Now, Gintama and Sket Dance are two of the front runners in the spring anime block, notably the two anime are the best and most watched comedy anime in the spring anime block. The two anime for the most part are usually, if not always being compared to each other… and I think I’ll just do that in this post, comparing the two anime.
Now, both anime are shonen anime. Also, both are obviously comedy and how they deliver it is almost similar… and also, how both deliver drama is strikingly similar. Both anime are almost so similar that one may say that “Sket Dance is Gintama lite”, but let’s not jump to there…
This is where things get interesting. One thing they differ is on the focus. Sket Dance focuses on the misadventures of the SKET dan, while Gintama mainly focuses on the gags. On the topic of delivering humor, I’ve said earlier that they’re almost similar in delivering humor with all the use of parodies and running gags, the one difference in humor, in my opinion is that Sket Dance humor has consistency in substance while Gintama has no qualms in going to borderline trolling like in episode 209 to deliver humor.
So is that it?
Not really, I think I forgot something….
No matter how much people say they are so similar or ‘Sket Dance is Gintama lite’, I think that the personality of the shows/manga differ. Ginatama’s personality is that of a hardcore comedian which has no qualms in trolling his audience to make them laugh and can do a bit of good drama while Sket Dance has that personality of an actor who has equal skill in both comedy and drama. Also their shonen-ness is different in my opinion, Gintama is a shonen title which you can describe as a ‘gateway title’ which everyone can enjoy like the BIG SHONEN 3 (Naruto, Bleach, One Piece) while Sket Dance shonen-ness has this bit of pandering to otaku and fujoshi in my opinion.
In the end, Gintama and Sket Dance are different anime despite both being top shonen comedy in the spring anime block. Personally, I think that comparing Sket Dance and Gintama is impossible because its like comparing a kitten and a puppy, which is basically two different animals but both are cute animals, just like Gintama and Sket Dance which is two different anime but both shonen comedy… Maybe I just have a different way of viewing things.