Sekko Boys

Sekko Boys

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Miki Ishimoto, a recent college graduate, is so excited to have landed her first job! Although she’s inexperienced, she’s to be the manager for a hot new boy band. Miki thinks life couldn’t be going more smoothly, until she finds out that her new boy band members are all… Greco-Roman stone busts? Join leader Saint George, talented Hermes, passionate Mars, and the pretty boy Medici as they take the entertainment world by storm in Sekko Boys!

With a first episode entitled “A Visceral Allegory of Seven Years of My Artistic Life”, this is definitely one that I had to take a look at! From the very beginning I knew things were going to be weird. A story based on someone roped into being the manager of an up-coming boy-band consisting of four statues… but I was curious. I wanted to see how strange things could get whilst still being funny – there is a subconscious appeal about this one that draws parallels on anime such as Uta no Prince-sama whilst remaining downright ridiculous.

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This show truly capitalises on being as weird as possible. The surreal ‘pop idol’ status of these statues is truly bizarre, but this is one of the things I really love about anime – anything goes when it comes to storylines. We first meet Miki who has been thrust into this role as manager for the Sekko Boys fresh from her studies at art school, having struggled from day one with drawing sculptures, which she detested. The silliness of the content compared with the serious psychological tone made me laugh – especially when it was revealed just what the Sekko Boys were!

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Miki thought being a manager for an idol group would be glamorous, but she’s made to quickly rethink this daydream of hers when she quickly discovers that the logistics of moving this this group is quite troublesome! Even though this anime is currently the halfway point, I never tire of the image of Miki hefting these stone busts of gods onto an industrial trolley and having to push them to their dressing rooms, onto stages and buckle them into their seat belts. There’s been a couple of instances where one of the sculptures had taken an unfortunate topple to the ground and everyone reacts like they would if a superstar fell drunkenly to the floor. It’s so silly that it never fails to amuse me.

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I can’t help but be impressed by the way in which this show has made me believe that having a popular idol group made up of four historic busts is almost completely normal. I’m almost at the end of an episode now before I think “Hang on… these are just stone sculptures and they’re not actually real people”, which goes to show just how quickly this show draws you in and makes you believe in the world it’s creating, how they’ve imposed these personalities on completely inanimate objects. How their popularity increases with every song and appearance they make and how the fame is slowly going to their heads as they become somewhat lazy and diva-ish. Poor Miki now finds herself struggling not only physically with these guys, but mentally as well.

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Since this is an idol-based anime, you know the songs are going to be good. The opening/closing sequence is very catchy and is one of those rare ones that I don’t skip after the first episode. However, I think many people will ignore this one for its outrageous concept and miss out on something great.

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I was unexpectedly hooked by this one. There was a little bit of an adjustment process whilst I tried to get my head around the fact that this upcoming idol group was technically just a collection of rocks, but the trick with Sekko Boys is not to over-think too much (or at all) and just enjoy the ride. With the lack of reaction from the gods, Miki more than makes up for things and really ramps up the drama and silliness in every episode. Sekko Boys looks great, has some hilarious scenes and gets a lot into the short time it has for each episode. It’s bizarre and quirky and I look forward to watching each week. It puts a smile on my face.