OP: 「Shiny tale」 by Mix Speaker’s, Inc.
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(Danshi Koukousei to Houkago, Sukaato, Kaidan, Douhan Shoujo, Bungaku Shoujo)
“High School Boys and After School, Skirts, Ghost Stories, a Female Escort, the Literature Girl.”
I don’t often try to force a new show on readers, but if you’re not watching “The Daily Lives of High School Boys” even after all the good things I said about it in the Winter 2012 Preview, you should start asking yourself why. “Do I not like good shows? Do I not want to watch the funniest show of the season? Do I not want to laugh until it hurts?” If you’re not watching this show simply because you didn’t like the character designs you saw from one piece of promo art, I dare say our blogger/reader relationship is over! (Okay, not really, but go watch the first episode before you think I’m talking “craaazy”.) If you’re not sold on this series even after watching the premiere, fair enough. I can accept that. If you don’t even watch the first episode, you’ll likely be hearing about it from me in the year-end Best of Anime post though, as this is already the forerunner for my favorite comedy of 2012.
At its core, Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is a slice-of-life comedy where boys will be boys. Not only that, but where boys will be stupid. …stupidly awesome that is. We follow a trio of high school
boys idiots from Sanada North, Tadakuni (Irino Miyu), Hidenori (Sugita Tomokazu), and Yoshitake (Suzumura Kenichi), who are too good for last names in a Japanese show. Cast-wise, Sugita Tomokazu and Suzumura Kenichi — two of the funniest seiyuu in person — bring all the idiotic goodness, while Irino Miyu tries to play the straight guy in the never-ending manzai routine, only to epically fail every time for our personal amusement. When Tadakuni’s in tears, I usually am too from laughing too much. What makes the comedy work so well isn’t just the fact that the three of them do really stupid things, but the fact that they do those stupid things even when they know exactly how stupid they are. They ignore common sense and just go wherever their trollish inner desires take them. What’s more, they’re completely shameless, which makes their hijinks an absolute riot.
Anyone who’s seen the pre-airing mini skits are probably already been on board Square Enix and Sunrise’s collaboration project, but for those who haven’t, don’t sweat it because three of the eight were part of this first episode. Thus far, every skit has been brilliantly scripted. This includes the pre-opening sequence skit with Sunrise trolling themselves and Square Enix just because they can. The ghost story and female escort ones were new to me and hit the mark just as well as the others. Even when things weren’t overly funny, all it ever took was one scene to change all that. The humor comes in all forms too, such as Hidenori’s sarcastic inner dialogue that’s hilariously reminiscent of Kyon in Suzumiya Haruhi thanks to Tomokazu. In terms of side characters, I’ll be looking forward to seeing more of Tadakuni’s faceless sister (Takagaki Ayahi) and the Literature Girl (Hikasa Youko), who don’t even have proper names. Anyway, I think I’ve said my fair share to give this series some well-deserved attention, so I’ll just leave you with one final recommendation: Go watch it. Go watch it NOW!
ED: 「文学少女」 (Bungaku Shoujo) by ENA
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