English: Daily Lives of High School Boys
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2012 to Mar 27, 2012
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.351 (scored by 68765 users)
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SynopsisTadakuni, Hidenori, and Yoshitake are students at the all-boys academy, Sanada North High School. This is a tale about just that—their daily lives as students. Winning the basketball tournament? Finding true love? You won't find any of that here. Whether it's sparking random arguments while hanging out with friends, meeting that one weird co-worker at a part-time job, or even letting imaginations run wild on a windy afternoon, we've all experienced the show's ordinary but true-to-life themes at one point or another.
(Source: NIS America)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
Side story: Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
— Hilarious jokes and situations, in both setup and execution
— Insightful and outrageous satire of common anime tropes
— Stellar voicing and relatable, varied cast of characters
— Segment-based structure keeps things moving before jokes grow old
— A few jokes you can see coming, a rarer few that miss the mark
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (from here on DKN) went far above and beyond my expectations. Playing off the all-too-common “schoolgirls and everyday life” genre, DKN is far more than the mere gender reversal it may first appear to be.
Having an all-male cast, ignoring the “moe” factor really works in the show's favor. There is likewise no unnecessary fan service—the show places jokes first and foremost, and that lends itself well to the short skit-like structure of the various comedy bits. Alternately dry and outrageous, DKN's jokes never fail to solicit a laugh. They are helped along commendably by the flamboyant facial expressions and varying vocal tones for which anime is so well-loved.
It's hard to universally recommend a comedy show as the genre draws on what is often rather personal taste. The best parallel I can make to its off-the-wall humor is the type found in many 4-koma and parody manga strips. If you enjoy the aforementioned, you will find yourself at home with DKN.
Of note is the parodic vein of common anime situations, characters, feelings, and stereotypes DKN contains. I don't want to give too much away, but the “meta” humor it features is a real high point.
Even with its nearly pure comedy focus, DKN manages to achieve the “refreshing” vibe that so many slice-of-life works go for. The author's keen understanding of high school boys' mentality—their zeitgeist, if you'll humor my ten-dollar vocabulary—really shines through in the show's less zany moments, and those of gut-busting hilarity alike. As a male viewer, abundantly flowing were my (figurative) single-cheek tears of laughter and nostalgia at the familiar antics and feeling of young friendship illustrated in this masterwork.
Special mention must be made of the insanely clever Literature Girl segments, easily the show's standout and my favorite comedy bits of any show in recent memory. Also to Sugita Tomokazu, the well-loved Kyon, for his excellent portrayal of Hidenori in said skit and across the show at large.
Through and through, an outstanding show. If you can connect with its brand of comedy, the humor and heart within will stick with you for some time to come. read more
Story (9/10) -
Daily Lives of High School Boys is a 12 episode series based off a manga by Yasanobu Yamauchi. The series follows the daily lives of high school students, specifically, the comings and goings of the all male student population at Sanda North Boys High. Yup. That’s it. Don’t look for anything more earth shattering than that, guys. That’s all you get with Daily Lives; odd boys doing odd things…just like Lucky Star is cute girls doing cute things. This show doesn’t try to rewrite the book on what a high school comedy can be; it just uses a tried and true formula and rolls with it, using the everyday conversations and situations high school boys face on a day-to-day basis to push things along. However, the thing that makes this show stand out more than other high school comedies, is the fact that the writing seems so unique.
Art (8/10) –
The animation style of Daily Lives is much like the show itself; nothing out of the ordinary. Everything is very well done, as is expected of a project tag-teamed by Square Enix and Studio Sunrise. I have to say, I really liked the character designs this time around. Unlike Free! who felt the need to give their male cast these bulging, rippling, “there’s no way in HELL those can exist on a regular human” mound of muscles, “Nichibros” give these characters an awkward gawky look that makes them more endearing to the viewer. One thing that I noticed about this particular show, animation wise, was the fact that the creators made a point not to show ANY male character wearing their uniform correctly–everyone has their shirts un-tucked, some characters leave their ties undone or don’t wear the ties at all. It adds a level of realism to the whole thing–after all, do you HONESTLY expect a group of high school boys to wear the uniform the RIGHT way? I do question why the animators decided to give some of their non-main characters the shadow eye treatment. While it doesn’t really take anything AWAY from the anime, it is a bit distracting.
Sound (8/10) -
The opening theme this time around is “Shiny Tale” by Mix Speakers, Inc. Seriously, I can’t get enough of this song. It’s so upbeat and it actually sounds like the opening theme for an anime that’s centered on high school boys. The Entire Cast of "Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou" in the End Credits...Note The Haruhi Cosplayer...The animation it’s played over is awesome and matches extremely well. The closing theme is “Ohisama” ["Sun"] by Amessaki Annainin. This song…well…it’s weird. Not “bad” weird, don’t get me wrong at all, but it’s weird on a “what the heck am I listening to, and why do I like it so much” weird. I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve ever heard a kazoo used as a musical instrument in an anime theme song…and it’s not bad! The animation that plays over the scene is, for all intents and purposes, the funniest ending credit sequence I’ve ever seen…EVER. You can keep the karaoke scenes at the end of Lucky Star, and the “Hare Hare Youkai” from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. This ending animation puts all of them to SHAME. The incidental music is just as funny and cool as the action it’s played over, yet it doesn’t dominate the scenes.
As with any story of this nature, it’s the characters that move things along—after all, it’s a slice of life, so the characters that we follow have to be interesting. Here’s the breakdown:
The long suffering straight man of our primary bro-trio. He’s pretty average as compared to his friends Hidenori and Yoshitake, and thus is always exasperated to the point of manic over their antics…though he does have a crazy streak of his own.
Our glasses-wearing character of the trio. Remember that old-school Nickelodeon TV show “Kenan and Kel”? Well, he’s an animated version of Kenan. He’s this grand over-the-top character who often kicks off the crazy conversations and situations our primary bro-trio gets into.
The blond-haired [Dyed…] member of our primary bro-trio. If Hidenori is Kenan, then Yoshitake is Kel. He’s more apt to follow Hidenori’s lead with regards to crazy ideas, leaving Tadakuni to spaz out. In his youth, Yoshitake was known as the masked avenger “Rubber Shooter”, helping out those who were being bullied. In fact, though Hidenori doesn’t know it, Yoshitake actually helped him out as “Rubber [Band] Shooter” when he was being bullied. Quite commendable…even though he sits in his chair oddly.
Our dark skinned student council member. While he looks like he could be a juvenile delinquent, and when we first meet him, he is referred to as such, Motoharu is actually a really nice guy who gets along well with his older sister, even though she tormented him when he was younger, and her friends tend to have their way with him [not in that way you pervs…] at any given time. Motoharu is the Nichibro I relate to more than any of the others because, bless him, he doesn’t know how to ride a bike. Thankfully in his case, as well as mine, he had his bros help him out.
Another student council member. You’ll know him by the ever-persistent cap on his head. He wears the cap to cover over a very distinct scar on his face that was given to him by a girl when he was little. Though he comes off as being very mysterious and aloof, he’s actually capable of being just as goofy as the others.
There are more characters in this compendium of kooks, like the Student Council President and his Second in Command who never really seem to be in the Council Room, Tadakuni’s Little Sister who is by far one of the cruelest little sister characters in anime […Oriemo not withstanding, because I'm still trying to figure out what the heck is going on there…], or the group of oddball girls from the “High School Girls are Funky” skit. Suffice it to say, they are the perfect compliment to our main cast as listed above.
Enjoyment (10/10) -
So where does that leave us? Daily Lives of High School Boys is about as realistic a look into the lives of teenage boys as you can get currently. It’s not willowy light like Kimi to Boku, nor is it fangirl fodder like…THAT show…it’s just an honest, hilariously funny look at the lives of some very…odd high school boys. With its funny and realistic story, entertaining characters, odd yet functional animation, jamming music, and all-star voice cast, Daily Lives of High School Boys will leave you feeling nostalgic for your high school years…and wondering if you and your friends were really as big of dorks as Tadakuni, HIdenori and Yoshitake. Nine times out of ten…you were.
Exactly the same kind of humour, but different setting.
Kimi to boku meets Gintama.boys doing random funny stuff in high school setting.it is from Sunrise like Gintama and shares many staff with it like Takamatsu, Shinji as director,Audio Highs for music and Sugita, Tomokazu and Suzumura, Kenichi as Voice Actors
Daily life, crazy characters, a lot of comedy, randomness.
They're both comedies animated by Sunrise. They also happen to have the same director and composer and a few similar voice actors.
They both have a very similar style of comedy and you'll definitely get Gintama vibes while watching Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou.
Uncontrollable laughter...oh and Tomokazu Sugita
DanKou and Gintama share some of the aspects as the comedy anime. Although Gintama (and it's sequel) are superbly funny, DanKou's Situational Comedy was similar to Gintama. You got the same director, same music composer, same producer for this anime and the same seiyuus from the epic anime series.
They nearly have the same comedy sense, it doesn't have any arcs but its hilarious to the core. If you liked Gintama's way of comedy and the way that girl's are stronger than guys, go ahead and watch Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou!
Jokes' topics, episodic style and pure randomness make Daily Lives of High School Boys and Gintama quite alike in terms of comedy. As for die-hard Gintama fans, these animes not only share Sugita Tomokazu and Suzumura Kenichi, but also voice actors of Sa-chan, Zura, Kijima Matako and even the frigging Shogun! You'll definitely have some fun figuring them out.
When i think of 'What similar to Gintama..?' I instantly think of Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou! Both animes have the same kinda comedy feel to them. They drop jokes in the same way too and they also kinda break the 'fourth wall' during episodes. The only difference between the shows would be Gintama is about Yakuza's and fighting while Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is about high school boys in their daily lives.
Overall both animes and great and similar in many ways.
The same sense of humor. Some scenes are totally random, characters have epic inner thoughts about ordinary things and sometimes have the same way of speaking. Both series are very funny and make you laugh out loud.
Also you can hear a few seiyuus from both of these series. Hidenori is voiced by Sugita Tomokazu - the same goes for Gintama's main character - Gintoki. There's Suzumura Kenichi (DKNN - Yoshitake, Gintama - Okita), Ishida Akira (DKNN - President, Gintama - Katsura) and Kobayashi Yuu (DKNN - Yanagi, Gintama - Sacchan).
And both are made by Sunrise. It explains everything.
Studio Sunrise animated both of them.
Shinji Tkamatsu directed both of them.
Tomokazu Sugito voiced Gintoki from Gintama and Hidenori from DKnN.
Audio Highs composed music for both shows.
Also, same comedy style: mocking everything around them!
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is Gintama in High school setting.
The style of parody is really similar to Gintama, not to mention same seiyuu on one of the characters.
Both involve a trio and there is no real story to it, but both are really enjoyable comedies all the way through.
Made my the same studio and has similar comedy. Both are hilarious! Both have the same delivery of jokes and comedic behavior. If you enjoyed or loved either of these you'll enjoy the other as well.
Guaranteed to make you laugh each episode. Have a bunch idiot, crazy people that sometime make the "tsukkomi" (straight man) stressed. Both main "boke" (funny person) voiced by an awesome seiyuu Sugita-san, make it even cooler. The difference is that Gintama sets in ancient Japan, danshi koukousei now. Also Gintama has more development of plot. If you love comedy, you should watch both of them.
These two series have the same kind of comedy and absurd situations, maybe because they have the same director and Sugita Tomokazu in the lead role (Gintoki/Hidenori).
Both are mainly plotless but have some long-lasting stories.
Their music (same composer) has also the same perfect way to accompagny the comedy.
Gag humour that picks up after a while, if you enjoyed Danshi in that manner you will probably enjoy Gintama and get more.
Both are very funny and relaxing.
Gintama - Is longer and therefore has more deep story
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou - doesn't have a real plot
Overall, they are both great anime and worth your time unless you dislike comedy.
JUST DO IT.
Everything in Gintama except well its fans and 200+ episodes is in Danshikou. They both have Sugita-san in it, above all else, sexual jokes and some touching or laughable or touching/laughing moments.
Both anime focuses heavily on comedy and gags, both are produced by Sunrise, you can find same seiyuus in both anime such as Sugita Tomokazu, Suzumura Kenichi, Kobayashi Yuu.
Both are freaking awesome :P
Plus have the same sense of humour.
Both shows have similar humor. If you liked one you'll like the other. The director if I am not mistaken is the same as in some episodes of gintama and the voice actor of Hidenori is the same of Sakata Gintoki.
- Exactly same style of humor (both are adapted Japanese humor method called Manzai).
- Same Studio
- Same type of character with the same roleplay .
Gintoki --> Hidenori (Troller 1)
Kagura --> Yoshitake (Troller 2)
Shinpachi --> Tadakuni (Straightman).
Same style of comedy, has references to different animes. Both will have you laughing a lot.
Gintama is set in a world of samurai and aliens
Danshi Koukousei is a school type setting
Both animes have the same type of humor. They are both extremely hilarious with never-ending jokes.
Gintama : Gintama is about a former Samurai trying to make a living while being a Jack of All Trades. He befriends two people, Kagura and Shinpachi, and they decide to stay and work with him in the odd jobs they are given.
Danshi Koukousei no nichijou (Daily lives of high school boys) : Is simply as the title says. Three friends, high school boys, go through their normal, joke filled days in high school. Wondering what normal boys wonder such as things about girls, food, etc.
In these two animes, you will never be bored. Every episode is packed with hilariousness. The main character in Gintama has the same voice actor as the main character in Danshi as well.
These two animes are not ones to be missed, they are extremely hilarious.
Same kind of humor, about teenaged boys trying to figure out life.
Both are slice of life dealing with high school students. However, unlike the norm it doesn't focus around female students but male students.
Hilariously high-tension slice-of-life series about high school boys. Neither has much of a plot to speak of, but they both have the same bizarre sense of humour -- if you've seen one, you know what I mean!
Group of high school guys having their daily life with comedy.
Group of the boys do a crazy things. Both titles are slice of life.
The school life of a group of male friends, DKnN is on the sillier side of things but still has a nice warm feel to it.
The "plot" is kinda similar. Both series are about daily life of high school students. Also - both series are funny. The diffrence is that DKNN is more crazy while KTB stays more quiet and normal.
One of the main characters from Kimi to Boku, Chizuru, is voiced by Irino Miyu - the same guy who voiced Tadakuni. Another main character from KTB, Kaname, is voiced by Karasawa's seiyuu - Ono Yuuki. The guy with glasses from DKNN has the same voice actor as Akira from KTB (Kaji Yuki). Mitsuo has the same voice as Fuyuki (Okamoto Nobuhiko). As you can see - lots of seiyuus worked in both series.
From the perspective of a teenage male attending the equivalent of high school, these two animes are adventures which are extremely realistic and relatable. These two series both deal with the eccentricities and idiosyncrasies of teenage boys (especially in romance and in their perception of the other gender.) If you like either series about dudes discovering about life and enjoying their friendships, you'd probably like the other.
Both follow a group of male high school friends that depict them in their daily lives doing crazy and hilarious activities plus the random pranks make both anime really enjoyable (watch if you like comedy) Don't watch if you don't have a sense of humor you will dislike it im pretty sure of it.
Both are comedies about little strange high school boy's daily life. Though Kimi to boku is more cute and moe-like, when danshiko is more realistic and grazy.
The animation style, characters(both have a funny group of boys), comedy and the plot of a high school for boys
If you like Kimi to Boku you will like this
its about boys everyday school life and it is funny but danshi koukousei no nichijou is more hillarious due to their stupidty activities
An uber funny look into boys being boys :)
Both are about high school boys. But I think Danshi Koukousei is funnier.
Both have to do with a group of highschool boys and it shows them living there lives. Danshi Koukousei is less serous and more random/funny then Kimi to Boku
Both these series are school comedies, and in my opinion the best two there is. These are the best of the genre for me since i am not big on school comedies. They both revolve around a group of friends and their misdeeds and adventures on a daily scale. Both are pretty short, simple to watch and incredibly entertaining!
Opening Theme#1: "Shiny tale" by Mix Speaker's,Inc. (eps 1 - 11)
#2: "Ohisama (おひさま)" by Amesaki Annainin (雨先案内人) (ep 12)
Ending Theme#1: "Bungaku Shoujo (文学少女)" by ENA (ep 1)
#2: "Ohisama (おひさま)" by Amesaki Annainin (雨先案内人) (eps 2-11)
#3: "Shiny tale" by Mix Speaker's,Inc. (ep 12)
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