A thoughtful response to current anime.

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou – Episode 8

Last episode on Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, we learned that the proper way to refer to Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is “Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou”, so from this point on, that is what I will do.  Let’s watch episode 8 of The Daily Lives of High School Boys!

…thirty minutes pass…

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou has all of the sudden turned into a fighting anime.

Well, I guess I can’t call this show misogynistic for how it portrays high school girls anymore, this episode the boys were behaving just as badly.  Beating on each other with little provocation (pictured above), creeping on the girls who live next door, and giving credence to magazine horoscopes.  Maybe it had something to do with the fact that the girls didn’t show up much in this episode?  The boys restrain their barbarities while in the presence of the fairer sex, while the girls feel no such obligation and are just constantly barbarous.  That doesn’t explain why Hidenori thought it was a good idea to climb up on the girl next door’s balcony in the middle of the night, though, and if the girls really don’t care about how the boys see them, why do the High School Girls Are Funky segments keep revolving around the girls learning how to be cute and charming? Possibly this show is just a series of jokes and is not making a larger point about gender politics.

So I’ve come to the conclusion that Hidenori is the actual protagonist of the show.  All the scenes without him feel sort of flat, and he has the most compelling romantic sublot of any of the characters with his meetings with the Literary Girl.  And he does the inner monologue thing a lot, which is always a sign of protagonism.  Earlier I thought Tadakuni was the protagonist, but he’s hardly even a main character, he’s so bland and useless.  It’s like in Genshiken: in theory, Sasahara was the protagonist, but in actuality I did not even remember his name and had to look it up.  Madarame was the heart of the show.  And why?  Inner monologue.

Some of the best jokes in the show continue to be in the eyecatch sidebars – this episode there was a humorous indictment of the practice of overcensoring your anime so that you can sell uncensored DVDs.  It made up for the otherwise boring centipede segment, and it was especially timely given that Mirai Nikki fell pray to the Censorship Monster last episode.  I guess we should be glad that human society is so hypocritical, or else we wouldn’t be able to poke fun at its hypocrisy.

Bonus Image Corner:

Yeah let's ask that neighbor girl how uncalled for that would be, eh?


Our protagonist.


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