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Weekly Sket Dance: Episode #48

Suddenly I think I'm seeing double!

Did you really think that the main character's origin story was over? The episode's title should have given you a clue. Allow me to debrief you on the latest Sket Dance episode.

Episode 48: Happy Rebirthday
Summary: It's the Kaimei School Festival, and Bossun's class is doing a maid cafe. Everybody's parents show up, and Bossun is approached by a man who claims to be the doctor who delivered him. He has finally decided to tell Bossun the truth of what happened that day, which he has kept secret for 17 years...
Air Date: Mar. 8, 2012 / Available on CrunchyRoll for Free Users: Mar. 15, 2012
Run Time: 24:19

Warning: This article contains spoilers. We suggest you watch the episode HERE first. Afterwards, come back here and share your thoughts.

They are...
They are...
...twins!
...twins!

Revelations continue as Bossun finds out that he's not alone in the world. After the last two tear-jerking episodes, I expected this episode to continue telling goofy stories about the club. Boy was I wrong! We are in the present now, two years after Bossun found out the truth about his parents' death, and during a school festival our protagonist learns more about his heritage. The man who delivered him (Dr. Tsubaki) seventeen years prior to this approaches Bossun and lands the biggest news you could possibly imagine... Yusuke Fujisaki has a twin brother.

When I wrote the Weekly Sket Dance article for episode 40 I mentioned the persistent joke that paired Bossun and Sasuke in sibling terms. You called it Halberdierv2, Sasuke Tsubaki is Bossun's twin brother. The doctor who delivered both of Haru andRyosuke's children kept Tsubaki without Akane's knowledge of there being two births. An announcement I wasn't expecting-- I'm sure a lot of you were though.

This is serious!
This is serious!

Here's the moment I express my regrets. It seems to me that every time I talk about Sasuke I have something negative to say, but bare with me here. Akane's personality is very lively which seems to have rubbed off on his son. At the same time Tsubaki's father is very linear, until he breaks down and cries, which could be the reason why his son is sometimes uptight. I can understand the differences in personality and similarities in enthusiasm. That emotional drive is all in Ryosuke's genes. The one thing I don't understand is the reaction. Why does it seem like Sasuke takes the news more lightly than his twin did two years prior? I am willing to bet this story isn't over...

Verdict

Most of the episode encompasses the doctor's flashback. This leaves little space for some sibling reactions. I really wanted more of that. I expected Bossun to arrive with his father's letter to show to Sasuke. I expected to see Akane's reaction when she found out her best friends had twins. While I didn't expect some sort of automatic embrace between the two new-found brothers, I secretly wished for Tsubaki to break into tears in front of his twin. This doesn't mean that the moment lacked emotion, or that it was not tender enough. It only means that I hope there is more to come related to this new-found family relationship. Switchand Hime seemed excited about the news though.

PS. Thanks to Team W.I.K.I. Nation for their assistance.

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

takashichea moderator on March 21, 2012 at 10:18 p.m.

Great report, Geo! Did you find it strange that Rumi fears that Bossun would go after her since they aren't blood related. The odd thing is that Switch states that there is nothing going on between Hime and Bossun. He is the guy who notices something going down between Remi and Chuuma.

Sasuke is pretty stoic now. Two years ago, Sasuke is timid, and he probably found the true the same day as Bossun. That's what I think why Bossun is so down.

sora_thekey moderator on March 22, 2012 at 1:29 a.m.

@takashichea: There's a chance that the creators don't want to push Bossun and Hime together so that it's a surprise when it happens... Which I still doubt. Rumi's comment this freak me out a bit.

MisterSamManon March 22, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.
I agree with you. There should have been more sibling interaction in the episode. I was also surprised to see Sasuke expressing the embarrass face, but it was a nice change to Sasuke's usual facial expressions. Great article!
sora_thekey moderator on March 25, 2012 at 11:15 p.m.

@MisterSamMan: Sasuke has all of the serious and tense aspects that Bossun has... Usually he doesn't have the comedic parts. I'm just as surprised he did the face too. Thanks.

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