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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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
What is the first thing pop up in your head when you hear a high-school-slice-of life-comedy anime? Boring, if you ask me. I used to think that a pure comedy show revolving around high school students life is so common and dull, my perception changed after I watched Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou or Daily Lives of High School Boys in English. The title may give you a doubt, I wouldn't be surprised if you're skeptical, what's so great about watching a normal everyday life anime? This series stands out because it succeed in delivering what it offers, that is comedy.
Let's move on to the story. This show is quite literally what the title says; it's about the daily lives of irrational high school boys from Sanada North to be precise. No it's not about cute boys do cute things, it's about a group of school boys do what they do best, such as slacking off in a friend's house, pranking on people, talking about girls, telling random stories and any other things in exaggeration manners that will crack you up. You won't find a twisted plot, complicated story or a bunch of giant robots destroying the city, the latter is exceptional thou. Well, it's Sunrise to begin with. Every episode of this series is composed of several short skits/sketches which usually are not connected to the other. For me, the punchlines most of them hit the mark while other are predictable. Each episode, each sketch is like riding a roller coaster, but it has more ups than downs. I had fun and good laughs. Some people may find one or two sketches boring and unfunny. But again, I believe comedy is subjective -- what's funny to one person will not always to another.
As for the art, it's quite decent but it's not amazing either. Although the background is simple but it's pretty detailed especially the buildings which is fine for this kind of show. The characters are well drawn and they look natural, like how the male characters aren't wearing their uniform properly. That's how the high school boys dressed. They leave their ties undone, some characters even don't bother to wear ties at all, their shirt are un-tucked, even Karasawa is wearing a hat all the time. The funny expressions or the faces they make is enough to make me burst out in laughter. The characters are also well animated, I notice some characters look alive and vibrant. There is one thing I'm complaining about its design, they (the studio) probably decided to cut corners by drawing some characters with no eyes or it was simply lazy, I have no idea. Still, one can say it's on purpose to show which ones are the main characters. Overall it doesn't ruin the show thou.
Another strong point of this show is the characters. First of all, the series doesn't have much character development. I believe character development isn't always necessary especially in a pure comedy show like this one, as long as they are there to make you laugh, that will do. Now let's check out our main characters, the first is Tadakuni, he is the straight man in the group and probably the most ordinary among the trio, but surprisingly, he's someone you can easy relate to. He's usually needed to pull off the jokes. Hidenori, he's the one who usually comes up with crazy schemes. The last is my favourite, Yoshitake, the blond guy. He usually plays along when Hidenori comes up with anything stupid. Their exaggerated attitudes, expressions and randomness are really amusing to watch. In the midst of the series, in fact, they don't "eat" all the screen time. In other words, if one is too "normal" being a student, he won't have much screen time. This when the supporting characters rise. I find the supporting roles are very interesting as well, complete with their own unique personalities. One thing I mind is how violence the girls are to the boys. In my opinion, it's a bit overusing for a slapstick joke anime like this.
I can't say much about the sound. The opening song is rather typical but I find the ending sequence is really something. They put a skit on the ending which is very interesting. The upbeat and catchy music while the casts are performing a play in cultural festival is hilarious. The randomness on it is epic. I have no complaints for the voice acting. The voice actors fits the characters, especially Hidenori who's voiced by Sugita (he also has done voice for Gintoki). The way when he talks to himself or when he's overthinking something really makes me laugh.
My personal note; Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is a solid comedy show. If you're looking for good laughs, I'd like to suggest you to give it a shot. In my experience, in every episode I've watched I always find at least one or two skits that are funny and memorable. Moreover, I'm sure you can somehow relate them to your highschool life, although it won't be as extreme and funny as in this series. This is the first time I've watched an anime that is divided into several skits each episode and I like it. I would gladly recommend this to everyone. Overall, This show is thoroughly entertaining and worthy my time. read more
It's the exact same style of comedy with the exact same type of delivery (not to mention Sugita in a lead role), only real difference is this takes place in modern day with high school kids instead. There's not much else to say, if you love one you'll love the other. There seems to be a lot more jokes focused around the anime industry and overused cliches as well.
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.
same ambiance with different plots - gintama is much hard core
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.
It is apparent that during the last twelve episodes of Gintama' which aired concurrently with Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, the Gintama writers spent all their efforts on Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou. If you finished watching Gintama' and were wondering why it fizzled out at the end, you should watch Daily Lives of High School Boys to see why.
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 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.
Both are slice-of-life anime dealing with the everyday high school lives of boys/girls. Both can be rather hit or miss in the comedy department, though Nichijou tends to takes its jokes to whole new extremes.
Slife-of-life series that set themselves apart from the rest with their ridiculous humour and random high-tension moments. They call themselves 'everyday' series, and sure enough, even their absolute weirdest moments can be strangely relatable.
Similar humor. About the daily lives of a group of friends. Both will make you laugh.
Despite the fact that Nichijou focuses on the daily lives of high school girls, and Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou focuses on the daily lives of high school boys, there are three elements that shine very brightly and show a certain correlation in both series. The first is the underlying concept: these shows tackle some of the common aspects of being a high school girl or boy, respective to the title, as well as some of the stranger aspects of it. Second is the execution of this idea. Both are comedies, and, therefore, exaggerate certain scenarios, but both do so in a similar manner, and typically through the eyes of a growing set of cast members, while still remaining primarily focused on three main characters (well, I suppose you could say five or six, in Nichijou’s case). The responses to these absurd scenarios are typically outrageous, but always unique to the individual character who experiences or responds to it. Thirdly, the art style of both are different from each other, but, at the same time, very distinct and set apart from the art from other titles, and the music is very unique and catchy.
Both of these anime are set apart from other comedy-based anime due to their unique execution and strangely engaging, yet distant cast. If one of the two manages to capture your attention, the other is likely to do the same.
Daily life of high school students with a lot of comedy, and both is so RANDOM!
Both are hilarious, both are about group of highschool boys (& girls) enjoying their (not so) ordinary daily life
-Both contains School Life/ Slice of Life/Romance and is centered around comedy.
-Both animes are compiled of short stories, and are full 30 minute episodes.
Both series' episodes contain a few sketches which rarely correspond to other and they have similar humor style.
Same style of humor, but Nichijou is more random.
Both are school comedies with the same type of random humor. One is just mainly about girls, and the other one is mainly about boys.
Even the title is similar. DKNN presents the daily life of high school boys. Nichijou does the same, but with girls. Both series are very funny, have the same sense of humor and hilarious/wierd characters. Yukko is a little bit similar to Tadakuni IMO. And Mio reminds me of Hidenori and Yoshitake.
I think that every Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou fan should try Nichijou. It's worth it.
Very similar comedy styles. Both set in a "normal" slice-of-life school setting, with random cutscenes of hilariousness. The only difference is Nichijou treats truly impossible events (robots, cats talking, etc.) as completely average. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou focuses more on regular high school boys.
Both anime's are pure random adventures set in high school. Both still manage to have sweet friendship stories mixed in with the story line
A story about their everyday life, the random things they do. They are really similar to each other only except that Nichijou has female main characters.
Both series adapts a slice of life approach with exaggerated scenes of humor, comedy, and absurd dialogues. In fact, some of the moments in both series are so random that almost makes little to no sense.
Both series takes place at a high school life setting where there is drama involving the main characters.
Both series also features main cute scenes and just in general, nonsense revolving around the characters' lives.
Both are pure nonsense comedy animes set mostly in their schools.
While Nichijou mainly is about girls, Danshi Kyoukousei focuses on boys from an all-boys-school.
Both animes are slice of life stories into the daily lives of students. Both have weird situations and characters and one of the only differences I can think of is that the main trio in Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou are male.
They're both full of really good Slice of life comedy skits
You will smile with this anime a lot. The jokes are very good and it's very original. I love this anime too, I smiled and enjoyed a lot with this anime. For me, is the best anime of comedy. I really recommend it.
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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