As she heads off to her entrance ceremony at Sainotama Girls' High School, Akane Kikuchi muses over her grade school dream of becoming a manga artist and the lack of progress that she has made. When she finally arrives at school, she is surprised to learn that she is once again in the same class as her two best friends: the deadpan and emotionless Shiori Saginomiya and the hyperactive and ridiculous Nozomu Tanaka. Tanaka then comes to the obvious realization that she can't achieve her grade school dream of being popular with the boys and getting a boyfriend by going to an all-girls high school.
In desperation, she begins asking the girls in her class to introduce her to their guy friends. Her classmates, however, are anything but ordinary. From a grandmother-loving loli to a reclusive chuunibyou to an overly analytical stalker, each one is given a fitting nickname by Tanaka to accentuate their weirdness. And so begin the wasteful days of these high school girls, each day kicked off with a simple question: "Hey, wanna hear something amazing?"
Joshikousei no Mudazukai was the one show above all which throughout the season I genuinely didn't understand why it didn't have a higher score on MAL. Me and many of my friends were in agreement that it's probably been the best comedy of the season, and it almost always manages to be entertaining.
By design it's nothing out of the ordinary. Just another high school comedy starring a bunch of girls. However, what truly makes it shine is the character cast and the dynamic between them. Mudazukai is very self-aware and every girl in the
show is primarily referred to by some stupid nickname that the main character Tanaka has thought up. Tanaka herself, more commonly known as Baka, is as her name suggests an absolute moron. I can't stress enough just how stupid she is, but her stone-faced and deadly serious way of approaching the most ridiculous ideas she thinks up and then promptly forcing them on her friends is probably the core of what makes the show so funny. It's like a domino effect where her antics spread to everyone around her almost as if infecting them with her stupidity which in turn causes them to bring out their own abundance of great comedic interaction. All the characters are basically forced to accept and embrace their own quirks as a result, which effectively turns their own tropes into their advantage instead.
If you want to draw some parallels then Joshikousei no Mudazukai can be compared to the likes of Nichijou, Aho Girl or Asobi Asobase with similar kinds of over-the-top, meme-like and really stupid comedic scenarios, but thanks to the character cast it all works out really well. Obviously comedy is still very subjective so it's difficult to really critique it, but if you enjoyed any of those anime then I would definitely recommend checking this one out too.
"OH HOLY $H!T, why is this show SOOOO criminally underrated!?" - The minority of people watching this (including yours truly)
This show is comedy gold that we've been seeking since recent times, and as it goes for a stupidly, insanely great premise for a school comedy, something along the lines of last Summer's Asobi Asobase, but fusing with the characters from Nichijou and Daily Lives Of High School Boys, girls' edition. At first, I thought it was like some mindless random high school JKs just lamenting their lives in school trying to make their own mark everywhere they go,
being friends and strangers, all within the space of their own perceptions that looked like a bad premise. But as we all know, it isn't so as time progresses and seeing the character cast of their troupes and cliches that we have come to know and accept their randomness with the endless amount of gags that keeps us on our toes for both the expected and unexpected. That's a punchline!
Being a full-on comedic series, you would want the character cast to be as dynamic and unique as possible, as how we've seen with both said series before. And this series did illustrate each and every character to the fullest "potential". More than just being the group of generic "meh" girls with only their unique "quirks" to offer in the midst of jokes that hold up hits and misses at times, mangaka Bino ACTUALLY referenced the names of the character casts to the puns and illusions of their own personalities. And with that being said, let's throw the story out completely and bring on the characters!
The trio of same-class classmates: Tanaka "Baka" Nozomu, Akane "Wota" Kikuchi and Shiori "Robo" Saginomiya.
At first glance, these 3 girls look like your average school clique of friends. HOWEVER, look past the first impressions and you'd have a group of girls who does the EXACT same thing over and over again, so much so that it transforms the initial annoyance to a gem of classic comedy that's tried-and-truely done impressively well.
Baka is the constant being of an incredibly stupid and senseless girl, so much so that nobody wants to retaliate her annoying criticisms about everything that is randomized, plus her opening catchphrase.
Wota, on the other hand, is aspiring to be a BL mangaka due in part of her being a fan of BL. Moreover, her heart cries out for Vocaloid Teishotoku P as both a fan and crush...but there's a plot twist to it (that we'll see later)!
Robo is the type of girl who is emotionless at everything, from her figure of speech to her interest being experiments on biological stuff, so much so that Tanaka calls her "Robo" due to her no-note talking, as if to mimic a robot.
The "Filler" classmayes: Saku "Loli" Momoi, Yamamoto "Yamai" Minami, Ninomae "Majime" Kanade, Kujou "Majo" Hisui and Lily Someya.
Due to her physique and appearance being one very similar to an (loli) elemntary school kid, don't ever look down upon this childhood innocence of a high school girl, because she wears kindness over her life due to her upbringing with her granny in Japan while parents are away (well duh, of course). Plus, being tormented by everyone with "adult" misunderstandings meant that Loli could not grasp situations well that pertains to the adult mindset. we must protecc Loli!
Yamamoto is your typical average chuunibyou that expunges the daily life with her fix of chuunibyou stuff, so much so that their homeroom teacher is SO irritated by it, he counsels her to insanity.
Majime is the sort of character where I would call the "aloof" human, due to her tomboyish character notes while not being a social butterfly. And it is this case where she stalks Robo to no end, admiring her smart intelligence all her life.
Majo is the group's occult lead, so much so that nobody would want to go near her as she can chant spells that affect the mundaneness that is the human life.
Plus, with Lily Someya transferring into the school (and getting acquainted with Tanaka and Co.), she is (naturally) the school's bishoujo, but her anchor lies in her phobia of men (which Tanaka flinches everytime), and with her character design being a parody of lesbian characters, it's not hard to see striking similarities.
Last but not least, the homeroom teacher Masataka "Waseda" Sawatari. Despite his quirky appearance, he holds 2 positions: One, to disperse Yamamoto's chuunibyou habits, and two, act as Wota's secret musical artist admirer. Remember what I said about Teishotoku P? If you're wondering who he is, Waseda IS THE ONE. WOW, WHAT A PLOT TWIST!
All the characters here, be it working for or against one another, has always had that magical mystery of clicking together for some insane reason or whatnot, it will always stand to be as the highlight of the series by a long shot due to how much the character interactions become the main crux that plays to release all that pent-up frustration of wasting lives away like it's nothing. Plus, a shout-out to the 9 student-ladies crew of VAs who worked tirelessly on this show to give us an overwhelming positive experience!
If there is one person to thank for this marvelous setpiece, it is chief director Takeo Takahashi, who has directed the infamous Aki Sora, the incredible Spice and Wolf, the divisive Yosuga no Sora, and now with studio Passione as studio director. It's by far none his best recent directorial work to date. As with studio Passione doing the art and animation, it's pretty average to say the least, or at least on what the studio has been doing for the last 2 years of decent levelling. Particularly, nothing really stands out other than insane scenarios that had me wailing so hard I got bored and yawned at times.
While the OST too is very lacking in expressions, at least it somewhat redeems it based on the OP and ED alone. I hate to say it, but while the ED was fine by any usual standards, the OP...like WHAT THE HELL! It went from being SOOOO "meh" to singing "Uuu~~~~ Wa! Moon! Dass! Cry! Everyday!" every episode, at least it is for me! Now THIS is an OP I can share around with friends and marvel at the visuals and technicals about it, plus the crazy (in)sanity at how this simple song was so damn catchy and knows its shtick very well, it may just be one of (if not) the best and unique OPs of the season due to the amount of creativity that is put forth onto it. And now that song is stuck in my head, singing "Wa! Moon! Dass! Cry! Everyday!"...you know it when the GOAT music director Jin Aketagawa is at the helm.
While I'd like to re-watch this sometime in the future, the only gripe I had with this show is that more often than not, as stupid as they seem and sound, the jokes either don't land or have less of an eventful impact, so much that it detracts any fun had with this show. With that being said, that is just my nitpick, but if you like full-on comedy that is satisfying at every nook and cranny, this is the show for you.
If only Nichijou and Daily Lives of High School Boys had birthed a child, Joshikousei no Mudazukai is a DAMN GOOD (no pun intended) waste of time, wasting our days as high school JKs recreate those moments for the students in us.
I always feel sad when the end of the season comes, I feel excited because of the new shows but that means that the hidden gems that I found in the current season are ending and the chances of it getting another season is low. 90% of the time it marks the end of me watching this anime forever and the end of me seeing something that made me relax and enjoy myself.
Creating in the Slice of life genre is a difficult task. Tons of Sol anime already exists so you need to be as creative as possible
to actually survive in this genre, that in itself is the reason it is the most explored genre in anime because you either push yourself to create an extremely good show or you fail from the start.
Thankfully, all that helps produce better anime and as a Sol fan, this helps me find new great stuff to watch like this one for example.
Joshikause no Mudazukai is a great anime for lots of reasons but I personally think the balance it found is its greatest charm, the anime was able to create a great atmosphere with 3 main characters without ever seeing one of them being pushed out like it happened in Daily lives of highschool boys. It was able to create around them lots of interesting and funny ideas while still exploring different stories with the other side characters. It never gets boring and that is why I found it to be so entertaining.
The characters are great as well, each one has her hown unique characteristics and tho the character I dislike the most out of them all is Lily, she isn't made to be a horny lesbian and that's it like lots of characters in other Sol anime, she actually has a personality and for a character I think is the worst one in the show I would give her an 7/10. When your most hated character gets a 7/10, it shows how good they are.
The comedy was great, it was never repetitive and there were different types of jokes throughout the whole anime, I enjoyed myself and laughed a lot in most of the episodes.
The art, animation were amazing, The OSTs, Op, Ed were amazing and the voice acting was perfect. Also Waseda best girl 10/10.
The only downfall for me was episode 9, The whole episode was Lily feeling up Majime because Lily knows that Majime doesn't know she is a lesbian so she won't suspect anything. That was pretty much the whole episode, it was so bad tbh and the reason that made me dislike Lily the most.
Overall I would give the anime a 9/10, would have given it a 10/10 specially after how great the last 2 episodes were but episode 9 is the reason I didn't tbh.
Would recommend it to anyone wanting to have a fun time and laugh a lot.
Do you feel like having a fun time and having some good ol' laughs?
Trying to feel that missing piece in your heart that craves an anime similar to "Nichijou" or "Asobi Asobase"?
Well you came to the right place! Joshikousei no Mudazukai is the anime for you!
The story, location, jokes, and even some characters, can't help but constantly remind me of Nichijou/Asobi Asobase, and I like to think of this as a good thing. Others may indeed call this a "Nichijou/Asobi Asobase ripoff" or a "Nichijou/Asobi Asobase wannabe anime", but trust me this isn't the case. Both of them may have a few
similarities, but even so, they have there unique features and style of making the jokes pop-off. Ever since Nichijou/Asobi Asobase ended, I have personally been craving for some more of that "good stuff" and "Joshikousei no Mudazukai" finally brought to me what I desired most; laughs.
All that aside, I truly believe that this is one of the hidden gems of this anime season, and I am truly amazed that simply not enough people are talking about it. It really does everything right and I highly enjoy it. Overall, giving it a solid 8.2/10. <3