What do you get when Sket Dance's leader and Student Council's Vice President are after the same thing with no aid from their comrades? Another fun Sket Dance episode!
Episode 40: Stakeout Blues
Summary: Kids are getting shaken down around school, and there's only one group to call! The Sket-dan! The Student Council! Wait, both?! Can Bossun and Tsubaki stop hating each other's guts for long enough to catch the bad guy?
Air Date: Jan. 12, 2012 / Available on CrunchyRoll for Free Users: Jan. 19, 2012
Run Time: 24:19
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Bossun and Sasuke have a history of hating each other throughout the series. After Bossun is given a lovely vase full of flowers, Tsubaki, Student Council Vice President, provokes Bossun by accusing him of being a slacker. As a response, Bossun throws the contents from his vase at him accidentally landing on Himeko. Hime, now covered in water and flowers, drags Bossun swearing away about how she might get sick. That night, Tsubaki defends a fellow classmate from an extortionist but fails to catch him. The next day, Hime's prediction comes true not only getting a cold but passing on the virus to Switch. This forces Bossun to go on his latest request by himself. The request is to catch the same extortionist that Tsubaki encountered. Sasuke takes on the task to try and catch this same man making him and Bossun share the same goal and go on a stakeout together. This leads to some heavy awkwardness between the two, as they realize they are more alike than they think.
I'm not that fond of episodes that heavily focus on the Student Council. The characters are not as engaging as the members of Sket-dan. Still, this whole episode focused on the two hard-heads of each group. Agata, Student Council President, jokingly mentions that Tsubaki and Bossun are really alike. This, of course, angers Sasuke setting the premise for the whole episode. Are they really alike? Well, I say they are both just as stubborn. Sasuke needs to relax more if he wants to be more like Bossun, which he probably does not.
Is the back-and-forth banter between these two characters fun to watch? Yes. Do I want 20+ minutes of just that? Not really. I don't think that this was a bad idea at all. It is proven in the episode that Sasuke is obviously Bossun's equal, but taking off every other character for most of the episode does not make it as good as some of the past episodes. I enjoy the large cast basically because of the random quirks and reactions. For example, the woman at the end who believed Bossun and Tsubaki were brothers made me laugh.
Biscuit Dance - Sensei's Favorite
This is just incredibly cute. I think I would be able to watch various full-length Biscuit Dance episode and not get tired of how incredibly cute Himeko and Momoka are as little kids. It'sMoe's birthday and all of the kids end up giving her gifts but the strangest one is when Sojiro proposes for his gift. Afterwards Moe wakes up from her dream to find a happy birthday regardless.
I can't complain about this little segment at all. I can't help but notice that Tsubaki resemblesGanta from Deadman Wonderland. Even more as an expressionless child who would not help Bossun build something out of building blocks for their teacher's gift.
Episode Rating: 3/5
This episode was great but Tsubaki's character has never been a favorite of mine. His prominence in this episode is not something I would boast about. The interaction between Bossun and him are great, and the rivalry is amazingly played with. Yet, this didn't make me "LOL" like most Sket Dance episodes do. One thing I don't understand is, why we need new theme songs? I wasn't very fond of the last one, and I do think that "Message" by The Sketchbook and "Party! Hallelujah!" by SKET ROCK are great. Still, why another change? I don't think that in the 54 Digimon Adventure episodes the theme song changed once! (I might be wrong though.) Next episode involves costumes... That should be funny!
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