Have you ever obsessed over an anime episode? I mean, the type of obsession when you watch the episode over and over and over again without getting sick of it? Heck, Japanese might not even be a language you speak, yet you can understand what the characters are saying without even reading the subs 'cause you watched it so much. You might even reach the point when you actually memorized the script .... in Japanese!
What I'm getting at here is that I go through these "episode obsessions" all the time. Really. You wouldn't believe how many episodes out there I have memorized inside out. So this edition of "Why I Can't Stop Replaying This Episode", I'll actually be referring to my current obsession - Part 1 of Sket Dance Episode 19: 100 Hairstyles and Panic in the Clubroom.
So I decided that rather than just watching it, I'd explain why it's the type of episode that wouldn't bore you. That being said, if you haven't watched the episode, watch out because this blog might spoil what happens during that episode.
The Horrors That Accompany Messing Up Someone's Hair
The only difference between this episode and "real-life" is that if you actually mess up someone's hair while cutting it, there isn't any "Tocolotion 10" that would regrow the hair and return everything back to normal. I speak from experience.
I'm the eldest of two brothers and a sister. I'm a pretty weird older sibling, and I can come up with really weird ideas. This summer, one of those ideas were to cut my youngest brother's hair. I'd like to let you know I have ZERO hair cutting experience. I got his consent first, of course, and I got started.
Half-way through, I noticed that the head I was using on our electric razor wasn't making a difference with his hair. It looked the same to me; so I decided to get rid of the head and use the razor by itself. Big mistake. Let's just say, his head looked something like this; but without the arrow:
I freaked out...but I secretly enjoyed it since I wondered how he would look like as a bald kid. But as I said before, there is no turning back when you mess up someone's hair, so we were stuck shaving it all off. My other brother, who was watching the entire time, made my little bald guinea pig brother feel better, telling him that it looked good. It actually did, and I was happy that I did shave it. The only problem is that he doesn't want me to ever cut his hair again. He doesn't even want me remotely near him while holding a razor. I think I might even be the reason why he now wants to grow a fro. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
I watched this episode after cutting....I mean shaving....my brother's head; and I totally know how Himeko felt. That "Ohhhh crap. I'm in deep *bleep* now" feeling; it ain't a good feeling, trust me. I also happened to run into a bald spot while shaving his head; I thought I was the one who made it, but it turns out he already had it (it was very small though....barely noticeable; but when you're cutting someone's hair, every little mistake pops out like a sore thumb). It reminded me of Himeko when she turned Bossun's head into a savannah, although my mistakes weren't as dramatic.
First and foremost, I would like to applaud Hiroyuki Yoshino for doing an amazing job voicing Bossun, the main character of Sket Dance. For a voice actor to be able to actually sound like they are going through what the character is going through in the episode makes watching it even more enjoyable. Hiroyuki does just that; not only for this episode, but for all of the Sket Dance episodes. This episode is full of Bossun's "spazz" moments; from the very start when he utterly refuses Himeko's request to stand in the middle during their picture pose, to when he's furious with the outcome of his haircuts. Its very funny, and I can't get over watching it.
Himeko's voice is also very vibrant. Her being from Osaka just makes her voice even more enjoyable. I also believe Ryoko Shiraishi has done and is still doing an amazing job at voicing Himeko. Her ability to capture both Himeko's cool and short-tempered attitude, as well as her inner scaredy-cat is well-demonstrated during this episode.
Anime Reference - DBZ
Now one of the highlights of this episode was Bossun's "Goku" impersonation. Now I totally didn't see that one coming, which made it even funnier. All I saw was a dragonball with the Sket Dance logo on it, but my brain was still trying to figure out what was going on (yes....my brain doesn't process things that fast). Just when I began to realize that it was from the DBZ opening, all I see is Goku's head pop up, claiming to be "Bosu". And that was it. That was the punch line that made the humour possible. I couldn't get over it, and I still can't.
Well, I pretty much summed up the reasons why I love this episode and can't get over it. If you haven't already, I strongly suggest you watch it - you wont regret it. Hope you enjoyed this blog.
Thanks for reading!
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