NIS releases always get me excited because I know I can pop in the disc and see a story unfold that I can relate too in one way or another. The daily lives of high school boys. A series about three friends, Tadakuni, Yoshitake, and Hidenori. All who do not have a single clue on how to date a girl, let alone talk to one without tripping over their tongues in the first place. Now, I am not saying I was socially awkward but let’s be honest…most teen boys do not get girls! The show nicely translates the anxieties of teenage life into hyperbolic comic characters, making especially good hay out of the way girls and boys think of each other as alien species that you might one day like to date.
The first few episodes were the greatest, since it takes you back on the silliest things you had done as a kid. Moving onto the characters of the series…, The show has it’s fair share of oddball personalities which ensures us that things will never really get too boring, and if they do, it’ll be over before you know it and they’d have moved onto a new story. The reactions of the characters are definitely the highlight of the series and this is where I refer back to the fact that the choice of voice actors makes a difference. The first episode was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, it also set the bar way too high and no other episode past it was able to top it. The jokes also got progressively more hit and miss in the middle, but thankfully the final two episodes were really funny.
The positive buzz surrounding Daily Lives of High School Boys, or Nichibros as it is often called for brevity’s sake, has slowly coalesced from a low drone to a full screaming auditorium of accolades. Well okay, that’s going a bit far, but it has still been a consistently funny series in a season starved for comedy, and that alone would be worth giving it praise. And, strangely enough, it manages to create realistically negative personality traits for the characters in the process, which is something that comedy anime generally doesn’t tend to do as a rule of thumb. As anybody who’s watched will testify, this particularly (and delightfully!) holds true for a perennial favorite subject of anime/fantasies of a lusty sort: High school girls.
They talk about anything under the sun and mostly pop culture stuff. So, to say that you need a grasp of the culture to get the full amount of enjoyment out of it is a bit depressing, since this series tells random stories that happened to them. These guys are natural idiots. It’s really impressive how the anime can pull you in with everyday stuff and make you laugh after the skit ends. And, with all of NIS releases, The premium collection includes a hardcover art book (full color, approx. 30 pages) that contains detailed character bios, school “guidelines” based on the episodes, as well as additional artwork. On-disc extras for the release includes a clean opening and ending, Bonus Scenes, Japanese Commercials.
Being an anime, one of the most important aspects is the voice acting. Tadakuni is voiced by Irino Miyu (Syaoran from Tsubasa Chronicles), Hidenori by Sugita Tomokazu (Gintoki from Gintama) and Yoshitake by Suzumura Kenichi (Lavi from D.Gray-man). Needless to say, they are amazing. This is an amazing and brilliant anime. The show knows exactly how to do a comedy anime. There are no boring moments. The pacing is just right. This anime will not disappoint and I’m sure it won’t take you long to laugh out loud while watching this anime. Take it from me, I NEVER laugh out loud during anime’s and this one had my brother busting into the living room asking what I was watching! The ending song “Oshima” fits the anime quite nicely. I usually skip ending songs but I find myself enjoying the ending sequence too. The skit in the ending sequence is really funny. Recommended!