Anime of Tomorrow
Daily Lives of High School Boys Ep. 1
Final impression – a guy’s anime for sure (5/10)
Winter 2012 (12 episodes) (Japanese title – Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou) (more info)
The Daily Lives of High School Boys is not a flattering depiction of males. Not all men are wolves jealously guarding the familiar safety of their pack from the encroachment of femininity. The idea of “men must band together to protect each other from the poison of women” creates an overarching concept that is an interesting twist on how you might write an anime about a group of unrefined, young guys as opposed to an assortment of cute, moe girls. But with all this talk about how High School Boys emphasizes men, it’s not exclusionary to women. In fact, I particularly like the portrayal of the girls because there’s some really fun personalities among them and the awkwardness of the boys’ youth is reflected in way they act towards the opposite gender. It transcends the usual dry stereotype of male-female relationships where the girl is always a possible love interest. The flow of well-constructed guy jokes does a really good job of making light of some of the aspects of the psyche of young men and puts a few new twists on classic pranks teenage boys play on each other the world over. I was ok with the anime until the last story arc devolved into toilet humor, at which point I decided I wouldn’t be watching any more. I try to avoid being indecisive in my reviews and give an honest opinion one way or the other, but this time I’ll say that a lot of people would probably enjoy High School Boys. It’s just not for me.