Sekkou Boys

Title:Sekkou Boys
Sculpted Sons
石膏ボーイズ
Overall:Unevaluated
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Notables: Animation - LIDEN FILMS
FUKUYAMA Jun
KOKIDO Shiho
ONO Daisuke
SUGITA Tomokazu
TACHIBANA Shinnosuke
Miki Ishimoto, a recent college graduate, gets her first job as a talent manager--but it's not exactly what she had been expecting. She is put in charge of a group of four busts (statues)--Hermes, St. Giorgio, Mars and Medici--that can talk and claim to be Gods.

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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3155#628]
(Six episodes watched):

I didn't post a review of this show until I had watched two episodes, because it was so bizarre that I didn't know what to think. About the only thing I knew after episode one was that it definitely deserved credit for originality. But could such a strange concept remain funny after the shock of the original introduction wore off? Is there really anything to expand on? Thankfully, it seems that the answers to both questions are 'yes'. I was delighted by the wacky, off-kilter story being told in episode two, as the four Gods appear on a low reputation TV show early in the morning (and especially when they run into a fan of theirs). The characters are witty and likeable and draw me in. The fact that the roles of the four Gods are all filled by respected male VAs suggests that these were sought after parts. This is looking like a fun, clever show that I'll be looking forward to.

It's not so much the individual jokes that are funny as the premise as a whole. The premise is absurd, yet the characters are unaware of that, and say sensible things--except they are statues. They can't even move their lips, voices just emminate from them. That makes otherwise ordinary statements funny. The things they say make sense in an unexpected way (comedy) because if you would just accept the possibility of busts with minds of their own, this is pretty much exactly what you'd expect them to say. It works, and makes me laugh. The show also plays with the impossibility of statues moving by themselves; we never see it happen, but hints are dropped that it's going on nevertheless. In general, a clever, sly sort of humor unlike the drivel that most anime comedies peddle. Definitely the best Short anime of the season.

My favorite line: "You've got to work hard while you can, or you'll wind up in storage at an art school" --Maki

Last updated Tuesday, March 29 2016. Created Sunday, January 24 2016.

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