beginning.

I guess my opinion is rather very personal.

Sket Dance is Awesome.

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2014, 6:32pm
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Definitely Worth it  
by kirabook
September 9th, 2014, 9:37pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
It took me a while to get into it. I started to read it a few times over the years but could never get into it. Recently I had to deal with an internet outtage so I decided to finally just pick it up and read through. For some reason, the beginning didn't really catch my interest, but when I started to learn more about the characters and their dynamics, how they ended up in such a weird trio, AND A SUPER SECRET ABOUT THE MAIN CHARACTER THAT MADE MY HEART ACHE AND FAMILY FEELS HIT THE TOP OF THE METER, I got really into it.

Right now, after blasting through this over the last few days, I'm loving it. I'd definitely give it an 8 or 9 rating.

Gintama is similar to Sket Dance in which I started to read it but I haven't gotten deep into it yet. It's next on my list I suppose. But from what I can see, the humor of Sket Dance is different from Gintama, it's more attuned to my tastes. But I won't give up on Gintama!
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Don't compare this to Gintama!  
by silverblueroses
July 2nd, 2013, 4:43pm
Rating: N/A
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
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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  
by Omnisword
November 14th, 2012, 4:03pm
Rating: N/A
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  
by SnowVallen
October 19th, 2012, 7:13am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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.  
by irelia
August 30th, 2012, 10:26am
Rating: N/A
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  
by LockONN
June 27th, 2012, 7:51pm
Rating: N/A
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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