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Weekly Sket Dance: Episode #42

Want to learn how to act and make your own manga? Sket Dance will teach you.

More randomness spreads as this two segment episode focuses on two of my favorite supporting characters of Sket Dance. Want to learn how to publish your own manga? Want to learn how to act? Everything you need to know is in episode.

Episode 42: Suddenly, Momoka's Road to Being a Stage Actress
Summary: Momoka is the lead actress of a stage play, but she's having trouble with the bland script. Can the Sket-dan teach her how to spice it up?! And then another Sket friend has a success story: Roman, who's just made her manga debut! She shows her story to the Sket members, but will Himeko be able to keep from trashing it?!
Air Date: Jan. 26, 2012 / Available on CrunchyRoll for Free Users: Jan. 2, 2012
Run Time: 24:19

Warning: This article contains spoilers. We recommend watching the episode HERE first.

The magazine lost a bet and had to publish her work
The magazine lost a bet and had to publish her work

This episode focuses on two characters: Momoka and Roman. In the first story, Momoka asks Sket-Dan to help her gain a deeper insight of the script for her new acting job. Just as the title suggests Momoka has become a stage actress. Bossun and Switch give it their all to help her rehearse her lines by playing the character's love interest. Bossun's chemistry with Momoka was definitively the best part to come out of this! The second half of the episode focuses on Roman. Just as Hime wonders about her future, Switch brings up Roman's dedication to become a mangaka. Just then, Roman appears with good news: she has made her debut as a manga artist.

Bossun's bear hug
Bossun's bear hug

While the creators do cheat a bit on the second half of the episode by showing a bunch of badly drawn panels by Roman, overall the episode was great. This is what I would call a Seinfeld episode, nothing really happens. The only big development is that Momoka's acting career has now reached a new level as a stage actress. Nothing happening is not necessarily bad; it makes way for a lot of funny bits. The one thing I did find curious was when Momoka and Bossun parody Americans. It's interesting to see how the Japanese sees us, but, for me, the jokes didn't really penetrate. It's probably just a cultural case which I did not understand. Once again, Momoka and Roman win as my favorite supporting cast characters. If Moe would've shared spotlight this would've probably been a perfect episode.

Verdict

There's a very thin line between informative and entertaining but this episode balanced it out very well. If you notice everything that was said here was a fact. Whether it was about acting or making your own manga, the information helps if you pay attention. Then again, the jokes and gags are what make the learning angle go unnoticed. I am interested to see that the main characters are thinking about their future. It suggest that these characters might graduate and grow older one day. Based on the preview of the next episode, the future might hold some romance for Bossun and Hime...

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

Halberdierv2on Feb. 3, 2012 at 2:48 p.m.

Momoka and bossun's acting were quite good. although It'd been funny if Momoka had used her yakuza voice in some parts. pretty funny episode.

fijilovesyouon Feb. 3, 2012 at 6:07 p.m.

I really love that bear hug! This was a pretty good and fun episode.

takashichea moderator on Feb. 4, 2012 at 2:46 p.m.

I love the story behind teenagers finding out their true calling. Roman cry in a cute fashion with sound effect.

I think they were poking fun at American accents with those jokes. I don't know what state of America that accent came from. It was funny when Bossun ends with a nice pun. I love the Bakuman reference at the end of the show.

sora_thekey moderator on Feb. 7, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.

@takashichea: Oh yeah! The Bakuman references are the best!

MohsinMan99on Feb. 13, 2012 at 3:22 a.m.

The best part in this episode for me was Momoka's acting in front of the director and him later commenting that "she is really talented".

Oh, and "Shinji run away!" was another highlight. :)

MohsinMan99on Feb. 13, 2012 at 3:26 a.m.

I'm quite used to Taka's style of reports but..this style of yours is quite nice as well. Short, sweet and to the point. Excellent!

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