One day out of boredom, Tanaka decided to give her classmates nicknames based on their quirks. Her friend Sakuchi became "Ota" for her nerdy interests, and her other friend Saginomiya became "Robo" because of her expressionless personality. In retaliation, her friends decided to name Tanaka "Baka." These are the ridiculous days of three high school friends claiming (or not) the height of their youth.
Sometimes I question myself why I continue to watch such a stupid ammount of anime each season. I know I like to keep up with the conversation, but I obsess over it and because of that I end up dropping half of the shows I initially started watching. But watching this anime reminded me of a second reason why I continue my watching: It is to find hidden gems. Last season Choukadou Girl ⅙ was my hidden gem and this season it is Joshikousei no Mudazukai. But while Choukadou Girl ⅙ was a short anime poking fun at the otaku culture, Joshikousei no Mudazukai is
another beast. And I mean, ANOTHER beast. You know why?
Joshikousei no Mudazukai is my comedy of the year. And here is why.
When it comes to comedies the cast is very important. Konosuba, Nichijou, you can't have a good comedy without a good cast. And Joshikousei luckily has one. First we have the red girl (sorry I forgot all the names of the cast. give me a break there are like 10 shows I am watching right now and mal took no effort to fill in the characters section). The red girl is incredibly cynical around his group of friends, often making snarky comments around brown haired happy girl, but at home she is a big otaku who has a passion for manga drawing. Then we have the brown haired happy girl who is incredibly energetic but constantly gets herself into problems. And then we have the third main character. Get this: she is a black haired girl with a blank expression, is a genius and is incredible unpredictable, often doing outlandish things you wouldn't expect out of a school girl like her. Now where have I heard that before….
Okay I am not gonna hide the Obvious comparisons to Nichijou. The black haired girl is basically a copy of Mai, the unpredictable humor are the same with both, the wild type of characters are the same with both, but honestly Joshikousei is more similar to Asobi Asobase of last year with the more structured scenarios instead of the skit-based nature of Nichijou. That's why I have the perfect description of this anime:
Joshikousei no Mudazukai is as if Asobi Asobase had the characters of Nichijou.
And I think that combination works wonderfully. The character interactions are all either charming or hilarious, the surprising punchlines keep me off-guard, the pacing (the one similar to Asobi Asobase) is great… yeah this anime is absolutely amazing. I know this anime is not for everyone, but if you love either Asobi Asobase or Nichijou you will love this anime.
(This is my first review ever sorry if its bad)
This anime flew completely under the radar of this seasons shows. Granted, so do a lot of other great shows but this particular one kind of made me mad at the majority of people who look for the first show in the shounen genre, or the first show to come up as the most popular by majority. I wish people would pay more attention to great and humorous shows like these.
Our three main characters are, Nozomu "Baka" Tanaka, Akane "Wota" Kikuchi, and Shiori "Robo" Saginomiya.
What I noticed right off the bat is that the characters
are basically more or less are exactly the same characters as Yuuko, Mio, and Mai from Nichijou. A quick run down of the characters:
Nozomu, aka "Baka", gained this nickname for giving all her friends equally stupid names, hence, "Baka". She constantly likes to ask dumb questions (without knowing it), never does her homework, and amuses her friend(s), although its mostly Robo/Shiori.
Akane, aka "Wota" gained this nickname for being an Otaku, in her spare time she likes to draw BL/manga, kind of secretive about it, and is pretty much the only normal person in this series.
And then we have Shiori, aka "Robo", because she hardly expresses any emotions at all, She is very smart, somewhat strange, and gets a kick out of talking to Nozomu/Baka.
As I mentioned before, the characters show almost identical characteristics to those of our MCs in Nichijou. (Yuuko=Nozomu "Baka", Mio=Akane "Wota", and Mai=Shiori "Robo".)
And do I have a problem with this? Nope. The show has many more characters along side our MCs and shares a very similar feel to Asobi Asobase, which personally I think is a good thing. Humor is Humor and I really cant get enough of it. This show has its fair share of snide remarks, some form of meta jokes, awesome character interaction, and quite a lot more but my break is almost over and I don't have enough time for that. I really do get the feeling that we are watching the characters in their day to day life, instead of the characters living for the camera, which makes it all the more hilarious, considering basically no one is going to act like that in real life. Although the art is pretty, well, meh, without any other way to put it, its still averageish and I can let it slide.
So overall, I recommend this show along side any other golden comedy shows you can get your hands on, but none will be exactly the same as the other, which is good when it comes to comedy because originality is much needed so we can laugh at snide remarks all over again. We need much more shows like these, but please, when you have some time on your hands, go take a look at this show. You might enjoy it.
The anime adaptation announcement of this series really caught me off guard since I only decided to read the manga just recently this year. And boy, am I loving the way they're adapting it.
This show is one hell of a roller coaster ride because of the comedy and deliberate poking of fun to the cliche anime/manga characters that you'll watch/read every now and then. It's like Asobi Asobase and Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou had a son.
Story - 7
Not much to say about the story because it mainly consists of skits and gags that appeal to both males and females. That itself is a feat to
withhold considering that moe culture is a staple on every show with high school girls on it which gives this show an edge.
Art - 9
I'm glad they made the art as close to the source material as possible.
Sound - 9
One of the best OP I've heard of so far. I really love the trio's voice spouting random stuffs at different pitch.
Characters - 9
The trio has a very good balance. The idiotic MC that is basically chaos itself laying waste to the other girls' lives, the awkward otaku who tries her best to tolerate said MC, and the cool beauty with lots of weird hobbies. Then there's these other characters such as the delusional girl which I think has the funniest scenes and the college girl-loving teacher who tries his best to maintain order in the class despite the amount of weirdos he has to deal with.
Enjoyment - 10
I'll give this part a perfect score after watching episode 5. The interaction between the teacher and the delusional girl is just hilarious.
Overall - 9
All in all it's a very nice, relaxing show. A breath of fresh air from all fantasies (I'm looking at the Isekai "genre") and drama recently. And a someone who started reading the source material (manga) before the adaptation, I sure am looking forward for more episodes because I am waiting for some other scenes and I know that it'll just keep getting better.
Norm Macdonald once asked a radio host who is the funniest woman in Hollywood, except all the guys. Thank God in Japan women are promoted by their writing skills and not their looks. Beano, the writer of the manga that this show adapts, is funnier than 99% of Hollywood. She manages to take the most tropey characters ever and somehow make them so real and hilarious. Too bad that it's so under watched.
"Hey, can I say something amazing right now?" (Light spoilers)
The Wasteful Days of High School Girls takes a trio of childhood friends that reunite in a mediocre all-girls high school by a funny
twist of fate after they lost contact in middle school. Somehow they step right back in their old ways, living their apparently banal lives but really enjoying their youth despite their regrets of not having boys to date in their high school.
At one point Tanaka insists to give nicknames to all the girls and as such they are named as the trope they embody. Tanaka is Baka, Saginomiya is Robo, Amane is Ota(ku), Yamamoto is Yamai/YAMAMOTO! and so on.
Their discussions are so authentic yet funny you'd think it's some hidden cam slice of life comedy if it weren't animated. As stupid their cares and problems seem to be, they are real. Everyone has hopes and dreams from being a mangaka or microbiologist to being a dragon rider. Meeting these types of people are a rare blessing/curse but indeed makes the boring high school environment interesting.
Along the way the main trio are joined by new girls that are as weird as they are yet at the same time normal. Groups are formed and their interactions make this story that is concentrated in the here and now of their lives have a nostalgic atmosphere.
Sawatari, the teacher, has to deal with the antics of the girls in the hopes of making them actually study. Also the teacher's glasses are a character of their own.
While the manga has a simple, clean look, the anime takes the jokes and through the great direction and storyboard make the stories even better. The kotatsu scene is a great example. The character designs are as expressive as in the manga. The backgrounds have varying detail but are nonetheless immersive.
The sound direction is amazing with the chest hair joke and shoulder gag (a reference to Nausica of the valley of the wind) in the manga being made even funnier in the anime. The opening song is sung by the main cast VAs and is one of the best and catchiest songs this season (Together with Fire Force ED and OP and Dumbbell OP and ED). The score complements their personalities to a T.
The comedy style a little more subdued compared to shows like Nichijou and Azumanga Daioh being more of a character comedy than slapstick.
Some may say this anime is just funny now in the present but will become forgettable, but I, for one, find it great and enjoy it a lot and think it will be more appreciated in the future.
A comedy should be rated on how funny it is so this show gets from me a 10 for enjoyment and 9 overall (8 for story and art, 10 for sound and characters).