suntzuanime

A thoughtful response to current anime.

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou – Episode 4

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, aka Daily Lives of High School Boys, aka DaiLi (pronounce “Day Lie”), aka DaiLi (pronounced “Daily”).  Sorry for the sentence fragment, but I don’t really have anything to say about it.  I just needed to mention it, so that it would be salient in the discourse, and you wouldn’t be shocked when we suddenly started watching episode 4 of Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou.

…thirty minutes pass…

Every episode of Joshikousei in a single image.

This episode was great!  A culture festival is a much better concept to hang a whole episode on than summer vacation.  The various booths and events at a culture festival match up well with the general structure of the show, just going from one funny scene to another without much continuity.  Culture festivals are exciting because there’s always something to do!  As opposed to summer vacation, where you’re expected to make your own fun, and the writers have to come up with their own premise for jokes.  A culture festival serves you up everything on a platter.  You have a haunted house?  Bam, that’s one scene.  A maid café? That’s another scene.  A music club concert?  Heck, that’s half the episode plotted out already.

The premises might not have been earth-shakingly original, but they were well-executed.  I was glad that this show avoided the common trap of always having your comedy come from the foolishness of your main characters.  Eventually you start to wonder how these bumbling fools manage to survive!  Instead, in this episode, the titular high school boys played the straight men, while the visiting high school girls played the role of the fools.

I guess that’s a bit of a naive way of looking at it, though.  This episode’s main theme was about the costs of dignity.  Tadakuni was drifting away from his friends because he couldn’t honestly admit that he wanted to spend time with them. The student council president lost the battle for his school’s pride because he tried to fight a girl without hitting a girl.  Yoshitake didn’t call girl-Yoshitake on her nonsense because it wouldn’t have been polite.  The straight man, in a comedy duo, has the harder of the two jobs, and yet it’s the fool who everyone remembers, who gets all the glory.  Doesn’t that make the straight man the real fool?  Isn’t there, in some sense, a great sense of dignity in being fully open and honest and displaying your undignified side for all to see?  The boys’ school is full of cowards who fear what people think of them so much they will politely serve them tea and cake, whereas the girls’ school, for all their inferiority complexes, displays true courage by inelegantly eating fast food (pictured above).

Bonus Image Corner:

This would have been a great screencap to use if this episode hadn't been so good.

 

I would have given this such a witty, biting caption, you do not even know.

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