When Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou was announced in the lineup for the 2011 Winter season, I didn’t give it a second glance. I thought the character designs were pretty meh, and I really don’t watch a lot of comedy shows, so I didn’t really think about it. Not to mention, I can count the number of comedy shows I’ve watched on one hand and most of them involve heavy amounts of moe cuteness, so a show about high school guys didn’t really perk my interest. To be honest, the only show I was actually planning to watch was InuxBoku SS because even if I had heard that the promos were pretty funny, I think that pure comedy shows are pretty darn hard to sit down with and watch multiple episodes of without losing interest (I’m still working on Nichijou). However, I decided to give it a shot after seeing some gifs of scenes from the show that I thought were funny, and I’m really glad that I did.
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, or the Daily Lives of High School Boys in English, is a high school slice of life comedy, with heavy focus on the comedy aspect, which literally focuses on the daily lives of several groups of high school boys at the all boys school, North High. Our main characters are a group of best friends, Tadakuni, Hidenori, and Yoshitake, who go around doing normal, everyday things while adding a funny and unexpected twist on them. In addition to this group, the show follows the antics of the Student Council of North High, other students at North High, and even a group of girls. Each episode is split into 3-4 minute segments titled The Daily Life of High School Boys and… where one group of guys is the focus and we watch as they, usually, perform one task which is itself supposed to be funny or allows for the making of jokes. The jokes, or hilarity of certain events, are really the main focus of the show and, as a result, come one after another after another. For some this might get a bit boring, and I can understand that point of view, considering every episode of Nichijou feels like way more than 25~ minutes. The most of the animation is simple and not too vibrant. BGM is pretty forgettable. The ED is the only piece I really remember because it’s….so odd (and takes a bit of getting used to, but is pretty darn catchy once you get used to it, not to mention the ending animation is hilarious). To be honest, the jokes are the only things that really stood out, which makes sense because this show is centered around jokes more jokes, and some more jokes to top it off. I’ll admit, the humor is hit and miss depending on what you think is funny, or if you think watching guys do dumb things is funny. However, I, personally, laughed at almost every joke and found myself wanting to watch more eat the end of every episode. This show made the perfect weekly show because I knew that every week I would get to sit down and laugh which is something that made me look forward to it every week.
Now, I could sit here and awkwardly talk about the jokes and why they make me laugh or why the guys in the show can make the jokes work despite being just ordinary guys being….ordinary. In the end, though, I think all you really need to know about the show is that it’s a comedy that strives to make you laugh. The characters undergo no development throughout the show, they aren’t dynamic or new or really interesting. In fact, they’re pretty flat and one dimensional if you really think about it, but doesn’t really matter. This show isn’t trying to impress you with a cast of dynamic characters who are complex and undergo all sorts of character development, or even create characters and situations that you haven’t seen before, it’s just trying to create a cast that is lovable and funny doing normal things with a slight twist on them to make them funnier. Okay, so maybe lovable may be the wrong term to describe these guys. In fact, the most accurate term I could use to describe these guys as guys. It’s as simple as that. They really are a bunch of guys having fun with each other and making fun of each other every day. I can only tell you to go out and watch this show because I guarantee that you will laugh, even if you don’t want to admit it or even if it’s just a smile, at least once. This show is thoroughly entertaining and, I think, very good at being what it is–a show about a group of guys having a good time in life and providing us with good laugh while they’re at it.
Overall Score: 8/10
On a side note, I thought it was kind of funny how dedicated the creators were of showing almost none of the girl’s eyes. Really reinforced the idea that the show was only supposed to be about boys.