Sket Dance

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Sket Dance
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Cover of the first volume of Sket Dance, featuring Himeko (left), Bossun (center), and Switch (right)
Genre
Manga
Written by Kenta Shinohara
Published by Shueisha
Imprint Jump Comics
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Demographic Shōnen
Original runJuly 14, 2007July 8, 2013
Volumes32 (List of volumes)
Light novel
SKET DANCE - Extra Dance
Written bySawako Hirabayashi
Illustrated byKenta Shinohara
Published byShueisha
ImprintJump j-Books
DemographicMale
Original runNovember 4, 2009July 2, 2010
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Produced byKen Yoda
Music by Shuhei Naruse
Studio Tatsunoko Production
Original network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run April 7, 2011 September 27, 2012
Episodes77 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Sket Dance OVA
Directed byKeiichiro Kawaguchi
StudioTatsunoko Production
ReleasedFebruary 4, 2013
Runtime27 minutes
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Sket Dance (stylized as SKET DANCE) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kenta Shinohara. It was serialized in Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from July 2007 to July 2013, with its chapters collected in thirty-two tankōbon volumes. It follows the adventures of the "Sket-dan", a high school club whose goal it is to help the students and teachers of Kaimei High School with their problems, as they do whatever it takes to help make their campus a better place. The story is mainly told in the perspective of the Sket-dan's three members: Bossun, the leader of the group; Himeko, the "muscle" and the only female in the group; and Switch, the otaku and the "brains" of the group. A seventy-seven episode anime television series adaptation by Tatsunoko Production was broadcast on TV Tokyo from April 2011 to September 2012. In 2009, Sket Dance won the 55th annual Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category.

Contents

Synopsis

The manga follows the shenanigans and day-to-day activities of the "Sket-dan" (スケット団, Suketto dan) ("SKET Brigade" in the Animax broadcast), a high school club dedicated towards helping other people in the campus of Kaimei High School, whether teacher or student, with whatever request they have - completely free of charge.

The club consists of three members: Bossun, the immature yet reliable "jack-of-all-trades" leader of the group; Himeko, the aggressive yet delicate "muscle" of the group who wields a hockey stick as her weapon; and Switch, the tech-savvy otaku and the "brains" of the group who only speaks through his laptop with speech synthesis software. Together as the Sket-dan, the trio take on requests from different kinds of individuals around their school, and no matter how big or small the request, no matter how mundane or absurd, the Sket-dan manage to always get the job done - all on a mission to improve the lives of the people in their high school.

Media

Manga

Sket Dance is written and illustrated by Kenta Shinohara. A one-shot chapter was published in the Winter 2006 issue of Shueisha's ​ Akamaru Jump [4] and another one-shot was published in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump on August 28, 2006. [5] Sket Dance was later serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from July 14, 2007, to July 8, 2013. [6] [7] Its 288 individual chapters were published in thirty-two tankōbon volumes published by Shueisha, released from November 2, 2007, to August 2, 2013. [8] [9]

Starting in 2018, Shueisha revealed plans to re-release Sket Dance into a 16-volume bunkoban edition release, which condenses two tankōbon volumes of the manga series into one supersized volume. [10] The first two bunkoban volumes of Sket Dance were released on June 18, 2018. [11] The final bunkoban volume was released on January 18, 2019, [12] and the complete 16-volume box set was released on August 8, 2019. [13]

Outside Japan, the series is licensed by Tong Li Publishing in Taiwan. [14]

Anime

In October 2010, an anime television series adaptation of Sket Dance was announced. [15] Animated by Tatsunoko Production and directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi, the series was broadcast for seventy-seven episodes on TV Tokyo from April 7, 2011, to September 27, 2012. [16]

An original video animation (OVA) was bundled with the 29th volume of the manga, released on February 4, 2013. [17] [18]

Drama CDs

So far, Shueisha has released two drama CD based on the manga series. The first drama CD is named Sket Dance ドラマCD ( ISBN   978-4-08-901169-0), and was released on October 30, 2009. [19] [20] A second drama CD called Sket Dance 2 ドラマCD ( ISBN   978-4-08-901171-3) was released on April 28, 2010. [21]

Light novels

Video games

Bossun, Himeko, and Switch appear together as a single support character in the Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory VS . [22]

Reception

From volume 6 onward, Sket Dance has consistently debuted on the weekly best sellers list for manga in Japan. Volume 6 debuted at number 9. [23] Volumes 7, 9, and 10 debuted at number 11. [24] [25] [26] Volume 8 debuted at number 13 [27] while volume 11 debuted at number 12. [28] In January 2010, Sket Dance was announced as the winner of the 55th annual Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen manga. [29]

In September 2009, Japanese publisher Shueisha issued an apology in the 42nd weekly issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump over a depiction of main characters, Bossun and Himeko, inhaling helium to raise the pitch of their voices. The scene drew criticism from online forums and blogs over the danger of suffocation from breathing helium. [30]

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