Sekkō Boys Episode 1 [Initial Impressions]

A unit of four stone figures — the military saint and group leader Saint Giorgio, history’s original celebrity Medici, the strikingly handsome and multi-talented Hermes, and the god of war Mars who is earnest about love — who become idiosyncratic idols. The story depicts their efforts to make it in the entertainment world with their female manager Miki Ishimoto, who just graduated from college. ~ANN


Animation Production: LIDEN FILMS ( Arslan SenkiMiss MonochromeSchwarzesmarken,  Senyu, Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo)

Director: Tomoki Takuno ( Storyboards and Episode Director on Sora o Kakeru Shōjo / Series Director on Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo / Episode Director on Zegapain episode 12)

Series Composition: Michiko Yokote ( Script Writer on Ah! My Goddess: The Movie / Script Writer on BLEACH series / Script Writer on Dagashi Kashi / Series Composition on Nabari no Ou / Script Writer on Ranma 1/2 seasons 3-7 / Series Composition on Shirobako / Screenplay on You’re Under Arrest tv series and OAV)

Character Designer: Eriko ITO ( Character Designer on Ane Log OAV 2 / Character Designer on Danchigai / Animation Director on Hanasaku Iroha TV series and film / Chief Animation Director on Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo)

Music: Masuda Moveman

Episode 1 Production Details

Episode Director: Tomoki Takuno

Storyboards: Michiko Yokote

Script: Michiko Yokote

If there’s a good way to handle pacing of an 8-minute long episode this is the way to do it.  This series works perfect for being a short! Miki Ishimoto is a girl with the desire to manage an idol group.  She’s passionate, she’s aggressive and also has a knack for getting herself into troublesome situations hence the buildup to her journey through art school and grief with statues.  Insert the amusing injuries trope and the idea that she’s going to manage four pretty boys and we’ve got nice setup to a solid adult comedy series.   The leader of the boy band group Saint Gigorgio (Sugita Tomokazu) has a calm personality and matches Mars, Hermes and Medici pretty well.  The hilarity is right out in the open during their introduction– “these guys have firm morales”.  Fantastic!

There’s a lot to enjoy about a reverse-harem idol series, Sekko Boys forces this genre down our throats from the get-go and completely dismantles it with statues!  The animators even took note the importance of statues and made sure they didn’t look too cartoony.  Their mouths never even move when they talk!  I really like how quick-paced Miki’s backstory was–it’s important in understanding her passion for art however this was just a side-piece.  The overlooked transitions and quick narration were to build up the fact that she will be working with statues again.

I really like how bland the background designs are, especially during her art school segment.  It makes the characters in this series become more alive.  The insert song during that scene was amazing–very alluring vocals. where has this band come from?  Electronic trance music is certainly an interesting choice for Sekko Boys.  This series is so ridiculous I don’t think I could handle 25 minutes of it.  A prime example of short and sweet!

ED: “Hoshizora Rendezvous” (星空ランデブー; Starry Sky Rendezvous) by Sekkō Boys

Directed by: Fumiaki Usui

Storyboards: Tomoki Takuno

Animation Supervisor: Ryoko Amisaki & Shiho Hayashi

The lyrics were written by the Yuri Kuma Arashi opening sequence band Bonjour Suzuki.  This has that odd and ambitious feeling that opening had.  Smart to not put in an opening sequence yet as this show needs every bit of time to get the story across.  Very catchy song that has a very electro beat to it.  Masuda Moveman is breaking out on the scene with this anime and have only released a few songs prior to this on Soundcloud which you can find here.  It sounds similar to Bay City Rollers’ 1976 hit Saturday Night. Which you can check out below:



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