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Weekly Sket Dance: Episode #40

Bossun and Tsubaki go on a stakeout together. Will they get along? Impossible!

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

Warning: This article may contain spoilers. Head to CrunchyRoll and watch the episode first: HERE

"I&squot;m not going to lose to you!"
"I'm not going to lose to you!"
"I won&squot;t lose to you!"
"I won't lose to you!"

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

*Kawai*
*Kawai*

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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-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey

Halberdierv2on Jan. 19, 2012 at 10 p.m.

I have a feeling that Sasuke and Bossun are related. I mean, their personalities and appearance look really similar.

takashichea moderator on Jan. 20, 2012 at 10:18 a.m.

Awesome report, Sora_thekey!

I didn't like "Milk to Chocolate (ミルクとチョコレート)" by ChocoLe because it was too cutesy and use fan service in the wrong way. Poor Hime. I liked the special theme songs dedicated to Switch and Hime's origin stories.

  • "Kioku (キヲク)" by The Sketchbook
  • "HERO" by The Sketchbook

The best ending was Clover by The Sketchbook, and the best opening is the first one, "カッコ悪い I Love You" by French Kiss.

I loved the biscuit dance clips. It reminds me of when Bossun, Hime, and Momoka's time of being small.

@Halberdierv2:

Sasuke has long eyelashes and different eyes than Bossun. Though, that's all I come up with.

Edit:

Thanks for using the images from Sket Dance's gallery. I try my best upload images as soon as I can even school is becoming a beast.

Don't forget to check out Team W.I.K.I. Nation's weekly reports and their hard work on the wiki pages of Sket Dance. Feel free to contribute! See Episode 40 and wiki!

sora_thekey moderator on Jan. 20, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.

@Halberdierv2 said:

I have a feeling that Sasuke and Bossun are related. I mean, their personalities and appearance look really similar.

That was actually the joke throughout the episode...

@takashichea: I totally agree with you! "カッコ悪い I Love You" was the best theme song. When I first head it I wanted it as my ring tone.

Thanks for using the images from Sket Dance's gallery. I try my best upload images as soon as I can even school is becoming a beast.

Actually I should be thanking you. These helped a lot! Thanks!

takashichea moderator on Jan. 20, 2012 at 1:36 p.m.

@sora_thekey:

The images for ep. 41 is up. I'm going to take a break and submit the weekly report tonight.

fijilovesyouon Jan. 20, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.

Fujisaki VALENCIA! Too epic!

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