Daily Lives of Highschool Boys
- Trailer: DVD Trailer
- What it’s about: Tadakuni, Yoshitake, and Hidenori are three utterly ordinary high school students. There’s no secret plot to take over Japan, no sports trophy to be won or grand romance to play out. There’s just the everyday world of teenagers in an all-boys academy; arguments, fantasies, awkward encounters and amusing yourself and your friends while hanging out.
- Why you should watch it: It’s one of the most accurate renditions of male adolescence that I can think of. All of the social awkwardness, jokes that only make sense to you and your friends, and all-around low-stakes activities that nonetheless have all the characters invested in their outcomes. The show is hilarious, and the short sketch format (each episode being broken into three or so individual segments) lends itself well to the setting. The cast steadily expands to keep things interesting, to the point where several of the original characters more or less fade into the background by the end. The Japanese voice actors play their parts perfectly, every single one. The “Literary Girl” skits are some of the funniest stuff I’ve seen in anime for a long while.
- Caveats: As with any comedy, there are going to be a few jokes you find unfunny, and when that happens you’re stuck with it while it plays out for the next ten minutes. It’s an almost exclusively male cast, so don’t go into it expecting your standard boobs-and-cute girls high school anime.
- Themes: Adolescence. Friendship and social awkwardness.
- Similar works: Nichijou, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun