First Impressions: Daily Lives of High School Boys


What do you expect of a show titled Daily Lives of High School Boys? People flying around in Gundams? Large-bosomed alien princesses descending from the sky?

No, of course not. It's actually pretty boring, having been a high school boy myself once. It mostly consists of playing videogames, doing your homework, and pining over the girls that you'd love to date.

And that's what this show is, in a nutshell. At the same time, this show is one of those comedies that perfectly mixes humor with that nostalgia for better days. It makes perfect sense that NISA licensed that show. Read on to hear more about it.

I want to be able to give this death glare when I'm older.

The show is formatted as a collection of 4-koma jokes strung together into a larger package. Often when you read manga like K-On! or Azumanga Daioh, there might be 4 or 5 strips that tell a series of jokes. That's the nutshell of this show. They animate a string of jokes together, then put an intermission in it so they can change and move onto the next set of jokes.

The jokes, though, revolve around some of the steadfast bits of time with your friends: imagining yourself as in a videogame, talking about the pretty girls at school, and wearing women's clothing.

Look, it's not my fault your underwear fits me so perfectly.

Yes, the show has a strange pre-occupation with women's clothing and exploring the mystery of bras and panties.

Like I mentioned before the jump, the show captures that perfect sentiment of what it's like to be in high school as a boy. There's a huge urge to jump into a fantasy realm -- for me it was pen and paper role playing games, and for these kids, it's the world of videogames and anime. You'll come across fairly safe and mainstream jokes in this series, differentiating itself from the ultra-otaku nature of Lucky Star.

Ultimately, what you're getting out of this show is a facsimile of Azumanga Daioh, except with a largely male cast. The humor is meant to be broadly-based and accessible to most anyone, and the show does that with ease. You don't have to be mired in the sludge of moe or know the plots of every anime airing this week in order to appreciate the humor of the show.

Personally, I'll stick with the Chippendale's dancer look.

It's just a lot of fun. And they don't look so terrible in girl's clothing when they cross dress, too.

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