Sekko Boys currently airs on Crunchyroll Fridays at 11:40 am EST. Each episode runs under eight minutes in length. Free episodes are a week behind paid.
Sekko Boys is a must for teen anime fans, especially anybody into pop music.
The short follows college graduate Miki Ishimoto, who just got hired on to be the assistant to an up and coming boy band, full of single, muscular hunks. Sounds dreamy, right?
Well here's the catch. The boy band is made entirely of talking busts, all based on Italian and Greek figures in history and mythology, respectively. The statues need to be carted everywhere, they weigh a ton, they constantly bicker, and Miki... actually HATES statues, because when she was trying to make it in art class, that's all she was ever given to paint!
Medici is the aloof bust based on Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici, Lord of Florence between 1513-1516. Medici doesn't just dream of being a famous idol, he's also an actor, though he's usually cast as a prop.
St. Giorgio is based on Saint George, an ex-Roman soldier who was decapitated as a Christian martyr in 303 AD.
Mars is based on the Roman god of the same name, who is often confused with the Greek god Ares. Mars was once a god of war, but only for attaining peace. He has admitted to having many loves and potential children, causing bad press for the band.
Hermes is the only non-Italian member of the band, and is also considered to be the "sweet" one. He is based on the Greek god of the same name, who is sometimes confused with Mercury. Despite being the most generous of the band, he's also been caught shilling an As Seen On TV product as of late, in a non-bust statue form. His younger half-brother Dionysus appears as a baby statue on his back, even though he is not considered to be a minor and is the god of wine. (A.K.A. Bacchus.)
As of episode seven, there is also a rival idol group, known as Dandy 2 Men.
Molière is based off of French comedy writer and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, who lived during the 1600's. Aside from singing, he performs wild plays with his partner...
Brutus, who is based on Marcus Junius Brutus. Though Marcus Brutus is best known as the man who aided in the assassination of Julius Caesar, the bust was actually constructed by Michelangelo to honor Lorenzino de Medici ~ who was related to Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici! Thus coming full circle. This Brutus is insistent he's not the same as the man he was based off of.
The Sekko Boys admire their rivals, and want to be the most popular idol group in the world, which means plenty of chaotic publicity events and TV appearances, as scheduled with Miki, who semi-wanted to be an idol too, but has put her dreams on the back-burner for the boys.
At the end of every episode, you can hear the Sekko Boys singing. And if you think their voices sound familiar, you're right!
Saint Giorgio is played by Tomokazu Sugita, who is better known as Kyon in The Melencholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and as Joseph Joestar in Jozo's Bizzarre Adventure.
Medici is based off of Shinnosuke Tachibana, who you may know as Prince Kanata in Go! Princess PreCure.
Hermes is voiced by Jun Fukuyama, who is currently delighting ears as Koro Sensei in Assassination Classroom.
Mars is voiced by Daisuke Ono, who you know as Kou Ichijou in the Persona 4 anime.
Not to be outdone, Miki is voiced by Shiho Kokido, who is currently known as Aroma in Go! Princess Precure.
Sekko Boys is full of laughs, but not all of the humor is for the straight A students. There are plenty of silly jokes for those who don't know anything about the statues, and the endless suffering of Miki will likely see you in stitches.
Sekko Boys is odd, intelligent, but mostly harmless, clean teasing of the entire craze that surrounds boy bands. It puts into perspective the 9 to 5 daily routine of hard working idols (and their long suffering handlers) without getting too serious. It'll have you rethinking what you know about pop idols.
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Codename Sailor Earth is a lifelong anime and wrestling fan. IRL she is cartoonist Koriander Bullard, formerly Koriander Ake, a happily married Chicagoan. Her favorite anime is Sailor Moon. A baby in the late 80's, the first anime titles she ever saw were Speed Racer, Voltron and Robotech.