Final Review: Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou

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Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is based off an ongoing manga. The anime adaptation aired during the Winter 2012 anime season and did not receive a simulcast . It was later licensed by NIS America for US release. Since I’m a whole cour late on this show’s review, I’ll keep it brief.

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is “yet another daily life comedy/slapstick title.” Unlike most other slapstick titles as of late, this one focuses primarily (and unsurprisingly) around high school boys instead of the usual high school girls. Obviously being a comedy title, there isn’t any direct plot but what bothers me more about this series is not just its large and forgettable cast but also I occasionally wonder if this show spends more time on eye catch images than the actual comedy. For a slapstick comedy, I found myself chuckling at only a handful of moments. The 4-koma like presentation is interesting, but it made many episodes feel disjoint and difficult to remember any particular comedic scenes. If there’s one thing I definitely enjoyed though, it’s Hidenori’s monologues as well as the Bungaku Shoujo appearances.

Art wise the show is pretty much average. Animation is not bad coming from Sunrise for a show outside their usual mecha titles. It certainly looks better than Phi Brain too, which was also airing during the same season. On the other hand, it’s far from Gintama’s quality. Furthermore, while the show often makes fun at itself,  the lack of faces for a number of characters seems more like cheap quality to me more than anything else.

OP is okay, ED theme is not particularly memorable even though the video is somewhat amusing. Background music is average and forgettable as are sound effects. Seiyuu cast is pretty strong despite all the lame jokes.

Enjoyment? Pretty much bored for the most part. It’s got a few good jokes scattered around the series. It’s really hard to watch a comedy show when you know what’s coming or are expecting a punchline at some point. Most of the punchlines are really obvious given all the hints they drop. Furthermore, the show reuses a lot of the same thematic jokes over and over again, which really makes it difficult to keep attention spans, especially when watching all at once. Had the show done a few more random/surprising punchlines it might have been a more amusing show to watch.

Overall, I think the hype for this show is a little overblown. It’s not a terrible show as I can see where/how some people enjoy this but to me the jokes are pretty dull at the end of the day. From the director of Gintama and School Rumble as well as a number of other titles I enjoyed in the past (After War Gundam X, Ginban Kaleidoscope, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Season Zero) I had expected better so maybe I had my expectations too high, but seriously, if you want to watch this show, I’d suggest Gintama over this. In fact, I may as well also suggest Sket Dance considering how much better it’s gotten now compared to its initial episodes. For those more into old school titles, Cromartie High School is probably the closest suggestion when trying to keep the whole “all-boys school” setting. Outside that, Azumanga Daioh is probably the most well known comparison followed by titles like K-ON!, Seitokai no Ichizon, and Nichijou.

 

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0/1): Uninteresting.
  • Character Personalities (1/1): Initially amusing
  • Character Development (1/2): Way overblown but it’s there.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (0.5/2): Very large cast with “some lazy naming” (though clever at times). Memorability is close to none as people pop up and disappear. Usefulness? It’s a comedy.
  • Pacing: (1/1): Nothing really wrong with it I guess
  • Reasonable/Plausible (1/2): Comedy tries to hard and gives away too many hints making punchlines far too obvious. At least it explains its jokes.
  • Conclusion (1/1): Can’t say there was anything wrong with it.
  • Total: 5.5/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1/2): Average
  • Character Designs (1/2): Average. Lack of faces seems lazy despite the show making fun of itself for it.
  • Fluidity (1/2): Average.
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (1.5/2): Above average.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (1.5/2): Good for a Sunrise work outside of mecha. Poor when including that criteria.
  • Total: 6/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (1.5/3): OP is okay. ED is forgettable despite funny video.
  • Background Music (1/2): Average and unmemorable.
  • Sound Effects (1/2): Same as background music.
  • Seiyuu (3/3): Strong cast with good sense of emotion to match the show and characters. Shame that the jokes were lame though.
  • Total: 6.5/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (1/2): Hidenori’s monologues and the Bungaku Shoujo.
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0/2): Even if I had kept up with this show, probably not something I look forward to weekly unless I was a guaranteed a Hidenori/Bungaku Shoujo scene.
  • Presentation (1/2): It tried really hard with the 4-koma style presentation. K-ON!, Lucky Star, Nichijou, etc… all do this better as the transitions seem far too rough for this show.
  • Re-watchable (0/1): It’s boring and the jokes are not the good in my opinion.
  • Recommendation (1/2): The whole all boy-school setting is certainly different as Cromartie High School is the only show I can think of immediately that has a similar setup. (Don’t even mention Kimi to Boku). Gintama and Cromartie does everything this show tries to do but better.
  • Value (0/1): Overhyped.
  • Total: 3/10

Preliminary Score: 6/10

Final Score: 5/10

1 Comment

  1. skirus Said,

    July 15, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    I beleive it deserves a bit more credit than a 5. The show was hilarous in my opinion, the jokes are actually funny, so what if u see it coming , at least it’s funny and then its basically lives of manga high school kids. In my opinion i would give it a 8, me and my brother laughed so hard on this show, so what if the jokes were bad sometimes, but they were good enough. This is a unique show other than fighting, super natural stuff going on around the world or crazy sh** happens. It’s just normal high school boys and girls.

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