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Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou – Episode 1

Now I’m gonna watch Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, aka Daily Lives of High School Boys. I’m hoping for a school-life slice-of-life comedy, something along the lines of K-On, but with dudes.  Hopefully it doesn’t end up being along the lines of Yuru Yuri but with dudes!  Although I guess Ouran High Host Club had shirtless guys making out, and it was really good.  Hopefully Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou ends up being really good!  Let’s watch episode 1 now.

…thirty minutes pass…

That's the face I make while blogging.

A solid little show.  Definitely a slice-of-life type comedy, there weren’t many punchlines in it at all, just three high school boys who are good friends palling around and doing cute bro things. I wish their personalities were a little better defined, though.  You have I guess the cool punkish one with blond hair, the nerdy otaku one (voiced by the same voice actor as Kyon and with the same delicious tendency to inner monologue), and then the last one is, what, the effeminate one?  He’s supposed to sort of be the protagonist, I guess, to the extent there is one, but protagonism isn’t a personality.

I realized about halfway through the episode that K-On was entirely the wrong show to compare DanshiNichi to.  I had been too focused on the “Daily Lives” part of the title, and not enough on the “High School Boys” part.  Several years back, there was an anime called Joshikousei, or High School Girls.  It came out in the same season as Haruhi and had an absolute ton of fanservice in the first episode, so it never really got the attention it deserved, but it was pretty cool. It took place at an all-girls school and was slice-of-life with a little bit of a bite to it, just like this show.  In a show like K-On, all they talk about is friendship and sweets and occasionally music, but in Joshikousei they talked about romance and hygiene and various slightly more realistic topics.  One of the characters, spoiler warning, even gets a boyfriend!  Man, I kinda want to go back and rewatch that now.

Anyway, the point is, this show is not a hyper-idealized look at the daily lives of high school boys.  These high school boys have to deal with the weird hair on their nipples, they explore their sexuality via roleplaying and dressing up in cute skirts, they drink alcohol very explicitly NOT alcohol.  But it’s not as though they’re being portrayed as deviant, delinquent, or disgusting.  That’s just the sort of thing that bored high school boys talk about when they’re sitting around shooting the shit.

That alcohol censorship business bugs me, though.  It was eventually revealed to be a made-up story anyway, even in the context of the already made up story that is The Daily Lives of High School Boys Episode 1.  It was a fictional hypothetical!  How terrified are you of juvenile delinquency that even in a show that airs in the middle of the night you can’t even show people thinking about underage drinking?  And who do the Japanese censors think they’re fooling by having him say, oh, yeah, the stuff we got drunk by drinking definitely wasn’t alcohol?  The Japanese broadcast code makes no kind of sense to me.  I guess America’s not any better; here we censor the word “asshole” by bleeping out the “hole” and leaving the “ass” intact, and nobody cool ever gets to smoke.  F*ck censorship, man.


One response to “Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou – Episode 1

  1. Karry January 12, 2012 at 2:33 am

    “One of the characters, spoiler warning, even gets a boyfriend! ”

    And another is a total slut that fucks several people.

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