Wow – that was about as plain vanilla as a first episode can get. Of course, Shonen Jump adaptations are legendary for starting slowly – as indeed are their manga sources – so perhaps there’s hidden depths of entertainment value here.
Nothing was especially offensive about that, but I would be hard pressed to find anything about Sket Dance that made much of an impact. From the premise to the characters to the animation, it all seemed pretty cookie-cutter. There’s an obvious similarity to Ookiami-san in that premise, but I wouldn’t have an issue with that if the episode had been more entertainment value. Even the narrative device – using a new transfer student for exposition about the premise – has been done often and usually better.
There’s really not enough heft here for the series to work as a drama, at least not yet. So it had better work as a comedy. I think it’s supposed to be one, but again, nothing in the first episode was especially hilarious. One more week on this one, I think – and my expectations aren’t especially high, Maybe it’ll surprise me.