Daily Lives of High School Boys
Hey guys! What better way to kick off my first solo review than to review a show that I just finished?
Daily Lives of High School Boys, or Danshi Koukosei no Nichijou, is a huge ball of fun. The premise of the entire show revolves around, well, the daily lives of our three main, male protagonists: Hidenori, Yoshitake, and Tadakuni. And to be honest, that is the basic gist of the show. DKHB doesn’t have a plot line of any type. It is a 12-episode series with episodes that just depict relatively normal, yet hilarious, situations that our main three protagonists and their slew of friends and acquaintances happen to find themselves in. It reminds me of other comedic, slice-of-life shows such as Azumanga Daioh and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei in that regard. But the general layout of the show differs from those types of shows because instead of having an episode dedicated to depicting one or two situations, the episodes are instead laid out like a sketch show, having 6-8 mini sketches in them, all depicting their own unique situation. I actually liked this a lot because it gives a variety of comedy in one episode rather than relying on repeating jokes throughout an episode to try and force laughs. I also really enjoyed the fact that almost all the humor had nothing to do with female fan service. It was refreshing to see a show with humor that wasn’t solely reliant on guys face-planting unwillingly into a girl’s bosom.
The animation for the show is pretty standard fare since it was made relatively recently. The character designs are average with the exception of when they are purposely trying to over-exaggerate a feature of a character’s body. The animation is nice a colorful, but nothing to gawk at. But being the off-color comedy that it is, the animation didn’t have to be flashy and fared just fine, especially when it came to comedic distortions of a character’s face. I just found it surprising that it was animated by Sunrise who are the same people who did Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass, and the Gundam series. The soundtrack is nothing much to speak of. It did it’s job just fine of being upbeat during all the comedic scenes or sections with action and managed to slow down when they felt like parodying a melodrama. However, I do have to give props to the Japanese voice actors and actresses. Their voices are super entertaining and capture just how bombastic and over-the-top most of the characters are.
Overall, DLHB is a bunch of fun. It is a witty, colorful series that pokes fun at a lot of anime stereotypes and tends to break the fourth wall as much as it can. I usually am not a huge fan of anime (or shows for that matter) with no real plot line, but DLHB had comedy that was diverse enough and relevant enough that it kept me pinned to the screen and laughing the whole time. But something to remember is that this is a pure comedy through and through. If you are looking for an anime with a good plot line or any semblance of a plot line at all, this is not the one to watch. This also isn’t the anime to turn to if you’re looking for a show with any sort of seriousness at all. But otherwise, DLHB is a great source of laughs and over-the-top humor. It is easily enjoyed and great to lighten the load if you’re watching a lot of serious anime, too.
I give it an 8.1/10.